Movers and shakers: 76 leadership changes affecting health IT in 2019

Becker's Hospital Review reported the following health IT executive moves affecting hospitals, companies and federal agencies from January through June.

Editor's note: The executive moves are listed in the order they were reported.

1. Access Healthcare, a healthcare revenue cycle management and IT services provider, appointed David Tassoni president of U.S. operations.

2. Best Buy promoted Asheesh Saksena, the lead of its strategic growth office, to president of Best Buy Health. The company also appointed Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health President and CEO Eugene Woods to its board, and added Cindy Kent, a former president and general manager of 3M's infection and prevention division, to its team.

3. Livongo Health named former Allscripts President Lee Shapiro to serve as CFO.

4. The Senate confirmed James Gfrerer as CIO and assistant secretary of IT for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

5. HealthVerity, a technology company focused on healthcare and consumer data management, appointed Mike Hard chief revenue officer.

6. Cliff Illig, co-founder and vice chairman of the board of directors at Cerner, retired from the company.

7. Outcome Health, a health technology and advertising company, selected John Vaughan to serve as chief compliance officer, a newly created role.

8. Livongo Health, a digital health startup aimed at supporting people with chronic conditions, appointed Bimal Shah, MD, as the company's CMO, and Courtnee Westendorf as its chief marketing officer.

9. Vic Gundotra stepped down from his post as CEO of AliveCor, a digital health company best known for its electrocardiogram-equipped watchband Kardia.

10. Kate Black left her post as 23andMe's chief privacy officer to join international law firm Greenberg Traurig.

11. Health IT and services provider Greenway Health named Kali Durgampudi its chief technology and innovation officer.

12. Kelly Cronin, director of interoperability for healthcare transformation at HHS' ONC, left the agency after 15 years of service.

13. Olah Healthcare Technology, a provider of enterprise decommissioning solutions for healthcare organizations, named Gregory Miller CEO.

14. Phoenix-based Banner Health selected Deanna Wise to serve as CIO.

15. Innovaccer, a healthcare data platform company, named Paul Grundy, MD, chief transformation officer.

16. The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange elected Jay Eisenstock to serve as chair and Nancy Spector as chair-elect of its board of directors.

17. Karen DeSalvo, MD, joined early-stage venture capital firm LRVHealth as an executive adviser.

18. SSM Health, a nonprofit health system based in St. Louis, named Sony Jacob CIO.

19. The House Veterans Affairs Committee selected Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nev., who took office less than a month ago, to oversee the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' $10 billion, 10-year EHR overhaul.

20. Christine Curry, MD, PhD, an obstetrician affiliated with Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente, is the latest addition to Apple's health team.

21. GV, formerly known as Google Ventures, hired biotechnology industry veteran David Schenkein to co-lead the company's life sciences investments.

22. The former chief technology officer of startup PokitDok, Ted Tanner Jr., is now the chief technology officer and chief architect of IBM Watson Health.

23. Apple hired former Microsoft executive Sam Jadallah to lead its smart home business.

24. Paige.AI has named Leo Grady, PhD, its CEO and added him to its board of directors.

25. MDLive, provider of a comprehensive telehealth platform, selected Dan Monahan to serve as CFO and COO.

26. MedeAnalytics, a healthcare analytics solutions provider, named Cindi Carter chief security officer.

27. CMS named Mark Roche, MD, a physician informaticist and expert in ONC subject matter, as the agency's first chief health informatics officer.

28. Quest Diagnostics combined its chief information and digital officers into one role and named Gabrielle Wolfson, former Xerox Corp. CIO, to the role in February.

29. Norwalk, Ohio-based Fisher-Titus Health system hired Linda A. Stevenson to serve as CIO.

30. Cambridge (Mass.) Health Alliance selected Brian Herrick, MD, to serve as CIO.

31. Macon, Ga.-based Navicent Health named Omer Awan chief information and digital officer.

32. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston selected Giulio Draetta, MD, PhD, to serve as chief scientific officer, a new role.

33. Google Cloud hired Amit Zavery, former vice president of Oracle's cloud platform, to run one of its engineering teams.

34. ValueHealth, a privately held, nationally trusted surgical healthcare partner, hired Jennifer Duke as president of market development.

35. FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD, has reportedly been appointed as the agency's new acting CIO.

36. The U.S. Department of State appointed former Johnson & Johnson executive Stuart McGuigan permanent CIO.

37. Microsoft Healthcare welcomed Gregory Moore, MD, PhD, as corporate vice president of health technology and alliances. 

38. Little Rock, Ark.-based Baptist Health named Doug Weeks executive vice president of strategy and innovation, a newly created position.

39. Broomfield, Colo.-based SCL Health selected Craig Richardville to serve as CIO.

40. Huntington, W.Va.-based Mountain Health Network named Dennis Lee CIO.

41. University Medical Center of El Paso (Texas) selected Ray Davis to serve as CIO.

42. Dallas-based Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation appointed Leslie Wainwright, PhD, chief funding and innovation officer.

43. One of Google’s top artificial intelligence employees, Ian Goodfellow, left the company to join Apple.

44. Telehealth provider GlobalMed appointed Shannon Murphy, a former Microsoft executive, as chief technology officer.

45. Rockville Centre, N.Y.-based Catholic Health Services of Long Island named Steven H. Stepp vice president of population health analytics for CHS Physician Partners, its network of 1,800 physicians, as well as a new leader for its 250-member employed physician group.

46. Batesville, Ark.-based White River Health System appointed Jeff Reifsteck assistant vice president and CIO.

47. Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis named Maria Russo CIO, a new position, effective May 1.

48. Ariadne Labs, Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's joint innovation center, selected Asaf Bitton, MD, as its new executive director.

49. Yorktel, a health IT and cloud services company, appointed Sudhir "Sid" Ahuja, MD, as senior vice president of healthcare product management.

50. Continuum Health IT, a management service organization, appointed Jeff Macko as president and managing partner.

51. Three veterans of Apple's industrial design team, Rico Zorkendorfer, Daniele De Iuliis and Julian Hönig, who collectively have more than 45 years of experience at the technology giant, chose to leave the company.

52. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society named Sebastian Krolop, MD, PhD, its new chief operating and strategy officer.

53. Julie Wilson, chief people officer of Cerner, retired June 30.

54. Winstom Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health's Hank Capps, MD, senior vice president and chief digital health and engagement officer, and Stephanie Landry, senior director of digital health and engagement, will lead the health system's new digital health and engagement division.

55. Athenahealth, a Watertown, Mass.-based health IT software company, appointed Bill Conway as its new chief sales officer to lead the company's strategic execution efforts and improve customers' clinical outcomes.

56. Livongo Health, a digital health startup aimed at supporting people with chronic conditions, has appointed Boston Children's CEO Sandra Fenwick to its board of directors.

57. Geeta Nayyar, MD, a former chief medical information officer of AT&T, was named CMO of Greenway Health, an EHR and revenue cycle management vendor.

58. Witt Wisebram, a uBiome co-founder, and Joseph DeRisi, PhD, a University of California San Francisco professor, were two of the three independent board members assigned to a special committee to conduct an internal investigation of genomics startup uBiome who resigned from the board. In May, Kimmy Scotti, partner at venture firm 8VC, was the only member of the special committee as well as the board's only remaining independent director. 

59. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston selected David Jaffray, PhD,to serve as its inaugural chief technology and digital officer.

60. Orlando (Fla.) Health selected a 12-member team to lead its transition to a new Epic EHR. The team comprises the following members: Sherry Buxton, BSN, RN, Mike Braden, Cherley Constant, John Dimino, Ashley Elder, William Millican, Michael Sasser, Lauri Thompson, Rhonda Walmer, Bridget Walters, Jerry Warner and Kim Weaver.

61. Neuroscientist and psychiatrist Tom Insel, MD, former mental health team leader at Verily, is California's new "mental health czar" who will advise the governor on mental health issues.

62. HHS chose Jose Arrieta to lead IT efforts as CIO.

63. Walmart named Suresh Kumar, a former Google, Amazon and Microsoft executive, as the company's new chief technology and chief development officer.

64. Roni Zeiger, MD, who served as Google's chief health strategist for six years, is joining Facebook as head of health strategy.

65. New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System appointed Andrew Kasarskis, PhD, executive vice president and chief data officer, a newly created role.

66. Phoenix-based Banner Health's chief strategy and growth officer, Scott Nordlund, will lead Banner Innovation Group, a new division that merges Banner's innovation and digital business leadership teams and their incubators to focus on developing and commercializing ideas that improve the patient experience.

67. Vancouver, Wash.-based PeaceHealth named Torben Nielsen CEO of ZOOM+Care, a Portland, Ore.-based retail and digital healthcare provider the health system acquired at the end of last year.

68. HHS Chief of Staff Peter Urbanowicz left the department in June and was replaced by Deputy Chief of Staff Brian Harrison.

69. The Queen's Health Systems in Honolulu, named Harold Moscho vice president of information technology and CIO.

70. Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System has appointed David K. Vawdrey, PhD, chief data informatics officer.

71. St. Louis-based Ascension named Eduardo Conrado executive vice president and chief strategy and innovations officer.

72. Flatiron Health, an oncology EHR vendor, has appointed Michael Vasconcelles, MD, as CMO, effective August 2019.

73. Rockledge, Fla.-based Health First appointed William Walders CIO.

74. Corpus Christi, Texas-based Driscoll Health System named Justin Box vice president and CIO.

75. Mark Roche, MD, is leaving his role as CMS' chief health informatics officer after four months on the job.

76. Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, stepped down from CMS' Health Information Technology Advisory Committee.

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