Judith E.N. Albino, Ph.D.
Academy for Academic Leadership
Judith E.N. Albino has served as president of two higher education systems, the University of Colorado, a public research university, and Alliant International University, a private, nonprofit university with multiple campuses in California, Mexico and Kenya. Her higher education experience also includes service at the dean and vice-presidential levels, and she has spent more than 25 years as a faculty member in schools of dentistry and medicine, as well as departments of psychology and educational psychology. She received her baccalaureate and doctoral degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and the Certificate in Professional Coaching from the Zicklin School of Business of Baruch College, City University of New York.
Dr. Albino’s leadership has extended to community and nonprofit groups and she has served on corporate and civic boards. She also has been an officer and served on governance groups of numerous professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the Federation of Psychological, Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences; the American Association for Dental Research; the American Council on Education; the National Collegiate Athletic Association; and the Society of Psychologists in Management, a group for which she recently served as president. Dr. Albino’s research in behavioral aspects of health and disease has been supported by the NIDCR and has resulted in numerous scientific publications and presentations. More recently, her work at the University of Colorado has focused on health disparities. At the Academy for Academic Leadership, she works extensively in the areas of planning and evaluation, leadership and board development, and executive coaching.
J. Lyle Bootman, Ph.D., Sc.D.
Senior Vice President for Health Sciences
Dean, College of Pharmacy
The University of Arizona
J. Lyle Bootman is senior vice president for health sciences and dean of The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy since 1987. He is professor of pharmacy, medicine and public health, and a fellow of several professional associations including the American Pharmacists Association, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists and the American College of Apothecaries. He is the founding and executive director of The University of Arizona Center for Health Outcomes and PharmacoEconomic (HOPE) Research, one of the first such centers developed in the world. He is also a founding director of the Healthcare Transformation Institute (HTI), the first such company launched to truly advancing our country’s healthcare system by developing new delivery models in improving patient healthcare value, patient outcomes and services.
He received his pharmacy education at The University of Arizona and his doctorate at the University of Minnesota where he was given the “Outstanding Achievement Award,” the university’s highest alumni honor.
Dr. Bootman has authored more than 285 research articles, books and monographs, and has been an invited speaker at more than 600 professional healthcare meetings and symposia. He was selected as one of the 50 most influential pharmacists in the U.S. by American Druggist, and has received numerous outstanding scientific achievement awards.
Additionally, Dr. Bootman is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies, where he served on the Board of Health Care Services for seven years, and was co-chair of the IOM Committee, which released the highly publicized report, “Preventing Medication Errors.” In 2008 he was recognized with the Joseph P. Remington Honor Medal, the highest honor given by the profession of pharmacy to recognize distinguished service and lifetime contributions.
Denis A. Cortese, M.D.
President, Healthcare Transformation Institute
Director, Healthcare Delivery and Policy Program
Foundation Professor, W. P. Carey School of Business and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Arizona State University
Emeritus President and Chief Executive Officer
Denis A. Cortese is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (U.S.) and chair of the Roundtable on Evidence Based Medicine; Healthcare Leadership Council, chair for 2007-2009; Harvard/Kennedy Healthcare Policy Group; Academia Nacional de Medicina (Mexico); the Royal College of Physicians (London); Division on Engineering and Physical Science (DEPS), National Research Council; 2007 Ellis Island Award Recipient; the Medal of Merit Award in 2008; and the National Healthcare Leadership Award in November, 2009.
Dr. Cortese assumed academic positions as a foundation professor in January 2010 at Arizona State University (ASU) in the W. P. Carey School of Business and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He is also the director of ASU's Health Care Delivery and Policy Program. He currently serves on the board for Pinnacle West, RAND Health and the National Coalition for Healthcare Information (NCHI). In addition, he is chair of IOM Roundtable on Value and Science Driven Healthcare and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering's Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
N. Karl Haden, Ph.D.
Founder and President
Academy for Academic Leadership
N. Karl Haden is the founder and president of the Academy for Academic Leadership. Since its founding in 2005, the Academy for Academic Leadership has worked with more than 100 higher education institutions and associations through faculty development programs and consulting services. Dr. Haden’s consultation and faculty development activities have included clients from dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, allied health and medicine. Dr. Haden’s areas of expertise include leadership development, organizational change, team building, strategic planning, curriculum development and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Dr. Haden served as associate executive director and director of the Center for Educational Policy and Research at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). He continues to direct the ADEA Leadership Institute, a premier leadership development program in health professions education. He has served as a faculty member in AACP’s Academic Leadership Fellows Program since its inception in 2004. Dr. Haden regularly presents to organizations on issues and trends in higher education, health professions education and policy-related matters in higher education. In the past 10 years, he has made more than 300 presentations to groups in higher education. Dr. Haden has authored or co-authored over 80 articles and monographs in educational policy.
Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D.
Institute of Medicine
Harvey V. Fineberg is president of the Institute of Medicine. He served as provost of Harvard University from 1997 to 2001, following 13 years as dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. He has devoted most of his academic career to the fields of health policy and medical decision making. His past research has focused on the process of policy development and implementation, assessment of medical technology, evaluation and use of vaccines, and dissemination of medical innovations.
Dr. Fineberg helped found and served as president of the Society for Medical Decision Making and also served as consultant to the World Health Organization. At the Institute of Medicine, he has chaired and served on a number of panels dealing with health policy issues, ranging from AIDS to new medical technology. He also served as a member of the Public Health Council of Massachusetts (1976-1979), as chairman of the Health Care Technology Study Section of the National Center for Health Services Research (1982-1985), and as president of the Association of Schools of Public Health (1995-1996).
Dr. Fineberg is co-author of the books Clinical Decision Analysis, Innovators in Physician Education, and The Swine Flu Affair, an analysis of the controversial federal immunization program against swine flu in 1976. He has co-edited several books on such diverse topics as AIDS prevention, vaccine safety and understanding risk in society. He has also authored numerous articles published in professional journals. Dr. Fineberg is the recipient of several honorary degrees and the Joseph W. Mountin Prize from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. He earned his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.
Robert (Buzz) A. Kerr, Pharm.D.
Vice President of Academic Affairs
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Dr. Robert (Buzz) A. Kerr joined the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy as the vice president of academic affairs in March 2009. He is responsible for developing, implementing and assessing programs, products and services to assist members in faculty development, curriculum development, assessment, educational research and scholarly teaching. Dr. Kerr earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from the University of California Davis in 1966 and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 1970. He completed a pharmacy residency at the same institution in 1971. He completed a sabbatical in Instructional System Development at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1991.
Prior to joining AACP, Dr. Kerr served as associate dean for academic affairs at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at the University of the Sciences where he introduced use of “primary trait analysis” to effectively develop a vertically integrated approach to core curriculum development and student performance assessment. He has held several national leadership positions including president and chairman of the AACP Board of Directors and chair of the AACP Council of Faculties. He was the initial chair of the American Pharmacists Association’s Section of Clinical Pharmacy Practice. He served on the AACP Janus Commission that addressed challenges for the Academy in the new millennium.
Pamela Zarkowski, M.P.H., J.D.
Academy for Academic Leadership
Pamela Zarkowski is a senior consultant for the Academy for Academic Leadership. She also is professor and the vice president for academic affairs at the University of Detroit Mercy. She was most recently the executive associate dean at the School of Dentistry where she served as both a faculty and administrator for more than 27 years. Ms. Zarkowski received a bachelor's degree and an M.P.H. degree in dental public health from the University of Michigan. She also received the Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University where she was an associate editor of the Law Review. She has been a member of the Michigan bar since 1989.
Ms. Zarkowski's career in dental education spans more than 29 years. She has served in various leadership roles at the School of Dentistry and the university. She continues to teach pre-doctoral, allied, and postdoctoral dental students in ethics, law, leadership and community dentistry. She has also published and is a frequent speaker at regional and national meetings and continuing education courses. Ms. Zarkowski is a former president of the American Dental Education Association (2001-2002) and the American Society for Dental Ethics (2003-2006). She was also president of the Society of Executive Leadership in Medicine (SELAM) from 2007-2008. In 2001, she was inducted into the honorary society of Omicron Kappa Upsilon. In 2006 she was selected as an Honorary Fellow in the American College of Dentists.