Nancy Nielsen, MD, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. Dr. Nielsen is a Past President of the American Medical Association (AMA), and was the AMA representative on many quality initiatives, including the National Quality Forum, the AMA-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, the Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance (AQA) and the Quality Alliance Steering Committee. She also served as a Board member of the Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company and Kaleida Health and as a trustee of the SUNY system. She is currently a Board member of the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Buffalo, the Great Lakes Health System and Livanta, one of two Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations with which CMS contracts. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences.