CAST Leadership

Dr. Mark B. McClellan

CAST International Chair

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, is the Robert J. Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine, and Health Policy, and founding Director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University. With offices in Durham, NC and Washington, DC, the Duke-Margolis Center is a university-wide, interdisciplinary initiative that is nationally and internationally recognized for its research, evaluation, implementation, and educational initiatives to improve health and health policy. The Center integrates Duke’s expertise in the social, clinical, and analytical sciences with health care leader and stakeholder engagement to develop and apply policy solutions that improve health and the value of health care locally, nationally, and worldwide.
Dr. McClellan is a physician and an economist who has informed and improved a wide range of strategies and policy reforms to advance health care, including payment reform to promote better outcomes and lower costs, methods for development and use of real-world evidence, and strategies for more effective biomedical innovation. Before coming to Duke, he served as a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, where he was Director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiatives and led the Richard Merkin Initiative on Payment Reform and Clinical Leadership.

With highly distinguished record in public service and academic research, Dr. McClellan is a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he developed and implemented major reforms in health policy. These reforms include the Medicare prescription drug benefit, Medicare and Medicaid payment reforms, the FDA’s Critical Path Initiative, and public-private initiatives to develop better information on the quality and cost of care. He previously served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, senior director for health care policy at the White House, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy at the Department of the Treasury.
Dr. McClellan is the founding chair and a current board member of the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA and a member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), where he chairs the Leadership Council for Value and Science-Driven Health care, co-chairs the guiding committee of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network, and is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also a Senior Advisor on the faculty of the University of Texas Dell Medical School and co-chair of the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative. Dr. McClellan is an independent director on the boards of Johnson & Johnson, Cigna, and Alignment Healthcare. He was previously an associate professor of economics and medicine with tenure at Stanford University, and has twice received the Kenneth Arrow Award for Outstanding Research in Health Economics.

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).

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 relationship-based care.

Dr. Magee is the author of “Code Blue: Inside the Medical-Industrial Complex” (Grove Atlantic, 2019). He is a medical historian and visiting scholar at the President’s College of the University of Hartford, and has held similar roles at the C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth and NYU 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. 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.