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Technology Evaluation
Center (TEC)


TEC is guided by the Medical Advisory Panel (MAP), which is composed of nationally respected physician experts. The MAP has final scientific and clinical authority for all TEC assessments.

Chaired by the Senior Vice President, Office of Clinical Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, the MAP comprises experts in technology assessment, clinical research methodology and implementation and clinical practice. MAP membership is diversified to ensure representation by a wide variety of viewpoints within the healthcare community. A majority of members hold academic appointments and are independent medical experts without affiliation to healthcare payers.

TEC is guided by the Medical Advisory Panel (MAP), which is composed of nationally respected physician experts. The MAP has final scientific and clinical authority for all TEC assessments.

Chaired by the Senior Vice President, Office of Clinical Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, the MAP comprises experts in technology assessment, clinical research methodology and implementation and clinical practice. MAP membership is diversified to ensure representation by a wide variety of viewpoints within the healthcare community. A majority of members hold academic appointments and are independent medical experts without affiliation to healthcare payers.

Chairman

Trent T. Haywood, M.D., J.D. 

  • Senior Vice President, Office of Clinical Affairs
  • Chief Medical Officer, BlueCross BlueShield Association

Vice-Chair

Suzanne E. Belinson, Ph.D., M.P.H.

  • Executive Director, Center for Clinical Effectiveness, Office of Clinical Affairs

 

Co-Scientific Advisors

Steven N. Goodman, M.D., M.H.S., Ph.D. 

  • Dean, Clinical and Translational Research
  • Professor, Departments of Medicine, Health Research and Policy
  • Stanford University School of Medicine

 

Mark A. Hlatky, M.D. 

  • Professor, Health Research and Policy
  • Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, Dept. of Medicine
  • Stanford University School of Medicine

 

Peter C. Albertsen, M.D. 

  • Professor, Chief of Urology, and Residency Program Director, University of Connecticut Health Center
  • Specialty:  Urology
  • Member of the Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT) II for Prostate Diseases and the National Cancer Institute Special Study of Prostate Cancer Health Care and Quality of Life
  • Member of the Residency Review Committee for Urology of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
  • Editorial Board member of Urology and Urology Times; reviewer for JAMA, Cancer, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and others
  • Widely published author in the area of prostate disease
  • Trustee of the American Board of Urology

 

Suzanne E. Belinson, Ph.D., M.P.H. 

  • Executive Director, Center for Clinical Effectiveness, Office of Clinical Affairs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
  • Associate Director, BCBS Evidence-based Practice Center, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University
  • Member of the Society for Medical Decision Making
  • Member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research
  • Reviewer of multiple peer-reviewed medical journals

 

Ann Boynton

  • Deputy Executive Officer, Benefits Programs Policy and Planning, CalPERS
  • Previously served as Deputy Executive Officer of Benefits Application, CalPERS
  • Managing Director, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips
  • Undersecretary, California Health and Human Services Agency
  • Acted as management consultant in the private sector, including employment with IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers

 

Virginia Calega, M.D., M.B.A.

  • Vice President, Medical Management and Policy, Highmark Inc.
  • Specialty: Internal Medicine
  • Chair, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s Medical Policy Panel
  • Professional responsibilities include utilization management activities for Highmark members across the country, as well as the formulation and maintenance of medical policy for the corporation.
  • Board-certified in internal medicine and geriatrics

 

Sarah T. Corley, M.D., F.A.C.P. 

  • Chief Medical Officer, NextGen Healthcare Information Systems Inc.
  • American College of Physicians’ Appointee to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Medical Advisory Panel
  • Specialty:  Internal Medicine, Medical Informatics
  • Past-Governor, now member of the Governor’s Council, Virginia Chapter, American College of Physicians
  • Commissioner, Certification Commission for Health Information Technology
  • Board-certified in internal medicine

 

Helen Darling, M.A.

  • President, National Business Group on Health
  • Purchaser/Consumer Representative
  • President of NBGH, which has 280 mostly large employer members, including 58 of the Fortune 100. Provides solutions to the health care cost, quality and affordability crisis; serves as a link between large employers/purchasers and Congress, Executive Branch and other national organizations; the single voice for large employers on an array of health, productivity and disability issues.
  • Board of Directors, National Quality Forum and Reagan-Udall Foundation; Member, Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Evidence-Based Medicine, Committee on Performance Measurement, National Committee for Quality Assurance

 

Josef E. Fischer, M.D., F.A.C.S. 

  • William V. McDermott Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
  • American College of Surgeons' Appointee to the BlueCross BlueShield Association Medical Advisory Panel
  • Specialty:  Surgery
  • Widely published author and researcher, member of the editorial board of 15 national medical journals, associate editor of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and the American Journal of Surgery. Editor of 14 texts of surgery, including the standard atlas of surgery, Mastery of Surgery, 5th Edition
  • Recipient of numerous research grants and professional honors, including the two most significant honors in surgery: the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Surgeons and the Gold Medallion of the American Surgical Association. Selected as one of the 24 most prominent surgeons of the 20th century by Archives of Surgery 1999. Former Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons, former Chair of the American Board of Surgery, and a member of the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Surgery
  • Member of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee
  • Member of the Advisory Committee for the Institute for Clinical and Economic Research
  • Recipient of numerous honorary fellowships from international surgical organizations
  • Received an honorary MD from the University of Lund
  • An Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh
  • Author of over 850 peer-reviewed papers

 

Lee A. Fleisher, M.D.

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Specialty: Anesthesiology
  • President, Association of University Anesthesiologists
  • President-elect, Medical Board of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Member of the Consensus Standards Advisory Committee, National Quality Forum.
  • Member, Institute of Medicine, Committee of Priorities for Comparative Effectiveness
  • Board of Directors, Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement
  • Member of various committees of the American Association of Anesthesiologists

 

Steven N. Goodman, M.D., M.H.S., Ph.D.

  • Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, Stanford University School of Medicine, Professor, Departments of Medicine, Health Research and Policy
  • Specialty:  Pediatrics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology
  • Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials
  • Senior statistical editor, Annals of Internal Medicine
  • Co-chair, IOM Committee on Drug Safety
  • Member of Methodology Committee, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
  • Research and teaching focus on inferential and ethical issues in clinical research, peer review, evidence synthesis, diagnostic test evaluation, comparative effectiveness research
  • Board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics
  • Co-Scientific Advisor to the Association’s Medical Advisory Panel

 

Trent T. Haywood, M.D., J.D.

  • Senior Vice President, Office of Clinical Affairs
  • Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
  • Former Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, VHA Inc.
  • Former Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Oversees the National Council of Physician and Pharmacist Executives, senior BCBS Plan physicians that advise the Association
  • Board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine

 

Craig Henderson, M.D. 

  • Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • Specialty: Oncology
  • Former Chief of Medical Oncology and Associate Director of the Cancer Center at UCSF; former chairman of the Breast Cancer Committee of the Cancer and Acute Leukemia Group B (CALGB); former chairman of the Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration
  • Vice chairman of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Technologies for the Early Detection of Breast Cancer
  • Former chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Committee on Essential Drugs (Cancer) and Participant in the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Cancer
  • Chairman of the Committee on Metastatic Breast Cancer of the Cochrane Collaboration on Meta-analyses.  Former chairman of the Early Breast Cancer Trialists Group (Oxford meta-analyses of breast cancer trials)
  • Former CEO of SEQUUS Pharmaceuticals, Access Oncology, Inc., and former president of Keryx Biopharmaceuticals
  • Founder of the Breast Evaluation Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate editor, editorial board member and/or editorial advisory board for Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, European Journal of Cancer, The Breast, The Breast Journal, and Oncology

 

Jo Carol Hiatt, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.

  • Chair, Inter-Regional New Technology Committee, Kaiser Permanente
  • Specialty:  Surgery
  • Staff Surgeon, Kaiser Permanente, Panorama City
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, UCLA
  • Regional Assistant Medical Director, Business Management, Kaiser Permanente
  • Chair, National Product Council, Kaiser Permanente

 

Mark A. Hlatky, M.D. 

  • Professor of Health Research and Policy and of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine), Stanford University School of Medicine
  • American College of Cardiology Appointee to the BlueCross BlueShield Association Medical Advisory Panel
  • Specialty:  Cardiology
  • Director, Health Services Research Graduate Degree Program, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Director, Donald W. Reynolds Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center
  • Former Co-Director, UCSF-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center
  • Attending, Cardiovascular Medicine Service, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Widely published researcher and editorial board member of several prestigious journals, including American Heart Journal and American Journal of Medicine

 

Saira A. Jan, M.S., Pharm.D. 

  • Associate Clinical Professor, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Residency Director and Director of Clinical Programs Pharmacy Management, Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Specialty:  Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • Member of American Association of Health Plans (AHIP) advisory committee for Medication Therapy Management and Immunization
  • Council for Affordable Quality Health Care (CAQH) National Committee; New Jersey State Representative for Formulary Management
  • Director of Research at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Published in the areas of pharmacy benefit management, outcomes research, and clinical therapeutics
  • Member of Pharmaceutical Assistance to Aged and Disabled (PAAD), Department of Health and Senior Services
  • Member of Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP)

 

Thomas Kowalski, R.Ph.

  • Clinical Pharmacy Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Specialty:  Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • Member, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s National Council of Physician and Pharmacy Executives
  • Member, BCBSA’s Specialty Pharmacy Steering Committee
  • Leads the development, implementation, maintenance and evaluation of clinically appropriate and cost effective programs to control the escalating costs of pharmaceuticals and utilization trends on both medical and pharmacy benefits

 

Lawrence Hong Lee, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P. 

