2019 Texas Regional HIMSS Conference



Justin Armstrong
Security Architect
In his role as a Security Architect at MEDITECH, Justin Armstrong is responsible for maintaining the security of all MEDITECH applications and platforms. His specialties include Nursing, Ambulatory, e-Prescribing and Physician products. Justin monitors evolving security standards and regulations, best practices, threats, and software vulnerabilities, and is active in the security community both inside and outside of MEDITECH. Armstrong traces his interest in security back to the fourth grade when he found a copy of “The Codebreakers” in the school library.
Greg Bertrand
Operational Consultant
Baylor Scott and White
With over 20 years experience in a variety of roles in healthcare and currently the VP of membership at DFWHIMSS, Greg's latest accomplishment is upgrading the testing process for Baylor Scott & White. He is here today to share his adventures of the new process and the reactions of the analyst who perform testing.
Gerry Blass
Gerry Blass brings over 35 years of experience in healthcare information technology. Prior to ComplyAssistant, Gerry was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for a major healthcare system in New Jersey. As the CISO, Gerry built the HIPAA Privacy and Security programs and chaired their multidisciplinary governance team. In 2002 Gerry founded ComplyAssistant to provide software and service solutions for HIPAA and IT strategic planning. Gerry currently chairs the NJ HIMSS Privacy, Security and Compliance Committee and participates in national and local chapter events that include NY, NJ, and Delaware Valley. Gerry contributes to healthcare compliance articles and postings in various blogs and publications. Gerry shares content in HIPAA 411, a LinkedIn group he co-founded, along with many other related LinkedIn groups. Gerry is an active member and presents at industry association events with HIMSS, HFMA, AITP, NCHICA, NJPCA, NJAMHAA, and HCCA.
Deepak Chaudhry
National Health IT Leader
Deepak Chaudhry is BDO’s National Health IT & HITRUST Leader in the Technology & Business Transformation Services practice, having more than 15 years of experience in technology. Having led large-scale, multi-year projects, Deepak is experienced in managing end-to-end IT operations including risk and compliance engagements, information security optimization, enterprise business continuity planning, vendor management, governance, IT policies development and implementation, IT change management, system adoption and integration, budgeting, and IT support services. He has served as the VP, IT for Houston based Nexus Health system and the CIO & CISO for Greater Houston Healthconnect, Houston's public Health information exchange.
Shelley Chang, MD
Physician Scientist
Dr. Shelley Chang serves as a Physician Scientist at Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) with deep expertise in clinical epidemiology, health services research and medical informatics. Dr. Chang leverages her clinical and informatics knowledge and experience to develop and conduct health outcomes analyses and real-time intelligent analytics/technologic solutions for health systems. She earned her MD and PhD in Epidemiology from Case Western Reserve University and is board certified in Transfusion Medicine and Anatomical and Clinical Pathology, Dr. Chang is a former Chief Resident and Transfusion Medicine Fellow at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).
Mike Chirico
Director of Information Security, Information Security Officer
New Bridge Medical Center
An attorney and technology professional specializing in privacy and security strategy. Over 20 years in industry, my background includes engineering effective strategies to meet the challenges of among other regulations, HIPAA privacy and security. I advise organizations on information security solutions, including unified threat management and last line of defense. I have developed, implemented and advised on organizational methodologies, assessing organizational controls around change management, business continuity and disaster recovery, policy and procedure, IT governance, business associate management, SOX 404 Compliance, and Service Organization Control Reporting. I served on the Board of Directors for Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), was previously the Chair for the Programming Committee. I am currently a Board member of the New Jersey chapter of HIMSS and co-chair the Security, Privacy and Compliance Committee and serve on the Board of Advisors for Rutgers University Cybersecurity Certification Program.
Jeffery Daigrepont
Senior Vice President
Coker Group
Jeffery Daigrepont, senior vice president of Coker Group, specializes in healthcare automation, system integration, operations, and deployment of enterprise information systems for large integrated delivery networks. A popular national speaker, Jeffery is frequently engaged by highly-respected organizations across the nation, including many non-profit trade associations and state medical societies.
Steve Drabek
IS Operational Consultant
Baylor Scott & White
With over 17 years of Healthcare IT experience, Steve's focus has been on training and quality assurance. He has a background in large hospital implementations as well as end user training for all roles within the hospital system. Steve worked for large EHR developer, creating training material and consulting on best practices for staff training and user acceptance. Today he will share his experiences with creating and implementing an online testing system.
Leanne Field, PhD
Director, Digital Healthcare Innovation
McCombs School of Business, UT Austin
Dr. Leanne Field is a Clinical Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, and Director of Digital Healthcare Innovation, McCombs School of Business. She leads research in digital healthcare and the development of new digital health educational programs for McCombs’ Executive Education Department. Dr. Field is an experienced technology educator, who has been nationally recognized as a leader in workforce development for Health IT. She is now collaborating with industry experts in healthcare cybersecurity to develop innovative new educational programs to help meet the tremendous workforce needs in this field.
Lynn Gibson
Lynn Gibson is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of CHRISTUS Health. He has been in this role for the past 7 years where he has brought several different improvements and innovations which have improved the clinical and operational workflow at both the technical and operational levels.He was previously a consultant with Deloitte and IBM with clients throughout the US and in foreign countries. Prior to his consultant years, he was with Baylor Health Care System (now Baylor Scout and White) where he helped start their Research Institute, oversaw Pediatric Immunology and finished his service there with responsibilities for applications and customer support services.He holds a BA, BBA, and MBA from three Texas Universities.
Yang Gong, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Professor Gong is a federally funded physician informaticist on patient safety at the School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth. His research areas are human-computer interaction in clinical settings, including patient safety reporting system, clinical communication and clinical decision support. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. Professor Gong is the immediate past Chair of the clinical decision support working group at the American Medical Informatics Association. He mentors postdoctoral fellow, doctoral and masters students of health informatics and teaches clinical decision support system, health data display and clinical communication.
Joe Grinstead
Vice President Technology and Cloud Managed Services
Cornerstone Advisors
Joe Grinstead is Vice President of Cornerstone Advisors, a health IT consulting firm. He is an experienced leader with over 20 years of healthcare IT experience across both applications and technology. Throughout his career, Joe has been highly regarded for his versatility and ability to transcend operational, clinical and technical concepts and work with contributors from throughout the healthcare spectrum. Joe’s experiences include work within provider, consulting and IT services companies. During these experiences, Joe has lead and participated in projects including system implementations, product development, optimizations, process redesign and operational redesign.
Ed Gonzalez
Security Engineer
Check Point
Ed Gonzalez has experience working in the aerodynamic, healthcare and cyber security industry. He has worked for Johnson Space Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Checkpoint Technologies, Inc. At MDA, he worked with various teams: information security, engineering, developers and networking. He led teams to support cloud, data analytics, web ops and infrastructure. His team led the support of the institutional portal myMDA/myChart with 250,000 patients and over 500 ad hoc web applications with multi-tenant environments. He also helped introduce and manage new technology: F5, Splunk, IBM Blades, Box.com, Oracle DBS cluster and intranet / internet WCMS. Today, he is helping build a bridge between healthcare and cyber security solutions.
Patches Haynes
Sr. Director for Hospital Services
Ascension Connect
Patches Pace Haynes comes to us from Ascension Connect a healthcare transformation center serving Ascension Health, the largest Catholic Healthcare entity in the world. Patches is a registered nurse with expertise in hospital operations, implementing EHR platforms, operating enterprise Clinical Informatics programs, operating Transfer & Bed Placement Centers and opened Ascension's first Clinical Surveillance Unit. Her work today, seeks to transform healthcare throughout Ascension Health, by opening Clinical Surveillance Centers, maximizing hospital bed space using advancements in technology from clinical decision support, integrated communication platforms and the basics of change management and performance improvement.
Jane Helgeson
Principal Business Analyst
Mayo Clinic
Richard Howe
Executive Consultant
HCG Consulting
Richard C. Howe, PhD, LFHIMSS, is currently an independent Executive Consultant. He served previously as Executive Director of the North Texas Regional Extension Center which provided IT consulting services to primary care physicians. Dr. Howe has over 30 years’ experience in the healthcare field as a Chief Information Officer, Healthcare Information Technology expert, Management Consultant, Clinical Software Vendor professional, and a Medical School professor. Dr. Howe has published over 50 technical and scientific articles and over 30 commentaries/blogs. He has presented over 200 educational sessions, talks, or executive level briefings. He served as National President of HIMSS for 1996-1997 and is a Lifetime Fellow in HIMSS.
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Trey Kell
Principal Applications Systems Analyst
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Trey Kell has spent 20 years at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, including 15 years embedded in clinical or research departments facilitating research and information systems supporting clinical or research workflows. For the past 5 years, Trey has worked on Natural Language processing solutions to either extract data from unstructured reports to support research efforts or structuring data to streamline existing workflows. During his time at MD Anderson, Trey has presented to Grant review boards, private donors, research committees, international research partners and most recently at the HDAA conference as part of the NLP panel discussion, a poster of discordant laboratory results and a technical talk on building a computer aided coding solution.
Konstantinos Leventakos, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Oncology
Mayo Clinic
Konstantinos Leventakos, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Oncology and Translational Scientist with a clinical and research focus in Thoracic Cancer at Mayo Clinic. He completed his Post-doctoral Fellowship in Medicine at The University of Texas/MD Anderson Cancer Center, his Internal Medicine Residency at Attikon Hospital of Athens and Georgetown University Hospital, his Fellowship in Hematology/Medical Oncology at Mayo Clinic, and his PhD in Oncology/Pathology at the Medical School of University of Athens. His research focuses on drug development and early phase clinical trials, and his overall goal is to improve cancer care for patients with thoracic malignancies by bringing knowledge and novel technologies from the lab to the clinic.
Maurice Liddell
National Leader - Technology Advisory
Maurice Liddell is a Principal in the Advisory Services practice where he leads technology operations, infrastructure, cloud, blockchain and healthcare IT services. With a spectrum of insights gained from working at some of the world’s largest IT consulting firms, to hands-on experience as an engineer, Maurice uses his technology background to design, implement and assess successful technology solutions to improve business operations and manage technology related risks for clients.

