State-of-the-Art Lecture Explores Future of Health Care Reform

William L. Roper


Health care reform remains one of the hottest issues of the day, so an expert who has seen the system from many angles in a multifaceted career will share his insights into what lies ahead in the state-of-the-art lecture on Friday, Nov. 2. A medical school dean, former health care company executive, and former high-level government official, William L. Roper, MD, MPH, has a unique perspective to share in his address, “Health Care Reform in America—Past, Present, and Future.”

Dr. Roper is dean of the school of medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and chief executive officer of the UNC Health Care System. He also is professor of health policy and administration in the School of Public Health and professor of pediatrics and of social medicine in the School of Medicine at UNC. He was dean of the UNC School of Public Health from 1997 to 2004.

Before joining UNC in 1997, Dr. Roper was senior vice president of Prudential HealthCare. He joined Prudential in 1993 as president of the Prudential Center for Health Care Research.

Dr. Roper was director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1990 to 1993, a member of the senior White House staff from 1989 to 1990, and administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) from 1986 to 1989. He has also been a White House fellow.

He received his medical degree and his masters from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Medical Center.

Dr. Roper is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the board of directors of DaVita, Inc.; a member of the board of directors of Express Scripts, Inc., a company that handles millions of prescriptions through home delivery and at retail pharmacies; a member of the Scientific Management Review Board of the National Institutes of Health; a member of the board of directors of the Partnership for a Healthier America, a nonprofit organization devoted to working with the private sector to address childhood obesity; and chair of the board of directors of the National Quality Forum, a private sector, consensus-standard–setting organization aimed at health care performance measurement.

October-November 2012 (Vol. 4, Number 10-11)