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2022 Yale Healthcare Conference Executive Panel

This year's Executive Panel will explore the most pressing issues, opportunities, and challenges in patient-centered innovation.

Advocacy to Me: Equipping Patients and Caregivers with the Tools to Speak Out

A discussion between advocates and policy-makers to discuss how to empower

patients, caregivers, and the public.

The Digital Front Door: Empowering Communities with Digital Health Solutions​

A conversation exploring digital health solutions that have been developed for

specific populations and communities.

Rethinking Value: Building Patient-Centric Payment Models ​

A discussion considering alternative models for value-based care that aim to

improve outcomes and personalize the patient experience.

Driving Health Equity: Perspectives from the Pozen-Commonwealth Fellowship​

A panel featuring both fellows and leadership from the Yale Pozen-Commonwealth Fellowship, speaking about the most pressing topics in achieving health equity and mitigating disparities. 

Breaking Down Barriers & Boosting Representation: Reimagining Clinical Research​

COVID-19 accelerated the transition to new models of clinical research, and the question now is: what does the clinical trial of the future look like?

Precision Medicine: Our Future or Folly? ​

A discussion around the potential benefits of precision medicine--including treatment efficacy/efficiency and improvements in patient experience--against potential challenges that must be addressed.

Precision Public Health: Patient-Centricity on a Population Scale​

A panel exploring the emerging field of Precision Public Health, and the need to balance

patient and population level healthcare.

"Patient as Consumer": Uplifting Autonomy or Risking Access? ​

A conversational "debate" between entrepreneurs, providers, and public health policy experts to discuss the benefits, consequences, and implications of thinking of patients as "consumers" within healthcare.


Spotlight on Patient-Innovators

When it comes to patient-centered innovation, there is no substitute for lived experience.  Join us online or at the TV screens throughout Evans Hall to hear from a broad variety of patient-innovators: the folks who are leveraging their unique perspectives to radically re-envision our healthcare system.

Panel Sessions



8:00am - 8:45am

8:45am - 9:00am

9:00am - 10:15am

10:15am - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am

11:30am - 12:30pm

12:45am - 2:00am

2:00pm - 2:15pm

2:15pm- 3:15pm

3:30pm - 4:45pm

4:45pm - 5:00pm

5:00pm - 6:00pm 



Welcome and Remarks

Opening Keynote Address

AM Coffee Break 

Morning Breakout Sessions:

Breaking Down Barriers & Boosting Representation: Reimagining Clinical Research

Driving Health Equity: Perspectives from the Pozen-Commonwealth Fellowship​"Patient as Consumer": Uplifting Autonomy or Risking Access? ​

Precision Medicine: Our Future or Folly? ​

Networking Lunch

Executive Panel

PM Coffee Break

Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

The Digital Front Door: Empowering Communities with Digital Health Solutions​

Rethinking Value: Building Patient-Centric Payment Models ​Advocacy to Me: Equipping Patients and Caregivers with the Tools to Speak Out

Precision Public Health: Patient-Centricity on a Population Scale​

Closing Keynote Address

Closing Remarks

Happy Hour & Informal Networking Reception

Student Commons

Evans Courtyard

Zhang Auditorium

Zhang Auditorium

Evans Courtyard

Fourth Floor

Evans Courtyard

Zhang Auditorium

Evans Courtyard

Fourth Floor

Zhang Auditorium

Zhang Auditorium

Evans Courtyard




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 Dr. Jaewon Ryu.

Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD, is the President and CEO of Geisinger, an integrated delivery system with a clinical enterprise, health plan, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, and research and innovation functions operating in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. He joined the organization originally as the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer in 2016.


Dr. Ryu came to Geisinger from Humana, where he was the President of Integrated Care Delivery and responsible for the company’s owned and joint ventured care delivery assets. Prior to Humana, he held various leadership roles at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, Kaiser Permanente, and in government at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and as a White House Fellow at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He started his career as a practicing corporate healthcare attorney at the international firm McDermott, Will & Emery.


Outside of Geisinger, Dr. Ryu serves on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), a body legislatively tasked with advising Congress on payment and other policies governing health plans and providers serving Medicare beneficiaries. He is also a member of the board of Privia (NASDAQ: PRVA), which brings capabilities that help provider practices with management functions and the transition to value-based financing models. He has previously served in other advisory roles, including board positions with My Health Direct, Inc. (acquired by Experian), a provider of digital care coordination solutions, as well as MCCI and JenCare, both organizations managing the financing and delivery of care. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association.


Dr. Ryu earned his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. and J.D. from the University of Chicago. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

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

Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD

Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back” – named a notable or best book of the year by NPR, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

She spent 22 years as a reporter, foreign correspondent and senior writer at the New York Times and remains and contributing opinion writer for the NYT Opinions section. In 2016, she left her NYT staff job, to become editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, a new independent award-winning investigative newsroom based in Washington DC, focusing on health and health policy, that publishes print and broadcast stories in hundreds of media outlet nationwide.

She was named one of the 100 most influential people in DC in 2021 by Washingtonian Magazine and does a monthly segment on NPR about medical bills. She has won many accolades for her writing, including the Online News Association Award for Topical Reporting, as well as the Polk, Sabew, Scripps awards, and the Osborne Eliot Prize.

She went to Harvard Medical School, after spending 2 years as a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University. She worked as emergency room physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, before converting to full-time journalism.

Opening Address

Sten H. Vermund  MD, PhD

Dr. Sten H. Vermund is the Dean and M. R. Lauder Professor of the Yale School of Public Health and Professor of Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine. He is a Pediatrician and infectious disease Epidemiologist focused on diseases of low and middle income countries. His work on HIV-HPV interactions among women in Bronx methadone programs motivated a change in the 1993 CDC AIDS case surveillance definition and inspired cervical cancer screening programs launched within HIV/AIDS programs around the world.
The thrust of his research has focused on health care access, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights, and prevention of HIV transmission among general and key populations, including mother-to-child. Dr. Vermund has become increasingly engaged in health policy, particularly around sustainability of HIV/AIDS programs and their expansion to non-communicable diseases, coronavirus pandemic response and prevention, and public health workforce development.

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Additional panelists to be announced soon!

Executive Panelist

Donald M. Berwick

Donald M. Berwick is one of the leading scholars, teachers, and advocates in the world for the continual improvement of health care systems. He is a pediatrician and a longstanding member of the faculty of Harvard Medical School.

He founded and led the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, now the leading global nonprofit organization in its field. He was appointed by President Obama as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where he served in 2010 and 2011. He has counseled governments, clinical leaders, and executives in dozens of nations. He is an elected Member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Philosophical Society. He has received numerous awards, including the Heinz Award for Public Policy, the Award of Honor of the American Hospital Association, and the Gustav Leinhard Award from the Institute of Medicine. For his work with the British National Health Service, in 2005 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II appointed him Honourary Knight Commander of the British Empire, the highest honor awarded by the UK to a non-British subject. 

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Executive Panelist

Jahangir Mohammed

Twin Health was founded by Jahangir Mohammed, a serial inventor and entrepreneur, with a mission to reverse chronic diseases and help people live healthier and happier lives.

Jahangir was the Founder/CEO of Jasper, which he helped build into a global market leader with Internet of Things (IoT) platforms. Currently used by over 10,000 enterprises around the world, Jasper was acquired by Cisco for $1.45B.Prior to Jasper, Jahangir was the Founder/CEO of Kineto Wireless, which pioneered the technologies to enable mobile phones to seamlessly use WiFi for voice and data. The technologies invented at Kineto became the basis for the UMA standard.

Jahangir is a prolific inventor with over 80 patents. He was named IoT Technology Pioneer at the World Economic Forum and was recognized for his visionary work and social impact by the Einstein Foundation. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Concordia University, Canada.

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