Demystifying Precision Medicine and Current Patient Applications - Speaker Bios

Ian McCrae

Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Orion Health

Ian McCrae founded Orion Health in 1993, an award-winning, global provider of healthcare information technology advancing population health and precision medicine solutions for personalised care across the entire health ecosystem. Passionate about the role that technology plays in making personalised healthcare a reality, Ian leads ground-breaking technology focused on digitally enabling and integrating health systems. He spearheaded the development of the company’s flagship products--Rhapsody Integration Engine and Amadeus, a big data could-based platform--which help manage more than a 100 million patients records globally. His teams deliver patient-centred healthcare and quality health outcomes that help clinicians improve care and help patients live healthier lives. holds a Masters in Engineering Science and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Clara Lajonchere, PhD

Deputy Director, UCLA Institute for Precision Health
Adjunct Professor in the Department of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

Clara Lajonchere, PhD is the Deputy Director for the UCLA Institute for Precision Health and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Her background reflects a wide range of professional, clinical, and research activities across CNS disorders. She has spent her career on cross-cutting issues in psychiatric genetics and translational medicine. Through the Institute, Dr. Lajonchere is working collaboratively with thought leaders across the state of California to advance precision medicine and improve outcomes for patients. Prior to UCLA, Dr. Lajonchere held faculty appointments at USC and Keck School of Medicine where she served as Director of the NIH Center for Genomic and Phenomic Studies in Autism and conducted research on models for dissemination of scientific information to underserved populations, including the Latino community. She also served as VP of Clinical Programs for Autism Speaks for over a decade where she oversaw a diverse portfolio of basic science and clinical programs. More recently, she served as the Chief Scientific Officer for Cognoa, Inc, a digital healthcare company in Palo Alto and consults for several tech start-ups in the autism space focused on AI, robotics, and targeted therapeutics.

Phillip LaJoie, PMP, CGB, CISSP 

Director of Operations 

Phillip LaJoie is the Director of Operations for 2BPrecise. LaJoie brings over a decade of senior level technical experience as both a Chief Information Officer and a Chief Technology Officer within the public and private sectors. In his role as CTO within the Military Health System, he led the data sharing initiative between Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). While serving as CIO for the Navy’s largest medical facility, Balboa Hospital, LaJoie was responsible for deploying the military’s largest and most complex medical simulation center. LaJoie has vast expertise in evaluating and implementing medical information technology within hospital systems, in large-scale data center optimization and in design and implementation of virtual private networks.

Chris Hobson, MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer 
Orion Health

Dr. Chris Hobson, MD MBA is the Chief Medical Officer with Orion Health. He had key areas of responsibility for the clinical direction of Orion Health products and solutions and ensures the protection of patient safety and privacy in everything Orion Health does. He is a primary care practitioner and internist certified in healthcare informatics. He has extensive international clinical, technical and policy-level expertise, drawing from his background successfully developing and implementing health information technology globally. He is a regular presenter at industry events internationally; in addition to his responsibilities for patient safety and privacy, he has active interests in care coordination, population health and disease management.

Bora Chang, MD

Chief Executive Office, Co-founder

As the Founder and CEO of kelaHealth, Bora Chang drives toward improving surgical care by enabling a predictive, proactive, and tailored approach to patient care. Bora has overseen the early product development and led the commercialization process of the technology. As the Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation’s Small Business Technology Transfer grant, an industry expert for the NSF Smart and Connected Health panels, and a trained physician, her clinical and scientific expertise have informed the integration of the product into the point-of-care clinical workflow. Bora holds a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Washington and a MD from Duke University School of Medicine.

KēlaHealth is a software platform embedded within the electronic health record to improve surgical care in a comprehensive way. We provide accurate prediction of patient risk, curate highly effective preventative interventions to mitigate that risk, and automate extraction of clinical outcomes for timely feedback. We work alongside surgical teams to decrease complications, readmissions and ultimately, bring the patient safely through the surgical journey.

Victor Brodsky, MD

Medical Director of Information Systems
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Victor Brodsky, MD is a Medical Director of Information Systems at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Previously, Dr. Brodsky has served as the Medical Director of Informatics and Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, as well as the Assistant Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Prior to that, Dr. Brodsky was the first pathology informatics fellow in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after completing his Anatomic Pathology residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City following his graduation from the combined seven-year BA/MD program at Boston University in 2005.

Dr. Brodsky is the co-chair of the Education Committee of the Association for Pathology Informatics (API) and has served as the co-Chair of Health Level 7 (HL7) Anatomic Pathology Working Group while acting as a liaison to HL7 from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for over 7 years. He has been involved in the creation of the upcoming AUTO14 laboratory barcoding standard by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) and has also served on Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Laboratory Reporting Workgroup, advising for US government's Meaningful Use program.

Dr. Brodsky is among the authors of the Pathology Informatics Essentials for Residents (PIER) curriculum ( ) and is the architect of the open source "Order" laboratory management web platform used by Weill Cornell and Cedars-Sinai ( ), which includes the pathology resident call log book, translational research review, and other systems.

Jaclyn A Biegel, PhD, FACMG

Division Chief of Genomic Medicine,  Director of the Center for Personalized Medicine
Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Professor of Clinical Pathology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Jaclyn A Biegel, PhD, FACMG is the Division Chief of Genomic Medicine and the Director of the Center for Personalized Medicine in the Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Professor of Clinical Pathology at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining CHLA in 2015, Dr. Biegel was a Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and was the founding director of the Cancer Cytogenetics Laboratory at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She recently served as editor-in-chief of Cancer Genetics, and is a member of the International System for Cytogenetic Nomenclature committee. Dr. Biegel’s primary research interests are related to predisposition to childhood cancer, with a focus on pediatric rhabdoid tumors and brain tumors.


Alan S. Young, MD, MBA, PMP

Chair, CMIO Committee

Dr. Alan Young is a physician leader with a strong clinical and business consulting background. He studied Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at UCLA. After completing a dual MD/MBA degree program at USC's Keck School of Medicine and Marshall School of Business, he obtained his medical license during his Orthopedic Surgery residency. Combining his passion for business and medicine, he served as a national healthcare subject matter expert Specialist Senior Consultant with Deloitte Consulting LLP while providing surgical physician services at Southern California Kaiser Permanente. At USC Care Medical Group he was the Director of Operations Strategy and Special Projects and then served as Regional Director of Client Relations with Sagacious Consultants and as a Senior Manager with Accenture. Currently the Client Service Leader for Slalom Consulting in LA and also leads the LA Chapter of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs and is the CMIO Committee Chair for So-Cal HIMSS.