Quarterly Gehr Speakers Series

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Maintaining Perspective Through a Pandemic: The Case for Total Harm Minimization

David Katz, MD, MPH
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 12-1PM

The David A. Goldstein Memorial Lecture: The Dream of a Common Language

Katy Butler
Friday, March 6, 2020 12-1PM

Engaging Patients in their Care: Results of the PROSPECT study

David Bates, MD, MS
Monday, February 3, 2020 10-11A

Age Friendly Health Systems Initiative

Jay Bhatt, DO, MPH, MPA, FACP
American Hospital Association
Wednesday, January 22nd 12-1p

Kaiser Permanente’s Approach to Health Disparities

Michael Kanter, MD
Thursday June 6, 2019, 12 PM
Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, room 112


Is Digital Health Making a Difference: Lessons Learned from the Clinical Trenches

Brennan Spiegel, MD
Friday March 15, 2019, 12 PM
Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, room 112

Full details here.

The Inaugural David A. Goldstein Lecture

Is Professionalism Still Relevant? The Role of Medicine in a Rapidly Changing World

Christine Cassel, MD
Thursday October 25, 2018, 12 PM
Broad CIRM Center

Sponsored by the Keck Department of Medicine and Keck Medicine of USC

Full details here.

To Err is Human (film)

Thursday September 13, 2018, 5-7 PM
Mayer Auditorium
After the screening, a Q & A session with the film producers will follow
Dinner will be provided!

Full details here.

Spine Surgery: Do We Overdo It?

Thursday July 12, 2018, 12–1 p.m.
Rajiv Sethi, MD
Chair of the Neuroscience Institute
Director of Complex Spine Surgery
Virginia Mason Medical Center


Frank Acosta, MD
USC Spine Center

Video of Event

Independence + Connectedness = The Recipe for Wellbeing

Friday April 27, 2018, 12–1 p.m.

Jonathan Sherin, MD, PhD
Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
Full details here 

Transforming Health Systems in Uncertain Times

February 5, 2018, 12–1 p.m.

Peter Long, PhD
President and CEO, Blue Shield of California Foundation
Slides from event

The Future of Health and Healthcare

January 11, 2018, 12–1 p.m.

Nirav Shah, MD, MPH
Former Commissioner of Health for New York State
Full details here 

The Role of Community Health Centers in our Healthcare System

October 12, 2017, 12–1p.m.

Castulo de la Rocha
President and CEO of AltaMed Health Services
Video of event.

The State of Healthcare Reform in Los Angeles County

June 2, 2017, 12–1 p.m.

Mark Ridley-Thomas
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, District 2
Video of event

The CareMore Model: Caring for High Risk / High Cost Patients

April 18, 2017, 12–1 p.m.

Sachin Jain, MD, MBA
CEO of CareMore Health System
Video of Event

The Case for Single-Payer National Health Insurance

January 9, 2017, 12–1 p.m.

Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH and David Himmelstein, MD
Co-Founders, Physicians for a National Health Program

Video of Event

Health Care Delivery Innovation in the Safety Net

October 5, 2016

John Baackes
Chief Executive Officer
LA Care Health Plan

John Baackes is Chief Executive Officer of L.A. Care Health Plan. He brings more than 30 years of health care experience. Before joining L.A. Care, he served as president of Philadelphia-based AmeriHealth Caritas VIP Plans where he oversaw the Medicare Advantage business unit. Prior to that position, Mr. Baackes was CEO of Senior Whole Health in Cambridge, MA, a voluntary health care plan for more than 10,000 low-income seniors in Massachusetts and New York.  Mr. Baackes holds a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and is a native of Evanston, IL.

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The New Science of Implementation

July 5, 2016, 12 p.m.–1 p.m.

Steven Asch, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
Stanford University

Steven M. Asch MD, MPH is a Vice -Chief for Research, Division of General Medical Disciplines at Stanford, where he leads more than 150 faculty, and the Chief of Health Services Research at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. He develops and evaluates quality measurement and improvement systems, often in the care of patients with communicable or chronic disease. Dr. Asch has led several national projects developing broad-based quality measurement tools for veterans, Medicare beneficiaries, and the community. He directs the Center of Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i) which aims to maximize value by testing organizational innovations to make medical care more collaborative and efficient using implementation science methods…
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