Meet the members of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows advisory board, who assess all applicants and select outstanding fellows each year based on the selection criteria and goals of the program:
- Mary Agnes Carey, MS
- Nancy E. Dunlap, MD, PhD, MBA
- Clyde Evans, PhD
- Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA
- Herb Kuhn, BSB
- Alan I. Leshner, PhD
- A. Carole Pratt, DDS
- Dean A. Rosen, JD, MS
- Lisa Simpson, MBBCh, MPH
- David Sundwall, MD
- Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, FAAN, chair
- Shale L. Wong, MD, MSPH
Mary Agnes Carey, MS
Partnerships Editor and Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News / Washington, DC
Mary Agnes Carey, MS, has covered health reform and federal health policy for more than 15 years as an editor at CQ HealthBeat, as Capitol Hill Bureau Chief for Congressional Quarterly and at Dow Jones Newswires. A frequent radio and television commentator, including on the Nightly Business Report, the PBS NewsHour and on NPR affiliates nationwide, Mary Agnes has a thorough understanding of both the policy and politics of health reform. She worked for newspapers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Professor Emerita and Scholar, Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, University of Alabama and President of the Alabama Public Health Institute / Birmingham, AL
Nancy E. Dunlap, MD, PhD, MBA, is Professor Emerita of Medicine, Scholar at the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and President of the Alabama Public Health Institute. She has practiced medicine in the field of pulmonary critical care for over 25 years and held executive positions in two academic medical centers, most recently as Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia. She served as the Medical Director for the Tuberculosis Control Unit of the Alabama Department of Public Health, Vice President for Ambulatory Services of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health System, and Chief Operating Officer of the Kirklin Clinic, the faculty practice site for UAB. Nancy participated in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship Program where she worked on the Health Subcommittee of Energy and Commerce in the U.S. House of Representatives. She later served as Physician-in-Residence at the Center for Best Practices at the National Governor’s Association in Washington D. C. helping states address issues related to health. Throughout her career, Nancy has worked to improve healthcare quality and outcomes through more efficient patient care delivery processes and information technology. Nancy is now working through the Alabama Public Health Institute to bridge government and private efforts to improve the health of the people of Alabama. Nancy holds a M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine, Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.
President, CE Consulting / Needham, MA
Clyde Evans, PhD, is president of CE Consulting, providing a range of career, professional, and organizational consultation to individuals andinstitutions in academic and health related fields. Dr. Evans is also a senior consultant with the AAL Group, working in the areas of professional and executive development, organizationalmanagement, teambuilding,interprofessional education, and executive coaching. From 2006-2010 Dr. Evans was the Executive Director of the Institute for Health Protection,a national organization designed to turn evidence-based healthcare knowledge into everyday practice at the community level.The Institute brings together resources from multiple sectors–academic, clinical, community, government, corporate, and nonprofit–and focuses themto achieve the common goal of improving healthcare outcomes in communities that are most in need. Since 2002 Dr. Evans has been a consultant to the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research as a co-coordinator of the Healthy People Curriculum Task Force. His activities have included the areas of clinical prevention and population health, undergraduate public health, and interprofessional education. From 1998-2005 Dr. Evans was vice president at the Association of Academic Health Centers and director of the American Network of Health Promoting Universities, a project that encouraged and supported health-promoting partnerships between universities and communities. Dr. Evans spent 13 years at Harvard Medical School as a member of the faculty, director of the Office for Academic Careers, and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. As director of the Office for Academic Careers at Harvard, Dr. Evans provided individual career and personal consultation to junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and residents. He also was responsible for identifying and addressing institutional impediments to career success and advancement for all faculty and fellows, with special attention to the barriers faced by women and minorities. In 1996 Dr. Evans spent one year as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, working for Senator Bill Frist on biomedical research, bioengineering, academic health centers, and cloning. In 1997, Dr. Evans was a Scholar-in- Residence at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), working on leadership issues with the Council of Deans. Dr. Evans has conducted numerous seminars on professional and executive development for the Association of American Medical Colleges (and other professional associations), including its Women in Medicine early career and mid-career professional development seminars, the minority faculty professional development seminar, the executive development seminar for chairs and associate deans, and the executive development seminar for new medical school deans. He has consulted with public and private schools, state departments of education, and numerous academic health center leaders (chairs, deans, vice presidents, etc.) on addressing faculty development issues from an organizational perspective. He has served in a number of advisory capacities, including the Examination Committee of the Graduate Record Examination, grant review panels for the National Cancer Institute and the National Endowment for the Humanities, advisory panels for the National Institutes of Health, and an ad hoc committee on minority health issues for the governor of Massachusetts. His recent publications focus on faculty development and leadership issues in academic health centers and on prevention, population health, and interprofessional education for health professions students. Dr. Evans serves on the board of trustees at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (chair) and at Regis College.
Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA
Chief Executive Officer, Partners In Health / Boston, MA
Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA, is the CEO of Partners In Health a global health organization whose mission is to provide a preferential health care option for the poor, providing clinical care, training and research in severely resource constrained environments.
From 2010 through February of 2015, he served as president and CEO of Partners HealthCare, the parent of the Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals, operating the largest health care delivery organization in New England and among the nation’s largest nonprofit biomedical research and training enterprises. Dr. Gottlieb is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He served as president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital from 2002-2010. Prior to that, he served as president of North Shore Medical Center and as chairman of Partners Psychiatry.
Prior to coming to Boston, Dr. Gottlieb spent 15 years in positions of increasing leadership in health care in Philadelphia. He established the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center’s first program in geriatric psychiatry and developed it into a nationally recognized research, training, and clinical program. He served as executive vice-chair of psychiatry and associate dean for managed care at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and as director and CEO of Friends Hospital.
Dr. Gottlieb received his M.D. from the Albany Medical College of Union University in a six-year accelerated biomedical program. He completed his internship and residency and served as chief resident at New York University/Bellevue Medical Center. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, he earned an M.B.A. with distinction in health care administration from the Wharton Graduate School of Business Administration.
Dr. Gottlieb is Deputy Chair of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Herb Kuhn, BSB
President and Chief Executive Officer, Missouri Hospital Association / Jefferson City, MO
Herb Kuhn is the current president and CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association, the trade association serving the state’s 167 hospitals and health systems. The association provides a variety of services for its members, including federal, state, and local governmental representation and advocacy; health care policy development; public and professional education; database management and research; and public and media relations and communications. Incorporated in 1922, MHA has achieved national recognition for its innovative programs, particularly the Federal Reimbursement Allowance (FRA) program, which funds the state’s Medicaid services, and the Hospital Industry Data Institute, which provides data management services for the Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia and Wyoming hospital associations. In addition to his leadership at MHA, Mr. Kuhn also serves as a commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). Mr. Kuhn also serves on the following boards: Healthcare Services Association and Missouri Health Plan, Missouri Health Connection, Excellence in Missouri Foundation and on an advisory panel to the Healthcare Financial Management Association board. Before joining MHA, Mr. Kuhn served in four different roles with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). During his tenure at CMS, Mr. Kuhn served as director of the Center for Medicare Management and as deputy administrator. He also served as the acting administrator and the acting director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations. Mr. Kuhn served as corporate vice president for the Premier Hospital Alliance before joining CMS. He also served as the vice president for advocacy for the American Hospital Association and worked on Capitol Hill.
CEO Emeritus, American Association for the Advancement of Science / Washington, DC
Alan I. Leshner, PhD, is CEO Emeritus of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He served as Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Executive Publisher of the journal Science between December 2001 – February 2015. AAAS (triple A-S) was founded in 1848 and is the world’s largest, multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering society.
Before coming to AAAS, Dr. Leshner was Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) from 1994-2001. Before becoming Director of NIDA, Dr. Leshner had been the Deputy Director and Acting Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. He went to NIMH from the National Science Foundation (NSF), where he held a variety of senior positions, focusing on basic research in the biological, behavioral and social sciences, science policy and science education.
Dr. Leshner went to NSF after 10 years at Bucknell University, where he was Professor of Psychology. He has also held long-term appointments at the Postgraduate Medical School in Budapest, Hungary; at the Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center; and as a Fulbright Scholar at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Dr. Leshner is the author of a textbook on the relationship between hormones and behavior, and has published extensively for both the scientific and lay communities on the biology of behavior, science and technology policy, science education, and public engagement with science.
