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
  • ADM Brett Giroir, MD, Co-Chair | US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Ruth Katz, JD, MPH, Co-Chair | Aspen Institute
  • Jonathan Perlin, MD, PhD, Co-Chair | HCA Healthcare
  • Jay Bhatt, DO | American Hospital Association
  • Carlos Blanco, MD, PhD | National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Helen Burstin, MD, MPH | 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
  • Debra Houry, MD, MPH | US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP | Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
  • Andrey Ostrovsky, MD | Social Innovation Ventures
  • 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 Temenar | 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
  • 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
  • Rick Garcia, PhD | American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • James Gifford, MD, FACP | Federation of State Medical Boards
  • Beverley H. Johnson, BSN, FAAN | Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care
  • Alexis LaPietra, DO | American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Kevin Larsen, MD, FACP | Optum Labs
  • 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
  • Anne Norman, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP | American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Daniel Pace, BS, CCME | American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Margot Savoy, MD, MPH, FAAFP | American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Denice Stewart, DDA, MHSA | American Dental Education Association
  • Sherin Tooks, EdD, MS | Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • Alison Whelan, MD | Association of American Medical Colleges

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
  • 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
  • Roneet Lev, MD | Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • 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
  • Vincent G. Nelson, MD, MBA | Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
  • 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. 

  • Jay Bhatt, DO, MPH, MPA, FACP, Working Group Co-Lead | American Hospital Association
  • Andrey Ostrovsky, MD, Working Group Co-Lead | Social Innovation Ventures
  • Alonzo Plough, PhD, MPH, Working Group Co-Lead | Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Mitra Ahadpour, MD, DABAM | US Food and Drug Administration
  • Jennifer Atkins, MBA | Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
  • Robyn Begley, DNP, RN, NEA-BC | American Hospital Association
  • David Beier, JD | Bay City Capital
  • Kate Berry, MA | America’s Health Insurance Plans
  • Carlos Blanco, MD, PhD | National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Richard Bonnie, LLB | University of Virginia
  • Kelly J. Clark, MD, MBA | American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Allan Coukell, BSc | Civica Rx
  • Anna Dopp, PharmD | American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
  • Ed Greissing, MA | Milken Institute
  • Mira Irons, MD | American Medical Association
  • Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, MPH | US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Roneet Lev, MD | Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Bertha K. Madras, PhD | McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Harold L. Paz, MD | The Ohio State University
  • Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH | Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Carter Roeber | SAMHSA
  • Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD, MPH | American Institutes for Research
  • Umair Shah, MD, MPH | Harris County Public Health
  • Joshua Sharfstein, MD | John Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Brooke Tranium, JD | American Nurses Association
  • Corey Waller, MD, MS | Health Management Associates

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
  • Jianguo Cheng, MD, PhD | American Academy of Pain 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
  • Bertha K. Madras, PhD | McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Edward Mariano, MD, MS | American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD | US Department of Veterans Affairs

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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