Ayman El Tarabishy
President/CEO of the International Council for Small Business and Deputy Chair of the Department of Management for GWSB
Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy serves as the Executive Director, International Council for Small Business (ICSB), and also as the Deputy Chair of the Department of Management for The George Washington University School of Business.
July 23, 2020 – Venue: Everywhere through ZOOM
Welcome Reception: July 22, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM (EDT)
To welcome everyone to our online conference center, this reception will be a great way to say hello to everyone and become acquainted with the conference’s digital system.
Speakers: Dr. El Tarabishy
Opening Keynote: July 23, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM (EDT)
Our Opening Keynote address will help center us as we begin the day’s event.
Opening Remarks: Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy, Deputy Chair, Department of Management, and Dean Liesl Riddle, GWSB Associate Dean of Graduate Programs.
Rahul Shah, MD, MBA, Chief Quality and Safety Officer at Children’s National Hospital
Alena Hammond, SVP Clinical Trials, Covance
Bill Oldham, Entrepreneur, Investor, and Consultant
Moderators: Dr. Alyssa Abo and Linda Acholonu, Sr. Project Manager
Track 1: Leadership: Effective Leadership at the Local & Regional Level: July 23, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (EDT)
Pandemics apply a unique strain on leadership. Unlike local disasters, which may affect only limited portions of health care delivery, pandemics affect systems at every level. Leaders from hospital/system CEOs, to regional coordinators to international leaders must use their skills to maximize a coordinated medical response to save lives. However, determining the best leadership approach requires fundamental leadership knowledge and practical experience. Explore theoretical leadership skills, practical application of those skills, and how to apply these to a real-world situation, specifically the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
Sunil Budhrani MD, MPH, MBA, Chief Executive Officer/Chief Medical Officer, Innovation Health, Aetna | Inova Partnership
Alex Jahangir, MD, MMHC, Nashville Coronavirus Task Force Director, Division of Orthopedic Trauma Vanderbilt University Health System
Kolaleh Eskandanian, PhD, MBA, PMP, Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Children’s National Hospital
Moderators: Alyssa Abo and Linda Acholonu, Sr. Project Manager
Discussants: Sagar Damle and Heinro Vanzyl
Track 1: Leadership: Effective Leadership Involved Creating Safe Spaces: July 23, 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM (EDT)
In these unsettling times, leaders find them-selves in unprecedented situations. Understanding the importance of feeling safe for operational effectiveness, the role of both transformational and transactional leadership to foster a sense of safety during troubled and uncertain times is imperative. This session explores how leaders can effectively and appropriately respond to uncertainty and continue to lead while navigating the psychological burden layered upon their teams and communities.
Speakers: Janice Blanchard, MD, MPH, Dr. Ridgely Salter, and Dr. Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD
Moderator: Dr. Diana Rodriguez, MD, MPH, FACOG and Dr. Elizabeth Muhiire-Ntaki, MD
Track 1: Leadership: Emotional Intelligence: July 23, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM (EDT)
During the best of times, a high-functioning leader must strike a delicate balance between the science of management and the art of Emotional Intelligence (EI). During a time of crisis in healthcare, such as the environment we find ourselves in currently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the responsibilities of leadership are more intensified. While there are numerous obligations that a successful leader must take head-on to lead successfully during a time of crisis, three primary responsibilities will be explored in this conference: creating a renewed vision for the healthcare organization, developing a strategy, and aligning organizational efforts, and mobilizing and motivating employees. Having inspirational leaders in place within the healthcare system who possess high levels of emotional intelligence (EI) is crucial.
Speaker: Eric Rittmeyer
Moderators: Dr. Robert Maximos, MD, FCCP, DAABIP, Dr. Paula Seth, MD, FACC, Dr. Christina Berman, CGMP, MHRM Candidate, and Dr. Theadore A. Hufford, Bariatric Surgeon
Track 2: Teams, Technology & Future: Telemedicine: July 23, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM (EDT)
Telemedicine has long been a technology awaiting widespread adoption, yet prohibitive regulatory requirements, start-up costs, and provider acceptance remained barriers to adoption. These impediments quickly faded when COVID-19 joined the scene forcing organizations into the arena. From the common to the complex, the technology has been limited only by the entrepreneurial orientation of the organization and its ability to scale the technology to its needs. This session explores the multi-faceted uses of telemedicine and the innovative ways it is being deployed across various settings.
