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Transforming Health Systems for Accountable Care

Core Faculty

David Chin, MD, MBA

Distinguished Scholar, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Program Director
Dr. David C. Chin is a Distinguished Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public
Health and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Before joining Hopkins, he was a senior national partner in the US Healthcare Industries Advisory Practice of PwC and former leader of PwC’s Global Healthcare Research Institute. Dr. Chin is also a member of the Board of Directors for the National Committee for Quality Assurance in Washington, DC. During his career at PwC, Dr. Chin led major strategic planning and operations improvement engagements for academic medical centers and payers around the world. Before joining PwC, David was the President of the Novalis Corporation, a privately held company that franchised HMOs on a turnkeybasis, and also served on the Board of Directors of Baxter International, Inc. Prior to those positions, he was the 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. 

Sydney Dy, MD, MSc

Associate Professor, Physician Leader, Duffey Pain and Palliative Care Program, Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center
Curriculum Chair: Quality and Effectiveness
Sydney Dy, MD, MSc is Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management, Oncology, and Medicine, at Johns Hopkins, and Physician Leader of the Harry J. Duffey Family Palliative Care and Pain Program at the Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. She is a researcher and educator in health care quality and safety, focusing on evidence-based reviews and development and evaluation of quality indicators. Her work involves quality improvement for patients with serious illnesses in various settings in Johns Hopkins Medicine, including the Kimmel Cancer Center. She has worked to develop quality standards and guidelines with national organizations including the Physician Consortium on Performance Improvement, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and Center for Medicare Services, and quality-related research projects with the National Cancer Institute, Veterans Health Administration, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Current and recent projects include quality measures for patients with multiple chronic conditions; quality measures for Accountable Care Organizations; and systematic reviews of the evidence for patient safety practices and for quality improvement in end-of-life care, as well as a number of conceptual projects on various topics in quality measurement and improvement. She is the Quality and Research Chair for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and teaches courses in Quality of Care at the Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

John Flynn, MD, MBA, FACP, FACR

Director, Clinical Practice Improvement, Johns Hopkins Clinical Practice Association
Medical Director of The Spondyloarthritis Center

Curriculum Chair: Health Information Technology
John A. Flynn, MD, MBA, MEd, FACP, FACR, is the Director of Clinical Practice Improvement, Clinical Practice Association, and the Medical Director of The Spondyloarthritis Center. In addition, Dr. Flynn is the Co-Director of the Osler Center for Clinical Excellence and a cofounder of the Consortium for the Advancement of Primary Care. Dr. Flynn completed his undergraduate work at Boston College, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in Mathematics. Dr. Flynn received his MD from the University of MissouriColumbia and completed his internship and residency at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, followed by a fellowship in rheumatology. Dr. Flynn also completed his MBA at The Johns Hopkins University and his MEd at the University of Cincinnati. He is Board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology and is a fellow with the American College of Rheumatology and the American College of Physicians. His research focuses on Innovations in Ambulatory Medical Education, Electronic Medical Records and the Advancement of Care for Patients with Spondyloarthritis. Dr. Flynn is the editor and co-author of Cutaneous Medicine: Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Disease, the Oxford American Handbook of Clinical Medicine, and Mosby’s Guide to Physical Examination.

Ann‐Michele Gundlach, EdD

Associate Director, Master of Health Administration Program (MHA)
Co‐Director, MPH Leadership & Management Concentration
Curriculum Chair: Leadership and Change
Ann-Michele Gundlach has spent over 25 years consulting to public and private health sector organizations, related businesses, and government agencies throughout the United States. The focus of her work has been organization design, strategy development and change, and leadership development. She is currently on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health where she serves as the Associate Director of the Master of Health Administration program and the Co-Director of the Master of Public Health program’s Leadership and Management Concentration. She has also taught and worked on health care sector projects in China, Taiwan, Abu Dhabi, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Prior to founding AMG Consulting in 1992, Dr. Gundlach was President and CEO of Dome Learning Systems Inc. which she created to provide organization and leadership development consulting services to health care enterprises throughout the United States. She earned her doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning from the George Washington University. Her research interests have concentrated on how organizations assign meaning to change and how that influences their ability to adapt to environmental, social, and economic shifts.

Doug Hough, PhD

Associate Scientist & Associate Director, Master of Healthcare Administration Program, Department of Health Policy and Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Curriculum Chair: Healthcare Economics, Finance & Analytics
Douglas E. Hough, Ph.D., is Associate Professor, Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins Uni¬versity, with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.  He teaches in the areas of medical economics and strate¬gic planning. His research interests are in identifying the optimal size and structure of a physi¬cian practice, and in the application of the emerging field of behavioral economics to health care issues. His book, titled, Irrationality in Health Care:  What Behavioral Economics Reveals About What We Do and Why, will be published by Stanford University Press in 2013. Dr. Hough has been a research economist at the American Medical Association, and a consultant in three health care strategy firms.  He is a frequent speaker and author on health care issues re¬lated to physicians. Dr. Hough earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, and his B.S. in Economics from MIT.

Jonathan Links, PhD

Deputy Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences Director, Public Health Preparedness Programs Deputy Director, Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR)
Curriculum Chair: Enterprise Risk Management
Jonathan M. Links, Ph.D. is a medical physicist, with a B.A. in Medical Physics from the Uni¬versity of California, Berkeley (1977), and a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences (with a concentration in Radiation Health Sciences) from Johns Hopkins University (1983). Dr. Links is currently Professor and Deputy Chair of Environmental Health Sciences in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with joint appointments in Health Policy & Management, Radiology, Emergency Medicine, and Public Safety Leadership. Dr. Links is a member of the Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Society.
Dr. Links directs the Johns Hopkins Public Health Preparedness Programs, comprising the Pre¬paredness and Emergency Response Research Center and Preparedness and Emergency Re¬sponse Learning Center. He is a past president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, a 16,000 member professional medical society that deals with the use of radioactivity and radiation in medicine. Dr. Links is currently Baltimore City’s terrorism and pandemic influenza planning expert, working with the Health, Fire, and Police Departments. His interests include public health preparedness and response for all hazards, ionizing radiation, biomarkers, mathematical modeling, and non-invasive medical imaging.

Stacey Lee, JD

Assistant Professor, The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
Curriculum Chair: Leadership and Change
Stacey Lee is an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School where she teaches Negotiations, Business Law, and Legal Foundations of Health Care.  Stacey draws on nearly twenty years of legal and arbitration experience, to create an interdisciplinary approach to negotiation and conflict management.  She has created content specific negotiation courses and workshops for the Johns Hopkins Business of Medicine MBA program, the Kennedy Krieger Institute Leadership Development program, and the Carey Business School’s MBA Fellows program.
Prior to entering academia, Stacey practiced law for over ten years.  She began as a securities litigator and later became in-house counsel for two of the country’s largest healthcare corporations.  Stacey also served as the senior regulatory specialist for America’s Health Insurance Plans, the United States’ largest national healthcare trade association.
Since joining the Carey faculty in 2008, Stacey’s research interests have focused on pharmaceutical manufacturers’ international and domestic influence on the access to medicines.  Her work has been published in the Yale Journal Health Policy Law & Ethics, Georgetown Journal of International Law, the Annals of Health Law Journal, and the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy.  She was the Berman Institute Faculty Fellow in the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy from 2011 – 2012 and in 2012 the graduating Johns Hopkins MPH/MBA cohort awarded Stacey the Teaching Excellence Award for her Negotiation and Business Law courses.
Stacey earned her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law and a BBA in Management from Loyola University of Maryland.

David H. Sachs, MBA, MPA

Executive Director, the Leadership, the flagship leadership program of the Greater Baltimore Committee
Program Area of Focus: Content Integration & Application
As a senior leader, innovator and teacher, David has worked for 15 years in higher education and leadership development.  Previously, he co-led the launch of the Erickson School at UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) as the School’s first Vice-Dean and a Professor of Practice. He led the creation of the Erickson School’s Executive Masters in the Management of Aging Services as Faculty Chair and taught courses in leadership, designing and managing or¬ganizations, and innovation through human-centered design.  David also led Executive Educa¬tion at Harvard Business School as Executive Director and served as Vice President and head of Global Corporate Learning and Development at T. Rowe Price.  He has consulted to colleges and universities, corporations and NGOs on strategy, leadership and organizational develop-ment and program design and has taught blended executive programs for corporate clients.  David earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA in History from Amherst College.  An avid fan of jazz mu¬sic, ballet, mountaintops, the Ravens and the Orioles, David lives in Baltimore with his wife and their two spirited, red-haired sons.

Felicia Hill-Briggs, PhD, ABPP

Associate Professor, in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, School of Public Health and the School of Nursing
Curriculum Chair: Population Management
Felicia Hill-Briggs, PhD, ABPP is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine (School of Medicine);  Health, Behavior and Society (School of Public Health); and Acute and Chronic Care (School of Nursing) at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She is also core faculty of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research.   As Senior Director of Population Health Research and Development for Johns Hopkins HealthCare, LLC, Dr. Hill-Briggs  facilitates the development, implementation, and evaluation of population health strategies aimed at improving healthcare quality, outcomes, and costs, and integration of research into healthcare to develop a learning health system.  Her work extends to the international arena, where she collaborates with healthcare systems and local governments on clinical and research initiatives for population health management and the prevention and care of chronic diseases in countries including Saudi Arabia, Bermuda, Trinidad and Tobago, and Brazil.
Dr. Hill-Briggs is a national leader in chronic disease self-management. She serves on the Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and is a past Chair of the ADA Council on Behavioral Medicine and Psychology.  Dr. Hill-Briggs has contributed scientific expertise as an invited  member of national task forces and committees including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Interagency Strategic Planning Committee on Diabetes Mellitus, Epic Healthy Planet Brain Trust, the NIH-Society of Behavioral Medicine Committee on Identifying Core Behavioral and Psychosocial Data Elements for the Electronic Health Record, and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Public Health Dimensions of Cognitive Aging. She has been a repeated invited presenter to the Legislative Assemblies of the Congressional Black Caucus.  At Johns Hopkins, she also is Co-Director of the Behavioral Aspects of Heart and Vascular Diseases Fellowship Program in the Division of General Internal Medicine and is Co-Leader of the Behavioral, Social, and Systems Science Translational Research Community of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR).

