John D. Halamka, MD, MS, Editor-in-Chief

John D. Halamka, MD, Chief Information Officer, Beth Israel Deaconess System,  Chairman, New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN),  International Healthcare Innovation Professor, Harvard Medical School, and practicing emergency physician.

Dr. Halamka completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where he received a degree in medical microbiology and a degree in public policy with a focus on technology issues. He entered medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and simultaneously pursued graduate work in bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley focusing on technology issues in medicine. He completed his residency at Harbor–UCLA Medical Center in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

In his role at BIDMC, Dr. Halamka is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative, and academic information technology, serving 3,000 doctors, 12,000 employees, and 1,000,000 patients. As chairman of NEHEN, Dr. Halamka oversees clinical and administrative data exchange among the payers, providers, and patients in Massachusetts.   As a Harvard professor, he has served the George W. Bush administration, the Obama administration, and national governments throughout the world planning their healthcare IT strategy.

Dr. Halamka has authored five books on technology-related issues, hundreds of articles and thousands of posts on the popular Geekdoctor blog. He runs Unity Farm in Sherborn, MA and serves as caretaker for 150 animals, 30 acres of agricultural production and a cidery/winery.

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

Blockchain in Healthcare Today requires all board members to disclose relevant financial relationships.  An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he/she and/or a spouse or partner had a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest. As such, the following interests are declared below.

Commercial interests:

  1. Arcadia Healthcare Solutions Advisory Board
  2. New Leaf Venture Partners Advisory Board
  3. Orion Healthcare Board of Directors
  4. Gates Foundation Consultant


Douglas Shinsato, Editor Emeritus 


Editorial Stewards

Gil Alterovitz, PhD, Faculty, Harvard Medical School/Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor Gil Alterovitz is faculty at Harvard Medical School specializing in biomedical informatics and with the Computational Health Informatics Program at Boston Children's Hospital. He is Director of the Biomedical Cybernetics Laboratory. He is also affiliated with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is co-chair of the HL7 Clinical Genomics workgroup and on the Clinical Workgroup core executive group of the Global Alliance. His research focuses on integrating genomics within healthcare settings as well as international collaborations involving genomics/clinical data integration. His work on integrative methods for “big data” in the biomedical informatics space has been published or presented in more than 30 peer-reviewed publications. His lab site web address is:

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I have no commercial interests to declare.


Mate Beštek, BSc, National Institute of Public Health, Center for Healthcare Informatics, Republic of Slovenia; Faculty, Computer and Information Dept., University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Mate Beštek holds a leadership role at the National Institute of Public Health, Center for Healthcare Informatics, Republic of Slovenia.  His activities include the strategy, design, development, governance and analysis of eHealth databases and services on the national level and cross-border exchange of patient data and information security governance systems for healthcare informatics. Mate was a Secretary of the Slovenian national eHealth Project, Ministry of Health, where he spearheaded custody agreements in the field of applied solutions. Prior to this appointment he consulted on the European Joint Action project – PARENT, an initiative to establish a European patient registry network for exchanging registry data, and the European Commission Large Scale Project – epSOS, a cross-border exchange of patient data and national requirements for the Patient Summary Document.   Mate received his B.Sc. in computer software engineering at the University of Ljubljana. His PhD thesis project focuses on “Architecture of an Interoperable Platform to Support Digital Healthcare.” He is faculty member of the Business IT department, IT University of Copenhagen. 

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I am Advisor to


Kevin A. Clauson, PharmD, Associate Professor, Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Dr. Clauson is an associate professor at the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in Nashville, TN, USA and adjunct associate professor at the College of Osteopathic Medicine – Biomedical Informatics Program at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Clauson previously served as founding director of the first World Health Organization Collaborating Center to prioritize mobile health (mHealth) initiatives in its work plan.

Recently, he helped lead the initiative for Lipscomb University to become the first academic organization to join Hashed Health’s consortium. His previous blockchain efforts include roles at Stanford Blockchain Disrupt, White House Precision Medicine Initiative workshop, and IEEE Blockchain Clinical Trials.

Dr. Clauson’s research appears in peer-reviewed journals, books, and other media and has generated coverage by the New York Times,, and BBC Radio. Dr. Clauson received his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Tennessee, Memphis, and completed a Research Fellowship at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I have served as a consultant through a third party consultancy for blockchain companies focused on healthcare and health care companies exploring blockchain solutions. I have fluid cryptoasset/cryptocurrency holdings.


Florence D. Hudson, Former IBM Vice President and Internet2 Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer  

Florence Hudson, former IBM Vice President and Internet2 Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer,  is currently Special Advisor to the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub for Next Generation Internet at Columbia University, and serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Blockchain in Healthcare Today. She works with academia, industry and government entities to accelerate scientific discovery and develop innovations around the Internet. Her focus areas include big data and analytics, healthcare and life sciences, the Internet of Things, end-to-end trust & security, and smart campuses & communities.

Ms. Hudson has presented at over 100 university, regional network, National Science Foundation (NSF), industry and global events in 20 countries , including a TED talk on sustainability on a smart planet, as well as presentations on the Internet of Things, communications technology trends for research and education, connected healthcare, big data, cybersecurity, diversity and inclusion. 

She participated in the Cancer Moonshot Summit hosted by United States Vice President Joe Biden in 2016, and presented in the Academic Medical Centers (AMC) Security & Privacy Conference Series in 2015 on Security and Privacy Strategies for Expanded Communities, as well as Biomedical Device Security Challenges and Opportunities. She was a panelist and speaker at the first IEEE CHASE Conference on Connected Health in 2016 (CHASE = Connected Healthcare, Applications, Systems and Engineering technologies). 

Prior to Internet2 and IBM, Ms. Hudson worked at Hewlett Packard, NASA, and Grumman Aerospace Corporation. As an aerospace engineer, she worked on missions around Jupiter, solar power satellites, and the space shuttle program. She serves on multiple engineering, technology and cybersecurity advisory councils at Princeton University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Union County College, and was on the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees for the Society of Women Engineers.

Ms. Hudson is a graduate of Princeton University with a BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and attended executive education at Harvard Business School and Columbia University.

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I get a pension from IBM. I am a PI on NSF #1650445 EAGER (Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research): Cybersecurity Transition To Practices (TTP) Acceleration. I have received up to $1000 per diem honoraria to speak at conferences regarding IoT, cybersecurity and other topics. NSF sometimes pays my travel to meetings they ask me to attend, or which are supported by NSF EAGER #1650445, or other awards, in the U.S. and outside the U.S.. Occasionally regional networks, university and industry members of Internet2 (e.g., OSHEAN, Microsoft, Cisco, Stony Brook University), pay for my travel to participate in and speak at their events. The Swiss NSF has paid me to be a subject matter expert on a proposal. but I am editor-in-chief for a Springer Publications book to be published in 2019 in their Women in Engineering and Science Series, provisionally titled “Women in TIPPSS for IoT,” which is Trust, Identity, Privacy, Protection, Safety and Security for the Internet of Things. Royalties may also result from this initiative. I am on multiple academic boards with no remuneration, such as the NSF awarded CyberService cyber degree program with PIs at Union County College, the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Industry Advisory Board at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, multiple boards and councils at my alma mater Princeton University, including the Princeton University Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Board, Princeton Technology Advisory Council, the Princeton University Infrastructure Master Plan Technical Advisory Group, and Gift Planning Chair for my Class. I have various stock interests, in funds, or directly and do not believe any are a conflict.


George Kolostoumpis, BSc, PhD, External Scientific Expert, ECDC; Technical Expert, EUREKA

Dr. Kolostoumpis serves the health sector in the use of technology facilitating evidence - based initiatives in medicine that promise to substantially improve health care quality. His core scientific research interest is HIT, to assist physicians with systems and tools to improve healthcare. Dr. Kolostoumpis research interests included clinical decision support systems, e-health, m-health, big data analytics in bioinformatics and healthcare systematic reviews in health technology assessments, research quality improvement, service quality, and social implications of health technologies. He is the Scientific Expert for Research & Innovation Projects of EU programs under FP7, Horizon 2020, and numerous additional EU organizations.
His mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence.

