Robert L. Phillips, MD, MSPH
Dr. Phillips directs the Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care which aims to create space in which patients, health professionals, payers, and policymakers can work to renegotiate the social contract. The center will also seek to define value across the healthcare spectrum, how to measure it, how to improve it, and how to engage and develop leaders. Dr. Phillips is also responsible for overseeing the American Board of Family Medicine’s (ABFM) research and related collaborations, as well as the policy relationships related to family medicine and primary care.
Prior to being named executive director of the center in 2018, Dr. Phillips was the ABFM Vice President for Research and Policy. From 2004 until 2012, Dr. Phillips was the director of the Robert Graham Center, a health policy research center in Washington, DC.
Dr. Phillips currently practices one day each week in a community-based residency program in Fairfax, Virginia, and is Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University and Virginia Commonwealth University. He previously served on the American Medical Association’s Council on Medical Education, as president of the National Residency Matching Program, and as vice chair of the US Council on Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Phillips currently serves as co-chair of the Population Health Subcommittee and as a member of the executive committee of the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics. He served as a Fulbright Specialist to the Netherlands in 2012 and New Zealand in 2016.
Dr. Phillips has deep experience in designing and implementing health services research pertinent to policy development and a history of prodigious productivity. His passion for underserved populations is born of growing up in a rural community that is both a Health Professions Shortage Area and Medically Underserved Area, currently served by two Rural Health Clinics. It was bolstered by working in a Federally Qualified Health Center imbedded in a Federal Housing Project. Dr. Phillips’ research and policy experience led him to his selection by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on a Federal Negotiated Rule Making Committee for the redesignation of shortage and underservice areas. He consults at local, state, national, and international levels, and serves as a role model for aspiring students and fellows.
Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH
Andrew Bazemore, MD, MPH serves as the Senior Vice President of Research and Policy for the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). As Senior Vice President of Research and Policy, Dr. Bazemore’s areas of focus include leading the next phase of development of the ABFM research enterprise, co-leading ABFM’s Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care and coordinating and developing ABFM career development activities for ABFM Scholars, Pisacano Scholars and Puffer Fellows.
Dr. Bazemore previously served as the Director of the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine in Washington, DC, and as its Assistant Director for seven years prior to that. Dr. Bazemore helped cultivate the growth and evolution of the Graham Center into an internationally-known primary care research center with diverse funding sources. He guided and participated in the Graham Center’s research with special interest in access to care for underserved populations, health workforce and training, and spatial analysis. Dr. Bazemore also led the Graham Center’s emphasis on developing tools that empower primary care providers, leaders, and policymakers. He developed HealthLandscape, an innovative data engagement platform entirely funded by grants and contracts, including the nearly $1.5 million/year federal Uniform Data System (UDS) Mapper contract that guides funding for all the nation’s Federally Qualified Centers.
Dr. Bazemore has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications and helped to create the Starfield Summit series, the Embassy Series events and novel settings for the Primary Care Forum Series. He has served in national policy roles including the Family Medicine for America’s Health Research Tactic Team, and Board of Directors as well as important committee roles for North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), the National Research Network, the Rural Training Track Consortium, the National Academies of Medicine, and the Council on Graduate Medical Education. He was elected as a member of the National Academies of Medicine in 2016 and named a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians last year.
Dr. Bazemore serves on the faculties of the Departments of Family Medicine at Georgetown University and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has also continued to see patients at Fairfax Family Practice Centers since joining the Graham Center in 2005. Dr. Bazemore previously served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Cincinnati and as a Professorial Lecturer of Health Policy at George Washington University School of Public Health. Dr. Bazemore graduated from Davidson College, received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of North Carolina, and his MPH from Harvard University School of Public Health. He also completed a Global Health Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati.
