Our Team


Dr. David Kelley

Dr. David KelleyDr. David Kelley is the Chief Medical Officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Office of Medical Assistance Programs. He oversees the clinical and quality aspects of the Medical Assistance Programs that provide health benefits to over 2.5 million recipients. The Office includes oversight of eight managed care organizations and the Access fee-for-service program. In the past ten years, the office has participated in a multi-payer medical home collaborative, initiated three pay-for-performance programs, developed a multi-state application for the Medicaid electronic health record incentive program, established nonpayment policies for readmissions and preventable serious adverse events in hospitals, developed telemedicine payment policies, implemented a pharmacy preferred drug management program, and expanded the HealthChoices mandatory physical health managed care program statewide.

Prior to joining the Department, Dr. Kelley worked for Aetna Health Inc. as the medical director responsible for utilization and quality management in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. Prior to Aetna, he served as Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Quality Improvement at Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine. As the Director for Clinical Quality Improvement, he oversaw the quality and utilization management at Pennsylvania State’s Hershey Medical Center.

Dr. Kelley received his BS degree at Elizabethtown College, attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, completed his residency training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, obtained his MPA at Pennsylvania State University, and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He has clinically practiced at a Federally Qualified Health Center, in private practice, at an academic practice at Pennsylvania State University, and with a community-based team for diabetes care in a Medicaid hospital clinic

Dr. Evan Cole

Dr. Evan Cole Dr. Evan Cole, PhD, is a research assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Cole is a health services researcher with expertise in studies of Medicaid policy and primary care delivery.

Dr. Jan Pringle

Dr. Jan PringleDr. Jan Pringle, PhD, is an epidemiologist by training with extensive experience in health services research. She is the founder and Director of the Program Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) within the University of Pittsburgh, School of Pharmacy. Her particular area of expertise includes addiction services research, especially research involving the application of screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) within various healthcare settings. She has conducted numerous health services research studies and program evaluation efforts involving innovative addiction treatment, intervention, and prevention models. She is the Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Program’s Clinical Standards Committee, and is a consultant to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in their review of state behavioral health homes. Throughout her career, Dr. Pringle has secured over $130 million in grants from a variety of sources, and she has developed healthcare policy research and briefs that have been used to inform policy development at both the state and federal level.

Dr. Adam J. Gordon

Dr. Adam J. GordonDr. Adam J. Gordon, MD MPH FACP FASAM CMRO is a Professor of Medicine, Clinical and Translational Sciences, and Advisory Dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. He is board certified in internal medicine (American Board of Internal Medicine) and addiction medicine (American Board of Addiction Medicine), obtaining Fellowship status in the American College of Physicians and a Distinguished Fellow status in the American Society of Addiction Medicine. As a practicing clinician, educator, administrator, and investigator, he has a long track record of conducting research on the quality, equity, and efficiency of health care for vulnerable populations, including patients with opioid use and other substance use disorders. He has authored over 143 peer reviewed scientific papers primarily in the area of clinical addiction research and medication assisted treatment and is Editor-in-Chief of Substance Abuse journal. He is the Director of the Buprenorphine in the VA Initiative, charged to increase the implementation of buprenorphine treatment nationally, leads research investigations regarding medication assisted treatment for patients with addiction, and directs and practices in a longitudinal primary care, medical-home clinic for patients who experience homelessness or who have unhealthy substance use or substance use disorders.

Dr. Walid Gellad

Dr. Walid Gellad

Dr. Walid Gellad, MD, MPH is a practicing primary care physician and an associate professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, where he co-leads the Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing. He studies opioid prescribing practices and medication assisted treatment for substance use disorder in Medicaid and in the Veterans Affairs system.

Dr. Julie Donohue

Dr. Julie Donohue

Dr. Julie Donohue, PhD is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is also the Executive Director of the Medicaid Research Center. Dr. Donohue conducts research on insurance coverage, financing, and delivery of healthcare with a focus on use of prescription drugs and behavioral health services. She is a member of the evaluation team for Project RAMP.

Dr. Joyce Chang

Dr. Joyce ChangDr. Joyce Chang, PhD, is a biostatistician with expertise in causal effects modeling for observational studies, longitudinal data analysis, and survival analysis with competing risks. She has extensive experience in the design and analysis of numerous clinical outcome studies and served as a co-investigator and statistics mentor on a wide range of research projects using large databases, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4) dataset. For Project RAMP, she will work with the investigator team to implement appropriate statistical methods and help conduct data analyses.

Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Cochran

Dr. Gerald Cochran Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Cochran earned his PhD from The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and completed postdoctoral training with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Cochran’s research interests are centered on behavioral health services research. His area of expertise involves identifying and studying appropriate care for underserved populations in healthcare settings, with particular emphasis on individuals who misuse drugs and alcohol. Dr. Cochran’s work aims to improve substance use disorder prevention and treatment services provided in healthcare settings.

Last modified: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 4:09 PM