Educational Advisory Board

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Health Connect Partners is proud of its exclusive Educational Advisory Board, which is comprised of top health system executives from Hospital Pharmacy, Radiology & Imaging, O.R. & Surgery, Hospital Supply Chain and Healthcare I.T. specialties. Each of our board members hold executive level positions at some of the most prestigious hospitals and healthcare systems in America. Without their expertise and tireless efforts to select the best topics and speakers for our educational sessions, our conferences would not be possible.


All HCP Educational Advisory Board members volunteer their time and receive no compensation for their participation. The board is comprised only of healthcare provider executives. No suppliers or vendors are allowed on our Educational Advisory Board, thus preventing any potential conflicts of interest between suppliers and providers.

Call for Speakers

Hospital Pharmacy
Board Chair
Ruth Cassidy, B.S., PharmD, MBA, FACHE
SVP,Clinical Support Svs / Chief Pharmacy Officer
St. Barnabas Hospital • Bronx, NY

Vice Chair
Myra Thomas, BS Pharm, MBA
AVP Pharmacy
Ochsner Medical Center - New Orleans • New Orleans, LA

Fred Pane, R.Ph., FASHP, FABC
Director, Pharmacy Services
Capstone Health Alliance • Concord, NC

Christina Cao, Pharm.D., MBA
Director of Pharmacy
Victor Valley Global Medical Center • Victorville, CA

Jonathan Lakamp, PharmD, BCPS
Chief Pharmacy Officer
Mercy Health • Chesterfield, MO

Meena Morgan, PharmD, MHA
Senior Director
Inova Fairfax Medical Campus • Falls Church, VA

Amir Emamifar, PharmD, MBA
Senior Consultant
ASHP (American Society of Health System Pharm • Bethesda, MD

Patrice Dupart, Pharm.D., BCPS, MSHCM
VP of Pharmacy Services/ Apothecary-in-Chief
NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System • New York, NY

Nicolle Rychlick, PharmD., MBA
Director Advisory Services, Pharmacy
Premier Inc • Charolette, NC

Emily Meyer, PharmD, MHA
VP, Pharmacy Operations
Advocate Aurora Health • Oak Lawn, IL

Venita Papillion, PharmD, MBA
Division VP of Pharmacy
CHI St Lukes Health • Houston, TX

Joseph Pinto, R.Ph, M.S., MHA, DPLA
Executive Director of Pharmacy Operations
Mount Sinai Health System • New York, NY

Meena Rupani, RPh
Sys Director Strategic Sourcing Clinical Products
Trinity Health • Livonia, MI

Dawn Rana, R.Ph, D.Ph
Senior Director of Oncology Solutions
Vizient • San Antonio, TX

Arash Dabestani, PharmD, MHA, FASHP, FABC
Dean and Professor
LIU College of Pharmacy • Brooklyn, NY

Radiology & Imaging
Board Chair
Julie Ross, MBA, RT (R)
Executive Director, Imaging Services
Mercy Hospital St. Louis • St. Louis, MO

Vice Chair
Bryan Henderson, Ph.D, MBA, BSRT(R)
Director of Radiology, Cardiology & Neurology
Valley Presbyterian Hospital • Los Angeles, CA

Brian Wetzel, RT R,N,CNMT
Director of Medical Imaging/Cardiology
Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital • Binghamton, NY

Jack Morris, MHA, RT(R)
Corporate Director of Radiology
McLeod Health • Florence, SC

Melissa Lejsek, BSHA, RT(R)(M)
AVP, Equipment Services
LifePoint Health • Brentwood, TN

Joe Lopez, MS, RT(R)
Director of Imaging Services
HCA St. David's, North Austin Medical Center • Round Rock

Todd Russell, BS RT(R)(CT)(MR)
Director - Imaging Services
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center • Vancouver, WA

Cara Reed, R.T (R) (M) (ARRT)
Assistant Market Director of Operations
Progressive Radiology • Fairfax, VA

