Health Care Alumni Advisory Board

The following individuals have volunteered to support and advise the Health Sector Management program plus current students and alumni, as members of the Healthcare Alumni Advisory Board for the 2014-2015 year. Led by Rich Embrey '08, Chair, and Sam Taggard MBA '09, Vice Chair, the board meets twice each year.

Femi Adewunmi MBA '09

Sound Physicians, Chief Medical Officer, Atlantic Region
David Baker

David Baker MBA '90

Alcobra, Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Baker joined Alcobra in January 2014 as the Chief Commercial Officer. Prior to joining Alcobra, he worked at Shire for 10 years, most recently as Vice President of Commercial Strategy and New Business in the Neuroscience Business Unit. In that role, he led the commercial assessment of neuroscience licensing opportunities, managed commercial efforts on pipeline CNS products, and led the long term strategic planning process. Previously, he served as Global General Manager for Vyvanse® where he led the launch of Vyvanse, led the launch of the adult indication for Vyvanse, and led global expansion efforts including successful establishment of a partnership in Japan and launches in Canada and Brazil. Prior to that, Mr. Baker served as Vice President of Marketing for all of Shire's ADHD products. He has been directly involved with the commercialization of five approved ADHD medications.

From 1990 - 2004, Mr. Baker worked at Merck where he held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing, sales, market research, and business development. In addition to his knowledge and experience with CNS medications, Mr. Baker's therapeutic expertise includes osteoporosis, migraine, and hyperlipidemia. He has been directly involved with the marketing of five medications with annual sales in excess of $1 billion each.

Mr. Baker graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Economics and Computer Science from Duke University. He earned a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Duke's Fuqua School of Business.

Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker MBA '06

Stryker Corporation, Director of Health Policy & Reimbursement

Drew Baker is Director of Health Policy & Reimbursement for Stryker Corporation, a Top 10 medical technology company. His responsibilities include technology assessment, health economic strategy development and execution, and value evidence generation to support commercialization and market access across all of Stryker’s operating divisions and global markets. Drew has extensive experience operating in and consulting to the provider, payer and life sciences industries. Prior to joining Stryker, he led initiatives in the areas of commercial opportunity assessment, product and service development, health technology assessment, and comparative effectiveness and outcomes research. He spent 15 years with Pfizer and was a founding member of the company's Global Outcomes Research function. He's also served as an executive with several health care management consulting firms.

Drew has published and presented extensively in the areas of medical technology value estimation, healthcare quality and health policy. His articles have appeared in such publications as PharmacoEconomics, Pharmaceutical Executive and The Wall Street Journal. Drew has also served as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and frequent Guest Lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. While at Pfizer, Drew received the American College of Medical Quality's Institutional Achievement Award for his development and implementation the first biopharmaceutical industry medical affairs program to assist health care organizations enhance quality of care.

Drew holds an MBA from Duke University, a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree from Princeton University, and BA and BS degrees from Syracuse University. Drew also completed graduate coursework in medical technology evaluation and clinical decision analysis at the Harvard School of Public Health. 

Charles Bass

Charles Bass MBA '02

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Director, Global Strategic Marketing

Charles Bass is currently a Director of Global Strategic Marketing at Janssen Pharmaceuticals. In this role, he is responsible for providing commercial leadership to guide the development of compounds in the early Mood portfolio. Charles also heads up the commercial assessment for New Business Development activities in the Mood therapeutic area for Janssen. Prior to this position, Charles has held numerous positions at Janssen Pharmaceuticals across Sales, Marketing, and Analytics since joining Janssen in a Marketing Leadership Development rotational program. His career has spanned U.S. and global roles as well as in-line, New Business Development, and strategic marketing across both small molecule and biologic compounds.  

Prior to Fuqua, Charles worked as a Physical Therapist at Duke University Medical Center and in the Duke University Sports Medicine department. In addition to graduating from Fuqua with his MBA and a Health Sector Management concentration in 2002, he earned an MS in Physical Therapy from Duke University as well as a BA in Psychology from Davidson College. Charles lives with his wife, Agnes (Fuqua Daytime MBA Class of 2001), and his daughters, Lauren (10) and Ella (5), outside Princeton, NJ. Cooking for family and friends and watching his daughters dance fill his free time with a lot of happiness. 

