Dean’s Advisory Board
Zubeen Shroff, CAS ’86
Managing Partner, Galen Partners
Prior to joining Galen in 1997, Mr. Shroff was a principal at The Wilkerson Group, a leading medical products management consulting firm, with a client base including pharmaceutical, diagnostic, device, and biotech companies, as well as a few select venture capital firms. He played a major role in developing several of The Wilkerson Group’s practice areas, including outcomes research, strategy formulation, and disease management initiatives. He is the co-author of the book, Integrated Healthcare: Pharmaceutical Company Roles in a Seamless System of Patient Care.
Mr. Shroff started his career at Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals, where he directed marketing, sales, and Phase IV clinical development for the company’s high growth biotech business in France and was responsible for the launch of alpha-Interferon in several new indications.
Mr. Shroff serves as an advisor to several nonprofit institutions. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the $2 billion Westchester Medical Center Public Benefit Corporation (WMC Health), as well as Chairman of its Foundation. Since 2004, he has served on Advisory Committees to Boston University Medical School and The Center for Global Health & Development. He is a frequent speaker on health care market trends, winning medical product and service business models, and the private equity investment climate. Additionally, Mr. Shroff was a founding member of the Wharton Private Equity Network and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.
Mr. Shroff earned a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 and a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Boston University College of Arts and Sciences in 1986.
Mr. Shroff and his spouse, Anahaita N. Kotval, reside in Tarrytown, New York. They have two sons, Kaivan and Zal.
Partner, Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Ophthalmologist and Owner, Eye Service Consultants
Dr. Charles earned a Doctor of Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine in 1985 and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University College of Arts and Sciences in 1981. He completed a residency at King Drew Medical Center.
Dr. Charles’ spouse is Maureen A. Alphonse-Charles. Ms. Alphonse-Charles is a managing director at Koya Leadership Partners, a Boston-based executive search and consulting firm that partners with mission-driven clients and higher education institutions. She has held this position since 2018.
Ms. Alphonse-Charles earned a Bachelor of Arts from Boston University College of Arts and Sciences in 1985 and a Master of Arts focused in law and diplomacy form Tufts University in 1987.
Dr. Charles and Ms. Alphonse-Charles reside in Hyde Park, Massachusetts.
Executive Vice President of Health Affairs and Chief Operating Office, Boston Children’s Hospital
Kevin B. Churchwell, MD, is the executive vice president of health affairs and chief operating officer at Boston Children’s Hospital. He provides leadership, direction, integration and oversight for the medical delivery system, while partnering with the chief executive officer on a full range of research, clinical, academic, operational and strategic issues.
Prior to joining Boston Children’s, Dr. Churchwell was chief executive officer for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. As the lead administrator in the Delaware Valley, Dr. Churchwell was actively driving efforts to increase the quality and affordability of care for all children. Under his leadership, the Leapfrog Group recognized Nemours duPont as one of the 12 safest children’s hospitals.
Dr. Churchwell also served as the CEO and Executive Director for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, part of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He previously served in several other capacities, including Chief-of-Staff, Medical Director for the Children’s Health and Injury Prevention Program, Medical Director for the Pediatric Critical Care Services, and Transport Director.
A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville in 1987, Dr. Churchwell completed his pediatric residency and a clinical fellowship in Anesthesia and Pediatric Critical Care at Boston Children’s Hospital. Since 1993, Dr. Churchwell has been a clinician and faculty member at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is a diplomat for the National Board of Medical Examiners and is board certified with the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Churchwell was recently appointed the Robert and Dana Smith Associate Professor of Anesthesia at the Harvard Medical School.
Mr. Churchwell and his spouse, Gloria Respress-Churchwell, reside in Newton Center, Massachusetts. They have four children: Katherine, a 2018 SPH graduate; Alexandria, Arthur, and John.
Gary A. Cohen, Esq., SPH ’06
Co-Founder, Senior Advisor and Director, Humantics
Gary A. Cohen is co-founder, senior advisor and director at Cambridge-based Humatics, a company that is developing microlocation sensors and human-robot interaction technologies. He is also a founding board member at The Possible Project, a nonprofit youth entrepreneurship program that teaches high school students to start and run their own businesses.
