Speaker Bios

S-Toufeeq-AhmedS. Toufeeq Ahmed, MS, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Ahmed leads education informatics research, new development and operations at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He provides informatics and technology leadership for the School of Medicine and is active with various leadership and education committees. Dr. Ahmed is a computer scientist by training, with expertise in natural language processing, information retrieval, and adaptive user interfaces, and has more than twenty peer-reviewed publications in these research domains. He was awarded Arizona State University’s Challenges Innovator Award 2010 for his PhD dissertation work. He had the privilege of giving an invited talk at TEDx Phoenix 2010. Previously, he has served as Chief Technology Officer of a NSF funded social recommendation startup (Theophilus Inc). From 2010 to 2012, he was a National Library of Medicine’s post-doctoral fellow at VUMC.

Suzanne-BakkenSuzanne Bakken, PhD, RN
Alumni Professor of Nursing, Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University

Dr. Bakken has conducted federally funded clinical informatics research for more than 25 years. She currently serves as Director of the Center for Evidence-based Practice in the Underserved and of the Reducing Health Disparities Through Informatics Pre- and Post-doctoral Training Program, both supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research. Dr. Bakken is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and American College of Medical Informatics and a member of the Institute of Medicine.

Michael-BarryMichael J. Barry, MD
President, Informed Medical Decisions Foundation; Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Michael became president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation in 2009. He has been involved with the Foundation since its beginning and previously served as chief medical editor. He is a past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) and the Society of General Internal Medicine in the United States. Michael has led many prominent research studies including the Patient Outcome Research Team for Prostatic Diseases. His research interests have included defining the outcomes of different strategies for the evaluation and treatment of prostate diseases, decision analysis, health status measurement, clinical quality improvement, and the use of decision aids to facilitate patients’ participation in decision making. He continues to practice primary care and serves as medical director of the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also a clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

R-Scott-BraithwaiteR. Scott Braithwaite, MD
Associate Professor, Director of the Division of Comparative Effectiveness and Decision Science at New York University School of Medicine and President of the Society of Medical Decision Making

As Division Director, Dr. Braithwaite is dedicated to advancing a program of rigorous, policy-relevant research to optimize quality and value in healthcare, incorporating methods of decision science, comparative effectiveness and cost effectiveness. In addition to his focus on improving care for chronic illness domestically, he also continues his important international work on HIV treatment strategies in developing countries.

Aaron-CarrollAaron Carroll, MD
Affiliated Scientist, Regenstrief; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, IUSM

Dr. Carroll received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1998. He completed an internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle. He stayed at the University of Washington to complete a health services research fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. During that time he received his masters degree in Health Services and a certificate in Public Health Informatics.

Randall-CebulRandall Cebul, MD
President, Better Health Greater Cleveland

Randy Cebul has been Director of Better Health Greater Cleveland since its founding and President since 2008. In addition to his roles in Better Health, Dr. Cebul is Director of the CWRU-MetroHealth System Center for Health Care Research and Policy and professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Biostatistics at CWRU School of Medicine, MetroHealth campus. Cebul serves on the Board of Directors of the Network for Regional Health Improvement, Care Alliance Health Center, and the MetroHealth Foundation. He also serves on the National Quality Forum’s Community Health Committee and National Priorities Partnership’s Population Health Task Force. Dr. Cebul received his MD from Yale, training in Internal Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and training in epidemiology and decision sciences at Penn’s Wharton School.

David-ClassenDavid Classen, MD, MS
CMIO, Pascal Metrics; Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Utah; Active Consultant in Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Classen is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah and an Active Consultant in Infectious Diseases at The University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He was the chair of Intermountain Healthcare’s Clinical Quality Committee for Drug Use and Evaluation and was the initial developer of patient safety research and patient safety programs at Intermountain Healthcare. In addition, he developed, implemented and evaluated a computerized physician order entry program at LDS Hospital that significantly improved the safety of medication use.

stephen-downsStephen Downs, MD
Director of Children’s Health Service Research, Indiana University SOM

Dr. Stephen M. Downs directs Children’s Health Services Research and the General and Community Pediatrics Section at the IU School of Medicine. He is the former director of the IU/Regenstrief Biomedical Informatics Research Training Program and the current director of the Indiana Health Services Research post-doctoral training program. He is a fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics.

