Alumni Spotlight is pleased to announce The Top 100 Healthcare Executives of 2021. We recognize these extraordinary individuals for their positive impact on patients, communities, and their colleagues in the healthcare field. They are the cornerstone of patient care and operational excellence at each of the facilities and companies they lead. This year’s awardees guide medical centers and hospitals, health insurance groups, medical technology companies as well as other healthcare organizations and show their continuous dedication year after year. Their depth of knowledge, focus and collaboration has led to their career successes.

Kayode Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine, leads their organization in medical superiority and world-class care. Maurie Markman, President of Medicine and Science at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, guides their teams into new territories with advancements in cancer care and treatment delivery. Monika Roots, Co-Founder, President and Chief Medical Officer of Bend Health, has dedicated herself to providing easy access to expert mental health treatment for individuals and families in 32 states. Not only do they commit their time and energy to the healthcare field, but their work also provides hope and healing to so many in need. Their leadership is a crucial piece to the healthcare field and provides a foundation for continuous improvement and progress for individuals across the country.

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1. Hemal Gada
UPMC Pinnacle

Hemal Gada began his professional career over 16 years ago. Today, he is the President of the Heart and Vascular Institute of UPMC Pinnacle. The largest non-governmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates 92,000 employees, 40 hospitals and 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites. They are a nationally recognized leader in providing high-quality, patient-centered health care services in central Pennsylvania and surrounding rural communities.

Gada first got his start in 2005 as an internal medicine resident at Washington University School of Medicine. From there, he went on to Cleveland Clinic, before eventually becoming an assistant professor of medicine at Rutgers University, his most recent position prior to joining UPMC Pinnacle. Gada graduated from the University of Michigan - Stephen M. Ross School of Business with an MBA and from the University of Michigan Medical School with an MD.

 

3. Laura Reed
Fairview Health Services

Laura Reed began her professional career over 28 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Nurse Executive and President of Hospitals of Fairview Health Services. Fairview Health is the newly expanded academic health system that represents a collaboration among the University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Physicians, and Fairview Health Services.

Reed first got her start in 1993 as a department personnel specialist for nursing at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. From there, she went on to Mercy Medical Center, before eventually rising to chief nurse executive and chief operating officer at ThedaCare, her most recent position prior to joining Fairview Health Services. Reed graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a doctorate in nursing and from the University of Iowa with an MBA and MSN.

 

7. Brian Powers
Humana

Brian Powers is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Humana, a health insurance company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Originally founded in 1961 as a nursing home operator, the company transitioned into owning and managing hospitals, then to health insurance plans in the 1980s.

Previously, Powers was an internal medicine physician at Newton Wellesley Hospital and before that a director for population health strategy and analytics at Anthem. Earlier in his career he worked with CareMore Health as a delivery innovation lead. Powers earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and an undergraduate degree in history from Bowdoin College.

 

9. Kayode Williams
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Kayode Williams is the Chief Medical Officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine. He first joined the health system in 2005 as director for off-site pain management. Johns Hopkins Medicine is a governing structure for the University’s School of Medicine and the health system, coordinating their research, teaching, patient care, and related enterprises.

Previously, Williams was a lecturer in anesthesiology and pain medicine at University of Michigan and before that a clinical assistant at Joyce Green Hospital. Earlier in his career he worked with Baptist Medical Center as a physician. Williams earned an MBA from the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree in medicine and surgery from College of Medicine University of Lagos.

 

10. Maurie Markman
Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Maurie Markman began his professional career 44 years ago. Today, he is the President of Medicine and Science at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA). CTCA has continued to help lead the way in changing the delivery of cancer care, providing each patient a comprehensive treatment plan tailored specifically to his or her needs, goals and lifestyle.

Markman first got his start in 1977 as a chief resident of internal medicine at Bellevue Hospital-New York University Medical Center. From there, he went on to the National Cancer Institute before eventually rising to chairman for the Department of Gynecologic Medical Oncology at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Markman graduated from New York University with a master’s degree in health policy and management, from New York University School of Medicine with an MD and from the University of Southern California with an undergraduate degree in biology.

 

12. Andrew Gerber
Silver Hill Hospital

Andrew Gerber is the President and Medical Director of Silver Hill Hospital. Silver Hill Hospital is a nationally recognized, independent, not-for-profit psychiatric hospital located in New Canaan, Connecticut. Silver Hill Hospital provides treatment for adolescents and adults with psychiatric and substance use disorders.