Mr. Cohen has 30 years’ experience as a corporate executive, lawyer, and intellectual property strategist. He has worked with leading life sciences and technology companies focusing on early-stage and advanced research and development and has held significant positions at paradigm-changing organizations, including Genetics Institute, Genzyme Transgenics, Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Foundation Medicine.
Mr. Cohen earned a Master of Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health in 2006, a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 1986, and a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 1982.
He resides in Boston, Massachusetts.
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
Ms. Deane previously served as vice president of government relations returning to Fenway Community Health Center, an LGBT health care, research and advocacy organization founded by Northeastern University students. Fenway Health now serves over 30,000 patients annually with a budget exceeding $115 million. She is principally responsible for developing and managing strategies to build the health center’s presence in the city, state, and federal level on issues of interest to Fenway Health and LGBT and neighborhood communities they care for. Fenway Health is a Federally Qualified Health Center and includes AIDS Action Committee and The Fenway Institute.
Ms. Deane served as CEO to Outer Cape Health Services from 2009 to 2016, leading the rural health center’s turnaround, era of doubling of patients served, quadrupling of patient revenues and scope of services, and achieving top quality and cost scores on Medicare Pioneer ACO in the Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization. An innovative Navigator program, begun under her tenure, partnering the health center’s mental health services with the town of Provincetown’s public safety program to triage and de-escalate what had been police interventions to people needing human service providers instead of incarceration has now been adopted and financially supported by eight of the 16 towns on Cape Cod.
Ms. Deane has been an adjunct assistant clinical professor in Health Law, Policy & Management at Boston University School of Public Health since 1993 where she earned Excellence in teaching award over a dozen times. She has served on the Advisory Board to the Health Law, Policy & Management Department since its formation in 2009.
Ms. Deane earned a Master of Public Health in health services administration from Boston University School of Public Health in 1988, a Master of Education in Counselor Education from Boston University School of Education in 1971, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and education from Whittier College.
Ms. Deane resides in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
Former President and Co-Founder, HealthCare Value Management
Mr. Donahue began his career with an interest in international health as a Peace Corps Volunteer with a tuberculosis control program in Malaysia. He accumulated an encyclopedic list of contacts as his career ascended through the Massachusetts Health Research Institute, where he organized a framework for planning perinatal health services; through the BU Center for Health Planning, where he was the Director of Health Plan Development; and the Health Planning Unit of the Public Health Service of the HHS, where he oversaw the health planning agencies in three states.
While working at those agencies, Mr. Donahue became interested in ways that science-based policy changes—grounded primarily on solid epidemiological techniques—could improve maternal and child health. As a researcher, he co-authored multiple studies, published notably in the Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and The New England Journal of Medicine.
Mr. Donahue eventually became the executive director of the Health Planning Council for Greater Boston, returning to the organization that gave him his professional start. It also brought him back to one of his key interests, tackling the myriad challenges inherent in health care planning for a diverse urban area.
“I have always had a great interest in the City of Boston and working in its neighborhoods, as well as learning about the health care in the neighborhoods and advising people who live there. And I am very interested to see the role the School of Public Health plays in that,” Mr. Donahue said.
Mr. Donahue earned a Master of Arts in sociology from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Arts in classics from Brown University.
Mr. Donahue and his spouse, Nancy T. Donahue, reside in Westwood, Massachusetts. They have one daughter, Caroline, a 2012 graduate of Boston University School of Public Health.
Operating Partner, Behrman Capital
Previously, Mr. Flaherty was President and CEO of Athena Diagnostics, an early and ultimately the leading provider of genetic testing services to physicians and now part of Quest Diagnostics. Prior to joining Athena, he held a series of senior management positions at Becton Dickinson & Company, a multinational medical technology company, serving as President of Becton Dickinson Medical from 1984 through 1992.
