Center Staff

David Rubinow, M.D.

Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Rubinow is an Assad Meymandi Professor, Chair of the UNC Department of Psychiatry, and Director, UNC Innovation and Health Care System Transformation. He has received awards for his research (e.g., the A. E. Bennett Neuropsychiatric Research Foundation Award; the Research Award of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine; the Gold Medal Award of the Society of Biological Psychiatry; the Mood Disorders Research Award of the American College of Psychiatrists; and the William C. Menninger Memorial Award of the American College of Physicians), his clinical supervision and training (the NIH Distinguished Clinical Educator Award and the NIMH Mentor of the Year [2002]), and his scientific administration (the USPHS Outstanding Service Medal). He is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Endocrine Society, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, of which he is the 2009 President-elect, the American Neuroendocrine Society, and the Society of Biological Psychiatry, which he served as President. He currently serves on the editorial boards of six journals and has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific publications.

Dr. Rubinow holds a B.A., with distinction from the University of Michigan, a M.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and his Internship and Residency in Psychiatry at Yale University.

Carol Lewis

Carol Lewis

Vice President, UNC Health Enterprises

As Vice President of UNC Health Enterprises, Carol leads the exploration of new transformation opportunities for UNC Health Care including the pursuit of new ideas and businesses. Carol also created and oversees the UNC Center for Health Innovation where she directs innovation across the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care. She develops programs to cultivate an innovative culture while also building and managing a diverse portfolio of innovative initiatives in areas such as digital health, population health, value-based care and payment models, healthcare data and analytics, clinical research, and more. She also engages external partners to pilot and implement novel ideas.

Prior to joining UNC, Carol was a Director at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina where she gained a strong understanding of health care payment models. There she developed corporate strategic plans, managed pharmacy benefits, and built health care provider networks. She also worked as a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, creating strategies for Fortune 500 clients around growth, profitability improvement, new product development, market expansion and exit, customer segmentation, organizational structure redesign and business portfolio management.

Carol holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Economics from Lafayette College and a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


Lesley Hall


Lesley is a change leader with a proven track record for building, deploying, and leading large, complex, strategic initiatives in healthcare settings with a specific interest in patient experience and physician practice management. She comes to the Center with over 13 years of healthcare operations and top-tier consulting firm experience. Before joining UNC Health Care, Lesley spent several years in various leadership positions at the corporate office of Trinity Health, the nation’s second-largest non-profit healthcare provider. Prior to Trinity Health, she worked for Deloitte Consulting’s healthcare strategy and operations team and the Veterans Health Administration. Lesley provides leadership and support for the Center’s programs and project portfolio.

Lesley is a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from Duke University and a Masters of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Peter Leese

Sr Programmer, Data Scientist

Peter’s joint Innovation Center and UNCH-ISD role is to provide technical/analytic development and oversight to Innovation Center and Health Care System projects. His primary areas of focus are development within the Carolina Data Warehouse for Health for innovative operational and translational research projects, and technical oversight and facilitation for projects with external analytic partners. Additionally Peter works to develop and implement innovative analytic strategies for the CDW-H and UNCH System, such as implementation of predictive analytics.

Peter holds a BS in Biology and Neuroscience from Davidson College, and has completed both an MSPH in Health Economics/Quantitative Methods and Doctoral coursework in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill.


Rachelle Alpern

Senior Innovation Consultant

Rachelle understands current trends in healthcare and how to maximize the effectiveness of evidence-based strategic solutions. Her prior role as a Senior Healthcare Consultant with Cognizant Technology Solutions allowed her to develop expertise in the area of care management and value-based care. She also previously worked for several years in international healthcare strategy and policy development through the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, primarily focusing on initiatives in Liberia and Ethiopia.

Rachelle graduated from the MBA program with a concentration in Healthcare at UNC Kenan Flagler School for Business, and from the MHA program at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science from Yale University.


Jonathan Zimmerman

Jonathan Zimmerman

Senior Innovation Consultant

Jonathan is passionate about creating a sustainable future for the healthcare industry through strategic innovation and market transparency. His prior experience as a senior consultant and administrator at leading healthcare firms provides competencies in value-based payment reform, retail care delivery strategies, and efficient operational compliance. He prioritizes clear communication and universal accountability to support the healthcare industry’s ongoing evolution towards achieving the quadruple aim.

Jonathan holds an MBA/MHA from UNC’s Kenan Flagler Business School and Gillings School of Global Public Health, respectively, along with a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Innovation Council

Ashley Arey

Ashley Arey, MHA, Executive Director for Care Access and Service Integration

Ashley H. Arey, MHA, is UNC Health Care System’s Executive Director for Care Access and Service Integration. She has over 11 years of experience in Care Access, referrals management, specialty clinic/operations management and Lean Six Sigma improvement methods. Improving access and efficiency in the outpatient care setting, along with exploring how technology can support an improved patient and provider experience is her passion.  

Ethan Basch

Ethan Basch, MD, MSc, Director of Cancer Outcomes Research Program Lineberger Cancer Center

Dr. Basch is a medical oncologist and health services researcher. His clinical expertise is prostate cancer, and his research expertise includes patient-reported outcomes, drug regulatory policy, and comparative effectiveness research.

He is a federally appointed member of the Methodology Committee of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL), Co-Chair of the Health Outcomes Committee of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, and a member of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute. He leads an ongoing NCI initiative to develop a patient-reported adverse event monitoring system for use in clinical research (the “PRO-CTCAE”), and is study chair for multiple trials employing patient-reported endpoints.

Rowell Daniels

Rowell Daniels, PharmD, MS, System Vice President of Pharmacy Services and Executive Associate Dean of Pharmacy Clinical Practice

Dr. Daniels is currently at the University of North Carolina Health Care System at Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he serves as the System Vice President for Pharmacy Services.  In his 20 years at UNC, Dr. Daniels has served in numerous roles including Assistant Director, Associate Director, and Director of Pharmacy.  Dr. Daniels also serves as Executive Associate Dean for Pharmacy Clinical Practice with the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Daniels’ areas of practice interest include transitions of care, Medication Policy, Pharmacy Clinical Practice Models, Performance Improvement, Health Care Finance, and promoting the growth of the pharmacy profession through pharmacy residency programs. As the UNC Health Care System Vice President for Pharmacy, Dr. Daniels is now focused on enhancing pharmacy services across the health system to benefit patient care.  This includes work with population health, ambulatory services, and transitional patient care services to reduce readmissions and ensure optimal patient care outcomes. His other work has included the development of a centralized Shared Services Center to help support the strategic pharmacy initiatives of the UNC Health Care System.

David Gerber

David Gerber, MD, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs and Chief of Burn Division, Department of Surgery; Medical Director and Service Leader of the Burn Intensive Care Unit; and Medical Director, UNC Health Care Center for Transplant Care

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.

Melina Kibbe

Melina Kibbe, MD, Colin G. Thomas Distinguished Professor and Chair of Surgery

Dr. Melina Kibbe is the Chair of the Department of Surgery and the Colin G. Thomas, Jr., MD Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Kibbe serves as a Professor of Surgery and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Prior to joining UNC, Dr. Kibbe was the Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Surgery and the Deputy Director of the Simpson Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology at Northwestern University, where she served on the faculty for 13 years. Dr. Kibbe has clinical expertise in both open and endovascular surgery, including the treatment of carotid stenosis, peripheral vascular disease, and abdominal aortic aneurysms. Dr. Kibbe’s research is focused on nitric oxide vascular biology and the development of nitric oxide-based therapies for the treatment of vascular disease. President Obama recognized Dr. Kibbe’s achievements in research by awarding her the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2009. Dr. Kibbe is currently the Editor-in-Chief for JAMA Surgery, and previously the president of the Association for Academic Surgery, the Midwestern Vascular Surgical Society, and the Association of VA Surgeons.


Brent Lamm, MBA, Vice President and Deputy CIO, Information Technology

Brent Lamm is Vice President of Information Technology and Deputy CIO for UNC Health Care.

Previously, Brent was the Director of Analytics for UNC Health Care. In this role, he lead 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 a MBA from UNC Kenan Flagler. His areas of expertise include health analytics, clinical research informatics, web application design and development using Agile methodologies.

Tammie Stanton, RN, 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.