People


By involving clinicians, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and business people in research and professional development programs, Catalyst fosters an innovation ecosystem that produces high impact people and technologies. Fellows discover and lead collaborative project teams, guided by a cadre of multiprofessional leaders and mentors.

Catalyst Fellows

Emerging biomedical innovation leaders

Catalyst Fellows collaborate with one another and with practicing professionals in areas relevant to healthcare to identify and develop a new biomedical research projects. Working together and with the guidance of Catalyst faculty and mentors, they identify medical needs that can be met with innovative technologies, build multiprofessional teams to design these new technologies, and launch projects that show strong potential for healthcare impact.

2022 Fellows

Akshar Abbott

Akshar Abbott
2022 spring cohort

Ophthalmologist, Veterans Affairs VISN 23 Technology-based Eye Care Service program

Zachary Buono

Zachary Buono
2022 spring cohort

Biomedical Engineer at the US Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center

Alexandra Buscher

Alexandra Buscher
2022 spring cohort

Senior Manufacturing Engineer, Stryker Neurovascular

Jake Drutchas

Jake Drutchas
2022 spring cohort

Master’s Candidate, MIT Integrated Design and Management

Martha Duffy, MD, MPH

Martha Duffy, MD, MPH
2022 spring cohort

Interprofessional Advanced Fellow in Addiction Treatment and Primary Care Physician at VA Boston

Beatriz Garcia Santa Cruz, MsC

Beatriz Garcia Santa Cruz, MsC
2022 spring cohort
Doctoral Candidate at the University of Luxembourg

Mani Sai Suryateja Jammalamadaka

Mani Sai Suryateja Jammalamadaka
2022 spring cohort

Graduate Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Smitta Patel, MD, MPH, MBA

Smitta Patel, MD, MPH, MBA
2022 spring cohort

Chief of Innovation, Department of Mental Health at the Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center

Amos Raymond, MD

Amos Raymond, MD
2022 spring cohort

Assistant Chief, Emergency Department, VA Medical Center, Memphis

Aparna Repaka, MBBS

Aparna Repaka, MBBS
2022 spring cohort

Staff Physician, Gastroenterologist, VA Boston Healthcare System

Debarghya Sarkar, PhD

Debarghya Sarkar, PhD
2022 spring cohort

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

Jonathan Sherrod, MD

Jonathan Sherrod, MD
2022 spring cohort

Staff Anesthesiologist, Memphis VA Medical Center

Sanjit Singh, BS

Sanjit Singh, BS
2022 spring cohort

Mixed Reality Developer, MPLEX

Current Phase 2 Fellows

Lola Baird

Lola Baird, LICSW, ACSW
Polytrauma/TBI Social Worker at VA Boston Healthcare System

Ravi Rasalingam

Tracy Bruen
2021 spring cohort

Clinical Assistant Professor / Director MS Clinical Nutrition and Dietetic Internship University of Memphis
Memphis

Mark Drinkwater

Mark Drinkwater, NP
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner at VA Boston Healthcare System in Emergency Services

Victor Ekuta

Victor Ekuta
2021 spring cohort

Academic Mentoring Seminar Instructor
MIT
Boston

Rey Johnson

Rey Johnson
2021 spring cohort

Software Engineer
3M Health Information Systems
Salt Lake City

Natrina Johnson

Natrina Johnson, MS
Candidate in Health Services Research at Boston University School of Public Health, and researcher in the VA Boston Healthcare System

Lars Lofgren

Lars Lofgren
2021 spring cohort

Graduate Research Fellow University of Utah
Salt Lake City

Alison Quinn

Alison Quinn
2021 spring cohort

Staff Physician, Psychiatrist Memphis VA Medical Center Memphis

Ritu Raman

Ritu Raman
2021 spring cohort

Postdoctoral Fellow MIT
Boston

Jason Ramirez

Jason Ramirez
2021 spring cohort

Staff Physician
Salt Lake City Veterans Health Administration
Salt Lake City

Ravi Rasalingam

Ravi Rasalingam, MBChB
2019 spring cohort

Staff Cardiologist, Medicine/Cardiology, Boston VA Healthsystem

Fatima Shahzad

Fatima Shahzad
2021 spring cohort

Senior Project Manager
VA Boston HealthCare System / Boston VA Research Institute (BVARI)
Boston

