Co-chairs and Expert Panel

Co-Chairs

    • Professor of Medicine and Population Health at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

    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 ensuring access to quality, affordable medical care, strengthening the public health infrastructure, and creating public-private partnerships to 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 most recently served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 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.  

    She also served as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology from 2014 to 2016, a role in which she was responsible for setting national strategy and policy on health IT and focused interoperability in the health setting.  She marshaled public and private stakeholders to create and execute on a revised national strategy for health IT that shifts focus from electronic health records to standardized data, freed through requiring published APIs (application programmable interfaces) and supports a culture and business environment for information flow to support better health for individuals and communities.  

    Following Hurricane Katrina, she was a community leader in building an innovative and award-winning model of neighborhood-based community health services for low-income, uninsured and other vulnerable people in the New Orleans area.  Just prior to joining HHS, Dr. DeSalvo served as New Orleans Health Commissioner. She transformed the Health Department in to one that is nationally accredited and recognized for addressing the broad determinants of health.  Dr. DeSalvo also led an effort to restore health care to devastated areas of the city including the establishment of a public hospital.  

    Dr. DeSalvo is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.  She was previously professor of medicine and vice dean for community affairs and health policy at the Tulane School of Medicine.  Her accomplishments have earned her numerous leadership awards and accolades, including the “Surgeon General’s Medallion”, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Public Health Service, for actions of exceptional achievement for the cause of public health and medicine.  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.  She has an honorary doctorate from her alma mater Suffolk University.  

    • Chief Innovation and Education Officer at Institute for Healthcare Improvement

    Kedar Mate, MD, is the Chief Innovation and Education Officer at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and a research professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Mate’s scholarly work has focused on health system design, health care quality, strategies for achieving large-scale change, and approaches to improving value. He is the recipient of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship and has been recognized as an Aspen Institute Healthcare Innovator. Previously Dr. Mate worked at Partners In Health, served as a special assistant to the Director of the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization, and led IHI’s national program in South Africa. Dr. Mate has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and white papers. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in American History and from Harvard Medical School with a medical degree. You can follow him on twitter at @KedarMate

    After undergraduate and medical school at Stanford, I trained in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at University of New Mexico and University of California San Francisco. I have been a program director for the emergency medicine residency at UNM, Chair of the Emergency Department of UNM, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, and most recently Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education. I am an author or co-author of more than 150 articles in the medical literature on topics such as medical error, quality improvement, medical education, international health, and literature and medicine. I published a book in 2008, La Clinica, which is a memoir describing the intersection of international health, emergency medicine, and personal development. I have had leadership roles in a variety of national emergency medicine organizations: I served as President of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors, President of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the American College of Emergency Physicians. In 2011-2012, I was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow serving in the Senate Finance Committee, where I worked on physician payment issues, graduate medical education, drug shortages, and end of life care. In 2012, I was appointed Editor-in-Chief of Academic Medicine, the leading journal in medical education, sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges. I am currently engaged in how the medical education system can facilitate health care delivery system reform to improve the value of health care provided for patients. I am married with four children, and live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Expert Panel

    • Internal Medicine
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan Health System
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Michigan Health System
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    Dr. Chris Petrilli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is responsible for implementing and evaluating innovative projects aimed at enhancing value in the health system. He runs the high value-care course, which he delivers to undergraduate and graduate medical education students - and he is the faculty lead for UofM’s site in the Dell Medicine’s Choosing Wisely STARS program. He serves as the Value Innovator for the Michigan Program for Value Enhancement and the the Co-Chair of Michigan Medicine’s Laboratory Stewardship Committee. He was also named a director of the High Value Practice Academic Alliance for Interprofessional Program Building. 

    He recently accepted the position as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine of Clinical Lead for Value Based Medicine for Manhattan Hospitals at NYU.

    Prior to Medical School, Dr. Petrilli was a financial analyst for JPMorgan Chase Bank and a Senior Financial Analyst for Nexxar Group. He is a Certified Healthcare Financial Professional by the Healthcare Financial Management Association. 

