HICOR Leadership



Dr. Scott Ramsey

Scott Ramsey, M.D., Ph.D.

HICOR Director

Dr. Ramsey is one of only a handful of doctors worldwide who are also health economists. He has led landmark studies on patterns of care and the costs and cost-effectiveness of treatments for lung, colorectal and prostate cancer. A practicing physician, he leads clinical trials through the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network as well as pragmatic trials evaluating health care delivery interventions through SWOG Cancer Research Network.

Member, Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch
Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Services, University of Washington
Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Washington
Adjunct Professor, Pharmaceutical Outcomes, Research, and Policy Program; Department of Pharmacy, University of Washington

Dr. Veena Shankaran

Veena Shankaran, M.D., M.S.

HICOR Co-Director

Dr. Shankaran is a gastrointestinal medical oncologist and health outcomes researcher who has devoted her research career to studying the financial challenges faced by cancer patients and caregivers. She has led several key studies demonstrating the serious financial impact that cancer treatment can have on patients. She also serves as the local principal investigator on a number of clinical trials in esophageal and gastric cancer. Shankaran has joint appointments at Fred Hutch, University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, where she has a busy clinical practice.

Associate Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch
Joint Associate Member, Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch
Associate Professor, School of Medicine, University of Washington

Judy Nelson

Judy Nelson

HICOR Director of Strategy

As director of strategy for HICOR, Judy Nelson is responsible for administrative and operational oversight, scientific portfolio management, strategic planning, executive leadership support, HICOR governance and oversight, and management of emerging scientific initiatives. She also leads program development activities and HICOR communications, promoting HICOR’s vision, mission and research priorities regionally and nationally.

Karma Kreizenbeck

Karma Kreizenbeck

HICOR Director of Research & Partnerships

As director of research and partnerships for HICOR, Karma Kreizenbeck oversees HICOR’s oncology performance reporting program and the Community Cancer Care Report. She also leads HICOR’s community engagement, managing a network of collaborating oncology clinics and developing partnerships with leaders in government, the health insurance industry and clinical, quality and policy organizations. In addition, she manages HICOR’s portfolio of collaborative research with technology partners, including Microsoft and Tableau.

External Advisory Board

Dr. Dana Goldman

Dana Goldman, Ph.D.

Chair, HICOR External Advisory Board
Director, Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and School of Pharmacy, University of Southern California
Dr. Peter Bach

Peter Bach, M.D., M.A.A.P.

Director, Center for Health Policy and Outcomes, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Dr. Alan Balch

Alan Balch, Ph.D., M.S.

CEO, Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation
Dr. Diana Brixner

Diana Brixner, Ph.D., R.Ph.

Professor, Department of Pharmacotherapy
Executive Director Outcomes Research Center, College of Pharmacy
Director of Outcomes, Program in Personalized Health Care, University of Utah
Dr. Craig Earle

Craig Earle, M.D., M.Sc., F.R.C.P.(C)

Vice President, Cancer Control, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
Thomas W. Feeley

Thomas W. Feeley, M.D.

Senior Fellow, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School
Jennifer Malin

Jennifer Malin, M.D., Ph.D.

Senior Medical Director, Oncology and Genetics, United Health Group
Arnold Milstein

Arnold Milstein, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Medicine, Clinical Excellence Research Center Director, Stanford University School of Medicine
Dr. Peter Neupert

Peter Neupert, M.B.A.

Advisor & Board Member, Public and private companies in the health sector
Dr. Peter Yu

Peter Yu, M.D.

Physician-in-Chief, Hartford HealthCare Center Institute