SPEAKERS + BIOS

Jason Helgerson

Opening Keynote Session

Jason Helgerson is an entrepreneur, investor, consultant and social change agent.  After more than 20 years of public service he has embraced the “gig economy” and launched a multifaceted private sector career.  Helgerson Solutions Group LLC (HSG) is focused on helping companies, providers, payers and governments make the move to value in health care.  Jason also advises Private Equity firms and Venture Capital funds that share his commitment to value-based health care.  Jason also works around the world as a Senior Advisor to a global management consulting firm.

Twitter: @policywonk1

Francois de Brantes

Keynote Session

François de Brantes serves as Senior Vice President of Commercial Business Development at Remedy Partners. He leads customer development of the Medicare Advantage, Self-Insured Employer, and Commercial Payer markets. He has spent close to two decades working to transform the U.S. healthcare system by improving incentives for providers and consumers in order to encourage value-based decisions.

Prior to joining Remedy Partners, he served as Vice President of Altarum, a national nonprofit. From 2006 to 2016, he was Executive Director of the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute (HCI3), a not-for-profit company that designed programs to motivate physicians and hospitals to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare delivery. The organization, which merged with Altarum in December 2017, was responsible for the Bridges to Excellence® (BTE) and PROMETHEUS Payment® programs, which compensate and reward clinicians that focus on episodes of care and performance measures.

Before HCI3, François was Chief Operating Officer of the eHealth Initiative (eHI), which promotes adoption of health information technology in the U.S. He led the development of eHI’s HIE Value and Sustainability Model, a method to value services offered by Health Information Exchanges. Early in his career working in General Electric’s corporate health care department, he was involved in many strategic programs that created, connected and supported Active Consumers, and defined market mechanisms to reward providers for better performance.

François holds a master’s degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Paris IX-Dauphine and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

Dr. Alisahah J. Cole

Keynote Session

Alisahah J. Cole, MD, received her undergraduate degrees in Music and Biology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  She graduated with her medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, OH, where she was a National Health Service Corp Scholar.  Since serving the underserved had always been a priority, she completed her residency in Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center, where she was part of the Urban Track program.  During that time, she received the Bryant L. Galusha Intern of the Year Award and served as Co-Chief Resident her final year.  After residency, she worked in a rural health clinic in Union, SC for 4 years.  Since her return to Charlotte, she has served in multiple leadership roles, including Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and most recently, Vice President, Chief Community Impact Officer for Carolinas HealthCare System/Atrium Health.  She has been passionate about inter-disciplinary medical education, teaching a wide range of learners from residents, medical and pharmacy students, ACP’s, and behavioral health interns. Her clinical interests include health equity and population health, and she is currently responsible for developing and implementing a community health strategy across multiple counties in North and South Carolina.  Outside of medicine she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and watching football.

Jessica Altman

Breakout Session, February 21, 10:10 AM

Jessica is a busy mom of 2 beautiful kids, ages 13 and 16, and grows much of what her family eats. She is a passionate educator, and has taught science, community gardening, and food education since 1998. She holds a Master’s in Science Education, is a certified NYS biology teacher, and is nearing completion of a Master’s in Public Health, with a goal of addressing social determinants of health through food based education and access. She is a certified plant-based chef, holds a certification in plant-based nutrition, and is a certified Complete Health Improvement Plan facilitator (CHIP). Jessica combines her passion for cooking & gardening with her passion for teaching. She writes recipes and photographs her food blog, www.gardenfreshfoodie.com, a blog devoted to plant-based, seasonal recipes for decreasing inflammation. Jessica lectures about the health benefits of plant-based nutrition, and holds healthy, plant-based cooking classes in the Buffalo, NY area wherever there’s a table and an outlet. She has worked with many community based organizations and has been a featured author for the American Heart Association, Edible WNY, One Green Planet, Food Revolution Network, and Forks Over Knives. 

