Forum Speaker Biographies

Dr. Timothy Buchman, PhD, M.D., FACS, FCCP, MCCM

Timothy G. Buchman, PhD, MD, FACS, FCCP, MCCM has four decades of bedside experience caring for septic patients. A general surgeon, intensive care doctor and virologist, he is currently Senior Advisor, IPA to the Division of Research, Innovation, and Ventures (DRIVe), Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ( Dr. Buchman’s other current roles include Professor of Surgery, Anesthesiology, and Biomedical Informatics at Emory University, where he founded the Emory Critical Care Center ( ). Dr. Buchman is past president of the Shock Society, of the Society for Complex Acute Illness and of the Society of Critical Care Medicine (, the latter being the largest organization of critical care professionals in the world . He is Editor-in-Chief of Critical Care Medicine  ( and Critical Care Explorations ( .He is also a member of the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute ( . He also serves as site director of the military-civilian partnership, Surgical Critical Care Institute ( Dr. Buchman’s current research focuses on the use of artificial intelligence to predict which patients in the intensive care unit will become septic.

Dr. Denise Cardo, M.D.

Dr. Denise Cardo is the director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Cardo joined CDC in 1993 as a medical epidemiologist and, after holding several leadership positions in DHQP, she was selected as division director in 2003. Dr. Cardo leads CDC activities to prevent infections and antimicrobial resistance in healthcare settings and to promote healthcare safety. She has been involved in several CDC responses to emerging infection threats.

Prior to joining CDC, she had a distinguished career in the division of infectious diseases at one of Brazil’s prestigious medical institutions, Escola Paulista de Medicina, where she received her medical degree, completed her residency and fellowship, and joined the faculty as associated professor of infectious diseases.

Dr. Cardo has been involved in healthcare epidemiology and hospital infections for several decades and is internationally recognized as an expert and leader in the area.  Her interests include patient safety, prevention of healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance, sepsis, and public health-healthcare interactions to promote health.  She is the author of several research and reviewed papers including book chapters and has received several awards for her work.

Catherine Chao, MPH

Catherine is a cause-driven communicator that leads strategy development, research, and evaluation for health and education campaigns at the Ad Council, a nonprofit that uses the power of communications to drive behavior change on social good issues.

Her campaigns include COVID-19, youth vaping prevention, lung cancer screening, encouraging girls in STEM, and saving for retirement. She considers herself to be the voice of the target audience and immerses herself in audience mindsets to leverage
insights in the development of campaigns that inspire action.

Prior to the Ad Council, Catherine worked with a variety of nonprofits to develop communication strategies, plans, video content, and materials for issues such as stress reduction, smoking cessation, health insurance access, and improving the wellbeing of
underserved populations. She received her Master of Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Edward Conway Jr., M.D., M.S., FAAP, FCCM

Dr. Conway received his M.D. degree at the SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. He completed his internship, residency, chief residency and Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is currently Chief of PCCM and Vice-Chairman of the Lewis M. Fraad Department of Pediatrics at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. Dr. Conway is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has authored over 180 scientific papers, book chapters and abstracts on a myriad of pediatric topics involving critically ill children.

Dr.  Conway is the past Chairman of the Executive Committee on Critical Care for the American Academy of Pediatrics and former Chairperson of the Pediatric Section for the Society of Critical Care Medicine. He is currently Chancellor of the Board of Regents for the American College of Critical Care Medicine.  He is a senior member of the NYCDOH Pediatric Disaster Preparedness Committee and NYSDOH Emergency Medicine Services for Children Committee. He has served as an advisor to the NYSDOH Advisory Board and Greater New York Hospital Association for Pediatric Sepsis. His  particular areas of interest include PCCM education, sepsis, simulation, and traumatic brain injury.  He is the 2020 recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Distinguished Career Award in Pediatric Critical Care.

Dr. Marcus Friedrich, M.D., MDA, FACP

Dr. Friedrich is the Chief Medical Officer for the Office of Quality and Patient Safety within the New York State Department of Health. He works with the clinical and administrative leadership at the New York State Department of Health in the development of quality measurement and improvement programs.

Dr. Friedrich currently works on an ongoing collaborative of clinical providers, hospitals, and payers in a statewide multi-year medical home demonstration incorporating care and payment reform, making use of health data exchange engaging claims and clinical, electronic health record information. He is also leading the statewide sepsis campaign, public reporting on cardiac services and stroke, office-based surgery, antibiotic stewardship, prenatal care, and other programs statewide.

Dr. Friedrich joined the Department of Health from Northwell Health, Manhasset, NY where he worked as a Medical Director for the Northwell Health Clinical Integrated IPA (CIIPA).

Dr. Friedrich received his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and completed his MBA at Hagen University in Hagen, Germany. He did his residency in Internal Medicine at Northwell Lenox Hill Hospital and completed a physician administrative fellowship at Northwell Health before becoming faculty at the North Shore University Hospital Department of Medicine. He is a practicing primary care physician providing HIV care in the community.

Dr. Mark Jarrett, M.D., MBA, MS

As chief quality officer for Northwell Health, Mark P. Jarrett, MD, MBA, is responsible for system-wide initiatives in quality and safety. Dr. Jarrett is also Northwell’s deputy chief medical officer and a professor of medicine at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He previously served as chief medical officer and DIO at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH). Prior to that appointment, Dr. Jarrett was director of Rheumatology at SIUH from 1982-1999. Dr. Jarrett has extensive research experience, and has been published on the subject of the immune response in systemic lupus erythematosus, quality and cybersecurity in health care.

Dr. Jarrett is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology, and past president of the Richmond County Medical Society. Dr. Jarrett earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, and a fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Jarrett also holds an MBA from Wagner College and an MS in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University. He is also a certified Healthcare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP).

Dr. Jeremy Kahn, M.D.

Dr. Kahn is Professor of Critical Care Medicine and Health Policy & Management at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Kahn’s research program focuses on the organization, management, and financing of critical care services in the United States. Specific areas of interest include ICU workforce and staffing, quality measurement, benchmarking, telemedicine, and regionalization of critical and emergency care. His work integrates approaches from the fields of epidemiology, health services research, health economics and organizational science to investigate novel strategies for increasing the quality and efficiency of care for critically ill patients. In addition to his research activities, he provides clinical care in the ICU at Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Christopher Seymour, M.D., MSc

Dr. Seymour is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Over the past 10 years, his research program has focused on clinical and translational studies involving sepsis, biomarkers, and large electronic health record databases. Dr. Seymour uses machine learning, bioinformatics, and biology-informed models to identify endotypes of sepsis. His work studies how to transition sepsis endotypes from offline inquiry to online learning in the electronic health record: at scale and at the point-of-care.

Dr. Seymour completed his NIGMS Career Development Award (K23), mentored by Dr. Derek Angus, titled “Prehospital identification of high-risk sepsis.” This successful award led to funding of a NIH/NIGMS R35 ESI-Merit Investigator Research Award, “Sepsis endotypes during emergency care.” He is Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Program in the Department of Critical Care Medicine, member of the International Sepsis Forum (ISF), and Associate Editor for Critical Care at JAMA. His research has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and The Lancet, among others.

Dr. Nirav Shah, M.D., MPH

Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, is Senior Scholar at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. He is a leader in digital health and innovation, care transformation, patient safety and quality, and the strategies required to transition to high value, patient-centered care. Board-certified in Internal Medicine and caring for patients at Stanford, Dr. Shah is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale School of Medicine and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Shah’s expertise spans health and healthcare as a member of the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee, as Senior Fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and as an independent director of public and private companies and foundations. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Kaiser Permanente in Southern California, and as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health.