The National Advisory Board assists the Institute in achieving and monitoring its mission and goals. The Board consists of local, national, and internationally recognized leaders with demonstrated expertise in the areas of healthcare delivery, public policy, research, education, business, and philanthropy.
David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P.
David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P. became President and CEO of the Commonwealth Fund, a national health care philanthropy based in New York City, in January, 2013. Previously, he served as Chief Health Information and Innovation Officer at Partners Health System in Boston, MA, and was Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine and Professor of Health Care Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School.
From 2009 to 2011, Blumenthal was the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology under President Barack Obama. In this role he was charged with building an interoperable, private and secure nationwide health information system and supporting the widespread, meaningful use of health IT. Prior to that, he was a practicing primary care physician, director of the Institute for Health Policy, and professor of medicine and health policy at Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Healthcare System and Harvard Medical School. As a renowned health services researcher and national authority on health IT adoption, he has authored over 250 scholarly publications, including the seminal studies on the adoption and use of health information technology in the United States. Blumenthal received his undergraduate, medical, and public policy degrees from Harvard University and completed his residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Garth Graham, M.D., M.P.H.
Garth Graham, M.D., M.P.H., is president of the Aetna Foundation. He is board certified in internal medicine and cardiology and previously served as deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and assistant dean for health policy at the University of Florida. Graham has published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs and Circulation. He has served on number of boards including the Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health, North America Thrombosis Forum and the Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research. Dr. Graham holds a MD and a MPH from Yale University and did his medicine training at Massachusetts General and cardiology training at John Hopkins.
James K. Haveman, M.S.W.
James K. Haveman was appointed on September 1,2012 by Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan as the Director of the Michigan Department of Community Health. He was chosen to drive the Governor’s aggressive health and wellness agenda forward- a critical piece for reinventing Michigan. Haveman retired from that position on September 12, 2014. He previously served in this position from 1996-2003 and as the Department of Mental Health Director from 1991-1996. Haveman was appointed to both of these positions by Governor John Engler.
Previously Haveman served as Executive Director of Bethany Christian Services, the largest child welfare/adoptive agency in the United States, Executive Director of the Kent County Community Mental Health Program and the Executive Director of Project Rehab, a substance abuse program that was located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Haveman currently is President of the consulting firm, the Haveman Group. He is a Board member of the Grand Rapids Public Museum Foundation, Youngsoft Inc., and H2H Solutions. He serves as the Finance Chair of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Foundation Board. He is President of the Cornerstone Foundation and a Trustee for Northern Michigan University. A social worker by training, Haveman is a 1966 graduate of Calvin College. He earned his master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University.
Michael M.E. Johns, M.D.
Dr. Michael M.E. Johns is an internationally recognized head and neck cancer surgeon and leader in academic medicine. His robust career includes serving as chancellor of Emory University, and leading the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, which includes Emory Healthcare, the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health, and the Yerkes Primate Center. Prior to coming to Emory, he served as dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Johns served as interim executive vice president for Medical Affairs at the University of Michigan.
Johns is a member of the Institute of Medicine, has served on various private-sector and philanthropic boards, including Johnson & Johnson, the Genuine Parts Company, AMN Healthcare, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Board of Regents.
He received his bachelor's degree at Wayne State University in his hometown of Detroit. He graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1969 and remained at Michigan for his internship and residency. He joined the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army and was assistant chief of the Otolaryngology Service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 1975 to 1977. In 1977, he joined the Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Virginia Medical Center, where he rose to the rank of Professor. In 1984, Dr. Johns was recruited to Johns Hopkins as professor and chair of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, a department he built into one of the country's largest and most prestigious. Most recently, Dr. Johns was the recipient of the 2015 Castle Connolly National Physician of the Year Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Gary S. Kaplan, M.D., FACP, FACMPE, FACPE
Gary S. Kaplan, M.D., FACP, FACMPE, FACPE, has served as chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle since 2000. He is also a practicing internal medicine physician at Virginia Mason.
Kaplan received a degree in medicine from the University of Michigan and is board certified in internal medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE) and the American College of Physician Executives (FACPE). He is recognized as one of the most influential physician executives in health care and in 2013, was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine. Kaplan is chair of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Board of Directors and chairman of the National Patient Safety Foundation Lucian Leape Institute. He is a founding member of Health CEOs for Health Reform and has held leadership positions with numerous organizations, including the Medical Group Management Association and the Washington Healthcare Forum.
Paul McCreadie, M.B.A., M.S.
