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 19, 2019
Mary-Ann Etiebet, MD (’03), MBA (’03), Executive Director, Merck for Mothers
Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet is the Lead & Executive Director of Merck for Mothers, Merck’s $500 million global health initiative to create a world where no woman dies while giving life. Working with over 160 partners in more than 45 countries, Merck for Mothers has improved access to quality maternity care services and modern contraception - two of the most powerful ways to end preventable maternal deaths - for nearly 9 million women worldwide.
As the Lead of Merck for Mothers, Dr. Etiebet is responsible for successfully implementing high-impact maternal health programs and partnerships that integrate the private sector’s invention and expertise to empower women, equip health providers and strengthen health systems. Dr. Etiebet draws on extensive experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors for this role. She joins Merck from Premier Inc, where she was a Principal Consultant in the Population Health Management team. Previously, she served as Director of Ambulatory Care Strategies for New York City Health and Hospital. Her work in international health includes serving as the Senior Technical Advisor of the Institute of Human Virology-Nigeria, a PEPFAR implementing partner, while she was Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Disease at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Dr. Etiebet earned her MD and MBA from Yale University. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell and fellowship in Infectious Diseases Hospital System at New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center and is Board Certified in Infectious Diseases.
October 03, 2019
Michael Apkon, MD (’02), PhD, CEO, Tufts Medical Center
Dr. Apkon is a physician executive and physician scientist serving in C-level leadership roles at several top academic hospitals in the United States and Canada. He has served as the CEO at Tufts Medical Center since November 2018. In that capacity, he leads a 415-bed hospital staffed by 6,000 employees, scientists, medical staff, students and volunteers with a $1B budget. Tufts MC is the principal adult and pediatric teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine and is among the top 10 percent of all institutions receiving National Institutes of health (NIH) funding. The Medical Center comprises a number of subsidiaries including the New England Quality Care Alliance (NEQCA), a network of 1,800 physicians, as well as the Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization. In addition, he serves as Executive Vice President for Wellforce Health System, of which Tufts Medical Center is a founding member.
Dr. Apkon has extensive international management experience in both pediatric and adult-oriented healthcare, working with organizations and governments in the UK, Europe, China, Africa, and the Middle East as well as North America. He has consulted widely on business development, capacity development, and management systems as well as quality and safety improvement. He is an expert in strategy, systems development, and operations management, as well as the application of lean and high reliability organizational thinking to drive improvements in quality, safety, and efficiency.
Prior to coming to Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Apkon was the President and CEO at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto Ontario, recognized as one of the world’s top children’s hospitals and Canada’s most research-intensive hospital. Dr. Apkon has also held senior executive and academic roles at top academic health science centers including Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and the Chief Medical Officer for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) as well as roles at Yale University School of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Health System including being the Vice President for Performance Management at the Yale New Haven Health System and the Vice President/Executive Director leading Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. He has held faculty positions at the University of Toronto, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University’s School of Medicine and School of Management.
Dr. Apkon has a BSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University as well as MD and PhD degrees from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and an MBA from the Yale School of Management where he taught healthcare management.
October 10, 2019
Amanda Skinner, CNM, MBA (’08), President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Inc.
Amanda Skinner, MSN, MBA, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. Amanda is an experienced, passionate, driven health care executive committed to disruption for good, manifesting social justice values through strategy and operations, and making health care better for all. She is a thought leader on reproductive health and value-based care and has been featured nationally as a speaker and in print interviews on health care reform and population health. Amanda began her career as a certified nurse-midwife in Waterbury, CT, providing full-scope midwifery care to the community. During her years as a nurse-midwife she delivered many babies, implemented a low-intervention birth suite in the community hospital, negotiated new relationships with community pediatricians for short-stay maternity patients, and served as the chair of the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (CT ACNM). As CT ACNM chair Amanda spearheaded an effort to update the legislation governing nurse-midwifery practice in CT for the first time since the legislation’s initial adoption. Amanda attended the Yale School of Management to pursue an MBA while continuing in her full-scope midwifery practice. Upon graduation from Yale SOM in 2008, Amanda spent two years as a healthcare strategy and operations consultant at The Chartis Group and then spent six years at Yale New Haven Health System where she built and led the system-level population health, clinical integration, and value-based care operations. Following her career at YNHHS, Amanda took a brief turn at Optum as Vice President and General Manager of a new-to-market managed analytics business, building a sales pipeline exceeding $50 million in 9 months. In 2017 Amanda was called by her values to her dream job at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. Amanda has loved every job she has ever had but none as much as her service at PPSNE. Amanda is a 1992 graduate of Rice University in Houston, TX, where she double-majored in philosophy and managerial studies. She holds a master’s degree in nursing from the Yale School of Nursing (1998) with a clinical focus in nurse-midwifery and an MBA from the Yale School of Management (2008). Amanda lives in Connecticut with her incredibly supportive and tolerant of change husband, Kalter, and their dog, Baxter.
