Daniel Kraft, M.D.
Physician-Scientist, Inventor, Entrepreneur and Innovator
Executive Director for FutureMed
Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur and innovator.
Dr. Kraft has over 20 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation. Daniel chairs the Medicine track for Singularity University and is Executive Director for FutureMed, a program which explores convergent, exponentially developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare.
Following undergraduate degrees at Brown and medical school at Stanford, Dr. Kraft was board certified in the Harvard combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program at the Massachusetts General and Boston Children's Hospital, and completed Stanford fellowships in hematology/oncology & bone marrow transplantation, and extensive research in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. He has multiple scientific publications (including in Nature and Science), medical device, immunology and stem cell related patents through faculty positions with Stanford University School of Medicine and as clinical faculty for the pediatric bone marrow transplantation service at UCSF.
Dr. Kraft recently founded lntelliMedicine, focused on enabling connected, data driven, and integrated personalized medicine. He is also the inventor of the MarrowMiner , an FDA approved device for the minimally invasive harvest of bone marrow, and founded RegenMed Systems, a company developing technologies to enable adult stem cell based regenerative therapies.
Daniel is an avid pilot and serves in the California Air National guard as an officer and flight surgeon with an F-16 fighter Squadron. He has conducted research on aerospace medicine that was published with NASA, with whom he was a finalist for astronaut selection.
Sky & Tamara Christopherson
Sky & Tamara Christopherson
World Record Holder
Sky was an elite athlete on the U.S. Cycling Team and member of 'Project 96’ - the innovative, multi-disciplinary approach to elite spot that impacted every aspect of elite and consumer sport performance. Sky retired after the 2000 Sydney Olympics and utilized his experience to integrate digital health technology with elite athletics for drug-free sport performance. In 2011, Sky broke a world record using a digital health approach inspired by Dr. Eric Topol. The approach was applied to a project called “OAthlete", which helped athletes win medals at the 2012 London Olympics. The project was featured on the front page of the Financial Times, Wired Magazine, and in the documentary film “Personal Gold” (2015). Along with his wife, Olympian Tamara Christopherson, Sky continues to innovate to create elite and consumer tools to empower people to transform both health and sport performance.
Vice President—Optum Consumer Solutions Group
Population Health Management—Telemedicine Services
As Vice President of Telemedicine Services, Imad Ahmed works to help consumers achieve health goals through effective navigation of the health care system. He leads a team that develops and delivers innovative products that enable people to get healthy, stay healthy and live with an illness. These solutions also strive to improve the consumer’s overall experience by connecting through multiple channels, such as online, mobile, tablets and social media.
Since joining UnitedHealth Group in 2001, Imad has served in leadership roles spanning numerous parts of the company, within UnitedHealthcare, OptumInsight (formerly known as Ingenix) and OptumHealth. His focus throughout has been on improving health care quality, usability and access and ensuring regulatory compliance.
Prior to his work at UnitedHealth Group, Imad represented ERISA self-funded health plans, stop-loss carriers and disability carriers in complex litigation.
Imad holds a bachelor’s degree in political science & Asian studies from St. Olaf College, a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University and a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.
Nick Anas, M.D.
Pediatrician in Chief, Director Pediatric Critical Care
CHOC Children's Hospital
A recognized expert in pediatric critical care medicine with more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Nick Anas has served as director of CHOC’s pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) since 1991 and as its pediatrician-in-chief since 2009.
As director of the pediatric critical care program, Dr. Anas has built a team that treats children with acute, life-threatening illnesses and injuries. Dr. Anas has committed his career to developing and maintaining a critical care program at CHOC defined by clinical excellence, an uncompromising drive to provide state-of-the-art medicine for the children of Orange County, and a national reputation for leadership in academics and research.
Dr. Anas is a highly regarded leader who has served as a member of the CHOC Board of Directors and presently is a member of several boards, including CHOC Children's Specialists, the CHOC Health Alliance and the Orange County Ronald McDonald House. Dr. Anas is a clinical professor of pediatrics in the department of pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and is an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at UC Irvine School of Medicine.
