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Gerard Anderson
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Gerard Anderson is professor of health policy, management, and international health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School Public Health, a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management, and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Program for Medical Technology and Practice Assessment. He has served as a National Program Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has led reviews of health systems in several countries for the World Bank and USAID. He has published two books and more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, testified to Congress over 35 times, and served on several editorial committees.

Prior to his arrival at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Anderson held positions in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he helped to develop Medicare prospective payment legislation. He is a graduate, Phi Beta Kappa, of Haverford College and was a University Fellow during his doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Anderson is currently conducting research on chronic conditions, comparative insurance systems in developing countries, medical education, health care payment reform, and technology diffusion.
Clyde Baker
On-X Life Technologies, Inc
Clyde Baker serves as President, CEO, and Executive VP for Global Sales and Marketing for On-X Life Technologies, Inc (On-X LTI). For more than 30 years, he has worked in the development, acquisition and market launch of numerous new medical technologies. Located in Austin, Texas, On-X LTI commenced operations in 1994 under the name, Medical Carbon Research Institute (MCRI), and changed its name in 2007 when it also developed new product lines. Its lead product is the On-X Prosthetic Heart Valve (PHV), and it also produces cardiovascular specialty products and pyrolytic carbon coating and associated contract manufacturing services to other device manufacturers. The On-X PHV has been in clinical use since 1997, received the European CE mark in 1998, and, in 2006, it was the first mechanical valve to be approved for clinical trials at reduced anticoagulation levels.

Mr. Baker previously served as Senior Vice President of Research Medical, Inc. where he provided direction to a Customer Satisfaction Function including Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Device Development, Scientific Product Development, Regulatory and Business Development. Following acquisition, he served as V.P. of U.S. Sales responsible for the Edwards Bio-prosthetic Heart Valve Replacement and Repair business. He has held various sales and marketing and business development positions with the following medical product companies: Deseret Medical (now Becton-Dickinson Infusion Therapy), Ballard Medical, Kimberly Clark, Chase Medical and Sorenson Medical. Mr. Baker holds a B.S. in Business Management/Marketing from Brigham Young University.
David J. Ballard
Baylor Health Care System
Dr. David J. Ballard is senior vice president and chief quality officer of the Baylor Health Care System (BHCS) in Dallas, a position he has held since 1999. He is responsible for leading clinical quality improvement initiatives for all Baylor facilities, physicians and employees.

Under his leadership, BHCS has received many awards for its health care improvement accomplishments, including the Leapfrog Patient-Centered Care Award and the National Quality Healthcare Award of the National Quality Forum (NQF), while consistently performing above the 95th percentile among US hospitals in Joint Commission core measure implementation, enhancing patient-centeredness performance and substantially improving patient safety with a hospital risk-adjusted mortality reduction exceeding 40 percent since June 2005 across the 10 acute care hospitals of BHCS.

Dr. Ballard is also executive director and endowed chair in the BHCS Institute for Health Care Research and Improvement. Prior to joining BHCS, he held progressive academic appointments with tenure at the Mayo Medical School and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and was professor of medicine in the Emory University School of Medicine and professor of epidemiology in the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. He serves on the editorial boards of Health Services Research, the International Journal of Quality in Health Care and the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts and received the Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award of Academy Health given annually to the outstanding health services research scholar in the United States less than 40 years of age.

A study section member over the past twenty years for the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ), David is Chair of AHRQ's Health Care Quality and Effectiveness Research study section. He has been a member of many NQF committees, including its National Quality Healthcare Award Blue Ribbon Review Panel and National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Hospital Care: Specialty Physician Measures which he co-chaired. He currently co-chairs the Joint Commission's Blood Management Performance Measures Project Technical Advisory Panel. He is one of two physician members of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Hospital Association, a member of the UNC School of Public Health Foundation Board and a recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Service Award of the UNC School of Medicine.

