Advisory Board

Craig Brater

D. Craig Brater, MD

President of Programs
Regenstrief Foundation

Vice President of Programs
Walther Cancer Foundation

D. Craig Brater is President of Programs for the Regenstrief Foundation and Vice President of Programs for the Walther Cancer Foundation, both of which are based in Indianapolis. Craig served as the ninth dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine for 13 years before retiring from that position in 2013, at which time he was presented with the university's highest honor, The University Medal, by IU President Michael McRobbie, for his visionary leadership. He is a nationally known expert on the effects of diuretics and of non-steroidal inflammatory drugs on renal function. Upon joining Indiana University in 1986, he established the Division of Clinical Pharmacology in the Department of Medicine. In 1990, Craig became chairman of the Department of Medicine, the largest department at Indiana University. He serves as a board member of BioCrossroads, and is President of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. He has also been a member of the United States Olympic Committee ethics committee, and serves on the National Institutes of Health National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Craig received his BA degree in Chemistry and his MD from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Lifetime Award for Distinguished Service in Years of Health Advancement from the Indiana Public Health Foundation and the Oscar B. Hunter Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Joanne Burns

Joanne Burns, RN

Chief Strategy Officer

As the Chief Strategy Officer, Joanne Burns works directly with the CEO to advance Cerner's strategic initiatives and direction. She has responsibility for ensuring that execution across all of Cerner's business units aligns to its vision through a clearly articulated strategy. Additionally, she works with executive leadership at large, national health care organizations guiding alignment of information technology initiatives to strategic goals and objectives tied directly to Board of Director priorities. Since joining Cerner in 2004, Joanne has held a number of progressively responsible positions including large scale program development, global market entry strategy, business development, financial planning/management, crisis management, solution strategy and development. From 2010 to 2013, Joanne led the Tiger Institute, a unique public/private partnership between Cerner and the University of Missouri. As Chief Information Officer of MU Health Care and Executive Director of the Tiger Institute, Joanne had responsibility for strategic direction and operational execution for healthcare information technology including cybersecurity, big data management, innovation, deployment, and population health across the state of Missouri. Joanne led the organization from a HIMSS Analytics Adoption Model Stage 3 to a Stage 7 in less than three years. Under her leadership, MU Health Care received the Missouri Quality Award, and was recognized as a U.S. News & World Report "Most Connected" hospital. From 1988 to 2003, Joanne worked at Stanford University Medical Center in Stanford, CA. During her tenure there, she held progressively responsible leadership positions across clinical, operational, and technical domains. While at Stanford, she had responsibility for pioneering health care delivery in order to drive down costs by leveraging new models of care delivery with heavy reliance on innovation and technology. Her leadership resulted in exceeding growth and financial plan expectations. Joanne authored articles in peer-reviewed journals and presentations at national forums highlighting the results. For this work, Joanne was honored with the 2001 annual employee achievement award.

Joanne received her BS in Nursing from the University of New York at Plattsburgh in 1982 and her MPA in Hospital Administration from the University of San Francisco in 1997. Joanne received Program Certification in "Women on Boards" from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2016. She currently serves on the Boards of SNOMED International, the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, and URXMobile.

Robert Dittus

Robert Dittus, MD, MPH

Albert and Bernard Werthan Professor of Medicine
Executive Vice President for Public Health and Health Care
Senior Associate Dean for Population Health Sciences
Director, Institute for Medicine and Public Health
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Director, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center
Director, Quality Scholars Program
VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System

Robert Dittus has combined training in industrial engineering, medicine and epidemiology to advance healthcare quality improvement, outcomes of care and overall individual and population health through his research on the effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness, safety and equity of health care. He has advanced the methodology of medical decision-making and conducted numerous studies delineating the comparative effectiveness of alternative strategies for clinical care. Over the past fifteen years, he has guided the discovery of critical illness associated delirium and long-term cognitive impairment and development of new treatment paradigms with global impact on reducing the mortality, morbidity and costs of critical care. He was recently PI of a large CMS Innovation Project to improve health care delivery through care coordination. He has led or been co-investigator of over $300 million in research and training funding and authored over 200 publications. He has served as PI of fourteen federally funded fellowship training grants in clinical research and trained over 100 fellows and junior faculty of whom over 80% remain in academic medicine. He is the founding director of the Vanderbilt and VA Tennessee Valley Quality Scholars Program. He has served as the President of the Association for Clinical Research Training and received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Association for Clinical and Translational Science.

Robert received his BS in Industrial Engineering from the Purdue University, his MD from Indiana University, and his MPH in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Dr. Dittus serves on numerous professional academic and local health care Boards of Directors, including currently the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, where he is also an officer and chair of strategy. He has been named Teaching and Research Scholar of the American College of Physicians and the Harvey Branscomb Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt University, and he has been given the Outstanding Industrial Engineer Award from Purdue University, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University, the Tyroler Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina, the Duncan Neuhauser Award for Curricular Innovation from the Academy for Healthcare Improvement, and the Innovation with Distinction Award in Research Training and Education from the AAMC. He served as the founding President of the Academy for Healthcare Improvement, an international professional society for those engaged in scholarship and the practice of improving health care quality and safety. He is an elected member of the Association of American Physicians.

