2nd Annual Digital Health Summit Brings Global Talent and Technology to Impact Local Communities
More than 175 healthcare transformers, game-changers, and status-quo challengers convened in Durham in November to discover, define, and design an immersive education curriculum, real-world evidence in clinical research, innovative frameworks for quality improvement, and collaborative market propositions that drive health outcomes and economic development. The DHIT Summit drew an eclectic group of digital health experts from around the world to dig deep into how Digital Health can be used to pervasively transform health.
A key enhancement this year was hosting the Government of Quebec, the largest Canadian province, who led a delegation comprising 10 digital health start-ups as well as the University of Montreal Health Center (CHUM). CHUM is considered one of the most progressive health systems in the world and a leader in leveraging Artificial Intelligence to improve patient care. The audience took inspiration as well as real-world examples from Dr. Fabrice Brunet, President and CEO of CHUM, on how health systems can leverage AI for better healthcare delivery.
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“Thank you for an excellent 2 days. The content and interactions, the spirit and people…everything exceeded my expectations. You guys really do a great job with this. I am looking forward to staying in touch and to coming back in 2020, definitely.”
“Thanks for inviting me to your amazing DHIT summit! I didn’t know what to expect and am so glad I was able to experience it in person. Congrats on assembling such a diverse and insightful group, willing to look at problems together and accept the challenge of co-creating solutions. You’re breaking down the invisible barriers (mostly mindsets), illuminating paths forward, and activating the change agent in all of us. I am learning from you every time we intersect. Thank you for bringing me into your community and practice. I am early in my Jedi journey and look forward to the road ahead.”
“What a fantastic Summit! I was able to make so many contacts and develop relationships that I think will be key as we move forward.”
“It was fantastic sharing with you and your colleagues during this Summit. I learned a lot and I am grateful you invited me. We are waiting for you for continuing our collaboration here in Montreal.”
“I wanted to take a moment to congratulate you and the entire team for having pulled off such an awesome event last week. I met many highly motivated and talented people over the course of the two days. You put together a very strong line-up, and from a participant’s perspective, everything came off very well. As I mentioned, I especially appreciate the very attractive visuals you had around the room. It shows a real pride and attention to detail. Congrats on a roaring success!”
“The level of experience and insight from international healthcare leaders was absolutely key in delivering actionable insights and shared learning, keeping the attendees engaged and inspired.”
“This Summit allows us to reach our goal to foster Quebec’s economic relationship with North Carolina in the life sciences and healthcare sectors. It is actually the first time that we have organized a mission focused on digital health in the Southeast, and we can’t think of a better event to connect our innovating start-ups with the NC ecosystem.”
KEYNOTE: Fabrice Brunet, MD
Born in France, Dr. Brunet has been working in the field of health and social services for over 30 years. He is currently President and CEO of the Hospital Center of the University of Montreal (CHUM) since September 2015. Previously, he was CHU Sainte-Justine’s President and CEO from January 2009 to September 2018 and the CEO of the two hospitals from September 2015 to 2018. On July 14, 2018, he was knighted the Legion of Honor by France for his entire career in the health field.
Dr Brunet has excellent leadership, initiative and experience to face complex challenges ahead. He promotes the integration of innovation, healthcare and services, teaching, research and management, to improve the health and well-being of patients.
His main research interests include hospital management and health systems integration, artificial intelligence, communication and medical information technologies, continuous improvement of quality of care and safety of the patient, international collaboration and transfer of know-how.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Brunet has been named Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Montreal, Professor of Intensive Care in France and Medicine at the University of Toronto, Head of Intensive Care Unit and Medical Director of the Telemedicine Program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Since February 2017, he has also been president of the University of Montreal Health Network (RUIS), having been its vice president since 2009.
His many achievements include the construction of a critical care clinical research program and a cardiac surgery center in Paris, a hospital project in St. Petersburg, Russia and the creation of a university resuscitation center and intensive care in Toronto. Many modernization projects were carried out under his guidance, including the construction of a new research center and a building of specialized care units at CHU Sainte-Justine for a budget of $1.5 billion and a new campus at CHUM for a budget of $3.5 billion.
