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
- Clyde Evans, PhD
- Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA
- Herb Kuhn, BSB
- A. Carole Pratt, DDS
- Charles L. Rice, MD
- Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH
- Lisa Simpson, MBBCh, MPH
- Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, FAAN
- 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.
Clyde Evans, PhD
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.
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.
Charles L. Rice, MD
President Emeritus, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Military Health Systems, Department of Defense / Bethesda, MD
Charles L. Rice, MD, is President Emeritus of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). Before assuming his role at USUHS, Dr. Rice, a Navy-trained surgeon and researcher, served as the vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Illinois, Chicago, from 1999-2004. Prior to that, he was vice dean of the UIC College of Medicine, as well as a professor of surgery and professor of physiology and biophysics. Originally from Atlanta, Ga., Dr. Rice graduated with an A.B. from the University of Georgia in 1964 and earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1968. He interned at Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C. He completed his general surgery residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., followed by a research fellowship at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda. Dr. Rice’s research interests, many funded by the National Institutes of Health, have been in the biology of lung injury and in mechanisms of cell and tissue injury in shock. His clinical focus has been in trauma and critical care. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Surgical Association and the Society of University Surgeons, and is a past president of the Shock Society. Dr. Rice was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow and served as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Thomas A. Daschle (D-SD) from 1991 to 1992. He was a member of the Board of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education from 1998 to 2004 and served as its Chair from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Rice has also been a Petersdorf Scholar-in-Residence at the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr. Rice was commissioned as an ensign in the Naval Reserve Medical Corps in 1966. Three years later, he transferred into the regular Navy and quickly rose through the ranks. He left active duty, but remained in the Naval Reserve, through which he was promoted to Captain in 1991. He retired in 2003. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit. In addition to appointments at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Dr. Rice has served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, the University of Washington, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He has spoken widely to a variety of national audiences, and has authored numerous scientific papers, abstracts, and medical texts.
Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Chief Medical Officer for Prevention, American Heart Association / Dallas, TX
Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAFP serves as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Prevention for the American Heart Association (AHA). He brings an interest and experience in prevention and population health to AHA. He served as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the AHA from April 2013 through 2014. Prior to joining AHA, he served as Vice President and CMO for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) where he focused on worker and worksite wellness, clinical prevention, and chronic disease management, particularly diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Sanchez led the Institute for Health Policy at the University of Texas (UT) School of Public Health as director from 2006 to 2008, and from 2001 to 2006, he served as Texas’ state health officer, Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services from 2004 to 2006 and the Texas Department of Health from 2001 to 2004. And he served as the local public health officer in Austin-Travis County from 1994 to 1998.
Dr. Sanchez currently serves as Chair of the Partnership for Prevention Board of Directors, the National Commission on Prevention Priorities, and the Texas Public Health Coalition. From 2008 to 2012, he served as chair of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He serves on the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions and on the Board of Directors of Trust for America’s Health, AcademyHealth, the Public Health Institute, and the CATCH Global Foundation. He is the recipient of the 2011 Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Alumni Award and the 2011Texas Public Health Association (TPHA) James E. Peavy Memorial Award. In 2005, he was awarded the Texas School Health Association (TSHA) John P. McGovern Award and the 2005 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Public Health Award. In 2004, he received the American Heart Association Louis B. Russell Memorial Award, for outstanding service in addressing healthcare disparities, by the American Heart Association. Dr. Sanchez obtained his M.D. from the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, an M.P.H. from the UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, and an M.S. in biomedical engineering from Duke University. He holds a B.S. in biomedical engineering and a B.A. in chemistry from Boston University. Dr. Sanchez is board certified in family medicine.
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.
Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN
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.