A nationally recognized expert in the treatment of acute respiratory failure in children, Dr. Anas is an active member in the Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators (PALISI), an international research consortium. CHOC’s PICU is a research center for a number of clinical trials addressing issues pertinent to critical illness and injury. On the forefront of critical care education and research, Dr. Anas has more than 80 publications in prestigious medical journals and is the author and editor of several textbooks devoted to pediatric critical care. He has received numerous teaching awards from the UCI-CHOC residents and the CHOC critical care fellows.
Dr. Anas completed his critical care and pulmonary medicine fellowship training at the University of Rochester School of Medicine following his pediatric residency and chief residency training at Dallas Children's Medical Center, Southwestern School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from West Virginia University and his undergraduate education at Duke University.
Dr. Anas is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Thoracic Society and the AOA Honor Medical Society. He also serves on the editorial board of “Pediatric Critical Care Medicine,” the leading journal in his discipline.
A recipient of numerous honors and awards, Dr. Anas was named the 2014 Pediatrician of the Year from the California Chapter 4 (Orange County) AAP. He is also consistently named one of Orange County’s Physicians of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Association. Dr. Anas feels a strong personal responsibility to the children and parents of Orange County. He is frequently quoted, “The responsibility of the CHOC Children’s critical care program is to make sure our parents sleep knowing that we are here to keep their children safe and in good health.”
Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Development Officer
Don Boerema is Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Development Officer for the ADT Corporation. He leads the Health Business Unit and is responsible for driving growth and enhancing customer experience for ADT’s home health services. He also directs ADT’s corporate strategy, market and business development, and mergers and acquisitions. Previously, Don was the Chief Marketing Officer, overseeing all marketing and corporate communications for the Residential and Commercial business segments. As CMO, Don played a major role in the launch of ADT Pulse, leading the product development and nationwide advertising campaign.
Don’s extensive cross-industry experience encompasses high and low tech, wireless and wired communications, beverages, and consumer goods. Before joining ADT he was President and Chief Operating Officer of FDN Communications, a telecommunications company, where he was responsible for all aspects of sales, marketing, network operations engineering and customer care. He has also held leadership roles at Pepsi, AT&T Wireless, and McCaw Cellular Communications.
Don holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Finance and an MBA from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. He is a board member of IDEAL LIFE, an industry leader in remote health management solutions. He is a board observer for iControl, a leading provider of home management software.
Joseph A. Carr
Joseph A. Carr, CPHIMS
Chief Information Officer
New Jersey Hospital Association
Joining the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) in October of 2000 as Chief Information Officer, Mr. Carr has responsibility for all information and communication technologies for the Association and its umbrella of companies. Before joining NJHA, Mr. Carr was the senior vice president of software development at QuadraMed Corporation. While part of the senior leadership team, QuadraMed completed their first and secondary public NASDAQ offerings.
Mr. Carr is a certified professional in healthcare information and management systems (CPHIMS) by the Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS) and served on the NJ HIMSS Board from 2005 to 2014. He also served as chapter president 2013 & 2014. In Nov. of 2010 Mr. Carr was appointed by Governor Chris Christie and served a two year term on the New Jersey Health Information Technology Commission.
Mr. Carr is the chair of the NJ Dept. of Banking and Insurance ICD-10 Implementation Task Force.
Mr. Carr has a bachelor of sciences degree (Information Sciences) from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (1984).
Co-founder and CEO
Divya Dhar, is co-founder and CEO of Seratis, a patient-centric communication network. She has been a physician in two large academic medical centers. She also founded P3 Foundation, a nonprofit with 5,000 registered members, and raised $500,000. A policy she wrote to prevent doctor emigration was adopted by New Zealand's national government. She graduated with a dual MBA and MPA from Wharton and Harvard Kennedy School respectively in May 2014. Divya was the inaugural Young New Zealander of the Year in 2010.
Gary M. Fingerhut
Gary M. Fingerhut
Cleveland Clinic Innovations
Gary M. Fingerhut is the Executive Director at Cleveland Clinic Innovations. Established in May 2000, Innovations operates as the commercialization arm of Cleveland Clinic and was recognized by Global Corporate Venturing as number 4 in the world for healthcare corporate venturing. Gary leads a talented team of professionals guided by some of the nation’s top venture capitalists. The Cleveland Clinic Innovations team has successfully executed over 500 licenses, and created 67 spin-off companies that have raised more than $910 million in equity investment and commercialization grants. These efforts have resulted in the creation of over 1,100 jobs.
