Speaker Profiles

Ellen Beckjord, PhD, MPH
Associate Vice President, Population Health and
Clinical Transformation
UPMC Health Plan

Dr. Beckjord is a behavioral scientist in disciplined pursuit of harnessing the power of connectivity to promote authentic connection (between self and others; within the self; between self and the Earth) to place health, peace, and abundance within equal reach of all.

She did her doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Vermont and the Vanderbilt-VA internship consortium and her post-doctoral work in the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program. At NCI, Dr. Beckjord worked in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch and received a Masters in Public Health focused on Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. From NCI, Dr. Beckjord spent three years in research consulting (RAND Corporation) and five years in academic medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and Hillman Cancer Center. In February 2015, she joined the UPMC Health Plan where she serves as the Associate Vice President of Population Health and Clinical Transformation. Her current work is focused on behavioral science, population health, and the use of digital tools in clinical operations to promote health, wellness, and health behavior change.

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David Beirne

Senior Vice President, UPMC International and Managing Director,UPMC in Ireland

David Beirne is managing director for UPMC in Ireland and senior vice president of UPMC International. A chartered accountant by profession, he joined UPMC in 2016 from the Whitfield Clinic (now UPMC Whitfield Hospital) where he served as chief executive officer.

Before joining the clinic, David worked in a variety of finance leadership roles at such companies as McInerney Plc in Dublin and UK, Glanbia Plc and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Since 2016, he has led the growth of UPMC in Ireland, initially with the purchase of UPMC Whitfield Hospital in 2018, and followed by two further hospital acquisitions of UPMC Kildare Hospital and UPMC Aut Even Hospital. He passionate about patient centred care, and UPMC in Ireland are uniquely positioned to deliver a better integrated care model for people across the Island in partnership with the Irish Health System.

Under his leadership, UPMC in Ireland also operates a JV with Bon Secours to provide radiotherapy services in Cork, an outreach centre in Carlow and a sports medicine clinic in the WIT Arena. The UPMC Global Technology Operations Center (GTOC) in Kilkenny is close to completion and will support the health system’s continuing international expansion.

Robert Bart, MD 

Chief Medical Information Officer, Health Services Division

Dr. Bart received his medical degree from the University of Hawaii, followed by training at Duke in pediatrics and critical care medicine. 

 

Dr. Bart formally started working in Healthcare IT in 2000 while on the faculty at USC and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  In 2007 Dr. Bart moved on to a role as a CMO at Cerner Corporation.  In 2012, he was the first CMIO for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.  In the summer of 2017, Dr. Bart moved to Pittsburgh to become the CMIO of UPMC. As CMIO at UPMC has taken on clinical leadership of all clinical applications.

Jeffrey Bernstein

Senior Vice President, UPMC International and Managing Director, UPMC in China

As UPMC International Vice President and Country Manager for China, Mr. Jeffrey Bernstein leads UPMC’s efforts in China to support existing partnerships, develop new collaborative relationships in China’s health care sector, and raise UPMC’s profile as a leader in delivering world class patient care in conjunction with local partners.

Mr. Bernstein has extensive experience developing and operating businesses within China. Before joining UPMC, he led and partnered with various U.S.-based corporations and academic institutions to develop local operations and cultivate partnerships across Asia.


Mr. Bernstein is a frequent guest commentator about U.S.-China relations on Shanghai Media Group-produced Chinese language television shows. He is also a recipient of the Magnolia Silver Award, presented by the Shanghai Municipal Government. The Magnolia Silver Award, a highly-regarded accolade, recognizes the contributions of foreign experts to Shanghai’s economic and social development.


Mr. Bernstein earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a concentration in Management and Finance from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.

Christian (Chris) Carmody 

Senior Vice President, Technology Shared Services, UPMC and President, Clinical Connect Health Information Exchange (CCHIE).

Since joining the organization 23 years ago, Chris has served in various information technology roles. In his current position, Chris manages an annual budget of over $300 million and leads approximatley 1,200 IT professionals across numerous information technology infrastructure teams, Hospital based technolgy support and corporate applications, including data centers, data, analytics, voice and video networks, cybersecurity, service desk, device support, financials, human resources, supply chain management, hospital operations and enterprise project management office.

Additionally, Chris is the president and a founding member of ClinicalConnect, Pennsylvania’s largest health information exchange (HIE). The organization serves over 5 million patients located in western and central Pennsylvania by securely connecting their vital medical information with clinicians, wherever and whenever it’s needed.

Chris has a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in business administration from Westminster College, where he currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. He also has a Master of Business Administration and Master of Information Systems Management from Robert Morris University. For many years, he taught courses in information systems and business as an adjunct associate professor at Duquesne University, Point Park University and La Roche College. In 2015, The Pittsburgh Technology Council and Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group named Chris Pittsburgh CIO of the Year.

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Eammon Fitzgerald 

VP Health Services UPMC Ireland

Eamonn Fitzgerald joined UPMC in Ireland as vice president (VP) for Health Services in 2021. Eamonn leads and manages medical services across our locations at UPMC Whitfield Hospital, UPMC Aut Even Hospital and UPMC Kildare Hospital along with the UPMC Carlow Outreach Centre and the UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre in Cork and Waterford. 

He spent 14 years as Chief Executive of the Hermitage Medical Clinic, a hi – tech hospital located in West Dublin that offers a broad spectrum of specialised medical and surgical care programmes and where he oversaw 4 triennial accreditations of the hospital by the Joint Commission International (JCI). Prior to his role in the Hermitage Medical Clinic, Eamonn served as Executive Director of the Cancer, Ortho/Spine and Ophthalmology Centers at the Mater Private Network.

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Joanne Fanning

Chief Information Officer UPMC Ireland and UPMC GTOC

Joanne Fanning is the chief information officer at UPMC in Ireland and head of UPMC’s Global Technology Operations Centre. Joanne has over 20 years of experience at healthcare and multinational companies, most recently, Joanne was the group head of information technology at Centric Health in Dublin. She has successfully delivered IT solutions and services across multiple business units spanning Ireland, the United Kingdom and the UAE. Fanning earned her degree in information technology from Dublin City University, with a post-graduate diploma in Environmental Engineering from Trinity College. Joanne is a member of the Irish Computer Society and the Healthcare Informatics Society of Ireland.

Matthew E. Harinstein, MD, MBA, FACC, FASE, FASNC

Senior Vice President, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President, UPMC International

Dr. Matthew Harinstein is the Senior Vice President, Associate Chief Medical Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice President of UPMC International.  In this role, Dr. Harinstein works directly with the EVP and Chief Medical and Scientific Officer to support clinical activities within UPMC International.  He works to develop policies related to UPMC International medical activities and supports the activities of UPMC International medical directors located outside of the United States.  He is also leading the development of UPMC clinical service lines internationally and is the key conduit between UPMC International and the UPMC Health Services Division.  Dr. Harinstein also serves as an active member of the UPMC International Executive Management Group.

 

Dr. Harinstein also serves as the Vice President of Medical Affairs/Chief Medical Officer and former Chief of Cardiology at UPMC McKeesport, Co-Director of Noninvasive Imaging at UPMC Shadyside and Director of the UPMC Center for Cardio-Oncology. He spends his clinical time at UPMC McKeesport, UPMC Shadyside and UPMC Presbyterian hospitals. He cares for patients with all aspects of cardiovascular disease with a special emphasis on non-invasive imaging including echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. He is also a member of the structural heart group specializing in imaging of structural heart disease with a particular emphasis on transcatheter valve replacement and three-dimensional imaging techniques.  He is also leading the development of the UPMC Center for Cardio-Oncology. Additionally, as director of the echocardiography service line he has led the development of best practices and improved quality in imaging and the development of myocardial strain imaging within the health system. He has led accreditation in multiple imaging modalities at several locations within the UPMC health system. Dr. Harinstein completed his residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and fellowship in cardiovascular disease at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He obtained his Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiovascular computed tomography and is a registered physician of vascular interpretation. Dr. Harinstein is assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

 

Dr. Harinstein is active in several national and international organizations. He has been on multiple committees of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and completed the Leadership Development Program. He is currently the Deputy Chair of the ASNC Education Committee.  He is on the Board of Directors of the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology, which is responsible for the board administration and certification of nuclear cardiologists.  Additionally, he is a member of the American Society of Transplantation working group on the preoperative assessment and management of liver transplant candidates.  He has published multiple manuscripts and abstracts in the medical literature and presented his work widely at national meetings. Dr. Harinstein's areas of interest include cardio-oncology, acute heart failure syndromes, transcatheter aortic valve replacement outcomes, assessment of right ventricular function in liver transplant candidates, cardiac risk assessment of solid organ transplant candidates, clinical trials studying new pharmacologic agents, and assessment of mechanical dyssynchrony with gated SPECT. He is a reviewer for multiple medical journals and is a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Cardiology.

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Deanna Larson

CEO Avera eCARE

Deanna Larson serves in the role of President/CEO of Avera eCARE. In this role she supports federal, state, and local quality initiative and improvement processes, supporting integration of evidence care practice into daily operations. Deanna has over twenty-five years of leadership experience within Avera Health’s integrated health system, areas including acute care, critical care, behavioral health, long term care, home care and 15 years as VP of Quality Innovation. Her background as a nurse administrator in several of the care continuums offers a broad perspective on the needs of patients, the needs of care providers as well as the ability to address community health needs. For the past ten years, Deanna has expanded Avera eCARE’s virtual health system to extend healthcare access to over 600 communities in 32 states, serving hospitals, clinics, long-term care communities, correctional facilities, schools and directly to consumers.

With Deanna’s vision and leadership, Avera eCARE has transformed healthcare delivery by improving recruitment and retention of providers, increasing access to needed healthcare services, and enhancing quality, while decreasing costs. She has devoted her career to ensuring rural populations receive the same quality healthcare services delivered in tertiary facilities.

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Lewis Levy, MD, FACP

Chief Medical Officer, Teladoc Health

Dr. Lewis Levy provides medical leadership for Teladoc Health’s global network of physicians and oversees the company’s leading clinical quality initiatives. Steward to the company’s global medical advisory boards, he is responsible for assuring best-in-class medical standards are met across all clinical areas.

 

Previously, Dr. Levy was Chief Medical Officer at Best Doctors, until the company was acquired by Teladoc Health, and served as a subject matter expert on medical cases from around the world. With more than 25 years of clinical experience as an internist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston, Dr. Levy’s expertise spans the healthcare spectrum, from treating low-acuity conditions to consulting on highly complex, specialized cases. Dr. Levy is a member of the IBM Watson Health for Oncology Data and Evidence Innovation Council, as well as a member of the NBGH Institute on Health Care Costs and Solutions. He is also a member of the NCQA Telehealth Expert Panel and NQF's Subcommittee on Technology & Transformation.

 

With an extensive teaching career, Dr. Levy has taught at the Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also serves as an executive mentor for Conexión, a non-profit organization focused on developing and advancing Hispanic/Latino leaders. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Cornell University, Dr. Levy holds a medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Terry Lewis 

Senior Associate Counsel, UPMC

Terrence Lewis serves as Senior Associate Counsel for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (“UPMC”) and is assigned to the Physician Services Division of UPMC. He has been providing legal services for UPMC since 2006.


Mr. Lewis currently serves as UPMC’s senior legal counsel and lead legal advisor responsible for system-wide legal matters related to telemedicine, both domestically and internationally, involving 40 hospitals and over 5000 employed physicians. He has finalized numerous telemedicine transactions in several medical sub-specialties including telestroke, telepathology, teleradiology, teleophthalmology, teledermatology and telewound.


Mr. Lewis regularly provides legal advice on all applicable telemedicine-related issues including fraud and abuse issues, provider licensing and credentialing, remote monitoring, home health telehealth applications, online prescribing, billing and reimbursement, use of technology and compliance with applicable laws, indemnification and insurance issues, medical record and patient/privacy issues.
Mr. Lewis has provided subject matter expertise to several federal and state governmental agencies for telemedicine matters.
Mr. Lewis previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law for more than 10 years. Mr. Lewis is a 1993 graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and a 1996 graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.
Mr. Lewis is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. He is a member of the American Telemedicine Association.

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James Schuster, MD, MBA 

Chief  Medical Officer, UPMC Health Plan

James Schuster, MD, MBA is the Chief Medical Officer for the UPMC Insurance Services Division where he has served in leadership roles for nearly 2 decades. In addition, Dr. Schuster oversees the UPMC Center for High Value Healthcare which has a decade long record of multiple research awards and publications and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.  

Dr. Schuster received a BA with a major in history at Washington University in St. Louis, completed his medical education at the University of Louisville, his residency in psychiatry and MBA at the University of Pittsburgh and is a Clinical Professor in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry. He also has board certification in general, addictions, and geriatric psychiatry.

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Beth Quinn

Director, Women’s Health Operations working in a dual role between UPMC Magee- Womens Hospital and the UPMC Health Plan.

 

Beth has been a nurse at UPMC for over 25 years working in Women’s Health. Beth acts as a change agent to design, facilitate, monitor, evaluate and sustain program improvement initiatives across the UPMC Women’s Health service line. In her dual role she is to develop new and unique methods to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities to enhance the payer-provider relationships.  Beth is also responsible for setting goals and new initiatives according to the strategic objectives of both organizations to improve patient engagement and outcomes

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Katie Scott

Vice President, UPMC Enterprises

Katie Scott is a Vice President at UPMC Enterprises, leading efforts on digital consumer strategy including commercial partnerships, digital transformation efforts and new product development. Katie provides strategic leadership to UPMC’s “digital front door” in MyUPMC, a patient platform that sees more than 3 million patient logins a month. Katie works with a broad range of stakeholders across the organization — clinical leaders, IT, operations, marketing, and more — to integrate digital tools into the health system.