Mr. Flaherty earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1971 and a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Lehigh University in 1968.
Mr. Flaherty resides in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Global Advisory Principal and Life Sciences Sector Commercial Lead, Ernst & Young LLP
Susan S. Garfield, DrPH, leads the commercial market excellence function within the life science advisory commercial practice at Ernst & Young. In this capacity, she helps life science companies optimize the value propositions of their innovations and maximize launch opportunities. Previously, Dr. Garfield was executive vice president, healthcare consulting services at Growth from Knowledge (GfK), the fourth largest market research company in the world. She led their US Market Access practice which spanned pharma, biotech, medical device, diagnostic and specialty pharma clients. Prior to that position, Dr. Garfield ran global market access, pricing, and health economics at QIAGEN (previously Digene), a biotech company, focusing on oncology and precision medicine.
Dr. Garfield has also held various consulting roles at Boston Healthcare Associates, leading their commercial and health economics practice after a six year tenure at the firm. She has published numerous articles, chapters, and a book on healthcare payment issues, and has had multiple speaking engagements and poster sessions at industry and academic conferences.
Dr. Garfield earned a Doctor of Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health in 2011, a Master of Science in health policy and management from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2000, a Master of Science in population and development from The London School of Economics in political science in 1998, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and women’s studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995.
Dr. Garfield and her spouse, Steven M .Noyes, reside in Wayland, Massachusetts. Mr. Noyes is a 2003 graduate of Metropolitan College, earning a Master of Science in computer science. Dr. Garfield and Mr. Noyes have two daughters, Lily and Maya.
Previously, Ms. Gormley was a senior vice president and research analyst at Essex Investment Management Company, which she joined in 2002. Prior to this, she was a vice president and analyst at John Hancock Advisors for two years and first vice president and analyst at Schroder Capital Management for one year. Ms. Gormley was a portfolio manager and analyst at Dewey Square Investors Corporation for 12 years.
Ms. Gormley holds the Charted Financial Analyst designation and is interested in healthcare investing. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in finance from Boston College in 1984.
Ms. Gormley resides in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
Former President and CEO, Project HOPE
Before Project HOPE, Dr. Howe held the Distinguished Chair in Health Policy at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and had served as the Center’s chief executive for fifteen years, providing leadership to the University’s Medical School, Dental School, Nursing School, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Allied Health Sciences, and Doctor of Pharmacy programs. Dr. Howe is board certified in both internal medicine and cardiovascular disease and was a tenured professor in the University’s Department of Medicine.
Dr. Howe earned a Doctor of Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine in 1969 and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst. He served two years in the Army Medical Corps and later completed the Health Systems Management Program at Harvard Business School. Dr. Howe is chair of the Harvard College Board of Overseers Committee to Visit the Medical School and School of Dental Medicine.
Dr. Howe and his spouse, Tyrrell E. Flawn, reside in Washington, DC. He was previously married to Jill O. Howe, a 1968 graduate of Boston University College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Howe has three children, Brooke, John, and Lindsey
Chief Medical Office, US Office of Personnel Management
Dr. Hunter is a Distinguished Alumna of Boston University, where she earned both her Bachelor of Arts and medical degrees. After beginning her career as one of the first women to serve on Navy ships, she completed her residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Her clinical practice afforded opportunities to advance care coordination, including the establishment of the Navy’s first multidisciplinary breast cancer clinic. Serving as director, medical services at Naval Medical Center San Diego; executive assistant to the Navy Surgeon General; and then as commanding officer of Naval Hospital Bremerton, Dr. Hunter focused on enhancing primary care delivery; while her tour as Pacific Fleet Surgeon offered an opportunity to redesign resuscitative surgery at sea. Following promotion to rear admiral, Dr. Hunter organized medical support for tsunami and hurricane relief, and led the development of the Navy’s Pandemic Flu Response Plan. Assuming command at Navy Medicine West/Naval Medical Center San Diego, she launched a nationally acclaimed center for wounded warrior care and energized her team to achieve the highest ranking among military hospitals for combined quality, population health, and business performance.
