Ben Sasse Ph.D.

Ben Sasse is at the forefront of today's most dynamic healthcare issues. As former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Bush White House, Sasse led policy, planning, and research functions across the Department's eleven operating divisions, with a special focus on Medicare, Medicaid, and the Food and Drug Administration. Since concluding his service with HHS, he has advised dozens of innovative health sector firms on business and regulatory strategy. As a faculty member at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas he focused on the leadership, management, and reorganization of large governmental, nonprofit, and for-profit institutions. His research examines efforts to modernize payment systems in American health care in ways that will stimulate entrepreneurial innovation from doctors, hospitals, and related industries. A historian by training, he was educated at Harvard, Oxford, and St. John's (Annapolis) before receiving his Ph.D. from Yale. His doctoral dissertation on domestic politics during the Cold War won both the Theron Rockwell Field Prize and George Washington Egleston Prize. Currently, Sasse is president of Midland University in Nebraska.