Clinical Director of Pediatric Operations
Clinical Director of Pediatric Operations
Dr. Alison Curfman, MD, MBA is a practicing Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician at Mercy Clinic in St. Louis. She also serves as Clinical Director of Pediatric Operations for the Mercy healthcare system and is focused leading digital transformation in pediatrics with a focus on quality, equitable access to care, and value-based care.
Dr. Curfman co-founded SPROUT, an international multi-center research network dedicated to high quality pediatric telehealth research, and currently serves on the executive committee. She also serves as an Executive Committee member for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Telehealth Care and is a nationally recognized speaker and author of health policy, implementation of telehealth in pediatrics, value-based care, and change management in healthcare. In 2020, she was recognized as one of the St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” members. Outside of work, Dr. Curfman has a husband, four young children (ages 8, 6, 4, and 1), and a golden retriever.
Bernard Gitonga Mutai
The Nairobi Hospital
Bernard Gitonga Mutai is a Senior Nurse at the Nairobi Hospital in Kenya. He holds a BSc in Health Systems Management, and is the founder of Ja-Mbo Health, an online site on which he promotes preventive health by sharing health-related information and videos. His mission is to diligently utilize his academic-professional competences in promoting health, healthy living and quality healthcare through effective leadership, mentorship and sustainable innovations.
Executive Board Member
Regional Health Service, Madeira
Cátia Ferreira is 34 years old, married, mother of 2 babies and the youngest Executive Board Member of SESARAM. The Board is entitled of managing around 6000 people, a budget of nearly 260 million euros, 3 hospitals and 47 primary care business units.
As a member of the Board, she is entrusted to implement technological innovation, processes dematerialization and digital transformation (at clinical and non-clinical areas), guarantee a fully operational medical equipment park in-house, develop the business performance monitoring system, pursue environmental sustainability, upgrade the efficiency on purchasing processes and assets management.
Cheng-Jung (Peter) Wu
Chief of ORL Division
Taipei Medical University – Shuang Ho Hospital
Cheng-Jung is a surgeon specialized in Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Sleep Surgery and Facial Plastic Surgery. His expertise lies in upper airway disease and obstructive sleep apnea. He is currently working in Taipei Medical University Shuang Ho Hospital, Taiwan. He has committed himself to improving the telemedicine systems of TMU healthcare system (including TMU hospital, Wan Fang Medical Centre, Shuang Ho Hospital, Taipei Cancer Centre and TMU NingBo medical Centre) for several years.
Executive Director of Innovation and Improvement
St Vincent’s Health Network, Sydney
Dr Chris Robinson is the Executive Director of Innovation and Improvement for St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney. Chris started his career in health as a medical doctor working primarily in critical care. Very early on, he found himself always agitating to find better ways of delivering care that paid greater respect to patient experience, quality of life and the better distribution of limited healthcare resources. Since that time, he has worked in number of roles including clinical, healthcare transformation, health economic and most recently in healthcare innovation. He feels very fortunate to be able to work for a world class healthcare organisation as the leader of all things’ innovation and improvement
Senior Manager (Strategy & Service Planning)
Dr Christy Lam is leading a service planning team in the Strategy & Planning Division of the Hospital Authority Head Office to formulate clinical services plans for major clusters of public hospitals in Hong Kong. She is also responsible for the service planning in relation to hospital redevelopment and new hospital projects.
Prior to her career in healthcare administration, Christy was a resident in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in a public hospital in Hong Kong. She holds a medical degree and a master’s degree in public health. Currently, she is a higher trainee in Administrative Medicine in the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine.
Director of Financial Resources (CFO)
McGill University Health Centre, Montreal
Dawn is a passionate and results-oriented Finance executive who loves solving problems, contributing to the success of organizations, building teams, and coaching others to develop their leadership skills and grow in their careers.
In 2018, Dawn joined the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) as the Director of Financial Resources (CFO), thereby becoming the youngest director in the history of the MUHC, and considers herself to be very fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to one of the world’s foremost academic health centres. She has the pleasure of partnering with some of the most passionate, talented and dedicated individuals in the field to deliver world-class healthcare and develop cutting-edge research.
Tampere University Hospital
Emil Ackerman works as the Knowledge Architect at Tampere University Hospital/Pirkanmaa Hospital District, which serves nearly one million Finnish citizens with over 9000 employees. He holds the degree of Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management. In his current position, Emil leads the District’s information services and the development of knowledge management including e.g. implementation of a data lake, development of visual reporting, and data analytics projects. In addition, he is a board member of a Finnish network focusing on dissemination of knowledge management practices. Emil is a former entrepreneur/CEO and has wide experience of data utilization across industries.
