Katharina Janus (chair and host)

Professor of Healthcare Management and Director of the Center for Healthcare Management, Germany, and Columbia University, New York, USA

Katharina Janus, a professor of healthcare management in Germany and at Columbia University New York, is the founder and managing director of the Center for Healthcare Management and the president and CEO of the consulting network ENJOY STRATEGY. She has twenty years of global healthcare management experience in science and corporate practice. Starting her career in managed care at one of the largest hospital chains in the United States, she has learned about challenges on the shop floor before turning to academia where she continued to pursue applied research. She then left her tenured position in Germany to lead the Center for Healthcare Management and reinvent research and education that is in constant dialogue with practice. Her global consulting network ENJOY STRATEGY supports many of the Center’s projects on the implementation side.

She has been invited frequently as a speaker and moderator to contribute her global domain expertise and in-depth knowledge of healthcare markets and trends. In this respect, she has helped major multinational companies with market access strategy and business development to facilitate on-site implementation in various cultural environments.

Dr. Janus was a 2006-07 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy at The Commonwealth Fund, a Rockefeller Foundation academic fellow in 2012 and a Brocher Foundation resident in 2014. She was also one of the youngest tenured professors and female board members of a DAX company appointed in Germany. Dr. Janus earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the Universities of Hamburg and the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne Paris in 2000. She holds a PhD in Business and Social Sciences from Helmut-Schmidt-University in Hamburg (2003) and the German qualification as a full professor (2009).

She has been a ballet dancer before she started her career in healthcare management which inspired her to create sculptures whenever her busy schedule permits. Her creative approaches to strategy consulting frequently are influenced by her artistic upbringing and education.

Lawrence Brown

Lawrence D. Brown (co-chair)

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.

David Blumenthal

David Blumenthal

President of the Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY, and Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology for President Obama, Washington D.C., USA

David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., is president of The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues.

Dr. Blumenthal is formerly the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief Health Information and Innovation Officer at Partners Healthcare System in Boston. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, with the charge to build an interoperable, private, and secure nationwide health information system and to support the widespread, meaningful use of health IT. He succeeded in putting in place one of the largest publicly funded infrastructure investments the nation has ever made in such a short time period, in health care or any other field.

Previously, Dr. Blumenthal was a practicing primary care physician, director of the Institute for Health Policy, and professor of medicine and health policy at Massachusetts General Hospital/Partners Healthcare System and Harvard Medical School. He is the author of more than 250 books and scholarly publications, including most recently, Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and serves on the editorial boards of the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation. He has also served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research; is the founding chairman of AcademyHealth, the national organization of health services researchers; and a trustee of the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Yann Bourgueil

Yann Bourgueil

Director of the Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics IRDES, Paris, France

Yann Bourgueil, has been working as senior research fellow of the Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics (Irdes) since 2004 and is now its director. In 2009, he was also scientific coordinator of the team ‘Interdisciplinary Partnership for Research on the Organization of Primary Care’ (Prospere). From 2003 to 2007 he was operations manager at the French National Observatory of Health Professions (ONDPS) where he did monitoring of task delegation experimentations.
Beginning in 1995, Yann worked as a research and teaching associate at the Groupe Image, French National School of Public Health (ENSP). In 1999 he became Professor and continued to stay at the Groupe Image to teach and do research until 2004. He holds a master’s degree in biological and medical sciences from the University Paris Sud, UFR Medical Bicêtre, a master’s degree of sciences in management from the business school ESSEC (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) and did his doctoral dissertation in medicine in Paris VII at the medical school Xavier Bichat.
Yann’s areas of expertise include health care systems and health policy performance assessment, primary care organization, professional dynamics and sociology of health professions and international comparisons of health care systems.
Besides his job, Yann was a member of the Committee on Health Strategies Assessment in the French National Authority for Health from 2006 to 2008 and acted as expert to the World Health Organization in issues pertaining to task shifting from 2008 to 2009.

Susan Browning

Susan Browning

Vice President Neurosciences, ENT/Head & Neck and Ophthalmology Service Lines, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Long Island, NY, USA

Susan Browning presently serves as VP for several service lines within North Shore-LIJ Health System.  In this role, she has overall administrative responsibility for the development and implementation of regional strategies to focus market share growth, operational excellence, clinical programmatic development and ongoing quality improvement across the continuum of care.

Susan received her Master of Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, where she is currently a member of the adjunct faculty.  She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a past president of Healthcare Leaders of New York.  She has served as an examiner with the United States Department of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program.

Carine Franc

Carine Franc

Economist Researcher, French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), Paris, France

Carine Franc is a health economics researcher at the French national Institute of Health and Medical Research, in a social science multidisciplinary department. Carine focuses her research on the study of the effects of economic incentives on individual behavior. Considering the provision of care, for example, many questions are raised by the generalization of payments performance. What are the impacts of a monetary incentive on the strategic choices of a doctor and on his preferences? With theoretical and empirical approaches, her researches aim to investigate what kind of mechanism (monetary and non-monetary) can help to improve the effectiveness of care in primary care. Considering the demand for care, she also studies the impact of the design of insurance coverage on health care demand. Carine is also involved in teaching; she has responsibilities in the teaching of economics in Master of Public Health at the University of Paris 11. Carine is a member of the Board of the College of Health Economists in France; she is also a founding member of the research team ‘Interdisciplinary Partnership for Research on the Organization of Primary Care’ (Prospere).