His track record includes responsibility for $65 million budget programs; reduction of IT operating costs from $22 million to $13.5 million; transforming IT of the largest private school system in the U.S. to deliver greater value to shareholders; serving as chief technologist for the planning and launch of a B2B exchange; running global IT operations for a Fortune 500 company; evaluating and preparing organizations to comply with regulatory (e.g., HIPAA, HITRUST, PCI, etc.) and industry (e.g., ISO 27001 and NIST) security standards, performing Business Impact Assessments (BIA) and developing Business Continuity Plans (BCP) and the successful management of full cycle projects ranging from custom software development to ERP implementations to enterprise infrastructure solutions. In addition, he is a founding member of BDO’s Blockchain Taskforce and has worked with several organizations in executing Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), assessing infrastructure and blockchain applications to validate compliance with published white papers, and establishing and reviewing security solutions to protect cryptocurrency based businesses. He is a frequent national speaker on blockchain, cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, cybersecurity, cloud solutions, and IT Due Diligence Integration and participated in a presentation to the SEC on cryptocurrencies.

Maurice frequently presents to boards and executive management on blockchain technology and is facilitating the development of blockchain education materials for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Maurice leads the blockchain initiative for BDO’s Advisory Services.
Robert Liu
Manager Information Services
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Robert Liu is the Manager of Information Services at the Clinical Research Division of MD Anderson Cancer Center. Robert has been leading the effort of providing online data management solutions for clinical and research studies. For the past 5 years, Robert’s team, Data Management Services (DMS), has not only won multiple essential grants from NIH/NCI, Texas, Moon Shot and other sources for multiple multicenter research projects, but also has created show cases of new ways of doing the clinical research. Such efforts include the disease oriented methodology that replaced the protocol specific legacy; event driven data structure that replaced the form driven legacy and CRP for integrating dispersed data sources.
Kate McCarthy
Vice President, Growth and Innovation
Kate McCarthy is a mission-driven, healthcare leader helping organizations shape their digital future. She began her career working with physician-led organizations and health systems to transform outdated operational practices and was a champion for systemic industry advancements to public policy and technology adoption. Kate is a noted public speaker that infuses talks with her personal experience as a rare disease patient and is widely published on topics ranging from value-based care to disruptive, digital innovation upending today's business model. Kate travels with her service dog, Winnie, and is an advocate for rare disease patients and individuals living with disabilities, both visible and invisible.
Mac McMillan
Chief Executive Officer
Mac McMillan, FHIMSS, is President & Chief Strategy Officer of CynergisTek, Inc., a top-ranked information security and privacy consulting firm focused on healthcare IT industry. He brings nearly 40 years of experience in security and has worked in the healthcare industry since his retirement from the federal government. McMillan participates on many advisory boards, and is recognized as a thought leader in healthcare IT for his contributions to industry publications and events on compliance, security and privacy.
Steven Matarelli
Sr. Clinical Executive
Vocera Communications
Steven A. Matarelli, PhD, RN - Sr. Clinical Executive for Vocera Communications - the industry leader in platform-based clinical communications and workflow serving over 1,500 installations globally with effective caregiver communication and collaboration solutions, integrated physiologic monitoring, and event-driven alarm management.

