As Chief Health Officer, Dr. Agrawal oversees Anthem’s enterprise health strategy, including medical policy and clinical quality, as well as the company’s industry-leading work to address the social drivers of health. He also leads Anthem’s community health strategy and the Anthem Foundation.
Prior to joining Anthem, Dr. Agrawal served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Quality Forum (NQF), a non-profit organization dedicated to working with members of the healthcare community to drive measurable health improvements. He is also the former Deputy Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), where he led an effort to improve the physician experience with Medicare and also was one of the main architects of CMS’s strategy to address the national opioid epidemic. Dr. Agrawal served as Director of the Center for Program Integrity (CPI), where he was instrumental in launching new initiatives in data transparency and analytics, utilization management, and payment models.
Dr. Agrawal serves on the board of the Grameen Foundation and the editorial boards of New England Journal of Medicine: Catalyst and Population Health Management.. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania and Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine.
Dr. Agrawal completed his undergraduate education at Brown University, medical education at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and clinical training in Emergency Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his master’s degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.
Michael J. Alkire
President and Chief Executive Officer Premier
Michael J. Alkire is the President and CEO of Premier. As the leader of Premier, Alkire leads the continued integration of Premier’s clinical, financial, supply chain and operational performance improvement offerings helping member hospitals and health systems provide higher quality care at a better cost. He oversees Premier’s quality, safety, labor and supply chain technology apps and data-driven collaboratives allowing alliance members to make decisions based on a combination of healthcare information. These performance improvement offerings access Premier’s comparative database, one of the nation’s largest outcomes databases.
Alkire also led Premier’s efforts to address public health and safety issues from the nationwide drug shortage problem, testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives regarding Premier research on shortages and gray market price gouging. This work contributed to the president and Congress taking action to investigate and correct the problem, resulting in two pieces of bipartisan legislation.
Prior to serving as President and CEO, Alkire was president of Premier Purchasing Partners, which offers group purchasing, supply chain and resource utilization services to hospitals and health systems. Premier remains among the top group purchasing organizations in the industry as the value of supplies purchased through its contracts has increased to more than $56 billion. Upon joining Premier in late 2003, Alkire worked closely with the Purchasing Partners team to develop and implement a three-year transformation plan designed to dramatically increase returns to the alliance’s shareholders while building stronger relationships with members and suppliers.
Alkire is a past board member of GHX and the Healthcare Supply Chain Association. He recently was named one of the Top 25 COOs in Healthcare for 2018 by Modern Healthcare. In 2015, Alkire won the Gold Stevie Award for Executive of the Year and in 2014 he was recognized as a Gold Award Winner for COO of the Year by the Golden Bridge Awards. He has more than 20 years of experience in running business operations and business development organizations at Deloitte & Touche and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. Before joining Premier, he served in a number of leadership roles at Cap Gemini, including North American responsibilities for supply chain and high-tech manufacturing.
Alkire graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University and a MBA from Indiana University.
Jeffrey L. Anderson, MD
Distinguished Clinical & Research Physician, Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, Intermountain Healthcare; Professor of Internal Medicine, Cardiology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Intermountain Medical Center
Jeffrey L. Anderson, MD, attended Harvard Medical School, graduating with honors, after receiving his baccalaureate degree magna cum laude in Chemistry at the University of Utah. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Cardiology at Stanford University after 2 years as a Staff Associate at the National Institutes of Health. He began academic medicine at the University of Michigan, subsequently joining the faculty at the University of Utah.
Dr. Anderson is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and clinical electrophysiology. He currently serves as Associate Chief of Cardiology, Director of Cardiovascular Research, and Vice-Chair for Medical Research, Department of Medicine, Intermountain Medical Center, and Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association’s Clinical Council and Master of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Anderson has contributed to cardiovascular research over a broad area, including antithrombotic therapy of acute myocardial infarction and unstable angina, primary and secondary prevention of coronary heart disease, antiarrhythmic therapy, trials in congestive heart failure, and, currently, research on genetics, pharmacogenetics, and novel biomarker and imaging indicators for cardiovascular disease and prevention. Dr. Anderson currently chairs the ACC/AHA Task Force on Practice Guidelines, which recently has published new or updated guidelines on ST-elevation myocardial infarction (MI), non-STEMI, stable ischemic heart disease, and cardiovascular prevention (e.g., cholesterol guidelines). He is an author or co-author on more than 680 original or invited publications and 540 abstracts. In addition, Dr. Anderson has served as a reviewer or editorial board member of 15 peer-reviewed journals and online information resources for professionals. He has served on and chaired FDA’s advisory committee on cardiorenal drugs and has served on many volunteer leadership positions for ACC/AHA. He maintains a full activity schedule of teaching, administration, and clinical care and research.
Rani Aravamudhan, MD
Senior Clinical Consultant Health Data & Management Solutions (HDMS)
Dr. Rani Aravamudhan is a Senior Clinical Consultant at Health Data & Management Solutions (HDMS). She is a physician (specialty- General Medicine) with extensive experience in the EMR/EHR and population health industries with a focus on clinical transformation, workflow design and development, value-based care, risk management and clinical quality and performance reporting. Her strong background in clinical medicine and experience in the HIT industry make her successful in navigating payer, provider and technology vendor landscapes. Prior to joining HDMS, Rani worked for Philips Wellcentive as a Services Leader, where she led teams of program managers, clinical specialists and training staff along with heading their Data Governance committee. Before that, Rani was leading EMR/EHR implementations, workflow and process optimization consulting at McKesson Corporation and was their resident subject matter expert for all CMS quality reporting programs.
Vice President, Network Solutions Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Jennifer Atkins is vice president, network solutions for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies. The BCBS System is the nation’s largest health insurer, covering one-in-three of all Americans.
Atkins is responsible for all of BCBSA’s national network solutions, including the Blue Distinction portfolio of high-performance networks.
Most recently Atkins was regional vice president of provider solutions at Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin, with accountability for statewide provider contracting, network development and strategy. Prior to that she spent 10 years at Mercy Health, a Catholic healthcare ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky.
Atkins is also committed to working with various charitable organizations; she currently serves on the board as vice president of Hope House, a nonprofit shelter and community center located on the near south side of Milwaukee. Previously, she was on the board of FOCUS / Beach House, a Toledo, Ohio organization dedicated to resolving the root causes of homelessness and on the board of the YWCA of Toledo. She has also been active in the Boy Scouts of America and the National Forensics League.
Atkins earned an M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance from the University of Toledo and a bachelor’s degree in history and English from Bowling Green State University.
Executive Director, Population Health LifeBridge Health
David Baker, DrPH, MBA, is Executive Director of Population Health at LifeBridge Health, a 4-hospital nonprofit health system that treats underserved communities in central Maryland. Dr. Baker leads population health management programming and data analytics for the system. He won for Sinai Hospital the Maryland Patient Safety Center’s “Circle of Honor Award” for providing intensive care coordination and home visits to address underlying social, behavioral, and medical issues leading to repeat hospital utilization. The program achieved a 26% reduction in hospital visits compared to a control group. Dr. Baker is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor and a co-Director of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Master of Applied Science in Population Health. He has a Doctor in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Yale University School of Management.
President and Chief Executive Officer Precision Medicine Alliance, LLC at CommonSpirit Health
Dr. Batuello currently serves as the System Vice President, Precision Medicine Alliance and Medical Director, CommonSpirit Health Research Institute. His career has included over twenty years of practice as an otolaryngologist--head and neck surgeon, hospital chief medical officer, multispecialty physician group chairman as well as consulting and advisory roles to government agencies and biotechnology companies. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Creighton University and completed his Medical Degree and Residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He also holds an MBA from the University of Colorado, Denver.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer Healthify
Manik Bhat is the CEO of Healthify, a New York-based startup that provides leading solutions to address the social determinants of health at scale. Manik co-founded Healthify in 2013 while working as a community health worker in East Baltimore clinics. He saw how social needs - like access to food and housing - dramatically impacted health outcomes in the community and was moved to create Healthify. Since Healthify’s founding, Manik has become an avid speaker and advocate for addressing the social determinants of health through equitable and collaborative partnerships between healthcare and social service organizations.
Senior Vice President, Talent and Team Development MarineMax
Ray Lee Bowman, Ph.D., is the CHRO and Senior Vice President for Talent and Team Development at MarineMax, headquartered in Clearwater, Florida. MarineMax is the world’s largest boat and yacht retailer with approximately 70 stores and a dozen marinas from coast-to-coast with approximately 1700 employees, referred to as “team members”. They also have operations internationally. MarineMax is self-insured. In his position at MarineMax, Dr. Bowman created, updates and oversees the company’s innovative health care plan as well as executive development, executive coaching, various other management training functions, strategic planning coordination and facilitation, oversight of HR, review and approval of all management hires and promotions, and multi-level succession planning for the independent Board of Directors. Regarding MarineMax’s revolutionary health care plan, Dr. Bowman has been instrumental in piecing together a diverse and effective set of cost saving strategies of benefit to both team members and the company. He is also the innovative founder and President of MAXHealthPlan Solutions (a division of MarineMax) which shares these very successful, cost saving strategies with other interested companies.
Prior to joining the MarineMax team, Dr. Bowman spent nearly four decades practicing Clinical Psychology with four offices in two counties surrounding Tampa Bay, Florida. His practice also provided cognitive rehabilitation for neurologically impaired patients. He is board certified (with Diplomate status) in Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Forensic Psychology, Pain Management, and Clinical Psychology. He has degrees from Eckerd College (formerly Florida Presbyterian College), the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Georgia. He completed his clinical internship at Shand’s Teaching Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. His two year residency prior to licensure was at the Developmental Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. He retired from clinical practice in 2011 but soon after was recruited to MarineMax.
Dr. Bowman lives in the mountains near Hendersonville, North Carolina with his beautiful wife of 43 years, Debra. They have one son, Robert, who is the founder of Bowman Marketing. Rob also lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina with his wife, Ashley, and Dr. Bowman’s two extraordinarily gifted and adorable granddaughters, Hannah and Grace, ages ten and five respectively.
Bartley Bryt, MD
Chief Medical Officer Brighton Health Plan Solutions
Bartley Bryt, MD, MPH directs the clinical vision of Brighton Health Plan Solutions (BHPS) and its two proprietary provider provider networks, MagnaCare and Create health plans. He routinely provides medical and clinical expertise to Labor, Commercial, and Public Sector clients, guiding their members to the most appropriate and highest quality care while identifying ways to lower costs. He leads BHPS’s URAC accredited medical management programs, including utilization management, nurse case management, and population health.
Bartley is an advocate of integrated care delivery and has been vital in the development of Create, BHPS’s new network built around integrated delivery systems. He regularly contributes to discourse on a variety of health care topics, including gene therapy, the opioid crisis and pain management, maternal health, provider payment models, value-based care, direct to provider contracting, and price transparency. Bartley’s perspectives have been sought after by Healthcare IT News, Crain’s, SHRM, NJBIZ, and Health Data Management to name a few. His bylines have been recently published in Fierce Healthcare, Managed Healthcare Executive, Labor Press, and Kevin MD.
Prior to BHPS, he served as Chief Clinical Officer of Brighton Health Group and as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating and Clinical Officer of three divisions at CareCore National, LLC from 2009 to 2014. From 1997 to 2009, Bartley served in numerous leadership positions at UnitedHealthcare/Oxford Health Plans; his responsibilities included physician performance profiling, medical and population management.
Bartley began his career as a practicing Pediatrician and Physician Director at Kaiser Permanente after earning a Master's in Public Health from the Columbia School of Public Health and completing a fellowship in Preventive Medicine at Cornell. He completed a Pediatrics residency and Chief Residency at NYU, obtained his Doctor of Medicine from State University of New York (Cum Laude, Alpha Omega Alpha), and he received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Vermont (Phi Beta Kappa). He remains a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics most recently re-certifying in 2012.
Wesley Burks, MD
Chief Executive Officer, UNC Health;
Dean, UNC School of Medicine
Dr. A. Wesley Burks is Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs, and CEO of UNC Health.
Dr. Burks has spent more than 30 years taking care of patients, conducting research, helping to educate trainees, and leading institutions. He joined UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011 as physician-in-chief of the North Carolina Children’s Hospital and was named chair of the department of pediatrics in 2012, as well as the Curnen Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics. In 2015, he was named executive dean of the UNC School of Medicine, during which he oversaw the school’s focus on rural health initiatives, diversity in admissions, and primary care education, which is now ranked first in the country.
Dr. Burks also leads a research team focusing on identifying the molecular signatures of allergens in specific foods, such as peanuts, to gain a better understanding of why some people have adverse reactions. Dr. Burks and colleagues lead several immunotherapy clinical studies, and his initial work on peanut allergies is cited as the basis for potential peanut allergy treatment regimens currently under FDA review.
Dr. Burks is a past chair and member of the NIH Hypersensitivity, Autoimmune, and Immune-mediated Diseases study section and is Past President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas and then the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He completed a pediatric residency at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital and a fellowship in allergy and immunology at Duke University Medical Center. He served on the faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Duke University Medical Center before joining the UNC School of Medicine.
Melisa S. Byrd
Senior Deputy Director / Medicaid Director D.C. Department of Health Care Finance
Melisa Byrd is the Senior Deputy Director / Medicaid Director of the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF). In this role, Ms. Byrd serves as the principal manager for the District’s Medicaid, CHIP, Alliance and Immigrant Children’s programs. Melisa directs the day-to-day organization, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the programs to ensure compliance with federal and District laws. Melisa advises the DHCF Director on all major policy and budget issues related to DHCF’s health care programs. Previously, Ms. Byrd served as the agency’s Chief of Staff and as the Associate Director of the Office of the Public Provider Liaison.
Throughout Melisa’s nearly twenty years in health policy and Medicaid, she has focused on state level programs and efforts to expand coverage and reform healthcare systems. She has worked on local, state, and national levels and in both public and private sectors, including Health Management Associates (HMA), the Louisiana Department of Health, and the National Governors Association.
Thomas S. Campanella, JD
Director, Health Care and Professor, Health Economics, Baldwin Wallace University;
Of-Counsel, Baker Hostetler, LLP
Tom is the Director of the Health Care MBA program and a professor of health economics for Baldwin Wallace University in Cleveland, Ohio. He teaches and speaks on health policy and finance issues at the regional and national level. Tom writes a healthcare blog on LinkedIn which is also e-mailed to readers on a monthly basis.
He is of-counsel for the law firm of Baker Hostetler, LLP, specializing in healthcare law.
Previously, he served as the Associate Dean of Ohio University Osteopathic Medical School and Chief Operating Officer of their five clinical sites in Southeast, Ohio.
Tom was also the Vice-President of Health Care Finance and Care Management for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Ohio/Medical Mutual from 1985 to 1997.
Tom has his BA/MA in Economics from Ohio University and his law degree from Cleveland State University. He is also a CPA (inactive) and is licensed by the State of Ohio as an Agent to engage in the business of Health and Life Insurance (inactive).
Administrative Services Manager City of Plano
James A. Colbert, MD
Senior Medical Director, Delivery System Innovation and Analytics Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Dr. James Colbert is Senior Medical Director for Delivery System Innovation and Analytics at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA). He is the clinical leader for provider analytics and provider performance support within BCBSMA. He is responsible for engaging with at-risk provider organizations to enable them to achieve success within their value-based contracts through managing TME and improving quality. He represents BCBSMA on the Board of Directors of the Healthcare Transformation Taskforce.
Prior to joining BCBSMA, he served as the VP of Population Health for Benevera Health, a joint venture between Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and four health delivery systems in New Hampshire. Other experiences include serving as Senior Medical Director for Population Health at Verisk Health and serving as a core faculty member of the Brookings Institution ACO Learning Network. He was the lead author of a 2014 Brookings Institution report entitled Adopting Accountable Care: An Implementation Guide for Physician Practices. In 2015 he was selected by MedTech Boston as one of 40 healthcare innovators under age 40.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and medical degree from Stanford University. He completed a primary care internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as a fellowship in medical research and health policy at the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Colbert maintains an active clinical practice, and he holds faculty appointments at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Ariadne Labs, and Harvard Medical School
President and Chief Executive Officer Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP)
Ceci Connolly, a nationally-recognized health care leader, is president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP). She spent 25 years in journalism and is a well-respected author and commentator. As the?Washington Post's former chief health correspondent, she chronicled President Obama's drive for sweeping health care reform and the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Connolly is co-author of LANDMARK: The Inside Story of America's New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All and has been published in numerous publications, including The New England Journal of Medicine. Following her career in journalism, Connolly served as a leader of PwC’s Health Research Institute and as a senior adviser at the McKinsey Center for Health Reform.
In her current role as president and CEO, she works with some of the most innovative executives in the health sector to provide high-quality, affordable coverage and care to all. She is a leading thinker in the disruptive forces reshaping our health system and has been a trusted adviser to c-suite executives.
Connolly is a founding member of?Women of Impact (WOI) for Healthcare. She is a former board member for the non-profit Whitman Walker Health and was the first non-physician to receive the Mayo Clinic's prestigious Plummer Society Award for promoting deeper understanding of science and medicine. She also serves on the advisory board to the Fannie Mae Sustainable Communities Initiative and was the recipient of a fellowship at?Harvard's?Kennedy School?of Government. In addition, Connolly was included on Business Insider’s inaugural list of “DC Health Care Power Players”.
Chief Healthcare Strategist Informatica
Richard Cramer is currently the Chief Healthcare Strategist for Informatica. He is a 25-year veteran of the healthcare industry, having spent time in senior technology leadership roles at The University of Pennsylvania Health System and UMass Memorial Health Care, as well as leading healthcare marketing and product strategy for SeeBeyond (acquired by Oracle) and Informatica. Richard is a frequent speaker on innovation in healthcare analytics and next generation data management strategies that allow organizations to get the most out of their data assets, quickly. Richard graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs with a degree in Computer Science, and is a private pilot and flies gliders for fun outside of work.
Imelda Dacones, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Permanente, P.C. (NWP);
Chair, National Permanente Executive Committee, The Permanente Federation LLC
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwest Permanente, P.C. Imelda Dacones, MD, leads more than 1,700 physicians, clinicians and administrators at the largest independent, physician-led, multi-specialty professional corporation in Oregon and southwest Washington. Together, these physicians deliver Permanente Medicine— evidence- and value-based health care with humanity— to more than 600,000 Kaiser Permanente members. Dr. Dacones is a passionate advocate for addressing the social and environmental determinants of health, and is working to transform the culture, practice, and business of medicine. Under her leadership, Northwest Permanente became the world’s first physician group certified as a B Corp – a status that underscores a strong corporate commitment to use business as a force for good.
Recently-elected as chair of The Permanente Federation's National Permanente Executive Committee, Dr. Dacones has responsibility for the people of The Permanente Federation. As a member of the Board of Directors of the new Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, she looks to influence the medical education of future generations of physicians in this country, inspiring them to spread the mission of providing high-quality, affordable health care and improving the health of people and our communities.
Karen M. Dale
Market President, AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia;
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies
Karen M. Dale is the Market President for AmeriHealth Caritas’ Medicaid managed care organization (MCO) in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for leading key initiatives to strategically position the MCO as a market leader offering innovative solutions for the critical challenges faced by its members.
In addition to her role as Market President, Dale was appointed to AmeriHealth Caritas’ newly created position of Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO). As CDEIO, Dale leads the planning and implementation of diversity and inclusion strategies across the organization to link workforce, workplace, health equity, and supplier diversity with measurable business and cultural outcomes.
Having held multiple positions of leadership during the past two decades, Dale has worked with a broad group of stakeholders to address policies and other key factors impacting the delivery of health care services. In addressing the range of needs experienced by the nation’s vulnerable populations, Dale has cultivated a focus that has helped AmeriHealth Caritas concurrently innovate, while meeting the highest levels of quality and service. These efforts include the use of digital tools to aid in the management of chronic diseases, peer to peer outreach using community health workers and peer specialist, and the use of a human-centered design member engagement approach. Dale’s vision is notably reflected in key programs addressing Black maternal health, racism, housing, transportation, violence interruption, and food insecurity. In addition, her philosophy that healthcare must evolve into a health ecosystem that promotes, wellness, without barriers, starting where people are, has led to several collaborative relationships with providers, community partners, philanthropists and businesses to implement sustainable, scalable solutions with high impact.
Dale holds a Master of Science degree in psychiatric mental health nursing from The Catholic University, Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. She was a member of the Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2003. She serves as a board member for both Volunteers of America National Services and the Volunteers of America National Board, and the Access to Justice Commission.
Smita Das, MD, PhD
Director of Psychiatry Lyra Health
Dr. Das is Board Certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine and has over 20 years of research experience in healthcare quality and addiction. She studied Chemistry and Statistics at Stanford, completed her Masters in Public Health at Dartmouth College, and then completed her MD/PhD in Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Regionally, she has been a leader in the Northern California Psychiatric Society since 2012 and is now Immediate Past President of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) District Branch. Nationally, she serves on the Council on Addictions at the American Psychiatric Association, has presented to the US Congress and is an invited speaker at conferences. Prior to her position as Medical Director of Psychiatry at Lyra Health, she was Director of Addiction Treatment Services at the Palo Alto VA System. In addition to her work at Lyra, Dr. Das practices in addictions at Stanford School of Medicine where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor.
Managing Director, Healthcare Technology and Distribution SVB Leerink
Stephanie Davis is a Senior Research Analyst at SVB Leerink covering Healthcare Technology and Distribution. She has over a decade of experience covering the Healthcare IT and IT Services sectors and leads the firm’s digital health research efforts.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Davis worked at Citibank where she led coverage for the Healthcare IT sector, including the electronic health record companies, payer-facing and provider-facing IT players. Before Citi, Ms. Davis was an Equity Research Analyst at J.P. Morgan and, earlier in her career, was an Investment Banking Analyst at Sonenshine Partners.
In 2019, Ms. Davis was recognized as a Runner-Up for Health Care Technology and Distribution on Institutional Investor’s All America Research Team and was included in Business Insider’s “Rising Stars of Equity Research” in 2017.
Ms. Davis earned a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Columbia University and is a CFA charterholder.
Senior Policy Fellow Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Susan Dentzer is Senior Policy Fellow for the Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University. Based in Washington, DC, where the center’s research team is located, she focuses on aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic response; health system transformation, such as through telehealth; biopharmaceutical policy; health coverage expansion, and other key health policy issues.
Dentzer is one of the nation's most respected health and health policy thought leaders and a frequent speaker and commentator on television and radio, including PBS and NPR, and an author of commentaries and analyses in print publications such as Modern Healthcare, NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine)-Catalyst, and the Annals of Internal Medicine. She was also the editor and lead author of the book Health Care Without Walls: A Roadmap for Reinventing U.S. Health Care, available on Amazon.com.
From 2016 to 2019, Dentzer was President and Chief Executive Officer of NEHI, the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization then composed of more than 80 stakeholder organizations from across all key sectors of health and health care. From 2013 to 2016, she was senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy focused on health and health care in the United States, and before that, was the editor-in-chief of the policy journal Health Affairs. From 1998 to 2008, she was theon-air Health Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. Dentzer wrote and hosted the 2015 PBS documentary, Reinventing American Healthcare, focusing on the innovations pioneered by the Geisinger Health System and spread to health systems across the nation.
Dentzer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine); an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance; and a fellow of the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics research institute. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Rescue Committee, a leading global humanitarian organization and a member of the board of directors of Research!America, which advocates on behalf of biomedical and health-related research. She was formerly a member of the board of directors of the Public Health Institute, a nonprofit organization addressing public health issues and solutions nationwide. She is a member of the Boards of Advisors for RAND Health and for the Philip R. Lee Institute of Health Policy Studies at the University of California-San Francisco. From 2011 to 2017 she was public member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties, which assists 24 medical specialty boards in the ongoing evaluation and certification of physicians.
Dentzer graduated from Dartmouth, is a trustee emerita of the college, and chaired the Dartmouth Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004. She serves on the advisory board for the Center for Global Health Equity at Dartmouth, and previously was a member of the Board of Advisors of Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine or more than two decades. Dentzer holds an honorary master’s degree from Dartmouth and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Muskingum University. She and her husband have three adult children.
Chief Executive Officer The Health Management Academy
Renee DeSilva serves as CEO of The Health Management Academy, partnering with top executives from the nation’s 150 largest and most innovative healthcare companies to shape the future of the industry. Under Renee’s leadership, The Academy has launched a broad array of new research programs, strategic partnerships and leadership initiatives.
With more than two decades of experience in the healthcare industry, Renee is a sought-after speaker, moderator, panelist and host. Informed by The Academy’s more than 65 annual events featuring c-suite healthcare decision-makers and innovators, she has unique insight into the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. She is frequently asked to speak on health system transformation catalyzed by COVID-19 and issues of race and representation in healthcare leadership.
Prior to joining the Academy, Renee served as Executive Vice President & Chief Talent Officer at EAB and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at The Advisory Board Company. In these roles, she led talent, commercial and business operations across the firm.
Renee serves on the board of Inova Health System and is a recipient of the Washington Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award. A passionate advocate for health equity, DeSilva leads The Mosaic Network, a joint venture project to boost the number of people of color in board level roles in healthcare companies. She is also an active member of Black Directors for Health Equity Advancement.
Gary L. Disbrow, PhD
Director, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Gary Disbrow is the Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a component of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. BARDA invests in the innovation, advanced research and development, acquisition, and manufacturing of medical countermeasures – vaccines, drugs, therapeutics, diagnostic tools, and non-pharmaceutical products needed to combat health security threats. BARDA has established hundreds of public-private sector partnerships and as of November 2020 BARDA now has a portfolio of 56 products that have earned FDA regulatory approvals, licensures or clearances.
Dr. Disbrow joined BARDA in January of 2007 and has held a variety of positions related to the advanced development and procurement of medical countermeasures against an array of threats to national security and public health. Prior to becoming the BARDA Director, Dr. Disbrow served as acting BARDA Director, Deputy Assistant Secretary of ASPR and Medical Countermeasures Program Director.
In October 2013, Dr. Disbrow was named Acting Director of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Division and was subsequently named the Director of the Division in December of 2014. During that time, the CBRN Division built a robust pipeline of candidate products under advanced research and development. In 2014 and 2015, Dr. Disbrow was identified as the Ebola Incident Coordinator for BARDA and worked closely with the BARDA Director on funding needs, development of candidate products, and was the primary liaison for BARDA across the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise (PHEMCE). These efforts led to the first licensed Ebola vaccine, ERBEVO licensed in December 2019.
October 2008, Dr. Disbrow began serving as the Deputy Director of the CBRN Division of Countermeasures and oversaw the budget and programs for both advanced research and development and Project BioShield efforts.
