Zetema Panelists are selected for their individual healthcare leadership roles and their collective diversity of viewpoints, representing a wide variety of political and industry perspectives. Panelists attend semi-annual meetings, provide input into Zetema Debates, write blog posts, and participate in other activities to inform the national healthcare conversation.

President and CEO, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Drew Altman is President and CEO of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (known as KFF).  He is an innovator in the world of foundations and non-profits and a leading expert on national health policy who publishes and speaks widely on health is ...
Senior Health Policy Advisor, Committee on Finance, United States Senate
Brett Baker is a Senior Health Policy Advisor on the staff of the Committee on Finance, United States Senate.  His focus is on Medicare payment policy, including the Part D prescription drug benefit.  Brett previously se ...
CEO, Patient Advocate Foundation
Alan Balch has more than 15 years of executive leadership in the non-profit sector with an emphasis on consensus-building and collaboration. He became the CEO of both PAF and NPAF in 2013. From 2006-2013, he served as Vice President of the Preve ...
CEO, Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital
Elaine Batchlor, MD, MPH, is the Chief Executive Officer of Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, a state-of-the-art, community-oriented safety net hospital that now provides compassionate, quality care to the South Los Angeles Community. Throu ...
President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, KBE, is President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an organization that Dr. Berwick co-founded and led as President and CEO for 18 years.  He is one of the nation's l ...
Director of Domestic Policy Studies in Public Policy, Stanford University
Former Policy Director, Romney-Ryan 2012 Presidential Campaign
Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D. is the David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution; Director of Domestic Policy Studies and Lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University; Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School; and an affili ...
Secretary, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Mandy Cohen was appointed to the role of Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in January 2017 by Governor Roy Cooper. Secretary Cohen and her team work tirelessly to improve the health, safety and well-be ...
Senior Manager, Global Healthcare, Apple
Aldy is a global leader at Apple responsible for managing the design and strategy for Apple’s Global Healthcare Programs. Aldy has been with Apple since 2013 and her primary focus is to bring a defined strategy that enables consistent thinking i ...
Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania
Ezekiel J. Emanuel is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the founding chair ...
Segment President, Clinical and Pharmacy Solutions, Humana Inc.
Dr. William K. Fleming is Humana’s Segment President for Clinical and Pharmacy Solutions, where he is responsible for Humana’s transformation of the Clinical Solutions (strategy, quality, trend, and operations), the transformation of the Pharmacy ...
Former Chairman, Boehringer-Ingelheim USA
Paul Fonteyne is former Chairman of Boehringer-Ingelheim USA. He has been with Boehringer-Ingelheim for 15 years in leadership roles both in the US and globally. Most recently, and since 2012, he was President and CEO of Boehringer-Ingelheim USA. Dur ...
Executive Vice President, Commonwealth Fund
Elizabeth Fowler is currently Executive Vice President for the Commonwealth Fund. Prior to her work with the Commonwealth Fund, Liz was Vice President for Global Health Policy at Johnson & Johnson where she focused on delivery system and paymen ...
President, American Nurses Association
 Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, currently President of the American Nurses Association (ANA), has more than 30 years of nursing and leadership experience. Effective January 2019, Grant is the first man to serve as ANA president. Grant is an ...
Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer, Merck & Co., Inc
Dr. Julie Gerberding is Executive Vice President and Chief Patient Officer at Merck & Co., Inc., where she is responsible for a broad portfolio focused on patient engagement, strategic communications, global public policy, population health and c ...
President, Mayo Clinic Platform
John D. Halamka, MD, MS is the President of Mayo Clinic Platform. Previously, he served for over 20 years as  the chief information officer (CIO) at the Beth Israel Deaconess Healthcare System.   He is chairman of the New England ...
Staff Director (D), Subcommittee on Health, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives
Amy Hall, MPA, is Minority Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Health, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives. She previously served as a senior professional member, Subcommittee on Health, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U. ...
President and CEO, EmblemHealth
Karen Ignagni serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of EmblemHealth. EmblemHealth provides quality, affordable health care coverage and administrative services to approximately 3.1 million people. Prior to joining EmblemHealth in Septe ...
