Honorary Chair

William “Bill” Frist, M.D.

Dr. Bill Frist is a nationally acclaimed heart transplant surgeon, former Republican Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, and a partner in the private equity firm Cressey & Co. Dr. Frist represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate for 12 years where he held seats on the Finance Committee overseeing health policy and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He was elected Majority Leader of the Senate, having served fewer total years in Congress than any person chosen to lead that body in history, and his leadership was instrumental in passage of prescription drug legislation and revolutionary funding to fight HIV/AIDS at home and around the world.

Prior to his election to the Senate, he spent 20 years in medicine as a heart and lung transplant surgeon. As founder and Director of the Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center, he has performed over 150 heart and lung transplants and authored over 100 peer-reviewed medical articles and chapters, over 400 newspaper articles, and seven books on topics such as bioterrorism, transplantation, service and leadership.  He is board certified in both general and heart surgery. Currently Dr. Frist serves as an Adjunct Professor of Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University, a Clinical Professor of Surgery at Meharry Medical College, and on the boards of numerous private and public healthcare companies as well as the Kaiser Family Foundation. As a leading authority on healthcare, he also speaks nationally on health reform, government policy and politics, and volunteerism.

Dr. Frist holds an M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School, completed his surgical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a heart transplantation chief residency at Stanford. He majored in Health Policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs before earning a B.A. degree, with Honors from Princeton University in 1974.



Steven Schroeder, M.D.

Dr. Schroeder is Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also heads the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. Between 1990 and 2002 he was President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation where he guided its development of new programs including, substance abuse prevention and treatment, care at the end of life, and health insurance expansion for children.

Dr. Schroeder graduated with honors from Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, and trained in internal medicine at the Harvard Medical Service of Boston City Hospital and in epidemiology as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer (EIS) Officer of the CDC. He held faculty appointments at Harvard, George Washington, and UCSF. At both George Washington and UCSF he was the founding Medical Director of a university-sponsored HMO, and at UCSF he founded its division of general internal medicine.

He has published extensively in the fields of clinical medicine, health care financing and organization, prevention, public health, the work force, and tobacco control. He currently is a member of the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine, a director of the James Irvine Foundation, and the Robina Foundation, and Chair of the Health Care Services Board of the Institute of Medicine.  He formerly chaired the American Legacy Foundation, was a Council Member of the Institute of Medicine, an Overseer of Harvard, and President of the Harvard Medical Alumni Association. He has six honorary doctoral degrees and numerous awards.



JudyAnn Bigby. M.D.

JudyAnn Bigby, M.D., currently a Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, served as Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from January 2007 through January 2013. As the longest serving Secretary of Health and Human Services she was responsible for implementing many of the aspects of the 2006 Massachusetts health care reform law. Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Dr. Bigby served as the Director of Community Health Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and as the Director of the Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bigby is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Quality Forum. In 2011 President Obama appointed her as one of the inaugural members of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health of the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council. Dr. Bigby holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MD from Harvard Medical School as well as honorary degrees from Lesley University, Pine Manor College, and the New England College of Law.


Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Dr. Troyen A. Brennan is Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of CVS Caremark, the nation’s largest pharmacy health care company.  In this role, he oversees the company’s MinuteClinic, Accordant Health Care, clinical and medical affairs, and health care strategy.  Prior to joining CVS Caremark, Dr. Brennan was Chief Medical Officer of the insurer Aetna Inc. where he was responsible for clinical operations, national quality management, disease management and other programs. From 2000 to 2005, Dr. Brennan served as President and CEO of Brigham and Women’s Physician’s Organization and also previously served that hospital as Director of Quality Measurement and Improvement. .  He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In his academic work, he was Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Professor of Law and Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health.  Dr. Brennan received his M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Yale Medical School and his J.D. degree from Yale Law School and a Masters Degree from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Suzanne Delbanco, Ph.D.

Suzanne F. Delbanco is Executive Director of Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR), an independent, non-profit corporation working on behalf of large health care purchasers to catalyze improvements to how we pay for health services and to promote better and higher value care in the U.S.  CPR is housed at the Pacific Business Group on Health.  In addition to her duties at CPR, Suzanne is on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Coordinating Committee of the Measures Application Partnership for HHS.  She serves on the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s (HFMA) Healthcare Leadership Council and on the boards of the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, the Anvita Health Advisory Council, and participates in the Healthcare Executives Leadership Network.  Previously, Suzanne was the founding CEO of The Leapfrog Group, a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage working toward improvements in healthcare safety, quality and affordability.  Suzanne holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy and a M.P.H. from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.


