Board of Directors

David Levien, MD, MBA, FACS


Dave received his BA from The Johns Hopkins University and his MD, Cum Laude, from The Georgetown University School of Medicine. He was Chief Resident at The University of Massachusetts Hospital and served his Colorectal Surgery Fellowship at The Ferguson Clinic. He is Boarded in General Surgery and Colon and Rectal Surgery and has a Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgical Critical Care. He received his MBA from The University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management.Levien

Dr. Levien practiced clinical surgery for 33 years, 20 of which were as Chairman of Surgery and 12 as Program Director of a Surgical Residency. He has served as a Member of The Board of Directors of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia County Medical Society, and The Shore Acres Point Corporation. Dave is presently on The Board of Directors of Meals on Wheel and Senior Outreach Services of Walnut Creek and Chairman of their audit committee. He presently also serves on The Board of Directors of The Chamber of Commerce of Pleasant Hill. He has been President of The Baltimore Academy of Surgery and The Pennslyvania Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He has been Vice President of The Academy of Surgery of Philadelphia and Vice President of the national society, The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

Dave has published three textbooks of surgery and multiple papers in the peer reviewed journals. He is a Fellow of The American College of Physician Executives and is a Certified Physician Executive.

With regard to finance, Dr. Levien has  series 65 and 7 licenses and property and casualty licenses, personal and commercial lines.


Bill Greene

Bill is a supply chain and logistics specialist who worked for Penske Corporation for over 26 years. Penske is a diversified company withWilliam Greene over 26 billion dollars in revenue. Since then, he has had several other executive positions in the field of logistics and transportation and has been Vice President of Sales at The Institute for Consultative Bioethics. Bill's business acumen and commitment to ethical health care is a great asset on the Board of Directors of the American College of Healthcare Trustees. Bill is working on a project to improve the lives of people with neurodiversity issues.

Demetrius Litwin, MD,FACS

Dr. Demetrius Litwin is Harry M. Haidak Distinguished Professor and Chairman of Surgery at The University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is a master surgeon, educator, innovator, and leader. The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS), the state’s first and only pubDR LITWIN lic academic health sciences center, focuses on enhancing the health and well-being of the people of the commonwealth and the world through pioneering innovations in education, research and health care delivery. UMMS is one of the fastest-growing research institutions in the country! They educate physicians, scientists and advanced practice nurses to heal, discover, teach and care, with compassion. UMMS is a world-class institution that is consistently ranked as one of the leading medical schools in the nation for primary care education by U.S. News & World Report. The institution ranks near the top among public medical schools in the Northeast in the amount of funding awarded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). See Dr. Litwin's website here


 Dr. Middleton has extensive experience as a health care executive leader facilitating retreats with governance groups, boards of trustees, medical groups, executive teams, management teams, nursing staffs and employees. Carl has advised bishops, boards, physicians and other leaders regarding current health care issues and facilitated discernment processes for major institutional deMiddletoncisions. He is a sought-after lecturer, a prolific author and a gifted teacher, having taught courses in doctoral, graduate and undergraduate programs at several universities and seminaries. Over the years, Carl has presented hundreds of educational programs and retreats on a variety of health-care related topics across the United States.

Dr. Middleton, Senior VP for Ethics at the American College of Healthcare Trustees, and a member of its Board of Directors, has been a theologian/ethicist from 1973 till present for a total of 43 years in Catholic Health Care. Dr. Middleton also has an extensive work record including: teaching ethics in a Catholic Seminary, nursing schools and medical residency programs; serving as Director of Pastoral Care, Vice President for Human Educational Services, Corporate Director of Values, Ethics and Ministry.  He has served as a Vice President for Theology and Ethics for three other Catholic Health Systems and currently serves as the Interim Houston, Texas. In his current position is he is responsible for mission and values integration, providing leadership in healthcare theology and ethics for the Governance Boards, national and MBO management, physicians and staffs, and to ethics committees throughout the organization. This includes clinical, organizational and social ethics. Dr. Middleton also leads the Discernment Process for major decisions. Carl holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, a Master’s Degree in Moral Theology from the University of Detroit, a Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, a Master’s of Religious Education Degree and a Master’s of Divinity Degree from SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan and a Doctorate in Naturopathy from Clayton School of Natural Health in Birmingham, Alabama.

Francisco Ward, D.O. DABPMR/PM (click to view web site)

Francisco received his BA from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and  DO from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He served his Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency in the combined Johns Hopkins/Sinai Program. He has a Business of Medicine Certificate from Johns Hopkins. An early interest was dislocation of total hip replacements and the need for quantification of  joint movement.  Dr. Ward et al were issued a US Patent 5754121 for developing a Joint Monitor. Ward published multiple abstracts on utilization of rehabilitative ancillary services.Francisco Ward

Dr. Ward developed strategies to optimize care of injured workers with high risk injuries and demonstrated cost saving and improved functional outcomes. He served as Medical Director of Rehab Performance Therapy at Concentra Medical Centers and was recruited as Chief Division of Occupation Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine at St. Agnes Healthcare in 1999 where he still serves.

Dr. Ward founded Physician Objective Evaluation & Management in February 1999 (merged into SPRC – Seton Pain & Rehabilitation Center in 2005) to provide consultation services to third party administrators, municipalities, and Federal agencies with clients ranging from Baltimore City, Baltimore Cluster of United States Postal Service, Sedgwick, Key Risk, and Comp Management while also caring for patient’s referred by physicians.  Dr. Ward has provided expert medical opinions for the Board of Physician Quality Assurance, DEA and the FBI regarding appropriate opioid prescribing practices. 

He has been an active volunteer with Maryland Association of Osteopathic Physicians serving as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, President. Ward is Co-Chair of the Medical Economics Council of Med Chi, The Maryland State Medical Society.

Dr. Ward is Board Certified by ABMS in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation with a ABMS subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine. He continues his full time private practice of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation / Pain Medicine within two office locations – one in Baltimore City and the other in Columbia Maryland.  He was honored by the Baltimore Magazine as a “Top Doc” in PM&R in late 2010.  Dr. Ward recognizes the importance of good governance within Hospitals and the Healthcare industry as a whole if our system of healthcare is to be efficient and sustainable.

Irma Rastegayeva

Irma Rastegayeva Irma Rastegayeva, MSc, MSEM

Irma Rastegayeva is a Boston-based consultant, coach and Innovation Catalyst at the intersection of health, technology, humanity and storytelling. Named in the Top 30 Women in Tech, she is recognized as a top influencer in DigitalHealth, HealthTech, PersonalizedMedicine and IoT. 

Irma’s professional career spans two decades and includes roles as a software engineer in medical software, devices, and life sciences; managing consultant at IBM; and senior engineer, program and technology manager, and technical account manager at Google. Irma left a successful 5-year tenure with Google in 2016 to fully indulge her passion for medical technology and healthcare innovation. She now combines deep technical expertise, product development experience and patient advocacy with storytelling and community engagement at eViRa Health. 

Family connection to breast cancer put Irma on the caregiver's journey and launched her into patient advocacy that lasted for 16 years, helping patients with various medical and mental health conditions. Irma's passion for patient engagement, disease prevention/early diagnosis, and improved healthcare outcomes continues to fuel her. Irma is recognized as a top 10 influencer in major health industry events including ConnectedHealth, HIMSSxMedCES and HLTH.

Deeply committed to service and lifelong learning, she serves on the board of Ideas in Action and is a co-founder, curator, and program director at TEDxBeaconStreet. 

Irma earned Master of Science degree in Systems and Software Engineering from Boston University and Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Tufts University.

Recent thought leadership:

Digital Health, Health Tech, and AI With Irma Rastegayeva (#AskTheCEO video/podcast series)

The Effect of 5G Technology on the Healthcare Industry

LiveWorx 2018 Overview, IoT Advances and Internet of Medical Things

Detected: How IoT, Cloud, Wearables, and AI show hope in the fight against breast cancer


MaryBeth Kimball (click to view web site)

MaryBeth Kimball is the Director of Admissions and Advising for Professional Programs at the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst.  In addition to her role as Director, she participates in various national recruiting events and is the dedicated MBA Advisor to Isenberg’s association-based education partners in healthcare and banking: the American Association for Physician Leadership, American College of Radiology, St. Vincent Health Systems, Sutter Health Systems, American Bankers Association: Stonier School of Banking, and the Graduate School of Banking Madison-Wisconsin.  She is a program liaison and confidant to the Graduate School, Continuing & Professional Education, and other academic departments regarding policy and procedural changes impacting Isenberg’s professional student population.  She has developed various indepth academic tools and resources to assist students to include a curriculum guide, academic advising models, and hosting monthly, online virtual information and advising sessions.  

MaryBeth is an alumna of the University of Massachusetts in Business and Marketing.  Prior to coming to the University of Massachusetts, she worked 20 years within the corporate financial sector: insurance, banking, real estate, and property management.

Olakunle Olaniyan, MD, MBA, FACP, FACPE (click to view web site)

Olakunle OlaniyanDr Olaniyan is a Physician leader with over 20 years’ experience, with demonstrated expertise in managing escalating medical cost and increasing profitability, by developing medical management models that reduce waste and redundancy, while increasing quality and customer satisfaction.

He is currently the president of Case Management Covenants (CMC), a healthcare consulting firm he founded in 2005. CMC is focused on Medical Necessity denials mitigation and counts as clients some of the most prestigious hospital systems in the Nation.

 Dr Olaniyan is also involved in numerous other enterprises. He co-founded Maryland Association of Physician executives, an organization of physician leaders focused on working with Maryland State executives on healthcare priorities in the state. He sits on the board of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland and is board president of Christian Jail Ministry of Maryland. He is also president of a not for profit organization focused on supporting Christian missions and churches worldwide.

 He is a Fellow of the American college of Physicians and The American College of Physician Executives. He is also a member of The Healthcare Financial Management Association, and American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management.

