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​​​​​​​​Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community Faculty​


​Kevin Biese, MD, serves as an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine (EM) and Internal Medicine, Vice-Chair of Academic Affairs, and Co-Director of the Division of Geriatrics Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill School of Medicine as well as a consultant with West Health. With the support of the John A. Hartford Foundation and West Health Foundations, and alongside Dr. Ula Hwang, he serves as Co- PI of the national Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative. He is grateful to chair the first Board of Governors for the ACEP Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation Program. 


Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCPP, CGP, FASCP, is a professor of pharmacy practice and science and executive director of the Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging. Since joining the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, she has expanded the range of geriatric training opportunities available at the School, including its geriatrics pathway and ASHP-accredited geriatrics residency, as well as served as co-investigator on a geriatric education consortium. She also has worked on various interdisciplinary teams across numerous practice settings, and is currently leading initiatives to integrate sustainable pharmacist-directed services to help older adults with multiple co-morbidities age in place. Dr. Brandt has been active in promoting optimal care for older adults and has affected this through her educational, clinical, as well as health care policy work. She also completed tenure at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a special technical director in the Nursing Home Survey and Certification program, working on interpretive guidance regarding medication management in nursing homes. She is one of the authors of the 2012 and 2015 American Geriatrics Society Beer’s Criteria and the immediate past President of American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.

LeniseCummingsVaughn.JPGLenise Cummings-Vaughn, MD, CMD, is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science at Washington University in Saint Louis and provi​des care for older adults in the outpatient, inpatient and long-term care settings.  She is the Medical Director for the Stay Healthy Clinic and Outpatient Program, the primary readmission prevention program at Barnes Jewish Hospital.  Since joining the university, her clinical and scholarly work has focused on factors affecting disability and morbidity in vulnerable older adult populations. Due to the intersection of race/ethnicity with her clinical and research focus, she has been member of the Ethnogeriatrics Committee for the American Geriatrics Society since 2015 and co-authored a volume that systematically analyzes and discusses issues related to working in clinical and research settings with diverse populations of older adults.  She has been involved in epidemiological and translational projects investigating testosterone deficiency, cognitive assessment, substance use, and inpatient risk stratification.  She is presently working to integrate screening and assessment of cognition and concepts of multimorbidity into re-hospitalization risk stratification and implementation of prevention strategies.  She is also a clinician for the Memory and Aging Project at the Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Washington University.  She has a passion for developing curriculum and providing education in geriatrics and interprofessional collaboration to students, residents and fellows. ​​

GlynElwyn.jpgGlyn Elwyn, MD, is the Director of the Institute’s Patient Engagement program. He has assembled an international interdisciplinary team, The Preference Laboratory, examining the implementation of shared decision making into clinical settings, using innovative tools and measures, such as CollaboRATE, a patient experience measure of shared decision making and Observer O​PTION, for use on recorded data. Members of the team have led the development of Option Grids™ patient decision aids, tools designed to support collaboration between clinicians and patients. He holds chair appointments at the Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare, University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Netherlands, the Cochrane Institute for Primary Care and Public Health, Cardiff University, and at University College London. He is the lead editor of Shared decision making: Evidence Based Patient Choice, Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, 2016.

WesEly.jpgEugene Wesley Ely, MD, is a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with subspecialty training in Pulmona​ry and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Ely’s research has focused on improving the care and outcomes of critically ill patients with ICU-acquired brain disease (manifested acutely as delirium and chronically as acquired dementia). He is the co-director of the Center for Critical Illness, Brain dysfunction, and Survivorship (CIBS Center), which has amassed thousands of patients into cohort studies and randomized trials answering vital questions about ICU acquired brain disease and other components of ICU survivorship. His team developed the primary tool (CAM-ICU, translated into 30+ languages) which is used to measure delirium in ICU-based trials and clinically at the bedside in ICUs worldwide. Dr. Ely has been continuously federally funded (NIA and/or VA) for over 15 years. He has over 400 peer-reviewed publications and over 50 published book chapters and editorials.​

Donna Fick.jpgDonna Fick, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, is the Elouise Ross Eberly Professor of Nursing, professor of medicine, and director of the Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, at Penn State. In addition to her Penn State faculty appointments, Fick serves as editor of the Journal of Gerontological Nursing and is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the Gerontological Society of America. She is a board member of the American Geriatrics Society and has co-chaired the update of the American Geriatrics Society Beer’s Criteria for medications to avoid in older adults since 2012. Donna’s primary area of clinical research is delirium and delirium superimposed on dementia.  She is a co-investigator on NIDUS (Network for Investigation of Delirium Across the US). Donna is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence and is a board-certified gerontological clinical nurse specialist.​

TerryFulmer.jpgTerry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the President of The John A. Hartford Foundation in New York City, a foundation dedicated to improving the care of older adults. She serves as the chief strategist for the Foundation and was recently recognized for her leadership as one of the top 50 Influencers in Aging by PBS’s Next Avenue, the premier digital publication dedicated to covering issues for older Americans. Dr. Fulmer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. She previously served as Distinguished Professor and Dean of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. Prior to that, she served as the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor and Dean of the New York University College of Nursing. She completed a Brookdale National Fellowship and she was the first nurse to serve on the board of the American Geriatrics Society and was the first nurse to serve as President of the Gerontological Society of America. Dr. Fulmer is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading expert in geriatrics and is best known for conceptualization and development of the national NICHE program and research on the topic of elder abuse and neglect, work that has been funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Nursing Research. She is a Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice and currently an attending nurse and senior nurse in the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an attending nurse at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC. Her clinical appointments have included the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, the Massachusetts General Hospital, and the NYU Langone Medical Center. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America, and the New York Academy of Medicine where she served as vice-chair. She has authored over 150 peer-reviewed papers and edited 10 books.

