Ankit Bhatia, MD

Ankit joins the Lab as its first Innovation  Fellow.

Ankit Bhatia is a WUSM cardiology fellow with interests in heart failure and remote patient monitoring. He will spend the next year with us helping guide our efforts in this space. He will also receive formal training in innovation and informatics methods. He plans on using these skills in his career as a cardiologist and health system leader in remote patient monitoring.

Brett Ramsey, MBA

Program Manager

Brett Ramsey is a Program Manager for The Healthcare Innovation Lab. He helps to integrate solutions from external innovation partners into the BJC Healthcare system to address clinical and operational needs.  In this role, he manages the design, execution, and evaluation of innovation projects, and assists with their scaling and implementation into the broader health care system.

Brett comes from a background in clinical research in oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine and Siteman Cancer Center.  He has spent the last several years helping investigators bring new treatments into the clinics and managing both operational and regulatory challenges. Much of this work was a collaboration with partners in the pharmaceutical industry where Brett assisted in the integration of emerging technologies, such as cellular immunotherapy, into clinical care.

Brett lives in Crystal Lake Park with his wife and three sons. He spends a lot of time at Forest Park either running on the trails, or visiting attractions like the Zoo and Science Center with his family .

Megan Nelson

Administrative Coordinator

Megan Nelson is the administrative coordinator for the Healthcare Innovation Lab. She provides logistical support to the Lab and its growing team and manages a variety of administration-related tasks and projects.  This ensures that the department runs efficiently and that deliverables are on schedule.  

Megan most recently worked as an administrative assistant for the Orthopaedic Clinical Research Center at Washington University. Prior to her start at WashU, Megan was an administrative assistant to the Neurosurgery, Urology, and Trauma Departments at Denver Health Medical Center and Ernest E. Moore SHOCK Trauma Center in Denver, Colorado for four years.

Megan and her husband, Daniel, are fairly new to the St. Louis Metro Area. They recently moved from their hometown near Denver with their two children, Liam and Olivia, two cats, and Black Lab. In her spare time, Megan enjoys live musical theatre, sewing, and spending time with her family exploring the Metro East area.

Patrick Lyons, MD, MSc

Thomas M. Maddox, MD, MSc

Executive Director

Tom Maddox is the inaugural director of the Healthcare Innovation Lab at BJC HealthCare and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is also a practicing cardiologist, a professor of medicine (cardiology) at the Washington University School of Medicine, and a health services researcher.

Tom’s research interests have focused on learning healthcare systems, which use real-time clinical data to inform high-value cardiology practice and research, and healthcare delivery innovation to achieve high-quality healthcare and outcomes. He has authored over 180 peer-reviewed publications, received multiple grants exploring optimal cardiac care and outcomes, and holds national leadership positions in the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association.

Tom lives in University City with his wife and son.  He enjoys exploring the outdoor activities in the St. Louis area by foot and bike, discovering new restaurants, and getting lost in the City Museum catacombs.

Victoria Fretty, MPH

Program Manager

Victoria Fretty is a Program & Business Manager for the Healthcare Innovation Lab. She is responsible for providing support to the faculty and trainees of Washington University School of Medicine through managing the design, testing, and implementation of healthcare innovations. In addition, she oversees the financial activity of the lab.

Victoria’s background is in the maternal and child health space. She has worked in community, primary care, and acute care settings. Immediately prior to this role, she served as an Administrative Fellow at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Outside of work Victoria serves on the leadership team for the St. Louis Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives as the Communications Chair, volunteers with Generate Health on the Infant Health Action Team, and enjoys playing with her cat, Diana!

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Healthcare Innovation Lab

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4590 Children’s Place, Suite 6520

St. Louis MO 63110

(314) 273-2153