These are the biographies of the current members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. For the biographical sketches, please go to www.uspreventiveservices.org/uspstbio.htm.
Michael L. LeFevre, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Chair, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Michael L. LeFevre, M.D., M.S.P.H., has worked for the University of Missouri for more than three decades, and currently serves as the Future of Family Medicine professor and vice chair in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. As director of clinical services for the Department of Family Medicine, he oversees eight practices that have 100,000 outpatient visits, 2,500 admissions, 5,000 nursing home visits, and more than 200 obstetric deliveries each year. He maintains an active family medicine practice.
Dr. LeFevre also served for a decade as the chief medical information officer for University of Missouri Health Care, a four-hospital system with over 20,000 admissions and 500,000 clinic visits annually. He has provided physician leadership for the transition from traditional paper-based care to the incorporation of the advanced use of information technology across the system. This transition led to recognition of University of Missouri Health Care as a HIMMS level 7 and a Most Wired hospital.
Dr. LeFevre earned his B.S. in electrical engineering, M.D., and M.S.P.H. from the University of Missouri. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Missouri Academy of Physicians, and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He has served on the AAFP Commission on Clinical Policies and Research and was a member of the JNC 8 panel charged with developing national guidelines for treatment of hypertension.
Among his many honors, Dr. LeFevre was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2011, and received the University of Missouri School of Medicine Medical Alumni Association 2013 Citation of Merit and the University of Missouri Alumni Association 2013 Faculty Alumni Award. He has been named to the “Best Doctors in America” list annually since 1996.
Dr. LeFevre is a researcher, widely published author, and consultant, and has been invited to present to audiences across the country. His research and clinical interests include family medicine, evidence-based medicine, information technology in clinical care, clinical practice guidelines, and preventive services.
Dr. LeFevre has been a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force since January 2005 and was appointed chair of the Task Force in March 2014. Previously, he served as co-vice chair of the Task Force from March 2011 through February 2014.
Albert L. Siu, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Co-Vice Chair, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Albert L. Siu, M.D., M.S.P.H., is the Ellen and Howard C. Katz chair and professor of the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and the director of the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.
Since 2003, he has chaired the Department of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai—one of the largest geriatrics programs in the nation. As chair, he has grown the clinical, educational, and research programs of the department, which houses a number of signature programs, including the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, Center to Advance Palliative Care, National Palliative Care Research Center, Martha Stewart Center for Living, Bronx VA GRECC, Division of Diabetes and Aging, and several collaborative programs in geriatrics education, including the Portal of Geriatric Online Education, Donald W. Reynolds Consortium for Faculty Development to Advance Geriatric Education, and New York Consortium of Geriatrics Education Center.
Dr. Siu earned his M.D. from Yale Medical School and an M.S.P.H. at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health. He completed a residency in internal medicine and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar fellowship at UCLA. He joined the UCLA medical faculty in 1985, with a joint appointment at the RAND Corporation. Dr. Siu served as chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at UCLA from 1989 until his departure in 1993 to become a deputy commissioner in the New York State Department of Health. In 1995, he joined Mount Sinai as a professor in the Department of Health Policy. From 1998–2002, he was the Clifford Spingarn professor of medicine and chief of general internal medicine at Mount Sinai, before moving into his current role as chair of the Department of Geriatrics.
Dr. Siu is a senior associate editor at Health Services Research and a senior fellow at the Brookdale National Fellowship Program. He has served on several foundation and nonprofit boards. Dr. Siu's research aims to improve the quality and delivery of care provided to geriatric populations. His studies have focused on the measurement and improvement of functional outcomes in the elderly, as well as evaluations of system interventions to improve the care for chronic illness.
Dr. Siu previously served as a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force from June 2001 to December 2006, prior to his appointment as co-vice chair of the Task Force in March 2011.
Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Ph.D., M.D., is the Lee Goldman, MD, endowed chair in medicine and professor of medicine and of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is a general internist and attending physician at San Francisco General Hospital engaged in both inpatient and outpatient clinical activities, as well as the supervision of medical students and residents. Dr. Bibbins-Domingo has expertise in cardiovascular epidemiology, particularly hypertension and chronic heart failure; race, ethnic, and income disparities in health; and clinical and public health interventions aimed at chronic disease prevention. She is the director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital, a research center that carries out innovative and collaborative research to prevent and treat chronic disease in populations for whom social conditions promote various chronic illness and make their management more challenging. She is also the director of the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute's K Scholars Program, which trains junior faculty for careers in clinical and translational research.
Dr. Bibbins-Domingo earned her A.B. in molecular biology from Princeton University, where she also pursued a joint degree in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Before starting her graduate studies, Dr. Bibbins-Domingo spent 2 years at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, where she earned an M.S. in chemistry. She earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry, her M.D., and her M.S. in clinical research at UCSF, where she completed her residency and fellowship training. She was also a Robert Wood Johnson Amos Scholar and a Kellogg Scholar in health disparities.
Throughout her career, Dr. Bibbins-Domingo has conducted extensive research on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. She has received funding from both government and nongovernment organizations, including the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institute on Neurological Diseases and Stroke, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Heart Association. She is currently the principal investigator of a Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, focused on chronic disease prevention in young adults, and the joint principal investigator of a collaborative center grant from the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, focused on prevention of stroke and stroke disparities. Dr. Bibbins-Domingo is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications, including several articles in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Health Affairs, and Circulation.
Dr. Bibbins-Domingo has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including induction into the American Society for Clinical Investigation. She has served on several committees for the Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Bibbins-Domingo has been a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force since July 2010 and was appointed co-vice chair in March 2014.
Linda Ciofu Baumann, Ph.D., R.N.
Linda Ciofu Baumann, Ph.D., R.N., is professor emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, affiliate faculty at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and a past president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. In addition to her nursing license, Dr. Baumann has credentials as an adult nurse practitioner. She has more than 30 years of experience in the field of clinical education, and has spent significant time in clinical practice.
Dr. Baumann's areas of expertise include global public health, chronic disease management, and behavioral health promotion. On these issues, Dr. Baumann is an experienced researcher, widely-published author, and consultant. She has spoken at medical conferences around the world. Dr. Baumann has co-authored two books, “Health & Physical Assessment” and “Advanced Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care,” which received the American Journal of Nursing's Book of the Year award in advanced practice nursing in 2003.
Dr. Baumann is a member of numerous professional societies and organizations. Since 2007, she has been an ambassador of Research!America's Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health and a member of Vietnam's National Institute of Research Strategies for Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders Control. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has been a fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine since 2004.
Dr. Baumann earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Wisconsin. She earned a B.S.N. and M.S. degree in medical-surgical nursing from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Baumann became a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2012.
Susan J. Curry, Ph.D.
Susan J. Curry, Ph.D., is dean of the University of Iowa College of Public Health, where she also serves as a Distinguished professor of health management and policy. Her work focuses on health policy, behavioral risk factor modification, cancer prevention and control, and community-based and self-help interventions.
Prior to joining the University of Iowa in 2008, Dr. Curry served as professor of health policy and administration and director of the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Curry also served as professor of health services in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington, and as director and senior investigator at the Center for Health Studies, Group Health Cooperative in Seattle.
Dr. Curry earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of New Hampshire. She has served on numerous national advisory boards, including the National Cancer Policy Board of the Institute of Medicine, Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute, and Subcommittee on Cessation of the Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health. She is currently vice-chair of the American Legacy Foundation's board of directors. Dr. Curry is a fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and American Psychological Association. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2010.
Dr. Curry has been honored multiple times for her influential work. She received the Joseph R. Cullen Memorial Award for distinguished research in smoking from the American Society for Preventive Oncology. She also received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine in 2001.
Dr. Curry is recognized internationally for her expertise in health behavior research and the translation of research findings into health policy. Her extensive research in tobacco includes publications on motivation to quit smoking, randomized trials of promising smoking cessation and prevention interventions, evaluations of the use and cost effectiveness of tobacco cessation treatments under different health insurance plans, and health care costs and utilization associated with tobacco cessation. Her research also encompasses studies of dietary change, modification of risky drinking patterns, and methods of increasing compliance with recommended cancer screenings.