Abram Becker

Abram Becker MBA '06

Ipsos Healthcare, Vice President, Commercial Strategy

Abram has over 10 years of experience evaluating and forecasting the demand for healthcare products and services in markets across the globe. In his role as Vice President, Commercial Strategy at Ipsos Healthcare, he works with Ipsos teams around the world to provide multi-stakeholder market insight to Ipsos Healthcare clients, helping them make data-driven clinical, commercial, and corporate development decisions. Abram also works to help expand Ipsos Healthcare's suite of industry-leading syndicated products and services to new geographies and therapy areas, as well as build and launch new products and services. Prior to Ipsos, he worked in healthcare equity research at UBS and in global and U.S. market research and forecasting roles at Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Abram received an MBA with a Certificate in Health Sector Management from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 2006, as well as a BS in Biology from Duke University's Trinity College of Arts & Sciences in 1995. He and his wife, Heather, live in Madison, Wisconsin, with their son, Cole (3), and are expecting a second son soon. Abram and Heather (an Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UNC fan from her years as a surgery resident in Chapel Hill) enjoy returning to Durham and Chapel Hill as often as possible.

Leigh Ann Bruhn

Leigh Ann Bruhn MBA/HSM '01

Avalere Health, Director

Leigh Ann Bruhn, Director at Avalere Health, advises clients on market access, product commercialization and value strategy.  In her prior pharmaceutical and medical device career, she led initiatives across healthcare stakeholders including commercial payers, providers, retail pharmacy, specialty pharmacy and patient advocacy.

Prior to joining Avalere, Leigh Ann was a Director of Managed Care Marketing at Abbott Pharmaceuticals. Her work spans public and primary payers as well as both primary care and specialty products. Leigh Ann is a frequent speaker on accountable care organizations, payment and delivery reform and specialty pharmaceuticals/specialty pharmacy and a committee member for the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP).

Leigh Ann has a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MBA in Health Sector Management the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. She always enjoys opportunities to connect with the growing Fuqua community.

Laura Crandon

Laura Crandon MBA '99

UnitedHealth Group, Vice President, Strategic Alliances & Business Development

Laura Crandon is Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Business Development at UnitedHealth Group. Laura is responsible for leading a portfolio of enterprise-to-enterprise relationships including AARP Federal Programs, Ameriprise, Walmart, Walgreens and Kroger, among others.  She develops new business categories and drives differentiation by identifying, building and managing alliances that deliver on the mission to help people live healthier lives.  Laura leads a team that delivers growth, innovation, clinical quality and member engagement, in collaboration with alliance relationships.

Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Laura founded a sales and marketing consulting firm focused on measurably improving client loyalty and retention, serving clients including eBay and UnitedHealthcare.  Laura previously held positions as Vice President of Sales and Sales Operations, and General Manager at successive start-ups where her focus was client acquisition and engagement worldwide.  During her tenure, the business segment she founded and led doubled in size and became the most profitable amongst its peers.  She previously held leadership positions in Europe and the United States with GE while a member of its Corporate Audit Staff.

Laura earned an MBA from Duke University (Weekend Executive) and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park.  She has served in an advisory capacity on the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care, whose vision is that all Americans with advanced illness, especially the sickest and most vulnerable, will receive comprehensive, high-quality, patient-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and honors their dignity.  Laura is a member of the National Association of Health Services Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She serves as Vice Chair of The Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary Board of Trustees, and is an alumnus of INROADS, Inc. She holds a United States Patent for client management methodology and has received numerous awards for innovations featured in The Wall Street Journal and PC Week.  Laura has a passion for improving health outcomes and meeting individuals' health needs.

Todd Creech MBA '03

ZS Pharma Inc, Chief Financial Officer

Jeanine DaSilva MBA '94

GE Healthcare, Senior Lean Leader
Mike Dombeck

Mike Dombeck MBA '03

GlaxoSmithKline, Director, R&D Strategy and Portfolio Group

Mike Dombeck has worked with GSK since 2009, and is currently a Director in the R&D Strategy and Portfolio Group. Over fifteen years in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, Mike's career prior to GSK has included market research and portfolio planning with Talecris Biotherapeutics (now Grifols), leading business development for DarPharma, Inc. (now BioValve), business development and corporate strategy consulting with Campbell Alliance, and outcomes research with Research Triangle Institute's Health Solutions. In addition, he is a co-founder of Cempra Pharmaceuticals, a Research Triangle Park, NC company developing a new class of fluoroketolide antibiotics, and an advisor to Precision Biosciences, a Duke University spinout developing Directed Nuclear Editing (DNE) technology. Mike completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at Duke University, with an MBA and Master of Public Policy, a Health Sector Management Certificate, and a BS in biology and health policy.

