Thomas H. Lee, MD, MSc
Leadership Board Founder, NEJM Catalyst; Editorial Board, the New England Journal of Medicine;
Chief Medical Officer, Press Ganey Associates
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, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Geisinger Health Plan, Geisinger Quality Options, Inc., and Geisinger Indemnity Insurance Company Board of Directors. 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, Massachusetts, with his wife, Dr. Soheyla Gharib, who is Chief of Medicine at Harvard University Health Services. The couple has three daughters.
Gordon Chen, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Bio:Physician. Advocate. Business and Thought Leader. Gordon Chen, MD, plays multiple roles in the privately held, family-run company that is transforming health care for the neediest populations. As Chief Medical Officer of ChenMed, the growing, physician-led, full-risk medical practice, Dr. Chen empowers the company’s clinicians to deliver affordable care, a superior experience, and better health outcomes to seniors across the United States. A passionate advocate for preventive care, he leads the organization’s clinical efforts — including training, quality, physician culture, and medical costs — and oversees the success of the company clinical leaders and PCP partners. Since formally joining ChenMed in 2011, Dr. Chen has helped the organization expand from six medical centers to more than 60 centers. He has hired and trained over 250 providers in ChenMed’s unique value-based health care delivery system and oversees the care of approximately 1,000–3,000 full-risk Medicare Advantage patients per center. Dr. Chen has an Economics degree from Brown University. Following in his father’s and brother’s footsteps, Dr. Chen accepted a scholarship to attend the University of Miami School of Medicine for his Internal Medicine and Cardiology training. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Echocardiography. Dr. Chen is also President of Nicaragua Medical Missions, a Christian nonprofit organization that strives to create medical missions opportunities to meet the needs of multiple underserved Nicaraguan communities. Dr. Chen is married to his medical school sweetheart, Dr. Jessica Chen, and they have four children.
Khavita P. Bhavan, MD, MHS, FIDSA
Associate Vice Chair of High Value Care and Innovation, Department of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center;
Chief Innovation Officer, Parkland Hospital and Health System
Bio:Kavita P. Bhavan, MD, MHS, holds the titles of Associate Vice Chair of Innovation and High-Value Care in the Department of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center and Associate Professor Infectious Diseases and Chief Innovation Officer for Parkland Health & Hospital System. In addition, she serves as the Medical Director for the Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy Clinic and Infectious Diseases Ambulatory Clinics, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Dallas, Texas. Dr. Bhavan’s research interests include reducing health disparities with a low-tech/low-cost patient-centered approach to clinical innovation, patient engagement, and “self-care models.” Dr. Bhavan developed a self-care program for uninsured patients discharged from Parkland hospital’s safety-net setting to self-administer outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (S-OPAT) for the treatment of a variety of infections. While many insured patients in the United States are discharged into traditional OPAT settings, including visiting home health service, infusion center, or nursing home, uninsured patients often remain in the hospital to complete treatment. In the S-OPAT model, patients from a low-literacy/low–socioeconomic status population are taught to self-administer their IV antibiotics by gravity or IV push at home. Published data for the S-OPAT program includes clinical outcomes showing a 47% reduction in 30-day readmissions for uninsured patients compared to patients receiving standard forms of OPAT. The first 4 years of the program resulted in >27,000 hospital bed days and approximately $40 million in savings. More than 3,500 patients have been treated for complicated infections through this program. Current research efforts include studying the collateral benefits of patient engagement in the S-OPAT program on chronic disease states and exploring other clinical settings for self-care models.