PCORnet’s Story

Our mission is to conduct patient-centered and data-enabled clinical research to deliver results that matter, faster. PCORnet originated with and grew through funding support from the Patient-Centered Research Institute (PCORI) to develop a range of useful resources and partnerships. We now envision a sustainable Network that conducts patient-centered research and answers questions important to patients, caregivers, clinicians, and the broader healthcare community.

The People-Centered Research Foundation (PCRF) is the Central Office for PCORnet and was established by the PCORnet Network Partners to sustain and expand this Network. PCORnet is transforming the culture of clinical research by creating a system driven by the shared needs of people and their families, communities, clinicians, and health system leaders. With funding support from PCORI, PCRF will ensure the Network’s vision and unprecedented work continues.

PCRF Board of Directors

Richard Bankowitz, Director
Founder, Prudentia Healthcare Consultants, LLC
Richard Bankowitz, Director
Founder, Prudentia Healthcare Consultants, LLC

A board-certified internist and medical informaticist, Dr. Bankowitz has devoted his career to improving healthcare quality at the national level by promoting rigorous, data-driven approaches to quality improvement and by engaging senior clinicians and healthcare leaders in both payer and provider segments. He currently provides consultative services in the areas of quality measurement, performance improvement and payment reform as founder of Prudentia Heathcare Consultants, LLC, a data analytic and methodological consultancy.

Prior to this, Dr. Bankowitz served the Chief Medical Officer of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). In this role, he worked closely with the clinical leaders of major healthcare insurance plans to promote high-value health care for consumers.

He was named by Modern Healthcare as one of the top 25 clinical informaticists in the US for three consecutive years: 2010 – 2012, and as one of the top 50 physician executives in 2012 and 2013.

Prior to joining AHIP, Dr. Bankowitz served as chief medical officer of Premier Inc., a nation-wide alliance of healthcare systems. Here he worked at an enterprise level to engage physicians, provide thought leadership, and ensure that Premier continued to deliver value to its clinician constituency. Earlier, he served as vice president and medical director for Premier Healthcare Informatics.

Previously, he was medical director at CareScience, a health care improvement company, where he was responsible for clinical product strategy and physician relationships.

Dr. Bankowitz also served as the corporate information architect of the University HealthSystem Consortium (now Vizient), where he was responsible for the strategic direction of the organization's executive reporting tools and comparative data products.

He began his career at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he served on the faculty as an assistant professor of medicine and medical informatics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP®), and was a National Library of Medicine graduate trainee in medical informatics.

from in Schenectady, New York.

MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

MS in Applied Economics, Johns Hopkins University

MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

BS in Chemistry/Biology, Union College

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Marc Boutin, Director
Chief Executive Officer, National Health Council
Marc Boutin Headshot
Marc Boutin, Director
Chief Executive Officer, National Health Council

Marc M. Boutin, JD, is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Council (NHC). He has been a leading voice for greater patient involvement at every stage of the health care continuum, starting with the development of new drugs, to regulatory oversight of health care delivery, to shared decision-making at the point of care. Under his leadership, the NHC has convened a broad range of stakeholders to create and effectively implement pragmatic strategies and public policy that address diverse issues, such as enhancing patient engagement, advancing the development of new treatments, and developing a better health delivery system to meet the needs of people with chronic conditions.

Mr. Boutin has a long history of board and committee service. Currently he serves as a member of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Patient Engagement Advisory Panel, FasterCures Benefit-Risk Advisory Council, and the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) Patient-Centered Benefit-Risk Steering Committee.

Mr. Boutin has been involved in patient advocacy organization management, health advocacy, and both federal and state policy throughout his career. He is a founding member of the international Patient-Focused Medicine Development consortium and has served on the Governing Board of the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations as a member and treasurer.

