David Blumenthal, MD, MPP (Chair), became president and CEO of The Commonwealth Fund, a national health care philanthropy based in New York City, in January 2013. Previously, he served as chief health information and innovation officer at Partners Health System in Boston, Massachusetts, and was Samuel O. Thier professor of medicine and professor of health care policy at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Blumenthal was national coordinator for health information technology (HIT) under President Barack Obama. In this role, he was charged with building an interoperable, private, and secure nationwide health information system and supporting the widespread, meaningful use of HIT. As a renowned health services researcher and national authority on health IT adoption, Dr. Blumenthal has authored more than 250 scholarly publications, including seminal studies on the adoption and use of health IT in the United States.
Julie P. W. Bynum, MD, MPH, is associate professor of medicine at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. Bynum’s work focused on assessment of health system performance for the elderly. She has been a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation physician faculty scholar and a National Institute of Aging Beeson scholar (K23), studying the quality and efficiency of health care delivery to high-risk elderly patients. One of Dr. Bynum’s contributions to the field was the development of a method for creating “virtual” physician-hospital networks that were used in the conceptual development of the accountable care organization legislation. She continued her policy-relevant
efforts as a health and aging policy fellow. Her active research program includes two National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded studies: Optimizing Fracture Care Outcomes and Efficiency of Care for High Cost High Need Beneficiaries.
Lori Coyner joined the Oregon Health Authority as director of accountability and quality, overseeing the quality and incentive metrics for Oregon’s coordinated care organizations (CCOs). CCOs are the basis for Oregon’s health care transformation effort for Medicaid enrollees. Previously, she served as director of measurement and reporting at the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation. Ms. Coyner is an accomplished biostatistician and was responsible for the development of Quality Corp’s quality and utilization reporting system and measure development. Additionally, she has many years of experience working in academic settings at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) and the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine. She maintains her faculty appointment in the OHSU Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, where she teaches Introduction to Biostatistics.
Diana Dooley, JD, was appointed secretary of the California Health and Human Services agency in December 2010 by Governor Jerry Brown. She leads 13 state departments within the agency, chairs Covered California (the Health Benefit Exchange), and serves as chair or member of numerous other boards and commissions. Previously, Ms. Dooley was president and CEO of the California Children’s Hospital Association. She began her career as an analyst for the state, and in 1975, she was appointed to the staff of Governor Jerry Brown, for whom she served as legislative director and special assistant until the end of his term in 1983. Before becoming an attorney in 1995, she owned a public relations and advertising agency. Ms. Dooley moved into health care in 2000 when she left her private law practice to serve as general counsel and vice president at Children’s Hospital Central California. She received her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fresno in 1972 and her law degree from San Joaquin College of Law in 1995.
Timothy Ferris, MD, MPH, is trained in both internal medicine and pediatrics. He is a practicing primary care physician and senior vice president for population health at Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners HealthCare in Boston. He is also an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and holds degrees from Middlebury College, Oxford University, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health. His former positions include vice chair of pediatrics at Mass General and medical director of the Mass General Physicians Organization. Dr. Ferris was the principal investigator for a 6-year Medicare demonstration project
that showed both reduced costs and reduced mortality among high-risk Medicare beneficiaries. He now leads the Partners Healthcare pioneer accountable care organization (ACO) and is responsible for the design and implementation of system-wide care delivery changes that will improve patient health, improve the patient experience of health care, and reduce the health care cost burden. Dr. Ferris has more than 90 publications in the areas of health care quality measurement, risk adjustment, population management, and information technology. He has served on multiple committees for the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the National Quality Forum (NQF), where he chaired the Consensus Standards Approval Committee. He has served as a consultant to the Congressional Research Service, the National Governors Association, the World Health Organization, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Sherry Glied, PhD, became dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in August 2013. From 1989 to 2013, she was professor of health policy and management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She was chair of the department from 1998 to 2009. On June 22, 2010, Dr. Glied was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a capacity in which she served from July 2010 through August 2012. She had previously served as senior economist for health care and labor market policy on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, 1992-1993, under Presidents Bush and Clinton, and participated in the Clinton Health Care Task Force. Dr. Glied has been elected to the IOM, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the board of AcademyHealth, and has been a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers. Her principal areas of research are in health policy reform and mental health care policy. Her book on health care reform, Chronic Condition, was published by Harvard University Press in January 1998. Her book with Richard Frank, Better But Not Well: Mental Health Policy in the U.S. Since 1950, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2006. She is co-editor, with Peter C. Smith, of The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. Dr. Glied holds a BA in economics from Yale University, an MA in economics from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in economics from Harvard University.
