PCPI would like to extend a warm welcome to our New Board Members:

Melanie G. Phelps serves as a senior vice president, health system innovation, and deputy general counsel for the North Carolina Medical Society, where she has been employed for 17 years.  Melanie focuses on a wide variety of health policy issues and represents the interests of the medical community in public and private forums.  She provides research on legislative and regulatory matters and general legal and policy guidance on many of the issues impacting health care, but focuses most of her attention on issues related to the transition to value-driven health care. Melanie received her law degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law  in May 2000 and her NC law license in August 2000.  In March 2013, she received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University, Office of Continuing Studies.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Communications and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations.

For almost 20 years, Nancy Lundebjerg has been a leading advocate for programs and services that will improve the health, well-being and quality of life of older Americans.  She is a champion for geriatrics health professionals and, because of her own experiences as a family caregiver, recognizes the important role they play in caring for frail older people.  Under her leadership, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has emerged as a leading advocate for programs and policies that benefit older adults, supported the development of geriatrics academic leaders, expanded the number of surgical and related medical specialists who are focused on improving care of older adults in their discipline, and enhanced AGS outreach to the public through the AGS Health in Aging Foundation.Lundebjerg earned her MPA from the University of Hartford and her BA from Connecticut College. 

Richard D. Zorowitz, M.D. is a graduate of the Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY, and a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, IL. He is a board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine , and Brain Injury Medicine. Dr. Zorowitz is a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, in which he served as chairman of the Clinical Practice Guidelines committee( 2012-2015). Dr. Zorowitz is a member of the Board of Directors of the national Stroke Association and of the editorial boards of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabiliation, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, and Stroke. Dr. Zorowitz has received numerous awards and published a myriad of articles , co-edited a textbook, and contributed to a number of clinical practice guidelines. 

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