Advisory Committee

Steven G. Avey, MS, RPh, Vice President, RegenceRx is a pharmacist and former director of the Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy (FMCP). In the last 10 years, Mr. Avey has lead development and implementation of the AMCP Format process including organization and delivery of more than 20 AMCP Format training sessions to health plans, hospitals, state Medicaid programs, Department of Defense, and Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers. He also worked with Dr. Sean Tunis, then Medical Director for CMS prior to the advent of Medicare Part D and his staff, presenting information on the use of pharmacoeconomic modeling by health plans and pharmacy benefit managers in the U.S.

Joel V. Brill, MD, AGAF CHCQM, Chief Medical Officer of Predictive Health, LLC, focuses on quality improvement and care management strategies through predictive modeling analysis of medical and pharmaceutical data. Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, with over 20 years in clinical practice in California and Arizona, Dr. Brill is a Section Editor for Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology and the Chief Medical Officer for the AGA Registry. Dr. Brill has held management positions with several managed care companies and currently serves on P&T / Physician Advisory Committees for four national payors. He has worked extensively with CMS and the American Medical Association on coverage and reimbursement issues and was the co-chair of the CMS Part D medication measures Technical Expert Panel.

Steve Crystal, PhD, Board of Governors Professor, Rutgers University is principal investigator for the Rutgers Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics. He is also Director of Center for Health Services Research on Pharmacotherapy, Chronic Disease Management and Outcomes. Dr. Crystal is highly recognized for his research in drug therapy for mental health, especially for use in Medicaid organizations. For the past 7 years, he has served on the New Jersey Blue Cross P&T committee.

Richard Fry, RPh, Independent Consultant is the former Director of Programs for the Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy (FMCP). He previously held the position of Senior Director of Pharmacy Affairs at AMCP and is a former pharmacy supervisor with Kaiser Permanente. He has extensive experience in program and grant management. While at FMCP he was responsible for developing and conducting numerous continuing professional development programs and managing the P&T competition program for student pharmacists, the managed care internship programs and development of the AMCP Format for Formulary Submissions.

Marian S. McDonagh, PharmD, Associate Professor, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health Science University is an investigator in the Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) and is PI of the EPC Drug Effectiveness Review Project, funded by a collaboration of organizations, to evaluate the evidence on comparative effectiveness of drugs. Dr. McDonagh has also been an investigator for the Topic Development and the Methods groups for the EPC Scientific Resource Center for AHRQ’s Effective Healthcare Program. In addition to serving as PI and co-investigator on more than a dozen evidence reviews for various organizations, Dr. McDonagh co-teaches a graduate-level course on methods of systematic reviews and mentors first-year medical students in research projects.

Newell McElwee, PharmD, Executive Director, US Outcomes Research, Merck & Co., Inc, has over 20 years of experience leading US-based Outcomes Research groups that focus on medical quality and quality improvement programs, health technology assessment, comparative effectiveness research, and policy research related to current health care reform in the United States. He is on the Steering Committee of the AHRQ CERTS Program, the Advisory Board for the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review at Harvard Medical School, the Advisory Board for the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health at Tufts Medical Center, the Dean's Advisory Council at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy, the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Health Disparities, and the Executive Committee for the Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy.

Pete Penna, PharmD, Co-founder and partner of Formulary Resources, LLC is former director of the Foundation for Managed Care Pharmacy project to create the AMCP Format for formulary submissions. Dr. Penna has held multiple positions in managed care organization, including Director of Pharmacy Administration for Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound and Vice President for Managed Pharmacy with Cigna Healthcare.