Contributing Executives

At the fifth annual Huron Healthcare CEO Forum, executives from healthcare organizations across the country—from large, multi-hospital systems to smaller community hospitals—discussed the need to achieve transformation of the healthcare enterprise. Click on their images to read their insights and bios, or follow the links below to download the full report.

  • Nancy Howell Agee

    Carilion Clinic

    Nancy Howell Agee

    Ms. Agee is President and Chief Executive Officer of Carilion Clinic, an integrated healthcare organization headquartered in Western Virginia that includes a multi specialty physician group, seven hospitals, Jefferson College of Health Sciences and Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Ms. Agee began her career in nursing and has served in escalating leadership roles with Carilion for more than 20 years.

    Ms. Agee was recently appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates. Ms. Agee serves on several boards, including American Hospital Association, The Joint Commission, Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Virginia Health Innovation Network, Roanoke Gas Company, HomeTown Bank, Rockingham Mutual Insurance Company and The Taubman Museum. Previously, Ms. Agee served as Vice Rector of the Radford University Board of Visitors and chaired the Foundation of Roanoke Valley.

    Ms. Agee holds degrees with honors from the University of Virginia and Emory University and participated in postgraduate studies at the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University.

  • Bill Battle

    University of Alabama

    Bill Battle

    Coach Bill Battle had a successful playing career as a three-year starter at The University of Alabama and was a part of Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant’s first national championship team. He entered the coaching profession as a graduate assistant at University of Oklahoma in 1963. In 1964 and 1965, he served as an Assistant Coach at the United States Military Academy while serving a two-year military tour. In 1966, he moved to the University of Tennessee, where he served as an Assistant Coach for four years until he was named Head Coach in 1970. During his seven-year tenure as Head Coach, his teams went 59-22-2, ranked three times in the top 10, twice in the top-20, and won four out of five Bowl games.

    Bill Battle founded The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) in 1981, and served as President and CEO until 2002. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Licensing Partners International (LPI), which was created in 2001 to represent the licensing interests of noncollegiate sports properties, as well as corporate and entertainment properties.

    Prior to starting CLC and Battle Enterprises, Bill Battle held various positions within Circle S Industries in Selma, Ala. He served as President of two different companies, as well as Vice Chairman of the Circle S Holding Company Board. During his six years at Circle S, the organization grew from two companies earning $12 million in annual sales to 10 companies earning $60 million.

    Bill Battle holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama and a master’s degree from The University of Oklahoma. He was named first team tight end and second team defensive end on The University of Alabama All Decade Team of the 1960s, and in 1981 was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Bill became the first member inducted into the National Collegiate Licensing Association Hall of Fame in 2000 and was the recipient of the 2005 Paul W. Bryant Alumni Athlete Award at The University of Alabama.

    In 2008, he was inducted into the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) Hall of Fame. Bill Battle also received a National Football Foundation award in New York in December 2008 for his Outstanding Contributions to Amateur Football. In June 2010, Bill was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators’ (NACMA) 2010 Hall of Fame. In February 2011, he was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, receiving its Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • David L. Bernd

    Sentara Healthcare

    David Bernd

    David L. Bernd serves as Chief Executive Officer of Sentara Healthcare, a $4 billion integrated health system in Norfolk, Va. Sentara is comprised of 10 acute care hospitals, health plans with 440,000 covered lives, 618 provider medical groups, and a medical staff of 3,680 physicians. Modern Healthcare magazine ranked Sentara the number one integrated healthcare network in the United States consecutively in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, Sentara earned the HIMSS Davies Award and HIMSS Stage 7 Award and Mr. Bernd received the 2012 CEO IT achievement Award. In 1985, Mr. Bernd was named Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Sentara Health System (now Sentara Healthcare).

  • David P. Blom


    David P. Blom

    David P. Blom is President and Chief Executive Officer of OhioHealth, a not-for-profit, faith-based health system in Columbus, Ohio. With 28,000 associates, and as a $2.5 billion corporation, OhioHealth is devoted to its community mission of improving the health of those it serves. OhioHealth’s regional network extends across 48 counties in Ohio and includes a myriad of services including 12 community-owned hospitals, numerous ambulatory health centers, long-term care facilities, occupational health services, home health and hospice care. OhioHealth has been named a Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work for eight years running (2007–2014), and works hard to provide its employees with the resources, support, and environment they need to meet community needs. OhioHealth has consistently been named a Truven Top 15 Health System by Truven Health Analytics.

    Mr. Blom holds a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and received his master’s degree in healthcare administration from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He joined the OhioHealth family of hospitals and health services in 1983, and since then, has held progressive management positions and was instrumental in the development and growth of the OhioHealth system. In March, 2002, he was named President and CEO of the System.

  • Lindsey Bradley

    Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

    Lindsey Bradley

    Lindsey Bradley is the President of Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics. He has served in this position since 1981.

    Trinity Mother Frances is the region’s preferred health care provider, with a proud tradition of more than 75 years of dedicated service to the people of east Texas. As a national leader in patient satisfaction, advanced technology and quality initiatives, Trinity Mother Frances is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating healthy lives for people and communities.

    Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes six hospitals and the Trinity Clinic, and is the area’s preferred multispecialty medical group, with more than 350 physicians and mid-level providers representing 40 specialties in 36 clinic locations serving east Texas.

    Mr. Bradley holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and two master’s degrees from Trinity University.

  • Ruth W. Brinkley

    KentuckyOne Health

    Ruth W. Brinkley

    Ruth W. Brinkley is Senior Vice President, Operations, Catholic Health Initiatives and President/CEO of KentuckyOne Health. With almost 40 years of health care experience, Brinkley has worked in private, public, academic and community-based health systems.

    Brinkley’s past experience includes executive positions as Ascension Health’s West Market Leader and as Catholic Health Initiatives’ President/CEO of Memorial Health Care System, and Senior Vice President, Performance Management. Her academic experience includes serving as Associate Executive Director, Chief Nurse Executive and Associate Dean of Clinical Practice at the University of Alabama Hospitals in Birmingham. She also served as a senior consultant with CSC Healthcare, working with many of the most complex academic medical centers and community hospitals in the United States and Canada. Prior to her consulting experience, she held executive roles at health care organizations in St. Louis and Chicago.

