Asaf Bitton, M.D., MPH, is executive director of Ariadne Labs and a global expert on primary care policy and delivery. He previously served as director of Ariadne Labs’ Primary Health Care Program. He is a core founder of the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, a partnership that includes the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation dedicated to transforming the global state of primary healthcare. This initiative is currently active in over 20 countries and will produce country-level dashboards highlighting primary health care performance in 60 countries by 2022 as part of the monitoring efforts for the Sustainable Development Goals 2030. In his research, Dr. Bitton has examined the rapid rise of chronic cardiometabolic diseases throughout Polynesia, studied the implementation of global public health treaties to reduce the burden of tobacco use, and analyzed the delivery of primary care services in Ghana, Costa Rica, Haiti, and Estonia. A nationally recognized expert on U.S. health policy, he also serves as a senior advisor for primary care policy at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Since 2012, Dr. Bitton has helped design and test three major comprehensive primary care payment and delivery initiatives, active in 18 states and 3,000 practices, and serving more than three million Medicare beneficiaries. Dr. Bitton practices primary care at Brigham and Women’s South Huntington clinic, a team-based primary care practice in Boston that he helped found nearly 10 years ago. He is an assistant professor of medicine and health care policy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University and a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Bitton completed his residency and chief residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and has a master’s in public health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Sean Cavanaugh, MPH, is the chief administrative officer of Aledade, which partners with independent physicians to succeed in value-based payment models. From 2014 to 2017, he was the Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. He was responsible for overseeing the regulation and payment of Medicare fee-for service providers, privately-administered Medicare health plans, and the Medicare prescription drug program. Medicare provides health coverage for over 57 million older and disabled Americans, with an annual budget of over $650 billion. Before assuming his leadership role at Medicare, Mr. Cavanaugh was the Deputy Director for Programs and Policy in the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. In that capacity, he was responsible for overseeing the development and testing of new payment and service delivery models, including accountable care organizations and medical homes. Previously, Mr. Cavanaugh was director of health care finance at the United Hospital Fund in New York City. He has also served in senior positions at Lutheran Healthcare (Brooklyn, NY), the New York City Mayor’s Office of Health Insurance Access, and the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission. He started his career on Capitol Hill working for a Representative serving on the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.
Caroline DeFilippo, M.D., MPH, FACP, is assistant medical director at CareMount Medical. She is thrilled to be a part of CareMount practicing in the same community where she was born and raised. Dr. DeFilippo graduated from Harvard University in 2001 and then spent one year pursuing graduate studies in Australia as part of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. After working in public health for a number of years focusing on chronic disease management, she completed her medical degree and master’s degree in Public Health at Mount Sinai in 2009. She was honored for her outstanding teaching and humanism skills during her training. Her residency in internal medicine, also at Mount Sinai, focused on primary care. Prior to joining CareMount, she was in private practice for 5 years and served as an Associate Medical Director at WestMed Medical Group. She is passionate about primary care particularly as it allows for the development of long-term partnerships with patients and their families. She values a comprehensive approach to health care. Her professional interests include management of chronic diseases and promoting wellness especially for parents. She is married with three children and enjoys travel and the outdoors.
Eric Schneider, M.D., M.Sc., is senior vice president for policy and research at The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues. A member of The Commonwealth Fund’s executive management team, Dr. Schneider provides strategic guidance to the organization’s research on topics in policy, health services delivery, and public health as well as scientific review of its initiatives, proposals, projects, and publications. Trained in primary care general internal medicine and health services research, Dr. Schneider is among the nation’s leading health services researchers. His research has spanned health policy, quality measurement, quality improvement, delivery system innovation, primary care, health information technology, program evaluation, clinical sciences, and the effects of health insurance and access to care for vulnerable populations. Prior to joining the Fund, Dr. Schneider was principal researcher at the RAND Corporation and he held the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Care Quality. In 2009, he was the first director of RAND’s Boston office, building a highly successful multidisciplinary health services research team. From 1997, he was faculty of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health where he taught health policy and quality improvement in health care and practiced primary care internal medicine at the Jen Center for Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Schneider holds a B.S., cum laude, in Biology from Columbia University, an M.Sc. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco. He is an elected fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Sarah J. Dash, MPH, is the president and chief executive officer at the Alliance for Health Policy. She drives the mission and vision of the Alliance, as well as advances and maintains the reputation of the organization as the leading nonpartisan resource for policymakers and health leaders in an evolving health policy environment. Sarah joined the Alliance in 2014 as the vice president for policy and became president and CEO in May 2017. Sarah has long been an influential force in shaping health policy, having served as a senior aide on Capitol Hill and as a member of the research faculty at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms. Sarah holds a master’s degree in public health from the Yale School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and literature from MIT. Sarah also holds an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University.