Betsy Nabel has served as president of Harvard-affiliated Brigham Health--an academic health care system which includes Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, and the Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization--since 2010. A cardiologist and distinguished biomedical researcher, Nabel is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Nabel brings a unique perspective to health care based on her experience as a physician, research scientist, academic medicine leader, and wellness advocate. At Brigham Health, Nabel is leading development of a new model of academic medicine devoted to maintaining and restoring health through leadership in scientific discovery, education, and compassionate care. Initiatives include a new translational research and clinical facility, leading-edge care redesign, and a $1.5 billion campaign to advance life-giving breakthroughs.
Nabel has a long record of advocacy for health and broadening access to care. As director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute from 2005-2009, Nabel leveraged the $3 billion research portfolio to establish pioneering scientific programs in genomics, stem cells, and translational research. One of her signature advocacy efforts was the Red Dress Heart Truth campaign, which raises heart awareness in women through unprecedented industry partnerships.
An accomplished physician-scientist, Nabel’s work on the molecular genetics of cardiovascular diseases has produced 17 patents and more than 250 scientific publications. Nabel’s scientific contributions in cardiovascular gene transfer have developed molecular and cellular techniques, delineated that the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis and clarified the processes of cell division and growth of vascular smooth muscle cells in blood vessels. Her studies on Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome have characterized the vascular smooth muscle cell defect leading to premature heart attack and stroke.
Nabel has been named one of the nation’s top leaders in medicine by Modern Healthcare and Becker’s Hospital Review, and one of Boston’s 50 most powerful people by Boston Magazine. Her honors include the Distinguished Bostonian Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Kober Medal from the Association of American Physicians, the Champion in Health Care award from the Boston Business Journal, the Willem Einthoven Award from Leiden University in the Netherlands, the Amgen-Scientific Achievement Award, two Distinguished Achievement Awards and the Eugene Braunwald Academic Mentorship Award from the American Heart Association, and six honorary doctorates.
Her colleagues have elected her to the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the Association of American Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, and she is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Nabel serves on the boards of Medtronic, Moderna Therapeutics, the Broad Institute, Ariadne Labs, the Boys & Girls Club of Boston, and the Medical Advisory Board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and previously served on the editorial boards for the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, and Science Translational Medicine as well as editor-in-chief of Scientific American Medicine.
A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Nabel attended Weill Cornell Medical College and completed her internal medicine and cardiology training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She and her husband Gary, who is the chief scientific officer for Sanofi, have three children, all of whom are pursuing careers in medicine.
George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, was sworn into office on January 20, 2001, and served as Commander in Chief for two consecutive terms. Before his presidency, he served for six years as Governor of the State of Texas. President Bush was born July 6, 1946, in New Haven, Connecticut, to Barbara and George H.W. Bush – later the 41st President of the United States. In 1948, the family moved to Texas, where President Bush grew up in Midland and Houston. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University in 1968 and then served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. President Bush received a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School in 1975. Following graduation, he moved back to Midland and began a career in the energy business. After working on his father’s successful 1988 Presidential campaign, President Bush led a group of partners that purchased the Texas Rangers baseball franchise in 1989.
On November 8, 1994, George W. Bush was elected the 46th Governor of Texas. He became the first governor in Texas history to be elected to consecutive four-year terms when he was re-elected on November 3, 1998. In Austin, he earned a reputation for his bipartisan governing approach and his compassionate conservative philosophy, which was based on education reform, limited government, personal responsibility, strong families and local control. As President, George W. Bush worked to expand freedom, opportunity and security at home and abroad. His first initiative as President was the No Child Left Behind Act, a bipartisan measure that raised standards in schools, insisted on accountability in return for federal dollars and led to measurable gains in achievement – especially among minority students. Faced with a recession when he took office, President Bush cut taxes for every federal income taxpayer, which helped lead to an unprecedented 52 straight months of job creation. President Bush also modernized Medicare by adding a prescription drug benefit that provided access to needed medicine for 40 million seniors and other beneficiaries.
President Bush implemented free trade agreements with more than a dozen nations; empowered America’s armies of compassion by creating USA Freedom Corps and the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives; promoted a culture of life; improved air quality and made America’s energy supply more secure; designated more ocean area habitats for environmental protection than any predecessor; transformed the military to meet the changing threats of the 21st century and nearly doubled government support for veterans; pioneered a new development strategy that tied American foreign aid to reform and good governance; launched global HIV/AIDS and malaria initiatives that have saved millions of lives; expanded the NATO alliance; forged a historic new partnership with India; and appointed Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The most significant event of President Bush’s tenure came on September 11, 2001, when terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people on American soil. President Bush responded with a comprehensive strategy to protect the American people. He led the most dramatic reorganization of the federal government since the beginning of the Cold War, reforming the intelligence community and establishing new institutions like the Department of Homeland Security. He built global coalitions to remove violent regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq that threatened America, liberating more than 50 million people from tyranny. Recognizing that freedom and hope are the best alternative to the extremist ideology of the terrorists, he provided unprecedented American support for young democracies and dissidents in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere. In the more than seven years President Bush remained in office following September 11, 2001, the United States was not attacked again.
Since leaving office, President Bush has returned to Texas, where he has focused his attention on the development of the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, which opened in May 2013. The Bush Center encompasses President Bush’s presidential library, museum and archives, as well as the George W. Bush Institute. The Bush Institute seeks to improve the human condition, and its work is based on the principles that have guided President Bush throughout his life: freedom is universal; each human life is precious; to whom much is given, much is required; and the marketplace is the best way to allocate resources. President Bush has continued to promote these values through the work of the Bush Institute in economic growth, education reform, global health, human freedom, the Military Service Initiative and the Women’s Initiative. Through events like the Warrior Open Golf Tournament, a 36-hole competition that brings together patriots who volunteered to defend our Nation in the face of danger and were severely wounded in the War on Terror and programs such as Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, an innovative partnership established to leverage public and private investments in global health to combat breast and cervical cancer in developing nations in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, President Bush continues his public service and advancing the policies he has championed throughout his life through the work of the Bush Institute.
In addition to his work with the Bush Center, President Bush published his memoir, Decision Points, a personal and candid account of the most defining decisions of his personal life and presidency in the fall of 2010. He is also the author Connecting You with the World's Greatest Minds of an intimate biography of his father, President George H.W. Bush, entitled 41: A Portrait of My Father. In the spring of 2017, President Bush will release another book entitled Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to
America’s Warriors, a vibrant collection of oil paintings and stories by President Bush honoring the sacrifice and courage of America’s military veterans. President Bush partnered with President Bill Clinton in the wake of Haiti’s devastating earthquake to lead a major fundraising effort to assist the Haitian people. President Bush also serves as the Honorary Chairman of the First Tee, an organization that provides young people with character-building and life skills lessons using golf as the platform. President Bush is married to Laura Welch Bush, a former teacher and librarian whom he met at a friend’s backyard barbeque. They have twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, a son-in-law, Henry Hager, and two granddaughters, Mila and Poppy Louise Hager. The Bush family also includes two cats, Bob and Bernadette.
From being the number one overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft through his retirement this year, Peyton Manning scorched the record books and distinguished himself as arguably the best quarterback of his generation. Manning revolutionized the game with his talent and football IQ and made his unmatched leadership and quality of character his trademark.
His many on-field achievements throughout his 18 NFL seasons include:
Super Bowl Champion (XLI, 50)
Super Bowl MVP (XLI)
NFL-record 5 MVP awards (2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2013)
14 Pro Bowl selections (1999-2000, 2002-2010, 2012-2014)
7 first-team All-Pro selection (2003-2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013)
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2013)
Walter Payton Man of the Year (2005)
NFL Career record holder in wins (200)
NFL Career record holder in passing yards (71,940)
NFL Career record holder in touchdown passes (539)
NFL Single-season record holder in touchdown passes (55)
NFL Single-season record holder in passing yards (5,477)
A future Hall of Fame quarterback, Manning embodies what it means to be a professional athlete in today’s day and age, making a lasting impact both on and off the field. He has championed numerous charitable organizations and foundations to further his positive impact on the community, including the PeyBack Foundation, which he founded in an effort to help underprivileged youth in Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee.
Laura L. Forese, MD MPH, is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian, including NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network, NewYork-Presbyterian Physician Services, and NewYork-Presbyterian Population and Community Health. She is responsible for achieving NewYork-Presbyterian’s operating targets, and implementing our patient-centered strategic vision and culture across the enterprise. She joined NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2003 as Vice President of Medical Affairs and, since then, has held roles as Chief Medical Officer; Group Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for NYP/Weill Cornell, NYP/Westchester, and NYP/Lower Manhattan; and President of the former NYP Healthcare System. Prior to joining NewYork-Presbyterian, Dr. Forese spent four years as Vice Chair in Columbia’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. A pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Forese has been a Columbia faculty member since 1993 and retains her appointment as Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Forese graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, and Alpha Omega Alpha from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Forese also holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Penny Wheeler, MD, is the president and chief executive officer of Allina Health. Prior to her appointment as CEO, she served as the chief clinical officer of Allina Health, responsible for leading the organization's quality and value agenda through alignment of the clinical and operational leadership to optimally benefit those served by Allina Health. A board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Wheeler served patients at Women's Health Consultants in Minneapolis, was the president of Abbott Northwestern Hospital's medical staff, chaired the Allina Health Quality Committee and served on the Allina Health Board of Directors.
In addition to her current role, Dr. Wheeler chairs the Minnesota Community Measurement board, a regional health quality collaborative, and is on the board of Portico Healthnet, an organization dedicated to helping uninsured Minnesotans receive affordable health coverage and care. She has presented nationally on Allina Health’s approach and success in quality advancement and outcomes-based quality payment models. Dr. Wheeler was named the 2012 Outstanding Health Care Executive, largely based on her ability to form internal and external care collaboratives and their impact on community health.
Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate of medicine degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School.
With more than 25 years of experience in health care, consulting and international business development, Dan Morissette brings broad financial expertise to his role as chief financial officer for CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit Catholic health system created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. The Chicago-based system operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states, and includes a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians. The nonprofit’s anticipated FY 2019 revenue is approximately $30 billion. Across his career, Morissette has remained steeped in health care strategy, operations and finance. He has led a number of successful partnerships, bond offerings, and acquisitions. Prior to CommonSpirit Health, he served as the chief financial officer of Dignity Health and the chief financial officer of Stanford Health Care. He also has held executive level positions with the University of Toledo, Medical University of Ohio; the Chicago Medical School and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Morissette has an MBA from University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from DePaul University.
Mike Butler serves as president of operations for Providence.
He is responsible for all regional operations, population health, physician services, digital innovation and senior and community services.
He has more than 30 years of experience in health care financial and operations management with a successful track record in leading growth initiatives, building diverse leadership teams, implementing operational excellence, improving credit ratings, consolidating administrative services and improving patient outcomes and experience.
He leads with a sense of calling driven by his steadfast commitment to the mission of serving the poor and vulnerable, servant leadership and improving health for a better world.
Prior to joining Providence in 1998, Butler was the chief operating and financial officer of the Franciscan Health System in Tacoma, Washington and Catholic Health Initiatives in Englewood, Colorado. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from California State University, Fullerton and is a member of the Health Management Academy.
John D. Couris is the president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic health system.
As a recognized leader in the health care industry, Couris has achieved success through innovation, operational excellence, technological integration, and strategic collaborations.
He writes about these experiences in leadership and some of the most critical and relevant issues facing the health care industry today on his website www.leadingthechangewithjohncouris.com. Leading the Change was created to advocate for effective policies that ensure all Floridians have access to world-class care, to spotlight the innovative, cutting-edge work of Tampa General Hospital, and to provide a forum to feature other innovative leaders making a dramatic impact in the health care industry.
Under Couris’ leadership, Tampa General Hospital has partnered with GE Healthcare to advance care coordination, help enhance patient safety and quality, and improve efficiency with a new care coordination center. The center will harness artificial intelligence, predictive analytical modeling, and human intelligence to drive operational excellence and help improve the experience and outcomes for patients, families and hospital staff. In addition, Couris co-led a new partnership with USF Health and the institution's private practice physicians’ group to build a new clinical platform and physicians’ collaborative designed to strengthen health care for the Tampa Bay region.
Prior to joining Tampa General Hospital in 2017, Couris served for seven years as president and chief executive officer of Jupiter Health and Jupiter Medical Center, the region’s leading health system. During his tenure, the organization completed over $100 million in capital and operation improvements and led the organization to establish a $300 million campaign to meet the region's growing demand for critical health services, such as advanced cardiac care, expanded pediatric services and comprehensive stroke care. Under Couris' leadership, Jupiter Medical Center received numerous accolades for hospital quality, safety, and patient satisfaction, placing the organization in the top 10% within the state of Florida and the top 20% in the nation.
Couris’ career began at Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the premier academic medical centers in the country. From there, he spent the next ten years with BayCare Health System, rising from vice president of ambulatory care at Morton Plant Mease Health Care in Clearwater to chief operating officer. Throughout his over twenty-year career, John has demonstrated a unique ability to lead organizations and empower individuals to reach their fullest potential, while generating high levels of return on investment and developing innovative programs that consistently deliver on results.
Couris is active in numerous community and philanthropic activities and serves on the board of the Florida Hospital Association, the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, the Tampa Bay Partnership, the Economic Development Council, the Valspar PGA Tournament and Loggerhead Marinelife Center. In addition, he is the immediate past chairman of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, the state’s largest regional theatre, MyClinic (a free clinic for the uninsured) and the North Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO), along with many national health associations.
Couris is the recipient of multiple awards, including being named one of the “Top 10 CEOs” in Palm Beach County as well as a “Power Leader in Health Care” for 2014, 2015 and 2016 by the South Florida Business Journal. In 2016, he was awarded the "Health Care Innovator Hero" by the Palm Beach County Medical Society. In 2014, he was awarded the "Healthcare Professional of the Year" by the Chamber of the Palm Beaches and was named the "Healthcare Business Leader of the Year" by the Palm Beach Medical Society. Couris was also recognized as the “2014 Corporate Star” by the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches.
Couris is a graduate of Boston University and holds a Master of Science in Management from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in business administration at the University of South Florida Muma College of Business. Couris resides in Tampa, Florida, with his wife and two children.
Charles (Chuck) D. Stokes joined Memorial Hermann Health System in 2008 as Chief Operating Officer (COO). In June 2017, he was named President and CEO of the System.In his role, Stokes is responsible for leading and overseeing the System’s network of more than 250 hospitals and diagnostic and specialty centers, with more than 26,000 employees and 5,500 affiliated physicians in the Greater Houston area.Stokes has nearly four decades of leadership experience in healthcare, and throughout his accomplished career has achieved success in service line leadership, quality and patient safety improvement, leadership development, employee engagement, and physician collaboration.