Harold Simon, MD, MBA
Associate Director, Division of Emergency Medicine
Board certified in Am Bd Pediatrics (emergency Med), Graduated with an MBA from Emory University Goizueta Business School, Graduated with a MD from University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Interned and completed residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and completed a Fellowship at Rhode Island Hospital.
Alexander Quarshie, MD, MS
Research Associate Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine
Dr. Quarshie is a Research Associate Professor at the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). He is a trained medical doctor, scientist, medical statistician and biomedical informatician, and currently serves as the Director and Principal Investigator of the T32 Interdisciplinary Sleep/Cardiovascular disorders research training program at MSM. He is also Co-Director of the MSM Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) program, and Co-Director of the Research Education Training and Career Development (RETCD) program. These programs provide mentored clinical and translational research training to junior faculty as well as pre- and post- doctoral students. Through these programs, Dr. Quarshie has mentored several scholars that are pursuing clinical and translational research careers. His research focuses on diseases that disproportionately affect minority populations such as hypertension, stroke and diabetes as well as clinical and translational research training and career development of clinicians, postdoctoral and pre-doctoral students.
Karan Uppal, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dr. Uppal’s primary research focus is computational metabolomics, integrative omics, biomarker discovery, and application of machine learning and natural language processing techniques to improve clinical decision-making. She has developed several tools and algorithms for pattern recognition in biomedical text and high-throughput biomedical data.
Alan Kaplan, MD
Diplomate, American Board of Anesthesiology
Anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesiology, Northside Hospital
Member, Northside Anesthesiology Consultants, LLC., Atlanta, Georgia.
Board of Directors, Medical College of Georgia Alumni Association
Barbara Brown, SHRM-CP
Human Resources Manager
Human Resources and Recruitment professional with over 17 years of progressive executive level experience. Proven strategic Human Resources Partner to the executive leadership team and their directors and managers to ensure the organization is competitively positioned for growth and attracting the very best talented professionals. Led all HR programs including but not limited to recruiting strategies, employee relations, compensation, performance management, new hire on-boarding, payroll, benefits and compliance.
Sr VP of Customer Operations/Co-Founder
Mr. Flynn focuses on optimizing all areas within the department in order to meet future demands and to distinguish the SPD as a model for other hospitals to emulate. Some of his improvements included restructuring the distribution/sterile storage department for a more efficient workflow, replacing antiquated equipment to meet current standards/demand, implementing a career ladder with a focus on retention/recruitment, consolidating High Level Disinfectant (HLD) within SPD and thereby minimizing patient/compliance risk to the hospital, and updating all policy and procedures to meet current AAMI, AORN, and CDC standards.
Paul Han, MD, MA, MPH
Director, Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE)
Dr. Han is the Director of Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE), a behavioral and health services researcher, and a board-certified general internist and palliative care physician. His research program focuses on understanding and improving the communication and management of uncertainty in health care, and his work bridges the disciplines of health services and behavioral research. His specific research projects focus on risk communication, shared decision making, and predictive modeling, and examine various clinical problems in cancer care, genomic medicine, and palliative and end-of-life care. His clinical activity is in palliative medicine, and he is an attending physician at the Hospice of Southern Maine. He currently serves as the Principal Investigator of the Maine LungCAPS Initiative, a statewide lung cancer prevention and screening program primarily funded by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and the Maine Cancer Foundation.
Jordan Peck, SM, PhD
Sr. Director – Center for Performance Improvement
As the Senior Director of the Center for Performance Improvement (CPI), Dr. Peck manages a team of highly skilled internal consultants, project managers, quality and process improvement experts. CPI performs engagements across MaineHealth and Maine Medical Center. CPI is also responsible for the roll out of the MaineHealth “Operational Excellence,” a culture of improvement based management system.
James Patsis, DDS, MBA, AB
Principal, Systems Engineer Healthcare
Dr. Patsis focus has been on resource optimization to realize enterprise productivity, performance and proficiency. Within his professional clinical, management and Lean Six Sigma degrees and experience, Dr. Patsis has improved organizational results and delivered patient outcomes in large, diverse non-profit healthcare organizations. His fundamental belief is in the strength of quality in healthcare delivery. I have broad-based knowledge and professional experience in quality methods and system engineering needed to evaluate and increase performance and productivity in the healthcare setting. As an experienced healthcare practitioner and management leader, he has applied the concepts of Lean Six Sigma (LSS), Healthcare Systems Engineering (HSE), and Enterprise Resource Optimization (ERO) to health centers. This data-driven, process integrated and system thinking approach support system of health delivery enterprises to become lean, transparent, and optimized.
Hans-Aloys Wischmann, PhD
Head of Philips Research North America
Born in Germany, Dr. Wishchmann enjoyed a few years as a child in New York, studied physics in Cologne and Lyon, and joined Philips almost 25 years ago, immediately after receiving his PhD. He has held a variety of positions within research, the healthcare business, and the CTO office, including a few years of overseeing the Research lab in Suresnes, France. As the Head of Philips Research North America, together with his team, moved their lab in 2015 from Briarcliff Manor, NY, to Cambridge, MA and are now looking forward to building collaborations and partnerships in this fascinating and vibrant health-tech ecosystem.