Upon joining BARDA in January 2007, Dr. Disbrow began working on the smallpox vaccine program. Dr. Disbrow played a key role in awarding the first contract under Project BioShield using the authorities for advanced payment and milestone payments provided under the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (2006). JYNNEOS was licensed in September 2019.
Prior to joining BARDA, Dr. Disbrow was an Assistant Professor of Oncology and Pathology at Georgetown Medical Center where he worked on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines and therapeutics. Dr. Disbrow has previously worked at W.R. Grace, Kodak, and Genecor.
Dr. Disbrow attended the University of Rochester and Georgetown University for his undergraduate and Ph.D. respectively.
National Social Determinants of Health Strategist Centene
Jennifer Funaro a social and health strategist with over 18 years of healthcare innovation and product design. As an experienced product innovator, she has designed healthcare solutions that deliver real results, improve patient lives and lower healthcare costs with extensive knowledge in multiple markets including commercial, Medicaid, Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
In her current role, Jennifer leverages her marketing and product design background to work collaboratively with Centene Corporation and its Health plan subsidiaries from across the country to ideate, design and implement evidence-based, high priority social determinants of health (SDoH) innovations with of goal of rolling out demonstrated SDoH best practices to scale. Her SDOH focus areas include community-based technology platform design, housing and food security initiatives and screening and assessment intervention-based programming.
Jennifer has been with Centene Corporation and/or subsidiary company since December of 2011.
Commercial Marketing, Product & Sales Strategy/Operations Leader Tufts Health Plan
Jim leads marketing and product strategy efforts to create recognition, interest and demand for our newly combined organization’s commercial plans products and services offered across our 5 states. He oversees all commercial advertising, promotion, sponsorship and awareness across all media and other programs that support the division’s go-to-market strategies. In addition, Jim is responsible for product development and product effectiveness, sales administration.
Before joining Tufts Health Plan, Jim was senior vice president for business development and strategy with Langrand and Company, a health care strategy firm based in Houston. Prior to that, he spent 18 years in business development, marketing and product innovation roles, supporting all business segments within BlueCross Blue Shield of Rhode Island.
Jim holds a B.S. in business administration and marketing and an M.B.A. from the University of Rhode Island.
Kulleni Gebreyes, MD
A Principal in Deloitte’s Healthcare practice, Kulleni Gebreyes is a physician leader with over 20 years of experience in the health care industry across the commercial and public sector. She drives care delivery transformation for health care organizations pursuing financially sustainable strategies for performance improvement, clinical services optimization and asset rationalization. She has also developed strategies for population health management and value-based care that address payment reform, physician engagement, and patient activation. In partnership with providers, payers, and employers, Kulleni has successfully developed and implemented clinical analytics tools and applications that reduce operating costs and promote appropriate utilization of resources.
Trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital System, Dr. Gebreyes is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a Six Sigma Green Belt. She holds an MD from Harvard Medical School, a BA in Biology from Princeton University and an MBA from Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins. She has served as a faculty member engaged in medical education and residency training at Georgetown University Medical Center and George Washington University Hospital. Kulleni has also been an active advocate for vulnerable and underserved communities through her work with State of Maryland and District of Columbia. She is a recognized speaker at regional and national conference including Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), National Association of Health Care Executives (NAHSE) and Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).
Chief Executive Officer Las Vegas HEALS
Doug Geinzer is a skilled and successful entrepreneur who was built and sold several businesses throughout his career. Most of his success has been found in the healthcare, technology and employment industries. Today, Doug considers himself more of a social entrepreneur spending a significant amount of his time improving Southern Nevada’s healthcare infrastructure and positioning Las Vegas to become the most globally recognized health and wellness destination.
As CEO of the Las Vegas HEALS (Healthcare | Education | Advocacy | Leadership | for Southern Nevada), Doug delivers on their mission: “To foster strategic alliances in the healthcare community, collaborating on workforce issues and being a proactive force for legislative initiatives to improve access and the delivery of quality healthcare in Southern Nevada.”
Doug has assembled a network of high performing healthcare providers who deliver high quality and proven outcomes at a lower contracted (and bundled) rate. The majority of these providers deliver care in Las Vegas, one of the most accessible destinations from any city, while providing the highest level of hospitality only found in the World’s most recognized city.
Doug has bee the recipient of many awards including Entrepreneur of the Year, Healthcare Hero, Innovative Business Leader, Top 40 under 40, “most influential” in employment and a ‘who’s who’ in healthcare. He is a past president of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Business Council and sits on the boards of numerous organizations.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Doug relocated to Las Vegas in 1993 to build a media company he later sold to Cox and Landmark Communications. Recruiting Nevada, another media company Doug developed was sold to the Greenspun Media Company in 2008, allowing Doug to focus on Las Vegas HEALS. Doug is a single father raising a multi-lingual young daughter. As an avid water sports fanatic, you will often find Doug stand-up paddling or boating on Lake Sahara.
Patrick J. Geraghty
President and Chief Executive Officer GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation, Florida Blue, GuideWell Group, Inc.
Pat Geraghty is President and Chief Executive Officer of GuideWell, a $20 billion mutual insurance holding company headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. A mission-driven health solutions enterprise, GuideWell is the parent to a family of forward-thinking companies focused on transforming health care.
GuideWell comprises Florida Blue, the leading health insurance company in Florida; GuideWell Connect, a consumer engagement and marketing firm that includes Onlife Health; GuideWell Health, a health care delivery company; GuideWell Source, a provider of administrative services to federal and state health care programs, including Medicare; PopHealthCare, a population health management company; and WebTPA, a market leading administrator of self-funded employer health plans. GuideWell serves more than 28 million people across 45 states, including more than 5 million individuals in Florida.
Geraghty was the architect of the strategic restructuring that created GuideWell from the foundation of a 75-year-old health insurance company, transforming it into a health solutions organization at the forefront of reimagining the future of health in America. The GuideWell restructuring is considered a model of strategic reinvention and is featured as a capstone business case in the curriculum of Harvard Business School.
A dynamic speaker, Geraghty is considered an expert voice on a range of health care topics including health care reform in the U.S., next-generation payment strategies, innovation in health care and the benefits of wellness and prevention programming.
He has appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” “Fox Business News,” CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” The Wall Street Journal’s “Money Beat,” “PBS Nightly Business Report,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and Bloomberg TV’s “Street Smart” and “Capitol Gains” programs. Geraghty also has been featured on the front page of The New York Times’ Business Day, in The Wall Street Journal, and in many other media outlets.
In addition to serving as an expert source to leading news media, Geraghty is frequently sought after for his insights on important health care policy matters in Washington, D.C. and Tallahassee, Fla.
Geraghty is active in leading professional and community organizations. He is Immediate Past Chair of the Florida Council of 100, a private, non-profit, non-partisan organization of Florida business leaders who advise the state’s governor on how to improve the economic growth of the state and the economic well-being of its residents. He also serves as a member of the board of the National Institute of Health Care Management (NIHCM), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of America’s health care system.
Additionally, Geraghty serves on the boards of Pardee Rand Graduate School, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and Tampa Electric Co. (TECO).
In 2016 Geraghty became a member of the Health Governors Community of the World Economic Forum, the international organization for public private cooperation, and a trustee for its Global Challenge Initiative on The Future of Health.
Geraghty holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University and a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, degree from Florida Southern College. He also has completed executive education programs at Harvard University School of Public Health and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
President and Chief Executive Officer Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health
Mr. Neil Goldfarb is President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health (GPBCH, www.gpbch.org), which brings together employers in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey who are committed to improving the health of their employees and the safety, quality and value delivered by the healthcare system. GPBCH represents over 1.5 million covered lives nationally. Before founding GPBCH in 2012, Mr. Goldfarb spent over 30 years in healthcare research, quality improvement, and management positions. As Associate Dean for Research in the Jefferson College of Population Health, he was responsible for leading the school’s research agenda, while concurrently serving as Director of Ambulatory Care Performance Improvement for Thomas Jefferson University’s faculty practice plan. His previous positions include Executive Director of a quality improvement consulting firm, and Vice President of Health Services for the Philadelphia region’s first Medicaid managed care plan. Mr. Goldfarb has authored over 60 articles in the peer-reviewed literature. Mr. Goldfarb is active in the governance of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, and founding co-Director of the College for Value-based Purchasing of Health Benefits.
President Healthcare Leadership Council
Mary Grealy is president of the Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition of chief executives of the nation’s leading healthcare companies and organizations. The HLC advocates consumer-centered health care reform, emphasizing the value of private sector innovation. It is the only health policy advocacy group that represents all sectors of the healthcare industry. She was appointed to the position in August 1999. She previously served as Washington Counsel for the American Hospital Association and was Chief Operating Officer and Executive Counsel for the Federation of American Hospitals.
Ms. Grealy has an extensive background in healthcare policy. She has led important initiatives on the uninsured, improving patient safety and quality, protecting the privacy of patient medical information and reforming the medical liability laws. She testifies frequently before Congress and federal regulatory agencies.
Ms. Grealy has a bachelor degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from Duquesne University. She served on the Board of Directors of TEAMHealth, one of the largest providers of outsourced physician staffing solutions for hospitals in the United States, and the Board of Directors of Duquesne University. She is Chair of the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship and serves on the board of the Women Business Leaders, the March of Dimes Public Policy Council and the Susan G. Komen Public Policy Advisory Board. She is also a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. She is a frequent public speaker on health issues and has been ranked many times by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare and has been named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare.
President and Chief Executive Officer Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW)
Pamela Greenberg is the President and CEO of the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness (ABHW). She joined the association in 1998 and since that time has become a nationally recognized leader on managed behavioral health care policy.
ABHW is the leading association working to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and advance federal policy to improve mental health and addiction care. ABHW represents major national and regional health plans who care for more than 200 million people.
Pamela has extensive experience with mental health parity, including testifying before Congress and federal agencies, and Chairing the Coalition for Fairness in Mental Illness Coverage, one of the leading Coalitions that helped develop, advocate for, and get the Wellstone-Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 signed in to law. She also currently serves on the Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Advisory Council, URAC’s Health Standards Committee and Parity Advisory Council, and innovaTel Telepsychiatry’s Strategic Advisory Board.
Prior to joining ABHW Pamela was the Deputy Director of Federal Affairs for America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). Before joining AHIP Ms. Greenberg was a Legislative Assistant at Capitol Associates, a healthcare consulting firm in Washington, D.C.
Pamela has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Susan Gross, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer The ObG Project
Dr. Susan Gross is the President and CEO of The ObG Project, a digital media company created to deliver guideline-based medical information to physicians and other healthcare professionals. Her career has spanned both clinical medicine and research, with roles at Montefiore Einstein where she was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and Genetics; Natera where she was Chief Medical Officer; Mount Sinai Hospital and Sema4 as Medical Director for the Reproductive Lab and Clinical Analysis Division and presently Chief Medical Officer at Cradle Genomics. She is double board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Medical Genetics. Dr. Gross has served on national and international guideline committees and has lectured and published extensively on prenatal screening and genetic testing, with a focus on new technologies and public health policy.
Diana Han, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Vice President, Global Health Unilever
Diana recently joined Unilever in Q4, 2020, serving as its VP, Global Health and Chief Medical Officer. Her team has responsibility for the health of Unilever’s 150,000 employees in 150+ countries around the world. Prior to Unilever, Diana was the Chief Medical Officer for GE Appliances (GEA), where she oversaw global healthcare delivery, as well as the company’s health and leave benefits.
Earlier in her career, Diana held leadership positions at Carewise Health and Humana. At Carewise, she served as VP, Clinical Strategy and Innovation, focusing on developing new products, services, and partnerships for the employer health and wellness markets. At Humana, Diana led the company’s clinical product and service innovation, focusing on leveraging new technologies and partners to harvest Humana’s claims assets for population health management.
Diana trained in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her medical degree with highest distinction from the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
Lonie S. Haynes, DLP
Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer AmerisourceBergen
Dr. Lonie Haynes is Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for AmerisourceBergen Corp. In this role, he leads AmerisourceBergen’s journey to be a truly equitable organization that celebrates individuality while inspiring associates across all dimensions of diversity to achieve their full potential and to advance the company’s purpose to create healthier futures. With over 25 years of diversity and inclusion experience, Dr. Haynes has a history of creating and executing strategies that inspire associates as well as aligning diversity and inclusion with corporate strategies.
Prior to joining AmerisourceBergen, Dr. Haynes, who is also a veteran, spent nearly ten years at Highmark Health, as Chief Diversity Officer, where he was charged with aligning diversity and inclusion as a critical business component for advancing the mission and strategic business objectives of the company.
Northeast Regional Manager Rogers Benefit Group
Jeffrey Hogan is the Northeast Regional Manger for Rogers Benefit Group, a national benefits marketing and consulting firm. Jeff has been with Rogers Benefit Group for 28 years. Additionally, Jeff operates a consulting firm, Upside Health Advisers where he provides expert witness services on health care related litigation, as a consultant to payers and large provider groups for product development and launch, and as a resource to employers desirous of implementing strategies to manage their health spend. Jeff is focused on healthcare payment reform, health policy, care coordination, value based healthcare, healthcare quality and precision medicine.
Jeff regularly appears on national forums focused on moving to value-based healthcare and is actively working to promote healthcare related transparency measures in the market. He is a current board member for the Connecticut Business Group on Health and serves as the group’s liaison to the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser’s Coalition. He is also is one of the Coordinators of Connecticut’s Moving to Value Alliance. Jeff also serves on the Advisor’s Panel for the Validation Institute and is the Regional Leader for the Leapfrog Group.
