Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Governing Board Conflicts of Interest Information

Section 6301(f)(2) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires to Comptroller General, “to consider and disclose any conflicts of interest” in appointing the Board of Governors on GAO’s Web site.

Section 6301(a)(3) of PPACA defines “conflict of interest” as: “[A]n association, including a financial or personal association, that have the potential to bias or have the appearance of biasing an individual’s decision in matters related to the Institute or the conduct of activities under this section.”

Below are the associations of the Board of Governors appointed by the Comptroller General that fit within the definition of a “conflict of interest” specified by the law.

Notes:

    • Personal Associations includes associations reported by the Board member or their spouse.
    • Financial Associations includes interests held by the Board member’s spouse or minor children. Multiple entries of the same asset appear when the Board member reported holding the asset in multiple accounts.

Debra Barksdale

Personal Associations

Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

President of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioners Faculties

Member and Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Member and Fellow, American Academy of Nursing

Executive Nurse Member and Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Financial Associations

Received stipend between $15,001 and $50,000 from:
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Kerry Barnett

Personal Associations

Member of the Board of Directors of

    • The Portland Business Alliance
    • United Way of Columbia-Williamette

Executive Vice President, Cambia Health Solutions, Inc.

Financial Associations

None identified

Lawrence Becker

Personal Associations

Director, Strategic Partnership and Alliances, Xerox Corporation

Member of the Board of Directors of:

    • ERISA Industry Council
    • The National Quality Forum Foundation
    • Rochester Regional Health Information Organization
    • Spouse is Chair of the Board of Directors, Rochester Healthcare Services

Financial Associations

Investments below $10,001 in:
Coventry Healthcare, Inc.
The Travelers Companies, Inc.
GE Compay. (Bond)
SPDR Biotech (2 in this range)
Wellcare Health Plans, Inc.

Investments between $10,001 and $50,000 in:
Aetna, Inc.
Johnson & Johnson, Inc.
Pfizer, Inc.

Alan Douma

Personal Associations

Member of the Board of Directors of

    • the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
    • AARP Foundation

Financial Associations

Investments between $10,001 and $50,000 in:
MetLife, Inc.

Arnold Epstein

Personal Associations

Member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Health Care Strategies

Financial Associations

Also employed by:
Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Received consulting fees between $15,001 and $50,000 from:
New England Journal of Medicine
Todd and Weld LLP
Thornton and Naumes
Levy, Phillips & Konigsburg

Spouse employed by:
Partners in Health Care
Massachusetts General Hospital

Alicia Fernandez

Personal Associations

Employed by the University of California at San Francisco

Financial Associations

Investments between $50,001-100,000 in:
Prosetta Antiviral, Inc.,

Christine Goertz

Personal Associations

Vice Chancellor of the Palmer College of Chiropractic

Financial Associations

None identified

Leah Hole-Curry 

Personal Associations

Medical Administrator, Office of the Medical Director, State of Washington Department of Labor and Industries

Financial Associations

None identified

Gail Hunt

Personal Associations

Chair of the Board of Directors, National Center on Senior Transportation

Secretary of the Board of Directors, Long Term Quality Alliance

Commissioner, Center for Aging Services Technology

Member of the Board of Directors, Vinson Hall Corporation

Member of the Board of Trustees, Center for Advancing Health

Member of the Advisory Panel on Medicare Education

Financial Associations

None identified

Robert Jesse

Personal Associations

Member of the Board of Directors of

    • The Virginia BioTechnology Research Partnership Authority Board
    • Vital Sensors, Inc.

Member of the Board of Trustees of the Society of Chest Pain Centers

Financial Associations

None identified

Harlan Krumholtz

Personal Associations

Professor of Medicine at Yale University

Member of the Board of Directors of:

    • American Board of Internal Medicine
    • American College of  Cardiology

Secretary of CV Outcomes, Inc.

Founder, Image COR, LLC

Consultant:

    • Premier, Inc.
    • VHA, Inc.

Chair of:

    • Scientific Advisory Board, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
    • Scientific Advisory Board, UnitedHealthcare

Financial Associations

Received honoraria between $5,001 and $15,000 from:
Massachusetts Medical Society

Received consulting fees between $5,000 and $15,000 from:
American Heart Association

Richard Kuntz

Personal Associations

Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific, Clinical and Regulatory Officer of Medtronic

On the Board of Trustees of:

    • Minnesota Medical Foundation
    • Case Western Reserve Medical School Board of Visitors
    • Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation
    • Tengion, Inc.

Senior Vice-President: Medtronic, Inc.

Financial Associations

Investments over $250,000 in:
Medtronic, Inc.

Sharon Levine

 

Personal Associations

Associate Executive Director of the Permanente Medical Group

On the Board of

    • Reagan-Udall Foundation
    • Integrated Healthcare Foundation
    • California Association of Physician Groups

Member of the Committee on Evidence Based Design, National Business Group on Health

Financial Associations

None identified

Freda Lewis-Hall

Personal Associations

On the Board of Directors of:

    • American Psychiatric Foundation
    • Society for Women’s Health Research
    • Power to End Stroke, American Heart Association
    • Foundation for the National Institutes of Health

On the Board of Fellows of Harvard Medical School

Financial Associations

Investments over $250,000 in:
Eli Lilly Defined Benefit Pension Fund
Pfizer Inc.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Defined Benefit Pension Plan
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Investments between $100,001 and $250,000 in:
Pfizer/Pharmacia Defined Benefit Pension Plan
Bristol-Myers Squibb Defined Benefit Pension Plan

Investments between $10,001 and $50,000 in:
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Investments below $10,001 in:
Vertex Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Plan

Steven Lipstein

Personal Associations

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Director of Ameren Corporation

Financial Associations

None identified

Grayson Norquist

Personal Associations

Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at University of Mississippi Medical School

Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors of American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education, American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Member of the Council on Research and Quality, APA

Member of the Executive Board of the Mississippi Psychiatric Association

Financial Associations

None identified

Ellen Sigal

Personal Associations

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Cancer Research

On the Board of Directors of:

    • the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
    • American Association for Cancer Research Foundation
    • Research America
    • Duke University Cancer Center Board of Overseers
    • Reagan-Udall Foundation

Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to Stand Up to Cancer

Member of the Sydney Kimmel Cancer Center Advisory Council, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Financial Associations

None identified

Harlan Weisman

Personal Associations

Chief Science and Technology Officer, Medical Devices & Diagnostics at Johnson and Johnson, Inc.

On the Board of Directors of:

    • University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics External Advisory Board
    • Fraunhofer, USA, Inc.
    • Research & Technology Executive Council CTO Advisory Board, Corporate Executive Board

Member of Institute for Basic Biomedical Science Advisory Council, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Financial Associations

None identified

Robert Zwolak

Personal Associations

President of the Society for Vascular Surgery

Governor of the American College of Surgeons

Financial Associations

Also employed by:
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Received consulting fees between $5,000 and $15,000 from:
Physicians Advisory Committee of Humana Insurance Company