CMIO Event - Virtual Health Today - Speaker Bios

Dr. Arta Bakshandeh DO, MA, is a board certified Internal Medicine Physician and Chief Medical Information Officer for Alignment Healthcare, headquartered in Southern California. Dr. Bakshandeh is tasked with the development and implementation of Alignment Healthcare’s machine learning and data analytics platform, home monitoring programs and clinical models for patients with a variety of chronic diseases. He serves as the clinician leader of AHC's data science team and responsible for building actionable machine learning solutions. He is also assistant clinical professor of Internal Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), where he lectures physician assistant students in the USC Physician Assistant Program on a variety of topics including artificial intelligence in medicine.


Maryam Gholami is Vice President, Head of product, design and development for digital innovations at Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH). She brings over 15 years of experience in building technology products and companies, leading multidisciplinary teams including product, design, and engineering, within well-established companies and start-ups such as Microsoft, Practice Fusion and Zoi Health. At PSJH, she is responsible for the incubation and growth of the consumer digital products portfolio and also applications of advanced technologies such as AI and machine learning to bring access and convenience to consumers, simplify caregiving and increase operational efficiency. With almost 10 years of experience in machine learning and artificial intelligence including information retrieval, recommendation engines, NLP, voice, and computer vision, Maryam has been instrumental in moving healthcare forward with AI. Some of her most recent work includes AI-enabled HIPAA compliant voice skills through partnership with Amazon Alexa, digital health assistant chatbot for navigation and triage, and applications of computer vision in digital payment and registration.


Greg Smith is the Virtual Health Lead for Accenture Consulting. Greg has more than 25 years creating value across provider, payer and life science companies through successful program management, developing people, and successfully delivering health transformation strategies and technology platforms.

During his career Greg has served as an expert panelist for the National Institute of Health – Health of the Populations regarding virtual health, telemedicine and telehealth. He has provided virtual health direction to a variety of providers, payers and life science companies as well as to the Veterans Administration, state hospital associations and departments of health, as well as the Office of Rural Health Policy and other federal agencies. Greg has published several articles and books as well as presented at numerous conferences.


Sunita Mishra. MD, MBA, is the Chief Executive of Express Care. The portfolio consists of 40+ retail clinics, the direct to consumer virtual and at home services. She has also works closely with the product team in Strategy and Innovation department to develop technology that can enhance the Express Care patient and provider experience. 

Prior to this role, she was Medical Director of Innovation where she was responsible for vetting and piloting technology solutions for the medical group to transform the PSJH delivery model.

Dr. Mishra came to Providence by way of Swedish where she was an internist / primary care physician. She is passionate about re-designing primary care such that doctors and patients can connect in a more meaningful way. Prior to this, she  practiced medicine in Singapore.


Omid Toloui is Vice President of Digital Health at CareMore Health, an innovative care delivery system subsidiary of Anthem, Inc. with $1.4B revenue and over 200,000 patients in 11 states. Omid joined CareMore in 2016 to develop and execute a multi-year strategy to enable next-generation care delivery through digital transformation. He leads CareMore’s Digital Innovation, Virtual Care and Remote Patient Monitoring activities.

Previously, Omid was a founding member of Altegra Health where he served as its Senior Director of Product Management. At Altegra, Omid led cross functional teams responsible for the development, marketing and growth of six products that combined data aggregation and analytics with unique member engagement, digital health technologies and reporting capabilities to achieve actionable insights and improved management for value-based healthcare. Altegra Health was acquired by Emdeon in July 2015.

Prior to joining Altegra, Omid founded and led Sinaiko Healthcare Consulting’s Strategic Analytics practice. As a consultant he specialized in complex projects spanning multiple disciplines requiring a thorough understanding of the healthcare marketplace, strategy and the challenges facing patients, providers, payers and investors.

Omid earned his Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Health in Health Services Management, Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology and Minor in Italian degrees from UCLA.


Dr. Samir Qamar is the CEO of MedWand, a telemedicine device company, and also CEO of MedLion Clinic, a Virtual Primary Care company.

In 2014 Dr. Qamar invented the MedWand, portable new technology that allows clinicians to medically examine patients during telemedicine visits. Featuring ten diagnostic instruments in a handheld unit, MedWand was noted by Frost & Sullivan as one of 2015’s top 10 healthcare disrupters, winner of the 2015 Health 2.0 Launch event, and cited by Forbes as one of 5 healthcare tech startups to watch in 2016. MedWand completed development in 2019 and is attracting global attention with its ability to examine patients anywhere over the Internet.

Prior to MedLion and MedWand, Dr. Qamar operated one of the nation's first concierge practices in Monterey, California, where he also served as the official House Doctor for the famed Pebble Beach Resorts. Thereafter, he was one of the founders of the Direct Primary Care (DPC) industry when we began one of the nation’s first DPC companies, MedLion. He is a consultant to the American Academy of Family Physicians, adviser to state governments on healthcare legislation, and adviser to several Fortune 100 tech companies. Dr. Qamar completed his family medicine training at Penn Medicine-Lancaster General Hospital, one of the nation’s best primary care programs. His healthcare visions have been referenced in Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Forbes, Medscape, and other publications. Dr. Qamar grew up around the world the son of U.N. diplomats, speaks five languages, and currently resides in Nevada.


Lu Ann Talley is Director of Strategic Partnerships & Innovation for InTouch Health. Lu Ann collaborates with health care partners to virtualize care across the care continuum to drive value-based care and population health. Prior to joining InTouch, Lu Ann was the Chief Strategy Officer for Providence Health & Services, Southern California, where she led strategy and innovation, clinical program and network development, affiliations, partnerships and joint ventures. Previously, Lu Ann was a Partner with KPMG’s Health Care Consulting practice focused on creating business strategies, affiliations, mergers and acquisitions for large health care organizations. She has also held strategic planning positions with Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Dignity Health, and Kaiser Permanente Southern California. Lu Ann has a Master of Science in Health Policy & Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pennsylvania.


Dr. Alan Young is the current HIMSS SoCal CMIO Committee Chair and the Chief Medical Officer at GYANT, a healthcare technology company focused on virtual health to scale AI solutions across health systems. After completing a dual MD/MBA degree program at USC's Keck School of Medicine & Marshall School of Business, he obtained his medical license during his Orthopedic Surgery residency. He previously worked as a physician at Kaiser Permanente Medical Group and Henry Mayo Hospital and in leadership roles with Deloitte Consulting, Slalom, Accenture and USC Care Medical Group. Currently, he continues to practice medicine in Los Angeles and serves on the Steering Committee at ScaleLA while advising healthcare startups.