Larry A. Green, MD, is a family physician, professor of family medicine, and Epperson Zorn Chair for Innovation in Family Medicine and Primary Care at the University of Colorado Denver. His academic career has focused on clinical practice, and on the design of educational, research, and practice
systems and their use to discover and improve the discipline of family medicine and the function known as primary care. He has been a residency program director; an academic department chair; founding director of the Robert Graham Policy Center in Washington, DC; and a member and chair of the National Committee on Health and Vital Statistics. He is currently director of Advancing Care Together, a practice-based initiative focused on learning how to integrate primary care and behavioral health; a member of the board of directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties; and a member of the IOM.
George J. Isham, MD, MS, senior advisor at HealthPartners and senior fellow at the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, is responsible for working with the senior management team of HealthPartners on health and quality of care improvement for patients, members, and the community. Prior to his appointment as senior advisor in 2012, Dr. Isham served as HealthPartners’ medical director and chief health officer, a position to which he was appointed in 1993. As senior fellow, he is responsible for facilitating progress at the intersection of population health research and public policy. Dr. Isham was a founding board member of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, a collaborative of Twin Cities medical groups and health plans that is improving Triple Aim outcomes and implementing clinical practice guidelines in Minnesota. He currently provides leadership to other care delivery systems through service on the board of directors for Presbyterian Health Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the external advisory board of the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He currently co-chairs the National Quality Forum-convened Measurement Application Partnership. Dr. Isham chaired the IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy for 9 years and is currently co-chair of the IOM Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. Dr. Isham has served on the IOM’s Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, and chaired the IOM committees that authored the reports Priority Areas for National Action: Transforming Health Care Quality and The State of the USA Health Indicators. In 2003, Dr. Isham was appointed a lifetime national associate of the National Academy of Sciences in recognition of his contributions to the work of the IOM, to which he was elected as a member in 2014. Prior to his current tenure at HealthPartners, Dr. Isham was medical director for MedCenters Health Plan in Minneapolis and executive director for University Health Care, Inc., in Madison, Wisconsin. His practice experience as a primary care physician included 3 years in the United States Navy; 8 years at the Freeport Clinic in Freeport, Illinois; and 3.5 years as clinical assistant professor in medicine at the University of Wisconsin.
Craig A. Jones, MD, is director of the Vermont Blueprint for Health, a program established by the State of Vermont under the leadership of its governor, legislature, and bipartisan Health Care Reform Commission. The Blueprint is intended to guide statewide transformation of the way health care and health services are delivered for all Vermonters, with a focus on prevention. Dr. Jones has served on several committees and work-groups, including the IOM Committee on the Learning Healthcare System in America and the Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care. Previously, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, and director of the Division of Allergy/Immunology and director of the Allergy/Immunology Residency Training Program in the Department of Pediatrics at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center. He was director, in charge of design, implementation, and management, of the Breathmobile Program, a program whereby mobile clinics deliver ongoing care to inner city children in their schools and at county clinics. Dr. Jones received his undergraduate degree at the University of California, San Diego, and his MD at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at LAC+USC Medical Center, where he also completed his fellowship in allergy and clinical immunology.
