Meeting Participants

About our participants

Participants at PCHRI 2006 spanned the depth and breadth of academia, government, and industry.

Biographies, A - L

Mr. Jonathan Abbett

Principal Interface Engineer | Children's Hospital Informatics Program
Jonathan Abbett is the Principal User Interface Engineer and Data Integration Specialist for the Indivo PHR project. He is a software engineer at the Children's Hospital Informatics Program. His previous work in the sector includes core development of interactive, phone-based health messaging technologies. Mr. Abbett received bachelor's and master's degrees in Computer Science from Brandeis University, with a focus on human-computer interaction and database management systems.

Dr. Michael J. Ackerman

Assistant Director | National Library of Medicine
Michael J. Ackerman received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in Biomedical Engineering. He is currently Assistant Director for High Performance Computing and Communications at the National Library of Medicine, responsible for programs in medical imaging, telemedicine and next generation networking. He holds an academic appointment as an Associate Professor of Computer Medicine at the George Washington University and as an Assistant Professor of Medical Informatics at the Uniformed University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Ackerman is active in the field of medical informatics. He was elected a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 1992 and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) in 1985. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He serves on the Editorial Boards of TeleMedicine and e-Health, the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and the IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine. He has published a book and over 170 papers and book chapters.

Dr. Ben Adida

Post-Doctoral Fellow | Harvard CRCS
Ben Adida is a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard's Center for Research on Computation and Society. His research applies cryptography to public policy problems, including secure voting, online identity, secure health records. He is the Creative Commons representative to the W3C, where he works on interoperable web metadata as chair of the RDF-in-XHTML task force. Ben holds a PhD from MIT's Cryptography and Information Security group. Previously, Ben co-founded two software startups that developed database-backed web application platforms.

Ms. Amanda Adkins

Director of Government and Industry | Cerner Corporation
Amanda Adkins has had a diverse career in both policy and politics. Since the mid 1990's she has served as professional staff on the U.S. House Rules Committee, executive director of a Capitol Hill leadership committee, and as the campaign manager for a U.S. Senator. In late 2004, she joined Cerner Corporation, a leading supplier of healthcare information technology. In support of the vision that most Americans should have electronic health records, Adkins is responsible for advancing Cerner healthcare initiatives in government, industry and community relations. Cerner continues to amplify its government and industry presence with its proactive development of policy solutions focused on the transformation of healthcare.

Mrs. Wendy Angst

General Manager | CapMed
Wendy Angst, MHA General Manager, CapMed, A Division of Bio-Imaging Technologies, Inc. Ms. Angst has over 12 years of professional and management experience in healthcare. Angst has been a member of the CapMed team since its incorporation where she has played an integral role in developing and executing the growth strategy of CapMed, and has been instrumental in the creation of the patent-pending Personal HealthKey™. She is involved with many HIT initiatives, including the Markle Foundation’s Personal Health Technology Council, the HL7 PHR Workgroup, the Practice Transformation Workgroup, and SOS Rx.

Mr. Richard Benoit

Senior Manager—Health Standards Development | Intel Corporation
Rick is currently chairing a project and special interest group which is focused on providing data transfer storage and sharing capability for an individual’s PHR and healthcare information utilizing the PDF format. Rick has been with Intel since 1999 and has spearheaded other international standards efforts on behalf of the company. He has an extensive background in facilitation, sales and marketing having held roles from fields sales to sales management and marketing training as well as curriculum development. The majority of his career ventures have been focused in the computer technology field.

Dr. Ernst Berndt

Professor of Applied Economics | MIT, Sloan School of Management
Ernst R. Berndt, Ph.D., is the Louis B. Seley Professor of Applied Economics at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also Co-Director of the Harvard - MIT Health Sciences and Technology Biomedical Enterprise Program, and of the MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation. Prof. Berndt also directs the National Bureau of Economic Research Program on Technological Progress and Productivity Measurement. His research focuses on health economics and the regulation of health care industries.

Mr. Keith Boone

Lead Interoperability Systems Designer | GE Healthcare
Keith W. Boone is a Lead Interoperability System Designer for GE Healthcare. He has over 20 years of experience in software development, with an extensive background in standards. He is presently active in Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE), and HL7 and ASTM standards efforts. He is co-chair of the IHE Patient Care Coordination (PCC) Technical Committee, and member of the IT Infrastructure (ITI) technical and planning committees, and the IHE Strategic Development Committee. Keith is co-editor the following IHE profiles: ITI Cross Enterprise Document Sharing (XDS), ITI Notification of Document Availability (NAV), Sharing of Medical Summaries (XDS-MS), Exchange of PHR Content (XPHR), and Basic Patient Privacy Consents (BPPC). At HL7 he participates in the Structured Documents and Patient Care Technical committees, and the Claims Attachments special interest group. He contributed to the development of CDA Release 2.0, and is editor for the HL7 Care Record Summary (CRS), the ASTM/HL7 Continuity of Care Document (CCD), and the next release of the HL7 Claims Attachments (ASIG) guides. As a member of the ASTM E31 Healthcare Informatics committee, Keith hosted teleconferences of the CCR Technical Advisory Group, and contributed to the development of the CCR schema.

Mr. Adam Bosworth

Vice President| Google Adam Bosworth is a Vice President at Google, Inc. He was previously VP Engineering at BEA Systems and was responsible for the engineering efforts for BEA's Framework Division. Prior to joining BEA, Bosworth co-founded Crossgain, a software development firm acquired by BEA in 2001. Crossgain's "Cajun" project developed into BEA's WebLogic Workshop product. At BEA, Bosworth also developed the Alchemy intelligent caching framework in a team consisting of Bosworth and his son, Alex. Alchemy was a software layer used by Internet Explorer to communicate with a corresponding software layer on the web server allowing both upload and download data to be cached when the browser was disconnected from the network. Architecturally, this approach is similar to the design of the Google Web Accelerator although that product only performs server-side caching, rather than client-side caching. Known as one of the pioneers of XML, Mr. Bosworth previously held various senior management positions at Microsoft, including General Manager of the WebData group, a team focused on defining and driving XML strategy. While at Microsoft, he was responsible for designing and delivering the Microsoft Access PC database product (codenamed 'Cirrus') and assembling and driving the team that developed Internet Explorer 4.0's HTML engine (codenamed 'Trident'). Prior to Microsoft, Adam worked for Borland where he developed the Quattro spreadsheet application following Borland's acquisition of Analytica in 1985 - founded by Bosworth and Eric Michelman, and managed by Brad Silverberg.

Dr. Patricia Brennan

Moehlman-Bascom Professor | University of Wisconsin-Madison
Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, is the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor, School of Nursing and College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Brennan currently directs HeartCare, a WWW-based tailored information and communication service that helps home-dwelling cardiac patients recover faster, and with fewer symptoms. Dr. Brennan also directs the Project HealthDesign initiative, a RWJF-funded program designed to stimulate the creation of the next-generation of personal health information tools. Dr. Brennan is fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (1991), a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (1993) and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine (2002).

Dr. Michael Brown

Chief Information Officer | Harvard University Health Services
Michael is the Chief Information Officer at Harvard University Health Services where he oversees the university health service information system department. HUHS completed a transition to a paperless medical record system in 2005, and he currently working to help the organization obtain maximum benefits from the system Michael graduated with B.S. in Natural Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University. He has both a M.S. (Cell Biology) and an M.D. degree from New York University. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Scripps Clinic in San Diego, and performed two year research fellowship at the Scripps Research Institute. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Michael, his wife, and daughter live on the Harvard campus in Boston, M.A.

