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Yusuke Tsugawa, MD, MPH, PhD is a Research Associate at Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior, he was a Health Specialist at the World Bank group, and a research fellow at Department of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. He received his MD from Tohoku University School of Medicine in Japan, MPH from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University.
Anupam B. Jena, M.D., Ph.D. is the Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and a physician in the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. As an economist and a physician, Dr. Jena’s research involves several areas of health economics and policy including the economics of physician behavior and the physician workforce, health care productivity, medical malpractice, and the economics of medical innovation. His work has been published in leading journals of medicine and economics and been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and several Freakonomics podcasts. Dr. Jena graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with majors in biology and economics. He received his MD and PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago, where he was funded by the NIH Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2007, he was awarded the Eugene Garfield Award by Research America for his work demonstrating the economic value of medical innovation in HIV/AIDS. In 2013, he received the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award to fund research on the physician determinants of health care spending, quality, and patient outcomes. In 2015, he was awarded the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) New Investigator Award. From 2014-15, Dr. Jena served as a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Diagnostic Errors in Health care.
Rita F. Redberg, MD, MSc, is a cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco since 1990 and Core Faculty, Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. Dr. Redberg is the Chief Editor of JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly Archives of ) and has spearheaded the journal’s new focus on health care reform and “less is more”, which highlights areas of health care with no known benefit and definite risks. Her research interests are in the area of health policy and technology assessment, and how to promote high value care, focusing on high risk medical devices as well as the need for inclusion of women in clinical trials of such devices.
Dr. Redberg is a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which advises Congress on Medicare payment issues. She also served on the Medicare Evidence, Development and Coverage Advisory Committee from 2003-2006 and was reappointed in 2012 as Chairwoman of MEDCAC. Dr Redberg is a member of the California Technology Assessment Forum, the Medical Policy Technology and Advisory Committee, and the Food and Drug Administration Cardiovascular Devices Expert Panel, and is a consultant for the Center for Medical Technology Policy. She has given Congressional testimony multiple times in hearings related to the issue of balancing safety and innovation in medical device approvals. Dr. Redberg worked in the office of Senator Hatch and with the Senate Judiciary Committee on FDA-related matters during her tenure as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, 2003-2006.
Dr. Redberg was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Learning Health Care Committee, which produced the report Best Care at Lower Cost in September 2012. She is currently a member of the National Academy of Medicine Committee on A Learning System for Military Trauma Care. She chaired the AHA/ACC Writing Group on Primary Prevention Performance Measures and is a member of the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) Clinical Quality Committee and serves on the Quality in Technology Work Group. She is on multiple technology assessment boards, including the Blue Cross Blue Shield Medical Advisory Panel and the California Technology Assessment Forum, as well as the Institute of Clinical and Economic Review Advisory Board.
Dr. Redberg has authored several books, including You Can Be a Woman Cardiologist, Heart Healthy: The Step-by-Step Guide to Preventing and Healing Heart Disease, and Betty Crocker Cookbook for Women: the Complete Guide to Women’s Health and Wellness at Every Stage of Life. She has done hundreds of radio, television and newspaper interviews on health related topics including being featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Public Radio and the Today Show. Dr. Redberg graduated from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and has a Master of Science in Health Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics.
Dhruv Khullar, M.D., M.P.P. is a physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and a researcher at the Weill Cornell Department of Healthcare Policy and Research. He is also a contributor at the New York Times, where he explores the intersection of medicine, health policy, and economics. He recently worked in the ABC News Medical Unit, helping to curate and communicate evolving health stories, and was previously at the White House Office of Management and Budget (O.M.B.), focusing on Affordable Care Act implementation.Dr. Khullar completed his training in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and earned his medical degree (M.D.) at the Yale School of Medicine. He also received a Masters in Public Policy (M.P.P.) from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a fellow at the Center for Public Leadership. His work has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Atlantic, Slate, and other lay and academic publications. He was recognized by LinkedIn as one of the Top 10 Healthcare Professionals Under 35, and by the National Minority Quality Forum as a 40 Under 40 Leader in Health.
Sarah is a third-year medical student at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She plans to pursue an integrated residency in plastic surgery and recently completed a research fellowship at Yale’s Department of Pediatric Surgery.
As a member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Medical Student Education (CMSE) for the last two years, she has led the national recruitment and organization of the first CMSE Student Resource Task Force and has managed the publication of several educational resources for aspiring surgeons. Her interest in medical student education has also led her to serve as an author for the 'First Aid for the USMLE Step 1’ review series and she is now a member of their New Educator Scholarship Training program. She also serves as a reviewer for Medical Science Educator, a peer-reviewed journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators. This year she will serve as the Resource Development Coordinator for the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) National Medical Student Committee and she is also a member of the AWS Clinical Practice Committee.
