Rasu B. Shrestha, MD, MBA, is executive vice president & chief strategy and transformation officer for Atrium Health, one of the most comprehensive and highly integrated not-for-profit healthcare systems in the nation. As a member of the executive leadership team, Dr. Shrestha is responsible for Atrium Health’s enterprise strategy, including planning and tactical direction for the organization’s current strategic roadmap and beyond. In addition, he spearheads a renewed focus on innovation, launching new healthcare inventions, discoveries and ideas to benefit our patients and the communities Atrium Health serves. He also provides executive leadership for corporate communications and marketing, as well as enterprise analytics, showcasing Atrium Health as a meaningful, national brand that leverages the power of data and insights.
With a wealth of experience and national expertise in healthcare innovation, analytics and patient-centered care design, Dr. Shrestha joined Atrium Health in February 2019. Previously, he served as chief innovation officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), where he was responsible for driving UPMC’s innovation strategy, serving as a catalyst in transforming the payer-provider organization into a more patient-focused and economically sustainable system. In addition to leading innovation at UPMC, Dr. Shrestha also served as executive vice president of UPMC Enterprises, pushing the needle in the pursuit of a unique blend of healthcare intelligence, technological expertise and entrepreneurial drive to develop inventive and commercially successful solutions and address complex healthcare challenges.
Dr. Shrestha is a respected thought leader and visionary in the field of healthcare information technology and was recently recognized as “Executive of the Year” by Healthcare Dive and was acknowledged as one of the “Top 20 Health IT Leaders Driving Change” and as a “Top Healthcare Innovator” by InformationWeek. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and is the Chairman of the HIMSS Innovation Committee, and Co-chair of Health Datapalooza.
Dr. Shrestha was the youngest student in his college in Malaysia and received his medical degree from CCS University in India. He went on to complete his training in radiology and his fellowship in informatics at the University of London. He also earned an MBA at USC’s Marshall School of Business.
Dr. Zeev Neuwirth is the author of “Reframing Healthcare: A Roadmap For Creating Disruptive Change” and produces and hosts the popular podcast series, “Creating a New Healthcare.” He is currently serving as Atrium Health’s Senior Medical Director of Population Health. Prior to joining Atrium Health, Zeev served as Chief of Clinical Effectiveness & Innovation at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a 600 physician multi-specialty practice located in Eastern Massachusetts.
Through his book, podcast series, speaking engagements, and executive leadership, Dr. Neuwirth is reorienting the way individuals and organizations think about healthcare, to catalyze movement towards an affordable, accessible, effective and safe healthcare system.
His ultimate goal is to humanize healthcare for those who serve within the system, and especially for those who are served by the system.
Dr. Leon Caldwell is the Senior Director of Health Equity Strategies at the American Hospital Association.
James Jarvis, MD, FAAFP, is a practicing family physician and the Director of Clinical Education for Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center overseeing the research and education divisions . He has served as the clinical lead physician for Northern Light Health’s response to COVID-19 since early on in the pandemic. He was trained in the United States Air Force where he went on to serve as the Triage Officer for the 56th Medical Operations Squadron. He is a McAfee Fellow of the Hanley Institute and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management as well as a Past President of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors. Currently, he serves on the faculty of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Maine Institute of Medicine. He has been with Northern Light Health for 13 years.
About the Vaccination Site Efforts: James has served as the clinical lead physician for Northern Light Health’s response to COVID-19 since early on in the pandemic involving the development of nine mass vaccination sites, 59 local sites, as well as pop up clinics in our rural Maine communities. In the role, he also became lead clinical spokesperson for the media ensuring communication coming out from Northern Light Health about COVID-19 was clear, cohesive, and reassuring. He has hosted more than 40 media briefings with other Northern Light Health leaders to provide state and regional media with ongoing timely updates during the course of the pandemic.
Matt Marston, Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, BCOP, earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, MA in 2012, and completed post graduate residency training at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. In addition to his clinical training, Matt earned a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management degree from Husson University in 2018. In 2020, Matt served as Associate Vice President of Pharmacy leading the pharmacy through its rebranding as Northern Light Pharmacy and overseeing operational improvements targeted at improving both the quality and sustainability of outpatient pharmacy services for the system. During the pandemic, Matt coordinated and led pharmacy operations and logistics for Northern Light Health’s multiple vaccination sites across Maine. Most recently, Matt was promoted to Vice President of Pharmacy for Northern Light Health.
About the Vaccination Site Efforts: Matt served as pharmacy lead for Northern Light Health’s response to COVID-19, coordinating and leading pharmacy operations and logistics for Northern Light Health’s nine mass vaccination sites, 59 local sites, as well as pop up clinics in our rural Maine communities. In addition, he has been a familiar face in the statewide media attending several Northern Light Health media briefings and participating in vaccination and pharmacy related media stories.
Tonya Philbrick is a Senior Health Program Manager at the Maine Centers for Disease Control. She received her Associates of Applied Science as a Certified Medical Assistance from Mid-State College and her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Thomas College.
Throughout her career with the Immunization Program she has been instrumental in moving the program to cost saving efforts including centralized vaccine distribution and the reduction of wasted and expiring vaccines which has exceed the national goals. Her experience working though the H1N1 Pandemic in 2009-2010 has built a solid foundation for continued partnership the success of the COVID-19 vaccination distribution effort.
Tonya lives in Maine and enjoys kayaking in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter.
Maria ‘Mercedes’ Avila, PhD, MSW, MED is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine. Dr. Avila provides consultation and training on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and has trained more than 10,000 providers across 27 states and 150+ organizations (hospitals, community health centers, state departments of health, mental health and disability, family and youth serving organizations, higher education institutions, emergency response, and schools). Since 2011, Dr. Avila has been invited to lead 58 national presentations and 100+ regional sessions on topics related to National CLAS Standards, health disparities, social justice in health care, culturally responsive care and practice, social determinants of health, racial equity, and cultural humility. Dr. Avila has received 14 national, regional, and state service, training, and research awards for her health equity work.
From healthcare executive to kilt-wearing digital health evangelist, Nick Adkins is the co-founder of the global pinksocks movement aiming at seeing the good in the world and in people. Nick is helping people connecting on a personal level, and helping them sharing their stories most specifically in healthcare. He has helped to push the industry to remember that patients are people at the center of their work. Pinksocks Life, Inc. is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization which is spreading love and kindness around the world one pair of pinksocks at a time. pinksocks.life