2007 Legislative Conference Speaker Bios
Democratic Staff Director for the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee
Since 2001, Cybele Bjorklund has served as the Democratic staff director for the Ways and
Means Health Subcommittee in the United States House of Representatives. Prior to this
position, she spent nearly four years as Senator Edward Kennedy’s deputy staff director for health
policy on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee in the United States Senate.
From 1995-1997, she worked as a legislative aide on health and veterans’ issues for Senate
Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. Before moving to Congress, she worked as a Medicare and
insurance policy analyst at the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services).
Bjorklund received a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Hygiene
and Public Health, with an emphasis on health policy and a concentration in law, ethics and
policy, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the School of Journalism at the University of
Camille S. Bonta
Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC
A persuasive and knowledgeable lobbyist, Camille Bonta leads the health and biomedical
research practice of Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC with the expertise and influence of more than
14 years in health policy and lobbying. Her advice and strategic direction help university and
research-oriented clients gain critical support for biomedical and health related activities.
Through leadership roles in nationally recognized coalitions, Ms. Bonta has been actively
involved in advancing legislative policy and health care quality improvement initiatives,
including those related to pay-for-performance and health information technology. She has
lobbied extensively on Medicare physician payment policy, patient access, health prevention and
medical liability reform.
Ms. Bonta began her work in health policy during her tenure in the office of U.S. Senator John
Glenn, which coincided with the release of the Clinton Administration’s “Health Security Act”
and the subsequent debate over comprehensive health system reform. Expanding her experience,
she worked in media relations for the American Hospital Association, and in 1996 she joined the
American College of Cardiology in Washington, D.C., where she served as the chief federal
Ms. Bonta holds a Masters degree in health policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of
Public Health and a Bachelors of Science degree from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at
Ralph G. Brindis, M.D., M.P.H, F.A.C.C.
Dr. Brindis is the Senior Advisor for Cardiovascular Disease for Northern California Kaiser and a
Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Brindis
graduated MIT in 1970 after which he obtained a Master's Degree in Public Health from UCLA
in 1972. He graduated Emory Medical School Summa Cum Laude in 1977 with elected
membership in Alpha Omega Alpha. All of his graduate medical training was performed at UCSF
as a Resident and Chief Resident in Internal Medicine and also as a Cardiology Fellow.
Dr. Brindis is a practicing interventional cardiologist with an active practice of consultative
cardiology. His major interest in process measures and outcomes assessment in cardiovascular
care has led to helping the creation and implementation of various Cardiovascular Guidelines for
Northern California Kaiser.
Dr. Brindis recently completed his term on the Board of Trustees of the American College of
Cardiology. He has previously served as ACC Governor of Northern California and is a Past
President of the California Chapter of the ACC. Dr. Brindis is the present Chief Medical Officer
and Chair of the ACC National Cardiovascular Registry (ACC-NCDR) Management Board now
overseeing four cardiovascular national registries assessing cardiac catheterization and
angioplasty, implantable defibrillators, carotid stenting and acute coronary syndromes. He is the
immediate past Chair of the ACC Quality Strategic Directions Committee. He presently chairs the
ACC Appropriateness Oversight Task Force developing appropriateness criteria for non-invasive
testing and revascularization procedures in cardiovascular disease. He was the recipient of the
national ACC Distinguished Fellow Award in 2007.
Dr. Brindis is active as a volunteer in the AHA having served on the California Affiliate Board
and previously as President and member of the Board of the AHA San Francisco Division.
Presently he serves on the Steering Committee of the national AHA Quality of Care and
Outcomes Conference. Dr. Brindis sits on the Cardiac Advisory Board of the state of California
OSHPD initiative overseeing public reporting of hospital and physician specific CABG mortality.
He also serves on the National Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee for Cardiac Care for the
Veteran’s Administration and was recently appointed to the VA Hospital national CABG Quality
Oversight Committee. Dr. Brindis has over one hundred publications in national peer reviewed
Dr. Brindis is married to Dr. Claire Brindis, Interim Director of the Institute of Health
Policy and also the Director of the Center for Reproductive Health Policy Research both at
UCSF. Their son Seth is an Emergency Pediatrics Fellow at UCLA Harbor Hospital and son
Daniel is attending American University Law School in Washington, DC. Dr. Brindis swims on
the USF Masters Swim Team and enjoys fine wine and too infrequent golf.
John Brush, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Dr. Brush graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 1980, completed
medical residency at the University of Vermont in 1983, and cardiovascular fellowship at Yale
University in 1985.
As a practicing cardiologist in Norfolk Virginia, he has chaired various continuous quality
improvement committees at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. In 2001, he was a member of the
ACC Task Force on Clinical Science and Quality and chaired the workgroup that examined how
scientific evidence translates into practice. He chairs the ACC Quality Strategic Directions
Committee and is the President of the Virginia ACC Chapter. He has served on the Steering
Committee for the AHA/ACC Scientific Forum on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research, the
ACC GAP Steering Committee, and the NCDR Science and Clinical Oversight Subcommittee.
He has been the ACC representative on the Practicing Physicians Advisory Council of the
National Committee for Quality Assurance.
Dr. Brush has published more than 45 articles and book chapters, and is an Associate Professor of
Clinical Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
Sen. Gary “Doc” Dillon
Indiana State Senator
Sen. Gary "Doc" Dillon (R) was elected to the Indiana State Senate in 2002. He sits on the
Energy and Environmental Affairs Committee, serves as Chair of the Ethics Committee and is
Ranking Member of the Health and Provider Services Committee. He is also Vice-Chair of the
National Standing Committee on Health for the National Conference of State Legislators.
Prior to serving in the State Senate, Dillon served in the House of Representatives from 1998 to
2002. Dillon is also a Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the IU Medical Center. He graduated
with a B.A. from Wabash College and received his M.D. from Indiana University School of
Dillon is married to his wife Ann.
James T. Dove, M.D., F.A.C.C.
President, Chair, American College of Cardiology
Dr. Dove graduated from Case-Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed a residency in
Internal Medicine and a fourth year as Chief Resident at Mt. Sinai Hospital School of Medicine in
New York City. Cardiology training was completed at the University of Rochester in Rochester,
New York. He spent two years in Health Service assigned to Washington, D.C. in Georgetown
University, Washington, D.C. VA Hospital and the National Institutes of Health. In 1973 he
began practice in Springfield, Illinois and has been affiliated with the Southern Illinois University
School of Medicine. Currently he is Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, SIU
School of Medicine. He is a founding partner of Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants, Ltd. which is
a 42-member group of cardiologists. He has been actively involved in clinical research and serves
on the Board of Directors of the Prairie Education and Research Cooperative (PERC).
He is a past Governor for the American College of Physicians, Downstate Illinois Chapter and
received the Laureate Award from the Illinois Chapter of the American College of Physicians in
1992. He was awarded Mastership in the American College of Physicians in April 2002. He also
served as President and Governor of the ACC Illinois Chapter. Nationally, he has served as Chair
of the Board of Governors of the ACC and Secretary for the ACC. In March 2002, he assumed
the office of Treasurer of ACC and Chair of the Budget, Finance & Investment Committee.
He was married to Carol Ann Proctor in 1960 and they have two children, Laura and Steven, and
five grandchildren: Noah, Adam, Connor, Ainsley, and Sierra.
James W. Fasules, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Dr. Fasules is a professor of pediatric cardiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical
Sciences, and is the director of cardiology clinics at Arkansas Children's Hospital. He received
his B.S. in chemistry at the University of Illinois-Champagne/Urbana, and his medical degree
from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where he was elected Alpha Omega
Alpha. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Colorado
Health Science Center, where he then served as chief resident. His sub-specialty training in
pediatric cardiology was also at the University of Colorado, where he completed a research
fellowship in the cardiovascular pulmonary lab.
Dr. Fasules joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1986. He
established the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program at Arkansas Children's
Hospital which led to his serving nationally as chairman of the Communications Committee, as
well as being on the Steering Committee of the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization.
Dr. Fasules has been active in the Little Rock community. He participated in the Chamber of
Commerce Leadership Greater Little Rock. He has served as past president of both the Little
Rock and Arkansas Affiliate of the American Heart Association, and currently serves on the
board of the Heartland Affiliate. He is responsible for a cooperative program of the state affiliate
and two local hospitals in providing age-specific, AHA, heart-healthy educational materials to all
public elementary, middle, and high schools in Arkansas.
In academic year 1998, Dr. Fasules won a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship in
Washington, D.C., where he served as health legislative assistant in the office of Senator J.D.
Rockefeller IV (D-WV) staffing Senator Rockefeller on the Medicare Commission.
Upon returning to Arkansas, Dr. Fasules has been active in the American College of Cardiology
(ACC), serving on numerous task forces and committees, including the ACC/AHA Guideline
Writing Group on the Management of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease. He is Immediate
Past Chair of the Board of Governors, having served as ACC Chapter President/Governor for
Arkansas (2001–2004). In addition to serving on the Board of Governors and the Board of
Trustees, he is very active as a member of the ACC Political Action Committee Board.
Dr. Fasules and his wife, Linda, have been married for 23 years and have three college age
daughters. He enjoys gardening and getting to Montana to fly-fish as much as possible.
Founder and CEO, Democratic Leadership Council
Al From is founder and chief executive officer of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), a
dynamic idea action center of the "Third Way" governing philosophy that is reshaping
progressive politics in the United States and around the globe. He is also chairman of the Third
Way Foundation and publisher of the DLC's flagship bi-monthly magazine, Blueprint: Ideas for a
A veteran Capitol Hill and White House aide, From helped form the DLC in 1985. Under his
leadership, the organization has become the leading source of policy innovation within the
Democratic Party. From played a prominent role in the 1992 election of President Bill Clinton,
who campaigned as a New Democrat, prompting USA Today to write, "The ideas at the crux of
the Clinton candidacy were largely drafted by the DLC." From was also Clinton's domestic policy
advisor during the 1992 presidential transition.
Many of the ideas advocated by DLC and PPI over the past decade have since been acted upon at
both federal and state levels, including work-based welfare reform, national service, charter
schools, community policing, and an expanded earned income tax credit. Other major initiatives -
- such as Medicare and Social Security reforms, and educational standards and accountability
proposals -- are under consideration in Congress and state legislatures. Today, DLC membership
has risen from a few dozen to thousands of citizen activists and elected officials, including some
of the nation's most respected lawmakers. From's writings have appeared in the editorial pages of
the nation's major newspapers.
From is a member of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce National
Chamber Foundation. He was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Naval Academy Board
of Visitors in 1999, and served as Chairman until December 2002 when his term expired. He is
also a member of the Emil Verban Society.
Before founding the DLC, From was executive director of the House Democratic Caucus from
1981 to 1985. For two years -- 1979 and 1980 -- he was deputy advisor on inflation to President
Jimmy Carter and from 1971 to 1979, he directed the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on
Intergovernmental Relations, chaired by Senator Edmund S. Muskie.
Born May 31, 1943, in South Bend, Indiana, From earned a Master's degree in journalism from
Northwestern University and was editor of the Daily Northwestern. He is a charter member of the
Medill School of Journalism's Hall of Achievement. From lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his
wife, Ginger. He has two daughters, Mary Virginia Rouse who resides in Exton, Pa., with her
husband, Mark, and daughter, Elizabeth; and Sarah, who resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Genn & Murphy, LLC
Mr. Genn focuses his practice on representing corporate and individual clients before federal,
state, and local legislative and regulatory bodies as well as in the courts. His areas of
representation include, among others, appropriations, transportation, procurement,
telecommunications, wireless telephony, energy and utility restructuring, PSC regulation,
corporate law, labor, health care, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, biometrics, criminal law and
security issues, municipal matters, environmental law, education, medical malpractice, product
liability, election law, intellectual property rights, copyright and trademarks, software licensing,
and Internet law emphasizing First Amendment, encryption, privacy, taxation and gambling
Mr. Genn represented the 16th Legislative District in the Maryland House of Delegates from
1987 until 1999 when he voluntarily decided not to seek re-election to return to the private
sector. During his term, Mr. Genn was Chair of the House Judiciary Criminal Justice
Mr. Genn’s wide-ranging experience includes extensive trial and appellate advocacy. He has also
been successfully involved in administrative and regulatory actions at the EPA and represented
the General Contractor in receiving a substantial judgment against the GSA during the
construction of a federal office building. Mr. Genn’s experience also includes estates, trusts,
Health Care Powers of Attorney and Advance Medical Directives and he has successfully
litigated product liability and personal injury cases.
Mr. Genn has also received numerous awards for his legislative and community service,
including being honored at a White House ceremony and receiving the “1995 Legislator of the
Year” award by the National Commission Against Drunk Driving (formerly the President’s
Commission Against Drunk Driving). Between 1991-2003, Mr. Genn served as an Executive
Board member of the Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Mr. Genn also served
as Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator Birch Bayh (1974-75).
Mr. Genn has received Martindale Hubbell’s highest attorney rating, “AV.” Mr. Genn is a
member of the D.C. Bar, Maryland State Bar and the U.S. District Courts and Federal Circuit
Courts for D. C. and Maryland.
Mr. Genn received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Duke University in 1974 and his J.D. from
the University of Maryland Law School in 1978, receiving the Dean’s Award for Exceptional
Achievement and Service. Mr. Genn was the Editor-in-Chief of the International Law Journal in
1978 and the author of, “Post-War Law Providing for Restitution of Identifiable Property Seized
by Nazi Government,” ILJ, Vol. 3, No. 1 (1977).
Sen. Evan Jenkins
West Virginia State Senator
Sen. Evan Jenkins of West Virginia served I the State Senate from 2002-2006. Prior to that, he
served in the West Virginia House from 1994-1948. He was born Sept. 12, 1960, in Huntington,
West Virginia. He earned his B.S. from the University of Florida and his J.D. from the
Cumberland School of Law. He is married to Elizabeth Weiler and has three children, Evan Jr.
(Hollin), Charles and Olivia.
Sen. Jenkins is president of Operation B.E.S.T., CEO of the West Virginia Medical Foundation
and a member of the Board of Directors for the Foster Foundation and Riverview Manor. He is
also a member of the West Virginia State Bar Association, former business law instructor at
Marshall University and a member of the State Legislative Advisory Council and the Democratic
Leadership Council. He is the former Co-Chair of the West Virginia State Chamber of Commerce
Health Care Committee and past board member of the Western West Virginia Chapter of the
American Red Cross. He is an organizer for WV Health Initiative, Inc., and WV Center for
Sen. Jenkins received the AMA’s Medical Executive Achievement Award in 2006.
Rep. Steve Kagen, M.D. (D–Wis.)
Steve Kagen was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he and his wife Gayle raised
four children. His first job was at the Foremost Dairy where he bagged sugar and whey. He later
earned an Honors Degree in Molecular Biology and his medical degree from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison. Before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November
2006, Dr. Kagen founded the Kagen Allergy Clinics in Appleton, Green Bay, Oshkosh and Fond
du Lac and served as an assistant clinical professor of Allergy-Immunology at the Medical
College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
He is triple Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and
Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology, and was named by Wisconsin physicians as one of the “Best
Doctors in America.” He is also credited with having discovered many new causes of allergy and
asthma, and served for seven years as the exclusive Allergy Consultant to CNN, CNN Airport
News, CNN Headline News, and CNN Interactive.
Dr. Kagen was honored in 2005 by the Environmental Protection Administration for his creation
of a 5th grade health education program that protects children from environmental risks.
Steve was elected to Congress to fight for guaranteed access to affordable health care for
everyone. Steve Kagen is the only Wisconsin member of Congress serving on the House
Committee on Agriculture, and has a seat on the influential Subcommittees on Livestock, Dairy
and Poultry; Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research; and Department Operations, Oversight,
Nutrition and Forestry.
Dr. Kagen also serves on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, having been
awarded seats on the Aviation and Water Resources and Environment Subcommittees.
Director of Regulatory Affairs, ACC
Rebecca Kelly is ACC’s director of Regulatory Affairs. She joined the ACC staff in July 2005
after nearly 12 years at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), where
she served as director of Health Economics. Prior to her work with ACOG, she held several
positions as a health policy analyst focusing on health care financing and maternal and child
health programs. Rebecca received her master’s degree in public policy from the LBJ School of
Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin, and her bachelor’s degree from Duke
Rep. Mark Kirk (R–Ill.)
Mark Kirk represents the 10th Congressional District of Illinois located in the suburbs north of
Chicago. Now in his fourth term, Congressman Kirk is a member of the powerful House
Appropriations Committee and serves on two of its subcommittees: State, Foreign Operations and
Related Programs, and Financial Services.
Congressman Kirk is co-chairman of the Tuesday Group, the caucus of mainstream Republican
Members of Congress. In that capacity, Mr. Kirk works to advance a suburban agenda that is
pro-defense, pro-personal responsibility, pro-environment, and pro-science.
