The first Distinguished Lecturer Series debate of 2014 will entertain the question if the nation needs the Affordable Care Act.
Steven Brill is author of TIME's Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us.
Susan Dentzer is Senior Policy Adviser for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Gary L. Gottlieb, M.D., is the President and CEO of Partners HealthCare. Dr. Gottlieb is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He served as president of Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals, as president of North Shore Medical Center and as chairman of Partners Psychiatry.
Prior to moving to Boston, Dr. Gottlieb spent 15 years in positions of increasing leadership in health care in Philadelphia. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, he earned an M.B.A with distinction in Health Care Administration from the Wharton Graduate School of Business Administration.
Dr. Gottlieb established the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center’s first program in geriatric psychiatry and developed it into a nationally recognized research, training and clinical program. He served as Executive Vice-Chair of Psychiatry and Associate Dean for Managed Care at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, and as Director and CEO of Friends Hospital in Philadelphia.
Dr. Gottlieb received his M.D. from the Albany Medical College of Union University in a six-year accelerated biomedical program. He completed his internship and residency and served as Chief Resident at New York University/Bellevue Medical Center.
Avik Roy is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. In 2012, Roy served as a health care policy adviser to Mitt Romney. He is editor and principal author of “The Apothecary,” the influential Forbes blog on health care policy and entitlement reform. MSNBC's Chris Hayes calls the book "one of the best takes from conservatives on that set of issues." Ezra Klein of the Washington Post calls “The Apothecary” one of the few "blogs I disagree with [that] I check daily."
In addition, Roy writes a weekly column for National Review Online on politics and policy. He is a frequent guest on television news programs, including appearances on Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, CNBC, Bloomberg, PBS, and HBO. His work has also appeared in The Atlantic, USA Today, National Affairs, and The American Spectator, among other publications.
At the Manhattan Institute, Roy's research interests include the Affordable Care Act, universal coverage, entitlement reform, international health systems, and FDA policy. Roy is the founder of Roy Healthcare Research, an investment research firm in New York. Previously, he served as an analyst and portfolio manager at Bain Capital, J.P. Morgan, and other firms.
Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, PhD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Geisinger Health System, an integrated health services organization in central and northeastern Pennsylvania nationally recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development and implementation of innovative care models.
Dr. Steele previously served as the dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago, as well as the Richard T. Crane Professor in the Department of Surgery. Prior to that, he was the William V. McDermott Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, president and chief executive officer of Deaconess Professional Practice Group, Boston, Mass., and chairman of the department of surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital (Boston, Mass.). Dr. Steele is also past Chairman of the American Board of Surgery. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Harvard University and his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in surgery at the University of Colorado, where he was also a fellow of the American Cancer Society. He earned his Ph.D. in microbiology at Lund University in Sweden.
Dr. Steele's investigations have focused most recently on innovations in healthcare delivery and financing, and he is a prolific writer, having authored or co-authored more than 481 scientific and professional articles. He is a member of numerous boards and national committees and has received several prestigious awards, including being named to Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare, the “100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare”, and among Becker’s Hospital Review’s 100 Non-Profit Hospital Health System CEOs to know List (2012).