Agnes Binagwaho, MD

Agnes Binagwaho, MD

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho is the Minister of Health of the Republic of Rwanda. She obtained her medical training in Belgium and France. She is a paediatrician specializing in emergency paediatrics, neonatology, and the treatment of HIV/AIDS in children and adults. She is the Chair of the Rwandan Pediatric Society. Dr. Binagwaho worked as a paediatrician in France and Rwanda before accepting an appointment as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda's National AIDS Control Commission in 2002. She left that post in October 2008 to take her current position. Dr. Binagwaho has served 4 years as Chair of the Rwandan Steering Committee for the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and was responsible for the management of the World Bank MAP Project in Rwanda, while also serving on the country’s High Commission on Aid Policy. She is the current chair of the Rwanda Country Coordinating Mechanism for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Dr. Binagwaho is a member of the Editorial Board of Public Library of Science (PLOS) and serves on the board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, the Health Advisory Board for Time Magazine, and the Advisory Board of the Friends of the Global Fund Africa. Dr. Binagwaho is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and of the Steering Committee for the Multi-Country Support Program on SSR/HIV/AIDS, an advisory body of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Amsterdam. Dr. Binagwaho co-chaired the Millennium Development Goal Project Task Force on HIV/AIDS and Access to Essential Medicines, under the leadership of Professor Jeffrey Sachs, for the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Currently she is global Co-Chair of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS (JLICA). She is a founding Board Member of the Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development in Africa (TICH), based in Kisumu, Kenya. Dr. Binagwaho is currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She has authored more than 100 presentations and articles for international conferences and journals on paediatrics, HIV/AIDS, and programme management. In Rwanda, Dr. Binagwaho has participated in developing national PMTCT standards, as well as protocols for paediatric HIV/AIDS care and treatment. She is active in advocacy and political mobilisation on behalf of women and children, in Rwanda and worldwide.
Alexandra Drane

Alexandra Drane

Alexandra Drane has devoted her career to inspiring people to lead healthier, happier and more engaged lives through the use of innovative technology. Her entrepreneurial spirit and passion for technology and design have led to the launch of four successful healthcare ventures over the past 15 years. Alexandra has proven herself an innovator, whose ideas on using technology to engage people in their health – and her belief in adding a touch of joy to the often staid world of healthcare communications – have been adopted by the nation’s top healthcare organizations. Alexandra is currently president and co-founder of Eliza Corporation, a leading provider of integrated healthcare communication strategies and one of Entrepreneur magazine’s “100 Brilliant Companies” (2009). The company’s intelligent, tailored interactions—including automated calls powered by a patented speech recognition engine, rich web and multi-modal delivery platform and proprietary sophisticated data analytics—make health and healthcare information more accessible, more actionable and more engaging. Alexandra is also a co-founder of Engage with Grace, a not-for-profit movement launched in October 2008 aimed at helping people understand, communicate and have honored their end-of-life wishes. She received the Boston Business Journal’s “Champions of Healthcare” award for her efforts in this area, and in 2009 Engage With Grace was one of the top ten phrases added to the healthcare lexicon.
Amanda Goltz

Amanda Goltz

Amanda Goltz is currently the Health Management Solutions Leader at Aetna. Priorto this, she served as the Senior Manager of Innovation and Consumer Engagement at Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH). She also advises several start-up companies as a mentor at Rock Health, a San Francisco-based health IT incubator, and StartXMed, health and life sciences incubator for Stanford University’s top entrepreneurs through experiential education; as well as serving on the board several startups with seed and Series A funding. Prior to PBGH, Amanda was senior advisor to the national healthcare practice at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and its policy and business advisory unit, Manatt Health Solutions. At Manatt, Amanda consulted for California Health & Human Services to draft the Strategic Plan for the state health information exchange, resulting in a $40 million grant from ONC to the state of California. From 2005 to 2009, Amanda served as Program Director at Partners Healthcare, the integrated delivery network founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, managing a $2M program with a team of six clinicians and project managers to drive system wide quality improvement and transparency across the care delivery spectrum. At the outset of her career, Amanda consulted for the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. Amanda received her MPA in Health Finance and Management from New York University and her BA in Political Science with honors from Columbia College of Columbia University.
Annie Levy

Annie Levy

Annie Levy is a creative director and photographer who conceives, creates and exhibits projects, telling stories to transform the way we see things. As a result of her work and enthusiasm about her subjects, she is frequently asked to speak at conferences and present to groups, using her projects to discuss such topics as Visual Messaging, Health Care Design, Images and Aging, as well as concepts related to overall project development and design. Included in her speaking engagements are the New York Times Company Foundation's program for journalists at the International Longevity Center, John A. Hartford Communications Conferences, and the American Society on Aging's National Conference. Most recently she was the keynote speaker for Center for Health Design's Environments and Aging Conference. In October of 2010, Annie conducted a Grand Rounds presentation at Mount Sinai School of Medicine's Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, NYC. She has her BFA from NYU Film School.
Anuradha Acharya

Anuradha Acharya

Ms. Acharya is the founder & CEO of Ocimum Biosolutions, a global genomics outsourcing partner for discovery, development and diagnostics. The company was founded in the year 2000 and has completed 3 international acquisitions, Gene Logic's Genomics Division from Maryland, USA, in the year 2007, Oligos Division of Isogen Life Sciences from The Netherlands in 2006, and the GD business of MWG Biotech of Germany in 2005. Ocimum today has over 2000 customers worldwide and operates under the main business units of Lab, Sample and Data Management; BioResearch Design and Execution; Data Analytics and Insights; and Integrated Solutions. Ocimum has raised capital from Kubera Cross Border Fund (KUBC) for an equity investment of up to US$17 million (including the pro rata investment by affiliates of Kubera Partners, LLC, the Investment Manager of KUBC). Ocimum was previously financed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private Equity arm of the World Bank. Prior to founding Ocimum Biosolutions, Ms. Acharya has had rich experience in the Telecom, IT and entrepreneurship arenas. She worked for a startup in the telecommunications space called Mantiss Information and a consulting firm called SEI Information where she helped create a social networking site for entrepreneurs. Her experience is backed by education at premier institutions like the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur, India (IIT) and University of Illinois where she has two Post Graduate degrees in Physics and MIS. She is a regular in technology forums and round tables and one of the well known first generation entrepreneurs in the Indian life sciences space. She was named by Red Herring Magazine to the list of "25 Tech Titans under 35" in 2006. Ocimum has received several awards including "Fastest Growing Life Sciences Company in India", Red Herring Asia 100, "IT Innovation Award" by NASSCOM and has been named to the Deloitte list of Fastest Growing companies in Asia, five years in a row. She has been named Biospectrum “Entrepreneur of the Year” for 2008 and also has been awarded the Astia Life Science Innovators Award in the same year.
Archelle Georgiou, MD

Archelle Georgiou, MD

Dr. Archelle Georgiou combines her deep knowledge of clinical medicine with a breadth of experience in business and health care administration to pursue her passion for simplifying the health care system. As a practicing physician and as a corporate managed care executive, Dr. Georgiou learned and leveraged the value and importance of simple and compelling communication to influence impacting patients’ personal health care behaviors as well as driving health care purchasing decisions and business growth. Dr Georgiou left UnitedHealth Group after fourteen years to form Georgiou Consulting, LLC (www.georgiouconsulting.com). Her focus is using the power of language, data and technology to translate complex medical information into meaningful health care messages for a broad spectrum of audiences and clients. She works with large health care companies to crystallize their health care outcomes into meaningful and differentiating messages that drive growth and profitability. In addition, Dr. Georgiou helps consumers make better health care decisions. MyHealthCompare (www.myhealthcompare.com) is a free consumer website she has developed that that makes it easy for people to rank and compare hospitals. One of Archelle’s greatest joys is using the media to communicate directly with the public and health consumers. She conducts a twice weekly Fox TV healthcare segment in the Twin Cities. She offers viewers a practical and balanced analysis of the latest health care news headlines and translates the information into practical tips they can use to take better care of themselves. She is also a Fellow with the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing and works collaboratively with the Center to empower consumers to navigate the health care system. In the public policy arena, she serves as a Senior Fellow with Newt Gingrich's Center for Health Transformation. Dr. Georgiou is a frequently invited speaker at healthcare industry and consumer forums on topics such as health reform, health information technology, and innovative health models. Some of the highlights include being a guest on Oprah and Friends with Dr Mehmet Oz, testifying as an expert witness in Congress and being an annual guest lecturer at the Wharton School of Business. In the Spring 2009, Dr. Georgiou was a medical correspondent on an international expedition with Dan Buettner and the Blue Zones Team to explore the secrets of longevity. Dr. Georgiou is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She trained and practiced in internal medicine in Northern California before transitioning into healthcare administration and policy.
Arletty Pinel, MD

Arletty Pinel, MD

Dr. Arletty Pinel is the CEO of Genos Global, an international health and development consulting firm established in 1992 in Sao Paulo, Brazil that now runs its global operations from Panama. Previous to this role, she served as the Director of SurGlobal, a special new program on health and development at the International Center for Sustainable Development in Panama. Dr. Pinel is an internationally recognized health and development expert with decades of global experience in sexual and reproductive health (SRH), HIV/AIDS and sustainable community mobilization. She is a Panamanian national whose professional experience covers a broad range of public health senior-level administration and management positions at national and global levels. Amongst them, Chief, Reproductive Health at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); Fund Portfolio Director for Latin America and Eastern Europe at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Deputy Director of YouthNet at Family Health International; Regional Coordinator for Latin America at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance; and Chief of Health Promotion at the Brazilian Ministry of Health/National AIDS Control Program. Dr. Pinel is a psychiatrist with post-doctorate work at Cornell and Columbia Universities. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Audrey Sheppard

Audrey Sheppard

Audrey Sheppard spent four years (1996-1999) directing the FDA Office of Women’s Health as a Clinton Administration Presidential appointee. There, she created a program to raise public awareness about safe medicine use. Called “Women’s Health: Take Time To Care,” it involved partnering with 85 women’s and health professional organizations and the National Association of Chain Drugstores to reach millions of women with information on how medicines their family members and they take interact with each other, with dietary supplements and alcoholic beverages and that reading labels is essential. Since leaving the FDA ten years ago, she has advised and assisted women’s health companies and non-profits. Earlier in her career, Ms. Sheppard was a legislative and press assistant on Capitol Hill and a political and communications consultant with a clientele of Democratic candidates for Congressional and other offices, particularly women, as well as political party committees and organizations such as the National Women’s Political Caucus. She was Political Director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 1981-87. In the 2008 general election, Sheppard and colleague Susan Wood Ph.D. spearheaded the national affinity group Women’s Health Leaders for Obama-Biden.
Barbara Glickstein

Barbara Glickstein

Barbara Glickstein is a public health nurse executive, health policy expert and broadcast journalist. Currently, she serves as the Senior Program Director at Interprofessional Training and Education at Cornell-Hunter (TEACH). For more than 25 years, she has produced and hosted Healthstyles, an award winning, weekly program on public radio in New York City. Glickstein views her radio program as a public health practice, providing ongoing coverage of issues that make a vital difference in our everyday lives. In addition to her own programs, Glickstein was a contributing health reporter on Martha Stewart’s Sirius Satellite radio show Living Today. She has received numerous awards for her work including one from the American Academy of Nursing and the New York City Public Health Association. She was selected by the Women’s Media Center to participate in their Progressive Women’s Voices Program advocating for and mentoring women to speak out on progressive issues in the national media. Glickstein was co-founding director of the Continuum Center for Health and Healing at Beth Israel Medical Center in NYC, the largest academic integrative health care center in the United States. Her work was honored when she received the Association of Healing Health Care Projects Leland R. Kaiser Founder’s Award. She is on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Nursing and co-author of The Role of Media in Influencing Policy: Getting the Message Across in Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care. Ms. Glickstein is on the Board of Project Kesher, a women’s advocacy organization working in 160 communities across Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Israel and the United States. She has been an activist working primarily in the areas of health care advocacy, gender inequality, religious and ethnic intolerance, trafficking in women and women’s health.
Beatriz de Faria Leao, MD, PhD

Beatriz de Faria Leao, MD, PhD

Beatriz de Faria Leão, MD, PhD has been in health informatics since 1980 and is a founder of the Brazilian Health Informatics Association. Dr. de Faria Leão’s main areas of expertise are standards and electronic health records. She was an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the Federal University of Rio Grande Sul and Federal University of São Paulo. From 2000 to 2004, she worked as a Consultant to the Brazilian Department of Health in the National Health Card Project. She has worked as an independent consultant to the São Paulo City Health Department, the Brazilian Agency for Supplementary Health, and Zilics Health Information Systems. Recently, she has worked for WHO in Mozambique as a Consultant in health information systems, standards, and national policies. Dr. de Faria Leão coordinates the Models and Concepts Representation Workgroup of the Brazilian Health Informatics Standards Committee.
Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN

Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FNAP, FAAN

Dr. Melnyk is the Dean, Associate Vice President for Health Promotion, Chief Wellness Officer at Ohio State University. Prior to this role, she served as Dean and Distinguished Foundation Professor in Nursing at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Before her appointment at ASU, she was the Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Center for Research and Evidence-Based Practice at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Dr. Melnyk has actively practiced for nearly 25 years as a pediatric nurse practitioner/psychiatric nurse practitioner in primary care as well as in-patient psychiatric and school-based day treatment programs. In 2002, Dr. Melnyk was elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing where she is recognized as an edge-runner. She is a distinguished practitioner in the National Academies of Practice, and is the recipient of numerous distinguished and outstanding awards from professional organizations. Dr. Melnyk is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in evidence-based practice as well as in child and adolescent mental health. She has worked and consulted with numerous healthcare systems throughout the nation and globe to advance and sustain evidence-based practice. Dr. Melnyk also is founder and chair of a national mental health promotion campaign for children and teens called KySS (Keep your children/yourself Safe and Secure) that is sponsored by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. In addition, Dr. Melnyk is currently a member of the United States Preventive Services Task Force and is a developmental expert for national ABC news. She also served as an invited member of the Institute of Medicine’s healthcare professions working group for the roundtable on evidence-based medicine.
Casey Quinlan

