Innovation Hub Team
Brian Van Winkle
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 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.
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.
Janet is the Manager of Innovation Operations at Sibley Hospital. She coordinates both day-to-day activities and long-term projects of the Hub, facilitates design thinking sessions, and works on initiatives to improve patient experience and staff engagement.
Previously, Janet managed grants to civil society organizations in the Western Balkans. Just prior to joining the Hub, Janet developed and managed an Artist Residency in Iceland as part of the founding team of an intercultural storytelling festival called Saga Fest.
She has a B.A. in International Relations and French from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Janet loves dance and dance fitness, live music, exploring the arts scene in the District/Maryland/Virginia, being in coffee shops, and going for walks with her husband, daughter, son, and dog.
Mitchell is the Innovation Project Manager at Sibley Hospital.
Previous work includes medical research, operations consulting, international healthcare work and investment banking.
He received his B.S. in Molecular Cell Developmental Biology from UCLA. In addition, he received his M.P.H. specializing in Health Care Management from Yale School of Public Health in conjunction with the Yale School of Management.
In his spare time, he enjoys swimming all year, skiing in the winters and hiking adventures around DC proper during the spring and summer. He is also an avid chess player and movie buff.
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.
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.