Healthcare & Pharma Folks Dispensing on October 8th

Great Conversations

Thursday, October 8, 2020
6:30 pm – 8:15 pm


With Covid 19 on everyone’s mind, Dr. Perlin’s participation is especially timely.  Recently featured on 60 Minutes for his work with Hackensack Meridian Health’s Covid-19 Plasma Program, Dr. David Perlin, Chief Scientific Officer & SVP of their Center for Discovery and Innovation, has more than 30 years of experience as a global infectious disease specialist and led a national program studying deadly diseases including pandemic flu

David Perlin, PhD – Hackensack Meridian Health, Chief Scientific Officer & SVP, Center for Discovery and Innovation
As an infectious diseases’ specialist and expert on fungal infections, David is a “fun-guy” excited by scientific discovery and his “creative calling,” discovering nature’s unknown secrets. “I don’t draw, I don’t play an instrument and I don’t sing.” Beyond fungal infections, he directs major discovery programs on drug resistant bacterial infections and leads the Center for Discovery and Innovation, a new cancer and infectious diseases research institute. No ivory tower academic, he is grounded in real world problems, dedicated to helping patients overcome disease.  Previously, at Rutgers Medical School, David led a national program studying dangerous microbes that cause deadly diseases like anthrax, plague, tuberculosis, AIDS, SARS, hospital acquired infections, avian and pandemic flu. With a Ph.D. from Cornell University and postdoctoral studies at Yale’s School of Medicine, he’s won grants totaling nearly $100 million and published 275 papers, books and chapters. Often lecturing abroad, David enjoys new colleagues and cultures. He and Amy, his wife of 40+ years, live in New York.  He enjoys working out, long summer bike rides, ocean swimming, and spending time with family and friends. A sports enthusiast and former college basketball player, he is drawn to March madness and watching sports with his grown sons, Josh and Dan. 

And Dr. Rosenfeld oversees more than 100 pediatric specialists, residents and medical students. Specializing in adolescent medicine, he has written and lectured extensively on topics relating to adolescent health.

Walter Rosenfeld, MD – Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Chair of Pediatrics; Atlantic Health System, Medical Director of Children’s Health; Rutgers NJ Medical School, Professor of Pediatrics
Chair of Pediatrics at Goryeb Children’s Hospital at Morristown Medical Center and the Medical Director of Children’s Health for Atlantic Health System, Dr. Rosenfeld oversees more than 100 pediatric specialists at Atlantic Health System, pediatric residents and medical students. He has written, lectured and published extensively on topics relating to adolescent health, adolescent sexuality (including STDs), risk taking, eating disorders, substance abuse, obesity, the Internet, and the linkages between physical and mental health. With a BS (U Wisconsin), MD (Temple U Medical School), residency in Pediatrics (Babies Hospital/Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons) and a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine (Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard), he is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine. He has also held leadership positions at the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, the board of Atlantic Medical Group (a multispecialty physician group with more than 1,000 members), and the Atlantic Health Institutional Review Board, which evaluates the ethics and scientific value of clinical studies as well as protects subjects’ rights and welfare. In addition to his position at Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Dr. Rosenfeld has been a clinical professor of pediatrics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School since 2002.


Tom Moriarty – CVS Health, EVP, Chief Policy & External Affairs Officer, General Counsel
Leading CVS Health’s external affairs programs, including the policy, government and public affairs, corporate communications, and legal and regulatory teams, Tom grew up in New Jersey where he played basketball, baseball, soccer and tennis. Understanding the value of good heath is a natural fit for Tom’s job at CVS Health, a company whose purpose is to Help People on Their Path to Better Health. Most recently, Tom led the legal team’s efforts to win approval for CVS Health’s acquisition of Aetna, Inc. This historic deal is enabling CVS Health to transform health care in new and innovative ways – making it more simple, convenient and affordable for millions of people.  When not working, Tom takes care of his own health at his hideaway in the Adirondacks. With limited cell phone and WiFi, Tom plays golf with his sons, runs with his daughter and kayaks with his wife. At the end of the day, the family, and their beloved bulldog, love curling up to a cozy fire for which Tom, naturally, split the wood. He has been privileged to meet the last seven U.S. presidents and definitely has a few good stories…you’ll just need to pull them out of him. It’s worth it.



Karin Ann Payne – Bayer, VP, Quality, North America
When this wife and mother of two is not at the gym, playing soccer or traveling with her family, Karin leads Bayer’s Quality function for North America, ensuring Bayer remains committed to the highest standards of quality, which is paramount to the patients and customers it serves every day. Not one to stand on the sidelines, Karin is also co-executive sponsor of Bayer’s business resource group, GROW, dedicated to advocating for women’s advancement. The group works to fuel a competitive advantage through an accountable and inclusive culture championing growth and achievement of women globally. Karin joined Bayer in 2018 from Reckitt Benckiser where she was Head of Global Corporate Quality Compliance, responsible for managing the company’s Global Quality management System, Corporate Quality audits, and Global metrics and Computer System Validations teams. She also managed the Europe and North America Commercial Quality teams, responsible for managing in-market quality. Previously, Karin held roles in Quality Assurance and Compliance at Actavis and Pfizer, managing the unique challenges and opportunities of the consumer health and pharmaceutical industries. She holds an MBA in Financial Management (High Honors), a Certificate in International Finance from Iona University and a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University.

Gabrielle Wolfson – Quest Diagnostics, SVP, Chief Information & Digital Officer
Gabrielle leads technology, informatics and digital efforts for Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services based in Secaucus, NJ.  When she’s not building and protecting IT systems for Quest, Gabrielle loves to learn and connect dots in our ever-connected world.  She’s an avid technologist who loves to read about future trends and emerging technologies.  You may also see her with an occasional suspense or mystery novel in her hand, usually written by her favorites Douglas Preston or Lincoln Child. Prior to Quest, Gabrielle served as Chief Information Officer for Xerox Corp., Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Panasonic, Integra Life Sciences and Par Pharmaceutical. When she’s not working or reading, you can usually find Gabrielle bicycling, watching soccer (Viva Italia), and playing or watching tennis (big Novak Djokovic fan). A native of Romania, Gabrielle holds a Master’s in technology management from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in mathematics from Queens College in New York City.  She and her husband are proud parents of two daughters who are pursuing careers in law and medicine.