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HHS Secretary appoints new members to AHRQ National Advisory Council

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt appointed six new members and reappointed two members to serve on the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The council, which consists of 21 members from the private sector and 7 ex-officio members from other Federal health agencies, provides advice to Leavitt and AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D.

Reappointed member J. James Rohack, M.D., Senior Staff Cardiologist and Medical Director, Scott and White Health Plan, Scott and White Clinic, Temple, TX, was appointed as new chair. Andrew J. Fishmann, M.D., Director, Intensive Care, Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, has also been reappointed to the National Advisory Council.

The six new council members are: Jane F. Barlow, M.D., M.B.A., Well-being Director, IBM Corporation, Somers, NY

Timothy J. Brei, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, Indianapolis, IN

M. Carolina Hinestrosa, M.A., M.P.H., Executive Vice-President of Programs and Planning, National Breast Cancer Coalition, Washington, DC

Thomas P. Miller, J.D., Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC

Neil R. Powe, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Policy & Management, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Anthony C. Wisniewski, J.D., Executive Director of Health Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC

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