Marjorie Bessel, MD is the chief clinical officer at Banner Health. Dr. Bessel began her journey with Banner 12 years ago, and has served in progressive physician leadership positions. She initially served as chief medical officer for several hospitals, then moved into the Arizona Division chief medical officer role, before accepting vice president roles for Continuum Management and Clinical Integration. She most recently served as vice president/chief medical officer for Community Delivery.
Her clinical background is as a hospitalist and she maintains board certification and active staff privileges. She is also passionate around empowerment of patients through transparency of individual’s clinical information. Dr. Bessel earned a B.S. in biology, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University and she attended Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois, where she was presented with the James B. Herrick award for most outstanding performance in internal medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Rush- Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago and was honored by continuing for an additional year in the capacity as Chief Resident.
Rasu B. Shrestha, MD, MBA, leads the Atrium Health enterprise strategy, including planning and tactical direction for strategic roadmap and beyond. In addition, he spearheads a renewed focus on innovation, launching new healthcare inventions, discoveries and ideas to benefit our patients and the communities Atrium Health serves.
Dr. Shrestha joined Atrium Health from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), where he most recently served as Chief Innovation Officer, responsible for driving UPMC’s innovation strategy, serving as a catalyst in transforming the payer-provider organization into a more patient-focused and economically sustainable system.
In addition to leading innovation at UPMC, Dr. Shrestha also served as Executive Vice President of UPMC Enterprises, pushing the needle in the pursuit of a unique blend of healthcare intelligence, technological expertise and entrepreneurial drive to develop inventive and commercially successful solutions to address complex healthcare challenges.
Dr. Shrestha is a respected thought leader and visionary in the field of healthcare information technology and was recently recognized as “Executive of the Year” by Healthcare Dive and was acknowledged as one of the “Top 20 Health IT Leaders Driving Change” and as a “Top Healthcare Innovator” by InformationWeek. In addition, he is on the Board of Directors of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and is the Chairman of the HIMSS Innovation Committee, and Co-chair of Health Datapalooza.
Growing up, Dr. Shrestha always knew he wanted to be a physician and had a deep desire to make other people’s lives better. He was the youngest student in his college in Malaysia and received his medical degree from CCS University in India. He went on to complete his training in radiology and his fellowship in informatics at the University of London. In a desire to have additional knowledge to better understand the economics and funding, Dr. Shrestha additionally earned an MBA at USC’s Marshall School of Business.
Building on MD Anderson's rich history of innovation, Rebecca Kaul is bringing another layer of transformative thinking through an Innovation Center designed to identify creative and effective approaches for delivering exceptional patient outcomes and bring new solutions to market. By collaborating with internal innovators and establishing strategic relationship with startups and industry, Rebecca and her team are accelerating value generation and commercialization.
Prior to joining MD Anderson, Rebecca served as Chief Innovation Officer and President of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) Technology Development Center where she built their Innovation Center from a conceptual idea to a center nationally recognized for developing an extensive portfolio of partnerships, investments and new companies. Prior to starting the UPMC Innovation Center, Rebecca led their joint venture, which yielded a 100% return on investment in 18 months.
Rebecca has a master of business administration from New York University and has earned multiple degrees from Carnegie Mellon University: master of information systems management, bachelor of science in chemical engineering and engineering and public policy.
Rebecca was also selected as one of the 75 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare for 2017 by Health Data Management.
Patti Hart is the Associate Chief Nursing Officer for inpatient and ambulatory services at Medical University of South Carolina. She moved to Charleston in July, 2016 following 29 years in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Her background in nursing has been primarily in pediatrics accounting for twenty-five of her twenty-nine years. She was the Executive Sponsor building a new Children’s Hospital as the Director of Nursing for Women’s and Children’s Services at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
Patti graduated with her diploma in nursing from Altoona Hospital School of Nursing. She received her Bachelor and Masters of Science in Nursing from Penn State University. She graduated with her Doctorate in Nursing from Old Dominion University in May, 2017. Patti is certified as a Pediatric Nurse and a Nurse Executive.
In addition to Patti’s love for leadership, she is passionate about quality and safety. She was the recipient of the Senior Leader award for Solutions for Patient Safety. She has been an advocate for the leader’s role in creating a Just Culture. Patti is certified as a Yellow Belt for LEAN process improvement. She also holds an Adjunct faculty position with Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Nursing and has most recently taught interprofessional development related to healthcare safety.
Ms. Hart has a passion giving back in her community. She is a member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston Board, their Executive Board, and the Executive Committee for the American Heart Ball in Charleston.