Casey Quinlan

Casey wears two hats in health care: she’s a cancer warrior who is a passionate advocate for the e-patient movement, and a communication and brand strategist looking to help health care discover how improving patient experience will increase their value and profitability. She spent two decades in the news business, working as an engineer and field producer for the whole alphabet soup - NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, BBC, and others - covering stories for morning shows, documentary series, presidential campaigns, wars, presidential campaigns that turned into wars, the NFL, the NBA, and Stanley Cup Hockey. She even talked her way out of police custody in Saudi Arabia, which helps explain her stand-up comedy hobby, her popularity as a conference speaker, and her nickname, “the Mighty Mouth.” After covering her share of medical stories, Casey found herself managing her parents’ medical care in the last two years of their lives, and then getting a breast cancer diagnosis five days before Christmas in 2007. She used her research, communication and comedy skills to successfully navigate treatment, and then wrote “Cancer for Christmas: Making the Most of a Daunting Gift” about managing medical care, and the importance of being your own patient advocate. In 2013, Casey was invited to join the HealthIT.gov Consumer Empowerment Workgroup of the Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC).
Christine Gray, PhD

Christine Gray, PhD

Anthropologist Christine Gray, PhD became a healthcare activist when her daughter Sophia was diagnosed with a sarcoma in 2003. Dr. Gray used to teach gender studies as well as anthropology. “I'm trying to find a way to get women active in breast cancer advocacy to examine the early detection/referral issues very seriously in the same way that gender bias has been dealt with in diagnosis and treatment of women's heart disease.” Dr. Gray has written several posts on http://e-patients.net/.
Concetta Tomaino, PhD

Concetta Tomaino, PhD

Dr. Concetta Tomaino is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and Senior Vice President for Music Therapy at Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, where she has worked since 1980. Dr. Tomaino is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation. She lectures on music therapy throughout the world. Her work has been featured in national programs including 48 Hours and 60 Minutes; in international programs including PBS and the BBC; and in books on health and healing. Dr. Sacks book Musicophilia is dedicated to her. Dr. Tomaino is on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the ATTP II team of the National Parkinson’s Foundation and the New York State Geriatric Education Consortium.
Constance Garner, PhD, EdS, MSN, RN

Constance Garner, PhD, EdS, MSN, RN

Constance Garner is the Policy Director in the Government Strategies Practice Group, and Executive Director for Advance CLASS, Inc at Foley Hoag, LLP. Her areas of expertise include health care, disability, long term care, and education. Before joining Foley Hoag, Connie was Policy Director, Disability and Special Populations, to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP) for 17 years , where she has served Chairman Harkin, Senator Dodd, and the late Senator Kennedy. Connie also served in the U.S. Department of Education, as Director of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council for Children with Disabilities and the Secretary of Education’s principal liaison on all interagency health care matters, including health care reform. Prior to her work with the Federal government, Garner provided clinical nurse specialist services in both urban and rural public health settings as well as inpatient hospital settings, and managed several large maternal-child health inpatient hospital units in both Philadelphia and the Washington-DC area
Cyndy Nayer

Cyndy Nayer

Cyndy Nayer is President of CyndyNayer.com and the Founder of the Center of Health Engagement. She was founder and former CEO of the Center for Health Value Innovation, a community of employers and payers who built evidence in value-based decision-making for improved health quality and financial outcomes. Nayer is the author of Outcomes-Based Contracting, a suite of white papers focused on contracting and purchasing decisions that drive improved quality. Ms. Nayer also leads River City Partnership on Health, Inc., a national health strategy company and certified woman-business enterprise. As the former chair of the Missouri Governor’s Council on Health and Fitness, Ms. Nayer led the call to action and strategy for the Office of Women’s Health. A gerontologist, futurist and health improvement expert, Ms. Nayer speaks and writes for national media on the concepts of consumer and employer health engagement, blogs on MANAGED CARE ONLINE, CYNDYNAYER.COM and on Twitter, and she has developed worksite health strategies for Fortune 100 companies. She is the author of Leveraging Health, a handbook on value-based design, and a consumer handbook for value-based health decisions entitled, 101 Lifetips for Personal Health Management. Her latest book is undergoing review and scheduled for publication in early fall, 2013.
Dana Alexander, RN, MSN, MBA

Dana Alexander, RN, MSN, MBA

Dana Alexander serves as VP of Integrated Care Delivery & CNO at Caradigm. Ms. Alexander is passionate about raising the voice and stature of nursing in the marketplace and industry groups, as nurses are primary stakeholders to achieving quality and patient safety goals. Prior to this role, Ms. Alexander served as Chief Nursing Officer at GE Healthcare IT Solutions. Within this role she guided nursing strategy across all GE Healthcare businesses to achieve the company's vision of Transforming Healthcare and creating High Performance Healthcare Organizations. As an advocate for re-tooling U.S healthcare to achieve High Performance Healthcare, Ms Alexander is engaged with break-through initiatives to support new models of care across care settings to include engaging patients as partners in their care. She holds a master’s degree in business from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree in nursing in the Nurse Practitioner Program from the University of Texas, and bachelor’s of science in Nursing from Indiana University. She is an active member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), Executive Committee Member for TIGER, HIMSS Nursing Committee, Corporate Advisory Board member for Sigma Theta Tau in addition to other healthcare affiliations.
Danielle Brooks

Danielle Brooks

Danielle J. Brooks is a health IT consultant. Prior to this she served as the Executive Editor of Disruptive Women in Health Care. Before this, Danielle worked as the Manager of Public Policy at the eHealth Initiative, where her areas of focus included accountable care organizations, care coordination, media relations, chronic disease management as well as other areas of policy. Danielle has also held select positions in the Virginia General Assembly, Iowa Supreme Court, and Viacom. She is a graduate of William and Mary School of Law School where she focused on healthcare policy and an Oberlin College alum.
Diana Long

Diana Long

Diana is the developer of BrandDanceTM and Principal of DML Consulting - a network of senior-level specialists in brand building and customer relationship management with a particular focus on customer perspective and behavior motivation. During her 20-year healthcare career, Diana has pioneered the use of gaming to unify teams in moving business forward and providing an exceptional customer experience as well as the use of customer experience management and direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing to create unbreakable bonds between Brands, patients, health care professionals and payers. Diana develops innovative collaborations between in and out-of-the-industry resources to connect marketplaces with medicines and promotes the integration of marketing and behavioral change theory to motivate patient compliance and persistence with healthful therapies. Diana has been an Advisory Board Member for Women Business Leaders in Healthcare since 2004. Previously, she held a variety of positions with Merck & Co, Inc. and CommonHealth USA.
Diana Mason, PhD, RN

Diana Mason, PhD, RN

Diana J. Mason is Rudin Professor and Director of the Center for Health, Media, and Policy at Hunger College, City University of New York. Dr. Mason is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the American Journal of Nursing, the oldest and largest circulating nursing journal in the world. She served as the Project Director for a print and video series on nursing care of older adults (funded by Atlantic Philanthropies) as well as print series on palliative nursing (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) and chronic kidney disease (National Kidney Foundation). She was a co-principal investigator for a series of articles and videos on assessing older adults, funded in part by a grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation. Under her leadership, the AJN received numerous awards from the Association for Healthcare Journalists, the Association for Women in Communications, Publications Management; American Academy of Nursing, Folio, and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honorary Society. Dr. Mason is the co-editor of the award-winning book Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, now in its fifth edition. Since 1986, she has been one of the producers and moderators of Healthstyles, a weekly live radio program in New York City that has received media awards from the State of New York, Public Health Association of New York City, American Academy of Nursing, and the National Association of Childbirthing Centers. She was project director for the WBAI-Global Kids’ Sound Partners for Community Health Initiative (funded by the Benton and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations), designed to train New York City youth in producing radio programs on preventing teen substance abuse. Dr. Mason is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Long Island University; fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the West Virginia University Academy of Distinguished Alumni; and the Pioneering Spirit Award from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Nursing (BSN, 1970), St. Louis University (MSN, 1977), and New York University (PhD, 1987).
Diana Petrosyan

Diana Petrosyan

Diana Petrosyan serves as the Coordinator for Global Fund Projects Coordinating Team at Ministry of Health. Prior to this, she served as a Global Urban Women's Health Fellow. From Yerevan, Armenia, Diana graduated from Yerevan State Medical University in 2006. While completing her residency in psychiatry, Diana enrolled at the American University of Armenia (AUA), where she received her MPH this year with a thesis on postpartum depression. Now a psychiatrist at Yerevan’s neuropsychiatric hospital, Diana also works on tobacco control projects as a research associate at the Center for Health Services Research and Development at AUA. She has published a number of abstracts on such topics as ‘Large Intestinal Bacterial Flora in Girls in Yerevan’, and she has made several presentations on smoke-free environments. Diana is fluent in Armenian, Russian and English.
DW Staff

DW Staff

Hygeia is the Greek goddess of health and the prevention of sickness. Our blog admins use her name for guest posts.
Elena Rios, MD

Elena Rios, MD

Dr. Rios serves as President & CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association, (NHMA), representing Hispanic physicians in the United States. The mission of the organization is to improve the health of Hispanics. Dr. Rios also serves as President of NHMA’s National Hispanic Health Foundation affiliated with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, to direct educational and research activities. Dr. Rios also serves on the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, Campaign Against Obesity, and the Partnerships for Prevention Boards of Directors, the American Medical Association Commission to End Health Disparities, the PacifiCare-UnitedHealthcare California Investment Committee and is Chair, the National Coalition on Hispanic Health. Dr. Rios has lectured and published articles and has received several leadership awards, including awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Congressional Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American Caucuses, American Public Health Association Latino Caucus, Association of Hispanic Health Executives, Minority Health Month, Inc., Hispanic Magazine, Verizon’s First Pollin Community Service Award, and Amerimed. Dr. Rios was appointed to the Minority Alumni Hall of Fame of Stanford University in October, 2006. Prior to her current positions, Dr. Rios served as the Advisor for Regional and Minority Women’s Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health from November 1994 to October 1998. In 1993, Dr. Rios was appointed to the National Health Care Reform Task Force as Coordinator of Outreach Groups for the White House. In 1992, Dr. Rios worked for the State of California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development as a policy researcher. Dr. Rios has also served as President, Chicano/Latino Medical Association of California, Advisor to the National Network of Latin American Medical Students, member of the California Department of Health Services Cultural Competency Task Force, Stanford Alumni Association and Women’s Policy Inc. Boards of Directors, and the AMA’s Minority Affairs Consortium Steering Committee. Dr. Rios earned her BA in Human Biology/Public Administration at Stanford University in 1977, MSPH at the University of California School of Public Health in 1980, her MD at the UCLA School of Medicine in 1987, completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose and the White Memorial Medical Center in East Los Angeles in 1990, and her NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship at UCLA Division of General Internal Medicine in 1992.
Elita Wong

Elita Wong

As a public health professional, Elita has worked for a number of community and government organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Formerly an intern for the City of Berkeley’s Department of Public Health, Elita conducted research on placed-based initiatives to address health disparities in South Berkeley. While in school, she was also the primary health advocate for the Berkeley Student Cooperative, a large non-profit organization committed to offering affordable housing to bay area students. She was a co-developer of C.R.E.A.T.E., a program that provides free dance, art, theatre, and cooking after-school classes in East Bay K-12 schools. C.R.E.A.T.E. has grown to work with chronically ill children and is designing a new math-art curriculum to be taught in all Berkeley middle schools. After graduation, Elita completed a yearlong internship with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Office of the Regional Administrator during historic health care reform. She performed analysis on the Affordable Care Act and worked closely with the external affairs team to organize outreach events. Elita has degrees in Public Health and Fine Arts from U.C. Berkeley and is a graduate of New York University College of Nursing.
Ellen Blackler

Ellen Blackler

Ellen Blackler is the VP of Global Health Policy for The Walt Disney Company. Prior to this role, she served as the Executive Director, Public Policy at AT&T. Prior to joining AT&T in 2003, she was Special Assistant to the Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. She has also worked at the New York Public Service Commission and the New York State Legislature, where she handled a range of issues involving energy policy, consumer protection, and the development of competitive telecommunications markets.
Estee Solomon Gray

Estee Solomon Gray

Estee Solomon Gray is the Founder and CEO of, Mmindd Labs. An inveterate boundary straddler and broker, Ms. Gray has spent her career of 25+ years at the intersection of technology, practice, marketing and social architecture. During that time, she has answered to titles ranging from biomechanic analysis to systems engineer, technology market strategist, management consultant, ‘new economy’ thought leader, startup executive, community leader, social entrepreneur, President and CEO. She is often referred to as “the midwife” who help bring “communities of practice” out of the womb of anthropology, into the maelstrom of a business world hungry for new organizational ideas and practices to fit a new internet-based reality. It was during her tenure in 2005-6 as Visiting Scholar and Fellow in Stanford’s Digital Vision Program in social entrepreneurship that Estee began to focus on the disruptions underway in healthcare. From 2006-2008, she was CEO and co-founder of B!, the first Health2.0 company to focus on the daily physical, social and decision-making needs of the real consumer drivers of this era of user-generated health – women 40 and over. There she and a team that spanned the fitness, wellness, and technology industries developed the blueprint for transforming the 20th century health club into a 21st century networked “healthy lifestyle utility” integrating physical spaces, mobile technologies and a relationship-based service model. Since January 2009 she has been focused on the provider side of healthcare, working with Within3 to help healthcare and life science companies reshape how physicians and others they access colleagues, serve their patients and express their professionalism in a world where connectivity and collaboration are universal. She is also part of an emerging network of Bay Area professional women seeking to change the conversations around aging, vitality and health in their own lives and the networks they live in. Earlier in her career, Estee was VP Marketing and Chief eLearning Officer at one of the first “live” online collaboration companies (InterWise), founder and managing partner of boutique consulting firm (Congruity) and a pioneer member of the technology marketing group at the legendary Regis McKenna Inc. Her professional publications include two pieces co-authored with John Seely Brown, former Chief Scientist of Xerox: “The People are the Company”, in the premier issue of Fast Company Magazine (1995), and the introduction to “Creating a Learning Culture”, Cambridge University Press (2004). She is a graduate of Yale University (BSc, Combined Sciences) and Stanford University (MBA and MSEE degrees). An active social entrepreneur, Estee is also a Wexner Heritage Fellow, has received several leadership and service awards from the Jewish community for work with independent schools and JCC’s. She currently serves on the boards of the groupery, a web-service for parent-powered educational groups such as school PTAs, Kehillah High School in Palo Alto and Hillel at Stanford.
Former Congresswoman Nancy L. Johnson