Jeff and his family are active annual participants in the Pan-Mass Challenge and have raised more than 300K for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Jeff served his local government as the Farmington Town Council Chair from 2012-2014 and as a town council member over a 10-year period. Jeff is an avid outdoorsman, and previously served as the Director of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Mountain Leadership School and for the past 20 years instructs in the Wilderness Medicine Symposium for the UCONN Medical School.
Manager, Global Recognition and Wellness Avantor, Inc.
As Avantor’s Global Recognition and Wellness Manager, Melissa Hohenberger plays a pivotal role in the design and implementation of health and well-beings programs for Avantor’s employees around the globe. With over 15 years of experience in corporate health, she is responsible for benefits, programs and resources that improve the lives and health of Avantor's 12,000+ employees and their families.
Prior to Avantor, Melissa served as an Adjunct Professor at West Chester University and was a Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention Supervisor for the County of Chester in Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelors in Public Health and Health Promotion from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a Master in Public Health from Temple University.
Wema Hoover, GPHR
Global Head, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Google
Wema Hoover is the Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Google. In this role, she is responsible for leading a global team across the enterprise to increase representation in hiring, progression, retention and to drive a more inclusive and equitable culture through influencing, partnering and driving sustainable impact in the engagement, development and sense of belonging for all Googlers. Wema leads all efforts focused on establishing and driving equitable people processes, the company’s workforce diversity teams serving as Diversity Business Partners within each product area and overseeing all ERGs and DEI Councils for Google.
Wema Hoover was formerly the Chief Diversity Officer and Global Head of Culture, Inclusion & Diversity at Sanofi. In this role Wema developed and led the execution of enterprise-wide strategies to transform and activate culture, inclusion and diversity. Wema partnered with the senior business leaders and HR to drive organizational culture and create and sustain an inclusive workplace. Wema accomplished this through driving a strategic roadmap and objectives for culture, inclusion and diversity. She also led the annual people survey, developed partnerships and programs to progress an inclusive work environment both internally and externally, and supported the activation of behaviors and practices to support culture transformation.
Wema previously worked at Pfizer, where she led diversity, inclusion and culture. Wema also led the Diversity and Worldwide Leadership Council and partnered with ExCom members, senior business leaders, HR and colleague resource groups to develop and execute worldwide diversity and inclusion strategies that supported the ownership culture and advance the business. In this role Wema developed targeted D&I interventions to increase the education and awareness of under-served population to take action against chronic medical conditions.
Prior to joining Pfizer, Wema worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb as Head of Diversity & Inclusion, as an Organizational Development lead and also as HR Business Partner.
Wema is a graduate of Rutgers University and holds a Masters in Organizational Development from New School University. In addition Wema is a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR), certified by HRC. Wema is a speaker and educator and has lectured for Diversity Best Practices, Conference Board, Society of Human Resources, National Black MBA association and National Urban Fellows.
Connie Hwang, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Director Clinical Innovation Alliance for Community Health Plans (ACHP)
Richard S. Isaacs, MD
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, The Permanente Medical Group;
President and Chief Executive Officer, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group;
Co-Chief Executive Officer, The Permanente Federation
Richard S. Isaacs, MD, FACS, is CEO and executive director of The Permanente Medical Group and president and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, two of the largest and most distinguished medical groups in the nation. Together, TPMG and MAPMG have more than 10,000 physicians and over 40,000 nurses and staff delivering high-quality health care to more than 5 million Kaiser Permanente members in Northern California, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Dr. Isaacs, who was named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders in 2018, also serves as co-CEO of The Permanente Federation, a consortium of all the Permanente Medical Groups that supports the work of more than 22,000 Permanente physicians and 80,000 employees. In this role, Dr. Isaacs provides strategic leadership and direction to all the Permanente Medical Groups, and to the national Kaiser Permanente Program.
Previously, Dr. Isaacs served as physician-in-chief for the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center, where he was responsible for all clinical operations. While physician-in-chief, Dr. Isaacs played a critical leadership role in helping his medical staff pioneer several initiatives that were adopted by Kaiser Permanente nationwide.
Dr. Isaacs serves on the board of directors for the Alliance of Community Health Plans and for the American Medical Group Association. He is also actively involved in medical education and has served as a clinical professor of Otolaryngology at University California, Davis School of Medicine; Drexel University School of Medicine; and California Northstate University School of Medicine.
Group Vice President, Women and Children’s Institute (W&C Institute) Providence St. Joseph Health
Trina Jellison serves as Group VP of the Women and Children’s Institute (W&C Institute) at Providence which is headquartered in Renton, WA. Providence is comprised of 52 hospitals and more than 900 clinics. The W&C’s Institute is responsible for all patients ages 0-18 and all females across their life span. Last year, the institute cared for 850K patients, more than 70K of which were newborns.
During her career, the majority of which has been spent in the perinatal arena, Trina has had the opportunity to work with unique and exciting facilities from coast to coast. She has served in both for-profit and not-for-profit systems and in both clinical and operation roles, which has given her a broad perspective of the healthcare world.
Trina left health care for 3.5 years to work as a consultant. This work broadened her experience as the clients ranged from federal government to underground mining companies. The focus of this work was leadership skills, building high performing teams, negotiations, and change management.
Through her many experiences, Trina has developed a passion for providing a high-quality experience for women and children. Her dream is that is no patient experiences unnecessary harm during their care experience and that no family experiences unnecessary loss of a loved one while receiving care.
Matthias Kleinz, DVM, PhD, is Vice President, Translational Programs at UPMC Enterprises. Matthias joined UPMC Enterprises in July 2017 to help the ITTC invest and commercialize innovative translational science by defining the true potential of new life science technologies, exploring optimal business models and strategies, and helping to form companies with a clear path to success. Matthias sits on the board of UPMC Enterprises portfolio companies Generian and Cerevance and is the startup CEO of one of UPMC’s latest drug discovery startups. He is also a member of the executive committee for the UPMC Genome Center. Prior to UPMC Enterprises, Matthias spent nine years in management consulting at L.E.K. Consulting in its life sciences practice in Boston and London leading teams on over 70 strategic assignments for clients in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Matthias completed his PhD in the Clinical Pharmacology Unit of the University of Cambridge (UK), working on early stage discovery of G-protein-coupled receptor targets for hypertension, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome and graduated from Justus Liebig University in Giessen (GER) with a doctorate in clinical veterinary medicine.
Brian Klepper, PhD
Principal Worksite Health Advisors
Brian Klepper, PhD is Principal of Worksite Health Advisors and a nationally prominent health care analyst and commentator. He writes and speaks extensively about the structural dynamics of the US health care cost crisis, primary care clinics, high performance health care and the management of full continuum clinical and financial risk.
President and Chief Executive Officer Sutter Health
Sarah Krevans is President and CEO of Sutter Health, a Northern California based not-for-profit health system that cares for 3 million patients—or 1 in every 100 Americans, in one of the most diverse and innovative regions in the nation. Sarah oversees Sutter’s integrated network of 14,000 clinicians, 24 hospitals, outpatient services, research facilities, and home health and hospice care.
Sarah has dedicated her healthcare career to finding ways to make healthcare more safe, personal, affordable and accessible. In the beginning of her career, Sarah was a caregiver for the elderly and people with severe mental illness, where she saw firsthand the impact of our broken system on patients.
Sarah was named Sutter Health’s President and CEO in January 2016. Prior to this role, she served as Sutter’s chief operating officer, regional executive officer and president of the Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, and senior vice president of managed care. Previously, Sarah held executive roles at Kaiser Permanente and served as deputy director of Maine’s Bureau of Medical Services and acting director of Medicaid health planning and licensure programs.
Sutter Health has been recognized by independent organizations as a national leader in healthcare quality and advancing health equity. True to its not-for-profit mission, Sutter also provides compassionate care for more low income Medi-Cal patients in than any other health system in its Northern California footprint.
Sarah serves on the Bay Area Council Executive Committee, American Hospital Association Health Care Systems Council, California Hospital Association Board of Directors, United States of Care Founders Council, and Sutter Health Board of Directors.
She has been named as one of the “Top 25 Women Leaders” by Modern Healthcare, included on Modern Healthcare’s list of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare,” nominated as a “Visionary of the Year” by the San Francisco Chronicle, and named one of the “Most Influential Women in Business” by the San Francisco Business Times.
Sarah earned master’s degrees in business administration and in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from Boston University.
Ashwini Lakshmanan, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine;
Section Head, Epidemiology and Outcomes, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Dr, Lakshmanan’s passion has been to address health equity in the field of perinatal-neonatal medicine. Dr. Lakshmanan earned a dual degree B.S./B.A. at the University of Southern California. Upon graduation, she entered the USC Keck School of Medicine. She then completed a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) in 2008 where she also completed a Chief Residency year in 2009. To develop her ability to perform health services research, she entered the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research fellowship, which provides a highly structured mentorship, and a Masters in Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. This nicely complemented her clinical training in the Harvard Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship program. In recognition of her training, Dr. Lakshmanan was recruited to the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Fetal and Neonatal Institute. She is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine and Section Head for Epidemiology and Outcomes.
Market President AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware
As AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware’s Market President, Emmilyn Lawson is responsible for the Medicaid health plan’s strategic direction, growth, and leadership. She oversees AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware’s operations and is its primary point of contact with the state of Delaware.
Lawson is a longtime health care executive with more than 20 years of experience in Medicaid managed care in Delaware and Pennsylvania. She most recently served as vice president of Delaware Medicaid markets and chief operations officer for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware Health Options Inc. At Highmark, Lawson led all core operations for the insurer’s Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and long-term services and supports (LTSS) products.
Lawson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from the University of Delaware and a Master of Business Administration in finance from Goldey-Beacom College. She participated in the AHIP Foundation’s Minority Management Development Program, now part of AHIP’s Executive Leadership Program.
Director, Benefits and Safety Brakebush Brothers
With deep roots in managing Safety programs, Dan Ludwig, Director of Benefits & Safety, brings over 20 years of experience in loss reduction. Under Dan’s watch, Brakebush Brothers, Inc. has seen a 75% decrease in occupational incident rates. Dan’s interest in connecting occupational and non-occupational losses evolved as he took on Benefits and the Wellness program in 2014 and shifted his focus to reducing health insurance losses. Brakebush has since opened an onsite clinic offering primary and acute care as well as a robust musculoskeletal injury prevention program, a centers of excellence program, and strategies to reduce prescription costs. Brakebush member premiums have not increased for four of the last five years and per member costs were lower in 2018 than in 2014.
As a result of Dan’s direction, Brakebush was awarded The Alliance (Wisconsin) Healthcare Transformation Award in 2018, and the 2019 Employer/Purchaser Excellence Award by the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions.
Managing Director Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR)
Christopher McFadden joined the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) as a Managing Director in 2018. Tasked with building the firm’s healthcare private credit practice, he has applied his industry expertise to invest over $1.2B in the healthcare sector to date.
Mr. McFadden’s previous career includes senior roles at Athyrium Capital Management and Health Evolution Partners, as well as serving as the General Partner of Canyon Healthcare Partners, a healthcare-focused private equity firm he founded in 2014.
His interest in healthcare investing began with a recognition of the power of economics, financial markets and public policy to shape the $3 trillion U.S. healthcare economy. Examining the interplay of these three elements propelled his early career, leading him to serve as a Managing Director with Goldman Sachs, where he became an award-wining equity research analyst.
Mr. McFadden has held a number of governance roles, including Trustee for Montefiore Medical Center and serving on the Board of Directors at Mauna Kea Technologies, InnovaTel Telepsychiatry, Healthcare Staffing Services/Fastaff, Athenahealth, and Reliant Rehabilitation.
Mr. McFadden holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He lives in Northern California with his wife and three children.
Executive Founder AVIA
Ted Meisel is an entrepreneur, executive, investor and policy wonk working to advance new healthcare models and technologies. He is executive founder of AVIA Health Innovation, a purpose-built consulting firm to help over fifty of the nation’s largest healthcare systems achieve technology-enabled transformation of care delivery and operations. Ted is Executive Chairman of WiserCare, a healthcare technology company which enables clinicians to deliver more personalized care to their patients in less time. He is a Director of Caravan Health, an ACO/population health company that helped small-to-midsized healthcare systems generate over $120 million in shared savings last year. And Ted is a board member of Doctor Evidence, which offers life sciences companies an automated platform to discover, analyze and use medical evidence, speeding decisions at reduced cost.
Ted is also a Senior Advisor to Next Equity Partners, the successor to Elevation Partners, known for its investments in Facebook, Yelp and Marketshare. He is the former CEO of Overture Services, the pioneer of the internet search and advertising business models. He led the company to over $1 billion in revenues as a public company, before selling the business to Yahoo and joining that executive team. Prior to Overture, Mr. Meisel was an executive at digital media company CitySearch, later acquired by IAC/Interactive Corp. Mr. Meisel started his career at the consulting firms of McKinsey & Company and Mercer Management Consulting in the U.S and overseas.
In addition to his business interests, Mr. Meisel is a board member (and former board chairman) of Hope Street Group, a non-profit formed by business leaders and professionals in 2003 to identify and support policies advancing economic opportunity for all Americans in the context of increasing globalization and automation. HSG is a bipartisan agent of reform with multiple programs in workforce development. He has also served as a senior adviser to CMS for healthcare delivery system reform.
