Hosted by former RWJF Clinical Scholar Dr. Matthew Press (Penn ’08-’10), the RWJF Clinical Scholars Health Policy Podcast is a monthly series featuring interviews with health policy experts who are visitors, alumni, or faculty of the Clinical Scholars Program.
Robert Ross, MD
President & CEO
The California Endowment
Former Clinical Scholar (Penn ’88-’90)
In the concluding interview of the 2010-2011 season of the RWJF Clinical Scholars Health Policy Podcast, we welcome Robert Ross, MD, President and CEO of the California Endowment. Dr. Ross was previously the Health Commissioner of Philadelphia and of San Diego. Listen in to find out how Dr. Ross became Health Commissioner within two years of graduating from the Clinical Scholars Program, how the California Endowment will spend $1 billion to build healthy communities, and what happened when the Endowment told then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to say, “Hasta la vista to buying sodas with food stamps.” The interview with series host, Dr. Matthew Press, was part of Dr. Ross’s recent visit to the Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Nirav Shah, MD, MPH
Health Commissioner, State of New York
Former Clinical Scholar (UCLA ’01-’03)
In this month’s RWJF Clinical Scholars Health Policy Podcast, we welcome Nirav Shah, Health Commissioner for the State of New York. With his confirmation by the State Senate in January of 2011, Dr. Shah became the youngest Health Commissioner in New York State history. In the interview with series host, Dr. Matthew Press, Dr. Shah takes stock of his first 2 months on the job—from nomination to confirmation to Commissioner. He also discusses what he believes will and will not work in the effort to contain health care costs in Medicaid. Dr. Shah is an alumnus of the RWJF Clinical Scholars program (2001-2003), the RWJF Physician Faculty Scholars program (2007-2010), and a RWJF Health e-Technologies Initiative grantee (2004). For more information about Dr. Shah, visit: http://www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=71922.
Donald Schwarz, MD, MBA
Health Commissioner and Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity, City of Philadelphia
Former Clinical Scholar (Penn ’85-’87)
This month’s RWJF Clinical Scholars Health Policy Podcast features a fascinating interview with Dr. Donald Schwarz, Health Commissioner and Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity for the City of Philadelphia. Dr. Schwarz, an alumnus of the Clinical Scholars Program, chats with series host, Dr. Matthew Press, about his efforts to curb the childhood obesity epidemic in Philadelphia, including the controversial soda tax. He also discusses the impact of health care reform at the city health level—as well as the very steep learning curve when transitioning from a career in academia to government service. The interview took place as part of Dr. Schwarz’s visit to the Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Robert Galvin, MD
CEO, Equity Healthcare, The Blackstone Group
Core Faculty Member, RWJF Clinical Scholars Program at Yale
In this month’s RWJF Clinical Scholars Health Policy Podcast, series host, Dr. Matthew Press, interviews Robert Galvin, MD, CEO of Equity Healthcare at the Blackstone Group. In a lively conversation, Dr. Galvin gives listeners a business perspective on many of today’s key health policy issues—from concerns about health care reform to the potential of incentives for healthy behavior. Dr. Galvin, recently elected to the Institute of Medicine, is a core faculty member of the Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University, where he directs the course, "The Role of the Private Sector in the U.S. Health Care System."
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