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2015 Interim Meeting

2015 Interim Meeting - Ameet Sarpatwari, JD, PhDAmeet Sarpatwari, JD, PhD

Ameet Sarpatwari is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital based in the Program On Regulation, Therapeutics, And Law (PORTAL) within the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics. His research draws upon his interdisciplinary training as an epidemiologist and lawyer and focuses on the effects of laws and regulations on therapeutic development, approval, use, and related public health outcomes. Among other projects, he is currently examining the public health implications of variation in state drug product selection laws, the risk of re-identification under HIPAA pathways for data sharing for post-approval drug research, and the comparative safety and effectiveness of biosimilars.

Dr. Sarpatwari graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia in 2003, where he was a Jefferson Scholar. He studied epidemiology at the University of Cambridge, where he received an M.Phil. in 2006 and a Ph.D. in 2010. His doctoral work centered on uncovering disease progression, treatment effectiveness, and co-morbid burden among adults patients with primary immune thrombocytopenia through the establishment of a national disease registry. He subsequently studied law at the University of Maryland, as a John L. Thomas Leadership Scholar, graduating cum laude in 2013.

Dr. Sarpatwari is currently the Principal Investigator on a Robert Wood Johnson Public Health Law Research grant and a Faculty Affiliate with the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Behavioral Insights Group at the Harvard Kennedy School.

2015 Interim Meeting - Joe Kimura, MD, MPHJoe Kimura, MD, MPH

Dr.  Kimura serves as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Atrius Health, an independent multispecialty physician group practice based in Eastern Massachusetts with 700 physicians serving over 650K patients.  Since 2010, he has provided strategic and operational leadership for enterprise analytics and business intelligence systems.  He also provides executive oversight for the Departments of Quality and Performance Measurement, Clinical Variation and Quality Standards, Clinical Research and Sponsored Programs, and Medical Education.  Atrius Health achieved HIMSS Analytics Level 7 recognition in 2013 and Dr. Kimura was recognized by Modern Healthcare as a Top Clinical Informaticist in 2012.  

Dr. Kimura is active in several national and state advisory groups.  He is co-chair of the ONC workgroup on Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use and serves on the AcademyHealth 2016 National Health Policy Conference Planning Committee.  In Massachusetts, he serves on the Enterprise Data Warehouse Advisory Group for the Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis, the Provider Technical Advisory Group for the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, and the Patient Attribution Workgroup for MassHealth.   

Dr. Kimura is board certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics.  He continues his weekly clinical practice at the Kenmore Office in downtown Boston.   He is a graduate of Stanford University, Washington University School of Medicine, and Harvard University School of Public Health.  He completed his clinical residency in primary care internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and a health services research fellowship in the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention at Harvard Medical School.  

2015 Interim Meeting - Kyu Rhee, MD, MPPKyu Rhee, MD, MPP

Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP, is Chief Health Officer and Vice President of Integrated Health Services at IBM, where he has direct global responsibilities for health, safety, medical, and health benefits design and strategy services. Prior to joining IBM, Rhee was chief public health officer at the Health Resources and Services Administration. He also served as the director of the Office of Innovation and Program Coordination at the National Institutes of Health, where he led numerous initiatives related to health disparities, innovation, and partnerships. He was also chief medical officer of Baltimore Medical System, Inc., and served five years as a National Health Service Corps scholar and medical director at Upper Cardozo Health Center, the largest community health center in Washington, D.C. Dr. Rhee received his medical degree from the University of Southern California. He also holds a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, with a concentration in health care policy.

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