JD, Suffolk University Law School

BA in International Politics/Law, Aberystwyth University

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Josephine Briggs, Director
Director Emeritus, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
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Josephine Briggs, Director
Director Emeritus, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Josephine P. Briggs, MD, is a physician scientist with a long- term interest in strengthening the clinical research enterprise. She currently serves as Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, the leading journal for the field of nephrology. During approximately 20 years of service at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) she served as Director of the Kidney, Urology and Hematology Division in the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) and then Director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).

During her time at the NIH, Dr. Briggs lead the establishment of a number of major programs including the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort study (CRIC) and the joint NIH – Veterans Administration – Department of Defense Pain Initiative. She was the interim founding director of the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative® Cohort Program, now All of Us, a major patient-powered research network. She was also co-leader of the NIH Common Fund Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory, a 10-year effort to conduct pragmatic clinical trials in partnership with clinical investigators and health care systems in the United States.

Dr. Briggs completed her residency training in internal medicine and nephrology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York, where she was also Chief Resident in the Department of Internal Medicine and a fellow in clinical nephrology. She was Professor of Medicine and Physiology and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine, before leaving Michigan to join the NIH.

MD, Harvard Medical School

AB in Biology, Harvard-Radcliffe College

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Robert Califf, Chair of Board
Former FDA Commissioner and Professor of Cardiology at Duke University
Robert Califf Headshot
Robert Califf, Chair of Board
Former FDA Commissioner and Professor of Cardiology at Duke University

Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC, is vice chancellor for health data science and director of Duke Forge, the Center for Actionable Health Data Science at Duke Health, Donald F. Fortin, MD Professor of Cardiology in the Duke University School of Medicine, chair of the board of the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet), and an advisor for Verily Life Sciences, a member of the Alphabet family of companies formed by Google. He served in the administration of President Barack Obama as Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2015-106, and as Commissioner of Food and Drugs from 2016-2017.

Prior to joining the FDA, Dr. Califf was a professor of medicine and vice chancellor for clinical and translational research at Duke University. He was founding director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. A nationally and internationally recognized expert in cardiovascular medicine, health outcomes research, healthcare quality, and clinical research, Dr. Califf has led many landmark clinical trials and is one of the most frequently cited authors in biomedical science, with 1,250 publications in the peer-reviewed literature. Dr. Califf is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine `{`IOM`}`). Dr. Califf has served on numerous IOM committees and was a member of the FDA Cardiorenal Advisory Panel and FDA Science Board's Subcommittee on Science and Technology. Dr. Califf has also served on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Library of Medicine, as well as on advisory committees for the National Cancer Institute, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Council of the National Institute on Aging.

He has led major initiatives aimed at improving methods and infrastructure for clinical research, including the Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative (CTTI), a public-private partnership co-founded by the FDA and Duke. He also served as the principal investigator for Duke's Clinical and Translational Science Award and the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory coordinating center, and as co-PI of PCORnet.

Dr. Califf completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and a fellowship in cardiology at Duke.

MD, Duke University

BS, Duke University

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Donna Cryer, Secretary
Interim Executive Director, PCRF
Donna Cryer Headshot
Donna Cryer, Secretary
Interim Executive Director, PCRF

Donna R. Cryer, JD, has channeled her personal experience as an IBD and liver transplant patient into professional advocacy as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Liver Institute, the innovation and collaboration platform for the liver community.

For almost a decade Mrs. Cryer led CryerHealth, a healthcare consulting firm she founded, providing strategic counsel to top biopharmaceutical companies, patient advocacy organizations, and emerging technology firms on patient engagement in health information technology, drug discovery, and clinical decision-making.

Previously, Mrs. Cryer was appointed by the U.S. GAO to serve as the patient and consumer representative on the Health Information Policy Committee, the federal advisory body to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Mrs. Cryer has been named one of the Top Blacks in Healthcare by the Milken Institute at GW School of Public Health and BlackDoctors.org, one of the Top 10 Patients Who Make An Impact by Health 2.0 and one of PharmaVoice’s 100 Most Inspiring People.

JD, Georgetown University Law Center

AB, Harvard/Radcliffe Colleges

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Craig Lipset, Director
Former Head of Clinical Innovation, Global Product Development, Pfizer
Craig Lipset Headshot
Craig Lipset, Director
Former Head of Clinical Innovation, Global Product Development, Pfizer

Mr. Lipset is the former Head of Clinical Innovation within Worldwide Research & Development at Pfizer. He previously served as Venture Partner in Pfizer Venture Investments (Pfizer’s VC arm), where he focused on diversifying the company’s $50M annual budget for private investments in the areas of diagnostics and health technology. Mr. Lipset was also Senior Director in Molecular Medicine, where he spearheaded initiatives driving innovation in clinical research and personalized medicine by drawing upon tools from health information technology, telemedicine, and eHealth.

Listed among PharmaVOICE’s 2010 Most Inspiring People in the Life Sciences and Pharmaceutical Executive’s 2011 Emerging Leaders, Mr. Lipset serves on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research and as a mentor at health tech accelerator Blueprint Health.

MPH, Columbia University

BA, Brandeis University

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Reed Tuckson, Treasurer
Managing Director, Tuckson Health Connections
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Reed Tuckson, Treasurer
Managing Director, Tuckson Health Connections

Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP, is Managing Director of Tuckson Health Connections, LLC, a health and medical care consulting business that brings people and ideas together to promote optimal health outcomes and value through innovation and integration across the fields of prevention, public health, consumer activation, quality care delivery, the translation of science and technology into value producing interventions, and optimization of big data and analytics.

Previously, he enjoyed a long tenure as Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs for UnitedHealth Group; Senior Vice President for Professional Standards of the AMA; Senior Vice President of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation; President of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; and Commissioner of Public Health for the District of Columbia.

Dr. Tuckson is active on numerous public and private Boards that encompass biotechnology; data and analytics; clinical research; hospital and ambulatory-based care delivery; and health policy.

Dr. Tuckson has been identified several times by Modern Healthcare Magazine as one of the “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives” in healthcare. and is active with the National Institutes of Health and the National Academies of Medicine.

MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business

BS, Howard University

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Joanne Waldstreicher, Director
Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson
Joanne Waldstreicher Headshot
Joanne Waldstreicher, Director
Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Joanne Waldstreicher, MD, is Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson. In this role, Dr. Waldstreicher has oversight across pharmaceuticals, devices and consumer products for safety, epidemiology, cross sector clinical and regulatory operations transformation, internal and external partnerships and collaborations supporting development of the ethical science, technology and R&D policies, including those related to clinical trial transparency and compassionate access. She also chairs the Pharmaceuticals (Janssen) R&D Development Committee and supports the Device and Consumer Development Committees, which review late stage development programs in the pipeline. In addition, she holds an appointment as a Faculty Affiliate of the Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine.

Dr. Waldstreicher received both the Jonas Salk and Belle Zeller scholarships from the City University of New York and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Brooklyn College. She graduated Cum Laude from Harvard Medical School in 1987, and completed her internship and residency at Beth Israel Hospital, and her endocrinology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has won numerous awards and scholarships and has authored numerous papers and abstracts.

MD, Harvard Medical School

BS, Brooklyn College

Steering Committee

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Thomas Carton
Clinical Research Network Principal Investigator
Henry Cruz Headshot
Henry Cruz
Patient Representative
Donna Cryer Headshot
Donna Cryer
Interim Executive Director
Christopher Forrest Headshot
Christopher Forrest
Clinical Research Network Principal Investigator
Kevin Haynes Headshot
Kevin Haynes
Health Plan Research Network Principal Investigator
Adrian Hernandez Headshot
Adrian Hernandez
Coordinating Center Principal Investigator
Rainu Kaushal Headshot
Rainu Kaushal
Clinical Research Network Principal Investigator
Abel Kho Headshot
Abel Kho
Clinical Research Network Principal Investigator
Kiely Law
Kiely Law
Patient Representative
Kathleen McTigue Headshot
Kathleen McTigue
Clinical Research Network Principal Investigator
Vinit Nair Headshot
Vinit Nair
Health Plan Research Network Principal Investigator
Rich Platt Headshot
Rich Platt
Coordinating Center Principal Investigator
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Jon Puro
Clinical Research Network Principal Investigator
Russell Rothman Headshot
Russell Rothman
Clinical Research Network Principal Investigator
Elizabeth Shenkman Headshot
Betsy Shenkman
Clinical Research Network Principal Investigator
Sharon Terry Headshot
Sharon Terry
Coordinating Center Principal Investigator
Russ Waitman Headshot
Russ Waitman
Clinical Research Network Principal Investigator
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Neely Williams
Patient Representative
Maryan Zirkle
Maryan Zirkle
Ex-officio Member

PCRF, The Central Office for PCORnet

Valerie Barton
Chief Data Strategy Officer
Valerie Barton
Chief Data Strategy Officer

Ms. Valerie Barton, MA, recently joined PCRF as Chief Data Strategy Officer. During her nearly 15 years as a consultant, she assisted clients by bringing data-informed approaches to their health policy development and business strategies. Ms. Barton worked cross-functionally to build research and data practices from the ground up at both Manatt Health LLP and Avalere Health LLC. Under her leadership, her teams conducted quantitative analytics and economic modeling with observational data for pharmaceutical manufacturers, biotech and medical device firms, provider organizations, and foundations. Ms. Barton has focused on analysis of the Medicare program, payment and delivery innovation, and social determinants of health using Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial claims and publicly-available survey and community-level administrative data sources.

In the public sector, Ms. Barton was a health policy analyst with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. There, she wrote federal Medicare regulations governing post-acute care and hospital outpatient payment systems. Ms. Barton began her career as a federal budget analyst with the Congressional Budget Office, where she modeled the impacts of legislative changes on veterans’ health and military personnel programs.

Ms. Barton serves as a Senior Advisor to FasterCures and on the board of directors for Micah House, a supportive residence in Washington DC for women recovering from substance use disorders.

M.A. in Economics, The Pennsylvania State University

Bachelor of Art in Economics and East Asian Studies, University of Pittsburgh

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Donna Cryer
Interim Executive Director
Donna Cryer Headshot
Donna Cryer
Interim Executive Director

Donna R. Cryer, JD, has channeled her personal experience as an IBD and liver transplant patient into professional advocacy as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Liver Institute, the innovation and collaboration platform for the liver community.

For almost a decade Mrs. Cryer led CryerHealth, a healthcare consulting firm she founded, providing strategic counsel to top biopharmaceutical companies, patient advocacy organizations, and emerging technology firms on patient engagement in health information technology, drug discovery, and clinical decision-making.

Previously, Mrs. Cryer was appointed by the U.S. GAO to serve as the patient and consumer representative on the Health Information Policy Committee, the federal advisory body to the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Mrs. Cryer has been named one of the Top Blacks in Healthcare by the Milken Institute at GW School of Public Health and BlackDoctors.org, one of the Top 10 Patients Who Make An Impact by Health 2.0 and one of PharmaVoice’s 100 Most Inspiring People.

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Michelle Culp
Chief Scientific Officer
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Michelle Culp
Chief Scientific Officer

Michelle Culp joined the People-Centered Research Foundation as Chief Scientific Officer in October 2017. Ms. Culp brings a wealth of experience and expertise in clinical research operations and clinical trial management, serving as the Director of Clinical Operations at the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Science and as the Acting Director of the Trial Innovation Network. She developed and managed innovative and efficient approaches to clinical operations for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program and NCATS. She has extensive experience managing clinical trial operations for NIH and industry studies. Ms. Culp was on special assignment with the NIH Office of Science Policy, working on clinical trial stewardship reforms, including the NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board for Multi-Site Research, the NIH Policy on Good Clinical Practice Training and other NIH clinical trial stewardship reforms.

Ms. Culp earned her M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Maryland. Prior to coming to NCATS, she was the director of the Office of Clinical Trials Operations and Management for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, where she oversaw intramural and extramural clinical research. Before that, Ms. Culp was Chief of the Office of Clinical Research Affairs in the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where she oversaw the clinical operations for numerous biodefense, influenza vaccine and other global infectious disease trials. She has worked for private pharmaceutical and contract research companies providing clinical trial services, clinical monitoring and project management.

M.P.H., Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Bachelor of Science, University of Maryland

Kinshasa Letts
Program Assistant
Kinshasa Letts
Program Assistant

Kinshasa Letts joined the People-Centered Research Network (PCRnet) as a Program Assistant in January 2018. Her primary responsibilities include providing programmatic and technical support, compiling and preparing information and documentation, and assisting in making logistical arrangements as required for meetings and conferences, as well as performing other duties as assigned within PCRnet.

Prior to joining PCRnet, Letts served as a staff assistant in National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), Division of Clinical Innovation (DCI), where she assisted in planning and coordinating the division’s logistical operations.

Letts is motivated to help streamline and organize projects so that results can be achieved more efficiently. She is committed to working alongside PCRnet leadership to ensure that the foundation clearly and concisely communicates its mission to the scientific community.

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Richard Turman
Chief Operating Officer
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Richard Turman
Chief Operating Officer

Richard Turman joined the People-Centered Research Foundation as Chief Operating Officer in May 2018. Mr. Turman is a seasoned management executive with broad expertise across diverse federal organizations. He has held career Senior Executive Service (SES) positions at the White House Office of Management and Budget, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Prior to joining the People-Centered Research Foundation, Mr. Turman served as the founding deputy director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, a role he held since July 2012. In that capacity, he helped marshal the center’s staff and funding resources to best wield its broad regulatory powers in a way that reduced the death and disease caused by tobacco use. During his tenure, he helped the Center continue to increase from 2 FTE in 2010 to 800+ FTE today and wisely using their $600+ million in annual user fees to fund important regulatory science, robust compliance and enforcement efforts nationwide, and effective advertising campaigns to curb youth nicotine addiction.

Prior to his service at FDA, Mr. Turman served as HHS’ principal deputy assistant secretary for Financial Resources where he was responsible for developing and managing the department’s then-$900 billion budget, as well as more than 75,000 grants and 31,000 acquisitions. Before that, Mr. Turman was HHS’ deputy assistant secretary for Budget, where he led HHS’ successful transition from the George W. Bush administration to the Barack Obama administration. Mr. Turman has also held roles as associate director for Budget at NIH and director of Federal Relations at the Association of American Universities. He served as branch chief at the White House office of Management and Budget for five years, where he supervised a team of examiners as they reviewed and helped formulate the budgetary, legislative, regulatory, performance, and management policies of HHS’ Public Health Service agencies.

Mr. Turman earned his M.P.P. from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor of arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He was awarded the SES Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive in 2009 and the SES Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive in 2012, having been nominated for the awards by successive Administrations.

M.P.P., Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California

Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz

The Evolution of PCORnet®

MAR 2010

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is established to improve the quality and relevance of evidence available to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers, and policy makers make better-informed health decisions.

DEC 2013

PCORI invests more than $250 million in the development of PCORnet: The National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, designed to empower people to make informed healthcare decisions by enabling clinical research that is faster, easier, less costly and, most importantly — more relevant to their needs.

MAR 2017

People-Centered Research Foundation (PCRF), the Central Office for PCORnet, was established by PCORnet Network Partners to sustain and expand the Network.