Advisory Council

The PCCDS- LN was created under a cooperative agreement with AHRQ to pursue the following objectives: 

Establish the Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support Learning Network (PCCDS-LN) to convene, charter, implement, and initiate operations of a broad and highly inclusive CDS learn-ing network, to coordinate and accelerate efforts to leverage CDS to ensure that PCOR findings are widely and effectively applied to improve care outcomes. 

  1. Identify barriers and facilitators and formulate recommendations for incorporating PCOR findings into clinical decisions and actions using CDS. 
  2. Monitor, evaluate, and adapt the PCCDS-LN to optimally achieve its goals.
  3. Develop a sustainability plan for ongoing operations of the CDS-LN. 

The PCCDS-LN Advisory Council is an advisory forum, representing all stakeholders with in-terests relevant to the objectives above. The council will meet bimonthly (6 times per year) for 90 minutes to collaboratively discuss and advise on topics relevant to the PCCDS-LN and PCCDS-LN leadership. Council members will be asked to provide feedback on reports and relevant content, such as workgroup products, issue briefs, website content, issues raised by the steering com-mittee and deliverables as outlined by AHRQ. 

Membership: The Council shall consist of at least 30 members, drawn from the following stakeholder groups: 

  •  CDS Developers and Vendors
  •  CDS Experts 
  •  Clinicians and Care Delivery Organizations 
  •  Community-based Organizations 
  •  EHR Vendors 
  •  Government Agencies 
  •  Other Health IT Vendors 
  •  Patients and Families 
  •  Payers 
  •  PCOR Experts 
  •  Quality Improvement Organizations and Networks 
  •  Researchers - Clinical 
  •  Researchers - Informatics 
  •  Researchers - PCOR 
  •  Researchers - Other 
  •  Societies - Clinical 
  •  Societies - Informatics 
  •  Societies - Other 
  •  Standards Development Organizations 

Members will serve a minimum term of 1 year, but may request, or be asked by the PCCDS-LN Steering Committee, to serve for additional terms.

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Laura Haak Marcial, Web and Evaluation Task Lead

Laura Marcial, PhD, PCOR CDS-LN Web and Evaluation Task Lead, is a Health Informaticist in RTI International's Program for Digital Health and Clinical Informatics (DCHI) and is based in Rockville, MD. She serves as an expert in evaluating usability and the implementation, adoption, use, and effects of health IT among relevant stakeholders in a variety of settings. Dr. Marcial’s foundational work has been in the areas of mobile usability and scientific data repositories. Dr. Marcial received her PhD degree in Library and Information Science in 2012 from the University of North Carolina.

Tonya Hongsermeier, MD, MBA, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Tonya Hongsermeier, MD, MBA, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is currently CMIO at Lahey Health. Formerly, she was a Principal Informatician in the Clinical Informatics Research and Development group at Partners HealthCare System. Dr.Hongsermeier has lead the implementation of infrastructure, processes and team design for clinical knowledge management and decision support at both Cerner Corp. and Partners Healthcare in the role of Corporate Manager. In the recent years, she has served as a team lead for Knowledge Management infrastructure for the Clinical Decision Support Consortium, the Advancing Clinical Decision Support project, as well as provided informatics leadership to the Enterprise Clinical Terminology Services team. She received her MD from Boston University, and practiced Internal Medicine for five years after completing her Residency in Medicine and Fellowship in Clinical Nutrition at the Deaconess Hospital. She received an MBA in Healthcare Management from Boston University in 1995.


Richard Loomis, MD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council member

Richard Loomis, MD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council member, is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Practice Fusion. Dr. Loomis leads the health informatics and research teams for Practice Fusion. Rich is a strong advocate for advancing health IT and is the current Vice Chair of the HIMSS Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA). He completed his fellowship in biomedical informatics at Harvard and received his MD from the University of Michigan.

Sarah Corley, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council member and Barriers and Facilitators Workgroup Leader

Sarah Corley, MD, FACP, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council member, is Chief Medical Officer of NextGen Healthcare. Dr. Corley provides leadership in support of the NextGen Healthcare Mission and its Strategic Goals, with a particular focus on clinical user satisfaction.

Barry Blumenfeld, Project Director

Barry Blumenfeld, MD, MS, PCOR CDS-LN Project Director and Steering Committee member, is a Research Health IT Scientist in RTI International's Program for Digital Health and Clinical Informatics. Dr. Blumenfeld is based in Maine. He brings significant experience, leadership skills, and expertise in the PCOR and CDS communities to be an instrumental leader for the PCOR/CDS Learning Network. During a career spanning almost three decades in research, provider, and commercial organizations, he has consistently focused on the point of care information needs of practicing clinicians. He also has broad technical knowledge of the ways this is achieved, and has been a leader in the development of clinical documentation and decision support systems designed to embed knowledge in workflow. Dr. Blumenfeld is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He received his medical degree from New Jersey Medical School and completed his internal medicine internship at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital of Boston. He also completed his MS in Intelligent Systems Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and completed his medical informatics fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Edna Boone, MA, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Edna Boone has over 25 years of demonstrated success in convening provider organizations, interdisciplinary teams, industry stakeholders, local, state and federal agencies, research bodies, non-governmental organizations, and membership associations. Edna is currently supporting projects with ONC and CMS in the areas of stakeholder engagement and clinical quality measure (CQM) governance.

