Linda McCauley, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN, FAAOHN (Co-Chair), is a global leader in environmental health and the dean of the Emory University School of Nursing. She co-chairs the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on Implementing High-Quality Primary Care and previously served on the National Academies’ Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, and the Environmental Roundtable, and the National Academy of Medicine Membership Committee. In 2020, she was named to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee. For more than 20 years, Dr. McCauley has been consistently funded for innovative research on children’s environmental health, vulnerable workers and occupational health, environmental justice, and the impacts of climate change on human health. She leads large multi-disciplinary research projects and research centers that are conducted in partnerships with vulnerable communities. Her work has been supported with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, EPA, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This year, Dr. McCauley was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in the Royal Academy of Nursing for the international impact of her work. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Hall of Fame in 2016 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American Academy of Occupational Health Nurses. Her research has resulted in more than 150 publications, ongoing consultations, leadership on occupational and
environmental advisory panels, testimony to government oversight bodies, and international presentations on interprofessional practice and the advancement of nursing science.
Robert L. Phillips, Jr., M.D., M.S.P.H. (Co-Chair), is the founding executive director of the Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care. From 2012 to 2018, he was the vice president for research and policy, where he led the launch of a national primary care clinical registry and a Measures That Matter research and development program for primary care. He is a graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology (1990) and the University of Florida College of Medicine (1995; with honors for special distinction). He completed training in family medicine at the University of Missouri in 1998, followed by a 2-year fellowship in health services research and public health (M.S.P.H., 2000). After his fellowship, Dr. Phillips became the assistant director of the Robert Graham Center in Washington, DC, from 2004 to 2012, and he served as its director. Dr. Phillips currently practices part time in a community-based residency program in Fairfax, Virginia, and is a professor of family medicine at Georgetown University and Virginia Commonwealth University. He served on the American Medical Association’s Council on Medical Education and as the president of the National Residency Matching Program. Dr. Phillips has been on several Federal Advisory Committees, including as the vice chair of the Council on Graduate Medical Education, the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, and the Negotiated Rule-Making Committee for Shortage Area Designation. A nationally recognized leader on primary care policy and health care reform, Dr. Phillips was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in 2010 and is currently the chair of the Membership Committee. He previously was the NAM Membership Committee Section 08 chair and a member of three consensus studies for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine: Committee on Depression, Parenting Practices, and the Health Development of Young Children; Committee on Integrating Primary Care and Public Health; and Committee on Assessing Progress on Implementing the Recommendations of the Institute of Medicine Report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. He has also been a reviewer for several studies, is a frequent participant in NAM/National Academies workshops and roundtables, and was a member of the NAM Vital Directions writing committee in 2016.
Asaf Bitton, M.D., M.P.H., is the executive director of Ariadne Labs, a health systems innovation center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and an associate professor of medicine and health care policy at Harvard Medical School. He is a national and global expert on primary care policy, financing, and delivery. He
previously served as the director of Ariadne Labs’ Primary Health Care Program, leading primary care measurement and improvement work in more than a dozen countries along with previous work directing regional medical home learning collaboratives in Massachusetts. He is a core founder and the leader of the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, a partnership that includes the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is dedicated to transforming the global state of primary health care. Currently, this partnership is scaling the launch and use of country-level dashboards on primary care performance across more than 20 countries, with a goal of 60 countries by 2022. He is a senior advisor for primary care policy at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation since 2012; he helped design and test three major comprehensive primary care payment and delivery initiatives, now active in 18 states, with more than 70 payers and 3,000 practices that serve more than 3 million Medicare beneficiaries and 15 million total patients. These initiatives represent the largest tests of combined primary care payment and clinical practice transformation work in the United States. He is a primary care physician at a medical home practice in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, that he helped to found in 2011. He currently serves on the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He is an elected member of the International Academy of Quality and Safety and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Tumaini Rucker Coker, M.D., M.B.A., is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, the director of research at the Seattle Children’s Center for Diversity & Health Equity, and the principal investigator (PI) at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development. Dr. Coker’s research focuses on community-engaged design and evaluation of innovative interventions to reduce socioeconomic disparities of care among children and on primary care practice redesign for children in low-income communities. She is the PI for two large, multi-year, National Institutes of Health–funded projects that focus on developing, adapting, and testing interventions to improve the delivery of care to children in low-income communities: a multi-site trial of a parent coach-led model for preventive care and a trial of a parent text messaging program to enhance parent–provider communication about chronic disease management. As the PI, she recently completed a project funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute using telehealth to improve access to mental health services for children in low-income communities. Dr. Coker’s work has been published widely, in journals such as JAMA, Pediatrics, and the American Journal of Public Health, and covered by media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, USA Today, and NBC. Dr. Coker was commissioned to complete
technical reviews for two National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reports: Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0–8 and Adolescent Health Services: Missing Opportunities. She also served as a panelist for the public session for the National Academies report Intersecting Professions in the Birth Through Age 8 Continuum.
