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1:35 - 2:05 pmFriday, September 25
Plenary Hall
Moderated Panel Discussion
Plenary Hall
Moderated Panel Discussion
Founder, Healthloop
ePatient Scholar

Dr. Jordan Shlain is a primary care doctor and respected thought leader in national health policy. He is best known in the health community as an advocate for both the well-being of physicians and patients.  

Dr. Shlain sits on the board of the bi-partisan Washington, D.C. Hope Street Group, and is a Mayoral appointed Commissioner on the Health Service Systems Board of San Francisco. He is an advisor to the Aspen Institute and serves on the board of WildAid (ending illegal wild life trade: when the buying stops, the killing can too) and is chairman of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition’s (sugar is the new tobacco).

He recently founded Healthloop, a leading digital health company that creates a dynamic digital conversation between doctors and patients between visits.  Healthloop just raised a $10M series A round from a leading Silicon Valley venture capital group.

After graduating from UC Berkeley and before attending Georgetown Medical school, Dr. Shlain spent a year teaching in Western Kenya with Harvard affiliated WorldTeach.

He lectures around the world and focuses on root causes of complex problems with an emphasis on simple solutions with the widest impact.

Olga Pierce is the Deputy Data Editor. Previously, she was a reporter at ProPublica, specializing in data-driven stories. She is a winner of the 2011 Livingston Award for National Reporting and received an honorable mention for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, both for her reporting on increasing corporate interference in the drawing of congressional districts. She also shared 2011 Scripps Howard and Society of Business Editors and Writers awards as part of a team focusing on foreclosures. Olga has appeared on CBS News and C-SPAN, and her stories have been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune and the Hindustan Times in New Delhi.

She is a graduate of the Stabile Investigative Journalism Seminar at Columbia University, where she won a Horton Prize for health reporting. Olga is fluent in Czech and has a bachelor’s in international economics from Georgetown University.

Marshall Allen is a reporter for ProPublica. His "Do No Harm: Hospital Care in Las Vegas," written in collaboration with Alex Richards for the Las Vegas Sun, was honored with several journalism awards, including winning the Harvard Kennedy School's 2011 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and coming in as a Pulitzer Prize finalist for local reporting. His health-care coverage was recognized as the best in the country in 2009 by the Association of Healthcare Journalists (AHCJ). In 2007, he won second place for his beat reporting for the Sun where he spent five years before coming to ProPublica in 2011. Before he was in journalism, Allen spent five years in full-time ministry, including three years in Nairobi, Kenya. He has a Master's degree in Theology.

Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor of Urology at the University of Michigan and Program Director of MUSIC, the Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative. He is a fellowship-trained urological oncologist with a clinical practice devoted to the care of patients with prostate, kidney, bladder and other urological cancers. Dr. Miller’s research interests involve implementation of physician-led quality improvement activities.

Breck Gamel is an authoritative and influential patient advocate whose efforts focus primarily in the Cystic Fibrosis Community. As the mother to three young children, including her five year old son with cystic fibrosis, Breck advocates in public policy on both the state and federal level as the Texas State Advocacy Chair for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Breck serves on the board of the Dallas chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, has worked as co-chair of the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic's Parent Advisory Council at Children's Health Children's Medical Center in Dallas and was recognized as the Outstanding CF Advocate 2014 by the Northeast Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Breck is a leader in the efforts to create a Collaborative Chronic Care Network (C3N) for the Cystic Fibrosis Community and has served as an advisor to The Dartmouth Institute on improvement efforts related to improving health and care in the CF Community. A prolific writer, Breck regularly shares her perspective on improvement opportunities at http://bennettsbrigade.com.

Robert M. Wachter, MD is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he directs the 60-physician Division of Hospital Medicine. Author of 250 articles and 6 books, he coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996 and is generally considered the “father” of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine and past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine.


In the safety and quality arenas, he edits the U.S. government’s two leading websites on safety (they receive about one million yearly visits) and has written two books on the subject, including Internal Bleeding (an Amazon bestseller) and Understanding Patient Safety, the leading safety primer. In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation’s top honor in patient safety. For the past seven years, Modern Healthcare magazine has named him one of the 50 most influential physician-executives in the U.S., the only academic physician to receive this recognition, and in 2014 the same publication listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in healthcare.


He has served on the healthcare advisory boards of several companies, including Google. His blog, www.wachtersworld.org, is one of the nation’s most popular healthcare blogs. His new book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, will be published by McGraw-Hill in April 2015.

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