Corey Mercy is a Health IT executive with over 28 years of experience in Information Technology. He has spent much of that time working in the Health IT field focusing on the effective use and advancement of technology across both the public and private sectors of healthcare.
As the recently appointed Deputy CTO with the North Carolina DHHS, his responsibilities include:
- aligning Health IT initiatives across divisions
- providing subject matter expertise in the area of digital health
- leading IT operations and strategy for the state-operated healthcare facilities
- partnering with the DIT operated HIE
- establishing enterprise and data architecture strategies
- building partnerships with public and private entities across the state
Leah Townsend, PhD
Dr. Townsend is responsible for coordinating all administrative functions associated with professional programs within the purview of The Graduate School, including three Professional Science Master’s programs and the Graduate Certificate in Business Fundamentals.
Dr. Townsend holds a doctoral degree in neurobiology from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Business Essentials Certificate from Kenan-Flagler Business School. Prior to her new role within The Graduate School, she served as Associate Strategy Consultant with the Triangle Insights Group. Her key responsibilities included advising life science and biotech clients and leading Ph.D. recruiting efforts in North Carolina and nationally.
Michael Ruhlen, MD, MHCM, FAAPDirector of Charlotte AHEC and VP of Medical Education at Atrium Health
Michael Ruhlen, MD, MHCM, FAAP
Dr. Michael Ruhlen serves as the vice president of the division of medical education at Atrium Health and as director of Charlotte Area Health Education Center. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and holds a Master of Science in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. He trained in general pediatrics at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In his previous roles at ProMedica in Toledo, Ohio, he served as vice president of medical affairs at Toledo Children’s Hospital and corporate vice president of medical informatics and was appointed president in 2008, just prior to relocating to Atrium Health (then Carolinas Health System). Ruhlen has exercised national leadership positions in the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society of Hospital Medicine, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education of the Physician Assistant, and the Accreditation Review Committee of the ACCME.
Cindy Hallberlin is a seasoned senior executive with extensive experience in Board governance for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. She began her career as National Program Manager for the award-winning REDRESS employment mediation program at the US Postal Service. Her career continued as an employment attorney at Sidley Austin LLP before becoming Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at US Foods following a billion-dollar fraud. She then entered the non-profit world becoming the CEO of Good 360, the Chief Operating Officer of the American Diabetes Association, and the COO of Easterseals. Cindy serves as Board Chair of Move This World (social and emotional learning) and the Asylum Seekers Assistance Project. She also serves on the board of Unlocking Potential (promoting leadership for community problems) and the advisory board of Bluedoor Group. Previously she has served as the Board Chair and a board member of Dance Place as well as on the boards of InterAction and the Institute for Conflict Transformation.
Yonnie Butler, MBAExecutive Director, Biotechnology Center of Excellence, Alamance Community College
Yonnie Butler, MBA
Yonnie has 30 years of experience within the academic, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, contract research (CRO), investing, and consulting industries. He previously worked for Wake Forest Innovations, Duke University, Roche/LabCorp, Magellan Laboratories, Cardinal Health, PharmaDirections and Tunnell Consulting. He serves as Executive Director for Alamance Community College’s Biotechnology Center of Excellence, working with internal and external partners across multiple academic programs. Yonnie has coached, mentored, advised or invested in more than 100 entrepreneurial early-stage life science companies.
Yonnie received his undergraduate degree in Biology from East Carolina University, and holds an MBA from Elon University. He is also an alumnus of the Center for Creative Leadership, and received his certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University.
Ian Chuang, MD, MS, CCFP
Dr. Chuang is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Elsevier, an information analytics business within the UK-based, FTSE-listed RELX group, covering APAC & EMEALA. Dr. Chuang’s focus at Elsevier is collaborating with healthcare leaders to improve Healthcare Information Technology (HCIT) adoption, especially as it relates to clinical decision support, and improving health system decisions and processes of care to improve outcomes.
