Fall Forum News


The following leaders have confirmed their participation in the ATA Fall Forum in Palm Desert.

Nina Antoniotti, RN, MBA, PhD

Nina Antoniotti, RN, MBA, PhD
Director of Telehealth Business
Marshfield Clinic

Nina Antoniotti is a pioneer in the evolution of TeleHealth through her active involvement in technology/operational guidelines, clinical applications and standards, business plans, value analysis, ROI models, and evaluation. She is Chair of the ATA Standards and Guidelines Committee, past-chair of the ATA Policy Committee and Business and Finance SIG, a past Board Member of ATA, and past Vice President of CTeL. Dr. Antoniotti received ATA’s 2007 President’s Award for Individual Leadership and was one of 11 people inducted into ATA’s College of Fellows in 2009 for significant contributions to telemedicine worldwide.
Mark Aspenson
Avery Telehealth

Mark Aspenson, CEO of Avery Telehealth, which is part of the Avery Group, a privately held multimillion dollar healthcare company that started in 2003 and based in Scottsdale, AZ. Mr. Aspenson is an expert in the area of readmissions, care transition planning and telehealth. He has been published in HFM Magazine on these topics. Mr. Aspenson was recognized as one of the top 35 entrepreneurs 35 and under. He is cofounder of the Summit Group for top performers. Mr. Aspenson is also on the Board of Directors for Interior Systems International. Mr. Aspenson is an active member of the American Telemedicine Association and Healthcare Financial Management
Rashid Bashshur, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Department of Health Management and Policy; Executive Director, University of Michigan Health System eHealth Center

Perry S. Bechtle, DO
Consultant in Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic Chair
Division of Multispecialty Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic in Florida Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Steven Buslovich, MD, MSHCPM
American Geriatrics Society

Dr. Buslovich is a Geriatrician in Buffalo, NY and comes from a background in the telecommunications industry and networking. After completion of a Masters degree with a concentration in health information technology, Dr. Buslovich managed consulting projects for hospitals and health institutions. While in medical school he created an official leadership course to teach health IT and telemedicine to medical students and residents. Dr. Buslovich completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Health System and Geriatrics Fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Buslovich is a member of the American Geriatrics Society's Health Information Systems - Economics and Technology (HIS-ETC) Committee. Additionally, Dr. Buslovich is an expert in telemedicine and the co-founder of a health IT startup focusing on data analytics and improving access to geriatric care for patients and caregivers.
Gary Capistrant
Senior Director of Public Policy
American Telemedicine Association

Gary Capistrant's expertise in health policy is based on over 30 years experience with Medicare, Medicaid, and national health reforms. Mr. Capistrant's knowledge of health policy has lead him to become a trusted advisor to associations, innovative health providers and Wall Street investment analysts.  He is also the former Director of Congressional Relations for the American Health Care Association, Staff Director of the State Medicaid Directors Association and Health Legislative Assistant for former Rep. Jim Corman. 

Mr. Capistrant earned a MA in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota and he also earned a BA from the same University.
Joshua L. Cohen, MD
Professor of Medicine, Interim Director
Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism
The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates

Dr. Joshua L. Cohen is Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine, and Interim Director of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Dr. Cohen received his M.D. at New York University School of Medicine and trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center.  He was a Medical Staff Fellow at the National Institutes of Arthritis, Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and an Endocrinology and Metabolism Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center.
Dr. Cohen is a Fellow of The American College of Physicians.  He is a member of professional societies including the American Diabetes Association, The Endocrine Society, The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and The American Thyroid Association.  Dr. Cohen is a US News & World Report ‘Top Doctor.’ He is listed in America’s Best Physicians and in Washingtonian magazine as one of the region’s leading endocrinologists.
Adam Darkins, MD, MPHM
Chief Consultant for Telehealth Services, Senior Fellow
VA Center for Innovation, U.S. Veterans Administration

Adam Darkins, MD, MPHM, leads VA's National Care Coordination/Telehealth Program. Under his leadership, VA has developed the clinical, technology and business underpinnings to successfully implement and sustain enterprise-wide, telehealth-based services that improve access to care for patients, reduce utilization of health care resources and are associated with very high levels of patient satisfaction.

Dr. Darkins trained as a neurosurgeon in the UK and undertook research for his doctoral thesis at UCLA in Los Angeles. He established and directed an early telehealth program based at the King's Fund in London that had links with Dartmouth Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital. As the Medical Director of Riverside Community Health Care, a provider of health care to 300,000 people in central London, he helped pioneer several major clinical developments involving new models of care including telehealth. Since August 1997 he has lived and worked permanently in the US.

Dr. Darkins has spoken widely on telehealth in the US, UK and continental Europe. He has published on telehealth topics including clinical risk management in telemedicine, developing a viable business case for telemedicine, contracting for telemedicine services and the physician/patient relationship in telemedicine. Dr. Darkins was a founding member of the Royal Society of Medicine's Telemedicine Forum and was an elected member of the Council of the Patient's Association in the UK.
Wendy Deibert, RN, BSN
Vice President, Telehealth Services

In her 29 years of nursing, Wendy Deibert has served as a bedside clinician, manager, senior consultant and operations director. Currently, she oversees and supervises the daily operations, nursing staff, and support personnel for Mercy Virtual. Since 2006, she has converted 450+ critical care and step-down beds to electronic ICU technology at 15 hospitals across five states. Mercy has launched 70+ telehealth projects across the healthcare continuum and beyond the Mercy Health System.  

Wendy joined Mercy in 2004 as a senior consultant with Mercy Technology Services in support of the Bridge medication system implementation and Cerner PowerChart nursing documentation at 10 hospitals.

Previously, Wendy worked with Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis in the areas of Neuro-ICU and Neurosurgery Acute Care from 1984 to 2004. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her nursing diploma from Barnes College of Nursing.

Wendy is the recipient of the 2011 Cindy Gregory Excellence in Leadership Award presented by Philips Healthcare and is a member of AACN, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses TeleICU Task Force, American Telemedicine Association, Telehealth Alliance in Oklahoma, Tele Acute and Critical Care.

Mary DeVany
Director of Telemedicine
Great Plains Telehealth Resource & Assistance Center

Mary DeVany is the Director for the Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center (GPTRAC), within the Institute of Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota. She has been involved with telemedicine activities since 1993 when she served as the state-wide telemedicine activities coordinator for the State of South Dakota. Since then she has served as the Director of Avera Telehealth and before that as the Telemedicine Coordinator for Sanford Health. 

Mary currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Telehealth and E-health Law. (http://ctel.cameocontent.com/video/40781394) She has served on the Telehealth Taskforce of the American Bar Association, was a member of the Health Care Practice Taskforce of the National Governors’ Association State Alliance for e-Health (2007-2008) and previously served as Board member and President of the Polycom User Group. She is also a member of the American Telemedicine Association. Mary has presented on various telehealth topics and has written and contributed to several articles regarding telehealth program implementation and applications.
David Doolan, MD, MBA
Chief Health Information Officer
Telstra Health

Dr David Doolan is Chief Health Information Officer for Telstra Health where is he responsible for leading clinical engagement and solution definition and design. Telstra Health’s mission is to create an eHealth ecosystem that improves the efficiency, quality and consumer convenience of healthcare in Australia.

Prior to joining Telstra, Dr Doolan was the Director, Clinical IT Support and Development for Hunter New England Health in New South Wales, Australia. He was responsible for selection, implementation and support of clinical information systems across 42 hospitals including metropolitan tertiary referral adult and children hospitals and rural and regional hospitals, as well as mental health and community services. Dr Doolan also led the design and implementation of clinical telehealth services including in home patient monitoring and support for tele-critical care and telestroke.

He has worked as a medical practitioner in hospital and primary care settings in Australia and the UK, as a management consultant, health planner and a hospital manager. In 1999 he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy and spent 12 months in the United States studying medical informatics. Dr Doolan has a Medical Degree, MBA and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.
Stacy Drew, MSN, RN
Diabetes Disease Manager
Telehealth Care and Care at Home Programs Population Health
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group

Stacy Drew is a diabetes disease manager for the Department of Population Health at Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers in San Diego, California.  She has her Masters in Nursing Informatics from Walden University, School of Nursing. She completed her Bachelors of Nursing at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was awarded the Mary Ito award for developing programs to educate staff members about chronic diseases. She has practiced nursing in a variety of positions before joining Sharp Rees-Stealy in her current role to improve the health of the population they serve in the San Diego area.
Jens Espeland, MD
Specialist in Primary Care, Palliative Care and Social Medicine

Jens Espeland, MD, is a specialist in Primary Care, Palliative Care and Social Medicine.
Over the past 4 years, he has worked with models of care for Remote Patient Monitoring
Amnon Gavish, PhD
Senior Vice President, Vertical Solutions

Amnon brings more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications market. Before joining Vidyo in 2009, he was the Chief Technology Officer at Keisense Inc., an innovator in the field of textual user interface for Computer Electronics devices. Previously, he served as Vice President of Business Development at RADVISION, where he was responsible for the company’s strategic partnerships and for the definition of the company’s product offering to the service providers market. Amnon was the CEO and co-Founder of Surf Communications, where he was responsible for all company activities, from product inception, through go-to-market strategy, strategic partnerships and sales. Amnon holds a Sc.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
Alexis Gilroy, JD
Jones Day

Alexis Gilroy advises health care and technology companies on health care and corporate matters with an emphasis on e-health topics (telemedicine, telehealth, and mobile health). She counsels and directs transactions involving venture capital, private equity, debt financing, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, management arrangements, physician engagement, hospital affiliation, and other general and complex contractual needs.

Alexis has broad experience with the practical and legal needs of health care companies, especially the unique legal issues faced by e-health companies. Prior to joining Jones Day, she managed more than 20 strategic M&A transactions for a publicly traded health care company that involved cyberknife, imaging centers, teleradiology companies, and radiation oncology centers. In addition, she advised on business strategy and implementation matters specific to e-health programs, business models, devices, and products; counseled on regulations regarding e-consults, online prescribing, patient consents, credentialing by proxy, corporate practice of medicine, physician supervision, reimbursement, anti-kickback, and licensure matters specific to e-health providers and businesses; developed and negotiated e-health specific customer, vendor, and affiliation contracts and documentation; structured research arrangements involving HIT (health information technology); and led strategy and communications with medical boards and other regulators and policy makers on e-health matters.

Alexis has spoken extensively on matters involving e-health, including testimony before legislative and regulatory bodies. She serves as chair of the Business & Finance Group of the American Telemedicine Association, appointee to the Maryland Governor's Telemedicine Taskforce, member of the Federation of State Medical Boards' workgroup on telehealth, board member of the Maryland Tech Council Foundation, and leader of the American Health Lawyer Association's E-Health and Telemedicine Affinity Group.
Don Graf
Director of Telemedicine
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan

Don Graf has over thirty years’ experience in healthcare administration sixteen of which has been in Telemedicine. Don is currently the Director of Telemedicine for UnitedHealthcare and for the past sixteen years has successfully developed telemedicine programs that closed service delivery gaps for patients living in rural western state communities.

Don’s recent accomplishments include the national best practice award from Medicaid Health Plans of America providing tele-neurology services to complex children on the Navajo Nation, publishing a nationally distributed barrier mitigation white paper and winning a national innovation award for remote patient monitoring. Don has also developed a Telemedicine Resource Training Manual and is currently developing an E Experience pilot to measure effects telemedicine, EMR, HIE, patient portals and electronic scheduling have on clinical efficiencies and outcomes.
Alan Greene
Executive Vice President
Alana Healthcare

Al is a Respiratory Care Professional that worked for 13 years in Critical Care at University of North Carolina Healthcare System in Chapel Hill, NC.  Al has over 23 years of sales, marketing and business development experience within medical device companies. He has lead and developed clinical education teams, sales teams and marketing teams in both domestic and foreign held corporations. Staying close to the changes in Healthcare and implementing programs that will improve care and reduce cost to the current Healthcare continuum, as well as having a positive impact on patient outcomes is his passion.

Al has an undergraduate degree in Respiratory Care from SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY, Completed the Executive Management Program at Kenan Flagler School of Business at UNC – Chapel Hill.

Al currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Alana Healthcare a Pulmonary Population Health Management Company headquartered in Nashville, TN.

HongLu Han
American International Telemedicine Center
Bernard A. Harris Jr., MD, MBA
President & CEO
Vesalius Ventures

Dr. Harris is currently Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., a venture capital firm that support and invest in early to mid-stage Healthcare technologies and companies.

He has had over twenty years of business experience, in various leadership roles as CEO, president, SVP and CMO of some of the leading companies and organizations in the nation. He is a member of the Board of Directors for U.S. Physical Therapy (NASDAQ: USPH), Sterling Bancshares (NASDAQ: SBIB), E-Cardio, RMD Networks, Monebo Technologies, American Institute Minimally Invasive Surgery (AIMIS) and the Space Agency.  In addition, Dr. Harris serves as a Director of a number of investment funds, including The Endowment Fund, Salient Absolute Return Fund, Salient MLP & Energy Infrastructure Fund, Salient Midstream & MLP Fund and Salient MF Trust, with over $18 billion in assets under management (AUM); and Board of Trustees of Babson Capital Global Short Duration High Yield Fund and Babson Capital Funds Trust with over $600m AUM.

Dr. Harris was at NASA for ten years, where he conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology and disuse osteoporosis.  Later, as Head of the Exercise Countermeasure Project, he conducted clinical investigations of space adaptation and developed in-flight medical devices to extend Astronaut stays in space, which involved the use of telemetry. A veteran astronaut for over eighteen years, he has logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space.  On his second flight, Dr. Harris conducted the first telemedicine conference from space with the Mayo Clinic and became the “First African American to walk in Space”. Dr. Harris served as Vice President and Chief Scientist of SPACEHAB, Inc., a venture-backed innovative space commercialization company where he directed the company’s space science business.  Later, he served as Vice President of Business Development for Space Media, Inc., an Informatics company, establishing an e-commerce initiative.

Dr. Harris earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Houston, a Master of Medical Science from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Houston and a Doctorate of Medicine from Texas Tech University School of Medicine.  He completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, a National Research Council Fellowship in Endocrinology at the NASA Ames Research Center and trained as a Flight Surgeon at the Aerospace School of Medicine, Brooks Air Force Base. He is also a licensed private pilot and certified scuba diver.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including honorary doctorates from Stony Brook University (SUNY), Morehouse School of Medicine, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and University of Hartford, NASA Space Flight Medal, NASA Award of Merit, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and was the recipient of the 2000 Horatio Alger Award.

Liz Helms
President and CEO
California Chronic Care Coalition

Liz Helms has over a decade of experience in the public relations field including, coalition building, grassroots advocacy, strategic planning and policy development. Her vision and breathe of issues has made her a leader in the health care arena and a recognized advocate in California, nationally as well as internationally.

Liz currently is the President/CEO of the California Chronic Care Coalition, an alliance of non-profit, social consumer and provider organizations united to improve the health of Californians with chronic conditions or diseases.  Liz was one of the co-founders the San Diego University of Best Practices where she coordinated and worked with all the medical groups and health systems working to make San Diego the first heart attack and stroke free zone in the country.  Liz was also instrumental in bringing the clinical pharmacist on the care team to the Right Care Initiative which won her the Michelotti Public Health Prize from the CA Pharmacy Foundation.  She co-founded the TMJ Society of California, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to bringing about changes in health care practices and laws to improve treatment for TMJ sufferers.  

Liz has been the catalyst within the chronic disease community working with the California administration’s health policy division on health care reform, including implementation of prevention, wellness and coordination of care.  In 2013 she was elected to the board of directors to the California Healthcare Performance Information System (CHPI) representing California’s consumers.
Kristi Henderson, DNP, NP-BC, FAEN
Chief Adv. Practice Officer / Director of Telehealth
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Dr. Henderson is the Chief Telehealth & Innovation Officer for the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). She holds dual appointments in the School of Medicine and School of Nursing at UMMC. A few of her accomplishments include: 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellow, the 2012 Mississippi Nurses Association recipient of the Nightingale Award for Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 2010 NP Advocate State Award and an "Edge Runner" by the American Academy of Nurses.

Dr. Henderson has spent her career as an administrator, educator, innovator, researcher and clinician. Her focus has primarily been on improving and coordinating the health care delivery system and the utilization of technology (telehealth) for improved access and coordination of care. INationally recognized, Dr. Henderson has testified at the White House and made numerous presentations on telehealth across the country. Dr. Henderson is regularly consulted by other state health care leaders, politicians, physicians, nurses, journalists and members of the academic community.

She serves as Chair of the American Telemedicine Association’s Institutional Council, Executive Director of the Mississippi Telehealth Association, Mississippi Health Information Network’s Board of Directors, Mississippi Insurance Exchange’s Health Care Providers Committee, MS Healthcare Solutions Institute, and the Mississippi Nurses Association’s Advanced Practice Nurse Committee. 

