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Berman, Bettina, RN, BS, CPHQ, CNOR

Bettina Berman, RN, BS, CPHQ, CNOR, is Project Director for Quality Improvement at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health. In this position, she is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of quality and safety initiatives for Jefferson University Physicians (JUP), the physician faculty practice plan under Thomas Jefferson University. Bettina's background includes significant experience in quality measurement and value-based purchasing. Bettina graduated with a degree in nursing in Denmark and earned a BS in Healthcare Management from Philadelphia University. Bettina was a fellow in the inaugural class of the University HealthSystems Consortium's Quality and Safety Fellowship program and is a member of the AAMC/UHC Physician Value-based Purchasing Advisory Group. She is currently enrolled in the MPH program at the Jefferson School of Population Health

Clancy, Zoe, PharmD

Zoe Clancy, PharmD, is the Health Economics and Outcomes Research Fellow at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health. As a Fellow Dr. Clancy will gain focused learning about the measurement of healthcare quality, safety, and cost in various settings and will pursue a Masters degree in Applied Health Economics and Outcomes Research. Dr. Clancy was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, and prior to coming to Jefferson she received her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy.

Comer, Dominique, PharmD

Dominique Comer, PharmD, is a Health Economics and Outcomes Research Fellow at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health. As a fellow, Dr. Comer will gain knowledge on analyzing health care quality and safety, with an emphasis on health disparities and education. She is also currently a candidate for a Master's of Science in Health Policy at the Jefferson School of Population Health. Dr. Comer obtained her Doctorate of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy.

Crawford, Albert G., PhD, MBA, MSIS

Albert G. Crawford, PhD, MBA, MSIS, is Associate Professor at the Jefferson School of Population Health and the lead Quality Analyst for the Jefferson University Physicians (JUP) Clinical Care Subcommittee. Dr. Crawford's research focuses on quality measurement and improvement, clinical outcomes, pharmacoeconomics, health services, and health information technology. His research includes quality improvement projects in most JUP clinical departments, and direction of collaborative research and development projects with Quality Insights of Pennsylvania to develop specialty quality measures for the CMS Physicians Quality Reporting System.

Dr. Crawford teaches both basic and advanced biostatistics courses at JSPH, mentors JSPH Outcomes Research Fellows in statistical programming and analysis and serves as an advisor on statistical methods on JSPH students' Capstone Thesis committees.

Dr. Crawford earned his PhD in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976, his MBA in Health Administration from Widener University in 1985, and his MS in Information Systems from Drexel University in 1998, and he has certification in Employee Benefits from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and in Statistical Programming from the SAS Institute.

Before coming to Jefferson, Dr. Crawford held positions at Care Science, Inc., the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Independence Blue Cross, Graduate Hospital, Widener University, and the University of Pennsylvania Department of Sociology.

Jacoby, Richard, MD

Richard Jacoby MD is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Jefferson School of Population Health and is the Director of Ambulatory Quality Performance Improvement for Jefferson University Physicians, a large multi-specialty clinical practice. Dr. Jacoby's background includes 20 plus years of practice of dermatology and dermatopathology in both private and academic settings. As a dermatopathologist, he served in a variety of administrative positions including Chief Medical Officer, Regional Medical Director, and Regional Managing Director for both privately held and publicly traded national laboratory companies. Dr. Jacoby's interests in the realm of Population Health focus on elements that relate to clinical care and how it may be improved. His specific areas of interest include quality measurement, process re-engineering, electronic medical records, the use of evidence based guidelines, and pay for performance and other reimbursement systems. Dr. Jacoby received his bachelor's of arts degree from New York University, his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, and Board certifications in anatomic pathology, dermatology and dermatopathology.

