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Clinical interests include celiac disease, malabsorption syndromes, gender-related biases in medicine, and issues related to work-life balance, given she is in a dual-physician marriage with 3 school-aged children. Biggerstaff, MD Michael L. D also at Widener in Undergraduate studies were at University of Michigan. Upon completing the fellowship, the fellow will be prepared to assume the role of a sub-specialty consultant in academic or private practice. Notable alumni and other affiliated people include over 30 Nobel Laureates, one of whom was also a U.

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Lee is married and enjoys experiencing all the cultural aspects of DC: Her family is a short drive away in Delaware. She moved to the DC area to attend medical school at Georgetown University.

McAndrews is married to George, a fellow Hoya. McAndrews has become an enthusiastic Hokie fan, even though her alma mater competes against them in the ACC. When she is not working or traveling, Dr. McAndrews loves to work in her garden, and to entertain her extended Italian family. Morris is a board certified pediatric physician who joined the Vienna Pediatrics office of Capital Area Pediatrics in Morris completed his pediatric residency at the University of Virginia in and received his medical degree from New York University in His undergraduate degree was earned in from Washington University in St.

He was honored to be recognized as one of Northern Virginia magazine as Best Doctors in During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family. Sawyer is board certified in pediatrics and joined the Vienna Pediatrics office of Capital Area Pediatrics in Sawyer completed her pediatric residency at Georgetown University Hospital in and received her medical degree from the University of Virginia in Her undergraduate studies were completed at The College of William and Mary in She enjoys reading, especially Harry Potter!

Sawyer and her husband have three children whose birth dates are all 5 years apart. Leina Wahba is a board certified pediatrician. She began practicing with the Vienna office of Capital Area Pediatrics in Before coming to CAP, Dr. Wahba spent six years establishing and operating a successful, private pediatric practice in Fairfax, Va. She earned her medical degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, in and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of London in Wahba's professional interests include public health and preventive medicine.

She has been recognized as one of "America 's Most Compassionate Doctors" for Believing that healthy, happy children lead to a healthier and stronger community, Dr.

Wahba is a devoted youth counselor for non-profit organizations and has been a Boy Scouts of America assistant cub master and den leader for several years. She is married to Ahmed Hegab, M. She enjoys outdoor adventures and travel. Watts is board certified in pediatrics and has been practicing at the Vienna Pediatrics office of Capital Area Pediatrics since Prior to that, she graduated from the Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, in Her undergraduate studies were completed in at Asbury College.

Her special professional interests include the emotional needs and development of children and adolescents. Watts lives in the Chantilly area, where her husband teaches art in the Fairfax County Public Schools. She has two sons and a daughter, and enjoys music and being outdoors with her family. Karen originally joined Capital Area Pediatrics in and has recently rejoined us at the Vienna Office. Karen is a Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. She joined Capital Area Pediatrics in the fall of She also lived in Bombay, India for 10 years where she completed some of her studies.

Her special interests include dermatology and childhood obesity. She is fluent in her native language Hindi and is learning to speak Spanish. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia and enjoys travels mostly to Canada, India and other parts of the world. Hanita Oh-Tan is board certified in pediatrics and has been practicing at the Falls Church office of Capital Area Pediatrics since Her undergraduate studies at Brown University were completed in also with Honors.

Her special interests include child development and safety. Oh-Tan lives with her husband and young children in Fairfax. They love travelling, movies and spending time with family, both locally and in Detroit and Boston.

Amy Pierce is board certified in pediatrics and has been practicing at the Falls Church office of Capital Area Pediatrics since Her pediatric residency was completed at CNMC in Areas of interest for Dr. Pierce include asthma, treatment of minor injuries, and child development. Originally from New York, Dr. Pierce lives in Herndon with her husband and three children. In addition to keeping up with her twin son and daughter and their older brother, she enjoys cooking, photography and spending time outdoors.