Former Congresswoman Nancy L. Johnson

Honorable Nancy Johnson is a senior public policy advisor in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Baker Donelson, PC and a member of the firm's Federal Public Policy Group. She focuses on health care, tax and trade matters on behalf of Baker Donelson clients. Ms. Johnson served 24 years in Congress, from 1983 to 2007, representing the fifth district of Connecticut, following 6 years of service in the Connecticut State Senate. She co-authored the national Children's Health Insurance Program, was a principal author of the Medicare Modernization Act and authored several taxpayer rights bills as Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee. As a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and a free-trade proponent, Ms. Johnson played an integral role in passage of every major tax bill, trade agreement and health care initiative during her tenure on the committee. As a member and chairman of the Health Subcommittee, Ms. Johnson co-authored the laws that expanded Medicare to cover prescription drugs, chronic care management, increased preventive health benefits, and care offered by nurse specialists, physician assistants and nutritionists. She also introduced the health information technology legislation that led to the establishment of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT) and fought for broad adoption of HIT to reduce medical errors and improve care quality. She also led the Long Term Care Coalition, was an avid supporter of Community Health Centers and children’s hospitals, and worked to pass malpractice reform and mental health parity legislation. Education • Radcliffe College, Harvard University, B.A., 1957 • University of London, Courtauld Institute, 1958 • Baypath College, Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1999 • University of New Haven, Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa, 1995 • University of Hartford, Doctor of Laws, 1989 • University of Bridgeport, Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1985 Boards • Pfizer U.S. Health Advisory Board, 2008 • Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, Board of Directors, 2007-2008 • John Marshal Law School, Board of Trustees, 2007-2010 • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health Policy Fellowship Advisory Board, 2007-2010 • E-Health Connecticut, Board of Directors, 2007 • Magellan Health Services, Board of Directors, 2007-2009 • National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Board of Directors, 2007-2010
Glenna Crooks, PhD

Glenna Crooks, PhD

As founder and President of Strategic Health Policy International, Inc, Glenna Crooks solves some of the toughest health care problems of our times by distilling chaos and complexity into recognizable and easily digestible, action-oriented insights. Her clients, businesses and governments around the world, have used her Centricity Principle™ approach to create successful organizational, national and global transformational strategies. Her work is based on a professional history in senior government positions as a Reagan appointee, lobbyist and professional society and bio-pharmaceutical company executive. Glenna devotes her time to academic, professional, and philanthropic endeavors as well. She is adjunct professor at the University of the Sciences of Philadelphia, Founder and Chairman of Causeway Collective, and an officer on the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship Board. She served on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Pediatric Dengue Vaccine Initiative Board of Scientific Councilors and was a member of the Institute of Medicine committee to advise the Department of Defense on bioterrorism countermeasures. Glenna was founding Vice-Chair of the Partnership for Prevention, a member of the National Council of the Institute for Child Health and Human Development, Chairman of the National Commission on Rare Diseases. She received the Congressional Exemplary Service Award for Orphan Products Development and is a recipient of the highest award in public health, the Surgeon General’s Medallion, awarded by C. Everett Koop. Glenna is the author of Covenants: Inspiring the Soul of Healing, and is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences. She is also the founder of Best Edge, a company devoted to helping the highest-performing executive women stay in the game and manage the unique challenges they face as women working to solve health care problems and have satisfying personal lives.
Grace Bender

Grace Bender

Grace Bender, a native Washingtonian, has more than thirty years experience in public relations, government relations, management, and community volunteer work. Mrs. Bender has been active in many non-profit organizations both as a board member and as a committee member. Her work has included program development, fundraising, financial management, creating special events, as well as chairing galas and balls. The organizations range from inner-city nonprofits to major cultural institutions. Mrs. Bender was instrumental in creating a foundation that serves the metropolitan area. In the business world, Mrs. Bender was vice president of a consulting firm that represented companies seeking new business in emerging markets. Her previous experience also included working as a government relations consultant to a law firm representing corporate and institutional clients on legislative issues. Prior to joining the law firm, she worked with a government relations consulting firm. She has also worked as director of public relations for a hotel. In these positions, she was involved in all aspects of public relations and advertising. Early in her career, Mrs. Bender was the vice president of a leasing corporation, where her responsibilities included leasing equipment and vehicles. Prior to assuming this position, she was vice president of a car rental agency, a subsidiary of the leasing corporation. Responsibilities included the reorganization of this company. Over the years Mrs. Bender has also worked on numerous national and local political campaigns in various capacities. Currently her company, infinisity, inc. is producing healthcare aids such as mymedmanager™, a personal healthcare and medication organizer. This comprehensive, easy-to-use system helps the patient, pharmacist and physician become a healthcare team to review, and manage medications and other health issues as well as ensure that routine screenings and tests are done on time.
Gwen Mayes

Gwen Mayes

Gwen Mayes has devoted her 30-year career to the responsible development of health policies that balance the interests of patients, regulators and health providers. While working in women’s health, Mayes launched Writing With Insight®, and was the monthly health columnist for Today’s Woman magazine for 4 years. Writing with Insight® brings together her unique experience as a patient advocate, lawyer, government relations expert, health policy official, medical communicator and story teller to improve the health of individuals and society at large. She consults with medical device companies and reimbursement firms on distinct medical delivery systems and patient rights established with health reform legislation. Mayes is a national spokesperson for WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and a strong advocate for a health care system and regulatory framework that puts patients first. She was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a congenital disorder, in 1988 and has lived successfully with a chronic disease despite an initial diagnosis of a “shortened life expectancy.”
Halle Tecco

Halle Tecco

Halle Tecco is a San Francisco resident and social entrepreneur passionate about technology, service and healthy living. Ms. Tecco is the Co-Founder and CEO of Rock Health, a seed accelerator for digital health start ups and the Founder and Executive Director of Yoga Bear, a non-profit providing opportunities of health and wellness to cancer patients through the practice of yoga. Halle has worked as a Product Manager at various consumer-internet start ups, including Enternships.com and Kiva.org. She also serves as an advisor to GreatNonprofits.org. Halle was a 2009 L'Oreal Women of Worth Honoree. She has written for Harvard Business School Publishing, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Glamour.com and Forbes Woman. Her work has been featured in Self Magazine, LA Times, New York Daily News, Real Simple Magazine, NBC, and more.
Indu Subaiya

Indu Subaiya

Indu Subaiya, MD, MBA is co-founder of Health 2.0: User Generated Healthcare, a first-of-its-kind forum showcasing leading edge digital media, web and mobile technologies in healthcare. Most recently she was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Physic Ventures, a consumer health and wellness investment fund. Prior to that she served as President of Etude Scientific, a consulting firm providing strategy, market assessment, and due diligence services to biotechnology and consumer healthcare companies. Indu also was Vice President of Healthcare and Biomedical Research at Gerson Lehrman Group where she facilitated due diligence research in the life sciences sector for investment fund managers. Earlier in her career she served as Director of Outcomes Research at Quorum Consulting, Inc. where she conducted Phase III-IV quality of life and pharmacoeconomic studies and advised life science clients on commercialization and reimbursement strategies. Indu received her MD from Stony Brook University School of Medicine at the State University of New York, an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University.
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn is a health economist and management consultant who has worked with health care stakeholders in the U.S. and Europe for over two decades. Jane founded THINK-Health, a strategic health consultancy, in 1992. Her client base spans the broad range of stakeholders in health, including technology, bio/life sciences, providers, plans, financial services, consumer goods, advertising and communications, public sector and NGOs. Jane focuses on the nexus of health care and technology applying the tools of environmental analysis, scenario and strategic planning, forecasting, and health policy analysis. Jane also writes the Health Populi blog. She sits on the advisory boards of Emdeon’s U.S. Health Efficiency Index project, the Health 2.0 conference, and UnNiched. Jane is also part of the Washington Post’s HealthcareRx Panel which responds to questions about health reform. Jane wrote the seminal white paper, The Wisdom of Patients: Health Care Meets Social Media, on behalf of California HealthCare Foundation, in April 2008. Her follow-up paper, Participatory Health: Online and Mobile Tools Help Chronically Ill Manage Their Care, was published in September 2009 by the Foundation. How Smartphones Are Changing Health Care for Consumers and Providers was published in April 2010 by CHCF. Jane is also a columnist for CHCF's iHealthBeat, where she writes about health and technology. Jane holds an MA (Economics) and MHSA (Health Policy) from the University of Michigan. She is a frequent public speaker and writer on the subject of health-technology, -politics and -economics.
Janice Lynch Schuster

Janice Lynch Schuster

Janice Lynch Schuster is an award-winning writer who specializes in covering public health issues that range from maternal and child health to end-of-life care. She is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post, and a regular contributor to The Shriver Report and to an Architects of Change site by Maria Shriver. Her Narrative Matters essay in the journal Health Affairs is one of the journal's most read. Her writing has been honored by the Society for Government Communicators, the Plain Language Initiative of the National Institutes for Health, and the Society for Technical Communication. For several years, Lynch Schuster was a senior writer for a Washington, DC, health consulting firm, where she worked on projects for clients such as HRSA’s Office of Women’s Health and its Maternal and Child Health Bureau; the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service; the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); the Department of Veterans Affairs; and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Lynch Schuster is the author of several books, including the second edition of Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness (Oxford University Press, 2011), which received the 2012 book-for-the-public award from the American Medical Writers Association. Other books include The Common Sense Guide to Improving Palliative Care and Improving Care for the End of Life: A Sourcebook for Managers and Clinicians. A poet, her collection, Saturday at the Gym, includes reflections on aging, mothering—and boxing.

Joy Burwell

Judy Greenberg

Judy Greenberg

Judy A. Greenberg was appointed the Director of The Kreeger Museum in January 1994. The museum was the former residence of Carmen and David Lloyd Kreeger. It was designed by noted architect Philip Johnson and houses the Kreegers’ formidable art collection of 19th and 20th century European, American, and African art. As the founding Director, Ms. Greenberg transformed the private residence into one of the most cherished gems in the District of Columbia. In addition to providing vision and conceptual leadership, she is responsible for originating innovative programs involving art, architecture, and music for the museum and the greater Washington, DC community. Her most recent initiatives, to be operational in 2010 and 2011, are Hear Art See Music, a program for students with learning disabilities and Conversations at The Kreeger Museum, a program for individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Ms. Greenberg is committed to broadening the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts. Her background as a studio artist and educator directly relates to the approach taken at The Kreeger Museum. She is actively engaged with curators in the museum’s exhibition program, with artists and architects who participate in school programs and public lectures, and with musicians who teach master classes and perform concerts. Ms. Greenberg initiated the programs Painting Sound, Art On Site, The Kreeger Museum Artist Award and DC Citypiece: Monuments at the Millennium. DC Citypiece, 1998-2000, brought the visual and performing arts together through activities with over 20 venues that culminated with an exhibition of Washington artists at The Kreeger Museum, an exhibition of children’s art at the National Children’s Museum, and an original orchestral work composed by Robert Kapilow and performed by the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In December 2000, she was nominated as a finalist to receive the Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts, the highest honor in the arts conferred on an individual by the District of Columbia. In spring 2007, Ms. Greenberg developed ColorField.remix. This city-wide visual arts celebration included The Kreeger Museum along with over 30 venues - museums, galleries, non-profit alternative spaces, Cultural Tourism DC, WCTC, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and the business community. The ColorField.remix collaboration marked the largest celebration of painting ever held in the Washington area.
Julia Loughran

Julia Loughran

Julia Loughran is a Vice President at iConecto – Gaming4Health.com. Julia has 22 years experience in the areas of serious game development, virtual collaboration, team performance metrics, team building and facilitation. Her clients include government and non-governmental organizations including DoD, DHS, DARPA and the United States Institute for Peace. She is the author of “Taming the Cyber Tooth Tiger: Adapting to a Networked, Digital World” and co-author of the “Health eGames – How Video Games, Social Media and Virtual Worlds will Revolutionize Health.” Julia has a Master's of Science Degree in Artificial Intelligence/Information Systems from George Washington University, Washington, DC.
Julie Murchinson

Julie Murchinson

Julie Murchinson is the Executive Director of Health Evolution Partners Innovation Network (HEPIN). Julie leads HEPIN’s strategy and operations including our conferences, advisory groups and other network development activities. HEPIN develops proprietary content and collaboration resources that allow our investment teams and portfolio companies to more effectively engage healthcare executives, policy leaders and innovative companies. She co-founded the Health 2.0 Accelerator and served as a Managing Director of Manatt Health Solutions, a policy and strategic advisory division of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. She has over fifteen years of experience in the healthcare industry assisting healthcare organizations with information technology (IT) strategy, service operations, business plan development and change management. Ms. Murchinson’s unique approach addresses cross-industry interests in the potential for health information technology and consumer-centric strategies to prepare health care delivery for the reality of personalized health care. Her expertise extends to many areas of the healthcare industry including foundations, community health centers and networks, consumer focused internet companies, pharmaceutical companies and related membership associations. Her work has pioneered industry-leading health IT readiness methodologies, funding and special-interest collaborations, and perspectives on privacy, security, and consumer rights; all resulting in organization-specific and collaborative strategies that are moving health care delivery and policy toward an interoperable, informative and consumer-centric direction.
Karen Nielsen

Karen Nielsen

Karen H. Nielsen, MBA, MPA, is President of Nielsen & Associates, LLC. and also server as R&D , Analytics and Business Intelligence, Siemens Medical Solutions. She has worked in the health care field for over 20 years, predominately focused on collaborative efforts between private and public organizations. Ms. Nielsen consults with industry and non-government organizations (NGOs) to identify and enable public health-centered solutions. Ms. Nielsen has a passion for global health and began blogging during the spring of 2008 to document the challenges of health care delivery for women, children, the HIV-positive and intravenous drugs users in urban and rural India. She is also a contributor to the American Public Health Associations, International Health Section blog where she shares the passion and creative solutions that public health professionals bring to some of the most challenging environments all over the world.
Karyne Jones

