HIMSS North America Board of Directors

Board Chairs
Board Members
Advisory Board Members
Board Liaison

Board Chairs

Michael H. Zaroukian, MD, PhD, MACP, FHIMSS
Chief Medical Information Officer
Sparrow Health System


Michael H. Zaroukian is Vice President & Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) at Sparrow Health System. He is also Professor of Medicine, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University (MSU), where he served as electronic health record (EHR) Medical Director from 2002 to 2004 and CMIO from 2005-2011.

As a practicing primary care physician and clinical informatics executive, Dr. Zaroukian is responsible for providing physician leadership to the implementation and optimization of EHR system capabilities, as well as its use as an enabling technology for care transformation at Sparrow. He previously served as CMIO at MSU as well as medical director for both the Sparrow and MSU enterprise-wide ambulatory EHR implementation projects. He is also past-president of a national EHR user group.

Dr. Zaroukian has conducted numerous regional, national and international presentations and workshops on the use of health information technology (IT) to improve access to and use of health information in patient care, research and administration. He has also been extensively involved in advancing the use of health IT in health professions education as a former residency director, councilor of the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine (APDIM), and informatics group participant at the 2002 Institute of Medicine Health Professions Education Summit. In 2012, Dr. Zaroukian was an invited panelist at a White House session that brought senior Obama Administration officials together with leading experts to discuss strategies for advancing the use of health IT to improve healthcare quality and value.

A recipient of the 2010 HIMSS Physician IT Leadership Award, Dr. Zaroukian has served as a member of the American Medical Association (AMA) Health Information Technology Advisory Group and the HIMSS Enterprise Information Systems Committee. He is also past chair of the HIMSS Ambulatory Information Systems Committee and the American College of Physicians Medical Informatics Committee. He is currently a member of the ONC Meaningful Use Workgroup and the Board of Advisors of the Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems (AMDIS).


Elizabeth Casey Halley, RN, MBA, FHIMSS
Principal Advisor
The MITRE Corporation


Elizabeth Casey Halley is a Principal in the Center for Transforming Health (CTH) of the MITRE Corporation, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). She is a leading clinical informaticist with over 25 years of experience in health information technology (IT) and health IT standards. She is respected throughout the health community for her knowledge of health IT interoperability standards and their potential to improve the delivery of healthcare services. She serves as liaison to key stakeholders in the private and public sectors on both customer programs and MITRE-sponsored health-related research. Ms. Halley is recipient of the prestigious MITRE Program Recognition Award of Distinction for enabling healthcare transformation.

Ms. Halley has been engaged in numerous national health information technology (IT) efforts. As a member-elect of the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Board of Directors, outgoing Chair of the HIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee, member of the Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform (TIGER) Initiative Foundation Board and member of the INOVA Loudoun Healthcare, Inc. Board of Directors, she impacts various health IT related matters facing her community and the country.

She has lead various health IT collaboration efforts to develop and adopt health IT information exchange standards across the federal agencies and private sector, including the Consolidated Health Informatics (CHI) initiative within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), responsible for establishing consensus standards for exchanging electronic health record (EHR) and public health information.  She was instrumental in national efforts to adopt exchange standards for clinical quality measures and is involved in research to address patient safety across the continuum of care. In her work on healthcare information systems standards, planning, and implementation, she has collaborated with numerous healthcare organizations and federal agencies, including the HHS, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DOD), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency (SAMSHA) and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH).

Ms. Halley has presented to national audiences and authored numerous articles on nursing informatics and health IT, including, "Improving the Past through Standards and Interoperability” and "Nurses Exchanging Information: Advancing a Nurses Understanding of Electronic Health Records (EHR) Standards and Interoperability”. She has represented the Nursing Informatics Community in a variety health IT forums, including with members of the Congressional Nursing Caucus.