Previously, Gerber was an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and before that a medical director and chief operating officer at Austin Riggs Center. Earlier in his career he worked with Brain Imaging Lab, NYSPI and Columbia University as a clinical fellow. Gerber earned a PhD in psychology from the University College London, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and an undergraduate degree in physics from Yale University.

 

14. Scott Nygaard
Lee Health

Scott Nygaard is the Chief Operating Officer of Lee Health. He first joined the health system in 2010 as chief medical officer for physician services and network development. Lee Health is the leading provider of health care in Southwest Florida and serves the citizens of Lee County and surrounding communities.

Previously, Nygaard was a senior vice president for corporate services at Via Christi Health and before that a chief medical officer at Affinity Health System. Earlier in his career he worked with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as a resident of internal medicine. Nygaard earned an MBA from the University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, an MD from the University of Minnesota Medical School, and an undergraduate degree in biology from Hamline University.

 

16. Scott Sasser
Prisma Health

Scott Sasser began his professional career 22 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Prisma Health. Prisma Health is the largest not-for-profit health organization in South Carolina, serving more than 1.2 million patients annually. The health system has their center focus on being the difference to inspire and serve with compassion.

Sasser first got his start in 1999 as a medical director at American Medical Center. From there, he went on to Emirates Palomar Medical Technology Services, before eventually rising to a professor for emergency medicine at University of South Carolina, his most recent position prior to joining Prisma Health. Sasser graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine with an MD and from Auburn University with an undergraduate degree in accounting.

 

17. Connie Price
Denver Health

Connie Price is the Chief Medical Officer of Denver Health. Denver Health is an integrated, efficient, high-quality academic health care system that is considered a model for the nation. Price has over 26 years of experience in the hospital and healthcare field. She began her career in 1996.

Before joining Denver Health, Price was an associate director for microbiology and infectious diseases research at NorthShore University HealthSystem and before that an epidemiologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Earlier in her career she worked with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine as a resident in internal medicine. Price graduated from Northwestern University with an MD and from Beloit College with an undergraduate degree in biochemistry.

 

19. Roger Bies
Dignity Health

Roger Bies is the Chief Medical Officer of Dignity Health. Dignity Health provides quality, compassionate health care at more than 40 hospitals and care centers serving communities across California, Arizona, and Nevada. Bies has 29 years of experience in the hospital and healthcare field. He began his career in 1992.

Before joining Dignity Health, Bies was a senior managing partner at Central Arizona Heart Specialists and before that a founder and executive director at the Heart Health Organization. Earlier in his career he worked with the Institute of Molecular Genetics as a professor. Bies graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine with an MD and from the University of Colorado Denver with an undergraduate degree in chemistry and biology.

 

20. Roger Kapoor
Beloit Health System

Roger Kapoor is the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Beloit Health System. Beloit Health System is an independent community health system serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. They offer world-class facilities and services to improve the overall health of the communities they serve with cornerstones for quality, engagement, integrity, and patient satisfaction. Kapoor began his career with Beloit in 2013.

Prior to his current roles, Kapoor was a medical director, vice president and dermatologist. Kapoor graduated from The George Washington University with an MD and from the University of Oxford with an MBA.

 

22. Robert Insoft
Women & Infants Hospital

Robert Insoft began his professional career over 23 years ago. Today, he is the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Women & Infants Hospital. Women & Infants is a premier hospital for women and newborn children. It is the nation’s eighth busiest stand-alone obstetrical service and operates one of the nation’s largest single-family room neonatal intensive care units.

In 1998 Insoft served as a medical director at Partners HealthCare. From there, he went on to Brown University, his most recent position prior to joining Women & Infants Hospital. Insoft graduated from Boston University with an MD.

 

25. William Chasanov
Beebe Healthcare

William Chasanov is the Chief Population Health Officer and Physician in Chief of Beebe Healthcare. Beebe Healthcare offers an array of inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and diagnostic services in Delaware. Chasanov has over 14 years of experience in the hospital and healthcare field. He began his career in 2007.

Before joining Beebe Healthcare, Chasanov was an infectious disease physician at Cooper University Health Care and before that an internal medicine physician at Christiana Care Health System. Chasanov graduated from the University of Delaware with an MBA, from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with an MD, and from the University of Delaware with an undergraduate degree in biological sciences and chemistry.

