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. As the Clinical Editor for NEJM Catalyst, she is part of the founding leadership team and has responsibility for content strategy and quality. 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 (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 often consults with start-ups (currently with PatientPing, GNS Healthcare, and Day Health Strategies) to provide strategic and technical expertise and leadership. Dr. Mohta practices internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is faculty at The Center for Healthcare Delivery Sciences 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.
S. Claiborne Johnston, MD, PhD
Dean, Vice President for Medical Affairs, Frank and Charmaine Denius Distinguished Dean’s Chair, Dell Medical School
The University of Texas at Austin
Bio:Since March 2014, Dr. Clay Johnston has served as the inaugural Dean of Dell Medical School and Vice President for Medical Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. His vision is to create a new model for academic medicine that accelerates innovation to improve health and reduce inefficiencies in health care. That includes building a vital, inclusive health ecosystem to support new and innovative models of education, care, research, and community impact — all with a focus on improving health locally as a model for accelerating change nationally. He is also a neurologist, specializing in stroke care and research. Previously, Dr. Johnston was Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He also directed the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and founded the UCSF Center for Healthcare Value to engage faculty and trainees in improving the quality of care while also lowering costs. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Medical School. He later received a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a resident in Neurology at UCSF, where he later trained in Vascular Neurology. During his 20 years at UCSF, he rose up the academic ranks to Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology and directed the Stroke Service. Clay has authored more than 300 publications in scientific journals and has won several national awards for his research and teaching. In particular, he has published extensively in the prevention and treatment of stroke and transient ischemic attack. He is perhaps best known for his studies describing the short-term risk of stroke in patients with transient ischemic attack and identifying patients at greatest risk, and also for his work related to measuring the impact of research. He has led several large cohort studies of cerebrovascular disease and three international multicenter randomized trials, two of which are ongoing.
Margaret Laws, MPP
President and Chief Executive Officer
Bio:Margaret Laws is President and CEO of HopeLab, where she leads a multidisciplinary team combining behavioral science, user-centered design, and partnership with innovators to create technology products to help improve health and well-being for teens and young adults. Prior to HopeLab, Margaret spent 17 years at the California HealthCare Foundation in a number of roles, including Director of Public Financing and Policy and Director of the Innovations for the Underserved program. She founded the CHCF Health Innovation Fund, a mission-focused fund investing in health care technology and service companies that improve access to and lower costs of health care. Margaret holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and an AB in English Literature from Princeton University. Margaret is a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She serves on the boards of Health Leads and Project Glimmer and is an adviser to Acumen America, United States of Care, ConsejoSano, and a number of early stage health care services and technology companies.
Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH
Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health;
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
Bio:Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH, is Executive Director of Ariadne Labs and a global expert on primary care policy and delivery. He previously served as Director of Ariadne Labs’ Primary Health Care Program. He is a core founder of the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, a partnership that includes the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation dedicated to transforming the global state of primary health care. In his research, Dr. Bitton has examined the rapid rise of chronic diseases throughout Polynesia, implemented global public health treaties to reduce the burden of tobacco use, and improved the measurement and delivery of primary care in Ghana, Costa Rica, and Estonia. A nationally recognized expert on U.S. health policy, he also serves as a Senior Advisor for Primary Care Policy at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. In this role since 2012, he has helped design and test three major comprehensive primary care payment and delivery initiatives, now active in 26 states and 3,000 practices that serve more than 3 million Medicare beneficiaries. Dr. Bitton practices primary care at Brigham and Women’s South Huntington clinic, a team-based primary care practice in Boston that he helped found nearly 10 years ago. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Care Policy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University and a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed his residency and chief residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and has a master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Stacey Chang, MS
Executive Director, Design Institute for Health
The University of Texas at Austin
Bio:Stacey Chang serves as the Executive Director of the Design Institute for Health at the University of Texas at Austin. It is a first-of-its-kind institution, dedicated to applying design approaches to solving systemic health care challenges as an integrated part of an operating health system and a medical education and training program.??Working with invested stakeholders in the health ecosystem, and harnessing the resources of the university, the Institute is focused on creating human-centered solutions in clinical and community environments — all with the intent to improve people’s health outcomes and health care experiences. The Design Institute considers topics as broad as the design of health products and services, the built environment, and the structure and functionality of the health ecosystem itself, and is committed to sharing advances that define a new model for societal health.??Until 2014, Stacey served as the Managing Director of the health care practice at IDEO, the global design and innovation firm. Clients included governments, research institutions, hospitals, pharma, insurance, med tech, and all the upstarts trying to rewrite the script, in both established and emerging markets.