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  • Craig R. Barret, Ph.D. Retired CEO/Chairman of the Board, Intel Corporation

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    Craig Barret is a leading advocate for improving education in the U.S. and around the world. He is also a vocal spokesman regarding the value that technology can provide in raising social and economic standards globally. He stepped down in Mayo 2009 as chairman of the board of Intel Corporation, a post he had held since May 2005.

    Dr. Barret was born Aug. 29, 1939, in San Francisco, Calif. He attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., from 1957 to 1964, where he received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science. After graduation, he joined the faculty of Stanford University in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and remained through 1974, rising to the academic rank of associate professor. Dr. Barret was a Fulbright Fellow at Danish Technical University in Denmark in 1972 and a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Physical Laboratory in England from 1964 to 1965. He has authored more than 40 technical papers dealing with the influence of microstructure on the properties of materials, and a textbook on materials science, Principles of Engineering Materials.

    Dr. Barret joined Intel in 1974 as a technology development manager. He was named a vice president of the corporation in 1984, promoted to senior vice president in 1987, and executive vice president in 1990. Dr. Barret was elected to Intel's Board of Directors in 1992 and was named the company's chief operating officer in 1993. He became Intel's fourth president in May 1997, chief executive officer in 1998, and chairman of the board in 2005.

    Dr. Barret served until June as chairman of the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development, which works to bring computers and other technology to developing parts of the world. He co-chairs Achieve, Inc., is vice chairman of the National Forest Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors of Science Foundation Arizona, Numonyx and Dossia. Dr. Barret has served on numerous boards, policy and government panels, and was appointed to the President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations and the American Health Information Community. He has co-chaired the Business Coalition for Student Achievement and the National Innovation Initiative Leadership Council, and was a member of the Board of Trustees for the U.S. Council for International Business and the Clinton Global Initiative Education Advisory Board. Dr. Barret has been a member of the National Governors' Association Task Force on Innovation America, the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, the Committee on Scientific Communication and National Security, and the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum. He is past chair of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Barret formerly served on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, and TechNet.

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  • Maggie Breslin Senior Designer/Researcher, SPARC Design Group, Center for Innovation, Mayo Clinic

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    Maggie Breslin was the first designer/researcher hired into the SPARC Group at Mayo Clinic in 2005. In her role, she has led research and development efforts around topics that include patient decision-making, integration and practice models, patient-centered hospital experiences and remote care. She has logged many hours observing and talking to patients and clinicians throughout the clinic and hospital and counts those opportunities as among her most treasured.

    Breslin came to her career as a designer through a love for stories. Her early work in film, television, motion graphics and animation shaped her ideas about narrative, dialogue, audience and design. A shift towards interactive media provided the opportunity to explore new ways of storytelling, including strategic design for Sony Corp. and Sony Pictures, game design for various companies and a stint leading a product development team that was responsible for turning elevator pitch ideas into functioning products. Breslin holds a Master of Design (M.Des.) degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications, Film and Television, from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

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  • Tim Brown President and CEO, IDEO

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    Ranked independently among the 20 most innovative companies in the world, IDEO is a design consultancy that contributed to such standard-setting innovations as the first mouse for Apple, the Palm V, and Shimano's new Coasting bike. IDEO's work also addresses emerging themes such as sustainability, the design of communities, health and wellness, and enterprise for people in the world's lower income groups.

    Brown is a leading voice on the value of design thinking in business and society. He participates in the World Economic Forum at Davos, advises senior executives of Fortune 500 companies on a variety of boards and committees, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the California College of the Arts and the Advisory Council of Acumen Fund, a not-for-profit global venture fund focused on improving the lives of the poor.

    Brown has led strategic client relationships with such companies as DaimlerChrysler, Microsoft, Motorola, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, and Steelcase. He has received numerous design awards, and his designs have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Axis Gallery in Tokyo, and the Design Museum in London.

    Brown joined IDEO in 1987 after earning his Master of Arts in Design degree from the Royal College of Art in London. He managed IDEO's San Francisco office from 1990 to 1995, and headed IDEO Europe from 1995 to 2000.

