John Auerbach, M.B.A., is the President and CEO of the Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. He was formerly the Associate Director for Policy and the Acting Director of the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As such, he managed CDC’s Policy Office and oversaw key activities and technical assistance that supported the nation’s health departments. Prior to his appointment at CDC, he was a Distinguished Professor of Practice in Health Sciences and the Director of the Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice at Northeastern University from 2012 to 2014. He was the Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2012. Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Auerbach had been the Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission for 9 years.
Andrew Baskin, M.D., is Aetna’s Vice President and National Medical Director for Quality. He works on initiatives to measure and improve quality of care, the provision of evidence-based care, quality measurement implementation and public reporting, health plan accreditation, and the establishment of performance based networks. Additionally, Dr. Baskin partners with others to help establish programs which create incentives for more effective and efficient care, influence and assure compliance with health care reform regulations, develop products to improve affordability and quality of care, and promote payment reform. Prior to this role, Dr. Baskin served
in various medical director roles at Aetna, gaining experience and expertise in clinical and coverage policy development, clinical appeals, benefit and plan design, establishing coding and reimbursement policy, disease management program operations, and provider relations. Prior to joining Aetna in 1998, he practiced as a primary care Internal Medicine/Geriatrics physician in the Philadelphia suburbs. He is a member of the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA’s) Committee on Performance Measurement, NCQA’s Standards Committee, and a former two-term member of the National Quality Forum Consensus Standards Approval Committee.
Angela Brice-Smith, M.P.A., B.S.N., is Regional Administrator for the Atlanta & Dallas Regional Offices of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). She also serves as Deputy Consortium Administrator, Consortium for Quality Improvement and Survey & Certification Operations, at CMS. Ms. Brice-Smith has enjoyed more than 20 years of public service, and she is passionate about ensuring that beneficiaries, whether through the Medicare, Medicaid or Marketplace programs, get the finest and full value of the covered services needed for their conditions. Ms. Brice-Smith currently leads the Atlanta & Dallas Regional Offices’ External Affair teams for outreach and information sharing with health care stakeholders, partners, providers, beneficiaries, and consumers. This activity has been critical in communicating key points on Medicare and Marketplace primarily, but also for the variety of special initiatives like efforts to address rural health, disparate health, engagement of more ethnic communities, or communications on Agency shifts in mission, for example shift to paying for quality health care rather than incentivizes toward payment of volume. Ms. Brice-Smith also provides management guidance and direction on survey activities involving health and safety concerns. Ms. Brice-Smith has worked in fee-for-service Medicare, Medicare managed care operations, and Medicare program integrity as lead and manager of areas related to Part A & B medical review, program oversight of Part B & Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) areas. She also served as the Deputy Director of Survey & Certification with notoriety in implementing user fees, initiating transplant, home health, hospice provisions, and inaugural systems. In the Medicaid arena, Ms. Brice-Smith was the Director of the Medicaid Integrity Group within the Center for Program Integrity. While there, she expanded the audit program and educational initiatives through collaborative efforts with states in several high fiscal risk, error-prone areas, and advanced efforts to reduce improper payments. She also led implementation of several provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act involving payment suspension, use of Recovery Audit Contractors, as examples. Prior to joining CMS management, her non-management roles as a CMS health insurance specialist included be-
ing the subject-matter expert on marketing and regulatory requirements of managed care organizations. She worked as an analyst of Peer Review Organizations, when the agency first shifted to regional home health intermediaries for medical review of home health services. She worked in CMS’s Office of the Actuary, manning the helpline for researcher inquiries, and provided analytical support to quasi review health care boards supporting CMS. Because Ms. Brice-Smith joined CMS (then the Health Care Financing Administration) as a Presidential Management Intern, she initiated rotations at the Business Group on Health, examining corporate health care issues; and in the Government Accountability Organization, as a researcher of the adequacy of the Public Health Service’s budget in fighting acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Prior to, and during her earlier years in CMS, Ms. Brice-Smith concurrently worked as a registered nurse. She worked in tertiary hospital Intensive Care Units, Emergency Departments, and even as a risk management/quality assurance coordinator in a Medicaid health maintenance organization. Once she joined CMS’s management ranks, she left bedside nursing care. Ms. Brice-Smith received her Master’s in Public Administration with focus in public finance, from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Eileen Bulger, M.D., FACS, received her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from Cornell University. She then completed her surgical residency and fellowship in trauma and critical care at the University of Washington. She joined the faculty at the University of Washington in 2000 where she is now a Professor of Surgery and the Chief of Trauma at Harborview Medical Center the sole Level 1 trauma center for adults and pediatrics in Washington State. She has served as co–principal investigator for trauma with the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium and PI of the Seattle Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network center. Her current research interests include resuscitation strategies for hemorrhagic shock, trauma system development and the prehospital triage of injured patients, the biomechanics of injury after motor vehicle crashes, modulation of the inflammatory response after injury, and necrotizing soft tissue infections. Her research has generated more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. She has been an active member of the National Disaster Medical System Trauma Critical Care Team-West since its inception in 2003. She has also served in several leadership roles in the Washington State trauma system including Chair of the State Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Steering committee, 2010–2015 and is a current member of the Washington State Disaster Medical Advisory Committee. She currently serves as the secretary/treasurer for the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the Chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.
Helen Burstin, M.D., M.P.H., FACP (Co-Chair), is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS). CMSS and its 43-member societies represent 790,000 U.S. physician members. CMSS member societies collaborate to enhance the quality of care delivered in the U.S. health care system and to improve the health of the public. Dr. Burstin formerly served as Chief Scientific Officer of the National Quality Forum (NQF), a not-for-profit membership organization that works to catalyze health care improvement through quality measurement and reporting. In her role, she was responsible for advancing the science of quality measurement and improvement. She is widely recognized for her work in patient-reported outcomes, risk adjustment, disparities, and patient safety. Prior to joining NQF, Dr. Burstin was the Director of the Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). She led the development of the first National Healthcare Disparities Report and the use of practice-based research networks. Prior to joining AHRQ, Dr. Burstin was Director of Quality Measurement at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She chaired the Quality Measures Workgroup of the Health IT Policy Committee. She was selected as a Baldrige Executive Fellow in 2016. Dr. Burstin is the author of more than 90 articles and book chapters on quality, safety, and disparities. Dr. Burstin is a graduate of the State University of New York at Upstate College of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. She spent 1 year in Washington, DC, as National President of the American Medical Student Association. Dr. Burstin completed a residency in primary care internal medicine at Boston City Hospital. After residency, she completed fellowship training in General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University School of Public Health and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at George Washington University where she serves as a preceptor in internal medicine. She was awarded the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Voluntary Attending Award from the George Washington School of Medicine.
Alex Camacho-Vásconez, M.D., currently serves as Regional Advisor on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Health Emergencies Department of the Pan American Health Organization based in Washington, DC. Dr. Camacho-Vásconez has more than 20 years of combined national and international experience in disaster risk reduction programs, including specific knowledge relating to the management and development of emergency medical services, pre-hospital care and management of complex emergencies and disasters at the national and interna-
tional levels. He has been directly involved in the design of national and regional public policies for inclusive risk reduction and emergency medical services; the implementation of the strategy for Safe Hospitals in Ecuador’s main public hospital; and leading the Ecuadorian Red Cross projects for humanitarian assistance during the eruption of Tungurahua Volcano, the heath sector response to AH1N1 pandemic influenza in Ecuador, and the Ecuadorian International Medical Team during the 2010 earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. He satisfactorily coordinated the implementation of Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction project as National Secretary (Minister) of Disabilities of Ecuador. Dr. Camacho-Vásconez is a Medical Surgeon, holds a master degree in Health Management for Local Development and has completed additional studies related to health policies with scope on disasters. In the academic field, Dr. Camacho-Vásconez has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in several Ecuadorian universities.
Scott Cormier serves as Vice President, Emergency Management, EC, and Safety, for Medxcel Facilities Management, a part of Ascension Healthcare. In this capacity, he oversees Emergency Management, Environment of Care, and Safety for the largest nonprofit health system in the United States. Mr. Cormier has led large system response to many disasters, and has published articles on hospital preparedness, emergency medical services, and influenza patient safety. Mr. Cormier is a past co-chair of the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council, a part of the federal critical infrastructure program, and currently serves as a past officer advisor. He also chairs the subcommittee for health care active shooter planning and response. He has more than 38 years of emergency management, public safety, and military experience.
Karen DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., is a physician whose career has been dedicated to improving the health of all people, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations, through patient care, education, policy and administrative roles, research, and public service. She is currently Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. Dr. DeSalvo served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health and also the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama administration. She was previously New Orleans Health Commissioner and Vice Dean for Community Affairs and Health Policy at Tulane School of Medicine.
Harold Engle, M.B.A., R.N., CCRN-K, currently services as the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Healthcare Operations Executive at the First Texas Cypress Fairbanks Hospital, a position he assumed in July 2016. As
CNO, Mr. Engle is among the leadership for a 50-bed inpatient hospital start-up in the Houston area, and he is an Emergency Preparedness leader for the hospital (he helped with the successful implementation of incident command during Hurricane Harvey). His supervision includes additional 29 satellite emergency rooms with a regional supervisory team. He performs the general functions of a CNO leading clinical program, and has developed the hospital’s strategic growth plan in conjunction with the chief executive officer. Mr. Engle has developed new lines of service to increase revenues and managed expenses including but not limited to overtime control, nursing care hours per patient day, contracted services, and supplies. He has also utilized Studer® principles for customer experience and engagement and retention of staff. Mr. Engle supervises all nursing departments, laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, case management/social services, and surgery. Prior to his current role, Mr. Engle served in numerous related positions, including as a Neuro/cardiovascular Service Line Leader at King-wood Medical Center; an Administrative Director of Emergency Services/Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Memorial Hermann Memorial City; and a Director of Emergency Department/ICU/Cardiopulmonary/Therapy/Dialysis at St. Luke’s Hospital at the Vintage. Since 2010, Mr. Engle has served as an associate faculty member at Ashford University. Mr. Engle received his Master’s in Business Administration from Ashford University in 2009, his bachelor of sciences degree in nursing from Louisiana State University Medical Center School of Nursing in 1997, and his bachelor of sciences in microbiology from Louisiana State University A&M in 1993.
Erin Erb, M.H.S.A., R.H.I.A., C.P.H.Q., is the Division Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety at the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) Gulf Coast Division. Ms. Erb is responsible for the overall clinical quality, patient outcomes, patient safety initiatives and emergency preparedness activities. Prior to joining the Gulf Coast Division Ms. Erb served in a various quality leadership roles at health systems in Nebraska and Kansas. Ms. Erb has overseen the implementation of high reliability organization principles, process improvement methodologies and has successfully overseen triennial accreditations and disease specific care certifications. Additionally, Ms. Erb has helped to drive significant improvement in patient facing metrics; decreased mortality, complications and hospital acquired infections. In August 2017, Ms. Erb and her colleagues at HCA provided incident command, response and recovery coordination to 19 hospitals in the Houston and Corpus Christi markets during Hurricane Harvey. Ms. Erb holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Health Information Management and a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She is certified through the American Health Information Association as a Registered Health Information Administrator,
and a Certified Professional of Healthcare Quality by the National Association of Healthcare Quality.
David M. Frankford, J.D., is Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School; Professor at the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research in New Brunswick; and Faculty Director at Camden of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. He has been a long-time editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, having served as book review and associate editor, the editor of “Behind the Jargon,” a Special Section, and now a member of the Board of Editors. Professor Frankford’s writings have focused on the interactions between health services research, health care politics and policy, and the institutions of professions and professionalism. His works include studies of state rate setting, hospital reimbursement, the regulation of fee splitting, the debates concerning privatization and national health insurance, the ideology of professionalism, the role of professionalism in medical education, the role of scientism and economism in health policy, issues of insurance coverage, and numerous other issues in health care financing. With Sara Rosenbaum, he is the author of the second edition of Law and the American Health Care System. He has been involved in many grants to the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, offering analysis on such topics as state pharmacy assistance programs and hospital responses to mandatory medical error reporting. He also has participated in bioethics projects at The Hastings Center and the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently his primary research interests concern the reconstitution of professionalism as the normative integration of professions and community, and the comparison of secular and religious bioethics regarding such issues as the new genetics.
Sean M. Griffin, M.A., is currently the Senior Manager for Policy and Coordination at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and was previous Director for Incident Management Integration Policy at the White House National Security Council for President Obama and President Trump. At the White House, Mr. Griffin led the Executive Office of the President and interagency policy coordination for major disasters and incidents, including response and recovery to the 2016 Louisiana flood and Hurricane Matthew. Mr. Griffin led the effort to secure millions of dollars in Community Development Block Grant–Disaster Relief funds from Congress to aid the State of Louisiana following the historic flooding in 2016. Mr. Griffin is published on the whitehouse.gov blog where he provided valuable information to update American citizens on disaster response efforts, individual preparedness, and how to apply for Federal assistance as well as contribute to recovery efforts through donations and volunteering. Mr. Griffin chaired the Exercise and Evaluation Interagency Policy Com-
mittee leading to advancements in the National Exercise Program (NEP), leading the Senior Official Exercise Program, and directing the Presidential Transition Exercise Series to prepare the incoming Trump Administration Senior White House staff and Cabinet officials to respond to natural disasters, cyber incidents, infectious diseases, and terrorism. Mr. Griffin also led the revision to the NEP Base Plan, the policy that governs the NEP. Within the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability at the Department of Energy (DOE), Mr. Griffin managed the DOE state energy assurance and exercise programs as well as solving critical policy and preparedness issues for energy sector resiliency and response as a member of industry-led and White House committees. Mr. Griffin directed and facilitated DOE’s largest ever energy disaster exercise series, Clear Path, examining energy sector and cross-sector disaster response and recovery. Mr. Griffin was instrumental in coordinating power restoration efforts during the 2017 hurricane season for Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mr. Griffin also led emergency management, training, and exercise programs at the Department of State, Defense Logistics Agency, and the National Institutes of Health. Mr. Griffin is also an active-duty veteran of the U.S. Navy and Naval Nuclear Power Program. Mr. Griffin volunteered his time to Chair the Federal Sector Emergency Managers Caucus for the International Association of Emergency Managers and is a leading member of the Private Sector Committee for the National Emergency Management Association. Mr. Griffin holds a Bachelor’s in Nuclear Engineering Technology and completed a Master’s in Emergency Management.
