The Innovators

LaVone Arthur, FHIMSS

Chief Strategy Officer, Baylor Scott & White Health

LaVone Arthur is chief strategy officer at Baylor Scott & White Health, where she is responsible for assisting the CEO and executive team with developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining enterprise strategic initiatives. She is also responsible for marketing and communications, integration, and partnership management. Prior to that, she served as the chief integration officer, responsible for the coordination of activities related to the integration of Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, including providing project leadership and direction in developing and executing postmerger integration strategies. She also served as senior vice president of business development, where she coordinated all aspects of new business transactions and joint venture arrangements.

Neil Carpenter

Vice president, LifeBridge Strategic Planning, Research and Transformation, LifeBridge Health

As vice president of LifeBridge Strategic Planning, Research and Transformation, Neil Carpenter oversees strategic planning for the enterprise as well as its clinical research and innovation efforts. Innovation at LifeBridge Health, a $2 billion integrated healthcare delivery system in Maryland, includes initiatives such as the Bioincubator at Sinai Hospital, the system’s offshore call center, and consulting team agreements. Previously, Carpenter was an engagement manager for Deloitte and the Chartis Group, where his clients included Kaiser Permanente, Sisters of Mercy Health System, the Military Health System, Montefiore, and the University of Virginia. He serves on various state task forces related to health system planning and is a guest lecturer at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

Jocelyn Carter

Internal Medicine Hospitalist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Dr. Jocelyn Carter a practicing internal medicine hospitalist at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and a 2017 Aetna Foundation Fellow in Healthcare Innovation within the MGH Healthcare Transformation Lab. Clinically prepared in internal medicine and leadership/preventive medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Dr. Carter is focused on scalable, cost-efficient initiatives and using outcomes research and healthcare information technology to drive the redesign of patient-centered care and healthcare innovation.


As a 2017 Partners Healthcare Center for Population Health Delivery System Innovation Implementation Grant recipient, she and her team are studying the impact of 30-day patient-community health worker pairings at the time of hospital discharge on health care outcomes in high risk populations.

Dr. Carter also serves as the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion manager of trainee affairs, where she leads the Career Liaison Development program and the Visiting Clerkship program.

David Cerino serves as Group vice president of digital innovation at Providence Health and Services in Seattle. Previously, he served as WiserCare's first commercial CEO, a digital health startup in the shared decision-making space. Cerino came to WiserCare from Zynx Health, where he was the executive vice president and chief operating officer, with a focus on revenue and commercial operations. Zynx offers clinical decision support.

Joseph Chang

Associate chief medical officer, Outpatient and Ambulatory Services, Parkland Health & Hospital System

Joseph Chang, MD, MBA, FACOG, is associate chief medical officer for Outpatient and Ambulatory Services at Parkland, and a member of the Obstetrics and Gynecology faculty at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.


Dr. Chang is responsible for the medical oversight of Parkland’s outpatient clinic operations to include specialty and primary care services, including outpatient specialty clinics, community-oriented primary care clinics, youth and family centers, HOMES program, correctional health and occupational health. His clinical interests and expertise are focused on gynecology surgery.


He received his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine.

Todd Dunn is director of innovation for Intermountain Healthcare’s I.S. Organization, leading Intermountain’s Healthcare Transformation Lab. Leveraging his experience at Cisco, Siemens, and GE, Dunn instills the fundamentals of innovation and employee engagement in his current role. In addition to his work at Intermountain, he advises startups and early-stage companies.

Brant Heise

Senior Managing Director, Summation Health Ventures

Brant Heise leads Summation Health Ventures’ overall activities and investment initiatives with a focus on healthcare information technology and medical device investments. He also serves as managing director of the MemorialCare Innovation Fund. Heise’s experience includes participation on the board of directors for several privately held, venture capital–funded companies within the investment portfolios. His career has also spanned business development and operating experience in entrepreneurial startup companies, physician organizations, community hospitals, and academic medical centers.

Jim Hinton

CEO, Baylor Scott & White Health

Jim Hinton is CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, the largest not-for-profit health system in Texas, which provides a full continuum of healthcare services with more than 1,000 patient access points across the state. In addition, Hinton leads the Scott and White Health Plan, the Baylor Scott & White Research Institute, and the Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance—a network of clinical providers and facilities focused on improving quality, managing the health of patient populations, and reducing the overall cost of care.

George McLendon

Altum Health

George McLendon is vice president of therapeutic research and development at Atrium Health. Previously, he served as Howard Hughes provost and professor of chemistry at Rice University. He has also served as dean of arts and sciences and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Duke University; faculty member of the Cancer Center at Duke University Medical School; chair of the department of chemistry, Princeton University; professor of chemistry in the school of arts and sciences and professor of biochemistry in the medical School at the University of Rochester; and visiting professor at CalTech and Oxford University, where he is a fellow of Worcester College.


McLendon has published over 200 research papers in chemistry, physics, and biology and holds multiple patents. His research has been recognized by multiple awards--including the American Chemical Society’s Pure Chemistry Award, the Eli Lilly award for fundamental research in Biochemistry, and Sloan, Dreyfus, and Guggenheim fellowships. His work contributed to founding several companies, including Tetralogic, Steamtrax, and Labcyte. He is a founding co-director of TMCx, the largest accelerator for biomedical startups, and serves on advisory and governing boards for several early-stage life science companies.