She received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, her master’s degree in nursing, from the Mississippi University for Women, and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mississippi College. She maintains national certification as a family and acute care nurse practitioner.

Katherine A. Konitzer
Chief Information Architect
Marshfield Clinic Information Systems
SSO Architecture and Terminology
Marshfield Health System

Kate A. Konitzer, MMI is the Chief Informatics Architect at Marshfield Clinic and has overseen the analytics practice since 2000.  She has implemented an analytics framework to support the development and implementation of population health management that includes quality metric evaluation, provider/patient attribution, outcomes evaluation and identification of the at risk population using predictive analytics, as well as key performance indicators, patient experience, revenue cycle and other analytic applications.  Kate has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and holds a master’s degree in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University.  

Elizabeth Krupinski, PhD
Professor & Vice Chair of Research Dept. Medical Imaging
University of Arizona

Dr. Krupinski is a Professor at the University of Arizona in the Departments of Radiology, Psychology and Public Health. She is Vice-Chair of Research & Education in the Department of Radiology. She received her BA from Cornell, MA from Montclair State and PhD from Temple, all in Experimental Psychology. Her interests are in medical image perception, observer performance, medical decision making, and human factors. She is also Associate Director of Evaluation for the Arizona Telemedicine Program and Director of the Southwest Telehealth Resource Center. She has published extensively in these areas, and has presented at conferences nationally and internationally. She is Past Chair of the SPIE Medical Imaging Conference, Past President of the American Telemedicine Association, Past Chair of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine, and President of the Medical Image Perception Society. She serves on a number of editorial boards for both radiology and telemedicine journals and is the Co-Editor of the Journal of Telemedicine & Telecare. She serves regularly as a grant reviewer for the NIH, DoD, TATRC and other federal, state and international funding agencies and has served as a member of a number of FDA review panels.
Nathaniel M. Lacktman, JD
Foley & Lardner LLP

Nathaniel Lacktman is a partner with Foley & Lardner and a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP). He is a member of the firm's Health Care Industry Team – named “Law Firm of the Year – Health Care Law” for the third consecutive year (2011-2014) by U.S. News and World Report. He is listed in 2013 and 2014 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, which says “clients are effusive in their praise” with one saying “I would describe Nate as the regulatory guidance expert.” One of his primary practice areas is telemedicine and telehealth.  He advises a range of providers – including hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and physician groups – on the emerging opportunities and regulatory issues presented by telemedicine.  He has advised clients on the following representative telemedicine matters:

He is a frequent speaker and author, and a member of the American Telemedicine Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Health Law Section of the Florida Bar, and the Health Law Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association. He received his law degree from the University of Southern California School of Law.
Terrence Lewis, JD
Associate Counsel
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Terrence Lewis serves as Associate Counsel for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (“UPMC”) and is assigned to the Physician Services Division of UPMC.  He has been providing legal services for UPMC since 2006.  Specifically, Mr. Lewis has been responsible for drafting and negotiating professional medical service agreements (with particular emphasis on telemedicine-related projects), federal contractor service agreements and providing counsel related to the Federal Stark Law, the Anti-Kickback Law, False Claims Act and other applicable federal and state laws and regulations.   
In addition, Mr. Lewis currently serves as the Chair for UPMC’s Enterprise Telemedicine Oversight Committee-Legal Subcommittee and is responsible for system-wide legal matters related to telemedicine, both domestically and internationally, involving 20 hospitals and over 3000 employed physicians.  He has finalized numerous telemedicine transactions in several medical sub-specialties including telestroke, telepathology, teleradiology, teleophthalmology, teledermatology and telewound.  Mr. Lewis regularly provides legal advice on many telemedicine-related issues including physician licensing and credentialing, online prescribing, billing and reimbursement, use of technology and compliance with applicable laws, indemnification and insurance issues, medical record and patient/privacy issues.   

Mr. Lewis is active in presenting on domestic and international telemedicine legal issues and has presented at telemedicine conferences throughout the U.S. and in Europe including at the invitation of the Royal Society of Medicine in London, United Kingdom.
In addition, he has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law since 2003.  Mr. Lewis is a 1993 graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and a 1996 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.

Mr. Lewis is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the American Telemedicine Association.
Jonathan Linkous
American Telemedicine Association

Mr. Linkous is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), based in Washington, DC. ATA is the leading international resource and advocate promoting the use of advanced remote medical technologies. As the chief staff executive of ATA since its inception in 1993, Mr. Linkous has lectured and written extensively on healthcare modernization, technology issues, emerging applications and market trends in the U.S. and around the world. He has served on a variety of national and international advisory bodies including the Hurricane Katrina Advisory Panel, the HHS Chronic Care Workgroup and the joint FCC-NTIA Advisory Committee on Communications Capabilities of Emergency Medical and Public Health Care Facilities.

Mr. Linkous has 30 years of experience in public policy related to healthcare, telecommunications and aging in both the corporate and public sectors.  In the private sector he served as a senior telecommunications consultant at Issue Dynamics and provided consulting services to many of the nation’s leading telecommunications, technology and healthcare companies. Previously, he served as a national leader in aging services as the Executive Director of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging and was a senior executive with the National Association of Regional Councils and the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Mr. Linkous holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the School of Government and Public Affairs at the American University in Washington, D.C with additional postgraduate work at the LBJ School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas.

Bryan Ludwig, MBA
Executive Vice President
NuView Health

Bryan Ludwig serves as Executive Vice President of NuVIEW Health. He has developed, implemented, and managed clinical programs in healthcare environments spanning numerous subspecialties—both on-site and via Telehealth. Ludwig has led development efforts of a physician services vertical that results in a streamlined process during program roll out and more effective ongoing program management.

