Dr. Jordan Shlain is a practicing primary care physician, a digital health entrepreneur, a writer and respected thought leader in national health policy. Dr. Shlain founded Private Medical, a full service medical practice with offices in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles in 2002. His approach emphasizes personalized, proactive surveillance to detect problems early while believing in the first principals of medicine: relationships and continuity.
Dr. Shlain is known for his ‘original thinking’ and has spent the better part of his career interrogating the premise of consumerism in healthcare. He has given keynote talks at prestigious conference such as Harvard’s Connected Health, The Economist Big Ideas, Genetech’s annual conference. In addition he is a guest lecturer at Princeton, Columbia and UC Berkeley.
He is the founder and editor in chief of Tincture, a thought leadership publication dedicated to translating ‘what matters’ in healthcare. He is the founding member and chairman of the non-profit EatReal, whose mission is to certify food service industries in an attempt to reverse processed food induced diabetes/metabolic syndrome for students, patients, employees and customers. Furthermore, he sits on the board of the Hope Street Group, a bi-partisian Washington DC non-profit with an policy emphasis on education, jobs and health.
He recently served as a Mayoral appointed Commissioner on the Health Service Systems Board of San Francisco and has served as an advisor to Optum, MD Anderson, Avia Health Innovation and a host of other emerging and established healthcare companies.
In his spirit of ‘innovation by irritation’, he founded Healthloop, an enterprise patient-engagement software company which employs digital therapeutic apps for hospital systems and their doctors to engage with patients after procedures to ensure the best outcomes for patients. He is currently the chairman.
Dr. Shlain received his medical degree from Georgetown University Medical School and completed his clinical training at California Pacific Medical Center in conjunction with UCSF. His undergraduate work was at University of California at Berkeley in anatomy and physiology. After graduating university, and before medical school, Dr. Shlain worked as a high school teacher in western Kenya for Harvard affiliated WorldTeach where he taught chemistry, physics and biology in Swahili.
Alexa von Tobel, CFP® is the founder and CEO of LearnVest.com, and The New York Times bestselling author of Financially Fearless. Originally from Florida, Alexa graduated from Harvard College and went to Harvard Business School before launching LearnVest, which is aimed at making financial planning affordable, accessible and delightful. She brings her passion for innovative product design to the financial planning space, as she works to revolutionize how Americans interact with their money. Alexa raised nearly $75 million in financing for LearnVest, which was acquired by Northwestern Mutual in May 2015 in one of the biggest fintech acquisitions of the decade. Alexa is also a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship for the White House.
Alexa has appeared on the cover of Forbes Magazine and has been featured as an expert in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, Fast Company, Businessweek, InStyle, Rachael Ray, and more. She has been included in the Forbes Top 30 Under 30 list, selected as one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women and included in their 40 Under 40 list, named as one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders, listed on Inc. Magazine's 30 Under 30, noted as one of "18 Women Changing the World" by Marie Claire, and given a "Genius Award" from Elle. She is a columnist for Money Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and and hosts a weekly radio show on SiriusXM called Financially Fearless with Alexa von Tobel.
Ira Byock, MD, FAAHPM is a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life. He is Founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Institute for Human Caring of Providence Health and Services based in Torrance, CA. The Institute advances efforts to measure, monitor and improve personcentered care system wide and supports culturally diverse communities in expanding models of caring.
Dr. Byock is Active Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Community & Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He served as Director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH from 2003 through July 2013.
Dr. Byock has been involved in hospice and palliative care since 1978. During his residency he helped found a hospice home care program for the indigent population served by the university hospital and county clinics of Fresno, California. He is a Past President (1997) of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. During the mid-1990s he was a co-founder and principal investigator for the Missoula Demonstration Project, a Montana community-based organization dedicated to transforming end-of-life experience locally as a demonstration of what is possible nationally.
Dr. Byock has written extensively about the ethics and practice of care. His research has led to conceptual frameworks for the lived experience of advanced illness, subjective quality of life measures, and simple, effective life-completion counseling. Under his leadership, Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care, a national grant program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, developed groundbreaking prototypes for concurrent care of people through the end of life has been foundational to advancing whole person care.
