our Advisors

Delivering knowledge without boundaries to clinicians and experts around the globe.


Scott Ballenger

President of Locksmith Advisors

Scott is a proven innovator in life sciences. With a strong track record of more than 25 years of monetizing novel solutions that span health-tech, data science and drug development, Scott has worked across both start-ups and industry leading enterprises. Most recently, Scott led a global business development team consolidating 5 acquisitions in the drug development arena and delivering more than $500 million in annual sales. Scott was a Hollingsworth Scholar at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he graduated with highest honors and distinction.

Gery Barry

President & CEO of Barry-Global Strategic Services

Gery is a seasoned insurance executive: past President and CEO of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana; President and CEO of Liberty Mutual-Canada, Chief Strategy Officer for Aetna (National). Past President and CEO, and founder of Med Impact International, a major pharmacy benefits management company in the US and abroad. He developed the international business with extensive experience in China and the Middle East. Currently on the Advisory Board of  the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia for the redesign of healthcare in that country.

Susan Groenwald RN, Ph.D.

President Emerita at Chamberlain University

Susan recently retired as CEO of the Chamberlain school of nursing, the largest nursing school in the country, with extensive online education. She grew the company from a one site location to the largest nursing school in the Nation with 25 sites and 29,000 students. She is also the chair of the Board of Ross medical school, a subsidiary of DeVry, and has served on the BOD of two national companies, and also  founded and led two successful healthcare startup companies.

Joe Guarisco MD.

Chief Management Consultant at Guarisco Health Management

Joe recently retired as system head of emergency services for Ochsner Health System. He is nationally recognized for innovative services in the design and implementation of emergency services through the use of information technology to improve throughput and outcomes. He also has extensive experience in the remote management of patients, including offshore oil platforms as Medical Director for Remote Clinical Operation/Gulf of New Mexico- Prime Occupational Medicine, Medic Systems and Chevron.

Joe Ichter MHA, DrPH

Director of Community Investment Providence Health & Services

Joe has extensive administrative experience in medical settings in the US (Providence Healthcare, University of Oregon Health and Sciences Center, Lovelace Medical System) and abroad. A senior health adviser to Palladium, an international consulting firm based in Washington DC and Dubai, he specialized in grant funding and public private partnerships. He also has extensive work experience in Africa, and the Middle East including UAE, Iraq and Afghanistan.

David M Lawrence, md., mph

Retired CEO and Chairman of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals

David is currently pursuing interest in new business development, teaching, public policy, and writing. He is a member of the boards of Aditazz, CellWorks, MedECube, and OncoStem. He is a member of the Health Advisory Board of the RAND corporation; advisor to the CEO’s of SomaLogic and Medial/EarlySign; and associated with Artiman Ventures. He has served on the boards of Hewlett Packard, its spin-off company, Agilent Technologies, McKesson Corp, PGE Corp, Raffles Medical Group (Singapore); and as a Trustee for the Rockefeller Foundation. He consults with selected health care systems around the globe (China, India, Saudi Arabia, among others). 

John Lucas MD., MPH

Medical Director Far East Medical Ventures

John is a Five-time CEO of hospitals and medical systems, an innovative Population Health expert and Disease Management entrepreneur. He has extensive experience in large medical group management and leadership, and is a medical quality expert as a Baldridge examiner and Joint Commision International Inspector. His extensive international experience includes his current position as CEO of an international hospital in Ho Chi Minh City; MPH from Harvard with international work through the World Bank and a Canadian development authority with several years experience in Africa.

Thomas lewis matthew,
MD., ms.

Director, Johns Hopkins Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at Suburban Hospital

Thomas L. Matthew, M.D., is the director of the Johns Hopkins Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Thoracic Surgery. 

Dr. Matthew has an expertise in cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery and vascular surgery. He has surgical interests in complex coronary artery surgical revascularization, mitral valve repair, reparative cardiac surgery and aortic valve replacement including the TAVR procedure.


Board-certified Anesthesiologist - Pain Specialist and CEO TeSo Telemedicine Solutions

Dirk is an Anesthesiologist-Pain Specialist and eHealth/Telemedicine consultant and entrepreneur. During his studies he did various research in the medical field and is an author of an extensive list of publications. Subsequently he was trained as Anesthesiologist and Painspecialist at the University Hospital Maastricht. Since a few years he is involved in EHealth and Telemedicine projects as a Telemedicine consultant with a focus on Ambulance-Based Telemedicine Systems and remote patient monitoring. He is an internationally renowned and dedicated speaker at various international eHealth and ICT meetings. He also co-developed an  Ambulance-Based Telemedicine System for which he recieved various awards.

Christine Petersen MD., MBA

Christine is a board-certified internist with a fellowship in oncology and over 30 year history of medical management with bottom line responsibility for medical groups and pharmacies (FHP Inc). She has national responsibility for utilization management (Prudential healthcare) and corporate responsibility as VP of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer for Sierra Health Services, with oversight of Medical technology. She is also a health quality expert including oversight of HEDIS reporting and NCQA accreditation, and has extensive charitable medical work in Tanzania, Africa with International Health Partners.