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  • Clayton Christensen, D.B.A. Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

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    Clayton Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the Technology & Operations Management and General Management faculty groups. His research and teaching interests center on management issues related to the development and commercialization of technological and business model innovation. Specific areas of focus include developing organizational capabilities and finding new markets for new technologies.

    Dr. Christensen holds a B.A. with highest honors in economics from Brigham Young University (1975), and an M.Phil. in applied econometrics and the economics of less-developed countries from Oxford University (1977), where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He received an M.B.A. with High Distinction from Harvard Business School in 1979, graduating as a George F. Baker Scholar. He was awarded a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School in 1992.

    In 2000, Dr. Christensen founded Innosight, a consulting firm that builds on disruptive innovation frameworks to help companies create new growth opportunities. In 2007, he founded Rose Park Advisors, an investment firm, which is focused on identifying investment opportunities by applying the framework of disruptive innovation. Dr. Christensen is also the founder of Innosight Institute, a nonprofit think tank whose mission is to apply his theories to the most vexing problems in the social sector.

    Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard, Dr. Christensen served as chairman and president of Ceramics Process Systems Corporation (CPS), a firm he co-founded in 1984 with several faculty members from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). CPS is a leading developer of products and manufacturing processes using high-technology metals and ceramics such as silicon nitride and silicon carbide. From 1979 to 1984, he worked as a consultant and project manager with Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was instrumental in founding the firm's manufacturing strategy consulting practice. In 1982, Dr. Christensen was named a White House Fellow, and served through 1983 (on a leave of absence from BCG) as assistant to Drew Lewis and Elizabeth Dole, secretaries of transportation.

    Dr. Christensen became a faculty member at Harvard Business School in 1992. He taught courses in Technology and Operations Management, General Management, and Operations Strategy. He then developed a course called Managing Innovation and currently teaches an elective course he designed called Building a Sustainably Successful Enterprise. This course teaches managers how to build and manage an enduring, successful company or transform an existing organization.

    Dr. Christensen is the author of five best selling-books, including his seminal work, The Innovator's Dilemma (1997), which received the Global Business Book Award for the best business book of the year, The Innovator's Solution (2003), and Seeing What's Next (2004). Recently, he has focused the lens of disruptive innovation on social issues such as education and health care. Disrupting Class (2008) looks at the root causes of why schools struggle and offers solutions, while The Innovator's Prescription (2009) examines how to fix the health care system.

    Dr. Christensen's writings have been featured in a variety of publications and have won a number of awards, such as the Best Dissertation Award from The Institute of Management Sciences for his doctoral thesis on technology development in the disk drive industry; the Production and Operations Management Society's 1991 William Abernathy Award, presented to the author of the best paper in the management of technology; the Newcomen Society's award for the best paper in business history in 1993; and the 1995, 2001, and 2008 McKinsey Awards for articles published in the Harvard Business Review.

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  • Denis A. Cortese, M.D. President and Chief Executive Officer of Mayo Clinic, Chair of the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors and a member of the Board of Trustees

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    Denis Cortese is a graduate of Temple University Medical School and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Diseases at Mayo Clinic. After service in the U.S. Navy, he joined the Mayo Clinic staff in late 1976. He is a professor of medicine and a former director of the Pulmonary Disease subspecialty training program.

    Dr. Cortese was a chair of the Clinical Practice and a member of the Board of Governors in Rochester before moving to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, in 1993. From 1999-2002 he served as CEO of Mayo Clinic and Chair of the Board of Directors at St. Luke's Hospital, both in Jacksonville. He relocated back to Rochester and assumed his current position in February 2003.

    Major research interests have been in interventional bronchoscopy including: appropriate use of photodynamic therapy, endobronchial laser therapy and endobronchial stents. He is a former president of the International Photodynamic Association.

    Dr. Cortese is a member of The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (US) and chair of the Roundtable on Evidence Based Medicine; Healthcare Leadership Council, chair for 2007-2009; Harvard/Kennedy Healthcare Policy Group; FRESH-Thinking (Focused Research on Efficient, Secure Healthcare); Advisory Board, World Community Grid; Chairs/Presidents/CEOs Council of the American Medical Group Association; Division on Engineering and Physical Science (DEPS), National Research Council; Academia Nacional de Medicina (Mexico); the Royal College of Physicians (London). He received the Ellis Island Award in 2007 and the Medal of Merit Award in 2008.

