Expert Directory

Primary Care, healthcare purchasers, Healthcare, Policymakers, Social Policy

As President and CEO, Elizabeth Mitchell advances the organization’s strategic focus areas of redesigning health care delivery, driving affordability, and optimizing markets. Mitchell leads PBGH in mobilizing purchasers, to support high-quality affordable care – achieving measurable impacts on health outcomes and affordability including quality, patient-reported outcomes and satisfaction, and the appropriateness of delivered care.

At PBGH, Mitchell leverages her extensive experience in working with healthcare purchasers, providers, policymakers, and payers to improve quality and cost. Mitchell previously served as Senior Vice President for Healthcare and Community Health Transformation at Blue Shield of California, during which time she designed Blue Shield’s strategy for transforming practice, payment and community health. Mitchell also served as the President and CEO of the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), a network of regional quality improvement and measurement organizations; served as CEO of Maine’s business coalition on health (the Maine Health Management Coalition); worked within an integrated delivery system (MaineHealth); and was elected to the Maine State Legislature, serving as a State Representative.

Mitchell served as Vice Chairperson of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, Board and Executive Committee Member of the National Quality Forum (NQF), Member of the National Academy of Medicine’s “Vital Signs” Study Committee on core metrics, and a Guiding Committee Member for the Health Care Payment Learning & Action Network.

Mitchell holds a degree in religion from Reed College and studied social policy at the London School of Economics.

Patricia Molina

Professor and Department Head

Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcohol, HIV, TBI, metabolic alterations , Muscle, Inflamation

Patricia E. Molina, MD, PhD, is the Richard Ashman Professor and Head of Physiology, and Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Center at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans’ School of Medicine.  Dr. Molina's training as a physician prior to completing training in physiology provides her with a unique systems approach to study the biomedical consequences of chronic heavy alcohol use, with emphasis on the pathophysiological mechanisms that aggravate HIV disease progression. Her research focuses on the interaction of chronic alcohol consumption on progression of HIV disease in preclinical models and in translational studies.  Her research involves integrating in vivo with ex vivo approaches to understand the contribution of organ systems to disease pathogenesis. Another area of research interest and ongoing investigations is the interaction of alcohol with outcomes from traumatic brain injury. Her work examines the mechanisms that lead to greater alcohol drinking during the post-injury phase, and the potential role of the endocannabinoid system in modulating those responses. Dr. Molina is interested in translating research findings to the community at large, and in educating the lay public on the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption. This is particularly relevant to young students and parents as they make decisions on alcohol drinking throughout their life.
Senior advisor for global health to Georgetown University President John J DeGioia; senior fellow, McCourt School of Public Policy; and senior scholar, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Monahan served as the special advisor for Global Health Partnerships at the US Department of State (2010-2014) as well as a counselor to the secretary and director of global health affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2009-2010). While at HHS, Monahan served as the U.S. Government’s primary contact with the leadership of the World Health Organization during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and helped coordinate the U.S.-led diplomatic strategy to secure commitments from developed countries for donating influenza vaccines to low-income countries.

Monahan can discuss the obligation of WHO and member states to support and respond to disease outbreaks.

Risk Analysis, Engineering Economic Analysis, Health Policy, decision analysis, strategic decision making, emerging threats

Gilberto Montibeller is a Full Professor of Management Science at Loughborough University (UK) and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southern California (USA). He joined Loughborough in 2015 after spending a decade as a tenured faculty in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics. He has taken senior management roles at Loughborough University, as Associate Dean for Enterprise and Head of the Management Science and Operations Group.

He has a BSc in Electrical Engineering (UFSC), MSc in Engineering Economic Analysis (UFSC) and PhD in Engineering Economic Analysis (UFSC/Univ. of Strathclyde). After his doctorate, he continued his studies as a pos-doc research fellow in Management Science at the University of Strathclyde.

Prof Montibeller is an expert on strategic risk and decision analysis. His main areas of application are global health prioritisations and health risk management, having led projects for the World Health Organization, Pan-American Health Organization, UK Department for Environment, Health and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), UK Department of Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), USAID, among others.

He is Associate Editor of the Informs Decision Analysis journal and has served as area editor of the Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis. He has published widely in top journals in decision sciences. The quality of his research has been recognised by best publications awards from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (Informs), the Society for Risk Analysis, and the International Society on Multi-Criteria Decision Making.

He has been a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA, Austria), and CNRS Lamsade at Paris Dauphine University (France). He is a visiting professor at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Adjunct Professor at the Hertie School of Government (Germany) and IE Business School (Spain). 

Prof Montibeller has extensive experience with executive education over more than 20 years, having taught courses at the LSE executive schools (UK), LSE corporate education (UK), Warwick Business School (UK), Hertie School of Government (Germany) and IE Business School (Spain).

Larissa Mooney

Director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Addiction, Opiods, Cannabis, Alcoholism, Psychiatry

Dr. Larissa Mooney is a board certified addiction psychiatrist with expertise in the treatment of substance use disorders and psychiatric comorbidity.  After obtaining residency training at New York University, she completed a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  Dr. Mooney is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and Director of the UCLA Addiction Medicine Clinic, where she teaches psychiatrists in training in the clinical management of dual diagnoses.  Dr. Mooney serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP).  She has conducted research on treatment interventions for addictive disorders, including methamphetamine, cocaine and opioid use disorder and has received funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to study clinical outcomes in individuals with cannabis use disorder.   

