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Tosan Boyo, MPH
Senior Vice President, Hospital Operations, John Muir Health
Karen Horgan, MBA
Co-Founder & CEO, VAL Health
Sami Inkinen, MBA
CEO & Founder, Virta Health
Diana Isaacs, PharmD
Endocrine Clinical Pharmacist & Remote Monitoring Program Coordinator, Cleveland Clinic
Joshua Liao, MD, MSc, FACP
Associate Professor, Medicine and Associate Chair, School of Medicine, University of Washington
Ziad Obermeyer, MD
Blue Cross of California Distinguished Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, University of California at Berkeley
Nishi Rawat, MD, MBA
Chief Clinical Officer, Bamboo Health and Co-founder, OpenBeds
Eliza “Pippa” Shulman, DO, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, Medically Home
Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH
Chief, Health Policy, Quality and Informatics Program, Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine
Siobhan Wescott, MD
LaFlesche Professor and Director of American Indian Health, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center

 

 

Tosan Boyo, MPH
Senior Vice President, Hospital Operations, John Muir Health

Tosan O. Boyo, MPH, FACHE is the Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations at John Muir Health. Prior to that role, he served as Chief Operating Officer at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and was Deputy Commander of the San Francisco COVID-19 Operations Center. Having been born in Nigeria and raised in New Jersey, then backpacking across all seven continents, shaped Tosan’s views on how intersections across culture, policy and health impact vulnerable communities. Tosan believes access to affordable high-quality care is a cornerstone for a thriving society. He’s on a life-long mission to advance equity and eliminate health disparities.

In his current role at John Muir Health, he’s responsible for maximizing clinical integration, team effectiveness and facility performance to deliver the highest quality care across JMH Walnut Creek Medical Center, JMH Concord Medical Center and JMH Behavioral Health Center. John Muir Health ranks #3 in the Bay Area and #10 in California, according to US News and World Report, and is the region’s pre-eminent center for neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics, pediatrics, obstetrics, cardiovascular and emergency care.

Tosan previously served as the chief operating officer of Zuckerberg San Francisco General; the city’s teaching hospital, only Level 1 Trauma Center, largest primary care center and only psychiatric emergency service. He was the founder of the ZSFG Equity Council and his development of the enterprise-wide strategy to advance equity received the Best Initiative Award from the Disparities Solutions Center. In February 2020, he was appointed by San Francisco’s Director of Public Health to serve as the Deputy Commander of the City’s COVID-19 Operations Center. At the height of the pandemic, of the most densely-populated US cities, San Francisco achieved the lowest death rates and case rates, and highest testing rates.

Karen Horgan, MBA
Co-Founder & CEO, VAL Health

Karen co-founded VAL Health to apply behavioral economics to improve health and health care. A proven expert in developing high impact behavior change and engagement programs, Karen is commonly found presenting at leading industry conference and private speaking events including SXSW, HIMSS, the AHIP Institute, and the World Economic Forum. As the CEO, she has spearheaded the development of hundreds of behavior change programs that enable clients to overcome healthcare’s biggest challenges.

Prior to starting VAL Health, Karen was Chief Marketing Officer at Keystone Strategy, a consulting firm affiliated with experts from Harvard, University of Pennsylvania and MIT, where she led global client engagements to develop R&D and innovation solutions for Fortune 500 companies.  Karen also previously led marketing and product management teams for early-stage technology companies and was a consultant with Bain and Company in Boston and Hong Kong.

Karen holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Sami Inkinen, MBA
CEO & Founder, Virta Health

Sami Inkinen is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Virta Health, which provides the first clinically-proven treatment to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes without medications or surgery. A data-driven technology entrepreneur, Sami’s personal connection to diabetes and passion to advance health on a global scale was the motivation behind Virta Health and its innovative approach to diabetes care.

Previously, Inkinen was the co-founder of the leading online real estate marketplace Trulia, serving as its COO and president and board member until its IPO and eventual sale to Zillow Group. He also worked on Microsoft’s strategy team for MS Office, and as a consultant for McKinsey & Company within the software, telecommunications, and government sectors.

A physicist by training, Sami started his career as a radiochemist at a nuclear power plant and holds a Master of Science in engineering physics from the Helsinki University of Technology. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University. He thinks his greatest luxury today is a small vegetable garden at his San Francisco Bay area home, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

 

 

Diana Isaacs, PharmD
Endocrine Clinical Pharmacist & Remote Monitoring Program Coordinator, Cleveland Clinic

Diana Isaacs, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, BC-ADM, CDCES is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and the Remote Monitoring Program Coordinator at the Cleveland Clinic Diabetes Center. She provides medication management and diabetes education. She runs a robust CGM shared medical appointment program and is an insulin pump trainer.