  • Kevin Brown

    Piedmont Healthcare

    Kevin Brown

    Kevin Brown joined Piedmont Healthcare as the President and Chief Executive Officer in May of 2013. Brown previously served as the Chief Executive Officer for Swedish Health Services, a five-hospital healthcare system based in Seattle, Washington.

    Prior to serving as CEO of Swedish, Brown served as Chief Strategic Officer, and also had operational responsibility for the Ambulatory Care Division and Swedish/Ballard and Swedish/Issaquah hospitals.

    At Swedish, major accomplishments include the creation and growth of Swedish Medical Group from nine to more than 100 locations, the re-development of Swedish Ballard, the opening of an innovative new hospital in Issaquah, Wash., and the development of an ambulatory care strategy that included the state’s first free-standing, “no waiting” emergency rooms.

  • Sandra Bruce

    Presence Health

    Sandra Bruce

    Sandra Bruce is President and CEO of Presence Health, the largest Catholic Health System based in Illinois. Headquartered in Chicago, Presence was formed by the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care in November 2011.

    Ms. Bruce has more than 35 years of experience in health care leadership. Prior to Presence, she served as CEO of Resurrection Health Care since 2008 and before that spent 12 years as President and CEO of Trinity Health’s Saint Alphonsus Health System in Idaho. She is the current treasurer for the Illinois Hospital Association’s Board of Trustees and sits on the American Hospital Association’s Equity of Care Council. In 2014, she was named by Crain’s as one of the top 20 most powerful women in Chicago business.

  • Carol Burrell

    Northeast Georgia Health System

    Carol Burrell

    Carol Burrell is the President and CEO of Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS). She has been a part of the senior management team at NGHS since January 1999, serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 2004–2011. In June 2011, Carol was named President and CEO.

    With Carol’s leadership, NGHS’ flagship hospital — Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) — was named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals (Healthgrades®) and one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals (Truven Health Analytics®). In fact, NGMC is the only hospital in Georgia named to either prestigious list for 2013. She is also leading efforts to build the state’s first net-new hospital, meaning not a replacement or relocation, in more than 20 years. Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton is scheduled to open in Spring 2015 in South Hall County.

  • Jeb Bush

    Jeb Bush and Associates

    Jeb Bush

    Jeb Bush was elected the 43rd Governor of the state of Florida on November 3, 1998, and was re-elected by a wide margin in 2002. His second term as Governor ended in January 2007.

    Bush earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Florida in 1981. With partner Armando Codina, he started a small real estate development company, which grew to become the largest, full-service commercial real estate company in South Florida.

    Bush served as Florida’s Secretary of Commerce under Bob Martinez, Florida’s 40th Governor. As Secretary of Commerce, he promoted Florida’s business climate worldwide. Following an unsuccessful bid for Governor in 1994, Bush founded the nonprofit Foundation for Florida’s Future, which joined forces with the Greater Miami Urban League to establish one of the state’s first charter schools. He also co-authored Profiles in Character, a book profiling 14 of Florida’s civic heroes making a difference without claiming a single news headline.

    After his election, Bush focused on reforming education. Florida students have made the greatest gains in achievement and Florida is one of a handful of states that have narrowed the achievement gap. In addition, Bush cut taxes every year during his tenure as Governor and Florida led the nation in job growth. Bush put Florida on the forefront of consumer healthcare advances by signing Medicaid reform legislation, “Empowered Care,” in June 2006.

    Bush is currently the head of his own successful consulting business, Jeb Bush and Associates, where his clients range from small technology start-ups to well-known Fortune 500 companies. He is also the Chairman of Foundation for Excellence in Education, a national foundation focused on education reform, Co-Chairman of the Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation and Chair of the National Constitution Center. He is co-author of Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution (March 2013).

    Bush is the son of former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush. He lives in Miami with his wife Columba, and they have three children and three grandchildren.

  • Wendy Clark

    Coca-Cola North America

    Wendy Clark

    As President, Sparkling Brands & Strategic Marketing, Coca-Cola North America, Wendy Clark leads the Sparkling Category Business Unit as well as the Integrated Marketing organization, including Portfolio Strategy and Innovation, Connections, Investments and Assets, Content and Design for the United States and Canada.

    Previously, Ms. Clark held the role of Senior Vice President, Global Sparkling Brand Center, where she was responsible for the global leadership of Sparkling Brands and businesses, led by trademark Coca-Cola.

    Under Ms. Clark’s guidance, her team has achieved a great deal, including leadership of The Coca-Cola System’s largest-ever marketing activation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in more than 175 countries. Her team holds a leading industry voice on evolved consumer engagement under their Liquid & Linked communications strategy, leveraging the power of authentic, real-time, brand stories that spread through owned, earned, shared and paid media connections to create shared value.

    In 2014, Ms. Clark was recognized by New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) with the coveted Matrix award. Among other recognitions, in 2011 Fast Company magazine cited Ms. Clark as the Brand Refresher on its top-ten list of Innovative Business Disruptors and the Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) recognized Ms. Clark as their 2011 Advertising Woman of the Year.

    In 2009 and 2010, Fortune featured Ms. Clark in its “40 Under 40” issue, ranking her as the highest woman in 2010 (#15). She was also named one of four “Women to Watch” by Fortune.

    Prior to joining The Coca-Coca Company, Ms. Clark was Senior Vice President, Advertising for AT&T, the world’s largest telecommunications company, where she was at the helm of the company’s most ambitious and aggressive rebranding and advertising campaign in its history.

    Ms. Clark’s efforts were recognized in November 2007 upon her induction into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement. In addition, AdAge magazine cited her as “one of the most important women in marketing” in its “Women to Watch” 2007 issue.

    Ms. Clark is an advisory board member of; is a member of the board of directors of the American Beverage Association and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Atlanta International School. She holds a BA/English from Florida State University and lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children.

  • James R. Davis

    University Health Care System

    James R. Davis

    James R. Davis, joined University Health Care System in January of 2009 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In June of 2010, Mr. Davis was named President and Chief Executive Officer of University Health Care System. He has more than 30 years of experience in health care management, including 20 years in senior-level positions in large acute-care hospitals. An Ohio native, Mr. Davis came to University from St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, a 550-bed tertiary care hospital and part of the three-hospital Humility of Mary Health Partners system. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degree in business administration from the University of Akron. He serves on numerous professional boards, including VHA Georgia (Secretary/Treasurer), Phoenix Health Care Management Services, Inc. and the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals. Mr. Davis is involved in many community and civic initiatives, serving on the boards of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA, and Augusta Tomorrow.

  • Michael Dowling

    North Shore-LIJ Health System

    Michael Dowling

    Michael J. Dowling is President and Chief Executive Officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, the largest integrated healthcare system in New York State with total revenue of almost $7 billion, 16 hospitals, and a total workforce of more than 46,000 employees.

    Mr. Dowling has served as North Shore-LIJ’s president and CEO since 2002. Previously, he served in New York State government for 12 years as director of Health, Education and Human Services, commissioner of Social Services, deputy secretary, and a chief advisor to Governor Mario Cuomo. Earlier, Mr. Dowling was a professor of social policy and an assistant dean of the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services. He started his career as a caseworker in the New York City schools. He earned his master’s degree from Fordham University and undergraduate degree from University College in Cork, Ireland.

  • Christopher Drummond

    Huron Healthcare

    Christopher Drummond

    Christopher Drummond has more than 20 years of experience leading hospital-wide performance improvement efforts. Mr. Drummond has served as the Chief Implementation Officer for hospital-wide performance improvement efforts, nonlabor hospital engagements and pharmacy and medication safety improvement engagements.

  • David L. Dunlap

    Roper St. Francis Healthcare

    David L. Dunlap

    David L. Dunlap is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Roper St. Francis Healthcare (RSFH), the South Carolina Low Country’s only private, not-for profit hospital and healthcare system. Roper Hospital was founded in the 1830s as the first community hospital in the Carolinas. Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital first opened its doors in 1882 as St. Francis Xavier Infirmary, the first Catholic hospital in South Carolina. On August 1, 1998, the two hospitals came together to form Roper St. Francis Healthcare. Together the hospitals represent nearly 200 years of providing high-quality, personalized healthcare. RSFH ranked repeatedly among the Top 100 Integrated Health Networks in the nation and on Modern Healthcare magazine’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare list in 2010 and 2011. RSFH recently earned more than 160 national awards and accreditations recognizing high levels of patient, physician and employee satisfaction.

  • Charles R. Evans

    Jackson Healthcare

    Charles R. Evans

    Charles R. Evans is President of the International Health Services Group (IHSG) and Senior Advisor at Jackson Healthcare. IHSG is a social enterprise he founded in 2007 to support health services development in underserved areas of the world. It is the mission of IHSG to work with established organizations to supplement their capabilities in healthcare management and development as they work to achieve their broader missions. Current projects are located in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. IHSG also founded and supports the Leadership Corps for management capacity building. Finally, IHSG is active in encouraging international hospital partnerships between U.S. hospitals and hospitals in economically developing countries.

    Jackson Healthcare is an Atlanta-based consortium of companies that provide physician and clinician staffing, anesthesia management and healthcare information technology solutions proven to improve clinical and financial outcomes to hospitals, health systems and physician groups throughout the U.S.

    Mr. Evans is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He served as a Governor of the College from 2004–2007, Chairman Officer from 2008–2011 and was the recipient of the 2014 ACHE Gold Medal Award — the highest honor the organization bestows. He also serves as a member of the boards at Jackson Healthcare, MiMedx Group, CareSpot Express Healthcare and on the Senior Advisory Board at MedAssets. Additionally, he serves on the boards of nonprofit organizations including, Chairman of MedShare International and Chairman of the Hospital Charitable Service Awards. He is the International Hospital Federation’s Special Advisor for the Americas Region. Evans also serves as a member of the Global Catalyst Group for Institutional Health Partnerships and the International Healthcare Management Competencies Consortium. In 2012, he attained the Board Leadership Fellow credential of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is active in numerous professional associations and community organizations.

    Evans’ other professional experience includes Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) where he managed company divisions including North Carolina, MidAmerica and Southeast. He was named President of HCA’s Eastern Group in 2004, and was responsible for operations in the Eastern half of the company. Prior to joining HCA, Evans served in executive positions at Memorial Medical Center of Jacksonville, Florida, and Community Hospitals in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    A West Virginia native, Evans received an undergraduate degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a Master of Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Indiana University.

  • David T. Feinberg, M.D., M.B.A.

    UCLA Health System

    Dr. David T. Feinberg was appointed President of UCLA Health System effective July 1, 2011. As President, Dr. Feinberg oversees all aspects of UCLA Health System, which includes the campuses of UCLA Hospital System— Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA in Westwood, and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica—as well as the UCLA Faculty Practice Group. More than 80,000 patients are treated each year in UCLA hospitals, which are consistently ranked among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and 1.5 million are seen in the more than 80 community-based clinics of the UCLA Faculty Practice Group.

    Along with his commitment to upholding the highest clinical standards for patient care and safety, Dr. Feinberg’s primary goal is to ensure patient satisfaction. Under his leadership, patient satisfaction has increased dramatically and stands in the 99th percentile in many areas, according to independent national surveys.

  • Teri Fontenot, FACHE

    Woman's Hospital

    Teri Fontenot, FACHE

    Teri Fontenot, FACHE, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Woman’s Hospital, a 350-bed Level III regional referral hospital for obstetrics, newborn and woman’s cancer care. Woman’s is one of only eight hospitals to be named as a Top 100 Best Place to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine all five years that the award has been given.

    Ms. Fontenot was the 2012 Chair of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees. She has chaired the Chief Executive Officers committee of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has also served on its board and Officer Nominating committee.

    In 2013, Ms. Fontenot was named Businessperson of the Year by the Baton Rouge Business Report, and was the only Louisianan named to Modern Healthcare magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare in 2011 and 2012.

  • John T. Fox

    Emory Healthcare

    John T. Fox

    John T. Fox is President and Chief Executive Officer of Emory Healthcare, Georgia’s largest and most comprehensive health care system that is also one of the South’s leading academic medical centers.

    Prior to joining Emory Healthcare, Mr. Fox was Executive Vice President of Clarian Health (a large health system/ academic medical center in Indianapolis), and before that Vice President and CFO at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. As an MBA/CPA, Mr. Fox began his career at Coopers and Lybrand, working extensively in health care consulting. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from Washington University (St. Louis) and has a master’s degree in finance.

  • Dean M. Harrison

    Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

    Dean Harrison

    Dean M. Harrison is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. Prior to joining Northwestern Memorial, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of the University of Chicago Health System. Mr. Harrison currently serves on the Member Board of Directors of the University Health System Consortium, Board of Directors of United Way Metropolitan Chicago, Board of Directors of the Illinois Hospital Association and is a special advisor to Merrick Ventures.

  • Catherine A. Jacobson

    Froedtert Health

    Catherine A. Jacobson

    Catherine A. Jacobson is President and CEO of Froedtert Health in Milwaukee, Wis. Froedtert Health is a regional healthcare system consisting of three hospitals, a community-based medical group, and a variety of healthcare joint ventures. She joined Froedtert Health in 2010 as the Executive Vice President of Finance and Strategy, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Strategy Officer. She was appointed President of the Health System in July 2011 and assumed the additional role of Chief Executive Officer in July 2012. Prior to joining Froedtert Health, Ms. Jacobson spent 22 years at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago in a variety of roles, including Chief Financial Officer of Rush’s health plan, as well as Chief Compliance Officer for the health system.

  • Reynold Jennings

    WellStar Health System

    Reynold Jennings

    Reynold Jennings has been Chief Executive Officer of WellStar Health System in Marietta, Ga., since August 2011. He is a former Chief Operating Officer of Tenet Healthcare with 35 years’ experience in hospital management, managing more than 100 hospitals in 15 states. Mr. Jennings began his career as a pharmacist, but soon rose to Senior Vice President and COO at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton. He then served as CEO of a number of acute care hospitals in Georgia and Florida. He was also CEO of Ramsey Healthcare in New Orleans. Lastly, Mr. Jennings served as Chairman of the Board of both a large Medicare Advantage insurance company in New Orleans and the Cleveland Clinic–Tenet partnership hospital in Weston, Florida. Since joining WellStar, some of Mr. Jennings’ accomplishments include the expansion of the physician-led clinical service lines; the formation of the Georgia Health Collaborative, where he serves as its founding Chairman; and the creation of the Center for Health Transformation, a multi-hospital, multi-state collaborative for creating and sharing best practices in healthcare.

  • Jeff Jones

    Huron Healthcare

    Jeff Jones

    Jeff Jones has more than 26 years of healthcare consulting experience in strategy, operations improvement, and information technology implementation. Mr. Jones leads strategic planning and strategic relationships for Huron Healthcare, and is a member of the Huron Healthcare leadership team, providing oversight for the operations of the practice. He also serves as Client Service Executive for a number of Huron Healthcare’s academic medical center and large health system clients. He has held prior leadership positions with other national consulting firms, and was a founding principal at Stockamp & Associates.

  • Elliot Joseph

    Hartford HealthCare (HHC)

    Elliot Jospeh

    Elliot Joseph is President and CEO of Hartford HealthCare (HHC), Connecticut’s premier health care system with $2.4 billion in net revenue and nearly 18,000 employees. HHC includes five acute-care hospitals, behavioral health and rehabilitation facilities, ambulatory services, a medical foundation, assisted-living and skilled-nursing facilities, home care and laboratory services.

    Throughout his career, Mr. Joseph has championed the transformation of health care delivery to create more efficient, high-quality, regional health networks focused on coordinated and comprehensive patient care. Prior to his arrival in Hartford, Mr. Joseph served as President and Chief Executive Officer of St. John Health (SJH), an $1.8-billion Southeast Michigan health care system. He earned a master’s degree in health services administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He is an alumnus of the Wharton CEO Program for Healthcare Leadership. He chairs the Finance Committee of the Connecticut Hospital Association Board of Trustees and is a member of the Greater New York Hospital Association Board of Governors. He also is the American Hospital Association State Alternate Delegate and a member of Regional Policy Board 1 and an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow.

  • Gary S. Kaplan, M.D., FACP, FACMPE, FACPE

    Virginia Mason Health System

    Gary S. Kaplan, M.D., FACP, FACMPE

    Dr. Kaplan is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Seattle-based Virginia Mason Heal System. Under Dr. Kaplan’s leadership, Virginia Mason Health System was named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by HealthGrades in 2011, a Top Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for five consecutive years, and was one of two hospitals named a Leapfrog Top Hospital of the Decade for patient safety and quality. Dr. Kaplan is also a Clinical Professor at the University of Washington, Board Chair of IHI and on the National Patient Safety Foundation’s Board of Directors. He serves on the Board of Washington Healthcare Forum and is a founding member of Health CEOs for Health Reform. Modern Physician and Modern Healthcare ranked Dr. Kaplan second on the 2012 listing of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives.

  • Mark Laney, M.D.

    Mosaic Life Care

    Mark Laney, M.D.

    Dr. Mark Laney, President and CEO, joined Mosaic Life Care in 2009. Prior to this, he served for 20 years at Cook Children’s Health Care System, eight of those as the President of its physician network. Dr. Laney earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, and completed a Pediatric Neurology Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He has a Master of Science in medical management from the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. Dr. Laney is the Past President of the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association and is one of the 30 Best Physician Leaders of Hospitals and Health Systems according to Becker’s Hospital Review.

  • Steven M. Lange, M.D.

    Mayo Clinic Care Network

    Steven M. Lange

    Stephen M. Lange, M.D., is a consultant in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic in Florida. He currently serves as Vice Chair, Executive Operations Team at Mayo Clinic in Florida and as the Southeast Medical Director for the Mayo Clinic Care Network. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Mayo College of Medicine.

    Dr. Lange has been involved in research efforts to advance the field of gastroenterology. He is the recipient of multiple teaching awards from the Mayo Foundation, as well as the McMillan Scholarship in healthcare management. He has been recognized as a distinguished clinician regionally and nationally for multiple years. He is an active member of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), and The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), among other national medical associations.
  • James Leonard, M.D.

    Carle Foundation

    James Leonard, M.D.