Allison Siegel is board eligible in pediatrics and joined the Falls Church office of Capital Area Pediatrics in the summer of Siegel completed her pediatric residency at the University of Maryland. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Her areas of special interest include child development and behavior. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and learning to cook.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 young children. Some of her hobbies include tennis, reading, biking, and travel. She spent some time during college studying Spanish in Spain and enjoys opportunities to keep practicing.

Phyllis Waxman graduated from University of Maryland in Waxman completed her pediatric residency at Children's National Medical Center in She is board certified in pediatrics. Waxman joined Capital Area Pediatrics, Inc. Special areas of interest for Penny include pediatric dermatology, treatment of minor injuries and promoting healthy lifestyles for all children. In between her undergraduate and graduate studies, she and her family spent four years as ex-pats in Geneva, Switzerland.

Penny and her husband have four children, and live in Oakton, Virginia where they enjoy spending time outdoors and playing with their dog Scout. Her background includes ten years of general pediatric practice with special interests in the behavioral challenges of young children. Her work focuses on supporting families and promoting healthy parenting styles that allow for optimal outcomes for children both at risk and typically developing. She has specialized in feeding problems and the management of Autistic Spectrum Disorders in young children.

Panitz works to create a new model of pediatric practice within Capital Area Pediatrics, working alongside the general pediatricians to promote the early identification and management of developmental and behavioral issues. Furthermore, she provides support to families as they navigate the challenges and treatment paths appropriate for their children. She is available for consultation on behavioral interventions, on developmental concerns, as well as on the management of children along the Autistic Spectrum.

She is familiar with the resources available in the community and works closely with professionals in the mental health and educational fields to provide coordination of care for these families.

Arichandran practiced in Hollywood, Florida, and Chicago, Illinois. She also enjoys working with babies, especially appreciating how wonderful it is to provide medical care for them as they grow into toddlers, children and then adolescents. Arichandran enjoys spending time at outdoor musicals and family friendly events.

Eng Tow completed her pediatric residency at Georgetown University with an additional year of residency as Chief Resident at Arlington Hospital. Ferrer is a board certified pediatric physician. She hopes to translate fundamental and multi-faceted information about SIBO and the microbiome into practical applications to improve patient care.

She serves as the Co-Director of the G. This center is an interdisciplinary research and education organization, dedicated to the study of brain-body interactions in health and disease. Specifically, her research is focused on the pathophysiology of IBS related to stress, early life adversity, sex differences, and genetic and epigenetic factors, and gut microbiome and the treatment of IBS.

She has authored more than original research articles, 50 review articles, and 20 book chapters on her specialty interests. As an educator for over 25 years, she has played an active role as advisor and mentor to trainees and junior colleagues on faculty and in practice.

Reezwana Chowdhury, MD Dr. She completed her medical school training at NYU School of Medicine where she herself was inspired to be a Gastroenterologist by her mentor, Dr. She has published journal articles, poster abstracts and book chapters. She will be joining a private practice group outside of Baltimore, MD to live with her husband.

Her interests are in General GI including celiac disease and Liver diseases. He completed his undergraduate education at Cornell University and attended medical school in his home state at the University of Maryland.

He moved to Chicago to complete residency and fellowship training at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago respectively. At the University of Chicago, Dr. Cohen completed a 4 year research fellowship, investigating Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor signaling in colon cancer under the mentorship of Dr.

One of the most difficult decisions of his career was the decision to leave behind a career in basic research for a career as a clinician educator. He has been actively involved with educating medical students and GI fellows, and has received a number of teaching awards.

Cohen is married and has 3 children. My fellowship training was at the University of Florida, Gainesville where my interests were in inflammatory bowel diseases and small bowel endoscopy. I am currently the PI on several IBD clinical trials as well as a few clinical investigator-initiated research studies. I was an active member on that committee for 4 years when I was nominated to become the committee Chair. Mohit Girotra, MD Dr. His clinical and research interests include therapeutic pancreatico-biliary endoscopy ERCP, EUS , advanced luminal endoscopy RFA, Stenting , emerging technologies, endoscopic innovation, fecal microbiota transplantation and general endoscopy.

