Kendra Bunker has served at the Center as a Research Associate since 2011. Ms. Bunker's expertise resides in quantitative analysis, research methodology and evidence synthesis. At the Center, Ms. Bunker regularly authors evidence reviews for the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions Project, while also designing and overseeing all quantitative analyses undertaken at the Center. She received a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Oregon Health & Science University, and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Portland State University. Her prior experience includes pedestrian fatality research for Clark County Public Health in Clark County, Washington, and training with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. During her undergraduate education, Ms. Bunker performed administrative research and support for intellectual property attorneys specializing in biotechnology and medical devices.
ED CLARK, MD
Ed Clark is a consultant on medical imaging (radiology) at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. In this capacity he authors most of the MED reports on imaging topics and contributes to several other reports. Dr. Clark practiced radiology in Portland, Oregon from 1975 through 2006 in both hospital and outpatient settings. He retired from active clinical practice in 2006. Dr. Clark received a Masters of Health Administration degree from the University of Colorado in 1994. He served as Northwest Medical Director for HealthHelp from 2001 through 2004. In that role, he worked with insurance companies to try to reduce the number of inappropriate imaging studies being requested by physicians. He currently reviews cases for insurance companies on coverage issues and does peer review for insurance companies and attorneys.
Kathryn Clark is the Administrative Coordinator for the Drug Effectiveness Review Project (DERP) at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. In this role she assists the program with organizational outreach and support, and coordinating a yearly series of meetings. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Clark managed an eco-lodge outside of Granada, Nicaragua. While there she worked to find and develop a sustainable fresh water supply for the hotel and local population. Ms. Clark also co-founded CITIES Project High School, a project-based charter school serving at-risk youth in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. CITIES Project High School was founded upon the conviction that true education occurs in the context of community rebuilding. Ms. Clark served as both an administrator and teacher responsible for curriculum development, compliance reporting and operations. Ms. Clark earned a B.A. in Global Studies and Spanish at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She spent a year (2001–2002) of her undergraduate education enrolled in an international honors program at the Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands.
PAM CURTIS, MS
Pam Curtis is the Deputy Director of the Center for Evidence-based Policy. She works on policy application, consensus building and directs the Center's work in engaging diverse healthcare stakeholders in the Effective Health Care Program (EHC) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Ms. Curtis is also a consultant to public and private organizations on organizational and policy development, consensus building and management. Prior to working at the Center, Ms. Curtis served as a policy advisor to three-term Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber on children's issues and human services. In this role Ms. Curtis authored the Governor's initiatives on juvenile crime prevention and early childhood education. Prior to joining the Governor's staff, Ms. Curtis was the Interim Director and Field Manager for the Oregon Commission on Children and Families. She has additional professional experience in local government and the private sector fields of substance abuse, adoption, child abuse prevention, youth development and policy and organizational development. Ms. Curtis has authored articles and reports on policy coordination, mental health system reorganization, alcohol and drug treatment improvement and comprehensive planning. Ms. Curtis holds a Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin, and has received several honors for her work. Among them, the Mental Health Award for Excellence, State of Oregon 2002; the Distinguished Service Award, Citizen's Crime Commission, 2001; and the Outstanding Service Award, Governor's Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, 1999.
Landon Donsbach is the Office Manager at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of many facets of the Center including administrative support, network/computer support, telephone support, special projects, and the Center's web presence, both public and proprietary. Prior to accepting the position at the Center, Mr. Donsbach worked at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA, participating in and administrating a Women's and Children's Health Care Research Program with Elizabeth McGlynn, a nationally recognized expert on the issue. Mr. Donsbach has an A.A. in Commercial Music Performance and a B.A. in English Literature.
MARTHA GERRITY, MD, MPH, PHD
Clinical Evidence Specialist
Dr. Gerrity's primary assignment is to the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions (MED) Project where her responsibilities include assisting participating states' in identifying and prioritizing topics for review, developing key questions related to the topics, reviewing and evaluating evidence, writing policy relevant reports summarizing the evidence, and facilitating participants access to other resources that might inform their policy decisions. Dr. Gerrity works closely with other project staff to assure that MED reports and those produced by outside vendors adhere to appropriate methodology and quality standards and provide education regarding research evidence. Dr. Gerrity is also an academic general internist at Oregon Health & Science University where she is Professor of Medicine and a staff physician at the Portland VA Medical Center. She continues to see patients on the inpatient wards and in the primary care clinic at the Portland VA Medical Center. Her research focuses on improving outcomes for patients with chronic medical conditions in primary care settings, medical education, and measurement and survey research. Her educational activities include teaching and evaluating evidence-based medicine (EBM) skills. She has been faculty for many national and international workshops on EBM and has served as the Chairperson of the Society of General Medicine's Evidence-Based Medicine Task Force from 1999 - 2002. From 2004 - 2009, she and William Tierney, MD were Co-Editors of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Gerrity graduated from Northwestern University's Honors Program in Medical Education, a 6-year combined BS/MD program. After an internal medicine residency at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Dr. Gerrity pursued fellowship training through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Clinical Scholars Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). During her 8 years at UNC-CH, Dr. Gerrity completed a MPH in epidemiology and a PhD in education. She returned to Portland and OHSU in 1993 to do faculty development and program evaluation for the School of Medicine's major curriculum revision.
Mark Gibson is the Director of the Center for Evidence-based Policy. Mr. Gibson served as Chief of Staff to Oregon Senate President John Kitzhaber from 1985-1993. In this role Mr. Gibson supervised the staff of the Senate and advised the President on the full range of issues considered by the Senate. During this time Mr. Gibson participated directly in the drafting and passage of the groundbreaking Oregon Health Plan. From 1995-2003 Mr. Gibson served as Policy Advisor for Health, Human Services, and Labor to Governor John Kitzhaber of Oregon. In this role he led Oregon's numerous health initiatives from Worker's Compensation Reform to creation of the Oregon Children's Health Insurance Program as well as reorganization and expansion of the Oregon Health Plan. Most recently Mr. Gibson led the effort to enact the Practitioner Manager Prescription Drug Plan and served as Co-Chair of the Reforming States Group. In addition to his work with the Center, Mr. Gibson is currently a program officer for the Milbank Memorial Fund.
CATHY GORDON, MPH
Cathy Gordon is a Program Administrator at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. Her primary focus is engaging healthcare stakeholders in the Effective Health Care Program (EHC) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In this role she assists stakeholders to develop health care topics for consideration by AHRQ for comparative effectiveness or effectiveness research reviews, and provides staff support and guidance to increase interface between stakeholders and scientific processes. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Gordon worked as a Research Associate for the John M. Eisenberg Clinical Decisions and Communication Science Center at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The Eisenberg Center develops plain language summaries of comparative effectiveness research reviews for the Effective Health Care Program. Ms. Gordon oversaw and conducted qualitative research activities with various stakeholder audiences including consumers, clinicians and policymakers. Ms. Gordon's previous research experience includes work on a number of NIH funded clinical trials, as well as social services and health policy research. She also has a background in clinical care where she worked in allied health for more than 20 years. Ms. Gordon has a Master's in Public Health in Health Education/Health Promotion.
VALERIE KING, MD, MPH
Valerie King is the Director of Research and Policy at the Center for Evidence-based Policy and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. From 2005 through 2008 she was the Associate Director of AHRQ's Eisenberg Clinical Decisions and Communications Science Center at OHSU. Dr. King also works as an investigator for the Oregon EPC. Dr. King has been an author of and served as an advisory panel member and peer reviewer for AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center evidence reports as well as several other systematic reviews. She serves on the AAFP's Commission on Science, and chairs its Subcommittee on Clinical Practice Guidelines. She was a delegate to the 2006 NIH Consensus Conference on management of abnormal cervical cytology and histology and to the 2008 NICHD workshop on electronic fetal monitoring. She also serves as the AAFP liaison to ACOG's obstetrical practice bulletins committee. Dr. King has degrees from the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she also completed residency training. From 1995 through 1997 she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UNC and subsequently completed a fellowship in health services research at that institution. She was an Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit in the UK from 1998 to 1999, studying the application of evidence in maternity care and decision-making. She moved to OHSU in 2004 and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholars fellowship in 2007 that focused on evidence and decision-making. Dr. King is board certified in both Family Medicine and General Preventive Medicine. She is the director of the combined Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine residency program at OHSU. She also works with the Family Physicians Inquiries Network to help clinicians ask and answer pertinent clinical questions and develop evidence-based patient education materials from those answers and serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Family Practice.
