Plenary Speakers

Marie Bernard, MD

Marie Bernard, MD

Marie A. Bernard, MD is the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD). As COSWD, she leads NIH thought regarding the science of scientific workforce diversity, assuring that the full range of talent is accessed to promote scientific creativity and innovation, both intramurally and extramurally. Dr. Bernard also co-leads NIH’s newly announced UNITE initiative to end structural racism. Prior to being selected as the COSWD in May 2021, she was deputy director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). She co-led the NIH-wide Inclusion Governance Committee that ensures appropriate inclusion of individuals in clinical studies, including by sex/gender, race/ethnicity, and inclusion of children and older adults. She also led the Women of Color Committee of the NIH-wide Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers. Until October 2008 she was the endowed professor and founding chairman of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, and Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics and Extended Care at the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She has held numerous national leadership roles, including Chair of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Research Advisory Committee; President of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education; and President of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs. She has lectured and published widely in her area of research, nutrition and function in older adults, with particular focus on underrepresented minority populations.

Dr. Bernard received her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She trained in internal medicine at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, where she also served as chief resident. She received additional training through the Association of American Medical Colleges Health Services Research Institute, the Geriatric Education Center of Pennsylvania, and the Wharton School Executive Development program.

Justin Bullock

Justin Bullock, MD

Justin Bullock is a fellow in Nephrology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Justin is passionate about creating safe environments in medicine where everyone in the hospital is able to bring their authentic selves to work in the spirit of healing. Justin is a passionate medical educator: a teacher, researcher, and lifelong learner. His primary research focus centers on how educators can minimize identity threats in the learning environment. In addition to his education scholarship, Justin is outspoken about his lived experience as a gay Black bipolar physician. His work and story have been featured in the New England Journal of Medicine, Academic Medicine, Vox and Forbes among others. Drawing on his dual identities as a patient and provider with serious illness, Justin believes deeply that medicine is a lifelong journey of healing as much for providers as it is for patients.

Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, MACP

Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, MACP

Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, MACP is the Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), a coalition of 50 specialty societies representing more than 800,000 physicians. As the national organization of specialty societies, CMSS provides a forum to address emerging issues across specialties that influence the future of healthcare and the patients we serve. Representing every specialty, from primary care to surgery, CMSS catalyzes improvement across specialties through convening, collaborating, and collective action.

Dr. Burstin formerly served as Chief Scientific Officer of The National Quality Forum (NQF). Prior to joining NQF, she was the Director of the Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Prior to joining AHRQ, Dr. Burstin was an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and served as Director of Quality Measurement at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is the author of more than 100 articles and book chapters on quality, safety, equity, and measurement. Dr. Burstin currently serves on the board of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. A graduate of the State University of New York at Upstate College of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Burstin completed her residency training in primary care internal medicine at Boston City Hospital and fellowship in General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She was recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

John R Combes, MD

John R Combes, MD

Dr. Combes is the Chief Communications and Public Policy Officer for the Accreditation Council for Graduate medical Education and previously was the ACGME’s Senior Vice President, Public Policy and External Relations as well as an ACGME Visiting Scholar, studying GME and institutional integration, physician well-being, and the health care governance of the clinical learning environment.

Prior to joining the ACGME, Dr. Combes served as a Senior Advisor with the Southport Group, a firm specializing in health care leadership, governance, trustee and physician lifelong development, and strategic planning. In that role, he worked with the American Board of Medical Specialties on health care policy issues and enhancing the value of board certification as a strategic resource for hospitals and health systems.

Dr. Combes is the retired chief medical officer and senior vice president of the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the former president of the Center for Healthcare Governance, an AHA affiliate organization.

Dr. Combes is vice- chair of the Board of Salem Health Hospitals and Clinics, an integrated health care delivery system in Oregon, past Director of Quality Insights, a multi-state quality improvement organization. He writes and speaks frequently on governance, physician issues, and quality, and lectures nationally and internationally on health care leadership.

Jake Goodman

Jake Goodman, MD

Jake Goodman is a psychiatry resident physician, mental health activist, & social media content creator with over 2 million followers on his social media channels. Jake uses his platform to fight mental health stigma and discrimination and empower those experiencing mental health challenges to seek help. He also creates educational videos to teach mental health concepts in an engaging manner. Recently, Jake had the opportunity to participate in the Healthcare Leaders in Social Media Round Table Series for the White House, where he was involved in creating content for the role out of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Jake openly shared his experience battling depression while in residency training in his TEDx talk. His work has been featured in Psychiatric Times,, Medscape, NBC Philadelphia, and more. Jake hopes to reduce the stigma associated with healthcare providers seeking help for their mental health and advocate for systemic changes in medical training that improve medical student and resident wellness.

Erika Rangel, MD, MS, FACS

Erika Rangel, MD, MS, FACS

Dr. Rangel is a graduate of the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and completed her surgical residency and critical care fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is a general surgeon and surgical intensivist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she also serves as the Associate Program Director.

Her academic interest centers on defining the challenges facing surgeons starting a family, demonstrating how these impact burnout and career dissatisfaction, and using evidence to inform policy change to better support alignment of personal and professional priorities. Her work and advocacy on parental leave, organizational culture surrounding parenthood, and maternal-fetal health risks related to professional duties have been featured in the JAMA Network and Annals of Surgery as well as in the laypress in New York Times, USA Today, and the Behind the Knife podcast.

Alvin E. Roth, Ph.D

Alvin E. Roth, Ph.D

Dr. Roth, a new member of the NRMP Board of Directors, is an internationally-recognized expert in the fields of game theory, experimental economics, and market design. He has devoted his career to understanding what makes systems work and how to devise rules for systems that yield better outcomes. He also pioneered the concept that economic principles could and should move beyond the study of how much things cost and why and be applied to the study of human behavior and what drives personal choices and market outcomes. Dr. Roth has a long-standing interest in The Match, having studied the NRMP matching algorithm in the 1980s and in the mid-1990s proposing changes to the algorithm that improved outcomes for applicants.

Dr. Roth graduated from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University before earning his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Operations Research from Stanford University. He taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne and the University of Pittsburgh before establishing a long tenure at Harvard University. Dr. Roth has been on the faculty at Stanford University since 2012, transitioning to that institution just as he received the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics, which he shared jointly with mathematician and game theorist Dr. Lloyd Shapley. (His work on the match was highlighted in the announcement of the 2012 Nobel Prize.) Dr. Roth is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2013, he was awarded the national Golden Goose Award along with Dr. Shapley and Dr. David Gale for their collective work in market design. He also is the author of many books including the widely recognized Who Gets What – And Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design published in 2015.

Charles Thomas (Tom)

Charles (Tom) Thomas, MA, MPhil

Charles Thomas (Tom) is Vice President for Strategic Planning at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), managing multiple strategic planning activities across the organization and with stakeholders. Prior to ACGME, he was a founding Partner of the Futures Strategy Group (FSG). Over a 35-year consulting career, Mr. Thomas has led projects in public and private sector strategic planning, global trends, and the analysis of US and foreign technology. Engagements have been for clients facing significant uncertainties and ambiguities in their future.

Mr. Thomas was a founding partner of FSG from 2002 to 2017. From 1998 to 2002, he was a Firm Director in the strategy practice of Deloitte Consulting. Prior to Deloitte, he was a Vice President of The Futures Group, Inc. (TFG), where he ran the Corporate Strategy Practice and, earlier, formed the Scenario Planning Group. Before TFG, Mr. Thomas served as an in-service fellow at the United Nations (UNITAR), consulted to Wall Street securities firms, and taught courses in international relations, arms control, political economy, and Soviet domestic and foreign policy at Fordham, Rutgers, and Columbia Universities. At Columbia, he served as Director of the Soviet/East European and International Security Program.

Mr. Thomas is an internationally published author on the use of scenarios in strategic planning. He has consulted with clients in both the private and public sectors, including in financial services, pharmaceuticals, health care, communications, information systems, aerospace and defense, airlines, the automotive industry, and public utilities, and for US government departments and agencies such as NASA, the Coast Guard, the intelligence community, the Armed Services, the State Department, and FEMA. Mr. Thomas holds an MA in international relations from Ohio University. From Columbia University, he holds an MA in international relations, an MA in Russian studies, and an MPhil in international relations.

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