Speakers: Alejandro Lopez-Megallon, MD and Jason Silverstein
Moderator: Cameron Cartier
Track 2: Teams, Technology & Future: Leading Change in Medical Education: July 23, 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM (EDT)
The COVID-19 crisis has brought epic disruption to healthcare delivery, leadership, and business. At this time, the world lacks a shared understanding or even a shared vocabulary for pandemic preparedness and cooperation (Desmond-Hellmann, 2020). As we battle with the current problems, we must take steps to improve our business and healthcare models to ensure that we are better prepared for future crises.
Speakers: Ryan Fringer, MD and Cynthia Ledford, MD
Moderators: Ali Shams and Ike Eriator
Track 2: Teams, Technology & Future: Ad Hoc Crisis Team Formation: July 23, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM (EDT)
The construction of crisis management teams can take various forms, but diversity in team composition is critical. Defining roles, team communication norms, and hierarchy in this setting is only made more challenging in a crisis where normative team formation processes must occur at an accelerated pace. Creating a capable ad hoc crisis team requires an intimate knowledge of the individual team members, the organization, and the broader environment. This panel will seek to understand better pearls and pit-falls of ad hoc crisis team development.
Speakers: Lundy Campbell; MD, David Robinowitz, MD, MHS, MS
Moderator: Abbie Fougeron
Concluding Session: July 23, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM (EDT)
Join us as we share some concluding remarks, as well as some news about upcoming programs and events.
Moderator: Dr. Christina Berman, CGMP, MHRM Candidate, Dr. Ben Lee, PhD
Speakers: Dr. James Bailey, PhD and Dr. N. Andrew Cohen, PhD
ICSB Family Happy Hour: July 23, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (EDT)
End the day by gathering with us to celebrate the incredible work done throughout the day!
Leading in a Healthcare Crisis Conference: Opening Session
Effective Leadership at the Local and Regional Level
Effective Leadership Requires Making People Feel Safe
Leading with Emotional Intelligence During a Healthcare Crisis
Leading Change in Medical Education
Ad Hoc Crisis Team Formation
Leading in a Healthcare Crisis: Concluding Session
Warm Welcome to the Organizers and Speakers
Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy
President/CEO, International Council for Small Business (ICSB), and Deputy Chair of the Department of Management for The George Washington University School of Business.
Dr. Rahul Shah
M.D., MBA, Chief Quality and Safety Officer at Children’s National Hospital
Rahul Shah, M.D., MBA, serves as Vice President, Chief Quality and Safety Officer at Children’s National Hospital. Shah is recognized as a leader in patient safety and quality improvement within otolaryngology and is active within the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery with these initiatives.
SVP Clinical Trials
Ms. Hammond currently holds the position of SVP, Head of Global Clinical Development Operations, and is responsible for the operational delivery of full service outsourced clinical trials, Phase IB through IV. This portfolio is comprised of greater than 500 active clinical trials across the top 40 Pharma and emerging Biotechs in a broad variety of therapeutic areas. In this role, she leads a global team of over 1,000 people.
Dr. Alyssa Abo
MD, FAAP, FACEP, FAIUM
Dr. Alyssa Abo, MD is the Director of Strategic Innovation in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. She is an experienced physician-innovator whose passion is to bridge the gap between technology and medicine through creativity and innovation. In addition, Dr. Abo is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Sr. Project Manager
Linda Acholonu is a seasoned professional and expert in the area of clinical drug development and pharmaceuticals. She is also a 2020 graduate of the George Washington University Healthcare MBA program with a concentration in entrepreneurship. Linda is the 2020 recipient of the Dr. Erik K. Winslow award at the George Washington University School of Business.
