2012-2013 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows
- Barbara Damron, PhD, RN, FAAN
- Karen Domino, MD, MPH
- Bruce Edgren, PharmD
- Stephen Ferrara, MD
- Andrew Gettinger, MD
- Harry Heiman, MD, MPH
- Peter Sokolove, MD
- Hassan Tetteh, MD, MPA, MBA
Barbara Damron, PhD, RN, FAAN Barbara Damron is associate professor at the University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing, where she teaches in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative doctoral program. She also directs the Office of Community Partnerships & Cancer Health Disparities and the Hispanic and Native American Community Outreach program at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center. She conducts community-based participatory research focused on impacting health behaviors along the cancer trajectory, and has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, UNM Institutional Grants, and private foundations. She is also a senior fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico.
Damron has served as a head nurse, supervisor, administrator, clinical nurse specialist, educator, and researcher. She was the founding director of the first statewide comprehensive cancer nursing education program in the country. In addition, she is past chair of the Oncology Nursing Foundation Board of Trustees.
Damron received her Ph.D. in social/development/personality psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and her BSN from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.Assignment:
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Karen Domino, MD, MPH Karen B. Domino is professor and vice chair for clinical research in the department of anesthesiology and pain medicine and adjunct professor of neurological surgery at the University of Washington, Seattle.
She is a senior examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology and a past president of the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesia and Critical Care. Domino has extensive experience with continuous quality improvement, risk management, and patient safety. Her research interests include patient safety and shared decision-making in surgery and pain medicine.
Domino received her MD from the University of Michigan, resident and fellowship training in anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MPH from the University of Washington.Assignment:
House Committee on Ways and Means
Bruce Edgren, PharmD Bruce Edgren is the chair of the department of pharmacy practice and administration at the University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy in Hartford, Connecticut where he is responsible for providing the practice–based educational component of the Doctor of Pharmacy program. He teaches pharmacy history, ethics, professionalism, government programs, evidence-based decision-making, and practice integration.
Edgren’s research focuses on drug safety in pediatric patients. He has published studies on neonatal pharmacokinetics and adverse events associated with critical care drug use. He has also held leadership positions with UnitedHealth Care’s pharmacy benefit division, SmithKline Beecham’s Health Care Management division, an Internet health startup in Silicon Valley, and First Health Services Corporation, a provider of pharmacy benefits for fee-for-service state Medicaid programs.
Edgren received his BS and PharmD from the University of Minnesota. He is a registered pharmacist in both Minnesota and Connecticut.Assignment:
Senator John D. Rockefeller, IV (D-WV)
Stephen Ferrara, MD Stephen Ferrara is an active-duty Captain (select) and physician in the U.S. Navy. He is the incoming Chief Medical Officer and Director of Clinical Operations, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. His most recent assignment was Chief of Interventional Radiology and immediate past director of the diagnostic radiology residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He has multiple worldwide deployments, including serving as chief of radiology aboard the USNS Mercy during Operation Unified Assistance I/II, serving in the 2005 Asian tsunami relief effort, and most recently serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he provided primary care to 2,200 combat troops and volunteered at the NATO Role 3 hospital. In Afghanistan, Ferrara was the first to introduce interventional radiology to the battlefield, where it remains as a doctrinal component of the combat casualty system.
Ferrara writes and lectures extensively on the adaptation of advanced health care technologies in austere and remote environments. His clinical interests include pediatric interventional radiology with an emphasis on treatment of complex vascular malformations. His military honors include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Humanitarian Service Medal.
Ferrara received his BS in molecular biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MD from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He completed a surgical internship and a diagnostic radiology residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego and subspecialty training in vascular and interventional radiology at the University of California, San Diego and Boston Children’s Hospital. He is board certified in diagnostic radiology as well as vascular and interventional radiology and serves as a board examiner for the American Board of Radiology. He is a Fellow of the Society of Interventional Radiology.Assignment:
House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Andrew Gettinger, MD Andrew Gettinger is professor of anesthesiology and associate dean for clinical informatics at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and has recently completed service as the chief medical information officer (CMIO) for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System in northern New England. Gettinger has extensive experience in the field of health information technology. He led the development of an electronic health record (EHR) system at Dartmouth and subsequently was the senior physician leader during Dartmouth’s transition to a vendor- based EHR.
