Mary I. O'Connor, MD
Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Care at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Health
Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Yale School of Medicine
Bio:In May of 2015, Dr. O’Connor became the inaugural Director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Care at Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Health, leading the creation of a new value- and patient-focused model of care delivery in an academic medical setting. She is Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. O’Connor received her MD from Drexel University in Philadelphia and completed her orthopedic residency and fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She practiced at Mayo Clinic in Florida until 2015, during which time she served as the enterprise-wide Medical Director of Compliance, Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Associate Medical Director for Development, Associate Dean for Surgery Education, and member of the Executive Operations Team. Dr. O’Connor has published extensively in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals on limb salvage in orthopedic tumor surgery, sex and gender differences in arthritis and joint replacement, and use of bone marrow aspirate for treating knee arthritis. Current research focuses on tele-rehabilitation and improved outcomes for fragility hip fracture patients. Dr. O’Connor was the first female member of numerous orthopedic professional societies and past President of the International Society of Limb Salvage, Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, and the Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society. She is past Chair of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’ Women’s Health Issues Advisory Board and Diversity Advisory Board. She has served as the Chair of the Movement Is Life Caucus since its founding in 2010, a multi-stakeholder group committed to decreasing health care disparities. Dr. O’Connor has received numerous awards and honors, including being named Distinguished Clinician at Mayo Clinic and receiving the Corinne Farrell Award from the International Skeletal Society. She received the Congressional Gold Medal as a 1980 Olympian.
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.
Namita S. 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 and 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.
Marschall S. Runge, MD, PhD
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Michigan
Dean, University of Michigan Medical School; Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Medicine
Bio:Marshall S. Runge, MD, PhD, is Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Michigan, Dean of the Medical School, and CEO of Michigan Medicine. Prior to joining the University of Michigan in March 2015, he was Executive Dean and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, where he was instrumental in guiding the academic and clinical leadership of the School of Medicine and the UNC Health Care System. He was also Principal Investigator and Director of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill. He was elected to the Board of Directors of Eli Lilly and Company in 2013. Before joining the UNC faculty in 2000, Dr. Runge held the John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Internal Medicine and was Director of the Division of Cardiology and the Sealy Center for Molecular Cardiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Runge earned his doctorate in molecular biology at Vanderbilt University and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he also completed a residency in internal medicine. He was a cardiology fellow and faculty member at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital before joining Emory University as Associate Professor of Medicine in 1989. Dr. Runge has been a physician-scientist for his entire career, combining basic and translational research with the care of patients with cardiovascular diseases and education. He is the author of over 200 publications in the field and holds five patents for novel approaches to health care.
Stephen Swensen, MD, MMM, FACR
Medical Director, Professionalism and Peer Support
Bio:Dr. Swensen is dedicated to the development of thoughtful leaders who have the capability to nurture camaraderie and joy in work. He is a recognized, well-published expert in professional burnout. He serves as the Medical Director for Professionalism and Peer Support at Intermountain Healthcare and as a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, where he co-leads their Joy in Work Initiative. In the preceding three decades he served patients at the Mayo Clinic. As Director for Leadership and Organization Development, he co-led professional burnout work and oversaw the development of 4,100 physicians and scientists. As Director for Quality, Dr. Swensen established the Quality Academy and the Value Creation System. More than 37,000 colleagues were certified Quality Fellows during his tenure. While Chair of the Department of Radiology, his leadership team used Lean-Sigma and Baldrige to create value for patients provided by 1,200 staff who performed more than 1 million exams annually. A full professor, he has been Principal Investigator of two NIH Grants and has authored two books and 167 peer-reviewed articles. He was honored with the Diamond Quality Fellow Lifetime Achievement Award. Swensen has served as Director on two boards and as a member of the Mayo Clinic Management Team. During the two past decades, he has started three businesses. He holds a master’s degree in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School and is a trained executive coach. He received his MD from the University of Wisconsin. His residency training was at the Mayo Clinic and his thoracic radiology fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Swensen served as President of two international groups: the Fleischner Society and the Society of Thoracic Radiology. He founded the Big Sky Group and the Sun Valley Roundtable. Swensen has been married for 40 years, has two children, and has run or cross-country skied 39 marathons.