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I have no commercial interests to declare.


Tim Ken Mackey, MAS, PhD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Global Public Health, UC San Diego School of Medicine and Director of Healthcare Research and Policy, UC San Diego

Tim Ken Mackey is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Global Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine and is also the Director of Healthcare Research and Policy at UC San Diego - Extension. He is also the Director of the Global Health Policy Institute (  He holds a BA in Political Science-International Relations and a Masters Degree in Health Policy & Law from UC San Diego and also earned his PhD in Global Public Health from the joint doctoral program at UC San Diego - San Diego State University.   His work focuses on a broad array of multidisciplinary topics in domestic and global public health. This includes cross-cutting research in disciplines of public health, health technology and innovation, supply chain, pharmaceutical policy, international relations, and public policy and law.  He has co-authored over 140 publications and given over 100 presentations to audiences in academia, industry, and government.  He also has extensive professional experience working over 10 years in industry, and acting as a consultant for the World Health Organization, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Justice.  He is also the co-Chair of the IEEE Standards Association Supply Chain/Clinical Trials Technology Implementation Industry Connections Program that focuses on stakeholder collaboration around blockchain technology for the pharmaceutical supply chain. 

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

Tim K. Mackey serves as the Co-Chair for the IEEE Standards Association Supply Chain/Clinical Trials Technology Implementation Industry Connections Program, is an invited participant in the DSCSA & Blockchain Study by the Center for Supply Chain Studies, and is a member of the Advisory Board for the company FarmaTrust, a blockchain company developing technology for the pharmaceutical supply chain.


Manouchehr (Mitch) Mokhtari, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Mokhtari is an associate professor at the School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. He has over 25 years experience working on international healthcare development around the world. Dr. Mokhtari has served as the senior adviser to 15 governments across the globe and has received several awards for his services. 

Dr. Mokhtari’s expertise encompass evidence-based approach to strategic global health strengthening reforms; public financial management; decentralization; domestic resource mobilization; and, optimizing governance institutions. Dr. Mokhtari is skilled in strategic management, organizational change and change management, analytical and predictive modeling, cost-benefit analysis and policy simulation. Dr. Mokhtari has taught economics at Princeton University, University of Maryland, and University of Houston. He also served as Research Professor at New Economic School, Moscow, Russia, and Senior Research Associate at Georgia State University. In addition to international forums, Dr. Mokhtari has presented his findings at Harvard University, Cambridge University, American Economic Association Meetings, American Public Health Association, and other academic and professional settings. Recently, Dr. Mokhtari discussed the necessary conditions for ensuring a sustainable economic growth path in the expanding European Union and emerging markets at the 26th Economic Forum, Krynica, Poland. He also took part in the 2018 Parliamentary Network panel, organized by the World Bank and the IMF, where he argued that globalization as a global public good deserves its own democratized global governance. He emphasized that the blockchain revolution, by heightening interjurisdiction and regulatory competitions, not only, will challenge the status quo, but also, will improve responsiveness to the affected; thus, reinforcing a decentralized governance-driven democratization.

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I have no commercial interests to declare.


Erik Pupo, Chief Information Officer, Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Erik currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York. He previously served as a Managing Director for Healthcare Technology Consulting in North America, as well as Accenture's Healthcare Blockchain lead and as a co-lead in Accenture's Value Based Care practice in North America. Erik has served in major leadership roles in healthcare for over 20 years at Deloitte, Vangent, and other industry firms, and has played a key role in federal, state, and commercial healthcare programs and initiatives as a leader in the healthcare community. He received a certification as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems (CHPIMS) in 2009 and became a HIMSS Fellow in 2012. 

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure



Mona Siddiqui, MDMPH, Chief Data Officer, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Dr. Siddiqui is the Chief Data Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services, where she is focused on promoting open data, building an enterprise wide data governance structure, streamlined data use agreements, creating a business analytics unit, and developing strategic partnerships for data sharing with external stakeholders.  Prior to this role, Dr. Siddiqui was at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation working towards implementing a rapid cycle testing platform for payment models.  She has also served with the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (“nudge” unit), during the Obama administration leading work in the health space.  She obtained her medical doctorate from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and masters degree in quantitative methods from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I have no commercial interests to declare.


Tom Savel, MD, Director, Informatics Innovation Unit, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

In this role, Dr. Savel collaborates with CDC staff and the broader public health community to develop, test, and evaluate innovative tools and technologies with the potential to improve public health practice.

Dr. Savel received his medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and his undergraduate degree in psychology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He received training in General Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center- Houston, and Family Medicine at the St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas.  He is a graduate of CDC’s Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program.

Dr. Savel is an adjunct professor in the Applied Public Health Office at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and, on his own time, maintains his clinical skills in addiction medicine, treating patients with opioid addiction. He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I have fluid cryptoasset/cryptocurrency holdings.


Peer Reviewers

Debbie Bucci, IT Architect

Debbie Bucci, lead IT Architect in the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Ms. Bucci's primary focus is on the privacy and security aspects of Health Information Exchange.

Previously, Ms. Bucci served as the principal program manager for both the NIH Federated Identity Service and the enterprise Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) efforts. In 2008, along with her colleagues, she received the 2008 NIH Director's Award in recognition of her work with NIH Federated Authentication, 2008 InformationWeek 500 top 20 Innovators awards, and the 2011 Kantara IDDY (Identity Deployment of the Year) Award for NIH Trust.

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I have no commercial interests to declare.


Bill Buchanan, OBE, Professor, School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University; Fellow, BCS and IET

Bill Buchanan is Professor, School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), 2017 Birthday Honors, for services in cyber security. He has published 28 academic books and over 260 academic papers, and currently focuses on information sharing, such as using Trust and Governance Policies, threat analysis, cryptography, and triage within digital forensics.  He regularly appears on TV and radio related to computer security, and has given evidence to both the UK and Scottish Parliament. He has been named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for every year since 2012, and was also included in the FutureScot "Top 50 Scottish Tech People Who Are Changing The World". Recently his work on Secret Shares received “Innovation of the Year” at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards.  Currently he leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security and The Cyber Academy.

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I have no commercial interests to disclose.


Vikram Dhillon, Research Fellow, Institute of Simulation and Training at University of Central Florida

 Vikram recently wrote Creating Blogs with Jekyll, with Apress. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Central Florida, where his main focus was bioinformatics. He has published several scientific papers on computational genomics. He has worked as a software and business development coach at the Blackstone Launchpad to mentor young entrepreneurs and startups through the process of building technology products. He was previously funded by the National Science Foundation through the Innovation Corps program to study customer discovery and apply it to commercialize high-risk startup ideas. He has been active in open source projects and initiatives for the past several years. He often speaks at local conferences and meetups about programming, design, security, and entrepreneurship. He currently lives in Orlando and writes a technology-focused blog at

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I have no commercial interests to declare.


Cees Hesp, Director mHealth Research Labs, PharmAccess Foundation, and Director, Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), United Nations Foundation

Cees Hesp is Director mHealth Research Labs at PharmAccess, a Dutch not-for-profit organization that aims to improve access to quality healthcare in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cees has a professional background in IT and technical writing, with over 30 years of experience. He holds an MA in English Linguistics from the Free University of Amsterdam, where he graduated Cum Laude. Cees holds several Advisory Board member positions and sits on the Board of Directors of the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) at the United Nations Foundation.

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I am employed at PharmAccess, serve on the board of Directors of DIAL, and have an unpaid advisory role at SuretyBlock. SuretyBlock is a blockchain-based online insurance marketplace. I have no other commercial interests to disclose.


Louis O. Jeansonne IV, MD, Assistant Vice President for Medical Affairs, Ochsner Medical Center Baton Rouge

Dr. Jeansonne is a board-certified general surgeon and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  In his current role he is responsible for physician leadership of all surgical departments in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana region of Ochsner Health System.  He also serves as the regional Medical Director of Informatics, and has participated in EMR go-live and optimization for several sites in the Ochsner system.  He serves on the board of Ochsner’s clinical integration network, which tracks and manages population health data.

