September 11-14, 2022

Program Faculty

Course Directors

Wynia portrait    Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, FACP
    Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities-University of Colorado

Dr. Wynia’s career has included developing a research institute and training programs focusing on bioethics, professionalism and policy issues (the AMA Institute for Ethics) and founding the AMA’s Center for Patient Safety.  His research has focused on novel uses of survey data to inform and improve the practical management of ethical issues in health care and public policy.  He has led projects on a wide variety of topics related to ethics and professionalism, including understanding and measuring the ethical climate of health care organizations and systems; ethics and quality improvement; communication, team-based care and engaging patients as members of the team; defining physician  professionalism; public health and disaster ethics; medicine and the Holocaust (with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum); and inequities in health and health care. He has served on committees, expert panels and as a reviewer for the Institute of Medicine, The Joint Commission, the Hastings Center, the American Board of Medical Specialties, federal agencies, and other organizations. Dr. Wynia is a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), and has chaired the Ethics Forum of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Ethics Committee of the Society for General Internal Medicine (SGIM).

Ira Bedzow    Ira Bedzow, PhD
    Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University

Ira Bedzow is a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University, and Head of the Unit of the International Chair in Bioethics, World Medical Association Cooperation Centre. He is also Senior Scholar of the Aspen Center for Social Values, co-director of the Maimonides Institute for Medicine, Ethics and the Holocaust (MIMEH), and a regular contributor in Forbes for their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion section. He is also an Orthodox rabbi (yoreh yoreh, yadin yadin).


Planning Committee / Faculty

Peter Angood     Peter Angood, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, MCCM, FAAPL (Hon)
     CEO and President of the American Association for
     Physician Leadership

Peter Angood, MD, is currently CEO and President of the American Association for Physician Leadership. Previously, Dr. Angood was the inaugural Chief Patient Safety Officer at The Joint Commission, Senior Adviser for Patient Safety at the National Quality Forum, and Chief Medical Officer for the Patient Safety Organization of GE Healthcare. Prior to this, he enjoyed 25-years of academic surgery practice ranging from McGill University in Canada to the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University and Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Angood completed his academic career as a full professor of surgery, anesthesia, emergency medicine, and is an author in over 225 publications. His recent book, “All Physicians Are Leaders,” has been critically well received.

James Block      James Block, MD
      President of J.A. Block Health Associates

J.A. Block Health Associates is a consulting firm working with the Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation, the Commonwealth Foundation, The Center to Advance Palliative Car, and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others. Dr. Block is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Johns Hopkins Health System and the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University, and President of Rochester Area Hospital Corporation. Dr. Block also served as Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Clinical Associate Professor of Preventive, Family, and Rehabilitative Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Health Policy Management both at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Dr. Block has been a consultant for the National Palliative Care Research Center since 2005 and he was awarded the first ever American Cancer Society Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award in 2010. 

Bechara Choucair        Bechara Choucair, MD
        Senior Vice President and Chief Health Officer, Kaiser Permanente

Dr. Choucair oversees the organization’s efforts to address the social health of its 12.5 million members and the 68 million people who live in the communities it serves. This work includes the creation of the nation’s largest social health network, integrated with Kaiser Permanente’s health care services, to meet the housing, food, and transportation needs of its members.  As chief health officer he also is accountable for the care of over 1 million Kaiser Permanente Medicaid members.  In 2021, he served in the Biden administration as the White House national vaccinations coordinator, where he oversaw the timely, safe, and equitable administration of over 450 million COVID-19 vaccinations.  Dr. Choucair is the author of Precision Community Health, a guide for public health innovation in policy, big data, media, and community partnerships to improve health for all.

Wendy Dean    Wendy Dean, MD
    Co-founder, Moral Injury of Healthcare

Wendy Dean, MD is the CEO and co-founder of The Moral Injury of Healthcare, a nonprofit that provides      training and consultation to organizations focused on alleviating distress in their workforce. Dr. Dean is a psychiatrist who practiced for a decade, worked for the US Army, and as a senior executive at a large international nonprofit.


Mary Gentile    Mary C. Gentile, PhD  
    Creator/Director, Giving Voice To Values
    Formerly the Richard M. Waitzer Bicentennial Professor of Ethics
    University of Virginia-Darden School of Business

Mary is Creator/Director of Giving Voice to Values, and was formerly the Richard M. Waitzer Bicentennial Professor of Ethics at University of Virginia Darden School of Business, a Senior Advisor at Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, and a consultant on management education and leadership development. Among numerous other awards, Gentile was inducted into the Thinkers 50 Hall of Fame in 2021.  Giving Voice to Values, a pioneering business curriculum for values-driven leadership, has been featured in Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, McKinsey Quarterly, etc. and presented and/or piloted in over 1,350 business schools and organizations globally.  

Lisa Lehmann    Lisa Soleymani Lehmann, MD, PhD, MSc
    Director of Bioethics, Google

Lisa is a primary care physician and ethicist whose passion is to help people and organizations create cultures that are infused with values. She is currently the Director of Bioethics and Health Trust at Google. Prior to joining Google she served as Chief Medical Officer for the VA New England Healthcare System where she was responsible for clinical operations for eight healthcare systems throughout New England, developed a systematic approach to screening and responding to Veterans' social needs, and managed the regional response to Covid-19 and a transition to virtual healthcare. Lisa has also served as Executive Director of the National Center for Ethics in Health Care for the Veterans Health Administration and Director of Bioethics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She continues to see patients within the Veterans Health Administration, teaches health policy and bioethics at Harvard Medical School, and teaches public health ethics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

  Michelle Lueck    Michele Lueck, MA
      President and CEO, Colorado Health Institute

Michele Lueck is President and CEO of the Colorado Health Institute where she has led a decade-long expansion and positioned the nonprofit as a trusted advisor to leading organizations on strategic direction and policy issues. She is a sought-after thought leader and speaker on health and health policy research subjects. She serves on the State of Colorado E-Health Commission, on the board of the National Network of Public Health Institutes, and as chair of the Adams State University Board of Trustees. She previously led two nonprofits on Colorado’s Western Slope and worked in strategic services at Sg2 and other consulting firms. 

Patrick O'Rourke      Patrick O’Rourke, JD
      Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, 
      University of Colorado

Patrick O'Rourke is an Executive Vice Chancellor and the Chief Operating Officer on the Boulder campus.  In this role, he is responsible for the operation of the Strategic Resources and Support team, which provides operational support for the campus in human resources, information technology, enrollment management, budget and finance, communications, compliance and security, institutional equity, government and community relations, and infrastructure and sustainability. Strategic Resources and Support partners with the academic administration and faculty to support the university’s mission of teaching, research, and service. 


"This meeting is invaluable.  As health care changes we must address ethical dilemmas.  This is the meeting I attend to reconnect with my north star.”   Fred Southwick, MD – Professor; University of Florida College of Medicine

This conference has selective admission and attendance is limited to ensure that every participant will have opportunities for direct interaction with our renowned program faculty. Attendees are expected to be senior or rising leaders of health care organizations, senior or rising health policy leaders, or senior or rising public health leaders.