Experts
    • Internal Medicine
    • Primary Care
    • innovative care delivery models
    • Population Health
    Medical Director for Primary Care Innovation and Improvement - Duke Primary Care
    Medical Director for Primary Care Innovation and Improvement - Duke Primary Care
    • Medical Director for Primary Care Innovation and Improvement at Duke Primary Care

    Dr. Shah is currently Medical Director for Primary Care Innovation and Improvement at Duke Primary Care (DPC), where he is also a practicing general internist. 

    In his current role, Dr. Shah helps to lead Duke Primary Care’s (DPC) quality improvement and innovation efforts.  His current work includes implementing new processes for improving PCP referrals to specialists, designing and developing population health initiatives, and launching a new provider peer review system across the DPC network.  As part of this overall work, Dr. Shah helped found and now leads the Quality Fellow program at DPC, which provides experienced faculty dedicated time to perform quality improvement projects.  He also has developed and leads numerous research and quality improvement projects for medical students, residents, MBA and MPP students.

    Prior to this role, Dr. Shah was a part of the Management and Leadership Pathway for Residents (MLPR). Through the MLPR, Dr. Shah helped execute several major projects at Duke.  These include launching Duke’s accountable care organization (ACO), managing Duke’s successful application into the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and completing several quality improvement projects within primary care while successfully earning his Lean SixSigma Greenbelt certification. 

    Before coming to Duke, Dr. Shah worked at McKinsey & Company in New York City.  His projects there included helping a major private insurance company design and execute bundled payments for select cardiac and orthopedic surgeries.

    Dr. Shah completed a joint residency at Duke University in Internal Medicine, along with the Management and Leadership Pathway.  He earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and his MBA at The Wharton School, with a Health Care Management concentration.  He completed his undergraduate degree in bioengineering at Penn State University.

     

    • Clinical Neurophysiology
    • Neurology

     

    Gregory Esper, MD, MBA is currently Associate Professor and Vice Chairman of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Neurology, and he also is Director of General Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases. He serves Emory Healthcare in the capacity as the Director of New Care Models. He earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt University, completed neurology residency at Washington University St. Louis, and finished clinical neurophysiology fellowship and a clinical research fellowship in Electrical Impedance Myography at Harvard University's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He earned his MBA from Emory’s Goizueta Business School in 2009 and has lectured for the HEC Paris School of Management in Europe. Clinically, Dr. Esper sees patients with general neurology conditions, including but not limited to headache, neuromuscular diseases, neuroinflammatory diseases, and the like. Dr. Esper serves the American Academy of Neurology as the Vice Chair of the Medical Economics and Management Committee, and he chaired the Navigating Health Reform Task Force for the AAN in 2012. He publishes and lectures nationally on such topics as electronic health record implementation, medical economics, and health care reform and internationally on health care leadership and talent management.

    • Internal Medicine
    Regional Medical Officer with CareMore, collaborating with Emory University
    Regional Medical Officer with CareMore, collaborating with Emory University

    A native Georgian, Lucas attended the University of Georgia, graduating with honors from the University's Honor's Program with a BA in History. He then received his MD from the Emory University School of Medicine and remained at Emory for training in Internal Medicine. There he graduated with dual distinctions in Teaching and Medical Informatics (Evidence-Based Medicine) and was also inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society as a third-year resident. He next served as a chief resident at Grady Memorial Hospital, and remained as an Assistance Professor of Medicine. 

    Lucas currently works for CareMore, an innovative company providing high-value care to high-risk senior populations. CareMore is partnered with Emory University to bring their innovative care delivery model to Atlanta, improving the lives of thousands of patients as well as transforming care delivery to a value-based system. In his role as Regional Medical Officer, Lucas oversees clinical operations and care delivery in acute, post-acute, and ambulatory settings. Lucas' professional passions include high-value care, diagnostic reasoning, delivery innovations, and education.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Quality/Safety
    • Fair and Just Culture
    Director, Brigham and Women's Primary Care Center of Excellence
    Director, Brigham and Women's Primary Care Center of Excellence

    Dr. Gitomer is the Director of the Primary Care Center of Excellence and his work is focused on the development of a robust primary care platform that excels in producing high value ([quality*patient experience]/cost) care for patients while supporting work/life balance for all providers and staff.  In addition, the Brigham and Women's Center of Excellence is committed to creating a practice model and supporting role models that are appealing to the primary care physicians of the future.  

  • Zirui Song, MD, PhD is a resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School magna cum laude and his graduate training from the Ph.D. Program in Health Policy (Economics) at Harvard University. His research focuses on health care spending and quality under global payment, the impact of Medicare fee changes on physician behavior, and the economics of competitive bidding in Medicare Advantage. His work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Health Affairs, and Journal of Health Economics. He is a recipient of the AcademyHealth Article-of-the-Year award, Daniel Ford Award for health services and outcomes research from Johns Hopkins, the High Value Care research award from the American College of Physicians, and the Emerging Leader in Managed Care Research Award from the American Journal of Managed Care. He has worked in the Office of Health Policy of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and was a Visiting Fellow in the Health Policy Commission of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Prior to residency, he was a fellow in Aging and Health Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research.