Zetema Contributors are selected for their expertise in particular topic areas. Zetema staff interview Contributors for input into the Debates to broaden the range of perspectives represented.

Nancy Howell Agee
CEO, Carilion Clinic
Nancy Howell Agee is the President and CEO of Carilion Clinic, a nearly $2 billion not-for-profit, integrated health system headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia; serving over 1 million people in Virginia and West Virginia.  Carilion Clinic include ...
Mark Alles
Former Chairman and CEO, Celgene
Mr. Alles served as Celgene’s Chief Executive Officer. He assumed the role on March 1, 2016. Previously he served as President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Alles served as Executive Vice President and Global Head of Hematology and Oncology from ...
John Baackes
CEO, L.A. Care Health Plan
John Baackes is Chief Executive Officer of L.A. Care Health Plan, the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan serving approximately two million members. L.A. Care is dedicated to providing access to quality and affordable health care for Los ...
Jack Bailey
Former President, US Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline
Jack Bailey was President, US Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline. Prior to leading the US business, Jack served as Senior Vice President, Policy, Payers and Vaccines. In that role, Jack was responsible for Government Affairs, Managed Markets, the US ...
David Blumenthal, M.D.
President, The Commonwealth Fund
David Blumenthal is president of The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues. Dr. Blumenthal is formerly the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and C ...
Troy Brennan, M.D.
Executive Vice President Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark
Patrick Conway, M.D.
Former President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina as president and CEO-elect on Oct. 1, 2017. Conway most recently served as Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid S ...
Bridget Duffy, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Vocera
Bridget Duffy is the chief medical officer for Vocera, where she helps design the next generation of healthcare innovations that bridge communication gaps, improve care team collaboration, and address clinician well-being, resilience and joy. ...
Robert Galvin, M.D.
Operating Partner, Equity Healthcare
Former Chief Medical Officer, General Electric
David Himmelstein, M.D.
Professor, CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
Ken Kizer, M.D.
Director, Institute for Population Health Improvement, University of California, Davis
Former Under Secretary for Health, US Department of Veterans Affairs; Former Director, California Department of Health Services
Elizabeth Nabel, M.D.
President, Brigham and Women’s Health Care
Betsy Nabel has served as president of Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Health Care (BWHC) since 2010.  A cardiologist and distinguished biomedical researcher, Nabel is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In 2015 Nabel was ...
Lee Newcomer, M.D.
Principal, Lee N. Newcomer Consulting
Lee N. Newcomer is the former senior vice president at UnitedHealthcare with strategic responsibility for Oncology and Genetics. Dr. Newcomer earned a B.A. degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University, an M.D. degree from the University of Nebraska ...
Barbara Wachsman
Former Director, Strategy and Engagement for Enterprise Benefits, Walt Disney Company
Barbara Wachsman is the Director of Strategy and Engagement for all Enterprise Benefits for the Walt Disney Company.  In this position she leads the strategic initiatives and her team designs new benefits programs and evaluates existing offering ...
Sally Welborn
Former SVP, Global Benefits, Walmart stores, Inc.
Penny Wheeler, M.D.
President/CEO, Allina Health
Shawn Leavitt

Special thanks to:


  • Glen Galaich
  • Jon Huggett
  • Melinda Haren
  • Julianna Apuzzo
  • Guy Oron
  • Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD
  • Paul Ellwood, Jr., MD
  • Alain Enthoven
  • Maliha Ali
  • Siya Bhatt