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Dr Tori

Edmund Tori, DO, FACP, CH
Associate Director, MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2)
Director, The Influence Center at MI2

Edmund A. Tori, DO, FACP, CH is the associate director of the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) and director of The Influence Center at MI2.

Ed teaches physicians, nurses, mid-levels, executives, leaders and associates the sciences of influence, rapport and engagement for mindfulness, better communication and improved care delivery.

He conducts “influence consults” that touch nearly every aspect of healthcare. These consults have included such diverse healthcare domains as patient experience, philanthropic efforts, patient adherence, system-wide change initiatives, government affairs, bedside manner, staff satisfaction, quality and safety, digital marketing, smoking cessation, and the opening of new healthcare delivery facilities.

His training in influence and persuasion comes from over a decade of apprentice arrangements with experts in diverse influence domains, including coaching, social sciences, direct response marketing, advertising, game design, copywriting, hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming, parenting, public speaking, internet marketing and others. Dr. Tori is a certified hypnotist.

Ed completed his doctorate in osteopathic medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine followed by a residency in internal medicine at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, where he was both chief resident and Resident of the Year. He received his bachelor of arts in Africana studies from Cornell University. He is board certified in internal medicine and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

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Mary Jo Assi

Mary Jo Assi, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, FAAN
Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Press Ganey 

As Press Ganey’s associate chief nursing officer and senior vice president for clinical excellence solutions, Mary Jo Assi leads strategies for strengthening caregiver resilience and engagement, reducing patient suffering, and delivering compassionate care. In addition to this role, she is an adjunct faculty member at Florida Atlantic University, where she teaches courses on the evaluation of systems and models of care in the university’s doctor of nursing practice program. Before joining Press Ganey, Mary Jo was vice president of nursing practice and innovation at the American Nurses Association. While serving in this capacity, she led the organization’s strategic initiative to develop a Center of Innovation to promote and support best practices for enhancing the nursing work environment. Prior to this work, she led additional ANA initiatives focusing on quality care and patient and nurse health, wellness and safety, including Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation; Scope and Standards of Nursing Practice; and Healthy Work Environment.

During her more than 35 years of nursing experience, Mary Jo has held a variety of different roles, including clinical nurse, nurse educator, advanced practice nurse and nurse executive. She has also held key administrative positions in community-based and urban academic medical centers, as well as led multiple initiatives to develop advanced practice registered nurse roles and services.

Mary Jo graduated from the Pace University family nurse practitioner program in 1998 and earned a doctoral degree in nursing practice from George Washington University in 2014. She became a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2016.

Jeff Doucette

Jeffrey N. Doucette, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, CENP
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital


Dr. Jeffrey Doucette is vice president of the Magnet Recognition Program® and Pathway to Excellence® at the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In this role, he is responsible for strategic vision, governance, and global operations of the Magnet Recognition and the Pathway to Excellence Programs. Prior to joining the ANCC, Dr. Doucette was the regional vice president for clinical services and chief nursing officer for Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System in Southeastern Virginia. He received a master of science in healthcare administration and a bachelor of science in nursing from Marymount University and his doctorate in nursing practice from Old Dominion University. Dr. Doucette holds academic appointments at Virginia Commonwealth University and Old Dominion University.

Dr. Doucette has been practicing for 25 years, spending the majority of his career in leadership and executive nursing roles. In addition, he serves on the editorial advisory board for Nursing Management Journal and speaks extensively throughout the world on topics of interest to nursing leaders. Dr. Doucette is a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He holds certifications as a Nurse Executive – Advanced, Certified Executive in Nursing Practice and is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

Pam Cipriano

Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, President, American Nurses Association

Dr. Pamela Cipriano was the 35th president of the American Nurses Association. Dr. Cipriano was also elected to the board of directors of the International Council of Nurses in 2017 and serves as the first vice president. Prior to becoming ANA president, Dr. Cipriano was senior director for healthcare management at Galloway Consulting, and served in faculty and leadership positions at the University of Virginia Medical Center from 2000-2010. She currently holds a faculty appointment as research associate professor at the UVA School of Nursing.

A distinguished nursing leader, Dr. Cipriano has extensive experience as an executive in academic medical centers. In 2018, she was named one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in (US) Healthcare” by Modern Healthcare magazine for the fourth year in a row. In 2015, the publication also named her as one of the “Top 25 Women in Healthcare.” The American Academy of Nursing awarded Dr. Cipriano the 2018 “Health Care Leader Award” for her tireless efforts to advance the role and visibility of nursing.

She is known nationally and internationally as a strong advocate for health care quality, and advancing nursing’s influence on healthcare policy. She is a member of policy think-tanks and has served on a number of committees for influential national organizations, including the National Academy of Medicine, National Quality Forum, and the Joint Commission. She has received numerous honors including an Honorary Doctor of Science honoris causa degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, and was the 2010-11 Distinguished Nurse Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine. She also served as a public-sector advisor in the US Delegation to the 69th World Health Assembly in 2016.

Dr. Cipriano’s advocacy for the profession are well recognized throughout the nation. She was the first editor-in-chief of American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association, serving from 2006 to 2014. She is certified in advanced nursing executive administration. She holds a PhD in executive nursing administration from the University of Utah College of Nursing, a master of nursing degree in physiological nursing from the University of Washington, a bachelor of science in nursing degree from American University, and a diploma in Nursing from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a fellow in 1991.

Daniel Carey

Daniel Carey, M.D.
Secretary of Health and Human Resources 


Daniel Carey, M.D. was appointed Secretary of Health and Human Resources by Governor Ralph Northam in January 2018. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Carey worked as a cardiologist and served as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Centra, where his responsibilities included information technology services, patient quality and safety efforts, performance improvement initiatives, and functions of the medical staff at Centra’s 3 acute care facilities.

Dr. Carey held numerous leadership positions after joining Cardiology Associates of Central Virginia in 1997, which Centra later acquired in 2006. Within a year, he became Medical Director of the Acute MI Program, and went on to serve as Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab and Medical Director of the Stroobants Heart Center. Dr. Carey then went on to become the President/Chief Physician Executive of the Centra Medical Group.  In this capacity, he directed the acquisition of multiple physician practices, growing the medical group from 200 to 300+ providers. He also championed a new compensation model that integrated productivity, quality, service and group culture across specialties.

Dr. Carey has special interest in medical leadership, and in addition to his roles at Centra, has also served as President of the Lynchburg Academy of Medicine, the Medical Society of Virginia and the MSV Foundation.

In his current role, Dr. Carey is passionate about expanding access to affordable health care for Virginians; improving the Commonwealth’s behavioral health and developmental services programs; and making meaningful progress on issues such as substance use and addiction, women’s health, and children’s issues.

A long-time Virginia resident, Dr. Carey graduated from the University of Virginia and Harvard Medical School. He currently resides in Richmond with his wife Kim, who is a registered nurse. In his spare time, Dr. Carey enjoys being outside, biking, and playing tennis, and is a regular at Richmond’s Downtown YMCA.  

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