Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, '78, Returns to Stony Brook to Speak at Omicron Kappa Upsilon Convocation Event

May 2016 - Dr. Sachs, '78, returns to Stony Brook to deliver keynote address during the Senior Awards for Stony
Brook School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Sachs is a leading health care policy expert who has worked with federal and state governments, hospitals, health systems, health plans, behavioral health organizations, technology companies, and others, for more than three decades.

Dr. Sachs was one of the architects of the recent New York State Medicaid Redesign Team process and its accompanying $8 billion Medicaid waiver. The result was one of the nation’s most innovative and comprehensive Medicaid overhauls. 

In 2009, Dr. Sachs participated on President Obama’s Health Policy Advisory Committee on federal health care reform. He facilitated a joint letter between AdvaMed, America’s Health Insurance Plans, The American Hospital Association, PhRMA, and Service Employees International Union in May 2009 expressing support for health care reform initiatives that would decrease the annual health care spending growth rate by 1.5 percentage points. 

As a senior health and human services advisor to New York State Governors Hugh L. Carey and Mario M. Cuomo between 1978 and 1983, Dr. Sachs supervised the state Department of Health, Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Social Services. 

Dr. Sachs is a graduate of Stony Brook University, School of Dental Medicine, Class of 1978. Upon graduation, he worked for the governor of New York State as his health care advisor. In 1998 he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Dental Medicine.

In his presentation, Dr. Sachs will explore the role of the dental profession in this new world of the changing health delivery system for dental and medical care.