David Asprey, Ph.D., PA-C, currently serves as Assistant Dean in the Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum in the Carver College of Medicine and is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies and Services. He holds secondary appointments in the Department of Pediatrics and in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Sciences. His academic background includes a bachelor’s degree in biology from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa Physician Assistant Program. He received a master’s degree in instructional design and technology and a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Iowa College of Education. His clinical practice as a physician assistant (PA) has consisted of 4 years in emergency medicine and 22 years in pediatric cardiology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Asprey has been involved in the education of health sciences students for more than 20 years predominately working with medical, PA, and physical therapy (PT) students and has served as the Carver College of Medicine’s faculty point person for interprofessional education (IPE) initiatives. Dr. Asprey has authored numerous abstracts, articles, and chapters in addition to co-editing three textbooks. He has served on the board of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), including a term as president, and was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry, where he also served as the vice chair. He recently served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Committee on Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education and participated in the production of the committee’s report titled Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation’s Health Needs.
Timi Agar Barwick, M.P.M., has served as chief executive officer of the PAEA since 2000. PAEA represents all of the accredited physician assistant educational programs located at colleges and universities across the United States. Prior to her appointment as CEO, Ms. Agar Barwick advanced through several association positions. She joined PAEA as its first full-time staff person in 1991 under a management contract. A graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Maryland, Ms. Agar Barwick’s background in public policy and philosophy initially brought her to Washington, DC, as a legislative correspondent. After serving a brief time on Capitol Hill, she moved forward in her career through a position with the National School Public Relations Association, before coming to PAEA.
Elizabeth G. (Libby) Baxley, M.D., is a Professor of Family Medicine and serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University since May 2012. Prior to moving to Greenville, Dr. Baxley spent 18 years on the faculty of the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine, From 2003–2012 she served as Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. Prior to that time, she was Director of Faculty Development in USC’s Office of Continuing Medical Education and Faculty Development and as Family Medicine Residency Program Director and the Director of Education for the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. Earlier in her career, Dr. Baxley taught on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, and at Anderson Family Practice Residency Program in Anderson, South Carolina. She is a graduate of Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. She received a Doctor of Medicine from the USC School of Medicine. A family practice residency at Anderson Family Practice Residency, Anderson, South Carolina, was followed by a faculty development fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Baxley’s work has focused heavily on health care delivery system redesign and teaching about patient safety and quality improvement. She has a keen interest in improving care through actualization of team-based care that is focused on the patient and family, as well as community health needs. She is a nationally known leader in her discipline in this area, and is frequently invited to speak on these topics across the country. She has co-directed two regional academic collaborative of multiple teaching practices from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. She has also achieved individual National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognition for Diabetes care, and her department’s teaching practice was recognized as a Level III patient centered medical home by NCQA in early 2010. Most of her recent scholarly work has been on the outcomes associated with ambulatory practice redesign. She was a contributor to the Educational Principles
of the Patient-Centered Medical Home, released in November 2010, and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Education and Training Task Force for the national Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative. Throughout her career she has been honored with a number of distinctions, including three teaching advancement awards from the USC School of Medicine, the Halford Award for Leadership in Humane Education, and the American Academy of Family Physicians Exemplary Teaching Award.
Jennifer Cabe, M.A., has spent more than 20 years in positions dedicated to improving community health, and now serves as executive director for Canyon Ranch Institute (CRI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that catalyzes the possibility of optimal health for all people. Ms. Cabe also is on the faculty of the Ohio State University College of Nursing. Ms. Cabe served in the Office of the Surgeon General as communications director and speechwriter for U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona. She was responsible for developing health literacy initiatives with health professionals, advocacy groups, policy makers, community leaders, and the public. Ms. Cabe previously served as communications officer at the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and led communications, wellness, and government relations for HealthNet Health Plan in the Pacific Northwest. Ms. Cabe was awarded the Surgeon General’s Medallion, which is the highest honor conferred by the U.S. Surgeon General. Ms. Cabe earned a bachelor’s degree at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and a master’s degree in public communication at American University in Washington, DC.
Francisco Eduardo de Campos, Ph.D., is a physician, public health specialist, retired professor of Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Science and Technology Specialist at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and Executive Secretariat of Open University of Unified Health System. Dr. Campos graduated in Medicine at UFMG, in Brazil. He holds a Master Degree in Social Medicine and a Doctoral Degree in Public Health. His first assignment was to coordinate a national research in Preventive Medicine Teaching in Brazil from where he was invited to coordinate the first massive Rural Internship, implemented at UFMG—the biggest public medical college within one of the most prestigious Brazilian Universities. Upon the redemocratization of Brazil, he was invited to work as Minister of Health’s Secretary of Human Resources. Dr. Campos was one of the leaders that spearheaded the proposal of unification of the Brazilian health system, coordinating the Human Resources Group in the National Commission of Health Reform. He joined the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) as a staff member (based in Washington, DC) and went back to Brazil to coordinate the Nucleus of Education in Public Health of UFMS.
From 2005 to 2010 he acted as Secretary of Management of Education and Workforce for health, responsible for many programs. He represented Brazil in WHO’s Executive Board. Dr. Campos was a board member of the Global Health Workforce Alliance and co-shared the 2nd Global Forum of Human Resources, held in Bangkok on January 2011. Currently, Dr. Campos holds a position as Science and Technology Specialist at Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and Executive Secretariat of Open University of Unified Health System.
Clifford Coleman, M.D., M.P.H., is a national expert in the field of health literacy. His teaching and research activities focus on workforce training to improve the clinical and public health response to low health literacy in the United States. Dr. Coleman received his medical degree from Stanford University in 2000, and completed a combined residency in Family Medicine and Public Health & General Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), with a Master’s of Public Health from Portland State University in 2004. He joined the faculty in the Department of Family Medicine at OHSU in 2004. He practices at OHSU’s Richmond Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center, where his clinical interests include care delivery for medically complex underserved patients.
Rita R. Colwell, Ph.D., is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Chairman and Chief Science Officer, CosmosID, Inc. Her interests are focused on genomics, biodiversity, and molecular microbial systematics and ecology. Dr. Colwell is an honorary member of the microbiological societies of Australia, Bangladesh, France, India, Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Dr. Colwell served as the 11th Director of the National Science Foundation from 1998 to 2004. She has authored/co-authored 19 books and more than 700 scientific publications. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has been awarded the Stockholm Water Prize, Order of the Rising Sun, Japan, and the U.S. National Medal of Science.
Malcolm Cox, M.D., is an Adjunct Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He most recently served for 8 years as the Chief Academic Affiliations Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Washington, DC, where he oversaw the largest health professions training program in the country and repositioned the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) as a major voice in clinical workforce reform, educational innovation, and organizational transformation. Dr. Cox received his undergraduate education at the University of the Witwatersrand and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. After com-
pleting postgraduate training in internal medicine and nephrology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, he rose through the ranks to become Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Education at the Perelman School of Medicine. He also served as Dean for Medical Education at Harvard Medical School; upon leaving the Dean’s Office, he was appointed the Carl W. Walter Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cox was the first Robert G. Petersdorf Scholar in Residence at the Association of American Medical Colleges and has also served on the National Leadership Board of the VHA, the VA National Academic Affiliations Council, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
James G. Fox, D.V.M., is a Professor and Director of the Division of Comparative Medicine and a Professor in the Department of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a Diplomat and a past president of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), past president of the Massachusetts Society of Medical Research, past chairman of Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) Council, past chairman of the NCCR/NIH Comparative Medicine Study Section, and past president of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). He is a member of various other organizations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, American Veterinary Medical Association, AAVMC, Infectious Diseases Society of America, American Gastroenterological Association, ACLAM, and American Society for Microbiology. He is an elected fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America and the American Gastroenterological Association, a past or current member of the Board of Directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R), One Health Commission, ACLAM, American Committee on Laboratory Animal Diseases, AAALAC, Massachusetts Society for Medical Research, National Association for Biomedical Research, and AAVMC. He has served on the editorial board of several journals, is a past member of the NIH/NCRR Scientific Advisory Council, and of the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Dr. Fox was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2004.