Ann Morning

Associate Professor, Sociology

New York University


Ann Morning, author of The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference (University of California), is an associate professor of sociology at New York University. She is a member of the U.S. Census Bureau National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations and has served as a statistician for the bureau. Morning has also authored reports for the National Research Council’s Committee on the Use of Social Science Knowledge in Public Policy and the United Nations’ Statistics Division. Morning is also the academic director of 19 Washington Square North, NYU Abu Dhabi’s home in New York.

Morning previously worked as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service. From 1995 to 1997, she was an Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Morning received her B.A. magna cum laude from Yale, her Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia, and her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton. She also studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.

Sport, Sport In Society, Sport culture, Sport and politics, Sport and media

Stephen Mosher is a professor of sport management and media. Mosher has coached youth sports himself for over 25 years and studies the issues of sport in popular culture. He is currently working on an ethnography of bowling, which discusses how that sport plays a central role in the civic engagement of blue collars workers. In 2001, he wrote a series of columns for on the Little League World Series scandal involving pitcher Danny Almonte, who played despite being two years over the age limit.

Amr Moursi

Professor and Chair of Pediatric Dentistry

New York University

Pediatric Dentistry, Dentistry, Dentistry and children, Oral Health

Amr M. Moursi, DDS, PhD, is a professor and chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at NYU College of Dentistry. His research focuses on early childhood oral health, including the use of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) to fight cavities, birth defects of the head and skull, nutrition and oral health, and developing the pediatric dentistry workforce.

Dr. Moursi is the author or co-author of more than 100 published articles, book chapters, and policy briefs, and is the editor of the textbook "Clinical Cases in Pediatric Dentistry" (Wiley-Blackwell). He is also a contributor for the 2020 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health. 

Dr. Moursi is a board-certified diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.  He serves on the Executive Committee and as a National Spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). He has extensive experience with print and broadcast media and is host of "The Dental Health Show" on Doctor Radio, SiriusXM satellite radio. 

Watch Dr. Moursi on ABC 7 discussing how to keep baby teeth healthy:

James M. Musser

Genomic Medicine & Infectious Disease and Pathology

Houston Methodist


Raouf E. Nakhleh

Professor of Pathology Mayo College of Medicine, Consulting Pathologist, Department of Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, Chair of College of American Pathologists Council on Scientific Affairs.

College of American Pathologists (CAP)

Transplantation, Liver Disease, Quality Improvement, Surgical Pathology, anatomic pathology

Chemistry, Solar Energy, inorganic chemistry, perovskite solar cells, Light Emitting Diodes, Materials Science, Physics

Donald Nieman

Provost, Executive VP for Academic Affairs

Binghamton University, State University of New York

History, Civil Rights, Reconstruction, Law

Donald Nieman is Binghamton University’s Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and also Professor of History. His research focuses on law, race, and civil rights in U.S. history, emphasizing the role that African Americans have played in using law and the Constitution to expand the nation’s understanding of citizenship, rights, politics, and the Constitution.

Chris Norwood

Executive Director

Health People


Michael Oberg

SUNY Distinguished Professor of History

State University of New York at Geneseo

Native American history, Native Americans, Native peoples

Kunle Odunsi

Deputy Director, Chair of Gynecologic Oncology

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer, Cancer Therapy, Immunotherapy, Cancer Vaccines, Vaginal Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Uterine Cancer

Deputy Director, Chair of Gynecologic Oncology and the M. Steven Piver Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Areas of expertise: Ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, vaginal cancer, vulvar cancer, women’s cancers, immunotherapy, cancer vaccines, cancer therapies

Infectious Diseases, Antimicrobial Utilization , Impact on Clinical Outcomes , antimicrobial resistance

Dr. Christopher Ohl is an infectious disease specialist in Winston Salem, North Carolina and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Wake Forest Baptist Health-Lexington Medical Center and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He received his medical degree from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and has been in practice for more than 20 years. 

Ebola, Lassa Fever, Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever, VIC, Ebola outbreak, Hemorrhagic Fever, Chikungunya, Ebola treatment, Lassa fever vaccine, cryo-electron microscopy, Structure, neutralizing antibodies, marburg virus

Ersula Ore

Lincoln Professor of Ethics in the School of Social Transformation, associate professor of African and African American studies and rhetoric.

Arizona State University (ASU)

Contemporary Rhetorical Theory, Race Critical Theory, African American Studies, Rhetorics of Race, Culture, Visual and Material Culture Studies

Dr. Ersula J. Ore is the Lincoln Professor of Ethics in the School of Social Transformation and Associate Professor of African & African American studies. Her research agenda focuses on the suasive strategies of Black Americans and investigates the relationship between physical and discursive violence, citizenship, and race. Dr. Ore’s book, Lynching: Violence, Rhetoric, & American Identity (2019), which explores American lynching as an ongoing practice of racialized citizenship connected to anti-Black policing, received the 2020 RSA Book Award from the Rhetoric Society of America. 

Robert Paine lll

Chief, Division of Pulmonary

University of Utah Health

Internal Medicine, Lung Injury, Pulmonary, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Chronic Disease

Robert Paine III, M.D. is an experienced Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine physician who has been board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He cares for outpatients with a wide variety of pulmonary problems and has a particular interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and unexplained shortness of breath. He has a major interest in the care of critically ill patients in the medical intensive care unit (MICU) and has an ongoing research program related to the causes and treatment of acute lung injury.


Dr. Rahul Pandit is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. Pandit completed his medical training at Rush Medical College. He completed a residency and a fellowship in Cornea, External Diseases, and Refractive Surgery at the University of Iowa. His research interests include dry eye and other ocular surface diseases, corneal diseases and cataract surgical outcomes. Pandit's clinical area of interest include dry eye, corneal disease and transplantation, cataract surgery and glaucoma.