Inventing the Future of Health: Philadelphia

December 2, 2014
9:00 - 11:00 am EST


  • Peter Beinart Peter Beinart is associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York. He is also a contributor to The Atlantic and National Journal, a senior columnist at Haaretz, a CNN Political Commentator, and a senior fellow at The New America Foundation.
  • Marty Cetron CAPT Martin (Marty) Cetron, MD, is director of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) at the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID). He previously served as director of DGMQ when it was within the National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases. DGMQ's mission is to prevent the introduction and spread of infectious diseases into the United States and to prevent morbidity and mortality among immigrants, refugees, migrant workers, and international travelers. Dr. Cetron's primary research interest is international health and global migration with a focus on emerging infections, tropical diseases, and vaccine-preventable diseases in mobile populations.
  • Steve Clemons Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.

    Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
  • Stephen Downs Stephen J. Downs, SM, is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s chief technology and information officer. In this role, he ensures that the Foundation’s technology strategy and operations are aligned with its organizational plans. Working with his team to set long-term strategies and operational road maps, Downs ensures that RWJF staff have the resources they need to practice philanthropy at the highest level. His team’s work also enables RWJF grantees and partners to make the most of their relationship with the Foundation.
  • Mary Louise Kelly Mary Louise Kelly is NPR's former Intelligence correspondent, and the author of the forthcoming novel Anonymous Sources.
  • Diana Leyden Tax expert Diana Leyden directs and teaches in the Law School’s Tax Clinic, where students represent low-income taxpayers at various stages of tax controversies with the IRS and the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services. The holder of an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center and a J.D. from UConn Law, Professor Leyden’s legal experience includes clerking for the Honorable Herbert Chabot of the United States Tax Court and practicing tax law with Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, DC and Day, Berry & Howard in Boston. Prior to beginning her career teaching tax law at UConn Law, Professor Leyden served for seven years (1988-1995) as a hearing officer and manager with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue Appeal & Review Bureau, after which she spent two years as a senior staff attorney with the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services’ Legal Division.
  • Elliot Menschik Elliot is a physician/engineer/hacker turned serial entrepreneur and investor. He is a managing director of DreamIt Health, a program that invests in and accelerates the development of pre-seed healthtech ideas/teams/companies. He is co-founder of Venturef0rth, a campus in Philadelphia for tech startups and an entity dedicated to doing whatever it takes to make it easier for early-stage companies to succeed. He also serves on the Penn faculty where he teaches a crash course in entrepreneurship for engineers and scientists aspiring to create companies that take their tech to market.
  • Raina Merchant Raina Merchant is Assistant Professor for the Department of Emergency Medicine and Director of Penn Medicine Social Media and Health Innovation Lab at University of Pennsylvania.
  • Matt Mohebbi Matt is a software engineer with a decade’s experience extracting meaningful knowledge out of massive datasets.

    Matt spent the past decade as a software developer at Google, where he worked on Google Search and later co-founded Flu Trends, a project that combined data from the CDC and other public health authorities with Google search trends to discern new epidemiological signals.
  • Dean Silverman Mr. Silverman is currently Senior Advisor to the Commissioner at the IRS and lead executive for the Office of Compliance Analytics. He joined the IRS in January 2011 in response to the Commissioner’s priority to add data-driven analytic expertise and new thinking to core compliance activities. Prior to the IRS, Dean spent more than 25 years leading a series of strategy consulting firms known for analytic innovation and the development of value-driven corporate and business strategies. He began his career at Bain & Co., led Strategic Planning Associates (which spawned numerous methodologies and companies like Capital One), Mercer Management Consulting strategy and R&D operations worldwide, and his own strategy boutique. He has served on numerous Boards of Directors. He was a Senior Advisor at Oliver Wyman, as well as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, at both the MBA and undergraduate levels. Dean holds a BA, summa cum laude, from Yale and a JD from Columbia University School of Law.
  • David Sontag David Sontag is Assistant Professor in NYU's Computer Science department, part of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
  • Paul Weinstein Paul Weinstein Jr. is the Director of the MA in Public Management program. A veteran of two Presidential Administrations, he was senior advisor to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Simpson-Bowles), which was created by President Obama to address the nation’s mid- and long-term fiscal challenges. Weinstein formerly served as Special Assistant to the President and chief of staff of the White House Domestic Policy Council, and then later as senior advisor for policy planning to the Vice President during the Clinton-Gore Administration.

About this conference

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is fast becoming a hotspot for health innovation. With experts from the area's academic institutions, hospitals, and wider health and business communities converging to create a vibrant health technology scene, the city provides a window into the exciting opportunities for improving health outcomes through technological solutions, from big data to apps to wearables.

Join us for a town hall event, where we will convene entrepreneurs, doctors, researchers, business leaders, patient advocates, and health officials to discuss what technology can do to enhance care and encourage healthy living.

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