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  • Christi Dining Zuber, M.H.A., B.S. Director, Innovation Consultancy, Kaiser Permanente

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    Christi Zuber is the director of the Innovation Consultancy at Kaiser Permanente, a not-for-profit Integrated Delivery System serving over 8.5 million people each year. The purpose of the Innovation Consultancy is to develop human-centered designs that positively impact the experience of Kaiser patients and the clinicians who care for them.

    Zuber has been with Kaiser Permanente since 2002, in roles that have encompassed finance, strategy, facilities design, and her current position in the Innovation Consultancy. In her innovation work, Zuber has partnered with IDEO to learn and import methods of innovation/design into Kaiser Permanente. Some of these projects include a nurse shift change initiative, called Nurse Knowledge Exchange (NKE), medication administration solutions to improve medication safety, and a current project which is focused around the patient's experience in the transition from hospital to home. Both Nurse Knowledge Exchange and the medication administration project, known as KP MedRite, were chosen for a full 32-hospital rollout across the Kaiser health system. These projects are also spreading beyond Kaiser. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement named Nurse Knowledge Exchange a best practice in health care delivery.

    Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Zuber was a project manager and consultant at Andersen in its health care practice. She led projects that ranged from hospital market development in Mexico to reorganizing the model of care delivery for a hospital system in Wisconsin. She also helped develop the foundational services for a future children's hospital at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. Her nursing roots are in home health care.

    Zuber has a master's degree in Health Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She and her husband, Brian, have 2 ½-year-old and 10-month-old children. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area and loves weekend trips to the wine country and the area's beautiful hiking and kayaking sites.

    Zuber co-authored two publications with Marilyn Chow, R.N., D.N.Sc., FAAN: "Fail Often to Succeed Sooner, Adventures in Innovation" from the Permanente Journal and "Striving for Vuja De: Developing Eyes for Creativity" for the AHRQ Innovations Exchange.

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  • Ronald Dixon, M.D. Associate Medical Director, Massachusetts General Hospital

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    Ronald Dixon is the creator and director of the Virtual Practice Project at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He is also director of the CIMIT (Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology) Value Based Healthcare Delivery Program, and associate medical director of MGH Beacon Hill.

    Dr. Dixon completed his undergraduate work at McGill University, graduate work in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Buffalo, and medical training at Dartmouth Medical School. He completed residency training at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital.

    He also completed a two-year administrative fellowship with the Massachusetts General Hospital Physicians Organization (MGPO) and serves as a project director for that organization. Dr. Dixon's interests are in alternative methods of health care delivery, specifically relating to general internal medicine.

    He is the prinicipal investigator on a number of research efforts, notably a joint effort with biomedical engineering experts to develop a kiosk-based system for automating certain aspects of the care delivery process. Dr. Dixon's clinical interests are disease prevention, chronic disease management, clinical information technology, and care of patients with malignancies.

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  • Patrick Geraghty President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

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    Patrick Geraghty became president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota in October 2008. He is responsible for the strategy and operations of the state's largest health plan, serving 2.8 million members. The health plan offers a full scope of products and services. He is also a member of the Blue Cross board of trustees and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation board.

    Prior to joining Blue Cross, Geraghty served as senior vice president of the Service Division for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. At Horizon, he was responsible for developing the service division, comprised of 2,500 of Horizon's associates. The division delivered service to Horizon membership, which grew from 2 million to 3.6 million members during his tenure. Geraghty also held several senior leadership positions with Prudential Insurance Company, including president of the Southeast Division; vice president of Health Plan Operations; and president of the Prudential HealthCare Pharmacy Operations. He has served on the advisory panel of the Deloitte Center for Health Care Solutions, and was on a national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association committee that reviewed emerging issues in health care. His experience includes leadership positions in health care management, marketing, and operations.

    Geraghty, a graduate of Colgate University, is a frequent speaker on health care topics. He has a special interest in health disparities and has served as chair of the American Conference on Diversity board and in other community leadership and volunteer positions.

