Plenaries

Saturday, July 27 | 10:00-10:50am

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Peter F. Dunn, MD

Peter F. Dunn, MD, is Vice President, Perioperative Services and Healthcare Systems Engineering at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Dunn co-leads all aspects of perioperative operations with the Medical Director and Associate Chief Nurse for Perioperative Services. Prior to this role, he was Clinical Director of the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (DACCPM), and served as Executive Vice Chair of DACCPM. Dr. Dunn received his undergraduate and medical degrees in the Early Selection Program at the George Washington University. Dr. Dunn pursued initial post graduate training in surgery at GWU and basic science research at the National Institutes of Health, and then joined MGH in 1995 where he received his training in both anesthesia and critical care. As a junior staff physician, Dr. Dunn focused on clinical care and teaching medical students, residents and fellows.

More recently, along with colleagues from the MIT Sloan School of Management, Dr. Dunn and his team at MGH are developing tools and methodologies to redesign the provision of patient care in the perioperative environment and the hospital as a whole. This unique collaboration focuses on the utilization of resources throughout the patient care experience, from physicians’ offices to hospital discharge, with the aim of improving the quality, efficiency and cost of delivering care to patients. In addition to his responsibilities at MGH, Dr. Dunn is the Co-chair of the Partners Perioperative Technology Committee, an Assistant Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, and the Program Director of the Perioperative Administration Fellowship at MGH.

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Retsef Levi

Retsef Levi is the J. Spencer Standish (1945) Professor of Operations Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a member of the Operations Management Group at MIT Sloan and affiliated with the MIT Operations Research Center. Levi also serves as the Faculty Co-Director of the MIT Leaders for Global Operations (LGO).

Before coming to MIT, he spent a year in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center as the holder of the Goldstine Postdoctoral Fellowship. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Tel-Aviv University (Israel) in 2001, and a PhD in Operations Research from Cornell University in 2005. Levi spent almost 12 years in the Israeli Defense Forces as an officer in the Intelligence Wing and was designated as an Extra Merit Officer. After leaving the Military, Levi joined an emerging new Israeli hi-tech company as a Business Development Consultant.

Levi’s current research is focused on the design of analytical data-driven decision support models and tools addressing complex business and system design decisions under uncertainty in areas such as health and healthcare management, supply chain, procurement and inventory management, revenue management, pricing optimization and logistics. He is interested in the theory underlying these models and algorithms, as well as their computational and organizational applicability in practical settings. Levi has been leading several industry-based collaborative research efforts with some of the major academic hospitals in the Boston area, such as Mass General Hospital (MGH), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Children’s Hospital, and across the U.S. (e.g., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC Presbyterian Hospital System and the American Association of Medical Colleges). Levi was the PI on an MIT contract with the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to develop systematic risk management approach to address risk related to economically motivated adulterations of food manufactured in global supply chains. With a multi-million award from the Walmart Foundation, Levi currently leads a multi-year U.S.-China collaborative effort to develop new predictive risk analytics tools and testing technologies and platforms to address core food safety challenges in China. Levi has also been involved in developing operational risk and process safety management methodologies for various organizations in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and oil industries. Levi received the NSF Faculty Early Career Development award, the 2008 INFORMS Optimization Prize for Young Researchers, the 2013 Daniel H. Wagner Prize and the 2016 Harold W. Kuhn Award.

Levi teaches regularly courses on operations management, analytics, risk management, system thinking and healthcare to students from various degree and non-degree programs including MBA, Executive MBA, PhD, Master and Undergraduate students as well as Executive Education programs. His Healthcare Lab course attracts students from across the MIT campus and engages major industry partners and leaders. Levi has graduated 10 PhD students, 34 Master students and 6 postdoctoral fellows. He was also awarded several prestigious teaching awards.

Sunday, July 28 | 10:00-10:50am

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Don Mordecai, MD

Don Mordecai, MD, is the Kaiser Permanente National Leader for Mental Health and Wellness. In this role, he leads national initiatives for Kaiser Permanente in the areas of care delivery, stigma reduction and the use of technology to improve outcomes along the continuum of mental health and addiction care. He works across the organization to identify and deliver innovative ways to improve the mental health and wellness of individuals and communities through prevention and strategies that address mental and physical health issues upstream of their causes. Headquartered in Oakland, California, Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest private integrated health plan and hospital system, serving 12 million members in eight regions.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Mordecai was Director of Mental Health and Addiction Medicine for The Permanente Medical Group. He trained in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry at Stanford University Medical School and is Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University Medical School.