2014 Public Health Leadership Forum: Speaker Bios

The Impact of Health Care Reform on Health Care Disparities

April 4, 2014 
Massachusetts Medical Society, Waltham, MA

Ronald DunlapRonald W. Dunlap, MD, FACC
President, Massachusetts Medical Society
Ronald W. Dunlap, M.D., F.A.C.C., board certified in internal medicine and cardiology and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, is a physician with South Shore Cardiology in Weymouth. He has appointments at South Shore Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Long active with the state medical society, he is a member of the Board of Trustees and the House of Delegates and previously was chair of the Committee on Diversity in Medicine. He is also the South Shore Hospital’s representative to the American Medical Association’s Organized Medical Staff Section and an alternate representative to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Committee on Health Care Disparities. Dr. Dunlap earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He has been an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School since 1979 and serves on the alumni board of Tufts University Medical School and the board of the Coverys Insurance Co. 

Jeremy LazarusJeremy A. Lazarus, MD
Co-Chair, Commission to End Health Care Disparities, Immediate Past President, American Medical Association
Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in Denver, served as the 167th president of the American Medical Association from June 2012 to June 2013, after serving as speaker of the AMA House of Delegates from 2007 to 2011 and vice speaker from 2003 to 2007. Dr. Lazarus, who has been one of the AMA’s chief spokespersons on the uninsured, currently is co-chair of the Commission to End Health Care Disparities and the AMA’s representative to the Joining Forces initiative, a program of the nation’s First Lady that assists veterans with traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and post-combat depression. A distinguished fellow and past speaker of the assembly of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Dr. Lazarus is the author of numerous publications on ethics, economics and managed care issues. His most recent book is Entering Private Practice: A Handbook for Psychiatrists.

Louis Fazen

Louis Fazen, MD, MPH
Massachusetts Medical Society Chairman, Committee on Public Health
Dr. Louis Fazen, Chairman of the Board of Health in Southborough, Massachusetts is committed to improving the health of vulnerable populations and reducing health disparities in Massachusetts, the nation and around the world.  Recognizing the importance of providing care to the individual child, as well as, to larger populations, Dr. Fazen trained both in pediatrics and public health as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Johns Hopkins University.  His forty year career began in the US Public Health Service Indian Health Service (IHS) caring for the Cherokee population in Oklahoma and extended to practicing pediatrics in the communities of Massachusetts and those of resource poor nations around the world including Liberia, Zimbabwe and Guatemala.  More recently, Dr. Fazen returned to his medical roots in the IHS to care for vulnerable populations on the Navajo and Sioux reservations of Arizona and Montana.

Lenny LopezLenny López, MD, MPH, MDiv
Chair, Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Diversity in Medicine
Dr. López, M.D., M.P.H., M. Div., is an internist trained at the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and is an Assistant at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy. Dr. López completed the Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health and received his M.P.H. in 2005.  He joined the Institute for Health Policy in 2008 after his two year fellowship in epidemiology and statistics at the Harvard School of Public Health.  His research interests extend across a range of issues relating to racial and ethnic disparities including language barriers and patient safety, quality measurement and improvement in hospital care and the impact of health information technology on disparity reduction. Dr. López received his medical degree from University of Pennsylvania, completed his residency at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, and received a Master of Divinity from the Harvard Divinity School.

John AyanianJohn Ayanian, MD, MPP
Director, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, University of Michigan
John Ayanian is the director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan and Alice Hamilton Professor of Medicine in the University of Michigan Medical School. The Institute incorporates approximately 400 faculty members from 12 schools and colleges at U-M, including the Ford School. Dr. Ayanian has focused his career on health policy and health services research related to access to care, quality of care, and health care disparities, and has served in key health policy advisory roles to state and federal government. In addition to his medical degrees, he holds an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Joel WeissmanJoel Weissman, PhD
Deputy Director/Chief Scientific Officer, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital   
Joel S. Weissman, Ph.D., focuses his research on vulnerable populations, quality of care, comparative effectiveness policy, academic-industry relationships in biomedical research, and health care reform.  He has led numerous funded research projects in which he has studied the relation of patient safety to hospital crowding, the reporting and disclosure of medical errors to patients, access to clinical trials by uninsured participants, and alternative scoring methods for pay-for-performance.  He published early work on access to care by the uninsured in his book, Falling Through the Safety Net: Insurance Status and Access to Care, with a forward by Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

During 2008-2010 Dr. Weissman served as Senior Health Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Dr. Weissman is co-director of a course on health services research methods at the Harvard School of Public Health (portions of which have been taught in Singapore, Puerto Rico, and Mexico), is faculty for the public health section of resident physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital, and serves as a tutor in the health policy course for HMS students. Dr. Weissman received his doctorate in health policy from the Pew Fellows Program at the Heller School, Brandeis. 

John MooreJohn O. Moore, MD, PhD
Co-founder and CEO - Twine Health, Inc.
John Moore is a physician and technologist passionate about empowering patients to take the lead in their care through technology that maximizes collaboration with clinician coaches and builds self-efficacy. He is the CEO of Twine Health, Inc., a startup company focused on improving the experience, clinical outcomes, and costs of chronic disease care.

Moore received a PhD from the MIT Media Lab where he developed and studied technology-supported apprenticeship as a new paradigm of clinician-patient collaboration. He received both an MD and a BS in biomedical engineering from Boston University. Before attending medical school, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Belgium. 

Sonia SarkarSonia Sarkar, MPH
Chief of Staff to the CEO, Health Leads 
Ms. Sarkar co-founded and served as an Advocate, Program Coordinator, and Campus Coordinator for Health Leads’ Baltimore site. A 2008 Truman Scholar, Sonia has worked as a Mayoral Fellow with the Baltimore City Health Department, where she studied the effects of inadequate housing on health outcomes in urban neighborhoods.  Sonia is a BoardSource Judith O’Connor Emerging Nonprofit Leader and a founding board member of the Boston Young Healthcare Professionals and the Healthworks Foundation Young Professionals. In 2012, she was selected as a member of the Sandbox Network and named a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. Sonia holds B.A. degrees in Public Health and International Studies, as well as a Masters in Public Health, from Johns Hopkins University.

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