No Better Time: June 17

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

10:00am – 11:00am EST

How is the COVID-19 pandemic shaping the education of tomorrow’s physicians and clinicians?

“Health care needs a 21st century workforce that enables primary care physicians and clinicians to become population health managers, leveraging artificial intelligence, data analytics and other technologies to address behavioral and physical health. Yet workforce development for an industry that has been reluctant to change is a major barrier. What types of educational and policy changes will need to take place to build a true 21st century health care workforce? How can we address the impact of racial inequities in education? The panel also will explore how technology is helping reinforce positive health behaviors and how data is shaping evidence-based policy.

Tune in to our Humana YouTube channel to watch this live webinar.


Gregory J. Moore, MD, PhD

Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Health

Dr. Moore leads Microsoft’s Health efforts globally and is responsible for product strategy, product development, and research including AI and machine learning technology for healthcare and life sciences. He is also Microsoft’s senior executive leading dedicated research and development collaborations with Microsoft’s strategic alliance partners in this domain with the goal of enabling a more open, interoperable, and AI-infused foundation for healthcare delivery that aspires to enable access to healthcare for all globally.

Greg is an engineer (MIT PhD), practicing neuroradiologist, clinical informaticist, neuroscientist, and innovator experienced in assembling and inspiring highly talented teams to positively transform healthcare for the benefit of humankind. Prior to joining Microsoft, Greg was Vice President Google Inc, Google Cloud Healthcare & Life Sciences and founder of the healthcare vertical for Google Cloud. Prior to his leadership appointment at Google, he was Chief Emerging Technology and Informatics Officer at Geisinger Health System where he also was Director of the Institute for Advanced Application and served as Interim Chair of System Radiology. His prior appointments include Los Alamos National Laboratory (University of California), Wayne State University School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Penn State University Hershey Medical Center where he was a tenured Professor in the College of Medicine. Greg currently serves on the board Hillrom Inc, and is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Radiology at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Moore is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology and Clinical Informatics and holds degrees from North Park College-Chicago (BS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (SM-Nuclear Engineering and PhD-Radiological Sciences), and Wayne State University School of Medicine (MD-Doctor of Medicine) and completed residency in Diagnostic Radiology and a fellowship in Neuroradiology, both at Penn State University Hershey Medical Center.

Stephen Spann MD, MBA

founding dean of the College of Medicine
vice-president for Medical Affairs at the University of Houston

Dr. Stephen J. Spann, a family physician leader, educator and researcher, is the founding dean of the College of Medicine and vice-president for Medical Affairs at the University of Houston. Spann has dedicated his career to improving health and health care around the world by training future health care professionals, contributing to the scientific knowledge base of primary care and by leading medical school faculty, physician medical groups and hospital staff to practice high-quality, evidence-based family medicine.

Spann has been active in the development of the specialty of family medicine in the United States and abroad. He has served as a member of the Commission on Public Health and Scientific Affairs, the Task Force on Clinical Policies, and as member and chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ (AAFP) Commission on Clinical Policies and Research and its Task Force to Enhance Family Practice Research. He served as a member of Task Force 1, and chaired Task Force 6 of the Future of Family Medicine Project, focusing on the development of the New Model of Family Medicine practice — now known as the Patient-Centered Medical Home — and the development of financial models to predict its success. He served as the lead consultant to the AAFP planning process to develop a national practice resource center to support the implementation of the New Model of Family Medicine, resulting in the development of Transformed, a subsidiary of the AAFP. Spann has served as a consultant to medical schools, residency programs, ministries of health, and health care delivery systems in many countries, focusing on primary care training programs and clinical practice development and implementation.

Prior to joining University of Houston, from late 2012 to 2015, Dr. Spann served as chief medical officer of Tawam Hospital, a 460-bed tertiary care teaching facility in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, which is managed by Johns Hopkins Medicine International, and as senior advisor on primary care and academic affairs to SEHA, the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company. Previously, he served as chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine from 1997 to 2012 and as Baylor’s senior vice-president and dean of clinical affairs from 2008 to 2010. Before joining Baylor, Spann was chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas from 1990 to 1997, a member of the faculty and vice-chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine from 1982 to 1990, and a member of the voluntary clinical teaching faculty of the Department of Family Medicine, Wake Forest Bowman Gray School of Medicine from 1979 to 1982. Prior to entering full-time academic medicine, Spann spent four years practicing rural family medicine in Arkansas and North Carolina.

