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Atrius Health Board of Trustees

Clinician Trustees:

  • Neil Birnbaum, MD (ex-oficio as Chair of the Clinical Advisory Council)
  • Helen Dajer, CNM
  • Stephen Ferzoco, MD
  • Joo Kim, MD
  • Laura Lee, MD
  • Scott Perman, MD
  • Eliza Shulman, DO, MPH
  • Guy Spinelli, MD (Board Chair)

Community Trustees:

  • Theresa Bresten
  • Patrice Clifford
  • Diane Leclair, CPA, MBA
  • Richard MacDonald
  • Robert Mechanic
  • Vinod Sahney, PhD
  • Leslie Teso-Lichtman

Atrius Health Leadership Team

  • Steven Strongwater, MD, President & CEO
  • Joe Kimura, MD, Chief Medical Officer
  • Christopher Andreoli, MD, Specialty Chair, Central Surgical Specialties
  • William Boyd, MD, Regional Medical Director, North Region
  • Margi Byrnes, Senior Director of Regional Operations
  • Karen Dasilva, MD, Vice President Innovation
  • Jennifer DerKazarian, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, Senior Director of Nursing
  • Jane Fogg, MD, MPH, Specialty Chair, Internal Medicine and Population Health
  • Patrick Holland, Chief Financial Officer
  • Beth Honan, Chief Contracting Officer
  • Jacob Kagan, MD, Specialty Chair, Behavioral Health
  • Elyse Kaplan, Chief People Officer
  • Benjamin Kruskal, MD, Interim Director, Clinical Performance Excellence
  • Rick Lopez, MD, Chief Medical Officer of VNA Care and Senior Vice President of Population Health for Atrius Health
  • Daniel Moriarty, Chief Information Officer
  • Kimberly Nelson, Chief Legal Officer
  • Mary Ann O'Connor, RN, BSN, MBA, President & CEO, VNA Care Network Foundation
  • Susan Robichau, Senior Director of Regional Operations
  • Rachel Rosenblum, MHA, Chief Operating Officer
  • Rich Russo, Vice President, Finance
  • Marci Sindell, Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President of External Affairs
  • Dan Slater, MD, Specialty Chair, Pediatrics
  • Juliana Szakacs, MD, MSW, Specialty Chair, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
  • Holly Thomas, MD, Regional Medical Director, South Region
  • Peter Young, MD, Specialty Chair, Central Medical Specialties

Dr. Steven Strongwater, President and CEO

Dr. Steven Strongwater, MD became President and CEO of Atrius Health in August 2015.  He is responsible for all aspects of leading this non-profit accountable care organization of 6,800 employees serving 675,000 patients across eastern Massachusetts with coordinated medical care, home health and hospice. The Atrius Health practices include Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical Group, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, and VNA Care Network Foundation. 

From September 2012 to July 2015, Dr. Strongwater served as Geisinger Health System’s Chief Transformation Officer and provided leadership for transformation through implementing new models of care and developing strategies and tactics to improve quality, patient experience and value, while leveraging analytics and simulation models to improve care. More than 90 million dollars of improvement have been identified within two years and novel predictive models introduced.   Dr. Strongwater additionally assumed the role of Chief Medical Executive for Transition Integration and was responsible for developing programs and serving as a liaison to newly acquired hospitals and physician practices. 

Dr. Strongwater has served in a variety of leadership positions as Assistant Chancellor, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Chief of Staff and Chief Executive Officer, at UMass Medical Center, the University of Connecticut Health Center and Stony Brook University Medical Center, respectively.   

Dr. Strongwater has served on several regional and national boards. Currently, he serves on the Mass Digital Health Council, IBM Watson Advisory Board, Janssen Healthcare Innovators Council, Healthcare Executives Network, and recently completed terms on the Healthcare Productivity Expert Advisory Panel for the Singapore Ministry of Health Committee on Health Professions, as the Chair of the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Health Professions as well as an Advisor to the Association of American Medical Colleges for the CMS Bundling Project.  He has a long standing interest in population health, physician resilience, quality and safety. 

Dr. Strongwater completed his undergraduate medical education at Upstate Medical Center and a research fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Michigan. He is a member of AOA and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies.

Dr. Joe Kimura, Chief Medical Officer

Joe Kimura, MD MPH is Chief Medical Officer of Atrius Health and an internist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a medical practice of Atrius Health.  He has broad experience leading ambulatory care delivery system improvements with specialty expertise in clinical informatics and healthcare data analytics. He is dual board certified in both internal medicine and clinical informatics.

Dr. Kimura has held multiple positions within Atrius Health including Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director for Analytics and Reporting Systems, and Medical Director for Quality Measurement.  From 2008-2010, he served as a primary care clinician and physician leader in the Complete Care Program for the Orange County Service Area of the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. 

Dr. Kimura’s specialty clinical interests are in the pragmatic applications of clinical informatics in the delivery of care.  He speaks regularly to national audiences on the future of healthcare analytics and the critical role of clinical leadership to drive the development of analytic tools that can help clinicians and patients.  In 2012, Dr. Kimura was named by Modern Healthcare as one of the Top 25 Clinical Informaticists in the United States.  Since 2014, he has served as co-chair the Office of National Coordinator HIT Policy Federal Workgroup on Advanced Health Models and Meaningful Use. 

Dr. Kimura was an undergraduate at Stanford University and received his medical degree from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri. He completed his primary care internal medicine residency at the University of California in San Francisco and his health services research fellowship at the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention at Harvard Medical School.  He received a master’s of public health in Health Care Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.  In 2015, he completed the Advanced Management Program at MIT Sloan School of Management and received a certificate in Management, Innovation, and Technology.