Speaker Biographical Sketches
Christine A. Arenson, M.D., is Alumni Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Arenson graduated from the University of Delaware in 1986 and from Sidney Kimmel Medical College (then Jefferson Medical College) in 1990. She completed family medicine residency training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, followed by a fellowship in geriatric medicine. She served as both the founding Director of the Jefferson Division of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care and the founding Co-Director of the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. Most recently, Dr. Arenson has been actively engaged in primary care transformation to meet the Quadruple Aim: Improve the Experience of Care, Improve Health Outcomes, Reduce Costs, and Restore Joy in Practice. She serves on the board of the Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization and on the executive steering committee for Jefferson Health population health and primary care initiatives. She remains actively engaged in interprofessional education nationally, currently serving as Chair of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative.
Gaurdia Banister, Ph.D., R.N., NEA-BC, FAAN, is the Executive Director of the Institute for Patient Care at Massachusetts General Hospital. The Institute serves as a catalyst for promoting interdisciplinary research, education, and clinical practice development. Dr. Banister has academic appointments at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health
Professions and the University of Massachusetts Boston’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She is a former Johnson & Johnson/Wharton Nurse Fellow and is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program. Dr. Banister’s research interests include innovative models of interprofessional education, transition to practice considerations for culturally diverse nursing students, and the impact of mentoring on career success and progression.
Barbara Barney-Knox, M.B.A., M.A., B.S.N., R.N., is a Chief Nurse Executive for California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS). She is responsible for ensuring professional practice and compliance for the 35 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation prisons. Ms. Barney-Knox has been with CCHCS for 4 years and has been instrumental in developing and implementing Shared Governance, a nursing professional practice model that empowers nurses to have a voice in decision-making processes. Prior to working for CCHCS, she spent 8 years as a leader at Kaiser Permanente and 17 years at the University of California, Davis, Health System. Ms. Barney-Knox received her B.S.N. from San Jose State University almost 30 years ago. She has a master’s degree in Psychology and graduated summa cum laude with her M.B.A. She currently serves as the President-Elect for Western American Correctional Healthcare Services.
Julia Blitz, B.Sc., M.B.Ch.B., D.C.H., FRCP, M.P.H., D.Phil., MASSAf, is Vice-Dean of Learning and Teaching at Stellenbosch University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in Cape Town Area, South Africa. From 2009 to 2010 Professor Blitz was at Penang Medical College; and before that she worked for more than 7 years as Professor and Head of Family Medicine at the University of Pretoria. Professor Blitz received her Ph.D. from Stellenbosch University in 2018.
Barbara Brandt, Ph.D., M.Ed., is known for her work in health professional education; specifically, interprofessional practice and education and continuing health professions education. Dr. Brandt, Director of the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education (the National Center), has served as a tenured Professor of Pharmacy and an Associate Vice President at the University of Minnesota for more than 15 years. Dr. Brandt holds a bachelor of arts in the teaching of history from the University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as master of education and doctor of philosophy degrees in continuing education (with specialization in the health professions) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed a W.K. Kellogg Foundation-sponsored, postdoctoral fellowship for faculty in adult and continuing education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Reamer L. Bushardt, Pharm.D., PA-C, DFAAPA, tenured Professor and Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s School of Medicine, was named Senior Associate Dean for Health Sciences at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Bushardt has published extensively on the education and training of health care professional students and leaders, interprofessional education, and collaborative practice models. He serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, is a member of the North Carolina Medical Board, and is a fellow in the Federation of State Medical Boards. Dr. Bushardt received his doctor of pharmacy and bachelor of science in pharmaceutical sciences from the University of South Carolina and his bachelor of science in physician assistant studies from the Medical University of South Carolina. In addtion, he completed an administrative fellowship in health system leadership and workforce innovation at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Kennita Carter, M.D., is a Senior Advisor in the Division of Medicine and Dentistry within the Bureau of Health Workforce at the Health Resources and Services Administration. She received a bachelor of science in psycho-biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed both medical school and a residency in internal medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Carter is a board-certified internist and fellowship-trained geriatrician who completed her fellowship at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. She also completed a Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and was a recipient of a Bravewell Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Carter trains geriatric medicine fellows, internal medicine residents, and medical students in an interprofessional setting as volunteer faculty at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Other areas of interest include health equity, spirituality in medicine, and physician well-being.
