Speaker Biographies: What’s Next for Health Policy?

Speaker Biographies
What’s Next for Health Policy?
April 4, 2017

Timothy S. Jost is a professor emeritus at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. He is a co-author of a casebook, Health Law, used widely throughout the United States in teaching health law, and of a treatise and hornbook by the same name. He has written numerous books, book chapters, and articles on health law and policy subjects. Mr. Jost is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a contributing editor at Health Affairs where he is a frequent contributor to the Health Affairs Blog. He earned a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.

Julie Rovner is the Robin Toner distinguished fellow and chief Washington correspondent at Kaiser Health News. She joined KHN after 16 years as health policy correspondent for NPR, where she helped lead the network’s coverage of the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. A noted expert on health policy issues, Julie is the author of the critically praised reference book Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z, now in its third edition. In 2005, she was awarded the National Press Foundation’s Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress. Prior to NPR, Julie covered health policy for National Journal’s Congress Daily and for Congressional Quarterly, among other organizations.

Joel M. Zinberg, M.D., J.D., F.A.C.S., is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where he works on health policy and health care reform, specifically the impact of laws and regulations on the practice of medicine. At the same time, he is a practicing surgeon specializing in general surgery and surgical oncology at The Mount Sinai Hospital and is an associate clinical professor of surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. As a lawyer and physician, Dr. Zinberg is on the New York State Board of Professional Medical Conduct and a trustee of the New York County Medical Society. He has also created and taught courses in law, medicine, and health care policy at Columbia University School of Law. Dr. Zinberg has a J.D. from Yale Law School where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal. He has an M.D. from the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University, is board certified in surgery, and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He obtained his B.A. from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania where he studied economics, biochemistry, and microbiology.


Karl Eisenhower is the communications director at the Alliance for Health Reform. Before joining the Alliance in 2016, Karl was the health editor at RealClear Media Group, where he managed the launch of the RealClearHealth website, and a senior web editor at Kaiser Health News. Prior to that, he was the new media strategy editor at National Journal and the assistant managing editor for newsroom operations at washingtonpost.com. Karl has a B.A. in political science from the College of Wooster and did some graduate-level studies in political science at Duke.