Chelsey Solar

Chelsey Solar, PhD
Fellow in Medical Informatics at VA Boston Healthcare System

Eric Swart

Eric Swart, MD
Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts

Taylor Wahlig

Taylor Wahlig
2021 spring cohort

Post Doc University of Utah
Salt Lake City

Tarsha Ward

Tarsha Ward, PhD
2019 spring cohort
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School

Fellows Alumni

Daniel Abler

Daniel Abler
2020 EU cohort
Postdoctoral Fellow at ARTORG Center for Biomedical Research, University of Bern

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Mercy Asiedu, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Iliyana Atanasova, PhD
2012 cohort
Associate Director of Global Oncology Forecasting at Sanofi Genzyme

Margaret Bennewitz

Margaret Bennewitz, PhD
2012 cohort
Assistant Professor in Biomedical Imaging, West Virginia University

Soledad Betanzos-Lara

Soledad Betanzos-Lara, PhD 
2012 cohort
Patent agent, Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados

Vyda Bielkus

Vyda Bielkus, MBA
CEO Health Yoga Life, EMBA Candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management

Judith Birkenfeld

Judith Birkenfeld, PhD
2014 cohort
MULTIPLY MSC Action Fellow at IO-CSIC, Visual Optics and Biophotonics Group

Aurelien Bourquard

Aurelien Bourquard, PhD
2013 cohort
Chief Data Scientist and Cofounder, Leuko Labs

Ian Butterworth

Ian Butterworth, MSc
2013 cohort
CTO and Cofounder, Leuko Labs

Adrián Valls Carbó

Adrián Valls Carbó
2020 EU cohort
Neurologist, Hospital Clínico San Carlos

Patricia María Sáez Carlin

Patricia María Sáez Carlin
2020 EU cohort
General and Gastrointestinal Surgeon, Hospital Clínico San Carlos

Chris Carr

Chris Carr, ScD
2019 spring cohort
Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Molecular Biology

Carlos Castro González

Carlos Castro González, PhD
2013 cohort

CEO and Cofounder, Leuko Labs

Jon Champagne

Jon Champagne, PA-C
2019 spring cohort
Physician Assistant, Cardiac Electrophysiology, West Roxbury VA

Ryan Coe

Ryan Coe, PhD
2013 cohort

Engagement Manager at Triangle Insights Group

Nil Sancho Comasòlivas

Nil Sancho Comasòlivas
2020 EU cohort
Market Access and Health Economics Manager EMEA & LATAM, Global Blood Management Company

Susan Conover

Susan Conover, MS
2016 cohort

CEO and Cofounder, LuminDx

Shivang Dave

Shivang Dave, PhD
2011 cohort

CEO and Co-Founder, PlenOptika

Nick Durr

Nicholas Durr, PhD
2011 cohort

Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University

Yigitcan Eryaman

Yigitcan Eryaman, PhD
2011 cohort

Assistant Professor at Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, University of Minnesota

David Pastor Escuredo

David Pastor Escuredo
2020 EU cohort

Data, AI and Digital Innovation Leader, Center for Technology and Innovation for Development, itdUPM

Osasere Evbuomwan

Osasere Evbuomwan, PhD
2012 cohort

Assistant Professor of Chemistry at University of San Francisco

Berta Marti Fuster

Berta Martí Fuster, PhD
2014 cohort

Head of Communications & Partner Relations, Oncoheroes Biosciences

Luca Giancardo

Luca Giancardo, PhD
2013 cohort

Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston

Germán González Serrano

Germán González Serrano, PhD
2011 cohort

Independent Researcher and Scientific Consultant

Tobias Hahn

Tobias Hahn, PhD
2013 cohort

Director Strategic Programs, OSRAM

Amy Hanson

Amy Hanson, RN
Assistant Nurse Manager VA Boston Healthcare System

Soledad Betanzos-Lara

Anna Jagielska, PhD
2019 spring cohort
Research Scientist, ŸMassachusetts Institute of Technology

