Eric Barrette, PhD, MA

Director, Global Health Policy, Reimbursement and Health Economics


Eric Barrette is Director, Global Health Policy, Reimbursement and Health Economics at Medtronic where he provides scientific leadership and technical expertise in support of projects related to health economics and outcomes research and health policy evaluations. Prior to joining Medtronic, he was the Director of Research at the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), a non-profit research organization that maintains a national database of private claims data for public reporting, research, and price transparency.

He previously worked at an economic consulting firm on topics related to pharmaceutical pricing, hospital competition, insurer mergers, geographic variation in health care utilization, provider practice patterns, and Medicare Advantage plan pricing.

Barrette holds a PhD in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota and an MA in Economics from the University of Arizona. He has taught classes at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management on health analytics and medical technology evaluation methods.

Annette DuBard, MD, MPH

VP of Clinical Strategy


Annette DuBard is the VP of Clinical Strategy for Aledade, a company committed to helping independent primary care practices thrive under new models of value-based care.  Her work has focused on health care delivery innovation and practical application of technology to improve the care of patients and populations.

Prior to joining Aledade, she directed population health informatics for Community Care of North Carolina, supporting nationally renowned Medicaid care management and quality improvement programs.  

She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and completed residencies in family medicine and preventive medicine, and a master’s degree in health policy and administration at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill.

Her experience includes several years of full time clinical practice in the community health center setting, and her academic work has appeared in JAMA, Health Affairs, American Journal of Managed Care, and other leading public health and primary care journals.

Scott Frederick, RN BSN MSHI

Senior Vice President of Clinical Integration and Informatics


Scott Frederick is the Senior Vice President of Clinical Integration and Informatics for Contessa. Prior to Contessa, Frederick was the Executive Director of Clinical Insight for PointClear Solutions, where he led project teams designing and building clinical and administrative applications. Before joining PointClear Solutions, Frederick served as a Senior Associate for Dearborn Advisors, a health care professional services firm focused on health care technology and process improvement. 

Frederick graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Business Administration and from Grand View University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He also hold a Master of Science in Health Informatics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He lives in Hoover, Alabama with his wife Lisa and their son, Doug.

David Ridley, PhD

Faculty Director

Duke Health Sector Management

David Ridley, PhD is the Dr. and Mrs. Frank A. Riddick Professor of the Practice of Business. He is also the Faculty Director of Duke’s Health Sector Management program. Ridley teaches in the daytime MBA, executive MBA, and Health Analytics programs. He received a PhD in economics from Duke University in 2001.

In his research, Ridley examines innovation and pricing in health care. To encourage development of new treatments for neglected diseases, Ridley (with Jeff Moe and Henry Grabowski) proposed the priority review voucher program which became law in the United States in 2007. Total voucher sales have exceeded one billion dollars. Ridley’s research appears in economics journals (Journal of Public Economics), medical journals (Journal of the American Medical Association), and scientific journals (Nature Reviews Drug Discovery).

Robert S. Saunders, PhD

Research Director, Payment and Delivery Reform


Robert Saunders is Research Director, Payment and Delivery Reform at Duke-Margolis. In this role, he manages the Center’s portfolio for payment and delivery reform initiatives, including bringing together faculty from across the University for developing the strategic vision in this area. He also leads specific projects in digital health technologies, evaluation of new payment policies, and federal physician payment reforms.

Prior to joining Duke-Margolis, Saunders was a Senior Director and then Senior Advisor to the President of the National Quality Forum, where he managed a large federally-funded project that provided recommendations on more than 200 quality measures for 20 different federal programs in a period of two months. As Senior Advisor, he directed special projects on topics including data, payment reform, systems engineering, and future of healthcare quality measurement. There, he authored targeted communications to translate the organization’s technical work for a broad audience, including journal perspectives, white papers, and blogs and supported the development of new funding opportunities, including developing relationships with foundations and authoring concept papers and proposals. He was previously Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Medicine and managed health care legislative affairs for Representative Rush D. Holt.

He has previously served as an adjunct professorial lecturer at American University and the Duke University Program in Medical Physics. He earned his BS in Physics from the College of William and Mary and completed his PhD in physics and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medical Physics at Duke University. He served on the Duke University Board of Trustees from 2005-2007.

Charlene Wong, MD, MSHP

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Duke University

Charlene Wong is an adolescent medicine pediatrician and health services researcher. Her clinical and research expertise is in working with adolescents and young adults to improve their health and well-being. She studies health-related behavior change and health engagement, leveraging principles from behavioral economics, employing youth- and person-centered research methodologies, and informing health policy.

She is an assistant professor at Duke University in the Department of Pediatrics, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, and Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). She directs health behaviors and needs research in the Duke Children’s Health & Discovery Initiative and is the Associate Program Director for the National Clinical Scholars Program at Duke. Wong received her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain scholar and her MD degree at Emory University as a Robert Woodruff Memorial scholar. She completed her pediatrics residency at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining Duke, she was at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for adolescent medicine and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Fellowships.