Laurie Schachtner, PhD, MBA, FACHE, CRA, RT(R)(M)
VP Imaging & Hospital Operations
Ascension Saint Joseph Elgin • Elgin, IL

Hospital Pharmacy Buyers
Board Chair
Rodney Elliott,
Pharmacy P.A./Technology Coordinator
CHI Memorial • Chattanooga, TN

Gordon Hubbard,
Associate Director, Pharmacy Procurement
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center • Boston, MA

Ryan Pepper, MBA
AVP Pharmacy Supply Chain
Ochsner Health • New Orleans, LA

Vikram Mulchandani, MBA, PMP
Director, Pharmacy Supply Chain
Mount Sinai Health System • New York, NY

Neil Assad, CPhT
Pharmacy Buyer
Hackensack Mountainside Medical Center • Montclair, NJ

Healthcare I.T.
Board Chair
Laurel Sturgill, MOL
CIO
Saint Francis Healthcare System • Cape Girardeau, MO

Vice Chair
Skip Rollins,
CIO/CISO
Freeman Health System • Joplin, MO

Jitendra Barmecha, MD, MPH, SFHM, FACP
SVP/CIO
St Barnabas Hospital • Bronx, NY

Pavan Attur,
Chief Information Officer
Hudson Regional Hospital • Secaucus, NJ

Ivan Durbak,
CIO
BronxCare Health System • Bronx, NY

Donald McGruder,
Chief Information and Revenue Integrity Officer
South Shore Hospital • Chicago, IL

Abe Manasrah, MS
Vice President - Chief Data Officer
Tanner Health System • Carrollton, GA

James Wellman, CHCIO
Chief Digital & Information Officer
Blanchard Valley Health System • Findlay, OH

O.R. & Surgical
Board Chair
Stephen Lovern, DNP, RN, NEA BC
Vice President-Department of Surgery
Carilion Clinic • Roanoke, VA

Patricia McMeen, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM
Director, Surgical Services
Erlanger Health System • Chattanooga, TN

Trevor Bennett, MBA, MSN, RN, CNOR
AVP, Acute Care Operations, Exec Director
Providence Swedish • Seattle, WA

Faisal Rahman, PhD
Vice President
DXTX Pain & Spine • Dyer, IN

Rolla Sweis, Pharm.D., M.A.
Regional VP of Hospital Operations
Advocate Christ Medical Center • Chicago, IL

Deron Mabe,
Associate Vice President, Perioperative Services
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist • Winston-Salem, NC

Lou Bottoms, MHA, BSN, RN, CNOR
Director Patient Care Serv Periop Services
Emory Healthcare • Atlanta, GA

Melanie Stone, MSN, MHSM, RN, CVAHP, CLSSBB
Executive Director Clinical Quality Value Analysis
WellStar Health System • Marietta, GA

Hospital Supply Chain
Board Chair
Phillip Bateman,
Field Region Manager
Capstone Health Alliance • Gulfport, MS

Vice Chair
Von Chaney, MBA, CMRP
Director Logistics, Facilities, Supply Chain
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center • New York, NY

Pedro Vega, CMRP
System Vice President of Supply Chain
One Brooklyn Health System • Brooklyn, NY

Sean Hazlett, CMRP, MBA
Director of Supply Chain
Mason Health • Shelton, WA

Kenyetta Keys, MBA
Vice President, Hospital Operations
MedStar Washington Hospital Center • Washington, DC

Rosa Costanzo, CMRP, CPPB, CPSM
CPO/SVP of Supply Chain Management
Jackson Health System • Miami, FL

John Barnes,
Director of System Integration & Planning
St. Luke's Health System • Boise, ID

Tom White,
Director, Supply Chain
Froedtert Health • Milwaukee, WI

Charlie Miceli, C.P.M.
VP/Network Chief Supply Chain Officer
University of Vermont Health Network • Burlington, VT

Becky Foret, BSN, MBA
Senior Director, Contract Services
Vizient • Irving, TX

David Bueby,
Corporate VP Supply Chain Management
McLaren Health Care Corporation • Grand Blanc, MI


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