Board Of Directors

Leadership From Across The Healthcare Community

San Diego Health Connect's Board of Directors includes leadership from across the San Diego health care community including hospital systems, community clinics, medical groups and health plans and local government.


Albert Oriol - President

Chief Information Officer
Rady Children's Hospital San Diego

Cassi Birnbaum, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA, CPHQ- Secretary

Director of Health Information Management and Revenue Integrity
UC San Diego Health System

Ken Lawonn - Treasurer 

Senior Vice President/CIO
Sharp HealthCare

Andy Crowder

Senior Vice President/CIO
Scripps Health

Laura Sullivant, RN 

Area Information Officer
Kaiser Permanente San Diego

Norma Diaz

Chief Executive Officer
Community Health Group

Brian Fennessy

Fire Chief
San Diego Fire-Rescue

Alfred Joshua, MD

Chief Medical Officer
County of San Diego, Public Safety Group

Paul Hegyi

Executive Director/CEO
San Diego County Medical Society

Tracy Garmer

Chief Operations Officer
Health Center Partners of Southern California

David Guss, MD

Department Chair Emeritus
Emergency Medicine, UCSD Health System

Nick Yphantides, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer
County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency

Robert Smith, MD

COS/Medical Director
VA San Diego Healthcare System

Dimitrios Alexiou

President & CEO
Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties

Della Shaw

Executive Vice President, Strategy
Palomar Health