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Global Perspectives with Peter R. Orszag and Robert C. Robbins

A Speaker Series by the Globalization Institute at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

April 11, 2017 Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch

On April 11, Robert S. Kaplan, president and CEO of the Dallas Fed, will discuss issues related to health care costs, reform and the role that health care plays in the U.S. economy with Peter R. Orszag, vice chairman of investment banking and global co-head of health care for Lazard, and Dr. Robert C. Robbins, president and CEO of Texas Medical Center.


  • April 11, 2017
    5:30–7 p.m.


  • Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston Branch
    1801 Allen Parkway
    Houston, TX 77019
  • Directions and map


  • The event is by invitation only. However, if you are interested in attending, please contact Dawn Williamson at


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

5:30 p.m.

Registration and Reception

6:00 p.m.



Mark Wynne
Director, Globalization Institute
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

6:05 p.m.

Moderated Conversation


Robert S. Kaplan
President and CEO
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Peter R. Orszag
Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and Global Co-Head of Health Care

Robert C. Robbins
President and CEO
Texas Medical Center

6:30 p.m.

Audience Q&A

6:55 p.m.

Closing Remarks

About Peter R. Orszag

Orszag joined Lazard as vice chairman and managing director of investment banking in May 2016. He also serves as global co-head of health care.

Orszag was previously vice chairman of corporate and investment banking and chairman of the Financial Strategy and Solutions Group at Citigroup. He served as director of the Office of Management and Budget in President Barack Obama's cabinet in 2009–10 and as director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

Before leading the CBO, Orszag was director of The Hamilton Project and the Retirement Security Project at the Brookings Institution, where he was a senior fellow in economic studies. He also served in the Clinton administration on both the Council of Economic Advisers staff and the National Economic Council.

Orszag serves on the board of directors of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Mount Sinai Medical Center and the Peterson Institute for International Economics, among others. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Orszag earned a BA in economics from Princeton University and a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics.

About Robert C. Robbins

Robbins joined Texas Medical Center as president and CEO in 2012. An internationally recognized cardiac surgeon, he has focused his clinical efforts on acquired cardiac diseases with a special expertise in the surgical treatment of congestive heart failure.

Robbins previously served as professor and chairman of the department of cardiothoracic surgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine, founding director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, president of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, president of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association and president of the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate, among other roles.

Robbins serves on boards for a number of other organizations, including Texas Medical Center, the Houston Academy of Medicine’s Texas Medical Center Library, the Welch Foundation, Houston United Way and Health Connect. He was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Houston Branch board in 2015 and to a blue-ribbon panel to evaluate the Veterans Affairs health system in 2015. The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston honored him as the 2016 International Citizen of the Year at the Jesse H. Jones Award Gala.

Robbins is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and a former guest editor of the Circulation surgical supplement. 

Robbins earned a BS in chemistry from Millsaps College and his MD from the University of Mississippi and completed his general surgical training at the University of Mississippi, cardiothoracic training at Stanford, postdoctoral research at Columbia University and the National Institutes of Health, and congenital heart surgical fellowships at Emory University and Royal Children’s Hospital.