Advisors

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Dr. Mike Roizen, Chief Wellness Officer, Cleveland Clinic

Michael F. Roizen, MD, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College and Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He is certified by both the American Boards of Internal Medicine and of Anesthesiology. Dr. Roizen is the Cofounder and Chair of the RealAge, Inc., Scientific Advisory Board and is also a Past Chair of a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee and a former editor for six medical journals. He has published more than 165 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 100 textbook chapters, 30 editorials, and four medical books (one, a medical best-seller), and received 13 U.S. and many foreign patents. He is also one of the cofounders of the website RealAge.com. Dr. Roizen also chaired the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Chicago, was the Dean at the School of Medicine and Vice President for Biomedical Sciences at SUNY Upstate, the CEO of the Biotechnology Research Corporation of Central New York and the Chair of the Anesthesiology Institute at Cleveland Clinic. In 2007, Dr. Roizen was named Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic, the first such position in a major healthcare institution in the United States. Dr. Roizen also serves as Chairman of the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Roizen also authored or co-authored many general-audience books which won prestigious awards, were #1 New York Times best sellers and among the top selling books in the year of their release. In addition, 
Dr. Roizen has given over 1,400 lectures to professional medical groups and has been recognized with over 20 professional lectureships. He has appeared on numerous TV shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, 20/20, CBN, CNN, CBS, Good Morning America, Canada AM, etc. Dr. Roizen still practices anesthesiology and internal medicine, using the RealAge metric to motivate his patients. He routinely takes patients at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute who are in the midst of struggling with tobacco, heart, diabetic or arthritic problems and coaches them with simple (but persistent) lifestyle changes to be able to live, feel, look and be years younger.

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Daniel Kraft, MD – Physician, Scientist, Faculty & Medicine Track Chair for Singularity University

Dr. Kraft is Stanford and Harvard trained physician scientist and innovator. He serves as the medicine track chair for Singularity University where he is also executive director for the FutureMed executive program. Dr. Kraft is the founder of RegenMed Systems, a clinical-stage medical device company that develops tools to enable regenerative stem cell therapies. He is the inventor of the MarrowMiner, a minimally invasive device for the harvest of bone marrow derived stem and progenitor cells. Dr. Kraft received a degree in Biochemistry from Brown University and his M.D. from the Stanford University School of Medicine and completed the Harvard combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Boston Children’s Hospital. He completed fellowships at Stanford in Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation. Dr. Kraft is board certified in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine and performed research into, consulted on and is a globally known speaker on health data, health statistics, personalized medicine, heath decision making, the future of medicine, and emerging medical technologies.

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Virgil Bretz

Virgil Bretz is a Partner in One Hundred Years, LLC, a Private Client Health Management firm with a focus on international medical excellence and human longevity. He has more than fifteen years of entrepreneurial and executive experience in the rapidly growing international healthcare industry. Mr. Bretz has served on the Boards of international healthcare companies based in the United States, Canada, Portugal, India and the Philippines. Speaking engagements have included conferences for AHIP, AAHP, THIAC, HCAB, ITIC and others, covering topics related to U.S. and international health matters. He is a graduate of the three-year Owner President Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

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Julie Slezak, Chief Analytics Officer, CareCore National

Julie is a 20-year healthcare veteran and experienced business executive specializing in healthcare research, analysis, outcomes and data analytics. She has lead research and analytical organizations including teams at the University of Illinois’ School of Public Health and the Enterprise Analytics Organization at CVSCaremark for over 10 years. She partnered with Fortune 100 companies in her role at Hewitt, as a national expert for clinical analytics and outcomes. She is considered an expert on medication adherence, health and wellness design, and implementations of these programs for health plans and employers. Julie has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois’ School of Public Health.

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Jason Cooper, Vice President, Business Analytics at Wellmark

Jason has more than 20 years of experience in analytics and informatics covering for-profit, non-profit and government domains, including leading teams at Cigna and CVS Caremark. He also has experience with verification and validation of NASA spaceflight software. Jason is currently Vice President, Business Analytics at Wellmark where he is responsible for company-wide business analytics and informatics including data governance, exploratory analyses, opportunity mining, program evaluation, client consulting and reporting. He serves on the Board of Directors for Easter Seals of Iowa, as well as its Finance and Community Outreach committees. He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association and is an editorial board member for the American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits. Jason earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. He earned his second Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, with an emphasis on healthcare informatics, from Duke University in Durham, NC.

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Caleb DesRosiers, Counsel, Health Care Regulatory and Government Strategies Practice

Caleb DesRosiers is Counsel at Foley Hoag LLP—a global legal and advisory firm—focused on strategic healthcare policy, market access, reimbursement, managed care, integrated health systems, information technology and business development. Caleb’s background includes launching a healthcare advisory firm as well as holding executive positions at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CDM/Omnicom and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Caleb is an active participant in the health care industry serving on a number of boards and/or advisory boards and serving as a Strategic Advisor and Outside Counsel to healthcare private equity firms. Mr. DesRosiers has a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Human Services from Suffolk University, and a dual degree—Juris Doctor and Masters in Public Administration—from Suffolk University School of Law.