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  1. Aase, Lee A.

    Director, Center for Social Media, Mayo Clinic

    Lee A. Aase is director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, a first-of-its-kind social media center that builds on Mayo Clinic's leadership among health care providers in adopting social media tools.

  2. Adams, Laura

    President and CEO, Rhode Island Quality Institute

    "Leap and the net will appear."

    As president and CEO of the Rhode Island Quality Institute, Laura Adams leads a group of top leadership of health care stakeholders working to transform the health care system in the state.

  3. Alrutz, Margaret

    Director, Strategic Marketing and Experience Design, Nurture by Steelcase

    Specializing in strategic design and systems thinking, Margaret Alrutz creates future-oriented insights and innovation strategies at Nurture by Steelcase. She's an integral member of the original research team whose insights led to the founding of Nurture.

  4. Anderson, Rose J.

    Design Researcher, Center for Innovation, Mayo Clinic

    Rose J. Anderson leads research, design and development efforts to transform health care experiences and amplify innovation across Mayo Clinic, including facilitating workshops on design methods and advising project teams through iterative, user-centered development processes.

  5. Barcenas, Camilo

    Founder and CEO, Dabo Health

    Camilo Barcenas has spent the last 10 years in hospitals throughout the country, working primarily in the areas of creating and implementing innovative solutions to improve patient care through technology.

  6. Beaver, Mekayla I.

    Senior Design Researcher, Center for Innovation, Mayo Clinic

    Mekayla I. Beaver, a senior design researcher and strategist, has many years of experience using human-centered design methods to create positive change. At the Center for Innovation, she helps teach design research skills and facilitate innovation throughout Mayo Clinic.

  7. Boughey, Judy C., M.D.

    Consultant, Division of Gastroenterologic and General Surgery, Mayo Clinic

    The clinical practice of Judy C. Boughey, M.D., is focused on surgical management of breast cancer. She's also involved in educating surgical residents and has research interests in breast cancer risk assessment, detection, treatment and staging.

  8. Breslin, Maggie

    Designer, Researcher and Writer

    Maggie Breslin leads research, design and development efforts on topics such as decision making, risk communication, integrated practice models, remote care, caregiving and minimally disruptive medicine.

  9. Bukhman, Gene, M.D., Ph.D.

    Cardiologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Medical Anthropologist

    Cardiologist and medical anthropologist Gene Bukhman, M.D., Ph.D., has worked with Partners In Health for more than 15 years and is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he directs the Program in Global Noncommunicable Disease and Social Change.

  10. Canales, Rodrigo, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Management

    Rodrigo Canales, Ph.D., researches the role of institutions in entrepreneurship and economic development. His work seeks to understand how individuals purposefully enact organizational and institutional change — in particular, how individuals use their backgrounds, professional status and organizational positions to change institutions.

  11. Creagan, Edward T., M.D.

    Consultant, Division of Medical Oncology, Mayo Clinic

    The first Mayo Clinic consultant to be board certified in hospice medicine and palliative care, Edward T. Creagan, M.D., has also received the Distinguished Clinician Award and is a past president of the Mayo Clinic staff.

  12. Danger, Tane

    Co-creator, The Theater of Public Policy

    "The most fun you'll have thinking and talking about public policy."

    The Theater of Public Policy, co-created by Tane Danger and Brandon Boat, is a mix of serious issues and laugh-out-loud sketches. In its first two seasons, the show tackled questions ranging from biofuels to long-term health care and from the farm bill to college affordability.

  13. Darkins, Adam, M.D.

    Chief Consultant, Care Coordination Services, Department of Veterans Affairs

    Under the leadership of Adam Darkins, M.D., the Department of Veterans Affairs has developed the clinical, technology and business underpinnings to successfully implement and sustain successful enterprisewide telehealth-based services.

  14. Deibert, Wendy, R.N.

    Executive Director, Telemedicine Services, Mercy

    Wendy Deibert, R.N., executive director of telemedicine services with Mercy's Center for Innovative Care in St. Louis, manages daily operations and supervises the nursing staff and support personnel for Mercy SafeWatch.

  15. DiTommaso, Dustin

    Vice President, Experience Design, Mad*Pow

    Dustin DiTommaso has a lifetime love affair with elegant design and has spent nearly a decade chasing the perfect blend of form and function. His work has been recognized by Yahoo, Macworld, New York Festivals and The Boston Phoenix.

  16. Dole, Adam G.

    Business Planning Manager, Global Business Solutions, Mayo Clinic

    Adam G. Dole works to identify and incubate opportunities for future Mayo Clinic products, services and businesses. His current focus includes creating new services that extend Mayo Clinic's reach and impact beyond the hospital walls.

  17. Fabian, Christopher

    Co-lead, Innovation Unit, UNICEF

    As co-lead of UNICEF's Innovation Unit, Christopher Fabian focuses on how technology for development can benefit the organization and improve the lives of children. This work is thematically centered on health, education, child protection and nutrition.

  18. Fabricant, Robert

    Vice President of Creative, frog design

    Working with a global team of strategists, interaction designers, industrial designers, technologists and design researchers, Robert Fabricant helps extend frog design's capabilities into new markets and offerings in areas such as health care and transportation.

  19. Fernandopulle, Rushika, M.D.

    Co-founder and CEO, Iora Health

    "There is an important difference between innovation and improvement, and we should be doing both if we want to fix health care."

    Rushika Fernandopulle, M.D., is a practicing physician and co-founder and CEO of Iora Health, a health care services firm based in Cambridge, Mass., whose mission is to build a radically new model of primary care.

  20. Fisher, Thomas

    Professor and Dean, College of Design, University of Minnesota

    "As the exorbitant cost of our health care system shows, we can no longer afford bad design. In fact, the real luxury in this country has been our tolerance of so much bad design — sloppy procedures, careless processes and wasteful products — that costs us way more than we can possibly sustain."

    Thomas Fisher, whose background is in architecture and intellectual history, lectures and writes extensively on design.

  21. Frankel, Felice

    Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Science Photographer

    "Creating visuals for the purpose of explanation should be part of the education agenda."

    Felice Frankel, in collaboration with scientists and engineers, creates images for journal submissions, presentations and publications to advance the public understanding of science.

  22. Gardner, Matthew R.

    Lead Service Design Researcher, Center for Innovation, Mayo Clinic

    Matthew R. Gardner is lead service designer for the Center for Innovation's Care at a Distance platform. He's been a part of project teams working on Mayo Clinic eConsults, re-envisioning prenatal care, clinical video visits to the home and video curbside consults.

  23. Gephardt, Richard A.

    President and CEO, Gephardt Government Affairs

    Richard A. Gephardt, who served for 28 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, provides strategic advice to clients on issues before the House, Senate and executive branch.

  24. Goetz, Matthew P., M.D.

    Consultant, Division of Medical Oncology, Mayo Clinic

    Matthew P. Goetz, M.D., studies estrogen receptor positive breast cancer and the pharmacogenomics of anti-cancer therapy. His work on tamoxifen drug metabolism and pharmacogenetics led to a Food and Drug Administration recommendation to change the label of tamoxifen.

  25. Ingram, Cory J., M.D.

    Physician, Palliative Medicine, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato

    Cory J. Ingram, M.D., is a clinician and medical director for palliative care at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minn. His research throughout his training has culminated in his current focus of improving the care of seriously ill patients and their families.

  26. Jadad, Alex, M.D.

    Chief Innovator and Founder, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation

    "Do we really know what we mean by 'health'?''

    Alex Jadad, M.D., a physician, innovator, educator and public advocate, is the Canada Research Chair in eHealth Innovation at the University of Toronto and the University Health Network, where he is the chief innovator and founder of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation.

  27. Keillor, Garrison

    Host and Producer

    "Open-heart surgery! A stroke! A prostate biopsy! Adventures in medicine! At Mayo!"

    Garrison Keillor is the host and writer of "A Prairie Home Companion" and "The Writer's Almanac," both of which air on public radio stations across the country. He's also the author of more than a dozen books.

  28. Koch, Leslie

    President, The Trust for Governors Island

    Leslie Koch oversees the planning, redevelopment and ongoing operation of Governors Island in New York Harbor. Under her leadership, the island has been transformed into a vibrant public space and become New York City's newest destination for the arts and culture.

  29. Kochi, Erica

    Co-lead, Tech Innovations Team, UNICEF

    Most recently, Erica Kochi's team has been responsible for the development of RapidSMS, a system that uses basic mobile phones and text (SMS) messages to collect information from field workers and improve the speed and quality of data collection.

  30. Kumbera, Patty

    Chief Operating Officer, Outcomes Pharmaceutical Health Care

    Patty Kumbera has been active and influential in the evolution of Medicare Part D Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services since they were introduced in 2006.

  31. Laws, Margaret

    Director, Innovations for the Underserved Program and Health Innovation Fund, California HealthCare Foundation

    At the California HealthCare Foundation, Margaret Laws directs the Innovations for the Underserved program, which aims to reduce barriers to efficient, affordable care for the underserved. She also created and directs its Health Innovation Fund, a three-year, $10 million program-related investment fund.

  32. LeBrasseur, Nathan K., Ph.D.

    Senior Associate Consultant, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Mayo Clinic

    Nathan K. LeBrasseur, Ph.D., conducts translational bench-to-bedside research to identify ways to counter functional decline and frailty in the face of aging and disease.

  33. MacPhee, John

    Executive Director, The Jed Foundation

    John MacPhee is executive director of The Jed Foundation, an organization focused on promoting emotional health and preventing suicide among college students. He has 20 years of leadership and management experience in business and nonprofit settings.

  34. Markovic, Svetomir N., M.D., Ph.D.

    Consultant, Division of Hematology and Division of Medical Oncology, Mayo Clinic

    Svetomir N. Markovic, M.D., Ph.D., works to find and understand opportunities to integrate different systemic treatment modalities into more-effective therapies for advanced melanoma.

