The Education Council is currently Chaired by Dr. Jane Holl from the University of Chicago and Vice Chaired by Dr. Julie Schmittdiel from Kaiser Permanente. The Education Council is comprised of 23 members and meets twice per year, in the summer at the Annual Research Meeting, and in the fall via a web-based meeting.

The EC has three primary responsibilities:

  1. Advise the Board of Directors and AcademyHealth leadership on the priorities and trends in the educational needs of our members and the field of HSR;
  2. Inform the planning, development, implementation, review, and evaluation of existing and new member benefits, programs, and services that are responsive to the education needs of our members and the needs of those providing training and education to our members; and
  3. Facilitate collaboration among the Education Council and other AcademyHealth Councils, AcademyHealth members and the Board on AcademyHealth’s activities related to education.


Member, Presenter

Jane L. Holl, M.D., M.P.H.

Director and Professor of Pediatrics - Northwestern University

Dr. Holl is a Professor of Pediatrics, Preventive Medicine, and Medicine and Director of the Center for Health... Read Bio

Vice Chair

Meet the 2020 New Members

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Sharon Attipoe-Dorcoo, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Economics Fellow - Centers of Disease Control and Prevention AcademyHealth Board Student Member

Sharon Attipoe-Dorcoo, Ph.D, M.P.H., a 2015 Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship recipient, and the outgoing fir... Read Bio

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Committee Member

Thomas Burroughs, Ph.D.

Dean and Professor - Saint Louis University, College for Public Health & Social Justice

Dr. Burroughs is the Dean of the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University (CPHSJ). Read Bio

William H. Dow
Committee Member

William H. Dow, Ph.D.

Professor - University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health

William H. Dow is Professor of Health Policy and Management in the University of California-Berkeley School of... Read Bio

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Committee Member

Mark Holmes, Ph.D.

Professor - University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health

Mark Holmes, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the University of Nort... Read Bio

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Committee Member

Michelle Keller, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Research Scientist - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Keller is a health services researcher in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medica... Read Bio

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Committee Member, Member

Patricia MacTaggart, M.B.A.

Teaching Instructor and Program Director - The George Washington University

Patricia MacTaggart is the VHA-Performance Effectiveness Manager of Benefits Realization. Read Bio

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Gretchen Piatt, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Associate Professor - University of Michigan School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Gretchen Piatt is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Learning Health Sciences and Health Behavio... Read Bio

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Committee Member

Alicia Thomas, Dr.P.H., M.H.S.

Associate Director - Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Alicia Thomas, Dr.P.H., M.H.S., is an Associate Director for the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards pro... Read Bio

Learn more about the 2019 Education Council members here.