Annual Conference

"From Concept to the Clinic"

The 13th Annual Personalized Medicine Conference will define the landscape, outlook and next steps for personalized medicine in science, business and policy.

November 14 - 16, 2017
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center
Harvard Medical School


Speakers for the 13th Annual Personalized Medicine Conference provide head shots and biographical descriptions on a rolling basis.

Amy Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Medical Officer
Chief Scientific Officer
Flatiron Health

Amy P. Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D., is the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Officer at Flatiron Health, a healthcare technology and services company focused on accelerating cancer research and improving patient care. She is a hematologist/oncologist and palliative medicine physician, and internationally-recognized cancer clinical researcher with more than 400 publications.

Dr. Abernethy is an appointee to the National Academy of Medicine’s (formerly the Institute of Medicine) National Cancer Policy Forum, on the Executive Board for the Personalized Medicine Coalition, and Past President of the American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. Before joining Flatiron, Dr. Abernethy was Professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, and directed the Center for Learning Health Care in the Duke Clinical Research Institute and Duke Cancer Care Research Program in the Duke Cancer Institute. She is also on the Board of Directors of athenahealth, Inc. and was featured on TEDMED in 2013.

Timothy Cannon, M.D.
Clinical Director
Schar Cancer Institute Molecular Tumor Board
Inova Health System

Dr. Timothy Cannon is a medical oncologist and clinical director of the Inova Schar Institute Molecular Tumor Board (MTB). He specializes in gastrointestinal malignancies and is an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been the moderator of the MTB since it began in March of 2016, which matches patients with targeted therapies based on molecular diagnostics. He is the site principal investigator for the Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) study, as well as many other clinical trials in immunotherapy.

Dr. Cannon received his M.D. from Rutgers Medical School and completed his residency at George Washington University Medical Center Internal Medicine. He completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at New York University, where he was the chief fellow.

Richard Hamermesh, M.B.A., D.B.A.
Co-Chair, Kraft Precision Medicine Accelerator
Professor of Management Practice, Retired
Harvard Business School

Richard Hamermesh is a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Business School where he was formerly the MBA Class of 1961 Professor of Management Practice. Currently, Richard is the faculty co-chair of the HBS/Kraft Precision Medicine Accelerator. Richard created and teaches the second-year MBA elective, Building Life Science Businesses. Previously, he was the Course Head for the required first year course, The Entrepreneurial Manager.

From 1987 to 2001, Richard was a co-founder and a Managing Partner of The Center for Executive Development, an executive education and development consulting firm. Prior to this, from 1976 to 1987, he was a member of the faculty of the Harvard Business School.

Richard is also an active investor and entrepreneur, having participated as a principal, director, and investor in the founding and early stages of more than 20 organizations. He was the founding president of the Newton (MA) Schools Foundation and served on the editorial board of the Harvard Business Review.

Richard is the author or co-author of five books, including New Business Ventures and the Entrepreneur. His best-known book, Fad-Free Management, was published in 1996. He has published more than 100 case studies and numerous, including his recent publications "What Precision Medicine Can Learn from the NFL" and "One Obstacle to Curing Cancer: Patient Data isn't Shared." Richard received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, and his M.B.A. and DBA from Harvard Business School.

Thomas Lynch, Jr., M.D.
Executive Vice President
Chief Scientific Officer, Research & Development
Bristol-Myers Squibb

Dr. Thomas Lynch joined Bristol-Myers Squibb in March 2017 as Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Research & Development, bringing broad leadership experience, significant experience in drug development and a deep understanding of the patient perspective as a treating oncologist. He previously served as a Director on Bristol-Myer Squibb's Board from 2013 - 2017.

Tom has more than 30 years of medical, management and leadership experience, including more than 23 years at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Massachusetts General Physicians Organization and as a member of the MGH Board from 2015 to 2017. Before his roles as Chairman and CEO at MGH, Tom served as the Director of Yale Cancer Center and was the Richard and Jonathan Sackler Professor of Internal Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine from 2009 to 2015. He also served as the Physician in Chief of Smilow Cancer Hospital, Yale New Haven from 2009 to 2015. Prior to 2009, he served as Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Hematology/Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. While at MGH in 2004, Tom was part of the team credited with the significant discovery that certain genetic mutations in lung cancer patients caused therapies to work for some individuals and not for others.

Tom is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.

Lincoln Nadauld, M.D., Ph.D.
Executive Director
Precision Medicine, Precision Genomics
Intermountain Healthcare

Dr. Lincoln Nadauld is the Executive Director of Precision Medicine and Precision Genomics at Intermountain Healthcare. His team is extending the lives and improving quality of life for late-stage cancer patients locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Nadauld helped to develop technologies at Stanford University that identify DNA changes in cancer to predict whether or not a targeted cancer drug might be effective for a specific patient.

Originally from Utah, Dr. Nadauld attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate degree and went on to complete medical and doctoral degrees followed by an internship and residency at the University of Utah. He completed a clinical fellowship in medical oncology and Ph.D. at Stanford University where he continues to be involved in research collaborations. He was awarded the prestigious Young Investigator Award by the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Career Development Award of the National Cancer Institute. His research has been featured in many publications, including the Journal of Oncology Practice, a publication of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists.

Steven D. Pearson, M.D., M.Sc.
Institute for Clinical and Economic Review

Steven D. Pearson is the Founder and President of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), an independent non-profit organization that evaluates the evidence on the value of medical tests, treatments and delivery system innovations to encourage collaborative efforts to improve patient care and control costs. Prominent among its evidence reports are ICER reviews of new drugs that include full assessments of clinical and cost-effectiveness along with suggested “value-based price benchmarks” to inform policymakers and guide price and coverage negotiation.

Dr. Pearson is a Lecturer in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and also serves as Visiting Scientist in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health. He received his medical degree from UCSF and completed an internal medicine residency and research fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. From 2005 - 2006, he served during the Bush administration as Special Advisor on Technology and Coverage Policy within the Coverage and Analysis Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Dr. Pearson has also been a Senior Visiting Fellow at England’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), a Board Director of HTAi, the international society of health technology assessment agencies, and the Vice Chair of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MedCAC).

Scott D. Ramsey, M.D., Ph.D.
Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research

Dr. Scott D. Ramsey is a general internist and health economist. He is a Full Member in the Cancer Prevention Program, Public Health Sciences Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where he directs Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research, a multidisciplinary team devoted to clinical and economic evaluations of new and existing cancer prevention, screening and treatment technologies. In addition, Dr. Ramsey is a Professor in the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of Washington.

Trained in medicine and economics, Dr. Ramsey’s research focuses on economic evaluations in cancer. He has published widely on patterns of care, costs and cost-effectiveness of treatments for lung, colorectal and prostate cancer. His research portfolio and interests include: large scale SEER-Medicare/Cancer Registry data linkages, patient reported outcomes, economic modeling of health care interventions, cost-effectiveness analysis, quality of life assessment, patterns of care, health care utilization, economic burden of disease for patients and society, pragmatic trial design, early technology assessment, and stakeholder engagement.

Dr. Ramsey is Co-Chair of the Outcomes and Comparative Effectiveness Committee of the Southwest Oncology Group, past President of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), and has served on the IOM Cancer Policy Forum.

Michael S. Sherman, M.D., M.B.A.
Chief Medical Officer
Senior Vice President
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Dr. Michael Sherman serves as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Dr. Sherman has been a leader in driving adoption of outcomes-based provider and pharmaceutical contracts, and is responsible for Harvard Pilgrim’s medical trend management, provider engagement strategy, medical informatics, wellness and health promotion initiatives, care and disease management services, pharmacy services, NCQA accreditation and quality and utilization management programs. He serves on the faculty of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Population Medicine, as chair of the board of managers of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, on the advisory board of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), and on the board of directors for the Personalized Medicine Coalition. Dr. Sherman also is the current chair for AHIP’s CMO Leadership Council, comprising chief medical officers from health plans throughout the United States.

Prior to joining Harvard Pilgrim, Dr. Sherman held leadership roles at Humana, UnitedHealth Group, and Thomson Medstat (now IBM Truven). He holds a B.A. and an M.S. in biomedical anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and received his M.D. from Yale and M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.