    Dr. James Leonard is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois-based Carle Foundation. It is the not-for-profit parent of an integrated health system that includes Carle Foundation Hospital, Carle Physician Group and Health Alliance Medical Plans, with more than 6,000 employees. During the last 15 years, Dr. Leonard has overseen growth of the organization that now serves more than 850,000 inpatient and outpatient visits annually and covers more than 250,000 Health Alliance members in four states.

    Under Dr. Leonard’s leadership, Carle is ranked nationally as one of Healthcare’s Most Wired, as a Magnet® hospital for nursing, recognized as a 100 Top Hospital and as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence by HealthGrades, and recognized among the best hospitals in the country, ranking 14th in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report. Dr. Leonard has overseen expansion with a main campus modernization, including construction of Mills Breast Cancer Institute/Carle Cancer Center, Carle Heart and Vascular Institute, a 400,000—square—foot patient tower and a guest house.

    Dr. Leonard is board certified in family practice. He has additional training in sports medicine and addiction medicine. He is the immediate past Chair of the Illinois Hospital Association Board of Directors and has served as Carle’s President and CEO since 2000.

  • Kevin E. Lofton

    Catholic Health Initiatives

    Kevin E. Lofton

    Kevin E. Lofton was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) in August 2003. Kevin joined CHI, one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems, in February 1998 as Regional President and was subsequently named Group President. He was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in June 1999.

    Prior to joining Catholic Health Initiatives, Kevin served as the Chief Executive Officer of the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. In previous positions, Kevin served as the Chief Executive Officer of Howard University Hospital, Washington, D.C., and Chief Operating Officer at University Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL. He received a master’s degree in health administration degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta and a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Boston University. Kevin was most recently recognized as 11th on Modern Healthcare magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.”

  • Daniel May

    Huron Healthcare

    Daniel May

    Dan May has more than 20 years of experience managing large performance improvement consulting engagements for integrated health systems, academic medical centers, community hospitals and children’s hospitals. He has considerable experience managing supply chain, revenue cycle and labor management improvement projects. His extensive knowledge of supply chain and deep experience with healthcare operations provides the required skill set to manage comprehensive process redesign and margin improvement engagements.

  • Gordon J. Mountford

    Huron Healthcare

    Gordon J. Mountford

    Gordon Mountford has overall practice responsibility for Huron’s healthcare consulting business, Huron Healthcare. Mr. Mountford also serves on Huron’s firm wide leadership team. He brings more than 25 years of consulting experience, including 18 years focused on hospitals, academic medical centers, health systems, and payer organizations. His experience in the healthcare industry has focused on improving operational and financial performance in diverse environments.

  • Joseph Mullany

    Detroit Medical Center

    Joseph Mullany

    Joseph Mullany is CEO of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), a dynamic system of eight hospitals, consistently ranked nationally as leaders in dozens of specialties. Now under the umbrella of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, DMC is celebrating 150 years of service to the Detroit area, the state of Michigan and the surrounding region.

    With $850 million in new facilities and new technology, expanded ERs and ICUs, and the creation of the new DMC Heart Hospital, Mullany has been instrumental in positioning DMC for strategic growth, including expanding its ambulatory care network. His unique expertise in accountable care (DMC is one of only 32 Pioneer ACOs in the U.S.) and specialized experience in reform and the federal Affordable Care Act is helping DMC lead the way to the future of health care.

    A 25-year veteran of the industry, Mullany was most recently President of Vanguard Health’s New England region from 2005 to 2012, where he helped build a culture of excellence focusing on patients and family, safety, quality and value creation. He joined the DMC in 2012 and took the helm as CEO in 2013. He serves on several regional and national medical boards.

  • C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D.

    Vanderbilt Health System

    C. Wright Pinson, MBA, M.D.

    Dr. C. Wright Pinson is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Vanderbilt Health System. Recently, he helped organize and became Chairman of the Board of the Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network.

    Previously positions include Chief Medical Officer, Chief of Staff, H. William Scott Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Director of the Vanderbilt Transplant Center. Dr. Pinson attended Miami University and the University of Colorado, graduating with distinction in physics. While an engineer for IBM, he completed a master’s degree in business administration. A 1980 graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, he has board certification in surgery and in critical care.

  • Parker H. "Pete" Petit

    MiMedx Group

    Parker H. "Pete" Petit

    Parker H. “Pete” Petit is Chairman and CEO of MiMedx Group, an integrative developer, manufacturer and marketer of patent protected regenerative biomaterials (NASDAQ: MDXG).

    Mr. Petit founded Healthdyne in 1970. Healthdyne grew to become four different publically traded companies: Healthdyne Technologies, Matria Healthcare, Healthdyne Information Enterprises, and Home Nutritional Services. Those organizations were all sold to become part of larger organizations.

    Mr. Petit is a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Research Alliance, which is chartered by the State of Georgia to promote high technology and scientific development in the state. He is a 1994 inductee into the Technology Hall of Fame of Georgia. Mr. Petit is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

    Mr. Petit funded a professorial chair for Engineering in Medicine at Georgia Tech in 1986. In 1995, he endowed the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences at Georgia Tech. In 2001, he helped fund the biotechnology building at Georgia Tech, which is named after him, and in 2004, the Science Center building at Georgia State University, also named in his honor.

  • Keith Pitts

    Tenet Healthcare Corporation

    Keith Pitts

    Keith Pitts serves as the Vice Chairman of Tenet Healthcare Corporation. Mr. Pitts is a member of the Tenet Executive Leadership Team and reports directly to Trevor Fetter, Tenet’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

    Mr. Pitts joins Tenet from Vanguard Health Systems, where he served as Vice Chairman. Prior to joining Vanguard, Pitts served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mariner Post-Acute Network, a post-acute services group that operated nursing homes, long-term acute-care hospitals, sub-acute care, assisted living facilities and institutional pharmacies, as well as provided therapy and rehabilitation staffing services. In addition, he served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for OrNda HealthCorp, a predecessor of Tenet Healthcare Corporation.

    Mr. Pitts earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business administration from the University of Florida. He holds memberships in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) and the Florida Institute of CPAs. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer at a variety of healthcare industry gatherings for organizations across the country. Pitts currently is on the board of two private companies, as well as publically traded Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC). He is on the Board and Executive Committee of the Federation of American Hospitals and has served twice as its Chairman.

