Ben F. Belton is the Senior Advisor to the Acting Commissioner, Social Security Administration, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs. Prior to this he served as an HHS Constituency Liaison to constituency groups and national and local community leaders. Working very closely with the White House Office of Public Engagement and across Federal agencies on issues impacting America’s seniors, Ben was responsible for the development and implementation of the office’s outreach strategy and public engagement efforts for seniors and people with disabilities. His first Administration appointment was as the Special Assistant to the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Jonathan (Jon) Blum is the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, which provides health care coverage in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. Jon has responsibility for overseeing CareFirst’s nationally recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home program. He also oversees CareFirst’s medical and care coordination policies, pharmacy policies, and provider networks.
From 2009-2014, Mr. Blum served in senior leadership positions at the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), serving most recently as the agency’s Principal Deputy Administrator. He spent the majority of his time at CMS as its policy and operations director of the Medicare program, overseeing the regulation and payment of Medicare fee-for service providers, privately-administered Medicare health plans (Medicare Advantage), and the Medicare prescription drug program (Medicare Part D). While at CMS, Jon led many of the agency’s payment and delivery system reforms, including the Medicare Shared Savings Program (ACOs), the Medicare Advantage Quality Bonus Program, competitive bidding for durable medical supplies, new bundled payment initiatives, and the Medicare prescription drug discount program. The Medicare program experienced its longest sustained period of cost-control during Mr. Blum’s tenure.
Prior to CMS, Mr. Blum worked as a program analyst at the Office of Management and Budget, focusing on the Medicare program. He served on the professional staff of the Senate Finance Committee, advising its prior chairman, Senator Max Baucus, on prescription drug and Medicare Advantage policies during the development of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program. He was also a Vice President at the health care advisory services firm, Avalere Health, overseeing its Medicaid and Long-Term Care Practice.
Mr. Blum holds a Master's degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland with his wife and daughter.
Attorney Bess Brewer, President of the Board of Directors of the Center for Medicare Advocacy, is a sole practitioner in Sacramento, California. Her practice is devoted to litigating Social Security Disability cases at the federal court level. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Brewer was Directing Attorney for Northern California Lawyers for Civil Justice (NCLCJ), a staff attorney with the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC) in Los Angeles, and the Executive Director of the Medicare Advocacy Project, Inc. (MAP, now known as The Center For Health Care Rights), a non-profit advocacy organization in Los Angeles specializing in Medicare, Medi-Cal, and related health issues.
Ms. Brewer received her J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law and her B.A. from Hampton University.
Laphonza Butler is the President of SEIU ULTCW – the United Long Term Care Workers’ Union, which represents 180,000 in-home caregivers and nursing home workers across California. Laphonza’s passion for advocating and leading on behalf of workers and those they serve is grounded in her own personal journey. Growing up in a household where her Mom worked multiple low wage jobs in order to provide for her three children, Laphonza experienced first-hand the challenges faced by working families who did not have a voice on the job or the power of a union to improve their conditions. Early on, Laphonza sought a path that would ensure she contributed to bringing back the values of dignity and respect for workers and to be an architect of the changes needed to promote social and economic justice for all.
Sean Cavanaugh is the Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. He is 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 50 million older and disabled Americans, with an annual budget of over $550 billion.
Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Cavanaugh was the Deputy Director for Programs and Policy in the 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.
Alfred J. Chiplin, Jr., Esq. is a Senior Policy Attorney with the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. in its Washington, DC office. His practice is devoted primarily to health care matters, with a concentration on Medicare and managed care coverage and appeal issues. He is also a specialist in legal assistance development and services under the Older Americans Act. Mr. Chiplin served as a consulting attorney with the Consumer Coalition for Quality Health Care and, for over 10 years, as a staff attorney for the National Senior Citizens Law Center, where he focused on the Medicare program and on developments in managed care. He also coordinated Older Americans Act programs for the National Senior Citizens Law Center, including planning and developing the annual Joint Conference on Law and Aging (JCLA). He currently serves on the planning committee for the annual National Aging and Law Conference. Mr. Chiplin is the immediate past chair of the Public Advisory Group (PAG) of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of health care Organizations (JCAHO). Along with Judith A. Stein, Mr. Chiplin is co-editor-in-chief of the Medicare Handbook (Aspen Publishers, Inc., updated annually).
Mr. Chiplin received his J.D. degree from the George Washington University and his M. Div. from Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a former member of its board of directors, including its executive committee. He is also a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), and served on its "Medicare and Markets" study panel.