Karyne Jones

Karyne Jones is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc. (NCBA) and NCBA Housing Management and Development Corporation. Prior to becoming NCBA's chief executive officer, Karyne was Executive Director of Federal Relations with SBC Telecommunications, Inc. Karyne's previous Capitol Hill experience includes Legislative Aide to Congressman Andrew Young. During his tenure as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, she became his Public Affairs Officer and White House Liaison. She returned to Texas to begin her own political career and served for eight years in the Texas Legislature representing District 120 in San Antonio. Karyne is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Northern Illinois University with a Master's Degree in Public Affairs. She earned a second Master's Degree in Public Policy/Administration from Harvard University.
Linda Burnes Bolton, Dr PH, RN, FAAN

Linda Burnes Bolton, Dr PH, RN, FAAN

Linda Burnes Bolton is Vice President for Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Nursing Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. She is one of the Principal Investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Burns & Allen Research Institute. Her research, teaching, and clinical expertise includes: nursing and patient care outcomes, improving the health of childbearing women, improving nursing and organization functions and reliability, functional health literacy of African Americans and other ethnic and racial communities; quality of care in racially and ethnically diverse communities and cultural diversity within the health professions. Dr. Burnes Bolton is a past president of the American Academy of Nursing and the National Black Nurses Association. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Organization for Nurse Executives, Association of California Nurse Leaders; American Public Health Association, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, National Black Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing. She has held board and officer positions for several national organizations and is the recipient of numerous awards for her scholarly and world community service, including receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Organization of Nurse Executives in 2007 and the Distinguished Alumnae Award from Arizona State University in 2008. She is chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative to Transform Care at the Bedside (TCAB) and Principal Investigator of the American Academy of Nursing Technology Drill Down research project. She also holds positions as an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) School of Nursing and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing. Dr. Burnes Bolton received her DrPH in Population Health & Behavioral Science from the University of California, School of Public Health at Los Angeles, California.
Lisa Martinez

Lisa Martinez

Lisa Martinez is a consultant and educator in women’s health and was the Founder of The Women’s Sexual Health Foundation (TWSHF). As a registered nurse and an attorney, she led TWSHF to provide up to date resources on sexual health information for women and health care professionals. She recently co-authored a Medscape CME program, completed a women’s health brochure on FSD, and assisted editing The Breast Cancer Treatment Handbook by Judy Kneece. Ms. Martinez has spoken to multiple national and international audiences. In 2009 she was invited to speak at a Congressional Briefing in Washington DC to advocate for women’s health concerns, and in 2007 she educated women at the Women's Health Matters Forum & Expo in Toronto on how to advocate for their heath, an event attended by 21,000 women. She speaks from the dual perspective as a breast cancer survivor and health care professional. Not only is she a well-respected advocate, but she has also written many educational brochures, consulted with health care institutions, and has been published in various professional journals, including Nursing For Women’s Health. Ms. Martinez has appeared on ABC and CBS News LA, and has been interviewed on various NPR programs. She has served as a source for multiple media concerns including CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, More Magazine, and Discovery Health. In the fall of 2003, Ms. Martinez was honored for her contribution in advancing women’s health by “Speaking for Women’s Health,” a non-profit organization that coordinates health conferences across the United States. In 2009, she was awarded “Woman of The Year” from Cincy Chic for her work in promoting women’s health. She currently serves as a scientific and clinical advisor to The Alexander Foundation, and as a reviewer for the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses journal Nursing For Women’s Health.
Lois Privor-Dumm

Lois Privor-Dumm

Lois Privor-Dumm, IMBA, is the Director, Alliances and Information for the International Vaccine Access Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She heads up several vaccine projects related to advocacy and communications as well as access and implementation. She is currently working as Director, Large Country Introduction for the Accelerated Vaccine Introduction Technical Assistance Consortium (AVI TAC), a GAVI-funded project with an aim to accelerate introduction of pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccines in low-income countries. She has been at Johns Hopkins since 2005 helping guide strategies and accelerated uptake on both the Hib Initiative and PneumoADIP and has been leading projects in developing and donor countries to support strengthening of policies and awareness for childhood pneumonia as part of a global World Pneumonia Day Coalition effort. Ms. Privor-Dumm spent years in the vaccine industry working for Wyeth, where she led a US team to launch Prevnar® and helped achieve unprecedented uptake of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine. Following the successful US experience, she worked as Commercial Director for the Latin American countries to introduce pneumococcal and meningococcal vaccines and then as Senior Director for Commercial Operations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. She also worked at GlaxoSmithKline as director for global commercial strategy for various pipeline projects. After 18 years in industry, Ms. Privor-Dumm moved to the public sector to apply her expertise in accelerating decision making in the world’s poorest countries. Ms. Privor-Dumm holds an International MBA from University of South Carolina and completed her internship and coursework in Brussels, Belgium. Her undergraduate degrees are in Business Administration and Spanish.
Lorraine Friedman, JD

Lorraine Friedman, JD

Lorraine Lee Friedman, JD, (aka Rainey) is the founder and executive director of the DreamDog Foundation as well as an award-winning author and songwriter. The DreamDog Foundation targets childhood development through preschool education and literacy. This past year, the Foundation distributed more than 15,000 new books to homeless and low income children for back to school. Rainey started her life-long commitment of advocacy for children with The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. There, she represented the educational rights of homeless children, lobbying Congress and litigating. Recruited as the Director of Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Rainey's focus switched from the national scene to local issues, handling a caseload of up to fifty children with special needs. Within her legal career, she became their chief litigator representing children with disabilities in dozens of federal court cases and hundreds of administrative due process hearings, helping them fight for and obtain needed educational and social services. Rainey created Jazz the DreamDog® to help children discover the superhero inside and believe that the real magic to solve problems lies within oneself. She is the author of Monsters in Your Bed... Monsters in Your Head and the songwriter/producer/performer in the award-winning "I Believe in ME!" music CD of original sing along songs. She has also authored Jerome's Jam and created its companion music CD More Love, an iParenting Media Award Winner for music audio. Rainey recently created The Adventures of CiCi & Ace, a unique multi-sensory product combining a storybook, a music CD and Web fun & games that was distributed exclusively by The Children's Place. With more than 175,000 books in print, the CiCi & Ace titles include Ferris Wheel Fun - A Magic Ride!, School is Cool! and The Greatest Gift. All three titles are iParenting Media Award winners.
Madeleine Kunin

Madeleine Kunin

Madeleine M. Kunin was the first woman governor of Vermont, and served as the Deputy Secretary of Education and Ambassador to Switzerland under President Bill Clinton. She is the author of The New Feminist Agenda and Living a Political Life. She is a Marsh Scholar Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont and lectures on history and women's studies. She also serves as president of the board of the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), a nongovernmental organization that she founded in 1991. She lives in Burlington, Vermont.
Madhura Bhat

Madhura Bhat

Madhura Bhat co-founded Health for America, a fellowship to transform the health of communities across the US through innovation while molding the next generation of leaders. Throughout her career, Madhura has worked with global health organizations to maximize the impact of their investments. An alumnus of the prestigious Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship, Madhura received the SXSW Dewey Winburne Community Service Award, Power 30 under 30 award and was a winner of the Case Foundation's Finding Fearless campaign. She has been selected for the Stars Symposium for Leaders of the Next Generation, the Atlantik-Brucke Young Leaders Program and the Sandbox Network of young leaders. Madhura holds a MPH, a MA in Communications and a MBA.
Magaly Blas

Magaly Blas

Magaly Blas serves as Médico Epidemióloga en Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Previously, she served as Global Urban Women's Health Fellow. Ms. Blas is from Lima, Perú, and studied medicine at Cayetano Heredia University in Peru. Ms Blas holds both a MPH and PhD degree in epidemiology at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. A Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellow with Fogarty-NIH and a post-doc in the Department of Global Health at UW, Ms. Blas researches sexually transmitted infections in her home country. Ms. Blas served as principal investigator of an online randomized controlled trial to increase HIV testing among Peruvian men who have sex with men. She has also studied pregnancy outcomes in women infected with chlamydia trachomatis, as well as the use of technologies such as cell phones, e-mail, and automated instant messaging for HIV and STI prevention. Magaly speaks Spanish and English.
Margaret “Muggy Do” Dickinson, PhD

Margaret “Muggy Do” Dickinson, PhD

Dr. Margaret “Muggy Do” Dickinson, Ph.D. (Dr. Do) is a third generation Washingtonian. In 1975 she co-founded one of the first group homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Finland on the Russian border. In 1991, the current Art and Drama Institute, Inc. (ADTI) was founded by Drs. Do and Sky. Dr. Do serves as the company's CEO, president, and program director.The current ADTI has earned local, national, and international acclaim especially for its music and theater programs. Dr. Do fulfilled her doctoral internship with the President's Committee on Mental Retardation and worked as the special assistant to the administrator of the Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Administration (currently The Department on Disability Services, DDS) of the District of Columbia.
Mary Jane Marchisotto

Mary Jane Marchisotto

Mary Jane Marchisotto has been the Executive Director of the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) since October 2009. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, concentrating on cross-functional management issues and on the development and implementation of best practice policies and procedures. Highlights of her career include nine years at Morgan Stanley, where she held senior positions in its Fixed Income business and in firm management; and nine years as chief of staff of Citibank’s Fixed Income Research, Investment Grade, and Leveraged Finance businesses. Since joining FAI, Marchisotto has focused on the organization’s mission to find a cure, uniting investigators with government and industry representatives to develop and implement a comprehensive research strategy. Under her leadership, in 2011 FAI organized and funded a landmark Research Retreat at Harvard Medical School, bringing together more than 40 prominent researchers, senior government and industry representatives, and food allergy advocates. The result was “Roadmap to a Cure,” a strategic plan that will lead to an FDA-approved therapy that will protect the majority of people with food allergies against life-threatening reactions. FAI has been instrumental in implementing and securing funding for this initiative. Marchisotto served on the Coordinating and Communications committees assembled by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), charged with overseeing and raising awareness of the 2010 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States. She also played a key role in bringing together U.S. and Canadian food allergy organizations to create an FAI-funded e-learning module designed to teach educators to manage food allergies in schools, available at www.allergyready.com. She is a member of a CDC committee that is developing comprehensive food allergy and anaphylaxis management guidelines for schools. Most recently, she was appointed to the Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and to the Patient Organization Committee of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI). In keeping with FAI's research goals, Marchisotto has expanded the organization's advocacy initiatives, with an emphasis on increasing the federal government's investment in food allergy investigation. She has also successfully supported state and local legislation, including bills implementing food allergy guidelines in Texas schools and making epinephrine auto-injectors available in Chicago schools. In March 2012, she will accept Research!America’s Paul G. Rogers Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award on FAI’s behalf. Marchisotto is frequently invited to speak at meetings and conferences in the U.S. and overseas. She also spearheaded the development and implementation of FAI’s national public awareness strategy; has been interviewed by broadcast, print, and electronic media, including the Voice of America and Bloomberg Radio; and was profiled in Morgan Stanley’s Alumni Focus. Thanks, in large part, to these efforts, media impressions for food allergy-related topics tripled between 2010 and 2011, and FAI-funded research has been featured in respected journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Nature, and Pediatrics. As a volunteer, Marchisotto has brought her expertise to a wide range of educational, recreational, and health care initiatives for children, including corporate fundraising campaigns for high school scholarship programs, for the expansion of services at a major medical center, and urban youth enrichment and sports programs. She is a graduate of Wells College (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and holds an MBA in Finance (Honors) from Columbia Business School. Marchisotto lives with her husband in New York City. They have two grown children.
Mary R. Grealy

Mary R. Grealy

Mary Grealy is president of the Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition of chief executives of the nation’s leading health care companies and organizations. The HLC advocates consumer-centered health care reform, emphasizing the value of private sector innovation. It is the only health policy advocacy group that represents all sectors of the health care industry. She was appointed to the position in August 1999. Ms. Grealy has an extensive background in health care policy. She has led important initiatives on the uninsured, Medicare reform, improving patient safety and quality, protecting the privacy of patient medical information and reforming the medical liability laws. She testifies frequently before Congress and federal regulatory agencies. From 1995 until she began her tenure at HLC, she served as Chief Washington Counsel for the American Hospital Association, a national organization representing all types of hospitals, health systems and health care networks. In her position, she was responsible for the organization’s legal advocacy before Congress, as well as executive and judicial branches of government. From 1979 to 1995, Ms. Grealy was Chief Operating Officer and Executive Counsel for the Federation of American Hospitals, a trade association representing 1,700 investor-owned and managed hospitals and health systems. She coordinated legislative and regulatory policies as well as lobbying activities for the Federation. Ms. Grealy has a bachelor degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from Duquesne University. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Board of Directors of Duquesne University. She also serves on the advisory boards of Duke Health Sector Advisory Council, Women Business Leaders in Health and the March of Dimes Public Policy Council. She is a frequent public speaker on health issues and has been ranked many times by Modern Healthcare as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare and has been named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare for 2009.
Meera Kanhouwa, MD, MHA, FACEP

Meera Kanhouwa, MD, MHA, FACEP

Meera Kanhouwa is a Senior Executive at Accenture. Prior to this role, she served as Physician Executive for Microsoft’s worldwide physician and provider communications for the Microsoft Health Solutions Group, and for the Amalga product in particular. Meera’s career has been in the health industry as a practicing emergency physician. Meera attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA as an HPSP US Army scholarship participant. Meera did her internship at Brooke Army Medical Center in Ft. Sam Houston, TX, before being stationed at Walson Army Hosptial as General Medical Officer in the emergency department. During Meera’s time in the military, she was Quality Assurance Director at Walson Army Hospital, and ARCENT Forward Surgeon with the 1-43 Patriot Battalion stationed in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm. Subsequent to completing the military requirement, Meera was an emergency medicine resident at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington DC. Concurrent with her residency, she also completed her Master of Health Administration with a focus on health IT. Meera was Chairman, Department Emergency Medicine, at Prince George’s County Hospital, Cheverly, Maryland prior to moving to the Seattle area. In Seattle, Meera continued to practice emergency medicine at Swedish Hospital. She was Medical Director of Information Services for Swedish Health Services, and was instrumental in piloting and deploying innovative solutions to clinical problems while in this role for 5 years. Meera joined Microsoft in 2005, and began as the Worldwide Executive Director Public Sector for Health Technology Strategy. In this role, Meera helped to define a global strategy for providers at Microsoft. Currently, Meera is the Physician Executive for the Health Solutions Group, working to bring the newly acquired Azyxxi application to market. Meera holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College, a medical degree from Tufts University, an MHA from GW University in Washington DC. Meera and her husband Bruce, an interventional cardiologist, have one daughter and reside in Salt Lake City, UT.
Melanie Wyne

