Philadelphia University fashion merchandising and management senior Naomi Sampat moderated a lively panel discussion at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) on Feb. 21 about the intersection of health care and finance.
The speakers included Vanguard Group founder and investment icon John “Jack” Bogle; Stephen Klasko, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of TJU and Jefferson Health; Rohinton Morris, M.D., chief of cardiothoracic surgery at TJU and Jefferson Health; and Louis Samuels, M.D., professor of surgery at TJU and Jefferson Health.
“This is a timely conversation and not just because of the potential for sweeping changes taking place in our country,” said Sampat, president of PhilaU’s Student Government Association. “Today is the 21st anniversary of Mr. Bogle’s heart transplant.”
The panel took on particularly special meaning, as surgeons Morris and Samuels performed his procedure in 1996. “The 21 years of vitality I have enjoyed since my heart transplant are nothing short of a miracle,” said Bogle, who received his transplant at age 66 after six heart attacks. “My new heart gave me a wonderful outlook on life and the ability to face adversity with a smile and to put the problems of the past just where they belong—in the past. … It’s a privilege to appear onstage with these two wonderful surgeons who have given me an additional 21 years of life and counting.”
In addition to Bogle sharing his transplant story, the panel delved into numerous topics related to health care and finance, such as the financial impact of treating expensive diseases, the stake insurance companies have over medical decisions and drug price manipulation. Sampat moderated the discussion with Graham Peigh, a medical student in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College, and Steve Orellana, an M.P.H. candidate in the Jefferson College of Population Health.