Traveling With TPG-IHA in 2021 & Beyond
June 30, 2021
2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern

TPG International Health Academy produced its third, Virtual Educational Summit on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. This 60-minute program focused on the Academy’s Educational Summits planned for 2021 and 2022, and the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international travel.

Learn about the Academy’s plans to travel to Estonia, Japan, and Italy, what international travel looks like in today’s climate, and hear from experts in each of these countries to better understand why we want to study their healthcare systems.

Our first two webinars focused on how Canada, Israel, Japan, and Sweden each handled COVID-19, travel bans, vaccinations, etc. You can view the recorded sessions of these webinars, hear some follow-up audio recordings with our speakers, and the biographies of all of our speakers here:


Cohen Perry Cohen
Chief Executive Officer
The Pharmacy Group
Carmel, Indiana USA

Perry is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Pharmacy Group (TPG). Perry has more than 40 years of experience with managed care, and during that time has worked for local, regional, and national health plans. He helped create the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) industry in the early 1990s. Over the years he has developed relationships with hundreds of decision-makers in the United States healthcare system and has assisted more than 200 companies in selling their products and services to payors. Additionally, Perry practiced in community, hospital, and long-term care pharmacy in California and oversaw the operations of 50 community pharmacies in nine states. Perry is a co‐founder, past president, and fellow of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP), a member of the Drug Topics Editorial Advisory Board, Managed Healthcare Executive Editorial Advisory Board, and the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy National Advisory Board. He completed an administrative clerkship at the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, Maryland. His clinical training was performed at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Benedetti Enrico Benedetti, MD, FACS
Warren H. Cole Chair in Surgery, Professor and Head,Medical Director, Abdominal Organ Transplant Program, Department of Surgery
UI Health
Chicago, Illinois USA

Dr. Enrico Benedetti is a transplant surgeon at UI Health. Dr. Benedetti is a prominent leader in organ transplantation and in the use of robotic-assisted techniques in transplantation. He has to his credit many successful surgical firsts, including the first robotic donor nephrectomy for a living-donor kidney transplant, the first combined living-donor liver and bowel transplant from an adult to an infant, the first robotic combined kidney and pancreas procurement for a living-donor transplant, and the largest series of living-donor intestinal transplants in the world. Dr. Benedetti is Professor and Head of Surgery and the Warren H. Cole Chair in Surgery.

Hall Don Hall, MPH
DeltaSigma, LLC
Highlands Ranch, Colorado USA

Don Hall, M.P.H., has experience in all aspects of non-profit and for-profit healthcare management, including public health, hospital systems, and health plans. His extensive background includes executive level positions with Hospital Corporation of America, Lincoln National Corporation, EQUICOR and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. Before becoming a founding partner of DeltaSigma, LLC in 2006, Don served for eight years as President and CEO of Colorado Access, a non-profit provider-sponsored health plan focusing on Medicaid, SCHIP, Medicare Advantage special needs populations, and corrections care. Don has been a member of the Academy of International Health Studies since 2002 and has studied health care systems in Argentina, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland. In addition, Don serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Managed Healthcare Executive magazine. He received his M.P.H. in Epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. DeltaSigma, LLC is a national healthcare consulting practice that focuses on supporting innovative approaches to business strategies within Commercial, Medicaid, Medicare and MLTSS health plans.

Hikida Sayaka Hikida, MD
Infectious Disease Emergency Specialist (IDES) Trainee
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Infectious Diseases Control Division
Tokyo, Japan

Sayaka Hikida is an Infectious Disease Emergency Specialist (IDES) trainee as well as a Fellow of the Japanese Society of Internal Medicine (FJSIM). After nine-years engagement to the rural medicine and a 2018 Japanese fellowship program in the US Naval hospital Yokosuka, she has been participating in the Infectious Disease Emergency Specialist (IDES) training program, offered by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW). After she worked at Novel Coronavirus Response Headquarters of MHLW, she has deployed to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta as a guest researcher/Japanese liaison medical officer Apr 2020-Mar 2021.

Laino Lauren Laino
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Amplified Event Strategy
Charleston, South Carolina USA

Lauren is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Amplified Event Strategy LLC, a global marketing firm focused on consulting and event management for high profile B2B conferences in cities around the world – having produced large scale events in New York, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Berlin to name a few spots! Over her 20-year career as a lawyer and event program lead for multi-million-dollar conferences, Lauren has organized over 300 corporate meetings – leading the charge on getting her clients to think as smart disruptors within their sectors when it comes to original content, event experiences, and partnerships.

Amplified Event Strategy’s portfolio includes event production, content/program development and marketing consulting services in various industries including cryptocurrency/blockchain, pharmaceutical/healthcare, financial services/fintech, information/cyber security, and travel sector events (both in-person and virtual conferences).

Our firm’s strategic and operational experience has allowed us to successfully partner with in-house teams of leading event sponsors including CoinDesk Consensus, Georgetown University/DC Fintech Week, Web3 Foundation, Chainlink, Celo Labs, Orchid, Grayscale Investments, Seatrade Cruise Global (an Informa event), The San Francisco Marathon and IANS Research, among many others.

