2015-2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows


 David Keahey, PA-C, MSPH

David Keahey, PA-C, MSPH

David Keahey is an associate professor (clinical) with the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. He teaches history and physical diagnosis, clinical problem solving, evidence-based medicine (EBM), neurology, and health policy.

Keahey has been a Principal Investigator for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grants, including the current Expansion of Physician Assistant Training grant. Keahey has authored and co-authored 13 peer-reviewed journal articles and 12 commentaries in venues including the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, American Family Physician, and Journal of Physician Assistant Education, where he was EBM co-editor for 5 years. Keahey has co-presented eight regional and national Teaching the Teacher EBM seminars for physician assistant and physician educators and presented at the Physician Assistant Education Association’s (PAEA’s) Forum, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Conference, and Public Health Service (PHS) Region VIII conferences.

He served as PAEA liaison to STFM, where he chaired the workgroup that published the Joint Position Statement Educating Primary Care Teams for the Future: Family Medicine and Physician Assistant Interprofessional Education. Keahey has been member and chair of PAEA’s Government Relations and External Affairs Council and was appointed in 2012 by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to HRSA’s Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry, where he is vice-chair and co-writer of the 11th Report to Congress.

Keahey graduated from University of Utah with a bachelor of university studies (primary care medicine) and an MS in public health. He practiced family medicine for 24 years at the Salt Lake Community Health Centers, where he served six years as associate and medical director. He volunteers at the Maliheh Free Clinic, caring for a diverse population of uninsured patients and precepting students.

Assignment:
Senator Christopher Murphy (D-CT)


 Robert Mabry, MD

Robert Mabry, MD

Robert Mabry is an emergency physician and emergency medical services (EMS) specialist. Most recently, Mabry served as the program director of the Military Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Medicine Fellowship, the largest EMS fellowship in the nation, and as the director of Trauma Care Delivery at the Department of Defense Trauma Center of Excellence at Fort Sam Houston, TX.

Before becoming a physician, Mabry served for 11 years as an enlisted U.S. Army Ranger infantryman and Special Forces (Green Beret) medical sergeant. He is also a combat diver, freefall parachutist, National Registry Paramedic, diving medical officer, high-angle rescue instructor, and flight surgeon. He has deployed overseas multiple times and has participated in combat operations as the senior search and rescue medic with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia, during the “Blackhawk Down” battle in 1993, as a Special Forces battalion surgeon during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2005, and as the Joint Theater Trauma System Prehospital medical director again in Afghanistan in 2010.

Mabry served as president of the Special Operations Medical Association and is a founding member of the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care. His military awards include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Combat Field Medical Badge (two awards).

Mabry earned his BS from Campbell University by attending night and weekend classes while he served as a Green Beret at Fort Bragg, NC. He attended medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, where he served as class president and was selected as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He is board certified in emergency medicine and emergency medical services and is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Command and Staff College. He is the author of numerous scientific papers and book chapters related to combat casualty care.

Assignment:
House Committee on Energy and Commerce


 Dayna Matthew, JD

Dayna Matthew, JD

Dayna Matthew is a full professor at the University of Colorado Law School and the Colorado School of Public Health. Matthew has also been a faculty member of the University’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities since 2004. From 2004 to 2011, she served as the Law School’s associate dean of academic affairs and vice dean. In addition to directing the Law School’s Health Law and Policy program, Matthew teaches constitutional law, civil procedure, and a variety of health and public health law courses. They include an interdisciplinary practicum titled, “Poverty, Health and Law,” which teaches law, public health, and medical students to collaborate in addressing low-income patients’ social needs.

Matthew’s primary research interests are in health equity and integrated health care delivery, with an emphasis on implementing innovative health policy. For example, she co-founded the Colorado Health Equity Project (CHEP) to form medical-legal partnerships throughout Colorado. CHEP collaborates with integrated, primary care providers serving low-income communities. CHEP attorneys and students provide direct legal representation to patients whose health is adversely affected by legal problems related to the social determinants of health, CHEP also provides training to providers and legislative advocacy on behalf of low-income patients. Currently, Matthew is serving as the senior advisor to the Director of the Office of Civil Rights for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. Matthew’s forthcoming book, Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in America, will be published in hardcover by New York University Press in September 2015.

