The Hon. Tevi Troy


Serving at the highest levels of government for more than a decade, Dr. Tevi Troy is renowned for his skill as an astute advisor on today's most critical and complex issues.  From 2007 to 2009, he was the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - the second in command and chief operating officer of the largest civilian department in the federal government, with a $716 billion annual budget and 67,000 employees.  While there, Dr. Troy oversaw all operations, including Medicare, Medicaid, public health, medical research, food and drug safety, welfare, child and family services, disease prevention, and mental health services.

Prior to joining Health and Human Services, Dr. Troy held various senior positions in Congress, executive agencies, and the White House, including as Deputy Assistant to the President for domestic policy.  He is author of the book Intellectuals and the American Presidency: Philosophers, Jesters, or Technicians , a Senior Fellow at both the Hudson Institute and at the Potomac Institute as well as a sought-after writer and consultant on health care and domestic policy.  Additionally, he is host of the popular podcast "New Books in Public Policy." An energetic and engaging speaker, Dr. Troy specializes in bringing humor, clarity, and historical perspective to difficult and intricate issues.

ABOUT The Honorable Tevi Troy, Ph.D.   (+/-)

Dedicated to the Health and Safety of All Americans

In August 2007, Dr. Tevi Troy was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  In addition to his operational responsibilities, he served as the Regulatory Policy Officer for HHS, overseeing the development and approval of all HHS regulations and significant guidance.  In addition, Dr. Troy led a number of initiatives at HHS, including implementing the President's Management Agenda, combating bio-terrorism, and public health emergency preparedness.  He also sponsored a series of key conferences on improving HHS' role with respect to innovation in the pharmaceutical, biomedical, and medical device industries.

Strategic and Skilled Statesman

Dr. Troy has extensive White House experience, having served in multiple high-level positions over a five-year period, culminating in his service as Deputy Assistant and Acting Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, where he ran the Domestic Policy Council and was the White House's lead adviser on health care, labor, education, transportation, immigration, crime, veterans and welfare.  At the White House, Dr. Troy specialized in crisis management, creating intra-governmental consensus, and all aspects of policy development, including strategy, outreach and coalition building.  Dr. Troy spearheaded the White House's American Competitiveness Initiative, featured in the 2007 State of the Union Address.



The Health Care Conundrum: Can We Affect and Afford Real Reform?

What are the real prospects for health care reform?  What opportunities will the attendant battles present?  Understanding these questions and coming up with answers requires a combination of a strong understanding of the history of health care policy and senior level experience at both the legislative and executive levels.  Audiences will learn what role government plays in our health care system, and how top-level government officials make important decisions that affect all of our lives.

Medical Innovation in the World of Health Regulation

The Federal government makes or breaks all new health care technologies.  Whether your product is a drug, device, diagnostic, or countermeasure, the federal government will have a role in the development, approval, reimbursement, and or procurement of the product.  Audiences will learn about the various ways the federal government views different technologies, and some suggested strategies for getting the federal government to view their products more favorably.

From Cicero to Snooki: How Our Culture Shapes Our Presidents and Us

American presidents are in many ways the product of their cultural influences. As media technologies have shifted over time, we have gone from a society where the main forms of entertainment were books and live theater to an era with a nearly infinite array of entertainment options. While the Founders were immersed in books and great ideas, Dwight Eisenhower loved I Love Lucy, and Barack Obama tweets and podcasts. This technological and cultural shift has exacerbated the classic tension between the president as an enlightened leader ruling over an educated populace -- the vision of the founders -- and the democratic need to have our leaders represent the common man and his interests.

The Evolution of Government Policy: From the White House to Your House

As Theodore Roosevelt observed, the White House is a "bully pulpit," and very little happens in Washington without the White House weighing in on a subject.  While Congress and the Executive Agencies may set the policies, the White House sets the tone for the discussions in which these decisions are made.  Understanding -- and influencing -- this dynamic is crucial to getting the right results.  Audiences will learn about how ideas flow into and out of the White House, and how decisions get made there on a daily basis.

Jewish Influence and Impact on Contemporary Politics

Jewish Americans have more interest groups per capita than any other ethnicity in America.  So many Jewish groups inundated the Eisenhower White House that John Foster Dulles, Eisenhower's Secretary of State, asked that the Jewish groups create a single umbrella organization representing all of them.  While the Jewish groups complied, the effect of this was to create yet one more representative of the America Jewish community.  Audiences will learn why Jewish Americans have such an outsized influence in both political parties, and why it matters from a policy perspective.