The Academy Team Bios

National Integration Academy Council (NIAC) Bios

Macaran (Mac) Baird Macaran (Mac) Baird, MD, MS

Macaran (Mac) Baird, MD, MS, is professor and head of the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. In addition, he is board of directors’ chair for UCare Minnesota, the fourth largest Minnesota HMO. Baird began his medical career in 1978 as a rural family physician in Wabasha, Minnesota. He...

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Alexander Blount, EdD Alexander Blount, EdD

Alexander Blount, EdD, is director of the Center for Integrated Primary Care (CIPC), professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. At CIPC, he has developed training programs in primary care behavioral health and integrated care management that have...

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Teresa Chapa, PhD, MPA Teresa Chapa, PhD, MPA

Teresa Chapa, PhD, MPA, is the Executive Director at the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) as part of a 2-year Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement (IPA) with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health (OMH). She currently leads organizational operations and programs related to...

Dave deBronkart Dave deBronkart

Dave deBronkart, better known on the internet as “e-Patient Dave,” may be the leading spokesperson for the e-Patient movement – e-patients are Empowered, Engaged, Equipped, and Enabled. A high tech executive and online community leader for many years, he was diagnosed in 2007 with Stage IV kidney cancer, with a median survival...

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Frank Verloin deGruy III Frank Verloin deGruy III, MD, MSFM

Frank Verloin deGruy III, MD, MSFM, is the Woodward-Chisholm Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Dr. deGruy served as University Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine at the University of South...

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Michael Hogan Michael Hogan, PhD

Michael Hogan, PhD, served as New York State (NYS) Commissioner of Mental Health from 2007-2012, and now operates a consulting practice in health and behavioral health care. The NYS Office of Mental Health operated 23 accredited psychiatric hospitals, and oversaw the state’s $5 billion public mental health system serving 650,...

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Roger G. Kathol Roger G. Kathol, MD, CPE

Roger G. Kathol, MD, CPE, President of Cartesian Solutions, Inc.™, is a health care consultant who assists employers, government agencies, health plans, hospitals and clinics, and care management vendors develop integrated medical and behavioral health programs for patients with high cost...

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Parinda Khatri Parinda Khatri, PhD

Parinda Khatri, PhD, is Chief Clinical Officer at Cherokee Health Systems, a comprehensive community health care organization with 56 clinical sites in 13 counties in Tennessee. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in...

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Neil Korsen Neil Korsen, MD, MSc

Neil Korsen, MD, MSc, is a family physician/geriatrician with 18 years of practice experience, mostly in small towns in Maine. Since 2001, he has worked for the MaineHealth, an integrated delivery health care system in southern and central Maine. He is the medical director of the Behavioral Health Integration program for...

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Stephen P. Melek Stephen P. Melek, FSA, MAAA

Stephen P. Melek, FSA, MAAA, areas of expertise include healthcare product development, management, and financial analyses. He has worked extensively in the behavioral healthcare specialty field with managed behavior healthcare organizations. His work has covered parity issues and cost analyses, mental health utilization and...

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Kavita Patel Kavita Patel, MD, MSHS

Kavita Patel, MD, MSHS, health policy expert, is a fellow within the Economic Studies program and managing director of clinical transformation and delivery at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform. Dr. Patel is also a primary care internist at Johns Hopkins Medicine who is dedicated to bringing stories and lessons learned...

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C.J. Peek, PhD

C.J. Peek, PhD, serves as Professor with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he focuses on care system development, integration of behavioral and medical care, organizational effectiveness, leadership development, inter-professional communication and...

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Jürgen Unützer Jürgen Unützer, MD, MA, MPH

Jürgen Unützer, MD, MA, MPH, is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and health services researcher. His work focuses on innovative models of care that integrate mental health and general medical services and on translating research on evidence-based mental health care into effective clinical and public...

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Steven E. Waldren Steven E. Waldren, MD, MS

Steven E. Waldren, MD, MS, joined the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) in 2004 and serves as director of the AAFP’s Center for Health IT. His in-depth knowledge of health information systems, programming and software, and medical informatics makes him a qualified expert to lead the Center as it aims to expand its...

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Academy Staff Leaders

Charlotte A. Mullican, BSW, MPH Charlotte A. Mullican, BSW, MPH

Ms. Mullican is Senior Advisor for Mental Health Research with the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement (CEPI), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) where her areas of interest focus on mental health and substance abuse.  Her programmatic responsibilities include a broad portfolio on mental health research...

Garret Morgan Garrett Moran, Ph.D.

Garrett E. Moran, Ph.D., serves as the Project Director of the Academy. He is a Westat Vice President and Associate Director with nearly 40 years of experience in public policy, program evaluation, research, and management. His recent responsibilities have included key leadership roles on projects for the Agency for Healthcare...

Benjamin F. Miller Benjamin F. Miller, PsyD

Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine where he is also the Director of the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center. Dr. Miller is a principal investigator on several Federal and foundation grants, and state contracts related to...