Many Experts. One Team.
Homeward Health™ Interactive is marshaled by a team of seasoned physicians and executives who share a wealth of experience in medicine, academics, managed care and the health care industry.
Chair of Scientific Advisory Board
Brian D. Athey, Ph.D. is the Michael A. Savageau Collegiate Professor and Inaugural Chair of the Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is also a Professor of Psychiatry and of Internal Medicine. He is the founding Principal Investigator of the NIH National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics (NCIBI), one of eight NIH National Biomedical Computing Centers. Brian also serves as CSO of the tranSMART Foundation, an emerging US and EU consortium to create and support an open data sharing, platform, and analytic software “Apps Store” to accelerate clinical and translational research. Brian has served as the Biomedical Informatics Core Director of Michigan’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), and was Associate Director of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR). Brian has served as Director of Academic Informatics for the Medical School. Brian is an active teacher and mentor, being the Principal Investigator of the U-M NIH/NIGMS Bioinformatics Training Grant; he has trained more than 20 Ph.D. students and Post-Doctoral Fellows.
Brian led the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Next-Generation Internet (NGI) Visible Human Project and the DARPA Virtual Soldier Project. He has over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and proceedings, ranging from bioinformatics, metabolomics, computational biology, optical imaging, and grid computing. Brian is a highly sought after speaker, having given over 150 invited talks, plenary lectures, and keynote presentations; and he has been honored with several awards for his work. He has served as a special advisor to the CIO of the NIH and to the DARPA Defense Science Office (DSO). Brian is a founder and member of the Scientific Advisory Board Chairman of the 1Mind4Research, an emerging neuroscience Public Private Partnership working to help returning veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) . He is also a founding member and former Board Chairman of the non-profit Scientists & Engineers of America (SEA), based in Washington, D.C. Brian received his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology (Biophysics concentration) from the University of Michigan, where he and collaborators were the first to propose the double helical ‘crossed-linker’ for chromatin structure. His is still a very active researcher in the field chromatin structure, function, and dynamics.
Dr. Donzé is Harvard faculty and a scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, with extensive clinical research experience. He is an Attending Physician board-certified in internal medicine and earned a Master of Science in clinical epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Donzé’s primary research area focuses on patient readmission and transition of care. He developed a prediction model (HOSPITAL score) to identify medical patients at high risk for having potentially avoidable readmission. He has published several articles in high-impact medical journals, such as in BMJ, JAMA internal medicine, or The American Journal of Medicine. He is the author of a clinical pharmacological book (Brevimed). Other areas of research include anticoagulant therapy, venous thromboembolism, patient experience, and quality of care.
CEO & President
Mr. Gough is the founder of Homeward Healthcare™. He filed the patent for an interactive risk stratifying system in 2010 and began experimenting with the technology surrounding patient engagement and touch-screen applications. A frightening hospital discharge experience with his son, drove Gough to focus on care transitions and accountability. Digital Discharge was born in 2013.
Gough is an award-winning entrepreneur, angel investor, and the owner of Brainstorm Creative Consulting, a multimedia and intellectual property consulting firm. His patents, investments, and productions include television, digital media, educational tech, robotics, gaming programs, IoT, and entertainment technologies. He is an honors graduate of St. Mary’s College and a two time Ad Age “Big Idea” award winner.
Advisory Board Member
A consultant, author, keynote speaker and blogger, Mark is a graduate of Northwestern, with an MS & MBA from MIT. Mark has become the most sought after national expert in “Lean Healthcare.” In June 2011, Mark joined the software company KaiNexus as their “Chief Improvement Officer,” to help further their mission of “making improvement easier” in healthcare organizations, while continuing his other consulting and speaking activities.
He is the author of the book “Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety”, and Employee Engagement (Productivity Press), which was selected for a 2009 Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award and is being translated into seven languages. Mark has also co-authored a new book, titled “Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements,” which was released in June 2012.
Using web technologies to make the world a better place is Nick Gronow’s passion. He has been an owner, project manager, consultant, and software engineer for several web-based companies over the years. Nick has a background in entrepreneurship and has applied technology to every place he has worked in. Combining innovation with software expertise, he brings new perspective to projects he is involved in. Homeward Healthcare has been a great fit for his skills in web technologies and passion to fully harness Ruby on Rails. Nick lives in Howell Michigan with his wife and 3 children.
Engineer and technology lead. Commercial software products include Microsoft, Adobe, HP, Al Gore’s Current TV and countless Bay Area startups. Recipient of multiple engineering awards, including American Business Award and Stevie Award for web programming. Architected Current TV’s critically acclaimed TV App featured in New York Times and Read Write Web. Recent work focus includes blockchain crypto consensus systems, cross platform game engines and mobile application development.
Wellness Director- Board of Advisers
Dr. Michael Rafael Moreno, better known as “Dr. Mike,” is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine and Hahnemann Medical School (now Drexel University). Following his residency at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, California, Dr. Mike moved to San Diego, where he now practices family medicine and sits on the board of the San Diego Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
In 2008, Dr. Mike launched “Walk with Your Doc,” which he participates in every Tuesday and Thursday morning before his workday begins. The program began when Dr. Mike offered to walk with a patient to motivate her to exercise and has since grown into a thriving community.
Dr. Mike takes pride in being viewed not only as a doctor, but also as a friend and confidant.
“We’ve all pledged, promised and bullied ourselves to eat better and exercise more, but so many times even the best intentions fall short,” Dr. Mike says. “I incorporate healthy habits into my work and home life and you can too.”
Dr. Mike and the 17 Day Diet in the media:
Advisory Board Member
As Chief Research Officer for Hurley Medical Center, Dr. Weber guides the Hurley Research Center in establishing and directing a faculty mentorship program and serves as senior administrator over Hurley’s institutional review board. Dr. Weber also collaborates with Hurley Health Services to foster economic growth and development for the hospital and surrounding community.
Dr. Weber is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and has received nearly $10 million in research funding from such agencies as the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Weber has been twice named “Professor of the Year” at the University of Michigan Medical School. He is also a graduate of the University of Michigan.