Dr. Blake Caldwell

Senior Advisor, Coordinating Center for Health Information and Service | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Blake Caldwell is a Senior Advisor in the Coordinating Center for Health Information and Service. She returned to CDC from retirement in 2004 as Acting Co-Director of the Coordinating Center. After a permanent director was selected she moved to head up the BioSense initiative and was instrumental in that program reaching its 2005 year-end goals. After a director for BioSense was selected she returned to the Coordinating Center to work on many issues including preparedness for Pandemic influenza. Most recently she assumed the Team Lead position for the Healthy Healthcare Settings Goal team for the agency. This team will work across CDC and with partners to "increase the number of healthcare settings that provide safe, effective, and satisfying patient care".

Dr. David Chan

Assistant Professor | McMaster University
David Chan is a full-time faculty member working also as a family physician at the Stonechurch Family Health Centre. He worked as a software engineer prior to entering the field of medicine. He has devoted the past 20 years in developing Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) solutions to enhance patient care. He has developed a set of web-based applications collectively known as OSCAR (Open Source Clinical Applications and Resources). These include a clinical management system, a clinical resource database, and a patient health record portal ( He is also working on decision support tools with the COMPETE group (

Ms. Anne Chapman

Senior Program Manager – Personal Health Records| Intel Corporation
Anne Chapman is currently a Senior Program Manager in Intel Corporation’s Digital Health Group, Personal Health Record Programs. Prior to joining Intel, Anne held senior level marketing and administrative positions in the health care industry.

Ms. Susan Christensen

Senior Advisor| Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Susan Christensen J.D., is Senior Advisor at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, with responsibility for initiatives to address legal and privacy issues in the development and implementation of interoperable health information systems. Ms. Christensen came to AHRQ from BearingPoint. Before her tenure at BearingPoint, she served as Senior Health Policy Counsel in the personal office of U.S. Representative Nancy Johnson (R-CT), chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, for more than three years. Prior to joining Representative Johnson's staff, Ms. Christensen had a private consulting practice, advising business and consumer clients on state and federal healthcare programs. In 1997, Ms. Christensen completed a one-year fellowship with the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, during which she did research and policy development on managed care and long-term care. Before that, she practiced law for many years.

Mr. John Colang

IT Project Manager | Intel Corporation
John Colang has 20 years experience in Healthcare Enterprise I.T. He worked for TDS Healthcare Systems for several years as the site implementation manager for the European Region, implementing hospital enterprise IT solutions at University Hospitals in Brussels, Holland, the UK, and France. John operated his own consulting firm for several years implementing HL7 compliant interface technologies to connect disparate hospital clinical systems to the HIS. Most recently, from 2000 until present, John is employed by Intel Corp as a Technical Project Manager, currently working for the Digital Health Group. John is PMI PMP certified and will receive his Master’s of Science in Radiologic Technology in December of 2006. John lives in Placitas, New Mexico and trains horses. He also sponsors a program called Hearts for Horses, which provides children affected with Down’s Syndrome the opportunity to ride horses and compete in rodeos. John is passionate about creating Personal Health Records that are patient-centric and enterprise agnostic.

Ms. Kelly Cronin

Director of Programs and Coordination | Office of the National Coordinator for HIT
Kelly Cronin is director of the Office of Programs and Coordination in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. She assumed this position in January 2006. Ms. Cronin is responsible for ensuring complete integration of all efforts across the Office of the National Coordinator and supports the dissemination and adoption of the Administration’s policy on health information technology. Prior to this assignment, Ms. Cronin was senior advisor to the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In 2004-2005, she led initiatives to incentivize electronic health record adoption in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. She also served as the Executive Director of the Council for the Application of Health Information Technology in the Department of Health and Human Services. Ms. Cronin directed patient safety initiatives at the Food and Drug Administration and coordinated the drafting of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act while working for the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. Her work experience includes health policy analysis, health services research, and clinical trial coordination, on a national and international level, for various organizations in the private sector. She is a faculty member in the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University and a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Health and Health Services.

Mr. Richard Dale

Principal | Sigma Partners
Richard works at Sigma Partners, a VC firm investing in early stage IT companies. Richard focuses on opportunities in the areas of infrastructure software and security technologies. He also seeks and supports opportunities in vertical industry software, especially in compliance, health and pharmaceutical arenas. Before Sigma, Richard co-founded Phase Forward Incorporated (NASDAQ: PFWD), a provider of service and software infrastructure for managing pharmaceutical clinical trials over the Internet. At Phase Forward, Richard served as the Vice President of Services and also as the Vice President of Strategic Development. Prior to Phase Forward, Richard was Vice President of Operations for Vermeer Technologies, creators of FrontPage which was acquired by Microsoft in 1996. Richard has previously provided advice and consulting to successful startups and also held roles in professional services management, senior product management and IS management at other leading high tech companies.

Mr. James Daniel

CIO | Massachusetts Department of Public Health
James Daniel currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for the Department of Public Health and is part of the Center for Excellence in Public Health Informatics with Harvard Medical School. Previously, Mr. Daniel was the Director of Informatics for the Bureau of Communicable Disease Control within the Department of Public Health leading the Public Health Information Network (PHIN) and Health Alert Network (HAN) programs. Mr. Daniel holds an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health.

Dr. MaryJo Deering

Director of Informatics Dissemination | National Cancer Institute Center for Bioinformatics
Mary Jo Deering, Ph.D, is Director for Informatics Dissemination in the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Bioinformatics (NCICB), in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Institutes of Health. She is responsible for communication and outreach for NCICB’s cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid™ (caBIG™), which is creating a world wide web of cancer research and is a model for other HIT projects. She oversees caMatch, a tool for locating clinical trials that can be integrated into Personal Health Records or Electronic Health Records.. Dr. Deering is also the lead staff for the National Health Information Infrastructure Work Group of the Federal advisory committee that prepares recommendations on health informatics policy for the HHS Secretary and recently led the development of its Report on Personal Health Records and Personal Health Record Systems. Prior to joining NCICB, Dr. Deering was Deputy Director for eHealth and Management in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) in HHS. She created the Science Panel on Interactive Communication and Health, which produced Wired for health and well-being: the emergence of interactive health communication (HHS 1999), and oversaw the follow up work on the quality and effectiveness of consumer eHealth applications. She led the creation and management of, the first Federal consumer health information gateway on the Internet that won the prestigious Hammer Award from Vice President Al Gore. She had co-lead responsibility in ODPHP for overseeing the development of Healthy People 2010, the third decade-long national prevention initiative. She played a lead role in developing the functional standards for electronic health records as part of the HL7 standards development organization. Dr. Deering served on the Federal Communication Commission’s Advisory Committee on Telecommunications and Health Care.

Dr. Carol Diamond

Managing Director—Health Program | Markle Foundation
Carol Diamond, M.D., M.P.H. Managing Director, Health Program, Markle Foundation Dr. Diamond heads the Health Program of the Markle Foundation. The goal of the Health Program is to improve the ability of patients, consumers, and clinicians to use information technology to improve health and health care in the United States. A central initiative of the Health Program is Connecting for Health. Chaired by Dr. Diamond, this public-private collaborative of more than 100 diverse organizations and institutions focuses on accelerating nationwide electronic health information exchange based on the use of common open standards and information policies. Before joining the Markle Foundation, Dr. Diamond was president of U.S. Quality Algorithms® (USQA®), Aetna U.S. Healthcare's performance measurement affiliate. Dr. Diamond earned her dual B.A./M.D. at the Medical School of the State University of New York at Brooklyn and her master's degree in public health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey of Rutgers University.

