NGC/NQMC Editorial Board
NGC/NQMC Editorial Board (July 2013 to Present)
The NGC/NQMC Editorial Board is composed of health care professionals with collective expertise in evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and quality measures. The Board serves as a resource for feedback and guidance on developments in health care that inform future work. The Board also provides valuable perspectives in the form of Expert Commentaries on topics germane to the guideline and quality measures fields and works collaboratively with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to govern content, specifically working with the NGC/NQMC content teams in key aspects of content development and production.
Richard C. Hermann, MD, MS (Co-chair)
Associate Professor, Medicine & Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine
Director, Center for Quality Assessment & Improvement in Mental Health
Tufts Medical Center's Institute for Clinical Research & Health Policy Studies
Dr. Hermann currently serves as the Director of the Center for Quality Assessment & Improvement in Mental Health at Tufts Medical Center's Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies. He is active in academia and is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at the Tufts University School of Medicine. His major research interests include organizational factors that influence the effectiveness of quality improvement in health care, quality assessment of mental health care and its association with clinical outcomes, and variation and appropriateness of psychiatric practices. He has received more than 20 research funding grants and is also Deputy Editor for Psychiatry at www.uptodate.com . Since 2001, Dr. Hermann has played a key role in the development of the conceptual framework for NQMC, working closely with ECRI Institute (ECRI), AHRQ's contractor for NGC/NQMC, first as part of ECRI's subcontractor team at the Harvard School of Public Health, and, since 2007, as the lead on ECRI's subcontract with Tufts Medical Center.
Dr. Hermann has led or contributed to quality measure development efforts of the National Quality Forum, National Committee for Quality Assurance, Joint Commission, American Psychiatric Association, and other organizations. He sits on the Editorial Board of the Joint Commission Journal for Quality and Safety, is Co-chair of the NGC/NQMC Editorial Board, and serves as a reviewer of many other prominent journals. His own publishing credits include numerous refereed papers, chapters, and editorials, as well as a book, Improving Mental Healthcare: A Guide to Measurement-based Quality Improvement.
Paul G. Shekelle, MD, PhD, MPH (Co-chair)
Staff Physician, West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Professor of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine
Past Chair, Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians
Director, Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center
Dr. Shekelle has served as the Director of the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) for the RAND Corporation since 1997, is a Staff Physician at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. He is widely recognized in the field of guidelines, quality measurement, and evidence-based medicine. He is a past chair of the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians (ACP). Since 2007, Dr. Shekelle has been Co-chair of the NGC/NQMC Editorial Board and played a key role in advising ECRI, AHRQ's contractor for NGC/NQMC, on issues related to the pilot project conducted on the impact of the Institute of Medicine Standards for Trustworthy Guidelines.
Rhonda Anderson, RN, DNSC(h), FAAN, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer, Cardon Children's Medical Center
Dr. Anderson is Chief Executive Officer of Cardon Children's Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, a Banner Health Hospital. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). In addition to serving as the Joint Commission Commissioner for nine years and on the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees for three years, she was on the Board of the Joint Commission International and was the ACHE Regent for Arizona. Dr. Anderson also serves on the Institute for Interactive Patient Care National Advisory Board, the Health Research and Educational Trust Board and Committee on Research, the Children's Hospital Association Public Policy Council, and the National Quality Forum Measure Applications Partnership Coordinating Committee. Dr. Anderson is also Trustee of the Perinatal Trust and past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Children's Action Alliance, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Advisory Committee/Academic Progression in Nursing Program, the Chamberlain College of Nursing Board of Trustees, the American Hospital Association Health Forum Board of Directors, and the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools Education Committee. Dr. Anderson has been involved as Member or Chair of State and National Patient Safety and Quality Committees and Performance Measurement Committees for the past ten years.
In addition to receiving the Distinguished Achievement Award from Arizona State University College of Nursing, Dr. Anderson was a selected participant in The First International Institute: Executive Nurse Leadership in the United Kingdom and the United States, Florence Nightingale Trust in London, England. Dr. Anderson attended the Wharton School of Business as a selected participant in The Johnson & Johnson Fellowship Program. Dr. Anderson was also awarded the Nursing Legend, Nurse of the Year Award by the March of Dimes in 2005 and both the American Organization of Nurse Executives Lifetime Achievement Award and NurseWeek Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Dr. Anderson is a Phoenix Business Journal 2011 Women in Business Honoree and currently serves on editorial boards of four health care and nursing journals. Dr. Anderson was named Arizona Business Magazine's 2012 Healthcare Leadership Award "Hospital Executive of the Year" and one of their "Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business" and was a finalist for the Phoenix Business Journal 2013 Health Care Heroes Award, Lifetime Achievement Category. Dr. Anderson is also the recipient of the Association of Professional Chaplains 2012 Leadership Award "Distinguished Service Award." In 2014, she was awarded the American Hospital Association Award of Honor. Dr. Anderson served on the NGC/NQMC Expert Panel from 2007 to 2013 and was recognized in the 2015 AZ Business Leaders Magazine as one of the top CEOs of a specialty hospital. She has been chair on the Eisenberg Awards committee for four years and is a member of the American Hospital Association Committee of Performance Improvement.
Cheryl Damberg, PhD, MPH
RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Care Payment Policy
Principal Senior Researcher, RAND Health
Professor, The Pardee RAND Graduate School
Dr. Damberg is Principal Senior Researcher, the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Care Payment Policy, and Professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of health economics, quality measurement and reporting, and the use of financial incentives to improve cost and quality. She is a national expert in the areas of pay for performance (P4P) and value-based purchasing applications of performance measures, physician and hospital performance measurement, measures of cost efficiency/resource use, and evaluating the effects of performance measurement systems and alternative payment models. Dr. Damberg has served as Project Director on numerous projects funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and private foundations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the California Healthcare Foundation, and the Commonwealth Fund. Currently, Dr. Damberg is leading a 5-year AHRQ-funded Center of Excellence on High Performing Health Systems. She is also leading a 5-year NIH-funded study to evaluate the impact of California's statewide value-based P4P program and recently completed an evaluation of the development of commercial Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in California. She also leads several Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-funded projects, which include a three-year project to strengthen the Medicare STAR rating program used to determine quality-based payments for Medicare Advantage plans and the Medicare Advantage Health Plans and Part D Disenrollment survey project, and is involved in the 2018 National Impact Assessment of CMS's use of quality measures. She recently completed a large-scale review of the use of value-based purchasing approaches to help the DHHS consider ways of implementing and measuring success in value-based purchasing programs. Previously, Dr. Damberg served as Director of Research for the Pacific Business Group on Health, where she led early efforts to measure the quality of provider organizations and report comparative performance results to consumers; was a senior consultant to Fortune 100 firms for the MEDSTAT Group; and was a research fellow in the DHHS's Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She has testified in Congress regarding use of performance measures in revising the sustainable growth rate formula that is used to determine payments to physicians under Medicare. Dr. Damberg received her PhD in public policy from the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an MPH from the University of Michigan. Dr. Damberg joined the NGC/NQMC Editorial Board in 2015.
Peggy Honoré, DHA
General Russel Honoré Endowed Professor, Health Sciences Center School of Public Health
Louisiana State University (LSU)
Dr. Honoré is the AmeriHealth Caritas-General Russel Honoré Endowed Professor at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center School of Public Health. Her research and teaching areas include health policy, quality, and finance. She is widely regarded as a leading national expert on public health finance given her 15 years of pioneering work to define the field, to research, and to develop publications. At LSU she created the AmeriHealth Caritas Health Policy Fellowship Program, which places LSU students seeking the combined MD/MPH degree in Washington D.C.-based organizations where they gain practical experiences and build skills in health policy research, analysis, and advocacy.
Prior to returning fulltime to LSU in June 2015, Dr. Honoré served for 8 years as the Director of the Public Health System, Finance and Quality Program in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). In that role, she led DHHS-wide efforts to define public health quality and to develop methodologies and policies for measurement of quality across the public health system. Her major areas of research included the development of academic materials to educate the workforce, integration of health care and public health quality, and related IT infrastructures for integrated clinical and public health data. DHHS publication activity under her tenure include development of the Consensus Statement on Quality in the Public Health System and identification of quality priorities as noted in the report Priority Areas for Improvement of Quality in Public Health. She funded Harvard University Medical School to develop public health quality assessment tools used in clinical and public health settings and funded George Washington University to develop materials for academic coursework on the growing profession of health navigation. She has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, three book chapters, and numerous government reports, and has developed three issues on finance and disparities as guest editor for the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.
Dr. Honoré's professional experiences in health care leadership and finance include roles as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer (COO/CFO) for a group of four clinics, corporate finance for Exxon Company USA and McDonald's Corporation, university Vice President for Finance, and Chief Science (Research) Officer and CFO for two state health departments. From 2013 to 2015, she was a member of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health and on the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Framing the Future: The Second 100 Years of Education for Public Health Task Force. Her policy experience includes seven years working with state legislatures on higher education and public health policy. She also testified and worked with a U.S. Senate Health, Education Labor & Pensions (HELP) subcommittee on the reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act. In that role she conducted research to inform the work of the Senate Committee and provided language for inclusion in the law to support a $50 million appropriation for public health systems research.
Dr. Honoré holds adjunct titles at George Washington University, Tulane University, and the Medical University of South Carolina. She earned a Doctorate in Health Administration (DHA) from the Medical University of South Carolina and a Master of Health Administration (MHA) from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. In addition to being a member of the NGC/NQMC Editorial Board, Dr. Honoré currently serves on the Pan American Health Organization Foundation Technical Advisory Working Group, the Editorial Board for the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, and the Leadership Team for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 100 Million Healthier Lives program.
Lisa A. Lang, MPP
Assistant Director, Health Services Research Information
Head, National Information Center on Health Services Research & Health Care Technology
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health & Human Services
Ms. Lang is Assistant Director for Health Services Research Information of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Head of its National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology. Her primary responsibilities include leading NLM activities to meet the information needs of health services researchers and the public health workforce, as well as supporting NLM's efforts to facilitate use of designated health data standards, common data elements and structured data capture for patient-centered outcomes research and other purposes. Ms. Lang served as a member of the NGC/NQMC Expert Panel from 2007 to 2012 and has been a member of the NGC/NQMC Editorial Board since 2013.
Before joining NLM, Ms. Lang worked in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, where she led the team responsible for developing and publishing a set of Quality Measures for public reporting in conjunction with the Hospital Quality Alliance. This public-private collaboration culminated in the development of www.HospitalCompare.hhs.gov , a consumer Web site reporting on quality of hospital care. Her prior experience includes more than a decade focusing on quality and consumer protection issues as a Senior Health Policy Analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). She has a BA from Stanford University and an MPP from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Kathleen N. Lohr, PhD
Distinguished Fellow, Health Services Research
Before becoming a Distinguished Fellow at RTI International in 2003, Dr. Lohr was Chief Scientist and Senior Program Director for a portfolio of projects in health services and health policy, with emphasis on evidence-based practice. She founded and for 10 years directed the RTI-University of North Carolina (UNC) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC); she is now Senior Advisor to the EPC. Dr. Lohr was the founding Editor-in-Chief of RTI Press (www.rti.org/rtipress ) and now sits on its Editorial Board and Executive Committee. She spent 9 years at the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, where she directed the Division of Health Care Services and led or oversaw numerous studies in quality of care, clinical practice guidelines, and other health services and policy research topics. At the RAND Corporation from 1974 to 1987, her research involved various health care projects, chiefly RAND's Health Insurance Experiment and quality of care studies. Dr. Lohr holds two positions at UNC Chapel Hill, serving as a Senior Research Fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and as an Adjunct Professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management. From 2001 to 2007, Dr. Lohr was a member of the NQMC Expert Panel and from 2007 to 2013, served as a member of the previous NGC/NQMC Editorial Board.
Among many honors and distinctions accrued throughout her career, she was awarded the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Avedis Donabedian Outcomes Research Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 and the Margaret Elliott Knox Excellence award from RTI in 2007. Dr. Lohr's writing credits are extensive: numerous books and monographs, editorials, book reviews, letters to the editor, and more than 140 peer-reviewed journal articles. She has served on various national advisory bodies for the public and private sector, including the National Quality Forum, United Mine Workers RX program, ISPOR Health Science Policy Council, and the Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System Health Foundation. She completed her three-year term on the National Advisory Council for AHRQ at the end of 2010.
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Associate Vice President for Health Promotion
University Chief Wellness Officer
Dean, The Ohio State University College of Nursing
Dr. Melnyk is currently the Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, and Dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. She also is a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Ohio State's College of Medicine. A nationally and internationally recognized expert in evidence-based practice, intervention research, and child and adolescent mental health, Dr. Melnyk has been published extensively and serves as editor of the journal Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing. In addition to being an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice, and the National Academy of Medicine, she completed a four-year term as one of only two nurse practitioners on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. She also serves as a member of the National Quality Forum's Steering Committee for Behavioral Health and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Advisory Council for Nursing Research.
Dr. Melnyk earned her BS in Nursing from West Virginia University; her MS in Nursing, with a specialization in nursing care of children, from the University of Pittsburgh; and her PhD in Clinical Nursing Research from the University of Rochester, where she also completed her post-master's certificate as a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. She has received numerous awards, including the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2012 Midwest Nursing Research Society Senior Scientist award, and the NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research's Inaugural Director's Lectureship award.
Susan L. Norris, MD, MSc, MPH
Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
Oregon Health & Science University
Dr. Norris has extensive experience with systematic reviews and guideline development related to public health and clinical medicine. She is currently Secretary of the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines Review Committee, where she is responsible for quality assurance of all guidelines produced by WHO, for training in guideline development for WHO staff at headquarters and in the regional offices, and for quality improvement of WHO guidelines internationally. She developed the second edition of the WHO handbook for guideline development (2014) and has led numerous initiatives within WHO to improve guideline quality, including the development of guidance on how to develop evidence-informed, rapid advice guidelines in the context of a public health emergency or humanitarian crisis.
Dr. Norris received her MD and MSc in Experimental Surgery from the University of Alberta, Canada, and MPH from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. She practiced primary care medicine for 10 years and was involved in the development of evidence-based care processes at the health care system and practice levels. She worked at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she led a systematic review team that supported public health guidelines related to diabetes. Dr. Norris is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, in Portland, Oregon, USA, where she led research teams conducting systematic reviews for numerous governmental and physician specialty organizations. Her research interests include conflict of interest in guideline development, selective outcome reporting bias, and the use of nonrandomized studies in systematic reviews. Dr. Norris was a member of the NGC/NQMC Expert Panel from 2007 to 2013.
Craig Robbins, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Center for Clinical Information Services
Care Management Institute
Since 2012, Dr. Robbins has served as Medical Director, Center for Clinical Information Services at the Kaiser Permanente (KP) Care Management Institute in Oakland, CA. In this role, he continues to serve as Medical Director, KP National Guideline Program, having done so since 2009. Dr. Robbins also served as Medical Director, Clinical Guidelines for KP's Colorado Region from 2005 to 2014. In addition, he has an appointment as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. He has extensive expertise and experience in critical appraisal of the medical research literature, primary care practice, and implementation of evidence-based recommendations. Dr. Robbins sits on the Executive Advisory Board of the KP Research Affiliates Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC), and on the Board of Trustees of the Guidelines International Network.
Dr. Robbins earned his BS in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Michigan, his MD from the University of Michigan Medical School, and his MPH from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. His post-graduate training included a residency in family medicine at the University of Virginia and a faculty development fellowship in family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-St. Margaret Hospital. Dr. Robbins is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and serves as a reviewer for several journals, including The Permanente Journal and Elsevier's Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.
Eric C. Schneider, MD, MSc
Senior Vice President, Policy and Research
The Commonwealth Fund
Dr. Schneider is Senior Vice President, Policy and Research at The Commonwealth Fund. Prior to 2015 he was Associate Professor in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Schneider's research addressed the quality of health care with a focus on the specification, use, and impact of performance measurement and reporting in health care. He has published widely on the development and evaluation of performance measures and the use of measurement to evaluate innovations in health care policy, the organization of care, and health information technologies. He is co-chair of the Committee for Performance Measurement of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and past methodologist on the Executive Committee of the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement of the American Medical Association (AMA). He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and past chair of the ACP Performance Measurement Committee. Dr. Schneider served on the NGC/NQMC Editorial Board and acted as Chair for the annual meeting of the NGC/NQMC Expert Panel from 2007 to 2013.
Richard N. Shiffman, MD, MCIS
Associate Director, Center for Medical Informatics
Yale University School of Medicine
Dr. Shiffman currently serves as Associate Director of the Yale Center for Medical Informatics (YCMI) at the Yale School of Medicine, where he has also held the role of Professor of Pediatrics since 2007. Dr. Shiffman's primary research activities have been directed toward the use of guideline knowledge in clinical decision support systems. He led the GuideLines Into DEcision Support (GLIDES) Project—an AHRQ-sponsored initiative to define best practices for clinical decision support based on guidelines. Dr. Shiffman and his team at the YCMI developed the Guideline Elements Model (GEM)—an international standard for representation of guideline documents, GuideLine Implementability Appraisal (GLIA)—a tool to identify obstacles to guideline implementation, and BRIDGE-Wiz—a software assistant to facilitate the development of clear, transparent, and implementable guideline statements. Dr. Shiffman was a member of the NGC/NQMC Expert Panel from 2007 to 2013. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Shiffman was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Standards for Developing Trustworthy Clinical Practice Guidelines.
In addition to being a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, Dr. Shiffman is currently a member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Informatics Association, the Guidelines International Network and the American Pediatric Society. Dr. Shiffman has received significant recognition for his contributions to the fields of pediatric medicine and medical informatics. Prior to being awarded a citation for outstanding service rendered to the AAP Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management in 2007, Dr. Shiffman was presented with the Byron E. Oberst Award from the AAP for significant contributions to the use of clinical information technology in pediatrics through improving pediatric clinical information systems, educating child health professionals, and creating health policies that promote better use of pediatric information systems.Return to top
NGC/NQMC Editorial Board (August 2007 to July 2013)
Richard C. Hermann, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Hermann currently serves as the Director of the Center for Quality Assessment & Improvement in Mental Health at Tufts Medical Center's Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies. His major research interests include organizational factors that influence the effectiveness of quality improvement in health care, quality assessment of mental health care and its association with clinical outcomes, and variation and appropriateness of psychiatric practices. He has received more than 20 research funding grants, and is also an editor for Psychiatry at www.uptodate.com .
After graduating cum laude with a B.A. from Dartmouth College, Dr. Hermann obtained his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School, followed by his M.S. in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has led or contributed to quality measure development efforts of the National Quality Forum, National Committee for Quality Assurance, Joint Commission, American Psychiatric Association, and other organizations. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Harvard Review of Psychiatry and the Joint Commission Journal for Quality and Safety and serves as a reviewer of many other prominent journals. His own publishing credits include numerous refereed papers, chapters, and editorials, as well as a book, Improving Mental Healthcare: A Guide to Measurement-based Quality Improvement. He has extensive teaching experience and is frequently invited to lecture in the United States and abroad.
Paul G. Shekelle, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
In addition to currently serving as a Staff Physician at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Dr. Shekelle has served as the Director of the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center for the RAND Corporation since 1997. He is also a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. He is widely recognized in the field of guidelines, quality measurement, and evidence-based medicine. He is currently the Chair of the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians.
After receiving a B.S. in both Biology and Chemistry at the University of Illinois, Dr. Shekelle earned his M.D. from Duke University in 1982. He completed his internship, residency, and fellowship at UCLA, where he also obtained his M.P.H. in 1989 and his Ph.D. in 1993.Return to top
Core Editorial Board Members
Ethan Balk, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Balk is Co-Director of the Tufts Evidence-based Practice Center and Center for Clinical Evidence Synthesis. He directs and coordinates multiple projects on systematic review, quality assessment of the medical literature, and meta-analysis. In addition to preparing Evidence Reports and Technology Assessments for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Dr. Balk also provides methodological expertise to the Society of Gynecologic Surgeons Systematic Review Group for development of systematic reviews and, if appropriate, clinical practice guidelines. Until 2011, he coordinated guideline development for the Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) guidelines on chronic kidney disease.
After earning a B.A. in Chemistry at Williams College, Dr. Balk obtained his M.D. in 1991 from Tufts University School of Medicine, where he also obtained his M.P.H. in 1999. He completed his internal medicine and primary care residency and clinical care fellowship at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center and New England Medical Center (now Tufts Medical Center) in Boston, respectively. Dr. Balk has written numerous peer-reviewed publications and has significantly contributed to numerous guidelines. He is also an Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine/Tufts Medical Center.
JiWon Jane S. Jue, M.D., M.Sc.
Dr. Jue joined ECRI Institute in 2011 as both a Senior Research Analyst for its Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) and Senior Medical Advisor for NGC and NQMC. In these capacities, she brings clinical and health policy expertise to the research performed at the EPC and to the ongoing work at NGC/NQMC. In addition to her roles at ECRI Institute, Dr. Jue is a practicing staff physician at Esperanza Health Center in Philadelphia.
After earning an undergraduate degree from Princeton University, Dr. Jue obtained a medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. During this time, she co-founded and administrated the Bowery Mission Medical Clinic, a free medical clinic at a homeless shelter and half-way home in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Her postgraduate training included an internship and residency in internal medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. From 2008 to 2011, Dr. Jue completed a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and a Department of Veterans Affairs Scholar, during which time she also earned a Master of Science in Health Policy Research. Dr. Jue is a member of many professional societies and associations, including the Society of General Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians, and was awarded the American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award in 2007.
Jerod M. Loeb, Ph.D.
Jerod M. Loeb, Ph.D. is Executive Vice President for Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. A member of the senior management team, he heads the Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation, which subsumes The Joint Commission's activities associated with the development, testing, and implementation of evidence-based standards, survey methods, national patient safety goals, and performance measures across all of The Joint Commission's various accreditation and certification programs. Dr. Loeb has administrative responsibility for the The Joint Commission's Departments of Quality Measurement, Health Services Research, and Standards and Survey Methods. Since his arrival at The Joint Commission in 1994, Dr. Loeb has played a leadership role in identifying, evaluating, and implementing performance measures across the wide variety of Joint Commission accreditation and certification programs. He is involved in a variety of national and international initiatives associated with performance measurement and patient safety, including those of the National Quality Forum, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the International Society for Quality in Health Care, and the World Health Organization.
After completing his graduate education at the State University of New York — Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Loeb held fellowship positions at Harvard Medical School — Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Loeb has been on the faculty at Northwestern University Medical School since 1979 in both full- and part-time capacities, received tenure in 1985, and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Physiology. He is also an Adjunct Associate of the Center for Health Policy and Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research at Stanford University.
Dr. Loeb has more than 170 publications in cardiovascular medicine, risk assessment and communication, scientific ethics, and health care quality. Dr. Loeb received the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission's John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He has received many grant awards from the federal government and other sources and serves on numerous national and international advisory bodies and as a referee for several scientific journals — including the JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine.
Kathleen N. Lohr, Ph.D.
Before becoming a Distinguished Fellow at RTI International in 2003, Dr. Lohr was Chief Scientist and Senior Program Director for a portfolio of projects in health services and health policy, with emphasis on evidence-based practice. She founded and for 10 years directed the RTI-University of North Carolina (UNC) Evidence-based Practice Center; she will be a senior advisor for the EPC in EPC-IV. Dr. Lohr was the founding Editor-in-Chief of RTI Press (www.rti.org/rtipress ) and now serves on its Editorial Board Executive Committee. She spent 9 years at the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, where she directed the Division of Health Care Services and led or oversaw numerous studies in quality of care, clinical practice guidelines, and other health services and policy research topics. At the RAND Corporation from 1974 to 1987, her research involved various health care projects, chiefly RAND's Health Insurance Experiment and quality of care studies. For several years until the mid-2000s, she held the rank of Research Professor, Department of Health Policy and Administration at the UNC School of Public Health.
Dr. Lohr completed her undergraduate studies with a B.A. (with distinction) in Sociology from Stanford University, where she also earned an M.A. in Education. She continued her graduate work at RAND Graduate School, earning both an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis and Public Policy Analysis, respectively. Among many honors and distinctions accrued throughout her career, she was awarded the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Avedis Donabedian Outcomes Research Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 and the Margaret Elliott Knox Excellence award from RTI in 2007. In 1996, she held the Spinoza Lectureship at the University of Amsterdam ("Primary Care, Health Professions, and Managed Care"). Dr. Lohr's writing credits are extensive: numerous books and monographs, editorials, book reviews, letters to the editor, and more than 140 peer-reviewed journal articles. She has served on various national advisory bodies for the public and private sector, including NGC/NQMC, National Quality Forum, United Mine Workers RX program, ISPOR Health Science Policy Council, and the NIH PROMIS Health Foundation. She completed her 3-year term on the National Advisory Council for AHRQ at the end of 2010.
Sumant Ranji, M.D. (New Core EB Member)
Dr. Ranji is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and serves as Associate Program Director, Quality and Safety Programs, for the UCSF Internal Medicine Residency Program. In this role, he directs the residency curriculum in patient safety and quality improvement and is interested in developing methods of measuring the quality of care provided by residents and promoting resident engagement in quality and safety programs. Dr. Ranji has a strong interest in inpatient quality improvement, and his research has focused on evidence-based assessment of the effect of quality improvement interventions on clinical outcomes. He maintains an active clinical and teaching role, serving as the attending physician for approximately 3 months per year on the ward teaching service and 1 month per year on the medical consult service.
After earning his M.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998, Dr. Ranji completed his Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and subsequently served as Chief Medical Resident at Cook County Hospital. He joined the Division of Hospital Medicine of UCSF in 2004 after completing a 2-year fellowship in Hospital Medicine and Clinical Research. During the fellowship, he received formal training in biostatistics, clinical epidemiology, and outcomes research as part of the Advanced Training in Clinical Research program. Dr. Ranji is an associate editor for BMJ Quality and Safety, has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Floyd C. Rector Housestaff Teaching Award of the UCSF Department of Medicine.
Eric C. Schneider, M.D., M.Sc.
Dr. Schneider is Senior Scientist, RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Care Quality, and Director of the RAND Boston office. He is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he practices general internal medicine, at Harvard Medical School, and in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for Quality in Health Care. Dr. Schneider's research addresses the quality of health care with a focus on the specification, use, and impact of performance measurement and reporting in health care. He has published widely on the development and evaluation of performance measures and the uses of performance data in health care, the uses of health information technology, the impact of organization of care delivery systems on health care quality, and measurement of the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in health care quality. Dr. Schneider's current research focuses on the use of performance measures to evaluate expansion of Medicaid insurance coverage, implementation of the patient-centered medical home, and other innovative models of health care delivery.
Dr. Schneider chairs the Expert Panel and sits on the Editorial Board of the AHRQ-sponsored NQMC and NGC. He is also co-chair of the Committee for Performance Measurement of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), methodologist on the Executive Committee of the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement of the American Medical Association, and member of the Advisory Board of the Stoeckle Center for Innovation in Primary Care. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and past chair of its Performance Measurement Committee.Return to top
Bo-Linn, George (M.D., M.H.A., FACP)
Chief Program Officer, Patient Care Program and San Francisco Bay Area Portfolio, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Clarke, John (M.D.)
Professor, Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine
Clinical Director, Patient Safety & Quality Initiatives, ECRI Institute
Clinical Director, Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority
Davis, Duane (M.D.)
President and Chief Executive Officer, Geisinger Health Plan and Health System
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine
Fendrick, A. Mark (M.D.)
Professor, Internal Medicine-General Medicine, University of Michigan School of Medicine
Professor, Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Co-Director, Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, University of Michigan School of Public Health
Gibbons, Raymond J. (M.D.)
Arthur M. and Gladys D. Gray Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Consultant in Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Harrison, Richard V. (Ph.D.)
Professor, Department of Medical Education, University of Michigan Medical School
Hunt, Gordon (M.D.)
Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, Sutter Health
Justman, Richard (M.D.)
National Medical Director, UnitedHealthCare
Kresowik, Timothy F. (M.D., M.S.)
Professor, Vascular Surgery, University of Iowa College of Medicine
Krughoff, Robert (J.D.)
President, Consumers' Checkbook/Center for the Study of Services
Chairman, External Advisory Committee, Health Care Technology Assessment Program, ECRI Institute
Wallace, Paul (M.D.)
Senior Vice President, The Lewin Group
Director, Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research
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