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Richard Address, Congregation M'kor Shalom
Eric Anderson, Allina Health
Amanda Bennett, Bloomberg News
Ann Richardson Berkey, McKesson
Amy Berman, The John A. Hartford Foundation
Bill Borne, Amedisys
Kathy Brant, NHPCO
Nancy Brown, American Heart Association
Jeff Burnich, Sutter Health
Peg Chemberlin, National Council of Churches
Bruce Chernof, The SCAN Foundation
Terry Clark, UnitedHealth
Susan Dentzer, Health Affairs
Alexandria Drane, Eliza Corporation
Pat Grady, NINR
Bud Hammes, Gundersen Health System
Bill Hanley, Twin Cities Public TV
Jennie Chin Hansen, American Geriatrics Society
Gail Hunt, National Alliance for Caregiving
Lindsay Hunt, Institute for Healthcare Improvement/The Conversation Project
Chris Jennings, Jennings Policy Strategies
Dan Johnson, Kaiser Permanente
Pam Kalen, National Business Group on Health
Randall S. Krakauer, Aetna
Allen Lichter, American Society of Clinnical Oncology
Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Former US Senator, Alston & Bird
David Longnecker, AAMC
Mark McClellan, Brookings Institution
Diane E. Meier, Center to Advance Palliative Care
Dan Mendelson, Avalere Health
Suzanne Mintz, National Family Caregivers Association
Len Nichols, George Mason University
Richard Payne, Duke Institute for Care at the End of Life
Brent Pawlecki, Goodyear
Tyrone Pitts, Progressive National Baptist Convention
Susan Reinhard, AARP
Cynda Rushton, Johns Hopkins University
Judith A. Salerno, Institute of Medicine
Leonard D. Schaeffer, University of Southern California
Don Schumacher, NHPCO
Tom Smith, Johns Hopkins University
Brad Stuart, Sutter Health
Neil Trautwein, National Retail Federation
Tevi Troy, Former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services/The Hudson Institute
Jack Watters, Pfizer
Christy Whitney, Innovations Group
Bob Wolf, Healthcare Chaplaincy


Anderson Eric W. Anderson, MD
Panelist, Panel III: Identifying and Replicating Best Practices in Clinical and Community Models

Dr. Anderson has been active in end of life care for over thirty years. He practices Palliative Medicine at United Hospital in St. Paul. His career has been spent in a combination of internal medicine, hospice leadership, inpatient and community palliative care development, and health system research. He serves as principal investigator for the Late Life Supportive Care study at AllinaHealth in the Twin Cities.

Berkey Ann Richardson Berkey
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE PUBLIC AFFAIRS, McKESSON CORPORATION
Panelist, Panel IV: Empowering Employers as Part of the Solution

Ann Richardson Berkey is Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for San Francisco-based McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 14 corporation and the world’s largest supply management and healthcare information technology company.  She is responsible for all federal, state, and international government relations activities and corporate public policy strategy.

Berkey is on the Advisory Board of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Marrow Donor Program and is a member of the Executive Committee.  Berkey received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College. 

Berman Amy Berman, BS, RN
SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER, THE JOHN A. HARTFORD FOUNDATION
Panelist, Panel I: Empowering the Public to Make Informed Decisions and Plans
Amy Berman is a Senior Program Officer with the John A. Hartford Foundation.  She heads the Foundation’s Integrating and Improving Services grants, focusing on the development and dissemination of innovative, cost-effective models of care that improve health outcomes for older adults.  For example, Ms. Berman is responsible for a number of efforts to improve transitions of care led by Eric Coleman, Mary Naylor, and the Society for Hospital Medicine, as well as the Foundation’s work to advance palliative care led by Diane Meier and the Center to Advance Palliative Care.  She also directs a number of collaborations with federal partners such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and the Administration for Community Living.   Ms. Berman openly shares her experiences living with Stage IV breast cancer.  She has presented to the Institute on Medicine and has authored numerous pieces about her health care choices, palliative care and implications for patients, practice and policy.  Her piece in Health Affairs, Living Life In My Own Way—And Dying That Way As Well, was the most read in the journal’s history for the month of May.  Her article in the Washington Post was the most read in the National section.  She has been featured in Forbes and on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show.  She also blogs on the Hartford Foundation’s HealthAGEnda site (www.jhartfound.org/blog) and can be followed on Twitter as @jhartfound and @notesonnursing.              

