Ronald T. Ackermann, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., is a general internist, population health researcher, and associate professor of medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is director of the Community Engaged Research Center at the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and is considered a national expert in health care–community partnerships to address unhealthy lifestyle behaviors and improve the prevention and control of common chronic illnesses such as asthma, congestive heart failure, and diabetes. He is the principal architect and director of a large ongoing research program to evaluate the feasibility, costs, and effectiveness of partnered approaches for preventing and managing type 2 diabetes. He has also served as a lead evaluation consultant for AHRQ, the Lewin Group, and the Center for Health Care Strategies in a series of learning initiatives designed to improve the implementation and evaluation of disease and care management interventions by both Medicaid and commercial managed care programs in 20 U.S. states.
Karen Basen-Engquist, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. She received her doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.P.H. in health promotion and health education from the University of Texas School of Public Health. Her research focuses on cancer survivors and the role of health behavior interventions in decreasing the severity of late effects of cancer, improving physical functioning, optimizing their quality of life, and reducing their risk of developing other chronic diseases. In particular she has led several studies of the effect of exercise interventions on physical functioning, symptoms, and cardiovascular health in breast, endometrial, and colorectal cancer survivors. Dr. Basen-Engquist chairs MD Anderson’s working group for cancer survivorship research and in that role is in charge of organizing the development of a survivorship research center, which will provide seed money funding to researchers and provide research symposia on cancer survivorship. In addition, she directs the Patient-Reported Outcomes, Survey, and Population Shared Resource, which provides technical assistance and support for investigators who conduct clinical, behavioral, and survivorship research that uses participant-reported outcomes. Dr. Basen-Engquist also chairs MD Anderson’s Comprehensive Cancer Control committee on energy balance and obesity, which involves collaboration with researchers and community members to develop and implement evidence-based population interventions to increase physical activity and diet quality and decrease obesity in the greater Houston area. Dr. Basen-Engquist also has expertise in both assessment and intervention related to chronic diseases and other problems experienced by cancer survivors.