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  • James Hodge Associate Chair of Principal Gifts, Department of Development, Mayo Clinic

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    An Ohioan by birth, James Hodge earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Hodge spent his early career at Bowling Green as director of planned giving and later as director of Development. In 1985, Hodge came to Mayo Clinic, where he has been a senior development officer responsible for building important relationships with Mayo's philanthropic partners. Currently, Hodge is the associate department chair and director of the principal gifts program, which is responsible for strategic engagements with benefactors who have the capacity and inclination to make $1 million-plus gifts to Mayo Clinic.

    Hodge is also a member of the faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis (IUPUI). He teaches master's classes in Philanthropy and is an instructor in The Fund Raising School at IUPUI. He lectures frequently on the topics of values-based philanthropy, transformational philanthropy, and working with entrepreneurs as philanthropists. He has served on the editorial board of New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising, which is published by the Center on Philanthropy, and is a member of The Philanthropic Index, an organization that operates much like the consumer's confidence index but is designed to analyze the atmosphere for philanthropy in America. He authored the chapter entitled "Gifts of Significance" in the publication Achieving Excellence in Fund Raising by Jossey-Bass.

    Hodge was the co-founder of a multimillion-dollar, for-profit business within Mayo Clinic called Mayo Clinic Preferred Response, a 24/7 service that provides nursing and medical advice worldwide to individuals and organizations such as NetJets. Among his committee assignments at Mayo is the Executive Committee for the President's Discovery and Translation Program, which makes grants to projects that have the potential to transform the practice of medicine at Mayo and the potential for commercialization.

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  • Natalie Hodge, M.D. Co-founder, Personal Medicine International

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    Health care futurist Natalie Hodge has 10 years of experience practicing pediatric medicine in St. Louis, Mo. She graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1995 and completed Pediatrics training at Washington University's program at St. Louis Children's Hospital in 1998. Dr. Hodge spent three years developing and refining the personalized house call platform creating cloud-based technology and ecommerce platform solutions for mobile medical practice. She co-founded Personal Medicine International, a health care service organization whose mission is to connect primary care doctors in direct patient practice relationships to patients in attentive mobile medical practice. She is the author of The Personal Pediatrics Primer for the Progressive Parent. Dr. Hodge's special interests in pediatrics include nutrition, prevention and consumer facing Internet. Dr. Hodge is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a Fellow of the Academy of Pediatrics' Quality and Innovation Network, and an active member of the Society for Innovative Medical Practice Design. Dr. Hodge has three children, Kennedy, Hugo and Francesca.

  • Larry Keeley President and Co-Founder, Doblin, Inc.

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    Larry Keeley is a strategist who has worked to develop more effective innovation methods for over 28 years. He is president and co-founder of Doblin, Inc., an innovation strategy firm known for pioneering comprehensive innovation systems that materially improve innovation success rates. Doblin is now a member of Monitor Group, Cambridge, Mass.

    Since 1979, Keeley has worked with global companies on innovation effectiveness, among them Aetna, American Express, Amoco, Apple, Baxter, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Consignia, Diageo, Ford, GE, Hallmark, McDonald's, Monsanto, Motorola, Novartis, Pfizer, Shell, Steelcase, Target, Texas Instruments, WellPoint, Whirlpool, and Zurich Financial Services. He lectures frequently and publishes regularly on strategic aspects of innovation. He has written book on innovation effectiveness, The Taming of the New, now in press. The book is an exhaustive analysis of innovation and the superior methods that drive ROI.

    BusinessWeek recently named Keeley one of seven Innovation Gurus who are changing the field, and cited Doblin for having many of the most sophisticated tools for delivering innovation effectiveness. See the publication's issue of Aug. 1, 2005 for the full report, or its special Innovation channel on the Web at BusinessWeek.com.

    Keeley teaches graduate innovation strategy classes and is a board member at the Institute of Design in Chicago, the first design school in the U.S. with a Ph.D. program. He lectures in executive education programs at Kellogg Graduate School of Management and is an adjunct faculty member for the school's core master's of business administration and master's of manufacturing management programs. He also lectures at the University of Chicago and at business schools in Spain, England, and Scotland. Keeley is a board member for Chicago Public Radio, where he helped create the strategy for what has become an innovation engine for public radio in the U.S. Keeley was a Senior Fellow of the Center for Business Innovation in Boston.