Dr. Curry's work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Health Psychology, and American Journal of Public Health. She is an editorial reviewer for numerous journals and was previously the associate editor for clinical practice for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Curry has been a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force since January 2009.
Karina W. Davidson, Ph.D., M.A.Sc.
Karina W. Davidson, Ph.D., M.A.Sc., is a professor of behavioral medicine in the Departments of Medicine, Cardiology, and Psychiatry and the director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health at Columbia University Medical Center. She is also a psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.
Dr. Davidson's patient-oriented research focuses on behavioral and biopsychosocial influences on cardiovascular disease, including mechanisms by which these factors influence cardiovascular risk and interventions for reducing that risk. In a number of observational cohort studies, she has identified important psychosocial risk factors for incident and recurrent cardiac events and mortality, and the physiological and behavioral mechanisms by which that risk is conferred. She has also conducted randomized, controlled trials for managing anger or depression to examine possible improvements in quality of life, cardiovascular, and cost outcomes. Dr. Davidson has also conducted research in clinical and translational science, particularly in health care system identification of depression and other psychosocial factors related to cardiovascular care.
Dr. Davidson is an editorial board member of Psychosomatic Medicine and Clinical Trials and a reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association, Circulation, and Journal of American College of Cardiology. She is also president of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Previously, she was president of the Health Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Davidson is past chair of the Society of Behavioral Medicine's Evidence-Based Behavioral Medicine Committee, a group charged with improving and implementing evidence-based principles for behavioral medicine researchers, practitioners, and students.
Dr. Davidson received a B.A. in psychology from Queen's University in Canada. She earned her M.A.Sc. in industrial and organizational psychology and her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology from the University of Waterloo in Canada. She also served as a health and child clinical psychology intern at Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital.
Dr. Davidson joined the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2014.
Mark Ebell, M.D., M.S.
Mark Ebell, M.D., M.S., is an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at The University of Georgia with a background in family medicine. An experienced researcher, author, and editor, Dr. Ebell's expertise and research interests include primary care research, point-of-care decision support, health information technology for the primary care setting, evidence-based medicine, and systematic reviews of screening and diagnostic tests.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Ebell worked at The University of Georgia as an assistant to the provost. Before that, Dr. Ebell was an associate professor of family medicine at Michigan State University, where he was also a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar.
An accomplished writer and editor, Dr. Ebell is the author of more than 290 peer-reviewed publications and author and co-editor of seven books. He has also held a number of editorial positions throughout his career and is currently editor-in-chief of Essential Evidence, deputy editor of American Family Physician, and co-editor of Essentials of Family Medicine.
Among his many honors, Dr. Ebell received the Early Distinguished Career Achievement Award from the University of Michigan Medical Center Alumni Society and is recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America” by Best Doctors. He has been selected for federal service as a member of the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee and participated in an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality study section on health care technology and decision sciences. Dr. Ebell's professional society memberships include the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and the North American Primary Care Research Group.
Dr. Ebell holds a B.A. in biology from Kalamazoo College and an M.S. in clinical research design and statistical analysis from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. He earned an M.D. from the University of Michigan, where he also completed a residency in family medicine.
Dr. Ebell joined the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2012.
Francisco A.R. García, M.D., M.P.H.
Francisco A.R. García, M.D., M.P.H., is the director and chief medical officer of the Pima County Department of Health in Tucson, Arizona. He is also the distinguished outreach professor of public health, with additional appointments in the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing at the University of Arizona. Dr. García previously served as the director of the University of Arizona Center of Excellence in Women's Health, chair of the Section of Family and Child Health of the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and director of the Cancer Disparities Institute of the Arizona Cancer Center. Formerly, he was the director of the Division of Gynecology and the Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence.
Dr. García's research and clinical expertise is in the area of premalignant cervical disease and human papillomavirus infection affecting the female lower genital tract, as well as in the evaluation of new technologies and therapeutics for cervical cancer precursors. He has a long-established interest in cancer prevention among U.S.-Mexico border, Southwest American Indian, and Latin American populations, and he has served as a consultant and collaborator for a variety of domestic and international community-based agencies and nongovernmental organizations concerned with cervical cancer prevention. These organizations include the Arizona Well Woman Health Check Program, the American Cancer Society, the Pan-American Health Organization, and the World Health Organization.
Dr. García is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 2013, Dr. García was appointed to the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Equity and Health Disparities and the World Health Organization Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Control Work Group. Prior national service includes the Institute of Medicine Committee on Preventive Services for Women, National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee for Research on Women's Health, and the American Cancer Society Gynecologic Cancer Advisory Committee. Among other credits, Dr. García is the past president of the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools, a national organization concerned with Hispanic health care workforce and public health issues.
He has received numerous awards for his work, including being named among the Best Doctors in America from 2009–2012, the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology Award of Merit, and the 2012 Outstanding Latino Faculty Award from the Victoria Foundation.
Dr. García earned his M.D. at the University of Arizona, where he also completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. He earned his M.P.H. in health policy and management at Johns Hopkins University, where he completed a fellowship in women's reproductive health.
Dr. García joined the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2013.
Matthew W. Gillman, M.D., S.M.
Matthew W. Gillman, M.D., S.M., is a professor and director of the Obesity Prevention Program in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. He is also a professor in the Harvard School of Public Health Department of Nutrition. In addition, Dr. Gillman is an attending physician in the Preventive Cardiology Clinic at Boston Children's Hospital.
Dr. Gillman's research interests include early-life prevention of childhood and adult diseases, particularly obesity, diabetes, asthma, and cardiovascular disease; individual and policy-level interventions to prevent obesity and its consequences; and childhood cardiovascular risk factors.
Dr. Gillman directs Project Viva, a 15-year cohort study of pregnant women and their offspring focusing on effects of gestational diet and other factors on outcomes of pregnancy and childhood. He leads or participates in several other cohort studies, as well as interventions to prevent obesity and chronic disease in the United States and abroad. Formerly a primary care internist and pediatrician, Dr. Gillman's current clinical work is in preventive cardiology in children.
Dr. Gillman has served in leadership roles in the U.S. National Children's Study, the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, the American Heart Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award, the Harvard Medical School A. Clifford Barger Award for excellence in mentoring, and the Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Greg Alexander Award for contributions to public health.
Dr. Gillman received his A.B. in chemistry from Harvard College and his S.M. in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. He earned his M.D. at Duke University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. Dr. Gillman also completed a fellowship in general internal medicine and faculty development at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Gillman joined the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2014.
Jessica Herzstein, M.D., M.P.H.
Jessica Herzstein, M.D., M.P.H., an expert in population health, screening, and preventive health services, is the global medical director at Air Products, where she designs and implements preventive health programs for 20,000 employees worldwide. In addition, Dr. Herzstein is an occupational and environmental health consultant and guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She is an accomplished public health specialist with more than 20 years of experience in teaching, research, patient care, and health care program design and evaluation.
Dr. Herzstein previously worked as a medical director at the Department of Defense, a consultant to the Harvard Institute of International Development and the U.S. Agency for International Development, and as a clinical faculty member at Temple University School of Medicine and Abington Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Herzstein has written and edited multiple articles and books on environmental 3medicine, preventive medicine, and occupational health, including the books “Environmental Medicine: Principles and Practice” and “Issues in International Occupational and Environmental Medicine.” She has lectured on these and other preventive health topics at major universities and national and international medical conferences. Her work has focused on health promotion in different cultures, chronic disease prevention, and effective public communication on risks to health. Dr. Herzstein is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Commission on Occupational Health, the National Business Group on Health, and the American Public Health Association. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Dr. Herzstein holds an A.B. in chemistry from Harvard University, where she graduated cum laude. She earned an M.D. and M.P.H. degree in environmental health from Yale University, where she also served as Dana Fellow in Occupational and Environmental Health. She completed her internship at the University of California, San Francisco and her residency at Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard University School of Medicine, in the field of primary care internal medicine.
Dr. Herzstein joined the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2012.
Alex R. Kemper, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.
Alex R. Kemper, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., is a board-certified pediatrician and professor of pediatrics at Duke University Medical School. He also serves as the associate division chief for research in the Division of Children's Primary Care at Duke University.
