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  • Barbara Anason
    Barbara Anason
    Senior Vice President, Academic Medical Center Networks and Strategy

    Barbara Anason leads Vizient's strategic planning process and oversees the solutions that best address the needs of academic medical centers by stimulating knowledge exchange, discovery and collaboration.

    Prior to this role, Anason led the development and implementation of University HealthSystem Consortium's marketing and communications strategy to support member engagement and business development. In addition, she oversaw marketing functions and worked with University HealthSystem Consortium’s supply contracting...

  • Debbie Archer, MBA
    Debbie Archer, MBA
    Director, Procurement

    Debbie Archer is procurement director responsible for oversight of compliance with contracting processes and the general monitoring of contract awards. This role includes involvement in the vendor grievance process and leadership of the company’s Innovative Technology program.

    Prior to her current role,  Archer was regional sales manager of a team that provided distribution services to health care accounts in a five-state area. She has a 25-year background in health care sales, supply chain and distribution with an emphasis on...

  • Lani Berman, MBA
    Lani Berman, MBA
    Principal, Performance Services

    Lani Berman leads a team of consultants focused on helping members improve supply chain, clinical, operational, financial and strategic performance in high-cost service lines, including cardiovascular, orthopedic and spine. Berman has more than 20 years of experience in health care and benefits consulting as well as pharmaceutical marketing.

    Berman has worked directly with the United States Office of Inspector General to secure 14 favorable gainsharing advisory opinions. In addition, she has successfully led multiple CMS demonstration...

  • Robert C. Browne, MPP
    Robert C. Browne, MPP
    Vice President, Clinical Enterprise Integration

    Robert C. Browne leads strategy and operations for the Vizient-AAMC Faculty Practice Solutions Center® and is responsible for the Funds Flow Collaborative and the Group Practice Program. After joining the company as a graduate fellow in 1995, Browne served in successive leadership positions in the Group Practice Program—most recently as associate vice president. His previous experience includes working for Lash Group Healthcare Consultants and serving as a research fellow for the Health Insurance Association of America in...

  • Mark Cartwright, MBA, CPSM, CPSD
    Mark Cartwright, MBA, CPSM, CPSD
    Senior Director, Supplier Diversity

    Mark Cartwright joined the company in 2013 and leads efforts in helping to grow the number of small-, minority- and women-owned business serving the health care industry. Cartwright is often sought out for his insight on supplier diversity processes, practices and strategic importance. He has presented at several regional and national conferences, serves on the Board of the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance, and sits on the Healthcare Industry Group Subcommittee of the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

    Prior to joining the...

  • Julie Cerese, RN, MSN
    Julie Cerese, RN, MSN
    Senior Vice President, Performance Improvement Networks and Advisory Services

    Julie Cerese leads the extensive performance improvement products and services, which include the Vizient suite of performance improvement platforms, the company’s comprehensive databases, informatics, analytics, quality research and nursing leadership. She also provides direction for the Quality and Accountability Study, which is the basis for Vizient’s nationally recognized Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award, presented to the top-performing academic medical centers each year.

    Cerese’s substantial...

  • Phil Dalton, MS
    Phil Dalton, MS
    Managing Principal, Advisory Solutions

    Phil Dalton has more than 25 years of experience in health care strategy, business development, marketing, policy and planning. He has advised on strategic, facility, business and marketing plans for hospitals, outpatient centers, health systems, physician groups, HMOs, joint ventures and other health-related businesses.

    Prior to his current role, Dalton founded MDS, a national health care consulting firm. His previous experience also includes senior positions with other major national consulting firms and health systems. He has...

  • Cathy Denning, RN, MSN
    Cathy Denning, RN, MSN
    Senior Vice President, Sourcing Operations

    As senior vice president, sourcing operations, Cathy Denning has responsibility for the company’s capital, medical, surgical, distribution, contract process and technology, strategic programs, physician preference, and supplier diversity operations. She uses her 32 years of progressive experience in the health care industry to provide strategic and operational leadership for many of the sourcing operations programs.

    Denning began her career with the company in 2000 as product manager, IV systems and has since held a variety of...

  • Melinda Gardner, PharmD
    Melinda Gardner, PharmD
    Senior Vice President, Business Solutions and Product Delivery, Data and Analytics

    Melinda Gardner serves as senior vice president of business solutions and product delivery. In this role, she leads activities related to enterprise data management and data intake for the group purchasing organization and analytics businesses. In addition, her team is responsible for the implementation, product advisory service and delivery of analytics products to members. This includes the delivery of custom analytics for supply chain and internal teams.

