President and Chief Executive Officer
John D. Couris is the President & CEO of Tampa General Hospital, a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, academic, and research health system partnered with the University of South Florida.
As a visionary leader, Couris has had continued success in building healthcare companies throughout the country by driving innovation, operational excellence, and strategic collaborations. He is best known for creating an organizational culture that thrives on authenticity, kindness, vulnerability, and transparency. Couris believes that focusing on his team's well-being drives positive experiences for healthcare consumers.
Since taking the helm of Tampa General in 2017, Couris has championed innovation. Under his leadership, Tampa General Hospital was the first healthcare provider in the State of Florida to partner with GE Healthcare to launch CareComm, a care coordination center using artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and industrial engineering to improve safety, quality, and cost. Couris has launched Tampa General Hospital Innoventures, a venture capital fund dedicated to driving a culture of innovation within the organization, supporting early-stage startups and direct investments. Additionally, and under Couris’ leadership, Tampa General recently opened the Global Emerging Diseases Institute, a new facility and the first of its kind in Florida devoted to clinical care, cutting-edge research, and education for emerging infectious diseases. Couris has led Tampa General and the region through the pandemic, collaborating with hospital systems statewide to improve health outcomes related to COVID-19.
Before joining Tampa General, Couris served as President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center in Jupiter, Florida, for eight years. There, he forged partnerships with notable institutions such as The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, creating robust service lines and elevating the hospital to a regional medical center. Couris served in various executive leadership roles at BayCare Health System for ten years before his move to Jupiter. He began his career at Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers.
Couris is active in numerous industry, community and philanthropic activities and organizations. He currently serves on the boards of the Florida Hospital Association, Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, Valspar PGA Championship, and The Florida Aquarium. Couris is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and many national healthcare associations. Recently, he was appointed Vice Chair to both the Florida Council of 100 Healthy Florida Committee and the Florida Hospital Association Political Advisory Committee and Chair of the Advocacy Committee. Couris is the recipient of multiple awards, including being named to Florida Trend’s “Florida 500” list of most influential business leaders in the state and Florida Politics’ “Influence 100” list of most influential people in Florida politics.
Couris is a graduate of Boston University and holds a master of science in management from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is currently a doctoral candidate in business administration and management program at the University of South Florida Muma College of Business and will receive his degree in fall of 2021. His dissertation examines the impact of the practice of authentic leadership on teams and organizations. Couris resides in Tampa, Florida, with his wife, two children, and several beloved pets.
Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Scott Arnold is the executive vice president and chief information officer at Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Arnold leads the implementation of all technology systems across the organization to ensure the collection, maintenance, safety and privacy of patient records. He joined Tampa General Hospital in 2010 to manage the conversion of its electronic medical record system - the largest technology implementation in the hospital’s history.
Prior to joining Tampa General, Scott served as a vice president for Mercy Health in Saint Louis, Missouri and held leadership positions with Daleen Technologies, Boeing and McDonnell Douglas Aerospace. Scott serves on the board of directors for the Tampa Bay Health Information Exchange and is a member of the Epic Connect Governing Council and the O’Neil Center’s Health Informatics Advisory Council.
Scott earned a master’s degree from Washington University’s School of Engineering, master’s degree from Webster University’s School of Business and Technology, bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University’s College of Applied Science and accredited by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) as a Certified Healthcare CIO (CHCIO).
Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy & Marketing Officer
Stacey Brandt is the executive vice president, chief strategy and marketing officer at Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Brandt is responsible for the organization’s communications and marketing efforts. A veteran of the healthcare industry, Brandt brings nearly 20 years of health care strategy, business development, marketing and communications expertise to her role at Tampa General. Prior to joining Tampa General, Brandt spent 17 years in hospital administration at Jupiter Medical Center before serving in the role of vice president of marketing and strategic planning.
Brandt is a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development. She received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications with a minor in business administration and management.
