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Anthracite_Nancy.jpg Nancy E. Anthracite, M.D., Director, President and Chief Medical Officer
Nancy is a Graduate of Boston University School of Medicine's 6 year medical program, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. She has had varying experience including academic medicine as the former third year medical clerkship director for the Department of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, private practice in the Florida panhandle and more than 14 years in occupational medicine in the Washington DC area, most recently seeing patients at the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office. She has been supportive of WorldVistA since its inception and joined the management team as CMO in April of 2007. She became president in August of 2009 and a Director in September of 2011.. One of her favorite activities is helping "newbies" get started with VistA, but she is involved with many projects with the VistA community and within WorldVistA. Email: nancy "at" worldvista "dot" org

 

Madeline Barber Dal Molin, Secretary

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Joseph Dal Molin, Chairman, Vice President
Joseph is an internationally recognized expert in health information technology and pioneer in open source strategy and community building. He is president of e-cology Corporation, cofounder of WorldVistA, and chaired and co-founded the Open Source Health Care Alliance (OSHCA). Joseph led the VistA Office EHR project and subsequent CCHIT certification of WorldVistA EHR. He managed the national health care business for a major computer manufacturer and has consulted to the OECD, UCLA School of Medicine, UK NHS Information Authority, University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics and Centre for Global eHealth Innovation. His work includes developing the business plan and strategy for OSCAR, McMaster University Dept. of Family Medicine’s open source primary care EHR, and SPIRIT, the European Commission funded portal for collaborative health software development and co-authored Canada's first federal study on the impact of the open source model on the Canadian IT market. He is a frequently invited speaker on open source and health IT strategy including events organized by the Kennedy School of Government; American Association of Medical Colleges, American College of Physicians; OECD Working Party on the Information Economy. Joseph is currently advisor to Jordan's national initiative to implement WorldVistA EHR.  He is based in Toronto, Canada.

Email: dalmolin "at" worldvista "dot" org

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Feras Kamal, Director
Feras is a Senior Biomedical Engineer with seventeen years healthcare experience in the Jordan Armed forces - Royal Medical Services, and served three years in the Royal Hashemite Court – Private Medical Office working on various medical and health IT projects. He holds a degree in Electronic Engineering with a minor on Biomedical engineering from Texas A & M University , USA. His extensive training in healthcare throughout his career at king Hussein Medical Center led him to be recognized as an expert in the area of healthcare equipping and planning for new healthcare facilities. He has a vast knowledge, extensive training and certifications in the field of radiology and imaging. Also, he participated in Planning and supervising implementation of major health IT projects including participation in deploying electronic medical records system and associated infrastructure at a national level. He co-founded the Jordan VistA project and He is the co- founder and the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Electronic Health Solutions (Not–for-profit organization with mandate to implement and control national e- health program). During his service, He has been awarded two Medals of Honor: Istiklal Independence and Long Service and Good Conduct Insignia. His professional activities: Member of the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) and a Member of centralized E-health committee for the whole public health sector in Jordan. He lives in Amman, Jordan. Email: feras "dot" kamal "at" ehs "dot" com "dot" jo

Wayne Kaniewski, M.D., Treasurer
Wayne is founder and CEO of Twin Cities EMR Consulting, he received his B.S. and M.D. degrees from Michigan State University. He then practiced as a Family Physician for 15 years in diverse medical settings including the U.S. Navy, solo practice in Alpena, MI, and group practice in Virginia, MN. Subsequently, he worked as an Urgent Care physician for 15 years at Park Nicollet, a large integrated healthcare organization in Minneapolis. For his entire career, he has been extensively involved with EHR and other HIT projects particularly in the area of clinical documentation. He has been extensively involved with the WorldVistA community since January 2010, and became the Treasurer in June, 2011. Email: waynek “at” worldvista “dot” org
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L.D. Landis, Director
Larry is primarily a software developer, supporting development tools and as a DBA supporting MUMPS, Cache and Oracle, and has been programming for over 30 years (primarily UNIX and C). He has been using MUMPS since 1991. He was a participant in the /usr/group standard and assisted in its migration to the IEEE P-1003 (POSIX) committee. He also was a regular visitor to the MUMPS Development Committee meetings, and through participation in the Object working group of the MDC, was involved with WorldVistA at its inception.

