Vivian W. Pinn, MD, was the inaugural full-time director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1991 and Associate Director of NIH for Women’s Health Research from 1994 until her retirement in 2011. Under her leadership, this new office led the implementation of NIH research inclusion policies, developed the first ever, and several later, national strategic plans for women’s health research and established many new research funding initiatives and career development programs, including interdisciplinary initiatives, in collaboration with NIH Institutes and Centers.  During that time, she also established and co-chaired the NIH Committee on Women in Biomedical Careers with the NIH Director.  She has since been named as a Senior Scientist Emerita at the NIH Fogarty International Center.  She has presented her perceptions of women’s health and sex/gender research, health disparities, as well as challenges in biomedical careers to national and international audiences and has over 200 scientific publications and book chapters.

She came to the NIH from Howard University College of Medicine, where she had been Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology since 1982, the 3rd woman in the US to hold such an appointment. Dr. Pinn also previously held teaching appointments in Pathology at Harvard Medical School and Tufts University where she was also Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.  A special tribute by Senator Olympia Snowe on Dr. Pinn’s retirement was published in the Congressional Record in November 2011 commending her contributions during her NIH tenure. The Association of American Medical Colleges awarded her a Special Recognition Award for exceptional leadership over a forty-year career. 

She has received numerous honors and recognitions. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (IOM) in 1995. A graduate and Alumna Achievement Award recipient as well as former Trustee of Wellesley College, she earned her M.D. in 1967 from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, the only woman and only minority in her class.  She completed her post-graduate training in Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard University before joining the faculty of Tufts. 

A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, educated in segregated public schools, Dr. Pinn has received 15 Honorary Degrees of Science, Law and Medicine.  The University of Virginia School of Medicine has named one of its four advisory medical student colleges as ‘The Pinn College’ in her honor. Tufts University School of Medicine in 2011 announced the ‘The Vivian W. Pinn Office of Student Affairs’, named for her at the time her former medical students dedicated a scholarship in her name.  She has held leadership positions in many professional organizations, including that as the 88th President of the National Medical Association (NMA) and is currently Chair of the NMA Past Presidents Council. Dr. Pinn serves on the Board of Trustees/Advisors of Thomas Jefferson University and Tufts University School of Medicine. She was elected to Modern Healthcare’s Hall of Fame, the first African American woman to be so honored and is also a recipient of the New York Academy of Medicine Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Health Policy.

Among other recent honors, she received a special Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership of Drexel University in 2017, and she also served as the 2017-2018 Leader-in-Residence at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies of the University of Richmond.  Lectures in women’s health named for her have been established at the National Institutes of Health, the National Women’s Health Congress, and the National Medical Association.  

One of her greatest honors has been the announcement by the University of Virginia in the fall of 2016 that the medical research and education building was renamed for her as “Pinn Hall.”   And in December 2016, the UVA medical school also announced the inaugural Pinn Scholars program to support and recognize mid-level faculty in efforts to take their research in novel directions.  Her oral history is included in the National Library of Medicine’s exhibit on women physicians, ‘Changing the Face of Medicine’; in the University of Virginia’s project ‘Explorations in Black Leadership’ conducted by Julian Bond; and, in The HistoryMakers collection which is now housed in the Library of Congress.  




Vivek Garg, MD, MBA, is General Manager & Chief Medical Officer, New Markets at CareMore Health System and a practicing internist. CareMore Health System is a national care delivery organization and integrated health plan serving over 150,000 high-risk members in 8 states across Medicare and Medicaid. Dr. Garg leads strategy and operations for CareMore's expansion markets including managed Medicaid and health system partnerships. He is dedicated to the goal of humanizing healthcare and achieving the triple aim, through patient-centered care delivery redesign. He also serves as an advisor to early-stage healthcare start-ups.

Previously, Dr. Garg was Director of Medical Operations & Medical Director at Oscar Insurance - a high-growth, consumer-focused and technology-enabled healthcare company focused on redesigning the health insurance and care delivery experience. He was also Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Prior to Oscar, Dr. Garg was Medical Director at One Medical Group, a nationally recognized, rapidly growing primary care system, where he led initiatives in quality, population health, and telemedicine. His prior work experience spans the public, private, and non-profit sectors, including positions with McKinsey & Company and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, a leading Congressional advisory body on payment innovation in Medicare.

He trained in internal medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital, where he practiced primary care at Faulkner Hospital and was a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. He received his MD and MBA from Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School, respectively, and graduated summa cum laude from Yale University.



President, BlueCross BlueShield Institute
SVP and CMO, BlueCross BlueShield Association

Trent Haywood, MD, JD, is senior vice president and chief medical officer 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.

As the Association’s chief medical officer, Haywood supports the innovation of BCBS companies in communities around the country as they improve the choices of healthcare quality and patient safety for their members. He is responsible for the Office of Clinical Affairs, which includes the Center for Clinical Effectiveness, Center for Clinical Practices and the Center for Clinical Value. Collectively, the Office of Clinical Affairs supports opportunities between BCBS companies and stakeholders to improve the choices of affordable, high quality healthcare provided to members.

Haywood also serves as president of the BCBS Institute, an independent licensee of BCBSA and a first-of-its-kind benefit corporation established to address social determinants of health through technology and strategic collaborations. The Institute extends the traditional healthcare service delivery model into the community to enhance the capacity for health outcomes.

In addition, Haywood oversees the National Council of Physician Executives, which consists of chief medical officers and chief pharmacy executives that guide the clinical direction across BCBS companies. He provides clinical leadership for the 5.4 million-member Federal Employee Program and clinical guidance to Blue Health Intelligence, an independent licensee of the BCBSA. In 2018, Haywood was appointed by the Comptroller General of the U.S. to the governing board of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, established to investigate the relative effectiveness of various medical treatments.

Before joining BCBSA, Haywood served as senior vice president and chief medical officer for VHA, Inc., where he developed best practices to drive quality, stimulate clinical innovation, and support pay-for-performance, and prepared for consumer-driven healthcare. Prior to joining VHA, he was deputy chief medical officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where he led agency priorities including quality public reporting and value-based payment innovations.

Haywood received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a medical degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago. He completed his internal medicine residency at Loyola University. Haywood also holds a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.


President, Verily Life Sciences

Vivian S. Lee, MD, PhD, MBA is President of Health Platforms, Verily Life Sciences, an Alphabet company whose mission is to apply digital solutions that enable people enjoy healthier lives. A passionate champion of improving health in the U.S. and worldwide, she works closely with Verily’s clinical and engineering teams to develop products and platforms that support the successful transformation of health systems to value and advance the co-production of health with patients, their caregivers, and communities. A radiologist and healthcare executive, Lee also serves as a senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and is authoring a book about improving the American healthcare system.

For six years, Lee led the University of Utah Health as Dean, SVP and CEO of the $3.5B integrated health system, academic campus, and health plan. The system was recognized for its health care innovations that enabled higher quality at lower costs (JAMA & editorial, NYT) and with higher patient satisfaction (NYT, HBR, NEJM), and in 2016, was ranked first among university hospitals in quality and safety (Vizient).

 Elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and with ~200 peer-reviewed publications, Lee is an MR radiologist whose NIH-funded laboratory has developed novel methods for measuring kidney function and vascular disease with MRI. Also recognized for her leadership in transforming health care, Lee serves on the Defense Health Board of the Department of Defense, the Journal Oversight Committee for JAMA, the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Fund, and the Scientific Advisory Boards for Massachusetts General Hospital and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is also a director on the board of Zions Bancorporation, a publicly traded company and also serves on the board of the American Association of Rhodes Scholars.

Dr. Lee is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard, received a D.Phil in medical engineering from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, earned her M.D. with honors from Harvard Medical School, and was valedictorian of her EMBA program at NYU’s Stern School of Business.




Founder, executive chairman, ceo, Butterfly Network

Jonathan Rothberg, MD, is a scientist and entrepreneur who was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, by president Obama for inventing and commercializing high-speed DNA sequencing. He is the founder of multiple life science and medical device companies including CuraGen, 454 Life Sciences, Ion Torrent, RainDance Technologies, Hyperfine Research, Quantum-Si, Lam Therapeutics, and Butterfly Network.

The idea for massively parallel (“Next-gen”) DNA sequencing came to Rothberg when his infant son was rushed into intensive care, helping him realize the critical importance of genomics to human health. With 454 Life Sciences, Rothberg brought to market the first new way to sequence genomes since Sanger and Gilbert won the Nobel Prize for their method in 1980. The New England Journal described Rothberg’s innovation as "The New Age of Molecular Diagnostics", and Science magazine called it one of the top 10 breakthroughs of 2008. With 454’s technology, Rothberg sequenced the first individual human genome (James Watson’s Genome, Nature cover), and with Svante Paabo he initiated the first large-scale effort to sequence ancient DNA (The Neanderthal Genome Project). Under his leadership, 454 undertook the first deep sequencing of a cancer, helped understand the mystery behind the disappearance of the honey bee, uncovered a new virus killing transplant patients, and elucidated the extent of human genomic variation—work recognized by Science magazine as the breakthrough of the year in 2007. Rothberg went on to invent semiconductor chip-based sequencing, with which he sequenced the genome of Gordon Moore (Moore’s Law, Nature cover), paving the way for the $1,000 Genome. His contributions to the field of sequencing include the first non-bacterial cloning method (cloning by limited dilution) and the first massively parallel DNA sequencing method (parallel sequencing by synthesis on a single substrate), concepts that have formed the basis for all subsequent next generation sequencing technologies.

Most recently, with Butterfly Network, Rothberg developed the first ultrasound instrument built entirely on a semiconductor chip, giving it greater imaging flexibility than any device on the market. Butterfly’s device received the widest FDA clearance ever given to an ultrasound probe, making it the world’s first handheld whole-body scanner at a cost 50-fold less than existing devices, launching an era of democratized medical imaging.

Rothberg was born in 1963 in New Haven, Connecticut. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon and an M.S., M.Phil, and Ph.D. in biology from Yale. He is the first person to be named a World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneer four separate times, is an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, is the recipient of The Wall Street Journal's First Gold Medal for Innovation, Nature Methods First Method of the Year Award, The Irvington Institute's Corporate Leadership Award in Science, the Connecticut Medal of Technology, the DGKL Biochemical Analysis Prize, and an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Mount Sinai. Rothberg is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, is a trustee of Carnegie Mellon, and an Adjunct Professor of Genetics at the Yale.


Chief Executive Officer, Equity Healthcare

Operating Partner, Blackstone

Dr. Robert Galvin is the Chief Executive Officer of Equity Healthcare and an Operating Partner at Blackstone. Equity Healthcare (EH) oversees the management of healthcare for firms owned by private equity companies. EH encompasses 50+ companies with health care spending of $2 billion annually. EH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackstone, where Dr. Galvin is an Operating Partner. Before joining Blackstone, Dr. Galvin was Executive Director of Health Services and Chief Medical Officer for General Electric (GE) for fifteen years.

Dr. Galvin is a nationally recognized leader in the areas of employer-sponsored insurance, quality measurement and payment reform. His work has been published in the Harvard Business Review, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA and Health Affairs and he was a co-founder of the Leapfrog Group and founder of two other groups, Bridges to Excellence/PROMETHEUS and Catalyze Payment Reform (CPR), all innovative non-profits which have helped define value-based purchasing.

Dr. Galvin is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and is Chairman of the Board of CPR.  He also serves on the boards of two for-profit companies, Team Health and Real Endpoints. He has received awards for his work from the National Business Group on Health, Healthcare Financial Management Association, and National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. He is Professor Adjunct of Medicine and Health Policy at Yale and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

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Ingrid M. Nembhard, Ph.D., M.S., is the Fishman Family President’s Distinguished Professor, Associate Professor of Health Care Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the faculty at The Wharton School in January 2018, she was the Ira V. Hiscock Associate Professor at the Yale School of Public Health, Associate Professor at Yale School of Management, Associate Director of the Health Care Management Program at Yale, and Director of the Yale Training Program in Health Services Research.

Professor Nembhard’s research focuses on how characteristics of health care organizations, their leaders, and staff contribute to their ability to implement new practices, engage in continuous organizational learning, and ultimately improve quality of care. She uses qualitative and quantitative research methods to examine health care delivery from provider and patient perspectives, and to evaluate organizational performance. She is currently studying the implementation of care coordination in primary care groups, including the effects on patients and clinicians, organizational learning from different types of experiences, the use of patient feedback via narratives to drive quality improvement by clinicians and administrators, and the contributors to high performance in challenging work environments. She maintains an interest in studying how health care organizations most effectively learn and implement new clinical and operational practices, teamwork within and across organizations, and strategies for improving the patient experience.

Professor Nembhard received her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management, with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University through a joint program between Harvard Business School and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She received her M.S. in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University School of Public Health, and her B.A. in Ethics, Politics and Economics and in Psychology from Yale University.



Amanda Skinner, MSN, MBA, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.  Amanda is an experienced, passionate, driven health care executive committed to disruption for good, manifesting social justice values through strategy and operations, and making health care better for all.  She is a thought leader on reproductive health and value-based care and has been featured nationally as a speaker and in print interviews on health care reform and population health.   

Amanda began her career as a certified nurse-midwife in Waterbury, CT, where she re-introduced full-scope midwifery care to the community.  During her years as a nurse-midwife she delivered over 1000 babies, implemented a low-intervention birth suite in the community hospital, negotiated new relationships with community pediatricians for short-stay maternity patients, and served as the chair of the CT Chapter of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).  As CT ACNM chair, Amanda spearheaded an effort to update the legislation governing nurse-midwifery practice in CT for the first time since the legislation’s adoption, ensuring autonomous practice for nurse-midwives and vicarious liability protection for their partner physicians. 

Always looking for the next challenge, Amanda matriculated at the Yale School of Management to pursue an MBA in 2006 while continuing in her full-scope midwifery practice.  Upon graduation from Yale SOM in 2008, Amanda spent two years as a healthcare strategy and operations consultant at The Chartis Group and then spent six years at Yale New Haven Health System where she built and led the system-level population health, clinical integration, and value-based care operations. 

Following her career at YNHHS, Amanda took a brief turn at Optum as Vice President and General Manager of a new-to-market managed analytics business, building a $50 million sales pipeline in 9 months.   In 2017 Amanda was called by her values to the opportunity to have her dream job at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE).  Amanda has loved every job she has ever had, but none as much as her service at PPSNE. 

Amanda is a 1992 graduate of Rice University in Houston, TX, where she double-majored in philosophy and managerial studies.  She holds a master’s degree in nursing from the Yale School of Nursing (1998) with a clinical focus in nurse-midwifery and an MBA from the Yale School of Management (2008). 

Amanda lives in Connecticut with her incredibly supportive and tolerant of change husband, Kalter, and their dog, Baxter

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Gail D’Onofrio, MD, MS is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale University and Physician-in Chief of Emergency Services at Yale New Haven Hospital. Boarded in emergency and addiction medicine, she is internationally known for her work in substance use disorders, women’s cardiovascular health, and mentoring physician scientists in developing independent research careers.   For the past 25 years she has developed and tested interventions for alcohol, opioids and other substance use disorders, serving as PI on several large NIH, SAMSHA, and CDC studies that have changed clinical practice. Dr. D’Onofrio has a long track record of mentoring junior and senior faculty members both at Yale and throughout the U.S. in multiple specialties. She is the PI of a NIDA-funded K12 establishing the Yale Drug use, Addiction and HIV Research Scholars (Yale-DAHRS) program, a three-year post-doctoral, interdisciplinary, Mentored Career Development Program with focused training in prevention and treatment of drug use, addiction, and HIV in general medical settings.  She has received multiple clinical, leadership and mentorship awards including the Excellence in Mentoring award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (2008), Advancing Women in Emergency Medicine award (2016) and the Department of Emergency Medicine Advancement of Women Award (2018) from the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine. She is a founding Board member of Addiction Medicine, now recognized as a new specialty, subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties. An advocate for individuals with opioid use disorder, she is one of the architects of Connecticut Governor’s Strategic Plan to Reduce Opioid Deaths, working with multiple agencies regionally and nationally to change policies and introduce interventions to combat the opioid crisis. 

Dr. D’Onofrio graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She received her M.S. from Boston University, and her M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. D’Onofrio completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital, and completed her Residency in Emergency Medicine at Boston City Hospital.



Donna is CFO & Co-founder of HealthVenture Corporation, Managing Director of HealthVenture Capital and the Co-founder of HealthHavenHub. Previously she was VP and Chief Tax Officer at Omnicare Corporation, a CVS Company. She was also the Treasurer and Chief Benefits Officer. Prior to Omnicare, Donna was the VP, Chief Tax Officer and General Tax Counsel of HealthSouth Corporation.

Before HealthSouth, for approximately 20 years, she operated in various roles with KPMG, Ernst & Young and Deloitte where she supported healthcare and financial services clients in the areas of finance and tax structures, mergers & acquisitions, due diligence, strategy and business development. She serves on the Board of the World Surgical Infection Society, a non-for-profit that addresses global strategies associated with infection disease control. Donna also serves on the State and Local Tax Advisory Board of New York University School of Law.

She graduated from Yale University where she received her MBA with a concentration in healthcare and completed the University of Oxford Private Equity Program. Donna holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Temple University, a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law and completed the Emory University School of Law LLM Taxation program. She is also the recipient of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Business Award at the 2018 Women’s Achievement Awards.

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Heidi Brooks, PhD teaches and advises on the subject of everyday leadership: the everyday micro-moments of impact that shape our lived experiences. Creating more courageous communities—especially within organizations—is a particular passion of hers. Dr. Brooks specializes in large-scale culture change projects focused on individual and collective leadership effectiveness in organizations. Interpersonal Dynamics, the MBA elective she has taught for 15 years, is one of the courses most in demand at Yale School of Management.

Recently, Dr. Brooks pioneered the Everyday Leadership course at SOM, where she first taught the Principles of Everyday Leadership. She has also taught Emotional Intelligence, Power & Politics, Managing Teams and Groups, and Coaching Skills for Managers. Dr. Brooks received her doctorate in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. A life-long experiential learner, you can find her as a student in classrooms as far-ranging as improvisational theater and immersion language lessons.





Joan Kelly, MBA, is Chief Experience Officer at Yale New Haven Health, where she leads the Person and Family Engagement work, which encompasses patient satisfaction, patient relations and advocacy, experience design and improvement, language services, volunteer services, spiritual care and patient and family advisory councils. Joan uses human-centered design to develop the Care Signature Experience, the guarantee to its patients that they will receive the same high-quality, patient-centered care during any touchpoint or interaction in the system.

Most recently, she led the journey towards the “Perfect Experience. Every Patient. Every Time” strategy and guiding vision at NYU Langone Health System. She also led Consumer Experience, Well-Being and Innovation for Humana, Inc., a $54 billion Fortune 56 healthcare company. Prior to Humana, Joan helped the Virgin brand develop a program that incentivized individuals to get and stay healthy and worked to advance the experience across a variety of multi-national organizations, including the Dana Farber Cancer Center, Harvard University, NASA, the Department of Defense, and the Walt Disney Company. 

Joan received her MBA from Simmons School of Management in Boston and currently obtaining her Doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a board member of The Joint Commission’s Patient and Family Advisory Council.



Jessie Nymeyer, MBA, MSN, APRN, is a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner who practices at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Nursing at the University of Washington and has spent the majority of her nursing career as a bedside nurse in the Intensive Care Unit. She earned her Masters in Nursing at Columbia University as an Adult and Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in Palliative Care. Motivated by the belief that nurses have an important role to play in improving healthcare quality, especially for underserved populations, she earned her MBA in Healthcare Leadership at Yale School of Management in 2016.




DIRECTOR, Healthcare Value Hub | ALTARUM

Lynn Quincy, MEcon, is Director of the Healthcare Value Hub at Altarum, a company that creates and implements solutions to advance health among vulnerable and publicly insured populations.  At Altarum, the Healthcare Value Hub monitors and synthesizes evidence to help consumer advocates work on health care cost, quality and equity issues. Via their free resources, in person trainings and webinars, the Healthcare Value Hub employs a comprehensive view of the health and social services system, and the power of consumer voices, to achieve a health system that is equitable, patient-centered, allocates resources wisely and delivers uniformly high health outcomes.

More generally, Ms. Quincy works at the federal and state levels on a wide variety of health policy issues, with a particular focus on health care costs, transparency, consumer protections, and consumers’ health insurance literacy.  Ms. Quincy serves as a consumer expert in myriad venues, including policy conference planning, price transparency approaches, and more.

Prior to joining Altarum, Ms. Quincy held senior positions with Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports; Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.; the Institute for Health Policy Solutions and Watson Wyatt Worldwide (now Willis Towers Watson). She holds a master's degree in economics from the University of Maryland.  


Partner and US Health Services Sector (Payer/Provider) Leader, PwC
Board of Trustees, Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum of Chicago

Gurpreet Singh, MBA, MS, is a Partner and the US Health Services Sector (Payer/Provider) Leader at PwC. He is responsible for delivering strategies that enhance growth, improve financial performance and leverage emerging technologies to gain competitive advantage. He has expertise in Patient Outcomes, Real World Evidence and Health Information Technology/Digital Strategies that drive innovation for the largest healthcare organizations. He also has expertise in Pharma & Life Sciences Research and Development, Mobile Medical Applications (MMAs)  and Pharma commercial operations (sales & marketing).

Prior to joining PwC, Mr. Singh was the Managing Partner for the Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences practice for Diamond Management and Technology Consultants.

Mr. Singh holds an MBA from the Executive Master’s Program at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management, and both a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University.

Mr. Singh serves on the board of Trustees for two Chicago non-profit organizations: the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum of Chicago, and Aspire of Illinois.  He lives in Chicago, IL with his wife and two boys. 

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Research Associate and Projects Manager, University of Connecticut School of Medicine Health Disparities Institute

Advisor, American Board of Internal Medicine Choosing Wisely National Patient Engagement Committee

Denise Octavia Smith, MBA, CHW, PN, SFC, is a Research Associate and Projects Manager at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine Health Disparities Institute (HDI). Mrs. Smith conducts health services research, develops and coordinates partnerships, coalitions and multi-sector alliances, and builds community capacity to advance a health equity public policy agenda in Connecticut. In her role as the HDI Community Engagement Core Co-Lead, Denise has developed evidence-based tools and approaches to increase the value of health insurance and improve capacity to navigate health systems for under-represented communities of color in CT.  Her arts-based strategies advance positive narratives, promote resiliency and wellness and elevate the voices of boys and men of color among health and social service providers, educators and employers. Her training and technical assistance to federally qualified health centers, faith and community-based organizations has strengthened the role, respect and legislative support of Community Health Workers as a critical bridge to achieve clinical and community integration in health services.

In 2013, Denise developed and implemented online and in-person training, statewide certification and consumer engagement strategies for Access Health CT with 400 culturally and linguistically diverse Navigators, In-Person Assisters and Certified Application Counselors resulting in Connecticut’s successful enrollment of over 30,000 residents.

Mrs. Smith is a 2018 Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Leadership award recipient and a 2016 Universal Health Care Foundation “Leaders in Action” Fellow. Mrs. Smith serves as an advisor to the American Board of Internal Medicine Choosing Wisely National Patient Engagement Committee, the CT Office of Health Strategy Consumer Advisory Board, and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy “Governance of Learning Activities in Learning Healthcare Systems” PCORI research project.



Professor of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine
Physician-in-Chief, Emergency Services, Yale New Haven Hospital


Co-founder, Telesphora
Executive Board Member and Founding Team Leader, Stanford Medicine X

Matthew Erlendson is a 4th year MD candidate at the Yale School of Medicine. He is a sitting Executive Board Member and Founding Team Leader of Stanford Medicine X, a Silicon Valley-based, Stanford University healthcare innovation program focused on emerging technology and patient-centered design. He has worked by invitation with The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative and his work and research spans clinical trials, integrating emerging technologies into medicine, and healthcare policy. He is also a co-founder of Telesphora, a machine-learning predictive modeling company that aims to help communities better respond to the opioid crisis.

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Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and Pharmacology, Yale School of Public Health
Director of the Yale Office, Connecticut Emerging Infections Program

Robert Heimer, PhD has, for the past three decades, focused his research efforts on scientific investigation at the interface of addictive disorders and infectious diseases. His areas of investigation include infectious disease epidemiology, evaluation of HIV and hepatitis C prevention programs with a focus on syringe access, pharmacological treatment of opiate addiction, and overdose prevention and resuscitation. The research frequently combines laboratory, operational, behavioral, and structural analyses to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention programs. Dr. Heimer’s current work focuses on the contexts and consequences of the expanding opioid crisis to provide health officials and harm reduction practitioners with information needed to enhance their educational and advocacy efforts.


EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Nevada State Medical Association

Catherine O’Mara, JD, has been named Executive Director of the Nevada State Medical Association as of October 2015.  Catherine brings with her a strong legal background and nearly ten years of experience in public policy and government relations.

Prior to joining NSMA, Catherine spent four years as an associate attorney at Snell & Wilmer law firm specializing in government relations and business litigation.  In that capacity, Catherine represented business, and non-profit clients in front of administrative and regulatory bodies, at the legislature, and in various judicial tribunals.

Catherine attended Loyola Marymount University (B.A.) and George Washington University (M.A.).  While in Washington D.C., Catherine worked in the Congressional offices of Representative Jim Gibbons and Senator John Ensign handling a variety of legislation affecting Nevadans. In 2007, Catherine lobbied the Nevada legislature on behalf of the Ferraro Group, and in 2008, Catherine was a legal extern for the Honorable Brian Sandoval in the United States District Court of Nevada.

Catherine earned her law degree from University of California, Hastings college of the law, where she distinguished herself as a member of the trial team.  In 2010, Catherine was selected by her classmates to give the commencement address.

Catherine is a proud native Nevadan and active member of her community.  She was a graduate of the 2014 Leadership Reno Sparks program with the Chamber of Commerce and serves on the boards for the Community Health Alliance, Girls on the Run- Sierras, and Bishop Manogue Catholic High School Alumni Association.  Catherine enjoys traveling, attending live music and other performances, and spending time with her parents, 8 siblings, and 16 nieces and nephews.

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President of Cigna Connecticut and Payer Solutions, Cigna
Board member, Governor's Prevention Partnership

Wendy Sherry, CPA, is the President of Cigna Connecticut and Payer Solutions (TPA business) where she has overall responsibility for distribution, network, strategy development, operations and financial results for these business segments.

Ms. Sherry joined Cigna in 1995 and has held numerous positions at the company, including roles in product, financial analysis and planning, reporting, and medical management. She also serves on the board of the Governor’s Prevention Partnership, which helps organizations, communities and families prevent substance abuse, underage drinking and violence among Connecticut youth.

Ms. Sherry is a summa cum laude graduate of Emory University and a former Certified Public Accountant.

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HAROLD H. HINES Jr. Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), Yale School of Medicine
Professor in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies, of Investigative Medicine and of Public Health (Health Policy), YALE UNIVERSITY
Director, Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Co-Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, Yale University

Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM, is a cardiologist and health care researcher at Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital. He received a BS from Yale, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and a Masters in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard University School of Public Health. He is the Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine and Director of the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), one of the nation’s first and most productive research units dedicated to producing innovations to improve patient outcomes and promote better population health. He is also a Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, which prepares talented physicians to become future health care leaders.

Dr. Krumholz has been honored by membership in the Institute of Medicine, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He was named a Distinguished Scientist of the American Heart Association. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology and the Board of Directors of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and was appointed by the U.S. government to the Board of Governors of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. He is a 2014 recipient of the Friendship Award from the People’s Republic of China in recognition of his collaborative efforts to develop a national cardiovascular research network.

Dr. Krumholz is the editor of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, and editor of CardioExchange, a social media site of the publisher of the New England Journal of Medicine. He has published more than 800 articles and is the author of two books, one on smoking cessation and another on reducing the risk of heart disease. He has a regular blog on and has contributed to the New York Times Wellness blog, the New York Times op-ed page, and National Public Radio Shots blog.

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General Counsel,

Ariane Chen, JD, serves as General Counsel for Prior to joining the company, she was a corporate partner for over 8 years at DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest and leading business law firms. At, she is responsible for the company’s compliance with regulations and laws involving data, such as privacy regulations, HIPAA and copyright laws. She works to promote licensing terms that will increase the value of data and the collaboration on projects involving data. Her other responsibilities include handling all legal aspects related to the Company’s operations, customers and partners, including its public benefit corporation status and B Corporation certification.



Program Manager, Google, AI Healthcare Team

Jessica Gallegos is a Program Manager at Google’s AI Healthcare team where she is working to apply machine learning on health data to improve the availability and accuracy of medical care. Jess has worked in the Private, Public and non-profit sectors, and is passionate about building bridges that connect those three worlds. She is skilled in developing policy, structuring and scaling up programs, and leading teams from ideas to production.

Jess holds an MBA from Yale University and a BA in Policy from American University. She has been at Google for 2+ years and prior to that worked at the World Bank as a Social Development Specialist.


Chief Medical Information Officer of the Integrated Health Model Initiative, American Medical Association

Tom Giannulli, MD, MS, is the Chief Medical Information Officer of the Integrated Health Model Initiative, a collaborative effort founded by the American Medical Association to lead solutions for improving, organizing and exchanging health data.  With over 20 years of experience, Tom is an accomplished entrepreneur and recognized thought leader within the mobile healthcare information technology space.  Previously, Tom served as CMIO at Kareo; CMIO at Epocrates; and founder and CEO of Caretools (which introduced the first iPhone-based Electronic Medical Record).  

Tom holds a M.D. from the University of Texas, where he completed a residency in internal medicine, and received a M.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Utah.

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Professor of Radiology, Public Health, & Management, Yale University


Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School

Gary Loveman, PhD, is an experienced business executive, economist and academic. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Finance at Harvard Business School. He returned to Harvard Business School after spending 20 years in business.

From 1998 to 2015, Loveman was Chairman, CEO and President of Caesars Entertainment Corporation. During his seventeen-year tenure, he oversaw a period of growth that included several major acquisitions making Caesars the largest and most diversified company in the gaming industry. In 2008, Caesars went private in a $30.7B transaction led by Apollo and TPG. He pioneered the use of cutting-edge technology and data analytics to deliver differentiated customer service and guest loyalty. Dr. Loveman also led the development of Wellness Rewards, Caesars’ widely recognized, incentive-based health and wellness program for the company’s 70,000 employees and their families. He was voted “Best CEO in the Hospitality Industry” for four consecutive years by Institutional Investor magazine, was inducted into both the Hospitality and Gaming Halls of Fame and is the subject of case studies at HBS and Stanford Business School.

In October 2015,  Loveman joined Aetna as President of Consumer Health and Service, Aetna’s health services business. The Consumer Health and Services organization was responsible for helping Aetna members achieve their best health and for fostering innovative collaborations with health care providers to improve the overall quality, cost and experience for Aetna members. He led the company’s population health management and consumer engagement strategies, health and clinical services, care management, digital consumer health products, analytics and data science, pharmacy and marketing areas. He left Aetna in 2018.

From 2012-2015, Loveman chaired the Business Roundtable’s Health & Retirement Committee, which focuses on improving the quality and affordability of the nation’s health and retirement systems.  He serves on the Board of Trustees at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Board of Directors of the Boston Celtics, where he is a member of the ownership group.  He served previously on the Visiting Committee of the M.I.T. Department of Economics and the boards of FedEx, Coach and Ventas, Inc.

Loveman holds a B.A. in economics from Wesleyan University, and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was an Alfred Sloan Doctoral Dissertation Fellow. Among his publications are five articles in the Harvard Business Review, including “Starting Over: Poland After Communism,” published in 1995 and “Putting the Service-Profit Chain to Work,” published in 1994 and co-authored with HBS colleagues James L. Heskett, Thomas O. Jones, W. Earl Sasser, Jr., and Leonard A. Schlesinger. Loveman has authored more than 30 case studies on a number of service organizations including professional service firms, airlines, hotels, business service providers and not-for-profits.


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President & CEO, Yale New Haven Health Northeast Medical Group
Senior Vice President, Yale New Haven Health System
Professor of Medicine, Yale School of Medicine
Professor of Health Policy and Management, Yale School of Public Health

Dr. Prathibha Varkey, MBBS, MPH, MHPE, MBA, serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Yale New Haven Health Northeast Medical Group and Senior Vice President of Yale New Haven Health System.  Northeast Medical Group (NEMG) is the medical foundation of Yale New Haven Health and has approximately 2000 employees including 950+ clinicians in over 130 locations in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island.  Dr. Varkey is a Professor of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Yale School of Public Health. 

Prior to her current role, Dr. Varkey served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Seton Clinical Enterprise, a large multispecialty group at Seton Family Healthcare, Austin, Texas.  A nationally recognized expert in Quality Improvement, Dr. Varkey served as the President of the American College of Medical Quality between 2015 and 2017. She has previously served on the boards of the Christian Medical College Foundation, Physician One Urgent Care Centers, and the American College of Medical Quality. She currently serves on the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital Board. She is the editor of two books: Medical Quality Management and Mayo Clinic Board review on Preventive Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Varkey served a number of positions at Mayo Clinic, including Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine; medical director of Ask Mayo Clinic (national nurse triage line with 1.5 million covered lives); medical director of the Value Program at the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of healthcare delivery; medical director of “Better” a mobile app start up jointly funded by Mayo Clinic and a venture capital firm; vice chair for the Outpatient Practice Committee; and program director for the Preventive Medicine Fellowship and Director of the Quality Improvement Curriculum at Mayo Medical School, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education and Mayo School of Continuing Medical Education. Dr. Varkey is currently adjunct Professor of Medicine and adjunct Professor of Preventive Medicine at Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Varkey is the recipient of many awards including the American Medical Association Foundation Physician Leadership award, the ACGME Parker Palmer Courage to Teach award, the American College of Medical Quality President’s award, the Mayo Clinic individual excellence award, the American Medical Women’s Association Exceptional Mentoring Award and the World Woman leadership congress visionary woman leadership award.  She recently received the CT women of influence Corporate Leader Award.

Dr. Varkey earned her MBBS (MD equivalent) from the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India; a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts; and a Masters of Health Professions Education (MHPE) from the University of Illinois, Chicago.  She also earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.  She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the Yale New Haven Health Hospital of Saint Raphael and Preventive Medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.


Medical Director, Connecticut Department of Social Services
State of Connecticut Medicaid Program


Dr. Robert W. Zavoski, MD, MPH, is the Medical Director of the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), home of many health care programs including Connecticut’s Medicaid Program. Among many projects, he helped develop Connecticut’s unique and successful, self-insured alternative to Medicaid managed care.  Under this model, measures of access to care, quality of care, and member and provider satisfaction continue to improve while program costs have stabilized.

Dr. Zavoski is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, New York Medical College, Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health, and completed a pediatric residency and chief residency at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. His wife, Martha Steeves, is a pharmacist and author and their daughter, Kate, is an attorney in Connecticut.




Chief Medical Officer, Ascension Medical Group

Baligh Yehia, MD, MPH, is Chief Medical Officer of Ascension Medical Group, where he leads and implements the national medical group’s clinical direction.

Dr. Yehia has extensive experience in building and leading change in complex health systems and markets, including the deployment of population health strategies. He previously worked at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD, where he led enterprise-wide initiatives to improve community health and clinical integration across Johns Hopkins Medicine's hospitals, physician network, home-care group, and health plans.

Prior to his role at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Yehia served as Deputy Under Secretary for Community Care at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Washington, D.C. where he established the VA Office of Community Care. He also oversaw the VA's Community Care Network, which includes over 550,000 partners who deliver outpatient, inpatient, telehealth and extended care services to over 2 million Veterans annually.

Dr. Yehia is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He received his bachelor and medical degrees from the University of Florida, completed internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and infectious diseases fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a Masters in Public Policy from Princeton University and Masters of Science in Health Policy Research from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Dean, School of Health and Human Services at Southern Connecticut State University
President for the Board of Directors, American Heart Association, Connecticut

Sandra Bulmer, PhD, is currently the Dean for the School of Health and Human Services at Southern Connecticut State University (aka “Southern”). Prior to her current position, she served as a faculty member in the Department of Public Health at Southern from 1999-2014.

Dr. Bulmer has a strong commitment to mentoring faculty, developing new programs, improving retention and graduation rates among students, and partnering with Southern’s local community to improve health and eliminate disparities. She is known for building a community environment within her School, expanding interprofessional collaboration, increasing resources for high demand degree programs, and developing new programs that address workforce needs in the state of Connecticut. Under her leadership, the School of Health and Human Services has strong enrollment growth and will be opening a new building in 2021.

In addition to her work at SCSU, Dr. Bulmer is the current President for the Board of Directors the American Heart Association in Connecticut and she is a board member for Whitney Center and Clifford Beers. She recently served as President of the Board for the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and she a member of several editorial boards for journals in her academic discipline. Her research is focused on college health, women’s health, and using community-based participatory research methods.


Clinical Director, Connecticut Coalition to end Homelessness
Adjunct Professor of Nursing, University of Saint Joseph

Phil Costello, APRN, serves as the Clinical Director of Homeless Care for Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center in New Haven. In this role, he leads medical and case management teams that work with people who are formerly or currently experiencing homelessness.  Phil partners with community agencies, soup kitchens and shelters to provide medical care to New Haven’s homeless and formerly homeless population. He also provides medical care to people in substance use rehabilitation programs and to people who have recently been released from incarceration.

Phil and his team work throughout the city to provide onsite services including outreach, first aid, specialty referrals and prescriptions.  Phil also helps to coordinate other healthcare volunteers at partner organizations such as the Yale Hypertension Awareness & Prevention Program. In practicing street medicine, Phil adheres to certain tenets. Among these, he advises to be mindful and present during interactions on the street.  He feels that caregivers should take the time to acknowledge and advocate for the needs of others, while building trusting relationships that will ultimately serve to help improve peoples’ lives.

