Thomas E. Getzen, PhD is Professor of Risk, Insurance and Health Management at the Fox School of Business, Temple University and Executive Director of iHEA, the International Health Economics Association, with 2400 academic and professional members in 72 countries. He has also served as visiting professor at the University of Toronto, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy at Princeton University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York. His textbook Health Economics: Fundamentals and Flow of Funds (Wiley; 4th ed., 2010) is used in graduate and undergraduate programs throughout the world. His research focuses on the macroeconomics of health, finance, forecasting medical expenditures and physician supply, price indexes, public health economics, and related issues. He recently completed a model of long-run medical cost trends for use by the Society of Actuaries, building on the work of economists at the CMS and CBO. Currently Professor Getzen is conducting an organizational study of tissue banking focused on organizational dynamics, pricing and the creation of medical value.
Lawrence O. Gostin
Georgetown University Law Center
Lawrence O. Gostin, JD, LLD (Hon.), is the Linda and Timothy O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law and the Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. He served as the Associate Dean at Georgetown Law until 2008. He also is a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Public Health, and Visiting Professor at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He is a Fellow of the Hastings Center, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and Royal Society of Public Health. Professor Gostin is on the editorial boards of several journals, including law editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association. He directs the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Collaborating Centers on Public Health Law. Professor Gostin is a member of the IOM and has chaired four IOM committees.
George J. Isham
George Isham, MD, MS, is Medical Director and Chief Health Officer for HealthPartners. He is responsible for the improvement of health and quality of care as well as HealthPartners' research and education programs. Dr. Isham currently chairs the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy. He also chaired the IOM Committees on Identifying Priority Areas for Quality Improvement and The State of the USA Health Indicators. He has served as a member of the IOM committee on The Future of the Public's Health and the subcommittees on the Environment for Committee on Quality in Health Care which authored the reports To Err is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm. He has served on the subcommittee on performance measures for the committee charged with redesigning health insurance benefits, payment and performance improvement programs for Medicare and was a member of the IOM Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice. Dr. Isham was founding co-chair of and is currently a member of the National Committee on Quality Assurance's committee on performance measurement which oversees the Health Employer Data Information Set (HEDIS) and currently co-chairs the National Quality Forum's advisory committee on prioritization of quality measures for Medicare. Before his current position, he was medical director of MedCenters Health Plan in Minneapolis and In the late 1980s he was executive director of University Health Care, an organization affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Robert M. Kaplan
University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health
Robert M. Kaplan, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Health Services at UCLA and Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine where he is PI of the California Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Improvement Center. He leads the UCLA/RAND health services training program and the UCLA/RAND CDC Prevention Research Center. He was Chair of the Department of Health Services from 2004 to 2009. From 1997 to 2004 he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, at the University of California, San Diego. He is a past President of several organizations, including the American Psychological Association Division of Health Psychology, Section J of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Pacific), the International Society for Quality of Life Research, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. He is a Past Chair of the Behavioral Science Council of the American Thoracic Society. Dr. Kaplan is currently Editor-in-Chief of Health Psychology and is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Kaplan is the author, co-author or editor of more than 18 books and approximately 450 articles or chapters. The ISI includes him in the listing of the most cited authors in the world (defined as above the 99.5th percentile). In 2005 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences.
New York City Department of Health
Wilfredo Lopez, JD, was born and raised in the Bronx. He graduated from the City College of New York and from Brooklyn Law School. Mr. Lopez joined the New York City Department of Health as a staff attorney in 1979, became Deputy General Counsel in 1980, and was appointed General Counsel in 1992. He has authored and contributed to academic articles, and is a co-editor and co-author of the textbook “Law in Public Health Practice”, currently in its Second Edition and published by Oxford University Press. In December of 2006 Mr. Lopez retired from the Department and was appointed General Counsel Emeritus to the New York City Health Department and Counsel Emeritus to the New York City Board of Health. In collaboration with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Mr. Lopez served as the Executive Editor of “The National Action Agenda for Public Health Legal Preparedness”. Between 2007 and 2009 he spearheaded the New York City Health Code Revision Project, the first such effort in 50 years. Since his retirement Mr. Lopez has been a professional consultant in the field of public health and public health law.
Glen P. Mays
University of Arkansas School for Medical Sciences
Glen P. Mays, PhD, MPH, serves as professor and chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He also directs the PhD Program in Health Systems Research at UAMS. Dr. Mays’ research focuses on strategies for organizing and financing public health services, preventive care, and chronic disease management for underserved populations. He has led a series of national studies examining how public health services are organized, financed, and delivered across local communities, and what factors influence the availability and quality of these services. This work has included the development of instruments and analytic techniques used to measure public health system performance, and studies that examine the health and economic consequences of geographic variation in public health spending within the U.S. Currently, he directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks Program, which brings together public health agencies and researchers from around the nation to study innovations and improvements in practice. Dr. Mays’ work in public health systems research has been funded by RWJF, CDC, AHRQ, HRSA, and NIH, and has been published in leading journals including Health Services Research, Health Affairs, Inquiry, and the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Mays has published more than 50 journal articles, books and chapters on these issues. He received PhD and MPH degrees in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health economics at Harvard Medical School.
Phyllis D. Meadows
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Phyllis Meadows, PhD, MSN, RN, is a faculty member at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, where her responsibilities include developing and teaching courses in public health administration and public health policy for the Department of Health Management and Policy, and overseeing leadership training for professionals in the practice of public health for the UM SPH Office of Public Health Practice. As a Senior Fellow of Health for the Kresge Foundation, Dr. Meadows is also designing a national initiative for community health centers. With nearly 30 years professional work experience as a practitioner in public health, Dr. Meadows has demonstrated leadership in planning, development, financing, and policy. Most recently, she served as director and public health officer for the City of Detroit’s Department of Public Health and Wellness Promotion. Prior to that she spent a decade as a program director at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, where she worked in the areas of youth, health, health policy, and education programming. Dr. Meadows joined the University of Michigan School of Public Health faculty in February 2009 as a clinical professor and associate director of public health practice. She holds both a bachelor’s and master of science degree in nursing and a PhD in sociology from Wayne State University. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Wayne State University School of Nursing Lifetime Achievement Award, the University of Michigan Distinguished Public Health Practitioner Award and the Michigan Department of Community Health Director’s Award for Innovation in Public Health.
Mary Mincer Hansen
Des Moines University
Mary Mincer Hansen, RN, PhD, is a faculty member at Des Moines University with a joint appointment in the Masters of Public Health program and the Department of Global Health. She is the former Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health in the cabinet of Governor Vilsack. Prior to being appointed as Director of Public Health she was Associate Professor, Drake University, Department of Nursing; Director, Drake University Center for Health Issues; President, Iowa Public Health Foundation; and a Research Fellow on a Centers for Disease Prevention and Control patient safety grant at the Iowa Department of Public Health. She was recently appointed to the Iowa Dept of Public Health’s Advisory Council. Dr. Mincer Hansen has served in many national positions including Senator Harkin’s Nurse Advisory Committee; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Advisory Committee for Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future; Council of State Governments Public Health Advisory Committee, and President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). She is currently President-elect of the ASTHO Alumnae Association. She has testified before the United States Congress on Pandemic Influenza Preparedness; as well as testifying before the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Pandemic Community Mitigation. In addition, she was Governor Vilsack’s designee to Governor Huckabee’s National Governor’s Association Chair’s Initiative - “Healthy America”- which focused on addressing the obesity epidemic in America. Dr Mincer Hansen also accompanied Governor Vilsack on his visit to China and while there met with Chinese public health leaders in Hebei Province and Beijing. She hosted 3 visits to Iowa by Chinese public health leaders. She coordinates a global health course and multi-disciplinary student rotations in St Lucia.
Poki S. Namkung
Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency
Poki Stewart Namkung MD, MPH is a first generation immigrant who came to medicine late in life after many years of political activism. She received her AB from UC, Berkeley, MD from UC Davis, and MPH from UC, Berkeley. She is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Namkung served as the Health Officer and Director of Public Health for the City of Berkeley from 1995-2005 and is presently the Health Officer/Chief Medical Officer, Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency. She has been awarded many honors including selection as a State Scholar for the Public Health Leadership Institute in 1996, the recipient of the California Public Health Association-North Leadership Award in 2003 and the Outstanding Berkeley Woman Award in 2005. She has served on many advisory boards and commissions and was elected President of the California Conference of Local Health Officers, 2001-2003; President of the Health Officers Association of California, 2003-2005; and President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, 2006-2007. She co-chairs the Joint Public Health Informatics Taskforce, serves on NACCHO’s Informatics and Immunization workgroups, and chairs the NACCHO Adolescent Health Advisory Taskforce.
