12th Annual Healthcare Symposium

The 12th Annual UCLA Healthcare Symposium explored the current state of healthcare reform. Healthcare reform issues were prominent during the 2008 election season. Separating truly viable solutions from the mix of proposals is difficult, even for experts in the field. And yet our future healthcare system will dramatically affect the way medical care, physicians and patients intersect.

Despite the many proposals, any viable system will involve the combined efforts of government entities and private corporations. On February 2, 2008, the UCLA Healthcare Symposium invited Dr. John E. McDonough and Dr. Mark A. Peterson to illustrate how such partnerships will contribute to the California health system. McDonough was a pivotal architect of the groundbreaking Massachusetts Healthcare Plan, and Dr. Peterson served as a Professor of Public Policy and Political Science in the UCLA School of Public Affairs.

8:00 AM Registration Begins. Continental Breakfast is served.
8:45 AM Welcome and Introduction, Gerald S. Levey, M.D; Vice Chancellor of Medical Sciences and Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine
9:00 AM Introduction to Healthcare Policy, Mark A. Peterson, PhD; Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, UCLA School of Public Affairs
9:30 AM Keynote Address: Massachusetts Health Reform and the Emerging National Health Reform Opportunity, John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA; Executive Director of Health Care For All
10:10 AM Question and Answer Session
Moderated by: Robert Brook, MD, ScD, Vice-President and Director, RAND Health
Mark A. Peterson, PhD
John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA
C. Duane Dauner, MS, President and CEO, California Hospital Association
Susan Fleischman, MD, National Vice President for Medicaid, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
Loretta Jones, MA, Founder and Executive Director of Healthy African American Families II
Thomas M. Priselac, MPH, President and CEO, Cedars-Sinai Health System
12:30 PM Adjournment and Reception

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John E. McDonough

John E. McDonough,DrPH, MPA

Executive Director, Health Care For All
Adjunct Lecturer on Health Policy and Mgmnt., Harvard School of Public Health

John E. McDonough is Executive Director of Health Care For All, Massachusetts' leading consumer health advocacy organization. From 1998 through 2003, he was an Associate Professor at the Heller School, Brandeis University, and a Senior Associate at its Schneider Institute for Health Policy. From 1985 to 1997, he served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives where he co-chaired the Joint Committee on Health Care. In 1996, he led the successful campaign for passage of health access legislation to cover uninsured children, funded by new tobacco taxes, legislation which served as a model for the federal State Children's Health Insurance Program.

Dr. McDonough teaches at the Harvard School of Public Health. His articles have appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs and other journals. He has written two books, Experiencing Politics: A Legislator's Stories of Government and Health Care by the University of California Press and the Milbank Fund in 2000, and Interests, Ideas, and Deregulation: The Fate of Hospital Rate Setting by the University of Michigan Press in 1997. He received a doctorate in public health from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan in 1996 and a master's in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 1990.

Mark A. Peterson

Mark A. Peterson, PhD

Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, UCLA School of Public Affairs
Past Editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law

A specialist on American national institutions and a political scientist, much of Professor Peterson's scholarship focuses on interactions among the Presidency, Congress, and interest groups, evaluating their implications for policy making, both within the general domain of domestic policy and with special attention to health care policy.

From 1993 to 2002, Professor Peterson was the editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, a leading bimonthly scholarly journal in the field. He later chaired the journal's Executive Committee. Previously he was on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Politics and of PS: Political Science & Politics. In addition, Professor Peterson chairs the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Scholars in Health Policy Research program and is a member of the National Advisory Committees for the Foundation's Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) program.

Professor Peterson has also been engaged in policy making more directly. As an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, he served as a Legislative Assistant for Health Policy in the Office of U.S. Senator Tom Daschle. During 2000-2003 he was on the Study Panel on Medicare and Markets organized by the National Academy of Social Insurance.

At UCLA, Professor Peterson chaired the Department of Public Policy from 2001 to 2005. He is a Faculty Associate of the Center for Health Policy Research; Co-Director of the Policy Core, Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services; and on the faculty boards of the Center for American Politics and Public Policy, the Center for Society & Genetics, the Center for Policy Research on Aging, and the Institute for Social Science Research.

