Laura L. Forese, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Bio:Dr. Laura L. Forese is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian, an academic integrated delivery system of academic medical centers, regional, hospitals and employed physicians in metro New York. More than 2 million people receive care each year at NewYork-Presbyterian, which is affiliated with the medical schools of Columbia and Cornell. NewYork-Presbyterian’s multi-campus academic medical center has been the top-rated hospital in New York on U.S. News and World Report’s annual survey of “Best Hospitals” for 17 consecutive years and among the top 10 hospitals nationwide for the past 14 years. Dr. Forese has been affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian throughout her career in multiple clinical and management roles. In her current role, she has ultimate operating responsibility for the enterprise, which has revenue of more than $8B and more than 40,000 employees. An orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Forese graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University and Alpha Omega Alpha from Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons. She received her MPH in health care management from Columbia’s Mailman School. Dr. Forese chairs the board of the NIH Clinical Center, the largest research hospital in the U.S. She is a Trustee of Princeton University, a board member of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, and also serves as a director of Cantel Medical. A role model for women in leadership, Dr. Forese has been named among the 50 most powerful women in New York by Crain’s Business, Mother of the Year by the American Cancer Society, and the Top 25 COOs by Modern Healthcare.
Nick Seddon, MA, MPhil
Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Product
Bio:Nick Seddon joined Optum in late 2016 as an Executive in Residence. In August 2017, he became Head of Corporate Product, with a responsibility for driving common frameworks for product management; improving insights into the performance of the portfolio; and identifying and supporting enterprise growth opportunities. In the past year he has built a strong team that is transforming Optum’s approach toward product, integrated solutions, and the harnessing of Agile methodology. Before joining the company, Nick served as special advisor for health, social care, and life sciences for UK Prime Minister David Cameron. In this role, Nick was a leader in developing and implementing strategies to ensure the long-term sustainability of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), through the development of major initiatives such as the NHS’s 2014 “Five Year Forward View” and the “Seven Day Services” agenda. Working with NHS leaders and experts, he helped set and finance all key service priorities, including for cancer, mental health, and maternity services, the fight against childhood obesity, and the Prime Minister’s program to sequence 100,000 whole genomes. During the UK’s G8 presidency, Nick worked with Prime Minister Cameron and other international stakeholders to bring the fight against dementia to the forefront of the global policy agenda. Nick also provided day-to-day counsel for the Prime Minister on key health care and social services issues. Prior to his position at No. 10 Downing Street, Nick was Deputy Director of Reform, a leading UK think tank focusing on public services and the economy. Previously, he worked in the private sector at Circle Health, then the UK’s fastest growing health care company. He has authored many publications in national newspapers and journals, as well as a number of books and reports, and appeared frequently on television and radio. He holds an MA and MPhil from Magdalene College at the University Cambridge. In July 2016, he was awarded an MBE by the Queen.
Thomas H. Lee, MD, MSc
Chief Medical Officer, Press Ganey Associates; Editorial Board, The New England Journal of Medicine;
NEJM Catalyst Leadership Board Founder
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.