• Rachael L. Fleurence, PhD

    Executive Director NESTcc
  • Rachel R. Rath, MPH

    Deputy Director NESTcc
  • Rachel Stivers

    Project Coordinator NESTcc

Rachael L. Fleurence, PhD

Rachael L. Fleurence, PhD is the newly appointed Executive Director for the NEST Coordinating Center. She joins MDIC from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) where she has led PCORI’s initiative to build the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, or PCORnet, since 2012. PCORnet has been a transformational effort to engage patients and leverage electronic health data to improve the speed and efficiency of clinical research in the United-States. A 330 million dollar investment involving 130 health institutions across the country, 20 patient powered research networks and covering 110 Million patients, PCORnet has just launched as an independent foundation in March 2017.  Dr. Fleurence has served on a number of Boards and Steering Committees, including most recently the National Medical Device Evaluation System Planning (NEST) Planning Board, the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) Board and the SMART IRB Steering Committee, an effort to streamline IRB reviews across academic research institutions. She was the chair of the PCORnet Executive Committee, and vice-chair of the PCORnet Council.

A health economist and health services researcher by training, Dr. Fleurence previously worked in the private sector in health outcomes research and has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Fleurence received a BA from Cambridge University (United-Kingdom), a MA in business management from ESSEC-Paris (France), and a MSc and PhD in health economics from the University of York (United-Kingdom).

Rachel R. Rath, MPH

Rachel R. Rath, MPH is the Deputy Director for the NEST Coordinating Center. She joins MDIC from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Since joining PCORI in 2014, she helped build and manage the development of the PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, a transformational effort to engage patients and leverage electronic health data to improve the speed and efficiency of clinical research in the United States. Most recently she focused her on governance, sustainability, and communications efforts to advance the mission of PCORnet. PCORI’s investment in PCORnet has exceeded $400 million from a combination of infrastructure and research investments. In March 2017, the PCORnet partners successfully launched an independent non-profit entity to advance the long-term sustainability of PCORnet. Prior to joining PCORI, she worked with disease-specific organizations including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the COPD Foundation and served as an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Rachel received her MPH in global health policy from The George Washington University and is currently pursuing an MBA from Georgetown University.

Rachel Stivers

Rachel Stivers joins MDIC from the National Health Council (NHC), an organization that brings together all segments of the healthcare community to provide a united voice for the more than 133 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers. As a Policy Associate at the NHC, Rachel directly supported the Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs. She also worked directly with the Manager of Public Policy with a variety of programs with focuses on Health Care Reform and Medical Innovation.

Rachel has a BA in Criminology, Law and Society from George Mason University and is pursuing a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University.