Board of Directors

Dolores L. Mitchell, Chair

Dolores Mitchell is the Executive Director of the Group Insurance Commission, the agency that provides life, health, disability and dental and vision services to more than 285,000 state and certain municipalities, employees, retirees and their dependents.  She has been in that position since 1987, serving in the administrations of Governors Dukakis, Weld, Cellucci, Swift, Romney, and now Governor Patrick.

Mrs. Mitchell is a member of a number of professional and community organizations, including the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium, of which she is a Director, the Greater Boston Big Sister Association, of which she is Board Chairman, the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, the Massachusetts Health Council, the Leadership Group of the E-Health Initiative, and the Mass E-Health Collaborative of which she is a Director. 

Most recently, Mrs. Mitchell is a member of the governing board of the new Massachusetts health reform law, the Connector Authority, and its companion organization, the Quality and Cost Council and last year was elected to the board of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA), Disclosure Group and the eHealth Initiative and eHealth Initiative Foundation.

Mrs. Mitchell is a frequent speaker on health care, politics, women's career issues, and related subjects.

David Chin, MD

Dr. Chin has more than 28 years of senior management experience in academic medical centers, managed care payers and large medical group practices. Dr. Chin is also a Distinguished Scholar at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Before joining Hopkins, David was a senior national partner and leader of the Academic Medical Center Practice in the US Healthcare Industries Advisory Practice of PwC and former leader of PwC’s Global Healthcare Research Institute.

Before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, he was president of the Novalis Corporation, a privately held company that franchised HMOs on a turnkey basis. He also served on the Board of Baxter International, Inc. Prior to those positions, he was President and Medical Director of the Health Centers Division of the Harvard Community Health Plan, a staff model HMO providing health care to residents in eastern Massachusetts.

David holds a BA from Harvard College, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and an MBA from Stanford Business School, as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.

George C. Halvorson

Halvorson_official.jpgGeorge C. Halvorson is the past chairman and chief executive officer of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, headquartered in Oakland, California. Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest nonprofit health plan and hospital system, serving about 8.6 million members and generating $42 billion in annual revenue.

Halvorson serves on the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care, the American Hospital Association’s Advisory Committee on Health Reform and the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System. He serves on the board of the America’s Health Insurance Plans and the board of the Alliance of Community Health Plans. Halvorson chairs the International Federation of Health Plans and co-chairs the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care.

Halvorson has written several health care reform books, including the recently released Health Care Will Not Reform Itself: A User’s Guide to Refocusing and Reforming American Health Care. He also wrote Health Care Reform Now!, Health Care Co-ops in Uganda, Strong Medicine and Epidemic of Care as guidebooks for health care reform. Halvorson served as an advisor to the governments of Uganda, Great Britain, Jamaica and Russia on issues of health policy and financing. His strong commitment to diversity and inter-ethnic healing has led him to his current writing project, a new book about racial prejudice around the world.

Pamela Hymel

Pamela Hymel is the Chief Medical Officer for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. Previously, she was the Corporate Director of Integrated Health, as well as Medical Director for Cisco Systems, designing a global health and productivity program for Cisco employees. Previously, she worked as senior vice president of Sedgwick CMS and as vice president of human resources, medical services and HR systems with Hughes Electronics. Her responsibilities included employee benefits, medical services, disability management, workers’ compensation and development of Fidelity employee-related services. She is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), on whose board she currently sits.

Dr. Hymel led Hughes to win both an ACOEM Corporate Health Achievement Award and C. Everett Koop Award honorable mention. Hymel earned a bachelor's degree in biology at the University of California, Irvine; a master's degree in public health at Tulane University; and an M.D. at Louisiana State University Medical School.

Jeffrey Kang

Jeffrey L. Kang, MD is the  Senior Vice President of Pharmacy, Health and Wellness Services and Solutions for Walgreens.

Before joining Walgreens in October 2011, Dr. Kang was Chief Medical Officer at CIGNA from 2002-2011, where he was responsible for the company’s health strategy and policy for its medical, pharmacy and behavioral products. Previously, Dr. Kang joined the Clinton Administration in 1994 as a White House Fellow and then subsequently served as the chief clinical officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from 1995 to 2002. While with CMS, he was responsible for Medicare technology assessment and coverage policy, setting quality standards for Medicare participating hospitals and facilities and leading CMS’ quality measurement, improvement and patient safety activities.

Dr. Kang is an internist and geriatrician whose career began in 1984 as the Executive Director of the Urban Medical Group, a non-profit, private group practice specializing in the care of the frail elderly and disabled.

Dr. Kang received his MD from University of California at San Francisco and his MPH from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to his duties at Walgreens, Dr. Kang is currently a Board Member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

David Kendrick, MD

mike_davis.jpgDr. David Kendrick is the principle investigator and CEO of the MyHealth Access Network, a Beacon Community. MyHealth is focused on improving health in Oklahoma and beyond by implementing a community-wide infrastructure for healthcare IT. MyHealth is focused on providing advanced health information exchange, community-wide care coordination tools, and a robust decision support platform to support providers striving to provide high quality care in the face of overwhelming data availability.

David is also an associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics and the Kaiser Chair of Community Medicine at the University of Oklahoma’s School of Community Medicine (SOCM). In addition, he serves the University’s Health Sciences Center as the Assistant Provost for Strategic Planning and serves as the Chair of the Department of Community Medical Informatics. In this capacity, David is charged with defining and implementing healthcare information systems strategy for the SOCM and the community it serves. In particular, Dr. Kendrick is developing systems required to support patient-centered medical homes and to connect them with one another in ways that measurably improve the lives of patients and ultimately the health and quality of life of the entire community. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance), and convening faculty for the CPCi (Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative).

Talmadge King, Jr., MD

Dr. King is the Chiar of the Department of Medicine at the University of California. Dr. King’s bibliography comprises over 200 publications and he has co-authored twelve books, including the acclaimed reference book "Interstitial Lung Disease," now in its 5th edition. He recently co-edited "Medical Management of Vulnerable & Underserved Patients: Principles, Practice, Population," the only reference currently available that focuses on this subject. 

Dr. King is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, followed by a residency at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals, Atlanta, Georgia, and a pulmonary fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver.He held a professorship in medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and was a senior faculty member at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Association of American Physicians, American Clinical and Climatological Association and Fleischner Society. Dr. King is a Master of the American College of Physicians, as well as a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. He is a past President of the American Thoracic Society.  

Leeba Lessin

Leeba Lessin is President and CEO of CareMore Health System, a delivery system and Medicare Advantage Plan focused on the Medicare population.  Through CareMore’s unique model of care, focusing on advanced preventive care for chronic conditions and high touch care for frail individuals, CareMore’s members benefit from the superior clinical outcomes of the CareMore model.  CareMore members reside in California, Nevada, Arizona and Virginia. 

Before joining CareMore, Leeba held several executive positions at PacifiCare Health Systems, including President of Southern California and President of PacifiCare Oregon. Other roles have included President and Chief Executive Officer of Monarch Health Systems, a primary care physician system in California's central coast, and Principal of Lessin Management Associates, providing strategic consultation services to medical groups and managed care organizations.

In addition to her health care leadership, Leeba is involved in the Whittier Area Literacy Council and is on the Board of Advisors for Westmont College.   She is working with friends to launch Art Forms Whittier, a fine and performing arts development program for Whittier-area youth.Leeba received her BA degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara and an MBA from the University of Washington.

Robert Margolis, MD

Robert_Margolis.jpgRobert Margolis, MD, has been the managing partner and CEO of HealthCare Partners since the formation of the company in 1992.  Under Dr. Margolis’ stewardship, HealthCare Partners has become a highly respected and innovative physician-owned and operated medical group, IPA and MSO.

Dr. Margolis has been on the leading edge of the managed care industry for more than 20 years. He is a much sought-after spokesperson due to his vast experience in integrated delivery systems and physician practice management.

Dr. Margolis serves on the Boards of several prestigious health care organizations.  He is the chairman of the Board of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and immediate past chairman of the Boards of California Association of Physician Groups (CAPG) and California Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles. He is a member of the Executive Management School Advisory Committee, School of Public Health, at University of California Los Angeles.

Dr. Margolis is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, and while practicing was an active member of the American College of Physicians and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and the Duke University Medical School and served a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute.

Ralph Muller

Ralph_Muller.jpgRalph Muller is CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He was, from 1985 to 2001, the President and CEO of the University of Chicago Hospitals. He is a member of the Board of Directors at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and a Commissioner on the Joint Commission (JC).

Mr. Muller served as Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), Chairman of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Chairman of the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH), Chairman of the National Opinion Research Council (NORC) and Vice Chairman of the University Healthsystem Consortium (UHC). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Mr. Muller received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in government from Harvard University.

Edward G. Murphy, MD

Dr. Edward G. Murphy is the former president and chief executive officer of Carilion Clinic and current professor of medicine at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Carilion Clinic is a large, academic, multi-specialty medical practice and integrated healthcare delivery system serving the southwest region of Virginia. Prior to his affiliation with Carilion Clinic, he served as president & CEO of Seton Health System in Upstate New York. He currently works with TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P., a New York- and London-based investment firm, as well as serving as chairman of the board of Sound Physicians.

Dr. Murphy's undergraduate studies were at the University of Albany. He obtained his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, graduating Cum Laude.  Dr. Murphy has served as a clinical professor at the University of Albany School of Public Health, and adjunct assistant professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Management.

Prior to leaving New York, Dr. Murphy was a member of the New York State Hospital Review and Planning Council.  In addition to his council position, Dr. Murphy served on the Council's Executive Committee and as the Vice Chair of the Fiscal Policy Committee.

Debra L. Ness

Debra_Ness.jpgDebra L. Ness is the President of the National Partnership for Women & Families. Her extensive background in health and public policy make her a remarkably effective advocate with a deep understanding of what women and families need at home, in the workplace, and in the health care arena. She is a highly respected and oft-quoted expert who testifies frequently before Congress, speaks before prestigious audiences, and is quoted regularly in leading print and broadcast media.

Ness serves on the boards of some of the nation’s most influential organizations working to improve health care. In addition to NCQA, Ness serves on the Board of NQF and the ABIM Foundation, and co-chairs the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Group. She sits on the Steering Committee of the AQA and on the QASC, co-chairing its Cost/Price Transparency Working Group. Ness also serves on the Executive Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and co-chairs LCCR’s Health Task Force.

Joseph Newhouse, PhD

Joe_Newhouse.jpgJoseph Newhouse is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard University and a member of the faculties of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He received B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Harvard University.  

He has edited the Journal of Health Economics since its beginning 25 years ago. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, is a past President of the Association for Health Services Research (AHSR), now AcademyHealth, and of the International Health Economics Association, and was the inaugural President of the American Society of Health Economists. 

He has served as the chair of the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission and as vice-chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. He is a director of Aetna and Abt Associates.

Len Nichols, PhD

Len Nichols, a health economist and policy analyst, is a professor of Health Policy and the director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics at George Mason University.

He is the former director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation. Before joining New America, Dr. Nichols was the Vice President of the Center for Studying Health System Change, a Principal Research Associate at the Urban Institute, and the Senior Advisor for Health Policy at the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton reform efforts of 1993-94. Previously, Dr. Nichols was Chair of the Economics Department at Wellesley College, where he taught for ten years. He also served as a member of the Competitive Pricing Advisory Commission (CPAC) and the 2001 Technical Review Panel for the Medicare Trustees Reports. He was on the advisory panel to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Covering America project and has been a consultant to the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank, and the Pan American Health Organization.

Dr. Nichols received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois.

Margaret E. O'Kane, President

Peggy4.25.11.jpgMargaret E. O’Kane is the founding and current president of NCQA.

She was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine in 1999 and received the 2009 Picker Institute Individual Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care. Modern Healthcare magazine has named O’Kane one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” nine times, most recently in 2014, and one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare” three times. She received the 2012 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership.

She is a board member of the Milbank Memorial Fund, American Board of Medical Specialties and Chairman of the Board of Healthwise, a nonprofit organization that helps people make better health decisions.

O’Kane holds a master’s degree in health services administration and planning from Johns Hopkins University, and is a recipient of that university’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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John Tooker, MD

John_Tooker.jpgDr. John Tooker is the Associate Executive Vice President of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest medical specialty society in the U.S. ACP’s mission is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. Reinforced by the strength of its membership and guided by a strong policy portfolio, ACP is leading efforts to unify the internal medicine community, develop new models of patient care and delivery, and implement fundamental and comprehensive reforms to repair a dysfunctional payment system to make internal medicine more attractive as a career choice.

Dr. Tooker serves on the boards of the National Quality Forum, eHealth Initiative,  the National Committee for Quality Assurance (Chair-Elect, 2008), the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, the Electronic Health Record Patient Safety Advisory Board, and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies. He also represents ACP as a founding member of the AQA, formerly the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance and serves on the Connecting for Health steering committee.

Dr. Tooker earned his M.D. at University of Colorado School of Medicine, his native state, completed his internal medicine residency at the Bellevue Hospital Center in New York and the University of Colorado, and his pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the Maine Medical Center and the University of Washington. He is a graduate of the Fox School of Business at Temple University, and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.