HIMSS Board of Directors

Board Chairs

Manish KohliChair: Dr. Manish Kohli is a global physician leader, passionate about technology-enabled health and care transformation. He currently serves as the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) for Advocate Aurora Health System, the 10th largest health system in the US.

Prior to being named for his current role, Dr. Kohli served as the very first CMIO in the MENA region. He was the first physician to be recruited by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) and was named to serve as Chief, Medical Informatics.  Over his tenure he served on the CCAD leadership team to deliver a Greenfield- from blueprint to fully operational digital facility, JCI accredited, first HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 hospital in the UAE.

Dr. Kohli’s other previous roles include Director of Global Programs and Healthcare Informatics with Partners Harvard Medical International’s (PHMI). As part of this role, he was the CMIO for University Hospital, Dubai as well as the Director of Healthcare Informatics at Dubai Health Care City where he directed development and expansion of a health information exchange that connected over 70 healthcare entities to the Center for Healthcare Planning and Quality (CPQ).

Additionally, Dr. Kohli has served as Medical Director of Clinical Information Systems at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD, where he helped lead technology-driven clinical practice transformation including data migration from two disparate vendors- amongst a first in the US in 2005.

A former Ronald W. Reagan Scholar at Eureka College, Dr. Kohli graduated from SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL and completed residency training in Family Medicine at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, IL where he also served as Chief Resident. Subsequently, he completed Preventive Medicine training along with MPH (Masters of Public Health) in International health and MBA in Medical Services Management at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
Additionally, Dr. Kohli has completed Faculty Development fellowship at Cook County Hospital (Chicago, IL) and the Tanger Fellowship in Patient Safety at the Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care (CIQPC) at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.

He is dually board certified in Clinical Informatics and Family Medicine and is a Fellow of HIMSS. He also serves as a member of Joint Commission International (JCI) Standards Advisory Panel, Lifestyle Medicine Global Alliance (LMGA), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and American College of Preventive Medicine.


 Vice-Chair: Dana Alexander, serves as Executive Director, Health Advisory, Ernst &Young, LLP. EY is working collaboratively with a wide range of organizations, from governmental departments of health and public sector service providers and payers to health insurers and private sector providers to create sustainable health care systems that deliver high-quality care while being efficient and cost-effective. Alexander drives EY’s Health Reimagined initiative, which brings together professionals from multiple sectors — health, life sciences, technology, telecommunications, consumer products and more to develop cross-sector perspectives and solutions for transformation and new business models.

Additionally, Alexander assists organizations in new models of care delivery and transformation achieving quality, outcomes and financial optimization.

Prior to joining EY, Dana served as Vice President, Clinical Advisory at Divurgent LLC. Ms. Alexander also served as the Vice President of Integrated Care Delivery and Chief Nursing Officer at Caradigm (GE Healthcare & Microsoft Joint Venture) as, as well as Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for GE Healthcare. Dana is an active and past participant in government and industry initiatives, including the ONC Consumer Engagement Workgroup, NQF/MAP Population Health Task Force, MAP Hospital WG, NQF Care Coordination Committee, AONE, ANA, and is an ANF Board Member. Additional honors include her achievement of American Academy of Nursing Fellow, HIMSS Fellow and Health Data Management's Most Powerful Women in HIT 2016. Ms. Alexander is also an accomplished speaker and writer.

Board Members

Hal BakerR. Hal Baker, MD, FACP,  is Senior VP Clinical Improvement and CIO at WellSpan, a regionally integrated health system that serves four counties in central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. In this capacity, Dr. Baker leads quality and safety initiatives as well as the use of information technology as a means to create a reliable patient experience across the health system’s hospitals, physician practices, and ambulatory facilities.

Under Dr. Baker’s leadership, WellSpan developed a patient-centered approach to leveraging technology for clinical benefit.  WellSpan’s EHR journey has been distinguished by innovations in several areas such as an internally developed patient portal that offers patients same-day access to patient notes, imaging results and laboratory values as well as online self-scheduling.  WellSpan was also the pioneer development partner in the first-ever implementation of closed loop IV pump integration with an EHR. 

As a practicing internal medicine physician, Dr. Baker continues to provide primary care services to the York community in the same practice he has served in for over two decades. Dr. Baker joined WellSpan York Hospital in June 1995 as Associate Program Director of the WellSpan York Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program.  Dr. Baker came to York after completing a general internal medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology and a medical degree from Cornell University.


