Scholars experience first-hand the role that health services research can play in informing national policy issues and gain access to policymakers, thought-leaders and AcademyHealth staff. The program has three goals:

  • To provide an opportunity for the Senior Scholars to deepen their understanding of how health services research informs national policy;
  • To bring new and innovative thinking and research to national policy discussions; and
  • To increase interactions between AcademyHealth members and AcademyHealth staff in order to deepen their mutual understanding of key health issues and to help them better serve the field.

“The Senior Scholars Program builds upon and supports our vision to improve health and health care by generating new knowledge and moving knowledge into action,” said AcademyHealth President and CEO, Dr. Lisa Simpson. “It’s an opportunity to showcase the deep and diverse expertise our members offer to the national policy discussions while offering the Senior Scholar outstanding opportunities to collaborate, advise, network, participate in AcademyHealth programs and projects, and take advantage of opportunities that only exist in Washington, D.C.”

Meet the Current Scholars

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Committee Member, Member

April Joy Damian, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Vice President and Director - Weitzman Institute Senior Scholar - AcademyHealth

Dr. April Joy Damian is a psychiatric epidemiologist, health services researcher, and classically trained publ... Read Bio

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Committee Member, Member

Denise Dougherty, Ph.D.

Senior Scholar in Residence - AcademyHealth

Denise is an AcademyHealth Senior Scholar in Residence and Board Member of Adolescents and Children and Togeth... Read Bio

Greg Downing
Committee Member

Gregory Downing, D.O., Ph.D.

Founder - Innovation Horizons, LLC

Gregory Downing, D.O., Ph.D. is the Founder of Innovation Horizons, LLC, a consulting practice with an emphasi... Read Bio

Edward L. Hunter

Edward L. Hunter

Public Health and Public Policy Consultant

Edward L. Hunter is a public health and public policy consultant, working with clients and partners on strateg... Read Bio

Jeff Schiff

Jeff Schiff, M.D., M.B.A.

Senior Scholar - AcademyHealth

Jeff Schiff, M.D., M.B.A., is a Senior Scholar at AcademyHealth and a health services policy consultant focusi... Read Bio

Past Scholars

Christina D. Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH
Diana Buist, Ph.D., M.P.H
Gerry Fairbrother, Ph.D.
Steve Robert Makkar, Ph.D.
Kathryn A. Phillips, Ph.D., M.P.A.
Shoshanna Sofaer, Dr.P.H
Michael Stoto Ph.D.
Hassan Tetteh, M.D., M.P.A., M.B.A.
Paul Wallace, M.D.