Speakers

Speakers

Noor Ahmad

Noor Ahmad, MD is board certified in diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology. Dr. Ahmad is an assistant professor of radiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and an assistant attending radiologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Prior to medical school, Dr. Ahmad was a bioengineer and performed research within a tissue engineering laboratory. After medical school and radiology training at New York Medical College, where he served as chief resident, Dr. Ahmad received his training in vascular and interventional radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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Currently, Dr. Ahmad is the Director of Quality and Patient Safety for the Department of Radiology. His main focus and interests surround the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the fields of both Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, and specifically, how AI optimizes both workflow and quality within radiology and the general integration within complex hospital electronic medical systems.

Carlos A. Bacino

Carlos A. Bacino, MD is a tenured professor in Genetics and has more than 26 years of experience in the field of Medical Genetics and Pediatrics. He is boarded in Clinical Genetics and Genomics, Clinical Cytogenetics and Genomics, and Clinical Molecular and Genomics. He is currently the vice chair of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He has a long career experience in the field of birth defects, rare genetic disorders, and cytogenetics. He has published more than 220 peer reviewed articles in his field and is known world-wide. He is the chief of the Genetic Service, the director of the Genetics Clinic, and the director of the Angelman syndrome Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Graham T. Billingham

Graham T. Billingham, MD, FACEP, FAAEM attended Stanford University as an undergraduate in biology, medical school at UCLA Medical Center, and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is board certified and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Billingham has 30 years of experience as an emergency medicine physician. He speaks both nationally and internationally on medical malpractice and emerging risk. He has lectured in more than 300 CME courses on risk management, operations, documentation, patient safety, information technology, coding and billing, and malpractice prevention. As chief medical officer, he leads MedPro’s Patent Safety and Risk Services team. He is responsible for leading MedPro Group’s Healthcare Advisory Boards and supports clinical risk, claims, underwriting and sales efforts.

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Most recently Dr. Billingham served as president & CEO for EPIC RRG. He has also served on the physician advisory boards of several technology and insurance companies, the American College of Emergency Physicians Medical Legal Committee and Coding and Nomenclature Committee. He is Emeritus Chairman of the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation and has served on the Board of EDPMA. He founded and served as medical director for The Center for Emergency Medical Education and was a co-founder of the National Emergency Medicine Board Review Course.

Theonia K. Boyd

Theonia K. Boyd, MD is a pediatric pathologist with a longstanding academic interest in placental pathology associated with unexpected untoward pregnancy outcomes. She has been participating in medicolegal case reviews since 1996. Dr. Boyd emphasizes both the contributions and limitations of interpreting placental pathology in the context of cause and timing of clinically determined fetal/neonatal injury.

Sara Brundage

Sara Brundage, JD is an insurance coverage and litigation attorney who handles complex commercial disputes involving domestic and international commercial insurance companies, captives and risk-retention groups, self-insured entities, and other corporate entities on coverage, claim loss, cyber liability, and risk analysis. She has extensive experience handling insurance coverage and reinsurance matters for clients, including disputes arising out of professional and general liability, advertising, construction, data security and privacy, directors and officers, employment, environmental, errors and omissions, and products liability.

Jeffrey Coyle

Jeffrey Coyle, JD manages the U.S. Healthcare claims operations for Sompo International. He has more than 30 years of medical malpractice/professional liability experience with a proven track record as a leader in claims management. Prior to joining Sompo, he served as the vice president of Claims at a risk retention group comprised of leading academic medical centers. He was responsible for the oversight of medical malpractice claims emanating from more than 20 hospitals and 16,000 insured physicians. Prior to the RRG, Mr. Coyle worked at a leading insurance carrier in professional lines, including healthcare, financial institutions, national accounts, and in the coverage department, defending declaratory judgement actions. He practiced law in New York, defending physicians and hospitals. He received a Bachelor of Science from Fordham University and a JD from George Washington University. He is admitted to practice law in New York.

