Plenary Sessions

Tuesday Plenary



Jean S. Kutner, MD, MSPH

2020–2021 SGIM President; University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, CO

Dr. Kutner is a tenured Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of General Internal Medicine (GIM), Geriatric Medicine, and Health Care Policy and Research at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Kutner received her MD from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and completed residency training in internal medicine at UCSF. Subsequently, she completed a NRSA primary care research fellowship, earning an MSPH degree with honors, and a fellowship in geriatric medicine at UCD. One of Dr. Kutner’s major contributions to the field is the development of the Population-based Palliative Care Research Network (PoPCRN). In addition to her research and mentoring activities, Dr. Kutner started and was the founding Director of the University of Colorado Hospital Palliative Care Consult Service. She continues to attend on this service and cares for internal medicine patients at University Internal Medicine Lowry. Dr. Kutner was named as the new holder of the Gordon Meiklejohn Endowed Chair in April 2010.


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Publisher & Vice President, Modern Healthcare

Fawn Lopez is Publisher of Modern Healthcare and Vice President of Crain Communications, a position she has held since February 2005. As the industry's leading source of healthcare business and policy news, research and information, Modern Healthcare serves the needs of top healthcare executives by reporting on important healthcare events and trends, as they happen. In her role as publisher, Ms. Lopez oversees the editorial, sales and marketing, digital, and audience development associates who together power the Modern Healthcare media brand. Under her leadership, Modern Healthcare has grown from a weekly publication to a robust content platform including a website, several e-newsletters, data, and analytics, and by hosting a dozen annual events and conferences across the country. Modern Healthcare has also won numerous national awards for editorial excellence under her leadership. Ms. Lopez has a passion for developing diverse leaders at all levels in her organization. Throughout her career, she is a champion and advocate for advancing diversity and inclusion in healthcare. During her first year as publisher of Modern Healthcare, Ms. Lopez introduced the first ever Top 25 Women Leaders in Healthcare list and the inaugural Top 25 Minority Leaders list the following year, in 2006. Over the last 15 years, Modern Healthcare has recognized hundreds of woman and minority leaders who have made significant impact and contributions to the healthcare industry.

Wednesday Plenary Session


Vivian S. Lee, MD, PhD, MBA

President of Health Platforms at Verily Life Sciences

Vivian S. Lee, MD, PhD, MBA, is President of Health Platforms at Verily Life Sciences, an Alphabet company whose mission is to apply digital solutions that enable people enjoy healthier lives. A passionate champion of improving health in the U.S. and worldwide, she works closely with Verily’s clinical and engineering teams to develop products and platforms that support the successful transformation of health systems to value and advance the co-production of health with patients, their caregivers, and communities. She also serves as a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. In 2019, she was ranked #11 among the Most Influential People in Healthcare (Modern Healthcare). She is the author of the acclaimed book, The Long Fix: Solving America’s Health Care Crisis with Strategies that Work for Everyone (Norton, 2020).

Thursday Plenary Session


Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD

Dean of the The George Washington University Law School

AA nationally recognized lawyer and legal scholar with three decades of industry and academic experience, Dean Matthew is the first woman to lead GW Law. An expert in health equity and public health policy with a passion for public service, Dean Matthew previously served as the University of Virginia Law School’s William L. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor of Law and the F. Palmer Weber Research Professor of Civil Liberties and Human Rights. She was also a professor of public health sciences at the UVA School of Medicine and served as director of the Equity Center at UVA, which works to builds relationships between the university and its surrounding community to address racial and socioeconomic inequality. Prior to her tenure at UVA, she served as professor of law, vice dean and associate dean of academic affairs at the University of Colorado Law School and, before that, as professor of law and medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Friday Plenary Session


LaShyra “Lash” Nolen

Second-year medical student at Harvard Medical School, student body president, the first documented Black woman to serve in this leadership role.

LLaShyra “Lash” Nolen is a Los Angeles native deeply passionate about the concerns of underserved and marginalized communities. She graduated with honors from Loyola Marymount University in 2017 with a B.S. in Health and Human Sciences. She then spent two gap years before starting medical school, the first as a Fulbright Scholar in Spain and the second as an AmeriCorps health educator in Chicago. Currently, she is a second-year student at Harvard Medical School where she is serving as student council president of her class, the first documented black woman to hold this leadership position. She is a published author and fervent advocate for social justice whose commentary has been published in the Boston Globe, New England Journal of Medicine, and HuffPost, among others. Lash is also a Foster Scholar in Health Policy, Advocacy, and Media at the MGH Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation and a co-host for the Clinical Problem Solvers Anti-Racism in Medicine podcast. Her work has earned her the honor of becoming the 2020 National Minority Quality Forum’s youngest “40 under 40 Leader in Minority Health” and named a “2020 Young Futurist” by The Root Magazine. In the future she plans to pursue a Masters in Public Policy along with her medical degree to advocate for humane healthcare reform as a physician activist on national and international scales.