These are biographical sketches of the current members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. For a more detailed biography, please go to www.uspreventiveservices.org/tflongbios.htm.
Michael L. LeFevre, M.D., M.S.P.H. (Chair)
Dr. LeFevre is vice chair in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri. He is the director of clinical activities for the department and a practicing family physician. He was the chief medical information officer at University of Missouri Health Care during the decade-long system-wide implementation of an inpatient and outpatient electronic health record. He has served on the Commission on Clinical Policies and Research of the American Academy of Family Physicians and was a member of the JNC 8 panel charged with developing national guidelines for treatment of hypertension. Dr. LeFevre is a researcher, a published author, and consultant, and has been invited to give many presentations across the country.
Albert L. Siu, M.D., M.S.P.H. (Co-Vice Chair)
Dr. Siu 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. He is also director of the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, and has served as deputy commissioner of the New York State Department of Health. Dr. Siu serves as a senior associate editor of Health Services Research. His research focuses on the measurement and improvement of functional outcomes in the elderly.
Dr. Bibbins-Domingo 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 and the director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Bibbins-Domingo's research has focused on the epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases; race, ethnic, and income disparities in health; and clinical and public health interventions aimed at chronic disease prevention.
Linda Ciofu Baumann, Ph.D., R.N.
Dr. Baumann 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. A certified adult nurse practitioner, Dr. Baumann is an experienced researcher and consultant, and has spoken at medical conferences across the country and around the world. She is also a widely-published author, and has co-authored two books, one of which—“Advanced Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis in Primary Care”—received the American Journal of Nursing’s Book of the Year award in advanced practice nursing in 2003. Dr. Baumann’s areas of expertise are global public health, chronic disease management, and behavioral health promotion.
Susan J. Curry, Ph.D.
Dr. Curry is the dean of the College of Public Health and Distinguished professor of health management and policy at the University of Iowa. She is currently vice chair of the American Legacy Foundation's board of directors. Among Dr. Curry's past professional activities are membership on the National Cancer Institute's board of scientific advisors and associate editor for clinical practice for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Curry's research focuses on disease prevention and behavioral risk factor modification with a primary focus on tobacco use. Dr. Curry's research in tobacco includes studies of 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.
Karina W. Davidson, Ph.D., M.A.Sc.
Dr. Davidson is a professor of behavioral medicine 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 research focuses on behavioral and biopsychosocial influences on cardiovascular disease.
Mark Ebell, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Ebell is an associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at The University of Georgia with a background in family medicine. An author of more than 290 peer-reviewed publications and author and co-editor of seven books, Dr. Ebell is currently editor-in-chief of Essential Evidence and the deputy editor of American Family Physician. His 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.
Francisco A.R. García, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. García is the director and chief medical officer of the Pima County Department of Health in Tucson, Arizona. He is a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also the distinguished outreach professor of public health at the University of Arizona. Dr. García is a member of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities. Prior to joining the Pima County Department of Health, Dr. García served in a variety of roles at the University of Arizona, including director of the University of Arizona Center of Excellence in Women's Health, the Arizona Hispanic Center of Excellence, and the Cancer Disparities Institute of the Arizona Cancer Center. He was also chair of the Section of Family and Child Health and director of the Division of Gynecology and Obstetrics.
Matthew W. Gillman, M.D., S.M.
Dr. Gillman 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. His 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. Formerly an internal medicine and pediatrics primary care physician, Dr. Gillman's current clinical work is in preventive cardiology in children at Boston Children's Hospital.
Jessica Herzstein, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Herzstein, a board-certified specialist in preventive and internal medicine, is currently the global medical director at Air Products. In this position, Dr. Herzstein develops medical programs for 20,000 workers worldwide. She is also a consultant in occupational and environmental health and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In addition to preventing disease and injury in the workplace, her work focuses on chronic disease prevention and health risk communication. Dr. Herzstein has more than 20 years of experience in teaching, research, patient care, and health care program design and evaluation.
Alex R. Kemper, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.
Dr. Kemper is a board-certified pediatrician and professor of pediatrics at Duke University Medical School. He serves as the associate division chief for research in the Division of Children's Primary Care at Duke University. His 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. Dr. Kemper is also the deputy editor of Pediatrics.
Ann E. Kurth, Ph.D., R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H.
Dr. Kurth is a professor in the New York University College of Nursing and the School of Medicine, Department of Population Health, as well as 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. Dr. Kurth is a clinically-trained epidemiologist who studies approaches to improving HIV and sexually transmitted infection prevention, screening, and care; reproductive health; and global health workforce/system strengthening efforts.
Douglas K. Owens, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Owens is associate director of the Center for Innovation to Implementation at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Health Care System. He is the 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 a senior investigator at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. Dr. Owens' research focuses on guideline development, technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, evidence synthesis, and methods for clinical decisionmaking.
William R. Phillips, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. William Phillips is the Theodore J. Phillips endowed professor in family medicine and clinical professor of health services at the University of Washington (UW). Dr. Phillips directs the UW Primary Care Research Fellowship and is senior associate editor of the Annals of Family Medicine. He 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 care, communication, and clinical preventive services.
Maureen G. Phipps, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Phipps 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. Her 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.
Michael P. Pignone, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Michael Pignone 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'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.
Current as of February 2014
Biographical Sketches of Members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstbio.htm