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VITALS 2019: Intersections of Healthcare

February 15, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

VITALS: UCLA Anderson Healthcare Conference 2019

The UCLA Anderson HBA Healthcare Conference is one of the largest university-led healthcare events in Southern California, connecting 300+ business professionals, students and members of academia. Panels and keynotes feature marquee executives, thinkers and practitioners from a diversity of organizations influencing the future of healthcare.

VITALS 2019: Intersections of Healthcare

Healthcare, one of today’s most debated topics, intersects with the technology, finance, public policy, social impact and retail industries. These intersections influence everything from patient experience to pharmaceutical pricing and shape how consumers interact with the healthcare system. This conference will provide education about the changes coming to the healthcare industry as a result of these dynamic connections. We would like to thank our sponsors, Amgen, DaVita, Edwards Lifesciences, PwC, Microvention, and GLG.

Panel Topics

Emerging Applications for Big Data & AI in Health IT: Healthcare organizations are embracing the power of big data analytics and bulking up their health IT structure. This panel will examine the use of big data and artificial intelligence in novel ways to improve clinical research, population health management, patient engagement and care coordination. Our panelists will share their insights from the perspectives of biopharma, providers and innovators.

Entrepreneurship in Healthcare: Technology and innovation have always created a natural intersection between healthcare and entrepreneurship. However, the complexities of the industry can result in a difficult road. This panel will discuss some of the issues start-ups face that make the industry unique and explore why these challenges are enticing to aspiring healthcare entrepreneurs.

Social Impact in Healthcare: As healthcare advancements continue to occur at a rapid pace, misalignment between patient and provider needs, as well as the disparity in access to healthcare, remain ever-increasing challenges. This panel serves to explore the intersection between healthcare and social innovation, and how this is positively reforming the patient experience and addressing unmet needs.

Consumerism in Healthcare: Traditional consumer-oriented companies are moving into the healthcare sector, building on their existing modes of distribution. Additionally, a range of startups are creating new use cases for patient care delivery. Please join us as we discuss these developments with a panel of leaders in telemedicine, mobile health, and healthcare navigators. Topics will center on evolving use cases for patient-centered care delivery, and how consumerism is informing this sector.

Private Capital in Healthcare: From seed funding, to series A through C funding, to private equity transactions, private capital plays an ever-growing role in shaping the future of healthcare. This panel features California based executives who will provide insight into West Coast opportunities, a pulse on the current healthcare market, and an outlook of future investments in healthcare, ranging from retail health and pharmaceuticals to digital health and provider clinic acquisitions.



9:00-9:15AM – OPENING REMARKS – Kota Uyeda, HBA President, UCLA Anderson Class of 2019 (Palisades ABCF)

9:15-10:00AM – MORNING KEYNOTE – Kent Thiry, CEO, Davita

10:00-10:15AM – BREAK


Emerging Applications for Big Data & AI in Health IT:

Kevin Baldwin, Informatics Portfolio Manager, UCLA Health Sciences

Vamsi Chandra, Co-Founder & CEO, Enlightiks

Alvin Tam (B.A. ’08, MBA ’14), Chief of Staff, Deep 6 AI

Kerry Weinberg, Sr. Data Scientist, Head of Data Science for Digital Health & Innovation, Amgen

Moderator: Professor Jennifer McCaney, UCLA

Entrepreneurship in Healthcare:

David Geller (EMBA ’10), Co-Founder & CEO, Logical Medical Systems, Inc.

Rick Sanghera, Co-founder & CEO, AtaCor Medical, Inc.

Robbins Schrader, Co-founder & CEO, SafeRide Health

Kathryn Zavala (PhD ’16), VP, Operations and Business Development, MedTech Innovator

Moderator: Vivek Rao (JD ’09, FEMBA ’18), Co-founder & CEO, Foundation AI

11:00-11:15AM – BREAK


Social Impact in Healthcare:

Riley Arntz, Founder & CEO, Laso Concepts

Edmond Banayan (B.A. ’94), Chair of Los Angeles Venture Association(LAVA) Healthcare & CEO of Chronaly Inc.

Andrew Kin, Vice President of Clinical Enterprise, DaVita

Chris Esguerra, MD, MBA, Senior Medical Director, Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan

Jeannette Tsuei (B.A. ’03), Director of Strategy, AppliedVR

Moderator: Leah Maddock Loh (EMBA ’19), MPH, Product Manager, Kaiser Permanente

12:00-12:30PM – LUNCH

12:30-1:15PM – AFTERNOON KEYNOTE – Cynthia Patton, Chief Compliance Officer, Amgen

1:15-1:30PM – BREAK


Consumerism in Healthcare:

Richard Boxer, M.D., FACS, Clinical Professor of Urology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Robert Gellibolian (B.S. ’90), Ph.D., Founder & CEO, CellectGen

Thomas Levin, CEO, Meld Systems, Inc.

Derek Newell, Former President, Castlight Health

George Tierney, Co-Founder, COO and EVP of Branding, SnapMD

Moderator: Jerry Nickelsburg, Director and Senior Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast

Private Capital in Healthcare:

Jonathan Bluth (MBA ’06), Director, Co-Head of Healthcare, Intrepid Investment Bankers

Stuart Collinson, Investor, Partner, Forward Ventures

Eric Marton (B.A. ’93), Venture Partner, Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health

Brad Hively (B.A. ’02), Principal/Operating Partner, Riordan, Lewis, & Haden Equity Partners

Sharon Stevenson (MBA ’00), DVM, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Managing Director, Okapi Venture Capital

Moderator: Professor Jennifer Walske, Adjunct Assistant Professor, UCLA Anderson

2:15-2:30PM – BREAK


Dr. Susan Love (EMBA ’98), Chief Visionary Officer, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

Moderator: Gabrielle Larus, HBA Exectuive Vice President, UCLA Anderson Class of 2019

3:15-3:30PM – CONCLUDING REMARKS – Al Osborne, Dean of UCLA Anderson



UCLA Carnesale Commons
350 De Neve Dr,
Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States
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UCLA Andersen School of Management Healthcare Business Association (HBA)
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