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
Leadership Board Founder, NEJM Catalyst
Bio:As Chief Medical Officer for Press Ganey Associates, Inc., Dr. Lee is responsible for developing clinical and operational strategies to improve the patient experience for health care providers across the nation. Dr. Lee is an internist and cardiologist, and practices primary care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Prior to assuming his role at Press Ganey, he was Network President for Partners Healthcare System, the integrated delivery system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Cornell University Medical College, and Harvard School of Public Health. He is on leave from his roles as Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Lee is a member of the Boards of Directors of Geisinger Health System, the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College, the Special Medical Advisory Committee (SMAC) of the Veterans Administration, and the Panel of Health Advisors of the Congressional Budget Office, and the Editorial Board of The New England Journal of Medicine. He is the author of Chaos and Organization in Health Care (MIT Press, 2009) and Eugene Braunwald and the Rise of Modern Medicine (Harvard University Press, 2013).
Namita S. Mohta, MD
Clinical Editor, NEJM Catalyst
Hospitalist, Center for Healthcare Delivery Sciences, Brigham & Women's Hospital