Ralph So, MD, MHCDS ‘19
Intensivist and Medical Chief Quality Officer, for Quality, Safety, and Innovation at the Albert Sweitzer Hospital, Dordrecht
Since 2001 I have been working as an anesthesiologist-intensivist on a 16-bed Intensive Care Adults in private practice in one of the largest non-university teaching hospitals in the Netherlands, the Albert Schweitzer hospital in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. In 2009 I was...
Elizabeth Falcone ‘20
Legislative Director, Office of US Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)
I currently serve as the Legislative Director to Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA). In this role, I coordinate the strategy, policy development and implementation for his entire legislative portfolio, including his work as a member of the Senate Finance...
Vic Mehra, MD, PhD ‘20
System Chief of Quality and Value, Geisinger Heart Institute
I am the system chief of quality and value for the Geisinger Heart Institute. I am also the system chief for advanced cardiac imaging. Geisinger is a multi-hospital, integrated Health System in Pennsylvania and New Jersey that is nationally recognized...
Elizabeth Warner, MD ‘20
Vice President, Medical Affairs and Senior Medical Director, Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan
I’m Vice President, Medical Affairs and Senior Medical Director at Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan in Albany, New York. We’re a physician-founded managed care organization and the largest insurer in the Capital District market. I...
Darryl Green, MBA ‘20
Captain, Medical Service Corps, United States Navy
I currently serve as the Director, Healthcare Business Operations for Naval Medical Center, San Diego. In this capacity, I am responsible for maintaining overall fiscal, operational and strategic oversight for healthcare business operations and directing health care optimization of the...
Amy Baruch, MD ’ 20
Anatomic and Clinical Pathologist and President of the Medical Staff, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
I am an anatomic and clinical pathologist with Carolinas Pathology Group, and serve as President of the Medical Staff at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. In my pathologist role, I wear many hats, including serving as the Medical Director for...
Joe Underwood, MD ‘20
Chair of Emergency Medicine at Hackensack Meridian Health
I am the Chair of Emergency Medicine at Hackensack Meridian Health, responsible for the leadership and management of emergency medicine at the Hackensack University Medical Center Campus. I also have a service line role across the 17 campuses that make up...
Bukola Olubi, MD, MHCDS ‘19
Cardiologist and Physician Lead, Women's Heart Program, Piedmont Heart Institute (GA)
I am the lead physician of the women’s heart program the Piedmont Heart Institute, in Fayetteville, GA. My professional responsibilities include clinical cardiology and the development and execution of initiatives for the women&rsquo...
Kenneth Noonan, MD, MHCDS ‘19
Director, Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics, American Family Children’s Hospital, University of Wisconsin, Madison
I am a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison Wisconsin. I am an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. I direct our...
Candice Halinski, MSN, NP-C, MHCDS ‘19
Director, Service Line, Clinical Division of Nephrology, Northwell Health
As the Clinical Director of the nephrology service line at Northwell Health, I am responsible for the oversight and direction of nursing and clinical staff. In addition, I function as one of the clinical leads on an innovative...
Carolyn Quan, MD, MHCDS ‘19
Co-Medical Director, Division of Hospital Medicine, Baylor University Medical Center
I wear a lot of hats at Baylor University Medical Center. In addition to serving as Co-Medical Director in the division of Hospital Medicine, I am President-Elect of the medical staff, Medical Director for the BSW Patient...
Jason Vanderheyden, MHCDS ‘19
National Director, Value-Based Healthcare, Medtronic Canada
I lead and drive Medtronic’s value-based healthcare strategy in Canada. We engage with Government’s (payors), providers and patients to create innovative partnerships that will move the system from volume to value. As a company, we...
Tracie Collins, MD, MPH, MHCDS ‘18
Chair and Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, U of Kansas
I am a physician, researcher, and administrator at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita. My duties as chair of a department within a medical school requires vision, mentoring, fiscal oversight, and, most importantly, ...
Christian Zimmerman, MD, MBA, MHCDS ‘18
Neurosurgeon (Spine), St. Alphonsus Health System
I have practiced complex spinal neurosurgery in Boise, Idaho for the past 25 years. This surgical practice and its’ duties are completed with the assistance of three Nurse Practitioners, two Nurse Evaluators and a highly...
Kyle Hair MHCDS ‘18
Division Director, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), FDA
I am currently serving as an Associate Director for the Office of Medical Products and Tobacco (OMPT) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). I work closely with the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, and Center Directors to ensure that the proper...
Matthew Gibb, MD, MHCDS ‘18
Executive Vice President System Chief Medical Officer for Carle Health System
I am the Executive Vice President and System Chief Medical Officer for the Carle Health System in Urbana, Illinois; a vertically integrated delivery system incorporating an 800 provider multispecialty group, a provider sponsored health plan, 6 affiliated hospitals, and the Carle Illinois...
Karen Clements, BSN, MSB, MHCDS ‘18
Chief Nursing Officer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock
As Chief Nursing Officer for the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, I am responsible for the nursing practice of approximately 1800 nurses and a budget of $104 million. I am responsible for quality of nursing care and practice for patients at...
Jack DeHovitz, MD, MPH, MHCDS ‘17
Director, Special Treatment and Research Program (STAR), SUNY Downstate Medical Center
In 1980, Jack DeHovitz was six months into his medicine internship in New York City, when young men suddenly started presenting with a series of infections and dying. It took a year or two for the scope of the AIDS...
