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11th Annual Healthcare Symposium

On January 20, 2007, the students of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA hosted the 11th annual Health Care Symposium (HCS). The symposium is a community-orientated event that is designed to create an awareness of controversial issues that will be faced by future health care professionals. HCS is a high-profile conference that draws the attendance of over 350 pre-medical and medical students; faculty from the medical, public health, and business schools; and professional leaders in the community.

The 11th annual symposium was centered on the political factors which influenced health policy formation and its affect on healthcare in the United States. In each local, state, and national election, the question of healthcare access and allocation becomes a forefront issue of debate. The questions were: How do elected officials make decisions regarding measures and policies that affect healthcare access, delivery, and allocation? How strong is the influence of lobbying groups and the media? Who sets the healthcare priorities for the nation at the local, state, and national levels? In light of the healthcare challenges currently facing the nation, is this process – by which elected officials, and not physicians, make decisions that affect our healthcare – even rational to begin with? The 11th Healthcare Symposium conference, “Whose Voice Matters: The Politics of Health Policy”, addressed these questions and more.

8:00 AM Registration Begins. Continental Breakfast is served.
9:15 AM Welcome and Introduction, Gerald S. Levey, M.D; Vice Chancellor of Medical Sciences and Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine
9:30 AM Keynote Speaker: David Satcher, MD; 16th Surgeon General of the United States
10:25 AM Senator Shelia Kuehl; California State Senator, District 23
10:45 AM Robert Ross, MD; President and CEO, California Endowment
11:05 AM Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky; LA County Board of Supervisors, District 3
11:25 AM Panel Discussion moderated by E. Richard Brown, PhD; Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
12:15 PM Lunch and Raffle Award Presentations

(Bios are for archival purposes)

David Satcher

David Satcher, M.D.

16th Surgeon General of the United States

Dr. David Satcher completed his four-year term as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States in February 2002. He also served as Assistant Secretary for Health from February 1998 to January 2001, making him only the second person in history to have held both positions of Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health simultaneously. Dr. Satcher is the director of the Center of Excellence on Health Disparities and also the 1st Poussaint-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health at the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). From 1993 to 1998, Dr. Satcher served as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Dr. Satcher has also served on the Faculty of the King-Drew Medical Center and the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine and Public Health. As Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Satcher spearheaded the development of Healthy People 2010 which included the elimination of racial and ethnic disparities in health as one of its two goals. He also released 14 Surgeon General’s reports on topics that included tobacco and health; mental health; suicide prevention, oral health; sexual health; youth violence prevention; and overweight and obesity. Dr. Satcher, is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and Macy Faculty Fellow. He is the recipient of over 40 honorary degrees and numerous distinguished honors, including top awards from the leading health professional organization. Also in 2005, Dr. Satcher was appointed as a Commissioner on Social Determinants of Health of the World Health Organization and became Co-Chair of the Ad Council’s Advisory Committee on Public Issues, which shapes the direction of the Ad Council’s Public Service Announcement efforts. Dr. Satcher received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1970 with election to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Satcher would most like to be known as the Surgeon General who listened to the American people and responded with effective programs. His mission continues to be to make medicine and public health work for all groups in this nation.
Shelia James Kuehl

Senator Shelia James Kuehl

California State Senator, District 23

Sheila James Kuehl was elected to the State Senate in 2000 and again in 2004 after serving for six years in the State Assembly. A former pioneering civil rights attorney and law professor, Ms. Kuehl represents the 23rd Senate District in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. She is the chair of several important committees in the Assembly, including the Select Committee on the Health Insurance Crisis in California. In her 12 years in the State Legislature, Sen. Kuehl has authored 160 bills that have been signed into law, including legislation to establish the rights contained in Roe vs. Wade in California statute, to establish nurse to patient ratios in every hospital, and to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender and disability in the workplace and sexual orientation in education. She was selected to address the 1996 Democratic National Convention on the issue of family violence and the 2000 Democratic National Convention on the issue of diversity. In 2006, the Capitol Weekly picked her as the most intelligent member of the California Legislature. Senator Kuehl graduated from Harvard Law School in 1978 where she was the second woman in the school’s history to win the Moot Court competition. She was a law professor at Loyola, UCLA and USC Law Schools and co-founded and served as managing attorney of the California Women’s Law Center.
Robert Ross

Robert K. Ross, M.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer for The California Endowment

