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David Meltzer

David Meltzer

David Meltzer, PhD'92, MD'93, is Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine, Director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, and Chair of the Committee on Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Chicago, where he is Professor in the Department of Medicine, and affiliated faculty at the Harris School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics. Meltzer’s research explores problems in health economics and public policy with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and the cost and quality of hospital care. He is currently leading a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation Challenge award to study the effects of improved continuity in the doctor patient relationship between the inpatient and outpatient setting on the costs and outcomes of care for frequently hospitalized Medicare patients. Meltzer received his MD and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

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Renslow Sherer

Renslow Sherer 

Renslow Sherer, MD, is the Director of the International AIDS Training Center and Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago. In addition, Dr. Sherer has been active in HIV clinical research and in the design and implementation of clinical trials, in HIV prevention programs, and in local and federal policy on HIV/AIDS. He has numerous national and international publications and has given numerous presentations on the clinical and social impact of the HIV pandemic at conferences all over the world. Since pursuing the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases internationally he has led health worker trainings all over the world. He has implemented micro-credit and health education programs for orphans and families with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas, and he has led HIV prevention and stigma reduction programs around the world. 

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Anup Malani

Anup Malani 

Anup Malani, JD'00, PhD'00, is the Lee and Brena Freeman Professor at the University of Chicago Law School and a Professor at the Pritzker School of Medicine. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Boston, a Senior Fellow at the Schaeffer Center at the University of Southern California, and an editor at the Journal of Law and Economics. Malani is the co-founder and Faculty Director of the International Innovation Corps, a social service program that sends teams of University of Chicago and foreign university graduates to work on innovative development projects with government officials in India and Brazil.  Malani has a PhD in economics and a JD, both from University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Stephen Williams on the US Court of Appeals for District of Columbia and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the US Supreme Court. 

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George Wharton

George Wharton

George Wharton, MSc, is a Senior Lecturer in Practice in Health Policy at the London School of Economics, with an academic background in International Relations (BSc, LSE) and Health Policy (MSc, Imperial). George is most interested in questions of how to improve governance and equity in international health systems, and the range of his work at LSE reflects this. At LSE, George teaches and mentors MSc students in international health policy, and works on a variety of teaching, research and advisory partnerships. He has consulted and written for WHO, the Commonwealth Fund, philanthropic foundations and pharmaceutical companies, and has co-authored articles on health systems and policies in The BMJ and The Lancet, among others. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Healthcare Management, and is a Board Trustee of the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, a charity which provides leading-edge radiology services at the NHS Mount Vernon Cancer Centre.

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Thomas Best

Thomas Best

Tom Best, PhD'15, is the Manager of Research Analytics at the Center for Health and Social Sciences and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Informatics and Administration within the College of Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. In addition, he supports research, analytics and quality improvement for the Methods Core and the Section of Hospital Medicine as a consultant on special projects.  He has over 10 years of experience with research, analytics and quality improvement within CHeSS, the University of Chicago Medicine and the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. During this time he has gained expertise with C++, Ruby, R, system simulation programs such as Arena and NetLogo, and providing program management or quality improvement support for section and organization wide initiatives.  He holds a PhD in Operations Management from UChicago Booth School of Business and a Master’s of Industrial Engineering (with an emphasis on Health Systems) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Ellen Cohen

Ellen Cohen

Ellen Cohen, MPP'08, is the Executive Director of the Center for Health and Social Sciences (CHeSS). She is the former Dean of Students at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, where she collaborated with faculty on interdisciplinary curriculum development, training programs, research, and applied learning opportunities for students. She also worked with external groups to create forums where researchers, practitioners, and students apply evidence-based analysis to policy problems across domains. Before joining Harris, Ellen held administrative positions at DePaul University, the Art Institute of Chicago, Brandeis University, and Brown University. She holds a Master’s degree from Harris and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Brown University.

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Absera Melaku

Absera Melaku

Absera Melaku, MPH, is a public health practitioner with a specialized focus in health equity and social justice, adolescent health and youth development, and community-based public health programming, implementation, and evaluation. As Assistant Director of Training Programs and Communications, she supports the administration and management of CHeSS’ portfolio of training programs and grants. Prior to joining CHeSS, Absera served as Program Manager for the University of Chicago Center for Global Health and as Research and Grants Manager for the Institute for Policy Research Two-Generation Education Research Initiative at Northwestern University. Absera received her Master of Medical Anthropology and Master of Public Health from Case Western Reserve University.

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Sudhvir Singh

Sudhvir Singh 

Sudhvir Singh, MD, is Special Advisor, Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response at World Health Organization. Singh is a physician passionate about prevention: helping to create the conditions that allow for all people to have the opportunity to lead healthy lives on a stable planet.  For five years Singh led the policy and programmatic work of the EAT Foundation. Prior to that, Singh co-led a youth climate and urbanism organisation, supported multilateral negotiations towards the SDG's, and performed research on the interactions between human health and climate change. Singh has a clinical background as a medical registrar and has completed the postgraduate Royal Australasian College of Physicians written and clinical examinations, necessary for advanced training as a medical specialist. Singh holds Honours degree in Epidemiology and Masters studies in Health Economics and Public Health Policy. 

Ven Mothkur 

Ven Mothkur
Ven Mothkur

Ven Mothkur, MD, MSc, is Founder of Revenire Health, a healthcare management consultancy focused on clinical performance improvement.  He leads evidence-based change in healthcare systems with a primary focus on the aspects of clinical care that significantly impact healthcare costs and revenue. His career has been focused on the education and rapid adaptation of clinicians to the accelerating regulatory, policy, technological, and reimbursement changes within the U.S. Healthcare System and globally.  He is a founding advisor of India Health Link, a growing telehealth platform with point-of-service diagnostic and care management integration, delivering primary and preventative care throughout India’s rural communities.  Ven is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of Thresholds, Chicago’s largest not-for-profit psychiatric rehabilitation organization.  He is also a member of the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Innovators Board, a founding member of the Harris Society at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, and an Alumni Association Executive Board Member of the University of Chicago’s Laboratory Schools. Ven holds an MSc in Global Management from the London School of Economics and is pursuing his MS in Healthcare Management at Harvard's School of Public Health.  He earned his BSc and MD in Biomedical Sciences from Windsor University. 

Peggy Bodin 

Peggy Bodin
Peggy Bodin

Peggy Bodin, JD, MSW,  is the Head of Global Privacy at Mylan, a healthcare company aiming to deliver increased access to affordable, quality medicines for patients worldwide, regardless of geography or circumstance. Bodin previously held positions at Zimmer Biomet and taught at University of St. Francis. Bodin holds a juris doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law, Master of Social Work from University of Michigan and is completing a Double Executive Masters in Health Policy from the London School of Economics and University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.