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Kelly Cullen is the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
With more than 27 years of experience in the health care industry, Cullen is responsible for overseeing all clinical and operational strategies at Tampa General Hospital.
She joined the organization following a 25-year + tenure at the BayCare Health System, where she started as a nurse before taking on several leadership roles, including director of nursing and director of operations.
Cullen is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Florida Hospital Association. She received a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Francis Xavier University.
Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Peggy Duggan is the executive vice president and chief medical officer at Tampa General Hospital.
Duggan has spent more than 15 years in the Mass General Brigham Health System (formerly Partners Healthcare). During these 15 years, she practiced as a breast surgeon and medical director of the breast center, and ultimately became the chief medical officer for the Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital.
In her role as CMO, Duggan worked at the hospital level and the system level on a variety of operational, clinical, and strategic activities. She has held several leadership positions, including medical director of credentialing and president of the medical staff.
Duggan is board-certified and earned a medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Boston University. She has completed the Brigham Leadership Program at Harvard Business School and has trained at the Association of American Medical Colleges CMO Leadership Academy. Castle Connelly lists Duggan as one of America’s top doctors.
Executive Vice President, Chief People and Talent Officer
Biography to come.
Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Executive Vice President, Chief Academic Officer, Tampa General Hospital
Sr. Vice President, USF Health, Dean, Morsani College of Medicine
Dr. Charles Lockwood is Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), the Senior Vice President of USF Health, and Dean of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM). He is a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Public Health.
As SVP of USF Health, he oversees the University of South Florida's colleges of medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health as well the schools of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences and Graduate Studies. As MCOM Dean, he is responsible for the medical school's educational and research operations, and additionally leads the 900 provider faculty group practice. Since 2014, Dr. Lockwood has overseen a transformation of USF Health, dramatically increasing NIH Awards, and patient safety, satisfaction, and outcomes as well as greatly enhancing student competitiveness and academic performance, lifting the medical school's ranking on the US News & World Report from 80 to 48 out of 154 allopathic medical schools. In addition, he helped obtain approval and funding to opening the new USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute in Water Street with the support of TGH. Working with TGH CEO John Couris, he has strengthened the affiliation between USF Health and TGH through a substantial integration of clinical services.
As a clinician, Dr. Lockwood has delivered over 5,000 infants, cared for large numbers of medically complicated pregnancies, and been named to national and regional "Best Doctors" lists annually since 1995. He serves on the Florida Medical Association (FMA) Board of Governors, on the Executive Committee of the FMA political action committee, and on the Executive Committee of the Hillsborough County Medical Association. He has served on or chaired multiple committees of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and receive ACOG's Public Service Award for his "enduring commitment to women's health."
Dr. Lockwood's research has been supported by multiple NIH and March of Dimes grants. He is credited with leading the research team that discovered the first predictive test for preterm birth — fetal fibronectin. He has chaired and/or served on multiple NIH study sections and FDA committees, authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, and another 300 invited papers, textbook chapters and editorials. He has also authored or co-authored five monographs and co-edited seven major textbooks, three with multiple editions. He is the Obstetrics Section editor for UpToDate and was the Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Ob/Gyn for 20 years, where his editorials garnered six national publishing awards.
Dr. Lockwood is past president of the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI) and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. His research has led to multiple awards including the SRI's Distinguished Scientist Award, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the NICHD-Frontiers in Reproduction Beacon award. Dr. Lockwood is an elected member of the Sigma Xi and Alpha Omega Alpha honor societies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine).
Previously, Dr. Lockwood was Dean at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and chaired Ob/Gyn departments at Yale and New York University. At the former institution, he chaired the Yale Medical Group Board of Governors and at the latter institution, he served as interim director of the Kaplan NCI-designated Cancer Center. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's in Healthcare Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. He served his Ob/Gyn residency at Pennsylvania Hospital, a Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship at Yale and a post-doctoral research fellowship at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in NYC.