Dr. Kemper's clinical and research interests include improving the quality of care that children receive by strengthening the linkages between primary care, specialty care, and public health services. He has studied a wide array of preventive services, including the prevention of amblyopia, the early detection and treatment of lead poisoning, and newborn screening.
Dr. Kemper is deputy editor of Pediatrics, the leading journal in the nation covering issues of child health. Dr. Kemper is also a member of many organizations and societies, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Academic Pediatric Association, the American Pediatric Society, and the Society for Pediatric Research. He directs the Condition Review Workgroup for the Secretary of Health and Human Services' Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children, which makes evidence-based recommendations about conditions that should be recommended for inclusion in State newborn screening panels. Dr. Kemper also works with Bright Futures to develop an evidence-based process of making recommendations for services that should be included as part of routine pediatric preventive care.
Dr. Kemper received a B.S.E. from Johns Hopkins University. He completed an M.P.H. in epidemiology and an M.S. in biomedical engineering, focusing on medical informatics, at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Kemper earned his M.D. from Duke University Medical School, where he completed a pediatric internship and residency. He also completed fellowships in health services research and medical informatics at the University of North Carolina.
Dr. Kemper joined the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2014.
Ann E. Kurth, Ph.D., R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H.
Ann E. Kurth, Ph.D., R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H., is a professor in the New York University College of Nursing (NYUCN) and the founder and executive director of NYUCN Global, an initiative to conduct and implement evidence-based research and programs to advance science and reduce disparities in populations domestically and abroad. She is also an affiliate professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Population Health and an associate dean for Research in the Global Institute of Public Health. She is an affiliate faculty member in the University of Washington's Department of Global Health and School of Nursing. Dr. Kurth is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the New York Academy of Medicine and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine.
As a clinically-trained epidemiologist, Dr. Kurth's research focuses on approaches to improving HIV and sexually transmitted infection prevention, screening, and care; reproductive health; and global health workforce/system strengthening efforts. Her research explores informatics and human-delivered approaches in the United States and internationally.
Dr. Kurth has consulted on research methodology for the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is a committee member of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care Guidelines on Optimizing the HIV Treatment Cascade and was a member of the Institute of Medicine/National Research Council Committee for the Outcome and Impact Evaluation of the PEPFAR Global HIV/AIDS Program. Dr. Kurth edited one of the first books on women and HIV and has published over 110 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and scholarly monographs.
Dr. Kurth received her A.B. in development studies and African studies from Princeton University. She earned an M.P.H. from the Columbia University School of Public Health in the Division of Population and Family Health, with a focus on maternal and child health. Dr. Kurth completed her M.S.N. at the Yale University School of Nursing, Maternal-Newborn Division and is a certified nurse midwife and registered nurse. She was a National Institutes of Health predoctoral fellow in sexually transmitted diseases and U.S. Public Health Service maternal and child health economic fellow at the University of Washington, where she earned her Ph.D. in epidemiology, with a minor in health services.
Dr. Kurth joined the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2014.
Douglas K. Owens, M.D., M.S.
Douglas K. Owens, M.D., M.S., is associate director of the Center for Innovation to Implementation at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Health Care System, Henry J. Kaiser, Jr., professor and director of the Center for Health Policy in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and director of the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. He is a general internist and senior investigator at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Dr. Owens is also a professor of medicine and of health research and policy at Stanford, and is a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.
Dr. Owens is the former director of the University of California, San Francisco Evidence-Based Practice Center, and currently directs three training programs in health services research: the Fellowship Program in Health Research and Policy at Stanford, the VA Physician Fellowship in Health Services Research, and the VA Postdoctoral Informatics Fellowship Program. Dr. Owens has established methods for developing clinical practice guidelines tailored to specific patient populations. He is a past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making. In addition, Dr. Owens chaired the Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians, a committee that develops clinical guidelines that are used widely and are published regularly in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Owens' research focuses on guideline development, technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, evidence synthesis, and methods for clinical decisionmaking. His current topics of study include the cost-effectiveness of preventive and therapeutic interventions for HIV/AIDS in several countries, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for cardiovascular disease, and approaches to quality improvement.
Dr. Owens received a B.S. and an M.S. from Stanford University and an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in health research and policy at Stanford. Dr. Owens received the VA Undersecretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research, as well as the Eisenberg Award for Leadership in Medical Decision Making from the Society for Medical Decision Making.
Dr. Owens joined the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2012.
William R. Phillips, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. William Phillips is the Theodore J. Phillips endowed professor in family medicine in the School of Medicine and clinical professor of health services in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. He directs the UW Primary Care Research Fellowship and is a founder and senior associate editor of the Annals of Family Medicine.
He serves as co-director of the National Research Service Award Fellowship in Primary Care Research at the University of Washington.
Dr. Phillips is a founder and now senior associate editor of Annals of Family Medicine.
As an experienced physician, educator, investigator, author, editor, and professional leader, Dr. Phillips has been recognized with numerous awards. He was named the 2011 Philanthropist of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the 1999 Family Physician of the Year by the Washington Academy of Family Physicians.
He is a member of the Medical Advisory Panel at the BlueCross BlueShield Association, and the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Dr. Phillips is past president of the North American Primary Care Research Group and past chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Clinical Policies and Research.
His work focuses on primary care, medical education, scientific communication, doctor-patient communication, and prevention. He has published over 100 original papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Phillips earned his M.D. from the School of Medicine and his M.P.H. from the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. He completed residencies in family medicine at the Providence Medical Center in Seattle and in general preventive medicine at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine.
Dr. Phillips practiced full-time, full-spectrum family medicine for 20 years. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Dr. Phillips joined the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2013.
Maureen G. Phipps, M.D., M.P.H.
Maureen G. Phipps, M.D., M.P.H., is chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and assistant dean for teaching and research on women's health at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is also a professor of obstetrics and gynecology and epidemiology at Brown University. In addition, she is the chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and the executive chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Care New England.
Dr. Phipps' research focuses on improving health for vulnerable populations and her research interests include adolescent pregnancy, pregnancy outcomes, postpartum depression, prenatal care, contraception, and reducing disparities. She is an associate editor for the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and past chair of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women.
Dr. Phipps previously directed the Brown/Women & Infants Hospital National Center of Excellence in Women's Health, led the Rhode Island Task Force on Preterm Birth, and was co-principal investigator for the Brown University National Children's Study Center. In addition, Dr. Phipps has been the principal investigator or co-investigator in numerous projects and programs, including the Women's Reproductive Health Research Scholars Program; the Children's Environmental Health Formative Center; Fit for Delivery; Project REACH (Relax, Encourage, Appreciate, Communicate, Help), a study to prevent postpartum depression in adolescent mothers; and several other projects related to women's health and obstetric outcomes.
Dr. Phipps received a B.S. in biology from Boston College. She earned her M.D. from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Brown University/Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. She completed her M.P.H. at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Program at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Phipps joined the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2014.
Michael P. Pignone, M.D., M.P.H.
Michael P. Pignone, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina Department of Medicine and chief of the university's Division of General Internal Medicine. He also serves as director of the university's Institute for Healthcare Quality Improvement, a member of the Lineberger Cancer Center, senior research fellow at the Cecil Sheps Center for Health Services Research, and a lecturer at the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Pignone is an experienced author, researcher, and lecturer.
Dr. Pignone's research expertise is in chronic disease prevention and treatment, as well as in physician-patient communication and decisionmaking in primary care settings. His primary clinical areas of interest include heart disease prevention, colorectal cancer screening, and management of common chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart failure. Dr. Pignone has developed and tested interventions to mitigate literacy-related health disparities and to improve the use of appropriate preventive services. He has particular methodological expertise in the performance of systematic reviews and modeling studies to examine the effectiveness of different preventive care interventions, particularly for heart disease and colon cancer.
His honors include being named among the Best Doctors in America in 2011–2012 and receiving the Distinguished Investigator Award at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research. In 2010, he served as visiting professor at the University of Sydney and as an Australian-American Health Policy Research Fellow.
Dr. Pignone earned his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, where he also completed a residency in primary care internal medicine. He completed his M.P.H. in epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he served as a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.
Dr. Pignone joined the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2013.
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Biographies of Members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tflongbios.htm