Joseph Bach

Breakout Session, Feb. 20, 10:45 AM

Joseph Bach is the Chief Information Officer/ Chief Administrative Officer for The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care Inc.  Mr. Bach has over 15 years of experience in the health care industry.  As a member of The Executive Leadership Team, he provides the overall strategic direction, vision, and leadership of multiple departments which ensure successful operations between CHPC’s business segments.  He is also responsible for business intelligence strategy, analytics, and leveraging information technology to enhance the organization’s operations.  Mr. Bach recently presented at the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation Leadership Summit on “How to Implement a Business Intelligence Strategy for Better Decision Making”.  Prior to his current role Mr. Bach spent over 11 years in the education space serving in an executive technology leadership role.

Ann Battaglia

Breakout Session, Feb. 21, 10:10 AM

Ann Battaglia currently serves as Chief Executive Officer for Healthy Community Alliance, Inc., a rural health network based in Gowanda, NY.  Ms. Battaglia has over 20 years of executive leadership experience in non-profit health and human services.  Also a graduate of the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York Health Leadership Fellows program, Ms. Battaglia holds a Master’s degree in Human Services Administration from Buffalo State College and has extensive experience in collaborative program planning and development to improve quality of life for rural and marginalized communities. Most recently, Ann was instrumental in securing the New York State Department of Health Community Based Organization (CBO) Planning Grant under DSRIP for upstate New York. Under this grant, Healthy Community Alliance will create a CBO Consortium across upstate New York and develop a capacity building platform where CBO Consortium members can learn and share best practices and innovative strategies to measure, communicate and bill for the value they provide in improving health outcomes. Prior to her work with Healthy Community Alliance, Ann led the start-up operations of Total Senior Care Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in Cattaraugus County which is a full capitation managed care model under Medicare and NYS Medicaid Managed Long Term Care.

Keith Brown

Breakout Session, Feb. 21, 10:10 AM

Keith Brown, MPH is the Director of Health and Harm Reduction at the Katal Center for Health, Equity and Justice. He joined Katal in May 2016 as Project Director of the Albany Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) initiative in Albany, NY. As the Director of Health and Harm Reduction, he serves as an expert in Medicaid, health, case management, and harm reduction, assisting municipalities through the country in developing strategies addressing public health and public safety. Keith holds a Master’s in Public Health from SUNY Albany and a BA in Community Mental Health from SUNY Buffalo. He is a member of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. At the local level, Keith is a member of Albany County’s Opioid Task Force and sits on the board of the Albany County Coalition on Homelessness.

Glenda Cadwallader

Plenary, Feb. 21, 12:30 PM

Glenda Cadwallader is a consultant specializing in strategic and organizational development for nonprofit organizations. An executive with 30 years of organizational leadership and entrepreneurial experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit communities, Glenda has effectively built and directed high performance teams, improved business processes and structures, managed board, staff and volunteer relationships, and facilitated strategic planning and group-based solutions.

Glenda is one of the designers and the program director of GetSET, an organizational capacity-building initiative in Western New York. GetSET was created to assist and support nonprofit organization success in a value-based payment (VBP) environment. She is currently providing executive consulting assistance to the FLPPS And United Way Of Greater Rochester CBO VBP Readiness Pilot; the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative VBP Readiness Project; and the Millennium Care Collaborative VBP Readiness Initiative.

Glenda holds a Masters in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

John Coles

Breakout Session, Feb. 20, 10:45 AM

Dr. John Coles is a Senior Research Scientist and Project Manager at CUBRC Inc. in Buffalo, New York where he works in the Information Exploitation Sector. Dr. Coles was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and SUNY Chancellors award winner, and has multiple awards and publications relating to his work in disaster relief, emergency management, and counter-terrorism. His work has been supported by several agencies including the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Dr. Coles’ current interests are in healthcare and defense, with a focus on system integration to perform large-scale data analysis, modeling, and simulation. Dr. Coles leads the multi-disciplinary Healthcare Informatics Team at CUBRC, an initiative to transition data storage and analytics technologies, originally developed for the U.S. Government, into the healthcare space.

Katie Connors

Breakout Session, Feb. 21, 10:10 AM

Katie Connors is a long time Cattaraugus county resident, living and working in predominantly rural areas while obtaining her B.A. from Fredonia State University. Katie has been working at Healthy Community Alliance for three years, first as a Community Health Worker, then as the Wellness Coordinator and finally as the Program Manger overseeing several grants. Formerly she has worked in urban and rural areas with hard to reach populations, inpatient and outpatient, and in long term and sub-acute care as a Social Worker. Discharge planning has been a major focus with special interest in Social Determinant of Health due to the role they play in managing ones health.