Gettinger’s clinical practice and research has been focused both on anesthesiology and critical care medicine, and on information technology as it applies generally to health care. He founded the clinical informatics group at Dartmouth. He has been an active participant in the policy debates regarding patient privacy at both the state and federal level. Currently, he is a co-investigator on a National Science Foundation grant focusing on areas of information systems privacy and security. Previously, he held an FDA investigator-sponsored Investigational New Drug Application (IND) exploring the use of recombinant erythropoietin in the management and care of critically ill patients.
Gettinger received his AB from Dartmouth College and his MD from Dartmouth Medical School. He trained at the Hartford Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in anesthesiology, pediatric anesthesiology, and critical care medicine.Assignment:
Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT)
Harry Heiman, MD, MPH Harry J. Heiman is director of health policy and the Health Policy Leadership Fellowship Program at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. He is an assistant professor in the department of family medicine, involved in teaching medical students, residents, and public health students. Prior to joining the Satcher Health Leadership Institute in 2009, Heiman practiced clinical family medicine for more than 20 years. He has served on the public health and legislative committees of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and is the board chair of Georgians for a Healthy Future, a consumer health advocacy organization.
Since joining the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, he has written and presented extensively on opportunities and challenges for advancing health equity, including the impact of health reform, new models for health care delivery, and broader public health approaches targeting the social determinants of health.
Heiman received his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, his M.P.H. from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. He is board certified in family medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Family PhysiciansAssignment:
House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Peter Sokolove, MD Peter Sokolove is professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the department of emergency medicine at the University of California (UC), Davis, Health System. From 1999–2011, he served as director of the UC Davis Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Sokolove contributed to the UC Davis Health System proposal for the Delivery System Reform Incentive Program, a federal pay-for-performance initiative implemented at California’s 21 public hospitals. He also served on the Operations Committee for the UC Center for Health Quality and Innovation, a University of California Health program designed to advance innovations across the five UC academic medical centers. Throughout his career, he has worked to improve the quality of emergency care through education, research, and health policy development.
Sokolove’s research focuses on improving the accuracy of injury detection among pediatric trauma patients. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications and research abstracts in clinical care, medical education, and health policy. He has lectured widely on a range of topics, and has been recognized with multiple national educational awards for his commitment to excellence in academic emergency medicine. He is past chair of the faculty at UC Davis School of Medicine and serves on the editorial board of Academic Emergency Medicine.
Sokolove currently serves as immediate past president of the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Sokolove received his BS from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his MD from Harvard Medical School. He completed residency training in emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Sokolove is board certified in emergency medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.Assignment:
Senate Committee on Finance
Hassan Tetteh, MD, MPA, MBA Hassan A. Tetteh is a U.S. Navy Commander and assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Tetteh served as Assistant Deputy Commander for Healthcare Operations and Strategic Planning at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and his clinical work includes cardiovascular disease management, heart failure, and heart and lung transplantation. He is also director of Thoracic Transplantation Procurement and Research for the INOVA Health System Heart and Lung Transplant Program in Virginia. Tetteh received the Alley Sheridan Award in 2007 from the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education.
Tetteh served as ship’s surgeon and director of surgical services for the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) battle group in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. In 2011, he deployed as a trauma surgeon to Afghanistan’s Helmand and Nimroz provinces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom with II Marine Expeditionary Forces. He earned both the Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer and Fleet Marine Force Qualified Officer designations, and his military honors include the Meritorious Service Medal. Tetteh has published articles on surgical innovation, health information technology, ethics, wounded warriors, and process improvement. He also serves on the board of directors for Champions for Kids, a nonprofit that mobilizes millions of people to improve the lives of children.
Tetteh received his B.S. from State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh, his M.D. from SUNY Downstate Medical Center, his M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. He completed his thoracic surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota and advanced cardiac surgery fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Tetteh is board certified in surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.Assignment:
Congressional Budget Office