Mr. Meisel holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a JD from Stanford Law School.
Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN
Vice President, Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, Professor and Dean, College of Nursing The Ohio State University
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk is Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, Dean and Helene Fuld Health Trust Professor of Evidence-based Practice, the College of Nursing, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the College of Medicine and Executive Director of the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice at The Ohio State University. She also serves as editor of the journal Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing.
Dr. Melnyk is recognized nationally and globally for her clinical knowledge, expertise in evidence-based practice, mental health, and intervention research as well as her innovative approaches to health and wellness. She is sought after as a keynote speaker at national and international conferences and has presented hundreds of workshops on wellness and evidence-based practice for healthcare systems and corporations throughout the globe.
Dr. Melnyk was the first Chief Wellness Officer appointed at a University in the U.S. She founded and is the current president of the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities. Dr. Melnyk is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of the board of directors for the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. Dr. Melnyk has over $33 million dollars of sponsored funding from federal agencies and foundations as a PI, is an editor of seven books, and has authored over 450 publications. As a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being and Resilience, she is currently working to address the national crisis of healthcare provider burnout.
President and Chief Executive Officer LifeBridge Health
Neil Meltzer is president and CEO of LifeBridge Health, a position he has held since 2013. Mr. Meltzer joined Sinai Hospital of Baltimore as vice president of operations in 1988, and a decade later became Sinai’s president and chief operating officer.
As CEO of LifeBridge Health, Mr. Meltzer has led the system through a period of strategic growth with a mission to transform the organization into an integrated health care delivery system, offering a full spectrum of care. Along with the acquisition of
Carroll Hospital in 2015, Mr. Meltzer has expanded the system through key partnerships, including alliances with organizations that provide medical transportation, retail pharmacy, urgent care, health insurance, assisted living and more.
Mr. Meltzer has a background in public health and brings a community-focused approach to every health care decision. He serves on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Committee, Notre Dame of Maryland University, the Maryland Hospital
Association, the Hippodrome Foundation and Everyman Theatre. Additionally, Mr. Meltzer serves on the advisory board of the University of Maryland School of Public Health. On the national level, he continues to work with the American Heart Association
after serving as national chairman. He was also one of 15 national workforce health care champions appointed by former president, Barack Obama.
Mr. Meltzer earned his Master of Public Health and Health Administration from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in Louisiana, and his undergraduate degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Among many honors, the Maryland Daily Record has recognized Mr. Meltzer as an Influential Marylander and a Most Admired CEO and has awarded him its ICON Honor. The Baltimore Business Journal has named Mr. Meltzer as one of its Power 10 CEOs, and, in 2019, the Baltimore Museum of Industry named him “Industrialist of the Year.”
Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing Navitus Health Solutions
Byron Mickle oversees and provides executive leadership to the Sales and Marketing departments at Navitus Health Solutions, a full pass-through pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) and industry alternative to traditional models. As such, Navitus is committed to taking the unnecessary costs out of pharmacy benefits to make prescriptions more affordable for plan sponsors and their members. Since Byron joined Navitus in 2007, his leadership has helped catapult the organization’s managed members from half a million to over six million.
During Byron’s tenure at Navitus, he championed the development of Navi-Gate® 3D, an industry-leading data analytics and reporting tool that offers unprecedented customization and analytical power to clients in an easy-to-use graphical depiction. He also drove the development of ClearView Rx, an industry-first tool that illuminates PBM comparisons for plan sponsors and consultants by enabling accurate financial evaluation between different models.
Byron draws on almost 35 years of health care experience, including 30 years in the PBM industry and 15+ years in executive roles. Prior to joining Navitus, he held senior sales leadership positions at industry giants Express Scripts and Medco Health. With an intimate understanding of the different PBM models and broad industry experience, Byron provides unique insight on the PBM landscape.
Byron holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.
Jason Mitchell, MD
Senior Vice President, Chief Medical and Clinical Transformation Officer, Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Jason W. Mitchell, MD, is the Chief Medical and Clinical Transformation Officer for Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a not-for-profit health care system, integrating New Mexico’s largest health care provider and health plan. Dr. Mitchell leads a team of 1,000 employed providers spanning 50 ambulatory clinics and eight hospital campuses in addition to medical staff operations and provider clinical quality in a mixed medical staff model. Dr. Mitchell oversees $600 million in fully capitated delivery system risk arrangements, delivery system care and case management, clinical informatics and enterprise Population Health Services.
Dr. Mitchell focuses on re-designing clinical practice at the system level and is transforming the role of the physician executive to better serve clinicians and patients during a time of rapid healthcare change. He is a key leader in developing enterprise strategy across care delivery, the health plan and Presbyterian’s Fluent Health – a leader in partnering with delivery systems to start or strengthen their own provider-led health plans.
Under Dr. Mitchell’s leadership, Presbyterian has deployed new care models, processes and technology to help connect the care continuum, payers, providers and patients in a way never before possible and enabled intense evidence-based care design, process improvement, value-based care, health plan integration and standardization. Ultimately, the changes have yielded significant gains in disease management and overall management of population health.
Dr. Mitchell is passionate about the quadruple aim and continues to see patients as a family practice physician. He earned his medical degree from the University of New Mexico, where he also completed his residency in family medicine. Dr. Mitchell is board-certified in both family medicine and clinical informatics. He has been with Presbyterian since 2006.
J. Mario Molina, MD
Board Chair, United States of Care;
Founding Dean, Keck Graduate Institute School of Medicine;
Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Golden Shore Medical; Former Chief Executive Officer, Molina Healthcare
Dr. J. Mario Molina is a healthcare entrepreneur, endocrinologist and philanthropist, best known for his tenure of over 20 years as chairman and chief executive officer of Molina Healthcare (NYSE: MOH), a Fortune 200 company he and his family founded in the 1980’s.
He is currently chairman of the board at United States of Care, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Global and Community Health at Claremont Graduate University.
He was Founding Dean of the Keck Graduate Institute School of Medicine and served as founder and president of Golden Shore Medical Group.
He has served on a variety of corporate and non-profit boards including Apollo Medical Holdings, Care3, Breath Direct, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Aquarium of the Pacific, Homeboy Industries, The Huntington Library, and the Standing Committee of the Osler Library of McGill University.
He earned his M.D. from the University of Southern California and performed his internship and residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism.
In 2016, he was named one of the 50 most influential physician executives by Modern Healthcare, and in 2015 and 2016 he was named one of the 100 most influential people in health care. He was recognized as one of the 25 most influential Latinos in America by Time magazine in 2005.
At Johns Hopkins, Dr. Molina has endowed the Myron L. Weisfeldt Professor in the Osler Medical Residency Program, the J. Mario Molina Chair in the History of Medicine, and the C. David Molina Chair in Medicine.
John Moore, MD, PhD
Medical Director Fitbit Health Solutions
John Moore is a physician, engineer and the Medical Director at Fitbit. He is the former CEO of Twine Health, a Cambridge based company recently acquired by Fitbit. John studied biomedical engineering and then medicine at Boston University. He left the clinical career path, determined to develop solutions to improve healthcare delivery, and earned a PhD from MIT. His research included the intersection of health psychology, learning science, and human-computer interaction, which formed the health behavior change foundation of Twine Health that is now being leveraged at Fitbit. John was recently recognized by Employee Benefits News, as one of the 2019 Digital Innovators: Transforming HR. John finds his fit with various ocean-related activities, including surfing.
Ian Morrison Author, Consultant, and Futurist
Ian is an internationally known author, consultant, and futurist specializing in long-term forecasting and planning with particular emphasis on health care and the changing business environment. He combines research and consulting skills with an incisive Scottish wit to help public and private organizations plan their longer-term future.
Ian has written, lectured, and consulted on a wide variety of forecasting, strategy, and health care topics for government, industry, and a variety of nonprofit organizations in North America, Europe, the Middle-East and Asia. He has spoken to a range of audiences from the boards of Fortune 100 companies to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. Ian has worked with more than 100 Fortune500 companies in health care, manufacturing, information technology, and financial services. Recent client sponsors include CVS Health, Kaiser Permanente and the Mayo Clinic. He is a frequent commentator on the future for television, radio, and the print media.
Ian is the author of Leading Change in Healthcare: Building a Viable System for Today and Tomorrow (AHA Press, June 2011) and Healthcare in the New Millennium: Vision, Values and Leadership (Jossey-Bass, 2002). His previous book: The Second Curve - Managing The Velocity of Change (Ballantine, 1996) was a New York Times Business Bestseller and Businessweek Bestseller and was published in 7 languages. Ian has co-authored several other books and chapters, including Future Tense: The Business Realities of the Next Ten Years (William Morrow, 1994) and Looking Ahead at American Health Care (McGraw-Hill, 1988). He also has co-authored numerous journal articles for publications such as Chief Executive, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Across the Board, The British Medical Journal, New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Affairs.
Ian is a past President of the Institute for the Future (IFTF). Ian is a founding partner in Strategic Health Perspectives a joint venture between Harris Interactive and the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management. In 2017 the Strategic Health Perspectives team joined with Leavitt Partners (Health Intelligence Partners HIP program) a forecasting and intelligence service for clients in the healthcare industry. Ian serves as a Senior Advisor to Leavitt Partners.
From 1996-1999, Ian was retained by Accenture, (formerly Andersen Consulting), as Chairman of the Health Futures Forum. In that capacity, Ian chaired a number of international forums on the future of healthcare. Before coming to IFTF in 1985, Ian spent seven years in British Columbia, Canada, in a variety of research, teaching, and consulting positions.
Ian holds an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in urban studies from the University of British Columbia; an M.A. in geography from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a graduate degree in urban planning from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England). He is a past director and chair of the California Health Care Foundation; a director of the new Martin Luther King Community Hospital in Los Angeles; a past director of the Health Research and Education Trust (HRET), the research and education arm of the American Hospital Association; and a past director of the Center for Healthcare Design. Ian currently serves on the Founder’s Council of United States of Care a new non-partisan non-profit movement to achieve long-lasting solutions that make health care better for everyone. He is a senior advisor to Concord Health Partners a healthcare investment firm. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (an affiliate of the American Medical Group Association) and served as a member of the Stakeholders Advisory Committee of the Program on Health System Improvement at Harvard University.
In 2018 Ian received the American Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees Award, for his more than 20 years of service to the AHA and the healthcare field.
Dr. Jaime Murillo is a Senior VP at OptumLabs and the Chief CardioMetabolic Officer at UnitedHealth Group, with a focus on early detection of CV disease, predictive analytics, prevention at a population level as well as health equity in research.
He is cardiologist from Yale University with an extensive background in computer sciences, AI and research both in basic sciences as a Harvard Medical School fellow as well as outcomes research working with Dr. Harlan Krumholz at Yale.
He practiced general cardiology with subspecialty in imaging at Sentara Healthcare System for almost 20 years. In addition to clinical practice he played several executive roles with a focus on leadership development and consumer strategies.
He spent 3 years collaborating with IBM Watson on machine learning technology development.
Prior to his current role at OptumLabs (formerly UHG R&D) he spent 2 years at UnitedHealthcare as the national lead for cardiovascular services focused on simple innovation and value-based transformation of cardiovascular care and affordability.
Griffin Myers, MD
Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer Oak Street Health
Megan (Cook) Narrance
Founder and Chief Executive Officer Adept Benefits
Megan (Cook) Narrance is the founder and president of Adept Benefits. After a decade in the industry, Megan grew disenchanted with the status quo - a dysfunctional American healthcare system with out-of-control costs. She founded Adept Benefits to break the cycle of annual cost increases and make sure employers get the value they pay for.
Megan is an experienced, well-respected strategist whose biggest strengths are her drive and compassion for taking care of people. She was among the charter class of 30 advisors to be certified by Health Rosetta, a nonprofit that accelerates adoption of simple, practical, non-partisan fixes to our healthcare system.
Chief Executive Officer Contigo Health
Steven Nelson leads the Contigo Health team as President and was one of the leaders who initiated the strategy behind Contigo Health within Premier. Before joining Premier, Nelson was a leader at Anthem Inc. where he served as Vice President of Strategy and Planning and COO of Anthem’s diversified business group. Prior to joining Anthem, Nelson led strategy, product and marketing at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and helped to build Allegheny Health Network, a provider entity consisting of seven hospitals, 2,000 doctors and various other facilities. Nelson has a deep and personal commitment to giving back to his local community as well as the global community, including leading charity work in Haiti. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree from Ohio University. He and his family reside outside of Pittsburgh, in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania.
Anthony Nguyen, MD
Chief Clinical Officer Anthem
Dr. Nguyen is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 20 years of industry experience. In his current role as Chief Clinical Officer for Anthem Inc., he oversees clinical care for over 42 million lives. He has a passion around process re-engineering while infusing digital tools to amplify the work of our 4200 clinical staff.
Prior to joining Anthem, Anthony was SVP of Population Health at UnitedHealth. His responsibilities included Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)/Care Coordination Organizations (CCO) care delivery channels, Member Engagement programs and National HEDIS teams that measure outcomes. His achievements included bringing over 85% of the nation’s largest Medicare Advantage membership in 4 STAR plans.
Previously, Dr. Nguyen was CMO for Cognizant where he drove various strategies including care delivery and risk management. As a successful entrepreneur, he has experience in creating and managing start-up companies.
Dr. Nguyen was a partner physician for Kaiser Permanente and served as VP of the Medical Staff, Orange County, CA. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is board certified in Internal Medicine.
Dr. Nguyen received his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine and holds Master degrees from UC Irvine and Dartmouth College. He graduated magna cum laude from UC Irvine and spends most of his free time surfing.
Brian Nightengale, RPh, PhD
Senior Vice President, Community and Specialty Pharmacy, AmerisourceBergen Corporation;
President, Good Neighbor Pharmacy
Brian Nightengale, RPh, PhD, serves as Senior Vice President of Community and Specialty Pharmacy at AmerisourceBergen and President of Good Neighbor Pharmacy, AmerisourceBergen’s independent community pharmacy network. AmerisourceBergen’s Good Neighbor Pharmacy Network represents 5,000 independently owned and operated pharmacies nationwide. These pharmacies are highly indexed in supporting patients with government-funded plans; they make up more than 50% of the prescriptions our pharmacies dispense. According to the National Community Pharmacists Association, 38% percent of independent community pharmacies are in an area with a population of less than 20,000. These community pharmacies are providing vital services to very rural areas. Collectively, 77 percent of independent pharmacies are serving areas with a population less than 50,000.
Prior to his current position, Brian was President of Xcenda, part of AmerisourceBergen’s Consulting Services group. Brian currently serves as the Vice Chair of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Board of Directors, on the National Community Pharmacists Association Innovation Council Board, and American Pharmacists Association Corporate Supporters Council.
Vice President, Products HealthSparq
Matt leads HealthSparq’s efforts to develop and continually improve industry-leading transparency and guidance solutions that meet the needs of health plans, while also helping their members take more control of their health care. He has more than 15 years of experience in the health care technology product industry. Prior to HealthSparq, he was the VP of Products at Connecture, where he led product management of its SaaS products, including Medicare, individual and family and group shopping, and enrollment products. Before joining Connecture, he was the VP of Clinical Products at DestinationRX. Among his professional passions are streamlining implementations so that customers are up and running with new products quickly, and pushing for easier and more effective data sharing though transparency and interoperability.
Stephen Parodi, MD
Chairman of the Board, Council of Accountable Physician Practices; Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Communications, and Brand, The Permanente Federation; Associate Executive Director, The Permanente Medical Group
Stephen Parodi, MD, is the chairman of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices, www.accountablecaredoctors.org, a coalition of the nation’s most progressive and integrated medical groups and health systems, encompassing more than 30 groups like the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Permanente Medical Groups, Geisinger, Intermountain and two dozen others, and involving more than 80,000 physicians. Dr. Parodi is also a practicing physician and physician leader at The Permanente Medical Group.
CAPP members are physician-led, multi-specialty medical groups or systems — places where doctors from all disciplines practice together and learn from one another, backed by integrated services, systems, data and technology. CAPP groups include more than 30 innovative organizations such as the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger, Intermountain and the Permanente Medical Groups, and represent the voice of 80,000 physicians.
Dr. Parodi is also the executive vice president of External Affairs, Communications and Brand at The Permanente Federation where he has oversight over the Federation’s external affairs functions, which include government relations, public policy, communications and brand strategy.
As an associate director for The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG), Dr. Parodi’s areas of responsibility include patient safety, the care of complex patients, laboratory medicine, risk management, transgender health, nephrology, renal transplant services and infectious disease. His work in hospital operations has included programs such as enhanced recovery after surgery, patient blood management, observation medicine and bedside multidisciplinary rounding. He also serves as a liaison for Kaiser Permanente’s engagement in local and international health care delivery initiatives.
Dr. Parodi practices as an infectious disease physician providing inpatient and outpatient consultation, HIV care and travel medicine services.
He received his medical degree from Georgetown University, completed his internal medicine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and completed an infectious disease fellowship at the UCLA Affiliated Program in Infectious Disease.
Plan Sponsor Channel Lead Mount Sinai
Lucas leads a sales and account management team at Mount Sinai focused on building relationships with Labor Unions and their Health Funds who are looking to increase the value received for their health care dollar. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Lucas spent 9 years at the 32BJ Health Fund ending as Director of Strategic Planning where his accomplishments included establishing a PCMH primary care network, implementing a value-based drug program, and establishing a first to market direct to provider total joint replacement bundle program. Overall, Lucas has spent 12+ years dedicated to finding ways to add value to Unions and their Health Funds.
Robert Pearl, MD
Author, Uncaring: How the Culture of Medicine Kills Doctors & Patients
Dr. Robert Pearl is the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group (1999-2017), the nation’s largest medical group, and former president of The Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (2009-2017). In these roles he led 10,000 physicians, 38,000 staff and was responsible for the nationally recognized medical care of 5 million Kaiser Permanente members on the west and east coasts.
Named one of Modern Healthcare’s 50 most influential physician leaders, Pearl is an advocate for the power of integrated, prepaid, technologically advanced and physician-led healthcare delivery.
Dr. Pearl hosts the popular podcasts Fixing Healthcareand Coronavirus: The Truth.He publishes a newsletter with over 12,000 subscribers called Monthly Musings on American Healthcareand is a regular contributor to Forbes. He has been featured on CBS This Morning, CNBC, NPR, and in TIME, USA Today and Bloomberg News. He has published more than 100 articles in medical journals and contributed to numerous books. A frequent keynote speaker at healthcare and medical technology conferences. Pearl has addressed the Commonwealth Club, the World Healthcare Congress, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s National Quality Forum and the National Committee for Quality Improvement (NCQA).
Board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Pearl received his medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford University.
From 2012 to 2017, Pearl served as chairman of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP), which includes the nation’s largest and best multispecialty medical groups, and participated in the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Delivery System Reform and Health IT in Washington, D.C.
Brian D. Pieninck
President and Chief Executive Officer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Brian D. Pieninck is President and Chief Executive Officer of CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a leading multiline not-for-profit insurer.
Brian joined CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in April 2015 as Executive Vice President of the Large Group Strategic Business Unit (SBU). He assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer in May 2017 with responsibility for the organization’s four Strategic Business Units as well as Technology & Operational Support Services.
In May of 2018, Brian was unanimously selected by the CareFirst Boards to become the President and CEO, beginning his leadership of the company on July 1, 2018.
Prior to joining CareFirst, Brian was a member of Aetna Inc.’s executive team where he held key leadership positions during a 19-year tenure, including Director of Professional Employer Organizations, President of Southeast National Accounts, and President of the Americas for Aetna International.
Brian serves on the Boards of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Blue Health Intelligence, Federal Employee Program Board of Managers (FEP BOM), Sharecare, Inc., the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore (EAGB) and Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC). Additionally, Brian serves on the Board of the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) and the Maryland Special Olympics.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Studies Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University and is a graduate of Leadership Maryland’s Class of 2016. A native of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Brian and his family currently reside in Baltimore County, Maryland.
Vice President, Products Castlight Health
Deputy Secretary, NC Medicaid Department of Health and Human Services
Dave Richard is the Deputy Secretary, NC Medicaid, where he leads North Carolina’s $14 billion Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs for the state’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Richard’s vision for Medicaid is to ensure a sustainable, personcentered and innovative Medicaid program for more than two million North Carolinians who use Medicaid. As the programs undergo transformation to even better fit the needs of state and its residents, he is committed to the fundamental goal of improving the health and well-being of all residents. Richard believes the right way to achieve success is to work closely with stakeholders in all aspects of Medicaid.
Prior to leading Medicaid, Richard was the Deputy Secretary for DHHS Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Services and the State Operated Healthcare Facilities divisions. He joined DHHS in May 2013 as the Director of the Division of Mental Health, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. Richard joined DHHS after leading The Arc of North Carolina, an advocacy and service organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as its Executive Director for 24 years.
Richard has a bachelor’s degree in education from Louisiana State University.
Global Head of JLABS Johnson & Johnson Innovation
As Global Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS, Melinda Richter fosters the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies external R&D engine and supports the innovation community by creating capital-efficient commercialization models that aim to give early-stage companies a big company advantage. By providing infrastructure, services, educational programs and networks in global innovation hotspots, Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS is the best place to start a company working in healthcare, with a specific emphasis on the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies’ sectors: consumer and health tech, medical device and pharmaceuticals.
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS, Melinda was Founder and CEO of Prescience International, an award-winning firm dedicated to accelerating research to the patient. Melinda founded Prescience after she had a medical emergency that left her questioning the efficiency and efficacy of the healthcare system. With the tenacity and resolve of a patient looking for a better solution, she set out to create a better model, which now forms the basis for Johnson & Johnson Innovation - JLABS’ operational infrastructure. Prior to starting Prescience, Melinda held posts across a variety of functional areas with a global corporation, Nortel Networks, in locations such as Research Triangle Park, New York, Toronto, London, Hong Kong and Beijing before arriving in San Francisco. She also initiated, raised capital and secured large corporate deals for several companies in both the life science and technology space. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada and an MBA from INSEAD in France.
Melinda is Chair of the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), a board member of BIO’s Technology Transfer Committee, the Texas Health Catalyst Advisory Panel (The Dell Medical School and the Provost office of the University of Texas at Austin), the University of Toronto & Janssen Neuroscience Catalyst, A*STAR ETPL's Strategic Advisory Panel.
Jeffrey D. Rivkin
Research Director IDC Health Insights
Craig E. Samitt, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
In his role as president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and its parent company Stella, Dr. Craig E. Samitt is responsible for overseeing the strategy and operations of the state’s first and largest health plan.
Dr. Samitt came to Blue Cross in July 2018 from Anthem, Inc., where he served as executive vice president and president of their Diversified Business Group. He built partnerships within and outside of Anthem to provide new sources of growth for the enterprise and deepened Anthem’s relationships and impact across the healthcare ecosystem. Concurrently, he led and executed a nationwide clinical vision and strategy as Anthem’s chief clinical officer. Dr. Samitt’s numerous accomplishments at Anthem include advancing the company’s portfolio of provider partnerships and payment innovation models, leading quality improvements in patient outcomes and increasing the delivery of value-based care.
An internal medicine physician by training, Dr. Samitt has worked across multiple sectors within the health care industry. His career includes a number of senior executive positions, including partner and global provider practice leader at Oliver Wyman; president and CEO of HealthCare Partners, a subsidiary of DaVita HealthCare; and president and CEO of Dean Health System Inc., one of the largest integrated health systems in the Midwest.
Dr. Samitt is a nationally recognized expert and thought leader on health care delivery and policy. His record of collaborating across the health care system to deliver higher quality care at a lower cost led to him being named one of “50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders” by Modern Healthcare in 2018 and one of “100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders” by Minnesota Physician in 2020. Dr. Samitt also received the Alumni Achievement Award from the Wharton Health Care Management Alumni Association in 2020 for his contributions to health care management. He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Council at FierceHealthcare, offering feedback on publications and content and providing insights into emerging industry trends.
Dr. Samitt currently serves on multiple boards, including the National Committee for Quality Assurance; the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association; the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation; Minnesota Business Partnership; the Minnesota Council of Health Plans; Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity; Hennepin Healthcare Foundation; the GREATER MSP Partnership and board chair for Blaze Health, a joint venture with North Memorial Health. From 2012 to 2018, Dr. Samitt was a commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), an independent agency that advises Congress on Medicare payment policy.
Dr. Samitt holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University, a medical degree from Columbia University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. He completed a medical residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota’s first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. A nonprofit, taxable organization, Blue Cross is the largest health plan based in Minnesota, covering 2.9 million members in Minnesota and nationally through its health plans or plans administered by its affiliated companies. Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® of Minnesota and Blue Plus® are nonprofit independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Go to bluecrossmn.com to learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
Senior Reporter AIS Health
Leslie Small is the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and RADAR on Drug Benefits, two subscription-only publications produced by AIS Health, a division of MMIT. In her role, she covers the ins and outs of the health insurance and pharmacy benefit management industries. Previously, she worked as a reporter and editor at FierceHealthcare, covering health care providers and then payers.
Even earlier in her career, she served as a copy editor at various community newspapers. A Philadelphia-area native, she now resides in a suburb near Washington, D.C., with her family.
Clay Smith, MD
Director, Blood Disorders and Cell Therapies Center UCHealth
Clay Smith, MD is the Director of the Blood Disorders and Cell Therapies Center at UCHealth, which delivers and advances care for patients with blood cancers, general hematologic disorders and those undergoing treatment with blood and marrow stem cell transplants and CAR T-cells throughout the Rocky Mountain region. He also serves as the Associate Chief of the Division of Hematology at the University of Colorado, the Medical Director of the Hematology Clinical Trials Unit and is the Medical Director for the CU and UCHealth Innovation Centers. He is a Professor at the University of Colorado and holds the Ruth and Ralph Seligman Chair in Hematology and his academic focus is on developing and implementing precision medicine approaches for leukemia, CAR T-cells and other blood cancers. Dr. Smith was an undergraduate at Rice University, attended medical school at the University of Texas/Southwestern, trained as a resident and fellow at Cornell/NY Hospital and Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and undertook a specialty fellowship in blood and marrow transplantation at Stanford University. He has been on the faculty of Sloan Kettering, Duke University, Moffitt Cancer Center, the University of British Columbia/BC Cancer Agency and the University of Pittsburgh prior to coming to CU/UCHealth 9 years ago. He has over 20 years of leadership experience in directing malignant hematology and bone marrow transplant programs and at the BC Cancer Agency, he chaired the Tumor Group Council which oversaw many aspects of cancer care delivery to the population of British Columbia. He has authored >150 manuscripts, received dozens of grants, holds numerous patents, has helped found or consulted with numerous companies and has received a number of awards including the CU Department of Medicine Innovator of the Year award.
