Stuart H. Altman, Ph.D. (Chair), is Sol C. Chaikin professor of national health policy at Brandeis University. Dr. Altman was dean of the Florence Heller Graduate School from 1977 to July 1993 and interim president of Brandeis University from 1990 to 1991. He is an economist whose research interests are primarily in the area of federal and state health policy. From 2000 to 2002, he was co-chair of the Legislative Health Care Task Force for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1997, he was appointed by President Clinton to the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare. He served as chairman of the congressionally legislated Prospective Payment Assessment Commission for 12 years. In addition, Dr. Altman has served on the board of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and taught at Brown University and the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Altman is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Carmen Alvarez, Ph.D., R.N., CRNP, CNM, is an assistant professor in the Department of Community-Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Her research focuses on health promotion among underserved populations, particularly the role of patient–provider communication in preventive behaviors and health outcomes among underserved young adults. For the past 7 years, she has practiced in community health centers, serving mainly uninsured and underinsured Latino immigrants. During her postdoctoral fellowship in community health center policy, she collaborated with an array of researchers examining women’s experiences with family planning services in community health centers, patient–provider communication about preventive services, and
provider attitudes and subsequent communication behavior regarding support for patient self-management. In addition, Dr. Alvarez has been involved in projects highlighting the unique needs of the community health center population. She received her M.S.N. from Emory University and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the George Washington University School of Public Health.
Cynthia C. Barginere, D.N.P., R.N., FACHE, is senior vice president and chief operating officer at Rush University Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Previously, she served as president for clinical nursing and chief nursing officer at Rush University Medical Center, and as associate dean for nursing practice and chair of advanced practice nursing at the Rush College of Nursing. Dr. Barginere spent nearly 13 years of her career at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) Hospital, a 908-bed major academic and level-one trauma center. At UAB, she served as associate vice president and then chief nursing officer, with responsibility for quality/performance improvement and Joint Commission accreditation. During her tenure as chief nursing officer, UAB received the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet redesignation for nursing excellence. Dr. Barginere received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, her graduate degree from UAB, and her doctorate from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
Richard A. Berman, M.H.A., M.B.A., is interim director of the Patel College of Global Sustainability, a professor in the Institute for Advanced Discovery and Innovation, and visiting professor for social entrepreneurship in the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida. He has held health care, educational, housing, and community development leadership positions around the world. In the public sector, Mr. Berman has worked with several foreign governments, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and as a cabinet-level official for the State of New York. In the private sector, he has worked with Manhattanville College, McKinsey & Company, New York University Medical Center, Westchester Medical, EmblemHealth, and numerous start-ups. Mr. Berman served as co-founder and CEO of LICAS and as an entrepreneur in residence at Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center. He serves on several boards. He attended the University of Michigan, receiving his bachelor of business administration degree, M.B.A., and M.H.A. Mr. Berman is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Karen Donelan, Sc.D., Ed.M., is a senior scientist at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She was previ-
ously founding managing director of the Harvard Opinion Research Program at the Harvard School of Public Health and co-founder and senior vice president of Medrock, Inc., a company that provided support to patients confronting critical and complex illnesses. Dr. Donelan is a prominent survey scientist who has conducted numerous national and international surveys of the experiences of patients and health professionals concerning the impact of changes in health policy and health services in health systems. Her recent collaborative interprofessional research involves surveys of patients, nurses, students and faculty, physicians, military personnel, health care executives, and thought leaders, all focused on nurse and physician recruitment, retention, and diversity and the impact on access to and quality of care. Dr. Donelan holds degrees in English and American literature (A.B.), education (Ed.M.), and health policy and management (Sc.D.), all from Harvard University.
Suzanne Ffolkes, M.A., is vice president of communications at Research!America. Previously, she served as director of media advocacy for the American Heart Association, leading media and communication activities for the association’s policy initiatives. She also has served as senior media outreach specialist for the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and as senior communications specialist for the United Negro College Fund. Ms. Ffolkes has been a journalist for the Associated Press Broadcast News Center and for various broadcast and print media outlets around the country, including CNN. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in public communication from The American University in Washington, DC.
Paula Gubrud, Ed.D., R.N., FAAN, is an associate professor and special assistant to the dean at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing. She is a founding leader of the Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) and is currently a director for this nationally recognized statewide collaboration. Dr. Gubrud was an Associate Dean at OHSU School of Nursing from 2009 to 2014. Dr. Gubrud consults on the development of community college and university consortiums and has assisted several states in developing shared competency-based curriculum similar to the OCNE model. She frequently leads national workshops on nursing education redesign, simulation, and clinical education. Dr. Gubrud has more than 20 years of experience in community college education. She served as nursing faculty, nursing program director, dean of Nursing & Allied Health, and special assistant to the president for strategic initiatives at Mt. Hood Community College. She also served on several statewide committees and councils through the office of the Oregon Board of Education’s Community College and Workforce Development Department. She earned a B.S.N. from Walla Walla University, an M.S.N. from OHSU, and an Ed.D. from Portland State University.
Jack Needleman, Ph.D., FAAN, is a professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. His research interests include the impact of changing markets and public policy on the quality of and access to care, and the responses of health care providers and insurers to market and regulatory incentives. For the past decade, Dr. Needleman’s research has focused on studies of quality and staffing in hospitals and on the evaluation and design of performance improvement activities. Quality measures he developed have been adopted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medicare, The Joint Commission, and the National Quality Forum, and his expertise in developing, testing, and refining quality measures has been tapped by these and other organizations. He was lead evaluator for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative Transforming Care at the Bedside. He also has directed projects on a wide range of topics, including studies of for-profit and nonprofit hospitals, the impact of community health centers on hospitalizations for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions, and changes in access to inpatient care for psychiatric conditions and substance abuse. Dr. Needleman received his Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Michele J. Orza, Sc.D., serves as senior advisor to the executive director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Prior to joining PCORI, she was a principal policy analyst at the National Health Policy Forum, focused on evidence-based health practice and policy, public health infrastructure and systems, global health, and health science and technology. Previously, Dr. Orza was a scholar at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) with the Board on Global Health and was acting director of the Board on Health Care Services. Prior to that, she had served as assistant director of the Health Care Team at the Government Accountability Office, where she was responsible for managing study teams evaluating a wide range of federal programs. Before coming to Washington, DC, Dr. Orza worked as a research assistant in the Technology Assessment Group at the Harvard School of Public Health on a wide variety of methods for and applications of systematic reviews and meta-analysis and other tools to promote and support evidence-based public health. She has served as a member of the Advisory Board to the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Policy and Healthcare Transformation. Dr. Orza received both her master’s degree in health policy and management and her doctorate in program evaluation from the Harvard School of Public Health and received the first B.A. in women’s studies from Harvard/Radcliffe University.
Robert L. Phillips, Jr., M.D., M.S.P.H., is vice president for research and policy at the American Board of Family Medicine. He currently practices part-time in a community-based residency program in Fairfax, Virginia, and holds faculty appointments at Georgetown University, George Washington University, and
Virginia Commonwealth University. From 2004 to 2012, Dr. Phillips served as director of the Robert Graham Center, a center for policy studies in family practice and primary care, in Washington, DC. He has expertise in health services and health policy research, focused mainly on the primary care setting. He also has interests in health workforce research and policy and social determinants of health. Dr. Phillips served on the American Medical Association’s Council on Medical Education and as president of the National Residency Matching Program. From 2006 to 2010, he was vice chair of the U.S. Council on Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Phillips is a graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology and the University of Florida College of Medicine. He completed training in family medicine at the University of Missouri, after which he completed a 2-year fellowship in health services research and public health. Dr. Phillips is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
Edward Salsberg, M.P.A., is director of health workforce studies at the George Washington (GW) University Health Workforce Institute and is on the faculty at the GW School of Nursing. He has successfully established and managed three health workforce research centers. He was the founding director of the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which was authorized by the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Salsberg previously established and directed the Center for Workforce Studies at the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the School of Public Health at the University at Albany of the State University of New York. All three health workforce centers have been leaders in providing information on the supply, demand, distribution, and use of the health care workforce, and they have pioneered approaches to collecting health workforce data. From 1984 to 1996, Mr. Salsberg was a bureau director at the New York State Department of Health. He received his master’s degree in public administration from the Wagner School at New York University.
George E. Thibault, M.D., is president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. Immediately prior to that, he served as vice president of clinical affairs at Partners Healthcare System in Boston and director of the Academy at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He was the first Daniel D. Federman professor of medicine and medical education at HMS and is now Federman professor, emeritus. Dr. Thibault previously served as chief medical officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as chief of medicine at the Harvard-affiliated Brockton/West Roxbury Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital. For nearly four decades at HMS, Dr. Thibault played leadership roles in many aspects of undergraduate and graduate medical education. He had a central role in the New Pathway curriculum reform and was a leader in the New Integrated Curriculum reform at HMS. In addition to his teaching, his research has focused on the evaluation of practices and outcomes of medical intensive care and variations in the use of cardiac tech-