Dr. Chuang has long been committed to moving the healthcare model from an analog model based on paper processes, to a true digital model where information technology supports a redesigned model of care. His experience spans the entire care continuum, including applied healthcare informatics, controlled medical terminology, knowledge representation, clinical decision support (CDS) and analytics. Prior to joining Elsevier, he was in clinical leadership roles at Medecision, Cigna and Cerner, covering both strategic-level management of healthcare systems and hands-on implementation of process optimization at the point-of-care. His insights cover the full spectrum of delivering knowledge-driven care, whether it is capturing and structuring data, analytics and predictive modeling, or CDS functionalities intersecting with clinical workflow.
Dr. Chuang holds a doctor of medicine degree from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in administrative medicine from University of Wisconsin. He holds an adjunct assistant professor position in the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics at the University of Missouri.
Anika Gardenhire, RN, CPHIMS, MMCi
Anika is a healthcare strategist, technology leader, and registered nurse, with significant experience working as a clinical change agent assisting clinicians, and information technology professionals, to utilize information systems to ensure excellent patient care. Anika joined Intermountain as a consultant in 2015. In that capacity she served as the Leidos Program Administrator for the approximately 50 Leidos consultants and 350 event resources assisting the iCentra implementation. Anika is currently responsible for activities in Intermountain Healthcare’s emerging technology, data governance, advanced decision support, knowledge management, research informatics, precision health and biorepository system support, architecture, outreach products and strategy, and business and clinical transformation areas working with partners and key stakeholders to drive transformational change throughout the organization. She is focused on assisting clinical and operational leaders to utilize new technologies to increase operational efficiency. Anika works to anticipate business needs and support business strategic roadmaps, as well as overseeing governance and standards for CTIS operations. Previously, Anika worked as a Principal with Leidos and Senior Manager with Deloitte serving as an advisor to executives across many prestigious institutions including Mayo Clinic and members of the Ministry of Health British Columbia, Canada.
Glenn E. Pearson, MHA, FACHEFounder & Principal, Pearson Health Tech Insights; Former EVP, Georgia Hospital Association
Glenn E. Pearson, MHA, FACHE
Glenn spent 30+ years as a hospital industry executive, the last 19+ as Executive Vice President of the Georgia Hospital Association. After spending six years working in acute care (an academic medical center and a major teaching hospital), he provided leadership at two different hospital associations for the next 25 years. He served on six committees for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and was elected ACHE Regent for Georgia.
He founded Pearson Health Tech Insights (PHTI) to serve as a bridge connecting healthcare providers, technology developers, and investors. Each sector is crucial to the successful deployment of transformational, disruptive healthcare technology, and PHTI facilitates communication among those sectors with the goal of implementing tech solutions to revolutionize care delivery, improve quality, and enhance operational efficiencies.
Glenn is the author of Thriving in the Healthcare Market: Strategies from an Industry-Insider for Selling Your Product which is part of the HIMSS book series. It highlights 84 pitfalls that often trip up healthcare and tech vendors and offers nearly 200 practical suggestions for minimizing their impact.
Glenn graduated magna cum laude from the Syracuse University Honors Program and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi international honor societies. He earned a Master of Health Administration degree from Ohio State University where he received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship.
Gregory Weidner, MD FACP
Dr. Greg Weidner is a physician innovator and experienced health system leader. Most recently he was the Medical Director, Primary Care Innovation at Atrium Health. At the $10 billion health system, Dr. Weidner led the success of Proactive Health, a transformative, value-based approach to primary care, designed from the ground up to be a patient-first, collaborative, team-based, and technology-enabled healthcare experience. Dr. Weidner is a practicing clinician with more than 20 years experience, and contributes regularly to the national dialogue on digital health and healthcare transformation and the opportunity for positive change.
At Carium, as the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Weidner provides clinical insight and leadership to the development of technologies that will transform the complex healthcare environment. He is passionate about engaging patients at the center of their own care.
Dr. Weidner holds an MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a BA from Cornell University, and completed his residency and chief residency at the University of Virginia.