Dr. Hunter is a Fellow and Laureate of the American College of Physicians. Her work has been recognized with a National Association of Government Communicators Competition Award, Athena Chairman’s Award for Community Leadership, and San Diego Business Journal Award. During her military career, she received the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (six awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medals. Dr. Hunter also received the 2010 Humanitarian Award from Boston University School of Medicine. She speaks regularly on leadership and achieving the Triple Aim in health care, and serves on the Boston University Board of Overseers
Dr. Hunter resides in Arlington, Virginia. Her deceased spouse is Robert H. Hunter. They have one daughter, Jennifer.
Co-Founder and President, John Snow, Inc. (JSI) and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., President, World Education
Mr. Lamstein is a senior lecturer at both the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a frequent lecturer on organizational strategy, nonprofit management, international development and strategic management at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard Kennedy School, and MIT Sloan School of Management.
In addition, Mr. Lamstein serves as the vice-chair of the Global Health Council’s Board of Directors, and is a member of the board of advisors at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. He is also on the board of Physicians for Human Rights.
Mr. Lamstein co-founded Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in 1973. He has served as an advisor to numerous public health programs throughout the world on issues of public health management.
Mr. Lamstein earned a Bachelor of Science in math and physics from the University of Michigan in 1965.
Mr. Lamstein and his spouse, Sarah Lamstein, reside in Newton Center, Massachusetts. They have three children.
Infectious Disease Physician and Executive Medical Director, Loxo Oncology Inc
Elizabeth (Liz) Olek, DO previously was the senior medical director at Puma Biotechnology Inc., a pharmaceutical company located in South San Francisco, California.
Dr. Olek served as the senior vice president of clinical development and chief medical officer of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where she joined from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation having served as global brand medical … director and principal medical science expert in the Infectious Disease, Transplant and Immunology Group. Prior to joining Novartis Pharmaceuticals in 2004, she was director of clinical research at InterMune Inc. from 2002-2004, and director of clinical research at Genetics Institute/Wyeth Research from 1998-2002. In her roles, Dr. Olek was responsible for clinical research and advancement of various infectious disease drug candidates.
Dr. Olek earned a Doctor of Osteopathy from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a Master in Public Health in epidemiology and biostatistics from Boston University School of Public Health in 2002, and a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of the Sciences Philadelphia.
Dr. Olek resides in San Francisco, California.
Co-Chairman, Member of the Executive Committee, Colliers International
Mr. Phelan has served on correspondent advisory councils for both AEGON U.S.A. Realty Advisors, Inc. and Nationwide Life, and on numerous boards and committees for organizations such as Providence College, Simmons College, Newton Country Day School, Steward Health Care/St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center of Boston, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.
Mr. Phelan earned a Master in Business Administration from Boston College and a Bachelor of Science if business administration from Providence College.
Mr. Phelan and his spouse, Anne Duffey Phelan, reside in Wellesley Hill, Massachusetts. They have a daughter, Lauren.
Venture Partner, Third Rock Ventures
Dr. Reilly is a trustee of Cornell University and an overseer of Weill Cornell Medical College. He has served twice, in 2000 and 2003, as president of the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. He is a founding fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics, the author of seven books, and frequently speaks about genetics, the future of medicine, and bioethics. Dr. Reilly has also held numerous teaching positions at Tufts University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Cornell University, and has served as adjunct professor of both legal studies and biology at Brandeis University.
Dr. Reilly earned a Doctor of Medicine from Yale University, a Juris Doctor from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and is board certified in internal medicine and clinical genetics.
Dr. Reilly and his spouse, Nancy L. Reilly, reside in Concord, Massachusetts.
President, Meredith Management
Meredith also received a major community service award from MassHousing for creating a housing and treatment program in Southbridge, Massachusetts, for formerly homeless women with children who are in recovery from substance abuse. Under Mr. Rosenthal’s leadership, Meredith Management continues to be an innovator both in providing comfortable living and working environments as well as being an active and socially responsible business.
