SUMR Steering Committee


Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA
RWJF Population Health and Equity Professor, Perelman School of Medicine

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey is a world-renowned expert in health policy and geriatric medicine. She served as president and chief executive officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 2003-2017 and, for 15 years before that, as a distinguished professor and administrator at the University of Pennsylvania. She has returned to Penn as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Population Health and Health Equity Professor with joint faculty appointments in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine, the Department of Health Care Management in the Wharton School and the Department of Family and Community Health in the School of Nursing.

Joanne Levy, MBA, MCP
Founding Director of SUMR; Director of Student Initiatives, LDI

Joanne Levy is the Director of Student Initiatives at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) where she manages LDI staff and works with LDI Senior Fellows to conduct multidisciplinary research in the management, organization, financing, and delivery of health care. She also administers the Wharton PhD Program in Health Economics where she is responsible for student recruitment, advising, counseling and placement. Joanne founded the SUMR program in 2000 and has served as its director since then.

Guy David, PhD
Gilbert and Shelley Harrison Professor of Health Care Management, The Wharton School

Guy David pays attention to aspects of the health care system that are understudied, just emerging, or difficult to measure. His research on emergency medical services, home health care, primary care, specialty hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers has yielded insights into how individuals, firms, and regulators interact across the continuum of care.

Dr. David is a mentor and educator as well as a researcher. He directs the doctoral program in Health Care Management and Economics at Wharton, where he teaches undergraduate, MBA and PhD courses. He is Director of Education at the University of Pennsylvania LDI, where he leads graduate and executive education programs, such as the new Physician Leadership Academy. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an associate editor of the American Journal of Health Economics and co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Health Economics and Management. He received his BA and MA in Economics from Tel Aviv University, and his PhD in Business Economics from the University of Chicago.

Rev. William Gipson
Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Access

The Reverend William C. Gipson is Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Access at the University of Pennsylvania. Gipson, formerly Penn’s Chaplain, also serves as the faculty master at the W.E.B. DuBois College House.

Penn’s Equity and Access programs guide and support scholars of all ages and backgrounds, from first-generation college students to military veterans and adult learners. Rev. Gipson also oversees four resource centers that celebrate Penn’s rich cultural diversity: Makuu Black Student Center; La Casa Latina; Pan Asian American Community House; and the Greenfield Intercultural Center.

From 1996 to 2007, Rev. Gipson served as University Chaplain and Special Adviser to the President. Prior to that, he was Princeton University’s Associate Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel.

Anita Henderson, PhD
Senior Fellow, The Wharton School

Anita Henderson is a Senior Fellow in the Office of the Deputy Dean in the Wharton School. She has served on the Academic Planning and Budget Committee, the principal consultative committee to the Provost of the University of Pennsylvania. She co-created Introduction to Diversity in Doctoral Education and Scholarship (IDDEAS), a program designed to increase diversity in the doctoral education pipeline. IDDEAS is jointly funded by the Dean’s Office and Wharton Doctoral Programs. She has represented Wharton at the annual conference of the PhD Project which recruits underrepresented minorities to doctoral programs in business.

With the Wharton Doctoral Programs, Anita has helped with the development of WSAWBA, (the Wharton Society for the Advancement of Women in Business Academia). She worked in Wharton Operations on the creation of lactation space for Wharton mothers. She was the lead person in obtaining a membership for Penn in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, an organization which supports success academic careers for doctoral students, post-docs, and faculty. Anita has served as a lecturer in Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Linguistics, from which she earned her Ph.D. She is a co-author of “Competing Systems in Philadelphia Phonology” which was published in Language Variation and Change in 2016.

Eve Higginbotham, SM, MD
Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Eve Higginbotham is the inaugural Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, a position she assumed on August 1, 2013. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania. Effective October 2017, she became President of the AΩA Medical Honor Society. Effective July 2018, she will join the council of the National Academy of Medicine and serve as a member of the Finance Committee.

Dr. Higginbotham is a current member of the Defense Health Board, advisory to the Secretary of Health Affairs of the Department of Defense, Board of Directors of Ascension of which she is Secretary of the Board and a member of the Executive, Finance, and Audit Committees, a member of the Board of the AΩA Medical Honor Society of which she leads the Leadership Development Committee, and a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Ophthalmology. She is a Vice Chair of the NEI-supported Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study. She is currently a member of the ARVO, AAO, American Clinical and Climatological Association, National Academy of Medicine (NAM), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, newly formed Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Advisory Board, and the Visiting Committee of the Institute of Medical Engineering and Science at MIT.

Lisa Lewis, PhD, RN, FAAN
Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, School of Nursing

Lisa Lewis is an Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the School of Nursing and a behavioral nurse scientist with an active program of research to reduce racial disparities in blood pressure control. Using mostly community-based research methods, she studies determinants of medication adherence in blacks living with hypertension with an emphasis on psychosocial and clinical factors such as depression, self-efficacy, social support, spirituality and perceived discrimination. She is also an educator. Her main focus is to prepare nursing students who provide health care to diverse populations. 

Claudio Lucarelli, PhD
Associate Professor of Health Care Management, The Wharton School

Claudio Lucarelli is an Associate Professor of Healthcare Management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the industrial organization of health care markets, with particular interests on international healthcare systems, providers’ incentives, and the provision of health in rural areas. Prior to joining Wharton, professor Lucarelli served as Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Universidad de los Andes in Chile, and was Assistant Professor of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBE
John Russell Dickson, MD Presidential Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine, SUMR Scholar '02

Holly Fernandez Lynch is the John Russell Dickson, MD Presidential Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. She also is the Assistant Faculty Director of Online Education, and was a SUMR Scholar in 2002, when she was a Junior at UPenn.

Her scholarly work primarily focuses on human subjects research ethics and regulation. Professor Fernandez Lynch is the author of Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care: An Institutional Compromise in 2008 (MIT Press), and has also co-edited several volumes on various topics. She has been involved with sponsored research projects addressing the health of professional football players, recruitment of participants to clinical trials, and oversight of patient-centered outcomes research.

Professor Fernandez Lynch was appointed to the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 2014; she is also an active member of the SACHRP Subcommittee on Harmonization.

Mark V. Pauly, PhD

Bendheim Professor of 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. One of the nation's leading health economists, Dr. Pauly has made significant contributions to the fields of medical economics and health insurance. His classic study on the economics of moral hazard was the first to point out how health insurance coverage may affect patients' use of medical services. Most recently, he has examined the topics of national health care reform, the individual insurance market, the effects of poor health on worker productivity, and the market for voluntary health insurance in developing countries. He is currently studying how insurance affects the rate of growth of medical spending. 

Dr. Pauly is a former commissioner on the Physician Payment Review Commission, a consultant to the Congressional Budget Office and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and a member of the Medicare Technical Advisory Panel. Dr. Pauly was recently President of the American Society of Health Economists. He received The John M. Eisenberg Excellence in Mentorship Award from AHRQ in 2007, the William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research in 2012, and the Victor Fuchs Award from ASHecon. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine) in 1987.