  • Michael Quigley

    Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

    Michael Quigley

    Michael Quigley is Vice President of Business Development & Multi-Platform Distribution for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., focusing on initiatives such as TV Everywhere, Dynamic Ad Serving, Application Development, Connected Devices, Content Search & Navigation and traditional digital businesses. Mr. Quigley is based in Atlanta and currently reports to Coleman Breland, President of Turner Network Sales (TNS).

    Within his role, Mr. Quigley oversees broadband syndication, digital and social gaming distribution, and electronic sell-through for multiple Turner brands, including TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. He also leads the authentication integration efforts for TV Everywhere initiatives, oversees the new product application development, and works with emerging technology companies, CE manufacturers and pay-TV providers to cultivate innovative partnerships. Quigley additionally creates new business models with both internal and external constituencies including mobile, web and emerging platforms; develops advance video products; and evaluates new IP video distribution technologies.

    Since joining Turner in 2006, Mr. Quigley has been responsible for developing and executing all non-linear platform distribution for the Turner properties across broadband and interactive television. He has served as a leader in the TV Everywhere effort—which spans across technology platform initiatives to advertising models to new distribution technologies—as well as in the distribution of Turner’s first Interactive Television application.

    Prior to joining Turner, Mr. Quigley was the Vice President of Business Development and strategy for DMX MUSIC. In this role, he was responsible for the distribution of DMX MUSIC’s Asia Pacific pay TV music channels, execution of the company’s digital music business plan and the sale of the company to a private investor group. Before DMX MUSIC, Quigley served as Director of Business Development for Liberty Digital, Inc., and as manager of strategic planning for Time Warner, Inc.

    Mr. Quigley was most recently honored as one of NAMIC 2014 Luminary. He was honored as one of Multichannel News’ “40 under 40” in 2011, and was named as one of Cablefax Magazine’s “Top 50 Influential Minorities in Cable.” He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in economics from Rice University and a Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University.

    Turner Network Sales (TNS), a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), is responsible for the sales and marketing of Turner Broadcasting’s 10 domestic basic cable networks—TBS, CNN, HLN, TNT, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, CNN International, CNN en Español, Boomerang and truTV—to cable and satellite affiliates and special markets throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

    Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

  • James H. "Jim" Roth

    Huron Consulting Group

    James (Jim) H. Roth

    James H. Roth is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Huron Consulting Group and one of the founding members of the company. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Mr. Roth served as Vice President of Health and Education Consulting. He also led the Higher Education consulting practice since the company’s inception in 2002, and under his leadership this business grew more than tenfold. While serving as Vice President of Health and Education Consulting, Mr. Roth expanded this business overseas into global markets to help address the rapid demands for improved health and education in emerging economies. He has more than 30 years of consulting experience working with many of the premier research universities and academic medical centers. Consulting Magazine named Mr. Roth one of the Top 25 Most Influential Consultants in 2009 and 2011.

  • Candice Saunders

    WellStar Health System

    Candice Saunders

    Candice Saunders is the President and Chief Operating Officer at WellStar Health System and is responsible for the management and coordination of operations at WellStar Health System, where she leads the development and implementation of the short- and long-range objectives. WellStar is an integrated health system with more than 13,000 employees, who serve a population of more than 1.4 million residents of northwest Georgia.

    Under her leadership, WellStar has grown in national prominence and recently was recognized as a 2014 FORTUNE 100 Best Companies Places to Work For® (#39, highest among Georgia-based companies), AARP Best Employers For Workers Over 50, NAFE Top Companies for Executive Women 2014 and Working Mother Magazine’s 100 Best Companies. In addition, Saunders was named to Business to Business Magazine’s Women of Excellence list, which each year recognizes only 15 women for their performance, dynamic leadership and service to the community.

  • Ninfa M.Saunders, DHA, FACHE

    Navicent Health

    Ninfa M. Saunders, DHA, FACHE

    Dr. Saunders currently serves as the President and CEO of Navicent Health, a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to coordinate its affiliated entities in their mission of providing a comprehensive range of high-quality, reasonably priced healthcare services to the central and south Georgia community. Dr. Saunders oversees the operations of the Medical Center of Central Georgia as well as the Medcen Community Health Foundation, Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital, Central Georgia Home Health and Home Care Services, Health Services of Central Georgia, Pine Pointe Hospice and Palliative Care and Carlyle Place. Dr. Saunders also serves as the President and CEO of The Medical Center, NavicentHealth, the second-largest hospital in the state and a tertiary regional teaching medical center, a designated Level I Trauma Center, a perinatal center and twice designated as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence. An executive cofounder of Stratus Healthcare, a collaborative partnership of 31 hospitals both urban and rural, she remains focused on the “a fee-for-value framework rather than the fee-for-service model” while ensuring right access, to the right care, at the right time at the right cost.

  • Kevin Schoeplein

    OSF Saint Francis, Inc. and OSF Healthcare Foundation

    Kevin Schoeplein

    Kevin Schoeplein is Chief Executive Officer of OSF Healthcare System, Vice-Chairman for the OSF Healthcare System Board of Directors and President of both OSF Saint Francis, Inc. and OSF Healthcare Foundation.

    Mr. Schoeplein has held various executive positions in the OSF Healthcare System and its affiliated corporations since 1978. He has previously served the corporation as Executive Vice President of OSF Healthcare System (2004–2011); President of OSF HealthPlans (1999–2008); Chief Executive Officer for the northern Illinois and Michigan regions (1996–1999); Interim Administrator, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, IL; and OSF Saint Joseph Hospital, Belvidere, IL (March 1995–November 1995). He also served as Administrator of OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center (1983–1988); Assistant Administrator, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL (1978–1983); and as Executive Director of St. Francis Community Clinic. Prior to joining OSF, he was Administrative Resident at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Dayton, OH.

  • Rob Schreiner, M.D., FACP, FCCP

    Huron Healthcare

    Rob Schreiner, M.D., FACP, FCCP

    Dr. Schreiner has 25 years of healthcare leadership experience, including 10 years as a Kaiser-Permanente Executive. His experience includes strategic problem solving, building integrated delivery systems, and creating a culture of excellence and infrastructure for continuous improvement.

    Prior to joining Huron Healthcare, Dr. Schreiner served Kaiser Permanente Georgia (KPGA) for 20 years in a variety of roles, including Associate Medical Director for Hospital and Specialty Care, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Medical Director and Chair of the Board of Directors for KPGA’s large multispecialty group.

  • Joseph R. Swedish


    Jospeh R. Swedish

    Joseph R. Swedish is the President and Chief Executive Officer of WellPoint, the nation’s leading health benefits provider serving 37 million—or one in nine—Americans through its affiliated health plans. Mr. Swedish oversees the provision of innovative health benefits solutions in 14 states as an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and to Medicaid beneficiaries in 19 states, including those served by its Amerigroup subsidiary. Under Mr. Swedish’s visionary leadership, WellPoint is transforming health care with trusted and caring solutions and meaningfully advancing affordability and better health outcomes for its members.

    With more than 40 years of health care leadership experience, Mr. Swedish assumed the role of CEO in 2013 and was named President by the Board of Directors in May 2014. He is credited with streamlining operations and investing in improved capabilities, reinvigorating WellPoint’s culture and the successful launch of more than 1,000 new products on the exchange marketplace. Mr. Swedish transformed WellPoint’s delivery system relationships into the nation’s largest portfolio of value-based contracting arrangements. WellPoint has outperformed expectations each quarter during Mr. Swedish’s tenure and the company’s stock price has risen to an all-time high.

    Mr. Swedish spent 24 years as CEO for several major health systems, most recently as President and CEO of Trinity Health Corporation, a multi-state integrated health care delivery system.

    Mr. Swedish received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his master’s degree in health administration from Duke University.

  • Warner Thomas

    Ochsner Health System

    Warner Thomas

    Warner Thomas officially assumed the role of Ochsner Health System President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on September 1, 2012. As the CEO of Ochsner, Louisiana’s largest nonprofit health system, Mr. Thomas is responsible for the system’s overall strategic growth and development.

    Mr. Thomas joined Ochsner in 1998 and served for 14 years as Ochsner’s President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, Mr. Thomas was instrumental in Ochsner’s growth in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated much of the medical infrastructure in south Louisiana. In the years since the storm, Ochsner acquired six hospitals and established a presence across south Louisiana.

  • Ray Thompson

    Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics

    Ray Thompson

    Ray Thompson joined Mother Frances Hospital in 1981 as Executive Vice President. He has been the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer since 1995.

    Trinity Mother Frances is the region’s preferred health care provider, with a proud tradition of more than 75 years of dedicated service to the people of east Texas. As a national leader in patient satisfaction, advanced technology and quality initiatives, Trinity Mother Frances is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating healthy lives for people and communities.

    Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics includes six hospitals and the Trinity Clinic, which is the area’s preferred multispecialty medical group, with more than 350 physicians and mid-level providers representing 40 specialties in 36 clinic locations serving east Texas.

    Mr. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration degree from Louisiana State University. He has more than 30 years’ experience in health care leadership and is a Fellow of the American College of Hospital Executives.

  • John F. Tiscornia

    Huron Healthcare

    Throughout his career, John F. Tiscornia has been involved in the financial, business and regulatory challenges of the healthcare industry. His expertise covers governance issues and board development, management interface between CEOs and boards, turnaround assessments and implementing turnaround plans for healthcare providers. He also has experience in performance improvement, conversion to nonprofit organizations, strategic planning for multi-hospital systems, consolidations, mergers and collaborations, as well as issues related to Catholic healthcare.

  • Carol B. Tomé

    The Home Depot

    Carol B. Tome

    Carol B. Tomé has served as Chief Financial Officer since May 2001 and was named Executive Vice President of corporate services at The Home Depot in January 2007. She provides leadership in the areas of real estate, store construction, financial services, strategic business development and growth initiatives. Her corporate finance duties include financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, financial operations, divisional finance, internal audit, investor relations, treasury and tax.

    Ms. Tomé joined The Home Depot in 1995. Prior to that, she was Vice President and Treasurer of Riverwood International Corporation. She began her career as a commercial lender with United Bank of Denver (now Wells Fargo) and then spent several years as Director of Banking for the Johns-Manville Corporation.

    In 2003, Ms. Tomé joined the UPS Board of Directors and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. From January 2008 through December 2013, she served as a board member for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, in both a Board Chair and Board Vice-Chair capacity. In 2012, she chaired the Board of The Metropolitan Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the second woman Chair in the organization’s 150-year history.

    She is an active volunteer, serving as a member of The Committee of 200, a member of the Atlanta Botanical Garden Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta and the Board of Governors for the American Red Cross.

    In 2012, The Wall Street Journal ranked Ms. Tomé Number 2 on its list of the Best Chief Financial Officers in Corporate America and in 2013, Fortune Magazine listed her among the top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business for the second consecutive year. In 2013, she was named a laureate and a member of the Junior Achievement of Georgia Business Hall of Fame. In 2011, she received a distinguished alumna award from the University of Wyoming. She was recognized with the 2009 Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans award by BDN Network and the 2009 CFO of the Year award by the CFO Roundtable. She ranked No. 16 in Forbes magazine’s 2008 list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women and was included by The Wall Street Journal on its list of 50 Women to Watch in 2007.

    Ms. Tomé holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Denver.

  • Michael O. Ugwueke, DHA, FACHE

    Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare & Methodist Memphis Hospitals

    Michael O. Ugwueke, DHA, FACHE

    Dr. Ugwueke is an accomplished healthcare executive with more than 27 years’ experience and a track record of developing partnership with physicians, associates and community leaders to address health care needs in the community while achieving higher levels of organizational performance.

    Since his arrival in Memphis in 2007 to Lead Methodist South Hospital, Dr. Ugwueke has completely transformed the hospital and has achieved clinical excellence, market share growth and financial and cultural turnaround of the hospital. Given his accomplishments at South, Dr. Ugwueke was asked in June of 2009 to take over the leadership of Methodist North Hospital in addition to leading Methodist South. In 2012, Dr. Ugwueke was promoted to Executive Vice President and COO for the System and in 2014 he was again promoted to President/COO for the System and President/CEO for all seven Memphis Hospitals.
  • Kate Walsh

    Boston Medical Center

    Kate Walsh

    Kate Walsh became the President and CEO of Boston Medical Center (BMC) on March 1, 2010. BMC is a private, not-for-profit, 496-bed, academic medical center with a community-based focus. The primary teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center has approximately 4,500 employees, 1,200 physicians, and an annual operating budget of roughly $1.0 billion. BMC is a founder of Boston HealthNet, a network affiliation of the Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine and 15 community health centers.

    Boston HealthNet is an integrated healthcare delivery system whose partners provide outreach, prevention, primary care, specialty care and dental services at sites located throughout Boston’s neighborhoods and Quincy.

  • May D. Wang, Ph.D.

    Georgia-Tech Center of Bio-Imaging Mass Spectrometry

    May D. Wang, Ph.D.

    May D. Wang, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Joint Department of BME, School of ECE, Winship Cancer Institute, Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, and Institute for People and Technology at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. She is a Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Cancer Scholar, Director of Biocomputing and Bioinformatics Core in Emory-Georgia Tech Cancer Nanotechnology Center, a Co-Director of Georgia-Tech Center of Bio-Imaging Mass Spectrometry, and an active participant in FDA-led Microarray Quality Control and Sequencing Consortium (MAQC-SEQC). Dr. Wang received PhDEE, MSCS, MS-Applied Math and MSEE from Georgia-Tech, and B.S.Eng from Tsinghua University. She had three to four years of industrial R&D experience before academic professorship.

    Currently, Dr. Wang’s research is on big biomedical data analytics, especially on biomedical and health informatics (BHI) for personalized and predictive health. Dr. Wang published 150-plus articles in peer-reviewed conference proceedings and journals (e.g., Nature Protocols, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Annual Review of Medicine, BMC Bioinformatics, Briefings in Bioinformatics, BMC Medical Imaging, Pathology Informatics, IEEE Proceedings, IEEE Transactions on Informatics Technology in Biomedicine, IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics, IEEE Reviews on Biomedical Engineering, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, and Trends in Biotechnology). She had a few tools certified by NIH/National Cancer Informatics Program as silver-level compatible. Dr. Wang is currently serving as the Senior Editor of Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (J-BHI), and is a 2014–2015 Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE-EMBS), Chair of the Steering Committee for IEEE-EMBS Special Topic Conference on BHI and a Co-Chair of IEEE-EMBS Technical Committee on BHI.

  • Joel Wernick

    Phoebe Putney Health System

    Joel Wernick

    A native of Fort Smith, Ark., Joel Wernick has been CEO of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital since 1988. Much has changed at Phoebe during those 25 plus years. The number of physicians has doubled, and employment has grown from 1,500 to more than 4,000 Phoebe Family members. Over the years, several million square feet of additional facility space has been added and technologies available to patients are second to none. Phoebe is also now an important piece of educating the state’s future doctors with both residency training and medical school programs. In 1990, Phoebe Putney had one site — Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Today, as a result of a focused growth strategy, Phoebe gives southwest Georgians access to health care through more than 30 entry points in the region, including five additional hospitals, more than 350 Phoebe Physician Partners and a continuum of other supporting entities.

  • Curt B. Whelan

    Huron Healthcare

    Curt B. Whelan

    Curt B. Whelan leads the Integrated Solution and Sales and Marketing division for Huron Healthcare. He brings more than 20 years of experience managing comprehensive healthcare consulting and performance improvement engagements. His expertise includes integrating and translating market-based demand analysis, physician alignment, operations benchmarking, financial planning, and technology trends into actionable plans. His extensive knowledge of emerging healthcare delivery models, coupled with his functional approach to project management and planning, provides the required expertise to build consensus organizationally and with governance to implement strategic and cost repositioning plans.

  • Daniel Wolterman

    Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

    Daniel Wolterman

    Dan Wolterman joined Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in 1999 and was named President and Chief Executive Officer in 2002. Before joining Memorial Hermann, he was Senior Vice President of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word Health Care System. In addition to his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hermann and serving on numerous local and national healthcare-related boards and committees, Mr. Wolterman is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health and serves on the University of Houston–Clear Lake Healthcare Administration Program Advisory Council.

  • Andrew A. Ziskind, M.D.

    Huron Healthcare

    Andrew A. Ziskind, M.D.

    Dr. Ziskind is a cardiologist with over 25 years of experience spanning clinical care and academic health system leadership for physicians and hospitals/health systems. He has led the development of innovative primary and specialty care delivery systems and is recognized as a leader in accountable care and payment reform. Dr. Ziskind has expertise as both a national and international consultant. He leads Huron Healthcare’s Clinical solutions and oversees Clinical Operations, Physician and Strategy solutions. Dr. Ziskind was recognized as one of Consulting Magazine’s top 25 consultants in 2013.

  • Joseph M. Zubretsky

    National Businesses, Aetna

    Joseph M. Zubretsky

    Joseph M. Zubretsky is the Senior Executive Vice President of Aetna’s National Businesses and a member of Aetna’s Executive Committee, the senior governing body of the company. He also leads Aetna’s corporate strategy and corporate development.

    He is responsible for several major business areas at Aetna, including National Accounts, a business that serves the largest domestic and multinational corporations and their employees with innovative tools; benefits; and related solutions that improve the health, well-being and productivity of the workforce. Mr. Zubretsky also leads HealthagenSM, Aetna’s innovative portfolio of new businesses delivering transformative population health and technology services to leading provider organizations, employers and consumers. HealthagenSM includes Accountable Care Solutions, ActiveHealth Management and Medicity. In addition, he is responsible for Aetna’s National Network Contracting and Care Management areas, as well as Aetna’s specialty products, including Aetna Behavioral Health, Aetna Pharmacy Management, Payflex, Prodigy Health Group, and Aetna’s Workers Compensation business.

    Prior to his current role, Mr. Zubretsky served for six years as Aetna’s Chief Financial Officer. Before joining Aetna, Mr. Zubretsky had 25 years of experience as a senior executive in strategy, operating, and finance roles in some of the world’s top companies including Unum Group and MassMutual Financial Group. Mr. Zubretsky started his career at Coopers and Lybrand, where he was a senior partner in their national insurance industry group.

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