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Atrius Health Leadership Team

Atrius Health is led by the Atrius Health Executive Office of the Chair, which is directed by Guy Spinelli, MD, President of Granite Medical Group and Atrius Health's chairman of the board, and comprised of the CEOs of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Reliant Medical Group and Dedham Medical Associates.

Executive Office of the Chair
   
Guy Spinelli, MD
President, Granite Medical Group/Chairman of the Board
Dr. Guy Spinelli is President of Granite Medical Group and has been a practicing internist for more than 25 years. Dr. Spinelli is board certified in internal medicine and a graduate of Universita di Roma, La Sapienza in Italy. Dr. Spinelli completed his internship and residency at Carney Hospital. Dr. Spinelli also serves as the chairman of the board for Atrius Health.
Roberta Zysman
CEO, Dedham Medical Associates

Roberta Zysman was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Dedham Medical Associates in October 2012. Prior to joining Dedham Medical Associates, Ms. Zysman was the executive director and Chief Operating Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Physician Organization, LLC (BIDPO). In this role, Ms. Zysman directed strategic planning, policy development, and financial and medical management planning and operations.

 

Daniel C. Burnes, MD
Interim CEO, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
Dr. Burnes has more than 25 years of health care management experience and is a practicing dermatologist. Dr. Burnes joined Harvard Vanguard in 1983. In 1984, he founded Managed Care Corporation, a national health care management company in Boston. From 1988 to 1999 he served as President and CEO of Continuing Care Associates, Inc., a publicly-traded regional home health care corporation in Canton, MA. Dr. Burnes is also a health care consultant for Burnes and Associates. Prior to joining Harvard Vanguard, Dr. Burnes served as the CEO and Medical Director of North Central Connecticut Health Maintenance Organization in Hartford, CT. Dr. Burnes received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and is board certified in dermatology. He received his master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Burnes has served on the board of trustees for Harvard Vanguard since 2001 and previously from 1997 to 1998.

Atrius Health Senior Management  
Tom Congoran
Chief Financial Officer
 
Tom Congoran has extensive management, finance and information systems experience and is Chief Financial Officer for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Atrius Health. Prior to joining the organization, Tom served as Vice President of Business Development for Pegasystems, Inc., a publicly traded software company. Tom also previously held the positions of Chief Operating Officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Hampshire and Chief Financial Officer for Healthsource, Inc. a publicly traded HMO management company then acquired by CIGNA. Tom holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Stanford University, a Master of Business Administration in Accounting from San Diego State University, and a Master of Education from Tufts University.

Kathleen T. Gardner
Chief Administrative Officer

 

Kathy Gardner brings a unique perspective to our organization, combining more than twenty-four years of health care experience in various clinical, operations management and business development roles within the Atrius Health family. Kathy began her career as a surgical staff nurse at Harvard Vanguard (then part of Harvard Community Health Plan) and went on to become a clinical supervisor at Harvard Vanguard’s Medford practice. Over the next fifteen years, Kathy worked in various management positions within Medical Specialties including serving as the program Administrator for four years. In 1995 Kathy created a new data analysis and reporting department for the Medical Director’s Office and later served as Director of Case Management. In 2002, Kathy led the business development effort that expanded Harvard Vanguard’s Kenmore practice to offer MRI, CT, Nuclear Imaging and Endoscopy Services. In 2004, Kathy was appointed Executive Director of Atrius Health to help design and facilitate the development of new collaborative clinical programs across the Atrius Health medical groups, including the launch of the shared electronic medical record, and the opening of the Commonwealth Atrius Cancer Center and the Atrius Health Women’s Center in Weymouth. Kathy received her undergraduate degree in nursing from Salem State College in 1982 and her Masters in Business Administration from Suffolk University in 1989.

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Beth Honan, Vice President of Contracting  

Beth Honan has been with Harvard Vanguard since June 2000. Prior to joining Harvard Vanguard, she spent a combined 10 years working at Tufts Health Plan and Lowell General Hospital in a number of different management positions. Beth's responsibilities included network development and contracting, market development, strategic planning, professional relations and provider operations. Beth received her Bachelor of Science degree from Connecticut College and her Masters degree in Health Care Administration from Simmons College.