John D. Halamka, M.D., M.S., is Chief Information Officer of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chief Information Officer and Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the New England Health Electronic Data Interchange Network, chief executive officer of MA-SHARE (the Regional Health Information Organization), Chair of the U.S. Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), and a practicing Emergency Physician. Dr. Halamka completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University where he received a degree in Medical Microbiology and a degree in Public Policy with a focus on technology issues. While at Stanford he served as research assistant to Dr. Edward Teller, Dr. Milton Friedman, and presidential candidate John B. Anderson. He authored three books on technology related issues and formed a software development firm, Ibis Research Labs, Inc. Additionally, he served as a columnist for Infoworld, technical editor of Computer Language Magazine and technology consultant to several startup companies. In 1984, Dr. Halamka entered medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, and simultaneously pursued graduate work in Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on technology issues in medicine. During
medical school and graduate training, he continued his business activities and developed Ibis Research Labs into a 25 person software consultancy, specializing in medical and financial information interchange. Ibis was sold to senior management in 1992. Dr. Halamka served his residency at Harbor-University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Medical Center in the Department of Emergency Medicine. While at Harbor-UCLA he was an active member of the information systems team and developed a hospital-wide knowledge base for policies, procedures, and protocols. Furthermore, he was instrumental in creating an online medical record, a quality control system, and several systems for medical education. His research focus during residency was building automated triage tools for patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus. In 1996, Dr. Halamka joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and continues to integrate his knowledge of medicine and technology focusing on the use of the Internet to exchange clinical patient data. His research includes security/confidentiality issues, scalability issues, and implementation of standards for exchange of administrative and clinical information. As a clinician as well as researcher, Dr. Halamka uses these tools to improve the care of the patients he treats in the Beth Israel Deaconess Emergency Department. He is also an active teacher, lecturing on both medical and technology topics to the students, residents, and faculty of Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As Chief Information Officer at Beth Israel Deaconess, he is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic information technology serving 3,000 doctors, 12,000 employees, and 1 million patients. As Chief Information Officer and Dean for Technology at Harvard Medical School, he oversees all educational, research and administrative computing for 18,000 faculty and 3,000 students. As Chairman of NEHEN he oversees the administrative data exchange among the payers and providers in Massachusetts. As Chief Exchange Officer of MA-SHARE he oversees the Regional Healthcare Information Organization, which develops clinical data exchange efforts in Massachusetts. As Chair of HITSP he coordinates the process of electronic standards harmonization among stakeholders nationwide.
Kevin Hanretta, M.S., currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations, Security, and Preparedness at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a position he assumed in January 2017. He facilitates and integrates the VA’s comprehensive emergency management “all-hazards” program as the VA’s Acting Continuity Coordinator, directs personnel security programs, and law enforcement programs to ensure the Department can continue to perform mission essential functions under all circumstances across the threat spectrum. He has responsibility for the VA’s 24/7 Integrated Operations Center, Continuity of Operations sites, and serves as the VA’s Federal Senior Intelligence Coordinator. Before coming
to the VA, Colonel Hanretta retired from the U.S. Army in 1999 with 30 years of service. He served as the Chief of Staff, Department of Defense 50th Anniversary of World War II Commemorations Committee. Colonel Hanretta served as a Ranger Advisor in Vietnam; with the 1st Ranger Battalion at Ft. Stewart, Georgia; commanded Headquarters Battery and B Battery, 319th Field Artillery in the 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; activated and commanded the 37th Field Artillery Battalion in the 25th Infantry Division (Light), Hawaii; and served as Senior Aide to the Secretary of the Army. In 2004 he was detailed to the Department of Defense Iraq Transition Team in Baghdad and earned the Secretary for Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service. In 2010, Colonel Hanretta received the Presidential Rank Award for meritorious exceptional career accomplishments and commitment to public service. Other positions he has held at the VA include Assistant Secretary, Office for Operations, Security, and Preparedness (2013–2017); Deputy Assistant Secretary for Emergency Management (2001–2006); and Deputy Chief of Staff (1999–2001). Colonel Hanretta received his Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Siena College (1968)—where he also participated in U.S. Army Ranger Airborne, Pathfinder, and Air Assault Schools—and his Master of Science degree in logistics management from the Florida Institute of Techonology (1981). He also attended the Army War College (1990) and Leadership VA (2003). Most recently, Colonel Hanretta attended the Federal Executive Institute (2005, “Leadership in a Democratic Society”), the VA Senior Executive Strategic Leadership Course at the University of North Carolina (2010), and Federal Senior Intelligence Coordinator—Integrating the Intelligence Community (2015).
Melissa Harvey, M.S.P.H., R.N., is the Director of the Division of National Healthcare Preparedness Programs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, she is responsible for developing and advancing the implementation of policies and capabilities that aim to improve the nation’s overall health care preparedness, including the Hospital Preparedness Program Cooperative Agreement. Recently, Ms. Harvey led ASPR’s domestic health care system response to Ebola, including the development of a new regional and tiered strategy for the nation’s health care facilities. She previously served as the Special Assistant to the ASPR, advising and supporting the Assistant Secretary on policy development, program implementation, and disaster response operations to ensure that the Office met its public health emergency preparedness and response mission. Ms. Harvey has also served as a Global Health Analyst, preparing assessments of foreign governments’ capabilities to detect and respond to emerging infectious diseases, terrorism, and natural disasters. Prior to her work in
the U.S. government, Ms. Harvey was the Program Manager of Emergency Management for the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New York, where she was responsible for all-hazards planning and response operations for the nation’s second largest, nonprofit, secular health care system. She was also an emergency medical technician for the Health System’s New York City 911 and inter-facility EMS divisions. Ms. Harvey attended Boston College, George Mason University, and Harvard University. She is a registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Brent James, M.D., M.S., is known internationally for his work in clinical quality improvement, patient safety, and the infrastructure that underlies successful improvement efforts, such as culture change, data systems, payment methods, and management roles. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and participated in many of that organization’s seminal works on quality and patient safety. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives. He holds faculty appointments at several universities: Clinical Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine (Medicine); Visiting Lecturer, Harvard School of Public Health (Health Policy and Management); Adjunct Professor, University of Utah David Eccles School of Business; and Adjunct Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine (Family Medicine; Biomedical Informatics). He is presently a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Boston, Massachusetts; a Senior Advisor at the Leavitt Group, Salt Lake City, Utah; and a Senior Advisor at Health Catalyst, Salt Lake City, Utah. He was formerly Chief Quality Officer and Executive Director at the Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research at Intermountain Healthcare, based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Through the Intermountain Advanced Training Program in Clinical Practice Improvement (ATP), he has personally trained more than 5,000 senior physician, nursing, and administrative executives, drawn from around the world, in clinical management methods, with proven improvement results (and leading to more than 50 “sister” training programs in more than 10 countries). He has been honored with a series of awards for quality in health care delivery, including: Distinguished Alumnus, University of Utah, 2015; Deming Cup–Columbia University School of Business, 2011; C. Jackson Grayson Medal, Distinguished Quality Pioneer–American Quality and Productivity Center, 2010; Joint Commission Ernest A. Codman Award, 2006; Health Research & Educational Trust TRUST Award, 2005; National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Quality Award, 2005; and American College of Medical Quality Founders’ Award, 1999. For 8 of the first 9 years it existed, he was named among Modern Physician’s “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare.” He was named among the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare” (Modern Healthcare) for 5 consecutive years, and was among Modern Healthcare’s
“25 Top Clinical Informaticists.” Before coming to Utah in 1986, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health, providing statistical support for the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and Cancer & Leukemia, Group B (CALG); and staffed the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science (Electrical Engineering) and Medical Biology; a Master of Statistics degree; and an M.D. (with residency training in general surgery and oncology). He serves on several nonprofit boards of trustees dedicated to clinical improvement and patient safety.
