Claus T. Jensen

Claus is the Chief Digital Officer and Head of Technology for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He oversees the integration of data and technology resources and develops the data and digital platforms that will enable MSK to meet critical patient care and research objectives.

Claus also directs the operations of Information Systems, Health Informatics, and Data Products, as well as other core components of MSK’s information technology ecosystem. He works closely with leaders across MSK to design, create, and optimize solutions that benefit patients, researchers, clinicians, and administrators.

Claus is a transformational change agent with a track record of driving multi-year transitional agendas in large organizations, bringing together ideas, people and technology.
His background prior to MSK spans 20 years of transformational leadership roles at Danske Bank, IBM and as Chief Technology Officer of CVS Health/Aetna. During his time at IBM he was a trusted advisor on business and IT transformation journeys for many of the Fortune 100 companies.

Claus enjoys learning about world history and spends his vacations exploring different parts of the United States with his wife and two daughters.

Claus has a PhD in Computer Science from Aarhus University, Denmark. He is a thought leader in business and IT integration, holds 14 patents, and is a published author of six books and numerous articles.

Bio update November January 2020

      David Entwistle

      David Entwistle is president and CEO of Stanford Health Care (SHC). He joined SHC in July 2016 with extensive executive experience at leading academic medical centers. Entwistle is a passionate advocate of precision health – tailoring a treatment to a patient’s specific disease or condition as well as focusing on prevention to empower patients to take charge of their health before they become ill.

      Among the factors that attracted him to SHC are the unparalleled technologies available in Silicon Valley that help advance health care through better application of technology for individuals. According to Entwistle, SHC is extremely well-situated to be able to apply innovative technology, such as wearable devices that track activity or monitor blood glucose levels, to improve health.

      Before joining SHC, he served for nine years as CEO of the University of Utah Hospital & Clinics (UUHC), the only academic medical center in the Intermountain West region. While serving at UUHC, Entwistle received the Modern Healthcare “Up and Comers Award,” for significant contributions in health care administration, management or policy.

      He previously served as senior vice president and chief operating officer at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wis., from 2002-2007; and as vice president of professional services and joint venture operations at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif.

      As a recognized health care thought leader, Entwistle serves on the boards of the American Hospital Association, the AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and Vizient. He is the past chair of the Utah Hospital Association and was appointed by the governor of Utah to the state’s Medicaid Task Force.

      Entwistle is an avid cyclist who enjoys both road and mountain biking, often accompanied by his teenage son. He also competes in Ironman Triathlons. He tweets at @DEntwistleSHC.


      Posted December 2019
          Ryan Schmid

          Ryan Schmid

          Ryan is the Co-founder, President and CEO of Vera Whole Health, which contracts with companies to build and operate dedicated on- and near-site primary care clinics for their employees. Vera was named one of Washington’s 100 Best Companies to Work For by Seattle Business Magazine, and serves such groups as Seattle Children’s Hospital, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Virginia Mason Medical Center, City of Kirkland, Anchorage School District, and the Northern Arizona Public Employee Benefit Trust.

          Ryan is also the co-founder and former Chairman of the Board for Hope Central Pediatric and Behavior Health Clinic, a nonprofit organization that offers primary and wellness care to people in low-income areas. And finally, he’s the co-founder of Rainier Health and Fitness, a nonprofit fitness center also for people in low-income areas. Ryan was recognized as one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 under 40 in 2013.

          Ryan earned his B.S. in Business with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Management from the University of Oregon in 2001, graduated Magna Cum Laude, was awarded both the Entrepreneurship and Management student of the year awards, and was a Rhodes Scholar state finalist. He was also a four-year letterman on the University of Oregon football team (which won four consecutive bowl games), and was awarded Most Inspirational Player, Scholar Athlete and Academic All-American in his senior year.

          Ryan received his MBA from Seattle University in 2007 with a certificate in Entrepreneurship. He was a Distinguished Graduate recipient and was awarded the Alber’s Service award and the McGowan Scholarship, and received the Outstanding Recent Alumni award from Seattle University.

          CEO of Vera Whole Health and value-based primary care expert.


          Posted December 2019



              Doug Watson, CPA

              Doug Watson joined the Arizona Division of CommonSpirit Health (formerly Dignity Health) in May 2017 with a distinguished career of progressive financial and operational leadership experience working with large health systems, health plans, physician practices and standalone hospitals. He brings experience in developing value based strategy, improving revenue and cash flows, successful mergers & acquisitions, risk and health insurance strategy development and creating cultural change. Doug has served as the Chief Financial Officer, Chief Development Officer and Chief Operating Officer within large health systems and led the business development team and provider division operations at the second largest healthcare clearinghouse. The Arizona Division of CommonSpirit Health is a complex integrated health system with over $6.5 billion in total revenue and a network of hospitals, health plan and ambulatory assets in Arizona.

