Center Staff

Dr Rubinow Bio

David Rubinow, M.D.

Assad Meymandi Professor and Chair of Psychiatry,
Director, Center for Health Innovation

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

Executive Director, Center for Health Innovation

Carol, in her role as Executive Director, oversees the Center and directs innovation efforts that are aligned with the Center’s Mission across the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care System. Primary areas of focus for the innovation team include the development of partnerships and collaborations with other industry and non-industry innovators (individuals and companies), the funding and creation of pilot programs to evaluate innovative ideas, and the promotion of an innovation culture within the school and health care system. Carol holds a BA in Business and Economics from Lafayette College and a MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She has over twenty years of experience in healthcare administration and top-tier strategy consulting.


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.


Lesley Hall

Senior Innovation Consultant

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. As a Senior Innovation Consultant, 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.

Innovation Council

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.

Paul Dayton

Paul Dayton, PhD, Biomedical Engineering & Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Dr. Dayton joined the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC Chapel Hill and NC State University, Raleigh, in 2007, where he is now Associate Professor and Associate Department Chair. Dr. Dayton is currently Associate Director for Education for the Biomedical Imaging Research Center, and his research interests involve ultrasound contrast imaging, ultrasound-mediated therapies, and medical devices. Dr. Dayton is a member of the technical program committee for IEEE UFFC, and a member of the editorial boards for the journals IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control as well as Molecular Imaging, and Bubble Science, Engineering, and Technology.

Steve Decherney, MD, MPH, Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism

Dr. DeCherney is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Division of Endocrinology, Adjunct Professor at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and a director of several corporations active in drug development and clinical research.

Dr. DeCherney was formally the president of Global Clinical Research at Quintiles Transnational Corporation and Chief Innovation Officer of Quintiles from 2004 to 2008. Before that, he worked as an Executive Vice President of PRA International from 2000 to 2004.

David Gerber

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.

Kathryn Handley, MHSA, Director of Patient Logistics

Kathryn Handley is the Director of Patient Logistics at UNC Hospitals.

Previously, Kathryn was an administrative fellow at UNC, and completed an administrative internship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Kathryn holds a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Missouri. She has received Lean Yellow Belt and Purple Belt certification, and recently completed “Leadership Chapel Hill” through the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce.


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, 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.