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Mark A. Runyon is the executive vice president and chief financial officer for Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
As CFO, Runyon leads and oversees all financial plans for TGH as the hospital continues to develop its complete system of care for the community, region and state. He works collaboratively with the CEO, board, senior leaders, and the entire TGH team to create a continuously improving atmosphere of safety, innovation, and financial stability and integrity, while finding new ways to enhance financial performance and operations efficiency.
With more than 30 years of experience in healthcare finance leadership, Runyon holds an impressive track record of delivering results. Prior to joining TGH, Runyon served as acting vice president of Operational Finance at Intermountain Health Care, Inc. and senior vice president of Operations Finance at Inova Health System where he led the team to achieve a Gartner #1 rating for healthcare supply chain, migrated revenue cycle to a full partnership arrangement, and worked to enhance the affordability of the system.
Runyon also held leadership positions at Tenet Health System as the vice president of Finance for the Southern States Region and as the chief financial officer of Houston Northwest Medical Center where he was recognized as Tenet Outstanding CFO in 2001 and 2002.
Runyon earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Marshall University and is a certified public accountant through the West Virginia Board of Accountancy.
Executive Vice President & Chief Ambulatory Care Officer
Adam Smith is the Executive Vice President & Cheif Ambulatory Care Officer at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
In his current role as vice president of Ambulatory Services, Smith is responsible for inpatient and outpatient radiology, urgent care services, Telehealth, the primary care physician network, the ambulatory surgery center and our ambulatory buildings. He also executes the strategic plan related to the expansion of the ambulatory network and is responsible for the access strategy, the coordination of care and the patient experience in our ambulatory platform.
Smith came to TGH with over 19 years of experience in both hospital and ambulatory operations. Prior to joining TGH, he served as director of ambulatory imaging and diagnostic for Pinellas and West Pasco at BayCare, Ambulatory Division and manager of medical imaging at St. Anthony’s Hospital.
Smith earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management at Eckerd College and Master of Business Administration from the University of South Florida.
Annmarie Chavarria, DNP
Sr. Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, Nursing Administration
Annmarie Chavarria, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, has joined Tampa General as senior vice president and chief nursing officer. Chavarria joined TGH after serving as senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Abington Jefferson Health in Pennsylvania, where she had oversight of two hospitals, comprising 807 licensed beds. While in Pennsylvania, she led the system through its fourth Magnet designation.
Chavarria is known for her kind, visible and data-driven leadership style as well as strong collaboration across all interdisciplinary teams. She will be responsible for leading all inpatient nursing services across Tampa General with a focus on further developing cross-functional collaboration among nursing teams across hospital departments.
“Tampa General has a strong reputation as a leading academic medical center, and the culture is evident at all levels of the organization. I’m looking forward to working with the team on further developing the hospital’s world-class care and compassionate culture,” Chavarria said. “My approach is to consistently find ways for team members to support each other in pursuing our goals.”
Chavarria holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from La Salle University, a Master of Science in nursing leadership and health systems management from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Holy Family University.
Sr. Vice President, External Affairs
Robin DeLaVergne is senior vice president of external affairs at Tampa General Hospital. She previously served as executive director of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation and senior vice president of development Tampa General Hospital.
Ms. DeLaVergne serves on the Tampa Downtown Partnership Board of Directors, and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Gov. Rick Scott appointed DeLaVergne as a Board Member for the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County. She is a member of USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, TGH Foundation Women’s Leadership Council, Florida Nonprofit Alliance, USF Town & Gown, and Leadership Tampa Alumni. She has served as an Honorary Commander for the 6th Air Mobility Group at MacDill Air Force Base. DeLaVergne is a past Chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Junior League of Tampa, past Chair of the Tampa Bay Partnership’s CEO Direct Program, and a past member of the Board of Directors for Metropolitan Ministries and the United Way. She received the 2012 Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, the 2017 Dottie Berger MacKinnon Woman of Influence Award from the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the 2017 Sustainer of the Year from the Junior League of Tampa and Leadership Tampa Alumni’s 2017 Parke Wright III Award.
