member on Senator Edward Kennedy’s Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research. He was the founding Chairman of AcademyHealth and served previously on the boards of the University of Chicago Health System and of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. He is recipient of the Distinguished Investigator Award from AcademyHealth, and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Rush University.
Alice Bonner, Ph.D., R.N., FAANP, has been a gerontological nurse practitioner for the past 20 years. From 1997 to 2005 she was the Clinical Director of Long Term Care and Geriatrics at the Fallon Clinic in Worcester, Massachusetts. From 2005 to 2009, Dr. Bonner was Executive Director at the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation, an organization that works to improve the lives of older adults and persons with disabilities through research, education, and quality improvement. She is also an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Nursing, University of Massachusetts in Worcester, MA. Dr. Bonner is currently the Director of the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality at the Department of Public Health in Boston, MA. Her research interests include patient safety culture in healthcare organizations, safe medication prescribing and management, and improving care transitions across settings.
Kathy Buto, M.P.A., is Vice President for Health Policy, Government Affairs, at Johnson & Johnson (J&J). She has responsibility for providing policy analysis and developing positions on a wide range of issues, including the Medicare drug benefit, government reimbursement, coverage of new technologies, and regulatory requirements. In addition to reviewing how federal, state, and international government policies affect J&J products and customers, she is responsible for helping to identify areas of opportunity for J&J to take leadership in shaping healthcare policy. Prior to joining J&J, Ms. Buto was a Senior Health Adviser at the Congressional Budget Office, helping to develop the cost models for the Medicare drug benefit. Before that, she spent more than 18 years in senior positions at the Health Care Financing Administration, including Deputy Director, Center for Health Plans and Providers, and Associate Administrator for Policy. In these positions, she headed the policy, reimbursement, research, and coverage functions for the agency, as well as managing Medicare’s fee-for-service and managed care operations. Ms. Buto received her B.A. from Douglass College and her M.P.A. from Harvard University.
Michael E. Chernew, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chernew’s research activities have focused on several areas including the causes and consequences of growth in healthcare expenditures. Ongoing work explores geographic variation in