Commission Members

  • Chairman: Michael Chernew, Ph.D.HideDetails

    Michael Chernew, Ph.D., is the Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy and the director of the Healthcare Markets and Regulation (HMR) Lab in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chernew’s research examines several areas related to improving the health care system including studies of novel benefit designs, Medicare Advantage, alternative payment models, low value care and the causes and consequences of rising health care spending.

    Dr. Chernew served on MedPAC from 2008 to 2014 and was Vice Chair from 2012 to 2014. In 2000, 2004, and 2010, he served on technical advisory panels for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that reviewed the assumptions used by Medicare actuaries to assess the financial status of Medicare trust funds. He is a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisors and Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Health Connector Board. Dr. Chernew is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is currently a co-editor of the American Journal of Managed Care.

    Dr. Chernew earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University. In 1998, he was awarded the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators by the Association of University Programs in Public Health. In 1999, he received the Alice S. Hersh Young Investigator Award from the Association of Health Services Research.

    Harvard Medical School Boston, MA Term Expires: 2023
  • Vice Chairman: Paul B. Ginsburg, Ph.D.HideDetails

    Paul Ginsburg, Ph.D., is the Leonard Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, and professor of health policy at the University of Southern California, where he is affiliated with the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. He directs the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy. Prior positions include founder and president of the Center for Studying Health System Change, founding executive director of the Physician Payment Review Commission, senior economist at RAND, and deputy assistant director at the Congressional Budget Office. Dr. Ginsburg earned his doctorate in economics from Harvard University.

    Brookings Institution Washington, DC Term Expires: 2022
  • Lynn Barr, M.P.H.HideDetails

    Lynn Barr, M.P.H., is the Founder and Executive Chairwoman of Caravan Health, which guides and supports more than 200 health facilities and 20,000 clinicians in value-based payment models, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs). With a background as a Chief Information Officer for a rural hospital, she recruited and organized small rural hospitals across three states to form the first National Rural ACO to help rural providers succeed in value-based payment. Before founding Caravan Health, Ms. Barr led multiple start-up companies dedicated to medical innovation and she holds several patents. Ms. Barr has served on the Government Affairs Committee of the National Rural Health Association. She earned her Master of Public Health in health policy and management from the University of California at Berkeley.
    Caravan Health Kansas City, MO Term Expires: 2024
  • Lawrence Casalino, M.D., Ph.D.HideDetails

    Lawrence Casalino, M.D., Ph.D., is the Livingston Professor of Public Health and chief of the division of Healthcare Policy and Economics in the Weill Cornell Department of Healthcare Policy and Research in New York, NY. His research primarily focuses on physicians, the organization of the health care delivery system, and payment and regulatory policies that impact physicians and the delivery system as well as patients. Among other appointments, Dr. Casalino served as a senior advisor to the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He currently serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisors. Dr. Casalino was a primary care physician in private practice for 20 years. He received his M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco, and his Ph.D. in health services research from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Weill Cornell Department of Healthcare Policy and Research New York, NY Term Expires: 2022
  • Brian DeBusk, Ph.D.HideDetails

    Brian DeBusk, Ph.D., is chief executive officer of DeRoyal Industries in Powell, TN, which operates in the surgical, orthopedic, wound care, and health care information technology markets. He also serves as vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of Lincoln Memorial University in rural Tennessee, which includes graduate medical education programs for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses. Dr. DeBusk’s prior employment includes General Electric, Inobis, and Pace Energy Systems. He has served on the faculty of both the University of Tennessee and Lincoln Memorial University, teaching classes in information technology and business strategy. Dr. DeBusk holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University and a master of business administration from Emory University.

