Tampa General Hospital Executive Biographies | Tampa General Hospital


John D. Couris is President and CEO of Florida Health Sciences Center, which comprises an array of organizations, including Tampa General Hospital, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit academic medical centers and research health systems in partnership with the University of South Florida.

As a visionary leader, Couris has had continued success in building health care companies throughout the country by driving innovation, operational excellence, and strategic collaborations. He is best known for creating an organizational culture that thrives on authenticity, kindness, vulnerability, and transparency. Couris believes that focusing on his team's well-being drives positive experiences for health care consumers.

Since taking the helm of Florida Health Sciences Center (Tampa General Hospital) in 2017, Couris has championed innovation. Under his leadership, the organization was the first health care provider in the state of Florida to partner with GE Healthcare to launch CareComm, a care coordination center using artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and industrial engineering to improve safety, quality, and cost. Couris has helped launch Tampa General Hospital Innoventures, a venture capital fund dedicated to driving a culture of innovation within the organization while supporting early-stage startups and direct investments. Additionally, under Couris’ leadership, Tampa General opened the Global Emerging Diseases Institute (GEDI), a new facility and the first of its kind in Florida devoted to clinical care, cutting-edge research, and education for emerging infectious diseases. Couris has led Florida Health Sciences Center (Tampa General) and the region through the pandemic, collaborating with hospital systems statewide to improve health outcomes related to COVID-19.

Today, Couris is executing Tampa General’s largest master facilities plan in the hospital’s history, a $550 million capital commitment to bring the most advanced technology and innovative care to patients through the creation of a growing medical district in downtown Tampa. Under his leadership and in partnership with Shields Health Innovations, the team also launched TGH at Home, which provides patients with hospital-level care in the comfortable setting of their own homes. Hospital at home programs, such as TGH at Home, have been shown to reduce costs, improve health outcomes and enhance the patient experience.

Before joining Florida Health Sciences Center (Tampa General), Couris served as President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Fla., for eight years. There, he forged partnerships with notable institutions such as The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, creating robust service lines and elevating the hospital to a regional medical center. Couris served in various executive leadership roles at BayCare Health System for 10 years before his move to Jupiter. He began his career at Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers.

Not only a nationally recognized leader in the health care industry, Couris also devotes significant time to serving his community and professional organizations. He is the Chair of the Board of The Florida Aquarium and serves on the boards of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Hospital Association, Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, the New Hampton School, and the PGA TOUR Valspar Championship. In addition, he is a member of the Florida Council of 100, the Young Presidents’ Organization and many national health care associations. Recently, he was appointed Vice Chair to both the Florida Council of 100 Healthy Florida Committee and the Florida Hospital Association Political Advisory Committee and Chair of the Florida Hospital Association Advocacy Committee.

Couris is the recipient of multiple awards, including being named to Modern Healthcare’s 2022 class of Top Innovators which recognizes leaders who are instituting innovation and leading transformative programs that improve care by achieving measurable results and contributing to the clinical and financial goals of their organization. He was honored with the 2022 Tampa Bay Chamber H.L. Culbreath Jr. Profile in Leadership Award and the 2022 Dean’s Award from USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Couris was named to Becker’s Hospital Review 113 Great Leaders in Healthcare 2022. Couris has also been named to Florida Trend’s “Florida 500” list of most influential business leaders in the state, INFLUENCE magazine’s "150 most influential people in Florida politics" for 2022, City & State Florida’s “Health Care Power 100” (#4 in 2022), Florida Politics’ “Influence 100” list of most influential people in Florida politics, Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Power 100” list of Tampa Bay’s most influential leaders and “25 People to Watch in 2022.”

Couris is a graduate of Boston University and holds a Master of Science in Management from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. He holds a doctorate in business administration, management sciences from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business, where he now is an Assistant Professor. His dissertation examined the impact of the practice of authentic leadership on teams and organizations. Couris resides in Tampa, Fla., with his wife, two children, and several beloved pets.

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Scott Arnold is the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.

Arnold leads the implementation of all technology systems across the organization to ensure the collection, maintenance, safety and privacy of patient records. He joined Tampa General Hospital in 2010 to manage the conversion of its electronic medical record system - the largest technology implementation in the hospital’s history.