Prior to co-founding NuVIEW Health, he was an Assistant Portfolio Manager and Credit Analyst focusing on the health care industry. Ludwig has wide-ranging financial experience having worked with a nationally recognized team of credit specialists focused on investing in the high yield, senior secured, bank loan market. He helped manage three Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLO) with assets of $1 billion under management and served on the Marketing Committee. Before this, Ludwig worked as an Associate at a boutique, mergers and acquisition investment bank serving middle market companies with enterprise values ranging from $10 to $300 million. Active in the community, he is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association of Southeast Florida, chairing the Student Teach Students program.

Ludwig holds a Master of Business Administration from The American University with a focus on healthcare services from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. He, also, holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance from Lehigh University's College of Business and Economics.

Rachel Mutrux
Director of Telehealth
University of Missouri Telehealth Network

Rachel Mutrux is the Senior Program Director of the Missouri Telehealth Network (MTN).  She has 12 years of telehealth experience, and has served in several roles within MTN.  She is responsible for sustainability of the program and the strategic planning and management of Missouri Telehealth Network.  Rachel is also the Missouri State Director of the Heartland Telehealth Resource Center and Operations Director of the Missouri HIT Assistance Center.  

Her telehealth work includes influencing policy issues affecting telehealth, providing expertise and advice to providers wishing to start telehealth projects, and consulting with healthcare administrators, economic development representatives, industries, the state, payers, and community leaders in an effort to develop a cohesive and productive plan for statewide telehealth initiatives in Missouri.

Steven Normandin
AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc.

Mr. Normandin joined AMD Telemedicine in 1991, was named Vice President and Director in 1994 and in 2006, Mr. Normandin led a management buyout of the clinical business of AMD Telemedicine and formed AMD Global Telemedicine, where he became President. Steve has over 25 years of management experience in various entrepreneurial ventures with primary focus on growing technology and service related businesses. As founder and President of Communicore, Inc., a 24-hour call center service business, he was responsible for management of the company through years of rapid growth until its final sale to a national concern in 1992. He was also Vice President of Operations for Custom Sentry Alarms, Inc, one of the largest privately held electronic security companies in New England until its sale in 1990.

Steve has presented at numerous telemedicine forums throughout North America, Africa and Asia. Steve is on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth in Zurich, Switzerland, a member of the Executive Committee of the American Telemedicine Association Industry Council and a member of the Board of Governors of Lowell General Hospital in Lowell, MA. He was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Canadian Society of Telehealth, the American Telemedicine Association, where he served as Chairman of the Industry Council, and on the Executive Board of Directors of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce. Steve also previously served on the AT&T Healthcare Executive Advisory Committee. In 2006 Steve was the first recipient of the annual “Industry Council Award for Leadership in the Advancement of Telemedicine” by the American Telemedicine Association. In 2011, Steve was elected into the American Telemedicine Association College of Fellows.
Sarah N. Pletcher, MD, MA
Medical Director for Telehealth
Dartmouth - Hitchcock

Dr. Pletcher is the Medical Director of the Center for Telehealth at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, which supports extension of population health focused telemedicine, mhealth, wellness, and provider outreach/educational efforts in the region; and Medical Director of Center for Rural Emergency Services and Trauma “CREST.” She holds academic appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Surgery and the Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.

Dr. Pletcher originally came to Dartmouth-Hitchcock in 2005 for surgical residency. Before her arrival at D-H, Dr. Pletcher worked for seven years in rural health care in Michigan, and before that for four years with the National Health Service at King’s College Hospital in London, England.  In medical school at Michigan State University, she implemented a statewide community resource network to link and serve six community hospitals and eleven counties across the state of Michigan and led or was an active participant on roughly a dozen community taskforces formed to address cancer screening, mental health, substance abuse, family violence and related  issues. While completing her Master’s Degree in medical school, Dr. Pletcher developed innovative medical educational courses addressing social and community needs for providers and students and convened and moderated nearly 100 panel discussions focused on health disparities before multidisciplinary audiences drawn from healthcare, state and local community agencies, and academic departments. Dr. Pletcher has also consulted on cultural competency, social needs, community resource networking, and population health for several projects funded by Medicaid, HRSA, NIH, and other federal agencies.  She has been a principal investigator or key personnel on approximately 15 million dollars of funding efforts- all aimed at telemedicine, innovation, medical education, or outreach program development-particularly for rural communities. 

At present, Dr. Pletcher is Principal Investigator on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services HRSA Outreach Grant FY12-15, to extend CREST programs and launch a multi-site tele- trauma program.   She is also Principal Investigator on a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services HRSA Affordable Care Act Outreach & Education Supplemental Grant FY13-14, HRSA-OAT Telehealth Network Grant Program FY13-16, HRSA Emergency Medical Services for Children Grant FY13-16, HRSA Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant FY13-16, and  (2)USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grants FY 13.

Laurie Poole, BScN, MHSA
Vice President, Telemedicine Solutions
Ontario Telemedicine Network

Laurie is the Vice President, Telemedicine Solutions at the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN). A strong advocate for the use of information, communications and technology in health care, Laurie has worked in the telehealth field for more than 12 years, providing leadership and oversight for a number of innovative telehealth programs in Canada.  Currently, she is leading a variety of projects aimed at expanding OTN’s service offering, including telehomecare, store forward, teleophthalmology, emergency telemedicine and PC-based videoconferencing. 

Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration, Laurie is a Past President of the Canadian Society of Telehealth (CST).  A well-regarded speaker, Laurie has presented at a number of national and international conferences and workshops.
Gnanagurudasan “Prakash” Prakasam, MD (USA) DCH (India) MRCP (UK) MHA (USA)
Medical Director
Pediatric Endocrine and Diabetes, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

Dr. Prakasam is a pediatric endocrinologist ,  ehealth expert, entrepreneur and self proclaimed standup comedian.

Dr. Prakasam holds several positions, including Medical Director for the Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Healthy Life Style program for children at the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, CA and is the President of Center of Excellence in Diabetes and Endocrinology, Sacramento, CA. He is currently a board member and immediate past president of the Leadership Council of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) in Northern California and also serves as a national committee member for ADA.

Center of Excellence in Diabetes and Endocrinology in Sacramento is one of the biggest private pediatric endocrine practices in the USA and operates in Northern California with multiple satellite offices taking care of more than 7500 children and young adults with over 1000 of them with diabetes. The practice has one of the biggest pediatric insulin pump program and a growth disorder program in the United States and is involved in several clinical trials in the field of diabetes and growth.
Additionally, he has organized several comprehensive pediatric endocrine CME programs in the US and is an active participant of CME programs around the world. He also serves an advisor, speaker and marketing consultant for several pharmaceutical companies, while running a unique patient support online program for children with diabetes, lifestyle issues and growth hormone deficiencies. 
He is involved in several different roles in health care related startups.

His areas of interest are social entrepreneurship, e-health, medical social networking, globalization of diabetes care and family centered care. He has authored and co-authored multiple papers and abstracts and was a member of the working committee involved in the first guideline, published in November 2011, about transitioning children with diabetes from pediatrics to adults.
Boris Rachev
Sr. Principal, Global Health Economist
Global Healthcare Group CSC

Boris Rachev is a published author and an experienced health economist and industry strategist with seventeen years of thought and team leadership in economic analysis, health economics, and program evaluation. Boris has a background in economics and commands vast knowledge and expertise in economic research methods such as economic modeling, econometrics, and quantitative analysis. He gained his experience working for the World Bank for Europe and Latin America regions, as well as for big public and private sector US consultancies and think tanks.  Throughout his career Boris has been involved in a variety of leadership and strategic research roles helping senior executives and managers formulate and execute successful business strategies. Boris has extensive US, UK, and global public and private health sector expertise. He holds a diploma from Stanford University and a graduate degree in economics and public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Currently he is a health economist with CSC’s Global Health Group and an individual member of ATA.
John Richardson, MD
Plenus Health Foundation

Michigan State College of Human Medicine
University of Oregon Medicine Intern
University of Washington Neurology Resident
NIH NeuroMuscular Diseases Fellow
University of Arizona College of Medicine Case Based Instructor
Concussion Recovery Centers
Plenum Health Foundation and Psychiatric Treatment Systems
Special Advisor to the Goodfield Foundation, Institute, the Hague
Herb Rogove, DO, FCCM, FACP
President & CEO
C3O Telemedicine

With over thirty years experience directing and establishing ICU, Hospitalist, Emergency Medicine and acute care telehealth programs, Dr. Rogove is a clinical thought-leader in the field of telehealth.  As President/Founder of C3O Telemedicine, one of the nation’s first multi-specialty telehealth physician service organizations, he has launched and continues to manage multiple telehealth networks and independent telehealth programs across the country in a wide variety of specialties with a targeted emphasis in Tele-ICU, Neurocritical Care, Tele-Stroke, Tele-Hospitalist, and Remote EEG interpretations.

Trained at the Cleveland Clinic and the University of Southern California, he has held faculty appointments at the University of Southern California, University of Pittsburgh, The Ohio State University and Ohio Health. He has lectured worldwide, published multiple peer-reviewed journals and is the author of Critical Care Medicines and several textbook chapters related to critical care medicine. Dr. Rogove a board member of the American Telemedicine Association since 2012, and named its Treasurer in 2014.   Dr. Rogove also serves on the editorial board of the ATA's international journal, Telemedicine and e-Health.

Hector Rodriguez, MBA
National Director, HLS Industry Technology Unit
Microsoft U.S. Public Sector Health & Life Sciences

Hector Rodriguez is the National Solution Sales Director for Microsoft’s Health & Life Sciences Industry Technology Unit. As an executive member of Microsoft’s Health & Life Sciences team, Hector focuses on the development and deployment of Microsoft’s Healthcare IT solutions and strategies. His team works with healthcare customers and partners to drive Health IT as a strategic business service that enables cost reduction while improving patient experiences and the quality of care. Hector began his career in 1982 as a software engineer at Bell Research Laboratories and has been in the IT business for over 30 years. Hector has an M.B.A. in Management Finance and Entrepreneurship and a B.S. in Computer Science.

James C. Rosser, MD, FACS
General Surgeon 
Celebration Health

James C. Rosser, Jr., MD, FACS is not your stereo-typical doctor. When not performing laparoscopic surgery to cure chronic heartburn and GERD, Dr. Rosser is pioneering new ways for physicians to take care of patients hundreds of miles away using telemedicine, or teaching his peers the value of "warming-up" before surgery using video games. Outside the O.R., Dr. Rosser’s vivacious attitude and gregarious demeanor have made him a welcomed media personality all over the world. He has given more than 350 invited international lectures, authored over 50 peer reviewed articles, and written over 16 chapters in books currently in print as well as 11 digital publications.
Jay Sanders, MD, FACP, FACAAI
President & CEO
The Global Telemedicine Group

Dr. Sanders is President and CEO of The Global Telemedicine Group, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Adjunct), and a founding board member of the American Telemedicine Association where he serves as President Emeritus.  He has served on the NASA Biological and Physical Research Advisory Committee, as a consultant to the NASA Space Communication Center and was the Scientific Director for the NASA Medical Informatics and Technology Applications Commercial Space Center.
Natasa Sokolovich, JD, MSHCPM
Executive Director, Telemedicine; Senior Director, Affiliated Physician Services
UPMC; UPMC's Physician Services Division

Natasa Sokolovich is currently Executive Director, Telemedicine for UPMC and Senior Director, Affiliated Physician Services, with UPMC’s Physician Services Division. The UPMC Health System, headquartered in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania is a $10 billion global health and integrated clinical delivery & finance system with 50,000 employees, 20 hospitals and over 400 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites.  UPMC also maintains its own international and commercial services division and provides health insurance benefits to over 2.2 million members.  UPMC recognizes that advances in technology which include telemedicine and telehealth are the pillars of future healthcare delivery.   

