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Stephanie Chang, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Evidence-based Practice Center Program, AHRQ

Stephanie Chang, M.D., is a board-certified general internist and pediatrician. She has worked at AHRQ on the Effective Health Care Program and with the Evidence-based Practice Centers since 2006. She was appointed director of the Evidence-based Practice Center Program in 2010. She completed undergraduate and medical school at the University of Michigan and continued postgraduate residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. After working in a primary care clinic as a general internist, she completed a master’s degree in public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a general internal medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in 2006.


Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D.
Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., was appointed director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Clancy was director of AHRQ's Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness. Dr. Clancy holds an academic appointment at The George Washington University School of Medicine (clinical associate professor, Department of Medicine) and serves as senior associate editor for the journal Health Services Research. She serves on multiple editorial boards, including Annals of Internal Medicine, Annals of Family Medicine, American Journal of Medical Quality, and Medical Care Research and Review. Dr. Clancy is a member of the Institute of Medicine and was elected a Master of the American College of Physicians. She was awarded the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research. Dr. Clancy, a general internist and health services researcher, is a graduate of Boston College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Following clinical training in internal medicine, Dr. Clancy was a Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining AHRQ, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia.

Jean R. Slutsky, P.A., M.S.P.H.
Director, Center for Outcomes and Evidence, AHRQ

Jean R. Slutsky, P.A., M.S.P.H., has directed the Center for Outcomes and Evidence (COE) at AHRQ. Prior to Ms. Slutsky's appointment as director of COE, she served as acting director of the Center for Practice and Technology Assessment at AHRQ. Ms. Slutsky oversees the Evidence-based Practice Center program; the Technology Assessment Program; extramural and intramural research portfolios concerning translating research into practice, outcomes and effectiveness research, including pharmaceutical outcomes, and cost-effectiveness analyses; and the National Guideline, National Quality Measures, and Quality Tools Clearinghouses. Prior to becoming acting director of the Center for Practice and Technology Assessment, Ms. Slutsky directed the development of the National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) Project. The NGC is an Internet-based repository ( for comparative information on evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. In addition, Ms. Slutsky served as project director of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an internationally recognized panel of experts who make evidence-based recommendations on clinical preventive services. Ms. Slutsky is a member of the executive board of the Guidelines International Network. Ms. Slutsky received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Iowa and a master of science in public health (health policy and administration) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She trained as a physician assistant at the University of Southern California.

Amir Qaseem, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.A., FACP
Director, Department of Clinical Policy, American College of Physicians (ACP)

Amir Qaseem, M.D., is director of the Department of Clinical Policy at ACP. Dr. Qaseem is responsible for the ACP's evidence-based medicine and clinical practice guidelines program, one of the oldest programs in the United States, writing clinical guidelines, and overseeing the College’s clinical guidelines committee. Dr. Qaseem is also in charge of the ACP's performance measurement program and is responsible for ACP’s performance measurement committee. Dr. Qaseem’s work includes ACP’s quality improvement programs and implementation of clinical practice guidelines. Dr. Qaseem is also involved in several international collaborations to develop joint clinical guidelines and improve quality of care across different countries. Dr. Qaseem was affiliated with Pennsylvania State University, where he taught courses on health policy, medical epidemiology, and health care medical needs. Dr. Qaseem is currently affiliated with Jefferson Medical College.

Mary Jo Goolsby, Ed.D., M.S.N., ANP-C
Director, Research & Education, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

Mary Jo Goolsby, Ed.D., is director of education and research at AANP. She oversees AANP’s continuing education program and all AANP research initiatives. The education component of her position includes the development of educational activities, coordination of expert panels, creation of clinical tools, and accreditation of formal nurse practitioner continuing education programs. The research aspect involves oversight of the only U.S. national NP database, annual census surveys, periodic member surveys, large-scale sample surveys, and direction of the only national NP Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN). Dr. Goolsby has a doctorate in education and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing. She has been an adult nurse practitioner for over 25 years. She was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2003. Her nurse practitioner practice has included general adult health, endocrinology, and pulmonology. Additional roles have included those of educator, administrator, and researcher. Dr. Goolsby has authored three books, several chapters, and articles. She is a frequent speaker on issues related to nurse practitioners and health care.

Nilay Shah, M.S., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Health Services Research and Co-Director, Knowledge Translation Research Unit, Mayo Clinic

Nilay Shah, M.S., Ph.D., is an assistant professor of health services research at Mayo Clinic. He is also the codirector of the Knowledge Translation Research Unit, a part of the Mayo Clinic's Center for Translational Science Activities (CTSA). His research focuses on studying and improving health care delivery. He is currently the principle investigator (PI) of an AHRQ-funded grant to optimize the delivery of care for complex patients. He is also the PI of another AHRQ-funded grant to study the translation of comparative effectiveness research into practice for diabetes medications. Dr. Shah is part of the team that is developing the tools and studying the translation of comparative effectiveness research for antidepressants. He is also a coinvestigator on a trial to evaluate the comparative effectiveness of alternative diagnostic strategies for hepatic fibrosis. Dr. Shah has extensive experience with and continues to work on various topics related to pharmaceutical policy. He has a bachelor of science in pharmacy, a master of science in hospital pharmacy administration, and a doctorate of philosophy in population health sciences from the University for Wisconsin.