Paul McCreadie joined Arboretum Ventures in 2006 as an Associate and became a Managing Director in 2011. McCreadie invests in capital-efficient medical technology, service, and health IT companies focusing on the application of innovative technologies to underserved markets. He currently serves as a board director for ADVANCE Medical, ArborMetrix, Delphinus Medical, Rethink and Wellfount. Paul is the former Chief Operating Officer for CerviLenz, an Arboretum portfolio company based in Ohio, where he led the redesign of the company’s first commercial product from concept to launch.
Prior to joining Arboretum, McCreadie worked at Ford Motor Company for eight years, holding management positions within product development, manufacturing, and business strategy. He was an associate with the Wolverine Venture Fund (WVF) while an M.B.A. student at Michigan's Ross School of Business. McCreadie earned a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Lewis G. Sandy, M.D., M.B.A., FACP
Lewis G. Sandy, M.D., is Executive Vice President, Clinical Advancement, UnitedHealth Group (a Fortune 25 diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives). At UnitedHealth Group he focuses on clinical innovation, payment/delivery reforms to modernize our health care system, and physician collaboration. He also is a Principal in the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform and Modernization, with a focus on payment/delivery innovation and policy. From 2003 to 2007, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare, UnitedHealth Group’s largest business focusing on the employer/individual health benefits market. From 1997 to 2003, he was Executive Vice President of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. At RWJF, he was responsible for the Foundation's program development and management, strategic planning and administrative operations. Prior to this, Sandy was a program Vice President of the Foundation, focusing on the Foundation's workforce, health policy, and chronic care initiatives.
An internist and former health center medical director at the Harvard Community Health Plan in Boston, Massachusetts, Sandy received his B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University. A former RWJF Clinical Scholar and Clinical Fellow in Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, he served his internship and residency at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Sandy is a Senior Fellow of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management.
Lisa Simpson, M.B., B.Ch., M.P.H., FAAP
Lisa Simpson, M.B., B.Ch., M.P.H., FAAP, is the president and chief executive officer of AcademyHealth. A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, she is a passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy and practice. Her research focused on improving the performance of the health care system and included studies of the quality and safety of care, health and health care disparities and the health policy and system response to childhood obesity. Simpson has published over 80 articles and commentaries in peer reviewed journals. Her areas of expertise include translating research into policy; quality and safety of health care; health and health care disparities; childhood obesity; and child health services.
Before joining AcademyHealth, Simpson was Director of the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and professor of pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati. She earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), a master’s in public health at the University of Hawaii, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2013 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies and she was also elected to the Institute of Medicine.
Antonia M. Villarruel, Ph.D., R.N., M.S.N., FAAN
Antonia M. Villarruel, Ph.D., RN, FAAN is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and Director of the School’s WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. Dr. Villarruel also holds an appointment as Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania. From 2009 through June 2014, she served as Professor, Nola J. Pender Collegiate Chair, and Associate Dean for Research and Global Affairs at The University of Michigan School of Nursing.
As a bilingual and bicultural researcher, Dr. Villarruel has extensive research and practice experience with Latino populations, health promotion and disparities. Using a community-based participatory approach, she has been the PI/Co-PI of over eight RCTs on reducing high risk behaviors in teens. One program, to reduce sexual risk behavior among Latino youth – entitled Cuídate! was disseminated nationally.
Dr. Villarruel holds many leadership positions. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing; serves as Chair of the IOM Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity and the Elimination of Health Disparities and Co-chair of the Strategic Advisory Council of the AARP/RWJ Future of Nursing Campaign for Action. Most recently, Dr. Villarruel was a member of the National Academy of Medicine Committee on Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health resulting in the report, A Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health (2016).
Gail R. Wilensky, Ph.D.
Gail R. Wilensky, Ph.D. is an economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE, an international health foundation. She directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs and served in the White House as a senior adviser on health and welfare issues to President GHW Bush. She was also the first chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Her expertise is on strategies to reform health care, with particular emphasis on Medicare, comparative effectiveness research and military health care.
Wilensky currently serves as a trustee of the Combined Benefits Fund of the United Mine Workers of America and the National Opinion Research Center, is on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), and the Board of Directors of the Geisinger Health System Foundation, United Health Group, Quest Diagnostics and Brainscope. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, served two terms on its governing council and chaired the Healthcare Services Board. She is a former chair of the board of directors of Academy Health, a former trustee of the American Heart Association and a current or former director of numerous other non-profit organizations. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan and has received several honorary degrees.