10th Annual CIO Forum - Speaker Bios
Anthony Chang, MD, MBA, MPH, MS
Chief Intelligence & Innovation Officer
Sharon Disney Lund Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute (MI3) at CHOC Children's
Dr. Chang attended Johns Hopkins University for his B.A. in molecular biology prior to entering Georgetown University School of Medicine for his M.D. He then completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center and his pediatric cardiology fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He accepted a position as attending cardiologist in the cardiovascular intensive care unit of Boston Children’s Hospital and as assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. He has been the medical director of several pediatric cardiac intensive care programs (including Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Miami Children’s Hospital, and Texas Children’s Hospital).
He is currently the Chief Intelligence and Innovation Officer and Medical Director of the Heart Failure Program at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. He has also been named a Physician of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Association multiple years.
He is the founder of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society (PCICS) that launched the multi-disciplinary focus on cardiac intensive care for children. He is also the founder of the Asia-Pacific Pediatric Cardiac Society (APPCS), which united pediatric cardiologists and cardiac surgeons from 24 Asian countries and launched a biennial meeting in Asia that now draws over 1,000 attendees.
He is the founder and medical director of the nascent Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute (MI3) that is supported by the Sharon Disney Lund Foundation. The institute is dedicated to implement data science and artificial intelligence in medicine and is the first institute of its kind in a hospital. The new institute is concomitantly dedicated to facilitate innovation in children and health care all over the world.
Andy Crowder, CHCIO
Corporate SVP & Chief Information Officer
Andy currently serves as the Corporate SVP & Chief Information Officer for Scripps Health. In his role, he has accountability for the deployment of Epic Inpatient and Ambulatory applications for the health system.
Prior to joining Scripps Health, Crowder served as the SVP and CIO for Maine Health, orchestrating an eleven hospital Epic Implementation and IS Transformation initiative.
Formerly, Crowder served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Florida Hospital, one of America’s largest hospitals. With more than 2,100 beds, the seven-hospital system admits more patients annually than any other hospital in the U.S. and is the largest provider of Medicare services. In addition to overseeing Information Technology, Crowder oversaw Performance Improvement and Shared Services functions including biomedical, facilities, construction, environmental and nutritional services. Before serving as the SVP & CIO, Crowder also held the position of Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for several years.
In addition to his wide-ranging experience within Healthcare, he served as the Chief Information Officer for Central Florida Investment and Westgate Resorts from 1998-2003. He also served in various engineering roles with IBM from 1987-1994 ranging from classified DOD projects, product support and presales technical engineering.
William W. Feaster, MD, MBA
Chief Health Information Officer
CHOC Children’s Hospital
Dr. Feaster is Chief Health Information Officer at CHOC Children’s Hospital. He came to CHOC as CMIO in 2012 from Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Dr. Feaster has been involved in Information Technology for over forty years, and has helped several hospitals where he’s worked implement information systems. Dr. Feaster received his MBA in 1993 and has held several medical administrative positions.
One of his many roles at CHOC is to help design and implement technology to support population management, both for current and future well and “at risk” populations. He also directs CHOC’s analytics team which supports hospital operations, clinical care and CHOC’s medical intelligence initiatives. He oversees CHOC’s clinical informatics team and has helped guide the organization through MU Stage 2 readiness and the organization’s HIMSS Stage 7 EMR Adoption designation, Most Wired status and the 2016 HIMSS Davies Award.
During his clinical career, Dr. Feaster has maintained busy practices in Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Anesthesia. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics, Anesthesia and Clinical Informatics.
Senior Vice President, Clinical Analytics and Decision Support
Eric is a Senior Vice President for Product Development at Health Catalyst. His team is responsible for a broad portfolio of applications including a patient registry platform, patient safety decision support, and incorporating new technologies like machine learning and natural language processing.
Eric has spent the majority of his career innovating technology to improve healthcare and health sciences. During the early part of his career, he built a genomics data resource to support a global research community at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Then Eric transitioned to the clinical data warehouse team at Northwestern as one of the principal architects and ensuring the data warehouse was effectively leveraged to power outcomes research, care improvement, and recruitment of patients into research studies.
Since joining Health Catalyst in 2011 as the fifth employee, Eric has enjoyed a variety of roles within the company. Outside of work, he is a dedicated husband and dad and is involved in school, sports, and enjoying outdoor life in his adopted hometown of Salt Lake City.
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Ken Lawonn is the senior vice president and chief information officer for Sharp HealthCare. In his role he is responsible for continuing to move Sharp forward in the implementation of advanced technologies to support the transformation of healthcare through the Sharp Experience. He joined the Sharp team in February 2014.
Lawonn has over 35 years’ experience in healthcare technology leadership. Prior to joining Sharp, Lawonn served as the senior vice president for strategy and technology at Alegent Creighton Health in Omaha, NE. Under his leadership, Alegent was recognized as a leader in the deployment of technology to support integrated clinical care. Lawonn also served as the vice president and chief information officer for Banner Health and Lutheran Health Systems in Fargo, ND.
Spyro Mousses, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Sharon Disney Lund Medical Intelligence and Innovation Institute (MI3) at CHOC Children's
Dr. Mousses received his BSc in Pharmacology and Toxicology, MSc and PhD in Molecular Pathogenesis and Genetics of Cancer, from the University of Toronto, Canada. He served as Staff Scientist at the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health where he led a program in cancer genome scanning and high throughput technology development (1998-2002). After serving at the NIH, he joined the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) at the inception of the Institute as one of the founding scientists (2002-2013).
