Thursday, November 5

Morning Plenary: "Devices & Data: Impacts on the Healthcare Continuum"

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Ken Berta, MBA

Executive Director, Global Health Crisis Coordination Center (moderator)

As a Senior Executive at Philips Healthcare, Ken most recently served as the Global Lead for Strategic Partnerships and Alliances where he was responsible for managing relationships with Electronic Health Record (EHR), technology and application partners that impact the ecosystem of Philips customers and users. 


Mr. Berta is the Co-founder of Cedar Grove Creek, LLC. and a principle in the firm’s consulting arm, MBTC Strategy Consultants. He has broad experience working with both public partners such as The Air Force Research Labs (AFRL), the Department of Veterans Affairs, FEMA, NATO, the Ohio Department of Development and Fortune 100 companies including Philips Healthcare, Siemens Healthcare, Dell Technologies and Hewlett Packard. Ken has also been a strategic advisor to large healthcare providers such as Ohio Health, The Kettering Health Network, The University of Toledo Health Network and Emory’s Innovation Hub led by 11|ten Innovation Partners. Cedar Grove Creek is also one of the founding investors of the Ohio Tech Angle Fund, a private/public economic development partnership with the Ohio Department of Development.


Mr. Berta started his career as a VA researcher, surgical technician and medical device designer. He quickly rose to the head of Global R&D for Ferno-Washington, one of the world’s largest private manufacturers and distributors of emergency medical products. After serving as the General Manager of Global Operations for YSI Life Sciences (now Xylem) he turned to public service to found - and was the EVP for - the non-profit Wright Center of Innovation for Advanced Data Management and Analysis (renamed daytaOhio). This state sponsored organization was made up of the AFRL, 5 Universities and 60 companies building Big Data solutions for Medicine, Energy and Defense. 


While at daytaOhio, Mr. Berta was one of the leaders of the $200M bid for the development of the M.A.T.E. (medicine at the edge) center for extreme medical care - a private /public partnership between leading medical device companies, AFRL, HSA, FEMA and 4 academic medical centers. The resulting operation “Calamityville” is now the National Center for Medical Readiness that serves first responders, first receivers (physicians, nurses, mid-level providers, hospital staff), and Department of Defense (DoD) Special Operations units. With over 30 years of healthcare technology, strategic consulting and venture capital experience, Mr. Berta has designed and launched dozens of products, has been awarded 5 international patents, started 7 companies and received an executive appointment - The Order of the Ohio Commodore – the highest honor awarded a citizen by the Governor of Ohio. 


Ken holds a degree in Biomedical Engineering focused on artificial organ design from Wright State University and an MBA in international business from the Williams School of business at Xavier University.


Dan Brady
Business Leader for Connected Care Informatics, Philips

Dan Brady is a National Business Leader for Healthcare Informatics within Philips Connected Care division. Healthcare Informatics has embarked on a journey to allow hospitals the ability to remotely monitor their most critically ill patients, including Tele-ICU within the hospital and remote patient monitoring at home. Dan’s teams are focused on helping healthcare organization transform the way they provide care during the pandemic to ensure the highest quality care for patients and the greatest safety for staff.


Dan joined Philips with over two decades of experience at McKesson. During his tenure with McKesson’s Provider Technology division, Dan headed up teams focused on EMR growth & strategy, Managed Services, Revenue Cycle Transformation and several other business lines.


Outside of work, Dan is very active with Team River Runner (TRR), an organization that provides health and healing through whitewater kayaking to veterans and active duty military members and their families. Over the past eight years he has helped lead the Georgia Chapter of Team River Runner and received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from The White House three times.


Dan has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and resides in Georgia with his wife and two children.


Steven Lazer
Global Healthcare CTO, Dell Technologies Healthcare and Life Sciences

Steven leads healthcare solution development across Dell Technologies Healthcare and Life Sciences with more than 20 years of healthcare experience in production environments combined with more than 30 years in IT. His interaction with health care on a global basis brings a unique perspective. As a CTO ambassador Steven also is involved in product development and directional innovation within the organization. On the philanthropic side Steven is a board member of the Global Health Crisis Coordination Center as a volunteer, impacting health care around the globe. Steven previously served as the Director of Technical Services at North Memorial Health Care and has provided business and technical leadership to accelerate time –to –solution deployment with current success metrics over 200 successful EMR implementations.

