National Health Council Announces New Officers and Board Members

Washington, DC (December 14, 2014) – The National Health Council (NHC) has elected its officers and new Board members for 2016. The new officers are as follows:

Tracy Hart
Chief Executive Officer
Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation
Gaithersburg, Maryland

Paul Pomerantz, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Schaumburg, Illinois

Cynthia Zagieboylo
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
New York, New York
Michael Rosenblatt, MD
Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer
Merck & Company
Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

Vice Chairperson
Robert Gebbia
Chief Executive Officer
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
New York, New York


The membership of the NHC also elected the following individuals to its 2016 Board of Directors:

Margaret Anderson
Executive Director
FasterCures – A Center of the Milken Institute
Washington, DC

Donald Schumacher, PsyD
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organizations
Alexandria, Virginia

Harold Paz, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Hartford, Connecticut

Sue Sherman, MHA
Executive Director
The LAM Foundation
Cincinnati, Ohio

Gary Reedy
Chief Executive Officer
American Cancer Society
Atlanta, Georgia

Stephen Ubl
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Washington, DC

In the coming year, the NHC Board of Directors will work with the NHC staff to focus on the following policy issues:

  • Strengthening the health insurance marketplaces to protect people with chronic conditions
  • Championing the patient voice in quality measures and payment models
  • Promoting the integration of the patient perspective into the development and regulation of medical products
  • Working with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions as it works to pass the Innovation for Healthier Americans legislation
  • Presenting a united patient voice as FDA and industry negotiate the user fee agreements

The NHC is the only organization that brings together all segments of the health community to provide a united voice for the more than 133 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers. Made up of more than 100 national health-related organizations and businesses, the NHC’s core membership includes the nation’s leading patient advocacy organizations, which control its governance. Other members include professional and membership associations, nonprofit organizations with an interest in health, and major pharmaceutical, medical device, health insurance, and biotechnology companies. Visit to learn more.

Jill Roberts

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