Henry Claypool, having sustained a spinal cord injury in a snow skiing accident in college, has spent his career advocating for the rights and needs of people living with disabilities. Most recently, he served as the Executive Vice President of The American Association of People with Disabilities. He was also the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services where he was a principal architect of the administration’s efforts to expand access to community living services, which culminated in the creation of the Administration for Community Living. He served as a Commissioner on the 2013 National Commission on Long Term Care.
Stuart (Stu) R. Cohen is senior vice president of Legal Advocacy for AARP Foundation. In this position, he leads a team of 13 litigators who advocate nationwide for the rights of people age 50 and older, addressing diverse legal issues that affect their daily lives and ensuring that they have a voice in the judicial system. The team provides support for cases involving employment discrimination; employee benefits; housing; consumer issues including financial fraud and utility issues; health and long term care; and public benefits.
Congressman Joe Courtney (CT, 2nd District)
Congressman Joe Courtney was elected in 2006 to represent the Second Congressional District of Connecticut in the House of Representatives. He serves on the Armed Services, Education and Workforce, and Agriculture Committees.
Congressman Courtney has distinguished himself as a tireless advocate for both our nation's veterans and men and women in uniform. He successfully fought to expand the Montgomery GI Bill for post-9/11 veterans and their families, and led the fight to extend TRICARE benefits to dependents under age 26.
Congressman Courtney offered important support for the Affordable Care Act in Congress. He has also worked tirelessly with the Center for Medicare Advocacy and other advocacy organizations nationwide to end the problem of Observation Status for Medicare beneficiaries. Congressman Courtney has introduced legislation that would end the problem of Observation Status in the last three Congresses.
Before serving in the House of Representatives, Joe Courtney served in the Connecticut General Assembly from 1987 to 1994. During this tenure, then state-Rep. Courtney served as House Chairman for both the Public Health and Human Services Committees and also chaired the Connecticut Blue Ribbon Commission on Universal Health Insurance.
Congressman Courtney was recognized in a legislative poll in 1994 by Connecticut Magazine for his bipartisan efforts, and named the "Most Conscientious" and the "Democrat Most Admired by Republicans." Since he came to Congress, Courtney has received numerous awards from several national organizations including the National Patient Advocate Foundation's 2010 Healthcare Hero award, The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers' Legislator of the Year Award, and the American Farm Bureau's Friend of the Farm Bureau award.
Congressman Courtney is a 1975 graduate of Tufts University in Boston. He earned a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1978. He lives in Vernon, CT with his wife, Audrey Courtney, and their two children, Robert and Elizabeth.
Gill Deford is the Director of Litigation at the Center for Medicare Advocacy. Mr. Deford was a staff attorney for eighteen years with the National Senior Citizens Law Center in Los Angeles, specializing in health law, public pensions, ERISA, and SSI. He was later the director of a Massachusetts agency providing legal assistance to people with mental disabilities and a staff attorney with the health law team at AARP Foundation Litigation in Washington, D.C. Since 1999 he has been with the Center for Medicare Advocacy, where his work focuses on systemic improvements to Medicare through federal court litigation.
His law degree is from the University of Virginia and his Bachelor’s Degree is from Harvard University.
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT, 3rd District)
Rosa DeLauro is the Congresswoman from Connecticut’s Third District. Rosa serves in the Democratic leadership as co-chair of the Steering and Policy Committee, and she is the ranking member on the Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, where she oversees our country’s investments in education, health, and employment. She also serves on the subcommittee responsible for FDA and agriculture, where she oversees drug and food safety.
As the ranking member dealing with appropriations for Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education, Rosa is determined to increase support for education and innovation, to fully implement the new health care reform law, to protect the rights of employees and unions, and raise living standards. Rosa has led the fight in Congress to achieve full pay equity for women and to ensure that all employees have access to paid sick days.
Soon after earning degrees from Marymount College and Columbia University, Rosa followed her parents’ footsteps into public service, serving as the first Executive Director of EMILY'S List, a national organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected office, Executive Director of Countdown '87, the national campaign that successfully stopped U.S. military aid to the Nicaraguan Contras, and as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd. In 1990, Rosa was elected to the House of Representatives, and she has served as the Congresswoman from Connecticut’s 3rd District since.
Clare Durrett is the Associate Executive Director of the Gleason Initiative Foundation. Ms Durett's communication experience includes extensive strategy and execution responsibilities in the political, policy making and public affairs arenas.
The political campaigns she helped lead include congressional, state senate and legislature, mayoral efforts as well as municipal and county ballot proposition elections. Ms. Durrett helped lead public communication campaigns on behalf of several major economic development initiatives, including one incentive package valued at more than $150 million. She also led the creative team responsible for the collateral material deployed in a successful Texas state-wide medical malpractice tort reform initiative passed by both houses of the state legislature and approved by voters.
Her experience includes more than 35 political campaigns and many policy campaigns at the state and local levels. She takes personal pride in the successes realized by her clients, but mostly in the long standing relationships developed through a strategic collaborative effort.
Since volunteering to assist Steve Gleason and his newly formed organizations, Team Gleason and Answer ALS, Ms. Durett has focused her efforts on communicating Steve’s inspirational message and awareness for ALS. In 4 years, Steve has appeared on every major network, 2 Super Bowls (one as a sponsored non-profit), featured in Microsoft's 1st Super Bowl commercial, an ESPN special, NFL Network’s “A Football Life”, 2 times at the United Nations and in Gatorade's 50th anniversary commercial. Three Emmy’s are associated with stories about Steve out of 5 nominations.
Ms. Durrett attended both Northeast Louisiana University and Louisiana State University, but her team loyalties are only with the New Orleans Saints and Team Gleason.
Ms. Feder is a professor of public policy and, from 1999 to 2008, served as dean of what is now the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. A nationally-recognized leader in health policy, Ms. Feder has made her mark on the nation’s health insurance system, through both scholarship and public service. A widely published scholar, Ms. Feder’s health policy research began at the Brookings Institution, continued at the Urban Institute, and, since 1984, flourished at Georgetown University. In the late 1980s, Ms. Feder moved from policy research to policy leadership, actively promoting effective health reform as staff director of the congressional Pepper Commission (chaired by Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV) in 1989-90; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services in former President Bill Clinton’s first term; a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress (2008-2011) and, today, as an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute.
Ms. Feder matches her own contributions to policy with her contributions to nurturing emerging policy leaders. As dean from 1999 to 2008, she built Georgetown’s Public Policy Institute into one of the nation’s leading public policy schools, whose graduates participate in policymaking, policy research, and policy politics, not only throughout Washington but throughout the nation and the world.
Ms. Feder is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the National Academy of Social Insurance; a former chair and board member of AcademyHealth; a member of the Center for American Progress Action Fund Board, the Board of the National Academy of Social Insurance, and the Hamilton Project’s Advisory Council; and a senior advisor to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. In 2006 and 2008, Ms. Feder was the Democratic nominee for Congress in Virginia’s 10th congressional district. Ms. Feder is a political scientist, with a B.A. from Brandeis University, and a master's and Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Ms. Fried received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Maryland. She is a member of the Maryland, District of Columbia, and Supreme Court bars.
Attorney Kathleen Holt joined The Center for Medicare Advocacy in 2014 as an Associate Director. Always seeking to make life better for individuals, Ms. Holt began her career with CIGNA Insurance Company, developing insurance claim process improvement strategies. After obtaining her M.B.A. in Healthcare Management from the University of Connecticut, Ms. Holt enjoyed protecting patient rights and expanding patient services as a hospital administrator – first at New Britain Memorial Hospital in Connecticut, and then at Northwest Hospital in Seattle, Washington. In 1993, Ms. Holt became a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Seattle. In that position, Ms. Holt authored health law opinions, litigated in federal court and developed administrative programs. In 1997, following the birth of her profoundly disabled second child, Ms. Holt founded a Seattle area law practice to advocate for the needs of older and disabled people. She led this practice until her arrival at the Center for Medicare Advocacy in February 2014.
Ms. Holt currently serves on the National Board of the ALS Association, is President of the CT Chapter of the ALS Association, and previously served as President of the Board of the ALS Association, Northwest Chapter and, among many other positions, Ms. Holt also served as Chair of the Family Advisory Council at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
David A. Lipschutz, an attorney licensed in California and Connecticut, joined the Center for Medicare Advocacy in June 2010, working in the Connecticut office. He moved to the Washington, DC office in July 2011. Prior to joining the Center, from 2005 to 2010, Mr. Lipschutz worked as a staff attorney at California Health Advocates (CHA), a nonprofit organization that provides advocacy and education for California Medicare beneficiaries. While at CHA, he engaged in Medicare policy work and provided technical assistance to Medicare counselors and advocates. He also testified before Congress and the California state legislature, and was a frequent lecturer and trainer regarding myriad Medicare issues. From 2003 to 2010, Mr. Lipschutz co-authored a chapter on Medicare in California’s Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) publication California Elder Law, Resources, Benefits, and Planning. Before joining CHA, Mr. Lipschutz worked as a staff attorney at the Center for Health Care Rights, a non-profit agency that provides direct services to Medicare beneficiaries in Los Angeles County.
Mr. Lipschutz earned his B.A. degree from University of California, Santa Cruz in 1993 and his J.D. degree from University of California, Davis in 1999.
Stephen McConnell, Ph.D., is the Country Director for U.S. Programs at The Atlantic Philanthropies. In this role he oversees the foundation’s U.S. grantmaking in the Aging, Children & Youth, and Reconciliation & Human Rights Programs. Mr. McConnell is responsible for leading the implementation of Atlantic's U.S. strategy to achieve maximum impact for the Foundation’s investments in its final phase of grantmaking, which will conclude in 2016. He opened Atlantic’s Washington, D.C. office in 2008. Prior to joining Atlantic, Mr. McConnell was Vice President for Advocacy and Public Policy at the Alzheimer’s Association, where for 19 years he directed its Washington, D.C.-based policy office. He also served as interim CEO for the Alzheimer’s Association in 2002 and directed the Association’s programme division during the two previous years.
Marilyn Moon is an Institute Fellow at the American Institutes for Research and Director of the Center on Aging. In this position, she is writing about Medicare reform, consumer engagement, and issues facing an aging society. From 2003 to 2013, she directed the Health Program at AIR. A nationally-known economist and expert on Medicare, aging, consumer health issues, and health care financing, Dr. Moon has also served as a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, a senior analyst at the Congressional Budget Office and an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
From 2008 through 2012 she chaired the Maryland Health Care Commission, and she was a public trustee for the Social Security and Medicare trust funds from 1995 to 2000. She has written extensively on health policy and other social insurance issues; she wrote a column on health reform for the Washington Post in the 1990s. She has served on a number of boards for non-profit organizations, including the Medicare Rights Center and the National Academy of Social Insurance. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Moon earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 2014, she received the Robert M. Ball award for outstanding achievements in social insurance from the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Attorney Margaret Murphy is the Associate Director of the Center for Medicare Advocacy. Ms. Murphy works in the Center's Connecticut office where she supervises the Center's Medicare administrative appeals projects and the work of the Center's attorneys and staff. She is a co-counsel in the Center’s federal class action challenging the improvement standard and other cases challenging improper Medicare policies and denials.
Ms. Murphy serves on the Steering Committee of Connecticut's Complex Care Committee of the Medicaid Medical Assistance Program Oversight Council. She has been appointed by Connecticut probate courts to represent incapacitated adults and has been an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Murphy worked for more than 20 years as a trusts and estates attorney. She is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and serves as Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Elder Law Section. She speaks and writes frequently on Medicare and other legal topics.
Ms. Murphy has a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law and her BA from Mt. Holyoke College.
Patricia Neuman is a senior vice president of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and is Director of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Program on Medicare Policy and Project on Medicare’s Future. Dr. Neuman’s work at the Foundation focuses on a broad range of issues pertaining to the Medicare program and the population it serves. Dr. Neuman is widely regarded as a Medicare policy expert, with broad knowledge of issues associated with coverage, financing and care of elderly and disabled Americans. She has published numerous articles on topics related to health coverage and financing for the Medicare population, and has been invited several times to present expert testimony before Congressional committees and other key audiences. She has authored and co-authored several papers and reports related to Medicare proposals; recent examples include “Raising the Age of Medicare Eligibility: A Fresh Look Following Implementation of Health Reform,” “Transforming Medicare into a Premium Support System: Implications for Beneficiary Premiums,” and “Policy Options to Sustain Medicare for the Future.” Dr. Neuman has appeared as an independent expert on NPR, the NBC Nightly News, the CBS Evening News, the Today Show, the NewsHour, and other major, national media outlets. Before joining the Foundation in 1995, Dr. Neuman served on the professional staff of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health in the U.S. House of Representatives, and on the staff of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging working on health and long-term care issues. Dr. Neuman received a Doctorate of Science degree in health policy and management and a Masters of Science degree in health finance and management from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
Kevin Prindiville is the Executive Director of Justice in Aging (formerly the National Senior Citizens Law Center). He is a nationally recognized expert on Medicare and Medicaid policy and has served as counsel in several class action lawsuits protecting low-income senior’s access to public benefit. Kevin has a long history of developing partnerships and directing strategic advocacy efforts. The author of numerous articles, reports and briefs, he frequently testifies before legislators, presents at national conferences and works closely with both federal and state regulatory agencies. He also is quoted often in national and California media.
Julie Rovner is the Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow and Senior Correspondent at Kaiser Health News.
Prior to joining KHN in 2014, she spent 15 years as health policy correspondent for NPR, specializing in the politics of health care. Ms. Rovner served as NPR's lead correspondent covering the passage and implementation of the 2010 health overhaul bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
A noted expert on health policy issues, Ms. Rovner is the author of a critically-praised reference book Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z. Rovner is also co-author of the book Managed Care Strategies 1997, and has contributed to several other books, including two chapters in Intensive Care: How Congress Shapes Health Policy, edited by political scientists Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann.
In 2005, Ms. Rovner was awarded the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress for her coverage of the passage of the Medicare prescription drug law and its aftermath.
Ms. Rovner has appeared on television on the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, C-Span, MSNBC, and NOW with Bill Moyers. Her articles have appeared in dozens of national newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post, USA Today, Modern Maturity, and The Saturday Evening Post.
Prior to NPR, Ms. Rovner covered health for National Journal’s CongressDaily and before that for the Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, specializing in health care financing, abortion, welfare, and disability issues. She has been a regular contributor to the British medical journal The Lancet, and her columns on patients' rights for the magazine Business and Health won her a share of the 1999 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award.
Ms. Rovner has a degree in political science from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Judith Stein founded the Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. in 1986, where she is currently the Executive Director. Ms. Stein has focused on legal representation of the elderly since beginning her legal career in 1975. From 1977 until 1986, Ms. Stein was the Co-Director of Legal Assistance to Medicare Patients (LAMP) where she managed the first Medicare advocacy program in the country. She has extensive experience in developing and administering Medicare advocacy projects, representing Medicare beneficiaries, producing educational materials, teaching and consulting. She has been lead or co-counsel in numerous federal class action and individual cases challenging improper Medicare policies and denials.
Ms. Stein graduated cum laude from Williams College in 1972 and received her law degree with honors from Catholic University School of Law in 1975. She is the editor and co-author of books, articles, and other publications regarding Medicare and related issues including the Medicare Handbook (Aspen Publishers, Inc., 13th Edition, 2011; update annually) and a contributor to the on-line periodical, Neiman Watchdog. Ms. Stein is a Past President and a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a past Commissioner of the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI), and a recipient of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA, now CMS) Beneficiary Services Certificate of Merit. She was a delegate to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and received the Connecticut Commission on Aging “Age-wise Advocate Award” in 2007. In 2013 Ms. Stein was appointed to the national Commission on Long-Term Care by House of Representatives Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Dr. Bruce Vladeck’s long and varied career has included senior leadership roles in the public, non-profit, academic, and business communities. He is a widely recognized expert in healthcare policy and finance, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care, and healthcare for the homeless, and a much sought-after speaker and writer in all of those areas.
In the healthcare community, Dr. Vladeck is perhaps most widely known for his tenure as Administrator of the Healthcare Financing Administration (HCFA) from 1993 to 1997, a period that encompassed Health Reform, the Contract with America Congress and budget stalemates, and the Balanced Budget Act. Dr. Vladeck’s time at HCFA was marked by significant innovation in statewide Medicaid programs through demonstration waivers; the development of Medicare prospective payment systems for hospital outpatient services, skilled nursing facilities, and home care agencies; implementation of the first quantitative quality measures for managed care plans; major initiatives to combat fraud and abuse; and significant improvements in beneficiary services. His work at HCFA was recognized in 1995 by a National Public Service Award. He remains closely involved in Medicare policy including as a Presidential Appointee to the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare (1998 to 1999).
After leaving HCFA, Dr. Vladeck spent six years at Mount Sinai Medical Center as Professor of Health Policy and Geriatrics, and Senior Vice President for Policy. In the latter role, he successfully undertook a wide variety of administrative assignments, from managing the medical school’s affiliation with New York’s public hospital system to acting as interim chair of the Department of Geriatrics.
Dr. Vladeck joined Ernst & Young’s Health Sciences Advisory Services in 2004. In 2006, he left that position for 16 months to serve, at the request of Governor Jon Corzine, as Interim President of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) after it had entered into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the U.S. Attorney. While at UMDNJ, Dr. Vladeck restored fiscal stability to the system, rebuilt its governance, compliance, and internal control processes, and laid the groundwork for restoration of full academic accreditation.
Dr. Vladeck served as President of the United Hospital Fund for 10 years. He has also held full-time faculty positions at Columbia University and Mount Sinai, and has served as adjunct faculty at Rutgers, Princeton, New York University, and the Aquinas Institute of Theology. He is currently a member of the Institute of Medicine and the New York Academy of Medicine, and serves on the Board of the Medicare Rights Center, the March of Dimes, and the New York City Board of Health.
Dr. Vladeck is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan.