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Meet Our Plenary Speakers


Cara V. James, PhD

Dr.Cara James is President and CEO at Grantmakers In Health (GIH). Prior to joining GIH, she served as Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) where she provided leadership, vision, and direction to advance the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and CMS goals related to reducing disparities and achieving health equity for vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic populations, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, and persons living in rural communities.



Vincent Liu, MD, MS

Dr. Vincent Liu is a research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. His work focuses on the intersection of sepsis, acute severe illness, informatics, and health care delivery with a goal of building towards a learning hospital system. In addition to his clinical practice and research, Dr. Liu is also the Regional Director of Hospital Advanced Analytics in Kaiser Permanente Northern California.



Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP

Dr. Simpson has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of AcademyHealth since 2011. A nationally

recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, she is a passionate advocate for the translation of

research into policy and practice. Her research, and over 90 articles and commentaries in peer-reviewed

journals, focuses on the role of evidence and data to improve health and healthcare, particularly for

children and vulnerable populations.