The advisory board of the EAPCP are some of the leading thought leaders and professionals within the sector globally. Our board members are active members of the primary care community who will contribute to the ongoing development of the sector. They, like us, believe in the advancement of patient centred primary care.
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Chairman EAPCP and founding member of the PCPCCLearn More
Dr Paul Grundy, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACPM is the former chief medical officer and global director of healthcare transformation for IBM’s Healthcare and Life Science Industry. In this role, he developed and executed strategies that support IBM’s transformation initiatives in the healthcare industry.
Dr Grundy is also a healthcare ambassador for the nation of Denmark and an adjunct professor at the University of Utah Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. He is a member of National Academy of Medicine; director of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the body responsible for accrediting graduate medical training programs; and a member of the national advisory board to the National Center for Interprofessional Practice & Education.
Dr Grundy is the founding president of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) where he served as president of its Board of Directors from 2006 through January 2016. The PCPCC is a not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to advancing an effective and efficient health system built on a strong foundation of primary care and the patient-centered medical home, and also a sister organisation of the EAPCP.
Dr Grundy was made an honorary member of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2008 and is the first international honorary member of the National Association of General Practitioners in Ireland. He is a retired senior diplomat with the rank of minister consular at the US State Department.
President EAPCP, Chairman NAPC (UK)Learn More
Dr Nav Chana is the current President of the EAPCP, Chairman of the NAPC and a GP at the Cricket Green Medical Practice where he has been practicing for 25 years. As Chairman of the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) in the UK, he has co-led the development of the ‘primary care home’ model, which is one of the new care model programmes endorsed by NHS England.
The NAPC is a leading membership organisation representing the interests of primary care professionals including general practitioners, nurses, practice staff, pharmacists, opticians and dentists, and a partner organisation of the EAPCP.
Dr Chana has had a varied career in healthcare education, most recently as the Clinical Adviser for the workforce stream of NHS England’s New Care Models Programme and continues as an Adviser to Health Education England (South London). He was previously a Director of Education Quality (DEQ) for Health Education South London, and prior to that the Postgraduate Dean for General Practice and Community Based Education from 2010.
Vice President EAPCP, National Chairperson of the Irish Practice Nurses OrganisationLearn More
Karen Canning qualified as a registered general nurse (RGN) from St Laurence's Hospital, Dublin in 1983 and as a registered midwife (RM) from the Rotunda in 1987, where she worked until 1999. She then joined her local GP practice as a research nurse/practice nurse.
She is a longstanding member of the Irish Practice Nurses Association (IPNA), established the IPNA South Dublin branch in March 2013 and is currently the IPNA National Chairperson.
Karen graduated from NUI Galway with a PGDipHSc Clinical Primary Care (Hons) in 2010 and a MHSc Primary Care in 2011.
She founded and manages a social media page for practice nurses, inaccessible to the public, which allows members of the profession to keep in touch, ask queries of colleagues, advertise upcoming courses, educational meetings and practice nurse positions.
She is also an elected member of the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland.
As the mother of a severely disabled young man, Canning has personal interest in the disability sector and has campaigned at local and national level for many years for improved legal rights, proper services and funding for those with disabilities. A former recipient of the Irish Practice Nurse of The Year Award, she contested the General Election in 2002 as an independent candidate promoting health and disability issues.
CEO WentWest, Adjunct Associate Professor University of Western SydneyLearn More
Walter Kmet has more than 25 years experience in healthcare and human services in Australia, South East Asia and the UK, with experience spanning a wide variety of organisational situations in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors.
He is currently working as CEO in WentWest Limited, the Western Sydney Primary Health Network – a leader in patient-centred medical home and integrated care developments in Australia.
He has obtained a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Diploma in Health Services Management from the University of Newcastle, a Master of Business and Technology from the University of NSW, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor with Western Sydney University.
Previously, he had worked for the University of Queensland, Little Company of Mary Hospital, and MIA Limited, among many others.
He is a Board Member of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, a Member of the NSW Ambulance Advisory Council, Co Chair of the Western Sydney Partnership Advisory Council and Chair of the Western Sydney Aboriginal Health Collaborative.
Walter has a deep understanding of healthcare operations and systems, and how they apply to the policy environment. He is currently leading integrated care and patient-centred medical home initiatives from the primary care perspective.
President & CEO HIMSSLearn More
Hal Wolf is an internationally respected health care and informatics executive; a leading authority on integrated care models and mHealth product development and implementation. Hal has successful multi industry experiences in product development, marketing, distribution, information technology and innovation implementation in a variety of markets and stages of organizational life cycles from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies.
A key architect in the development of content, research and user interface for video on demand and broadband, Mr Wolf is a pioneer in consumer engagement. He has contributed his unique approach and insights to the birth of the digital health era, combining the traditional enterprise strategy with an end-to-end organisational view while keeping the patient as the central focus.
Before joining HIMSS, Mr Wolf was Director, National Leader of Information & Digital Health Strategy at The Chartis Group and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Kaiser Permanente’s Permanente Federation.
Mr Wolf is a Board member of the International Care Delivery Alliance and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology. He is a visiting professor for Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Instituttet at the University of South Denmark and for the Center for Innovative Medical Technology at the Odense University Hospital in Denmark. He also serves as a board member for the Patient@Home European Union initiative that develops new products for home care while supporting the end-to-end acute care continuum.
Emeritus Professor of Family Medicine/General Practice Radboud University Nijmegen, Past President of WONCALearn More
Prof Chris van Weel was a practising GP in Rotterdam from 1973 to 1985, in the Community Health Centre Ommoord, during which he also obtained a PhD at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1981, before becoming Professor of General Practice (1985-2012), and Chair of the Department of Primary and Community Care at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands.
The graduate of Leiden University (1973) helped the Department of Primary and Community Care bridge the domains of public health and individual primary healthcare, and engaged in innovative regional healthcare reform in the form of the ‘Leader Practices Programme’.
He was the Founder, in 1992, and until 2012 was Chair of the EU Erasmus exchange programme Primary Health Care, in which medical students from 15 countries participate in clinical attachments and research electives in primary healthcare.
Prof van Weel was also president of the World Organization of Family Doctors, Wonca, from 2007 to 2010.
Between 2013 and 2016 he was Professor of Primary Health Care Research at the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute, Australian National University, Canberra.
Hebuilt a research programme of longitudinal studies of chronic diseases in general practice, entitled ‘Effective Primary Care’, as part of the Nijmegen Centre ‘Evidence Based Medical Practice’. An academic practice-based research network provides the essential data for this programme, and this has resulted in more than 700 scientific papers published in international journals, and more than 65 PhD theses.
Prof van Weel – an Officer of the Order of Oranje-Nassau (2007), part of the Dutch honours system – was a co-founder of the Netherlands School of Primary Care Research (CaRe), has contributed to the international development of primary care and research capacity building through Wonca, the Brisbane International Initiative and in collaborations in respiratory health (GOLD, GARD, ARIA), and was a member of the international editorial advisory board of the Lancet (1996-2006).
His main research interests include primary healthcare morbidity and long-term outcome of chronic diseases in family practice.
An Honorary Fellow of both the Royal College of General Practitioners in the UK (1991) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (2007), Prof van Weel was awarded the Maurice Wood Award by the North American Primary Care Research Group in 2008. The Maurice Wood Award for Lifetime Contribution to Primary Care Research is given annually to honour a researcher who has made outstanding contributions to primary care research over the course of a lifetime.
GP in Sonderborg, Associate Professor at the Research Unit for General Practice, University of Southern DenmarkLearn More
Dr Kjaer has an MD, PhD and a Masters of Health Professional Education, and is a Specialist in Family Medicine. He is also accredited as an ‘expert in family medicine education’ by the European Academy of Teachers in General Practice/ Family Medicine (EURACT). He was a contributor to EURACT’s 2012 document ‘A Framework for Continuing Educational Development of Trainers in General Practice/Family Medicine in Europe’. Dr Kjaer is also a CPD Consultant with the Association of Danish General Practitioners.
In 2015, during a symposium on war, immigrants and ethnicity at WONCA Europe in Turkey, a proposal was made to translate the Istanbul statement – which stressed that refugees should have access to equitable, affordable and high-quality healthcare services in all Europe – into educational goals in vocational training. WONCA Europe’s Special Interest Group worked with Dr Kjaer and Dr John Yaphe from Portugal on the project.
The Istanbul statement reaffirmed that European family doctors were prepared to play a significant role in the provision of high quality and affordable health services to the current and future European population.
Last year, at the 21st World Organization of Family Doctors Europe Conference in Copenhagen, Dr Kjaer co-authored a presentation on ‘Why and when do Danish medical doctors choose to become a general practitioner?’