 

26. Phyllis Mason
Natchitoches Regional Medical Center

Phyllis Mason is the Chief Medical Officer of Natchitoches Regional Medical Center. Natchitoches Regional Medical Center serves Natchitoches, Winn, and Sabine parishes of Louisiana. They offer a continuum of care from newborns to centennials and are solely focused on the wellbeing of all those entrusted to their care.

Mason graduated from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center with an MD, from the University of Texas at Tyler with an MPA and from Grambling State University with an undergraduate degree in chemistry.

 

28. Gil Ortega
HonorHealth

Gil Ortega is the Vice Chief of Staff of HonorHealth. He first joined the health system in 2017 as surgery vice chair. With more than 3,000 expert physicians, 12,000 dedicated employees, and 3,000 caring volunteers, HonorHealth continues to strengthen the community, making sure that everyone has access to quality healthcare.

Previously, Ortega was an adjunct professor for orthopaedics at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and before that a president at Infinitude Inc. Earlier in his career he worked with Arizona State University as a sports medicine advisory team orthopaedic consultant. Ortega earned an MD and MPH from Yale University School of Medicine and an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Houston.

 

31. Michael Zinaman
NYC Health + Hospitals

Michael Zinaman began his professional career 36 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Medical Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals. NYC Health + Hospitals is the nation’s largest public health care delivery system. They are an integrated network of hospitals, trauma centers, neighborhood health centers, nursing homes, and post-acute care centers.

Zinaman first got his start in 1985 as a consultant for Clinical Gynecology Service at The National Institutes of Health. From there, he went on to Georgetown University Medical Center, before eventually rising to chairman for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, his most recent position prior to joining NYC Health + Hospitals. Zinaman graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Public Health with an MD and from the University of Rochester with an undergraduate degree in general biology.

 

33. David Weiser
Genesis Health Group

David Weiser is the President of Genesis Health Group. He first joined the health group in 2012 as an administrative fellow. Genesis Health, located in Iowa, exists to provide compassionate, quality health services to all those in need. It contains 665 inpatient beds across the entire health system and employs 5,500 people.

Previously, Weiser was a vice president for operations at Centura Health, and before that a patient service specialist at Scott and White. Earlier in his career he worked with Baylor Health Care System as a patient care assistant. Weiser earned a master’s degree in health and healthcare administration & management and an undergraduate degree in general biomedical services from Texas A&M University.

 

35. James Wantuck
PlushCare

James Wantuck is the Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of PlushCare. PlushCare provides same-day doctor’s appointments from wherever the patients are. Patients can book a visit to see a doctor from the top 50 U.S. medical schools or see a therapist through their online therapy program. Wantuck has 11 years of experience in the healthcare field. He began his career in 2010.

Before joining PlushCare, Wantuck was an assistant professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and before that a physician at Palo Alto VA Hospital. Earlier in his career he worked with Stanford University Medical Center as a resident physician. Wantuck graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with an MD and from the University of Pittsburgh with an undergraduate degree in chemistry and neuroscience.

 

36. Monika Roots
Bend Health

Monika Roots began her professional career 13 years ago. Today, she is the Co-Founder, President and Chief Medical Officer of Bend Health. Bend Health is a new healthcare company launched to increase access and reduce the cost of expert mental health care for families.

Roots first got her start in 2008 as a child/adolescent psychiatrist at Aris Clinic. From there, she went on to Plymouth Psych Group, before eventually rising to chief medical officer at Sanvello, her most recent position prior to joining Bend Health. Roots graduated from the University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine with an MD and from Carleton College with an undergraduate degree in psychology.

 

38. Bethany Kranitzky
Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Bethany Kranitzky is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Mount Sinai Beth Israel is a teaching hospital founded in 1889 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. They are known for their unique approach to combining medical excellence with clinical innovation. Kranitzky has over 13 years of experience in the hospital and healthcare field. She began her career in 2008.

Before joining Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Kranitzky was an attending physician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and before that an internal medicine resident at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Kranitzky graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine with an MD and from Butler University with an undergraduate degree in chemistry.

 

40. Marco Vega
Forefront Behavioral Health

Marco Vega is the Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Forefront Behavioral Health. Forefront Behavioral Health was created to provide the highest quality psychiatric care to the people they serve. They understand that talking about mental health can be challenging and confusing for so many.

