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Advisory Board

Brad Wilson

Chief Executive Officer Emeritus, BCBS of North Carolina
Brad Wilson served as President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina for almost 8 years, capping a 22 year career with North Carolina’s largest health insurer. Under his leadership, BCBSNC grew to a $9 billion company serving over 3.8 million customers. His experience as CEO reflected his passion for healthcare, a deep commitment to community involvement and strong expertise in business and public policy at the state and national level.

Mr. Wilson joined BCBSNC in 1995 as General Counsel and held a variety of senior-level positions before being named CEO in 2010. During his tenure, BCBSNC successfully implemented the Affordable Care Act and remains the only health insurer in North Carolina providing ACA products in all 100 counties in the state. He has served as Director of the BCBS Association, AHIP and numerous other national and state healthcare organizations. He is also the past Chair of the UNC Board of Governors and has led several state commissions.

Prior to joining BCBSNC, Mr. Wilson practiced law in NC. He also served as General Counsel to Governor James B. Hunt where he directed the governor’s legislative strategy, led the legal office and served as a cabinet secretary. He holds a B.A. degree from Appalachian State University, an M.A. degree from Duke University and a law degree from Wake Forest University. Currently, he serves as Executive in Residence at Wake Forest University.

Dr. Georgia N. Papathomas

Advisor, Investor, Board Member
Georgia Papathomas has over 35 years of experience in health, life sciences, telecommunications, and technology, and is an active investor, advisor and board member with a focus on the healthcare and technology sectors. Dr. Papathomas also serves on the Executive Board of the National Center for Women & Information Technology; on the Board of Visitors of the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; and on the Board of Homeless Solutions.

Dr. Papathomas retired from J&J as the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Data Sciences with responsibilities for establishing the J&J Data Sciences Strategy, including the planning, and the implementation of plans for the use of sophisticated analytics and Artificial Intelligence capabilities across J&J.

Prior to this position, Georgia was the Chief Information Officer for Janssen, the J&J Pharmaceutical Companies, and a member of the J&J Pharmaceuticals Group Operating Committee (GOC). She led the company’s global information Technology organization, strategy, and execution worldwide. She also led Janssen's development of Digital Health Solutions designed to improve the continuum of patient care.

Prior to joining J&J, Georgia held the position of Senior Vice President-Chief Information Officer and Corporate Innovation Officer at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.

Georgia has also worked at Pfizer as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for EMEA and as Vice President-Global Customer Service Management and at Lucent Technologies as Vice President-Global Professional Services/Network Solutions. Dr. Papathomas started her career as a researcher at AT&T Bell Labs.

Georgia is also a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Sigma Xi Research Honor Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS, and the CIO Research Board.

Georgia received her Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. from Columbia University the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Jim Traficant

Partner, Pinkston
Jim Traficant is a partner at Pinkston with over 30 years of executive and operational leadership in government, commercial and international markets. Jim also serves as the Managing Director for Citadel Sciences which is helping businesses and people safely return to places we live, work, and play together. He served as President of ASM Research leading the Accenture acquisition to triple in three years. He previously served as President of Harris Healthcare Solutions where he expanded the business from an idea to $200M in five years serving government, commercial, and international healthcare organizations across six countries.

Jim’s industry experience includes Aerospace & Defense, Intelligence, and Healthcare as well as M&A, product development, and IT services. Jim has served on the Boards for Exigent International, Cancer Treatment Services International, and the first Johns Hopkins Medicine Joint Venture called Peake Healthcare – which Jim also co-founded. The pivot from Defense to healthcare resulted from Jim’s experience as a two-time liver transplant survivor. Jim still serves at Johns Hopkins as an executive member of the Innovation Advisory Council.

Jim has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Geneva College and MBA from George Washington University. He is married to Gwen Richards Traficant and they have two grown children who also live in Northern Virginia.
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Kenneth Letkeman

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Houston Methodist
Kenneth Letkeman is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Houston Methodist – a leading academic medical center in the Texas Medical Center and six community hospitals serving the Greater Houston area. Previously, he served as the Chief Information Officer at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Mr. Letkeman is a result-oriented leader with a unique combination of leadership, management and technical skills developed over 20 years of healthcare experience as an entrepreneur, information systems professional and consultant, including various executive leadership roles. Prior to Vanderbilt, he was the CEO for Marshfield Clinic Information Services (MCIS) where he was responsible for all aspects of company operation including strategy, sales and marketing, operations and customer satisfaction. He also served as the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer at Marshfield Clinic.

Mr. Letkeman completed his Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems from the University of Manitoba.
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Dr. Michael Ash

Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer, Nebraska Medicine
Dr. Michael Ash is the Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer at Nebraska Medicine, and serves as Vice Chancellor of Information and Technology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He oversees information technology, information security, quality, safety and clinical effectiveness. He is also responsible for marketing, patient experience, process improvement, and telehealth.

With more than 20 years of experience in health information technology, Dr. Ash has led the development of IT infrastructure and implementation of electronic health records in academic medical centers and health systems, across the globe. His experience includes several positions with Cerner including Chief Medical Officer and Vice President for physician strategy and innovation. Dr. Ash has been granted a dozen technology patents ranging from health forecasting to management of complex order sets.

Earlier, Dr. Ash worked as an internal medicine physician. Dr. Ash graduated with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and went on to earn his medical degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He completed his internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Dr. Mohit Kaushal

Special Advisor at General Atlantic
Dr. Mohit Kaushal is a well-recognized healthcare professional and an industry leader, with an extensive career in investing, clinical medicine, academia and public policy. Dr. Kaushal currently serves as a Special Advisor at General Atlantic. As a lead investor and board member, he has been an influential force in guiding many healthcare organizations. During the Obama administration, he was a member of the White House Health IT task force, a cross-agency team that implemented the technology aspects of health reform. He also built and led the first dedicated health care team at the Federal Communications Commission.

Dr. Kaushal is an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University and has been appointed to the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, advising HHS on Data Access and Use. He continues to be actively involved in health policy and serves as a Scholar in Residence at the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy.

Dr. Kaushal is a medical graduate from Imperial College, London and holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Patty Morrison

Ex Executive Vice President, Customer Support Services, and Chief Information Officer, Cardinal Health
Patty Morrison served as Executive Vice President of Customer Support Services and Chief Information Officer of Cardinal Health and was responsible for the company's enterprise-wide information technology. She was also responsible for Customer Contact Centers and Customer Administration. Ms. Morrison's reach within the IT and business community has spanned 30 years across five different industries.

Previously, she was EVP and CIO for Motorola, where she oversaw all strategic, operational and financial aspects of the company's information technology architecture, systems, tools, processes and infrastructure. Her prior experience also includes senior-level information technology positions at Procter and Gamble, General Electric, Quaker Oats, PepsiCo and Office Depot.

Ms. Morrison is also on the Board of Directors at Splunk and Aramark. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and statistics and Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, graduating summa cum laude. She received the Fisher-Hopper Prize for Lifetime Achievement in CIO Leadership and was also inducted to the CIO Magazine Hall of Fame in 2008.