Alex H. Krist, M.D., M.P.H. (co-chair), is a professor of family medicine and population health at Virginia Commonwealth University and an active clinician and teacher at the Inova Fairfax Family Practice Residency. He is the director of the Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network, director of community-engaged research at the Wright Regional Center for Translational Science, and past member and chairperson for the U.S. 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 NAM in 2018.
Jeannette South-Paul, M.D. (co-chair), joined Meharry Medical College as the Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer in December 2021. Prior to this appointment, she was the Andrew W. Mathieson UPMC Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine from 2001 to 2020, retiring from Pitt in 2020. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC, she served as a Medical Corps officer in the U.S. Army, retiring in 2001 while serving as Chair of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and previously as Vice President for Minority Affairs at the same institution. Dr. South-Paul was
responsible for the educational, research, and clinical activities of the undergraduate and graduate medical education, faculty practice, and community arms of three family medicine residencies and seven ambulatory clinical sites in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania, and responsible for the academic missions of five additional UPMC Family Medicine residencies in Pennsylvania. She is a family physician with specific interests in the areas of cultural competence, maternity care, and health disparities in the community. She designed an investigator-initiated project to evaluate cultural aspects of contraceptive choice (Merck funded) that was active from 2017 through 2021. Dr. South-Paul has served in leadership positions in the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Association of Departments of Family Medicine to include serving as President of the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians and the STFM. After more than 10 years of service as a member of the Meharry Medical College Board of Trustees, Dr. South-Paul stepped off the Board to begin a new role as Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer for Meharry assuming this position in December of 2021. She is excited to collaborate with the academic leaders of the four schools of this historic institution as she continues to serve in academe. Dr. South-Paul was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine) in 2011, received the University of Pittsburgh 225th Anniversary Chancellor’s Medallion, and was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2015 and received the Allegheny County Medical Society Dietrich Humanitarian Award in February 2018.
Andrew Bazemore, M.D., M.P.H., serves as the Senior Vice President of Research and Policy for the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), where he oversees the ABFM research enterprise, co-directs the Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care in Washington, D.C., and coordinates and develops ABFM career development activities, including ABFM Visiting Scholars, Pisacano Scholars, and Puffer Fellows. Dr. Bazemore previously served as the Director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine in Washington, D.C., helping to cultivate the growth and evolution of the Graham Center into an internationally known primary care research center with diverse funding sources. He has special interests in access to care for underserved populations, health workforce and training, measurement science, and geospatial analytic applications for primary health care. Dr. Bazemore led the Graham Center’s emphasis on developing tools that empower primary care providers, leaders, and policy makers and co-developed HealthLandscape, an innovative data engagement platform entirely funded by grants and contracts, including the development of the Uniform Data System Mapper contract that guides funding for
all the nation’s Federally Qualified Centers. He has served in national policy roles including the Family Medicine for America’s Health Research Tactic Team, Board of Directors and committee leadership for the North American Primary Care Research Group, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, National Research Network, Rural Training Track Consortium, Council on Graduate Medical Education, and the National Academy of Medicine, to which he was elected as a member in 2016 and for which he leads the Primary Care Interest Group. Dr. Bazemore serves on the faculties of the Departments of Family Medicine at Georgetown University and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and serves a continuity panel of patients at in the VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine Residency Program.
Tammy Chang, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan and a practicing family physician. She is a health services researcher with a focus on adolescent health, specifically, breaking the cycle of poverty and poor health among adolescent mothers and their children. Her National Institutes of Health–sponsored research is focused on improving access to reproductive health care and promoting healthy behaviors during pregnancy among at-risk adolescents using text messaging, social media mining, and natural language processing. She is the founding director of MyVoice, a national text-message poll of youth aged 14–24 years, whose goal is to inform local and national policies in real time. She is also the co-director of the National Clinician Scholars Program at the University of Michigan and the director of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Healthy Behavior Optimization for Michigan Collaborative Quality Initiative. She has published widely in academic journals and has received numerous awards including the James C. Puffer, M.D./American Board of Family Medicine Fellowship at the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Chang received her M.D. from the University of Michigan.
Margaret A. Chesney, Ph.D., is a professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). From 2010 to 2015, she served as the director of the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Health, with three core programs on research, education, and care, focusing on whole person health and well-being. She is currently developing partnerships within UCSF, and with the local and national community to advance the field of integrative and whole person health. Dr. Chesney’s distinguished career in integrative medicine also includes her being a professor of medicine and associate director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. Before that, Dr. Chesney served 5 years as the deputy and acting director of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
(NCCIH). During her time at NCCIH, she also served as the director of the Division of Extramural Research and Training and was the senior advisor to the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. Dr. Chesney has conducted research on the relationship between behavior and chronic disease, identifying behavioral factors, such as lifestyle and stress, that are associated with increased risk of heart disease. She has also carried out clinical trials of psychosocial interventions to address these factors and reduce the risk they exert. Her work focuses on the role the individual can play in the promotion of personal health, prevention of disease, and the maintenance of optimal well-being across the lifespan, even in the face of serious health challenges, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. In her research and as an NIH advisor, she has often emphasized the health challenges faced by women, seniors, and the underserved. She has been elected to serve as president of professional organizations and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2001.
Deborah Cohen, Ph.D., is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and is a professor and research vice chair in the Department of Family Medicine at the Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Cohen examines how improvements are implemented in primary care practices, to identify what changes are made, and how they are implemented, and to compare the effectiveness of observed practice change on process and outcome measures. She has led mixed-methods teams to understand and tackle complicated problems related to implementing and disseminating new innovations and important quality improvements in primary care practice related to prevention and health behavior change, behavioral, mental health, and chronic care. Dr. Cohen has led a number of large foundation and federally funded grants, including the national evaluation of EvidenceNOW, funded by the Agency for Health Research and Quality, and she has been co-investigator on many other studies and state-evaluation efforts, including the evaluation of the Medicaid Transformation Project in Washington state. Dr. Cohen received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University where she studied interpersonal and organizational communication.
A. Seiji Hayashi, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, is the Lead Medical Director for Government Programs at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield that serves 3.5 million individuals and groups in Maryland and the Washington metropolitan area. Dr. Hayashi is a board-certified family physician and is an experienced leader in primary care, quality improvement, and health policy at the local and national levels. Prior to CareFirst, he spearheaded health services integration and transformation at two area community health centers (Mary’s Center and Unity Health Care). Dr. Hayashi’s national health policy experience comes from his role as Chief Medical Officer for the Federal
Health Center Program at the Health Resources and Services Administration. He started his career at Georgetown University and at George Washington University teaching public health and conducting health policy research. Dr. Hayashi has received a number of awards and honors, including the Samuel U. Rodgers M.D. Achievement Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers. Dr. Hayashi graduated with honors in Studio Art from Vassar College, received his M.D. with Alpha Omega Alpha distinction from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed his family medicine residency training at the University of California San Francisco. He received his M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health while a fellow with the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.
Shawna Hudson, Ph.D, is a professor and research division chief in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and 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 follow-up 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.
Carlos Roberto Jaén, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., FAAFP, is a professor and the Dr. & Mrs. James L. Holly Distinguished Chair in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Jaén’s special interests include improving preventive care for individuals of all ages, preventing complications from chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. He is passionate about building and studying high-performance primary care offices. He has been selected to the Best Doctors in America
yearly since 2002. He is dedicated to building a healthier San Antonio through efforts in community wellness. Dr. Jaén was elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies in 2013. He was co-director of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Center for Research in Family Medicine and Primary Care. For more than 15 years, the Center studied almost 500 mostly independent, community-based primary care practices and completed the evaluation of the AAFP’s national demonstration project of the patient-centered medical home. He served on the panels that published the U.S. Public Health Service smoking cessation guidelines in 1996 and 2000 and was co-chair of the panel that published an update in May 2008. In 2005, he was appointed to the National Advisory Council to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He received a Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a Cancer Control Career Development Award for Primary Care Physicians from the American Cancer Society. He is the immediate past-chair of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health and former chair of the American Board of Family Medicine. He was appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2022.