Previously, Matthew practiced as a civil litigator in Kentucky and Virginia, where her work focused primarily on the defense of medical care providers and product manufacturers, following a clerkship on the Virginia Supreme Court. Matthew graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe with an AB in economics and earned her JD from the University of Virginia Law School, where she served as an editor of the Virginia Law Review, and won first place in the Lile Moot Court Competition.

Assignment:
Senator Deborah Stabenow (D-MI)


 Thomas Mayes, MD, MBA

Thomas Mayes, MD, MBA

Thomas Mayes serves as professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He has practiced pediatric critical care medicine for 25 years in the U.S. Air Force and at the Health Science Center. Since joining the university’s faculty in 1994, he has served in a number of key leadership positions in the School of Medicine and affiliated hospitals, including interim dean of the Medical School, associate dean for clinical affairs, chief executive officer of the faculty practice plan, and physician-in-chief of CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the College of Critical Care Medicine.

In addition to his work on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Committee for the Improving Asthma Care in Children program, he has served on or chaired the board of directors of several non-profit organizations focusing on health care, community leadership development, and assisting children with congenital heart disease from developing countries. Mayes’ advocacy work for children has included service on the Texas Department of Health and Human Services Frew Advisory Committee to assist in allocating strategic initiative funds to improve medical and dental access for children enrolled in Medicaid as well as creating the state’s first Medical-Legal Partnership promoting better child health through legal representation.

Mayes received his BS from Baylor University, MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine, and MBA from the University of Texas, San Antonio. He has been inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio and his fellowship in pediatric critical care medicine at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both disciplines.

Assignment:
House Committee on Ways and Means


 Jeanette Roberts, PhD, MPH

Jeanette Roberts, PhD, MPH

Jeanette Roberts is a professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy in Madison, WI. She recently returned to the faculty after 11 years as dean of the School. Her teaching and research interests include the evidence-based use of herbal medicines and other dietary supplements, antioxidants in cancer chemoprevention, and chemoprotection, and chemoprevention by manipulating cellular sulfur and selenium levels. More recently, she has developed interests and expertise in pharmacy in public health and global health work.

Roberts was on administrative leave during 2014-2015 and spent 4 months in South Africa working with a partner School of Pharmacy at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town. The two schools jointly launched a postgraduate pharmacy fellowship training program in comparative global health systems, systems strengthening, and quality improvement. The first U.S. Fellow began the two-year experience in July 2015, and the plan is to host a South African fellow starting in July 2016.

She earned a BS in biochemistry from Albright College and a PhD in medicinal chemistry from the University of Minnesota. After spending two years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a J. Robert Oppenheimer Postdoctoral Fellow, she accepted a faculty position in medicinal chemistry at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. Along the way, she earned an MPH from Utah and served as associate dean for academic affairs for the college until moving to Madison in 2003.

Roberts was selected for two distinguished teaching awards while at Utah and recently received the Outstanding Achievement Award from Minnesota. She is a member of three national honor societies and served as chair of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2015-2016.

Assignment:
Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA)


 Y. Claire Wang, MD, ScD

Y. Claire Wang, MD, ScD

Y. Claire Wang is an associate professor of health policy and management at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She co-directs the Obesity Prevention Initiative, a cross-disciplinary team focusing on environmental and policy approaches to preventing obesity at the community level. She is also the faculty director of the MPH certificate in comparative effectiveness and outcomes research, and teaches decision analysis and economic evaluation of health technologies to graduate students and clinical scientists.

Wang’s research often applies mathematical modeling to synthesize evidence for informing policy and practice. She is particularly interested in the distribution of modifiable risk factors (e.g. diet, physical activity, and smoking) and their joint implications on disease burden in the whole population and among demographic subgroups. Her current research focuses on developing and evaluating policies to promote healthy choices and to address the obesity epidemic in adults and in children, especially in terms of cost-effectiveness and downstream health and cost impact.

Wang is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and of The Obesity Society. She serves on the advisory committee of AGree, a cross-sector initiative funded by nine of the world’s leading foundations to drive positive, transformative change in the food and agriculture system.

Wang has an MD from National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, as well as an MS in epidemiology and an ScD in health policy and decision sciences from Harvard School of Public Health.

Assignment:
HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health