Robert Kocher, MD, is a partner at Venrock, focusing on health care IT and services investments. He currently serves on the board of Castlight Health and is a board observer at ConsultingMD. He is on the advisory boards of Harvard Medical School’s Health Care Policy Department, the University of Southern California’s Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, where he is also a senior fellow; the National Institute of Healthcare Management; and ChildObesity180. He also has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution Engleberg Center for Health Reform. He co-founded and for the past 4 years has served as co-chair of the Health Data Initiative, a joint effort of HHS and the IOM focused on the release of health care data to spur private-sector innovation that can improve health care cost and quality. Dr. Kocher also is a member of the Health Affairs Editorial Board. Prior to coming to Venrock, he served in the Obama Administration as special assistant to the president for health care and economic policy on the National Economic Council. In the Obama administration, he was one of the shapers of the Affordable Care Act, focusing on cost, quality, and delivery system reform and health IT policy. He was one of the leaders of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” childhood obesity initiative, led the formation of the Partnership for a Healthier America, and served on the federal advisory panel charged with developing a national obesity strategy. Prior to serving in the White House, Dr. Kocher was a partner at McKinsey &
Company, where he led McKinsey Global Institute’s health care economics work and the Center for U.S. Health System Reform. He has worked widely across the U.S. health care system to improve regulatory policy, economic performance, labor productivity, clinical outcomes, and patient experience. Dr. Kocher received undergraduate degrees from the University of Washington and a medical degree from the George Washington University. He completed a research fellowship with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and NIH, and went on to complete his internal medicine residency training at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard Medical School.
Kevin L. Larsen, MD, is medical director of meaningful use at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). He leads ONC’s work on quality policy, measurement, and improvement, including clinical decision support and registries. He serves on a number of HHS and national groups coordinating measure policy and measure sets. Prior to working for the federal government, Dr. Larsen was chief medical informatics officer and associate medical director at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He also is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota. His research includes health care financing for people living in poverty, computer systems to support clinical decision making, and health literacy. In Minneapolis, Dr. Larsen was also medical director for the Center for Urban Health, a hospital-community collaboration focused on eliminating health disparities.
Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD, is director of Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research (CESR). She is responsible for the strategic direction and scientific oversight of CESR, which is designed to improve the health and well-being of Kaiser’s 9 million members and the public by conducting comparative effectiveness and safety research and implementing findings in policy and practice. She is principal investigator for the Kaiser Permanente-led clinical data research network, PORTAL, a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)-funded infrastructure development contract that is part of PCORnet. Dr. McGlynn is an internationally known expert on methods for evaluating the appropriateness, quality, and efficiency of health care delivery. She has conducted research both in the United States and in other countries. She also has led major initiatives to evaluate health reform options under consideration at the federal and state levels. Dr. McGlynn received AcademyHealth’s Distinguished Investigator Award in 2012 and is a member of the IOM. She is vice chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation board of trustees; chairs the National Advisory Council for AHRQ; and serves on the board of AcademyHealth (former chair), the IOM’s Board on Health Care Services, and the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA). She also chairs the Scientific Advisory Group for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, co-chairs the Coordinating Committee for NQF’s Measures Application Partnership, serves on the editorial boards for Health Services Research and The Milbank Quarterly, and is a regular reviewer for many leading journals. Dr. McGlynn received her BA in international political economy from The Colorado College, her MPP from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and her PhD in public policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Elizabeth Mitchell is president and CEO of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, a national network of 30+ regional health improvement collaboratives. She serves on NQF’s board and the Coordinating Committee of NQF’s Measure Application Partnership, and chaired the task force developing measures for health insurance exchanges. Ms. Mitchell was CEO of the Maine Health Management Coalition (MHMC), leading public reporting, consumer engagement, and payment reform efforts, and established the MHMC Data and Analytics program, which became the nation’s fourth qualified entity. MHMC was named “Implementation Partner” in Maine’s State Innovation Model grant. Ms. Mitchell served on the National Business Coalition on Health’s board of directors and chaired its Government Affairs Committee. She worked for MaineHealth, Maine’s largest integrated health system, leading quality improvement and transparency initiatives. She served two terms in the Maine State Legislature, chairing the Health and Human Services Committee. Ms. Mitchell was a senior policy analyst at the National Academy for State Health Policy and director of public affairs for London’s Nuffield Trust. She received an Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy and completed the International Health Leadership Program at Cambridge University while pursuing graduate studies at the London School of Economics.
