WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Nancy Dunlap has been named physician-in residence in the NGA Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) Health Division. 

The health division covers a broad range of health financing, service delivery and policy issues, including containing health care costs, health insurance trends and innovations, state initiatives in public health, health workforce, aging and long-term care, disease management, health care information technology and health care quality. The division also maintains the website State Health Policy Options, a virtual resource center for state policymakers to explore potential solutions to the health policy problems they face.

“We are pleased to welcome Nancy to NGA,” said NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen. “With her vast experience and knowledge, she is a great addition to the NGA Center. Her expertise and long-standing dedication will be very beneficial to our work for the nation’s governors.”

A large focus of Dunlap’s work at NGA will be on identifying ways for high-utilizers of health care to have better health and reduce their cost of care.  She also will focus on the NGA Prescription Drug Abuse Project and improving birth outcomes.

Dunlap is a professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  She is also a professor in the UAB School of Business in the division of management, information systems and quantitative methods.

Most recently, Dunlap was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow on the Committee on Energy and Commerce at the U.S. House of Representatives. She has worked as the vice president of UAB Health System for Ambulatory Services and the vice chairman for clinical affairs at the Department of Medicine.

Dunlap is a special advisor to the Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission and serves on the National Health Policy Conference Advisory Board. She also is a member of America’s Top Doctors and served as Secretary for Alabama Gov. Bob Riley’s Emergency Response Commission to Address the Health Care Crisis.

“The National Governors Association is at the forefront of helping states find innovative solutions to pressing issues,” said Dunlap. “I look forward to working with governors as we address the health care challenges in their states.”

Dunlap received a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; a doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology from the University of Alabama, Birmingham; a doctor of Medicine from Duke University; and a Bachelors of Arts in biology from Wellesley College.