As Executive Director, Telemedicine, Natasa is responsible for overseeing the strategic expansion of UPMC’s Telemedicine program.  The UPMC Telemedicine program was initially launched with TeleStroke and TelePsych services and now includes over 16 clinical specialty services offered via Telemedicine.  The TeleStroke program spans 18 Hospital locations across Western Pennsylvania and Northeastern Maryland.  The most recent addition to UPMC’s Telemedicine program includes establishing multi-specialty, virtual clinics and launching a convenience care, web-based product to facilitate “on-demand” virtual visits.  As Senior Director, Affiliated Physician Services, Natasa oversees a program called- UPMC Practice Solutions, which provides a-la carte services to private- practice physicians throughout Western Pennsylvania.   

Prior to joining UPMC, Natasa spent over sixteen years working in various leadership positions in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industries.  Her professional experience includes working for Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi-Aventis, Roche Laboratories and prior to joining UPMC- Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., as Manager of Commercial Operations.  At Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Natasa was responsible for developing and providing strategic contracting and business direction to the Account Management team.  In addition, she was a member of the Executive Leadership team responsible for product pricing, marketing, and contracting with the National Wholesalers and GPOs.  In late 2009 and through early 2010, Natasa assisted with the successful sale and transition of Enzon’s pharmaceutical business to new ownership under Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals.   

Natasa’s education includes a dual major, Bachelor of Science, Magna cum Laude degree from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a Law Degree from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law.  Natasa maintains a license to practice Law in Pennsylvania.  Natasa also holds a Master of Science Degree in Healthcare Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.  Natasa was born in Slovenia and is fluent in Serbo-Croatian.  She currently resides in the city of Pittsburgh with her family.
Gigi Sorenson, RN, MSN
Director, Telehealth
Northern Arizona Healthcare

Gisele (Gigi) Sorenson, a graduate of Northern Illinois University with Master of Science in Nursing, is Director of Telehealth for Northern Arizona Healthcare; parent organization comprised of Flagstaff Medical Center, Verde Valley Medical Center (VVMC) and VVMC Sedona Campus.  Ms. Sorenson previously held Clinical and Administrative leadership roles in Cardiology, with expertise in interventional cardiology and open heart surgery program development.  As Telehealth Director, Ms. Sorenson is responsible for the inception of the program, strategic planning, and global operational responsibilities with NAH acting as both hub and spoke site with work in remote monitoring, outpatient and inpatient care delivery model development, and transitions planning using telemedicine.  Extensive partnership work on clinical telemedicine delivery has occurred with healthcare facilities of all scope and sizes across northern Arizona. She is actively involved in the American Telemedicine Association being current  Chair of the Business & Finance SIG and a member of the Arizona Telemedicine Council.
Latoya Thomas
Director, State Telehealth Policy
American Telemedicine Association

Latoya Thomas is the Director, State Telehealth Policy for the American Telemedicine Association.  In this capacity, she works with ATA members, affiliates, and state officials on legislative and regulatory issues affecting the use and deployment of telehealth services.  

Prior to joining the ATA, Latoya worked as an Associate Director of Government Affairs for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice to advance the use of technologies within the home health care industry, and also to ensure equitable access to health information technologies for all involved in the care continuum.  She served as Research and Communications Strategist for the National HIT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT) to promote their core message of using health IT as a tool to reduce health disparities, and improve patient engagement and access to care. 

Latoya holds a BS in Psychology from Howard University.
Mark VanderWerf
Vice President
Nonin Medical

Mark VanderWerf – Over 20 years VanderWerf has been a leader and advocate for Telemedicine and Telehealth.  He has worked with over 100 telemedicine and Telehealth programs in 60 countries. VanderWerf is an ATA Fellow, Chairman of the ATA Industry Council and a member of the ATA Board of Directors.
Win Vaughan, MBA
VP, Business Development and Financial Planning
CHI Virtual Health, Catholic Health Initiatives

Win Vaughan is a health care executive with over 25 years of experience in the industry.  Win is currently the VP of Business Development and Financial Planning for Catholic Health Initiatives’ (CHI’s) Virtual Health Services (VHS) organization. Prior to taking the VHS role in December 2012, Win worked in CHI’s Clinical Services Group and led the business development effort supporting CHI's national telehealth strategy resulting in the creation of VHS.  As the VP for Medical Imaging Service he developed and managed CHI's imaging program establishing a national imaging platform across the organization.  Prior to Win’s VHS and Clinical Services roles, he was responsible for planning, program office and finance in CHI’s information technology organization.  

Win currently serves on the American Telemedicine Association’s Institutional Council Executive Committee.

Win has an MBA in Health Administration from the Zicklin School of Business/Mt Sinai Medical Center in New York City and a BA from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.  Win lives with his wife and two daughters in Castle Pines, Colorado.

Nancy Vorhees, MSN
Northwest Health Partners, Inland Northwest Health Services

Nancy Vorhees brings experience in direct patient care, health care management, operations and education to Inland Northwest Health Services. At INHS, Nancy manages and directs Northwest Health Partners, which consists of several services of INHS including Northwest TeleHealth, Northwest MedStar, Community Health Education Resources and Children’s Miracle Network. All divisions under Nancy’s direction serve to integrate the delivery of healthcare services throughout the Inland Northwest. Regional economic development, removal of barriers to health care, quality care and customer satisfaction are the focus of her work.

Nancy is a registered nurse and has a masters of nursing degree.

Jian'an Wang, MD
President of the Second Affiliated Hospital
Zhejiang University

Dr. Jian’an Wang is the Chief of Heart Center, and the President of the Second Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine.  He is also a vice chief Committee Member of Chinese Society of Cardiovascular Diseases, deputy chief editor of Chinese Journal of Cardiology. He is honored as a Distinguished Expert of Zhejiang Province. He received the National Bethune Medal and the National Science and Technology Progress Award Second Place. He is also the chief scientist of the 973 projects, Chairman of Zhejiang Provincial Cardiology Association, Fellow of American College of Cardiology.  Dr. Jian’an Wang received his MD from Zhejiang Medical College, China, and won himself an opportunity to study Clinical Cardiology at Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong in 1992, and to get training in Interventional Cardiology at Loma Linda Hospital in the United States in 1993. He is one of the most famous clinical experts, medical researchers and educators. He studies the mechanism and intervention of cardiovascular diseases. He has focused his attention on stem cell therapy for cardiac infarction. He conducted and published the first clinical trial using bone-marrow derived stem cell to treat patients with dilated cardiomyopathy in China (2003). He has applied the technology into clinical trials. 


Yulun Wang, PhD
President, American Telemedicine Association
CEO, InTouch Health

Yulun Wang, Ph.D., Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, InTouch Health, launched his career at the intersection of healthcare and technology with the founding of Computer Motion, Inc. and the invention of AESOP, the first FDA-cleared surgical robot. Under his leadership, Computer Motion went public in 1997 and later merged with Intuitive Surgical to forge the multi-billion dollar surgical robotics industry. In 2002, Dr. Wang founded InTouch Health which has been recognized as one of the fastest growing healthcare and technology companies by the likes of Inc. 500 and Deloitte 500. Dr. Wang has received multiple entrepreneurship and leadership awards and was elected to the prestigious ranks of the National Academy of Engineering in 2011. Author to more than 50 publications and 100 registered patents, he is a member of the University of California, Santa Barbara's Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board, the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Board of Directors, and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Board of Directors, where he also serves as an officer. Frequently invited to speak at noteworthy meetings and events, Dr. Wang has appeared on the Today Show, CNN and other nationally televised news programs. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering specializing in Robotics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Luke Webster, MD
VP and Chief Medical Information Officer

Dr. Webster is the Vice President and Chief Medical Information Officer at CHRISTUS Health in Dallas, TX and has over 18 years of clinical and healthcare information technology experience. He previously held roles as both Medical Director and Physician Executive at two healthcare IT consulting firms. Dr. Webster was a senior physician and was instrumental in patient portal and clinical information systems implementations at the Southeast Permanente Medical Group in Atlanta. He earned a medical degree at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and completed residency at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and is board certified in Adult Psychiatry.

Zhao Dewei, MD
Vice President of Dalian University
President of Affiliated Zhongshan Hospital of Dalian University

Zhao Dewei, MD, professor, the vice president of Dalian University, the president of Affiliated Zhongshan Hospital of Dalian University, the leader of the bone surgical discipline in Liaoning Province, the vice president of Chinese Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, the vice chairman of the Chinese Microsurgery Society Standing Committee, the leader of the orthopedics microsurgical repair group of Chinese Orthopedic Association, the chairman of the bone defect and necrosis group of Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine Committee of reparative and reconstructive surgery, the deputy editor of Chinese Journal of Microsurgery, the editor of American Journal of Microsurgery .

He has worked  on orthopedics and microsurgery more than 30 years. He created over ten methods was to repair and reconstruct the femoral head during the treatment of avascular necrosis of femur head, which was published on several international journals, such as"BONE", Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research," Microsurgery".  He has been in charge of several projects including “the key techniques and product of new generation bone implant material” and “the key techniques of digital medical equipment applications in rural areas”, which were the National 11th and 12th  "Five-Year" Technology Support Programs, and a special item supported by The Health Ministry of China,  four items supported by Natural Science Foundation of China.  Because of his scientific research achievements, he has won the first prize of Science and Technology Progress Award Issued by the Ministry of Education once, the second prize of China Medical Science and Technology Progress Award once , the second prize of Enders Medical Science and Technology Progress Award twice, the first and second prize of Science and Technology Progress Award Issued by Liaoning Province and Dalian City. He has wrote ten books in medicine got over 10 patents and has 30 papers indexed by SCI(BONE and Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research,  and more than 160 papers in the national core journals .

Murray Zucker, MD
Senior Medical Director, TelePsychServices
Optum Behavioral Health

Dr. Murray Zucker is the Senior Medical Director for Telepsychiatry at Optum Behavioral Health (OBH), a division of United Health Group, the largest health care corporation in the United States.  He is based at the OBH corporate headquarters in San Francisco. Dr. Zucker brings many years of experience in health care delivery, medical behavioral integration, direct service, and academia to his position with TelePsychServices.  As Medical Director he oversees the clinical program, quality assurance program, outcomes measurement, and coordinates the participating clinicians.  He became involved in telepsychiatry nine years ago and led the behavioral program for a large Federal grant providing service to rural clinics in Northern California and performed over 2,500 telepsych visits.  He also serves on the American Telemedicine Association committee on direct to consumer mental health services.  

Dr. Zucker received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and then graduated University of Rochester School of Medicine.  Before specializing in psychiatry, he trained in general medicine and ran a medical clinic on an Indian reservation.  Then he pursued his psychiatric training at UCLA where he became a member of the faculty, started the Gero-Psychiatry Clinic, taught psychiatric residents, and was involved with Consultation Services with an empathize on bringing the benefits of behavioral health to the treatment of medical patients.  He also was the founder and leader of a large multi-disciplinary group practice in Los Angeles, started Eating disorder programs, and was consultant and behavioral spokesperson to the media.