Phil holds a Master’s degree, APRN Family Practice and Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Saint Joseph and a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Haven. He has volunteered for many years as a ski patrol medic at Mount Southington and is an adjunct professor of nursing at University of Saint Joseph. He is an avid boater and former board member of Sleeping Giant Park Association. Known lovingly as “Dr. Phil” by his patients, there is no doubt that he has made a marked difference in providing access to medical care for vulnerable populations in the greater New Haven area.




Chief Population Health Officer, Northeast Medical Group/YNHHS

Arnold DoRosario, MD, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and has over 30 years of experience as a primary care physician.

He was the founding member and Medical Director of PriMed, a large multispecialty physician group. PriMed excelled in Quality Incentive Programs, and in 2012 was one of 15 groups in the nation awarded the designation of Advanced Payment ACO by CMS.  In 2014, Dr. DoRosario joined the Yale New Haven Health System and served as Chief Medical Officer for NEMG/Yale New Haven Health, a multispecialty ambulatory group of over 700 physicians.

Dr. DoRosario has held various leadership roles and served on advisory councils related to quality, performance improvement, patient experience, and population health.  He is the recipient of multiple awards for excellence in patient care and teaching.

Dr. DoRosario completed his undergraduate education at Strathmore College, Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa and graduated from the Universidad de Navarra, Facultad de Medicina, Pamplona, Spain.  He completed his residency at St. Vincent’s Medical Center/Yale School of Medicine.  He currently serves as Chief Population Health Officer at Northeast Medical Group/YNHHS.


Nurse-scientist, Infectious diseases provider, & Student, Yale UniversIty

Jose Gutierrez, MSN, FNP-BC, is a nurse-scientist and infectious diseases provider interested in health disparities within HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C populations; focused on prevention, treatment adherence and harm-reduction strategies.  

Born and raised in Galesburg, Illinois as a first-generation son to Mexican immigrants, Jose came to the East Coast to attend graduate school as a PhD student at Yale University; where he is currently completing his third year of training.  As an infectious diseases specialist, he provides individualized care utilizing evidence-based standards, guidelines and protocols to help patients achieve their health and wellness goals.  As a researcher, he is interested in the utilization of PrEP as a means for HIV prevention in atypical populations; most recently securing a grant as a Principle Investigator from the Department of Defense to examine PrEP preferences among active duty military MSM using conjoint analysis.  Ultimately, Jose aims to improve clinical care through evidence influenced by interdisciplinary research and clinical practice.

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Founder/Owner, Complete Pediatrics
Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale University School of Nursing  

Linda A. Jacobson, MSN, CPNP, APRN, is one of the founders and owners of Complete Pediatrics in North Haven, CT.  She opened this small community pediatric practice with two physician colleagues in 2009.

As a Nurse Practitioner, board certified by the Pediatric National Certification Board (PNCB), she is an active fellow of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) and past president of the Connecticut chapter. Linda is especially interested in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. She is committed to helping parents raise healthy children by offering anticipatory guidance in order to maintain a safe and healthy lifestyle both physically and emotionally. She has been enjoying her career as a primary care pediatric nurse practitioner for the past 30 years.

In addition to her clinical practice and business responsibilities, she is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University School of Nursing. Linda has been teaching and mentoring nurse practitioner students, medical students, and physician associate students both in the hospital and office settings. She was a preceptor for the Pilot Project of the Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience which is now a required course for all health care professional students at Yale. She is also an active participant on the Well Baby Nursery Committee at Yale New Haven Hospital.

As part of her local community support, she is a health care consultant for a preschool and provides an annual scholarship for children to attend this school.  She also has been a consultant for playground safety and designing playgrounds for children of all abilities.

Linda received her BA in Biology from Merrimack College and her MSN from Yale University School of Nursing where she completed her nurse practitioner training in Pediatrics.

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Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Yale School of Nursing
Professor of Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health

David Vlahov, PHD, RN, is the Associate Dean for Research and a Professor at the Yale School of Nursing, and Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. His primary area of focus has been on urban health. He studies in Baltimore, Harlem and the Bronx, which have served as a platform for subsequent individual-, community-level and policy level intervention studies. This work has contributed new knowledge to promote health equity.

Dr. Vlahov was the founding President of the International Society for Urban Health ( He has been a Visiting Professor at the Medical School in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and served an expert consultant to the WHO’s Urban Health Center in Kobe, Japan. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Urban Health, has edited three books on urban health, and  has published over 654 scholarly papers.

He was principal investigator of the Rockefeller Foundation project on the Roundtable for Urban Living Environment Research (RULER) on urban health metrics and a member of the WHO Knowledge Network for Urban Settlements as part of the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health.  He served on the New York City Board of Health, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine currently serving of the Institute’s Board of Global Health.


Board Member, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine

Pooja Agrawal, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Global Health Education in the Yale University Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Agrawal is a Global Health specialist with a specific focus on refugees and other displaced populations. Her research focuses on the use of various field methodologies to study the outcomes of forced migration and implement sustainable interventions to affect the challenges these populations face. In collaboration with international, national, and local community partners, she is currently conducting several projects that aim to better understand the physical and mental health impact of displacement on resettled populations in the US and create more effective programs to assist in the resettlement process. Her recent work includes assessing health literacy, healthcare and insurance access, and long term health outcomes for refugees resettled in the US.

Dr. Agrawal holds national leadership roles including executive board membership in the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine and the Global Emergency Medicine Academy. She is on the Board of Directors for the Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, the local refugee resettlement agency in New Haven, CT, and works closely with the research arm of the resettlement group at the International Rescue Committee. She holds faculty appointments in the Yale University School of Medicine, the Yale Center for Asylum Medicine, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.




Haq Nawaz, MD, MPH is the past Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and the past Program Director for the combined Internal Medicine & Preventive Medicine Residency Program.  He completed his medical degree from Pakistan. He completed his residency training in combined internal medicine and preventive medicine program at Griffin and received his MPH from the Yale School of Public Health and Masters of Business administration in healthcare management from Johns Hopkins.  Dr. Nawaz is board certified in both internal medicine and preventive medicine.  He has over 20 years of experience in internal medicine, hospital medicine, public health and preventive medicine.  He has published over 40 original research articles in peer-reviewed journals.  Dr. Nawaz takes interest in international health and humanitarian medical missions.  He has participated in medical missions to Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kenya, Nepal and Peru.  In Kenya he worked to enhance patient safety, patient-centered care and communication as a part of WHO African Partnership for Patient Safety.  He was the principal investigator for a CDC grant Global and Territorial Health Research Network (GTHRN) Collaborating Centers. Aim of the GTHRN was to adapt promising global health practices for US underserved populations.

Dr. Nawaz currently works at Pfizer Inc. as research physician and principal investigator.


coordinator, yale midwifery/uganda collaboration

Michelle Telfer, DNP, MPH, CNM has a BA in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley, an MPH in global reproductive health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a BSN/MSN (midwifery) from Columbia University. She received her DNP from Frontier Nursing University focusing on safely reducing primary cesarean birth. She served two years in The Peace Corps in The Gambia working in maternal child health. She has practiced full-scope midwifery for 17 years, working in both midwifery owned and collaborative practice models. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Nursing in Midwifery and Women's Health as well as the coordinator for the Yale Midwifery/Uganda collaboration.




Consultant Pediatric Ophthalmic Surgeon and Medical Director, EYE FOUNDATION HOSPITAL GROUP

Mildred Ulaikere, MD, FWACS, FMCOph is a Consultant Ophthalmic surgeon specialized in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus with the Eye Foundation Hospital Group.

She obtained a Bachelors of Medicine/Bachelors of Surgery at the University of Benin Nigeria in 1992. She then had her residency training at the University College Hospital Ibadan Nigeria where she obtained the fellowships in Ophthalmology of both the National and the West African College of Surgeons in 2003. She went further to obtain a fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at the Red Cross War Memorial Hospital for Children, University of Cape town, South Africa in 2007 under the tutelage of Dr Rhian Grotte and Prof Anthony Murray.

Dr. Mildred is very proficient in lensectomy with anterior vitrectomy surgery for pediatric cataracts, angle surgery for pediatric glaucomas, amblyopia management, surgery for simple and complex strabismus in both pediatric and adult patients, phacoemulsification with foldable intraocular lenses of a wide range for adult cataracts.

She is a member of the National and West African College of Surgeons College and she is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She has attended/presented in various scientific conferences both at home and abroad in which she has presented a number of papers. She has published several articles and written in several journals. She is currently going through the 2 years Leadership Development Program organized by the African Ophthalmology Council.

In 2012 she was a winner of the Novartis Excellence in Ophthalmology Vision Award. She is the Medical Director of the Eye Foundation Hospital Group Lekki Branch. She heads a project being carried out by the community arm; the Deseret Community Vision Institute, where she performs highly subsidized pediatric cataract surgeries on less privileged blind and visually impaired children as well as providing subspecialty services to this population.


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Vivian Nguyen is a MBA/MPH candidate at the Yale School of Management and Yale School of Public Health. Previously, she served as Co-Chair for the 2018 Yale Healthcare Conference and Logistics Chair for the 2017 Yale Healthcare Conference.

Prior to graduate school, Vivian led community deployment for Sutter Health’s Druker Center for Health Innovation in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.  


Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)

Mark Atalla, PharmD, MBA, leads the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model and Part D Payment Modernization Model at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). At CMMI, Mark has led Medicare Advantage and Part D innovation and has supported the Enhanced Medication Therapy Management and Next Generation Accountable Care Organization models.

Prior to coming to CMMI, Mark was the Director of Pharmacy at Fresenius Medical Care and a managing pharmacist at the pharmacy benefit managers Medco and Express Scripts.

Mark has a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Yale University.



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Regional Market President, ChenMed

Lynn Mason, MBA, is a Regional Market President at ChenMed, leading various JenCare markets. Lynn has spent over 12 years in various leadership roles in healthcare, including multi-site operations in the dialysis, specialty pharmacy and allergy industries, hospital and physician group partnerships, and pharmacy benefits management operations.

Prior to joining ChenMed, Lynn was the President of Long-Term Care for Care Services LLC, the nation’s largest Long-Term Care and Institutional Pharmacy PBM.  She also held various leadership roles at DaVita Healthcare Partners, the nation’s largest dialysis provider.  While at DaVita, Lynn held the roles of Group Vice President of Operations, National General Manager of Hospital Services and the Chief Development Officer of DaVita Rx Specialty Pharmacy.

Lynn also served as the Chief Operating Officer of United Allergy Services, and, prior to working in healthcare, was a Senior Associate at Morgan Stanley in the Investment Banking Division. Lynn holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis in accounting and finance and holds her Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University. 

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Vice President, LUMERIS

Eric Wallace has 20 years health care management experience working on both provider and payer sides. Currently, he leads Northeast market development as Vice President for Lumeris - a pioneer in population health management solutions.  

Prior to Lumeris, he was Vice President of Accountable Care Solutions in the Healthagen Division of Aetna. In this role, he led a regional team that developed operating partnerships with several health care providers to jointly manage risk/accountability across multiple lines of Aetna's business (Medicare Advantage, fully-insured commercial, and ASO).

Before Aetna, Eric worked for 7 years in health care policy for the Greater New York Hospital Association with a focus on managed care reform and Medicaid. He began his career as a healthcare management consultant with Ernst & Young in Chicago.

Eric received a B.A. degree from Lehigh University and lives in New York City.

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Director of Enterprise Strategy, CVS Health

Julia McDowell, MBA, MPH, is Director of Enterprise Strategy at CVS Health, where she is currently focused on new healthcare opportunities enabled by the recent acquisition of Aetna. At CVS, Julia has also worked on product innovation with CVS’s specialty pharmacy, enterprise adoption of new technology, evaluation of competitive threats, and organizational design for strategy and innovation. 

Prior to this, Julia served as Program Director of Family Planning at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), where she designed, launched, and led the organization’s first family planning program. She oversaw the implementation of pricing deals CHAI brokered with global pharmaceutical companies to make essential contraceptive products affordable, partnering with public health systems in sub-Saharan Africa to expand access to long-acting methods of contraception for millions of women.  

Early in her career, Julia was a Fulbright Fellow in Bolivia, where she collaborated with indigenous communities on environmental health and social justice issues, and later served as the Principle Investigator for Climate Change at Agua Sustentable, a local nonprofit research and advocacy organization.

Julia earned an MBA at the Yale School of Management as a Frederick Frank Fellow, and an MPH at Emory University as a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow. She completed her BA at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she now lives with her husband, Seth.


Clinical Director, Yale Center for Biomedical Innovation and Technology (CBIT)
Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon, Harvard Medical School

Ayesha Khalid, MD, MBA, is an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon at Harvard Medical School with over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She is an endoscopic sinus surgeon and performed cutting edge basic science research at the University of Pennsylvania. She worked to set up the satellite practice for The Massachusetts  Eye and Ear Infirmary at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts. Recently, Ayesha completed a fulltime mid-career MBA in Global Leadership and Innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

Ayesha has combined her medical expertise and innovation experience to apply a systems thinking approach to solving healthcare problems as shown in her TedX talk. Ayesha joined MIT Hacking Medicine and has been helping to promote disruptive thinking in healthcare through organized events in Doha, Qatar, BIO 2014 and MIT. 

Ayesha has also served as a consultant at Lambay Advisors and worked with private equity firms on understanding market dynamics and business opportunities in the senior living space, health IT and the opportunities for practice management. As a practicing surgeon, Ayesha understands the healthcare change process and the need to foster cross-disciplinary engagement. Ayesha has served as the Vice-President of Business Development of a start-up focused on changing the surgical conversation with patients, Doctella. On a national level, Ayesha serves as an executive member on several Boards for medical organizations and is currently on the board of the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. 

Recently, Ayesha has joined the CBIT team at Yale to increase clinician engagement. Given that Ayesha bridges the gap between management and medicine, she is enthusiastic to support projects as they come through the CBIT ecosystem. She is currently co-teaching Creating Healthcare and Life Sciences Ventures with Dr. Loose at the Yale School of Management.

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Director of Marketing Strategy and Planning, Fortune 100 Company

Andrew Kirk, MBA, is a Yale School of Management alumni, MBA Class of 2017. He’s led go-to-market growth strategy projects for Fortune 500 companies with AMI-Partners and Deloitte Consulting. 

In 2018, Andrew was the sell-side finance relationship lead for the CVS Aetna merger. He supported Aetna to legally, operationally, and culturally integrate with CVS Health.

Andrew is currently Director of Marketing Strategy and Planning for a Fortune 100 company. He identifies macro and micro consumer, retail, and healthcare trends to enhance customer-centric value propositions. He also coordinates across category teams to drive integrated consumer-focused marketing strategies, annual planning, and marketing-mix priorities.


Professor of Economics, Yale University School of Management

Fiona M. Scott Morton, PHD, is a Professor of Economics at the Yale University School of Management where she has been on the faculty since 1999.  Her area of academic research is empirical industrial organization, with a focus on empirical studies of competition in areas such as pricing, entry, and product differentiation. Her published articles range widely across industries, from magazines, to shipping, to pharmaceuticals to internet retailing, and is published in leading economics journals.

From 2011-12 Professor Scott Morton served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she helped enforce the nation’s antitrust laws.  At Yale SOM she teaches courses in the area of competitive strategy. She served as Associate Dean from 2007-10 and in 2007 she won the School’s teaching award. She has served in an editing role on various academic economics journals, has won several research grants from the National Science Foundation, and is a Research Associate at NBER.

Professor Scott Morton has a BA from Yale and a PhD from MIT, and previously taught at the Graduate Schools of Business at the University of Chicago and Stanford University. She is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences across the United States and Europe. Professor Scott Morton lives in New Haven, Connecticut with her husband and three children.

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Chief Strategy Officer, Tivity Health

As the Chief Strategy Officer, Paul Wimer, MBA, is responsible for shaping the corporate strategy for Tivity Health, identifying opportunities for innovative partnerships, growth in existing product lines and new business development. Wimer joined Tivity Health in 2017 and brings more than 25 years of experience assisting companies, from start-ups to Fortune 100 businesses, with corporate strategy development and execution in a variety of industries around the world. 

Prior to Tivity Health, Wimer was a senior principal at Clareo Partners, where he advised clients on strategic growth and corporate venture capital, and was a founding managing director at Topspin Partners, a New York-based venture capital and private equity firm, where he was responsible for all aspects of investing.  Mr. Wimer was also an associate partner with the Strategic Services Practice of Andersen Consulting, now Accenture, where he consulted from board room to shop floor on executable business strategy.

Wimer holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Yale University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.

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Venture Associate, Rock Health

Chipper Stotz supports venture investing at Rock Health—a data-driven, market-building investor in digital health companies. He also works with Rock Health’s corporate partners to provide analyses on emerging trends in the industry, and has authored a number of research reports with a particular focus on behavioral health and substance use disorder.

Prior to joining the team, he coached clients through a social anxiety program at Joyable, directed a LGBTQ nonprofit, and conducted lab research on the flexibility of empathy. Chipper graduated from Stanford University, where he earned a B.A. in Psychology with a focus on health and development.


Medical Director, Yale Child Study Center Outpatient Clinic
Founder and CEO, MindNest Health

David Grodberg, MD, MS is medical director of the Yale Child Study Center Outpatient Clinic. Dr. Grodberg has extensive experience as both a clinician and a clinical researcher and received grant funding through the faculty scholars program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai before moving to Yale.

Dr. Grodberg developed the Autism Mental Status Exam (AMSE), which is a brief and free diagnostic assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder. The AMSE has been translated into many languages for use around the globe.


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Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine

Eric Hermes, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the Yale School of Medicine. His work focused on improving the access to and quality of mental health services. Dr. Hermes’ research, pedagogy, and clinical work is at the nexus of cutting-edge technology-driven care, the integration of mental health services in primary care, and quality improvement for psychopharmacologic prescribing. 

Dr. Hermes received his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 2000, and was an active-duty flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force for seven years.  He went on to complete a residency in psychiatry at Yale University and research fellowships supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Veterans Health Administration.

Dr. Hermes’ research is focused on the developing and testing strategies for implementing digital therapeutic interventions (e.g. behavioral intervention technology, internet-based interventions, mhealth) in healthcare systems as a way to increase access and improve the quality of mental health services. In Dr. Hermes’ educational and clinical work, he trains psychiatry residents using telepsychiatry in integrated mental health in primary care settings. His work is supported by the Veterans Health Administration.



Executive VP and General Manager, Genoa Telepsychiatry
Co-founder and CEO, 1DocWay

Samir Malik, MBA, is currently the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Genoa Telepsychiatry, the largest outpatient telepsychaitry provider in the country, and recently acquired by United Health Group. Samir came into this role through the acquisition of his company, 1DocWay, a New York City-based telepsychiatry company, which he co-founded and served as CEO. The company expands access to mental healthcare in rural America. Samir and his team have built the technology-enabled-services company from scratch, treating over 200,000 patients across the country. 

Prior to 1DocWay, Samir was the President of Signature Healthcare, and CEO of ZipCare Transportation, two healthcare service companies he started and led. These two endeavors have grown in the past 5 years from two employees to over 200, while improving access to healthcare in markets and populations in need of mental health access.  From 2010 to 2012, Samir was the Director of Strategic Planning at CenterPointe Hospital, a 150-bed health system in St. Louis, Missouri, where he designed and built a new model for outpatient mental health programs across 3 states. Prior to CenterPointe Hospital, Samir’s career began with McKinsey & Co as a Business Analyst, where he focused on a wide range of strategic and operational initiatives for large organizations both inside and outside healthcare. While there, Samir served as a McKinsey Hospital Institute Fellow. 

Samir received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience from Penn with distinction, and a Master’s of Business Administration at Wharton in Healthcare Management. Samir and his wife Saara live in NYC. 

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Cofounder and CEO, Project HEAL

Kristina Saffran, is the cofounder and CEO of Project HEAL, a non-profit providing treatment access and recovery support to people struggling with eating disorders, with 40 chapters across the US.  Kristina cofounded HEAL at 15 years old in recovery from her own anorexia, and has been recognized as a Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur and Facebook Community Leadership Fellow for her work. She’s spoken across the country on eating disorders, new recovery paradigms, and social entrepreneurship.  

Kristina graduated from Harvard College with a bachelors degree in psychology in May 2014.  

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Executive Director, EB Research Partnership

Michael Hund, MBA, is the Executive Director of EB Research Partnership, a game-changing medical research organization dedicated to curing the life-threatening genetic skin disease Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) and pioneering the innovative business model of Venture Philanthropy. Michael previously served as the Director of Development for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, leading their successful $100 million Curing Cancer Now campaign. Previously, Michael spent over a decade in leadership at the actor and philanthropist Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Fund, working on behalf of children and their families battling cancer and other life-threatening illness. 

Michael has spent his career dedicated to transforming healthcare and also founded and runs a real estate investment company. He received his BA in Philosophy from the University of Kansas, CORe credential from Harvard Business School, and MBA from the Yale School of Management.   


CFO & Co-founder, HealthVenture Corporation
Managing Director, HealthVenture Capital
Co-founder, HealthHavenHub

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Chief Medical Information Officer, PRA Health Sciences

Gregory Licholai, MD, MBA, is Chief Medical Information Officer at PRA Health Sciences, a global product development and information company. He teaches the capstone course Sustainable Innovation in Healthcare at Yale School of Management and is co-director of the Center for Digital Health.

Previously, he was founder and President of Elpidera at Moderna Therapeutics as well as President and Chief Medical Officer at Castle Creek Pharmaceuticals.  He was a vice president at McKinsey & Co., and an executive at Quintiles, Proteostasis, Amicus, and Medtronic Neurological. Greg was a VC at Domain Associates and co-founded Immunome, Inc. Greg has degrees from Harvard Business School, Yale School of Medicine, Columbia University, and Boston College. He trained at the Brigham and Women's, Children's, and Massachusetts General Hospitals. He is adjunct faculty at Yale and serves on multiple advisory boards.


CEO, Somatus, Inc.

Ikenna Okezie, MD, MBA, founded Somatus in 2016 to introduce a preventive and more integrated solution for patients with, or at risk for developing, CKD or ESRD. Prior to founding Somatus, Ikenna led operations for the mid-Atlantic group of DaVita, Inc.

Earlier in his career, Ikenna worked as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company and a Managing Director at the Advisory Board Company. For six years he served as a member of the Medical Review Board of CMS ESRD Network 5 and is a Fellow in the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship. Ikenna has an MD from Harvard Medical School, an MBA with Honors from Harvard Business School, and a BA in Economics, cum laude, from Yale University.

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Infectious Disease Specialist, Fair Haven Community Health Care