Marianne Udow-Phillips is the Executive Director of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) at the University of Michigan. CHRT is an independent 501(c)(3) impact organization with a mission to advance evidence-based care delivery, improve population health, and expand access to care. From 2004 through 2007, she was director of the Michigan Department of Human Services, appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm. Ms. Udow-Phillips came to state service from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, where she served in leadership roles for over 20 years, most recently as Senior Vice President of Health Care Products and Provider Services. She is a lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and serves on numerous boards and commissions.
Akinlolu Ojo is an international leader in chronic kidney disease and kidney transplantation research and clinical care with a focus on health disparities and an expert in global health research. Dr. Ojo is the associate vice president for clinical research and global health initiatives at the University of Arizona Health Sciences and a professor of medicine in the UA College of Medicine – Tucson with a joint appointment as professor of health promotion sciences in the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
Dr. Ojo’s research and clinical interests include chronic kidney disease and kidney transplantation and their complications. He has a particular clinical interest in chronic kidney disease in African Americans and blacks in developing nations.
Robert M. Merion, MD, FACS, has been President and CEO of Arbor Research Collaborative for Health since 2009. Throughout his research career, he has focused on the intersection between medical practice and high-quality study design and data analytics. He has been the principal investigator of four National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded scientific and data coordinating centers (DCCs) and currently leads the DCC for the Lower Urinary Tract Dysfunction Research Network (LURN) and the Childhood Liver Disease Research Network (ChiLDReN). He also conducts research on living organ donors (National Living Donor Assistance Center and the Donor Lost Wages Study). From 2000 to 2010, Dr. Merion served as the clinical transplant director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-funded Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR). Prior to joining Arbor Research, Dr. Merion was a kidney, pancreas, and liver transplant surgeon for 32 years at the University of Michigan (UM), where his positions included Chief of the Division of Transplantation and Director of the UM Transplant Center. He was elected the 36th president of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons from 2009 to 2010. He retired from clinical practice in 2014 and is now Professor Emeritus of Surgery at UM. Dr. Merion has published over 280 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters.
Mr. Warren joined the Arbor Research Board of Directors in 2016. He is also a member of the board of directors of Trinity Health, a $15 billion integrated health care delivery system with operations in 21 states. Mr. Warren has more than 30 years of hospital and human resource management experience. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. (2006-2012) and the University of Michigan Hospital (1998-2005). He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Mercy Hospital of Detroit, a former division of Trinity Health, and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health.
Richard Pietroski, MS, has worked with transplant centers, hospital administrators and elected officials to inspire more organ donors and save more lives through transplantation. He has served on or chaired several United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) committees and boards, including being recently appointed to the UNOS executive committee as treasurer. Since 2010, he has been a board member of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance. Other service includes being president of the American Board for Transplant Certification Board of Governors (2004 to 2007); conducting Association of Organ Procurement Organizations accreditation site surveys (1999 to present); and chairing the Organ Procurement Organization Committee of the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (2001 to 2006). Mr. Pietroski is also a grateful recipient of donor tissue which rebuilt his shoulder in 2004.
Mark L. Barr, MD is the Director of the USC Transplantation Institute in the Department of Surgery and Director of Cardiothoracic Transplantation in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Southern California. He has served as Chair of the UNOS Thoracic Transplantation Committee, as President of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT), as Chair of the Thoracic Committee of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), and on the Board of Directors of the ISHLT, the ASTS, and the American Society of Transplantation. Dr. Barr is the current Chair of the Advisory Committee on Transplantation (ACOT) under the auspices of the Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. He has served on scientific review boards for the NIAID, NHLBI, and NCRR of the National Institutes of Health, and is a Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Transplantation.
Jocelyn DeWitt is the Vice President, Chief Information Officer for UW Health, the academic medical center and health system for the University of Wisconsin, where she oversees the Information Services Department, an integration of UWMF Information Services and UWHC Information Technology Systems. The goals of her department are to reduce redundant work, create more rational support paths for customers, create greater efficiencies in delivering information services and create unified strategic plans for information technology infrastructure and applications. Prior to joining UW Health, Dr. DeWitt served as Chief Information Officer for the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers (UMHHC), which is the inpatient and ambulatory care clinical component of the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS). In that role, she was responsible for a $110 million operating budget, a $20 million to $150 million capital budget and a staff of 650 employees. This included enterprise and departmental applications, customer device engineering and support, server and mainframe management, network infrastructure and telephony for the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, as well as network infrastructure and server management for the medical school.
Dr. Lantz joined the Arbor Research Board of Directors in 2016. She is the Associate Dean for Research and Policy Engagement and a professor of public policy at the Ford School. Dr. Lantz, a social demographer, studies the role of public health in health care reform, clinical preventive services (such as cancer screening and prenatal care), and social inequalities in health. She is particularly interested in the role of health care versus broad social policy aimed at social determinants of health in reducing social disparities in health status. She is currently doing research regarding the potential of social impact bonds to reduce Medicaid expenditures.
David Morlock is a senior banker in the Health Systems M&A Group at Cain Brothers. Mr. Morlock joined Cain Brothers in 2016 with 30 years of experience as a health system executive where he is responsible for strategy development, mergers and acquisitions, affiliation agreements, joint ventures, major capital investments, and other unique arrangements tailored to meet the needs of healthcare organizations’ specific circumstances. He is a frequent author of articles and speaker on health care industry mergers and acquisitions and strategic capital insights. Prior to joining Cain Brothers, Mr. Morlock was the CEO of the University of Toledo Medical Center, where he had executive responsibility for all aspects of the medical center’s strategy and operations. In addition, he was CFO of the University of Michigan Health System, with executive responsibility for the financial affairs of the hospitals, clinics, physician group, and medical school and a Senior Vice President of Accretive Health, where he was responsible for major client executive relationships and business development.
Judith Walker is a consultant in the areas of accounting and finance. She was previously the Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of Finance and Business Services at Cleary University. Ms. Walker started her career at Cleary in 1998 as Chief Financial Officer, where she was responsible for the Finance, Business Office, Financial Aid, Information Technology, Bookstore Services and Facilities Departments. She currently serves on the Ann Arbor Public Schools Business Advisory Board, the Washtenaw United Way Board Finance Committee. Ms. Walker previously served as Treasurer for the Ann Abor Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and served on its Finance Committee. She served as Treasurer of the Board and Finance Committee of Nonprofit Enterprise at Work.
Ms. Crow joined Arbor Research in 2015, bringing over 25 years of experience with healthcare delivery and health research organizations, supported by a mix of public and private funding. Ms. Crow graduated in 1985 from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, minor in Business Administration. Ms. Crow is a certified public accountant, member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Michigan Association of CPA’s, and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). In her current role at Arbor Research, she oversees the financial and contracting practices. Her main responsibilities focus her attention on financial sustainability through strategy, planning and forecasting.