MMCi Faculty and StaffInnovative Thought Leaders
Our MMCi faculty members are innovative thought leaders who bring years of experience developed from a broad range of backgrounds. Meet our current MMCI faculty (below) and staff.
Arlene Chung, MD, MHA, MMCi
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
- Director, Carolina Health Informatics Research Collaborative
- Diplomate, Clinical Informatics, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine
- Course Director, Duke MMCi Health IT Business Solutions
Research interests: clinical Informatics, digital health, user-centered design, consumer health informatics, person/patient-generated health data, wearables/sensors, PROs, patient-centered technologies, patient powered research networks, PCOR, citizen science
Matthew Engelhard is the C. Keith Conners Fellow in Digital Health in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and the School of Medicine lead for the +DS (+DataScience) program. He is also affiliated with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Center for Applied Genomics and Precision Medicine, and the Global Digital Health Science Center at Duke. Dr. Engelhard’s research focuses on personalized machine learning models for pediatric mental health and smoking cessation, with emphasis on data collected with mobile devices and wearables. He received his MD and PhD in Systems and Information Engineering from the University of Virginia, and his BSE in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics from Duke University.
Jeff Ferranti, MD, MS
Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Vice President for Medical Informatics
Jeffrey Ferranti, MD, MS, is Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Medical Informatics.
Ferranti is responsible for leading a team charged with the visioning, strategic planning, and effective adoption of integrated technology and information solutions that enable high-quality clinical care, research and education. He also serves as an informatics thought leader, both internal and external to Duke, and, in partnership with our wider medical community, develops an overarching informatics strategy in support of the Duke Health mission.
As the leader of Duke’s enterprise-wide Epic installation, he was responsible for deploying a single, seamless electronic health record across three hospitals and over 300 ambulatory clinics. Ferranti is passionate about leveraging advanced analytics to improve population health, implementing novel technologies to better partner with patients and promoting IT innovation to support new and emerging care models.
M. Chris Gibbons, MD, MPH
Dr. Gibbons is a recognized international authority on Consumer Health Informatics/Digital Health, health innovation and medically underserved populations. He pioneered the field of Populomics which represents the synthesis of the fields of Population Sciences, Medicine and Informatics. Populomics has also formed a foundation for emerging Precision Medicine initiatives. While at Johns Hopkins he also developed innovative care delivery models that improved care and outcomes among uninsured inner city residents and ex-offenders. As the Founder and CEO of The Greystone Group, Inc., a digital health strategy, consulting and innovation firm, Dr. Gibbons led a multidisciplinary team of experts who authored several senior level federal reports for the National Institutes of Standards and Technology which have been used to enhance the design, evaluation, certification and testing of Electronic Health Records and other health information technologies. He also established the nation’s first seed stage health technology incubator (DiversIT Health) that is focused primarily on nontraditional innovators and solutions targeting medically underserved populations. As Chief Health Innovation Adviser to the Federal Communications Commission he provides critical health insight to the agency and led the development of the agency’s vision of a future national “on demand” technology enhanced health care delivery ecosystem.
Associate Professor of Operations, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Wendell Gilland is an award-winning teacher of operations management and such special topics as supply-chain management, response-time management and models used to guide operations decision making.
His research focuses on the performance improvement gained by using multiple customer priorities, products designed for multiple markets, and multiple channels of distribution.
Dr. Gilland brings valuable industry experience to his academic career. He worked at Monitor Company, the consulting company founded by Michael Porter to apply his business strategy frameworks to the strategic planning process of Fortune 500 clients. Dr. Gilland also worked at CSC Index, the consulting firm led by Jim Champy and Michael Hammer that pioneered business process reengineering. Through his experience with these firms and subsequent independent consulting projects, he has worked in a variety of industries and companies, including Apple Computer, Eastman Chemicals, Intel, Caterpillar, Hoechst-Celanese, Matsushita, Nationwide Insurance, Sony, State Street Bank and Tektronix.
He received his PhD and MBA from Stanford University and his AB from Harvard University.
Wendell Gilland’s full bio on the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School website.
Visiting Professor, Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business
I serve as a Professor of Strategic Management in the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, where I hold the Anthony S. Fell Chair in New Technologies and Commercialization. Before joining Rotman, I was Professor of Strategy at Duke University and at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I earned a Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley and a BBA at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. I am co-editor of the Strategic Management Journal and am on the editorial boards of several other academic journals. I am active in the Strategic Management Society and Academy of Management, and sit on the corporate board of Neuland Laboratories, Inc. (Hyderabad).
Research: I study business dynamics in developed and emerging markets, investigating how businesses change — or do not change — as their competitive environments change and, in turn, how business changes contribute to ongoing corporate and social performance. My current research projects investigate business changes in multiple industries in developed and emerging markets, with a substantial portion of my work focusing on the life sciences sector.
I teach MBA and Executive Education courses in corporate strategy, business dynamics, entrepreneurial strategy, and pharmaceutical and other life sciences strategy, as well as Ph.D. courses in strategy & research methods.
I am active in helping to develop health management and entrepreneurship education programs in both developed and emerging markets.
Eads Professor of the Practice and Associate Chair, Economics
Emma Rasiel is the Teaching Director of the Duke Financial Economics Center, as well as Associate Chair and Professor of Economics at Duke. Emma’s role includes developing and delivering curricular and extra-curricular programs to Duke undergraduates to improve their preparedness for careers in business and finance. Emma’s regularly taught courses include Practical Financial Markets, Intermediate Finance, and Equity Research. She also enjoys teaching Behavioral Finance each summer on her Duke in London study away program and invites anyone to check out her online Behavioral Finance course, offered on the Coursera MOOC teaching platform.
The extra-curricular programs for Duke undergraduates that Emma spearheads include bank-sponsored case study competitions; an alumni-student mentoring program for 80 students each year; and Spring Networking Days: an annual three-day event in which more than 100 students have mock interviews with 40+ visiting alumni, in preparation for investment bank recruiting season. Emma is also Director of Graduate Studies for the new MS in Quantitative Finance Program. She was appointed Associate Chair of the Economics department in 2016.
Emma is also the Eads Professor of the Practice in Energy in the Fuqua School of Business, as well as a Faculty Fellow of the Duke Energy Initiative. In this role, she teaches an energy finance course for both graduate and advanced undergraduate students.
Emma holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Oxford University (1986) and an MBA from the Wharton School (class of 1990). She joined Goldman Sachs in 1990 and spent two years in their New York office, subsequently moving to London to spend five years trading European bond options. She was promoted to Executive Director in 1994 and left Goldman in 1997 to pursue further academic studies at Duke. She completed her PhD in finance at the Fuqua School in 2003, moved across campus to the Economics Department, and feels very fortunate that she has been able to remain at Duke ever since.
Emma enjoys horseback riding in the cooler months of the year, water skiing in the warmer ones, and poker all year round.
Emma Raisel’s full profile on the Duke Dept. of Economics website.
Charles Scales, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Urology
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundatin/Va Scholar,, University of California School of Medicine 2011 – 2013
- Resident, Urology, Duke University 2006 – 2011
- Intern, Surgery, Duke University 2005 – 2006
- Research Associate, Urology, Duke University 2004 – 2005
- M.D., Duke University School of Medicine 2004
C. J. Skender, MBA
Visiting Assistant Professor of Accounting
C. J. holds academic degrees from Lehigh University and Duke University. He worked as an auditor for the Philadelphia office of Deloitte Haskins and Sells for three years. He has attained ten professional designations in accounting, financial planning, insurance, and management: CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CMA (Certified Management Accountant), CCA (Certified Cost Analyst), CIA (Certified Internal Auditor), ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter), CFP (Certified Financial Planner), AIAF (Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance), CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), and CFM (Certified in Financial Management).
C. J. has served as a training consultant on three continents for Glaxo Wellcome, IBM, ITT Sheraton, Siemens, and Wells Fargo. He has developed and delivered various executive education seminars as well as CPA, CMA, and CIA review courses. For six years, he lectured simultaneously in the State, Carolina, and Duke CPA preparatory classes. From 1992 through 1998, C. J. taught Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting on cable television in the Research Triangle area. His scholarly work has been published in TAXES and Journal of Accounting Education.
C. J. has received multiple teaching awards at the Fuqua School of Business, the Kenan-Flagler Business School, and North Carolina State University. Twenty-one of his former students have earned medals on the Uniform CPA Examination. Two have scored highest nationally on the CMA Examination, while one has scored highest nationally on the CFM Examination. C. J. has taught 300 sections of college courses and over 14,000 students during his academic career. He was presented the 1995 Outstanding Educator Award by the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Read C. J. Skender’s profile on the Duke: Fuqua School of Business website.
Marla Tuchinsky, MA, PhD
Managing Director at Duke Corporate Education
Marla Tuchinsky is a Managing Director at Duke Corporate Education. She designs, develops and delivers custom education solutions to help our corporate clients grow their leaders as a strategic asset. Her areas of expertise include talent development, organizational and team effectiveness, and communication. She brings to her client work her wide experience across industries, geographies and teaching modalities. She combines a practitioner’s perspective with a foundation in social science.
Marla was a professor at INSEAD in France where she created and taught MBA, PhD and Executive Education courses. She has lectured at top business schools such as Wharton, London Business School and UC Berkeley, and facilitated programs on six continents. She was nominated for the Dean’s Undergraduate Teaching Award at Duke University. She currently teaches for the Duke University School of Medicine.
Before joining Duke CE, Marla was an internal consultant to several divisions of Cisco Systems, shaping their leadership development efforts. She was at the forefront of e-learning efforts there as well. She consulted to novice entrepreneurs in Europe, specifically in high tech. She has served on Board of Directors and on several board committees for local not-for-profit organizations.
Marla’s research and publications have focused on strategy, business communication and negotiation processes. She’s studied how working virtually affects business relationships. Her most recent research explored how not-for-profits attract, retain and motivate volunteer employees. She co-wrote the Leading from the Center book series about common challenges middle managers face. In addition, she has written dozens of custom cases and simulations for our clients. She has spoken on her research at conferences and as an invited speaker around the world.
Marla earned her BA and MA degrees from Stanford University and PhD from Duke University.
Read Marla Tuchinsky’s bio on the Duke Corporate Education website.
Michael B. Waitzkin, JD
Senior Lecturing Fellow Duke Law
Michael B. Waitzkin is the Deputy Director of Science & Society, Senior Lecturing Fellow and Director of Graduate Studies for the MA in Bioethics & Science Policy at Duke University. He teaches courses in the graduate school, the law school and the medical school at Duke, including Science Law & Policy, Ethics Seminar in Clinical Informatics and the Science Regulation Lab.
He practiced law in the District of Columbia for 35 years, where he handled complex commercial and criminal cases in federal and state trial and appellate courts throughout the county. He has extensive experience in advising the biomedical research community on issues relating to legal and regulatory strategy and ethics. He was co-founder, CEO and chief strategy officer of Genomeon LLC, a start-up company developing a genomic diagnostic technology, based on what others have discarded as “junk DNA”. He is also a co-founder and board member of Orbit Genomics, which is now commercializing Genomeon’s technology. He served as Special Counsel to the President in the White House Counsel’s Office.
He attended the University of Virginia (BA 1971; Phi Beta Kappa, Echols Scholar), Stanford Law School (JD 1974) and Yale Law School (LLM 1975, Commonwealth Fellow in Law, Science and Medicine).
Stacy Wood, MBA
Visiting Professor Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business
Dr. Wood’s research focuses on how consumers respond and adapt to change or innovation. This applies both to individuals’ processing of new product information and emotional reactions to new innovations, trends, or rituals. Current projects include investigations of new product learning, expert/novice differences in new product adoption, consumer response to technology innovations, medical innovations and patient learning, adoption of risky innovations, and the neuroscience of change behavior. Her work has appeared in Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Psychology, and Journal of Retailing. Dr. Wood joined the NC State Poole College of Management in 2010. Previously, she was a co-recipient of the 1997 H. Paul Root Award for the article published in Journal of Marketing that “made the most significant contribution to the advancement of marketing practice” and, in 2001, won the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business Alfred G. Smith award, the school’s top teaching award. She also was the 2007 winner of the Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award, the University of South Carolina’s top undergraduate teaching honor. Dr. Wood served as the Director for the Center for Neuroeconomic Research at USCand is an affiliated faculty member of MIT’s Convergence Culture Consortium.