Mary D’Alton

Mary D’Alton, MD is Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief and Chair at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Specializing in Maternal Fetal Medicine, the majority of Dr. D’Alton’s practice focuses on patients with high-risk pregnancies due to complex fetal or maternal conditions. At NYP/CUIMC, she has implemented a multidisciplinary, coordinated approach to manage the highest risk pregnancies at the Carmen and John Thain Center for Prenatal Pediatrics, which opened in 2011, and the Mothers Center, which opened in May 2018. As chair of the Department of Ob/Gyn, Dr. D’Alton has worked to fill the gaps in women’s health, building and strengthening NYP/CUIMC’s programs in infertility, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, gynecologic oncology, family planning, and integrated women’s healthcare. Her work to advance education, research, clinical practice, and policy in women’s health has won national recognition, including her election to the National Academy of Medicine in 2013.

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As co-chair of ACOG District II’s Safe Motherhood Initiative since 2013, Dr. D’Alton has played a pivotal role in the effort to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in New York State and nationally. Dr. D’Alton has served as president of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (AGOS) and of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM), which honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2019, she was awarded the Seymour Milstein Distinguished Service Award. The author or contributor to more than 295 publications, Dr. D’Alton is co-editor of Seminars in Perinatology and has served on the editorial board of ACOG’s Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Steve Dapkus

Steve Dapkus is the vice president of Marketing for the ProAssurance Healthcare Professional Liability division with responsibility for Marketing, Communications, and Risk Management working out of the company headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama. He joined predecessor company Medical Assurance in 2001 after 2 years as a contractor in the Information Technology (I.T.) department. After 10 years as a programmer, project manager, and director for strategic initiatives in IT, he joined the Sales and Marketing team to lead web/digital operations. He was promoted to VP of Marketing in 2016. He’s on the Board of Girls Inc of Central Alabama and is a long-serving youth soccer coach for Birmingham United. He earned a BA from Wake Forest University in 1995.

Sara E. Dyson

Sara E. Dyson, JD, CPCU is the assistant vice president of Underwriting Operations & Risk Management for the Medmarc Insurance Group, which provides products liability insurance to the life sciences industry, primarily the manufacturers and distributors of medtech and pharmaceutical products. Ms. Dyson oversees the day-to-day management of Medmarc’s underwriting department, including its personnel and operations. She also manages Medmarc’s risk management department, which advises life sciences companies on products liability risk management strategies and assists with related specialty areas, such as FDA compliance, post-market surveillance, product safety, and recalls. She regularly performs evaluations of life sciences products and manufacturing operations to identify products liability risks and offer solutions to control potential losses and costs.

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Ms. Dyson is the author of numerous articles on products liability risk management that have appeared in industry media outlets, such as Medtech Intelligence and Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MDDI) magazines. In 2017, Ms. Dyson joined the Editorial Advisory Board of Medical Product Outsourcing (MPO) magazine. In 2012, Ms. Dyson joined the Health Sciences Council for Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL), a global independent safety organization that develops safety standards and certification programs for a variety of products.

Ms. Dyson received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and is a member of the Wisconsin and Virginia Bar Associations. She is also a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Kate L. Dzik

Kate L. Dzik, JD concentrates her practice on the defense of hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare providers against claims of medical and institutional negligence. For more than two decades, she has litigated birth injury cases, first on behalf of the plaintiff and then on behalf of the defense. This dual perspective provides her with unique insight into the medical and legal issues facing clients for analysis and defense of such high-exposure cases. The scope of her experience spans all aspects of birth injury litigation and involves collaboration with many different medical specialties in order to defend standard of care and determine mechanism and extent of injury.

John C. Evanko

Kate L. Dzik, John C. Evanko, MD, MBA Evanko, MD MBA joined MCIC Vermont in 2017 as senior vice president and chief medical officer. In April 2021, he was appointed executive vice president. As chief medical officer, Dr. Evanko is responsible for leading MCIC’s Patient Safety and Loss Prevention clinical initiatives. He is part of MCIC’s management team and oversees the company’s strategic direction. He has led multiple clinical transformation initiatives that align value, cost, and outcomes in physician and hospital performance metrics within large academic medical institutions. As a physician executive, he is passionate about high quality healthcare delivery with a focus on patient safety and patient experience.

