Medical Advisory Board

Our Medical Advisory Board helps guide clinical best practices and continual quality improvement. Made up of 11 physicians selected for their multidisciplinary expertise, thought leadership and diverse geographic representation, the board also helps Accolade build its knowledge base of the best healthcare providers across the country—including the top medical centers and best physicians for treating complex conditions and performing complex procedures.

Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH
Joseph R. Betancourt, is director of the Disparities Solutions Center, director of Multicultural Education for Massachusetts General Hospital, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and co-founder of Quality Interactions, Inc. Dr. Betancourt is an expert in quality of care, disparities, and cross-cultural care and communication. He has worked with more than 100 organizations focused on improving quality for vulnerable populations throughout the country as part of the Disparities Leadership Program, and created and deployed a portfolio of Quality Interactions e-learning programs to more than 125,000 healthcare professionals nationwide.

Robert Cialdini, PhD
Robert Cialdini is a Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University. He is also Founder and CEO of INFLUENCE AT WORK, an international consulting, strategic planning and training organization. A New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Cialdini’s book, “Influence,” has sold over three million copies world-wide. Dr. Cialdini has spent more than 30 years researching the science of influence, earning him an international reputation as an expert in the fields of persuasion, compliance, and negotiation.

Samuel Hammerman, MD, MMM, FCCP
Samuel Hammerman is senior vice president and chief medical officer for Select Medical; in his current role, he oversees the company’s division of 110 long-term acute care hospitals. He is also an adjunct clinical assistant professor at Temple University School of Medicine and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to joining Select Medical, Dr. Hammerman served as director of pulmonary and critical care medicine for Geisinger Health System. He has an extensive background in pulmonology and critical care. He has also led innovation initiatives focusing on patient-centered clinical care, operations, quality and safety, and education. A frequent lecturer and published author, Dr. Hammerman is a member of the American College of Physician Executives and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Ivor Horn, MD, MPH
Ivor Horn is Accolade’s Chief Medical Officer. She is renowned for her expertise in the areas of social media and mobile technology in healthcare communications. The lead author on seminal papers about research in child health disparities, her work has appeared in such journals as PediatricsAcademic Pediatrics, and the Journal of Pediatrics. Dr. Horn has been a featured medical expert on theToday Show and Good Morning America Health, and has contributed to features in Parenting Magazine and the Discovery Channel as well as the award-winning parenting blog, MyBrownBaby.com.

Larry Kaiser, MD, FACS
Larry Kaiser is CEO of the Temple University Health System, senior executive vice president for the Health Sciences, and dean of Temple University School of Medicine. He specializes in thoracic surgery, and his research interests include lung cancer, malignant mesothelioma and mediastinal tumors. He is the author or co-author of more than 13 books and 250 original papers.

Bruce Korf, MD, PhD
Bruce Korf is the Wayne H. and Sara Crews Finley Professor of Medical Genetics, chair of the Department of Genetics, and director of the Heflin Center for Genomic Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He specializes in genetics, with a research interest in the genetics and treatment of neurofibromatosis type 1.

Andrew Lasher, MD
Andrew Lasher is chief medical officer of Aspire Healthcare, a home- and outpatient-based palliative care company based in Nashville. His expertise includes palliative care and internal medicine. He is co-author of The End-of-Life Handbook: A Compassionate Guide to Connecting with and Caring for a Dying Loved One.

Jennifer S. Lerner, PhD
Jennifer S. Lerner is professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an internationally recognized expert in decision science. The first psychologist in the history of the Harvard Kennedy School to receive tenure, her work draws insights from psychology, economics and neuroscience in order to elucidate human judgment and decision making. Together with colleagues, she has developed a theoretical framework that successfully predicts the effects of specific emotions on specific judgment and choice outcomes. Applied widely, the framework has been especially useful in predicting emotion effects on decisions involving risk and valuation. The lead author in seminal research papers, Dr. Lerner has earned many prestigious awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) — the highest academic honor the US Government gives to scientists and engineers in early stages of their careers. In addition to research, Lerner is also devoted to graduate and executive-level education, founding and directing Harvard’s executive program on Leadership Decision Making.

Adam Perlman, MD, MPH, FACP
Adam Perlman is the associate vice president for Health and Wellness for the Duke University Health System, and executive director of Duke Integrative Medicine, contributing to the work of healthcare transformation within and beyond the university system. He has a background in internal medicine, preventive medicine, and complementary and alternative medicine. His research has been published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and featured in the New York Times.

Alan H. Spiro, MD, MBA
Dr. Alan Spiro has been a leader in healthcare delivery and management for more than 25 years – a path that led him to become a founding member of Accolade. Dr. Spiro is a former Chief Medical Officer of Accolade and currently serves as chairman of the company’s Medical Advisory Board. Prior to Accolade, Dr. Spiro was Chief Medical Officer for Anthem National Accounts and a principal in Towers Perrin’s Health and Welfare Practice, leading the firm’s National Clinical Practice. Before entering healthcare management, Dr. Spiro was a practicing gastroenterologist, founded a successful independent practice association, and was active in home care. He earned his undergraduate degree at New York University and his MD degree at Columbia University. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago and received a fellowship in gastroenterology and nutrition at Beth Israel and Deaconess Hospitals in Boston. This included his appointment as a Harvard/MIT Research Fellow in nutrition. Dr. Spiro obtained his MBA from Northwestern University.

Saul Weiner, MD
Saul Weiner is professor of medicine, pediatrics and medical education and vice provost of planning and programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also deputy director of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare, funded by the VA’s Division of Health Services Research & Development. His background is in internal medicine and pediatrics, and his research has focused on patient-centered decision-making and the challenge of individualizing care. Dr. Weiner is also co-founder and co-principal of the Institute for Practice and Provider Performance Improvement (I3PI). He was named the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Distinguished Researcher of the Year for the clinical sciences in 2013.