Meet Our National Advisory Board
Dr. Richard Baron is the Group Director of Seamless Care Models, at the Innovations Center at CMS. His portfolio includes innovative ACO models and models of high value, comprehensive primary care. Before joining CMS in April, 2011, Dr. Baron practiced general internal medicine at Greenhouse Internists, P.C., a 7 physician practice located in the Philadelphia area. Dr. Baron’s practice was a pioneer in the comprehensive adoption of electronic health records in the small practice environment and Greenhouse Internists is participating in a Patient Centered Medical Home pilot in Southeastern Pennsylvania; the practice achieved level 3 recognition from NCQA in August, 2008.
Dr. Baron served as Chief Medical Officer of Health Partners, a not-for-profit Medicaid HMO set up by four teaching hospitals in Philadelphia, from 1988 to 1996. He was the architect of the Best Clinical and Administrative Practices program, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Health Care Strategies, working with medical leadership of Medicaid health plans around the country in learning collaboratives to improve the quality of care for their members. This program reached plans serving more than half of the Medicaid managed care population in the U.S. He is past Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Board of Directors and currently a Trustee of the ABIM Foundation. Dr. Baron was awarded the Pennsylvania Laureate Award and was named a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2010; the College also gave him the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award for “Innovative Contributions to Internal Medicine” in 1996. He was named “Practitioner of the Year” by the Philadelphia County Medical Society in 2010.
Watch Dr. Baron's webinar interview about clinical innovation with Emmy-award winning director and writer David Grubin, and read his Progress Notes interview about the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative.
Dr. Tom Bodenheimer is a general internist who received his medical degree at Harvard and completed his residency at UCSF. He spent 32 years in primary care practice in San Francisco's Mission District – 10 years in community health centers and 22 years in private practice. He is currently Professor of Family and Community Medicine at University of California, San Francisco. He is co-author of the books Improving Primary Care: Strategies and Tools for a Better Practice (McGraw-Hill, 2006), and the health policy text book Understanding Health Policy, 5th edition (McGraw-Hill, 2008). He has written numerous health policy articles in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, MD is a family physician who has worked in Camden, NJ for the past twelve years. Dr. Brenner owned and operated a solo-practice, urban family medicine office that provided full-spectrum family health services including delivering babies, caring for children and adults, and doing home visits to a largely Hispanic, Medicaid population. His life’s goal is to ensure that all families who live in urban, under-served communities receive high quality, culturally competent, personalized family health care.
Dr. Brenner attended Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed a Family Medicine residency at the Swedish Health Center in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Brenner is the Director of the Institute of Urban Health at Cooper Hospital where he has spearheaded innovative solutions for improving the health of urban, under-served communities. Recognizing the need for a new way for hospitals, providers, and community residents to collaborate, he founded and has served as the Executive Director of the Camden Coalition of Health care Providers since 2003. The Camden Coalition is a non-profit organization, committed to improving the quality, capacity, and accessibility of the health care delivery system in Camden. Dr. Brenner's work involves building complex collaborations amongst three highly competitive hospitals, two local FQHC's, social service providers, and small private medical offices in Camden. Through the Camden Coalition, local stakeholders are working to build an integrated, health delivery model to provide better care for Camden City residents.
Dr. Brenner’s work was profiled by the writer and surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande in an article in The New Yorker entitled “The Hot Spotters” (1/24/11) and in an episode of PBS Frontline (7/27/11).
Campbell Brown is one of the most respected and recognizable faces in American news. She is an award‐winning journalist who has covered stories around the globe for CNN and NBC News. Most recently, Brown hosted the primetime nightly news program, Campbell Brown for CNN. While at CNN, Brown won accolades for her political coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign. Brown was chosen to moderate and direct questions at two of the Presidential Debates during the 2008 election. Prior to CNN, Brown spent 11 years at NBC News where she served as White House Correspondent and primary substitute anchor for Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News. Brown also hosted the weekend edition of the Today Show, the nation’s top‐rated weekend news program. She has interviewed and profiled world political and business leaders, including the last three sitting Presidents.