Joseph Conte

Breakout Session, Feb. 20, 10:45 AM

Joseph Conte is the Executive Director of the Staten Island Performing Provider System (SI PPS).  SI PPS was created to implement the Medicaid redesign program known as DSRIP. Under Joe’s leadership the PPS was recognized by Jason Helgerson, NY Medicaid Director as “leading the way” and the “most advanced” in NY (Crains, 2017).

Previously, Joe was the Senior V.P. for Administration at Richmond University Medical Center, overseeing multiple departments. Prior to his position at RUMC, Joe was the Executive Vice President at the Catholic Health Services of Long Island. At Northwell, formerly the NS-LIJ Health System, he served for over 15 years in various executive capacities, including Sr. VP for Quality, where his innovative strategies ultimately culminated in the NQF National Quality Healthcare Award and the Codman Award for SIUH.

He completed his doctoral dissertation at the Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences, analyzing the effects of Meaningful Use of EHR on cost, quality, and safety outcomes. Joe has experience in international projects and was recently invited to speak in the Netherlands and the U.K. to discuss healthcare innovation. He has published numerous peer review articles and authored a chapter in the bestselling Health Informatics an Executive Primer.

Allison DeHonney

Breakout Session, Feb. 21, 10:10 AM

Allison DeHonney has 20 years of professional service in key areas of executive leadership, project management and business development.

The latest of her four business endeavors is Urban Fruits & Veggies LLC (UFV). UFV is involved in several projects throughout Buffalo. We have an urban farm, mobile produce market servicing food desert areas and underserved communities by bringing access to healthy fruits & vegetables and nutrition education, selling our produce at local farmers markets weekly from June to October, a corporate wellness division where we imbed our services into corporate wellness programs at local companies and universities, and provide programing for elementary and high school students where we teach nutrition education and farming. 

Kimberly Faison

Plenary, Feb. 21, 12:30 PM

Kimberly Faison joined the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation in 2017 as a Program Officer, supporting the Foundation’s work in nonprofit support & innovation and entrepreneurship & economic development.

Faison brings 18 years of experience in economic and community development to her role. She previously served as the director of entrepreneurial initiatives at Southwest Solutions, which included leading a citywide collaboration in support of emerging entrepreneurs called ProsperUs Detroit. In this role, she managed staff and program operations, while actively engaging in program fundraising, grants management, and extensive data analysis.

Faison is dedicated to the improvement of both systems -level and place-level infrastructures that impact low income communities and communities of color. She participated in the New Detroit Multicultural Leadership Training and was a member of Leadership Detroit, class of XXXVII. Faison has a bachelor of science in urban and regional planning from Eastern Michigan University.

Beth Gosch

Plenary, Feb. 21, 12:30 PM

Beth Gosch is the Executive Director of The Western New York Foundation and has provided inspiration and leadership in the development of the foundation’s grant making programs since 2005. The Western New York Foundation is a regionally focused foundation serving the seven counties of Western New York.

A former Chef, Beth is a graduate of the esteemed Culinary Institute of America. Beth worked in numerous hospitality establishments across the Northeast and Midwest. She was the founder and proprietor of a long established retail and wholesale pastry company and upon the sale of the business she became a restaurant consultant.

Karen Hall

Breakout Session, Feb. 20, 2:10 PM

Karen holds a Master’s Degree in Health Administration and is currently pursuing her Doctoral Degree in Health Policy.  Karen’s professional interests include health policy and advocacy, systematic redesign and research.  Karen is one of the founders of the Western New York Healthy Communities Coalition and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and NYSPHA Advocacy Committee.  

Paul Hogan

Plenary, Feb. 21, 12:30 PM

Paul Hogan is Executive Vice President at the John R. Oishei Foundation, a $300M general-purpose private foundation providing grants of about $18m annually to non-profit organizations throughout the western New York region.

Hogan served four years in the U.S. Navy, has a BA in English (cum laude) and a Master’s in Writing from the University of Buffalo and accepted the David Gray Fellowship under the late, internationally acclaimed poet Robert Creeley upon graduation.

