Winter 2012
From the Director | Updates All Around
What's New | 2012-2013 Fellows, The 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award
Job Notice | Current Opportunities 
Where are they now? | Find out what your colleagues have been doing!

Marie Michnich, DrPH

Marie E. Michnich,
Director

Updates All Around
As we say farewell to 2012, we celebrate so many wonderful events of significance to our fellowship. I had the distinct honor of representing us at the 40th Anniversary of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It was an emotional event that included the opportunity to spend time with several of our alums, board members, program officers and friends. In these days of constant and rapid change, it is heartening to confirm the continued strength of the Foundation and its commitment to programs like ours. As this year draws to a close, we are saying goodbye to the class of 2011-2012 who made us proud. The fellows served in the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Administration, working for Republicans and Democrats, and, most importantly, succeeded in collaborating across the aisle to pass needed legislation. In these days when the partisan divide seems irreconcilable, it is good to know that our fellows continue to experience the satisfaction of a bipartisan legislative process. In September, we welcomed our 38th class of fellows and, once again, the placements for the 2012-2013 fellows are looking as promising as the outgoing class (more updates will come later when all assignments are finalized).

Another memorable event, this time credited to the 2009-2010 Class, was the 2012 Alumni Retreat held in October. You may recall that the class that is two years out is responsible for planning the educational sessions. They assembled an amazing program with a keynote delivered by Senator Tom Daschle. The retreat also included the granting of the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award to alumnus Karen Hein (1993-1994). It was delightful to see that several classes took this opportunity to hold their own mini-reunions in conjunction with the Alumni Retreat and the Annual Meeting of the IOM. I must also report that the Class of 2012-2013 delivered a hilarious skit that was appreciated by all.

We welcome 2013 with much anticipation. The Foundation has graciously provided support for an important Board Retreat in the spring that will allow us to reexamine all aspects of the fellowship so that we continue to be referred to as the best and most prestigious health policy fellowship in the Nation. After a decade of having the privilege of serving as the Director, I think it is wise to challenge all our assumptions and processes to keep us on our toes and adaptable to the dynamic world we live in. If any of you have any ideas or recommendations for the Board to consider, I urge you to bring them to my attention or to the attention of our Board Chair, Gail Warden. You may send them to his attention at info@healthpolicyfellows.org.

On a separate note, we have had the great honor of launching two new fellowship programs at the Institute of Medicine in addition to my stewardship of our beloved RWJF Health Policy Fellows. About 6 years ago, the IOM, in honor of its 35th Anniversary, introduced the IOM Anniversary Fellowships for young health scientists to work on IOM Boards and Committees. We now have 5 endowed fellowships with more on the horizon. And this year, we initiated an IOM/FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship with 3 fellows placed at the FDA Center for Tobacco Products, with plans to recruit 6 fellows in 2013. It is so exciting and fulfilling to see all these programs interact and flourish.

To all of you, I wish you a Happy and Healthy 2013 and hope our paths cross in the days ahead.

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Class of 2012-2013

2012-2013 RWJF Health Policy Fellows
The National Program Office is pleased to introduce the Class of 2012-2013 fellows to the community of alumni and friends.  The fellows are:

  • Barbara Damron, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Karen B. Domino, MD, MPH
  • Bruce Edgren, PharmD
  • Stephen Ferrara, MD
  • Andrew Gettinger, MD
  • Harry J. Heiman, MD, MPH
  • Peter Sokolove, MD
  • Hassan A. Tetteh, MD, MPA, MBA, FACS
Read more about the fellows.

Karen Hein, MD

Karen Hein, MD

Recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award

The 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award
Please join us in congratulating Karen Hein (’93-’94) as the recipient of the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award. Karen is a leading physician and health policy expert active in a range of domestic and international health issues. She is an Adjunct Professor of Community & Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and a Visiting Fellow at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University. Karen currently serves on the Vermont Green Mountain Care Board where she is one of five members appointed by Vermont Governor Shumlin to oversee Vermont’s new visionary, comprehensive health care reform efforts calling for an all-payer system, universal access to coordinated, high quality, cost-effective care.

