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Kavita Patel, MD, MS

Nonresident Fellow - Economic Studies
USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy

Kavita Patel is a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Previously, she was the managing director of clinical transformation at the Center for Health Policy at Brookings. Dr. Patel is an advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center and a member of Health and Human Services Physician Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee.

Dr. Patel is a primary care physician in Washington, DC. She also served in the Obama Administration as director of policy for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement in the White House. As a senior aide to Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s senior advisor, Dr. Patel played a critical role in policy development and evaluation of policy initiatives connected to health reform, financial regulatory reform, and economic recovery issues.

Dr. Patel also has a deep understanding of Capitol Hill from her time spent on the late Senator Edward Kennedy’s staff. As deputy staff director on health, she served as a policy analyst and trusted aide to the Senator and was part of the senior staff of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee under Sen. Kennedy’s leadership. She also has an extensive research and clinical background, having worked as a researcher at the RAND Corporation and as a practicing physician in both California and Oregon. She currently advises health care technology and services organizations through New Enterprise Associates.

Dr. Patel a previous Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, and while at Brookings, returned to providing clinical care as an internal medicine practitioner. She earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center and her masters in public health from the University of California Los Angeles.

Traci R. Trice, MD, MBS

Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Diversity Programs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Dr. Traci Trice is a board certified practicing Family Medicine physician in Center City Philadelphia, PA, providing healthcare to urban underserved populations. She believes that the practice of medicine is more than a profession but a gift and a calling that allows her to utilize her education and skill-set to improve the health and lives of those in her community. As Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, she welcomes the challenge of balancing patient care with teaching medical students the art of outpatient clinical medicine and caring for those who may be different from them.

She is also the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Diversity Programs at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. It that role, she oversees the diverse student affinity groups supported through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Trice further serves to promote diversity and inclusion in medical education as an active member of the Curriculum Committee, Admissions Committee, and through her involvement in the Council on Diversity and Inclusion at the Medical College. She has been instrumental in assisting with development of an anti-racist and inclusive curriculum. She is the course director for the “Race and Medicine – Why It Matters” humanities selective, offered to preclinical medical students. In addition, Dr. Trice developed and is the Program Director for the Summer Training and Enrichment Program for Underrepresented Persons in medicine (STEPUP Medicine), the undergraduate pipeline program of the Medical College, intended to encourage and prepare qualified premedical students from backgrounds historically and traditionally underrepresented in medicine. In 2015, she completed the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) Healthcare Executive Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program, giving her the tools necessary to be an effective diversity advocate.

Dr. Trice is from Philadelphia, Pa and the surrounding suburbs. She is married to her husband LaShawn with whom she has 3 active sons, Caleb, Carter, and Cayden. She enjoys watching and playing basketball with her family. She worships at Word of Faith Christian Center in Aston, PA, where she enjoys singing with the music ministry.

David B Nash, MD, MBA

Founding Dean Emeritus , College of Population Health
Thomas Jefferson University

David B. Nash is the Founding Dean Emeritus and he remains on the full-time faculty as the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy at the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH). His 11 year tenure as Dean completes 30 years on the University faculty. JCPH is dedicated to developing healthcare leaders for the future. After voluntarily stepping down as Dean, Jefferson Health asked him to take on some additional responsibilities as a “Special Assistant” to the Chief Physician Executive, effective July 2019.

A board-certified internist, Dr. Nash is internationally recognized for his work in public accountability for outcomes, physician leadership development, and quality-of-care improvement.

Repeatedly named to Modern Healthcare’s list of Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare, his national activities cover a wide scope. Dr. Nash is a principal faculty member for quality of care programming for the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) in Tampa, FL. He served on the NQF Task Force on Improving Population Health and the John M. Eisenberg Award Committee for The Joint Commission. He also is a founding member of the AAMC-IQ Steering Committee, the group charged with infusing the tenets of quality and safety into medical education.

Dr. Nash has governance responsibilities for organizations in the public and private sectors. He has chaired the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (HC4) for more than 20 years and he is widely recognized as a pioneer in the public reporting of outcomes. Dr. Nash has been a hospital trustee for 20 years. He served on the Board of Trustees of Catholic Healthcare Partners (now Mercy Partners), in Cincinnati, OH (1998–2008), where he was the inaugural chair of the board committee on Quality and Safety. He concluded his tenure (2009-2017) on the board of Main Line Health, a four-hospital system in suburban Philadelphia, PA, where he also chaired the board committee on Quality and Safety. He now serves on the board of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM). In 2018 he joined the board of the National Investment Center for Senior Housing and Care (NIC) – a national not-for-profit to enable housing choices for elders. Finally, in 2019, he joined the AMGA Foundation Board in Arlington, VA.

In the for-profit sector, he very recently completed nearly a decade as a member of the Board of Directors for Humana, Inc., one of the nation’s largest publically traded healthcare companies. In 2014 he joined the board of InfoMC, a leading information technology company in suburban Philadelphia. He is on the health care advisory board for Arsenal Capital Partners in NYC and just joined the board of Tract Manager, a portfolio company of Arsenal. In late 2018 he joined the board of ANI Pharmaceuticals, a publically traded generic drug manufacturer, headquartered in Baudette, MN. Finally, he is a board member of FOX Rehab, a portfolio company of Blue Wolf Capital.

Dr. Nash has received many awards in recognition of his achievements. He received the top recognition award from the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (1995), the Philadelphia Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award (1997), and was named an honorary distinguished fellow of the American College of Physician Executives (now AAPL) in 1998. In 2006 he received the Elliot Stone Award for leadership in public accountability for health data from NAHDO. Wharton honored Dr. Nash in 2009 with the Wharton Healthcare Alumni Achievement Award and in 2012 with the Joseph Wharton Social Impact Award. Also in 2012, he received the Philadelphia Business Journal award for innovation in medical education.

Dr. Nash’s work is well known through his many publications, public appearances, and online column on MedPage Today. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and edited 25 books, including The Quality Solution, Demand Better, and most recently Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness (3rd edition). He was the inaugural Deputy Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine (1984-1989). Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief of American Journal of Medical Quality, Population Health Management, and American Health and Drug Benefits.


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