Chief Health Officer
Toyin Ajayi, MD, MPhil
Care Lab, Sidewalk Labs
Toyin Ajayi, MD, MPhil, is Chief Health Officer at Sidewalk Labs’ Care Lab, a New York–based health and social services company focused on providing integrated health and social care for low-income urban populations with complex health and social needs.
Prior to this, Dr. Ajayi served as Chief Medical Officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA), a Massachusetts nonprofit health plan and integrated care delivery system created to provide high-quality care to people with complex health needs. In this role, she directed clinical programs and oversaw clinical care delivery, care management, and clinical operations.
Dr. Ajayi is a board-certified family physician and maintains an active clinical practice. Prior to joining CCA in 2013, Dr. Ajayi was an attending physician at Boston Medical Center’s Department of Family Medicine, where she was awarded the Department’s Faculty Teaching Award in 2013, and a clinical instructor at Boston University’s School of Public Health.
Dr. Ajayi received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University; an MPhil from the University of Cambridge; and her medical degree, with Distinction in Clinical Practice, from King’s College London School of Medicine.
President & CEO, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Jeffrey R. Balser, MD, PhD
Dean, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
B.S. Engineering, Tulane University, 1984; M.D./Ph.D. (pharmacology), Vanderbilt University, 1990. Dr. Balser undertook residency training in anesthesiology and fellowship training in cardiac anesthesiology and in critical care medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 1995, where he practiced cardiac anesthesiology, ICU medicine, and led an NIH-funded research program aimed at the genetics of cardiac rhythm disorders, such as sudden cardiac death. He returned to Vanderbilt in 1998 as Associate Dean for Physician Scientist Development, and soon was appointed Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, directing one of the medical center’s largest clinical service programs. He became the Medical Center’s chief research officer in 2004, leading a period of scientific expansion that moved the Medical Center into the nation’s top 10 in NIH funding, launching big-science programs integrating health informatics and genomics that stimulated the Medical Center’s national leadership in personalized medicine.
In 2008 he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and later that year was named the eleventh dean of Vanderbilt’s School of Medicine since its founding in 1875. In 2009, he was also named Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs with executive responsibility for all health-related programs including the hospitals, clinics, research programs, and the medical and nursing schools. He has led the Medical Center through a period of marked service-volume growth with major inpatient expansions of the children’s hospital and the adult critical care areas, bolstered by 4% compound annual growth of outpatient visits (over 2.1 million per year), and by the creation of region’s largest, multi-state provider-led network (over 50 hospitals and 3000 clinicians: the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network). In 2013-2014, he led a $230 million (8%) cost reduction across all mission areas, improving the Medical Center’s competitive position in a rapidly evolving price-sensitive marketplace. In coordination with the Vanderbilt Chancellor and Board of Trust, Dr. Balser has led the Medical Center through a restructuring process that concluded April 30, 2016, placing its clinicians, hospitals, clinics, research and graduate medical education programs into a financially distinct not-for-profit corporation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). As President and CEO of VUMC, he reports to an independent board of directors, while also serving as dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer
Amy Compton-Phillips, MD
Providence St. Joseph Health
Amy Compton-Phillips, MD, is Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Providence St. Joseph Health. She is responsible for enhancing health care and health outcomes across the seven-state system. Leading the division of Clinical Care and Personalized Health, she is responsible for ensuring PSJH's 100,000+ caregivers and 20,000+ employed and/or affiliated physicians deliver care that is safe, effective, compassionate, seamless, personalized and high value for all. Working with physicians, nurses, and pharmacists, she helps foster clinical research, innovation and entrepreneurship to create ever better health outcomes. She is a frequent keynote speaker, author, board member, and serves as the Care Redesign Theme Leader for NEJM Catalyst.
Dr. Compton-Phillips has an extensive background in directing patient care programs and leading development of high-performing health care organizations. Prior to joining Providence in 2015, Dr. Compton-Phillips served as the Chief Quality Officer at Kaiser Permanente, where she focused on improving the value of care delivery. Among many other initiatives, she helped create infrastructure to implement health care improvements at scale across the Kaiser Permanente system. During her tenure, Dr. Compton-Phillips was a key organizational leader in developing capacity in patient-driven design, enhancing clinical outcomes and the care experience, and addressing the affordability of care.