Ms. Halley is passionate about giving back to her community. She is a volunteer nurse at her community's free clinic. The Loudoun Free Clinic, through her assistance, applied for and won the 2010 HIMSS National Capital Area Charity Award to assist the clinic with the implementation of health IT. In 2012, the clinic implemented an EHR, which supports the clinic in caring for some of the community's most vulnerable patients. She also volunteers as an adaptive ski instructor for the region's physically challenged children and adults, including some of the country's recent wounded warriors. She was recognized as MITRE's Volunteer of the Month for her participation in the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.

Ms. Halley received a BS in Nursing from the University of Delaware and an MBA from George Mason University. She lives in Leesburg, VA with her husband Marc and children Marc William and Laura. As ‘Double Dels', she and her husband, remain ardent ‘Blue Hen' fans. She supported the submission of the University of Delaware's Nurse Managed Health Center for the HHS ONC "Putting the ‘I' in Health IT” Campaign and the Congressional Nursing Caucus 2012 ‘HIMSS  Nursing Health IT Vignettes'.

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Board Members

Diane M. Carr, MA, FHIMSS
Deputy Executive Director
North Bronx Healthcare Network

Diane M. Carr has served since 2006 as deputy executive director for operations at the North Bronx Healthcare Network, which includes two public hospitals, Jacobi Medical Center and North Central Bronx Hospital, as well as two community based health centers. In addition to Information Technology, Diane has responsibility for planning, design and construction, supply chain, security, pharmacy, engineering and maintenance, environmental services and support services. Her experience using technology to transform clinical and business processes is both wide and deep.

From 1993 to 2006 Diane was a senior executive at the Queens Health Network. The North Bronx and Queens networks are part of the New York City Health & Hospitals Corporation, one of the largest municipal healthcare systems in the country.

In Queens, Diane oversaw the implementation of an electronic health record to increase patient safety and information access at the network’s two hospitals, Elmhurst Hospital Center and Queens Hospital. In 2002 the Queens network was the recipient of the 2002 Nicholas E. Davies Award for Excellence in computerized patient record implementation.

Before entering the health field, she was chief of staff to a member of the New York State Legislature and Deputy General Services Commissioner, a $252 million-a-year government department in Suffolk County, N.Y.

She is the author of several articles on electronic health records. Carr holds a masters degree in public administration from Stony Brook University in NY. She also attended Harvard School of Public Health’s program in health systems management.

Currently, Diane serves as Chair of HIMSS Clinical and Business Intelligence Committee. She represented HIMSS as a member of the HIT delegation visit to Israel in January 2013, and has been an enthusiastic HIMSS member since 1998.

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Patricia L. Hale MD, PhD, FACP, FHIMSS
Associate Medical Director for Informatics
Albany Medical Center

Patricia L. Hale is currently Associate Medical Director for Informatics at Albany Medical Center. Dr. Hale has over 20 years of clinical experience in Internal Medicine as well as clinical application of medical informatics. She is board certified in Internal medicine and board certified in Clinical Informatics as a subspecialty. She has lead EMR implementation projects in the ambulatory and inpatient setting including e-prescribing, clinical record exchange, inpatient physician order entry and clinical decision support.

Previously Dr. Hale was Deputy Director of the Office of Health Information Technology and Transformation at the New York State Department of Health where she helped direct a state wide strategy for health information technology implementation.

She has been active in many national informatics initiatives and is co-author of several textbooks and reports on electronic health records and electronic prescribing as well as editor of a book on electronic prescribing for clinicians published by HIMSS. She continues part time clinical practice in Internal Medicine.

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Denise Hines, DHA, PMP, FHIMSS
eHealth Services Group

Chair Elect

Dr. Denise W. Hines heads eHealth Services Group and also serves as the Executive Director of the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN). Dr. Hines has more than two decades of healthcare experience in a variety of settings, including health systems, physician offices, home health, technology vendors, consulting, state government and revenue management. She is renowned for building service and results-oriented organizations and she possesses a passion for the widespread integration of technology and healthcare.

Nationally recognized as an expert in state government in health information exchanges (HIE), Dr. Hines has participated in hundreds of public speaking events locally and nationally, educating providers on the benefits of electronic health record (EHR) systems, health information technology adoption, and the overall national vision for an interconnected health system.

Dr. Hines was responsible for overseeing and managing the marketing and outreach recruitment of more than 5,200 healthcare providers and 56 critical access and rural hospitals, assisting these providers in meeting meaningful use requirements and qualifying for the CMS EHR incentive program. She participated on Georgia’s HIE Strategic and Operational Plan writing team and served as the co-chair of the HIE Governance Committee. She successfully launched Georgia’s first comprehensive health information transparency and HIE website. She served as the first Executive Director for the GA Health Information Technology Advisory Board and created Georgia’s two-, five-, & 10-year strategic plans for health information technology. She also created and implemented the Georgia HIE Grants Awards Program that awarded $1,800,000 in grants in the first and second years.

Dr. Hines holds her doctorate in healthcare administration where she focused her studies on the use of electronic personal health records and the impact on patient health. She also maintains certifications in project management, software development, and healthcare law.

She is the past President of the Georgia Chapter of Health Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and represents Georgia on the National HIMSS Public Policy Committee. Dr. Hines was recognized as the 2012 HIMSS Chapter Leader of the Year and GA HIMSS was recognized as the 2012 Chapter of the Year. She was also an honoree as the 2012 Woman of the Year in Technology.

Dr. Hines is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, and a resident of Fayetteville, Georgia. Her hobbies include watching movies, playing basketball, jogging, cooking, sewing, interior decorating, swimming, and spending time with her family. She is married to Wiley Earl Hines, Jr. and a mother of seven children: Crystal, Candice, Sydney, Quincy, Gabriel, Madison, and Wiley Earl Hines III (Trey). She is a member of Flat Rock AME Church where she serves as the President of the Voices of Inspiration Choir.

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President & CEO
Indiana Health Information Exchange

Vice-Chair Elect

John Kansky joined IHIE in 2007 and serves as President & CEO.

Previously, John served as Executive Director and Vice President of Strategy and Planning leading the organization’s efforts to link new communities, hospitals, providers and other health care organizations to IHIE’s statewide network and grow the profile of services offered to customers. IHIE connects the state’s hospitals, physicians, long-term care facilities and other health care providers, enabling medical information to follow patients regardless of treatment location to improve care coordination and patient outcomes. Physicians in the IHIE network provide care to over ten million patients.

John has worked in the health care technology field for 28 years gaining experience at the Indiana University and University of Washington Medical Centers as well as roles in public health and consulting. He has served organizations in the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO), Director of Information Systems, and Director of Clinical Engineering and he has spoken nationally on health information exchange (HIE), health care IT, and HIPAA compliance. John has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, an MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Washington, and an MBA from Indiana University. He currently serves on the board of HIMSS - the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

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Michael Nusbaum, BASc, MHSA, FHIMSS
M.H. Nusbaum & Associates Ltd.

Michael Nusbaum is a management consultant who has been practicing in the health care industry his entire career. With a broad background in health services administration, coupled with strong education and experience in information management and information technologies, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to a project. Michael’s strengths lie in applying modern methods and technologies to the specific needs of health care organizations.

Standards and Interoperability: Amongst a number of subject matter domains, Michael has extensive experience in healthcare IT standards and interoperability. Over the past decade, he has contributed as:


  • HIMSS North America Board Member
  • IHE International Board Member
  • IHE International, IT Infrastructure Domain Planning Committee co-Chair
  • HIMSS EHR Steering Committee Chair
  • Facilitator and Technical Writer, Healthcare IT Standards Panel (HITSP)
  • ISO/TC215 Liaison Officer for IHE International
  • Joint Initiative Council member, representing IHE International


  • IHE Canada, President
  • ISO/TC215 Canadian Advisory Committee (domestic lead on all ISO/TC215 WG2/7 items)
  • Project Manager, Infoway Standards Collaboration Process (SCP)
  • Standards Collaborative Technical Subcommittee (TSC) – ISO Constituency representative
  • Standards Collaborative Coordinating Committee (SCCC) – ITAC/Health representative
  • Standards Collaborative Steering Committee (SCSC) – IHE Canada Head of Delegation
  • ITAC/Health Interoperability and Standards Committee co-Chair
  • pan-Canadian Standards Group Chair – Client Registry & Provider Registry

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James B. Peake, M.D.
Senior Vice President
CGI Federal

Lieutenant General James Peake was nominated by President George W. Bush to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs on October 30, 2007. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on December 14, 2007, and served from December 2007 through January 2009. Dr. Peake was the principal advocate for veterans in the U.S. government and directed the nation’s second largest cabinet department, responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs, and national cemeteries for America’s veterans and dependents.

During his tenure, the VA employed more than 280,000 people at hundreds of medical centers, nursing homes, benefits offices, and national cemeteries throughout the country. The VA’s budget for fiscal year 2009 was $97.5 billion. A St. Louis, Mo., native, Dr. Peake received his Bachelor of Science degree from U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1966 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. Following service in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division where he was awarded the Silver Star, a Bronze Star with “V” device and the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, Dr. Peake entered medical school at Cornell University in New York. He was awarded a medical doctorate in 1972.

Dr. Peake began his Army medical career as a general surgery resident at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He retired from the Army in 2004, following service as a general surgeon, cardiac surgeon and commander of several medical organizations culminating in his appointment as U.S. Army Surgeon General from 2000 to 2004. As Army Surgeon General, Dr. Peake commanded 50,000 medical personnel and 187 army medical facilities worldwide. Prior to that, he served as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, one of the largest medical training facilities in the world with 30,000 students annually.

After retiring as a Lieutenant General, Dr. Peake served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Project HOPE, a non-profit international health foundation operating in more than 30 countries. Just prior to his nomination as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Peake served as Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Board of Directors for QTC, one of the largest private providers of government-outsourced occupational health and disability examination services in the nation. Dr. Peake is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the American College of Cardiology. He has been honored with the Order of Military Merit; the “A” Professional Designator; and the Medallion, Surgeon General of the United States.

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Christopher Ross
Mayo Clinic

Cris Ross is Chief Information Officer of Mayo Clinic. He is a member of the Health IT Standards Committee; a board member with HIMSS North America, eHealth Initiative and Zipnosis; an advisor to HL7 and Project Argonaut, and has participated in work groups for the American Medical Association on EHR usability and the American Hospital Association on Interoperability. Prior to joining Mayo Clinic he held technical and business leadership roles with Surescripts, CVS/MinuteClinic, and UnitedHealth Group, prior to which he was an entrepreneur and also served in various roles in federal and state government. He has an MBA from Yale School of Management and a B.S. in economics from the University of Minnesota.

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Ferdinand Velasco, MD, FHIMSS
Senior Vice President, Chief Health Information Officer
Texas Health Resources

Dr. Ferdinand Velasco is the chief health information officer for Texas Health Resources, the largest not for profit health system in north Texas. Dr. Ferdinand Velasco leads the organization’s clinical decision support, medical and nursing informatics, business intelligence and data analytics functions across the continuum of care. This includes systemwide optimization of the electronic health record. In 2013, Texas Health Resources received the enterprise HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence.

A HIMSS fellow, Dr. Velasco served as chair of the society’s Quality, Cost, Safety Committee from 2012 to 2014. He is a co-author of “Improving Outcomes of Clinical Decision Support”, winner of the 2010 HIMSS Book of the Year Award. Modern Healthcare honored Dr. Velasco as an inaugural member of the Top 25 Clinical Informaticists in Healthcare. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine.

Dr. Velasco previously served as an assistant professor and physician champion for the implementation of a computerized physician order entry (CPOE) system at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He simultaneously practiced as a cardiothoracic surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

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