Speaker Bios

Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, M.P.H., FAAP
President and CEO

Lisa SimpsonDr. Lisa Simpson is the president and chief executive officer of AcademyHealth. A nationally recognized health policy researcher and pediatrician, she is a passionate advocate for the translation of research into policy and practice. Her research focuses on improving the performance of the health care system and includes studies of the quality and safety of care, health and health care disparities and the health policy and system response to childhood obesity. Simpson has published over 80 articles and commentaries in peer reviewed journals.

Before joining AcademyHealth, Simpson was director of the Child Policy Research Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and professor of pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati. She served as the deputy director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 1996 to 2002. Simpson serves on the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and Health Policy Scholars Program National Advisory Councils, and the editorial boards for the Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research and Frontiers in Public Health Systems and Services Research. In October 2013, Simpson was elected to the Institute of Medicine.

Simpson earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), a master’s in public health at the University of Hawaii, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health services research and health policy at the University of California, San Francisco. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in 2013.

Simpson's areas of expertise include translating research into policy; quality and safety of health care; health and health care disparities; childhood obesity; and child health services.

Richard G. Frank, PhD
Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics, Department of Health Care Policy
Harvard Medical School

Richard FrankDr. Richard G. Frank is the Margaret T. Morris Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at DHHS directing the office of Disability, Aging and Long-Term Care Policy. His research is focused on the economics of mental health and substance abuse care, long term care financing policy, and disability policy. Frank is also a research associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. He also serves as an editor for the Journal of Health Economics. Frank was awarded the Georgescu-Roegen Prize from the Southern Economic Association, the Carl A. Taube Award from the American Public Health Association, and the Emily Mumford Medal from Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Mental Health Association of Maryland. Frank also received the John Eisberg Mentorship Award from the National Research Service Awards. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1997. He is co-author with Sherry Glied of the book Better but Not Well (Johns Hopkins Press).

Anil Jain, MD, FACP
Senior VP & Chief Medical Officer
Explorys and Watson Health, IBM

Anil JainFocused on the intersection of informatics, engineering, technology, clinical research and innovation, Dr. Anil Jain is Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer of Explorys, formed in 2009 based on innovations that he developed while at the Cleveland Clinic. In April 2015, Explorys was acquired by IBM as an integral component of the newly formed Watson Health business unit.

Dr. Jain currently directs the informatics and analytics innovations, product management and software development as well as leading the life sciences business unit. Dr. Jain has served on state and national committees focused on driving quality & research through health IT. In addition, he has authored more than 100 publications and abstracts and has delivered numerous talks on the benefits of sustainable health IT innovation.

Dr. Jain received a degree in Biomedical Engineering and a medical degree from Northwestern University. After arriving from Chicago, Dr. Jain began his career at Cleveland Clinic in 1995 and until July 2011, served as Senior Executive Director of IT where he led Health IT innovations, including the e-Research programs, quality informatics and created solutions to monitor the “meaningful use” of EMRs to support the EHR Incentive Program. He has previously served as a leader within Better Health Greater Cleveland and is a former co-Director of Informatics of Case Western School of Medicine’s CTSA. He continues to practice and teach medicine part-time at the Department of Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic.

He is an active member of the Health Information Management & Systems Society (HIMSS) and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and is a Fellow of the American College of Medicine (ACP). He is also a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

Anuj Desai
Vice President of Market Development
New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC)

Anuj DesaiAs vice president of market development, Anuj Desai has overall responsibility for business development, fundraising, marketing, and events. Desai oversees the development and management of strategic relationships and alliances with the various vendors and partners that interact with NYeC. He also leads the New York Digital Health Accelerator, the NYeC Gala, and activities related to national policy development and interoperability. Desai brings over 15 years of experience in business development, strategy, and relationship management experience in the healthcare industry. Most recently, he worked in a business development role at Johnson & Johnson focused on developing whitespace strategy and forming business cases for M&A and organic growth in health technology. Previously, he has worked for a software consulting company developing clinical data management tools for pharma and biotech clientele. He received his MBA from University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and his undergraduate degree in Biotechnology from Rutgers University. He has been recognized by multiple organizations including Crain’s New York Business' 2013 Class of “40 Under 40” and Modern Healthcare’s "Up and Comer’s Award."