Thomas Gallagher, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Dr. Thomas H. Gallagher, is a general internist who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington.

Dr. Gallagher received his medical degree from Harvard University, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Barnes Hospital, Washington University, St. Louis, and completed a fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Gallagher is an active member of many professional organizations, including the American College of Physicians (Fellow) and the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities.  He was recently elected to the Council for the Society of General Internal Medicine.

His research addresses the interfaces between healthcare quality, patient-doctor communication, and transparency. Dr. Gallagher has published over 65 articles and book chapters on patient safety and error disclosure, which have appeared in leading journals including JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, Surgery, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Archives of Internal Medicine, Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, and the Joint Commission Journal.


Jerry Kennett, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Dr. Jerry Kennett is currently in the active practice of cardiology as the Senior Partner of Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists and also serves in the role of Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer for Boone Hospital Center.  He spent five years in post graduate training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Missouri Health Sciences Center. Dr. Kennett is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Interventional Cardiology.

Dr. Kennett served five years as a member of the Board of Trustees for the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and continues to serve key roles on multiple committees for the ACC including being Chairman of the ACC Delegation to the American Medical Association and Chairman of the ACC Advocacy Committee where he has led his colleagues in local and national efforts to address the changing demands of health care reform, formulating health policy and facilitating structural reform. Dr. Kennett is Past-President of the Missouri State Medical Association and currently a member of the American Medical Association’s Council on Legislation. Dr. Kennett earned his undergraduate degree from Westminster and his medical degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He has received honors and awards including Internist of the year from the Missouri Chapter of the American College of Physicians, Alumni Service Award from the University of Missouri, School of Medicine and an Honorary Doctorate of Arts degree from Westminster College.


Richard Kravitz, M.D., M.S.P.H.

Dr. Richard L. Kravitz is Professor and Co-Vice Chair for Research, Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis. His primary research interests include patients as agents for quality, the causes and consequences of physician behavior, and improving care for mental health conditions in primary care settings. Over 20 years ago, he and his Medical Outcome Study co-authors reported on the relationship between patient mix, utilization of health care services, physician specialty and system of care. He has since examined patients’ expectations for care, how physicians respond to patients’ requests for services, and how direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs influences physician decision making in depression. Another recurrent theme is understanding and accounting for heterogeneity of treatment effects in research and practice. He’s currently working on a project evaluating targeted and tailored messaging to enhance care seeking for depression in general medical practices. Two of his many publications have received national research awards (Article of the Year from Academy Health and Best Research Paper for the Year from SGIM).

Since 2009, he has served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of General Internal Medicine. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Academy Health, Dr. Kravitz is a graduate of Stanford University and UCSF School of Medicine. He completed additional clinical and research training at UCLA, where he served on faculty until his 1993 arrival at UC Davis.


Lisa Latts, M.D., M.S.P.H., M.B.A., F.A.C.P.

Dr. Lisa Latts is the Vice President of Public Health Policy for WellPoint, Inc. headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.  In her position, she is responsible for directing WellPoint’s public health strategy.  This includes initiatives to measure and improve WellPoint’s innovative Member and State Health Index programs, development and implementation of WellPoint’s public health initiatives, promotion of health equity programs, patient safety initiatives, and WellPoint’s Strategic Alliances.  She also works closely with WellPoint’s Public Policy associates to inform WellPoint’s positions and response to health reform legislation.  Dr. Latts was appointed to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) National Advisory Council and is on the Committee for Performance Measurement and the Standards Committee for NCQA. She also serves on the End Stage Renal Disease Measurement Panel for the National Quality Forum.

Dr. Latts lives in Denver, Colorado, where she practices part-time as an internist in the University of Colorado Hospital specializing in medical complications of pregnancy. She received her M.D. from the University of Minnesota, and completed a General Internal Medicine Fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center including a Masters of Science in Public Health, where her research focused on smoking cessation in pregnant women.  She received her M.B.A. from the University of Colorado Executive Program.  In addition to her position at WellPoint, Dr. Latts is Past-President of the Center for Personalized Education for Physicians, and on the executive board of Colorado’s Healthy Women, Healthy Babies initiative.


Kavita Patel, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Kavita Patel is a Fellow in the Economic Studies Program and Managing Director for Clinical Transformation and Delivery at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution.

Previously, Dr. Patel served as Director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation, where she provided strategic vision for all health-related policy research and analysis, educational outreach, and communication activities. Before her work at the New America Foundation, Dr. Patel served in the Obama Administration as Director of Policy for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement in the White House. As a senior aide to Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s senior advisor, Dr. Patel played a critical role in policy development and evaluation of policy initiatives connected to health reform, financial regulatory reform, and economic recovery issues.