Dr. Compton-Phillips joined Kaiser Permanente in 1993 as a front line physician, serving in an array of administrative and leadership roles. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is a board certified internist, with strong clinical interest in wellness and women's health.
Chief Medical Officer, Press Ganey Associates
Thomas H. Lee, MD, MSc
Editorial Board, The New England Journal of Medicine; Leadership Board Founder, NEJM Catalyst
Dr. Thomas Lee is Chief Medical Officer of Press Ganey, and an internist and cardiologist, who practices at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is a Professor of Medicine, part time, at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to joining Press Ganey, he served as Network President for Partners Healthcare System and CEO for Partners Community HealthCare, Inc., the integrated delivery system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Geisinger Health System, and chairman of the Board of Directors for Geisinger Health Plan. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Health Leads; the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College; the Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG) of the Veterans Administration; and the Panel of Health Advisors of the Congressional Budget Office. He is a member of the Editorial Board of The New England Journal of Medicine.
He is the author of more than 260 academic articles and three books, Chaos and Organization in Health Care, Eugene Braunwald and the Rise of Modern Medicine, and An Epidemic of Empathy in Healthcare.
Named in his honor, the Thomas H. Lee Award for Excellence in Primary Care is given each year to recognize a primary care physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital who meets the needs of his or her patients exceptionally well.
Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in history and science from Harvard College, a medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and a master’s degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. He lives in Milton, Mass., with his wife, Dr. Soheyla Gharib, who is Chief of Medicine at Harvard University Health Services. The couple has three daughters.
President and CEO
Paule Anne Lewis, MBA/MHA
San José Clinic
Paule Anne Lewis is a native Houstonian with 25 years of health care administration experience in the local market. She has worked at several of the top hospital systems in The Texas Medical Center, including Houston Methodist Hospital. Ms. Lewis has a BS in accounting and MBA/MHA degrees, both from the School of Business at the University of Houston – Clear Lake, where she gave back as an adjunct professor from 2007–2012. In her community health career, she served on several committees and led a number of collaborative projects among the safety-net clinics. She is a Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Harriet and Joe Foster Family YMCA, the YMCA Healthy Living Committee, and the President’s Advisory Board for Houston Community College, Coleman College for Health Sciences.
San José Clinic is Houston’s oldest and largest charity care clinic. Founded in 1922, the Clinic provides over 4,000 uninsured patients annually with primary and specialty medical and dental care, as well as vision, laboratory, and pharmacy services, all through volunteer, academic, and community partnerships. San José Clinic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a United Way agency, a Texas Medical Center member institution, and a ministry of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
Clinical Editor, NEJM Catalyst
Namita Seth Mohta, MD
Hospitalist, Center for Healthcare Delivery Sciences, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Namita Seth Mohta, MD is the Clinical Editor for NEJM Catalyst, a new venture launched by The New England Journal of Medicine/NEJM Group to advance the dialogue amongst leaders to drive innovations in health care delivery. As a key member of the leadership team, she has responsibility for editorial strategy and content quality. Dr. Mohta is the Clinical Lead for the ACO at The New England Quality Care Alliance Physicians Organization affiliated with Tufts Medical Center. She works with the network to define strategy, implement system-wide clinical initiatives, and develop analytic tools to successfully improve outcomes.
Prior to these roles, Dr. Mohta served as the Medical Director for Population Health Management at Partners Health Care. There she was a part of the initial leadership team responsible for the development and implementation of innovative, Partners-wide programs to successfully improve quality of care, and lower costs for the populations they served under alternative payment contracts such as the Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization. Her responsibilities included implementation of Partners’ primary care strategy to evolve practices toward patient-centered medical homes as well as the care management program for their most medically complex, high-risk patients. Dr. Mohta was the clinical lead for Partners’ strategy to improve care for the often vulnerable Medicaid population. Prior to this role, Dr. Mohta was Clinical Director of Partners Business Planning, responsible for system-level, clinical strategy projects. She also has industry experience as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group.
Dr. Mohta practices as a Hospitalist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, Massachusetts, and attends on the academic teaching service. Her clinical interests include improving end-of-life care in the inpatient setting. Academically, she is faculty at the Center for Healthcare Delivery Sciences at BWH and at Harvard Medical School. She completed her Internal Medicine and Primary Care residency training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Mohta is a graduate of Yale College and Yale School of Medicine.
