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Naomi Fried, PhD

Naomi Fried, Ph.D. is Boston Children’s Hospital’s first Chief Innovation Officer. She is building the Innovation Acceleration Program, aimed at enhancing the innovation culture, improving care quality, and assisting the hospital in shaping the future of health care. The Innovation Acceleration program focuses on enhancing the innovation culture by supporting strategic innovation initiatives resourcing grass roots innovation, and identifying unmet innovation opportunities.

Previously, she was the Vice President of Innovation and Advanced Technology at Kaiser Permanente (KP) where she led an effort to identify and assess new and emerging health care technology; chaired the board of its internal Innovation Fund for Technology; formed KP’s Telehealth Working Group; and was involved in the start-up and governance of KP’s Innovation laboratory, the Sidney R. Garfield Center for Health Care Innovation.

Prior to this position, she was Managing Director of KP’s Archimedes Project. Before KP, Naomi advised two venture capital firms on life science and health care information technology investments; served as the General Manager and Vice President for Business Development of 1747, Inc., which conducts online clinical trials for new drugs; and was instrumental in the formation of the medical informatics internet start-up company (e-SKOLAR, formerly SHINE) spun out of Stanford School of Medicine, serving as interim President for its first year.

Naomi has a BS in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from MIT. Naomi can be followed on twitter at @NaomiFried.

Pedro Del Nido, MD

Del Nido MDDr. Pedro J. Del Nido is the clinical founder of the Innovation Acceleration Program and serves on the Innovestment Grant Governance Board and on the FastTrack Innovation in Technology (FIT) Board. Dr. Del Nido is currently the Chairman of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston and the William E. Ladd Professor of Child Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Previously, he served on the Surgical Faculties of the University of Illinois in Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Del Nido is a pioneer in the development of robotic tools used during cardiac surgery. Through his research, he was awarded a United States patent for “Process for Preserving An Organ and Organ Preservation Solution" in April 1995.

Dr. Del Nido has published over 258 peer reviewed articles in numerous medical journals. He has also served on many distinguished boards including Chair of the NIH-NHLBI Surgery-Bioengineering Study Section and Chair of the American Heart Assoc. - National Affiliate Study Section C. Dr. Del Nido was named as one of the 100 most influential members of the Latino community by El Planeta newspaper for three consecutive years.

Dr. Del Nido has a BA in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a MD from the University of Wisconsin Medical School.


Michael  Docktor, MD - Clinical Director of Innovation

Michael Docktor, MD Dr. Michael Docktor is the Clinical Director of the Innovation Acceleration Program. Michael is a practicing gastroenterologist at Boston Children’s  Hospital with a research and clinical interest in inflammatory bowel disease. He works to use technology and design thinking as a way to improve patient care and experience.

He serves as the Director of Clinical Mobile Solutions and has spearheaded efforts to bring technologies that can help clinicians work more productively and efficiently. Michael is passionate about technology and the startup ecosystem both within and outside of healthcare. He co-founded and leads Hacking Pediatrics, a group whose mission is to bring together talented innovators from diverse areas of expertise such as medicine, technology and business to build solutions for children and their families through hackathons.

Michael holds an Honors BS in Biology from University of Wisconsin – Madison and a MD from New Jersey Medical School. He completed his pediatric residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and his gastroenterology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. He can be followed on Twitter @MichaelDocktor.


Carla E. Small, MBA

Carla Small is the Clinical Innovation Acceleration Program Manager at Boston Children’s Hospital. She manages initiatives to stimulate and support clinician innovation at Boston Children’s Hospital, including the Innovestment Grant program, which provides seed funding and strategic guidance for early-stage product development and care delivery enhancements. She also manages a host of programs that serve to create, educate and sustain our innovation community, including the Innovators’ Forums, Innovator’s Bootcamp Training Programs, and the Innovation Ambassador Program. In addition, she works with the Innovation Acceleration Team in the development and implementation of new programs to build and enhance the culture of innovation at Boston Children’s.

Carla brings more than fifteen years of experience in business strategy, project management and innovation to the healthcare field. Carla served as a consultant to medical device, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and diagnostic companies through her own consulting firm and prior to that at Health Advances, a health care strategy consulting firm. Previously, she worked at a start-up, Work/Family Directions, where she launched a series of nationwide groundbreaking work-family benefits.

Carla received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Alex Pelletier, MBA

Alex PelletierAlexandra Pelletier is the Digital Health Program Manager in the Innovation group at Boston Children’s Hospital. She manages the FastTrack Innovation in Technology Award, an initiative to accelerate, rapidly develop and deliver innovative clinical software solutions to improve patient experience and operational efficiency. She collaborates to expand these successful solutions across the organization and explore potential entrepreneurial ventures. At Boston Children’s Hospital, she has been instrumental in launching strategic telemedicine programs and virtual care services that connect patients and clinicians.

Prior to joining Boston Children's Hospital, Alex worked at Partners’ Center for Connected Health, playing a critical role in developing digital health programs to bring care into the daily lives of patients and improve their health. Prior to joining Partners Healthcare System, Alex was a consultant at IBM Global Services and an Analyst at Deloitte & Touche. Throughout her professional career, Alex has championed innovations that harness technology to deliver value to organizations and improve the lives and health of patients.

Alex has a BA in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and a MBA from Simmons College. Alex can be followed on twitter at @acpelletier.

Gajen Sunthara

Gajen Sunthara is a Principal Software Architect for Boston Children’s Hospital’s FastTrack Innovation in Technology (FIT) Program within the Innovation Acceleration Program. Gajen Sunthara has over 15 years of experience in Healthcare Information Technology and works to transform and improve healthcare through novel uses of technology. Gajen has lead the FIT team’s technical development, as well as research and development efforts. He has extensive experience in software architecture, laboratory medicine as a medical technologist, and an in-depth understanding of clinical and patient workflow.

Gajen is an expert in Cerner and EPIC Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems, enterprise programming languages, Web 2.0 technologies, robotic & device programming and iOS & Android mobile development. Gajen has a B.Sc in Computer Science from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a Master’s in Information Technology from Harvard University. Gajen’s master thesis focused on using Google Glass to build a novel application called “GlassSurgeon”. “GlassSurgeon” enhances the surgeon’s workflow and improves patient safety by leveraging natural language processing and the hands-free features of Google Glass to access real-time clinical information though systems integration. 

Gajen can be followed on twitter at @Gajen_Sunthara .

Soleh Al Ayubi, PhD

Soleh Al Ayubi, PhDSoleh Al Ayubi is an Application Development Specialist for the Innovation Acceleration Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. Ayubi is an exceptionally skilled programmer, highly passionate human-computer interaction scientist, and interdisciplinary health-IT researcher. He has more than eight years experience designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating information technology solutions for various business needs. 

He has direct experience in user-centered design, Web 2.0 development, mobile apps development (Android and OIS), usability evaluation, social networking, and pervasive computing. He also has experience in several settings of health-related research, including autism assessment, healthy life promotion in teenagers, remote cognitive rehabilitation, as well as physical activity promotions in healthy general population, fire fighter, and wheelchair users with spinal cord injury.

Prior to joining Boston Children’s Hospital, he worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh VA Healthcare System, and several Indonesian National Companies and Agencies.

He has BS and MS in Computer Science from the Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesia), and PhD in Health Information Management from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of IEEE, ACM, ATA, AMIA, and AHIMA. Ayubi can be followed on twitter at @SolehAyubi.

Emila Bradford

Emila ShoshoEmila is the Executive Assistant and Program Coordinator for the Innovation Acceleration Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining Boston Children’s Hospital, Emila was employed at Steward Health Care System as an Executive Assistant to the executive leadership team, including the Chief Administrative Officer and SVP of Public Policy, where she played an intricate role in supporting the corporate Human Resources department, event and project management, and high-level communications. She was the main point of contact for all executive search firms, and served on the Corporate Service Excellence Committee in an effort to develop a for-profit culture through volunteer projects.

Before joining Steward Health Care System, Emila was the Legislative Director for State Representative Bruce J. Ayers at the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where she managed constituent relations, wrote and filed budgetary items and legislation, coordinated with state agencies to execute policy, and supervised the office’s intern program.

Emila has taught Civics, US history and Government Citizenship preparation courses in the past several years. Emila holds a BA in Politics, with a concentration in International and Comparative Politics, from Salve Regina University.

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