Chronic Pain & Opioid Addiction: The Role of Integrated Care

Dr. Andrea Gelzer, is the senior vice president and corporate chief medical officer for AmeriHealth Caritas. She is responsible for setting and overseeing the organization’s overall population health management, informatics, quality and provider network contracting strategies, as well as clinical policy development and data analytics oversight for all AmeriHealth Caritas’ health plans and ancillary businesses. Previously, Dr. Gelzer served as the chief medical officer for Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan. She also served multiple roles, including senior vice president of Clinical Public Affairs at CIGNA Corporation, and for 16 years she worked in private practice in internal medicine. Dr. Gelzer serves on several national committees including: National Committee for Quality Assurance Committee on Performance Measurement, CMS Technical Expert Panel on the National Impact Assessment of CMS Quality Measures, Core Quality Measures Collaborative, and the National Quality Forum Coordinating Committee for the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Project. She also serves on the board of directors for the Association of Community Affiliated Plans and is the past-chair of the Chief Medical Officer Leadership Council at America’s Health Insurance Plans. Dr. Gelzer earned her undergraduate degree from Tufts University and her doctor of medicine from St. George’s University. She also received a master’s degree in preventive medicine/administrative medicine at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She is a board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in clinical informatics.

Dr. Ben Miller is the chief policy officer for Well Being Trust, a national foundation committed to advancing the mental, social and spiritual health of the nation. He helps oversee the foundation’s portfolio ensuring alignment across grantees and connection to policy. Prior to joining Well Being Trust, Dr. Miller spent 8 years as an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he was the founding director of the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. He completed his predoctoral internship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he trained in primary care psychology. In addition, Miller worked as a postdoctoral fellow in primary care psychology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

Dr. William Morris is a clinician at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, Calif. He received his medical degree from the University of California at San Diego in 1989, and completed his internship year in internal medicine at the University of Maryland in 1990. He then received his Masters of Public Health with a focus on immunology in 1991 and a General Preventive Medicine Residency in 1992 from The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene in Baltimore, Md. After spending time abroad working with the Pan American Health Organization on measles control in Jamaica, Dr. Morris returned to the United States and finished up his internal medicine training at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif., and then moved to Santa Cruz with his family in 2000. He practices palliative care medicine in both inpatient and outpatient settings in Santa Cruz and is the medical director of the Utilization Management Department at Dominican Hospital, Santa Cruz.  He also is the medical director of The Community Clinic of Janus, the local methadone/suboxone treatment clinic, as well at the medical director of Driftwood Skilled Nursing Facility. He is board certified in both internal medicine and palliative care.

Dr. Eric Schoomaker is a professor and vice-chair for Leadership, Centers and Programs in the Department of Military & Emergency Medicine, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the nation’s only federal health university, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. His principal interests are in both Complementary and Integrative Health & Medicine in the shift from a disease management-focused healthcare system to one more centered on the improvement and sustainment of health & well-being leading to optimal human performance. Prior to his retirement after 32 years of active service, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dr. Schoomaker, served as the 42nd U.S. Army surgeon general & commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Command. He committed his career to meeting the health needs of soldiers, their families and veterans throughout the U.S., Europe and the Pacific, focusing on soldier medical readiness, enhancing battlefield care, establishing comprehensive behavioral healthcare, fostering a culture of trust, advancing comprehensive pain management, and promoting health by preventing combat wounds, injury and illness.


Sarah Dash is president and CEO of the Alliance for Health Policy. Previously, Ms. Dash was a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute in the Center on Health Insurance Reforms and served as a senior health policy aide on Capitol Hill. She received her master’s degree in public health from Yale University and a Bachelor of Science from MIT.