About Us

The Health Management Academy (The Academy) is a peer learning company that brings together Leading Health System and industry executives to collectively address the industry’s biggest challenges and opportunities.

The Academy convenes C-suite executives, provides leadership development programs, conducts research studies, and facilitates the development of strategic partnerships to support the most progressive organizations shaping the future of healthcare.

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Leading Health System Exclusivity

The Academy restricts its health system membership to largest and most progressive organizations in the country.

Executive Leadership Focus

All programs exclusively focus on the most senior health system leaders.

Intimate Peer-Learning

The Academy fosters uniquely incisive discourse by letting members drive the conversation.

Relationship Focus

The Academy believes the most productive partnerships occur when there is strong rapport and connection.

Our History

As hospitals consolidated into large health systems, rising executives asked for support navigating the new complexity of their businesses

In response, The Academy was established in 1998. We supported them with a Chief Medical Officer forum, and quickly expanded to more peer groups

The Academy opened its doors to progressive industry partners whose presence was essential for meaningfully driving care delivery innovation

The Academy continued to expand its coverage, developing over 27 peer groups, 4 leadership development programs, a research practice, and 2 health system co-ops

Looking forward, The Academy will continue to increase its reach across healthcare, leveraging its unique platform to foster collaboration and innovation

Our Leadership Team

Renee DeSilva

Renee DeSilva

Chief Executive Officer

Patrick Lanier


Corey Aferiat

Chief of Staff & Executive Director, Communications

Caroline Allen

Senior Vice President, Educational Services

Stephanie Bernardes

Senior Director, Health Policy & Strategy

Brian Contos

General Manager, Member Insights

Jonathan Cronin

Chief Financial Officer

Sara Davies

Head of People and Culture

James Garcia

Vice President, Healthcare Technology Programs

Matt Gunther

Senior Vice President, Strategy

Anne Hahn

Senior Vice President & Chief Member Officer

Jessica Liu

Principal, Strategic Partnership Alliance

Ingrid Lund

Principal, Member Insights

Huy Nguyen

Vice President, IT

Tomi Ogundimu

Executive Director, Research & Advisory

Josh Sackler

Principal, Strategic Partnership Alliance

Allison Wachter

Vice President, Events