VITALS 2019: Intersections of Health Care


Friday, February 15, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

UCLA Carnesale Commons
251 Charles E Young Drive West,
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Join expert speakers and panelists from the payer, provider, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors
as they share their insights and perspectives on the “intersections of health care.”


About Vitals Conference


Health care, one of today’s most intensely debated topics, intersects in a variety of ways with our country’s largest industries. Industries such as technology, finance, public policy, social impact and retail intersect with health care, influencing everything from the patient experience to pharmaceutical pricing. Importantly, these intersections are shaping how consumers interact with and understand the health care system. This conference will educate you about the changes coming to the health care industry as a result of these dynamic connections.


Keynote Speakers & Fireside Chat


Kent Thiry

Chairman and CEO, DaVita Inc.

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Cynthia Patton

Chief Compliance Officer, AMGEN

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Susan M. Love, M.D., MBA

Chief Visionary Officer, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

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Panel Topics


Emerging Applications for Big Data and AI in Health IT: Health care organizations are embracing the power of big data analytics and bulking up their health information technology (IT) structures. This panel will examine the novel ways in which big data and artificial intelligence (AI) are being used to improve clinical research, population health management, patient engagement and care coordination. Our panelists will share their insights from the perspectives of biopharma, providers and innovators.

Entrepreneurship in Health Care: Technology and innovation have always created a natural intersection between health care and entrepreneurship. However, the complexities of the industry can result in a difficult road. This panel will discuss some of the issues startups face that make the industry unique and explore what makes these challenges enticing to aspiring health care entrepreneurs.

Social Impact in Health Care: As health care advancements continue to occur at a rapid pace, misalignment between patient and provider needs as well as the disparity in access to health care remain ever-increasing challenges. This panel will explore the intersection of health care and social innovation, and how it is positively reforming the patient experience and addressing unmet needs.

Consumerism in Health Care: Traditional, consumer-oriented companies are moving into the health care sector, building on their existing modes of distribution. Additionally, a range of startups are creating new use cases for patient care delivery. Join us as we discuss these developments with a panel of leaders in telemedicine, mobile health and healthcare navigators. Topics will include evolving use cases for patient-centered care delivery and how consumerism is informing this sector.

Private Capital in Health Care: From seed funding to series A through C funding to private equity transactions, private capital is playing an ever-growing role in shaping the future of health care. This panel will feature California-based executives who will provide insight into West Coast opportunities, the pulse on the current health care market and an outlook for future investments in health care, ranging from retail health and pharmaceuticals to digital health and provider clinic acquisitions.



8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast Palisades Foyer
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks Palisades ABCF
  • Kota Uyeda (’19), President, Healthcare Business Association, UCLA Anderson
9:15 – 10:00 a.m Morning Keynote Palisades ABCF
  • Kent Thiry, Chairman and CEO, DaVita
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m Panel Discussions

Emerging Applications for Big Data and AI in Health IT

  • Kevin Baldwin, Informatics Portfolio Manager, UCLA Health Sciences
  • Vamsi Chandra, Co-Founder and CEO, Enlightiks
  • Alvin Tam (B.A. ’08, ’14), Chief of Staff, Deep 6 AI
  • Kerry Weinberg, Sr. Data Scientist, Head of Data Science for Digital Health & Innovation, Amgen
  • Moderator: Professor Jennifer McCaney, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
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Entrepreneurship in Health Care

  • David Geller (EMBA ’10), Co-Founder and CEO, Logical Medical Systems
  • Rick Sanghera, Co-founder and CEO, AtaCor Medical
  • Robbins Schrader, Co-Founder and CEO, SafeRide Health
  • Kathryn Zavala (Ph.D. ’16), VP, Operations and Business Development, MedTech Innovator
  • Moderator: Vivek Rao (J.D. ’09, FEMBA ’18), Co-Founder and CEO, Foundation AI Hermosa
11:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Panel Discussion Palisades ABCF

Social Impact in Health Care

  • Riley Arntz, Founder and CEO, Laso Concepts
  • Edmond Banayan (B.A. ’94), Chair, Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) Healthcare; CEO, Chronaly Inc.
  • Chris Esguerra, M.D., MBA, Senior Medical Director, Blue Shield of California
  • Andrew Kin, Vice President, Clinical Enterprise, DaVita
  • Jeannette Tsuei (B.A. ’03), Director of Strategic Alliances, AppliedVR
  • Moderator: Lea Maddock Loh (EMBA ’19), MPH, Project Manager, Kaiser Permanente
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch Palisades ABCF
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Afternoon Keynote Palisades ABCF
  • Cynthia Patton, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Amgen
1:15 – 1:30 p.m. Break
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Panel Discussions

Consumerism in Health Care

  • Richard Boxer, M.D., FACS, Clinical Professor of Urology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Robert Gellibolian (B.S. ’90), Ph.D., Founder and CEO, CellectGen
  • Thomas Levin, CEO, MELD System
  • Derek Newell, Former President, Castlight Health
  • George Tierney, Co-Founder, COO and EVP of Product Development and Marketing, SnapMD
  • Moderator: Jerry Nickelsburg, Director and Senior Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast
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Private Capital in Health Care

  • Jonathan Bluth (’06), Director, Co-Head of Healthcare, Intrepid Investment Bankers
  • Stuart Collinson, Investor/Partner, Forward Ventures
  • Eric Marton (B.A. ’93), Venture Partner, Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health
  • Brad Hively (B.A. ’02), Principal/Operating Partner, Riordan, Lewis, & Haden Equity Partners
  • Sharon Stevenson (’00), DVM, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Managing Director, Okapi Venture Capital
  • Moderator: Professor Jennifer Walske, Adjunct Assistant Professor, UCLA Anderson
2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Fireside Chat Palisades ABCF
  • Susan M. Love (EMBA ’98), M.D., MBA, Chief Visionary Officer, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation
  • Moderator: Gabrielle Larus (’19), Executive Vice President, Healthcare Business Association, UCLA Anderson
3:15 – 3:30 p.m. Concluding Remarks Palisades ABCF
  • Alfred E. Osborne, Jr., Interim Dean; Professor, Global Economics and Management; Faculty Director, Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Break
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Networking Reception Palisades Foyer

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