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The 2017 Houston Team Science Summit

UTHealth Center for Interprofessional Collaboration

Friday, March 24, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (CDT)

The 2017 Houston Team Science Summit

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Please join us for an interactive session on the state of team science in the Greater Houston region. This event will bring together leaders, scientists, and practitioners interested in catalyzing innovative collaborations that lead to extraordinary results.


Summit Goals:

1. Highlighting the science of teams and what matters

2. Create an action plan to advance team science in the Greater Houston/Gulf Coast region.


For more information, contact Juliana J. Brixey, R.N., M.P.H., Ph.D. by email at or call (713) 500-3579. To register, please RSVP by Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

Summit Information:

An agenda will be posted online shortly. Download the Summit Flyer




Scott Tannenbaum a

Scott Tannenbaum, Ph.D., The Group for Organizational Effectiveness (gOE)

Scott is President and Co-Founder of gOE. Throughout his career, Dr. Tannenbaum has served as a consultant and advisor to organizations across all major industries. Under his leadership, gOE has provided advice, tools, and training to over 500 organizations globally, including 30+ Fortune 100 companies and numerous government and military organizations.


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Eduardo Salas















a Eduardo Salas, Ph.D., Professor and Allyn R. & Gladys M. Cline Chair, Department Chair of Psychology, Rice University


Eduardo Salas is the Allyn R. & Gladys M. Cline Chair Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Rice University. 

Previously, he was a Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida where he also held an appointment as Program Director for the Human Systems Integration Research Department at the Institute for Simulation and Training(IST). Before joining IST, he was a senior research psychologist and Head of the Training Technology Development Branch of NAWC-TSD for 15 years. During this period, Dr. Salas served as a principal investigator for numerous R&D programs, including TADMUS, that focused on teamwork, team training, decision-making under stress and performance assessment.

Dr. Salas has co-authored over 450 journal articles & book chapters and has co-edited 27 books. His expertise includes assisting organizations in how to foster teamwork, design and implement team training strategies, facilitate training effectiveness, manage decision making under stress, and develop performance measurement tools.

Dr. Salas is a Past President of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology and the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (HFES), Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and HFES, and a recipient of the Meritorious Civil Service Award from the Department of the Navy.

He is also the recipient of the 2012 Society for Human Resource Management Losey Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2012 Joseph E. McGrath Award for Lifetime Achievement for his work on teams and team training and the 2016 APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology.


 Panelists - Morning Discussion


Ms. Tina Langley, Women's Basketball Head Coach, Rice Owls, 
Rice University

In her first season as head coach of the Rice Owls, Tina Langley helped guide her team to the quarterfinals of the C-USA Championship for the first time since 2012. 

The Owls went 4-1 in overtime contests under Langley, including a triple overtime win over North Texas on Jan. 10 and then a double overtime victory over the Mean Green on Jan. 30.

Prior to Rice, Langley helped develop Maryland into a Final Four program over seven seasons, before being named the fifth head coach in Rice University women's basketball history by Director of Athletics Joe Karlgaard on April 7, 2015.

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Richard Bado

Richard Bado, Chorus Master, Houston Grand Opera and Music Director of the Opera Studies Program, Rice University

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Richard Bado made his professional conducting debut in 1989 leading Houston Grand Opera’s acclaimed production of Show Boat at the newly restored Cairo Opera House in Egypt. 

Since then, Mr. Bado has conducted at Teatro alla Scala, Opéra National de Paris, Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, the Aspen Music Festival, the Tulsa Opera, the Russian National Orchestra, the Florida Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony, Wolf Trap Opera, Houston Ballet, and has conducted the Robert Wilson production of Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts at the Edinburgh Festival. 

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Steven Wong, Chief Research Information Officer, Chief of Medical Physics and Vice Chair of Radiology at Houston Methodist Hospital

DR. STEPHEN WONG is a specialist with 30 years of experience in computing, drug discovery, electronics, finance, imaging, informatics, and disease research in cancer and neurodegeneration.

He is the Chief Research Information Officer, Chief of Medical Physics and Vice Chair of Radiology at Houston Methodist Hospital at Texas Medical Center, the founding Chairman and Professor for Department of Systems Medicine and Bioengineering at Houston Methodist Research Institute, the first such academic department in the nation dedicated to investigate and apply systems biology and engineering approaches in solving healthcare and disease problems.

