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J. Nile Barnes, PharmD
J. Nile Barnes, PharmD is the Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy. He collaborates with other members of the College of Pharmacy, the School of Social Work and the Texas Overdose Naloxone Network in the Operation Naloxone project. In 2015, he was elected to the board of trustees of the TMF Health Quality Institute. In 2016, he was appointed to the Texas Medicaid/CHIP Drug Utilization Review Board, by the Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Chris Traylor.
Dr. Barnes previously served as an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio from 2006-2009. He also held appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Health Professions, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the South Texas Veterans Audie L. Murphy Memorial Hospital. His teaching assignments include coordination of the Pharmacotherapy Lab series and Clinical Skills courses. In addition, he precepts pharmacist-interns and residents on Internal Medicine clerkships at University Medical Center–Brackenridge.
Dr. Barnes is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences and College of Pharmacy (BSc Zoology, 1985; PharmD 2005; pharmacy specialty residency in internal medicine 2006). He earned a certificate as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) at UT in 1984 and completed his paramedic (EMT-P) training in 1990 while employed by the City of Austin EMS department. He served on the faculty of Austin Community College in the Emergency Medical Services Professions program from 1991-2001.
Jeneen Iwugo, MPA
Jeneen Iwugo is the deputy director of the Quality Improvement & Innovation Group (QIIG) in the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. With a formal education in Speech Communication and Public Policy, she has concentrated her Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) work in the Beneficiary- and Family-Centered Care tasks of the QIO program. Since joining QIIG in 2008, she has served as a subject matter expert, government task lead, QIO confidentiality regulation lead, Special Assistant and Division Director. Ms. Iwugo led the re-vision of the QIO regulations to expand eligibility for QIO contracts beyond the previous state based structure. She also led the transition of the case review task in the last scope of work of the QIO contract into the now separate Beneficiary- and Family-Centered Care task in the current scope of work for the QIO contract.
Prior to her various roles within CCSQ, Ms. Iwugo worked in Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services on Medicaid managed care policy, state plan amendments, demonstrations and waivers. Ms. Iwugo has also served as Adjunct Faculty for the Community College of Baltimore County teaching Speech Communication.
John Krueger, MD, MPH
John Krueger, MD, MPH, is the George W. Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair at the University of Oklahoma, School of Community Medicine, where he is the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs for the School of Medicine and the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the University of Oklahoma Physicians (Group), Tulsa. Dr. Krueger holds an academic appointment as an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Tulsa.
Dr. Krueger is a 2010-2011George W. Merck Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Cambridge, MA, and an IHI Faculty member. He holds IHI Certificates as an Improvement Advisor and a Patient Safety Officer and works around the world in healthcare quality improvement oriented consulting and quality improvement programs.
Dr. Krueger’s previously held positions include serving as the acting Chief of Staff and Associate Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at Veterans Health System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Arkansas, as Vice President, Medical Director of Quality at Unity Point Health/Unity Point Clinics in Des Moines, Iowa, as Medical Director of Quality Management for the Cherokee Nation Health System in Nebraska, Oklahoma and multiple roles at the clinic and hospital director level. Dr. Krueger has also worked most of his career in rural and disadvantaged health care delivery areas. In his first practice out of residency, he was in the only physician group (3 doctors) in an entire west Texas county, and one of only three physicians in the practice offering obstetrical services in a six county area.
Dr. Krueger is Board Certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed his residency in Family Medicine at John Peter Smith Family Practice Residency in Fort Worth, Texas.
Dr. Krueger received his master’s in Public Health from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in 2014, and a certificate from the Harvard School of Public Health in Clinical Effectiveness in 2010. Dr. Krueger holds an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Economics and Business from Hendrix College. Dr. Krueger’s professional interests include primary care, patient co-production, population health and quality improvement (QI).
Paul McGann, MD
Paul McGann, MD, is the chief medical officer for Quality Improvement at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Dr. McGann also serves as the co-director of CMS Partnership for Patients. He is also the co-dDirector of the Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative.
In 2002, Dr. McGann joined the staff of CMS, and in July 2007 was promoted to Deputy Chief Medical Officer. He has contributed to the ongoing re-design of the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network Program, identification and reduction of health care disparities, and introduction of the principles of geriatric medicine into numerous CMS programs.
