EXECUTIVE ADVISORY BOARD

 
 
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John Librett, PhD, MPH

Founder / Cancer Survivor

As a cancer survivor, Dr. Librett is a past member of the Lance Armstrong Foundation's Public Health Advisory Board, Clinical Director of the American Medical Athletic Association's Clinical Advisory Board and past chair of a White House Federal Interagency Health Council. Dr. Librett is a former health scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Institute Clinical Conference Series in Preventive Medicine.  

Dr. Librett is recognized for his leadership in preventive medicine, clinical translation and health policy. On these issues, John has worked with the White House, the US Department of Health and Human Services; and the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as governments and corporations in Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and the U.S.  In addition to his business development, Dr. Librett's health policy research has appeared in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, World News Tonight, and NPR's Morning Edition, to name a few. Dr. Librett is a Founder of the First Ascent Fund, President and Founder of Behavioral Science International, and Adjunct Professor with the University of Utah, College of Health.

 

Greg Rohde

Government Relations

Greg was Assistant Secretary of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and serves under Secretary of Commerce Norman Y. Mineta. Given the increasing significance of the telecommunications and information sectors to the U.S., Greg's role is more important than ever.  Under Rohde's leadership, the NTIA expanded the scope its highly successful TOP program, the leading Administration program to bring information technology to communities and local organizations, to emphasize cutting edge telecommunications services such as high-speed Internet access for underserved populations. Rohde also has become a leader in promoting the use of wireless technologies. He served on the U.S. government delegation to the World Radiocommunication Conference 2000 in Istanbul, Turkey, which helped to set the ground rules for the third generation of advanced wireless services (3G) and is leading the Administration's effort to implement that historic agreement. He established the Wireless Innovations in Communications Initiative (WICI) within NTIA to foster greater cooperation between private industry and Federal spectrum managers and promote innovation of new wireless technologies. Rohde played a key role in many important legislative initiatives such as the landmark Telecommunications Act of 1996 (which provided for a comprehensive reform of all aspects of the telecommunications and media industries) and the Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998 (which provided a moratorium on state and local taxation on electronic commerce). Rohde also served as a Team Coordinator for the Health Care Financing Administration Section in the Health and Human Services Cluster of the Presidential Transition Team for the Clinton-Gore Administration and as Campaign Manager for the Nicholas Spaeth for Governor Campaign (D-N.D.) in 1992.

 

John Pexton

Chief Financial Officer

Pexton is a University of Utah graduate and a finance expert with more than 20 years of progressive and wide-ranging finance and accounting experience. Pexton’s strategic and results oriented mindset has helped the company more than triple in size and enhance the corporate culture. The company now employs more than 2,000 people at nine locations in four states. He joined Progrexion in 2011, with more than eight years of experience with EY, a ”Big Four” accounting firm, and more than 10 years in senior level financial positions at technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Salt Lake City.

 

 

David Perrin, PhD, Dean

College of Health, University of Utah

David H. Perrin, PhD, is Dean of the College of Health and Professor of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Utah. From 2007 to 2014, he served as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and as Dean of the School of Health and Human Performance at UNCG from 2001-2007. Dr. Perrin’s career as an administrator began in 1995 at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, where he served as Program Area Director of Kinesiology (then Health and Physical Education). In 1999, he was appointed Chair of the Department of Human Services at the University of Virginia. He received his BS in Physical Education from Castleton State College, his MA in Athletic Training from Indiana State University, and his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Perrin was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Athletic Training for eight years (1996-2004) and founding editor of the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation (1990-1995). He is author of Isokinetic Exercise and Assessment and Athletic Taping and Bracing, 3rd Edition (with translations in Japanese, Greek, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean and French), editor of The Injured Athlete, 3rd Edition, and coauthor of Examination of Musculoskeletal Injuries and Research Methods in Athletic Training. He is also series editor of the five-textbook Athletic Training Education Series.