Fatma Al Jahwari
Senior Quality Professional and acting deputy for the department of quality and patient safety
Fatma Al Jahwari is the Head of Patient Safety and Risk Management at the Royal Hospital, the largest tertiary care hospital in Oman. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Nursing Science at Villanova University in USA, and a Master Degree in Quality Management from Australian University Wollongong University. She is passionate about leadership and patient safety in the hospital and I had a good experience in leading several projects in such domain. Additionally, she trains others on using the various quality management tools, key performance indicators, and patient safety related topics. Moreover, she was involved with the quality team centrally at the Ministry of Health in Oman to establish quality related policies, systems and being member in the National Quality Group.
Head of Imaging
Kanta-Häme Central Hospital
Heikki Yli-Ollila is 35 years old, a proud father to a three years old son, a husband and the head of imaging in the Kanta-Häme Hospital District, Finland.
Heikki is a PhD and a certificated medical physicist. He still partly practices as a physician and is involved in academic research, but he mainly works as a lead for the departments of Radiology, Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine of the hospital.
Secretary, Department of Superintendent; Medical educator, KMUH; Chief, Division of clinical skills, Department of clinical education and training; Attending Physician, Department of Emergency
Kaohsiung Medical University and Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital
Dr. Hsin-Liang Liu work as an Emergency Room physician, secretary of Superintendent office, and physician educator in Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital. He specialized in Emergency ultrasound and medical education. Other great interests of his are biodesign, resolving medical disputes and promoting quality and patient safety.
Hwee Sin Chong
Executive Director of Medical Services and Executive Director of Queensland Rural
Darling Downs Hospital and Health Services
Dr Hwee Sin Chong is both the Executive Director of the Queensland Medical Rural Service and acting Executive Director of Medical Services for the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service. She is responsible for medical professionalism; the recruitment and performance of doctors, and strategic medical workforce issues for a public health service that has one larger regional hospital (450 beds) and 15 rural hospitals. Her Queensland wide responsibilities include the operations of medical vocational training in basic and advanced general medicine, intensive care medicine, general paediatric medicine, and rural generalist medicine. She leads the development of rural generalist medicine for Queensland – these are doctors that have a wide range of primary and secondary health care skills most suited for rural hospitals and communities. She completed her medical degree in Otago, New Zealand, then specialist training in medical administration in Queensland, Australia. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA), and has completed both a Master in International Public Health, and a Master in Health Management (University of New South Wales).
Administrator – Hospital Medicine
Jim Houser joins the International Hospital Federation Young Executive Leader program to represent healthcare for the United States of America. Jim is an operations administrator for Cleveland Clinic, where he currently serves as the Administrator of Hospital Medicine.
Prior to joining the Department of Hospital Medicine, Jim served as an Administrative Fellow at Cleveland Clinic. In 2016, Jim worked for UAB Care, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System’s Quality and Clinical Effectiveness department. At UAB, he helped reduce medical supply waste in intensive care units through bio-decontamination. From 2011 to 2016, Jim served as a certified critical care nurse in the Medical ICU and Surgical ICU at Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System.
Jim received his undergraduate degree in nursing from Arkansas State University and a dual Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Senior Vice President and Hospital President
Wellstar Health System – Wellstar Paulding Hospital
John Kueven has been SVP and President of WellStar Paulding Hospital since March 2018. As Hospital President, John has helped create a collaborative culture focused on high reliability. While at Paulding, John has helped lead the organization to achieve an “A” rating from leapfrog, the Georgia Oglethorpe award, and the first and only hospital in Georgia to receive the Malcolm Baldrige Award.
John received a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration Management and an MBA in Business from the University of Alabama at Birmingham; a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Millsaps College, and an Associate Degree of Nursing from Itawamba Community College. He currently serves as Vice President and incoming President of the Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives, is treasurer of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Graduate Program of Hospital Administration board, a member of the Sterling Board of Directors, is a member of the Paulding County Chamber Board of Directors, a Deacon in his church, and an active member of the Paulding County Rotary Club. He is currently a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
J. Antônio Cirino
Chief Compliance Officer
Agir – Health Management, Innovation and Results Association
Antônio Cirino is 29 years old and currently acts as Chief Compliance Officer at Agir, an institution that manages five public hospitals in the State of Goiás – Brazil. In addition, he is a communicologist, quality manager, professor and health researcher.
