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Russell Libby, MD, board member of the Physicians Foundation, is the founder and president of Virginia Pediatric Group, a primary care pediatric practice in Northern Virginia, and co-founder of American Pediatric Consultants, a pediatric home care company. He is a delegate to the AMA representing the Integrated Physician Practice Section. He is a founder of Health Connect IPA, a primary care Independent Practice Association. He is chief of general pediatrics at Inova Children’s Hospital. Dr. Libby has served as president of the Medical Society of Virginia and the Medical Society of Northern Virginia (MSNVA). His work at the American Academy of Pediatrics includes their textbook, “Guidelines for Pediatric Home Health Care,” and participating in policy development through his terms on various committees and sections. Dr. Libby has extensive legislative experience representing organized medicine, especially on issues pertaining to malpractice liability reform, the business of physician practice, and the patient-physician relationship. He was a founding member of the Aetna Physician Advisory Board where he represented plaintiff physicians from the class action settlement which also created the Physicians Foundation where he is actively involved, leading their efforts on physician well-being and telemedicine. Dr. Libby earned his medical degree from George Washington University.
Sylvia Romm, MD, MPH, is driven by a passion for transforming health care delivery to patients and communities. She brings her background and expertise as a clinician and an entrepreneur to her role as Chief Innovation Officer for Atlantic Health System. Firmly believing that a patient-centered focus is vital to health care innovation, Dr. Romm works with Atlantic Health System’s team members and physicians to find new ways to improve access to high-quality, affordable care. She also forges relationships with local and national innovation partners and works to expand our organization’s research profile. Dr. Romm is an avid author and speaker in the areas of health care, technology and health information technology (IT) policy. She has written articles for various publications, including NEJM Catalyst, Forbes, KevinMD, and the Huffington Post, and was named one of FierceHealthCare’s 8 Influential Women Reshaping Health IT and Becker’s Women in Health IT to Watch in 2020. A board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Romm has served in a variety of clinical leadership roles throughout her residency and as a hospitalist. Before joining Atlantic Health System, she was Vice President of Clinical Transformation for American Well, the largest video-based telemedicine company in the United States. In addition, she was the founder of Sonder Health (formerly MilkOnTap), the nation’s first telehealth company focused on the needs of nursing mothers and lactation support. Dr. Romm earned her Master of Public Health in Global Health from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. She holds a medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Sandy Marks is Senior Assistant Director of Federal Affairs in the American Medical Association’s Washington office. She is part of the AMA team advocating for needed federal policy changes to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Sandy is also responsible for advocating AMA positions on Medicare physician payment policy, with a on alternative payment models, and played a key role in the AMA’s successful campaign to eliminate the Sustainable Growth Rate formula. She contributed to the AMA’s joint paper with the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, “A Guide to Physician-Focused Alternative Payment Models,” and organized AMA workshops for physicians on alternative payment models. She also handles federal advocacy on efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and other public policy issues, as well as liaison with federal agencies. Sandy has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and began her professional career as a health policy research analyst at Northwestern.
Sherry Smith is the Director of Physician Payment Policy and Systems at the American Medical Association. She is a national expert on the Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS), which is the system used to distribute fee-for-service payment to health care professionals by Medicare and other payers. Sherry and her team staff the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC), The RUC was established by the AMA and national medical societies in 1991. The RUC submits recommendations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the resources utilized in the provision of physician services. Prior to her career at the AMA, Ms. Smith was employed by the University of Chicago Hospitals and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, with a focus on Medicare hospital payment policy. Ms. Smith obtained her Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Administration at the University of Illinois and her Bachelor of Business degree in Accounting from Western Illinois University. She is a certified public accountant.
Kimberly Horvath, JD is a senior legislative attorney in the Advocacy Resource Center at the American Medical Association where she leads multifaceted advocacy campaigns across the 50 states on top level healthcare issues, including telehealth, scope of practice, physician-led team based care, physician licensure, workforce, and truth in advertising. Kim works in strong collaboration with the 50 state medical associations and national medical specialty associations across the country to help shape and inform state laws, regulations and policies in support of patients and physicians. Kim has advocated before national policy making organizations, state legislatures and state regulators.
Shannon Vogel, Director of Health Information Technology & Special Projects, has been at the Texas Medical Association (TMA) since 1999. In her role, she oversees HIT advocacy, education, and resources for Texas physicians. In addition, Shannon oversees TMA’s vendor program that offers discounts to TMA members on a variety of products and services. Shannon is a Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) fellow and serves on the board of the Austin chapter. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin and master’s degree in health informatics from the School of Biomedical Informatics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Dr. Khan has a decade of experience in telemedicine. She is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Telemedicine for the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Health in New York City. She is an expert in undergraduate and graduate medical education and training in telemedicine and has extensive experience in the clinical, legal, regulatory, and administrative aspects of telemedicine.