JOHN A. KITZHABER, MD
John Kitzhaber is the Director Emeritus for the Center for Evidence-based Policy. He was born in Colfax, Washington on March 5, 1947. He graduated from South Eugene High School in Eugene, Oregon in 1965. He attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, graduating in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in biology. In 1973 he graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School in Portland, Oregon, and served his internship at General Rose Memorial Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Following his internship, he settled in Roseburg, Oregon where he practiced emergency medicine for over 15 years. In 1978 Dr. Kitzhaber was elected to the Oregon State House of Representatives. In 1980 he was elected to the first of three terms in the State Senate and served as Senate President from 1985 to 1993. His legislative career was marked by active leadership in the areas of public education, community development, environmental stewardship and a wide variety of health care issues including: long-term care, resource allocation and uncompensated care. While Senate President he authored and implemented the groundbreaking Oregon Health Plan. In 1994 he was elected Governor of the State of Oregon, reelected to a second term in 1998, and a third term in 2010. In January 2003 Dr. Kitzhaber began serving as President of the Estes Park Institute, which conducts six annual educational conferences for community hospitals. Dr. Kitzhaber serves as the Director Emeritus for the Center for Evidence Based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. He holds an endowed Chair on Health Care Policy with The Foundation for Medical Excellence, an Oregon based public, nonprofit educational foundation. On January 13, 2006 Dr. Kitzhaber launched The Archimedes Movement - committed to building a meaningful opportunity for engagement through which the growing concern over our health care system can be channeled into effective action The goal is to create not only the vision for a more equitable and sustainable system but also the tension necessary for its realization. Dr. Kitzhaber is an avid fly fisherman and white water rafter. He has one son, Logan, and resides in Portland, Oregon.
HEIDI KRIZ, MPH, RD
Mrs. Kriz is currently the Research Manager at the Center. Mrs. Kriz's primary responsibilities include management and supervision of research activities at the Center; develop work plans and product timelines, report methodology, present processes and reports to project participants, and dissemination of products in several media formats at the Center. Mrs. Kriz also manages the MED project's proprietary website. Mrs. Kriz has authored or coauthored over 30 evidence and policy reports. Prior to her position at the Center, Mrs. Kriz worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in the Nutrition Assessment Department on the Women's Health Initiative study. Mrs. Kriz has also worked as a Clinical Dietician at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, WA and coordinated nutrition and medication adherence programs in three outpatient HIV/AIDS clinics in Spokane, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mrs. Kriz has presented at several professional association conferences nationwide and attended the Rocky Mountain Workshop for Evidence-based Healthcare. Mrs. Kriz is a registered dietitian and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Idaho and has a Master's of Public Health degree with a focus in epidemiology and healthcare administration from Barry University.
ALISON LITTLE, MD, MPH
Director of Clinical Affairs
Dr. Little joined the Center in 2006 as the Director of the Drug Effectiveness Review Project (DERP), and has also served in a variety of roles in the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions project as well as on the management team of the Center. Since 2011, she has devoted her time to special projects, including working with the State of Oregon on medical liability research and a state-wide practice guideline project. Prior to joining the Center, she was the Medical Director of the Health Services Commission for the State of Oregon, which is the public body that created and maintains the Prioritized List of Health Services. This list forms the basis of the Medicaid benefit package in the state of Oregon, and in her role there she was responsible for leading the Commission towards a more evidence-based process of prioritization. For a portion of this time she also served as acting Medical Director of the Oregon Medical Assistance Programs. Prior to that time, Dr. Little served as medical director of a health plan in central Oregon for seven years, assisting with the growth of the company from a staff of two to over 150. That health plan included managed Medicaid and Medicare products, as well as a commercial line. In her role there she was responsible for quality assurance, utilization management and pharmacy and therapeutics, as well as serving as medical director of the regional Independent Practice Association. Before entering this administrative role, she had a rural family practice in northern Minnesota and central Oregon. Dr. Little graduated from Pacific University and Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed a residency in Family Practice in Washington State in 1988, and earned a Masters in Public Health at the University of Washington in 1998.