Formerly, Dr. Matarelli worked for Joint Commission Resources in the role of Field Director International Accreditation and Johns Hopkins Medicine International in the role of Chief Operating Officer/Chief Clinical Officer of Tawam Hospital, United Arab Emirates. Dr. Matarelli is a highly experienced national and international speaker in the United States, Middle East, and Asia on topics of nursing care, hospital operations, patient safety, research, and “theory-into-practice” for healthcare providers, community organizations, and academic settings. His 33 + years of healthcare experience has spanned clinical and executive operations, academia, and industry.
Jacqueline Naeem, MD
Medical Director
Dr. Jacqueline Naeem is a Medical Director at the ParklandCenter for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Naeem isa physician with a diverse professional background and training in psychiatry and general practice. Over the years, she has built a reputation formaking meaningful contributions to the clinical and strategicoperations of various health systems. Dr. Naeem aligns and workswith cross-functional interprofessional teams of data scientists,project managers and other healthcare/social servicestakeholders to ensure high performance and execution ofcross-sectoral, transdisciplinary projects. Her work revolvesaround leveraging technology to improve health outcomes.
Sarah Odom
Clinical Informaticist
Memorial Hermann Health System
Sarah Odom is a Clinical Informaticist at Memorial Hermann Health System. Her work focuses on informatics at a facility level and the impact EMR changes have on patient care and workflow. Sarah has an engineering degree from the United States Naval Academy and a BSN from the University of South Alabama. After 6 years at the bedside as a pediatric transplant nurse, Sarah decided to pursue a full time career in informatics in 2013. She serves as her team lead for reporting and analytics and has created multiple reports and dashboards that are utilized throughout the Memorial Hermann system.
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Weiwei Ouyang
Data Scientist
United Health
Uday Ali Pabrai
Ali Pabrai is the chief executive officer of ecfirst, an Inc 500 business in its first year of eligibility. A highly sought after information security and regulatory compliance expert, he has successfully delivered solutions on compliance and information security to organizations worldwide. He is a keynote and featured speaker at conferences worldwide! He has consulted and advised 1000s of clients globally! He was appointed and services as a member of the select HITRUST SCF Assessor Council and is a proud member of InfraGard (FBI).
Yolande Pengetnze, MD
Senior Medical Director
Yolande Pengetnze, MD, MS, is a Senior Medical Director at PCCI. She is a board-certified pediatrician with fellowship training in Academic General Pediatrics, Health Services and Clinical research.
She is experienced in the design and successful implementation of innovative, data-driven Population Health programs, involving engagement with a diverse mix of stakeholders. She leads population and community health programs, which improve health and health care at scale in the community and have received local and national recognition. She is a frequent speaker and presenter at local, regional, and national gatherings, with multiple published abstracts and peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Pengetnze led the successful implementation of the Data Across Sectors of Health (DASH) Program, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded program to enhance care coordination between Parkland Hospital and the North Texas Food Bank, using a novel framework for social-to-health data sharing and partnership to improve outcomes and care experience for vulnerable individuals with diabetes and/or hypertension. This novel approach to social-to-health partnership has established the framework for subsequent community programs aimed at creating a "No Wrong Door" approach to health and social care, whereby clients can receive health care when visiting a community-based organization such as a food pantry.
She was the lead clinician for the successful application for the Dallas Accountable Health Community grant, a CMS-sponsored demonstration program to assess the impact of systematic screening, referral, and navigation of Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries for health-related social needs, on health outcomes.