President and CEO, California Health Care Foundation
Sandra R. Hernández, MD, is president and CEO of the California Health Care Foundation, which works to improve the health care system so it works for all Californians. Prior to joining CHCF, Sandra was CEO of The San Francisco Foundation, which she ...
Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, Stanford University
Brent James is known internationally for his work in clinical quality improvement, patient safety, and the infrastructure that underlies successful improvement efforts, such as culture change, data systems, payment methods, and management roles. He ...
Founder/President, Jennings Policy Strategies
Chris Jennings is Founder and President of Jennings Policy Strategies. In 2014, he departed from his second tour of duty in the White House where he served President Obama as Deputy Assistant to the President for Health Policy and Coordinator of Heal ...
President and CEO, SSM Health
As President/Chief Executive Officer of SSM Health, Laura S. Kaiser, FACHE, leads a Catholic not-for-profit health system serving communities across the Midwest through a robust and fully integrated health care delivery system. Headquartered in St. L ...
Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Health System
Gary S. Kaplan, MD, FACP, FACMPE, FACPE, has served as chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System in Seattle since 2000. He is also a practicing internal medicine physician at Virginia Mason.  Dr. Kaplan received a degree in medicin ...
Partner, Venrock
Bob Kocher is a Partner at Venrock and focuses on healthcare IT and services investments. He currently serves on the Board of Jiff, Aledade, and Lyra Health, where he is also a co-founder, and is a Board Observer at Grand Rounds, Stride, and Doctor ...
President and CEO, Henry Ford Health System
Wright L. Lassiter III is President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System, headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. He oversees the $7.5 billion health system comprised of six hospitals, a health plan and a wide range of ambulatory and retail and related he ...
President, Health Platforms, Verily Life Sciences
Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., is President of Health Platforms at Verily Life Sciences, an Alphabet company whose mission is to apply digital solutions that enable people to enjoy healthier lives. A radiologist and healthcare executive, she is ...
Executive Director, Covered California
Peter V. Lee, JD, is the Executive Director of Covered California (the Exchange), where he oversees the planning, development and ongoing administration and evaluation of the Exchange. The Exchange was established by the State of California to supp ...
SVP, Healthcare and Community Health Transformation, Blue Shield of California
Peter Long is senior vice president of Heathcare and Community Health Transformation at Blue Shield of California, a 4-million-member nonprofit health plan that serves the state's commercial, individual, and government markets. Long leads collaborati ...
Executive Vice President, CVS Health, President, Caremark
Alan Lotvin, M.D., is Executive Vice President at CVS Health and President of CVS Caremark.  Lotvin has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical benefit management and specialty pharmacy industries. Prior to his current role, he served as c ...
CEO and Executive Vice President, American Medical Association
James L. Madara serves as the CEO and executive vice president of the American Medical Association. Since taking the reins of the AMA in 2011, Dr. Madara has helped sculpt the organization’s visionary long term strategic plan. Prior to arriving a ...
President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Kedar S. Mate, MD, is the President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Previously, Dr. Mate served as Chief Innovation and Education Officer.  In this role, he was responsible for research & development, innovation, a ...
Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University
Mark McClellan is the Robert J. Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine, and Policy, and Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University with offices at Duke and in Washington DC. Dr. McClellan is a doctor and an economis ...
Former CEO of Molina Healthcare
Dr. J. Mario Molina is former Founding Dean of the Keck Graduate School of Medicine and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Molina Healthcare, a FORTUNE 500 company founded by his physician father in 1980 to provide health care to low-inco ...
Executive Vice President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Julie Morita is executive vice president of RWJF, where she oversees all programming, policy, research, and communications activities. Before joining RWJF, Dr. Morita helped lead the Chicago Department of Public Health for nearly two decades, first a ...
CEO, Aledade, Inc.
Dr. Farzad Mostashari is the CEO of Aledade, a start-up he co-founded aimed at helping primary care doctors transform their practices and form accountable care organizations (ACOs). Prior to Aledade, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institut ...
President, National Partnership for Women & Families
Debra L. Ness, M.S. is President of the National Partnership for Women & Families. Before assuming her current role as president in 2004, she served as executive vice president of the National Partnership for 13 years. Ness has played a leading ...
Vice President, Walmart Health
Marcus Osborne serves as Vice President, Walmart Health, where he is focused on furthering Walmart’s goal of providing quality healthcare that is affordable and accessible.  Walmart Health is a first of its kind health center, initially launch ...
Chair Emeritus, Founding Executive Director, Families USA
Ron Pollack is Chair Emeritus and Founding Executive Director of Families USA, the national organization for health care consumers. Families USA's mission is to achieve highquality, affordable health coverage and care for everyone in the U.S.  ...
CEO, OptumRx
John Prince currently serves as the chief executive officer of OptumRx, an industry-leading provider of pharmacy care services. In this capacity, his primary responsibilities include management of pharmacy benefits, pharmacy network, home delivery ph ...
Regional Medical Director of Healthcare Partners
Dr. Donald Rebhun is the Regional Medical Director of HealthCare Partners Medical Group and Affiliated Physicians, a nationally recognized medical group helping enable people across the greater Los Angeles area to live healthier lives.  Dr. Rebh ...
President, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity
Avik Roy is the President of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP.org), a non-partisan, non-profit think tank that conducts original research on expanding opportunity to those who least have it. Roy’s work has been praised widel ...
President and CEO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
As president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Dr. Craig E. Samitt oversees the state’s first and largest health plan. An internal medicine physician by training, Dr. Samitt has worked across multiple health ...
President, System Enterprises, Sutter Health
As President of System Enterprises for Sutter Health, Rishi Sikka, M.D. brings a deep commitment to improving the lives of others and a strong vision for a better patient experience to his role overseeing key integrated services for one of the nation ...
Board Chair, United States of Care
General Partner, Town Hall Ventures
From 2015 to 2017, Andy served as the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) under President Obama, overseeing the Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, value-based payment reform an ...
Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCSF
Mark Smith is currently a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco and Visiting Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley. He co-chairs the Guiding Committee of the Hea ...
Executive Vice President, Health Plan Operations, Kaiser Permanente
Arthur M. Southam, MD, is executive vice president, Health Plan Operations, for Kaiser Permanente, America’s largest not-for-profit health system with $80 billion in revenue, providing integrated health care and coverage to more than 12.2 million m ...
President and CEO, Atrius Health
As President and CEO of Atrius Health, Dr. Steven Strongwater, MD, leads 6,800 employees serving 675,000 patients across eastern Massachusetts with coordinated medical care, home health and hospice. Previously, Dr. Strongwater served as Geisinger ...
President, Galen Institute
Grace-Marie Turner is president of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free-market ideas for health reform. She has been instrumental in developing and promoting id ...
CEO, UNITEHERE Health
Matthew Walker is CEO of UNITEHERE HEALTH, a Taft-Hartley trust fund offering health benefits to 225,000 participants throughout the United States. Reporting to a Board of Trustees made up equally of hospitality industry executives and union leaders, ...
Executive Director, Peterson Center on Healthcare
Jay Want, MD, is Executive Director of the Peterson Center on Healthcare. He leads the Center’s expanding portfolio of initiatives and grants to identify high-performance models of healthcare, validate their impact on quality and cost, and facilita ...
Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs
Alan Weil became the Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs on June 1, 2014.  A multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the serious exploration of domestic and international health policy and system change, Health Affairs is the nation ...
Director, Global Health Care and Well Being, The Boeing Company
Jeff White is the Director of Global Health Care and Well Being at The Boeing Company.  In this role he leads a team responsible for benefits strategy, contract negotiations and plan policy which accounts for $2.5 billion in annual spend.  ...
Senior Fellow, Project Hope
Gail Wilensky is an economist and senior fellow at Project HOPE, an international health foundation. She directed the Medicare and Medicaid programs from 1990 to 1992 and served in the White House as a senior health and welfare adviser to President ...
Chair and Founder, The Zetema Project
Mark Zitter is the Founder and Chair of the Zetema Project. He founded the Project in 2016 to help inform and energize the national healthcare conversation. He was the Chairman and Founder of Zitter Health Insights, a business intelligence firm that ...