Advisory Board

Meet the members of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows advisory board, who assess all applicants and select outstanding fellows each year based on the selection criteria and goals of the program:


Joseph Antos, PhD

Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research Washington, DC
Joseph Antos, Ph.D.
Joseph Antos, PhD

Joseph Antos, PhD, is the Wilson H. Taylor Scholar in Health Care and Retirement Policy at the American Enterprise Institute, a nonpartisan public policy organization based in Washington, DC.  He is also an adjunct associate professor of emergency medicine at the George Washington University, where he lectures on health policy.  Antos recently completed seven years as a member of the Panel of Health Advisers for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).  In addition, he recently completed two terms as a commissioner of the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. Prior to joining AEI, Antos was Assistant Director for Health and Human Resources at the CBO, and he held senior management positions in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Management and Budget, and the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.  He also has extensive experience as an adviser to the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and governments in Europe and Asia. Antos has written, lectured, and testified before Congress on the economics of health policy, including Medicare and broader health system reform, health care financing, health insurance regulation, and the uninsured. His articles have appeared in the American Economic Review, Health Affairs, New England Journal of Medicine, National Tax Journal, and other scholarly publications, and his commentaries have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and other major newspapers.  He is the editor with Alice Rivlin of Restoring Fiscal Sanity 2007: The Health Spending Challenge (Brookings Institution Press, 2007).  He is past chairman of the Coalition for Health Services Research and serves on a variety of professional boards. Antos earned his masters and PhD in economics at the University of Rochester, and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Cornell University.


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Kathryn Edin, PhD

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD
Kathryn Edin, Ph.D.
Kathryn Edin, PhD

Kathryn Edin, PhD, is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. She is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, deploying ethnographic observations, in-depth interviews, and mixed method approaches to work within the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts. She has taken on key mysteries about the urban poor that have not been fully answered by quantitative work. Edin is a Distinguished Bloomberg Professor in the Department of Sociology, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health. Edin’s current work continues to capitalize on the synergies between survey and qualitative work as she further explores key questions with regard to welfare and work. Her ongoing projects include: a study of extreme poverty in the U.S.; a book on the lives of the working poor; the intergenerational transmission of poverty among 150 African American young adults in inner city Baltimore and their parents, followed over 17 to 19 years; a study of the tradeoffs moderate- and low-income Black, White, and Latino families make when deciding where to live, what kind of place to rent or purchase, and where to send their children to school; a formative study of landlords and the supply side of residential choice for low-income renters.


Clyde Evans, PhD

President CE Consulting Needham, MA
Clyde Evans, PhD
Clyde Evans, PhD

Clyde Evans, PhD, is president of CE Consulting, providing a range of career, professional, and organizational consultation to individuals andinstitutions in academic and health related fields. Dr. Evans is also a senior consultant with the AAL Group, working in the areas of professional and executive development, organizationalmanagement, teambuilding,interprofessional education, and executive coaching. From 2006-2010 Dr. Evans was the Executive Director of the Institute for Health Protection,a national organization designed to turn evidence-based healthcare knowledge into everyday practice at the community level.The Institute brings together resources from multiple sectors–academic, clinical, community, government, corporate, and nonprofit–and focuses themto achieve the common goal of improving healthcare outcomes in communities that are most in need. Since 2002 Dr. Evans has been a consultant to the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research as a co-coordinator of the Healthy People Curriculum Task Force.  His activities have included the areas of clinical prevention and population health, undergraduate public health, and interprofessional education. From 1998-2005 Dr. Evans was vice president at the Association of Academic Health Centers and director of the American Network of Health Promoting Universities, a project that encouraged and supported health-promoting partnerships between universities and communities. Dr. Evans spent 13 years at Harvard Medical School as a member of the faculty, director of the Office for Academic Careers, and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. As director of the Office for Academic Careers at Harvard, Dr. Evans provided individual career and personal consultation to junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and residents. He also was responsible for identifying and addressing institutional impediments to career success and advancement for all faculty and fellows, with special attention to the barriers faced by women and minorities. In 1996 Dr. Evans spent one year as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, working for Senator Bill Frist on biomedical research, bioengineering, academic health centers, and cloning. In 1997, Dr. Evans was a Scholar-in- Residence at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), working on leadership issues with the Council of Deans. Dr. Evans has conducted numerous seminars on professional and executive development for the Association of American Medical Colleges (and other professional associations), including its Women in Medicine early career and mid-career professional development seminars, the minority faculty professional development seminar, the executive development seminar for chairs and associate deans, and the executive development seminar for new medical school deans. He has consulted with public and private schools, state departments of education, and numerous academic health center leaders (chairs, deans, vice presidents, etc.) on addressing faculty development issues from an organizational perspective. He has served in a number of advisory capacities, including the Examination Committee of the Graduate Record Examination, grant review panels for the National Cancer Institute and the National Endowment for the Humanities, advisory panels for the National Institutes of Health, and an ad hoc committee on minority health issues for the governor of Massachusetts. His recent publications focus on faculty development and leadership issues in academic health centers and on prevention, population health, and interprofessional education for health professions students. Dr. Evans serves on the board of trustees at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (chair) and at Regis College.