Previously, Vega was a psychiatrist at Tropical Texas Behavioral Health and before that a psychiatrist at Tenet Healthcare. Vega earned an MD from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and an undergraduate degree in general biology from The University of Texas-Pan American.

 

41. Stephen Gordon
Edenbridge Health

Stephen Gordon is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Edenbridge Health. Edenbridge Health is a mission-driven, for-profit care delivery organization founded in 2016 with the mission of providing comprehensive, integrated, community-based, and person-centered care to the elderly. Gordon has 8 years of experience in the hospital and healthcare field. He began his career in 2013.

Before joining Edenbridge Health, Gordon was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and before that a staff physician at Uphams Corner Health Center. Earlier in his career he worked with Hebrew SeniorLife as an attending physician. Gordon graduated from Yale University School of Medicine with an MD, from The Wharton School with an MBA and from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in history and science.

 

43. Amandeep Singh
Prime Healthcare

Amandeep Singh is the Chief Medical Officer of Prime Healthcare. Prime Healthcare is an award-winning national hospital system with 45 acute-care hospitals in 14 states with nearly 50,000 employees and physicians. Their philosophy is that all healthcare is local. Each of their hospitals serves the unique needs of their communities while providing exceptional care with the strength and support of the entire health system.

Previously, Singh was an attending physician at King’s County Hospital Center and before that an attending physician at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center. Earlier in his career he worked with Internal Medicine IU as a clinical assistant professor. Singh earned an undergraduate degree in medicine and surgery.

 

44. Anne Hargrave-Thomas
OakLeaf Surgical Hospital

Anne Hargrave-Thomas began her professional career over 24 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Operating Officer of OakLeaf Surgical Hospital. Their reputation for superior surgical care is based on their skilled independent physicians and surgeons, experienced staff, outstanding patient care, home-like comforts and enhanced services and amenities. They serve patients from Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Menomonie and the entire Chippewa Valley in Wisconsin.

Thomas first got her start in 1997 as a clinical services director at University Women's Care. From there, she went on to Lakes Surgery Center. Thomas graduated from Baker College Center for Graduate Studies with an MBA.

 

46. Essam Ansari
InCare

Essam Ansari is the Chief Operating Officer of InCare. InCare is a team of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine specialists dedicated to outstanding treatment for their patients.

Previously, Ansari was a chief of medicine at Steward Health Care and before that a vice president at Massachusetts Medical Society. Earlier in his career he worked with TriHealth as a director for the Sleep Disorders Center. Ansari earned an MBA from Boston University Questrom School of Business, an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health and an undergraduate degree in medicine and surgery from Jamiat Al-Malik Abdulaziz.

 

47. Kris Giese
Providence Medical Center

Kris Giese is the Chief Operating Officer for Providence Medical Center in Nebraska. She first joined the medical center in 2013 as the director for allied health and ancillary services. Providence Medical Center offers acute, skilled/swing-bed care, palliative care, as well as Medicare certified Home Health, Hospice, and private pay personal care. The non-profit hospital remains one of the best small, rural hospitals in northeast Nebraska, employing nearly 200 individuals, and providing state-of-the-art healthcare to more than 15,000 area residents.

Prior to joining Providence Medical Center, Giese was a director for laboratory services at Mercy Medical Center in Iowa. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management with a master’s degree in healthcare administration.

 

49. Lesalee Chilcote
Encompass Health

Lesalee Chilcote is the Chief Executive Officer of Encompass Health. She first joined the health system in 2015 as pharmacy director. Encompass Health offers facility-based and home-based patient care through their network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies.

Previously, Chilcote was an associate director for pharmaceutical services at PRACS Institute and before that an associate director for Pharmacy Cetero Research. Earlier in her career she worked with Midsouth Pharmacy Associates as a pharmacy director. Chilcote earned an MBA from LSU Shreveport and an undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the University of Louisiana Monroe.

 

50. Sarju Shah
Beaumont Health

Sarju Shah is the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Director for Beaumont ACO of Beaumont Health. He first joined the system in 1994 as a medical director. Beaumont Health is Michigan’s largest health care system. It was formed in 2014 to provide patients with compassionate, extraordinary care, no matter where they live in Southeast Michigan.

Previously, Shah was a private practitioner at Cherry Hill Medical Group. Earlier in his career he worked with the United States Air Force as an Occupational Health Physician. Shah earned an MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy and an undergraduate degree in medicine and surgery in India.

 

51. Michael Baker
UnitedHealth Group

Michael Baker is a Chief Operating Officer for UnitedHealth Group. UnitedHealth Group is a health and well-being company that offers health care products and insurance services. They are committed to helping individuals live healthier lives by providing a health system that works for everyone. Baker has 27 years of experience in the hospital and healthcare field. He began his career in 1994.

Before joining UnitedHealth Group, Baker was a vice president and chief of staff at First Data Corporation and before that a manager of consumer contact centers with The Hershey Company. Earlier in his career he worked with First Data Corporation as a manager. Baker graduated from Dartmouth College with a master’s in healthcare delivery science and from the University of Phoenix with an MBA.

 

52. Michael Mascia
Veritas Health Care

Michael Mascia began his professional career 28 years ago. Today, he is the Founder and President of Veritas Health Care. Veritas is a veteran-owned small business. It was formed originally as a staffing firm after 9/11 in partnership with Humana Military Healthcare Services, to support the urgent need to back-fill for active-duty military medical personnel being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mascia first got his start in 1993 as a director for critical care anesthesiology at SUNY Upstate Medical University. From there, he went on to Tulane University School of Medicine, before eventually rising to become a critical care anesthesiologist at Geisinger Health System, his most recent position prior to joining Veritas Health Care. Mascia graduated from Tulane University with MD and MPH and from Saint Anselm College with an undergraduate degree in general biology.

 

53. Kristine Donahue
Beaumont Health

Kristine Donahue is the Chief Operating Officer of Beaumont Health, Michigan’s largest health care system. Their culture of caring partnerships and care delivery model of patient and family-centered care demonstrates their commitment to engaging patients, their family, and the community to promote continuous health care improvements. Donahue has over 8 years of experience in the hospital and health care field. She began her career in 2013.

Donahue graduated from Central Michigan University with a master’s in health and healthcare administration & management and from Oakland University with an undergraduate degree in nursing.

 

55. Amanda Lucas
Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University

Amanda Lucas began her professional career nearly 20 years ago. Today, she is the Executive Director for Clinical Operations and Chief Executive Officer for the Neurological Institute of Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University. The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is a leader in central Ohio for healthcare and medical research.

Lucas first got her start in 2002 as a clinical network manager at UPMC. From there, she went on to Nationwide Children’s Hospital as an administrator for Behavioral Health and Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, her most recent position prior to joining Wexner Medical Center. Lucas graduated from Point Park University with an MBA and from the University of Pittsburgh with a master’s degree in psychiatry.

 

56. Andrea McCoy
Cape Regional Medical Center

Andrea McCoy is the Chief Medical Officer of Cape Regional Medical Center. Cape Regional Health System is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving residents and visitors throughout Cape May County in New Jersey

Previously, McCoy was a chief medical officer at Jeanes Hospital and before that a medical director for ambulatory care and an associate chair of pediatrics at Temple University School of Medicine. McCoy earned an MD from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and an undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from Ursinus College.

 

57. Eithne-Marie Barton
Community Health Alliance Nevada

Eithne-Marie Barton began her professional career 25 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Medical Officer of Community Health Alliance Nevada. The Community Health Alliance Nevada provides a wide range of services, including medical, dental, and behavioral health care. As a Federally Qualified Health Center, they also provide community education on health issues and outreach to underserved populations.

Barton first got her start in 1996 as an assistant director for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. From there, she went on to the Chicago Health and Aging Project, before eventually rising to a geriatric fellow at Beaumont Health, her most recent position prior to joining Community Health Alliance Nevada. Barton graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine with a DO and from Carleton College with an undergraduate degree in American history.

 

60. Eric Mooss
Bryan Health

Eric Mooss is the President of Bryan Health. Bryan Health is a Nebraska governed, non-profit health system that cares for patients, educates tomorrow’s health care providers and motivates the community with fitness and health programs.

Previously, Mooss was an executive director for primary care at Banner Health and before that, an operations vice president at Centura Health. Earlier in his career he worked with Alegent Health as an administrative fellow. Mooss earned an MHA from the University of Iowa and an undergraduate degree in health administration and policy from Creighton University.

 

62. Rosanne Raso
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Rosanne Raso began her professional career 35 years ago. Today, she is the Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. At NewYork-Presbyterian, they put patients first with their unwavering commitment to excellence and a steady spirit of professionalism.

Raso first got her start in 1986 as an assistant director for critical care nursing at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. From there, she went on to Staten Island University Hospital before eventually rising to senior vice president and chief integration officer at NYU Langone Hospital. Raso graduated from Wagner College with a Master of Science degree in nursing.

 

63. Barbara Jacobs
Anne Arundel Medical Center

Barbara Jacobs is the Vice President of Nursing and Chief Nurse Officer of Anne Arundel Medical Center. AAMC has been a beacon for the community with recognition for its joint replacement center, emergency heart attack response and cancer care. They are committed to lighting the way, not just for their patients, but for their entire community.

Previously, Jacobs was a senior director and chief nurse officer at Suburban Hospital and before that a director for critical care at George Washington University Hospital. Jacobs earned a MSN from The George Washington University and an undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Rochester.

 

65. Charmaine Blanchard
Encompass Health

Charmaine Blanchard began her professional career over 9 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Nursing Officer of Encompass Health. As a national leader of post-acute care, Encompass Health offers facility-based and home-based patient care through their network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies.

In 2012 Blanchard served as an assistant chief nursing officer at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. Blanchard graduated from Florida Atlantic University with an MBA.

 

67. Karen Mitchell
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters

Karen Mitchell is the Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer of Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters. The Children’s Hospital of The King's Daughters is a comprehensive pediatric health system serving children from birth through 21 years of age in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Mitchell has over 25 years of experience in the hospital and healthcare field. She began her career in 1996.

Mitchell graduated from George Washington University with an MSN and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an undergraduate degree in nursing.

 

71. Michael-Anne Browne
Stanford Children’s Health

Michael-Anne Brown is the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Accountable Care with Stanford Children’s Health | Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Stanford Children’s Health is the largest health care system in the San Francisco Bay Area and one of the few in the country exclusively dedicated to pediatric and obstetric care.

Prior to joining Stanford Children’s Health, Browne was a medical director for Blue Shield of California. She was also previously an executive consultant with Medical Pathways and a medical director for FHP Healthcare in California. Brown graduated from Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in human biology and from the University of California Irvine with an MD.

 

72. Gurmeet Sran
Dignity Health

Gurmeet Sran began his professional career 17 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Clinical Data Science Officer of Dignity Health. Dignity Health, a California-based not-for-profit public-benefit corporation, operates hospitals and ancillary care facilities in three states. They are the fifth-largest hospital system in the nation and the largest not-for-profit hospital provider in California.

In 2004 Sran was an associate consultant at Inductis LLC. From there, he went on to Stanford University Medical Center where he served as a resident physician in internal medicine. Sran graduated from Boston University School of Medicine with an MD in internal medicine, from the University of Pennsylvania with a master’s degree of bioinformatics and computational biology, and from UC Berkeley with an undergraduate degree in bioengineering.

 

73. Alexander Nazem
Nomad Health

Alexander Nazem is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Nomad Health. Nomad Health is the first digital marketplace for healthcare jobs, efficiently connecting quality clinicians with rewarding career opportunities and taking the busywork out of finding clinical work.

Previously, Nazem was an assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and before that an attending physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Earlier in his career he worked with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement as a special assistant. Nazem earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MD and undergraduate degree in biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University.

 

75. Shannon Pengel
Cleveland Clinic

Shannon Pengel is the Chief Nursing Officer of Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit, multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Pengel has over 24 years of experience in the hospital and healthcare field. She began her career in 1997.

Pengel graduated from the University of Phoenix with a master’s degree in nursing administration and from Kent State University with an undergraduate degree in nursing.

 

77. Chris Ward
Comanche County Memorial Hospital

Chris Ward is the Chief Nursing Officer at Comanche County Memorial Hospital, an independent, non-profit, acute care facility that prides itself on putting the patient first and providing award-winning care. The hospital is located in Southwest Oklahoma and provides emergency, surgical and primary care services to the surrounding community. Ward has nearly 45 years of experience in the hospital and healthcare field. He began his career in 1979.

Prior to joining Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Ward held interim positions as a director for an emergency department, chief nursing officer and case management director for various medical facilities. He earned a BSN from Liberty University, an MSN from the University of Phoenix, and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt from Motorola University.

 

79. Gigi Johnson
Kindred Healthcare

Gigi Johnson is the Chief Clinical Officer of Kindred Healthcare. Kindred is a leading diversified post-acute healthcare provider of transitional care hospitals and rehabilitation services. Kindred Healthcare's mission is to help their patients reach their highest potential for health and healing with intensive medical and rehabilitative care through a compassionate patient experience.

Previously, Johnson was an oncology service line administrator at Erlanger Medical Center. She earned a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis.

 

80. Eric Lund
Caravel Autism Health

Eric Lund is the Chief Clinical Officer of Caravel Autism Health. Caravel Autism Health delivers top quality in-home intensive, post-intensive, pre-intensive, and diagnostic evaluation services to children with autism spectrum disorder. He began his career in 1994.

Before joining Caravel Autism Health, Lund was a clinical psychologist at Wisconsin Early Autism Project and before that a clinical psychologist at Riverside Psychiatric. Earlier in his career he worked with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections as a psychologist supervisor. Lund graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a master’s degree in clinical psychopharmacology and from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with an undergraduate degree in psychology.

 

81. Nicole Telhiard
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center

Nicole Telhiard is the Chief Nursing Officer of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. She first joined the center in 1993 as a vice president for children’s services. Our Lady of the Lake is a not-for-profit 850-bed medical center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with more than 7,300 employees committed to building a healthy community through excellence in patient care and education.

Telhiard earned a doctorate in nursing practice from Rush University, a master’s degree in nursing from Loyola University in New Orleans and an undergraduate degree in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University.

 

83. Susan Stinson
BrightStar Care

Susan Stinson is the Chief Operating Officer and Owner of BrightStar Care. BrightStar Care is a full-service healthcare staffing agency and franchising organization that provides medical and non-medical homecare to private clients within their homes, ranging from infants to seniors, as well as supplemental healthcare staff to corporate clients. Stinson has 26 years of experience in the hospital and healthcare field. She began her career in 1995.

Before joining BrightStar Care, Stinson was a senior vice president at AmerisourceBergen Lash Group and before that a director for member strategies at Vizient, Inc. Earlier in her career she worked with McKesson Health Solutions as a clinical director for sales. Stinson graduated from Vanderbilt University with an MBA and from the University of Arkansas with an undergraduate degree in nursing.

 

84. Michael Paolello
New Bridge Medical Center

Michael Paolello began his professional career 31 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Clinical Officer for Addictions Treatment with New Bridge Medical Center. New Bridge Medical Center, a clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the largest hospital in New Jersey and provides a continuum of health care services in critical areas including behavioral health, medical detox and substance abuse treatment, long term care and acute care.

In 1990 Paolello was a director for substance abuse treatment at Hoboken University Medical Center which is his most recent position prior to joining New Bridge Medical Center. Paolello graduated from New Jersey City University with a master’s degree in psychology.

 

85. Tracey Blalock
Atrium Health Navicent

Tracey Blalock is the Chief Nurse Executive of Atrium Health Navicent, the leading provider of health care in Central and South Georgia. Atrium Health Navicent provides a broad range of community-based, outpatient diagnostic, primary care, extensive home health and hospice care, and comprehensive cancer and rehabilitation services spanning the full continuum of care. Blalock has 13 years of experience in the hospital and healthcare field. She began her career in 2008.

Blalock graduated from Georgia College and State University with an MSN, MBA and an undergraduate degree in nursing.

 

86. Ann Sedore
Crouse Health

Ann Sedore is the Chief Nursing and Clinical Service Officer of Crouse Health in Syracuse, New York. She first joined the system in 2006 as a director for the Crouse Hospital School of Nursing. Crouse is the region’s largest provider of maternity care services, averaging nearly 4,000 deliveries annually, and is the state-designated regional referral center for high-risk neonatal intensive care services.

Previously, Sedore was a chief operating officer and chief nursing officer at Upstate Medical University. Sedore earned a PhD in adult education from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in nursing and education from New York University.

 

87. Lori Popkes
Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

Lori Popkes is the Chief Nursing Officer of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. As a member of Avera Health, the region's largest and strongest health care network, their patients at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center receive excellent care of the highest clinical quality.

