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.

Philipp Drees

Philipp Drees

Professor and Head of the department of orthopedic and rheumatoid surgery, University of Mainz, Germany

Philipp Drees is the head of the department of orthopaedic and rheumatoid surgery and vice director of the center of orthopaedics and traumatology, Mainz University hospital. After his residency in orthopaedics, traumatology, rheumatology and organ transplantation in Mainz and Frankfurt he moved as a consultant to Prof. Steffen Gay, Center of experimental Rheumatology and WHO Colloborating Center for Molecular Biology and Novel Therapeutic Strategies, University of  Zürich. In 2008 he became a PhD and associated professor and senior chief resident in Mainz at the department for orthopaedics and orthopaedic surgery and in 2010 Medical director and head of the department for trauma and orthopaedic surgery at the Mainz university teaching hospital in Koblenz. In 2014 he returned as head of the department to Mainz university hospital.  His clinical activities are knee, hip and spine surgery and his research activities are in arthrosis, premature loosening of joint replacements, rheumatoid arthrosis, fast track surgery and change management. He is member of several medical societies.

Liz Fowler

Liz Fowler

Vice President, Global Health Policy, Johnson & Johnson Worldwide Government Affairs & Policy

Elizabeth Fowler is Vice President, Global Health Policy, in the Government Affairs & Policy group at Johnson & Johnson. Liz joins Johnson & Johnson from the White House, where she served as Special Assistant to the President for Healthcare and Economic Policy at the National Economic Council. She joined NEC after serving as Deputy Director for Policy of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (OCIIO) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the new agency tasked with implementing the insurance market reforms included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). During the health reform debate, Liz served as Chief Health Counsel and Senior Counsel to the Chair to Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), where she played a critical role in developing the Senate version of health reform. In a previous stint with the Finance Committee, she also played a key role in the 2003 Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act (MMA).

Liz has more than 20 years experience in health services research and health policy. She served as vice president of public policy and external affairs for WellPoint, Inc. and as an attorney with the Washington law firm Hogan & Hartson. She also spent nearly five years as a health services researcher with HealthSystem Minnesota. Liz has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where her research focused on risk adjustment, and a law degree (J.D.) from the University of Minnesota. She is admitted to the bar in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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.

Sherry Glied

Sherry Glied

Dean, Professor of public service, New York University, USA

In 2013, Sherry Glied was named Dean of New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. From 1989-2013, she was Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She was Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management from 1998-2009. On June 22, 2010, Glied was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services, and served in that capacity from July 2010 through August 2012. She had previously served as Senior Economist for health care and labor market policy on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in 1992-1993, under Presidents Bush and Clinton, and participated in the Clinton Health Care Task Force. She has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Board of AcademyHealth, and has been a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers.

Glied’s principal areas of research are in health policy reform and mental health care policy. Her book on health care reform, Chronic Condition, was published by Harvard University Press in January 1998. Her book with Richard Frank, Better But Not Well: Mental Health Policy in the U.S. since 1950, was published by The Johns Hopkins University Press in 2006. She is co-editor, with Peter C. Smith, of The Oxford Handbook of Health Economics, which was published by the Oxford University Press in 2011.

Glied holds a B.A. in economics from Yale University, an M.A. in economics from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Peter Homberg

Peter Homberg

Partner, Head of German Life Sciences Practice, Dentons

Peter Homberg is Partner in the Dentons Frankfurt office. He specializes in IP, corporate law and M&A transactions in the Life Sciences and High-tech sector as well as in R&D and cooperation agreements, cross-border IP licensing and IP strategies. Peter advises inter alia companies in the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, biotechnology and medical device industry – from startups to large publicly listed companies. Furthermore, he has broad transactional experience in Southeast Asia. Peter is member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES), the German Association for Intellectual Property and Copyright (GRUR), the German Institution for Arbitration (DIS) as well as the Pharma-Lizenz-Club Deutschland e.V. He regularly holds lectures at seminars and conferences, and is also author of numerous professional articles and other publications regarding corporate or IP law in the field of life sciences.

Bernadette Klapper

Bernadette Klapper

Head of Health, Robert Bosch Stiftung

Is a trained nurse with various professional experience in German and French health care. She holds a German and a French diploma in Sociology and a PhD from the University of Hamburg. From 1999 to 2002, she worked as a researcher at the Institute of Nursing Sciences, University of Bielefeld, Germany. She joined the Bosch group in 2003, as program officer at the Robert Bosch Stiftung. In 2009, she changed to Robert Bosch Healthcare, a telehealth company, as Director Clinical Services & Products Europe. In 2012, Bernadette Klapper returned to the foundation and at present, is Head of the department “Health”.

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.

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.

Oriol Lacorte

Oriol Lacorte

VP Commercial Operations EMEA at Zimmer Biomet

Oriol Lacorte was appointed Vice President Commercial Operations EMEA at Zimmer Biomet in June 2015. He has 16 years experience within the device medical sector. He holds a degree in pharmacy from the University of Barcelona, as well as an MBA from ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. In his existing role in Zimmer Biomet, he seeks collaborative work with healthcare providers to identify individual objectives and needs, and establish innovative solutions that serve unmet clinical needs, improve patient engagement and patient satisfaction, and meet operational needs of hospitals. His current role encompasses as well the inclusion of technology to help deliver safer, more efficient, more personalised and cost-effective care.

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.

Frank D. Maddux

Franklin W. Maddux

Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President for Clinical and Scientific Affairs, Fresenius Medical Care North America

Dr. Franklin W. Maddux is the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President for Clinical and Scientific Affairs of Fresenius Medical Care North America. Frank joined the organization in 2009 after Fresenius Medical Care acquired a company he founded, Health IT Services Group, a leading-edge Electronic Health Record (EHR) software company. He additionally founded Specialty Care, a leading provider of perfusion and surgical support services.

Frank has more than 30 years of health care experience, including the practice of nephrology at the Danville (Virginia) Urologic Clinic, where he served as its president from 1995 to 2005.

Frank is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and has served on numerous boards and regional committees involved in technology initiatives, banking and health care.

He received his B.A. degree with High Honors in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and an M.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed his internship, residency, chief residency and nephrology fellowship.

Katarzyna Mazur-Hofsaess

Katarzyna Mazur-Hofsaess

President, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Zimmer Biomet

Katarzyna Mazur-Hofsaess was appointed President, Europe, Middle East and Africa in April 2013. She is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of products in the European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) regions.

Dr. Mazur-Hofsaess joined the Company (then Zimmer) in February 2010 as Senior Vice President, EMEA Sales and Marketing and was appointed President, EMEA Reconstructive in February 2012. She has more than 18 years’ experience within the pharmaceutical, diagnostics and medical device sectors. Prior to joining Zimmer, Dr. Mazur-Hofsaess served as Vice President, Diagnostics – Europe of Abbott Laboratories from 2001. She is a qualified Medical Doctor and also holds a Ph.D. from Gdansk Medical University in Poland, as well as an MBA from the Warsaw School of Economics and the University of Minnesota.

Peter Posch

Peter Posch

Professor of Finance, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany

Peter N. Posch is professor of finance at the technical university of Dortmund, Germany and director of the Centre of Finance, Risk and Resource Management (FiRRM). Previously he served as co-Head of credit treasury at a top-5 bank where he traded for the proprietary book and was responsible for the active management of the group’s credit risk. His research focuses on financial innovation and data analysis. He publishes in internationally recognized journals and has co-authored a bestselling book on credit risk published in second edition by Wiley Finance.

He holds a PhD in Finance on the dynamics of credit risk, a work recognized with the Reuters Innovation award. He studied quantitative economics, philosophy and law at the University of Bonn.

Peter is a frequent speaker on international conference, trainer for several companies and conducts consultancy projects for financial institutions and corporates.

John W. Rowe

John W. Rowe

Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, NY, USA

Dr. John W. Rowe is the Julius B. Richmond Professor of Health Policy and Aging at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Previously, from 2000 until late 2006, Dr. Rowe served as Chairman and CEO of Aetna, Inc., one of the nation’s leading health care and related benefits organizations. Before his tenure at Aetna, from 1998 to 2000, Dr. Rowe served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Sinai NYU Health, one of the nation’s largest academic health care organizations. From 1988 to 1998, prior to the Mount Sinai-NYU Health merger, Dr. Rowe was President of the Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Before joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Rowe was a Professor of Medicine and the founding Director of the Division on Aging at the Harvard Medical School, as well as Chief of Gerontology at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. He was Director of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Aging and is co-author, with Robert Kahn, Ph.D., of Successful Aging (Pantheon, 1998). Currently, Dr. Rowe leads the MacArthur Foundation’s Network on An Aging Society . Dr. Rowe was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation and is Chairman of the Board of Overseers of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the Board of Fellows of Harvard Medical School. He was founding Chair of the Advisory Council of Stanford University’s Center on Longevity, a founding Commissioner of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission ( Medpac) and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Connecticut and the Marine Biological Laboratory.

David P. Roye Jr.

David P. Roye Jr.

Professor and Executive Medical Director, New-York-Presbyterian 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.

Thomas Rundall

Thomas 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.