Carrie Colla, Ph.D., is a professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine. A health economist, Dr. Colla focuses on physician payment, health insurance markets, and insurance benefit design. Her work is aimed at improving the quality, accessibility, and cost of health care. Dr. Colla’s research is dedicated to examining health system performance and the effectiveness of payment and delivery system reforms, including accountable care organizations. Her empirical studies include the effects of changes in Medicare reimbursement for physicians and institutional providers on vulnerable populations; the prevalence and drivers of low-value health care services; and the effects of care management and coordination in physician practices. Dr. Colla has been the principal investigator for the annual National Survey of Accountable Care Organizations since its inception, and she is a lead investigator in Dartmouth’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Center of Excellence to Study High-Performing Health Care Systems. Dr. Colla is a member of the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, which makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on payment model proposals. Dr. Colla participated in the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship, spending time as a congressional Fellow and working as a senior advisor at the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. She is an Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine Scholar at NAM. Dr. Colla received her Ph.D. in health policy and her M.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Molly Cooke, M.D., MACP, FRCP, is a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she is a practicing general internist and teaches primary care internal medicine. Her medical practice focuses on the care of patients with HIV and other chronic illnesses. Dr. Cooke’s academic focus is health professions education, with a particular emphasis on educational initiatives addressing patient outcomes and cost of care in complex, chronically ill patients. Her papers have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Annals of Internal Medicine, Academic Medicine, JAMA, and Science. She is an author of Educating Physicians: A Call for Reform of Medical School and Residency (2010), winner of the PROSE award for distinction in scholarly publication in 2011. In additional to her own experience as a primary care physician, Dr. Cooke
has considered primary care from national and international perspectives. Beginning in 2004, she served in a number of leadership roles in the American College of Physicians (ACP), which is the professional association for internal medicine physicians in the United States, comprising 154,000 members; she was president of ACP from 2013 to 2014. She has a broad understanding of health care in the United States and the perspective of generalist clinicians, including non-physician health professionals, in rural and underserved areas. Internationally, she has worked and/or consulted in China, Cuba, India, and Uganda and visited many other countries, including Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom, to learn about their health care systems and health professions workforce.
Jennifer E. DeVoe, M.D., D.Phil., is a practicing family physician, health services researcher, and national primary care leader based in Portland, Oregon. As the John & Sherrie Saultz Professor and Chair of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Department of Family Medicine, she oversees nearly 200 faculty, 72 resident physicians, and several of OHSU’s primary care clinics. Dr. DeVoe also serves as the inaugural director of OHSU’s new Center for Primary Care Research and Innovation. She was the first chief research officer and executive director of the OCHIN practice-based research network from 2010 to 2016, where she led the development of a unique community laboratory, linking together electronic health record (EHR) data from more than 400 community health center clinics across multiple states to build the most robust safety net research database in the country. She is the past president of the North American Primary Care Research Group, the premiere international professional organization for primary care researchers. Dr. DeVoe studies access to health insurance coverage and health care services, disparities in care, and how policy and practice changes affect the health of children and families. She and her team pioneered the use of EHR data in research, studying health care use by uninsured and underinsured populations, which has garnered her national attention, particularly relating to the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She served as a National Academy of Medicine (NAM)/American Board of Family Medicine Puffer Fellow from 2012 to 2014 and was elected to the NAM in 2014. She is the inaugural chair of the NAM’s primary care interest group (2017–2019). Dr. DeVoe serves on the board of governors for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Rebecca S. Etz, Ph.D., is an associate professor of family medicine and population health at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and the co-director of The Larry A. Green Center—Advancing Primary Health
Care for the Public Good. Dr. Etz has deep expertise in qualitative research methods and design, primary care measures, practice transformation, and engaging stakeholders. Dr. Etz received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Rutgers University in 2004. Her career has been dedicated to learning the heart and soul of primary care. Her work has resulted in iterative research cycles that expose and reflect on the tacit norms and principles of primary care in which clinicians, thought leaders, and patients are equally invested. Her work follows three main lines of inquiry: (1) bridging the gap between the business of medicine and the lived experience of the human condition; (2) making visible the principles and mechanisms on which the unique strength of primary care is based; and (3) exposing the unintended, often damaging consequences of policy and transformation efforts applied to primary care but not informed by primary care concepts. As a member of the VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health and the previous co-director of the ACORN PBRN, Dr. Etz has been the principal investigator of several federal and foundation grants, contracts and pilots, all directed toward making the pursuit of health a humane experience. She often serves on expert panels and as a board member for national primary care organizations. Recent research activities have included studies in primary care measures, behavioral health, care coordination, preventive care delivery, simulation modeling, care team models, organizational change, community-based participatory research, the study of exemplars, and adaptive use of health technologies. Dr. Etz has presented to the National Academies study committees, written a National Academy of Medicine discussion paper, and participated in planning meetings.
