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Welcome to the 4th annual BYHP conference. We have brought together some of Boston’s most accomplished healthcare leaders in politics, academia, advisory, technology, and communications to  discuss improving the patient experience through patient consumerism, quality technological advances, and policy impacting  patients.


In what was a turbulent year for the healthcare sector, we hope that you leave with some new insights on how to improve the patient experience as we head into 2019.

Opening Keynote – Peter Healy, MHA, President at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Panel 1 – What it Means to Put Patients First: A Focus on Patient Centered Care

MODERATOR: Barbara Bokhour, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health, Acting Director at the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Suzanne Curry, Associate Director of Policy and Government Relations at Health Care for All
  • David Gellis, MD, MBA, Vice President of Clinical Performance and Development at Iora Health
  • Lori Tishler, MD, MPH, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Commonwealth Care Alliance
  • Ashley Yeats, MD, FACEP, Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Healthcare Quality and Clinical Integration at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton


Panel 2 – How We Pay for Healthcare: The Effect of Policy and Care Design on Patients

MODERATOR: Phil Johnston, MPA, President and Chief Executive Officer at Johnston Associates

  • Nate Gagne, MBA – Chief Financial Officer at the New England Quality Care Alliance
  • Dr. Gary Gaumer, PhD – Associate Professor of Business at Simmons University
  • Elizabeth Murphy, Esq., Director of Regulatory Affairs at the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans
  • Jeffrey Roy, Esq., Massachusetts State Representative, Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing


Lobbying 101: How to Fight for Better Health Care at the State and Federal Level

Krina Patel, Esq., Coalition Director for the Yes on 3 Ballot Campaign


Panel 3 – Why Prioritizing Behavioral Health Matters: The Integration of Behavioral Health and Primary Care

MODERATOR: Michael Botticelli, MEd, Executive Director at the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center and former Director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House

  • Vic DiGravio, MPA, Chief Executive Officer and President at the Association for Behavioral Healthcare
  • Marian Girouard-Spino, RN, MSN, CCM, Chief System Integration and Quality Officer at South Shore Mental Health


Closing Keynote – John McDonough, DrPH, MPA, Professor of Public Health Practice at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health