Prior to joining Tampa General, Scott served as a vice president for Mercy Health in Saint Louis, Mo., and held leadership positions with Daleen Technologies, Boeing and McDonnell Douglas Aerospace. Scott serves on the board of directors for the Tampa Bay Health Information Exchange and is a member of the Epic Connect Governing Council and the O’Neil Center’s Health Informatics Advisory Council.

Scott earned a master’s degree from Washington University’s School of Engineering, a master’s degree from Webster University’s School of Business and Technology, a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University’s College of Applied Science and he’s accredited by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) as a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO).

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Stacey Brandt is the Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.

Brandt is responsible for the organization’s communications and marketing efforts. A veteran of the health care industry, Brandt brings nearly 20 years of health care strategy, business development, marketing and communications expertise to her role at Tampa General. Prior to joining Tampa General, Brandt spent 17 years in hospital administration at Jupiter Medical Center before serving in the role of vice president of marketing and strategic planning.

Brandt is a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development. She received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications with a minor in business administration and management.


Kelly Cullen is the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned 1040-bed academic medical center and the region’s only Level I trauma and comprehensive burn care center. Tampa General Hospital is also one of the nation’s busiest adult solid organ transplant centers and is the primary teaching hospital for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. Consistently recognized for world-class care, Tampa General Hospital is ranked as the #1 hospital in Tampa Bay and the third highest-ranked hospital in Florida by U.S. News & World Report for 2022-2023, with seven specialties ranking among the best programs in the United States. Additionally, Tampa General is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as “high performing,” or among the top 10% of hospitals in the nation, in five more specialties along with 11 medical procedures and conditions. Tampa General Hospital is also designated as a model of excellence by the 2022 Fortune/Merative 100 Top Hospitals list. The academic medical center’s commitment to growing and developing its team members is recognized by two prestigious Forbes magazine rankings — first nationally in the 2022 America’s Best Employers for Women and sixth out of 100 Florida companies in the 2022 America’s Best Employers by State.

At Tampa General Hospital, Cullen is responsible for overseeing all clinical and operational strategies, including managing partnerships with key constituents. She is a health care leader with a proven track record of developing strong, collaborative relationships at all levels of a highly complex health care system. Cullen has more than 30 years of experience as a health care provider and a health care administrator. She is committed to leveraging her clinical and leadership experience to help Tampa General Hospital further its commitment to world-class care. In 2021, Cullen spearheaded TGH’s largest master facility plan in the hospital’s history. This $550 million capital commitment allows TGH to invest in innovation and supports the creation of tomorrow’s TGH. Cullen is leading the development and implementation of the multi-year master facility plan that includes a new ICU, Regional Burn Center, freestanding emergency department, TGH Brandon Healthplex Oncology Institute and more. Construction on these projects will run through 2026.

Prior to joining TGH, Cullen spent more than 25 years at Baycare Health System in Clearwater, Fla., where she began her career as a nurse before taking on several leadership roles, including director of nursing and director of operations. During this tenure, Cullen shared responsibility for integrating the strategic plan of the organization, while providing oversight for the delivery of high quality, safe, cost effective and compassionate care. Cullen managed all nursing-related operations and led numerous expansion projects. She accomplished all project goals on time and within budget for both Mease Dunedin Hospital and Mease Countryside Hospital.

Cullen earned a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Francis Xavier University.

She is currently a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Florida Hospital Association.



Peggy Duggan is the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Tampa General Hospital. 

Duggan has spent more than 15 years in the Mass General Brigham Health System (formerly Partners Healthcare). During these 15 years, she practiced as a breast surgeon and medical director of the breast center, and ultimately became the chief medical officer for the Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital.

In her role as CMO, Duggan worked at the hospital level and the system level on a variety of operational, clinical, and strategic activities. She has held several leadership positions, including medical director of credentialing and president of the medical staff.

Duggan is board-certified and earned a medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston University. She has completed the Brigham Leadership Program at Harvard Business School and has trained at the Association of American Medical Colleges CMO Leadership Academy. Castle Connelly lists Duggan as one of America’s top doctors.

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Qualenta Kivett, JD, is the Executive Vice President and Chief People and Talent Officer of Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned non-profit academic medical center.

Kivett is responsible for leading Tampa General Hospital’s Human Resources Department with a focus on the voice of team members and an evidence-based strategy to provide support and enhance engagement.

Prior to joining Tampa General, Kivett served as Market Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer for CHI St. Vincent, a regional health network in Arkansas. Kivett previously worked at Medical University South Carolina as an Associate Chief People Officer.

Kivett earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock-William H. Bowen School of Law after receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and criminal justice from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.



Dr. Charles Lockwood is Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), the Executive Vice President of USF Health, and Dean of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM). He is a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Public Health.

As EVP of USF Health, he oversees the University of South Florida's colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health as well the schools of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences and Graduate Studies. As MCOM Dean, he is responsible for the medical school's educational and research operations, and additionally leads the 900-provider faculty group practice. Since 2014, Dr. Lockwood has overseen a transformation of USF Health, dramatically increasing NIH Awards, and patient safety, satisfaction, and outcomes as well as greatly enhancing student competitiveness and academic performance, lifting the medical school's ranking on the U.S. News & World Report from 80 to 48 out of 154 allopathic medical schools. In addition, he helped obtain approval and funding to opening the new USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute in Water Street with the support of TGH. Working with TGH CEO John Couris, he has strengthened the affiliation between USF Health and TGH through a substantial integration of clinical services.

As a clinician, Dr. Lockwood has delivered over 5,000 infants, cared for large numbers of medically complicated pregnancies, and been named to national and regional "Best Doctors" lists annually since 1995. He serves on the Florida Medical Association (FMA) Board of Governors, on the Executive Committee of the FMA political action committee, and on the Executive Committee of the Hillsborough County Medical Association. He has served on or chaired multiple committees of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and receive ACOG's Public Service Award for his "enduring commitment to women's health."

Dr. Lockwood's research has been supported by multiple NIH and March of Dimes grants. He is credited with leading the research team that discovered the first predictive test for preterm birth — fetal fibronectin. He has chaired and/or served on multiple NIH study sections and FDA committees, authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, and another 300 invited papers, textbook chapters and editorials. He has also authored or co-authored five monographs and co-edited seven major textbooks, three with multiple editions. He is the Obstetrics Section editor for UpToDate and was the Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Ob/Gyn for 20 years, where his editorials garnered six national publishing awards.

Dr. Lockwood is past president of the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. His research has led to multiple awards including the SRI's Distinguished Scientist Award, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the NICHD-Frontiers in Reproduction Beacon award. Dr. Lockwood is an elected member of the Sigma Xi and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine).

Previously, Dr. Lockwood was Dean at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and chaired Ob/Gyn departments at Yale and New York University. At the former institution, he chaired the Yale Medical Group Board of Governors and at the latter institution, he served as interim director of the Kaplan NCI-designated Cancer Center. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's in Healthcare Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. He served his Ob/Gyn residency at Pennsylvania Hospital, a Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at Yale and a post-doctoral research fellowship at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in NYC.



Mark A. Runyon is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.

As CFO, Runyon leads and oversees all financial plans for TGH as the hospital continues to develop its complete system of care for the community, region and state. He works collaboratively with the CEO, board, senior leaders, and the entire TGH team to create a continuously improving atmosphere of safety, innovation, and financial stability and integrity, while finding new ways to enhance financial performance and operations efficiency.

With more than 30 years of experience in health care finance leadership, Runyon holds an impressive track record of delivering results. Prior to joining TGH, Runyon served as acting vice president of Operational Finance at Intermountain Health Care, Inc. and senior vice president of Operations Finance at Inova Health System where he led the team to achieve a Gartner #1 rating for health care supply chain, migrated revenue cycle to a full partnership arrangement, and worked to enhance the affordability of the system.

Runyon also held leadership positions at Tenet Health System as the vice president of Finance for the Southern States Region and as the chief financial officer of Houston Northwest Medical Center where he was recognized as Tenet Outstanding CFO in 2001 and 2002. 

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Abraham B. Schwarzberg, MD is the Executive Vice President of Network Development & Chief of the TGH Cancer Institute and Vice President of Clinical and Translational Research at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.

Schwarzberg brings over 17 years of experience to his role. Prior to joining TGH, Schwarzberg was a member of the clinical staff at Jupiter Medical Center (JMC) from 2009 until 2014, when he was promoted to vice president and chief of oncology. In addition to his current role at TGH, Schwarzberg serves as president and managing member of the Cancer Center of South Florida, which he founded in 2008.

Schwarzberg is an associate member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, an advisory board member for the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation in West Palm Beach, Fla., and a board member for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Palm Beach, Fla. He was recognized by both Tufts University and Harvard Medical School in 2003 and 2004 for their Excellence in Teaching Awards.