Pete Celano, MBA
Director of Consumer Health Initiatives
MedStar Institute for Innovation

Pete CelanoPete Celano has worked in healthcare for 20 years, including as a co-founder of BeClose.com and before that the owner of a Software-as-a-Service company in the x-ray space, for sharing DICOM images among hospitals. BeClose.com (Vienna, VA) was founded in 2009, and is a competitor in Remote Patient Monitoring, having spun out of MicroStrategy, Inc.

As director of Consumer Health Initiatives for the MedStar Institute for Innovation, Celano is especially focused on making patient access more convenient and friction-free. A major area of interest is cloud-platforms that can tie into the EMR, to drive new system revenue, reduce costs, improve outcomes and extend access. Another interest area is screening patients using evidence-based questionnaires, especially on the web and mobile. A major focus for Celano is the business of getting to the Patient’s doorstep. Celano has a BA and MBA from the University of Virginia, and has presented at a variety of meetings and conferences on Digital & Mobile Health, Cybersecurity, Cloud Platforms and Access.

Joseph Tonning, MD, MPH, RPh
Medical Officer, Data Mining and Informatics Evaluation and Research Team
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Joseph TonningDr. Tonning currently leads data mining and text mining initiatives on the Data Mining and Informatics Evaluation and Research Team within the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration.  Since coming to the FDA in 2003, he has spearheaded various data mining strategies and served as the FDA liaison for the FDA-PhRMA Safety Evaluation Tools Working Group.  Subsequently, he served as a Co-Chair of the New Molecular Entity Steering Committee which developed a system for tracking the safety of new drugs recently approved by the FDA.  This initiative became part of FDA’s strategy for implementing Section 915 of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA).  He currently serves as Co-Chair of the FDA Data Mining Council and as Coordinator of the FDA Data Mining Forum.  His research interests also include text mining and he is currently the project lead on the FDA-NLM Label Project, a research text-mining partnership between the FDA and the National Library of Medicine.

Dr. Tonning is a registered pharmacist and completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Georgia.  After his pharmacy training, he completed a Residency in Hospital Pharmacy at the Medical College of Georgia.  He then earned a Doctor of Medicine Degree at the Medical College of Georgia and completed a Residency in Occupational Medicine at Johns Hopkins where he also attained a Master of Public Health Degree.  Upon completing his residency at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Tonning received a commission in the United States Public Health Service, practicing medicine in clinics operated by the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Capitol.  During this time, he conducted data and policy research on injuries and fatalities in motor vehicle crashes for the U.S. Department of Transportation, coordinating reports to Congress and the President.

Jennifer Hankin
Chief of Staff
StartUp Health

Jennifer HankinJennifer is the Chief of Staff at StartUp Health, where she brings 10 years of operational strategy and project management experience in entrepreneurial environments. StartUp Health was launched in 2011 as a new model for transforming health by organizing and supporting a global community of entrepreneurs and has the world’s largest digital health portfolio at more than 165 companies from 16 countries and more than 60 cities. In her role, Jennifer is a prime liaison to the CEO and president, with key responsibilities including leading cross-company initiatives, goal and process tracking, supporting fundraising efforts, talent acquisition and special projects. Jennifer joined the StartUp Health team in 2012 and her previous positions include Director of Operations and Director of Programming & Events. Prior to joining StartUp Health, Jennifer worked at the University of Maryland for six years, in positions at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship and Smith School of Business’ Office of Development and Alumni Relations. At the Dingman Center, Jennifer was responsible for overseeing 40 annual events supporting programs including international study abroad programs (to China and Israel), business competitions, student venture incubator, and angel investor network. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Maryland and a Master of Tourism Administration, with a concentration in Event and Meeting Management, from The George Washington University. She resides outside of Baltimore, MD. Follow her on Twitter @jennhankin.

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