Master, PhD and postdoc in Communication. Member of the Center for Studies in Communication, History and Health (NECHS-UFRJ/Fiocruz). Specialist in Project Management and Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. Author of the book “Hospital Communication Management”, Scientific Coordinator of the Hospital Manager’s Manual (Brazilian Hospitals Federation – FBH) – 1st and 2nd Volumes, and organizer of the work “Health Services Accreditation Strategies”. Assistant editor of the Electronic Journal of Communication, Information and Innovation in Health (Reciis/Fiocruz).
Head of International Sales
Ketevan Tsaava is from Tbilisi, Georgia. Her experience in healthcare counts more than 8 years starting with the role of Emergency Administrator. She is now Head of International Sales in Evex Hospitals, the largest group of hospitals in Georgia.
Special Projects Manager, Office of the CEO
Cleveland Clinic London
Kushal Kadakia is the Special Projects Manager to the CEO at Cleveland Clinic London. Previously, he worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, in the North Carolina Governor’s Office, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Kushal’s research and writings in health policy and health care management have been published journals such as Health Affairs and The New England Journal of Medicine. A Rhodes Scholar, he received his master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Oxford, and graduated summa cum laude from Duke University.
Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Lisboa Centra
Leandro Frederico Fonseca Antunes Luís, was born in 1986 in Loures, the same place where he married with his wonderful wife. He is a proud father of two boys. He completed a nursing degree in 2009, having invested in a M.Sc. in Health Technology Assessment and Management in 2014, in a Hospital Administration Specialization Course in 2016 and is currently a PhD candidate in Public Health, in the field of Health Policy, Management and Administration.
Currently, he is a Hospital Administrator/Manager in Central Lisbon University Hospital Center since 2017, where he coordinates the Clinical Informatization Local Commission, and the Transportation Management Unit, managing more than 100 employees. He started his career has an Intensive Care Unit Nurse for 6 years, and have worked in Shared Services for the Ministry of Health for one year. He has also created a postgraduate course in health management and innovation in a nursing school and lectures as an invited professor in some postgraduate courses.
Director of Nursing
Healthscope, Peninsula Private Hospital
Working within one of the largest private healthcare providers within Australia, Linda Jorgensen is responsible for the delivery of clinical services as a Director of Nursing based in Brisbane. Linda currently sits on the Nursing Governance Council and is a moderator of the National Clinical Deterioration Committee. Linda has achieved a Masters in Nursing, Critical Care stream and an accelerated Masters of Business Administration.
As highly motivated and disciplined health professional. Linda ensures the best possible patient outcomes through building and developing high performing teams. Linda is enthusiastic by the YEL program, a rare opportunity which will foster collaboration and develop an international network between leaders.
Senior Manager – Medical Services
Grey’s Hospital, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health
Logandran is a medical doctor by profession, working as the Medical Manager of Grey’s Hospital (a 510-bed tertiary/academic public hospital) in South Africa, which was the hospital managing the first COVID case in the country. Logandran manages the medical and allied health services, consisting of over 600 staff (doctors, allied health professionals and various admin. and support staff). His previous work experience includes general health care management and academia. He holds qualifications in Public Health and Project Management, and possesses an MBA and PhD (Management).
Logandran’s interests are in the fields of Lean thinking and quality management, specifically applied to health care. His extra-mural activities include cycling, gym, immersing himself in nature (hikes, beach, parks) and advocating for mental health.
Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Porto
Márcio lives in Porto and is a father of 2. He is a healthcare manager with a wide experience working in the hospital & health care industry, where he started as a specialist nurse. Márcio concluded his MBA last year and currently works at the Centro Hospitalar Universitario do Porto (CHUPorto). The CHUPorto is an University Hospital and one of the 5 largest hospitals in Portugal (800 beds). There, he is responsible for the pharmaceutical services, orthopedic and physical medicine & rehabilitation department and Sterilization Unit. He is also Director of the logistics service at CHUPorto.
Over the last years, Márcio has been involved and committed to projects in Value Based Healthcare, healthcare supply chain efficiency and most recently in designing and implementing the COVID-19 contingency plan in the CHUPorto.
Senior Medical Officer
Lagos State Health Service Commission
Dr. Morenike Abidakun is Public Health Physician with over eleven (11) years progressive experience in clinical and public health practice. She holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of Debrecen, Hungary.
Dr. Abidakun has worked in various clinical settings across Nigeria and currently serves as Posting Officer coordinating the disposition of newly recruited Clinical staff to the 27 Secondary Health facilities under the Health Service Commission (HSC). She is also a Co-facilitator/Co-Lead of the HSC Quality Improvement Team coordinating Quality Improvement activities of the 27 Secondary Health facilities. Dr. Abidakun equally serves as the HSC Focal Person coordinating activities and programs on non-communicable diseases like Hypertension, Diabetes and Mental Health in the hospital units.
Nadine Abu Kaoud
Senior Research & Development Specialist
Farah Medical Campus
Nadine Abu Kaoud currently works as a senior research and development specialist at Farah Medical Campus in Jordan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical science and a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Canada. With more than 12 years of experience in the medical field, and apart from the current position she holds, Nadine has been involved with clinical research and development in studies on Cancer research at Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar, and was part in the successful publication of 9 journal articles in that field.
Assistant Director Medical Services
Lagos State Health Service Commission
Dr. Omolara Oyadotun is a Consultant Public Health Physician with fifteen (15) years progressive experience in clinical and public health practice, and a passion for health management, health promotion and preventive medicine. She is a Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, and holds a Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (MSc.) in Health Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Hospital Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Health, Safety and Environmental Management, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degrees from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
She currently produces medical themed health awareness videos in Yoruba language, aimed at reducing linguistic disconnect in healthcare. Dr. Oyadotun currently works as an Assistant Director of Medical Services of the Lagos State Health Service Commission (HSC) where she oversees the Continuing Medical Education (CME) program for clinical staff and the Infection Prevention and Control program of the HSC. She also serves as the HSC Focal Person coordinating activities on Hepatitis, Reproductive Health and liaisons with developmental partners and agencies.
Vice President, Clinical Transformation
Rachael Spooner is currently serving as the Vice President, Clinical Transformation & Critical Care Medicine Services for Northwell Health. Northwell Health is New York State’s (USA) largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, nearly 800 outpatient facilities and more than 14,200 affiliated physicians. They care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from their communities. Rachael has been with Northwell for 7 years helping the organization to embrace innovative care delivery models and improving patient outcomes through process improvement. She loves traveling and exploring new destinations, which will hopefully resume very soon. She enjoys outdoor activities, love music, and is an enthusiastic cook.
Rocío Escobar Ramírez
Nurse and Care Coordinator
Hospital Materno Intanfil Sant Joan de Déu, Barcelona
Rocío wanted to be a nurse since she was a child. She graduated as nurse in 2004 and then started to work at the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital in Barcelona. Her first years as a paediatric nurse were in the oncology service. In 2009 she had the chance to work in the paediatric palliative care where she became a specialist nurse. She is currently acting as head of paediatric palliative care in the paediatric complex for chronic patient attention.
Rocío loves sharing my time with her family and dog. She also enjoys travelling around the world and discovering new places, cultures and gastronomy.
Sara Al Shaya
Head of Specialized Care Section Services
Ministry of Health and Prevention, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Dr. Sara AlShaya is a Restorative Specialist Dentist, Head of Specialized Care services section at Ministry of Health & Prevention in Dubai, UAE.
As a Head of Section, she plans and executes with her team all projects, initiatives, and programs that are part of the UAE government vision 2021 on decreasing mortality from cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Chief Manager (Medical Grade)
Cluster Services Division, Hospital Authority
Dr. Sharon WONG earned her medical degree and master degree in Public Health from The University of Hong Kong. She had her clinical practice in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in public hospital services before joining the healthcare administration. She completed the specialist training in Administrative Medicine and obtained the fellowships of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine and the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (Community Medicine). She is also the fellows of Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators, Australasian College of Health Service Management and Hong Kong College of Health Service Executives.
She is now the Chief Manager of Medical Grade Department in the Hospital Authority Head Office (HAHO), responsible for coordinating the manpower and training arrangement of the medical workforce in HA hospitals. Prior to this position, she was the Senior Manager of the Strategy & Service Planning Department in the HAHO, responsible for the annual planning process, service planning on priority clinical areas at corporate level, as well as planning and commissioning of new hospital projects.
Shereen Abu Manneh
Marketing and Business Development Manager
The Specialty Hospital
Shereen Abu Manneh is the marketing and business development manager at the Specialty Hospital in Jordan, which is one of the leading private hospitals in the MENA region. Shereen has the passion for healthcare marketing specifically medical tourism and reaching out to new markets to help patients receive the best treatment. She has more than 10 years of experience in the healthcare sector, Shereen is committed to creating innovative ways of marketing and always explore opportunities of international collaborations. She holds a master’s degree in business entrepreneurship, and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering.
