The Speakers

Stuart M. Butler, Ph.D.
David B. Nash, M.D., M.B.A.

Stuart M. Butler, Ph.D.

Stuart M. Butler, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Policy Innovation (CPI) at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. The CPI develops radically innovative solutions to some of America's toughest challenges. Prior to taking the helm at CPI in 2010, Dr. Butler served as The Heritage Foundation's vice president for domestic and economic policy studies. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Graduate School and has been a fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics. He also is a member of the editorial board of Health Affairs , serves on the panel of health advisors for the Congressional Budget Office, and is a member of the Board on Health Care Services of the Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Butler has played a prominent role in the debate over federal spending, Medicare, healthcare for working Americans, and Social Security reform. His abiding passion is health care reform. National Journal recently called Dr. Butler one of Washington's 12 "key players" on health care. In the debate over President Obama's health plan, Dr. Butler has argued for an alternative based on consumer choice and state-led efforts.

He has a reputation for achieving reform by developing transformative ideas that attract bi-partisan support. He and Henry Aaron of the liberal Brookings Institution authored a major article encouraging some of the most liberal members of Congress, as well as some of the most conservative, to craft House and Senate bills to foster bold state initiatives for reducing the number of uninsured Americans.

Dr. Butler has been published in Journal of the American Medical Association , The New England Journal of Medicine , Health Affairs , and The New York Times . He has testified before Congress dozens of times, been the subject of a profile in The Washington Post, and appeared as a guest commentator on all of the major television networks.

Dr. Butler grew up in Shropshire, England. The son of a mechanic who left school at age 13, Dr. Butler credits his modest roots with strongly influencing his personal values and approach to policy. Although he holds bachelor degrees in physics, math and economics, as well as a doctorate in American economic history from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, Dr. Butler believes that empowering ordinary people is the best way to solve social problems.

Dr. Butler, who became an American citizen in 1995, resides in Washington, D.C. An observant Jew, Dr. Butler is a member of Adas Israel Congregation, where he and his wife chaired the visiting scholars program for several years. Dr. Butler states, "three things have shaped my views on health care: the ethics and values of Judaism; the principles and practical operations of market economics; and the principles of federalism. My approach to civil discourse is very much influenced by the concepts of empathy and mutual respect that are so integral to Conservative Judaism."

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David B. Nash, M.D., M.B.A.

David B. Nash, M.D., M.B.A. was named the founding dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health (JSPH) in 2008, capping a 20-year tenure on the faculty of Thomas Jefferson University . He is also the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy. JSPH provides innovative educational programming designed to develop healthcare leaders for the future.

A board-certified internist, Dr. Nash is internationally recognized for his work in outcomes management, medical staff development and quality-of-care improvement. He has been named repeatedly to Modern Healthcare 's list of "Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare."

Dr. Nash is actively involved in shaping healthcare policy locally, regionally and nationally. As a board member of The Care Continuum Alliance (formerly DMAA), he has served as chair of a National Quality Forum Technical Advisory Panel. As the principal faculty member for quality of care programming for the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), he developed the organization's Capstone Course on Quality, and he leads the academic joint venture between ACPE and the JSPH. Dr. Nash has chaired the Technical Advisory Group of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council for more than a decade and is widely recognized as a pioneer in public reporting of outcomes.

In 2009, Dr. Nash was appointed to the board of directors of Humana Inc., one of the nation's largest publicly traded healthcare companies. Two years later, he joined the board of Endo Health Solutions, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company. He recently was appointed to the board of Main Line Health, a Philadelphia regional healthcare system. Dr. Nash previously served on the board of Catholic Healthcare Partners in Cincinnati, where he chaired the Committee on Quality and Safety.

Through publications, public appearances, his blog and an online column on MedPage Today, Dr. Nash reaches more than 100,000 persons every month. He has authored more than 100 articles in major journals. He has edited 22 books, including Connecting with the New Healthcare Consumer , The Quality Solution , Practicing Medicine in the 21st Century , Governance for Healthcare Providers , Population Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness and, most recently, Demand Better . From 1984 to 1989 he was deputy editor of Annals of Internal Medicine . Currently, he is editor-in-chief of four major national journals: American Journal of Medical Quality , Population Health Management , Pharmacy & Therapeutics , and American Health and Drug Benefits .

Last year, Dr. Nash received the Joseph Wharton award in recognition of his social impact. He received the Wharton Healthcare Alumni Achievement Award in 2009 and the Elliot Stone Award for leadership in public accountability for health data in 2006. In 1998, Dr. Nash was named an honorary distinguished fellow of the American College of Physician Executives. The year before, he received the Philadelphia Business Journal 's coveted Healthcare Heroes Award. In 1995 he received the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's top recognition.

Dr. Nash earned a B.A. in economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Vassar College, an M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and an M.B.A. in Health Administration (with honors) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and Medical Director of a nine-physician faculty group practice in general internal medicine.

Dr. Nash resides in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, with his wife of more than thirty years, Esther J. Nash, MD. They have fraternal twin 25-year old daughters and a twenty-two year old son. Dr. Nash attends Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill. He was raised on Long Island, New York in the Reform Jewish tradition.

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