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The Health Data Leadership Institute is designed to meet the needs of transforming health care delivery. The Institute provides a unique opportunity for attendees to gain critical insights, from leaders in the field, into emerging data management practices that support quality improvement, research, innovation in care delivery, value-based care transformation, social determinants of health, patient engagement, population health, and more.

2019 Keynote Speakers

Hear detailed and experienced views from two leading experts on how institutions are using and applying their data, and how accountable care is unfolding.


Rebecca Freeman, Ph.D., R.N., P.M.P.

Interim Chief Nursing Informatics Officer - University of Vermont Health Network

Rebecca Freeman, PhD, RN, PMP is a second-career nurse with a focus on healthcare informatics, specializing in... Read Bio

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Brent James, M.D., M.Stat.

Senior Advisor - Leavitt Partners

Brent James, M.D., M.Stat., is known internationally for his work in clinical quality improvement, patient saf... Read Bio

Why Attend?

Through meaningful dialogue and small group discussions, attendees will:

  1. Achieve a practice-based overview of federal policies and available resources that support a dynamic health care ecosystem.
  2. Gain insights into innovative applications of analytic and predictive technologies that support health care provider data needs.
  3. Identify opportunities for innovative methods development and applications of data in evidence-based practices supporting federal value-based health care payment policies.
  4. Explore new sources of data that provide contextual insights into patient-centered care and population health.
  5. Examine and project how the changing environment is expanding the questions that can be addressed while attracting new participants and enabling novel business models for knowledge development and sharing.
  6. Participate in activities that provide an overview on the current state of data use and needs for capabilities and training from data analysts.
  7. Learn how digital health is both disrupting and transforming health care while offering rich data opportunities and presenting new privacy challenges.

Who Attends the Institute?

The program is designed for individuals leveraging health data to transform health care, including but not limited to:

  • Data Officers
  • Chief Medical and Health Informatics Officers
  • Health Plan Benefits Officers
  • Entrepreneurs in Health Care
  • Health Services Researchers
  • Leaders in a Health Care Delivery System
  • Patient Experience Officers
  • Population Health Analysts
  • Quality Improvement Leaders
  • Service Designers

Hear From Leading Experts


Laura L. Adams

Catalyst - X4Health

Laura Adams is a nationally known digital health, innovation, and person-focused healthcare expert and speaker. Read Bio

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Waddah B. Al-Refaie, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Chief of Surgical Oncology - MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Waddah B. Al-Refaie, MD, FACS, serves MedStar Health and Georgetown University as the founding Regional Chief ... Read Bio

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Michael L. Barnett, M.D.

Assistant Professor - Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Michael L. Barnett is Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School ... Read Bio

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Committee Member

Marc Boutin, J.D.

Chief Executive Officer - National Health Council

Marc Boutin is the chief executive officer of the National Health Council, the only organization that brings t... Read Bio

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Caryl Brzymialkiewicz, Ph.D.

Assistant Inspector General & Chief Data Officer - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

As the first Chief Data Officer for the Office of Inspector General (OIG) within the Department of Health and ... Read Bio


Tanisha Carino, Ph.D.

Executive Director - FasterCures

Tanisha Carino is a respected senior executive with more than two decades of experience in academia, governmen... Read Bio

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Sean Cavanaugh, M.P.H.

Chief Administrative and Performance Officer - Aledade

Sean Cavanaugh is the Chief Administrative and Performance Officer of Aledade, which helps independent physici... Read Bio


Alice Chen, M.D., M.P.H.

Deputy Director and Chief Medical Officer - San Francisco Health Network

Dr. Alice Chen is the deputy director and chief medical officer for the San Francisco Health Network (SFHN), a... Read Bio

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Joel W. Cohen, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends (CFACT) - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Dr. Cohen directs a staff of health economists, social scientists, statisticians, clinicians, and support staf... Read Bio

Greg Downing
Committee Member

Gregory Downing, D.O., Ph.D.

Founder - Innovation Horizons, LLC

Gregory Downing, D.O., Ph.D. is the Founder of Innovation Horizons, LLC, a consulting practice with an emphasi... Read Bio

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Neil C. Evans, M.D.

Chief Officer, Office of Connected Care - Veterans Health Administration

Neil C. Evans, M.D., is the Chief Officer for the Office of Connected Care in the Veterans Health Administrati... Read Bio

Linda Fischetti

Linda Fischetti, M.S., R.N.

Technical Director - Health Technical Center - MITRE

Linda Fischetti, M.S., R.N., is the Director of the Division, called the Health Technical Center, at MITRE. Read Bio

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Aparna Higgins, M.A.

Founder and CEO - Ananya Health Innovations Inc.

Aparna Higgins is Founder and CEO of Ananya Health Innovations Inc., where she is focused on leading the devel... Read Bio

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Marissa Gordon-Nguyen, J.D., M.P.H.,

Senior Advisor for HIPAA Policy - HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

Marissa Gordon-Nguyen is the Senior Advisor for HIPAA Policy in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Depart... Read Bio

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Lisa Green, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Principal - L&M Policy Research

Lisa Green, Ph.D., is Co-founder and Principal of L&M Policy Research, and has spent the past two decades cond... Read Bio

Committee Member

Erin Holve, Ph.D., M.A.

Director - Health Care Reform and Innovation Administration (HCRIA), District of Columbia Government

Dr. Erin Holve is Director of the Department of Health Care Finance’s Health Care Reform and Innovation Admini... Read Bio

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Elisa Jillson, J.D.

Attorney - Federal Trade Commission

Elisa Jillson is an attorney in the FTC’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection in the Bureau of Consume... Read Bio


Darren Lacey, J.D.

Chief Information Security Officer - Johns Hopkins University

Darren Lacey has been serving as Chief Information Security Officer and Director of IT Compliance for Johns Ho... Read Bio

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Pauline J. Lapin, M.H.S.

Director - Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

Pauline Lapin is the Director for the Seamless Care Models Group (SCMG) in the Center for Medicare and Medicai... Read Bio

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Joshua Lee, M.D.

Physician Executive - Banner Health

Dr. Joshua Lee joined Banner Health as the Physician Executive for Banner University Medicine in Tucson in Sep... Read Bio

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Erin Mackay, M.P.H.

Associate Director of Health Information Technology Policy and Programs - National Partnership for Women & Families

Erin A. Mackay is the Associate Director of Health Information Technology Policy and Programs at the National ... Read Bio

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Author, Presenter

Subha Madhavan, Ph.D.

Chief Data Scientist Director - Georgetown University Medical Center

Dr. Subha Madhavan is the Chief Data Scientist at the Georgetown University Medical Center and Director of the... Read Bio

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Keith Marsolo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Duke University School of Medicine

Keith Marsolo, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the Duke Un... Read Bio

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Aaron Miri, M.B.A., CHCIO, FHIMSS

Chief Information Officer - The University of Texas at Austin

Aaron Miri is the Chief Information Officer for The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School and UT ... Read Bio


Ellen Montz, Ph.D.

Chief Economist and Director of Economic Policy - Virginia's Department of Medical Assistance Services

Ellen Montz, PhD is the Chief Economist and Director of Economic Policy at Virginia's Department of Medical As... Read Bio

Sandeep Palakodeti

Sandeep Palakodeti, M.D., M.P.H.

Regional Medical Officer - CareMore Health

Sandeep Palakodeti, M.D., M.P.H., is a physician, entrepreneur, and healthcare leader who currently serves as ... Read Bio

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Anand Parekh, M.D.

Chief Medical Advisor - Bipartisan Policy Center

Anand Parekh is BPC’s chief medical advisor providing clinical and public health expertise across the organiza... Read Bio

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Stephen Parente, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.

Senior Economist - Executive Office of the President AcademyHealth Board Vice Chair

Stephen Parente, PhD, MPH, MS is Senior Economist, Executive Office of the President, Council of Economic Advi... Read Bio

Kavita Patel

Kavita Patel, M.D., M.S.

Vice President of Payer and Provider Integration - Johns Hopkins Health System

Dr. Kavita Patel is currently the Vice President of Payer and Provider Integration at the Johns Hopkins Health... Read Bio

Don Rucker

Don Rucker, M.D.

National Coordinator for Health Information Technology - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Dr. Don Rucker is the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health ... Read Bio

Lucia Savage
Member, Presenter

Lucia Savage, J.D.

Chief Privacy and Regulatory Officer - Omada Health

Lucia Savage is a nationally-recognized thought leader on using HIPAA to advance digital health while protecti... Read Bio


Suz Schrandt, J.D.

Director of Patient Engagement - Arthritis Foundation

Suz Schrandt, JD, is the Director of Patient Engagement at the Arthritis Foundation. In this role, she develop... Read Bio

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Board Member, Committee Member, Staff

Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, M.P.H., FAAP

President and CEO - AcademyHealth

Dr. Simpson has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of AcademyHealth since 2011. A nationally recog... Read Bio

Joe Thompson

Joseph W. Thompson M.D., M.P.H.

President & CEO, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement; Professor of Pediatrics, UAMS College of Medicine; Professor of Health Policy and Management, UAMS College of Public Health
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Lina Walker, Ph.D.

Vice President of Health Security - Public Policy Institute, AARP

Lina Walker is Vice President of Health Security in AARP's Public Policy Institute. She leads the Institute's ... Read Bio

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Member, Presenter

Adam Wilcox, Ph.D.

Chief Analytics Officer - UW Medicine

Adam Wilcox, Ph.D., is the Chief Analytics Officer at UW Medicine, and a Professor of Biomedical Informatics a... Read Bio

What Inaugural Attendees Had to Say

"This event helped me clarify some of my confusions about data science and the application in health. It also inspired me to think creatively about future career directions." - 2018 Attendee

"Brought way more information than I anticipated. Usually at conferences, there are a handful of sessions that are really valuable. At this conference, they all exceeded my expectations." - 2018 Attendee

"Both the speaker list and the attendee list was very impressive and I was very excited to meet everyone." - 2018 Attendee