Sally Okun, RN, is vice president for advocacy, policy and patient safety at PatientsLikeMe, an online patient-powered research network. She is responsible for bringing patient voice and insight to diverse advocacy and health policy discussions at the national and global levels, and is the company’s liaison with government and regulatory agencies. Ms. Okun joined the company in 2008 as manager of health data integrity and patient safety, overseeing the site’s medical ontology and the development of the PatientsLikeMe Drug Safety and Pharmacovigilance Platform. She is a member of the PCORI Patient Engagement Advisory Panel; the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Reagan-Udall Foundation’s IMEDS program; and numerous expert panels for the IOM, NQF, AHRQ, The Commonwealth Fund, and others. Ms. Okun, a registered nurse and palliative care specialist, received her master’s degree from the Heller School for Social
Policy & Management at Brandeis University, was a 2010 fellow in the National Library of Medicine Program in Biomedical Informatics, and a 2014 Salzburg global fellow.
Lyn Paget, MPH, is managing partner of Health Policy Partners, an independent consulting organization dedicated to connecting patient priorities with policy and innovation. Her most recent work involves projects focused on patient-driven quality improvement, patient and physician engagement, patient-reported outcomes, and patient experience measurement for organizations, including the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and PatientsLikeMe. Previously, she was director of policy at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, where she directed efforts in advocacy, communications, and policy development to support sustainable models of patient-centered care and shared decision making. Ms. Paget was also instrumental in the development and launch of HealthNewsReview.org—a public access website designed to evaluate the accuracy and balance of health and medical news stories. She helped establish and served as vice president of the Medical Outcomes Trust, an organization created to promote the routine use of patient-based outcome measures, including the Short Form (36) Health Survey (SF-36) and other instruments designed to systematically assess health-related quality of life. For several years, Ms. Paget focused on HIV/AIDS prevention, working at the AIDS Project Los Angeles and in Washington State, where she led a combined city-county HIV/AIDS department. Her work in Tacoma received national recognition for innovative approaches to street outreach and education. Ms. Paget holds a BS in health education from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP, serves as chief health officer and vice president of IBM, where he has direct global responsibilities for all IBM integrated health services strategy, design, and operations. Prior to joining IBM, he was chief public health officer at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the primary federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. While at HRSA, Dr. Rhee served on and led numerous national initiatives related to prevention, quality, and public health. He also served as director of the Office of Innovation and Program Coordination at NIH. While at NIH, he served on and led numerous initiatives related to eliminating health disparities and promoting health equity. Prior to his federal government service, Dr. Rhee worked in community health settings as chief medical officer of Baltimore Medical System Inc., the largest network of federally qualified health centers in Maryland. In addition, he served
5 years as a National Health Service Corps scholar and medical director at Upper Cardozo Health Center, the largest community health center in Washington, DC. During that time, he taught at the George Washington University School of Public Health, where he received a “Best Teacher” award for his class in Community Health Leadership. Dr. Rhee received board certification in both internal medicine and pediatrics. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Southern California, and did his residency and served as chief resident in internal medicine and pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He also holds a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, with a concentration in health care policy. He acquired his bachelor’s degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, where he also served as president of the student body.