He received his MD and master’s degree in Medical Informatics from Stanford University and completed an internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). At UNC-CH he completed a health services research fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and was on faculty in the Division of Community Pediatrics at UNC where he held joint appointments in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the School of Public Health. He was also director of the Duke-UNC Training Program in Medical Informatics.

Joshua-DennyJoshua Denny, MD, MS
Associate Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Denny completed an internal medicine residency as a Tinsley Harrison Scholar at Vanderbilt. His interests in medical informatics began while in medical school with the development of a concept-based curriculum database to improve medical education. Other interests include natural language processing, accurate phenotype identification from electronic medical record data, and using the electronic medical record to discover genome-phenome associations to better understand disease and drug response, including the development of the EMR-based phenome-wide association (PheWAS). Nationally, he is part of the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network and eMERGE Coordinating Center, Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN), and the Pharmacogenomics of very large populations (PGPop) network. At Vanderbilt, he is also part of the PREDICT (Pharmacogenomic Resource for Enhanced Decisions in Care and Treatment) program, which prospectively genotypes patients to tailor drug response. Dr. Denny serves on several local committees and remains active in teaching medical students and clinical roles.

Robert-DittusRobert Dittus, MD, MPH
Director, Vanderbilt Institute for Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Dittus has devoted 30 years to healthcare quality improvement and his research has led to the improvement of the effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, safety and equity of healthcare. He has advanced the methodology of medical decision making and conducted numerous studies delineating the cost-effectiveness of alternative strategies for clinical care. He has conducted numerous studies examining the microsystems of healthcare that have improved healthcare delivery. He has conducted numerous studies on the macrosystems of healthcare that have led to improvements in health policy. He continues these efforts through his current research programs.

Bridget-DuffyBridget Duffy, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Vocera Communications

Prior to founding ExperiaHealth, Dr. Duffy served as chief experience officer of the Cleveland Clinic, leading the institution in establishing patient experience as its top strategic priority. She is a frequent speaker on the subject of why the patient experience matters and how it impacts clinical outcomes. Her work has earned her the Quantum Leap Award for taking the risk to spur internal change in her field and has led her to be featured in HealthLeaders magazine as one of “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better.”

margo-edmunds-headshot Margo Edmunds, PhD
Vice President, Evidence Generation and Knowledge Translation, AcademyHealth

Margo Edmunds, PhD, is a health policy researcher with a clinical background in disease management. In November 2012, she will join Academy Health as vice president for evidence generation and translation, a new position in which she will oversee programs and services to support health services research to generate relevant, rigorous, and timely evidence and promote its translation into policy and practice.

Peter-Embi-iHealth Peter J. Embi, MD, MS, FACMI
Associate Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine (Rheumatology)
Chief Research Information Officer, The OSU Wexner Medical Center

Dr. Embi is Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Internal Medicine, and Vice Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at The Ohio State University (OSU). He also serves as the Chief Research Information Officer for the OSU Wexner Medical Center and as Biomedical Informatics Director of the CTSA-supported OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science. He is an NIH-funded investigator, innovator, and recognized leader in the field of Clinical Research Informatics (CRI), with particular focus on methods to optimally leverage biomedical data and health information systems to improve clinical care and translational research.