William Bria, MD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council member

William Bria, MD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council member, currently serves as the Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO) of the HCI Group. He has over 30 years of experience consulting on clinical informatics and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and is known as the founding father of the CMIO role throughout the country. In his role at HCI, he serves as the Subject Matter Expert on clinical informatics and provides insight and direction to the client delivery teams to ensure our solutions take in account the appropriate considerations on behalf of physicians, patients and other clinicians as it relates to workflows and informatics involving patient care. Dr. Bria is the co-founder and current the President, The Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS). 

Tiffani Bright, PCOR CDS-LN Steering Committee Member

Tiffani Bright, PhD, PCOR CDS-LN Steering Committee member, is a Senior Service Fellow in the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement and a member of the Division of Health IT. Her work focuses on clinical decision support, mHealth, and dissemination of patient-centered outcomes research findings. Dr. Bright received her B.A. degree in sociology from The College of William and Mary, a B.S. degree in information systems from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), and her Ph.D. degree in biomedical informatics from Columbia University. She was an UMBC Meyerhoff Scholar, a National Library of Medicine Biomedical Informatics Predoctoral Fellow, and a Columbia University Center for Interdisciplinary Research to Reduce Antimicrobial Resistance Predoctoral Fellow. Dr. Bright completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University, where she was the lead investigator of an AHRQ funded EPC report on the use and effectiveness of clinical decision support to facilitate health care decisionmaking. Prior to joining AHRQ, she served as the Director of Medical Informatics, Surveillance, and Epidemiology at the Bureau of Correctional Health Services for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


Leigh Burchell, BA, PCOR CDS-LN Steering Committee member

Leigh Burchell, BA, PCOR CDS-LN Steering Committee member, leads the Government Affairs function for Allscripts, including legislative advocacy and regulatory interpretation and comment.  Her role includes speaking on behalf of the company’s 180,000 physician clients across 45,000 ambulatory practices and 2,500 hospitals to ensure that new legislation and administrative policies are supportive of the most efficient paths towards improvements in the healthcare industry, as well as maximization of the many opportunities that exist to apply newfound data to greater benefit. She has been with Allscripts since 2000. Burchell is active in many industry associations, including serving as the most recent Chair of the Electronic Health Record Association (EHRA), a current Member of the Leadership Council and Chair Emeritus of the Policy Steering Committee for the eHealth Initiative (, and as Vice Chair of the HIMSS Public Policy Committee. Burchell graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, with a Bachelor of Arts in Constitutional History and American Studies.

Melissa Callaham, Project Manager

Melissa Callaham, MSPH, PCOR CDS-LN Project Manager, has more than 10 years of experience working on groundbreaking quality improvement and HIT initiatives at the community, state, national, and international level. Her experience includes health IT policy analysis, development and evaluation of patient-centered technologies, social media and mobile technology, patient and provider engagement, and understanding and measuring meaningful use criteria. She provides project support and data validation for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services long-term care e-Specification and Data Element Library project. Ms. Callaham is also assisting with the development of a platform to extract data from mobile technologies to enhance diabetes self-reported data by patients to local health departments.

Kenrick Cato, RN, PhD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Kenrick Cato, RN, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing. Dr. Cato’s program of research focuses on the use of data science to investigate ways of improving patient safety, quality of care, and individual health. Towards these goals, Dr. Cato’s previous work has included National Institute of Health funded research in health communication via mobile health platforms, shared decision making in primary care settings, and data mining of electronic patient records. His current projects include automated data mining of electronic patient records to discover characters about a patient that are often missed by clinicians. Dr. Cato has published his findings in numerous peer-reviewed journals and at national and international conferences. In 2001, he entered the military full-time after being inspired to serve his country after the 9-11 attacks. He left the army after several active duty deployments including stints in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East. After completing the ETP program at Columbia Nursing in 2008, he worked as a staff nurse at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, providing care for surgical oncology patients, and as a clinical analyst, working on projects to improve patient safety through the use of the hospital’s electronic systems. Kenrick earned his PhD at Columbia Nursing in 2012. His research interests include mobile health and reducing health disparities in under-served populations.

Geoff Crawford

Geoffrey is currently a medical director in the Office of Medical Policy & Technology Assessment at Anthem. His responsibilities include clinical and evidentiary support of Anthem medical and pharmacy policies, preventive services recommendations, national credentialing and issues of public health significance. Previous to his current position, Geoffrey supported clinical analytics at Anthem aimed at bolstering member engagement in evidence-based care.

