Gino Farina, MD, FACEP +Professor of Emergency Medicine and Science EducationAssistant Dean for Clinical Preparation for Residency at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Dr. Gino Farina is board certified in Emergency Medicine, and is currently a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Science Education, and the Assistant Dean for Clinical Preparation for Residency at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in Long Island, New York. At Zucker he is core faculty in the communications, physical diagnosis, electrocardiography and clinical reasoning curriculum.
As core faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center at Northwell, Dr. Farina served as the Associate Residency Program Director for seven years and Program Director for sixteen years, helping to turn hundreds of emergency medicine residents into board-certified ER physicians now practicing across the nation.
Dr. Farina's academic Interests include medical education, research and assessment, medical Spanish, and global health in Latin American countries. He is actively involved in global health initiatives and in training sessions for medical providers in Mexico, Peru and now Ecuador, where, with a group of other physicians from Northwell, he will soon be teaching basic emergency medicine skills – including radiographic interpretation, electrocardiography, the approach to common conditions and clinical reasoning – to recent medical school graduates.
Dr. Farina will be sharing his art of electrocardiogram and X-ray interpretation during Master Clinicians courses.✕
Melissa D. Leber, MD, FACEP +Director of Emergency Department Sports MedicineAssistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital System
Dr. Leber is board certified in both Sports Medicine and Emergency Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedics and Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Director of Emergency Department Sports Medicine.
After completing her emergency medicine residency, Dr. Leber did her fellowship in sports medicine in Pittsburgh, PA. While there, she worked with professional athletes, including the Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB), USA Rugby and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USLPRO – Soccer) and served as team physician at various Pittsburgh colleges and high schools.
Since fellowship, Dr. Leber has been a Player Physician at the US Open and become an Airway Management Physician and Visiting Team Medical Liaison (VTML) for the NY Jets. She works as a finish line physician for the ING – New York City Marathon, Half Marathon and Triathlon, during which with her combined expertise in emergency medicine and sports medicine treats a wide range of sports medicine conditions.
As an Assistant Professor in two medical specialties, Dr. Leber is involved in the education of the next generation of medical professionals, teaching medical students, residents and fellows the art of emergency medicine and orthopaedics. She lectures both regionally and nationally regarding orthopedic care in the emergency department.✕
Edward Giarrusso, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA +Emergency Medicine Physician AssistantClinical Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Physician Assistant Education Stony Brook University
Professor Edward Giarrusso received his Bachelors Degree as a physician assistant from Touro College in 1982. Since graduation, he has worked in emergency medicine and worked in two of the largest Level 1 trauma centers on Long Island; North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, and Stony Brook University Medical Center.
Professor Giarrusso has helped to educate emergency medicine residents at both institutions and was a preceptor for physician assistant students rotating through the department of emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center.
After 18 years in clinical practice, he joined the Stony Brook University faculty as a clinical assistant professor. In August 2001, he received his Master's Degree from the University of Nebraska in Physician Assistant Studies with a specialization in Emergency Medicine. In April of 2008 he was recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the American Academy of Physician Assistants, one of only about 1250 PA's in the nation.
Professor Giarrusso is currently teaching multiple courses at the PA program at Stony Brook University and his primary clinical responsibilities are in Pediatric Preceptorship, and Orthopedic Clerkship, as well as assisting in both the Emergency Medicine and Surgery rotations. He is co-advisor to the PA program student society and Chair of the School of Health Technology and Management Curriculum Committee.