Al Gatmaitan

Al Gatmaitan, DSc, FACHE

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
IU Heath

As IU Health Chief Operating Officer, Al Gatmaitan oversees the operation of IU Health entities and clinical delivery systems, including System Clinical Services, Supply Chain and Design and Construction.

Al joined IU Health in 1992 as president and chief executive officer of IU Health Tipton Hospital. He then held leadership positions at IU Health Arnett, West and White Memorial hospitals. Prior to joining IU Health, he served as vice president of Operations for Logansport Memorial Hospital.

He holds a doctoral degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Master of Healthcare Administration from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from University of Dayton. Al serves on the Indiana Hospital Association Board of Directors. An active community leader, Al currently serves on the board of United Way of Central Indiana and is a longtime member of Rotary International.

Sherron Rogers

Sherron Rogers, MS

Vice President, System Evolution
Eskenazi Health

In 2005, Sherron Rogers took her global process improvement work and Six Sigma Black Belt experience gained from Cummins manufacturing, and implemented robust processes within Indiana University Health's Information Services department. She built a Project Management Office (PMO) by initiating a common approach to project management and governance. She was then promoted to director with responsibility for managing the department's $120 million budget, IT contracts, staffing, the PMO, and building the Microsoft Sharepoint web application. In 2011, Sherron was promoted to an operations leadership role and was tasked with transforming the Environmental Services and Patient Transportation departments. As executive director, Sherron was responsible for a team of 600 employees at Methodist, University and Riley Hospitals and was responsible for improving the patient experience and meeting hospital goals. Sherron transformed the team by improving staffing and significantly reducing spending. She also revised all aspects of the department including branding, leadership accountabilities, and operational processes and within a year, the team's results were rated amongst the top 7 U.S. News & World Report hospitals in the country. By 2012, Sherron was promoted to vice president of Patient Support Services and was responsible for over 900 employees and overall hospital operations. Sherron then served as transformation officer where she and her team were responsible for utilizing Lean improvement techniques to transform the way care was delivered to the patients and families at Riley Hospital for Children. Her team was also responsible for completing the opening of the Riley Simon Family Tower - a 300 bed inpatient hospital. In early 2016, Sherron joined Eskenazi Health to lead "system evolution". In this role, Sherron is establishing a common approach to continuous improvement across the health system and steering the organization toward meeting its strategic goals.

Sherron holds a BA in Psychology and an MS in Information Science from Indiana University-Bloomington. In 2011, Sherron received the Up & Coming award from the Center for Leadership Development; the award recognizes those under 35 with a promising future. In 2012, Sherron was selected to participate in the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, class XXXVII. And, in 2013, Sherron was named as one of the city's Forty Under 40 by the Indianapolis Business Journal. In 2016, she was selected as an Indianapolis Foundation Fellow, supporting and underwriting her participation on the Indianapolis Museum of Art Board of Govenors through 2020.

Tim Vanderveen

Tim Vanderveen, PharmD, MS

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Co)

Tim Vanderveen recently transitioned from serving as Vice President of Center for Safety and Clinical Excellence at Cardinal Health Solutions, Inc. (acquired by BD in 2015), where he was responsible for ensuring Cardinal Health's commitment to education and innovation to reduce variation in clinical practice, and to supporting hospitals' patient safety initiatives. He was instrumental in the development of many of the innovations, and safety and performance enhancements in drug infusion. He served as Director of Clinical Affairs, Medication Management Systems for ALARIS Medical Systems. Tim joined IMED Corporation in 1983. In 1996, IVAC Medical Systems merged with IMED Corporation to form ALARIS Medical Systems. He served hospital pharmacy residency at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. From 1972 to 1983, he was on the faculty of the College of Pharmacy at Medical University of South Carolina and was Director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacy. He also had a faculty appointment in the College of Medicine and was on staff at the Charleston VA Hospital. His clinical practice was in nutritional support and co-founded one of the first multi-disciplinary nutrition support teams. During his academic tenure, his research, speaking and publication interests were closely tied to drug therapy in patients receiving parenteral and enteral nutrition.

Tim received his BS and M.S degrees from Purdue University School of Pharmacy and his PharmD degree from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Jennifer Walthall

Jennifer Walthall, MD, MPH

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

Jennifer Walthall currently serves as the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) Secretary for the state of Indiana. Previously, she served as Deputy Health Commissioner at the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). In addition, she was the Division Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and an Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics. She has also served as program director for the emergency medicine and pediatrics residency program at the IU School of Medicine, and attending staff physician for IU Health Methodist Hospital Emergency and Trauma Center and Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Along with her clinical and academic work, Jennifer is involved in several advocacy projects, promoting safety awareness for ATV riders and bicycle riders.

Jennifer received her BS degree from the University of Houston Honors College and attended the Indiana University School of Medicine. She also received her Masters of Public Health from the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. She completed her residency training at IU School of Medicine in emergency medicine-pediatrics. Her memberships include Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Professional Honor Society, American College of Emergency Physicians, American Academy of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Residents Association, Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors, American Academy of Pediatrics, Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, Academic Pediatrics Association, and the Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance.

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