Hogan co-chaired the New York State Cultural Data Project Task Force and served on the CDP’s National Strategic Advisory Panel. He served as co-chair of the Say Yes Primary Care Task Force, on the board of LaunchNY, and a number of other committees and boards.

Hogan has written about Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management, with numerous essays published in the digital magazine, Nonprofit Quarterly. In 2014, he was tapped to serve on Nonprofit Quarterly’s Editorial Advisory Board. He was awarded a Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Excalibur Award in 2014 for a keynote speech about art and mental health. Most recently, he was selected as a poet to the 2015 cohort of the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Living Legacy Artist Project, a part of their comprehensive Arts Legacy Program.

Al Kinel

Plenary, Feb. 21, 11:45 AM

Al Kinel is founder and President of Strategic Interests, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to improving healthcare through innovation-based transformation.  Al spent the formative years of his career with top-tier professional services firms and technology management with Xerox and Carestream Health.  Al is a consultant, entrepreneur, thought-leader, community activist, and catalyst who has developed strong capabilities in Strategy, Population Health, Health Information Exchange, Medical Imaging, Patient Engagement, and other digital health solutions. 

Al received a BS in MIS from the SUNY at Albany, and an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. 

Nikki Kmicinski

Nikki Kmicinski, RD, MS, CDN is the Director of Business Development for the non-profit Western New York Integrated Care Collaborative, Inc. where she is directly responsible for the development and build out this regional collaborative.    Nikki’s experience as a Registered Dietitian includes direct patient care, team building, strategic planning, program development and implementation, and quality assurance.  She currently oversees regional coordination for WNY Integrated Care’s accredited Diabetes Self-Management Program, CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program and Chronic Care Management Program.

Breakout Session, February 21, 11:45 AM

Christopher Koenig

Plenary, Feb. 21, 11:45 AM

Chris Koenig joined the Niagara Lutheran Health System as president and CEO in April of 2016.

Chris previously served as vice president of post-acute care for Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMC) overseeing rehabilitation, the medical rehab unit, palliative care service lines, long term and short term rehabilitation, and was heavily involved in the DSRIP grant. Prior to ECMC, Chris served The McGuire Group from 2007 through 2015, culminating in his role as administrator of rehabilitation, where he provided oversight of rehabilitation operations of six facilities in New York State and one facility in Detroit, MI. He also became a managing consultant and partner of Rehab Ultra Consulting, a consulting firm developed through The McGuire Group.

Additionally, Chris serves as an adjunct professor for State University of New York at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Related Professions teaching Doctorate of Physical Therapy Student in their sixth year. Chris holds an Master of Business Administration, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York; and a doctorate degree in physical therapy from University at Buffalo. Professional licensures include Nursing Home Administration (New York) and Physical Therapy (New York). Chris is a member of the WNY Alzheimer’s Board, is Vice President of the Buffalo Colon Corp Board, Vice President of the Accountable Health Community Foundation Board, President of the WNY Long Term Care IPA Board, and Cabinet Member for Leading Age New York’s Skilled Nursing Cabinet.

 

Drew McNichol

Plenary, Feb. 20, 3:45 PM

Drew McNichol is Technology Director and Security Officer for HEALTHeLINK the clinical information exchange for Western New York State.

HEALTHeLINK is a collaborative effort among the region’s leading health care providers and health plans to share clinical information in efficient and meaningful ways to improve the delivery of care, enhance clinical outcomes and help control healthcare costs.

Mr. McNichol has over thirty years of information technology experience and is responsible for ensuring that the organization’s technology platform is consistent with meeting the strategic goals of the organization as well as the daily responsibilities of designing and maintaining the technology infrastructure and integration capabilities.

Mr. McNichol is a participant in the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY) workgroup designed to develop common policies, standards, technical approaches and services to support New York’s health information infrastructure. He also serves on the Advisory Council of Trocaire College’s Computer Network Administration and Healthcare Informatics programs. 

Prior to joining HEALTHeLINK, McNichol was senior director for global applications and technology planning at Praxair, Inc. Mr. McNichol is a graduate of Le Moyne College where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

Nora O'Brien-Suric

Plenary, Feb. 21, 12:30 PM

Nora OBrien-Suric, Ph.D., is the president of the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York. 

