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Transforming Leaders. Transforming Healthcare.
The program faculty are research, clinical, and teaching faculty from the Brown University School of Public Health, the Warren Alpert Medical School, and highly accomplished practitioners from the healthcare industry who serve as lecturers, advisors, and as industry and international experts.
Jim Austin, MPA, MURP
Management and Marketing for Healthcare Transformation
Jim Austin is Principal at Decision Strategies International, and is a former senior executive at Baxter Healthcare, who combines business strategy and organizational development theory with extensive industry experience. His expertise is in working with senior management on strategic planning, organizational change, strategy execution and new business growth. He is skilled in coaching executives, facilitating board meetings, and delivering executive development programs in strategy, marketing and plan execution.
As an Adjunct Faculty member of the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton Business School, he tailored and delivered senior-level seminars on Strategic Execution, Scenarios for the Future and Critical Thinking at a number of leading companies including Boston Scientific, Coca-Cola. Lincoln Financial, GE and Hitachi. For Duke CE, Jim has led domestic and international programs for global companies such as Sprint, ANZ and Hess Oil. Jim is a Business Management Professor at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management where he recently received the “Most Distinguished Corporate Education Faculty Member” award. As a subcontractor at Decision Strategies International, Inc., he led projects on: scenarios of the future for US Medical Devices; optimal pharmaceutical sales and marketing functions in 2015; a strategic plan for the American College of Radiology; scenarios of the future for AHIMA (including organizational implications); and a new vision/strategic priorities at RAND Health. In addition, Jim has delivered a number of programs for the American Management Associations (AMA) on strategy, strategic execution and value creation for a range of clients including the Executive Team of LINMedia. In Europe, he has delivered programs for Boston Scientific, Wolters-Kluwer and GE.
Prior to joining Decision Strategies, Jim worked for 12 years at Baxter Healthcare, the last four as Vice President of Strategy Development for the Renal Division. Jim identified new business opportunities, facilitated annual strategy planning processes and worked with senior management on organizational development for this rapidly growing, nearly $2B Division. Before Baxter, Jim was Assistant to the President for ANCHOR HMO, a subsidiary of Rush Medical Center, Chicago. Prior to his move to Chicago, Jim worked as a Consultant for Arthur D. Little, Inc., where he led a number of large-scale planning, business development and strategic positioning studies. Between college and graduate school, Jim spent four years as an Economist/Planning Officer in the Ministry of Finance, Botswana.
Jim holds a BA in Economics and Politics from Yale University. He was a Special Student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Urban Studies Department, and received a joint Masters in Public Affairs (MPA) and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. Jim was past Chairman of the Strategic Leadership Forum, a recent Board Member of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, a past Member of the Board of Directors for the University Club of Chicago, Treasurer of LaSalle Language Academy, and member of the Admissions Committee for the Latin School of Chicago.
Lorne Basskin, PharmD
Data-Driven Decision Making: The Structure, Conduct, Review, and Evaluation of Research
Lorne Basskin is on the Editorial Board of several national pharmacy and medical publications and serves as a peer reviewer for several professional organizations. He received his Bachelor degree in business at the University of Toronto and worked as an accountant with a National firm and subsequently developed his own consulting business. He received his Pharm.D from the University of the Pacific and completed a post-doctoral residency with Valley Medical Center in Seattle in 1995. After that, Dr. Basskin was an Associate Professor in Clinical Practice at two different schools of pharmacy in the United States, and was the Director of Post-Graduate and Continuing Education for seven years. In 2002, Dr. Basskin started his own Medical Education firm, specializing in education for pharmacists and other health care professionals. From 2005 to 2011 he held various positions with HealthSouth Corporation, a for-profit group of100 rehabilitation and long-term acute care hospitals. Most recently he served as their National Director of Pharmacy Clinical and Information Services and was involved in implementing the Cerner system of electronic medical records throughout the network. After a two year stint with Wingate University College of Pharmacy as their Regional Dean, he moved to Asheville, NC, where he carries on a consulting practice specializing in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research.
Dr. Basskin has written and spoken extensively on the topics of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research, and published a book on the topic in 1998. He has over 40 peer-reviewed publications and has made over 120 presentations on both clinical and research related matters. He has written continuing education programs in the areas of diabetes, asthma, and Medicare reimbursement. He has conducted over 100 one and two day workshops on the meaning and use of pharmacoeconomics for healthcare decision-makers and healthcare researchers, and has been the Instructor for many years on this material for the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Annual and European Conferences.
