GAO names 7 to PCORI governing board

The U.S. Government Accountability Office selected seven new members for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute's governing board.

PCORI is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization authorized by Congress to fund research studies that focus on improving healthcare delivery.

Here are the new members:

● Kara Ayers, PhD, assistant professor in the pediatrics department and associate director of the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Cincinnati.
● Jennifer DeVoe, MD, DPhil, professor and chair of the family medicine department at the Portland-based Oregon Health and Science University.
● Christopher Friese, PhD, RN, professor of nursing at Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan.
● Trent Haywood, MD, senior vice president in the Office of Clinical Affairs and CMO at Chicago-based Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
● Michael Herndon, DO, CMO for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.
● Michelle McMurry-Heath, MD, PhD, worldwide vice president for global regulatory affairs, international clinical evidence and strategic operations for the Medical Device Companies of Johnson & Johnson.
● Janet Woodcock, MD, director for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA.

The new members will each serve a six-year term through September 2024.

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