Geoffrey received a Bachelor of Science (BS) with great distinction from McGill University; Medical Doctorate (MD) with Magna Cum Laude from Albany Medical College and Masters of Science (MS) in Epidemiology from the University of Maryland.  He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Stanford University and residency in General Preventive Medicine at the University of Maryland. He currently lives in the greater Seattle, Washington area with his wife and golden retriever.

Justin Cross, MD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Justin Cross, MD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is a medical officer with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC).  He serves in the Office of Clinical Quality and Safety and his work focuses on issues surrounding health IT safety and electronic clinical quality measures, specifically EHR safety and patient matching.  Dr. Cross received his doctorate from the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine, and completed his residency training at the VCU-Fairfax Family Medicine program in Fairfax, Va.  He is board certified in Family Medicine and practiced at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians prior to his work at ONC.  Prior to his medical training Dr. Cross completed his bachelor’s degree at Duke University and worked in IT consulting with CGI Federal.

Dave deBronkart, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Dave deBronkart, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, known on the internet as e-Patient Dave, is the author of the highly rated Let Patients Help: A Patient Engagement Handbook and one of the world’s leading advocates for patient engagement. A co-founder and current co-chair of the Society for Participatory Medicine, e-Patient Dave has appeared in Time, U.S. News, USA Today, Wired, MIT Technology Review, and the HealthLeaders cover story “Patient of the Future.” After beating stage IV kidney cancer in 2007 he became a blogger, health policy advisor and international keynote speaker. His writings have been published in the British Medical Journal, the Society for General Internal Medicine Forum, iHealthBeat, and the conference journal of the American Society for Clinical Oncology. In 2009 HealthLeaders named him and his doctor to their annual list of “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better,” and he’s appeared on the cover of Healthcare IT News and the Australian GP magazine Good Practice. Dave’s TED Talk Let Patients Help went viral, for years was in the top half of the most viewed TED Talks of all time with over a half million views; volunteers have added subtitles in 26 languages, indicating the global appeal of his message. In 2012 the National Library of Medicine announced that it’s capturing his blog in its History of Medicine Division.

Floyd Eisenberg, MD, MPH, FACP, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Floyd Eisenberg, MD, MPH, FACP, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is President of iParsimony LLC, a healthcare consulting company that provides services for organizations or clinical system vendors interested in repurposing data for measurement, clinical decision support, reporting and research. As an internist with a specialty in Infectious Diseases, Dr. Eisenberg has over ten years of clinical experience in the community hospital setting.  He has subsequently been active applying data to quality improvement for managed care through activities at Independence Blue Cross and for electronic health records (EHRs) as a Senior Key Expert at Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services. At National Quality Forum, Dr. Eisenberg led the development of the Quality Data Model to enhance the ability to reuse data captured as a consequence healthcare delivery for performance measurement. He also served as co-chair of the Population Health Perspective Technical Committee of the Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) and he is currently a member of the Health Information Technology Standards Committee (HITSC) of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Dr. Eisenberg strongly supports improving patient outcomes and consumer health through information sharing among patients, caregivers and providers.

Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Douglas B. Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of AMIA, a membership society representing 5000 professional and student informaticians and their interests and activities in academe, industry, government and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Fridsma is an expert in informatics, interoperability, standards, and health IT (including meaningful use). His understanding of the science and application of informatics and experience as practitioner and policymaker give him a depth of knowledge well-suited to the critical challenge of transforming health and health care. Prior to joining AMIA, Dr. Fridsma was the Chief Science Officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, responsible for the portfolio of technical resources needed to support the meaningful use program and health information technology interoperability.  While at ONC, he developed the standards and interoperability framework to accelerate the development of technical specifications for interoperability, and in collaboration with the NIH and other federal agencies, was instrumental in establishing the key priorities in the PCOR Trust fund. Prior to ONC, Dr. Fridsma held academic appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Mayo Clinic, and had a part-time clinical practice at the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale.  He has served as a board member of HL7 and the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) where he was instrumental in developing standards that bridge clinical care and clinical research.

Don Goldmann, MD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Don Goldmann, MD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), works both internally and externally to deepen IHI’s profile, credibility, and influence in health care and health promotion. An essential part of his work is to harvest expertise, knowledge, and innovation from the field while forging relationships with key allies, partners, professional and academic societies, and membership organizations to further IHI’s strategic aims and reach. As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Goldmann supports IHI’s content leads in identifying innovative approaches, cutting-edge developments, and expert faculty in areas of strategic focus, using his external relationships to identify important or emerging gaps in IHI content, particularly with regard to innovations and evidence-based interventions that emerge from academia. As Chief Scientific Officer, his primary goal is to strengthen ties between IHI and the health services research and academic communities. In this capacity, he works with IHI colleagues, especially the Results and Evaluation Team, to ensure the rigor of IHI’s results-oriented work, and to disseminate these results in presentations at national meetings and peer-reviewed publications. To this end, Dr. Goldmann develops and nurtures alliances and relationships with translational, pragmatic researchers and organizations nationally and globally. He also serves as senior lead for the IHI Fellowship Program, and he continues to train and mentor emerging investigators at Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is exploring new ways to teach and learn, and is lead faculty for the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) developed in collaboration with HarvardX and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is a member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Advisory Council.

Kensaku Kawamoto, PCOR CDS-LN Steering Committee member

Kensaku Kawamoto, MD, PhD, MHS, PCOR CDS-LN Steering Committee member, is Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, Director of Knowledge Management and Mobilization, and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center.  At the University of Utah, Dr. Kawamoto chairs the Clinical Decision Support committee and is a leader of the University’s Interoperable Apps and Services (IAPPS) initiative, which is a multi-stakeholder effort to enable standards-based, interoperable applications and software services to improve health and health care.  Beyond the University of Utah, Dr. Kawamoto co-chairs the Clinical Decision Support Work Group of Health Level 7 International (HL7), the primary standards development organization in health IT.  He also serves as co-Initiative Coordinator for the Clinical Quality Framework initiative (, which is a public-private partnership sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to develop and validate a harmonized set of interoperability standards for clinical decision support and electronic clinical quality measurement.  Dr. Kawamoto also founded and directs OpenCDS (, which is a multi-institutional initiative to enable advanced, standards-based, and open-source clinical decision support and electronic clinical quality measurement at scale.

Abel N Kho, MD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Abel N Kho, MD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is Director of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) - Center for Health Information Partnerships, Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics) and Preventive Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics). Dr. Kho's research involves the creation of electronic networks spanning multiple institutions. He developed an electronic network to enable infection control providers to share infection data across the major healthcare providers within Indianapolis. The system currently tracks thousands of patients with drug-resistant infections in the region and provides secure real-time admission alerts to infection control providers. He continues this AHRQ funded research as a Regenstrief Affiliated Scientist. His research interests also include the application of geographic information systems, and large dataset driven decision support to improving infection control processes. He is actively involved in project linking Electronic Medical Record data with genomic data across multiple institutions.

Thomson M. Kuhn, MA, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Thomson M. Kuhn, MA, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is Senior Systems Architect with the American College of Physicians and is chiefly responsible for development and advocacy for College policy and positions related to health IT, including EHR, e-Rx, CDS, privacy, security, data management, quality reporting, interoperability, and standards. Represents the College, and small primary care practices in particular, in national and international standards and policy forums. Formerly Director of Computing and Instructional Technology, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Lisa Lang, MPP, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Lisa Lang, MPP, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is Head of National Information Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Assistant Director Health Services Research Information. Prior to joining NICHSR, Lang was a health information specialist in the quality measurement and health assessment group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality. From 1994 to 2004, she was a senior health policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, US Department of Health and Human Services. Lang began her federal career in 1980 as a Presidential Management Intern. She graduated from Stanford University and earned a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

William "Bill" Lawrence, MD, MS, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

William "Bill" Lawrence, MD, MS, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is a Senior Program Officer, Science, Communication and Dissemination Research at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). In this role, he oversees dissemination projects and helps to develop strategic directions on decision aid and decision science topics. His research interest is in optimizing patient and societal decision-making given available effectiveness information. Lawrence earned a BS in biomedical engineering from Duke University, and an MD from the West Virginia University School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency and a general internal medicine fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. During his fellowship, he received an MS in Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, with a focus on medical decision making. He has had a general internal medicine practice and conducted research at the University of Wisconsin and at Georgetown University.

Paul Lewis , MD
Edwin Lomotan, PCOR CDS-LN Steering Committee Member

Edwin Lomotan, MD, PCOR CDS-LN Steering Committee member, is a Medical Officer and Chief of Clinical Informatics for the Health IT Division in the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). His areas of focus include clinical decision support, health IT safety, and child health informatics. He leads AHRQ's initiative on clinical decision support and patient-centered outcomes research. Before joining AHRQ, Dr. Lomotan was Health IT Branch Chief in the Office of Quality and Data in the Bureau of Primary Health Care at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). While at HRSA, he led the Health Center-Controlled Network grant program, which was aimed at improving health care quality through health IT at community health centers across the country. Dr. Lomotan is board-certified in pediatrics and in clinical informatics. He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his pediatrics residency and informatics fellowship at Yale University. He spent several years in community-based pediatric practice in Connecticut before joining Federal service in 2010.

Christopher Longhurst, MD, MS, PCOR CDS-LN Steering Committee member

Christopher Longhurst, MD, MS, PCOR CDS-LN Steering Committee member, is Chief Information Officer of the University of California San Diego Health System. He is also a key faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Informatics in the UC San Diego School of Medicine. He most recently served as chief medical information officer for Stanford Children’s Health, where he led strategic efforts to improve children’s health and provider workflow using information technology. He also founded and led the clinical informatics fellowship at Stanford, where he was a clinical professor of pediatrics. Dr. Longhurst completed his residency at Stanford Medical School and earned his medical degree and MS in medical informatics from UC Davis. He holds a BS in molecular biology from UC San Diego. He is a board-certified pediatrician and clinical informaticist. Dr. Longhurst was elected a fellow in the prestigious American College of Medical Informatics.

Rob McCready

Mr. McCready is the MITRE project leader responsible for the execution of a $2M effort for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) focused on the domain of Clinical Decision Support (CDS). This project is responsible for the identification, design, development, and dissemination of new PCOR CDS artifacts to U.S. health care practices and associated health IT vendors. This activity includes the design of a systematic and replicable process of transforming new clinical findings into shareable, health IT standards-based, and publicly-available artifacts. This work includes the design and development of new software tools to aid in the identification, curation, and dissemination of PCOR findings and related CDS artifacts.

Barbara J. McNeil, MD, PhD, PCOR CDS-LN Steering Committee member

Barbara J. McNeil, MD, PhD, PCOR CDS-LN Steering Committee member, is the Ridley Watts Professor and founding head of the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. She is also a professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. McNeil’s research activities have focused on several areas, most notably technology assessment and quality of care. Dr. McNeil received her BA from Emmanuel College, her MD from Harvard Medical School, and her PhD from Harvard University. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences (where she was recently chair of its Board of Health Care Services) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is now vice chair of the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors of Edwards LifeSciences (Irvine, CA) and was a member of the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission and the Publications Committee of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Blackford Middleton, PCOR CDS-LN Steering Committee Co-Chair

Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MS, PCOR CDS-LN Co-Chair and Steering Committee Member, is Chief Informatics and Innovation at Apervita, Inc., and Past-Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), and the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS), and Instructor in the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in the Departments of Health Policy and Management, and Policy Translation and Leadership Development. Previously, he was a professor of Biomedical Informatics, and or of Medicine, at Stanford, Harvard, and Vanderbilt Universities, and he held executive leadership roles at MedicaLogic/ Medscape, Partners Healthcare System, and at Vanderbilt.  Dr. Middleton’s work is focused on clinical informatics – the applied science surrounding strategy, design, implementation, and evaluation of clinical information systems in complex environments. Dr. Middleton is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Medical Informatics, and of HIMSS. Dr. Middleton studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received a Master’s in Public Health degree from the Yale University School of Public Health with a dual concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology, and Health Services Administration.  He received an MD from SUNY Buffalo, and was a resident in internal medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center. He completed an AHCPR Fellowship in General Internal Medicine at Stanford University, where he received his Master of Science degree in Health Services Research, focusing on clinical informatics.

Cheryl Modica, PhD, MPH, BSN, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Cheryl Modica, PhD, MPH, BSN, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, National Association of Community Health Centers

Jerome Osheroff, PCOR CDS-LN Steering Committee Co-Chair

Jerome A. Osheroff, MD, FACP, FACMI is the PCOR CDS-LN Steering Committee co-chair. A general internist by training, he has spent the past 3 three decades building understanding of care delivery information needs, and helping ensure that people, processes and technology are successfully applied to fulfilling these needs better. Osheroff is the principal of TMIT Consulting, LLC, a firm he founded in 2011 to develop and implement pathways to better healthcare outcomes for care delivery organizations, government agencies, quality improvement organizations and HIT vendor clients.  He is recognized internationally as a leader in developing and applying health IT and clinical decision support-enabled approaches to improving health and care delivery.  Osheroff articulated the “CDS 5 Rights” framework, recommended by CMS as a best practice for improving patient care.  Osheroff has led work with government agencies, provider and health IT vendor organizations, clinicians and care teams, and others to develop many valuable healthcare quality improvement resources, most recently, HRSA's Guide to Improving Care Delivery Processes and Outcomes. He guides use of these strategies and tools in a growing portfolio of successful QI initiatives that are significantly improving care processes and outcomes. For the decade prior to starting TMIT, he was Chief Clinical Informatics Officer for Thomson Reuters Healthcare, where he ensured that their decision support offerings were optimally responsive to clinician, patient, and management information needs, and that they measurably improved healthcare outcomes.


J. Marc Overhage, MD, PhD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

J. Marc Overhage, MD, PhD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is President & CEO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange. He is also a Professor of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and a Senior Scientist at the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. He has spent over 25 years developing and implementing scientific and clinical systems and evaluating their value. Working with Dr. Clement McDonald, one of the pioneers of medical informatics, he has created an electronic patient record (called the Indiana Network for Patient Care) containing data from many sources including laboratories, pharmacies and hospitals in central Indiana. The system currently connects nearly all acute care hospitals in central Indiana and includes inpatient and outpatient encounter data, laboratory results, immunization data and other selected data. In order to create a sustainable financial model, he helped create the Indiana Health Information Exchange, a not-for-profit corporation. Over the last five years, he has played a significant regional and national leadership role in advancing the policy, standards, financing and implementation of health information exchange. Dr. Overhage is also an expert in clinical decision support including inpatient and outpatient computerized physician order entry and the underlying knowledge bases to support them. Dr. Overhage is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and the American College of Physicians. He received the Davies Recognition Award for Excellence in Computer-Based Patient Recognition for the Regenstrief Medical Record System. Dr. Overhage received his BA, with High Honors, in Physics from Wabash College and his PhD in Biophysics and MD from Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Overhage was a resident in internal medicine, a medical informatics and health services research fellow and then Chief Medical Resident at the Indiana University School of Medicine. After completing informatics fellowship training he served as an information advisor at Eli Lilly and Company and then joined the Regenstrief Institute.

Joshua Richardson, Assistant Project Director

Joshua Richardson, PhD, MS, MLIS, PCOR CDS-LN Assistant Project Director and Co-Chair of the Barriers and Facilitators Workgroup, is a Research Health IT Scientist in RTI International's Program for Digital Health and Clinical Informatics (Chicago, IL) with expertise in evaluating the design, implementation, adoption, use, and effects of health IT among patients, providers, and healthcare organizations. Some of his past work includes identifying the challenges and opportunities to knowledge management of clinical decision support (CDS), detailing provider-centered challenges to using CDS in community-based practices, and laying out health IT needs in patient-centered medical homes. Additional areas of interest include health information exchange, mobile health privacy and security, health care communication, and organizational behavior. Dr. Richardson was a National Library of Medicine Fellow in Biomedical Informatics at Oregon Health & Science University (Portland, OR) where he received both a PhD and MS degree, and in addition, earned a master's degree in library and information science from San Jose State University (San Jose, CA).

Jeffrey S. Rose MD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council member

Jeffrey S. Rose MD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council member, is the Sr. Vice President, Clinical Strategy, at Hearst Health, a division of Hearst Business Media. In this position, Dr. Rose guides and represents the Hearst Health care guidance strategy in a wide spectrum of client and vendor partner interactions and in numerous professional settings across the health industry. He works closely with the major companies and alliances within Hearst Health (Zynx Health, FirstDatabank, MCG [formerly Milliman Care Guidelines], Homecare/Homebase, Hearst Health International, and MedHOK) supporting and guiding strategic clinical and business initiatives across payer and provider communities, and among the vital domains in medical practices where clinical decision support and care quality support initiatives are paramount. Dr. Rose has his Medical Degree and Fellowship Training in Interventional Radiology from the University of Colorado Health Science Center. 

Julie Scherer, MSN, MHS, CPNP-PC, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Julie Scherer, PhD, CPNP-PC, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is Chief Data Scientist of Motive Medical Intelligence and leads the informatics design strategy for all of Motive’s clinical information products and services. She oversees all the activities of the clinical informatics team. Julie works directly with chief medical informatics officers, as well as customers’ technology and informatics teams, to integrate and optimize Motive’s solutions for them. Prior to joining Motive, Julie served as the chief solution architect for Cengage Learning and DigitalThink. Julie received her PhD in computer science from the University of Michigan.

Richard N. Shiffman, MD, MCIS, FACMI, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Richard N. Shiffman, MD, MCIS, FACMI, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is Associate Director of the Center for Medical Informatics and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Shiffman's primary research activities have been directed toward the use of guideline knowledge in computer-based decision support systems. He pioneered the use of decision tables for guideline knowledge representation and verification of completeness and consistency. Dr. Shiffman served as Chair of an Expert Meeting on Information Technology in Children's Healthcare sponsored by AHRQ. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and served two terms as chairman of its Section on Computers and Other Technology. In addition, he serves on the AAP Task Force on Medical Informatics and the Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management. Dr. Shiffman received BA and MD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and served as pediatric resident at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children.

Jonathan Teich, MD, PhD, FACMI, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Jonathan Teich, MD, PhD, FACMI, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is the Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Elsevier, the world’s largest publisher of scientific and health information.  He helps lead the vision, strategy, and design for knowledge-based tools and clinical decision support (CDS) supporting direct clinical practice and healthcare delivery. He is also a practicing emergency physician and assistant professor at Harvard, and leads clinical design for health information systems in developing countries with the OpenMRS Community.  Dr. Teich founded the Clinical Informatics R&D department at Partners Healthcare, developing two generations of innovative electronic health records, CPOE and CDS systems. Dr. Teich has authored over 100 publications including three books on CDS. He co-chaired the US Roadmap for National Action on Clinical Decision Support, and works with numerous government and industry panels in that field. He has been a member of the board of directors of AMIA, HIMSS, and the eHealth Initiative."