Lieberthal, Robert, PhD

Robert Lieberthal, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Jefferson School of Population Health of Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Lieberthal has extensive experience in economic analysis of insured populations, health systems and the impact of health finance on performance. He has been the author or co-author of peer-reviewed papers in Health Services Research, Health Affairs, and the Proceedings of the Joint Statistical Meeting. He has presented his work at meetings of AcademyHealth, the Society of Actuaries, the American Statistical Association, and the American Risk and Insurance Association. He has received funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Society of Actuaries. He earned his doctoral degree in Managerial Science and Applied Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his time as a doctoral student, he was an actuarial benefits consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Maio, Vittorio, PharmD, MS, MSPH

Vittorio Maio, PharmD, MS, MSPH, is Associate Professor in the Jefferson School of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University. He is principal investigator on multi-year collaborative projects funded by various Healthcare Authorities in the Regione Emilia-Romagna, Italy, mainly looking at the assessment of the quality of care in inpatient and outpatient settings. He lectures on health policy issues in the School's Masters program and at the University of Pisa, Italy, Faculty of Economics, Master's Program in management of health care organizations. He also teaches Pharmacoepidemiology in the Master of Science Program in Pharmacology for the trainees in the NIH K30 Training Program. Dr. Maio is a reviewer for Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, Drugs & Aging, and Value in Health. He is Associated Editor of the American Journal of Medical Quality

McAna, John, PhD

John McAna is a Senior Research Statistical Analyst in the Jefferson School of Population Health. He is responsible for providing statistical and programming support for active projects and assists in protocol development for proposed projects. Dr. McAna has a BS in biology from Manhattan College in New York and an MA in biology from City College of New York. He earned his PhD in epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in cancer and environmental epidemiology. Dr. McAna has 14 years of experience doing health care/health services analysis and research in the managed care industry (Independence Blue Cross and Greater Atlantic Health Service), 6 years in the biomedical information industry (Information Ventures, Inc) and 6 years in public health (both the NY and NJ State Depts. of Public Health). Dr. McAna's research interests are in the areas of the evaluation of disease and care management programs, quality management and providerassessment and improvement.

Pracilio, Valerie P., MPH

Valerie P. Pracilio, MPH is a Project Manager for Quality Improvement in the Jefferson School of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University, where she is responsible for organizing ambulatory performance improvement efforts and research related to healthcare quality and patient safety. Ms. Pracilio manages improvement initiatives and value-based strategies for the Jefferson University Physician ambulatory practices (covering over 600 physicians). She has also contributed to quality measurement field through development and validation of a migraine quality of care measurement set and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Physician Quality Reporting System Measures. Ms. Pracilio also served as managing editor and author of Governance for Health Care Providers: The Call to Leadership published by Taylor & Francis, New York, New York in 2009 and Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness published by Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury, Massachusetts in 2010. Ms. Pracilio has a bachelor's degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Scranton, a Masters of Public Health from Thomas Jefferson University and she is also a graduate of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship.

Romney, Martha C., BSN, MS, JD, MPH

Martha C. Romney, BSN, MS, JD, MPH is an Assistant Professor at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health. Ms. Romney's background includes experience in research grant development and implementation, quantitative and qualitative program design and evaluation, policy review and development, and regulatory research. Ms. Romney completed a Fellowship with the EDICT (Eliminating Disparities in Clinical Trials) Initiative based at the Baylor College of Medicine. Prior to coming to Jefferson, Ms. Romney was a director of legal and regulatory support groups and involved in policy and regulatory initiatives at GlaxoSmithKline. Ms. Romney also has legal and clinical nursing specialist experience. Ms. Romney was educated at the Duke University and Columbia University Schools of Nursing, the Antioch School of Law, and received her Master's of Public Health from Drexel University. She is currently enrolled in the Widener University School of Law's Doctor of Juridical Science in Health Law program.

Simmons, Robert, DrPH, MPH, CHES

Rob Simmons is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Jefferson School of Population Health and Director of the School's MPH program. Dr. Simmons has 35 years of public health experience in local and state government, international health in Latin America, health care, private health foundations, community health organizations and academia. His MPH is from Loma Linda University School of Public Health and DrPH from UCLA School of Public Health. He has taught at the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, West Chester University and more recently Drexel University School of Public Health. Dr. Simmons came to Jefferson in July 2007 to direct the newly reformatted Master's in Public Health (MPH) program. Rob is professionally trained as a Health Educator (CHES is Certified Health Education Specialist) and is a past President of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), the nation's leading health education organization.