David A. Asch, MD, MBA
Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation
Bio:David Asch is Executive Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation. He is the John Morgan Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine and Professor of Health Care Management and Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions at the Wharton School. Dr. Asch’s research aims to understand and improve how physicians and patients make medical choices in clinical, financial, and ethically charged settings, including the adoption of new pharmaceuticals or medical technologies, the purchase of insurance, and personal health behaviors. His research combines elements of economic analysis with psychological theory and marketing in the field now called behavioral economics. He is the author of more than 300 published papers. He teaches health policy at the Wharton School and he practices internal medicine at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he created and from 2001 to 2012 directed the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion—the Department of Veterans Affairs’ national center to support vulnerable populations and reduce racial disparities. From 1998 to 2012 he was Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. He has received numerous awards for teaching, research, and innovation at the University of Pennsylvania and nationally. He is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and the National Academy of Medicine (formerly, Institute of Medicine). Dr. Asch received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, his MD from Weill-Cornell Medical College, and his MBA in Health Care Management and Decision Sciences from the Wharton School. He was a resident in Internal Medicine and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
Michele Ellen Heisler, MD, MPA
Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Behavior and Health Education
University of Michigan
Bio:Dr. Michele Heisler received her MD degree from Harvard University and MPA degree from Princeton University. She completed residency training in Internal Medicine and health services research training as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar from 2000-2002 at the University of Michigan Health System. Before her medical training Dr. Heisler worked for the United Nations Human Rights Commission and spent four years as a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation helping develop and strengthen human rights organizations and programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has volunteered for PHR since medical school, when she participated in a human rights investigation in Turkey. Since then Dr. Heisler has helped analyze data and write reports for a number of PHR investigations. She is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan medical school and research scientist at the Ann Arbor VA's Center for Clinical Management Research. She is Co-Director of the University of Michigan's Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Clinical Scholars Program, and Associate Director of the UM Medical School's Global REACH program. Dr. Heisler's research focuses on developing and evaluating health system and behavioral interventions to enhance self-management support for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart failure, and she currently is leading several federally funded randomized controlled effectiveness studies examining different models. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed studies in medical and public health journals.
Thomas H. Lee, MD, MSc
Chief Medical Officer, Press Ganey
Editorial Board, The New England Journal of Medicine; Leadership Board Founder, NEJM Catalyst
Bio: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.
Namita S. Mohta, MD
Clinical Editor, NEJM Catalyst
Hospitalist, Center for Healthcare Delivery Sciences, Brigham & Women's Hospital