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Richard Lopez, MD
Chief Medical Officer
 

Dr. Richard Lopez, a physician at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, was appointed Chief Medical Officer in January 2009. In this position, Dr. Lopez works collaboratively with the Chief Medical Officers and Chief Executive Officers of the five Atrius Health medical groups across a wide range of clinical and quality initiatives. Specifically, Dr. Lopez’s focus includes clinical program and regional project development, clinical aspects of payer/provider contracting, clinical informatics, medical management, and safety and quality, as well as collaborating to develop quality standards and the outcome reporting measures and clinical dashboards that support the medical groups in meeting those standards. More than a 30-year veteran of Harvard Vanguard, Dr. Lopez has made many significant contributions to the organization and is the recipient of Harvard Vanguard’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Becker's Healthcare 2014 Leadership Award.

Dr. Lopez received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his residency and internship at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Dr. Lopez received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University and is a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. As a board certified internist, Dr. Lopez has practiced primary care internal medicine at Harvard Vanguard’s Medford practice since 1982. Dr. Lopez serves on several committees including the State Quality Advisory Committee and the Massachusetts Healthcare Quality and Cost Council, the Neighborhood Health Plan Patient Care Assessment Committee, and is an advisor to the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Quality of Medical Practice.  In addition, Dr. Lopez has served in the past on the Board of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors.

Richard Lopez, MD
Daniel Moriarty
Chief Information Officer

 

Dan Moriarty joined Harvard Vanguard and Atrius Health in January 2010 as Chief Information Officer.  Previously, Dan was at Harvard University since 1995,  most recently as University CIO for the past 10 years and as CIO of Harvard Medical School for the preceding 6 years. In this most recent position, Dan was responsible for managing enterprise-wide information technology initiatives, including administrative systems, academic computing, and IT infrastructure in the areas of networking, telecommunications, data center operations, and core user services.  Dan has taught at Harvard for 15 years in graduate degree and executive programs in HealthCare IT and Strategy.  In previous positions, Dan was director of the information technology practice at APM in New York  and  president of the John Snow, Inc.-Software Division in Boston. Dan holds a B.A. from Hampshire College and an MBA from Clark University. He has numerous publications and has lectured nationally on topics such as strategic planning, information systems management, information technology assessment, health care management, and software development.

Kimberly Nelson
Chief Legal Officer
 
Prior to becoming Chief Legal Officer in April 2010, Kimberly Nelson served as Vice President and General Counsel since September 2000. Kim's responsibilities include advising all levels of management and staff on a broad range of health law and general corporate issues, including governance, regulatory compliance, contracts, employment, licensure issues, network management, accreditation, patient care and professional staff matters. Previously, Kim was Associate General Counsel/Director of Risk Management at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care from 1996 to 2000 and Assistant General Counsel at Harvard Community Health Plan beginning in 1992. Kim began her law career as an associate with a law firm focused primarily on medical malpractice defense and employment law. Kim is also a registered nurse and was on the nursing staff at Beth Israel Hospital in the early 1980s.
Marci Sindell
Chief External Affairs Officer, Atrius Health
Interim President and CEO, Atrius Health Foundation

 
Marci Sindell, Chief External Affairs Officer for Atrius Health, is responsible for public policy, government relations, and leads the overall marketing program for Atrius Health and its largest affiliate, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, including all aspects of internal communications, public relations, marketing communications and advertising, health education and promotion, and community relations. Additionally, Marci serves as interim President and CEO of the Atrius Health Foundation, leading development efforts in support of care delivery innovation and patient service. Marci joined Harvard Vanguard in January 2006 as the Vice President of Marketing. Previously, Marci held a variety of senior management positions at Haemonetics Corporation, a medical device company, including Senior Vice President, Business Design and Vice President, North American Marketing, and positions in operations at Millipore Corporation and Corning Glass Works. Marci received her bachelorís degree in materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Marci serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Health Council, on the WGBH Corporate Executive Council, on the Hebrew Senior Life Board of Trustees, the Leadership Council of Greater Boston Aligning Forces for Quality, the planning committee for Massachusetts Health Leaders for Appropriate and Affordable Care, and served for the last 5 years on the Executive Leadership for the Team Boston Heart Walk. Marci Sindell
Medical Group Executives
Roberta Zysman
CEO, Dedham Medical Associates

Roberta Zysman was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Dedham Medical Associates in October 2012. Prior to joining Dedham Medical Associates, Ms. Zysman was the executive director and Chief Operating Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Physician Organization, LLC (BIDPO). In this role, Ms. Zysman directed strategic planning, policy development, and financial and medical management planning and operations.
   