Christopher Koller, MPPM/MAR, is President of the Milbank Memorial Fund, a more than 100-year-old operating foundation that improves population health and health equity by connecting leaders with experience and sound evidence. The Fund fosters state health policy leadership, which focuses on critical population health issues, and publishes evidence-based content and The Milbank Quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal of population health and health policy. Before joining the Fund, Mr. Koller served the State of Rhode Island as the country’s first health insurance commissioner, from 2005 and 2013. The 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. Previously, Mr. Koller was the CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island. He has a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and master’s degrees in religion and public/private management from Yale University. He was a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (National Academies) Board on Health Care Services and he has served on three National Academies committees and in numerous national and state health policy advisory capacities. Mr. Koller is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice in the School of Public Health at Brown University.
Harold Kudler, M.D., received his doctorate from Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and trained in psychiatry at Yale. He has received teaching awards from the Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychoanalytic Association. From 2002 to 2010, Dr. Kudler coordinated mental health services for a three-state region of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and, from 2000 through 2005, co-chaired VA’s Special Committee on PTSD, which reports to Congress. He founded the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies™ (ISTSS) PTSD Practice Guidelines taskforce and has served on the ISTSS Board of Directors. He co-led development of the joint VA/Department of Defense Guideline for the Management of Posttraumatic Stress and was advisor to Sesame Street’s Talk Listen Connect series for military families. From 2006 to 2014, he co-led the North Carolina Governor Working Group on Veterans, Service Members, and their Families. In 2012, he was appointed to the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. From 2004 to 2014, Dr. Kudler was associate director of the VA’s Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center which focuses on deployment mental health. From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Kudler was also medical lead for the VISN 6 Rural Health Initiative. In July 2014, he joined VA Central Office in Washington, DC, where he served as Chief Consultant for Mental Health Services and, from 2017 to 2018, was detailed to serve as Acting Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Patient Care Services. Dr. Kudler plays an active leadership role in several professional organizations and as a without compensation employee in the VA Physician Ambassador Champion Program.
Sandy Leake, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, has held progressively responsible nursing and health care executive roles for almost four decades. A critical care nurse by background, Dr. Leake devoted 29 years of her career caring for Veterans; served 22 years as the chief nursing officer (CNO) in one of the largest, most complex health care systems in the Department of Veterans Affairs; held numerous national leadership roles and responsibilities including two interim assignments leading national program offices in the VA Office of Nursing Services; and twice led the Atlanta VA Health Care System to Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Her areas of expertise include workforce planning, leadership development, coaching/mentoring and succession planning, developing innovative academic–practice partnerships, and driving organizational excellence. Additionally, she has been a longtime advocate for integrative approaches to whole person care to improve outcomes. She currently serves the Senior Vice President and CNO at The University of Tennessee Health System (Knoxville), which includes a 710-bed hospital representing the region’s only academic medical center, Magnet designated hospital, and
Level I Trauma Center. Under her leadership, the organization achieved its third Magnet designation at the height of the COVID outbreak in November 2021. Dr. Leake obtained a BSN from Memphis State University, a MSN (nursing administration focus) from Vanderbilt University, and a DNP (nurse executive leadership focus) from Augusta University. She served as fellow in the Johnson & Johnson—Wharton Fellows Program for Nurse Executives and holds national certification (Nurse Executive Advanced) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She also holds faculty appointments in the colleges of nursing at Emory University, Augusta University, and The University of Tennessee.
Patricia Lillis, M.D., MHA, MSS, is a triple board-certified clinical researcher currently part of the Marshfield Clinic Health System in Wisconsin and an oncologist with more than 40 years of experience in the medical field. Prior to this, she served as a Medical Corps officer in the US Army, retiring after 32 years from a career that spanned teaching, clinical research, administrative, and operational assignments. These included assignments at the Office of the Army Surgeon General, faculty at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and command and combat experience. She has numerous teaching and military awards including the Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star. Retiring from the U.S. Army in 2012, she has continued her clinical career and research, becoming chair of her specialty at her health system. She has intimate knowledge of the VA health care system beginning with her medical school training, continuing through specialty training, clinical faculty appointments, and lastly as the senior medical officer on the highly influential Army Pain Management Task Force while assigned to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. With her expertise in integrative medicine, she cofounded a 501(c)(3) to continue integrative medicine programs across the country that were spearheaded at Walter Reed and not available in any other locations. These programs have now been expanded internationally. She sits on numerous nonprofit boards and has leadership positions at the state level in Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and serves on national committees for the DAV.
