Meet the IHI Primary Care Summit 2020 keynote speakers.
Keynote One: 2020 Global Learnings from Primary Care
Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH, is Executive Director of Ariadne Labs and a global expert on primary care policy and delivery. He previously served as director of Ariadne Labs’ Primary Health Care Program. He is a core founder of the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, a partnership that includes the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation dedicated to transforming the global state of primary healthcare. This initiative is currently active in over 20 countries and will produce country-level dashboards highlighting primary health care performance in 60 countries by 2022 as part of the monitoring efforts for the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. In his research, Dr. Bitton has examined the rapid rise of chronic cardiometabolic diseases throughout Polynesia, studied the implementation of global public health treaties to reduce the burden of tobacco use, and analyzed the delivery of primary care services in Ghana, Costa Rica, Haiti, and Estonia. A nationally recognized expert on U.S. health policy, he also serves as a senior advisor for primary care policy at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Since 2012, Dr. Bitton has helped design and test three major comprehensive primary care payment and delivery initiatives, active in 18 states and 3,000 practices, and serving more than three million Medicare beneficiaries.
Clare Morrison, MBE, FRPharmS, Director for Scotland, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, served as National Near Me Lead at the Scottish Government until September 2020. Near Me is NHS Scotland’s video consulting service which has expanded rapidly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. She previously worked for NHS Highland, where she had special interest in remote and rural health care. Her role included leading the development of the Near Me service in NHS Highland, which won the 2019 IHI Lucian Leape Institute Medtronic Safety Culture & Technology Innovator Award. She is a Scottish Quality & Safety Fellow and a graduate of the Intermountain Advanced Training Program in health care improvement. By profession, she is a pharmacist with extensive experience of developing pharmacy services and improving medicine safety, including leading the Scottish Patient Safety Programme’s pharmacy pilot in NHS Highland. She is a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and was awarded an MBE for services to health care by Queen in 2018.
Keynote Two: The Office Visit is a Dinosaur
Doug Eby, MD, MPH, is Vice President of Medical Services for Southcentral Foundation’s Malcolm Baldrige Award-winning Nuka System of Care. Doug is a physician executive who has done extensive work with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and other organizations around the Triple Aim, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Patient Centered Medical Homes, whole system transformation, workforce, cultural competency, health disparities, and other topics. His speaking and consulting includes work across the U.S., Canada, and portions of Europe and the South Pacific. Doug has spent more than 20 years working in support of Alaska Native leadership as they created a very innovative integrated system of care that has significantly improved health outcomes. Doug received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, and his master’s in public health degree from the University of Hawaii.
Edward McGookin, MD, MHCDS, FAAP, is the Chief Medical Officer of Coastal Medical. Coastal provides care to over 120,000 patients in 20 medical offices across Rhode Island, and is at the forefront of work on healthcare delivery system transformation and payment reform both locally and nationally. In his CMO role, Dr. McGookin is responsible for the oversight of all clinical activities at Coastal Medical. Dr. McGookin practiced general pediatrics for more than 15 years at Coastal Waterman Pediatrics before he assumed the CMO role full-time in 2013. Since that time, he has been involved in the development of population health management initiatives at Coastal. These include diabetes, COPD and CHF disease management programs as well as the Coastal@Home program for frail elderly patients, an Integrated Behavioral Health and a Musculoskeletal Health program. Dr. McGookin received his MD from the State University of New York Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY. He did his residency training in Pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI and completed a master’s degree in Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth College in 2018. Dr. McGookin holds an appointment as Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Keynote Three: Inspiring QI Together in Primary Care
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, is also former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. A pediatrician by background, Dr. Berwick has served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, and on the staffs of Boston's Children's Hospital Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has also served as Vice Chair of the US Preventive Services Task Force, the first "Independent Member" of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees, and Chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He served two terms on the Institute of Medicine's (IOM's) Governing Council, was a member of the IOM's Global Health Board, and served on President Clinton's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. Recognized as a leading authority on health care quality and improvement, Dr. Berwick has received numerous awards for his contributions. In 2005, he was appointed "Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire" by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in recognition of his work with the British National Health Service. Dr. Berwick is the author or co-author of over 160 scientific articles and six books. He also serves as Lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, and he's an elected member of the American Philosophical Society.
Keynote Four: Prioritizing Health Equity in Times of Crisis
Sanjeev Arora, MD, FACG, MACP, is the Director and Founder of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). He is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine with tenure in the Department of Internal Medicine at University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. Dr. Arora developed the ECHO model as a way to dramatically improve both capacity and access to specialty care for rural and underserved populations. This is accomplished by linking expert inter-disciplinary specialist teams with primary care clinicians through teleECHO clinics, where the experts mentor primary care clinicians to treat complex conditions via guidance, feedback and didactic education. This helps rural clinicians develop knowledge and self-efficacy so they can adopt research findings and deliver best practice care. The first teleECHO clinic was developed in 2003 to respond to a growing health crisis hepatitis C and has since expanded to cover over 70 disease areas and complex issues at over 390 academic medical centers in 39 countries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Defense have also adopted the ECHO model to enhance access to specialty care. Tuberculosis and HIV have been the focus of ECHO’s work in low and middle-income countries. In 2007, Project ECHO came in first among more than 300 entries from 27 countries in winning the Changemakers award. This international competition was sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Ashoka Foundation to identify programs that are changing the paradigm of how medicine is practiced.
Kedar Mate, MD, is President and Chief Executive Officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), President of the IHI Lucian Leape Institute, and a member of the faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College. His scholarly work has focused on health system design, health care quality, strategies for achieving large-scale change, and approaches to improving value. Previously Dr. Mate worked at Partners In Health, the World Health Organization, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and served as IHI’s Chief Innovation and Education Officer. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and white papers and has received multiple honors, including serving as a Soros Fellow, Fulbright Specialist, Zetema Panelist, and an Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellow. Dr. Mate graduated from Brown University with a degree in American History and from Harvard Medical School with a medical degree.
Ronald Wyatt, MD, MHA, joined MCIC Vermont in January 2020 as the Vice-President and Patient Safety Officer. Prior to joining MCIC Vermont, Dr. Wyatt was formerly Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer at Cook County Health, one of the largest public health systems in the United States. He also served as Chief of Patient Safety and Quality for the Hamad Medical Corporation in Doha Qatar. Dr. Wyatt was the first Patient Safety Officer at the Joint Commission and in that role contributed to National Patient Safety Goals. Dr. Wyatt is an internationally known patient safety and health equity subject matter expert. He Co-chairs the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Equity Advisory Group and is faculty for the IHI Pursuing Equity Initiative. Dr. Wyatt is a member of the ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review committee (CLER) as well as faculty on the ACGME Disparity Collaborative. He also serves on several boards including the IHI Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS), the Society to Prevent Diagnostic Error (SIDM) and the Consumers Advocating for Patient Safety (CAPS). Dr. Wyatt is a credentialed course instructor in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama Birmingham, teaching a graduate course in health policy with a focus on safety and quality. Dr. Wyatt is a graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine, was chief resident in Internal Medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine and holds an master’s (executive program) in health administration degree from the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Health Professions. He was a 2009-2010 Merck Fellow at IHI.