Karen Davis, PhD
Eugene and Mildred Lipitz Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Director of the Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care
Johns Hopkins University
President of The Commonwealth Fund (1995 through 2012)
Ms. Davis is a nationally recognized economist, with a distinguished career in public policy and research. Before joining the Fund, she served as chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where she also held an appointment as professor of economics. She served as deputy assistant secretary for health policy in the Department of Health and Human Services from 1977–1980, and was the first woman to head a U.S. Public Health Service agency.
Prior to her government career, Ms. Davis was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., a visiting lecturer at Harvard University, and an assistant professor of economics at Rice University. A native of Oklahoma, she received her Ph.D. in economics from Rice University, which recognized her achievements with a Distinguished Alumna Award in 1991. Ms. Davis is the recipient of the 2000 Baxter-Allegiance Foundation Prize for Health Services Research. In the spring of 2001, Ms. Davis received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from John Hopkins University. In 2006, she was selected for the AcademyHealth Distinguished Investigator Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field of health services research in addition to the Picker Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient Centered Care. Ms. Davis has published a number of significant books, monographs, and articles on health and social policy issues, including the landmark books Health Care Cost Containment, Medicare Policy, National Health Insurance: Benefits, Costs, and Consequences, andHealth and the War on Poverty. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Geisinger Health System. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1975, has served two terms on the IOM governing Council (1986-90 and 1997-2000), was a member of the IOM Committee on Redesigning Health Insurance Benefits, Payment and Performance Improvement Programs, and was awarded the Adam Yarmolinsky medal in 2007 for her contributions to the mission of the Institute of Medicine. She is a past president of the AcademyHealth (formerly AHSRHP) and an AcademyHealth distinguished fellow. In 2006, she was selected for the AcademyHealth Distinguished Investigator Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field of health services research in addition to the Picker Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient Centered Care. She is a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and a former member of the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) National Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Panel of Health Advisors for the Congressional Budget Office and is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Rachael Fleurence, PhD
Program Director, CER Methods and Infrastructure
Patient Centered Research Outcomes Institute
Dr. Fleurence leads the research prioritization initiative at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to help identify important patient and stakeholder generated questions and establish a rigorous research prioritization process to rank these questions. A methodologist with experience in systematic reviews and evidence synthesis, health technology assessment, and research prioritization methods, Dr. Fleurence has 15 years of experience in the field of health outcomes research, including seven years in the life sciences consulting industry, where she held senior leadership positions at United BioSource Corporation and ICON plc. From 1995 to 1999, she was a program officer at the World Health Organization for the revision of the International Classification of Disabilities. Dr. Fleurence co-chaired the 2011 ISPOR issue panel review committee for the 16th annual meeting and was an associate editor for the journal Health Outcomes Research in Medicine in 2011 and 2012. She is currently co-editing a volume on Comparative Effectiveness for Springer’s upcoming handbook on health services research. Dr. Fleurence received a B.A. from Cambridge University, an M.A. in business management from the Ecole Superieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC)-Paris, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in health economics from the University of York in the United Kingdom.