• Future of Medicine Advisory Board


    Aneesh Chopra, Co-Founder and EVP, Hunch Analytics

    Aneesh Chopra is the President of NavHealth, a member-driven company that harnesses open health data to provide insights and workflow for population health organizations. It was launched by Hunch Analytics, a “hatchery” he co-founded incubating ideas that improve the productivity of health and education markets. From 2009-2012, he served as the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer and prior to that, as Virginia’s 4th Secretary of Technology. His public service focused on better public/private collaboration as described in his 2014 book, "Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government.” In 2011, he was named to Modern Healthcare's list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and in 2008, to Government Technology magazine's Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue. He is a Member of the Council on Virginia’s Future, earned his master's degree in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School in 1997 and his bachelor's degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994.


    James Corbett, MDiv, JD, SVP, Community Health & Values Integration, Centura Health

    Mr. Corbett is senior vice president of community health and values integration at Centura Health, a multi-state integrated health system and the region’s largest health care provider serving Colorado and western Kansas. He was a fellow at both the Harvard Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.

    Corbett was appointed to a four-year term on the National Institutes of Health’s National Advisory Council for Nursing Research by former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

    He has worked in four health systems providing strategic and operational leadership for community health, behavioral health, research operations, ethics, spiritual care, diversity, mission, and global health, and his expertise helped support health care reform in Massachusetts. In these roles, he established innovative programs such as hospital housing partnerships, community health advocates and behavioral health navigators to improve health care outcomes and reduce health care costs.

    He has lectured in clinical bioethics at the Harvard, University of New England and Maine law schools, and has been published in numerous books and journals. Corbett received his B.S. in International Relations from Syracuse University, a Juris Doctor from St. John’s University and a Master of Divinity from Duke University.


    Jon Gardner, Vice President, Centura Heart and Vascular System of Care

    Jon Gardner is vice president of the Heart and Vascular System of Care for Centura Health, where he is responsible for establishing and implementing system-wide strategic direction for heart and vascular care. Jon represents Centura on two national councils with Catholic Health Initiatives’ $2 billion cardiovascular program. Under his leadership, a system-wide physician-led structure has been developed, resulting in the fastest growing and #1 CV surgery program in Colorado. He has led the development of a heart health smart device application using IBM Watson’s artificial intelligence and natural language processing capabilities. This innovative approach demonstrates the continued dedication of the Centura Heart and Vascular System in meeting population health needs by leveraging leading-edge technology.

    Jon started his career at Hershey Medical Center, co-owned by Geisinger Health System. He advanced to Heart and Vascular Administrator at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, where he co-authored a chapter in a McGraw-Hill textbook with Drs. Spencer King, Alan Yeung and James Tcheng; led a team with the Chief of Electrophysiology in development of the world’s first bi-plane flat detector, reducing radiation exposure to pediatric patients by 80%; and was a strategic lead for multiple Duke-branded satellite heart programs in the southeastern United States. Jon then joined Presbyterian Hospitals at Texas Health as the Regional Heart and Vascular Administrator. While at Texas Health, Jon started their first joint venture with 85 cardiologists; opened the system’s first Heart Valve and Women’s Center; developed a physician-led, professionally managed system-wide board; developed regional STEMI and chest pain centers, achieving a notable 13-minute door-to-balloon time; and netted $6.2 million in cost savings. The program became the heart program of choice for President George W. Bush. While in Texas, Jon also served on the national ACCA board.

    Jon has multiple clinical credentials and degrees that include a CCPT, CCVT and RCIS. He holds a pre-med undergraduate degree in veterinary medicine, strategic certificates and advanced business degrees from Cornell, Duke, LaSalle and Penn State. Jon is currently pursuing a Global Health PhD. He is married with five children in law, medicine, military intelligence and tech startups.

    He enjoys animal husbandry, performance cars and motorcycles, entrepreneurial ventures, family and outdoor activities, fine furniture and clothing, horticulture, and reading.


    John Mehall, MD, medical director, cardiothoracic surgery, Centura Health

    Dr. Mehall received his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and graduated from University of Texas-Houston Medical School. Following his surgical training at the University of Texas and the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Mehall received extensive training in robotic and minimally invasive cardiac surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. He has been at the forefront of the technologies and procedures associated with minimally invasive surgery, publishing and presenting in a variety of journals and venues. He regularly conducts training courses for other surgeons on minimally invasive surgery and mitral valve repair, and has trained over 200 surgeons using training programs of his own design and development. In addition to his duties as a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, Dr. Mehall serves as the Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery for Cardiac & Thoracic Surgery Associates. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has also been voted Top Doc by peers in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

    Dr. Mehall enjoys spending time with his family and in the outdoors. He is actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America, the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation, Catholic Charities, the Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center, and other local community organizations.


    Brian Metz, MD

    Brian Metz, MD, is a specialist in cardiovascular disease at the State University of New York at Brooklyn College of Medicine. He did his residency at Scripps Green Hospital and a fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and nuclear cardiology. His practice interests are cardiac imaging and general cardiology. He enjoys traveling with his family, particularly accompanying his children as they compete in tennis tournaments around the country.


