Niteesh Choudhry, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Executive Director, Center for Healthcare Delivery Sciences, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Bio:Niteesh K. Choudhry, M.D., Ph.D., is an internist and health services researcher whose work focuses on the development and evaluation of novel strategies to improve health care quality and reduce spending. He is an Associate Professor Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the founding Executive Director of the Center for Healthcare Delivery Sciences and an Associate Physician in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where he is also a practicing hospitalist. Much of Dr. Choudhry’s current research deals with non-adherence to evidence-based medications, a problem that is estimated to cost almost $300 billion annually in the U.S. alone. He has led and is leading numerous clinical trials embedded in real-world health systems aimed at addressing this issue. A second focus of Dr. Choudhry’s work is predictive analytics: he seeks to identify which patients will ultimately become non-adherent to their prescribed therapies and why and when this will occur. He and his colleagues have applied and evaluated novel quantitative methods for clustering patients into longitudinal and dynamic adherence trajectories, shown their relationship to long-term clinical outcomes, and demonstrated the capacity to predict a patient’s membership in each of these adherence trajectories with great accuracy. In ongoing work, he and his colleagues are exploring the ability of novel data sources, such as retail purchasing information and electronic health record data, to improve the ability to predict future non-adherence. Dr. Choudhry, who is Canadian by upbringing, attended McGill University, received his M.D. and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto and then served as Chief Medical Resident for the Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals. He earned his Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard University. He has published over 175 peer-reviewed journals and has won numerous awards for research, teaching and mentoring.
David A. Asch, MD, MBA
Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation
Bio:David Asch is Executive Director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation. He is the John Morgan Professor at the Perelman School of Medicine and Professor of Health Care Management and Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions at the Wharton School. Dr. Asch’s research aims to understand and improve how physicians and patients make medical choices in clinical, financial, and ethically charged settings, including the adoption of new pharmaceuticals or medical technologies, the purchase of insurance, and personal health behaviors. His research combines elements of economic analysis with psychological theory and marketing in the field now called behavioral economics. He is the author of more than 300 published papers. He teaches health policy at the Wharton School and he practices internal medicine at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he created and from 2001 to 2012 directed the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion—the Department of Veterans Affairs’ national center to support vulnerable populations and reduce racial disparities. From 1998 to 2012 he was Executive Director of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. He has received numerous awards for teaching, research, and innovation at the University of Pennsylvania and nationally. He is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians and the National Academy of Medicine (formerly, Institute of Medicine). Dr. Asch received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, his MD from Weill-Cornell Medical College, and his MBA in Health Care Management and Decision Sciences from the Wharton School. He was a resident in Internal Medicine and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.
Katherine Baicker, Ph.D.
C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Bio:Dr. Baicker is C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics and Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine. Professor Baicker serves as a Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; as Chair of the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission; on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers; as a Director of Eli Lilly; on the Editorial Boards of Health Affairs, the Journal of Health Economics, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives; and as past Chair of the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth. From 2005-2007, she served as a Senate-confirmed Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where she played a leading role in the development of health policy. She received her BA in economics from Yale and her PhD in economics from Harvard. Professor Baicker’s research focuses primarily on the factors that drive the distribution, generosity, and effectiveness of public and private health insurance, with a particular focus on health insurance finance and the effect of reforms on the distribution and quality of care. Her research has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Health Affairs, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and has been featured in outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio. She is currently one of the leaders of a research program investigating the many effects of expanding health insurance coverage in the context of a randomized Medicaid expansion in Oregon.
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.