Mr. Rosenthal is also the founder of two Boston-area nonprofits: Stop Handgun Violence (co-founded by the late Michael Kennedy) and Friends of Boston’s Homeless. Stop Handgun Violence works to prevent gun violence through public awareness, education, policy advocacy and law enforcement strategies. Mr. Rosenthal was awarded the 2015 Wainwright Social Justice Award for his commitment to violence prevention through his work with Stop Handgun Violence. Friends of Boston’s Homeless provides education, employment, housing, and life skills for homeless people.
Mr. Rosenthal and his spouse, Maureen Berkley, reside in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Community Health Services Medical Consultant, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
Dr. Scott’s wide-ranging interests led to early work examining reproductive outcomes of women affected by the Three Mile Island meltdown, managing complications among HIV-infected patients enrolled in early clinical trials in Roosevelt Island NYC, and providing care to homeless shelter residents in Harlem. Shortly after she began an assignment with the National Health Service Corps in St. Croix, USVI, Hurricane Hugo devastated the territory. After delivering primary healthcare and post-disaster recovery services, Dr. Scott joined CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (USPHS) in 1993. During her twenty-years as a USPHS Medical Officer, Dr. Scott helped shape maternal and child health state and national policies, contributed to building a global prevention, treatment and care infrastructure for HIV/AIDS, provided leadership to interrupt transmission of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, and responded to multiple global disasters.
Dr. Scott’s international work focused on strengthening health systems and supporting reform in Côte d’Ivoire, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Ecuador, Jamaica, Haiti and Tanzania. She strategized on prevention for uterine rupture-associated infant and maternal mortality in rural Côte d’Ivoire, examined delayed puberty in malnourished schoolgirls in rural Kenya, and delivered in-home care services to villagers residing near the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. Her relief work has supported communities impacted by conflict and disasters including post-earthquake technical assistance to restore Haiti’s tuberculosis program, responding to suspected anthrax contamination in Tanzania and delivering clinical services to newly-displaced Kosovar and African-Colombian refugees. In the early 80s she joined Brigada Venceremos on a mission to Cuba where she visit Cuba’s polyclinics and an HIV sanitarium. These visits complemented Cuba’s medical diplomacy priority, whereby Cuban physicians served alongside Dr. Scott and other nation partners combatting Africa’s AIDS epidemic. From 1993-95 Dr. Scott served as a CDC member of the UN High Commission on Refugees.
Dr. Scott was seconded to the US Department of State in 2000-2005 as the inaugural CDC Director for the United Republic of Tanzania. With an HIV prevalence of nearly 10% in 2000 and no AIDS treatment in a country of 43 million residents, the Tanzanian government sought to develop a coordinated, sustainable approach to reduce disease and poverty. Dr. Scott established a CDC office and $34M HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment program, which laid a cornerstone for the rapid scale-up of national services on Tanzania’s mainland and islands of Zanzibar. She collaborated with multilateral and Tanzania’s European donor partners on founding sixteen national HIV treatment sites, organized technical assistance from several US university antiretroviral treatment partners, and played a critical role in negotiating for the use of FDA-approved second-line antiretroviral drugs for treatment sites in 2004. Her collaborations resulted in Tanzania initiating their first no-cost national antiretroviral therapy program, which provided AIDS treatment and monitoring to more than 10,000 Tanzanians by 2005.
From 2005-2010 Dr. Scott joined the California Department of Public Health Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Service (MDR TB), where she served as the physician lead for prevention, detection, treatment and management of California’s MDR TB cases, the highest in the nation. Dr. Scott retired at the rank of CAPT from USPHS in 2010. She most recently joined the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control as a Medical Consultant working in areas of women’s health and HIV/AIDS. Her work has been awarded throughout her career, and she continues to advise efforts that support her passions of education, history, health equity and civil/human rights.
Dr. Scott grew up in Oakland and Berkeley, CA. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, Boston University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. She completed residencies in internal and preventive medicine. She enjoys writing and spending time with her husband and twenty-something daughter, a second-year medical student at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Reverend Jim was a founder, board member, and president of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council. He also served for three years as a director of the Industrial Biotechnology Association, which is now the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Reverend Jim served over the last 15 years on the President’s Council of the Unitarian Universalist Association, including eight years on the Investment Committee of the UUA Common Endowment Fund, the last four of which he served as chair. Reverend Jim also has served on the Board of Andover Newton Theological School for the last 10 years, first as a special adviser to the President, then as investment committee chair, and most recently as chair of the Board of Trustees.
He was ordained in May 2004 and holds Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity degrees, both with honors, from Andover Newton Theological School. Reverend Jim earned a Master of Business Administration with high distinction from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Yale University.
Reverend Jim and his wife of 36 years, Loretta Ho Sherblom, reside in Concord, Massachusetts. They have two grown children, Sarah and Robert.
Mr. Simon is a member of the Board of Trustees at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where he co-chairs the Research Oversight Committee. He is also co-chairman and founder of the Men’s Collaborative to Cure Women’s Cancers at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He most recently served as chairman of the National Advisory Board of the Netter Center for Community Partnership at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Mr. Simon is an advisor to Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy.
Mr. Simon earned a Master of Business Administration in 1984 from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1979.
Mr. Simon resides in Boston, Massachusetts, with his spouse, Ruth A. Moorman, EdD, a member of the Board of Trustees at Boston University, a 1989 and 2009 graduate of Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, and a 1988 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Simon and Dr. Moorman have two daughters. Sarah is a 2015 graduate of Boston University Academy.
Prior to SVB Leerink, Mr. Sullivan was vice president, senior equity research analyst at Stephens Inc. where his primary focus was on companies possessing enabling technologies for health care-related products for research and drug discovery.
Mr. Sullivan earned a Master of Liberal Arts in government from Harvard Extension School in 2017, a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1983, and a Bachelor of Science in finance from Boston University Metropolitan College in 1982. He became a Chartered Financial Analyst in 2000.
Mr. Sullivan and his spouse, Margaret T. Sullivan, reside in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Senior Vice President, Aon Hewitt
Mr. Taylor has 35 years of senior management and consulting experience in the health care industry. Prior to joining Aon Hewitt, Mr. Taylor was a senior vice president at OptumHealth where he evaluated OptumHealth growth strategies and advisory capabilities and aligned them with the current and future strategic needs of the major healthcare stakeholders. Before OptumHealth, he was a principal at Towers Perrin in Boston where he headed up the Global Healthcare Practice, the Health and Welfare Specialty Practice, and was a member of the Health and Welfare Leadership Group. He also served as director of managed care at John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company and has more than 13 years of extensive HMO operational experience.
He has taught extensively at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, St. Johns University, Queens College, and the University of Southern California; has been a faculty member of several AHIP educational sessions; and has made numerous presentations to audiences at conferences and business meetings. He authored the chapter on “Employer View of Managed Care” in The Managed Care Handbook—5th Edition, published by Jones and Bartlett in 2006, and is a member of the board of Minuteman Health, a member governed, nonprofit health insurance plan operating in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Mr. Taylor was educated in England and the United States. He earned a Master of Arts in health care administration from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1977, a Master of Science in Biochemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1973, and Bachelor of Science in molecular biology from Kings College London in 1970.
Mr. Taylor resides in Newton, Massachusetts.
Donato J. Tramuto
CEO, Tivity Health; Chairman and Founder, Health eVillages; Chairman of the Board, Aptus Health
A transformational leader and a Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope laureate, Tramuto is widely recognized for his commitment to social change and healthcare innovation. A passionate champion of cutting-edge approaches to healthcare access, drug safety, as well as addressing the social determinants of health (SDOH), The New York Times deemed him a ‘global health activist.’
Tramuto is credited with the turnaround of the Tivity Health’s business performance and adding nearly $1 billion of valuation to the company. In March 2019, under Donato’s leadership, Tivity Health completed its acquisition of Nutrisystem®, Inc.