He considers himself fortunate for receiving several opportunities to work with wonderful investigators and mentors, which have helped him shape his career, and he strives to extend the same quality of mentorship to coming generations of gastroenterologists through this program.

His interests in endoscopy include new technology, reprocessing and infection control in endoscopy, training, quality in endoscopy, sedation, patient preparation, GERD, colon cancer screening and prevention, and capsule endoscopy. He received his internal medicine training at St. Sinai Hospital in New York City. His interests include clinical research and clinical care of the patients in general gastroenterology, including gastrointestinal bleeding disorders, esophageal disease, advances in endoscopic procedures, and preventative medicine.

He is actively involved with academic teaching of gastroenterology fellows, medical residents, and students on the hospital wards while maintaining a busy clinical practice. He is an ad-hoc reviewer for various gastroenterology journals and a contributing author to a number of peer-reviewed publications in the medical literature. She did her internal medicine residency at Washington University in Saint Louis and her fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine.

Her clinical interests include motility disorders and esophageal disease. She is on the clinical educator track. She is in academic medicine because of her commitment to teaching, research, and collaborative care as well as the work life balance it offers. She is part of a dual physician marriage and is balancing the joys of work with children.

I was at the University of Chicago from my Residency in Medicine until the end of I completed a GI Fellowship in and rose through the academic ranks to become Professor of Medicine and subsequently was awarded the Joseph B. My clinical research has been related to epidemiology and therapeutics for IBD. I am a busy, practicing clinician and clinical trialist. My greatest pleasure is in mentoring and the development of future leaders in our field.

She is a current member of the Gastroenterology Fellowship committee and serves as the Department Education coordinator for Gastroenterology supervising visiting GI fellows and medical students. She has actively been involved in mentoring medical students, residents and fellows over the years. Her special clinical and research interests are in IBS, chronic constipation and pelvic floor disorders as well as celiac disease.

She has also written and lectured extensively on these topics. I have always enjoyed teaching and was fortunate to have had many opportunities throughout the course of my various stages of training to pursue this passion.

I currently serve on the voluntary clinical faculty at the Yale University School of Medicine, where I regularly participate in teaching gastroenterology fellows by supervising both luminal disease and hepatology clinics, as well as perform daily rounds with residents and fellows, and help to guide the development of endoscopic skills by supervising endoscopic procedures.

I have been fortunate to find a unique hybrid of clinical practice, as I am both a private practitioner as well as a clinician educator for the Division of Digestive Diseases. I have several research interests including small bowel diseases and capsule endoscopy, as well as complementary and alternative therapies in gastrointestinal and hepatic disease and diseases of the small bowel. Stemming from this interest, I am also a certified clinical hypnotherapist, as this modality has proven very useful in the treatment of functional abdominal pain and irritable bowel syndrome.

I have worked with the fellowship program in several capacities including program director for 12 years and am currently associate program director. I have extensive clinical trial experience and activity in the area of inflammatory bowel disease. I am married to a non-physician who has been very supportive of my career choices and have two grown children that were born at the end of fellowship and during early junior faculty years.

She was a research assistant to Dr. Stephen Hanauer helping with clinical drug trials and epidemiologic studies, which was what got her interested in IBD. She was on faculty there for 8 years then moved to Mayo Clinic. She is currently a Professor of Medicine and has always practiced in an academic setting with fellows, residents and students rotating with her in clinic and on wards. She also serves in editorial positions for several journals.

Her areas of research interest include gender issues and medication compliance. The thought of private practice had always appealed to me and I began practice in a multi-specialty group in the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains in Hickory, North Carolina.