From February to May 2011, Dr. McGann served as the Acting Chief Medical Officer for CMS, reporting to the CMS Administrator. He received a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a master’s degree in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He graduated from the McGill Faculty of Medicine in Montreal and completed both internal medicine and geriatric medicine training in Canada, where he practiced geriatric medicine for 14 years. Dr. McGann is board - certified in both internal medicine and geriatric medicine in the United States and in Canada. In 1995, Dr. McGann became the founding Clinical Director of the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He was named the first American Geriatrics Society-Health Care Financing Administration (AGS-HCFA) Health Policy Scholar in 1999 and contributed to the development of the active Health and Aging Policy Fellowship Program. Dr. McGann received the prestigious Nascher -Manning Award from the American Geriatrics Society and the CMS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
He is the co-author of a chapter on “The Key Elements of Effective Collaborative Design” in the newly released book All In: Using Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care.
Dr. McGann is also a recipient of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (known as the “Sammies”) 2016 Federal Employee of the Year Award. This award is from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service and was awarded for CMS’s work on drastically reducing preventable medical harm on a national scale. The Sammies are a highly respected honor with a vigorous selection process and are known as the “Oscars” of federal service.
Steven Q. Simpson, MD, FCCP, FACP
Steven Q. Simpson, MD, FCCP, FACP, is the Professor of Medicine and Interim Director at the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Kansas. Dr. Simpson has more than 30 years of clinical experience as a critical care specialist, certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Research in the basic science, clinical science and implementation science of severe sepsis. Dr. Simpson has authored more than 100 publications and abstracts in the specific area of sepsis, and is an internationally recognized thought leader on the subject on sepsis, having spoken at events across the globe on the subject over the last 25 years. Dr. Simpson received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Kansas.
Arjun Srinivasan, MD
Arjun Srinivasan, MD, is associate director for healthcare-associated infection prevention programs in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. Dr. Srinivasan is also a captain in the U.S. Public Health Services. An infectious disease doctor, Dr. Srinivasan oversees several CDC programs aimed at eliminating healthcare-associated infections and improving antibiotic use. For much of his CDC career, Dr. Srinivasan ran the healthcare outbreak investigation unit, helping hospitals and other healthcare facilities track down bacteria and stop them from infecting other patients. Today, Dr. Srinivasan leads the CDC’s work to improve antibiotic prescribing and works with a team of CDC experts researching new strategies to eliminate healthcare-associated infections.
Dr. Srinivasan’s team of disease detectives was tapped to investigate cases of unusual infections among newborn infants. The CDC linked the infections to a breathing machine that could not be cleaned properly. The investigation spurred an immediate recall of thousands of the machines and development of a new cleaning protocol that allowed the machines to be re-introduced safely. Other hospital outbreak investigations he directed led to the changes in national guidelines for infection control to protect patients more effectively.
A graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Dr. Srinivasan is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He completed an Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Disease fellowship at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Dr. Srinivasan is an adjunct assistant professor of medicine at Emory University Medical Center and sees patients at the Atlanta Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Srinivasan has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals on his research in healthcare epidemiology, infection control and antibiotic use and resistance. He is a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. He has been named to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.
Dennis Wagner, MPA
Dennis Wagner, MPA, is the director of the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group in the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality. He also serves as the co-director of both the Partnership for Patients and the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. In these roles, Dr. Wagner leads a team of committed individuals in developing and delivering innovative and collaborative initiatives to improve health care.
Prior to his current roles at CMS, Dr. Wagner served as the Associate Deputy Director and then Acting Director of CMS’ Office of Clinical Standards and Quality. Dr. Wagner worked for 12 years at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), including a final stint as Acting Director of HRSA’s Office of Health Information Technology and Quality. While at HRSA, Dr. Wagner led major national initiatives to increase the donation and transplantation of organs. After years of relatively flat national organ donation levels, this work generated unprecedented and lasting national increases in organ donation over a four-year period.
Dr. Wagner received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Montana State University. He recently co-authored a chapter entitled “The Key Elements of Effective Collaborative Design” in the book, All In: Using Healthcare Collaboratives to Save Lives and Improve Care.
Dr. Wagner is also a recipient of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (known as the “Sammies”) 2016 Federal Employee of the Year Award. This award is from the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service and was awarded for CMS’s work on drastically reducing preventable medical harm on a national scale. The Sammies are a highly respected honor with a vigorous selection process and are known as the “Oscars” of federal service.