Josephine Nguyen, MD, MHCDS ‘17
Department Head of Dermatology, Naval Hospital Bremerton; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health Policy Fellow (2016-17)
When Josephine Nguyen was an undergraduate student at the U.S. Naval Academy, she noticed that leaders tended to all look the same: male, white, boldly extroverted. As a bright, perceptive introvert, she never saw leadership qualities in herself until 2012,...
Rakesh Pai, MD, MBA, MHCDS ‘17
Executive Medical Director, Cambia Health Solutions
For cardiologist Rakesh Pai, there’s an inherent satisfaction in helping a patient successfully manage an arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, or other big challenges. But Pai also has the creative drive of an entrepreneur, and in quiet moments, his...
Cathy Cullen, MHCDS ‘17
Director of Rehabilitation Services, Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire
Cathy Cullen is a physical therapist by training, but as director of rehabilitation services for Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire (VNH), her roles are diverse. She manages 35 staff members that travel throughout a 4,000-square-mile area; oversees...
Evan Benjamin, MD, MHCDS ‘17
Chief Medical Officer for Ariadne Labs
How did a Public Health Service doctor go from developing diabetes programs on the remote Zuni Indian reservation of New Mexico to a leadership role at a $2 billion health system serving 800,000 in Western New England? Sometimes Evan Benjamin wonders that...
Robert Motley, MD, MHCDS ‘16
President, Medical Staff, Lehigh Valley Healthcare System
As a family doctor for more than 25 years, Robert Motley has seen his fair share of changes in the medical system—the introduction of HMOs, the consolidation of hospitals and health networks, and now the emergence of ACOs. Through...
Alison MacDonald, MPA, MHCDS ‘16
Vice President, Policy and Federal Affairs Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health
Alison MacDonald is motivated by two dimes. That’s nearly the amount of every dollar the United States currently spends that goes toward health care. “We spend more than any other country per capita,” says MacDonald. &ldquo...
Scott Tromanhauser, MD, MBA, MHCDS ‘16
Chief Medical Quality Officer and Chief, Spine Surgery Section, New England Baptist Hospital
“The days of saying you are great are over,” says Scott Tromanhauser. “Now you have to prove you are great—and prove you are cost-effective.” This is Tromanhauser’s job as Chief Medical Quality...
Corina Filip, MD, MHCDS ‘16
ICU Critical Care Specialist and Pulmonologist, Partners Healthcare - North Shore Medical Center
Returning to her native Romania for her 20-year high school reunion, Corina Filip took a tour of the intensive care unit in Timsoara, the third-largest city in the country. As an ICU physician working in Massachusetts, she was shocked by...
Hope Plavin, MPA, MHCDS ‘16
Director of Planning, Office of Quality and Patient Safety, New York State Department of Health
As a child growing up in New York City, Hope Plavin regularly tagged along with her father, a pediatrician, as he visited homebound seniors on so-called “Medicare weekends.” She saw firsthand the numerous challenges his patients faced&mdash...
Abe Berman, MA, MHCDS ‘16
Regional President, Network Management UnitedHealthcare
Abe Berman doesn’t think of himself as a typical accountant. “I am a novelty seeker,” he says. “I like the challenge of taking on something that is just emerging and not well-known.” He found...
Kim Staffey, MD, MHCDS ‘16
Assoc. CMO, Director, Cardiovascular ICU and In-patient Heart and Vascular Center, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics
Kim Staffey doesn’t have a lot of free time on her hands. A clinical professor and director of the cardiac ICU at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Staffey balances administrative duties with her responsibilities...
Rajan Gupta, MD, MHCDS ‘16
Chief, Acute Care Surgery, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Almost by definition, trauma is unexpected—the result of an accident most never see coming. So how do you design a system to deal with such events when they occur? That is the question that has concerned Rajan Gupta...
Mary Beth Kuderik MHCDS ‘15
Chief Financial Officer, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust
As the top financial officer at the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, Mary Beth Kuderik helps oversee the U.S.’s largest non-governmental buyer of retiree health care. With over $50 billion in assets, including equity stakes in General Motors...
Kenny Cole, MD, MHCDS ‘15
Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Baton Rouge General/General Health System
After becoming an executive board member of the 85-doctor Baton Rouge Clinic, physician Kenny Cole began reading extensively about the health care system and was disturbed by what he found. “I went into medicine to be a good doctor...
Timothy Foster, MD, MBA, MHCDS ‘15
Chair, Department of Orthopaedics, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
After 22 years as an orthopedic surgeon at Boston University Medical Center, Timothy Foster thought he was at the pinnacle of his career. A surgeon to numerous collegiate and professional athletes, he was an associate editor at the American Journal...
Hwang Chi Hong, MD, MHCDS ‘14
Director of Medical Affairs, Alexandra Hospital, Jurong Health Services, Singapore
As medical director at one of the newest hospitals in Singapore, Dr. Hwang Chi Hong has an inside view of a health system widely praised as among the most efficient in the world. Life expectancy is higher and infant mortality...
Randall Gaboriault MHCDS ‘14
Chief Information Officer; Senior Vice President, Innovation and Strategic Development, Christiana Care Health System
When Randall Gaboriault left his job as an executive with a large medical device manufacturer to work for a hospital system in 2010, he quickly saw how different management practices were.
“I was blown away at how fragmented care delivery...
Wendy Arnone MHCDS ‘14
Chief Executive Officer, West Region, UnitedHealthcare
The failures of the health care industry to deal with its paramount challenge helped bring Wendy Arnone to pursue a degree in the Master of Health Care Delivery Science at Dartmouth. “Twenty-five years ago costs were just starting to...