Denise LeFevre, Director
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George Lilly, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
George Lilly is a Healthcare EHR consultant with expertise in non-profits. He provides strategy, technical architecture, grant applications and implementation assistance. He initiated and continues to develop the CCD/CCR open source community project. He has over 20 year of experienced as an IT Professional and management consultant. His management consulting experience focused on translating business strategy objectives into a workable technology architecture and communicating that architecture. George served as Vice President first and was elected CIO in September 2011.

Photo of Brian Lord Brian Lord, Director
Brian is a senior medical software consultant and businessman in Durham, North Carolina. He is CEO of Sequence Managers Software, LLC. He holds several degrees, including a Ph.D in physics, a Masters in Software Engineering and medical technology. Brian Lord has been programming in MUMPS for over 20 years and has worked on several major medical projects including CHCS, IDX, VistA, and Epic. He was one of the HUI 7, a team that made the first conversion of VistA to the open source GT.M. platform and has been active in the community ever since. His company currently offers WorldVistA EHR in a Software As A Service (SAAS) format. He was one of the founders of WorldVistA.

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Maury Pepper, Vice President of Strategic Development
Maury is a computer consultant with his own St. Louis-based company, M-Technology. Much of his work over the past 40 years has been with MUMPS. He co-founded DRA Library Systems, a company specializing in libraries for the blind and physically handicapped. Later, he led a team which developed a system to monitor radiation treatments for patient safety. He attributes his long-time interest in the application of computers to health care, in part, to his father -- a physician with a long history with the VA. He holds degrees in math and computer science and became a member of the MUMPS Development Committee in 1991. He is a co-founder of WorldVistA and served as its first Chairman from 2002 to 2008, and from 2009 to 2010.

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Chris Richardson, Vice President
Chris is a senior computer specialist with the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Martinez, California and has been programming in MUMPS since 1978. Formerly employed by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), he worked on the the initial version of the Composite Health Care System (CHCS), the Department of Defense's dialect of the VA Decentralized Hospital Computer Program, now called VistA. He has also programmed for NASA's Johnson Space Center, Computer Sciences Corporation, and the United States Public Health Service as well as his own company, Richardson Computer Research. He was a longstanding member of the MUMPS Users Group of North America and the MUMPS Development Committee. He has served as a WorldVistA director and is a co-founder of WorldVistA.

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Colin Smith, Vice President Special Projects
Colin retired in 2003 after a 30-year career with the UK National Health Service (NHS) during which time he worked at all levels in the organisation from the national to individual hospital specialty. He joined a group in Oxford in the early 1970’s designing the first ADT, Laboratory and EHR systems used in the NHS. He started developing systems in MUMPS in 1978 and was involved in the implementation of a network of linked MUMPS based hospital and community systems throughout the Oxford Region. He has extensive experience of all aspect of healthcare information systems development, installation and management. During the 1990’s when the NHS moved away from in-house IS development he lead a team responsible for the specification of the technical and health informatics standards required in all NHS IS procurements. He believes that freeing healthcare from closed software licenses is the best way of achieving affordable, effective and innovative information systems, and that World VistA has the potential to make a very real contribution to improving healthcare throughout the world. He lives near Oxford in the UK.

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David Whitten, Director, Chief Technology Officer
David Whitten is a VistA manager working at the Central Regional Hospital, under the State owned Hospitals, under the Dept. of Health and Human Services of the US State of North Carolina. For 18 years, He was a senior computer specialist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He has been working in Medical Informatics for over 30 years. He holds a masters degree in computer science with a focus on computational linguistics and has worked on knowledge bases and artificial intelligence. David is interested in Common Logic as a method to augment the Data Definitions of FileMan Files and Fields used to define VistA (a Hospital Information System created by the US Dept of Veterans Affairs) to include more semantic information and enhance the Clinical Decision Support systems used in patient care and research. He has also worked for such employers as Houston's Methodist Hospital, the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as well as the VA. In the artificial intelligence field, he has contributed to the IEEE Standard Upper Ontology working group, written the unofficial FAQ on the Cyc system, and founded the Public Domain Knowledge Bank. David Whitten is a longstanding member of the MUMPS Development Committee and was one of the founders of the OpenVistA project and WorldVistA.

 


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