Innovation Hub Team
Brian Van Winkle, MBA
Brian is the Executive Director of Innovation at the Hub. His focus is on transforming the healthcare system by being a conduit between passionate clinicians and some of the most advanced solutions emerging around the world.
Brian brings 10+ years of experience helping some of the most complex healthcare systems in the world with transformation, process improvement and strategy design.
Brian is a dual degree in Economics and English at the University of Virginia, and earned his MBA at Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. If he didn’t have to work, he’d be a ski bum somewhere in the Tetons.
Rishab Shah, MHS
Rishab leads the Hub’s charge in development, implementation and oversight on driving innovation through strategic partnerships with emerging technologies around the world as Senior Manager of Tech Innovations.
Rishab is a strategist inspired to innovate while empowered to create. He has helped companies around the world with corporate strategy, business operations optimizations and large-scale technology transformations— primarily within the Healthcare and Life Sciences industries.
Rishab has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters of Health Science from Johns Hopkins University. In his free time, Rishab enjoys traveling the world and experiencing new cultures and food.
Emily Brands, MA
As Director of Innovation Hub Communications, Emily handles the Hub’s communications and marketing efforts. She shares the successes and failures of the Hub’s design and lean projects internally as well as to the healthcare innovation community at large.
Prior to joining the Hub, Emily started her professional life in financial services public relations. She left the financial services industry and started a company, The Purple Passport, that focused on chic cosmopolitan travel.
Emily has an A.B. from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University. She adores eating (period), traveling and enduring the zany adventures of her two children, dog and husband.
Tenzin is the Lean Deployment Specialist at Sibley Memorial Hospital. Tenzin establishes visual content for education, marketing, recognition and performance tracking, and supports Lean training of project leaders and members. She also serves as a facilitator for Lean interns and transitional duty employees, as well as a resource for frontline staff and process owners.
Tenzin earned her B.S. in Biology from George Mason University. Past work experience includes patient support services at INOVA Fairfax Hospital and medical records at Northern Virginia Urological Consultants.
For fun, Tenzin likes to read, try vegetarian dishes from around the world and travel to new places.
Karla Gonzalez, MHSA
Karla is the Lean and Process Improvement Program Manager at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She provides expertise and training to departments looking to engage on initiatives related to process improvement to drive strategic and operational improvements.
Previously, Karla provided coaching on Lean and facilitated rapid improvement events at a pediatric health organization. Prior work also includes social work for a local non-profit and program management.
Karla received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Health Systems Administration from Georgetown University. She loves the beach and traveling to new places.
Nitin Vaswani, MD, MBA, MPH
Nitin is our Venture Capital and Clinical SME overseeing our due diligence process. He has worked at venture capital firms and investment banking institutions across the United States and Southeast Asia. He uses his background in science and medicine to oversee investments in healthcare diagnostics and digital health.
Dr. Vaswani is a trained surgeon and has completed a research fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. He holds an MD from the University of Queensland and an MBA/MPH from Johns Hopkins. When he’s not serving as rainmaker to the Hub, he dons his war paint and entrenches himself in the world of soccer.
Doug Solomon, PhD, MPH
As a Senior Advisor to the Hub, Doug leads design thinking workshops to help Sibley employees tackle problems with the end-user in mind. Additionally, Doug has a wealth of experience with design thinking, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Doug is currently a Fellow at the famed design firm IDEO. Previously, he was the Chief Strategy Officer at Apple, Inc.