  35. Matthews, Marc R., M.D.

    Consultant, Department of Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic

    A family medicine physician at Mayo Family Clinic Kasson, Marc R. Matthews, M.D., believes that design thinking can enable communities to move toward their vision of health and wellness.

  36. Murphy, Michael

    Founding Partner and Executive Director, MASS Design Group

    Michael Murphy, co-founder of MASS Design Group, led the design and construction of Butaro Hospital in Rwanda and has been recognized by numerous organizations and magazines for his work.

  37. Neeley, J. Paul

    Designer and Researcher

    "Anytime we consider anything less than everything, we are missing something."

    J. Paul Neeley is a multidisciplinary designer and researcher based in London. His work explores the implications of emerging technologies through the design of speculative futures.

  38. Onie, Rebecca

    Co-founder, Health Leads

    Rebecca Onie co-founded Health Leads as a college sophomore with Barry Zuckerman, M.D., chair of pediatrics at Boston Medical Center. The organization now serves families in six cities.

  39. Ouyang, Min

    Design Researcher, GE Healthcare

    At GE Healthcare, design researcher Min Ouyang leads not only internal research programs but also cross-institutional collaborations.

  40. Ryan, Krisa N.

    Service Designer, Center for Innovation, Mayo Clinic

    Krisa N. Ryan leads research and design efforts around "smart space" interventions aimed at improving patient outcomes while reducing clerical burden. She's worked on projects related to delivery of care for pediatric patients, patients undergoing dialysis and patients requiring enteral feeding.

  41. Satow, Phillip M.

    Co-founder, The Jed Foundation

    In 2000, Phillip M. Satow and his family founded The Jed Foundation, a public charity committed to reducing the young adult suicide rate and improving the mental health support provided to students by universities nationwide.

  42. Schwartz, Bob

    General Manager, Global Design, GE Healthcare

    With six studios in five countries, Bob Schwartz is responsible for overseeing GE Healthcare's Global Design group, a team encompassing human factors, industrial design, ergonomics, user interface design and design research.

  43. Shakow, Aaron, Ph.D.

    Associate Director, Program in Noncommunicable Disease, Partners In Health

    Aaron Shakow, Ph.D., has been working for 15 years with Partners In Health, where he's played a key role in the organization's advocacy for the treatment of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other diseases of the poor.

  44. Somers, Virend, M.D., Ph.D.

    Consultant, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic

    The work of Virend Somers, M.D., Ph.D., examines the mechanisms that influence the brain's regulation of the heart and blood vessels in both health and disease. His research includes sleep and its interaction with circulatory control, as well as the mechanisms linking obesity to heart disease.

  45. Tecco, Halle

    Founder and Managing Director, Rock Health

    Halle Tecco is the founder and managing director of Rock Health, the first seed accelerator devoted exclusively to health apps. She recognized the need and potential for startups in the interactive health space while working at Apple's App Store.

  46. Tuckson, Reed, M.D.

    Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs, UnitedHealth Group

    Reed Tuckson, M.D., works with UnitedHealth Group's business units to improve the quality and efficiency of the health services provided to its 75 million members worldwide. He's also an active member of the Institute of Medicine.

  47. Utengen, Audun

    Co-founder, Symplur and The Healthcare Hashtag Project

    With a background and training in classical music, international business and information technology, Audun Utengen brings a unique combination of traits to the health care industry and has a passion for solutions and design that emphasize simplicity.

  48. Wilkens, Todd

    Senior Design Researcher, Center for Innovation, Mayo Clinic

    Todd Wilkens is the design lead for the Healthy Aging and Independent Living initiative at Mayo Clinic. He has more than 15 years of experience as a creative leader, researcher, strategist and designer in many different contexts.

  49. Williams, Amy W., M.D.

    Consultant, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension, Mayo Clinic

    Amy W. Williams, M.D., practices in the Division of Nephrology & Hypertension at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She led a redesign of the admissions process and census management for all Mayo Clinic hospitals in Rochester, Minn., and has been involved in efforts at Mayo related to education, practice redesign, diversity and faculty development.

  50. Wolff, Michael

    Journalist and Author

    One of the most prominent writers about the media business, Michael Wolff is a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, Wired and British GQ; a weekly columnist for the Guardian; a two-time National Magazine Award winner; and the founder of

  51. Zeiger, Roni, M.D.

    CEO, Smart Patients

    "The secret weapon for accelerating medical research is collaborating with expert patients."

    Roni Zeiger, M.D., the former chief health strategist at Google, is co-founder and CEO of Smart Patients, which aims to leverage the knowledge of patients to accelerate the era of precision medicine. He continues to see patients part time.

  52. Ziegler, Leslie

    Chief Evangelist, Rock Health

    Leslie Ziegler is the chief evangelist at Rock Health, which brings together the brightest minds in technology, medicine, investment and corporate to find new ways to address issues in the health care system through technology.