Speaker Profile

Ph.D., Past Chair of Sutter Health, Retired CEO and Chairman, Varian Medical Systems

Biography
As chairman and CEO of Varian, the world leader in radiation therapy equipment, Richard Levy lead the introduction of linear accelerators which established radiation therapy as a major tool in the fight against cancer. As an advisor to the Dartmouth Institute, academic programs at Stanford, and national think tanks, he has focussed on the need for reform in US healthcare. As a Board Chair of Sutter Health, a $12B healthcare system comprising 24 hospitals in Northern California, and the School of Public Health at Berkeley, he has focused on mechanisms to achieve improvements in cost, quality, and access in healthcare. He also serves as Chair of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara U. where he focuses on business and healthcare ethics.

Talk
The Consequences Of The Technology Explosion
The last twenty years have seen an explosion of technology and an impressive improvement in survival times. However there have been unintended consequences: unsustainable costs, complexity and variability of treatments, and in-creasing concerns about quality of life for the 17 million patients and survivors in the U.S. The future will see a continuation of the technology explosion, but also new and growing approaches to dealing with the unintended consequences. These new approaches will be described in this presentation.


 Session Abstract – PMWC Silicon Valley


In this session, you will hear from industry leaders about the latest strategies for diagnosing and treating cancer, the latest targeted- and immunotherapies, and the latest techniques for catching cancer early when it is most vulnerable. These breakthroughs could save your life or that of a loved one.