Leadership

Neal Patel

Chief Informatics Officer

As the CIO for HealthIT, Dr. Patel provides leadership for translating VUMC healthcare delivery, quality, and patient safety goals into informatics strategies to optimize the delivery of patient care. He collaborates with operational and clinical leadership to foster systemic adoption and effective use of clinical applications to promote patient safety and high-quality care across the continuum and reduce the costs of care, in support of the VUMC mission.

Dr. Patel has extensive experience in the use of healthcare information technology to improve clinical and quality processes, with more than 20 years of experience in implementing and advancing the use of computer order entry systems and electronic health records. He has worked with industry as well as other healthcare organizations to think strategically and proactively about the use of clinical informatics tools to transform the delivery of clinical care.  Using the combination of his clinical expertise, knowledge of healthcare information technology and focus on workflow and logistics, Dr. Patel has developed key insights into the intersection of clinical space, workflow and team function. 

Dr. Patel has been with VUMC since 1997, when he joined VUMC as a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics (Division of Pediatric Critical Care and Anesthesia) after completing his residency and fellowship at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. He spearheaded the introduction of computerized physician order entry (CPOE) to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). 

In addition to his CIO role, Dr. Patel is also Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, and has adjacent faculty appointments in Anesthesiology and Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Patel received his M.D. from the University of Southern California. He also has a master's degree in Public Health from Vanderbilt University, which he completed as a full-time physician. 

Bobby Addison

Executive Director, Clinical Care Group

Bobby oversees the Clinical Care Group, which is responsible for all of the applications that are directly or indirectly involved in patient care at VUMC. Before returning to Vanderbilt in 2016 to oversee the expansion of the IT arm of our Vanderbilt Health Affiliated Network (VHAN), Bobby was the Chief Technology Officer for digiChart, Inc, a SaaS-based EHR for OB/GYN providers in 38 states and the US Virgin Islands. While at digiChart, Bobby was responsible for product design, development, quality assurance, client services, and technical operations. Before joining digiChart, Bobby was the Chief Executive Officer of C7 Technologies, LLC, a technology skunkworks inside of Vanguard Health Systems, Inc. Under Bobby’s leadership, C7 designed, developed and implemented innovative technologies for front-line staff in Vanguard’s hospitals. Bobby holds a BBA from Lipscomb University and was named the 2012 Southeastern HIMSS Innovator of the Year.

Nimesh Patel

Executive Director, Technical Enterprise & Peri-Procedural Group

Nimesh joined HealthIT in 2018 to oversee the Technical Enterprise & Peri-Procedural Group, which manages the hardware and infrastructure that support HealthIT products. His team also manages the specialty application used in surgeries at VUMC. Nimesh has spent the entirety of his 25-year professional career at VUMC, beginning as a research assistant in the Department of Anesthesiology. He served as the Director of Perioperative Informatics and Computing for the Departments of Anesthesiology and Operative Services for nearly 20 years, where he was responsible for both clinical and administrative systems.  

Nimesh’s research has been featured in nearly 30 major publications, including The Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, 71st Clinical and Scientific Congress of the International Anesthesia Research Society, Telemedicine and E-Health Journal. He holds both a master’s degree and two bachelor's degrees in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University. 

Byung Kang

Executive Director, Patient Access & Revenue Cycle Group

As the executive director of the Patient Access & Revenue Cycle Group, Byung is responsible for all HealthIT products that support patient accounting, insurance and payer reimbursement, admissions, patient movement, scheduling, and access. Byung joined VUMC in 2018 after nearly five years with Community Health Systems, where he served as a vice president of information systems and as the IT leader for the organization's non-clinical systems. With 25 years of IT experience, Byung has worked at PwC, specializing in enterprise resource planning for software implementations, as a leader of his own consulting practice, and as the CIO of a healthcare provider group in Florida. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MS from Northwestern University in Medical Informatics. 

Peter Shave

Executive Director, Product Development

Peter is responsible for product development across the HealthIT organization. Using a roadmap-driven approach, he ensures developed products are aligned with VUMC strategy and industry trends. Prior to joining VUMC in 2016, Peter served as VP Product Development and Chief Architect at Marshfield Clinic Information Services Inc. (MCIS), MCIS is an IT company dedicated to delivering and managing cutting-edge products and services for healthcare providers. Prior to serving at MCIS, he served as Marshfield Clinic's Chief Enterprise Architect.

Peter has more than 15 years of experience in health care technology, primarily in a large multi-specialty ambulatory setting. A native of Wisconsin, Peter holds a Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.

Wendy Kiepek

Executive Director, Operational Services

Wendy supports execution of strategic initiatives and works closely with operational leadership to translate strategies into operational plans.  She also partners with departmental colleagues to establish governance processes and execute plans. Wendy oversees the business analysis and customer relationship management teams. 

Prior to her current role, Wendy served as the associate program director for VUMC’s implementation of Epic. She joined Vanderbilt in 2000 and has held many different positions within HealthIT over the years. Wendy received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in Health Informatics from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Peter Greaves

Chief Technologist

As the Chief Technologist for HealthIT at VUMC, Peter Greaves is charged with the strategic planning of the core technologies and systems required to maintain VUMC’s operational effectiveness and competitive position. Among other areas, this includes the development group responsible for core clinical systems, enterprise architecture definition and governance, and the Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) and associated clinical analytics teams.

Peter joined VUMC in 2014 with 25 years of IT experience. Prior to joining VUMC Peter was with Covisint, a cloud-based platform provider, in various roles including product management, Chief Healthcare Architect and strategy & planning. Since 2004 he has been an active participant in activities around the national healthcare agenda, with extensive experience working with a number of HIEs and Beacon communities, state HIT programs and Medicaid agencies, as well as working with providers and hospitals to define strategies for participation in HIE. His experience has included helping define governance and privacy frameworks for state and regional HIEs.

He is a past member of the Florida Governor’s Health Information Infrastructure Advisory Board (GHIIAB) and the Tennessee eHealth Advisory Board and chaired the HISPC variations workgroup for the State of Florida. Peter has a BA degree from the University of Natal and two post-graduate qualifications in education.

Mark Ciampa

Director, Program Management Office

Mark has served as the director of HealthIT's Program Management Office (PMO) since November 2014. In this position, he oversees program and project management, as well as quality assurance.

Mark is an IT/Informatics professional with 20 years of experience providing a wide range of organizations with technology and business process solutions to meet their strategic objectives. He has worked across many facets of the federal, private and not-for-profit healthcare markets, including pharmaceutical/regulatory life sciences, public health, and research. His areas of expertise include IT Program/Project Management, PMO Design & Implementation, IT Portfolio Management, Software Development Life Cycle (including Agile), Process Improvement/Redesign, Financial & Contract Management, Vendor Management, and People Management.

His formal education includes an MS degree in Information Systems & Telecommunications from The Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Biology from Wake Forest University. Mark is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Dario Giuse

Director, Health Data Repository

Dario is currently responsible for the Health Data Repository (HDR), the integrated repository of all patient data generated at Vanderbilt (from 1994 to the  present). Dario spearheaded the effort to implement three generations of the electronic health record (EHR) at Vanderbilt: the MARS system (1995), the StarChart system (1999), and the StarPanel system (2001). StarPanel was the first fully integrated, longitudinal patient record system at Vanderbilt that supported the full health care workflow for both inpatient and outpatient encounters, and supported the operation of the entire medical center until the fourth generation EHR (eStar, which is Epic-based) was implemented in 2017. Dariohas long-standing research interests in the application of computer systems to facilitate real-world work processes. He received an M.S. in Pure and Applied Mathematical Logic from Carnegie Mellon University and a Dr.Ing. ("Dottore in Ingegneria") degree from the Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy.

Brent Moseng

Director, Customer Services

Brent is responsible for customer-facing operational readiness and support teams in HealthIT. These teams’ primary goal is to ensure effective and efficient adoption of the HealthIT portfolio of services. He and his teams work closely with operational leaders and end users to complete these objectives.

Prior to joining VUMC in 2011, Brent served in various operational leadership roles in technology startups in the Nashville area. Within these roles he was active in raising capital, managing financials and working with customers to ensure their satisfaction.  Before moving to the Nashville area to pursue his MBA, he worked for British Telecom in both London and New York on large Systems Integration and various consulting projects within the financial service and travel industries.  

A native of Minnesota, Brent holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse and an MBA from the Own Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Ron Thompson

Chief Business Officer

Ron is responsible for overseeing all aspects of business operations for HealthIT. He came to Vanderbilt in 2000 from the Pioneer Electronic Corp. of Japan where he was Director of Finance for one of Pioneer's Music divisions. He joined the Department of Anesthesiology overseeing all of the budgets, finance and accounting for the department. He moved to the Department of Pediatrics managing grants and then joined HealthIT in 2005. Ron has a Bachelor's of Business Administration from Belmont University.