Born in 1973 in Toulouse (south-west France), she studied public economics and microeconomics at the Toulouse School of Economics. She holds a PhD in Economics Sciences from Toulouse University of Social Sciences in 2000. She completed her “habilitation” or “accreditation to supervise research” on agency problem in health economics context in 2012 at the Paris-Dauphine University.

Bruce M. Fried

Bruce 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.

Arthur Klein

Arthur Klein

President of The Mount Sinai Health Network

Dr. Klein, a pediatric cardiologist, came to Mount Sinai after serving at North Shore-LIJ Health System as Western Regional Executive Director since 2011 with oversight of all health system facilities in western Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island. He was involved in administrative oversight of Lenox Hill Hospital, the Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Institute, Staten Island University’s North and South sites, and the Center for Comprehensive Care in lower Manhattan. While at North Shore-LIJ, he focused on physician partnerships and opportunities for growth and investment.

From 2009-2011, Dr. Klein was Executive Director of North Shore-LIJ’s Steven and Alexander Cohen Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) of New York, where he was responsible for the quality and growth of pediatric medicine across the entire North Shore-LIJ Health System. He joined North Shore-LIJ in 2009 as Senior Vice President of Children’s Services.
Prior to his tenure at North Shore-LIJ, Dr. Klein was SVP and Chief Physician Officer at Lifespan Corporation in Providence, RI, where he was also Associate Dean for Strategy and Special Projects at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at The New York Presbyterian Healthcare System, and as Executive Vice Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, where he completed his residency and fellowship.

Dr. Klein is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology, and has written extensively on pediatric cardiology. He also serves, or has served, on several committees and Boards, including The Board of The Sackler School of Medicine/Tel Aviv University, The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc., and as the Chair of the Committee on Health Professions of the American Hospital Association. A native of New York City, he received his medical degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, and a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Walter Kopp

Walter C. Kopp

President, 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.

Benjamin S. Kornitzer

Benjamin S. Kornitzer

Medical Director, Network Development, Mount Sinai Health System, New York, NY, USA

Dr. Kornitzer is Medical Director for Network Development at Mount Sinai Health System, where he is responsible for clinical alignment strategy, leading network-wide quality initiatives, managing ongoing clinical relationships, and serving as Network lead for population health initiatives. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and continues to see patients in New York City. Prior to his current role, Dr. Kornitzer was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he served leading clients in the healthcare space, including the United States government, major healthcare systems, and leading pharmaceutical companies. 

Ron Kuerbitz

Ronald J. Kuerbitz

CEO, Fresenius Medical Care, North America Waltham, MA, USA

Ronald Kuerbitz was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) on January 1, 2013.

Through its leading network of more than 2,100 dialysis facilities in North America and its vascular access centers, laboratory, pharmacy and affiliated hospitals and nephrology practices, FMCNA provides renal services to hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. FMCNA is also the continent’s top producer of dialysis equipment, dialyzers and related disposable products and a major supplier of renal pharmaceuticals. The company employs more than 55,000 employees.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Ron has more than 20 years of experience in the health care field, having held positions in business development, law, compliance, administration and operations in both private and public organizations, including Baxter Healthcare Corporation and Caremark International Inc. He joined FMCNA in 1996.

Ron served in 2010-2013 as Chairman of Kidney Care Partners, a coalition of patient advocates, dialysis professionals, care providers and manufacturers dedicated to working together to improve quality of care for individuals with Chronic Kidney Disease.

Ron is also a member of the Management Board of Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA, the parent company of FMCNA based in Frankfurt, Germany.

Federico Lega

Federico Lega

Professor, 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.

Theo Poiesz

Theo Poiesz

Professor of Economic Psychology and Health Care Management, Tilburg University, TiasNimbas Business School, The Netherlands

Theo Poiesz, PhD, has been Professor at the TiasNimbas Business School at Tilburg University in the Netherlands since 1986. During that time, he’s been teaching various courses, including Consumer Behavior, Psychology & Advertising and Marketing. Since 2007 he is Professor of Economic Psychology and Health Care Management (with a focus on marketing).
He holds a PhD degree, which he received at Tilburg University in October 1983.
Besides his job as a professor, Theo is a member on the advisory board of Akkermans and Partners Groep financial consultancy firm since 2009. Before that time, he worked as senior strategist/consultant at Van Spaendonck Management Consultants from 2006 to 2009.
He is also sitting in the chair supervisory board of GGZ Breburg Groep and a member of the editorial board Tijdschrift voor Strategische Communicatie. Furthermore, he is chair member of the board of advisors of Social Psychiatry at Tilburg University, Psychological Market Research and Organizational Development in Hospital Care.
Theo is project leader of various business and government sponsored research projects and has published various books and book chapters in his areas of research.

Lise Rochaix

Lise Rochaix

Professor of Economics, Paris School of Economics (Université Paris 1) & Hospinnomics, Paris, France

Lise Rochaix, Ph.D., is full professor in the economics department of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She holds a Master and a Ph.D in economics from the Department of Economics and Related Studies, at York university (UK). She started her carrier as a researcher in the French National Institute for Scientific Research (CNRS) and subsequently became lecturer in economics at Dauphine university. She passed the national competition to become full professor in 1994 and was first appointed at the University of Western Brittany and then at Aix-Marseille University. Her research interests focus on the evaluation of public policies, in an international comparative perspective. She has a particular interest on regulatory issues in the healthcare sector, with both equity and efficiency considerations. She has worked with the forecasting division of the French Treasury between 1990 and 1993 and was one of the authors of the governmental report ‘Santé 2010’ which recommended decentralisation with the creation of regional health agencies. She was one of the four members of the Ministerial task force in charge of the reform of ambulatory care in 2002. In 2006, she was appointed by the President of the Senate to join the Board of the French National Health Board (Haute Autorité de Santé –HAS) where she set up HAS’s economic remit and a new dedicated committee: the economics and public health evaluation committee (CEESP – Commission d’Evaluation Economique et de Santé Publique), in charge of the evaluation of health care strategies and new technologies, which she chaired until the end of her mandate in January 2014. She has been appointed by the department of economics of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in May 2014 to develop both research and a new Master in health economics.

Murray N. Ross

Murray N. Ross

Director, Institute for Health Policy, Kaiser Permanente, CA, USA

Murray Ross is Vice President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and leads the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy in Oakland, California. Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest private integrated health care delivery system. The Institute seeks to shape public policy and private practice by leveraging the experience of Kaiser Permanente in providing health care and coverage for nine million people. The Institute supports research, expert roundtables, and conferences all intended to increase understanding of policy issues and help identify solutions.

Before joining Kaiser Permanente in 2002, Dr. Ross was a policy advisor to the United States Congress. He served five years as the executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an influential nonpartisan agency that makes recommendations on Medicare policy to the Congress. Previously, he spent nine years at the Congressional Budget Office, ultimately leading the group charged with assessing the budgetary impact of legislative proposals affecting Medicare and Medicaid.

Dr. Ross earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and completed his undergraduate work in economics at Arizona State University.

David P. Roye Jr.

David P. Roye Jr.

Professor and Executive Medical Director, New-York-Presbyterain Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital Columbia, Cerebral Palsy Center, NY, USA

Dr. David Roye Jr., the St. Giles Professor of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Director of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and Executive Medical Director of the Columbia Cerebral Palsy Center, has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 1980. He has dedicated his career to providing and improving the medical care of children with orthopaedic problems around the world, teaching future surgeons, and conducting high quality clinical research in the field of pediatric orthopaedics. Dr. Roye’s main research focus is on multicenter pediatric spinal deformity studies and multidisciplinary Cerebral Palsy research. He is a world recognized leader in clinical outcome studies in the field of pediatric orthopaedics and awarded numerous grants to conduct cutting edge outcome studies. He has written over 100 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and book chapters, and has lectured at forums world-wide. Additionally, he has participated in the delivery of medical care overseas since 1987 to improve healthcare in developing countries. Aware of the challenges facing healthcare reform in China, Dr. Roye founded the International Healthcare Leadership (IHL) program. The IHL seeks to address the lack of healthcare policy and management training in China in order to contribute to sustainable solutions to solve a range of skill-related challenges in the Chinese healthcare system. The organization’s objective is to establish an executive-level certificate program at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. IHL has hosted various symposiums and seminars in China and the U.S. and has consulted with Chinese healthcare organizations. Dr. Roye has won many awards including in 2009, the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons Humanitarian of the Year Award, in 2010 the Columbia University Arnold Gold Humanism Award and in 2012 the Columbia University Alumni Medal for Distinguished Service.

Erich Schröder

Erich Schröder

CEO, Gesundheitspolitik.de and European, Institute for socio-political communication, Berlin, Germany

Erich Schröder knows medical business from working in a hospital up to managing an intensive care department, also having an own doctor´s office for family medicine, both each for 5 years. His industrial career began as head of a department for operation medicine in a chemical plant, followed by the position as speaker of a pharmaceutical company. Currently, Erich is known as a journalist in the midth of healthcare policy and leading two companies with media and communications around healthcare topics. Also, he teaches medicine at the Humboldt University Berlin (Charité) in the subjects “healthcare communications” and “medical thinking and acting”.

Michael Sparer

Michael 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 is 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.

Peter Zweifel

Peter Zweifel

Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Zurich, Socioeconomic Institute, Zurich, CH

Peter Zweifel is an Emeritus of the University of Zurich. After a postdoc position with the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1974-75, he received tenure with the University of Zurich in 1984. Publications include more than 100 articles in refereed journals (AER, EnJ, EurJHE, JHE, JRI, JRU, PubCh) as well as Health Economics (with F. Breyer und M. Kifmann) and Insurance Economics (with R. Eisen).