Three physicians and two nurses were named to new terms on the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, while a veteran physician-informaticist and a former politician and were reappointed by HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt.
"These five new members bring a wealth of experience to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of healthcare for all Americans," Leavitt said in a statement. "The expertise of this group will go a long way toward helping the agency to achieve that goal."
The 21-member council advises the HHS secretary and the director of the AHRQ. The new members are: Dale W. Bratzler, D.O., principal clinical coordinator, Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, Oklahoma City; Carlos Jaen, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; Munr Kazmir, M.D., founder and CEO of Direct Meds of Leonia, N.J.; and nurses Patricia Brennan, professor of nursing and industrial engineering at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Ada Hinshaw, dean and professor of nursing, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Reappointments went to Brent James, M.D., vice president of medical research and executive director, Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Intermountain Health Care, Salt Lake City; and to former U.S. Rep. and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, founder of the for-profit Center for Health Transformation, based in Washington, which grew out of Gingrich's consulting business.