Presenters

Tamilyn Bakas, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN

Tamilyn Bakas

Tamilyn Bakas

Professor & Jane E. Procter Endowed Chair, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

Dr. Bakas conducts research aimed at improving the quality of life of family caregivers of persons with chronic illness. Her research has resulted in publications focusing on the needs and concerns of family caregivers, the development of clinical assessment tools and measurement instruments for family caregiving research, and the design and evaluation of theory-based interventions to improve quality of life outcomes in family caregivers of stroke survivors. She also conducts research using telehealth to promote healthy aging.

Kathleen Ballman, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CEN

Kathleen Ballman

Kathleen Ballman

Associate Professor and Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Programs Director, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

Dr. Ballman has more than 30 years of practice in emergency medicine and 11 years in cardiology. Currently, she maintains a clinical practice as a cardiovascular nurse practitioner in the Cardiovascular Institute at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. For the past three years, she has been a co-investigator for a Health Resources and Services Administration Advanced Nursing Education grant, titled "Developing Interactive Case Studies for Interprofessional Healthcare Education." Dr. Ballman, along with the principal investigator and the other co-investigators on the grant, have published articles and presented their work at numerous national and international conferences.

Alex Lentsch, PhD
 

Alex Lentsch

Alex Lentsch

Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Development, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

In his position since 2013, Dr. Lensch works with human resources to lead UC College of Medicine’s Faculty Affairs Office. He oversees the faculty evaluation process and serves as a liaison to the Appointment, Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee. He also assists departments with faculty recruitment and the dean with evaluation, recruitment and retention of chairs and institute leaders.

 

 

Ameya Chamnikar

Ameya Chamnikar

Ameya Chamnikar

Graduate Student, University of Cincinnati Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mr. Chamnikar serves as a technologist on a telehealth robot research project that evaluated the product and the health outcomes of combining two products together (T-CHAT). He also is working on the development of an eBook for a TASK III research project. Recently, he joined a team of professors from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) on a robotics project that is evaluating the use of robotics in construction of complex structures. Mr. Chamnikar is also working on Controller Design and Energy Optimization for Lower Limb Exoskeleton for his master’s thesis and his current research interests include robotics, controls and dynamics, adaptive control, genetic algorithm and simulated annealing.

Kathleen Chard, PhD

Kathleen Chard

Kathleen Chard, PhD

Director of CPT Implementation and Associate Chief of Staff/Research Director of Trauma Recovery Center, Cincinnati VA Medical Center; Director of Stress Center, UC Health; Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati

As the VA's Cognitive Processing Therapy Implementation Director, Dr. Chard oversees the dissemination of CPT to VA and Department of Defense clinicians across the U.S. She is the author of the CPT for Sexual Abuse treatment manual and co-author of the Cognitive Processing Therapy: Military/Veteran manual. Dr. Chard is a past-associate editor of the Journal for Traumatic Stress and is an active researcher. 


Amy Dorrington, BSN, RN

Amy Dorrington

Amy Dorrington

Director of Telehealth, UC Health

During her 24-year tenure with UC Health, Ms. Dorrington has held clinical and managerial roles in Ambulatory Operations. She was the director of UC Health’s Electronic Health Records and has worked with IS&T Systems which IDX, GE Centricity, and EPIC. Ms. Dorrington is a strategic resource for moving UC Health forward with multiple connected care initiatives, including specialty physician video consultations, remote home monitoring, and telestroke. She received her bachelor's in nursing from Thomas More College and will receive her master’s in health informatics in December 2017. 




 

Charles Doarn, MBA

Charles Doarn

Charles Doarn

Research Professor of Family and Community Medicine, University of Cincinnati

Professor Doarn has academic appointments in Environmental Health and Political Science at UC, Aerospace Medicine at Wright State University, and Emergency Medicine at George Washington University. He is currently on loan as a special assistant to the NASA Chief Health and Medical Officer at NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., and serves as the chair of FedTel for the U.S. government. He also served as the Governance Team lead on a NATO project entitled, a "Multinational Telemedicine System for Disasters." Professor Doarn is a Fulbright Specialist with the U.S. Department of State.


 

Jason Goldwater, MA, MPA

Jason Goldwater

Jason Goldwater

Senior Director, National Quality Forum

Mr. Goldwater oversees activities related to the evaluation of electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs), as well as projects focused on the use of electronic health to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of health care. He has been in the field of health information technology or 16 years and has led a number of projects on the utilization of health IT for improved health care delivery. He has been involved in the field of telehealth for the past seven years, having initially evaluated telehealth services across large urban and rural health networks as part of a peer-review panel for the Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN), sponsored by the Health Care Resources and Services Administration.

Greer Glazer, RN, CNP, PhD, FAAN

Greer Glazer

Greer Glazer

Dean & Schmidlapp Professor of Nursing, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

Dr. Glazer has been the dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing since 2011. During her tenure, she has enhanced the college’s national and international standings by significantly increasing its rankings, receiving national awards for innovative education and dedicating funds to completely transform the learning environment. UC College of Nursing is nationally recognized as an icon for the transformation of nursing education, and is one of 10 colleges, and the only college of nursing, to be recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for “innovation, leadership, and educational excellence and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments.”

Jahmeel Israel, MS

Jahmeel Israel

Jahmeel Israel

Project Manager for the Telehealth Community Health Assistant Team (T-CHAT), University of Cincinnati

Ms. Israel served on the Business Intelligence Subcommittee as chair at the Council on Aging (COA) to assist with standardization in reporting across Area on Aging agencies within Ohio. In addition to serving as chair, she worked as a business information analyst at COA, helping senior leaders with reporting efforts. In her current role, she assists in research related to optimizing independent living amongst older adults. Ms. Israel has also worked as a research advisor for University of Cincinnati College of Nursing students in the Leadership 2.0 program, a comprehensive program designed to support racially diverse, first generation, underrepresented ethnically and/or economically disadvantaged students. She holds a bachelor's in psychology and a master’s in health promotion with a focus in community and public health from UC.

Elizabeth Hutzel-Dunham, BSN, RN

Elizabeth Hutzel-Dunham

Elizabeth Hutzel-Dunham

Advanced Clinical Nurse, Pediatric Primary Care Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

After graduating with a bachelor's in psychology and criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati, Mrs. Hutzel-Dunham worked with mentally ill adults and children for several years before going back to school to earn her bachelor's in nursing from the University of Cincinnati-Raymond Walters. She has worked at Cincinnati Children Hospital Medical Center since she graduated, having held several positions – most recently, serving the Pediatric Primary Care Center, where she has had the opportunity to spearhead the use of telehealth in the nurse triage process.


 

Mei Wa Kwong, JD

Mei Kwong, JD

Mei Kwong

Interim Director, Policy Advisor & Project Director, Center for Connected Health Policy

Ms. Kwong joined CCHP in March 2010, and works on public policy issues as they impact telehealth on the state and federal level. She is also the project director for the National Telehealth Policy Resource Center. For CCHP, Ms. Kwong manages projects, provides policy technical assistance to state and federal lawmakers, industry members, providers, consumers and others, oversees the CCHP policy staff and works closely with CCHP's partners and consultants. She has authored several articles published in peer review journals and has presented at national conferences.




Richard Lofgren, MD, MPH, FACP

Richard Lofgren

Richard Lofgren

President and CEO, UC Health

Dr. Lofgren has been the president and CEO of UC Health since December 2013. He is a board-certified internal medicine physician and administrator with 35 years of experience in health care. Most recently, Dr. Lofgren served as senior vice president and chief clinical officer for University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), an alliance of 120 academic medical centers and 300 of their affiliated hospitals, headquartered in Chicago, where he was responsible for helping UHC members improve the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of clinical services as they transformed their healthcare systems. Prior to UHC, Dr. Lofgren spent eight years at UK HealthCare, the University of Kentucky’s health system and academic medical center.

Timothy Maloney, JD

Timothy Maloney

Timothy Maloney

Vice President of Payor Relations, UC Health

Mr. Maloney has worked in healthcare operations and finance his entire adult life. In his current role with UC Health, he is responsible for negotiating and managing commercial managed care contractual relationships and Medicare and Medicaid managed care contractual relationships for the Greater Cincinnati region’s academic medical center. Prior to joining UC Health, Mr. Maloney was chief operating officer for Summit Medical Group in Northern Kentucky (currently St. Elizabeth Physicians). He was involved in the start-up and ongoing management of this hospital-owned physician group practice.


 

Abigail Marker, MS, MHSA

Abigail Marker, MS, MHSA

Abigail Marker

Program Manager of Telehealth, UC Health

Mrs. Marker has served as the program manager of telehealth for UC Health since February 2017. She has 12 years of previous experience with inpatient and outpatient clinical and management roles, along with project management, strategic implementation, operations and LEAN principles. She received bachelor's and master's degrees from Miami University and a master's in health services administration from Xavier University.






Nicholas Mohr, MD

Nicholas Mohr

Nicholas Mohr

Clinical Associate Professor of Epidemiology, University of Iowa College of Public Health

Dr. Mohr is an emergency medicine physician in Iowa City, Iowa, and is affiliated with University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He has been a member of the American Telemedicine Association since 2014 and has authored or co-authored several papers on the use of telemedicine in the emergency department, especially in rural areas.

He received his medical degree from University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, was chief resident at Indiana University for their Emergency Medicine Residency, was a Multidisciplinary Critical Care Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and received his master's degree in Clinical Investigation at the University of Iowa.

Michelle Post, MSN, RN, SCRN

Michelle Post

Michelle Post

Michelle Post, MSN, RN, SCRN

Ms. Post graduated with a bachelor's in nursing from Wright State University, and proceeded to get her master’s in nursing education. She has worked in neurology for five years, two of those in the Neuro ICU at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Ms. Post is also a stroke certified registered nurse.








Kathleen Pulda, BA

Kathleen Pulda

Kathleen Pulda

Telehealth Specialist, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Having recently joined the Center of Telehealth at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center as a telehealth specialist, Ms. Pulda has worked in hospital operations for more than 10 years. Her roles have included training, quality improvement, and leadership. She received her bachelor's in organizational leadership from Northern Kentucky University.




 

Debi Sampsel, DNP, MSN, BA, RN

Debi Sampsel

Debi Sampsel

Director of Telehealth, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

Dr. Sampsel’s role at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing includes conducting telehealth research, engaging students in the use of telehealth and working with students, faculty, and community organizations to create new models for facilitating the transformation of healthcare delivery in urban, suburban, and rural settings. Additionally, she is employed in the Office of Innovation Practice at the Dayton VA Medical Center. Dr. Sampsel is an experienced healthcare executive, inventor, researcher, and consultant in a clinical and commercial settings. She has been involved in a variety of initiatives, including the integration and utilization of telehealth technologies, robotic systems, simulators, sensor tracking systems, creative learning space design, and computer program development.

Anya Sanchez, MD

Anya Sanchez

Anya Sanchez

Vice President of Multidisciplinary Services and Chief Transformation Officer, UC Health

Dr. Sanchez is responsible for managing enterprise-level, operationally-focused projects and initiatives to ensure successful completion and operational implementation. Prior to her current role, she served as the administrative director of the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute, where she was responsible for strategic, operational, and performance initiatives of the institute. Dr. Sanchez has also worked with Sg2, a Chicago-based healthcare think-tank and consulting firm, where she was responsible for leading consulting engagements for hospitals and health systems across the country focused on strategy and organizational design/change management.
 

Becky Sanders, MBA

Becky Sanders

Becky Sanders

Program Director, Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center; Director of Operations, Indiana Rural Health Association

As Director of Operations for the Indiana Rural Health Association, Ms. Sanders works with healthcare providers throughout Indiana. She also maintains close ties with the Office of Community and Rural Affairs and other state agencies to foster public/private partnerships on behalf of the IRHA. Ms. Sanders also serves as the program director for the Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center (UMTRC), where she works with UMTRC consortium partners to provide a single point of contact for telehealth resources throughout Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan.

Patty Schweickert, DNP, FNP-BC

Patty Schweickert

Patty Schweickert

Neuroradiology Nurse Practitioner, University of Virginia

As a member of the Neurovascular Team at the University of Virginia, Dr. Schweickert collaborates with stroke and telemedicine colleagues within the Virginia Acute Stroke Telemedicine Program. She is an Adjunct Professor of Nursing at Old Dominion University and Clinical Faculty at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, where she teaches telehealth nursing. Dr. Schweickert served on the American Telemedicine Association Board of Directors from 2010-2012 and is Program Director for the APN PLACE Project.
 

Courtney Stevens, MsEM
 

Courtney Stevens

Courtney Stevens

Director of Virtual Care, Henry Ford Health System

Ms. Stevens started her career at HFHS as a management engineer in Process Improvement, where she applied her industrial engineering and project management skills to aid in health system integration and alignment.  She transitioned to Customer Engagement, helping improve the customer experience through project management, data/root cause analysis, training, and process improvement initiatives. Ms. Stevens was integral in the development and deployment of various system-wide (over 24,000 team members) trainings, as well as a standard system approach to leadership rounding.

Amanda Sylvester, MSN, APRN, CNP

Amanda Sylvester

Amanda Sylvester

Division of Endocrinology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Along with her CPN duties, Ms. Sylvester works as an education consultant for the entire APRN team at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She has been the leader in implementing remote patient monitoring for pediatric diabetes patients, and also works to implement the use of telehealth for patient education with diabetes patients. Ms. Sylvester holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tenn., a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing (Pediatrics Primary Care) from University of Cincinnati, and is currently working on her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Xavier University.

Charuhas Thakar, MD

Charuhas Thakar

Charuhas Thakar

Professor of Medicine; Director, Division of Nephrology and Kidney CARE, University of Cincinnati

A leading kidney care specialist, Dr. Thakar’s journey to become a physician and focus on nephrology was highly influenced by the teachers and mentors that he had as a student, as well as by his own competitive nature and perseverance. Dr. Thakar began his training to become a physician with studies in his home country of India, where his father practices as an internist and cardiologist. His training included medical school – having graduated top of his class – and a one-year internship.
 

Cicely Tingle, JD, MHA

Cicely Tingle

Cicely Tingle

Associate General Counsel, UC Health

Ms. Tingle is Associate General Counsel in the UC Health Office of General Counsel, providing legal advice and support for UC Health and its affiliate entities, including UC Healthcare System, UC Health Foundation, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, University of Cincinnati Physicians Company, West Chester Hospital and Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care. Prior to joining UC Health, Ms. Tingle began practicing law with the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, assisting low income individuals and families to obtain disability benefits through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Social Security Administration, and the Veterans Administration.

Dietra Watson, MSN, RN

Dietra Watson

Dietra Watson

Director of Facility Telehealth Services, Cincinnati VA Medical Center

A Captain in the United States Air Force Reserves and an officer in command of the Wings Behavioral Health Service at 445th Wright Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio, Ms. Watson started her career with the Cincinnati VA 13 years ago as Staff Nurse on a Medical Surgical Unit, and transitioned into a leadership role as Nurse Manager within a year. Since starting her role as the Facility Telehealth Coordinator, she has been instrumental in ensuring over 5,000 veterans receive telehealth care annually.

Daniel Zinsmaster, JD

Daniel Zinsmaster

Daniel Zinsmaster

Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP

Mr. Zinsmaster provides counsel to clients on a variety of matters, including health care compliance, telemedicine and telehealth compliance, strategic counseling, and enforcement and litigation.  He also advises clients on antitrust matters.  Prior to joining Dinsmore & Shohl, Mr. Zinsmaster practiced with the State Medical Board of Ohio, where he advised members and agency personnel on issues related to administrative proceedings, state regulatory investigations, and federal rules and regulations implicating the area of health care.