Manager: Medical Services Grade 1 – Main Theatre, ICU & Anaesthesia
Groote Schuur Hospital, Western Cape Department of Health
Shrikant Peters is the medical manager of Main Theatre, Critical Care & Anaesthesia at Groote Schuur Hospital, in Cape Town, South Africa. He works in the Western Cape province, and was previously a Public Health Medicine registrar, rotating through different offices in the Department of Health here, including the provincial Public Health Unit, called Health Impact Assessment. Shrikant qualified as a medical doctor in 2010 at the University of Cape Town, did his internship in Durban, his community service in the Cape Flats area and medical officer time in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. He specialized in Public Health Medicine through the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa in 2019. He currently manages the Theatre and Critical Care Functional Business Units of the hospital together with senior surgeons, anaesthetists, intensivists, and theatre and critical care nurses.
Sriram Ramachandran Sheshaadri
Vice President – Strategy
Apollo Hospitals Group
Sriram has over 15 years of experience in the field of consulting and healthcare delivery space. He is an electronics and telecom engineer and an MBA in Marketing and Strategy. He was associated with Deloitte Consulting in the space of strategy and ops consulting and also has worked on large engagements with leading companies in India. He has assisted leading companies in market entry strategies, project feasibilities, commercial due diligence, growth advisory, etc.
Sriram is currently associated with Apollo Hospitals, India as Vice President – Strategy. He in his current role handles new initiatives, new opportunities for growth, improving efficiency using digital tools, cost optimization, etc. He works closely with the Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals in his current role. Apollo Hospitals is India’s largest healthcare provider and has over 71 hospitals and 10,000+ beds under its umbrella. It also boasts of 3700+ pharmacies, 150 primary care clinics and 650 diagnostics centres.
Manager of Operations
Aster DM Healthcare – Aster Clinics, Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Sudha is a passionate healthcare professional from India, currently working in UAE-Dubai. She graduated in dentistry and holds two master’s degree in Hospital and Healthcare management from IIHMR (Indian Institute of Health and Management Research; Jaipur) and General MBA from IIM (Indian Institute of Management; Kozhikode). With a good clinical and management pedigree and exposed to various healthcare models, she has brought significant efficiencies in the continuum of care and is accustomed to managing complex and dynamic scenario in the healthcare model.
For the past 7 years, Sudha has been associated with Aster DM healthcare Group; she started her career as management trainee, Operations in Aster Medcity Hospital, Kochi a 675 bedded Quaternary care centre and was responsible for commissioning various centre of excellences and managing programs for several departments. In 2019, she got transferred to Dubai Aster clinics vertical as Cluster head, and is now heading two big units, responsible for their P&L and many more projects. She has interests in research and publications and published many articles in international Journals.
Director, Autism (Child Development and Community Services)
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Taylor Johansen is based in Ottawa, Canada. She is a Director at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Child Development and Community Services and is Head of the department of Autism. She serves on the Board of Directors of Volunteer Ottawa, as well as the Telfer School of Management Alumni Association. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Life Sciences from Queen’s University, a Master of Health Administration from the University of Ottawa, and is a Robert Wood Johnson award recipient. In 2021, Taylor was named one of Ottawa’s Forty Under 40 by the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Board of Trade.
Taylor has worked in healthcare leadership in Canada, Ireland, and Australia. Her experience spans home care, social rehabilitation, and hospital services. She is a mother to two young daughters and has a passion for supporting young women in leadership.
Chief Operation Officer
Polish Hospital Federation
Urszula is the Operational Director of the Polish Hospital Federation, Vice-president of the Young Managers of Medicine team, Director of the Institute of Health and Social Affairs, health graduate public management in healthcare at the Medical University of Poznań. Vice-president of the Polish Coordinated Healthcare Society.
She participates in many projects regarding innovations in the healthcare market, cloud solutions and other IT solutions, as well as in projects of legal regulations for the security sector health. She coordinates projects for audits of healthcare institutions, and is a consultant for many private entities in the field of health services marketing and in the use of innovation in the healthcare sector.
Regional Coordinator, Health Program
Aga Khan Foundation
Zahra Najafi is part of the Afghan women which work to promote health situation of people with focus on reproductive age women and children under five. She has been working with Aga Khan Foundation since 2016 as Regional Health Coordinator and her responsibility is to lead the health team, coordinate with stakeholders and provide necessary support to members to carry out the health and nutrition projects in rural areas. Zahra is pleased to be part of the YEL program, discuss on issues and benefit on the group’s valuable information and experiences.