Prior to the Foundation, Ms. Berman served as Nursing Education Initiatives Director for the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University College of Nursing.  Among her responsibilities at New York University, Ms. Berman developed resources and programs to improve the geriatric expertise of nursing educators and clinicians.  She conducted a national survey on gerontological nursing content in baccalaureate programs.  Her findings were cited in the Institute on Medicine’s report, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce. 
Before joining New York University, Ms. Berman worked in home health care administration for twenty years with responsibility for quality improvement, health information technology, accreditation, and regulatory compliance.  She served as JCAHO coordinator and as accreditation consultant in performance improvement for a variety of health care institutions. Ms. Berman served on the New York State Department of Health's Emergency Preparedness Task Force and on the professional advisory boards of health care institutions in New York City.             

Ms. Berman is an appointedmember of CMS’ Partnership for Patients Patient and Family Engagement Network, the Aging Task Force for Healthy People 2020 and HRSA’s Patient Safety Clinical Pharmacy Services Leadership Coordinating Council.  She is a member of Academy Health, the Gerontological Society of America, and the honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau.
Ms. Berman has been the recipient numerous honors for her advocacy on behalf of older adults and those facing serious illness.  In 2011 she received the President’s Award from the National League for Nursing for reshaping nursing education.  In 2012 the American Academy of Nursing presented her with the Civitas Award for her policy and advocacy efforts.  And the international honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, established the Amy J. Berman Geriatric Nurse Leadership Award which is awarded at their biennial meeting.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from New York University College of Nursing, a Bachelor of Science degree in health care administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Geriatric Scholar Certificate from the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers.

Brant Kathy Brandt, MS
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, OFFICE OF INNOVATION, NATIONAL HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE ORGANIZATION
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MARY J. LABYAK INSTITUTE FOR INNOVATION
Moderator, Breakout IV: Empowering Employers as Part of the Solution

Kathy Brandt, MS is the Senior Vice President, Office of Innovation at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Executive Director of the Mary J Labyak Institute for Innovation. Kathy leads NHPCO’s educational programming, access initiatives, and serves as the staff liaison to the Council of States.  Kathy is the leader of Caring Connections, an NHPCO initiative to develop and disseminate end-of-life education, engagement and outreach materials to consumers, caregivers and professionals.  Kathy has worked on national end-of-life initiatives for more than twenty years, focusing on professional, caregiver and consumer education, public engagement, care and service delivery model dissemination, diversity initiatives and research. Kathy recently served on the American Society on Aging Board of Directors, helping to lead the organization’s strategic planning process.

Brown Nancy Brown
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
Panelist, Transforming Advanced Care: Personal Perspectives

Nancy Brown has been Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association (AHA) since 2009. The AHA is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting cardiovascular diseases.

During Nancy’s tenure, the AHA has advanced its commitment to scientific discovery through the recently launched Science & Technology Accelerator Initiative, developed its first-ever integrated global strategy, and launched its Innovation Think Tank to foster a culture of innovation. Under her leadership, the Association announced its 2020 health impact goal: To improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.

Prior to being named CEO, Nancy served as AHA's Chief Operating Officer for the eight prior years. She has been with the Association since 1986.

Chemberlin Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT, NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES OF CHRIST-USA
Panelist, Panel I: Empowering the Public to Make Informed Decisions and Plans

Ecumenical passion and skills in bringing people together across differences are defining traits of Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin’s leadership. Chemberlin has been the Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Churches for 17 years. At the MCC , among many other projects, Chemberlin’s team has developed a program, Graceful Journeys which is working in congregations to encourage people to have the conversations about end of life decisions, and supporting congregations in becoming Congregations of Care for members with progressive and terminal illness and their caregivers.

Chemberlin is the Immediate Past President of the National Council of Churches of Christ-USA made up of 37 communions, more than 100,000 congregations and almost 45 million constituents. In 2009 she was appointed to President Obama’s first Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She is the recipient of many awards including: the Bridge Builders award from the Islamic Resource Group, the Distinguished Alumni award from United Theological Seminary and the Governor’s Award for Women of Distinction. She is the former president of the National Association of Ecumenical and Interfaith Staff.

