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Thursday & Friday

MARCH 31 & APRIL 1, 2022

9am to 5pm EST

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




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

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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.



Trent T. Haywood  MD, JD

Founder & Chief Executive Officer of KNOWALITY 

In late 2019, Dr. Trent Haywood founded KNOWALITY LLC, a venture services firm dedicated to accelerating market adoption of innovative healthcare services and products that improve population health. By increasing the speed of market adoption for proven health care services, KNOWALITY is increasing the likelihood of Americans living a healthier life.


Most recently, Dr. Haywood served as Chief Medical Officer of the Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Association where he was responsible for guiding medical policy and clinical programs for the association's 36 member health plans. In addition, he served as President of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Institute, a benefit corporation focused on addressing social determinants of health for BCBS plans.

Previously, Dr. Haywood led national efforts to implement value-based healthcare as Chief Medical Officer at VHA, Inc. and Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). He earned a medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University.


Valerie Montgomery-Rice  MD, FACOG

President & Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine  

Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG, provides a valuable combination of experience at the highest levels of patient care and medical research, as well as organizational management and public health policy. Marrying her transformational leadership acumen and strategic thinking to tackle challenging management issues, she has a track record of redesigning complex organizations’ infrastructures to reflect the needs of evolving strategic environments and position the organization for success through sustainability tactics.  

The sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the first woman to lead the freestanding medical institution, Montgomery Rice serves as both the president and dean. A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, she most recently served as dean and executive vice president of MSM, where she has served since 2011.  

Prior to joining MSM, Montgomery Rice held faculty positions and leadership roles at various health centers, including academic health centers.  Most notably, she was the founding director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color.  


Emergency Medicine Chief Resident

at the Yale School of Medicine  

Dr. Isaac K. Agboola, is a rising Chief Resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale School of Medicine. His areas of interest are health equity, global health, and agitation management. He received a Master’s of Science in Medical Physiology from Loyola University Chicago and completed medical school at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. He recently first-authored a publication in Annals of Emergency Medicine, “The Coats That We Can Take Off and the Ones We Can’t”, where he discusses the role of trauma-informed care in the approach to agitated patients in the emergency department. 


He previously served as a Podcast Host for the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association’s (EMRA) podcast, EMRA Cast. He is currently working on the COVID Prisoner Project, and has volunteered for multiple medical mission trips in the past, including to Peru and Cambodia. He was recently accepted to the Yale/Stanford Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars program.  He is currently Chair of the resident-led Diversity Committee within the Yale Emergency Medicine (EM) Residency. He is also a founder of the social EM longitudinal curriculum for his residency. 

Isaac Agboola  MD