N. Marcus Thygeson, MD, MPH, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

N. Marcus Thygeson, MD, MPH, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is Senior Vice President and Chief Health Officer Blue Shield of California. As chief health officer, Marcus Thygeson leads the Blue Shield of California (BSC) Healthcare Services team in support of its mission to ensure all Californians have access to high-quality affordable health care. Dr. Thygeson’s team is focused on providing medical and pharmacy management, population health, wellness, clinical quality improvement, and care system transformation programs that contribute to achieving a healthcare system that meets the needs of all stakeholders – good for patients, good for the community, and good for providers. His professional and research interests include shared decision making, patient-centered care, adaptive health practice, quality improvement methods including positive deviance and relational coordination, care delivery system innovation, and the application of qualitative comparative analysis to health services research. Dr. Thygeson received his bachelor of science summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and an M.P.H. from the University of Minnesota. He received his medical training at Virginia Mason Hospital, where he was chief medical resident, and at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Thygeson is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

Craig A. Umscheid, MD, MSCE, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Craig A. Umscheid, MD, MSCE, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Vice Chair for Quality and Safety in the Department of Medicine, a practicing hospitalist, and Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Evidence-based Practice (CEP), a center funded by Penn to support patient care quality, safety, and value through evidence-based practice. He is also Medical Director of Clinical Decision Support at Penn, and a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Biomedical Informatics and the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Dr. Umscheid directs the medical student Evidence-based Medicine education, the Critical Appraisal certificate course, and the graduate student Systematic Reviews course. Outside of Penn, he collaborates with organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assist with guideline development, and serves as the Senior Associate Director of the ECRI Institute - Penn Medicine Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC).  He is an invited member of the PCORI Advisory Panel on Improving Healthcare Systems and the AHRQ EPC Methods Steering Committee, a past-member of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC), a former Deputy Editor of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and former Chair of the Society of General Internal Medicine's Evidence-based Medicine Task Force.  Dr. Umscheid received his undergraduate degree from Cornell, his medical degree from Georgetown, and a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from Penn. His post-graduate training includes a Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago.

Danny van Leeuwen

Danny van Leeuwen, RN, MPH, CPHQ is an action catalyst empowering people traveling together toward best health (patients, caregivers, clinicians, direct care and support staff).  He wears many hats in healthcare: patient with MS, care partner for several family members’ end-of-life journeys, a nurse for 40+ years, an informaticist and a QI leader. He specializes in patient/caregiver/clinician/community relationships.

Danny’s current work focuses on communication at transitions of care, person-centered health planning, informed decision-making, and technology supporting solutions created by and for people at the center. He advises entrepreneurs about strategy, infrastructure, and user-friendly workflows and technology. He teaches and coaches front-line managers and supervisors. Danny serves as a patient/caregiver stakeholder representative on Technical Expert Panels for Shared Decision Support and PCORnet and sits on the Steering Committee for the AHRQ-supported Clinical Decision Support Learning Network. He reviews PCORI research funding applications and serves as co-chair of PCORI’s Communication and Dissemination Advisory Panel and has been a member of MassHealth’s Payment and Care Delivery Innovation QI Task Force. Danny is active in the Society for Participatory Medicine, the Organization of Nurse Leaders, the American Academy of Communication in Healthcare, and the OpenID HEART workgroup.

Danny has worked clinically in home care, intensive and emergency care, physical rehabilitation, and behavioral health. He held leadership roles in rural and urban health systems, behavioral and community health, and managed care. He led two EHR implementation initiatives and Boston Children’s Hospital’s Patient/Family Experience initiative.

Danny blogs weekly ( He has spoken at HIMSS and the World Medical Informatics Conferences about Caregivers and HIT and at the AANC Magnet Conference about Transformational Leadership. He was recently interviewed for the on-line radio show, URGENT CARE.  Danny plays baritone saxophone.

Scott Weingarten, MD, MPH, PCOR CDS-LN Steering Committee member

Scott Weingarten, MD, MPH, PCOR CDS-LN Steering Committee member, is senior vice president and chief clinical transformation officer at Cedars-Sinai. Board certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Weingarten has published approximately 100 articles and editorials on health care quality improvement and related topics, and has authored numerous chapters on improving the quality of patient care in some of the leading internal medicine textbooks. He has given more than 300 presentations on clinical decision support and related topics throughout the United States and internationally. Dr. Weingarten was the co-founder, president and chief executive officer of Zynx Health, which is now the market share leader for order sets and care plans. He is a co-inventor of three software patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. After graduating from UCLA’s medical school, Dr. Weingarten completed his internship, residency and fellowship in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai. He later participated in a National Center for Health Services Research Fellowship at the RAND/UCLA Center for Health Policy Study. During the fellowship, he also earned a master’s of Public Health degree at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Jon White, MD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Jon White, MD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is the Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Dr. White is a family physician who has dedicated his career to improving health and health care quality through the use and sharing of electronic health information. Dr. White has been working in partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) since 2004. ONC is at the forefront of the nation’s efforts to adopt and meaningfully use health information technology, and achieve health information technology interoperability, as a foundational element of better health for everyone in America. Before his service at ONC, Dr. White was Director of the Division of Health IT at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In his role at AHRQ, Dr. White directed hundreds of projects in 48 States, including research, demonstration and implementation projects on a wide variety of health IT applications and issues. Dr. White has deep experience working with federal government partners (including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs), as well as key health care professional, patient, policy, and health IT stakeholder groups to implement major health care initiatives. Dr. White trained in family medicine at the University of Virginia and Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the national AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Education.

Adam Wilcox, PhD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Adam Wilcox, PhD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is a Professor in Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education and the Chief Analytics Officer (CAO) of UW Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Wilcox arrives most recently from Intermountain Healthcare where he led Intermountain’s clinical decision support efforts and directed its analytic health repository. In 2015, Dr. Wilcox was appointed a member of the PCORI Methodology Committee. He was on the faculty of Columbia University from 2006-2013, where he directed the legacy clinical information system, clinical data repository and data warehouse, and was also principal investigator of the Washington Heights/Inwood Informatics Infrastructure for Comparative Effectiveness Research (WICER) project, one of the country's first population health research databases, funded by AHRQ. Dr. Wilcox worked with the informatics group at Intermountain Healthcare under Paul Clayton from 2001-2006, where he led the development and implementation of primary care and emergency medicine systems, while also researching the effectiveness of care managers in an advanced practice model that was a precursor to the patient-centered medical home. While at Intermountain, he was also faculty at the University of Utah, where he taught courses and lectures in research design and decision support. He is an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, is a senior editor for eGEMs, and serves on the Clinical Informatics Subcommittee for the American Board of Preventive Medicine, which administers the board examination for the clinical informatics subspecialty. He completed a double major in 1995 in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Utah. He then obtained his PhD in 2000 in Medical Informatics at Columbia University (Advisor George Hripcsak).

Marc S Williams, MD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Marc S Williams, MD, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is the Director of the Genomic Medicine Institute, Geisinger Health System. His primary interest has been to study the impact of implementing genetics, genomics and family history in routine clinical care. Successful implementation requires the application of many disparate elements including technology assessment, modeling and decision analysis, the science of behavioral change, quality improvement, knowledge management, informatics, health care economics and patient-centered outcomes all of which are components of the emerging discipline of implementation science. He is beginning to explore how to get information from patients about their preferences including an assessment of the patient's location on the State of Change continuum and use those preferences to reconcile priorities regarding preventive and therapeutic interventions with the patient's provider to see if that will improve satisfaction for both and increase compliance with recommendations leading to measurable improvement in outcomes and improved value. Dr. Williams received his MD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Patricia B. Wise, RN, MS, MA, FHIMSS, COL (USA ret’d), PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Patricia B. Wise, RN, MS, MA, FHIMSS, COL (USA ret’d), PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is Vice President of HIMSS, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT).  HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. At HIMSS, Wise is responsible for directing initiatives that drive the quality, efficiency, effectiveness and safety of patient care through various tools and resources. Specifically, she oversees committees and task forces including Ambulatory Information Systems, Enterprise Information Systems, Personal Health Record Information Systems, Financial Information Systems, Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes, Health Information Exchange, Electronic Health Record Association and the Davies Award Program. A graduate of the U. S. Army War College in Carlisle, Penn., Wise obtained her BSN from Villanova University and an MSN from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

Adam Wright, PhD, FACMI, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member

Adam Wright, PhD, FACMI, PCOR CDS-LN Advisory Council Member, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Senior Scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  His research focuses on electronic health records and clinical decision support systems.  He is the principal investigator of two NIH R01s: one focused on enhancing clinical problem lists using data mining and natural language processing and the other focused on improving clinical decision support using anomaly detection.  In addition to his research, Dr. Wright teaches Harvard’s introductory biomedical informatics courses, BMI 701 and 702, teaches medical students in the healthcare policy and clinical epidemiology courses and chairs the Department of Biomedical Informatics’ curriculum committee.  Dr. Wright has a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Oregon Health and Science University and a BS in Mathematical and Computational Sciences from Stanford University.

Beth Lasater, Project Manager

Beth Lasater, MSPH, PCOR CDS-LN Project Manager, has more than 25 years of experience working on numerous health IT and public health projects.  She brings experience working with learning networks and cross site collaborations to improve health and health outcomes.  Ms. Lasater was the project manager for the Practice Transformation Support for Regional Extension Centers for ONC which developed the Practice Transformation Toolkit to assist providers in implementing EHR is practice.  She will provide support for the project and be the point of contact for communications related to the PCOR CDS LN.