Professor Giarrusso has co-authored several publications in the Annals of Emergency Medicine and American Journal of Emergency Medicine, based on research completed during the time he worked in the Emergency Department at Stony Brook University Medical Center, and a poster presentation at the American Society of Emergency Physicians Annual conference. From his medical mission experiences he has presented a poster at the NYSSPA Annual Conference (2011) and the AAFPA Annual Conference (2011).✕
Danielle Matilsky, MD +Johns Hopkins Medical CenterAssistant Professor of Emergency MedicineDirector of Ultrasound
Danielle Matilsky is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician. She completed her medical training at Stony Brook School of Medicine and residency at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan. Dr. Matilsky’s interest in medicine matured during her tenure as a US Fulbright Scholar in Malawi, Africa, where she ran a clinical trial focused on the treatment of severe malnutrition. With an ongoing passion for providing healthcare in resource limited settings, she pursued fellowship in Point-of-Care Ultrasound and Global Health at the University of Pennsylvania. She developed skills as an educator, moving into the role of Director of Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Undergraduate Medical Education at Thomas Jefferson University, and helped develop and implement an ultrasound training program in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Dr. Matilsky is currently faculty at Johns Hopkins University, in the division of emergency ultrasound. She has lectured nationally and internationally in her areas of expertise and has published in several academic journals and textbooks. Outside of medicine, she is passionate about health, fitness and nutrition. She continues to practice gymnastics, yoga, skiing, distance running, and competes in the NPC bikini division of bodybuilding.✕
Previous Events Speakers
Hong Choi, MD, MPH +Emergency Medicine PhysicianDirector of Physician AcademyCityMD Urgent Care
Dr. Choi is board certified in emergency medicine. He graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and trained in emergency medicine at Jacobi Medical Center. He is currently the Director of CityMD Physician Academy and a member of the medical education committee at CityMD where he heads education activities and onboarding of physicians and physician assistants. Dr. Choi has developed a unique provider orientation and performance improvement program on customer service in a retail medical setting with dramatic results.
Prior to medical school and residency, Dr. Choi earned his Master of Public Health from University of California at Berkley and was a graduate of Cornell's Hospitality and Healthcare Management program. As an Emergency Physician practicing in Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Choi was the Residency Site Director for six years and an Assistant Professor of the Albert Einstein college of Medicine for eleven years where he trained many Emergency Medicine resident physicians who are now practicing across the nation as attendings. He has won Montefiore's Emergency Department's Teaching Attending Award of the Year for 2004, 2009, 2011, and 2012.✕
Anna Huang, MD +Clinician Educator & Family Medicine PhysicianNYC Department of Health & Mental HygieneBureau of STD Control & Prevention
Dr. Anna Huang is a Clinician Educator and Physician-in-Charge with the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene's Bureau of STD Control. She cares for patients in the sexual health clinics and engages in research and protocol development within the Bureau. She trains health department clinicians and rotating infectious disease and preventive medicine fellows. Dr. Huang is also a frequent grand round presenter to clinicians and medical residents in NYC. She received her medical degree from Cornell and trained in family medicine at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She has worked in primary care, urgent care, addiction medicine, and reproductive health settings.✕
Elliott Friedman, MD, FAAP PEM +PediatricianClinical Educator & Medical DirectorPM Pediatrics
Dr. Friedman is board certified in both pediatric emergency medicine and pediatrics. He graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and trained in pediatrics at the Montefiore/Einstein program where he also served as a Chief Resident. Dr. Friedman received his undergraduate degree from Yeshiva University.
Currently, Dr. Elliott M. Friedman is the Medical Director of PM Pediatrics of Carle Place and Rockville Centre, and was previously a lead physician at PM Pediatrics of Syosset. Dr. Friedman is the former Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, as well as the former Director of Pediatric Medical Student Education at Jamaica Hospital where he worked for 20 years. He continues to be actively involved in training other physicians in pediatric advanced life support and advanced trauma life support.
Dr. Friedman has served on several city-wide committees including: NYC Mayor's Task Force on Child Abuse, NYC Department of Health Pediatric Disaster Advisory Group and the NYC Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Task Force. In addition, he was a lecture-panelist at the NYC Child Safety Medical Summit in May 2009.✕
Frank Illuzzi, MD, FACEP +Emergency Medicine PhysicianChief Medical OfficerCityMD Urgent Care
Dr. Frank Illuzzi is a practicing board-certified Physician in Emergency Medicine, and is currently the Chief Medical Officer at CityMD, a regional urgent care group with 120 locations throughout the New York City metro area.
Prior to joining CityMD, Dr. Illuzzi was the Chairman of Emergency Medicine at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT, and held an academic appointment as Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Frank Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. During his tenure in hospital based care he served in numerous clinical, academic, and leadership roles.
Dr. Illuzzi has published articles and textbook chapters in his various areas of academic interest, with his current focus on population health issues, specifically Public Health Screenings such as Tobacco cessation intervention, Hypertension awareness, Pediatric asthma, and Diabetes screening in alternative settings like the ER and the Urgent Care clinic.
He is also a sought after lecturer for national medical conferences on topics that include: Quality and Patient Safety, Antibiotic Stewardship, Physician Leadership, Patient Throughput and Workflow, and Delivering on the Patient Experience.
