Legislative Outlook – What’s Ahead for Comparative Effectiveness Research?

Tanisha Carino, Ph.D. is the executive director of FasterCures, a Milken Institute center devoted to saving lives and improving the medical research system. Throughout her distinguished career, Carino has been at the forefront of collaborative efforts to promote policies, research, and business practices that support the fight against disease and improve the lives of patients. She most recently led the U.S. policy function for GlaxoSmithKline, a U.K.-based science-led global healthcare company. Prior to her role at GlaxoSmithKline, she spent more than a decade with Avalere Health, where, among other responsibilities, she founded the Center on Evidence Based Medicine and worked with patients, government, and senior leaders at Fortune 500 companies to maximize opportunities and mitigate challenges related to biomedical research and patient access. Prior to Avalere, Carino worked in the Medicare program to improve access for its beneficiaries and support the development of real-world evidence. Carino earned her Ph.D. in health policy from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and is associate faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also completed a Fulbright fellowship in The Netherlands, where she was based at The Institute for Technology Assessment and Department of Health Policy and Management at Erasmus University. During her fellowship, she studied how global institutions make technology and health care decisions and investments. Her research was published in the volume Health Care Coverage Determinations: An International Comparative Study. Since then, she has been widely published on topics that include patient engagement and paying for cures. She holds a B.A. in sociology from Emory University in Atlanta.

Anand Parekh, M.D., MPH is chief medical advisor at the Bipartisan Policy Center where he provides clinical and public health expertise across the organization, particularly in the areas of aging, prevention, and global health. Prior to joining BPC, he completed a decade of service at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As deputy assistant secretary for health from 2008 to 2015, he developed and implemented national initiatives focused on prevention, wellness, and care management. Briefly in 2007, he was delegated the authorities of the assistant secretary for health overseeing ten health program offices and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Earlier in his HHS career, he played key roles in public health emergency preparedness efforts as special assistant to the science advisor to the secretary. Parekh is a board-certified internal medicine physician, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and an adjunct assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, where he previously completed his residency training in the Osler Medical Program of the Department of Medicine. He provided volunteer clinical services for many years at the Holy Cross Hospital Health Center, a clinic for the uninsured in Silver Spring, MD. Parekh is an adjunct professor of health management and policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He currently serves on the dean’s advisory board of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, the Presidential Scholars Foundation board of directors, and the board of directors of WaterAid America. He has spoken widely and written extensively on a variety of health topics such as chronic care management, population health, value in health care, and the need for health and human services integration. A native of Michigan, Parekh received a B.A. in political science, an M.D., and an MPH in health management and policy from the University of Michigan. He was selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in 1994.

Sara van Geertruyden, J.D. is the Executive Director of the Partnership to Improve Patient Care (PIPC), which is also chaired by former Congressman Tony Coelho, primary author of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Sara joined PIPC in January 2011, and also serves as a Partner at the firm Thorn Run Partners.  Her work is focused on policies to advance a patient-centered health system, from patient engagement in research to driving outcomes that matter to patients in healthcare payment and delivery.  Sara is a healthcare and welfare policy expert with over 20 years of experience, beginning her career on Capitol Hill working for former Senator John Breaux (D-LA) from 1996-2003, then as an attorney at the law firm Patton Boggs where she practiced in the public policy group handling regulatory and legislative issues related to health care, welfare, and appropriations for clients.


Gail R. Wilensky, Ph.D. joined Project HOPE in 1993. She is an economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE. Prior to joining Project HOPE, Wilensky directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs and served in the White House as a senior adviser on health and welfare issues to President George H.W. Bush. She was also the first chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Her expertise is on strategies to reform health care in the United States with particular emphasis on Medicare, comparative effectiveness research, and military health care. Wilensky testifies frequently before Congressional committees, serves as an adviser to members of Congress and other elected officials, and speaks nationally and internationally. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.



Sarah J. Dash, MPH is the president and chief executive officer at the Alliance for Health Policy. She drives the mission and vision of the Alliance, as well as advances and maintains the reputation of the organization as the leading nonpartisan resource for policymakers and health leaders in an evolving health policy environment. Sarah joined the Alliance in 2014 as the vice president for policy and became president and CEO in May 2017. Sarah has long been an influential force in shaping health policy, having served as a senior aide on Capitol Hill and as a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. Sarah holds a master’s degree in public health from the Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and literature from MIT. Sarah also holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.