James Jeng, M.D., is a professor of surgery in the Mount Sinai Healthcare System (New York City) and serves as the Chairman of the Disaster Subcommittee, Committee on the Organization and Delivery of Burn Care, American Burn Association. Dr. Jeng has provided state of the art burn care for both run of the mill and extreme injuries in a three-state area of 7 million inhabitants (catchment area abutted burn centers at Johns Hopkins, Medical College of Virginia, and University of Pittsburg). For two decades, he has taught surgical trainees from Georgetown University, George Washington University, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy, and Howard University; teaching areas include trauma, acute care surgery, surgical critical care, burn care, and bench and translational research. Dr. Jeng became a recognized leader in the American burn community over two decades of working in diverse areas, including burn shock, end-points of burn shock resuscitation, laser applications in burn care, laser Doppler velocimetry and microvascular analysis, the National Burn Repository and data mining, data standards for burn care software, contingency planning for mass burn casualties, interface between the burn care community, the American Burn Association, key components of the federal government, nationwide situational awareness of burn care assets, uniform practice guidelines in burn care, and burn care under austere conditions. Internationally, Dr. Jeng is currently leading burn community efforts in burn disaster preparedness. In the role of International Society for Burn Injuries committee chairman, he helped launch a six-pronged methodology with deliverables aimed at 2016: (1) codify and diffuse knowledge on burn shock resuscitation using only oral fluids, (2) catalogue and diffuse knowledge of all known possible topical therapies for burn injuries, (3) systematically study and report on the phenomena/incidence of burn mass casualties around the globe so as to understand the extent of the problem, (4) continue efforts to bring further organization/connection between burn care providers and local governments, (5) catalogue, diffuse, and strengthen linkages between all NGOs with involvement in the worldwide burn care space, and (6) publish a multi-
author opinion piece in the journal to catalyze database development and data mining for burn injuries around the globe.
Robert Kadlec, M.D., M.S., is the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The ASPR serves as the HHS Secretary’s principal advisor on matters related to public health emergencies, including bioterrorism. The office leads the nation in preventing, responding to and recovering from the adverse health effects of manmade and naturally occurring disasters and public health emergencies. As such, the office coordinates interagency activities among HHS, other federal agencies, and state and local officials responsible for emergency preparedness and the protection of the civilian population from public health emergencies. Dr. Kadlec spent more than 20 years as a career officer and physician in the U.S. Air Force before retiring as a Colonel. Over the course of his career, he has held senior positions in the White House, the U.S. Senate, and the Department of Defense (DoD). Most recently, he served as the Deputy Staff Director to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Dr. Kadlec previously served as staff director for Senator Richard Burr’s subcommittee on bioterrorism and public health in the 109th Congress. In that capacity, he was instrumental in drafting the Pandemic and All-Hazard Preparedness Bill which was signed into law to improve the nation’s public health and medical preparedness and response capabilities for emergencies, whether deliberate, accidental, or natural. Dr. Kadlec also served at the White House from 2002 to 2005 as director for biodefense on the Homeland Security Council, where he was responsible for conducting the biodefense end-to-end assessment, which culminated in drafting the National Biodefense Policy for the 21st Century. He served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Biodefense Policy from 2007 to 2009. Earlier in his career, he served as the Special Advisor for Counter Proliferation Policy at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he assisted DoD efforts to counter chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) threats in the wake of 9/11 and contributed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation of the anthrax letter attacks. He began his career as a flight surgeon for the 16th Special Operations Wing and subsequently served as a surgeon for the 24th Special Tactics Squadron and as Special Assistant to J-2 for Chemical and Biological Warfare at the Joint Special Operations Command. He was named U.S. Air Force Flight Surgeon of the Year in 1986. Dr. Kadlec holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a doctorate of medicine and a master’s degree in tropical medicine and hygiene from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, as well as a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University.
Lewis Kaplan, M.D., FACS, FCCM, FCCP, is a general, trauma, and critical care surgeon at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (where he is an Associate Professor of Surgery) who serves as the Section Chief of Surgical Critical Care at the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received a B.A. in Biology with honors from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1980 and his medical degree from Rutgers Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey, in 1984. Dr. Kaplan completed his surgical residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania (MCP; 1988–1995) with 2 years spent in basic research into cardiac bioenergetics and ischemic preconditioning (1991–1993). Dr. Kaplan completed a Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (1996–1997) and then joined the faculty at MCP and Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he directed the surgical intensive care unit (ICU) and the Surgical Critical Care (SCC) fellowship. Seven years later he was recruited to Yale University to establish an Emergency General Surgery service for the Division of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care. Having done so he then resumed leadership in the Yale-New Haven Hospital ICU and the SCC and Acute Care Surgery fellowships. Eleven years after that, he was recruited back to Philadelphia into his current roles. Dr. Kaplan serves in several professional societies in leadership roles (Society of Critical Care Medicine, Surgical Infection Society), multiple editorial boards including the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Surgical Infections, and reviews for a host of others. Dr. Kaplan’s durable interest in Tactical Emergency Medical Services is underscored by his serving for years as a surgeon embedded in a regional special weapons and tactics team. Dr. Kaplan’s research interests span unmeasured ion impact in acid-base balance, acute kidney injury, surgical infection, and Tactical Emergency Medical Services.
Mitchell H. Katz, M.D., is currently President and Chief Executive Officer at New York City Health + Hospitals. Dr. Katz is a highly experienced public health care executive and physician with a track record of achieving measurable results throughout his career. Previously, Dr. Katz was the Director of the Los Angeles County Health Agency, an agency that combines the Departments of Health Services, Public Health, and Mental Health into a single entity so as to provide more integrated care and programming within Los Angeles. The Agency has a $7 billion budget, 28,000 employees, and a large number of community partners. Dr. Katz served as the Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS), the second largest public safety net system in the United States. During this time, he created the ambulatory care network and empaneled more than 350,000 patients to a primary care home. He eliminated the deficit of DHS through increased revenues and decreased administrative expenses, and
used the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act funding to pay for a modern electronic health system, Orchid, which has now been implemented in 90 percent of DHS clinical sites. He moved more than 1,000 medically complex patients from hospitals and emergency departments into independent housing, thereby eliminating unnecessary expensive hospital care and giving the patients the dignity of their own home. Dr. Katz continued to see patients every week as an outpatient physician at Edward R. Royal Comprehensive Health Center and on the inpatient medicine service at Los Angeles County+University of Southern California Medical Center (LAC+USC), Harbor-University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Olive View-UCLA Medical Centers. Before he came to Los Angeles, Dr. Katz was the Director and Health Officer of the San Francisco Department of Health for 13 years. He is well known for funding needle exchange, creating Healthy San Francisco, outlawing the sale of tobacco at pharmacies, and winning ballot measures for rebuilding Laguna Honda Hospital and San Francisco General Hospital. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Medical School. He completed an internal medicine residency at University of California, San Francisco, Medical School and was an Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. He is the Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine, an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, and the recipient of the Los Angeles County Medical Association 2015 Healthcare Champion of the Year award.
