Past Tuesday Talks — A Bold New Approach to Wellness
Tuesday, January 9, 2023
Presented by Seema Kumar, CEO, Cure
ARPA-H’s first designated MD program manager, Darshak Sanghavi, M.D. sat down with Cure CEO Seema Kumar to discuss a new program that will shine a light on investing in healthcare prevention. Dr. Sanghavi, who is a best-selling author, TED speaker and former CMO of United Healthcare discussed the current and future state of health outcomes in the US and why prevention health care doesn’t work for most in the US.
When: Tuesday, January 9, 12:30 PM ET Where: Virtual on LinkedIn LIVE
Topic: A fireside chat to talk ARPA-H, a new program that will shine a light on investing in healthcare prevention.
Speakers: Darshak Sanghavi, M.D., M.D. Program Manager at the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H). Moderated by Seema Kumar, CEO of Cure.
About Darshak Sanghavi, M.D.
Darshak Sanghavi, M.D., is one of the first Program Managers at the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), a newly created multibillion dollar agency in the federal government that President Joe Biden has tasked with developing health programs that are “so bold no one else, not even the private sector, is willing to give them a chance.”
Prior, he was Global Chief Medical and Clinical Operating Officer for Babylon, the global end-to-end digital health care provider serving over a dozen countries and over 24 million people, with the mission of bringing "affordable and accessible health care to everyone on Earth." He was a member of the senior leadership team taking the company public in 2021 and oversaw a team of 1500 in the company’s global operations in the United States, United Kingdom, and Rwanda with revenues exceeding $1B.
He is the former Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare's Medicare & Retirement, the largest U.S. commercial Medicare program with over $90B in annual revenue, where he directed all major national clinical and affordability programs. Earlier, he was Chief Medical Officer at OptumLabs, the R&D hub of UnitedHealth Group, running a large portfolio of industry-leading projects with dozens of academic, government, and industry partners.
Before then, he was a member of the Obama administration, as the Director of Preventive and Population Health at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, where he directed the development of large pilot programs aimed at improving the nation’s health care costs and quality. In this capacity, he was the architect of numerous initiatives, including the $157 million Accountable Health Communities model, the 3 million member Million Hearts Cardiovascular Risk Reduction model, and the $1 billion Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program.
About Seema Kumar
Seema joined Cure Experience in 2022 as the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Cure, Ms. Kumar spent nearly 20 years at Johnson & Johnson in senior leadership roles, including most recently as the Global Head, Office of Innovation, Global Health and Scientific Engagement, and served on J&J’s Innovation Strategy, Public health leadership and the COVID-19 vaccine steering committee, where she led the company’s external affairs efforts and public education program on COVID and vaccine literacy. Before her tenure at J&J, Ms. Kumar was the Chief of Staff to Dr. Eric Lander and the Chief Communications Officer at the Whitehead Institute/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Genome Research where she played a leadership role in the Human Genome Project. She also has held leadership positions at the U.S. National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Institutes of Health, and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Ms. Kumar holds an M.S. in Science Journalism and Communications from the University of Maryland.