Dr. Phil Polakoff’s distinguished career in health care spans 35 years. He is a health transformation advisor, and previously has worked in product and network development, care management, organizational and business development, policy formulation, communications and financing. He serves as the CEO and host of A Healthier Me, a disruptive, innovative venture situated at the intersection of medicine/health and media. For many years Dr. Polakoff and his wife, Nancy Pfund, have been integral advisors to the Center. As an affiliated scholar at the Bill Lane Center, Dr. Polakoff is intimately involved with the Rural West initiative, and particularly with the program design of the 2017 Eccles Family Rural West Conference, which focuses on rural health and health care issues. In addition to his work at the Center, Dr. Polakoff is a consulting professor at Stanford’s School of Medicine. He is the author of five books and has published more than 200 articles. Dr. Polakoff holds degrees from Cornell University (B.S), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (M.S. Environmental Sciences), Wayne State University (M.D.), UC Berkeley (M.P.H.) and Oxford University.