Kevin is a practicing, board-certified internal medicine physician, a national media commentator, co-author of the book, Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices, and an acclaimed keynote speaker.
He is the founder and editor of KevinMD.com, where he also conceives and executes digital strategy, and directs technology infrastructure. It now receives over 3 million monthly page views, and exceeds 250,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter.
Transforming his social media presence into a mainstream media voice, he has been interviewed on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. His commentary regularly appears in USA Today, where he is a member of its editorial Board of Contributors, as well as CNN and the New York Times. His opinion pieces highlight the challenges everyday doctors face, ranging from the primary care shortage to the epidemic of physician burnout.
Kevin shares his story nationwide as a social media physician speaker, and regularly keynotes major conferences:
- American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, CHEST, National Council for Behavioral Health
- Florida Medical Association, Kansas Medical Society, Kentucky Medical Association, Massachusetts Medical Society, Ohio State Medical Association, Tennessee Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and Washington State Medical Association
- American Medical Writers Association, HealtheVoices, Planetree International Conference
Kevin understands the nuanced issues that clinicians face when they manage their online reputations, expand into the social media space, or prepare a high-stakes keynote speech. He shares his extensive experience through personalized, 1-on-1 coaching.
Kevin received his medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine and practices primary care in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was a member of the New Hampshire Union Leader’s 40 Under Forty, an inductee to the Healthcare Internet Hall of Fame, and named a top doctor in the state by New Hampshire Magazine.
“He is not only a natural in front of the camera. He is one of the most genuine people I have ever worked with. Even with four Super Bowl rings, and all that testosterone, the man is so down-to-earth and loveable.” – Academy Award winner Kathy Bates
The only NFL player with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Bradshaw continues to defy an easy pigeonhole. Four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers), two-time Super Bowl MVP and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee. Multi-Emmy and award-winning broadcaster for FOX on Fox NFL Sunday. Enduringly popular actor, most recently in the box office smash comedy romance Failure to Launch. Add to that gospel/country singer motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author, breeder of championship quarter horses…
No one can spiral them into the end zone like Bradshaw…
The first player chosen in the 1970 draft, the 6’3” Bradshaw became one of the most prolific quarterbacks in history. He was the first quarterback to win four Super Bowl championships (1975, 1976, 1979 and 1980), making him a perfect 4-0 Super Bowl play, an extraordinary feat that has only been duplicated once, 10 years later, by Joe Montana. In those four performances, he completed 49 of 84 attempted passes (nine for touchdowns) for 932 yards (second all-time), with just three interceptions while amazingly calling his own plays, something rarely done when Bradshaw played and unheard of in today’s NFL. He still holds the Super Bowl passing records for average gain per attempt in career (11.10 yards) and average gain in a game (14.71 yards in Super Bowl XIV). Bradshaw, a two-time Super Bowl MVP (Super Bowls XIII and XIV), was a four-time All-Pro. He retired prior to the 1984 season. Widely acknowledged as today’s preeminent NFL studio personality, Bradshaw segued to broadcasting as a guest commentator for CBS Sports’ NFC postseason broadcasts (1980-82). He joined CBS Sports as an NFL game analyst in 1984, then became a studio analyst on The NFL Today for four seasons beginning in 1990. Currently his dual roles as co-host and analyst on Fox NFL Sunday, he has been a primary force in making the show America’s most-watched, and four-time Emmy Award-winning, NFL pregame program. In 2006, the nationally prominent Davies-Brown Index rated Terry to be the best-known broadcaster in all of sports. His work on Fox NFL Sunday earned him Sports Emmy Awards in the Outstanding Sports Personality/Analyst category in 1999, 2001 and 2009 and he was named TV Guide’s Favorite Sportscaster in 1999. This hard work and dedication has made Bradshaw one of the most sought after personalities for TV talk shows and he has appeared on virtually every show on air, including numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Along with his broadcasting career, Bradshaw has appeared in several feature films, most recently Paramount’s $100 million hit Failure to Launch, starring Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Bates, also lending his unique voice to the $250 million grossing animated film Robots. Previously, Bradshaw garnered kudos for his appearances in Hooper and Cannonball Run. His television roles including guest starring spots on Everybody Loves Raymond, 8 Simple Rules, Malcolm in the Middle, Evening Shade, Blossom, Hardcastle and McCormick, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. and Married . . . With Children, along with his vocal contribution to an episode of King of the Hill. Bradshaw hosted his own talk show, The Home Team with Terry Bradshaw, the first talk show ever to debut simultaneously on network and syndicated television. Recently, Bradshaw starred with Charisma Carpenter and Nicholas Brendon in the ABC Family telefilm Relative Chaos. He stars alongside Henry Winkler, William Shatner and George Foreman in 2016's top rated summer NBC reality show, Better Late Than Never, with season 2 coming out in the winter of 2017. In addition, Bradshaw stars alongside Owen Wilson, Ed Helms, Glenn Close, Christopher Walken and others in the road trip, buddy mystery comedy film Father Figures (December, 2017). Bradshaw will be touring with the gospel singing group, The Isaacs, in April of 2018.
Bradshaw launched a successful singing career by recording four albums, two of which were top-selling gospel records nominated for Dove Awards. His cover of Hank Williams’ I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry became a Top 10 country hit. He recorded a children’s holiday album entitled Terry Bradshaw Sings Christmas Songs for the Whole Family. He has also worked with superstar Willie Nelson on a cut for the NFL Country record which paired current and former NFL stars with renowned country artists. An author of five books, Bradshaw easily brings his signature charm and charisma to the written page. They include his acclaimed autobiographies, Looking Deep (1989), It’s Only A Game (2001) and Keep it Simple (2002), No Easy Game (1973) and Terry Bradshaw: Man of Steel (1979). As a widely sought after motivational speaker, Bradshaw speaks to Fortune 500 companies and major corporations across the country. Energizing and motivating with his inspirational style, charisma and personality, Bradshaw has become one of the most sought after sports personality speaking today. A native of Shreveport, LA, Bradshaw attended Woodlawn High School, the program that also produced former Buffalo Bills quarterback Joe Ferguson. He went on to attend Louisiana Tech, where he still holds the single-season passing and total offense records. He was a first-team Associated Press All-America as a senior in 1970 and later that year received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Louisiana Tech.
Bradshaw has racked up numerous awards and honors during his long, diverse career and his work on behalf of those less fortunate has helped raise a tremendous amount of money and awareness while earning the gratitude and respect of countless charitable organizations. He was named NFL Player of the Year by The Associated Press, Sport magazine and the Maxwell Club of Philadelphia following his 1978 season with the Steelers; in 1979, he shared Sports Illustrated’s Man of the Year award with Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. In 1993, he won the NFL’s Bert Bell Memorial Award for significant contributions made to the league. In 2001, Bradshaw added yet another prestigious distinction with the NFL Alumni’s Career Achievement Award. Outside the realm of football, he was named 1999’s Man of the Year by the Big Sisters of America, 2000’s Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council, and in October 2001 became the NFL’s first and only player to receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Bradshaw spends his time at his home in Oklahoma with his wife Tammy. He has three daughters, Rachel, Erin and Lacey.
Bobbi Brown is a makeup artist, entrepreneur, author, and a self-made millionaire. She left her eponymous named beauty company Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in October of 2017, to launch her next company, Beauty Evolution, a new lifestyle platform that celebrates confidence, wellness and beauty through empowerment. Bobbi first arrived on the beauty scene in 1991 with the launch of Bobbi Brown Essentials, and changed the face of cosmetics with ten brown-based lipstick shades, created to fill a void in the market of simple, flattering and wearable makeup. Bobbi’s philosophy was simple: "Women want to look and feel like themselves, only prettier and more confident." Her unique approach was a gift for women who wanted a more natural look, and in 1995 the company was acquired by The Estée Lauder Companies. Bobbi's unique approach to beauty and her ability to translate the latest trends into wearable, real life looks has made her a sought-after expert on television, in magazines and newspapers, online backstage at New York Fashion Week. She is the Beauty & Lifestyle Editor of Elvis Duran and The Morning Show, a nationally syndicated morning radio show, and served as Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo! Beauty for two years, in addition to being the Contributing Beauty & Lifestyle Editor of Health magazine and the beauty editor of The Today Show. Bobbi’s message and products resonate with diverse audiences, and she has appeared on national shows including Good Morning America, Oprah, and The View. As a New York Times best-selling author, Bobbi has written eight instructional and engaging beauty and lifestyle books, and most recently launched her ninth book, Beauty from the Inside Out in, Spring 2017. In 2013, Bobbi launched an eyewear collection with Safilo, translating her beauty expertise to eyewear to teach women how to select frames that enhance their natural beauty and complement their skin tones and personal style. Born in Chicago and a graduate of Emerson College, Bobbi’s entrepreneurial impact extends beyond fashion and beauty. She has been inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, received honorary doctorates from Montclair State University, Fashion Institute of Technology and Emerson College, was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation, and has received the Glamour Woman of the Year Award. Most recently Bobbi was named creative consultant of the American department store, Lord & Taylor where she created JustBOBBI, an in-store and digital lifestyle concept boutique. On the horizon for Bobbi is the launch of her new digital platform justBobbi.com where, as a leading authority in the industry, she will cultivate and showcase meaningful lifestyle content. Furthering her commitment to wellness, and her mission to help women look and feel their best, Bobbi will also be creating a line of supplements. Bobbi’s message remains the same today as it was when she launched in 1991: "The secret to beauty is simple—be who you are.”