Prior to her current role, Katie led several digital strategy and development efforts at UPMC and as a product leader in healthcare, consumer and government sectors.  Katie has also taught graduate-level and executive courses in design and innovation methods. Katie earned both Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design and Master of Human-Computer Interaction degrees from Carnegie Mellon.

Hy Simhan, MD, MSCR

Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Executive Vice Chair of Obstetrical Services, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Director of Clinical Innovation for the Women’s Health Service Line, UPMC.

 

Dr. Simhan completed his undergraduate studies and medical school at Boston University.  Following completion of internship and residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Simhan completed fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Reproductive Infectious Diseases and Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Simhan is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician, experienced perinatal researcher, and leader in obstetrical care quality and safety. He is experienced in clinical and translational research, with focus on infection/inflammation, and gene-environment interactions in preterm birth. He was a member of the IOM Committee on “Preterm Birth: Causes, Consequences, and Prevention” and a co-author of the Committee’s report. He has led single-center human subjects and translational projects in this arena and has participated collaboratively in protocol development, project design, enrollment, analysis, and publication of multicenter studies on the genetics of preterm birth, as well. Since 2002, he has led a clinical and translational research operation at Magee that has recruited and retained thousands of pregnant subjects, collecting high quality data, processed and assayed biological samples, and successfully conducted detailed follow-up.

 

Through partnerships and collaborations with UPMC colleagues in data analytics, finance, operations. Dr. Simhan is the founding director of the Hatch program in UPMC’s Women’s Health Service Line. Hatch is designed to champion clinical innovation in technology, operations, and payment strategies to advance health across the continuum of care, including outpatient, inpatient, and in the community. Hatch aims to accelerate advances in virtual care, population health, and patient engagement by coordinating, integrating, and effectively advancing progress in these domains using the full capacity of UPMC.

Scot Stevens

Vice President, Chief Information Officer, UPMC International and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center 

Mr. Stevens is the Chief Information Officer and Vice President of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and UPMC International. He is responsible for the development and execution of the information technology strategy for UPMC’s domestic oncology service line and international businesses.


UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is an academic, NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Center headquartered in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania serving patients throughout western and central PA through more than 70 locations. UPMC International operates hospitals, cancer centers, and other health facilities in Italy and Ireland, and provides extensive healthcare advisory services in China and Kazakhstan.


Scot has been with UPMC leading technology initiatives for 15 years. Prior to UPMC, he lived in Denver Colorado where he built and led the technology program for a startup health insurer. He has been in information technology for over 25 years.

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Dr Giovanni Vizzini

Director of Clinical and Scientific Activities, UPMC Italy

Prof. Giovan Battista Vizzini is specialized in Transplantation Medicine, Hepatology and Gastroenterology.

He is currently the Director of Clinical and Scientific Activities of UPMC Italy and Medical Director of UPMC- Salvator Mundi International Hospital - Rome. He is also Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

In his main areas of clinical and research interest, he has led the Transplantation Hepatology clinical group since the start, in 1999, of the liver transplantation program managed by UPMC at ISMETT IRCSS in Palermo, where he has been Director of the Department for the study and treatment of abdominal diseases and abdominal transplants for 15 years.  He has participated and coordinated, at ISMETT IRCCS, development projects in the clinical, research and innovation areas and, in the last years, he has actively participated in the design and development of UPMC's clinical programs in Italy.

 

He is author of more than 100 scientific publications with high Impact factor. The main fields of clinical and research interest are: liver transplantation, diagnosis and treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma, diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis B and C, treatment of portal hypertension.

Andrew R Watson, MD, MLitt, FACS, FATTA

Vice President, Clinical Information Technology Transformation, UPMC International

Past-President, American Telemedicine Association

Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 

A practicing surgeon in the Division of Colorectal Surgery, Dr. Watson is a leader in applying health care technology to the delivery of high-quality, patient-centered medicine. A fourth-generation surgeon and faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Watson practices nearly a third of his own clinical care using telemedicine to increase access and convenience for patients. He also plays a leading role in developing telemedicine strategy and technology across UPMC and is the past president of the American Telemedicine Association.

As vice president of Clinical Information Technology Transformation, Dr. Watson assists UPMC International in developing innovative health information technology solutions to address the needs of UPMC’s global partners and is part of a team leading the development of UPMC’s IT Advisory Services. He speaks frequently around the world on the transformation of health care as highlighted by his UPMC experience.

Dr. Watson attended Trinity College and subsequently received his master’s degree at the University of Oxford. After receiving his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, he completed his surgical training and a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at UPMC, where he specializes in colorectal and inflammatory bowel disease surgery.

Dave Zynn

President and CEO

Mr. Zynn is the President and CEO of ID Connect. He is a proven leader with over 30 years of experience leading healthcare services and telehealth companies through the growth stage to success.

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