Staff & Leadership

Staff

Elizabeth Rula, PhD

Elizabeth Rula, PhD

Executive Director
Elizabeth Rula, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Neiman Health Policy Institute. With over 15 years of experience leading health services and outcomes research, Dr. Rula strives to establish a strong scientific foundation and objective evidence regarding the value of health care services. Most recently, Dr. Rula was Executive Director of Research and Thought Leadership for Tivity Health where she led research to evaluate, innovate, and optimize the utilization and outcomes of health and wellness programs, including the flagship program SilverSneakers. In this role she fostered productive academic collaborations and spearheaded a thought leadership strategy to establish brand credibility based on rigorous science. Read More
Nichole Gay

Nichole Gay

Business & Media Manager
Nichole Gay serves as the Neiman Institute's Business & Media Manager. Nichole fills two primary roles on the Neiman Institute team: first to manage the business activities and finances of the team. Second, to manage the marketing for the team, which includes media relations and promotional efforts for the Institute. Read More
Jennifer Hemingway, MS

Jennifer Hemingway, MS

Senior Research Associate
Jennifer Hemingway is a Senior Research Associate of the Neiman Institute. Jennifer conducts statistical analysis using SAS in support of a variety of research projects and manages the data purchases and DUAs for the Institute's data center. Read More
Mikki D. Waid, PhD

Mikki D. Waid, PhD

Senior Research Fellow
Dr. Mikki D. Waid is an economist by training, her research currently focuses on utilizing Medicare and other health data to analyze a wide variety of topics related to radiology and health, in general. Mikki enjoys using her extensive research experience to write sophisticated econometric programs in order to answer complex questions. Read More

Research Fellows

Richard Duszak, MD, FACR

Richard Duszak, MD, FACR

Emory University School of Medicine
Affiliate Senior Research Fellow
2016 - Current
Richard Duszak, MD, is Professor and Vice Chair for Health Policy and Practice in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences at Emory University. Currently Council Vice-Speaker and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Chancellors of the American College of Radiology, Dr. Duszak is an outspoken supporter of evidence-based policy and longtime leader in physician payment policy development.
Joshua A. Hirsch, MD, FACR, FSIR, FSNIS

Joshua A. Hirsch, MD, FACR, FSIR, FSNIS

Massachusetts General Hospital
Affiliate Senior Research Fellow
2017 - Current
Joshua Hirsch, MD, is director of Interventional Neuroradiology, chief of the Interventional Spine Service, vice chair of Interventional Radiology Quality & Safety and associate Departmental Quality Chair at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has extensive experience in diagnosis, management and treatment of cerebrovascular disease, minimally invasive spine surgery and acute stroke treatment.
Michal Horný, PhD

Michal Horný, PhD

Emory University
Affiliate Research Fellow
2018 - Current
Michal Horný is a health services researcher and health economist at Emory University. His main research interests include health care spending, health disparities due to financial barriers to care, and the assessment of the value of care with a particular focus on screening and diagnostic imaging. He received his doctorate in Health Services Research in 2017 from Boston University School of Public Health.
Andrew Rosenkrantz, MD, MPA, FACR

Andrew Rosenkrantz, MD, MPA, FACR

New York University Grossman School of Medicine
Affiliate Senior Research Fellow
2015 - Current
Andrew Rosenkrantz, MD, is Professor of Radiology and Urology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, where he serves as Section Chief of Abdominal Imaging, and as the department's Director of Health Policy. His research with the Institute has focused on characterizing practice patterns of the national radiologist work force and exploring drivers of variation in imaging utilization. He serves on the editorial boards for multiple radiology journals, and was recognized by AuntMinnie as the Most Influential Radiology Researcher in 2018.

Advisory Board

Pamela K. Woodard, MD, FACR

Pamela K. Woodard, MD, FACR

Washington University School of Medicine
Chair, ACR Research Commission
Pamela K. Woodard, MD, is the Hugh Monroe Wilson Professor of Radiology and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University, where she is also the Sr. Vice Chair and Division Director of Radiological Research Facilities. In this role she provides administrative oversight to the directors of the department’s eight research facilities. She is also Director for the Washington University Center for Clinical Imaging Research (CCIR) and a principal investigator on several NIH-funded research grants, including a T32 grant to train residents and fellows in translational imaging research. She serves on the ACR Board of Chancellors as the Chair of the Research Commission.
Gregory Nicola, MD, FACR

Gregory Nicola, MD, FACR

Vice President, Hackensack Radiology Group
Chair, ACR Economics Commission
Dr. Gregory N. Nicola, MD, is a practicing radiologist subspecialized in neuroradiology. He currently serves as an executive leader of the Hackensack Radiology Group in Hackensack, New Jersey, as well as board member and finance chair for the Hackensack Meridian Health Partners Clinically Integrated Network. Dr. Nicola is a leader in the radiology community specifically in regards to health policy and economics issues, and currently serves as chair of the ACR Commission on Economics. He is the past ASNR advisor to the AMA RUC and a past two-time participant of the CMS/Acumen Resource Use Measure Committee. Aside from his leadership roles, he has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed articles pertaining to health policy and economics, as well as serves a frequent speaker at national medical conferences.
Robert M. Barr, MD, FACR

Robert M. Barr, MD, FACR

Mecklenburg Radiology Associates
Robert M. Barr, MD, is a neuroradiologist, President-Elect of the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR), and Vice Chair of the Novant Health Board of Trustees. He is past-president of Mecklenburg Radiology Associates, former ASNR advisor to the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee, and former chair of the ASNR Health Policy Committee. He currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Board of Radiology.
Elizabeth Burnside, MD, MPH, MS, FACR

Elizabeth Burnside, MD, MPH, MS, FACR

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Elizabeth Burnside, MD, MPH is a professor of radiology in the University of Wisconsin (UW) School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH). Her degrees include an MD combined with a master's in Public Health as well as a master's degree in Medical Informatics. Her extramurally-funded research investigates machine learning to improve decision-making in breast imaging in the pursuit of improving the population based screening and diagnosis of breast cancer. Dr. Burnside has published over 120 peer review articles. Her transdisciplinary research is facilitated by affiliate appointments in the UW Departments of Industrial Engineering, Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, and Population Health Science. Her leadership roles at UW, including SMPH Associate Dean, focus on team science fueling the evolution of research and care to converge and create a true learning health system.
Pari Pandharipande, MD, MPH, FACR

Pari Pandharipande, MD, MPH, FACR

Harvard Medical School
Dr. Pandharipande is an Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, a Radiologist in Abdominal Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Director of the MGH Institute for Technology Assessment. She is a graduate of Cornell University, Cornell University Medical College, and the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her residency in diagnostic radiology at NYU, and an NCI-sponsored fellowship in cancer outcomes research and abdominal imaging at MGH. Dr. Pandharipande's research is centered in imaging, decision science, disease modeling, and cost-effectiveness analysis, with a primary focus in cancer outcomes. Dr. Pandharipande is also clinically active within the Abdominal Imaging Division at MGH, where she interprets imaging studies and trains residents and fellows.
Howard Fleishon, MD, MMM, FACR

Howard Fleishon, MD, MMM, FACR

Chief of Radiology Services, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Johns Creek, GA
Chair, ACR Board of Chancellors
Howard Fleishon, MD, is an associate professor at Emory Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences. He recently served as chief of radiology services at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, and division director of community radiology services. He was President at Valley Radiologists Ltd. in Arizona for 14 years and Executive Vice President of Southwest Diagnostic Imaging. Subsequently he became Radiology Medical Director at John C. Lincoln Medical Center. After serving in leadership positions in the Arizona Radiological Society, Dr. Fleishon went on to hold numerous roles in the American College of Radiology including ACR Steering Committee, Council Vice Speaker and Speaker: Chair Radiology Advocacy Network and Chair Radpac. In May 2020, he was elected Chair of the ACR's Board of Chancellors.