Dr. Leshner received an undergraduate degree in psychology from Franklin and Marshall College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physiological psychology from Rutgers University. He also has been awarded seven honorary Doctor of Science degrees. Dr. Leshner is an elected fellow of AAAS, the National Academy of Public Administration, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and many other professional societies. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and served two terms on its governing Council. He was appointed to the National Science Board by President Bush in 2004 and reappointed by President Obama in 2011.
A. Carole Pratt, DDS
Senior Policy Adviser to the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health, Commonwealth of Virginia / Richmond, VA
A. Carole Pratt, DDS, practiced general dentistry in rural southwest Virginia for 32 years, during which time she served four terms as chair of Virginia’s Board of Health, and vice chair of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services Board. She chaired the board of trustees at Lewis Gale Hospital at Pulaski, and in 2009, Pratt was a fellow of the National Rural Health Association. Pratt was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in 2011-2012 in the office of Senator John D. Rockefeller, IV. She is a member of the Virginia Oral Health Coalition Board and she has chaired the Southwest Virginia Graduate Medical Education Consortium, which creates and supports medical residency preceptor sites in rural and underserved communities. Pratt has served as chair of the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance, chair of Virginia’s Small Business Advisory Board, and just completed serving as a member of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors. In addition, she has volunteered for fifteen years at the annual Virginia Dental Association Mission of Mercy clinics, which have provided 19,052 patients in rural southwest Virginia with $15.3 million of free treatment. In 2007, Pratt was recognized with a professional achievement award by the Women in Science, Medicine, and Dentistry of Virginia Commonwealth University for serving as a role model and mentor for the professional development of women faculty. She is a past president of the American Association of Women Dentists. Pratt received her DDS from the Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University) School of Dentistry and is a member of the Dean’s Board of Advisors. She received her B.S. in biology from Virginia Tech, where she currently serves as a member of the College of Science Roundtable and the Biology Department Alumni Advisory Board.
Partner at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas / Washington, DC
Dean A. Rosen, JD, MS, is a partner at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas. He is one of Washington’s foremost experts on America’s complex health care system – and a master of both the politics and policies that shape it. Dean has more than two decades of experience developing and advancing health policy initiatives on Capitol Hill and in the private sector. At Mehlman Castagnetti, he advises a wide range of clients, from leading businesses and trade associations to universities and not-for-profit organizations. He has represented hospitals and health systems, physician specialty organizations, private health plans, clinical laboratories, biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, as well as national employers. He guides each as they seek to impact national health policy and navigate the transformational health system changes taking place in the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act.
Prior to joining Mehlman Castagnetti, Dean held a series of high-level positions in both the private sector and government, including on key committees in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives. As the chief health care advisor to then- Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. (R-TN), a leading voice on national medical and health issues, Dean helped draft and navigate to final passage landmark legislation creating a Medicare prescription drug benefit, patient safety legislation, and laws in the wake of the September 11th and bioterrorism attacks in 2001 to ensure that local, state and national public health systems had new authorities and additional resources to respond to future threats. Before working for the Senate Majority Leader, Dean served as staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on Public Health, majority counsel for the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, and health policy coordinator for the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources (now the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee). At Ways and Means, he played a leading role in crafting the Medicare provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. At Labor, he was the lead Senate staffer in drafting the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
Dean’s policy, legal and management experience also ranges beyond Capitol Hill. He served as senior vice president of policy and general counsel for the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA), and practiced law at Dow, Lohnes and Albertson in Washington, D.C.
Dean holds a J.D. from Syracuse University Law School, a Master’s Degree from Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and a B.S. from Boston University. He is a member of the Board of Directors at the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship, and an Associate Professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health.
