Expert Participants

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, Drug Trials, The Flu Outbreak and Heart and Brain Disease in Women. 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 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), The U.S. Healthcare Law Rollout, America’s Healthcare Future, and The 2016 US Presidential Election and High U.S. Healthcare Costs. Katherine Baicker, a leading scholar in the economic analysis of health policy, commenced as Dean and the Emmett Dedmon 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…

Isaac Ashkenazi

Isaac Ashkenazi is an international expert on disaster management and leadership.

Sudhir Anand

Professor Anand was a panelist for the Forum’s discussion on The Cost of Inaction. Sudhir Anand is a world-recognized development microeconomist. He has published widely on economic inequality and poverty; undernutrition; human development; population ethics; health economics; human resources for health; health inequalities; and other subjects in economics and health. He is co-author of The Cost Read More…

Recep Akdag

Recep Akdag was a panelist for the Forum’s discussions on Health Leadership Around the World and The Humanitarian Crisis in Syria. Recep Akdag was born in Erzurum, Turkey in 1960. As a pediatrician, he has been holding a professor title from the Ataturk University School of Medicine since 1999. During his career as a medical specialist and academician, he had Read More…