  • Vice President and Executive Medical Director for Quality and Provider relations, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Specialty:  Internal Medicine
  • Responsible for company-wide activities relating to quality of care and improving health status and includes accreditation, HEDIS measurement and improvement, preventive care, and members’ experience accessing and receiving care
  • Completed year-long Executive Leadership Program for Medical Directors (ELP-MD), America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), with designation from AHIP as Certified Health Insurance Executive (CHIE)
  • Board-certified in internal medicine

 

Bernard Lo, M.D. 

  • President, The Greenwall Foundation
  • Specialty:  Medical Ethics
  • Professor of Medicine Emeritus and Director Emeritus, Program in Medical Ethics, University of California, San Francisco
  • Co-chair, Standards Working Ground of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
  • Co-Director, Policy and Ethics Core, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies
  • Member, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ethics Subcommittee
  • Author of Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Clinical Practice and of Ethical Issues in Clinical Research
  • Board-certified in internal medicine

 

Randall E. Marcus, M.D. 

  • Charles H. Herndon Professor and Chairman, Department of Orthopaedics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Specialty:  Orthopedic Surgery
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Senior Director
  • Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Chairman Board of Trustees and Associate Editor
  • Past President, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and past President of Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons
  • Widely published in the area of orthopedics
  • Board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

 

Barbara J. McNeil, M.D., Ph.D. 

  • Ridley Watts Professor and Head, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Specialty:  Technology Assessment/Quality of Care/Health Policy
  • Member of Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee
  • Member, Institute of Medicine
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Widely published author in the areas of radiology, cost-effectiveness analysis, and quality of care
  • Board-certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Nuclear Medicine

 

William R. Phillips, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, University of Washington
  • American Academy of Family Physicians appointee to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Medical Advisory Panel
  • Specialty:  Family Medicine. Board-certified in family medicine and preventive medicine
  • Co-Director, National Research Service Award Fellowship in Primary Care Research, University of Washington
  • Senior Associate Editor, Annals of Family Medicine
  • Senior Research Scientist, Centers for Public Health Research and Evaluation, Battelle Memorial Institute, Seattle
  • Member, Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee
  • Past-President, North American Primary Care Research Group
  • Past-Chair, American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Clinical Policies and Research
  • Author of over 100 original peer-reviewed publications

 

Rita F. Redberg, M.D., M.Sc., F.A.C.C.

  • Professor of Medicine and Director, Women's Cardiovascular Services, University of California San Francisco
  • Specialty:  Cardiology
  • Chief Editor of Archives of Internal Medicine
  • Member of the American College of Cardiology's (ACC) Clinical Quality Committee and the Quality in Technology Work Group
  • Member of the California Technology Assessment Forum, the Medical Policy Technology and Advisory Committee, and the U.S. FDA Cardiovascular Devices Expert Panel
  • Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, 2003-2006
  • Board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease

 

Maren T. Scheuner, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.M.G.

  • Chief, Medical Genetics, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System; Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Affiliate Natural Scientist, RAND Corporation
  • American College of Medical Genetics’ Appointee to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Medical Advisory Panel
  • Specialty: Medical Genetics, Internal Medicine
  • Board of Directors, American College of Medical Genetics (2013 - 2019)
  • Former member, Board of Directors, American Board of Medical Genetics
  • Former member, Board of Directors, National Coalition of Health Professional Education in Genetics
  • Director, Clinical Genetic Services for the Veterans Integrated Service Network 22
  • Director, Health Services Genomics Research Program, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
  • Board-certified in clinical genetics

 

Leslie Robert Schlaegel, M.S. 

  • Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Stanford University
  • Health Systems Planning
  • Vice-President and member of the Board of Directors, Mental Health Association of San Mateo County, California
  • Member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Pacific Business Group on Health

 

J. Sanford Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.P. 

  • Leon Hess Professor of Medicine and Health Management & Economics, School of Medicine and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Specialty: Internal Medicine (ABIM certified)
  • Research Interests: medical decision making; health economics (cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-quality tradeoffs); medical technology assessment; adoption/diffusion medical innovation
  • University of Pennsylvania: Former Executive Director, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics; Former Co–Director, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program; Former Director, Cancer Center Program in Health Economics and Health Services Research; University of Pennsylvania
  • National Advisory Committees: National Cholesterol Education Project Adult Treatment Panels III and IV (NCEP–ATP), National Heart Lung and Blood Institute; National Advisory Committee, Robert Wood Johnson Minority Faculty Development Committee; Board of Directors ECRI Institute; Member US Preventive Services Task Force; Elected memberships: Institute of Medicine National Academy of Sciences; Association of American Physicians; American Society for Clinical Investigation; American Clinical and Climatological Society

 

John B. Watkins, Pharm.D., M.P.H., B.C.P.S.

  • Pharmacy Manager, Formulary Development, Premera Blue Cross
  • Specialty: Pharmacy
  • Affiliate Professor of Pharmacy, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Format Executive Committee
  • Member of the ISPOR - North American HTA Council