Arthur L. Kellermann, M.D., M.P.H. (Co-Chair), became Dean of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), on September 7, 2013. The unique program has ranked among the top in the nation, and is the country’s only federal medical school. Dr. Kellermann’s distinguished career is anchored in academic medicine and public health. Prior to joining USUHS, he held the Paul O’Neill-Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. He was a professor of emergency medicine and public health and associate dean for health policy at the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta. He founded Emory’s Department of Emergency Medicine and served as its first chair from 1999 to 2007. He also founded the Emory Center for Injury Control, a World Health Organization Collaborating Center. A two-term member of the board of directors of the American College of Emergency Physicians, Dr. Kellermann was subsequently given the College’s highest award for leadership. He also holds “excellence in science” awards from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of the American Public Health Association. Elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in 1999, he co-chaired the Committee on the Consequences of Uninsur-
ance. He currently serves on the NAM’s Governing Council. A clinician and researcher, Dr. Kellermann practiced and taught emergency medicine for more than 25 years in public teaching hospitals in Seattle, Washington; Memphis, Tennessee; and Atlanta, Georgia. His research addresses a wide range of issues, including health care spending and information technology, injury prevention, treatment of traumatic brain injury, emergency care and disaster preparedness.
Thomas Kirsch, M.D., M.P.H., is the Director of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) and a Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is a board-certified emergency physician and expert in disaster management and science, austere medicine and health care management. He comes to NCDMPH from Johns Hopkins University as a Professor of Emergency Medicine, International Health and Civil Engineering. He has responded to many national and global disasters including hurricanes Katrina (2005) and Sandy (2012), the New York City response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks (2001), global disasters such as the earthquakes in Haiti (2010), Chile (2010), and New Zealand (2011), and the 2010 floods in Pakistan and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (2013). He has consulted on disaster and humanitarian related issues for organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Defense, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, the American and Canadian Red Cross, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, Pan American Health Organization, and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. Dr. Kirsch is a globally recognized teacher who has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on disaster and emergency medicine issues. While at Johns Hopkins he founded and was the Director of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Austere Medicine and the Disaster Medicine Fellowship. He has also taught masters and doctorate-level courses in the Hopkins School of Public Health and School of Medicine. Dr. Kirsch has authored more than 100 scientific articles, abstracts, and textbook chapters, and co-authored the austere medical textbook, Emergent Field Medicine (VanRooyen-Kirsch). In 2013 he received the inaugural Disaster Science Award from the American College of Emergency Physicians and in 2014 the Clara Barton Award for Leadership from the American Red Cross. He was also recognized as a Hero in Healthcare Fighting Ebola by President Obama in a White House ceremony in 2014. He received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Creighton University, his M.D. from the University of Nebraska, and an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and then completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at the George Washington-Georgetown Combined Program.
Paul Kivela, M.D., M.B.A., FACEP, is a residency-trained and board certified emergency physician who works clinically as managing partner of the Napa Valley Emergency Medical Group, a single hospital democratic group in Napa, California. He is currently President of the American College of Emergency Physicians. In the last several years, Napa has taken part in the response to multiple disasters, including an earthquake, multiple large fires, and multiple shootings. Dr. Kivela has several leadership positions including Medical Director of Medic Ambulance, Vice President of FailSafe Healthcare where he develops risk management and patient safety solutions, and advisor to several small and midsize groups. He works to develop innovative solutions and has negotiated successfully with both insurance companies and employer based plans. Dr. Kivela is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he also earned his medical degree. He completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his M.B.A. at the University of Tennessee.
Jon Krohmer, M.D., is the Director of the Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a position in which he has served since 2016. Dr. Krohmer has a wealth of emergency medical services experience and expertise and leads NHTSA’s collaborative efforts to improve emergency care across the nation. Board certified as an emergency physician, Dr. Krohmer has been actively involved in EMS for more than 30 years, first in his home state of Michigan, and then at the national level, as an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and president of the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP). Dr. Krohmer’s federal service began as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He went on to become the Director of the Health Services Corps for Immigration and Customs Enforcement at DHS before joining NHTSA, and recently he provided medical expertise to the U.S. Coast Guard as well.
Nicolette A. Louissaint, Ph.D., serves Healthcare Ready as the Director of Programming. In this role, she manages all of the programs and policies related to emergency response and health care operations. Most recently, Dr. Louissaint served as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the Department of State in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs as the lead officer for health intellectual property and trade issues. During the height of the Ebola Epidemic of 2014, Dr. Louissaint served as the Senior Advisor to Ambassadors Nancy J. Powell and Steven A. Browning, the Department of State’s Special Coordinators for Ebola. She holds degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a Ph.D. in
Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Anthony Macintyre, M.D., serves as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Health Affairs (OHA) Senior Medical Advisor and Medical Liaison Officer to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He is a Board Certified Emergency Physician still practicing clinically. He is a Clinical Professor with the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University. His academic and field response careers have focused on medical emergencies and disasters at multiple levels. Since 1995, Dr. Macintyre has served as the Medical Director for Fairfax County’s Urban Search and Rescue Program, with deployments to numerous domestic incidents including the bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City (1995), the Pentagon terrorist attack (2001), and numerous hurricanes including Hurricane Katrina–Mississippi area of operations (2005). His international deployments have included responding to the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi (1998) and devastating earthquakes in Turkey (1999), Taiwan (1999), Iran (2003), Haiti (2010), and Nepal (2015). These deployments were part of the official U.S. Government rescue efforts through the U.S. Agency for International Development/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA). Dr. Macintyre has assisted other agencies such as the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Department of State, USAID/OFDA, and the Department of Health and Human Services (National Disaster Medical System) with medical emergency planning and response efforts. In 2002, Dr. Macintyre served as an assistant investigator to Dr. Joseph Barbera in the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation–funded project to develop the Medical and Health Incident Management system (MaHIMs). This product provides a comprehensive, functionally-based model for the response to and management of complex, large-scale medical emergencies. He co-authored Medical Surge Capacity and Capability: A Management System for Integrating Medical and Health Resources during Large-Scale Emergencies. This book is currently used as a template by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). Dr. Macintyre co-developed a mass decontamination capability for the old George Washington University Hospital and published key concepts in the Journal of the American Medical Association. As an emergency physician, he was instrumental in structuring the hospital response to the 2001 anthrax dissemination incident. Dr. Macintyre served for more than a decade on the District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA) Emergency Preparedness Committee and its successor, the Emergency Management Committee for the DC Emergency Healthcare Coalition (DC EHC)—both focused on enhancing the health and medical response to disasters in Washington, DC.
Ricardo Martinez, M.D., FACEP, is a nationally recognized board-certified emergency physician and has practiced emergency medicine clinically for more than 30 years, and held senior roles in business, academia, and the federal government. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Adeptus Health. Before joining Adeptus Health, Dr. Martinez was Chief Medical Officer of North Highland Worldwide Consulting, where a major focus of his work was collaborating with physician leadership to enhance their effectiveness in providing high-value care, building data-driven patient-centered teams, and driving cultural change. Dr. Martinez also served as the Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs for the Schumacher Group, a leading emergency medicine practice management company, and was previously appointed Federal Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) by President Bill Clinton. He currently serves as faculty at Emory University School of Medicine and previously held roles at Stanford University School of Medicine and as Executive Director of the Medical Leadership Academy. Dr. Martinez has been a senior medical advisor to the National Football League since 1988, facilitating medical care, emergency planning, preparedness, and public health for the Super Bowl. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2004 and served on the Board of Directors of the Public Health Foundation. Dr. Martinez pursued undergraduate studies from Louisiana State University, an M.D. from Louisiana State University School of Medicine, and his residency at Louisiana State University-Charity Hospital at New Orleans, where he was Chief Resident.
Ana Pujols McKee, M.D., is the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Joint Commission. In this role, Dr. McKee represents the Joint Commission enterprise as she focuses on and develops policies and strategies for promoting patient safety and quality improvement in health care. Her responsibilities include providing support to the Joint Commission’s Patient Safety Advisory Group; overseeing work related to the development of the Sentinel Event Policy, National Patient Safety Goals and Sentinel Event Alerts; supervising the Sentinel Event Database; and overseeing the functions of the Standards Interpretation Group and the Office of Quality and Patient Safety. Dr. McKee is the former board Chair of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority and former Vice Chair of the Philadelphia Public Health Management Corporation. Dr. McKee has also served as a board member for the American Cancer Society, the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, Health Partners Philadelphia, the Philadelphia AIDS Consortium, and Quality Insights of Pennsylvania. In addition, she served on the Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee and on several committees of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. McKee holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York
at Binghamton and a medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital in Philadelphia. She completed her residency at Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, and is board certified in internal medicine. Among her most recent acknowledgments, Dr. McKee was recognized among the Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare for 2014.
Jonathan Brent Myers, M.D., M.P.H., in an internationally recognized expert in the areas of emergency medical services (EMS), clinical informatics, and population health. He serves as Chief Medical Officer for ESO Solutions and Associate Medical Director for Wake EMS in Raleigh, North Carolina as well as President of the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP). He served as co-editor of the 2nd Edition of Emergency Medical Services, Clinical Practice and Systems Overnight, serves on the editorial board of numerous peer-reviewed journals, has many peer-review publications, and has presented more than 120 invited lectures, both nationally and internationally. He maintains triple board certification in the areas of Emergency Medicine, EMS, and Clinical Informatics with a focus on consistent implementation of evidence-based techniques to improve the health of populations.
Jonathan B. Perlin, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.H.A., M.A.C.P., FACMI, is president, clinical services and chief medical officer of the Nashville, Tennessee-based Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). He provides leadership for clinical services and improving performance at HCA’s 177 hospitals and more than 1,000 outpatient surgical, urgent care and other practice units. Current activities include advancing electronic health records for learning health care and continuous improvement; driving value through (big) data science and advanced analytics; and elevating measured clinical performance and patient safety to benchmark levels. His team recently completed the landmark REDUCE MRSA study (Randomized Evaluation of Decolonization vs. Universal Clearance to Eliminate methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA]) that demonstrated a 44 percent improvement on known best practices for reducing bloodstream infections. Before joining HCA in 2006, “the Honorable Jonathan B. Perlin” was Under Secretary for Health in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate, as the senior-most physician in the Federal Government and Chief Executive Officer of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Dr. Perlin led the nation’s largest integrated health system. At the VHA, Dr. Perlin directed care to more than 5.4 million patients annually by more than 200,000 health care professionals at 1,400 sites, including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, counseling centers and other facilities, with an operating and capital budget of $37.4 billion. A champion for early implementation of electronic health records, Dr. Perlin led VHA quality performance to international recognition as reported in
academic literature and lay press and as evaluated by RAND, the Institute of Medicine, and others. Dr. Perlin was the 2015 chairman of the American Hospital Association. He also serves as chair of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Special Medical Advisory Group. From July to September 2014 Dr. Perlin took a sabbatical to serve as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to help improve operations, accelerate access and rebuild trust with America’s Veterans. Dr. Perlin has served previously on numerous Boards and Commissions including the Joint Commission and the National Patient Safety Foundation and currently serves on the Board of Meharry Medical College and the National Quality Forum. He was the inaugural chair of the Department of Health and Human Services Health IT Standards Committee. A member of the National Academy of Medicine and recognized perennially as one of the most influential physician executives and health leaders in the United States by Modern Healthcare, Dr. Perlin has received numerous awards including Distinguished Alumnus in Medicine and Health Administration from his alma mater, Chairman’s Medal from the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Founders Medal from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, and is one of the few honorary members of the Special Forces Association and Green Berets. Broadly published in health care quality and transformation, Dr. Perlin is a Master of the American College of Physicians and Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. He has a Master’s of Science in Health Administration and received his Ph.D. in pharmacology (molecular neurobiology) with his M.D. as part of the Physician Scientist Training Program at the Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Dr. Perlin has faculty appointments at Vanderbilt University as Clinical Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics and at VCU as Adjunct Professor of Health Administration.
Gina Piazza, D.O., FACEP, is the Chief of Emergency Medicine at the Charlie Norwood Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia of Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in New York City and an EMS/Disaster Medicine Fellowship through the State University of New York at Buffalo. She also completed a Health Care Policy Fellowship at the Emergency Care Coordination Center within the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Piazza has served as a tactical physician for local and federal law enforcement agencies, and has taught tactical medicine, hospital emergency management, and disaster medicine throughout the United States and abroad. She currently serves as the co-chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians’ High Threat Emergency Casualty Care Task Force.
Leslie Platt, J.D., is a Senior Advisor on Health and Human Services at the MITRE Corporation. Mr. Platt is a nationally recognized life sciences attorney and executive with experience at senior levels in government and industry on national health policy, biomedical research, development, and commercialization; program funding, financing, and impact investment strategies; public–private partnerships; and many other areas. In the Federal government, Mr. Platt was a Charter Member of the federal Senior Executive Service and advised Cabinet officers and top government officials on a range of high priority legal, policy, and management issues. Mr. Platt served as Executive Assistant to the Director and Chief of Operations, Office of the Director, at the National Institutes of Health; Deputy General Counsel-Legal Counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services; Counsel and Staff Director of the White House Agent Orange Working Group; and earlier, as Associate General Counsel for Legislation at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In the private sector, Mr. Platt has advised Boards of Directors and C-Suites of public and closely held corporations and nonprofit organizations, as Counsel at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Principal at Ernst & Young LLP; Chief Operating Office & General Counsel at The Institute for Genomic Research; and Senior Vice President & General Counsel at the ATCC, and in other positions. Mr. Platt has received many awards for distinguished public service and leadership, has authored numerous articles and taught at the graduate level, and has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences in the United States and around the world.
Edward M. Racht, M.D., is the Chief Medical Officer for American Medical Response and Associate Chief Medical Officer of Evolution Health. Dr. Racht has more than 20 years of experience in emergency medical services and health care systems. Previously, Dr. Racht served as the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs for Piedmont Newnan Hospital in metro Atlanta and as Medical Director for the Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System in Texas, which was nationally recognized for its collaborative approach to resolving challenging health care integration issues. Dr. Racht has served three successive terms on the Virginia State Governor’s EMS Advisory Board and chaired the state of Texas Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council for 10 years. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Emory University in Atlanta and completed his residency at the Medical College of Virginia.
