Massachusetts Medical Society: Fourth Annual PPRC Talks -- Speaker Biographies

Fourth Annual PPRC Talks -- Speaker Biographies

Crucial Conversations in an Era of Transition


Panel 1: How Can You Truly Engage Physicians and Patients?

Sarika Aggarwal, MD, MHCMSarika Aggarwal, MD, MHCM
Chief Medical Officer
Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization

Dr. Sarika Aggarwal is a board-certified internist with extensive experience developing population health management strategies and programs, redesigning health care delivery systems, and improving quality and efficiency of patient services.  

As Chief Medical Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization (BIDCO), an Accountable Care Organization, Sarika leads the organization’s clinical vision. In this role, she provides medical oversight, expertise, and leadership to ensure BIDCO delivers high-quality health care services and innovative population health management and quality programs and tools to its diverse physician and hospital network.  

Sarika is a practicing internist with more than 20 years’ experience and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UMass Medical School. She has also served as Medical Director of the Office of Clinical Integration at UMass Memorial Health Care where she worked to help UMass attain the capabilities of an Accountable Care Organization. She is a Board Member for the Health Foundation of Massachusetts, and has served as a mentor for entrepreneurial start-up companies with Village Capital VentureWell, a Member of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Quality Committee, a Member of the Health Plan Counsel for Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, and a Board Member for Myers Primary Care.

Prior to joining BIDCO, Sarika was Senior Vice President of Population Health and Chief Medical Officer at xG Health Solutions, a subsidiary of Geisinger Health System. At xG Health Solutions, she led a team of clinicians who leveraged Geisinger Health System best practices to work with clients on clinical delivery redesign. She helped design and implement clinical models in Medicaid, Medicare, and Commercial populations at health systems and health plans to improve care management and coordination across the continuum. Sarika previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Fallon Health where she led medical management for all lines of business. During her tenure at Fallon Health, Sarika worked with the clinical team to create innovative models for the senior and under-65 dual eligible populations.  

Sarika completed her medical residency in internal medicine at UMass Memorial, earned her medical degree from Grant Medical College of Bombay University, and received her Master’s in Healthcare Management from Harvard University. In 2014, she was named one of the Worcester Business Journal’s “Business Women of the Year.”


Adam Licurse, MD, MHSAdam Licurse, MD, MHS
Assistant Medical Director, Brigham and Women’s Physician Organization 
Associate Medical Director, Partners Center for Population Health

Adam Licurse is an assistant medical director at the Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization, and an associate medical director at Partners Population Health Management.  He practices primary care at the South Huntington primary care practice.

At BWH, he leads a number of population health and care redesign efforts, including the Brigham’s patient reported outcomes program and the group’s telehealth strategy, which includes video-based ambulatory visits in primary and specialty care, patient portal-based “eVisits” in primary care, and provider to provider virtual consultations through BWH’s “eConsult” program.  In his Partners Population Health Management role, he directs the strategy and implementation of the group's multiple patient engagement programs, including efforts in shared decision making, in-office and virtual patient education, online patient communities, and multiple remote monitoring programs in primary and specialty care. 

He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at BWH, medical school and college at Yale University.


Panel 2: What are the Current and Future Models of Physician Compensation?

Alex Barker, JD, MHAAlex Barker, JD, MHA
Senior Client Partner, Physician, Executive Pay & Governance 
Korn Ferry HayGroup

Alex is a senior client partner for Korn Ferry Hay Group, based in the firm’s Boston office. Mr. Barker has redesigned physician and advanced practice compensation plans to align organization’s strategy and goals with the goals and needs of the individual physicians. He has been leading group practices in their shift to risk based contracting and the value based payment environment.

Mr. Barker has provided solutions and executed on physician practice acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures, practice management, governance, and physician compensation and benefit solutions in community and academic healthcare settings. He has successfully aligned physician payments and behaviors with organization’s goals.

Mr. Barker has worked as a VP general counsel, VP operations and VP physician services, compensation and benefits for Carolinas Healthcare System, Duke University Medical Center faculty practices, and Lahey Health. He collaborated with physicians, physician’s group practices, advanced practice providers, and health systems for over 15 years. He has also built and lead a system wide recruitment and retention function for a large health system.

Mr. Barker has advised boards and compensation committees on compensation and benefit plans, regulatory compliance, physician strategy, man-power planning, and growth strategies.

Mr. Barker holds a bachelors of arts from the University of Connecticut, a masters of health administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a juris doctorate from Widener University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare executives and is a member of the North Carolina and Connecticut bar.


Eric Passon, MBAEric Passon, MBA 
Founder & CEO
Ancore Health

Eric Passon serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Ancore Health. Ancore provides a custom data insight and consulting experience to healthcare vendors and providers. Eric has over 15 years of healthcare advisory experience in financial operations, mergers and acquisitions, technology innovation and traditional consulting services in startup and publicly traded environments.  

Prior to Ancore, Eric served as the Executive Vice President with the Consulting and Management Division at Southwind and then The Advisory Board Company. He led the financial operations consulting practice, including managing a team of interim CFOs, analysts and consultants who provided operational analytics and financial modeling supporting practice management, value based care, hospital performance management and strategy service lines. Eric's team developed a new business intelligence capability enabling medical groups to gain better insight into practice performance. He and his team fostered financially sustainable relationships between hospitals and physicians. Prior to Southwind, Eric served as Vice President of Finance and Administration in the Anesthesia Services Division of TeamHealth.

Eric is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor of science degree in accounting and an MBA from the University of Tennessee, Martin.


Valerie Samuels, Esq.Valerie Samuels, Esq.
Posternak Blankstein Lund, LLP

Valerie is a partner in Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP and co-chairs the Employment Law Group.

Valerie represents employees and employers in diverse employment matters in the health care and other sectors, including discrimination, sexual harassment, reductions in force, reasonable accommodation, and wage and hour claims. Valerie assists clients with handbooks, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, and other employment issues.   Valerie has substantial expertise in plaintiff-side employment litigation representing executives, managers and professionals including physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals. She counsels them in the negotiation of employment contracts, non-competition covenants and severance packages. Valerie mediates cases for private parties, and has done so for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the United States District Court of Massachusetts.  She was trained in civil mediation by the Community Dispute Settlement Center in 2001.  She is certified as a harassment prevention and disability discrimination trainer by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. 

Valerie was named Massachusetts Super Lawyer in 2004, 2005, and from 2007 to 2017.  She was named one of the "Top 10 Attorneys" in 2006 in Women's Business and one of “New England’s Top Rated Lawyers” in 2013 by ALM.  Valerie is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Justice Resource Institute, Inc.  She was named a “2016 Top Woman Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. She is also a frequent expert contributor to The Boston Globe’s “Job Doc” column.

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