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Charles E. Bogosta 

Charles E. Bogosta

Mr. Bogosta is executive vice president of UPMC and president of UPMC's International and Commercial Services Division for which he oversees international development efforts, including the creation of a new biomedical research center in Sicily, a leading transplant hospital in Palermo, Italy, and a cancer treatment center in Ireland. He is spearheading efforts to create and manage innovative, for-profit businesses that leverage UPMC's medical and technological expertise.

Mr. Bogosta is also president of UPMC CancerCenter, part of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. In this role, Mr. Bogosta is responsible for the strategic, operational, and financial activities of all cancer-related clinical and research activity.

Simona Abbro

Simona Abbro

Ms. Abbro is director of UPMC International Marketing Communications. Stationed at UPMC 's Rome office, she is responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing internal and external communication strategies throughout the European Union and other international regions in order to establish and maintain a strong, positive brand identity for UPMC. Ms. Abbro also oversees the marketing communications efforts in the local countries where UPMC operates.

Jack Berkebile

Jack Berkebile

Mr. Berkebile is vice president of International Business Development within UPMC’s International and Commercial Services Division. During his 30 year history in healthcare administration, Mr. Berkebile held a variety of positions, including healthcare strategic planning, health insurance management, hospital administration and clinical operations management. He has 12 years of experience in directing oncology programs, the past 10 with UPMC.

Mr. Berkebile was previously Director of Oncology Services under UPMC ICSD’s contract with the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust in Reading, England. At the conclusion of that 17 month assignment, Mr. Berkebile remained with ICSD in the Pittsburgh office, performing business and operational development work, both with UPMC CancerCenter and ICSD.

Lisa Bonacci

​Lisa Bonacci

Ms. Bonacci is vice president of Human Resource Operations and has been with UPMC for the last 19 years. She has consulted with managers and employees to administer human resources policies, lead Learning & Development and Talent Acquisition functions, and implement employee relations strategies across UPMC. Ms. Bonacci has represented the HR division on special project teams related to system integration for the entire conglomeration of hospitals, for-profit entities, private/academic physician practices, and outpatient services.

She directs all Human Resources activities for the Physician Services Division, the Insurance Services Division, the International and Commercial Services Division, and the Corporate Services Division, including IT, Finance, Marketing, and Communications.  She is a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC)TM with the World Association of Business Coaches and is certified in Coaching 360 Assessments.

Cheryl Brill

​Cheryl Brill

Ms. Brill is the vice president of International Clinical Operations and Quality for UPMC International. Ms. Brill has over 25 years of experience in hospital and nursing operations and leads or supports hospital operations and quality projects in Singapore, Japan, China, India, Italy, and Ireland. She has served in the US in positions including chief operating officer and vice president for Patient Care Services within academic medical and community hospital settings.

Ms. Brill has led eight successful Joint Commission accreditation surveys at three hospitals in the US, and two successful surveys under the Joint Commission International Standards. Ms. Brill served UPMC for nearly five years as an expatriate working as the chief nursing officer for the Transplant and Specialty Hospital in Palermo, Italy.

Bruno Gridelli, MD

Bruno Gridelli, MD

Dr. Gridelli is the executive vice president of UPMC International and the chief executive officer of ISMETT, a transplant hospital in Palermo, Italy. Under his direction ISMETT has significantly increased liver transplant activity and started new clinical programs, such as heart, lung, and pancreas transplantation. The lung transplant program in Palermo is the only one south of Rome. The number of transplants performed at ISMETT has more than tripled under Dr. Gridelli's direction. ISMETT also is entering the field of regenerative medicine and cell transplantation.

Loretta L. Hanwell 

Loretta L.  Hanwell

Ms. Hanwell is the vice president of UPMC Global Care and International Cancer Center Development. She leads a team for development and implementation of international initiatives in several countries. Ms. Hanwell has extensive clinical experience in hospital administration and recently was responsible for project management efforts for UPMC CancerCenter, including the planning, design, and organizational startup of more than 12 free-standing cancer centers. She has worked closely with joint venture partners in formulating strategic and operational plans, physician referral programs, and outreach initiatives.

Dwight E. Heron, MD, FACRO

Dwight E. Heron, MD, FACRO, FACR

Dr. Heron is the vice chairman of radiation oncology at University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, director of Radiation Oncology Services at UPMC CancerCenter, and professor of radiation oncology, otolaryngology, head and neck surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Heron specializes in stereotactic radiosurgery, high-dose rate brachytherapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), intraoperative radiotherapy, and interstitial hyperthermia. His clinical research interests include the evaluation of PET/CT scans in the staging and management of cancers, stereotactic radiotherapy for benign and malignant tumors, and the use of radiation therapy techniques and radiosurgery for CNS, recurrent head and neck, and pancreatic cancers.



