Benjamin K. Chu
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., M.P.H. was appointed president, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Southern California Region, in February 2005. Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Chu was President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation with primary responsibility for management and policy implementation at the Corporation. Prior to that, Dr. Chu was Senior Associate Dean at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has also served as Associate Dean and Vice President for Clinical Affairs at the New York University Medical Center managing and developing the clinical academic hospital network. Dr. Chu is a primary care internist by training with extensive experience as a clinician, administrator and policy advocate for the public hospital sector. He was Senior Vice President for Medical and Professional Affairs at the Corporation from 1990-1994. During that period he also served as Acting Commissioner of Health for the New York City Department of Health and Acting Executive Director for Kings County Hospital Center. Dr. Chu also has extensive experience in crafting public policy. He served as legislative assistant for health for Senator Bill Bradley as a 1989-90 Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow. His area of interests includes health care access and insurance, graduate medical education policy, primary care and public health issues. He has served on numerous advisory and not-for-profit boards which focused on health care policy issues. Dr. Chu received a Master in Public Health from the Mailman School at Columbia University and his Doctorate of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine.
A. B. Eastman
A. Brent Eastman, M.D., is currently the Chief Medical Officer of ScrippsHealth and N. Paul Whittier Chair of Trauma. He previously served as the Medical Director of Trauma Services at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, from 1984-2002. He is also a Clinical Professor of Surgery & Trauma at the University of California, San Diego, Adjunct Professor for the National Resource on Aging & Injury at San Diego State University, and a principal investigator for the San Diego Crash Injury Research Engineering Network (CIREN) Project.
Dr. Eastman received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, where he also did his general surgical residency and served as Chief Surgical Resident. He spent one year abroad in surgical training in England at Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals.
He has recently been appointed to the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents. Dr. Eastman served as Chairman of the Committee on Trauma for the ACS from 1990-1994. This organization sets the standards for the trauma care in the United States and abroad. The position has led to his involvement nationally and internationally in the development of trauma systems in the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and South Africa. Dr. Eastman has authored or co-authored more than 25 publications and chapters principally relating to trauma. He has held numerous appointments and chairmanships over the last two decades, including Chairman, Trauma Systems Committee for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Board of Directors, American Association for the Surgery of Trauma; and Chairman, Grant Review Committee, Center for Injury and Prevention and Control at the Center for Disease Control.
George L. Foltin
New York University School of Medicine
George L. Foltin, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.E.P. has been involved with the Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Program of the Health Resources and Services Administration since its inception in 1985. Board certified in pediatrics, emergency medicine, and pediatric emergency medicine, Dr. Foltin served on the Medical Oversight Committee for the EMT-Basic National Standard Curriculum project and was a subject expert for the Project to Revise EMT-Intermediate and Paramedic National Standard Curriculum. He is a former board member of the National Association of EMS Physicians and served on the Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Currently Dr. Foltin co-chairs the Statewide AAP Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine and sits on the Regional Medical Advisory Committee of New York City. He has published extensively in the field of Emergency Medical Services for Children, and serves as a consultant to the New York City and State Departments of Health, as well as to federal programs such as the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Foltin is Director of the Center for Pediatric Emergency Medicine at New York University School of Medicine. His current projects include a population based study of pediatric pre-hospital resuscitation and creation of a national resource in partnership with the AAP addressing the needs of children in regards to terrorism and disaster related events.
