Physician Advisory Board

Susan A. Abookire, MD

MPH Mt. Auburn Hospital

Susan Abookire, BSEE, MD, MPH, is the Chair of the Department of Quality and Patient Safety at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Abookire is a former aviation systems engineer who implemented flight management systems in the commercial aviation industry for a decade prior to her medical training. She served as a design engineer for the commercial aviation safety ground proximity warning systems, and as the project leader for the implementation of the Boeing 757-767 flight management systems. A graduate of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Abookire practiced primary care at the Brigham and Women's hospital before devoting herself to leading and teaching patient safety and quality initiatives. She served as Associate Director of Clinical and Quality Analysis at Partners Healthcare and Director of Health Care Quality prior to her present role as Department Chair at Mount Auburn Hospital.

James J. Cimino MD

Bethesda, Maryland

Dr. Cimino is an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University, where he has long experience in research and development related patient care systems and the linking of on-line knowledge sources to those systems to support clinicians in patients in making informed medical decisions.  He has also contributed to the field of biomedical ontologies, particularly as they related to knowledge resources for patient care.  Dr. Cimino is a board-certified, practicing internist and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (and currently its president), the American College of Physicians and the New York Academy of Medicine.  He recently received the Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics from the American Medical Informatics Association.

Paul Kleeberg MD, CMIO

Stratis Health

Dr. Paul Kleeberg, is Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Stratis Health, a non-profit quality improvement organization based in Bloomington Minnesota and the Clinical Director for REACH, the Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT funded by the recovery act to assist small hospitals and primary care providers in Minnesota and North Dakota to adopt and become meaningful users of electronic health records.  Dr. Kleeberg is board certified in Family Medicine and has been in private practice in a small town in Minnesota as well is in a large integrated delivery system. He has played key roles in EHR implementations in integrated delivery systems before joining Stratis Health.  One of those implementations won a Davies Award in 2007.  In addition Dr. Kleeberg was a major contributor to the second edition of the HIMSS publication Improving Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support focusing on small practices.

Dr. Kleeberg received his medical degree from Stanford University and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  He is a fellow in the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and in the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) where he serves on their board of directors.  He has chaired several workgroups for the Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee and has chaired the Meaningful Use Community of Practice Advisory Group for the Office of the National Coordinator's (ONC) resource center (HITRC).

James W. Lederer MD

Novant Health

Jim Lederer graduated the University Of North Carolina School Of Medicine in 1985. He went on to do a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency and subsequent combined Infectious Disease fellowship in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee/LeBonheur Children's Medical Center/ St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee. He is board certified in adult Infectious Diseases.

Jim Lederer is currently Vice President for Clinical Improvement with Novant Health, a large multi-facility system in the southeast Atlantic region. His areas of expertise and interest include healthcare data analytics, clinical performance improvement, and hospital epidemiology.

Curtis P. Langlotz MD, PhD

University of Pennsylvania Health System

Curtis P. Langlotz, MD, PhD, ( serves as Professor and Vice Chair for Informatics in the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) and as a Medical Director for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. Dr. Langlotz is responsible for the strategic and technical direction of a filmless, paperless radiology department that interprets over 1,000,000 exams annually at 3 busy hospitals and a large community practice. His NIH-funded informatics research program focuses on the development and evaluation of standard medical vocabularies, image reporting systems, and decision support tools to enhance the quality of radiology practice. Dr. Langlotz serves as a member of the Radiology Informatics Committee of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and chairs the RSNA Structured Reporting Committee, a collaborative effort to create a library of best-practice templates for radiology reports based on standard terminology. Dr. Langlotz has published over 100 scientific publications in the fields of imaging informatics and health services research. He is a founder and Past President of the Radiology Alliance for Health Services Research (RAHSR), a former Chair of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of University Radiologists (AUR).

Ronald F. Martin MD

Marshfield Clinic and St. Joseph Hospital

Dr. Ronald Martin is a practicing general surgeon with a focus of interest in pancreatic and foregut disorders. He serves as Director of Surgical Education and Residency Program Director of Marshfield Clinic and St Joseph's Hospital. Dr. Martin is a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin and sits on the Board of Directors of the Marshfield Clinic, a large multi-specialty clinic with 800 physicians and over 6,000 employees. Prior to this, he was a surgical director at the pancreatic obiliary center in Portland Maine as well as co-director of gut services.

Dr. Martin's practice background also includes serving as Chief of Surgery in three combat support hospitals in theaters of hostility and as Interim Chief of Surgery for a regional medical command for the US Army. He served as Theater consultant for General Surgery for the US Central Command during a recent deployment to Iraq. In civilian administrations, he has served as senior member of the executive committee as Secretary/Treasurer for Maine Medical Center and Maine Health systems and was in leadership for Clinical Strategic Services Planning for Maine Health systems.

Dr. Martin received his undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Vermont and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He completed his General Surgery Residency at Maine Medical Center and was and advanced GI (HPB) Fellow at the Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA.

Saverio M. Maviglia MD, MSc

Principal Informaticist in Knowledge Management
Partners Healthcare

Saverio Maviglia, MD, MSc, is Principal Informaticist in Knowledge Management at Partners Healthcare.  In that role, he participates in the acquisition, representation, maintenance, quality assurance, and deployment of decision support knowledge.  He also architected and maintains KnowledgeLink, an infobutton which connects the Partners clinical applications to reference resources in a context-sensitive manner.  Finally, he conducts informatics research relating to these and other activities.

Saverio continues to practice medicine as a hospitalist at Brigham & Women's Hospital.  He obtained his medical and masters in epidemiology degrees from Harvard University; and completed his internship, residency, and fellowship training at Brigham & Women's Hospital.  Before going into medicine, he studied computer science at Princeton University.

Ken Ong, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Informatics Officer
New York Hospital Queens

After more than 20 years in clinical practice, he has devoted the last dozen years to clinical informatics in hospitals located in New York. Modern Healthcare has named Ken as one of the country's top 25 clinical informaticists in 2012.  The second edition of Ken's award winning 'Medical Informatics: an Executive Primer' was published 2011.

His professional activities include: Chair, Informatics Council of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System; Member, Health Information Management and Systems Society Board of Directors (HIMSS); Member, Scottsdale Institute's Clinical Decision Support Collaborative for Performance Improvement; Member, Healthcare Association of New York State's Health Information Strategy Group; Member, Greater New York Hospital Association Health I.T. Steering Committee; past president of the New York State chapter of HIMSS; past president and board member of Medical Informatics New York.

He serves as adjunct faculty at Columbia University's Health Informatics Certificate Program. Ken's medical informatics seminar was among the top rated in 2005. He is a previous recipient of the AMDIS Award In Applied Medical Informatics and the Centers for Disease Control Charles C. Shepard Science Award. Ken is a former deputy commissioner in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Ken is residency-trained and board certified in family practice, internal medicine, and infectious diseases. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Disease Society of America, HIMSS, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He received his MPH at Columbia University, MD at Wayne State University, and BS at University of Michigan.

Neil W. Rawlins MD, CMIO

Kadlec Clinic Health Systems

Dr. Neil Rawlins is Board certified in obstetrician/gynecologist and advanced Gynecologic Laparoscopy. He is currently the Chief Medical Information Officer for Kadlec Health Systems.  Kadlec health systems board quality committee and implemented the systems approach to quality at Kadlec Hospital beginning in 2001. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Washington School of Medicine. He implemented an EMR and has directed training and workflow for Kadlec Clinic, a multi-specialty clinic, over the last 7 years. He is integrated just in time information into the electronic records to aid in diagnosis at the point of care. His work on automation with the use of advanced macros and workflow redesign have improved patient safety and efficiency of the providers. He recently completed a study on the organizational changes in outpatient EMR implementation. He has been involved in programming for health care since 1983 with projects that included data tracking, data presentation for physicians, EMR development and has a patent on the automation of the E&M coding process. He continues his practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Charles Safran MD

Harvard Medical School

Charles Safran is a primary care internist who has devoted his professional career to improving patient care through the creative use of informatics. He is Chief of the Division of Clinical Computing, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School He is a senior scientist at the National Center for Public Health Informatics at Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He is the immediate past President and Chairman of American Medical Informatics Association was previously Vice-President of the International Medical Informatics Association. He is an elected fellow of both the American College of Medical Informatics and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Safran is co-Editor of the International Journal of Medical Informatics and on the Health on the Net (HON) Foundation Council. He is a member to the Consumer Empowerment workgroup of the American Health Information Community formed by the US Secretary of Health and Human Services. During his career he has helped develop and deploy large institutional integrated clinical computing systems, ambulatory electronic health records, clinical decision support systems to help clinicians treat patients with HIV/AIDS and most recently personal care support systems for parents with premature infants which he calls collaborative healthware. He founded a company, Clinician Support Technology and as its CEO successfully brought his ideas to a national market. The company's products and technology were acquired by a major public company. He has over 150 peer-reviewed publications and speaks to national and international audiences. He has recently testified for the U.S. Congress on Health IT. He graduated cum laude in Mathematics and hold a Masters degree in mathematical logic and a Doctor of Medicine all from Tufts University.

Philip A. Smith MD

MedMorph, LLC

Dr. Philip A. Smith is president of MedMorph, LLC, an IT consulting firm that focuses on successful physician engagement and optimization. Dr. Smith is the author of Making Computerized Provider Order Entry Work (Springer, UK, 2013), the first published book dedicated to CPOE. Dr. Smith is a Board Certified Family Physician who began his interest in the field by first automating his office practice with an electronic medical record (EMR) in 1993 and subsequently chairing the physician implementation committee when his local hospital deployed its clinical information system in 1995.

Dr. Smith served as a Care Transformation consultant for Cerner Corporation from 2001-3 where he helped many hospitals optimize their systems or plan/implement CPOE. He served nine years with the multihospital Adventist Health System through October 2012. While Chief Medical Information Officer, the health system successfully deployed clinical information systems with CPOE, physician documentation, and clinical decision support while HIMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society) Analytics recognized their hospitals at EMR Level 6 or 7.

He obtained his M.D. and M.S. at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, and his Bachelor of Science from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Robert S. White MD, FAAFP

Associate Chief Medical Information Officer
Cleveland Clinic

Robert White, MD is an Associate Chief Medical Information Officer at the Cleveland Clinic with responsibility for EHR implementation and optimization covering the clinic's main campus and numerous other regional hospitals and ambulatory facilities.Duties also include clinician EHR education and health information technology related patient safety. He is an executive champion for Meaningful Use efforts at Cleveland Clinic successfully attesting over 1000 providers and all system hospitals.He is board certified in Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Previously, Dr. White was the Chief Medical Officer of Clinical Informatics at OSF Healthcare System in Peoria, Illinois. Over the past decade, he has served as the executive leader and champion for primary and ancillary clinical system implementations for both inpatient and ambulatory environments achieving high rates clinical system adoption through physician engagement.