    Prior to her current role, Gardner was vice president of information and data...

  • Erika K. Johnson, MHSA
    Erika K. Johnson, MHSA
    Vice President, Strategic Research

    Erika Johnson oversees the Vizient Research Institute, which includes the Center for Economic Research and Strategy and the Center for Innovation and Clinical Effectiveness. She is responsible for the company’s traditional economic research, which has a 20-year legacy as a source of strategic thought leadership for academic medical centers. Johnson also leads the development of applied health services initiatives, focusing on rapid-cycle experimentation to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of clinical care and ensure...

  • Keith Kosel, PhD, MHSA, MBA
    Keith Kosel, PhD, MHSA, MBA
    Senior Vice President, Public Affairs

    Keith Kosel’s responsibilities include overseeing the design, development and implementation of qualitative and quantitative research studies involving clinical quality, patient safety, and patient experience. His work focuses on understanding knowledge transfer paradigms and how these can be used to enhance clinical quality initiatives at member organizations.

    Kosel’s prior role at the company was as head of the performance analytics area where he was responsible for all aspects of measurement, methodology and analytics. He...

  • Mark Laffoon, MBA
    Mark Laffoon, MBA
    Senior Director, Contract Services

    As senior director of sourcing operations, Laffoon leads the generic injectables portfolio and pharmacy distribution programs and provides overall strategic direction for NOVAPLUS, the pharmacy private-label program. He has been with the company for 21 years, starting in finance and serving in various financial roles prior to joining the pharmacy team in 2007.

    Laffoon served in the United States Navy for four years prior to earning a bachelor of science degree in finance from Arkansas State University and a master of business...

  • David Levine, MD, FACEP
    David Levine, MD, FACEP
    Senior Vice President, Advanced Analytics and Informatics

    Blending clinical leadership and informatics experience, Dr. Levine oversees the company’s risk-adjustment methodologies and physician engagement activities for comparative data products and services.

    Levine joined the company in 2010 after serving as medical director of the emergency department at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago. He also served as a physician leader for information technology upgrades, including expansion of computerized physician order entry and documentation improvements. His background...

  • Steven Lucio
    Steven Lucio
    Associate Vice President, Pharmacy Services

    In his role, Lucio is responsible for providing education to member organizations and supporting their efforts on various clinical practice topics including improving medication safety, mitigating the impact of drug shortages, benchmarking pharmacy costs for key drug classes, evaluating the expense of high-cost biologics and preparing for the future development of biosimilar medications.

    Prior to joining the company, Lucio practiced for almost 10 years within the Baylor Health Care System in various settings, including ICU clinical...

  • Jeffery McLaren
    Jeffery McLaren
    Managing Principal, Advisory Solutions

    In his current role, McLaren has overall responsibility for helping members improve their operational, clinical and financial performance through a broad array of supply chain improvement, clinical and physician preference product management, pharmacy and 340B, service line strategies, hospital/physician alignment, and network development and partnerships.

    McLaren has more than 20 years of consulting and health care experience, with a deep knowledge of health care non-labor expense management and clinical operational improvement. His...

  • Steven Meurer, PhD
    Steven Meurer, PhD
    Executive Principal, Data Science and Member Insights

    Steven Meurer uses his background in hospital administration and expertise as a data scientist and change agent to increase engagement in the company’s comparative data and performance improvement products and services. In addition, Meurer drives the future enhancements of current tools and development of new tools that will help members improve. Meurer spends considerable time with the senior leaders of academic medical centers, providing insights for change in operational, financial and clinical areas.

    Meurer’s background...

  • Tom Robertson
    Tom Robertson
    Executive Director, Research Institute

    Tom Robertson oversees the company’s member relations and insights functional area. He also directs business strategy and development, product innovation and clinical integration. In his former role as the company’s senior vice president of business strategies and tactics, Robertson established the Research Institute, which is composed of two complementary research centers designed to address the critical needs of academic medical centers: improving effectiveness and efficiency in clinical care and ensuring economic sustainability.

    Prior to...

  • Rose Wagner, RN, MHS, CMPE
    Rose Wagner, RN, MHS, CMPE
    Senior Consulting Director, Advisory Solutions

    With more than 25 years of experience in health care administration, management and consulting in physician group practices, Wagner is responsible for leading and directing physician practice management engagements to improve the overall operational effectiveness of clients.

    Prior to joining the company, Wagner served as senior vice president for PivotHealth Consulting, where she directed material operational changes in practice operations and practice communication processes. Wagner was also the project manager for practice assessments...