Our Advisory Council

Norman H. Chenven, MD

Chief Executive Officer of Austin Regional Clinic (ARC)

Norman H. Chenven, MD, is the Founding Chief Executive Officer of Austin Regional Clinic (ARC), a 340 physician multi-specialty medical group that serves the greater Austin metropolitan area with 27 clinical locations. ARC provides care to approximately 500,000 Central Texans in ten cities and three counties.  He is also President and Chief Executive Officer of Covenant Management Systems (CMS), an Austin-based practice management company, third party administrator and medical management organization that provides technical support and services to medical groups, provider networks and governmental and employer based health plans. 

He received his undergraduate degree in physics from Brown University, medical degree from the State University of New York Medical Science Center in Brooklyn and post graduate training at Bexar County Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He spent 2 years on a Navajo Reservation as General Medical Officer in Indian Health Service. He started his career in Austin as an Emergency Room Physician at Brackenridge, Austin, and subsequently founded Austin Regional Clinic.

Lawrence Downs, JD

Esq., Secretary of The Physicians Foundation and CEO and General Counsel to the Medical Society of New Jersey

Larry Downs is a Board Member and the Secretary of The Physicians Foundation. Mr. Downs serves as the CEO and General Counsel to the Medical Society of New Jersey. In addition, he is the Executive Director of the Institute of Medicine and Public Health of New Jersey. Mr. Downs holds a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in public health from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Lewis G. Sandy, MD, FACP

Executive Vice President, Clinical Advancement, at UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH)

Lewis G. Sandy MD FACP is Executive Vice President, Clinical Advancement, at UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) a diversified health care company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and helping make the health system work better for everyone. UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services. At UnitedHealth Group (UHG) he focuses on clinical innovation, payment/delivery reform practice and policy, and physician/health professional collaboration.  

From 2003 to 2007, he served as EVP and Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare.  From 1991 to 2003, he served as VP and EVP of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. Prior to this, he was a physician executive at the Harvard Community Health Plan in Boston, Massachusetts. An internist with over 20 years in practice, Sandy received his B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A. degree from Stanford University. He was a faculty member, fellow and RWJF Clinical Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco, and served his internship and residency at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He serves on a number of Boards and Advisory Groups, including the Board of the National Quality Forum (NQF) and Panel of Health Advisors for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).  He is a senior fellow of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management.

Ripley Hollister, MD

President and CEO of Dynamic Healthcare

Ripley Hollister is a Board Member and Chair of the Research Committee of The Physicians Foundation. In his role as a family medicine specialist, Dr. Hollister serves as President and CEO of Dynamic Healthcare Team, a five provider primary care group. Previously, he served as a primary care physician in rural, urban, small group and large multi-specialty groups. He serves as an attending physician at Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and Memorial Health System and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. He is a Senior Clinical Instructor for the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. Additionally, he is the Vice President for Quality Healthcare Alliance IPA and previously served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Colorado Medical Society and as President of the El Paso County Medical Society.

Maulik Joshi, DrPH

President and CEO of Meritus Health

Maulik Joshi joined Meritus Health in November 2019 as President and CEO.  Meritus Health is a not-for-profit health system serving Washington county, MD. 

Previously Maulik was the executive vice president of Integrated Care Delivery and chief operating officer for the Anne Arundel Health System, associate executive vice president at the American Hospital Association and president of the Health Research & Educational Trust.  He also served as senior advisor at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, president and CEO of the Delmarva Foundation, vice president at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, senior director of quality for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and executive vice president for The HMO Group.

Maulik has a doctorate in public health and a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Lafayette College.  He co-edited The Healthcare Quality Book: Vision, Strategy and Tools and coauthored Healthcare Transformation: A Guide for the Hospital Board Member and Leading Healthcare Transformation: A Primer for Clinical Leaders. Maulik is adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Christopher Koller

President of the Milbank Memorial Fund

Christopher Koller is president of the Milbank Memorial Fund. The Fund is a 114 year operating foundation that improves population health by connecting leaders with the best information and experience. Before joining the Fund, he served the state of Rhode Island as the country’s first health insurance commissioner, an appointment he held from March of 2005 through June of 2013. Under Mr. Koller’s leadership, the RI Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner was nationally recognized for its rate review process and its efforts to use insurance regulation to promote payment reform, primary care revitalization, and delivery system transformation. The Office was also one of the lead agencies in implementing the Affordable Care Act in Rhode Island.

Prior to serving as health insurance commissioner, Mr. Koller was the CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island for nine years. In this role, he was the founding chair of the Association of Community Affiliated Plans. Mr. Koller has a bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from Dartmouth College and masters’ degrees in social ethics and public/private management from Yale University. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Health Care Services Board and serves in numerous national and state health policy advisory capacities. Mr. Koller is also adjunct professor of community health in the School of Public Health at Brown University.

Thomas Lee, MD, MSc

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Chief Medical Officer to Press Ganey, Inc.

Thomas Lee is an internist who practices at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a Professor of Medicine, part time, at Harvard Medical School, and Chief Medical Officer to Press Ganey, Inc.

Dr. Lee is Editor-in-Chief of NEJM Catalyst, a member of the Editorial Board of The New England Journal of Medicine, the Board of Directors of Geisinger Health System, the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College; the Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG) of the Veterans Administration; and the Panel of Health Advisors of the Congressional Budget Office. He is

He received is BA from Harvard College (1975) and his MD from Cornell University Medical College (1979), and then trained in internal medicine and then cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He received a MSc in Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health in 1987.

Gary Price, MD, MBA

President of The Physicians Foundation

Gary Price is a Board Member and the current President of The Physicians Foundation. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, he serves as an attending surgeon and clinical assistant professor of surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Additionally, he is affiliated with numerous local and national medical associations and societies and is a past President of the Connecticut State Medical Society and the Connecticut and New England Societies of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Dr. Price holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management. 

Robert Seligson, MBA, MA

CEO of The Physicians Foundation, CEO emeritus for the North Carolina Medical Society

Robert Seligson is the current CEO of The Physicians Foundation and CEO emeritus for the North Carolina Medical Society. He recently served as the Executive Vice President of the North Carolina Medical Society, where he led the state’s efforts in fostering health system innovation, physician leadership, safeguarding physician wellbeing and advocating for policies to improve patient outcomes. Mr. Seligson has held leadership positions with numerous medical organizations, and previously served as the President of the Physicians Advocacy Institute.