Dr. Khan is Co-Chair of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Telepsychiatry Committee, member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Telepsychiatry Committee, and Co-Chair of the NYU Langone Virtual Health Clinical Workgroup.
Through her active involvement and collaboration with the APA, American Telemedicine Association (ATA), AACAP, and Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL), Dr. Khan has helped inform telemedicine legislation, policy, and regulations at the local, state, and national level.
Dr. Khan received a B.A. in Neuroscience from Barnard College and an M.D. from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. She completed general adult psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Western Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Khan is board-certified in General Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (FAPA).
Ezequiel "Zeke" Silva III, MD, FACR, FSIR, FRBMA, RCC, is Co-Chair of the American Medical Association's Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group (DMPAG), a member of the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) and Chairman of the RUC Research Subcommittee. He is a member of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Board of Chancellors and the chairman of the ACR Commission on Economics. He is a founding board member of the Neiman Health Policy Institute. He recently served as Co-Chair of two CMS Acumen Clinical Subcommittees. One on Peripheral Vascular Disease and the other on Hemodialysis Access Creation.
Dr. Silva has approximately 70 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, as well as over 50 CME approved scientific lectures and exhibits to his credit. These are largely focused on payment policy, quality initiatives and digital medicine applications in health care. As lead author, Dr. Silva's 2016 paper on alternative payment models was awarded the "Best of 2016" by the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
In San Antonio, Dr. Silva is the Medical Director of Radiology at both the Methodist Texsan Hosptial and the Methodist Ambulatory & Surgical Hospital. He is an adjunct professor at UT Health - San Antonio.
Ethan Bechtel is the CEO and co-founder of OhMD, a HIPAA compliant texting and telehealth platform that combines two-way SMS texting with video visit functionality. Ethan and his team are focused on humanizing healthcare communication using technology for during visits and between visits. He previously spend 10 years building a health-tech consultancy, MBA HealthGroup, with his brother and OhMD co-founder, Nate Bechtel. MBA HealthGroup delivered implementation, integration, and support services for large implementations of electronic health records (EHRs).
As a Senior Legislative Attorney for the American Medical Association’s Advocacy Resource Center, Emily provides legislative and legal support to state and national medical specialty societies on private payer practices and health insurance reforms. Prior to joining the AMA, Emily worked as the Legislative Director at the law firm Powers, Pyles, Sutter and Verville, P.C. in Washington, D.C., representing health care, disability and employment provider organizations. She received her law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law, a Master of Social Work degree and Certificate in Health Care Administration and Policy from the University of Chicago, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
Senior legislative attorney, AMA
• AMA Economic Impact Study • Health disparities and LGBT issues • Medicaid/CHIP • Patient-physician relationship issues • Physician business issues • Program integrity • Public health improvement • Public safety • State budget issues/provider taxes
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As the CEO of Cloudbreak Health (“Cloudbreak”), Jamey is on a mission to #HumanizeHealthcare. Cloudbreak is a healthcare solutions innovator delivering over 1 million telemedicine encounters per year to over 1,200 healthcare facilities nationwide over Cloudbreak Connect, a private path broadband network optimized for secure and high-quality healthcare collaboration. It’s novel approach to unified telemedicine has been recognized with a Patrick Soon Shiong Innovation Award and the Company acknowledged as one of the top entrepreneurial companies (#25) in the nation by Entrepreneur Magazine and as a finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Cloudbreak’s has also been recognized as a best video conferencing solution and best overall medtech software by MedTech Breakthrough and as a finalist in the telemedicine category for the UCSF Digital Health Awards.
Prior to Co-founding Cloudbreak, Jamey was the CEO of Emergent Medical Associates (www.ema.us), a multi-specialty medical group in the Southwest providing ER, Hospitalist and Anesthesia services. During his tenure at EMA, EMA grew into an industry leader serving almost 1 million patients per year at over 40 programs in multiple states. EMA was honored as a 4x Inc. 500 | 5000 Company, a 2x finalist for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year & named 2x to Modern Healthcare Hottest companies list. He remains with EMA as a Board Member responsible for M&A and strategy.