    Dr. Petrilli received his Medical Degree from Georgetown University, and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at University of Michigan where he also served as Chief Medical Resident. 

    • Infectious Disease
    • Internal Medicine
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    Dr. Lee is an Associate Professor of Medicine at McGill University and an attending physician at the McGill University Health Centre who is certified in General Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. After fellowship he completed his Masters of Public Health at Harvard. He the Director of the McGill University Health Centre's Clinical Practice Assessment Unit which exists to facilitate research in high value healthcare.  He was the 2015 recipient of the Canadian Society for Internal Medicine's New Investigator Award and currently conducts research in medication safety, quality improvement, high value healthcare, and clinical infectious diseases.  An up to date list of his publications can be found here:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/todd.lee.1/bibliography/51064720/public/?sort=date&direction=descending

     

    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Medical Educaiton
    Medical Director of High Value Care and Innovation, Department of ObGyn, Greenville Health System, South Carolina
    Medical Director of High Value Care and Innovation, Department of ObGyn, Greenville Health System, South Carolina
    • MD at Greenville Health System
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    Dr. Lauren Demosthenes is a specialist in general Ob/Gyn and practiced general obgyn for 28 years before joining the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville (USCSOMG) in 2012. After gaining broad experience in general ob/gyn, she left her practice in 2016 to become Medical Director of High Value Care and Innovation in her department and to play a larger role in the medical school. At the medical school she developed a high value care curriculum and is co-director for the USCSOMG’s  Track of Distinction in High Value Care, Performance Improvement and Population Health. She also serves as faculty mentor for the USCSOMG’s Choosing Wisely STARS students (Students and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship) who are  participating in the national program.  In graduate medical education, she founded and is current editor of the American College of ObGyn’s curriculum resource, Cases in High Value Care;  and has presented this work at grand rounds and national meetings.  She is currently Chair Designate of the ACOG Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting which will be held in Austin Texas this year and Nashville, Tennessee next year. 

    • Director of Quality, Safety, & Value, Division of Hospital Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital

    Dr. Hyung (Harry) Cho, MD, FHM, FACP is the Director of Quality, Safety, & Value for the Division of Hospital Medicine at Mount Sinai and Senior Fellow at the Lown Institute. At Mount Sinai, his work focuses on bridging high value care education with systems improvement with students, residents and faculty. Nationally, he leads the dissemination of Right Care Rounds, now implemented in over 75 residency programs. He is Chair of Society of Hospital Medicine High Value Care subcommittee, Chair of the Right Care Alliance Hospital Medicine Council and Director of QI Implementation for High Value Practice Academic Alliance. He is currently leading the development of overuse guidelines, including the next SHM Choosing Wisely recommendations. Since he became an academic hospitalist in 2011, he has received over 40 awards and recognition in value, safety, and education. These include the Choosing Wisely Award from Society of Hospital Medicine, American Medical Association Leadership Award, Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Award from Costs of Care and ABIM Foundation, Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Award, and the Top Hospitalist honor from ACP Hospitalist magazine.

    • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Eastern Virginia Medical School

    Dr. Rajasekaran is currently serving as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) and one of the winners of the 2017, Costs of Care and ABIM Foundation, Teaching Value Challenge. He is the PI of the AMA Accelerating Change in Education grant. 

    Dr. Rajasekaran received his MD from Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry and did his post-graduate medical education training in the field of clinical pharmacology in India. As a seasoned expert in medical education for the past 17 years, Dr. Rajasekaran has held several leadership positions in medical schools and has received multiple institutional and national awards for teaching excellence.

    Prior to his arrival at EVMS, Dr. Rajasekaran served as the Director of the Center for Excellence in Medical Education at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Rochester, MI and Dean of Basic Sciences, at St. Matthew’s University, Grand Cayman.

    He has published many abstracts and papers on medical education and has been the recipient of med-ed grants. In addition to actively serving on many institutional and national committees, he is the Advisor for the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME).

