Evan Benjamin*

Chief Medical Officer

As the Chief Medical Officer at Ariadne Labs, Evan Benjamin, MD, MS, FACP, provides oversight, guidance, and support to Ariadne Labs research faculty, ensuring that Ariadne’s findings are supported by rigorous evidence and result in clinically meaningful change. Evan mentors faculty and research scientists and works with individuals to enhance faculty research. In addition, Evan works in close collaboration with Ariadne’s founder, Dr. Atul Gawande, to develop and expand Ariadne’s strategic partnerships, and to raise the Ariadne Labs profile as a global leader in health systems innovation.

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Bill Berry*

Senior Advisor to the Executive Director

Bill Berry, MD, MPA, MPH, is the Senior Advisor to the Executive Director at Ariadne Labs.

Formerly the chief medical officer at Ariadne Labs, Bill oversaw the growth and development for all the research work including the Program teams: Safe Surgery, BetterBirth, and Serious Illness Care as well as the Platform teams: Informatics and Measurement, Implementation and Improvement Science, and Program Management. In addition, Bill serves as the Director of the Safe Surgery Program and oversees the specific research and execution of the program.

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Asaf Bitton*

Executive Director

A practicing primary care physician, public health researcher, and health systems innovation leader, Ariadne Labs Executive Director Asaf Bitton has led efforts globally and nationally to transform primary health care delivery systems and create high quality, integrated care models.

Bitton’s clinical area of expertise and innovation is in the area of team-based primary care for patients with complex psychosocial and clinical needs. The opportunity to serve these patients by creating a new, team-based primary care practice built from the ground up in 2010 has deeply informed his work on a local, national, and global level. He practices adult general internal medicine and serves as the assistant medical director at the Brigham and Women’s Advanced Primary Care Associates, South Huntington, an innovative, patient-centered medical home in Jamaica Plain, MA. The practice is a model of integrated behavioral health, risk-stratified care management, community health worker navigation, pharmacist-led chronic disease management, and co-localized specialist integration with psychiatry and geriatrics.

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Catherine Breen*

Chief Operating Officer

Catherine Breen is the chief operating officer for Ariadne Labs and has full supervisory responsibility for development and execution of financial management strategy, including policy, budgeting, compliance, and revenue and partnership generation, as well as for procurement and facilities maintenance, acquisition and retention of talent, administrative policies, and parent institution and other external relationships. Her role focuses on strengthening and supporting Ariadne Labs’ programs and platforms creatively and collaboratively in order to achieve programmatic, operational, and financial goals in a manner that advances the organization’s mission, vision, and values.

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Nic Encina

Chief Science and Technology Officer

Nic is chief science and technology officer at Ariadne Labs and oversees the research, data analytics, and technical teams. He is a cross-discipline specialist who has played key roles in building teams and pioneering innovation at technology and pharmaceutical companies. 

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Susan Gullo

Director, Implementation Platform

Susan Gullo brings thirty-seven years of health care and improvement experience to her role as the Director of Implementation at Ariadne Labs.  In this role she leads the implementation and dissemination of Ariadne’s solutions and tools around the world in close partnership with the program teams who developed the solutions.

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Alex Hannenberg

Faculty, Safe Surgery Program

Alexander Hannenberg, M.D. is a faculty member in the Safe Surgery Program at Ariadne Labs. His work has focused on the implementation of Crisis Checklists for critical event management in the operating room and beyond. He is also a founding Board Member of Lifebox USA, working on Lifebox safe surgery programs around the world, with a particular focus in Latin America.

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Natalie Henrich

Senior Lead, Qualitative Research, Science and Technology Platform

Natalie Henrich, PhD, MPH is the Senior Lead, Qualitative Research, Science and Technology Platform. In her current role, she works with Ariadne’s project teams to use scientific methods to strengthen the design and measurement of their innovative intervention projects as they progress from initial discovery of solutions through wide-scale spread.