Javier Jimenez Gonzalez

Javier Jimenez Gonzalez, PhD, MBA
2012 cohort

CEO and Cofounder, NBS

Ara Kassarjian

Ara Kassarjian, PhD
2011 cohort

Founder and Consultant Musculoskeletal Radiologist at Elite Sports Imaging

Nahun Kim

Nahun Kim
MS Candidate at MIT’s Integrated Design + Management

Robert Karl Kosior

Robert Karl Kosior, PhD
2011 cohort

Resident in Psychiatry at University of Manitoba

Balázs Kunkli

Balázs Kunkli
2020 EU cohort
PhD Candidate in Molecular Cell and Immune Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Debrecen

Soledad Betanzos-Lara

Eduardo Lage, PhD
2011 cohort

CTO and Co-Founder, PlenOptika

Wencke Lehnert

Wencke Lehnert, PhD
2012 cohort
Head of Medical Physics, Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Hamburg Eppendorf

Jonathan Li

Jonathan Li, PhD
PhD Candidate in Computational & Systems Biology at MIT

Daryl Lim

Daryl Lim, PhD
2011 cohort

COO and Co-Founder, PlenOptika

Bevin Lin

Bevin Lin, PhD
2012 cohort

Program Director, Buck Institute for Research on Aging

Amy Linsky

Amy Linsky, MD
2019 spring cohort
Physician, Internal Medicine, VA Boston Healthcare System

Cristina Lois

Cristina Lois, PHD
2012 cohort

Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School

Joaquín López Herraiz

Joaquín López Herraiz, PhD
2012 cohort

Associate Professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Jie Luo

Jie Luo, PhD
2013 cohort

Assistant Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Carlos Sanchez Mendoza

Carlos Sanchez Mendoza, PhD
2013 cohort

Head of Data Science at Snappet Connected Learning

Sam Miles

Sam Miles
2021 spring cohort

Informatics and Education RN Memphis VAMC
Memphis

Asif Naseem

Asif Naseem, PhD
2014 cohort

President & Chief Executive Officer, Paragon Development Systems (PDS)

Malte Ollenschläger

Malte Ollenschläger
2020 EU cohort

PhD Candidate, Machine Learning and Data Analytics Lab (MaD Lab), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU)

Vicente Parot

Vicente Parot, PhD
2011 cohort
Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University

László Péter Pusztai

László Péter Pusztai
2020 EU cohort

PhD student, Doctoral School of Informatics, University of Debrecen

Anita Ranade

Anita Ranade
2021 spring cohort

Chief of Business Office
VA Boston Healthcare System
Boston

Paolo Renigar

Paolo Renigar
2021 spring cohort

Education Program Specialist Veterans Affairs
Salt Lake City

Soledad Betanzos-Lara

Aasia Romano, MD
2019 spring cohort

OBGYN Physician, Clinical Instructor for Harvard Medical School, Veteran Affairs Healthcare System Boston

Álvaro Sánchez-Ferro

Álvaro Sánchez-Ferro, MD
2013 cohort

Chief Medical Officer and Cofounder, Leuko Labs

Colas Schretter

Colas Schretter, PhD
2012 cohort

Senior Research Scientist, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Luis Soenksen

Luis Rubén Soenksen, MSE
2014 cohort
Venture Builder in Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare at MIT

Smithri Sunil

Smithri Sunil, PhD
Candidate in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Boston University

Arpad Szoor

Arpad Szoor
2020 EU cohort
Assistant Lecturer, University of Debrecen

Laura Bernaéz Timón

Laura Bernaéz Timón
2020 EU cohort
PhD candidate in Systems Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research

Jack Tsao

Jack Tsao
2021 spring cohort

Staff Neurologist Memphis VAMC
Memphis

Jason Tucker-Schwartz

Jason Tucker-Schwartz, PhD
2014 cohort

Director of Marketing and Business Development, SpectraWAVE

Esra Abaci Turk

Esra Abaci Turk, PhD
2013 cohort

Research Fellow at Boston Children's Hospital

Botond Vitézy

Botond Vitézy
2020 EU cohort
Medical Doctor and Research Assistant, Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, University of Debrecen

Helena Xicoy

Helena Xicoy
2020 EU cohort
Research Assistant, Vall d’Hebron Research Institute

Christine Zhang

Christine Zhang
MBA Candidate MIT Sloan School of Management

Kai Zhang

Kai Zhang, PhD
Senior Manager, Clinical Biomarkers and Diagnostics, Amgen

Catalyst faculty

Representing the spectrum of biomedical innovation and care

Catalyst Faculty come from the worlds of medicine, science, and business, and provide to Fellows and one another their unique perspectives on health care and technology innovation. Any stakeholder in the healthcare arena ready to collaborate across disciplines and accelerate innovation is welcome.

Catalyst 2022 Faculty

Pam Bellino

Pamela Bellino MA, OTR/L
Director of Patient Safety, VA Boston Healthcare System

Eric Bruns

Eric Bruns, MBA
Director, EES SimLEARN Division, VHA Employee Education System

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Lars Frølund, PhD
Research Director, MIT Innovation Initiative
Visiting Fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management

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Stephan Gaehde, MD, MPH
Boston VA Medical Informatics Fellowship Program Director and Chief of Emergency Services

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Dimitra Georganopoulou, PhD
Venture Partner, FundRx

Roshni Ghosh, MD, MPH

Roshni Ghosh, MD, MPH
Executive Director, Center for Care and Payment Innovation, Veterans Health Administration

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Martha Gray, PhD
Director, MIT linQ

Anh Hoang

Anh Hoang
Chief Science Officer at Sofregen

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Jacob Hooker, PhD
Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport MGH Research Scholar
Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

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Beth Kahn, MS
Associate Director, NE I-Corps
NSF I-Corps Instructor

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Tim Padera, PhD
Associate Professor in Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School

Anne Quaadgras

Anne Quaadgras, PhD
Director of the MIT Sloan Health Systems Initiative, Senior Lecturer at the Sloan School of Management

Ravi Rasalingam

Ravi Rasalingam, MBChB
Catalyst Alumnus ’19
Staff Cardiologist, Medicine/Cardiology, Boston VA Healthsystem

Indra Sandal, PhD, MBA

Indra Sandal, PhD, MBA
Director of Innovation at the Memphis VA Medical Center

Pranjul Shah, PhD

Pranjul Shah, PhD
2022 spring cohort

Head of the Incubator at the University of Luxembourg

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Indranill Basu Ray, MD, FACP, FACC
Staff Cardiologist & Cardiac Electrophysiologist, Director of Cardiovascular Research, Memphis VA Hospital

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Andy Shin, JD, MPH
COO, AHA Center for Health Innovation

Suzanne Shirley, LCSW

Suzanne Shirley, LCSW
Director of Community Engagement & Fellowship with the Veterans Health Administration Innovation Ecosystem (VHA IE)

Nancy Steele

Nancy R. Steele, MA
Vice President, Strategy & Innovation at Pfizer, retired & Mentor, Entrepreneurship for All

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Iván Uray, MD, PhD
Senior Research Scientist & Associate Professor, Dept of Oncology, University of Debrecen Hungary

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Ben Vakoc, PhD
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Catalyst faculty, 2018–2021

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Pamela Bellino MA, OTR/L
Director of Patient Safety, VA Boston Healthcare System

Lydia Bourouiba, PhD

Lydia Bourouiba, PhD
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering;
Affiliate Faculty of Harvard Medical School

Heather L. Davidson, MD

Heather L. Davidson, MD
Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine;
Deputy Chief of Staff and Hospitalist Physician at VA Boston HCS

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Russel Eng
Industrial Engineer – Systems Redesign VA Boston & VA New England Health Care System (VISN 1)

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John Flaherty, MD, MPH
Chief Emergency Medicine, Memphis VA Medical Center

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Lars Frølund, PhD
Research Director, MIT Innovation Initiative
Visiting Fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management

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Stephan Gaehde, MD, MPH
Boston VA Medical Informatics Fellowship Program Director and Chief of Emergency Services

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Dimitra Georganopoulou, PhD
Venture Partner, FundRx

Karen Golmer

Karen Golmer, MBA
Innovation Manager MIT Desphande Center for Technological Innovation

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Martha Gray, PhD
Director, MIT linQ

Peter Hansen, PhD

Peter Hansen, PhD
Founder of Union Biometrica, Inc.

Anh Hoang

Anh Hoang
Chief Science Officer at Sofregen

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Jacob Hooker, PhD
Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport MGH Research Scholar
Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

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Beth Kahn, MS
Associate Director, NE I-Corps
NSF I-Corps Instructor

Andy Levine

Andy Levine, MS
CEO and President, Conformal Medical

Fiona Murray

Fiona Murray, PhD
Associate Dean for Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management
Co-Director of MIT Innovation Initiative

Emily Niederst

Emily Niederst, PhD
Director of Scientific Initiatives, Alana Down Syndrome Center

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Tim Padera, PhD
Associate Professor in Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School

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Alice Lin Pomponio, MPP
Advisor, Red Sky Partners

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Contessa “Tess” Ramos, MSNED
Chief of Education/ DLO Center for Learning Excellence George E. Wahlen, Salt Lake City VA

Ravi Rasalingam

Ravi Rasalingam, MBChB
Catalyst Alumnus ’19
Staff Cardiologist, Medicine/Cardiology, Boston VA Healthsystem

Azahara Rodríguez, PhD

Azahara Rodríguez, PhD
Scientific Advisor at Cantabria Labs

Gloria Sanclimens, PhD

Gloria Sanclimens, PhD
Product Development Director at Cantabria Labs

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Andy Shin, JD, MPH
COO, AHA Center for Health Innovation

Karthik Sivashanker, MD, MPH

Karthik Sivashanker, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine;
Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist, VA Boston Healthcare System

Shriya Srinivasan

Shriya Srinivasan
Doctoral Researcher, Biomechatronics Research, MIT

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Nancy R. Steele, MA
MIT linQ Faculty

Collin Stultz, MD, PhD

Collin Stultz, MD, PhD
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science

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Daniel Torocsik, MD, PhD
Dermatology Unit University of Debrecen Hungary

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Iván Uray, MD, PhD
Senior Research Scientist & Associate Professor, Dept of Oncology, University of Debrecen Hungary

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Ben Vakoc, PhD
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Independent Advisory Panel

Providing insight and wisdom to refine projects

Like the Catalyst Faculty, members of the Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) represent a diversity of experience, expertise, and perspectives. IAP members provide fresh, unbiased analysis and guidance to Fellows over the course of project discovery and development. Current and past members are included here.

Saurabha Bhatnagar, MD

Saurabha Bhatnagar, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Head of Technology & Performance, UnitedHealthcare

Bonnie Charland, PhD

Bonnie Charland, PhD
Associate Director of Quality Management, VA Boston Healthcare System

Heather Davidson, MD

Heather Davidson, MD
Deputy Chief of Staff, VA Boston HCS; Hospitalist

Melinda Decker

Melinda Decker, MS, MBA
Chief Commercial Officer, Mymee

Samuel “Mooly” Dinnar

Samuel “Mooly” Dinnar, PMB
Founder of Meedance,
Instructor at Harvard and MIT

Will Febbo

Will Febbo
CEO of OptimizeRx

Christiana Iyasare, MD

Christiana Iyasare, MD
Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Medicine Innovation Program;
Co-Founder, Dyrnamix, Inc.

Julia Jackson

Julia Jackson, MBA
Director, Digital Health at Sage Therapeutics

Julia Jackson

Angela James, PhD
Global Development Project Leadership in Oncology at Astellas Pharma

Terry Keane, PhD

Terry Keane, PhD
Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at VA Boston Healthcare System

Emily Lindemer, PhD

Emily Lindemer, PhD
Director of Data Science and Analytics at Wellframe

Daphne Psacharopoulos

Daphne Psacharopoulos, MBA
Advisor, Digital Health, Strategy & Commercialization

Jagesh Shah, PhD

Jagesh Shah, PhD
Vice President, Gene Therapy Technologies at Sana Biotechnology, Inc.

Barry Stein, MD, MBA, FSIR, FACR, RPVI

Barry Stein, MD, MBA, FSIR, FACR, RPVI
Chief Clinical Innovation Officer at Hartford HealthCare

Frances Toneguzzo, PhD

Frances Toneguzzo, PhD
Intellectual Property and Business Strategy Consultant

Ryan Vega, MD

Ryan Vega, MD
Chief Officer, Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs