MS in Healthcare Management Advisory Council

The online MS in Healthcare Management is taught by healthcare management and evaluation professionals with decades of experience who remain current practitioners in the field. To further ensure the curriculum is current and relevant, a council of professionals on the cutting edge of the healthcare sciences provided advice on competencies, standards and industry trends to ensure that the curriculum is relevant and applicable to the workplace.

The advisory council for the healthcare management master’s includes:

Peggy Bird, MA, RN-BC
Registered Nurse & University Professor

Peggy Bird has been a registered nurse for over 30 years working in Neonatal Intensive Care, Healthcare Marketing, and as a Director of Education. She earned a Bachelor's in Health Science in Clinical Management and Leadership and a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development degree with a focus on Education Technology Leadership from George Washington University (GWU). In addition, she taught as an online Adjunct Assistant Professor at GWU in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Over the past 12 years she has been implementing Electronic Health Records as well as consulting to healthcare organizations across the US and is a Board Certified Nurse Informaticist. In this role she has held positions including Project Manager, Application Coordinator, Principal Trainer, Business Consultant, Regional Clinical Informaticist, and Clinical Nursing Analyst Consultant. She is a contributing author to American University on topics related to healthcare technology and management and is writing articles for the American Nursing Informatics Association online Journal of Nursing Informatics. Peggy is also an adjunct faculty member at Lake Erie College in their Parker MBA program developing and teaching courses in healthcare informatics.

Neal Chawla, MD,
Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Emergency Attending Physician
BestPractices, Inc., at Inova Health System

Neal Chawla, MD is Associate Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Emergency Attending Physician for BestPractices, Inc., at Inova Health System in Fairfax, Virginia. His prior roles at Inova include Director of Clinical Informatics, Medical Director for Emergency Care Centers of Fairfax and Reston, and Director of Informatics for the Emergency Department at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He has also been an independent consultant for emergency department EMR implementation. Dr. Chawla holds a BS in biology from Boston College and received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Michigan Health System and was also a Medical Informatics Fellow at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

Kelly Cronin, MPH, MS
Director of the Office of Care Transformation
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

Kelly Cronin is the Director of the Office of Care Transformation in the Office of the National Coordinator in the US Department of Health and Human Services. She facilitates health IT enabled payment and care delivery reform for providers in the health system through collaboration with federal, state and private sector stakeholders. She's also acted a senior advisor to the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and supported the establishment of their Center for Innovation. Prior to ONC, Ms. Cronin directed patient safety initiatives at the Food and Drug Administration and worked for the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. Her work experience also includes health services research and clinical trial administration. Prior to HHS, she was a Director at the Lewin Group where she led health services research projects in the public and private sector. She holds a MPH and a MS in Health Policy from George Washington University.

Gregory Downing, DO, PhD
Executive Director for Innovation
Immediate Office of the Secretary at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Gregory Downing, DO, PhD is the Executive Director for Innovation in the Immediate Office of the Secretary at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, he promotes innovation and entrepreneurship activities across the workforce through the HHS IDEA Lab. In addition, he supports open government activities through uses of technology and data to promote improvement in health and health care. Prior to his move to HHS in 2005, Dr. Downing served at the National Institutes of Health in laboratory research, science policy, and program management roles since 1993. He also maintains an active medical practice in newborn pediatrics. Dr. Downing earned his medical degree from Michigan State University, completed his pediatric residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and was a neonatology fellow at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. He holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Kansas.

Taylr Jesinger, MHA
Project Manager
MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2)

Taylr Jesinger, MHA is the project manager at MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2). Her projects span multiple domains and hospitals at MedStar Health and focus on innovation in healthcare delivery, inventor services, and telehealth. Prior to joining MI2, she was the administrative resident at MedStar Washington Hospital Center – a highly competitive practicum experience with the executive team that is granted to one master’s degree graduate, a position previously held by the CEO of MedStar Health. Ms. Jesinger completed her master’s degree in health administration at the University of Kentucky, working in sociological and entrepreneurial research at the University of Kentucky’s Institute for Workplace Innovation (iWin) and the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Mayoral Office. She studied rural health issues and economic disparity in Kentucky, becoming an advocate for underserved populations and children living in poverty. Ms. Jesinger received her bachelor of arts in neuroscience from the University of Southern California where she worked in molecular biology research at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Terry Mackey, PhD
Vice President of Learning & Membership Engagement

Terry Mackey, PhD is the Vice President of Learning & Membership Engagement for AcademyHealth in Washington, DC. She works with the Senior Leadership Team and staff to create an integrated, collaborative program of learning and engagement through the design and development of new, innovative, and high quality programs and services. She also oversees AcademyHealth's membership and conferences programs, Education Council, Methods Council, and professional development programs, which currently include 13 scholarships and fellowships. Dr. Mackey has 35 years of experience in leading the design and development of innovative, results-based learning solutions in corporate, government, and academic settings. Her expertise includes customizing education and training to the specific needs of individuals, groups, and organizations. Her most recent publications feature problem-based learning and asynchronous online learning. Dr. Mackey has an interdisciplinary PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park.

John M. (Jack) Nemecek, PhD, MBA
University Professor
Dr. Jack Nemecek is a full time university professor who has completed two careers, one in healthcare administration and one in public health. Dr. Nemecek began his career in military medicine as an Independent Duty Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy. After 12 years as an Enlisted man, he was Commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps, as a healthcare administrator. He served on active duty for 22 years, serving in numerous capacities as a senior level healthcare administrator, to include Director of Human Resources, Director of Education/Training, Director of Operations, Director of Administration, and Director of U. S. Navy Healthcare Construction West Coast Operations. Upon his retirement from the U. S. Navy, Dr. Nemecek began another career as a Public Health Advisor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Health from Walden University, an MBA and BBA in healthcare administration from National University, and an AS in Allied Health from George Washington University.

Josh Rosenthal, PhD
Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer
RowdMap, Inc.

Josh Rosenthal, PhD is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, RowdMap, Inc. An Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year,” Mr. Rosenthal is a serial entrepreneur with multiple successful exits around health care data and analytics. His work using government data has won praise from Business Week and Entrepreneur Magazine. He received a Fulbright to the Sorbonne’s interdisciplinary think-thank and has organized and guest lectured at the Health Data Initiative (IOM), RWJ’s AF4Q, SXSW, Harvard, Hopkins and MIT. Mr. Rosenthal has also appeared on NPR with the U.S. CTO and at international events with U.S. ambassadors. He is a member of the NCHVS Data Group and a public advisor to the ONC, HHS, and the HCTTF.

Steve Shapiro
Managing Partner
eHealth Ventures LLC

Steve Shapiro is Managing Partner at eHealth Ventures LLC in Washington, DC, where he is working with strategic investors and a top Israeli medical team to create an incubator in Israel. He is also Executive in Residence at Triton Value Partners, a private equity and strategic advisory firm committed to maximizing enterprise value for company owners. For nearly 50 years, Mr. Shapiro has been a pioneer in computer services, social media, and e-health technology, with experience from start-up to successful exit. He holds a BS in accounting from American University’s Kogod School of Business.

Dr. Lisa Simpson 
President and CEO

Dr. Lisa Simpson has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of AcademyHealth since 2011. A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, she is a passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy and practice. Before joining AcademyHealth, Dr. Simpson spent eight years as a professor of pediatrics, first as an Endowed Chair in Child Health Policy at the University of South Florida and then as the Director of the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati. In October 2013, Dr. Simpson was elected to the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Simpson earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), a master’s in public health at the University of Hawaii, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in 2013. Dr. Simpson's areas of expertise include translating research into policy; quality and safety of health care; health and health care disparities; childhood obesity; and child health services.

Sean R. Tunis, M.D., M.Sc.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Center for Medical Technology Policy (CMTP)

Sean Tunis, M.D., M.Sc. is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Medical Technology Policy in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Tunis was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Initial National Priorities for Comparative Effectiveness Research. He advises a wide range of domestic and international public and private health care organizations on issues of comparative effectiveness, evidence based medicine, clinical research, reimbursement and health technology policy. Through September of 2005, Dr. Tunis was the Director of the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality and Chief Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). He received a B.S. degree in Biology and History of Science from the Cornell University School of Agriculture, and a medical degree and masters in Health Services Research from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Marshall Votta
RowdMap, Inc.

Marshall Votta began his career in the healthcare industry in 1995 by founding an information technology consulting firm that delivered guidance and implementation services to providers. Most recently, Mr. Votta managed market and business development at NaviNet, where he identified new opportunities and secured customers to transact across a network of over 30 health plans and more than 850,000 healthcare professionals. In addition, he drew on his background as former senior Congressional aide to manage the company’s government affairs in Washington, DC by collaborating with federal officials on the implementation of the HITECH stimulus and ACA reforms. Today, Mr. Votta blends his healthcare industry experience, academic background in communications, and knowledge of information systems and business model design to develop new markets and cultivate business within them. As an advocate for transforming the American healthcare system, he is focused on building relationships and creating policies that facilitate true innovations to change behavior, reduce cost, and improve quality. Mr. Votta holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Providence College, and he completed the Greater Boston Executive Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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