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  • Jen McCabe CEO/Founder, Contagion Health

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    In late 2008, Jen McCabe joined OrganizedWisdom Health (OW) to serve part time as the company's chief patient advocate. At OW, she manages the firm's strategic communication efforts using social media channels. In January 2009, McCabe designed and managed the launch of @polarwisdom, the first condition-specific advocacy feed designed for those dedicated to living well with depression. She also designed metrics for using and analyzing Twitter interactions, including the Dynamic Peer-2-Peer Source Routing (DPSR) method of content redistribution.

    McCabe is an extremely active blogger, "tweet" participant and advocate in numerous health, medical, and technology communities, online and offline, particularly in the startup space. She served as a Program Committee member at HoIP-Health Over Internet Protocol at WORLDCOMP/SWWS, and business track director, Medicine 2.0 Congress. She has presented at HealthCamps, Ignite Boulder 2, Medicine 2.0, and BIO 2009. McCabe is author of the Health Management Rx Blog, and has contributed to The Health Care Blog (THCB), Disruptive Women in Healthcare, The World Health Care Blog, and Healthcentral.com.

    In 2007, she co-founded NextHealth, a health communications/innovation collaborative based in the Netherlands. NextHealth's mission is to inject patient-centric innovation into global health care research, planning, process design, and delivery.

    McCabe has worked for numerous health-related charities and organizations. She was an analyst, volunteer manager, and speaker liaison for The Health 2.0 Conference, and an associate administrator at Christ House, performing operational functions for the Washington, D.C.-area, 33-bed nonprofit medical facility.

    She also served as analyst and business development director during the startup phase at The Hanover Research Council (HRC). McCabe is former vice chair, Board of Directors, for Baltimore-based MEDBANK of Maryland, Inc., providors of free prescription medications to 35,000 residents via pharmaceutical firms' patient assistance programs (PAPs).

    McCabe received her B.A. in literature with a minor in women, gender and sexuality studies from St. Mary's College of Maryland, and graduated magna cum laude.

    She continues to research the compilation and sharing of subjective, experiential personal health narratives, user-centric design and natural language processing (NLP) programming for health, direct to consumer (DTC) genomics and the 'me-ome' or 'self-ome' concept, and the connection of patients and providers via the semantic Web. McCabe's latest research examines the role of patient choice and control (or lack thereof) in the current U.S. health care system and brings forward solutions to incentivize healthier decision-making.

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  • David Merritt Vice President and National Policy Director, Center for Health Transformation and the Gingrich Group

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    The Center for Health Transformation, headed by former Speaker Newt Gingrich, is a collaboration of leaders dedicated to transforming health and health care in America. Merritt advises Gingrich and leads the center's work on national health reform and health information technology.

    Merritt's writing has been widely published, including the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Chicago Sun-Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Miami Herald. He is often quoted in the national and trade press, including the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, and is a frequent speaker in the industry. Merritt has been a guest lecturer at the Yale School of Management and at Princeton University, at the invitation of visiting professor and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. He is the editor of Paper Kills: Transforming Health and Healthcare with Information Technology, winner of the 2007 book of the year award by the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

    Merritt was a health policy adviser to the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain, and served in the same role for former Sen. Fred Thompson. He was on Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine's Health Information Technology Council. He also served on the Improving Quality Workgroup of Kaine's Health Reform Commission. Merritt has testified before state and federal hearings, including the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on privacy and health information technology. He is a member of numerous advisory boards, as well as on the board of commissioners of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT).

    Prior to joining the center, Merritt was with America's Health Insurance Plans. He earned a master's degree in political science and government from Loyola University Chicago and a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University.

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  • Victor Montori, M.D., M.Sc. Lead Investigator, Knowledge & Encounter Research Unit, Mayo Clinic

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    Victor Montori is a diabetologist and clinical epidemiologist. He is the lead investigator of the Knowledge and Encounter Research Unit and a professor of medicine at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minn. He serves as co-director of the Knowledge Translation Research Unit of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored Mayo Center for Translational Research.