Susan Heichert, RN, MA, FHIMSSSusan Heichert, RN, MA, FHIMSS is the former Chief Information Officer at Allina Health.  She began her professional career in pediatric/NICU nursing, practicing in Texas and Minnesota, after earning a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Previous positions include work in the vendor space and consulting as well as a role at Children’s Minnesota with their Cerner implementation.

Susan joined Allina Health in 2004, where she was part of the team that implemented Epic.  Allina was honored to earn the Davies Organizational Award for that initiative in 2007.  In 2008, Susan assumed the CIO role and has served in other interim leadership roles including VP for Care Management and SVP HR/CHRO.  Susan has been active with the MN Chapter of HIMSS as well as the national HIMSS organization since the ‘90s, serving in a variety of positions and on numerous committees as well as contributing to HIMSS publications.  Additionally, she is a member of CHIME and has served on various CHIME committees.  She was appointed to the MN State e-Health committee and served until 2016.  She also serves on the board of Senior Community Services and the technology committee for Feed My Starving Children.


Philippe KohlPhilippe Kolh, MD, PhD, cardio-vascular surgeon, is Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chairman of the Department of Medico-Economic Information at the University Hospital of Liège, Belgium. He is also Professor of Physiology and Biochemistry at the University of Liège. Pr Kolh is a scientist, university hospital administrator, and physician, with substantial and diverse experience in information technology and accomplishments in biotechnology and bioengineering, and non-profit organizations. His background involves significant experience in funded scientific research, and he has served on several scientific advisory boards, mainly in the life sciences. The author of more than 140 publications in peer-reviewed Journals, Pr. Kolh has given more than 200 international lectures.

Philippe Kolh received his medical training at the University of Liège, where he graduated in 1989 as a valedictorian with summa cum laude. Pr. Kolh completed most of his residency training in general, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at the University Hospital of Liège, Belgium. During the academic year 1993-1994, he was fellow of Heart and Lung Transplantation at Yale University Medical Center, and, during the academic year 1994-1995, fellow in Cardiac Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor and Teaching Assistant in Cardio-Thoracic Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Boston.

He is Senior Editor (2013-2016) of the European Journal of Vascular and EndoVascular Surgery (EJVES), Associate Editor (2013-2016) of the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EJCTS), and Editorial Board member of the European Heart Journal (EHJ). He serves as Chairman of the Task Force developing the joint ESC/EACTS 2014 guidelines on myocardial revascularisation and as a member of the Committee for Practice Guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). He has been President of the Belgian Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (2011-2013) and of the Royal Belgian Society of Surgery (2013-2014).


Robert McCrayRobert B. McCray is President & CEO of the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance, which he co-founded in 2005. Mr. McCray also serves as Chairman of Alliance Healthcare Foundation, the largest dedicated health charity headquartered in the San Diego region; Member of the Board of Directors of Midmark Corporation, a medical products and services company; and Member of the Board of Managers of the Personal Connected Health Alliance, a HIMSS innovation company. 

Previously, Mr. McCray served as Managing Partner of Triple Tree, LLC, a merchant bank focused on the healthcare sector; Chairman, President and CEO of HealthCap, Inc., a successful venture capital-backed physician practice management company; as President, COO and early investor in Digital On-Demand, Inc., a technology company operating the ReDotNet music distribution system in major retail chains; as Managing Director of Caremark Physician Resources, a division of Baxter; and co-founder and Chairman of OnCall Medicine, Inc., a medical house calls company. Prior to his business career, Rob practiced healthcare regulatory and transactional law for 15 years and created a focused inter-disciplinary healthcare law firm and consultancy with a national client base.

Some previous appointments include: Chairman of the Sacramento (County) Environmental Commission; Chairman of the Sacramento City Toxic Substances Commission; President of the Environmental Council of Sacramento; board member of the American Lung Association – Sacramento Emigrant Trails

Mr. McCray holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of California, San Diego and a Juris Doctor degree from the UC Davis School of Law.