Arthur Kellermann, MD, MPH, FACEP

Dean, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Military Health Systems, Department of Defense Bethesda, MD
Arthur Kellermann, MD, MPH, FACEP
Arthur Kellermann, MD, MPH, FACEP

Arthur Kellermann, MD, MPH, FACEP, is the Dean of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Prior to that, he held the Paul O’Neill Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis at RAND Corporation. Before joining RAND, Dr. Kellermann was Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean for Health Policy at the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta. He founded Emory’s academic department of emergency medicine and served as its first chair. He also established the Emory Center for Injury Control, a World Health Organization collaborating center for injury and violence prevention. For 17 years, he practiced and taught clinical emergency medicine in the Emergency Care Center of Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta’s only public hospital and Level I trauma center. Dr. Kellermann’s research focuses on public health preparedness, injury prevention, and emergency health services. He holds career achievement awards from two disciplines: the John G Wigenstein and Hal Jayne Academic Excellence Awards from the American College of Emergency Physicians and Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, respectively, and the Excellence in Science Award from the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of the American Public Health Association. In 2001, he received Emory University’s Scholar/Teacher Award, and in 2005, he was presented with Emory’s Charles Hatcher Award for Excellence in Public Health. In 1999, Dr. Kellermann was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies. Between 2001 and January 2004, he served as Co-Chair of the IOM Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance. From 2004 to 2006, he served on the IOM Board of Health Care Services and the IOM Committee on the Future of Emergency Care in the U.S. Health System. During his RWJ Health Policy Fellowship, (2006-2007) Dr. Kellermann worked as a member of the professional staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Chaired by Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA).


Herb Kuhn, BSB

President and Chief Executive Officer Missouri Hospital Association Jefferson City, MO
Herb B. Kuhn
Herb B. Kuhn

Herb Kuhn is the current president and CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association, the trade association serving the state’s 167 hospitals and health systems. The association provides a variety of services for its members, including federal, state, and local governmental representation and advocacy; health care policy development; public and professional education; database management and research; and public and media relations and communications. Incorporated in 1922, MHA has achieved national recognition for its innovative programs, particularly the Federal Reimbursement Allowance (FRA) program, which funds the state’s Medicaid services, and the Hospital Industry Data Institute, which provides data management services for the Alaska, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia and Wyoming hospital associations. In addition to his leadership at MHA, Mr. Kuhn also serves as a commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). Mr. Kuhn also serves on the following boards: Healthcare Services Association and Missouri Health Plan, Missouri Health Connection, Excellence in Missouri Foundation and on an advisory panel to the Healthcare Financial Management Association board. Before joining MHA, Mr. Kuhn served in four different roles with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). During his tenure at CMS, Mr. Kuhn served as director of the Center for Medicare Management and as deputy administrator. He also served as the acting administrator and the acting director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations. Mr. Kuhn served as corporate vice president for the Premier Hospital Alliance before joining CMS. He also served as the vice president for advocacy for the American Hospital Association and worked on Capitol Hill.

A. Carole Pratt, DDS

Senior Policy Advisor to the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health Commonwealth of Virginia Richmond, VA

A. Carole Pratt, DDS
A. Carole Pratt, DDS

A. Carole Pratt, DDS, practiced general dentistry in rural southwest Virginia for 32 years, during which time she served four terms as chair of Virginia’s Board of Health, and vice chair of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services Board. She chaired the board of trustees at Lewis Gale Hospital at Pulaski, and in 2009, Pratt was a fellow of the National Rural Health Association. Pratt was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in 2011-2012 in the office of Senator John D. Rockefeller, IV. She is a member of the Virginia Oral Health Coalition Board and she has chaired the Southwest Virginia Graduate Medical Education Consortium, which creates and supports medical residency preceptor sites in rural and underserved communities. Pratt has served as chair of the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance, chair of Virginia’s Small Business Advisory Board, and just completed serving as a member of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors. In addition, she has volunteered for fifteen years at the annual Virginia Dental Association Mission of Mercy clinics, which have provided 19,052 patients in rural southwest Virginia with $15.3 million of free treatment. In 2007, Pratt was recognized with a professional achievement award by the Women in Science, Medicine, and Dentistry of Virginia Commonwealth University for serving as a role model and mentor for the professional development of women faculty. She is a past president of the American Association of Women Dentists. Pratt received her DDS from the Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University) School of Dentistry and is a member of the Dean’s Board of Advisors. She received her B.S. in biology from Virginia Tech, where she currently serves as a member of the College of Science Roundtable and the Biology Department Alumni Advisory Board.


Charles L. Rice, MD

President Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Military Health Systems, Department of Defense Bethesda, MD
Charles L. Rice, MD
Charles L. Rice, MD

Charles L. Rice, MD, is President of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). Before assuming his role at USUHS, Dr. Rice, a Navy-trained surgeon and researcher, served as the vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Illinois, Chicago, from 1999-2004. Prior to that, he was vice dean of the UIC College of Medicine, as well as a professor of surgery and professor of physiology and biophysics. Originally from Atlanta, Ga., Dr. Rice graduated with an A.B. from the University of Georgia in 1964 and earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1968. He interned at Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C. He completed his general surgery residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., followed by a research fellowship at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda. Dr. Rice’s research interests, many funded by the National Institutes of Health, have been in the biology of lung injury and in mechanisms of cell and tissue injury in shock. His clinical focus has been in trauma and critical care. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Surgical Association and the Society of University Surgeons, and is a past president of the Shock Society. Dr. Rice was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow and served as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Thomas A. Daschle (D-SD) from 1991 to 1992. He was a member of the Board of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education from 1998 to 2004 and served as its Chair from 2002 to 2004. Dr. Rice has also been a Petersdorf Scholar-in-Residence at the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr. Rice was commissioned as an ensign in the Naval Reserve Medical Corps in 1966. Three years later, he transferred into the regular Navy and quickly rose through the ranks. He left active duty, but remained in the Naval Reserve, through which he was promoted to Captain in 1991. He retired in 2003. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit. In addition to appointments at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Dr. Rice has served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, the University of Washington, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He has spoken widely to a variety of national audiences, and has authored numerous scientific papers, abstracts, and medical texts.


Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Deputy Chief Medical Officer American Heart Association Dallas, TX
Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP
Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAAFP serves as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Prevention for the American Heart Association (AHA). He brings an interest and experience in prevention and population health to AHA. He served as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the AHA from April 2013 through 2014. Prior to joining AHA, he served as Vice President and CMO for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) where he focused on worker and worksite wellness, clinical prevention, and chronic disease management, particularly diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Sanchez led the Institute for Health Policy at the University of Texas (UT) School of Public Health as director from 2006 to 2008, and from 2001 to 2006, he served as Texas’ state health officer, Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services from 2004 to 2006 and the Texas Department of Health from 2001 to 2004. And he served as the local public health officer in Austin-Travis County from 1994 to 1998.

Dr. Sanchez currently serves as Chair of the Partnership for Prevention Board of Directors, the National Commission on Prevention Priorities, and the Texas Public Health Coalition. From 2008 to 2012, he served as chair of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  He serves on the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions and on the Board of Directors of Trust for America’s Health, AcademyHealth, the Public Health Institute, and the CATCH Global Foundation. He is the recipient of the 2011 Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Alumni Award and the 2011Texas Public Health Association (TPHA) James E. Peavy Memorial Award. In 2005, he was awarded the Texas School Health Association (TSHA) John P. McGovern Award and the 2005 American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Public Health Award. In 2004, he received the American Heart Association Louis B. Russell Memorial Award, for outstanding service in addressing healthcare disparities, by the American Heart Association. Dr. Sanchez obtained his M.D. from the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, an M.P.H. from the UT Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, and an M.S. in biomedical engineering from Duke University. He holds a B.S. in biomedical engineering and a B.A. in chemistry from Boston University.  Dr. Sanchez is board certified in family medicine.