Ian-Eslick-speakerIan Eslick, PhD
Managing Partner, Vital Reactor, LLC

Ian Eslick is a scientist and entrepreneur who’s passion is finding ways to make the considerable power of computation more accessible to and to help individuals and communities can solve big societal problems. He is the Managing Partner of Vital Reactor, a health innovation incubator working with several hospitals to develop information technology solutions that enhance the patient-provider relationship. His recent PhD at the MIT Media Laboratory developed a new methodology for generating and validating hypotheses in crowdsourced health data. Central to this work was embracing self-experimentation along with automated recommendations to help individuals explore a set of possible treatments. Ian also developed the International LAM Registry and a patient-driven research site, LAMsight, in partnership with the LAM Treatment Alliance. Prior to his work on healthcare, Ian did work at MIT related to artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction and prior to that was the co-founder of Silicon Spice, a venture-backed fabless semiconductor firm spun out of MIT and sold to Broadcom Corporation in 2000 where he served as a Director of Engineering in the telecom and mobile business units.

kevin-fickenscher Kevin Fickenscher, MD
Senior Advisor, Past-President and CEO, American Medical Informatics Association

Dr. Fickenscher is a recognized physician executive leader with extensive experience in strategic and operational development in complex healthcare organizations. He served as President and CEO of AMIA for 20 months, departing in 2013. Prior to AMIA he served as the Chief Medical Officer at Perot Systems (later acquired by Dell Healthcare Services) and led the health care information technology consulting practice. He moved the organization’s International Healthcare practice forward and extended operations into the Middle East, India, China and Latin America.

He first moved into the information technology world as the Chief Medical Officer at WebMD, then as Director of Clinical Transformation at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), before joining Perot Systems. Prior to his healthcare information technology focus, Dr. Fickenscher was a Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for two of the premier integrated healthcare systems in the nation—Aurora Health Care and Catholic Healthcare West.

Mark-FrisseMark Frisse, MD
Accenture Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Mark Frisse’s work focuses on the intersection between health care informatics, economics, policy, and health care transformation. His service includes responsibilities coordinating informatics activities among regional hospitals and fostering effective health information exchange. His research is directed toward the potential contribution to economically sustainable health care through more effective use of informatics and information technology.

William-GreggWilliam Gregg, MD, MS, MPH
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Informatics and Medicine, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Gregg is a practicing general internist, as well as assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine at Vanderbilt. His research is primarily focused on the intersection between chronic disease care, quality improvement and biomedical informatics. As Co-Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Health Promotion and Disease Management he leads several projects in population level patient management involving more than 10,000 patients. In his role as Director of Population Health Informatics, he has led the development of the software underpinning Vanderbilt’s Care Coordination system – My Health Team at Vanderbilt. This system is the foundation for Vanderbilt’s $18 million CMS Innovation Award. He is also the primary inventor of Vanderbilt’s chronic disease tracking system and has implemented the system for more than 15 different conditions/diseases across more than 500 providers.

Dick-JohannesDick Johannes, MD
Vice President of Clinical Research, CareFusion

Dr. Johannes is currently vice president of Clinical Research at CareFusion. In addition to his clinical practice, he previously served as a faculty member in gastroenterology and biomedical engineering at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has served on several National Quality Forum (NQF) committees related to public reporting of health outcomes and is the current CareFusion representative to the NQF.

Dick earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, a doctor of medicine from The Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in computer science from The Johns Hopkins University.

Kevin-ihealth-chair Kevin Johnson, MD, MS
Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor & Chair of Biomedical Informatics, Professor of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt

Dr. Johnson is an internationally-respected developer and evaluator of clinical information technology. His research interests have been related to developing and encouraging the adoption of clinical information systems to improve patient safety and compliance with practice guidelines; the uses of advanced computer technologies, including the Worldwide Web, personal digital assistants, and pen-based computers in medicine; and the development of computer-based documentation systems for the point of care. In the early phases of his career, he directed the development and evaluation of evidence-based pediatric care guidelines for The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is the author of over 100 publications and books or book chapters, is Assistant Editor for the preeminent journal in biomedical informatics (JAMIA), and serves on the editorial board of Ambulatory Pediatrics. He was awarded membership in the American College of Medical Informatics in 2004. Dr. Johnson is a member of the American Board of Pediatrics’ Program for Maintenance of Certification Task Force, and has been actively involved with the program of Maintenance of Certification developed by the Board for all pediatricians. He has held numerous leadership positions within the American Medical Informatics Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Michael-KappelmanMichael Kappelman, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at University of North Carolina