Melanie Wyne

In her day job, Melanie is a technology lobbyist in Washington DC. In her spare time, she pursues her passion for prevention and wellness as a means for reforming her own health and our nation’s health care system. Melanie is the Senior Technology Policy Representative at the National Association of Realtors where she lobbies Congress and Federal Agencies on technology policy issues of importance to the real estate industry. Prior to joining NAR Melanie was an advocate for technology policy issues for an international technology trade association, a consumer advocacy organization, a San Francisco based software start-up and a multinational financial services company. Melanie is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law and the University of California at San Diego.
Meryl Bloomrosen

Meryl Bloomrosen

Meryl Bloomrosen, MBI, MBA, has over 30 years of solid public and private sector experience in the health field. She has worked on a range of key health programs and issues including prospective and value-based payment, privacy and security, information governance, health informatics, coding and classification systems, standards and interoperability, patient/consumer engagement, and the adoption and use of health information technology (electronic health records). Ms. Bloomrosen has extensive experience leading policy development, strategic advocacy and program implementation. Her interests include health informatics across the continuum of care, with an emphasis on data accessibility, integrity, latency, transparency, and portability. Another area of concentration is patient identity management and integrity. Her work also focuses on information governance, and especially clinical data capture and documentation to support multiple purposes beyond patient care. Meryl has developed and launched successful comprehensive government relations, public policy and regulatory affairs strategies and programs. She has convened and worked with diverse groups of multi-disciplinary stakeholders including senior executives, providers, researchers, academicians, policy makers, and government officials. Her areas of focus have included: unintended consequences of HIT; data governance, uses and stewardship; patient safety; and HIT usability. She has successfully managed multi-million dollar projects regarding health information exchange, health information technology, and global informatics workforce. Previously, Meryl was the Vice President for Public Policy, Thought Leadership and Practice Excellence at AHIMA, where she led AHIMA’s government relations and public policy activities. She also coordinated AHIMA’s Public Relations and Public Affairs activities and led teams that developed content for various AHIMA products and services, including AHIMA’s journals and newsletters. Ms. Bloomrosen was the Vice President of Public Policy at AMIA where she led AMIA's Congressional and Regulatory Affairs activities and developed, launched and managed AMIA’s Annual Invitational Health Policy Meeting. While working as a Vice President at the eHealth Initiative (eHI), she created, executed and managed initiatives such as a HRSA-funded, multimillion dollar cooperative agreement involving regional health information organizations. She was a senior policy analyst at the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (ProPAC-now MEDPAC) where she researched topics such as DRGs, severity and risk adjustments and quality of care. She has a graduate certificate in health information management from the U.S. Public Health Service and a graduate certificate in Biomedical Informatics from the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She also has an MBA in information Systems from George Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Informatics from OHSU. She has also completed the Medical Informatics MBL/NLM Course Fellowship program at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.
Michele Barry, MD, FACP

Michele Barry, MD, FACP

Michele Barry, MD, FACP is the Senior Associate Dean for Global Health and Director of Global Health Programs in Medicine at Stanford. She also serves as the health consultant for the Ford Foundation overseas programs. As Director of the Yale/Stanford Johnson and Johnson Global Health Scholar Award program, she has sent over 1000 physicians overseas to underserved areas to help strengthen health infrastructure in low resource settings. As a past President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, she led an educational initiative in tropical medicine and travelers health which culminated in diploma courses in tropical medicine both in the U.S. and overseas, as well as a U.S. certification exam. Dr. Barry is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Science and is past-Chair of the Interest Group on Global Health, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at the IOM. She has been listed in Best Doctors in America and recently joined the Board of Directors of the Bill and Melinda Gates funded Consortium of Universities involved in Global Health (CUGH). Areas of scholarly interest include global health workforce, clinical tropical medicine, emerging infectious diseases, problems of underserved populations and globalization’s impact upon health in the developing world.
Michelle King Robson

Michelle King Robson

A nationally-recognized women’s health advocate, Michelle King Robson is the Founder, Chairperson and CEO of EmpowHER, a health media company for women. She started the company following her own personal struggle with a debilitating health issue. A tireless voice for women and the visionary behind EmpowHER, Michelle travels the world talking to women's groups, health care organizations, political leaders, regulatory bodies and the media about women's health and wellness issues, and about the importance of women advocating for themselves and their loved ones. No stranger to standing in the gap for the women EmpowHER supports, Michelle has testified before the FDA, and has led the second largest write-in campaign in FDA history for drugs and treatments for women’s health. Michelle's goal is to drive innovation and change in patient experience, health care delivery, and development and approval of health-improving, life-changing medicine, treatments and procedures for women around the world. Michelle has received numerous awards and citations, including the Founders Award from the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s Health Communications Award, which she received with fellow award-winner actress Sally Field, and the Arizona State University College of Nursing & Health Innovation’s Discover Award, an honor she received among esteemed recipients including Dr. Richard Carmona, former Surgeon General of the United States. Robson serves on the Board of Directors for Biltmore Bank of Arizona and Global Healthcare Capital, LLC.
Michelle McMurry- Health, MD, PhD

Michelle McMurry- Health, MD, PhD

Michelle McMurry-Health is a physician, scientist, health policy expert, and advocate for better global health and improved healthcare for all Americans. She currently serves as the Associate Director for Science, The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She is also the founding director of the Health, Biomedical Science, and Society Policy Program of the Aspen Institute, a non-partisan think tank. In that capacity she leads a policy team as they illuminate the barriers to better nutrition, personalized medicine, HIV treatment around the globe, and reform of the American medical system. She also directs the annual Aspen Health Forum which brings thought leaders from around the world to debate the role of medicine and technology in improving the health of our nation. Most recently, Michelle’s team launched the Aspen Health Stewardship Project which seeks to broaden the healthcare debate from a narrow discussion of insurance to a more inclusive one of health and how best to protect this valuable resource. She has worked on health projects from Rwanda to Cambodia and is a committed global health advocate. Michelle has nearly a decade of experience in health and science policy. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Policy at George Washington University. She was formerly a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco and an Adjunct MacArthur Fellow in Global Health at the Council for Foreign Relations. She was also the Hospital Preparedness Coordinator for the Department of Health and Human Services, where she worked on preparing our Nation's hospitals for public health emergencies. She has crafted legislation on Capitol Hill and participated in national debates on health and social issues. She oversaw health and social policy issues for Senator Joseph Lieberman and was the senior health policy advisor for the Lieberman for President Campaign. She worked on homeland security, health disparities, healthcare quality, and translational research bills. She studied biochemistry at Harvard and then attended Duke University for medical training. She was the first African-American to complete the combined National Institutes of Health funded MD/PhD program at Duke. A published scientific researcher, Michelle earned her PhD in molecular immunology for her study of gene recombination in immune system cells. She trained in pediatrics at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
Missy Krasner

Missy Krasner

Ms. Krasner has over fifteen years of healthcare policy and healthcare marketing and communications experience. She has worked in both the non-profit and corporate sectors where her experience has ranged from coordinating high-level press briefings on Capitol Hill to launching health information technology products for Fortune 100 companies and IPO offerings. Ms. Krasner is currently working as the Executive in Residence at Morgenthaler. Prior to this, Ms. Krasner served as the lead Product Marketing Manager at Google Health, a new product that helps users organize, manage and share their medical records online. Ms. Krasner has also worked in the Secretary’s Office at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' (HHS) as Senior Advisor to Dr. David Brailer, M.D.,Ph.D., the first National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Before coming to HHS, Ms. Krasner worked as Marketing Director for CareScience, Inc., a "private-to-public" healthcare technology company that sold Internet-based tools and consulting services to hospitals, integrated delivery health systems, and pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Prior to her role at CareScience, Ms. Krasner helped lead Press and Communications at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-partisan, national, healthcare policy think tank. Ms. Krasner also worked at Aetna Inc. where spearheaded a national provider relations campaign to Aetna's contracted providers. Ms. Krasner holds an M.A. in Communications and Healthcare Administration from Stanford University and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has published a series of articles.
Nadine Afari

Nadine Afari

A native of Vancouver, Canada Nadine Afari earned her Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Innovation Studies and Science and Technology Policy from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia. She completed her Master's in Applied Science from the University of Toronto where her research interests included gene therapy, pain management and systems thinking; with a focus on complexity in the immune system. She was awarded the 2006 Canadian Scholars’ Press Prize for her research in pain management therapy and in 2006 and 2007 She was recognized as One of the Top 100 Outstanding engineering faculty at The University of Toronto. She left Toronto, Canada in 2008 and began teaching research ethics and engineering ethics in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. She has also managed interdisciplinary STEM innovation projects across USC departments. In 2013 and 2014 she was recognized by the Washington, DC based USA Science and Engineering Festival as an inspiring role model in STEM. More recently, Nadine joined the USC Keck School of Medicine as a Project Specialist with the HTE@USC Program; an interdisciplinary program that connects clinicians, physicians, engineers and entrepreneurs to innovative healthcare projects. HTE@USC also aims re-designing medical and graduate engineering education to train front-line innovators; leaders among interdisciplinary thinkers and inventors in healthcare. With a passion for innovation, disruptive technologies in healthcare and interdisciplinary education; Nadine hopes to continue to create meaningful and impactful healthcare solutions that can been exemplars of excellence in strategy, purpose, implementation and impact.
Nancy Green

Nancy Green

Nancy Green is a health care managing principal with Verizon Healthcare, the health care practice group within Verizon Enterprise Solutions. In this capacity, she focuses on strategic business development as well as the development of solutions and initiatives to address virtual care / telehealth, m-health, home health and converged wireless mobility. An 18-year health care industry veteran, Green has extensive experience in the strategy, design, development, launch and sale of advanced mobility and communications solutions and applications for the health care sector, helping thousands of health care organizations improve health care work flow operations, reduce costs, and drive operational efficiency through the use of technology and clinical informational flow. Prior to joining Verizon in 2009, Green spent 15 years at USA Mobility where she served as the vice president of its health care systems solutions division as well as Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions. Before that, Green was the director of health care sales at ProNet Medical. She began her career at AT&T Wireless as a manager of national, government and healthcare accounts. Green is active is several professional organizations, including the American Telemedicine Association, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Association of Women in Technology and Executives in Healthcare and is on the mHIMSS Advisory Board. Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and move society forward. With a platform-based portfolio of industry-leading mobility, cloud and IT, strategic networking and advanced communications offerings, along with specialized solutions for key industries and a full range of global wholesale offerings, Verizon Enterprise Solutions combines unparalleled expertise, innovation and technology to bring together applications, people and environments. Visit verizonbusiness.com to learn more.
Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Dr. Pamela Cipriano is a distinguished nursing and hospital administrator currently serving as President of the American Nurses Associations. Prior to this role, Cipriano served as Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Clinical Officer of the University of Virginia Health System, achieving Magnet Recognition in 2006. For almost twenty years, Cipriano has led multiple patient care departments at academic medical centers focused on interdisciplinary team work and quality improvement. This broad focus includes leadership in such areas as clinical excellence, patient safety, quality improvement, technology/systems selection and implementation, shared governance, appreciative inquiry, regulatory compliance, clinical strategy, and community outreach. Starting her clinical career in adult critical care, Cipriano advanced her education and was a clinical nurse specialist prior to selecting administration as her specialty practice. In recent years she has been focused on making nursing care safer and more efficient through the adoption and implementation of technologies at the point of care. As chair of the American Academy of Nursing’s Workforce Commission, she has helped lead a grant funded project to develop and test a process to identify technologies that enable improved workflow processes in acute care nursing environments. Cipriano began her leadership activities while a student, serving as President of the National Student Nurses Association. She has continued to serve in national elected and appointed positions throughout her career in the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Nursing, the American Journal of Nursing Company, and the Joint Commission’s National Nursing Advisory Council, among others. She was elected to the National e-Health Collaborative Board to a two year term beginning in January, 2010, and was also recently appointed to the National Quality Forum’s Health Information Technology Utilization Expert Panel. She has taught health policy and nursing administration in graduate nursing programs, and has been a Sigma Theta Tau International Distinguished Scholar, and an American Nurses Foundation Scholar. She is a strong consensus builder and brings a breadth and depth of experience to address today’s health care issues.
Pat Ford Roegner, MSW, RN, FAAN