    His areas of research interest are clinical decision making in patients with chronic conditions (such as diabetes) and the relation between the quality of decision making and patient outcomes; systematic reviews and meta-analyses; and evidence-based clinical practice. He is particularly interested in how knowledge is produced, disseminated, and taken up in practice, and how this leads to optimal health care delivery and patient outcomes.

    Dr. Montori is associate editor for the ACP Journal Club and Evidence-Based Medicine, and has published two volumes on Evidence-Based Endocrinology. He has more than 180 peer-reviewed publications in top medical and specialty journals.

    Dr. Montori was born in Peru, where he obtained his medical degree. He trained in internal medicine, was a chief medical resident, and trained in endocrinology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He also earned a master's degree in biomedical research from Mayo Graduate School and spent two years as a research fellow at McMaster University in Canada. He lives in Rochester with his wife and their three sons.

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  • Frank Moss, Ph.D. Director, MIT Media Lab

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    Frank Moss also heads the MIT Media Lab's New Media Medicine research group, which focuses on developing radical new collaborations among doctors, patients and communities to catalyze a revolution in health care. An entrepreneur and veteran of the software and computer industries, Dr. Moss has spent 30 years bringing innovative business technologies to market. Now, he focuses his attention on how technology can be used to address pressing social needs. He is co-founder and board member of Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an early-stage cancer-drug discovery company. He chaired the advisory council that created the Systems Biology Department at Harvard Medical School, where he remains an advisor. Dr. Moss is a member of the Board of Trustees of Princeton University, and serves on its Advisory Council for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He received a B.S. in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT.

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  • Lois Quam Founder, Tysvar, Rhodes Scholar and expert on creating innovative business models in response to major social concerns

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    Lois Quam is an internationally recognized visionary and leader on the emerging New Green Economy (NGE) and universal health care reform. She is the founder and CEO of Tysvar, LLC, a newly created, privately held, Minnesota-based NGE and health care reform incubator. Named in 2006 by Fortune magazine as one of America's "50 Most Powerful Women," Quam also cited as an expert on clean technology and NGE in Thomas Friedman's recent best-seller, Hot, Flat and Crowded.

    Prior to founding Tysvar in March 2009, Quam was Head of Strategic Investments, Green Economy & Health at Piper Jaffray, a leading international investment bank based in Minneapolis. Quam furthered Piper Jaffray's role in NGE, creating opportunities in four distinct categories: Energy Efficiency; Renewable Energy; Redesign of Existing Industries such as water supply, transportation and construction; and Carbon Return/Capture, along with expanding the firm's NGE franchise in Science, Public Policy, and Commerce.

    Before joining Piper Jaffray in 2007, Quam was president and CEO of the Public and Senior Markets segment at UnitedHealth Group, a $30 billion division she helped create and run. The segment oversaw Medicare and Medicaid-based businesses with nearly 10 million members, serving approximately one out of five Medicare beneficiaries.

    Quam joined UnitedHealth Group in 1989 and was responsible for forming a successful relationship with AARP, providing health insurance to AARP members and overseeing the formation of Ovations, a business segment devoted to providing health and well-being products and service to Americans over 50 years old.

    Additionally, in 1989, she was approached by the governor of Minnesota to chair the Minnesota Health Care Access Commission, resulting in new legislation that brought health insurance to tens of thousands of Minnesotans and created the lowest uninsured rate in the country. She also was a senior adviser to First Lady Hillary Clinton's task force on health care reform, with a particular focus on rural areas.

    The second of four children and native of rural Marshall, Minn., Quam is the daughter of a Lutheran minister and homemaker. From 1977 to 1984, she held numerous leadership positions within the American Lutheran Church and helped craft the merger of three national Lutheran churches into today's Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

    At Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., Quam graduated magna cum laude, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and received Macalester's Distinguished Alumni Award. As a Rhodes Scholar, Quam earned a master's degree in philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford in England.

    In 2005, Quam was named Norwegian American of the Year, and actively continues as an emissary for diplomatic and trade relations between Norway and the U.S. She is on the boards of The Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights – U.S. Foundation, and the Norwegian American Foundation. Quam's recent article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "Minnesota, Norway and a Clean Energy Future," was commended by Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre as "another illustration of common opportunities" between Norway and America.

