Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the US secretary of Health and Human Services, has a big job.
Right now, for example, that involves being named in a lawsuit over the future of health care reform before the US Supreme Court.
But Burwell can escape the anti-Obamacare vibes for a bit on her upcoming visit to health reform-friendly Massachusetts.
She is among an elite group of health and science leaders who will speak next month at the World Medical Innovation Forum, a new event sponsored by Partners HealthCare.
Partners, the system that includes Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s hospitals, developed a program featuring a list of headliners who are at the forefront of research and innovation. The list of speakers includes high-profile local chief executives: Jeffrey Leiden of Boston’s Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Michael Mahoney of Marlborough-based Boston Scientific, Deborah Dunsire of Watertown-based Forum Pharmaceuticals, and from Cambridge, David Meeker of Genzyme, and George Scangos of Biogen Idec.
Also on the schedule is Ann Romney, who is the wife of the former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate, and an ambassador for multiple sclerosis patients.
Brigham last year named its Center for Neurologic Diseases for Romney, who was diagnosed with MS in 1998.
The innovation forum, slated for April 27 to 29 at the Westin Copley Place hotel, will be centered on neuroscience.
Of course, being sponsored by the state’s biggest health system, the event will include plenty of speakers with Partners on their name tags.