Wall Street’s View on Prospects for the Healthcare Industry

Speaker Bios

Sam Hazen
Chief Executive Officer
HCA Healthcare

Sam Hazen is chief executive officer of HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services with 182 hospitals and approximately 2,300 ambulatory sites of care, including surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers and physician clinics, in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, HCA Healthcare and its 275,000 employees provide approximately six percent of all U.S. inpatient hospital services.

A 40-year veteran of HCA Healthcare, Hazen was appointed CEO January 1, 2019 after serving as president and chief operating officer since 2016. Hazen has served in various senior positions for HCA Healthcare including president of operations from 2011-2015. Hazen has also served as president of HCA Healthcare’s Western Group, which included all operations west of the Mississippi River and represented approximately one-half of the company’s revenue.

Prior to 2001, Hazen was chief financial officer for the Western Group. Prior to 1995, he was chief financial officer for two different divisions in the company, overseeing operations in North Texas and various other markets. Hazen began his career in Humana’s Financial Management Specialist Program in 1983 and has held chief financial officer position at hospitals in Georgia and Las Vegas.

Hazen currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Health Care Council, Federation of American Hospitals, and the HCA Healthcare Foundation.

Hazen earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Kentucky and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Whit Mayo, Senior Managing Director, Healthcare Providers & Managed Care, Leerink Partners
Whit Mayo
Senior Managing Director, Healthcare Providers & Managed Care
Leerink Partners

Whit Mayo is a Senior Managing Director and Senior Research Analyst covering Healthcare Providers & Managed Care at Leerink Partners. He leads Leerink Partners’ research across payors, providers, and health systems and provides strategic guidance and insight for our clients and partners.

Whit joined the firm in 2021 from UBS, where he most recently served as Managing Director. Prior to that, Whit covered the sector at Baird and Stephens, Inc.

In 2020 he was ranked in Institutional Investor’s All-America Research Team within the Health Care Facilities & Managed Care category.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Sewanee, The University of the South.

Brian Tanquilut
Healthcare Services Equity Research Analyst
Jefferies LLC

Brian Tanquilut is a Senior Equity Analyst at Jefferies covering the Healthcare Services sector. His areas of focus include hospitals, drug distributors and retail pharmacies, value-based care, post-acute care including home health and inpatient rehabilitation, behavioral health, healthcare staffing, consumer health including physical therapy, optometry, and dental clinics, diagnostic laboratories and imaging, outpatient surgery centers, durable medical equipment distribution, and specialty pharmacy/infusion. Brian has been with Jefferies for more than 20 years and has been named a ranked analyst for his coverage of the Healthcare Services space by Institutional Investor Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Tanquilut has an MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and a BA in Economics from Ateneo de Manila University.

Gary Taylor
Managing Director, Health Care – Facilities & Managed Care
TD Cowen

Gary Taylor is a Senior Equity Research Analyst and Managing Director covering the Healthcare Facilities & Managed Care sector. His sector coverage includes publicly-traded health insurers, hospital, post-acute, outpatient and value-based-care providers.  Mr. Taylor joined TD Cowen in 2021 following twenty-two years as a bulge-bracket analyst at JP Morgan, Citigroup and Bank of America. In addition, he previously worked in the healthcare services sector as an investment banker and a hospital reimbursement consultant. Mr. Taylor has been ranked as one of the top analysts in his sector twenty times by Institutional Investor magazine. He earned a BHS, MBA and MHA, all from the University of Missouri.

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