Chas Roades

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gist Healthcare

Chas Roades
Chas Roades

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Opening Keynote Session
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 • 3:00 PM–5:00 PM

Chas is one of the nation’s leading experts on health system strategy. An authority on healthcare transformation, he has served as a trusted advisor to health sector leaders for 20 years.

Chas frequently presents at policy, industry, and investor conferences, and is often cited by national media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Modern Healthcare, Health Affairs, and National Public Radio. Known for his ability to bring clarity and insight to complex topics, he is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, and has presented at hundreds of health system board meetings, executive retreats, and leadership conferences.

In the policy arena, Chas has frequently been called upon to speak and participate in panel discussions at institutions ranging from the Bipartisan Policy Center to the National Governor’s Association, and he has been asked to advise the White House, members of Congress, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on healthcare policy.

Previously, Chas served for over 15 years as Chief Research Officer of the Advisory Board Company, where he led the research enterprise and was the principal author of numerous studies on hospital and health system strategy and operations. His areas of expertise include system transformation, population health strategy, healthcare consumerism, and reimbursement policy. CEOs and senior executives at health systems across the country and around the world rely on Chas as a thought partner and strategic counselor.

Chas serves on numerous health system, nonprofit, and health policy boards and advisory councils, and has been an adjunct faculty member at Brown University. Involved in statewide healthcare reform for more than a decade, Chas is currently Board Chair of the Virginia Center for Health Innovation. Prior to his role at Advisory Board, Chas was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company, where he led engagements on strategy, organization and operations for Fortune 500 clients. A decorated veteran, Chas began his career as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force.

Chas earned his MBA from Stanford University. He also holds a master’s degree from Stanford, and a bachelor’s degrees in economics and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.