Dr. Martin Elixmann

Senior Director | Philips
In Philips I am heading the research group Connectivity Systems of 25 people, mainly working on wireless medical connectivity. We cover clinical and home care applications and address primarily robust and secure sensor networks, seamless identification, and standardization requirements.

Mr. Frank Enfanto

Vice President, Health Care Systems Delivery | BCBSMA
Frank Enfanto is the Vice President of Health Care Services Systems Delivery for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the state’s largest health insurer, insuring more than 2.8 million individuals. He is responsible for the development and the IT strategic direction for all web, health care, provider services, case management, and wellness systems and applications. In addition he is the technical representative for all of BCBSMA collaborative e-health initiatives within the Massachusetts health care industry. Frank has also served as BCBSMA VP of Operations Delivery and Information Security with the strategic and tactical responsibility for all systems and network operations, testing, systems architecture, security, national systems support, as well as managing the overall relationship with EDS. Frank has more than 20 years of IT experience, and has participated as a speaker at various industry events as well as a guest lecturer for graduate level degree programs. He is a member of the Mass Health Data Consortium’s CIO Forum, and is also a member of a variety of IT related technical advisory boards. Frank is a Computerworld P100 Honoree for 2005. Prior to BCBSMA, Frank held executive level IT positions at Cambridge Soundworks/Hifi.Com, Lightbridge Inc., NewsEdge, and Wang Laboratories. Frank holds both a Bachelors and a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics.

Dr. Hamish Fraser

Assistant Professor | Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dr. Fraser is an assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School with an appointment at Brigham and Women’s hospital Division Of Social Medicine and Health inequalities. He is also the director of Informatics and Telemedicine at the healthcare NGO Partners In Health, which has pioneered the treatment of HIV and drug resistant TB in developing countries. He leads the development of web-based medical record system to support the treatment of these diseases in Peru, Haiti, the Philippines, Rwanda and South Africa. Dr Fraser has a particular interest in the use of medical record systems to improve quality of care and improve healthcare delivery in remote regions of the world.

Ms. Stefanie Fenton

Director, Healthcare Products Group | Intuit
Stefanie has worked in the healthcare industry with hospitals, health plans, pharmaceutical companies, and technology firms for over 14 years. Currently, she is a Senior Business Leader in Intuit's new Healthcare Products Group where her responsibilities include developing the Product Offering Strategy, Marketing Strategy and Organizational Structures to deliver on those strategic goals. Before Intuit, Stefanie was the Director of New Product Development at BENU, a venture-backed firm managing joint ventures for health insurance companies to bring innovative insurance options to cost-conscious, middle-sized companies. Prior to BENU, she worked in the Strategic Services Group at Accenture and Epocrates. She holds an MBA and MPH from Haas Business School at the University of California, Berkeley and BA from Wesleyan University.

Mr. Jason Gallagher

Software Developer | McMaster University
Lead Open Source Software Developer for McMaster University, Dept. of Family Medicine

Mr. Mark Gingrich

VP, Information Technology | RxHub
Mark Gingrich is the Vice President of Information Technology for RxHub. He brings 23 years of experience across most aspects of information systems and technology to RxHub with 16 years healthcare experience. Prior to joining RxHub Mr. Gingrich was the Senior Director of Knowledge-based Systems for iMcKesson, a division of McKesson Corporation, the world's largest drug distribution and healthcare technology company. Mr. Gingrich also served as Director of Integration and Knowledge Systems for, Inc, a developer of web-based physician connectivity services and applications acquired by McKesson in 1999. Mr. Gingrich has also held various management and technical positions with United Healthcare and Unisys. Mr. Gingrich received his Master of Science in Computer and Information Science in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA and his B.S. in Computer Science with Math Minor from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. Mr. Gingrich serves on the Advisory Board of Gruby Technologies, and is the President of the Minnesota Chapter of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association.

Dr. Peter Goldbach

Medical Director | BCBSMA
As a medical director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Dr. Goldbach's major responsibilities include Pay-for-Performance and eHealth programs and developing and maintaining successful relationships with providers through active participation in medical and pharmacy management programs and provider contracting. His background includes 15 years’ experience in medical administration, serving as a community hospital CEO, medical director, trustee and physician-hospital organization president, as well as a medical director for a rehabilitation hospital, a transitional care unit and a national home care business. As a pulmonary specialist, Dr. Goldbach initiated and directed successful programs in inpatient pulmonary rehabilitation and ventilator management at two chronic care hospitals. He also maintained a primary care and pulmonary disease practice for over 17 years. Dr. Goldbach received an undergraduate and master’s degree from UCLA, and his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical School. He completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at George Washington University Hospital and his Pulmonary Disease fellowship at Cedars-Sinai UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Adrian Gropper

Chief Science Officer | MedCommons
Adrian Gropper is the co-founder and chief science officer of MedCommons. He is an entrepreneur and medical device developer with training as an engineer and physician. His devices and ventures include blood chemistry analyzers, radiology PACS, and telemedicine. MedCommons takes a patient-centered approach to healthcare and seeks to be equally useful to patients and physicians. Dr. Gropper participates in five standards groups (CCR, IHE, HITSP, Liberty Alliance, IEEE) and often finds himself the only voice speaking from the patient's trust and privacy perspective in these forums.

Dr. Jerome Grossman

Senior Fellow | JFK School of Government
Dr. Jerome H. Grossman’s principal activity is as Senior Fellow and the Director of the Health Care Delivery Project. In this position at Harvard, he will be bringing his expertise in the health care system and information technology, and his experience in community services to develop innovations and reforms in the medical care delivery system. He is Chairman Emeritus of New England Medical Center, where he served as Chairman and CEO from 1979 to 1995 and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and Honorary Physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital where he served full-time from 1966 to 1979. Grossman was a member of the founding team of several health care companies, including Meditech, a medical software company, as well as Tufts Associated Health Plan, Chartwell Home Therapies, and Transition Systems, Inc., a medical care information management company. Named to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1984, he has served as Chairman of four committees on issues concerning utilization management and guidelines. More recently he has served on the Committee for Quality of Health Care in America. He was the first IOM member to Chair a National Academy of Engineering Committee on the Impact of Academic Research on Industrial Performance, and is now serving as Co-chairman of the NAE/IOM Workshop on Engineering and Health Care Delivery Systems. From 1999 to 2005, he was appointed to the National Academies Council on Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR). He became Chairman of the President’s Circle at the National Academy of Sciences in 2005. Grossman also served as Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute in 1996. While at New England Medical Center, he founded The Health Institute in 1988, whose work involves research and development programs and practical applications in the area of medical outcome, functional health status, the relationship of doctors and patients, and the relationship of the health status to other non-biologic factors in society-at-large, such as income and education.

Dr. Barbara Grosz

Professor (DEAS) and Dean of Science (Radcliffe) | Harvard University
Barbara J. Grosz is Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Dean of Science of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Professor Grosz is the author of several seminal papers in discourse processing and in collaborative systems. She developed the discourse component of several natural-language processing systems, including some of the earliest computer dialogue systems, and is widely regarded as having established the research field of computational modeling of discourse. She has also published papers on natural language interfaces to databases. Her work on models of collaboration helped establish that field of inquiry and has provided the framework for several collaborative multi-agent systems. With colleagues at Harvard, she has developed several collaborative interfaces for human-computer communication.

Mr. Michael Howe

CEO | MinuteClinic
Michael C. Howe is chief executive officer of MinuteClinic, the pioneer and largest provider of retail health care in the America. Howe joined Minneapolis-based MinuteClinic in 2005. His career is distinguished by his ability to build nationally recognized brands that respond to consumers’ needs. He is the former CEO of Arby’s, a quick service restaurant operating company with 3,400 units nationwide. In addition, he is highly regarded for his work with brands under the Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo and Unilever portfolios. He has served on the boards of several community focused organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters and the International Franchise Association. Most recently he was recognized by Fast Company magazine as one of the top 50 people that will change how we work and live over the next 10 years.

