Expert Participants

Patsy Brannon

Ms. Brannon was a panelist for the Forum’s discussion on Boosting Vitamin D. Patsy Brannon presently serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the International Harmonization and Standardization of Monitoring Vitamin D Status and Chair of the American Society of Nutrition’s Public Policy Committee. Key past service includes the Institute of Medicine Dietary Read More…

Barry Bloom

Dr. Bloom was a panelist for the Forum’s discussions on Breakthroughs in Disease Treatment, Bird Flu, Trust in Vaccines, Ebola, The Ebola Disaster and Vaccinating Children. Barry R. Bloom is a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and Joan and Jack Jacobson Professor of Public Health and former Dean of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Bloom is widely Read More…

Robert Block

Dr. Block was a panelist for the Forum’s discussion on The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity. Robert Block is the current President of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was the founding chair of the American Board of Pediatrics subboard on Child Abuse Pediatrics and continues to serve on the subboard. Dr. Block is Emeritus Read More…

Robert Blendon

Robert Blendon is currently the Richard L. Menschel Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Policy Translation and Leadership Development at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He holds appointments as a Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis in both Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. n addition, he directs the Harvard Opinion Research Program.

Paul Biddinger

Paul Biddinger is Director, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program, Senior Preparedness Fellow

Lisa Belkin

Ms. Belkin was a moderator for Forum’s discussions on Saving Lives that Give Life. Lisa Belkin is The Huffington Post’s Senior Columnist on Life/Work/Family. She joined HuffPost Parents after a multi-decade stint at The New York Times, where she was variously a national correspondent (based in Houston), a medical reporter, a Contributing Writer for The New York Read More…

Sharon Begley

Ms. Begley was a moderator for the Forum’s discussions on Bird Flu, A Conversation with Kathleen Sebelius, America’s Healthcare Future, Medical Tests, and Drug Trials. Sharon Begley, senior science writer at STAT, covers genetics, cancer, neuroscience, and other fields of basic biomedical research. She was previously the senior health and science correspondent at Reuters, the science columnist at The Wall Read More…

Matthew Baumgart

Mr. Baumgart was a panelist for the Forum’s discussion on Alzheimer’s: What is the value of knowing early? Matthew Baumgart is the Senior Director of Government Affairs for the Alzheimer’s Association, where he leads the Association’s federal and state government affairs efforts as well as its public health project with the Centers for Disease Control. Prior Read More…

Katherine Baicker

Professor Baicker was a panelist for the Forum’s discussions on The Presidential Election Results: Implications for U.S. Healthcare (2012), America’s Healthcare Future, The U.S. Healthcare Law Rollout, and The 2016 US Presidential Election. Katherine Baicker is Professor of Health Economics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and Read More…

John Auerbach

Commissioner Auerbach was a panelist on the Forum’s discussion on The Next Phase of Massachusetts Healthcare Reform. John Auerbach was appointed Massachusetts’s Commissioner of Public Health in April, 2007. Under his leadership the department has developed new and innovative programs to address racial and ethnic disparities, to promote wellness (including the Mass in Motion campaign), to combat Read More…