Healthcare Conference Speakers

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user Paul Cleary, PhD

• Anna M. R. Lauder Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), Yale University School of Medicine
• Professor of Faculty of Arts and Sciences and of Sociology
• Dean, Yale School of Public Health
• Director, Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS

Dean Cleary received his PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. His earliest work focused on studies of health behavior, around conditions such as smoking, alcohol abuse, mental and functional impairment in primary care settings. For more than 20 years, Dean Cleary has studied how organizational characteristics affect the cost and quality of care for persons with AIDS. He is the Director for Center of Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale. He has authored more than 300 journal articles. Dean Cleary has been a member of the Institute of Medicine since 1994 and has chaired two IOM committees. He is also chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program.

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user Anne-Laura Cook, MD, MHCM

• Internist and Healthcare Consultant, Baptist Health System, Birmingham, Alabama

Anne-Laura Cook is a practicing Internal Medicine physician at the Baptist Health System, in Birmingham, Alabama. She also works at the health system's administrative office, developing and implementing an Innovative Outpatient Model of Care. A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and a graduate of both the University of Alabama and UAB School of Medicine, Dr. Cook completed her residency training at the Baptist Health System in Birmingham in 2009. She has worked in private practice and as a Hospitalist over the past six years. With an interest in improving the delivery of healthcare on a broad scale, Dr. Cook pursued and completed her Masters of Health Care Management at Harvard University in 2014. She joined the Baptist Health System in the summer of 2014, charged with developing a new model of primary care focused on helping people maintain or improve their health by providing timely health advice and high quality medical services in an innovative and efficient manner. When she is not working Hospitalist shifts or providing Primary Care on-site at large companies in Central Alabama, you can contact Dr. Cook via video chat and talk with her about the Five Modifiable Risk Factors for Poor Health or you can join her for "Monday Runday" through Birmingham's Southside.

user Robert Gluckman, MD

• Chief Medical Officer, Providence Health Plan

Dr. Gluckman graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois and earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago. He completed his residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Gluckman previously served as Governor of the Oregon Chapte of the American College of Physicians and is currently the treasurer of the national ACP. Prior to joining the Providence Health Plan, he was chief medical officer for the teaching clinics at Providence Medical Group, served on the faculty for Providence St. Vincent Internal Medicine Residency and practiced as an internist.

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user Thomas Gragnola, MD

• Chief Medical Officer, Portland InterHospital Physicians Association

Thomas G. Gragnola MD serves as Medical Director at the Portland Interhospital Physicians Association (IPA), and practices Internal Medicine at GreenField Health in Portland, Oregon. He attended Georgetown Medical School and Internal Medicine Residency at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, where he served as Chief Resident in Medicine. He began his clinical and academic practice at the Providence Internal Medicine Residency Program and Ambulatory Care Clinic, where he served as an Associate Program Director and Chair of Utilization Management Committee, leading efforts to balance the challenges of teaching within a managed care environment. After transitioning to private practice at Fanno Creek Clinic in Portland, he helped successfully guide the clinic to NCQA Medical Home recognition. He joined GreenField Health in June 2012, and maintains a busy clinical practice. In his role as Medical Director at the Portland IPA, he lends clinical expertise and insight to the IPA team as they promote numerous quality initiatives and clinical integration across a diverse spectrum of practicing clinicians in the Portland medical community.

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user Amanda Kowalski, PhD

• Associate Professor of Economics, Yale University

Dr. Kowalski received her AB in economics from Harvard and her PhD in economics from MIT. Professor Kowalski is a health economist who specializes in applying econometric techniques to answer questions that inform current debates in health policy. Professor Kowalski’s recent research explores the early impact of the Affordable Care Act. Her previous research focused on the impact of the 2006 Massachusetts health reform with an eye toward the likely impact of the Affordable Care Act, focusing specifically on hospital care, labor market outcomes, and adverse selection in the individual health insurance market. Her research has received the Zellner Thesis Award, the HCUP Outstanding Article of the Year Award, and the Garfield Economic Impact Award. In 2014, Professor Kowalski was honored with a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.

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user Richard M. Low, MD

• Founder and CEO, Praxis Electronic Medical Records, Canoga Park, California

Doctor Low is an expert in Health Information Technology and works toward realizing the potential of Health IT to dramatically improve the practice of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Low graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California Los Angeles and received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He trained in Surgery and then Internal Medicine, where he holds his Board Certification. Dr. Low directed the emergency departments of several hospitals in Northern California and later established a locum tenens medical group. As a substitute physician, Dr. Low saw the potential for vast improvements in the efficiency of charting patient notes for his many clients. In response, he founded Infor-Med Corporation in 1989 with the goal of creating a smart electronic medical records software that learns directly from the provider, thereby reducing charting time and improving the quality of medicine. The result, Praxis Electronic Medical Records, today is rated #1 in physician user satisfaction both by American Academy of Family Physicians Surveys and by the American College of Physicians. Doctor Low runs the bi-national software development company from his native Argentina, where he is the President of its Yale Club chapter.

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user Meredith Rosenthal, PhD

• Professor of Health Economics and Policy, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
• Associate Dean of Diversity

Dr. Rosenthal received her Ph.D. in health policy at Harvard University. Her research examines the design and impact of market-oriented health policy mechanisms, with a particular focus on the use of financial incentives to alter consumer and provider behavior. Dr. Rosenthal’s work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Health Affairs, and numerous other peer-reviewed journals. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2014. Based on her work, Dr. Rosenthal has been called to testify before the U.S. Congress and other state legislatures. During the 2008 presidential campaign and post-election transition, she provided policy analyses to President Obama’s healthcare team regarding opportunities for Medicare payment reform, pay for performance and cost control. Dr. Rosenthal is a member of the Massachusetts Public Health Council and Board Chair of Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, a multi-stakeholder quality improvement organization.

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user Mark Schlesinger, PhD

• Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), Yale School of Public Health

Dr. Schlesinger received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin. He is a fellow of the Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University and past editor of the Journal of Health Policy, Politics and Law. Dr. Schlesinger’s research explores the determinants of public opinion about health and social policy, the influence of bounded rationality on medical consumers, the role of nonprofit organizations in American medicine.

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user Ruth Shaber, MD

• President of the Tara Health Foundation
• Previously served as Medical Director at the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute from 2007-2012

Ruth Shaber, MD is the President of Tara Health, a family foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life for women through medical research, health advocacy and environmental protection. Dr. Shaber started her career as an Obstetrician and Gynecology at the Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Center in 1990. From 1997 to 2003, she served as chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and from 2001 to 2007 she served as the director of Women’s Health for the Northern California division of Kaiser Permanente. She is also the founder of the Women’s Health Research Institute in Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Region. Dr. Shaber was the Medical Director at the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute (CMI) from 2007 to 2012. At CMI she worked with Kaiser Permanente's regional and national leaders to apply the best evidence and successful systems approaches to create reliable clinical performance. She is a member of the board of directors at Jacaranda Health and on the Medical Advisory Committee for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Dr. Shaber received her B.A. from Yale University and her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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