• Matt supports AMA’s efforts to reduce physician burden and advance digital health policy. He provides regulatory and technical analysis on an array of issues including: Medicare payment programs; health information technology (health IT) development, testing and certification; interoperability; data privacy & security; standards development; and augmented intelligence (AI). His efforts also include advancing AMA policy across the implementation of regulation including the 21st Century Cures Act, MACRA, HITECH, and HIPAA. Matt received his Master of Science degree in medical informatics from Northwestern University.

    • Public Health
    • Health Policy
    • HIPAA
    • Electronic Health Records
    • Health IT
    • MACRA
    • Health Advocacy
    • QPP
    • Cybersecurity
    • Health Equity and Justice
    • Part 2
    • Prior Authorization


    Laura Hoffman is the Assistant Director of Federal Affairs for the American Medical Association in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, she develops advocacy and policy strategy while engaging with federal agencies on data privacy and security, health information technology, prior authorization, and certain health equity matters.

    Prior to her work with the AMA, Laura was an associate in the health care practice group of a Washington, DC, law firm, providing counsel to federally qualified health centers, Title X programs, and community behavioral health organizations.

    Laura is also a member of the Practitioner Faculty at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law and a Professorial Lecturer at the George Washington University’s School of Public Health. She received a BS in Public Health from the George Washington University and a JD from Villanova University School of Law.

  • Healthcare Navigating Solutionist, Clarity Provider, Patient Experience Enhancer, Board-Certified Patient Advocate
    Healthcare Navigating Solutionist, Clarity Provider, Patient Experience Enhancer, Board-Certified Patient Advocate

    Upon recognizing significant unmet needs and challenges in patients’ experiences throughout their cancer diagnosis, Dr. Grace Cordovano founded Enlightening Results in 2010. As the culmination of her life’s experiential learning and education, Dr. Cordovano is dedicated to fostering personalized patient advocacy services, specializing in the oncology space.  She strategically guides her clients through survivorship or end-of-life care planning with empathy, ensuring they are armed with the most pertinent, medically credible, easy to understand information and tools to make empowered decisions about their care. Through her advocacy work, she is humbled to witness first-hand the challenges, the barriers to access, the unmet needs, the grief, the joys, the suffering, the financial toxicities, and the losses patients face in the midst of a diagnosis. She has made these insights actionable as a patient experience enhancer. 

    Dr. Cordovano is a firm believer in the continuous advancement of patient education, engagement, empowerment, and experiences through the infusion of empathy, design thinking, technology, and compassionate business strategy. As a patient opinion leader, she elevates the patient and carepartner’s voice in discussions on maximizing accessible innovation, digital transformation, enhancing diversity, improving patient outcomes, and the culture of value based, human-centered care.  


    Dr. Cordovano is passionate about leveraging digital tools and social media to deliver content that resonates with patients, that is crafted in a culturally sensitive manner and at an appropriate health literacy to deliver authentic value.  She’s a champion for the use of digital tech and social media to bridge gaps in informational silos and fallout from poor interoperability. She firmly believes that ideation, implementation, and mass adoption of digital tech must happen through the lens of empathy to deliver valuable, human-centered care. Dr. Cordovano most recently collaborated with the American Medical Association on their Digital Health Implementation Playbook to ensure implementation strategies are inclusive of understanding the lay patient's and carepartner's experience, health literacy, values, preferences, and needs.


    Dr. Cordovano completed her Masters and Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY. She is a board-certified patient advocate via the international credentialing of the Patient Advocate Certification Board. Dr. Cordovano is a proud member of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates, Society of Participatory Medicine, Savvy Cooperative, and Health 2.0 NYC, and serves as a Citizen Health ambassador and contributor for Tincture.  In 2017, Dr. Cordovano was recognized as Patient Advocate of the Year by Medstartr NYC. Follow her on Twitter at @GraceCordovano. 

    • Vice President, Policy & Government Affairs at AHIMA

    Lauren currently serves as AHIMA’s Vice President of Policy & Government Affairs. In this capacity, she is responsible for AHIMA’s advocacy before Congress and various federal agencies. With nearly two decades of healthcare policy experience, Lauren previously worked on Capitol Hill where she was actively involved in almost every aspect of a congressional office, including serving as Chief of Staff—a position that requires the ability to quickly synthesize multiple issues and adapt to constantly shifting priorities. Lauren received her JD from American University Washington College of Law and a BA in Economics and History from Vanderbilt University. She is admitted to practice law in New York.

  • Gwen Darien is a longtime patient advocate who has played leadership roles in some of the country’s preeminent nonprofit organizations. As executive vice president for patient advocacy and engagement at the National Patient Advocate Foundation and the Patient Advocate Foundation, Gwen leads programs that link PAF’s patient service programs to NPAF initiatives, with the goal of improving access to equitable, affordable, quality health care.

    As a three-time cancer survivor herself, Gwen came into cancer advocacy expressly to change the experiences and outcomes for the patients who came after her and to change the public dialogue about cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Gwen champions placing patients at the center of health system change, whether it is for research, public policy or direct services.

    Gwen serves on a wide range of program committees and workshop faculties. She is the Chair of Community Engagement in Genomics Working Group of the National Human Genome Research Institute and co-chair of PCORI’s Patient Engagement Advisory Panel. Gwen serves on the Board of Trustees of the USP. Gwen also writes about her experiences as an advocate and cancer survivor. A recent piece, Transformation: My Experience as a Patient and an Advocate in Three Chapters appeared in the National Academy of Medicine Perspectives.

