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NHHPC mHealth Workshop - Speaker Biographies
May 12, 2012


Audie Atienza, PhD

Dr. Audie Atienza currently serves as a Behavioral Scientist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of California at San Diego (1991) and obtained his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University (1998). He completed his clinical internship as a Behavioral Medicine at the Palo Alto VA. Dr. Atienza was then selected as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center. He has served as Scientific Advisor for Technology Partnerships at the NIH, Office of the Director, and Senior Health Technology Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Secretary. At HHS, Dr. Atienza led the Text4Health Task Force that provided recommendations on health text messaging/mobile health to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and collaborated with the White House, Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) on health technology initiatives. At NIH, Dr. Atienza has spearheaded research endeavors in electronic health (eHealth), mobile health (mHealth), and real-time data capture, including serving as chair/organizer of U.S. and international conferences. He has over 50 peer-reviewed papers published in scientific journals, and has edited/co-edited several publications focused on technology and health.

Jeffrey R. Davis, MD, MS

Jeffrey R. Davis, MD, MS currently serves as Director, Space Life Sciences, and as the Chief Medical Officer for the NASA Johnson Space Center. The Space Life Sciences Directorate provides the research and technology development required for exploration as well as all human health and performance support to space flight operations of the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. The Directorate is also responsible for human health and performance requirements for new programs such as commercial, space technology, and flagship technologies. The core capabilities in the directorate include space medicine; biomedical research and countermeasures for the physiological changes induced by human exposure to reduced gravity; environmental monitoring for closed environments (air/water) and the external radiation environment; habitability and human factors; strategic planning, benchmarking, and communication; and open innovation/collaboration. The Directorate also provides occupational health and EAP services to the Johnson Space Center employees. Dr. Davis received his B.S. degree in Biology from Stanford University and M.D. degree from the University of California at San Diego. He also holds a Master of Science (MPH equivalent) degree from Wright State University.

Philip Fasano

Philip Fasano is executive vice president and chief information officer of Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plan and health care provider, with annual operating revenue of nearly $48 billion. Often referred to as the model for the future of health care, Kaiser Permanente serves more than 8.9 million members, focusing on prevention and affordable health care for the members and communities it serves through the use of evidence-based medicine and industry-leading technology.

Nate Gross, MD

Nate Gross, MD is the Co-Founder of Rock Health (the seed accelerator for health startups) and a founding team member of Doximity (the HIPAA-compliant physician network). Passionate about breaking down barriers to entrepreneurship and communication in health care, Nate loves working with great people and ideas at the intersection of medicine, policy and technology. He is a graduate of the Emory University School of Medicine and Harvard Business School.

David Haddad

David Haddad joined Open mHealth as Program Manager in 2011 where he is responsible for the organization’s project management and business development activities. He has a breadth of experience in both domestic and global mHealth. Before Open mHealth, David was Director of HealthUnbound.org, a project of the mHealth Alliance. David holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in chemistry and public health and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics in health economics.

Megan Moynahan

As Associate Director for Technology and Innovation (Acting), Megan directs the Center’s Entrepreneurs in Residence program, a White House sponsored program that brings thought leaders into agencies to solve challenging problems. Targeting the Innovation Pathway, the EIR team of medical device innovators, business process innovators, and visionaries launched the End Stage Renal Disease Innovation Challenge in January, 2012, to spur medical device innovation for patients with ESRD. The team launched Innovation Pathway 2.0 on April 9, 2012, a streamlined regulatory pathway for pioneering medical devices that was built using lean start-up techniques. In 2010, Megan led the CDRH External Defibrillator Improvement Initiative, an effort to use FDA’s regulatory oversight and public health influence to improve the performance of external defibrillators. Megan brings insight into the unique culture and workings of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, having over 16 years experience at FDA including six years as the branch chief for the premarket branch responsible for new pacemakers and defibrillators. Her successful cross-functional working group became the model for a Center-wide reorganization in 2008. In 2009, she was the chief architect for the Center’s Signal Escalation program, a Center-wide business process focused on product safety that was cultivated as an in-house “start-up”. Megan has been a member of the Office of the Center Director since 2008. Her background is in biomedical engineering with emphasis on electrical engineering and control systems. Her current areas of focus on the innovation team include wireless telemetry, continuous physiological monitoring, biosensors, and robotics.

Robert Jarrin

Robert Jarrin is a Senior Director of Government Affairs for Qualcomm Incorporated.  He is based in Washington, D.C. and represents Qualcomm on U.S. domestic regulatory matters relating to wireless health and life sciences.  Jarrin’s areas of responsibility include wireless health policy, FDA regulatory oversight of converged medical devices, healthcare legislative affairs, CMS telehealth reimbursement and the regulation of health information technology.  Externally, Jarrin has served as Co-Chair of the U.S. Policy Working Group for the Continua Health Alliance, leads the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Policy A-Team on Telehealth and Meaningful Use, is the U.S. Chair for the European-American Business Council (EABC) eHealth Policy Group, serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Medical Automation, is a member of the mHIMSS Advisory Council and is seated on the Board of Directors for Vida Senior Centers, the oldest Latino non-profit organization in the District of Columbia. Jarrin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law.

Mohit Kaushal, MD, MBA

Dr. Mohit Kaushal is Executive Vice President of Business Development and Chief Strategy Officer of the West Wireless Health Institute. He has had an extensive career within clinical medicine, academic research, venture capital, public health and health policy. Previously, he was Director of Connected Health at the Federal Communications Commission, where his team produced the Health Care chapter of the National Broadband Plan and initiated collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration for the regulatory streamlining of converged telecommunication and medical devices. Prior to this position, he was an investment professional at Polaris Venture Partners, and held roles with Merrill Lynch’s Health Care IBD Group and the World Health Organization. Dr. Kaushal currently serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University, with a focus on connected health clinical research, and he is a member of the Johns Hopkins University Biomedical Engineering Industrial Liaison Advisory Board. He holds an MBA from Stanford and an MD with distinction from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London.

William Riley, Ph.D.

William (Bill) Riley, Ph.D. is a Program Director in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and is responsible for managing grant portfolios in tobacco control and other cardiovascular and respiratory risk behaviors.  He also serves as the Chair of the NIH mHealth Inter-Institute Interest Group.  He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health.  His research areas include eHealth and mHealth applications, tobacco dependence, diet/exercise adherence, insomnia treatment, and behavioral assessment.  

Todd T. Schlegel, MD

Dr. Schlegel is a Senior Scientist and Medical Officer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston. He joined NASA in 1992 after completing his residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. He is a previous recipient of a US Presidential Early Career Award from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as well as a NASA Technology Achievement Medal for his research and development work at NASA.  He has also received several patents and published dozens of peer-reviewed publications in the scientific literature, mainly in the cardiology and neurosciences fields but especially in the field of electrocardiology.  For some years he has performed research in both the Cardiovascular and Neurosciences Laboratories at JSC while simultaneously clinically managing JSC’s Human Test Subject Facility and serving as the alternate chairman of JSC’s Institutional Review Board.  In previous years he has also served NASA as both an Extended Duration Orbiter Surgeon (Shuttle program) and research Increment Scientist (ISS program).  His current research is focused on further developing, and more importantly translating into clinical cardiology practice, his various NASA inventions, most of which are geared toward patient-centered medicine and mHealth.

Scott A. Snyder, Ph.D

Dr. Snyder is the President and Chief Strategy Officer of Mobiquity, a leader in delivering innovative wireless solutions for enterprises.  He has over 24 years of experience in business leadership, strategic planning, and technology management for both Fortune 500 companies and start-up ventures.   Dr. Snyder has held executive positions with several Fortune 500 companies including GE, Martin Marietta, and Lockheed Martin, has been the CEO of a leading strategic planning firm, Decision Strategies International, and has also started business ventures in software including OmniChoice, a CRM/Analytics applications provider and Strategic Radar, which provides software-based solutions for monitoring changes in the strategic environment.  Dr. Snyder earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from University of Pennsylvania and has an executive degree from USC in Telecommunications Management.

Jeffrey P. Sutton, M.D., Ph.D.

Jeffrey P. Sutton is President, CEO and Institute Director of NSBRI. Dr. Sutton holds the Friedkin Chair for Research in Sensory System Integration and Space Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is also Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Space Medicine.  Dr. Sutton is also an affiliate faculty member in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Dr. Sutton's education and training were at the University of Toronto and Harvard University. He holds M.D., M.Sc. (medical science/neuroscience) and Ph.D. (theoretical physics) degrees, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Surgeons of Canada and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Sutton's research expertise is in smart medical systems, computational neuroscience and neuroimaging. He has made significant contributions through scholarly publications and patents to these fields. His research, medical practice and teaching were integrated for more than a decade at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital, prior to his appointment as NSBRI Director in 2001.

