Marcus Aikin, FCAS, MAAA is a senior actuary in the Global Strategic Advisory Group at Guy Carpenter. Mr. Aikin specializes in construction/implementation of economic capital models within an enterprise risk management framework. He also has extensive experience working with clients to maximize the value of their reinsurance program, effectively manage risk, and optimize return on capital.
Mr. Aikin is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in economics and a mathematics minor.
Leah Binder, MA, MGA has served, since 2008, as president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., representing employers and other purchasers of healthcare calling for improved safety and quality in hospitals. She is a regular contributor to Forbes.com and other publications and is consistently cited among the most influential people and top women in healthcare and patient safety.
Under her leadership, The Leapfrog Group launched the Hospital Safety Grade, which assigns letter grades on the safety of general hospitals across the country. She fostered groundbreaking innovation in transparency and payment policy through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which sets high standards for hospital quality and publicly reports information available from no other source. Leapfrog’s leadership is widely credited as key to significant advances in healthcare delivery, including reductions in early elective deliveries and other maternity measures, improvements in medication safety, reductions in infections, and the acceleration of healthcare transparency.
Ms. Binder is a frequent speaker at events across the country. She serves on numerous national boards and advisory committees such as the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchasing Coalitions, AARP’s Champions for Nursing, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the NQF MAP Coordinating Council. She also serves on the board of the privately held company Knowledge To Practice.
Before joining Leapfrog, she was vice president for the Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington, Maine; and prior to that served as senior policy advisor in the Office of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in New York City. She started her career doing public policy and communications for the National League for Nursing. She has a bachelor’s degree in politics from Brandeis and two master’s degrees from University of Pennsylvania, one from the Annenberg School for Communications and the other from the Fels Institute of Government.
Wendy Chung, MD, PhD
Wendy Chung, MD, PhD is a clinical and molecular geneticist and the Kennedy Family Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine and the Director of Clinical Research of SFARI at the Simons Foundation. She received her BA in biochemistry and economics from Cornell University, her MD from Cornell University Medical College, and her PhD from The Rockefeller University in genetics. Dr. Chung directs NIH-funded research programs in human genetics of autism, neurodevelopmental disorders, birth defects including congenital diaphragmatic hernia, esophageal atresia, and congenital heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, cardiomyopathy, and breast cancer. A world leader in the diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases, Dr. Chung has identified more than 41 new genes for human diseases.
She leads the Precision Medicine Resource in the Irving Institute at Columbia University and serves on the Genomics and Pediatrics Advisory Committees for the All of Us Precision Medicine Initiative and Council for the National Human Genome Research Institute.
Her studies to develop and implement inexpensive newborn screening for spinal muscular atrophy have been instrumental in changing the policy to screen every newborn in the U.S. for this genetic condition to ensure presymptomatic access to treatment with gene therapy and oligonucleotide therapy. She was the original plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that overturned the ability to patent genes and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Genetic Testing.
Dr. Chung was the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award and the Medical Achievement Award from Bonei Olam. She is renowned for her teaching and mentoring and received Columbia University’s highest teaching award, the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Thomas D. Dahlback
Thomas D. Dahlback is vice president and senior professional liability underwriter at SCOR Reinsurance Company. SCOR provides insurance companies with a diversified and innovative range of solutions and services to control and manage risk. Mr. Dahlback is a member of SCOR’s Professional Liability Team focused exclusively on MPL companies in the United States, including mutual companies, commercial carriers, and RRGs. Prior to SCOR, Mr. Dahlback worked for 29 years on the primary side underwriting all segments of MPL: hospitals, physicians, miscellaneous facilities, long-term care, and allied providers. In his most recent position prior to joining SCOR, he focused on underwriting large healthcare organizations who purchased layered insurance/reinsurance programs.
Mr. Dahlback is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS). He also holds the Registered Professional Liability Underwriter designation from PLUS. He received his Bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
John C. Evanko
John C. Evanko, MD, MBA, FACOG joined MCIC Vermont in 2017 as its senior vice president and chief medical officer. In this role, he leads MCIC Vermont’s Patient Safety and Loss Prevention clinical initiatives, and joins MCIC’s management team to oversee the company’s strategic direction. Dr. Evanko has extensive experience in leading multiple clinical transformation initiatives that align value, cost, and outcomes within large academic medical institutions. As a physician executive, he is passionate about high quality healthcare delivery with a specific focus on patient safety and patient experience. Currently, his team is focused on improving clinical outcomes and reducing MPL costs in the areas of surgery, obstetrics, emergency medicine, and office practice, and is developing a physician risk program for MCIC Vermont members.