Dr. Chris DeRienzo is a dedicated husband, a proud father, a mediocre triathlete, and author of the upcoming book Tiny Medicine: One Doctor’s Biggest Lessons from His Smallest Patients (Big Eye Books, Summer 2019). He’s also a physician committed to improving America’s health and striving to match Theodore Roosevelt’s efforts to live life as a spectacle of the human engine driven at full speed. He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for Cardinal Analytx, leading the company’s clinical enterprise and helping connect world-class data science to “Better Care Sooner” for patients, employees, and plan members across the nation. He is also a Distinguished Scholar in the Clinical Excellence Research Center at Stanford University.
Recognized by Modern Healthcare in 2018 as one of 15 “Up and Comers” Under 40 and Becker’s as one of healthcare’s “Rising Stars,” Chris has published and presented internationally on leveraging analytics to drive continuous improvement, implementing data science in healthcare, and the intersection of humanity and technology. A frequent keynote speaker and the first ever HIMSS SPARK (TED-style) Speaker, he also advises both state and national governments and companies from early-stage ventures to the Fortune 500 on issues related to healthcare quality, safety, and analytics.
Prior to joining Cardinal, Chris served as Chief Quality Officer for Mission Health, a $2B integrated delivery system based in Asheville, NC. In this role, he had senior executive responsibility for quality, safety, experience, analytics and population health across Mission’s inpatient, ambulatory, and post-acute enterprise. His leadership helped create a truly data-driven culture of continuous improvement, propelling the system back to recognition by IBM Watson as a Top 15 Health System in both 2017 and 2018 while delivering measurably better clinical outcomes and multi-million dollar returns on value-based risk contracts.
Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatology, Dr. DeRienzo completed his M.D., Masters in Public Policy, and post-graduate medical training all at Duke. He is still a practicing neonatologist in the Mission Children’s NICU follow-up clinic and volunteers as a member of the Mercy Health (Chesterfield, MO) Board Quality Committee and the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly Board of Directors. At a national level, Dr. DeRienzo was just the fourth medical student elected and re-elected to serve on the AMA Board of Trustees. He is a Past-President of the Durham-Orange County Medical Society and has served in leadership roles within the American Academy of Pediatrics and the North Carolina Medical Society. He was appointed in early 2018 by the North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the Medical Care Advisory Committee, advising the Department on all aspects of Medicaid transformation, and has spent time advising the NC Quality Center on Safety Culture, the NC Division of Public Health, and the NC Institute of Medicine.
Outside of work Chris enjoys competing in triathlon. He finished his first (and potentially only) Ironman race in Louisville in 2018, is a two-time Ironman 70.3 Finisher and raced at the 2017 USA Triathlon Olympic Distance Age Group National Championships. He’s also a sucker for bucket list races his friends convince him “really won’t be as hard as they sound” and a frequent early-morning Zwift rider. He’s seen every episode of The West Wing at least twice and can quote “Two Cathedrals” line-for-line… including the Latin swearing.
Chris lives with his family and their two incredibly energetic dogs in Asheville, NC.
Bernard Boulanger, MD, MBA, joined The MetroHealth System as Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer in March 2016.
Dr. Boulanger is partnered with Dan Lewis, EVP and Chief Operating Officer, as part of the leadership dyad working to align operational and clinical efforts. Prior to joining MetroHealth, he was part of University of Kentucky (UK) HealthCare, where he held a number of roles. He had most recently served as system chief medical officer, providing leadership in the areas of clinical operations, clinical program development, clinical service quality, physician leader development and more. Dr. Boulanger also served as a trauma and general surgeon, medical director of inpatient services, associate chief medical officer for perioperative services, physician executive for UK Good Samaritan Hospital, and as enterprise director for surgery, endoscopy and interventional services.
Dr. Boulanger earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto’s College of Medicine and a master’s in business administration from the University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics.