Board of Directors
David Chin, MD, Chair
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.
Benjamin Chu, MD
Dr. Chu, President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System, is a nationally recognized leader in the health care industry, with more than four decades of health care and leadership experience as a physician, administrator and policy advocate. In 2016, Dr. Chu became the first physician to lead Memorial Hermann Health System.
Previously, Chu was the Executive Vice President of Oakland, California based Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plans and a group president of Kaiser's Southern California and Georgia regions. At Kaiser, Chu led health plan and hospital operations for 14 hospitals and over 200 medical offices that serve over 4.5 million members in Southern California and Georgia. During his tenure at Kaiser, Chu implemented a fully integrated electronic health record system and population health management tools for improving outcomes for patient care. He managed a multiyear, $13 billion capital program and increased the health plan's membership to 10.5 million.
Chu also previously served as President of New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, and in 1994, served as acting Commissioner of Health for the New York City Health Department. He was also the Senior Associate Dean at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as Associate Dean and Vice President of clinical affairs at New York University School of Medicine and Medical Center.
Throughout his career, Dr. Chu has been recognized nationally for his innovative thought leadership in the health care industry. In 2015, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. He was also recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders in 2015, and in previous years, as one of its 100 Most Influential People.
John Glaser, PhD
Dr. John Glaser serves as the Senior Vice President of Population Health and Global Strategy at Cerner. Dr. Glaser focuses on driving Cerner’s population health technology and product strategies, interoperability and government policy development. He impacts clients by devoting his career to advancing health care through innovation and commits to helping clients maximize their investment in health care information technology.
Glaser joined Cerner in 2015 as a part of the Siemens Heath Services acquisition, where he was CEO.
Dr. Glaser, whose heath information technology career spans more than 30 years, is a leader in the health care industry and in academia, where he is on the faculty at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the Medical University of South Carolina, the School of Biomedical Informatics at the Texas Health Science Center and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Prior to Siemens, Glaser was Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Partners HealthCare; he also previously served as Vice President of Information Systems at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. John was the founding Chair of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the past President of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). He has served on numerous boards including: eHealth Initiative, the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). He is a fellow of CHIME, HIMSS and the American College of Medical Informatics. He is a former senior advisor to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).
Dr. Glaser received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has written over 200 articles and three books on the strategic application of IT in health care, including the most widely used textbook on the topic, “Healthcare Information Systems: A Practical Approach for Health Care.”
George C. Halvorson
George 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.
Jeffrey L. Kang, MD is President of ChenMed, a physician group practice that takes care of low to moderate income elderly and receives capitated risk payments from Medicare Advantage plans for all of its patients' care.
Before joining ChenMed in November 2015, Dr. Kang was Senior Vice President of Pharmacy, Health and Wellness Services and Solutions for Walgreens for three years, and Chief Medical Officer at CIGNA for nine years. 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
Dr. 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).
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.
Ralph 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.
Debra L. Ness
Debra 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
Joseph 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
Margaret 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.
Brent Pawlecki, MD, MMM
Dr. Brent Pawlecki is the Chief Health Officer for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and is responsible for developing the company's global health strategy. In 2015 he received the Global Leadership in Corporate Health Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) and the National Business Group on Health®, recognizing his longstanding dedication to workplace health.
Prior to joining Goodyear, Dr. Pawlecki was the Corporate Medical Director for Pitney Bowes Inc., overseeing all health related issues and services of the organization, including the Pitney Bowes' award-winning corporate clinics and wellness programs, and the Disability/Workers Compensation Department. Dr. Pawlecki initially joined Pitney Bowes as Associate Medical Director in 1999, and served as the Corporate Medical Director since 2007. In addition, he served as the corporate medical consultant and as Chief HIPAA Privacy Officer.
Dr. Pawlecki completed Undergraduate and Medical School at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri. After finishing his residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Connecticut at Bridgeport Hospital/Yale University, Dr. Pawlecki worked in the Emergency Department. He entered private practice on Long Island, NY, serving as Medical Director of a multi-specialty group, and was instrumental in expanding the practice from one to five locations. He then began working as the Medical Director of Occupational Medicine for a public 70-site physician practice management group.
He has completed the degree of Masters of Medical Management (MMM) at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He is actively involved in numerous professional organizations, including the National Business Group on Health, New York Business Group on Health, and serves a Board member for the Campaign for Public Health.
Dr. Pawlecki joined the NCQA Board of Directors after first serving as a voting member on NCQA’s Committee on Performance Measurement, where he helped advance and approve many of NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) measures, and has served on the NCQA Employer Advisory Council.
Craig Samitt, MD
Dr. Craig Samitt is executive vice president and chief clinical officer for Anthem, Inc., and is responsible for establishing, leading and executing Anthem's overall clinical vision and strategy. Dr. Samitt oversees Anthem’s clinical operations including: health care analytics, corporate medical and pharmacy policy, health care management and quality, program integrity, and community health initiatives. He is also responsible for advancing Anthem’s industry-leading portfolio of provider partnerships and payment innovation models, focused on improving patient outcomes and delivering value-based care to Anthem’s 38.6 million medical members. Additionally, Dr. Samitt has responsibility for HealthCore, Anthem’s clinical outcomes research subsidiary, and AIM Specialty Health, Anthem’s specialty benefits management subsidiary.
Prior to joining Anthem, Dr. Samitt served as partner and global provider practice leader of Oliver Wyman’s Health & Life Sciences division; president and chief executive officer for HealthCare Partners, a subsidiary of DaVita HealthCare; and president and CEO of Dean Health System, Inc.
Dr. Samitt is serving a second three-year term as a Commissioner for MedPAC, an independent legislative branch agency established and appointed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office to advise Congress on policies impacting Medicare beneficiaries. He is also an annual faculty lecturer at the Wharton School of Business.
Dr. Samitt earned his medical degree from Columbia University and completed medical residency at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also holds an MBA in health care management from the Wharton School of Business.
Glenda Wrenn, MD, MSHP, FAPA
Dr. Wrenn is an associate professor, psychiatrist, and health policy/mental health services researcher at Morehouse School of Medicine where she serves as Director of the Kennedy Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute. Dr. Wrenn’s passion and overall research aim is to help create environments where individuals adversely impacted by trauma will face a path forward that makes it easier for them to recover and build a good life. Dr. Wrenn has helped to advance integration in several large health systems and individual practices of all sizes and serves as an advisor for several local, regional, and national health-related organizations.