Discovering Quality Health Care in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

Discovering Quality Health Care in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities

January 10, 2018

Our Keynote Speaker

Jonathan Skinner

Jonathan Skinner is the James O. Freedman Professor in the economics department at Dartmouth, and a professor with the Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine. He received his PhD in Economics from UCLA and has taught at the University of Virginia, Stanford University, and Harvard University. In 2001 he was awarded the first Dartmouth Student Council teaching award, and in 2007 was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is also a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in Cambridge, MA and a former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Human Resources. His research interests include the economics of government transfer programs, technology growth and disparities in health care, and the savings behavior of aging baby boomers.


Our Panel

Edward Abraham

Professor and Dean
Wake Forest School of Medicine

M.D. Degree – Stanford University

Dr. Abraham received both his undergraduate and medical degrees at Stanford University and trained in internal and critical care medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Immunobiology at the Pasteur Institute in Paris.

After completing his training, Dr. Abraham joined the faculty at UCLA, where he was Associate Director of the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Program Director of the Multi‐Hospital Critical Care Training Program, Chief of Critical Care Services in the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine.

In 1993, Dr. Abraham moved to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. His numerous leadership roles during 13 years at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center included Program Director of the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, Vice Chair for Administrative Affairs in the Department of Medicine, Director of the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, Roger Sherman Mitchell Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine.

In 2006, Dr. Abraham moved to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) as Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine. During his five years as chair of medicine at UAB, the department increased research funding by 25 percent, developed a physician‐scientist track in the residency program, initiated a mentoring program for junior faculty, enhanced diversity among faculty and trainees, and fostered a culture of collaboration and teamwork among faculty and staff.

He is a proven leader and an accomplished scientist with basic, translational and clinical research programs that have received continuous National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for more than 25 years. Dr. Abraham has been either the principal or co‐investigator on more than $35 million in NIH grants or contracts and $58 million in other research funding. He also holds four patents. Dr. Abraham’s research has focused on inflammation, neutrophil biology, acute lung injury, and sepsis.

Dr. Abraham joined the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center as dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine on August 1, 2011.  He also holds a faculty appointment as professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Section on Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Immunologic Diseases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Critical Care Medicine, as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians, American Thoracic Society and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Abraham has received numerous honors, including most recently the Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishments from the American Thoracic Society. He has been Associate Editor and Section Editor for the Journal of Immunology, serves on the editorial boards of 13 other journals, and is the editor emeritus of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. He has published more than 350 original research articles, reviews, editorials and book chapters.

Dr. Abraham’s family includes his wife, Norma‐May Isakow, Associate Director at the Institute for Public Engagement at Wake Forest University, daughter Claire, a graduate of Stanford University, and daughter Erin, a junior at Dartmouth College.

Charles Courtemanche

Dr. Courtemanche is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.  He is a health economist and applied microeconomist whose research interests include the economic causes of obesity, public policies to expand insurance coverage, ambulatory surgery centers, big box retailers, and housing market interventions during the Great Depression.  His research has been published in journals including the Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Economic History, Economic Inquiry, Health Economics, and Public Choice.  Dr. Courtemanche has previously been a faculty member at the University of Louisville and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He is also a faculty research fellow in the Health Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Tim Rice

Tim was born and raised in Washington State. He attended Washington State University, graduating with a degree in pharmacy and later a residency in clinical pharmacy. He began his health care career as a pharmacist at Cone Health’s Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro in 1978,progressing into a position managing several aspects of the operation of the pharmacy department. He pursued a graduate degree in health administration at Duke University and returned to Cone Health in various management roles, primarily with product line responsibilities for various centers of excellence.

In 1992 he was promoted to Executive Vice President of the Health Services Division of Cone Health where he led the organization’s efforts developing non-acute care services, including nursing homes, home care, hospice, outpatient surgery, physician office developments and other outpatient entities. In 1997 Tim became the Executive Vice President of Moses Cone Memorial Hospital. In this role he led the 547-bed teaching facility, which provides tertiary services for the Greensboro and surrounding areas. Tim served as Chief Operating Officer of Cone Health from 2001 – 2004, when he was responsible for the network’s five acute care hospitals. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Cone Health in August 2004.

Tim is very active in professional, civic and church efforts. He serves on the boards of the North Carolina Hospital Association, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro Partnership, Piedmont Triad Partnership and the GTCC Foundation. He serves nationally on the Board of Directors of The Joint Commission which is an accrediting agency for healthcare facilities, serves as a North Carolina State Delegate for Region 3 of the American Hospital Association, serves on the Boards for the National Center for Healthcare Leadership, the VHA Central Atlantic Board and the Southern Atlantic Healthcare Alliance. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Tim received the Thomas Z. Osborne Distinguished Citizen Award for 2011 from the Greensboro Partnership, an organization made up of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Greensboro Economic Development Alliance and Action Greensboro. He received the Distinguished Service Award for 2012 from the North Carolina Hospital Association, which is the highest honor for the Association.

Tim and his wife Carolynn live in Greensboro. They have two children and two grandchildren.