Professor Sheila Jasanoff

Professor | Harvard University, JFK School
Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She has held faculty appointments or visiting positions at several universities, including Cornell, Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, and Kyoto. At Cornell, she founded and chaired the Department of Science and Technology Studies. She has been a Fellow at the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) and Visiting Professor at the Wissenschaftszentrum, Berlin. Her research centers on science, technology, and politics in modern democratic societies, with a particular focus on the use of science in legal decision making. Her books on these topics include The Fifth Branch (1990), Science at the Bar (1995) and Designs on Nature (2005). Jasanoff has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science.

Dr. Holly Jimison

Professor | Oregon Health and Science University
Holly B. Jimison, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at OHSU. She received her Doctorate in Medical Information Sciences at Stanford University, with dissertation work on using computer decision models to tailor patient education materials to individuals. Her current research is focused on Consumer Health Informatics, with an emphasis on in-home monitoring, multimedia tools for informed consent, medical decision making, and technology for successful aging. She is past President and Program Chair for the Oregon Chapter of Health Information Management Systems Society, and currently serves on the Executive Council for Oregon’s Roybal Center for Aging & Technology.

Dr. William Kassler

Senior Advisor | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr William Kassler currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Director, Coordinating Center for Health and Information Services (CoCHIS) at CDC, where he is working on Pandemic Influenza planning, medical informatics, and fostering collaboration between the public health and health care systems. Prior to his current position, Dr Kassler served for seven years as State Medical Director for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. As chief health official, his responsibilities included both public health and Medicaid. Dr. Kassler has served as a epidemiologist in HIV Prevention and as Chief of Health Services Research and Evaluation in the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. He received his M.D from the University of Massachusetts, completed an internal medicine residency at the Rhode Island Hospital and is board certified in internal medicine. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar in health services research at the University of California, San Francisco. He received an M.S. in nutrition from Case Western Reserve University, and an M.P.H. from Berkeley.

Ms. Kathleen Kervin

VP, Ambulatory Solutions, Foundation Enterprise Systems | Siemens Health Services
Kate Kervin is VP of Ambulatory Solutions for Siemens Health Services. Kate is responsible for corporate strategy and software solutions relating to the Ambulatory and Community Service markets, the interoperability solution tools to connect the enterprise with the community and healthcare consumer as well as ambulatory partnership management. She joined Siemens in 1998 and has held several senior management positions in Clinical Consulting Services, Global Portfolio Management and Product Management. Kate holds a BSN from Northeastern University, Boston.

Dr. David Kibbe

Director, Center for HIT | American Academy of Family Physicians
David C. Kibbe, MD MBA is the Director of the Center for Health Information Technology at the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is one of the co-developers of the Continuity of Care Record, CCR, standard, and Secretary of ASTM E31 Healthcare Informatics Technical Committee.

Dr. James Kiley

Director, Division of Lung Diseases | National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, NIH
Dr. James Kiley serves as the Director of the Division of Lung Diseases at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Kiley is a member of a number of professional organizations and has received numerous honors and awards for his outstanding contributions to advancing pulmonary and sleep research and public health. His major areas of interest include central nervous system control of respiration, and the pathophysiology of obstructive airways disease. Dr. Kiley is the author or co-author of numerous scientific articles

Ms. Gail Knopf

Vice President—Strategy | TriZetto
Gail Knopf is an established thought leader in healthcare information technology having spent over 25 years in leadership positions in the field. She was Chief Information Officer of Humana, responsible for its technology transformation from a hospital company into one of the largest managed care businesses in the country. Under her direction the enterprise architecture was established, systems were developed and implemented, and ten acquired health plans were migrated onto common systems providing management with key visibility into national operations and cost effective technology solutions. From 1997 to 1999 Ms Knopf was co-founder and chief operating officer for Management and Technology Solutions, a physician technology and services venture acquired by TriZetto in 1999. At TriZetto Ms. Knopf led the Internet technology division spearheading its growth and bringing the first business to business web technology to health plans with TriZetto’s HealthWeb product, currently used by more than 40 health plans nationwide enabling interaction between the health plan and constituents. As Vice President of Strategy for TriZetto, Ms. Knopf applies her experience within health plans and with a leading healthcare technology vendor to enable the transformation of the healthcare industry from managed care to consumer directed healthcare. Ms. Knopf graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Rita Kukafka

Assistant Professor | Columbia University
Rita Kukafka, DrPH, MA is Assistant Professor, jointly appointed with the Mailman School of Pubic Health (Sociomedical Sciences) and the Department of Biomedical Informatics. She holds a Doctorate Degree from the School of Public Health at Columbia University and two Master’s Degrees, one in health education, and the second in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University, where she also completed a National Library of Medicine awarded postdoctoral fellowship in Biomedical Informatics. Prior to coming to Columbia for postdoctoral training, Dr. Kukafka worked at public health departments at state and local levels for close to 15 years.

Mr. Steve Lampkin

Vice President—Benefits Administration | Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Steve Lampkin joined Wal-Mart in 2004 as Vice President, Benefits Compliance & Administration. Prior to joining Wal-Mart, he served as President and CEO of Washington Regional Medical System in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Before that, he was a Senior Executive with Baptist Health System in Little Rock, Arkansas

Dr. David Lansky

Senior Director, Health Program | Markle Foundation
David Lansky, PhD, joined the Markle Foundation as Senior Director of the Health Program in 2004. His work focuses on accelerating the adoption of interoperable health information technology throughout U.S. health care, with a particular emphasis on ensuring that patients and consumers have access to and control over their information and can participate fully in the redesign of the health care system. For more than 20 years, Lansky has been a proponent of a more responsive and accountable health care system, most recently serving as President of the Foundation for Accountability (FACCT) from 1995 to 2004. Before coming to FACCT, Lansky was a senior policy analyst for the Jackson Hole Group during the national health care reform debate of 1993-94. He also led the Center for Outcomes Research and Education at Oregon-based Providence Health System. His responsibilities included outcomes research, measurement of consumer satisfaction, health risk and health status assessment, development of electronic member records, and communicating with purchasers and the larger community about health care quality.

Dr. William Lober

Associate Professor | University of Washington
Bill Lober is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health & Community Medicine. Dr Lober directs the UW Clinical Informatics Research Group, which focuses on the development, integration, and evaluation of information systems to support individual and population health. His academic interests include information system-based surveillance; personal and provider health records; support of population-based research in public health and biomedical research; computer supported collaborative work; and privacy and security. He graduated from the UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Medical Program, trained in Emergency Medicine at University of Arizona, is EM board certified, and completed a National Library of Medicine fellowship in Medical Informatics. In addition to his clinical training, he has a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and 10 years of industry experience in hardware and software engineering.

Dr. Henry Lowe

CIO and Senior Associate Dean for IRT | Stanford University School of Medicine
Henry J. Lowe MD is Chief Information Officer and Senior Associate Dean for Information Resource and Technology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Lowe is also the Director of Stanford University's Center for Clinical Informatics. His research in the field of applied biomedical informatics over the past 25 years has focused on the development of novel uses of information technology and computer science to improve human health. He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.