Lisa Simpson, MBBCh, MPH, FAAP

President and Chief Executive Officer AcademyHealth Washington, DC
Lisa Simpson, MBBCh, MPH, FAAP
Lisa Simpson, MBBCh, MPH, FAAP

Lisa Simpson, MBBCh, MPH, FAAP, is the president and chief executive officer of AcademyHealth. A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, she is a passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy and practice. Her research focuses on improving the performance of the health care system and includes studies of the quality and safety of care, health and health care disparities and the health policy and system response to childhood obesity. Dr. Simpson has published over 75 articles and commentaries in peer reviewed journals. Before joining AcademyHealth, Dr. Simpson was director of the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and professor of pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati. She served as the Deputy Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Simpson serves on the National Advisory Councils of two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Programs – the Clinical Scholars Program and Health and Society Scholars Program, the Editorial boards for the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research, Frontiers in Public Health Systems and Services Research, and Healthcare: the Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation. In October of 2013, Dr. Simpson was elected to the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Simpson earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), a master’s in public health at the University of Hawaii, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in 2013.


Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor and Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Philadelphia, PA
Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN
Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN

Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Professor and the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Internationally renowned for her leadership in policy, practice and research, Dr. Villarruel became a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 1997 and was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2007. Prior to becoming dean, Dr. Villarruel was a professor, the Nola J. Pender Collegiate Chair and the associate dean for research and global affairs at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She also held a joint faculty appointment in the School of Public Health and was director of the school’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Research and Clinical Training in Health Promotion Nursing. She led interdisciplinary and multi-school strategic planning processes to help the University of Michigan integrate the research, education, practice and global missions of the school, the health system and the university. Her effort to support nursing faculty in developing research programs led to a steady increase in funding from the National Institutes of Health. Among her national leadership roles, Dr. Villarruel is an elected board member of the American Academy of Nursing, a board member of the Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health, and co-chair of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on the Elimination of Health Disparities and the Promotion of Health Equity.


Gail L. Warden, MHA, Chair

President Emeritus Henry Ford Health System Professor of Health Management and Policy School of Public Health University of Michigan Detroit, MI
Gail L. Warden, MHA, FACHE
Gail L. Warden, MHA, FACHE

Gail L. Warden, MHA, FACHE, serves as President Emeritus of Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from 1988 – 2003.  He is Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.  He served on its Board of Health Care Services and Committee on Quality Health Care in America and served two terms on its Governing Council.    He has Chaired several committees for the Institute of Medicine such as “Demonstrating Rapid Advances in Healthcare Finance and Delivery Services”;  “The Future of Emergency Medicine in the United States”; Redesigning Continuing Education in the Health Professions” and currently Chairs the committee on the “Impact of Health Information Technology on Patient Safety” and is Chair of the Advisory Board for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Fellows Program.  Gail is Chairman Emeritus of the National Quality Forum, Chairman Emeritus of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, a past Chairman of the American Hospital Association and the Chair Emeritus of National Center for Healthcare Leadership.  He recently served on the Robert Wood Johnson “Commission To Build a Healthier America and is an Emeritus member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Board of Trustees.  He serves on the RAND Health Board of Advisors.

Mr. Warden holds the position of Vice Chairman for the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science’s Board of Directors, and he chairs the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority and the Detroit Zoological Society.  He is also a Director for the National Research Corporation’s Board of Directors in Lincoln, Nebraska and the Picker Institute.  He served as a Director of Comerica, Inc. from 1990 – 2006.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Mr. Warden holds a master’s degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Michigan.  Mr. Warden received an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago.

Kenneth B. Wells, MD, MPH

Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Department of Health Services UCLA School of Public Health Senior Scientist RAND Corporation Los Angeles, CA
Kenneth B. Wells, MD, MPH
Kenneth B. Wells, MD, MPH

Kenneth B. Wells, MD, MPH, received his M.D. from UCSF and his MPH from UCLA. He is a psychiatrist, a Senior Scientist at RAND, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Professor of Health Services at the UCLA School of Public Health. He directs the Health Services Research Center of the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, which focuses on improving quality of care for psychiatric and neurological disorders across the lifespan. He is the Principal Investigator of the NIMH-UCLA/RAND Center for Research on Quality in Managed Care and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Partnership Initiative. He is also Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation UCLA Clinical Scholars Program and Chair of the Community Health Improvement Collaborative. Dr. Wells is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). He was the first recipient of the Young Investigator Award and also received the Distinguished Investigator Award of Academy Health. In 2006, he received the American Psychiatric Association Award for Research. His current research interests focus on community-based participatory research methods for mental health services improvement in disadvantaged communities.

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2017 Call for Applications Now Open until Nov. 15

The 2017-2018 Call for Applications for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows program is open until 3:00pm ET on November 15. Apply now!