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Achieving Transformation through Innovation

A growing number of health systems and medical centers have invested in innovation hubs.  But do these innovation hubs always achieve their promise?  While some have modest goals, others like Johns Hopkins University’s FastForward 1812 aim to transform a city’s innovation ecosystem.  Join us as those leading healthcare innovation discuss the rationale, structure, barriers and long-term opportunities of healthcare innovation hubs:  


Among the issues:  

  • How do innovation hubs contribute to internal innovation and broader transformation of healthcare? 

  • What makes a healthcare innovation hub effective?  

  • What do innovation hubs need in terms of financing, staffing, operational insight and partnership? 

  • What have the industry’s major innovation hubs given to healthcare? 

  • How will innovation hubs evolve in the years ahead?




Brent Burns

Executive Vice President

UPMC Enterprises

In his role as executive vice president for UPMC Enterprises, Brenton Burns is responsible for leading, developing and executing on UPMC Enterprises’ strategy, commercialization efforts and portfolio management.  Prior to UPMC, Brent was corporate head of business development at Anthem as well as managing director for HealthyCare Solutions.  In these roles, Brent was responsible for developing and executing on the company’s strategy around provider collaboration and services, consumer centricity, and data and analytics. Prior to WellPoint, Brent served as Senior Vice President - Strategy, Product Management, Business Development and Marketing for McKesson.


Joseph Cohn


Medical Service Corps US Navy

Captain Joseph Cohn is an aerospace experimental psychologist in the U.S. Navy’s Medical Service Corps currently serving as the chief, Research Program Administration Division, at the Defense Health Agency. In that capacity, he is responsible for the oversight and management of the Defense Health Program RDT&E’s Science & Technology portfolio and ensuring that resultant capabilities successfully transition across the Military Health System.  Across his career, he has directly managed a diverse range of S&T portfolios spanning Basic Science, Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development, delivering performance-enhancing biomedical and human systems capabilities to the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.


Rebecca Kaul

Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Rebecca Kaul is vice president and chief innovation officer at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Building on the institution’s rich history of innovation, Rebecca is bringing another layer of transformative thinking through an Innovation Center designed to identify creative and effective approaches for delivering exceptional patient outcomes and bring new solutions to market. By collaborating with internal innovators and establishing strategic relationship with startups and industry, Rebecca and her team are accelerating value generation and commercialization. Prior to joining MD Anderson, Rebecca served as chief innovation officer and president of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) Technology Development Center.  Prior to starting the UPMC Innovation Center, Rebecca led their joint venture, which yielded a 100% return on investment in 18 months.


Thomas Maddox, MD

Executive Director, Healthcare Innovation Lab

BJC HealthCare/Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Maddox is the inaugural executive director of the Healthcare Innovation Laboratory at BJC HealthCare and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is also a practicing cardiologist, a professor of Medicine (Cardiology) at the Washington University School of Medicine, and a health services researcher.  The Innovation Lab identifies and implements care delivery innovations using data, analytics, and technology to improve the health of patients and their communities. Cross-disciplinary in nature, the Lab facilitates health delivery innovations by bringing together clinicians, patients, informaticians, researchers, public health experts, and private industry.

Richard Zane, MD

Chief Innovation Officer


Dr. Richard Zane currently serves as the George B. Boedecker professor and chair of the Department of

Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, professor of Health Administration at the University of Colorado Business School and chief innovation officer for the

University of Colorado Health System.  In 1998, Dr. Zane joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. While in Boston, with funding from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, Department of Homeland Security and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, he formed collaborative industry partnerships to develop tools for preparedness and response to mass casualty care and disaster. These tools have been used domestically and across the globe for events including the earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina, the Japan earthquake and tsunami and the Boston Marathon bombing and most recently the flooding in Houston and formed the basis for the WHO guide for hospital preparedness.