    • Radiology
    Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Radiology, Vice Chair of Quality and Safety, Radiology Residency Program Director and institutional lead for High Value Care.
    Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Radiology, Vice Chair of Quality and Safety, Radiology...
    • Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins Hospital
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    Dr. Pamela T. Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Vice Chair of Quality and Safety and the Radiology Residency Program Director. Her area of expertise is Body CT, and her research interests include protocol design to optimize multidetector row CT and performance improvement for vascular and oncologic imaging.

    Dr. Johnson is also actively involved in advancing high value practice at Johns Hopkins as the Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Health System High Value Care Committee. Nationally, she chairs the American College of Radiology Choosing Wisely® Working Group and is the founder and co-director of the High Value Practice Academic Alliance (www.hvpaa.org), a consortium of > 80 academic medical centers collaborating on high value care quality improvement, research and education.

    Dr. Johnson graduated Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1987 and earned her medical degree as a member of AOA from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA in 1991. She completed her residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital where she was elected Chief Resident and performed a fellowship in ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic image resonance imaging (MRI) at Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Johnson joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2005.

    Dr. Johnson is a member of the Radiologic Society of North America, the American Roentgen Ray Society, the Association of University Radiologists, the Association of Program Directors in Radiology, the Society of Abdominal Radiology and the American College of Radiology.

     

    • Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
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    Dr. Dewan is a Pediatric Critical Care Physician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the primary investigator for an Association of Pediatric Program Directors sponsored study looking at the development of a high value curriculum for pediatric trainees.  The curriculum highlights the use of game based learning to improve engagement in value education. Dr. Dewan received her MD and MPH from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and completed her pediatric residency and pediatric critical care fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

    • Internal Medicine
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    Dr. Swaroop is a board certified internal medicine physician and hospitalist at the University of California, Irvine. She currently serves as the program director for the UC Irvine internal medicine residency where she participated in developing the high value care curriculum for residents. Dr. Swaroop serves on the AAIM High Value Care Workgroup and has published and presented her work on developing cost conscious projects and integration of business of medicine into residency curriculum.

    • Neuroradiology
    • Radiology
    • Health Services Research
    • comparative effectiveness analysis
    • Standardization of health care delivery
    • Cost assessment
    Professor of Radiology Associate, Chief Quality Officer, University of Utah Health
    Professor of Radiology Associate, Chief Quality Officer, University of Utah Health
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    Dr. Anzai is Professor of Radiology at the University of Utah and also serves as the Associate Chief Medical Quality Officer of the University of Utah Health Care. She oversees healthcare quality at the health system level to improve safety and quality of patient care and facilitate the process standardization and coordination of care by collaborating with the frontline provider teams. Dr. Anzai is leading the system-wide implement value driven-outcomes to connect the costs of delivering care with outcome measures. 

    Dr. Anzai has over 18 years of experience in working as a neuroradiologist in leading academic institutions with a background in health services research.  She has the adjunct appointment in the Departments of Population Health Sciences and Neurosurgery at the University of Utah. She is a longstanding member of the many radiology organizations and past President of ASHNR, AAWR, and AUR.  She serves as the co-director of the comparative effectiveness research training program by Radiological Society of North America and co-chair of the evidence-based medicine committee in American Society of Neuroradiology. She is also leading the institutional efforts to develop and modify the appropriate use criteria of medical imaging. 

    She completed her Diagnostic Radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship training at the University of Michigan.  At the University of Washington, she had served as the neuroradiology fellowship director and subsequently as the director of neuroradiology before relocation to the University of Utah. 

    • Internal Medicine
    • internal medicine
    Chairman of the Royal Health Awareness Society 
    Chairman of the Royal Health Awareness Society 
    • Consultant Internist at King Hussein Medical Center
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    Dr. Farraj is the Private Physician of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and the Director of the Private Medical Office at the Royal Hashemite Court where he advises on some national health initiatives of His Majesty.
A brigadier general in the Jordanian Royal Medical Services, he works most days as a consultant internist at a tertiary care hospital called King Hussein Medical Center in Amman. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of E-Health Solutions, a non-profit company that is responsible for creating electronic medical records for all Jordanians on a single platform (Hakeem Program), the company also hosts the Electronic Library of Medicine of Jordan. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS) which promotes healthy lifestyles for people living in Jordan. In fact, he won a ABIM Cost of Care award in 2017 for the “Prevention Prescription” concept used in that society’s Healthy Community Clinic program. 

    A graduate of Imperial College/London University. He got his American Board of Internal Medicine in1996 after finishing his residency program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physician (FRCP), a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and an examiner of the Fellowship exam of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. 

    • Radiology
    • Medical Education
    • Quality Improvement
    • Patient Safety
    • Healthcare Leadership
    • Value Creation
    • Health Systems Science
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    Dr. Willis is a physician leader with a passion for healthcare innovation.  His career trajectory is aligned with the movement to create value and improve patient care through health system science and the quadruple aim: population health management, improved patient experience, reduced cost of care and provider well-being.  Dr. Willis is actively involved across the continuum of medical education.  He leverages his expertise in medical education with his experience in quality improvement to innovate in the space of value creation.

    He is the founder of Radiology-TEACHES (Technology Enhanced Appropriateness Criteria Home for Education Simulation: https://www.acr.org/Clinical-Resources/Radiology-TEACHES), a simulation education resource with integrated clinical decision support.  This collaborative effort is made possible through the American College of Radiology, National Decisison Support Company, and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM).  Dr. Willis received a 2016 RSNA Education Scholar Grant from the Radiology Society of North America to study integration of this technology into the medical school curriculum at BCM.

    Dr. Willis has been recognized with three of Baylor College of Medicine’s Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Awards: Teaching and Evaluation, Educational Leadership, and most recently Development of Enduring Educational Materials.  He was recognized as a 2017 Teaching Value Innovator in the Creating Value Challenge by Costs of Care, the ABIM Foundation, and their partners (The Leapfrog Group, AAMC, and American Hospital Association) for his work with Radiology-TEACHES.  Dr. Willis led the Harris Health System pilot implementation of the RITE Program (Realizing Improvement through Team Empowerment) which was recognized as the Ben Taub and Quentin Mease Hospitals 2017 Innovation of the Year and a National Finalist for the Det Norske Veritas (DNV) 2017 Healthcare Innovation of the Year.  

     

    Dr. Willis looks forward to continuing to exploring novel ways to create value for patients by transforming the delivery of health care.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Director, Bed Resources at Yale New Haven Hospital
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    After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Boston College, Robert L. Fogerty received his MD and MPH degrees from Northwestern University and completed training in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 2011, he joined the Yale faculty as a founding member of the Academic Hospitalist Program, where he currently is an Associate Professor and is Co-Director for the Quality Improvement & Physician Leadership Distinction. His academic interests include safety and quality of care in the inpatient setting, and cost-effective care. In his position as Director, Bed Resources for Yale New Haven Hospital, known institutionally as the “Bed Czar,” Dr. Fogerty holds administrative responsibility for the allocation and utilization of the 1,541 licensed beds at Yale New Haven Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in the United States and he remains clinically active on the inpatient general medicine service. Publications include the Journal of Hospital Medicine, JAMA Internal Medicine, and The New England Journal of Medicine. He is a Senior Fellow of Hospital Medicine and holds leadership positions in the Society of Hospital Medicine and the Society of General Internal Medicine. He was selected as a winner of the 2013 ABIM Foundation/Costs of Care Teaching Value and Choosing Wisely Competition for his curriculum innovation, Interactive Cost Awareness Resident Exercise (I-CARE).

Costs of Care team

    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Physician & Social Entrepreneur, Executive Director of Costs of Care
    Physician & Social Entrepreneur, Executive Director of Costs of Care
    • Faculty Investigator at Ariadne Labs
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    Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP is the Founder and Executive Director of Costs of Care, a nationally recognized nonprofit that helps caregivers deflate medical bills. He has been listed among the "40 smartest people in health care" by the Becker's Hospital Review, and profiled in the New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine, and other outlets for his efforts to expose how low value care can cause financial harm to patients. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and a faculty investigator at the Ariadne Labs for Health Systems Innovation, where he studies the impact of system complexity on discretionary clinical decisions. As an obstetrician-gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dr. Shah cares for patients from childbirth through menopause and practices both primary care and surgery. Dr. Shah completed residency at Brigham & Women's Hospital and received degrees in medicine and public policy from Brown Medical School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a co-author of the textbook, Understanding Value-Based Care expected from McGraw-Hill in early 2015.
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    September Wallingford is the Director of Operations for Costs of Care. She is also a registered nurse at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. September believes nurses play a vital role in creating value for patients and their families. She advocates for nurses to be full, collaborative partners in high value care. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The Ohio State University.
    • Internal Medicine
    Assoc Professor University of Chicago & Director of Educational Initiatives, Costs of Care
    Assoc Professor University of Chicago & Director of Educational Initiatives, Costs of Care
    • Physician at The University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences
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    Vineet Arora MD MAPP is Associate Professor of Medicine, Assistant Dean of Scholarship & Discovery, and Director of GME Clinical Learning Environment and Innovation at the University Of Chicago.  Through funding from AHRQ, NIH, and the ABIM Foundation, she has developed and evaluated multiple educational interventions to improve medical training while also improving quality, safety, and value of care in teaching hospitals.  She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and her work has received coverage by the New York Times, NPR, and the Associated Press.  For her body of work, she has been recognized by HealthLeader Magazine in 2011 as “20 People Who Make American Healthcare Better” and is the past recipient of the American College of Physicians Walter J. McDonald Young Physician Award, Society of General Internal Medicine’s Mid-Career Mentoring Award, the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Excellence in Hospital Medicine Research Award.

    As the Director of Educational Initiatives at Costs of Care, she oversaw the development of the Teaching Value web modules, which are easy to access free e-learning tools to promote cost conscious prescribing and reduce waste and co-chaired the Teaching Value Choosing Wisely Challenge.  She is co-author of Understanding High Value Care, a textbook from McGraw Hill released in 2015.  An avid user of social media, Dr. Arora regularly tweets about medical education, technology, and health policy at @futuredocs.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Hospital Medicine (Hospitalist)
    Assistant Dean of Healthcare Value at Dell Medical School at UT Austin, and Director of Implementation Initiatives at Costs of Care
    Assistant Dean of Healthcare Value at Dell Medical School at UT Austin, and Director of Implementation Initiatives at Costs of...
    • Assistant Dean for Healthcare Value and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin
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    Dr. Chris Moriates is the Assistant Dean for Healthcare Value and an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Dell Medical School at UT Austin. He is responsible for creating an innovative curriculum for value-based healthcare for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education, as well as building a robust value improvement program that engages healthcare providers across the healthcare community in Austin.

    • Internal Medicine
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    Dr. Gupta oversees the joint Costs of Care/ABIM Foundation Learning Network which aims to support clinical innovators in scaling and sustaining best practices that improve value. She is an internal medicine physician and serves as the Medical Director for Quality and Value across the UCLA Health System and an Expert Advisor for CMS Innovation Center's Comprehensive Primary Care initiative. Previously she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and received a masters in health policy and management. She speaks nationally about the costs of care and has been highlighted on national outlets such as NPR.

  • Mr. Harmon is the Director of Advocacy at Costs of Care and oversees the development of the blog and CoC's outreach efforts. Jordan is also Managing Director of the HSS Center for the Advancement of Value in Musculoskeletal Health at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), where he focuses on helping clinical teams deliver high value care. Jordan works with interdisciplinary teams at HSS to develop these new high-value care solutions for the enterprise and the broader healthcare market. Before co-leading the center, Jordan was Senior Director of Operational Excellence, where he oversaw clinical care transformation initiatives for the hospital.

     

     

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