Peter Orszag, PhD
Vice Chairman and Global Co-Head of Healthcare
Bio:Peter R. Orszag joined Lazard as a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Investment Banking in May 2016. He also serves as Global Co-Head of Healthcare and is based in New York. Prior to joining Lazard, Peter was with Citigroup (2011–2016), where he was Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking and Chairman of the Financial Strategy and Solutions Group. Before that he was the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (2009–2010), serving in President Barack Obama’s cabinet, and Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) (2007–2008). Before leading the CBO, Peter was a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution. He previously served in the Clinton Administration, on both the Council of Economic Advisers staff and the National Economic Council. Peter is a board member of the Mount Sinai Medical Center, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and the Russell Sage Foundation, among other boards. He is also a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Princeton University, AB, summa cum laude in economics; London School of Economics, PhD, economics (Marshall Scholar)
Leemore Dafny, PhD
Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School;
NEJM Catalyst New Marketplace Theme Leader and Event Host
Bio:Leemore Dafny is the Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, and a member of the faculty of the Kennedy School of Government. Prior to joining Harvard in 2016, she served as Director of Health Enterprise Management, Herman Smith Professor of Hospital and Health Services Management, and a professor of strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Professor Dafny’s research examines competitive interactions among payers and providers of health care services, and the intersection of industry and public policy. Her work has been published in academic journals such as The American Economic Review and The New England Journal of Medicine, and featured in popular media such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Current projects include studies of consolidation in the U.S. hospital industry and the kidney dialysis industry, products and pricing on the public health insurance exchanges, co-payment coupons for prescription drugs, and the implications of for-profit ownership of insurance companies. Professor Dafny graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company prior to earning her PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has won several teaching awards as well as Kellogg’s leading research prize, the Stanley Reiter Best Paper Award. Professor Dafny is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Associate Editor of Management Science, and a board member of the American Society of Health Economists and the Health Care Cost Institute. Professor Dafny’s expertise spans both the public and private sectors. She serves on the Panel of Health Advisers for the Congressional Budget Office. In 2012–2013, she was Deputy Director for Health Care and Antitrust in the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission. She also advises companies, government agencies, and nonprofits on a variety of issues including antitrust matters, strategic decisions, and public policy.
Michael Chernew, PhD
Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy and Director of the Healthcare Markets and Regulation (HMR) Lab, Department of Health Care Policy
Harvard Medical School
Bio:Michael Chernew, PhD, is the Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy and the Director of the Healthcare Markets and Regulation (HMR) Lab in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chernew’s research activities focus on several areas, most notably the causes and consequences of growth in health care expenditures, payment reform, and Value Based Insurance Design (VBID). Dr. Chernew is a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisors and of the Institute of Medicine Committee on National Statistics. Dr. Chernew is the former Vice Chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which is an independent agency established to advise the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. In 2000, 2004, and 2011, he served on technical advisory panels for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that reviewed the assumptions used by the Medicare actuaries to assess the financial status of the Medicare trust funds. In April 2015, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker appointed Dr. Chernew to the Massachusetts Health Connector Board of Directors. Dr. Chernew is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He currently serves as Co-Editor of the American Journal of Managed Care and Editor for the Journal of Health Economics. In 2010, Dr. Chernew was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and served on the Committee on the Determination of Essential Health Benefits. Dr. Chernew earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in economics from Stanford University.
Namita Seth Mohta, MD
Clinical Editor, NEJM Catalyst;
Center for Healthcare Delivery Sciences, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Bio:Namita Seth Mohta, MD, is a physician executive with expertise in health care delivery transformation. She has been part of the founding Population Health and ACO leadership teams at both Partners Health Care and the New England Quality Care Alliance affiliated with Tufts Medical Center, both in Boston. Her responsibilities have included designing and implementing ACO strategies for Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial populations, with a focus on scaling tailored clinical interventions, integrating analytics and measurement, and leading change management and team-based care with providers. Dr. Mohta also has industry experience as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. She is currently the Clinical Editor for NEJM Catalyst, a publication launched by The New England Journal of Medicine that accelerates innovation in health care. Dr. Mohta practices internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is faculty at The Center for Healthcare Delivery Sciences and 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.
Steven J. Corwin, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer
Bio:Steven J. Corwin, MD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the nation’s largest, most comprehensive health care delivery networks. Under Dr. Corwin’s leadership, NewYork-Presbyterian has nearly doubled in size and comprises four divisions dedicated to providing world-class care to more than 2 million patients per year. Together with its academic partners — Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons — NewYork-Presbyterian pursues clinical excellence, engages in pioneering medical research, and provides outstanding medical education to the next generation of doctors. The organization’s six-campus academic medical center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, has been the top-ranked hospital in New York on U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of “Best Hospitals” and among the top 10 hospitals nationwide for more than a decade. A cardiologist and internist, Dr. Corwin obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University, graduating summa cum laude and with Alpha Omega Alpha honors. He completed both his internal medicine residency and cardiology training at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Corwin joined the NewYork-Presbyterian team in 1979. From 1998 to 2005, Dr. Corwin was the organization’s Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, where he led the development and implementation of 13 clinical service lines, a critical step for the success of the newly merged Hospital. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Dr. Corwin served as NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, where he oversaw day-to-day operations across five campuses and was responsible for advancing a number of strategic initiatives, with We Put Patients First at the core of its mission. These included an intense focus on quality and patient safety, cultivating talented employees and caregivers, advancing clinical and technological innovation, building physician and institutional relationships, providing care to underserved communities, and maintaining the hospital’s financial and operational strength. As President and CEO, Dr. Corwin has thoroughly embraced innovative approaches to patient-centered care. He led the way in establishing the NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Hospital Network and NewYork-Presbyterian Medical Groups, which enable patients to receive NewYork-Presbyterian’s world-renowned care directly in their own communities. He has overseen the planning and construction of several state-of-the-art facilities, such as The Spine Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian/Allen and the David H. Koch Center, the largest freestanding building dedicated to ambulatory care in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, which opened in 2018. He has championed numerous technological initiatives, including on-demand access to electronic medical records for patients, a telehealth program that launched in 2016, and a dedicated space at Blueprint Health, one of the country’s leading incubators of health care technology. In addition, his focus on energy efficiency and green buildings has garnered a record number of EPA ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards for Sustained Excellence in Energy Management, the program’s highest honor. Dr. Corwin is Chairman of the Healthcare Association of New York State and the Chair of the Health Care Systems Council of the American Hospital Association. He was past chairman of the Greater New York Hospital Association. In addition, he is a Board Member at the New York Academy of Medicine. He is also a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Teaching Hospitals Administrative Board, a member of the Health Management Academy, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Hope and Heroes Award for promoting excellence in pediatric oncology and the VHA Award for Clinical Quality for the design and implementation of an emergency department for chest pain diagnosis and treatment protocol.