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  • Timothy Johnson, MD, (moderator) is recognized as one of the nation's leading medical authorities. He is medical editor for WCVB-TV Channel 5 and the ABC Television Network. In his "HealthBeat" reports for NewsCenter 5 he addresses topics ranging from disease prevention to the latest medical research.

  • Wendy Everett is the founding president of the New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI), a research and policy collaborative working to improve the value and affordability of healthcare. NEHI published a recent study indicating that while billions are flowing into Boston-area teaching hospitals and medical laboratories, Boston is getting sicker, as indicated by an elevated rate of chronic diseases.

  • Joseph C. Kvedar, MD is the director of The Center for Connected Health at Partners Healthcare and Vice-chair and the Associate Professor in the Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School. As director, Kvedar sees Connected Health as reinventing medicine to a better understanding relationships in a health circumstance based on knowledge and individual responsibility, where, for example, and change in exercise and diet can alter biochemistry, leading to improvements in a person's medical condition.

  • Prof. Martha L. Gray, whose research focuses on imaging tools that provide a picture of the biochemical properties of human tissue, heads the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. HST's mission is to integrate medicine, science, and engineering into an educational program that improves patient's chances for recovery in in a hospital bed, and, conversely, brings clinical insights from the patient's bedside to the laboratory bench.

  • Cleve Killingsworth became noted for his innovative emphasis on containing costs through the streamlining of healthcare as chief executive of the Detroit health maintenance organization Health Alliance Plan (HAP) and later as president and chief operating officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts."A lot of people think that more care is better care," Killingsworth told Terrence Oprea of Detroiter magazine. "The truth is that better care is better care."

  • Charlotte S. Yeh, MD, FACEP is the regional administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Prior to her position at CMS, Dr. Yeh was medical director for National Heritage Insurance Company, the northern New England carrier for Medicare, Part B. She brings more than 20 years of active emergency medicine experience to the position.
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