Alex Jahangir, MD, MMHC
Nashville Coronavirus Task Force Director, Division of Orthopedic Trauma Vanderbilt University Health System
Dr. Jahangir is a practicing orthopedic surgeon at Vanderbilt University. He received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Tennessee in 2003. Subsequently, he completed his residency at Campbell Clinic in 2008 and a Fellowship in ortho-trauma at Hennepin County in 2009. He also received a degree in Management in Health Care from Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management in 2012. He currently leads the Nashville Coronavirus Task Force.
Dr. Kolaleh Eskandanian
Ph.D., MBA, PMP, Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Children’s National Hospital
Kolaleh Eskandanian, Ph.D., M.B.A., P.M.P. is Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Children’s National Hospital, reporting to hospital’s Executive Vice President, Physician-In-Chief and Chief Academic Officer. In this capacity, she oversees the Office of Innovation and Technology Commercialization, the Sheikh Zayed Institute’s R&D operations, and has a leadership role in the development of the Children’s National Research and Innovation Campus (opening 2020).
Dr. Sagar Damle
MD, Cardiac Surgeon
Dr. Sagar Damle, MD is a Cardiac Surgeon in Atlanta, GA. He has been a practicing surgeon for over 7 years and specializes in the surgical treatment of heart failure including left ventricular assist devices and transplants. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2002 and subsequently completed his residency and training in general surgery and thoracic surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Janice Blanchard
Chief, Section of Health PolicyProfessor of Emergency Medicine, Health Policy and Management
Dr. Blanchard is originally from Chicago. She completed her B.S. at Stanford and her M.D. and M.P.H at Harvard. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at George Washington. Following residency, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCLA and RAND. In 2006, she obtained a PhD from RAND Graduate School. Her research interests include the access to care, mental health, opioid abuse and the impact on emergency department utilization. She has extensive skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Dr. Ridgely Salter
MD, Family Physician at Quality and Innovation for WellSpan Medical Group. Chair, Wellbeing Council
Dr. Ridgley Salter is a family physician and the Medical Director for Quality and Innovation for WellSpan Medical Group as well as the chair for the Wellbeing Council. He has been a leader for dealing strategically with the psychological impact of COVID on the WellSpan workforce.
Dr. Diana Rodriguez
MD MPH FACOG, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist
Dr. Rodriguez is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist currently completing an MBA at GWU with a certificate in Management Leadership. A graduate of Harvard Medical school and School of Public Health, she has dedicated her work to ensuring high quality and safe care for all pregnant women. She is a strong patient advocate and has served as the Director for Practice Standards and Safety. Her mentorship and teaching have been recognized with numerous awards. Dedicated to lifelong learning, she believes that having a growth mindset is vital for continuous process improvement.
Mental Toughness Speaker, Psychological Performance Trainer, Author of “The Emotional Marine”
Eric is a former U.S. Marine, an author and an expert in the field of mental toughness and emotional intelligence (EQ). He speaks to audiences all over the country, teaching executives and professionals how to overcome the limits brought on by fear and emotions, and replace them with clear, concise critical thinking that gets results.
MD, FCCP, DAABIP
Dr. Maximos is a Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care medicine physician. He is the Director of Interventional Pulmonary Medicine and Bronchoscopy at the Washington, D.C. Veteran Affairs Health System and an assistant professor of medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Dr. Paula Seth
MD, FACC, Director, Deborah First Responder Health Assessment and Director, DSP Echocardiography
Paula Seth, MD, is a board certified Cardiologist, with more than 15 years of private practice experience, specializing in preventative cardiovascular and women’s heart disease. She earned her medical degree from the Drexel University School of Medicine, Philadelphia and completed her residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York.
Alejandro Lopez Magallon, MD
Pediatric Cardiology Division of Cardiac Critical Care Medicine Medical Director, Telemedicine Children’s National Hospital
Alejandro Lopez, MD is a Pediatric Cardiologist currently working at the Division of Cardiac Critical Care Medicine as well as Medical Director of Telemedicine at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. Dr. Lopez received his medical degree in 1986 from Escuela Medico Militar and he completed his pediatric residency at the Hospital Central Militar in Mexico in 1992. He did his Pediatric Cardiology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital from 1994 to 1997.
