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.

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. 

John Henderson

Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Children's Hospital, Orange County

A seasoned information technology (IT) leader, Henderson has a successful track record of guiding cohesive teams in the design, deployment, administration and enhancement of enterprise IT applications and infrastructures.

Most recently, Henderson served as an assistant vice president at Texas Children’s Hospital. There, he was responsible for IT operations, including business and clinical application delivery, business intelligence and analytics, and infrastructure technology.

Henderson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Houston and an MBA from Texas A&M University. He’s a member of numerous professional associations, including College Healthcare Information Management Executives, Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society, and Association for Executives Healthcare IT Applications, for which he serves on the advisory board. In 2011, he received the CIO 100 Innovation Award.

Dan Howard, CHCIO, MBA, PMP 

Site Chief Information Officer
Loma Linda University Health

Dan Howard has 20+ years of experience in healthcare IT coupled with 8 years of clinical RN experience prior to his transition into a technology role.  Prior to joining Loma Linda University Health he held senior technology and leadership roles with FIS Global’s healthcare revenue cycle division and Kaiser Permanente.  Previously he held various roles as a technology consultant for Neutrogena, State Farm and Fox Sports WEST.

In his role at Loma Linda University Health, Dan serves as the senior information services executive responsible for IS leadership and management of LLUH’s affiliate / partner hospitals.  Special areas of focus include extending LLUH’s Epic CareConnect platform, CIN outreach, global IS governance and collaborating on the LLUH transformation leadership program. 

Dan maintains active memberships in CHIME and PMI and is the elected hospital-at-large representative for the Inland Empire regional HIE.  Dan has an Associate degree in Nursing from WWCC, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from CSUSB and an MBA degree from the University of Redlands.

Chris Joerg

Chief Information Security Officer
Cedars-Sinai Health System

Chris Joerg is the Chief Information Security Officer for Cedars-Sinai Health System. Joerg has worked for two decades as an information security industry expert with a record of developing, running and improving information security strategy, organizations and infrastructure. Most recently, he worked at UNISYS, a global information technology company, where he was responsible for global information security.

Joerg also held leadership positions at ISS - IBM, Caesar's Entertainment Corporation and CompuCom Systems. He holds a master's degree in management from Texas A&M.

Scott Joslyn

Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer
MemorialCare Health System

Scott Joslyn is the Senior Vice President and CIO of MemorialCare, a $2.2 billion integrated health care delivery system with over 220 sites of care. MemorialCare’s operations include 5 hospitals, 10 freestanding imaging centers, 9 freestanding ambulatory surgery centers, 13 dialysis centers, a medical group, an IPA, and a health plan serving Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Beyond his IT responsibility, Scott oversees MemorialCare’s research function with some 350 active studies representing 39 service lines and 28 specialties. Scott is also a board member of Summation Health Ventures, a venture capital fund and joint venture with Cedars Sinai Medical Center that invests in and oversees promising start-up and young companies that develop products and services in various healthcare market segments. In that capacity, Scott’s service includes membership on company boards and advisory committees.

Scott holds a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the University of the Pacific, and a Master of Business Administration from UCLA. He has taught health care information technology at California State University, Long Beach, and the University of Southern California.  He is an active and long-standing member of CHIME, HIMSS, and other industry groups.

Eric Just

Senior Vice President, Clinical Analytics and Decision Support
Health Catalyst

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.

Ken Lawonn

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Sharp HealthCare

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.

Kara Marx

Vice President of Applications
Sharp HealthCare

Kara Marx is Vice President of Applications at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego. Sharp HealthCare is a not for profit health system with 18,000 employees that are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of patient-centered care. The health system consists of four acute care hospitals, three specialty hospitals, two affiliated medical groups and a full spectrum of other services.

Prior to joining Sharp HealthCare, Kara was the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for 9 years at Methodist Hospital Southern California which is located in the greater Los Angeles area. She has worked as a consultant with several consulting firms including IBM and First Consulting Group where she had the opportunity to engage with many leading health care organizations across the country. Kara also has experience working with a major health care IT software vendor holding many different positions which further expanded her unique background of clinical practice, consulting and software development/implementation.

Kara is a Registered Nurse and has a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Sciences. As a Registered Nurse Kara spent many years providing patient care in the ambulatory and acute care setting on the East Coast. During this time she also held management positions for a large physicians practice establishing new service offerings to the community.

