Announcing the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship 2018 Class

July 19, 2018

Innovators from across the US are mobilized to improve US health care.

Contact: Rima Cohen
Managing Director
Health Innovators Fellowship
(202) 736-3555 |

Washington, DC, July 19, 2018  – The Aspen Institute today announced the members of the 2018 Class of its Health Innovators Fellowship – 21 senior health care leaders who were selected to join a network of entrepreneurs and innovators from across the US health care ecosystem who are committed to strengthening their leadership and developing new approaches to improve the health and well-being of Americans.

The Fellows come from across the country and work in an array of health care industries – from medicine and health insurance to biotechnology and venture capital – and come from business, nonprofit, and government organizations.

“We are excited to welcome this extraordinary and diverse group of health care leaders who share a commitment to harnessing their creativity, deep expertise, and platforms to help solve our nation’s complex health care challenges,” said Rima Cohen, managing director of the Health Innovators Fellowship.

The Aspen Institute launched the Fellowship in 2015 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.

“Extraordinary leadership talent from across the US is represented in this cohort of Fellows,” said Dr. Spence Taylor, president of Greenville Health System. “As an academic health center committed to innovative care, we are excited to partner with the Aspen Institute and support the power of the Fellows’ collective talents in leading the charge to transform health care.”

The Health Innovators Fellows will spend four weeks over the course of two years exploring their leadership, core values, desired legacies, and vision for the health care system. All Fellows commit to launching a leadership venture that will stretch and challenge them and have a positive and lasting impact on health care in the US. The Health Innovators Fellows join more than 3,000 other entrepreneurial leaders from over 60 countries to become members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN).

The members of the fourth class of Health Innovators Fellows are:

Andrew Parham, CEO, Blue Holdings, St. Albans, MO

Antonios Clapsis, Vice President, Enterprise Strategy, CVS Health, Providence, RI

Arun Patel, Director, Patient Safety, Clinical Risk Management, and Compliance, LA County Dept. of Health Services, Los Angeles, CA

Chandra Ghose-Paul, Founder and CEO, Bioharmony Therapeutics, New York, NY

Cindy Bo, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer, Nemours Children’s Health System, Wilmington, DE

Ellen Goldberg, Founder and President, CHORD Consulting, Reno, NV

Griffin Myers, Cofounder and Chief Medical Officer, Oak Street Health, Jackson, WY

Hanni Stoklosa, Executive Director, HEAL Trafficking; Emergency Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Arlington, MA

Indu Subaiya, Cofounder, Health 2.0; Executive Vice President, HIMSS, Los Angeles, CA

Jason Helgerson, Medicaid Director (former), New York State; Founder, Helgerson Solutions Group, Albany, NY

Jeremy Green, Founder and Portfolio Manager, Redmile Group, LLC

Leon Bernal-Mizrachi, Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine; Chief Scientific Officer, Kodikaz Therapeutics, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Matthew Lawrence, CEO, RxGen, Hamden, CT

Michael Lindsey, Executive Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, New York University, New York, NY

Monica Lypson, Director of Medical and Dental Education, Department of Veterans Affairs, Silver Spring, MD

Nina Kjellson, General Partner, Canaan Partners, Sausalito, CA

Nnamdi Njoku, Vice President and General Manager, Transformative Solutions, Medtronic, Inc., Eden Prairie, MN

Odette Harris, Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford School of Medicine; Director, Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center, Los Altos Hills, CA

Rachael Speegle, Chief Operating Officer, The Verdes Foundation, Albuquerque, NM

Raina Merchant, Associate Vice President and Director, Center for Digital Health, Penn Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

Sonu Ahluwalia, Clinical Chief, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

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The Health Innovators Fellowship was created in 2015 to strengthen the leadership of innovators across the US health care ecosystem and to connect, inspire, and challenge them to create new approaches that will improve the health and well-being of all Americans. This two-year program is modeled on both the Henry Crown Fellowship and the Liberty Fellowship, using the time-tested method of text-based dialogue and building upon the Aspen Institute’s commitment to values-based, action-oriented leadership. The Aspen Institute controls the content of the Fellowship and the selection of the Fellows.

Greenville Health System, South Carolina’s largest not-for-profit healthcare system, is an academic healthcare delivery system committed to medical excellence through clinical care, education, and research. Its mission is to heal compassionately, teach innovatively, and improve constantly.

The Aspen Global Leadership Network is a growing, worldwide community of entrepreneurial leaders from business, government, and the nonprofit sector – currently, more than 3,000 Fellows from 60 countries – who share a commitment to enlightened leadership and to using their creativity, energy, and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times. All share the experience of participating in one of the 13 Aspen Institute leadership initiatives in the United States, Africa, Central America, India, the Middle East, or China.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit



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