She is a graduate of the University of South Florida where she received a master's of science degree in audiology.
Sr. Vice President, Support Services
Cheryl Eagan is the senior vice president of support services at Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
For the past decade, Eagan has led several critical functions at the hospital, including facilities management, environmental services, patient transportation, security, parking, hospital operators, transportation, emergency management, real estate management, dietetic services, sustainability, design, construction and clinical nutrition services, while managing a staff of 1,200 team members.
Prior to joining Tampa General, Eagan served as a senior vice president at Sodexo and held management positions with the Archdiocese of Detroit and Atlantic Health System.
Eagan is skilled in Healthcare Consulting, Budgeting, Process Improvement, Team Building, and Facility Planning. Fellow and active member of American College of Healthcare Executives(ACHE). Also, an active member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), DI Stewardship, FBI Citizens Academy of Tampa, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay Mentor-Protege program. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s science in Architecture.
Laura Haubner, MD
Sr. Vice President, Chief Quality Officer
Dr. Laura Young Haubner is the senior vice president and chief quality officer at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Dr. Haubner brings two decades of healthcare experience to TGH. In 2000, she joined TGH as medical director of neonatal ECMO, where she still sees patients. Dr. Haubner has held a variety of positions at TGH’s partner medical school, the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine, including assistant professor of pediatrics, director and founder of the Team Education and Multidisciplinary Simulation (TEAMS) Center, medical director of virtual patient care center (VPCC) and the center for advanced medical learning and stimulation (CAMLS), co-course director of doctoring and associate professor of pediatrics.
Dr. Haubner earned her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University. She received her medical degree from UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School.
Dr. Haubner holds advisory positions on the Hillsborough County Commission on the Status of Women Advisory Counsel and the Tampa Bay Health Advisory Board. She is a committee member of the Vizeint Chief Quality Officer Network Steering Committee, the Clinical Documentation Oversight Committee, the Code Blue Committee and the Critical Care Steering committee at TGH.
Frann M. Richards
Sr. Vice President & Chief Development Officer, TGH Foundation
Frann Murphree Richards is the senior vice president and chief development officer for the Tampa General Hospital Foundation.
In this role, she will lead and manage critical fundraising initiatives to benefit the hospital and its patients. Before joining the foundation, Richards served as the senior director of development at USF Health, helping it reach $1 billion in capital for the "Unstoppable" campaign.
From 2011 to 2016, Richards was the director of development and strategic initiatives for the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University of Florida where she led a $300 million campaign as part of the University’s $1.72-billion capital campaign, “Florida Tomorrow.”
Richards came to non-profit development following a successful sixteen-year sales and sales leadership career in private industry. She received her bachelor’s degree in health sciences from the University of North Florida.
Chief of Oncology & Sr. Vice President, Oncology and Network Development
Abraham B. Schwarzberg, MD is the senior vice president & chief of oncology at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Schwarzberg brings over 17 years of experience to his role. Prior to joining TGH, Schwarzberg was a member of the clinical staff at Jupiter Medical Center (JMC) from 2009 until 2014, when he was promoted to vice president and chief of oncology. In addition to his current role at TGH, Schwarzberg serves as president and managing member of the Cancer Center of South Florida, which he founded in 2008.
Schwarzberg is an associate member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, an advisory board member for the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation in West Palm Beach, Florida, and a board member for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in Palm Beach, Florida. He was recognized by both Tufts University and Harvard Medical School in 2003 and 2004 for their Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Sr. Vice President MarComm & Physician Business Development
Laurie Slater is senior vice president of marketing, communications, and physician business development at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center and the #1 hospital in Tampa Bay as ranked by US News and World Report.
Slater has learned to leverage her entrepreneurial spirit and marketing savvy to increase brand recognition, market share and bottom-line revenue for her clients and employers. With 25 years of experience, Slater has an adept ability to build teams that successfully execute strategic sales and marcomm plans.
During her tenure with BayCare Health System, Slater held several managerial, operational, and business development positions before starting her own consulting business. It was during this next decade where she provided customer-based solutions focused on ROI models growing the business for numerous physician practices, hospitals, and health systems across the country. Simultaneously, she launched a unique software product for sales management that further showcased her ability to assess and implement innovative practices.
Slater is a certified corporate trainer and national speaker. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University and a master’s degree in business administration.
Vice President, Supply Chain
Mark Campbell is the vice president of supply chain at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Campbell has been serving as vice president of supply chain at TGH since 2006. In his position, Campbell is responsible for all aspects of the supply chain including, strategic sourcing, distribution, value analysis and minority business inclusion. Prior to this role, Campbell served as director of health information management at TGH.
Before joining TGH, Campbell was as a senior associate at KPMG LLP and a manager of health information management at Florida State Hospital.
Campbell received his Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management from the University of Tennessee and Master of Business Administration and Health Administration from the University of Florida. He is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and a certified materials and resource professional with the Association of Healthcare Resource and Materials Management.
Peter Chang, MD
Vice President, Care Transitions
Dr. Peter Chang is the vice president of care transitions at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Dr. Chang leads the development, implementation, administration, and operation of TGH’s Length of Stay Program and the TGH CareComm Center. In addition to his role at the hospital, Dr. Chang is a voluntary assistant professor at the USF Health.
Prior to joining Tampa General, Dr. Chang served as an assistant professor of medicine and Director Internal Medicine Residency at USF Health. He started his career in healthcare as the director patient services and information technology for Oxycare Inc., based in Maryland.
Dr. Chang is a board member of MORE Health Inc. the Tampa General Medical Group. He has been honored with several industry awards, including the American College of Physicians Resident Award, the Tampa General Hospital Nathan L. Marcus Award for Outstanding Resident, Internal Medicine Outstanding Resident Educator Award and Top 50 Healthcare Leaders Under 40.
Dr. Chang earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and he completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of South Florida.
Vice President, Revenue Cycle
Anthony Escobio is the vice president of revenue cycle for Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
With more than 24 years of experience in healthcare finance, Escobio oversees revenue management, patient financial services, and healthcare IT solutions implementation for Tampa General Hospital.
Escobio is an active participant with the Florida Hospital Association, the National Association of Healthcare Access Management and the Hillsborough County Healthcare Advisory Board. He served as the Revenue Cycle Chair for the Florida Chapter HFMA Board of Directors from 2007-2010 and has been an active member of since 2008.
In 2016, Escobio was awarded the Outstanding Alumni award by the University of South Florida College of Public Health. He holds a Master of Public Health, is a fellow of Healthcare Financial Management Association and is certified as a healthcare access manager and healthcare financial professional.
Vice President, Innovation, TGH InnoVentures
Rachel Feinman serves as VP of Innovation for Tampa General Hospital InnoVentures, heading up the hospital’s new venture fund and innovation platform, TGH Innoventures. In this role, Rachel is an executive member of the TGH team. Rachel is building a team and a structure to support TGH’s vision of becoming the safest and most innovative health system in the country.
Prior to joining TGH, Rachel served as the Executive Director of the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator. In this role, Rachel focused on introducing Tampa Bay to the international community, specifically Israel. Under her direction, FIBA worked closely with business and government leaders across Florida to encourage connection with and support of high-potential Israeli businesses looking to grow in Florida.
As a former Shareholder of one of Tampa’s most prominent law firms, Hill Ward Henderson, Rachel is also a talented business attorney possessing strong experience serving as a trusted advisor to clients and navigating sensitive and confidential matters. She spent several years practicing law in New York City at international law firms prior to returning home to Tampa.
