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The faculty, students, and alumnae of the Health Management Program at the Yale School of Public Health are proud to celebrate and honor the memory of Professor John D. Thompson with the John D. Thompson Distinguished Visiting Fellow Award. This award pays tribute to Professor Thompson’s contributions as an educator, researcher, and mentor in health administration, including his pioneering work in healthcare finance and hospital quality of care.

This year, we are proud to present this award to Pamela Sutton-Wallace.

Pamela Sutton-Wallace joined NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) in November 2019 and, today, serves as Group Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for NYP/Weill Cornell Division, providing oversight for the Weill Cornell, Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens campuses. Prior to her appointment at NYP, Pam was the Chief Executive Officer at the University of Virginia (UVA) Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia from 2014 to 2019. She also served as Acting Executive President for Health Affairs during her last six months overseeing the strategic direction and operations of UVA Health.

Prior to arriving at UVA, she served as Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations at Duke University Hospital from 2011 to 2014. From 1997, she held several leadership positions with Duke University Health System, including the oversight of Ambulatory Services, Inpatient Operations, and Surgical Services. She has a diverse health care background with experience in the pharmaceutical, insurance, and research industries. 

Pamela Sutton-Wallace, MPH

Group Senior VP & COO,

NYP/Weill Cornell Division


John D. Thompson (1917-1992) was a Professor at Yale’s Schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Public Health, and is perhaps best known for his role in the development of Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) for hospital reimbursement. A true innovator, Professor Thompson was an early advocate for the application of quantitative data in health policy formulation. Today’s healthcare management students and leaders continue to be inspired by his compassion for patients, dedication to research, and belief in the power of data.  The John Devereaux Thompson Academic Development Fund was created in his honor.

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Keynote Speaker

Marcella Nunez-Smith  MD, MHS

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith is Associate Dean for Health Equity Research; Associate Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Management; and Founding Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) in the Office for Health Equity Research at Yale School of Medicine. ERIC’s research focuses on promoting health and healthcare equity for structurally marginalized populations with an emphasis on centering community engagement, supporting healthcare workforce diversity and development, developing patient reported measurements of healthcare quality, and identifying regional strategies to reduce the global burden of non-communicable diseases.


Dr. Nunez-Smith currently serves as Senior Advisor to the White House COVID-19 Response Team and Chair of the DHHS COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Previously, she served as co-chair of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board and community committee chair for the ReOpen Connecticut Advisory Group on behalf of Connecticut Governor Lamont. She is the principal investigator on several NIH and foundation-funded grants.


Dr. Nunez-Smith is also Director of the Center for Research Engagement (CRE); Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at the Yale Cancer Center; Chief Health Equity Officer at Smilow Cancer Hospital; Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation; Core Faculty in the National Clinician Scholars Program; Director of the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership; and Co-Director of the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship.


Dr. Nunez-Smith is board certified in internal medicine, having completed residency training at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowship at the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, where she also received a Masters in Health Sciences. Originally from the US Virgin Islands, she attended Jefferson Medical College, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; she earned a BA in Biological Anthropology and Psychology at Swarthmore College.

The Yale Healthcare Conference is made possible by the generous contribution of Northwell Health


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