Most recently, he served as Vice President for Innovation at TGen, where he developed and managed industry partnerships to co-develop innovative molecular medicine solutions and initiatives with industry. He also served as TGen’s Director of the Pharmaceutical Genomics Division, where he led the development of more than 30 programs and directly collaborated with multiple pharmaceutical industry sponsors (including Lilly, GSK, Novartis, SanofiAventis, BMS, AstraZeneca) to drive research programs and conduct pharmacogenomics studies in support of drug discovery and development.
At TGen, he founded multiple biotech and IT companies including; Systems Medicine Inc. – a biotech company acquired by Cell Therapeutics Inc. in Seattle WA; MedTrust Online Inc. – acquired by Annai Systems Inc. Los Gatos, CA. As Director of TGen’s Center for BioIntelligence, his team invented the BioIntelligence Framework, a game changing knowledge-computing platform. At the end of 2013, the BioIntelligence vision was mature enough to be industrialized, so TGen’s Center for BioIntelligence was spun-off. On January 2014, Systems Imagination Inc. (SII) was formed to commercialize that vision, and the SII team spun out of TGen to begin offering industrial scale services to enterprises and collaborative groups. Currently, Dr. Mousses serves on the board of SII, and serves as an executive advisor for multiple companies ranging from start-ups to large pharmaceutical companies. As an executive scientific advisor at CHOC, Dr. Mousses is also focused on creating a culture of innovation at CHOC, to enable both CHOC and the international pediatrics community to accelerate the process of driving innovations from mind to market.
Amy Nguyen Howell, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Amy Nguyen Howell is a board-certified family practice physician. She currently oversees all clinical programs at CAPG and supports advocacy work in Sacramento, CA and Washington, DC. She was most recently tapped to be a member of the Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for the MACRA Measurement Development Program, and she is a leader on the Population Based Payment Workgroup, as part of the Healthcare Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN), recommending national guidelines for an effective population based payment model. Additionally, she sits on the steering committee of the Core Quality Measurement Collaborative with AHIP and CMS and chairs the Patient Experience/ Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) Core Measure Set Workgroup and participates on the ACO/PCMH and Pediatric Workgroups, setting national core measures for patient activation. Further, she contributes to the Population Health Management, Clinical Programs, and Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Advisory Committees at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), which provides guidance on provider quality measures and requirements. Finally, Dr. Nguyen is an adjunct faculty member at USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and teaches a Master’s-level class on quality of care.
She is a member of the Board of Directors at California Healthcare Performance Information System and serves as member of the Steering Committee at the California Quality Collaborative of the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH). The national and regional committees provide structure for an innovative coordinated delivery model focused on payment reform and integrated person-centric care.
Dr. Amy Nguyen graduated with honors from Howard University School of Medicine and is board-certified in family medicine with training completed at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Afterwards, she received her Masters in Business Administration at University of California-Fresno State, with an emphasis on Finance. She is a National Health Service Corps Scholar and Ambassador and Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
CA Market CIO
DaVita Medical Group
Sarah is one of those people who ‘gets things done’ and has a penchant for bringing out the best in people. With an enthusiastic and genuinely friendly attitude, Sarah radiates a sincere passion for delivering value and benefits to the teams she leads and serves. She has built award-winning teams and has been recognized by The Kansas City Business Journal as a ‘Woman Who Means Business’, a “Next Gen Leader’, and a ‘Rising Star’ by KC Business Magazine.
With a B.S. in Hospitality Administration and a Master’s in Business, Sarah spent six years in the hotel and casino industry in Las Vegas, NV, before making the purposeful decision that she could make a larger impact on more people if she moved into the healthcare industry. Her first 5 years in healthcare began as an IT Administrator at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, NV, where she then began her ten-year career with HCA (Hospital Corporation of America).
Currently, Sarah serves as the CA Market CIO for DaVita Medical Group in El Segundo, CA. Since 1992, HealthCare Partners has been committed to developing innovative models of healthcare delivery that improve their patients' quality of life while containing healthcare costs. Their strength is in their steadfast commitment to their guiding principle of coordinated care. Their physicians strive daily to bring the benefits of coordinated care to more than 600,000 managed care patients in California, who represent the diversity of cultures, socioeconomic groups, ages, and health statuses in the communities they serve.
Christopher Ross, MBA
Chief Information Officer
Cris Ross has 30 years prior experience in healthcare, technology, and government. Prior to joining Mayo Clinic he held technology and business leadership roles with Surescripts, MinuteClinic, and UnitedHealth Group. Previously he held various roles as a tech entrepreneur, financial manager, and Congressional aide.
He is chairman of the Board of the eHealth Initiative, and serves on the Boards of Directors of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and Zipnosis, an emerging telehealth vendor. He was a member of the Health IT Standards Committee for the U.S. Department of Human Services from 2009-2016.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Minnesota and MBA degree from the Yale School of Management.
Amy M. Sitapati, MD
Chief Medical Information Officer, Population Health
Dr. Amy Sitapati is the Chief Medical Information Officer of Population Health at the University of California San Diego. She currently shares responsibility for strategic planning related to ACO, CIN, MSSP, MACRA, and PRIME. She also has oversight of the Population Health team and has created more than 45 active patient registries.