NICOLA PINSON, JD
Nicola Pinson is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. She works primarily with the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions Project to develop policy analyses and resources that that assist state efforts to implement evidence-based policies. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Pinson worked as an attorney specializing in health law and policy. Her practice areas included Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance law. Ms. Pinson also served as the Policy Director and Legal Counsel for the Oregon Primary Care Association, representing Federally Qualified Health Centers in Oregon. In addition, Ms. Pinson has worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, conducting national studies of federal health care and public health programs. She graduated with high honors from Middlebury College in Vermont, and holds a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Ms. Pinson is a member of the Oregon State Bar, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Health Law Section. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Oregon Public Health Institute.
Ms. Rosenberg assists the Prevention & Wellness Health Demonstration project with organizational outreach, product development, research assistance, and meeting coordination. Prior to her time at the CEbP Ms. Rosenberg worked as an events coordinator for Red Hen Press, a publicity assistant for Process Media in Los Angeles, and as a Respite Worker mentoring emotionally disturbed youth. Ms. Rosenberg graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Psychology from Occidental College after which she earned a Certificate in Book Publishing from the University of Denver's Publishing Institute. She is currently working towards her Master's in Social Work from Portland State University, interning at the Regional Research Institute on the My Life project coaching youth aging out of the foster care system to develop self-efficacy and future planning skills and LifeWorks NW's Young Children's Day Treatment program.
SAMANTHA SLAUGHTER-MASON, MPH
Samantha Slaughter-Mason is a Program Administrator/Research Associate at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. Her primary focus is engaging healthcare stakeholders in the Effective Health Care Program (EHC) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ). In this role she assists stakeholders to develop health care topics for consideration by AHRQ for comparative effectiveness or effectiveness research reviews, and provides staff support and guidance to increase interface between stakeholders and scientific processes. Prior to joining the Center Ms. Slaughter-Mason worked for several non-profit organizations on health and environmental issues, and as a health educator. Most recently she worked in Tajikistan for a program working to prevent iron-deficiency anemia during pregnancy. Ms. Slaughter-Mason earned a Master of Public Health in International Health from Oregon State University, and degrees in Psychology and Health Communication from the University of Southern California.
AASTA THIELKE, MPH
Aasta Thielke is a research associate at the Center working on the Medicaid Evidence-based Decision Project and various other smaller projects. Prior to working at the Center, Aasta worked as a research assistant at Portland State University focusing on policy implications for the planning and development of health information technology and health information exchange in Oregon. Aasta graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria and has Master's of Public Health degree with a focus in health management and policy from Portland State University where she received a Commendation Award. During her master's program, Aasta worked with Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center to develop a communication improvement program for primary care renewal teams. Before moving to Portland, Aasta worked as a wilderness instructor in Alaska and Minnesota for Outward Bound Wilderness.
Shannon Vandegriff is a Senior Research Assistant at the Center for Evidence-based Policy. She contributes to the development of evidence and policy reports for the Medicaid Evidence-based Decisions (MED) Project and also provides project management and research support for the Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission’s Evidence-based Guidelines Subcommittee and Health Technology Assessment Subcommittee. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Vandegriff worked for several non-profits both in the U.S. and in Germany. Her past work has been focused in providing social services for diverse populations, including school-based social work programs and at-risk children and youth. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Social Work from Baylor University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy at Portland State University.