A native of Lexington, Ky., Dr. Ballard is a board-certified internist who trained in internal medicine at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine following completion of academic degrees in chemistry, economics, epidemiology and medicine at the University of North Carolina, where he was a John Motley Morehead Scholar.
Brent DeMoville
Allergan, Inc.
Brent DeMoville is senior director of human resources and corporate talent for Allergan, Inc., a global, technology-driven multi-specialty health care company. Allergan's flagship franchises in eye care, neurosciences, medical dermatology and urologics are structured under the company's pharmaceutical business portfolio, Allergan Pharmaceuticals. With the acquisition of Inamed Corporation in 2006, Allergan added world-leading medical aesthetics and obesity intervention product lines that are represented in the Allergan Medical corporate division. Brent earned his BA and MLS degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, an MS in Clinical Psychology from Angelo State University, and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University.
James W. Henderson
Baylor University
Dr. James Henderson is the Ben H. Williams Professor of Economics and academic director of the MBA program in healthcare administration at Baylor University. Before joining the Baylor faculty, he worked for six years as an economic consultant, business analyst and market research specialist for the Dallas Minority Business Center, business development organization funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce. He holds a BBA from the University of Houston and MA and PhD degrees from Southern Methodist University. Dr. Henderson's is the single author of Health Economics and Policy., a text in its third edition, and is coauthor with Earl Grinols of Health Care for Us All: Getting More for Our Investment.. His research has appeared in a variety of professional journals, including the Health Care Financing Review., Journal of Development Economics., Journal of Rural Health., and Pharmacoeconomics. He is a co-director Baylor's largest summer study-abroad program and has lectured in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Mexico, Sweden, and the Ukraine.
Nuria Homedes
University of Texas Health Science Center, El Paso Campus
Dr. Nuria Homedes is an associate professor of Management, Policy and Community Health Sciences at the El Paso Campus of the University of Texas Health Science Center, where she is responsible for the Global Health Program. During the 1990s, she was a public health specialist in the Latin American and Caribbean Regional Office of the World Bank, responsible for major projects in Guyana, Bolivia, Honduras, and Colombia, and she has worked in consulting assignments throughout Latin America and in several African countries. She holds degrees and credentials in general medicine, tropical medicine, preventive medicine, and public health from the University of Barcelona and other Spanish institutions, and a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Homedes has an extensive publication record in books, reports, and refereed journals. Her research interests include health sector reform, pharmaceuticals policies, and border health issues.
Elizabeth Johnson
Tenet Healthcare Corporation
Elizabeth O. Johnson is Vice President for Applied Clinical Informatics at Tenet Healthcare Corporation. In this role, her responsibilities include establishing the strategic vision and operational plan for provision of clinical systems used throughout the 52 hospital provider organization. A recognized leader in the industry, Johnson also serves as Tenet's ARRA program delivery leader.
Johnson serves on numerous national committees and boards that influence health policy and technology standardization, including the HIT Standards Committee at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Prior to joining Tenet, Johnson served as executive vice president at Healthlink.
Jillian Clare Kohler
University of Toronto
Dr. Jillian Clare Kohler is an assistant professor at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. Her research and teaching are focused on global pharmaceutical policies, with a particular emphasis on the politics of intellectual property rights in the pharmaceutical sector. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she worked on pharmaceutical policy for UNICEF, the World Bank and the WHO. She has also consulted for national governments, international organizations, and aid agencies on pharmaceutical policy issues, including corruption, drug regulations, and reimbursement policies. She is the author of numerous journal articles on pharmaceutical policy and co-editor of The Power of Pills: Social, Ethical and Legal Issues in Drug Development, Marketing and Pricing Policies (2006). Dr. Kohler is a member of the World Health Organization's Global Advisory Group on Good Governance for Medicines and is a Board Member of Transparency International, Canada. She holds a PhD from New York University.
Ivo Nelson
Encore Health Resources
Ivo Nelson is chairman and co-founder of Encore Health Resources. Previously, he was the leader of IBM's Global Healthcare Provider business where he provided sales leadership, created healthcare strategies and conducted healthcare summits in every major region of the world. Before joining IBM, Mr. Nelson cofounded Healthlink, and built it as CEO into the nation's largest privately-held, provider-focused healthcare information systems consulting firm.
Prior to founding Healthlink, Mr. Nelson served with corporations such as EDS and Perot Systems, where he helped start the Healthcare Division and developed it into what is now the largest outsourcing firm in the healthcare industry. He served as vice chair of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the largest association in the healthcare information systems industry, and chairman of the Texas Institute for Health Policy Research.
Phillip Nieburg
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Dr. Phillip Nieburg is a nonresident Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a pediatrician, also trained in infectious diseases and preventive medicine, who has worked in public health since 1977. He received undergraduate and M.D. degrees from Case Western Reserve University and completed his pediatric and infectious disease training at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the State University of New York's Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He also holds a master of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Nieburg began his U.S. Public Health Service career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he served for several years as the first associate director for science at the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention. Much of his CDC work involved global health issues such famine and refugees, child nutrition, training of epidemiologists in developing countries, child nutrition, TB and HIV/AIDS. He has been a senior associate at CSIS since 2003, first with its HIV/AIDS Task Force (2003–2008) and currently with its Global Health Policy Center.
Lori Spies
Baylor University
Lori Spies is a lecturer at the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing and director of its Global Outreach program for family nurse practitioners and nurse midwife students. She holds BS and MS degrees from Texas Women's University. The Global Outreach group will be working in Ethiopia and Sierra Leone during the time of our Forum.
Eric Timmens
U.S. Department of Defense
Eric Timmens, a U.S. Navy Commander, currently serves as a program director in the Civil Military Medicine Force Health Protection and Readiness Programs for TRICARE Management Activity in the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. He is responsible for Health Affairs emergency preparedness and Defense Support for Civil Authorities health policy and response, patient movement policy and the National Disaster Medical System. Commander Timmens is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army Combined Arms and Services Staff School, and various military courses. His civilian education includes BS and MS degrees in Hospital and Health Services Administration (Texas and Duke) and an MS Knowledge Management and Organizational Development (George Mason). Additionally, he attended the National Preparedness Leadership Institute (Harvard) and has post-graduate certificates from Ohio State University and Villanova University.