He found that exposure to general practice as part the basic postgraduate training programme was an important positive influencing factor for junior doctors choosing the specialty, as was acceptance of the postgraduate training programme.
Factors with negative impact were limited awareness of family medicine during medical school and worrying expectations to the future working conditions. The time of the choice was individual, but many seemed to decide after basic postgraduate training.
He also spoke at WONCA Europe 2016 about the impact a Danish reflective group had on its members.
Former Executive Director of The Permanente FoundationLearn More
After 25 years of leadership and service at Kaiser Permanente, Dr Jack Cochran retired in May 2015 as the Permanente Federation Executive Director.
Dr Cochran began his medical career in clinical and private practice in Denver. He earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado and served residencies at Stanford University Medical Center and the University of Wisconsin Hospital. He is board certified in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
He joined the Colorado Permanente Medical Group in 1990 as the chief of plastic surgery and founder of the Plastic Surgery Department. He was later appointed executive medical director, president and chairman of the CPMG board for Kaiser Permanente, and was appointed executive director in 2007.
Throughout his career, Dr Cochran has served as a strong advocate for integrated care and physician leadership, while always maintaining a focus on the patient, even outside of the clinical setting. He has urged all those with whom he worked to bring the patient perspective into each conversation and decision, and has invited physicians to join in brining about healthcare reform by embracing their roles as healers, leaders and partners.
Through physician leadership programmes such as Medicine & Management and the Permanente Executive Leadership Summit, he has also fostered a culture of learning and collaboration within Kaiser Permanente as well as with external organisations. These programmes have helped to create and nurture new generations of physician leaders.
Within the Permanente Federation, Dr Cochran built a strong, mission-driven leadership team. Under his leadership, the Federation improved upon the sharing of clinical best practices across the Permanente Medical Groups, contributed to Kaiser Permanente’s achievement of 5-star quality ratings for Medicare, and improved the care experience of Kaiser Permanente members and patients.
Dr Cochran also helped to implement and optimise Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect, the largest successful private clinical information systems deployment in the world.
He testified before the congressional committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in 2009 and addressed and discussed the benefits of a comprehensive health information technology system at the Senate Finance Committee’s 2008 Health Reform Summit. More recently, he represented Kaiser Permanente in Washington, D.C. when the US Department of Health and Human Services announced its intent to shift the industry to value-based payment models.
For more than two decades, Dr Cochran has volunteered his reconstructive surgery and consulting services in developing countries, aiding underserved populations in Nicaragua, the Philippines, Ecuador, Tanzania and Nepal.
He is a past president of the Consortium for Community Centered Comprehensive Child Care, a foundation that has built hospitals in East Africa. He is also a vocal advocate for nurses and oversees the Lois and John Cochran Education Award – an annual scholarship given to oncology nurses at the Lutheran Medical Center in Denver.
Dr Cochran remains passionate about the role of integrated care and physician leadership in transforming healthcare. He also co-authored ‘The Doctor Crisis: How Physicians Can, and Must, Lead the Way to Better Health Care’, which draws from the Colorado experience.
In February 2017, he joined the Board of Directors of Clarify Health Solutions, Inc., an innovative company that is integrating artificial intelligence (AI) with clinical workflow optimisation analytics. Clarify Health has built a digital care guidance system that seamlessly integrates powerful analytics, smart workflows and real-time patient navigation. The company's analytics engine uses AI to generate actionable insights and guide patients in real-time through personalised care journeys.
Chief Operating Officer at The Beacon Medical Group (UK)Learn More
Claire Oatway manages Beacon Medical Group – a super-practice supporting more than 30,000 patients in Plymouth and South Devon.
Claire has weaved her deep understanding of strategic partnerships and systems leadership principles into her role with a major impact on this practice's approach to population management.
As one of 15 rapid test sites for Primary Care Home, the new mini-multispecialty community providers (MCPs), Beacon has transformed itself to be a sustainable practice that thrives on innovation.
Beacon Medical Group was established in April 2014 and provides GP services across Plymouth and South Devon. In April 2017, it merged with a neighbouring practice – Glenside – to support 39,000 patients.
The group’s driving force is that through scale, it believes it can provide greater options for patients, including additional services and extended opening hours and greater sustainability for their workforce.
As one of the largest GP practices in Devon and Cornwall, the Beacon Medical Group is wholly committed to delivering clinical excellence and the highest level of customer service.
Each premises is a purpose built facility with access for disabled persons, and provides general practice with qualified staff, including GPs, nurse practitioners, paramedics, clinical pharmacists and nurses on all sites. It also provides teaching for registrars and has healthcare assistants providing additional medical services.
Devon Business Mother of the Year 2016, Oatway joined early in Beacon's development and over the past two years has helped the teams to redefine general practice in the region. Three positive Care Quality Commission inspections and patient feedback has shown that the practice has gone from strength to strength.
Consultant Endocrinologist, Professor of Medical Education University of Wales School of MedicineLearn More
Prof Steve Davies is a Consultant Endocrinologist and Professor of Medical Education at the University Hospital of Wales (UHW), Cardiff, an eHealth entrepreneur and founder of a number of diploma/MSc courses with the University of South Wales.
His research interests include the vascular effects of metabolic and endocrine disorders and he has published extensively in the field of diabetes and endocrinology in such journals as Circulation, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and The BMJ. He has received numerous research awards to investigate the areas of growth hormone, prostate cancer and hyperparathyroidism.
He serves as Director of Medelect Ltd – a subsidiary of BMJ Publishing Group Limited, run out of BMA House in Tavistock Square, London – which provides online exam preparation solutions for doctors and healthcare and medical professionals in the UK and internationally. The company offers medical exam revision resources, such as resources for postgraduate medical exams; medical student revision resources; the UK Royal College Exam revision resources; and revision resources for clients to practise as a doctor in the UK.
The company also provides various self-assessment modules for doctors and nurses, along with video tutorials to perform clinical examinations and interpret medical results.
As a founder of OnExamination.com, run through the BMJ, Prof Davies has an established reputation in medical education, particularly online learning. On average, more than 8,000 BMJ OnExamination questions are answered every hour across the world.
He is also founder of Learna Ltd, which has been delivering high-quality flexible medical education and continued professional development across a range of healthcare professions since 2010, promoting lifelong learning and personal development – in particular, Diabetes and Endocrine Diploma and MSc courses.
Dr Davies has also been involved in establishing training courses for weight management in community pharmacy, and the Cardiff-based YouCan Clinic, which provides private practice across a range of medical specialties, particularly aesthetics and men’s health.
Strategy & Integration Manager, Healthcare Thought Leader at IBMLearn More
Kevin is part of the local senior management team holding the position of Strategy and Integration Manager in IBM. He ensures that local operations support and continually transform to meet the meet needs of IBM as a globally integrated enterprise. His role includes continued healthcare thought leadership where he has over 11 years of experience.
Kevin is part of the European thought leadership for healthcare transformation working closely with the IBM Watson Health division’s development team located in Dublin which is applying cognitive insight into care coordination. He is an adjunct associate professor of eHealth at Trinity College Dublin. In May 2017 he became a member of IBM's Industry Academy ' IBM's most eminent and innovative industry visionaries'.
Kevin is also a member of the not for profit Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative and vice chairperson of Tomorrow’s Health 'connecting the pieces' - a not for profit advocacy organisation focussed on the role of primary care in healthcare transformation. Most recently he has joined the international advisory panel to the European Association of Primary Care Partners.
He has been part of both local and international health related conferences including Healthxl events where ICT, Pharma, Venture Capitalist and health providers come together globally to progress health innovation. He has been invited in the past to speak to IBEC, the Nevin Institute, the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants and the American Chamber of Commerce on healthcare reform.
CMO of Capital Area Primary Care, ReykjavikLearn More
Dr Reykdalsson graduated with a medical doctors degree (M.D) from the University of Iceland in 1986. He became a specialist in primary care medicine in 1993 and initially worked at a primary care center, VC Britsarvet in Falun, Sweden. Since 1996 he has worked in Iceland. Initially he worked as a primary physician at a primary care center/hospital in Southern Island, called Heilsugæslustöðin á Selfossi. In 1998 he became the Chief of medicine at the same institution and had the position of executive direktor there between the years 2004 and 2014.
In 2014 he started working as a consultant at the Ministry of Welfare in Reykjavik and as the Chief Executive Diagnostic Medicine Services at the Landspitali - The National University Hospital of Iceland
Currently he holds the position of CMO of the Capital Area Primary Care in Reykjavik.
He therefore has widespread experience within different parts of the Health care system both in Sweden and in Iceland and has had a successful career with management during the last 20 years.