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
EVP, Houston Methodist Hospital and Chief Innovation Officer

Carole HackettCarole Hackett
SVP, Human Resources

Cathy EasterCathy Easter
SVP, Houston Methodist Global

Michelle M StansburyMichelle M Stansbury
VP, IT Applications and Innovation

Tom VernonTom Vernon
Chief Experience Officer, Patient Experience

Lisa SchillaciLisa Schillaci
VP, Revenue Cycle Operations

Dr. Sarah PletcherDr. Sarah Pletcher
VP and Executive Medical Director, Center for Innovation

Divya ReddyDivya Reddy
Legal Counsel

Brad ShainkBrad Shaink
Administrative Director, IT & Innovation

Jackie EffensonJackie Effenson
Director, Digital Marketing

Kola OmotadeKola Omotade
Director, Community Benefits

Sarah FlemingSarah Fleming

John Cauthen=John Cauthen
Project Manager, Center for Innovation

Terrie HolmanTerrie Holman
Project Manager, Center for Innovation

Stuart CorrStuart Corr
Director of Innovation Systems Engineering, Academic Institute

Carl LittleCarl Little
CEO and Senior VP, Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital

Tamela BrandenbergTamela Brandenberg
Project Manager, Center for Innovation