Our Advisors

Philip R. Lee, M.D.
Co-chairperson, Network of Care Advisory Committee

Dr. Lee is senior advisor to the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he oversees the development of the social, behavioral, and policy sciences. From 1993 through 1997, Dr. Lee served as assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a post he also held under President Lyndon B. Johnson. Before going to Washington in 1993, Dr. Lee served as director of the Institute for Health Policy Studies, which he founded at UCSF in 1972 with Lewis H. Butler. Dr Lee served as chancellor of UCSF from 1969 to 1972.

Dr. Lee has served on numerous advisory boards and planning groups to federal, state, and local health policymakers. He was president of the Health Commission for the City and County of San Francisco and served as chair of the congressionally mandated Physician Payment Review Commission.

Dr. Lee's research and teaching endeavors in the field of health policy have focused on physician payment, prescription drugs, reproductive health policy, and AIDS-related issues. Currently, he is conducting research on population health, public health, and medical care, particularly the role of multispecialty group practice. He is the author of more than 100 articles in the health field, and he has coauthored numerous books.

Herb Birch,
Co-chairperson, Network of Care Advisory Committee

Herb Birch was founder, guiding force, and Chairman of the Board of the Birch & Davis Health Management Corporation. For more than 20 years, Birch & Davis was one of the most respected and successful health care consulting and management firms in the country.

Birch & Davis worked extensively with the federal, state and local levels of government, managing a wide variety of public programs in nearly 30 states and nine countries. The company's expertise included management services for Medicare, Medicaid, aged, blind and disabled, long-term care, behavioral health, indigent care, Indian health services, children's services, veteran's hospitals, CHAMPUS, and many others.

Mr. Birch developed a number of innovative programs that became national models, ranging from childhood immunization programs in Louisiana, to primary care case management services in Texas, to Medicaid managed care in New Jersey. Mr. Birch also worked extensively with community program integration and health information systems.