Tyler Norris, MDiv
Well Being Trust
Tyler Norris, MDiv, is chief executive, Well Being Trust, a new national foundation with a mission to advance innovative solutions for mental, social and community health.
Tyler has shaped health and development initiatives in hundreds of communities in the US and around the world. He has an extensive background as a social entrepreneur and trusted advisor to philanthropies, health systems, government agencies and collaborative partnerships working to improve the health of people and places. Prior to becoming the first chief executive of Well Being Trust, Tyler served as vice president, Total Health at Kaiser Permanente, where he led the “anchor institution" work, applying all operational assets to impact the economic, social and environmental determinants of health. He previously served as the founding president and CEO of Community Initiatives leading health consultancy, and as founding board chair of the IP3, the social enterprise that gave birth to the Community Commons, a data mapping and reporting platform.
In recent years, Tyler also served as a board member and/or advisor to the Convergence Partnership; Enterprise Community Partners; Active Living by Design; Samueli Institute; the Public Health Institute and the YMCA of the USA. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive Program, earned a Master of Divinity degree from Naropa University, and has a bachelor’s degree in World Political Economy from Colorado College.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Rebecca Onie, JD
In 1996, Rebecca Onie co-founded Health Leads to address the fundamental drivers of patients’ health. With our hospital, community health center, and integrated delivery system partners, Health Leads has enabled physicians and other healthcare providers across the country to “prescribe” food, electricity, and other basic resources their patients need to be healthy – and armed a variety of workforces to “fill” those social needs prescriptions by working side-by-side with patients to access the existing landscape of community resources.
Health Leads arms healthcare institutions with the tools, technology, analytics, best practices, and peer community necessary to address their own patients’ resource needs and to champion a healthcare system that address all patients’ basic resource needs as a standard part of quality care. Last year, Health Leads directly served over 14,000 patients and their families, touching nearly 50,000 total lives.
In 2009, Rebecca was honored to receive a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. She has also been recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2012 Young Leader Award; Network for Excellence in Health Innovation’s 2014 “Innovators in Health” Award; Forbes Magazine’s Impact 30, recognizing the world’s top 30 social entrepreneurs; and the Schwab Foundation’s 2013 Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Rebecca is one of the Aspen Institute’s inaugural Health Innovator Fellows; a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; member of the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation External Advisory Council; and a One Acre Fund board member.
She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. She previously clerked for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and was an associate at Miner, Barnhill & Galland P.C., a civil rights and community economic development firm.
Professor, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, & Health Policy
Russell Rothman, MD MPP
Vice President for Population Health Research, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Dr. Rothman is a Professor of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Health Policy, and the Vice President for Population Health Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He also serves as the Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research and Chief of the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Section.
Dr. Rothman's current research focuses on improving care for adult and pediatric patients with diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases. His research has focused on addressing health communication, health literacy/numeracy, and other social and behavior factors to improve health. As Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research, Dr. Rothman oversees a Center that engages over 150 faculty across the University engaged in over $50 million annual dollars of funded research related to health services research, implementation science, behavioral research, health disparities research, quality improvement research and other areas aimed at improving health outcomes. He has been the Principal Investigator on over $45 million in extramural funding and has authored over 130 manuscripts. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the PCORI funded Mid-South Clinical Data Research Network which engages over 50 hospitals and 1,000’s of ambulatory practices reaching patients across the nation. He is also PI of the CMS funded Mid-South Practice Transformation Network which is engaging 4,000 clinicians in quality improvement.
Dr. Rothman also serves on the PCORI PCORnet Executive Steering Committee which oversees the development of a national network to support comparative effectiveness research and pragmatic clinical trials, with over $250 million dollars committed from PCORI to date. Dr. Rothman serves as the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the ADAPTABLE study, a pragmatic clinical trial enrolling 15,000 patients to evaluate the optimal dose of aspirin in secondary prevention of heart disease. Dr. Rothman is also the President-elect of the Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH).
Professor and Chair
Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, MA
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
Dr. Unützer is an internationally recognized psychiatrist and health services researcher. His work focuses on innovative models of care that integrate mental health and general medical services and on translating research on evidence-based mental health care into effective clinical and public health practice. He has more than 300 scholarly publications and is the recipient of numerous federal and foundation grants and awards for his research to improve the health and mental health of populations through patient-centered integrated mental health services.
Dr. Unützer is Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. He also holds adjunct appointments as Professor in the School of Public Health (in the departments of Health Services and Global Health) and as Affiliate Investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle, WA.
Dr. Unützer founded the AIMS Center (http://aims.uw.edu), which is dedicated to Advancing Integrated Mental Health Solutions. He led the development and testing of IMPACT, an evidence-based model of depression care that has been implemented in more than 1,000 primary care clinics in the United States and abroad. IMPACT has been shown in randomized controlled trials to double the effectiveness of usual care for depression while lowering long- term health care costs. In recent years, Dr. Unützer’s work has focused on developing local, regional, national, and global partnerships that support workforce development and capacity building in primary and behavioral health care.
Dr. Unützer has served as Senior Scientific Advisor to the World Health Organization and as an advisor to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. He works with national and international organizations to improve behavioral health care for diverse populations. His awards include the Beeson Physician Faculty Scholars Award from the American Foundation for Aging Research, the Klerman Junior and Senior Investigator Awards from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, the Research Award from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the Senior Health Services Scholar Award from the American Psychiatric Association, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry.
Dr. Unützer trained in medicine (MD, Vanderbilt University), public policy (MA, University of Chicago), and public health / health services (MPH, University of Washington). He completed fellowships in geriatric psychiatry at UCLA and in primary care psychiatry at the University of Washington.
Senior Medical Director, Education and Policy
Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM
National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs
R. Corey Waller, MD, MS, FACEP, DFASAM, is an addiction, pain, and emergency medicine specialist and now the Senior Medical Director for Education and Policy at the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs. In this role he is responsible for developing and maintaining all training and live technical assistance delivered by the National Center. This covers addiction, pain, behavioral health, system development, payment model implementation, and health care policy. Before joining the National Center he worked for the Spectrum Health System in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is a fully integrated health system with 11 hospitals and over 1,000 employed physicians. He was the Medical Director of the Spectrum Health Medical Group Center for Integrative Medicine, the Medical Staff Chief of Pain Medicine to the Spectrum Health Hospital System, the President of the Michigan Society of Addiction Medicine, as well as Substance Use Disorder Medical Director at Lakeshore Regional Partners (Community Mental Health-Region 3). Dr. Waller has also worked extensively with local, state, and federal law enforcement on the issues of controlled substance diversion and interdiction. Dr. Waller earned a Master of Science in Biology with a neuromolecular focus at Southwest Texas State University and earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. Dr. Waller completed his emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and is board certified in emergency medicine and addiction medicine.
Dr. Waller’s special interests include creating a comprehensive workforce development suite for the care of complex high-cost patients, collaborating with law enforcement to create a medically informed policing strategy for controlled substances, understanding the biopsychosocial and financial impact of high-cost complex patients, as well as the unique interaction of pain and addiction.
Executive Director, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance
Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI
Associate Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College
Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI, is the Executive Director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, a strategic partnership between Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her primary responsibilities include developing and supporting collaborative initiatives and programs in biomedical research, community engagement and interprofessional learning. She holds appointments as Associate Professor of Medicine at both Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College.
As Director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Community-Engaged Research Core in the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, she brings together academic researchers and community members to improve community health and healthcare through community-engaged research. Dr. Wilkins is widely recognized for her work in stakeholder engagement and is Principal Investigator of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Research Award focused on Improving Patient Engagement and Understanding Its Impact on Research. She is also Principal Investigator of two NIH-funded centers, the Vanderbilt-Miami-Meharry Center of Excellence in Precision Medicine and Population Health and the Center for Improving Clinical Trial Education Recruitment and Enrollment at CTSA Hubs.
Dr. Wilkins’ prior research has focused on understanding the complex intersection between cognitive impairment, frailty and depression. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt in 2012, Dr. Wilkins was an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, with secondary appointments in Psychiatry and Surgery (Public Health Sciences) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She served as Founding Director of the Center for Community Health and Partnerships in the Institute for Public Health, co-director of the Center for Community Engaged Research in the CTSA, and director of "Our Community, Our Health"- a collaborative program with Saint Louis University to disseminate culturally relevant health information and facilitate community-academic partnerships to address health disparities. Dr. Wilkins earned a Bachelor of Science in microbiology (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a Doctor of Medicine from Howard University. She completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Duke University Medical Center and a Geriatric Medicine fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Following her medical training, Dr. Wilkins earned a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation from Washington University School of Medicine.