Judith Bentkover, Ph.D
Healthcare Policy: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Data-Driven Decision Making: The Structure, Conduct, Review, and Evaluation of Research
Critical Challenge Project
Judith D. Bentkover is Executive Director and Academic Director of the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership program, and Professor of the Practice of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown Alpert Medical School. She is also a Professor of the Practice in the Economics Department at Tufts University, and the former President and CEO of Innovative Health Solutions, a consulting firm providing research and strategic analysis to healthcare manufacturers, providers, and payers. Dr. Bentkover leads international multidisciplinary teams in projects associated with therapy economics. She focuses on applied economic and decision analysis associated with the use of pharmaceuticals, devices, biotechnology products, procedures, and diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive regimens. Her work includes modeling, data analysis, forecasting, and meta analysis to generate results about cost-effectiveness, cost-utility, cost-minimization, quality of life, decision making, and outcomes.
Dr. Bentkover has worked throughout Europe and Asia and has considerable experience and knowledge of various healthcare systems, including their requirements about economic analysis. Dr. Bentkover has authored approximately 100 research articles, chapters, monographs, books and reports. Dr. Bentkover has testified before Congress, explaining the drivers of hospital costs. Dr. Bentkover is a reviewer for the several pharmacoeconomics, medical, and health policy journals. She was included on Health Care 500's list of the most influential health policy makers in the U.S. and is recognized as a developer of pharmacoeconomics, translating cost-benefit methodology into innovative strategic management tools. She often is invited as a guest lecturer at universities, executive workshops, and conferences.
Previously, Dr. Bentkover was Partner-in-Charge of KPMG’s Strategic Health Solutions practice, a global consulting team providing pricing, reimbursement, marketing and commercialization strategy development formulated on the basis of therapy economics.
Dr. Bentkover was a member of the Harvard University faculty, where she taught health economics, applied research seminars, and policy courses. She directed the PhD program sponsored by Harvard’s Medical School, Kennedy School of Government, School of Arts and Sciences and School of Public Health. At Harvard, she taught the Applied Research courses at both Harvard School of Public Health and the Kennedy School of Government. Her research at Harvard focused on methods of technology assessment and Medicare payment reform.
Dr. Bentkover was recruited to start the Greater Boston Health Forum, a coalition of payers, providers, patients, insurers, employers, organized labor, and government leaders. Dr. Bentkover was the Deputy Director, and was responsible for initiating and directing all research projects.
Dr. Bentkover currently serves on the Board of Directors of Health Imperatives, a large, diversified nonprofit health and human service organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities in Massachusetts. Dr. Bentkover also serves on the Board of Directors of WaterFire,an independent, non-profit arts organization whose mission is to inspire Providence and its visitors by revitalizing the urban experience, fostering community engagement and creatively transforming the city through the music and the creative arts.
Laurence Chait, MBA
Strategic Planning and Value Creation in Integrated Healthcare
Larry Chait is Managing Director of Chait and Associates, Inc., a consultancy that advises senior management on achieving and sustaining high performance. He has over thirty years of experience in business management and information technology. In his consulting work, Larry has helped executives and organizations across industries manage change. His focus is on strategic business planning, business process improvement, knowledge management, and change management. He has consulted to Global 100s and startups internationally, including industrial corporations, professional-service firms, associations, and nonprofits.
Prior to forming Chait and Associates, Larry was a Vice President and Director of Arthur D. Little, Inc. He held several positions at ADL, including chief knowledge officer, consulting director and principal, and product manager for turnkey systems. While at ADL, Larry developed the firm’s Business Process Improvement methodology and built its BPI practice, consulting to firms globally and teaching the methodology to hundreds of ADL and client staff members. Before joining ADL, Larry was president of his own retail organization and vice president of product development of a national commercial data processing services company.
Larry has authored three books on information technology and human resources; is a contributing author of “Managing the Learning Process of the Corporation” and “Knowledge Management in Practice: Connections and Context” and is currently writing another book with the working title of “Practical Knowledge Management.” He has lectured in programs at seven universities; written over 20 articles published in the U.S. and abroad; and spoken at over 40 conferences on topics including the management of change, process improvement, and knowledge management. Larry is president of the Boston KM Forum, an organization serving practitioners in Knowledge Management.
Larry received his AB in Economics from Cornell University and his MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.
Joseph Coyne, Dr.P.H., MPH
Financial Decisions in the Changing Healthcare Landscape
Dr. Coyne has 30 years of healthcare experience in international health finance, health information technology, and mergers/acquisitions/joint ventures. He has served as a financial advisor to Kaiser Health Plan, Adventist Health System, Chase Bank, Stanford Medical Center, Rush Medical Center, and Beijing Association of Teaching Hospitals. From 1999 until current, he has served as a healthcare finance faculty member at Washington State University, in the Department of Health Policy and Administration, and from 2004 until current, as the Director of the Center for International Health Services Research & Policy. From 1990-1999, he served as co-founder and Senior Partner with Healthcare DataBank, Inc. From 1989-1990, he was Chief Operating Officer with Heals Health Plan.
