Our mission is to rapidly find, evaluate and activate internal and external innovative solutions for challenges affecting Northwestern Medicine patients and care teams today and to optimize future care delivery. The Northwestern Medicine Mansueto Innovation Institute advances the mission, vision and values of Northwestern Medicine by:

  • Exploring the latest in innovative technology
  • Building strong partnerships that lead to solutions
  • Executing plans to achieve our goals
  • Pursuing potential investment opportunities
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Experts Supporting Innovation

The Mansueto Innovation Institute connects innovators and collaborators to an extensive network of leaders with expertise in medicine, innovation, data, business and more within Northwestern Medicine and across the healthcare industry.

Information Services Our institute has a deep collaboration with Northwestern Medicine Information Services as we work together to effectively evaluate and successfully pilot new innovative solutions.
Legal/ComplianceOur team of experts is well versed in the demands of the healthcare industry, and we are available to help as questions arise.
InvestmentsNorthwestern Medicine’s Office of Investment leverages our Innovation Fund to support startup companies funding needs and deepen our partnerships.
Communications & Marketing Whether communicating to the Northwestern Medicine workforce or promoting success externally, the Northwestern Medicine Communications and Marketing teams work with our collaborators to craft messaging and get it out through the best channels.
Chicago MATTER MATTER supports healthcare startups at all stages of growth by offering access learning and development opportunities, capital and customers, and a dynamic community. As a health system partner of MATTER, we are always happy to connect our collaborators with the great resources they offer.

Meet the Team

This elite, dedicated team works relentlessly to identify and implement solutions with innovative partners that deliver a better healthcare experience for patients and clinicians.

Dr. Derman
Daniel Derman, MD

Chief Innovation Officer

Daniel Derman, MD, is the senior vice president of Administration for Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, overseeing the organization's Innovation Department and International Department since 2015. As the chief innovation executive for Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Dr. Derman is responsible for managing the Northwestern Medicine Innovation Center. He has played several key roles in the health system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including co-leading development of testing and vaccine distribution strategies.

In years past, Dr. Derman oversaw the Immediate Care Centers, MyNM Service Center (for staff Human Resources and IT support) and Occupational Health. Dr. Derman is the former president of Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group, which was acquired by Northwestern Memorial HealthCare in 1995. He earned his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1984. After training in internal medicine from 1984 to 1987 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Derman served as chief medical resident from 1987 to 1988.

Doug King

Chief Information Officer

Doug King is the chief information officer and senior vice president of Information Services for Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. King provides strategic leadership for a broad range of technology initiatives supporting our core clinical, administrative and research platforms. In addition, he has responsibility for analytics and informatics, and he helps lead the Northwestern Medicine Innovation Center.

King holds a Bachelor of Science in information systems and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in healthcare administration.

Mozzi Etemadi, MD, PHD

Clinical Director, Advanced Technologies

Mozzi Etemadi, MD, PhD, is the medical director of Advanced Technologies at Northwestern Medicine. Dr. Etemadi’s team of highly skilled engineers and data scientists advances technologies to solve active problems in clinical workflow, predictive analytics and wearable physiologic monitoring. Most recently, through a large collaboration across the health system, Dr. Etemadi’s team created an artificial intelligence system that helps identify patients who have critical findings on radiology studies and ensures timely follow-up.

Dr. Etemadi grew up in the Chicago area and fell in love with technology at an early age, first making websites for local businesses, and later working for a start-up internet service provider that used wireless radios to provide broadband to areas that were still using dial-up internet connection. He then spent 12 years in the San Francisco Bay Area training in electrical engineering at Stanford, finished medical school at University of California San Francisco and completed a doctorate at University of California, Berkeley. During this time, he found several opportunities to use state-of-the-art technology to solve an actionable, clinical need, and he was named one of Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” Scientists.