Prior to EMA, he was a member of the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers. Based in New York, he consummated transactions totaling more than $8 billion for leading companies including dj Orthopedics, InterActive Corp, Greenfield Online, Premier Retail Networks, Six Flags, Viasystems, YouBet.com, Sirius Satellite Radio and Google. While at Lehman, he served as captain of the Cornell Recruiting Team and on the firm’s Global Advisory Council.
Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Mr. Edwards served as a Fund Manager for BR Venture Fund (www.brventurefund.com), the seed stage venture capital fund for Cornell University. Before BR Venture Fund, Mr. Edwards was the Director of Business Development for VirtualTourist.com (www.virtualtourist.com), an award winning online travel community solution provider and leader in collaborative social networking and user generated content. Prior to VirtualTourist, Mr. Edwards was an Associate with Caltius Mezzanine Partners where he evaluated potential investment opportunities, and an Analyst with U.S. Bancorp Libra, a boutique investment bank focused on the middle market.
Mr. Edwards has been a speaker for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, National Association of Seed and Venture Funds, Entrepreneurship @ Cornell, the Southwest Telemedicine Resource Center, the AICPA and the Connect. Communicate. Care. Conference.
Jamey is a Health Transformer for Startup Health, one of the leading healthcare incubator/accelerator’s in the country and was recognized as one of the top 40 health transformers nationwide by MM&M Magazine. He also was recognized as a Change Maker nationally by HIMSS in 2019. He is a proud member of the #pinksocks tribe of innovators looking to improve our nations healthcare system (www.pinksocks.life).
Mr. Edwards graduated a Tradition Fellow from Cornell University in 1996 and received his MBA from Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management in 2003. He is a member of the Cornell University Council and is also an alumni of the Design Thinking Bootcamp at Stanford University’s d.school.
Mr. Edwards is currently Chapter Chair of the Santa Monica Bay Chapter of YPO and serves on the board of the American Red Cross of Los Angeles and the Partners in Care Foundation as well as on the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association. Mr. Edwards is also an angel investor and mentor to startup companies, a co-founder of Noll Surfboards (www.nollsurfboards.com) and a Principal with Avanti Hospitals, LLC (www.avantihospitals.com).
Dr. Joe Kvedar is creating a new model of health care delivery, moving care from the hospital or doctor’s office into the day-to-day lives of patients. He is the author of two books on the subject: The New Mobile Age: How Technology Will Extend the Healthspan and Optimize the Lifespan (2017) and The Internet of Healthy Things (2015).
At Partners HealthCare, Dr. Kvedar is leveraging personal health technologies to improve care delivery and help providers and patients better manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. He has launched a number of innovative health tracking programs, mobile health, virtual care initiatives and clinical research programs for the more than 1.5 million patients served at Partners HealthCare-affiliated hospitals, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Kvedar serves as Program Chair for the Connected Health Conference, an industry defining event co-hosted by Partners Connected Health and the HIMSS Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance). He is also a member of the PCHAlliance Board of Managers.
Internationally recognized for his leadership and vision in the field of connected health, he currently serves on the Editorial Board of npj Digital Medicine, a Nature Research journal. The cHealth Blog provides his insights and vision for connected health. Dr. Kvedar serves as a strategic advisor at Flare Capital Partners, Wave Edge Capital, PureTech Ventures and Qualcomm Life; he is also a member of the board of b.well Connected Health. He is co-chair of the American Medical Association's Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group; and a member of the Board of Xcertia, a collaboration between AHA, AMA, DHX Group and HIMSS dedicated to improving the quality, safety, and effectiveness of mobile health applications (apps). Dr. Kvedar is a professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School.
Residency trained at Pennsylvania State University/Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA in Internal Medicine and Anatomic/Clinical Pathology. Fellowship trained at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT in Infectious Diseases, Medical Microbiology and Epidemiology with board eligibility in Medical Microbiology and board certification in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He has been awarded professional fellowships in the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America and American College of Physicians. His clinical training has led to two academic appointments at Quinnipiac University Frank Netter MD School of Medicine, North Haven, CT where he is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT where he teaches the Masters in Physician Assistant Studies Clinical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases course to share his knowledge and keep up with the recent developments in his clinical field of expertise.
Dr. Browne is also a graduate of the University of New Haven, West Haven, CT where he received a Masters of Business Administration and is currently a student at Thomas Jefferson University, College of Population Health, Philadelphia, PA where he will receive a certificate in Population Health in January 2018.
After finishing his fellowship Dr. Browne started his own private practice in Infectious Diseases at New Milford Hospital, New Milford, CT and began to take on administrative roles including oversight of Hospital Epidemiology and Microbiology as well as numerous hospital committees. As he came to completion of his Masters in Business Administration he had already expanded his hospital operational roles to include management of the medical staff office, physician quality including peer review, pharmacy and the employed medical group. While at New Milford Hospital Dr. Browne was promoted to Director of Medical Affairs and then Vice President of Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer. In 2011 he was named one of Modern HealthCare’s Up and Comers. He transitioned to South County Hospital, Wakefield, RI where he held a similar role as the Vice President of Medical affairs/ Chief Medical Officer with operational responsibility over the Medical Staff Office, Quality, Risk, Laboratory, Radiology and the employed medical group. In 2014 he returned to Connecticut to join the executive team at Griffin Hospital where he remains the Vice President of Medical Affairs/ Chief Medical Officer and focuses the majority of his time on the clinical population health strategy.
Dr. Browne has been a diverse and active investor his entire life. With his extensive experience as a Vice President of Medical Affairs, Chief Medical Officer, Academian and Clinician he now has developed a great passion for learning and educating fellow clinicians about alternative investing in private equity companies. He has also personally invested in and advises private equity companies.
Dr. Joy Lee is a health services researcher using mixed methods to examine how patients and providers communicate with each other electronically. In addition to electronic patient-provider communication, she has special research interests in improving chronic disease management, evaluating medication safety, social media and health, and the patient-provider relationship through various electronic communication channels including video blogs.
Dr. Lee obtained her master’s degree in health policy and management in the Harvard T. Chan School of Public Health and doctoral degree in health services research and policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research and policy. Dr. Lee holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.
electronic health information and communication | social media and health | chronic disease management
Lisa Sanders is an internist on the faculty of Yale School of Medicine and teaches in the Internal Medicine residency program there. She graduated from Yale Medical School and did her residency and chief residency at Yale’s Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency Program. Sanders created and writes the biweekly Diagnosis column for the New York Times Magazine. Her column was the inspiration for the hit television series House MD and she was an advisor for the show. Working with the New York Times and producer Scott Rudin, Sanders helped create a series of documentaries which followed patients in their search for a diagnosis using crowdsourcing. These documentaries are airing on Netflix. Her most recent book, Diagnosis: Solving the Most Baffling Medical Mysteries, a collection of her New York Times columns was published this summer. She also wrote the New York Times best seller, Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis. Before Sanders came to medical school she was an Emmy award winning producer for CBS News. She lives in New Haven, CT with her husband, award-winning writer and radio personality, Jack Hitt.
Michael Weiner, M.D., M.P.H. is Principal Investigator of the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research & Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Professor of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and Associate Director of Regenstrief Institute's William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, in Indianapolis. His clinical and health-services research focuses on measuring and improving the quality, coordination, and delivery of health services, especially for older adults. He studies the effects of health information and information technology on behaviors, clinicians' practices, and patients' outcomes. He has conducted studies of specialty referral, patient-physician videoconferencing, and other forms of telecommunication to improve health care. Study methods have included cohort studies, clinical trials, surveys, and focus groups. Current research includes the development, implementation, and study of information systems to promote clinical handoffs, management of medications, patient-centered care, health information exchange, and clinical decision support.
Dr. Jennifer McWilliams is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and the Clinical Service Chief in the Department of Behavioral Health at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska, where she has worked since 2015. She attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed her residency and fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She has a Master’s degree in Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth. She has seen patients in rural Nebraska and Iowa for the past ten years using telemedicine technology and currently sees 90 percent of her patients via telemedicine. She serves on the Telepsychiatry Committee for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Ujjwal Ramtekkar is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and assistant clinical professor at the Ohio State University. He serves as associate medical director for Partners for Kids, one of the largest pediatric accountable health organization, with focus on pediatric behavioral health initiatives. His current work focuses on novel methods of healthcare delivery including telehealth, integrated and collaborative care models for rural and underserved areas in child health, leading Project ECHO for behavioral health, autism and integrated care expansion. He is a member of the Telepsychiatry Committee and Committee on Quality Improvement for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and contributed to publications including practice guidelines for telepsychiatry.
As a digital health equity thought leader, I have developed a 10-step model to help health systems, technology developers, government agencies, non-profits and more to ensure that digital health mitigates, rather than exacerbates health and other disparities. With a PhD in public health and 30+ years experience in all of these sectors, I am a member of the Executive Adivsory Board of NODE.Health, the Network of Digital Evidence for Health; the Digital Medicine Society's Digital Health Measurement Collaborative Community, and Health Advisor to the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. Through Public Health Innovators, LLC, I bring public health perspectives to health innovation, and innovation to public health processes.