Robert K. Ross, M.D., is president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment, a health foundation established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. The Endowment makes grants to organizations and institutions that directly benefit the health and well-being of the people of California. Prior to his appointment in September 2000, Dr. Ross served as director of the Health and Human Services Agency for the County of San Diego from 1993 to 2000. Dr. Ross has an extensive background as a clinician and public health administrator including service as Commissioner, Philadelphia Department of Public Health; medical director for LINK School-Based Clinic Program, Camden, New Jersey; instructor of clinical medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and faculty member at San Diego State University’s School of Public Health. Dr. Ross has been actively involved in community and professional activities at both the local and national level, serving as a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, and on the boards of the National Marrow Donor Program, San Diego United Way and Jackie Robinson YMCA. Dr. Ross received his undergraduate, masters in Public Administration and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Zev Yaroslavsky

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky

LA County Board of Supervisors, District 3

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky is one of five members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, representing the Third District. Comprising much of the City of Los Angeles, Yaroslavsky represents Los Angeles County from the Wilshire corridor and Beverly Hills inland to Malibu and Calabasas by the shores. Previously, Yaroslavsky was elected to the Los Angeles City Council on six occasions, first in 1975 and subsequently until 1993. He was then elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1994, a position to which he has been re-elected to twice, most recently in 2002. He also serves on many local and state advisory boards, included that of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Among his major accomplishments as Supervisor, Yaroslavsky spearheaded successful passage of ‘Measure B’, a parcel-tax increase used to fund trauma care, emergency services and bioterrorism preparedness efforts in Los Angeles County. In addition, as President of the Los Angeles County Prop. 10 “Children and Families First” Commission, Yaroslavsky spearheaded allocation of $100 million in state tobacco-tax funding to fund health care coverage for children under the age of 5 in Los Angeles County. Supervisor Yaroslavsky is a lifelong resident of the district he represents, and is a graduate of UCLA (Master's, History, 1972; Bachelor's, History and Economics, 1971). He is married with two children.
Richard Brown

Richard Brown, Ph.D

Professor, UCLA School of Public Health
Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Dr. E. Richard Brown is a professor at the UCLA School of Public Health and the founder and director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. He received his PhD in sociology of education from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Brown has studied and written extensively about a broad range of issues and policies that affect the access of disadvantaged populations to health care. His recent research focuses on health insurance coverage, the lack of coverage, and the effects of public policies, managed care, and market conditions on access to health services, particularly for disadvantaged populations, ethnic minorities, and immigrants. He served as a full-time senior consultant to the President's Task Force on National Health Care Reform, for which he co-chaired the work group on coverage for low-income families and individuals. Dr. Brown also has developed legislation for the California Legislature and advised members on a variety of health policy legislative issues. He has presented invited testimony to numerous committees in both houses of the U.S. Congress and in the California Legislature and has provided consultation to many private, state, federal, and international agencies. He also has served on several National Academy of Science study committees. He is a past president of the American Public Health Association.

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Gerald Levey

Gerald S. Levey, M.D.

Professor, MedicineVice Chancellor of Medical Sciences
Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
 

Dr. Gerald S. Levey, a nationally recognized leader in both academic medicine and private sector medical affairs, is vice chancellor of medical sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine and holds the academic rank of professor of medicine in the department of medicine. As vice chancellor of medical sciences at UCLA he oversees a diverse medical enterprise including the School of Medicine, UCLA Medical Center, and the UCLA Neuropspsychiatric Institute and Hospital.

Dr. Levey joined UCLA in September 1994, having previously served as senior vice president for medical and scientific affairs at Merck & Co., one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. He has held major leadership positions throughout his career, including serving as chair of the department of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine from 1979-1991. He is past president of the Association of Professors of Medicine, was a member of the Board of Governors of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the Association of American Physicians. Dr. Levey is a member of the medical honorary society Alpha Omega Alpha, and is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and received his Mastership from the American College of Physicians in 1997. Dr. Levey is an internist and endocrinologist widely known for his research on the thyroid gland and the heart. He was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator while at the University of Miami from 1971-1978. Dr. Levey has developed a particular interest in issues of the nation’s physician supply and the role of generalist physicians, and served as co-chair of the National Study of Internal Medicine Manpower from 1981-1991.

