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NAHSL/NY-NJ MLA Conference 2011: Speakers

Official Website of the NAHSL/NY-NJ MLA Conference held in Uncasville, Connecticut on October 30-November 1, 2011

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Presentation Files

For those speakers giving consent, we have posted their presentation files here.

Key Note Speakers

Dr. James Cimino - Customizing Infobuttons Within EHRs – Contributions to Meaningful Use

Dr. James Cimino is a board certified internist who completed a National Library of Medicine informatics fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University and then went on to an academic position at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Presbyterian Hospital in New York.  He spent 20 years at Columbia, carrying out clinical informatics research, building clinical information systems, teaching medical informatics and medicine, and caring for patients, rising to the rank of full professor in both Biomedical Informatics and Medicine. 

In 2008, he moved to the National Institutes of Health, where he is the Chief of the Laboratory for Informatics Development and a Tenured Investigator at the NIH Clinical Center and the National Library of Medicine.  His principle project involves the development of the Biomedical Translational Research Information System (BTRIS), an NIH-wide clinical research data resource.  In addition, he conducts clinical research informatics research, directs the NLM's postdoctoral training program in clinical informatics, participates in the Clinical Center's Internal Medicine Consult Service, and teaches at Columbia University as an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics.  He is a Fellow (and currently President) of the American College of Medical Informatics, the American College of Physicians, the American Clinical and Climatological Association, and the New York Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Lisa Sanders - Every Patient Tells a Story

Dr. Lisa Sanders is a clinician educator in the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. In addition to her work as a physician and teacher, she writes the popular Diagnosis column for the New York Times Magazine. Her column was the inspiration for the Fox program House MD and she serves as a Technical Adviser to the show. She recently published a book titled Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis.

Sanders' path to medicine was anything but traditional. As an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary, she majored in English and took a job with ABC the year after she graduated. Less than 10 years later, while working for CBS News, she won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story. But by then, Sanders said, she was ready to move on professionally and decided that of all the subjects she covered as a journalist, medicine intrigued her most. After two years at Columbia University’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program, Sanders was accepted to the Yale School of Medicine “as part of the 10 percent of the class they reserve for weirdos,” she said. In addition to her time in the hospital, Sanders is currently researching the nutritional aspect of obesity as well as clinical decision making and the way diagnostic decisions and errors are made. She has published two books previously — “The Perfect Fit Diet: Combine What Science Knows About Weight Loss With What You Know About Yourself” in 1994 and “The Perfect Fit Diet: How to Lose Weight, Keep it Off and Still Eat the Foods You Love” in 1995.

Frank A. Corvino - Customer Service: The Roadmap to the Future of Healthcare

During his tenure as president and chief executive officer of Greenwich Hospital, Frank A. Corvino has been at the forefront of healthcare innovation in such areas of patient safety, integrative medicine, wellness programs, care for the aging and the "green" movement.

Mr. Corvino, who also serves as executive vice president of the Yale New Haven Health System, has been a vocal advocate of "true" reform that confronts problems systemic in U.S. healthcare, such as the shortage of primary care physicians and tort reform.

He has appeared on "The Closing Bell" with Maria Bartiromo of CNBC and on the Fox Business Channel to discuss the needed solutions to this national crisis, and his writings on these issues have been published in papers and online websites, including the Hearst newspapers and Executive Insight. He has moderated panels on America’s aging crisis and served as chairman of the Eisenhower Strategy Forum on Aging. In addition, he addressed the urgent need for legislative change in forums moderated by commentator Lou Dobbs.

Mr. Corvino has served as president and chief executive officer of Greenwich Hospital since 1991, and was senior vice president and chief operating officer from 1988 to 1991. During his 22-year leadership, the hospital has experienced unprecedented growth, including the opening of the Helmsley Medical Building (1999) and the Olive and Thomas J. Watson Pavilion (2005). Together these buildings completely replaced the Greenwich Hospital that existed in 1996. The state-of-the-art facility has been hailed as a model of healing for future hospital designs. During this time, Mr. Corvino led the hospital in fund solicitation efforts that raised more than $175 million from its communities.

