Medical Advisory Board

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.

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 Pediatrics, Academic 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.

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.

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.