Steven brings robust Health IT competencies and management strategies for healthcare organizations ensuring successful Healthcare IT solution delivery. He drives technical strategy and solutions development for Healthcare and ISV technical relationships including joint solutions R&D, technical advisory, and technical escalation processes. Steven defines and develops cloud strategies for healthcare, translates healthcare organizational requirements into best practices IT strategies mapped to technology budgets including business continuity, application performance, and architecture scalability.


Patty Obermaier
Vice President, US Health and Life Sciences, Microsoft

Patty Obermaier serves as Microsoft’s Vice President for the US Health & Life Sciences Organization. This $3.7 billion business covers the entire Health and Life Sciences ecosystem, extending across partnerships that drive innovation in this sector. In this capacity, Patty is accountable for helping customers digitally transform, achieve more, and improve care for their customers. She leads a diverse team focused on delivering customer success with a dedicated set of industry, sales, and architect professionals. With a strong track record for accelerating business results and building high performance teams, Patty is passionate about driving innovation in the health industry so every person on this planet can achieve more.  

Patty joins Microsoft from Resigility LLC, a strategic advisory and information management services firm where she served as CEO and Founder. At Resigility, she consulted with senior healthcare clients looking to develop their digital strategies and expand their organization’s capabilities in the areas of information technology, analytics and informatics, and customer driven solutions.

Prior to starting Resigility, Patty held leadership roles at IQVIA and Unisys Corporation where she was responsible for innovating and delivering services and technology solutions to payers, providers, and government agencies. 

Patty holds a degree in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. She is committed to building the leadership skills of our next generation through her volunteer work with the Global Good Fund, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girls Excelling in Math and Science.  For Patty, community service is a family affair with her children being featured speakers at Youth Bike Summits and spotlighted on Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, NPR, and Salud America!


Afternoon Plenary: "Becoming Better Ancestors: Lessons from Past Successes in Disease Eradication"

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Seth Berkley, MD

CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance;

Founder & past President and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)

A medical doctor and infectious disease epidemiologist, Dr. Seth Berkley joined Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance as its CEO in August 2011, spearheading its mission to protect the world’s poorest children by improving access to new and underused vaccines.

In its 20 years of existence, Gavi has reached more than 820 million children in the 73 poorest countries. In 2015, Dr. Berkley led Gavi to its second replenishment, raising US$ 7.5 billion in donor commitments. In June 2020, Dr. Berkley led Gavi to its third successful replenishment, raising US$ 8.8 billion and exceeding the ask of at least US$ 7.4 billion in the presence of 42 heads of state. The ambitious goals for the 2021–2025 strategic period are to reach 300 million more children, preventing an additional 7–8 million deaths and contributing to a further US$ 80–100 billion in economic benefits.

Dr. Berkley is co-leading the Vaccines Pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, working to develop and distribute a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine globally. In July 2020, Fortune honoured him with a leadership award at Brainstorm Health, calling Gavi “arguably the most productive multilateral health collaboration in history.”

Under Dr. Berkley’s leadership, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance received the 2019 Lasker~Bloomberg Public Service Award for providing sustained access to childhood vaccines in the world’s poorest countries, as well as the Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation 2020.

Prior to Gavi, in 1996, Dr. Berkley founded the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), the first vaccine product development public-private sector partnership, where he served as President and CEO for 15 years. Under his leadership, IAVI created a virtual vaccine product development effort involving scientists from low-income countries, industry and academia – developing and testing HIV vaccines around the world. He also oversaw a global advocacy programme that ensured HIV vaccines received prominent attention in the media and in forums such as the G8, the European Union and the United Nations.

Previously, Dr. Berkley served as an officer of the Health Sciences Division at The Rockefeller Foundation. He has worked for the Center for Infectious Diseases of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; and the Carter Center, where he was assigned as an epidemiologist at the Ministry of Health in Uganda. Dr Berkley played a key role in Uganda’s first national HIV sero-survey and helped develop its national AIDS Control Program.

He has been featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine; recognised by TIME magazine as one of “The TIME 100 – The World’s Most Influential People”; and named by WIRED magazine as among “The WIRED 25 – a salute to dreamers, inventors, mavericks, leaders.” His TED talks have been viewed by more than 2.3 million people, and he has published over 250 articles and opinion pieces. He has consulted or worked in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Dr. Berkley sits on a number of international steering committees and corporate and not-for-profit boards, including those of Gilead Sciences and the New York Academy of Sciences, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Geneva’s Institute of Global Health in the Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Berkley received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University and trained in internal medicine at Harvard University. In 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, for services to global public health and advancing the right to health care for all.

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William H. Foege, MD, MPH
Emory Presidential Distinguished Professor of Global Health Emeritus;
Director, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 1977-1983;
Director, The Carter Center, 1986-1992;
Founder, Task Force for Global Health;
Senior Fellow, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;
Co-Chair, NASEM committee developing Framework for Equitable Allocation of a COVID-19 Vaccine

William H. Foege, MD, MPH is an epidemiologist who worked in the successful campaign to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s.  Dr. Foege became Chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Smallpox Eradication Program, and was appointed director of CDC in 1977.

In 1984, Foege and several colleagues formed the Task Force for Child Survival and Development, a working group for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, The World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, and the Rockefeller Foundation.  Its success in accelerating childhood immunization led to an expansion of its mandate in 1991 to include other issues that diminish the quality of life for children.

Dr. Foege joined The Carter Center in 1986 as its Executive Director, Fellow for Health Policy and Executive Director of Global 2000. In 1992, he resigned as Executive Director of The Carter Center, but continued in his role as a Fellow and as Executive Director of the Task Force for Child Survival and Development.  In 1997, he joined the faculty of Emory University, where he is Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health at the Rollins School of Public Health. In 1999, Dr. Foege became a Senior Medical Advisor for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 1999, Dr. Foege resigned as Executive Director of the Task Force for Child Survival and Development (now Task Force for Global Health), and in 2001, he retired from both Emory University and the Gates Foundation. However, he remains active in both organizations as Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health and as a Gates Fellow.

Dr. Foege has championed many issues, but child survival and development, injury prevention, population, preventive medicine, and public health leadership are of special interest, particularly in the developing world.  He is a strong proponent of disease eradication and control, and has taken an active role in the eradication of guinea worm, polio and measles, and the elimination of river blindness.  By writing and lecturing extensively, Dr. Foege has succeeded in broadening public awareness of these issues and bringing them to the forefront of domestic and international health policies.

Dr. Foege is the recipient of many awards, holds honorary degrees from numerous institutions, and was named a Fellow of the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1997. In 2012, Dr. Foege was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his life accomplishments.  He has also received the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Award for Humanitarian Contributions to the Health of Humankind and the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage in addition to numerous other awards.  He is the author of more than 125 professional publications. He attended Pacific Lutheran University, received his medical degree from the University of Washington, and his Master of Public Health from Harvard University.

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Helene Gayle, MD, MPH
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Chicago Community Trust; 
Co-Chair, NASEM committee developing Framework for Equitable Allocation of a COVID-19 Vaccine;
President & CEO, CARE, 2006-2015;
CEO, McKinsey Social Initiative, 2015-2017


Helene D. Gayle joined The Chicago Community Trust as president and CEO in 2017. Under her leadership, the Trust has adopted a new strategic focus on closing the racial and ethnic wealth gap in the Chicago region. Dr. Gayle began her career as a physician before entering the public health and global development fields. She has worked for the Centers for Disease Control, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CARE, and McKinsey Social Initiative (now McKinsey.org.) 


A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Dr. Gayle earned a B.A. at Barnard College, M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, and M.P.H. at Johns Hopkins University.