Lucy A. Savitz, Ph.D., M.B.A., has more than 30 years of experience in health care delivery and health services research. Currently, she is Vice President, Health Research for Kaiser Permanente (KP) Northwest Region and Director for the KP Centers for Health Research in Oregon and
Hawaii. Dr. Savitz has led numerous implementation and evaluation studies over her 30-year career with a focus on quality, safety, and elimination of unwarranted variation (i.e., waste). Furthermore, she has been acknowledged as an Examiner for the 2001 and 2002 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program, administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the Department of Commerce and the American Society for Quality. She is faculty for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Additionally, she holds numerous academic appointments—affiliate Professor, Health Systems Management & Policy at the Oregon Health & Sciences University-Portland State University School of Public Health; Adjunct Research Professor, Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine; and Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Policy & Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health. At Academy Health, she serves as Chair on the Methods & Data Council, a member of the Delivery System Science Fellowship Program Committee, and Chair of the Committee for Advocacy in Public Policy. For the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, she is an invited member of the Executive Leadership Council; and at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, serves on the National Advisory Council. Her current area of thought leadership internationally as well as within KP focuses on evolving the methods and metrics needed to accelerate implementation of safety interventions and realistic program evaluations that support the learning health system.
Skip Skivington, M.B.A., has worked at Kaiser Permanente for more than 16 years and is currently the Vice President, Healthcare Continuity & Support Services, based at the national headquarters in Oakland, California. Mr. Skivington is responsible for the executive oversight of Kaiser Permanente’s Supplier Diversity, Nutritional Services, Corporate Meeting Services, Materials Management, Product Recall, Vendor Authorization, and Healthcare Continuity Management programs. Since 2000, Mr. Skivington has been responsible for the implementation of a formal health care continuity management program throughout Kaiser Permanente. In addition to directing this formal planning process, and immediately following the anthrax attacks in October 2001, Mr. Skivington formed and now directs Kaiser Permanente’s threat assessment program consisting of an executive oversight council and functional working groups in the disciplines of clinical (physicians, nursing and laboratories), facilities, community linkages, people, legal, communications and education, supply chain, and public policy. Mr. Skivington is a member of the State of California Joint Advisory Committee for terrorism preparedness, and the American Health Insurance Plans’ Disaster Readiness Committee. Mr. Skivington is also a member of the Conference Board’s Business Continuity and Crisis Management
Council, the U.S. Healthcare Sector Critical Infrastructure Council, and is a frequent speaker on medical preparedness in the event of a terrorist attack. Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Mr. Skivington led two Kaiser Permanente medical response teams consisting of physicians, nurses and mental health providers to the Gulf Region at the request of the U.S. Surgeon General and the State of California. Mr. Skivington was the project administrator for the U.S. Government’s Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) Revision IV Project. HICS IV was updated on behalf of the government through a national working group representing hospitals throughout the country, along with input from national agencies including the American Hospital Association, the Joint Commission, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Mr. Skivington holds both a B.A. and an M.B.A. in Business Administration.
Todd Sklamberg, M.B.A., is the Chief Executive Officer of Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, Nevada’s largest acute care facility at 690 beds, and Sunrise Children’s Hospital located on the same campus. Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Sklamberg served as the Chief Operating Officer of Sunrise Children’s Hospital—Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital. Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital are members of the Hospital Corporation of America’s (HCA’s) Sunrise Health System in Las Vegas. Prior to joining HCA, Mr. Sklamberg served as vice president at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Mr. Sklamberg currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the Nevada Hospital Association. He is also active with the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce serving as co-chair of the Healthcare Policy Task Force and is a member of the Government Affairs Committee. His community involvement also includes committee work with the Regional Transportation Commission including the Transport Resource Advisory Committee, Maryland Parkway Business Coalition and Maryland Parkway Corridor Committee. An advocate for the Western Governor’s University (WGU), Mr. Sklamberg also serves on WGU-Nevada’s Advisory Board. Other long-standing community board positions include the following health and human service organizations and business groups: American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer, the Council for a Better Nevada, Keep Our Doctors in Nevada (KODIN), Las Vegas Heals, Nevada Organ Donor Network (Chair-elect), Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas (past-Chair), and the Board of Trustees with March of Dimes Nevada Chapter. Mr. Sklamberg holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University in New York.
Ronald M. Stewart, M.D., FACS, completed medical school and surgical residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He then completed a Trauma and Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Returning to San Antonio in 1993, he established and built University Health System’s trauma program. He currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Surgery, holding the Dr. Witten B. Russ Endowed Chair in Surgery at University of Texas Health San Antonio. Over the past three decades, he has actively led the development of an integrated civilian–military trauma system that serves all of South Texas, covering more than 26,000 square miles. In 2001, Dr. Stewart was appointed by then-Governor George W. Bush to the Texas Governors EMS and Trauma Advisory Council where he served for 15 years as the Chair of the Trauma Systems Committee. He was a founding member and the first Chair of the National Trauma Institute. For the past 20 years he has served on the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT), on which he recently concluded a term as chair. In 2013 Dr. Stewart was the recipient of the National Safety Council’s Surgeons Award for Service to Safety, and the American College of Surgeon’s Arthur Ellenberger Award for Excellence in State Advocacy. He is the immediate past President of the Southwestern Surgical Congress and the President of the Texas Surgical Society. During his tenure as the ACS COT Chair, he and the COT have spearheaded a plan to implement a National Trauma Action Plan aimed at eliminating preventable trauma deaths by (1) improving trauma systems, (2) increasing high quality trauma research, (3) increasing the quality of trauma patient data, and (4) advancing trauma education and training in both military and civilian settings. Additionally, he and the COT have worked to lead an approach to firearm injury prevention that has encouraged a collegial, professional and substantive dialogue from surgeons and citizens from all points of view with the goal of reducing the burden of firearm injury and death.
William Craig Vanderwagen, M.D., RADM (USPHS), is a family physician who retired as a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) in 2009. He served for 25 years in the Indian Health Service, the federal program of medical and public health services for American Indians and Alaska Natives. During this period he also served as the lead health official at a number of disasters including: medical care for Kosovar refugees (1999); advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Health (2002); director of public health and advisor to the Iraq Ministry of Health (2003–2004); the U.S. Navy Ship Mercy response to the 2004 tsunami; and commander of the public health and medical response to Hurricanes Katrina/Rita. Dr. Vanderwagen’s last federal assignment (2006–2009) was as the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services
(HHS). He was responsible for leading all federal public health and medical assets in disaster response and, responsibility for guiding the $11 billion HHS medical countermeasure advanced development program to address chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats, which now has more than 100 products in the development pipeline. Dr. Vanderwagen is a Director and General Manager of East West Protection, a Potomac, Maryland-based firm specializing in public health and medical preparedness, detection, response, and command and control systems for CBRN threats and other disasters. He is also the Chairman of the Board at the International Center for Infectious Disease. He is vice chairman of the Board at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-Intervac, a Canadian vaccine research and development company. He is also a senior partner at Martin, Blanck, and Associates, a consulting firm of retired General and Flag officers specializing in military health matters. He is a frequent public speaker on biodefense, public health preparedness, and leadership.
