James M Crawford, MD, PhD
Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine / Senior Vice President Laboratory Services at Zucker School of Medicine, Hofstra/Northwell / Northwell Health System
Dr. James Crawford is Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and Senior Vice President of Laboratory Services for the Northwell Health System, a position he has held since 2009. Prior to that, for 9 years he was Chair of the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL. Dr. Crawford has served as Editor-in-Chief of Laboratory Investigation, President of the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC), Chair of the Council of Academic Societies of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and member of the AAMC Board of Directors. He currently is Editor-in-Chief of the APC journal Academic Pathology. Dr. Crawford has been heavily involved in advocacy for healthcare, including chairing the Board of Directors for “PathPAC” of the College of American Pathologists. He is founding member of Project Santa Fe, which is providing leadership to drive the “Clinical Lab 2.0” movement, namely, establishing the evidence base for valuation of the clinical laboratory in the next era of American health care. This involves establishing the value statements for laboratory as a driver of both better patient outcomes and improved cost effectiveness of delivering health—and wellness—care.
Director of Strategic Development and Communications at TriCore Reference Laboratories
As Director of Strategic Development and Communications at TriCore Reference Laboratories, Beth oversees the organization’s efforts in strategic planning, project management, workforce and leadership development, succession planning, communications and public relations. Additionally, Beth actively serves on the Project Santa Fe Foundation taskforce, supporting education and communication for the Clinical Lab 2.0 initiative.
Prior to TriCore, Beth managed the corporate education and consulting program for University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management as a part of their Executive and Professional Education Center. Additionally, she served 15 years as a consultant with a global leadership and communication skills training company based in New York City and San Francisco, where her clients included professionals from international businesses such as Google, PwC, the Federal Reserve Bank, MedImmune, JPMorgan Chase, Cushman & Wakefield and IBM, as well as attorneys at some of the nation’s leading law firms.
Subject Matter Experts:
Lisa Jean Clifford
COO & Chief Strategy Officer at Gestalt Diagnostics
Ms. Clifford has over 20 years of experience in high-tech industries with over 15 of them specifically in healthcare high-tech.
Her experience includes strategy development and execution, general business administration and operations, marketing, business development, and product management.
She has worked in key marketing and business development roles at leading healthcare solution vendors including McKesson and IDX (GE Healthcare), past positions also include Vice President of Marketing at International Data Group (IDG) and eBusiness Technologies. Ms. Clifford is an industry expert who is widely published in business and industry trade publications; has authored a book on XML; and has presented educational and thought leadership sessions at healthcare industry conferences.
Her most recent role was CEO at Psyche Systems Corporation, a leading LIS solution and services provider, a business that she led for over ten years prior to joining Gestalt Diagnostics.
Patricia Goede is VP Clinical Informatics at XIFIN, Inc., where she brings 22 years’ experience developing biomedical imaging informatics solutions and technology to facilitate multi-modality and multispecialty image-based exchange, collaboration, and management in distributed environments. Goede founded VisualShare and served as CEO until its acquisition by XIFIN in 2015. Previously, Goede was at the University of Utah where she pioneered a number of image, visualization and collaboration tools. She is the founder of the Electronic Medical Education Resource Group (EMERG), and as its director, established the Utah Center of Excellence for Electronic Medical Education. Goede holds an MS in Computational Visualization and a PhD. in Biomedical Imaging Informatics.
Barb Senters, CCEP
Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer at Sonic Healthcare USA
Barb Senters is the Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer for Sonic Healthcare USA, a top three full service clinical lab. Her expertise lies in developing effective, risk based compliance strategies and maintaining an ethical culture with a focus on transparency. She has an extensive background in establishing and strengthening compliance programs at major health care companies. As an example, she successfully resolved the Ameritox Corporate Integrity Agreement, working closely with the Office of the Inspector General, Independent Monitor and senior leaders.
Prior to joining Sonic, Ms. Senters was the Compliance Officer for Ameritox, a toxicology lab and previously owned a consulting business called Regulatory Solutions in which she provided compliance and human resources support to colleagues in various aspects of health care. She was the Chief Compliance Officer for Solstas Lab Partners with a focus on compliance due diligence for acquisitions. She also held a Senior Compliance role at Quest Diagnostics.