Thomas Rosenthal

J. Thomas Rosenthal, M.D.

Professor, Urology
Chief Medical Officer, UCLA Medical Center
Associate Vice Chancellor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Dr. Rosenthal is a urologist and was formerly the Director of the Kidney Transplant Program at UCLA. His accomplishments included substantial growth in the clinical program, achieving competitive NIH funding for clinical trials in transplantation to UCLA, and ultimately achieving research funding in excess of two million dollars. He received his M.D. from Duke in 1974 and completed his residency at the Lahey Clinic. He previously served as Program Director in Urology at UCLA, Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs and Executive Vice-Chair in the Department of Surgery at UCLA, and Director of the UCLA Medical Group before assuming his current roles. He is a past officer in a number of transplant societies.
Neil Parker

Neil Parker, M.D.

Associate Professor, Medicine
Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Graduate Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
 

Among his numerous responsibilities, Dr. Parker oversees medical student admissions, provides guidance for outreach services, assists in negotiation of affiliation agreements and regularly counsels medical students.

Dr. Parker has shown his dedication to medical education through his chairmanship of the 1st year Foundations-Orientation course and the Medicine Subinternship elective for 4th years as well as serving as a co-chair for the 3rd year Clinical Foundations course. He has also taught medical students as a tutor for both the Clinical Applications of Basic Sciences and the Pathophysiology of Diseases Case Studies courses. From 1981-1995, he served as Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine residency program before which he was an attending physician for residents and fellows in the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Parker is hailed as one of UCLA' s best instructors and consistently receives the highest marks from medical student and resident evaluations. He has twice been honored with the Outstanding Fulltime Faculty Award from the Department of Medicine in addition to receiving the UCLA Medical Staff Service Award. Dr. Parker is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and is a member of the national honorary medical society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Parker received his M.D. degree cum laude from the State University of New York, Downstate in 1972 and joined the faculty at UCLA as Chief Resident in Medicine in 1977.

Sondra Vazirani

Sondra Vazirani, M.D., MPH

Sondra Vazirani, MD, MPH is a Hospitalist in the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System and an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine/Health Services Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.Dr. Vazirani serves as the Medical Director of the Preoperative Clinic and the Medicine Consult Service at the West Los Angeles VA, and also attends on the medicine wards and in the ER.

Dr. Vazirani serves on the Academic Progress Committee, the VAGLAHS Executive Board, and the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. Dr. Vazirani is an active principal investigator and has published papers regarding a study that compared the effectiveness of care management by a hospitalist/ nurse practitioner/ multidisciplinary care management team versus conventional approach for acutely ill general medicine inpatients. Dr. Vazirani additionally has been an instructor for eight years for an elective in the UCLA Medical School regarding Health Policy. She has been married twelve years and has a gorgeous four and a half year old girl.

(Bios are for archival purposes)

 

Erik Anderson

Erik Anderson

Director of Logistics

Erik is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 with a B.A. in Biochemistry and an M.S. in Chemistry. He tore himself away from the comforts of home for a tour of duty in Southern California and has enjoyed every minute of it. When not exploring the endless natural wonders around LA, he enjoys cycling (a newly found hobby in California), playing ultimate frisbee, and rooting fanatically for the Philadelphia Eagles. Drawn to UCLA by the Medical Scientist Training Program, he plans to pursue a PhD in molecular genetics and focus his medical training in neurology.

Christine Chen

Christine Chen

Director of Information Systems

Christine Chen is a second year student at UCLA Med. She is originally from Vancouver, British Columbia and graduated from UC Berkeley in May 2005 with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology and a minor in Music. She looks forward to exploring different fields of medicine in the upcoming years.

Monica El-Masry

Monica El-Masry

Director of Finance

Monica El-Masry was born in Queens, New York and grew up in Los Angeles. She graduated in 2005 from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology. She has served as a tutor, mentor, and counselor to many UCLA undergraduate students and because of her strong dedication and service to UCLA and the community she received the distinguished UCLA Chancellor's Service Award. Monica enjoys traveling, watching movies, volunteering at free clinics, and spending time with family and friends. She possesses a great love for teaching and serving the underserved and hopes to dedicate part of her career to medical education and international medical missions. Through her leadership in the health care symposium, she hopes to encourage other students to take an active role in shaping medicine in the 21rst century.

Ali Khan

Ali Khan

Director of Logistics

A native of Los Angeles, Ali Khan graduated in 2005 from the University of Southern California with dual degrees in Biological Sciences and Political Science. While at USC, Ali sought to combine his interests in politics and medicine throughout his undergraduate career, including a graduate-level program with the Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. While abroad he was able to hold an internship with the United Nations, and has since continued his interest in international health and public health policy. Now at UCLA, Ali has many interests in medicine, particularly national health policy, and looks forward to exploring different fields. In his spare time he enjoys athletics and spending time with friends, and notes that despite coming to UCLA he is still a Trojan football fan.