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Prior to joining MCIC, Dr. Evanko was employed at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center since 1995. He is an accomplished physician executive who has served in multiple leadership roles while at NYP/Columbia University. He is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He served as OBGYN Division Director of the NYP/Allen Hospital, Division Director of Gynecology at NYP/CUMC, and as the vice president of Perioperative Services for NYP/CUMC. He served as associate chief medical Officer, vice president of Medical Affairs at Columbia University Medical Center and as chief medical officer, vice president of Medical Affairs at NYP/Lawrence Hospital before coming to MCIC.

Dr. Evanko received his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University. He graduated from New York Medical College and completed his internship and residency training at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. He obtained his Master of Business Administration from Columbia University Business School. He also completed The Medical Professional Liability Leadership Fellowship and The Health Management Academy GE Fellowship.

Shauna Gulley

Shauna Gulley, MD serves as senior vice president and chief clinical officer for Centura Health. In this role, Dr. Gulley provides overall strategic direction and sustained success of Centura Health in clinical excellence and value to support building whole person care and flourishing communities. Her work focuses on optimizing clinical quality and patient safety, building world-class clinical service lines, and promoting an agile, team-based culture where our mission remains at the forefront of all that we do. Additionally, Dr. Gulley served as the COVID-19 Incident Commander for Centura Health throughout the pandemic and cooperatively lead the state’s clinical response with the Colorado Health Systems CMO Collaborative.

Dr. Gulley has been a trusted physician and leader with Centura Health since 2009, starting her career as an internal medicine and pediatrics provider with the Centura Health Physician Group (CHPG) at Timberview Clinic in Parker, Colorado. Prior to her current role, she served as the group chief medical officer for the Denver Metro Operating Group and CMO at St. Anthony Hospital, and VP of Primary Care Strategy for the Centura Health Physician Group. In these roles, she amplified the strategic direction, leadership, and overall operational management of Centura Health’s incredible clinical care.

Dr. Gulley earned her medical doctorate from the University of Arizona College of Medicine where she was designated a Dean’s Scholar, and her MBA from the Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst.

James D. Hurley

James D. Hurley, ACAS, MAAA is a consulting actuary with Willis Towers Watson in its Atlanta office. He is an associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He holds a BS in actuarial science from The College of Insurance in New York City, having participated in its five-year work-study program. Mr. Hurley’s approximately 30 years of consulting experience in the insurance industry has been primarily focused on medical professional liability issues. Mr. Hurley is a former chairperson and member of the AAA subcommittee on medical professional liability and has testified in front of committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, as well as the state legislative bodies. He has also served as a member of the AAA Property/Casualty Risk Based Capital Working Group.

Jacob Ingerslev

Jacob Ingerslev is senior vice president of Cyber & Tech at Tokio Marine HCC – Cyber & Professional Lines Group and is responsible for continuing growth with a particular focus on broker relationships, ongoing technology innovation, and product development. Mr. Ingerslev has more than 20 years’ experience in a wide range of underwriting disciplines across the U.S., European, and Lloyd’s insurance markets. He most recently worked at the Hartford where he served as chief underwriting officer for the Cyber Risk and Technology E&O business for the last five years. Prior to this, he was head of U.S. Technology E&O, Cyber, and Media Liability at CNA, having first established CNA’s Cyber and Technology practice in Europe.

Michele J. Johns

J. Johns Michele J. Johns, Esq. was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1989. For the next 10 years she represented healthcare clients in litigation matters, including medical malpractice defense. She left private practice to join Indiana University Health, where she served for 21 years, first as associate general counsel and then as vice president and chief risk officer, as well as president of IU Health’s captive insurance companies. In the Fall of 2020, she joined The Cleveland Clinic as executive director of Enterprise Risk and Insurance, and as president of The Clinic’s captive insurance company, CCHS Indemnity Co.

Matthew P. Keris

Matthew P. Keris, JD has defended healthcare providers, large businesses, and device manufacturers for more than two decades. He is a shareholder in the firm’s Health Care Department and Chair of the Electronic Medical Record and Audit Trail Practice Group. He has the privilege of trying the first Pennsylvania civil jury trial to verdict during the COVID-19 Pandemic in July 2020. Mr. Keris has developed substantial expertise in electronic medical record (EMR) preservation, production, and discovery matters, having authored a book on the subject, Electronic Medical Records and Litigation, for Thomson Reuters and been interviewed by national media outlets, including NBC News.

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He also authored a peer-reviewed journal article Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Creates Real Risk Management and Litigation Issues for the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management. He serves as a resource for clients and the legal community on issues pertaining to the EMR and AI and his commentary is routinely sought by legal publications. Mr. Keris also serves as an editor of Patient Safety, a journal published by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. His counsel is routinely sought by healthcare providers, administrators, risk managers, claims professionals, defense counsel, medical societies, and governmental entities on issues pertaining to legal, ethical, and patient safety matters.

Known as a national leader of the defense bar, Mr. Keris previously served on the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI) Board of Directors as the Atlantic Region Director and is a member of the Steering Committee for its Annual Insurance Roundtable. After his term on the DRI Board expired, he was appointed and currently serves as president of the DRI Foundation, the charitable arm of the defense litigation organization. He is a former president of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute and continues to serve as the chair of the Medical Professional Liability Committee. He twice served as president of the Pennsylvania Association for Health Care Risk Management, and is an active member of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance and American Legal Connections

Bon Ku

Bon Ku, MD, MPP is the director of the Health Design Lab at Thomas Jefferson University where he created the first design thinking program at a medical school. He is the Marta and Robert Adelson Professor of Medicine and Design, the Associate Dean for Health & Design, and a practicing emergency physician. His work toward redesigning healthcare has been featured in The New York Times, CNBC, Architectural Digest, and Fast Company. Dr. Ku has spoken at conferences, academic medical centers, and universities around the world: SXSW, TEDx, Yale School of Management, American Institute of Architects, and Singapore Design Week. Dr. Ku is the host of the Design Lab Podcast, co-wrote the book, Health Design Thinking, with Ellen Lupton, and was a regular panelist on the primetime medical TV show Chasing the Cure with Ann Curry.

Manoj Kumar

Manoj Kumar leads Insurance Analytics at Genpact, based in the USA. Providing advisory and analytics support to Product, Finance, Claims, Underwriting, and Risk Management functions of leading Insurance companies. He helps clients leverage data to drive strategic decisions, identifying analytics opportunities, developing solutions, and implementing analytics solutions to drive value through analytics.

Christopher P. Landrigan

Christopher P. Landrigan, MD, MPH is the chief of General Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, director of the Sleep and Patient Safety Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He was a founding member of the Harvard Work Hours, Health, and Safety Group, the founding chair of the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) Network, a founder and Principal Investigator of the I-PASS Study Group, and a founder of the I-PASS Patient Safety Institute. Dr. Landrigan has led a series of groundbreaking studies on the epidemiology of medical errors, and interventions designed to reduce their incidence. His most important work has been focused on developing reliable patient safety measurement tools, and developing and implementing interventions to improve the safety of hospital care.

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His work on the relationship between resident work hours, sleep, and patient safety contributed to national changes in resident work hour standards. More recently, he led the development of I-PASS, a multi-faceted handoff and communication improvement program that AHRQ has described as the gold standard for safe handoffs of care; adapting it for use by physicians, nurses, and other providers in a wide range of healthcare settings; and implementing it. I-PASS has been adopted by pediatric and adult hospitals across the country.

Dr. Landrigan has authored more than 150 publications in the medical literature, and has received numerous awards for his research, teaching, leadership, and innovation. The I-PASS Study Group was the recipient in 2016 of the most prestigious patient safety awards in the country, the John M. Eisenberg Award for National Achievement in Patient Safety, from the Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum.

Alan Lembitz

Alan Lembitz, MD is the chief medical officer at COPIC. He has led the Patient Safety and Risk Management department at COPIC since 2002. His responsibilities include oversight of the 3Rs Program, the COPIC Resident Education Rotation, the library of CME educational activities (in-person seminars and on-demand courses), and the physician staffing of COPIC’s 24/7 Risk Management Hotline. Dr. Lembitz speaks locally, regionally, and nationally on disclosure of unanticipated medical outcomes, alternatives to tort, communication and resolution programs, specialty-specific risks and case studies, diagnostic errors, professionalism in medicine, and other timely topics in liability, patient safety, and risk. He was a contributor to the AHRQ CandOR program development and toolkit. He also authored articles in national journals and authored the chapter “Patient Safety Education in Graduate and Continuing Medical Education” in the textbook Patient Safety in Surgery.

Janel Loud-Mahany

Janel Loud-Mahany, AINS, AIS has been a COPIC employee since 2000. She is the senior vice president of Underwriting and Policyholder Services and has held several positions within the Underwriting department. Her experience includes oversight of operations and underwriting of business for all types of medical professional liability coverage. She has oversight of COPIC, a Risk Retention Group, leads customer service and is involved in COPIC’s market expansion initiatives, new market opportunities and operations. Ms. Loud-Mahany was born in Colorado and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and MBA from Regis University. She has a Certificate in General Insurance and is an Associate in Insurance Services. She has previously served on the Board for Howard Dental Center and the Arapahoe County Cultural Council.

Derek Parra

Derek Parra began roller skating in 1984, at age 14, in his hometown of San Bernardino, California. By 1996 he had become the most decorated athlete in the history of the sport. On wheels he was a three-time national champion, two-time over all World Champion, two-time World Record Holder and he earned 18 individual World Championship gold medals. He was the most decorated athlete at 1995 Pan-Am Games winning 5 gold, 2 silver, and a bronze medal. He had everything but an Olympic Medal. In 1996, he switched from inline skates to ice skates to chase his Olympic dream. Just two years later he earned a spot on the 1998 US Olympic Team.

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In February of 2001, a year before the 2002 Olympics, Mr. Parra won a silver medal at the World Single Distance Championships setting a new American Record and marking himself as “one to watch at the 2002 Olympic Games.” In late November at that same year he won a gold medal at the World Cup competition in Den Hague, Netherlands, and became one of America’s foremost medal contenders heading into the Olympics. In Salt Lake City he did not disappoint.

After being honored as one of only six athletes selected to carry the World Trade Center Flag in the Opening Ceremony, Mr. Parra was inspired by the magnitude of the moment. The following day, in a remarkable 5000-meter performance on opening day of the Games he briefly held the world record en route to a silver medal finish. That set the stage for a stunning world record finish and Olympic Gold Medal in the 1500-meter event.

Jaryl L. Rencher

Jaryl L. Rencher, JD has, for more than 20 years, represented insurance companies and their insureds, as well as corporate clients in all types and categories of claims and coverage, including medical malpractice defense. Based in Salt Lake City, he has represented physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers, skilled, acute, and long term care nursing facilities, hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Mr. Rencher frequently lectures on risk management issues and Utah Law Topics before groups of nursing and long-term care facilities, and medical, dental, and allied care professional associations. In past years he has also lectured at the University of Utah School of Medicine, the University of Utah School of Nursing, and he currently lectures yearly for the University of Utah Department of Family and Preventative Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program.

Karen S. Rheuban

Karen S. Rheuban, MD serves as professor of Pediatrics, senior associate dean for Continuing Medical Education and External Affairs and director of the University of Virginia Center for Telehealth, which she co-founded in 1995. The Center serves as the hub of a 155-site telemedicine network in the Commonwealth of Virginia, funded in part, by federal and state grants and contracts, and has supported ambulatory and specialty patient visits, e-consults, remote patient monitoring services and thousands of hours of health professional and patient education.

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Dr. Rheuban is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Telemedicine Association. She recently concluded two terms of service as chair of the Virginia Board of Medical Assistance Services (Medicaid). She chaired the 2020 Virginia Department of Health/Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association’s COVID-19 Response Telehealth Working Group. She led the Institute of Medicine Workshop on Telehealth, serves on the American Medical Association’s Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group, and the AAMC Telehealth Advisory Committee. Dr. Rheuban has previously testified before the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Virginia General Assembly regarding telehealth. With Dr. Elizabeth Krupinski, she co-edited the text “Understanding Telehealth”.

Dr. Rheuban is listed in the “Best Doctors in America” database and was profiled in the National Library of Medicine’s exhibit “Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians.” In 2017, the University of Virginia recognized her with its Thomas Jefferson Award.

Heather Riah

Heather Riah is the senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions Incorporated (CRICO). The CRICO insurance program includes all of the Harvard medical institutions and their affiliates, providing coverage to 35 hospitals, 16,000 physicians, more than 325 other healthcare organizations, and in excess of 140,000 other clinicians and employees.

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As an executive leader for CRICO, Ms. Riah is responsible for the efficient and effective execution of key strategic initiatives across all divisions of the organization with direct oversight for the Information Technology, Candello, Facilities, Human Resource, and Communication Departments. She has been with CRICO since 1996, and during her tenure here, she has served in a number of roles, consistently championing collaboration and the importance of leveraging data for decision making and measurement.

Angela R. Standish

Angela R. Standish, JD assists clients in insurance coverage and claim management, with a focus on representing international insurers and reinsurers. She has experience in complex litigation, including class action, in a variety of arenas including wage and hour, billing, and privacy. She also has significant experience in the healthcare industry having served as associate general counsel for a large midwestern health system for 20 years before returning to private practice.

Gregory Stein

Gregory Stein, JD, FIP a Fellow of Information Privacy, advises on all types of matters related to cybersecurity protections, incident response preparedness, and innovative uses of technology at Cleveland Clinic. Beginning more than a decade ago in private practice before joining Cleveland Clinic, he has negotiated agreements requiring privacy and security controls for emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence, Internet of Things devices, and cloud-based platforms. At Cleveland Clinic, he consults on global privacy and security issues under HIPAA, GDPR, and other international data protection laws and works with broad group of stakeholders to implement processes and standards to comply with such laws.

Christopher J. Willis

Christopher J. Willis is the founder and president of Wholesale Brokerage Insurance, LLC with a specialty is professional insurance. As a broker with more than 25 years of experience negotiating placements for insured’s worldwide, he has worked for some of the largest wholesale brokerage firms in the world, overseeing professional insurance divisions. His core focus is cyber liability, technology liability, public, private & non-profit management liability and diversified financial Institutions insurance. His expertise is in the creation of exclusive programs, forms and coverage analysis, risk management and education. Mr. Willis holds a Bachelor of Science with honors degree from Babson College.

Barry Wolfield

Barry Wolfield is an accomplished healthcare leader who is working across the industry in several dimensions. At Slalom Consulting, he is a managing director within their Healthcare Practice and leads the Boston-based Data and Analytics Practice. At Northeastern University, he is an adjunct lecturer within their Bouvé College of Health Sciences where he teaches courses on Healthcare Informatics. As an investor with Boston Harbor Angels, he focuses on advising analytics focused healthcare startups including being a board member at Heads Up Health.

Elaine Ziemba

Elaine Ziemba, MHA, JD is currently the chief risk officer and vice president for Stanford Medicine, the Palo Alto, California, based academic healthcare delivery system. In that role she is responsible for the enterprise’s management, operations, and strategic risk functions. In addition to the management of two distinct captive risk financing entities, the risk function is responsible for all insurance purchases and management, all claims and litigation activities, risk management consultation and education, management and risk mitigation oversight of the Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP), and claims administration within the Workers’ Compensation Program.

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Ms. Ziemba has been associated with Stanford Medicine for 10 years. Prior experience includes executive leadership positions within large healthcare systems, academic medical centers, professional liability insurance organizations, and third-party administration firms. A frequent speaker and author, she has focused on blending the theoretical, legal/regulatory and operational frameworks with a practical approach to managing the ever-changing healthcare landscape.

Ms. Ziemba holds a BA degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, a Master’s Degree in health care administration from George Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from Golden Gate University. She currently serves on the Board of the American Hospital Association’s Risk Management Society (ASHRM) and the Board of the Hawaii Captive Insurance Council (HCIC).