    Quam serves on the Board of Trustees for Macalester College and the University of Minnesota Foundation, the Board of Directors for General Mills and the National Wildlife Foundation, and the Advisory Board for polar explorer Will Steger's Foundation. She is a trustee emeritus of the George C. Marshall Foundation.

    Quam is married to Matt Entenza, the former minority leader in the Minnesota House of Representatives and the founder of Minnesota 2020, a public policy think tank. The couple has been married for 25 years and are the parents of three sons, Benjamin, William, and Steven. The family lives in St. Paul.

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  • Karl Ronn Vice President, Research & Development, Health Care, General Manager, New Business Health Care Procter & Gamble

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    Karl Ronn is responsible for managing worldwide Research & Development (R&D) for Procter & Gamble's (P&G) multibillion-dollar Health Care business. This includes both prescription drugs and over-the counter (OTC) products. The largest brands are Actonel, Prilosec, Vicks, Metamucil and PuR. He is also the general manager for New Business Health Care New Businesses including Swiss Precision Diagnostics, a joint venture between Inverness Medical and P&G for home diagnostics. Additionally, he manages the Corporate Disruptive Market Innovation group which works with all P&G business units to create new markets or reinvent existing ones. He sponsors Innovation Strategy development across the company.

    Until recently, Ronn managed Research & Development for P&G's Home Care and Gillette's Duracell businesses. The Home Care brands include the well-established Mr. Clean, Dawn, Joy, Ivory and Cascade in North America and their counterparts Flash and Fairy globally. Mr. Clean, in particular, is an example of the success in reinventing older brands in a way that gives them new life. Home Care also developed Swiffer and Febreze, two fast-growing new brands.

    Prior to his Home Care responsibilities, he had R&D responsibility for Fabric and Home Care New Business Development, Corporate Innovation, Deodorants & Mass Fragrances, Pampers and Always. For six years, his base was Caracas, Venezuela, where he established the Latin American Division's Diaper and Maxipad businesses, which included global product development for low-cost diaper entries into China, Thailand, the Philippines, Russia, Poland and Turkey.

    Ronn was born in Cleveland and grew up in Toledo before moving to Cincinnati. He graduated in 1980 from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. He and his wife, Elizabeth, who is also a vice president at P&G, live in Cincinnati and have two children, Alan and Juliana.

    Ronn has a strong passion to grow the next generation of innovative leaders. He is a member of the University of Toledo's Engineering Board and gives frequent talks on innovation. He is also a member of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Advisory Board.

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  • Matthew Sanford Founder, Mind Body Solutions

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    A leading voice for change, Matthew Sanford has inspired and enhanced the lives of thousands as he demystifies the mind-body connection through his work as an author, speaker and yoga teacher. Realizing all people could benefit by having a deeper connection between mind and body, Matthew founded Mind Body Solutions in 2001, a non-profit dedicated to transforming trauma, loss and disability into hope and potential. Matthew is leading a groundbreaking pilot program at Courage Center, a leading transitional rehabilitation facility in Minnesota, which incorporates a mind-body approach into the rehabilitation process while scientifically measuring outcomes. Matthew shares his story in his award-winning book WAKING: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence. His honors include the Yoga Journal’s Karma Yoga Award, the Judd Jacobson Memorial Award and the Eleven Who Care Award from KARE-TV. In 2008, Matthew was recognized as a national hero when he won a Volvo For Life Award.

    Sanford graduated with a BA in philosophy from the University of Minnesota, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, and received a Master of Arts from the University of Santa Barbara in philosophy. For more information visit: www.matthewsanford.com or www.mindbodysolutions.org.