Dr. Evanko was employed at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center for 18 years. He is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His clinical specialty was minimally invasive and robotic gynecologic surgery. Dr. Evanko is an accomplished physician executive who has served in multiple leadership roles while at NYP/Columbia University. During his time at NYP/Columbia University he served as division director of Gynecology, perioperative director for NYP/CUMC, and most recently as associate chief medical officer, vice president of Medical Affairs at Columbia University Medical Center and chief medical officer, VPMA at NYP/Lawrence Hospital.
Dr. Evanko received his AB in biology from Princeton University, attended New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY, where he received his MD, and subsequently obtained an MBA from Columbia University Business School.
Ben Harder oversees U.S. News & World Report’s portfolio of data-driven patient decision-support tools. Freely available at usnews.com/health, these tools include hospital rankings and ratings, nursing home ratings, and more than 850,000 searchable online profiles of individual physicians. Mr. Harder is a healthcare journalist whose work has appeared in BMJ, JAMA, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Science News, USA Today, the Washington Post, and other publications, as well as the anthology Best American Science Writing 2005. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and completed a journalism fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2002. He has been an editor at U.S. News since 2007.
Gina H. Harris
Gina H. Harris is regional vice president of Claims for ProAssurance Corporation. She has amassed years of multi-jurisdictional litigation experience in the management and supervision of high value cases. She excels at litigation management, team building, case analysis, and tenaciously provides a rigorous and personalized defense for her insureds.
A Chicago native who grew up in South Florida, Ms. Harris received a Bachelor of business administration from the University of Miami and earned her master’s degree in management and leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada and oversees claims handling for the western region of ProAssurance.
John E. Hall, Jr.
John E. Hall, Jr., Esq. is one of the founding partners of Hall Booth Smith, PC. He specializes in the defense of high exposure cases, involving hospitals and medical liability claims. He manages and handles high exposure cases in more than 20 states as national counsel for several insurers, companies, and hospitals. He has extensive litigation experience, having tried in excess of 120 civil cases. Mr. Hall is licensed in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and North Carolina.
Mr. Hall has received several awards including: Super Lawyer, Insurance Man of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America, and peer rated AV with Martindale Hubbell. He was one of the founders of USLAW Network, now an international confederation of more than 6,400 attorneys and is past chairman of the organization.
Michelle Hoppes, RN, AHRMQR, DFASHRM is CEO of MPIE, a medical malpractice insurance company and of Eagle Risk Consulting, a risk management and patient safety solution company. She began her career as a registered nurse and healthcare risk manager before joining the corporate side of business. She has held senior positions in both healthcare organizations and insurance companies, performing executive roles in risk management, claims management, business development and Board officer positions. Ms. Hoppes’ leadership positions have included SVP Global Risk Management and Loss Control for a global insurance company, SVP Healthcare Risk Management for a national professional liability third party administrator, SVP for a risk retention group, and president of national consulting companies. She has served on several national organizations such as the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), Emergency Medicine Physician Patient Safety Foundation (EMPSF), past president of both the Michigan state and national level risk management societies-ASHRM and currently as a committee member for the MPL Association.
Ms. Hoppes is a frequent national speaker and a leading co-author of the whitepaper series on serious safety events for ASHRM. She has served as the chair of the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) committee for ASHRM and has been a recipient of the RIMS/Logic Manager national award for best practices in ERM. She has had numerous articles published, as well as book chapters. She has completed the AHA/ASHRM/NPSF leadership program as a patient safety fellow and obtained a Master’s degree in healthcare management with an emphasis in risk management from the Finch University, the Chicago Medical School. She is certified in risk management and quality review and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.
Michele J. Johns
Michele J. Johns, JD, CPHRM received a BS degree, with distinction, from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1982. She graduated, cum laude, from Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law, in December 1989. Ms. Johns is admitted to the bar of the State of Indiana, and the Northern and Southern Indiana U.S. District Courts.
From 1990 through early 1999, she practiced privately, predominately in the area of civil litigation. In 1995, she joined the firm of Ice Miller, focusing solely on medical liability defense and related healthcare litigation. In March 1999, Ms. Johns joined IU Health, Inc., an acute care/ academic hospital system, and has held a variety of positions, including associate general counsel, executive director of Insurance Operations and Risk Management, and currently, chief risk officer. Her duties include overseeing the enterprise risk management program for the IU Health system and operation and management of IU Health’s captive insurance program.
Ms. Johns also serves as president of IU Health Risk Retention Group, Inc. a South Carolina domiciled Risk Retention Group. She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, Indiana Society for Health Care Risk Management, and American Society for Health Care Risk Management.
Ms. Johns holds the designation of Certified Professional Healthcare Risk Manager (CPHRM) which is granted by the American Hospital Association. She has an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubble as well as an active Indiana Insurance Producer’s License. Most recently she was awarded a certification from Stanford University in Strategic Decision Making and Risk Management, Emphasis in Healthcare.
Chad C. Karls
Chad C. Karls, FCAS, MAAA is a principal and consulting actuary in the Milwaukee office of Milliman, Inc. He specializes in medical professional liability and has assisted numerous clients with a large variety of actuarial needs, financial reporting issues, rating agency matters, and pricing and rating projects. Mr. Karls is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Andrew S. Kaufman
Andrew S. Kaufman, Esq. is a founding partner who represents healthcare providers in virtually all medical specialty fields as well as many of the most prestigious hospitals in the New York metropolitan area. He also represents a number of well-known medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Kaufman has tried more than 100 cases to verdict, including numerous cases of multimillion-dollar exposure. He has lectured at the New York State Bar Association, the Greater New York Hospital Association, Yale University School of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Westchester County Medical Center, and many major metropolitan hospitals. Also, he is a former Trial Advocacy Instructor at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Mr. Kaufman is the past president of the New York State Medical Defense Bar and a past vice chairman of the American Bar Association Section on Law and Medicine, where he was a keynote speaker at their annual convention. He is the chairperson at the NYSBA biannual seminar on Medical Malpractice Litigation and was named by New York Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in medical malpractice defense in the greater Metropolitan New York area for 2005-present.
Kevin M. Kennedy
Kevin M. Kennedy has had a 25-year consulting career that has given him a unique understanding of shifting trends in the healthcare industry. A member of ECG’s Board of Directors and head of the firm’s Northwest Healthcare practice, Mr. Kennedy has guided hospital executives and physician leaders through periods of dramatic change, and he is highly regarded for his informed perspective on the industry’s changing conditions and new models of care, as well as the business arrangements required to achieve clinical integration. He has helped dozens of hospitals, health systems, and medical groups solve their most challenging strategic, financial, and operational problems.
Mr. Kennedy has particular expertise in strategic planning, healthcare integration efforts, and hospital/physician relationships, and is a frequent speaker before healthcare industry associations. He is a past winner of the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s Yerger/Seawell award for outstanding publications. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Arizona and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.
Anna Liotta, CSP, MA is an award-winning keynote speaker and best-selling author with a deep understanding from 20 years of research on how generational demographics and dynamics affect every aspect of business success.
Early in her career, Ms. Liotta identified a common theme: a fundamental lack of understanding between different generations within an organization hinders trust, alignment, and bottom-line outcomes. This led to her life’s work of helping people develop practical strategies for optimal communications across generations.
Her most impressive generational credential however is that she is the youngest of nineteen children. This means that every Thanksgiving, graduation, or wedding is a fascinating case study in multi-generational communication. Ms. Liotta holds a Master’s degree in interpersonal communication. She currently serves as the vice president of the National Speakers Association, and president of the Columbia Tower Club, and Top 40 Under 40 Alumni Association.
Kurt Scott is the president and chief executive officer of Kansas Medical Mutual Insurance Company and KaMMCO Health Solutions, Inc. (collectively, KAMMCO). He began his career at KAMMCO as the vice president and chief financial officer in December 1989, shortly after the formation of the company and was a key player in the design of the company’s systems and operations. Through the years, KAMMCO has grown to become the leading medical professional liability insurance company in Kansas. Beginning in 2014, KAMMCO launched an effort to build Health Information Exchanges (HIE’s), with clinical data analytics capabilities in a number of states, in addition to Kansas. KAMMCO now operates HIE’s in seven states. Prior to joining KaMMCO, Mr. Scott served as the Chief Examiner of the Kansas Insurance Department and received his Bachelor of Science in business administration with a major in accounting, from Kansas State University. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the MPL Association (formerly PIAA), Topeka Country Club, the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and serves currently on the Board of Directors of U.S. Alliance Corporation, U.S. Alliance Life and Security Company, and Dakota Capital Life Insurance Company.
Abbey (Junior) Sirivar
Abbey (Junior) Sirivar is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault’ s Litigation Group and co-chair of the firm’s International Arbitration Group. Mr. Sirivar advises domestic and international clients, including mining, banking, and telecommunications companies in complex commercial disputes.
He has acted as lead counsel in both domestic and international commercial arbitrations and as trial and appellant counsel in a variety of civil matters, appearing before all levels of court in Ontario. Mr. Sirivar is a member of the firm’s Global Mining Litigation Practice Group and holds a certificate in Mining Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. He has assisted mining clients with commercial disputes arising from a variety of agreements, including shareholders’ agreements, joint ventures, and royalty agreements.
He is also a member of McCarthy Tétrault’ s National Class Actions Group and has defended high profile class proceedings involving cross border litigation, financial restatements, and charitable tax shelters.
Bill Stainton is a 29-time Emmy-Award-winning TV producer, writer, and performer He is also an author and a business humorist. Mr. Stainton blends the business smarts he learned from 20 years in corporate management with the show biz sparks he garnered from working with people like Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, and Ellen DeGeneres to create entertaining and enlightening presentations enjoyed by audiences around the world. He’s been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and Forbes and is a regular columnist for Seattle Business magazine. His TEDx Talk on Connecting Dots is considered a “must watch.”
Steve Sumner is a senior vice president in the New York City office of Guy Carpenter. He is a member of Guy Carpenter’s Strategic Advisory Services. Mr. Sumner specializes in ERM, underwriting, ORSA, and Solvency II and other alternative risk management services to the insurance and reinsurance industry.
Mr. Sumner was the chief risk officer (CRO) of a large Bermuda-based insurer with operating companies in Bermuda, the United Kingdom, and Dubai that specialize in the energy sector. In addition to his role as CRO, he was responsible for the Company’s Solvency II initiative and implementation under the three (3) Pillars.
Mr. Sumner has provided consulting services to the insurance industry for more than 15 years and works closely with the executives and boards of directors of his clients. In addition, he has more than 25 years of practical insurance experience having held leadership positions in risk management, underwriting, finance, systems, and regional profit center management for several large insurers. He provided insurance consulting services to state insurance regulators, P/C, life and healthcare insurers, energy companies, reinsurers, lawyers, and brokers as part of PwC’s actuarial (AIMS) and insurance advisory practices. As a former chief underwriting officer, he had responsibility for property/casualty underwriting, including personal and commercial insurance.
Mary Ursul, RN, JD joined Coverys in January of 2006. In her current role as senior advisor, she is responsible for oversight of the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc., specifically the grant program development review and funding process. In her most recent roles with the organization, Ms. Ursul was responsible for oversight of Med-IQ, Inc., the company’s clinical and risk management education subsidiary, as well as the organization of the Coverys Strategic Healthcare Alliance, a group of companies with strategic investment from and alignment with Coverys.
Prior to joining Coverys, she was employed by Professionals Direct Insurance Services as the vice president of insurance operations. In that position, she was responsible for underwriting, sales, claims, and technology. Her prior experience also includes serving as general counsel/vice president administrative services for Spectrum Health, while also holding the position of corporate compliance officer.
Ms. Ursul received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from New York University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Detroit, School of Law. She is a current member of the State Bar of Michigan and is a licensed registered nurse.
Ms. Ursul also is a member of the Michigan Society of Healthcare Risk Management and was awarded the R. Paul Venzke Award for Outstanding Performance in the Field of Healthcare Risk Management in 1995.
Kelli Westcott, MD is a Board Certified Emergency Physician and has been practicing in Oregon and California for more than 20 years. She completed her Doctorate in Medicine and residency training in Emergency Medicine at Loma Linda University. She has a keen interest in medical malpractice, as well as peer review and patient safety. She serves as a director for The Mutual, RRG.