Action Collaborative Members

Steering Committee 

The Steering Committee provides guidance and strategic direction for the Action Collaborative and oversees the activities of the working groups. 

  • Victor Dzau, MD, Chair | National Academy of Medicine
  • Rachel Levine, MD, Co-Chair | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Ruth Katz, JD, MPH, Co-Chair | Aspen Institute
  • Jonathan Perlin, MD, PhD, Co-Chair | HCA Healthcare
  • Carlos Blanco, MD, PhD | National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, MACP | Council of Medical Specialty Societies
  • Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN | American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Humayun “Hank” J. Chaudhry, DO, MS, MACP | Federation of State Medical Boards
  • Kelly J. Clark, MD, MBA | American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Helena Hansen, MD, PhD | University of California, Los Angeles
  • Eric Holmboe, MD, MACP, FRCP | Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
  • Debra Houry, MD, MPH | US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Richard Migliori, MD | United Health Group
  • Alonzo L. Plough, PhD, MPH | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Steve Singer, PhD | Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

Persons with Lived Experience Advisory Group

The Persons with Lived Experience Advisory Group was assembled to ensure that the work of the Action Collaborative is inclusive of patients, their families, friends, and caregivers, and informed by their experiences. Advisory group members review and inform the work products of the Action Collaborative, and provide input on the broader priorities of the Action Collaborative.

  • Penney Cowan | American Chronic Pain Association
  • Rodrigo Garcia | Parkdale Center
  • Cortney Lovell | Our-Wellness Collective & Families Together of New York State
  • Joy Rucker | Texas Harm Reduction Alliance
  • Daniel Sledge | Williamson County Mobile Outreach Team
  • Edna Boone Temaner | Health Information Technology Subject Matter Expert
  • Joycelyn Woods | NAMA Recovery

Health Professional Education and Training Working Group

The Health Professional Education and Training Working Group is focused on creating a coordinated, interprofessional, patient- and family-centered framework for the continuum of health professional education that addresses acute and chronic pain management and substance use.

  • Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN, Working Group Co-Lead | American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Eric Holmboe, MD, MACP, FRCP, Working Group Co-Lead | Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
  • Steve Singer, PhD, Working Group Co-Lead | Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
  • Timothy K. Brennan, MD, MPH | The Addiction Medicine Foundation
  • Robert Cain, DO | American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Lemrey “Al” Carter, PharmD, MS, RPh | National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
  • Jianguo Cheng, MD, PhD | American Academy of Pain Medicine
  • Davoren Chick, MD, FACP | American College of Physicians
  • Charlene Dewey, MD, MEd, FACP | Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Omar Escontrias, Dr.PH, MPH | American Dental Education Association
  • Rick Garcia, PhD | American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • James Gifford, MD, FACP | Federation of State Medical Boards
  • Lisa Howley, PhD, Med | Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Beverley H. Johnson, BSN, FAAN | Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care
  • Roneet Lev, MD | Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Lucinda Maine, PhD, RPh | American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • Ray Mitchell, MD, MBA | Georgetown University and Liaison Committee on Medical Education
  • Vincent G. Nelson, MD, MBA | Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
  • Daniel Pace, BS, CCME | American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Margot Savoy, MD, MPH, FAAFP | American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Joy Rucker | Texas Harm Reduction Alliance (former)
  • Daniel Sledge | Williamson County Mobile Outreach Team
  • Theresa M. Campo, DNP, FNP-C, ENP-C, FAANP, FAAN  | American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Margaret A. E. Jarvis, MD, DFASM  | Geisinger Health System 
  • David C. Benton, RGN, PhD, FFNF, FRCN, FAAN | National Council of State Boards of Nursing

Pain Management Guidelines and Evidence Standards Working Group

The Pain Management Guidelines and Evidence Standards Working Group is focused on highlighting and advancing opportunities to strengthen critical aspects of pain management, including patient-centered and evidence-based tapering guidance, multidisciplinary pain management approaches, and judiciously implementing pain guidelines into practice.

  • Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, Working Group Co-Lead | Council of Medical Specialty Societies
  • Debra Houry, MD, MPH, Working Group Co-Lead | US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Rebecca Baker, PhD | National Institutes of Health
  • Anne L. Burns, BSPharm, RPh | American Pharmacists Association
  • Roger Chou, MD | Oregon Health and Science University
  • Penney Cowan | American Chronic Pain Association
  • Anna Dopp, PharmD | American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • Kyle P. Edmonds, MD, FAAHPM | American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Mary R. Grealy, JD | Healthcare Leadership Council
  • Nicole Harrington, BS | CVS Health
  • Lisa Hines, PharmD | Pharmacy Quality Alliance
  • Kevin Larsen, MD, FACP | Optum Labs
  • Roneet Lev, MD | Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Lewis Levy, MD, FACP | Teledoc Health
  • Shari Ling, MD | Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Jan Losby, PhD, MSW | US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Edward Mariano, MD, MS | American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Robert “Chuck” Rich, Jr., MD, FAAFP | Bladen Medical Associates & Campbell University
  • Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD | US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Michael Schlosser, MD, MBA | HCA Healthcare
  • Bob Twillman, PhD | Integrative Health Policy Consortium
  • Scott G. Weiner, MD, MPH, FAAEM, FACEP | American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Kathleen Ziegler, PharmD | American Dental Association

Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services Working Group 

The Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services Working Group is focused on accelerating the curation and dissemination of best practices and integrated approaches to prevention, treatment, and recovery services for opioid use disorder, with guidance for how to implement, scale, and sustain them.

  • Helena Hansen, MD, PhD, Working Group Co-Lead | University of California, Los Angeles
  • Richard Migliori, MD, Working Group Co-Lead | UnitedHealth Group
  • Alonzo Plough, PhD, MPH, Working Group Co-Lead | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Mitra Ahadpour, MD, DABAM | US Food and Drug Administration
  • Elisa Arespacochaga, MBA, Vice President, Physician Alliance, American Hospital Association
  • Kate Berry, MA | America’s Health Insurance Plans
  • Jay Bhatt, DO, MPH, MPA, FACP | University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
  • Carlos Blanco, MD, PhD | National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Richard Bonnie, LLB | University of Virginia
  • Edna Boone | Health Technology Subject Matter Expert
  • Kelly J. Clark, MD, MBA | American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Beth Connolly, BSW, MPA | The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Anna Dopp, PharmD | American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • Ed Greissing, MA | Milken Institute
  • Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, MPH | US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Kelly King, PhD, MPH | American Institutes for Research
  • Roneet Lev, MD | Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Cortney Lovell | Our Wellness Collective
  • Bertha K. Madras, PhD | McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Bobby Mukkamala, MD | American Medical Association
  • Andrey Ostrovsky, MD | Social Innovation Ventures
  • Carter Roeber | SAMHSA
  • Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD, MPH | University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Joshua Sharfstein, MD | John Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Matthew Stefanko | Shatterproof
  • Brooke Tranium, JD | American Nurses Association
  • Corey Waller, MD, MS | Health Management Associates
  • Sarah Wattenberg, MSW | National Association for Behavioral Healthcare
  • Jennifer Byrne, LCSW, CADC, CCTP | American Medical Association
  • Zina Gontscharow, MPP | American Nurses Association

Research, Data, and Metrics Needs Working Group

The Research, Data, and Metrics Needs Working Group is focused on creating a comprehensive research agenda that collates and prioritizes critical evidence gaps, research questions, and data and metrics needs.

  • Carlos Blanco, MD, PhD, Working Group Co-Lead | National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Kelly J. Clark, MD, MBA, Working Group Co-Lead | American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Rebecca Baker, PhD | National Institutes of Health
  • David Beier, JD | Bay City Capital
  • Richard Bonnie, LLB | University of Virginia
  • Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN | American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Humayun “Hank” J. Chaudhry, DO, MS, MACP | Federation of State Medical Boards
  • Jianguo Cheng, MD, PhD | American Academy of Pain Medicine
  • Kyle P. Edmonds, MD, FAAHPM | American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • James Gifford, MD, FACP | Federation of State Medical Boards
  • Nicole Harrington, BS | CVS Health
  • Lisa Hines, PharmD | Pharmacy Quality Alliance
  • Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, MPH | US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Kelly King, PhD, MPH | American Institutes of Research
  • Kevin Larsen, MD, FACP | Optum Labs
  • Bertha K. Madras, PhD | McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Edward Mariano, MD, MS | American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Ray Mitchell, MD, MBA | Liaison Committee on Medical Education 
  • Vincent G. Nelson, MD, MBA | Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
  • Robert “Chuck” Rich, Jr., MD, FAAFP | American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD | US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Steve Singer, PhD | Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

The Action Collaborative serves as a neutral platform through which to facilitate dialog and discussion among representatives from multiple sectors around topics of mutual interest and concern. Individual participating members of the Opioid Action Collaborative have disclosed any perceived or actual interests (financial, organizational, professional, or personal in nature) relevant to the activities of the Action Collaborative. Summaries of relevant interests reported can be found here.

A full list of our member organizations can be found here. 

For more information, please contact OpioidCollaborative@nas.edu


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