Alice Miller serves as a Senior Strategy Consultant for Humana’s Medicaid Managed Care organization. In her role, she is responsible for driving operational models that address the most underserved populations. Alice focuses on the use of technology, innovative community partnerships, and evidence-based practices to deliver solutions for unmet healthcare needs. Coupling her background in Health Information Technology and Medicaid policy, she provides innovative insight on how payers can make strategic capital investments to see a return on health outcomes.
Before Humana, she led business and policy initiatives at the North Carolina State Health Information Exchange Authority (NC HIEA). In this role, she was responsible for identifying disruptive business models, unique healthcare partnerships, and new concepts in digital health to ensure the state’s technology platform for exchanging clinical data aligns with the needs of a value-based care payment system. Alice has a passion for improving healthcare delivery with technology and ensuring that these initiatives directly correlate with an enhanced patient experience.
Alice earned her master’s degree from Duke University School of Medicine in Clinical Analytics and has a bachelor’s in Business and Political Science.
Chris Gibbons MD, MPH
Dr. Gibbons is the Chief Health Innovation Adviser for the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force. He is also the Founder & CEO of The Greystone Group, Inc., a Digital Health research, innovation and consulting company. Dr. Gibbons is also an Adjunct Asst. Professor, Health Sciences Informatics and Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Previously, Dr. Gibbons was an Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Public Health and Health Informatics at Johns Hopkins University. He is a published, author and international speaker who has authored over 75 research manuscripts, monographs, books, book chapters and technical reports. Dr. Gibbons obtained his medical degree from the University of Alabama and then completed residency training in Preventive Medicine, a basic science research fellowship and a Master of Public Health degree all from Johns Hopkins.
Sujoy Kar, MD
Dr. Sujoy Kar is the Chief Medical Information Officer & Vice President at Apollo Hospitals, one of the largest health systems in India. Previously, he was the Director of Medical Services at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals in Kolkata. He obtained his post graduate MD in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and is an alumnus of MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt (Indian Statistical Institute) and member of professional organisations like ACHE, VRARA (Member – Healthcare Sub Committee), CHIME and Harvard Square (LE).
Sujoy is currently associated with IIT Kharagpur & IIM Calcutta as Adjunct Faculty for Healthcare Analytics and Management. He has led teams in multiple award winning Patient Safety & Process Improvement projects. His current and ongoing research interests are in the adoption of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technology in Healthcare, Time-Driven Activity Based Costing, Living Labs, Digital Health Platforms and Design Thinking in Healthcare.
Sherri Austin brings 15 years’ experience as a healthcare professional, focusing on the planning, design and implementation of key initiatives to improve the overall quality of care. Her background includes leadership development, change management and process improvement for major health systems including Kaiser Permanente. Sherri has expertise and passion for engaging patients, families, and caregivers in designing and improving the care experience using Design Thinking methodology.
Sherri has designed and implemented a number of programs resulting in overall improvement in care delivery to patients and job satisfaction for staff. She is an engaging presenter and has been a keynote speaker at national and regional healthcare conferences. Sherri has a strong understanding of business needs while keeping the patient/family at the center.
Jonathan Thornhill, MHA
Jonathan Thornhill is a Health System Innovation Lead and Section Supervisor for Health Systems Analysis at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. In this role, he leads efforts to drive innovation and improvement in healthcare delivery for military and civilian health systems and promotes the development of key capabilities in health systems analysis. He previously worked at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) as the Division Director for Model Learning Systems with the Learning and Diffusion Group where he led the design and management of learning communities to facilitate the diffusion of innovative strategies required for successful adoption of alternative payment models. Prior to working at CMMI, Jonathan held several roles at the University of North Carolina Health Care System and Epic Systems Corporation supporting electronic medical record adoption, developing analytics tools, and implementing quality improvement projects.
Jonathan holds a MHA from the University of North Carolina, a MS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, and is currently pursuing a DrPH at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health with a concentration in Implementation Science.