Robert Brook

Robert Brook, MD, ScD

Vice-President and Director, RAND Health
Professor of Medicine, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Professor of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health

Robert Brook is Vice-President and Director of RAND Health, Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine and Professor of Health Services at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he where he also directs the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. A board-certified internist, he received his M.D. and Sc.D. degrees from Johns Hopkins University. He has been on the medical school faculty at UCLA since 1974, and divides his research time between UCLA and RAND.

A prolific scholar, Bob has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles in the course of his long and productive career. He conducted pioneering work in the field of quality measurement. He operationalized the concept of appropriateness by establishing the scientific basis for determining whether various medical and surgical procedures were being used appropriately. More than any other individual, he is responsible for focusing policymakers' attention on quality-of-care issues and their implications for the nation's health. Most of the quality of care and health status measures being used today throughout the developed world were developed by Bob or by research teams that he led. Bob's personal contribution to improving health care services in the United States and abroad is amplified many times by his training, either formally or informally, the best and the brightest-and the most influential-of an entire generation of health services scholars.

Bob has received numerous professional honors, including the Peter Reizenstein Prize, 2000, for his paper "Defining and Measuring Quality of Care: A Perspective from US Researchers," the National Committee for Quality Assurance Health Quality Award for pursuit of health care quality at all levels of the health system, Research!America's 2000 Advocacy Award for Sustained Leadership at the National Level, the Robert J. Glaser Award of the Society of General Internal Medicine, the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award of the American College of Physicians, and the Distinguished Health Services Research Award of the Association of Health Services Research. He is an elected member of many professional organizations, including the Institute of Medicine, the American Association of Physicians, the Western Association of Physicians, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He was selected as one of 75 Heroes of Public Health by Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.

In 2005, Bob was awarded the Institute of Medicine's prestigious Gustav O. Lienhard Award for the advancement for personal health care services in the United States. In 2002, Bob was named chair of a panel to advise the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development on how to report outcomes of coronary artery bypass graft surgery at California hospitals. Most recently, Bob received the David E. Rogers Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. This award recognizes a medical school faculty member who has made major contributions to improving the health and health care of the American people.

C. Duane Dauner

C. Duane Dauner, MS

President and Chief Executive Officer, California Hospital Association

C. Duane Dauner was appointed president/CEO of the California Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (CAHHS) in November 1985. On January 1, 1996, CAHHS transformed into the California Hospital Association (CHA) and Mr. Dauner was appointed president/CEO of this new organization, as well. CHA is devoted to statewide representation and advocacy for California's health care organizations and is one of the nation's largest state health care associations, representing nearly 400 hospitals and health systems.

Mr. Dauner's association with hospitals began in Kansas in 1966. In 1975, he left the Kansas Hospital Association to become president/CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association. Mr. Dauner has been active in national hospital and health care issues, serving on numerous American Hospital Association (AHA) and American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) committees. He also is a fellow of ACHE. He has served as a member of the AHA Board of Trustees and the Hospital Research and Educational Trust Board of Trustees, an affiliate of AHA. In addition, he has authored numerous articles and a book, and is a nationally known leader on health issues.

In 2002, Mr. Dauner received ACHE's highest honor, the Gold Medal Award, which is bestowed on outstanding leaders who, through a career of service, have made significant contributions to the health care profession and field, and who best exemplify leadership at the organizational, local, state and national levels. In 2004, he received the Mathies Award for Vision and Excellence in Healthcare Leadership, which is given in recognition of courageous and creative leaders in health care administration and policy whose commitment and accomplishments are a model for others to emulate in changing the shape of health care. In 2006, he received the UCLA Health Services Alumni Association Leader of Today award. Also in 2006, he was the recipient of the Health Care Executives of Southern California Lifetime Achievement award.