She currently leads programs with the Parkland Community Health Plan, a Dallas-based Medicaid HMO, to improve health outcomes for children with asthma and reduce preterm birth rates among high-risk pregnant women using a comprehensive and effective multi-stakeholder approach. She has designed and led the successful implementation of a novel approach to patient engagement and education via text messaging, which shows a promising impact on patients' health and well-being across health conditions.
Jason Peoples
Virtual Health Developer
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
Jason is responsible for the virtual health strategy at Mary Free Bed (MFB), a not-for-profit, nationally-accredited rehabilitation hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is charged with helping the organization more fully embrace mobile technologies by integrating the kinds of devices their patients use every day into their care plans, He is recognized for pushing the limits of innovation in how MFB delivers care and connect with their patients pre- and post-admission, and even post-discharge, whether the patients are at MFB, at a network/affiliated hospital, or at-home.
Donna Persaud, MD
VP, Clinical Leadership
Donna Persaud, MD, is Vice President of Clinical Leadership at PCCI a leading, nonprofit, artificial intelligence and cognitive computing organization. She is a board certified pediatrician with 30 years of
experience serving the medically underserved. Dr Persaud has extensive experience in advancing healthcare delivery systems and population health by connecting traditional medical practices and innovative technology with a special focus on social determinants of health. Prior to holding her position at PCCI, Dr Persaud was Chief and Medical Director of Pediatrics for Parkland Health and Hospital System, Dallas County large safety net serving a diverse and under resourced population. Accomplishments over that tenure include project leadership of $45M Delivery System Reform incentive Payment Program demonstration projects aimed at dramatically increasing the number of patients with access to person centered care. Build and implement electronic disease registries to address gaps in care and improve patient outcomes. Additionally Dr Persaud collaborated with Parkland’s provider owned Medicaid Managed Care Organization to create a pediatric population health asthma program driven by predictive analytics for 17 urban Dallas practices resulting in 12 M in savings over 3 years from decreased ER visits, and hospitalizations.

Over her career Dr Persaud has published in peer reviewed journals on health care education, asthma outreach programs in schools, shared medical visits, child abuse, and HPV vaccine decision making.