A graduate of Baylor University and Baylor College of Medicine, Spann completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center and received an MBA degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. He and his wife Nancy have two married children and four grandchildren who live in Texas.


Yolangel (Yogi) Hernandez Suarez, MD MBA FACOG

Dr. Yogi Hernandez Suarez is Founding Vice Provost for Population Health and Well-being at Florida International University. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU plays a central role in generating, sharing, and implementing knowledge that promotes health and well-being. FIU endeavors to graduate students who are responsible for their own health and who support and advocate for the health of their community. Answering directly to the Provost, Dr. Hernandez Suarez works collaboratively and across disciplines to incorporate health promotion and literacy into all aspects of student culture, administration, operations, and academic mandates. She is also Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs in the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and serves as a strategic consultant to FIU’s community-based Academic Health Center.

Dr. Hernandez Suarez has been a physician leader in Miami for almost 20 years, with positions in private, public, academic, and hospital settings. Her first role in leadership was in the Jackson Health System where she advanced to serve as Chief Administrative Officer of Ambulatory Services. Imprinted by her time in the safety net, she has spent her career building value for patients, providers, and learners through public- private partnerships, inclusive practice models, and community relationships. Most recently, Dr. Hernandez Suarez was Vice President for Clinical Innovation for Conviva Care Solutions, a managed care subsidiary of Humana, Inc. where she led population health management for 250,000 seniors in a full risk model. She has received multiple awards for her leadership and was recently elected to the International Women’s Forum for her impact in healthcare.

Born and raised in New York City, she attended Swarthmore College and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. She holds a Master of Business Administration with specialization in Health Administration and Policy from the University of Miami. Dr. Hernandez Suarez is a first generation Cuban American whose parents came to New York in 1961. She is married to Dr. Jeffrey D. Simmons. They are the parents of twins, Gabriela and David. David is autistic; his journey fuels her unrelenting passion for the inclusion and well-being of special populations.


Tray E. Cockerell

Strategic Relationships
Bold Goal, Office of Population Health

Tray Cockerell is a senior executive working in the Office of Population Health at Humana leading Strategic Relationships. Mr. Cockerell’s current focus is to collaborate with the University of Houston to support the start-up of a new medical school and to help integrate the existing clinical colleges in an inter-professional model that leverages Humana’s clinical expertise and application of value-based care payment innovation and integrated care delivery. Mr. Cockerell has expanded this work to additional universities in multiple geographies, including Florida and Tennessee.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Cockerell worked directly with the Chief Executive Officer in an assignment to align all of the disparate functions and work of the Office of the CEO. He translated strategy into action, working with operational and functional leaders to focus the efforts of the CEO on the most critical operational and strategic priorities, reporting out to the Board of Directors and the Management Team on a regular basis.
During his eighteen-year career at Humana, Mr. Cockerell has been responsible for leading Employee Relations, Associate Communications, and Human Resources Business Leadership, as well as Corporate Policy and Acquisition Integration. He functioned as Chief of Staff for Marketing and Innovation before moving into a broad-based leadership role, working for the Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, Mr. Cockerell led work ranging from operational and human capital integration efforts to leading practices for worksite employee health programs and primary care operations development.

Mr. Cockerell also led start-up, strategy, and operations for Humana’s Bold Goal initiative: “To improve the health of the communities we serve 20% by 2020 by making it easy for people to achieve their best health.” Mr. Cockerell worked to bring market-based Humana assets, community partners, and clinical leadership into a more cohesive whole, delivering an integrated care model to consumers that improves population health and social determinants of health. Through this model, the Bold Goal has measurably improved the Healthy Days of the communities in which it operates.

Prior to joining Humana, Mr. Cockerell spent about a dozen years in operational and corporate leadership with Colgate-Palmolive and its wholly-owned subsidiary Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
When not working, Mr. Cockerell has devoted time to the Louisville community as a Board Member for the Greater Louisville Association of YMCAs, where he just completed his third year as Annual Campaign Chair, and as an Advisory Council member of the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL). He also sits on Humana’s Houston Bold Goal Board of Directors and the University of Houston Hewlett-Packard Data Sciences Institute Board of Directors.