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Louise Knabe*

Chief Platform Officer

Louise Knabe, M. Engineering, is the Chief Platform Officer. In this role, she leads the Science & Technology, Implementation, and Innovation platform teams.  The platform teams bring specialized skills and methods to Ariadne’s programmatic work to expedite the journey from problem statement to broadly adopted solution and to strengthen the quality and adoption of the resulting solutions. Ariadne’s solution development methodology relies on the platforms’ skills in areas such as: user-centered design, scientific trial design, data collection and storage, quantitative and qualitative analysis, implementation, and scaling, all leveraging technology where appropriate.  She partners with the Chief Medical Officer and program directors to work towards Ariadne’s aspirational vision of reaching every patient, every time, everywhere.

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Amy Lieb

Director of Project Management & Senior Strategy Advisor

Amy Lieb, MBA, serves as the Director of Project Management & Senior Strategy Advisor for Ariadne Labs. In this role, Amy works with the Chief Medical Officer to refine and steward Ariadne’s approach to program strategy and project management across the Ariadne Arc, as we strive for delivering our work with excellence. Amy works closely with Ariadne’s program teams to ensure all projects are delivered on time, on scope and on budget. Amy also actively champions the “Ariadne Way of Project Management” by ensuring all levels of project managers are trained and have access to our project methodology. In addition, Amy acts as a strategic thought partner for programs by serving as a resource for strategic decision making and partnership identification, with a particular emphasis on assessing opportunities for cross-program, multi-solution opportunities to accelerate and further the spread and impact of Ariadne Labs solutions.

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Carrie Main

Associate Director for Finance

Carrie Main is the Associate Director for Finance. Carrie provides leadership to the finance and grants team. In addition, Carrie will coordinate Ariadne Lab’s financial operations, policy development, budgeting, planning and analysis functions, working collaboratively in a team setting to provide Ariadne Labs with comprehensive, strategic financial support. She serves as primary liaison to our parent institutions and to the programs and platforms on general financial issues.

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Kate Miller

Senior Scientist, Research Methodologist

Kate Miller, PhD, MPH, is a Senior Scientist on the Science & Technology platform. Kate supports quantitative research designs, statistical analyses and mixed-methods approaches across Ariadne’s research portfolio, and takes a lead role in the support of scientific rigor at the Labs. Kate infuses her daily work with data visualization, the joy of discovery, and the occasional highly tasteful joke.

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Kit Nichols

Director of Talent Development

Kit Nichols is Director of Talent Development, guiding our strategy and processes for recruiting and retaining faculty and staff of the highest caliber.

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Dan Schwarz

Director, Primary Health Care

Dan Schwarz, MD MPH is the Director of Primary Health Care at Ariadne Labs. Dan brings over a decade of global experience in healthcare delivery.

Prior to joining Ariadne Labs, Dan served as the Executive Director, and then Chief Medical Officer for Possible (www.possiblehealth.org), in which role he helped to build and lead an innovative public private partnership for healthcare delivery with the Nepali Ministry of Health. This work now spans multiple districts throughout Nepal, providing both facility- and community-based services to over 500,000 people. Now at Ariadne, Dan continues to serve as a Strategic Adviser to the organization and the Nepali government.  Before his work in Nepal, Dan has also worked for Partners In Health (www.pih.org) in multiple countries, and several other non-governmental organizations throughout sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. Dan serves as an adviser to the World Health Organization in their Primary Healthcare Measurement Initiative, and an adviser to the Lancet Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases and Poverty.

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Katherine Semrau

Director, BetterBirth Program

Katherine Semrau, PhD, MPH, is director of the BetterBirth Program at Ariadne Labs. As Program Director, Dr. Semrau oversees the research and execution of the BetterBirth Program which aims to improve the quality of care, minimize complications, and end the preventable deaths of women and newborns through effective implementation of evidence-based, scalable solutions at the frontline of care. Katherine is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Epidemiologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Division of Global Health Equity.

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Neel Shah

Director, Delivery Decisions Initiative

Neel Shah, MD, MPP, is Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs. His team is currently collaborating with hospitals across the United States, and using methods from design, systems engineering, and management to reduce the epidemic of avoidable c-sections.

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