Robyn Eckermann

Robyn Eckermann MBA '05

HCA Central and West Texas Division/St. David’s HealthCare, VP, Strategic Planning

Robyn Eckermann is vice president of strategic planning for HCA's Central and West Texas Division, which encompasses St. David's HealthCare in Austin, Texas, and Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare in El Paso, Texas. Named one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Truven Health Analytics, the division represents nine hospitals, more than 100 locations and nearly $2 billion in net revenue. Based in Austin, Robyn oversees the development and prioritization of each system's strategies and plans. In this capacity, she facilitates the strategic planning process and supports the health systems in service line planning, physician-hospital alignment strategies, facility master planning and feasibility studies for new access points and opportunities.

Robyn has nearly 15 years of experience in strategic, service line and facility planning. Immediately prior to joining the Central and West Texas Division, Robyn served as senior director of an internal consulting and strategic advisory arm of HCA. She also consulted with numerous health care entities across the nation while with The Camden Group.

Robyn holds a Master of Business Administration with a certificate in health sector management from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a bachelor's degree in economics from UCLA. 

Robyn and her husband, Kyle, who also graduated from Fuqua, have two boys, Austin and Owen.

Richard Embrey

Richard Embrey MBA '08

Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Chief Medical Officer

Chair, Health Care Alumni Advisory Board

Rich Embrey is Chief Medical Officer of Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, a 499-bed teaching hospital and part of Baptist Health System of Alabama. His primary focus is on development and implementation of clinical quality and efficiency programs including electronic health care record (EHR) systems, core measure compliance, implementation of a clinically integrated network and physician contracting. In this position, Rich draws upon experience in predictive analytics, risk modeling, process engineering, and Lean methodology.

Rich obtained his B.A. and M.D degrees from The Johns Hopkins University and completed his surgical residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Rich practiced academic cardiothoracic surgery for more than twenty years before entering his current position, and has been a faculty member at the University of Iowa, Virginia Commonwealth University, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, Southern Illinois University and Duke University. 

Rebecca Fish MBA '00

Department of Health and Human Services, Senior Policy Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health
Jeannie Garner

Jeannie Garner MBA '84

ZS Associates, Inc, Senior Qualitative Market Researcher

Jeanne Garner is a Senior Qualitative Market Researcher with ZS Associates, a global sales and marketing services firm, with over a decade of strategic, qualitative consulting experience.   Jeanne has performed primary and secondary research for leading pharmaceutical companies, biotech firms, clinical operations organizations and the investment community across the spectrum of therapeutic areas amongst the full range of healthcare constituents from global Thought Leaders to community physicians, allied health, patients and payers.  Jeannie has moderated primary research in many of the leading global markets, including US, Western Europe, Japan, South America and Eastern Europe.    While active in the free-lance consulting field for a number of years, Jeannie also has experience in finance and systems application for a major package goods/consumer health care concern.  Jeannie earned her undergraduate AB degree from the University of Georgia and completed her MBA at the Fuqua School of Business.  Jeannie lives in Lawrenceville, NJ with her family.

Larry Gladstone

Larry Gladstone MBA '94

hMetrix, Chief Business Development Officer

Larry has spent the last 25 years growing and building healthcare businesses as an operator, owner, investor and investment banker.  Immediately following graduation from Fuqua, he was the 12th corporate employee at MedCath, the Welsh Carson backed heart hospital company and later founded and ran National Vascular Care, a specialty surgery center company backed by Weston Presidio, that was sold to Fresenius Medical.  Larry was also a General Partner in the venture capital firm Kitty Hawk Capital and led healthcare M&A for Marks Baughan & Co.  Larry currently serves as Chief Business Development Officer of hMetrix a healthcare data analytics firm and is also the owner of Clinical Difference an online medical education business. 

Lucy Lee

Lucy Lee MBA '04

H.O.P.E Management, Principal

Lucy is a principal and co-founder of H.O.P.E Management, a specialty consulting firm. H.O.P.E combines the business and clinical aspects of healthcare to create unique solutions and business models that improve the operational and financial performance of hospitals and healthcare providers. Lucy is currently leading the Clinical and Business Intelligence group, which is comprised of strong believers in the innovative use of data and technology in hospital management.  Prior to H.O.P.E, she was a partner at Apex Healthcare Consulting and a project manager at CSC Consulting, Global Health Solutions.   Lucy has touched many aspects of healthcare arena.  She was a volunteer, clinical instructor, nurse and care unit manager before she became a consultant.  Lucy obtained her Bachelor in Medicine from Beijing Medical University and graduated from Fuqua in 2004, and is certified in Health Sector Management.

Lucy is an enthusiastic traveller.  She and her family have visited over 20 countries spanning three continents.  Lucy lives with her husband and three daughters, Grace-Rae (13), Aubry (1) and Avery (1) in Edison, NJ. 

Duane Lisowski MBA '98

Hospital Physician Partners, Chief Revenue Officer

Rick Minicucci MHA '71

Nixon Peabody LLP, Partner

Anne Patterson MHA '85

New Hanover Regional Med. Center, Clinical Research Officer

Robert Paz MBA '08

Eli Lilly and Company, Director Finance Consolidation and R&D - Lilly BioMedicines
Kenneth Pittman

Kenneth D. Pittman MHA '86

Chief Operating Office, Director of Administration, Campus Health Services, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Ken Pittman currently serves as Chief Operating Officer/Director of Administration for the Campus Health Services of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, an 80,000-visit, 200-employee multi-specialty outpatient healthcare organization. He has previously served as a hospital turnaround CEO for financially and operationally challenged hospitals in Texas, Georgia and Alabama; COO of a 300-bed community hospital in eastern North Carolina; and a hospital management consultant with Premier Inc. He has also served as an Adjunct Instructor for the East Carolina University School of Business.

Ken is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a member of the Triangle Healthcare Executives Forum. Ken is also a member of the American College Health Association. In addition to his membership on the Fuqua Healthcare Alumni Advisory Board, his Duke service and involvement includes the James B. Duke Society, the Congregation at Duke University Chapel and the Iron Dukes. Through the years, he has served his community as President of the Chamber of Commerce, the Community Council for the Arts, the local chapter of the American Red Cross, and the Boys and Girls Club.

Ken and his partner James,a clinical psychologist, reside in Durham with their two daughters. The eldest is a 2014 graduate of Elon and the youngest is a junior at NC State. 

Patrick Plemmons MHA '76

Plemmons Career Services, Principal
Karen Remley

Karen Remley MBA '97

Anthem BCBS of Virginia, Chief Medical Director

Dr. Karen Remley is currently the Chief Medical Director for Anthem BCBS, the largest health insurer in Virginia.  In that role she is responsible for medical policy, management and the health of the insured population.  Most recently she was the Founding Director of the M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School in The interdisciplinary Brock Institute was the focal point of educational, clinical, public health, and research enterprises that coordinate existing and proposed community outreach programs, locally, regionally and internationally.
Serving under both Gov. Tim Kaine and Gov. Bob McDonnell as Health Commissioner, she was the principal public-health advisor to the Governor, the Secretary of Health and Human Resources, the Virginia General Assembly and the State Board of Health.  She also supervised one of the state's largest agencies, which includes 119 local health departments organized into 35 health districts throughout the Commonwealth.

Dr. Remley's career has touched on all aspects of the health and health-care continuums. A clinician for more than 25 years, she practiced pediatric emergency medicine in several settings. Committed to improving health for all, she has been involved in safety-net care provision, both as a volunteer clinician in a free clinic and in board leadership roles. She also held leadership roles in the international sector at both Operation Smile and Physicians for Peace, as well as with NATO in improving NGO and military collaboration. Wanting to understand the complexities of front line care provision from a hospital perspective, she was a member of the administrative leadership team at Sentara Leigh Hospital.

Dr. Remley received her undergraduate and medical education at University of Missouri, Kansas City and then went on to Washington University in St. Louis for her internship and residency. She is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. She received her master's in business with a health management certificate from Duke's Fuqua School of Business and is one semester away from completing her MPH at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Kevin Schelenski MBA '09

Axia Ltd., Engagement Manager

Todd Schwarzinger MBA '06

Morgan Stanley, Executive Director, Healthcare, Investment Banking Division

Rina Shah MBA '10

LabCorp, Director, Leadership Development Program

Shane Stoyer MBA '08

The Lewin Group, Senior Consultant
Sam Taggard

Sam Taggard MBA '09

Cigna Corporation, Operational Effectiveness Lead for Cigna Pharmacy Finance

Vice Chair, Health Care Alumni Advisory Board

Sam Taggard is the Operational Effectiveness Lead for Cigna Pharmacy Finance. Previously Sam was Project Manager with Cigna's Business Development group which focused on developing new businesses and strategic partnerships. He also assisted in the creation of Cigna Ventures, Cigna's corporate venture capital fund. Additionally, during his initial role at Cigna, Sam helped lead National Contracting vendor implementations to support enterprise cost and quality initiatives.

Prior to joining Cigna's HealthService Leadership Program in 2009, Sam practiced Physical Therapy in a variety of clinical settings while at Beth Israel Deaconess and HCA's Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

Sam attained a BS in Economics and Finance from Bentley College as well as a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Business Administration from Duke University.

Wendy Webster MBA '04

Duke University Hospital, Health Center Administrator