  • Deven McGraw is Chief Regulatory Officer for Ciitizen, a consumer health technology start-up.  Previously she directed U.S. health privacy and security as Deputy Director, Health Information Privacy at the HHS Office for Civil Rights and Chief Privacy Officer (Acting) of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.  Widely recognized for her expertise in health privacy, she directed the Health Privacy Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology for six years and led the privacy and security policy work for the HITECH Health IT Policy Committee.  She also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the National Partnership for Women and Families.  She advised health industry clients on HIPAA compliance and data governance while a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.  Deven graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and has a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. 

    • Digital health
    • Payers
    • Digital Connected Health
    • Employers

    Kristen Valdes is the founder and CEO of b.well. Kristen is a transformative force in today’s healthcare marketplace, spearheading the conversation on how empowering consumers can transform healthcare delivery. She is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 20 years in the industry and has dedicated her life to pioneering inventive solutions.  This quest has been largely driven by her powerful personal story as the mother of a child suffering from a significant autoimmune disorder.

    Prior to founding b.well, Kristen was a Vice President at United Healthcare running Medicare Advantage plans across 12 states. 


    Mrs. Valdes has been recognized as a 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovator and b.well Connected Health has won various competitions and awards including being named Top Innovator by Accenture in their Global Health Tech Innovation Challenge.

    • Family Medicine
    • Clinical Informatics

    Dr. Victoroff is the Risk Management Consultant for Health Information Technology at COPIC, where he specializes in liability and safety aspects of HIT. He is also President of Lynx Collaborative Care network, which manages medical information for patients with complex medical conditions. He was in the first group of physicians board-certified in Clinical Informatics; he is also board certified in Family Medicine.

    Dr. Victoroff is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and adjunct faculty in the Graduate School at the University of Denver. He was named “Colorado Family Physician of the Year” 1996. He practiced family medicine and obstetrics for 19 years; he has been a Medical Director for Aetna and a private investigator in forensic toxicology. He completed a fellowship in biomedical ethics and has served on numerous ethics committees including that of the AAFP. He developed an EHR system in 1989. His publications include numerous articles and book chapters on bioethics, medical computing, managed care, medical errors, and patient safety. He is a nationally recognized speaker on safety and liability related to health information technology. He is a graduate of St. John’s College (Annapolis), Baylor College of Medicine (Houston), and did his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Rochester.


  • Samantha (Sam) Burch is Director, Health Information Technology Policy, for the American Hospital Association. As Director of Health IT Policy, she takes a leadership role in developing and advocating policy positions regarding health information technology and its application in healthcare payment and quality programs; supports AHA members in analyzing the impacts of changing federal policies that require the use of health IT, and engages in research that provides the healthcare field with additional insights into health IT. She regularly represents the AHA and its members at policy forums, meetings with government, private sector officials, and multi-stakeholder forums.

    Prior to joining the AHA, Sam served as Senior Director, Congressional Affairs, for HIMSS, a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information and technology.

    She has also served as Vice President, Legislation and Health IT at the Federation of American Hospitals and as a healthcare aide and press secretary for Rep. Al Green (D-TX). Early in her career she worked with the American Cancer Society, AcademyHealth, and as a policy fellow with the Ohio Department of Health.

    Sam received a Master of Arts degree in government from the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC and a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Ohio State University.

    • health and public health policy
    Empowering the voices of underserved people in clinical settings
    Empowering the voices of underserved people in clinical settings

    Kistein Monkhouse, MPA is the CEO & founder of ​Patient Orator​, a digital health startup, that is using a mobile app to help underserved patients document their medical symptoms to empower their voices in their healthcare experience. She is a public policy expert and former healthcare frontline staff who saw an urgent need to build bridges across communities in healthcare. 


    She is an award-winning documentarian of the documentary Humanizing Health Care, a narrative-driven emotionally paced film about healthcare experiences in the United States. Kistein is an advisory board member of We The Patients NY, an initiative by the Community Service Society of NY. She is a patient advocate fighting to dismantle systemic inequities that cause health disparities across the healthcare ecosystem

  • Shahid N. Shah is an internationally recognized and influential healthcare information technology (HIT), quality management, and health informatics data management expert. He has been a technology strategy and cybersecurity consultant to many federal agencies and winner of Federal Computer Week’s coveted “Fed 100″ award for his work on the government’s largest secure collaboration space ( 

    Shahid has led or participated in multiple quality improvement, healthcare informatics, patient privacy, risk management, and overall systems and data integration efforts in multiple government agencies as well as medical devices, insurance, and health IT sectors over the past 30+ years. He’s served as Chief Architect (contractor) for BFELoB and OMB secure collaboration platforms and was responsible for strategy as well as implementation leadership of the government’s largest collaborative data collection, scoring, and reporting system. 

    Shahid is an influential healthcare IT thought leader, speaker, and author who is known as “The Healthcare IT Guy” across the Internet. Shahid has architected and built multiple clinical solutions: he helped design and deploy the American Red Cross’s electronic health record solution across thousands of sites; he’s built multiple electronic health records (EHR) systems now in use by hundreds of physicians; he’s designed large groupware and collaboration sites in use by thousands; and, as an ex-CTO for a billion-dollar division of CardinalHealth he helped design advanced clinical interfaces for medical devices and hospitals. Shahid has served as a senior technology strategy advisor to NIH’s and TATRC’s SBIR/STTR program helping small businesses commercialize their healthcare applications.

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