Thanks to all who nominated or supported candidates for this year’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. A special thanks to the members of the Selection Committee for their time and commitment. The Selection Committee was chaired by Mark Schwartz (’09-’10), and four additional alumni volunteers represented the long history of the program: Charles Clark, Jr. (’75-’76), Allen Hyman (’87-’88), Julie Sochalski (’92-’93), Rita Redberg (’03-’04), and Janice Phillips (’10-’11).

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Jobs

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
RWJF is seeking to fill various program level positions and is asking your help in targeting appropriate applicants.  If you know anyone that would be a good fit and interested in any of these opportunities, please pass this information on to them. A full listing can be found by visiting the job opportunities section of RWJF's website at http://www.rwjf.org/about/joblisting.jsp.

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E Andrew Balas

E. Andrew Balas
E. Andrew Balas (’97-’98) was appointed Dean of the College of Health Sciences and also Founding Director of the Institute of Public and Preventive Health (IPPH) at Georgia Health Sciences University.

Kenneth Chance

Kenneth Chance
Ken Chance (’91-’92) received the Legacy of Leadership Deans Award, 125th Year Anniversary, Meharry Medical College, School of Dentistry, an engraved medallion, October 13, 2012, and Chairman Leadership Recognition, 50 Years of Excellence in Endodontic Education: Our Golden Jubilee, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Dental School, October 26, 2012.

Leona Cuttler

Leona Cuttler
Leona Cuttler (’05-’06) received a Center for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation grant on transforming pediatric ambulatory care. She shares that it is very exciting, and much stems from her experiences as a RWJF Health Policy Fellow.

Renee Fox

Renee Fox
Renee Fox (’07-’08) has been appointed as executive director of the Institute for a Healthiest Maryland, effective Sept. 1. Read the press release.

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Robert Frank

Robert Frank
Robert Frank (’91-’92) is the 21st president of the University of New Mexico as of June 1, 2012. Read the press release. See a photo taken at the President's house after the inauguration.


Karen Guice
Karen Guice (’96-’97) who is serving as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs was named UNM School of Medicine’s Khatali Distinguished Alumnus. Read the press release.

Jonathan Jaffery

Jonathan Jaffery
Jonathan Jaffery (’10-’11) was appointed President/CEO of the UW Health Accountable Care Organization.

David Keller

David Keller
David Keller (’09-’10) has been invited to serve on the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry. He is also the elected president of the Academic Pediatric Association (2012-2015). Three years out from Fellowship, and “life remains really interesting” for David: he left clinical practice in September, and is now a full-time member of Commonwealth Medicine, UMass' public policy think tank. He is working on many different projects related to medical home creation and practice transformation, specifically serving as an Associate Medical Director within MassHealth (Massachusetts' Medicaid Agency) and as Project co-Director for CSI_RI, Rhode Island's All-Payer Medical Home Initiative. David notes that it is “fascinating to work closely with two different State governments; the learning curve that the Fellowship began continues to accelerate.”

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Richard Krugman

Richard Krugman
Richard Krugman (’80-’81) was reappointed for a three-year term to the National Health Care Task Force authorized by the ACA. He is co-chairing an IOM Committee on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the US. Dick has also been named a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor, and co-authored an Editorial in JAMA on 50th anniversary of the JAMA publication of "The Battered Child Syndrome" paper.


Angela Mattie
Angela Mattie (’00-’01) was re-appointed by Senator Donald Williams, President Pro Tempore of The Connecticut Senate, to Connecticut¹s Health Information Technology Exchange of Connecticut advisory committee-a statewide committee charged with advising and evaluating measures to improve the health IT infrastructure in Connecticut. She has also been appointed to the Regional Advisory Committee of The Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). In addition, Angela is the recipient of American College of Healthcare Executives, Distinguished Faculty Advisor, Regent’s Award (June 27, 2012).

Allen Nissenson

Allen Nissenson
Allen Nissenson (’94-’95) is a reviewer for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). He had multiple publications in Nephrology Journals, most timely on ACOs- area being actively pursued in nephrology.

Janice Phillips

Janice Phillips
Janice Phillips (’10-’11) is now an Associate Professor at Rush University College of Nursing in Chicago, IL. She also became the Carter Fleck Visiting Professor University of New Mexico and has been inducted into the Chicago Institute of Medicine, as well as the Institute of Excellence National Black Nurses' Association. In addition, Janice was appointed to the Editorial Board for Nursing Outlook, the official journal for the American Academy of Nursing. She contributed to the RWJF Human Capital blog in July (read the post) and published a manuscript on prescription drug abuse (read the manuscript).

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Robert Ratner

Robert Ratner
Robert Ratner (’08-’09) has been named Chief Scientific and Medical Officer for the American Diabetes Association.  Read the press release.

Rita Redberg

Rita Redberg
Rita Redberg (’03-’04) was appointed to Med PAC and also to chair MEDCAC. Her publications include an editorial piece in the New England Journal of Medicine, titled “Coronary CT Angiography for Acute Chest Pain.”

Mark Schwartz

Mark Schwartz
Mark Schwartz (’09-’10) became Chair of the Health Policy Committee for the Society of General Internal Medicine in May 2012. In March, he was named Vice-Chair of a new Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine, home to the biostatistics, epidemiology, health services, health behavior, CER, and health policy researchers. Mark was appointed to the NYS Council on Graduate Medical Education. He is now chairing a Steering Group for ACP’s ACPNet, a national practice-based research and QI network, and directs a NSF-funded working group of scientists and physicians aiming to infuse medical education with evolutionary biology. The Advisory Committee is chaired by Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg, President of the IOM.


Nancy Short
Nancy Short (’04-’05) is newly elected to the Board of Directors for the National Alliance of Local Boards of Health. This is an off shoot of being appointed by the Durham County Commissioners to the Board of Health.

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Barbara Tobias

Barbara Tobias
Barbara Tobias (’09-’10) has been asked to serve on the HRSA Federal advisory committee, the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice. She is looking forward to serving on the Council with Peggy Wilmoth (’09-’10).

Justina Trott

Justina Trott
Justina Trott (’08-’09) is a Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Women’s Health Policy for the RWJF Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico.

Thomas Tsang

Thomas Tsang
Thomas Tsang (’08-’09) is now the Global Executive Director for Health Information Partnerships, Business Development and Strategy at Merck. Prior to this position, Tom served as an advisor at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and a Senior Advisor on healthcare transformation to the governor of Hawaii.


Danny Wedding
Danny Wedding (’89-’90) has been elected for a three-year term as a Representative from the Society of Clinical Psychology for the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives (the APA’s governing body). Danny updated and revised three of his books this year (Current Psychotherapies, Case Studies in Psychotherapy, and Positive Psychology at the Movies), and he spent most of December hiking in the Chilean Andes with his two sons.

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Margaret Wilmoth

Margaret Wilmoth
Margaret Wilmoth (’09-’10) became the Inaugural Dean for the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions at Georgia State University. She has been appointed for a four-year term on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) for HRSA, which advises the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Congress on policy issues related to the Title VIII programs administered by the HRSA Bureau of Health Professions Division of Nursing, including nurse workforce supply, education and practice improvement. Peggy is also on the Board of the Visiting Nurse Health System of Georgia.

Steffie Woolhandler

Steffie Woolhandler
Steffie Woolhandler (’90-’91) co-authored the article, “Giving Office-Based Physicians Electronic Access To Patients’ Prior Imaging And Lab Results Did Not Deter Ordering Of Tests” with two former RWJF Health Policy Fellows. This article appeared in Health Affairs and made it to the front page of the New York Times.

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