He is a senior lecturer for the University of Queensland, Australia as part of its partnership with the Ochsner Clinical School.  He has authored several publications on the surgical treatment of digestive diseases and obesity.

He completed a fellowship in minimally-invasive surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and general surgery residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.  He received his medical degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine, and his undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at Tulane University in New Orleans.

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I have no commercial interests to declare.


Anh L. Ngo, MD, MBA, Faculty, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel  Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine

Dr. Anh Ngo is an Instructor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine in Boston, MA. Dr. Ngo has also served as Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Ngo started many nonprofit organizations and has won multiple national awards from the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Medical Student Association (AMSA). Dr. Ngo has received the UCI Humanitarian Award, an American Heart Association Research Fellowship, an American Pediatric Society & Society for Pediatric Research Fellowship, and has voluntarily served internationally providing surgical and anesthesia services. He has co-authored an important national study predicting the supply and demand of anesthesiologists in the United States and has been published in various journals and textbooks.

Dr. Ngo received his BS in the Biological Sciences, MBA with an emphasis in Information Technology Management from the Paul Merage School of Business, and MD from the School of Medicine at the University of California Irvine (UCI).

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I am the owner of Safety Medical Laboratories (


Tina Penman, AuD, Regional Research Administrator, Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE), National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR), VA Portland Health Care System

Dr. Tina Penman is a licensed and board certified audiologist and she received her Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience (2006) and Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (2010) from Northeastern University. She serves in a unique role as a contract Regional Research Administrator for the Defense Health Agency Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE) while stationed at the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) at the VA Portland Health Care System, Portland, Oregon. In her role, Dr. Penman strives to improve the quality of lives of Service members and Veterans with tinnitus. To accomplish her goal, she chairs the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) Tinnitus Working Group, a group of clinicians and researchers committed to the implementation of evidence-based practices for patients with tinnitus. Additionally, she promotes research collaborations between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) through the facilitation of meaningful and strategic discussions. She also augments research efforts at NCRAR, in fact, one of her main initiatives focuses on the successful recruitment and high-level visibility for all active studies. Lastly, she also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department at Portland State University, teaching Clinical Audiology, Hearing Science, and Introduction to Research Methods. Her goal is to constantly improve as an adjunct, as she recently received her Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching from Portland State University. She also believes in the thoughtful application of blockchain and healthcare and recently received her Certificate of Completion in Introduction to Digital Currencies from the University of Nicosia.

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I have no commercial interests to declare.


Dennis Porto MD, MPH, FAAD, is the Lewis Wendell Hackett award recipient at Harvard where he contributes to the blockchain and bitcoin curriculum at Harvard Business School. Previously, he worked alongside Deloitte consultants to identify blockchain use cases in healthcare. He is a longstanding member of the bitcoin community, running his first bitcoin node in 2012 while a medical student and publishing original research in 2014. He remains active in the bitcoin community, supporting founders and startups. He served as the VP of Operations for Harvard Business School’s Bitcoin Conference. Dennis completed medical school with the highest academic percentile in his class and continues to practice as a skin cancer surgeon and cosmetic dermatologist. He has published dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. He has been featured in the USA Today, Business Insider, and the Daily Mail. 

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I have equity or agreements for future equity investments in several private companies to be disclosed upon request. I have equity investments in the following public companies: Google, Netflix, Amazon, and Facebook. I am an investor in artificial intelligence, robotics, and biotech exchange-traded funds. I own bitcoin. I am a peer-reviewer for JAMA Dermatology and the Journal of Cosmetic dermatology. I am an editor of the textbook Botulinum Toxins in Dermatology and do not receive royalty.


Ana Santos Rutschman, Assistant Professor of Law, Center for Health Law Studies, Saint Louis University School of Law

Ana Santos Rutschman teaches law at Saint Louis University School of Law. Her primary research and teaching interests include intellectual property, health law, innovation policy and regulation in life sciences. She has also worked and written on topics related to blockchain in healthcare, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and e-health. Professor Rutschman has spoken on these topics in conferences and panels around the world. She recently consulted for the World Health Organization on the development of the Ebola and Zika vaccines. Her academic writing has appeared in publications including the UCLA Law Review, the Yale Law Journal Forum, and the Duke Law and Technology Review. Her opinion pieces have been printed and reprinted in newspapers and magazines across the United States including Scientific American.

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I have no commercial interests to declare.


Amanda Stanhaus

Amanda Stanhaus is a Health Management and Policy Ph.D. student at The University of Michigan. Her health policy research interests include emerging technologies, data privacy, and patient protection. Her advisor is Professor Denise Anthony. In addition, she is working with Professor Florian Schaub at Michigan’s School of Information.  

Formerly, Amanda worked as a strategist for J.P.Morgan’s Blockchain team that developed Quorum, an enterprise version of Ethereum. She is an expert researcher of Blockchain market dynamics; her analysis informed investment decisions, including Axoni and Digital Asset Holdings, as well as partnership decisions, notably Zcash. Ms. Stanhaus was essential to launching the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, including aligning divergent incentives of various stakeholders to negotiate a common membership agreement. As a research assistant to Yale University’s Professor Theodore Marmor, she analyzed Medicare during its 50th anniversary and collaborated with Professor Jonathan Oberlander and Kip Sullivan.  At McGill University, she worked with Dean Antonia Maioni to compare the welfare states of the U.S. and Canada, while completing her B.A. in North American Studies and Economics.

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I have no commercial interests to declare.


Jin Wei-Kocsis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Auburn Science and Engineering Center, The University of Akron

Jin Wei-Kocsis is Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Akron, and the Director of the Cyber-Physical-Social System Design Lab. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto, Canada, in 2014, and her M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, in 2008. Her B.E. was obtained at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, 2004. Dr. Wei-Kocsis, is the recent recipient of a three-year, $330,000 Early Career Faculty grant from NASA. She leads the effort to develop a “Resilient Networking and Computing Paradigm” (RNCP) using “smart contracts” to create spacecraft that “think.”

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I have no commercial interests to declare.


Publishing and Operations Staff

Tory Cenaj
Founder, Owner, and Publisher

Partners in Digital Health

Tory Cenaj is the Founder of Partners in Digital Health, a forward reaching communications company. She is the Publisher of the open access peer review journals Blockchain in Healthcare Today, and Telehealth and Medicine Today. In addition, the annual Innovation Ignition Competition and Converge2Xcelerate (#ConV2X) conference are components of the Partners in Digital Health portfolio. Ms. Cenaj has extensive experience in all facets of healthcare publishing and communications. As Director of Marketing of Advanstar Healthcare and head of digital media, she pioneered ground breaking industry communications and advertising campaigns, launched new editorial departments, and the group's digital portfolio. Subsequently, she garnered experience in clinical trials management and outsourcing, publication planning, continuing medical education, and events, setting the stage for the launch of her own medical communications company, PharmEd Communications. 

Ms Cenaj’s experience includes the not-for-profit sector, where she has served as clinical operations director at the Foundation for Depression and Manic Depression. In this role, she led the organization’s operations, clinical studies management and grant proposals. She has led traditional and digital publishing, integrated marketing, communications, and medical education campaigns, and international licensing in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Latin America. Ms. Cenaj received her BA from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and is a former certified medical publication professional (CMPP), ascribed by ISMPP.

Her passion is harnessing break though innovations and identifying their role in the health communications and technology landscape. She is inspired by the hope and change these innovations can bring patients and communities worldwide - especially if they provide liberation from ill health and poverty.

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

Blockchain in Healthcare Today requires all journal staff members to disclose relevant financial relationships.  An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he/she and/or a spouse or partner had a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest. As such, the following interests are declared below.

Commercial interests:

I am the founder and owner of Partners in Digital Health, including the journals Blockchain in Healthcare Today, Telehealth and Medicine Today, all related activities and initiatives associated with these titles, and company portfolio. I volunteer for, and own, SolarCoin.


John Russo Jr., PharmD
Managing Editor

Before entering the field of medical communications, Dr. Russo was associate professor of clinical pharmacy and adjunct associate professor of surgery at the University of Utah Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine. Dr. Russo has written and edited more than 300 articles, symposia proceedings, monographs, and books. He has written more than two-dozen strategic communications and publication plans. In addition, he is experienced in developing and implementing educational and marketing-based programs for print and digital media. Dr. Russo maintains a weblog on complementary and alternative medicine.

Dr. Russo was co-founder, chief-of-operations, and director of continuing medical education at Churchill Communications North America from 1992 to 1999. 

Dr. Russo is a graduate of Rutgers University with a BS degree in pharmacy. He received a Master of Science degree in institutional pharmacy practice at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, and a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

I am the owner of The MedCom Resource.


Ron Ribitzky MD

Marketing & UX Strategy Advisor

Dr. Ron has extensive cross-functional global experience in Digital Health throughout the product and program lifecycle. He worked for and with leading global brands and world-class organizations, start-ups, R&D, and academia in the U.S. and 24 developed and emerging economy countries. As member of HIMSS Blockchain Task Force, Dr. Ron is the lead author of the single most downloaded article from Blockchain in Healthcare Today, a first-in-class international online  peer-reviewed journal dedicated to blockchain and converging innovation in healthcare read in over 65 countries. As Senior Healthcare Strategist at Intel, Dr. Ron led worldwide marketing campaigns to advance adoption of mobile technology in healthcare. He co-founded SPH Analytics, and served as VP Advanced Research at Eclipsys, an Electronic Health Record ISV; CIO at UMass Medical Center; and Director of Applications at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Ron published, presented, and led workshops around the world on technology innovation and practice in industry events, public sector, and academia. He has held academic appointments at Harvard, UMass, and Emory; Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel); and Kigali Institute of Science & Technology (KIST) and Kigali Health Institute (KHI) in Rwanda.

Dr. Ron served on a number of industry and scientific advisory boards including National Science Foundation Center for Intelligent Information Retrieval (NSF/CIIR), Microsoft R&D Personal Health Strategic Core Business, ACSIOM Technology Transfer Corporation at University of Massachusetts Computer Science Department, Collexis Semantic Technology and Knowledge Discovery (acquired by Elsevier), Asklepios Future Hospital Architecture Board (Germany), and Gartner Healthcare View Executive Steering Committee. He was Reviewer and Mentor of HIMSS18 & HIMSS19 Precision Medicine & Genomics track. Prior to his technology career, Dr. Ron served as Search & Rescue Flight Surgeon (Major, Ret.), Primary Care Physician, and Sr. Resident in Pediatrics.

Competing interests and/or Financial disclosure

Financial Founder & CEO of R&D Ribitzky, Boston-based expert services group serving the Digital Health and Precision Medicine market worldwide. Expert Reviewer, Skolkovo Foundation BioMed and ICT Clusters Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice Lead of Blockchain Connectors, Paris-based convener of international blockchain and cryptocurrency experts, investors, and entrepreneurs providing consulting services and business networking, complemented by organizing and supporting roadshows and events. Digital Health Business Partner of Digital Health Business Partner of East-West Digital News. Digital Health Business Partner of TALENTGRID VENTURES. Organizer of Innovative Care Asia Pacific. Digital Health Business Partner of ACTIMIRA. Stock shareholder, iSpecimen Strategic Advisor and token rights holder ARNA Genomics, BitMED. Strategic Advisor and Agenda Moderator, AMTEC-KAZAN / ICO Summit & Competition; Digital Health Transformation, MarketsandMarkets Honorarium recipient, Patientory Inauguration Summit; Skolkovo Open Innovations, Skolkovo School of Management Member, HIMSS Blockchain Taskforce; HIMSS Blockchain Symposium Organizing Committee Reviewer and Mentor, HIMSS19 Precision Medicine & Genomics Lead author, blockchain article published on BHTY. Contributor to AI in Pharma article published on for Komodo Health. Event Speaker, ConV2X 2018.