Tina L. Cheng
Dr. Cheng is a Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health and Division Chief of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Her clinical work and research focuses on addressing child health disparities, youth development and primary care models of care for improved child health outcomes authoring over 100 articles on these subjects and the future of pediatric primary care. Her early research focused on surveillance and identification of risk and protective factors for youth violence in urban communities with later research developing, implementing and evaluating interventions in primary care, emergency departments, schools and the community. She was previously a member of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry. Past President of the Academic Pediatric Association, she is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Research, liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Federal Government Affairs and is Associate Editor of Pediatrics in Review. Her goals are to integrate clinical work, teaching and research toward effective models of care, mentor a diverse community of health professionals and researchers, and lead the dissemination of research proven youth development interventions to practice and policy.
Joseph P. Frolkis
Dr. Paul Grundy is one of only 38 IBMers and the only physician selected into IBM’s senior industry leadership forum know as the IBM Industry Academy. Though he was born in Rhode Island, Paul’s first language was Creole, which he learned growing up in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Founded with the help of his Quaker ancestors, Freetown was the home, for a time, of Paul’s parents and grandparents.
Graduating as valedictorian from the Southern California College, he earned an M.D. from the University of California San Francisco medical school and a Masters of Public Health from the University of California Berkeley.
An active social entrepreneur and speaker on global healthcare transformation, Dr. Grundy now concentrates his efforts on driving comprehensive, linked and integrated healthcare. His work has been covered by the New York Times, BusinessWeek, Health Affairs, The Economist, The New England Journal of Medicine and other newspapers, radio and television stations across the country. “I really became an IBMer because it gave the best platform in the world to use the tools of information technology and data to do for the doctor’s mind what x-ray has done for their vision,” he says.
Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Grundy worked as a senior diplomat in the U.S. State Department supporting the intersection of health and diplomacy. He was also the medical director for the International SOS, the world’s largest medical assistance company and for Adventist Health Systems, the second-largest not-for-profit medical system in the world.
Dr. Grundy is the president of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative and is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.
He was made an honorary member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and has been awarded three Department of State Superior Honor Awards and four Department of State Meritorious Service Awards. While in the U.S. Air Force, Paul received the Defense Superior Service Award and The Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Dr. Grundy was recently honored with an NCQA Health Quality Award.
Watch our webinar interview with Dr. Grundy, "The Business of Innovation."
A successful Internet entrepreneur and business leader, Kevin Krim was recently named CNBC’s new Digital General Manager. Kevin was most recently the global head of Bloomberg Digital, where he was responsible for Bloomberg.com, BusinessWeek.com as well as the integration of the company’s television, radio, news and data content into new digital products targeted at business leaders. His organization also developed advertising and subscription solutions for Bloomberg’s U.S. based and international online media properties which include the Japanese language site Bloomberg.co.jp. He joined Bloomberg in 2009.
Before joining Bloomberg, Mr. Krim served as vice president of product and strategy for Yahoo! HotJobs and Yahoo! Small Business, both of which were top five businesses for Yahoo! globally. Prior to joining Yahoo! in 2006, he served as general manager of LiveJournal.com, a global social network and blogging community. Previously he was vice president for web properties at LookSmart Ltd., which acquired a start-up, Zeal.com, which he co-founded.
Mr. Krim earned an A.B. from Harvard College before starting his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. He lives in New York City with his family.
Congressman Jim McDermott
Congressman Jim McDermott (Washington District 7) is serving his twelfth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a practicing psychiatrist for more than three decades, McDermott’s patients have included U.S. soldiers, residents of the King County jail, and State Department employees serving in sub-Saharan Africa. Before being elected to Congress, McDermott served in the Washington State Legislature where he crafted the Washington Basic Health Plan – the first state program in the country to provide low-cost health insurance to the unemployed and working poor.
McDermott worked on the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and remains committed to establishing a quality, universal health care system. McDermott is currently leading the effort to encourage more doctors to become primary care physicians, which would lower costs and improve patient outcomes. Fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been another priority of McDermott’s since he arrived in Congress in 1989. In addition to securing the passage of the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program in 1990, McDermott also founded and has co-chaired the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus since 1992.