Ajus K. Ninan, MSW, MPA, is an active-duty Army Clinical Social Work Officer who combines clinical practice and organizational development principles to guide and lead behavioral health services for service members. He is also the President of the American Board of Clinical Social Work. Prior to the Army, most of his work centered on veteran-focused rehabilitation services, including service coordination, case management, consultation services, individual and group counseling, addiction treatment, homelessness, and helping veterans navigate the VA health system. Ajus’ previous
service in the U.S. Marine Corps fueled his passion for serving the veteran population and making health care better. Ajus is a board-certified psychotherapist specializing in marriage and family therapy, group treatments, addiction medicine, and advanced mental health practice with adults and children. Ajus earned a Master’s of Social Work from The State University of New York at Binghamton and a Master’s of Public Administration from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. In addition, he completed a post-graduate fellowship in child and family behavioral medicine from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Ajus is currently a Ph.D. candidate in organizational leadership at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, District of Columbia campus. Ajus has research emphasis in the areas of access to care, care transitions, patient flow, organizational culture, and leadership.
Rear Admiral (RADM) (ret) Pamela Schweitzer, PharM.D., retired in September 2018 from a 4-year term as the Assistant Surgeon General and 10th Chief Pharmacist Officer of the United States Public Health Service (PHS). Of her 29-year career in federal service, she most recently served at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as technical director in the Medicaid division that provides oversight, guidance, and funding for information technology systems. Previously, she served in varied assignments in the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Since retiring, RADM (ret) Schweitzer continues helping with a number of public health–related projects related to improving health and access to health care in rural and underserved communities, interoperability, and reimbursement for clinical services. RADM (ret) Schweitzer received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from California State University Fullerton (CSUF), earned her doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy, and completed an ambulatory care/administrative residency at University of California Irvine Medical Center. She has received numerous awards including, IHS Senior Pharmacist of the Year Award (2013), the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy 2015 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, Surgeon General Exemplary Service Medal (2018), ASHP 2019 Distinguished Leadership Award (2019), Distinguished Person of the Year, 2020, Pharmacists Public Health Initiatives. RADM Schweitzer currently serves on the board of directors at Tabula Rasa, a health technology company that develops medication management products and solutions for systems and clinicians. Additionally, she is on the board of trustees at several nonprofit organizations including the Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health, the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP), the NCPDP
Foundation, the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and the National Community Pharmacy Association Foundation. She also is on the advisory board at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, Pharmacists Public Health Initiatives, and ScriptDrop.
Sara J. Singer, Ph.D., M.B.A., is a professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and professor of organizational behavior, by courtesy, at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is Associate Director of the Clinical Excellence Research Center, Faculty Director of the Health Leadership, Organization, and Innovation Labs in the Division of Primary Care and Population Health, and affiliate faculty with Stanford Health Policy and Center for Innovation in Global Health. She directs the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)–funded Engineering High Reliability Learning Lab, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation–sponsored programs to promote a Culture of Health as a Business Imperative, and a National Science Foundation program enabling the “Future of Work” in health care; and serves on the Board of the Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians. She studies health care teams and organizations to understand how leaders and policy makers can improve the safety and quality of health care delivery through changes in institutional culture, leadership, organization design, and team dynamics. Her research addresses central challenges in health delivery (ensuring patient safety; integrating fragmented services; implementing health delivery innovations; and promoting a culture of health). Previously, Dr. Singer was professor, health care management and policy, at Harvard Chan School of Public Health and Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She co-founded and served as Executive Director for Stanford’s Center for Health Policy (now Stanford Department of Health Policy). Dr. Singer has conducted numerous studies for AHRQ, Veterans Administration Health Services Research & Development, National Science Foundation, and private foundations. She served as panel consultant and co-author of “State Race and Ethnicity Data Collection” for the Institute of Medicine Committee on National Statistics DHHS Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data. She also presented by invitation to the National Academies of Sciences Committee on Establishing and Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Laboratory Research.
Zirui Song, M.D., Ph.D., is an associate professor of health care policy and medicine at Harvard Medical School and a general internist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he practices primary care and attends on the inpatient medicine teaching service. Dr. Song’s research focuses on efforts to improve the value of health care spending, including provider payment reform, pricing of medical services, financing of health insurance, and quality measurement. Related work aims to understand other policies and
factors that may affect spending and health outcomes, including employer efforts, peer influences, and public health interventions. Dr. Song directs the Health Policy track in the Massachusetts General Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program and is Research Director at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care. He co-leads the health policy course for first-year Harvard medical and dental students and teaches a course on health policy and economics at Mass General Brigham. He advises medical students, Ph.D. students, and post-doctoral fellows in their research. He is an Associate Editor of JAMA Health Forum and a member of the editorial board for Health Services Research. Dr. Song has worked on payment policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. His research has been recognized by AcademyHealth, the Society of General Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians, and National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation. Dr. Song trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he was a recipient of the Morton N. Swartz, M.D. Humanism in Medicine Award. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, magna cum laude, and Ph.D. in health policy (economics track) from Harvard University, where he was a fellow in Aging and Health Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received a B.A. in public health studies with honors from Johns Hopkins University.
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Alexander Melamed, M.D., M.P.H., is a gynecologic oncologist and clinical outcomes researcher on the faculty of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on improving outcomes among people with cancer and promoting the use of robust analytical methods for observational studies in oncology. Dr. Melamed’s research has impacted the practice of gynecologic oncology in the United States and internationally. His work on minimally invasive surgery contributed to a shift in the international standard of care for the treatment of early-stage cervical cancer and has been cited in widely read treatment guidelines. He has published articles in high-impact journals including JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, and BMJ. Dr. Melamed is the recipient of career development awards form the National Institute of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Science, the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program. He maintains a clinical practice delivering comprehensive surgical, medical, and palliative care to women with gynecologic malignancies. Born in Ukraine, Dr. Melamed immigrated to United States in 1989. He earned a bachelor of science in chemical biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and master of public health
and medical doctorate degrees from the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Melamed completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Marc Meisnere, M.H.S., is a senior 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 NASEM 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. Most recently, he was the study director for the 2021 NASEM report Implementing High-Quality Primary Care: Rebuilding the Foundation of Health Care. Before joining NASEM, 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 University Bloom-berg School of Public Health.
Marjani Cephus, M.P.H., CSM, recently joined NASEM as a research associate on the Board on Health Care Services at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. She recently completed her M.P.H. in health policy analysis and evaluation from the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Before joining NASEM, she was working at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington analyzing local reproductive health legislation. Prior to that, she was working as a contact tracer and health policy intern for Prince George’s County in Maryland.
Tochi Ogbu-Mbadiugha is a Senior Program Assistant with the Board on Health Care Services at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She has worked on a number of consensus studies and workshops centered on nursing, health care payment systems, population health, pandemic preparedness and response, and health equity. Prior to joining the National Academies, she assisted the legislative practice at Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville PC with tracking legislation focused on health care and disability. She holds a bachelor of science from the University of Maryland College Park.
Sharyl J. Nass, Ph.D., serves as Director of the Board on Health Care Services and Director of the National Cancer Policy Forum at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The National Academies provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. 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. The forum examines policy issues pertaining to the entire continuum of cancer research and care. For more than two decades, Dr. Nass has worked on a broad range of health and science policy topics that includes the quality and safety of health care and clinical trials, developing technologies for precision medicine, and strategies to support clinician well-being. She has a Ph.D. from Georgetown University and undertook post-doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as well as 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 been the recipient of the Cecil Medal for Excellence in Health Policy Research, a Distinguished Service Award from the National Academies, and the Institute of Medicine staff team achievement award (as team leader).
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