Ronald Cervero, Ph.D., M.A., is a Professor in the Graduate Program of Health Professions Education at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine. Dr. Cervero was extensively involved in health professions education at the University of Georgia (UGA), where he founded and was co-director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Health Professions Education, served as co–Principal Investigator for Georgia’s Public Health Training Center, and spent 7 years as an Educational Consultant for the Augusta University-UGA Medical Partnership. As such, he led the Provost’s initiative on interprofessional education, which created a campus-wide effort to build and sustain an interprofessional practice and education program linking all health professions units. Dr. Cervero received the 2008
Aderhold Distinguished Professor Award from UGA’s College of Education for excellence in research, teaching, and outreach. He received his M.A. in the social sciences and his Ph.D. in education at The University of Chicago.
Steven Chesbro, P.T., D.P.T., Ed.D., is Vice President for Education at the American Physical Therapy Association. In this role, he provides leadership for the Department of Education which includes the divisions of academic services, accreditation, postprofessional credentialing, and residency and fellowship education. Prior, Dr. Chesbro served as Dean of the College of Health Sciences, and Founding Director of the Center to Advance Rehabilitative Health and Education at Alabama State University. He has also held faculty positions at Howard University and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Chesbro’s career has focused on health professions education, including initiatives to improve diversity in education and workforce environments, and is a board-certified geriatric clinical specialist. He has completed a B.A. and an M.S. (psychology and college teaching) at Northeastern State University, a B.S. (physical therapy) at Langston University, an M.H.S. (neurologic physical therapy) at the University of Indianapolis, an Ed.D. (occupational and adult education) from Oklahoma State University, and a D.P.T. from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.
Malcolm Cox, M.D., is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He most recently spent 8 years as the Chief Academic Affiliations Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in Washington, DC, where he oversaw the largest health professions training program in the country and repositioned the VA as a major voice in clinical workforce reform, educational innovation, and organizational transformation. Dr. Cox received his undergraduate education at the University of the Witwatersrand and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. After completing postgraduate training in internal medicine and nephrology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, he rose through the ranks to become Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Education. He has also served as Dean for Medical Education at Harvard Medical School; on leaving the Dean’s Office, he was appointed the Carl W. Walter Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cox has served on the National Leadership Board of the Veterans Health Administration, the VA National Academic Affiliations Advisory Council (which he currently chairs), the National Board of Medical Examiners, the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education of the National Academies
of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Cox is a recipient of the University of Pennsylvania’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and, in 2014, was recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges as a nationally and internationally renowned expert in health professions education.
Shirley Dinkel, Ph.D., APRN-BC, FAANP, is nationally certified as both a family and an adult nurse practitioner. For more than 20 years, her professional practice has been in the care of the medically indigent and other vulnerable populations. She has been a Nurse Educator since 1991 and is Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at Washburn University. As a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, she is nationally recognized for her leadership in nurse practioner education and practice. While at Washburn University, she has served in multiple interdisciplinary roles: Principal Investigator for the Classroom to Community: Implementing Patient-Centered Care in Public Housing program, Director of Student Health Services, member of the University Behavioral Assessment Team, and Faculty Sponsor for Washburn Transformational Experience. She is an active Board Member for several community organizations, including the Pine Ridge Family Health Center Advisory Council and Kansas Patients & Providers Engaged in Prevention Research.
Jill Duncan, R.N., M.S., M.P.H., Executive Director at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), provides strategic development and programming leadership for IHI in a number of ways: quality, cost, and value focus area; leadership of IHI’s Joint Replacement Learning Community; program coordination and faculty leadership for IHI’s Leading Quality Improvement: Essentials for Managers program; and program development and facilitation for many of IHI’s workforce development initiatives. Previous responsibilities include daily operations and strategic planning for the IHI Open School, and development and leadership of Impacting Cost + Quality. Duncan draws from her learning as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, quality leader, pediatric nurse educator, and frontline nurse.