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Mark Jackson

Honorary Consul General of Japan, CEO and Chairman of Moreson Conferencing and Chairman of Clarity Global Technologies

Jackson is CEO, Chairman, and founder of Moreson Conferencing, Inc., a global provider of teleconference service providers. Moreson currently operates its audio/web/video teleconference network MoresonUnited in 65 countries.  Jackson has traveled the world working with heads of state in Europe, Canada, the UK, Australia and Japan to bring political and business goals together into progress and prosperity. He has worked with corporate leaders, State Department representatives, as well as federal, state and local elected officials to promote understanding and cooperation with corporations and small business that build economies. Non-profits and for-profits of all sizes have benefitted from his long-term diplomatic relationships. The goal is to demystify and plan for regulatory challenges, taxes, political issues, exchange rates and the changing dynamic of an evolving world. In the challenging environment of former Soviet Republics, Jackson met with Former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev and developed a plan whereby Moreson was able to enter the Russian telecom market with affordable and functional teleconference capabilities. He was awarded the Trade Excellence Award by Alabama Governor Bob Riley in 2009. In September 2008, the University of Alabama in Birmingham Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures named him as an Inaugural Member of its Honor Roll for Excellence in Foreign Languages and International Engagement. He also is the 2013-2015 Chairman of the Birmingham Sister Cities Commission and chairs its UK committee.

 

Aaron Frodsham,  MD

Interventional Radiology

Fellowship: Vascular & Interventional Radiology: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (RI). Residency: Radiology: Yale University – Hospital of St. Raphael (CT). Internship: Transitional Year: Yale University – Hospital of St. Raphael (CT). Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine (VT). Undergraduate: BS Chemistry/Molecular Biology: Brigham Young University (UT)

 

David M. Schlossman, MD, PhD, FACP, MS (Informatics), CPHIMS

Hematology/Oncology/Informatics

Dr. Schlossman was a practicing hematologist/oncologist for more than 30 years, caring for patients with a wide variety of cancers and blood diseases. Over the course of his career, the explosive growth of biomedical knowledge has dramatically improved our ability to help seriously ill patients, but has also created serious challenges in developing methods to store, organize, manage, retrieve, and transmit large volumes of information so that it can be optimally used for problem solving and decision making in healthcare. As early as 1990, Dr. David M. Eddy, a nationally known expert in clinical decision support and treatment effectiveness research, wrote in the Journal  of the American Medical Association, “The complexity of modern medicine  exceeds the inherent limitations of the unaided human mind.” For years my  colleagues have struggled to assemble complete patient information and the medical data needed to guide decision-making together at the point of care exactly when we needed it. Dr. Schlossman has maintained a deep interest in computers and information technology since college. Dr. Schlossman wrote his first computer program in FORTRAN IV on punch cards in 1969. So he has eagerly followed the development of Medical Informatics, the science of using electronic information processing technology to meet the challenge of making this huge body of new medical knowledge accessible and usable to clinicians for patient care, to scientists for medical research, and to administrators for support of healthcare delivery and population health.

 

Kent DiFiore, M.D

Hematology/Oncology

Dr. DiFiore earned his medical degree at George Washington University School of Medicine in 1975. He served an internship and residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is board eligible in both Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Dr. DiFiore is a past president of the Utah chapter of The American Cancer Society. He is currently medical director of two hospice agencies along the Wasatch Front.

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Mike Silver, MPH

Improvement Science

Mike Silver is Corporate Vice President of Improvement Science at HealthInsight, a non-profit health care improvement organization with operations in Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.  At HealthInsight, Mike is instrumental in the design, conduct, and analysis of health care quality improvement initiatives.  He provides technical assistance to health care innovations initiatives in operational approaches and value-based payment model design.  Since 1997 his work has focused on issues related to patient safety and medical error.  He is involved in ongoing study of applications of human factors psychology and organizational safety management principles to patient safety and health care quality improvement.  Prior to coming to HealthInsight, he worked as a statistician in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics (1992) and a Masters of Public Health (1995) from the University of Utah.

 
 
 
Dr. Heather Sobko

Dr. Heather Sobko

In Memoriam  - October 13, 2017

Heather Sobko was our business partner. Her passion and enthusiasm for Survivor Healthcare will be missed. Words cannot express the loss we feel. However, thank you for the beautiful eulogy Linda.  This truly is our loss.

Below is a Eulogy for Heather Sobko, read by Linda Edelman

Good evening. My name is Linda Edelman. I’m an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and I was Dr. Heather’s Sobko’s Division Chair while she was faculty in the College of Nursing from July 2016 to this September. Heather’s death was untimely and tragic; but it’s wonderful to see so many of us here tonight to honor her. The Dean of the College of Nursing, Dr. Trish Morton, asks that I share her deepest sympathies to Heather’s family and friends. She sends her regrets for not being able to attend in person tonight as she is traveling to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Deans meeting in Washington DC.

As I’m sure everyone in this room knows, Heather’s death is a great loss to Nursing Informatics. I would like to share some of Heather’s achievements with you. She earned her PhD in Nursing with a focus in nursing informatics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Upon earning her doctorate, she was awarded a competitive Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship in Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research. Then in 2015 she was a Fellow of the National Readmission Prevention Collaborative in Washington, DC. These opportunities honed Heather’s expertise in using technology to improve the lives of patients -especially for older patients during transitions of care. Heather was very active in professional informatics associations, notably the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) where she served as Chair of the Membership Committee.

Heather founded (and funded) a comprehensive technological system, the Interactive Voice Response Care Transition Systems (IVR CTS), to address challenges associated with complex patients transitioning from hospital to home. IVR CTS was purchased by an Atlanta-based company. After Heather helped successfully transition IVR CTS to this company, she joined the faculty of the College of Nursing in July 2016 as the Director of the Nursing Informatics Specialty. As you can imagine, she embraced this new position with high energy and brought many creative ideas to the table.

At work, I observed Heather’s TWO passions. The first was to infuse informatics into nursing and nursing into informatics! She wanted all nursing students to understand the role of informatics in health care – from individual patient technologies to health systems – and she worked to create online modules about nursing informatics for all nursing graduate students. She pursued opportunities for nursing informatics students to engage with industry and healthcare organizations so that they gained real-life informatics experience that would help them advance their careers upon graduation. Heather was also devoted to mentoring students to become leaders through her work with AMIA and HIMSS – the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. She was continuing efforts to provide students with practical experience, even after resigning from the College of Nursing, as the Student Liaison Director for the Utah Chapter of HIMSS. Heather’s passion and enthusiasm for nursing informatics made a big difference in her short time in the College of Nursing as evident by her success in recruiting new students into the Nursing Informatics Specialty Program. To you students here tonight, I want you to know that she was so proud of all of you and really wanted you to succeed!

The second passion I observed, was Heather’s love for research. She came to the University of Utah a successful entrepreneur, having created IVR CTS, an interactive voice response telephone system that allows the health care team to collect patient information remotely and triage patient responses in order to support patients who have transitioned from hospital to home.

I think one of the things I admired most about Heather – was that even though she was innovative – a big ideas person – she always brought a practical perspective to her teaching and her research. Her desire was to create practical feasible solutions that made a difference in the lives of patients – especially vulnerable older adults.

Heather recently had the opportunity to join an industry partner. She described this position as a "perfect fit" for her interests and expertise. At the College of Nursing, we believe that people should be in positions that feed their souls and we supported her in this transition, appreciating her willingness to continue to teach as an adjunct faculty member.

In the short time we knew Heather she enriched out lives with her colorful and energetic personality. Her passing leaves a hole in our College of nursing and informatics communities.  We offer our condolences to her family, especially her parents Edward and Barbara.

In closing, I leave you these words from William Wordsworth’s Splendour in the Grass

What though the radiance
which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass,
of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;

-- William Wordsworth