of care in Medicare health plans, the health effects of Medicare coverage for previously uninsured adults, and the quality of cancer care by race, ethnicity, and language.
Dr. Ayanian received his B.A. degree summa cum laude with distinction in history and political science from Duke University, M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School, and M.P.P. degree in health policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has served on Institute of Medicine (IOM) committees on the Consequences of Uninsurance (2000–2004), Guidance in Designing a National Health Care Disparities Report (2001–2002), Cancer Survivorship (2004–2005), Health Insurance Status and Its Consequences (2008–2009), and Standardized Collection of Race/Ethnicity Data for Healthcare Quality Improvement (2009). Dr. Ayanian is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.
E. Richard Brown, Ph.D., is the director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research; he is also a professor in the Department of Health Services and the Department of Community Health Sciences in the UCLA School of Public Health. Brown founded the Center in 1994. It has since become one of the nation’s leading health policy research centers and the premier source of health policy information and analysis on California’s population. The Center conducts research on a wide range of health issues and provides extensive public service to policy makers, advocates, and the media.
Brown’s research and publications focus on health insurance coverage, the lack of coverage and the effects on access of public policies and economic and market conditions. His work and other studies by the Center’s researchers have been used by California’s governors, legislative leaders, and advocates in crafting health care legislation, policies, and programs.
Brown is the principal investigator for the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the nation’s largest state health survey. CHIS provides statewide and local-level estimates for California’s diverse population and covers a broad range of health topics, including health status and conditions, health disparities, health insurance, and access to health care.
Brown also has been extensively involved in the analysis and development of public policies, with particular emphasis on national health care reform. He has served as a senior health policy adviser to the Barack Obama for President Campaign, as health policy adviser to three members of the U.S. Senate and as a full-time senior consultant to President Clinton’s Task Force on National Health Care Reform. Brown is a past president of the American Public Health Association. He received his Ph.D. in sociology of education from the University of California, Berkeley.
David B. Coultas, M.D., is currently Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. He completed training in internal medicine and pulmonary disease at the University of New Mexico, and was a member of the University of New Mexico faculty for 16 years and Chief of the Division of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine for 6 years. Subsequently, he was Associate Chairman of Internal Medicine at the University of Florida HSC/Jacksonville. His personal research interests include the epidemiology of pulmonary diseases and health outcomes research, and his projects have focused on patients with interstitial lung diseases, environmental and occupational lung diseases, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Charles K. Francis, M.D., MACP, FACC, is professor of medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (UMDNJ) and director of cardiovascular research at the Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Dr. Francis is the former director of the Center on Health Disparities and Rudin Scholar in Urban Health of the New York Academy of Medicine. In addition to his interest in racial and ethnic health disparities, medical education, and health services research, he has contributed to the literature in the areas of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, thrombolysis in myocardial infarction, hypertensive heart disease, mitral valve insufficiency, health and public policy, and health care for minorities. Dr. Francis has served as president of the American College of Physicians, president of the Charles R. Drew University in Los Angeles, president of the American Heart Association Western