Byock’s first book, Dying Well, (1997) has become a standard in the field of hospice and palliative care. The Four Things That Matter Most, (2004) is used as a counseling tool widely by palliative care and hospice programs, as well as within pastoral care. His most recent book, The Best Care Possible (2012) tackles the crisis that surrounds serious illness and dying in America and the transformation that is possible. It has been praised by the Wall Street Journal, the Economist and won the Annual Books for a Better Life Award in the category of Wellness.
Dr. Byock has received numerous awards for academic achievement and community services. In 2014 he was recognized as a Visionary by the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and given the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been a featured guest on national television and radio programs, including NPR’s All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, and On Being, CBS 60 Minutes, Fox and Friends, and PBS The News Hour.
Sameer Badlani, MD, FACP, is the Vice President & Chief Health Information Officer for Sutter Health. Current areas of accountability include enterprise analytics, data management and clinical informatics. His areas of focus include using technology for clinician engagement, social psychology in the delivery of healthcare, and generating actionable analytics in clinical and business processes with the aim to automate workflows. Dr. Badlani speaks nationally, as well as educates and consults on topics in clinical informatics, analytics, and quality and innovation in healthcare. As an experienced leader in healthcare IT, he advises venture capital funds and startups.
In 2013 Dr. Badlani was recognized in Crain's Chicago 2013 “40 under 40” and nominated to the board of AMDIS, the premier international organization of CMIOs and executive physician leaders in informatics. Board certified internist with expertise in inpatient transplant and consultative medicine, Dr. Badlani received his medical degree from the University of Delhi in India. After he completed his internal medicine residency training, Dr. Badlani served as chief resident at the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa. He received training in bio-medical informatics at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Prior to joining Sutter Health, Dr. Badlani was the CHIO at Intermountain Healthcare, and before then, the CMIO and faculty at the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences.
Dr. Katherine Walsh currently holds the position of Vice President of Operations and Chief Nursing Officer at Houston Methodist Hospital St. John Hospital, Houston, Texas. Houston Methodist St. John is a 177 bed community hospital and is a part of the Houston Methodist System. Houston Methodist is ranked as one of the nation’s top hospitals in seven specialties by US News and World Report and has been redesignated as a Magnet Hospital since 2002. Dr. Walsh is also adjunct professor at Texas Woman’s University Houston and a guest lecturer at University of Texas Nursing School, University of Houston Clear Lake and Prairie View University.
Dr. Walsh holds a Bachelors and Masters of Science degree in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University, and a Doctorate of Public Health, from University of Texas School of Public Health. Her dissertation research was in leadership and patient safety.
Dr. Walsh has served as Vice President at the Houston Methodist Hospital medical center campus since 2005. Previously, she served in administrative and nurse leadership roles at The Memorial Hermann Healthcare System. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American College of Healthcare Executives and American Organization of Nurse Executives. In 2001, the Texas Nursing Association named Dr. Walsh as one of ten outstanding nurse leaders.
Dr. Walsh is active in the Women’s Resource Organization Greater Houston in support of the development of social, financial and personal skills for women and children through education and experience. She is a popular teacher in “Project Lead” for middle school girls. She is also involved in the United Way Organization, Gracewood Home and Golden Retriever Rescue Houston
Andrew Rosenberg, M.D. is the Chief Information Officer for Michigan Medicine, which includes the University of Michigan Health System and Medical School. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the nation, Michigan Medicine consists of three hospitals, 125 clinics, and home care operations that handle more than 2.1 million outpatient visits and 48,000 inpatient discharges annually.
As CIO, Rosenberg guides the strategic vision of secure, reliable, interoperable, and cost efficient IT services. He also manages a health IT organization consisting of 900 employees, a $168M annual operating budget, a $20M annual capital budget, and a $150M installed IT core asset base (e.g., data centers, network, storage, servers, devices).
Rosenberg is the Health IT Steward for the University of Michigan. He is a tenured Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Critical Care, & Internal Medicine.
Previously, Rosenberg served as the Chief Medical Information Officer and the Executive Director of Information and Data Management for the University of Michigan Health System, where he oversaw reporting, data warehousing, enterprise document management, and HIE services.
Rosenberg attended Johns Hopkins Medical School where he completed a residency in Internal Medicine. Subsequently, he completed residencies in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow at the University of Michigan as well as one of the early diplomats with board certification in Clinical Informatics.
His recent work in informatics has been in the areas of designing and implementing enterprise analytics programs for academic medical centers and integrating large scale enterprise clinical electronic information systems to health system research IT capabilities. His expertise includes initiating and maturing a variety of governance organization and implementation strategies to successfully accomplish these socio-technical projects to advance learning health organizations.
Dr. Mitesh B. Rao, MD, MHS is the Chief Patient Safety Officer and Director of the Center for Advancing Patient Safety at Stanford Healthcare where he leads Patient Safety, Innovation Implementation, and System Redesign for the Enterprise. A Board-Certified Emergency Medicine Physician, he also practices clinically as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine.
Previously, he was trained in leadership and research skills as a Fellow in the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. Subsequent to his time at Yale, he served as the Director of the Patient Safety Education Program at Northwestern Medicine. As a physician leader, he was helped implement systems-level improvements for quality and safety in institutions across the country and overseas that have had lasting effects on patient care provision. He has also led teams serving contracts with various governmental and non-profit agencies such as the Joint Commission Resources, CMS, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Partners Health Care, and the American College of Surgeons in multiple campaigns and initiatives to improve Patient Safety on a national level.
Dr. Rao also served as the Head of Research and Integration for the health innovation program at Northwestern. In this role, he developed an expertise in improving care provision through innovative methodologies. He spearheaded efforts to integrate innovative technologies into the health system to improve patient care in a variety of settings. Working both with innovators and researchers across the various schools of the University as well as promising startups from around the country, Dr. Rao helped guide and refine the process for vetting and integrating pilot programs to test new technologies within the clinical venue. He also serves as a mentor to multiple healthcare-focused startups and accelerator groups across the country in order to help guide the development of implementation of innovative solutions for healthcare.
Dr. Thomas E. Price, an orthopaedic surgeon, most recently served as the 23rd Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). He brought to the Department a lifetime of service and a dedication to advancing the quality of health care in America – both as a physician and policymaker. Dr. Price is excited about opportunities to use his vast experience and unique expertise in healthcare and public policy to help actively shape improvements in technology and throughout the financing and delivery systems.
His first calling was to care for patients. Dr. Price received his Bachelor and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Michigan and completed his General Surgery Internship and Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Emory University. After his training, Dr. Price – a third generation physician following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather – began a solo medical practice in Atlanta, Georgia, which would eventually grow to be one of the largest, non-academic orthopaedic practices in the country, which he led as Chairman of the Board. During his 20+ years as a practicing physician, he also served as Medical Director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital as well as an Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine.
As with many physicians and health care providers, Dr. Price’s experience caring for patients gave him a unique perspective about the impact of public policy on the practice of medicine. Eager to broaden the impact he could have on improving access to quality health care, Dr. Price ran for public office and was elected to four terms in the Georgia State Senate – during which time he was chosen by his colleagues to serve as Senate Minority Whip and later as the first Republican Senate Majority Leader in the history of Georgia.
Dr. Price also served as the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District from northern suburban Atlanta. He held this office from 2005-2017 and earned a reputation amongst his colleagues for being a tireless problem solver and the go-to expert on health care matters. During his congressional career, Dr. Price served in various leadership roles including Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee and Chairman of the Republican Study Committee.
Committed to promoting positive solutions under principled leadership, Dr. Price remains a fierce advocate for a patient-centered health care system that adheres to six key principles: affordability, accessibility, quality, choices, innovation, and responsiveness.