Jody R. Wireman, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., M.P.A., CIH, DABT, has more than 25 years of experience as a public health professional, manager, and educator. He is currently the Director of Force Health Protection (FHP) at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM). Dr. Wireman provides leadership, management, and expertise in occupational, environmental, and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) FHP and Health Service Support to the Commander and Surgeon. He also supports other agencies for refinement of medical and public health needs for homeland defense and civil support missions. Dr. Wireman and his staff directly support development of deliberate and crisis action plans for NORAD and USNORTHCOM for mission assurance and consequence management responses throughout North America. Dr. Wireman has played a key role in developing the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) medical capabilities and associated Commander’s estimate for homeland defense and civil support missions. This includes identifying FHP requirements and guidance for the 18,000-member DoD Chemical, Biological, Radionalical, and Nuclear Response Enterprise and follow on forces. Dr. Wireman contributes to his profession through participation in public health organizations, authoring journal and book articles, and volunteering as an expert on human and environmental health projects. Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Wireman was a Deputy Division and Branch Chief at NORAD and USNORTHCOM, Deputy Branch Chief, toxicologist, and human and ecological health scientist at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and served as a consultant. His previous efforts focused on worker health protection and environmental restoration of radiologically- and chemically-contaminated hazardous waste sites. Dr. Wireman worked at various levels of the government from
local to National levels (including Tribal Nations and regulators), and local community members and academia in identifying risks and cleanup options, and evaluating toxicity of chemicals and products of military significance. Dr. Wireman has degrees in Toxicology (Texas Tech University), Environmental Health (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Public Management (Harvard University), and Occupational Safety (Indiana University of Pennsylvania). He is also is a Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist.
David Witt, M.D., FIDSA, CIC, is an Infectious Disease Specialist with Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan and residency and fellowship at the Boston City Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He has been board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Emergency Medicine, and certified in Tropical Medicine and Infection Control. He is on the faculty of the Schools of Medicine and Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Witt chairs the Clinical Workgroup for National Healthcare Continuity, which addresses Emergency Preparedness for Kaiser Permanente. He works with the MENTOR Initiative, a British nongovernmental organization dedicated to reducing the burden of vector-borne diseases in humanitarian crises. As Clinical Director for the MENTOR Initiative, he has responded to multiple disasters, including the Indonesian Tsunami, the Tana River floods in Kenya and Somalia, Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and the earthquake in Haiti. He was Clinical Director for the second team of Kaiser Permanente’s response to Hurricane Katrina. Previously, he was Medical Director of South San Francisco Fire Department and served as a Technical Auditor for the U.S. State Department, working for the International Science and Technology Center, an activity of seven countries and the European Union dedicated to non-proliferation of the former Soviet Union’s nuclear, chemical, and biologic weapons and their technology.
Joseph L. Wright, M.D., M.P.H., is the recently appointed Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics at the Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. He previously served as Senior Vice President within the Children’s National Health System, where he provided strategic leadership for the organization’s advocacy mission, public policy positions, community partnership initiatives, and served as founding director of the Child Health Advocacy Institute. He maintains adjunct appointments as professor of emergency medicine and health policy and management at the George Washington University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, as well as professor of family science at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. He served 17 years as the inaugural state pediatric medical director within the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, in
addition to 8 years as principal investigator and medical director of the federally funded Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) National Resource Center. Academically, Dr. Wright is among the original cohort of board-certified pediatric emergency physicians with scholarly interests that include injury prevention, prehospital pediatrics, and the needs of underserved communities. He has contributed more than 100 publications to the scientific literature, been invited to serve two dozen visiting professorships, and is currently principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health-funded DC-Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities. Dr. Wright is an elected member of both Alpha Omega Alpha and Delta Omega, the nation’s highest medical and public health honor societies, respectively, the American Pediatric Society, and was recently inducted into the Academy of Medicine of Washington. Dr. Wright is current chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine after having served as inaugural chair of the AAP Violence Prevention Subcommittee. He is also currently chairing the AAP Task Force on Addressing Bias and Discrimination. Dr. Wright has been recognized throughout his career for his advocacy work highlighted by receipt of two lifetime achievement awards from the AAP for distinguished contributions to the disciplines of injury prevention and emergency medicine, respectively. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Shining Star Award from the Los Angeles–based Starlight Foundation for outstanding service to communities of color. Dr. Wright provides national leadership through advisory and governance service to several organized medicine bodies including the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Hospital Association, the March of Dimes, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Highway Traffic Safety, and a recently completed term as an Obama administration appointee to the Pediatric Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration. He regularly presents invited expert testimony before Congress, state and municipal legislative bodies, has made numerous media appearances, and lectures widely to both professional and lay audiences. Dr. Wright earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University, his M.D. from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, and a Master’s of Public Health in Administrative Medicine & Management from George Washington University.
Kevin Yeskey, M.D., currently serves as a senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He previously served in ASPR as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Most recently, Dr. Yeskey also served as a Senior Advisor for Emergency Public Health with MDB, Inc. He is former director of the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine in the School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). A graduate of Brown
University, Dr. Yeskey received his medical degree from USUHS, and is board-certified in emergency medicine. While on active duty with the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) he served in a variety of disaster response positions, including duty as senior medical policy advisor in the Response Division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as director of the HHS Office of Emergency Response, and as director of the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also appeared before Congress as an expert witness in the field of bioterrorism preparedness. The author of several textbook chapters and journal articles, Dr. Yeskey is the recipient of the Surgeon General’s Medal for Exemplary Service and of several USPHS and Department of Defense Awards.
Richard Zuschlag, a native of Greensville, Pennsylvania, graduated from the Capitol Institute of Technology in Washington, DC, in 1970. In 1971, he joined with two friends to form Acadian Ambulance Service in Lafayette, Louisiana with two ambulances and eight Vietnam veteran medics. Under Mr. Zuschlag’s leadership, Acadian Ambulance has become the nation’s largest employee-owned ambulance service, with more than 4,300 employees, 550 ambulances, 8 helicopters, and 4 airplanes serving a population of more than 20 million in 34 parishes in Louisiana, 37 counties in Texas and Jackson County, Mississippi. The company has also expanded to include Acadian Air Med, Acadian Total Security, Executive Air Charter, the National EMS Academy, and Safety Management Systems. Acadian Ambulance received national recognition for their incredible response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. When Hurricane Katrina destroyed telephone and cellular communication in Southeast Louisiana, Acadian had the only working communications network and worked closely with the State of Louisiana, the National Guard and the federal government in coordinating the massive rescue and response efforts in the New Orleans area. More recently, Acadian played a key role in response to the unprecedented flooding in Southeast Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey. In addition to mobilizing its vast resources, Acadian’s medical teams were instrumental in assisting the State of Texas in setting up and operating temporary emergency rooms and clinics in several locations. Mr. Zuschlag credits much of Acadian’s success to the public–private partnerships he developed. Working with governmental agencies on the local, state and federal level, Mr. Zuschlag’s experience and expertise has led to many advancements in systems and infrastructure to greatly improve the response to mass casualty incidents and disasters. In recognition of his contributions to the emergency medicine field, Mr. Zuschlag was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Pinnacle EMS Leadership Conference.
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