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Speakers and Panelists

Featured Speakers

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Geoffrey Parker from Tulane University as this year's keynote speaker. More speakers and details to be announced soon.

Geoffrey Parker, Ph.D.

Geoffrey Parker is Professor of management science at Tulane University in the A. B. Freeman School of Business and is a Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business.  He is also a member of the GE Africa Learning Advisory Board where he advises the GE Healthcare workforce initiative. He received a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University, M.S. in electrical engineering (Technology and Policy Program) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Ph.D. in management science from MIT. He has recently worked with firms, such as AT&T, Cellular South, ExxonMobil, GE, IBM, International Postal Corporation, Microsoft, SAP, Thomson Reuters, and the USPS.  Parker has made significant contributions to the field of network economics and strategy as co-developer of the theory of “two-sided” markets. 

His current research includes studies of distributed innovation and business platform strategy. Parker’s research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and multiple corporations.  He serves or has served as a National Science Foundation panelist, and associate editor at multiple journals.  Parker grew up in Oxford Ohio.  Before attending MIT, he held positions in engineering and finance at GE Semiconductor in North Carolina and at GE Healthcare in Wisconsin. Additional information about Dr. Parker can be found at and You can follow him on Twitter @g2parker.

Maninder 'Mini' Kahlon, Ph.D.

Mini Kahlon, Ph.D. is the Vice Dean of Strategy & Partnerships for the new Dell Medical School at University of Texas at Austin. In re-envisioning care, the Dell Medical School has embraced the goal of improving health for the people of Austin and Travis County. With the strengths of UT Austin and the city itself, the school will enable the growth of a health innovation ecosystem in the city. Against this backdrop, Mini is bringing partners together to create novel models of health education, research and delivery that can set new standards for the nation.

Before coming to Austin, Mini was Executive Director and Chief Information Officer of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). CTSI is an innovation arm of UCSF, addressing gaps and opportunities to accelerate research and improve health. With NIH funding of more than $200 million, it is also one of the largest institutes among a 60-member national network charged with transforming biomedical research nationwide.

Mini received her Ph.D. in Systems Neuroscience from UCSF, and brings management experience from technology start-ups in Silicon Valley and the philanthropic sector.


We are pleased to have leading local voices in health care and research joining us for two discussion panels:

Research Panel: What's the Hold-up? A Discussion of the Barriers Impeding Digital and Mobile Health: Luis Martins, Ph.D., McCombs School of Business; Kavita Radhakrishnan, Ph.D., School of Nursing; Sriram Vishwanath, Ph.D., Cockrell School of Engineering; and William Press, Ph.D., Department of Computer Sciences, College of Natural Sciences.

Practice Panel: What's the Pay-off? Disruptive Innovation and Health Care: Leslie Carruth, Director, Center for Health Care Value, UT System; Jeff Terry, General Manager, GE Healthcare; Colin Anawaty, CPO & Co-Founder, Patient IO. More to be announced!

Colin Anawaty

Colin is CPO & Co-founder of Filament Labs. He’s responsible for the features and design of the mobile and platform product experience.

Prior to Filament Labs, Colin created — a global emergency service underwritten by the Lloyd's of London. Plerts was acquired by Rev Worldwide in 2010 where he spent two years as Director of Mobile financial products across the US, Europe, Australia, and Latin America. Previously, Colin designed top entertainment apps and spent two years in Los Angeles prototyping a multiplayer game platform licensed by id Software and Riot Games. Colin holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Texas. He enjoys the great outdoors, surfing, and playing his guitar & piano.

Charles Barnett

Charles J. Barnett, FACHE, assumed his role as the initial executive chairman of the board for Seton Healthcare Family on July 1, 2013. In this role, Charles provides leadership and guidance to the Seton Board in addition to working directly on strategic projects as senior vice president under the direction of Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of Ascension. Charles has approximately 30 years of health care administration experience. Prior to joining Seton in 1993, he served as vice president and chief operating officer of Inova Health System and Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. He also worked for 10 years at St. Joseph Medical Center, part of the Sisters of Charity Healthcare System of Cincinnati and during his tenure held the position of executive vice president.

Charles joined the McCombs Healthcare Initiative as Executive-in-Residence in July 2014.

Leslie Carruth, MBA

Leslie Carruth, Director of the Center for Health Care Value in The University of Texas System Office of Health Affairs, focuses on outcomes and costs within the clinical enterprises of the six UT health institutions, innovative value-based delivery and payment models, and project management for the Chancellor’s Health Fellows for HIT, Public Health, and Systems Engineering. With a special focus on South Texas, Leslie coordinates UT’s efforts in response to the 1115 waiver which aims to transform the Medicaid delivery system and improve quality of care. 

Leslie has applied her expertise in process improvement and the development of meaningful financial and operational feedback to drive mission-focused results through various career experiences including People’s Community Clinic CFO, Seton Healthcare finance director, finance/operations director for Medicaid/CHIP HMOs at Texas Health & Human Services Commission, and planning/budgeting manager for a workers’ comp insurance company.  Leslie earned a BA in the Plan II Honors Program and an MBA at the University of Texas at Austin.

Tim George, M.D.

Tim George, M.D. is Medical Director of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Center of Central Texas at Dell Children's. Dr. George moved to Austin, Texas in 2006 from Durham, North Carolina where he was the Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics and Neurobiology at Duke University. Joining Children's Hospital of Austin as Chief of Service of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Center of Central Texas, he brings his breadth of knowledge and expertise in pediatric neurosurgery, as he develops and oversees pediatric neurosurgery programs at the hospital.

Dr. George completed his medical training at New York University; his residency in Neurosurgery at Yale University School of Medicine; and his Pediatric Fellowship at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. Dr. George is also a member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics and other scientific societies and organizations. Current areas of research include genomics and surgical outcomes of Chiari malformation, cranial nerve stimulation for pediatric epilepsy, genomics of neural tube defects, and molecular and cellular mechanisms and abnormal development of the spinal cord.

Luis Martins, Ph.D.

Luis Martins is the Juanita Dreibelbis Fellow in Business and an associate professor with the McCombs School of Business, Department of Management. His research interests include diversity, virtual communities, group and organization decision making, organizational innovation, and organizational change and redesign.

Luis earned his Ph.D. in management and organizational behavior at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business. 

William Press, Ph.D.

William Press is the Warren J. and Viola M. Raymer Professor in Computer Science and in Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin. His affiliations at UT include memberships in the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology (ICMB) and in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES). Press is also a Senior Fellow (emeritus) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in the Statistical Sciences group (CCS-6). Prior to June, 2004, he served for five years as LANL's Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology. Before that, he was for twenty years Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Harvard University, and a member of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. In April, 2009, President Obama named Press as a member of his President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

Press does research in computational biology, especially whole genome statistical studies. His interests include fast numerical and statistical algorithms, data mining, and pattern recognition. He is also interested in the interdisciplinary application of mathematical and statistical methods across the physical and biological sciences, and to societal issues including international security.

Kavita Radhakrishnan, Ph.D.

Kavita Radhakrishnan is an assistant professor at The School of Nursing at University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on transforming and improving current practices in caring for elderly individuals with chronic diseases by evaluating home health care technology like telehealth and homecare EHR. Kavita's academic degrees include a Ph.D. in nursing from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a master's in electrical engineering from UT-Arlington.

Kavita completed her post-doctoral research fellowship at University of Pennsylvania New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health. Her clinical employment experience includes five years as a staff nurse in acute care and home health care settings.

Huseyin Tanriverdi, Ph.D.

Hüseyin Tanriverdi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management at the McCombs School of Business. Dr. Tanriverdi has a research and teaching program that examines how organizations innovate, grow, and achieve and sustain superior financial performance. He focuses on complementary IT and business capabilities that enable firms to achieve superior financial performance in corporate diversification moves; mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs and split-ups; outsourcing and off shoring initiatives; and adoption and deployment of complex IT innovations. He examines IT governance practices that reduce corporate risks, increase corporate returns, and lead to superior risk-return positions for corporations. Dr. Tanriverdi teaches courses on strategic IT management, IT governance for enterprise risk management and regulatory compliance, and management of emerging information technologies. His publications appeared in top information systems journals such as Information Systems Research and MIS Quarterly, and top management journals such as Academy of Management Journal and Strategic Management Journal.

Sriram Vishwanath, Ph.D.

Dr. Sriram Vishwanath is an associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Vishwanath received his B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, M.S. from CalTech and his Ph.D. from Stanford University, all in electrical engineering. His research interests include information theory, wireless communications and coding theory. His industry experience includes work at the National Semiconductor Corporation, CA and at the Lucent Bell labs, NJ. He has won a NSF CAREER Award and the 2005 IEEE Joint IT/Comsoc Best Paper Award.