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  • Roy Schoenberg, M.D., M.P.H. President and Chief Executive Officer, American Well Systems

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    Roy Schoenberg invented the American Well™ concept. He directs American Well Systems' product development as well as its Operations divisions. Previously, Dr. Schoenberg was the inventor and founder of CareKey Inc., a software vendor offering electronic health management systems. He led CareKey through product development, market introduction and the adoption of its Web-based health management solutions by more than 35 million users. Dr. Schoenberg continued to serve as senior vice president and chief Internet solutions officer at TriZetto (NASDAQ:TZIX), following its acquisition of CareKey in December 2005. He is the author of numerous publications, talks and books in the area of Medical Informatics, many of them published during his work at the Center for Clinical Computing at Harvard's Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Dr. Schoenberg holds an M.D. from the Hebrew University Medical School and an M.P.H. in Healthcare Management from Harvard University.

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  • Indu Subaiya, M.D., M.B.A. Co-Founder, Health2.0 Conference

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    Indu Subaiya is co-founder of Health 2.0: User Generated Healthcare, a first-of-its-kind forum showcasing emerging companies in vertical search, social networking applications and Web-based tools for consumer health care. Most recently, she was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Physic Ventures, a consumer health and wellness investment fund.

    Dr. Subaiya previously served as president of Etude Scientific, a consulting firm providing strategy, market assessment and due diligence services to biotechnology and consumer health care companies. Dr. Subaiya also was vice president of Healthcare and Biomedical Research at Gerson Lehrman Group where she facilitated due diligence research in the life sciences sector for investment fund managers.

    Earlier in her career, she was director of Outcomes Research at Quorum Consulting, Inc. where she conducted Phase III-IV quality of life and pharmacoeconomic studies and advised life science clients on commercialization and reimbursement strategies.

    She received her M.D. degree from Stony Brook University School of Medicine at the State University of New York, a Master of Business Administration degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.S. in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University.

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  • Elizabeth Teisberg, Ph.D., M.E. Associate Professor, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

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    Elizabeth Teisberg is co-author of the book Redefining Health Care: Creating Value-Based Competition on Results. She is a tenured faculty member at the University of Virginia, teaching in the Darden Graduate School of Business. Dr. Teisberg received the school's Wachovia Award for outstanding research in 2006 and the Frederick S. Morton Award for Leadership in 2004. The book received the American College of Healthcare Executives' Book of the Year Award for 2007.

    Dr. Teisberg speaks nationally and internationally on health care strategy and policy. She is a Senior Institute Associate at Harvard Business School's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness and a member of the Global Changing Diabetes Advisory Board and the Aspen Health Stewardship Advisory Board.

    Dr. Teisberg has conducted ongoing research in health sector innovation, focusing on the implementation of Redefining Health Care. She also teaches Innovation and Strategy for Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) students and executives. She designed Darden's elective course on Innovation, and was course head for the school's required M.B.A. courses on Strategy and on Operations Management.

    At Harvard, she taught the M.B.A. required course in Strategy and the elective on Technology and Strategy. Dr. Teisberg's publications have also focused on strategy, and environmentally sustainable innovation. She is the co-author of The Portable MBA, which has been published in five languages.

    Dr. Teisberg earned her Ph.D. in engineering-economic systems from Stanford University. She also holds a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Virginia and an A.B. degree, summa cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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  • Amy Tenderich Director of Center for Social Media, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

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    Amy Tenderich is a journalist, book author and Health 2.0 expert based in San Francisco. She began her career as a journalist, and has experience in magazine editing, marketing and public relations. Following two stints overseas and 13 years of communications work in the Silicon Valley technology industry, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in May 2003, and subsequently launched DiabetesMine.com™. This blog recently earned her the LillyforLife Achievement Award™ for diabetes journalism.

    DiabetesMine.com is considered the best-read diabetes blogs in the country and ranks in the Top 10 of the World's Top Blogs in Health & Medicine on the HealthCare100 Index. Tenderich and DiabetesMine.com have been featured in Newsweek, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, NPR's "Future Tense," and TechCrunch.

    Tenderich is also community manager of a new social networking site for people who have diabetes, called DiabeticConnect.com.

    With Richard Jackson, M.D., of Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, she co-authored the book Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes. The book has been praised as the first-ever straightforward guidebook providing a clear strategy for living well with diabetes and avoiding long-term health damage from the disease.

    As co-founder of TnT Initiatives, LLC, Tenderich is a regular contributor to leading diabetes publications and provides consulting services to pharmaceutical companies and health care technology innovators.

    Tenderich earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

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