Susan Fisher-Owens, M.D., is a clinical professor of pediatrics in the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), School of Medicine and preventive and restorative dental sciences in the UCSF School of Dentistry. She practices at Zuckerberg San Francisco General, the county public hospital, and created an award-winning and sustainable oral health clinic embedded in its pediatric outpatient clinic. Dr. Fisher-Owens works with physicians on how to prevent oral disease in children or control it in adults (particularly pregnant women) and with dentists on how to work with children and incorporate context of care. Her research on a conceptual model of children’s oral health is cited internationally, and her current research focuses on children’s oral health disparities. She serves on the California State Oral Health Plan and the California Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Advisory Board and leads the integration effort of CavityFreeSF. She recently was an executive committee member on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Oral Health. In addition to her clinical and research interests of oral health, she is a champion of interprofessional/team-based care and centering supportive services in
primary care to best meet people’s needs, including integrating in primary care supports for social determinants of health, through several venues. She also leads a public health effort on vaccinations.
Jackson Griggs, M.D., FAAFP, is the chief executive officer of the Heart of Texas Community Health Center, a 14-site federally qualified health center serving 59,000 patients in Central Texas. Dr. Griggs is a family physician who has trained more than 150 primary care residents. He is the president of the McLennan County Medical Education and Research Foundation, overseeing the Waco Family Medicine Residency Program and fellowships in hospice and palliative care medicine, sports medicine, and clinical informatics. His research has included topics in primary care, population health, and mental illness. Through community engagement and collaboration, Dr. Griggs inaugurated an award-winning integrated behavioral health program, a wellness center for low-income families, a medical–legal partnership, and a produce prescription program for community health center patients.
Shawna Hudson, Ph.D., is a professor and the research division chief in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and the founding director of the Center Advancing Research and Evaluation for Patient-Centered Care at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She is a medical sociologist and has a joint faculty appointment in the Rutgers School of Public Health in the Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy. Dr. Hudson holds research memberships in the Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine and Science, the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and the Institute for Health, Healthcare Policy, and Aging Research. She is a mixed methods researcher and the principal investigator (PI) and co-PI on multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded studies. She has published extensively on the role of primary care in long-term followup care for cancer survivors. Dr. Hudson is a community-engaged primary care researcher working with vulnerable populations at the intersections of community health, primary care, and specialty care. She is the director for the Community Engagement Core of the New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science, which is a Clinical and Translational Science Awards consortium. She leads its $5 million NIH-funded Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underserved Populations initiative to improve outreach and access to COVID-19 testing within New Jersey vulnerable and underserved communities.
Shreya Kangovi, M.D., is the founding executive director of the Penn Center for Community Health Workers and an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She is a leading
expert on improving population health through evidence-based community health worker programs. Her research also highlights the perspectives of socially disadvantaged patients, who are often left out of health care design. Dr. Kangovi led the team that designed IMPaCT, a standardized, scalable program that leverages community health workers—trusted laypeople from local communities—to improve health. IMPaCT has been tested in three randomized controlled trials and improves chronic disease control, mental health, and quality of care while reducing total hospital days by 65 percent. It has a $2:1 annual return on investment to payers and has been delivered to more than 10,000 high-risk people in the Philadelphia region. In the past 3 years, IMPaCT has become the most widely disseminated community health worker program in the United States; it is being replicated by organizations across 18 different states, including the Veterans Health Administration; state Medicaid programs; integrated health care organizations; and even retailers such as Walmart. Dr. Kangovi founded the Penn Center for Community Health Workers, a national center of excellence dedicated to advancing health in low-income populations through effective community health worker programs. Dr. Kangovi has authored numerous scientific publications and received more than $25 million in funding, including federal grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She is the recipient of the 2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Equity Award, an elected member of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity.