Dr Persaud completed her medical degree at the University of West Indies, Pediatric Residency at University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital and Academic Fellowship at UTMB Galveston. She also holds an MBA from the University of Texas, Dallas. She has received several awards including Parkland Distinguished Physician Award and has served on National Committees for Pediatric Quality Metrics and Expert Panels for Social Determinant of Health Screening. She remains on the medical staff of Parkland Health & Hospital System and Children’s Health and serves as Volunteer Faculty for UT Southwestern and Guyana Pediatrics.
Chris Pick
Director of Telehealth Service Solutions
Deer Oaks
Christopher Pick is the Director of Telehealth Service Solutions for Deer Oaks. He works to build telemedicine service lines for Deer Oaks and is dedicated to integrating behavioral health strategies, virtual care and data analysis into a cohesive model of care in long-term care settings.With a focus on providing evidence-based treatment for mental health issues, Deer Oaks specializes in geriatric psychology. The long-term care group has extensive experience and expertise with Medicare and Medicaid regulations as well as the flexibility necessary to work with multiple state and managed Medicaid systems.
AnnaMaria Turano
Vice President of Marketing
AnnaMaria M. Turano is the Vice President of Marketing for Synzi. She is responsible for leading all marketing and branding initiatives for the company. AnnaMaria was previously with Stratus Video as the Vice President of Marketing and led the effort to separate the Telehealth division and rebrand the new company as Synzi. Prior to her client-side roles, AnnaMaria co-founded MCAworks, a strategic marketing consulting firm advising Fortune 500 companies on developing growth strategies. As a partner at MCAworks, she led market expansion opportunities for B2B, B2C, and B2B2C clients in technology, healthcare, and financial services – domestically and internationally. Her roster of clients included Verizon, Bright House, Sage, Lexis-Nexis, Shutterstock, TheLadders, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Nationwide, VSP and MasterCard.
Thomas Wilhite
Director of Clinical Informatics and Education
AdventHealth Central Texas
Thomas Wilhite is the Clinical Informatics and Education Director of AdventHealth Central Texas AdventHealth Rollins Brook, is the founder of I Need Help, LLC. d/b/a I Need Help Papers and I Need Help EHR, and is a Bachelors prepared nurse as well as a certified Paramedic. His passion involves finding solutions for clinicians so that they may be able to spend more time with patients rather than on the computer without compromising the integrity of patient care and documentation.
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Usamah Zagaar
Business System Analyst
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Usamah Zagaar is an experienced Business/IT Professional at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, with 15 years’ experience in business analysis and data science. Mr. Zagaar joined the institutional Analytics Informatics/Natural Language Processing (IAI/NLP) team in 2014. He currently works on activities in support of multiple research projects and studies and uses analysis and design techniques to solve business problems for new and existing research studies in the IAI department and within the institution. In addition, he performs activities related to the validation development, testing, and maintenance of NLP top computer programs for multiple projects. He researches and recommends strategies on business analysis methods to better meet project information needs and performs quality assurance duties. He has research interest in the hot issues related to information systems. Mr. Zagaar’s research interest include knowledge management, and natural language processing related problems. Prior to his involvement with the IAI/NLP team, Mr. Zagaar was a programmer/team leader in the development of a lab-management system (LIMS) for biological sample management and project tracking modules.

Keynote Speaker

Karen Desalvo
University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc is a physician dedicated to improving the health of all people, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations, through patient care, education, policy and administrative roles, research, and public service. Her commitment to improving the public’s health includes work beyond ensuring access to quality, affordable medical care, to strengthening the public health infrastructure, and enabling public-private partnerships that can address the social determinants of health. She is currently Professor of Medicine and Population Health at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School.

Dr. DeSalvo served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Obama Administration. In that role, she oversaw 12 core public health offices and 10 regional health offices across the nation, and the Office of the Surgeon General. Under Dr. DeSalvo’s leadership as Delivery System Reform strategy co-lead, HHS set and met historic goals in payment reform, supported transformed models of care delivery including in primary care, and changed the approach to information distribution in the health system.

Dr. DeSalvo was previously professor of medicine and vice dean for community affairs and health policy at the Tulane School of Medicine. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Humana. Dr. DeSalvo earned her Medical Doctorate and Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University, and Master's in Clinical Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health.
Rebecca Kaul
Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Rebecca Kaul is Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at the world-renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center. Building on the institution’s rich history of innovation, Rebecca is bringing another layer of transformative thinking through an Innovation Center designed to identify creative and effective approaches for delivering exceptional patient outcomes and bring new solutions to market. By collaborating with internal innovators and establishing strategic relationship with startups and industry, Rebecca and her team are accelerating value generation and commercialization.

Prior to joining MD Anderson, Rebecca served as Chief Innovation Officer and President of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) Technology Development Center where she built their Innovation Center from a conceptual idea to a center nationally recognized for developing an extensive portfolio of partnerships, investments and new companies. Prior to starting the UPMC Innovation Center, Rebecca led their joint venture, which yielded a 100% return on investment in 18 months.

Rebecca has a Master of Business Administration from New York University and has earned multiple degrees from Carnegie Mellon University: Master of Information Systems Management, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy.