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DHMH Press Releases : Governor O’Malley Announces Appointments to Maryland Health Care Commission

Governor O’Malley Announces Appointments to Maryland Health Care Commission

BALTIMORE (July 26, 2013) - Governor Martin O’Malley has appointed Dr. Michael Barr, Dr Ligia Peralta, and Frances Phillips to serve on the Maryland Health Care Commission.

The Maryland Health Care Commission is an independent regulatory agency whose mission is to plan for health system needs, promote informed decision-making, increase accountability, and improve access in a rapidly changing health care environment by providing timely and accurate information on availability, cost, and quality of services to policy makers, purchasers, providers and the public. The Commission's vision for Maryland is to ensure that informed consumers hold the health care system accountable and have access to affordable and appropriate health care services through programs that serve as models for the nation.

“These individuals bring a wealth of health care knowledge and experience to the Maryland Health Care Commission and will provide a valuable perspective as Maryland leads the nation in implementing health reform,” said Governor O’Malley.

The three appointees fill seats left vacant when terms expired.

Michael Barr, MD, MBA, is a Senior Vice President at the American College of Physicians (ACP) where he heads the Division of Medical Practice, Professionalism & Quality.  The division leads ACP’s efforts to promote evidence-based, effective, patient-centered care. Prior to joining ACP, he was Chief Medical Officer at Baltimore Medical Systems, the largest Federally Qualified Health Center system in Maryland.   He currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., and as a part-time instructor at Johns Hopkins University Department of Medicine. Dr. Barr received an M.D. at New York University School of Medicine in New York, New York and a Masters of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ligia Peralta, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, AAHIVM is a clinician and scientist with extensive research expertise in the areas of adolescent health, HIV, sexually transmitted infections and health disparities. Dr. Peralta is President and CEO of Casa Ruben Foundation, Clinical Research Institute, and a fellow in global health care innovation.  She is a retired tenured Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and former Chief of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She has served as Principal Investigator for over 30 NIH and CDC-funded grants. Dr. Peralta has worked with the Department of State in Africa and South America and in the development of health care programs for countries in the Caribbean and the far east including the United Arab Emirates. She is an inductee to the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame. Dr. Peralta received an M.D. from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriques Urena, Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and completed a residency at the University of Connecticut.

Frances (Fran) Phillips, RN, MHA is a public health and health policy consultant.  Ms. Phillips is the former Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. There she provided leadership to Maryland’s state and local public health workforce and managed the State’s $455 million public health budget. Ms. Phillips led efforts in Maryland that successfully reduced infant mortality each year from 2010-2012 by 10 percent or more and was the public health official charged with leading Maryland’s response to 2009 pandemic flu outbreak. Prior to joining DHMH, she served as Health Officer for Anne Arundel County.   Ms. Phillips received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Catholic University of America and a Master of Arts in Health Care Administration from George Washington University.

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