Judges

    • Internal Medicine
    President & CEO, CareMore Health System; Consulting Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine
    President & CEO, CareMore Health System; Consulting Professor of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

    Sachin H. Jain, MD, MBA is President at CareMore Health System, an innovative health plan & care delivery system with $1.2B revenue & over 100,000 members in 8 states.  He is also consulting professor of medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine and a contributor at Forbes.  Dr. Jain was previously CareMore's Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Prior to joining CareMore, Dr. Jain was Chief Medical Information & Innovation Officer at Merck & Co. He also served as an attending physician at the Boston VA-Boston Medical Center and a member of faculties at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School.  From 2009-2011, Dr. Jain worked in the Obama Administration, where he was senior advisor to Donald Berwick when he led the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  Dr. Jain was the first deputy director for policy and programs at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). He also served as special assistant to David Blumenthal when he was the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

    Dr. Jain graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a BA in government and continued on to earn his MD from Harvard Medical School and MBA from Harvard Business School.  He trained in medicine at the Brigham and Women's Medicine, earned his board certification from the ABIM, and continues to practice medicine at CareMore. He is co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the Elsevier journal Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science & Innovation and is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI).  He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and in journals such as the New England Journal, JAMA, Health Affairs, and the Harvard Business Review blogs and was an editor of the book, The Soul of a Doctor (Algonquin Press).

    Dr. Jain is a native of Bergen County, New Jersey, but presently resides in Los Angeles, California.

    • Neurology
    Dean at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin
    • Dean at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

    Clay Johnston is the inaugural Dean of the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. His ambitious vision includes building a world-class medical school by creating a vital, inclusive health ecosystem that supports new and innovative models of education, health care delivery and discovery – all with a focus on improving health and making Austin a model healthy city. Clay is also a Neurologist, specializing in stroke care and research. He was formerly at the University of California, San Francisco where he served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and founding director of the Center for Healthcare Value. Clay is a graduate of Amherst College, completed medical school at Harvard University and received a PhD in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. 

    • Cardiovascular Disease
    • Health Policy Evidence Based Public Health
    • Cardiology
    Cardiologist at UCSF, Editor in Chief of JAMA Internal Medicine
    Cardiologist at UCSF, Editor in Chief of JAMA Internal Medicine
    • Physician at UCSF School of Medicine

    Rita F. Redberg, MD, MSc, is a cardiologist and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco since 1990 and Core Faculty, Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. Dr. Redberg is the Chief Editor of JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly Archives of ) and has spearheaded the journal’s new focus on health care reform and “less is more”, which highlights areas of health care with no known benefit and definite risks. Her research interests are in the area of health policy and technology assessment, and how to promote high value care, focusing on high risk medical devices as well as the need for inclusion of women in clinical trials of such devices. 

    Dr. Redberg is a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which advises Congress on Medicare payment issues. She also served on the Medicare Evidence, Development and Coverage Advisory Committee from 2003-2006 and was reappointed in 2012 as Chairwoman of MEDCAC. Dr Redberg is a member of the California Technology Assessment Forum, the Medical Policy Technology and Advisory Committee, and the Food and Drug Administration Cardiovascular Devices Expert Panel, and is a consultant for the Center for Medical Technology Policy. She has given Congressional testimony multiple times in hearings related to the issue of balancing safety and innovation in medical device approvals. Dr. Redberg worked in the office of Senator Hatch and with the Senate Judiciary Committee on FDA-related matters during her tenure as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, 2003-2006. 

    Dr. Redberg was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Learning Health Care Committee, which produced the report Best Care at Lower Cost in September 2012. She is currently a member of the National Academy of Medicine Committee on A Learning System for Military Trauma Care. She chaired the AHA/ACC Writing Group on Primary Prevention Performance Measures and is a member of the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) Clinical Quality Committee and serves on the Quality in Technology Work Group. She is on multiple technology assessment boards, including the Blue Cross Blue Shield Medical Advisory Panel and the California Technology Assessment Forum, as well as the Institute of Clinical and Economic Review Advisory Board. 

    Dr. Redberg has authored several books, including You Can Be a Woman Cardiologist, Heart Healthy: The Step-by-Step Guide to Preventing and Healing Heart Disease, and Betty Crocker Cookbook for Women: the Complete Guide to Women’s Health and Wellness at Every Stage of Life. She has done hundreds of radio, television and newspaper interviews on health related topics including being featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Public Radio and the Today Show. Dr. Redberg graduated from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and has a Master of Science in Health Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics. 

    • Quality Improvement
    • Health Policy
    • Patient Safety
    • Occupational Medicine
    • the effect of healthcare reforms on healthcare spending and quality of care
    • patient-centered care
    President at Health Quality Advisors LLC
    • President at Health Quality Advisors LLC

    Michael L. Millenson, president of Health Quality Advisors LLC, Highland Park, IL, is a nationally recognized expert on making American health care better, safer and more patient- centered. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Demanding Medical Excellence: Doctors and Accountability in the Information Age, and is also an adjunct associate professor of medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. National Public Radio called him “in the vanguard of the movement” to measure and improve American medicine. 

    As a consultant, Millenson has been involved with strategic planning, designed a website to aid consumer care decisions and developed a tool to improve doctor-patient communication. His clients have included provider organizations, health plans, drug and device companies, entrepreneurs and non-profits. In the policy realm, he has authored numerous white papers and testified before Congress and the Federal Trade Commission. He is also co-principal investigator on a grant examining leading edge, patient-centered practices by ACOs. 

    Prior to starting his own firm, Millenson was a principal in the health-care practice of a major human resources consulting firm. Before that, he was a health care reporter for the Chicago Tribune, where he was nominated three times for a Pulitzer Prize. 

    Millenson has lectured at the National Institutes of Health and served as a faculty member for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He co-authored a case study for the Harvard Business School, is a regular contributor to Forbes.com and has written for publications ranging from the British Medical Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine and Health Affairs to The Washington Post and USA Today. He is a former board member of the Society for Participatory Medicine and the American Medical Group Foundation and currently serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Medical Quality.

  • Ceci Connolly, a nationally-recognized health care leader, took over as president and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans in January 2016. In her role, she works with some of the most innovative executives in the health sector to provide high-quality, evidence-based, affordable care. She is passionate about transforming America’s system to deliver greater value to all.

    Connolly has spent more than a decade in health care, first as a national correspondent for the Washington Post and then in thought leadership roles at two international consulting firms. She is a leading thinker in the disruptive forces shaping the health industry and has been a trusted adviser to c-suite executives who share her commitment to equitable, patient-centered care.

    She is co-author of the book “LANDMARK: The Inside Story of America’s Health Law and What it Means for Us All,” has covered six presidential campaigns and numerous natural disasters including Hurricane Katrina. She is the first non-physician to receive the prestigious Mayo Clinic Plummer Society award for promoting deeper understanding of science and medicine and in 2001 was awarded a fellowship to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

    For four years, Connolly served on the board of Whitman-Walker Health, a $26 million nonprofit, community health center, serving 15,000 clients a year. She is a founding member of Women of Impact (WOI) for Healthcare and serves on the national advisory committee of the Altarum Institute Center for Sustainable Health Spending. She is a graduate of Boston College.