Gary L. Filerman, PhD, President

Dr. Filerman is the President of the Atlas Health Foundation. He has had a long career in health and social service education and policy.

Dr. Filerman was, until recently, Professor and Chairman of the Georgetown University Department of Health Systems Administration. Before joining Georgetown in 2000, he served as president of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, Professor and Interim Chairman of the George Washington University Department of Health Management and Policy, Associate Director of the Pew Commission on the Future of Health Professions, International Vice President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Senior Health Advisor at the Academy for Educational Development. He is a former guest scholar at The Brookings Institution.


Dr. Filerman has served as a consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, The World Bank, Joint Commission International, the World Health Organization, the Association of Academic Health Centers, and to over 100 universities in 35 countries. He headed planning for the 1997 Tashkent Conference on the future of medical education in the former Soviet Union. He is the author of 85 books, articles and monographs.

Dr. Filerman serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations including the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education. He received his BA. MHA, MA, and PhD from the University of Minnesota, and is a recipient of the University Regent’s Distinguished Contribution Award. The endowed Filerman Prize is the highest recognition for achievement in the field of health services administration education.


Roger J. Bulger, MD, FACP, FRCP

Dr. Bulger is an academic physician, educator, researcher, administrator, and lately a patient; he has spent his career exploring the connections among human values, health care, and health policy. From his leadership positions in the health sector for more than four decades, he has been concerned with the social contracts among health professionals, health care organizations, academic institutions, and the people they serve.p>

He served as the medical director of the University of Washington Hospital (1967-1970), the first dean of the School of Allied Health Professions, Duke University (1970-1972), the first executive officer of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (1972-1976), the second chancellor/dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Hospital (1976-1978), the second president of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (1978-1988), and the second president of the Association of Academic Health Centers (1988-2007).


Subsequently Dr. Bulger has consulted with and held positions at the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Minority Health and Disparities. He remains active in not-for-profit organizations focused on international health, health disparities, and health policy. He completed his three year term as the board chair of the Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural and Minority Medicine (2008-2011) and serves currently as the chairman of the board of the American International Health Association (AIHA) and as the board chair of the Medicine/Public Health Initiative (MPHI). Elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1977, he has served as the chairman of three different IOM study committees.

He has written over 150 peer-reviewed articles on science, clinical medicine, health and education policy, human values, and administration; ten books; and four book-length Institute of Medicine reports. The books include: In Search of the Modern Hippocrates, Technology, Bureaucracy and Healing in America, The Quest for Mercy–The Forgotten Ingredient in Health Care Reform, The Honorable Paul G. Rogers–A Portrait of Leadership and a Fighter for Health, Physician-Philosopher–Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, and, most recently, Healing America–Hope, Mercy, Justice and Autonomy in the American Health Care System. He has served on editorial boards for Health Affairs, the International Journal of Technology Assessment, Linacre Quarterly, and the Journal of Dental Education.

Dr. Bulger received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Harvard University and completed postgraduate training in internal medicine, nephrology, infectious diseases, and clinical microbiology at the University of Washington and Boston University.


Gina Capra

Gina Capra is the Vice President for Training and Technical Assistance at the National Association of Community Health Centers. NACHC represents 1,400 community, migrant, homeless and public housing organizations. Gina leads the development, delivery and evaluation of education, training and technical assistance services for the community health center workforce.


From 2013 to 2016 Gina was the Veterans Health Administration’s Director of Rural Health, providing leadership for increased access to health care for 5 million rural veterans. In that Senior Executive appointment, she dealt with Congress, the White House, other federal agencies and the media to promote support for both community providers and the VA health care workforce. Gina is credited with securing VHA approval for veterans to receive care at community health centers.

From 1999-2013 Gina served in programmatic and leadership roles the DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). As director of the Boston Regional Office she led efforts to advance integration of behavioral health in primary care and increase enrollment in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). As a director in the Bureau of Primary Care, she led technical assistance provision to community health centers across 18 states.

Gina is a graduate of The College of New Jersey, received a Master’s of Public Administration from American University and a Certificate in Maternal and Child Health from Boston University. She is Fellow of the Partnership for Public Services’ Excellence in Government Program.


Valarie Clark

Valarie Clark, MPA, Director of Faculty Development and Organizational Leadership at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) designs and directs national leadership and professional development outreach programs for medical school and teaching hospital faculty to foster career advancement and quality improvement through the influence of organizational and institutional policies.  She directs the strategic development and implementation of the AAMC’s Group on Faculty Affairs through their governance activities and direct membership engagement to advance the academic missions of teaching, research, and clinical care.


Ms. Clark joined the AAMC in 1998 to support medical school educational and curriculum development activities.  She was subsequently recruited to staff the Women in Medicine office, where she held responsibilities for the promotion of pathways for women in academic medicine.  Her portfolio further expanded to include the faculty affairs constituency.  She spearheaded the transition of these two long-standing informal constituent programs into official Affinity Groups with formal standing and governing Rules and Regulations fully recognized by the AAMC Board of Directors, thus establishing the Group on Women in Medicine and Science and the Group on Faculty Affairs.


As the recipient of the AAMC Spirit of Excellence Award, Ms. Clark has been recognized for her exceptional contributions to AAMC’s organizational effectiveness and improvement. A recent graduate of the Leadership Greater Washington (LGW) Signature Program and newly elected class representative to the LGW Board of Directors.


Ms. Clark holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Clark Atlanta University and a Bachelor’s in Health Services Management from Virginia’s Norfolk State University.



Dave Davis, MD, CCFP, FCFP, FRCPC (hon), Secretary Treasurer

Dr. Davis recently retired as Senior Director of Continuing Education and Performance Improvement for the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr. Davis serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.


Dr. Davis was a family physician in Ontario, Canada for nearly forty years. For much of that time, he was active in ‘CME’ as: Chairman of an all-staff inter-professional CE program at a community hospital; Director of Continuing Medical Education and subsequently Chair of Continuing Education at McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences; Associate Dean, Continuing Education, and Founding Director of the Knowledge Translation Program in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto; and Chairman of Ontario’s Guidelines Advisory Committee.

Dr. Davis has also developed a comprehensive competency assessment program for the provincial licensing body, and helped launch a center for faculty development and a Mini-Med School at the University of Toronto. Emphasizing a rigorous, outcomes-based focus on CME, he has acted as PI, Co-PI, or investigator on grants totaling several million dollars. This emphasis has seen the publication of over 100 peer-reviewed papers, dozens of abstracts, book chapters, and two major books on CME practices, and presentations on four continents. His (and colleagues’) 1995 JAMA systematic review of the effect of CME interventions is widely cited as a seminal study in this field. Finally, Dr. Davis has been Chair or President of national or provincial Canadian organizations, two North American organizations (the Alliance for CME and the Society for Academic CME) and the Guidelines International Network, a global organization dedicated to the development and implementation of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.


Robert B. Giffin, PhD, Chairman 

Dr. Giffin is Vice President, Healthcare Economics and Outcomes Research for the Medtronic Minimally Invasive Therapies Group, where he is responsible for strategic direction of the company’s global HEOR activities in the emerging evidence driven and value-based reimbursement environment. He previously served as senior research director at the Center for Medical Technology Policy, where he directed studies in comparative effectiveness research, clinical registries, coverage with evidence development, and related aspects of evidence development.


Before joining CMTP, Dr. Giffin directed the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Forum on Drug Discovery, Development, and Translation, where he led initiatives on drug safety regulation, clinical trial infrastructure, and global health, and also directed a three-year study on the Future of Emergency Care in the United States Health System.

Prior to the IOM, Dr. Giffin was managing consultant for Health Care Strategy Associates, a health care policy and strategic planning firm that advised provider organizations, government agencies, and associations. He previously held the positions of director of corporate marketing and strategy and VP of marketing at CIGNA Corporation, and director of research at the Group Health Association of America. Dr. Giffin served on the faculty of The George Washington University Department of Health Policy from 1993 to 2014. He received his doctorate in economics from Temple University and his bachelor’s degree from Washington University.


John M. Jacocks, (COL, ret) MD, MTM&H 

Dr. Jacocks is currently the Senior Medical Officer for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Fort Belvoir, VA. He graduated from the Tulane University School of Medicine. He is a retired US Army Medical Corps/Special Forces officer, with board certification in Family Medicine, as well as a Master of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He has had a variety of both clinical and operational medical assignments, from commanding a clinic in Germany, to deployments in Operations Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, to serving as Command Surgeon for the Army Test and Evaluation Command. Dr. Jacocks currently oversees the medical aspects of DTRA’s operational/occupational and travel medicine programs, with personnel deployed worldwide. He also works in the aviation medicine clinic of Ft. Belvoir’s Community Hospital. He holds an adjunct assistant professor position at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and is an instructor at LSU’s Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education. His priority focus areas are medical readiness and the medical effects of weapons of mass destruction.


Jason Ormsby

Dr. Ormsby is a health quality and program evaluation lead at Deloitte, and has taught at Georgetown University since 2004. He supported national initiatives promoting health quality and patient safety for the Joint Commission, worked in health administration at Mayo Clinic, and was a professional staff member with the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee as the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellow.


Carrie Rich

Carrie Rich is the co-founder and CEO of the Global Good Fund. Founded in 2012 by and for social entrepreneurs the fund is based on the belief that growing leaders is the best strategy for solving complex social problems and achieving global good. Carrie tested the theory behind the fund while serving as Senior Director of Vision Translation at the Inova Health System in Northern Virginia and as a Georgetown University adjunct faculty member.


Carrie’s recognitions include the 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year, recipient of the POLITICO Women Who Rule Award, Washington Business Journal 40 under 40, Top 30 Start-ups to Watch, Stevie Award for Women in Business, Asian Social Innovation CEO of the Year, Social Enterprise Alliance 50 under 40 and Empact100. She has been published in Forbes, Entrepreneur, HuffingtonPost, The Founder Institute, Under30CEO and Philanthropy News Digest. Carrie is the co-author of Sustainability for Healthcare Management and is a member of three corporate boards.

Carrie holds a Georgetown Master’s degree in Health Services Administration. She is an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington University and the Amani Institute in Kenya and Brazil.