Active Liaisons

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Every year, AAPM&R is represented on a multitude of activities including focus groups, committees, standing committees, and technical expert panels to influence the ways physicians practice and improve the quality of patient care. Your Academy Liaisons, appointed by the Evidence, Quality, and Performance Committee (EQPC), represent PM&R nationally by sounding the physiatric voice on various topics including a wide variety of conditions and treatments that span the clinical areas of the specialty. Explore the sections below to find:


Current Liaisons

2021- Present

  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) Practice Advisory on steroid injections: spine, peripheral joints, and other sites
    • Ameet Nagpal, MD
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) MACRA Wave 4 Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
    • Andrew Gordon, MD and Carlo Milani, MD

2020 - Present

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) Workgroup on the Physical Therapist Management of Glenohumeral Joint Osteoarthritis
    • Troy Henning, DO
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) Workgroup on the Management of Anterior Cruciate Injuries
    • Andrew Gordon, MD
  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Child Neurology Workgroup
    • Elizabeth Martin, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)/ American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) CPG Workgroup for the Physical Therapist Management of Parkinson’s Disease
    • Erik Ensrud
  • Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) peer reviewer on the HRS Expert Consensus Statement on Evaluation and Management of Arrhythmic Risk in Neuromuscular Disorders
    • Robert Rinaldi, MD

2019 - Present

  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)/Acumen Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for Physician Cost Measures and Patient relationship Codes
    • Kurtis Hoppe, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)/Department of Defense (DOD) Peer Reviewer for Early Screening for Psychosocial Risk and Protective Factors
    • Lindsay Ramey, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)/Department of Defense (DOD) Voting Panel for Early Screening for Psychosocial Risk and Protective Factors
    • Heidi Prather, DO
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) Workgroup for Hip Fractures in Elderly Patients
    • Thiru Annaswamy, MD
  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Task Force for Functional Outcomes
    • John Melvin, MD

2018 - Present       

  • National Quality Forum (NQF) Measure Feedback Committee
    • Mark Huang, MD
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)/ U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) Workgroup for Early Screening for Psychosocial Risk and Protective Factors
    • Erik Ensrud, MD and Saloni Sharma, MD
  • Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) Expert Consensus Statement on Evaluation and Management of Arrhythmic Risk in Neuromuscular Disorders
    • Joseph Hornyak, MD

2017 - Present   

  • American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Multidisciplinary Panel for Shoulder Disorders Guideline
    • Nitin Jain, MD
    • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)/Health Services Advisory Group, Inc. (HSAG) Quality Measure Development Plan: Supporting the Transition to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
      •  Mark Huang, MD
      • National Quality Forum (NQF) Post-Acute Care/Long-Tem Care Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) Committee
        • Kurtis Hoppe, MD     

      2016 - Present

      • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Performance Measure Development for Surgical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Knee (SMOAK) Workgroup
        • Mark I. Ellen, MD
      • Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) Cardiovascular Conditions Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
        • Carmen Terzic, MD
      • Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) Care Coordination Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
        • Samiel Bierner, MD
      • Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) Cancer Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
        • Andrea Cheville, MD and Eric Wisotzky, MD
      • Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) Quality Improvement Advisory Committee
        • Alan Novick, MD    
      • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) MACRA Technical Expert Panel (TEP)
        • Eric Wisotzky, MD
      • Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Research Committee on Current Knowledge Gaps and Care Needs for Hospitalized Patients.
        • Bruce Pomeranz, MD    
      • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Performance Measures Management of ACL Injuries Workgroup
        • Kevin Vincent, MD

      2015 - Present

      • National Quality Forum (NQF) Neurology Project
        • Ross Zafonte, MD      

      2014 - Present

      • National Quality Forum (NQF) Primary Care and Chronic Illness (formerly MSK) Standing Committee
        • Thiru Annaswamy, MD

    American College of Surgeons / Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery
    Richard D. Zorowitz, MD, Representative

    American College of Surgeons / Geriatric Trauma Initiative
    Dale C. Strasser, MD, Representative

    American Geriatric Society / Council of Surgical Subspecialties
    Patrick M. Kortebein, MD, Liaison

    American Medical Association / House of Delegates
    Susan Lee Hubbell, MD, Chair, Delegate
    Stuart J. Glassman, MD, Delegate

    American Medical Association / Opioid Task Force
    Ameet S. Nagpal, MD, MS, MEd, Official Representative  


    American Medical Association / Pain Care Coalition
    Erik Shaw, DO, Official Representative  


    American Medical Association / Resident/Fellow Section

    Julie E. Witkowski, MD, Representative


    American Medical Association / Scope of Practice Partnership
    Susan Lee Hubbell, MD, Liaison

    American Medical Association / RUC Advisor

    Matthew J. Grierson, MD, RUC Member
    Clarice Sinn, DO, RUC Alternate Member
    Carlo J. Milani, MD, RUC Advisor
    David E. Reece, DO, Alternate RUC Advisor

    American Medical Association (AMA) CPT Panel
    Annie Purcell, DO, CPT Advisor
    Scott I. Horn, DO, Alternate CPT Advisor

    American Medical Association / Young Physicians Section
    Carlo Milani, MD, MBA

    Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
    Gregory M. Worsowicz, MD, MBA

    Commission for Motion Laboratory Accreditation, Inc.
    Wendy Pierce, MD, Representative 

    Commission on Cancer
    Julie K. Silver, MD

    Joint Commission Hospital Professional and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC)
    Barry S. Smith, MD, Representative

    Joint Commission Long Term Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC)
    Jeanne G. Doherty, MD, Representative

    Joint Commission on Sports Medicine & Science (JCSMS)
    Jonathan Halperin, MD, Representative

    National Quality Forum
    Kurtis M. Hoppe, MD, Liaison

    Physicians Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI)
    John Lesher, MD, MPH MD, Primary Representative

    Spine Intervention Society – Multi-Society Pain Workgroup
    Annie Purcell, DO
    Scott Horn, DO

    United States Bone & Joint Initiative (USBJI) - Burden of Musculoskeletal Disease Publication
    Jonathan S. Kirschner, M.D. RMSK, Steering Committee