Health Care

Health Innovators Fellowship Announces Inaugural Class

July 14, 2015  • Institute Staff

The Aspen Institute recently selected 20 health care leaders to participate in the inaugural class of its Heath Innovators Fellowship. This two-year Fellowship will strengthen the leadership of innovators across the US health care ecosystem and challenge them to create new approaches that will improve the health and well-being of all Americans. The Fellowship was launched in partnership with the Greenville Health System, South Carolina’s largest not-for-profit healthcare system and an advocate for healthy living initiatives across the state.

The Health Innovators Fellowship is designed for highly successful entrepreneurs and innovators in the US health care field — including medicine, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, mental health, and more — who wish to use their skills and experiences to make an even greater positive impact on health care in the United States. 

The Fellows will spend four weeks over the course of two years participating in seminars exploring their leadership, core values, desired legacies, and their vision for the health care sector. Each fellow also commits to launching a leadership venture that will stretch and challenge them and have a positive impact on health care in the United States. 

Health Innovators Fellows will join more than 2,100 other entrepreneurial fellows from 49 countries to become members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

The members of the 2015 inaugural class of Health Innovator Fellows are: 

  • Joseph Betancourt, Director, the Disparities Solutions Center, Boston, MA
  • Alice Chen, Chief Medical Officer, San Francisco Health Network, San Francisco, CA
  • Elizabeth Fowler, Vice President of Global Health Policy, Johnson & Johnson, Washington, DC 
  • Anna Haghgooie, Managing Director, Sandbox Industries, Chicago, IL
  • Patrick Hines, Founder and CEO, Functional Fluidics, Detroit, MI
  • Shannon Jaccard, CEO, National Alliance on Mental Illness San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • J. Joseph Kim, President and CEO, Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Philadelphia, PA
  • Drew Ladner, Founder and CEO, Pascal Metrics, Washington, DC 
  • Marc Lara, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, MicroHealth, Mountain View, CA
  • Ann Lee-Karlon, Senior Vice President, Genentech, San Francisco, CA 
  • Eric Leuthardt, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, Washington University School of Medicine; Director, Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology; St. Louis, MO
  • Rishi Manchanda, Chief Medical Officer, The Wonderful Company, Los Angeles, CA 
  • John Marotta, Former CEO, Chairman, and Co-Founder, Emerge Medical, Denver, CO
  • Nisha Money, Senior Medical Advisor, Department of Homeland Security’s US Customs and Border Protection, Washington, DC
  • Ikenna Okezie, Co-Founder and CEO, Somatus, Inc., McLean, VA 
  • Rebecca Onie, Co-Founder and CEO, Health Leads, Boston, MA 
  • Ann-Gel Palermo, Chief Program Officer, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Mount Sinai Health System; Associate Director, Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, Icahn School of Medicine, New York, NY 
  • Patrick Springhart, Chair, Division of Urology, Greenville Health System, Greenville, SC 
  • Lisa Suennen, Managing Partner, Venture Valkyrie Consulting LLC, Mill Valley, CA
  • Laurie Zephyrin, National Director of Reproductive Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, New York, NY