Biographies, M - Z

Dr. Patricia Mabry

Health Scientist Administrator/Behavior Scientist | Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research
Dr. Mabry earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia (1996). She has worked in small business, academia, and government, and her post-doctoral experiences fall into several broad categories: conducting original research tobacco cessation interventions, providing counseling and psychological services to individuals and couples, teaching behavioral aspects of medicine to medical students, ghost-writing NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications, and programmatic support to NIH. Most recently Dr. Mabry worked as a contractor in the Tobacco Control Research Branch (TCRB) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) before assuming her current position on the staff of the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR) at NIH in November 2005. Some of Dr. Mabry’s current areas of focus are: interdisciplinary initiatives (some under NIH Roadmap), systems approaches to addressing public heath problems, and connective information technology (cyberinfrastructure) to enhance collaboration and coordination among behavioral, social and population scientists with a goal of improving population health.

Dr. Madhav Madaboosi

Business Information Consultant | BP Plc.
Business Information professional in the role of being the interface to technology for a portfolio of businesses including Group Health for BP. Prior to that worked as a Management Consultant for a number of global Fortune 100 firms. Education includes MBA. Interests include Tennis, hiking and traveling.

Dr. Philip Marshall

Vice President—Product Strategy | WebMD
Philip Marshall is the Vice President of Product Strategy for WebMD Health. Dr. Marshall received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine, and has residency training in general surgery and public health and preventive medicine. Dr. Marshall has focused his career on enhancing how patients and physicians can more easily communicate and manage health data, and he has worked on electronic medical record systems at GE Medical Systems and Kaiser Permanente Northwest. Upon joining WebMD, Dr. Marshall has been responsible for the product architecture that guides all Personal Health Record-keeping, as well as Search and Personalization. Most recently, Dr. Marshall has overseen WebMD Health's corporate and payer market product strategy and development, including key consumer-driven health plan decision support products.

Dr. David McCallie Jr.

VP Medical Informatics | Cerner Corporation
Dr. David McCallie is Vice President for Medical Informatics at Cerner. Dr. McCallie joined Cerner in 1991 and currently leads a medical informatics R&D group focused on developing innovations at the intersection of computer science and clinical medicine. His most recent project was leading the design of Cerner’s ePrescribing system and the Community Health Record. Dr. McCallie was previously responsible for the development of Cerner’s clinical nomenclature system and the PowerNote structured clinical documentation tool. He was also the chief architect for Open Clinical Foundation, Cerner’s clinical data repository. Dr. McCallie earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University, and received his MD from Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Blackford Middleton

Corporate Director, Clinical Informatics R&D | Partners Healthcare/Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Blackford Middleton is Corporate Director of Clinical Informatics Research & Development, and Chairman of the Center for Information Technology Leadership at Partners HealthCare, and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health.

Mr. Omid Moghadam

Director, Personal Health Record Programs | Intel Corporation
Omid Moghadam is the Director of Personal Health Record Programs at Intel, where he is spearheading efforts in introduction of consumer empowerment tools into the US healthcare system in partnership with other large employers.

Mr. Rick Moore

Director, Health Informatics | National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions
Rick is responsible for developing the NACHRI Management Information Services (MIS) program areas by facilitating the planning, development, implementation, and management of data benchmarking programs and services in support of NACHRI's national agenda to measure, advocate for, and transform children's healthcare through children's hospitals. Retired from the Air Force in 2005, Rick comes to NACHRI from the Theater Medical Information Program in Falls Church, VA, where he orchestrated the development of battlefield Electronic Health Records for DoD personnel. He has a B.S in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University, an M.S. in Management from Troy State University, and an M.S. in Health Informatics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Professor Frank Moss

Director | MIT Media Lab
Frank Moss Director, MIT Media Laboratory Professor of the Practice, Program in Media Arts and Sciences Jerome B. Wiesner Professorship of Media Technology For the past 25 years, Media Lab Director Frank Moss has been an executive and serial entrepreneur in the computer and software industry. He served as CEO and chairman of Tivoli Systems, Inc., a pioneer in the distributed systems management field, which went public in 1995 and merged with IBM in 1996. He was also a co-founder of several other companies, including Stellar Computer, Inc., Bowstreet, Inc., and Infinity Pharmaceuticals. Moss began his career at IBM's scientific center in Haifa, Israel. He went on to hold various research and management positions at IBM's Yorktown Heights (NY) Research Center, working in the area of networking and distributed computing. He later served in executive management positions at Apollo Computer and Lotus Development Corporation. He is an advisor to the Harvard Medical School, and a member of the Advisory Council for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Princeton University. Moss received a BS in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University, and both his MS and PhD in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT.

Mr. Vinod Muralidhar

Partner | CSC Consulting
Technical Architect on the MA-SHARE Program Management Office team from CSC. Involved in development of Markle Connecting for Health Common Framework, and in the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) Architecture project.

Dr. Glen Nelson

Chairman | MinuteClinic
Glen David Nelson, M.D., is chairman of GDN Holdings, LLC (Aviation, Health Services and Medical Devices). Prior to GDN Holdings, was a director of Medtronic Inc. from 1980-2002 and also vice chairman from 1988 until his retirement in 2002; practiced surgery from 1969-1986 at Park Nicollet; was chairman, president and chief executive officer of the Park Nicollet Medical Center, a large multi-specialty group practice in Minneapolis from 1975-1986; also chairman of the board and chief executive officer of American MedCenters, Inc., from 1984-1986. Dr. Nelson is an Emeritus Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Nelson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College in 1959, and a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 1963. He completed his training in general surgery at Hennepin County General Hospital, Minneapolis, in 1969. Dr. Nelson was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1970. He currently serves on the following public boards: Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; DexCom, Inc.; The St. Paul Travelers Companies, Inc. He also serves on a number of private boards including: Carlson Companies Incorporated; Reliant Technologies, Inc., along with non-profits. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio and serves on the Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Advisors. Dr. Nelson’s major current interest is in improving the performance of our health care system through reforms including: uniform universal coverage for all citizens; standardization, measurement, and reporting of health delivery interventions; universal electronic medical records; continuing timely introduction of best practices and efficacious new technology (validated by clinical research and post market surveillance).

Mr. Peter Nupert

Corporate Vice President | Microsoft
As corporate vice president for Health Strategy at Microsoft Corp., Peter Neupert is responsible for Microsoft’s collaboration with the healthcare ecosystem to address global infrastructure issues of significant scale. Before rejoining Microsoft, Neupert served as president and chief executive officer of Inc. from July 1998 to April 2001, and then as chairman of the board of directors from July 1999 to September 2004. Neupert led to become a top online retail store and information site for health, wellness, beauty and pharmacy products. Neupert served in various capacities at Microsoft from 1987 to 1998. He started at Microsoft as the director of operating systems responsible for shipping OS/2, and later was responsible for MSNBC as vice president of News and Publishing for the interactive media group. Neupert served on President Bush’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 2003 to 2005. On that committee, he co-chaired the Health Information Technology subcommittee and helped drive the report “Revolutionizing Health Care Through Information Technology,” published in June 2004 by PITAC. In 2000, Neupert received an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for his work at Neupert holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College.

Mr. Thinh Nguyen

Counsel | Creative Commons
Thinh Nguyen is Counsel for Science Commons, a project of Creative Commons, is responsible for advising on legal issues related to Science Commons and for implementing its strategy and operations. Thinh joined Science Commons after working as licensing attorney, and then corporate counsel, for Business Objects, a maker of business intelligence and reporting software. He also worked as licensing attorney for Crystal Decisions, Inc., prior to its acquisition by Business Objects. Before that, he practiced as an associate in the Technology Tractions Group.

Dr. Daniel Nigrin

CIO/SVP Information Services | Children’s Hospital Boston
Daniel J. Nigrin, MD, MS, is the Senior Vice President for Information Services and Chief Information Officer at Children's Hospital Boston, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, a senior staff member of the Children's Hospital Informatics Program (CHIP), and an active and practicing member of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at Children's. Dr. Nigrin's research interests developed at CHIP include large-scale clinical data mining and electronic patient-physician communication systems. As CIO, Dr. Nigrin is responsible for all clinical, research, teaching and administrative IT systems at one of the world's preeminent institutions for pediatric clinical care and research, serving over 7000 staff. As a practicing physician, medical informatics researcher, and information technology executive, he is in a unique position to put into practice cutting edge technologies and ideas developed by CHIP and other biomedical informatics centers of excellence, bringing advances to patient care practice, quality, and research, but all the while keeping in mind the needs and workflows of busy clinicians

Mr. Scott Ogawa

CTO | Children’s Hospital Boston

Dr. Marc Overhage

Informatics Director and CEO/President | Regenstrief and IHIE
Dr. Overhage is President and CEO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange, director of medical informatics at the Regenstrief Institute, Inc., and a professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He has spent over 25 years developing and implementing scientific and clinical systems and evaluating their value. Working with Dr. Clement McDonald, one of the pioneers of medical informatics, he has created an electronic patient record (called the Indiana Network for Patient Care) containing data from many sources including laboratories, pharmacies and hospitals in central Indiana. The system currently connects nearly all acute care hospitals in central Indiana and includes inpatient and outpatient encounter data, laboratory results, immunization data and other selected data. In order to create a sustainable financial model, he helped create the Indiana Health Information Exchange, a not-for-profit corporation. Over the last five years, he has played a significant regional and national leadership role in advancing the policy, standards, financing and implementation of health information exchange. Dr. Overhage is also an expert in clinical decision support including inpatient and outpatient computerized physician order entry and the underlying knowledge bases to support them. Dr. Overhage is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and the American College of Physicians. He received the Davies Recognition Award for Excellence in Computer-Based Patient Recognition for the Regenstrief Medical Record System. Dr. Overhage received his BA, with High Honors, in Physics from Wabash College and his PhD in Biophysics and MD from Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Overhage was a resident in internal medicine, a medical informatics and health services research fellow and then chief medical resident at the Indiana University School of Medicine. After completing informatics fellowship training, he served as an information advisor at Eli Lilly and Company and then joined the Regenstrief Institute.

Dr. Bradley Perkins

Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
In January 2006, Dr. Bradley A. Perkins, M.D., M.B.A., was named Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Office of Strategy and Innovation (OSI), Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Perkins had served as the Deputy Chief for OSI since May 2004. Dr. Perkins received his B.A. degree in Microbiology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, his M.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and his M.B.A. from Emory University. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and served as Chief Medical Resident at the Houston VA Medical Center. He joined CDC in 1989 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and has served in such capacities as Chief of the Meningitis and Special Pathogens Branch and Associate Director for Bioterrorism in the Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases. Dr. Perkins’ CDC career has included important roles in establishing CDC’s Laboratory Response Network and Strategic National Stockpile, investigating and responding to the 2001 anthrax attacks, and serving as a World Health Organization or Pan American Health Organization consultant in 25 different countries working on meningitis, epidemic-prone diseases, and other emerging infectious diseases. Dr. Perkins is a Commissioned Officer in the US Public Health Services and CAPT in 1997; in 2003 he was tenured in the Research Officer Group. Dr. Perkins has published more than 120 scientific articles and book chapters, and received numerous awards in recognition of scientific contributions in public health. Dr. Perkins played critical roles in establishment of CDC's new strategic imperatives, organizational re-design, and establishment of enterprise level Health Protection Goals across individual and family, environmental, preparedness, and global realms.

Dr. Richard Peters Jr.

Chairman | ASTM Committee E31 on Healthcare Informatics
Dr. Peters is Chair of ASTM Committee E31 on Healthcare Informatics; President & CEO of PTRx, Inc., a prescription drug services provider based in La Jolla, CA; an Emergency Physician with Kaiser Permanente; and Technical Consultant to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Center for Health Information Technology (CHiT). Dr. Peters was founder and CEO of Oceania, an electronic health records vendor that was sold to Cerner and founder and CEO of iTRUST, a physician practice management and electronic heath records vendor that was sold to MedPlexus. Dr. Peters currently serves on the Board of Directors of PTRx and the health care start-up MPV. Dr. Peters has extensive experience in health care standards, is currently Chair of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Committee E31 on Healthcare Informatics, is one of the authors of the ASTM E 2369-05 Continuity of Care Record Standard, a member of the NCPDP WG10 Industry SIG Task Group, former Vice-chair of ASTM E31, Head of the ASTM E31 Division on Security and Confidentiality, former Chair of the Workgroup on Security and Confidentiality for the American National Standards Institutes Healthcare Informatics Standards Board (ANSI-HISB), former U.S. Subject Area Expert on Security and Confidentiality to the international standards group ISO TC 215, and as a member of the CPT-5 Committee for the American Medical Association (AMA). Dr. Peters received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his medical degree and post-graduate training from the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Stephen Porter

Attending Physician | Children’s Hospital Boston
Dr. Porter is a clinical informatician and board-certified pediatric emergency medicine specialist whose research bridges the gap between health services and medical informatics. Dr. Porter is an attending physician at Children’s Hospital Boston and holds an academic appointment as Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He completed a Masters degree in Public Health at Harvard University and a Masters of Science in Human Factors and Information Design from Bentley College in Massachusetts. A central tenet of Dr. Porter’s research is that “the history as told by the parent has value” - and his work examines just how valuable patient-derived data can be for improvements in quality and safety. Dr. Porter seeks to maximize the influence of patients in their own medical care through the development and testing of structured multimedia interfaces that link patient-produced data to real-time clinical information flow.

Ms. Virginia Price

Acting Director, Veterans Services | Department of Veterans Affairs
Virginia (Ginger) Price is the Acting Director, Veterans Services Portfolio in VHA’s Office of Information. She is also the My HealtheVet (MHV) Program Director. Ginger was previously the Deputy Director, HES/HIS and prior to that the Executive Assistant to the Director, HES/HIS. Ms. Price has a vision for how automation can be used to support a changing healthcare management paradigm, and has a special interest in complex systems and transforming how we deliver health care in high-changing environments. She is using this expertise to manage the My HealtheVet project, a major addition to the manner in which we provide healthcare to our nation’s veterans. My HealtheVet (MHV) is a new web-based application that creates an online environment where veterans, family and clinicians may come together to optimize veterans’ health care. It enables clinicians to partner with patients in optimizing their health by using web technology combined with essential health record information and online health resources. It provides a foundation for meeting VHA’s strategic goals of leading health information technology efforts while achieving an optimal patient-centered health care system for veterans. Ms. Price was instrumental in the concept, design, development and management of this program.

Ms. Mitra Rocca

Senior Product Manager (PHR/EMR) | Revolution Health Group
Mitra Rocca joined Revolution Health Group (RHG) as the Senior EMR/PHR Product Manager. Prior to her current position, she worked at the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) as the Director of Medical Informatics focusing on efforts in the area of health information technology developments working with the Office of National Coordinator (ONC), Health Level 7 (HL7) Pediatric Data Standard-Special Interest Group (Ped-DS-SIG). Since 1995, Mitra has held the position of Director of Medical Informatics Group for the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), Fort Detrick, in Frederick, MD, which is part of the U.S. Medical Research and Materiel Command, Department of Defense (DoD). She managed development and implementation of various clinical information systems, the DoD Teledentistry project, Electronic Medical Record projects as well as medical robotics projects.