Gary has more than 30 years of technical and executive experience in the software industry, leading companies from start-up through acquisition. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2011 Gary held a number of senior level positions at Axentis, of which he is a co-founder. Axentis, a Wolters Kluwer business, is a software provider of on-demand solutions used by life science customers and other highly regulated industries to minimize their exposure to risk and optimize business performance; a $5 billion (2010) company with 19,000 employees worldwide. Between 1999 and 2011, Gary held several leadership roles at Axentis including General Manager, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President.
Prior to Axentis, Gary was a senior executive at Complient and Chief Executive Officer of Business Technologies Inc., a software development and consulting firm that provides application design and build services.
Gary currently serves on the board of directors of BioEnterprise, Enforcer eCoaching, Inc., Enspire DBS, HealthXL, i360Medical Ltd., iComet Technologies, Inc., ImageIQ, Inc., Infuseon Therapeutics, Inc. iVHR, Inc., and Talis Clinical, LLC.
Donald J. Kosiak
Donald J. Kosiak, MD, MBA, CPE, FACEP
CARE Executive Medical Director
Avera Health System
Donald Kosiak is the Avera eCARE Executive Medical Director for Avera Health System in Sioux Falls, SD. In this role, he serves as the chief medical officer of one of the most robust telemedicine programs in the United States. In addition, he has served as the elected Chief of Staff of the Avera McKennan Hospital, a 545-bed tertiary medical center located in Sioux Falls, SD. Dr. Kosiak continues to serve in the United States Army Reserve as an emergency physician. He is a decorated officer having served three tours of duty in support of Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
Dr. Kosiak attended medical school at the University of North Dakota and completed his emergency medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. In 2010, he earned his Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in health care management from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. He is board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the Certifying Commission in Medical Management.
Michele M. Lepore
Michele M. Lepore
East Region-Optum Complex Population Management
Michele M. Lepore is currently President, East Region-Optum Complex Population Management (CPM). In her role, Michele oversees Optum’s CarePlus Community, Institutional and Transitions programs that provide a nurse practitioner based collaborative model with an emphasis on high risk and frail populations in multiple settings. Optum CPM provides services for a broad array of client types at a local and national level inclusive of health plans, providers, ACO’s and government agencies.
Before moving to Optum in January 2014, Michele spent four years as Plan President at UnitedHealth Care Community Plan, Massachusetts, overseeing one of the first fully integrated Medicare/Medicaid programs in the nation and the largest integrated Medicare/Medicaid managed care plan in the state. (Senior Care Options)
Prior to joining United in December 2009, Michele was Chief Operating Officer for Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, (BMCHP)--- Massachusetts’ leading state wide managed care organization for the uninsured and low income populations.
From 1998-2004, Michele served in various roles within Bankers Life and Casualty/Conseco including Vice President of Managed Care and Vice President, Product Marketing for Bankers Life and Casualty, where she was responsible for product development, marketing research and product implementation.
Prior to 1998, Michele was in several senior leadership roles within the Henry Ford Health System and Health Alliance Plan in Michigan. Among her accomplishments was the implementation of one of the original PACE demonstration programs---a dually eligible (Medicare/Medicaid) program for community based frail elderly.
Alcatel-Lucent Vice President
Robert (Bob) Mauro is Alcatel-Lucent Vice President for VeS and Services for the Verizon client team. In this role, he leads a team that provides solutions to Verizon Enterprise Solutions (VeS), Verizon Telecom, and Verizon Wireless. Bob’s involvement with Verizon includes the Multi-Vendor Maintenance initiative for which Alcatel-Lucent received the Large Network Supplier Award from Verizon in 2010. In addition, as part of the ongoing deployment of 4G LTE, Bob and his team are currently assisting Verizon in multiple projects to provide better coverage in health care facilities and other venues to enhance the communications experience for VeS customers.
Bob joined the company in 1995 in the international wireless group and his first assignment was to acquire a mobile unit of Philips and integrate its staff and products. While based in England, he helped to establish the firm as a wireless competitor in Europe and Asia. During his overseas assignment, he subsequently helped US‑based operators including Verizon to build backbone and access networks and develop business opportunities in Europe.
Bob began his career with Johnson & Johnson assisting global affiliate companies with complex IT transformation and telecommunications projects in its hospital services segment.
Bob hold a BS (honors) degree in Computer Information Systems from The College of New Jersey, an MBA from Indiana University and completed post-graduate studies in business management at the University of Michigan. Bob, his wife Cynthia and their two children reside in Madison, New Jersey.
Vice President, Worldwide Innovation
Wendy Mayer is Vice President, Worldwide Innovation for Pfizer and a member of Pfizer’s Worldwide Business Development and Innovation Leadership Team. In this role, she is responsible for driving innovative ideas and thinking across the organization through the identification of transformative and disruptive innovation platforms that can be leveraged across the business, and through the development of capabilities and culture that will support continued innovation throughout the organization.
David Rhew, MD
Chief Medical Officer and VP of Global Healthcare
Samsung SDS America
Dr. David Rhew is the Chief Medical Officer and Vice-President of Global Healthcare at Samsung SDS America. David received his Bachelors of Science degrees, one in computer science and the other in cellular molecular biology, from the University of Michigan. He received his MD degree from Northwestern University and completed internal medicine residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He completed fellowship in health services research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, followed by fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Rhew has served as Senior Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer at Zynx Health Incorporated; clinician/researcher in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System; and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Rhew has served on the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Steering Committee for Pulmonary and Critical Care quality indicators and is currently on the NQF Consensus Standards and Approval Committee. He co-holds six U.S. patents for technology that enables the authoring, mapping, and integration of clinical decision support into the electronic health record.
Dr. Rhew’s research interests include measurably improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care and applying technology to engage patients and consumers in their health care.
CEO and Founder
Chris Seper is the CEO of MedCity Media, which publishes MedCityNews.com. Chris drives the culture, oversees business and editorial directions, and manages the governance of the company (he also writes periodically for MedCityNews.com).
Chris is a former journalist turned media entrepreneur who launched MedCity Media in December 2008. He sits on the board of directors of The Civic Commons and the advisory boards of Spoke Software and Your Teen Magazine.
Joseph M. Smith
Joseph M. Smith, MD, PhD, FACC
Chief Medical Officer and Chief Science Officer
In his role as chief medical and science officer, Dr. Joseph M. Smith brings strategic, engineering and clinical expertise to advance West Health's mission to pioneer new and smarter technologies, policies and practices, to make high-quality healthcare more accessible at a lower cost to all Americans. This is accomplished through the nonprofit Gary and Mary West Health Institute, the nonprofit Gary and Mary West Health Policy Center, the for-profit Gary and Mary West Health Investment Fund and the for-profit West Health Incubator. Together, the four organizations of West Health are transforming the American healthcare experience. Dr. Smith's role encompasses directing the West Health Institute’s medical and clinical research and is a co-manager of West Health Investment Fund.
Dr. Smith has an extensive career at the intersection of clinical medicine and engineering. Prior to joining the Institute, he was most recently vice president of emerging technologies for Johnson & Johnson in their corporate office of science and technology. He also served as
senior vice president and chief medical officer of Guidant I Boston Scientific's Cardiac Rhythm Management. Before accepting leadership roles in the industry, Dr. Smith was a practicing cardiologist for almost two decades, starting at the Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston,
with additional sub-specialty training in clinical cardiac electrophysiology at Indiana University and faculty appointments at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Smith also established the Arrhythmia Institute in Fairfax, VA, which specializes in interventional cardiac electrophysiology and clinical research.
Dr. Smith was named one of "20 People Who Make Healthcare Better" by Health Leaders Magazine in 2010. He serves as faculty at the University of Southern California and advisor to Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering, the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology, the Wellcome Trust, and a number of innovative healthcare and technology startup companies. He has testified before Congress on the value of healthcare technology and the potential of wireless health technology to lower healthcare costs. He's also a member of the Food and Drug Administration Safety Innovation Act (FDASIA) workgroup, providing expert input on topics identified by the FDA, ONC and FCC concerning the regulation of health information technology. Dr. Smith holds a B.E.S from The Johns Hopkins University; a Ph.D. in medical engineering and medical physics from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology; and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Executive Vice President
The Innovation Institute
Larry Stofko is Executive Vice President at The Innovation Institute. The Innovation Institute is a for-profit LLC established in January 2013, and structured to respond agilely to the long and short-term needs of the healthcare industry. It is composed of three distinct elements—an innovation laboratory, an investment fund, and an enterprise development group. Larry leads the Innovation Lab, which includes ideation, prototyping, piloting, and commercialization of new products, technologies, and companies.
Mr. Stofko has nearly 25 years of experience in healthcare information technology and was previously honored with CIO Magazine’s inaugural “Ones to Watch” award as an up-and-coming IT executive. He has been recognized as one of the 2012 Top 25 Healthcare CIOs in InformationWeek Healthcare’s second annual compilation of IT executives which highlights the exceptional thinkers and doers, the visionaries and the innovators who are moving patient care forward. Larry has a true passion for technology and innovation, speaking nationally on a regular basis. He has a strong reputation for leading change and gaining support for innovative solutions and change.
Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer for St. Joseph Health (SJH), a $6 billion integrated Catholic healthcare delivery system based in Orange County with 25,000 employees, 16 hospitals and 6,000 physicians. In this capacity, he held corporate-wide responsibility for the development of information technology strategy and the delivery of information services at SJH. SJHS ranked in the top 100 companies by Information Week 500 through Mr. Stofko’s leadership in performance improvement and adoption of innovative clinical and business technologies.
Larry’s previous experience includes fulfilling the role of Director of Healthcare Consulting for Perot Systems Corporation, a provider of IT services. While at Perot, he led a team of managers and business consultants that provided business strategy, information technology strategy, process redesign and change management for the company’s health industry clients. He also served as a Senior Systems Analyst for Charter Medical Corporation in Macon, Georgia.
Mr. Stofko received a Master of Science in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University (2010), a Graduate Certificate in Health Administration from Trinity University (1994), and an undergraduate degree in Business Information Systems from Georgia College & State University (1987). He serves on the Board of Directors for both The Wooden Floor, a non-profit organization serving low-income youth and families; and for Taller San Jose, an innovative non-profit program that walks young people out of poverty through job training, leading them to a self-reliant future.
Managing Principal, Healthcare
Nancy Green is a health care managing principal with Verizon Healthcare, the health care practice group within Verizon. In this capacity, she focuses on strategic business development and thought leadership around innovation in healthcare, as well as the development of initiatives to address virtual care / telehealth, m-health, home health and mobility.
An 19-year health care industry veteran, Green has extensive experience in the strategy, design, development, launch and sale of advanced mobility and communications solutions and applications for the health care sector, helping thousands of health care organizations improve health care work flow operations, reduce costs, increase access to care, and drive operational efficiency through the use of technology and clinical informational flow.
Prior to joining Verizon in 2009, Green spent 15 years at Spok where she served as the vice president of its health care systems solutions division as well as Vice President of New Business Development and M&A. Before that, Green was the director of health care sales at ProNet Medical. She began her career at AT&T Wireless as a manager of national, government and healthcare business.
Green is active is several professional organizations, including the American Telemedicine Association, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Association of Women in Technology and Executives in Healthcare. She was named a “Woman to Watch in Healthcare in 2014” by Disruptive Women in Healthcare and is a member of the board of the PCHA (Personal Connected Health Alliance), a collaboration between Continua, HIMSS and the mHealth Summit.
Verizon creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and move society forward. With a platform-based portfolio of industry-leading mobility, cloud and IT, strategic networking and advanced communications offerings, along with specialized solutions for key industries and a full range of global wholesale offerings, Verizon Enterprise Solutions combines unparalleled expertise, innovation and technology to bring together applications, people and environments. Visit verizonenterprise.com/industry/healthcare to learn more.
Managing Director of Healthcare
Verizon Enterprise Solutions
Michael (Mike) Ross is Managing Director, Healthcare for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. He and his team are growing Verizon’s Health IT practice by delivering technology solutions for voice, data and machine-to-machine (M2M).
Mike has 23 years in the wireless industry with a unique blend of experience that covers enterprise, business-to-business (B2B), retail, indirect and business strategy. This experience set gives Mike a diverse view of the evolving solutions strategies.
Prior to his role with Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Mike held several positions including vice president of healthcare & retail verticals for the enterprise & government organization of Verizon Wireless. On the regional level, he was an associate director of retail stores, director of indirect agents and retailers, director of business for Philadelphia Region responsible for all B2B segments, and director of strategy for business markets.
Mike earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Business from Rowan University.
Managing Director of Healthcare Life Sciences
Verizon Enterprise Solutions
David Smith is Managing Director of Verizon Enterprise Solutions Healthcare Life Sciences practice. David’s teams work with key clients within the Healthcare Ecosystem who are looking to transform their business through the adoption of innovative technology solutions.
Verizon has significant assets, including our global-leading IP infrastructure, the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G network, and extensive Cloud and Security portfolios. Leveraging those assets David and his teams find new ways to help optimize the way Healthcare services are developed, managed, and delivered.
Prior to joining the Healthcare practice, David was area vice president of Sales for the Southeastern United States. In this role he was responsible for ensuring that Verizon met the needs of their largest enterprise accounts across a wide range of businesses and industries. He started his career with Verizon in the Memphis, Tennessee area where he was responsible for branch business operations.
Prior to joining Verizon Business he held various positions in Operations and Finance in multiple industries. His most recent role prior to joining Verizon was vice president of International Operations (stationed in Amsterdam) for an environmental products company.
Smith received a Bachelor of Science in business information systems and quantitative analysis from Mississippi State University and an MBA in finance from Millsaps College.
Along with community sports and local charitable groups, he co-chairs a faith based organization focused on medical missions and church planting in Africa and South America.
Peter Tippett, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of the Verizon Innovation Incubator
Verizon Enterprise Solutions
Peter Tippett is the chief medical officer for Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ health IT practice, the company’s practice group that is helping enable the rapidly evolving health care ecosystem through the pragmatic adoption of health information technology. In this capacity, he is responsible for creating Verizon’s health care strategy and developing a portfolio of solutions to help transform the delivery of patient care, better manage costs, enhance access to medical services, and provide health data privacy. Tippett also leads the Verizon Innovation Incubator, a group which helps Verizon bring to market new innovative services and technologies.
Previously, Tippett served as vice president of security and industry solutions for Verizon’s global enterprise unit, where he led a team of industry experts developing solutions for the energy and utilities, financial services, health care, and retail vertical markets, as well as the company’s portfolio of security services.
In his prior role, Tippett was vice president of technology and innovation for Verizon Business. He joined Verizon in 2007 following its acquisition of managed security services leader Cybertrust.
Before Cybertrust, Tippett was the chief executive officer of NCSA, then ICSA Labs, and was chairman of TruSecure, the largest private U.S. security services company. In the early 1990s, he directed the enterprise and security products group at Symantec. Prior to that, he worked in software development and is widely credited with creating the first commercial anti-virus product that later became Norton AntiVirus. Early in his IT career, as founder and chief executive officer of software company Certus International, Tippett pioneered and commercialized a string of now-common technologies, including the rescue disk and an application now known as “undo.”
Tippett recently received the U.S. Chamber’s First Leadership in Health Care Award for his work to improve transparency and reward innovation through the modernization of the exchange of health information technology. He served on the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (2003-2005) to guide U.S. efforts in health care IT and information security. In 2002, InfoWorld recognized Tippett as one of the 25 most influential chief technology officers. He also won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. He was the publisher of Information Security Magazine for its first six years.
Since 1998, Tippett has served as chairman of MD-IT, a rapidly growing health care information technology company.
Tippett has worked as an emergency room doctor and as a helicopter emergency physician and still carries a current California physician and surgeon license.
Tippett, a physician who is board certified in internal medicine, holds a doctorate in biochemistry and an M.D., both from Case Western Reserve University, and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kalamazoo College.