Mr. Corvino has spearheaded the introduction of several new clinical programs in the Fairfield County/Westchester County region, ranging from the Breast Care Center, Endoscopy Center to expanded maternity, pediatric and geriatric services, and the Center for Integrative Medicine.

He is responsible for instituting an "enhanced service excellence culture." Under his stewardship, Greenwich Hospital has consistently ranked among the top hospitals nationwide since 2000 in patient satisfaction, according to Press, Ganey Associates, the nation’s leader in healthcare satisfaction measurement. Moreover, his ability to work effectively with physicians, patients, trustees, advocacy groups, hospital staff and others has been instrumental in establishing Greenwich Hospital’s reputation as the premier regional healthcare facility.

Before coming to Greenwich Hospital, Mr. Corvino was an executive vice president at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in Bronx, N.Y., where he also held other management positions.

He received his undergraduate degree in Pharmacy at Fordham University and completed his graduate training at St. John’s University.

Mr. Corvino has held adjunct faculty teaching positions at New York Medical College and St. John’s University. He is active in community and professional organizations and currently serves on the boards of the Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA), Greenwich Emergency Medical Services (GEMS), Norwalk Community College Foundation and chairman of the Strategy Forum on Aging in America.

He has been honored by various organizations, including:

  • St. John’s University Alumni Outstanding Achievement Medal (1998)
  • Greenwich Rotary Club "Citizen of the Year" (2001) for his commitment to enhancing the quality of medical care in the region
  • Malcolm T. MacEachern CEO Award from the Health Academy of the Public Relations Society of America (2004) for his demonstrated exemplary use of public relations to advance the hospital’s organizational goals
  • Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (2006)
  • Port Chester/Rye Brook, N.Y. Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Award (2008)
  • United Way of Greenwich Helen Alvord Award for Excellence in Humancare Services (2009)

In 2009, he was honored by the Columbus Citizen’s Foundation at its annual banquet in New York in recognition of his contributions to society as an Italian-American.

Mr. Corvino and his wife, Maura, live in Greenwich. He has two grown children, Timothy and Aimee.

National & Regional Updates

Martha Fishel - NLM Update

Martha Fishel is Chief of the Public Services Division at the National Library of Medicine, the Division that is responsible for directing programs and services which provide access to the collections, centralized reference and customer service support, and preservation and collection management.

Ms. Fishel has been at the National Library of Medicine since 1976, starting as an acquisitions librarian in the Serial Records Section. She was involved in the early development of the DOCLINE and SERHOLD systems from their inception in the early 1980s. She worked with the Grateful Med development team in 1990s to formulate the document delivery portion of that program called Loansome Doc. For the past 15 years, she was responsible for the Public Services Division budget, contracts, and oversight of document delivery activities. Most recently she is the LO lead on the PubMed Central back issue scanning project, responsible for managing the contracts and LO staff working on this important archive of full-text biomedical journals. Prior to coming to NLM, she worked at the Department of Interior Office of Hearings and Appeals Law Library in Arlington, Virginia.

Ms. Fishel received a B.A. in English and Sociology from the American University in Washington D.C. and a M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a member of the Medical Library Association and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the MLA.

Recent publications:

Fishel, Martha R., Myers, Carol C. PubMed Central Archive and the Back Issue Scanning Project. Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery and E-Reserves, April 2006

Kiley, R., Fishel, M., Myers, C. Biochemical Journal – the first 100 years online. The Biochemist Feb 2006 p. 46-48

Arnold, Gretchen Naisawald and Fishel, Martha R. "Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery" in: Information Access and Delivery in Health Sciences Libraries / edited by Carolyn Lipscomb. Volume 3 / Current Practice in Health Sciences Librarianship. 1996.

Jane Blumenthal - MLA Update

Jane Blumenthal, Director of the Taubman Health Sciences Library, has been elected to serve as president of the Medical Library Association (MLA) for a one-year term that begins in May 2012. She will assume the office of president-elect at the conclusion of the association’s annual meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in May 2011.

Blumenthal was elected to the MLA Board of Directors in 2008, and will end a two-year term as MLA Treasurer just before assuming the role of president-elect. She is also chair of the MLA/AAHSL Joint Legislative Task Force, as well as the American Diabetes Association’s Publications Policy Committee. She chaired the MLA National Program Committee for its 2008 annual meeting, and served as senior associate editor and on the editorial board of the Bulletin (now Journal) of the Medical Library Association. She has also been a member of the board of directors of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) and served on the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Advisory Council.  Blumenthal is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals, and was selected to participate in the Frye Leadership Institute in 2002 and the Harvard-Macy Institute for Leaders in Medical Education in 2003.