October 24, 2019
Eric Schultz, MBA (’07), Former CEO, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Eric H. Schultz is a health care executive having a distinguished career as a pragmatic innovator, a promoter of health care cost and quality transparency and bringing together an uncommon mix of leaders to the table to create successful partnerships. Schultz is founder of EHS Health Care Solutions and a Director at Guidehouse, a leading global provider of consulting services in multiple private and public markets.
During his 35-year career in health care, Mr. Schultz held leadership roles in both the clinical care and insurance/payor worlds. His experience ranges from leadership of a large primary care and behavioral health practice to oversight of an integrated health care system focused on bringing the greatest, sustained value to the consumers, providers and employers. From 1999 to 2018, Schultz served first as CEO of Fallon Health, and beginning in 2010 as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. In both cases, these organizations achieved status as #1 Healthplan in America for multiple successive years.
Named among the 50 Most Influential Bostonians by the Boston Business Journal in 2013 and 2014 and a Leader in Diversity in 2014, and a Healthcare Hero in 2015, Mr. Schultz has been active in the community, recognizing that a healthy community is not only physically sound, but economically strong as well.
Mr. Schultz has served on numerous boards including the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans (MAHP) and as board member of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) based in Washington DC where he formerly served as Chair of the Board. He also served as board member with the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, the New England Council, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the Massachusetts Business Roundtable.
While serving as CEO of Fallon Health, Mr. Schultz earned MBA in Health Care Leadership from Yale University’s School of Management. He also holds a BS in biology and a BA in economics from the University of Connecticut. In 2009, he received an honorary doctoral degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services. Mr. Schultz is a Distinguished Eagle Scout. He and his wife Kim are residents of Cape Neddick, Maine, USA.
October 31, 2019
Thomas Scully, JD General Partner, Welsh, Carson, Anderson, Stowe Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Tom Scully is a General Partner with Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, a private equity firm in New York, which is the most active US PE investor in healthcare. Tom joined the firm in 2004.
Mr. Scully was the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), from 2001 to 2004. CMS administers Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP, and is the largest agency in the U.S. Government, controlling more than $1.4 trillion a year.
At CMS, Mr. Scully had an instrumental role in designing and passing Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage legislation. He initiated the first public reporting and disclosure for comparative quality among hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and dialysis centers.
Before joining CMS, Tom served as President and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals from 1995 to 2001. The FAH represents 1500 privately owned hospitals.
Mr. Scully was a Senior Counsel with Alston & Bird 2004 - 2017; Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Director OMB, 1992-93; and an Associate Director of OMB, 1989-92. Tom worked on the Bush for President campaign in 1988; practiced law with Akin Gump from 1985-1988; Patton Boggs, LLP 1993-95 and served with US Senator Slade Gorton (WA), 1980-1985.
November 07, 2019
Troy Brennan, MD (’82), MPH (’82), JD (’84), Executive VP & Chief Medical Officer, CVS Health
Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., M.P.H., is Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of CVS Health. Prior to joining CVS Health, Dr. Brennan was Chief Medical Officer of Aetna Inc. In a previous academic career, he was Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Professor of Law and Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health.
November 14, 2019
Mandy Cohen, MD (’05), MPH, DHHS Secretary, State of North Carolina
Dr. Mandy Cohen was appointed to the role of Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in January 2017 by Governor Roy Cooper. Secretary Cohen and her team work tirelessly to improve the health, safety and well-being of all North Carolinians. DHHS has 17,000 employees and an annual budget of $20 billion serving as the home to NC Medicaid, Public Health, Mental Health/IDD/SUD, State Operated Hospitals and Facilities, Economic Services, Adult and Child Services, Early Childhood Education, Employment Services, and Health Services Regulation. Secretary Cohen and her team are focused on building a strong, efficient Medicaid program, improving early childhood health, safety and education and combatting the opioid crisis.
Secretary 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 and 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 Health Insurance Marketplace.
Secretary Cohen has been recognized a national leader for her work at DHHS. In February of 2019, Modern Healthcare named Secretary Cohen one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare.
Secretary Cohen is also an Adjunct Professor in Health Policy & Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.
A graduate of Cornell University, she received her medical degree from Yale School of Medicine and a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She trained in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Secretary Cohen is married to Sam Cohen, a health care regulatory attorney. They have two daughters, ages 5 and 7.
December 05, 2019
Iyah Romm, CEO & Co-Founder, Cityblock Health
Iyah Romm is the CEO and Co-founder of Cityblock Health, the first tech-driven provider for communities with complex needs. By scaling primary care, behavioral health, and social services with custom-built technology, Cityblock is bringing better care to neighborhoods that have historically had poor access to quality, affordable healthcare.
Iyah founded Cityblock on the premise that health is local. In October 2017, he led the launch of Cityblock with the support of Sidewalk Labs and has since raised over $85 million in funding from leading healthcare and technology investors. To date, Cityblock has partnered with innovative health plans to improve community health—first with EmblemHealth in New York, followed by ConnectiCare in Connecticut, and starting in late 2019, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina— and is today serving thousands of members in lower-income neighborhoods.