Along with her interests in surgery and medical student education, Sarah is passionate about healthcare policy and reform. She has served on the American Medical Association (AMA) Committee on Global and Public Health, has served two terms on the Committee on Bioethics and Humanities and is actively involved with the AMA Medical Student Section. Her clinical interests are in the investigation of socioeconomic disparities in emergency general surgery outcomes and her basic science interests include intestinal failure and short bowel syndrome, where she studies the role of serotonin and acetylcholine in the regulation of intestinal mucosal homeostasis. She is also a Juilliard-trained violinist and is interested in the role of music therapy in the pediatric population.
Dr. Anita Gupta is board certified anesthesiologist, pain specialist and pharmacologist with a masters in public policy and a certificate in health policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She has received the Learner Award from the American Association of Medical Colleges in Washington D.C., has been a FDA Advisor and has been in healthcare for over 20 years. She previously has been a founding fellow of the Institute of Coaching at McLean/Harvard Medical School and trained at the Wharton Total Leadership Program, and has been a working group member of the GIEESC/World Health Organization member, and has been featured as a medical expert on CNN, Fox News, Forbes, and many others. She has been the recipient of the Patients Choice and Compassionate Physician Award and author of internationally selling textbooks by Oxford University Press, Interventional Pain Medicine and Pharmacology in Anesthesia Practice and 50 Studies Every Anesthesiologist Should Know. She completed the public advocacy fellowship with the Mayday Foundation and has been called upon to discuss high profile medical topics involving Tiger Woods, Bill Cosby, Angelina Jolie and Prince. Dr. Gupta’s contributions have earned her recognition for community service, research, and pain medicine expertise. She completed her Doctorate in Pharmacy at Rutgers and her medical degree from UMDNJ and her residency in anesthesiology at Georgetown University and clinical scientist training at National Institutes of Health. Following residency, Dr. Gupta completed a pain fellowship from Johns Hopkins University.
A member of the Massachusetts Medical Society since 1991, Dr. Carole E. Allen has served the society in a number of capacities and is currently a member of its Board of Trustees, House of Delegates, and the Committee on Legislation. She has previously served as a member of the Task Force on Health Care Reform, and the Committees on LGBT Matters and Student Health and Sports Medicine. She is also a past president of the Middlesex District Medical Society. Dr. Allen has also been active in pediatric medical societies. She was president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics from 2008-2010 and has served on many of that organization’s committees. She served from 2010 through 2016 as the District Chairperson and a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Among community activities, Dr. Allen chaired the Arlington Board of Health from 1997-2005, chaired the Tobacco Free Mass Coalition from 2003-2004, and served as school physician for the Belmont Public Schools from 1996-2004. A graduate of Cornell University with a B.A., she earned her M.D. from the Tufts University School of Medicine and practiced pediatrics for nearly 40 years. From 2002-2011, she was Director of Pediatrics at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. She has been a clinical instructor in pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine since 1975 and a clinical instructor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School since 2006. In 2012, Governor Deval Patrick appointed her as one of the commissioners of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. She is a member of the Commission’s Quality Improvement and Patient Protection Subcommittee and chairs the Care Delivery and Payment System Transformation Subcommittee. Dr. Allen was honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2014 recipient of its Women Physician Leadership Award, an honor recognizing outstanding leadership and contributions to patients and the medical profession by a woman physician. Dr. Allen received the award at the Society’s Women’s Leadership Forum in September. In nominating her for the award, her colleagues cited her “leadership in pediatrics, public health, advocacy and health policy, and commitment to families and children” … and her recognition “as an exceptional woman, a dedicated physician, and a tireless advocate for the improvement of the health of all peoples.” Dr. Allen was previously honored by the state medical society as the 2011 recipient of its Special Award for Excellence in Medical Service, honoring a physician who has provided exceptional care and dedication to the medical needs of his or her patients and the general public. She has also been recognized with the Special Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Paul Revere Award from the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards, the Community Pediatricians Award from Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Community Clinician of the Year from the Middlesex District Medical Society. She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society and was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1987. Dr. Allen is currently enrolled in an executive MBA program for physicians at the Heller School of Brandeis University and anticipates completion of her degree in May 2017.
Julie A. Freischlag joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in April 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50 medical centers, Wake Forest Baptist includes Wake Forest Baptist Health, a growing, multi-hospital health system and physician network, the state-of-the-art and highly competitive Wake Forest School of Medicine, and Wake Forest Innovations, its technology transfer, commercialization enterprise. As CEO, she has the overall responsibility for the Medical Center’s clinical, academic and innovation enterprises and its annual operating budget of $2.5B. On February 1, 2018, Freischlag became the Dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine. Previously, Freischlag was Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis. Freischlag has helped to drive change in academic medicine with a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more than 15 years, she has led education and training programs at top medical schools in her role as professor and chair of surgery and vascular surgery departments. Freischlag also has more than 30 years of experience leading patient-care services as chief of surgery or vascular surgery at nationally ranked hospitals. She served as professor, chair of the surgery department and surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She led initiatives to expand research, add specialty clinical services, improve patient-centered care and patient safety, redesign the surgical training program and enhance academic career paths for faculty. Her national leadership includes serving as a former governor and secretary of the Board of Governors and a regent and past chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons. She is the past president of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation, and past president of the Association of VA Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Chairs. Freischlag was the editor of JAMA Surgery for ten years (2005-2014) and is a member of the editorial boards of the Annals of Vascular Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, and British Journal of Surgery. She has published more than 250 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters, primarily addressing the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease and peripheral vascular disease utilizing outcome data and clinical trials; additionally, she has published on burnout and work-life balance. Freischlag is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome which can require a specialized surgical procedure. Her present research involves completing assessment of a prospective randomized trial that tracks more than 800 patients from 34 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across the country to compare outcomes in patients who received either open or endovascular repair of their abdominal aortic aneurysm. Freischlag has received numerous teaching awards, an achievement award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. She was selected to the 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America, as well as a Triad Power Player in 2017 by the Triad Business Journal. She has mentored students, residents and young faculty and is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from her expertise in vascular diseases, teamwork and patient safety, leadership and work-life balance to women succeeding in health professions. Freischlag has dedicated her career to serving as a role model for her students, a respected colleague across health professions, a strong community leader and a national voice for improving health and health care.
Shree Agrawal, BS, is a third year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. After completing her bachelors in science degree in biology from Case Western Reserve University, she performed research on prostate cancer treatment modalities at both the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals of Cleveland. She has continued this research throughout medical school, developing an interest in urology. Shree is passionate about the patient-decision making process and patient education within the scope of prostate cancer. Shree serves on the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) National Medical Student Committee and is the current leader of the AWS chapter at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Shree hopes for a career in academic surgery to incorporate her passion for medical education and clinical research. In her free time, she enjoys writing, practicing yoga, and boxing.
Wilnise Jasmin, MD, MBA is currently a Preventive Medicine trainee at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. She completed her Family Medicine training in the Cook County-Loyola University Family Medicine Residency Program in Chicago, IL where she served as a Chief Resident during her final year. Prior to residency, she worked in Health Information Management. She also has worked in the area of Health Literacy, is a former editor for the Global Pulse Journal, the American Medical Student Association’s international health journal, has served on several committees, including the Career Track of the 2013 American College of Preventive Medicine Meeting, the inaugural Minority Medical Students Advisory Committee of Mentoring in Medicine, Inc., and the 2004 steering committee for the Black Women's Health Symposium. A native of Brooklyn, NY, she received her medical degree from the American University of Antigua and MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She received her B.A. degree in biology from Columbia University’s Barnard College.
Dania Daye, MD, PhD completed an internal medicine internship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is currently pursuing radiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Daye graduated from the University of Pennsylvania MD-PhD program, with election to Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed her PhD in Bioengineering as an HHMI-NIBIB Interfaces scholar. Her interests lie at the intersection of machine learning, precision medicine and innovative care delivery models. Dr. Daye served as the 2012-2013 President of the American Physician Scientists Association and currently serves on the board of directors.
Dr. Lynda Young has provided pediatric primary care for thirty-four years in a three-physician independent practice and is currently the Ambulatory Physician Leader of pediatric outpatient services at the Children’s Medical Center, UMass Memorial Medical Center University Campus in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UMass Medical School. Dr. Young has a long and distinguished record of activity in organized medicine. She is a past president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, (AAP), the current chair of the AAP Committee on Federal Government Affairs and a past member of the AAP National Nominating Committee. Dr. Young was the first woman president of the Worcester District Medical Society. From 2011 to 2012, she served as president of the Massachusetts Medical Society and is currently chair of their Committee on Publications. She is a delegate to the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates and serves on their Council on Medical Service.
During her undergraduate years at the University of Toronto, she worked closely with world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Mark Bernstein, and completed a paper under his guidance that was selected to Asian Bioethics Conference - the only undergraduate project in the world to be accepted. In addition, she was also featured in an article on her research in the Pacific Palisades paper titled "Navigating the Neural Processes Underlying Developmental Stuttering”. The New England Journal of Medicine has always been an inspiration for her research and academic endeavours and is appreciative of the opportunity to moderate the discussion with such high-calibre women.
Kaila Dion graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, in 2014 and is currently a third year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Throughout her first year at Tufts, she became increasingly involved with the Massachusetts Medical Society-Student Section (MMS-MSS). For 2015-2016, she was the MMS Tufts Chapter Chair as well as the MMS Membership Chair for the Student General Council plus alternate student representative of the MMS Committee on Women in Medicine.
Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD is an Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics. California State University Long Beach-BA Chemistry; Cornell University College of Medicine, Residency in Internal Medicine-University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Her interests are in health and wellness and she works daily with adults who have conditions of childhood, providing primary care for childhood cancer survivors, congenital abnormalities, and other conditions along with providing care for patients from teens thru adulthood. She treats adult eating disorder pateints as well.
Concerned for Women Physicians, she is working on a study of emotional distress and physician suicidality among women and how the concern for the credentially process has an impact on physicians seeking care.
She is a national speaker, mentor, and works tirelessly to improve the health of Hooser Women and women every where.
KMarie Reid MD, MS is an accomplished gastrointestinal surgeon, prolific researcher, patient advocate, and Army veteran of Operation Desert Shield. Her passion is not only taking care of patients, but also teaching them how to be active in their care and achieve better surgical outcomes while making choices that lead to A Better Life. Her award winning research in the treatment of liver and pancreas cancers and in the area of health care policy has made her a respected authority in her field. Dr. Reid Lombardo has over 90 combined peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. A sought after media expert and speaker, she earned her medical degree at Washington University in St. Louis, completed her residency in general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, a fellowship in hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery and a masters degree in Biomedical Sciences at Mayo Clinic where she currently practices as an associate professor and surgeon.
Molly is a first-year obstetrics and gynecology resident at UCSF. She has done research on quality improvement in healthcare and worked with medically underserved populations to improve access to care for those in need. She serves as a mentor for high school and undergraduate students who hope to pursue careers in medicine. She hopes to become a leader in the field of women’s health. In her free time, she is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys writing.
Farzanna Sherene Haffizulla, MD FACP FAMWA is the 2014-2015 national President of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and served as the South Florida AMWA branch President and one of its founding officers. During her current tenure as AMWA President she spearheaded the formation of an affiliate program for AMWA and continues to speak nationally on improving cohesion among health care organizations and physicians. She is involved on many levels with AMWA including being the chair and founder for AMWA’s Preventive Medicine Task Force, founder of AMWA’s fellowship program and she served as the executive chair of the fundraising committee. Dr. Haffizulla is the on-camera show Host, Anchor and Medical Correspondent for the nationwide health program, Mission Critical Health. Dr. Haffizulla is a nationally recognized speaker and expert on work/life balance and published “Harmony of the Spheres: Career, Family and Community” in 2011. She also founded and runs a work/life balance site www.BusyMomMD.com. She authored and nationally published several articles to parenting and professional communities and in July 2014 published her second book: “Lead with your Heart: A Doctor’s Rx for Personal and Professional Success.” She founded and opened her own concierge, Internal Medicine hybrid private practice in 2008 after practicing in a traditional setting for 5 years. Her innovative, creative approach to medical practice allows her to efficiently fuse traditional clinical practice with technology. Her medical practice allows her to offer office visits, house calls and telemedicine to her patients. She describes her unique private practice on her personalized website: www.HousecallsMD.us. Dr. Haffizulla lives in South Florida with her husband Dr. Jason Haffizulla and their four children.
Internal medicine resident passionate about clinical operations that foster person-centered, high quality care; particular interests in chronic disease management, oncology, information technology, costs of care, and value of care.
Monica Miller, MD, is a plastic & reconstructive surgeon who is fellowship-trained in hand & microsurgery.
Daniel M. Blumenthal, M.D., M.B.A. is a third year cardiology fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College in 2002 with a B.A. in Government, and received his M.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School, respectively. Dan completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine (IM) at the MGH (2011-2014), and remained at the MGH to complete his cardiology fellowship, where he served as the “Chief” fellow for the cardiology division. Outside of clinical medicine, Dr. Blumenthal has strong interests in quality improvement and health care delivery generally, and specific interests in innovative pricing models for biopharmaceuticals and medical devices, the structure and effects of public policies designed to improve health care value (including alternative payment models), and the role that leadership at all levels of an organization plays in maintaining and improving health care quality, processes, and patient safety. Dan has published numerous articles in academic journals and the lay press, including in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), JAMA-Internal Medicine, The BMJ, Health Affairs, Academic Medicine, Circulation, The American Journal of Managed Care, The New York Times, and Newsweek. Dan was a Roman DeSanctis Clinical Scholar in 2015-16, and received the American Heart Association’s 2016 Laennec Young Clinician Award. He serves as an invited member of an international working group on leadership training for physicians organized by the University of Toronto’s International Summit on Leadership Education for Physicians.