Officers and Trustees
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Grace-Marie Turner

Founder, President and Trustee, Galen Institute, Inc.

Grace-Marie Turner is president of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free-market ideas for health reform.

She has been instrumental in developing and promoting ideas for reform to transfer power over health care decisions to doctors and patients.  She speaks and writes extensively about incentives to promote a more competitive, patient-centered marketplace in the health sector.

  • She testifies regularly before Congress and advises senior government officials, governors, and state legislators on health policy.
  • She is a co-author of Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America, published by HarperCollins in 2011 and editor of Empowering Health Care Consumers through Tax Reform.
  • Grace-Marie served for a three-year term as a member of the National Advisory Council of Healthcare Research and Quality and served as a member of the Medicaid Commission, charged with making recommendations to modernize and improve Medicaid.

She has been published in hundreds of major newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and has appeared on ABC’s 20/20 and on hundreds of radio and television programs in the U.S. Grace-Marie speaks extensively in the U.S. and abroad, including at the London School of Economics, Oxford University, and the Gregorian University at the Vatican.

Grace-Marie is founder and facilitator of the Health Policy Consensus Group which serves as a forum for analysts from market-oriented think tanks around the country to analyze and develop policy recommendations.

She received the 2007 Outstanding Achievement Award for Promotion of Consumer Driven Health Care from Consumer Health World, and she serves on the board of the Association of Private Enterprise Education. In the mid-1990s, Grace-Marie served as executive director of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform. For 12 years, she was president of Arnett & Co., a health policy analysis and communications firm. Her early career was in politics and journalism, where she received numerous awards for her writings on politics and economics.


Sewell Hinton Dixon, M.D.

Trustee, Galen Institute, Inc.

President, The Dixon Group, Ltd

Sewell Hinton Dixon, M.D., one of the three founding board members of the Galen Institute, brings real-world medical experience to the health policy debate. He is widely recognized for his pioneering work as a cardiovascular surgeon and has brought his expertise and strong belief in free-markets and physician-patient autonomy to inform the health care debate.

Dr. Dixon is president of The Dixon Group, Ltd., a health care consulting firm he established in 1993 to pursue interests in health care consulting, development of innovative health services, and counseling in the nexus of medicine, business and law. The Dixon Group, based in Charleston, SC, USA is a multi-member consulting practice with current projects in the U.S. and the Caribbean and a history of broad-based experience including work in the UK and Europe.

For 20 years prior, he was in the private practice of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery in Greensboro, North Carolina. He was president of his practice corporation for 14 years growing it into one of the largest in North Carolina. Dr. Dixon was an original national investigator for peripheral laser angioplasty, and has authored more than 30 scientific articles. He received his B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) and M.D. (Alpha Omega Alpha) degrees from Emory University, and served as Chief Resident in Surgery at Duke University Medical Center and as a Senior Surgeon at The National Heart Institute, NIH.


John S. Hoff, Esq.

Secretary, Galen Institute

John Hoff, founding board member of the Galen Institute, has a unique background that combines both health care policy and legal expertise. He served as the Health Attaché of the United States Mission to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) from 2005-2009. While stationed in Paris, Mr. Hoff represented the U.S. Government on a broad range of issues of health and science policy on the international level, including intellectual property rights, health information technology, medical innovation, and comparative health systems data.

Prior to his work with UNESCO and the OECD, Mr. Hoff served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He was in charge of the Office of Disability, Aging, and Long Term Care Policy. He led the Office’s research on these issues, and also worked on additional policy initiatives such as reform of the medical malpractice litigation system, improvements in patient safety, and reform of the health care financing system.

Before joining the Government, Mr. Hoff practiced law for more than 30 years, specializing in health law and policy. He has published a number of articles and drafted legislation on health care issues, including the first bill introduced in Congress for market-based health care reform.

Mr. Hoff received his B.A. and LL.B. degrees from Harvard University. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and of the Supreme Court of the United States.


Thomas Campbell Jackson, MPH, CEBS

Treasurer, Galen Institute, Inc.

Independent Consultant

Thomas Campbell Jackson is an independent consultant whose background includes more than 20 years in health affairs. He has extensive experience in the design and administration of large group health benefits programs. In the late 1990s, Mr. Jackson served as Director of the City of New York’s Health Benefits Program, which provided coverage for over 1 million municipal employees, retirees, and dependents with a budget of over $1.5 billion.

Mr. Jackson’s experience also includes work in professional relations for New York’s largest nonprofit health insurance company, and in policy analysis and legislative affairs for the City of Boston’s Health Benefit and Insurance Division. His consulting firm, Zeitblom Analytics, has advised businesses, nonprofits, and charitable entities, on many aspects of health policy.

Mr. Jackson serves on the Board of Overseers of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and is a member of the Rockefeller University Council. He is founder of the Zeitblom Fund, which supports organizations promoting science, education, and human health.

Thomas C. Jackson graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University in 1983, and earned a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University in 1998.


Cleta Mitchell, Esq.

Vice Chairman, Galen Institute, Inc.

Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

Cleta Mitchell is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Foley & Lardner LLP as a member of the firm’s Public Affairs Practice Group. Ms. Mitchell has more than 30 years of experience in law, politics and public policy. She advises corporations, nonprofit organizations, candidates, campaigns, and individuals on state and federal election and campaign finance law, and compliance issues related to lobbying, ethics and financial disclosure. Ms. Mitchell practices before the Federal Election Commission and similar federal and state enforcement agencies.

Ms. Mitchell was a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1976-1984 where she chaired the House Appropriations and Budget Committee. She served on the executive committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Ms. Mitchell was in private law practice in Oklahoma City in litigation and administrative law until 1991 when she became director and general counsel of the Term Limits Legal Institute in Washington, D.C. She litigated cases in state and federal courts nationwide on congressional term limits. She served as co-counsel with former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell in the U.S. Supreme Court case on term limits for members of Congress.

Ms. Mitchell represents numerous Republican candidates, campaigns and members of Congress, including Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), among others. She is legal counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Ms. Mitchell served as co-counsel for the National Rifle Association in the Supreme Court case involving the 2002 federal campaign finance law.

Ms. Mitchell has testified before Congress several times and is a frequent speaker and guest commentator on election law and politics. In 1999, she authored The Rise of America’s Two National Pastimes: Baseball and the Law, published by the University of Michigan Law Review.

Ms. Mitchell received her B.A. (high honors, 1973) and J.D. (1975) from the University of Oklahoma. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, the State of Oklahoma, the Supreme Court of the United States and federal district and appellate courts.