External Advisors

Kent Bottles, MD, is a Senior Fellow at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health and Chief Medical Officer at Verilogue/CareCoach.com.  He is frequently called upon to give keynotes on disruptive technology, accountable care organizations, federal health care reform, the future of medicine, and social media. He is a frequent blogger at TheHealthCareBlog, CareandCost, and KentBottles.blogspot.com. He can be reached at kent@kentbottlesmd.com.


Sachin_JainSachin H. Jain, MD, is chief medical information and innovation officer (CMIIO) at Merck. His charge includes developing strategies and global partnerships to leverage health data to improve patient health. In June 2011, he stepped down as senior advisor to Donald M. Berwick, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Jain received his undergraduate degree in government from Harvard College; his medical degree from Harvard Medical School; and his master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School. He completed his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Jain has worked previously at WellPoint, McKinsey & Co, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He has also served as an expert consultant to the World Health Organization. Jain has authored over 40 publications on health care delivery innovation and health care reform in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and HealthAffairs. The book he co-edited with Susan Pories and Gordon Harper, The Soul of a Doctor, has been translated into Chinese. He can be reached at shjain@gmail.com. 

Manley CynthiaCynthia Floyd Manley is a director of strategic marketing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, TN. She leads VUMC’s content marketing and social engagement strategies, including oversight of social media activity. Manley is a journalist at heart, having spent eight years as a reporter and copy editor at The Tennessean prior to her move to academic health care communications in 1993, when she joined VUMC’s News Office. Manley has served a variety of roles at Vanderbilt over the past 20 years, including public information officer, publications editor, marketing manager, and communications officer for Vanderbilt’s National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. She serves on the external advisory board for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media’s Social Media Health Network and is an active member of the Association of American Medical College’s Group on Institutional Advancement. Manley is a past chair of the NCI Public Affairs and Marketing Network and remains active in cancer communications as a member of the board of directors for Gilda’s Club Nashville, which provides psychosocial support for cancer survivors, family and friends. She can be found on Twitter @cynthiamanley.

Pingleton SueSusan K. Pingleton, MD, is the Joy McCann Professor of Women in Medicine and Science and the Associate Dean, Continuing Education and Professional Development at the University of Kansas School Of Medicine.

She has served in multiple senior administrative positions at the University including Chair of Internal Medicine, Division Director of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Senior Medical Director for the University of Kansas Hospital.  She is a Professor of Medicine.

Dr. Pingleton received her medical degree from the University of Kansas where she also completed her internal medicine residency and pulmonary fellowship. She has extensive experience in local, regional, national, and international service organizations.  Among her various national professional activities, she has served as the President of the American College of Chest Physicians, Chair of the ACCP Board of Regents, and as a member of the FDA Pulmonary Advisory Committee and the American Board of Internal Medicine.  She recently served as the Petersdorf Scholar at the AAMC and is a Master Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians.

Powers_240x240Brian W. Powers is a policy analyst, health services researcher, and aspiring physician. He is currently a 4th year MD/MBA candidate at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School and Deputy Editor of Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation. Previously, he worked for the Division of Population Health Management at Partners HealthCare and the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Care. His research and writing focuses on population health management, delivery system reform, physician leadership, and medical education. His research has been published in venues including JAMAAcademic MedicineHealth Affairs, and BMJ. He received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College.

VartabedianBryan Vartabedian, MD, is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Texas Children’s Hospital and a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He served as Wing of Zock’s “Socialized Medicine” columnist and maintains his own blog at 33 charts. Follow him on Twitter @Doctor_V.


WeitekampMichaelMichael R. Weitekamp, MD, MHA, FACP, is Chief of Staff, Bermuda Hospitals Board, a QUANGO (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization) that oversees all hospital-based acute medical,surgical, urgent care and mental health services for the nation of Bermuda. Dr. Weitekamp formerly served as Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine at Hershey, a medical director for the Penn State Geisinger Health Plan, and Chief Medical Officer for Penn State Hershey.  Institutional responsibilities included oversight of risk management and a self-insured professional liability trust, clinical quality and patient safety improvement, and executive oversight of Connected – the enterprise-wide clinical information system.. He maintains an active practice of medicine, and continues to teach in the College of Medicine, primarily in areas of health policy, professional risk mitigation, health care organization and macroeconomics. He is currently serving as Vice Chair for Community Engagement in the Dept of Medicine.

Dr. Weitekamp served last year as a Robert G. Petersdorf Scholar-in-Residence at the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, DC where he worked on the implications of health policy and payment reform on academic medical centers and helped to launch Wing of Zock.

He received his M.D. degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and his post-graduate training at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center of the Pennsylvania State University in Hershey, PA.  Dr. Weitekamp is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both internal medicine and infectious diseases, and has added qualifications in geriatric medicine. He is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and holds a Masters Degree in Health Administration from Penn State.