She was a professional participant in developing the Office of Inspector General’s publication : “Resource Guide for Measuring Compliance Program Effectiveness”. Ms. Senters is a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP) and a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). She is also a certified Six-Sigma Greenbelt. She is an active member of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) and was appointed as a “Lifetime Fellow” of the Health Ethics Trust.
VP Product Management at Psyche Systems
Deanna began her career at Psyche Systems Corporation in January 2013, as an Application Specialist and Trainer. Shortly after joining the organization, she assisted a team of innovative thinkers and leaders in the development and design of NucleoLIS, Molecular Information Management System (MIMS). The product serves as an industry standard for its features and functionality requirements within the molecular diagnostics laboratory.
As a visionary within the company, it was a natural progression for her to lead Product Management for the entire software application product line that Psyche has to offer.
Her experience working in the Anatomic Pathology laboratory as well as a genetic/biotechnology laboratory has allowed Deanna to help aid the development of the software features as an end user to better understand best practices for a laboratory overall.
Deanna attended the University of Rhode Island, obtained her undergraduate degree in Microbiology/Biotechnology and completed a graduate program at the University of Rhode Island and the RI School of Cytotechnology. She received an ASCP Board Certification in Cytotechnology, while working on a Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science.
Deanna is passionate and ambitious, not only at Psyche but at home as well. She simultaneously balances a prospering career while being a wife and mother to a baby girl and puppy.
Linda L. Smith
Vice President Laboratory Services at SSM Health
Linda L. Smith, MHA, MT(ASCP)DLM, is Vice President, Laboratory Services for SSM Health in St. Louis, MO. She has administrative responsibility for laboratory operations in the SSM St. Louis Network’s seven hospital labs and for operations and quality lab consultations throughout the SSM system. Prior to joining SSM, Ms. Smith served as Director of Laboratory Services at GNYHA Services, Inc in New York City, NY and worked with GNYHA’s member labs on operations and contract optimization. She also worked for two years as Director of Laboratory Services at Premier, Inc in Charlotte, NC. She holds an MHA degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR.
Partner at Shipwright Healthcare Group
Prior to Shipwright Healthcare Group, Steve held a senior management position with American Pathology Partners, developing and deploying a patient centric value based managed care market position. He also spent a number of years at Solstas Lab Partners, developing and implementing a managed care strategy for growth for a 500M company as well as beginning his career at LabCorp where he held various positions with increasing responsibility. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from California State University at Long Beach and a Master of Business Administration, Finance from Houston Baptist University.
Andrew B. Wachler
Owner, Principal at Wachler & Associates, PC
Andrew B. Wachler is a partner with Wachler & Associates, P.C. Mr. Wachler has been practicing healthcare law for over 30 years. He counsels healthcare providers, suppliers and organizations nationwide in a variety of healthcare legal matters. In addition, he writes and speaks nationally to professional organizations and other entities on healthcare law topics such as Medicare and third party payor appeals, Stark law and Fraud and Abuse, regulatory compliance, enrollment and revocation, and other topics. He often co-speaks with Medicare and other government officials. Mr. Wachler has met with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services policy makers on numerous occasions to effectuate changes to Medicare policy and obtain fair and equitable reimbursement for health systems.
Mr. Wachler is recognized as a Fellow of State Bar of Michigan Health Care Law Section. He currently serves on the Program Planning Committee for AHLA’s Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Issues. He previously served on the Editorial Board of the ABA Health Law Section publication The Health Lawyer, and has also served as Vice Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Payment and Reimbursement Interest Group, Vice Chair of the ABA Health Law Section Healthcare Policy Task Force.
Julie Ramage, National Account Director, Diagnostics
With over 23 years of experience in the lab industry, working for many large commercial labs in Management of Sales related roles, Julie joined Pfizer Oncology five years ago to provide subject matter expertise to their growing portfolio of therapies with companion diagnostic activities. With expansive background in pathology, technologies, platforms, reimbursement and regulatory matters, Julie has also become one of Pfizer Oncology’s primary experts in data aggregation, purchase, and evaluation within the business unit in regards to biomarkers. Julie also serves on the Board of Directors for the California Clinical Lab Association as their previous president and now as the Secretary of the board. She is involved in many organizations such as Precision Medicine Coalition, and patient advocacy groups.