Balmatee Bidassie, PhD, MS, MA
Associate Director. Clinical Partnership in Healthcare Transformation
Recognized as an innovative leader who takes conceptual ideas and aligns resource to achieve business results in a timely manner. Strong analytical and people management skills in managing large complex manufacturing, engineering, information technology and healthcare projects.
Marissa Vallette, PhD, MS
Deputy Associate Director
Dr. Vallette has worked for Fortune 500 companies, including Caterpillar and United Parcel Service (UPS), and worked in both inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings. While serving as an industrial engineer in a wide range of industries, she developed experience in human factors, Lean manufacturing, project management, logistics, data analytics, and healthcare consulting.
Robert Zapotocky, MBA
Application Sales Manager, Unified Communications, Cloud Collaboration and Public Health
Mr. Bob Zapotocky Manages IP Application Strategy with AT&T’s Government, Education and Health Care Solutions organization. Bob is responsible for AT&T’s Unified Communications, Cloud Collaboration and Public Health Strategy and Technical Support for our State and Local Government, and Education customers in states east of the Mississippi River. In his years supporting AT&T’s Government, Education clients, Mr. Zapotocky has shared industry trends, critical analysis and strategic insights in presentations for a number of organizations including the International Telecommunications Professional Exchange (IPTX), Tennessee Educational Technology Association (TETA), Ohio Higher Education Computing Council (OHECC) and The University System of GA Board of Regents.
Director, Partner and Performance Management, Enterprise Informatics
Mr. Gigliotti is the Director of Provider Facing Analytics in the Health Plan Informatics Organization at Highmark Inc., and is responsible for the development and deployment of the analytic infrastructure necessary to support various provider pay for value and quality incentive strategies. Throughout his 29 years in the health care industry, Mr. Gigliotti has experience in Provider Network Development, Care Management, Operations, Strategic Planning, Project Oversight, and Informatics.
Thomas Tracy, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Tracy Jr. began serving as chief medical officer of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Medical Group since August 2016. He wasappointed the first surgeon-in-chief at Lifespan’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital in 1997. He also served as vice chair of the Department of Surgery at the Alpert Medical School from 2003 until coming to Hershey. For 19 consecutive years, Tracy received National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration research funding to conduct pediatric liver research. He served as chairman of the American College of Surgeons Advisory Council of Chairs from 2011 to 2013 and chairman of its Council for Pediatric Surgery from 2008 to 2013. He is currently a member of the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education surgical residency review committee and a senior director with the American Board of Surgery.
Larry Baronner, MA, M.Ed
Rural Health Systems Manager and Deputy Director
Larry Baronner has coordinated the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex) and Small Rural Hospital Improvement (SHIP) Program in Pennsylvania and has been instrumental in developing and implementing the core components of the Pennsylvania Flex program. Under Mr. Baronner’s leadership the Pennsylvania Critical Access Hospital Consortium has adopted a Performance Management System using a Balanced Scorecard framework. Through projects with Penn State’s College of Engineering and Penn State Continuing Education, Critical Access Hospitals in Pennsylvania have introduced to Lean concepts. Rural Emergency Medical Services (EMS) protocol development, rural trauma systems development, workforce assessments, and a rural health care manager’s academy also been initiated under Mr. Baronner’s guidance.
Vice President and General Manager
Tom Miller, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Director of Analytics and Research Services
Dr. Miller joined American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) as the Director of Health Policy Research in August 2012. Previously, he was the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Centennial Endowed Chair in Regional Health Services in the Department of Family Medicine at Scott & White Healthcare and the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine. In 2007, he received his Ph.D. in Health Services and Policy from the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Miller served as vice president in a national health care management consulting firm with more than 25 years of industry experience.
Nick Halzack, MPH
Senior Health Policy Analyst
Mr. Halzack is involved in policy and data analysis for the purpose of advocacy efforts and membership education at the American Society of Anesthesiologists in their Office of Government and Legal Affairs in Washington, DC. He is interested in the field of children’s health, in part due to his experience working in a pediatric office where he shadowed clinical doctors. He believes this gives him an unique perspective on how health policy is practiced locally and in real time.
Robert Bernstein, MD, MPH
VP of Clinical Affairs
Dr. Robert Bernstein, a longtime family practice physician, is a pioneer in creating, and advancing standards for delivering quality virtual care. He created Carena’s Virtual Guidelines and oversees the company’s Quality Assurance Program. As a physician, Dr. Berstein worked in a variety of clinical settings, including hospital-owned primary care and urgent care clinics, community health centers, and his own preventive medicine consulting practice.
Charles Foulks, MD
Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development and Associate Chief of Staff for Education
Dr. Charles Foulks is currently responsible for research (clinical and basic science) and all educational programs (including medical students (Texas A&M; Dell Medical School at UT-Austin), medical residents (BaylorScott&White Healthcare; Texas A&M; Dell Medical School at UT-Austin), and nursing students as well as students/interns, in social work, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, occupational therapy, and other medical professional areas. Before working at the VA, Dr. Foulks was the medical director of Scott and White Health Care System and expert in clinic efficiency, clinic redesign, and patient satisfaction program development.
Joe Flores, CPA
Starr Flores, MBA
VP, Compensation, Benefits and HR Technology
Vice President, Communications and Health Promotions
Ms. Rogers is a motivated executive with experience in campaign development, change management, public relations, advertising and communications. She is the winner of multiple Addy and other industry awards and has established reputation as a change agent with consistent results, with a knack for building a high performance team focused on strong innovation. She is passionate and inspirational leader, and community champion for the arts, state-wide education reform, childhood literacy and health and wellness.
Upali Nanda PhD, Assoc. AIA, EDAC
Associate Principle, Director of Research
Dr. Nanda has uniquely intertwined her life into a world filled with both arts and sciences. Her research, ranging from visual art and neuroesthetics to safety, efficiency and hard ROI studies, has resulted in more than 50 publications, and nearly one hundred presentations (including peer-reviewed conferences, invited talks and in-person and web-based CEUs. Dr. Nanda regularly presents her research findings at healthcare and design conferences and publishes in architectural and medical peer-reviewed journals across the globe.
Phil Robinson, MHA, FACHE
President, Lankenau Medical Center
Mr. Phillip D. Robinson, FACHE, became president of Lankenau Medical Center on March 31, 2011, after serving as interim president for the hospital for the prior eight months. Mr. Robinson has more than 30 years of health care experience and a career highlighted by successive executive leadership roles in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Most recently, Robinson served as a managing director with the consulting firm Hunter Partners, working with major health care organizations throughout the country to enhance their operations. His prior executive positions with large hospital systems include serving as CEO of St. Joseph Medical Center, a 792-bed acute care teaching hospital in Houston, Texas, as well as CEO of two HCA health care hospitals in Texas and in Florida, including the HCA’s flagship, JFK Medical Center in Palm Beach County Florida. Additionally, he served as the hospital director of the Ocshner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans and held numerous executive roles at the Methodist Hospital System in Houston, where he began his career.
QI Data Analyst
Norma Padron, PhD, MPH, MA
Associate Director, Main Line Health Center for Population Health Research
Dr. Padron is currently the Associate Director at the Main Line Health Center for Population Health Research at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, and Assistant Professor at Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health. Her current research agenda aims to identify methodological strategies in which the use of large (open) datasets can improve the design, implementation and evaluation of population health strategies for health systems. Dr. Padron’s goal is to bring together methodologies generally used in economics, data science, public health research and systems design to reduce health disparities and improve the effectiveness of health delivery models.
Paul Ogden, MD, FACHE
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
Vice Dean for B/CS Campus
Interim Dept. Head for Clinical & Translational Medicine (CTM)
Dr. Ogden is a board-certified general internist. He served in several academic roles at Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple, Texas, including director of graduate medical education and vice chair for academic affairs within the Texas A&M College of Medicine’s internal medicine department. In 2010, he was appointed vice dean for academic affairs at the medical school, before being appointed interim dean three years later.
Executive Vice President
James Hury, MBA
Director of Finance
James Hury is the Director of Finance in the Business Development and Planning Department at Texas Children’s Hospital. Mr. Hury heads the Commercialization efforts at Texas Children’s Hospital and vets business plans for potential top line growth.
Chris Brainard, MSHA, FACHE
Sr. Director Patient Experience and Engagement
As a healthcare leader Mr. Brainard is interested in helping organizations build systems, grow leaders, and develop strategies to improve culture. He believes if these things are done effectively, you can improve outcomes and reduce cost.
President and CEO
Mr. Underwood is President and Chief Executive Officer of Lakeshore Foundation; a Birmingham, Alabama based non-profit organization providing people with physical disability programs in fitness, recreation and sport. Underwood has been in this position since July, 1991. During his tenure, Lakeshore Foundation has won numerous awards for its services, including the inaugural “Amazing Partner Award” from the United States Olympic Committee, the first non-profit “Live the Dream Award” from the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, and the “Friends of Children Award” from Children’s Hospital of Alabama.
Kendra Metcalf, MS
Quality Improvement Resource Analyst
Ms. Metcalf is a trained nurse with experience in the areas of quality patient assessments, compliance reporting, peer/subordinate evaluations, quality management, protocol development, process improvements, and regulatory compliance.
President and CEO
Mr. Cochran has more than 15 years of hospital experience, along with the clinical expertise of being a registered nurse. He most recently held the position of president and CEO at River Valley Health Partners in East Liverpool, Ohio. Before that, he served as CEO of Cibola General Hospital in Grants, N.M. Cochran is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and Board Certified in health care management.
Vice President of Strategic Network Partnerships