Innovations in Healthcare
Dr. Neema Navai is Deputy Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. A native of Michigan, Dr. Navai completed his undergraduate degree in cellular and molecular biology at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor where he earned class honors. He then attended the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL where he completed his medical doctorate during which he was admitted to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Navai remained at Northwestern University for his Urology residency after which he began his time here at MD Anderson as a fellow in the Urologic Oncology during which he gained support from the AUA Foundation Research Scholars program. Upon completing his fellowship, Dr. Navai joined the faculty at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Urology.
Dr. Navai provides specialized care to patients facing bladder cancer diagnoses. His care model emphasizes his patient?s needs, thoughtful consideration to empathetic communication, and helping
guide patients with deep regard for their cancer goals and personal values. Dr. Navai offers robotic surgical options including complex urinary reconstructions with a goal to minimize the potential negative impacts of major surgical therapy on quality of life while maintaining exemplary cancer outcomes.
As the Co-Chair and strategic decision owner of the Virtual Care platform and Reach strategy group in the Chief Medical Executives (CME) office at MD Anderson, Dr. Navai partners with Sanchita Jain, Executive Director of Innovation, to oversee the strategic and operational approach to telemedicine across the MD Anderson?s enterprise. In this role, reporting to our CME Dr. Welela Tereffe, Dr. Navai helps MD Anderson realize its strategic goal to provide a best-in-class approach to telemedicine. Ensuring we can meet the needs of more patients and have more impact on those served.
Dr. Navai serves on several institutional governance committees within patient care informatics and further serves our outpatient operations as the Genitourinary Center Medical Director. In these roles, he emphasizes systems-based approaches to foster best in class care, high reliability, patient safety, all in service of the mission of MD Anderson to end
Sanchita Jain, MBA, is Executive Director, Innovation Business Operations at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she works alongside clinicians, researchers, institutional leaders, patients and their caregivers to enable innovation. A cancer diagnosis is one of the toughest times in a patients’ life. In her role, Ms. Jain defines how digital futurism and humanism together can bring comfort to patients. This starts by defining the right problems to solve, garnering consensus from interdisciplinary leaders, fostering partnerships with digital enablers, and leading transformative change.
As co-chair and member of various governing committees at MD Anderson, Ms. Jain is instrumental in enabling the institutional strategic goal of maximizing our reach and impact through virtual care and engagement. Her leadership also extends into enabling MD Anderson’s constituent relationship management, transformation of work and other strategies.
Ms. Jain has an undergraduate degree with honors in Computer Science and a Masters degree in Business Administration from NYU Stern School of Business.
Mujtaba Ali-Khan, D.O. has emerged as one of the region’s preeminent physician leaders and administrators in the areas of quality, patient safety and service initiatives. As Chief Medical Officer for HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division, one of HCA Healthcare’s largest, Dr. Ali-Khan coordinates clinical and quality services for several general acute care hospitals.
Dr. Ali-Khan joined the Gulf Coast Division in 2016 as HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood’s Chief Medical Officer. He was promoted to Associate Chief Medical officer for the division in November 2018. Dr. Ali-Khan was promoted to Division Chief Medical Officer in 2020, and led the division in the clinical operationalization to manage and mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Ali-Khan previously served as Vice President of Hospital DOCs, a medical practice offering hospitalist services to several regional hospitals. He also served as President of Streamlined Medical Solutions, a leading healthcare technology solutions provider. In these roles, Dr. Ali-Khan was instrumental in the development of DASH (Direct Admit System for Hospitals), a software solution which re-imagined the patient direct admission process. The software has since been adopted by
hundreds of medical facilities.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in medical science from the University of Maryland, Dr. Ali-Khan completed his doctorate in osteopathic medicine training at NOVA Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Florida, followed by an internal medicine residency at the University of Miami – Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Ali-Khan has served in a traditional internal medicine practice setting and as a hospitalist, earning the distinction of serving as a National Health Service Corps scholar.
Danny Ramzy, MD, PhD is Professor and Chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery - McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston Chief of Cardiac Surgery and Medical and Surgical Director - Heart & Vascular Institute at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center
Michelle Stansbury has been with Houston Methodist since July 1993. Her current position is Vice President of Corporate Business / Revenue Cycle Systems and Innovations in the Information Technology Division. During her 29 years at Methodist, she has had many accomplishments. In 2016, Houston Methodist deployed Epic to its main academic medical center and all of its physician practices.
Houston Methodist received the highest adoption score of Epic functionality of any new Epic client and the hospital saw higher operating activity and greater revenue after the deployment of Epic. Her strength is in developing strategy and leading teams to drive those strategic initiatives.
Before joining Houston Methodist, Michelle held leadership roles at Compaq Computer Corporation and Amoco Oil. Her most recent passion is in Digital Health Innovation and has been part of the team leading innovation initiatives at Houston Methodist. Michelle was instrumental in the establishment of the Center for Innovation and works closely with the Chief Innovation Officer and the Chief Information Officer. Within her innovation role, Michelle has responsibilities for day-to-day management of the Innovation Department and has strategic responsibilities for digital transformation. Notable innovation accomplishments have been the launch of the Center for Innovation Technology Hub, Intelligent Automation, Call Center and Telephony Automation, Clinical Voice Technologies and most recently the development of Ambient Intelligence.
Michelle speaks regularly on innovation, digital transformation and building innovative cultures in conferences and panels. She was named as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT for 2019 – CIO and IT Executives by Health Data Management Magazine. She was also named as one of the 2020 Women to Watch in Health IT by Becker’s, a finalist for the 2021 HIMSS Changemaker in Health Awards, and most recently named as one of the Women Power Players in Health IT by Becker’s.
Michelle earned her Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Phoenix University. She is a member of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Healthcare Information Management and Systems Society.
Outside the office, Michelle enjoys motorsports and track racing.