Mr. Cris Ross

CIO | MinuteClinic
Cris Ross, MBA, Chief Information Officer  18 years of experience in technology management  Formerly CIO at United Behavioral Health, United Health Group  BS in Economics from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN  MBA from Yale University, New Haven, CT

Mr. Eric Sachs

Product Manager | Google
Mr. Sachs is currently a product manager at Google in the Consumer Web team. He is responsible for the Google Account common login system and managed the service during its first six months of operation. Mr. Sachs was previously the CTO and co-founder of Interliant which provides hosted computer outsourcing services. Interliant grew to 200 employees and $20M in revenue before being acquired in 1999 by a holding entity that took the Interliant name and went public in July of that year. During his time at Interliant, he co-developed software with both IBM/Lotus and Microsoft. Eric Sachs graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in computer science and managerial studies from Rice University

Dr. Tom Savel

Medical Officer | National Center for Public Health Informatics/CDC
Dr. Savel is a Medical Officer and the Science and Research Lead at the National Center for Public Health Informatics, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University, a MD degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and is a graduate of CDC’s Public Health Informatics Fellowship program. His clinical training has included both General Surgery and Family Practice, and he has had direct experience using and implementing electronic medical record systems.

Dr. Michael Sayre

Health Scientist Administrator | NIH/NCRR
Michael H. Sayre is a program officer at the NIH National Center for Research Resources, where he works to build biomedical research and informatics capacity at developing academic institutions. Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Sayre was a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, where he studied fundamental mechanisms of gene regulation. He received a Ph.D. degree in biology from UC-San Diego and conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University. His research has been supported by the NIH, NSF, and American Cancer Society. He has reviewed manuscripts for front-line journals and served on grant review panels for the NIH and the U.S. Army Breast Cancer Research Program.

Dr. Robert Schwarzberg

President | Sensei
Dr. Schwarzberg was instrumental in creating the Sensei concept and Sensei, Inc. He has extensive experience in telemedicine and disease management and has been a leader in the telemedicine industry since 1989. He is currently Chief Medical Officer of Cardguard, a Swiss based company, developing state of the art wireless health technology and service. Previously as Chairman and Medical Director of Cardiolife, a national cardiac monitoring company, Dr Schwarzberg was instrumental in its business and technology development from a startup to 18 million in revenue with substantial intellectual property including a patent he authored on a hybrid smart event recorder. In 1996 he became Chief Medical Officer of Ralin Medical and its subsidiary’s: Cardiac Solutions (now CorSolutions) one of the first Disease Management companies in the US. Dr. Schwarzberg has been a practicing board certified cardiologist in Boca Raton, Florida. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Clinical Associate Professor of Biomedical Science at Florida Atlantic University.

Mr. Shahid Shah

CEO | Netspective Communication LLC
Shahid N. Shah is the CEO of Netspective Communications, a software consultancy whose actionable advice and disciplined approach delivers custom software for in-house, outsourced, or offshore solutions. For the past 15 years Shahid has held the positions of CTO, VP of Technology, Chief Software Architect, or Enterprise Architect at large enterprises. Shahid's an expert at discovering practical technology solutions to real-world business initiatives, especially in the healthcare and financial services industries. His expertise includes service-oriented and event-drive architectures, Java/JEE, .NET, and agile development. Shahid runs three successful blogs. At he writes about architecture issues, at he provides valuable insights on how to apply technology in health care, and at he gives a glimpse of the health-care IT blogosphere as an aggregator.

Mr. Danny Shaw

Chief Knowledge Officer | Children’s Hospital Boston
I have 30+ years of I.T. experience encompassing a full range of I.T. duties, from programmer to upper management. Prior to coming to Children’s Hospital Boston, the bulk of my professional life was spent serving fortune 100 and 500 companies in San Antonio, St. Louis, Chicago, and Dallas/Ft. Worth. For the past eight years I have had the honor of serving as Chief Knowledge Officer for Children’s Hospital Boston with responsibility for: Business Intelligence and Decision Support; Data warehousing, Database administration; Web Site development; Enterprise Document Repositories; Technical Documentation; Multi-Media Services ; Medical Library; Clinical Research I.T. Support

Dr. Hua-Chuan Sim

Program Officer | National Library of Medicine
Program Officer at National Library of Medicine for Research Project grants for Clinical and Public Health Informatics, Resources grants for Knowledge Management & Applied Informatics, and Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health. Also manages grant portfolios for Small Business Innovation Research, Small Projects, and Conferences.

Mr. William Simons

IndivoHealth Principal Engineer and Technical Architect | Children's Hospital Boston
William Simons is the Technical Architect and Principal Engineer of IndivoHealth and IndivoHealth-related technologies. He is a software engineer at the Children's Hospital Informatics Program.

Dr. Jack Smith

Dean, School of Health Information Sciences | University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston
Dr. Jack W. Smith was recruited from Ohio State University to become the first Chairman of the Department of Health Informatics at U.T.H.S.C.-H. He was instrumental in recruiting many of our original faculty from O.S.U. In January 2003, he became the Interim Dean and in December 2005 became Dean for the School of Health Information Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. In addition, he is Team Leader of Medical Informatics and Healthcare Systems at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. Medical Informatics and Healthcare Systems is concerned with the issues surrounding the collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, and transmission of medical information related to spaceflight at NASA JSC. This includes investigations in a number of areas such as medical devices for collecting information both on the ground and on orbit, electronic patient records for quality and timely astronaut care, security measures to enable remote access to medical information, warehouses of medical data to enable further analyses used to determine risk factors and develop countermeasures, and technologies to support international partner collaboration on medical issues. His research interests are artificial intelligence, modeling problem-solving in healthcare, implementation of decision support and tutoring systems, modeling complex human problem-solving and the application of cognitive science to understanding human-computer interaction. Dr. Smith is a board certified in Pathology and has a doctorate in Computer Science in the area of Artificial Intelligence. Dr. Smith has funded research in the modeling of problem-solving in healthcare and its application to the implementation of decision-support and intelligent tutoring systems. His current research focuses on modeling clinician understanding and the implementation of systems to supporting tutoring and the decision-making processes of healthcare specialists, flight surgeons and biomedical engineers. His research interests includes the modeling of complex human problem-solving in healthcare, the representations of knowledge for automating these processes and the application of cognitive science to the understanding of human-computer interaction.

Dr. Charles Sneiderman

Medical Officer | National Library of Medicine
Charles A. Sneiderman received the B.S. degree with high honors in zoology from the University of Maryland in 1969 and M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University in 1975 with dissertation on Complement and the Lung in Experimental Hemorrhagic Shock. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. He completed residency training in family practice at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1979 and has maintained certification by the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Sneiderman joined the staff of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications of the National Library of Medicine in 1979. His research in medical informatics has focused on problems in knowledge representation, information retrieval, medical terminology, and image processing. He is currently a research medical officer in the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

Ms. Debbie Somers

Senior Advisor | Social Security Administration
Ms. Somers is a Senior Advisor in Disability Systems for the Social Security Administration. She is responsible for strategic planning and initiatives using Health Information Technology to improve the disability process and align with the medical industry.

Mrs. Jean Stanford

Principal| MITRE
Jean Stanford has been involved in biomedical informatics for more than thirty years in both the public and private sectors. She is currently working with the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health as program manager for a biomedical informatics research project for the MITRE Corporation. She has also worked on the Federal Health Architecture and on numerous projects for major academic medical centers and other provider systems. She has also worked on large scale service oriented architecture (SOA) projects.