Congressman Kirk wrote a number of provisions which became law, including funding for
commuter rail, improving veteran's health care, ensuring military voting, and boosting aviation
security. Congressional Quarterly named Congressman Kirk as one of the "28 Emerging Leaders
Kirk began his career on the staff of his predecessor, Congressman John Porter. He later served in
the World Bank, the State Department, the law firm of Baker & McKenzie, and the U.S. House
International Relations Committee.
Congressman Kirk is a Naval Reserve intelligence officer who served during conflicts with Iraq,
Haiti, and Bosnia. He served four tours at sea and three in Panama. The U.S. Navy named Kirk
'Intelligence Officer of the Year' in 1999 for his combat service in Kosovo. Kirk flew on missions
over Iraq and continues to serve one weekend a month in the Pentagon. Kirk is the only member
of Congress to serve stateside during Operation Iraqi Freedom and was an air crewman over Iraq
during Operation Northern Watch.
Representative Kirk graduated from New Trier High School and attended the Universidad
Nacional Autonoma de Mexico before earning a B.A. from Cornell. He holds a Masters Degree
from the London School of Economics and a law degree from Georgetown. He and his wife,
Kimberly, live in Highland Park, Illinois.
Roger Leonard, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Dr. Roger Leonard is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of
Medicine, subsequently completing fellowships in clinical pharmacology and cardiovascular
diseases. He was Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Marshall University,
1978-1982. Dr. Leonard served as Chief of Staff at Montgomery General Hospital in
Maryland 2002-2003. He has served on the Carrier Advisory Committee of CMS for the greater
Washington metropolitan region, 2000 to present. He is a Fellow of the American College of
Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and is Governor for the Maryland
Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.
Jack Lewin, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer, American College of Cardiology
Jack Lewin has been Chief Executive Officer of the ACC since November 2006. Prior to coming
to the College, Jack was CEO of the California Medical Association. In this position, he oversaw
the 35,000-member association, as well as its various subsidiary companies. CMA is the nation’s
largest state medical association, with over $45 million in annual revenues, $50 million in assets,
and over 300 employees, including the CMA subsidiary companies.
Jack was formerly Hawaii’s Director of Health from 1986-1994, overseeing 6,500 employees and
a $1 Billion budget. In this role, he helped Hawaii achieve near-universal access to health care
and revitalize statewide public health systems. In Hawaii, he was also CEO of the statewide 13-
facility Community Hospital System. Before that, as a Commissioned Officer in the USPHS, he
was the founder and first Director of the Navajo Nation Department of Health, serving the needs
of America’s largest Indian tribe, straddling the three states of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.
Trained in internal medicine, Jack has also enjoyed many years of practicing primary care
medicine during his career in Arizona, Hawaii, and California.
Jack serves on numerous national boards and advisory bodies. He was a founder and President of
the Physicians’ Foundations, which are among the top ten health-related philanthropies in the
nation, focused on promoting quality, patient safety, and health information technology
adoption.He is Chair, President, and a Founder of the National Patient Safety Institute. His board
appointments have included Partnership for Prevention, the AudioDigest Foundation, Marathon
Multimedia Inc, Hepatitis Foundation International, the Institute for Medical Quality, Consumers
Allied for Patient Protection, the Navajo Nation Health Advisory Board, the e-Health Initiative,
Connecting for Health, CAL-RHIO, and, the California Governor’s Council on Sports and
Fitness. He was an advisor on health policy to President Clinton.
Jack has been honored with many awards. These include the Health Leader of the Year Award
from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officers’ Association, the Nathan Davis
Award from the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association’s Justin Ford
Kimbal Award, and the Arthur T. McCormack Award from the Association of State and
Territorial Health Officials. He is an honorary Past President of the California Medical
Association. Jack’s publications have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical
Association, American Journal of Surgery, Health Affairs, and many other professional,
scientific, and national media sources.
Jack received his B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and his
M.D. from the University of Southern California. His hobbies include composing for piano,
skiing, biking, kayaking, and long-distance running, having completed over 25 marathons. He
and his wife Sandra have three children.
Elizabeth G. Nabel
Director, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health
Elizabeth G. Nabel, M.D., a native of St. Paul, MN, received her M.D. from Cornell University
Medical College in 1981. She completed an internship and residency in internal medicine
followed by a clinical and research fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and
Women’s Hospital, Harvard University. In 1987, she joined the faculty at the University of
Michigan as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and rose through the ranks, becoming Director of
the Cardiovascular Research Center in 1992, Professor of Medicine and Physiology in 1994, and
Chief of the Division of Cardiology in 1997.
A cardiologist with extensive clinical experience, Dr. Nabel has had a distinguished career as a
researcher. While at the University of Michigan, she became known for her research on the
molecular genetics of cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Nabel joined the National Heart, Lung, and
Blood Institute (NHLBI) in 1999 as the Institute’s Scientific Director of Clinical Research. In
2005, Dr. Nabel became Director of the NHLBI where she oversees an extensive national
research portfolio of basic and clinical research to prevent, diagnose, and treat heart, lung, and
blood diseases. The Institute also conducts educational activities for health professionals, patients,
and the general public.
Dr. Nabel has made many contributions to basic and clinical research on the pathogenesis and
treatment of cardiovascular diseases. She has devoted several decades to exploring genes that
contribute to vascular disease and strategies for gene transfer to benefit patients with those
diseases. She has delineated the mechanisms that regulate the vascular proliferation and
remodeling which lead to blood vessel blockages. Her research now focuses on the role of genetic
factors in blood vessel diseases, including atherosclerosis and Hutchinson Gilford Progeria
Syndrome, a rare, premature aging syndrome.
Dr. Nabel has served as a Visiting Professor at major medical centers throughout the country and
delivered major lectureships in Europe and Australia. She has received numerous awards for her
scientific accomplishments, including the Willem Einthoven Award from Leiden University in
the Netherlands, the Amgen-Scientific Achievement Award from the American Society for
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Basic
Cardiovascular Sciences Council and the Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Council of the American Heart Association. In 2001, she received an honorary doctorate from the
University of Leuven, Belgium and in 2006 from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York.
Dr. Nabel is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences,
the American Society of Clinical Investigation, and the Association of American Physicians, as
well as a Fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. She
serves on the editorial board of many scientific journals, including being an editorial board
member of the New England Journal of Medicine, past Board of Reviewing Editors for Science,
and associate editor for the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
A partner on 13 patents, Dr. Nabel is the author of more than 200 scientific publications, and she
has mentored more than 45 students and fellows.
Professional Staff for House Ways and Means Committee
Joelle Oishi serves as professional staff to the Ways and Means Committee under Ranking
Member Jim McCrery and Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Dave Camp. Her primary
areas of focus are Medicare Part B, health IT and quality.
Prior to this she was Health Policy Advisor to the Senate Committee on Finance under the
Chairmanship of Chuck Grassley, where she handled Part B issues. Prior to the Finance
Committee, she worked for the Ways and Means Committee where she assisted in development
and passage of the 2002 and 2003 Medicare bill under the Chairmanship of Bill Thomas.
Ms. Oishi has also served as special assistant to the director of communications and operations
support for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as part of the Presidential Management
Rep. Mike Ross (D–Ark.)
Mike Ross, of Prescott, was first elected to the United States Congress in 2000 and is currently
serving his fourth term.
Mike has been appointed to the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the
House Committee on Science and Technology. Ross was also appointed by Speaker Nancy
Pelosi to serve on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Parliamentary Assembly (NATO-
PA), where he represents the United States at meetings of the 26 NATO-member countries.
Mike is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition, a group of fiscally conservative Democratic House
Members, and has been elected by his colleagues to serve as Co-Chair for Communications.
A fifth-generation Arkansan, Mike was born in Texarkana, Arkansas. He is the son of public
school educators and is married to the former Holly Hempen of Texarkana. They have two
children, Sydney, age 18, and Alex, age 15. Mike and Holly are active members of the First
United Methodist Church in Prescott.
In 1990, Mike was elected, at age 29, as the youngest member of the Arkansas State Senate,
where he served for ten years. In 2005, Mike was named Citizen of the Year in his hometown by
the Prescott-Nevada County Chamber of Commerce. That same year, he also received the
Distinguished Citizen Award from the DeSoto Area Council Boy Scouts of America.
Mike is a graduate of Hope High School in Hope, Arkansas, and the University of Arkansas at
Little Rock. He worked his way through college as a radio announcer. He is also a former
member of the Nevada County Quorum Court.
John W. Schaeffer, M.D., F.A.C.C.
John W. Schaeffer, M.D., F.A.C.C., is clinical cardiologist and the founding partner and
Chairman of the Board of the North Ohio Heart Center, a nearly 60 cardiology and primary care
physician practice on the west of Cleveland. He is a cum laude graduate of the Ohio State
University College of Medicine and did his internal medicine and cardiology training at the
University of Colorado.
Dr. Schaeffer has served with the American College of Cardiology since the early 90’s. He has
served in the capacity of past Governor of the Ohio Chapter of the ACC, past chair of the
Economics of Health Care, past chair of the Advocacy Committee, past member of the Task
Force on Cardiovascular Relative Values, Coding and Nomenclature and Payor Advocacy
committees. He is a member of the newly created ACC Task Force on Performance Assessment,
Recognition, Reinforcement and Reward (PAR3) and the ACC Informatics Committee. He has
been the physician champion for the ACC PQRI efforts to educate membership and support PQRI
participation. He is the ACC’s physician representative to the Ambulatory Quality Alliance
(AQA) and a member of AQA’s cost of care committee.
Dr. Schaeffer has been the past president of the Lorain County Medical Society and active in the
Ohio State Medical Association, including the P4P committee. He is the Chairmen of the Lorain
County Community College Physician CME Consortium and serves on the Lorain County
Community College Foundation Board. He is a life trustee of the American Heart Association
and was recently honored by the AHA as one of the 5 major cardiologist’s contributors to the
Cleveland Cardiology Community. His group, North Ohio Heart Center is one of the 6
participating physician organizations to the AMA/CMS Cardio HIT project designed to
demonstrate the value of EHR in performance measurement and reporting.
Jean R. Slutsky
Director, Center for Outcomes and Evidence, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services
Ms. Slutsky has directed the Center for Outcomes and Evidence (COE), Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since June
2003. Prior to Ms. Slutsky’s appointment as director of COE, she served as acting director of the
Center for Practice and Technology Assessment at AHRQ. Most recently, Ms. Slutsky has
implemented a comparative effectiveness research program that includes evidence synthesis,
evidence generation, and evidence communication. The Effective Health Care Program is
authorized under Section 1013 of the Medicare Modernization Act. Ms. Slutsky oversees the
Evidence-based Practice Center program; Technology Assessment Program; extramural and
intramural research portfolios concerning translating research into practice, outcomes and
effectiveness research, including pharmaceutical outcomes, and cost-effectiveness analyses; and
the National Guideline, Quality Measures, and QualityTools Clearinghouses. She is a vice chair
of the Guidelines International Network and a member of the editorial board of Implementation
Prior to becoming acting director of the Center for Practice and Technology Assessment, Ms.
Slutsky, served as project director of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an internationally
recognized panel of experts who make evidence-based recommendations on clinical preventive
Ms. Slutsky received her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Iowa, a Masters of
Science in Public Health (Health Policy and Administration) from the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, and trained as a Physician Assistant at the University of Southern
Political Director, NBC News
As Political Director for NBC News, Chuck Todd has proved himself as one of America's
foremost experts on political campaigns of all levels.
A craving for political coverage: Along with his responsibilities as the NBC News Political
Director, Chuck Todd also serves as NBC News' on-air political analyst for NBC Nightly News
with Brian Williams, Meet the Press with Tim Russert and the Today Show. In addition to his on-
air analysis, Todd handles all aspects of NBC News' political coverage, including maintaining
contact with the campaigns and serving as the point person for political news and information.
Continuing to add to his NBC involvement, Todd also edits First Read, the network's must-read
guide to political news and trends in and around our nation's capital.
Audiences may recognize Todd from his frequent appearances on television, including C-SPAN's
Washington Journal and MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews. During the 2004 elections, he
had the rare privilege of moderating one of the few presidential candidate forums in Iowa.
Accompanying his extensive media presence is his work as a graduate level professor at the Johns
Hopkins University. In December 2005, the Washingtonian featured him in its "Best of" issue in
the journalism section. In March 2001, George magazine named Todd one of the 50 most
influential people in politics.
A politically acquainted wordsmith: Chuck Todd loves to follow races, issues, and campaigns. He
earned practical political experience on initiative campaigns in Florida and various national
campaigns based in Washington. When he isn't following politics, he's writing about them. In
addition to his frequent contributions of his own op-ed pieces, which have been published by both
the New York Times and The Washington Post, Todd also writes a highly-regarded weekly
political column for NationalJournal.com and often provides sharp political essays for such
newspapers as The Atlantic Monthly.
For 14 years Todd served as Editor-In-Chief of The Hotline, Washington's premier daily briefing
on American politics. In those years, he helped to grow the publication beyond just a single daily
political exposition. From Hotline Weekly to House Race Hotline to the various morning and
afternoon updates, Todd helped make the elite paper the epicenter of politics. During his time
with The Hotline, Todd stayed on the cutting edge of publication creations, including The Sports
Business Daily in 1994 and two highly acclaimed political websites in 1996.
Todd is a native of Miami, Fla., and currently resides in Arlington, VA, with his wife, Kristian,
and daughter Margaret.
Health Policy Counsel on the Republican Staff of the Senate Finance Committee
Sue Walden has been involved in the health care field for more than 20 years as a congressional
staffer, lawyer, and government relations professional working with Congress, the Executive
Branch, and state governments. She currently serves as Health Policy Counsel on the
Republican staff of the Senate Finance Committee where she handles Medicare Part B issues,
including physician payment, prescription drugs and durable medical equipment. She worked
extensively on the Medicare provisions included in the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 as
well as on health information technology legislation considered in the 109th Congress.
Sue previously served as Health Policy Advisor to Senator Olympia Snowe where she was
responsible for Finance Committee health issues involving Medicare, Medicaid, and the State
Children's Health Insurance Program. She handled provider and beneficiary issues related to
hospitals, nursing homes, federal health centers, and physicians, including implementation of the
new Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit. She was heavily engaged in the Medicare and
Medicaid budget reconciliation debate and passage of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.
Sue was formerly president of Walden Associates, a health care consulting firm that provided
government affairs, legislative expertise, and strategic planning services to health care
organizations. Prior to that, she was director of federal relations for Johnson & Johnson where
she handled government relations and legislative matters related to pharmaceuticals,
biotechnology, medical devices, and consumer products.
Sue also served as assistant general counsel and head of state government relations for a national
association representing manufacturers of nonprescription drugs and consumer health care
products, now known as the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. She managed federal
and state government affairs for the association, frequently testifying before state legislatures and
Sue attended the College of William and Mary, received her B.A. from the University of Georgia,
and her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law. She is a member of the
District of Columbia and Virginia Bars.
Janet S. Wright, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Dr. Janet S. Wright practices invasive cardiology as a partner in Northstate Cardiology
Consultants, Chico, Calif. She received her medical doctorate at the University of Tennessee and
completed her internal medicine residency at Children’s Hospital and Adult Medical Center in
San Francisco. Cardiovascular fellowship followed at San Francisco General Hospital and
University of California at San Francisco.
Wright was appointed to the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Board of Trustees in March
2005. She has been a member or co-chair of the ACC’s Annual Medical Directors’ Institute since
2003 and currently serves as co-chair of the Joint Quality-Advocacy Working Group on Pay for
As Chair of ACC’s Disease Management Oversight Task Force, she testified before the House
Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health in regard to the Chronic Care Improvement Programs
(CCIPs) mandated by the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. Wright is a member of the Board
of Directors of the Disease Management Association of America (DMAA).
Since December 2004, Wright has served on the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee, the
29 member board established by Proposition 71 to oversee the California Institute of
William K. Wynne
Health Counsel on the Senate Finance Committee Health and Welfare Team
Billy Wynne serves as Health Counsel on the Senate Finance Committee Health and Welfare
Team where he advises Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and other majority members of the
Committee on a range of health care issues. He is primarily responsible for Medicare fee-for-
service financing, benefits and quality. Topics he focuses on are payment for physician services,
physician-administered drugs, durable medical equipment, and outpatient hospital services.
Prior to joining the Finance Committee staff, Mr. Wynne was an Associate in the Health Policy
Practice Group at Patton Boggs. There, he advised clients on federal legislative and
administrative matters, especially Medicare policy. Mr. Wynne has also served as an employee
of the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division. From 1999 to 2001, he worked as
a Mission Coordinator for Operation Smile, Inc., an international health care non-profit dedicated
to providing reconstructive surgery to children born with facial deformities in developing
A native of Chesapeake, VA, Mr. Wynne has a law degree from the University of Virginia and an
A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College.