Dr. Kappelman is a pediatric gastroenterologist with interests in epidemiology and health services research in pediatric inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). He recently joined the UNC faculty after completing fellowships in pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric health services research at Harvard Medical School and a Master’s in Public Health in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health. His recent work includes a study of practice variation in the management of pediatric Crohn’s disease, and a descriptive epidemiological study of IBD in the United States. His current work is focused on 1) analyzing the utilization of resources and economic impact of IBD, and 2) studying the quality of care in this patient population. Dr. Kappelman leads the UNC pediatric IBD team for the Pediatric IBD Network for Research and Improvement QI Collaborative and the UNC Chronic Care Collaborative.

Brenda-KulhanekBrenda Kulhanek, PhD, RN-BC, CNE
Corporate Director, Clinical Informatics, Adventist Health

Dr. Brenda Kulhanek is the corporate director of clinical practice and education for Adventist Health West, a large health care system headquartered in Sacramento, California. Previously, she worked as the corporate director of clinical informatics where she implemented a new system-wide clinical informatics model and pioneered a cost-saving eLearning program throughout the organization. Brenda received her PhD in Performance Improvement &Training from Capella University and holds board certification in both nursing informatics and health information management systems. Dr. Kulhanek has served as a contributing faculty member for the School of Nursing at Walden University since 2011 and serves on the board of directors for ANIA. Her passion is to advance health care outcomes by incorporating the tools and models of human performance improvement technology into the business of health care in order to improve human performance.

James-LockJames E. Lock, MD
Cardiologist-in-Chief and Chairman of the Department of Cardiology at Children’s Hospital Boston, and the Alexander S. Nadas Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School

Dr. James Lock is Cardiologist-in-Chief and Chairman of the Department of Cardiology at Children’s Hospital Boston, and the Alexander S. Nadas Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lock attended medical school at Stanford University, pursued pediatric residency and cardiology fellowship at the University of Minnesota, and trained in cardiovascular physiology for two years at the University of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children. Scientific work on pulmonary vascular control was supported by an AHA Established Investigator Award, the March of Dimes (Basil O’Connor Award) and National Institutes of Health (RO1 HL). Dr. Lock shifted his research focus to experimental interventional cardiology, providing most of the basic research in that field. In 1984, he joined Children’s Hospital as Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, and became Department Chair in 1993. Dr. Lock has invented several cardiac catheterization devices and has developed several dozen new non-surgical procedures to improve care for children with complex heart disease. In September 1999, the CardioSEAL device developed by Dr. Lock and others became the first septal occlusion device to receive FDA approval for use inside the human heart.

Steven-LuxenbergSteve Luxenberg
CMIO, Piedmont Healthcare

Dr. Luxenberg joined Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta, GA in 2008 as Chief Medical Information Officer. He provides leadership for clinical information systems that assist all clinicians in the delivery of patient care, including the new EMR currently being deployed throughout the organization. Prior to joining Piedmont, Dr. Luxenberg served as Deputy CIO at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, where he supported the implementation and optimization of the center’s Clinical Research Information System (CRIS). Preceding his time at NIH, Dr. Luxenberg served as Medical Director of Informatics at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI, where he collaborated on CPOE implementation and other clinical system initiatives. Dr. Luxenberg received an M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Medical College of Virginia. This training was followed by an NLM-sponsored fellowshipin medical informatics at Columbia University.

steve-margolisSteve Margolis, MD
CMIO, Adventist Health

Steve Margolis previously worked in Florida as the Chief Clinical Informatics Officer to Orlando Health starting in 2004. During his time at Orlando Health, Margolis won the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS) Award in 2009 for Excellence, Outstanding Achievement, and Special Recognition in Applied Medical Informatics; on top of which he earned his Black Belt of Lean Six Sigma initiatives.In addition to his time at Orlando Medical, Margolis has worked as the Senior Manager of Clinical Transformation Healthcare Division at Cap Gemini Ernst &Young a global leader in consulting, technology, and outsourcing services. Also, his resume includes a nine-year stint at ricewaterhousecoopers/IBM as a Principal Consultant in the Healthcare Strategy and Life Sciences Division.Originally from South Africa, Margolis earned his Medical Degree from the University of Cape Town, his Master of Medicine (Otology and Laryngology) from the University of Natal, and completed his Fellowship in Surgery (Otology and Laryngology) at the College of Medicine in Cape Town.Along with his medical degrees, Margolis also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Epidemiology, a Graduate Degree in Information Systems, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Elizabeth-McGlynnElizabeth McGlynn, PhD
Director, Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness and Safety Research

Dr. McGlynn formerly served as associate director of RAND Health and held the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Care Quality. Dr. McGlynn is an internationally known expert on methods for evaluating the appropriateness and technical quality of health care delivery. She has conducted research on the appropriateness with which a variety of surgical and diagnostic procedures are used in the U.S. and in other countries. She led the development of a comprehensive method for evaluating the technical quality of care delivered to adults and children. The method was used in a national study of the quality of care delivered to U.S. adults and children. The article reporting the adult findings received the Article-of-the-Year award from AcademyHealth in 2004.

Zsolt-NagykaldiZsolt F. Nagykaldi, PhD
Associate Professor, Associate Director of Research, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Dr. Nagykaldi is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of Research in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is also the Administrative Director of the Oklahoma Physicians Resource/Research Network (OKPRN). He holds a BS in pharmacy and a PhD in pharmacology. He has participated in a two-year, Masters-level Public Health and Health Services Research didactic curriculum. Since 2001, he has been working closely with a network of community primary care practices throughout Oklahoma to improve the quality and safety of care through participatory practice-based health services research. Dr. Nagykaldi collaborated in a number of research and quality improvement projects as a PI, co-PI, or key participant, including preventive services delivery, chronic disease management, practice facilitation and redesign, patient-centered care, clinical decision-support, and the design and implementation of health information technology in various care settings. Partnering with clinicians, community organizations, and patients, he developed 20 health IT applications that helped improve care delivery locally or nationally. His current work includes the development and testing of a novel, patient goal-directed, prospective care delivery approach via a web-based health risk appraisal tool.

Marc-Overhage-ihealthMarc Overhage, MD, PhD
Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Siemens Health Services

Over the last decade, Dr. Overhage has played a significant regional and national leadership role in advancing the policy, standards, financing and implementation of health information exchange. He serves on the Health Information Technology Standards Committee and the Board of Directors of the National Quality Form as well as being engaged in a number of national healthcare initiatives. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and the American College of Physicians. He received the Davies Recognition Award for Excellence in Computer-Based Patient Recognition for the Regenstrief Medical Record System. Dr. Overhage was a resident in internal medicine, a medical informatics and health services research fellow and then chief medical resident at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He practiced general internal medicine for over 20 years including the ambulatory, inpatient and emergency care settings.

Wilson-PaceWilson Pace, MD
Director of SNOCAP, University of Colorado

Dr. Pace is the director of the American Academy of Family Physicians National Research Network, the director of SNOCAP – a consortium of practice-based research networks within the University of Colorado, and the Department of Family Medicine’s Information Services group. Dr. Pace’s research has focused on practice reorganization, practice-based research methodology, electronic data collection techniques and patient safety. He serves as the principal investigator, co-investigator, or in an advisory capacity to a number of health information technology, behavioral change, and disease specific projects.

marlon-priest-headshot Marlon L. Priest, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Bon Secours Health System

As CMO, Dr. Priest’s responsibilities include the oversight and achievement of the strategic goals related to aligning with premier practitioners and providing safe, compassionate and high quality care to all of Bon Secours’ patients. Dr. Priest leads the development and achievement of system-wide clinical outcome indicators and care management improvement strategies and tactics. He advises governance, management and clinical leadership at both the system and local system levels in the assessment and development of patient care programs and services that serve the community needs effectively and efficiently.