Nick Reddy

Chief Digital Officer and Senior Vice President, Information Services Baylor Scott & White Health

Nick Reddy is the chief digital officer and senior vice president of Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH). After beginning his career at Scott & White Healthcare (S&W) as a management consultant, he was asked to join the Information Services (IS) Leadership team as the Senior Vice President of Investments. In October 2013, S&W completed a merger with Baylor Healthcare, allowing Reddy to expand his role as SVP of the combined IS organization. Nick was recently asked to lead the digital innovation agenda for BSWH. Nick has a BBA from Texas A&M, achieved his Executive MBA from Southern Methodist University in 2008, and has received several healthcare certifications. He was awarded CIO Magazine’s One to Watch in 2014. In his role as a healthcare executive, Nick strives to lead industry transformation through the science of critical analysis, the art of communication, and the discipline of execution.

Jonathan Ringo, MD

President and chief operating officer, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore; senior vice president, LifeBridge

As president and chief operating officer of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, Dr. Ringo is responsible for the system’s move from fee-for-service to value based care. Sinai Hospital is the flagship member of the LifeBridge Health system, and the state of Maryland’s largest independent teaching and research hospital with tertiary services in trauma, advanced orthopedic, cardiovascular and neurosurgery, neonatal level III, and a children’s hospital. Dr. Ringo also serves as senior vice president for LifeBridge Health, which includes Northwest Hospital, Carroll Hospital, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, as well as urgent care centers, retail pharmacies, ambulance services, home health services, two accountable care organizations, an assisted living center, and over 800 employed physicians.

Eric Rock

CEO and founder, Vivify Health, Inc.

Eric Rock launched Vivify Health in 2009, delivering the first cloud-based remote care management platform connecting providers with their patients via wireless mobile devices. Vivify is one of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's (UPMC) portfolio companies that is focused on care delivery at the health system. Prior to Vivify Health, Rock founded MEDHOST, the first touchscreen EMR including other innovations such as geographic bed/facility views, patient self-service kiosks, multi-touch data visualization, and an enterprise operational visibility engine. Rock has also founded ProHost, the first restaurant table management and reservations system, ultimately acquired by

Rasu B. Shrestha, MD, MBA

Chief Innovation Officer, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

As chief innovation officer at UPMC, a $17 billion healthcare provider and insurer based in Pittsburgh, Dr. Rasu Shrestha is responsible for driving innovation strategy—serving as a catalyst in transforming the organization into a more patient-focused and economically sustainable system. In addition, he serves as executive vice president of UPMC Enterprises and is part of an executive team that leads over 200 technology professionals innovating toward intelligent healthcare, building patient-centric, value-based technology solutions that are transforming the industry. Prior to his current roles, Dr. Shrestha served as vice president of information technology and was medical director of interoperability and imaging informatics at UPMC. He is the chairman of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) innovation committee, and co-chair of Health Datapalooza 2018.

Julianne Soriano

Senior Operations Manager, Transformation Lab, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

In her role, Soriano helps lead collaborative innovation and digital health through enabling and empowering frontline clinicians--supporting them through technology builds or implementations, and connecting them with startups or industry partnerships. Previously, she served as a director of program management at Evolent Health in Washington, D.C., where she supported business development, technology implementation, and the acquisition of Valence Health. Prior to joining Evolent, Julianne worked as an IT Consultant at Accenture, where she supported life sciences firms with the implementation of a cloud-based platform to support clinical trials and drug R&D.

Pranavi. Sreeramoju, MD, MPH,FSHA FIDSA

Chief of Infection Prevention at Parkland Health & Hospital System and associate professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dr. Sreeramoju is chief of Infection Prevention at Parkland Health & Hospital System and associate professor of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She also serves as clinical liaison with finance at UT Southwestern.


Dr. Sreeramoju was named one of the ‘Top 50 Leaders in Patient Safety in 2015’ by Becker’s Hospital Review and she received the SHEA-APIC Judene Bartley Award for Public Policy and Advocacy in 2015. She obtained her medical degree from Jawaharlal Institute in Pondicherry, India, and completed fellowship in Infectious Diseases from University of Chicago and University of Illinois in Chicago. She has an MPH in Epidemiology from Tulane University and se is currently pursuing an executive MBA at  the University of Texas  Dallas.

Thomas Thornton

Senior Vice President and Executive Director, Northwell Ventures

As senior vice president and executive director of Northwell Ventures, Tom Thornton is responsible for identifying and fostering innovative ideas that enhance the growth of Northwell Health’s clinical and nonclinical enterprises. He works with senior leadership to develop and advance ideas in these areas, bringing ideas into practice and the market, as well as building strategic partnerships and relationships within the broader regional ecosystem and beyond. In this role, he also manages all of Northwell Health’s innovation programs, including technology commercialization, enterprise growth, and investment management. Prior to joining Northwell Health, Thornton led the Healthcare Innovation Alliance at Cleveland Clinic Innovations, a program aimed at forming multi-institutional collaborations to foster and accelerate the commercialization of medical innovations.

Tressa Springmann is chief information officer and senior vice presidentof performance improvement at LifeBridge Health. She also leads the system’s HIM function. In addition, Sprigmann serves as chair of the technology committee for CRISP, Maryland’s State Health Information Exchange (HIE), and is a member of the Premier Member Technology Committee (MTIC). She is also on The Healthcare Management Program Advisory Board for Towson University and an adjunct professor at Mount St. Mary’s University.

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