Drane Alexandra Drane
FOUNDER, CHIEF VISIONARY OFFICER, AND CHAIR OF THE BOARD, ELIZA CORPORATION
Moderator, Panel I: Empowering the Public to Make Informed Decisions and Plans

Alexandra Drane is a founder, chief visionary officer, and chair of the board of Eliza Corporation, the pioneer and leader in Health Engagement Management. Alexandra also is a co-founder of EngageWithGrace.org, a not-for-profit movement aimed at helping people understand, communicate and have honored their end-of-life wishes. Prior to founding Eliza, Alexandra was a founder of three other healthcare ventures – all focused on developing products that enable individual behavior change through the use of technology. The output of these ventures included the web-enabled injury-tracking software system adopted by the U.S. Olympic Committee, software that automates dialysis clinics across the U.S., and a medical device proven in clinical trials to improve asthma treatment compliance by over 35%.

Grady Patricia A. Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN
DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NURSING RESEARCH
Panelist, Panel II: Working Together: Innovations in Inter-Professional Training

Dr. Patricia A. Grady was appointed Director, NINR, April 1995. She earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She pursued her graduate education at the University of Maryland, receiving a master's degree from the School of Nursing and a doctorate in physiology from the School of Medicine. An internationally recognized researcher, Dr. Grady's scientific focus has primarily been in stroke, with emphasis on arterial stenosis and cerebral ischemia. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1999 and is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Academy of Nursing, and the American Neurological Association. She is also a fellow of the American Stroke Council. In 1988, Dr. Grady joined NIH as an extramural research program administrator in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in the areas of stroke and brain imaging. Two years later, she served on the NIH Task Force for Medical Rehabilitation Research, which established the first long-range research agenda for the field of medical rehabilitation research. In 1992, she assumed the responsibilities of NINDS Assistant Director. From 1993 to 1995, she was Deputy Director and Acting Director of NINDS. Dr. Grady served as a charter member of the NIH Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center Board of Governors. Dr. Grady has written numerous articles and papers on hypertension, cerebrovascular permeability, vascular stress, and cerebral edema. She is an editorial board member of the major stroke journals. Dr. Grady has been recognized with several prestigious honors and awards for her leadership and scientific accomplishments, including the first award of the Centennial Achievement Medal from Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Sciences, being named the inaugural Rozella M. Schlotfeld distinguished lecturer at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, and receiving the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service from the University of Maryland. Dr. Grady was named the Excellence in Nursing Lecturer by the Council on Cardiovascular Nurses of the American Heart Association. Dr. Grady has also received Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa degrees from both the Medical University of South Carolina and Thomas Jefferson University. Columbia University School of Nursing honored her with its prestigious Second Century Award for Excellence in Health Care. In 2008, Dr. Grady received a Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Grady is a past recipient of the NIH Merit Award and received the Public Health Service Superior Service Award for her exceptional leadership.

Jennings Chris Jennings
PRESIDENT, JENNINGS POLICY STRATEGIES (JPS)
Panelist, Bipartisan Roundtable: Perspectives on How to Implement Real and Lasting Policy Change

Chris Jennings is a 30-year health policy veteran of the Congress, the White House, and the private sector. He currently serves as president of Jennings Policy Strategies (JPS), a nationally respected health care consulting firm focusing on securing greater quality, value, and affordability. Since he left the White House in 2001as President Clinton's senior Healthcare Advisor, he has held senior advising roles to four Democratic Presidential campaigns, and for the 2008 Democratic Platform Drafting Committee. In addition to his consulting work, he serves as co-director of the Bipartisan Policy Center's (BPC) Health Project under former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders' Tom Daschle and Bill Frist. He is also a frequent contributor on health reform issues to the New England Journal of Medicine.

Krakauer Randall Krakauer, MD
NATIONAL MEDICAL DIRECTOR, CONSUMER SEGMENT
Panelist, Assessing the Benefits and Costs of Transforming Care
Moderator, Breakout III: Identifying and Replacing Best Practices in Clinical and Community Models

Dr. Randall Krakauer graduated from Albany Medical College in 1972 and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. He received training in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and in Rheumatology at the National Institutes of Health and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and received an MBA from Rutgers. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology and Professor of Medicine at Seton Hall University Graduate School of Medicine. He is past chairman of the American College of Managed Care Medicine.

Lichter Allen S. Lichter, MD
CEO, AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY
Speaker, Reception

 Allen S. Lichter, MD, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the world's leading professional organization representing nearly 30,000 physicians and health professionals in oncology.

Prior to joining ASCO in 2006, Dr. Lichter was at the University of Michigan in two significant leadership roles. He served as Chair and Professor of Radiation Oncology from 1984-1998 and as Dean of the Medical School from 1998 - 2006. Dr. Lichter was named the first Isadore Lampe Professor of Radiation Oncology, an endowed chair, and also was the Newman Family Professor of Radiation Oncology.

Prior to his tenure at the University of Michigan, Dr.Lichter was the Director of the Radiation Therapy Section of the NCI’s Radiation Oncology Branch. Dr.Lichter’s research and development of three-dimensional treatment planning led to a Gold Medal from the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO). In 2002 he was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.

As a member of ASCO since 1980, Dr. Lichter has assumed many prominent roles in the Society, including President (1998-1999) and Founding Chairman of ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation Board.

Dr. Lichter earned a bachelor’s degree (1968) and medical degree (1972) from the University of Michigan. He trained in radiation oncology at University of California, San Francisco, before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, and later the National Cancer Institute.

Meier Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP
DIRECTOR, CENTER TO ADVANCE PALLIATIVE CARE, MOUNT SINAI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Panelist, Assessing the Benefits and Costs of Transforming Care

Dr. Diane E. Meier is Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization devoted to increasing the number and quality of palliative care programs in the United States. Under her leadership the number of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals has more than tripled in the last 10 years. She is also Vice-chair for Public Policy and Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; and Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. In 2012, she was awarded American Cancer Society's Medal of Honor for Cancer Control in recognition of her pioneering leadership of the effort to bring non-hospice palliative care into mainstream medicine. In 2009-2010, she was a Health and Aging Policy Fellow in Washington, DC. Dr. Meier was recognized in 2010 by HealthLeaders as one of 20 Americans who make health care better. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation 'genius award' Fellowship in 2008.Dr. Diane E. Meier is Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization devoted to increasing the number and quality of palliative care programs in the United States. Under her leadership the number of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals has more than tripled in the last 10 years. She is also Vice-chair for Public Policy and Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; and Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. In 2012, she was awarded American Cancer Society's Medal of Honor for Cancer Control in recognition of her pioneering leadership of the effort to bring non-hospice palliative care into mainstream medicine. In 2009-2010, she was a Health and Aging Policy Fellow in Washington, DC. Dr. Meier was recognized in 2010 by HealthLeaders as one of 20 Americans who make health care better. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation 'genius award' Fellowship in 2008. Dr. Diane E. Meier is Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization devoted to increasing the number and quality of palliative care programs in the United States. Under her leadership the number of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals has more than tripled in the last 10 years. She is also Vice-chair for Public Policy and Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine; and Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. In 2012, she was awarded American Cancer Society's Medal of Honor for Cancer Control in recognition of her pioneering leadership of the effort to bring non-hospice palliative care into mainstream medicine. In 2009-2010, she was a Health and Aging Policy Fellow in Washington, DC. Dr. Meier was recognized in 2010 by HealthLeaders as one of 20 Americans who make health care better. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation 'genius award' Fellowship in 2008.

Mendelson Dan Mendelson
CEO AND FOUNDER, AVALERE HEALTH
Panelist, Assessing the Benefits and Costs of Transforming Care

Dan Mendelson is CEO and Founder of Avalere Health, an advisory services company focused on commercial strategy and government policy in healthcare.  Avalere is a deeply substantive organization with 170 outstanding staff drawn from leading government agencies, Fortune 500 healthcare companies and top consultancies.  Avalere’s customers span life sciences companies, managed care, providers, associations, and foundations.  Prior to founding Avalere in 2000 Mendelson served as Associate Director for Health at the White House Office of Management and Budget under President Clinton.  He also serves on the Board of Coventry Healthcare, and is Adjunct Professor at the Fuqua School of Business.  He can be reached at dmendelson@avalerehealth.net.

Mintz Suzanne Mintz
CEO EMERITUS AND CO-FOUNDER, NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS ASSOCIATION
Panelist, Panel I: Empowering the Public to Make Informed Decision and Plans

Suzanne Mintz is an honored social entrepreneur. In 1993 she co-founded the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) and over the years built it into the nation's premier organization in support of all family caregivers, regardless of their loved one’s age or diagnosis. Mintz is known as a forward-thinking leader who transformed the way the nation views family caregivers and family caregiving.

At a time when the focus of the caregiving community was solely on the provision of community services for the elderly, she promoted the idea that chronic illness and disability have serious consequences for caregivers and care recipients alike. In addition its impact goes beyond individual families and has become a national healthcare and social policy issue. She realized that family caregivers are part of a "silent and neglected workforce" that does not receive the recognition, training, support, assistance, or public policy attention it deserves.

Over the years she has inspired hundreds of thousands of family caregivers to become advocates for themselves and their loved ones, and she has helped them develop the confidence and capabilities they need to improve the quality of daily lives.

As both an author and a speaker she has advocated for public policy and healthcare delivery reforms that recognize the value of family caregivers, their role as key members of their loved one’s healthcare team, and also their own personal healthcare, education and support needs.   

Nichols Len Nichols
DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICY RESEARCH AND ETHICS (CHPRE)
PROFESSOR OF HEALTH POLICY, GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
Panelist, Bipartisan Roundtable: Perspectives on How to Implement Real and Lasting Policy Change

Len Nichols became Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE) and a Professor of Health Policy at George Mason University on March 1, 2010. As he works to strengthen CHPRE’s connections to national, state, and private sector conversations about ways to improve the performance, sustainability, and equity of the US health care system, he continues to bridge the worlds of health policy, health politics, health economics, health services research, and to help make sense of it all for policy makers, private sector leaders, other researchers, and journalists. Len’s most recent prior position was Director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation, where he contributed to the national health reform debate through testimony, briefings, writing, news commentary, and public speaking. He has been intimately involved in health reform debates, policy development, and communication for over 18 years, and is one of the few analysts in Washington that maintains the respect and engagement of elected officials from both sides of the aisle. In addition to testimony Len often is asked to provide technical expertise to members of Congress, governors, state legislators, and other policy officials around the country. He has consistently sought to add moral arguments to the technical health policy debate, and in so doing helps journalists and others remember why the issue is so important to our country. Because of his reputation as an unbiased and knowledgeable health reform analyst, he is frequently interviewed and quoted by major media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Journal, the Wall Street Journal, Time and Newsweek magazines, National Public Radio, Lerher News Hour, the British Broadcasting Service, NBC Nightly News, ABC News Tonight, and CBS Evening News. As recent as February 2012, Len has testified before both the House Committee on Ways and Means as well as the Senate Budget Committee.

Len was recently selected to be an Innovation Advisor to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. He has served as Vice President of the Center for Studying Health System Change, a Principal Research Associate at the Urban Institute and as the Senior Advisor for Health Policy at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Clinton Administration. Len was also a visiting Public Health Service Fellow at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research during 1991-1992, and prior to that he was an Associate Professor and Economics Department Chair at Wellesley College, where he taught from 1980-1991.

Reinhard Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE, AARP
Panelist, Transforming Advanced Care: Personal Perspectives

Susan Reinhard, RN, PhD, is a Senior Vice President at AARP, directing its Public Policy Institute, the focal point for public policy research and analysis at the state, federal and international levels.   She also serves as the Chief Strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America at AARP, a national resource and technical assistance center created to ensure that America has the nurses it needs to provide care both now and in the future. 

Dr. Reinhard is a nationally recognized expert in health and long-term care policy, with extensive experience in conducting, directing and translating research to promote policy change. Prior to AARP, Dr. Reinhard served as a Professor and Co-Director of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy where she directed several national initiatives to work with states to help people with disabilities of all ages live in their homes and communities.  Previously, she served three governors as Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, where she led the development of health policies and nationally recognized programs for family caregiving, consumer choice and control in health and supportive care, assisted living and other community-based care options, quality improvement, state pharmacy assistance, and medication safety. She also co-founded the Institute for the Future of Aging Services in Washington, DC and served as its Executive Director of the Center for Medicare Education. 

Salerno Judith A. Salerno, MD, MS
LEONARD D. SCHAEFFER EXECUTIVE OFFICER, INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Keynote Speaker

Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S., is the Leonard D. Schaeffer Executive Officer of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Dr. Salerno is the executive director and chief operating officer of the Institute. She is responsible for managing the IOM’s research programs and guiding the Institute’s work on a daily basis.

Prior to coming to the IOM, Dr. Salerno was Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She oversaw over $1 billion in aging research conducted and supported annually by the Institute, including research on Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, frailty and function in late life, and the social, behavioral and demographic aspects of aging. As the NIA’s senior geriatrician, Dr. Salerno was vitally interested in improving the health and well-being of older persons, and designed public-private initiatives to address aging stereotypes, novel approaches to support training of new investigators in aging, and award-winning programs to communicate health and research advances to the public. Dr. Salerno also served on numerous boards and national committees concerned with health care issues ranging from the quality of care in long-term care to the future of the geriatric workforce.

Before joining the NIA in 2001, Dr. Salerno directed the continuum of Geriatrics and Extended Care programs across the country for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Washington, D.C. While at the VA, she launched widely recognized national initiatives for pain management and improving end-of-life care. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Salerno was Associate Chief of Staff at the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C. where she developed and implemented innovative approaches to geriatric primary care and coordinated area-wide geriatric medicine training. Dr. Salerno also cofounded the Washington D.C. Area Geriatric Education Center Consortium, a collaboration of more than 160 educational and community organizations within the Baltimore-Washington region. The consortium generates educational opportunities for professionals serving the aging. Earlier in her career, Dr. Salerno was a Senior Clinical Investigator at the NIA, implementing clinical research protocols for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and hypertension.

Dr. Salerno earned her M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School in 1985 and a Master of Science degree in Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1976. She also holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Geriatric Medicine and was Associate Clinical Professor of Health Care Sciences and of Medicine at the George Washington University until 2001.

Troy The Hon. Tevi Troy, PhD
HUDSON INSTITUTE SENIOR FELLOW AND FORMER DEPUTY SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Panelist, Bipartisan Roundtable: Perspectives on How to Implement Real and Lasting Policy Change

Tevi Troy is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute.

From 2007 to 2009, Dr. Troy was the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service – the second in command and chief operating officer of the largest civilian department in the federal government, with a $716 billion annual budget and 67,000 employees.

After receiving his Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Texas, Dr. Troy dedicated a dozen years to public service, working at senior levels in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, executive agencies, and the White House.  Before coming to HHS, Dr. Troy served as Deputy Assistant to the President for domestic policy.

Dr. Troy is the author of Intellectuals and the American Presidency: Philosophers, Jesters, or Technicians, a study of the impact intellectuals have had on Presidential administrations.  He is also the author of over 100 published articles.

Dr., Troy appears frequently on television and radio to discuss health care and other issues, and is a regular contributor to National Review Online, as well as a contributing editor at Washingtonian.

When he’s not busy with his day jobs, Dr. Troy and his wife, Kami are plenty busy at home with four children under the age of eleven.

Whitney Christy Whitney, RN
CEO, HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE OF WESTERN COLORADO
Panelist, Panel III: Identifying and Replicating Best Practices in Clinical and Community Models

Christy Whitney is a master’s-prepared Registered Nurse who began her hospice career as a nurse over thirty years ago. She helped found an all-volunteer hospice program in Durango, Colorado in 1979, served as a Vice President of Mercy Medical Center in Durango, then served as CEO of Hospice of Northern Virginia. She was recruited to Grand Junction in 1993 to be the founding CEO of Hospice of the Grand Valley (as we were originally known). Under her leadership, Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado has grown to become one of the most innovative hospice and palliative care organizations in the country.

She currently serves as an active Board member for the National Hospice Work Group, the Western Healthcare Alliance, the Caring for Colorado Foundation and serves as a member of the National Rural Healthy Advisory Committee. Christy was recognized as Outstanding Alumna for the University Of Colorado School Of Nursing, the Colorado Women’s Foundation and was a recipient of the Colorado Nurses Foundation Nightingale Award.

Wolf Robert J. Wolf
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Panelist, Panel II: Working Together: Innovations in Inter-Professional Training

Robert J. Wolf, Senior Vice President for Innovation and Development, is an expert in geriatrics. Bob has been the senior advisor to the SC Group, one of the country’s most important philanthropic foundations in the field of geriatrics, and most recently served as director of special projects at AARP Foundation. For 20 years prior, Bob was the executive director of medical and geriatric programs for UJA Federation in New York City.  He has also had a distinguished career in law, and was one of the first attorneys to specialize in elder law. Bob joined HealthCare Chaplaincy in 2010.

 

 

 

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