Advisory Board

Advisory Board

The Duke-Margolis Institute is overseen by Duke University Provost Alec Gallimore, who also serves on the Duke-Margolis’s External Advisory Board chaired by Dr. Robert Margolis.

Approximately seventeen senior advisors serve on the advisory board, bringing experience from policy-relevant public and private sectors including healthcare payers, legislative, biomedical, foundation, and high technology. The Board’s advisory function will be served predominantly through participation in bi-annual face-to-face meetings, alternating between the Washington, DC and Durham, NC locations, but advisors may also provide occasional advice for particular initiatives.

Current members are:

Drew Altman, PhD

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Drew Altman is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and also is founding publisher of KFF Health News. He previously served as commissioner of the Department of Human Services for the state of New Jersey. Prior to that, Drew was Director of Health and Human Services at The Pew Charitable Trusts, Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and served in a senior position in the Health Care Financing Administration in the Carter administration.

Drew earned his doctorate in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed his postdoctoral work at Harvard University before moving on to public service. He holds an honorary doctorate from the Morehouse School of Medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, where he served on the Governing Committee.


David Brailer, MD, PhD

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David Brailer is the Chief Health Officer of The Cigna Group and Chairman of Health Evolution. Prior to this role, he founded Health Evolution and CareScience, and served as the nation’s first National Coordinator for Health Information Technology under President George W. Bush. David earned his MD from West Virginia University and his PhD in economics from The Wharton School. He became board certified in internal medicine after internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he practiced infectious diseases and HIV medicine. David was appointed a Charles A. Dana Fellow and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. He also taught for a decade at The Wharton School, where he founded the Wharton School health information technology program.


Patrick Conway, MD, MSc

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Patrick Conway is Chief Executive Officer of Optum Rx, an integrated pharmacy care services organization. He previously served as CEO of Care Solutions, as President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, as Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and as Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and the agency’s Chief Medical Officer. Before joining CMS, he oversaw clinical operations and quality improvement at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Patrick was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2014, received the President’s Senior Executive Distinguished Service Award, and was a White House Fellow from 2007 to 2008.


Susan Dentzer, MS

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Susan Dentzer is President and Chief Executive Officer of America’s Physician Groups, the nonprofit organization representing more than 360 large physician groups focused on patient-centered, coordinated, and integrated health care that is accountable for both costs and quality. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Council on Foreign Relations and is a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Hastings Center. Susan earned a master’s degree in health care delivery from Dartmouth, where she also is a trustee emerita. She formerly chaired the Dartmouth’s Board of Trustees as well as the board of Dartmouth Health, Research!America, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Susan currently serves on the advisory board of IRC, the Center for Global Health Equity at Dartmouth, and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California - San Francisco (UCSF).


David Feinberg, MD, MBA

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As Chairman of Oracle Health, David Feinberg is committed to making health care more accessible, affordable and equitable. Previously, David served as president and CEO of Cerner, now Oracle Health, where he led teams delivering tools and technology to improve the patient and caregiver experience. Prior to these roles, he served as Vice President of Google Health as well as president and CEO of both UCLA Health and Geisinger Health.


Rebekah Gee, MD, MPH, MSHP

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Dr. Rebekah Gee is the CEO/Founder of Nest Health and an Obstetrician/Gynecologist. Through an innovative care model, Nest addresses generational drivers of poor health by providing primary, behavioral, and social care through house calls, virtual visits, and wraparound services. Rebekah previously served as Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health where she oversaw half the state budget and the implementation of Medicaid expansion. She has an extensive background in quality improvement, has served on the boards of the National Quality Forum and NCQA, and currently serves on the board of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Before her time as Secretary, Rebekah served as the Medicaid Medical Director for Louisiana Medicaid, the Medical Director for Title V, and directed Louisiana’s Birth Outcomes Initiative. In 2017, her exceptional contributions led to her election to the National Academy of Medicine. She currently serves on the medical advisory board for 3D systems and has previously served in a similar role for SelectQuote.


Blake Goodner

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Blake Goodner is a founding member of Bridger Management and Bridger Healthcare. Prior to joining Bridger, Blake was a Research Associate at Tiger Management, LLC, where he specialized in health care investments. From 1996 to 1998, he was an Investment Banking Financial Analyst in the health care group at Morgan Stanley & Co. Blake graduated from Duke University in 1996. He was a member of the Duke University Trinity Board of Visitors and now is a member of Duke Financial Economics Board as well as a founder of the Duke University Goodner Equity Research Project economics class. He is a member of the board of directors of multiple private health care companies and also performs strategic advisory work.


Frederick Isasi

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Frederick Isasi is the former executive director of Families USA (FUSA), a nonprofit, nonpartisan health care advocacy organization established to ensure the best health and health care are equally accessible and affordable to all. Before joining FUSA, he was a division director at the bipartisan National Governors Association and vice president and founder of the health policy department at the Advisory Board Company. He also previously served as senior legislative counsel on health care for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM).


David P. King, JD

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As Managing Member of KingMan LLC, David P. King provides strategic consulting services for stakeholders across the health care system. His areas of focus include expanding access to care, improving quality of care, lowering cost of care, improving the patient experience and fostering innovation across health care. Previously, David was an Operating Partner of Healthcare at Pritzker Private Capital and served as Chairman, CEO, and President of LabCorp. In addition to his consulting practice, he currently serves on numerous boards, including Privia Health, LGC Group, and Novant Health. 


Esther Krofah, MPP

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Executive Vice President, MI Health


Michelle McMurry-Heath, MD, PhD

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Former President and CEO, BIO


Jessica Mega, MD, MPH

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Director of the Board at Boston Scientific and Co-Founder of Verily


Debra L. Ness, MS

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Former President, National Partnership for Women & Families


Peter Orszag, PhD

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Peter R. Orszag is Chief Executive Officer of Lazard, the preeminent global financial advisory and asset management firm. He has led the firm and been a Board Director since October 2023. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer, Peter was CEO of Financial Advisory, leading Lazard's advisory businesses serving companies and governments across the globe. He was previously the firm's Head of North American Mergers & Acquisitions and Global Co-Head of Healthcare. Peter joined Lazard as Vice Chairman of Investment Banking in May 2016. In the Obama Administration, he served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and before that, as the Director of the Congressional Budget Office.


Amir Dan Rubin, MBA, MHSA

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Amir Dan Rubin currently serves as CEO & Founding Managing Partner of Healthier Capital, a venture capital firm focused on health care innovation. He previously served as Chair & CEO of the technology-powered primary care company, One Medical, which he took public in 2020 and sold to Amazon in the beginning of 2023. Prior to that, Amir served as an EVP at UnitedHealth Group and its Optum division. Prior to that, he served as CEO at Stanford University’s health system, COO at UCLA’s health system, COO at SUNY Stony Brook’s health system, and in leadership roles at Memorial Hermann’s health system.


Marc Samuels, JD, MPH

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Marc B. Samuels is CEO of ADVI Health, a strategic consulting partner to the health care and life sciences ecosystem solving complicated problems in health care with data-informed commercialization, market access, and policy expertise. Marc started his career serving both President George H.W. Bush in the White House Council on Competitiveness and the White House Office of Policy Development; and then-Texas Governor George W Bush in the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, and Governor’s Office of Policy. Marc was also a partner at HillCo Partners, managing partner and founder of HillCo HEALTH, and co-founder and principal of The Health Policy Group. He currently serves on the boards of the NCCN Foundation and UCSF Rosenman Institute in addition to Duke-Margolis.

*Duke-Margolis is a client of ADVI Health and consults with its subject matter experts on a range of technical health policy topics.


Barbara Wachsman

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Barbara Wachsman is the Senior Advisor at Frazier Healthcare Partners and sits on the American Board of Medical Specialties. Her expertise lies in developing direct relationships between self-funded employers and physicians. Previously, she was the Director of Strategy and Engagement for Enterprise Benefits at The Walt Disney Company. Before joining Disney, Barbara spent close to 30 years in senior management positions with two international benefit consulting firms and served as a Principal with Arthur Andersen, where she ran the West Regional Human Capital practice.