Lisa Simpson, MBBCh, MPH, FAAP
President and Chief Executive Officer, AcademyHealth / Washington, DC
Lisa Simpson, MBBCh, MPH, FAAP, is the president and chief executive officer of AcademyHealth. A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, she is a passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy and practice. Her research focuses on improving the performance of the health care system and includes studies of the quality and safety of care, health and health care disparities and the health policy and system response to childhood obesity. Dr. Simpson has published over 75 articles and commentaries in peer reviewed journals. Before joining AcademyHealth, Dr. Simpson was director of the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and professor of pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati. She served as the Deputy Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Simpson serves on the National Advisory Councils of two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Programs – the Clinical Scholars Program and Health and Society Scholars Program, the Editorial boards for the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research, Frontiers in Public Health Systems and Services Research, and Healthcare: the Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation. In October of 2013, Dr. Simpson was elected to the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Simpson earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), a master’s in public health at the University of Hawaii, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in 2013.
Clinical Professor of Public Health, University of Utah School of Medicine / Salt Lake City, UT
David Sundwall, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Public Health at the University of Utah – School of Medicine, where he has been a faculty member since 1978 (albeit with a very long leave of absence from 1981-2005 when he lived in Washington, DC, and had a variety of positions in the federal government and private sector). He served as Executive Director of the Utah Department of Health and Commissioner of Health for the State of Utah, from 2005 through 2010. He has served on numerous government and community boards and advisory groups in his home state, including Chair of the Utah State Controlled Substance Advisory Committee [CASC], and as Vice Chair of the federal Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission [MACPAC], from 2010-2014.
Dr. Sundwall was President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) from 2007-8, and has served on their Board of Directors as the alumni representative. He has chaired or served on several committees of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and is most recently on the Standing Committee on Health Threats Resilience, and the Committee on Department of Homeland Security Occupational Health and Operational Medicine Infrastructure.
Prior to returning to Utah in 2005, he was President of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA), and prior to that was Vice President and Medical Director of American Healthcare Systems (AmHS). Dr. Sundwall’s federal government experience includes serving as Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Assistant Surgeon General in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, and Director of the Health and Human Resources Staff of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. He received his medical degree from the University of Utah – School of Medicine, and completed residency in the Harvard Family Medicine Program. He is a licensed physician, board certified in Internal Medicine and Family Practice, and works as a primary care physician at Health Clinics of Utah two half-days each week.
Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing / Philadelphia, PA
Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Professor and the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Internationally renowned for her leadership in policy, practice and research, Dr. Villarruel became a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 1997 and was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2007. Prior to becoming dean, Dr. Villarruel was a professor, the Nola J. Pender Collegiate Chair and the associate dean for research and global affairs at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She also held a joint faculty appointment in the School of Public Health and was director of the school’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Research and Clinical Training in Health Promotion Nursing. She led interdisciplinary and multi-school strategic planning processes to help the University of Michigan integrate the research, education, practice and global missions of the school, the health system and the university. Her effort to support nursing faculty in developing research programs led to a steady increase in funding from the National Institutes of Health. Among her national leadership roles, Dr. Villarruel is an elected board member of the American Academy of Nursing, a board member of the Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health, and co-chair of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on the Elimination of Health Disparities and the Promotion of Health Equity.
Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine / Aurora, CO
Shale L. Wong, MD, MSPH, is a pediatrician and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. She is Director of Child Health Policy and Education for the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center. Dr. Wong strives to improve children’s health through medical education, health policy and clinical care. She co-founded CU LEADS— an innovative curricular program designed to promote leadership, education, advocacy, development, and scholarship for medical students. CU LEADS inspires new leadership in health care, focusing on social determinants of health and developing advocates who are empowered to improve the health of communities through service, collaboration, civic engagement and public policy.
Dr. Wong served as health policy advisor to First Lady Michelle Obama for development and implementation of Let’s Move!, a national initiative to prevent childhood obesity, and assisted in launching Joining Forces to improve health and wellness of military families. Wong was additionally a senior program consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Throughout her clinical practice, Dr. Wong has cared for children from underserved and vulnerable populations in safety net hospitals, community health centers, and academic clinical settings. She has received multiple awards and honors, including the Chancellor’s Diversity Recognition Award for CU LEADS.
Dr. Wong received her B.A. in modern dance from the University of California, Los Angeles, M.D. from the University of Utah, School of Medicine and M.S.P.H. from the University of Colorado. She was a primary care research fellow and also RWJF health policy fellow with the Institute of Medicine. A lifelong dancer, Wong is inspired to advance health through the arts.