Members of PCORI’s Board of Governors, including its Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, are appointed by the Comptroller General of the United States, who heads the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Under PCORI’s authorizing law, the Board consists of the Directors of the National Institutes of Health and of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, or their designees, and up to 21 additional members representing a range of stakeholder audiences.

  • Three representing patients and health care consumers
  • Seven representing physicians and providers, including four representing physicians (at least one of whom is a surgeon), one nurse, one state-licensed integrative healthcare practitioner, and one representative of a hospital
  • At least three, but no more than five, representing private payers, of whom at least one member shall represent health insurance issuers and at least one member shall represent employers who self-insure employee benefits
  • Three representing pharmaceutical, device, and diagnostic manufacturers or developers
  • One representing quality improvement or independent health service researchers
  • Two representing the federal government or the states, including at least one member representing a federal health program or agency

According to the law, Board members represent "a broad range of perspectives and collectively have scientific expertise in clinical health sciences research, including epidemiology, decisions sciences, health economics, and statistics."

Past Members


  • Sharon P. Arnold, PhD (Former AHRQ Acting Director): March – May 2016 & January – May 2017
  • Debra Barksdale, PhD, RN: September 2010 – September 2018
  • Kerry Barnett, JD (Former Vice Chairperson): September 2010 – September 2018
  • Lawrence Becker: September 2010 – September 2020
  • Andrew Bindman, MD (Former AHRQ Director): May 2016 – January 2017
  • Tanisha Carino, PhD: September 2020 – January 2022
  • Carolyn Clancy, MD (Former AHRQ Director): September 2010 – August 2013
  • Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD (Former NIH Director): September 2010 – December 2021
  • Allen Douma, MD: September 2010 – September 2018
  • Arnold Epstein, MD: September 2010 – September 2014
  • Christine Goertz, DC, PhD (Former Chairperson): September 2010 – September 2022
  • Trent Haywood, MD: September 2018 – November 2019
  • Leah Hole-Marshall, JD: September 2010 – September 2018
  • Gail Hunt: September 2010 – September 2020
  • Andrew Imparato, JD: September 2010 – November 2010
  • Robert Jesse, MD, PhD: September 2010 – September 2017
    (deceased September 2, 2017)
  • Gopal Khanna, MBA (Former AHRQ Director): May 2017 – January 2021
  • Richard Kronick, PhD (Former AHRQ Director): September 2013 – March 2016
  • Harlan M. Krumholz, MD, SM: September 2010 – September 2018
  • Richard E. Kuntz, MD, MSc: September 2010 – September 2018
  • Sharon Levine, MD (Former Vice Chairperson): September 2010 – September 2022
  • Freda Lewis-Hall, MD: September 2010 – September 2020
  • Steven Lipstein, MHA (Former Vice Chairperson): September 2010 – September 2016
  • David Meyers, MD, FAAFP (Former AHRQ Acting Director): January 2021 – February 2022
  • Michelle McMurry-Heath, MD, PhD: September 2018 – January 2022
  • Grayson Norquist, MD, MSPH (Former Chairperson): September 2010 – September 2020
  • Ellen Sigal, PhD: September 2010 – September 2022
  • Eugene Washington, MD, MSc (Former Chairperson): September 2010 – December 2013
  • Harlan Weisman, MD: September 2010 – September 2016
  • Robert Zwolak, MD, PhD: September 2010 – September 2022

Posted: September 2011; Updated: September 2022

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