Pat Ford Roegner, MSW, RN, FAAN

Pat Ford-Roegner recently stepped down from being the CEO of the American Academy of Nursing. She has more than 30 years experience in national health policy and governmental affairs. Pat combines her clinical nursing experiences with community organizing training to advocate for common sense health care. She is known for her work to engage nurses, physicians and other health professionals to be heard by policy makers at the national, state and local levels, including the White House and Congress. Pat builds effective coalitions to reach consensus on issues and demonstrates her commitment to diversity by active engagement with individuals and groups. She is a Board member of the patient centered National Health Council and serves on the Advisory Board for the National Partnership to Prevent Chronic Disease. Pat joined AAN from the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), where she was Executive Director. She was credited with pumping new life into AIMBE’s membership service programs and, particularly, its public policy initiatives. She built new and stronger relationships with Members of Congress, administration officials and the leadership of key institutions such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. She was a founding member of the National Health Policy Council, a non-profit group that hosted presidential candidate forums on health care in the 1980s and 1990s. Pat is co-founder of the Nightingale Policy Group, which promotes nursing's expertise on a wide range of health issues and has a major goal of putting a human face on the health care debate. Pat’s career included service as Atlanta regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1993 to 1999, overseeing more than 500 employees and more than 20 percent of the agency’s national budget. One of the few nurses who has held a presidential appointment, she led that region to become the first to successfully implement Children Health Initiative Programs in each of its eight states. Prior to that she held a White House appointment co-leading the Health Professionals Council working on health care reform. Earlier in her career, Pat led a behavioral health care organization where she built new alliances with business and the Republican-led Congress. She added prescription drug use and misuse, parity for mental health and substance use disorders and prevention of these diseases to her repertoire of knowledge on complex health issues. Pat was one of three Americans to testify to a joint committee of Britain's Parliament on addiction policy and politics in 2003. She held senior policy level positions at the American Nurses Association from 1981 to 1990 and with the SEIU from 1990 to 1992. Pat holds a keen interest in health care coverage for the uninsured, Medicaid coverage and costs, the management of chronic diseases in special populations, children and women's health and the future health care workforce. She translates science and research to practice concepts to new audiences. Pat was inducted as an AAN Fellow in 1998. She received the 1995 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Social Work and Social Policy. Pat holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy from West Chester State University in Pennsylvania and an Associate’s Degree in Nursing Science from Gwynedd Mercy College in Pennsylvania.
Patrice Milos, PhD

Patrice Milos, PhD

Dr. Patrice Milos is the Site-Head at the Boston Center for Therapeutic Innovation. Prior to this role, Dr. Milos served as Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer for Helicos BioSciences. A passionate believer in personalized healthcare, Dr. Milos joined Helicos BioSciences in June 2007. Previously, Dr. Milos served as Executive Director at Pfizer Global Research and Development. While at Pfizer, she was responsible for leadership, strategic alignment and execution of the scientific disciplines of pharmacogenomics, proteomics, metabonomics and RNA profiling across the Pfizer portfolio from early discovery into the marketplace. She joined Pfizer in 1993 and held numerous research positions of increasing responsibility focusing on a variety of areas relevant to human health including Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases, Pharmacogenomics, DNA Sequencing, Biomarkers and Molecular Sciences. Dr. Milos serves on the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research and was pivotal in the establishment and oversight of key Pfizer strategic investments in the genomics area, most notably, the Genetic Association Information Network, a partnership with the National Institutes of Health. She also sits on several editorial boards for journals and has published and presented extensively in the genomics area. Dr. Milos conducted post-doctoral fellowships at Brown University and Harvard University. She earned her MS and PhD degrees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and received her BA from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. She lives in Edgewood, Rhode Island with her husband Curt Spalding and their two children, Henry, 16, and Hannah, 13, who keep everyone very busy with hockey, basketball and sailing.
Paulina Bravo

Paulina Bravo

Paulina Bravo is a mental health nurse from Chile. She currently completing a PhD in the UK. She currently works as a Research Associate for the Institute of Cancer and Genetics at Cardiff University. Bravo has worked in the HIV field, exploring the psychosocial needs of those living with the virus and the potential interventions that can improve their wellbeing. She is also co-investigator on a pioneer Chilean project that aims to develop and evaluate the first home birth center for low-income women. Her interests include shared-decision making in the clinical encounter, particularly the active participation of women in their health care.
Phyllis Greenberger

Phyllis Greenberger

Phyllis E. Greenberger, M.S.W., is the first president and CEO of the Society for Women’s Health Research, a Washington, D.C., based advocacy organization formed in 1990 to improve the health of women through research. The Society was the driving force behind the 2001 Institute of Medicine report “Exploring the Biological Contributions to Human Health: Does Sex Matter?” that called on researchers to understand the implications of basic biological sex differences for the betterment of human health. The Medical Herald selected Greenberger as one of the twenty most influential women in medicine today. She has been quoted in numerous publications including: The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal, and US News and World Report. She is frequently called upon to speak on topics such as the importance of the inclusion and retention of women in clinical trials and the importance of sex-based biology and gender-based medicine. Greenberger frequently testifies before Congress advocating for additional research and funding for women’s health. She serves on many boards of directors, advisory and editorial boards, and was a member of the Research Committee of the Presidential HIV/AIDS Advisory Council (PACHA) and the National Institutes of Health’s National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council (NAEHS). Currently, she serves on the Advisory Board for the Association of Black Cardiologists’ Center for Women’s Health, the Board of Advisors for the Iris Alliance Fund, and as the consumer representative to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and has been a consistent advocate for coverage for new technologies.
Phyllis Kritek, PhD, RN, FAAN

Phyllis Kritek, PhD, RN, FAAN

Phyllis Beck Kritek has deep roots in health care, beginning with her clinical career in mental health nursing and extended to several academic leadership roles, including dean, department chairperson, director of research, and creator and director of two doctoral programs. Long recognized for her leadership in the national nursing community, Dr. Kritek is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), and a member of several professional organizations, where she has served in a variety of leadership roles. Dr. Kritek has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and books. She has served on the editorial board of several nursing journals and was the Editor of Nursing Forum from 1989 1992. She has produced two books on subjects that have become widely associated with her professional foci, conflict resolution and healing. Dr. Kritek was on the leading edge of the shift to a healing focus in health care. Her book, Negotiating at an Uneven Table: Developing Moral Courage in Resolving Our Conflicts, now in its 2nd edition, explores conflict engagement under conditions of structured inequity, an area of expertise she developed during a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship. Dr. Kritek has been providing consultation and training in conflict engagement for over twenty years. She resigned her academic position in 2003 to dedicate herself full time to this work through her sole proprietorship, “courage”. She is sought as a speaker, a consultant, and a facilitator by organizations and health care agencies exploring strategic changes. She is noted for her unique ability to create conceptual maps that assist individuals and groups in grappling with challenges and dilemmas. She is convinced that constructive conflict engagement has “come of age” as an acknowledged need, particularly within US health care settings.
Randel Richner

Randel Richner

Randel Richner is the Executive Vice President of Intralign, a specialty healthcare services provider. Previous to this, Richner founded Neocure Group , a consulting firm specializing in reimbursement, health policy, economics, and government advocacy support for biopharmaceutical and medical technology companies. Prior to founding the Neocure Group, Richner was Vice President, Global Government Affairs, Reimbursement and Outcomes Planning for Boston Scientific Corporation (BSC) for 9 years. At Boston Scientific, Richner built a global reimbursement and outcomes strategic process for new and existing less invasive medical technologies for BSC product platforms. During this time, she was actively engaged in national and international policy and legislative arenas as an advocate for the benefits of innovative medical technology, FDA, regulatory, international trade and payment issues. Prior to BSC, Richner worked for GlaxoSmithKline (formerly SmithKline Beecham) in both London, England and Philadelphia, focusing on global pricing and economic issues for cardiopulmonary and diabetic drugs, publishing extensively. She was a member of the Global Health Policy Group (GHPG) consortium of leaders of health economics groups in the pharmaceutical and device industry. Richner has been an active member of the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Research (ISPOR) serving as a Board member for 2 years, founder of the US Medical Device Council of ISPOR, and Asia-Pacific Medical Device Council. Richner has been a leader in policy initiatives in Washington with Congress and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She served on a four-year term as the first industry representative to the Executive Committee (EC) of the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee (MCAC), contributing to the development of national coverage and MCAC process guidelines. In 2007, she was reappointed to MedCAC for a 2 year term. She is a frequent contributor on policy panels on health care issues related to the technology industry, such as an Institute of Medicine (IOM) special committee on cost-effectiveness and post-market surveillance in 2005. Richner is on the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers (AIMBE); National Institute of Health Commercialization Program (NIH-CAP) Advisor; Executive Advisory Board of the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health (CEVRH) Tufts New England Medical Center; Executive Advisory Board to the Dean of the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and the University of Michigan Ross Business School Healthcare Life Sciences Corporate Advisory Board. She serves on the board of Entellus Medical. Richner has a master’s degree in public health policy and administration from the University of Michigan where she is also a magna cum laude graduate of the bachelor’s in science nursing program. Before her career in health economics and policy, she was a practicing dialysis and transplant nurse for 13 years at the University of Michigan Hospital and Northern Michigan Hospital.
Regina Holliday

Regina Holliday

Regina Holliday is a DC-based patient rights arts advocate and the Founding Artist of the Walking Gallery. She is currently at work on a series of paintings depicting the need for clarity and transparency in medical records. She placed her first mural in the series in May of 2009. After the death of her husband, Fred Holliday II, on June 17th 2009, She began a large Mural Titled “73 cents.” This piece can be viewed at 5001 Connecticut Ave. Washington, DC 20008. This piece depicts Holliday family’s nightmare journey through the medical system during Fred’s cancer care. The painting became part of the national healthcare debate and was covered by the BBC, CNN, CBS, AOL, VOA, NPR, The Washington Post and the BMJ. Regina Holliday can be found on Twitter as ReginaHolliday and on Facebook as Regina Holliday, Wash Dc. She speaks at medical conferences providing the patient voice in discussions about HIT. Her timeline of advocacy can be found at: Time Line: http://www.open-health.us/topics/reginas-advocacy-timeline
Robin Strongin

Robin Strongin

Robin Strongin is an accomplished public affairs expert with almost 30 years of experience working in Washington, DC. Robin has worked with and for Federal and state governments, regulatory agencies, Congress, think tanks, nonprofit organizations, corporations, coalitions and trade associations. Before becoming President & CEO of Amplify, a woman-owned small business, Robin was a Managing Partner at the public affairs firm Polidais, LLC. Before joining Polidais, Robin served as a Senior Research Associate with the National Health Policy Forum at George Washington University. While at the Forum, she organized seminars for congressional and executive staff, authored numerous publications, and worked closely with a range of state and federal agencies, professional societies, advocacy groups and consumer organizations. She served as acting Executive Director and Director of Research for the Health Care Technology Institute. Her previous tenures with health and policy organizations include the National Leadership Coalition on Health Care and the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (now the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission). She was selected as a Presidential Management Intern and worked in the Office of Legislation and Policy of the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid), in addition to serving in the Office of Congressman James J. Florio (D-NJ). Robin is the creator/founder of Disruptive Women in Health Care blog. She is currently serving on AcademyHealth’s Translation and Communications Interest Group. Robin is a member of the Women Business Leaders of the US Health Care Industry Foundation and she serves on the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Capital Chapter and the board of Physician-Parent Caregivers.
Rosemary Gibson

Rosemary Gibson

Rosemary Gibson is a writer, strategist, and thought leader in U.S. health care. Her new book, The Treatment Trap, puts a human face on overuse of unnecessary medical treatment. Rosemary has made her mark as a national leader in patient safety. She is author of the critically acclaimed, Wall of Silence, a book of narratives of patient experience with medical errors. At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey, Rosemary led national initiatives to improve health care quality for sixteen years. She was the chief architect of a $200 million national strategy to establish palliative care in the mainstream of the U.S. health care system. Rosemary was honored as the recipient of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Rosemary worked with Bill Moyers and Public Affairs Television on the PBS documentary, "On Our Own Terms," which showed to more than 20 million viewers how the U.S. health care system can better care for seriously ill patients and their families. She supported physician and nurse leaders who launched faculty development programs in palliative care, revised medical and nursing textbooks to include the care of dying patients, expanded palliative care content on medical and nursing licensing exams, and initiated a series in the Journal of the American Medical Association, "Perspectives on Care at the Close of Life." Rosemary is a frequently invited speaker on patient safety and health care quality for physicians, nurses, hospital administrators and trustees, health care ethicists and policy makers. Earlier in her career, Rosemary was Senior Research Associate at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based public policy organization; Vice President of the Economic and Social Research Institute, a policy think tank; and consultant to the Medical College of Virginia and the Virginia state legislature's Commission on Health Care. She also served as a volunteer and Board member at a free medical clinic in Washington, D.C.She is a graduate of Georgetown University and has a master’s degree from The London School of Economics.
Rozalynn Goodwin

Rozalynn Goodwin

Rozalynn Goodwin is director of policy research and a lobbyist for the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA). SCHA supports its 100 member hospitals in creating a world-class health care delivery system for the people of South Carolina by fostering high quality patient care and serving as effective advocates for the hospital community. Prior to joining SCHA, Rozalynn worked in strategic planning and business development with Palmetto Health and in health and human services policy research in the Office of Governor Jim Hodges. A native of Mt. Carmel, S.C., Rozalynn holds a BA in Health Care Management from Lander University and a master of Health Administration from the University of South Carolina. She is a graduate of Leadership Columbia, and has served on the boards of the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and Lander University Alumni Association. A fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Rozalynn serves as an elder at her church, Right Direction Church International, and has been recognized as a rising business leader in The State Newspaper’s annual “20 under 40” feature. She is a Family Ties columnist for TheState.com and blogger for Disruptive Women in Health Care and Working Mother Media. Rozalynn and her husband, Michael, have a daughter and a son.
Ruth Lubic, EdD, RN, CNM, FAAN

