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Speed Networking Event

 

You're Invited to an Evening of Global Health Law Career Speed Networking

Eat, drink, and mingle with experts.
Learn about their work and how they got there.

Confirmed Experts to Date

Government
Eric Lindblom, O’Neill Institute Senior Scholar and former Director of the Office of Policy at FDA’s Center for Tobacco

Industry
Mark Paxton, Chief Executive Officer, RX-360

Law Firms
Abe Gitterman, Associate, Arnold & Porter LLP
Lisa Lowenstein, Associate, Groom Law Group

NGOs
Katie Gottschalk
, Executive Director, Center for Global Health and Diplomacy
Aaron Schwid, Senior Legal Advisor, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Research Centers
Nichole Sweeney,
Senior Health Policy Analyst, MITRE
The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Confirmed O'Neill Institute Experts

Oscar Cabrera, Executive Director
Susan Kim, Deputy Director

Ana Ayala, Global Health Law LL.M. Program Director
Salma Samad, Director of Development
Mike Templeman, New Initiatives Director

Sonia L. Canzater, Institute Associate
Eric Friedman, Institute Associate and Project Leader
Rebecca Reingold, Institute Associate

 

Expert Bios

Abraham Gitterman is an Associate at Arnold & Porter LLP. He focuses on FDA and Healthcare regulatory matters involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices. He has worked on issues relating to compliant industry promotional and medical activities, including use of social media, mobile health applications, industry/healthcare professional relationships, supply chain and track and trace matters, drug compounding, the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, and continuing medical education (CME). Mr. Gitterman has assisted in extensive reviews of corporate compliance programs for various life science companies and healthcare entities to ensure compliance with the Anti-Kickback Statute and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Mr. Gitterman is presently serving a three-year term as a member of the Food and Drug Law Institute’s (FDLI) Journal Editorial Advisory Board, which is responsible for publishing the Food & Drug Law Journal. Mr. Gitterman also serves on the Membership Committee of the ABA Health Law Section, and is a member of the AHLA. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Gitterman was a research associate at a national ACCME-accredited CME provider, where he assisted drafting medical education grant applications and evaluated various conflict of interest policies regarding physician relationships with manufacturers. He played a leading role in advocating for CME stakeholders regarding the application of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. Mr. Gitterman also previously worked on Capitol Hill for a small health care lobbying firm, and in college, Mr. Gitterman interned for the late Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania in Washington, DC. Mr. Gitterman received a Health Law Certificate from the Law & Health Care Program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he focused on FDA and healthcare compliance issues. During law school, Mr. Gitterman served as Co-President of the Student Health Law Organization (SHLO), where he founded the national Health Law Regulatory & Compliance Competition, a uniquely innovative competition for health law students, and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Competition. He also received a student scholarship from the Seton Hall University School of Law, Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy, where he received a Healthcare Compliance Certificate.

Katie Gottschalk is the Executive Director of the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy, an organization that brings together global leaders from the health, diplomatic and development communities to discuss health challenges and develop innovative solutions to protect vulnerable populations. Ms. Gottschalk also serves as the Editor of the Journal of Global Health and Diplomacy. As GHD’s Executive Director, Ms. Gottschalk runs the Center’s daily operations and contributes to the design of the Center’s policy agenda. Under Ms. Gottschalk’s leadership, the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy gathers world leaders at its tri-annual forums alongside the World Health Assembly, the United Nations General Assembly and the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting to explore groundbreaking health topics such as the role of the private sector in global health security, the role of innovative financing in the global health architecture and health systems strengthening for swifter responses to outbreaks and pandemics. Bringing early attention to the political and social impacts of the 2014 Ebola outbreak, Ms. Gottschalk helped to publicize information on the international trade and financial impact, hosting one of two strategic impact meetings during the 2014 United Nation’s General Assembly Week. Prior to joining the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy, Ms. Gottschalk served as the Acting Director at the Dianne Abbey Law Center for Children and Families in New York, working with a diverse set of stakeholders to raise the profile of discreet issues of family law, including juvenile justice, the disproportionate representation of minorities in the welfare system and end of life rights. During her career, Ms. Gottschalk has managed health and policy programs for a number of organizations including MergerWatch, Physicians for Reproductive Choice & Health and New York Law School. Ms. Gottschalk holds a L.L.M in Global Health Law from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D from New York Law School, and a B.A in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado.

Eric N. Lindblom is a Senior Scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, serving through a special detail from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products. Mr. Lindblom is working on a range of projects relating to the authorities and activities of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products and the regulatory process, including collaborative efforts with experts and researchers from Georgetown Law School and the University, other academic institutions, and the tobacco control and public health communities, both domestic and worldwide. Before coming to the O’Neill Institute in September 2014, Mr. Lindblom was a Senior Advisor to the Director of the Center for Tobacco Products and the Director of the Center’s Office of Policy, where he began serving in January 2011. Mr. Lindblom worked on the full range of FDA tobacco control activities, with a special focus on legal, policy and economic analyses of existing and proposed CTP initiatives. Under his leadership, the CTP Office of Policy also did extensive liaison work with both the tobacco industry and with U.S. and international tobacco control and public health researchers, other experts, government agencies and non-governmental organizations. Prior to joining CTP, Mr. Lindblom served as the Director for Policy Research and General Counsel for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, where he worked since 1998. While with TFK, Mr. Lindblom focused on legal and economic tobacco control issues, and also served as the only public health representative on the USDA Federal trade advisory committee for tobacco and other commodities. Mr. Lindblom was the author of major TFK reports on the multinational cigarette companies’ involvement in the global illicit tobacco products trade and on the major U.S. cigarette companies betrayal of U.S. tobacco farmers, and also wrote or helped draft numerous other TFK reports, legal briefs, white papers, and fact sheets. Before beginning his work on tobacco control matters, Mr. Lindblom was a public policy analyst and writer for more than ten years, with positions in the federal government, on political campaigns, and with nonprofit organizations. He also worked as a lawyer, both in a private firm and for a nonprofit advocacy organization,was a state-level lobbyist, andserved as alegislative assistant to a member of Congress. While working for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from 1990 to 1994, Mr. Lindblom was the author of two interagency reports on homelessness in the United States and the federal government’s efforts to address the problem. Mr. Lindblom has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.

 

Lisa Lowenstein is an Associate at Groom Law Group’s Health & Welfare Practice Group. Ms. Lowenstein advises health insurance issuers, employers, and trade associations on federal and state laws regulating health insurance programs. Her practice includes all aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including health insurance market reforms, qualified health plan standards, and health insurance exchange rules. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Lowenstein was a health policy consultant, working with health insurance issuers and other stakeholders to understand ACA regulatory, policy, and compliance issues. Before that, she spent over 3 years implementing the ACA at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. At CCIIO, Ms. Lowenstein served as an advisor to the Director and Deputy Director, providing regulatory and policy support and managing Congressional hearings and oversight requests. Prior to this role, Ms. Lowenstein worked in CCIIO’s Oversight Group, where she focused on compliance issues and draftedregulations, sub-regulatory guidance, and policy papers regarding provisions of the ACA, including the market rules, rate review, medical loss ratio, and restricted annual limits. Before joining CCIIO, Ms. Lowenstein was a law fellow at Georgetown University Law Center.

 

Mark S. Paxton is the newly appointed CEO of RX-360, an international medical product supply chain consortium dedicated to patient safety by promoting practices to protect supply chains and distribution channels. RX-360 is based in Washington, DC. Prior to joining RX-360, Mark served as a Regulatory Counsel in the CDER Office of Compliance where he was responsible for developing supply chain security policies, both domestically and internationally, including serving as the overseer of a major global initiative under the auspices of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to establish best practices for ensuring product quality moving in international commerce. Before joining FDA, Mark served as Associate Vice-President, International Regulatory Affairs at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (“PhRMA”). In that capacity, Mark established a number of on-going dialogs and work programs with drug regulatory authorities throughout China, East Asia, India, Europe and Latin America. These efforts were designed to assist regulators and constituent companies operating in emerging markets to better understand complex regulatory issues arising from the globalization of the pharmaceutical industry. Mark is a regulatory attorney by education, experience, and training, and prior to joining PhRMA was in private practice in Lexington, Kentucky where he focused his practice on food and drug law. Mark received his B.S. (1991) and M.S. (1993) degrees in Economics from the University of Kentucky, and his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1998.

Aaron Schwid is Senior Legal Advisor at Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Aaron Schwid is a international human rights attorney, specializing in foreign law and public health.Aaron currently serves as the Senior Legal Advisor for the Bloomberg Global Health Advocacy Incubator. Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Advocacy Incubator provides training, mentoring, strategic planning, and technical assistance in public health advocacy to groups working on Bloomberg Philanthropies’ growing number of public healthprojectsaround the world, including road safety, obesity prevention, tobacco control, and data for health. In this role, Aaron is responsible for developing and implementing legislative, regulatory, and litigation strategies as an integrated part of the overall advocacy strategy for policy change. Since 2010,Aaron has been involved in international tobacco control policy as legal advisor to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. At CTFK, he oversaw the legislative and litigation strategy in several priority countries, including Russia, Bangladesh, Ukraine, Pakistan, and Turkey. Each of these countries enacted and implemented comprehensive tobacco control laws during his tenure. Aaron has served as an official NGO delegate at negotiations for the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control and the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products. He also helped to develop and maintain an online resource for tobacco control laws and litigation: tobacccocontrollaws.org. Aaron has worked in more than 40 countries around the world.He received a Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Brandeis University. He is licensed to practice law in Washington DC and California (inactive).

Nichole Sweeney is Senior Health Policy Analyst at The MITRE Corporation. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. The MITRE Corporation a non-profit corporation that operates Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). FFRDCs bridge the gap between the government and private organizations by acting as independent, private advisors to the government. Over the past five years at MITRE, Nichole has provided strategic policy advice on key health topics to a wide range of federal agencies, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and the Department of Defense (DoD). Nichole’s primary areas of expertise include program development, strategic planning, and policy and regulatory development related to the implementation of quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs. She has worked specifically on the End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program, the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, the Partnership for Patients, the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program, and the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program. Prior to joining MITRE, Nichole was a practicing attorney at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP.

Confirmed O’Neill Institute Experts

Oscar A. Cabrera is the Executive Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Previously, Oscar has served as the Deputy Director, Senior Fellow, and a Law Fellow. He is a foreign-trained attorney who earned his law degree in his home country of Venezuela, and his Master of Laws (LL.M.), with concentration in Health Law and Policy, at the University of Toronto. Before starting his Masters Degree program, Oscar worked as an Associate at a Venezuelan law firm (d’Empaire Reyna Bermudez). Oscar was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Health Law and Policy Fellowship for his Masters program. After earning his LL.M., he worked as a Research Associate with Professor Colleen Flood, at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law and the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHR-IHSPR). In this capacity, he was involved in several health law related projects. Oscar has worked on projects with the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, among other organizations. He has studied and is interested in various health law related fields, such as public health law, sexual and reproductive rights, health and human rights, global tobacco litigation and health systems law and policy.

Susan C. Kim is the Deputy Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. Trained in law, public health, and business, her current project portfolio includes oversight and engagement in the institute’s Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded grants in the areas of infectious disease control and global health financing. Her additional research interests include food and drug law and public-private partnerships in health. Susan has served in a number of different capacities at the O’Neill Institute, such as Project Director, Project Manager, and Manager of Grants and Communications. In the latter role, she managed the institute’s development activities, which included strategic planning, grant development and writing, and marketing and branding. She started at the O’Neill Institute as a Law Fellow in 2008, where she worked on a broad range of projects in health law and policy-emergency (pandemic) preparedness, food safety regulation, global health governance, infectious disease control, and implementation of the World Health Organization’s revised International Health Regulations. In 2011, she was an external consultant to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator at the US Department of State. There, she supported the government’s engagement in the Comprehensive Reform Working Group of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She also provided analysis on legislative issues pertaining to the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a volunteer for the 2008 Obama-Biden transition. Susan holds a law degree from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Public Health in health management and policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and a Master of Business Administration from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.


Ana S. Ayala is the Director of the Global Health Law LL.M. Program. She joined the O'Neill Institute in 2010, serving as a Law Fellow from 2010 to 2012 and an Institute Associate from 2012 to 2015. She holds a Master of Laws in Global Health Law from Georgetown University; a law degree from American University, Washington College of Law; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and International Studies from the University of Chicago. Originally from Bolivia, Ana is bilingual in English and Spanish and has worked both in the U.S. and abroad. At the O'Neill Institute, Ana has worked on a variety of global health law areas, including health and human rights, tobacco control, reproductive health, and global health security. She has trained legal, medical, and public health professionals from around the world. She led the legal component of the World Health Organization’s implementation course for government officials on the International Health Regulations (2005) in order to strengthen governments’ ability to manage serious public health risks. Through her projects, Ana has worked extensively with a wide array of organizations, such as the World Health Organization (including the Pan American Health Organization), Open Society Foundations, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, and a number of local NGOs worldwide. Prior to joining the O'Neill Institute, Ana co-drafted the proposal for the resolution passed by the African Commission of Human and Peoples' Rights in 2008 on access to medicines and the right to health and conducted analytical work on the implementation of a universal health care system in Lewis & Clark County, Montana. Additionally, Ana has worked in a number of organizations, including Human Rights First, the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), the Domestic Violence and Family Law Program at Ayuda, and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Sonia L. Canzater is an Associate with the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Sonia joins the O’Neill Institute’s Hepatitis C Policy Project, which focuses on issues and barriers of access to effective treatments for hepatitis C. Sonia holds a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law, a Master of Public Health from the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Temple University. Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Sonia worked as an intern at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services assisting attorneys in the Office of Civil Rights to address issues and complaints related to disability rights violations. Prior to receiving her J.D., she founded a consulting business to offer professional grant research, proposal writing, strategic planning, and evaluation services to non-profit organizations, schools, faith-based organizations, and businesses. Sonia is a Certified Health Education Specialist and a Certified Grants Consultant.

Eric A. Friedman is an Institute Associate and the Project Leader for the Joint Action and Learning Initiative on National and Global Responsibilities for Health (JALI), which supports a Framework Convention on Global Health grounded in the human right to health and aimed at closing health inequities. He holds a law degree from Yale Law School and B.A. from Yale College. Before joining the O’Neill Institute, Eric was Senior Global Health Policy Advisor at Physicians for Human Rights, where he focused on health systems, the global shortage of health workers, and HIV/AIDS, and sought to increase the extent to which U.S. global health policy, and health workforce and systems policies globally, incorporated the right to health. He also served on the Board of the Global Health Workforce Alliance, an international partnership hosted by the World Health Organization, and chaired the Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative. Eric’s primary interest is global health and human rights, especially the right to health, the importance of developing equitable, accountable health systems, and the responsibilities of all governments towards improving people’s health, domestically and globally.

Rebecca B. Reingold is an Institute Associate at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Middlebury College. Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Rebecca served as an Advocacy Coordinator at International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region. There, she advocated for the advancement of sexual and reproductive rights in global and regional United Nations processes and provided technical assistance to NGO partners from Latin America and the Caribbean. Rebecca also conducted research on a range of topics relating to the intersection of health and human rights to support the work of Women’s Link Worldwide, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Pan American Health Organization. Additionally, she served on the Board of Directors of Law Students for Reproductive Justice.

Salma Samad is the Director of Development at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Prior to joining the Institute, Salma's work focused on mobilizing resources, advocating for public policies and financing, and forming strategic cross sector partnerships to address public health challenges in developing countries. Serving as the Senior Director of Donor Relations at Aeras, a global health non-profit, Salma successfully secured funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Governments of US, UK, Netherlands and Australia, and other donors to support the research and development of new tuberculosis vaccines. Prior to Aeras, Salma served as the Deputy Director of Development at Global Rights. She worked with Program Directors to successfully secure funding from foundations, governments and other donors for programs promoting human rights, access to justice, and rule of law in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America as well as in the US. Salma also served as the Resources Development Officer at the Population Institute where she secured funds from foundations and individual donors for reproductive health rights and sustainable development programs.

Michael Templeman is the Director of New Initiatives at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. He completed his Executive MBA at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Marietta College in Ohio. While an undergraduate student, Michael completed a semester abroad in Mumbai, India. Prior to joining the O'Neill Institute, Michael served as Director of MBA Admissions at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and helped launch the now nationally-recognized MBA Evening Program for the University. Michael also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi, East Africa, where he worked on Community Health and HIV/AIDs initiatives.

 

 

 

 

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