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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

David T. Feinberg to dispute, “The U.S. Health Care System is Terminally Broken," alongside Ezekiel J. Emanuel for an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate at the Mayo Clinic’s Transform conference Sept. 28

DANVILLE, Pa. – Streaming live from this year’s Transform, the annual health care innovation conference hosted by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Geisinger President and CEO David T. Feinberg, M.D., MBA, will team up with Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D, to argue against the notion that “The U.S. Health Care System System is Terminally Broken." 

The live stream will be available this Thursday from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. EST, at

The pair’s stance that with some resuscitation and healing, the U.S. health care system can recover, will be countered by Robert Pearl, former CEO of Permanente, and Shannon Brownless, celebrated author of Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer. Pearl and Brownless will argue that the current state of U.S. healthcare is D.O.A.  

“We need to step back and take a few deep breaths before we lament the so-called health care apocalypse,” said Dr. Feinberg in anticipation of Thursday’s debate. “We the doctors, nurses, support staff, the communities we live in and the patients we serve can all fix the health care system from the inside. We and other likeminded health systems around the country have already committed to higher quality, lower costs and population health efforts aimed at keeping our patients healthy and out of our hospitals.” 

The two teams will face-off at the latest debate hosted by Intelligence Squared U.S., and moderated by ABC Nightline News correspondent John Donvan. Streaming live from Rochester, Minnesota, the award-winning debate series will reach over 30 million American households through multi-platform distribution, including radio, television, live streaming, podcasts, interactive digital content and on-demand apps. 

The debate will also air afterward as part of the syndicated public radio show and podcast "Intelligence Squared U.S." 

WHAT: Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates "The U.S. Health Care System is Terminally Broken"

WHEN: Thursday, September 28, 2017, 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. 

WHERE: Transform 2017, Mayo Clinic health care innovation conference, Rochester, Minn.  

Arguing against the motion:

David T. Feinberg, M.D., MBA is president and chief executive officer of Geisinger, one of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations which includes 13 hospital campuses and a nearly 600,000-member health plan. He is a well-known national speaker, author of numerous articles and practicing psychiatrist. He is co-author of ProvenCare: How to Deliver Value-Based Healthcare the Geisinger Way, set to be released Oct. 13th.   

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D, is an oncologist and bioethicist and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress  and vice provost for Global Initiatives and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Prescription for the Future: The Twelve Transformational Practices of Highly Effective Medical Organizations.

Arguing for the motion:

Robert Pearl, M.D., is the former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group (1999-2017), the nation’s largest medical group. He is the author of the bestselling book, Mistreated: Why We Think We’re Getting Good Healthcare—And Why We’re Usually Wrong.

Shannon Brownlee, MSc, is senior vice president of the Lown Institute and a visiting scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She co-founded the Right Care Alliance, a network of activist patients, clinicians, and community leaders. Before joining the Lown Institute, in 2013, Brownlee was acting director of the Health Policy Program at the New America Foundation. While at New America, she published the ground-breaking book, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer, which was named the best economics book of 2007 by the New York Times. 
A non-partisan, non-profit organization, Intelligence Squared U.S. was founded in 2006 to address a fundamental problem in America: the extreme polarization of our nation and our politics. Their mission is to restore critical thinking, facts, reason, and civility to American public discourse. The award-winning debate series reaches over 30 million American households through multi-platform distribution, including radio, television, live streaming, podcasts, interactive digital content, and on-demand apps on Roku and Apple TV. With over 140 debates and counting, Intelligence Squared U.S. has encouraged the public to "think twice" on a wide range of provocative topics. Author and ABC News correspondent John Donvan has moderated IQ2US since 2008.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

Dr. David T. Feinberg
Geisinger President and CEO Dr. David Feinberg
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