Mr. Dauner has served on the boards of numerous professional, business and political organizations. He is a past chair of Californians Allied for Patient Protection (CAPP), a coalition of providers and health liability insurers organized to preserve the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 (MICRA). He also lectures for several university graduate programs in health care administration. Mr. Dauner attended Pepperdine University in California and Wichita State University in Kansas, where he received bachelor's and master's degrees. He taught mathematics and logic at Wichita State University and, following postgraduate study at the University of Nebraska, became an assistant professor at Washburn University of Topeka, Kansas.

Susan Fleischman

Susan Fleischman, MD

National Vice President for Medicaid, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

Susan Fleischman, MD is National Vice President for Medicaid, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. In this new role she is responsible for the creation and implementation of effective strategy for Kaiser Health Plan to participate in Medicaid in its 8 regions. Before joining Kaiser she was a Medical Director for Wellpoint, State Sponsored Business. In this role she provided medical oversight to a program serving 2 million members insured through government payers including Medicaid and SCHIP. Prior to joining Wellpoint, Dr. Fleischman was Medical Director of the Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles, a clinic that provides health care services to low-income uninsured individuals and families, including the homeless. Under her direction the clinic received the Pew Primary Care Achievement Award in 1997. Dr. Fleischman was also an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCLA, teaching community medicine to residents and medical students. As an advocate for the poor and homeless she provides technical expertise on care for the underserved as well as on homeless healthcare to community collaborators nationwide.

Dr. Fleischman is active in political advocacy and is a past president of the California Primary Care Association, a past chair of the National Advisory Council to the National Health Service Corps, as well as past member of the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council. Dr. Fleischman is also a past president of the Bay District of the Los Angeles County Medical Association, and a current Los Angeles County Medical Association counselor. She has also been an active participant in MEDPIN, Medicine for People in Need, which attempts to bring state-of-the-art medications to those who cannot afford them.

Dr. Fleischman received her M.D. degree from UCLA in 1984 and completed internship and residency at UCLA in Internal Medicine. She is a graduate of the first class of the California Healthcare Foundation Medical Leadership Fellowship and has participated as faculty for the program. She has been recognized for community service by the Los Angeles American Medical Women's Association. The Santa Monica YWCA named her Woman of the Year in 2000. She is the mother of two small children, ages 7 and 9, and enjoys running, hiking, yoga, music, and scuba diving

Loretta Jones

Loretta Jones, MA

Founder and Executive Director of Healthy African American Families (HAAF) II

Loretta Jones, M.A., is the founder and Executive Director of Healthy African American Families (HAAF) II. As a "Community Gatekeeper," Loretta Jones has dedicated her entire life towards the hope and healing of community and society-at-large. Her career as a civil rights activist, health policy advocate, and social architect has spanned more than 30 years. In an effort to level the playing field for all people, Ms. Jones continues her unyielding commitment as a change agent against disparities in human health, development, and opportunity. She is a co-investigator of the NIMH UCLA/RAND Center for Research on Quality in Managed Care, the NIA UCLA Center for Health Improvement in Minority Elderly (CHIME), and the NIH Drew/UCLA Project EXPORT, as well as a recipient of numerous CDC grants and contracts. She is a member of the UCLA Institutional Review Board (IRB) for protection of human subjects and on the National Children's Study-Los Angeles Ventura County Study Center (NCS-LAVSC) Committee. In addition, she is a Community Faculty member and on the 4-Year Medical School Planning Committee at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science. She is also a member of the NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Community Child Health Research Network (CCHN), and a member of the American Academy of Nursing Advisory Council. She was the lead author on an article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (Jones L, Wells K, "Strategies for Academic and Clinician Engagement in Community Participatory Partnered Research." JAMA, January 24, 2007). She served as a Commissioner for the Joint Center Health Policy Institute's Dellums Commission (2005-2006) and was a Family and Youth Stakeholder Member for the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) in 2005. In 2004, Ms. Jones was honored as the first recipient of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Award for National Contribution to Minority Health Programs, Research and Surveillance - Department of Reproductive Health. She also served as a member of the Advisory Council planning NICHD's longitudinal child health study and chaired its Social Justice committee. Loretta Jones currently resides in Los Angeles, California, the area she so tirelessly serves.

