Dean’s Speaker Series: Affordable Healthcare Act – Speakers

Dean’s Speaker Series: Affordable Healthcare Act

The USC Price School of Public Policy’s Athenian Society brings together industry experts from a variety of professional backgrounds to discuss the recent healthcare ruling, specifically noting how this landmark case will affect the management of health organizations in California.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
5:30 p.m. – Welcome Reception
6:30 p.m. – Presentation and Discussion


Featured Speakers


Michael B. Nichol Michael B. Nichol
Director of Graduate Programs in Health, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Dr. Nichol received his Ph.D. degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and his M.S. from the University of Oregon. He served as associate director and executive director of a regional health planning organization prior to completing his doctorate. He serves on several journal editorial boards, and on the boards of several health care policy and research organizations. Currently, he is an associate professor of clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical economics and policy (USC School of Pharmacy), with joint appointments in the Andrus School of Gerontology and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. He chairs the University’s Health Collaborative.


Ben Chu Benjamin K. Chu
President, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region

Benjamin K. Chu, MD, MPH, MACP, was appointed regional president of Kaiser Permanente Southern California in February 2005. In January 2011, he was given the added responsibility of overseeing the Hawaii region as a group president responsible for both Southern California and the Hawaii regions. He directs health plan and hospital operations for 14 hospitals and 168 medical offices to serve more than 3.6 million members in both locations. As a group president, he joins the Programwide Operational Leadership group with oversight responsibility over the entire program. Before he joined Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Chu served for three years as president of New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest public hospital system in the country.

Rich Cordova Rich Cordova
President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Richard D. Cordova joined Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in 2005, after more than three decades of accomplishment as a healthcare executive at hospitals and healthcare systems in California. Mr. Cordova serves on the board of the California Children’s Hospital Association (CCHA) and has served as its chair for 2011-2012. He currently serves on the board of trustees and executive committee of the California Hospital Association (CHA). Mr. Cordova also serves on the Board of the Healthcare Association of Southern California. He also has served on the Boards of the Child Health Corporation of America and the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI).

Mark Gamble Mark Gamble
President, Hospital Association of Southern California

Mark Gamble is the Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer with the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC). HASC is a not-for-profit regional trade association comprised of 181 member hospitals. The mission of HASC is to serve the political, economic, informational and educational needs of hospitals and to help improve the quality and accessibility of health care services in southern California. Gamble is the senior executive responsible for the division that provides hospitals with programs and services in the areas of quality and patient safety, performance improvement, operational data analytics, human resource management, and patient access services. The division also has responsibility for much of the HASC’s internal operations, including: membership and education, publications and information technology.

Herb Schultz Herb K. Schultz
Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Herb K. Schultz was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Regional Director at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Region IX. Region IX includes the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, Hawaii, the territories of American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, and Guam, as well as the freely associated states of the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau. In this role, he serves as HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ key representative in the Region, ensuring that close contact is maintained by the federal government with state, local, tribal, and territorial governmental and external, non-governmental partners on a wide range of health and social service issues.