Catalyze Innovation that Advances Health

Fellows and Leaders

 

 

Our Team

The Health for America (HFA) at MedStar Health team advancing the program from September 2017-July 2018 includes the following fellows, physician and executive mentors, and leaders. A snapshot of their Health for America roles is featured here, with more information about their professional background below.

Fellows

Physician, Executive and Other Domain Mentors

Leaders

Founders

Renee Kakareka

Renee Kakareka
2017-18 Fellow

Renee aspires to integrate her diverse experience in design, entrepreneurship, and engineering to advance healthcare innovation. She graduated with honors from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and a concentration in Global Portfolio, an academic experience that helps students pursue global opportunities in their profession. Renee’s thesis project in assistive technology fueled her interest in health care. She leveraged her background in sign language to develop a device that locates sound and captions voices to improve accessible communication, ultimately inspiring her to build a startup and license the technology. For her Global Portfolio, she researched and developed projects to improve developing countries’ access to better health care and health technology. Additionally, she completed a research paper on biomedical materials for targeted drug release through her biomedical technology studies. Many injuries as a collegiate softball player, including a concussion, led to Renee’s interest in neuroscience and recent yoga teacher certification. Renee is excited to combine these passions and her understanding of design thinking to explore new applications in integrative medicine.

Sharon Rodriguez

Sharon Rodriguez
2017-18 Fellow

Sharon is a data-centered healthcare advocate with an interest in innovative care delivery models, multi-sector partnerships, and health policy. In May 2015, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from The Ohio State University. While in college, she interned in a variety of healthcare settings and community organizations, including the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass, UK Healthcare, Sutter Health, and OSU Wexner Medical Center. These experiences gave her a first-hand view of the positive impact innovative care delivery models and hospital-community partnerships can have on health outcomes, patient care coordination, and patient experience. In May 2017 she earned a master’s degree in Health Administration at the University of Kentucky. During this time, she focused her public health research on understanding the socio-ecological factors contributing to Kentucky’s high rates of cancer. She illustrated the decisive role health policy plays in reducing the burden of diseases such as cancer, which sparked her interest in health policy. She looks forward to building upon these diverse experiences through a prestigious health innovation fellowship.

Ethan Booker

Dr. Ethan Booker
Director of Operations Improvement, Department of Emergency Medicine at MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Dr. Booker is a board-certified emergency physician leading operations, educating residents and students, and providing clinical care in MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Emergency Department (ED). Dr. Booker is also an Assistant Medical Director with MedStar Transport, which links a communications center, ground assets, and four helicopters to provide critical care transport throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Additionally, he developed and now oversees a telehealth service for advanced ED intake and emergency consultation with the MedStar Institute for Innovation. Dr. Booker completed undergrad and medical degrees at University of Michigan, and emergency medicine training at University of Chicago. He joined MedStar in 2005.

Paul Plsek

Paul Plsek
Innovator-in-Residence at MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2)

Paul is a recognized advisor on leadership, innovation, creativity and change management in complex systems. He serves as the Mark Hutcheson Chair of Innovation at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Founding Director of the Academy for Large-Scale Change for the National Health Service in the UK, and Senior Visiting Fellow on Complexity and Innovation at Ko Awatea in Auckland, New Zealand. He is an Innovator-In-Residence at MI2, where he is developing online training in creativity, innovation and complex systems, and advising on several healthcare service delivery projects. Paul holds degrees in systems engineering from Texas A&M University and the Polytechnic Institute of New York. His latest book is Accelerating Health Care Transformation with Lean and Innovation: The Virginia Mason Experience.

Emily Ratner

Dr. Emily Ratner
Founding Medical Director of the MedStar Health Center for Integrative Medicine and Director of Integrative Medicine Initiatives at MI2

Dr. Ratner is passionate about providing patient centered care, focusing on whole-person health, including mind, body and spirit. Her clinical services include Integrative Medicine consultation and Medical Acupuncture. She was a Stanford Medical School faculty member for 23 years, where she originally trained in anesthesiology before training in integrative medicine, medical acupuncture, mind-body medicine and mindfulness-based stress reduction. She was founding co-director of Stanford's Division of Medical Acupuncture and enjoyed a robust clinical practice at Stanford's Center for Integrative Medicine, where she treated patients with complex medical conditions, prior to relocating to the east coast in 2014.

Bill Sheahan

Bill Sheahan
Corporate Vice President, MedStar Health and Director, MedStar Simulation Training & Education Lab (MedStar SiTEL)

Bill Sheahan is a Corporate Vice President for MedStar Health, Director of the MedStar Simulation, Training and Education Laboratory (SiTEL), and Co-Director of the MedStar Telehealth Innovation Center. As such, Bill oversees strategy and execution for learning and telehealth infrastructure across the system. Before joining MedStar Health in 2013, Bill spent three years leading an academic research program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Previously, Bill had a decorated 15-year career as a paramedic, educator and emergency medical services leader, culminating with nine years leading a county government-based emergency services organization in New York. Bill holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and is currently completing a PhD in education from the University of Rochester.

Jeff Collins

Jeff Collins
Administrative Director & Director of External Alliances at MI2

Jeff directs the day-to-day operations of MI2 and ensures the execution of MI2's strategic vision and operational priorities in conjunction with MedStar Health and MI2 leadership. In addition, he oversees MI2’s portfolio of External Alliances, including the Global Healthcare Innovations Alliance founded with Cleveland Clinic, a Founding Partnership with 1776, a global incubator and seed fund in DC, the Innovation Learning Network, the Health for America at MedStar Health program, and AARP's Project Catalyst. He has a Master of Health Science, Health Finance and Management degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and BA from Emory University. Learn more here.

Mandy Dorn

Mandy Dorn
Director, Health for America at MI2

As the Director of Health for America at MI2, Mandy oversees the fellows' work and the daily operations of HFA, while advancing broader external alliance efforts. She has diverse experience delivering results in corporate, agency, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit environments. Her areas of expertise include program/alliance management, talent development, public/media relations, executive/program positioning, public affairs, and corporate communications. Mandy began her career completing the Orr Fellowship and personally experienced how innovative fellowship programs empower, connect, educate, inspire, and differentiate young professionals. Mandy earned a BA in Communication from Purdue University and was inducted into The Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Leatt Gilboa

Leatt Gilboa
Manager of Telehealth Strategy and Operations at MI2

Leatt serves as Manager of Telehealth Strategy and Operations for the MedStar Telehealth Innovation Center at MI2. In this role she works to strategize, coordinate, and implement MedStar’s virtual care offerings. Prior to this role, Leatt’s project management experience offered access to various aspects of health care including telehealth, medical devices, integrative medicine, data and the clinical environment, research, and external alliances. Leatt completed her MA in Health Administration from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her BA in Biology and Anthropology from New York University.

Sandrine Lambletin

Sandrine Lambletin
Project Coordinator at MI2

Seven years in health care, Sandrine serves as the Project Coordinator for the Influence Center and Integrative Medicine teams at MI2. Prior to her role at MI2, Sandrine worked in Human Resources at MedStar Washington Hospital Center for five years. Sandrine also worked at MedStar SiTEL, where she had a broad administrative role working on different projects which included the social media relaunch, the CSA program with Big White Barn, and MedStar Healthy partnerships. Sandrine has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management.

John Lock

John Lock
Entrepreneur-in-Residence at MI2

John has nearly 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and proven strategic operator. He founded, managed, and realized the value of companies in diverse industries like insurance, human capital management, education/training, rights licensing, online music videos, and mortgage servicing. He has led organizations ranging in size from startup to revenues of more than $2BN. More recently, John served as the Chairman of Kaplan’s New Business Initiatives Board, President and CEO of Kaplan Performance Solutions (KPS), and Market Leader of Kaplan’s global B2B efforts. John graduated magna cum laude from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a B.S. in Foreign Service and is a recipient of the Landegger Honors Certificate in International Business Diplomacy.

Amanda Newman

Amanda Newman
Strategic Advisor, HFA Alumna

An alum of the fellowship now serving as a strategic advisor to MI2/HFA, Amanda supported the evolution of WellRooted into MedStar Healthy for MedStar. She also contributes to the daily operations of HFA. Previously, Amanda worked as an artist, facilitator, and communications coordinator at Dance Exchange in the Washington, D.C., region. She graduated with a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah where she also founded a community health program to support under-resourced populations. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Social Work at Hunter College in New York City.

Mark Smith

Dr. Mark Smith
Chief Innovation Officer of MedStar Health and Director of MI2

Dr. Smith leads a system-wide initiative to create a vibrant innovation ecosystem that advances health and transforms care. The mission of MI2 is to catalyze innovation that advances health. Prior to his appointment as Director of MI2, Dr. Smith served as chair of the department of emergency medicine at MedStar Washington Hospital Center for 14 years and as founding chair of MedStar Emergency Physicians. Dr. Smith is also professor of emergency medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has an MD from Yale University, MS in Computer Science from Stanford University, and BA from Swarthmore College. Learn more here.

Madhura Bhat

Madhura Bhat
Co-Founder

Madhura uses her broad expertise and global perspective to craft rich, fulfilling, immersive leadership experiences. In founding Health for America (HFA), she realized her vision for creating a powerful personal and professional growth opportunity to attract the best and brightest to work on health. Over the last decade, Madhura has worked with global brands, Fortune 500 companies, UN agencies, and NGOs to maximize the impact of their investments. Madhura is an alumna of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship and a recipient of the SXSW Dewey Winburne Award, the Global Good Fund Fellowship and a winner of the Case Foundation Finding Fearless competition. Madhura holds an MBA, an MPH, and an MA in Communications.

Kapil Parakh

Kapil Parakh
Co-Founder

Kapil is a cardiologist who uses technology innovation to improve health outcomes. He helped found HFA to accelerate the pace of health innovation while molding the next generation of leaders. Currently at Google, he leads efforts on improving the search experience around health. Kapil also served as a White House Fellow from 2013-2014 at the Department of Veterans Affairs and prior to that, he led an innovative, community-based heart failure program at Johns Hopkins. Active in clinical research, Kapil has presented at numerous scientific conferences and authored over thirty papers. Board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Advanced Heart Failure, Kapil holds an MD, MPH, and PhD.

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