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Dr. Glenn Steele, Jr., MD, PhDGlenn D. Steele Jr., MD, PHD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Geisinger Health System, an integrated health services organization in central and northeastern Pennsylvania nationally recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record and the development and implementation of innovative care models. Dr. Steele previously served as the dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago, as well as the Richard T. Crane Professor in the Department of Surgery. Prior to that, he was the William V. McDermott Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, president and chief executive officer of Deaconess Professional Practice Group, Boston, MA, and chairman of the department of surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital (Boston, MA). Dr. Steele is past Chairman of the American Board of Surgery. His investigations have focused on the cell biology of gastrointestinal cancer and pre-cancer and most recently on innovations in healthcare delivery and financing. A prolific writer, he is the author or co-author of more than 481 scientific and professional articles.

Dr. Steele received his bachelor's degree in history and literature from Harvard University and his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in surgery at the University of Colorado, where he was also a fellow of the American Cancer Society. He earned his Ph.D. in microbiology at Lund University in Sweden.

A member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Steele serves as a member on the Roundtable on Value and Science-driven Healthcare, was recently appointed to the Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education and previously served on the Committee on Reviewing Evidence to Identify Highly Effective Clinical Services (HECS). A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Steele is a member of the American Surgical Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and past president of the Society of Surgical Oncology.

Dr. Steele also serves on the following boards and national committees: Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) Singapore, Bucknell University Board of Trustees, Cepheid Board of Directors, Congressional Budget Office Panel of Health Advisers, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians Board at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Weis Markets Inc., Wellcare Health Plans Inc., xG Health Solutions Board of Directors, Healthcare Innovation Program (HIP) External Advisory Board (Emory University), Advisory Board of the Peterson Center on Healthcare Advisory Board, Institute for Healthcare Optimization Advisory Board, Third Rock Ventures Business Advisory Board, the State Health Care Cost Containment Commission, and Healthcare Executives Network. Dr. Steele most recently served as Board Chairman for Premier Inc. and was a former Trustee on the Temple University School of Medicine Board of Visitors. Dr. Steele currently serves as Honorary Chair of the Pennsylvania March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign. Former member on the Commonwealth Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System, the National Committee for Quality Assurance's (NCQA) Committee on Performance Measurement, American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees, and also served on the Executive Committee, Systems Governing Council, Long-Range Policy, Committee on Research, and the AHA Physician Leadership Forum Advisory Committee.

Dr. Steele is the recipient of several awards, including the CEO IT Achievement Award (2006); AHA's Grassroots Champion Award (2007); 8th Annual (2010) AHA Health Research & Education Trust Award and HFMA Board of Directors' Award (2011). He has been named consecutive times to Modern Healthcare's 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare, the "100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare," and among Becker's Hospital Review's 100 Non-Profit Hospital Health System CEOs to know List (2012).

Joanne E. WadeJoanne E. Wade is Executive Vice President, Strategic Program Development, overseeing the system's major strategic initiatives with a focus on quality, innovation and market expansion. Ms. Wade oversees the business units of Strategy and Business Development, the research enterprise (Sigfried and Janet Weis Research Center, the Geisinger Center for Health Research and the Center for Clinical Studies) and Geisinger Ventures (a portfolio of entrepreneurial companies). Previously, Ms. Wade also held the (interim) position of Chief Administrative Officer for the Clinical Enterprise (Geisinger Clinic, Geisinger Medical Center, and Geisinger Northeast).

Before joining Geisinger, Ms. Wade was Associate Dean and Chief Operating Officer, Division of Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, with primary accountability for the operational implementation of the division's strategic vision expanding clinical programs and care delivery, basic sciences and medical education programs and for managing the administrative infrastructure of the overall Divisional operation. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Ms. Wade was Chief Operating Officer of the Deaconess Professional Practice Group, Inc., and Vice President, Department of Surgery at the New England Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA. Ms. Wade trained as a clinical dietitian specialist and held numerous leadership positions at the Deaconess and national organizations related to dietetics and nutrition support services. Ms. Wade has served on a number of national professional organizations and editorial boards.

Ms. Wade received her undergraduate degree from the College of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ, and her master's degree from Boston University, Boston, MA.

albert bothe, mdAlbert Bothe, Jr., MD, FACS, is Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Geisinger Health System. In this role, he is responsible for guiding the activities of the 1,550 member provider group practice in 71 locations serving 43 counties and the six Geisinger hospitals. These activities include quality and performance improvement, credentialing, compensation, and new program development. As one of the executive leaders for the system, he is involved directly in clinical operations, capital planning and other issues for the clinic and the health system. Dr. Bothe previously served as Geisinger's Chief Quality Officer with oversight responsibility for a variety of quality initiatives that derive from Geisinger's strategic focus on improving the quality of care provided throughout the organization. He also served as Chief Medical Officer for Geisinger Medical Center, a 505-bed tertiary/quaternary medical center. Geisinger Medical Center provides a full range of specialty and subspecialty services for patients throughout central Pennsylvania.

Dr. Bothe received his bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. After completing general surgery training, he was a member of the surgical faculty at Harvard Medical School for 19 years, followed by the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine where he was also Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. He subsequently received a master's degree in medical management from the Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. He is past chair of the Association of American Medical College's Group on Faculty Practice and its subcommittee on Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, and serves on the Board of Governors of the National Patient Safety Foundation. He is a member of the American Medical Association's CPT Editorial Panel and the American College of Surgeon's General Surgery Coding and Reimbursement Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Advisory.

Frank J. TrembulakFrank J. Trembulak is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Geisinger Health System. He is executive vice president of operations of the Foundation and senior vice president and treasurer of the various Geisinger entities. Mr. Trembulak has served as a member of the Geisinger Health Plan, Geisinger Indemnity Insurance Company, and Geisinger Quality Options Boards of Directors since 1985.

He has served in various staff and management positions since joining Geisinger as manager of internal audit in 1976. Prior to joining Geisinger, he worked in both for-profit health care and public accounting. His professional memberships include: The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania ("HAP"), The Pennsylvania Healthcare Quality Alliance ("PHCQA"), Susquehanna University Partners (Sigmund Weis School of Business), the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry ("PCB&I"), and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Mr. Trembulak is the current chairman of PCB&I and a member of various board committees; a member and chairman of PHCQA; a board vice chairman and chairman of the Property & Finance Committee of Susquehanna University; past chairman of the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology ("CCHIT") board of trustees; past chairman of the Board of Directors of HAP; and, past director of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology ("NAHIT").

Mr. Trembulak earned his bachelor of science in accounting from Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA. He is a director of the Maria Joseph Manor, a skilled nursing facility, and is active in other community and civic organizations.

Lynn MillerLynn Miller, MBA, is Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations, for Geisinger Health System. Ms. Miller is responsible for the operations of the health system's $2 billion clinical enterprise, which includes six hospitals; a 1,300-member multispecialty group practice including physicians, researchers and advanced practitioners; and 78 primary and specialty clinic sites serving 41 counties.

She has been with Geisinger since 1989. Ms. Miller previously served as Chief Administrative Officer of Geisinger Medical Center, the system's tertiary/quaternary care hospital in Danville, PA. During her tenure, she developed programs that produced a 20 percent improvement in operating margin; directed the planning and construction of a $100 million addition incorporating a new acuity adaptable mode of care; implemented a hospital inpatient electronic medical record; and achieved Magnet status, a prestigious honor earned by only 6 percent of the nation's hospitals.

In addition to hospital operations, Ms. Miller has experience in hospital-based human resources, finance, business office management, and information technology, as well as home health and long-term care environments.

Ms. Miller serves on the Boards of the Danville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Danville Child Development Center. She is Chair of the Governance Committee for the Geisinger/HealthSouth Joint Venture.

Ms. Miller has a Master of Business Administration degree from Loyola College and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Elizabethtown College.

david ledbetter, phdDavid H. Ledbetter, PhD, FACMG, is Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at Geisinger Health System. He came to Geisinger from Atlanta's Emory University School of Medicine where he was the Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Director of the Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Human Genetics.

Dr. Ledbetter previously held academic and leadership positions at the University of Chicago, the National Center for Human Genome Research (now NHGRI) at NIH and Baylor College of Medicine. He is a graduate of Tulane University and earned his doctorate at the University of Texas-Austin. After his early discovery of the genetic cause of Prader-Willi syndrome and Miller-Dieker syndrome, Dr. Ledbetter has focused his research efforts on discovering the underlying etiology of childhood developmental disabilities such as autism, and the translation of new genomics technologies into clinically useful genetic tests for early diagnosis and intervention.

His current research interest includes leveraging the massive amount of genomics data generated during routine patient care for knowledge generation and integration of this information into electronic health records in a clinically useful manner.

andrew deublerAndrew M. Deubler is Executive Vice President for the Office of Resource Development. In this role, he is responsible for strategically aligning funding sources to drive innovation and support Geisinger's patient care, education and research mission.

