Physicians - Medical decision-making

Damon Centola Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Harvard Alumni List
Associate Professor and Director of Network Dynamics Group
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Centola received his PhD in Sociology from Cornell University. He was an NSF IGERT Fellow in Non-linear Dynamics and Complex Systems.  He is currently a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Centola's work addresses the theory of how behaviors spread through social networks. His research uses computational models and online experiments to study innovation diffusion, social epidemiology and cultural evolution.  His papers have been published across several disciplines, including sociology, physics and public health, appearing in journals such as Science, the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, and the American Journal of Sociology. His work received the American Sociological Association’s Award for Outstanding Article in Mathematical Sociology in 2006, 2009, and 2011, and has garnered the ASA's Goodman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sociological Methodology. He has developed new computational and experimental technologies, including the NetLogo Agent Based Modeling environment, and was awarded a U.S. Patent for inventing a method for building online networks to promote diffusion.  Recent popular accounts of Damon’s work have appeared in The New York Times, Wired, and CNN.  His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Matthew J. Gabel Ph.D.

Cohort 3 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor, Department of Political Science
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

Dr. Gabel received his PhD in political science from the University of Rochester in 1994 and was member of the faculty of the University of Kentucky until 2005.  His research interests span comparative politics, international political economy, European politics, and medical decision making.  He is a founding co-editor of the journal European Union Politics and has published articles in theAmerican Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics.  His work on health policy has focused on theoretical and empirical issues of group decision making in consensus panels, which are used in the review of medical therapies and procedures as well as in medical diagnosis.  Publications of this work have appeared in the Journal of Health Economics and the Archives of Neurology.  He is currently consulting for Bristol-Myers-Squibb on a drug trial related to his research on the diagnosis of dementia.

Discipline: Political Science
		

Jonathan Ketcham Ph.D.

Cohort 9 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Earl G. and Gladys C. Davis Distinguished Research Professor in Business, W.P. Carey School of Business / Department of Marketing
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Dr. Ketcham received his PhD in Economics from The Wharton School and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Baylor University. Dr. Ketcham's interest are Physician organizations, incentives and learning, prescription drugs and medical devices, and hospital competition under managed care. He is a consulting with Pfizer Inc; Wolters Kluwer Health. His current projects are Physician-hospital gainsharing; physician decisionmaking; diffusion of drug-eluting stents; Medicare Part D. His recent awards is Principal Investigator, R01, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. "Hospital-Physician Gainsharing." $484k. He recent co-authored publications are: "Influence of Patient Race on Physician Prescribing Decisions: A Randomized On-line Experiment." Journal of General Internal Medicine,24(11): 1183-91 and "Physician Clinical Information Technology and Health Care Disparities." Medical Care Research and Review, 66: 658-681.

Discipline: Economics
		

Beth K. Kosiak Ph.D.

Cohort 1 — Yale Alumni List
Senior Consultant and Program Officer, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Principal Consultant
Kosiak Health Policy Consulting, Washington, DC

Dr. Kosiak received both her PhD and MA from Princeton University. Dr. Kosiak is Principal Consultant of Kosiak Health Policy Consulting. She offers a broad range of health policy expertise from strategic planning, policy development and program execution to writing technical reports and grants and proposals. Experience in policy analysis,with a special focus on quality measurement, patient experience of care and value based purchasing. Extensive background in federal government, Medicare and physicians associations.

 

Her past projects are and were: Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC): April 2016- present
Providing strategic guidance and analysis to leadership, summarizing relevant literature and identifying key informants to assist the ACCC in meeting the requirements of its sponsors and fulfilling its mission, PCORI: April 2014- Present - Currently serving as senior consultant/program officer in the Improving Healthcare Systems Program at PCORI, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute

Signature Consulting: June 2013-December 2013 Played lead role in securing $23 million CMS PQRS contract and served as Interim Executive Director of the contract, directing all subcontractors and liaising to CMS until project was ready for hand off to a permanent director.

January 2013-June 2013: Provided strategic guidance and specific input to orthopedic surgical practice writing a grant for federal government funding; reviewed and provided expert technical feedback on draft reports from other consulting firms.

Discipline: Sociology