Dr. Patel also has a deep understanding of Capitol Hill from her time spent on the late Senator Edward Kennedy’s staff. As Deputy Staff Director on Health, she served as a policy analyst and trusted aide to the Senator and was part of the senior staff of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee under Sen. Kennedy’s leadership. She also has an extensive research and clinical background, having worked as a researcher at the RAND Corporation and as a practicing physician in both California and Oregon. She is a previous Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, and while at Brookings, she will return to providing clinical care as an internal medicine practitioner. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center, and her masters in public health from the University of California Los Angeles.


Meredith Rosenthal, Ph.D.

Dr. Rosenthal is Professor of Health Economics and Policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.  Her research examines the design and impact of market-oriented health policy mechanisms, with a particular focus on the use of financial incentives to alter consumer and provider behavior.

Dr. Rosenthal’s work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, and numerous other peer-reviewed journals.  Based on her work, Dr. Rosenthal has been called to testify before the U.S. Congress and the California and Massachusetts legislatures.  In 2006, Dr. Rosenthal was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Fellowship in recognition of her field-based research on physician incentives.  Dr. Rosenthal is member of the Massachusetts Public Health Council, which promulgates regulations and advises the Commissioner of Public Health on policy matters.

Dr. Rosenthal received her Ph.D. in health policy at Harvard University in 1998.


Michael Wagner, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Dr. Michael Wagner is the Chief Medical Officer for Tufts Medical Center and Chief of the Division of Internal Medicine and Adult Primary Care. In this role he oversees all quality and safety initiatives for the medical center and currently is focused on re-organizing the primary care practice to become a patient-centered medical home and implementing projects aimed at integrating clinical services across the physician-hospital network.  Dr. Wagner is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at Tufts Medical Center.  Over the past twenty years Dr. Wagner has held various clinical and administrative posts including residency training program director at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester NY, Chief of General Medicine and Vice President for Ambulatory Operations at Tufts-New England Medical Center, and he recently served as the CEO for EmCare Inpatient Services, a national hospitalist physician practice management company in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Wagner has also worked clinically as a hospitalist at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Lawrence Memorial in Medford and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose Massachusetts.  He has also worked in several academic and community hospitals in upstate New York.  Dr. Wagner is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH.


Steven Weinberger, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Dr. Steven Weinberger became Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Physicians (ACP) in July 2010. Previously, Dr. Weinberger served as Deputy Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President for Medical Education and Publishing of the College. An internist and pulmonologist, Dr. Weinberger is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Weinberger authored a popular textbook, Principles of Pulmonary Medicine, now in its fifth edition and available in several languages. He served on the editorial board of The New England Journal of Medicine from 1992 to 2000, and, prior to joining ACP, was Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Editor-in-Chief for UpToDate.

Dr. Weinberger has been a Fellow (FACP) of ACP since 1988. He is the recipient of numerous Harvard Medical School teaching awards. In 2001, he received the Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award from Alpha Omega Alpha and the Association of American Medical Colleges, and in 2008 he received the Clinical Educator Award from the American Thoracic Society Clinical Problems Assembly.

Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, Esq.

Ms. Whitcomb Slemmer is the Executive Director of Health Care For All, a non-profit organization that seeks to create a consumer-centered health care system that provides comprehensive, affordable, accessible, culturally competent, high quality care and consumer education for everyone, especially the most vulnerable.

Prior to joining Health Care For All, Ms. Whitcomb Slemmer was the executive officer of American Red Cross Biomedical Services in Washington, D.C., which is responsible for providing more than half of the nation’s blood supply. Ms. Whitcomb Slemmer has also served as executive director of DC Vote, an educational and advocacy organization in the District of Columbia, and as legislative counsel for the National Association of People with AIDS, where she garnered bi-partisan support to increase funding for HIV/AIDS research. As founder and president of Slemmer & Associates Grassroots Advocacy, she advised and guided small- to medium-sized health care organizations through the federal legislative process. Ms. Whitcomb Slemmer also served as director of public education for the Health Care Reform Project and began her career as a member of Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s health care policy staff.

Ms. Whitcomb Slemmer earned a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. She graduated with honors from Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Ms. Whitcomb Slemmer serves on the Board of Directors for Community Catalyst, Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, Health Law Advocates, Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, the Massachusetts Region of the American Red Cross and The National Episcopal AIDS Coalition. In 2011 Governor Deval Patrick appointed her as a member of the Massachusetts Statewide Advisory Committee on a Standard Quality Measure Set.