Margaret E. O'Kane
National Committee for Quality Assurance
Margaret O’Kane, MHS, has served as President of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of health care everywhere. Under Ms. O’Kane’s leadership, NCQA has developed broad support among the employer and health plan communities; today many Fortune 100 companies will only do business with NCQA Accredited health plans. About three quarters of the nation’s largest employers use Health Plan Employer Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) data to evaluate the plans that serve their employees. Ms. O’Kane was named Health Person of the Year in 1996 by the journal Medicine & Health. She also received a 1997 Founder’s Award from The American College of Medical Quality, recognizing NCQA’s efforts to improve managed care quality. In 1999, Ms. O’Kane was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine, a highly-regarded organization of health care providers, researchers and others that is frequently called on to help shape national health care policy. In 2000, Ms. O’Kane received the Centers for Disease Control’s Champion of Prevention award, the agency’s highest honor. The CDC names a Champion of Prevention infrequently, and only when an individual has made a truly notable contribution to advancing preventive health care. Ms. O’Kane began her career in health care as a respiratory therapist and went on to earn a master’s degree in Health Administration and Planning from the Johns Hopkins University.
David A. Ross
Public Health Informatics Institute
David Ross, ScD, directs the Public Health Informatics Institute, a program of the Task Force for Global Health, which is affiliated with Emory University, and serves as Corporate Secretary of the Global Health Solutions, Inc., a non-profit subsidiary of The Task Force. The Public Health Informatics Institute supports public health practitioners in their use of information and information systems to improve community health outcomes. He received his Doctor of Science degree in applied math and operations research from The Johns Hopkins University. His career spans health care research and administration, environmental health research, and public health and medical informatics consulting. He became the Director of All Kids Count, a program of the Institute supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), in 2000, and subsequently began the Institute, also with funding from RWJF. Dr. Ross was an executive with a private health information systems firm, a Public Health Service officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and an executive in a private, non-profit health system. In 1983, he joined the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. During his career at CDC, he worked in environmental health, CDC’s executive administration, and public health practice. Dr. Ross was founding director of the Information Network for Public Health Officials (INPHO), CDC’s national initiative to improve the information infrastructure of public health. His research and programmatic interests reflect those of the Institute: the strategic application of information technologies to improve public health practice. He served as Director of the RWJF national program Common Ground and also their InformationLinks national program. He served on the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) core committee for the evaluation of the U.S. government’s global HIV/AIDS PEPFAR program, the IOM panel recommending the research agenda for public health preparedness, is a commissioner on the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) and advises the World Health Organization’s Health Metrics Network Technical Working Group.
Martin-José J. Sepulveda
International Business Machines Corporation
Martín-J. Sepúlveda, MD, FACP, is an IBM Fellow and Vice President of Integrated Health Services for the IBM Corporation. He leads a global team with responsibility for healthcare policy, strategy and design, as well as the management system and services supporting the health and well-being of IBM’s workforce and work environments. His interests and research include patient-centered primary care and medical homes, care management and coordination, total health management, workplace health promotion, risk reduction program measurement, value-based health care purchasing, and global occupational and health services delivery. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and the American College of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Sepúlveda was recently awarded honorary membership to the American Academy of Family Physicians for his work in primary care transformation, received the 2008 John D. Thompson Distinguished Fellow Award at Yale University for Innovation in Healthcare ,and the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Professional Achievement by the University of Iowa. He serves on the National Academy of Sciences” Institute of Medicine’s Population Health and Public Health Practice Board, the Board of Directors of the Employee Benefits Research Institute, the Board of Advisors to the School of Public Health at the University of Iowa, the Board of the National Business Group on Health, and chairs the Global Health Benefits Institute. He received his MD and MPH degrees from Harvard University, completed internal medicine residency at the University of California San Francisco Hospitals & Clinics, internal medicine fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, occupational medicine residency at NIOSH, CDC, and Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
Steven H. Woolf
Virginia Commonwealth University
Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH, is professor at the Departments of Family Medicine, Epidemiology, and Community Health at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his MD in 1984 from Emory University and underwent residency training in family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Woolf is also a clinical epidemiologist and underwent training in preventive medicine and public health at Johns Hopkins University, where he received his MPH in 1987. He is board certified in family medicine and in preventive medicine and public health. Dr. Woolf has published more than 150 articles in a career that has focused on evidence-based medicine and the development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, with a special focus on preventive medicine, cancer screening, quality improvement, and social justice. From 1987 to 2002 he served as science advisor to, and then member of, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Dr. Woolf edited the first two editions of the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services and is author of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice. He is associate editor of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and served as North American editor of the British Medical Journal. He has consulted widely on various matters of health policy with government agencies and professional organizations in the United States and Europe, and in 2001 was elected to the Institute of Medicine.