The Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship Selects Third Cohort

July 20, 2017

Entrepreneurial leaders 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 20, 2017 – The Aspen Institute is pleased to announce the final selections for the third class of its Health Innovators Fellowship —21 health care leaders who will participate in a two-year Fellowship designed to strengthen the leadership of innovators across the US health care ecosystem and challenge them to create new approaches to improve the health and well-being of all Americans.

The Fellows come from all parts of the country and hail from a wide variety of health care industries and sectors—including medicine, pharmaceuticals, public health, biotechnology, insurance, mental health, government, venture capital, genomics, and more.

“I am thrilled to recognize an extraordinary group of leaders who reflect the best of passion and commitment in the US health care system,” said Rima Cohen, managing director of the Health Innovators Fellowship. “The Fellows bring a diverse set of life experiences and skills to their work; we’re delighted to be able to give them a platform from which they can address significant system challenges at this critical time in health care.”

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.

“The Health Innovators Fellowship challenges leaders to make a profound impact on the health and quality of life of Americans,” said Spence M. Taylor, MD, president of Greenville Health System. “As an academic health center committed to transforming healthcare, we are excited to partner with the Aspen Institute and support the power of the Fellows’ collective ability to innovate care.”

The Health Innovator Fellows will spend four weeks over the course of two years exploring their leadership, core values, desired legacies, and their vision for the health care system. Each Fellow commits to launching a leadership venture that will stretch and challenge them and have a positive impact on health care in the U.S. The Health Innovator Fellows join more than 2,500 other entrepreneurial leaders from over 50 countries to become members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN).

The members of the third class of Health Innovator Fellows are:

Christopher Brandt, Managing Partner, Audacious Inquiry, Baltimore, MD.

Rowan Chapman, Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation California, Hillsborough, CA.

Shamiram Feinglass, Vice President, Global Government & Medical Affairs, Danaher, Washington, DC.

Rushika Fernandopulle, Chief Executive Officer, Iora Health, Boston, MA.

Tom Fisher, President, NextLevel Health Partners, Chicago, IL.

Lisa Fitzpatrick, Medical Director, DC Department of Health Care, Washington, DC.

Sarah Hallberg, Medical Director, Virta Health, West Lafayette, IN.

Andrew Hamilton, Chief Informatics Officer, AllianceChicago, Chicago, IL.

Sonia Hassan, Director, Wayne State University Perinatal Research Initiative; Founder and Director, Center for Advanced Obstetrical Care and Research, Detroit, MI.

Paul Howard, Director and Senior Fellow of Health Policy, Manhattan Institute, New York, NY.

Garheng Kong, Managing Partner and Founder, HealthQuest Capital, Belmont, CA.

Yael Lehmann, Executive Director, The Food Trust, Philadelphia, PA.

Cesar Martinez, President, Office of Contract Revenue, Ambulatory Operations, Mercy, St. Louis, MO.

Kedar Mate, Chief Innovation and Education Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Richmond, VA.

Raegan McDonald-Mosely, Chief Medical Officer, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Baltimore, MD.

Evan Melrose, Managing Director, Spindletop Capital Management, Austin, TX.

Warren Y.K. Ng, Medical Director, Outpatient Behavioral Health, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY.

Saira Ramasastry, Managing Partner, Life Sciences Advisory, LLC, Portola Valley, CA.

Jennifer Trilk, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences; Co-Founder Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville, SC.

Alen Voskanian, Regional Medical Director, VITAS Healthcare, Santa Monica, CA.

Rebecca Weintraub, Managing Director, Healthcare Portfolio, DRK Foundation, Boston, MA.

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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 highly successful 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 a public 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 2,100 Fellows from 49 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 the Henry Crown Fellowship or one of the dozen Aspen Institute leadership initiatives it has inspired in the United States, Africa, Central America, India, the Middle East and 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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