Tarun Mohan Lal Tarun Mohan Lal 
Navicent Health
Chief Analytics Officer and Enterprise Vice President

Tarun Mohan Lal is an experienced healthcare leader with 10+ years of experience in hospital administration and engineering.

Currently, Tarun serves as the Chief Analytics and Solutions Officer and Enterprise Vice President at Navicent Health where he provides oversight to the business intelligence, advanced analytics, performance improvement and Enterprise project management functions across the system of care.  Prior to this role, Tarun spent 8 years at Mayo Clinic in varying leadership roles including analytics, strategic planning and service line operations and was involved in building the Cardiovascular Center for Artificial Intelligence.

Originally from India, Tarun has his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the Manipal University, India, Master of Science in Industrial engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station and will be graduating with a Doctorate in System Science and Industrial Engineering with focus on Healthcare from State University of New York.

Tarun is author of several publications on the topic of analytics, a seasoned industry speaker and has served on several advisory boards. He was appointed as the Assistant Professor of Healthcare Systems Engineering and Assistant Professor of Healthcare Administration by Mayo Clinic College of Medicine for his academic and research contributions.


Victoria JordanVictoria Jordan, PhD, MS, MBA
Emory Healthcare
Vice President – Quality

Dr. Victoria Jordan leads the development, coordination, and implementation of quality improvement efforts across Emory Healthcare.  This includes strategic oversight of quality initiatives across Emory’s eleven hospitals and over 300 primary care and specialty clinics.  The Office of Quality includes patient safety and infection prevention, process improvement, regulatory compliance, quality education, and clinical quality analytics.  Dr. Jordan also serves as the Director of Performance Improvement and Analytics for the Kennedy Initiative for Transforming Care where she leads the effort to define and operationalize the vision of expanding EHC performance improvement, quality education, and analytics capabilities using Lean and other approaches to achieve high reliability.

In her previous role as Executive Director of Strategic Management and Systems Engineering at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (2008-2017), she led Quality/Systems Engineering, Strategic Planning and Management, and Clinical Informatics within the Office of Performance Improvement. In addition, Dr. Jordan served as the University of Texas Chancellor’s Health Fellow for Systems Engineering, coordinating and promoting the use of Systems Engineering in health care institutions in collaboration with the Engineering and Business Schools within the University of Texas System. She is the co-author of a McGraw-Hill textbook, Design of Experiments in Quality Engineering, author of several peer reviewed articles, and has served in several academic faculty positions in Industrial Engineering, Business, and Statistics.


Joyce T. Siegele, FACHE, FIISE, DSHS
Director, Productivity Management
Northside Hospital

Joyce T. Siegele is the Director, Productivity Management at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a Specialization in Engineering Management from the University of Florida.  Joyce is a Fellow with ACHE (American College of Healthcare Executives) and with IISE (Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers).  She is a Past President of SHS (Society of Health Systems) and is a Diplomate in SHS.  Joyce is also an Instructor for IISE’s Healthcare Labor Management.


Greg Esper Vice Chair, MD, MBA
Clinical Affairs, Department of Neurology
Emory University School of Medicine

Gregory J. Esper, MD, MBA, is currently Professor & Vice Chairman of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Neurology. He is the Vice President of Lean Promotion and the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Emory Healthcare, and leads Emory’s systemwide telehealth initiatives. He earned his medical degree at Vanderbilt University, completed neurology residency at Washington University St. Louis, and finished clinical neurophysiology fellowship and a clinical research fellowship in Electrical Impedance Myography at Harvard University’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He earned his MBA from Emory’s Goizueta Business School in 2009, and is Affiliate Professor of Business at Goizueta. Clinically, Dr. Esper sees patients with general neurology conditions, including but not limited to headache, neuromuscular diseases, neuroinflammatory diseases, and the like. Dr. Esper serves the American Academy of Neurology as the Chair of the Health Services Research subcommittee, and he chaired the AAN’s Navigating Health Reform Task Force for the AAN in 2012. He publishes and lectures nationally on such topics as electronic health record implementation, medical economics, and health care reform, and internationally on health care leadership and talent management.


Rapid Fire Presenters

Nisha Botchwey

Nisha Botchwey,  PhD, MCRP,  MPH
Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning
Director of the Healthy Places Lab
College of Design, Georgia Institute of Technology
Center for Advanced Communications Policy, GA Tech

Botchwey is an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology and an adjunct professor in Emory University’s School of Public Health.  An expert in health and the built environment as well as community engagement, she holds graduate degrees in both urban planning and public health.  Dr. Botchwey co-directs the National Physical Activity Research Center, PARC, both the Atlanta Neighborhood Quality of Life and Health Dashboard and the data dashboard for Health, Environment and Livability for Fulton County, and directs the Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse.


Yao Xie, PhD
Associate Professor
Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering , Georgia Institute of Technology

Yao Xie is an Associate Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering since 2013. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (minor in Mathematics) from Stanford University in 2011, M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Florida in 2006, and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2004. She was a Research Scientist at Duke University from 2012 to 2013. Her research interests are statistics, machine learning, and signal processing, in providing the theoretical foundation as well as developing computationally efficient and statistically powerful algorithms. She received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award in 2017, and multiple best paper awards at ICASSP, Asilomar, and INFORMS conferences.


Leanne West

Leanne West
Chief Engineer Pediatric Technologies, Georgia Institute of Technology
President, International Children’s Advisory Network

Leanne West, MS, is a Principal Research Scientist and the Chief Engineer of Pediatric Technologies for Georgia Tech. As Chief Engineer, she coordinates research activities related to pediatrics across campus and serves as the technical liaison for the partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She is also the President of the non-profit, the International Children’s Advisory Network, which focuses on patient voice in healthcare.

Her research focuses on mobile and wireless health system and sensor development, user interfaces, system integration, and diagnostic devices. Ms. West has seen her invention of a wireless personal captioning system installed at commercial venues through her start-up Intelligent Access, LLC. She has another wearable system for identifying specific dog behaviors that has also reached the commercial market. She has received the following awards: Woman of the Year by Women in Technology in 2014, Georgia Tech’s Outstanding Achievement in Research Enterprise Enhancement Award in 2014, GTRI Innovative Research Award team member in 2014, and the Optical Society’s 2012 Paul Forman Engineering Excellence Award team member.


Yajun Mei 
Associate Professor
Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Yajun Mei is a co-director of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, research Design (BERD) at Georgia Tech for Georgia Clinical & Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA) since 2018, the president of Georgia Chapter of American Statistical Association in 2018-2019, and the director of Master of Science in Statistics for the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering since 2018

Dr. Mei’s research interests include change-point problems and sequential analysis in Mathematical Statistics; sensor networks and information theory in Engineering; as well as longitudinal data analysis, random effects models, and clinical trials in Biostatistics.

Dr. Mei received a B.S. in Mathematics from Peking University in P.R. China, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics with a minor in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He has also worked as a postdoc in Biostatistics for two years in the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA.