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BrainX Community Live! January 2024: CIO Panel on Implementing AI in Healthcare

Featured panelists: Sarah Hatchett, Michael Pfeffer, Ashish Atreja. Moderated by Edward W. Marx.

09 January, 2024

Watch the video of this event on our YouTube channel.


Sarah Hatchett


Sarah Hatchett is the interim Chief Information Officer at the Cleveland Clinic. Sarah Hatchett has over 19 years of experience of healthcare IT leadership. She has been at Cleveland Clinic for the past 6 years and is currently serving as the Interim Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, Ms. Hatchett worked at Epic, Sutter Health, and NYC Health + Hospitals. She received her BA in from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Executive MBA from Baldwin Wallace University.

Michael Pfeffer


Dr. Michael Pfeffer serves as the Chief Information Officer and Associate Dean for Stanford Health Care and Stanford University School of Medicine. Michael oversees Technology and Digital Solutions (TDS), responsible for providing world class technology solutions to Stanford Health Care and School of Medicine, enabling new opportunities for groundbreaking research, teaching, and compassionate care across two hospitals and over 150 clinics. Prior to joining Stanford Medicine, Michael served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer for UCLA Health Sciences. Michael was the first Chief Medical Informatics Officer for UCLA Health before transitioning into the Chief Information Officer position. Under his leadership, UCLA Health IT achieved numerous industry awards including the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 Inpatient, Ambulatory, and Analytics Certifications; the Most Wired designation for eight consecutive years; US News & World Report’s Most Connected Hospitals; the Top Master’s in Healthcare Administration 30 Most Technologically Advanced Hospitals in the World; and the prestigious HIMSS Davies Award. Michael also implemented of one of the first ACGME-accredited Clinical Informatics Fellowship Programs and served as its Associate Program Director. Michael has lectured worldwide on health information technology; served on the national HIMSS Physician Committee and as a HIMSS Stage 7 international site surveyor; and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on health IT. Michael was featured in Becker’s Hospital Review as 10 physician CIOs to know and 12 standout healthcare CIOs and was one of LA’s top doctors in Los Angeles Magazine.

Ashish Atreja


As CIO and Chief Digital Health Officer, Dr. Atreja, oversees IT, digital health and AI portfolios, bridging the gap between IT, academia, research, and innovation as “Digital Davis” becomes a global hub for digital health. Dr. Atreja has received formal training in public health and is board certified in gastroenterology, clinical informatics, and internal medicine. He launched the first digital health formulary in the health system and is often referred to as the "the App Doctor". As an intrapreneur, Dr. Atreja has won innovation awards at Cleveland Clinic and Mount Sinai, successfully licensed technologies from academic centers and advises startups, accelerators and Fortune 500 companies in digital medicine. Dr. Atreja served as scientific founder for Mount Sinai Spinoff, Rx.Health thats acquired by Commure. Dr Atreja coined the term "evidence-based digital medicine and launched non-profit Association of Digital Medicine (NODE.Health) in 2018 and Gen AI Collective, VALID AI in 2023. Dr. Atreja has received consecutive funding through NIH for the last 10 years and has published more than 96 papers in GI, digital health and AI. He was selected among Top 40 HealthCare Transformation People in 2017 and Top 50 Future Healthcare leaders by HIMSS in 2020.

Edward W. Marx


The youngest child of Holocaust survivors, Ed moved to the United States at age 10. At 16, he served as a medical clinic janitor where he discovered his healthcare calling. Ed took successive positions as combat medic, anesthesia tech, strategic planner and technology manager. He quickly learned how the convergence of clinical, business and digital saved lives. His passion ignited, he jumped feet first into technology and operations in the C-Suite of Cleveland Clinic, NYC Health & Hospitals, Texas Health Resources and University Hospitals. Intermixed, Ed served the supplier side as well. He was CEO for consulting firm Divurgent, global CDO for Tech Mahindra Health & Life Sciences and CIO of the Advisory Board. Concurrently, he served 15 years as an Army combat engineer officer and combat medic. Today, Ed is focused on his own advisory practice. Ed does a fair amount of speaking, writing and podcasting. He authored healthcare bestsellers including “Voices of Innovation” and “Healthcare Digital Transformation”. He is currently writing a book for Mayo Clinic on “Patient Experience” and “Voices of Innovation - Payers”. His podcast “DGTL Voices” is “Top 3%” globally. His Blog, CEO Unplugged, surpassed 1M views. Ed recently started a YouTube channel to expand his audience. Most importantly, Ed is husband to Simran who holds a Doctor of Nursing (DNP). They love to dance and climb mountains. They have 5 grown children and 4 grandchildren. To stay fit, he is captain of TeamUSA Triathlon. For more career information you can find me: Twitter LinkedIn Website YouTube


Artificial intelligence, especially large language models(LLMs), captured everyone’s imagination in 2023. Many healthcare organizations and companies are working on transformative work using these technologies to change healthcare delivery. Watch and hear from world’s leading healthcare Chief Information Officers(CIOs) about opportunities, strategies and challanges integrating these AI tools in healthcare.