Mary Terhaar, DNSc, CNS, RN

Director, Doctor of Nursing Program (DNP)
Program Area of Focus: Content Integration & Application
"I have great passion for nursing, for developing new ways to work smarter and more effec¬tively so we can meet the needs of the families and the communities we serve."
Dr. Mary Terhaar brings extensive experience and background in neonatal, perinatal, and pedi¬atric nursing to the clinical component of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing bac¬calaureate childbearing family course and the management practicum of the School's master's program. She also serves as Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program. Her emphasis in both clinical practice and education is most often directed to the effectiveness of interdisciplinary collaboration in the management of health outcomes for mothers and their in¬fants and young children. Dr. Terhaar has published widely in the nursing literature, primarily on issues regarding neonatal care. She serves as the Hopkins Nursing ambassador to the Na¬tional League for Nursing. Dr. Terhaar also was a key member of the School team that devel¬oped a two-year curriculum and learning tools that now are being used as core curricula in over 20 midwifery schools in Afghanistan, resulting in over 1,000 trained midwives to date.

Guest Faculty - Industry Leaders

Karen Davis, PhD

Eugene and Mildred Lipitz Professor
Director, Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care, Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Program Area of Focus: Context of Accountable Care
Dr. Davis is currently the Eugene and Mildred Lipitz Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. The center strives to discover and disseminate practical, cost-effective approaches to providing comprehensive, coordinated, and compassionate health care to chronically ill people and their families.
Dr. Davis has served as President of The Commonwealth Fund, Chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Policy in the Department of Health and Human Services.
In addition, she was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., a visiting lecturer at Harvard University and an assistant professor of economics at Rice University.  She received her Ph.D. in economics from Rice University.
Dr. Davis also serves on the Board of Directors of the Geisinger Health System and Geisinger Health Plan and on the Board of Trustees of ProMedica Health System in Ohio. She is a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1975, has served two terms on the IOM governing Council (1986-90 and 1997-2000), and is a member of the IOM Committee on Geographic Variation in Health Care Spending. She is also a former member of the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) National Advisory Council for Health Care Policy, Research and Evaluation, of the Panel of Health Advisers for the Congressional Budget Office, a past chairman of AcademyHealth from whom she received a Distinguished Investigator Award, recipient of the Baxter-Alliance Foundation Prize for Health Services Research, the Healthcare Financial Management Association Board of Directors Award, and an honorary fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.  

Margaret E. O’Kane

President of the National Committee for Quality Assurance
Program Area of Focus: Performance Measurement
Margaret E. O’Kane is President of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent, nonprofit organization that improves health care quality through measurement, transparency and accountability. O’Kane has served as co-chair of the National Priorities Partnership and is a board member of the Foundation for Informed Decision Making and the American Board of Medical Specialties. 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. She received the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award from the National Center for Healthcare Leadership in 2012. Modern Healthcare has named O’Kane one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare three times, most recently in 2013. A master’s degree holder in health administration and planning from Johns Hopkins University, O’Kane is a recipient of that university’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD

Professor and Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality,
Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Program Area of Focus:  Quality and Effectiveness
Dr. Pronovost has developed a scientifically proven method for reducing the deadly infections associated with central line catheters. His simple but effective checklist protocol virtually eliminated these infections across the state of Michigan, saving 1,500 lives and $100 million annually. These results have been sustained for more than three years. Moreover, the checklist protocol is now being implemented across the United States, state by state, and in several other countries. The New Yorker magazine says that Dr. Pronovost’s “work has already saved more lives than that of any laboratory scientist in the past decade.”
Pronovost has chronicled his work to improve patient safety in his book, Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor’s Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out. In addition, he has written more than 400 articles and chapters related to patient safety and the measurement and evaluation of safety efforts. He serves in an advisory capacity to the World Health Organization's World Alliance for Patient Safety.
Dr. Pronovost has earned several national awards, including the 2004 John Eisenberg Patient Safety Research Award and a coveted MacArthur Fellowship in 2008, known popularly as the “genius grant.” He was named by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 “most influential people” for his work in patient safety. He regularly addresses Congress on the importance of patient safety, prompting a report by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform strongly endorsing his intensive care unit infection prevention program.