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.
Virginia A. Moyer, M.D., M.P.H.
Chair, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
Virginia A. Moyer, M.D., M.P.H., is the vice president for maintenance of certification and quality at the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Moyer is a board-certified pediatrician with expertise in ambulatory care, diagnostic testing, and evidence-based medicine. She is also an experienced researcher, lecturer, and author.
From 2009 to 2013, Dr. Moyer served as deputy editor of Pediatrics, the leading journal in the nation covering issues of child health, and is a past member of the American Academy of Pediatrics steering committee on quality improvement and management. She also serves as editor or reviewer for numerous pediatric journals, including being a founding editor of Evidence-Based Child Health, a Cochrane Review journal.
Prior to joining the American Board of Pediatrics, Dr. Moyer was the head of the Academic General Pediatrics Section and a professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She also served as chief quality officer for medicine and chief of academic medicine service at Texas Children's Hospital. Prior to that, she was a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the University of Texas Medical School, where she was also the associate director of the Center for Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine. She also served on and chaired numerous committees at the University of Texas, including the admissions and curriculum committees for the graduate clinical research program.
Dr. Moyer has been a member of many organizations and societies, including the American Pediatric Society and Ambulatory Pediatric Association. She served as chair of the American Board of Pediatrics' scholarly activities examination committee. Internationally, Dr. Moyer is a member of the Evidence-Based Medicine Working Group and the steering committee for the Cochrane Collaboration Child Health Field. Among her many honors, Dr. Moyer was elected to the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education in 2006.
Dr. Moyer earned her M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine and her M.P.H. from the University of Texas School of Public Health. She completed residency training in general pediatrics at Children's Hospital National Medical Center, and was chief resident at The George Washington University School of Medicine.
Dr. Moyer was previously a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force from January 2003 to December 2008. She returned to the Task Force as Chair in March 2011 for a 3-year term.
Michael L. LeFevre, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Co-Vice 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.
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.
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, information technology in clinical care, clinical practice guidelines, preventive services, and women's health care.
He has been a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force since January 2005 and was appointed co-vice chair of the Task Force in March 2011.
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.
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.
Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Ph.D., M.D.
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 and public policy from Princeton University. 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, and the American Heart Association. She is currently the principal investigator of a Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities in 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, Archives of Internal Medicine, and Circulation.
Dr. Bibbins-Domingo has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including induction into the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
Dr. Bibbins-Domingo has been a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force since July 2010.
Adelita Gonzales Cantu, Ph.D., R.N.
Adelita Gonzales Cantu, Ph.D., R.N., is an assistant professor of family and community health systems at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She currently serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.
Prior to joining the University of Texas, she served as the director of patient satisfaction at the University Health System in San Antonio, where she worked for more than 10 years.
Dr. Cantu's research interests include cultural competency in nursing, health disparities among the Hispanic population, physical activity in older Hispanic women, and the recruitment and mentoring of Hispanic nursing students. She is also interested in understanding how diabetes relates to social and individual attitudes toward physical activity in Mexican American cultures, particularly among older women. Her work has been featured in the Journal of Community Health Nursing, Hispanic Healthcare International, and the Western Journal of Nursing Research, among other publications.
In addition, Dr. Cantu has presented at industry events throughout the country, including Winston-Salem State University's Faces of a Healthy Future: National Conference to End Health Disparities II, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities 23rd Annual Conference, and Office of Minority Health's Third National Leadership Summit on Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health.
For her work, Dr. Cantu has been honored with a Partner Award from the South Texas Area Health Education Center in 2008 and a cultural competency leadership fellowship from the Health Research and Educational Trust in 2005.
She received her B.S.N. from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and her M.S., with a focus in community health nursing, from Texas Woman's University. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical nursing research and her postdoctoral fellowship in multidisciplinary clinical research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing.
Dr. Cantu has been a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force since July 2010.
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.
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.
Glenn Flores, M.D.