Three years into practice the other gastroenterologists who joined me separated from the multi-specialty group and formed our own independent practice in gastroenterology here in Hickory. The practice has thrived as we have worked through the many decision points involved in business management including contract negotiations with insurance companies, office management and the always difficult decision of when to add a new associate. We eventually added an endoscopy ASC to our unit which is entirely owned by us as well.

We currently are a practice of 8 physicians. With our sons moving on toward college and careers of their own, I have finally allowed more time to devote to my involvement in the ACG. This has included being elected North Carolina Governor. I have also been very involved with the political aspect of medicine, especially at the state and federal level and am serving on several committees by request of the North Carolina Medical Society.

Levitt completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania major: Levitt developed an interest in therapeutic endoscopy, IBD, and liver disease. Wishing to pursue a career as a clinical gastroenterologist, he joined a single specialty GI practice in San Jose, CA after fellowship, where he is delighted to practice in a stimulating and collegial environment, while providing first-rate patient-centered care.

Levitt also participates in original clinical research, and has contributed multiple abstracts and published articles in peer-reviewed journals. Raj Majithia completed his medical school and internal medicine residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He completed his gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship at Georgetown University and Washington Hospital Center. Majithia joined the University of North Carolina — Johnston Health Care as a clinical gastroenterologist focusing on biliary and therapeutic endoscopy.

During his training, Dr. Majithia was elected to serve on the American College of Gastroenterology training committee which is responsible for responsible for coordinating activities, programs and outreach relating to training programs and trainee members of the College. He has been actively involved in clinical research, quality improvement, and endoscopy.

Majithia has published numerous articles and abstracts. His current research interests include outcomes research and pancreatobiliary research.

He was then promoted to Director of Market Development for all 17 business lines at Stanford. He then went to Raytel Medical Systems — the largest cardiac monitoring business in the United States.

McKeon came to Houston to join U. Oncology, which provides cancer care for over 25 percent of the U. McKeon then moved to Medtronic Inc. He led Strategy and Emerging Technologies across all of the Medtronic businesses. His main focus was to define the digital strategy for all Medtronic medical devices so that they could connect to cellular devices. Additionally, he diversified the business from one line to four lines and prepared the company for IPO.

Today, Microport is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange. Cellnovo is public on the European Exchange. Paula Batt is a seasoned leader with more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, business development, and team building.

Vice President of Sales for StayWell, she is focused on delivering the latest behavior change and engagement solutions to the health system, health plan, and large employer markets.

Paula joined the organization in , concentrating on strategic business partnerships in the non-profit sector, including the American Red Cross, the American Lung Association, and the American Heart Association.

She is based in Washington, DC. After completing his administrative residency at Parkland, he has been privileged to be associated with many well-respected organizations throughout the State of Texas. Throughout his career, he has held various leadership positions including: His personal philosophy in regards to his work in healthcare is based upon a belief that it is a privilege and an honor to be of service to others. Additionally, Judi and her team are responsible for cultivating strategic relations, within the healthcare industry, for potential collaboration opportunities.

Spencer is a partner and managing director based in the Denver office. He focuses on healthcare delivery systems and their evolving interactions with the rest of the healthcare industry, including service providers, payers, employers, biopharma and med-tech players. Spencer has experience on the full range of services to the healthcare delivery system. He has also worked with clients to enhance their performance as they prepare for the increasingly cost-competitive healthcare environment and assist them in collaborating with new partners to achieve competitive advantage.

Spencer has extensive experience in physician engagement options including compensation, partnerships, management agreements and leadership development. She is a licensed registered nurse with 20 years of healthcare experience. She joined Harris Health System in April In addition to these roles, she served as a team leader and examiner for the Quality Texas Foundation, Texas Award for Performance Excellence. Doucet is currently a doctoral student at Arizona State University. Doucet has extensive experience building high-performance teams and leading organizational excellence.

Patch is an advanced practice nurse, and is board-certified as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. Her year career in nursing has been dedicated to fostering inter-professional collaborations, improving health care processes and outcomes, and furthering violence prevention efforts in clinical care environments.

Navy Nurse Corps officer, she has held progressive clinical and operational leadership positions in various inpatient, outpatient and austere settings. Andrea was named by PharmaVoice one of the top influential people in Life Sciences in and Andrea is passionate about health and life sciences, women in tech, and all things Microsoft. Goldsmith brings a unique experience to Microsoft as a physician who also has over thirty years of know-how envisioning, designing, developing, and selling high-performance technology solutions for the healthcare industry.

He specializes in technology for shared accountability for health. He has also served as Chief Medical Officer of Aptima Corporation, where he led a team in transitioning well-tested concepts on human-centered engineering from aviation and the military into healthcare.

Prior to joining Microsoft in , Dr. Goldsmith received a B. He has practiced clinical medicine and also worked for the National Center for Occupational Healthcare, Division of Epidemiology, Johannesburg, South Africa, where he designed, developed and supported software for clinical research, including pulmonary function and surgical pathology databases.

Goldsmith has actively participated in Massachusetts health initiatives including the MHDC, eHC and affordable, available health insurance. Sigworth serves as a physician executive driving the pursuit of the highest possible standards of patient care and clinical effectiveness as well as partnerships with key payers and other community partners in the implementation of population-based care. Sigworth works with the clinical departments of Jefferson Health to ensure seamless integration of both inpatient and ambulatory care and reaffirms and promotes a culture of patient-centered care in which clinical outcomes are defined, measured, evaluated and continuously improved.

Sigworth brings experience from prior positions at academic medical centers, most recently at the Baylor College of Medicine where he was the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer as well as an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine.

Kristin has been a nurse for over 30 years and has spent the majority of her career in a leadership capacity in the field of Ambulatory Care Nursing. Areas of interest and expertise include: Berkowitz has over 25 years of experience in healthcare management and consulting. He is presently Founder and President of SMB Health Consulting, specializing in clinical and operational performance improvement for healthcare systems and leadership development for administrators, physicians and Trustees.

He has assisted over 40 new and current Chief Medical Officers through an innovative didactic and hands-on program to improve clinical and operational results. He is a prominent national keynote speaker for hospitals and healthcare associations. Since January , Dr. Previously for 13 years, he was the Chief Medical Officer of St. Prior to this position, Dr. In February of , Dr. Berkowitz is a prominent national speaker and writer in the healthcare arena.

At MLHS, Eileen is responsible for the administrative oversight, coordination, and management of System-wide quality activities, including: Jaskuta received her Master of Science in health care administration from St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, Pa. She has a black belt graduate certificate in quality and continuous improvement: Six Sigma Lean Methodologies. Eileen is certified in kata through the University of Michigan.

Jaskuta was vice president of quality management at Meritus Medical Center. Hagerstown, MD where she worked with her team to implement data and was involved regionally in population health activities serving the community. Her professional accomplishments include affiliations with the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Association for Healthcare Quality, serving as a reviewer for various journals and as a guest lecturer at St. Ereth also co-founded and serves as Chair Emeritus of Cheetah Development.

This non-profit organization uses a novel model of aid Micro-Venture Capital to find, fund, and mentor entrepreneurs in Tanzania. This unique organization is helping create whole new economies and enhances the financial, water, and healthcare aspects of numerous rural villages.

JW Beard, MD is a board-certified anesthesiologist with twelve years of practice in preadmission clinics, operating rooms, remote procedural locations, recovery rooms and labor and delivery units. During the course of his career, Dr. Beard evaluated and incorporated multiple new technologies into his practice including ultrasound and transesophageal Doppler and also participated in the development of care pathways such as early discharge of orthopedic surgery patients with continuous indwelling peripheral nerve blocks.