 He has published numerous articles and lectures extensively in the area of medical management.

Patricia Davidson, PhD (click here to view website)

Patricia Davidson, PhD, Dean and Professor is considered one of the most influential deans of nursing in the U.S.Dr. Davidson has established a new program (Master of Science in Nursing: Master's Entry into Nursing), doubled the school’s entry into its' PhD program and increased  community engagement locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Davidson is a global leader in cardiac health for women and vulnerable populations and an esteemed, funded researcher. Davidson has  co-authored 320-plus peer-reviewed journal articles, 20 book chapters, and more than 100 peer-reviewed abstracts.She serves on multiple editorial boards. Dr. Davidson is Counsel General of the International Council on Women's Health Issues.She a member of Sigma Theta Tau International’s Institute for Global Healthcare Leadership Advisory Board. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American Heart Association, the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, and the Australian College of Nursing.

Raj Gupta (click to view web site)

Raj Gupta PhDRaj Gupta is a lecturer at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He joined the American College of Healthcare Trustees as a Faculty Contributor in 2014.  Previously he was Research Director of the Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets (CISDM) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He has also taught finance at Clark University.  Gupta has extensive experience developing online courses in Finance.  He has published articles in the Journal of Portfolio Management, Journal of Alternative Investments, Journal of Investment Consulting, and Journal of Performance Measurement, among others.  He holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Richard Juda, MD click here for link

Dr. Richard Juda completed his clinical residency training at the University of Connecticut with specialty fellowship training in Critical Care at Yale University.  He holds board certifications in both Anesthesiology and Neurocritical Care.  Areas of specialization include all aspects of critical care (Medical, Surgical, Neurological and Trauma Critical Care, etc.).  He has active memberships in multiple medical societies include the AAPL, ASA, SCCM, and Neurocritical Care Society.  Achievements include receiving his Certified Physician Executive Degree through the Certifying Commission for Medical Management.  Educational activities include instructorships in advanced critical care through the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Neurocritical Care Society.  He also has published multiple research papers and holds academic appointments for clinically educating residents and fellows in the field of critical care. 

As an Associate Medical Director for the North Collier Fire District, Dr. Juda has brought advanced critical care medicine provided in the ICU into the pre-hospital arena. Having multiple years of experience in the fire service, the early high quality advanced care developed by Dr. Juda provides for better patient outcomes at discharge from the hospital.  This in turn results in an increase reimbursement for healthcare institutions.The business element of medicine has become an integral part of practicing medicine. 

Dr. Juda has devoted a significant amount of his practice towards the development of business platforms in medicine to achieve a profitable fiscal platform for both physicians and hospital systems.  While acting as Director of Critical Care services, Dr. Juda performed a turnaround platform driving one ICU from a $2 million deficit to a +$40 Million dollar profit in 3 year period.  As President of Innovative Healthcare Group, over $55 million dollars in revenue has been uncovered for healthcare institutions and physicians.  Other areas of expertise include developing quality critical care programs, revenue cycle management, business developmental training for hospital staff, Coding/Billing and developing the business platform of Critical Care for hospital systems.  As quality becomes a driving factor for revenue streams, Dr. Juda develops the framework and implementation necessary for profitability.

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Shirley Shmerling Corporate Board Member click to view web site

Shirley Shmerling, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Her experience and expertise are in developing strategies for incorporating technology into business processes and operations; a monumental task that if done right, gives an organization a competitive advantage, but if done incorrectly can cripple operations, affect quality of service and results in financial losses. Dr. Shmerling has been teaching for over ten years a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of Strategic Information Management, Operations Management and Quality Management both in face-to-face and online formats.  She shared her vast experience in developing and delivering online classes in management education conferences as well as by contributing to a book about online learning.  Other areas of interest are the use of technology and analytics in health care and the use of simulation to improve decision-making.  Her work was published in magazines like Physician Executive Journal of Medical Management, Physician Leadership Journal, International Journal on E-Learning, and Operations Research Letters.In addition to teaching, Dr. Shmerling has been a partner for over twenty years in a consulting firm that advises entrepreneurs and small businesses in the area of strategy, operations, technology, and the development of new services.  The company helps entrepreneurs craft a business strategy for the development and deployment of technology based services.  Customers represent a variety of industries like financial services, retail, technology startups and non-profit organizations. 

Shirley Shmerling holds an Engineering degree in Computer Science (B.Sc., Israel Institute of Technology) A M.Sc. in Operations Research and System Analysis (M.Sc., Israel Institute of Technology) and a Ph.D. in Management Science (UMASS, Amherst)


Stephen Milner click for information on Baton, tool for collaboration

Dr. Stephen  Milner has served as a professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He specializes  in burn management and served as Director of The Burn Unit. He received his medical degree from Guy’s Hospital Medical School at the University of London. He trained both in London and at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Milner is an internationally recognized expert in burn surgery, plastic surgery, and wound healing, a prolific researcher, and dedicated educator. He is presently devoting his energies to tissue engineering. 

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