Speakers

Senator Siobhan DunnavantSenator Siobhan Dunnavant, MD was sworn in her first term of service in the Virginia Senate on January 13, 2016. Senator Dunnavant represents roughly 200,000 people throughout western Henrico and western Hanover. Although the legislature meets for only a few months each winter, she maintains a constituent services office year-round which is committed to serving the people of the 12th District.

Since 1999, Siobhan Dunnavant has served as a well-respected OB-GYN in private practice right here in Henrico. Committed to being a citizen legislator, she continues to practice medicine full time when not in session, and sees patients twice a week during session.

While in private practice, Siobhan has delivered over 2,500 babies and firmly believes there is no better vocation than medicine. Committed to problem solving she has always volunteered and served. She has worked to improve patient safety and innovate healthcare. She has served in many leadership roles including OB-GYN department chair, Trustee on the Hospital Board, chief operating officer of her practice, Medical Society of Virginia Board, the Virginia Center for Health Care Innovation, and the Virginia Board of Medicine. Richmond Magazine has named her one of the region’s “Top Docs.”

In 2007, Siobhan worked to start a second innovative, small business – OB Hospitalists, a healthcare company that provides physician staffing for in-hospital OB-GYN services. A free market solution that improves patient care, quality and safety; reduces malpractice risk; improves doctor and nurse job satisfaction; and helps increase market share for hospitals. The service has recently expanded to include midwifery care allowing greater focus on a patient centered experience.

Siobhan Dunnavant, MD is a free-market, limited-government conservative with first-hand experience in the challenges and economics of healthcare. Her experience as a practicing physician and as a small business owner has provided a deep appreciation for the challenges created by an ever growing government. She believes decisions should be at the state level and can benefit from analytical clinical discernment, private sector innovation & business common sense.

Senator Dunnavant has championed medical cannabis legislation in the Virginia General Assembly since 2017, and was the patron of the 2018 Joint Commission on Healthcare "Let Doctors Decide” bill to expand access to all Virginians.

 

 

Rebecca E. Gwilt, Esq. is a Virginia-licensed attorney and Partner at Nixon Law Group. She provides legal, regulatory, and business guidance to health care clients, focused primarily on public and private healthcare reforms (e.g., ACA, HITECH, MACRA, bundling/accountable care), digital healthcare (including mHealth and telemedicine), integrated care, value-based care, fraud and abuse (Stark, Anti-kickback, False Claims, and CMP), and healthcare privacy/security (HIPAA, FERPA, Part 2, GDPR).  She also provides corporate and transactional services to healthcare clients, including business formation and dissolution, corporate contracting, licensing, compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and reimbursement. She has a particular interest in serving growing digital healthcare/healthcare technology businesses and clients in the regulated medical cannabis industry.

After graduating from the top-ranked Health Care Law program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Rebecca served at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), where she worked with CMS leadership and the President’s domestic policy counsel to develop Affordable Care Act (ACA) policy, guidance, regulations and technology contracts. Since that time, she has advised hundreds of healthcare industry entrepreneurs and innovators. Her expertise includes deep knowledge of healthcare laws and regulations affecting various stakeholder groups, including large and small employers, healthcare providers, payors, and healthcare software and services vendors. She brings to her clients a functional knowledge of health care policy, regulatory compliance, and law, and is a thought leader regarding the future of public and private health reforms. She is also the author of the “Virginia Telemedicine Guide” and “How to Start a Healthcare Practice.” 

 

 

Dr. John Hudak, PhD is deputy director of the Center for Effective Public Management and a senior fellow in Governance Studies. His research examines questions of presidential power in the contexts of administration, personnel, and public policy. Additionally, he focuses on campaigns and elections, legislative-executive interaction, and state and federal marijuana policy.

John’s 2016 book, Marijuana: A Short History, offers a unique, up-to-date profile of how cannabis emerged from the shadows of counterculture and illegality to become a serious, even mainstream, public policy issue and source of legal revenue for both businesses and governments. In it, he describes why attitudes and policy have changed, and what those changes mean for marijuana's future place in society.

His 2014 Presidential Pork: White House Influence over the Distribution of Federal Grants demonstrates that pork-barrel politics occurs beyond the halls of Congress. Presidents capitalize on their discretionary funding authority to target federal dollars to swing states in advance of presidential elections. His other work explores how agency staffing, expertise, and institutional structure facilitate or hinder presidential power and influence. This research explores the balance between political control and bureaucratic expertise in the delivery of public policy.

John’s work has been recognized for its quality and contribution by the Midwest Political Science Association and the American Political Science Association’s Presidency Research Group. His work has been supported by institutions including the National Science Foundation.

Prior to joining Brookings, John served as the program director and as a graduate fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. He holds a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Connecticut and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Vanderbilt University.

 

Dr. Travis Shaw, MD is a double board certified ENT & Facial Plastic Surgeon practicing in Richmond, Virginia.

He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, which led to teaching English in Japan for two and a half years before pursuing his graduate studies in medicine at University of Virginia.

Dr. Shaw completed his residency at VCU’s Medical College of Virginia, and remains active within the community as a sponsor for charity events hosted by the Massey Cancer Center, and is also an adjunct professor at the VCU School of Business.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Shaw manages an organization called Cycling Without Age – a non-profit dedicated to helping the elderly within the Richmond Community.