Rachel attended the University of Florida where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and was an active member of Florida Blue Key. She earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York City.
Rachel lives in Tampa with her husband, Daniel, and her two sons, Asher and Ezra.
Wendi Goodson-Celerin, DNP, APRN, NE-BC
Vice President, Neuroscience, Ortho and Clinical Education
Wendi Goodson is the vice president of neuroscience, ortho, and clinical education at Tampa General Hospital at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Goodson is responsible for the assessment, implementation and evaluation of administrative operations to deliver efficient and effective patient care services to nursing and/or ancillary department.
Prior to this role, Goodson served as the director of acute surgical inpatient, critical care and clinical education, the director of women’s and children’s services and clinical education and director of nursing education at TGH.
Goodson has been recognized with several industry honors, including the Excellence in Management Leadership Award (2004), the Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award (2009) and the Excellence in Education Award from the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives (2014). Goodson earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in nursing at the University of South Florida. She holds a doctorate in nursing practice and is certified with the ANCC Nurse Executive Board.
Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
Brian Hammond is the vice president and chief technology officer at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
As chief technology officer, Hammond develops the strategic vision for integrating ancillary systems to automate process for TGH clinical staff. He successfully managed the security team during TGH’s Epic upgrade and led the effort to automate the validation of more than one million security settings within the system.
Prior to this role, Hammond served as the director of technology integration at TGH from 2011-2016. Before joining TGH, Hammond held positions with several technical consulting firms, including Tribridge Inc. and Global Consultants Inc.
Hammond earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Auburn University and a Program for Technical Managers from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Vice President, Payor & Governmental Affairs
Steve Harris is the vice president of payor & governmental affairs at Tampa General Hospital (TGH).
In this role, Harris provides regulatory reimbursement oversight to the organization, supervises payor contracting matters, and represents TGH on issues involving the state legislature and congress.
Prior to joining TGH, Harris was a senior manager in the KPMG Healthcare Advisory practice. While at KPMG, he worked with the firm’s hospital clients in the preparation/review of the Medicare and state Medicaid cost reports, in audit support as a third-party reimbursement specialist, and special reimbursement projects including, graduate medical education, organ acquisition reimbursement, disproportionate share adjustment calculations, Medicare bad debt identification, wage index submissions, and PRRB appeals.
Harris received a Masters in Health Administration and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Florida. He holds CHFP designation with the Florida Chapter of HFMA.
Vice President, Chief Patient Experience Officer
Lara Klick, MBA, CPXP is vice president and chief patient experience officer at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Klick brings almost three decades of healthcare experience to her role. Prior to joining TGH, Klick served as director of service excellence at Howard County General Hospital. She also spent 10 years at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore serving as director of guest relations and volunteer services.
Throughout her career, Klick has been a part of the evolution of the patient experience professional. She worked in Maryland during the CMS three-state pilot which preceded the full implementation of the HCAHPS survey and participated in the initial dialogue regarding the survey administration and regulatory expectations. She also contributed to the national dialogue on compliance with the CMS Standards of Participation during its adoption and the definitions of the standards of compliance.
Klick received her bachelor’s degree in secondary English education from Duquesne University and her master’s degree in business administration from Western Governors University. She is also a certified patient experience professional.
Vice President, Service Lines
Sherri Lewman, MHA, CNMT, is the vice president of service lines for Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Lewman is responsible for the growth and development of key service lines at TGH, including: orthopedics, neurology, parathyroid and thyroid, heart and vascular, and women and children’s services. She works closely with the medical directors and senior administrators in charge of these service lines to assess, plan, develop, implement and execute strategies and tactics to improve service and outcomes and to achieve continuous business growth for optimal financial performance.
