CAST Leadership

Dr. Mark B. McClellan

CAST International Chair

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, is the Robert J. Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine, and Policy, and Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University with offices at Duke and in Washington DC.

Dr. McClellan is a doctor and an economist, and his work has addressed a wide range of strategies and policy reforms to improve health care, including payment reforms to promote better outcomes and lower costs, methods for development and use of real-world evidence, and approaches for more effective drug and device innovation. Dr. McClellan is a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he developed and implemented major reforms in health policy. He was also a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor of economics and medicine at Stanford University.

Mike B. Rambarose

CAST International Vice Chair

Since 2005, Mike has served residents and staff of Whitney Center, a Hamden, Connecticut not-for-profit senior living community founded in 1979 comprising independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing amenities and services with annual budgeted revenues of approximately $20 million and a workforce of 280 people. Before assuming his current role as President & CEO in 2012, Mike was Whitney Center’s Senior Vice President for Administration, primarily responsible as project manager for campus repositioning and expansion initiatives from concept through design, financing, construction and marketing.

Throughout his 18 years in the aging services field, Mike has served senior living and healthcare communities of New York and Connecticut in myriad capacities, including community education & outreach, marketing & public relations, business development, operations management and executive leadership. He values personal respect, collaboration and continual learning as underpinnings of his servant leadership philosophy. As an alumnus of the Leading Age Leadership Academy, current member of the Leading Age Board, current co-facilitator in the Leading Age CT Leadership Academy and active CARF-CCAC aging services surveyor, Mike is keenly interested in helping advance the aging services field for the betterment of elders and those who serve them. Mike also serves on the board of Chapel Haven, a not-for-profit education and residential program for young adults with developmental challenges, focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger Syndrome.

Mike’s education includes a BS in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an Executive MBA from Pace University. He is a proud U.S. Navy veteran and currently resides in Portland, CT with his wife (Anita) and four sons (Mason, Austin, Ashton & Michael).

Dr. Majd Alwan

CAST Executive Director

Majd Alwan, Ph.D. received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Damascus University, Damascus, Syria in 1988, his M.S. in control engineering with distinction from Bradford University, Bradford, UK, in 1992, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering (intelligent assistive robotics) in 1997 from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London, London, UK.

Dr. Alwan worked from 1988-1991 for the Higher Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (HIAST), as a Design Engineer and a Research Assistant. In 1997, he returned to HIAST as a Lecturer and Researcher. 

In the beginning of 2002, he joined the Medical Automation Research Center (MARC) at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, as an assistant professor and director of the Robotics and Eldercare Technologies Program. 

His research interests encompassed designing, validating and evaluating the outcome of monitoring systems and assistive devices that address the needs of seniors and their caregivers. While at MARC, Dr. Alwan published several articles on monitoring technology. He co-founded Home Guardian LLC, a start-up company that specializes in In-Home Functional and Health Status Monitoring Systems and Services.

He is a member of the IEEE's Engineering in Medicine and Biology, and Robotics and Automation Societies. Dr. Alwan is also a member of IEEE-USA's Medical Technology Policy Committee (MTPC) and the Geriatric Care Workgroup (GCW).

Eric Dishman

Director of the All of UsSM Research Program, formerly known as the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program, The National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Dishman is an Intel Fellow and General Manager of the Health and Life Sciences Group in the Datacenter and Connected Systems Group. He is responsible for driving Intel's cross-business strategy, research and development, product and policy initiatives for health and life science solutions. His organization focuses on growth opportunities for Intel in health IT, genomics and personalized medicine, consumer wellness and care coordination technologies in more than a dozen countries.

Dishman founded Intel's first Health Research and Innovation Lab in 1999, and, in 2005, was a founding member of Intel's Digital Health Group. He is widely recognized as a global leader in healthcare innovation with specific expertise in home and community-based technologies and services for chronic disease management and independent living. He is also known for pioneering innovation techniques that incorporate anthropology, ethnography and other social science methods into the design and development of new technologies. He and his team's work have been featured in publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Business Week, and USA Today. The Wall Street Journal named him one of "12 People Who Are Changing Your Retirement."

He also co-founded some of the world's largest research and policy organizations devoted to advancing the cause of independent living, including the Technology Research for Independent Living Centre, the Center for Aging Services Technologies, the Everyday Technologies for Alzheimer's Care program, and the Oregon Center for Aging and Technology. Dishman has received numerous awards for his work in helping to shape the future of health care.

Dr. Mike Magee

CAST Senior Fellow for Health Policy

Mike Magee, M.D. is senior fellow for health policy at the Center for Aging Services Technologies in Washington, DC, and editor of HealthCommentary.org. In these roles he has consistently advocated for leveraging technologies to reinforce family connectivity and relatiorelationship-based care. 

Dr. Magee is a member of the National Commission for Quality Long Term Care, chaired by former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-NE) and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA). He is also a former David Rockefeller Fellow and Honorary Master Scholar at the New York University School of Medicine.

Magee has held numerous leadership positions including senior vice president at Pennsylvania Hospital and vice president of science and medical policy, Pfizer Inc. As president and CEO of Positive Medicine Inc., he has consulted for many organizations including the AMA, AHA, AAMC, IOM and Congress. 

He is past chairman of the board of Very Special Arts for the Disabled at the Kennedy Center, and the current executive director of the Early Childhood Advocacy non-profit program, the Rocking Chair Project.

Dr. Magee is past-president of the National Association of Physician Broadcasters. From 2003 to 2007, he hosted the award winning "Health Politics with Dr. Mike Magee," a weekly Internet program covering news and information related to health and health care, which covered a range of topics from obesity to aging and care giving to global warming. 

He is the author 10 books including Home-Centered Health Care, Positive Leadership and Healthy Waters.