Thomas M. Priselac

Thomas M. Priselac, MPH

President and CEO, Cedars-Sinai Health System
Chair-elect, American Hospital Association
National Healthcare Leadership Awardee

Thomas M. Priselac is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cedars-Sinai Health System -- a position he has held since January 1994.

Mr. Priselac has been associated with Cedars-Sinai since 1979. Prior to being named President and CEO, he was Executive Vice President from 1988 to 1993. Before joining Cedars-Sinai, he was on the executive staff of Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Mr. Priselac has served on many boards in the health care field and currently serves as the immediate past Chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He has been selected as Chair-Elect of the American Hospital Association, beginning 2008. He also is a member of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Board, where he chairs the Health Care Committee. He formerly chaired the Hospital Association of Southern California, the California Healthcare Association, and the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Teaching Hospitals. The holder of the Warschaw/Law Endowed Chair in Healthcare Leadership at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Mr. Priselac also serves as an adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Public Health and is an author and invited speaker on a variety of contemporary issues in healthcare.

A native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Priselac obtained a bachelor's degree in Biology from Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, and a master's in Public Health, Health Services Administration and Planning, from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Mausam Damani

Mausam Damani

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

Director of Logistics

Dina is originally from Southern California and graduated from UCLA in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. As an undergraduate, her experiences volunteering in free health clinics informed her interests in both healthcare delivery systems and health policy. After her first year of medical school, Dina completed the UCLA Medical Administration Summer Fellowship, which offered a glimpse of the manifold challenges we face in healthcare today. Looking forward, Dina hopes to continue exploring her interests in both medicine and health economics, and ultimately bridge the two. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, gelato, and spending time with family and friends.
Nevine Hanna

Nevine Hanna, MPH

Director of Speakers

Nevine comes from a multi-faceted educational and professional background in science, policy, humanities, and management. After graduating from UCI, Nevine decided to indulge in-depth in her research projects, where she worked full-time during the week and pursued her Executive Masters in Public Health in Healthcare Management and Policy at UCLA. Upon her graduation, she decided to work in consulting in the Health Industries Advisory at PricewaterhouseCoopers. There, 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 others the opportunity to partake in her very enjoyable experience in learning about the most important issues facing healthcare policy today. She hopes to empower 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

Director of Publicity

Nicole Khadavi graduated from UCLA in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience and a 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 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.
Andrew Nguyen

Andrew Nguyen

Director of Information Systems

Andrew Nguyen was born and raised in the San Francisco-Bay Area. Interested in mathematical theory and structure, he attended UCLA and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. For his outstanding undergraduate work, he received Departmental Honors. He was also a recipient of the Daus Prize, an award given to exemplary undergraduate mathematics students. Andrew greatly enjoys teaching and tutoring others, and has participated as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant. He also has a variety of interests including aerospace, information technology, working with the underserved and healthcare economics. He hopes to obtain a MPH and combine his interests into a career that includes academic medicine and international medical missions.
David Shamouelian

David Shamouelian

Director of Logistics

David graduated from UCLA in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology. He has been involved in various clinical and basic science research programs throughout his undergraduate and graduate years. David is grateful to have the opportunity to develop as a physician under the talented clinicians and scientists of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In his free time, David enjoys spending time with family and friends, and is an avid follower of the local sports scene. He looks forward to his journey through the dynamic field of medicine.

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Gerald S. Levey, MD

Gerald S. Levey, MD

Professor, Medicine
Vice Chancellor of Medical Sciences and 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.

J. Thomas Rosenthal, MD

J. Thomas Rosenthal, MD

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 H. Parker, MD

Neil H. Parker, MD

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 cochair 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.

Paul Torrens, MD, MPH

Paul Torrens, MD, MPH

Professor, Health Services

Paul Torrens is Professor of Health Services, teaches courses in health services organization and financing, health services organization and theory, managerial processes in health service organizations and managed care. Dr. Torrens received his M.D. from Georgetown University and his M.P.H. from Harvard University. A physician by initial training, he has had a long career in the two areas of health care management and health care policy.

As a health care manager, Dr. Torrens has had many years of direct management experience in hospitals and health organizations. He has also many years of membership on governing boards of health care organizations of various kinds; he currently serves on the Board of Directors of Blue Shield of California, as well as the Board of PacificCare Behavioral Health of California. He is also a member of the Financial Solvency Standards Board, Department of Managed Care, State of California, and the Attorneys General Task Force on Charity Care. As a health policy expert, Dr. Torrens has served in a wide variety of advisory and consulting capacities to governmental and non-governmental organizations in all parts of the United States and in eighteen foreign countries.

Bruce Allen Chernof, MD

Bruce Allen Chernof, MD

Director and Chief Medical Officer
for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Service
Adjunct Professor of Medicine

Bruce Allen Chernof, MD, FACP, currently serves as the Director and Chief Medical Officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, after serving as the Department's Senior Medical Director for Clinical Affairs and Affiliations since December 2004. Prior to his rejoining the Los Angeles Department of Health Services, Dr. Chernof served as Regional Medical Director for California Health Programs at Health Net, California's largest network-model managed care plan.

Dr. Chernof completed his residency and served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine for the UCLA-San Fernando Valley Program. After residency, Dr. Chernof completed a Fellowship in Medical Education at the UCLA School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from UCLA and completed his undergraduate work at Harvard University.

Currently, Dr. Chernof is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at UCLA, and serves as the Assistant Chair of the Medical Leadership College. Dr Chernof served as the founding Director of UCLA's five year combined MD/MBA Program. In 2002, the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA recognized Dr. Chernof with the Award for Excellence in Education for these innovative programs.

Jo Carol Hiatt, MD, MBA

Jo Carol Hiatt, MD, MBA

Chair of the National Product Council for Kaiser Permanente
Chair of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group Technology Deployment Strategy Team

Dr. Hiatt is Chair of the National Product Council for Kaiser Permanente and Chair of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) Technology Deployment Strategy Team. She is a partner in SCPMG and is currently Assistant Medical Director, Business Management, responsible for expanding market initiatives projects for SCPMG. Additionally Dr. Hiatt is a member of the national External Relations team working as a National Accounts Physician Market Leader.

Dr. Hiatt joined Kaiser Permanente as a general surgeon at Panorama City in 1984, later serving as Chief of Surgery at that location and member of the SCPMG Board of Directors. Dr. Hiatt received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her medical degree from Duke University. She trained in general surgery at UCLA. In addition to her clinical degree, Dr. Hiatt received an M.B.A from UCLA's Anderson School of Management.

Dr. Hiatt continues to be actively involved in many surgical organizations, such as the Longmire Surgical Society, the Association of Women Surgeons, and the UCLA Dept of Surgery Executive Committee. She is the Chair of the Fellow Interview Committee for the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

Michael L. Steinberg

Michael L. Steinberg, MD

Chair of the Cancer Program Committee, Santa Monica/UCLA Medical Center

Dr. Michael L. Steinberg, FACR, is a board-certified specialist in radiation oncology. He is a founding partner of the Santa Monica Cancer Treatment Center and Cancer Care Consultants Medical Associates. Although Dr. Steinberg spends a majority of his time in the clinical practice of radiation oncology, he is also involved in clinical research and is the Principle Investigator for a Disparity in Cancer Care Grant from the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Steinberg is a member of the Board of Radiation Oncology's national specialty organization, ASTRO, where he chairs the Health Policy Council for ASTRO.

Dr. Steinberg earned his M.D. degree from University of Southern California and completed specialty training in Radiation Oncology at UCLA. He is Chair of the Cancer Program Committee at Santa Monica/UCLA Medical Center and is a member of the Physician Advisory Board for the Wellness Community in Santa Monica, California. In addition, he serves on the executive board of the IMPACT program for California which allows access to care for uninsured men with prostate cancer. In recognition of his contribution and professional leadership in the field of radiation oncology, Dr. Steinberg was elected Fellow of the American College of Radiology and the American College of Radiation Oncology.

We would like to thank our sponsors:
David Geffen School of Medicine
California HealthCare Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
UCLA Healthcare Collaborative