Dr. Priest has more than 28 years of experience, most recently with the University of Alabama (UAB) at Birmingham, where he served as a professor of emergency medicine and surgery, senior associate chief of staff and chief quality officer and medical director for national acclaimed critical care transport. He currently serves the Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis as chair of the quality committee and a member of the executive community. He served a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded health policy fellowship in the Institute of Medicine and U.S. Senate.

Murray-RossMurray Ross, PhD
Vice President, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Director of Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy

Murray Ross is vice president, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and director of the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy in Oakland, California. The Institute for Health Policy supports research, expert roundtables, and conferences—all intended to increase understanding of policy issues and help identify solutions.

Before joining Kaiser Permanente in 2002, Murray spent most of his professional career as a policy advisor to the United States Congress. He served almost five years as the executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, an influential nonpartisan agency charged with making recommendations on Medicare policy issues to the Congress. Previously, he spent nine years at the Congressional Budget Office, lastly heading up the group charged with assessing the budgetary impact of legislative proposals affecting the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Murray earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland at College Park and completed his undergraduate work in economics at Arizona State University.

Patricia-SengstackPatricia P. Sengstack, DNP, RN-BC, CPHIMS
Chief Nursing Informatics Officer for the Bon Secours Health System

Dr. Sengstack is the Chief Nursing Informatics Officer for the Bon Secours Health System and is the former Deputy CIO and Chief of Clinical Informatics at the National Institutes of Health, Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. She has her DNP from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s in Nursing Informatics from the University of Maryland. She is currently serving as the President of the American Nursing Informatics Association. She has multiple informatics publications, most recently on the configuration of safe CPOE systems. She has presented at the national level on a variety of informatics topics and is currently on the faculty at Vanderbilt University. Her focus over the last year has been Health Information Technology’s impact on patient safety as well as building a program to improve the evaluation process of IT systems.

Lisa-simpson Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH
President and CEO, Academy Health

A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, Dr. Simpson is a passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy and practice. Since joining AcademyHealth in 2011, Dr. Simpson has worked to raise the visibility of the field of health services research and its contributions to improving the quality, value and accessibility of care, reducing disparities, and improving health.

Bruce-SlaterBruce Slater, MD
Clinical Informatics Specialist, Epic

Bruce Slater is a primary care physician with 10 years of EHR implementation experience including the academic medical center and community teaching hospital environment. He graduated from the University of Florida and finished Internal Medicine residency at Saint Frances Hospital in Hartford, CT. He is currently working at Epic in Verona, Wisconsin on the Clinical Informatics team. He has an interest in physician patient communication and real time use of the EHR during the patient interview.

Jack-StarmerJack Starmer, MD
Associate Professor, Vanderbilt School of Medicine

An internist and former clinical fellow in Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt, Dr. Starmer has considerable expertise in nursing and physician informatics for system design, computer-human interface, and integrating software tools into clinical workflow. He has served as a leader in the development of a clinical documentation and reimbursement coding system from an innovative medical software firm. Current research interests include clinical software adoption, and integrating evidence-based decision support at the point-of-care. Dr. Starmer is also a member of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s National Resource Center for Health Information Technology, overseeing technical assistance for several of AHRQ’s Health Information Technology grantees.

Nick-SteinNick Stine, MD
Chief Medical Officer, HHC Accountable Care Organization, New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation

Nicholas Stine, MD, is the Associate Director of Healthcare Improvement at the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, the country’s largest municipal health system, where he develops and implements population health strategy to serve 1.3 million mostly Medicaid and uninsured patients. He is also an Attending Primary Care Physician at Bellevue Hospital and is a member of the faculty of the NYU School of Medicine in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine. Nick is board-certified in Internal Medicine, having completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Throughout his career, he has maintained active roles in public health and policy, including work as a staffer for Congressman Henry Waxman, policy advisor for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and as a member of the Obama Campaign Health Care Advisory Committee. Nick has published on the intersection between Medicine and Public Health in prominent journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and has clinical experience in Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Detroit, the Indian Health Service, Botswana and Haiti.

richard-tayrien-headshot Richard B. Tayrien, DO
Chief Health Information Officer, HCA

Dr. Tayrien is responsible for the continued development and implementation of hCare, HCA’s comprehensive program for advanced health information technologies. He serves as the Vice President of Clinical Information Systems of Catholic Healthcare West. He has extensive experience creating and deploying clinical information systems that promote quality and efficiency and improve patient safety.

Jonathan-Teich-MDJonathan Teich, MD, CMIO
Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Health Sciences Division, Elsevier

Dr. Teich’s primary focus lies in the design of innovative information systems to directly improve clinical care, prevent adverse events and streamline clinical workflow to address the most critical needs of the healthcare community. A practicing physician, Dr. Teich boasts a wealth of experience in the scientific and technical fields. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard, and a board-certified attending physician in emergency medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), where he has practiced since 1983. A recognized leader in his field, Dr. Teich serves on a number of industry and government leadership councils. He is co-chair of the panel responsible for the HHS-sponsored Roadmap for National Action on Clinical Decision Support and is a board member of the eHealth Initiative, a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and of HIMSS, and a member of the American Health Information Community Quality Workgroup. He has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers, books, and editorials in the field of medical informatics and healthcare information systems. Dr. Teich has also helped to found Healthvision, Inc., an internet healthcare company producing innovative, web-based, clinical information systems and patient/community information sites for large healthcare organizations. He served Healthvision as chief medical officer, responsible for strategic product vision across clinical and patient product areas.

Marc-Williams-ihealthMarc S. Williams, MD, FAAP, FACMG
Director of the Genomic Medicine Institute, Geisinger

Marc S. Williams, MD, FAAP, FACMG is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison having graduated with a BS in Chemistry in 1977, and an MD in 1981. He did a pediatric residency at the University of Utah from 1981-1984. After two years of solo practice in Hillsdale, Michigan, he joined the Riverside (California) Medical Clinic as a general pediatrician and practiced there until 1991. From 1991 Dr. Williams was at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, WI. Hired as a general pediatrician, he eventually pursued fellowship training in Clinical Genetics, and was board certified in this specialty in 1996 and recertified in 2006.

From January of 2005 to December 2011 he was the director of the Intermountain Healthcare Clinical Genetics Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. As of January 2012, he has been the director of the Genomic Medicine Institute of the Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pennsylvania. He is the co-PI of the Geisinger Electronic Medical Records in Genomics (eMERGE) project, is PI on the PCORI-funded Patient Facing Genomic Test Report research project and is the medical director of the whole genome sequencing clinical research project. He has authored over eighty articles in the peer-review medical literature and is a frequent presenter at national and international meetings.

Becky-YanoBecky Yano, PhD
Professor, Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Trained in health care epidemiology, biostatistics and health policy at UCLA and RAND, Dr. Yano has over 25 years’ experience in health services research and program evaluation. She has received the VA HSR&D Research Career Scientist Award for outstanding accomplishment in health services research and is a nationally recognized expert on organizational factors influencing quality of care and system performance, with a focus on primary care, prevention, and women’s health. Her work has led to the creation of a unique set of organizational datasets that span more than a decade of VA’s quality transformation, enabling empirical assessment of management and clinical practice factors that distinguish high and low performing health care organizations.

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