Rebecca Messing HaiglerRebecca Messing Haigler, Verily Life Sciences (an Alphabet Company) Health Economics, Value & Access Lead is responsible for Health Economics, Value Based Care Models and Market Access of clinical platforms at Verily Life Sciences. She has over sixteen years of experience working with healthcare payors, providers and suppliers to navigate the complex delivery system landscape towards population health management and generate strategic value.

Rebecca previously directed Northern CA Accountable Care Organizations at Blue Shield of California managing more than 55,000 covered lives. Partnering with key strategic providers she designed innovative ACO expansion models in new product lines, regions and care delivery programs.

In addition, Rebecca was responsible for leading the Strategy Practice at the Chartis Group, a consulting advisory firm dedicated to health systems, provider groups and payors. She was also formerly a Director of Analytics at Sg2 Healthcare Intelligence.

Rebecca earned dual graduate degrees from UC Berkeley, an MBA and an MPH in Health Policy Management. She received her Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan. Rebecca lives in San Francisco and enjoys spending time with her family in the Bay Area.


James PeakLieutenant General James Peake (U.S. Army, Retired), M.D., Senior Vice President, CGI Federal, 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.


Cris RossChair Elect: 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.


Henning Schnieder, CIO, UKEVice-Chair Elect: Henning Schnieder, CIO, UKE has been the head of the medical IT department at the UKE since 2008. In February 2012, he took over the role as Chief Information Officer (CIO).

From 2003 to 2008 he succeeded as a program manager at Siemens AG Healthcare Sector running complex customer projects to improve healthcare processes by integrating clinical workflows with IT and medical devices. Before this – from 1998 to 2003 – Henning Schneider worked at Siemens Business Services as a senior consultant for e-banking solutions.

Born in Hamburg, Germany in October 1973, he studied Computer Science and Business Administration at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg and the University of Hamburg.

During his work at Siemens he was the winner of the Siemens Top Plus award in Dubai as one of the leading Project Manager worldwide in 2003. In 2005 he invented and established the Imaging Science Institute (www.isi-erlangen.de) which was a joint research centre between Siemens and the University Hospital of Erlangen to improve and develop medical devices, IT-Systems and processes directly in a clinical environment.

In 2011 the UKE was honored with the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Award. In 2015 the CIO Magazin and Computerwoche honored Henning Schneider with the "CIO of the year award” (category: innovation).

From October 2016 Henning Schneider will take up the role of Group CIO at the healthcare group Asklepios Kliniken GmbH, which is one of the leading private operators of hospitals and healthcare facilities in Germany.


Ruth StevensRuth P. Stevens consults on customer acquisition and retention, for both consumer and business-to-business clients.  Ruth serves on the boards of directors of Edmund Optics, Inc., the HIMSS Media Group, and the Business Information Industry Association.   She is a trustee of Princeton-In-Asia, past chair of the Business-to-Business Council of the DMA, and past president of the Direct Marketing Club of New York. She serves as a mentor to fledgling companies at the ERA business accelerator in New York City.   Ruth was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Marketing by Crain’s BtoB magazine, and one of 20 Women to Watch by the Sales Lead Management Association. 

Ruth is a guest blogger at HBR.org, Biznology and Target Marketing Magazine, and is the author of two business books: Maximizing Lead Generation: The Complete Guide for B2B Marketers and Trade Show and Event Marketing.  She co-authored the white paper series, “B-to-B Database Marketing.”

Ruth is a sought-after speaker and educator and has presented to audiences and business schools in Asia, Australia, and Latin America.  She has held senior marketing positions at Time Warner, Ziff-Davis, and IBM. She studied marketing management at Harvard Business School and holds an MBA from Columbia University. 


TK RamTK Udairam (Ram), COO, Sheares healthcare, is the Chief Operating Officer of Sheares Healthcare Management whose mandate is to acquire and develop hospitals and health care facilities and operations primarily in Asia, but also in the rest of the world. The mission is to create value by introducing new technology, from information technology to early adoption of new treatment modalities and systems.

He has 39 years of healthcare experience in Singapore with substantial experience in the operation and management of hospitals (ranging from 2,500 bed psychiatric hospital to 800 bed acute care hospital).

He was involved in developing and implementing the first computerised hospital administration system in Singapore in 1984 and has been Chair of various IT committees in public healthcare (from cluster steering committees to the national telehealth committee). He was also involved in developing and implementing the national medical care savings scheme (Medisave).