Javier Crespo - NN/LM NER Update

Javier Crespo is the Associate Director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region.  In this role Javier oversees all programs of the regional office, communicates with network members and other constituents, and is the primary liaison to the National Library of Medicine for day-to-day operations.  Javier is responsible for the direct management of funded projects and evaluation initiatives.  Javier has served as Associate Director since 2003. 

Javier was formerly the Consumer Health Information Coordinator and coordinated several outreach projects providing information services to community health centers, and HIV/AIDS provider services agencies. As Information Services Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago Library of the Health Sciences, Javier was liaison to the school of public health where he collaborated with other faculty to develop a course on public health information resources.  Javier wrote the 2004 Library Trends article “Training the Health Information Seeker: Quality Issues in Health Websites”. Javier is a member of the Medical Library Association, serving on Section Council and Membership Committees.  In 2006 Javier was selected as an NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellow.  Javier currently serves on the Central Massachusetts AHEC Board. 

Renae Barger - NN/LM MAR Update

Renae Barger is the newly appointed Executive Director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM-MAR).  In May, the University of Pittsburgh was awarded the 2011-2016 contract to serve as the Regional Medical Library representing New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.  Ms. Barger is responsible for leadership, development, administration, and evaluation of all programs of the Middle Atlantic Region.

Ms. Barger is also an adjunct faculty member in Pitt’s School of Information Sciences (SIS).  She helped develop and team-teach a 4-credit online course in Management of Collections and Resources for the SIS-HSLS HealthCAS Certificate of Advanced Study in Health Sciences.Ms. Barger earned an MLIS degree from the University of Pittsburgh, with a specialization in health librarianship and medical informatics, as well as a post-master’s certificate in biomedical informatics as an NLM-funded trainee.   She joined the Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002, first as a reference librarian and then was promoted to Head of Access Services and then Assistant Director for Access Services.   As leader of a team of three librarians, she developed and implemented a program for information instruction and support for clinicians, patients and families using tools such as PubMed, MedlinePlus and other NLM Resources.  She developed training on Evidence Based resources and searching skills to Nursing Research Council Groups, as well as supported consumer groups through tailored MedlinePlus training.

Other Speakers

Dr. Scott Wetstone - Appraising the Literature


B.A., Wesleyan University
M.D., University of Connecticut

While primarily an administrator, Dr. Scott Wetstone finds any excuse he can to get into the classroom and teach about epidemiology, biostatistics, medical decision making and evidence-based medicine as well as how to critically appraise research articles in the literature. 

His audiences range from high school seniors to senior citizens but mostly address the needs of medical and dental students, physicians in practice, and students in the Masters in Public Health Program.
In addition to teaching locally, Dr. Wetstone routinely teaches in hospitals in the southern part of the state and has gone as far to teach as India.  His research interests include physician and patient education by computer and distance learning approaches. 


Jerry Frumento - Tips for Teaching the Adult Learner

Jerry Frumento’s experience in the education field began in 1968 as a biology teacher at West Haven High School (CT). Thirty five years of teaching taught him to always keep his sense of humor “on” at all times. In 1999, Jerry was promoted to the Chair of the West Haven High School Science Department, which taught him the fine art of herding cats. Because he didn’t have enough to do as a high school teacher, in 1995 Jerry became an adjunct professor at Southern Connecticut State University in the Science Education Department. Along with teaching the class “Teaching Methods”, he supervises Science Education student teachers, and is the co-director for the University’s alternative sixth year certificate program – Institute for Science Instruction and Study.

In 1992, along with his best friend and partner in crime, he co-founded the West Haven Coastal Ecology Center, which offers local elementary school children the opportunity to (you guessed it) learn about Long Island Sound and all the riches it has to offer. Jerry holds a M.S in biology; a 6th year certificate in Administration and Supervision; and a 6th year certificate from the Institute for Science Instruction and Study . He would like to thank his wife (who shall remain nameless) for volunteering him to teach this course.

