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GAO Makes Appointments to PCORI Governing Board

WASHINGTON, DC (September 23, 2020) — Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of seven new members to the Governing Board of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Dodaro also reappointed one member.

“Today’s appointees bring a range of experiences and perspectives that should greatly benefit the PCORI Governing Board as it funds and evaluates research to help patients make better health-care decisions,” Dodaro said. “We had a number of exceptional candidates this year, and I am pleased to name these latest additions to the Board.”

The newly appointed members are Kate Berry, Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at America’s Health Insurance Plans; Tanisha Carino, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Alexion; James Huffman, Head of Benefits at Fidelity Investments; Connie Hwang, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Clinical Innovation at the Alliance of Community Health Plans; Eboni Price-Haywood, MD, MPH, FACP, Director of the Center for Outcomes & Health Service Research at the Ochsner Health; James Schuster, MD, MBA, Associate Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical and Behavioral Sciences at UPMC Insurance Services Division; and Danny van Leeuwen, MPH, RN, Founder and Principal of Health Hats.

In addition, Dodaro reappointed Dr. Barbara McNeil, MD, Ph.D., the Ridley Watts Professor and founding head of the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, to a second term through September 2026. Two of the new members are appointed for a four-year term through September 2024 and five of the new members are appointed for a six-year term through September 2026. All new members may be reappointed for one subsequent six-year term.

Dr. Eboni Price-Haywood is the Director of the Center for Outcomes & Health Service Research at Ochsner Health. In this role, she leads a system-wide research center whose goal is to accelerate discovery of new knowledge concerning clinical and cost-effectiveness of health care delivery innovations; translate research into practice; and disseminate research findings to improve clinical, administrative, and policy decision making. Dr. Price-Haywood has spent her career as a primary care physician, focusing on disease prevention, health promotion, and care delivery improvements, with a particular focus on addressing health disparities and advancing health equity. In addition to her clinical and research endeavors, she is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Queensland’s Ochsner Clinical School, an Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Adjunct), and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine (Adjunct) at the Tulane University School of Medicine. She has also held key leadership roles within the Society of General Internal Medicine as an elected council member, as Co-Chair of the Health Equity Commission, and as an editorial board member of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Price-Haywood earned her MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and an MPH at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

For more information, contact Ray Sendejas on GAO's Health Care team at (202) 512-7113, or Chuck Young in GAO's Office of Public Affairs at (202) 512-4800, or visit the GAO Health Care Advisory Committees web page at


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