Activity Director & Faculty Biographies
Jeffery R. Kile, MD, MHA, is an Associate Medical Director for Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania. He has served in this part time position since July of 2010, and also works as a full time pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of Kingston, where he has practiced for the last 10 years. Dr. Kile also serves as a clinical instructor for the King’s Physician Assistant Program and as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at The Commonwealth Medical College.
He graduated from Drexel University (MCP/Hahnemann) School of Medicine. Dr. Kile completed his pediatric residency in 2002, at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio and was elected to serve as Chief Resident for the 2002-03 academic year. After returning to Wilkes Barre, he completed a Masters in Health Care Administration at King’s College in 2009.
Dr. Kile is actively involved with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Telehealth Care, where he was elected to serve on its executive committee since 2009, as its education chair. He also has spoken nationally on the topic of telehealth technology and reimbursement and has published several peer review articles on topics from reimbursement for telephone care to physician executive education, among others.
Eric Tham, MD, MS, FAAP is currently Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and attending physician in the emergency department at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is also Director of Research Informatics in the Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Dr. Tham was elected to his first term on the COCIT Executive Committee in 2010. He is currently the chair of the AAP COCIT education subcommittee where he leads the development of health information technology education programs and the scientific abstract sessions at the AAP NCE. He is also a member of the AAP COCIT policy subcommittee and was the chair of the policy subcommittee from 2010 to 2012.
Jane Ginsberg has over 30 years of experience in clinical psychiatric social work direct services, and in administration, supervision, and planning behavioral health services in healthcare and community-based organizations. Her experience includes extensive work with children and adolescents in hospital, residential, and school-based settings. Since joining our leadership team in 2008, she has expanded our participation in collaborative health services networks and expanded our community-based mental health services. Jane is a licensed independent clinical social worker, holding a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and Master of Business Administration Degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in Palo Alto, California.
Dr. Neil Herendeen is an associate professor of pediatrics at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong and director of the Strong Pediatric Practice since 1994. He is a Rochester native and stayed at the University of Rochester for his undergraduate studies, medical school, pediatric residency and Masters of Medical Management at the University of Rochester’s Simon School. He is actively involved in a number of community projects for improving the health and well-being of vulnerable children and is medical director of the Health-e-Access pediatric telemedicine project connecting children in schools and child care centers to their primary care medical home.
Christoph U. Lehmann, MD, FACMI
Dr. Lehmann is Professor for Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University. He conceived and launched the journal Applied Medical Informatics, devoted to original research and commentary on the use of computer automation in the day-to-day practice of medicine and he served as the Editor-in-Chief since its inception. In 2009, he co-edited Pediatric Informatics, the first textbook on this subject.
Dr. Lehmann has served on the board of the American Medical Informatics Association since 2008 and currently serves as the organizations secretary. In 2010, he was inducted as a fellow into the American College of Medical Informatics and in 2012. Hel became a Vice Presidents of the International Medical Informatics Association in 2012 in charge of the IMIA Yearbook.
In 2010, Dr. Lehmann was appointed Medical Director of the Child Health Informatics Center for the American Academy of Pediatrics and joined the National Quality Forum’s newly formed advisory committee on health information technology.
Dr. Lehmann was appointed to the commission that is writing the first board exam for the new specialty of Clinical Informatics. He is the Editorial Chair for the 2013 MedInfo conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.