Christopher F. Koller, M.A., M.P.P.M., is the president of the Milbank Memorial Fund, a 115-year-old operating foundation that improves population health by connecting leaders with the best information and experience. Before joining the fund, he served the state of Rhode Island as the country’s first health insurance commissioner between 2005 and 2013. Under Mr. Koller’s leadership, the Rhode Island Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner was nationally recognized for its rate review process and its efforts to use insurance regulation to promote payment reform, primary care revitalization, and delivery system transformation. The office was also one of the lead agencies in implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in Rhode Island. Prior to serving as health insurance commissioner, Mr. Koller was the chief executive officer of the Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island for 9 years. In this role, he was the founding chair of the Association of Community Affiliated Plans. Mr. Koller has a bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from Dartmouth College and master’s degrees in social ethics and public/private management from Yale University. He was a member of the National Academies of Sciences,
Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Health Care Services from 2014 to 2019 and served on the National Academies’ Committee on Essential Health Benefits and Committee on Integrating Social Needs Care and in numerous national and state health policy advisory capacities. Mr. Koller is also a professor of practice in the Department of Health Systems Policy and Practice in the School of Public Health at Brown University. Mr. Koller serves on the boards of the Primary Care Development Corporation, Fair Health, and the Commonwealth Care Alliance of Massachusetts.
Alex H. Krist, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of family medicine and population health at Virginia Commonwealth University and an active clinician and teacher at the Fairfax Family Practice Residency. He is the director of the Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network, director of community-engaged research at the Center for Clinical and Translational Research, and the current chairperson for the United States Preventive Services Task Force. Dr. Krist’s areas of interest include implementation of preventive recommendations, patient-centered care, shared decision making, cancer screening, and health information technology. He is the primary author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and has presented to a wide range of audiences at national and international conferences. Dr. Krist was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2018.
Luci K. Leykum, M.D., M.B.A., M.Sc., is the executive associate chair for the Department of Internal Medicine and a professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also a health services researcher in the South Texas Veterans Health Care System and the principal investigator (PI)/center lead for the Elizabeth Dole Center of Excellence for Veteran and Caregiver Research. She completed residency training in internal medicine at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, joining the Columbia faculty in 2002. In 2004, she accepted a clinician-investigator position at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, and she earned an M.Sc. in clinical investigation from The University of Texas in 2007. In 2019, she became the associate chair for clinical innovation in the Department of Medicine at the Dell Medical School. Dr. Leykum’s research has focused on applying the lens of complexity science to clinical systems. She has served as a co-PI in studies of learning in primary care teams and led and contributed to clinical systems improvement and change publications on a variety of care settings. Her most recent studies use a complexity science framework to understand how relationships and sensemaking differ between physician teams and how these differences relate to patient outcomes.
Benjamin Olmedo, M.M.Sc., PA-C, works in family medicine and urgent care for Dignity Pacific Central Coast Health Centers, where he is also involved in clinical informatics, quality measures, and equitable health outcomes. Following his distinguished Army service, Mr. Olmedo earned his PA-C through the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program, after which he commissioned in the U.S. Public Health Service, where he worked in rural Alaska for 3 years with the Indian Health Service. While in Alaska, Mr. Olmedo furthered his experience by serving on the board of directors for the Mat-Su Healthcare Foundation and was honored through Save the Children’s REAL Award in 2014 for community outreach, improving patient outcomes, and increasing use of clinic services. Mr. Olmedo served as the president of the Public Health Service Academy of Physician Assistants from 2015 to 2016, was the chief clinical consultant for physician assistants for the Indian Health Service from 2017 to 2019, and worked in California with a rural tribal health clinic from 2015 to 2019, where he was the emergency preparedness coordinator, on the California Tribal Epidemiology Center advisory council, and the chair of the Clinical Education Committee, in addition to providing same-day access to health care services. He is currently an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves and in the Executive M.P.H. Program through the University of California, Los Angeles, Fielding School of Public Health.
Brenda Reiss-Brennan, Ph.D., APRN, is a medical anthropologist and a psychiatric nurse practitioner working in primary care for more than 40 years. As a principal investigator, she leads the Intermountain Healthcare (IH) adoption, diffusion, and evaluation of clinical integration for mental health and medical care. The cost and quality evidence of the Mental Health Integration (MHI) innovation has transformed primary care culture and spread rapidly over 120 IH medical clinics, including uninsured, rural, and specialty, and 45 non-IH community clinics throughout the United States. MHI provides a proven integrated team-based culture that has effectively improved quality and patient experience while reducing costs. Dr. Reiss-Brennan holds a long-standing faculty appointment at the University of Utah College of Nursing. She serves as a local, national, and international consultant for cultural innovation, implementation science, and scaling of MHI cost, quality, and patient and staff experience research to improve population health and well-being.
Hector P. Rodriguez, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a professor, the Kaiser Permanente Endowed Chair in Health Policy and Management, and the director of the Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research at the University of California, Berkeley. He is an expert in organizational analysis and performance management in health care organizations and
public health systems. Prior to his academic career, he was a management consultant for the Permanente Medical Group, where he worked with leaders and clinicians in northern California to implement primary care practice redesign and evaluate their impact on patient care. He has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, including key articles focused on measuring and improving patients’ experiences of care and patient-reported outcomes, primary care teamwork, implementation fidelity, and multilevel organizational analyses. Dr. Rodriguez is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and a recipient of the John D. Thompson Investigator Award from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.
Mary Roth McClurg, Pharm.D., M.H.S., is a professor and the executive vice dean—chief academic officer at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Dr. Roth McClurg spent 12 years as a clinical pharmacist in primary care practice within the VA Health System and in the interdisciplinary geriatric clinic within the Department of Geriatrics at UNC Healthcare, providing direct care as part of an interprofessional care team. She has focused her research efforts on advancing comprehensive medication management and the role of the clinical pharmacist as an integral member of the primary care team, with the goal of optimizing medication use and improving care in people with multiple chronic diseases. Dr. Roth McClurg is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.
Robert J. Weyant, M.S., D.M.D., Dr.P.H., serves as the associate dean of dental public health and community outreach and a professor and the chair of the Department of Dental Public Health at the School of Dental Medicine. He is also a professor of epidemiology at the Graduate School of Public Health. He received a master’s degree in public health, a dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and a doctoral degree in epidemiology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Weyant is a former Navy dental officer and VA dentist. He has been a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health since 1987, is a past president of the American Association for Public Health Dentistry, and is the editor in chief of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. He currently serves on numerous local, state, and national committees aimed at reducing oral health disparities, increasing the dental workforce, and improving access to oral care. Dr. Weyant’s research involves basic and social epidemiological research related to oral health disparities. Presently, he is the principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on several National Institutes of Health–funded studies of oral disease etiology. Dr. Weyant also directs the Center for Oral Health Research in Appalachia and oversees the joint degree program in public health.
National Academy of Medicine Fellows
Kameron Matthews, M.D., J.D., FAAFP, is a board-certified family physician, advocate, and policy maker, with a career focus on underserved patient populations. She serves as the assistant undersecretary for health for clinical services and the chief medical officer of the Veterans Health Administration. In 2017, she was named one of National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health. She served as the 2018–2020 National Academy of Medicine (NAM)—American Board of Family Medicine James C. Puffer Fellow and was elected to the membership of the NAM in 2020.
Lars Peterson, M.D., Ph.D., is a family physician and a health services researcher who serves as the vice president of research for the American Board of Family Medicine. He also has an appointment as an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Kentucky, where he provides direct clinical care and teaches students and residents. Dr. Peterson, a native of Utah, received his medical and graduate degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and completed his family medicine residency at the Trident/Medical University of South Carolina family medicine residency program. Dr. Peterson leads a research team focused on elucidating the outcomes of family medicine certification, in particular the impact that certification activities have on the quality of care delivered by family physicians. Additionally, Dr. Peterson and his team seek to understand the ecology of family medicine over time—what physicians do in practice and their contribution to high-quality health care. His personal research interests also include investigating associations between area-level measures of health care and socioeconomics with health and access to health care, rural health, primary care, and comprehensiveness of primary care. Dr. Peterson has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and made more than 100 national/international conference presentations.
Dima M. Qato, Pharm.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., is a pharmacist and a pharmacoepidemiologist and currently serves as the Hygeia Centennial Chair and an associate professor (with tenure) in the Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy. She has also been appointed as a senior fellow with the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. Dr. Qato has been selected as a National Academy of Medicine Pharmacy Fellow for 2018–2020. She received her Pharm.D. from the University of Illinois at
Chicago, an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Ph.D. in public health from the University of Illinois School of Public Health. Dr. Qato’s research focuses on access and safe use of medications in vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad. She uses population-based methods to better understand the underlying mechanisms responsible for the use, underuse, and unsafe use of medications, how these patterns may influence health outcomes and health disparities, and what can be done from a community and policy perspective to address these growing public health problems. Dr. Qato’s research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including JAMA and Health Affairs. Her work has received widespread media coverage, including in The New York Times, NPR, PBS News, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, CNN, BBC, and National Geographic and is funded by various agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has also influenced national and state policy around medication access and safety. Dr. Qato’s goal is to promote public accountability in ensuring access to and safe use of medications at the national, state, and local levels. In an effort to achieve this goal, Dr. Qato is interested in incorporating polypharmacy and the role of pharmacies in ongoing health care reform.
National Academies Christine Mirzayan Fellow
Jennifer Puthota is a medical student at the CUNY School of Medicine in New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in 2017 after studying biomedical sciences at the City College of New York’s Sophie Davis School. Working closely with her school’s Humanities in Medicine program, Ms. Puthota participates in the practice of Narrative Medicine, is compelled by the storytelling and listening component of health care, and is on track to graduate with distinction in this practice. During her undergraduate years, Ms. Puthota worked in a cell biology laboratory at the City College of New York; she investigated epithelial cell polarization and the specific role of kinesins within cell architecture. She performed clinical research during her first 2 years of medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she was a research assistant for a laboratory examining the possible genetic factors underlying mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Her most recent research project focused on climate change and how increasing air temperatures may be negatively affecting birth outcomes both in the United States and across the globe. She was interested in the intersectionality of disciplines, so she was very much encouraged to apply for the Mirzayan Fellowship Program. She hopes to better understand how policy works with the sciences to bolster health.
Marc Meisnere, M.H.S., is a program officer on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Health Care Services. Since 2010, Mr. Meisnere has worked on a variety of National Academies consensus studies and other activities that have focused on mental health services for service members and veterans, suicide prevention, primary care, and clinician well-being. Before joining the National Academies, Mr. Meisnere worked on a family planning media project in northern Nigeria with the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs and on a variety of international health policy issues at the Population Reference Bureau. He is a graduate of Colorado College and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Tracy A. Lustig, D.P.M., M.P.H., is a senior program officer with the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Lustig was trained in podiatric medicine and surgery and spent several years in private practice. In 1999, she was awarded a congressional fellowship with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and spent 1 year working in the office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. Dr. Lustig joined the National Academies in 2004. She was the study director for consensus studies on the geriatrics workforce, oral health, ovarian cancer research, and the report Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System. She has also directed workshops on the allied health workforce, the use of telehealth to serve rural populations, assistive technologies, and hearing loss. In 2009, she staffed a National Academies–wide initiative on the “Grand Challenges of an Aging Society” and helped to launch the Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence, which she currently directs. Dr. Lustig has a doctor of podiatric medicine degree from Temple University and an M.P.H. with a concentration in health policy from The George Washington University.
Sarah K. Robinson is a research associate with the Board on Health Care Services. Prior to her time at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, she worked in health care market research, focusing on first-in-class medications, implantable devices, and telehealth platforms. She has led numerous primary research initiatives on a wide variety of topics, including patient–clinician communication barriers, treatment algorithms and decision making, and insurance transparency. Ms. Robinson received her B.A. in political science and English from the University of Chicago.
Samira Abbas is a senior program assistant on the Board on Health Care Services. She serves on the Social Security Administration study on diagnosing and treating adult cancers and the study on implementing high-quality primary care. Ms. Abbas recently worked with Visionary Consulting Partners as an administrative assistant and was previously in eye care, where she accumulated extensive experience as an optician, optometric/ophthalmic technician, and vision insurance specialist. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry.
Sharyl Nass, Ph.D., serves as the director of the Board on Health Care Services and director of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s National Cancer Policy Forum (NCPF). To enable the best possible care for all patients, the board undertakes scholarly analysis of the organization, financing, effectiveness, workforce, and delivery of health care, with emphasis on quality, cost, and accessibility. NCPF examines policy issues pertaining to the entire continuum of cancer research and care. For two decades, Dr. Nass has worked on a broad range of health and science policy topics, including the quality and safety of health care and clinical trials, developing technologies for precision medicine, and strategies for large-scale biomedical science. She has a Ph.D. in cell biology from Georgetown University and undertook postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a research fellowship at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. She also holds a B.S. and an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She has received the Cecil Medal for Excellence in Health Policy Research, a National Academies Distinguished Service Award, and the Institute of Medicine staff team achievement award (as team leader).
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