June Eilers, Ph.D., APRN-CNS, BC, FAAN, received each of her nursing educational degrees from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she currently holds two part-time positions: one as Volunteer Associate Faculty with the College of Nursing and one with the College of Public Health as a Co–Principal Investigator on a Eugene Washington Award with Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She is the designated patient representative on the steering committee of that award. Dr. Eilers spent more than 35 years in the clinical setting, working as an Advanced Practice Nurse and Nurse Researcher with the Office of Nursing Research
and Evidence Based Practice at the Medical Center. Her clinical expertise and research has been focused primarily in cancer care.
Caswell Evans, D.D.S., M.P.H., practices at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry and is also a faculty member in the UIC School of Public Health. Previously he served as the Executive Editor and Project Director for Oral Health in America: A Report of the U.S. Surgeon General. For 12 years, Dr. Evans was Director of Public Health Programs and Services for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a past President of the American Public Health Association, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, and the American Board of Dental Public Health. Dr. Evans is Chair of the DentaQuest Foundation Board. He also serves on the Chicago Board of Health and on the boards of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, Oral Health America, and the Children’s Dental Health Project.
Sara E. Fletcher, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Learning Officer for Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), has been an educator for 16 years, has taught at both the primary and university levels, and has served as a public school administrator. She has also designed curricula for local and national audiences. Dr. Fletcher holds a master’s degree in school administration and a Ph.D. in educational leadership. Previously, she served as Director for Medical Education at Wake Forest University, where she worked with the PA program conducting student admissions interviews, serving as an external reviewer for an accreditation site visit, and facilitating problem-based learning for small groups. In her current role, she partners with several of PAEA’s volunteers on initiatives involving curriculum, assessment, and faculty development.
Erin Fraher, Ph.D., M.P.P., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. Dr. Fraher directs the Health Resources and Services Administration–funded Carolina Health Workforce Research Center and has worked as a health workforce researcher, workforce modeler, and policy analyst for more than 20 years. Her research focuses on understanding the flexible use of workers in new models of care, developing new methodologies to project how many health workers will be needed under different possible “futures,” and using life course theory to better understand health professionals’ career trajectories. Dr. Fraher is a member of the Council on Graduate Medical Education charged with advising the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Congress on physician workforce trends, training issues, and financing. Dr. Fraher is an expert on comparative health workforce systems, having worked for the
National Health Service in England, Health Workforce New Zealand, and the College of Nurses of Ontario in Canada. She has a B.A. in economics/Spanish from Wellesley College, a Master of Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in health policy and management from UNC at Chapel Hill.
Alex F. Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is Provost and Vice President at the Massachusetts General Hostpital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions in Boston. As Provost he serves as Chief Academic Officer, with responsibility for all of the academic programs, the faculty, and the students at the Institute. Dr. Johnson is also a Professor in the MGH Institute Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, a teacher in the Master of Science in Health Professions Education program, and on the faculty of the Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology. Originally from Ohio, he completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Kent State University and his Ph.D. in speech-language pathology at Case Western Reserve University.
Mary Knab, P.T., Ph.D., D.P.T., joined the Center for Interprofessional Studies and Innovation in 2012. There she is a key leader in the institute’s interprofessional initiative: IMPACT Practice. Dr. Knab has also served as Associate Professor for the Masters of Health Professions Education program since its launch in 2012. Since completing a Ph.D. in educational studies at Lesley University in 2012, Dr. Knab’s primary research interests have centered on the role of reflection in the development of health professionals along a novice-to-expert continuum, narrative as a vehicle for reflection, and models for interprofessional learning and development across academic, simulation, and clinical learning environments.
Gerri Lamb, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, is Professor and Director of the Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research at Arizona State University in Phoenix. Dr. Lamb is past Chair of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative and Convener of the Arizona Interprofessional Research and Learning Collaborative, an effort among seven universities and eight clinical organizations in Arizona to advance interprofessional practice and health care for vulnerable populations. Dr. Lamb has served as Principal Investigator on several grants funded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation to design and implement new interprofessional learning programs. Her current Macy-funded grant focuses on academic and practice co-created educational tools to improve team-based care in primary care and community-based clinical settings. Dr. Lamb also is well known for her research, publications, books, and presentations on community-based care coordinationa practice, which she views as high-performance teamwork.