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Adam Smith is the Executive Vice President & Chief Ambulatory Care Officer at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.

In his current role as Vice President of Ambulatory Services, Smith is responsible for inpatient and outpatient radiology, urgent care services, Telehealth, the primary care physician network, the ambulatory surgery center and our ambulatory buildings. He also executes the strategic plan related to the expansion of the ambulatory network and is responsible for the access strategy, the coordination of care and the patient experience in our ambulatory platform. 

Smith came to TGH with over 19 years of experience in both hospital and ambulatory operations. Prior to joining TGH, he served as director of ambulatory imaging and diagnostic for Pinellas and West Pasco at BayCare, Ambulatory Division and manager of medical imaging at St. Anthony’s Hospital.

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Annmarie Chavarria, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, serves Tampa General as Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. Chavarria joined TGH after serving as senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Abington Jefferson Health in Pennsylvania, where she had oversight of two hospitals, comprising 807 licensed beds. While in Pennsylvania, she led the system through its fourth Magnet designation.

Chavarria is known for her kind, visible and data-driven leadership style as well as strong collaboration across all interdisciplinary teams. She is responsible for leading all inpatient nursing services across Tampa General with a focus on further developing cross-functional collaboration among nursing teams across hospital departments.

“Tampa General has a strong reputation as a leading academic medical center, and the culture is evident at all levels of the organization. I’m looking forward to working with the team on further developing the hospital’s world-class care and compassionate culture,” Chavarria said. “My approach is to consistently find ways for team members to support each other in pursuing our goals.”

Chavarria holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from La Salle University, a Master of Science in nursing leadership and health systems management from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Holy Family University.

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Robin DeLaVergne is the Senior Vice President of External Affairs at Tampa General Hospital. She previously served as executive director of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation and senior vice president of development Tampa General Hospital.

DeLaVergne serves on the Tampa Downtown Partnership Board of Directors, and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Former Florida Gov. Rick Scott appointed DeLaVergne as a Board Member for the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. She is a member of USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, TGH Foundation Women’s Leadership Council, Florida Nonprofit Alliance, USF Town & Gown, and Leadership Tampa Alumni. She has served as an Honorary Commander for the 6th Air Mobility Group at MacDill Air Force Base. DeLaVergne is a past Chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Junior League of Tampa, past Chair of the Tampa Bay Partnership’s CEO Direct Program, and a past member of the Board of Directors for Metropolitan Ministries and the United Way. She received the 2012 Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, the 2017 Dottie Berger MacKinnon Woman of Influence Award from the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the 2017 Sustainer of the Year from the Junior League of Tampa and Leadership Tampa Alumni’s 2017 Parke Wright III Award.

DeLaVergne is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where she received a Master of Science in audiology. 

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Cheryl Eagan is the Senior Vice President of Support Services at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.

For the past decade, Eagan has led several critical functions at the hospital, including facilities management, environmental services, patient transportation, security, parking, hospital operators, transportation, emergency management, real estate management, dietetic services, sustainability, design, construction and clinical nutrition services, while managing a staff of 1,200 team members.

Prior to joining Tampa General, Eagan served as a senior vice president at Sodexo and held management positions with the Archdiocese of Detroit and Atlantic Health System.

Eagan is skilled in health care consulting, budgeting, process improvement, team building, and facility planning. She is a fellow and active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Also, she is an active member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), DI Stewardship, FBI Citizens Academy of Tampa, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay Mentor-Protege program. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and management from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in architecture.

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Dr. Laura Young Haubner is the Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.

Dr. Haubner brings two decades of health care experience to TGH. In 2000, she joined TGH as medical director of neonatal ECMO, where she still sees patients. Dr. Haubner has held a variety of positions at TGH’s partner medical school, the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine, including assistant professor of pediatrics, director and founder of the Team Education and Multidisciplinary Simulation (TEAMS) Center, medical director of virtual patient care center (VPCC) and the center for advanced medical learning and stimulation (CAMLS), co-course director of doctoring and associate professor of pediatrics.

Dr. Haubner earned her Bachelor of Science in agricultural and biological engineering from Cornell University. She received her medical degree from UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School.

Dr. Haubner holds advisory positions on the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women Advisory Counsel and the Tampa Bay Health Advisory Board. She is a committee member of the Vizient Chief Quality Officer Network Steering Committee, the Clinical Documentation Oversight Committee, the Code Blue Committee and the Critical Care Steering committee at TGH

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 Sherri Lewman, MHA, CNMT, is the Senior Vice President of Enterprise Imaging for Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center. With her expertise in both strategy and operations, Lewman is responsible for further integrating Tampa General and Tower Radiology at an enterprise level and overseeing Tampa General’s dynamic growth of outpatient imaging services throughout the state.

Lewman previously served as Vice President of Service Lines at Tampa General Hospital. In this role, Lewman was responsible for the growth and development of key service lines at TGH, including orthopaedic, neuroscience, infectious diseases, ear, nose and throat, urology,
heart and vascular, transplant, and women’s and children’s services. She worked closely with the medical directors and service line administrators to establish service lines and assess, plan, develop, implement and execute strategies and tactics to improve service and outcomes and to achieve continuous business growth for optimal financial performance.

Lewman brought over two decades of experience to her initial role at Tampa General Hospital. Prior to joining TGH, Lewman worked at Jupiter Medical Center (JMC) for nine years, serving as Director of Imaging, VP of Ambulatory Care prior to her position as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, and Marketing. In that role, she led organization-wide strategy, affiliations and partnerships, provider relations and marketing communications. Lewman is a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CNMT) and holds a master’s degree in health administration from Florida Atlantic University.

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Frann Murphree Leppla is the Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for the Tampa General Hospital Foundation.

In this role, she leads and manages critical fundraising initiatives to benefit the hospital and its patients. Before joining the foundation, Leppla served as the senior director of development at USF Health, helping it reach $1 billion in capital for the "Unstoppable" campaign.

From 2011 to 2016, Leppla was the director of development and strategic initiatives for the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University of Florida where she led a $300 million campaign as part of the University’s $1.72-billion capital campaign, “Florida Tomorrow.”

Leppla came to nonprofit development following a successful 16-year sales and sales leadership career in private industry. She received her bachelor’s degree in health sciences from the University of North Florida.



Steve Short is the Senior Vice President for Tampa General Provider Network Operations.

Short brings over three decades of health care experience to TGH in his role of EVP and CFO. Prior to joining the TGH team in 2000, Short served as assistant vice president of finance at the University of Louisville Hospital, where he eventually took on the role of vice president of operations and chief financial officer. Prior to joining the health care industry, he worked as a staff accountant for the State of Arizona. 

Short is a graduate of Arizona State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He also received his Master of Business Administration from Indiana University in 2000.

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Laurie Slater is Senior Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Physician Business Development at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.

Slater has learned to leverage her entrepreneurial spirit and marketing savvy to increase brand recognition, market share and bottom-line revenue for her clients and employers. With 25 years of experience, Slater has an adept ability to build teams that successfully execute strategic sales and MarComm plans.

During her tenure with BayCare Health System, Slater held several managerial, operational, and business development positions before starting her own consulting business. It was during this next decade where she provided customer-based solutions focused on ROI models growing the business for numerous physician practices, hospitals, and health systems across the country. Simultaneously, she launched a unique software product for sales management that further showcased her ability to assess and implement innovative practices.

Slater is a certified corporate trainer and national speaker. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University and a master’s degree in business administration.

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Mark Campbell is the Vice President of Supply Chain at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.

Campbell has been serving as vice president of supply chain at TGH since 2006. In his position, Campbell is responsible for all aspects of the supply chain including, strategic sourcing, distribution, value analysis and minority business inclusion. Prior to this role, Campbell served as director of health information management at TGH.

Before joining TGH, Campbell was as a senior associate at KPMG LLP and a manager of health information management at Florida State Hospital. 

Campbell received his Bachelor of Science in health information management from the University of Tennessee and Master of Business Administration and health administration from the University of Florida. He is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and a certified materials and resource professional with the Association of Healthcare Resource and Materials Management.

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Dr. Peter Chang is the Vice President of Healthcare Design at Tampa General Hospital (TGH). He is responsible for designing forward-looking healthcare strategies to improve clinical quality, efficiency and care coordination while decreasing the total cost of care.

As part of this mission, Dr. Chang led the design and implementation of TGH’s Hospital at Home program. Prior to his role in design, he created and operated TGH’s Clinical Command Center focused on system-wide efficiency and quality (CareComm) and served as an assistant professor of medicine in the department of Hospital Medicine.

Dr. Chang earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and he completed his Bachelor of Science in biology at the University of South Florida. He is a board member of MORE Health Inc. and the Tampa General Medical Group. He has been honored with several industry awards and presents regularly on the topics of healthcare innovation and technology. 


Steven Chew is the Vice President of Service Lines for Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center. Chew is responsible for the growth and development of key service lines at TGH, including orthopaedic, neuroscience, parathyroid and thyroid, heart and vascular, and women’s and children’s services. Chew works closely with medical directors and senior administrators in charge of those service lines to assess, plan, develop, implement and execute strategies and tactics to improve service and outcomes and to achieve continuous business growth for optimal financial performance.

Prior to his current role, Chew served as the Senior Administrator of the neuroscience, orthopedics and infectious diseases service lines, focusing on developing and executing the vision, strategic plan, relationships and growth initiatives for these service lines.

Chew joined TGH in 2008 in Materials Management, and quickly became involved with operations through creating relationships and connections with physicians, clinicians, and bedside team members. He worked his way up through Surgical Services and then into hospital operations as the Director of Operations Management, and then into service line leadership. Chew has excelled in his 13-plus years at TGH at building relationships, collaborating with his colleagues, understanding operations and strategy, effectively implementing new strategies, and successfully leading his areas of responsibility. Chew graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in biology and organic chemistry and holds a Master of Health Administration from the University of South Florida.

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Anthony Escobio is the Vice President of Revenue Cycle for Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.

With more than 24 years of experience in health care finance, Escobio oversees revenue management, patient financial services, and healthcare IT solutions implementation for Tampa General Hospital.

Escobio is an active participant with the Florida Hospital Association, the National Association of Healthcare Access Management and the Hillsborough County Healthcare Advisory Board. He served as the Revenue Cycle Chair for the Florida Chapter HFMA Board of Directors from 2007-2010 and has been an active member of since 2008.

In 2016, Escobio was awarded the Outstanding Alumni award by the University of South Florida College of Public Health. He holds a Master of Public Health, is a fellow of Healthcare Financial Management Association and is certified as a healthcare access manager and health care financial professional.

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Rachel Feinman is the Vice President of Innovation at Tampa General Hospital and the Managing Director of TGH Innoventures, TGH’s innovation center and corporate venture fund. In her role, Rachel leads innovation at TGH and oversees the organization’s venture investment strategy.

Rachel has a passion for influencing the strategy and driving the action that enables impactful innovation to truly transform the delivery of healthcare. She also enjoys working with and mentoring early-stage startups and emerging entrepreneurs, most recently having served as the Executive Director of the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator, an organization focused on helping high impact Israeli startups penetrate the U.S. healthcare market.

Rachel is a fully recovered business attorney with a long career advising clients raising from private investment funds to startups to large corporate organizations. Rachel lives in Tampa with her two sons, Asher and Ezra.

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Wendi Goodson is the Vice President of Neuroscience, Ortho, and Clinical Education at Tampa General Hospital at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.

Goodson is responsible for the assessment, implementation and evaluation of administrative operations to deliver efficient and effective patient care services to nursing and/or ancillary department. 

Prior to this role, Goodson served as the director of acute surgical inpatient, critical care and clinical education, the director of women’s and children’s services and clinical education and director of nursing education at TGH.

Goodson has been recognized with several industry honors, including the Excellence in Management Leadership Award (2004), the Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award (2009) and the Excellence in Education Award from the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives (2014). Goodson earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in nursing at the University of South Florida. She holds a doctorate in nursing practice and is certified with the ANCC Nurse Executive Board.

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Brian Hammond is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.

As chief technology officer, Hammond develops the strategic vision for integrating ancillary systems to automate process for TGH clinical staff. He successfully managed the security team during TGH’s Epic upgrade and led the effort to automate the validation of more than one million security settings within the system.

Prior to this role, Hammond served as the director of technology integration at TGH from 2011-2016. Before joining TGH, Hammond held positions with several technical consulting firms, including Tribridge Inc. and Global Consultants Inc.

Hammond earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Auburn University and a Program for Technical Managers from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Steve Harris is the Vice President of Payor & Governmental Affairs at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.

In this role, Harris provides regulatory reimbursement oversight to the organization, supervises payor contracting matters, and represents TGH on issues involving the state legislature and congress.

Prior to joining TGH, Harris was a senior manager in the KPMG Healthcare Advisory practice. While at KPMG, he worked with the firm’s hospital clients in the preparation/review of the Medicare and state Medicaid cost reports, in audit support as a third-party reimbursement specialist, and special reimbursement projects including, graduate medical education, organ acquisition reimbursement, disproportionate share adjustment calculations, Medicare bad debt identification, wage index submissions, and PRRB appeals.

Harris received a master’s degree in health administration and a master’s in business administration from the University of Florida. He holds CHFP designation with the Florida Chapter of HFMA.

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Lara Klick, MBA, CPXP is Vice President and Chief Patient Experience Officer at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.  

Klick brings almost three decades of health care experience to her role. Prior to joining TGH, Klick served as director of service excellence at Howard County General Hospital. She also spent 10 years at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, serving as director of guest relations and volunteer services.

Throughout her career, Klick has been a part of the evolution of the patient experience professional. She worked in Maryland during the CMS three-state pilot which preceded the full implementation of the HCAHPS survey and participated in the initial dialogue regarding the survey administration and regulatory expectations. She also contributed to the national dialogue on compliance with the CMS Standards of Participation during its adoption and the definitions of the standards of compliance.  

Klick received her bachelor’s degree in secondary English education from Duquesne University and her master’s degree in business administration from Western Governors University. She is also a certified patient experience professional.

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Lijah P. Lokenauth is the Vice President of Accounting and Finance for Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned non-profit academic medical center.

As vice president, Lokenauth oversees the areas of general ledger, reporting, tax, payroll, treasury, grant compliance, accounts payable, and decision support. Prior to his appointment to vice president, he served as the corporate controller for TGH.

Lokenauth is a transformational executive with more than a decade of experience. His professional background includes complex auditing and accounting from the public to private sector. Prior to joining TGH, he led internal controls and finance teams at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he partnered with operational leaders to promote financial stewardship initiatives and education resulting in enhanced reporting and multimillion-dollar savings.

Lijah holds a B.A. in accounting and information systems with honors in business and liberal arts from Queens College, City University of New York. In 2018, Lokenauth was selected by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants as a member of the Leadership Academy. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and a Certified Public Accountant through the State University of New York. 

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Michael Masem is the Vice President of Development and Donor Relations at the Tampa General Hospital (TGH) Foundation.

In his role, Michael provides leadership for the development, stewardship and marketing teams of the TGH Foundation.

Michael joined TGH in early 2019 after serving in leadership positions at the University of Florida Foundation and USF Health. He brings more than 13 years of executive development experience to TGH.

Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science and Master of Science in management (MSM) degrees from the University of South Florida.



Dustin Pasteur is the Vice President of Facilities and Construction at Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.

A licensed architect, Pasteur was fortunate to have the leadership support needed to build an internal design and construction team that is now managing up to $100 million a year in health care construction projects. In 2023, this team will embark on executing a $550 million, five-year master facilities plan to advance Tampa General further into the forefront of world-class care and innovation in health care. Pasteur also oversees a facilities team of 85 technicians specialized in electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and carpentry tasked with keeping more than $4 million square feet operational at Tampa General. His Life Safety and Compliance team trains, inspects and documents hospital compliance practices for CMMS and AHCA regulators.

Pasteur earned a Bachelor of Design and a Master of Architecture from the University of Florida and received a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida. He currently serves as Vice President of the Florida Heath Sciences Ambulatory Services Board and Treasurer for Friends of the Tampa Riverwalk. He is a member of Leadership Florida Connect Class 11, Leadership Tampa Class of 2018, the Tampa Chamber of Commerce Workforce Housing Committee, and the City of Tampa Downtown Citizen Advisory Committee and was former Chairman of the City of Tampa Variance Review Board. He enjoys fishing, being outdoors, throwing a ball with his boys, and working on his 1968 Mustang.

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Diane Skorupski is the Vice President of Surgical Services at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.

She brings over 20 years of health care industry experience to TGH. She joined the hospital in 2018 to oversee the operational and strategic vision of surgical services.

Prior to joining TGH, Skorupski served as AVP perioperative services at the UF Health Shands Hospital, interim leader/consultant perioperative services at Memorial Hospital, and the interim director of surgical services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Skorupski is a board-certified, award-winning registered nurse. She was the recipient of the Rose Rivers’ Chrysalis Award for Evolving Nursing Research in 2015 and is board certified in operating room nursing (CNOR) and nurse executive (NE-BC).

Skorupski earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing and Master of Science in nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received her RN diploma at the Burbank Hospital School of Nursing.



