Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research


Susie Dade, MPA

Susie Dade, MPA, has worked in health care in Washington state for 37 years. Currently, as Deputy Director of the Washington Health Alliance, Ms. Dade is involved in virtually all aspects of the Alliance’s work but has a particular focus on strategic planning, performance measurement and reporting, purchaser engagement in value-based purchasing, and provider performance improvement. Ms. Dade also served as the Project Director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Aligning Forces for Quality program in the Puget Sound area until it concluded in April 2015. From 1980 to 2005, Ms. Dade held several delivery system leadership and planning positions, including 16 years with Group Health Cooperative. Ms. Dade has a Bachelors Degree in Health Administration and a Masters in Public Administration.


Eve A. Kerr, MD, MPH

Eve A. Kerr, MD, MPH, is the Louis Newburgh Research Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, Director of the Ann Arbor VA Center for Clinical Management Research (a VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Innovation), Director of the Michigan Program on Value Enhancement, and a member of the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation. Dr. Kerr received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at University of California, Los Angeles. She subsequently completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar’s Program and received a Masters of Public Health from UCLA. Dr. Kerr studies ways to develop and implement innovative methods to assess and improve quality, appropriateness and patient-centered care and to decrease low-value care. In particular, she studies ways to develop more clinically meaningful and valid way to assess and motivate quality improvement for patients at high risk for poor outcomes while minimizing potential for unintended consequences. Dr. Kerr has spoken nationally and internationally on performance measurement and has published over 100 books, book chapters, manuscripts, and editorials in many high impact journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, BMJ, Health Affairs, and Harvard Business Review, among others. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Society of Clinical Investigation and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.


Bryan J. Weiner, PhD

Bryan J. Weiner, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Global Health and Department of Health Services at the University of Washington. Dr. Weiner's research focuses on the adoption, implementation and sustainability of innovations and evidence-based practices in health care delivery and other organizational settings. He has studied a wide range of innovations including quality improvement practices, care management practices, patient safety practices, clinical information systems, collaborative service delivery models, cancer prevention and control in communities, and evidence-based diabetes practices. His research has advanced implementation science by creating new knowledge about the organizational determinants of effective implementation, introducing and developing new theories, and improving the state of measurement in the field.


Bre Holt, MPH

Bre Holt, MPH, has more than 12 years of experience in healthcare program management and coordination. She currently serves as the Director for two Practice Transformation Support Hub contracts held by Qualis Health, assisting providers to provide integrated care, prepare for value-based payment, and strengthen community-clinical linkages. Previously, Ms. Holt managed a diverse portfolio of practice transformation projects, including those related to oral health and behavioral health integration in primary care settings. 



Jeffrey Hummel, MD, MPH

Jeffrey Hummel, MD, MPH, is the Medical Director for Health Informatics at Qualis Health and a general internist with more than 30 years of medical experience, including rural practice, staff model HMOs and fee-for-service academic clinics. He has done extensive work integrating a population medicine approach to quality improvement with modern health information technology in medical home settings. He specializes in meaningful use, specifically helping practices develop workflows to support the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Model of Care. He currently helps practices adapt their electronic medical records to workflow processes that improve clinical outcomes and prepare these practices to thrive in a value-based reimbursement environment. 


Thomas Feeley, MD

Thomas W. Feeley, MD, is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Business School and Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. For 20 years he was the Helen Shafer Fly Distinguished Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He headed the Institute for Cancer Care Innovation at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center until 2017 when he joined Harvard Business School full time. Dr. Feeley received both undergraduate and M.D. degrees from Boston University and trained in anesthesiology and critical care at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital. He was a faculty member at Stanford University for 19 years practicing cardiovascular anesthesia and critical care. In 1997 he came to MD Anderson to create and lead the Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care. He served 18 years as the head of that organization which grew to be the largest program of its kind devoted to cancer anesthesiology and critical care. He also served for 7 years as the Vice President of Medical Operations. His work leading the Institute for Cancer Care Innovation focused on research to demonstrate and improve the value of cancer care delivery based on the work of HBS Professor Michael Porter. He joined the Harvard Business School faculty on a part time basis in 2014 working in the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness with Professors Michael Porter and Robert Kaplan on research and education in the value-based health care agenda with an emphasis on the role of information technology in health care. His interests now also include the implementation of value-based health care in delivery systems world wide. 


Ted Conklin, MD

Ted Conklin, MD, is the Vice President of Provider and Customer Engagement, a key leadership role at Premera Blue Cross leading the way to improving customer experience and reducing cost trends by improving quality and the use of evidence-based care at the point of service. A primary focus in his role is supporting the development of value-based products and provider partnerships to achieve distinctive, competitive programs to help Premera's employer customers meet their business objectives related to health care. Dr. Conklin joined Premera in 2011 as a medical director, leading the development of a number of successful utilization management initiatives. He then served as medical director for Clinical Innovation, working with Premera's Health Care Incubation Lab to explore and pilot new approaches for promoting high-value care. Before transitioning to his current role, Dr. Conklin served as the Vice President of Quality and Medical Management with accountability for Premera's quality program, utilization management, medical policy development and clinical provider engagement activities. Prior to coming to Premera, Dr. Conklin taught at Swedish Hospital's Family Medicine residency program, served as Chief of Family Medicine and was a member of Swedish Hospital's Medical Executive Committee. In 2000, Dr. Conklin founded Carena, a company that provides medical house calls, telephonic and web-based care. At Carena, he served in a series of leadership roles including CEO, Chairman and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Conklin is certified by the American Board of Family Practice. He completed his residency in family medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University and earned his bachelor of science and doctor of medicine degrees at Tufts University.


Tim Lieb

Tim Lieb has spent the last two decades immersed in the health care industry. From his start as a senior underwriter and account executive, to the front lines as the vice president of sales, up through his current role as president of Regence BlueShield in Washington, Tim's desire is to create more affordable and accountable health care solutions for Washingtonians. As the Washington market president, Tim is responsible for directing and guiding the overall performance of Regence, including sales, provider contracting, government affairs, and community relations. He takes an inside-out approach to working with employers that starts with understanding their unique needs and then creating solutions that help drive growth and support company culture. Tim has actively served in his community with a focus on improving health care for Washingtonians and serves on the board of the Washington Health Alliance. Tim earned his bachelor's degree in Mathematics with a minor in Business from Ohio University.