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WASHINGTON, DC — The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) today announced the selection of 23 people representing sectors from across the healthcare community to serve on PCORI’s five multi-stakeholder advisory panels.

PCORI’s Board of Governors approved the proposed slate of panelists during its August 20 meeting. Nominees, chosen from more than 200 candidates who either nominated themselves or were nominated by third parties, had until today to accept. The Board also approved the nomination of five current panelists to serve as either chair or co-chair of their respective advisory groups.

PCORI’s advisory panels provide guidance and recommendations to the Board, PCORI’s Methodology Committee and staff on planning, developing, implementing and enhancing PCORI’s work to develop a portfolio of patient‐centered comparative clinical effectiveness research. Each panel has 10 to 24 members, each appointed to serve terms ranging from one to three years. They bring a range of perspectives to their work with PCORI, given their diverse experience as representatives of the research, patient, caregiver, clinician, insurance, industry, health system and policy communities.

“The panels provide a wide range of stakeholder guidance on everything from refining and prioritizing research questions for potential funding to offering feedback on the design of clinical trials to engaging patients as partners in research,” said Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH, PCORI’s chief engagement and dissemination officer. “Our ongoing work will benefit greatly from the perspectives of this diverse group of advisory panelists.”

“We are very grateful for the invaluable contributions of our advisory panel members. Their experience and expertise are integral to helping ensure that our work continues to be scientifically rigorous and patient-centered,” said PCORI Executive Director Joe Selby, MD, MPH. "I’m pleased to welcome these outstanding new members, and to offer our sincerest thanks to those panelists who have completed their terms."

Selecting the panelists involved a detailed evaluation of candidates’ expertise, experience and qualifications related to their panel of interest, as well as their ability to contribute to the panel’s tasks and responsibilities. More information about the selection process is available on PCORI’s website.

Several returning panelists have been named as chair or co-chair; Andrea Troxel for the Advisory Panel on Clinical Trials, James Frank Wharam and Nadine Barrett as co-chairs for Health Disparities and Decision Science, Thomas Scheid as chair and Gwen Darien as co-chair for the Patient Engagement Advisory Panel.

Here are the new panelists approved today, and the stakeholder groups they represent:

Advisory Panel on Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science

Advisory Panel on Clinical Trials

  • Jacqueline Corrigan-Curay, JD, MD, Director, Office of Medical Policy, U.S. Food and Drug Administration — Policy Makers
  • Wenora Johnson, Administrative Support, Argonne National Library — Patients, Caregivers, Patient Advocates
  • Yuelin Li, PhD, Associate Attending Behavioral Scientist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center — Researchers
  • Maryam Tabatabai, PharmD, Senior Director, Drug Information, Magellan Health, Inc. — Insurers

Advisory Panel on Health Delivery and Disparities Research

  • Alicia Arbaje, PhD, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of Transitional Care Research, Johns Hopkins University — Researchers
  • Xiaoduo Fan, MD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School — Hospitals/Health Systems
  • Thomas James, III, MD, Senior Medical Director, Highmark, Inc. — Insurers
  • Rainu Kaushal, MD, MPH, Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research, New York- Presbyterian Hospital — Researchers
  • Kathleen Kieran, MD, MSc, MME, Physician, Seattle Children’s Hospital — Clinicians
  • Jane Kogan, PhD, Associate Chief Research and Translation Officer, UPMC, Center for High-Value Health Care — Insurers
  • Ana Lopez, BSN, RN, Registered Clinical Nurse, University of Texas MD Anderson Medical Center — Patients, Caregivers, Patient Advocates
  • Jennifer Potter, MD, Professor, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center — Clinicians
  • Marissa D. Sanders, MPH, CPHRM, Manager, Quality Assessment, American Dental Association — Insurers

Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement

  • Beth Careyva, MD, Associate Director, Practice Based Research Network, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Inc. — Researchers
  • Tracy Carney, Senior Recovery Specialist, Community Care Behavioral Health, UPMC — Patients, Caregivers, Patient Advocates
  • Crispin Goytia-Vasquez, Program Manager, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai — Patients, Caregivers, Patient Advocates
  • Danny van Leeuwen, MPH, RN, Founder, Health Hats — Patients, Caregivers, Patient Advocates
  • Simon Mathews, MD, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine — Clinicians
  • Neely Williams, EdD, MDiv, Administrator, Community Partners’ Network, Inc. — Patients, Caregivers, Patient Advocates

Advisory Panel on Rare Disease

  • Doug Lindsay, Speaker and Personal Medical Consultant — Patients, Caregivers, Patient Advocates
  • Saira Sultan, JD, CEO, Connect4Strategies — Policy Makers

Brief biographies and disclosures of conflicts of interest for each panelist appear on PCORI's website



The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information they need to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continuously seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.


The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is the nation’s leading funder of patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER). By comparing two or more health or healthcare approaches, CER generates evidence that helps people make better-informed decisions and improves healthcare delivery and outcomes. PCORI takes a holistic approach to its work, ensuring that patients and other health decision makers are engaged as partners throughout the research process, supporting dissemination and implementation of results in practice and strengthening clinical research infrastructure to advance patient-centered CER. PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress.

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