Lightning Talks

A new addition to this year's programming are Lightning Talks. These four Lightning Talks, presented in TED-style, promise to be inspiring and thought-provoking as they discuss personalized and digital health in relation to the future of healthcare.


J. Spencer Standish (1945) Professor of Management
Professor of Operations Management
Co-Director of Leaders for Global Operations Program

Levi’s current research is focused on the design and performance analysis of efficient algorithms for fundamental stochastic and deterministic optimization models that arise in the context of supply chains, revenue management, logistics, and healthcare. These fundamental, multistage stochastic models are typically difficult to solve optimally, both theoretically and in practice. Hence, it is important to develop efficient heuristics that provide provably near-optimal policies for these hard models. Levi has a special interest in cost-balancing techniques, data-driven (sampling-based) algorithms, and modern linear programming-based approximation techniques applied to models in the above domains. In addition, he is interested in stochastic and combinatorial optimization and mathematical programming in their broad definition, especially in their intersection with problems that arise in the context of real-life applications. Levi is affiliated with MIT’s Master of Science Program in Computation for Design and Optimization.

He was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and served for approximately 12 years as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces. In 2005, he received the Goldstine Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mathematical Sciences awarded by the Mathematical Sciences Department at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York.

Levi holds a BS in mathematics from Tel-Aviv University and a PhD in operations research from Cornell University.

Andrea Ippolito pic.jpeg

Andrea Ippolito

Getting her start at VA as a Presidential Innovation Fellow, Ms. Andrea Ippolito now leads the VA Innovators Network within the VA Center for Innovation. In this capacity, she designed and oversaw the creation of a program that provides the tools and resources to VA employees to develop innovations that improve the experience of our Veterans. The Innovators Network currently includes Innovation Specialists at twenty-two VA Medical Centers across VA. Through the Innovators Network, front line VA employees have designed, tested or launched more than 35 Veteran-centric innovations. She recently completed her role as a Presidential Innovation Fellow working with VA. Ms. Ippolito has pursued doctoral studies in the Engineering Systems Division at MIT and is the Co-Founder of an innovative application that improves access to care called Smart Scheduling (acquired by athenahealth in 2016). She also previously served as the Co-Director of MIT’s “Hacking Medicine” program, as an Innovation Specialist at the Brigham Innovation Hub and Product Innovation Manager at athenahealth. Ms. Ippolito completed her MS in Engineering & Management at MIT. Prior to MIT, Ms. Ippolito worked as a Research Scientist within the Corporate Technology Development group at Boston Scientific. She obtained both her BS in Biological Engineering in 2006 and Masters of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering in 2007 from Cornell University.

Paris Wallace

Paris Wallace currently serves as President and CEO of Ovia Health, a Boston-based healthcare technology company helping people navigate their fertility, pregnancy, and parenting journeys. Ovia Health’s mobile apps, Ovia Fertility, Ovia Pregnancy, and Ovia Parenting have helped millions of women and families conceive naturally and start families with confidence. He attended Harvard Business School, worked in the asset management division at Goldman Sachs, and did consulting for A.T. Kearney. Paris co-founded Good Start Genetics, a genomics technology company focused on fertility and reproductive health, and has remained in the health technology industry since. He serves on the boards of Boston-based startups Acceptional and Apartment Streaming, and he’s a mentor at Techstars Boston.

Andrew Schutzbank
Vice President, Product
Iora Health, Boston, MA

Andrew’s passion for revolutionizing health care began as a medical student at Tulane in pre- and post-Katrina New Orleans, continuing during his Internal Medicine & Primary Care residency at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Andrew has worked all across Iora Health developing its dynamic model of relationship-centered primary care--seeing patients, writing code, running practices and most recently overseeing the improvement of our Collaborative Care Platform. In addition to his roles across Iora Health, Andrew is on the teaching faculty at Harvard Medical School affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, writes professionally and at the and is a founding member of Primary Care Progress. Whenever he can, Andrew is traveling, hiking and skiing with his family.