SVP & Chief Physician Executive
American Heart Association

Dr. Chris DeRienzo is a dedicated husband, a proud father, a mediocre athlete, and author Tiny Medicine: One Doctor’s Biggest Lessons from His Smallest Patients.  He’s also a physician committed to improving America’s health, a frequent keynote speaker, and an advisor to companies ranging from early stage to the Fortune 50. Recognized by Modern Healthcare, Becker’s, and the Triangle Business Journal as one of healthcare’s “Rising Stars,” Dr. DeRienzo loves bringing together the people, process and technology needed to drive exponential transformation. Learn more at

Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Research Professor in the School of Nursing
Duke University School of Medicine

W. Ed Hammond, PhD, FACMI, FAIMBE, FIMIA, FHL7 has extensive experience in the design and implementation of electronic health records, starting in 1970. Dr. Hammond’s academic and industry leadership include, past president of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and AMIA Board member, President and Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, three terms as Chair of Health Level Seven and HL7 committees, two terms as the Convenor of ISO Technical Committee 215, Working Group 2 and the current Ambassador to Developing Countries and the chair of the Joint Initiative Council of ISO/CEN/HL7. He was Chair of the Data Standards Working Group of the Connecting for Health Public-Private Consortium and serves on the Board of the eHealth Initiative. He also served as Chair of the Computer-based Patient Record Institute and on the CPRI Board. He was a Chair of ACM SIGBIO, is an advisor to the American Hospital Association on health data standards and related matters, and chair of the Steering Committee for the Rockefeller-sponsored Open Enterprise eHealth Architecture Framework Project.

Dr. Hammond served as a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Patient Safety Data Standards. He was a member of the National Library of Medicine Long Range Planning Committee and a member of the Healthcare Information Technology Advisory Panel of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. He has served on a number of NIH review committees, testified on a number of occasions for NCVHS, and has presented to several IOM committees. Dr. Hammond has served and is serving on a number of editorial boards, and has published over 300 technical articles.

J. Lloyd Michener, MD
Professor Emeritus; Chair 1995-2017
Duke Family Medicine and Community Health
Duke University School of Medicine

J. Lloyd Michener, MD is Emeritus Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at Duke School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He also serves as Chair of the Board of the Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation and is a member of the National Academies of Medicine Workgroup on Assessing Meaningful Community Engagement.

He has served as Director of the “Practical Playbook”, with the support of the deBeaumont Foundation, CDC and HRSA, linking health care, public health and communities. In addition, he served as Chair of the Department of Community & Family Medicine for more than two decades and was the founding director of Duke Center for Community Research.

Nationally, he has served as the founding Co-Chair of the Community Engagement Steering Committee for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards of the NIH, and as President of the Association for Prevention, Teaching and Research (APTR). He has been a member of the National Academies Institute of Medicine Committee on Integrating Primary Care and Public Health, the Board of Directors of the Association of Academic Medical Colleges, the NIH Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the National Academic Affiliations Advisory Council for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Awards include Alpha Omega Alpha, Phi Beta Kappa, the Mead-Johnson Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the Duncan Clark Award from APTR.

Internationally, Lloyd served as a long-term member of the International Classification for Primary Care of the WHO; and is the founder and director of the Duke-Salzburg Seminars in Family Medicine of the American Austrian Foundation, for which service he received the Grand Decoration of Honor from the Republic of Austria. He has consulted on primary care redesign with over 20 countries.

Lloyd is a graduate of Oberlin College, Harvard Medical School, and residency and fellowship in Family Medicine at Duke.


Javed Mostafa, PhD
Director, Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP)
Professor, UNC School of Information and Library Science
Professor, UNC School of Medicine
Director, Laboratory of Applied Informatics

Professor Javed Mostafa holds a joint appointment with the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and the Biomedical Research Imaging Center at the UNC School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Carolina Health Informatics Program (CHIP) and the Laboratory of Applied Informatics Research.

His research concentrates on information retrieval problems, particularly related to search and user-system interactions in large-scale document/data repositories. He has current research engagements in biomedical data mining, analysis, visualization, user interface design, and multi-modal human-computer interaction. He regularly serves on program and organizing committees for major conferences and participates as reviewer for major grant initiatives.

Dr. Mostafa served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology (JASIST) from 2016-2020. He had previously been a member of the JASIST editorial board and an associate editor for ACM Transactions on Information Systems (ACM TOIS) and ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (ACM TOIT). He also edited or co-edited several special issues of journals, including IEEE Intelligent Systems and the Journal of Digital Libraries.

Translating scientific advances into health care improvements is a passion for Dr. Mostafa. With support from the North Carolina Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute, he co-founded a company concentrating on patient-centric decision support and streamlined care workflow called Keona Health.

In addition to his appointments at UNC, Dr. Mostafa is an adjunct professor of community and family medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine, Duke University.

David Page, PhD
Chair of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Professor of Computer Science
Duke University School of Medicine

Professor David Page works on algorithms for data mining and machine learning, as well as their applications to biomedical data, especially de-identified electronic health records and high-throughput genetic and other molecular data. Of particular interest are machine learning methods for complex multi-relational data (such as electronic health records or molecules as shown) and irregular temporal data, and methods that find causal relationships or produce human-interpretable output (such as the rules for molecular bioactivity shown in green to the side).

Sarahn Wheeler, MD Duke University Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Sarahn Wheeler, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Duke University School of Medicine

Dr. Wheeler currently serves as Assistant Professor in the Duke University School of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Wheeler is both a practicing clinician and research faculty. in her clinical role, Dr. Wheeler is the director of Duke’s Prematurity Prevention Program, a specialty clinic that is geared for women with risk factors for preterm birth.  In her research role, Dr. Wheeler has published several peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from fetal brain injury to vaccination during pregnancy. Dr. Wheeler’s current research focus is on race disparities in preterm birth. She is actively involved in research to develop interventions to improve utilization of preterm birth prevention therapies.

Dr. Wheeler also serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the OB/GYN department.  In this role she leads efforts to ensure an inclusive environment for the diverse patients, faculty, staff and trainees within Duke OB/GYN.

Di Wu, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics
Associate Professor, School of Dentistry
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Di Wu is a biostatistician working in the bioinformatics field. She has developed novel statistical bioinformatics methods to handle biomedical and genomics data. She also has developed gene set testing methods with high citations, in the empirical Bayesian framework, to take care of small complex design and genewise correlation structure.

Dr. Wu has applied data integration strategy to identify the potential cell of origin for different breast cancer subtypes in silicon (at WEHI). Her recent projects have focused on genomic data based drug repurposing (at Harvard). She is now working on novel mediator analysis-based data integration tools to infer the likely causal relation across multiple levels of genomic, microbiome and metabolites (at UNC).

Her new project has more microbiome and Electrical Medical Records components since the announcement of her joint position in the UNC School of Dentistry the Department of Biostatistics and the Carolina Health Informatics Program in 2015.