Tivity Health impacts the lives of millions through its integrated portfolio of pioneering, scalable programs, including SilverSneakers®, Nutrisystem®, South Beach Diet®, Prime® Fitness, Wisely Well™ and WholeHealth Living®. Learn more at TivityHealth.com
Tramuto serves on multiple boards, is the founder of Health eVillages, the founder and chair of The Tramuto Foundation, and the author of Life’s Bulldozer Moments: How Adversity Leads to Success in Life and Business.
He is also the mastermind behind a groundbreaking 360° public service campaign and annual summit addressing challenges unique to older adults, including the too-often overlooked issues of social isolation and loneliness.
In 2018, in tandem with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, his Foundation committed to funding a three-year, $1 million grant to address workplace bullying, launching in 2019 a National Workplace Dignity Program.
Tramuto serves on several executive leadership boards, including the Dean’s Advisory Board of SPH.
In 2013, the Tramuto Foundation endowed a scholarship fund at SPH to provide support for outstanding international students close to completing the MPH degree.
Tramuto spoke with us about his support for SPH.
Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
Mr. Vernaglia is responsible for overall strategy and leadership across all industry teams. He has over 20 years’ experience representing hospitals, health systems, academic medical centers, and a variety of other health care providers. His practice involves regulatory and transactional matters, including Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement compliance advice and appeals; mergers, acquisitions and financings; state regulatory issues including licensing, fraud & abuse/Stark law analyses, managed care contracting, and general corporate and business planning in health care. He runs strategic planning programs for senior management and governing boards and represents both nonprofit and for-profit/publicly traded companies.
He has served for over 10 years as chair of the New England Region for the Health Care Compliance Association’s Annual Meeting. Mr. Vernaglia has published more than 70 articles and book chapters on various topics in law and medicine, including the chapter on the health care legal system in the United States for the treatise The Health Care Law Review (in press 2017). He is the editor of two in print health care law treatises: Massachusetts Health & Hospital Law Manual and The Clinical Research Compliance Manual. Mr. Vernaglia serves on editorial boards for several journals and treatises including Medical Economics, JONA’s Journal of Healthcare Law, Ethics, & Regulation and Medicine & Health/Rhode Island, the Journal of the Rhode Island Medical Society and Brown University School of Medicine.
Mr. Vernaglia earned a Juris Doctor in health law from Boston University School of Law in 1994, a Master of Public Health in health law from Boston University School of Public Health in 1994, and a Bachelor of Arts in history from New College of Florida in 1991. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York, and New Hampshire.
Mr. Vernaglia and his spouse, Dr. Elizabeth Rudow-Vernaglia, reside in Medford, Massachusetts.
Paul Weisman, GRS ’84
Co-Portfolio Manager, Ironwood Investment Management, LLC
Mr. Weisman earned a Master of Arts in industrial organization (applied microeconomics) from Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1984 and a Bachelor of Arts from Haverford College.
He and his spouse, Susan, reside in Sherborn, Massachusetts. They have three children: Krista, Alexa, and Noah.
Group Chief Experience and Brand Officer at Tivity Health
Prior to Tivity Health, Yerganian served as Chief Marketing / Branding Officer at Sutter Health, One Medical and University of Phoenix. He began his marketing career in 1985 at Procter & Gamble, serving as International Market Manager for multiple international markets. He later worked as Managing Director – International, for the Dial Corporation. Providing innovative, market-driven and value-added solutions has been his focus for the past 25+ years.
Yerganian graduated from Boston University’s Questrom Undergraduate School of Business and Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Strategic Marketing Management program. He is an active volunteer and Board Chair Emeritus of the Silicon Valley American Red Cross, and a Board Trustee of St. Andrew Armenian Church in Cupertino. Mr. Yerganian also mentors several entrepreneurs in various fields ranging from brand and performance marketing to expanding one’s personal capacity to effectively lead organizations.
Arra and his wife Taline live in San Jose and have three children, Alec, Talar and Shant, ages 18, 14, and 9. Alec is a 1st year student at Cal Poly University in. San Luis Obispo.