    DeRoyal Industries Powell, TN Term Expires: 2022
  • Stacie B. Dusetzina, Ph.D.HideDetails

    Stacie B. Dusetzina, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and an Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. She has conducted extensive research on topics related to Medicare coverage for prescription drugs, including studies focusing on drug pricing, Medicare Part D benefit design, and Medicare formulary coverage polices. Dr. Dusetzina has served as a committee member for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on the topic “Ensuring Patient Access to Affordable Drug Therapies” and as an expert witness for the Senate Special Committee on Aging.  She received her PhD in pharmaceutical sciences from the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and post-doctoral training in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Nashville, TN Term Expires: 2024
  • Marjorie Ginsburg, B.S.N., M.P.H.HideDetails

    Marjorie Ginsburg, B.S.N., M.P.H., is the founding executive director of the Center for Healthcare Decisions Inc., which she ran from 1994 through mid-2016. In that role, she was responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of projects and programs that fostered civic engagement around health policy issues that affected individuals and society at large. Among the policy issues Ms. Ginsburg studied were end-of-life care, health plan benefits design, and strategies to reduce overuse of unnecessary medical care. Ms. Ginsburg currently volunteers as a Medicare counselor with California’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (called the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) in Sacramento, CA.

    Sacramento, CA Term Expires: 2024
  • David Grabowski, Ph.D.HideDetails

    David Grabowski, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. His research primarily focuses on the economics of aging, with an emphasis on post-acute and long-term care financing, organization, and delivery of services. Dr. Grabowski served as a member of two CMS technical expert panels that focused on the home health prospective payment system and the quality measures used in the home health value-based purchasing model. He serves on the editorial board of several journals, including the American Journal of Health Economics and Medical Care Research & Review. Dr. Grabowski received his Ph.D. in public policy from the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

    Harvard Medical School Boston, MA Term Expires: 2023
  • Jonathan Jaffery, M.D., M.S., M.M.M.HideDetails

    Jonathan Jaffery, M.D., M.S., M.M.M.,  is a professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Jaffery serves as

    senior vice president/chief population health officer at UW Health and as president of UW Health ACO Inc., where he is responsible for the overall development, coordination, and implementation of the population health strategy. A board-certified nephrologist, Dr. Jaffery holds a B.A. in Russian literature from the University of Michigan and an M.D. from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at the University of Vermont. A former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow and chief medical officer for the Wisconsin State Medicaid program, Dr. Jaffery has graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.

    University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Madison, WI Term Expires: 2024
  • Amol Navathe, M.D., Ph.D.HideDetails

    Amol Navathe, M.D., Ph.D., is co-director of the Healthcare Transformation Institute and associate director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine. He is also an assistant professor at Penn and staff physician at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Navathe’s research group designs, tests, and evaluates payment models for national insurers and state Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. He leads the American Hospital Association’s national bundled payment collaborative to disseminate evidence-based best practices. Among other appointments, Dr. Navathe was formerly a Managing Director, Healthcare Value Transformation, at Navigant. Dr. Navathe received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in Health Care Management and Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Philadelphia, PA Term Expires: 2022
  • Jonathan Perlin, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.H.A.HideDetails

    Jonathan Perlin, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.H.A.,  is the president of clinical services and chief medical officer of HCA Healthcare in Nashville, TN. In that role, he has leadership responsibility for clinical services and improving performance at HCA’s hospitals and other sites of service. Before joining HCA, Dr. Perlin was Under Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Perlin is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and has faculty appointments at Vanderbilt University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Perlin received his Ph.D. in pharmacology and his medical

    degree from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he also completed his residency training in internal medicine.

    HCA Healthcare Nashville, TN Term Expires: 2024
  • Bruce Pyenson, F.S.A., M.A.A.A.HideDetails

    Bruce Pyenson, F.S.A., M.A.A.A., is principal and consulting actuary at Milliman Inc. in New York, NY. His work has focused on diverse aspects of health care and insurance, including recent work related to alternative payment models for accountable care organizations, such as shared savings, as well as financial modeling of therapeutic interventions. He has co-authored publications on such topics as the cost-effectiveness of lung cancer screening, pandemic influenza, and site-of-service cost differences for chemotherapy. Mr. Pyenson is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He is adjunct clinical associate professor of New York University's College of Global Public Health.

    Milliman, Inc. New York, NY Term Expires: 2022
  • Betty Rambur, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.HideDetails

    Betty Rambur, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., is the Routhier Endowed Chair for Practice and Professor of Nursing in the College of Nursing at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI, where she has conducted research on such topics as alternative payment models, telehealth nursing, and Big Data. Prior to joining the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Rambur served on the Green Mountain Care Board—a five member regulatory, innovation, and evaluation board that has broad responsibility for cost-containment and oversight of Vermont’s transition to post fee-for-service provider reimbursement. Previously, Dr. Rambur served as Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Vermont and was also Chairperson for the North Dakota Health Task Force, a statewide healthcare financing reform initiative. Dr. Rambur received her Ph.D. in nursing from Rush University.

    University of Rhode Island Kingston, RI Term Expires: 2023
  • Wayne J. Riley, M.D.HideDetails

    Wayne J. Riley, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., is president of the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Health Sciences University, where he also holds tenured professorships in both internal medicine and of health policy & management. Immediately prior to joining Downstate, Dr. Riley served as clinical professor of medicine and adjunct professor of healthcare management at Vanderbilt University. He was the also 10th president and chief executive officer of Meharry Medical College. He began his career at Baylor College of Medicine, where he completed residency training in internal medicine and held several key administrative posts including Vice President and Vice Dean for Health Affairs and Governmental Relations, Assistant Dean for Education, and Assistant Chief of Medicine at Ben Taub General Hospital––a leading public safety net teaching hospital. Dr. Riley is a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, where he served as vice chair and chair of the NAM Section on Education, Research and the Administration of Health Services. He is also president emeritus of the American College of Physicians––the nation’s largest medical specialty society representing internal medicine and president elect of the Society of Medical Administrators––an organization of fifty of the nation’s leading physician-executives. He is an independent director of HCA Healthcare, Inc. Dr. Riley earned a B.A. in anthropology from Yale University, an M.P.H. in health systems management from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the M.D. from Morehouse School of Medicine, and an M.B.A. from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.

    State University of New York Downstate Brooklyn, NY Term Expires: 2023
  • Jaewon Ryu, M.D., J.D.HideDetails

    Jaewon Ryu, M.D., J.D., is the president and CEO for Geisinger, an integrated health care system headquartered in Danville, PA, that comprises hospitals, employed providers, a health plan, a medical school, and research and innovation centers. He previously served as president of integrated care delivery at Humana and held leadership roles at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System and at Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Ryu received his undergraduate education at Yale University and his medical and law degrees from the University of Chicago, after which he completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

    Geisinger Health System Danville, PA Term Expires: 2024
  • Dana Gelb Safran, Sc.D.HideDetails

    Dana Gelb Safran, Sc.D., is head of measurement for Haven, the health care venture formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase. In that role, she is part of the organization’s core leadership team and is responsible for applying data, analytics, and measurement to optimize the venture’s success. Dr. Safran was previously chief performance measurement and improvement officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA). As an architect of the BCBSMA Alternative Quality Contract and the leader responsible for its unique use of behavioral economics and payer-provider collaboration to reduce cost while improving quality, Dr. Safran is widely recognized as having contributed to the national push toward value-based payment. Before joining BCBSMA, she led a research institute at Tufts University School of Medicine dedicated to developing patient-reported measures of health and health care quality. She remains on the faculty at Tufts and serves on a number of state and national advisory bodies related to health care quality and affordability. She earned her master’s and doctor of science degrees from the Harvard School of Public Health.

    Haven, a health care venture formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase Boston, MA Term Expires: 2023
  • Pat Wang, J.D.HideDetails

    Pat Wang, J.D., is president and chief executive officer of Healthfirst in New York, NY. Healthfirst is a not-for-profit provider-sponsored health plan that serves Medicare enrollees, including those who are eligible for low-income subsidies and those who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Healthfirst incorporates a value-based payment model that aligns incentives with hospital and physician partners. Ms. Wang previously served as senior vice president of finance and managed care for the Greater New York Hospital Association. She received her law degree cum laude from the New York University School of Law.

    Healthfirst New York, NY Term Expires: 2022

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