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A Candid Conversation: COVID-19 & Beyond
Director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins (Col '70), will join healthcare expert Vivian Riefberg, recently appointed the David C. Walentas Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professor at the Darden School of Business, for a candid discussion about the challenges facing today's global healthcare industry.

Apr 28, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Francis Collins
Director @National Institutes of Health
Dr. Francis Collins currently serves as the director of the National Institutes of Health, where he has worked under three administrations. He is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. He served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH from 1993-2008. Dr. Collins is an elected member of both the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007, and received the National Medal of Science in 2009. In 2020, he was elected as a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (UK) and was also named the 50th winner of the Templeton Prize, which celebrates scientific and spiritual curiosity.
Professor Vivian Riefberg
David C. Walentas Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professor @U.Va.'s Darden School of Business
Prior to joining the faculty at U.Va.'s Darden School of Business as the David C. Walentas Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professor, Vivian Riefberg was a senior partner with McKinsey & Company, where she held a variety of senior leadership positions over 30 years, including leader of its Public Sector Practice for the Americas and co-leader of its U.S. Health Care practice. In her time at McKinsey, Riefberg led major strategy development, performance improvement, and operational programs across various participants in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She worked across a range of fields, including healthcare, security, infrastructure, and commerce. Riefberg is now a director emeritus with McKinsey and serves on the board of Signify Health.