Dana Gelb Safran, ScD, is senior vice president for performance measurement and improvement at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA). In this role, she leads the company’s initiatives to measure and improve health care quality, safety, and outcomes. Dr. Safran also retains an active academic practice as a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, and has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed articles. Prior to joining BCBSMA, she was director of the Health Institute at Tufts Medical Center. She was among the lead developers of the BCBSMA Alternative Quality Contract (AQC), a population-based global budget payment model whose successes in both improving quality and slowing medical spending growth have informed public- and private-sector payment reform initiatives nationwide. Dr. Safran also is recognized as having contributed to the empirical basis for the nation’s push toward a more patient-centered health care system and for developing measures of patient care experience that have been adopted as part of a national standard. She has served extensively in advisory roles for agencies and organizations leading quality measurement and delivery system reform. She currently serves as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Council, the board of directors of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation, and the Massachusetts Statewide Quality Advisory Council. She earned her master’s and doctor of science degrees in health policy from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Lewis G. Sandy, MD, is executive vice president, clinical advancement, of the UnitedHealth Group (a Fortune 25 diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives). At UnitedHealth Group, he focuses on clinical innovation, payment/delivery reforms to modernize the health care system, and physician collaboration. He also is a principal in the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform and Modernization, with a focus on payment/delivery innovation and policy. From
2003 to 2007, he was executive vice president and chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare, UnitedHealth Group’s largest business, focusing on the employer/individual health benefits market. From 1997 to 2003, he was executive vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), where he was responsible for the foundation’s program development and management, strategic planning, and administrative operations. Previously, Dr. Sandy was a program vice president of the foundation, focusing on the foundation’s workforce, health policy, and chronic care initiatives. An internist and former health center medical director at the Harvard Community Health Plan in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Sandy received a BS and an MD from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Stanford University. A former RWJF clinical scholar and clinical fellow in medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, he served his internship and residency at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He is a senior fellow of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management.
David M. Stevens, MD, is research professor in the Department of Health Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. In addition to his faculty position at the George Washington University, from 2007 to 2014, he also served as director of the Quality Center and associate medical director at the National Association of Community Health Centers. Before assuming his current position at the Milken Institute, Dr. Stevens was senior medical officer for quality improvement in AHRQ and its Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. While at AHRQ, he provided leadership for important initiatives, including an AHRQ/RWJF-sponsored learning collaborative with 9 major national health plans focused on reducing health disparities; a care management improvement project with 17 state Medicaid agencies; a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop interventions for the prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus; and an improvement collaborative with end-stage renal disease providers. Before coming to AHRQ, Dr. Stevens served for 15 years as chief medical officer responsible for national clinical leadership of HRSA’s Community and Migrant Health Center Program and for leadership of the HRSA/Bureau of Primary Health Care initiative on eliminating health disparities in underserved and minority populations. This landmark program, the Health Disparities Collaborative, transformed preventive and chronic care in health centers and generated major positive clinical outcomes, as documented in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Dr. Stevens established national quality improvement policies for clinical programs in health centers, including the opportunity for accreditation. With the CDC, he also implemented a major immunization quality improvement initiative, increasing immunization rates by 50 percent
in 9 states in more than 100 health centers, affecting 150,000 underserved infants and children each year. A National Health Service Corps scholar, he was a practicing family physician and medical director for more than 7 years at community health centers in the South Bronx and in Brooklyn, New York. As an officer in the commissioned corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, he has received numerous awards, including the commissioned corps meritorious service medal; the HHS Award for Distinguished Service for contributions to diabetes care; and the Arthur S. Fleming Award, a private-sector award for outstanding federal employees who have made extraordinary contributions to government.
Paul C. Tang, MD, MS, is vice president and chief innovation and technology officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Sutter Health, and is consulting associate professor of medicine at Stanford University. He directs the David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, which focuses on systems-level disruptive innovation to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities. Dr. Tang has dedicated his professional career to improving the quality of health care in America, using health information technology (HIT) innovatively, empowering patients through HIT, and shaping public policy to enhance health and health care in the United States. He is an elected member of the IOM and has served on numerous IOM study committees, including a patient safety committee he chaired that published two reports: Patient Safety: Achieving a New Standard for Care (2004) and Key Capabilities of an Electronic Health Record System (2003). Dr. Tang is vice chair of the federal Health Information Technology Policy Committee, and chair of its Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use workgroup. He has served as board chair for several health informatics professional associations, including the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the Computer-based Patient Record Institute, and the Joint Healthcare Information Technology Alliance. He serves on the board of NQF and chairs its Health Information Technology Advisory Committee. He also serves on the board and executive committee of AcademyHealth. He is a recipient of the AMIA Don E. Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics. Dr. Tang received his BS and MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University and his MD from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Stanford University and is a board-certified practicing internist.
Steven M. Teutsch, MD, MPH, is an independent consultant; adjunct professor at the Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles; and senior fellow, Schaeffer Center, University of Southern California. Until 2014 he was chief science officer, Los Angeles County Public Health, where he continued his work on evidence-based public
health and policy. He had been in the Outcomes Research and Management program at Merck since October 1997, where he was responsible for scientific leadership in developing evidence-based clinical management programs, conducting outcomes research studies, and improving outcomes measurement to enhance quality of care. Prior to joining Merck, he was director of the Division of Prevention Research and Analytic Methods at the CDC, where he was responsible for assessing the effectiveness, safety, and cost-effectiveness of disease and injury prevention strategies. He has served as a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which develops the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, as well as the American Health Information Community’s Personalized Health Care Workgroup and the Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Prevention and Practice Workgroup. He chaired the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics Health and Society; served on and chaired IOM panels, Medicare’s Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee; and served on several subcommittees of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Healthy People 2020. Dr. Teutsch joined the CDC in 1977, being assigned to the Parasitic Diseases Division and working extensively on toxoplasmosis. He was then assigned to the Kidney Donor Program and subsequently the Kidney Disease Program. He developed the framework for the CDC’s diabetes control program. He joined the Epidemiology Program Office and became director of the Division of Surveillance and Epidemiology, where he was responsible for coordinating the CDC’s disease monitoring activities. He became chief of the Prevention Effectiveness Activity in 1992. Dr. Teutsch received his undergraduate degree in biochemical sciences at Harvard University in 1970, an MPH in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in 1973, and his MD from Duke University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Pennsylvania State University, Hershey. He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1977 and the American Board of Preventive Medicine in 1995, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and American College of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Teutsch has published more than 200 articles and 8 books in a broad range of fields in epidemiology, including parasitic diseases, diabetes, technology assessment, health services research, and surveillance.
Elizabeth Malphrus, MPP, study director and associate program officer, received a BA in neuroscience from Columbia University in 2011 and an MPP in science policy from Georgetown University in 2013. Her graduate thesis focused on the role of institutional confidence in predicting public opinion about genetically modified food in the United States. As a graduate student,
she interned at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Amgen Inc. Before beginning her graduate study, she worked as a writer and an editor at the Earth Institute, and ran a volunteer neuroscience teaching program at public schools in the Harlem and Washington Heights neighborhoods of New York City. She has written about science and health policy for numerous professional publications, including National Civic Review, Columbia Journalism Review, Science and Technology in Congress, Policy Innovations, and the American Bar Association’s Corporate Social Responsibility Journal.
Elizabeth Johnston graduated from Georgetown University in May 2012 with a BA in psychology and art history. During her time at Georgetown, she served as a probability and statistics teaching assistant for the Department of Mathematics, as well as an undergraduate admissions student representative. Prior to her work at the IOM, she interned at various institutions in Washington, DC, and Houston, Texas, including the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, FotoFest International, and Hart Energy Publications, to expand her interests in writing and communications. In fall 2015, she will be joining the University of Virginia Law class of 2018, with an intent to specialize in intellectual property law.
J. Michael McGinnis, MD, MA, MPP, is Senior Scholar at the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), where he is also an elected NAM Member and founder of its Learning Health System initiative. He served through four U.S. administrations (Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton) with leadership responsibility for disease prevention and health promotion policy, and was founder and steward of various still ongoing national programs and policies, including the Healthy People program of national goals and objectives, the HHS/U.S. Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and the Ten Essential Services of Public Health. He was also former founding director/chair of the Health Group at RWJF; the World Bank/European Commission Task Force for Health Reconstruction in Bosnia; the federal Office of Research Integrity (HHS), and the HHS Nutrition Policy Board. In prior service, he served as director of the World Health Organization smallpox eradication program in Uttar Pradesh, India, and director of the U.S.–Eastern Europe cooperative health research program. He is best known for his research and publications on the basic determinants of health status. He was educated at Berkeley (BA); University of California, Los Angeles (MA, MD); and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (MPP).