Informed Health 2016: Speakers

Join us for galvanizing conversations, and insightful discussions at the Informed Health 2016 Conference.


Farzad Mostashari, MD, ScM, CEO and Founder at Aledade, Inc.

Dr. Farzad Mostashari is the CEO of Aledade, a start-up he co-founded aimed at helping primary care doctors form accountable care organizations (ACOs). Previously, Mostashari spent time as a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, where he focused on payment reform and delivery system transformation. Prior to Brookings, Mostashari served from 2011-2013 as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology where he coordinated US efforts to build a health information technology infrastructure for healthcare reform and consumer empowerment.

During his tenure at the Office of the National Coordinator, including his two years as Principal Deputy, he led the implementation of the Health IT for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act including the design, development and monitoring of the EHR Certification Program (including interoperability standards), the $800M Regional Health IT Extension Program (with 140,000 primary care providers, the largest medical technical assistance program in US history), the “Beacon Communities” program and collaborated with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the design and implementation of the “Meaningful Use” Incentive Program (garnering participation of >85% of eligible hospitals, and >74% of eligible professionals nationwide), in addition to programs for health information exchange, health IT workforce, research and privacy and security. This period saw a dramatic increase in adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)—from 9→44% among hospitals, and 17→40% among outpatient providers (latest data as of mid-2012). Under his leadership, the agency was recognized as one of the top 25 “Innovations in Government” by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 2013.Previously, Mostashari served at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as Assistant Commissioner for the Primary Care Information Project, where he co-led agile development of population health management functionality within a commercial EHR, and its adoption by more than 1,500 providers in underserved communities. Mostashari also led the NYC Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics and an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-funded project focused on quality measurement at the point of care. 

He conducted graduate training at the Harvard School of Public Health and Yale Medical School, served his internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, and completed the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service program. He was a lead investigator in the outbreaks of West Nile Virus, and anthrax in New York City and among the first developers of real-time nationwide electronic disease surveillance systems.


Andrew Auerbach, MD

Dr. Auerbach is Professor in Residence and Director of Research for the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF, Director of Clinical Content for UCSF’s electronic health record (Apex), Editor in Chief of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, and leads validation efforts for the CDHI.

Dr. Auerbach leads a number of clinical improvement and research programs at UCSF, including efforts focused on medication reconciliation, patient-centered outcomes measurement in common inpatient diseases, patient-engagement in care transitions, and quality measurement efforts.

Elizabeth Baca

In her role at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), Elizabeth is engaged in innovation in the public sector to foster health through multiple projects including healthy planning, big data, and public-private partnerships. For healthy planning she works across sectors to foster collaboration, elevate the connection between health and the built environment, and leads the effort to incorporate health considerations into the planning process to build healthy, resilient communities. A significant part of her work is aligning win-wins for projects that offer co-benefits, particularly with respect to climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. For big data, she is working on projects to link data sets to the planning process.

Previously, she served on the General Pediatric Faculty at Stanford Medical School and directed the Community Pediatric and Child Advocacy Rotation. In addition to teaching medical students and residents about the social, economic, and environmental factors that affect health, she was the lead faculty mentor on several projects to increase access to healthy foods, reduce environmental triggers of asthma, increase physical activity opportunities, and improve the built environment.

Joe Bengfort

Joe R. Bengfort is the Chief Information Officer at UCSF and joined the organization in June 2011.  Mr. Bengfort has led the Information Technology organization at a time of substantial transformation including the implementation of the electronic medical record, consolidation of IT, establishment of data warehousing and analytics capabilities, opening of the new Mission Bay Hospital and an ongoing drive to improve the information security profile at UCSF.  Prior to UCSF, Mr. Bengfort worked for 22 years at Perot Systems where he held a broad range of senior leadership positions within the Healthcare Division including the management of key client relationships and service delivery at Parkland Hospital, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Triad Hospitals and Stanford Hospital and Clinics.  Mr. Bengfort has led strategic implementations of electronic medical records systems at Triad Hospitals (McKesson) and Stanford Hospital and Clinics (Epic) and has led large scale IT operations supporting electronic medical record environments.  Mr. Bengfort also has extensive experience in the development, sales and operations of IT outsourcing in both the financial services and healthcare provider industries.  

Michael Blum, MD

Dr. Michael Blum is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Informatics and a Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at UCSF. As an active clinician, Dr. Blum is passionate about wellness and prevention of heart disease through lifestyle.

Prior to his medical career, Dr. Blum was trained as an engineer, and he applies his expertise in technology to health care as UCSF’s Chief Medical Information Officer and Director of the Center for Digital Health Innovation at UCSF which develops and evaluates novel digital health applications, devices, sensors, and platforms in pursuit of Precision Medicine. He led the successful enterprise-wide deployment of Epic’s electronic health record as well as enterprise data warehousing at UCSF.

Dr. Blum has been involved with numerous start-ups and early stage companies and serves as the founding Director of the UCSF-Samsung Digital Health Innovation Lab.