Ruth Lubic, EdD, RN, CNM, FAAN

A diploma nursing school graduate of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Ruth Watson Lubic also received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, followed soon thereafter by a certificate of nurse-midwifery awarded by MCA/SUNY Health Sciences Center in Brooklyn. Broadening her scope, she earned a doctorate in education (Ed.D) from Columbia in applied anthropology. From 1970 to 1995, she was the General Director of Maternity Center Association, a venerable organization dating from 1918, which was organized by women and operated continuously by women of great distinction. MCA’s focus is the health and welfare of childbearing families, and Dr. Lubic put her unusual education and personal philosophy to full use as its CEO. While maintaining her upper West Side residence in Manhattan with her husband, she currently serves as Founder and Chair Emerita of the Family Health and Birth Center and Founder and President Emerita of the Developing Families Center in Washington, D.C. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the New York University Division of Nursing and at the Georgetown University School of Nursing. From 1995-1997 she was an expert consultant in the office of the DHHS Assistant Secretary for Health, Philip R. Lee, M.D. It was Dr. Lubic’s vision which lead to establishment of the first demonstration freestanding Childbearing Center (CbC) in the United States. Operating from the MCA town house in Manhattan (1975-1996) before being transferred to become the St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s Elizabeth Seton Childbearing Center, the CbC served as a model for more than 150 centers in this country. Instrumental in the growth of this movement was the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) of which Dr. Lubic was a co-founder and first president. Because of her knowledge and skills as a public speaker, she has consulted with organizations in Japan, Australasia and several European countries. Birth centers on the CbC model were established in Australia, Sweden and Germany. Her insights have led Dr. Lubic to redefine the stereotype of the low-income mother as being consistently high-risk. MCA established its second freestanding birth center in 1988 in the depressed inner city area of the southwest Bronx. Apart from achieving remarkable medical statistics, the social and familial impact of the Center has been extraordinary. Turned over to a community health center in 1992, it continues to operate successfully. The recognition of Dr. Lubic’s achievements in public health have been many. In 1971 she was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Subsequently she was elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the New York Academy of Medicine, the Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Applied Anthropology. She was a member of the first official American Medical Delegation to the Peoples Republic of China in 1973. She was designated by the Ladies Home Journal, (October, 1983) as one of “America’s 100 Most Important Women”. Honorary doctorates were awarded by the University of Pennsylvania, and four other institutions. She is particularly pleased with the Rockefeller Public Service Award given her by Princeton University, and being designated as a “Distinguished Alumna” of Teacher’s College, Columbia University. In 1997, she received the Carola Warburg Rothschild award from Maternity Center Association and The Association for Women in Education in 1999 bestowed its Woman of Distinction Award at its conference for Women Student Leaders. A milestone as well as a change of direction was the result of receiving the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur so-called “genius” Fellowship in 1993. Dr. Lubic used her five year stipend in a seven year venture in bringing to families in Wards 5 and 6 of our nation’s capital, (the locus of the worst infant outcomes in the United States,) her concept of a Developing Families Center, which has operated since 2000. Dr. Lubic has served as Visiting Professor to the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, Australia, and as Kate Hanna Harvey Visiting Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University. In what is the most significant development in nurse-midwifery education in many decades, Dr. Lubic (in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University, the Frontier Nursing Service in Kentucky and AABC) was one of the prime movers in a new concept of nurse-midwifery education which amalgamated home study and precepted “hands on” experience in efficiently educating professional nurses in their own communities to become certified nurse-midwives. In June, 1999, Dr. Lubic was the Irving Harris Professor at the School of Nursing of the University of Illinois-Chicago. To be honored by one’s peers is of particular significance. Among others, the American College of Nurse-Midwives awarded the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award in 1983; the American Nurses Association designated her the 1985 Maternal and Child Health Nurse of the Year, and gave Honorary Recognition, it’s highest award, in 1994; the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing conferred its Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the Nursing Education Alumni Association of Teacher’s College gave her both its Achievement Award and the McManus Medal. The year 2001 was a high point for Dr. Lubic. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences awarded in Washington its Gustav O. Lienhard Award for “outstanding achievement in improving health care services in the United States.” The American Academy of Nursing designated her as a Living Legend for “contributions to the provision of health care services in the United States and in all regions of the world”, and the Medical Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha, elected her to honorary membership. In 2003, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York bestowed on Dr. Lubic its prestigious Lillian D. Wald Award, and in 2006, she received the American Public Health Association’s Martha May Eliot Award. Early in her career, Dr. Lubic served as officer and director of boards of various professional and health associations including the Presidency of both the Pan American Health and Education Fund and the American Association for World Health. In addition to publishing over seventy-five articles, she is co-author of the book “Childbearing - A Book of Choices”. Dr. Lubic’s residence is in New York City. She is married to an attorney who is an honorary nurse-midwife. They have one son who is practicing law in New Jersey, and two grandchildren.
Ruthann Russo, PhD, JD

Ruthann Russo, PhD, JD

Ruthann Russo is a managing director with Navigant Consulting and a partner in the law firm of Russo and Russo based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and New York City. She has been working in and advising healthcare organizations and their medical staffs for over 20 years. She was previously the chief executive officer of HP3, HP3 Research Institute, and Cabot Marsh Corporation. Dr. Russo has written seven books addressing the industry-wide issues of documentation, coding, and compliance in healthcare including her most recent, A Compelling Case for Clinical Documentation, published in 2008. She also wrote Mindful Healthcare: The Conscious Person’s Guide to Living in Harmony with the US Healthcare System and the Raw Food Diet Myth: What you need to know about the raw and living food lifestyle to improve your health, fitness and life. She created the HealthMap™ program to help healthcare consumers proactively create a vision and plan for their care. Dr. Russo is a graduate of Dickinson College, American University’s Washington College of Law, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s program in public health, Columbia University’s Teachers College certification program in health counseling, and Touro University, where she earned her doctoral degree in business administration with an emphasis on healthcare management.
Salima Farooq

Salima Farooq

Salima Farooq (Global Urban Women's Health Fellow) who lives in Karachi, Pakistan, is a nursing instructor at the Aga Khan University School of Nursing, Medical Unit (AKUSON), where she received her Post RN BscN degree in nursing in 2008. She is a member of the international honor society of nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, with interests in the areas of mental health, adolescent health, nursing curriculum/pedagogy, and nursing practice. Salima co-authored a paper on the prevalence and associated factors of stress among female adolescents in Pakistan. The study used simple random sampling of schoolgirls ages 10-16 in 18 urban schools, where a high incidence of stress was found. Fluent in Urdu, Sindhi and English, Salima has participated in a number international nursing conferences, gleaning a wide knowledge of best practices globally.
Sally Greenberg

Sally Greenberg

Sally Greenberg joined the National Consumers League as Executive Director on October 1, 2007. Sally's focus at NCL is on four key priority areas: fraud, child labor, LifeSmarts, and health care forums. At NCL, she's testified before the White House Interagency Working Group on import safety and is our primary spokesperson on a variety of issues. Sally comes to NCL from Consumers Union, where she’d worked since 1997 on auto safety and legal and liability reform and to improve the legal system for consumers. During her tenure at CU, Sally covered both auto and product safety, intellectual property, securities reform and investor protections, and civil justice reform. Before CU, Sally worked at the Justice Department’s Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, and before that, spent a decade serving as the Eastern States Civil Rights Counsel for the Anti-Defamation League, based in Boston. Sally was president of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts and the Women’s Bar Foundation, served on several gubernatorial commissions in Massachusetts, and currently serves on several boards of directors, including the board of HALT, an organization that works to protect the rights of consumers in their interactions with lawyers and the legal system. Since 1994, Sally has served on the Board of Directors of Trillium Asset Management, the oldest and largest investment management firm dedicated to socially responsible investing.
Sally Stansfield, MD

Sally Stansfield, MD

Dr. Sally Stansfield currently serves as Director at Deloitte, LLP. Previous to this role, she served as the Executive Secretary of the Health Metrics Network (HMN), responsible for managing the technical and financial contributions of HMN partners to accelerate reform of health information systems for improved health outcomes on behalf of the Network and its host, the World Health Organization (WHO). Prior to 2006, Dr. Stansfield was the Associate Director for Global Health Strategies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She draws upon more than 30 years of clinical and public health practice, experience in research agencies, universities, governments, non-governmental organizations, and multilateral agencies. Dr. Stansfield's areas of expertise include public health research, policy, strategic planning, program design and development, evaluation, and the development of health information systems. She has designed and managed programs for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Agency for International Development and Canada's International Development Research Centre and has advised governments in Bangladesh, Cambodia, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, many other countries, primarily in Asia and Africa. Her many awards include the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honorary, the International College of Surgeons Award for Scholarship, the Public Health Service Distinguished Service Commendation, a Fulbright Fellowship, and the Yale Tercentennial Medal.
Sally White

Sally White

Sally White was appointed Executive Director of Iona Senior Services in 2009 after 24 years of service to Iona in almost every program area. Iona is a nonprofit, community-based provider of essential services for Washington, DC’s elders, their caregivers and families. As Deputy Director from 2007 to 2009, Ms. White was responsible for strategic direction, day to day management and budget for the core program areas of Iona - clinical services, adult day health and community programs. She has served as liaison to, and manager for, Iona’s DC Office on Aging grant since 1987 and developed and secured Iona’s first federal grant from the Administration on Aging. In 2006, Iona asked her to revive and reorganize the Greater Washington Partnership for Palliative and End-of-Life Care (formerly the DC Partnership for End-of-Life Care). She launched Palliative Care Awards Program, built partnerships with individuals from a variety of community organizations and secured 501(c)(3) status for the organization. She has served as representative to the National Council on the Aging’s Health Promotion Institute Advisory Committee. Ms. White holds a M.S. in Family and Community Development with a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Maryland.
Santi KM Bhagat, MD, MPH

Santi KM Bhagat, MD, MPH

Dr. Bhagat is a mother of a young adult with a chronic medical condition, a physician, and the founder of a grassroots non-profit charitable organization, Physician-Parent Caregivers (PPC). When Dr. Bhagat’s daughter became critically ill at the age of 8 years, she had to withdraw from a medical fellowship at the Armed Forces Institutes of Pathology not to care for her child, but to manage her health care. In spite of having preferential care from her pediatric group, prime health insurance, and medical training, she went on to experience a health care nightmare from renowned providers in the nation’s capital. Her daughter suffered several misdiagnoses and numerous medical mistakes. Care coordination was non-existent and continuously consumed large chunks of her time. Education in one of the country’s best school systems proved to be equally treacherous. Shocked by the inability of the health care system to provide safe quality care for her daughter, Dr. Bhagat felt she needed to understand the health care system from the outside. She decided to study health policy and pursued a Masters in Public Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. When she conducted formal research on Physician-Parents of children with special health care needs, she came to the conclusion that the unique voice of Physician-Parents was necessary to help all families obtain quality health care for their children. The resonating question asked at the Physician-Parent Roundtable was, “If we are unable to secure quality health care for our children, how do non-medical parents manage?” Dr. Bhagat received her medical degree from the University of Bangalore and completed her residency in pathology and laboratory medicine at the Georgetown University Medical Center.
Sharon Terry

Sharon Terry

Sharon is President and CEO of the Genetic Alliance, a network transforming health by promoting an environment of openness centered on the health of individuals, families and communities. She is the founding Executive Director of PXE International, a research advocacy organization for the genetic condition pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE). Following the diagnosis of their two children with pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) in 1994, Sharon, a former college chaplain, and her husband, Patrick, founded and built a dynamic organization that fosters ethical research and policies and provides support and information to members and the public. She is at the forefront of consumer participation in genetics research, services and policy and serves as a member of many of the major governmental advisory committees on medical research, including the HIT Standards Committee for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, liaison to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders and Genetic Diseases in Newborns and Children and the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research, NHGRI, NIH. She serves on the boards of GRAND Therapeutics Foundation, the Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation, Rosalind Franklin Society, The Biotechnology Institute, DNA Direct, National Coalition of Health Professional Education in Genetics, and the Coalition for 21st Century Medicine. She is on the steering committees of Genetic Association Information Network of NHGRI, the CETT program, the EGAPP Stakeholders Group, and the editorial board of Biopreservation and Biobanking, and the Google Health Advisory Board. She is the chair of the Coalition for Genetic Fairness that was instrumental in the passage of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. She is a member of the IOM Roundtable on Translating Genomic-Based Research for Health. She is chair of the Social Issues Committee of American Society of Human Genetics. In 2005, she received an honorary doctorate from Iona College for her work in community engagement and haplotype mapping; in 2007 received the first Patient Service Award from the UNC Institute for Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Therapy; and in 2009 received the Research!America Distinguished Organization Advocacy Award. Ms. Terry is a co-founder of the Genetic Alliance Biobank. It is a centralized biological and data [consent/clinical/environmental] repository catalyzing translational genomic research on rare genetic diseases. The BioBank works in partnership with academic and industrial collaborators to develop novel diagnostics and therapeutics to better understand and treat these diseases. Along with the other co-inventors of the gene associated with PXE (ABCC6), she holds the patent for the invention. She co-directs a 33-lab research consortium and manages 52 offices worldwide for PXE International. Terry is committed to bringing together diverse stakeholders that create novel partnerships in advocacy; integrating individual, family, and community perspectives to improve health systems; and revolutionizing access to information to enable translation of research into services and individualized decision making. She lives with her husband Patrick and their two children in Maryland.
Sheryl Flynn PT, PhD

Sheryl Flynn PT, PhD

Dr. Sheryl Flynn is the founder and CEO of Blue Marble Game Co, a serious games company that focuses design and development of video games to enhance rehabilitation for people with disabilities worldwide. The heart of her company is centered on a passion for using technology to revolutionize health care delivery and outcomes. Recently, her company received funding from the Department of Defense to develop a video game for troops with mild traumatic brain injury who wish to return to work. Sheryl has also begun the development of the Games4Rehab.com social network that aims to bring together individuals with disabilities, clinicians, researchers and game industry professionals to engage all integral parties and push the boundaries of games for rehabilitation. In addition to her entrepreneurial pursuits, Dr. Flynn also consults with the University of Southern California, Institute for Creative Technologies and Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy on the NIDRR funded OPTT-RERC grant to develop a suite of games that clinicians can use in rehabilitation settings. In addition Sheryl also mentors students from many universities nationally and internationally. As a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Sheryl has offered her expertise in using games for rehabilitation at local, state and national conferences. Dr. Flynn has authored numerous papers and presentations for national and international conferences and journals. She obtained her physical therapy training at NYU, her PhD at the University of Florida and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroscience at the McKnight Brain Institute. Dr. Flynn has spent over 20 years providing rehabilitation to individuals with nervous system injuries and impairments and continues to practice as a physical therapist today. Dr. Flynn is excited to be a part of the Disruptive Women in Healthcare and intends to learn from others and leverage her expertise to improve health care delivery through technology adoption and engaging video games.
Sirkku M. Sky Hiltunen, PhD, EdD