Todd Park

Todd Park is the United States Chief Technology Officer and in this role serves as an Assistant to the President. Todd joined the Administration in August 2009 as Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this role, he served as a change agent and “entrepreneur-in-residence,” helping HHS harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health of the nation.  Prior to joining HHS, Mr. Park co-founded Athenahealth and co-led its development into one of the most innovative health IT companies in the industry.  He also co-founded Castlight, a web-based health care shopping service for consumers.  Mr. Park has also served in a volunteer capacity as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focused on health IT and health reform policy, and as senior health care advisor to Ashoka, a leading global incubator of social entrepreneurs, where he helped start Healthpoint Services, a venture to bring affordable telehealth, drugs, diagnostics, and clean water to rural India. Mr. Park graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with an A.B. in economics.

Bakul Patel

Bakul Patel is Policy Advisor to the Center Director, Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Mr. Patel advises the Center Director on regulatory policy issues related to medical device software and systems, health information technology, and mobile health. He also serves as liaison between the Federal Communications Commission and FDA. Mr. Patel is co-chair of a task group at the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), which is developing a technical information report that would provide recommendations for using Agile software development practices to develop medical device software. Prior to joining FDA, Mr. Patel was a senior consultant with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt for the modernization project for USDA’s Farm Services Agency. Mr. Patel’s previous experience includes working as senior program manager at EMC Corp., where he developed software products for the data archiving and storage industry. He has held several positions since 1986 as a senior product manager, software engineering manager and as a software/systems engineer with various high technology organizations. Mr. Patel also has worked with fast-paced, technology-intensive organizations within the semiconductor capital equipment industry. Mr. Patel earned an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Regina, Canada, and an MBA from The Johns Hopkins University.

Ramesh Raskar

Ramesh Raskar, Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab and Co-founder EyeNetra.com, is director of the Camera Culture group at MIT Media Lab. He holds more than 40 US patents across the fields of computaional photography, inverse problems in imaging, and human-computer interaction. He has long track record of working with large and small companies, and has transferred many of his patents into commercial products. His recent inventions include transient imaging to look around corners, a novel CAT-scan machine, imperceptible motion capture markers (Prakash), long-distance barcodes (Bokode), and touch + hover 3D interaction displays (BiDi screen). Raskar has been the recipient of the Technology Review TR100 Award (top young innovators), the Global Indus Technovator Award (top 20 Indian technology innovators worldwide), a Sloan Research Fellowship, the DARPA Young Faculty award, LAUNCH Health Innovation Award, presented by NASA, USAID, US State Dept and NIKE, Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project Award (first place) and four Mitsubishi Electric Invention Awards. He is currently co-authoring a book on Computational Photography.

Scott C. Ratzan, MD, MPA

Scott Ratzan is Vice President, Global Health, Johnson & Johnson. In this role, he is charged with promoting communication, innovation and programs that focus on health literacy and public health policy. He is a pioneer in the areas of health literacy and mHealth communication, having co-authored the definition that serves as the basis for U.S. health literacy efforts. Additionally, Dr. Ratzan is the Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, and serves as co-chair of the United Nations Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child Innovation Working Group. He is a member of the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy, the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on health and well-being, and is a former Ambassador for global health research selected by Research!America.

Carissa Vidlak

Carissa Vidlak is the Communications & Strategy Coordinator for Wyle supporting the Space and Life Sciences Directorate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas. Carissa joined Wyle after spending 7 years in the chemical industry. She has a variety of experience which includes new business development, technical marketing, strategic communications and building networks. Carissa holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of Texas and a MBA from the University of Houston - Clear Lake.

Felasfa Wodajo, MD

Felasfa Wodajo, MD is Senior & mHealth Editor and member of the founding team at iMedicalApps. He leads the creation of content related to mobile health technology, mHealth research, wireless health devices and mobile software for direct patient care at iMedicalApps.com/mHealth. He is a bone and soft tissue tumor surgeon (orthopedic oncologist) in the Washington, DC metro region where he currently serves as Medical Director of Musculoskeletal Oncology at Virginia Hospital Center in Northern Virginia. You can find him on Twitter at @OrthoOnc.

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