Beard has led multiple quality improvement initiatives and held leadership positions including Chairman and Medical Director of the Department of Anesthesia. Beard leads the Medical Affairs division focused product development, risk management, key opinion leader engagement and clinical evidence generation.

Beard founded Monitor Mask Inc. A few of her accomplishments include: She has made numerous presentations across the country, including TEDx and SXSW, to advance telehealth policy and share innovative new models of care.

Strauss and Diana K. Strauss Chair in Pediatric Surgery. Earlier in his career, he was a research surgeon in the Cardiovascular Surgical Research Laboratory. After selling Environomics to a public company in , Russ was retained to promote and develop emerging initiatives in the environmental and healthcare arenas, leading him to open his own firm, RiskNomics, in RiskNomics provides risk management and consulting services in the environmental and healthcare arenas on a national basis.

Clients include Fortune companies, major global insurance companies, corporations, schools districts, law firms, state and local entities. The focus on RiskNomics is to advise and assist our clients in managing potential or existing risks strategically as well as economically. Phillips collaborates with clinical and administrative colleagues to assure patient safety and quality, implement system wide innovations in the practice of medicine, respond to healthcare reform and new payment models, evaluate healthcare delivery redesign, and improve the patient experience.

As CEO and President of the Houston Methodist Physician Organization, he has championed multiple fiscal and operational efficiencies resulting in increased revenue, lower expenses, better quality, improved access and enhanced patient experience.

He is founding president of the American Population Health Society. Chin was the Chief Innovation Officer and associate vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Texas System, where she developed REDI as an ecosystem platform that connects consumers and patients, traditional and new entrant healthcare providers, with data and analytics, technology and services, for more effective and patient-centered chronic disease management.

Chin graduated with a M. She conducted her clinical and scientific training at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY, where she completed in parallel her residency training in the hospital and postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory.

Chin began her independent career as a solo practice physicians in NYC, learning first hand what it meant to provide care in the front line; this experience has motivated her interest to leverage technology for democratization of evidence-based care in community settings. Chin next went on to pursue a productive academic research career at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where she was a professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School and a senior associate member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Her research program spanned the fields of transcription, telomere biology, cancer genomics, and personalized cancer medicine. She held multiple leadership roles in The Cancer Genome Atlas TCGA , and was the principle investigator driving development of Firehose, a pipeline designed to make TCGA data not only available but usable to the broader biology and clinical communities.

She has defined its mission as one to bring to bear on cancer not only the transformative potential of science and genomics, but also of data, technologies and innovative strategies. Throughout her career, Dr. Chin has championed integration, collaboration and cooperation between the research and clinical care enterprises, as well as between public and private sectors.

She was the Scientific Director of the Belfer Institute for Applied Cancer Science at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and subsequently the Institute for Applied Cancer Science at MD Anderson, an organization designed to bring together the best attributes of academia and industry in a new organizational construct to rapidly translate cancer genomics knowledge into effective therapeutic endpoints.

To re-imagine a data-rich and technology-enabled care delivery ecosystem that can more effectively address the rising chronic disease burden, Dr. Chin has co-founded biotechnology companies in cancer therapeutics and biomarkers. Most recently, she has launched Apricity Health, an AI company for toxicity management and democratization of cancer immunotherapy to benefit patients around the world.

Roland Lamb is the Deputy Commissioner responsible for strategic planning and the innovation division at the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual and Disability Services in Philadelphia. He served as interim executive director of the Medical Center in and subsequently became vice dean for clinical affairs at Penn State Health Milton S. He also served as director and chief operating officer of Penn State Medical Group since its inception in Penn State Medical Group includes nearly physicians and advanced practice clinicians, 64 specialty practices located at 24 clinics across central Pennsylvania, and more than 1,, outpatient visits each year.

He has published over articles and chapters and has been widely recognized for his work. He was awarded the John S Dunn Sr. Outstanding Teacher Award four separate times.

To date, he has over four decades of leadership experience in healthcare. Through his leadership and strategic vision, Mr. Martin Topiel is an infectious disease specialist in Mount Laurel, New Jersey and serves as the medical director of infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship at Virtua Health.

The American Health Council is proud to recognize Dr. Issa brings to Clear Lake, a private practice in Webster, Texas, 22 years of experience within the healthcare industry, including eight years in his current position. At Clear Lake Specialties, Dr. Issa engages daily in managing antibiotic usage, consulting with physicians, working with office patients referred from the PCP, as well as caring for patients.

Among his multitude of accomplishments, Dr. Issa has also been awarded recognition for his achievements as Chief Medical Resident, and stands as Chairman of Infection Control Committees in regional hospitals. In regional hospitals, Dr. Issa is also Chairman of Antibiotic Stewardship. In his free time, Dr. Issa enjoys camping, swimming, and exercising his fluency in both Arabic and English.

After completing medical school and residency, he earned a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at Chatham University. Throughout his years on the faculty of these programs, he led efforts to educate residents about continuous quality improvement, and developed one of the first longitudinal practice improvement curricula among primary care residency programs.

In these roles, he works to advance the quality, safety, efficacy and patient-centeredness of care while reducing its costs. Rubin is passionate about applying the power of authentic communication, empathy and evidence to improving the health care system for our patients, students, providers and society.

Sharma did his medical school training in India and came to the United States in , to an externship at UTMB which allowed him to complete his medical degree. Sharma completed his residency in internal medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and stayed an additional year as a chief resident. In he began to serve as associate chief medical officer, where his focus was on quality, patient safety and assisting with transformation to version 2.

His research interest includes health services, quality and outcomes. Since , Donna K. She also helped facilitate a clinical affiliation between UTMB and CVS Health to enhance patient access to high-quality, affordable health care services, such as medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring and wellness programs. She has been influential in developing many community partnerships across the region.

Throughout her tenure at UTMB, she has overseen plans for numerous health care facility renovations and construction projects, including new and consolidated clinic locations, the addition of a new clinical services wing on the Galveston campus, and opened the Jennie Sealy Hospital and League City Hospital. She has also led the implementation of various cutting-edge health information technologies, including a state-of-the-art electronic medical record system that created a safer patient care processes, a single medical record for patients, and unified scheduling, registration and billing functions across the organization.

He is board certified in Infectious Diseases. His primary responsibilities include oversight and coordination of efforts to eliminate healthcare associated infections. His research and investigative areas of concentration include outbreak investigations, infection control, multi-drug resistant gram negative pathogens and antimicrobial use.

He currently leads efforts to coordinate activities to prevent healthcare associated infections and to improve the use of antibiotics in hospitals through antibiotic stewardship. Srinivasan has published more than articles in peer-reviewed journals on his research in healthcare epidemiology, infection control and antimicrobial use and resistance.

She is responsible for the strategic leadership, design, implementation, and monitoring of programs and initiatives that fulfill the mission of the HMH Network; to achieve a high reliability culture focused on person-centered care models which provide an extraordinary human experience comprised of highly reliable quality, empathy and service.

Nancy is an Advisory Board member of the Beryl Institute. Prior to arriving at the University of Maryland, Dr. Wood was responsible for the administrative and operational oversight of the Medical Center and the Director of the Geisinger Health System Center for Systems Re-engineering in Health Care where he was a federally funded investigator in applications of systems engineering to health care.

At the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Wood was a federally funded investigator focusing upon systems engineering applications to Critical Care Medicine. In June Dr. LVHN has over 17, employees, including an employed physician group with over 1, providers. Prior to his current position, Dr. Bonita Stanton, MD was born and raised in Connecticut. She received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College where she graduated magna cum laude and was named a Durant Scholar.

She earned her graduate degree at the Yale University School of Medicine where she graduated cum laude and was inducted into the prestigious national medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. In March, Dr. Prior to that, she lived and worked with her family in Bangladesh for five years—where she served as a health consultant to the World Bank and a research scientist for the International Center for Diarrheal Diseases Research.