Christine M. MacDonell, FACRM, Managing Director of the Medical Rehabilitation and International Aging Services/Medical Rehabilitation accreditation areas for Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International, has more than 35 years of experience as a provider, administrator, and trainer in the human services field. Ms. MacDonell has represented CARF at international and national meetings since 1991, introducing and promoting the concepts of quality oversight and enhancement of human services through the CARF accreditation process in both medical rehabilitation and aging services. In 2003, she became responsible for the transition of the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission aquired by CARF that February.
Warren P. Newton, M.D., M.P.H., serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer-Elect of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). A member of the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education since its founding, Dr. Newton has served successively as Chair of Family Medicine, Chief Academic Officer, and Director of North Carolina Area Health Education Centers at the University of North Carolina (UNC). A personal physician and health services researcher for 34 years, he has been heavily involved in practice transformation at the local, regional, and statewide levels. He founded and led large-scale care transformation collaboratives in primary care residencies across three states and in more than 1,400 primary care practices. He has worked closely with the UNC Sheps Center for Health Services Research, with ABFM, and with North Carolina Health and Human Services on workforce issues across many professions. Dr. Newton has served on the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and was the Founding Chair of the American Board of Medical Specialties Committee on Continuing Certification.
Miguel A. Paniagua, M.D., FACP, FAAHPM, received his undergraduate degree from Saint Louis University before earning his M.D. at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, where he is completing a Master of Health Professions Education program. Dr. Paniagua completed his internal medicine residency and gerontology/geriatric medicine fellowship at the University of Washington Seattle. He currently serves as Medical Advisor for Test Development Services at the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). His work at NBME includes research on wellness and burnout, as well as on how race, ethnicity, and patient characteristics impact exams. Dr. Paniagua is working toward development of assessments of competencies such as communication skills and interprofessional team work, as well as other innovations across various NBME examinations. One day per week, Dr. Paniagua practices consultative hospice and palliative medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and holds
an adjunct appointment to the faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Deborah Powell, M.D., is Dean Emerita of the University of Minnesota Medical School and a professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where she coordinates the medical school pathology curriculum. At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Powell instituted the Medical School’s Flexible M.D. program, which is an individualized model of medical education designed to be more adaptable to students’ career and learning goals. Dr. Powell served as Chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Board of Directors from 2009 to 2010 and was the first female Chair of the AAMC Council of Deans in 2004. She is currently working on a pilot study of a new model for training medical students who want to go into pediatrics via a competency-based model that combines undergraduate medical education and graduate medical education. Currently, the model is being tested in four U.S. medical schools including the University of Minnesota. Dr. Powell was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2000.
Jane Robinson currently serves as Deputy Director and Statewide Chief Nurse Executive for correctional health care at California Correctional Health Care Services, which she joined in 2006. Ms. Robinson has more than 30 years of experience in nursing at various levels of health care systems in both community hospitals and state prison settings. She provides nursing leadership and oversight to state prisons located in California. Prior to coming to California, Ms. Robinson worked in correctional health care for the Washington Department of Corrections as a Continuous Quality Improvement Nurse and a Health Care Manager. Ms. Robinson has also served as a patient advocate for detainees in jail settings in the capacity of a court expert. Prior to her work in correctional health care systems, she was a patient care coordinator in an acute care hospital in the Midwest, where her responsibilities included quality management, staff development, and policy and program development. Ms. Robinson mantains various memberships in the Advisory Board at Clover Park Technical College, AIDS Education & Training Center Program, University of Washington, National Commission on Correctional Health Care Academy, and the American Correctional Health Services Association.
Susan C. Scrimshaw, Ph.D., is past President of The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York. Previous positions include President of Simmons College (Boston, Massachusetts); Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Associate Dean of Public Health and Professor of Public Health and Anthropology at the University of
California, Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Barnard College with a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University. Her research includes community participatory research methods, health disparities, pregnancy outcomes, violence prevention, and culturally-appropriate delivery of health care. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Anthropological Association. Dr. Scrimshaw served on the Chicago and Illinois State Boards of Health. She is past President of the board of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Science and of the Society for Medical Anthropology. She is also former Chair of the Association of Schools of Public Health. Dr. Scrimshaw lived in Guatemala until age 16. She speaks Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
Javaid I. Sheikh, M.D., M.B.A., is an internationally renowned medical executive, distinguished clinician-scientist, and recognized thought leader and innovator in global academic medicine. As Dean of the groundbreaking Weill Cornell Medicine–Qatar (WCM-Q), he is the Chief Academic Officer of the first successful international location of a U.S. research-intensive, graduate-level medical school to grant a medical degree from a U.S.-based university. Prior to joining WCM-Q in 2007, Dr. Sheikh built a distinguished career as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Dean, Chief of the Medical Staff, and Board Chair of the Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System in California. At Stanford, Dr. Sheikh published the first studies exploring the impact of aging on anxiety disorders while delineating differential sleep architecture in various anxiety disorders. His work, funded both by the National Institutes of Health and private sources, resulted in more than 140 publications and more than 100 abstracts in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Joanne Spetz, Ph.D., is a Professor at the Institute for Health Policy Studies, the Department of Family and Community Medicine, and the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is the Associate Director for Research at the Healthforce Center at UCSF and the Director of the UCSF Health Workforce Research Center for Long-Term Care. Her fields of specialty are economics of the health care workforce, shortages and supply of registered nurses, organization and quality of the hospital industry, impact of health information technology, effect of medical marijuana policy on youth substance use, and the substance use disorder treatment workforce. Dr. Spetz is an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing who received her Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University after studying economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Kate Tulenko, M.D., M.P.H., M.Phil., FAAP, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Corvus Health, a global health workforce services company that provides recruitment, staffing, training, TeleHR, human resources management, quality improvement, and advisory services. She is a globally recognized expert in health workforce and health systems strengthening. Previously, Dr. Tulenko served as Vice President of Health Systems Innovation for IntraHealth International; Director of CapacityPlus, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s flagship global health workforce project; and coordinator of World Bank’s Africa Health Workforce Program. She has received a Rainer Arnhold Fellowship for innovation in global development, was named one of “300 Women Leaders in Global Health” by the Graduate Institute of Development Studies in Geneva, has published widely (including in The New York Times and Foreign Policy), and is an occasional global health commentator for China Global Television Network. She has received degrees from Harvard University, Cambridge University, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Launette Woolforde, Ed.D., D.N.P., R.N.-BC, has served in various roles in the clinical setting (in medicine, surgery, and critical care) and in the academic setting (as a professor at several schools of nursing). Currently, Dr. Woolforde is Vice President for Nursing Education and Professional Development at Northwell Health and an Assistant Professor at Hofstra/Northwell School of Medicine. Northwell Health, comprised of 23 hospitals and more than 650 outpatient centers, is the largest employer in New York State. There, Dr. Wooldforde oversees a broad scope of strategic efforts and education programming that impacts the health network’s more than 67,000 employees (including its 17,000 plus nurses). Dr. Woolforde has earned numerous degrees including a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) from Case Western Reserve University and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Teachers College at Columbia University. She co-authored the current Scope and Standards of Practice for Nursing Professional Development and is a Board Member at the National League for Nursing and the Association for Nursing Professional Development. She is also a Fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine.
Charnetia Young is Manager of Workforce Programs for CVS Health.
Brenda Zierler, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, a Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems at University of Washington School of Nursing, is the representative from the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Zierler is a health services researcher who conducts research exploring the relationships between the delivery of health care and outcomes—
at both the patient and system levels. In the past 10 years, she has focused on the implementation and evaluation of interprofessional education and collaborative practice. She is now leading efforts in the science of team science for interprofessional research teams. Dr. Zierler is a Board Member and past Chair of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative, and a member of the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education.