Driving a Culture of Innovation

The Center for Innovation is comprised of a group of dedicated health and technology professionals obsessed with the potential for digital innovation. The Center for Innovation embraces the changing models of health care delivery and seeks to enhance care at Houston Methodist by championing projects that promote a digital, consumer-centric approach to problem-solving.


Our dedicated team of innovators has come together to nurture an enthusiasm that borders on obsession for digital innovation. While our steering committee leads the charge, it's our belief that everyone at Houston Methodist is an innovator. Whether it is in the operating room or the cafeteria, we look to our staff for inspiration, ideas and opportunity. 

Steering Committee


Marc L BoomMarc L. Boom, MD
President & Chief Executive Officer of Houston Methodist

Kevin J BurnsKevin J. Burns
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Business Officer

Roberta L SchwartzRoberta L. Schwartz, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer

Debra SukinDebra Sukin, Ph.D.
Regional Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital

Carole HackettCarole Hackett
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

DIOP (Digital Innovation Obsessed People) Committee Members


Roberta L SchwartzRoberta L. Schwartz
Chief Innovation Officer

Michelle StansburyMichelle Stansbury
Vice President of IT Innovation

Cathy EasterCathy Easter
Global Lead of Innovation

Stephen SpielmanStephen Spielman
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Specialty Physician Group

Brad ShainkBrad Shaink
Administrative Director of Digital Innovation

Anaye MilliganAnaye Milligan
Director of Digital Marketing and Innovation

Murat UralkanMurat Uralkan
Innovation Program Manager

Dr. Shetal-Nicholas DesaiDr. Shetal-Nicholas Desai
Chief Medical Information Officer

Farzan SasangoharFarzan Sasangohar
Division Chief of Center for Outcomes Research

Dr. Sarah PletcherDr. Sarah Pletcher
Vice President & Executive Medical Director of Virtual Care

Lisa SchillaciLisa Schillaci
VP Revenue Cycle Operations

Arielle RoggArielle Rogg
Project Manager

Kola OmotadeKola Omotade
Project Manager to Cathy Easter