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Alexi Gharib Nazem, MD, MBA, is the co-founder and CEO of Nomad Health, the first online marketplace for freelance clinical work. In addition to leading Nomad, he is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell in New York. Alexi trained in internal medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston after receiving his medical degree from Yale and his business degree from Harvard. Previously, he built the national hospital network for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's successful 100,000 Lives Campaign.
Jennifer Joe, MD, is a Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) nephrology graduate turned physician entrepreneur CEO and Founder of Medstro.com, a new and innovative social network for physicians, whose clients include The NEJM Group and Google, among others. Dr. Joe still regularly works the VA emergency room and urgent care clinics. As Editor-in-Chief of MedTech Boston and being based in Kendall Square, arguably the physical collision point of technology and academic medicine, Dr. Joe interacts and supports new medicalinnnovation and technology and has insights on best uses. In this role, she has been a mentor at the Massachusetts General Hospital-Samsung-MIT Hacking Medicine and the Tufts Medstart hackathons in the last year. She was a judge of this year’s athenahealth More Disruption Please hackathon and the Office of the National Coordinator Market R&D Pilot Challenge. Because of her insights, Dr. Joe has spoken at South by Southwest, South by Southwest V2V, Health 2.0, the Mass Medical Society EHR Conference, IN3 Medical Device 360, and the Mass TLC Healthcare Conference. Dr. Joe is also a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on IT and Committee on Communications and is the Massachusetts American College of Physicians Information Officer.
Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, is the CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator and Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality & CMS Chief Medical Officer. As the CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator and CMS Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Conway is responsible for overseeing the programs that serve the over 130 million Americans that access health care services through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. He and the CMS team focus on health system transformation by improving quality, health outcomes, access and affordability, combatting health care fraud and reducing health disparities. He is a national and international leader in health system transformation and improvement.
As the Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality, Dr. Conway leads the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) at CMS. The CMS Innovation Center is responsible for testing numerous new payment and service delivery models across the nation. Models include accountable care organizations, bundled payments, primary care medical homes, state innovation models, and many more. Successful models can be scaled nationally. The CMS Innovation Center budget is $10 billion over 10 years.
Previously, he was Director of Hospital Medicine and an Associate Professor at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. He was also AVP Outcomes Performance, responsible for leading measurement, including the electronic health record measures, and facilitating improvement of health outcomes across the health care system. Other relevant experience includes previous work as the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. In 2007-08, he was a White House Fellow assigned to the Office of Secretary in HHS and the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He also served as Executive Director of the Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research coordinating the investment of the $1.1 billion for CER in the Recovery Act. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and completed a Master's of Science focused on health services research and clinical epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Previously, he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, serving senior management of mainly health care clients on strategy projects.
In 2014, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recognizing individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. He has published articles in journals such as JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, and Pediatrics and given national presentations on topics including health care policy, quality of care, comparative effectiveness, hospitalist systems, and quality improvement. He is a practicing pediatric hospitalist and was selected as a Master of Hospital Medicine from the Society of Hospital Medicine. He has received the President’s Distinguished Senior Executive Rank and HHS Secretary’s Distinguished Service awards. These are the President’s and Secretary’s highest distinction for executive excellence. He completed pediatrics residency at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital Boston, graduated with High Honors from Baylor College of Medicine, and graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Mandy Cohen, an internist, is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Dr. Cohen provides operational leadership and coordination across the Agency. Prior to taking on this role, Dr. Cohen was the Principal Deputy Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) at CMS overseeing the Health Insurance Marketplace and private insurance market regulation. Prior to her role in CCIIO, Dr. Cohen served as a Senior Advisor to the Administrator coordinating Affordable Care Act implementation activities across the Department and with external partners. Before that, Dr. Cohen was the Director of Stakeholder Engagement for the CMS Innovation Center, where she worked with the Innovation Center’s many stakeholders to identify and test new payment and care delivery models. Dr. Cohen graduated from Cornell University, received her medical degree from Yale University, a Masters in Public Health from Harvard, and trained in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Cohen is married to Sam Cohen, a health care regulatory lawyer in DC, and has two daughters.
Francis Wong is a UK physician turned US digital health entrepreneur. He started his career training in surgery in the UK's NHS, working for 5 years before changing career direction and moving to Berkeley California to pursue a joint MBA & MPH.
He has always held an interest in technology from starting a web hosting company in his teenage years to seeing it's potential to enhance the way care is delivered while working as a doctor. During his time in California he has worked in product at Castlight Health and 23andMe.
He is now focused on building his own company, Outcomes.com, a software platform that helps teams routinely capture patient-reported outcomes in their practice and integrate the data in to the way they deliver and get reimbursed for care.
Dr. Kate Goodrich joined the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in September of 2011 where she serves as Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ). This Center is responsible for over 20 quality measurement and value-based purchasing programs, implementation of the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System and the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act, quality improvement programs in all 50 states, clinical standards and survey and certification of all providers across the nation, and all coverage decisions for treatments and services for CMS. The Center budget exceeds $1.3 billion annually.
Previously, Dr. Goodrich served as the Director of the Quality Measurement and Value-based Incentives Group in CCSQ where she oversaw the implementation of over 20 quality, value-based purchasing and public reporting programs across multiple settings. She also co-lead an HHS-wide group to align quality measures across programs, and more recently has worked with numerous private payers to align measures across the public and private sectors. From 2010 – 2011 she served as a Medical Officer in the office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at DHHS where she managed a portfolio of work on comparative effectiveness research and quality measurement and improvement.
Dr. Goodrich is a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University where she received training in health services research and health policy from 2008-2010. From 1998 to 2008, Dr. Goodrich was on faculty at the George Washington University Medical Center (GWUMC) and served as Division Director for Hospital Medicine from 2005-2008 and was chair of the Institutional Review Board from 2004-2008. She went to medical school at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, LA, and completed her internal medicine residency and chief medical resident year at GWUMC. She continues to practice clinical medicine as a hospitalist and Associate Professor of Medicine at GWUMC
At Wake Forest since 2012, where he first served as Medical Director for Care Coordination & Utilization Management prior current role. After 13 years as a practicing general internist in New Providence, New Jersey, Dr. Bromberg began his career as an physician executive at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey, where he served in several leadership roles including Executive Director of Physician Practice Management and Director of Physician and Professional Services. He was a board member and Executive Director of the Overlook PHO; and a charter member of Vista Health System, a physician-owned IPA. He subsequently moved to Atlantic Health System in Morristown, New Jersey, where he first served as Director of Care Management, Medical Director of Clinical Resource Management. At Atlantic he led the care management departments at all system hospitals; led the implementation of physician peer review process redesign; led and supported implementation and data submission for IHI 100,000 Lives Campaign; co-led the 3M DRG Assurance Program; led process redesign to define, collect, and report point-of-care data to measure quality of care and clinical outcomes in collaboration with service line directors and department chairs; and served as the liaison/project manager of the 2003 NJHA-CMS Incentives Demonstration Project. Dr. Bromberg received his BA degree from the Johns Hopkins University and his MD degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians; certified in medical quality by and a fellow of the American College of Medical Quality, and a member of the American Association of Physician Leadership.