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.
Virginia A. Moyer, M.D., M.P.H. (Chair)
Dr. Moyer is the vice president for maintenance of certification and quality at the American Board of Pediatrics. She is also a member of the steering committee for the Cochrane Collaboration Child Health Field and a past member of the American Academy of Pediatrics steering committee on quality improvement and management. Her areas of expertise include health services research, diagnostic testing, and evidence-based medicine.
Michael L. LeFevre, M.D., M.S.P.H. (Co-Vice Chair)
Dr. LeFevre is a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri. He is the medical director for family medicine at Missouri University Health Care; is director of the Missouri University Health Care Electronic Medical Record project; chair of the credentialing committee for the Department of Family Medicine; and director of clinical services at the Department of Family Medicine. He has served on the Commission on Clinical Policies and Research of the American Academy of Family Physicians. 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.
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.
Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Ph.D., M.D.
Dr. Bibbins-Domingo is an associate professor of medicine and of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and is co-director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Bibbins-Domingo's research interests include understanding the interaction between social, behavioral, and biological factors that place vulnerable groups at risk for cardiovascular disease early in life and population-wide interventions that may prevent disease in these groups.
Adelita Gonzales Cantu, Ph.D., R.N.
Dr. Cantu is an assistant professor of family and community health systems at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. 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.
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 and a member of the National Cancer Institute's board of scientific advisors. 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.
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 200 peer-reviewed publications and author and co-editor of seven books, Dr. Ebell is currently editor-in-chief of Essential Evidence, deputy editor of American Family Physician, and associate editor of Family Practice. 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.
Glenn Flores, M.D.
Dr. Flores is a professor of pediatrics and public health at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern and the director of the Division of General Pediatrics at the UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Children's Medical Center of Dallas. He is on the editorial boards of Ambulatory Pediatrics and the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. Dr. Flores's research focuses on community-based interventions for improving the health and health care of underserved Latino children; providing access to health care for uninsured children; language, culture, and health care; racial/ethnic disparities in children's health and health care; and testing innovative interventions for chronic disease management.
Francisco A.R. García, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Francisco García 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, obstetrics and gynecology, clinical pharmacy, and nursing at the University of Arizona, where he has additional appointments in Mexican American studies, clinical pharmacy, and nursing. Dr. García also served as the director of the Arizona Center of Excellence in Women's Health, chair of the Section of Family and Child Health, and director of the Cancer Disparities Institute of the Arizona Cancer Center. His research and expertise is in the fields of cervical cancer prevention and women's reproductive health.
David C. Grossman, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Grossman, a board-certified pediatrician recognized for his research on injury prevention and Native American health, is a senior investigator at the Group Health Research Institute. He is also a professor of health services and adjunct professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington. He serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. In 2007, the American Academy of Pediatrics awarded Dr. Grossman the Native American Child Health Advocacy Award. His current research focuses on innovations to improve the uptake and delivery of clinical preventive services in primary care.
Jessica Herzstein, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Herzstein is an expert in public health, screening, and preventive health services and is currently the global medical director at Air Products. In this position, Dr. Herzstein develops, implements, and oversees global health programs for 20,000 employees. She also works as an occupational and environmental health consultant and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Public Health Association, Dr. Herzstein is an accomplished public health specialist with more than 20 years of experience in teaching, research, patient care, and health care program administration.
Wanda Nicholson, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Dr. Nicholson, a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and a perinatal epidemiologist, is an associate professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She is director of the Diabetes and Obesity Core at the Center for Women's Health Research. She is currently a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' committee on health care for underserved women and of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's public health working group on preconception care and health care. Dr. Nicholson's research focuses on the epidemiology of chronic conditions in women, including gestational diabetes, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and the effect of depressive symptoms on health-related quality of life.
Douglas K. Owens, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Owens is associate director of the Center for Health Care Evaluation at the 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 a senior investigator at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Palo Alto Health Care System. Dr. Owens’ research focuses on 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. 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.
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 Center for Excellence in Chronic Illness Care, a member of the Lineberger Cancer Center, senior research fellow and co-director of the Program on Medical Practice and Prevention 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 April 2013
Biographical Sketches of Members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstbio.htm