Glenn Flores, M.D., is a professor of pediatrics, clinical sciences, and public health; director of the Division of General Pediatrics; and the Judith and Charles Ginsburg endowed chair in pediatrics at UT Southwestern and Children's Medical Center Dallas. He is a member of the Council of the American Pediatric Society, the editorial board of the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, and the National Advisory Committees of the Robert Wood Johnson Amos Medical Faculty Development and Aligning Forces for Quality Programs. He has provided two Congressional Research Briefings, U.S. Senate and Congressional testimony, and a Department of Health and Human Services and Administration for Children and Families briefing. He has been a consultant and national advisory committee member for the U.S. Surgeon General, Institute of Medicine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Medical Association, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, First Focus, and Sesame Street Workshop. He received the 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics Outstanding Achievement Award in the Application of Epidemiologic Information to Child Health Advocacy, the 2008 Millie and Richard Brock Award for Distinguished Contributions to Pediatrics, the 2010 Helen Rodríguez-Trías Social Justice Award from the American Public Health Association, and the 2012 Research Award from the Academic Pediatric Association. He has been awarded major grant funding by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Commonwealth Fund. Many of his 174 publications address disparities in children's health and health care.
Dr. Flores has been a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force since July 2010.
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.
David C. Grossman, M.D., M.P.H.
David C. Grossman, M.D., M.P.H., is senior investigator at the Group Health Research Institute, medical director for population health strategy, and a practicing pediatrician at the Group Health health care system in Seattle, WA. He leads a group of scientists and practitioners who research the design, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of population care services.
Additionally, Dr. Grossman is currently a professor of health services and adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine. Prior to joining Group Health in 2004, Dr. Grossman served as director of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center at the University of Washington.
Dr. Grossman earned his B.S. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles and earned his M.P.H. from the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a postgraduate fellowship in the University of Washington's Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. Before his fellowship, Dr. Grossman served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service for 3 years with the Indian Health Service in Fort Defiance, Arizona.
Dr. Grossman holds numerous leadership positions within the professional community. He is a current member of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and recently concluded several terms as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and an executive committee member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. He is also a member and officer of the board of directors of the Puget Sound Health Alliance, a multistakeholder nonprofit with a mission to improve the quality and value of health care in the State of Washington.
Dr. Grossman has received multiple awards for research and advocacy on behalf of Native American children, oral health, and injury prevention.
Dr. Grossman's past prevention-based research work has focused on gun and motor vehicle safety, child and adolescent injury prevention, and health services for Native Americans. Much of his recent work includes researching the impact of health plan- and delivery system-based innovations to improve the delivery of preventive services, developing and implementing population-based prevention programs, and prioritizing preventive services for populations. He is the author of over 120 peer-reviewed publications, including several articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and Pediatrics, among others.
Dr. Grossman has been a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force since January 2008.
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.
Wanda K. Nicholson, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Wanda K. Nicholson, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, director of the Diabetes and Obesity Core at the University of North Carolina Center for Women's Health Research, an oral board examiner with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a member of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation. In addition, Dr. Nicholson currently serves on a variety of national advisory panels, including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) committee on underserved women, and is a standing member of a National Institutes of Health Study Section.
Dr. Nicholson's research focuses on the epidemiology of chronic conditions in women, including gestational and type 2 diabetes, obesity, and depression, and the use of technologies and social media to develop new models of care for these conditions. Dr. Nicholson has been a principal investigator on numerous grants for organizations such as the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Health Resources and Services Administration, ACOG, and American Diabetes Association (ADA). Through funding from ADA, Dr. Nicholson has developed a postpartum-specific weight loss intervention, “First Weight-loss Interventions after Delivery,” for women at risk for type 2 diabetes. Most recently, she has developed a Web-based program for management of gestational diabetes, termed the “Gestational Diabetes Management Program,” through funding from NIDDK. Her articles have been published in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Journal of Women's Health, Maternal and Child Health Journal, and American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, among others.
In 2005, Dr. Nicholson was selected for membership in Alpha Phi Omega, a public health honor society, for her work in the epidemiology of women's health. She was the 2007 ACOG nominee for the Secretary's Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2020 and earned the ACOG Women's Health Policy Research Award in 1997 and 1998. Dr. Nicholson was also selected for the William J. Fulbright Fellowship to Cape Town, South Africa in 1997 and completed a health policy fellowship at ACOG in 1994.
Dr. Nicholson completed medical school and residency training at the University of North Carolina. Following residency, she completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of California, San Francisco. She earned her M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley and completed her M.B.A. in medical management at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Nicholson has been a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force since January 2009.
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.
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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