Dr. Dana Stone

Enterprise Architecture | Merck & Co., Inc.
Dana Stone works in the Technology Architecture and Innovation area within the IT Architecture and Strategic Planning organization of Merck & Co., Inc. He earned his Masters (Computer Science) and Doctoral degrees (Physiology/Hemodynamics) from The Ohio State University and completed postdoctoral fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University where he studied quantitative aspects of vascular smooth muscle pharmacology and physiology. He worked as an experimental toxicologist at Eli Lilly & Company before joining Merck's IT organization. Dana's current focus is on innovative approaches to enhance collaborative systems and processes, workgroup productivity, and content management capabilities for Merck's global workforce and extended enterprise of partners and customers.

Dr. Thomas Sullivan

Past President | Massachusetts Medical Society
Thomas E. Sullivan, M.D., is a cardiologist with 37 years of clinical practice. He practices in Danvers, MA, and is a past president of the Massachusetts Medical Society. He is a member of the Society’s Committee on Publications (overseeing the New England Journal of Medicine and other publications), and the Committee on Information Technology. He has been chair of the Confidentiality and Security Steering Committee at Partners Healthcare System in Boston since 1997. Additionally, Dr. Sullivan's expertise in the application of information technology to health care has helped to create an international standard (ASTM) for the exchange of medical record information called the Continuity of Care Record (CCR). He was the founding chair of the AMA e-Medicine Advisory Committee, and has worked closely with the AMA’s Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement. He is a past recipient of the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium’s annual “Investing in Information” award. He currently represents the AMA on the Physician EHR Coalition (PEHRC) as the Co-Chair and is involved with many other advisory roles on a local, regional and national level, including the Markle Foundation “Connecting for Health” Steering Committee.

Professor Peter Szolovits

Professor of Computer Science | MIT
Peter Szolovits is Professor of EECS and HST at MIT. His research applies AI methods to medical decision making and helps design health information systems. These encompass computerized diagnosis, therapy planning, execution and monitoring, genetic counseling, and privacy of medical records. His interests in AI include knowledge representation, qualitative reasoning, and probabilistic inference. He teaches artificial intelligence, programming languages, medical computing, medical desision making, and knowledge-based systems. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and a Fellow of the AAAI, ACMI and AIMBE.

Mr. David Tan

President | Point and Click Solutions Inc.
Founder and president of Point and Click Solutions, Inc. the leading vendor of EMR and PMS systems for college health and counseling services.

Mr. Ryan Tarzy

Chief Operations Officer | MediKeeper
Mr. Tarzy is recognized as an expert in medical informatics and personal health technologies. He served as the architect of the MediKeeper Personal Health Record, which was selected as the preferred PHR by the Mayo Clinic. Mr. Tarzy now serves as Chief Operations Officer of MediKeeper. He serves on the PHR task force for AHIMA. Mr. Tarzy also consults and speaks on issues related to personal health technologies.

Dr. Jay Tenenbaum

Chairman | CommerceNet
Marty Tenenbaum spent the 1970s at SRI's AI Center leading computer vision research,the 1980s at Schlumberger managing AI Labs, and the 1990s founding successful Internet commerce companies, ultimately serving as chief scientist of Commerce One. He now devotes his time to Internet healthcare initiatives, using the that to tap the collective intelligence / experience of patients, providers, and researchers. Dr. Tenenbaum is a board member of Medstory and Patients Like Me, the Chairman and Founder of CommerceNet, and a consulting professor of information technology at CMU's new West Coast Campus.

Dr. Syed Tirmizi

Medical Informatician | Veterans Health Administration
Dr. Syed Tirmizi is the Medical Informaticist at the Veterans Health Administration headquarters in Washington, DC. Since 1993, Dr. Tirmizi has been the clinical champion for Electronic Health Record implementation and medical informatics at several VA medical centers. He is a U.S. trained Internist and has been the Chief of Medicine at four different hospitals. In 2003, he came to VA headquarters to champion medical informatics activities. Dr. Tirmizi practices medicine at the Washington DC VA medical center. Recently, he fostered the idea of a federal medical informatics online certification course. The first online course will be offered in fall of 2006. He was instrumental in partnering with Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for Health IT sharing pilot projects at four medical schools. He also coordinates the NLM sponsored medical informatics fellowships offered at seven VA medical centers. He is leading agency efforts at the national level to improve clinical care through knowledge management and clinical decision support. He also champions public health surveillance efforts as an informatics consultant for the department and for other agencies. Dr. Tirmizi is a member of the Veterans Administration-Department of Defense Evidence Based Practice Workgroup that develops guidelines and decision support for the management of chronic diseases. Dr. Tirmizi frequently meets and presents to international delegations interested in learning from the department’s experience in medical informatics.

Mr. Micky Tripathi

President & CEO | Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative
Micky Tripathi is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), a non-profit collaboration of 34 leading Massachusetts organizations. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of MA-SHARE, a community utility service for state-wide clinical data exchange in Massachusetts. Prior to joining MAeHC, Mr. Tripathi was a manager in the Boston office of the Boston Consulting Group, a leading strategy and management consulting firm. While at BCG, he served as the founding President and CEO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange, an Indianapolis-based non-profit company partnered with the Regenstrief Institute to create a state-wide health information infrastructure in the state of Indiana. As a manager in BCG's health care practice, Mr. Tripathi also served a variety of US and international clients in the non-profit sector as well as in the bioinformatics, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical industries. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University, and an AB in political science from Vassar College. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., he was a senior operations research analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington, DC, for which he received the Secretary of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

Mrs. Lorraine Tunis-Doo

Senior Policy Advisor—eHealth | Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Lorraine Doo is the Senior Policy Advisor for CMS’s Office of E-Health Standards and Services. She is responsible for coordinating CMS’s eHealth strategy and several key eHealth initiatives, including Personal Health Record projects, a pilot of a code set for alternative and complementary health care, eAuthentication and Internet based services for Providers and Beneficiaries.
Lorraine has been with HHS for over three years, and has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector, directing Statewide Medicaid managed care plans. Immediately prior to joining CMS she was the Director for HIPAA Transaction Implementation and Privacy Officer for a large health plan and provider organization.

Ms. Carolyn Walton

Vice President | Wal-Mart Stores
Carolyn Walton joined Wal-Mart in 2004 and currently serves as Vice President, Information Systems. Her responsibilities include developing strategic partnerships with leaders in government, industry and academia and developing solutions for global initiatives such as healthcare and sustainability. She has the leadership role in a number of broad areas focusing on the development of standards and fostering collaboration with a number of partners including Wal-Mart’s pace-setting initiatives with electronic product codes and radio frequency identification. Prior to coming to Wal-Mart, Carolyn was Chief Information Officer for a large electric, gas, and telecommunications company. She also served in Governor Huckabee’s Cabinet as Executive CIO for the State of Arkansas. Carolyn is an honors graduate from Vanderbilt University and has completed executive education courses at Wharton.

Ms. Anna Wong

Vice President, Insured Solutions | Medco
Ms. Anna Wong is the Vice President, Insured Solutions Group for Medco Health Solutions. Medco is one of the nation’s leading prescription benefit managers (PBMs), with the largest mail order pharmacy operation. Prior to Medco, Anna started and managed the operations of the Medicaid division ($300 million in annual revenues) at Oxford Health Plans from 1992 to 1997. Anna joined the founding team of Breathnet in 1998. As the Chief Operating Officer, Anna built a web-based electronic medical record and operational infrastructure for the respiratory disease management business. In 2002, Anna became the Chief Administrative Officer and Vice President of Operations at Aliaswire which developed an innovative telephone and internet commerce product transforming the conventional payment methods. Anna holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Brown University and a Masters of Public Health degree from Yale University