Dr. Coyne is a founding member of both the National Healthcare Services and National Healthcare Reinsurance Company Board of Directors. Dr. Coyne has a Bachelors in Business Administration at the University of Notre Dame (cum laude), and earned MPH and DrPH degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Coyne was recently honored to present the Chris Selby-Smith Oration address “Who is Going to Manage Health Care Systems in the Future?” at the Society for Health Administration Programs in Education (SHAPE) Symposium in Sydney, Australia.
David Dosa, MD, MPH
Navigating the Regulatory Maze
David Dosa is Associate Professor of Medicine and Health Service, Policy & Practice at Brown University's School of Public Health and Associate Director of the Center of Innovation at Providence VAMC. He is a health services researcher and practicing geriatrician with duel appointments with the Department of Primary Care at the Providence VAMC and the Division of Geriatrics at Rhode Island Hospital. David is a funded researcher with grants from the National Institutes of Aging, the Research Retirement Foundation, and the Veteran’s Administration. He jointly conducts his research through Brown University’s Center for Gerontology and the Providence VA Medical Center’s Research Enhancement Award Program.
David’s current research interests include nursing home quality improvement, nursing home response to hurricane disasters, nursing home infections, and medication errors in the elderly. His research awards and commendations include a Merck New Investigator Award in 2006 through the American Geriatrics Society. He is also a Hartford Foundation Scholar, and the recipient of the 2012 Humanitarian Award from the American Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Dr. Dosa is the New York Times bestselling author of Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat. The book has been published in over 20 countries worldwide.
Roee Gutman, PhD
Data-Driven Decision Making: The Structure, Conduct, Review, and Evaluation of Research
Roee Gutman is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at Brown University. Roee’s areas of interest and research are Bayesian data analysis, missing data, matching, causal inference and bioinformatics. His current research projects focus on developing techniques to make more accurate, or at least defensible, “causal inferences” from epidemiological studies. In layman’s terms: he is interested in finding out, for example, if drinking alcohol actually makes someone live longer and is not just associated with living longer.
Roee received his PhD from the Department of Statistics at Harvard University. His advisor was Professor Donald Rubin and he was a member of Professor Jun Liu’s lab. His PhD thesis is entitled: “Topics in Missing Data and Causality.” Roee received a BS with Honors in Statistics, Operations Research and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University (TAU) in 1999. He went on to receive a MS in Applied Statistics with Special Honors under the supervision of Professor Yossef Hochberg from TAU.
Jon Kingsdale, PhD
Healthcare Policy: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Jon has 35 years of experience in health care financing and policy. He was appointed in 2006 by Governor Mitt Romney to organize the Massachusetts Health Connector, the model for health insurance exchanges under national health reform. Since leaving the Connector in 2010, he has consulted to the federal government, over a dozen states, and various private clients on implementation of the ACA.
He is a Managing Director of the Wakely Consulting Group, Adjunct Professor the Department of Health Policy at Brown University’s School of Public Health, and he also teaches at the B.U. School of Public Health. In 2013, he was named to “Health Market’s” Top 10 and “The Hill’s” Top 100 list of “People to Watch” for his work on helping states to implement the ACA.
Randy Peto, MD, MPH
Quality Improvement and the Healthcare Learning Organization
Dr. Randy Peto is the former Medical Director for Quality Improvement at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. He has studied and worked in healthcare quality improvement and patient safety for over 20 years. He also served as the Medical Director for Quality at MassPRO, focusing on the Medicare population. Currently, Dr. Peto serves as an Adjunct Lecturer of Healthcare Leadership at Brown University.
Dr. Peto is particularly interested in the culture of healthcare settings, increasingly at the microculture level. He has participated in the use of the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture. Randy has also helped lead the dissemination of TeamSTEPPS communication skills at Baystate. He has been active in training both "just culture" and apology/disclosure principles.
Dr. Peto received a BA from Colgate University, an MD from Hahnemann Medical College, and an MPH from Harvard University. He also completed a fellowship in Clinical Decision Analysis at Tufts-New England Medical Center. He is board certified in Preventive Medicine.
Mark Schneider, MBA
Information-Powered Patient Care: Electronic Health Records, Health Information Technology and Medical Information Systems
Mark Schneider is a Vice President with MedStar, a $4B provider organization serving the Washington Baltimore area. Mark directs the software procurement, implementation and support for MedStar’s hospitals, clinics, insurance businesses, pharmacies, physician offices, and research organizations. Balancing the driving forces of federal regulations, rapidly changing technology, changing clinician expectations, patient safety, data security and tightening budgets, Mark has staged and driven the development of electronic medical records within the organizations. This has involved careful planning to map to organizational business strategy, the need to both protect and leverage the new data stores, and to connect to other EMR’s inside and outside the organization. As a result of his efforts, MedStar Health has been recognized for the eighth time as one of the nation’s MOST WIRED according to the results of the 2012 Most Wired Survey in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
Prior to his work with MedStar, Mark was a Vice President with IDX/GE, a publicly traded firm providing both clinical and business software to health care providers. Before that Mark spent 18 years in consulting, providing counseling and health information strategies to large integrated health networks, Fortune 100 technology firms and foreign governments. He has lectured at Cornell, MIT and Harvard’s School of Public Health as well as numerous national and international conferences. In 1995 he co-authored a book Patient Care Information Systems that was awarded book of the year by the Health Information Management Systems Society.
Mark received his Biology and Psychology degrees from the University of Rochester. He also graduated from Cornell’s Sloan Program in Health Administration and earned his MBA from Cornell’s Johnson School of Management.
Susan Allen, PhD
Professor, Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University
Senior Clinical Teaching Associate Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Thomas Anders, MD
Adjunct Professor, Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University
David Ashley, MD
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, Brown University
Medical Director of Family Care, Memorial Hospital
Richard Besdine, MD
Professor, Medicine and Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University
Constance Bowe, MD
Senior Consultant, Partners Harvard Medical International
Brion P. Carroll, PhD, CSSBB
EPIC Project Training Consultant, Radiology and Cardiology, Lifespan
Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University
Melissa Clark, PhD, MS
Professor of Epidemiology, Brown University
David D. Dore, PharmD, PhD
Vice President, Epidemiology and Principal Epidemiologist, Optum
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Health Services, Policy & Practice, and
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Brown University School of Public Health
Constantine Gatsonis, PhD
Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Center for Statistical Sciences, Brown University
Gayle L. Gifford, M.S., ACFRE
President, Cause & Effect Inc. and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Humanities, Brown University
Apurv Gupta, MD, MPH
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Healthcare Leadership, Brown University
Michael Hudson, MBA
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Constance Howes, FACHE, Esq.
Women's Health Advisor, Care New England Health Center
Dennis Keefe, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer, Care New England Health System
Jon Kingsdale, PhD
Director, Wakely Consulting Group
Christopher Koller, MPPM, MAR
President, Milbank Memorial Fund
Scott Kozak, MBA
Managing Director, CogniSens Applied Research Center
Alan Kurose, MD, FACP
President and Chief Executive Officer, Coastal Medical of Rhode Island
Michael Barton Laws, PhD
Assistant Professor, Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University
Jonathan Leviss, MD
Chief Medical Officer AMC Health and Primary Care Physician at Thundermist Health Center
Primary Care Physician, Thundermist Health Center
Robert Linke, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer, Embera NeuroTherapeutics, Inc.
Toni McGuire, RN, MPH
President and Chief Executive Officer, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Vincent Mor, PhD
Professor, Health Services, Policy and Practice and Florence Pirce Grant University Health, Brown University
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine, Brown University
Patricia Nolan, MD, MPH
Adjunct Associate Professor, Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University
Momotazur Rahman, Phd
Assistant Professor for Health Services Policy & Practice, School of Public Health, Brown University
Joseph Restuccia, DrPH, MPH
Professor, Healthcare and Operations Management and Dean’s Research Fellow
School of Management, Boston University
Chas Roades, MBA
Chief Research Officer, The Advisory Board Company
Dana Safran, ScD
Senior Vice President, Performance Measurement and Improvement, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Christopher Schmid, PhD
Professor, Biostatistics, Brown University
Stephen Schoenbaum, MD, MPH
Special Advisor to the President, The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
Teresa Schraeder, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, Brown University
Angela Sherwin, MPH
Assistant Professor of the Practice, Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University
Renee Shield, PhD
Clinical Professor, Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University
Theresa I. Shireman, PhD, RPh
Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University School of Public Health
Rina Spence, MA, MPA, MEd
President, SpenceCare International, LLC
Kali S. Thomas, PhD, MA
Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, School of Public Health, Brown University
Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Bio-Med Emergency Medicine, Brown University
Thomas Trikalinos, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University
Director, Center for Evidence-Based Medicine, School of Public Health, Brown University
Amal Trivedi, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, and Associate Professor of Medicine, Brown University
Glenn Tung, MD, FACR
Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs, and Professor, Diagnostic Imaging, Brown University
Patrick Vivier, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Brown University
Terrie Fox Wetle, PhD
Dean, School of Public Health
Professor, Health Services, Policy and Practice
Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Bio Med Surgery, Brown University
Ira Wilson, MD, MSc
Chair, Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University
Marilyn Walsh, MBA, FACHE
Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Care New England Health System
Maysel Kemp White, PhD, MFT, FAACH
Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare Quality and Communication Improvement, LLC
Jennifer Wood, JD
Deputy Secretary and General Counsel, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, State of Rhode Island
Margaret S. Wool, PhD, MSW
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University