Elham A. Yousef, MD, MBA, MSC, SFHM, FACP, is the Vice President of Medical Affairs and Associate Chief Medical Officer and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.

Dr. Yousef is a nationally recognized expert in patient safety and quality improvement, particularly in the areas of health care value, access, diagnostic safety and building highly reliable health care systems. At Tampa General, Dr. Yousef works directly with the medical staff and clinical teams across the system to improve clinical quality, effectiveness and efficiency of patients care outcomes, as the organization continues to implement and elevate high-reliability strategies and Zero Harm goal across the system.

Prior to joining Tampa General, Dr. Yousef worked at Cleveland Clinic main campus in Cleveland, Ohio for many years before joining University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland as its Vice Chair of Medical Operation and Strategy, Quality and Patient Safety, and Medical Education in Family and Community Health and was the Asher’s Chair of Diagnostic Innovation. She held the “Distinguished Medical Educator” status at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University, School of Medicine in Cleveland.

In Ohio, Dr. Yousef led system-wide projects that were focused on optimizing chronic disease management across the continuum of care by leveraging data analytics and innovating care delivery models to implement sustainable processes with goals of maximizing value and improving patient’s outcome while reducing cost. This was subsequently reflected on improving system’s Vizient, Leapfrog and CMS star ratings. Dr. Yousef worked closely with the Ohio Patients Safety Association (OPSA) of the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) on areas of team’s communication, multidisciplinary care coordination and education on diagnostic safety.

Dr. Yousef holds prominent chair and co-chair roles and is a member of multiple national committees with the American College of Physicians, Society of Hospital Medicine and Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine to further diagnostic safety. Dr. Yousef was among the committee of the Society to Improve Medicine that created and presented the “Road Map for Research to Improve Diagnosis” to Congress in 2018 that led to the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education and Related Agencies Appropriateness Act to include $10,000,000 for researching diagnostic errors and associated risk to patient safety.

Dr. Yousef is a native of Egypt, where she earned her medical degree from Assiut University Faculty of Medicine in Assiut, and finished residences at both Assiut University Hospitals and Rush University Medical Center, Chicago. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and earned her Master of Business Administration at the prestigious Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Yousef also holds several certifications in process improvement, systems design and innovation, communication, and peer coaching. She is very passionate about empowering and promoting women leadership in medicine. Dr. Yousef authored multiple scientific peer reviewed publications and is an invited speaker to many domestic and national organizations. Dr. Yousef is a practicing physician, treating patients as a specialist in adult hospital medicine and perioperative consultation where she put empathy and shared decision making at the center of her patient’s care.

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Nancy O’Neill is the Sr. Director of Corporate Compliance and Privacy and serves as Tampa General Hospital’s (TGH) Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer. She is responsible for the implementation and management of the compliance program for this nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.

Since joining TGH in late 2017, O’Neill has been leading a growing compliance department, spearheading many initiatives leading to system wide process improvements and developing a comprehensive proactive access management and monitoring program to improve the privacy and security of patient information.

Prior to joining TGH, O’Neill began her career as a registered nurse over 36 years ago with a primary focus in emergency, trauma, and flight nursing. She has been a compliance professional for over 14 years and has served in compliance and privacy leadership roles at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg and BayCare Health System in Clearwater.

Nancy earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from SUNY Stony Brook and her MBA in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix. She has participated in several special committees as a member of the Florida Hospital Association Compliance and Privacy constituency groups. Nancy has also been a member of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) since 2007 and has earned the Certification in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) as well as the Certification in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC).

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Nishit Patel, MD, is the Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.

Dr. Patel serves as the physician executive accountable for the development and implementation of a vision for utilizing information technology and informatics to improve clinical quality, patient safety and clinician efficiency.

Dr. Patel brings over a decade of healthcare experience to TGH and is a practicing board-certified dermatologist. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and holds Associate Professor appointments at both University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine and Moffitt Cancer Center. Prior to joining Tampa General Hospital, Dr. Patel served as the Chief Medical Information Officer for USF Health and as the Associate Residency Program Director and Director of the Clinical Research Unit in the USF Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery.

Dr. Patel is an award-winning physician, receiving recognition in both Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors in Tampa Bay Magazine. He is a past president of the Florida Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery and an inductee to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Patel earned his Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Florida, his Master of Science in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University and his Doctor of Medicine from University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.