About the Speakers
Ralph Brindis, MD, MPH, FACC is the Immediate Past President of the American College of Cardiology, senior advisor for cardiovascular disease for Northern California Kaiser, clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and an affiliated faculty member of the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies.
Dr. Brindis is a practicing invasive cardiologist with an active practice of consultative cardiology. His major interest in process measures and outcomes assessment in cardiovascular disease has led him to assist in the creation and implementation of various cardiovascular guidelines for Northern California Kaiser. Dr. Brindis was Chief Medical Officer and Chair of the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR®) Management Board and also chaired the ACC Appropriateness Oversight Task Force developing Appropriate Use Criteria for non-invasive testing and coronary revascularization procedures. Dr. Brindis has over 100 publications in national peer-reviewed cardiovascular journals.
Judy Ann Bigby, MD, is the Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She oversees 17 state agencies and serves in the Cabinet of Governor Deval Patrick. Her broad range of experience—as a primary care physician, professor, researcher, and health policy expert—gives her unique insights into how to best serve the people of the Commonwealth.
One of Secretary Bigby’s top priorities is ensuring the state delivers high-quality and accessible services to Massachusetts residents. She oversees program areas that include the state’s Medicaid program, child welfare, public health, disabilities, veterans affairs, and elder affairs. Since her appointment, Secretary Bigby has successfully implemented many aspects of Massachusetts’ highly successful healthcare reform law. The state adopted its first Olmstead Plan to address the long-term needs of elders and persons with disabilities in community settings and she championed the creation of the Office of the Child Advocate to improve the state’s child welfare system.
Until her appointment, Dr. Bigby was the Medical Director of Community Health Programs at Brigham & Women's Hospital. She was also Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the school’s Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.
Dr. Bigby holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MD from Harvard Medical School.