Commander Timmens was initially commissioned into the Army as a Medical Service Corps officer, where he had assignments as an ambulance platoon leader, tank battalion medical platoon leader, company executive officer, adjutant general, instructor and project officer for the Surgeon General, including numerous overseas deployments and disaster relief efforts. In 1999, Commander Timmens laterally transferred to the Navy, initially serving at the National Naval Medical Center, ultimately as Associate Director for Administration. He subsequently served in numerous positions in military medical administration.
Rene Van de Zande
Emergo Group
René Van de Zande founded Emergo Group, a medical standards certification organization, in 1997, and serves as its President & CEO. Today, he is responsible for all operations of Emergo Group, Emergo Europe, Emergo France, Emergo Japan, Emergo Australia, Emergo Mexico and Jyton & Emergo Medical Technology (China).

Between 1990 and 1997, René worked in Brussels as Senior Commercial Specialist at the U.S. Mission to the European Union. One of his responsibilities was monitoring and reporting on European legislation, particularly European Directives under the "New Approach" (CE Marking) including the Directives related to medical devices and in vitro diagnostics. He participated in the Mutual Recognition Agreement negotiations between the US and the European Union, earning a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. He also participated in the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue between directors of American and European companies. Earlier, René worked as senior issues coordinator for the EU Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Brussels and managing director of the European-American Industrial Council (EAIC). He has published numerous articles on medical device regulations and related issues and is co-author of a series of publications on European product legislation for the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Institute for Standards and Technology. He holds a post-graduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Masters Degree in Contemporary History from the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
David C. Warner
LBJ School, U.T. Austin
David C. Warner is Professor of Public Affairs at the LBJ School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin. A graduate of Princeton University and Syracuse University (Ph.D. in economics), he formerly taught at Wayne State University and Yale University and was Deputy Director of the Office of Program Analysis of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. Professor Warner has served as a consultant to a number of organizations in the health sector, as a member of the Board of Austin's Brackenridge Municipal Hospital, and as Chairman of the Texas Diabetes Council.

At the LBJ School, Professor Warner has directed policy research projects on a variety of health and mental health topics. His publications include more than forty articles and book chapters and sixteen books, monographs, and policy research project reports. He is currently working on projects related to improving health insurance coverage, the integration of the U.S. and Mexican health care systems, diabetes policy, public health funding, and U.S.-Mexico border health.
Joe White
Case Western Reserve University
Dr. Joe White is director of the Center for Policy Studies at Case Western Reserve University, where he is also Luxemberg Family Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and chair of Political Science. Previously, he was Associate Professor of Health Systems Management in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University, and before that he was a research associate and then a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he wrote Competing Solutions: American Health Care Proposals and International Experience (1995). During 2009, he published articles in Public Administration Review, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, the Annals of Internal Medicine, and Health Affairs, as well as other journals and book chapters. Dr. White earned his A.B. from the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Baylor University