Keynote Speakers

Penn LDI 50th Anniversary Symposium

Keynote Speakers

Katrina Armstrong, MD

Physician-in-Chief, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Katrina A. Armstrong, MD is the Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chair of the Department of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of Massachusetts General Hospital. She is an internationally recognized investigator in medical decision making, quality of care, and cancer prevention and outcomes, an award winning teacher, and a practicing primary care physician. She has served on multiple advisory panels for academic and federal organizations and has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Institute of Medicine. Prior to coming to Mass General, she was the Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Associate Director of the Abramson Cancer Center and Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania.


David Brailer, MD, PhD

CEO, Health Evolution Partners

David Brailer is known around the world for his leadership, vision and advocacy for health information technology. From assembling his first computer in high school, to publishing research on expert systems in medical school, to founding and investing in leading health IT companies, Dr. Brailer has devoted his career to transforming health care with information technology. Dr. Brailer was appointed by President George W. Bush as the nation's first 'Health Information Technology Czar'. In this role, he developed the nation's strategy for electronic records, information sharing, consumer empowerment and transformation of research and public health. His efforts set the foundation for the rapid adoption of information tools and the digital health explosion that are underway today. Dr. Brailer grew up in a small town in rural West Virginia where his family has lived since 1840. He trained as a physician and specialized in infectious disease, treating AIDS patients during the early epidemic. He was awarded a PhD in economics from the Wharton School for his work on the clinical and financial value of health information technology. Dr. Brailer lives in San Francisco with his spouse and two children.


Ted Dallas, MBA

Special Advisor to the Governor

Ted Dallas is Special Advisor to Governor Tom Wolf. Prior to this role, Mr. Dallas served as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. During his time as Secretary, Mr. Dallas implemented a full Medicaid expansion that provided healthcare to approximately 670,000 Pennsylvanians who were previously uninsured and implemented several other significant reforms at the Department. Previously, Mr. Dallas served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources. Under his leadership, the Department set state records for moving individuals from welfare to work and for collecting the highest amounts of child support in the state’s history. The Department was also recognized by the federal government as one of the most efficient and highest performing states at administering food assistance, which resulted in extra funds coming to the state. Mr. Dallas also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Martin O’Malley in Maryland, the Executive Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and First Deputy Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia. He also worked in the private sector for a Fortune 500 company. Mr. Dallas was recently chosen to receive a national award from Casey Family Programs for his contributions to the child welfare field and his efforts to improve the lives of children and families, and the Thomas J. Zuber Memorial Patient Service Award from SEIU recognizing his efforts for implementing the Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Temple University.


Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD

Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania

Ezekiel J. Emanuel is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress. Dr. Emanuel was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and held that position until August of 2011. Until January 2011, he served as a Special Advisor on Health Policy to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council. He is a breast oncologist and author. He is also an Op-Ed contributor to the New York Times and a contributor to MSNBC, making regular appearances on Morning Joe, The Rachel Maddow Show, Hardball with Chris Matthews and NOW with Alex Wagner. Dr. Emanuel is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the chair of the meta-council on the Future of Health Care Committee for the World Economic Forum. He has received numerous awards including election to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Science, the Association of American Physicians, and the Royal College of Medicine (UK). Hippocrates Magazine selected him as Doctor of the Year in Ethics. He received the AMA-Burroughs Wellcome Leadership Award, the Public Service Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the John Mendelsohn Award from the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and a Fulbright Scholarship (which he declined). Dr. Emanuel holds an MSc from the University of Oxford as well as an MD and PhD from Harvard University.


Rebekah Gee, MD, MPH

Secretary, Louisiana Department of Health

Dr. Rebekah Gee began her role as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health in January of 2016. Prior to being appointed to this role, she served as the Medicaid Medical Director for Louisiana. In her first year as Secretary, Dr. Gee oversaw the implementation of Medicaid Expansion in Louisiana. Within the first six months, more than 350,000 adults were newly enrolled in the program, and over 40,000 received preventive health care or new patient services. She has served both state and national leadership roles in public health policy. Notably, as the director for the Birth Outcomes Initiative for the state of Louisiana, she led the charge to end elective deliveries before 39 weeks -an effort that led to an 85% drop statewide. In addition to her role as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, she is currently a practicing gynecologist and Gratis Faculty at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Her professional organizations include participation in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Louisiana American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In 2014, Dr. Gee received the Woman of the Year award from New Orleans City Business, she was recognized as a "40 under 40" leader in the New Orleans region and was selected as a New Orleans "Healthcare Hero."


Julian Harris, MD, MBAJulian Harris, MD, MBA

President, CareAllies

Dr. Julian Harris is President of CareAllies, an innovative population health management services company focused on helping physician groups and delivery systems navigate the transition to value-based care. Dr. Harris joined Cigna in September 2015 to accelerate the company’s delivery of value-based products and solutions to customers and providers in local markets. He became President of CareAllies in June 2016. Prior to Cigna, Julian served as the Associate Director for Health in the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As the federal government’s chief health care budget official, he oversaw $1 trillion in spending and policy for a range of coverage programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Marketplaces, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. During his time as the chief executive of the $11 billion Medicaid program in Massachusetts, Dr. Harris led the development of a primary care-centered ACO program, built value-based payment into the country’s first Medicare-Medicaid duals demonstration, and launched the Delivery System Transformation Initiative to accelerate safety net hospitals’ transition to value-based payment. Dr. Harris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Policy & Medical Ethics from Duke University, and he holds a Master of Science degree from Oxford University. He is also a graduate of the Health Care Management MBA Program at the Wharton School of Business and the School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania.


Darin Gordon

Former Director, TennCare

Darin Gordon is the former Director of Tennessee’s Medicaid program, TennCare, an $11 billion health care enterprise that provides services to over 1.5 million Tennesseans. Gordon has 20 years of experience in public health care finance, policy and operations. Under Gordon’s leadership, the TennCare program had maintained record low cost trends while patient satisfaction scores reached record highs of 95%. During his time there, the program was also nationally recognized for a variety of innovations and leadership in managed care and payment and delivery system reform. Gordon has also been involved in health care policy and innovation nationally through consultations with over 35 states; in his leadership roles as Vice-President, President and Immediate Past President of the National Association of Medicaid Directors; and his involvement in a variety of National Governors Association, health care related initiatives and task forces. Gordon is a Fellow of the Medicaid Leadership Institute and a member of the inaugural class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows program, and Board member of Leadership Health Care. Gordon is currently the President & CEO of Gordon & Associates, LLC providing solutions to complex health care issues, strategic planning and consulting to clients throughout the country and across the entire health care ecosystem including government, payers, providers, investors and other consulting practices.


Mark V. Pauly, PhD

Professor, Health Care Management, The Wharton School

Mark V. Pauly, PhD, is Bendheim Professor in the Department of Health Care Management, Professor of Health Care Management, and Business and Public Policy at The Wharton School and Professor of Economics in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. A former commissioner on the Physician Payment Review Commission, Dr. Pauly has been a consultant to the Congressional Budget Office, the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and served on the Medicare Technical Advisory Panel. He is Co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics and Co-editor of the recently published Handbook of Health Economics, Volume 2. Dr. Pauly has been elected President of the American Society of Health Economists this year. He is the 2012 winner of the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research and the 2012 recipient of the University of Pennsylvania Provost’s Award for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring.


Andy Slavitt, MBA

Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Andy Slavitt has decades of private and public sector leadership in health care.  Over his career, Andy has shaped some of the most significant and successful initiatives in health care impacting millions of Americans and the shape of the health care system.  For the last two years, he served as the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under President Obama, overseeing the Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace, where he also oversaw the healthcare.gov turnaround in 2013. Under his leadership, the U.S. health care system saw record reductions in the uninsured rate, nationwide improvements in quality, record low cost growth, and a major resurgence in value-based payment models.   From 2003 to 2013, Andy worked at UnitedHealth Group, eventually serving as the Group Executive Vice President for Optum. Andy founded and served as CEO of HealthAllies, a technology-based consumer health care company. Andy was also a consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an investment banker with Goldman Sachs. Andy has been recognized by and received awards from numerous health care and technology publications and organizations, including being named one of the 10 most influential people in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine.  Andy lives in Minnesota with his family.  He is a graduate of the Wharton School and The College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Paul Starr, PhD

Professor, Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Paul Starr is professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University and Stuart Professor of communications and public affairs at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. He also serves as co-editor of The American Prospect, a liberal magazine that he co-founded in 1990 with Robert Kuttner and Robert Reich. Professor Starr's work addresses a wide range of questions in politics, public policy, and social theory. Within sociology, his current interests include institutional analysis, political sociology, and the sociology of knowledge, technology, and information, especially as they bear on democracy, equality, and freedom. During 1993 he served as a senior health policy advisor at the White House. Professor Starr has written three books about health care institutions and policies. The Social Transformation of American Medicine (1983) won the Bancroft Prize (American History), C. Wright Mills Award (Sociology), and Pulitzer Prize (General Nonfiction). The Logic of Health Care Reform (1992) laid out the case for a system of universal health insurance provided through a choice of private plans in what are now called insurance exchanges. His most recent book on health-care history and politics is Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health-Care Reform (2011, revised ed. 2013). Professor Starr has also written extensively on media, the public, and liberalism. His 2004 book The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications received the Goldsmith Book Prize. Freedom's Power (2007) is an account of both the philosophical and institutional development of liberalism from its classical to modern phases. He is currently working on a project on the entrenchment of power, law, and social structure, as well as a book about unanticipated changes in the development of post-industrial societies.