Gerald Hautman, MD

Jerry is the Chief Medical Officer/ SVP for Population Health Services. In this role, he is involved with product transformation and design as well as supporting strategic clients and key opportunities. This often involves the leverage of Optum and UnitedHealth Group capabilities to formulate tailored clinical solutions for key customer opportunities. Using clinical, financial, and operational data, he leads the design of the population health solution for each customer. The goal is to create a seamless integrated consumer experience for every member. Jerry has been with Optum since 2012.

Prior to coming to Optum, he was a practicing Ob/Gyn for 16 years, most recently with HealthPartners in Minneapolis/St. Paul. During his tenure with HP he was also an Assistant clinical professor with the University of Minnesota department of Ob/Gyn.

Jerry also serves as a Colonel in the U.S. Army reserves. He currently serves as the Commander of the 7302nd Medical Training Battalion. In the past he has served as a Deputy Chief of Staff for Army Reserve Medical Command, Division Command Surgeon, Chief medical officer and staff physician.

Jerry is a graduate of Albion College (BA), Wayne State University School of Medicine (MD) and The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University (MBA)


Ryan C. McDevitt, PhD

Ryan C. McDevitt is an Associate Professor of Economics at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. His research focuses on the field of applied microeconomics, primarily in empirical industrial organization with many applications in health care. Professor McDevitt received a BA from Williams College and a PhD from Northwestern University, both in economics. Before joining the faculty at Duke, he worked as an analyst in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division and taught at the Kellogg School of Management and the Simon School of Business. During a recent sabbatical, Ryan worked for Amazon.


Aaron McKethan, PhD

Aaron McKethan is an Assistant Professor in the Duke School of Medicine Department of Population Health Sciences and a Senior Policy Fellow in the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. He recently served as the Chief Data Officer for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

His career in government, academia and the private sector has focused on health care delivery innovation, data and information technology. Before coming to Duke and NCDHHS, he co-founded RxAnte, a predictive analytics and technology company focusing on improving population health (acquired in 2016).

Previously, he directed the Beacon Communities program – the nation’s largest health IT cooperative agreement program – at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He also previously served as Research Director in health policy at the Brookings Institution, where he led projects focused on provider payment reform, health care quality and state health policy.

Dr. McKethan’s academic work has appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Affairs.



Claire Pearson, MBA

Claire Pearson is a Managing Director in Barclays’ Global Healthcare Banking group where she is responsible for providing strategic advice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and capital raising. Claire covers healthcare services clients including hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, and physicians. Claire is based in the New York office.

Claire has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Certificate in Finance from Princeton University and earned an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, with concentrations in Health Sector Management and Corporate Finance. Prior to business school, Claire was a Consultant at Trinity Partners, a life sciences strategic consulting firm.



Barak Richman, PhD, JD

Barak Richman is the Edgar P. and Elizabeth C. Bartlett Professor of Law and Business Administration at Duke University.  Both an attorney and an institutional economist, his primary research focuses on how social relationships shape economic performance.  His book Stateless Commerce: The Diamond Network and the Persistence of Relational Exchange published by Harvard University Press in 2017, studies how ethnic merchants organize the diamond industry.  His health policy research has examined the utilization of health insurance benefits, antitrust policy towards healthcare providers, and organizational innovation in healthcare markets. 

Professor Richman’s primary appointment is at Duke Law School, where he won the Blueprint Award in 2005 and was named Teacher of the Year in 2010, and he also is on Fuqua’s Health Sector Management faculty and is a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.  He represented the NFL Coaches Association in an amicus curiae brief in American Needle v. The Nat’l Football League, which was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in January 2010, and again in Brady v. The Nat’l Football League in 2011.  His recent work challenging illegal practices by Rabbinical Associations was featured in the New York Times.



David Ridley, PhD

David Ridley 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. In his research, David examines innovation and pricing in health care. To encourage development of new treatments for neglected diseases, David, with Jeffrey Moe and Henry Grabowski, proposed a priority review voucher prize which became law in the United States in 2007. David’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). He teaches daytime and executive MBA students. He received a PhD in economics from Duke University in 2001.