Board of Scientific Counselors – Members

John Lumpkin

BSC Chair, John R. Lumpkin, M.D., M.P.H., is president of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation since 2019, and vice president of Drivers of Health Strategy for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. He also currently serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research and as chair of Digital Bridge, a multisector forum to collaborate on solutions for a nationally consistent and sustainable approach to using electronic health data for public health. Most recently, Lumpkin served as senior vice president of programs for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Before joining RWJF in 2003, he served as director of the Illinois Department of Public Health for 12 years. Lumpkin is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, American College of Emergency Physicians, and the American College of Medical Informatics. Among his previous leadership positions, he is past chairman of the board of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and past chairman of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. His many distinctions and honors include the Arthur McCormack Excellence and Dedication in Public Health Award from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and the Jonas Salk Health Leadership Award. He earned his M.D. and B.M.S. degrees from Northwestern University Medical School, and his M.P.H. from the University of Illinois School Of Public Health. He was also the first African American person trained in emergency medicine in the country after completing his residency at the University of Chicago.

Term: May 23, 2023–May 31, 2024

Mollyann Brodie

Mollyann Brodie, Ph.D., is executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and executive director of KFF’s Public Opinion and Survey Research Program. As COO, Dr. Brodie oversees KFF’s budgeting, human resources, facilities management, and executive operations of the President’s Office and Board of Trustees. As executive director, she oversees KFF’s polling work, including the monthly Health Tracking Poll and ongoing survey partnerships with news media organizations. A distinguished public opinion scholar, Dr. Brodie’s research focuses on understanding the U.S. public’s views and knowledge on health care policy issues, and the role of opinion in health policy debates. Her research has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association; New England Journal of Medicine; Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law; and Health Affairs. She is co-editor of the book American Public Opinion and Health Care. Dr. Brodie is a former president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the 2018 recipient of the Roper Center’s Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research. She received an M.S. in health policy and management and a Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University.

Term: September 30, 2021–May 31, 2025

Tara Das

Tara Das, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.L.I.S., is the state registrar and director of vital statistics at the Texas Department of State Health Services. She oversees the Texas vital statistics system, including reporting, registration, issuance, preservation, and analysis of birth and death records. She was previously the government information librarian at Columbia University, and the director in the Office of the Registrar of the Bureau of Vital Statistics at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Das has a joint Ph.D. in anthropology and political science from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.P.H. in quantitative methods from Harvard University, and an M.L.I.S. in archives and special collections from Pratt Institute. She received her B.S. in policy analysis from Cornell University.

Term: September 30, 2021–May 31, 2025

V Joseph Hotz

V. Joseph Hotz, Ph.D., is a research professor in the Harris School of Public Policy and the UChicago Health Labs at the University of Chicago. He is also the Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy at Duke University. His research includes the economics of family, economic demography, labor economics, population health, and applied econometrics. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute on Aging. He is principal investigator of the Add Health Parent Study, a study of intergenerational linkages in health, cognition, and economic well-being between parents and their adult children, and of the Great Smoky Mountains Study of Rural Aging and the Mid-Life Health Inequalities in the Rural South, two studies examining aging at midlife in rural America. He is an elected fellow of the Econometric Society, Society of Labor Economists, and the International Association of Applied Econometrics.

Term: September 29, 2021–May 31, 2025

Bradley Malin

Bradley Malin, Ph.D., is the vice chair for research affairs in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics, and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University. He is the founder and codirector of the Vanderbilt Health Data Science Center, as well as a Center of Excellence in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Research. His research focuses on developing infrastructure to support the collection, analysis, and sharing of biomedical data to comply with organizational and legal requirements. He has developed numerous methods to perform reidentification risk assessment and deidentification of data drawn from various types of settings, including surveys, electronic medical records, and genome sequencies. Dr. Malin has received numerous awards, including election to the National Academy of Medicine for his work in biomedical informatics.

Term: December 1, 2020–May 31, 2024

Lucila Ohno-Machado

Lucila Ohno-Machado, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., is deputy dean for biomedical informatics and chair of the new, free-standing Section for Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (BIDS) at Yale School of Medicine. As deputy dean, Dr. Ohno-Machado oversees the infrastructure of biomedical informatics research across the Yale academic health system. BIDS addresses inequality in health care and research through collaborations with scientists exploring fundamental biological principles and physician–scientists implementing interventions that promote health for all. BIDS also leads new studies and data collection initiatives, builds new algorithms, and is the nexus of artificial intelligence in medicine at Yale. Previously, Dr. Ohno-Machado was associate dean and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of California San Diego. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics.

Term: December 1, 2020–May 31, 2024

Andy Peytchev

Andy Peytchev, Ph.D., is an RTI fellow and a senior survey methodologist. Previously, he was a research assistant professor in the Survey Methodology Program at the University of Michigan. His recent research includes work on split questionnaire design, multiframe and multiphase study design, adaptive and responsive survey designs, augmentation of survey samples with external data and evaluation of their properties, improvement of weighting adjustments, and multiple imputation for unit nonresponse and measurement error. He has lectured on and participated in expert panels to inform the design of major national surveys, including the National Academies of Sciences panel on the Consumer Expenditure Surveys. He has served as associate editor for Survey Practice and Public Opinion Quarterly, and as Standards Committee chair for the American Association for Public Opinion Research. He holds an M.S. degree in survey research and methodology from the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. in survey methodology from the University of Michigan.

Term: May 31, 2023–May 31, 2026

David Williams

Susan Schechter, M.A., is a senior fellow with NORC at the University of Chicago. She joined NORC in 2010 following a career in survey research with various federal agencies, including the National Center for Health Statistics, Office of Management and Budget, and U.S. Census Bureau. Ms. Schechter brings specialized expertise managing large-scale projects, achieving measurable improvements, and implementing complex innovations through applied research methods. Ms. Schechter is a recognized expert in federal statistical policy and requirements to ensure data security and confidentiality protections, and has authored papers on reducing response error and improving data quality through survey and questionnaire design. She served on the Office of Management and Budget Federal Committee for Statistical Methodology, and is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association. She holds an M.A. in human development research from Antioch University.

Term: May 24, 2023–May 31, 2026

C Matthew Snipp

C. Matthew Snipp, Ph.D., is the Burnet C. and Mildred Finley Wohlford Professor of Sociology and the vice provost for Faculty Development, Diversity and Engagement at Stanford University. He is a demographer specializing in the racial composition of the United States. Snipp has written extensively about racial inequality, racial measurement, and the demography of American Indian people and other groups. As current member of the Committee on National Statistics, he has served on numerous census-related panels for the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. In recent work, he has worked on two projects evaluating the quality of the 2020 census; one sponsored by the American Statistical Association and another under the sponsorship of the National Academies. He also serves on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Statistics.

Term: December 1, 2020–May 31, 2024

Kelly Thompson

Kelly Hoover Thompson, J.D., is a healthcare executive and licensed attorney with more than 20 years of leadership in healthcare and public policy grounded in mission-centered approaches. She currently serves as a healthcare advisor to private and public sector clients on health information technology, interoperability, policy, and government relations. She also volunteers for national and local healthcare boards in her community. Previously, she was CEO of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC), the national HIE Collaborative. She has served as a regulator and agency head for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as a senior advocate for the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania. She is the mother of four amazing children and a true travel-baseball and hockey mom at heart.

Term: October 1, 2021–May 31, 2025

David Williams

Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society; Founding Director of the Program of Men’s Health Research in the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions (HCHDS), Deputy Director of HCHDS; Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Research at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and the inaugural Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity. He is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on how social determinants of health impact health and functional outcomes in men across the life course. Dr. Thorpe serves as principal investigator on several NIA-funded grants and is an MPI of the Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning consortium to Advance Health Equity and Researcher Diversity. Dr. Thorpe is Editor in Chief of Ethnicity & Disease, and Associate Editor for Innovation in Aging, Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, and American Journal of Men’s Health.

Term: June 22, 2023 – May 31, 2026

David Williams

David R. Williams, Ph.D., is the Norman Professor of Public Health; chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Chan School of Public Health; and professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Previously, he served on the faculty of Yale University and the University of Michigan.

The author of over 500 scientific papers, his research has addressed how social factors affect health, and he has developed a strong record of theoretical analysis and empirical research describing the multiple ways in which racism (at structural and interpersonal levels) can adversely impact health.

He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences. He has been ranked as the Most Cited Black Scholar in the Social Sciences, and as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. His research has been featured in the national print and television media.

Term: October 4, 2021–May 31, 2025