Keynote Speaker

Alicia Richmond Scott, M.S.W.
Senior Policy Analyst, Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.Ms. Alicia Richmond Scott is a senior policy analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.  She currently serves as the Designated Federal Officer to the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force.  She previously served as acting liaison to the ten OASH Regional Health Administrators, where she provided leadership on regional public health policies and program initiatives.   Ms. Richmond Scott has experience in a variety of public health issues – pain management, including the National Pain Strategy, multiple chronic conditions, obesity prevention, behavioral health and adolescent health.

Tudor Borza, MD, MS
Dr. Borza is a urologic surgeon who specializes in the management of patients with urologic cancers, with a special interest in prostate, kidney, bladder, testicular and adrenal cancers. He is fellowship trained and performs open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Dr. Borza is also a health services researcher with a focus on understanding how health policy changes impact quality in surgical care. Additionally, he serves as the director of the Opioid Stewardship Quality Initiative for the Surgical Collaborative of Wisconsin and is focused on conducting high quality research to identify effective strategies to manage post-operative pain and drive appropriate opioid prescribing in surgical patients.

Education

  • BS, Chemistry, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 2006
  • MD, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2010
  • General Surgery Internship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Harvard), Boston, MA, 2011
  • Residency, Harvard Longwood Program in Urology, Boston, MA, 2015
  • Master of Science in Health and Health Care Research, University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate School, Ann Arbor, MI, 2016
  • Fellowship, Health Services Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2017
  • Fellowship, Urologic Oncology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2018

Brianna D’Orazio
Brianna D’Orazio is a Project Manager for the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC), a partnership of 50 hospitals focused on improving the quality of surgical care across Illinois. She manages the ISQIC opioid reduction initiatives, working with hospitals across the state to implement strategies to reduce surgical opioid prescribing. She is also a Project Manager at the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC) of Northwestern University, where her research portfolio includes video-based coaching and colorectal cancer quality improvement. Her background is in conducting translational research with underserved populations at Federally Qualified Health Centers and other safety net practices. She is currently completing her Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, and has a special interest in health disparities and implementation science.

Cathy Gurgol, MS

Cathy Gurgol, MS, is a Senior Program Officer in the Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research program at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Prior to her work at PCORI, Ms. Gurgol worked in public health research for 15 years, including as a clinical trials manager for cancer, diabetes, and infectious disease research. At PCORI, she oversees studies focused on mental and behavioral health, leads PCORI’s Community Health Worker Portfolio, and works on developing topics for prioritization. Ms. Gurgol received her BS from Ithaca College and her MS from SUNY Buffalo.


Dr. Elizabeth Habermann
Dr. Elizabeth Habermann is a Professor of Health Services Research at the Mayo Clinic. As the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Scientific Director for Surgical Outcomes in the Mayo Clinic’s Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, she leads teams that utilize both institutional and national data to study the quality and outcomes of surgical care. Over the past few years, Dr. Habermann has been studying opioid prescribing at discharge from surgery, resulting in the development and implementation of specialty-specific opioid prescribing guidelines as well as multiple peer-reviewed publications. She serves as the Chair of the Acute Prescribing Subgroup within the Mayo Clinic Opioid Stewardship Program and has participated nationally on the National Quality Forum’s Opioid Stewardship Action Team and the CDC Opioid Prescribing Estimates Workgroup.
Suchitra Iyer, Ph.D. Suchitra Iyer, Ph.D. is a Program Officer at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement, which provides systematic reviews of clinical and other healthcare related interventions. Prior to joining the federal government, she worked as a Medical Research Analyst with Hayes Inc. Suchitra completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine and received her doctoral degree in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Richard A. Jorgensen, MD
Richard A. Jorgensen MD currently serves as the DuPage County Coroner. Dr. Jorgensen is a graduate of Loyola University and the Stritch School of Medicine. Prior to his election in 2012, Dr. Jorgensen practiced general/vascular and trauma surgery in the western suburbs of Chicago for 20+ years. He maintains his Illinois Medical License and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgery and International College of Surgeons. He is an active member of the Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association, along with numerous surgical societies.

Throughout his medical training, practice of medicine and experience as Coroner, Dr. Jorgensen has witnessed the devastating societal effects of drugs and addiction. Dr. Jorgensen frequently speaks about the heroin epidemic at public meetings, legislative forums, and schools in an attempt to raise awareness and understanding of this problem.



Dr. Lorraine Kelley-Quon
Dr. Lorraine Kelley-Quon is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Preventive Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California. She obtained her B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at the University of California, San Diego and completed her M.D. and General Surgery training at the University of California, Los Angeles followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. During residency, she completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and obtained a Master’s in Health Services Research from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. 

Dr. Kelley-Quon is funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is conducting a pilot project to explore postoperative opioid use in adolescents and identify predictors of misuse, diversion, and conversion to chronic use. She is also partnering with the American Pediatric Surgical Association to develop guidelines for opioid prescribing in children after surgery and leading a quality improvement project to promote opioid stewardship among children’s hospitals within the Western Pediatric Surgery Research Consortium.



Dr. Shari Ling
Dr. Shari M. Ling currently serves as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS),  She assists the CMS Chief Medical Officer in the Agency’s pursuit of CMS mission of Putting Patients First.  Dr. Ling’s committed focus is on the achievement of meaningful health outcomes for beneficiaries and families through the delivery of high quality, person-centered care, across all care settings.  Her leadership as the Acting Director for the Office of Clinician Engagement from December 2016 to March, 2018 and continued support of the CMS Patients over Paperwork is part of this.  Dr. Ling contributes her clinical expertise as a Geriatrician and Rheumatologist, and her program expertise as the DCMO, to the development and the implementation of the CMS Roadmap to address the opioid crisis.

Dr. Ling represents CMS on several Health and Human Services (HHS) efforts.  She leads the Clinical Services federal workgroup for the National Alzheimer’s Project Plan, and represents CMS on the workgroups to eliminate and prevent Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs), the National Strategy to Combat Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB), and  also contributed to the Cancer Moonshot Initiative under the previous administration.

Dr. Ling earned a Master’s in Gerontology in Direct Service at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, an MD degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine, completed a rheumatology fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital followed by a Geriatric Medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She continues her clinical work through the VA Loch Raven outpatient clinic as a volunteer dementia care provider, and has retained her appointment as part-time faculty in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Her clinical focus and scientific interest is in the care of persons with dementia, multiple chronic conditions, and functional limitations.


Remi Love, MPPA
Remi Love, MPPA is the Operations Manager for the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC), a network of over 50 hospitals working together to improve the quality of surgical care in Illinois. She has worked with ISQIC teams at hospitals across the state on a number of initiatives aimed at reducing opioid prescribing. She has her Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University and has a special interest in economic disparities in health care. Remi is also Project Manager at the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center (SOQIC) of Northwestern University where she has coordinated a number of research studies, most notably the FIRST Trial; a randomized control trial that examined surgical resident duty hour procedures across the United States and resulted in a policy change being instituted by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Tyler Roberts

Tyler Roberts is a vice president at Venn in the healthcare and economic policy groups. Prior to joining Venn, Mr. Roberts was legislative assistant for Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and the Senator’s lead staff advisor on health policy, tax, trade and financial services matters.  Mr. Roberts has also served on the staffs of then-Congressman Roy Blunt (R-MO), Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX), and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), as well as on the National Republican Congressional Committee. Prior to working in the Senate, Mr. Roberts was a senior lobbyist for Financial Executives International (FEI), a national association of 10,000 financial professional, and in that capacity he led advocacy for the association’s tax and financial services policy priorities. Mr. Roberts earned his bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL.


Jonah Stulberg, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS
Dr. Stulberg is a General Surgeon and Health Services Researcher at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in the Divisions of Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Surgery.  He earned his Ph.D. in Health Services Research with a concentration on Epidemiology and Biostatistics and a Master’s in Public Health in Public Policy at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  With clinical training at the Case Comprehensive Hernia Center, his clinical practice specializes in recurrent and complex abdominal wall hernias and advanced minimally invasive procedures.  In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Stulberg is the Principal Investigator on federally funded research projects where he studies methods for opioid reduction in surgical prescribing and preventing drug diversion.  Dr. Stulberg is also the Director of the Opioid Reduction Efforts and runs a Video-Based Coaching (VBC) Project for the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC), a 57-hospital quality collaborative with hospitals throughout Illinois.  Through the VBC project, he studies how video ratings are linked to patient outcomes and how video recordings combined with deliberate practice can be used to achieve technical excellence.

Jennifer Waljee, MD, MPH, MS

Dr. Jennifer Waljee is an Associate Professor in the Section of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, at the University of Michigan. Dr. Waljee earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in public health at the University of Michigan and her medical degree at Emory University. She completed her General Surgery residency training and residency training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan. She completed a fellowship in Hand Surgery at the University of Michigan, and joined the faculty in 2012. Dr. Waljee is board certified in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery with added certification in Surgery of the Hand. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Society for Clinical Surgery. Her clinical practice focuses on the management of acute and chronic conditions of the hand and upper extremity. Her research focuses on the use of patient-centered outcomes following surgery for capturing quality across conditions. She currently serves as a Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network, or Michigan-OPEN, an initiative that seeks to transform pain management and curb opioid abuse in the state of Michigan, as well as the Director of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy.


Shanta Whitaker, PhD, MPH

Shanta Whitaker is a vice president at Venn in the health policy group. Dr. Whitaker joined Venn from her position at LMI Consulting as a Health Policy Consultant to agencies including CMS, where she served as a subject matter expert on Medicare and Medicaid Shared Savings Programs and worked extensively with Accountable Care Organizations. Dr. Whitaker has also been a senior health disparities analyst for the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, has served as an editor for American Journal Experts and as a post-doctoral fellow with the North Carolina State Public Health Laboratory. Dr. Whitaker received her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Union University, a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and doctorate in microbiology from Yale University.


Dr. Lindsey Zhang
Dr. Lindsey Zhang is a general surgery resident at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She is currently completing a two year fellowship at the American College of Surgeons where she is working on improving surgical outcomes and healthcare quality for the growing geriatric patient population. Her other interests include public health and surgical education. She plans to pursue a future career in academic surgery, practicing as a colon and rectal surgeon.