MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2018

National Cancer Institute Director Dr. Norman Sharpless on the Future of Genomics, Prevention, and Personalized Oncology

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Norman Sharpless, Director of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. They discuss the accelerated pace of discovery in cancer research driven by genomics, big data analytics and personalized oncology. He also stresses the need to address fragmented pockets of research for more rapid deployment of treatment breakthroughs.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2018

America's Addiction Crisis: Treatment Research Institute Founder Dr. Tom McLellan on Science-Based Approach to Drug Treatment and Policy

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with renowned addiction expert Dr. Tom McLellan, Founder and CEO of the Treatment Research Institute, committed to promoting evidence-based approaches to drug treatment and drug policy. He discusses addiction as a chronic disorder, the effectiveness of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid and alcohol addiction, and the need to improve addiction medicine training for clinicians and health care providers.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

Disrupting the Generic Drug Market: Gary and Mary West Foundation CEO Shelley Lyford on Civica Rx Launch

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Shelley Lyford, CEO of the Gary and Mary West Foundation which is dedicated to reducing costs and improving care for America's seniors. She discusses the launch of Civica Rx - a not for profit entity that will supply low-cost generic drugs to a consortium of partner foundations and hospitals to disrupt monopolies and price gouging in the pharmaceutical industry.

MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2018

Telehealth, Best Practices and Integrated Care: Dr. Charles Sorenson on Intermountain Healthcare's Commitment to Innovation

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Intermountain Healthcare of Utah's CEO Emeritus Dr. Charles Sorenson, who discusses Intermountain's innovative, integrated care delivery system committed to improved outcomes and contained costs. He is Founding Director of the Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute which seeks to train future clinician leaders in their team-based model of care delivery.

MONDAY, JULY 23, 2018

Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Launches C-CHANGE: A New Climate Change Project at Harvard

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who has launched a new climate change project at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment, C-CHANGE, is a partnership between Harvard and Google aimed at advancing better understanding of the causes and effects of climate change and its impact on population health.

MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018

Coordinated Care for High Use Patients: CareMore Health CEO Sachin Jain on Improving Outcomes

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Sachin Jain, CEO of CareMore Health, a coordinated and integrated health care system focused on high-use Medicare and Medicaid patients. Dr. Jain discusses CareMore's team-based approach to chronic disease management deploying ride-sharing and meal delivery services, loneliness prevention and patient support across the care continuum.

MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018

HHS Data Chief Dr. Mona Siddiqui on Addressing the Challenges of Health Data Liberation

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Mona Siddiqui, Chief Data Officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, who is overseeing a transformation in health information sharing between all agencies at HHS. She discusses the infrastructure changes required to facilitate data liquidity, and growing partnerships with outside entrepreneurs to expedite the process.

MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018

Health Disparities and the American Indian: Dr. Donald Warne on the Way Forward

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Donald Warne, Director of Indians Into Medicine (INMED) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He discusses the impact of cultural trauma on the American Indian population, strategies for addressing health disparities and the need to mentor Native youth in the health professions.

MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

Purdue Pharma and the Opioid Epidemic: Writer Barry Meier Unveils OxyContin's Pivotal Role

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Pulitzer Prize winning writer Barry Meier, author of "Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America's Opioid Epidemic," on Purdue Pharma, makers of the narcotic OxyContin, and the pivotal role they played in "the greatest public health crisis of the 21st Century."

MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018

Dr. David Blumenthal of the Commonwealth Fund on the HITECH Act, ACA and High Cost of American Health Care

This week hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. David Blumenthal, President of the Commonwealth Fund, a philanthropy dedicated to research supporting a high-functioning health care system. He discusses expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the vital role of the HITECH Act in adoption of electronic health records in the US, and the Fund's ongoing research comparing US health costs to other countries.

MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018

America's Gun Violence Epidemic: Leading Harvard Researcher Dr. David Hemenway Shares His Findings

This week on Conversations on Health Care, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. David Hemenway, Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He has spent decades researching America's gun violence epidemic, its root causes, the casualties and public health and legal policies that would mitigate the problem.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2018

Cleveland Clinic Innovations Executive Director Peter O'Neill on their Innovation Strategy

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Peter O'Neill, Executive Director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations, the commercialization branch of Cleveland Clinic dedicated to bringing clinicians' inventions to the marketplace. Mr. O'Neill discusses the system that supports the clinicians/inventors, Cleveland Clinic's global expansion, and their annual list of technologies that will disrupt health care.

MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018

Pollution Now a Leading Cause of Death Globally: WHO's Dr. Maria Neira Discusses the Toll of Pollution on Human Health

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Dr. Maria Neira, Director of the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health at the World Health Organization, on their recent report on pollution's impact on global health leading to more deaths than HIV, Malaria and TB combined. She discusses the Paris Climate Accord as an important step in addressing the effects of climate change on human health, the ongoing battle to contain HIV/AIDS and how the WHO is better prepared for pandemics like Ebola.

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016

Larry Smarr, Director California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology

This week, hosts Mark Masselli and Margaret Flinter speak with Larry Smarr, Founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. A physicist and computer scientist, Dr. Smarr discusses his pioneering research in the "quantified self" movement, outlining efforts to quantify all of his genomic and biomedical information to discover new ways to predict and prevent human disease.