Steering Committee

JumpStart’s Steering Committee provides invaluable guidance on clinical realities, patient issues and cultural considerations.

Zackary Berger  Brian Carlin  Lori Edwards  AnnMarie Papa  Frances Stillman  William Zempsky

Zackary Berger, MD, PhD 
Dr. Berger is an internist, epidemiologist, and assistant professor in the Department of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His interest centers on achieving patient-centered care through patient-centered health research and on establishing the best possible evidence base regarding treatments, diagnoses, and communication strategies from a patient-centered perspective.

Brian Carlin, MD
Dr. Carlin is an assistant professor of medicine at Drexel University School of Medicine and a senior staff physician at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Carlin is actively involved in the development of programs providing transition of care for patients hospitalized with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations. He has assisted the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative ( in the development of a best-practices program for its CMS Innovation Award, and he has assisted Klingensmith HealthCare in the development of a respiratory therapist-driven transition of care program. This program, which began in 2010, has helped significantly reduce the 30-day readmission rate for patients in western Pennsylvania who have been hospitalized with COPD, chronic heart failure, and pneumonia.

Lori Edwards, DrPH (c), MPH, BSN, RN, APHN – BC                                                 BACK TO TOP
Dr. Edwards is faculty instructor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in the Department of Community Public Health.  For more than 20 years, Dr. Edwards’s teaching, research, and clinical expertise have focused on improving health care for underserved populations, including Asian immigrants, refugees, and inner-city residents. Dr. Edwards’ teaching skills encompass a variety of academic learning environments including on-line, classroom, simulation, and clinical settings. Her areas of specialization include population outreach and communication, patient-centered outcomes research, knowledge transfer, health education, and interdisciplinary education.

AnnMarie Papa, DNP, RN, CEN, NE-BC, FAEN                                      
Dr. Papa is Clinical Director of Emergency Nursing at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania & Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.  She is past president of the Emergency Nurses Association and continues to be an active member of the organization.

Frances Stillman, EdD
Dr. Stillman is an associate professor in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health. Dr. Stillman has a strong background in public health and more than 25 years of experience in tobacco control and smoking cessation educational efforts. Dr. Stillman’s primary research focus has been on the design, implemention and evaluation of tobacco control and smoking cessation programs. Dr. Stillman also has extensive experience with health disparity issues, and she has worked for years with the African American and Latino communities, with a special focus on community-based participatory research.  She has been involved in recruitment of minority participants into clinical trials, developing materials that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, and has worked in the mobilization of communities to be actively involved in promoting policies to reduce discrimination especially, with regard to health related issues. Dr. Stillman has also conducted and evaluated clinical trials of smoking cessation efforts in the African American community.

William Zempsky, MD                                                                                                                       BACK TO TOP
Dr. Zempsky is an internationally recognized expert in Pediatric Pain management. He is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and head of the Division of Pain and Palliative Care Medicine at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center His clinical practice is devoted to the treatment of children with acute and chronic pain and pain associated with sickle cell disease. Dr. Zempsky has published extensively on the essentials of pediatric pain management in the primary care setting especially regarding pain associated with simple procedures such as immunizations and venipuncture. He is the lead author on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ policy statement concerning pain management in emergency medical systems for children. He holds over $1 million in grants from the NIH and the Donaghue Foundation to support his work into the assessment and understanding of pain in sickle cell disease.  Dr. Zempsky is the co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Paediatric Pain due out in fall 2013.