Lewman brings over two decades of experience to her role at TGH. Prior to serving as vice president of service lines, Lewman worked at Jupiter Medical Center (JMC) for nine years, where she served as vice president of strategic planning and business development leading organizational strategy, affiliations, provider relations and marketing communications. Lewman is a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CNMT) and holds a master’s degree in health administration from Florida Atlantic University.
Vice President, Accounting & Finance
Lijah P. Lokenauth is the vice president of accounting and finance for Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned non-profit academic medical center. As vice president, Lokenauth oversees the areas of general ledger, reporting, tax, payroll, treasury, grant compliance, accounts payable, and decision support. Prior to his appointment to vice president, he served as the corporate controller for TGH.
Lokenauth is a transformational executive with more than a decade of experience. His professional background includes complex auditing and accounting from the public to private sector. Prior to joining TGH, he led internal controls and finance teams at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where he partnered with operational leaders to promote financial stewardship initiatives and education resulting in enhanced reporting and multimillion dollar savings.
Lijah holds a B.A. in accounting and information systems with honors in business and liberal arts from Queens College, City University of New York. In 2018, Lokenauth was selected by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants as a member of the Leadership Academy. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and a Certified Public Accountant through the State University of New York.
Vice President, Development and Donor Relations
Michael Masem is the vice president of development and donor relations at the Tampa General Hospital (TGH) Foundation.
In his role, Michael provides leadership for the development, stewardship and marketing teams of the TGH Foundation.
Michael joined TGH in early 2019 after serving in leadership positions at the University of Florida Foundation and USF Health. He brings more than 13 years of executive development experience to TGH.
Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Science in Management (MSM) degrees from the University of South Florida.
Nishit Patel, MD
Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Nishit Patel, MD, is the Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Tampa General Hospital, a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Dr. Patel serves as the physician executive accountable for the development and implementation of a vision for utilizing information technology and informatics to improve clinical quality, patient safety and clinician efficiency.
Dr. Patel brings over a decade of healthcare experience to TGH and is a practicing board-certified dermatologist. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and holds Associate Professor appointments at both University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine and Moffitt Cancer Center. Prior to joining Tampa General Hospital, Dr. Patel served as the Chief Medical Information Officer for USF Health and as the Associate Residency Program Director and Director of the Clinical Research Unit in the USF Department of Dermatology & Cutaneous Surgery.
Dr. Patel is an award-winning physician, receiving recognition in both Best Doctors In America and Top Doctors in Tampa Bay Magazine. He is a past president of the Florida Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery and an inductee to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
Dr. Patel earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida, his Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University and his Doctor of Medicine from University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.
Vincent Perron, MD
Vice President, Medical Affairs and Associate Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Vincent Perron is the vice president of medical affairs and associate chief medical officer at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Dr. Perron also serves as volunteer faculty at the University of South Florida (USF) School of Medicine, TGH’s partner in building a new clinical platform to strengthen health care for the Tampa Bay Region.
Prior to joining TGH, Dr. Perron served as the chief of geriatric medicine at USF, academic director of the center for hospice palliative care and end of life studies at USF, medical director of palliative care services at Tampa General Hospital, medical director of the acute care for the elderly unit at TGH, hospital team attending physician, associate medical director of Lifepath Hospice and medical director for Canterbury Towers in South Tampa.
Dr. Perron is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and holds additional certifications in both Geriatric Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Additionally, he is certified with the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review and the American Medical Directors Association.
Dr. Perron earned his Doctor of Medicine at the Ross University School of Medicine and completed his medical residency at Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education in Jersey City, N.J.
Lucila Ramiro, MD
Vice President, Tampa General Medical Group
Dr. Lucila Ramiro is the vice president of Tampa General Medical Group (TGMG) at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
In her current role, Dr. Ramiro oversees TGMG’s two specialty offices, 14 primary care locations and 101 primary care providers, specialists and advanced practice providers. Prior to her role as vice president in 2017, Dr. Ramiro served as TGMG’s primary care program director since 2012.
Dr. Ramiro has been a part of TGH for over 25 years, starting as a general internist and primary care physician in 1994. She completed her internal medicine residency at St. Luke’s in Cleveland, OH in 1994 before joining TGH. She received her medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines and is board certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She is an alumni of the University of South Florida and continues to teach medical residents.
Dr. Ramiro is an award-winning physician, receiving the United Healthcare Quality of Care Physician in 2007, Best Doctors in America in 2009, the ADA/NCQA Recognition for Delivery of Quality Diabetes Care in 2006 and the Community Based Teaching Award from the American College of Physician Florida Chapter in 2012. Dr. Ramiro is a part of the American College of Physicians National Osteoporosis Foundation and American Diabetes Association.
Vice President, Professional Services
David Robbins is the vice president of professional services at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
As vice president of professional services, Robbins provides operational leadership for the laboratory, pharmacy, rehabilitation, blood bank, cardiac imaging, oncology and respiratory care services. He also leads and participates on numerous committees, including the senior management team, patient services executive committee, cancer committee, risk management committee and more.
Robbins has been a part of the TGH staff for over 17 years. Since 2002, he has served as an administrative fellow, assistant administrator and assistant vice president.
Robbins earned his Bachelor of Science in microbiology and cell science and Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Florida. Robbins is a fellow at the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the board of directors at the Heartland Rural Healthcare Network, the University of South Florida MHA Program and a Leadership Tama Day Chair at the Tampa Chamber of Commerce.
Diane Skorupski, MS, RN, CNOR, NE-BC
Vice President, Surgical Services
Diane Skorupski is the vice president of surgical services at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
She brings over 20 years of healthcare industry experience to TGH. She joined the hospital in 2018 to oversee the operational and strategic vision of surgical services.
Prior to joining TGH, Skorupski served as AVP perioperative services at the UF Health Shands Hospital, interim leader/consultant perioperative services at Memorial Hospital, and the interim director of surgical services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Skorupski is a board-certified, award-winning registered nurse. She was the recipient of the Rose Rivers’ Chrysalis Award for Evolving Nursing Research in 2015 and is board certified in operating room nursing (CNOR) and nurse executive (NE-BC).
Skorupski earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received her RN diploma at the Burbank Hospital School of Nursing.
Advisor on Special Projects
Steve Short is the advisor on special projects at Tampa General Hospital (TGH), a nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center.
Short brings over three decades of healthcare experience to TGH in his role of EVP and CFO. Prior to joining the TGH team in 2000, Short served as assistant vice president of finance at the University of Louisville Hospital, where he eventually took on the role of vice president of operations and chief financial officer. Prior to joining the health care industry, he worked as a staff accountant for the State of Arizona.
Short is a graduate of Arizona State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He also received his Master of Business Administration from Indiana University in 2000.
Nancy O’Neill, RN, BSN, MBA, CHC, CHPC
Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer
Nancy O’Neill is the Sr. Director of Corporate Compliance and Privacy and serves as Tampa General Hospital’s (TGH) Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer. She is responsible for the implementation and management of the compliance program for this nationally renowned nonprofit academic medical center. Since joining TGH in late 2017, O’Neill has been leading a growing compliance department, spearheading many initiatives leading to system wide process improvements and developing a comprehensive proactive access management and monitoring program to improve the privacy and security of patient information.
Prior to joining TGH, O’Neill began her career as a Registered Nurse over 36 years ago with a primary focus in Emergency, Trauma, and Flight Nursing. She has been a compliance professional for over 14 years and has served in compliance and privacy leadership roles at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg and BayCare Health System in Clearwater.
Nancy earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SUNY Stony Brook and her MBA in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix. She has participated in a number of special committees as a member of the Florida Hospital Association Compliance and Privacy constituency groups. Nancy has also been a member of the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) since 2007 and has earned the Certification in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) as well as the Certification in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC).