Advisory Board

Lawrence D. BrownLawrence D. Brown

Professor of Health Policy and Management
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, NY, USA

Lawrence D. Brown is Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. A political scientist, he got a Ph.D. in government at Harvard University in 1973. After positions at Harvard, the Brookings Institution, and the University of Michigan, in 1988 he came to Columbia, where he chaired the Department of Health Policy and Management for ten years and the university’s Public Policy Consortium for three years. He is the author of Politics and Health Care Organizations: HMOs as Federal Policy (Brookings Institution, 1983) and of articles on the political dimensions of community cost containment, expansion of coverage for the uninsured, national health reform, the role of analysis in the formation of health policy, and cross-national health policy. Mr. Brown edited the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law for five years, has served on several national advisory committees for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has an RWJ Investigators in Health Policy award, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Bruce FriedBruce M. Fried

Managing Partner, Dentons US LLP,
and former head of HCFA (now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)
Washington D.C., USA

Bruce Merlin Fried is a partner in Dentons’ Health Care practice, managing partner of the Firm’s Washington, DC, office, a former national chair of Dentons’ Health Care group and a leader of Dentons’ global Health Care practice. He has been recognized by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, The Legal 500 and ExpertGuides as one of the leading health care lawyers in the US. Mr. Fried, a health care law and policy authority, counsels and represents health plans, physician organizations, hospital groups, consumer organizations, health care information technology companies, pharmaceutical and biotech companies and other health care organizations with regard to federal health care programs and policies. He is often called on to offer strategic business advice to corporate executives.

Bruce has more than 30 years of experience in health care law and policy, both in the public and private sectors. He served as director of the Center for Health Plans and Providers at the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA; now the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services), where he was responsible for policy and operations for the Medicare program. Prior to that, Bruce was director of HCFA’s Office of Managed Care where he managed the rapid growth of the Medicare managed care program.

He has served on the boards of many health care organizations, including publicly traded, privately held and nonprofit entities.

Walter C. KoppWalter C. Kopp

Medical Management Services
San Anselmo, CA, USA

Walter Kopp is President of Medical Management Services a healthcare executive management and advisory group specializing in the development of clinically integrated communities. This group has assisted with medical group practice management, medical group and hospital integration, physician succession planning, managed care analysis and contracting, and healthcare technology implementation in Health Systems. Services also include strategic positioning and market analysis, medical group development, contract negotiations, service line development and operations reviews.

A partial list of MMS recent clients include; Sutter Health, City of Hope Medical Group, Blue Shield of California, The Permanente Medical Group, Alta Bates Medical Group, Brown and Toland Medical Group, Hill Physicians Medical Group, Anthem/ Blue Cross of California, St Joseph Heritage Medical Foundation, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Marin General Hospital, Lodi Memorial Community Clinics, Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Salinas Valley Healthcare District, Palm Drive Healthcare District, the American College of Surgeons and Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group.

Previously, Walter was Chief Operating Officer of Menlo Clinic at Stanford University Medical Center. Walter was also Executive Director of BayCare Medical Group and Assistant VP and Director at St. Luke’s Hospital in San Francisco. In addition, he worked for large accounting firms, Alta Bates Hospital, University of Colorado Hospital, UC San Francisco, and the Ross Valley Medical Group.

Walter has served on various boards of Directors, including the National IPA Coalition, Marin Community Clinic, and the Bay Pacific Health Plan. Walter is founder and current advisor to the California eHealth Collaborative. He earned his BA degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his Masters in Health Administration from the University of Colorado.

Frederico LegaFederico Lega

Bocconi University, Milan, Italy

Federico Lega, Ph.D., is professor of healthcare and public management at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy.

Federico Lega, Ph.D., currently serves as a Leader of the executive education for the healthcare sector at SDA Bocconi School of Management (SDA), where he manages a faculty of 40 FTEs professors and – on a yearly base – a portfolio of 30 short-medium term executive courses, 4 master programmes, about 50 customized programmes and about 15 research programmes. He is in charge of the management track at the International Master of Healthcare Management, Economics and Policy (MIHMEP) and until 2009 he has been the Director of the Master in Healthcare Management (MIMS – Italian class). He also serves as a Director of the Master of Science in Public Management and International Organizations (CLAPI) at Bocconi University, where he teaches courses in Public Policy and Administration and as a Head of the unit Strategy and Organization at CERGAS Bocconi, an academic research center on healthcare policy and management. He coordinates researches on strategic planning processes, organizational redesign and development and leads change management projects in hospitals and other health organizations.

He has research and teaching connections with several institutions, such as INSEAD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, York University Management School (UK), Leeds University, Warwick University, King’s Fund London, Stellenbosch – South Africa, Catholic University of Cordoba – Argentina, Management Center of Innsbruck.

His research and teaching interests focus on organization and management of hospitals and health institutions and on modernization, change management and innovation processes in the health sector. He published five books and several articles. He is internal auditor of the Italian Health Economics Association (AIES) and member of the European Health Management Association (EHMA) and active in European COST initiatives on improving healthcare systems.

Thomas G. RundallThomas G. Rundall

Henry J. Kaiser Emeritus
Professor of Organized Health Systems
School of Public Health,
University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

Thomas Rundall is the Henry J. Kaiser Emeritus Professor of Organized Health Systems at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Professor Rundall received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from Stanford University. He has published extensively across a broad array of topics in health care policy and management, including quality of care, organization and management of hospitals, hospital-physician alignment, and integrated delivery systems. Professor Rundall’s most recent book is Implementing an Electronic Medical Record System: Successes, Failures, Lessons. His current research includes the analysis of the structure and performance of accountable care organizations in the United States. In 1985 Professor Rundall was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship. In 2005, he was awarded the Filerman Prize for Innovation in Health Administration Education, and in 2010 Rundall was awarded the Berkeley Citation for Distinguished Service to the University. Professor Rundall serves on the board of directors for the John Muir Health System and On Lok, a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly.

Michael S. SparerMichael S. Sparer

Professor and Chair
Department of Health Policy and Management
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, NY, USA

Dr. Michael S. Sparer is Professor and Chair in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Professor Sparer studies and writes about the politics of health care, with a particular emphasis on the health insurance and health delivery systems for low-income populations, and the ways in which inter-governmental relations influences policy. He is a two-time winner of the school’s Student Government Association Teacher of the Year Award, as well as the recipient of the 2010 Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. Professor Sparer spent seven years as a litigator for the New York City Law Department, specializing in inter-governmental social welfare litigation. After leaving the practice of law, Sparer obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science from Brandeis University. Sparer was the editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and the author of Medicaid and the Limits of State Health Reform, as well as numerous articles and book chapters.