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David Berger


David H. Berger, MD, MHCM SVP/COO Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center and CMO SyncedCare

David H. Berger, MD, MHCM is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. Dr. Berger is an expert in patient flow, operating room throughput, quality and patient safety. He has extensive experience identifying cutting edge health care technology and implementing the technology effectively in hospitals.

Dr. Berger is the CEO of SyncedCare an eHealth company engaged in coordinating the surgical episode of care. He has been an invited speaker at the American Hospital Association on topics such as “Accessing the C-Suite: how to get your technology into hospital.”

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Eric Thomas



Eric J. Thomas, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., Professor, General Internal Medicine, McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Eric Thomas is Director of the UT Houston-Memorial Hermann Center for Healthcare Quality and Safety and is Associate Dean for Healthcare Quality. Since 1992 he has conducted research on patient safety and his work was heavily cited in the Institute of Medicine’s landmark report on medical error.

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Brandon Vessey






William (Brandon) Vessey, Ph.D., ISS Medical Project, NASA-JSC
Dr. William “Brandon” Vessey is currently the Deputy Element Scientist for Flight Analogs with NASA’s ISS Medical Project at the Johnson Space Center, providing scientific oversight for ground-based spaceflight analog studies. He received his BA and MS in Psychology and PhD in Industrial and Organizational (I-O) Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Oklahoma.

His primary research interests fall into the broad categories of teams, leadership, and creativity, with specific focus on teamwork over long durations, team leadership, and collective leadership. His past work includes research conducted for NASA’s Human Factors and Behavioral Performance Element, the US Department of Defense (DoD), US Army Research Institute, and National Institutes of Health.



Jim Wiederhold a

Jim Wiederhold, B.S., President of Wiederhold & Associates

Jim Wiederhold, President of Wiederhold & Associates, has over 28 years’ of experience in the healthcare industry. For the past 25 years, Jim has assisted close to 1,000 VP, SR VP and C level executives successfully transition to the next level with enhanced skills and behaviors. Working with so many executives over this span of years has afforded Jim the unique insight into how the industry has evolved and changed and how executives need to adapt in order to continue their success. That experience, coupled with his experience in a broad spectrum of industries, including banking, insurance, healthcare, retail and manufacturing, has helped Jim build a successful company.


Panelists - Afternoon Discussion

William Okeefe








William O’ Keefe, M.S., Human Factor / Team Training Consultant, Houston, Texas / Defense and Space, NASA
William (Bill) O’Keefe is currently a team training (a.k.a. Crew Resource Management (CRM)) consultant. He is working with Maersk Training to teach team skills to maritime and drilling crews, and with Minerva Work Solutions to teach team skills at the Center for Disease Control. Previous to that, he had 30 years experience as a manager and instructor training NASA astronauts and flight controllers, initially on technical topics such as Shuttle propulsion and flight control systems, then with the International Space Station (ISS).

He was part of the management team that designed and developed the curriculum for the first set of ISS astronauts and flight controllers. He was also the management champion and one of the lead designers, developers and instructors for the ISS CRM training program. He also has 25 years experience as an instructor pilot training new fighter pilots on everything from basic airmanship through advanced combat tactics. He has Masters degrees from Purdue University in Aerospace Engineering and from University of Houston in Physical Science, and a Bachelors from the United States Air Force Academy in Astronautical Engineering.

Lynn Wang

Lynn Wang, Subsea Lead - Moho Nord Project, Chevron

I came from China and earned my 2nd master degree in Ocean Engineering from Texas A&M. I have been working in the oil business for over 20 years as an engineer focusing on offshore subsea development.

12 years ago, I joined Chevron. Since then I have been working on major capital projects; completed 2 projects Blind Faith and Lianzi. Now as a Subsea Lead, I am working on my 3rd project Moho Nord. Lianzi was the first subsea development crossing two Africa countries Congo and Angola that was finished last year. I was the subsea installation manager, leading a team of engineers and managing a contract of more than $700 million dollars. Moho Nord is a multi-billion dollars’ project offshore Congo which will be finished in 2017.

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Dr Mebarkia



Sid Mebarkia, Ph.D., Subsea Pipeline Senior Consultant, ETC Subsea Pipeline, Chevron 

Dr. Sid Mebarkia is the Subsea Pipeline Advisor with Chevron. He has over 20 years’ experience in subsea pipelines design and construction. He is currently supporting a wide range of projects across Chevron worldwide businesses and supporting development of new technologies. Dr. Sid Mebarkia has 11 granted patents and many other patents in the process of developments. He was the Subsea Installation Lead then the Subsea Manager for Blind Faith deep water project. He was the recipient of many awards related to technical achievements, new applied technology development and successful projects execution.


Mr. Flanagan





Tom Flanagan, R.N., B.S.N., M.A., L.P., Chief Operating Officer, Memorial Hermann, Texas Medical Center

Thomas “Tom” Flanagan, R.N., B.S.N., M.A., L.P., is the chief operating officer at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, which is renowned for providing leading-edge care in trauma, heart, neuroscience, orthopedics, women’s health, general surgery and organ transplantation services. As one of only two certified Level I trauma centers in the Greater Houston area, Memorial Hermann-TMC
provides 24/7 emergency and trauma care in addition to serving as the primary teaching hospital for UTHealth Medical School. In his role, Flanagan is responsible for all operations at the 1,082-bed tertiary care hospital, in addition to serving as the executive leader of Life Flight®, the Texas Trauma Institute, Emergency Services, Risk Management and Perioperative Services.


























John Watt, B.A., Chef, Managing Partner of Third Coast Restaurant in the Texas Medical Center

John Watt, owner and executive chef Prego, has been one of Houston’s most prominent chefs for more than 30 years, winning awards for his highly touted food at Prego and participating in high-profile, food-related fund raising events in the city.

Previous to moving to Houston, Watt was the corporate executive chef for famed Texas businessman, real estate developer and philanthropist George P. Mitchell and his The Tremont House hotel in historic Galveston, Texas. Watt oversaw the kitchen of its fine-dining restaurant, The Wentltrap, and also hosted a series of highly acclaimed wine and food events, inviting some of Europe’s and America’s most famous chefs to join him in the kitchen. Some of the guest chefs for these weekend extravaganzas celebrating the best in seafood and wild game included the now-legendary Emeril LaGasse, Christian Germaine, Michael Smith, Joseph Lowry, Philippe Jeanty of Domaine Chandon in Napa Valley, and Paris’ acclaimed Michel Rostang, owner/chef of the restaurant of the same name. In the fall of 1989, Watt was asked by Houston restaurateur Tracy Vaught to help her redevelop the food at her two restaurants, Backstreet Cafe and Prego. Watt was executive chef of both concepts for 10 years, elevating these concepts to become two of Houston’s best and most-loved and –lauded restaurants. At Backstreet Cafe, he helped to teach and develop the skills of Hugo Ortega, a busboy-turned-chef who is now considered one of the city’s best.

Gifted with talents in many creative areas, Watt, who holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in philosophy, has at various times taught art, sculpture and pottery, composed musical scores for theater productions, played guitar with Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys as well as with The Gap Band. Since an early age, he has composed music for theatre, radio and television. He has created jingles for television commercials with a member of The Platters, the singing sensation of the late ‘50s. Most recently, he has composed scores for shows at Houston’s Alley Theatre and for Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company. Watt is a two-time guest chef at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City, and is also managing partner with longtime associate/restaurateur Tracy Vaught in The
Restaurant & Conference Center. Watt and wife Susan have been married for 30 years and have a grown son.


Organizing Committee:

Juliana J. Brixey, RN, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Nursing

Director of Interprofessional Collaboration

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston


Eduardo Salas, PhD

Professor and Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair in Psychology

Rice University Department of Psychology

Binata Mukherjee, MD, MBA, Cert GPHAP

Director of Health Care Initiative

Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business

Janis Yadiny, MLS

Associate Vice President of Faculty and Academic Development

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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The Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center
7440 Cambridge Street
Houston, Texas 77584

Friday, March 24, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (CDT)

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UTHealth Center for Interprofessional Collaboration

The Center for Interprofessional Collaboration (CIPC) promotes education, practice, and research within the framework of a health care team so that students from all schools at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston will have opportunities to gain knowledge and skills for interprofessional models of care.

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