Jonathan A. Epstein, M.D.
Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer, William Wikoff Smith Professor
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Bio:Dr. Epstein graduated from Harvard College in 1983, Harvard Medical School in 1988 and completed his Residency and Fellowship in Medicine and Cardiology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he also completed an HHMI Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genetics. In 1996 he accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently the Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer, William Wikoff Smith Professor of Medicine, and former Chairman of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and the Scientific Director of the Penn Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Epstein has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sir William Osler Young Investigator Award from the Interurban Club (2001) and the Outstanding Investigator Award from the American Federation for Medical Research (2006). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association of Physicians, Past President of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He serves on several editorial boards, and is a past Deputy Editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Dr. Epstein was a founding co-director of the Penn Institute for Regenerative Medicine in 2007. Dr. Epstein’s research has focused on the molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular development and implications for understanding and treating human disease. His group has been at the forefront of utilizing animal models of congenital heart disease to determine genetic and molecular pathways required for cardiac morphogenesis, with implications for pediatric and adult cardiovascular disease. Stem cell, angiogenesis and epigenetic studies have had direct implications for the development of new therapeutic agents for heart failure and myocardial infarction. Dr. Epstein is a practicing cardiologist at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Hospital.
Thomas H. Lee, MD, MSc
Editorial Board, NEJM; Leadership Board Founder, NEJM Catalyst;
Chief Medical Officer, Press Ganey
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.
Kevin Volpp, MD, PhD
Founders President's Distinguished Professor; Vice Chairman Health Policy, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy; Theme Leader for Patient Engagement and Event Chair
Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, Leonard Davis Institute; Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School, Pennsylvania; NEJM Catalyst
Bio:Dr. Volpp is the founding Director of the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics, Division Chief of Health Policy for the Department of Medical Ethics and Policy, and the Founders President's Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine and Health Care Management at the Wharton School of the university of Pennsylvania. He is a board certified practicing physician at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Dr. Volpp's work focuses on developing and testing innovative ways of applying insights from behavioral economics in improving patient health behavior and affecting provider performance. He has led projects with a variety of employers, insurers, health systems, and consumer companies in testing the impact of different behavioral economic strategies on behavior. He has competitively been awarded more than $60 million to lead or co-lead studies funded by the NIH; the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation; the CDC; VA Health Services Research and Development; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the Hewlett Foundation; the Commonwealth Foundation; the Aetna Foundation; Mckinsey; CVS Caremark; Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield; Hawaii Medical Services Association; Merck; Humana; Aramark; Weight Watchers; and Discovery (South Africa). Dr. Volpp has published more than 200 articles, book chapters, and commentaries, and his work has been covered by media outlets worldwide. His work has served as the foundation for numerous widely implemented programs such as benefit design initiatives using financial incentives for smoking cessation among GE and CVS employees, a prescription refill synchronization program for Humana members, a simple health insurance plan called "Humana Simplicity", and an approach to increase medication refills using enhanced active choice among CVS members. Dr. Volpp's work has been recognized by a number of awards including the Matilda White Riley Award for career achievement by the Office of Social and Behavioral Science at NIH and the Association for Clinical and Translational Science Distinguished Investigator Award for Clinical and Translational Science. Volpp is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the Association of American Physicians (AAP), and the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences (IOM). He has served as an advisor to many different health plans, employers, and consumer companies and is a principal of the behavioral economic consulting firm VALHealth.
David Kirchhoff, MBA
Snap Kitchen, Inc.
Bio:Mr. Kirchhoff is currently the CEO of Snap Kitchen, Inc., an innovative healthy food concept headquartered in Austin, TX with presence across Texas, Chicago and now Philadelphia. Prior to Snap Kitchen, Mr. Kirchhoff was an Executive-in-Residence with the healthcare group at Warburg Pincus where he helped incubate Helix, Inc. a consumer genetics start-up. Previously, he served as CEO of Weight Watchers International, the world's leading provider of weight management services. Mr. Kirchhoff was the sixth employee and the first senior hire at WeightWatchers.com in 2000, initially serving as SVP of Strategy and Business Development before serving as CEO. Prior to joining WeightWatchers.com, he held roles at a variety of companies including the Enthusiast Media Group of Primedia, PepsiCo and The Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Kirchhoff has a BSE in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Chicago where he graduated with high honors.
Wendy Wood, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Business
University of Southern California
Bio:Dr. Wood is a social psychologist who holds the position of Provost Professor of Psychology and Business at the University of Southern California. She received her B.S. from the University of Illinois and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. Her research addresses the ways that habits guide behavior—and why they are so difficult to break. Dr. Wood is Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 8), the American Psychological Society, the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and a founding member of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology. She is currently President of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (and Division 8 of the American Psychological Association). She also serves as Senior Editor of the journal, Behavioral Science and Policy. In the past, she has been Associate Editor of Psychological Review, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Personality and Social Psychology Review. She has published over 100 papers, and her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, and the Templeton Foundation