Geisinger’s David Feinberg to debate the state of healthcare against Robert Pearl

David Feinberg
Geisinger President and CEO David T. Feinberg, M.D, will debate the current state of U.S. healthcare on Thursday.

Is the U.S. healthcare system terminally broken? That’s the question that four healthcare leaders will debate on Thursday at the Mayo Clinic’s Transform conference.

The event, featuring Geisinger President and CEO David T. Feinberg, M.D., and Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., will be streamed live from 4:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT from the conference at

RELATED: Geisinger's 'radical' approach to improve population health

Feinberg and Emanuel, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and vice provost for Global Initiatives and chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, will argue that with some resuscitation and healing, the U.S. healthcare system can recover. Robert Pearl, M.D., former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, and Shannon Brownless, senior vice president of the Lown Institute and a visiting scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will take the side that the current state of U.S. healthcare is DOA.

RELATED: Hospital stay lessons from Permanente CEO Robert Pearl

“We need to step back and take a few deep breaths before we lament the so-called healthcare apocalypse,” Feinberg said in an announcement about Thursday’s debate. “We the doctors, nurses, support staff, the communities we live in and the patients we serve can all fix the healthcare system from the inside. We and other likeminded health systems around the country have already committed to higher quality, lower costs and population health efforts aimed at keeping our patients healthy and out of our hospitals.”

The debate will also air afterward as part of the syndicated public radio show and podcast "Intelligence Squared U.S."