Dr. Isaacs earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Dr. Isaacs also completed a pharmacy practice residency with an emphasis in ambulatory care and diabetes management at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

She is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and holds board certifications in pharmacotherapy, ambulatory care, and advanced diabetes management. Dr. Isaacs serves in leadership roles for several pharmacy and diabetes organizations and is passionate about the use of technology to help people with diabetes.

 

Joshua Liao, MD, MSc, FACP
Associate Professor, Medicine and Associate Chair, School of Medicine, University of Washington

Dr. Liao is a board-certified internal medicine physician, the Associate Chair for Health Systems in the Department of Medicine, and the Medical Director of Payment Strategy at UW Medicine. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine within the UW School of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Systems and Population Health within the UW School of Public Health.

He completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and trained in internal medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, where he was also a Clinical Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Ziad Obermeyer, MD
Blue Cross of California Distinguished Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, University of California at Berkeley

Ziad Obermeyer is the Blue Cross of California Distinguished Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, where he does research at the intersection of machine learning, medicine, and health policy. He previously was an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, where he received the Early Independence Award, the National Institutes of Health’s most prestigious award for exceptional junior scientists. He continues to practice emergency medicine in underserved parts of the US. Prior to his career in medicine, he worked as a consultant to pharmaceutical and global health clients at McKinsey & Co. in New Jersey, Geneva, and Tokyo.

 

Nishi Rawat, MD, MBA
Chief Clinical Officer, Bamboo Health and Co-founder, OpenBeds

Nishi Rawat, MD, MBA, began her healthcare career in 2002 as an emergency medicine and critical care physician, treating a significant number of patients suffering from substance use disorder (SUD). As a healthcare faculty member and researcher, she led quality measure development and implementation at Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

In 2015 Dr. Rawat founded and served as lead technologist for OpenBeds®, a company dedicated to improving access to mental health and SUD treatment. Following the company’s acquisition by Appriss Health (now Bamboo Health), a healthcare technology solutions company focused on fostering care collaboration and providing information and actionable insights across the entire continuum of care, Dr. Rawat continues to lead the OpenBeds® solution and behavioral health strategy as Chief Clinical Officer at Bamboo Health.

Dr. Rawat completed her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and fellowships at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Medical School. She holds a medical degree from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from McGill University, and an MBA from Georgetown University.

 

Eliza “Pippa” Shulman, DO, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, Medically Home

Eliza “Pippa” Shulman, DO MPH, is the chief medical officer of Medically Home, the world’s first virtual hospital. Medically Home is a tech-enabled clinical enterprise that provides the necessary capabilities to safely shift medical care from hospitals to patients’ homes. Dr. Shulman also is the medical director of the Center for Healthcare Innovation at Atrius Health, where she is charged with identifying, testing, and implementing novel care delivery solutions as part of the largest independent multi-specialty medical group in the Northeast.

Previously Dr. Shulman was the chief of geriatrics and palliative care at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, where she led improvement efforts in home care, extended-care facilities, and outpatient geriatrics and palliative care services. As chief and as part of the ACO geriatric care model workgroup at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, she led numerous initiatives to redesign care for frail elderly patients, including implementation of an organization-wide strategy for improving advance care planning.

Dr. Shulman is board certified in family medicine, preventive medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine. She is a graduate of the combined New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency and the Dartmouth Hitchcock Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency, which is focused on developing physicians to lead change and improve systems of care.

Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH
Chief, Health Policy, Quality and Informatics Program, Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety,
Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine

Hardeep Singh, MD MPH is a Professor of Medicine at the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety (IQuESt) based at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. He leads a portfolio of multidisciplinary patient safety research in improving the use of health information technology and reducing diagnostic errors. His research has informed several national and international patient safety initiatives and policy reports, including those by the National Academies, CDC, NQF, AMA, ACP, AHRQ, OECD and the WHO. He serves as a nominated member of National Academies’ Board of Health Care Services. He has received several prestigious awards for pioneering work in patient safety and use of health IT, including the AcademyHealth Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award in 2012, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama in 2014 and the VA Health System Impact Award in 2016.

 

Siobhan Wescott, MD
LaFlesche Professor and Director of American Indian Health, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dr. Wescott is the inaugural holder of the Dr. Susan and Susette (Inshata Theumba) LaFlesche Professorship in Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her heritage and experience have shaped her career toward the goal of improving the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

She was previously the Assistant Director of the Indians into Medicine (INMED) program at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Dr. Wescott formerly taught in the Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University in American Indian Public Health. She is Athabascan from Fairbanks, Alaska. Dr. Wescott holds a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, a Master of Public Health degree from the UCLA School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Dartmouth College.

 

 

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