Children’s Hospital Boston. He received his master’s degree in Health Policy at the London School of Economics, and additionally completed training in epidemiology and biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Peru and a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and he has worked as a technical officer at the World Health Organization.
Daniel B. Wolfson is Executive Vice President and COO of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, where he leads the Choosing Wisely campaign, a multiyear effort to promote conversations between physicians and patients about utilizing the most appropriate tests and treatments and avoiding care that may be unnecessary by identifying five tests or procedures commonly used in their field, whose necessity should be questioned and discussed. Previously, Mr. Wolfson served for nearly two decades as the founding president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (formerly The HMO Group), the nation’s leading association of not-for-profit and provider-sponsored health plans. During his tenure, Mr. Wolfson earned national recognition for spearheading the development of the Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS™), convening the RxHealthValue coalition to provide independent information on the pharmaceutical industry, and co-sponsoring with the American College of Physicians the journal Effective Clinical Practice. Previously, Mr. Wolfson was the Director of Planning and Research at the Fallon Community Health Plan. During that time, he led the product development team that launched the nation’s first Medicare risk contract with the Health Care Financing Administration. Mr. Wolfson received his master’s degree in Health Sciences Administration from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. Prior to graduate school, Mr. Wolfson worked in the Social Services Department of Massachusetts General Hospital, counseling and discharge planning for spinal cord patients, amputees, and stroke patients.
Kelly Young received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at George Mason University. In 2006, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), after years of periodic symptoms. She has worked for 4 years to provide ways for patients to be better informed and have a greater voice in their health care. In 2011, she received the WebMD National Health Hero award. Through her writing, speaking, and use of social media, she has built a more accurate awareness of RA geared toward the public and medical community; created ways to empower RA patients to advocate for improved diagnosis and treatment; and brought recognition and visibility to the RA patient journey. In 2009, Ms. Young created RAwarrior.com, a comprehensive website about RA of about 700 pages and the hub of one of the largest and most vibrant patient communities online. She also writes periodically for other newsletters and websites. Ms. Young is the founding president of the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation, the first nonprofit that exists solely to improve the lives of rheumatoid patients. Ms. Young serves on the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media Advisory Board. She has participated as a patient advocate with the Food and Drug Administration, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and other organizations. There are more than 20,000 connections on her highly interactive Facebook page. She created and moderates the weekly Twitter chat on rheumatology topics, which can be followed with the hashtag she created: #rheum, used by large numbers of patients and caregivers as well as medical and industry professionals to communicate about rheumatology topics.