Barkha Gurbani

Barkha Gurbani

Director of Speakers

A Southern California resident, Barkha Gurbani graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2004 after majoring in Public Health Studies and obtaining a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality. She spent the subsequent academic year in Mumbai, India as a Fulbright Scholar conducting a project titled "Young Widows of India Psychosocial Impact of HIV/AIDS." She hopes to obtain her MPH in the future and would like to combine her interests in Public Health, International Health, and Pediatrics in her future career as well. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, reading, painting, traveling, and music.

Barkha Gurbani

Benjamin Kianmahd

Director of Publicity

Originally from Santa Monica, Benjamin attended UCLA as an undergraduate and spends time wondering how much of his life he is destined to spend in school in the same five mile radius. However, as a history major he studied abroad twice, first in Madrid, Spain and later in Padua, Italy, where he also worked with the local ambulance service when he was not collaborating with locals to improve his understanding of the their native languages, cultures, and mid-day nap. Currently, he has many interests in med school and medicine in general, among them health policy, student council, and surgical research--he is especially excited to be exploring them at UCLA. In his free time he loves playing sports, learning languages, and traveling.

Mausam Damani

Mausam Damani

Assistant Director of Finance

Mausam Damani is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, holding dual degrees in Molecular & Cell Biology and Public Health. Throughout her undergraduate career she explored her interests in medicine, the biological sciences and public health by volunteering as a science and health teacher in the Oakland school system, writing and editing for a campus science journal, and playing with brain slices in a neuroscience laboratory, amongst other things. Her free time is spent watching foreign films, trying new recipes on her unsuspecting family and dreaming about the exotic vacations she will one day take.

Dina Farshidi

Dina Farshidi

Assistant Director of Logistics

Dina Farshidi, a UCLA alum who majored in economics, expresses interests in healthcare management and policy in addition to the clinical practice of medicine. In her spare time, Dina enjoys climbing things, discovering new places and celebrating life with friends and family. She feels fortunate to be attending medical school at her beloved alma matter where she is surrounded by a dynamic student body and a compelling faculty.

Nevine Hanna

Nevine Hanna

Assistant Director of Speakers

Nevine graduated from UCI in 2001 with a degree in Biological Sciences and an emphasis in Microbiology. She was born and raised in Africa and traveled to the United States with her family in her early teens for new opportunities. After graduating college, she decided to indulge in-depth in her research projects, where she worked full-time during the week and pursued her Masters in Public Health in Healthcare Management and Policy on the weekends through an executive program at UCLA. Upon her graduation she decided to work in consulting in the Health Industries Advisory at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she managed to alter and improve upon healthcare and clinical research systems changes across the county. Through the health care symposium, Nevine hopes to allow other students to partake in her very enjoyable experience in learning about the most important issues facing healthcare today in the hopes of empowering each person to make a difference, on either a personal or wide-scale level, when they embark upon their careers in the future.

Nicole Khadavi

Nicole Khadavi

Assistant Director of Publicity

Nicole Khadavi graduated from UCLA in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience and minor in Spanish. As an undergraduate, her research and community service involvement focused on the underserved populations of Los Angeles. This included extensive dedication to the patients at the Los Angeles Free Clinic, the founding of a community service organization on campus, as well as keloid and cancer cell research. She is happy to continue her education at UCLA as a first year medical student where she plans to strengthen her commitment to these endeavors while exploring areas of interest including women's health and health policy. Nicole also enjoys oil painting, travel and athletics and hopes that through medicine, she can combine the adventure and creativity of her hobbies into her career.

David Shamouelian

David Shamouelian

Assistant Director of Logistics

David Shamouelian graduated from UCLA in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology. As an undergraduate, David helped establish the UCLA Emergency Medicine Research Associates (EMRA), a program designed to expose students to the fast paced clinical environment of the emergency department while conducting clinical research under the direction of faculty in the UCLA Department of Emergency Medicine. David has also developed a strong interest in healthcare economics. He looks forward to his journey through the medical profession.

We would like to thank our sponsors:
Kaiser Permanente
United HealthCare Foundation
California HealthCare Foundation
California Endowment