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C-TAC is excited to announce that four new leading voices in serious illness care will be joining our Board of Directors. Each of our new members brings a unique perspective on our field and they are united by their commitment to C-TAC’s mission of supporting the sickest and most vulnerable among us.

The following changemakers will be joining our Board:

  • Ravi Parikh, MD, MPP, Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy and Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; Staff Physician, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center; and Senior Clinical Advisor, C-TAC
  • Shirley Roberson, Patient Advocate and Originator of the “Blue Chair” story
  • Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD, Vice President, Clinical Care Transformation, MedStar Health
  • Charlotte Yeh, MD, Chief Medical Officer, AARP Services, Inc.

“The wealth of insight, expertise, and commitment that these new members will bring to the C-TAC Board of Directors cannot be overstated,” says C-TAC Co-Chair and Co-Founder Tom Koutsoumpas. “Shirley Roberson, as well as Drs. Charlotte Yeh, Meena Seshamani, and Ravi Parikh, bring a wide breadth of experience to this work, sharing a passion for our mission and a dedication to improving the lives of those with serious illness.”

Ravi Parikh, MD, MPP, brings his own clinical and academic experience to the Board, currently serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy and Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as practicing oncology at Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center. Dr. Parikh frequently writes about medical technology and advanced illness and his work has been published in leading journals like Science, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Dr. Parikh is also a longtime partner of C-TAC and serves as our Senior Clinical Advisor.

Shirley Roberson is a dedicated patient advocate and artist with firsthand knowledge of the challenges that come with navigating serious illness. Ms. Roberson, who is living with stage 4 cancer, shared an example of her experience in the “Blue Chair” story, during a keynote session at the 2018 C-TAC Summit in Denver. When faced with a doctor who was not listening to her concerns, she instructed him to sit down in a nearby blue chair and ask her what she would like to discuss. Ms. Roberson has been featured by the Karmanos Cancer Institute as a model for patients with advanced breast cancer and she is frequently sought after to participate in groups and retreats for cancer survivors. We are honored that she will bring the essential voice of people living with serious illness to our Board.

Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD, leads geriatrics, palliative care, and value-based care initiatives across 10 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient care sites as MedStar Health’s Vice President of Clinical Care Transformation. Previously, she served as Director of the Office of Health Reform at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she led strategy and managed implementation of the Affordable Care Act and delivery system reform. Dr. Seshamani also brings a wealth of clinical experience, having practiced as a head and neck surgeon at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. In addition to her role at MedStar Health, she is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Charlotte Yeh, MD, serves as the Chief Medical Officer for AARP Services, Inc., working with independent carriers that make health-related products and services that enhance care available to AARP members. Dr. Yeh has more than 30 years of healthcare experience in a variety of roles, practicing emergency medicine at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Tufts Medical Center, and serving as Medical Director of National Heritage Insurance Company. She has served as a Medicare Part B Contractor as well as the Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Boston.

These new Board members will play a pivotal role in helping our movement reach the moonshot goal of ensuring that 12 million people living with serious illness have a high quality of life by 2030. We invite you to join the conversation on the moonshot goal during our 2020 C-TAC Summit, which will be held virtually from Oct. 27-30. The Summit will tackle the most pressing issues facing serious illness, from the ongoing to COVID-19 pandemic to a reckoning with longstanding racial and economic injustice. To learn more and register, click here.

We are honored to welcome Ms. Roberson, as well as Drs. Parikh, Seshamani, and Yeh to our Board of Directors, which currently includes: Co-chair Bill Novelli, professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and former CEO of AARP; Tom Koutsoumpas, President and CEO, National Partnership for Hospice Innovation; CEO, Capital Caring Health; Nancy Brown, CEO, American Heart Association; Jon Broyles, Executive Director, C-TAC (ex officio); Jeffrey Burnich, MD, Chief Physician Enterprise Executive, Canopy Health; Patrick T. Courneya, MD, Chief Health Plan Medical Officer, HealthPartners; Reverend Dr. Yvonne V. Delk, Minister, United Church of Christ; Alexandra Drane, CEO, Rebel Health and ARCHANGELS; Wellness Expert, Prudential; Cashier, Walmart; Mark Ganz, President and CEO, Cambia Health Solutions; Lucy Kalanithi, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Stanford School of Medicine; BJ Miller, MD, President & Counselor, Mettle Health; and Richard Umbdenstock, President Emeritus, American Hospital Association (AHA).

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  1. Avatar Edith Clifton on October 28, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Congratulations on excellent additions to the Board. Shirley Roberson brings a unique and salient perspective to the proceedings as she is daily living with advanced illness and is an outspoken advocate. The Summit opening session could not have been more poinient.

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