He has received numerous scientific awards including the AVMA’s Charles River Prize in Comparative Medicine, the AALAS Nathan Brewer Scientific Achievement Award, and the AVMA/American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners Excellence in Research Award. In 2006, Dr. Fox received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Colorado State University and in 2007 was selected as the inaugural recipient of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine Comparative Medicine Scientist Award. Dr. Fox was recently elected as an honorary member of the European Helicobacter Study group, and is the 2008 recipient of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science Charles A. Griffin Award. He has been studying infectious diseases of the gastrointestinal tract for the past 35 years and has focused on the pathogenesis of Campylobacter spp. and Helicobacter spp. infection in humans and animals. Dr. Fox is considered an international authority on the epidemiology and pathogenesis of enterohepatic helicobacters in humans and animals. He has been the principal investigator of an NIH postdoctoral training grant for veterinarians for the past 24 years and has trained 60 veterinarians for careers in biomedical research. He also has NIH training for veterinary students and has introduced more than 100 veterinary students to careers in biomedical research. He has chaired a committee for the Academies that published a report titled National Need and Priorities for Veterinarians in Biomedical Research, which highlights the urgent need for increased numbers of veterinarians involved in the biomedical research arena. He is a past member of Academies Committee to Assess the Current and Future Workforce Needs in Veterinary Medicine.
Elizabeth (Liza) Goldblatt, Ph.D., M.H.A./P.A., is the chair of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care. Dr. Goldblatt is a leading educator in the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession. She served as vice-president of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) from 1990 to 1996, president from 1996 to 2002 and is currently on the CCAOM Executive Committee. Dr. Goldblatt also co-chaired the Education Committee of the North American Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Council, from 1993 to 2007. She served on the board of trustees for Pacific University for 10 years from 1994 to 2004. Dr. Goldblatt was president of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) from 1988 to 2003, was the Vice President for Academic Affairs for the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) from 2003 to 2011, and currently serves as Director of Assessment and Planning at ACTCM in San Francisco, California. Throughout this time, Dr. Goldblatt has been a strong advocate for interdisciplinary, collaborative, academic efforts. She assisted in creating three NIH National Center for Complemen-
tary and Alternative Medicine centers with OHSU and Kaiser Permanente that included representation from the complementary and alternative health care colleges. She helped OHSU and the other complementary health care educational institutions to create the Oregon Collaborative for Integrative Medicine (OCIM). Dr. Goldblatt also had the lead in creating two of the eight clinical doctoral programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) at OCOM and ACTCM. These programs focus on collaborative and integrated medicine which she views as a major step for educational programs in this field. In 2008–2009, she served as a member of the Planning Committee for the IOM National Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Public Health. Dr. Goldblatt is currently working with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Osher Center and California Pacific Medical Center in acupuncture internship placements, cross-education projects, exploring collaborative research and placing medical doctors from both institutions on ACTCM’s faculty. Dr. Goldblatt has a Master’s in Public Administration/Health Administration (MPA/HA) from Portland State University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in Ethnomusicology, which combined anthropology and ritual arts. Her emphasis was on Tibetan culture.
Emilia Iwu, R.N., M.S.N., APNC, FWACN, completed her basic nursing and midwifery education in Nigeria. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in School Health Services from Rowan University of New Jersey; another undergraduate and graduate degree in Nursing from Rutgers University of New Jersey. Before joining University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology and School of Nursing as technical advisor for the Presidential Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) grant in Nigeria, she worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Infectious Diseases Clinic at Cooper Hospital University Medical Center and Healthcare for the Homeless Program, both in Camden, New Jersey. Her key interests have been capacity development of Nurses through education and practice. As Assistant Professor at the School of Nursing, University of Maryland, Ms. Iwu helped design a postmaster’s global health certificate program that involves clinical and research rotations for U.S.-based nursing students in Nigeria and other resource-constrained countries. Her research interests include nurses’ work and safety, nurses’ roles in changing health care delivery in resource constrained countries, patient access and retention in care as well as impact of mentored training for Health Care Workers on quality of care provision. She is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. in Nursing program at Rutgers University. Building on her global health work in Nigeria, Ms. Iwu’s Ph.D. project interest is to study “the impact of task shifting on nurses, quality of care, and professional regulatory policies.”
Laura Kahn, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.P., a physician, is a research scholar with the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. A native of California, Dr. Kahn holds a B.S. degree in nursing from UCLA, an M.D. from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, and a Master of Public Policy from Princeton University. In April 2006, she published “Confronting Zoonoses, Linking Human and Veterinary Medicine” in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases. That publication helped launch the One Health Initiative. In 2010 and 2011, she taught, “When Cows Go Crazy: The Inextricable Links Between Human and Animal Health,” to Princeton University freshman. She is the author of Who’s in Charge?: Leadership During Epidemics, Bioterror Attacks, and Other Public Health Crises published in 2009 by Praeger Security International. She writes regular online columns for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and has published in many peer-reviewed journals. She has recently completed a book tentatively titled Physicians, Farmers, and the Politics of Antibiotic Resistance: A One Health Analysis. It will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Dr. Kahn is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and is a recipient of the New Jersey Chapter’s Laureate Award. In 2010, the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES) awarded her with an honorary diploma for her work in One Health. In 2014, she received a Presidential Award for Meritorious Service from the American Association of Public Health Physicians.
Arthur Kaufman, M.D., received his medical degree from the State University of New York, Brooklyn, in 1969 and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Family Practice. He served in the U.S. Indian Health Service, caring for Sioux Indians in South Dakota and Pueblo and Navajo Indians in New Mexico, before joining the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico in 1974, where he has remained throughout his career, providing leadership in teaching, research, and clinical service. He was promoted to full Professor in 1984 and Department Chair in 1993. In 2007, he was appointed as the first Vice Chancellor for Community Health, and was promoted to Distinguished Professor in 2011. Dr. Kaufman has a passion for creating innovative education and service models to better address community, indigent, rural, and population health needs. He helped initiate the Primary Care Curriculum in New Mexico which became an international model for change by innovative track in traditional medical schools. He began to integrate Public Health and Family Medicine as Director of the Rockefeller-funded Health of the Public Program in New Mexico. He is Director of New Mexico’s WHO Collaborating Center for Innovative Health Workers Education Service
and Research Models. In 1999 he was elected Secretary General for the Network: Towards Unity for Better Health—a WHO-affiliated, nongovernment organization (NGO) composed mostly of academic health centers in developing countries interested in improving their relevance in education and service in addressing health needs of their local populations. Dr. Kaufman has been the recipient of many awards during his career. He has received national teaching awards from the Association of American Medical Colleges (Primary Care Award) and from Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (Achievement Award). He received the “Humanism in Medicine Award” (AAMC) in 2001 and the “5 Star Doctor Award” from WONCA in 2008. He has more than 70 publications and has written 4 books. His publications concern health care for uninsured and marginalized populations and problem-based and community-oriented teaching innovations. He has received numerous federal and private foundation grants to support his work.
Laura Magaña Valladares, Ph.D., has a bachelor’s degree in Education, a master’s degree in Educational Technology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She is a certified trainer in the cognitive programs of the Hadassah-Wizo-Canada Research Institute of Israel. Dr. Magaña Valladares has more than 30 years dedicated to higher education in public and private universities in Mexico; educational organizations in the United States; United Nations programs and NGOs in Central America and Europe. Among her multiple positions are the following: Advisers’ Coordinator in the Special Education Department of Mexico State; Educational Consultant for UNICEF; Dean of the School of Education of the University of the Americas; Executive Director of the Mexican-American Institute of Cultural Affairs; Consultant for the International Educational Programs, Denmark government; General Academic Coordinator, Anahuac University; Educational Consultant, Easter Seals, Michigan, USA; Dean, School of Education and Human Development, La Salle University. She has also been a teacher, trainer, and lecturer in diverse forums in national and foreign universities. For the past 10 years she has been the Academic Dean of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico leading the most important educational and technological innovation of the school in its 92 years of existence having a regional impact. Her research interest is in learning environments and the use of technology in education. She is member of the National System of Researchers of Mexico (SNI), and the State System of Researchers (SEI). Dr. Magaña’s research works are captured in more than 35 publications, including books, book chapters, manuals, and articles of indexed national and international journals. Additionally, she is the author of three technological developments for public health teaching. Dr. Magaña is an active member in community
educational organizations such as Mexican Association for the gifted and talented; The International Net for the Education of the deaf person; board member of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oakland University, EUA; executive board member of Troped; active member of the International Advisory Committee (IAC) of Public Health Global, and president of the Capacity Building Committee GEMNet, among others.
Mary E. (Beth) Mancini, R.N., Ph.D., N.E.-B.C., FAHA, ANEF, FAAN, is Professor, Associate Dean and Chair for Undergraduate Nursing Programs at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing. She holds the Baylor Health Care System Professorship for Healthcare Research. Prior to moving to an academic role in 2004, Dr. Mancini held progressive management positions in the service sector including 18 years as Senior Vice President for Nursing Administration and Chief Nursing Officer. Dr. Mancini received a B.S.N. from Rhode Island College, a Master’s in Nursing Administration from the University of Rhode Island, and a Ph.D. in Public and Urban Affairs from The University of Texas at Arlington. In 1994, Dr. Mancini was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. In 2009, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Heart Association. In 2011, she was inducted as a Fellow in the National League for Nursing’s Academy of Nurse Educators. Dr. Mancini is active in the area of simulation in health care, including serving as President of the Society for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare; past member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Simulation Task Force, Sigma Theta Tau International’s Simulation and Emerging Technologies Content Advisory Group, the WHO’s Initiative on Training and Simulation and Patient Safety; and Co-Chair of the Education Task Force for the International Liaison Committee for Resuscitation. Dr. Mancini has more than 90 publications to her credit and is a sought-after speaker at local, national, and international conferences on such topics as simulation in health care; health professions education, patient safety; teaching, retention, and outcomes related to basic and advanced life support education; emergency and critical care nursing; nursing research; and work redesign.
Christopher Olsen, D.V.M., Ph.D., is professor of public health in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Associate Director for One Health of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW–Madison) (Acting Director 2014–2015). He is also affiliated with the Master of Public Health degree program and a member of the MPH Advisory Committee; and, a member of the UW–Madison Morgridge Center for Public Service and Wisconsin Without Borders Advisory Committees, and the Division of International Studies Academic Planning Council. Dr. Olsen received his D.V.M. and
Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the UW–Madison. From 2007 to 2012 he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Veterinary Medicine, and from September 2012 through June 2014, he served as Interim Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning for the UW–Madison. In that senior university leadership position he co-chaired the University’s Educational Innovation effort and the University of Wisconsin System learning analytics project, and was a member of the core team planning for the University’s Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation, among other responsibilities. Dr. Olsen’s research has focused on public health aspects of influenza in animals and the viral and host factors that control transmission of influenza viruses among people and animals. More generally, he has strong educational interests in zoonotic infectious diseases, in building bridges between the veterinary medical and human medical professions, and in promoting a cross-disciplinary One Health approach for global and public health. Dr. Olsen completed the Joseph F. Kauffman Administrative Development Program at the UW–Madison in 2009–2010, and was a Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Academic Leadership Program Fellow in 2010–2011. He has published more than 65 refereed research and educational journal articles, as well as numerous proceedings and book chapters. He is also the recipient of several faculty honors, including election to the UW–Madison Teaching Academy, and the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Norden Distinguished Teacher Award and Walter F. Renk Distinguished Professor Award.
Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., had an early interest in communication, literacy, and social change that started while working on his parents’ small-town weekly newspapers. That early inspiration underpins his ongoing professional practice and research in health literacy, science, risk, and environmental communication, and social marketing. Dr. Pleasant joined CRI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, in May 2009. Dr. Pleasant is responsible for advancing the role of health literacy across CRI activities, including in current partnerships and programs, as well as in planning future activities. He also leads all research and evaluation activities at CRI, and is the program manager for numerous CRI partnerships. Dr. Pleasant is also engaged in developing new programs and partnerships. Dr. Pleasant has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and technical reports, and is co-author of the book Advancing Health Literacy: A Framework for Understanding and Action (2006). He is also a member of the scientific committee of the Public Communication of Science and Technology Network, represents CRI on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy, and serves on the Food and Drug Administration’s Risk Communication Advisory Committee. Dr. Pleasant earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University; a master’s
degree in environmental studies from Brown University; and a doctorate in communication from Cornell University.
Susan Scrimshaw, Ph.D., M.A., is currently the President of The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York. Prior to her appointment as President of The Sage Colleges, Dr. Scrimshaw was President of Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She was dean of the School of Public Health, and professor of community health sciences and of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) from 1994 through June 2006. Prior to becoming dean at UIC in 1994, she was associate dean of public health and professor of public health and anthropology at UCLA. Dr. Scrimshaw is a graduate of Barnard College and obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University. Her research includes community participatory research methods, addressing health disparities, improving pregnancy outcomes, violence prevention, health literacy, and culturally appropriate delivery of health care. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, where she has been elected a member of the governing council and serves on the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP), a joint unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Anthropological Association, and the Institute of Medicine of Chicago. While in Chicago, Dr. Scrimshaw was an appointed member of the Chicago Board of Health and Illinois State Board of Health. She chaired the Academies Committee on Communication for Behavior Change in the 21st Century: Improving the Health of Diverse Populations, and served as a member of the Academies Committee on Health Literacy. She is a past president of the board of directors of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Science, former chair of the Association of Schools of Public Health, and past president of the Society for Medical Anthropology. Her honors and awards include the Margaret Mead Award, a Hero of Public Health gold medal awarded by President Vicente Fox of Mexico, the UIC Mentor of the Year Award in 2002, and the Chicago Community Clinic Visionary Award in 2005.
Susan E. Skochelak, M.D., M.P.H., became the vice president for Medical Education at the American Medical Association (AMA) in May 2009. Dr. Skochelak previously served as senior associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Medicine and Public Health, where she was also a tenured professor of family medicine. In addition to providing leadership to the school’s academic programs and affiliated statewide campuses, she was responsible for academic standards and budget oversight for programs offering degrees in medicine, clinical laboratory sciences, PT, PA, and public health. She received her medical degree from
the University of Michigan and completed residencies in family practice and preventive medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). While in Chapel Hill, Dr. Skochelak completed a fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program and obtained a master’s degree in public health in epidemiology from UNC. A nationally recognized authority in medical education, Dr. Skochelak pioneered new models for community-based and interdisciplinary medical education. While with the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, she developed more than 200 community practice teaching sites across the state for medical students, initiated new programs in rural, urban, and global health, and led the development of a new master’s in public health degree at the university. Dr. Skochelak is actively involved in medical education research and has been the principal investigator for more than $18 million in grant awards from the NIH, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and from private foundations. She has served as the director of Wisconsin Area Health Education Consortium (AHEC) System, the chairperson of the Consortium for Primary Care in Wisconsin and as a member of the governor’s Rural Health Development Council. Her leadership and expertise have been recognized through numerous honors and awards, including the State Medical Society of Wisconsin Distinguished Service Award, the Distinguished Alumnae Award from Michigan Technological University, and the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at UW–Madison.
Jeffrey M. Taekman, M.D., is professor of anesthesiology, the assistant dean for educational technology, faculty in the Center for Health Informatics, and the director of the Human Simulation and Patient Safety Center (HSPSC) at Duke University. He has more than 20 years of experience in learning technology, simulation, and informatics. In the HSPSC, he oversees an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, educators, and engineers who focus on health care education, safety, and quality. The HSPSC model, with clinicians and educators working side by side with human factors engineers, has been cited as a 21st-century model for improving patient safety. He is a founder of, an inaugural elected officer for, and served on the Board of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare during its inception. He helped launch the Society’s journal, Simulation in Healthcare, and sat on the inaugural Editorial Board. He founded the Society’s Special Interest Group on Virtual Environments and Games Based Learning. He was honored with the 2013 Teaching Recognition Award for Innovation in Education by the International Anesthesia Research Society.
Elaine Tagliareni, Ed.D, R.N., CNE, FAAN, is currently a Chief Program Officer and Director of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Center for Excellence in Care of Vulnerable Populations at the NLN, Washington,
DC. For more than 25 years, Dr. Tagliareni was a Professor of Nursing and the Independence Foundation Chair in Community Health Nursing Education at Community College of Philadelphia. Dr. Tagliareni also served as President of the NLN from 2007 to 2009; in that position Dr. Tagliareni worked to reframe the dialogue concerning entry into practice to focus on developing and supporting models that increase the academic progression of all nursing graduates, from licensed practical nurse to baccalaureate to master’s and doctoral programs, to build a more diverse and educated workforce. In her role as Independence Foundation Chair, she has served as president of the National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC) to advance state and federal health policy to include nurse-managed health centers as essential safety net providers for vulnerable populations.
She has a long history of organizational leadership and grant-funded initiatives, funded through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health, the John A. Hartford Foundation, Independence Foundation, and the Independence Blue Cross Foundation. She has worked to advance nursing practice and education, increase diversity of the nursing workforce, and promote educational mobility for all nurses through the creation, implementation, and dissemination of new educational models. Currently, Dr. Tagliareni is the principal investigator on a Hearst Foundations–funded project to disseminate the NLN.
Richard (Rick) Talbott, Ph.D., FASAHP, FASHA, FAAA, is currently the Dean of the College of Allied Health Professions at the University of South Alabama and the President of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP). He also serves on the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) Foundation Board, the ASHA Committee on Honors, and is a founding past board member of the American Academy of Audiology. He has previously served as President of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders; President of the Speech and Hearing associations of Oklahoma and Georgia; Head of the Division for Exceptional Children at the University of Georgia; and Chair of the Communication Sciences and Disorders programs at the University of Virginia and Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He has served in leadership roles on more than 60 professional boards and committees. Dr. Talbott received his doctoral degree in audiology with an emphasis in auditory neurophysiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in 1973. He has published and/or presented more than 100 scientific papers, including topics ranging from the role of the Rasmussen’s bundle in audition, efficacy of otoacoustic emissions in newborn hearing screening, and controlling variables affecting hearing aid performance.
Deborah E. Trautman, Ph.D., R.N., M.S.N., assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) on June 16, 2014. At AACN, she oversees all of the strategic initiatives, signature programming, and advocacy efforts led by the organization known as the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. Formerly the Executive Director of the Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Transformation at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Trautman has held clinical and administrative leadership positions at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She also served as the Vice President of Patient Care Services for Howard County General Hospital, part of the Johns Hopkins Health System; and as Director of Nursing for Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She also held a joint appointment at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
Dr. Trautman received a B.S.N. from West Virginia Wesleyan College, an M.S.N. with emphasis on education and administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in health policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has authored and co-authored publications on health policy, intimate partner violence, pain management, clinical competency, change management, cardiopulmonary bypass, the use of music in the emergency department, and consolidating emergency services. As a member of the senior leadership at Johns Hopkins Hospital, she represented the hospital on the Baltimore City Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. Dr. Trautman serves as an advisory board member and chair for Academy Health’s Interdisciplinary Research Interest Group on Nursing Issues. She has served as a Magnet Appraiser Fellow for the American Nurses Association Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation and as an advisory committee member for the navigator and enrollment committee of the Maryland Health Insurance Exchange. Dr. Trautman is a 2007/2008 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow who worked for the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, then Speaker of the House, U.S. House of Representatives.
Richard W. Valachovic, D.M.D., M.P.H., is the executive director of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and president of the ADEAGies Foundation. He joined ADEA in 1997 after more than 20 years in research, practice, and teaching of pediatric dentistry and oral medicine/radiology. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and completed postdoctoral training in pediatric dentistry and dental public health. He previously served on the faculty and administration of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Valachovic has served as president of the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Profes-
sions and as executive director of the International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations (IFDEA). He is a member of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat. Dr. Valachovic earned his B.S. degree in 1973 from St. Lawrence University; his D.M.D. in 1977 from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine; and a Master in Public Health degree (1981) and a Master of Science degree in health policy and management (1982) from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed a residency in pediatric dentistry at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston in 1979.
Holly H. Wise, PT, Ph.D., is the representative for the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT), a component of the American Physical Therapy Association and is chair of the ACAPT IPE Task Force. She is an academic educator and physical therapist with a breadth of experience in IPE and collaborative practice and is currently a professor at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), an academic health center with six colleges: dental medicine, graduate studies, health professions, medicine, nursing, and pharmacy. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Duke University, and the University of Miami, Dr. Wise has worked in settings ranging from acute care to rehabilitation centers, co-owned a private practice for 13 years, and co-founded two interprofessional post-polio evaluation clinics. Dr. Wise is a member of the MUSC incubator team with the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (NEXUS), a member of the MUSC Strategic Plan Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Operations Team, and is a faculty facilitator for the mandatory MUSC interprofessional course: Transforming Health Care. She has also served as a faculty facilitator since the inception of the MUSC campus-wide interprofessional day and mentored numerous extracurricular interprofessional activities including the MUSC Presidential Scholars Program and the yearly MUSC Clarion competition. Dr. Wise has several publications and presentations related to her experiences with IPE and collaborative practice and has been actively involved in interprofessional funded research teams.
Therese (Terry) M. Wolpaw, M.D., MHPE, is a Professor Medicine and the Vice Dean for Educational Affairs at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and a faculty member in the Division of Rheumatology at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Her office oversees and supports the continuum of educational programs spanning undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education, and continuing medical education, including (1) curriculum development and implementation, (2) curriculum evaluation and outcomes assessment, and (3) faculty development programs. With her broad education portfolio, she has the op-
portunity to improve education from entry to medical school through ongoing professional development for the practicing physician. Dr. Wolpaw is a recognized national leader in medical education. She was the recipient of one of the first American College of Rheumatology Clinician Scholar Educator Awards, serves on the association’s Education Committee, and chaired its Continuing Assessment, Review, and Evaluation committee. At Penn State, she and Dr. Robin Wittenstein serve as the co-PIs on a 5-year AMA grant to accelerate change in medical education. This grant is funding a new Health Systems Navigation curriculum for Penn State medical students. Students not only study the science of health systems but also serve as patient navigators so they see the way the system functions from the patient perspective. Dr. Wolpaw completed a master’s degree in Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research focused on the expression of clinical reasoning and uncertainties in case presentations. She has developed the SNAPPS technique (S: summarize the case, N: narrow the differential, A: analyze the differential, P: probe the preceptor, P: plan management, S: select an issue for self-directed learning) for case presentations to preceptors, based on experiential learning theory. Dr. Wolpaw brings her experience in curriculum change, a track record of scholarship, and commitment to collaboration to the Penn State Hershey students, faculty, and staff.
Xuejun Zeng, M.D., Ph.D., FACP, is a professor of medicine, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, and associate chair of the Department of Medicine at Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH). She received her Ph.D. from Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in 1993, and her M.D. from Hunan Medical College in 1986. She was a research fellow within the division of viral pathogenesis at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, and was a visiting scholar within the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF. In 2012, she received the 1st prize for Higher Education Teaching Achievement, PUMC, and the 2nd prize for Higher Education Teaching Achievement, Beijing Municipal City. She is an Executive Council member for the Community Health Association of China and a Standing Committee Member for the Society of Internal Medicine, China Medical Association. Additionally, she is a Fellow at the ACP and a professor in the Department of Medicine at PUMC. Dr. Zeng was appointed the first dean of the new Department of Internal Medicine in PUMCH and in China. Now the department is becoming the medical education center for Internal Medicine (medical students and residents) and Family Medicine (residents and primary care physicians) and interdisciplinary consultation center for rare and complicated diseases. Dr. Zeng is actively involved in
general internal medicine and medical education. Some of Dr. Zeng’s ongoing programs include the Development of a Continuous Outpatient Teaching Platform for Medical Students in Sub-Internship at PUMC Hospital, a Training Program of Teaching Skills for Senior and Chief Residents, and Junior Faculty Development Programs for the Ministry of Health.