              As an auditor and consultant, Doug held primary responsibility for complex financial audits of hospitals and health systems, led practice teams and entire practice units at International accounting and consulting firms (Big 6) such as Arthur Andersen and Capgemini Ernst & Young and ECG. He has served as an expert in risk based contracting, clinically integrated Network (CIN) and ACO development and strategy as well as development of risk sharing and health plan agreements.

              While a consultant, Doug led successful EHR implementations and the development of health system strategic and operating plans. His experience also encompasses leading strategic engagements with Intel, Microsoft and others to create innovative new businesses, software and hardware concepts.

              Doug is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Oregon and California.

              Posted December 2019

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                  Heather Wall

                  Heather Wall

                  Heather Wall is the Chief Commercial Officer for Civica. Heather’s areas of accountability include Civica hospital relationships and contracts, the Drug Selection Advisory Committee and the Medical Trends Advisory Committee. Heather is responsible for the data analytics, review and contracting required to bring each hospital-prioritized Civica medication to market. Heather is also responsible for the strategic planning for the current and future vision for Civica. Heather was named to Modern Healthcare’s Women Leaders “10 to Watch” list for 2019.

                  Before joining Civica, Heather worked at Intermountain Healthcare as an Enterprise Initiative Partner with Intermountain Healthcare’s Enterprise Initiative Office (EIO), which is responsible for driving forward Intermountain’ s key strategic initiatives.  Previous, Heather was the Operations Officer for Intermountain Healthcare’s LDS Hospital, with accountability for hospital-wide operations, strategic growth and high-value healthcare delivery.

                  Before joining Intermountain in 2008, Heather was the President / Managing Partner of Tesaris Corporation, a healthcare consulting and technology company with clients on both the west and east coasts. In this position, Heather designed and optimized strategy and operational efficiency for hospitals, ranging in size from critical access facilities to academic medical centers.

                  Heather received her Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University and her Bachelor of Science in management from Brigham Young University.  Heather and her husband, Ben, are the parents of three boys and reside in Riverton, Utah.


                  Posted December 2019
                      Kimberlydawn Wisdom MD, MS

                      Kimberlydawn Wisdom MD, MS

                      SVP, Community Health & Equity, Chief Wellness and Diversity Officer, Henry Ford Health System

                      Member, Advisory Committee on Minority Health

                      Dr. Kimberlydawn Wisdom has been a board-certified emergency medicine physician for 30 years and chair of the Gail and Lois Warden Endowment on Multicultural Health. In 2003, Governor Granholm appointed her the Nation’s first state-level surgeon general.

                      In 2012, President Obama appointed Dr. Wisdom to serve on the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. She focuses on health care equity, infant mortality/maternal and child health, chronic disease, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating habits, and tobacco use.

                      Dr. Wisdom provides strong leadership in diversity, population health, and improvement of the health of those disproportionately affected by poor health outcomes. She founded the award-winning program African American Initiative for Male Health Improvement and the Women‑Inspired Neighborhood Network: Detroit to reduce infant mortality. As Michigan Surgeon General, Dr. Wisdom founded the nationally known Generation With Promise program, a youth leadership empowerment, nutrition education and physical activity promotion effort now housed at Henry Ford.

                      Under Dr. Wisdom’s leadership, the health system has received numerous awards for its equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts, including the American Hospital Association Equity of Care Award in 2015 and has ranked in the top 10 for DiversityInc’s Top Hospitals and Health Systems for a decade. Most recently, Secretary Azar appointed her to the Advisory Committee on Minority Health. Recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Wisdom has authored many peer-reviewed publications; appeared on national television, including ABC’s Nightline; and has presented to audiences across the country and internationally.

                      Bio update September 2020

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                          Don Lovasz

                          Don Lovasz

                          Don Lovasz, is the CommonSpirit Health System Vice President for Population Health Operations, where he coordinates efforts supporting the health system’s 18 Clinically Integrated Networks (CIN), Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), and Value Based Operations (VBO). He also supports their California based claims processing center and the system’s payment innovation programs such as the Medicare Advance Bundled Payment. In total CommonSpirit manages over two million lives and $5 Billion in annual Total Medical Spend. Don chairs the CommonSpirit CIN Leaders Council and the system’s Bundled Payment Risk Oversight Council. He also serves on the board of American Physician Group (APG) and chairs APG’s Alternative Payment Committee.

                          Don has over 30 years of clinical and healthcare leadership experience both as a provider and a vendor. Before the CommonSpirit national role, Don led the system’s Kentucky CIN/ACO which quickly earned 5-STAR ACO status and Advanced APM certification. Prior to CommonSpirit Don lead two national outsourcing companies focused on healthcare information services, performance improvement and payment reform. Earlier Don served as a system-level executive at two vertically integrated health systems, one of which was the first recipient of the prestigious Malcom Baldrige Award for Quality.


                          Posted December 2019
                              Joel Shalowitz MD, MBA, FACP

                              Joel Shalowitz MD, MBA, FACP

                              Adjunct Professor of Preventive Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine | Northwestern University

                              Dr. Shalowitz combines many years in clinical practice and management with academic experience in both business and medical schools.

                              As a board-certified internist he practiced medicine and was managing partner of a primary care medical group with six locations in the north and northwest Chicago. The group was the core of a several hundred physician IPA which successfully participated in dozens of full-professional risk, capitated contracts, including three Medicare products. He has also gained experience as a hospital trustee and medical director of a home health agency.

                              Dr. Shalowitz was a professor and Director of the Health Industry Management Program at the Kellogg School of Management for 28 years, where he taught courses on the US and international healthcare systems and conducted executive education courses for healthcare organizations. In addition to his business school teaching, for 30 years Dr. Shalowitz taught the core health care systems course for Northwestern’s MPH degree program where he has been a professor of preventive medicine. Since 2006 he has also taught courses in Northwestern’s Master’s Program in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety.

                              He has extensive international healthcare experience, including three Fulbright awards. Dr. Shalowitz is currently an Affiliate Professor, Institute of Management, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy and Senior Fellow at ETLA, the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.

                              In addition to many other publications, his third book was released in August, 2019: The US Healthcare System: Origins, Organization and Opportunities. In conjunction with that book, he is also author of the daily healthcare blog: www.HealthcareInsights.MD

                              Sc.B. Biology: Brown University
                              MD (with honors, Sigma Xi): Brown University
                              Residency in Internal Medicine: Northwestern University
                              MBA ( with honors, Beta Gamma Sigma): Northwestern University


                              Posted December 2019
                                  Eduardo Conrado

                                  Eduardo Conrado

                                  Eduardo Conrado serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer for Ascension. In this role, he is accountable for the development of Ascension’s digital and data strategy and platform for consumer engagement as well as care delivery operations and product innovation, integrating these capabilities across the enterprise. Additionally, Mr. Conrado is responsible for Ascension’s organization-wide strategy and new business development functions.

                                  Mr. Conrado served as Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer starting in September 2018. He also served on the Ascension Board of Directors from 2014-2018. Prior to joining Ascension, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer for Motorola Solutions, Inc., Chicago, Illinois. While there, he was responsible for managing the company’s growth-focused strategy, accelerating innovation across the company’s products, services and software, and bringing a design-centric approach to business model and customer experience innovation. He led the strategy team, the chief information office, the chief technology office and Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, the company’s strategic investment group.

                                  Previously, he led the company’s marketing and IT organizations, which focused on creating seamless customer experiences. He joined Motorola in 1992 and served in a variety of leadership roles in multiple international businesses in a range of consumer and commercial segments across Motorola.

                                  Mr. Conrado serves on the Board of Directors of ArcBest Corporation (Symbol: ARCB), a transportation and logistics company. In the past he also served on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and the Board of Trustees for Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, and as national Chair of the Business Marketing Association.

                                  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas; a master’s degree in Business Administration from ESADE, Barcelona, Spain; and a master’s degree in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale, Arizona.


                                  Posted December 2019

                                      Gaurov Dayal, MD

                                      Gaurov Dayal, MD is passionate about value-based care and transforming the US health care system. He serves as the President and COO of Everside Health, which was created from the merger of Paladina Health, Activate Healthcare and Healthstat in 2020. Everside is the nation’s second largest direct primary care provider focused on improving the health care of employees, retirees, and their dependents with nearly 400 clinics in 32 states.

                                      Prior to his current role, Gaurov served as President of New Markets and Chief Growth Officer for ChenMed, one of the nation’s leading value-based care primary care groups focused on underserved seniors.  In this role he led ChenMed’s national expansion and new market operations.

                                      Gaurov has over two decades of experience in population health, physician group, health plan and hospital operations. Other relevant experience includes serving as Senior Vice President at Lumeris, where he created and implemented operational solutions for large health care systems and provider groups transitioning to value-based care delivery. Earlier, at SSM Health Care, a large multi-state Integrated Delivery system, Gaurov served as the Chief Medical Officer, Interim CEO for SSM Wisconsin Hospitals and President of Health Care Delivery, Finance, and Integration. At SSM, he led the transformation from traditional volume-based provider to a value-based system, including the successful acquisition and integration of Dean Clinic and Dean Health plan, the largest HMO in Southern Wisconsin.

                                      Gaurov earned a BA from Johns Hopkins University, MD from Northwestern University and completed residency training in pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis.

                                      Bio updated July 2021