SherryGreenberg.JPGSherry A. Greenberg, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FGSA​, is a Courtesy-Appointed Associate Professor at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Dr. Greenberg is Editor-in-Chief of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing’s Try This:® Series that promotes evidence-based assessment practices and approaches to care of older adults. Dr. Greenberg currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association as Director-at-Large and is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America and New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Greenberg is a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing through the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence. Dr. Greenberg earned her academic nursing degrees, Bachelor, Master, and PhD, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and was a Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar. Research has focused on fear of falling among older adults and the relationship with the neighborhood built environment. Dr. Greenberg has worked as a certified gerontological nurse practitioner in acute, long-term care, and outpatient primary care practices and has taught at undergraduate and graduate nursing levels.

Ann L. Hendrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Senior Vice President, Chief Quality/Safety and Nursing Officer, and Executive Director of the Ascension Health Patient Safety Organization at Ascension Health’s system office. In her role, she guides the implementation of clinical excellence and patient safety initiatives in partnership with executives, board members, and clinical officer leadership. She is the creator of the Acuity-Adaptable hospital room model. Her current health services research agenda focuses on the relationship between the acute-care work environment of caregivers and patient outcomes, serious safety event reduction, and numerous system-wide multidisciplinary quality initiatives. She was appointed to the AHRQ National Advisory Council in 2014 and serves on The Joint Commission Nursing Advisory Council. With a special interest in geriatrics, she is also the author of the Hendrich II Risk Model, a predictive model for inpatient falls.

Kate Hilton.jpgKate B. Hilton, JD, MTS, is a founding director of ReThink Health. As Senior Faculty for this incubator organization seeking to transfo​rm regional health care systems, she specializes in multi-stakeholder engagement and community mobilization. In her role as Co-Lead of a five-year project for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, she designs organizing efforts, teaches leadership skills, and strategizes with teams and coalitions to take collective action to improve health and transform health care. Ms. Hilton is also Lead Faculty of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Change Agent Network and a Faculty Advisor for the IHI Open School. She serves as Engagement Advisor and Co-Chair of the 100 Million Healthier Lives leadership team and as Faculty in its Community Health Accelerators Certificate Program. She is also a faculty member in the Global Health Fellows, Rockefeller Leadership Fellows, and Management and Leadership Development Programs of Dartmouth College. Ms. Hilton is a principal in Practice for Leading Change at Harvard University. She has taught with Marshall Ganz at the Harvard Kennedy School and works closely with him and Leading Change to design curriculum, lead trainings, teach courses, write articles, and coach teams in leadership skills and organizing strategy. She has coached and led trainings on improving health care quality and lowering costs not only in the US but abroad.

Bruce Leff, MD, is Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.  His principal areas of health services research relate to the development, evaluation, and dissemination of novel models of care for older adults (Hospital at Home, Guided Care, home-based primary care, and others), the care of people with multiple chronic conditions, guideline development, quality of care measurement and improvement, and case-mix issues. He has served on multiple Technical Expert Panels for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Quality Forum, and the NCQA. Dr. Leff cares for patients in the acute, ambulatory, and home settings. He is a member of the Council of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), Chair of the ABIM Geriatric Medicine Specialty Board, Past-President and current board member of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine and past member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians.

JoeMcCannon.pngJoe McCannon leads Shared Nation, an online democracy initiative incubated by the Billions Institute. He co-founded the Billions Institute with Becky Margiotta and was CEO from 2014-2017. Before that, Joe was an Obama Administration appointee in the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as Vice President and faculty on large-scale improvement at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), where he led the organization’s major domestic initiative to improve patient safety, the 100,000 Lives Campaign, and started its work in Africa. He has supported large-scale transformation in several nations, including Canada, Denmark, England, Japan and South Africa, and consulted on the topic for a number of organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization. He has published widely on the science of dissemination and has expertise in many facets of leading large-scale change, including design of innovations for scale, selection of effective spread methods and management of dynamic learning networks.

VJ Periyakoil, MD, is Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Director at Stanford Palliative Care Education & Training Program & The Stanford Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. She serves as the Chair of the Ethnogeriatrics Committee of the American Geriatrics Society, the Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Hospice & Palliative Medicine SEP Committee, Board member of the Council of Faculty and Societies, and founding Chair of the Diversity Committee of the American Association of Medical Colleges. A nationally recognized leader in geriatrics and palliative care, Periyakoil founded and directs the Stanford Ethno-geriatrics portal & the Successful Aging Project and Stanford Palliative Care. In the clinical realm, she serves as the Associate Director of Palliative Care Services at the VA Palo Alto Health Care Center. Her research focuses on wellbeing of multi-cultural persons in the context of geriatrics, ethno-geriatrics and hospice, palliative care & end-of-life care. She has presented in numerous national meetings including the plenary of the American Geriatrics Society and the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization annual meetings as well as the recent End-of-Life meeting of the Institute of Medicine. 

AlSiu.jpgAlbert L. Siu, MD, MSPH, is the Ellen and Howard Katz Professor and Chairman of the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Director of the Geriatrics, Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Bronx VA Medical Center. He is an internist, geriatrician, and health services and policy researcher whos​e professional career has included roles in academic medicine (at UCLA and Mount Sinai), policy research (at RAND), and government (as Deputy Health Commissioner in New York state). As Chair of the nation’s first medical school department of geriatrics and one of the largest geriatrics programs in the nation, Dr. Siu has expanding the clinical, educational, and research programs of the department to include the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, the Center to Advance Palliative Care, the Martha Stewart Center for Living, the Bronx VA GRECC, and nationally recognized programs in geriatrics education. Dr. Siu is a sought-after teacher and educator, and a generative and productive researcher in the area of improving quality and delivery of care, particularly to geriatric populations. At the national level, Dr. Siu has made notable contributions to enhancing the health of all Americans – not just the elderly.  Examples include his service on the National Institute on Aging’s Advisory Council, his leadership of the Brookdale National Fellowship Program, and his recent service as Chair of the U.S. Preventive Task Force. He is also currently a Senior Associate Editor of Health Services Research.

MaryTinetti.jpgMary Tinetti, MD, is the Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Chief of Geriatrics at Yale School of Medicine. She also provides care to older adults at Yale New Haven Hospital. In her earlier work, she identified the causes, adverse consequences, and effective prevention of fall injuries in older adults and translated these findings into clinical and public health practice. Her current focus is on clinical decision-making for older adults in the face of multiple health conditions, measuring the net benefit and harms of commonly used medications, and the importance of cross-disease universal health outcomes. Dr. Tinetti also is leading a national effort to develop and test an approach to health care decision-making that realigns primary and specialty care to focus on the health outcome priorities and treatment preferences of older adults with multiple and complex health needs. She has more than 200 original publications, is the recipient of numerous awards, and served on several national advisory committees. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Dr. Tinetti is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and previously an Atlantic Philanthropies Health and Aging Policy fellow at CMS.

Advisory Group

Ann Hendrich, PhD, RN, FAAN


Senior Vice President and Chief Quality/Safety and Nursing Officer, Ascension

Mary Tinetti, MD


Gladys Phillips Crofoot Professor of Medicine (Geriatrics) and Professor, Institution for Social and Policy Studies; Section Chief, Geriatrics
Kyle Allen, DO, AGSFVice President Enterprise Medical Director for CareSource
Antonio BeltranVice President, Safety Net Transformation, Trinity Health
Don Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCPPresident emeritus and senior fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Jay Bhatt, DOChief Medical Officer, President and CEO, Health Research and Educational Trust and American Hospital Association
Alice Bonner, PhD, RNSecretary, Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Peg Bradke, RN, MAVice President, Post-Acute Care, UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital 

Nicole Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, BCPP


Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy; Executive Director, Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging

Jim Conway, MS


Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard School of Public Health, Senior Consultant, Safe and Reliable Healthcare
Donna Fick, Ph.D., RN, FGSA, FAANElouise Ross Eberly Professor of Nursing and Professor of Medicine and Director if Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, Pennsylvania State University; Editor, Journal of Gerontological Nursing
Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN President, John A Hartford Foundation
Kate Goodrich, MDCenter for Clinical Standards and Quality, Director and CMS Chief Medical Officer
Ann Hwang, MDDirector of the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation, Community Catalyst

Maulik Joshi, DrPH


Executive Vice President of Integrated Care Delivery and Chief Operating Officer, Anne Arundel Health System
Doug Koekkoek, MD Chief Executive, Providence Medical Group
Lucian Leape, MDAdjunct Professor of Health Policy, HSPH, retired
Marty (Martha) LeapeFormer Director of the Office of Career Services, Harvard College
Bruce Leff, MD Professor, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Director, The Center for Transformative Geriatric Research
Becky Margiotta

CEO and President, The Billions Institute, LLC


VJ Periyakoil, MDDirector, Palliative Care Education and Training, Stanford University School of Medicine, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Division of Primary Care and Population Health
Eric Rackow, MDPresident, Humana At Home; President Emeritus, NYU Hospital Center; Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine
Nirav Shah, MD, MPHAdjunct Professor at the School of Medicine, Stanford University
Albert Siu, MD Professor and System Chair, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Population Health Science and Policy, General Internal Medicine
Steve Stein, MDChief Medical Officer, Trinity Health Continuing Care Group
Julie TrocchioSenior Director, Community Benefit and Continuing Care, Catholic Health Association of the United States