Summer 2013
From the Director | Updates All Around
What's New | Welcome 2013-2014 fellows, 2013 Alumni Gathering/IOM Annual Meeting
Job Notice | Current Opportunities 
Where are they now? | Find out what your colleagues have been doing!

Marie Michnich, DrPH

Marie E. Michnich

Updates All Around

With the start of the Class of 2013-2014, we begin the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows. We have a number of events and activities planned to help recognize this important milestone. First and foremost is the Alumni Gathering on Tuesday, October 22, the day following the Annual Meeting of Institute of Medicine. Please mark your calendars, and, if at all possible, join in the fun! We are producing a video that will capture many of our fondest memories, and we will be spiffing up our website, brochure, and promotional materials. We want to take full advantage of social media and expand the networking capability of our alums to further their promoting the health of the nation.

Starting on Friday, September 6, with the release of the next Call for Applications, we officially open the application process for the Class of 2014-2015. I am asking each and every one of you to reach out to two people who you think might either be great candidates for the program or are in a position to identify new applicants. Remember, if you are an alumnus who is responsible for recruiting a successful applicant, you will be eligible for a fully reimbursed trip to next year’s Annual Meeting of the Institute of Medicine and the Alumni Retreat here in Washington DC in October 2014. But even better, through your recruitment efforts, you assure that we have the very best applicants for our beloved program. It is no secret that our most important way of getting the word out is through the efforts of those who have come (or is it gone?) before. You know best what this experience has meant in your life and you also know the type of individuals who can succeed in this exceptional opportunity. And to make your recruitment even easier, this year the Foundation has permitted us to raise the salary offset to $104,000 for the first year.

Finally, a word about what our most recent fellows have experienced. Anyone watching the national news knows that this country in general and Washington DC in particular is awash in partisanship that has everyone appropriately worried about the ability of the Congress to accomplish anything. At least, that is how it seems. What amazes me is that for the last two years, we have had health policy fellows serving on the majority and minority of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and they have found positive experiences among some of the most fractious politics of our time. Last year, Nancy Dunlap and Arun Patel helped craft the Prescription Drug User Fee Act that was successfully passed. And this yearSteve Ferarra and Harry Heiman helped to craft a physician reimbursement bill that was reported out of committee with a voting tally of 51-0. That’s right; it was a unanimous, full committee vote in favor of the bill – with the public acknowledgement of the contribution of our fellows, identified by name, by both Republican and Democratic members. Not bad at all.


Welcome 2013-2014 Fellows
The National Program Office is pleased to introduce the Class of 2013-2014 fellows to the community of alumni and friends.  The fellows are:

  • Amir Afkhami, MD, PhD
  • Nadine Braunstein, PhD, RD
  • Wendi Gosliner, PhD, MPH, RD
  • Shannon Hader, MD, MPH
  • Ronald Kline, MD
  • Maria-Rosa Watson, DDS, MS, DrPH

Read more about our newest fellows.

Save the Date: Alumni Gathering on October 22, 2013 
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the RWJF Health Policy Fellows.  We will begin celebrating at our annual Alumni Gathering on Tuesday, October 22 in conjunction with the IOM Annual Meeting on Monday, October 21.  Details are provided below.  Be sure to mark your calendars and complete the online registration.

Monday, October 21, 2013
IOM Annual Meeting "The Science of Violence: Causation, Mitigation, and Prevention"
NAS Building - 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
8:00am - 5:15pm, reception to follow

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Alumni Gathering 
Members Room, NAS Building - 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
8:00am - 1:30pm

With the Class of 2011 as the planning committee, it promises to be yet another spectacular event.  We hope to see you there!

Keep Your Website Profile Up-to-Date
Please take a moment to check and see if your profile on the website is up-to-date.  If you need to make any edits, contact the National Program Office or (202) 334-1506 and we will be glad to help


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 
The program officers/senior program officers (PO/SPO) in the Research and Evaluation (R&E) unit are professional staff responsible for creating, developing, implementing and managing the research and evaluation aspects of the Foundation’s initiatives to improve health and health care. Their primary responsibility is to work with team directors, team members and executive staff to design and implement research and evaluation strategies that generate impact congruent with the specific objectives of the teams and the Foundation. For more information visit .

DEADLINE EXTENDED: September 5, 2013


Health Resources Services Adminstration
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is conducting a search for a Deputy Associate Administrator for their Bureau of Health Professions (BHPr) to provide national leadership to support health professions workforce training programs to increase availability of health professionals across the nation in response to changing health care delivery systems. For more informaiton, visit

Ann De Biasi 
Ann de Biasi (’00-‘01) is the Director of Policy Development at Trust for America’s Health.

Andrew Bindman

Andy Bindman
Andy Bindman, MD (‘09-‘10) is living a bi-coastal health policy life. In addition to his position as a Professor of Medicine at UCSF, Andy works half time in Washington as a senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the Office of Health Policy. His primary activities focus on physician payment policy, workforce policy, and Medicaid coverage expansion. At UCSF, he continues to develop a research partnership with the California Medicaid program and has a paper in press in Academic Medicine with Jay Himmelstein (’91-’92).


Richard Bucciarelli
Richard Bucciarelli (’90-’91) was the recipient of the 2012 Clifford G. Grulee Award of the American Academy of Pediatrics for continuing advocacy for children at the state and federal level.



Charles M. Clark
Charles M. Clark, Jr. (’75-’76) celebrated his 75th birthday in March and blogged about entering the fourth quarter of life. Charles became Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Indiana University two years ago, but he seems to have flunked retirement.  He is an active blogger and diabetes champion for the BMJ’sdoc2doc diabetes website. Charles is Chief Doctor at the new Sino-US Diabetes Center in Hangzhou, China where he spent three months last year.  He celebrated his 50th Indiana University Medical School reunion in June.  His wife Eleanor Kinney, Professor Emerita of Law at Indiana University celebrated her 40th Duke Law School reunion.  And together they celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in June.


Tom Delbanco
Tom Delbanco (‘77-‘78) is the project director for OpenNotes.

Dan Derksen

Dan Derksen
Dan Derksen (’07-’08) was appointed the Walter H. Pearce Endowed Chair and Director, Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona.  Read the press release here.


Nancy Dunlap
Nancy E. Dunlap (’11-’12) was appointed Dean of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She previously served as a Physician-in-Residence with the National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices in Washington, D.C.

William Eaglstein
William Eaglstein (‘86-‘87) was appointed to the NIH Clinical Trial Review Committee for the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. He has also been participating in the SPARK program at the Stanford University School of Medicine, which seeks to “overcome the hurdles associated with translating academic discoveries into drugs or diagnostics that address real clinical needs.”




Clyde Evans 
Clyde Evans (’96-’97) began a consulting job for Linda Degutis (’96-’97), the Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at CDC, facilitating strategic planning for global health initiatives with both domestic and international activities. The priority areas for these global health initiatives are: road safety, violence against children, alcohol, suicide, gender-based violence, and burns. He was also appointed the Advisory Board of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows at the Institute of Medicine. Congratulations Clyde!


Oliver T. Fein
Oliver T. Fein (’93-’94) received the Society for General Internal Medicine’s David Calkins Award in health policy advocacy. Read the press release here. In January, he was asked to join the American Public Health Association’s delegation to Taiwan as a guest of the Taiwanese Department of Health. He served as the APHA’s Vice President for the United States, and he and his delegation spent an action-packed week in Taiwan, visiting the every branch of the Department of Public Health, from the Division of National Health Insurance and the CDC to rural health departments, dealing with the aboriginal population. 


Stephen Ferrara 
Stephen Ferrara (’12-’13) is an active duty captain (select) and the incoming Chief Medical Officer and Director of Clinical Operations for the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.



Susan Gallagher
Susan Gallagher (’03-‘04) developed the course “Leadership and Advocacy in Public Health” for the new Doctorate in Public Health program being offered at Tufts University Medical School in Boston. The course was piloted this past spring with selected master’s degree candidates who had the opportunity to practice effective communication with policy makers during a visit with their representative in Congress through the course. Sue was instrumental in the development of the first Hill Day for the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR). She also developed and led a two hour advocacy training workshop to prepare participants to educate members and their staff about the important role of injury and violence research, as well as pending bills related to improving data for violence prevention.



Carmen Green
Carmen Green (’06-’07) was appointed Health System’s inaugural Associate Vice President and Associate Dean for Health Equity and Inclusion at the University of Michigan.



Karen Hein
Karen Hein ('93-'94) was featured in the Spring 2013 edition of Dartmouth Medicine. The article discusses her beloved cashmere goats and her career in health policy leadership, including her work on Vermont's Green Mountain Care Board, implementing state-wide, universal health coverage. Read the article here.

David Keller

David Keller
David Keller (’09-’10) will join the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Colorado Children’s Hospital in October 2013, as a Visiting Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Clinical Transformation of the Department of Pediatrics. David was featured in Providence Business News’ “Five Questions” segment in July. Read the article here


Arthur Kellermann
Arthur Kellerman (’06-’07) was named the new Dean of the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). Read the press release here. Art was also recently elected to the Institute of Medicine Council and appointed to the Health Affairs’ editorial board.


Barbara Kornblau
Barbara Kornblau (’06-’07) was named first executive director of the Society for Participatory Medicine. Founded in 2009, the group is a partnership between empowered patients, health professionals and the systems that support them.

Samuel Korper
Samuel Korper (’76-’77) is engaged part-time at Westat Research Corporation, where he serves as Senior Advisor on Aging Studies. He recently completed work on the NIH Toolbox for the Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function. This past June, after having recently completed a six-year term on the Montgomery County Commission of Health, the County Executive appointed Sam a Commissioner on the Montgomery County Commission on Aging.


Janet Leigh
Janet Leigh (’09-‘10) was the first recipient of the American Dental Education Association award, which honors a single dental educator who best exemplifies excellence in dental education in North America. The award is for scholarship, research, excellence in teaching and leadership in advocating oral health care and dental education.


Liana Orsolini
Liana Orsolini (’11-’12) is now the Care Delivery and Advanced Practice System Consultant at the Bons Secours Health System Center for Clinical Excellence.



Nancy Ridenour
Nancy Ridenour (’07-‘08) presented the closing keynote address "Transforming Health Care: Nurses Engaged in Policy" at the 39th Annual American Academy of Nursing Conference, held October 2012 in Washington, DC. Nancy was also appointed to the University of New Mexico Foundation Board of Trustees.

Richard Rieselbach, MD, MACP, UW Nephrology Division Chief 1965-1974

Richard Rieselbach
Richard Rieselbach (’85-’86) was the recipient of this year's Richard Neubauer Advocate for Internal Medicine Award, which recognizes a member of the American College of Physicians for successfully promoting the organization’s mission in public policy. Over the past three years, Richard has advocated for reform as chairman of the Health and Public Policy Committee for the Wisconsin ACP chapter. Richard has written and co-authored commentaries on various policy issues, from state expansion of Medicaid eligibility to improvement of medical education. He also played a crucial role in promoting a Primary Care Summit in Wisconsin in 2012.


David Sanchez
David Sanchez Jr. (‘74-‘75) was reappointed by Mayor Ed Lee to his fifth term on the San Francisco Health Commission. He also serves on the Joint Conference Committees of San Francisco General Hospital and Laguna Hospital and is a trustee of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation and the San Francisco Community Foundation. David was appointed to a three year term to the California Commission on Aging by Governor Edmund Brown Jr. He is Professor Emeritus at UCSF’s School of Medicine and the former Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs.


Mark Schwartz
Mark Schwartz (’09-’10) is a Professor in the departments of Population Health and Medicine at the University of New York. In addition to chairing the Society of General Internal Medicine Health Policy Committee, Mark chairs the Committee on Physician Payment Reform, advocating for the recommendations in the report from the bipartisan National Commission on Physician Payment Reform. He also leads the Work Group of the New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education, developing recommendations for the Physician Workforce in the state of New York.

Jeff Shornick
Jeff Shornick (’99-’00) had his private practice partner buy him out and moved to Christchurch, New Zealand in July, where he will see patients at the main hospital and continue his adventures in “retirement.” 

Patience White

Patience H. White
Patience H. White (’00-’01) is now the Arthritis Foundation’s Vice President of Public Health Policy and Advocacy.


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