Carnegie Mellon University

Health Care Innovation

A Carnegie Mellon University Event
Tepper Quad | Friday, Sept. 13, 2019

2019 Keynote: Building Health Into Society’s OS

Steve Downs
Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Steve Downs is Chief Technology and Strategy Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. Since 1972, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has supported research and programs targeting some of America’s most pressing health issues—from substance abuse to improving access to quality health care.

Steve’s remarks explore how emerging technologies, among other factors, will help us to reengineer a culture of health.

Panel One: Artificial Intelligence and Health Care

How can AI impact the development, delivery, and experience of health care?


  • Chris Johnson, President, Teletracking Inc.
  • Paul Nielsen, VP Strategic Programs; President UHG Academy of Technology; Dean, Optum College of AI
  • Shivdev Rao, CEO, Co-Founder /
  • Roni Rosenfeld, Professor and Head, Machine Learning Department, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University


Madhu Pawar, MBA (HNZ 2005), Global Managing Director, Sales Analytics and Solutions, Google


Panel Two: Science or Science Fiction

What will the future of medicine and health look like and how will both science and the arts help to shape that future?


  • Keith Elliot Cook, Professor and Associate Department Head for Graduate Education, CMU BME
  • Jeanne Cunicelli, Executive Vice President, UPMC Enterprises
  • Steve Downs, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, Director, Carnegie Mellon Neuroscience Institute; Professor, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, and Electrical & Computer Engineering



Kristen Kurland, Teaching Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Panel Three: The $3.68 Trillion Question

How do we tackle the issues related to the costs, pricing, and policy design of wellness and health care?


  • Amelia Haviland, Associate Professor Of Statistics And Health Policy; Director, AI & Analytics for Good Initiative, Block Center for Technology and Society
  • Rumi Naik, AVP R&D Scientific & Digital Innovation, Sanofi Pasteur
  • Thomas Pellathy, Executive Vice President, Product and Healthcare Services, Highmark Inc.
  • Sridhar Tayur, Ford Distinguished Research Chair; University Professor of Operations Management


Martin Gaynor, EJ Barone University Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University

Scenes From INTERSECT@CMU 2019

Alan Scheller-Wolf, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, Richard M. Cyert Professor of Operations Management, and co-chair of INTERSECT@CMU and Sevin Yeltekin, Senior Associate Dean of Education, Professor of Economics, and co-chair of INTERSECT@CMU
Tepper School Dean Bob Dammon
Steve Downs, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Steve Downs Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
CMU College of Engineering Dean, John Cagan
Artificial Intelligence and Health Care Panel
Martial Hebert, Dean of the School of Computer Science at CMU
Intersect attendees socializing in the Tepper Quad
Darryl Britt of Apprio
Two women speaking to startup rep at the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship.
Ramayya Krishnan, Dean of  Heinz College at CMU
Intersect sign
CMU Provost Jim Garrett
Science or Science Fiction Panel
Rebecca Doerge, Dean of the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University
Attendees at startup table during entrepreneurship lunch
CMU Vice President for Research Mike McQuade
Attend asking question during panel
Tepper School Dean, Robert Dammon
The $3.68 Trillion Question Panel
Conference attendees networking


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