Jill Shuemaker, RN, CPHIMS
Jill Shuemaker, RN, CPHIMS directs the Clinician Measure efforts atThe Center for Professionalism & Value in Health Care. Jill facilitates the quality measure needs of primary care providers, researchers, and PRIME Qualified Clinical Data Registry Stakeholders. Ms. Shuemaker holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and was honored with a senior internship under the tutelage of T. Berry Brazelton, MD at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, Child Development Unit. Being passionate about children and the family, Jill served alongside NGO professionals in remote areas of the Philippine Islands, Dominican Republic and a remote European village. It was during these experiences that Jill saw health care needs of the underserved and chose to expand her education through pursuing nursing as a career at The University of Central Florida. As a registered nurse, Jill continued to care for children and families in the neonatal intensive care, newborn nursery, as an international board-certified lactation consultant, and as a health department maternity clinic director. Ms. Shuemaker is passionate about family care and using technology to advance health through research, and quality measurement to improve care quality and influence policy.
Ms. Shuemaker is a certified professional in health information management systems, and current member and past chair of HIMSS National Quality and Safety Committee. She is a member of NQF’s Measure Feedback Loop Committee, The Core Quality Measure Collaborative, and has served on several government clinical quality measure and health IT task forces. She is a national speaker and presenter on various clinical quality topics such as data driven patient care, quality metrics and reporting in value-based care, interoperability challenges to eCQM reporting, federal quality reporting provider value proposition, aligning eCQM compliance with improving care outcomes, and value-focused reimbursement. In recognition for her expertise in the field of healthcare and information technology, Ms. Shuemaker received the HIMSS Foundation Covert Award. She is uniquely qualified to provide key insights in the use of health IT in care delivery, quality measurement, and regulatory reporting.
Denise M. Pavletic MPH, RD
Denise Pavletic is originally from New York State and currently lives in Washington, DC working at the ABFM Center for Professionalism and Value in Healthcare. Denise is an RD and holds an MPH from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. In additional, she holds national quality improvement certifications through the American Society for Quality. Denise started her career as an active duty army officer and has over 25 years of experience in healthcare and population health initiatives at the community, state and national levels. Denise lives with her husband Greg and rescue dog Simba.
Sarah Hajjar, MPA, PMP
Ms. Sarah Hajjar is Director of The PRIME Registry. Since joining the ABFM in 2016, she has overseen the launch of The PRIME Registry and led its growth to nearly 3,000 Primary Care clinicians, with practices in 49 states. She has shepherded the integration of innovative tools within PRIME Registry that provide additional value to clinicians and practices such as the Population Health Asessment Engine, PHATE ™, and Patient Reported Outcomes.
Prior to ABFM, Sarah was Senior Manager, Six Sigma for Dynamics AX Implementations at Tempur Sealy International in Lexington, KY. She has an M.P.A from Eastern Kentucky University, is a Certified Six Sigma Blackbelt and a certified Project Management Professional.
Eric Bickelman joined the PRIME Registry team in April 2019 as the Registry Program Manager. Prior to joining the PRIME Registry, he founded the IBUO Group and served industry leaders in secondary, tertiary, and quaternary sectors as a consultant. He has experience providing organizations with leadership and change management in transition and growth periods while working with executives to improve organizational performance. Earlier in his career, he held a range of positions in sales and service management, supply chain management, information technology, new product development, pastoral care, education, and training. Eric holds a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Anthropology from Humboldt State University.
Alison holds a Bachelor of Arts from Asbury University, and has spent the last 20 years in marketing, copy writing and art direction. She established the creative services partnership Fly Creative Solutions, LLC with her husband in 2004, and serves as managing partner. Fly Creative provides marketing and creative support to a variety of companies in Lexington, Kentucky and across the U.S.
Bailey Egan is Program Coordinator for the PRIME Registry. Bailey is instrumental in her support of PRIME Registry users, and the many registry-related programs and initiatives, including the recent Person-Centered Primary Care measure project.
Bailey graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and Business. She began her tenure with the American Board of Family Medicine in the Support Center, providing assistance to the ABFM Diplomates.
Aside from her work with the PRIME Registry, Bailey is also passionate about animal rescue and volunteering; she fosters and rehabilitates dogs in need and has participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program for the past five years. In her free time, Bailey enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time outdoors with her rescue dog, Buddy.