Dr. Mark Boguski, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Boguski is Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Precision Medicine Network. He also serves on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where he founded the Genomic Medicine Initiative in 2009.
Dr. Boguski is a pioneer in the fields of bioinformatics and genomics and has previously held faculty positions at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the U.S. National Library of Medicine and as an executive in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
He is a former vice president of Novartis and a Visionary and Influencer according to the Personalized Medicine Coalition. Boguski is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academies, the American College of Medical Informatics, the Society for Participatory Medicine and is also a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists. He is a graduate of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Matthew T. Malone
Matthew T. Malone, D.O. is a physician and strong advocate for quality cancer care who is board certified in three specialties: Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Currently, he is an assistant professor of psychiatry with the University of South Dakota – Sanford School of Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Malone is the Medical Director of Behavioral Health at the University of Arizona School of Medicine.
Dr. Malone graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1997 with a B.S. in biology with chemistry and psychology minors. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Des Moines University in 2001 where he was the outstanding graduate in psychiatry and neurology. He then completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2002 before completing his psychiatry residency in 2005 at Hennepin-Regions program in Minneapolis. He specialized in geriatric psychiatry from Yale University and worked for Connecticut Hospice in 2006. Increasingly involved in administrative roles to improve healthcare delivery, he completed the Executive Leadership of Healthcare Professionals Certificate with Cornell University in 2011.
Dr. Malone has been recognized both locally and nationally for his dedication to educating patients and staff alike. He won the Delbert L. Brown Award for his teaching at the University of South Dakota. In 2008, he received the South Dakota for the Heroes in the Fight Award from the National Alliance for Mental Illness. In 2010, the American Psychiatric Association presented him the Nancy C.A. Roeske, M.D. Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education.
Kris Gaster, RN, MS, CS, CNP
Kris Gaster has over 30 years of cancer care experience working at Avera McKennan Hospital and Avera Cancer Institute. She started her career in cancer care as an oncology RN and then became a Certified Nurse Practitioner in oncology. She was instrumental in setting up the bone marrow transplant program. For the past 13 years, she has served as Avera’s Assistant Vice President of Outpatient Clinics and is responsible for the daily operations of medical oncology, gynecology oncology, hematology and bone marrow transplant, radiation oncology, infusion, breast surgeons and integrative medicine as well as Avera Cancer Institute services and programs. She was also part of the team that planned the Avera Cancer Institute, Prairie Center.
Kris is passionate about cancer care and ensuring that those affected by cancer and their loved ones have access to the highest level of care that is focused on healing the whole person. She seeks the input of patients and loved ones with every element of the cancer program to remain true to her passion of serving those affected by cancer.
Kris resides in Sioux Falls. In her spare time she enjoys many activities with her husband, three children and their spouses. She enjoys being outside and being on the water. She previously served as the president of the Sioux Falls Area Oncology Nursing Society, American Cancer Society South Dakota board chairman and is an American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Volunteer.
Thomas Krohn, RPh, MBA
Tom Krohn is the Chief Development Officer of TrialReach, an internet platform company committed to increasing public awareness and participation in medical research. TrialReach’s goal is to help patients easily find and compare treatments in development and to connect them directly with the doctors carrying out the research.
Prior to joining TrialReach in early 2015, Tom led innovation in R&D at Eli Lilly and Company. Over his 12 years at Lilly, Tom led multiple large innovation efforts including establishing the Clinical Open Innovation team. Tom was also the business lead for a large, co-development program for transforming the clinical planning and trial design process through the use of computer-aided-design and predictive analytics. His time at Lilly also included leadership positions in the IT organization including architecture, portfolio and strategy roles with leadership roles in programs for data management, statistics, and global clinical portfolio management.
Tom’s experience reaches beyond big pharma. He has served in pharmacy roles in both hospital and retail settings. The bulk of Tom’s pre-Lilly experience is in the developing world where he lived and worked as a medical missionary for 10 years in Madagascar. His time in Africa was instrumental in shaping his views on the power of community, engaged colleagues and innovation. Working in the local language and culture of Madagascar, Tom helped grow a small faith-based organization, SALFA, to become the largest healthcare provider in the country, during which time he served as pharmaceutical production lead, information system lead, CFO and ultimately General Manager.
Tom’s education is a pharmacy degree from North Dakota State University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Tom resides in Noblesville, Indiana.