Rasu B. Shrestha, MD, MBA

Dr. Shrestha is Chief Innovation Officer of UPMC and President of the UPMC Technology Development Center, leading a team of over 170 technology professionals in evaluating and developing new health care technology solutions. Dr. Shrestha promotes success of these initiatives through strategic partnerships, joint development agreements, and investment in start-ups. He oversees all areas within the organization, including product development, software engineering, software architecture, human centered design, and strategic planning.

Dr. Shrestha has proven expertise in driving efficiency and productivity, managing multi-vendor relationships, and leading innovation, process improvement, and informatics implementations. He previously served as Vice President of Information Technology and was Medical Director of Interoperability and Imaging Informatics at UPMC.

John Kuzmishin

John Kuzmishin

Mr. Kuzmishin is executive vice president and chief operating officer for commercial services of UPMC’s International and Commercial Services Division. He is responsible for business development within the commercial sector and overseeing UPMC’s portfolio of direct investments and industry collaborations. Before joining UPMC in 2004, Mr. Kuzmishin worked as a health care investment banker, most recently at Robert W. Baird & Co.

Nancy A. Landman

Nancy A. Landman

Ms. Landman is the chief information officer for UPMC's International and Commercial Services Division. She is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and managing information system services in support of all international sites and activities. In addition, she is the liaison between UPMC's Information Services Division and UPMC's International and Commercial Services Division. Prior to this position, Ms. Landman was vice president of business development and operations for the Information Services Division of UPMC.

Kathy Lokay

Kathy Lokay

Ms. Lokay is senior vice president for commercial oncology services of UPMC’s International and Commercial Services Division. She is responsible for developing, commercializing, and managing oncology products and services for broader market distribution, including Pathways, D3 Radiation Planning, and the Oncology Information System. Before joining UPMC, Ms. Lokay was a senior vice president at US Oncology where she managed several divisions including their electronic health record company and payer-facing pathways business. She also provided operational management to their network of managed practices in radiation, medical oncology, managed care, and clinical research.

Kathleen A. McGinn

Kathleen A. McGinn

Ms. McGinn is vice president of UPMC’s International and Commercial Services Division (ICSD) and oversees its strategic partnership and commercialization group. Her group’s responsibilities include coordinating and managing the analysis of ICSD’s investments and international clinical expansion initiatives, providing due diligence, structuring, and financial analysis. Before joining UPMC, Ms. McGinn worked as a health care investment banker, most recently at Morgan Stanley.

​Laura Raimondo

Ms. Raimondo is Senior Vice President - Research & Development Operations of UPMC's International and Commercial Services Division and is Managing Director of UPMC Italy. Stationed in Rome, Ms. Raimondo ensures management of and services to ISMETT and also manages coordination and development of international activities and investments of UPMC in Europe and the Middle East. Ms. Raimondo was responsible for the set-up and launch of the Ri.MED Foundation in Italy.

Steven Shapiro, MD

Steven Shapiro, MD

Dr. Shapiro is associate international and medical scientific director of UPMC’s International and Commercial Services Division (ICSD). He works closely on clinical and scientific activity for all international locations. Dr. Shapiro’s primary focus is research activity, and he assists with physician recruitment, policy development, and providing the important linkages between UPMC’s international locations and key departments within UPMC’s Physician Services Division.

Walt Stoy, PhD, EMT-P

Walt Stoy, PhD, EMT-P

Dr. Stoy is director, international business development, for the International and Commercial Services Division of UPMC. He previously served as executive director of UPMC’s emergency medicine enhancement project with Hamad Medical Corp. in Qatar. An accomplished Emergency Medical Services (EMS) educator and administrator, Dr. Stoy helped to create Qatar’s first trauma service at Hamad General Hospital. A professor and director of the Emergency Medicine Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Dr. Stoy has received numerous honors for his more than 35 years of achievements in EMS.

Walt Stoy, PhD, EMT-P 

Andrew R. Watson, MD, MLitt, FACS

Dr. Watson is Chief Medical Information Officer of UPMC's International and Commercial Services Division, Medical Director of the Center for Connected Medicine, and a practicing surgeon in the division of colorectal surgery at UPMC specializing in minimally invasive inflammatory bowel disease surgery. More than two-thirds of Dr. Watson's time is focused on health care thought leadership discussions, telemedicine, and business development. He works on both a domestic and international level and is on the board of the American Telemedicine Association as well as the health care advisory boards of Verizon and Qualcomm.

Italy

Ugo Palazzo, MD

Ugo Palazzo, MD

Dr. Palazzo is chief of staff and deputy medical officer of ISMETT in Palermo, Italy. Dr. Palazzo began his work at ISMETT in 1999 as the associate medical director and director of both the Liver Unit and Outpatient Clinic. He also has served as director of the International Patients Service Department. Before joining ISMETT, Dr. Palazzo was director of a unit dedicated to patients on a waiting list for liver transplants at Vincenzo Cervello Hospital.

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