Russ Cucina

Dr Cucina is the Associate Chief Medical Information Officer for the UCSF Health System, and an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine. In addition to his clinical practice, he is responsible for clinical leadership of UCSF’s electronic health record, health information exchange, and other technology infrastructure

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Matt Engle

As Architect of Platform Solutions for the Data and Analytics Business Group at Cisco Systems, Matt leads the design of service platforms for cloud and managed services offers.  He has led the introduction and innovation of multiple service offers focused across the Healthcare, Financial, Service Provider, and Retail segments.   In his current role, Matt is leading the architecture of the Healthcare Interoperability Service with UCSF.

Matt has extensive experience and knowledge on Big Data and Analytics and Internet of Things.  Matt is confident that the Healthcare Industry will find the application of such technologies will lead to increased access to higher quality care at a reduced cost. 

Prior to joining Cisco in 2004, Matt consulted in various engineering and product management positions in both technology and consumer markets with companies that include: Vodafone, Ericsson, BMC Software, Motorola, and Aventis Pharmaceutical.   He is a graduate of the University of Texas, Austin.

Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D.

Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at the UC San Francisco, the founding director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center, and director of the Gazzaley Lab. His lab’s most recent studies explore neuroplasticity and how we can optimize our cognitive abilities via engagement with custom-designed video games, and how this can be bolstered by closed loop systems using neurofeedback and transcranial electrical stimulation. Dr. Gazzaley is co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive, a company developing therapeutic video games. He has filed multiple patents based in his research, authored over 110 scientific articles, and delivered over 450 invited presentations around the world. Dr. Gazzaley has received many awards and honors, most recently the 2015 Society for Neuroscience – Science Educator Award.

Dr. Scott Hammond

Over the past 25 years Scott Hammond has held positions with public academic research institutions, American and European surgical entities, and private medical technology development companies.

Past positions include:
Vice President of Clinical Development for Computer Motion Robotic Surgery
Senior Research Associate at the Laboratory for Energy Related Health Research
Surgical Instructor in endoscopic neuro, spine and cardio thoracic disciplines
Vice President of Clinical Development for several start-up medical technology developers

His current 50% position since 2009 is as Executive Director of the UCSB Translational Medicine Research Laboratories. In this capacity he designed an advanced hybrid, pre-clinical operating suite and associated Systems/Precision Medicine research program. The program includes both academic medical centers and community hospitals from around the world and brings the research at UCSB into the emerging environment of Big Data in medicine. With expertise in bio-sensing, computational modeling, data base construction, advanced machine learning, and image informatics, the TMRL and UCSB are at the forefront of Precision Medicine.

Jo Carol Hiatt, MD, MBA, FACS

Dr. Hiatt is Chair of the National Product Council for Kaiser Permanente and also chairs KP's Inter-Regional New Technologies Committee.   She is a partner in Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) and is currently Assistant Medical Director, SCPMG Business Management.  Dr. Hiatt chairs Southern California's Technology Deployment Strategy Team as well as the Oversight Committee for Integrated Medical Imaging. Dr. Hiatt joined Kaiser Permanente as a general surgeon at Panorama City, later serving as Chief of Surgery at that location and member of the SCPMG Board of Directors.  Dr. Hiatt received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and her medical degree from Duke University.  She trained in general surgery at UCLA. In addition to her clinical degree, Dr. Hiatt received an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Management.  She was designated an American College of Surgeons Health Policy Scholar in 2013.

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John D. Hixson, MD

Dr. John Hixson is a practicing neurologist and digital health researcher at the University of California San Francisco and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Dr. Hixson's interest in mobilehealth and sensor technologies was borne directly from his clinical practice in the field ofepilepsy, where he recognized a great need to gather better data from patients outside of thestandard healthcare settings.  

Dr. Hixson's team recently completed and published a nationalstudy conducted within the VA Epilepsy Centers of Excellence that assessed the use of thePatientsLikeMe platform for epilepsy self-management. Within the VA health system, Dr. Hixsonholds multiple regional and national leadership roles within the field of clinical informatics. Dr. Hixson completed his medical training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and finished hisneurology residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Kerrie Holley

Kerrie Holley is a Cisco software executive where he is VP and CTO for the Software Platform Group (SPG). As CTO, Kerrie drives the application of Cisco’s analytics and automation software portfolio into vertical markets and cross-industries.  Kerrie engages with customers (e.g., C suite executives, line of business, CTOs and Architects) and Cisco partners to position and evangelize the analytics and automation portfolio and architectures to the market.  Most often this is in the converged context of several current trends: business digitization, IoT, Big Data, machine learning, analytics, edge analytics, centers of data, cloud and mobility.  In addition, Kerrie conducts presentations and engagements creating mind-share, awareness and adoption excitement with the external communities.

Kerrie was previously an IBM Fellow at IBM Research appointed by the CEO in 2006.  His research focused on scalable business services, business purpose platforms, micro services, and related system development and architecture models.  He engaged extensively with clients on these topics and the disruptive effects of digitization, API economy, and the “next era” of computing. 

Prior to joining IBM Research, Kerrie was CTO for IBM’s Global Business Services’ Application Innovation Services (AIS). There, Kerrie was known for his innovative work in service-oriented architecture (SOA) and collaboration with clients as architect and consultant.  Over the course of his IBM career, he was several awarded outstanding achievement and corporate awards.

Kerrie holds several patents, authored two books, and published articles in peer-reviewed research publications and other venues.  He appeared on ABC News and a TED talk when IBM Watson was first introduced describing Watson’s next job.  Kerrie holds a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from DePaul University.  He is currently a member of DePaul’s Board of Trustees.

Donald Jones

Donald Jones advises companies, governments and foundations on digital heath. He is globally recognized for his expertise in wireless technologies, mobility and network effect for fitness, health and healthcare products, apps and therapies. He sits on mulitiple boards.

For eleven years, through 2014, Mr. Jones served as Qualcomm’s Vice President of Wireless Health Global Strategy and Market Development.  In 2011, working with the XPRIZE Foundation and Qualcomm’s CEO, he conceived the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE for a consumer device capable of making multiple diagnosis. He is Chairman of the Wireless Life Sciences Alliance. Mr. Jones is widely asked to speak and engagements have included the Milken Institute, Sanofi Executive Committee, J&J Innovations Master Class, IMEC, BIO, MIT Emtech, the MEMS Industry Group, the NIH Directors Leadership Meeting and the world’s largest trade show, CES. He is a member of the Milken Institute Advisory Committee on Biomedical Innovation.

In 2005, he founded the Wireless Life Science Alliance (WLSA) Convergence Summit, a prominent global event, hosted by the CEO of Qualcomm and the Chief Scientific Officer of Johnson & Johnson. In 2010, WLSA launched Wireless Health 20XX, the first academic symposium on Wireless Health. This preeminent annual event is now held at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. Jones was a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Digital Health.  He is on the boards of TheEasyG, Sentrian, Trice Imaging and the Alliance Healthcare Foundation, and from 2009 to 2014, the American Telemedicine Association. In 2014, he was named to the Roche Product Development Innovations Advisory Board. Since 2010, he has been on the Sanofi Consumer Products Innovations Board and in 2012, the Genentech/Roche Trials 2 Patients Advisory Board.

Jones was a founding board member of the West Wireless Health Institute (now West Health Institute) with the renowned physician, Eric Topol, MD and philanthropists, Gary and Mary West, raising over $130M.  In 2010, the San Diego Transcript named Jones one of San Diego’s Top Influential ‘s and Fierce Health IT named Jones ‘One of 10 Disruptive Forces in Health IT’.

Jones has spent over 30 years developing, founding and growing healthcare enterprises.  He served as chief operating officer of MedTrans (now American Medical Response), growing from $4.5M to over $1B, into the world’s largest emergency medical services provider and physician practice.  Jones was founder and Chairman of EMME, Mexico’s largest member-based subscription health service.  He was senior vice president of marketing & strategy for HealthCap, a venture capital backed startup, which grew to become the second largest provider of women’s health in the US.  He was founder of OnCall Medicine, a pioneer in modern medical house calls.  Jones has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions with the MedTrans, AMR EMS and EMCARE emergency physician industry rollups, involving more than 130 acquisitions (now Envision Health, EVHC NASDAQ).

In the early 1980’s, he developed the $3B critical care transportation sector. During the mid 80′s and into the 90′s he won billions of dollars of EMS multi-year contracts throughout the US. In the mid 1990’s he developed AMR’s healthcare call center strategy, American Medical Pathways.  Jones is a founding advisor of Golden Hour Data Systems, an information technology and revenue cycle management company, managing over $2B in aero-medical revenue.  In 1998, the Director of the US National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration asked Jones to co-author the Federal Government’s EMS Implementation Guide for the Future.  In 2000, the Journal of Emergency Medical Services named Jones ‘One of the 20 Most Influential People in EMS’.

Jones has been a guest lecturer at the UCSD Rady, USC Marshall, UCLA Anderson, Singularity University, Carnegie Mellon and the London School of Business and at the Case Western University School of Engineering. He helped found masters degree programs in wireless health at The Scripps Research Institute (for physicians) and at Case Western Reserve University (engineering). Jones holds a bachelors’ degree in biology and bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine. Jones has multiple issued and pending patents in the use of wireless technologies in healthcare

Marc Kohli, MD

Marc Kohli, MD, is the Director of Clinical Informatics, and an Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology in the Abdominal Imaging section in Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2003. In 2004, he completed a one-year Transitional Residency at Indiana University School of Medicine, followed by a four-year Diagnostic Radiology. In 2008, Dr. Kohli started an one-year Abdominal Imaging and Informatics fellowship from Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Radiology and Regenstrief Institute. Before Kohli came to UCSF, he was an Assistant Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was also Director of Quality and Safety, as well as the Director of Informatics.

David Lindeman, PhD

David Lindeman, PhD, is Director Health, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), UC Berkeley and Director, Center for Technology and Aging (CTA).  Dr. Lindeman has worked in the field of aging and health care for over 30 years as a health services researcher and gerontologist, focusing on health care technology, chronic disease/dementia, disability, community-based/residential services, workforce, caregiving, and public policy. Dr. Lindeman’s current research focuses on the incubation, development, and scaling of mHealth, sensor, telehealth, data analytic, and precision medicine initiatives that address critical health and aging challenges ranging from prevention to managing complex chronic conditions.  Dr. Lindeman previously held positions as the founding Director Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging; Associate Professor of Health Policy, Rush University; and Co-Director, UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center.  Dr. Lindeman serves as an advisor to government agencies, foundations, businesses, and venture firms.

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Josh McFarland

Josh is Sr. Director of Product at Twitter and leads its business-facing product efforts.  Prior to this, Josh was cofounder and CEO of TellApart, a software start-up which helps companies leverage customer data to drive sales through personalized digital marketing.  He led the company from inception, grew annual revenues to well above $100M, and in 2015, Twitter acquired TellApart.  Before TellApart, Josh served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Greylock Partners.  For over five years preceding, he was a lead Product Manager at Google and oversaw many of its advertising offerings, including AdWords, Audio Ads and Google’s display ads efforts. He earned his Bachelor’s degree with distinction in Economics at Stanford University, where he was a Mayfield Fellow.

Sharmila Majumdar

Sharmila Majumdar obtained her Ph.D. degree from Yale University in 1987 in Engineering and Applied Science. After a short stay at Yale as a post-doctoral researcher and Assistant Professor she joined UCSF as an Assistant Professor in 1989. She is currently a Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Departments of Radiology and Biomedical imaging and Orthopedic Surgery at UCSF, and in Bioengineering at UC Berkeley. She is Director of the Musculo-skeletal and Quantitative Imaging Research group (MQIR) at UCSF, an inter-disciplinary group consisting of faculty, post-doctoral scholars and students. Her research work on imaging, particularly magnetic resonance and micro computed tomography, and development of image processing and analysis tools, has been focused in the areas of osteoporosis, osteo-arthritis and lower back pain. Her research is supported by grants from the NIH, corporate entities and is diverse ranging from technical development to clinical trials. She was selected as a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers in 2004, and a fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine in 2008. In 2007, she was awarded the “Excellence in Direct Teaching and/or Excellence in Mentoring and Advising Award” by the UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators. She has published extensively in highly regarded journals such as Journal of Bone Mineral Research, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, etc. and serves as a reviewer and on the Editorial Board of scientific journals and is a recognized expert in the area of imaging. 

Arien Malec

Arien Malec is Vice President of Data Dlatform at RelayHealth, a Healthcare Information Technology Business Unit of McKesson. Malec is also a member of the HIT Standards Committee, a federal advisory committee that advises the National Coordinator on standards, implementation, guidance and certification criteria for health IT, co-created the CommonWell Health Alliance, and was past coordinator for the Standards and Interoperability Framework and the Direct Project for the Office of the National Coordinator. He has extensive experience in standards, interoperability, and clinical informatics across a broad range of the health care and life sciences sectors.  

Ed Martin

Ed is a technologist with 20+ years of experience in software engineering with the last 5 years at UCSF focused on cloud-computing application solutions. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from UC Davis and a M.Sc. in Healthcare Information Technology from Boston University.

Eugene Mazo

Eugene Mazo, the co-founder and CEO of DGLogik, Inc., provides the vision behind DGLogik’s product offering, an advanced IoE application platform that enables solutions for multiple IoE verticals. Eugene leads the strategy and direction of all ethical, technical and corporate objectives for DGLogik. He is responsible for developing relationships with key strategic partners with results-focused needs for rapidly expanding the IoE ecosystem in multiple areas such as connectivity, analytics and application development. 

Eugene is passionate about expanding the role of technology within healthcare and believes that the industry’s digitization will significantly improve quality of life for patients. As a thought leader of technology and innovation, Eugene has been published in multiple publications within the IoE domain. Prior to joining DGLogik, Eugene acquired years of experience working with enterprise data visualization and analytics solutions to automate and maximize operational efficiency of building systems, business processes, and financial reporting.

Aaron Neinstein

In addition to practicing clinical Endocrinology, I also practice and study clinical informatics. As Assistant Medical Director for Informatics at UCSF, I work closely with the UCSF clinical systems team to help our electronic health record support high quality and high efficiency care at UCSF. As the Lead for Clinical Design and Research for the UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation, I work on the design, development, and evaluation of emerging technologies in healthcare, specifically in diabetes.

Josh Newman, M.D., M.S.H.S

Joshua Newman, M.D., M.S.H.S., is Chief Medical Officer and General Manager of Healthcare at Salesforce. Dr. Newman has a 15-year history in Health IT, having designed, built, and managed web applications that have been used to digitalize medical residency administration, billing, and clinical care, to promote collaboration between physicians, and to ease the adoption of electronic medical records systems. 

In his current role at Salesforce, he leads the strategy and cross-functional efforts on the company's health products, develops partner and customer presence on the Salesforce development platform, and enables health applications for non-profit organizations through the Salesforce Foundation. 

Prior to Salesforce, he worked as a practicing physician and Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA with a research focus on health information technology. 

Dr. Newman received his MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the Advocate Illinois Masonic/UIC program. He completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, a postgraduate fellowship at UCLA, and received an MSHS degree in Health Services. He is a member of a number of professional organizations around medicine and technology.

Thomas S. Nesbitt, M.D., M.P.H.

Thomas S. Nesbitt, M.D., M.P.H., is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Technologies and Alliances and is responsible for advancing the UCD Health System’s excellence in telemedicine. Nesbitt works closely with industry leaders developing partnerships with hospitals, clinics and centers to expand access to quality health care and create a broadband telehealth network. He ensures that faculty and staff excel at using innovative technologies to provide high-quality, state-of-the-art medical care.

Throughout his career, Nesbitt has focused his scholarship and leadership on improving access to health care and developing the health-care workforce for California, the nation and the world. He is internationally known and regarded as a pioneer using telecommunications technology to deliver a broad spectrum of health-care services and health professional education in rural areas. He established UC Davis’ first telehealth link in 1992; today, UC Davis’ Center for Health and Technology is recognized as a global leader in using telehealth and distance learning to meet the needs of populations in remote and underserved regions.

A member of the UC Davis faculty since 1988, Nesbitt is a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine who specializes in rural health and using advanced telecommunications technologies to improve access to medical education and care. He has been a driving force behind innovative programs that address the unique health-care and educational needs of diverse populations of patients and physicians, particularly in rural Northern California. As founding director of the Center for Health and Technology, Nesbitt oversees UC Davis’ telemedicine, distance learning and medical informatics programs. He has co-authored more than 70 journal articles and book chapters on telemedicine.

Nesbitt has received numerous awards for his innovation and leadership. He received the 2012 Justin Ford Kimball Innovators Award, one of the highest honors given by the American Hospital Association for outstanding contributions to health care, and the 2010 Leadership Award from the American Telemedicine Association for his pioneering work to advance telemedicine. He has received many awards from UC Davis, including the campus-wide Distinguished Public Service Award, the School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award and Translational Leadership Award as well as the Distinguished Achievement award from the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, presented in 2012.  He recently received the 2015 UC Davis School of Medicine Hibbard Williams Extraordinary Achievement Award. 

Alvin Rajkomar, MD

Alvin Rajkomar, MD is an assistant clinical professor at UCSF and principal data scientist for the UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation.  He currently develops and deploys machine learning algorithms for UCSF Health designed to directly improve clinical care.  In addition, he performs research on applications of deep learning on structured electronic health record data and a variety of unstructured healthcare data.  He also works as an attending physician at UCSF.

Kate Rankin

Dr. Kate Rankin is a professor in the UCSF Department of Neurology who specializes in the neuropsychological, neuroanatomic, and genetic underpinnings of human socioemotional behavior in healthy aging and neurodegenerative disease. She studied psychology at Yale for her undergraduate work and received graduate degrees from Fuller School of Psychology in Pasadena, including her PhD degree in clinical psychology and a master’s degree in theology.

In her work at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, Dr. Rankin developed a comprehensive battery of tests to measure socioemotional functioning in cognitively impaired patients that was adopted at the national level by NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Coordinating Centers to improve diagnostic accuracy in diseases like behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia, semantic variant progressive aphasia, progressive supranuclear palsy, and corticobasal syndrome. Her research utilizes quantitative structural and functional brain image analysis to examine the neural substrates of empathy, theory of mind, personality, and the comprehension of social signals for sarcasm and deception.

She also has led the data/biostatistics and bioinformatics cores of a number of center grants and privately funded research consortia and specializes in the development of strategies for aggregating cross-disciplinary data across labs and institutions to facilitate scientific collaboration. Additionally, she is a leader in the UCSF-wide Precision Medicine Knowledge Network Initiative and advises on a number of UCSF committees and boards promoting digital health and the allocation of computational resources towards improving research and clinical care.

Lonny Reisman, M.D.

Lonny is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of HealthReveal, a startup that seeks to leverage advanced data analytics and biomonitoring for early detection and diagnostic and treatment guidance to preempt the advance of disease.  Previously, Lonny served as Aetna's chief medical officer for six years.  During his tenure at Aetna he was responsible for the company's clinical strategy to improve the health of Aetna's members and helped build a better healthcare system supported by evidence-based accountability by every participant.  He led healthcare system change through Aetna's clinical thought leadership, Innovation Labs, clinical policy and integrated system design.

Lonny is a recognized leader in health information technology, patient safety and evidence-based medicine and has published numerous clinical, peer-reviewed articles.  He has spent his career confronting the challenges in healthcare and emphasizes that issues related to cost and quality must be addressed by supporting greater adherence to evidence-based standards of care.  By replacing traditional information silos, Lonny has focused on new ways for information to be easily used and easily shared throughout the healthcare system.  Drawing on expertise from across the healthcare and technology industries, Lonny helped align Aetna's capabilities in clinical research, payment reform, health information technology, health information exchange, and patient and provider collaboration to drive innovations that lead to better health outcomes and lower costs.

Prior to his CMO position, Lonny was Chief Executive Officer of ActiveHealth Management. He co-founded ActiveHealth Management, now an Aetna subsidiary, following nearly 20 years of experience as a physician and consultant to large employers concerned about healthcare quality and costs.  Lonny led the development of the ActiveHealth CareEngine® System, a clinical decision support technology platform that received a U.S. Patent in 2004.

Lonny is a member of the Harvard Medical School Health Care Policy Committee; the New York eHealth Collaborative Board of Directors; the RCHN Community Health Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors; and the East Coast CMO Executive Summit Committee.  From 1991 to 1998, Lonny was a principal in the Managed Care Group of William M. Mercer where he led numerous consulting engagements with Fortune 500 corporations, healthcare providers, suppliers and payers that focused on managing the demand for healthcare resources.

Lonny was an attending physician at New York Hospital and St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center between 1987 and 1999, and was a cardiology fellow at the University of Chicago from 1985 to 1987. He received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his medical degree from Tel Aviv University.

Bob Rogers, PhD

Bob Rogers, PhD, is Chief Data Scientist for Big Data Solutions at Intel, where he applies his experience solving problems with big data and analytics to help Intel build world class customer solutions. Prior to joining Intel, Bob was co-founder and Chief Scientist at Apixio, a big data analytics company for healthcare.  He believes that accurate understanding of patient clinical and genomic data, physician behavior and the characteristics of the healthcare delivery network are foundational to a better future for healthcare, and that Big Data analytics is essential to driving this transformation.

Bob began his career as an astrophysicist, developing computer models of physical processes near super-massive black holes. He became interested in computational intelligence and incorporated research on artificial neural networks into his academic work. He co-authored the book “Artificial Neural Networks: Forecasting Time Series,” which led to a twelve-year career managing a quantitative futures trading fund based on computer models he developed.  In 2006, Bob transitioned into healthcare at Carl Zeiss Meditec, where he was responsible for new product development for the diagnostic device that is the global standard of care for glaucoma.  He received his BS in Physics at UC Berkeley and his PhD in Physics at Harvard. 

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Sanjay Shah, MBA

Sanjay Shah, MBA is the Director of Strategic Innovation at Dignity Health. Sanjay supports advancing Dignity Health’s (DH) innovations efforts by primarily focusing on four bodies of work; realizing intellectual property developed at DH, developing built for purpose companies, creating avenues to combine DH’s organizational talents and expertise with those of entrepreneurial companies, and executing strategic co-investments with health IT and services companies.

Sanjay joins DH after four years with the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), where he served as a senior program officer with the foundation's Innovations for the Underserved program and Health Innovation Fund. While at CHCF, Sanjay led multiple initiatives and investments that focused on creating access to efficient, affordable and high quality health care. Before joining CHCF, Sanjay worked as a consultant with The Inovo Group, building innovation capabilities into client organizations and culture. Sanjay also completed a fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical Innovation Center, where he focused on identifying, validating, and creating commercially viable solutions to support patient care.

Sanjay received a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing and a master's degree in business administration with a dual focus in finance and marketing from Wayne State University

Aenor Sawyer, MD

Dr. Sawyer has more than a decade of Health Technology experience including Telemedicine, EMR design and implementation, and development of device and digital health solutions. As the Associate Director of Strategic Relations in the UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation and the Associate Director of the Digital Health track in the CTSI Catalyst accelerator, she guides the development of new technologies and their “frontline innovators.” Dr. Sawyer guides development, evaluation and translation of novel technologies at UCSF and also at external incubators. She also is a member of the UCSF Telemedicine Committee and Chairs the New Technology Committee in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

A ‘frontline innovator’ herself, she co-founded (with Pierre Theodore) Trinity, a HIPAA secure, online, virtual Tumor Board asnd multidisciplinary collaboration technology. Trinity allows specialists from different disciplines, at different locations and on different schedules to view pertinent patient data, exchange expertise and rapidly form optimal diagnostic and treatment decisions. In the device arena she serves as Project Director (Roboimplant) in the Pediatric Device Consortium and is an advisory member of the Surgical Innovation Committee and the Center for Disruptive Musculoskeletal Innovation. With a focus on fall prevention, she co-developed a safe early-mobility device (MOBI-US), combining DME, Sensor and Digital technologies. Beyond UCSF, she is an advisor at Rock Health and Epocrates, and is a member of the NIH CTSA Telemedicine/Telehealth TSIG. Dr. Sawyer is also on the External Advisory Board for Scripps Institute CTSA.

As a practicing clinician Dr. Sawyer is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, where she combines a background in Orthopaedics, Physical Therapy, Exercise Physiology and Health Technology to provide comprehensive musculoskeletal care. She is Director of the multidisciplinary UCSF Skeletal Health Service empowering Pediatric to Geriatric patients to optimize their bone health across the lifespan.

She is also the Medical Officer for the Great Pacific Race and worldwide transoceanic rowers, a role in which she leverages a variety of remote communications and sensing technologies.

Dr Sawyer completed her MS and MD at UC Davis, her Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Stanford and her Fellowships in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery and Boston Childrens Hospital.

David A. Shaywitz, MD, PHD

Dr. Shaywitz is chief medical officer at DNAnexus, and holds an adjunct appointment as Visiting Scientist in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School.  He has a decade of experience in the life science industry, with experience in R&D, strategy, and commercial operations through his work at Merck, the Boston Consulting Group, and Theravance.  Dr. Shaywitz received his MD/PhD from Harvard and MIT, and trained in internal medicine and endocrinology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is co-author, with Lisa Suennen, of "Tech Tonics: Can Passionate Entrepreneurs Heal Healthcare With Technology?", and writes regularly about entrepreneurial innovation in medicine for Forbes.

John A. Shepherd, PhD, CCD

John A. Shepherd, PhD, CCD, is an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Radiology and the Director of the Breast and Bone Density Imaging Group at the University of California, San Francisco. He is an expert in quantitative breast imaging as well as musculoskeletal imaging using x-ray absorptiometry techniques. Dr. Shepherd received his BS in Engineering Physics from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and he obtained his PhD in Engineering Physics from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Biophysics from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. 

Dr. Shepherd’s research interests involve quantitative imaging methods for tissue composition using x-rays. His mammographic methods are used extensively for research around the world and in the San Francisco Mammography Registry Program. Dr. Shepherd’s efforts are focused on the technical imaging aspects of the measurements of the body composition and the translation of these measurements into different fields of study. He has present and future research projects in the following areas: breast cancer risk and detection using breast density and tissue texture measures; dual-energy x-ray diagnostic mammography for characterizing compositional signatures of cancer lesions; total body protein measures, body shape analysis and metabolic diseases; statistics of quality assurance and quality control for quantitative measurements.


Roy Smythe, MD

Roy Smythe, M. D. is considered an expert in the areas of health care innovation and integrated health care delivery strategy. He is currently Chief Medical Officer for Chicago-based Valence Health. Prior to moving to Valence, he was the first Chief Medical Officer for AVIA, a leading edge provider-led health care technology accelerator, and Chief Executive Officer of HX360 – a HIMSS/AVIA joint health care leadership convening, health system evaluation and executive education initiative.    

Before moving to the private sector, Dr. Smythe was Senior Vice President for Institute Development, and the Medical Director of Innovation for the Scott & White Healthcare system. He was also Professor of Surgery, Medicine and Molecular Medicine and the Glen and Rita K. Roney Endowed Chair for the Texas A&M University medical school, and awarded academic tenure in the Texas A&M University System.  

In high school, he was a National Merit Scholarship recipient and an all-state athlete in two sports. As an undergraduate at Baylor University he was a scholarship athlete and studied biology as a premedical student. He is a graduate of the Texas A&M College of Medicine where he was the Helen Salyer Anderson Medal recipient as graduating senior with highest academic achievement, and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical school academic honor society.   

While in medical school, he was awarded and completed a Charles A. Dana Foundation Scholar fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Wharton School of Business in health care delivery (economics, policy and clinical research methodology). He trained in general, oncologic and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also completed a postdoctoral bench research fellowship in molecular therapeutics that led to one of the world’s first cancer gene therapy clinical trials. As a trainee, he won all of the major teaching and research awards offered by the department of surgery, and several University of Pennsylvania Medical School teaching awards. Following training, he was a faculty member at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, where he ran a clinical tumor program, had an international surgical practice in complex thoracic malignancies, and led a well-funded basic/translational science molecular cancer pathogenesis and therapeutics research group. While on staff at M.D. Anderson, he was promoted to Associate Professor and awarded academic tenure in the University of Texas System. 

He has served in several health-system administrative positions dealing with finance, governance, strategic planning, as well as clinical and academic endeavors, and was a member of the Texas State Medical Board. He has published more than 300 manuscripts, articles and essays in scientific and academic journals as well as lay publications such as DISCOVER  – in subject areas ranging from biomedical investigation and clinical delivery process, to the more human aspects of medical care.  He is currently a contributing writer for Forbes.  

Dr. Smythe has been a successful clinician, funded biomedical investigator, medical school and health system administrative leader, writer and entrepreneur. He is married, and he and his wife Allison are the proud parents of four children. 

Rhona Snyman

Focused on tangible outcomes, Rhona is passionate about challenging the status quo of healthcare.

As Director of Operations for the Center for Digital Health Innovation, Rhona drives the development of innovative programs and services for CDHI, identifying emerging trends and recommending new initiatives to grow CDHI’s core product offerings. Rhona leads a cross functional team of clinicians and technologists who foster digital health innovation across UCSF and beyond, with a focus on healthcare informatics, patient engagement, clinical workflow design, EHR Integration and data validation. 

Lisa Suennen

Lisa Suennen is Managing Member of Cardeation Capital Management. She is also Managing Partner at Venture Valkyrie Consulting, which provides business advisory services to companies, venture capital firms and non-profit organizations in the healthcare field. 

Lisa is a board member of Beyond Lucid Technologies and the Dignity Health Foundation.  She is an advisory board member at HealthXL, Qualcomm Life and the California Healthcare Foundation and advises several private companies. Lisa also writes Venture Valkyrie, a widely read blog on healthcare and investing and hosts the Tech Tonics podcast. She has recently published her first book: Tech Tonics, Can Passionate Entrepreneurs Heal Healthcare with Technology.  She is also an Editorial Board Member of Health Transformation, a peer-reviewed journal on the changing healthcare industry and a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship.

Previously Lisa spent 15 years as a partner at Psilos Group, a healthcare-focused venture capital firm. Earlier, Lisa helped build Merit Behavioral Care, an $800mm behavioral healthcare company where she held various senior executive roles over nine years from the company’s early start-up days through exit. Previously, Lisa held various positions in the high technology field.

Lisa holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from UC Berkeley, where she is now on faculty at the Haas School of Business.   


Steven R. Steinhubl, MD

Dr. Steinhubl is the Director of Digital Medicine at the Scripps Translational ScienceInstitute and a clinical cardiologist at Scripps Health. He received his undergraduatetraining in engineering at Purdue University, graduate training in physiology atGeorgetown University, and his medical degree at St. Louis University. Steve’s residency training was completed at David Grant USAF Medical Center and his cardiology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. Prior to joining Scripps Steve was the Director of Cardiovascular Wellness and the Medical Director for Employee Wellness for the Geisinger Healthcare System.  

As a clinician-scientist Dr Steinhubl’s research activities have focused on clinical trials of novel therapeutic interventions to improve outcomes, ranging from the study of novel antithrombotic therapies to the application of an integrated systems-based approach for the optimal identification, communication and treatment of individual risk. He has been principal investigator or helped lead over a dozen large-scale, international randomized trials and has authored nearly 200 peer-reviewedmanuscripts as well as numerous book chapters, and abstracts. At Scripps, through the development and oversight of a portfolio of clinical trials, Steve is responsible for helping develop the evidence base necessary to establish the role of mobile health technologies in the transformation of healthcare.  

Euan Thomson

Committed to the vision of data-driven healthcare and its potential impact on the quality of decision-making, efficiency of healthcare delivery and consumer empowerment. At Khosla Ventures, worked with digital health portfolio, helping to build data/analytics strategies. Prior to Khosla Ventures, more than 14 years experience as a CEO, managing both private and public companies. Trained as medical physicist, fifteen years in research, teaching, clinical practice, and administration within the UK healthcare system. Formed a successful international consultancy practice, providing advice for companies and hospitals on scientific development, product marketing, and management.

As President and CEO of Accuray Inc, managed the disruptive, clinical expansion of Radiosurgery through the creation of protocols and studies for treatment of tumors in the brain, spine, lung, liver, pancreas, prostate and breast. Managed Accuray’s intellectual property portfolio growth from five issued U.S. patents to approx 300 issued U.S. and foreign patents, grew revenue from less than $10 million to more than $400 million, and guided Accuray through it’s highly successful IPO in 2007.

At Khosla Ventures, worked with the healthcare portfolio, including Quanttus, CellScope, ZyoMed, AliveCor, EyeNetra,, Lumiata, Zebra and Gamgee. Interim CEO of AliveCor (2013-2015), established corporate strategy, created patient driven data flow resulting in >3M ECG's with context and FDA cleared algorithms. Interim CEO of Quanttus, establishing strategy based on continuous blood pressure measurement.

Board member of Stereotaxis (STXS) and Advanced Oncotherapy (AVO). Past Chair of the Board of Hospice of the Valley, a non-profit organization providing hospice care, palliative care and grief counseling. Past Chair of the California Division of the American Cancer Society’s CEO’s Against Cancer. Recipient of Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year (N. California Health and Life Sciences).

Claudia Williams

Claudia Williams is Senior Advisor for Health Technology and Innovation at the White House, in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role she galvanizes the blue button movement which now gives more than 150 million Americans access to their own digital health data and builds partnerships with private and public entities that are leveraging HITECH, open data and ACA to remake the digital landscape in health care, producing cost savings, health improvements and new business opportunities. She co-leads OSTP’s Ebola response team.

Claudia previously led the health information exchange portfolio and team for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), providing strategic direction to ONC’s efforts to rapidly enable information exchange to achieve meaningful use and improve health care. Prior to joining ONC, she was Director of Health Policy and Public Affairs at the Markle Foundation, where she led Connecting for Health, a 100 member public-private collaborative of tech, provider, consumer and health plan leaders working to improve health and health care through health IT. She holds an MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA from Duke University.


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