Visionaries Series Keynote Speakers

vi•sion•ar•y: having or marked by foresight and imagination

<a visionary leader> <a visionary invention>

Here are a few dictionary examples:

The Way to Wellville

Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson

Founder of HICCup and chairman of EDventure Holdings

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Opportunities and Challenges Associated with Mental Health Parity

William Emmet

William Emmet

Executive Director, The Kennedy Forum

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Looking abroad: Global lessons for the Population Health field

Kaveh Safavi

Kaveh Safavi

Global Managing Director, Health Industry, Accenture

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Population Health:

Where is the beef?

David Nash

David B. Nash, MD, MBA

Founding Dean, Jefferson School of Population Health

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esther-dysonEsther Dyson

Founder of HICCup and chairman of EDventure Holdings

Founder of HICCup and chairman of EDventure Holdings, Esther is an active angel investor, best-selling author, board member and advisor concentrating on emerging markets and technologies, new space and health. She sits on the boards of 23andMe and Voxiva (txt4baby), and is an investor in Crohnology, Eligible API, Keas, Omada Health, Sleepio, StartUp Health and Valkee, among others. From October 2008 to March of 2009, Esther lived in Star City outside Moscow, Russia, training as a backup cosmonaut.


William EmmetWilliam Emmet

Executive Director, The Kennedy Forum

William Emmet, Executive Director of The Kennedy Forum, is a longtime mental health advocate and policy consultant. The Kennedy Forum was founded by former Congressman Patrick Kennedy to focus the nation on improving mental health and addiction services and policy.

As Director of the Campaign for Mental Health Reform from 2006 through 2009, he was responsible for coordinating the efforts of eighteen national organizations to make effective mental health services a national priority and to ensure the integration of mental health into national health reform. On behalf of the Campaign, he testified before the Senate HELP Committee and participated in the White House Forum on Health Reform.

Mr. Emmet served earlier as a Project Director at the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), working with multiple mental health stakeholders at the state and federal levels. He also coordinated the mental health community’s contributions to the Council of State Governments’ Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project and contributed to the report of CSG’s Re-Entry Policy Council.

Previously, Mr. Emmet worked at the state and national levels of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), as Executive Director of NAMI’s state organization in Rhode Island, then as Chief Operating Officer/ Deputy Executive Director of NAMI’s national office. He has served on numerous volunteer boards and councils and until recently was Board Chair of Fellowship Health Resources, Inc., a multi-state behavioral health care provider.

A former journalist and teacher, Mr. Emmet became active in mental illness advocacy when his brother was diagnosed with a mental illness in the early 1980s. Mr. Emmet lives in Washington, DC, and Newport, RI.


david-nashDavid B. Nash, MD, MBA

Jefferson School of Population Health

David Nash was named the Founding Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health (JSPH) in 2008. This appointment caps a twenty-year tenure on the faculty of Thomas Jefferson University. He is also the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy. JSPH provides innovative educational programming designed to develop healthcare leaders for the future. Its offerings include Masters Programs in Public Health, Healthcare Quality and Safety, Health Policy and Applied Health Economics. JSPH also offers a doctoral program in Population Health Science.

Dr. Nash is a board certified internist who is internationally recognized for his work in outcomes management, medical staff development and quality-of-care improvement. In 1995 he received the top recognition award from the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. He received the Philadelphia Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award in October 1997, and was named an honorary distinguished fellow of the American College of Physician Executives in 1998. In 2006 he received the Elliot Stone Award for leadership in public accountability for health data from NAHDO. In 2009 Dr. Nash received the Wharton Healthcare Alumni Achievement Award. In 2012, he received the Joseph Wharton award in recognition of his “social impact”.

Repeatedly named to Modern Healthcare’s list of Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare, his national activities cover a wide scope. He served as Chair of a National Quality Forum Technical Advisory Panel and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Care Continuum Alliance (formerly DMAA). Dr. Nash is a principal faculty member for quality of care programming for the American College of Physician Executives in Tampa, Florida, and is the developer of the ACPE Capstone Course on Quality. He also leads the academic joint venture between ACPE and the JSPH.

Dr. Nash is a consultant to organizations in both the public and private sectors. He has chaired the Technical Advisory Group of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council for more than a decade and he is widely recognized as a pioneer in public reporting of outcomes. In December 2009 he was named to the Board of Directors for Humana Inc., one of the nation’s largest publicly traded healthcare companies. In March 2011 he joined the Board of Directors of Endo Health Solutions, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company headquartered in Malvern, PA. He recently was appointed to the Board of Main Line Health – a four hospital system in suburban Philadelphia, PA. From 1998–2008, he served on the Board of Trustees of Catholic Healthcare Partners in Cincinnati, Ohio where he chaired the Board Committee on Quality and Safety.

Through publications, public appearances, his blog and an online column on MedPage Today, Dr. Nash reaches more than 100,000 persons every month. He has authored more than 100 articles in major journals. He has edited 22 books, including Connecting with the New Healthcare Consumer, The Quality Solution, Practicing Medicine in the 21st Century, Governance for Healthcare Providers Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness, and most recently, Demand Better. From 1984 to 1989 he was Deputy Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine. Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief of four major national journals including American Journal of Medical Quality, Population Health Management, P&T, and American Health and Drug Benefits.

Dr. Nash received his BA in economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Vassar College; his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and his MBA in Health Administration (with honors) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, he was a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and Medical Director of a nine-physician faculty group practice in general internal medicine.

Dr. Nash lives in Lafayette Hill Pennsylvania, with his wife of more than thirty years, Esther J. Nash, MD. They have fraternal twin twenty-five-year old daughters and a twenty-two year old son. He is recovering from wrist surgery and hopes to return to the tennis court soon!

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kaveh-safaviKaveh Safavi, M.D., J.D.

Global Managing Director, Health Industry

Kaveh Safavi, M.D., J.D. is the managing director for Accenture's global healthcare business. Dr. Safavi is responsible for developing and driving a growth strategy that differentiates Accenture's offerings for providers, health insurers and public and private health systems across the globe.

Dr. Safavi joined Accenture from Cisco, in 2011, where he led the global healthcare practice. Prior to that, he was Thompson Reuter’s chief medical officer of Health Businesses and United Healthcare’s vice president of medical affairs. He also has served in leadership roles at Solucient, Humana, HealthSpring and Alexian Hospital Network.

As a seasoned executive, Dr. Safavi brings more than two decades of leadership experience to Accenture Health. He’s responsible for the creation of the Center for Healthcare Improvement at Health Businesses of Thompson Reuters and, while at HealthSpring, he established one of the Midwest’s first electronic medical record systems. He has published numerous papers and is quoted on healthcare issues in various media publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Harvard Business Review and the Economist.

Dr. Safavi has earned the distinction of both medical and law degrees, an M.D. from Loyola University School of Medicine and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. He is board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics and completed his residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Dr. Safavi lives in the Chicago area with his two daughters.

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