Nedal Shami

Nedal Shami

MD, Chief Strategy Officer, CityMD, New York, USA

Dr. Nedal Shami is a board certified emergency medicine physician and a co-founder of CityMD Urgent Care. He serves as the Chief Strategy Officer and previously served as Chief Operations Officer since the company’s inception in 2010 through 2014. He has served on the CityMD Board of Directors since 2013. CityMD is a service oriented, patient-focused, high quality provider of medical care that has redefined the consumer healthcare experience. The company has more than 250 physicians with over 60 practices in the New York metro area, and is actively expanding to several west coast markets. Dr. Shami responsibilities and focus have been on all aspects of strategic expansion, during which time the company experienced exponential unit and volume growth reaching a total market penetration of nearly one third of the metropolitan population.

In his professional career, Dr. Shami has served in several academic and administrative roles, with appointments at both Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital and The Valley Hospital. He continues to serve as an associate professor at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Shami received his Bachelor’s degree from New York University and went on to obtain his medical degree at University College Dublin, graduating with Cum Laude Honors.  He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York and went on to complete his residency in Emergency Medicine at North Shore-LIJ/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he was the Chief Resident. Dr. Shami is passionate about service to charitable organizations, participating frequently in medical missions to developing countries. In 2011, he traveled to Haiti to lead a medical team following a devastating earthquake. He received the Hero of Haiti award on behalf of The Valley Health System. Dr. Shami lives in NYC with his wife and two children.

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.

Brent Stackhouse

Brent Stackhouse

Vice President, Mount Sinai Health System, New York, USA

Brent Stackhouse is the Vice President of Mount Sinai Ventures for the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.  His responsibilities include diversifying the portfolio of strategic investments to enhance Mount Sinai’s transition to population health management.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors, or works with over a dozen companies including ambulatory surgery and urgent care centers.  He is experienced in public health and health information technology, and serves on Mount Sinai telehealth strategy committee, the Junto Collaborative for health innovation, and is a mentor for the Blueprint Health technology incubator.

Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Brent was the Executive Director of Strategy at the Primary Care Information Project at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.   In this role, Brent oversaw the strategy and operations for the bureau responsible for expanding the adoption of electronic health records and the use of health information technology for care coordination and quality improvement.  He was responsible for developing and managing programs for key stakeholders including Accountable Care Organizations, health systems, insurance companies, as well as State and Federal partners.

Prior to his career in health care, Brent worked in investment banking and commercial real estate finance. He has a Bachelor in Science from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Cora Koppe-Stahrenberg

Cora Koppe-Stahrenberg

EVP – Global Head of Human Resources at Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA

Dr. Cora Koppe-Stahrenberg is Executive Vice President, Global Head of Human Resources of Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA.

Cora has more than 20 years of international Human Resources experience. She has lived and worked in five countries and has worked extensively across the globe. Prior to joining Fresenius Medical Care, Cora was Managing Director and Human Resources Leader International at Marsh, a global leader in insurance brokerage and risk management and subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies. Prior to that, she served as Chief Human Resources Officer of Emirates Investment Authority (EIA), the Federal Sovereign Wealth Fund of the United Arab Emirates. Before her role at EIA, Cora held several leadership positions at General Electric Inc., including CHRO of GE Money Central & Eastern Europe/Middle East and Member of the Board of Management of GE Frankona Rückversicherungs AG.

Cora holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany.

Axel Paeger

Axel Paeger

CEO AMEOS Hospital Group, Zurich

Axel Paeger, M.D., has served as CEO of AMEOS Hospital Group since 2003. Prior to his current position, Dr. Paeger was chief managing officer of Asklepios Kliniken GmbH. Before that, he was a member of the Pacific Health Corporation, Inc. board. He has also served as an associate partner for Health Care Consultancy in Cleveland, OH, USA.

AMEOS is among Europe’s leading healthcare service providers and primarily serves German speaking regions (with today 68 facilities in the fields of hospitals, long-term mental care facilities and long-term elderly care facilities).

Alan Weil

Alan Weil

Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs

Alan Weil became the Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs on June 1, 2014. A multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the serious exploration of domestic and international health policy and system change,Health Affairsis the nation’s leading journal at the intersection of health, health care, and policy.

For the previous decade he was the executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research and policy organization. Previously, he directed the Urban Institute’s Assessing the New Federalism project, one of the largest privately funded social policy research projects ever undertaken in the United States; held a cabinet position as executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing; and was assistant general counsel in the Massachusetts Department of Medical Security.

Mr. Weil is a frequent speaker on national and state health policy, Medicaid, federalism, and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He is the co-editor of two books, publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals, has testified before Congress more than half-a-dozen times, and is called upon by major media outlets for his knowledge and analysis.

He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and spent six years on the NAM (and its predecessor, the Institute of Medicine) Board on Health Care Services.   A member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and of the Board of Trustees of the Consumer Health Foundation in Washington, DC, Weil earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.