Colloquium in Healthcare Leadership: Thursday Evening Series

Meet with the men and women who are leading efforts to improve the quality and efficiency of our healthcare system. Talk with thought leaders who craft policy at the state and federal level. Engage with life sciences entrepreneurs who are discovering and commercializing products that can extend and improve our lives. 

The Colloquium in Healthcare Leadership brings prominent leaders from public, private, and nonprofit healthcare organizations to campus for candid discussions. You will deepen your understanding of the major trends in healthcare as well as the challenges of being a leader in this space.

Thursday Evening Series - 6:30 PM, Beaumont Room, Sterling Hall of Medicine (2nd Floor), 333 Cedar Street

September 14, 2017

  • Nancy-Ann DeParle, JD, Partner, Consonance Capital

    (Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy to President Obama)

    Speaker biography to come.

September 28, 2017

  • Ceci Connolly, President and CEO, Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP)

    Ceci Connolly, a nationally-recognized health care leader, took over as president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans in January 2016. In her role, she works with some of the most innovative executives in the health sector to provide high-quality, evidence-based, affordable care. She is passionate about transforming America’s system to deliver greater value to all.

    Connolly has spent more than a decade in health care, first as a national correspondent for the Washington Post and then in thought leadership roles at two international consulting firms. She is a leading thinker in the disruptive forces shaping the health industry and has been a trusted adviser to c-suite executives who share her commitment to equitable, patient-centered care.

    She is co-author of the book “LANDMARK: The Inside Story of America’s Health Law and What it Means for Us All,” has covered six presidential campaigns and numerous natural disasters including Hurricane Katrina. She is the first non-physician to receive the prestigious Mayo Clinic Plummer Society award for promoting deeper understanding of science and medicine and in 2001 was awarded a fellowship to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

    For four years, Connolly served on the board of Whitman-Walker Health, a $26 million non-profit, community health center, assisting 15,000 clients a year. She is a founding member of Women of Impact (WOI) for Healthcare and serves on the national advisory committee of the Altarum Institute Center for Sustainable Health Spending. She is a graduate of Boston College.

October 5, 2017

  • Jerold R. Mande, MPH, Professor of the Practice, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Senior Fellow, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University

    Jerold R. Mande is Professor of the Practice, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and a Senior Fellow, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University. Mande joined the Tufts faculty in May 2017.

    In addition to his faculty duties, Mande is leading an initiative on advocacy, food policy change, and public health impact. Mr. Mande understands the complex intersection of nutrition science and policy and that merely supplying people with the right nutrition information is not enough to ensure a healthy public. Far beyond issues of personal responsibility, real change in public health requires changing our food environment.

    Mr. Mande brings a wealth of experience in public health, nutrition, and public policy to the job. In 2009 he was appointed by President Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack as Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, and after two years transitioned to focusing on reforming the national feeding programs. Mande brings prior academic experience as well. Before joining the Obama administration, he was the associate director for public policy at the Yale Cancer Center, and on the faculty at the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. There, he devised a national model that leveraged state leadership to increase cancer prevention and control, including diet and cancer, and was affiliated faculty with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Nutrition.

    Earlier in his career, as senior advisor to the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, he helped shape national policy on nutrition, food safety, and tobacco and led the design of the Nutrition Facts label that now appears on virtually all packaged foods. Following his tenure at FDA, Mr. Mande served on the White House staff as a health policy advisor, working on food, cancer, and tobacco policy, and was deputy assistant secretary for occupational health at the Department of Labor. He began his career as a legislative assistant for Al Gore in the U.S. House and Senate, managing Gore's health and environment agenda, and helping Gore write the nation's organ donation and transplantation laws.

    Mr. Mande earned a master's degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Connecticut. He also completed the program for senior government managers at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Among his achievements is the Presidential Award for Design Excellence for his work on the Nutrition Facts food label.


  • Dan Diamond, Author of "POLITICO Pulse", Creator of "Pulse Check"

      Dan Diamond is a POLITICO policy reporter who’s the author of the PULSE newsletter and host of "Pulse Check," the popular podcast that features weekly conversations with some of the most interesting and influential people in health care — a show that's become "the Charlie Rose of health care," says Andy Slavitt, who ran Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act under President Obama.

    Diamond covers the national health care debate for POLITICO, ranging from features about the White House's response to the opioid crisis to the investigation of former HHS Secretary Tom Price's use of private planes.

    Before joining POLITICO, Diamond edited the Advisory Board Daily Briefing, served as the Advisory Board's senior director of news and communications and created and hosted the popular Weekly Briefing health care podcast. He also covered health care policy, business, and strategy for FORBES. His work has appeared at Vox, Kaiser Health News and other publications.

    Diamond is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has appeared to discuss health care, politics, and policy on CNN, MSNBC, NPR's "All Things Considered" and "1A," the NBC Nightly News, the BBC, CBS, the Dan Patrick Show, and other programs. He was recently named a 2015-2016 fellow of the Association of Health Care Journalists.

November 9, 2017

  • Stephen Oesterle, MD, Venture Partner, ‎New Enterprise Associates

    (Former Senior VP for Medicine and Technology, Medtronic)

    Dr. Oesterle is a venture partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and serves as a consultant to the Temasek Holdings healthcare group and EQT Partners. He serves on multiple private boards in the medtech space and is a board director at Baxter, International. He was formerly SVP for Medicine and Technology at Medtronic, and a member of its Executive Operating Committee for 14 years where he oversaw long term internal technology investments while participating in strategic corporate investments in emerging private companies. He also served as a member of Medtronic’s Business Development and Strategy Committee that approved all corporate acquisitions. During his tenure at Medtronic, Steve served on more than 20 boards as a director or observer
    Steve graduated summa cum laude from Harvard and received his M.D. from Yale; he completed his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Following medical school, he completed a fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at Stanford and then served on the faculties at Stanford and Harvard Medical Schools and directed the Invasive Cardiology Services at Massachusetts General Hospital and Stanford.

November 14, 2017 (7:00 pm)

  • Vivek H. Murthy, MD ('03) MBA ('03)

    Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy (@vivek_murthy) served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States from 2014-2017.As Surgeon General, Dr. Murthy commanded the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, a uniformed service of 6,600 public health offices serving vulnerable populations in 800 locations domestically and abroad. During his tenure, he helped address critical public health issues, including the Ebola outbreak, the Zika virus, low rates of physical activity, and the explosion in e-cigarette use among youth. In 2016, he launched the TurnTheTideRx campaign to combat the opioid epidemic. Dr. Murthy also issued the first Surgeon General's report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health to mobilize the nation to address our addiction crisis, and he released the first.

    Dr. Murthy has called emotional well-being one of the most important and most underappreciated drivers of health.  In particular, he has drawn attention to the profound impact that loneliness and social disconnection have on health, productivity, and education.

    Dr. Murthy received his Bachelor’s degree from Harvard and his M.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Yale. He completed his residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he later joined the faculty as an internal medicine physician and instructor. As a clinician-educator, Dr. Murthy has cared for thousands of patients and trained hundreds of residents and medical students.

    In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Murthy has dedicated himself to improving health through the lens of service, research, and entrepreneurship.  He co-founded VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education program in India and the United States and the Swasthya project (“health and wellbeing” in Sanskrit), a community health partnership in rural India that trained women to be health providers and educators.  As a research scientist, Dr. Murthy conducted laboratory research on vaccine development and studied the participation of women and minorities in clinical trials. He also co-founded TrialNetworks, a software technology company that accelerates collaboration in clinical trials.

  • Alice Chen (Murthy) , MD

    Alice Chen, MD is a practicing internal medicine physician and the served as Executive Director and a founding board member of Doctors for America. Under her leadership, Doctors for America mobilized a movement of thousands of physicians and medical students in all 50 states to bring their patients’ experiences to policy makers and move the nation to put patients over politics to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high quality health care and the means to lead a healthy life. She led efforts to educate doctors and medical students about key policy developments, train and support them in advocacy and leadership skills, and organize national, state, and local campaigns. Campaigns included the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and ongoing defense of the law, a four-state Patients Over Politics Bus Tour, ACA outreach and enrollment, Medicaid expansion, defense of the Public Health and Prevention Fund, protection of access to contraception and abortion, efforts to lift the effective ban on CDC gun violence prevention research, and the confirmation of the 19th Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. She has spoken extensively on health issues and physician advocacy in national media and with physician and public audiences.

    In addition, she served as the co-director of the UCLA Residency Elective in Malawi, Africa. As a medical student, she volunteered with the American Red Cross 9/11 Relief Operation in New York City as a caseworker, Chinese translator, and assistant to the director of the largest service center in Lower Manhattan.  She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her MD from Cornell Medical College. She completed her internal medicine residency at UCLA. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at George Washington University and an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and currently resides with her husband and young son in Washington, DC.

November 30, 2017

  • Fred Aslan, MD, MBA (YSM ’02), Vice President, Venrock, Founder and CEO, ADVANCE Medical

    Speaker biography to come.

January 18, 2018

  • Mandy Krauthamer Cohen, MD (’05), MPH, Secretary of Health and Human Services, State of North Carolina

    Since being appointed as Secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services in January, Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, and her team have worked tirelessly to improve the health safety and well-being of North Carolinians. DHHS is a cabinet-level agency with approximately 16,000 employees and an annual budget of $20 billion. Among her top priorities are combating the opioid crisis, building a strong, efficient Medicaid program, and improving early childhood education.

    Cohen is an internal medicine physician and has experience leading complex health organizations. Before coming to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services she was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). She brings a deep understanding of health care to the state and has been responsible for implementing policies for Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Federal Marketplace.

    A graduate of Cornell University, she received her medical degree from Yale School of Medicine, a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and trained in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

    Cohen is married to Sam Cohen, a health care regulatory lawyer. The couple has two daughters, ages 3 and 5.

January 25, 2018

  • Amanda Skinner, MSN (’98), MBA (’08), CEO, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England

    Speaker biography to come.

February 1, 2018

  • Mary-Ann Etiebet, MD, MBA (’03), Executive Director, Merck for Mothers

    Speaker biography to come. 

February 8, 2018

  • Ann L. Prestipino, MPH (’80), Senior VP for Surgical, Anesthesia, Emergency Services and Clinical Business Development, Mass General Hospital and Mass General Physicians Organization Partners Healthcare System

    Speaker biography to come.

  • Susan Chapman Moss, MPH (’99), Vice President for Business Planning and Market Development, Partners HealthCare

    Speaker biography to come. 

February 15, 2018

  • TBA

    Speaker biography to come.

February 22, 2018

  • TBA

    Speaker biography to come. 

March 1, 2018

  • Sachin H. Jain, MD, MBA, FACP, President and CEO, CareMore Health System

    Speaker biography to come.

April 5, 2018

  • TBA

    Speaker biography to come.

April 19, 2018

  • Thomas A. Scully, General Partner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson and Stowe, (Prior Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)

    Speaker biography to come. 

April 26, 2018

  • TBA

    Speaker biography to come.