Our Team

David Whitehead

David Whitehead

EVP, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer

David A. Whitehead is a Hartford HealthCare Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer. He oversees strategic planning, communications, marketing and business development for Hartford HealthCare.

Since 2013, Whitehead served as a Hartford HealthCare Senior Vice President and President of the East Region, which includes Backus Hospital, Windham Hospital and a growing number of outpatient and ambulatory centers throughout Eastern Connecticut.

A leading healthcare executive for many years, he has successfully balanced strategy, finances, rapid-cycle change and the need to put patients first — always.

Prior to joining Hartford HealthCare, Whitehead was Backus Hospital’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2009.

He has been very involved with a wide variety of community organizations. He has held leadership positions on the boards of the United Way, Norwich Free Academy, Three Rivers Community College, Hospice Southeastern Connecticut and he served as chairman of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut. He was named the Eastern Connecticut Citizen of the Year in 2003.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Eastern Connecticut State University, and he holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and a Master of Science in Labor Relations, both from the University of New Haven.

Barry Stein, MD


VP, Chief Clinical Innovation Officer

Dr. Barry Stein is the Chief Clinical Innovation Officer for Hartford HealthCare (HHC) where he also practices as a Vascular and Interventional Radiologist.

He has held the leadership positions of Chief Imaging Informatics Officer at HHC, Vice Chair of Radiology, Chief of Cardiovascular MRI & CT, and Director of the Advanced Imaging and Quantitative Analysis Core Laboratory at Hartford Hospital. Barry graduated with his MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. Barry continues to remain engaged in the MIT innovation ecosystem serving as a faculty mentor for the Impact and IDEA LinQ programs, host for graduate students Action Lab requirements for an MIT Initiative for Health Systems Innovation, and guest lecturer for the Executive MBA, Idea Driven Entrepreneurial Advantage, course. His focus is on delivering integrated clinical patient care and exploring intersects of innovative technologies, advanced analytics, and informatics to transform healthcare delivery.

Barry received his post graduate medical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where he did his Radiology residency, served as Chief Resident and completed fellowships in MRI and Vascular & Interventional Radiology. He received his medical degree from the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa. Barry is board certified by the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Radiology and Vascular and Interventional Radiology and is a fellow of both the Society of Interventional Radiology and American College of Radiology. He is a recognized expert in cardiovascular MRI and CT and was one of the pioneers in the clinical paradigm shift to non-invasive vascular imaging.

Beth Chaty

Beth Chaty, JD

VP, Network Development

Beth Chaty is Vice President of Network Development for Hartford HealthCare.

Ms. Chaty brings a wealth of leadership experience and healthcare planning, business development and organizational skills with a proven record of leading and executing strategic priorities and projects for multiple hospitals and health systems.

She previously served as Chief of Staff for Hartford HealthCare and as executive liaison to the boards. Prior to joining Hartford HealthCare in 2012, she held a leadership position at Stamford Health System/Stamford Hospital involving strategy, business development and regulatory activities.

Beth is involved in a number of community organizations and participates in economic and community-building initiatives for Hartford HealthCare. She serves on the board of Hartford/East Hartford Innovation Places (Launc[H]) and as a member of the Executive Committee of the CT Health Council of MetroHartford Alliance and chairs the Council’s Economic Development Work Group. She also serves on the board of Hockanum Valley Community Council and chairs its Finance Committee.

Beth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Health Sciences degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School Of Law, where she was a member of the Connecticut Law Review.

Eric Olsen, MHSA, PMP

Operations Manager

Eric is Hartford HealthCare Innovation's Operations Manager.

Prior to his current role, Eric worked on developing the transition plan to integrate Saint Vincent’s Medical Center, (a 470 bed teaching hospital) into HHC and coordinated the development of a Provider Wellness program at HHC which focused on addressing the core causes of burnout and mitigating its effects.

Eric graduated with his Master of Health Service Administration from the University of Michigan and magna cum laude from Brigham Young University – Idaho.


Our Mentor Network

Adam Borgida
Chief OB/GYN, Hartford Hospital
Acute Care Hospital

Adam Steinberg

Vice President for Medical Affairs, Hartford Region
Acute Care Hospital

Ajay Kumar
Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer

Akhilesh Jain
Vascular Surgeon
Heart and Vascular Institute

Akshay Gangakhedkar
Clinical Research Assistant

Alaine Doolan
Senior Counsel, Legal

Alexa Singleton
Business Intelligence Analyst
Care Logistics Center

Amato DeRosa

System Director - ITS/Biomedical Engineering
Information Technology & Informatics

Amre Nouh

Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center at
Hartford Hospital

Ayer Neuroscience Institute

Andre Ghantous
Chief of Cardiology, Central Region Heart and Vascular Institute

Anthony Mio
VP & Chief Compliance Officer

Ari Namon
Director of Head, Neck and Facial Plastic Surgery
Acute Care Hospital

Ashley Bodamer

Program Manager, Tallwood
Urology Institute

Tallwood Urology Institute

Avital Porat
Emergency Medicine Physician
Acute Care Hospital

Barry Stein
Vice President, Chief Clinical Innovation Officer

Beth Chaty

Vice President, Network Development Innovation

Beth Taylor

Director, Exercise Physiology
Research in Cardiology

Bimal Patel

President, Hartford Region
Acute Care Hospital

Bob Dicks

Chief, Geriatric Medicine, Hartford Hospital
Acute Care Hospital

Bret Schipper

Chief, Surgical Oncology, Hartford & Central Region, Director, Oncologic Surgery,
HHC Cancer Institute

Cancer Institute

Brian Grosberg

Director, Hartford Healthcare
Headache Program

Ayer Neuroscience Institute

Camelia Lawrence

Director of Breast Surgery, Central Region
Acute Care Hospital

Cherie Bilbe

Director, Human Research Protection Program

Chris Peterson

Director, Virtual Health
Information Technology & Informatics

Christine Waszynski
Manager Advance Practice - Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Service Office
Acute Care Hospital

Colleen Sullivan
Vice President, Care Management
Integrated Care Partners

Craig Allen
Medical Director, Rushford Center
Behavorial Health Network

Cunegundo Manuel Vegara
Associate Chief, Medicine Hartford Hospital
Acute Care Hospital

Cyndy Pugliese
Senior Vice President, Revenue Cycle
Revenue Cycle

Dan Kombert
Associate Vice President of Medical Affairs for Hartford Hospital
Care Logistics Center

Dave Whitehead
Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer

Denise Yost
Manager Radiology Quality Safety System
Acute Care Hospital

Diana Kiraly

Director of Patient Care Systems
Information Technology & Informatics

Edward Gifford

Vascular Surgeon
Heart and Vascular Institute

Elizabeth Ciotti

Vice President for Care Logistics Center
Care Logistics Center

Eric Arlia

Director Systems Pharmacy

Eric Olsen

Operations Manager, Innovation

Eric Smullen

Vice President HHC Community Network
Community Network

Fakhar Kahn
Internal Medicine Physician
Acute Care Hospital

Gerald Boisvert

SVP, Finance Operations

Gerard Lupacchino

SVP, Experience, Engagement and Organizational Development

Gina St. Jean

Nursing Director
Acute Care Hospital

Greg Frani

Administrative Director for Dept. of Surgery, Hartford Hospital
Acute Care Hospital

Gregory Panza

Senior Scientist Project Manager, Research

Howie Haronian

Chief Medical Director, Vice President, East Region, Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute Heart and Vascular Institute

Isabella Veillette

Application Manager
Information Technology & Informatics

Jack Schmetterling

Internal Medicine Physician
Medical Group

James Cardon

Executive Vice President Chief Clinical Integration Officer
Integrated Care Partners

James Graydon

Urologic Surgeon
Tallwood Urology Institute

Jared Bienek

Medical Director, Men's Health, Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute
Tallwood Urology Institute

Jason Gluck

Director, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program and Director, Emergency Cardiac Care, Hartford Hospital
Heart and Vascular Institute

Jeff Cohen
EVP, Chief Clinical Operating Officer

Jeff Finkelstein

VP of Medical Affairs, Central Region
Acute Care Hospital

Jeff Mather

Director, Research Data Management

Jennifer Ferrand
Behavorial Health Network

Jim O'Dea

Vice President, Behavorial Health Network Behavorial Health Network

Jimmy Choi

Senior Scientist, Olin Neuropsychiatry
Behavorial Health Network

John Foley

Heart and Vascular Institute

John Grady-Benson

SVP, Physician-in-Chief, HHC Bone & Joint Institute Bone & Joint Institute

John Santopietro

Physician-in-Chief, Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network, Senior Vice President, Hartford HealthCare
Behavorial Health Network

Johnathan Gates
Chief of Surgery, Hartford Hospital
Acute Care Hospital

Jonathan Cowles
System Director, IS Security, ITS
Information Technology & Informatics

Joseph Radojevic

Interim Chief of Cardiology & Director, Center for Advanced Heart Failure and Pulmonary
Vascular Disease, Hartford Hospital
Heart and Vascular Institute

Joseph Wagner

Director, Robotic Surgery, Hartford Hospital Tallwood Urology Institute

Julie Michaelson

Director for Clinical Informatices Information Technology & Informatics

Kathleen Race
System Director, Care Logistics Center
Care Logistics Center

Ken Robinson
Department Chair Emergency Medicine
Acute Care Hospital

Kevin Young
Staff Clinical Neuropsychologist
Behavorial Health Network

Larry Haber
Director, Ambulatory, Young Adult, and Health Psychology Services, Institute of Living
Behavorial Health Network

Lee Steere
Unit Leader, IV Therapy Services
Acute Care Hospital

Lisa Shubitowski
System Director, Interoperability
Information Technology & Informatics

Liz Roper
Director of Research

Manu Sharma
Inpatient Psychiatrist
Behavorial Health Network

Maria Mirth
Colorectal Surgeon
Acute Care Hospital

Mark Alberts
Senior VP & Physician-in-Chief,
Ayer Neuroscience Institute
Ayer Neuroscience Institute

Mark Cesaro
Analytics Program Director
Information Technology & Informatics

Mark Dickson
Program Design & Implementation, ICP
Integrated Care Partners

Mark Prete
Senior Vice President and President at Hartford HealthCare Medical Group
Medical Group

Mark Vye
VP, Specialty Care Operations
Medical Group

Michael Nappi
Vice President for Hartford HealthCare Independence at Home
Community Network

Michael Stevens
Senior Research Scientist, Olin Neuropsychiatry Behavorial Health Network

Michelle Schneider
Consulting Analyst, Clinical Informatics Information Technology & Informatics

Misbahul Siddiqi
Internal Medicine Physician
Acute Care Hospital

Mitch McClure
Chief, Hospital Medicine, Hartford Hospital
Acute Care Hospital

Mohammed Shams
Internal Medicine Physician
Medical Group

Neal Goldberg
Chief, Radiation Oncology, The Hospital of
Central Connecticut
Acute Care Hospital

Omar Eton
Medical Director, Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center
Cancer Institute

Paul Scalise
VP of Medical Affairs, Northwest Region
Acute Care Hospital

Pavlos Papasavas
Director of Research, Department of Surgery Co-Director, Bariatric Surgery,
Hartford Hospital

Acute Care Hospital

Peru Venkatesh
Director of Academic Affairs

Peter Yu
SVP Physician in Chief, HHC Cancer Institute
Acute Care Hospital

Quian Callendar
Program and Analytics Manager
Information Technology & Informatics

Raveen Mehendru

Behavorial Health Network

Rawad Elias

Medical Oncologist
Cancer Institute

Rebecca Stewart

Vice President, Content Strategy
Marketing & Communications

Rich Shirey
SVP, Chief Information Officer
Information Technology & Informatics

Rita Parisi

Senior VP, Community Network
Community Network

Robert Hagberg

Chief, Cardiac Surgery, Hartford Hospital and Heart and Vascular Institute
Heart and Vascular Institute

Robert Sidman
VP of Medical Affairs, East Region
Acute Care Hospital

Rocco Orlando

Chief of Academic Affairs

Sabet Hashim
Senior VP & Co-Physician-in-Chief, Heart & Vascular Institute
Heart and Vascular Institute, Medical Group

Sarah Lewis

VP of Health Equity
Health Equity

Sean Jeffery

Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services
Pharmacy, ICP

Sidney Ulreich

Medical Group

Spencer Erman
Vice President & Chief Medical Information Officer Information Technology & Informatics

Stacey Lombardi

VP of Business Operations, HHC Bone and
Joint Institute
Bone & Joint Institute

Stacy Taylor
Family Medicine Physician
Medical Group

Steve Donahue
Director of Hartford Hospital Simulation Center
Center for Education Simulation & Innovation (CESI)

Steve Prunk
Medical Director Critical Care
Acute Care Hospital

Steve Shichman
Chief, Urology, Hartford Hospital; Director, Tallwood Urological & Kidney Institute, Executive Director - CESI
Tallwood Urology Institute, CESI

Steve Zweibel
Director, Electrophysiology, Hartford HealthCare Heart & Vascular Institute
Heart and Vascular Institute

Steven Lee
Medical Group

Stuart Markowitz
Senior Vice President, Chief Strategic Imaging Acute Care Hospital

Susan Barrett
Vice President, Primary Care Operations
Medical Group

Susan Marino

VP & Chief Nursing Information Officer
Information Technology & Informatics

Talhat Azemi
Heart and Vascular Institute

Tara McLaughlin
Medical Writer, Urology
Tallwood Urology Institute

Tom Nowicki

Director of Medical Education at HHC,
ER Physician

Center for Education Simulation & Innovation (CESI)

Wagma Habibi
Department Coordinator,
Strategy and Planning


Wendy Martinson
Director, Center for Healthy Aging & Director Care Transitions Hartford HealthCare at Home
Community Network

William Sardella
Chief of Surgery, Hartford Hospital
Acute Care Hospital