Dr. Illuzzi was born in Brooklyn, NY. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Long Island Jewish/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he received the honor of Chief Resident. He completed a fellowship with AHA/NPSF in Patient Safety Leadership in 2009.
Dr. Illuzzi currently resides in Fairfield, CT, with his lovely wife, Laura, and two beautiful daughters, Julia and Cecilia. His interests include jazz music, gardening, fishing, and glass-blowing.✕
Jason Miller, MD, FAAD, FASDS +Regional Medical Director, Schweiger Dermatology GroupClinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Dr. Miller is a board certified dermatologist currently working as the New Jersey Regional Medical Director for Schweiger Dermatology Group. He specializes in medical dermatology, full body skin examinations, surgical excisions of skin cancers or atypical moles, and cosmetic dermatology.
Dr. Miller originates from Long Island, New York and received his undergraduate training at Cornell University. He then received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York Medical College. Following medical school, Dr. Miller completed his internship in General Surgery and two years of preliminary training in the Integrated Plastic Surgery residency program at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. This training provided extensive exposure to management of complex melanoma, skin cancer, and cosmetic patients. Dr. Miller then decided to pursue a career in dermatology, beginning with a one year fellowship in clinical research focusing on pediatric dermatology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. This program allowed Dr. Miller to learn the intricacies of childhood skin diseases, an area in which he continues to both focus and enjoy.
Dr. Miller then completed his three year ACGME approved residency in dermatology at the prestigious University of Texas at Houston/MD Anderson Cancer Center, recently ranked as one of the top ten dermatology training programs in the United States.
Dr. Miller has published in peer reviewed journals and authored several chapters in highly regarded dermatology textbooks. He is on staff at Centrastate Medical Center, where he is frequently asked to consult on difficult dermatologic cases. He also currently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he is actively involved in resident education.✕
JD Zipkin, MD +Associate Medical Director & Regional Medical Informatics Officer, GoHealth Urgent Care
Dr. Zipkin is currently the Associate Medical Director for Northwell Health – GoHealth Urgent Care, responsible for clinical leadership across their New York City based urgent care centers. In addition, he serves as the Regional Medical Informatics Officer for the New York Market, sits on the company’s national Clinical Steering Committee, and serves as the National Chair of Clinical Quality which oversees all quality projects across the organization.
Dr. Zipkin has a passion for systems analysis, excellence in medicine, and antibiotic stewardship to increase responsible antibiotic use in the urgent care setting. In addition to being independently board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics with clinical expertise at all age groups, Dr. Zipkin has an extensive computer science background.
Academically, Dr. Zipkin received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was also accepted into the Jonas Salk Fellowship focusing on healthcare systems analysis. He then went onto a combined residency program at Penn State Health, where he earned an Innovation in Graduate Medical Education Grant, became a Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems Scholar, and later served as Chief Resident Physician. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society, with a distinguished Gold Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award.✕
Shefali Pathy, MD, MPH +Medical Director, YNH Women's CenterOB/GYN Clerkship DirectorAssistant Professor Yale School of MedicineDepartment of OB/GYN and Reproductive SciencesYale University School of Medicine
Shefali R Pathy, MD, MPH is currently the OB/GYN Director of the Women's Center at Yale New Haven Hospital and Assistant Clinical Professor of OB/GYN and the OB/GYN Clerkship Director for Yale School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Pathy received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY where she also completed her OB/GYN residency. Dr. Pathy has spent the majority of her career working in an urban health setting, including Jacobi Hospital, Yale New Haven Hospital and Stamford Hospital. She has a strong interest in health care in the urban setting and medical education.✕
Glenn Harnett, MD +Keynote SpeakerFormer Chief Medical Officer, AFC Urgent Care
Dr. Harnett is the Chief Medical Officer at Blockit, a market leader in referral management solutions, supporting the product design and engineering teams with the critical perspective of a physician to ensure focus on improved clinical outcomes and workflow processes that are necessary to the success of all Blockit endeavors. Dr. Harnett is passionate and committed to the design and adoption of cutting-edge technology that supports his vision of delivering true interoperability in healthcare that will ultimately provide quality improvement, enhance the patient care experience, and ease administrative burdens on providers and staff.
He is a leading physician technology innovator that has spent nearly 20 years working with health systems and urgent care operators across the US to design and develop improved clinical and operational performance strategies. His medical expertise and technological sophistication led him to be a much sought after consultant in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and health software sectors to develop educational and marketing strategies for the Urgent Care and Emergency Department markets. He is professionally active in pharmaceutical research grants, clinical research, and publication, and is a frequent guest speaker at urgent care venues. He holds current medical licensure with the States of Maine and Alabama.