Margo Colletti, Mark Goldstein - Knowledge Management

Margo Coletti, AMLS, AHIP is Director of Knowledge Services at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.  She began her library career as a US Army librarian in West Germany in the 1970’s.  Her service to the medical library profession started in 1981 at Beth Israel Hospital.  She serves on several hospital-wide committees, offering Knowledge Services consultation on medical abbreviations, departmental portal content, medical center forms and other areas that require knowledge management skills.

Margo is also an Associate in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and instructs physicians in navigating knowledge resources at BIDMC and Harvard for CME credits. Margo has served on committees and executive boards of the local, state and regional medical library networks and is the 2011-2012 Chair of the Hospital Library Section of the MLA.





Mark Goldstein has been working at the University of Massachusetts Medical School for over 10 years.  In that time, he has worked full-time as a Network Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine under contract with the National Library of Medicine, part of NIH, the National Institutes of Health.  Before coming to the RML, Mark’s work experience encompasses over 22 years working in the computer field, first in hardware as a systems management consultant in Washington, DC and later in software, as a financial systems administrator in the Boston area.

Mark received certification from MLA’s Academy of Health Information Professionals in 2006 and his Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College in 1980.  He has also earned a Master’s degree in Literature from George Washington University in 1978 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in language and literature from Colby College in 1974. Currently, Mark is a member of the Boston KM Forum and a strong proponent for fostering knowledgement practices within healthcare institutions.


Evelyn Morgen, Tim Roberts, Marianne Burke - Panel on Innovative Outreach

Evelyn Morgen is the Director of the LM Stowe Library at the UConn Health Center in Farmington, CT.  In 2009 she completed an AMIA 10X10 Biomedical informatics course from Oregon Health Science University, and was a Medical Informatics MBL/NLM Course Fellow at the Woods Hole Biological Laboratory in 2005.  She has held numerous leadership positions in regional and national library associations.   She has received several NLM grants including a current one to offer a biomedical informatics symposium and online classes to health sciences librarians.

Timothy Roberts, MLS, AHIP is the Assistant Director of Academic Resources at the Hospital for Special Surgery where he oversees the Kim Barrett Memorial Library and Resident research education. Mr. Roberts regularly conducts programs for patients on finding and evaluation health information on the Internet in conjunction with the Public and Patient Education Department (PPED), and the Social Work Services. In 2009, through a partnership with the HSS Greenberg Academy for Successful Aging (GASA) Mr. Roberts was awarded an Outreach Grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region to conduct the Senior Access to Health Information program. He also sits on the Nursing Research Council and has been actively involved for several years in the Nursing Research Education Curriculum that is part of the Hospital's Magnet recertification program. He taught Masters level course: Information Retrieval and Virtual Libraries for SUNY Downstate's Medical Informatics program from 2005 to 2010, and is currently pursuing his Masters in Public Health and Hunter College.

Marianne Burke, MLS, AHIP is Director of the Dana Medical Library at the University of Vermont. Marianne has championed library programs that integrate evidence-based information in the medical and health science curricula, and in clinical practice. She developed and led outreach activities for connecting Vermont primary care providers and the community to quality health information. Her recent publication is Knowledge-Based Information in Vermont Hospitals: A Survey of Library and Information Services in 2010.



Panel Moderator: Denise Hersey

Melanie Norton, Daniel Dollar, Joanne McIntyre - Panel on Resource Sharing

Melanie Norton is the Document Delivery Librarian at the Yale Medical Library.  Prior to her appointment at Yale she worked at the Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Melanie has written several articles and given numerous presentations on a variety of topics related to document delivery and resource sharing.

Daniel Dollar is the Head of Collection Development and Management at the Yale Medical Library where his responsibilities include license negotiation as part of the University Library's license review team. He is also Interim Head of Electronic Collections at the Yale University Library. He has published and presented on various aspects of electronic resource management.

Joanne McIntyre manages the Interlibrary Loan Department at Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she has implemented Odyssey Electronic Delivery. She has provided interlibrary loan services in government, academic and special libraries. Ms. McIntyre currently co-chairs the American Library Association RUSA/STARS Interlibrary Loan Committee.



Panel Moderator: John Gallagher