Previously, Popkes was an associate chief nursing officer at Avera McKennan and before that an assistant vice president for women and children's services at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center. Popkes earned an MBA from Colorado Technical University-Sioux Falls and an undergraduate degree in nursing from Augustana College.

 

91. Beth Oliver
Mount Sinai Health System

Beth Oliver is the Chief Nursing Executive and Senior Vice President of Cardiac Services of Mount Sinai Health System. The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Oliver has 21 years of experience in the hospital and healthcare field. She began her career in 2000.

Before joining Mount Sinai Health System, Oliver was an associate executive director for cardiovascular services at Lenox Hill Hospital. Earlier in her career she worked with The Mount Sinai Hospital as a clinical nurse manager. Oliver graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a doctorate in nursing, from Columbia University in the City of New York with an MSN, and from the University of Massachusetts Boston with an undergraduate degree in nursing.

 

92. David Carlson
Hospital Sisters Health System

David Carlson is the Chief Physician Executive of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS). HSHS is a multi-institutional health care system that cares for patients in 14 communities in Illinois and Wisconsin. With 15 hospitals, several community-based health centers and clinics, nearly 2,300 physician partners, and more than 14,600 employees, HSHS is committed to its mission “to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through high quality Franciscan health care ministry”.

Carlson graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with a DO.

 

93. Joan Simon
Kootenai Health

Joan Simon is the Chief Nursing Officer of Kootenai Health. Kootenai Health provides comprehensive medical services to patients in northern Idaho and throughout the Inland Northwest. Its main campus is located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and includes a 330-bed community-owned hospital.

Previously, Simon was a chief operating officer at Tenet Healthcare and before that a chief nursing officer at St. Vincent Medical Center. Earlier in her career she worked with Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center as a senior vice president of clinical services and strategic planning. Simon earned a master’s degree in health and healthcare administration & management from Central Michigan University, an undergraduate degree in health and healthcare administration & management from Ferris State University, and an undergraduate degree in nursing from Grand Canyon University.

 

96. Pamela Hermon
Lakeview Village

Pamela Hermon began her professional career 20 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Operating Officer of Lakeview Village, a leading and largest Continuing Care Retirement Community in Kansas. Its range of services includes independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, in-home care and rehabilitation services, as well as a variety of amenities and support services for people 62 and older.

In 2001 Hermon was a director of nursing services at Aberdeen Village. From there, she went on to Brandon Woods where she was the director of nursing. Hermon graduated from Labette Community College with an undergraduate degree in nursing.

 

97. Bonita Veal
Anaheim Global Medical Center

Bonita Veal began her professional career over 8 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Nursing Officer of Anaheim Global Medical Center in California. Anaheim Global Medical Center is a 189-bed acute care facility that has been serving Anaheim and its surrounding communities for nearly 40 years. The hospital offers a wide range of medical expertise and advanced technology for the entire family.

Before joining Anaheim Global Medical Center, Bonita was a chief nursing officer at Victor Valley Global Medical Center. Veal graduated from California State University-Long Beach with a master’s degree in nursing and from the University of Phoenix with an MBA.

 

98. Kenji Fujita
Atsena Therapeutics

Kenji Fujita began his professional career 21 years ago. Today, he is the Chief Medical Officer of Atsena Therapeutics. Atsena Therapeutics is a clinical-stage gene therapy company focused on bringing the life-changing power of genetic medicine to reverse or prevent blindness.

Fujita first got his start in 2000 as a junior engagement manager at McKinsey & Company. From there, he went on to New York Presbyterian Hospital, before eventually rising to an assistant professor for clinical medicine at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, his most recent position prior to joining Atsena Therapeutics. Fujita graduated from Harvard Medical School with an MD and from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in biochemistry.

 

98. Linzi O'Laughlin
Nursing Beyond Borders

Linzi O'Laughlin is the President of Nursing Beyond Borders. Nursing Beyond Borders is a 501(c)3 public charity which exists to deliver preventative healthcare and education to children and their communities on a global scale. O'Laughlin has over 13 years of experience in the hospital and healthcare field. She began her career in 2008.

Before joining Nursing Beyond Borders, O'Laughlin was a registered nurse at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and before that a PACU registered nurse at UCLA Health. Earlier in her career she also worked with Children’s Mercy Hospital as a registered nurse. O'Laughlin graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with an undergraduate degree in nursing.