Dr. Mark Smith | Chief Innovation Officer of MedStar Health and the Director of MI2
Dr. Smith leads a system-wide initiative to create a vibrant innovation ecosystem that advances health and transforms care. The mission of MI2 is to catalyze innovation that advances health. Prior to his appointment as Director of MI2, Dr. Smith served as chair of the department of emergency medicine at MedStar Washington Hospital Center for 14 years and as founding chair of MedStar Emergency Physicians. Dr. Smith is also professor of emergency medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He has a MD from Yale University, MS in Computer Science from Stanford University, and BA from Swarthmore College. Learn more here.
Jeff Collins | Administrative Director & Director of External Alliances at MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2)
Jeff directs the day-to-day operations of MI2 and ensures the execution of MI2's strategic vision and operational priorities in conjunction with MedStar Health and MI2 leadership. In addition, he oversees MI2’s portfolio of External Alliances, including the Global Healthcare Innovations Alliance founded with Cleveland Clinic, a Founding Partnership with 1776.vc, a global incubator and seed fund in DC, the Innovation Learning Network, the Health for America Fellowship program, and AARP's Project Catalyst. He has a Masters of Health Science, Health Finance and Management from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and BA from Emory University. Learn more here.
Amanda Newman | Strategic Advisor
Amanda came to HFA from the intersection of health, community engagement, and the arts. Now serving as a Strategic Advisor to HFA, she is providing operational support for WellRooted, the 2015-16 fellows’ type 2 diabetes solution, and helping to welcome the 2016-17 fellows. Previously, Amanda worked as an artist, facilitator, and communications coordinator at Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, MD. She graduated with a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah where she also founded a community health program to support at-risk populations. She plans to pursue a Master’s in Social Work in the New York area in 2017.
Leatt Gilboa | Project Manager & External Alliance Specialist at MI2
Leatt is the Project Manager and External Alliances Specialist for MI2. She facilitates the novel partnership's multiplicative impact on health innovation education, and the promotion of healthy change. Additionally, Leatt serves as Faculty Member for the Center for Health Influence and Engagement at MI2. Leatt graduated from New York University with a BA in Biology and Anthropology, and received her MHA from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Mandy Dorn | Director, Health for America at MI2
As the Director of Health for America at MI2, Mandy oversees the fellows' work and the daily operations of HFA, while advancing broader external alliance efforts. She has diverse experience delivering results in corporate, agency, entrepreneurial, and nonprofit environments. Her areas of expertise include public/media relations, executive/program positioning, public affairs, corporate communications, talent development, and program/event management. Mandy began her career completing the Orr Fellowship and personally experienced how innovative fellowship programs empower, connect, educate, inspire, and differentiate young professionals. Mandy earned a BA in Communication from Purdue University and was inducted into The Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Madhura Bhat | Cofounder
Madhura uses her broad expertise and global perspective to craft rich, fulfilling, immersive leadership experiences. In founding Health for America (HFA), she realized her vision for creating a powerful personal and professional growth opportunity to attract the best and brightest to work on health. Over the last decade, Madhura has worked with global brands, Fortune 500 companies, UN agencies, and NGOs to maximize the impact of their investments. Madhura is an alumna of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship and a recipient of the SXSW Dewey Winburne Award, the Global Good Fund Fellowship and a winner of the Case Foundation Finding Fearless competition. Madhura holds an MBA, an MPH, and an MA in Communications.
Dr. Kapil Parakh | Cofounder
Kapil is a cardiologist who uses technology innovation to improve health outcomes. He helped found HFA to accelerate the pace of health innovation while molding the next generation of leaders. Currently at Google, he leads efforts on improving the search experience around health. Kapil also served as a White House Fellow from 2013-2014 at the Department of Veterans affairs and prior to that, he led an innovative, community-based heart failure program at Johns Hopkins. Active in clinical research, Kapil has presented at numerous scientific conferences and authored over thirty papers. Board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology and Advanced Heart Failure, Kapil holds a MD, MPH, and PhD.
2016-2017 PHYSICIAN MENTORS
Dr. Bill Frohna | Chairman, MedStar Emergency Physicians
Dr. Frohna is the Chairman of MedStar Emergency Physicians. He leads operations and personnel for a group of 140 emergency physicians and 70 emergency physician assistants who provide care to over 440,000 patients annually in seven emergency departments within the MedStar Health system. He is also a Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and chairs the MedStar Medical Group Governing Council. Dr. Frohna has been an Emergency Physician for MedStar Health for more than two decades, serving in numerous related leadership positions. He has an MD from Medical College of Wisconsin. Learn more here.
Dr. Amie Hsia | Medical Director, MedStar Washington Hospital Center Comprehensive Stroke Center
Dr. Hsia is a board-certified vascular neurologist and medical director of the MedStar Washington
Hospital Center (MWHC) Comprehensive Stroke Center, associate professor of neurology at Georgetown University, principal investigator of the NIH Stroke Program at MWHC, and coprincipal investigator of the NIH-funded StrokeNet regional coordinating center: Stroke Capital Area Network for Research (SCANR). Dr. Hsia received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and medical degree from Duke University. She completed her neurology residency at Stanford University, where she also served as chief resident. She remained at Stanford for her fellowship training in stroke and neurocritical care. Learn more here.
Dr. Michael Yochelson | Vice President of Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
Dr. Yochelson, MBA, is the Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network. He is a highly trained and qualified board-certified neurologist and physiatrist. Dr. Yochelson is Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Professor of Clinical Neurology at Georgetown University. He serves as Chair of the Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special Disabilities Programs. He previously served as staff physician in the Navy. Dr. Yochelson is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Learn more here.
OTHER HFA SUPPORTERS
HFA is fortunate to receive a wide range of support from its network of alumni, partners, faculty, mentors, donors, and others at MedStar Health and beyond. Read more about MedStar Health and MI2 here, and meet the MI2 team here.
MI2 collaborates with 1776, a Washington, D.C.-based global startup incubator and seed fund, to provide educational, business, and investment opportunities, as well as mentorship and workspace.
Additionally, 2014-15 HFA alumnae Megan Caldwell and Ellen Kourakos, who respectively served as HFA’s Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer upon successfully finishing their fellowship, have been HFA Strategic Advisors as MedStar Health further integrates HFA within its system since becoming the program’s permanent home in January 2016.