Kali Arduini

Director, Innovation

As director of Innovation for Northwestern Medicine, Kali Arduini leads the identification, evaluation, and activation of internal and external innovative technology solutions to issues faced by Northwestern Medicine patients and clinicians today and the challenges of tomorrow.

With her background in healthcare IT, team building, collaboration, project management and strategy, Arduini leads a team of innovators to support systemwide innovation efforts aligned with health system goals. She has more than 15 years of experience in healthcare technology, strategic planning, solutions activation and innovation. While Arduini has spent much of her career in academic medicine, she has also worked for digital health vendors implementing new technology across the United States. She has a Bachelor of Science from University of Missouri.

Stavroula Xinos

Director, Innovation Service Line

Stavroula Xinos is a director in Information Services at Northwestern Medicine. Her portfolio includes Research and Development, Innovation, Research, Machine Learning and Digital Capabilities. These teams work with leading-edge technology while understanding the needs of healthcare workers and patients to drive solutions and capability delivery. As a director, Xinos combines her passion for improving processes and health care in an environment that is rapidly changing.

Xinos has been working with Northwestern Medicine Information Services since 2015. Previously, she worked at Epic with roles in people, application and implementation management. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Salvatore LoGrasso

Program Manager, Innovation

Salvatore LoGrasso is the program manager for Innovation and Digital Health. His portfolio spans digital health, system and clinical innovation initiatives. He leads the business case development, design, implementation, management and evaluation of these innovation efforts. As a program manager, LoGrasso combines his passions for corporate innovation and health care to drive new programs aligned with Northwestern Medicine’s mission and to advance the organization's innovation strategy.

Salvatore has vast healthcare experience, working across both the public and private sectors in project management, performance improvement and strategic roles. He has been at Northwestern Medicine since 2013, previously working in Strategy and the Office of Research. Before coming to Northwestern Medicine, he worked alongside the medical director at Macomb County Health Department in Michigan to advance strategies in alignment with the Affordable Care Act. Salvatore is a member of the Institutional Review Board at Northwestern University. He earned his Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management in Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation, and his Bachelor of Arts in economics from Kalamazoo College.

Jason Ronald

Manager, Innovation Service Line

Jason Ronald is a manager in Information Services for the Innovation Service Line. The Innovation Service Line team develops innovative solutions in pilot-style formats to overcome obstacles and optimize healthcare delivery. Ronald is fascinated with examining technology trends and applying new technologies to solve difficult healthcare problems.

Ronald has been with Northwestern Medicine since 2013 and has a broad range of experience including technical support, implementation, application architecture, and research and development. Before starting his career at Northwestern Medicine, Ronald worked as a consultant for a healthcare consulting firm and interned as a hospital case manager. He has a Master of Arts from University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice.

Laurie Boettcher

Program Manager, Innovation

Laurie Boettcher is a program manager for Innovation. In her role, Laurie leads the evaluation and implementation of new innovative opportunities. Laurie combines her experience in organizational process transformation and digital technology with her passion for solving complex problems with simple solutions to bring forth new solutions at Northwestern Medicine.

Laurie has over 10 years of healthcare experience in a wide breadth of environments, and has been working with Northwestern Medicine since 2020. Previously, she worked at Deloitte in healthcare strategy consulting, and at Epic in product and implementation management. Laurie holds a Master of Science in Public Health from Johns Hopkins, and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Chicago.

Anu Melville

Program Manager, Innovation

Anu Melville is a Program Manager for Innovation. Her portfolio focuses on piloting new digital health solutions and implementing programs to foster Innovation at NM. Anu enjoys combining her User-Centered Design and Healthcare IT background to evaluate and develop solutions. She manages multi-disciplinary teams to rapidly deploy and iterate advanced technology solutions with the goal to improve patient and provider experience.

Through her previous consulting experience, Anu has spent over 15 years working with many Healthcare organizations across different care settings including public health departments. She worked as a Director in KPMG’s IT Advisory division and in implementation management at Epic. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University where she studied Design with a focus on human factors and Business Management.