Eric C. Kutscher, PharmD, BCPP, FASHP
Dr. Kutscher is an academic clinician who led the development of many clinical patient centered pharmacy programs over the last 15 years; including the expansion of psychiatry services and opening of a free standing 110 bed patient centered psychiatric hospital in Sioux Falls South Dakota. He is currently the Assistant Director of Pharmacy Services for the University of Arizona Medical Center and Director of Pharmacy Residency Programs for the University of Arizona Health Network.
Dr. Kutscher was the leader in the development of and recruited the director of the Avera Institute of Human Genetics. He also secured over a million dollars in initial funding for the purchase for the first clinical genetic platform in the state of South Dakota (Amplichip). He also developed the first patient centered medical home clinic in South Dakota that helped develop additional funding from the state for interdisciplinary clinical care models and was appointed by the governor of South Dakota to lead a task force on pharmacy integration into patient centered care models for Medicaid expansion.
Dr. Kutscher has served in various leadership roles for ASHP, CPNP, NAMI, LIVESTRONG, and other professional organizations and has served as a board member, delegate and as the president of the South Dakota Society of Health System Pharmacists he has also served on the board of the South Dakota Health Professionals Assistance Program. He is the editor in chief for the Psychiatric Board Certification Review Course and serves on numerous editorial boards. Dr Kutscher’s work with those affected by cancer encompasses a wide range from having cancer himself, navigating the complex medical system for friends and family member with cancer, to serving on various medical committees and boards for different cancer organizations and service providers.
He has been recognized for his achievements by many organizations including the Governor of the State of South Dakota for his dedication to helping improve patient outcomes. Additionally, he was the first non-physician to receive the Delbert L. Brown Teaching Award from the Sanford-USD College of Medicine, as well as the Young Pharmacist of the Year Award from the South Dakota Pharmacists Association.
Dr. Kutscher currently lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife, Shannon and their two dogs. Aside from his passion for healthcare, Dr. Kutscher enjoys bicycling, traveling and weightlifting
Sharon Hunt, MS, MBA, CMPE
Sharon Hunt, Vice President of Cancer Services at Sanford Health, has been in health care for over 20 years and has led at the executive level at Sanford Health for the past five. Sharon has the privilege of integrating cancer services throughout the spectrum of care, between disciplines and across the geography of the region. Although involved in all aspects of cancer care, Sharon’s passion lies in the implementation of translational research, and specifically in weaving research into daily cancer care. A true advocate of excellence in patient care, Sharon firmly believes in building robust community-based cancer care services to both provide clinical care of exceptional quality to patients, and to translate advances in cancer care into the community setting.
Involved in initiatives to combat breast cancer (Edith Sanford Breast Center) and integrate genomics into medicine (Imagenetics), Sharon supports cancer operations from prevention and early detection, through treatment and survivorship. She impacts all areas of cancer services including medical oncology and hematology, radiation oncology, gynecologic oncology, surgical oncology, infusion, oncologic and investigational pharmacy, clinical trials and helps lead Sanford’s participation in National Cancer Institute’s Community Cancer Center’s Program (NCCCP) and NCI’s Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP).
Sharon grew up in Minnesota and worked as a research chemist for 3M before moving to South Dakota and Sioux Falls over 20 years ago. Sharon has served on the Susan G. Komen race board and survivorship committees, volunteers for the American Cancer Society and sits on the South Dakota Arthritis Foundation board. She enjoys reading, running and activities with her grown children and her husband.
Bradford R. Hirsch, MD , MBA
Dr. Hirsch is a practicing medical oncologist specializing in genitourinary cancers at Medical City Hospital in Dallas, an adjunct assistant professor at the Duke University School of Medicine, and Medical Director for Health Informatics with McKesson Specialty Health, the nation’s largest network of integrated, community-based oncology practices dedicated to advancing high quality, evidence based cancer care. Across these roles, he focuses on advancing the understanding of care in oncology, while also working on the development of novel, technology-based solutions that can be used to improve care.
Dr. Hirsch received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, M.D. from UT Southwestern in his hometown of Dallas, Tx, and completed his training and business school at Duke University. Prior to moving back to Texas, he was a faculty member at Duke University where he was Director of Clinical Informatics and Learning Labs at the Center for Learning Health Care. He is also the Co-Founder and Board Member of SignalPath Research, a technology start up based in Durham that aims to make clinical research more effective and efficient by focusing on the empowerment of the research site.