Jason Silverstein, MBA
Director of Innovation & Transformation at White Plains Hospital and Director of Operations for East Post Road Ventures
He is responsible for the hospital’s telemedicine and virtual health strategy and supports a variety of other technology initiatives. He has more than 10 years of healthcare operations and strategy experience working at health systems, as a technology consultant and is a former startup cofounder. Jason has a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Business Administration from the NYU Stern School Business.
Dr. Cameron Cartier
Pain Medicine subspecialist and Anesthesiologist, Medical School Clinical Assistant Professor in Bellevue and Seattle, WA.
Dr. Cartier has expertise in a wide range of pain-management therapies, including prolotherapy, epidural steroid injections, radiofrequency neurotomy, and many more treatments. In performing regenerative, non-surgical procedures, Dr. Cartier often treats the elbow, foot or ankle, hand or wrist, hip, knee, shoulder, spine, cervical spine, lumbar spine, and thoracic spine.
Dr. Ryan Fringer
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Graduate Medical Education
Dr. Fringer has tremendous experience in graduate medical education. He currently serves as the director of Graduate Medical Education at Beaumont, overseeing 10s of residency and fellowship programs, as well as 100s of training physicians. Previously Dr. Fringer was the program director of the emergency medicine residency program at Beaumont health. Dr. Fringer received his medical education at Wayne State University School of Medicine, followed by his residency in Emergency Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Dr. Cynthia Ledford
MD, Associate Dean for Clinical Education at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Dr. Ledford received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and her Doctor of Medicine degree from The OSU College of Medicine. She completed her combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospitals and Medical Center and University Hospitals at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Ledford is an internationally recognized innovator in medical education with more than 20 years of experience. Throughout her career as a physician educator, she has developed innovative methods and outcome measures related to teaching clinical reasoning and lifelong learning as well as professionalism and professional identity formation.
Ike Eriator, MD, MPH is a Health Care MBA student at the George Washington University. He is a professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Dr. Lundy Campbell
MD, Clinical Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, UCSF
Dr. Lundy Campbell is the Chief of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and an Intensivist at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Campbell was part of a group of UCSF physicians and nurses that traveled to New York during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic to offer their services, where he worked in the COVID-19 ICU for a month.
Dr. David Robinowitz, MD, MHS, MS
Pediatric anesthesiologist at the University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital
He serves as the Vice-Chair of the University Committee on Academic Computing and Communications, and the physician lead of Perioperative and Anesthesia informatics for UCSF. He is a national leader in electronic health records and anesthesia, which is the most data-dense clinical area in medical record keeping. He is a consultant to Epic, one of the leading electronic health record vendors for which he designed the anesthesia platform that is part of their EHR package throughout the country.
Abbie Fougeron is the Practice Administrator for a large Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine private practice in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is pursuing an MBA in Healthcare from GW University
James R. Bailey
Hochberg Professorial Fellow of Leadership Development; Professor of Management
James R. Bailey is a professor of leadership development at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) and a fellow in the Centre for Management Development at London Business School. He has taught at the University of Michigan, New York University, IMD, and the Helsinki School of Economics. Dr. Bailey is the recipient of several teaching distinctions, including four GWSB Outstanding Faculty Awards.
Dr. James Brandes
Anesthesiologist, GW MBA student
Dr. Brandes is a practicing anesthesiologist and executive board member of Anesthesiology Consultants of Marin, in California. He is currently completing a Healthcare MBA at GWU. He previously was on faculty In the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he established the Orthopedic and Regional Anesthesia clinical service at Moffit-Long Hospitals, and also taught at the UCSF anesthesia simulation center.
Dr. Luis Argote-Greene
Thoracic and Esophageal Surgeon and Assistant Professor at University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH. He is a Candidate in the Healthcare MBA at George Washington University School of Business. Former Chief and Professor of Thoracic Surgery in the National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition in Mexico City. Trained at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard School of Public Health. Serves as medical and business advisor for non-profit and business start-ups. Member of National and International editorial boards. Believes transformational leadership can empower teams to catalyze the economic, personal and social well-being.
Dr. Heinro van Zyl
Dr. Heinro van Zyl is an Emergency Medicine physician in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He has been in practice for the past 12 years. He received his degree in medicine from the University of Tennessee and subsequently completed his training in Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University.
Attending Physician, Children’s National Hospital; Assistant Professor if Pediatrics, The George Washington University
Jason Patregnani is an attending physician in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC. In addition to caring for patients, he performs research on preventing blood clots in children who require heart surgery.
Dr. Winslow Sargeant
President-elect of the ICSB and Head of Capital Markets for Genaesis, LLC
Medical Director for Quality & Innovation for WellSpan Medical Group
Elizabeth Muhiire-Ntaki is a family physician by trade and work to support the work that physicians do within WellSpan Medical Group.
Dr. Rafael E. Torres
Director of Emergency Medicine at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York
Dr. Rafael E. Torres completed his undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., and received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine, in Washington, D.C., where he received honors for academic achievement. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at New York Methodist Hospital, where he was chief resident and honored as Resident of the Year. In addition to his clinical expertise in emergency medicine, Torres has a professional focus on patient satisfaction, efficiency and quality improvement.
Wendell P Alexis
President, New Jersey Chapter, National Association of Health Service Executives (NASHE)
Proud to serve the communities of the NY/NJ metro region for over 10 years.
CGMP, MHRM candidate
Experienced sales professional with a demonstrated history in the hospitality and tourism management industry (HTM). Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) with approximately a decade of sales and meeting planning experience. Currently in pursuit of Masters of Human Resource Management (MHRM) graduate degree, as a full-time student at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB), in Washington, DC, with an anticipated graduation date of December 15, 2020.
Theadore A. Hufford
Dr. Theadore Hufford is the Division Chief of the Bariatric Surgery department at Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He completed his General Surgery Residency in Chicago and was chosen as the Senior Resident Educator in 2016 and 2017. Following his Fellowship training in Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, he has subsequently been Board-Certified by the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Hufford has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at over 30 local, regional and national meetings in General and Bariatric Surgery.
Group Operations and Clinical Administrator
Tom Johnson is a multi-site dialysis administrator in the greater Boston area. Tom works to empowers multi-functional healthcare teams to provide personalized and compassionate patient care at the highest standards of excellence and organizational success.
Daniel works as a manager within the Electroneurodiagnostics (END) department of a level IV epilepsy center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I oversee the daily operations of the END department of our adult epilepsy program.
Lenita Y. Gipson
Medical Device Professional/GWU MBA - Healthcare Candidate
Lenita Gipson is an experienced medical device and pharmaceutical professional with a background in sales, marketing, product management, and management. She is currently pursuing an MBA – Healthcare at GWU.
Alena Hammond, BSN
Senior Vice President, Head of Clinical Development Operations
Ms. Hammond currently holds the position of SVP, Head of Global Clinical Development Operations and is responsible for the operational delivery of for full service outsourced clinical trials, Phase IB through IV. This portfolio is comprised of greater than 500 active clinical trials across top 40 Pharma and emerging Biotechs in a broad variety of therapeutic areas. In this role, she leads a global team of over 1,000 people.
Dr. Sunil Budhrani
Chief Executive Officer; Chief Medical Officer of Innovation Health
Dr. Sunil Budhrani is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of Innovation Health, a uniquely successful joint venture between Aetna, a CVS Company, and INOVA Health System. Dr. Budhrani graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience and English. He then completed his medical degree and a Masters of Public Health degree at George Washington University. After completing his residency training in Emergency Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Massachusetts, Sunil sat as Chairman and directed Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centers on the east coast for over a decade. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University. Dr. Budhrani guides the continued success and expansion of Innovation Health with a focus on member growth and access to quality health coverage.
Jennifer Massengale is a fellowship trained breast radiologist who practices in the Kansas City area. Dr. Massengale completed medical school and her radiology residency at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and is currently pursuing her MBA.
Dr. Peter Pronovost MD PhD FCCM
Chief Clinical Transformation Officer University Hospital health system Patient Safety Expert Founder, Doctella
Dr. Peter Pronovost is a world-renowned patient safety champion, critical care physician, a prolific researcher, publishing over 800 peer review publications, and a global thought leader, informing US and global health policy. His scientific work leveraging checklists to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections has saved thousands of lives and earned him high-profile accolades, including being named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine, receiving a coveted MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2008, and regularly recognized as one of the most influential executives and physician executives in healthcare. The life-saving intervention has been implemented state by state across the U.S. Today, these catheter infections that used to kill as many people as breast or prostate cancer, have been reduced by 80% compared to 1999 before the “To Err is Human” report was published. Dr. Pronovost was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2011, is an advisor to the WHO’s World Alliance for Patient Safety and regularly addresses the US Congress on patient safety issues. He is a founder of Doctella, a health information platform for quality of care.
Dr. Ashley Kinder
Medical Director for the Saint Agnes Health Institute
Dr. Ashley Kinder is a GW Healthcare MBA student who earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2010, before completing her residency training at the same institution in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She serves as the Medical Director for the Saint Agnes Health Institute and her clinical interests include complex care and population health.
Dr. Racheal Nambusi
Born and raised in Kampala Uganda, Diplomate of American Board of Family Medicine and Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force at Joint Base Andrews.
Dr. Candice Dawes
Community Pediatrician, Associate Medical Director Children's Health Center - Anacostia
Dr. Candice Dawes is a board certified Pediatrician who practices at a community site and is the Associate Medical Director at Children’s National Health System in Anacostia D.C. She is currently pursuing her MBA in Healthcare at the George Washington University School of Business. Dr. Dawes is committed to health disparities within the city, asthma, and decreasing barriers to access to quality healthcare in the pediatric population.
Dr. Jessica Coyler
Dr. Colyer is a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s National Hospital. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University. She is Medical Director of Inpatient Cardiology and Medical Unit Director of the Heart and Kidney Unit. Dr. Colyer major interest is on Quality Improvement. She will complete her MBA at GWU in 2021.
Dr. Benjamin Lee
K. Benjamin Lee, MD is a general surgery chief resident at the George Washington University. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Lee will return to UT Southwestern where he will pursue additional subspecialty training in vascular surgery.
Dr. N. Andrew Cohen
N. Andrew (“Andy”) Cohen, Ph.D, is an assistant professor of management at the George Washington University School of Business. He is a former Director of Graduate Leadership and Career Development in the Fowler Career Center, and a former director of MBA Programs and Admissions where he oversaw all of GWSB’s MBA Programs, encompassing the recruitment, admissions, curriculum, and academic advising. Prior to embarking on his academic career, Dr. Cohen was an internal Executive Coach at Capital One Financial Corporation, a member of the top management team at Capital One, and divisional CEO of one of Capital One’s new business ventures.
Dr. Ali Shams
Emergency Medicine Physician, Team Health; Medical Director, Emergency Department, Clinton Memorial Hospital
Dr. Ali Shams is a travel Emergency Medicine physician for TeamHealth, he also serves as the medical director of the emergency department at Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, Ohio as well as the EMS director for Clinton County, Ohio. Dr. Shams is currently pursuing his MBA with a Healthcare focus at the George Washington University School of Business. He received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut and subsequently completed his Emergency Medicine training at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak, Michigan.
MBA, Entrepreneur, Investor, and Consultant
More than 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and consultant supporting growth industries and high-value clients across health, technology, financial and energy industries, and leading cutting-edge and dynamic companies in a broad range of industries. From bringing fintech to the PBM space to building two $100m companies from scratch to managing global financial and health organizations