About Us

Sutter has an experienced team of clinicians, researchers and administrators focused on advancing health equity across our integrated network. Over the past several years this dedicated team has developed a proven track record in generating data-driven insights, groundbreaking methodologies and pragmatic solutions to improve outcomes for all patients.

Meet The Team

Leon Clark, MBA

Leon Clark, MBA

Chief Research and Health Equity Officer

As Chief Research and Equity Officer, Leon Clark has responsibility for research, oversight of Sutter Health’s Institute for Advancing Health Equity, and serves as the designated institutional official for Sutter’s graduate medical education program. Prior to joining Sutter Health in April 2020, Leon spent more than 20 years at the Mayo Clinic. For the past decade, he served as chairman of Mayo’s research administration department where he was instrumental in the re-imagination of research and educational activities to advance patient care. Leon earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from DePaul University. He is a certified Quality Fellow by the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Kristen M.J. Azar, R.N., MSN/MPH, Ph.D.(c), FAHA

Kristen M.J. Azar, R.N., MSN/MPH, Ph.D.(c), FAHA

Scientific Medical Director

As scientific medical director, Kristen leads a team of scientists, clinician-researchers and analysts to use the resources and data within our integrated network to incubate innovative solutions to eliminate health disparities and advance the science of health equity. Over the past decade, she has led numerous published studies in the areas of health services research, health disparities and health equity. She holds graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Bloomberg School of Public Health and was named a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) in 2018. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California San Francisco in Epidemiology and Translational Science.

Stephanie Brown, M.D., MPH

Stephanie Brown, M.D., MPH

Clinical Lead

Dr. Brown is an Emergency Physician at Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. She has been actively engaged in complex care and health equity efforts since joining the medical staff in 2014, and from 2017-2018, she co-chaired the Community-Integrated Healthcare Partnership.  As the Clinical Lead for the Institute, Dr. Brown contributes her clinical, policy, and care coordination expertise to the design and implementation of pilot programs and research efforts. 

Rashon Lane, Ph.D., MA

Rashon Lane, Ph.D., MA

Senior Health Equity Scientist

Dr. Lane recently joined Sutter Health’s Institute for Advancing Health Equity team as a senior health equity scientist. Dr. Lane will lead a portfolio of high-quality, original scientific research aimed at addressing health disparities, including cardiovascular disease prevention, mental health, long-COVID, program evaluation and implementation science. Dr. Lane most recently served as a senior health scientist/behavioral health scientist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Dr. Lane completed her doctorate in medical sociology at the University of California, San Francisco. She also holds a master’s degree in social psychology and evaluation from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif., and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala.

Maria R. Moreno, MPH

Maria R. Moreno, MPH

Program Manager

Maria has been with Sutter Health since 2003, leading the system’s health equity initiatives including the Advancing Health Equity Program and a system effort to collect self-reported patient demographic information (Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry/Language). She received two California Endowment and one RWJF awards to address language and diversity needs across the system. Maria holds an MPH from Columbia University. In 2017, she received a fellowship to the Harvard Medical School Disparities Leadership Program.  

Internal Advisory Committee

Albert Chan, M.D., MS, FAAFP

Albert Chan, M.D., MS, FAAFP

VP, Chief of Digital Health

Dr. Chan co-leads digital transformation at Sutter Health, balancing implementation of digital health initiatives with life as a husband, father, family physician and researcher, both as an adjunct professor at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research and an investigator at the Sutter Center for Health Systems Research.  Together, we are a team of servant leaders dedicated to empowering patients and clinicians with solutions to improve the health of the communities we serve.

Dave Cheney

Dave Cheney

Chief Executive Officer, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento

David is the chief executive officer of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento. As the leader of one of the city’s largest private, not-for-profit organizations, he leads 3,500 employees and nearly 1,000 medical staff members in offering high quality, affordable healthcare to all residents of the region. 

William M. Isenberg, M.D., Ph.D.

William M. Isenberg, M.D., Ph.D.

Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Isenberg oversees the quality and safety of care provided across Sutter Health’s integrated healthcare network. He directs the use of error prevention tools and other high reliability strategies to keep patients and staff safe while optimizing quality outcomes.  

Maynard Jenkins

Maynard Jenkins

Vice President of Human Resources Support Functions

Maynard is the Vice President of Human Resources Support Functions for Sutter Health. In this position, Maynard leads teams that are responsible for HR Centers of Expertise and the HR Shared Services Center to include Talent Management, Diversity & Inclusion, Enterprise Resource Planning Technology, People Analytics, Talent Acquisition, Total Health and Productivity Management and Total Rewards. He is responsible for creating the best employee experience for over 52,000 employees and 5,500 physicians who serve Sutter Health’s mission of patient care.

Anna Kiger, DNP

Anna Kiger, DNP

Vice President and Chief Nurse Officer

As Sutter Health’s first chief nurse officer, Anna is accountable for executive nursing leadership, clinical nursing practice, education, and nursing research. In addition, she serves on the Samuel Merritt University Board of Regents. 

Lauri Medeiros 

Lauri Medeiros 

Vice President of Philanthropy, Campaign Services and Operations, Sutter Health

Lauri leads a cross-functional team focused on philanthropy campaign development services, corporate and foundation fundraising, direct response, prospect research, and operations across Sutter Health.   

 

Darin Morgan

Darin Morgan

Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives

Darin is Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at Sutter Health.

Christopher Stanley, M.D.

Christopher Stanley, M.D.

Chief Population Health Officer

As the first Chief Population Health Officer for Sutter Health, Dr. Stanley is responsible for Sutter’s Population Health Services division which provides support to our managed care/value-based care patients and populations.  

Keri Thomas, MPPA

Keri Thomas, MPPA

Vice President, External Affairs, Sutter Health Valley Area

Keri Thomas serves as the Vice President, External Affairs for the Sutter Health Valley Area. She is responsible for working with elected and community leaders and not-for-profit agencies on sustainable programs that enhance community health in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, Solano, Amador, Yuba, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. Keri has a passion for connecting programs and services to help create a seamless system of care for our communities most vulnerable.

Elizabeth “Lizz” Vilardo Morgan, M.D., MBA

Elizabeth “Lizz” Vilardo Morgan, M.D., MBA

President and CEO, Sutter Health Bay Area Medical Foundations

Dr. Vilardo is President and CEO of the Sutter Health Bay Area Medical Foundation (SBMF). SBMF has more than 2,000 physicians and cares for over one million patients with sites from Santa Rosa to Watsonville. Dr. Vilardo has been a practicing physician and physician leader for over 30 years. She has served in leadership positions at El Camino Hospital and with the medical group, including chairing the Board of Directors for seven years and then acting as the President of the Camino division of Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF).

Chris Waugh

Chris Waugh

Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer

As Sutter Health’s first Chief Innovation Officer, Chris Waugh applies his extensive experience in human-centered design to guide the integrated network’s innovation strategy. Human-centered design is a creative approach that seeks personalized solutions to meet individual needs — understanding people and their behaviors, identifying trends and exploring solutions that improve a person’s healthcare experience — in order to make healthcare more usable and accessible for patients, doctors and nurses.

Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams

Vice President of Government Affairs

Jonathan is responsible for developing, implementing and managing Sutter Health’s public policy and regulatory strategies in Washington D.C. As part of the Public Affairs organization, Jonathan works closely with executive and physician leadership to engage on a wide range of issues that impact Sutter’s integrated health system, support patient care and deliver value to the diverse communities Sutter Health serves. 

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