Core Faculty and Longitudinal Coaches

The PACER Core Faculty and Logitudinal Coaches are educational leaders and researchers in the primary care disciplines of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, as well as in Nursing and Pharmacy. The role of the Core Faculty is to design the curriculum used during the annual team trainings, assist with developing content for targeted webinars, and to compile and share resources with the PACER teams. The longitudinal coaches provide individualized coaching to an assigned team over the course of the project. The coaches conduct site visits and host regular coaching calls with their assigned team, and act as a gereal resource for feedback on and assistance with transformation efforts.

Steve Crane, MD – Core Faculty and Longitudinal Coach
Medical Director of Primary Care, Mission Medical Health

Prior to entering medicine, Dr. Crane received an advanced degree in Health Economics from Stanford University and worked at the National Institute of Medicine and the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, DC as a health policy analyst. He completed his medical education at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland OH, and Family Medicine residency training at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

He has practiced family medicine in Western North Carolina since 1986, serving primarily rural and underserved populations in a variety of settings. Dr. Crane is presently the Chief Innovation Officer and Interim Director of Research for the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville, and the Chief Medical Officer for Appalachian Mountain Community Health Centers. He is a Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, a member of the NC Institute of Medicine, and is recognized as a national thought leader in the areas of patient-centered primary care practice redesign and new models of care. He serves on a small panel of national practice consultants (Residency Program Solutions—RPS) maintained by the American Academy of Family Practice to assist the nation’s 435 family medicine residencies in improving their teaching practices.

Perry Dickinson, MD – Core Faculty and Longitudinal Coach
Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Director, Colorado Health Extention System

Perry Dickinson, M.D., is a Professor in the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine and Past President of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the North American Primary Care Research Group, the Board of Directors of the Annals of Family Medicine, and the Council of Academic Family Medicine. He serves as Director of the Colorado Health Extension System. Dr. Dickinson has led multiple studies investigating the process of practice transformation, particularly focusing on the implementation of the Chronic Care Model, the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model, self-management support, and integrated behavioral health services in primary care practices. He has worked with multiple primary care residency programs and practices on implementing the PCMH in their practices and curricula, including leading the Colorado Residency PCMH project over the past seven years. He is the lead for the practice transformation portions of the Colorado State Innovation Model, Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, and EvidenceNOW Southwest projects.

Gerald “Jay” Fetter, MSA – Longitudinal Coach
Operations Manager, Division of Education, American Academy of Family Physicians

Jay provides leadership and direction for the AAFP’s workforce and medical education programs which includes advancing and innovating the way future family physicians are prepared to work in advanced models of primary care.  Jay is an experienced adult educator and health services administrator with over 20 years of experience teaching and coaching family physicians, family medicine residents, medical students, nurses and public health educators. In prior roles Jay has directed and provide practice facilitation for diverse primary care practice types, supported the testing of care model innovations in conjunction with initiatives started by the AAFP Foundation, American Board of Family Medicine, Association of Family Medicine Residency Program Directors, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Seamless Care Models Group, Ohio Department of Health and the U.S. Army. Jay’s has proficiency in supporting people in practice to use data to guide improvement, implement sustainable care management and care coordination, optimize and leading a clinical team, implement teaming models that advance care and enhance resiliency, hire and develop health coaching using clinical and community health workers and effectively apply clinical microsystems design elements to enhance practice outcomes.

Eric Holmboe, MD – Core Faculty
Senior Vice President for Milestones Development and Evaluation, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Professor Adjunct of Medicine, Yale University
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Fineberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Dr. Holmboe, a board certified internist, is Senior Vice President, Milestones Development and Evaluation at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). From 2009 until January, 2014 he served as the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the ABIM Foundation. He originally joined the ABIM as Vice President for Evaluation Research in 2004. He is also Professor Adjunct of Medicine at Yale University, and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and Fineberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

Prior to joining the ABIM in 2004, he was the Associate Program Director, Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program, Director of Student Clinical Assessment, Yale School of Medicine and Assistant Director of the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program. Before joining Yale in 2000, he served as Division Chief of General Internal Medicine at the National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Holmboe retired from the US Naval Reserves in 2005.

His research interests include interventions to improve quality of care and methods in the evaluation of clinical competence. His professional memberships include the American College of Physicians, where he is a Master of the College, Society of General Internal Medicine and Association of Medical Education in Europe. He is an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London.

Dr. Holmboe is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed his residency and chief residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University.

Greg Kirschner, MD – Longitudinal Coach
Program Director, Department of Familiy Medicine, Advocate Health Care

Greg Kirschner MD, MPH is the Program Director at the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Family Medicine Residency in Park Ridge, IL.  He has been involved in residency education since 1986, and finds the collaborative work surrounding Patient Centered Medical Home development in residency practices to be about the most exciting activity we’ve engaged in as educators. Greg and his wife Carolyn, a gynecologic oncologist, continue to also collaborate with a teaching hospital in Jos, Nigeria, where they focus on family medicine education as well as the clinical and public health problem of Vesicovaginal fistula.

Joanna Lewis, MD – Longitudinal Coach
Program Director, Department of Pediatrics, Advocate Health Care

Joanna Lewis, MD serves as Residency Program Director at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital/Advocate Children’s Hospital – Park Ridge.  She completed medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, The Chicago Medical School in 2005 and went on to residency training at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where she also served as Chief Resident.  Joanna practices clinically as a general pediatrician in a busy primary care practice alongside her residents.  She has been actively engaged in PCMH work since 2010.  Joanna also spends time as the Medical Director of the Ronald McDonald Caremobile at Advocate provided physicals and immunizations to uninsured and underinsured children throughout Chicagoland.

Jill Patton, DO – Longuitudinal Coach
Program Director, Dually Accredited Internal Medicine Residency, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Osteopathic Director of Medical Education, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago Medical School
Clinical Instructor, Department of Medicine, University of Illinois

Dr. Patton is board certified by American Board of Internal Medicine as well as the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. In 2006 she started the dually accredited osteopathic residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and serves as their Osteopathic Director of Medical Education. In 2013 she became the Program Director for the allopathic internal medicine program and Vice Chairman of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge Illinois. Dr. Patton is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Rosalind Franklin University Chicago Medical School and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Medicine University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Her commitment to primary care keeps her busy in a shared resident faculty NCQA Level 3 recognized patient centered medical home. As the lead physician of the Advocate Primary Care Transformation Collaborative, she coordinates shared faculty and resident development with the departments of Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. Their mission is to redesign our primary care practices with the patients in mind to build relationships, service, reliability and value utilizing a patient centered medical home model. The collaborative as the additional goal is promoting primary care among their resident trainees.

Dr. Patton is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine. She did an osteopathic internship at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and was a resident and chief resident at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

Sarah Shrader, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, CDE – Core Faculty and Longitudinal Coach
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Pharmacy

Sarah Shrader graduated from pharmacy school at the University of Kansas and completed two years of post-graduate pharmacy residency training at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She completed a PGY1 residency in pharmacy practice followed by a PGY2 residency in ambulatory care/family medicine.

Her current position is Clinical Associate Professor at the University Of Kansas School of Pharmacy. She is the Director of Interprofessional Education in the School of Pharmacy. She was previously an assistant/associate professor at the St Louis College of Pharmacy and the South Carolina College of Pharmacy- MUSC Campus.

She works closely with the center for interprofessional education at the university level, specifically focusing efforts on campus-wide longitudinal curriculum activities, simulation, faculty development, and clinical practice site/preceptor development for interprofessional practice and education. Her current pharmacy practice site is in the Family Medicine Interprofessional Teaching Clinic. She has presented and published scholarship of her efforts with interprofessional education and practice.

Eric Warm, MD – Core Faculty and Longitudinal Coach
Director, Internal Medicine Training Program, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Dr. Warm, holds the endowed Richard W. Vilter Chair of Medical Education at the University of Cincinnati. He is the Internal Medicine residency program director, the vice-chair for graduate medical education, and the medical director of the resident ambulatory practice. He completed both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Cincinnati earning summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha honors.  He completed his residency and chief residency there as well, joining the Internal Medicine faculty in 1997. He served as the first chair of the ACGME Educational Innovations Project Council, and was the principle architect of the University of Cincinnati’s comprehensive redesign of resident education.  The residency ambulatory practice has won several national awards including the Society of General Internal Medicine’s Practice Innovation Award and the American Association of Medical Colleges’ Readiness for Reform Innovation Challenge. Dr. Warm has won multiple teaching awards, including the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award, and the Association of Program Director’s Spotlight Innovator Award. His academic interests include creating curricula and systems that simultaneously improve education and care.

Brenda Zierler, PhD, RN, FAAN – Core Faculty and Longitudinal Coach
Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, University of Washington School of Nursing;
Interprofessional Education (IPE) Scholar for the UW Health Sciences Center (Inaugural)

Dr. Zierler’s research explores the relationships between the delivery of health care and outcomes—at both the patient and system level. Her primary appointment is in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington, but she holds three adjunct appointments – two in the School of Medicine and one in the School of Public Health. Currently, Dr. Zierler is Co-PI on a Josiah Macy funded grant with Dr. Les Hall, to develop a national train-the-trainer faculty development program for interprofessional education and collaborative practice. She also leads two HRSA training grants – one focusing on technology enhanced interprofessional education for advanced practice students and the second focused on interprofessional collaborative practice for advanced heart failure patients.  Dr. Zierler is the Co-Director for the UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Practice and Research and Director of Faculty Development for the UW Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies (ISIS) in the School of Medicine.  Dr. Zierler is a Board Member and Chair of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative, and a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professions Education.