Guy Spinelli, MD
President, Granite Medical Group
Dr. Guy Spinelli is President of Granite Medical Group and has been a practicing internist for more than 25 years. Dr. Spinelli is board certified in internal medicine and a graduate of Universita di Roma, La Sapienza in Italy. Dr. Spinelli completed his internship and residency at Carney Hospital.

Daniel C. Burnes, MD
Interim CEO, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

Dr. Burnes has more than 25 years of health care management experience and is a practicing dermatologist. Dr. Burnes joined Harvard Vanguard in 1983. In 1984, he founded Managed Care Corporation, a national health care management company in Boston. From 1988 to 1999 he served as President and CEO of Continuing Care Associates, Inc., a publicly-traded regional home health care corporation in Canton, MA. Dr. Burnes is also a health care consultant for Burnes and Associates. Prior to joining Harvard Vanguard, Dr. Burnes served as the CEO and Medical Director of North Central Connecticut Health Maintenance Organization in Hartford, CT. Dr. Burnes received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and is board certified in dermatology. He received his master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Burnes has served on the board of trustees for Harvard Vanguard since 2001 and previously from 1997 to 1998.

Armin Ernst, MD
President & CEO, Reliant Medical Group

As President and CEO of Reliant Medical Group, Dr. Armin Ernst leads a large multispecialty medical group practice that employs more than 2,000 people and serves patients in 20 locations throughout Central Massachusetts. Dr. Ernst joined Reliant Medical Group in March of 2013 from Steward Health Care, where he was Vice President of the Medical Business Unit. During his career at Steward, Dr. Ernst was also Director of Network Development and Vice President of the Thoracic Service Line. Prior to his time at Steward, Dr. Ernst was the Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Brighton, Massachusetts, a tertiary referral center for Steward Health Care and a major teaching hospital of Tufts University Medical School. From 1997 – 2010, Dr. Ernst was Chief of Interventional Pulmonology and Medical Director of the Complex Airway program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. Throughout his career Dr. Ernst has had a strong interest in teaching and research. He is a full professor of medicine at Tufts Medical School and has published six textbooks and over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Ernst has also trained many leaders in Interventional Pulmonology though one of the first dedicated training programs available in the world. Born in Germany, Dr. Ernst received his medical degree from the University of Heidelberg. He completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, affiliates of Harvard Medical School. Certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Ernst also earned a Masters of Science in Health Care Management from Harvard University.
Joseph Nunes
Administrative Executive Director, Southboro Medical Group

Joseph Nunes has been the Administrator of Southboro Medical Group since 1995, and has been Clerk of the Atrius Health Board since 2004. Joe has thirty seven years experience working in the healthcare field. Prior to joining Southboro Medical Group, Joe served as Vice President of Operations for MetroWest Medical Center for three years. Joe received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Rhode Island and his Masters in Business Administrations from Framingham State College.
Tom Carroll
CEO, South Shore Medical Center

Tom Carroll is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of South Shore Medical Center. Before being named CEO, Tom served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at South Shore Medical Center for sixteen years. Prior to joining South Shore Medical Center, Tom served in management positions with Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA and with Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare in Boston, MA. Tom began his career with the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Cooper) in Boston, MA. Tom is a graduate of Babson College, earned his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Boston University, and is a member of the Medical Group Management Association. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor in Suffolk University’s Graduate Healthcare Program.
Mary Ann O'Connor
President and CEO, VNA Care Network Foundation

Mary Ann O’Connor has more than 35 years of health care management experience, with 24 years at the senior executive level. Her career spans the acute care, home health, hospice, long term, and private duty sectors of health care as well as coordinated disease management programs across the continuum of care. Prior to being named President and CEO of VNA Care Network & Hospice in January 2012, Mary Ann was Regional Director of the Manhattan Region for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the largest not-for-profit home health agency in the United States. She also served as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development for the Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut in Bridgeport, CT, President and CEO of United Visiting Nurse Association/Yale New Haven Health in Trumbull, CT, and Executive Director/Director of Nursing of Trumbull Public Health Nursing Service in Trumbull, CT. Mary Ann holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. She has worked to further nonprofit home health care at the national level as a member of the Board of Directors and Government Relations Committee of the Visiting Nurse Associations of America and at the state level as a member of the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Association for Home Care. She has also been on the Board of Directors of Bridgeport Hospital School of Nursing and President of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University.