Prior to joining Blockit, Dr. Harnett was a principal partner at No Resistance Consulting Group, LLC where he provided executive-level guidance for clinical management, workflow design, and productivityprocess engineering that positively impacted millions of patients nationally. He developed documentation best practices, benchmark coding strategies, and physician executive development pathways that are a recognized best practice case study among the urgent care community. His passion for healthcare improvement through technology advancement leads him to routinely consult on clinical technology selection and design/implementation and optimization for electronic health record systems, and clinical team adoption through quality assurance development.
Before starting his successful consulting business, Dr. Harnett served as the Chief Medical Officer for American Family Care where he was a key executive responsible for it's growth from 24 to 170+ clinics during a 5-year span, leading AFC to become the second largest private urgent care operator in the US. While at AFC, Dr. Harnett also provided oversight for Joint Venture designs, Laboratory operations, Risk Management, Quality Assurance, Physician Scheduling, Physician Recruitment, Physician Liaison, Patient Advocate, Nursing, and Credentialing Departments.
Prior to his work at AFC, Dr. Harnett was the Emergency Department Medical Director for Coastal Carolina Medical Center in Bluffton, SC (whose emergency department received a Tenet 5-star patient satisfaction rating under his leadership) and Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia, GA. Dr. Harnett earned a BA in Psychology at the University of New Hampshire and his MD at the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Emory University and was Chief Resident at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, GA. He is a trustee of the Urgent Care Association of America's (UCAOA) Foundation and has also served as the Urgent Care Advisor to George Washington University's Antibiotic Resistance Action Center. Dr. Harnett's many awards and recognition include Most Outstanding Resident 2004 Emory University Department of Emergency Medicine. He was named the Emory Physician Assistant Resident Teacher of the Year was chosen as the Physician of the Year by his peers and hospital staff at Coastal Carolina Medical Center.
He is happily married to his wife Casey, is the proud father of 13-year-old twins, and a new baby boy born in June 2019. In his spare time, he enjoys building scale wooden model boats, skiing, soccer, vegetable gardening, and is rarely found without a good book at his side.✕
Kevin Reiter, MD, FAAFP +Associate Medical Director, GoHealthAssistant Professor of Family Medicine and Urgent Care Site DirectorZucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Dr Kevin Reiter is currently an Associate Medical Director with Northwell Health Go Health Urgent Care. He helps to oversee clinical operations on Long Island. While holding the title of Assistant Professor of Family Medicine through the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell he remains active and involved with training both residents as well as advanced practitioners in the field of Urgent Care.
Dr Reiter has been very involved with starting an Urgent Care training track within the Department of Family Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in collaboration with GoHealth which he currently oversees. His goal is to expose medical trainees to the growing field of Urgent Care and provide a focused training track for career preparedness. He continues to remain active working as both a hospitalist as well as precepting Family Medicine residents in the same Northwell Family Medicine programs at Glen Cove and Huntington Hospital, where he served as chief resident. Prior to returning to medical school at Saba University School of Medicine, Kevin worked as a Physician Assistant in various fields over a ten year career including Orthopedics, Primary Care, Emergency Medicine and Urgent Care. He is excited to share his knowledge and experience of Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis in the Urgent Care.✕
David Godin, MD, FACS +Partner at ENT and Allergy Associates
Dr. David Godin, a partner at ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP (ENTA), is an experienced otolaryngologist and surgeon who has helped thousands of patients achieve successful outcomes managing diseases and conditions of the ear, nose, throat and related areas. He also serves as Assistant Director of the Voice and Swallowing Center™, a division of ENTA specifically focused on diseases of the throat, esophagus and vocal cords.
Dr. Godin graduated Cum Laude from the State University of New York Health and Science Center at Syracuse College of Medicine in New York, then completed his General Surgery Internship and Otolaryngology residency at Tulane University School of Medicine in Louisiana. He is a proud member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and The American Medical Association.
Dr. Godin sees patients at ENTA's state-of-the-art Fifth Avenue clinical location in New York City. He is also currently on staff at both the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Beth Israel Hospital and The Mount Sinai Hospital. He holds the academic appointment of Assistant Professor at all these institutions, and has served on the Medical Boards of both Beth Israel Hospital and the New York Eye And Ear Infirmary. He is well-published in the field of Otolaryngology, including numerous peer review journal articles and book chapters.
His special areas of clinical expertise include voice and swallowing disorders, pediatric otolaryngology, otology, sinus surgery, sleep apnea, snoring surgery, and head and neck oncology including salivary gland malignancies as well as thyroid and parathyroid tumors.
He has also traveled to underprivileged areas of the globe to treat those in desperate need of his medical skills and services.
Dr. Godin has been recognized for ‘excellence in medicine' by New York Magazine's Best Doctors, Who's Who, Castle Connolly's Top Doctors of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 as well as by numerous local and national news publications.✕
Christopher Morris, MD +Associate Director for Digital Human Innovation at NYU Langone HealthPracticing Internest and Associate Professor at NYU School of Medicine
Dr. Christopher Morris is the Associate Director for Digital Health Innovation at NYU Langone Health, practicing internist, and Assistant Professor at NYU School of Medicine.
He is co-director of the NYU Langone Health Tech Hub, which identifies and co-develops promising digital health technologies that further facilitate the delivery of high value care across the enterprise. As an educator, he lectures and reviews content for the telehealth curriculum at NYU School of Medicine.
In addition to his work at NYU Langone, he founded a HIV-focused virtual practice which leverages novel digital instruments, communication platforms, and virtual visits to streamline care and improve patient access.
Dr. Morris earned a M.S. from Tufts University School of Medicine, his M.D. from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, and completed residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a certified HIV Specialist by the American Academy of HIV Medicine.✕
David J. Cohen, MD +Chief Medical Officer of Teleradiology Specialists
David Cohen, M.D. graduated from Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA in 1992. He completed his Diagnostic Radiology Residency and Nuclear Medicine Fellowship in 1997, and Fellowship training in Vascular & Interventional Radiology in 1998, all at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL. Dr. Cohen was certified by the American Board of NuclearMedicine in 1995, and the American Board of Radiology in 1997 in both General and Vascular & Interventional Radiology. After 12 years of Hospital based private practice, Dr. Cohen embarked on a new career in Teleradiology. In 2004, after serving as Chief Radiologist for a large national Teleradiology Group, Dr. Cohen founded Teleradiology Specialists and it has become one of the fastest-growing private companies under his leadership. He is passionate about quality improvement and innovation in diagnostic Radiology.✕
Heather Fernandez +CEO of Solv Health
As Solv's CEO and co-founder, Heather brings more than a decade of executive management experience with leading consumer technology startups to the company. Her career and passion has focused on creating simple, transparent consumer experiences that dramatically change massive industries such as real estate and healthcare. She founded Solv to transform healthcare for consumers by providing mobile access to same-day, quality convenient care without hidden costs.
Prior to Solv, Heather served as senior vice president and general manager of business services at Trulia, Inc., where she led advertising product, market and sales strategy, through its acquisition by Zillow (NASDAQ: ZG) in 2015. Heather's diverse professional background spans politics, technology and financial services--including time at Morgan Stanley, the U.S. House of Representatives, and Senator John McCain’s 2000 presidential campaign.
She currently serves on the Atlassian (NASDAQ: TEAM) board of directors and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University Graduate School of Business.✕
Howard Reis +CEO of the Teledentists
Howard Reis is President of HEALTHePRACTICES, a consultancy which supports companies in telemedicine and medical imaging and has recently become the CEO of TheTeledentists. Howard has always worked at the intersection of the healthcare and telecommunications industries. Howard’s first exposure to telemedicine was as a project manager at Nynex Science and Technology, managing early telemedicine trials with four Boston teaching hospitals. Howard has helped two separate teleradiology companies achieve Inc. 5000 status of fastest growing private companies. Howard has an MBA in Finance from NYU and has published several articles on teleradiology, telecommunications and telemedicine which can be found in the Reading Room at www.healthepractices.com.✕
Lauralee Yalden, MD +Physician of AmWell
Dr. Lauralee Yalden is a family medicine physician who practices telehealth through the Online Care Group exclusively for American Well. She practices full scope family medicine with a special emphasis and extra training in preventive care/wellness, acute and chronic medical care, hospice and palliative care, emergency medicine/urgent care/ telehealth, women' s health, breastfeeding and lactation. Dr. Yalden earned her BS with general academic honors from the University of Miami and her MD from Ross University School of Medicine. She is very active with the AAFP both locally and nationally and has served as a member delegate on several AAFP committees. She is the Founder of the AAFP Telehealth MIG (Member Interest Group) and past Chair and Co-Chair. She has also served as a telehealth expert panelist for the Robert Graham Center, in Washington DC. Dr. Yalden has appeared on the CBS Evening News, The Dr. Oz Show, and several local news stations. She has been interviewed in The Wall Street Journal, in addition to several other publications. Dr. Yalden resides in Englewood, NJ with her husband, and two children.✕
Lisa Thompson, MD +Medical Director of Anthem
Dr. Lisa Thompson is currently a medical director at Anthem. She joined the Nevada Medicaid division of Anthem in 2017. She provides clinical leadership to the health plan team, oversees program ideation and implementation and serves as one of the principle medical advisors to the company’s executive leadership.