Prior to joining Geisinger, Mr. Deubler was Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for operational oversight of the educational and research facilities, managing strategic partnerships supporting research, education and economic development, and administering the institutional strategic plan. In addition, he launched the Office of Enterprise Development charged with developing collaboration with government, industry and academia.

He previously served as Deputy Vice President for University Advancement at the University of Rochester and Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Development Officer at University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. In these roles, he was responsible for managing advancement programs that secured in excess of $500 million in gifts and grants supporting the academic, research and clinical engines of the university. During his tenure, he was also appointed as an adjunct faculty member with the School of Nursing, sitting on the founding board of the Center for Nursing Entrepreneurship. While at the University of Rochester he also launched the Office of Corporate Alliance dedicated to advancing academic innovation with industry.

A graduate of Hartwick College, Mr. Deubler was honored with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) 2004 Robert Clinger Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award. In addition, in that same year he was honored by The Rochester Business Journal, Rochester, NY, for his contributions to the economic growth of the community. He has also served on several managing boards for biotech start-up companies, as well as multiple community-based organizations.

Kevin F. Brennan, CPAKevin F. Brennan, CPA, FHFMA, is the Executive Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer of Geisinger Health System and Treasurer of the Foundation. As Chief Financial Officer, he is responsible for all of the System financial operations and directs key functions including: treasury management, revenue cycle, financial reporting, budgeting, third party contracting, compliance, payroll, accounts payable, tax, decision support, mergers and acquisitions and financial systems, including workforce management.

From 1991 through 1995, Mr. Brennan served as the Regional Vice President, Finance and Vice President, Managed Care with the Franciscan Health System with responsibilities covering eight hospitals and affiliates in the Mid-Atlantic Region. From 1981 through 1991, Mr. Brennan served in Chief Financial Officer roles at teaching hospitals, primarily in multi-entity systems within the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Mr. Brennan holds a Master's of Business Administration degree in Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, both from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1979 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association ("HFMA") since 1992 and also serves on the National Board of Directors of HFMA.

Richard J. Gilfillan, MDDuane E. Davis, MD, FACP, FACR, became president and chief executive officer of Geisinger Health Plan, Geisinger Indemnity Insurance Company (GIIC) and Geisinger Quality Options, Inc. (GQO), collectively referred to as Geisinger Health Plans (the Health Plans), on May 21, 2012.

Geisinger Health Plans are one of Geisinger Health System's core businesses and have been a contributor to its success. The three companies combined have approximately 430,000 members in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey and West Virginia. The Health Plans have more than $1.4 billion in annual revenue and more than 1,200 employees. Geisinger Health Plan is a not-for-profit health maintenance organization. Third party administration services are provided through GHP's affiliate, GIIC. PPO plans are offered through GQO.
Davis joined Geisinger Health System 1978 and has more than 30 years of experience in health care and managed care management. Most recently, he served as vice president, chief medical officer for the Health Plans, a position he held since 2000. His career-long interest in clinical quality improvement, clinical and financial health care redesign and value creation has included participation at the local, state and national levels. He continues to practice medicine in Geisinger Health System's Department of Rheumatology.

Davis graduated from The Pennsylvania State University and completed his residency at Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology.

A Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology, Davis is a clinical professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University-Jefferson Medical College. Davis chairs the Review Oversight Committee (ROC) for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and is a member of the American College of Physician Executives and the National Association of Managed Care Physicians. He is also a member and former chair of the Chief Medical Officer's Leadership Council Committee for the America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) on Quality Health Care.

steve pierdon, mdSteven B. Pierdon, MD, MMM, is currently the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice-President for Geisinger Northeast. Since 2008, he has led the strategic transformation of a 250- bed tertiary care referral hospital operating at two campuses.

In his previous leadership role, Dr. Pierdon was Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Operations and Community Practice for the Geisinger Health System. He worked in conjunction with system leaders to assure the clinical and operating performance of its 650-physician multi-specialty group at three hospitals and multiple clinic locations.

Dr. Pierdon also established a physician recruiting justification process validating the recruitment of more than 130 physicians over two years, supplemented by proforma achievement tracking. Dr. Pierdon led Geisinger's Community Practice network consisting of nearly 200 physicians and 45 mid-level providers practicing at 40 multi-specialty sites across central and northeastern Pennsylvania for over five years. During his tenure, a performance based physician compensation plan was integrated with a staff incentive bonus program resulting in a 14% physician productivity increase.

Dr. Pierdon was the managing partner in a pediatric group practice for 12 years prior to selling the practice to the Geisinger Health System in 1995. He has presented nationally and published articles on Group Practice Change Management, Physician and Performance Compensation systems and Advanced Medical Home implementation. A graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Dr. Pierdon attended Children's Hospital of Michigan for his pediatric residency training and chief residency. Dr. Pierdon received his Master's of Medical Management degree from Tulane University in 1999. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the Certifying Commission in Medical Management.

susan hallick, rnSusan M. Hallick, RN, BSN, MHA, NEA-BC, is Executive Vice President, System Chief Nursing Officer. Ms Hallick began her professional career at Geisinger in 1983 as a staff nurse in psychiatric and medical/surgical nursing. From 1986-1995, Ms Hallick held various middle management positions in the medical/surgical units and psychiatric units at GMC. From there, Ms Hallick moved on in July 1996 to become a Nursing Resource Engineering Facilitator for the "Geisinger 2000" Project, focusing on the development and implementation of a patient focused care inpatient care delivery model. During this time, nursing implemented systems that would position nursing for real-time productivity and nursing care hours training. In March 1998, Ms Hallick assumed the role of Assistant Vice President, Nursing Services, where she assisted the CNO in the successful implementation of care delivery and productivity systems.

In August 2000, she was promoted to Vice President, Nursing at GMC where she became responsible for nursing professional standards and patient care in the North Central Region of the health system and in July 2001, Ms Hallick's role was expanded to Chief Administrative Officer, GMC and System Chief Nursing Officer. Today, she collaborates with the Executive Vice President Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Clinical Enterprise to lead the clinical enterprise at GMC and integrate best practice nursing standards across the system.

Ms Hallick is an adjunct faculty member of Thomas Jefferson University and strongly supports our ongoing educational partnership with them. Furthermore, Ms Hallick actively participates in networking and events through the Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders, the Hospital and Healthcare Association of PA and the Nightingales of PA. All of these support and encourage the growth of nursing across the entire Geisinger Health System.

Ms Hallick holds a diploma in nursing from the Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing as well as a BSN from Penn State University. Ms Hallick also earned a Masters degree in Health Administration from Wilkes University.

earl steinbergEarl Steinberg, MD, is CEO of xG Health Solutions, Inc. He is Executive Vice President of Innovation & Dissemination and Chief, Geisinger Healthcare Solutions Enterprise.

Prior to joining Geisinger in 2011, Dr. Steinberg, a nationally known expert in evaluation and improvement of the quality and efficiency of health care, was Senior Vice President for Clinical Strategy, Quality and Outcomes at WellPoint, Inc., and President and CEO of Resolution Health Inc. (RHI), a leading health care data analysis company that provides innovative quality improvement and cost reduction services to health plans, employers, PBMs and disease management companies.

Dr. Steinberg also is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine and of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining RHI, Dr. Steinberg spent six years as Vice President of Covance Health Economics and Outcomes Services Inc., Director of its Quality Assessment and Improvement Systems (QAIS) Division, and Co-Director of its Outcomes Studies Group (OSG). Dr. Steinberg also spent 12 years on the full-time faculty at Johns Hopkins University where he was Professor of Medicine and of Health Policy and Management as well as Director of The Johns Hopkins Program for Medical Technology and Practice Assessment. Dr. Steinberg also served four years on the Federal Physician Payment Review Commission (PPRC).

Dr. Steinberg received his AB degree from Harvard College (Summa Cum Laude), his MD from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government. His residency training in internal medicine was performed at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Steinberg has received numerous awards, including the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Faculty Scholar Award in General Internal Medicine (1984), the "Outstanding Young Investigator" Award from the Association for Health Services Research (1988), and a Special Presidential Visionary Award from the National Kidney Foundation (2004) for his work as the scientific director of the Foundation's landmark Kidney Disease Outcomes and Quality Initiative, which produced over 250 clinical practice guidelines for management of patients with end stage renal disease. He is also a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and Academy Health and has published more than 125 articles in peer reviewed journals.

thomas graf, mdThomas Graf, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer for Population Health and Longitudinal Care Service Lines for Geisinger Health System. Dr. Graf is responsible for the Value Re-Engineering of the Care Continuum and other Population Health initiatives for Geisinger including the ACO portfolio and with CMS, the Physician Group Practice Transitions Demonstration and Bundled Payments for Care Improvement leading 16 hospitals from across the country in driving performance. He leads the Community Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Care Continuum Service Lines in coordinating and accelerating population health related activities across 22 counties in central and northeast Pennsylvania. In addition, he partners with Geisinger Health Plan leadership on system-wide population health delivery with a primary focus on facilitating improved service and value and increasing the connections between the various elements of the health care continuum.

He is recognized nationally as a leader in medical home and post-acute care redesign, including the implementation nearly 40 NCQA Level III accredited Medical Home sites in the Geisinger ProvenHealth Navigator® model. He has extended this to include comprehensive nursing home care with dedicated providers tied to ProvenHealth Navigator® clinics. Dr. Graf has established innovative care models for optimizing chronic disease with established systems of care enhanced by MyCare modules of care for individual disease parameters lead by mid-levels through the use of the Delta Innovation Incubator program he established. Dr. Graf serves as a content expert for the AHRQ's Patient Centered Medical Homes Project, AHRQ's I LIVEPC, international primary care improvement project, AHRQ's Innovation Spread project, and AMGA's Caring for Patients with Multiple Chronic Diseases Collaborative. The Value Re-engineering efforts of Geisinger were recently recognized as the AMGA 2011 Acclaim award winner.

After graduating from University of Michigan Medical School and completing Family Medicine residency training at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, he served on the faculty of the Henry Ford Family Practice Residency and was Director of the Southwest Georgia Family Practice Residency prior to joining Geisinger.

robert weil, mdRobert J. Weil, MD, is Chief Medical Executive, Northeast Region and System Associate Chief Scientific Officer for Geisinger Health System.

As Geisinger's physician executive for northeast Pennsylvania, Dr. Weil leads building programs and services at Geisinger-Community Medical Center (G-CMC), Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV), Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre (GSWB) and in the surrounding area, as well as operational accountability for the region. He continues to have a clinical practice in neurological surgery, primarily located at G-CMC specializing in brain and pituitary tumors. Additionally, in his role as System Associate Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Weil is focused on expanding clinical research throughout Geisinger Health System's northeast and central Pennsylvania service areas.

Previously associated with the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Weil served as President of Lakewood Hospital in Lakewood, OH, and was a member of the Cleveland Clinic Board of Governors. A staff physician within the Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor & Neuro-Oncology Center, Department of Neurosurgery and the Neurological Institute, he held the Melvin H. Burkhardt Endowed Chair in Neuro-Oncology Clinical Research. Dr. Weil is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Yale University and Medical Degree at the University of Missouri. Dr. Weil completed residencies in general surgery and otolaryngology (ENT) at the University of Chicago, pathology at Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He also completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Epilepsy Surgery Fellowship at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, and Pituitary Surgery and Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowships at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Weil's research experience has resulted in multiple federal and other grants, as well as a significant number of peer-reviewed publications. His research interests include molecular genetics of primary and metastatic brain and pituitary tumors, and the application of novel pathological and molecular techniques to diagnose and treat neurologic and oncologic diseases.

In addition to his past service at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Weil also served as Chief of Neurosurgery at Nashville Veterans Administration Hospital; Head of the Unit on Tumor Biology and Surgical Therapeutics at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda; and Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University, where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Business School Honor Society for excellence in academic scholarship.

strongwaterSteven Strongwater, MD joined Geisinger Health System in mid-August 2012 as its Chief Transformation Officer. In this role, he is responsible for implementing innovations to improve outcomes of care, reduce non value added services and increase the efficiency of healthcare delivery. In October of 2013, Dr. Strongwater was also appointed as Chief Medical Executive for Acquisition Integration, the senior physician executive working with newly acquired hospitals, independent and employed medical staffs to rapidly build and link new clinical programs into Geisinger Health System. He has a deep understanding of patient safety, clinical processes and quality improvement.

Dr. Strongwater is an experienced physician administrator having served in a variety of leadership positions. At the University of Massachusetts Medical Center he served as Assistant Chancellor; at the University of Connecticut, as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Director of Clinical Operations and Chief of Staff; and at Stony Brook University Medical Center as the Chief Executive Officer of its 590 bed teaching hospital. He has a demonstrated track record in improving patient safety, reduced the costs of care, and a reputation for building advanced clinical programs. While at Stony Brook, he established a physician network in preparation for Accountable Care and oversaw major capital and information technology implementations.

Dr. Strongwater serves on several regional and national boards and is the past Chair of the American Hospital Association's Committee on Health Professions. He served as an Advisor to the Association of American Medical Colleges for the CMS Bundling Project.
Dr. Strongwater completed his undergraduate medical education at Upstate Medical Center and a research fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Michigan.