Innovation Council

The Innovation Council develops the strategic direction for innovation efforts within the scope of the Center.

Members include:

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Brian Goldstein, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, UNC Hospitals

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David Gerber, M.D., Chief Abdominal Transplant Surgery

David Gerber was born in NY and graduated with a B.S. from Cornell University in 1985 and in 1989 received an M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. From 1989-1996 he completed general surgery training at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and a post-doctoral fellowship in Transplantation Immunology. From 1996-1998 he was a clinical transplant fellow at the Starzl Transplantation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In 2007 he became the Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation and in 2008 he became Chief of the Division of Abdominal Transplantation at UNC.

Dr. Gerber has received 18 grants including extramural funding from the American Liver Foundation, the Roche Organ Transplant Research Foundation, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons and the National Institutes of Health. He has been involved as principal investigator or co-investigator of >20 industry-sponsored clinical trials, has published >100 peer reviewed publications in the areas of transplantation, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, and has given over one hundred presentations in national and international forums in the healthcare field.

From 2007-2013 he has been selected to “Best Doctors in America.” In 2010 he was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Advisory Committee on Transplantation. In 2007 he was selected to the school of medicine’s Academy of Educators and has been one of the key players to develop an educational platform that introduces entrepreneurship to the academy. In 2008 he developed an introductory course on “Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences” that he has taught in the School of Medicine as a way of introducing the concepts surrounding commercialization.

He is a founder and CEO of LotusBioEFx, LLC a company developing antimicrobial and antithrombotic technologies that are incorporated in medical devices. He serves as the Chief Medical Officer of SmartPerfusion, LLC a company focused on developing ex vivo organ preservation technologies, he is on the Scientific Advisory Board of Pathfinder Therapeutics, Inc, and is a Consultant for a tissue engineering company Tengion, Inc. and Clinipace Worldwide, a CRO.

He is a Lt. Col in the US Air Force Reserve Medical Corps and his external activities have included serving as a board member for SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals, a facility built for families and critically ill patients.

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Seth Glickman, M.D., Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

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Brent Lamm, Director of Analytics, Information Technology

Brent Lamm is the Director of Analytics for UNC Health Care.  In this role, he leads the business intelligence and data warehousing initiatives and teams responsible for supporting the business operations, quality improvement, and research missions of the organization.  Brent also serves as the Director of Information Technology for the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).  In this role, he co-leads the biomedical informatics and information technology programs supporting UNC’s Clinical and Translational Research institute, including data management and patient-data access services.

Prior to joining UNC, Brent served for 10+ years in various technical leadership, IT architecture, and software development roles in the Global Services and Software Group divisions of IBM.  During this period, he worked extensively with clients in various industries, including financial services, health care, manufacturing, and telecommunications.

Brent holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University, and is currently a MBA candidate at UNC Kenan Flagler.  His areas of expertise include health analytics, clinical research informatics, web application design and development using Agile methodologies.

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Robb Malone, PharmD, Vice President, UNC Health Care, Practice Quality and Innovation

Robb Malone is a clinical pharmacist practitioner with significant experience in quality improvement and design, implementation, and evaluation of planned-care programs for vulnerable patients, particularly those with diabetes.

He is currently Vice President of UNC Health Care Practice Quality and Innovation (PQI).  PQI works with physicians and other Health Care System providers and Ambulatory Care service areas to improve patient experience and outcomes, operational processes, and business performance.  PQI’s goal is to ensure that NC residents have access to high-quality, efficient, patient-centered care delivered to the right patient at the right time—every time.

Robb continues to practice part-time and has appointments as an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pharmacy.  He has also held several positions within the Health Care System and School of Medicine, including, Redesign Change Manager and Faculty for UNC’s Patient Access and Efficiency (PAcE) Initiative,  Assistant Medical Director for the General Internal Medicine Clinic, and Director of the UNC Center for Excellence in Chronic Illness Care (CECIC).

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Tammie Stanton, R.N., VP Post Acute Services UNC Health Care 

Tammie is responsible for the leadership and strategic planning for Home Health, Hospice, Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation, and Skilled Nursing Facilities. Tammie also oversees the WakeBrook Mental Health Center in Wake County, and serves on the Wake County Mental Health Stakeholders Committee and the Crisis Cooperative Team.

She is on the UNC School of Medicine’s Innovations Committee, the N.C. Telehealth Task Force and the Geriatrics Advisory/Executive Board for UNC Department of Medicine. Tammie is also on the Board of Directors of Alliance Medical Ministry in Raleigh and the Charles House in Chapel Hill.

Outside of work, Tammie loves spending time with her family, doing yard work and learning to play golf.

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Gregg Tracton, Physics and Computing Research

It is estimated that over 1 million cancer patients worldwide have been treated with clinical software either written by Gregg and his colleagues or derived from their work.  Gregg designs solutions that leverage orthogonal technologies instead of competing with them by joining multidisciplinary teams from the fields of medical physics, computer science, radiology, education, veterinary medicine, statistics and of course, oncology.  Constant contact with clinical clients supports agile software development in a way that vendor software falls short.

After earning a degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Computer Science & Computer Engineering (hardware design) in 1982, Gregg played a key role in the design and manufacture of a banking PC that earned nearly $1B for Burroughs Corp and won awards for ergonomic design.  Highlights while working at UNC Radiation Oncology since 1989 include $20M of grants (PI: Steve Pizer, NCI P01, R25, others) and the creation of a spin-off medical image processing company from UNC technology (Morphormics, sold for $6M in 2012). Other milestones include a dozen innovative, visionary technological solutions for image-based cancer treatments and 20+ PhD Computer Science & BME graduates.

Jeffrey Strickler, RN, MA, Clinical Director, Emergency Medical Services