She has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for 25 years. Her research in the U. Blazar is chief strategy officer and executive vice president of Hackensack Meridian Health. He previously served in the same role at Hackensack University Health Network. He is responsible for regional strategic network growth and oversees annual health network and care transformation services line strategic planning and monitoring, network affiliate program growth, new business planning and development, marketplace trends, marketing, communications, public relations and sports sponsorships.

He was part of the team that developed the first of its kind partnership and joint venture with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Together, with the marketing team developed the new brand positioning, logo and identity for Hackensack Meridian Health.

He launched a new brand strategy for Hartford HealthCare and led the strategic partnership with a five-hospital network, Value Care Alliance, and Aetna to offer a new co-branded narrow network product to the market. He also led the merger and acquisition of two community hospitals and a home care agency with senior services including skilled nursing and assisted living. Preceding more than 10 successful years at Cleveland Clinic, Mr. Blazar previously held governance positions on the boards of Clinical Laboratory Partners, Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network, Hartford HealthCare Medical Group, and Billings Forge, a Hartford community development organization that improves housing opportunities for families, encourages economic growth, creates job training and educational advancement, and provided counseling and other services.

He has received numerous distinctions for his work in marketing and communications. Blazar and his wife Nancy, a nutritionist, reside in Westfield, NJ. They have two grown children. He enjoys hiking, biking, gardening and traveling.

His career has spanned multiple industries across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. Alex began his career in investment banking with Deutsche Bank Mexico. After leaving the Clinton Foundation, Alex served as a consultant to corporations in Southeast Asia and other emerging markets, start-up companies in renewable energy and the United Nations. Deshpande leads and executes clinical quality and affordability initiatives, facilitates design and implementation of value based contracts for physicians and hospitals, and focuses strategy on optimizing the health of populations.

Prior to coming to UHC, Dr. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Deshpande is on the clinical faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, where he completed medical school and residency training. With longstanding interest in health policy, he worked with Hillary Clinton on health care reform during the first Clinton Administration. Deshpande has special interests in obesity and diabetes prevention and tobacco cessation initiatives.

He helps Johns Hopkins Medicine with strategic planning and implementation of enterprise-wide technology projects that impact clinical care, education, and research. After training in general and cardiac surgery at Johns Hopkins he joining the clinical faculty and specialized in adult cardiac, transplantation, and heart assist device surgery. In parallel he has a longstanding interest and expertise in a wide range of topics related to healthcare informatics, educational technologies, and data analytics for research and quality.

Bart received his medical degree from the University of Hawaii. He then went to Duke University for training in pediatrics and critical care. In the summer of , Dr. He is also the Dr. Michael has received several awards for his work: Kattan is well published and cited, with over peer-reviewed publications and an h-index of Most of his publication center around the development and validation of statistical prediction models for medical decision making, listed on http: His cross functional experience includes; customer leadership, shopper marketing, category management, and sales strategy.

Geoff has a broad understanding of consumer engagement strategies, developing insight based shopper experiences and retail activation, with in-depth knowledge of the HBA business model, across OTC , Personal care and Beauty.

Tice has extensive experience and a successful track record in health care administration, strategy development, implementation, and quality. In her current leadership role, she leads innovations in population health, network performance, quality and patient safety, ambulatory infection prevention, clinical analytics, and patient care coordination.

She also has extensive training in LEAN, change management and clinical delivery system engineering. He has remained active in clinical research, with special interest in HIV and hepatitis C treatment, infectious disease diagnostics and health disparities.

Friel has special interest in a diverse range of fields, including physician engagement, leadership development, clinical innovation and public health. Currently, he collaborates with leaders on creating a culture of continuous improvement, based on Lean Management principles, across the health system. He is board-certified in family medicine and clinical informatics.

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