JUDGING PANEL

DON BERWICK

President Emeritus and Senior Fellow
Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Dr. Berwick was most recently the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and is known as a passionate advocate for improving the health care system. Until his appointment to CMS, Berwick was president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He is also Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School, and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. 

Dr. Berwick has served as vice chair of the US Preventive Services Task Force, the first "Independent Member" of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association, and chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the 2002 American Hospital Association’s Award of Honor, the 2007 William B. Graham Prize for Health Services Research, and the 2007 Heinz Award for Public Policy from the Heinz Family Foundation.  In 2005, he was appointed “Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire” by the Queen of England in honor of his work with the British National Health Service. Dr. Berwick is author of numerous articles and the books Curing Health Care and Escape Fire.

 
 

BECHARA CHOUCAIR

Senior Vice President
Safety Net Transformation and Community Health 
Trinity Health

Bechara Choucair is senior vice president, Safety Net Transformation and Community Health. Choucair works directly with Trinity Health's Ministries to improve the health of populations and impact the community-based social determinants of health. Additionally, he is also responsible for the development of new care delivery models and new relationships with payers, public health agencies and community organizations. Choucair and his team also lead community benefit activities. He heads Trinity Health's Transforming Communities Initiative (TCI), an investment program comprised of $80 million in grants, loans, community match dollars and services aimed at transforming the health and well-being of communities across the country.

For five years prior to joining Trinity Health, Choucair was the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). There, he and his team launched Healthy Chicago, the city’s first comprehensive public health agenda. Since its launch, CDPH has reported historic lows in childhood obesity rates and both teen and adult smoking rates, as well as significant increases in overall life expectancy. Under his leadership, CDPH became the first big city public health agency to be awarded national accreditation.

Choucair serves on numerous boards and has a faculty appointment at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. In addition to earning a number of local and national awards, he was named one of Chicago's "40 under 40" by Crain's Chicago Business in 2012. Choucair, a family physician by training, holds an M.D. from the American University of Beirut and a master's degree in health care management from the University of Texas at Dallas.

 
 

DAVID KINDIG 

Emeritus Professor of Population Health Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health

Emeritus Co-Chair of the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine 

Dr. David A. Kindig is Emeritus Professor of Population Health Sciences and Emeritus Vice-Chancellor for Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health. He is Emeritus Co-Chair of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement and Co-Directs the Wisconsin site of the Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program. He was an initial Co-PI on the Robert Wood Johnson MATCH grant under which the County Health Rankings were developed and was the Founder of the RWJF Roadmaps to HealthPrize. From 2011 to 2103 he was Editor of the Improving Population Health blog.

 

JAMES MARKS

Executive Vice President
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

James S. Marks, MD, MPH, oversees all program, communications, research, and policy activities in support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s vision to build a Culture of Health in America. Marks joined the Foundation in 2004 and was formerly the senior vice president and director of program portfolios. His areas of responsibility have included strengthening vulnerable families, catalyzing demand for healthy places and practices, bridging health and health care, achieving health equity, ensuring that all children grow up at a healthy weight, and New Jersey-focused programming.

Prior to joining RWJF, Marks served  as assistant surgeon general and director of the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Throughout his tenure at CDC, Marks developed and advanced systematic ways to prevent and detect diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes; reduce tobacco use; and address the nation’s growing epidemic of obesity.

Marks received an MD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He trained as a pediatrician at the University of California at San Francisco, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University, where he received his MPH.

 
 

ELIZABETH MITCHELL

President & CEO
Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI)
 

Elizabeth Mitchell serves as President & CEO of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, a national network of multi-stakeholder Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives with over 35 members across the US.  She is the Vice Chair of the Physician Focused Payment Technical Advisory Committee, a Guiding Committee Member of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN), and on the Coordinating Committee of NQF’s Measure Application Partnership. 

Prior to leading NRHI, Elizabeth was the CEO of the Maine Health Management Coalition, an employer-led, multi-stakeholder regional collaborative working to improve the value of healthcare in Maine. 

Elizabeth served on the Board and Executive Committee of the National Quality Forum (NQF). She was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Consensus Committee on Core Metrics for Better Care and Lower Costs, and chaired this committee’s Implementation Task Force. She served for several years on the Board of the National Business Coalition on Health and was the Chair of its Government Affairs Committee, and Vice-Chair and Chair of the Board of NRHI.