By Matt Skoufalos
Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital of Memphis, Tennessee named Michael Wiggins its next president, succeeding the retiring Meri Armour on April 8, 2019. Wiggins joins Le Bonheur from Children’s Health in Dallas, Texas, where he was SVP of Clinical Operations and the Northern Market and administrator of Children’s Medical Center Plano. Wiggins has an MBA from the University of Alabama and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Blue Cross Blue Shield parent company Stella of Eagan, Minnesota named Shahid Alam its SVP and chief analytics and information officer. A.R. Weiler was named CEO of Livio Health Group, Stella’s mobile healthcare provider. Weiler joined Stella from an independent consultancy, and spent four years as president and CEO of Healthsense, which was acquired by GreatCall in 2016. Alam was most recently VP of enterprise analytics at Centene Corporation, and had previously spent ten years at HealthPartners.
The New York, New York-based Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) named Bryan T. Kelly its Surgeon-in-Chief and medical director, succeeding Todd J. Albert, whose five-year term concludes in June. Albert will continue his spine practice as the fourth Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus currently serving at HSS. For the past five years, Kelly was Chief of the HSS Sports and Shoulder Service.
SynCardia Systems of Tucson, Arizona promoted COO Don Webber to CEO. Prior to joining SynCardia, Webber had been COO at OptiScan since 2010. He has also been VP of Manufacturing Operations at C.R. Bard, VP of Operations at EKOS Corporation, and president and CEO of Mitralign. Webber has an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
The American Urological Association of Baltimore, Maryland named Eugene Y. Rhee chair of its Public Policy Council. Rhee will assume the role of chair-elect June 1, 2019, and will begin his four-year term June 1, 2020. He is the Regional Coordinating Chief of Urology for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California and the National Chair of Urology for the Permanente Federation.
CHAMPS Oncology of Cleveland, Ohio will see its VP Toni Hare retire May 3 after 29 years with the company. AVP Karen Schmidt will fill her role. Previously, Schmidt held senior leadership positions in HR and communications.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based CRF Bracket named Susie Robinson its Chief People Officer. Robinson has spent 20 years in HR with B. Braun, Dow Jones, and Lumeris.
Aethlon Medical, Inc. of San Diego, California named Lisa M. Boswell its director of quality systems and regulatory affairs. Boswell has 15 years of experience in quality control, quality assurance, and regulatory affairs in both the biopharmaceutical and medical device industries, most recently as director of quality assurance and regulatory affairs at ZOLL Data Systems.Boswell also spent 10 years at GlobeImmune, Inc.; she has a master’s degree in engineering management from Tufts.
Camber Spine of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania named Ryan J. Dickinson VP of sales and new business development. Dickinson began his spine career in 2009 with Verticor Spine, which was acquired by Amendia in 2011; thereafter, he was Amendia’s VP of sales before it was sold to Kohlberg and Partners. Dickinson also formed Invictus Medical in 2017. He has an MBA in finance from Southern Methodist University.
Recovery Centers of America of Danvers and Westminster, Massachusetts has named Heidi Ginter Chief Medical Officer at both facilities. Ginter has nearly 20 years of experience working in the addiction treatment field. She earned her doctorate at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Qure.ai of New York, New York named Chiranjiv Singh its Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). Chiranjiv joins Qure.ai from GE Healthcare where he spent 13 years, most recently as Chief Marketing Officer of its x-ray division.
Systech of Princeton, New Jersey named Avi Chaudhuri its Chief Scientist. Chaudhuri is also Systech’s Senior Global Partner. He holds a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley, and is founder and trustee of The Purnima Foundation in India.
Intiva Health of Austin, Texas promoted EVP John T. Hartigan to CEO. Hartigan has 25 years of experience leading early-stage startups through strategic partnerships.
Apixio, Inc., of San Mateo, California named Jennifer Pereur VP of Solutions, and Terry Ward SVP of Solutions. Pereur comes to Apixio from Hill Physicians Medical Group; Ward joins Apixio from Change Healthcare, where he was VP of product management, reporting, and analytics. Ward previously worked at UnitedHealth Group for 14 years as VP of Network Data Strategies.
Innovation Health of Falls Church, Virginia named Sunil Budhrani CEO of Innovation Health. Budhrani has been its Chief Medical Officer for the last three years, and will continue in the role. Budhrani also founded CareClix Telemedicine, PrimeMed Urgent Care Systems, and was CMO of the Affordable Care Act Health Plan for Evergreen Health Care. He has an MBA from University of Baltimore and teaches emergency medicine at George Washington University.
George Clinical of Overland Park, Kansas promoted Maria Ali to Chief Medical Officer. Ali has substantial experience in public health, clinical research, and research management across hospitals, academic, and clinical research organizations.
Canopy Health of Emeryville, California named Jeff Burnich its new Chief Physician Enterprise Executive. Most recently, Burnich was SVP and executive officer of the Sutter Medical Network (SMN), oversaw the operations of Sutter Physician Services, and served as Chief Medical Officer and SVP of System Care Management for Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio.
Integrity Locums of Denver, Colorado added Allison Beer as chief people officer.
Beer was previously the president and CEO of Healthcare Staffing Services; she also held executive leadership positions at AMN Healthcare, Weatherby Locums, RN Network, and CompHealth.
U.S. Renal Care (USRC) of Plano, Texas named Mary Dittrich its Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Dittrich was the Chair of the Medical Advisory Board for Liberty Dialysis, Inc., has been CMO of Liberty Health Partners, senior medical director of Remedy Partners, president of Liberty Administrative Services, and CMO for Glacier Management Services in Alaska.
Boston, Massachusetts-based HydroCision named Alain Tranchemontagne its CEO. Tranchemontagne most recently was SVP of commercial development, U.S., for Smith & Nephew; prior to that, he spent five years in the patient care division of Covidien (Medtronic) in various senior marketing roles.
MCRA of Washington, D.C. named Michael C. John its VP of Cardiovascular Regulatory Affairs. John joins MCRA from the US Food and Drug Administration, where he was Chief of the Interventional Cardiology Devices Branch. He also formerly did cardiovascular research at The Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) has named AMN Healthcare Chief Clinical Officer Cole Edmonson an inaugural recipient of its AONE Fellow designation. Edmonson joined AMN in January from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
Cantel Medical Corp. of Little Falls, New Jersey named longtime director George L. Fotiades its President and CEO, replacing Jorgen B. Hansen, who resigned from the company and its board of directors. Fotiades has served on the Cantel board since April 2008; he is also a director at Prologis, Inc.
The Chicago, Illinois-based SeniorMetrics Inc. named Chad Harris its Chief Digital Officer and Dave Keane its CFO. Harris boasts 25 years of operations experience; Keane has been a healthcare CFO for as long.
Healthcare Trust of America of Scottsdale, Arizona named David Chung Corporate SVP for development. Chung most recently was EVP for Anchor Health Properties, VP of Development at Duke Realty Healthcare, and was regional director of real estate/construction for Providence St. Joseph Health System for Western Washington.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Innovatus Imaging named Laci Yocum its national account director. Yocum was most recently a national account executive for Conquest Imaging, and has held executive positions at Bayer Healthcare and MEDRAD, both of which are part of Innovatus Imaging.