Canyon Resources, LLC
Shirley Gamble, M.B.A. is served as the Senior Advisor to The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Urgent Matters initiative, which is working to help hospitals eliminate emergency department crowding and help communities understand the challenges facing the health care safety net. Ms. Gamble has over 20 years experience in the health care industry serving as an executive with Incarnate Word Health Services, Texas Health Plans HMO, and Tampa General Hospital. As Partner of Phase 2 Consulting, a health care management and economic consulting firm, Ms. Gamble led performance improvement and strategic planning engagements for major hospital systems, managed care entities, and university faculty practice plans. She has an M.B.A. and B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Darrell J. Gaskin
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Darrell J. Gaskin, Ph.D., M.S., is deputy director of the Center for Health Disparities Solutions and Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Prior to joining the Hopkins faculty, Dr. Gaskin was an associate research professor at Georgetown University's Institute for Health Care Research and Policy. His primary research interests are the hospital safety net and access to health care for the minority, low-income, uninsured, and other vulnerable populations. In addition, he is interested in the determinants of racial and ethnic disparities in health service use and health outcomes. His other research interests include the effects of market forces and public policy on providers' behavior, mental health economics, and the treatment decisions of terminally ill patients. Dr. Gaskin has studied several issues concerning the hospital safety net. He has examined the effects of managed care and price competition of safety net hospitals' provision of care to Medicaid and the uninsured patients. He has documented the importance of safety-net hospitals' provision of essential community services. He has examined the composition of safety-net hospitals' patient census and studied their importance to minority and low-income communities. Dr. Gaskin recently received the Academy of Health Services Research and Health Policy 2002 Article-of-the-Year Award for his health services research article entitled, "Are Urban Safety-Net Hospitals Losing Low-Risk Medicaid Maternity Patients?" Dr. Gaskin is active in professional organizations. He is a member of the Academy of Health Services Research and Health Policy, the American Economic Association, the National Economics Association (NEA), the International Health Economics Association, and the American Public Health Association (APHA). Dr. Gaskin is a member of the Board of Directors of the NEA. He is a member of the Governing Council of APHA and organizes the solicited program for the Medical Care Section of APHA. Dr. Gaskin earned his Ph.D. in health economics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. He also holds a master's degree in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in economics from Brandeis University.
Robert C. Gates
Orange County Health Care Agency
Robert C. Gates, M.P.A. began his career in the County of Los Angeles Chief Administrative Office, where he was the principal budget analyst for the public health, hospital, and mental health departments. He left Los Angeles to become Chief Operating Officer for the University of California, Irvine, Medical Center in Orange County. While in Orange County he was instrumental in creating their paramedic system. Mr. Gates then returned to Los Angeles County and spent 6 years as the Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Health Services, guiding the creation of the Los Angeles County Trauma Center system. Mr. Gates was then appointed Director of Health Services for Los Angeles County and served in that capacity for over 11 years. Mr. Gates is currently serving as Medical Services for Indigents Project Director for the Orange County Health Care Agency.
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Marianne Gausche-Hill, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., F.A.A.P., is Professor of Medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and CoDirector of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance, California. She is nationally known for her work as an EMS researcher and educator, and for her leadership in the field of pediatric emergency medicine. She is best known for her study of prehospital airway management for children. She has also been integral in the design and implementation of a number of educational curricula in prehospital care and pediatric emergency medicine including: the Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals Course, Continuing Education Modules for Basic and Advanced Prehospital Providers, Pediatric Airway Management for the Prehospital Professional, and Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS): The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource. Gausche-Hill serves as on the editorial board of Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Prehospital Emergency Care, and Pediatric Emergency Care and she is an editor for Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. She served 7 years on the subboard for Pediatric Emergency Medicine as an American Board of Emergency Medicine representative, 2 of those years as chair. She is the immediate past-Chair of the Pediatric Committee for the American College of Emergency Physicians.
John D. Halamka
CareGroup Health System
John D. Halamka, M.D., M.S., is Chief Information Officer of the CareGroup Health System, Chief Information Officer and Associate Dean for Educational Technology at Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the New England Health Electronic Data Interchange Network (NEHEN), Chief Information Officer of the Harvard Clinical Research Institute (HCRI), and an emergency physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Halamka completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University where he received a degree in Medical Microbiology and a degree in Public Policy with a focus on technology issues. In 1984, Dr. Halamka entered medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, and simultaneously pursued graduate work in Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on technology issues in medicine. During medical school and graduate training, he continued his business activities and developed Ibis Research Labs into a 25 person software consultancy, specializing in medical and financial information interchange. Ibis was sold to senior management in 1992. Dr. Halamka served his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in the Department of Emergency Medicine. While at Harbor-UCLA he was an active member of the information systems team and developed a hospital-wide knowledge base for policies, procedures, and protocols. Further, he was instrumental in creating an on-line medical record, a quality control system, and several systems for medical education. His research focus during residency was building automated triage tools for patients infected with HIV. In 1996, Dr. Halamka joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School and continues to integrate his knowledge of medicine and technology focusing on the use of the Internet to exchange clinical patient data.
Mary M. Jagim
Mary M. Jagim, R.N., B.S.N., C.E.N. is an experienced emergency/trauma nurse with extensive leadership background in program development and implementation, group facilitation, government affairs, and community based injury prevention. She is currently the Manager of the MeritCare Hospital Emergency Center in Fargo, North Dakota. Well versed in current issues affecting emergency/trauma nursing and emergency care, Jagim has served as President for the Emergency Nurses Association, and currently serves on its Managers curriculum task force. Jagim also served on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Strategies for Advancing Child Pedestrian Safety Panel to Prevent Pedestrian Injuries and is on the Board of Advocates for Auto and Highway Safety. Jagim received her B.N. from the University of North Dakota in 1984.
Arthur L. Kellermann
Arthur L. Kellermann, M.D., M.P.H. is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Injury Control at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. His primary research focus is injury prevention and injury control. He has also conducted landmark research on prehospital cardiac care, use of diagnostic technology in emergency departments, and health care for the poor. His papers have been published in many of the nation's leading medical journals. He is a recipient of the Hal Jayne Academic Excellence Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the Excellence in Science award from the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of the American Public Health Association and the Scholar/Teacher Award from Emory University. A member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Dr. Kellermann served as Co-Chair of the IOM's Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance from 2001-2004.
William N. Kelley
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
William N. Kelley, M.D., currently serves as Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine from 1989 to February 2000. At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Kelley led the development of one of the first academic, fully integrated, delivery systems in the nation. He also built and implemented the largest Health and Disease Management program in the country, with over 500 physicians and staff and 60 separate clinical sites engaged in implementing the program. Dr. Kelley also holds a patent in a frequently used gene transfer technique that has allowed for numerous advances in the application of gene therapy. Dr. Kelley received his M.D. from Emory University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas. After a fellowship with the National Institutes of Health and a teaching fellowship at Harvard Medical School, he began his academic career as an assistant professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, moving on to head Duke's Division of Rheumatic and Genetic Diseases, before becoming chair of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School.
Peter M. Layde
Medical College of Wisconsin
Peter M. Layde, M.D., M.Sc. is Professor and Director of the Division of Research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Layde has been an epidemiologist for over 20 years and an active injury control researcher for over 10 years. He has published extensively on agricultural injuries and methods for injury epidemiology, including early work on use of case-control studies for homicide and on the epidemiological representativeness of trauma center-based studies. He has been an ad-hoc reviewer for the injury Grant Review Committee for over 10 years and served as a member of that committee from 1997-2000. Dr. Layde serves as Co-Director of the Injury Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin and as Director of its Research Development and Support Core. He is also Principal Investigator on the Risk Factors for Medical Injury research project.
Boston University Health Policy Institute
Eugene Litvak, Ph.D., is Professor of Health Care and Operations Management at the Boston University School of Management. He is also co-founder and director of the Program for the Management of Variability in Health Care Delivery at the Boston University Health Policy Institute. He received his doctorate in Operations Research from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1977. Prior to joining Boston University he was a faculty member at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis in the Department of Health Policy & Management at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), where he still teaches the course "Operations Management in Service Delivery Organizations" as an Adjunct Lecturer. Dr. Litvak arrived in the U.S. in 1988, and joined HSPH in 1990. Prior to that time he was a chief of the Operations Management Group at the Computing Center in Kiev, Ukraine. His research interests include operations management in health care delivery organizations, cost-effective medical decision-making, screening for HIV and other infectious diseases, and operations research. Professor Litvak is an author of more than 50 publications in these areas. Since 1995 he has led the development and practical applications of innovative variability methodology for cost reduction and quality improvement in health care delivery systems. Professor Litvak was the Principal Investigator in the recent "Emergency Room Diversion Study" supported by the grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. He also serves as a consultant on operations improvement to several major hospitals and as a faculty of the Institute for Health Care Improvement.
Richard A. Orr
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Richard A. Orr, M.D., serves as Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Associate Director of the Intensive Care Unit at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and Medical Director of the Children's Hospital Transport Team of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Orr has devoted much of his career to interhospital transportation problems of infants and children in need of tertiary care. He is a member of many professional organizations and societies and has authored numerous articles regarding the safe and effective air transport of the critically ill and injured pediatric patient. Dr. Orr is also a noted lecturer to the air transport community, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Orr is editor of Pediatric Transport Medicine, a unique 700 page book published in 1995. He is the 2001 recipient of the Air Medical Physician Association (AMPA) Distinguished Physician Award and a founding member of the AMPA.
Jerry L. Overton
Richmond Ambulance Authority
Jerry L. Overton, M.A. serves as the Executive Director of the Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA), Richmond, Virginia, and is responsible for the overall supervision of the Richmond Emergency Medical Services system. His duties extend to planning and administering the high performance Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system design, negotiating and implementing high performance provider contracts, maximizing fee for service revenues while minimizing governmental subsidies, development of quality patient care protocols, and the implementation of innovative equipment and treatment modalities. Mr. Overton was previously the Executive Director of the Kansas City, Missouri, EMS system. In addition, he has provided technical assistance to numerous EMS systems throughout the United States and to governments and agencies in Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia, and Canada. He designed an implementation plan for an Emergency Medical Transport program in Central Bosnia-Hercegovina. Mr. Overton is a faculty member of the Emergency Medical Department of the Medical College of Virginia and the National EMS Medical Directors Course, National Association of EMS Physicians. He serves as the President of the American Ambulance Association and is on the Board of Directors of the North American Association of Public Utility Models.
John E. Prescott
West Virginia University, School of Medicine
John E. Prescott, M.D. is Senior Associate Dean of the West Virginia University (WVU) School of Medicine and will begin service as Dean effective July 2004. He also serves as the President and CEO of University Health Associates (UHA), WVU's medical/dental faculty practice plan. Dr. Prescott received both his B.S. and M.D. degrees at Georgetown University. A recipient of an Army Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) scholarship, he completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas, and was then assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 1990 he joined WVU and soon assumed leadership of the Section of Emergency Medicine. During that same year, Dr. Prescott founded and became the first Director of WVU's Center for Rural Emergency Medicine. In 1993 he became the first Chair of WVU's newly established Department of Emergency Medicine. As past recipient of major Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and private foundation grants, Dr. Prescott's research and scholarly interests include: rural emergency care; injury control and prevention; medical response to terrorism; and academic and administrative medicine. In 1999, Dr. Prescott became WVU's Associate Dean for the Clinical Enterprise and assumed his current position within UHA. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians since 1987 and is the recipient of WVU's Presidential Heroism Award.
Nels D. Sanddal
Critical Illness and Trauma Foundation
Nels D. Sanddal, M.S., REMT-B, is the President of Critical Illness and Trauma (CIT) Foundation and is currently on detachment as the Director of the Rural Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Technical Assistance Center (REMSTTAC). Nels has been involved in EMS since the 1970s and has held many state, regional, and national positions in organizations furthering EMS causes, including president of the Intermountain Regional EMS for Children Coordinating Council and core faculty for the Development of Trauma Systems Training Programs for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Nels is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, volunteers with a local fire department, and has been involved with the CIT Foundation since its inception. He holds a M.S. in psychology and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in health services.
C. W. Schwab
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
C. William Schwab, M.D., F.A.C.S. is currently Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1987, Dr. Schwab established a Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center, Surgical Critical Care Service, the PennStar Flight Program, and the Communications Center at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Today Dr. Schwab?s surgical practice focuses on caring for the severely injured patient and incorporating the most advanced techniques in trauma surgery available. He is one of the first traumatologists to study the effects of trauma in the elderly patient. In addition, Dr. Schwab is extremely active in the field of violence prevention and in developing a program in which trauma surgeons can become leaders in the public health effort to reduce firearm-related injuries. He is the Director of the Firearm & Injury Center at Penn (FICAP) and has been awarded several grants to look at the possibilities of reducing firearm and non-firearm injury. Another of his most recent projects is the formation of a trauma network. This involves setting up Level II trauma centers throughout the Delaware Valley to work with the University of Pennsylvania?s Level I trauma center in enhancing the quality of medical care for victims of injury. He has accomplished this at the Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville, PA, and at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, PA, and is currently consulting with other facilities to improve their trauma care as well. In October 2004, Schwab was elected President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST). He will serve as President Elect through August 2005, at which time he will assume the full duties of the presidency.
Mark D. Smith
California HealthCare Foundation
Mark D. Smith, M.D., M.B.A. has led the California HealthCare Foundation in developing research and initiatives aimed at improving California's health care financing and delivery systems since its formation in 1996. Prior to joining the California Healthcare Foundation, he was Executive Vice President at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and served as Associate Director of the AIDS Service and Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Smith is a member of the Institute of Medicine and is on the board of the Washington Business Group on Health. Previously, he served on the Performance Measurement Committee of the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the editorial board of the Annals of Internal Medicine. A board certified internist, Dr. Smith is a member of the clinical faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, and an attending physician at the AIDS clinic at San Francisco General Hospital.
David N. Sundwall
American Clinical Laboratory Association
David N. Sundwall, M.D., became President of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) in September 1994, and served in this capacity until May 2003, when he was appointed Senior Medical and Scientific Officer. Prior to his current position, he was Vice President and Medical Director of American Healthcare System (AmHS), at that time the largest coalition of not-for-profit multi-hospital systems in the country. Dr. Sundwall has extensive experience in federal government and national health policy, including service as Administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Public Health Service, and Assistant Surgeon General in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (1986-1988). During this period, he had adjunct responsibilities at HHS including: Co-Chairman of the HHS Secretary's Task Force on Medical Liability and Malpractice, and was the HHS Secretary's Designee to the National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality. Prior to this service, Dr. Sundwall was Director of the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee Health and Human Resources Staff (Majority) from 1981-1986; Director of Medical Student Programs in Family Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine (1978-1981); Chief of the Family Medicine Section of the Division of Ambulatory and Community Medicine at the University of California - San Francisco (1977-1978); and Director of the Family Practice Residency Program at the University School of Medicine in Salt Lake City (1975-1977). Dr. Sundwall was in private medical practice in Murray, Utah, from 1973-1975. Dr. Sundwall has participated in many medically related task forces and advisory groups and has authored numerous articles on medical practice, health policy, and the public interest. Sundwall currently serves as Chair of the Clinical Laboratory Advisory Committee (CLIAC) for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is also on the Advisory Committee to the Director for the CDC. He also has academic appointments at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland; Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC; and the University of Utah School of Medicine. Sundwall is board certified in internal medicine and family practice, and is a member of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Academy of Family Physician (AAFP). He is on the volunteer medical staff of Health Care for the Homeless Project and serves as a primary care physician in a shelter-based clinic.