Prior to establishing Amplified Event Strategy, Lauren was the Head of Events for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, a Wall Street trade association, where she produced educational conferences and executive education. Prior to her event career, she practiced law specializing in corporate and contract law. Her legal experience brings a unique analytical perspective to her creative marketing initiatives. Lauren received a B.S. in Politics from New York University and a J.D. from the Rutgers School of Law.

Peetso Terje Peetso, MD
Member of the Management Board
North Estonia Medical Centre
Tallinn, Estonia

Dr. Terje Peetso is a member of the management board in the North Estonia Medical Centre in Tallinn. Among ohter tasks she is responsible for the coordination of research and innovation activities in the hospital, quality management and cooperation with other hospitals and clinical partners in Estonia and abroad.

Dr. Peetso worked from 2003 – 2018 in the European Commission on different public health matters. Before joining the North Estonia Medical Centre, Peetso was the Head of Sector on eHealth and Ageing Policy in the European Commission`s DG CONNECT In 2014 she was the EU Fellow in the University of Southern California, USA, where her research focus was on the obstacles which hinder the introduction eHealth in healthcare systems.

Dr Peetso holds a diploma in medicine from the University of Tartu, Estonia.

Schmidt Dave Schmidt
Former President
TPG International Health Academy
Manhattan Beach, California USA

Dave Schmidt is a former President of TPG International Health Academy (TPG-IHA). During his 25-year career in senior management, Schmidt has held executive positions in operations, business development, sales, and marketing in the healthcare and manufacturing industries. Dave has a strong background in finance and has been instrumental in developing successful customer-focused programs and providing strategic leadership that resulted in significant, profitable growth for other organizations. In 2011, after leading SCAN™ Health Plan for eight years, Dave established a consultancy practice that focuses on strategic planning and implementation in the healthcare industry. He also serves as an Executive in Residence at LEK Consulting assisting their clients in the healthcare space. In addition, he is a board member and chair of the Audit Committee at Apollo Medical Management (AMEH on NADAQ). Dave previously served on the board of Beacon Health Care Systems, a start-up company that has developed compliance software for Medicare Advantage Plans and other payors.

While serving as Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of SCAN, he was responsible to a board of directors and provided leadership to an executive team as well as nearly 900 employees. SCAN Health Plan, a not-for-profit healthcare organization based in Long Beach, California, is the largest Social HMO and 10th largest Medicare Advantage plan in the country. He also served on the California Association of Health Plans Board of Directors for six years. In addition, he led the creation of the SCAN Foundation, the largest foundation in the United States focused on long-term care and aging.

Prior to joining SCAN, Schmidt served as CEO of Medicheck, a firm that provided internet-based financial services management to healthcare organizations. He led the company through development of its software platform and sale to Passport Health Communications. He served on Passport’s Board of Directors after the sale.

Additionally, Schmidt’s experience includes working for two major health plans as Senior Vice President of Sales and Customer Services and Regional Vice President for FHP Healthcare.

Prior to a career in managed care, Schmidt held senior management positions at Avery-Dennison, Memorex, and Rockwell International. He holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Vazquez John Vazquez, MD
Physician Consultant
TPG International Health Academy
Chicago, Illinois USA

Dr. John Vazquez is a Physician Consultant with TPG International Health Academy (TPG-IHA). TPG-IHA has hosted educational programs for senior healthcare executives for 25+ years, holding week-long Educational Summits in over 30 countries across the globe. The Academy is powered by three pillars: education, networking, and cultural immersion.

Dr. Vazquez is a Physician Executive with extensive CMO and Healthcare Management experience who has spent his career serving the underserved communities in some of the most industry-challenged healthcare delivery organizations. HIs skills in teamwork, strategy, quality, safety, business development, turnaround, and a commitment to education have led to Dr. Vazquez’s long-term success.

Dr. Vazquez spent the last 17 years at Sinai Health System, Chicago’s largest private healthcare system serving vulnerable communities, and with over $1 billion of revenues. Dr. Vazquez led the physician group through numerous projects and endeavors. He was the physician lead on philanthropy for the system, EMR and telemedicine implementations as well as numerous physician practice acquisitions and a large hospital merger. During his work as a physician leader for Sinai Chicago, the system saw a year-over-year improvement in the bottom line from a loss of $42 million to a profit of $10.7 million and an improved EBIDA from a negative $14.8 million to a positive $33.8 million. Dr. Vazquez assisted to increase philanthropic giving from a baseline of $2.3 million annually to $10.9 million.

Dr. Vazquez is currently Professor of Anesthesia at University of Illinois in Chicago. Besides leadership roles as Chief Medical Officer and Chair of Anesthesia, he has been Medical Director of the anesthesia service line and operating rooms at three hospitals, residency site coordinator for University of Illinois and Program Director for the Midwest School of Nurse Anesthesia. Dr. Vazquez is active in state and national physician organizations and governance bodies. He has built strong teams and strategic relationships with many companies building partners both in and out of healthcare.

Dr. Vazquez has served on several boards. As an entrepreneur at heart, he has helped shepherd companies to growth and acquisition. He is driven by the opportunity to bring innovation while improving health and wellness. On a global scale, Dr. Vazquez has been a US delegate for years with TPG International Health Academy visiting 4 countries to date with the mission to share strategies to improve global healthcare.

Dr. Vazquez holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from University of the Illinois in Chicago, Illinois and Is Board Certified in Anesthesia.