PCORnet Executive Committee Welcomes Three New Members, Names New Chair

The PCORnet Council, the main governing body of PCORnet, has approved the slates for PCORnet’s Executive Committee, welcoming three new committee members and appointing a new committee chair.

Kiely Law, research associate in the Department of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and co-founder of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), has joined the Executive Committee. Advancing autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research is both a professional and personal mission for Dr. Law. In 1996, her son was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, giving her personal insight into the unique value of information collected directly from those living with the struggles and triumphs of autism every day.

The Executive Committee also welcomed Kathleen McTigue as a new member. She is an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh and a general internist whose research has focused on the epidemiology of obesity and on using technology to provide evidence-based and patient-centered care. Dr. McTigue is also the lead principal investigator of the PaTH Clinical Data Research Network and a co-principal investigator of the PCORnet Bariatric Study, one of the first PCORnet observational studies.

Elizabeth Shenkman, chairperson for the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy and director of the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium, is another new Executive Committee member. Dr. Shenkman’s research focuses on determining which combinations of health care delivery, community, and patient factors influence quality and outcomes of care, as well as developing corresponding evidence-based strategies to improve health outcomes.

In addition to welcoming these new members, the Executive Committee also congratulates Russell Rothman on his appointment to the committee’s chair position. Dr. Rothman is a professor of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Health Policy, director of the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research and chief of the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Section. He is also the principal investigator for the Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network and co-chair of the Steering Committee of the ADAPTABLE study. His research focuses on improving care for patients with diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases.

Congratulations to all on these new appointments!

About PCORnet

PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, is an innovative initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The goal of PCORnet is to improve the nation’s capacity to conduct clinical research by creating a large, highly representative network that directly involves patients in the development and execution of research. More information is available at www.pcornet.org.


The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continually seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work. More information is available atwww.pcori.org.