Sirkku M. Sky Hiltunen, PhD, EdD

Dr. Sirkku M. Sky Hiltunen, Ph.D., Ed.D., RDT-BCT, ATR-BC, BCPC, MT, BCPC, LPC (Dr. Sky) is a native born Finn. In 1975 she co-founded one of the first group homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Finland on the Russian border. In 1985, two years after receiving her first doctorate, Dr. Sky founded and managed the first Art and Drama Therapy Institute, Inc., which was renamed as Therapy Theater Company, Inc. (TTC) a nonprofit company that provided art and drama therapy services and produced innovative public Therapeutic Noh Theater® performances featuring adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 1991, the current Art and Drama Institute, Inc. (ADTI) was founded by Drs. Do and Sky. Dr. Sky serves as executive vice president, and executive arts director. The current ADTI has earned local, national, and international acclaim especially for its music and theater programs.
Stephanie Cohen

Stephanie Cohen

Since co-founding the Gaithersburg, MD health care benefits firm Golden & Cohen, in 1992, Stephanie Cohen has helped it grow into one of the largest among female-owned companies in the Washington metropolitan region. With more than two decades of experience in small group health insurance, disability programs and life insurance, she was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, serves on the prestigious United HealthCare, Coventry, Aetna and Kaiser Broker Council and is a member of the Womens’ President Organization, the District of Colombia Insurance Commissioner Advisory Council and The Greater Washington Health Underwriters. She has grown increasingly frustrated with the ballooning cost of health coverage and has decided to make a change. On October 29, 2008 she hosted the DC Health Summit (http://dchealthsummit.com/) — a meeting of 100 top health care insurance providers, doctors, hospitals, business owners, and politicians who came together to discuss the value of workplace wellness programs as a way to lower insurance rates. Stephanie’s goal is to establish a consortium of leaders that will begin a national dialog and ultimately develop workable solutions to fix the nation’s health insurance problem. Stephanie is a native of Maryland, and received her BS in Marketing from University of Maryland, in 1986.
Stephanie Mensh

Stephanie Mensh

Stephanie Mensh found herself thrust into the role of personal caregiver and patient advocate in the same shocking instant that her husband, Paul Berger, suffered a severe stroke. Stephanie was only 31, Paul 36, when their middle class, career-oriented lives lurched suddenly off track. That was over 20 years ago. Since then, they have both thrived due to teamwork and Stephanie’s caregiving mantra: (a) push the survivor to be as independent as possible; (b) do what you (the caregivers) do best; and (c) communicate. To help other caregivers, persons with disabilities and their families, Stephanie is the owner of Positive Power Publishing and StrokeSurvivor.com and serves as Project Director of New Editions Consulting, Inc. She also serves on the consumer board of the Stroke Comeback Center in Vienna, VA, and as an appointed representative to the Fairfax County (Virginia) Human Services Council. She served on the Steering Committee of the National Quality Forum’s project on Stroke Measures as a consumer representative. Previously, she served as co-chair of the Community Education Committee, of the “Operation Stroke” pilot sponsored by Inova Health Systems (Fairfax, VA) and the American Heart/American Stroke Association Mid-Atlantic affiliate. She served as President of the Northern Virginia Brain Injury Association, and as a member of the Executive Board of the National Aphasia Association. Stephanie has co-authored books on stroke recovery with her husband, including the nationally-acclaimed “How to Conquer the World With One Hand…and an Attitude,” and a series of E-books, including “Conquering Aphasia & Stroke for Caregivers.” She works with Paul in their publishing company, Positive Power Publishing, and contributes to their E-newsletter and website on stroke recovery (www.strokesurvivor.com). She has made numerous presentations to professional and consumer groups on caregiving and patient advocacy. Stephanie also works for New Editions Consulting, Inc., a government contractor specializing in health and disability policy issues where she serves as Project Director for a contract with the Federal Medicaid program to promote community living for people with chronic conditions. Her varied career included serving as Managing Editor of “Health & Healing,” an alternative health consumer newsletter with a circulation of 500,000; and senior positions relating to Medicare and Federal health policy and reimbursement rules for physicians, hospitals, and medical device companies for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Urological Association, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), King & Spaulding, LLP, and the Neocure Group. Stephanie holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, Finance, from George Mason University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & English from The American University.
Sunnie Southern

Sunnie Southern

Sunnie is a seasoned healthcare industry professional with expertise in commercializing health care products and services. She has developed launch strategies and deployment plans for a wide range of healthcare environments including primary care practices, specialty care practices, hospitals, dialysis centers, long-term care facilities, and the Department of Defense. She is the Founder and CEO of Viable Synergy LLC and is the Co-Founder and serves on the Board of Directors for Innov8 for Health. Sunnie’s experience includes building a line of branded of prescription and over-the-counter prenatal vitamins doubling consumer purchases and increasing gross revenue by nearly 300% over a 4-year period. Complementing her deep background in utilizing traditional marketing strategy and tactics to successfully commercialize products, Sunnie has fully embraced new marketing channels including social media, online community development, and integrated engagement platforms. Sunnie’s work in the health IT and health innovation space includes developing a system for evaluating the new product development process within a regional marketing firm, designing a complete launch plan for a new health IT platform which recently received $10 million in venture funding, working with the Department of Health and Human Services Office of National Coordinator to design a series of educational programs that introduced the most innovative health IT products to local communities and would result in a self-sustaining model, and most recently developing a community wide initiative to create a health innovation ecosystem in Greater Cincinnati.
Tamar Abrams

Tamar Abrams

Tamar Abrams is the Founder and Director of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates. Tamar has worked as a television producer, newspaper writer and magazine editor. She has also served as communications director for NARAL, special projects coordinator for Planned Parenthood Federation of America and vice president of communications for Population Action International. She writes regularly for Huffington Post and has written for Washingtonian and Washington Jewish Week. She is the proud single mom of an awesome and fierce 16 year old daughter.
Teri Louden

Teri Louden

With a 30 year career in the healthcare industry, Teri Louden has developed a national reputation for her leading edge marketing and strategy expertise in launching medical products and advanced medical technologies as well as new health care service businesses. In recent years, she has focused on the futuristic world of medical technologies, including the many life and world changing technologies such as genomics, medical informatics, robotics, wireless diagnostics, implantable, and many other leading edge medical technology breakthroughs. In her vision of the future, both health care and consumer technologies continue to come together to change the world of health care as we know it today…for the better and with a more enhanced focus on diagnostics, prevention, and wellness services. This medical/consumer technology exploration lead her into the amazing future world of medical gaming and virtual world information technologies. As she has spent time researching and exploring this new and exciting area of medical technology, it has now become her next major leading area of interest and focus and expertise across the world of health care technology and services. An early pioneer among women in business, her career has included key positions in Fortune 500 medical companies as well as emerging medical technology businesses, and also founding and leading the growth of The Louden Network, a healthcare business marketing and strategy consulting firm. An accomplished keynote presenter and publicist, Teri has lectured at many corporate and executive conferences across the healthcare industry and has published and been quoted in many leading edge books, articles, and newsletters across the industry. In 2001 she left her consulting practice to be part of the launch team for a venture-backed San Diego-based company called CardioNet, the first company in history to integrate the use of wireless and medical diagnostics technologies to allow for 24/7 outpatient arrhythmia monitoring. (Note: they just had a successful public offering in April 2008 and are trading on NASDAQ under the symbol BEAT). Teri has recently returned to her own consulting practice and as her company tag line implies, her focus is to help her clients “think differently about healthcare” and develop truly innovative and creative strategies that take advantage of the future technological world that is changing our world every day, and making the global world of health care a reality. Teri’s career in healthcare began with Baxter Travenol Laboratories, where she first worked on market launch projects for new medical disposable products, and subsequently became one of the first women in medical sales. Following Baxter, she was a health care strategy consultant for Booz, Allen, and Hamilton in their Chicago office where she worked with hospital and medical center clients on strategic planning and product line expansion assignments. She was hired by American Hospital Supply in the early 80’s and served as Director of Corporate Strategic Planning and also developed the company’s annual future forecast of the state of the healthcare industry. She holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. As the daughter of a career Air Force pilot, Teri grew up in an environment of international travel and frequent change that nurtured an adventurous, confident sense of “change-as-opportunity” from an early age. She has recently published a book called On God’s Wings, a real life inspirational story about the medical miracle experienced by her father, who in 1949 survived a devastating crash of the B-45 Tornado, the first US jet bomber, and went on to fly in both the Korean War and Vietnam after almost three years of rehab at Walter Reed Hospital. He is one proud dad and still going strong at age 87!
Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, JD

Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, JD

Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, JD, vice president at the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), has earned a reputation as an effective change agent, systems-thinker, social innovator and policy advocate. She assists PHMC and its affiliates with business and programmatic strategy, development, coordination and implementation, as well as with policy development and state and national advocacy. Tine serves as CEO the National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC), a non-profit organization supporting the growth and development of over 250 nurse-managed health centers, serving more than 2.5 million vulnerable people across the country in urban and rural locations. She is also co-founder and executive director of Convenient Care Association, a national trade association of over 1250 emerging private sector based retail health clinics with the capacity to serve 17 million people. Tine has been instrumental in positioning Nurse Practitioners as primary health care providers globally
Trisha Torrey

Trisha Torrey

In 2004, Trisha Torrey was diagnosed with a rare, fatal lymphoma and told her life would be measured in months, not years. But her intuition told her there was something wrong with the diagnosis. In search of alternatives to both the diagnosis and chemo, Trisha did some homework, asked a lot of questions, made a few professionals angry, but eventually proved that in fact, she had been misdiagnosed. She had no cancer, and to this day, has never had any form of cancer treatment. Based on her belief that everything happens for a reason, Trisha, a former teacher and marketing consultant, then changed careers to begin teaching others to improve their chances for better medical outcomes, too. Today Trisha is known as Every Patient’s Advocate. She is a newspaper columnist, radio talk show host, About.com’s expert in patient empowerment, and a national speaker who teaches patients how to navigate the unwieldy and dysfunctional health care system. She has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR, USA Today, Fox News, O Magazine, US News and World Report and other media. Trisha’s first book, entitled You Bet Your Life! The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes (How to Fix Them to Get the Health Care You Deserve) was published in 2010. She also founded AdvoConnection.com, a website that supports the work of private patient advocates and connects them to the patients who need their services. Learn more about Trisha’s expertise at her websites: www.EveryPatientsAdvocate.com, http://Patients.About.com or http://YouBetYourLifeBooks.com
Ufuoma Lamikanra

Ufuoma Lamikanra

Ufuoma Lamikanra (Global Urban Women's Health Fellow) is a law librarian at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. She teaches business law to first and third year college students at the Distance Learning Institute, University of Lagos, and has taught legal methods, law of evidence and environmental law to first and fourth year college students at Babcock University, Ilishan. Currently conducting research on gender discrimination in the workplace, she has written and edited many articles for legal journals and recently presented “Maternity Rights under the Nigerian Labour Law” at an international conference on gender in Great Britain. Because she is determined to reduce the unacceptably high maternal mortality rate in Nigeria, Ufuoma volunteers in an advisory capacity for a non-governmental institution called Berachah Foundation (Blood for Life), which provides blood sourced from voluntary donors free of charge to hospitals in two Nigerian states. Besides English, her languages include two Nigerian languages, Isoko and Yourba, Ufuoma recently began research for her M.Phil/PhD.
Val Jones, MD

Val Jones, MD

Val Jones, M.D., is the CEO of Better Health, LLC, a medical blogger network and education company. Most recently she was the Senior Medical Director of Revolution Health, a consumer health portal with over 120 million page views per month in its network. Dr. Jones is the author of the popular blog, "Getting Better with Dr. Val", which won The Best New Medical Blog award in 2007 and was a finalist in the health policy and ethics category for 2008. Dr. Jones has been quoted by various major media outlets, including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the LA Times. She has been a guest on over 20 different radio shows, and was featured on CBS News. Dr. Jones volunteers as a rehabilitation medicine physician at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Disclosures: Dr. Val Jones is a consultant for MedPage Today.
Wen Dombrowski

Wen Dombrowski

Wen Dombrowski, MD is a physician executive that intersects clinical medicine, technology, business, and policy. She is both visionary in strategy and operationally gets things done by connecting ideas, people, and resources. Her clinical expertise focuses on vulnerable populations with complex medical and social needs -- including older adults, people with disabilities, patients with chronic or life-limiting illnesses, and the urban poor. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and HIV. Dr. Dombrowski develops technology, business, and collaborative healthcare solutions to improve the quality of life of vulnerable populations. She was previously a Medical Director at a special needs managed care plan for Medicaid-Medicare dual-eligible seniors, Clinical Informatics Director overseeing the EHR and data analytics at a multi-specialty network of outpatient practices in the Bronx, and board member of hospital executive committees. Besides currently working with health systems and clinicians, Dr. Dombrowski advises health tech startups, professional organizations, and other health care stakeholders. She is regularly invited to speak at national and regional conferences about aging, health information technology, social media, and workforce development. She teaches a medical school Aging course. Dr. Dombrowski also uses social media to foster dialogue between patients, providers, business executives, and technology companies to address the challenges and solutions to health care. She currently works as a Healthcare, Technology, Social Media, & Aging Consultant, Resonate Health LLC and serves on the Board of Advisors for eCaring.
Whitney Bowman-Zatzkin

Whitney Bowman-Zatzkin

A passionate healthcare advocate, Whitney Bowman-Zatzkin works for TEDMED and the Great Challenges Program, stimulating a national conversation about the critical issues in health and medicine. Previously, she worked in health policy in Washington, DC, focusing on healthcare systems, practice models, and health professions workforce issues, and served as an office manager for an obstetrics and gynecology practice in rural North Carolina where she implemented electronic health records before “meaningful use” and “interoperability” were in regulations. She is a passionate community builder, social media strategist and engaged member of health, healthcare, and patient advocacy digital communities. She participated in the European Commission's Digital Agenda Assembly to set objectives around social networks and closing the gender gap and presented at national meetings, including the CDC National Conference on Health Communications Marketing and Media meeting. She remains a steadfast advocate for patients, and is involved in the national medication adherence campaign, Script Your Future, with the National Consumers League and the U.S. Surgeon General, as well as the Walking Gallery of Health Care and XX in Health. Ms. Zatzkin is a graduate of the University of Connecticut where she received a Master of Public Administration and Master of Survey Research and was awarded recognition from the University for her analysis of the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Her publications include work on primary care practice innovations, Health 2.0, health information technology, generational trends in new media use, and the role of public health in disaster recovery.