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HHS Secretary Appoints New Members to AHRQ National Advisory Council

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Press Release Date: October 31, 2003

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today named nine new members to the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The council provides advice to the Secretary and to the Director of the Agency. The council is comprised of 21 members from the private sector and eight ex-officio members from other federal health agencies.

"These nine new members will bring a wide range of experience and provide the right balance to advise AHRQ on its policy direction and research portfolio," Secretary Thompson said. "Their leadership will continue to help the agency achieve our goal of providing safe, high-quality health care for all Americans."

The nine new council members are:

  • Andrew Balas, M.D., Ph.D., Dean, School of Public Health, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO.
  • Doug Campos-Outcalt, M.D., M.P.A., Medical Director, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Michael Everett, Ph.D., Founder and CEO, Avatar International, Inc., Lake Mary, FL.
  • Andrew Fishmann, M.D., Cogent Healthcare, Inc., Los Angeles, CA.
  • Arthur Garson, M.D., M.P.H., Dean, School of Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
  • Jessie Gruman, Ph.D., President and Executive Director, Center for the Advancement of Health, Washington, DC.
  • Terry Jacobson, M.D., Director, Office of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Grady Health Systems, Atlanta, GA.
  • James J. Rohack, M.D., Senior Staff Cardiologist, Scott and White Clinic, Temple, TX.
  • Paul Wallace, M.D., Executive Director, Care Management Institute, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA.

Editor's Note: The Council's next meeting will be on Friday, November 7, in the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 800, 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC.

For more information, please contact AHRQ Public Affairs: Nancy Comfort, (301) 427-1866 (


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