October 3-6, 2021

Program Faculty

Course Directors

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

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
    UNESCO Chair in Bioethics at New York Medical College

Ira Bedzow is an associate professor of medicine and UNESCO Chair in Bioethics at New York Medical College.  He is also Senior Scholar of the Aspen Center for Social Values, co-director of the Maimonides Institute for Medical Ethics and the Holocaust, a contributor at the MirYam Institute, and a regular contributor in Forbes for their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion section.


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 the chief executive officer and president of the American Association for Physician Leadership. Formerly, Dr. Angood was the inaugural chief patient safety officer and a vice president for the Joint Commission. He was also senior adviser for patient safety to the National Quality Forum and National Priorities Partnership and the former chief medical officer with the Patient Safety Organization of GE Healthcare. With his academic surgery practice experience ranging from the McGill University hospital system in Canada to the University of Pennsylvania, Yale University and Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Angood completed his formal academic career as a full professor of surgery, anesthesia and emergency medicine. A fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Angood is an author in over 200 publications and a past president for the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

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.

F. Daniel Davis    F. Daniel Davis, PhD
    Chief Bioethics Officer at Geisinger

Dan Davis is Geisinger’s chief bioethics officer and director of the system’s Center for Translational Bioethics and Health Care Policy. A native of West Virginia, he earned his PhD in the philosophy and ethics of medicine from Georgetown University in 1996. He also worked at Georgetown for more than 20 years in a variety of capacities—as communications director, as director of strategic planning for the Medical Center, and ultimately as a faculty member of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics and as the medical school’s associate dean for planning and evaluation.  From 2006 to 2009, he served as the executive director of the President’s Council on Bioethics under the leadership of his mentor, Ed Pellegrino. In October 2009, he was appointed senior advisor for bioethics and policy in the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  In 2012, he joined Geisinger, where he has sought to integrate bioethics into system programs for patient care, research, innovation, and education. His research interests include clinical ethics consultation; shared decision making, especially in the context of advanced illness; patient engagement in research and care; professional formation in the health professions; and organizational culture and ethics in health care.

Mary Gentile   Mary C. Gentile, PhD  
   Professor of Practice at University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Mary C. Gentile is Creator/Director of Giving Voice to Values, Professor of Practice at University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Senior Advisor at Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, and consultant on management education and leadership development. Among numerous other awards, Gentile was named as one of the 2015 “100 Most Influential in Business Ethics” by Ethisphere and one of the “Top Thought Leaders in Trust: 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners” by Trust Across America-Trust Around the World, January 2015.

Lisa Lehmann   Lisa Soleymani Lehmann, MD, PhD, MSc
   Chief Medical Officer for VA New England Healthcare System

Lisa Lehmann is the Chief Medical Officer for VA New England Healthcare System. In this role she provides clinical leadership to a multi-state integrated health care system comprised of 11 medical centers and 44 community-based outpatient clinics. VA New England Health Care System provides services to over 260,000 Veterans with a budget of $2.9 billion, 13,860 employees, 1,895 in-patient beds, and 6 million outpatient visits per year.  Prior to her current role, Lisa was Executive Director of the VA National Center for Ethics in Healthcare in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the VA, she was an Associate Physician, health services researcher, and Director of Bioethics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  Dr. Lehmann is a graduate of Cornell University, where she was a College Scholar. She received her MD and PhD in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, completed her residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and was a fellow in the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care. She received a Master of Science in clinical epidemiology from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. In addition to her position at VA, she is Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

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

Michele Lueck joined CHI in 2010, bringing nearly 20 years of health and health care experience. Her work ranges from consulting with leading academic organizations to serving rural health care providers. Her expertise in strategic communications informs the current work and direction of CHI. Over the course of her career, she has worked for organizations that inform health care delivery and policy decisions with research, data and insight. Previously, she held leadership roles in two health-related nonprofits located on Colorado’s Western Slope. Before entering the nonprofit world, she worked in account management at Sg2 and Thomson Reuters. She has consulted with many nonprofits including the Children’s Health Foundation, the Aspen Medical Foundation and the Redford Center (previously the Sundance Preserve). Michele has an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a master’s degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Patrick O'Rourke   Patrick O’Rourke, JD
   Vice President, University Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Regents,
   University of Colorado

Patrick T. O’Rourke serves as vice president, University Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Regents. O’Rourke was appointed on April 19, 2012, and assumed his responsibilities on June 1, 2012. He has been with the University since 2005 and most recently served as Managing Senior Associate University Counsel for the University of Colorado’s litigation office. In 2011, O’Rourke was one of three finalists for a vacancy on the Colorado Supreme Court, and has tried some of the university’s highest-profile cases.

“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.

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