Delmonize “Del” Smith, PhD
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Acclinate
Roy Smythe, MD
Chief Executive Officer SomaLogic
Roy Smythe, M.D., joined SomaLogic in November 2018 as Chief Executive Officer. During the course of his career, Dr. Smythe has been an internationally recognized surgeon, biomedical scientist, academician, health system administrator and healthcare business entrepreneur.
While in medical school at Texas A&M, he was a Charles A. Dana Foundation Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Wharton School of Business. Following medical school, he trained in general surgery, surgical oncology and thoracic surgery and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in molecular therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania. His medical and translational research career then began at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he was the recipient of NIH and numerous other funding awards. He subsequently chaired the Department of Surgery at Baylor Scott & White Health System and the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, where he was the Roney Endowed Chair, and later became the Medical Director of Innovation and Executive Vice President for Institute Development before moving into expanded roles in corporate healthcare.
Dr. Smythe came to SomaLogic from Royal Philips, where he served as Global Chief Medical Officer for Strategy and Partnerships. Before joining Philips, he served as Chief Medical Officer at Valence Health, a Chicago-based healthcare company. He held the same title previously at AVIA, a healthcare technology accelerator.
A highly sought-after lecturer and the author of more than 300 papers, abstracts and essays in academic, literary and humanities publications, Dr. Smythe is also currently a member of more than 20 U.S. national learned societies.
Chief Executive Officer and Founder Wildflower Health
Leah Sparks, CEO & Founder of Wildflower Health, has more than two decades of experience building innovative healthcare businesses in both venture-backed companies and Fortune 50 corporations. Leah founded Wildflower Health in 2012 while starting a family of her own and seeing firsthand the gaps in healthcare for consumers.
Prior to starting Wildflower Health, Leah led business development for a personalized medicine startup that was acquired by Medco a few years after she joined the company. She began her career in healthcare at McKesson Corporation in corporate development, where she focused on strategy and M&A. During her tenure at McKesson, she held a variety of leadership roles including spearheading the company’s entry into the oncology market.
Leah has been featured as a speaker at leading events including the National Quality Forum, Health 2.0, and the Rock Health Summit.
Gurmeet Sran, MD
Associate Enterprise Chief Medical Information Officer, Department of Medical Informatics & Data Science CommonSpirit Health
Since joining Dignity Health in 2013, Dr. Gurmeet Sran has worked closely with leadership and IT staff to ensure proper deployment of EMRs, governance oversight, and ongoing innovation in the health IT space. Currently he is the Associate Enterprise Chief Medical Information Officer, overseeing a team of physicians and statisticians who are aggregating and analyzing clinical information across the organization to enable reduced variation of care, decreased cost, and improved outcomes. By leveraging machine learning techniques, text analytics, and “big data” computing architectures, his team has developed and implemented models to improve sepsis detection and help risk segment patient populations for ongoing interventions. Prior to Dignity Health, Dr. Sran completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford Hospitals and Clinics where he was active with members of the administration in trying to analyze and reduce expenditures in the hospital setting. In addition, he holds a Masters in Computational Biology from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley.
Vice President, Corporate Business / Revenue Cycle Systems and Innovations, Information Technology Division Houston Methodist
Michelle Stansbury has been with Houston Methodist since July 1993. Her current position is Vice President of Corporate Business / Revenue Cycle Systems and Innovations in the Information Technology Division. During her 28 years at Methodist, she has had many accomplishments. In 2016, Houston Methodist deployed Epic to its main academic medical center and all of its physician practices.
Houston Methodist received the highest adoption score of Epic functionality of any new Epic client and the hospital saw higher operating activity and greater revenue after the deployment of Epic. Her strength is in developing strategy and leading teams to drive those strategic initiatives.
Before joining Houston Methodist, Michelle held leadership roles at Compaq Computer Corporation and Amoco Oil. Her most recent passion is in Digital Health Innovation and has been part of the team leading innovation initiatives at Houston Methodist. Michelle was instrumental in the establishment of the Center for Innovation and works closely with the Chief Innovation Officer and the Chief Information Officer. Within her innovation role, Michelle has responsibilities for day-to-day management of the Innovation Department and has strategic responsibilities for Intelligent Automation and digital transformation. Notable innovation accomplishments in the past two years have been the launch of the Center for Innovation Technology Hub, Intelligent Automation, Call Center and Telephony Automation, and most recently the development of Clinical Voice Technologies.
Michelle speaks regularly on innovation, digital transformation and building innovative cultures in conferences and panels. She was named as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT for 2019 – CIO and IT Executives by Health Data Management Magazine. She was also named as one of the 2020 Women to Watch in Health IT by Becker’s, and most recently named as one of the finalists for the 2021 HIMSS Changemaker in Health Awards.
Michelle earned her Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Phoenix University. She is a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society.
Outside the office, Michelle enjoys motorsports and track racing.
Deputy Executive Officer Self-Insured Schools of California (SISC)
In his over 30 years at SISC, Mr. Stenerson has grown the program from a small regional pool to a statewide coalition of over 400 school districts with an annual budget of $2.5 Billion. One out of every 1,000 Americans is covered by a SISC medical plan.
He is responsible for all aspects of SISC including implementing programs that promote access to high quality and appropriate health care, keeping health benefits affordable and maintaining fiscal stability.
He has presented on some of SISC’s successes to groups including the Association of Governmental Risk Pools (AGRiP), the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) and the Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR). He is a long time member on boards for the California Association of Joint Powers Authorities (CAJPA) and the California Health Care Coalition (CHCC). He also represented purchasers on the California Healthcare Performance Information System (CHPI) board.
He is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Director, Virtual Care Henry Ford Health System
Courtney Stevens is the Director of Virtual Care for Henry Ford Health System. As a Michigan based not-for-profit corporation, Henry Ford Health System is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated health systems, providing health insurance and health care delivery, including acute, specialty, primary and preventive care services backed by excellence in research and education. Founded in 1915 by auto pioneer Henry Ford, Henry Ford Health System is committed to improving the health and well-being of a diverse community.
Courtney has been with the Henry Ford for over 13 years. She started with Henry Ford in Process Improvement as a management engineer, where she has applied her industrial engineering and project management skills to various projects to aid in health system integration and alignment. She transitioned to Customer Engagement/Care Experience where she helped to improve the customer experience through project management, data/root cause analysis, training, and process improvement initiatives. As of 2016 Courtney accepted a leadership role in Virtual Care, developing the strategy and standards for telehealth expansion throughout Henry Ford Health System’s continuum of care. These applications, including real time video and secure online messaging, produced over 17,000 virtual visits/consults in 2019, saving patients over 144,000 miles or 200 days of travel and providers over 2,500 miles or over 10 clinic days of travel.
Courtney has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Western Michigan University and Masters of Science in Engineering Management from Wayne State University. She also has 4 years of experience as a Senior Product Engineer at TRW Automotive Occupant Safety Systems in their driver side airbag and steering wheel division.
Executive Director HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG)
Ferris W. Taylor is Executive Director of the HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG), a national network of thought leaders focused on innovation and technology to grow, share and reshape healthcare.
Prior to becoming Executive Director, Taylor served on the Board of Directors of HCEG as the COO of Arches Health Plan in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Taylor founded Pragmatic Health Care Solutions, a healthcare strategy and market positioning firm, and has served as VP of Payer Market Strategy at Optum, VP Marketing and Planning at Partners Healthcare and head of Marketing Information Services at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.
Taylor is a Brigham Young University graduate in Nuclear Physics with an MBA in finance and quantitative economics. He also graduated from the GHAA/AHIP Executive Program in Managed Care at the University of Missouri.
Kiran Taylor, MD
Chief Medical Officer Hope Network
Dr. Kiran Taylor, MD, is board certified in psychiatry completing her medical degree and residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a leader and visionary in the behavioral health field passionate about building community partnerships and integrating healthcare services to address social determinants of health. Her experience with large health systems and demonstrated expertise in mental health innovation makes her a valuable asset in the healthcare field.
Last year, Dr. Taylor transitioned to chief medical officer at Hope Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a range of rehabilitation, behavioral health, developmental and community support services to more than 20,000 people annually across more than 240 locations throughout Michigan.
Prior to that, Dr. Taylor served as the chief of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at Spectrum Health for eight years, the largest health system in Western Michigan, where she led strategic planning for future growth of this division, implemented the Zero Suicide Initiative prevention training across the health system, expanded integrated behavioral healthcare into 27 primary care sites and expanded telepsychiatry services to one of the highest-volume programs in the state.
She is also a clinical assistant professor with the Michigan State University Department of Psychiatry in Grand Rapids. In addition, Dr. Taylor serves on the statewide integrated behavioral health care task force for the Michigan Hospital Association and the integrated care subcommittee for the Michigan Psychiatric Society is a member of the Michigan Psychiatric Society, American Psychiatric Association and Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.
Chief Executive Officer GE Clinical Command Centers
Jeff Terry built and leads the Command Center business for GE Healthcare. His team helps top-tier health systems achieve and sustain next-level performance through actionable information, targeted process improvement, and culture change. Using the Command Center toolkit, GE Healthcare customers have consistently realized a 4-to-1 ROI within three years.
Jeff’s expertise in turning data into insight and action for caregivers is at the heart of the command center toolkit, which is fueled by artificial intelligence. For example, actionable intuitive information is delivered through Tiles—similar to smartphone apps—on users’ mobile phones, tablets, PCs, and on large display walls in command centers. Tiles bring extreme situational awareness, spot risk, predict issues, and prescribe action…all in real-time—a truly revolutionary capability.
Jeff and his team are energized by serving caregivers. To date, Jeff’s team has helped caregivers deliver exceptional care globally—including the US, Canada, UK, Mexico, France, Australia, and Saudi Arabia.
Jeff joined GE Healthcare in 2001. Prior to his time with GE, Jeff served as a combat engineer Lieutenant and then Captain in the US Army's 1st Armored Division, with whom he deployed to Kuwait. Jeff brings his military training to his role at GE with an emphasis on teamwork to succeed in critical missions.
Jeff holds a BE in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from Marquette University. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. His insights have been published in Forbes, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Modern Healthcare, Becker’s Hospital Review, Healthcare Executive, Healthcare Financial Management, HealthLeaders, Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare, and on National Public Radio.
President and Chief Executive Officer National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance)
Michael Thompson is the President and CEO of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance). The National Alliance is the only nonprofit, purchaser-led organization with a national and regional structure dedicated to driving health, equity and healthcare value across the country. Collectively, the organization represents over 45 million Americans, spending over $300 billion annually on healthcare including a broad cross-section of private sector and public sector employers as well as union organizations. Thompson is a nationally recognized thought leader for business health strategies and health system reform.
Prior to joining the National Alliance, Mike was a Principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for 20 years where he worked as an advisor to employers, health plans, providers, and other healthcare stakeholders. He was also an executive with diverse roles with Prudential Healthcare for over 17 years. Mike is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, serving on the Health Practice Council, and chairs the Medicare Sub-Committee of the American Academy of Actuaries (AAA). He is widely recognized as a leading national advocate for mental health and wellbeing and a Past President of the New York City chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI).
Executive Vice President and President, Community and Specialty Pharmacy AmerisourceBergen Corporation
Rich Tremonte is responsible for leading teams and solutions focused on one of the company’s most significant customer bases, including national and regional chain pharmacies and independent retail and specialty pharmacies. Rich brings deep pharmaceutical product and commercial strategy knowledge, helping AmerisourceBergen expand its value throughout the manufacturer-to-patient supply chain to improve patient care and drive long-term customer value.
Prior to this role, Rich served as President of Strategic Global Sourcing, where he oversaw all of AmerisourceBergen's sourcing, pricing, and inside sales activity in brand, specialty, generics, OTC, biosimilar, animal health and med-surg products.
Chief Operating Officer Consultant, Rural Health Redesign Office Pennsylvania Department of Health
Mrs. Walters joined the PA Rural Health Model to serve as its Chief Operating Officer in June of 2018. In this role she is responsible for its overall implementation including recruitment of stakeholders.
Prior to joining this effort, she spent twelve years in healthcare leadership positions. Ten of these years were spent as an executive at a rural healthcare system in Potter County, Pennsylvania, and two years within a large, multi-hospital health system. Her experience includes financial oversight of the rural health system’s business activities as well as its population health activities. Her formal education includes:
A Master of Science in Healthcare Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and an Associate of Science in Accounting. She is also a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional through HFMA.
Chief Population Health Officer Essentia Health
Debbie Welle-Powell is the Chief Population Health Officer. She leads Essentia’s $3Billion dollar transition from a primarily fee-for-service model of care to one that focused on value and risk-based population health. Welle-Powell’s team is responsible for aligning the Health System’s clinical and economic transformations in support of Essenita’s vision to be the leading health system in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. This includes fostering care management and clinical redesign to ensure that high-value care is delivered across the Health System and working with payers and employers to establish the new economic models that support value-based care such as telemedicine, chronic care, remote patient monitoring and Hospital-at-Home programs. She works with market leaders, payer partners and community stakeholders to develop community-based, risk sharing models focused on wellness, disease prevention and social determinants of health for better health outcomes. She leads the P&L for $900 million of total medical and pharmacy spend (cost, utilization, and outflow) for 180,000 lives in 13 Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial risk contracts.
Prior to her new appointment, she served as the Senior Vice-President of Accountable Care for Essentia Health. Essentia Health is a 17 hospital, 1500 provider health system spanning the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. Essentia is certified at the highest ACO Level III by NCQA. Additionally, she leads the Accountable Care Division with strategic and operational responsibilities for population care management, payer strategy and community health and wellness.
Prior to Essentia, Debbie was the Vice President of Accountable Care and Payer Strategy for SCL Health System, a $2.5B health care system with operations in the states of Colorado, Kansas, and Montana. As a seasoned executive, she led the strategic and market activities for payer negotiations and care management while developing innovative products, services, and technologies.
Welle-Powell has more than twenty years-experience in executive healthcare positions within multi-state regions and integrated provider delivery system. She has extensive experience in leading payer negotiations, practice management, while developing innovative care models and reimbursement and network development strategies supporting a full range of payment models.
Debbie is extremely active in the community and serves on many boards; NAACOS (Chair-Elect), NCQA, Synchrony CareCredit, Duluth Chamber Board (Executive Committee), Destination Duluth and University of MN-Duluth, United Way, Arcadia Pharmaceutical and banking. She taught health policy and macro health care models for Denver University and Regis. Her community service earned her recognitions including Women of Distinction, Colorado’s Most Powerful and Influential Women Award, Outstanding Businesswoman Award, the Frances Wisebart Jacobs Award for Philanthropy from Mile High United Way, Health Care Champion award from Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved, and Inspiring Leadership award from CampExperience.
Vice President, Provider Collaboration and Network Transformation CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Brian Wheeler is responsible for leading the overall provider and network-related business functions, which includes the Practice and Payment Transformation Group, as well as Provider Contracting and Network Strategy, Network Operations, and Provider Relations and Engagement for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. In this role, he is responsible for leading CareFirst’s five-year transition from “Volume to Value.” He is supported in this effort by a team of experts in value- based payment models, practice transformation, data analytics, contracting strategists, and provider-relationship collaborators, dedicated to making healthcare more affordable and accessible for the communities CareFirst serves. He gained experience in various areas of the healthcare sector for over 20 years, working in in various management roles, ranging from small provider organizations to start-ups to a multi-national Fortune 500 company.
Stephen A. Williams, MD
Chief Medical Officer SomaLogic
Steve Williams joined SomaLogic in 2009 as Chief Medical Officer responsible for the development of the SomaScan®? Platform. Prior to SomaLogic, Dr. Williams co-founded the pharma consultancy Decisionability, LLC in 2007 and authored the book Decisionability: The Skill to Make Your Decisions Productive, Practical and Painless. From 1989-2007, he worked at Pfizer, Inc., initially in the Experimental Medicine Group working in exploratory clinical development and later as Vice President and Worldwide Head of Clinical Technology. From 2003-2007, he was on the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health. He helped to launch the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging (ADNI) study and help to form the FDA-FNIH-PhRMA biomarker consortium, serving on the inaugural executive committee. He led or co-led the PhRMA position papers on “proof of concept,” surrogate endpoints and evidentiary standards for biomarkers and diagnostics.Dr. Williams has degrees in physiology, medicine and surgery, and a doctorate in medicine and physiology from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School (now a part of Imperial College, London). He also obtained training in diagnostic imaging at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Terri Broussard Williams
Chief Firestarter; Founder and President, Movement Maker;
Author, Find Your Fire
Terri Broussard Williams has built her career on a solid reputation as an authentic, courageous, and impactful change agent. Throughout her journey as an award-winning non-profit executive, lobbyist, and public speaker, Terri has transformed public and community service into a professional art form, positively impacting the lives of millions of people.
Over the course of her 17-year career as a government relations executive for a large international non-profit, Terri realized her dream of creating significant, community-shifting outcomes. Her most distinguished accomplishments include the passage of key pieces of legislation, such as The Louisiana Smoke-Free Air Act. She achieved this game-changing career milestone at the promising age of 28.
As one of Austin Business Journal’s Most Influential Women in Central Texas, Terri’s commitment to creating meaningful, ground-breaking, and systemic change is clear. She provides inspirational and altruistic leadership to advisory boards including the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Engagement, the Louisiana State University Diversity Advisory Board, and the LBJ School of Public Policy – Women’s Campaign School Advisory Board, among others. Terri continues to “pay it forward” with thought leadership around change as the founder of the Movement Maker platform (www.movementmakercollective.com).
Terri graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Non Profit Leadership. As the student commencement speaker and winner of the Excellence in Social Impact Award, she demonstrated her authenticity as an approachable, courageous, and refreshing thought leader fully capable of inspiring her classmates to create change and turn moments into transformative movements.
Previously, Terri graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Impact Strategy Executive Education Program where she serves as a Teaching Fellow, and received a Graduate Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University.
Vice President, Product Management Health Data & Management Solutions (HDMS)
Keith Wilton is the Vice President of Product Management. He has over 15 years’ experience in Product Management with an emphasis on creating and deploying complex software applications. Keith joined HDMS in March 2016 after serving as Vice President of Product Management at Backstop Solutions, a leading player in the Alternative Investment space. Prior to Backstop, Keith ran product management for an arm of Morgan Stanley, and for other organizations.
Ian G. Worden
Chief Operating Officer Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
Ian G. Worden is the chief operating officer of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. Worden is responsible for directing the operations of acute care services along with coordinating, integrating and growing these services in our communities while ensuring the delivery of cost-effective care.
Most recently, Worden led St. Vincent Health System, a 23 hospital system in Indiana, as its executive vice president/chief operations officer. As the COO of the largest health care system in Indiana, he drove the system from a financially struggling operation to the most profitable regional system in Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit health system in the US. Worden joined St. Vincent in 2000 as its senior vice president-Finance/chief operating officer. From 1995 to 2000, he was chief financial officer at PeaceHealth in Eugene, Oregon.
Worden received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University. He has a master’s in neuroscience and anatomy, a master’s in business and finance and a master’s in health services administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Executive Vice President, Chief Transformation and Digital Officer Novant Health
Angela Yochem is EVP, Chief Transformation and Digital Officer for Novant Health, a super-regional healthcare system with one of the largest medical groups in the US. She and her teams oversee growth initiatives, and deliver the world-class consumer capabilities, differentiating technologies, and advanced clinical solutions that allow the integrated system to provide remarkable patient care.
Angela has served as EVP/CIO at Rent-A-Center, Global CIO at BDP International, Global CTO at AstraZeneca, and divisional CIO at Dell. She’s held tech exec roles at Bank of America and SunTrust, and held senior technology roles at UPS and IBM. In these roles, she built B2B digital product lines, grew digital retail channels (B2C), created technical services lines of business, and transformed global technology capabilities.
Angela is an Independent Director with Zurich American Insurance Group, and has been a Director for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, BDP Transport, BDP Global Services Asia and Europe, and Rocana, with experience on Audit, Enterprise Risk, Operational Risk, and Governance/Policy committees. She remains an Entrepreneur in Residence, Mentor, and Advisor for venture groups and incubators on both US coasts. Angela serves on the board of Freedom School Partners, a non-profit committed to promoting literacy in the Charlotte area, and co-chairs the executive team of the Go Red for Women Charlotte organization, part of the American Heart Association. She is a Trustee of the Charlotte Regional Business Initiative where she co-chaired the successful city bonds campaign in 2020, and is an advisory board member for the American Hospital Association Innovation Council, the University of Tennessee Tickle School of Engineering, the UT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, and the University of North Carolina Charlotte College of Computing and Informatics.
Angela has a Bachelor of Music from DePauw University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee, holds three US Patents and is an author with Addison-Wesley and Prentice-Hall.
DuAne L. Young
Deputy Administrator Nevada Division of Health Care Financing and Policy
DuAne has nearly 20 years of experience in field of behavioral and public health. He is currently the Deputy Administrator over Medical Programs and Community Based Services for the Nevada Division of Health Care Financing and Policy commonly known as Nevada Medicaid. He was worked in the public sector in both Indiana and Nevada in both State Court Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services. His work in the private sector included overseeing the project development and implementation strategy for the 2013 publication of the American Society of Addition Medicine (ASAM) Criteria. DuAne received his Bachelor’s in Science in Family Studies from Miami University and a Master’s in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is also ABD degree status in the Organizational Leadership Doctoral Program at Indiana Wesleyan University. All his post graduate work has focused on leadership practices within varying healthcare settings. He has been published in multiple journals for his work in intersecting the role of behavioral change within healthcare.
Heather Zenk, RPh, PharmD
President, Distribution Services and Supply Chain Operations AmerisourceBergen Corporation
Heather Zenk, R.Ph., PharmD., is President of Distribution Services and Supply Chain Operations at AmerisourceBergen Corporation. In this role, she has responsibly for the entire US distribution network of human and animal health products, as well as developing and implementing traceability business processes and technology that will enhance patient safety, further secure the pharmaceutical supply chain and create broader service offerings to manufacturer partners and AmerisourceBergen customers. In addition, Heather also manages customer support, business enablement efforts, as well as replenishment and manufacturer operations.
Heather’s combination of operational skills and business acumen uniquely positioned her to lead AmerisourceBergen’s COVID-19 response team. In this capacity, she served as a vital resource to our associates, hospital systems and dispenser customers, as well as our manufacturer partners helping them navigate the complexities that COVID-19 brought to the pharmaceutical supply chain.
Heather has 20 years of pharmacy, procurement, distribution and supply chain experience, which she has utilized in her career at AmerisourceBergen including that of SVP, Replenishment and Manufacturer Operations, Vice President, Distribution Center Manager at the Chicago Distribution Center, SAP business liaison; and running operations at the Canadian Distribution network.
Heather received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN, and a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree in 2000, from the University of Minnesota.
President Labor, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Brighton Health Plan Solutions
Michelle Zettergren is a transformational catalyst for performance and growth in health care organizations with more than 20 years of proven success. She combines her deep industry expertise with her passion for innovation and building collaborative relationships.
Michelle leads Sales and Marketing and drives Product Strategy for Brighton Health Plan Solutions (BHPS), including its two proprietary provider networks MagnaCare and Create. She and her team work tirelessly to deliver personalized service and custom-fit solutions that prioritize the needs of clients and members across the Public, Labor, and Commercial Sectors.
During her time at BHPS, Michelle has been critical in shaping its portfolio of plan management services—a dynamic continuum that ranges from traditional PPO with broad access to a consortium of tight provider networks, each built around a single integrated delivery system. She regularly partners with clients to identify and implement innovative cost containment strategies, such as the redirection of care and robust member engagement and education. Moreover, she helps organizations streamline their benefits administration by driving adoption of BHPS’s leading-edge Create technology platform, which includes an award-winning member mobile app.
Michelle’s past roles include Chief Sales Officer at HPOne, and Senior Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for ConnectiCare, a subsidiary of EmblemHealth, where she led ConnectiCare’s efforts in the commercial and Medicare segments, with ownership of sales, account management, product, underwriting, group reporting, marketing, communications and public relations. Prior to ConnectiCare, she spent nearly 14 years at Anthem BCBS in various leadership roles in sales and underwriting focused on Labor.
Michelle completed Labor Relations training with the University of Connecticut’s Office of Labor Relations. She is a certified Mediator and has consulted in numerous Labor negotiations, and has served as an expert witness for Labor in several arbitration and mediation disputes. She serves on multiple local and national boards including the American Association of Payers, Administrators and Networks (AAPAN), and she proudly serves as co-Chair for Special Olympics Connecticut.
Senior Vice President, Chief Data and Engagement Officer BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Sherri Zink is senior vice president and chief data and engagement officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, which has 6,000 employees and serves more than 3.5 million members in the state and across the country.
She oversees enterprise information assets and leads the data and analytics center of excellence. As the chief data and engagement officer, Zink owns the corporate-wide analytics strategy and promotes data as a cross-corporate asset by turning information into action that results in healthier, more informed members.
While leading the Information Delivery division at BlueCross, Zink’s team earned numerous awards for its use of data to improve efficiency and quality, including:
2021 CIO 100 Healthcare Leaders Award
2021 CIO 100 Award for Blue of TN Voice Assistant
2020 Digital Edge 50 Award for Member Net Promoter Score
2019 CIO 100 Award for Spotlight (Employer Tool)
Prior to joining BCBST, Zink served as vice president of data and analytics for Optum and as director of reporting strategies for CIGNA. She has more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry serving in multiple roles at three major health care insurers. Her experience is primarily focused on clinical and financial data integration, clinical value-based reporting, customer consultation and account management.
She graduated from Covenant College with a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in organizational management. Zink also holds an Associate of Science degree with an emphasis in information systems technology from Chattanooga State Technical Community College.
System Director, Community Benefit and Engagement Allina Health
Ellie Zuehlke is the Director of Community Benefit & Engagement at Allina Health, a large not-for-profit health system dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Ellie leads system-wide community benefit, community health improvement, charitable giving, community relations and employee volunteerism for Allina Health. In addition, Ellie leads Allina’s CMS Accountable Health Communities Model to support patients in addressing their health-related social needs through routine screening and connections to community resources. Previously, Ellie worked for nearly a decade in State and Local public health building programs and collaborations related to prevention, wellness, chronic disease management and health equity.
Ellie holds a Master's Degree in Public Health Administration from the University of Minnesota and is active in her community as a lecturer in the U of M School of Public Health, board member for two non-profits, mentor, and volunteer.