Joy Bhosai, MD
Dr. Satasuk Joy Bhosai is inspired by innovations that address gaps in access to high-quality care. She currently serves as Chief of Digital Health and Strategy for the Duke Clinical Research Institute Innovations group and is an Associate Director of the Duke Global Health Innovation Center. Through previous public health work in Africa and Asia, she developed innovations focused on improving access to health services that were used for clinical trials supported by Gates Foundation, Fogarty, and World Bank groups. She then served as CEO of ChatrHealth, a health tech organization dedicated to developing patient safety and communication tools deployed across both academic and private health system settings. She has also worked with Health 2.0 (a HIMSS company), directing a program that paired large industry leaders with health tech start-ups. She also serves on the World Health Organization Digital Health Expert Committee.
Joy is an alumnus of Pomona College, a previous Fulbright Scholar at the NCI in Thailand, and received a Masters of Public Health from Yale focusing on global health and management. Joy then received an MD with distinction from UCSF, where she completed the global health pathways concentration and completed her residency at Duke. She spends some of her clinical time as a hospital medicine physician.
Todd Telemeco, PT, DPT, PhD, ECS
Dr. Telemeco is the Founding Dean for the College of Health Sciences at Pembroke. He was also the founding Director of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and Dean for the School of Health Sciences at Methodist University. Todd also serves as the Vice-chair for the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SR-AHEC) Board of Trustees. He continues to maintain an active clinical practice in his primary areas of clinical practice: orthopedics, sports medicine and clinical electrophysiology. He is a published author and accomplished speaker with numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts, technical reports, book chapters and scientific presentations. He has 19 years of higher education experience in health sciences. Todd obtained his entry-level Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Shenandoah University and his PhD in Anatomy from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Anne Bailey, PharmD, BCPS
Dr. Bailey is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and the Innovation Specialist at Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. An educator at heart, Anne has taught a wide variety of topics, from Human-centered Design to Fitness and Wellness to Hepatitis C and HIV and much more. As an Innovation Specialist in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Anne coaches and mentors frontline staff, networks both within and beyond VHA, and participates in the implementation and diffusion of impactful innovations and best practices. Anne is excited to participate in the DHIT Summit and share broadly some of the exciting innovations happening across the VA.
Susan Craft, MLS, MMCi
Susan works with site and industry partners to implement new technology solutions for clinical trials at Pfizer. Previously, she was a Senior Research Analyst at NCBiotech within the Life Science Intelligence team and the Precision Health Collaborative. In that capacity she worked with biotech companies and partner organizations to provide competitive intelligence, knowledge management and information services. Last August, Susan completed a Master’s of Management in Clinical Informatics (MMCi) from Duke University, with an interest in supplementing her work in biotech R&D with additional understanding of clinical workflows and patient experience.
In 2012, Susan received a Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) from UNC Chapel Hill. While at UNC, she worked as a library intern with the Environmental Protection Agency Library in RTP. Prior to that, she graduated from the University of Mississippi with degrees in English and French and minors in mathematics and chemistry.
Tim Wiltshire, PhDAssociate Professor, Division of Pharmacotherapy, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, UNC Chapel Hill
Tim Wiltshire, PhD
Tim Wiltshire received a BS in organic chemistry from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, became certified as a high school teacher and taught high school for a number of years in New Zealand. With a career change, he received his PhD in biochemistry and cell and molecular biology from the University of Tennessee and went on to postdoctoral research at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania. He joined a research division of Novartis Pharmaceuticals, as a scientist becoming a senior research investigator. The main direction of that research was models of disease, genetics and genomics primarily to identify novel drug targets for a drug-discovery pipeline.
Dr. Wiltshire is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Pharmacotherapy and Experimental Therapeutics at UNC, and directs the Program for Pharmacogenomics. He holds adjunct faculty positions in the Department of Genetics of the UNC School of Medicine and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and is actively involved with multiple collaborations with other Institutions. The major focus of his research is to take pharmacogenetic knowledge we already have and develop approaches for that information to be used effectively in clinical practice.
Kelly joined Olin School of Business, Washington University in St Louis in May 2019 as Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Practice in Leadership. As the Charles F. Knight Distinguished Director of Executive Education, she will oversee the combined executive education divisions in St. Louis, Missouri and the newly branded Wash U at Brookings executive education group in Washington, DC. Bean joined Washington University from Darden Business School at the University of Virginia where she served as President and CEO of Darden Executive Education. In her roles, Bean led Executive Education’s effort to inspire and develop executive leaders at all stages of their careers, whether it be through certificate, custom, open-enrollment or online programs. She elevated efforts to collaborate with organizations to help them achieve world-class performance and to drive growth and innovation. Kelly teaches and consults regularly in the areas of personal leadership development, developing and leading teams, organizational development, strategy formulation and execution, and talent management.
Greg Moon, MD
Greg is a physician-entrepreneur and digital health expert. He is deeply committed to the digital transformation of healthcare as a means to improve quality and outcomes, increase patient engagement, and deliver higher-value care. Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Moon is a graduate of Stanford University, Stanford School of Medicine, and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. His experience spans medical care, technology, clinical product development, strategic marketing, and regulatory affairs. At Proteus Digital Health, he was a key pioneer of ‘digital medicines,’ where he drove scientific validation, foundational regulatory approvals, clinical product definition, and workflow integration for Proteus’ system of ingestible and wearable sensors to promote medication adherence. At Medibio, an AI-based mental health company, he served as Chief Medical Officer, where he charted the company’s clinical, regulatory and quality strategy, culminating in the first-ever approval of an objective, biomarker-based depression diagnostic. He was previously co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of a consumer electronic start-up, where he led marketing, sales, and distribution of a first-in-class mobile accessory. He currently leads the creation of Blue Cross North Carolina’s value-based analytics platform to streamline engagements with health systems around advanced payment models. Synthesizing these experiences, Dr. Moon helps companies navigate the practical and business challenges of commercializing device, software, and analytics-based solutions amidst the rapidly changing healthcare landscape.
Marc Saab, MEng
Marc is a talented and passionate business leader with 20 years’ experience in Medical Device, Digital Health and Consumer Wearables. His expertise is in all aspects of medical device and wearable product development from conception R&D to launch, clinical validation, and commercialization for international markets, including regulatory compliance and strategic business development.
Marc is known as an expert in biometrics and a thought leader on the technical aspects of digital health. He is a speaker on a variety of digital health topics, including product development, clinical application development & validation, regulatory strategy, and technology adoption. He also serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Alto Design, an award-winning industrial design firm in Montreal, and the Science Advisory Board of ABI Wellness, a unique brain injury recovery provider in Vancouver. Marc holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo, with a major in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Biology, and a Master of Biomedical Engineering from McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute
Karen Kesler is a gifted statistician, adaptive design expert, and respected leader at Rho and in the clinical research industry. An adjunct professor of biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Kesler has a passion for quality research and biostatistics. Her invaluable experience at Rho and 10-year history of sickle cell disease research serves her well as co-PI of the Statistical and Data Management Center for the Sickle Cell Basic and Translational Research Program. She also has experience working on oncology and cardiovascular studies. Dr. Kesler has a passion for making studies more effective. Her expertise in study design informs an advanced insight that allows her to provide expert guidance to stakeholders. If a concept is limiting, she has an ability not only to identify it but also to help all stakeholders understand the inherent possibilities of another concept. Whether she’s developing novel adaptive study designs, helping sponsors meet their specific research goals, or improving existing tools and developing new ones to facilitate project implementation, Dr. Kesler is always finding ways to enhance clinical research. She is also the co-PI for the Atopic Dermatitis and Vaccinia Immunization Network (ADVN) for which the primary goal is to advance clinical research in the development of safer smallpox vaccines for individuals with atopic dermatitis (AD). Dr. Kesler is also the author of Rho’s Adaptive Design blog, which covers topics such as FDA preferences, regulatory concerns, biostatistical considerations, and protocol implementation logistics for studies using Adaptive Designs.