Yale School of Management

Healthcare Innovation

Friday, January 10, 11 a.m.

This panel, with perspectives from across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, will explore innovative solutions to address critical global health issues. Topics include:

  • Better health without breaking the bank 
  • Sustainable healthcare financing: fact or fiction?
  • Biomedical product innovation: promises and pitfalls
  • Future trends in health: the good and the bad

Elizabeth H. Bradley PhD '96
Faculty Director, Yale Global Health Leadership Institute; Director, Yale Global Health Initiative; Professor of Public Health and Director of Global Health Initiatives, Yale School of Public Health 

Benjamin Chu, MD YC '74 
President, Southern California Region, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals

Margaret A. Hamburg, MD
Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Arianna Huffington
Chair, President & Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group

Simon Stevens
Chief Executive-Designate, NHS England; President of Global Health, UnitedHealth Group


Elizabeth BradleyProfessor Elizabeth Bradley PhD '74

Faculty Director, Yale Global Health Leadership Institute; Director, Yale Global Health Initiative; Professor of Public Health and Director of Global Health Initiatives, Yale School of Public Health

Dr. Bradley, PhD, is a Professor of Public Health and the Director of the Global Health Initiatives at the School of Public Health. Her research focuses on health delivery and quality improvement. Dr. Bradley has contributed important findings on organizational change and quality of care within hospital, nursing home, and hospice settings. Dr. Bradley has pioneered a new approach with applying a mixed method to first characterize and then test statistically key distinguishing features of higher and lower performing hospitals in cardiovascular care. Dr. Bradley has several ongoing projects regarding health system strengthening in international settings, including Ethiopia, Liberia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. She is a member of the World Economic Forum, Network of Global Agenda Councils, and the Steering Committee for the Open Educational Resources in Public Health Conference, aimed at developing innovative ways to enhance health system delivery in global settings.


Benjamin ChuBenjamin Chu, MD YC '74

President, Southern California Region
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Hospitals

Benjamin K. Chu, MD, MPH, MACP, was appointed regional president of Kaiser Permanente Southern California in February 2005. In January 2011, he was given the added responsibility of overseeing the Hawaii region as a group president responsible for both Southern California and the Hawaii regions. He directs health plan and hospital operations for 14 hospitals and 168 medical offices to serve more than 3.6 million members in both locations. As a group president, he joins the Programwide Operational Leadership group with oversight responsibility over the entire program.

Before he joined Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Chu served for three years as president of New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest public hospital system in the country. A primary care internist by training, Dr. Chu possesses extensive health care experience as a clinician, administrator, and policy advocate. He was senior vice president for Medical and Professional Affairs for HHC in New York from 1990 to 1994. During that period, he also served as acting commissioner of Health for the New York City Department of Health.

Dr. Chu also has experience as an academic health center leader. He was senior associate dean at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons from July 2000 – February 2002. He also served at the New York University School of Medicine and Medical Center as associate dean and vice president for Clinical Affairs from April 1994 – May 2000. He was a 1989-1990 Robert Wood Johnson Policy Fellow serving as legislative assistant for health for New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley.

At both Kaiser Permanente and New York City, Dr. Chu has been a strong proponent of the use of the electronic health record as a powerful tool for improving quality and outcomes for patient care.

Dr. Chu currently serves as the chair of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees. He is on the board of the Commonwealth Fund in New York and is a member of the Advisory Committee to the director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Chu earned his medical degree at New York University, his master’s degree in public health from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University.


Margaret A. HamburgMargaret A. Hamburg, MD

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg is Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where she has served since May 2009. As FDA Commissioner, she is advancing regulatory science, medical product innovation and globalization of the agency, while overseeing the implementation of groundbreaking laws to curb the use of tobacco and enhance food safety. She has undertaken major efforts to streamline and modernize FDA’s regulatory pathways. Before joining FDA, Dr. Hamburg was vice president and senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative. In the 1990s, as New York City's Health Commissioner, she launched several major initiatives, including the nation's first public health bioterrorism preparedness program and an internationally recognized program to curtail the resurgence and spread of TB. President Clinton later named her Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Hamburg earned her M.D. from Harvard Medical School.


Arianna HuffingtonArianna Huffington

Chair, President & Editor-in-Chief
Huffington Post Media Group

Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. In 2013, she was named to the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. In 2006, and again in 2011, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on several boards, including EL PAÍS, PRISA, the Center for Public Integrity, and the Committee to Protect Journalists.


Simon StevensSimon Stevens

Chief Executive-Designate, NHS England
President of Global Health, UnitedHealth Group

Simon Stevens will become the chief executive of NHS England, which oversees the operation of the UK's National Health Service in England, in April 2014.

He is currently President of the Global Health division at UnitedHealth Group, which serves 85 million people in 123 countries. With revenues of over $120 billion, UnitedHealth is one of the world’s largest health and wellbeing organizations, working on behalf of families, employers, governments and care providers. As the company’s Executive Vice President, Simon also directs UnitedHealth's work on US health reform implementation and technology-enabled care innovation. Simon was previously CEO of UnitedHealth’s $30 billion Medicare company, and before that ran hospitals and health care organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. He served as British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Health Adviser at 10 Downing Street, and has also worked in Africa and South America on economic development and health systems strengthening.

Simon was educated at Oxford, Strathclyde and Columbia universities, and has been Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. He regularly publishes on health policy and management topics in leading international research journals. Simon is also a member of the board of directors of Amil - Brazil's largest health care company - and of leading non-profits in New York, London and Washington DC.


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