Frederick P. Cerise, MD, MPH
President and Chief Executive Officer
Parkland Health & Hospital System
Bio:Fred Cerise, MD, MPH, has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkland Health & Hospital System since March 2014. He leads one of the largest academic and public safety-net hospitals in the country, as well as 20 community-based clinics and numerous educational outreach programs. The system focuses on serving the comprehensive needs of a largely uninsured population. Prior to joining Parkland, Dr. Cerise served as Vice President for Health Affairs and Medical Education of the Louisiana State University System. From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Cerise was Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Prior to that he was the CEO of Earl K. Long Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he began his career between 1991 and 2004 as an LSU Clinical Faculty member in Internal Medicine. Dr. Cerise holds a bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Notre Dame and earned his medical degree at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In 2001, he earned a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University School of Public Health. From 2010 to 2016, he served on the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, and he currently serves on the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation Board of Trustees, and the Nurse Family Partnership Board of Directors.
Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH
Chief of Medicine, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
George Dock Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan
Bio:Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, is the Chief of Medicine at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and the George Dock Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on patient safety, implementation science, and medical decision-making. He has authored approximately 330 peer-reviewed papers, with over 100 appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Lancet, or the Annals of Internal Medicine. He serves on the editorial board of seven peer-reviewed journals, including the Annals of Internal Medicine, is a Special Correspondent to the New England Journal of Medicine, and is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He has written for The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review, and gave a 2016 TED talk on culture change in health care that has over 1 million views. He has co-authored two books published by Oxford University Press: Preventing Hospital Infections: Real-World Problems, Realistic Solutions and Teaching Inpatient Medicine: What Every Physician Needs to Know. In 2017, he was awarded the HSR&D Health System Impact Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Distinguished Mentor Award from the University of Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research. In 2016, he received the Mark Wolcott Award from the Department of Veterans Affairs as the National VA Physician of the Year and was elected as an international honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London). He received his medical doctorate from UCLA, completed a medical residency and chief residency at the University of California at San Francisco, and obtained a master’s degree in public health (as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar) from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has been a visiting professor at over 100 universities and hospitals in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and has active research studies underway with investigators in Switzerland, Italy, Japan, and Thailand.
Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS
Senior Vice President, Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness & Diversity Officer
Henry Ford Health System
Bio:Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS, is Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity, and Chief Wellness and Diversity Officer at Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System. She is a board-certified emergency medicine physician; Chair of the Gail and Lois Warden Endowment on Multicultural Health; and the nation’s first state-level Surgeon General. In 2012, she was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. She focuses on health care equity, infant mortality/maternal and child health, chronic disease, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating habits, and tobacco use. Dr. Wisdom provides strong leadership in diversity, population health, and improving the health of those disproportionately affected by poor health outcomes. Dr. Wisdom founded the award-winning African American Initiative for Male Health Improvement (AIM–HI) and the Women Inspired Neighborhood (WIN) Network: Detroit to reduce infant mortality. She leads equity strategies at Henry Ford, honored by the American Hospital Association in July 2014 as an Equity of Care Finalist. As Michigan Surgeon General, she founded the nationally known Generation With Promise program — a youth leadership and empowerment effort now housed at Henry Ford that has engaged thousands of Michigan students and families to drive policy, environment, and behavioral change on nutrition and physical activity, as well as tobacco prevention. A recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Wisdom has authored several peer-reviewed publications, appeared on national television, including on ABC’s Nightline, and has presented to audiences across the country and internationally.
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.