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Jim Carlson PhD., PA-C, CHSE
VP of Interprofessional Education and Simulation
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Dr. Carlson is the Vice President for Interprofessional Education and Simulation and a member of the Physician Assistant faculty. In this role he oversees all simulation-based activities at the university, the DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education, and the Gross Anatomy Labs. He received his PhD in Interprofessional Health Care Studies from RFUMS in 2012 and his Masters of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Practice from RFUMS in 2001. Dr. Carlson also teaches in a number of University programs and is a member of the RFUMS Master Teachers Guild. His research interests focus on diagnostic reasoning behaviors, simulation-based performance assessment, the role of simulation in team training, and Interprofessional education. As of May 2017 the RFUMS Department of Healthcare Simulation has been awarded accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. This accreditation places RFUMS in a top tier of simulation programming both nationally and internationally.

Osama ElHassan, PhD
Head of eHealth Section, Health Data and Information Analysis Dept.
Dubai Health Authority

Dr. Osama Elhassan is the Vice-Chair of Emirates Health Informatics Society and the Head of eHealth section at Dubai Health Authority where he leads the Health Information Exchange project of the emirate of Dubai (NABIDH). He obtained a PhD in software Engineering from University of Leicester and an MSc from Imperial College in UK. Prior to and during his doctoral work he spent 10 years serving multiple teaching and research positions in Middle East and UK universities. He developed interest in Healthcare Information Systems during his PhD work, which allowed him to play key roles in several healthcare authorities within Dubai after completing his research work. Dr. Osama joined Dubai Health Authority in Oct. 2012 to take the responsibility of devising and executing DHA’s e-Health vision and to establish Dubai’s Health Data Standardization initiatives.

Patricia Finch-Guthrie, PhD, RN
Director for Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice
St. Catherine University

Patricia L. Finch-Guthrie, PhD, RN is the Director of Interprofessional Education, Practice and Research at the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health and Assistant Professor at St. Catherine University in the Department of Interprofessional Education. Dr. Finch Guthrie started the department in 2012 to prepare students for team based practice, which is necessary to improve patient outcomes, as well as improving collaboration critical for addressing the high turnover of healthcare clinicians. Dr. Finch Guthrie grew the department to include six faculty members who focus on carrying out the mission and vision for interprofessional education at St. Catherine University. In her role, Dr. Finch Guthrie developed and taught interprofessional courses for baccalaureate students from multiple disciplines on teamwork, team roles and responsibilities, health care teams and quality, and research and evidence-based practice. Dr. Finch Guthrie co-founded the Interprofessional Clinical Scholar Program with North Memorial Medical Center and St. Catherine University, with the focus of developing students, faculty, and clinicians in cultivating their team and evidence-based practice skills necessary for solving real world practice problems. Additional partners involved in the program includes Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Benedictine Health Center, Presbyterian Homes, and the Minnesota Veterans Administration care setting. Dr. Finch Guthrie serves as a dissertation chair for PhD nursing students and as an advisor for Doctor of Nursing Practice and master degree nursing students. Dr. Finch Guthrie practiced as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gerontology and served as the Director of Education and Nursing Research at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, overseeing many interprofessional evidence-based practice initiatives.

Dr. Finch Guthrie received her BSN from the University of Iowa, MS degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, and PhD in nursing with a minor in gerontology from the University of Minnesota. Patricia practiced as a bedside nurse in acute care for 14 years and in nursing administration for 21 years, with clinical and practice expertise in cardiovascular nursing care, the acute care of older adults, and advanced nursing practice. Dr. Finch Guthrie published about assessing and planning care for older adults, as well as outcomes for an interprofessional program for the care of elders receiving care in acute care settings. In 2014, Dr. Finch Guthrie co-authored a case study about the first cohort of the St. Catherine University Interprofessional Evidence-Bases Clinical Scholar Program and in 2016 co-edited a book on the program. Additionally, Dr. Finch Guthrie co-authored a national guideline on the prevention of delirium and studies with a variety of interprofessional teams testing interventions on decreasing pressure ulcers in critical care, managing chest tubes in open-heart surgery patients, and the prevention of urinary tract infection in a rehabilitation setting. Her continued area of research is on prevention of health care complications, interprofessional team development, and interprofessional education.

Sabu Karakka Mandapam
Associate Dean and Professor of HIM School of Allied Health Sciences
Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Manipal, India

Prof. Sabu Karakka Mandapam, is currently the Associate Dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences and Professor of Health Information Management at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India, the largest Allied Health Institution in the country. His persuasion and engagement with the National Initiative of Allied Health Sciences (NIAHS), a Government of India initiative has led to formal recognition for HIM education in India. He served as an expert member in National Curricula design Task force for Health Information Management formed under NIAHS. He is currently the Chair of a Working group ‘Development of International Workforce for Health Information Management’ task force constituted by the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations (IFHIMA). He is the current and founder president of Health Informatics and Health Information Management Association, Kerala state (HIIM), India. He has also served as the member (Southeast Asia region) for the Global Health Workforce Council based in Chicago, USA formed by American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation for a period of three years. Prof. Sabu has obtained Master of Applied Science degree in Medical Documentation with first rank in 1998 from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India and Doctorate degree in Health Information Management from Manipal University in 2006. He has more than 17 years of teaching and administrative experience and served in different academic/administrative positions in education sector. He is involved in many HIM professional activities in India.

He is one among the pioneers in establishing HIM education and training in India. He has been instrumental in introducing research concepts in HIM practice with the distinction of being the first Doctorate holder from HIM discipline in India. He has served as an expert member in academic committees of various institutions in India. As a faculty he has guided more than 50 Post Graduate and Under Graduate project work/thesis. Prof. Sabu has many publications in National and International peer reviewed journals to his credit and has presented many papers at scientific meetings across the Globe and involved in few research projects. He has also received few awards for his academic and professional achievements. His counsel and contributions has enabled Botho University to successfully establish the first HIM program in Botswana, Africa. He is actively involved in streamlining and enhancing the academics/training quality of Allied Health Science programs on par with the international standards and establishing several short term training programs at SOAHS, Manipal University, India. He has vastly contributed to the overall development of the current institution through establishing new programs and International collaborations.

Brian Murphy
Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS)

Brian Murphy is the director of the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists (ACDIS), a 5,500-member association headquartered in Middleton, Massachusetts, dedicated to the unique needs of the CDI profession. He oversees management of its award-winning resources, leads association outreach, and develops industry CDI guidance in conjunction with the ACDIS Advisory Board. Murphy also oversees the annual ACDIS Conference, the nation’s first and largest conference dedicated to the unique needs of the CDI specialist that now draws more than 1,900 attendees. Murphy is a former managing editor at HCPro, with experience in developing products and services serving health information management (HIM) professionals. He has extensive knowledge of CDI and HIM, with an emphasis on documentation, coding, Medicare regulations, and the revenue cycle.

Joseph W. Niegoski
Senior Director -- Educational Services
Workforce Development & Educational Services
American Public Transportation Association

Joseph W. Niegoski, senior director – educational services - is responsible for supporting the educational and professional development needs of the members and staff of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). He serves as co-staff advisor for APTA’ s Workforce Development Committee and staff advisor for the Labor & Employee Relations subcommittee. The Workforce Development Committee and its subcommittees collectively address and support workforce development challenges and needs for the industry. He is staff advisor for the Leadership APTA committee and manages the Leadership APTA program, an industry recognized professional development program for future senior and executive leaders of APTA and the public transportation industry. Mr. Niegoski also manages and supports the professional development needs and various internal programs for APTA staff. Since joining APTA in 2002, Mr. Niegoski managed and introduced a range of eLearning and other programs for APTA members and staff.

Mr. Niegoski represents APTA on the board of the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium and the board of National Network of Business and Industry Associations. He is a member of the TRB Education and Training Committee. Prior to joining APTA, Mr. Niegoski was principal of his own consulting organization. In addition, Mr. Niegoski had spent over twenty years in the high-tech consulting industry leading and supporting learning and education programs in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Mr. Niegoski is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He also served on several Washington DC areas advisory boards and councils. He received his Masters of Science from Georgetown University, Washington, DC and his Bachelor of Arts from St. Lawrence University, Canton N.Y.

Claudia Pagliari BSc,PhD FRCPE
Director, Global eHealth Programme
eHealth Interdisciplinary Research Group
The University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland

Dr. Pagliari is a senior lecturer and researcher within the Usher Institute, where she leads a research program on eHealth and directs the MSc in Global eHealth. With a background in social science and health technology assessment, her research is highly interdisciplinary and covers many areas of eHealth and the digital society. This includes the study and evaluation of emerging innovations (for example: direct-to-consumer genetic testing, therapeutic robots, apps), large-scale health IT programs (for example: human resource information management systems, administrative data research, e-Government), new forms of data for science (for example: social media and crowdsourcing), technologies for global health system strengthening and ethical and responsible research and innovation.

She collaborates with colleagues from across the university, including Edinburgh Medical School, the Business School and the Schools of Informatics and Health in Social Sciences, as well as a network of international researchers, NGOs and others. She is a member of the Global Health Academy, the Institute for Science, Technology and Innovation, the Social Informatics Cluster, and the Edinburgh Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Group and convenes the interdisciplinary research groups in eHealth and digital disease surveillance. Claudia holds a first class degree in Psychology from the University of Ulster and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. She was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2010. She is a member of the UK College of Experts in Health Informatics, the British Computer Society, the UK Council for Health Informatics Professionals (level 3), and has held advisory roles with the American Health Information Management Association, the European Commission (scientific expert) and other agencies and is regularly invited as a conference keynote speaker.

Ted Waz
Vice Chair

Serving as a Global Executive Advisor within HealthCare, Finance, Technology, and Aerospace, Mr. Waz has had a profound impact re-defining corporate industry leading practices – leveraging significant expertise in process re-engineering, financial operations, larger scale technology consolidation, and capability development throughout the entire organization. Mr. Waz has spent the last 15 years serving and leading fortune 50 companies and multi-billion dollar marquee healthcare organizations to drive towards transparency, cross functional collaboration, sustainability and self-sufficiency.

Jennifer Wilkerson
Director, Marketing
National Center for Construction Education and Research

Jennifer is a member of the NCCER leadership team and director of marketing, public relations and Build Your Future. She has a background in both education and construction. She taught high school English for 13 years and is part owner in a welding and fabrication company where she was the acting business manager for six years. 

For the past eight years she has been with NCCER where she began as a project manager overseeing the development and revision of curricula and assessments. She now leads a successful marketing team who has won numerous advertising awards and has enhanced NCCER’s brand and presence in the construction and maintenance marketplace. The team has generated renewed interest in the Build Your Future initiative aimed at recruitment and image enhancement and launched the first credentialing portal providing veterans with industry-recognized credentials for the training they received while in the military.

Jennifer currently is a member of the AGC Industry-Educator Taskforce, the CURT Workforce Development Committee and is a member of the Power Up Board. She actively presents about workforce development issues and resources, construction career pathways, industry-education partnerships and recruitment into the construction and maintenance industries. She holds degrees in English Education and Business Administration.