Dr. Thompson is board certified in both emergency medicine and hospice/palliative medicine. Prior to joining Anthem, she had a 20+ year clinical career providing direct patient care in both specialties and in a variety of care settings including the Navajo reservation and on-line care. She was one of the first telehealth providers to join American Well (Amwell) in 2010. As a member of their Online Care Group, she performed thousands of virtual urgent care encounters through the Amwell and LiveHealthOnline telemedicine platforms. At one time she possessed 35 state medical licenses so that she could provide online care to patients across the country.
In 2019, Dr. Thompson completed a master’s in business administration degree with a concentration in health care administration through the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Isenberg School of Management. She received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. Dr. Thompson works and resides in New York City.✕
Pramod K. Gaur, PhD +Adjunct Professor at Pace University and President of Gaur Associates, an International Healthcare Advisory Group
Pramod Gaur is Adjunct Professor at Pace University and President of Gaur Associates, an International Healthcare Advisory Group. Dr. Gaur was inducted into the 2013 ATA Class of Fellows and is considered Telehealth Subject Matter Expert. Dr. Gaur’s activities as a digital health industry advocate include demonstrations to the US Presidential Advisor, the US Congress, The White House Conference on Aging and International Delegates at the United Nations.
Dr. Gaur was responsible for the enterprise level coordination of TeleHealth at UnitedHealth Group from 2010 to 2014. Prior to that, he was the founding President and CEO of two Telehealth companies (Viterion and Healthanywhere). Prior to that, Dr. Gaur spent 20 years with increasing management responsibilities at Bayer Healthcare, Baxter International and Eli Lilly & Company. Dr. Gaur received his doctoral degree from the University of Kansas and received his postdoctoral training at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin and the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.✕
Sylvia Romm, MD, MPH +Chief Innovation Officer of Atlantic Health System
Chief Innovation Officer, Atlantic Health System Sylvia Romm, MD, MPH, is driven by a passion for transforming health care delivery to patients and communities. She brings her background and expertise as a clinician and an entrepreneur to her role as Chief Innovation Officer for Atlantic Health System. Firmly believing that a patient-centered focus is vital to health care innovation, Dr. Romm works with Atlantic Health System’s team members and physicians to find new ways to improve access to high-quality, affordable care. She also forges relationships with local and national innovation partners and works to expand our organization’s research profile. Dr. Romm is an avid author and speaker in the areas of health care, technology and health information technology (IT) policy. She has written articles for various publications, including NEJM Catalyst, Forbes, KevinMD, and the Huffington Post, and was named one of FierceHealthCare’s 8 Influential Women Reshaping Health IT. A board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Romm has served in a variety of clinical leadership roles throughout her residency and as a hospitalist. Before joining Atlantic Health System, she was Vice President of Clinical Transformation for American Well, the largest video-based telemedicine company in the United States. In addition, she was the founder of MilkOnTap, the nation’s first telehealth company focused on the needs of nursing mothers and lactation support. Dr. Romm earned her Master of Public Health in Global Health from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. She holds a medical degree from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and completed her residency in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital.✕
Thomas Ferrante +Senior Counsel and a Board Certified Health Care Lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP
Thomas (T.J.) Ferrante is a senior counsel and a board certified health care lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he focuses his practice on telemedicine, digital health, and virtual care, as well as a wide range of transactional and related regulatory issues for health industry clients. Mr. Ferrante works with hospitals, health systems, providers and start-ups to build telemedicine arrangements across the United States and internationally. He has considerable experience in structuring and negotiating healthcare transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic affiliations, and financings. T.J. frequently speaks at conferences across the country on telehealth, virtual care, and health care innovation legal issues.✕