Previously, OBrien-Suric served as a senior program officer at The John A. Hartford Foundation for eight years, where she was responsible for the development and oversight of national grants that improve care for older adults. 

OBrien-Suric has more than 25 years of experience in the field of aging, including serving as a program officer at the Brookdale Foundation and the director of partnerships at the International Longevity Center-USA. 

Earlier in her career, she was the founding manager of the Partnership for Eldercare Corporate Consultation Services, a development director for CityMeals-on-Wheels for the New York City Department for the Aging, and a subject matter expert in Medicaid, Medicare, Supplemental Security Income, and Adult Protective Services at the Institute on Law and Rights for Older Adults at the Brookdale Center on Aging. 

OBrien-Suric holds a doctoral degree in social welfare from Hunter College School of Social Work, a master’s in Gerontology from the California State University at Dominguez Hills, and a certificate in geriatric mental health counseling from the University of Southern California Davis School. 

She is a member of the Geriatrics and Gerontology Advisory Committee to the Veterans Health Administration; a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and is the Chair of their social work section; a member of the Age-Friendly NYC Commission and is a Co-Chair of their Public Safety Task Force; an immediate past member of the editorial board of Generations of the American Society on Aging; a former U.N. representative for the International Association of Geriatricians and Gerontologists, and is past chair of the Gerontological Committee of the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Carmita Padilla

Breakout, Feb. 21, 10:10 AM

Carmita Padilla is the Vice President of Partnerships and Initiatives at Health Leads, a national nonprofit organization that fosters innovative partnerships among health systems and community stakeholders to address systemic causes of inequity and disease.  Carmita joined Health Leads in 2011 and has served in various roles, including the Executive Director for New York operations, the National Director of Health Leads’ national program expansion strategy, and the lead relationship manager for key Health Leads’ healthcare partnerships.

Carmita has extensive leadership experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Previously, Carmita managed process and system redesign projects in a variety of for-profit industries, including AT&T and Deloitte Consulting.  In the nonprofit sector, Carmita used her relationship, operations and business management experience to expand and enhance the capacity of key business areas as the Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund for Hunter College, the Manager of Individual Giving for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and the Executive Director for the Women’s Health and Counseling Center. 

Carmita received a B.A. from Rutgers College, an MBA from Lehigh University and is fluent in Spanish.

John Pennell

Breakout Session, Feb. 21, 10:10 AM

John Pennell, a Principal with Nexo Group, LLC, is a dynamic leader and business strategist with demonstrated success in all aspects of executive leadership, operations and finance. Over the last 12 years, he has served as a member of multiple C-Suite Teams providing primary leadership in all aspects of organizational operations, technology and finance with realized success. Pennell’s core competencies include streamlining financial and operational strategy through effective use of technology, analytical, process improvement and project management tools as well as assisting organizations develop strategies to address complex issues.

Prior to co-founding Nexo Group, LLC in 2016, Pennell spent a significant portion of his career in leadership roles with diverse industries including healthcare, not for profit, distribution, insurance and financial services. Most recently, Pennell has provided significant thought leadership to multiple organizations in achievement of state requirements in the implementation of NYS Medicaid reform and value based payment; often presenting creative, nontraditional approaches with positive results. In his current role, Pennell brings this wealth of experience to add value for his clients in the development and implementation of operational and financial strategies, evolution of collaborative approaches for technology integration, and alignment of organizational mission, vision and values with current business requirements to deliver a solutions driven approach to success.

Pennell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting with a minor in Economics, a Master of Science Degree in Management/Strategy and a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College. 

Tracy Sawicki

Plenary, Feb. 21, 12:30 PM

Tracy A. Sawicki is the Executive Director of The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, a family foundation that provides funding support to initiatives that ensure children, adolescents and young adults facing challenges brought about by mental illness, substance use disorders, intellectual disabilities, and learning disabilities achieve their full potential. Foundation support is given to non-profit organizations in Erie and Niagara Counties in Western New York and in Barnstable, Dukes, Essex and Nantucket Counties in Eastern Massachusetts.
Prior to coming to the Tower Foundation, Ms. Sawicki worked at the American Red Cross, Greater Buffalo Chapter for 12 years, serving as the Chapter’s Assistant Executive Director for the last two years. Ms. Sawicki has over 25 years of experience in administration, fundraising, program development, and implementation.

Ms. Sawicki is active in her community, serving on several boards in the community and continues to support Planned Parenthood and the Girl Scout Council of Western New York. Currently, she is a member of the Buffalo State College Foundation Board. She was adjunct faculty in the Health Services Administration program at D’Youville College and worked closely with the P2 Collaborative of Western New York, leading the consumer engagement component of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Aligning Forces for Quality initiative. She is a graduate of the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York’s Health Leadership Fellows program, where she now serves as a team advisor. She is a Leadership Buffalo alumna, a recipient of Business First’s “40 Under 40” award in 2001 and “Women of Influence” Award in 2017.

Kalin Scott

Breakout Session, Feb. 20, 2:10 PM

Kalin Scott is the Chief Innovation Officer for Helgerson Solutions Group, a boutique consulting firm focused on moving clients toward value in health care. Kalin brings extensive background in public policy, specializing in areas including strategic planning, project management, Medicaid redesign, cross-sector initiatives, delivery system reform and value based payment. Kalin’s previous experience includes more than ten years in various health policy roles with New York State. Most recently, Kalin served in a dual role as Director of New York’s Medicaid Redesign Project Management Office and Assistant Director for Medical, Dental and Pharmacy policy.  Over her eight years with New York’s Medicaid program, Kalin served on the senior leadership team, responsible for nationally-recognized policy development and implementation strategies to ensure alignment and execution of the Medicaid program’s key priorities. Prior to joining NYS DOH, Kalin worked in the New York State’s Executive Chamber.

Shahid Shah

Moderator 

Shahid N. Shah is an internationally recognized and influential healthcare IT thought leader who is known as “The Healthcare IT Guy” across the Internet. He is a technology strategy consultant to many federal agencies and winner of Federal Computer Week’s coveted “Fed 100″ award given to IT experts that have made a big impact in the government. Shahid has architected and built multiple clinical solutions over his almost 24 year career. He helped design and deploy the American Red Cross’s electronic health record solution across thousands of sites; he’s built several web-based EMRs now in use by hundreds of physicians; he’s designed large groupware and collaboration sites in use by thousands; and, as an ex-CTO for a billion dollar division of CardinalHealth he helped design advanced clinical interfaces for medical devices and hospitals. Shahid also serves as a senior technology strategy advisor to NIH’s and TATRC’s SBIR/STTR program hel ping small businesses commercialize their healthcare applications.

Shahid runs three successful blogs. At http://shahid.shah.org he writes about architecture issues, at http://www.healthcareguy.com h e provides valuable insights on how to apply technology in health care, at http://www.federalarchitect.com he advises senior federal technologists, and at http://www.hitsphere.com he gives a glimpse of the health-care IT blogosphere as an aggregator.

Dr. Raul Vazquez

Plenary, Feb. 21, 11:45 AM

Dr. Raul Vazquez is a primary care physician who opened Urban Family Practice on Buffalo’s Lower West Side in 1996. In 2016, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Urban Family Practice had received level three NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition. Level three is the highest degree of accreditation available.
Recognizing the need for coordinated, person-centered care for Medicaid recipients with multiple chronic medical conditions, Dr. Vazquez formed the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) in 2012. He founded the Greater Buffalo United Accountable Care Organization (GBUACO) in 2016. GBUACO is the first Medicaid ACO established in New York State. In 2017, GBUACO became one of only ten Medicaid ACOs in the United States to receive NCQA accreditation as an accountable care organization.
As CEO of GBUAHN and GBUACO, Dr. Vazquez leads a team of dedicated professionals in the medical and business fields. He has set the strategy and direction for the fast-track growth of GBUAHN and GBUACO. Under Dr. Vazquez’s guidance, GBUAHN has grown to serve over 8,000 members and employs a staff of approximately 175 individuals. GBUAHN is one of the largest minority employers in Western New York.
Dr. Vazquez received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University and received his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.