Kara is actively involved in many industry organizations including HIMSS, CHIME, SIM and ACHE of which she is a Fellow in HIMSS and ACHE. Additionally, she has served on several Advisory Boards including the O’Neil Center, KLAS Research and Qwest Diagnostics, and has also taught at University of Southern California, Price School of Public Health. In her community she has served on the board of directors for the CNY Alzheimer’s Association and often serves as a mentor to HIT students. She has been named on the list of Top 100 Women in HIT in both 2016 and 2017.

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
CAPG

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.

Sarah Richardson

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
Mayo Clinic

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.

Wayne Sass, MBA, PhD, CHCIO, CPHIMS, PMP

Vice President of IT and Chief Information Officer
Monarch HealthCare

Wayne Sass serves as Vice President of IT and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Monarch HealthCare, an ambulatory care delivery organization of OptumCare. An Adjunct Professor in USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy’s Executive Master of Health Administration (EMHA) program, Wayne is also a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and a CHIME Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO). Additionally, he is a HIMSS Certified Professional in Health Information Systems (CPHIMS), Health Information Technology (CPHIT), Electronic Health Records (CPEHR), and is a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP). With more than 20 years of leadership service, Wayne is an experienced healthcare executive specializing in building new teams and turning around under-performing ones.

Wayne’s prior healthcare leadership experience includes executive management roles with MemorialCare Health System, Nautilus Healthcare Management Group, Greater Newport Physicians, Hoag Hospital, DaVita, and PacifiCare. Prior to his career in healthcare Wayne worked as a Computer Scientist in the IT services industry, as both a Senior Systems Analyst and Quality Assurance Engineer in the defense aerospace industry, and commanded an Air Cavalry troop in the United States Army.

A native Virginian, Wayne received all his higher education there, earning his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech, his MBA from Liberty University, and his PhD in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. He is also a Fellow of the Beta Phi International Literary Society. Wayne is passionate about encouraging and modeling leader development and intentional lifelong learning

Amy M. Sitapati, MD

Chief Medical Information Officer, Population Health
UCSD 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.

Karen Testman, RN

Chief Financial Officer
MemorialCare Health System

Karen Testman is the Chief Financial Officer of MemorialCare, a $2.2 billion integrated health care delivery system with over 220 sites of care. MemorialCare’s operations include 5 hospitals, 10 freestanding imaging centers, 9 freestanding ambulatory surgery centers, 13 dialysis centers, a medical group, an IPA, and a health plan serving Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The hospitals include a nationally-renowned teaching hospital, one of the country’s 10 largest children’s hospitals, a nation’s top 50 hospital, hospitals consistently voted as the Best in Orange County, and the West’s second-largest hospital campus and one of just a handful in the U.S. with an adult and children’s hospital on the same campus.

Karen joined MemorialCare two decades ago. Prior to her current position, she served as Senior Vice President of Financial Operations for MemorialCare, responsible for overseeing financial operations and various system-wide consolidated functions. Prior to joining MemorialCare she was the Regional Director of Finance for Catholic Healthcare West (now Dignity Health). 

Karen spent the first five years of her finance career in public accounting as an auditor for Arthur Andersen & Co. focusing on health care clients and began her career in healthcare as a Registered Nurse. She received her nursing degree from Loma Linda University and her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Loma Linda University.

A frequent speaker, she has served on keynote panels for Becker’s Healthcare, Healthcare Financial Management Association and HealthLeaders annual conferences, among others. She is also frequently quoted in national magazines, health care business publications, and local and national media outlets.

Kevin Torres

Vice President, Information Technology
MemorialCare Health System

Kevin Torres graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters in Public Administration with a healthcare concentration. He began his career in at Santa Marta Hospital (Carondelet Health) as a Data Systems Operator and later accepted a position as an Information Systems Coordinator at San Pedro Peninsula Hospital, and was later promoted to Information Systems Manager. As a result of a merger with Little Company of Mary Health Services (Providence Health System) in 1993, Mr. Torres was promoted to Corporate Director of Information Systems. He was responsible for implementing an information system to support the vertical integration strategy of the health delivery network. In June of 1998, Kevin became Executive Director of Information Services for Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and is a key member of the senior executive management team.

In 2005, Kevin was promoted to V.P. Information Technology for MemorialCare with responsibilities for all entities within the MemorialCare Health System. He was on the faculty (as an Adjunct Professor) at California State University, Long Beach (2002-2012) in the HealthCare Administration program and has created many internship opportunities. He has published several Information Technology articles and co-authored an article in the International Journal of Public Administration. Kevin is on the Advisory Board for The Children’s Clinic of Long Beach and is an active fund raiser for the March of Dimes and was designated Orange County “top walker/fundraiser” three years in a row. In 2016, Kevin was featured in Cisco’s case study for Hyper-converged technology:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VshvTXyhC0U