Iyah is known nationally as an expert policymaker and practitioner in the field of transforming healthcare delivery and financing. Before Cityblock, Iyah was the Chief Transformation Officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA) in Massachusetts. There, he helped to steward nearly $1 billion in insurance premiums and care for tens of thousands of Medicaid and Medicare recipients. Iyah also played a significant role in Massachusetts’ healthcare reform efforts, holding leadership roles at the Health Policy Commission, the state Department of Public Health, and as affiliate faculty at Dr. Atul Gawande’s Ariadne Labs.
Iyah studied Biology at Brandeis University and medicine at Boston University before dropping out. He is usually found with his wife and two kids, either chasing garbage trucks in Brooklyn or sailing.
January 24, 2020 (FRIDAY) Note – This session will begin at 2:30 pm in Room LEPH 216, 60 College Street
Jaewon Ryu, MD, JD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Geisinger
Dr. Jaewon Ryu is Geisinger’s president and chief executive officer. He came to Geisinger as the executive vice president and chief medical officer in 2016, and in that capacity, he has overseen all aspects of patient care at Geisinger, working to improve the quality, affordability, and experience of care delivered across the enterprise.
During his tenure at Geisinger, Dr. Ryu has cultivated a spirit of innovation and transformation across the organization, driving new approaches to some of healthcare’s most complex problems. These include initiatives like primary care redesign; Geisinger At Home, which brings healthcare services to patients in their home; and 65 Forward, our senior-focused, concierge health care centers. All of these are examples of Dr. Ryu’s commitment to making health easier by improving outcomes, engagement and affordability. This dedication to innovation for the health of our communities earned Dr. Ryu a top 20 spot on Modern Healthcare’s Most Influential Clinical Executives list for 2019.
Dr. Ryu was previously at Humana, where he was President of Integrated Care Delivery and responsible for Humana’s owned and joint ventured care delivery assets, including a management services organization (MSO) assisting affiliated practices to adopt population health under value-based reimbursement methodologies.
Prior to Humana, Dr. Ryu held various leadership roles at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, Kaiser Permanente (where he also practiced as an emergency medicine physician), and in government, at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and as a White House Fellow at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was also a practicing corporate healthcare attorney with the international firm McDermott, Will & Emery.
Dr. Ryu was appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), an independent body legislatively tasked with advising Congress on payment and other policies governing health plans and providers serving Medicare beneficiaries. He has previously served in various other advisory roles, including board positions with My Health Direct, Inc., a provider of digital care coordination solutions (acquired by Experian), as well as MCCI and JenCare, both clinic/MSO organizations managing the financing and delivery of care for Medicare Advantage members under full-risk payment models. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association.
Dr. Ryu earned his B.A. degree from Yale University and his M.D. and J.D. from the University of Chicago. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
January 30, 2020
Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, Director and CMS Chief Medical Officer, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) and CMS Chief Medical Officer (CMO), joined the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in September 2011. This Center is responsible for 18 quality measurement and value-based purchasing programs including the Quality Payment Program, quality improvement programs in all 50 states, clinical standards and survey and certification of all providers across the nation, and coverage decisions for treatments and services for CMS. The Center budget exceeds $1.2 billion annually.
Prior to being CCSQ director and CMO, Dr. Goodrich served as the director of the Quality Measurement and Value-based Incentives Group in CCSQ from 2012 through 2015.
She graduated from the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University in 2010. From 1998 to 2008, Dr. Goodrich was on the faculty at the George Washington University Medical Center (GWUMC) and served as division director for Hospital Medicine from 2005 to 2008. She went to medical school at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Louisiana, and completed her internal medicine residency and chief medical resident year at GWUMC. She continues to practice clinical medicine as a hospitalist and professor of medicine at GWUMC.
February 06, 2020
Bob Kocher, MD, Partner, Venrock (Healthcare IT Services)
Bob Kocher, MD is a Partner at Venrock and focuses on healthcare IT and services investments. He currently serves on the Boards of Devoted Health, Virta Health, Aledade, Renew Health, Lyra Health, and Premera. He is a Board Observer at Grand Rounds, Stride, Doctor on Demand, and Suki.
Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow and Advisory Board Member at the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at USC. He serves on the Advisory Boards of Harvard Medical School Health Care Policy Department and National Institute of Healthcare Management (NIHCM). He is also a member of the Health Affairs Editorial Board.
March 05, 2020
Jesse James, MD (’05), MBA (’05), Chief Medical Officer, Chess Health Solutions, Inc.
Biography to come.
April 02, 2020
Kurt Small, MBA (’09), President of Federal Government Services, Anthem Inc.
Biography to come.
April 16, 2020
Michael Sherling, MD (’02), MBA (‘02), Chief Medical Officer & Co-Founder, Modernizing Medicine
Biography to come.