    Dean Ornish, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCSF; President/Director, Preventive Medicine Research Institute

    Dean Ornish, MD, is the founder and president of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California. He is clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a revolutionary thought leader and respected advisor to some of the world's most powerful leaders. Ornish received his medical training in internal medicine from the Baylor College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He received a BA in humanities summa cum laude from the University of Texas in Austin, where he gave the baccalaureate address.

    For more than 32 years, Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. He directed the first randomized, controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may stop or reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer. His research showed that comprehensive lifestyle changes affect gene expression, “turning on” disease-preventing genes and “turning off” genes that promote cancer and heart disease. In collaboration with Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, he also showed that these lifestyle changes can lengthen telomeres, the ends of chromosomes that control how long we live.

    He is the author of six best-selling books, including “Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease,” “Eat More, Weigh Less,” “Love & Survival,” and his most recent, “The Spectrum.”

    The research that he and his colleagues conducted has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Circulation, The New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Cardiology, The Lancet Oncology and elsewhere.


    Karyl VanBenthuysen, MD

    Dr. Karyl VanBenthuysen grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and moved to New York in his teenage years. He attended Yale University, where he was recognized as a Yale National Scholar, and Duke University School of Medicine. Following two years in residency training at Duke, he accepted a National Research Service Award and served a three-year Research Fellowship at the University of Colorado’ s Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Lab. There he forged a friendship with Dr. Ira Dauber, with whom he would follow parallel training and academic pathways until they arrived at South Denver Cardiology Associates. Dr. VanBenthuysen’s clinical training resumed at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where he completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Cardiology Fellowship and served for three years on the Faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He has been with South Denver Cardiology since 1987 and currently serves as its President. Recognized in the “Guide to Top Doctors,” Dr. VanBenthuysen is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases and serves on the Board of Directors for the Denver Metro Division of the American Heart Association. Dr. VanBenthuysen recently received his level 3 CT status designation and has authored 19 peer-reviewed scientific articles.

    Karyl is married and has five children, including twins! He considers his family his main extracurricular activity, but also enjoys fishing, golf, running and coaching his son’s lacrosse team.


    Suzanne Coleman, PhD, DHSc, FACHE, CRCP, RN

    Suzanne has over 20 years’ experience in a broad range of research settings ranging from pharmaceutical and device studies to federally-funded grants working with academia, government and community partners. Dr. Coleman is responsible for the strategic direction of the system-wide Centura Office of Research Operations focusing on ethical review and oversight, regulatory compliance and reporting, responsible conduct of research, fiscal management, and grant administration. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).


    Scott Ellner, DO, MPH, MHCM, FACS

    Scott is the group operating president and chief executive officer for Centura Health Physician Group, an employed, multi-specialty group with over 900 providers and 3,000 associates which is part of the Centura Health system of 18 hospitals within Colorado and western Kansas.

    Dr. Ellner trained in general surgery at UC San Diego and was an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine for 10 years, where his research focused on surgical quality and patient safety. He has created a patient safety curriculum used by the University of Connecticut medical school and is a faculty member of the American College of Surgeons’ Leading Surgical Quality program. Dr. Ellner has applied quality research through co-founding the Connecticut Surgical Quality Collaborative, where Connecticut surgical hospitals share data in a collegial framework to improve outcomes through best practices. He speaks nationally and internationally on surgical quality, value-based health care delivery and physician leadership and has several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on these subjects.

    With a degree in Health Care Management from the T. H. Chan Harvard School of Pubic Health, Dr. Ellner’s emphasis has been on change management, conflict resolution, value-based reimbursement models and competitive strategy for large, employed physician groups. He is a recipient of the Roger Schenke Award from the American Association for Physician Leadership.


    Brian Erling, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer

    As chief clinical officer, Brian is responsible for providing overall strategic direction and leadership for the establishment and sustained success of Centura Health in clinical excellence and optimal value as defined by outcomes effectiveness, service, cost, and convenience. A highly experienced emergency medicine specialist, Dr. Erling has long been a leader in quality improvement and care access.

    Prior to joining Centura Health, Dr. Erling served as president of EmCare Alliance Group, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare. He was also a founding partner of the Apex Emergency Group PC in Denver, and has served as the medical director for American Medical Response, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare and the largest international air and ground medical transport company.

    Dr. Erling received his Bachelor of Science in biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa; his Medical Doctorate from John Hopkins University in Baltimore; and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado in Denver. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Dr. Erling is board certified through the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.


    Cynthia Latney, PhD, RN

    Dr. Latney is the Chief Nursing Officer at Centura Health’s Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and South State Operating Group. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the University of Phoenix and her Doctor of Philosophy in Healthcare Administration from Walden University.

  • May 11-12, 2017
    Denver Art Museum
    Denver, Colorado