Advisory Board

Guidance from Leading Innovators in Healthcare

The C3O Advisory Board lends expert insight to the C3O executive and physician leadership teams maximizing success and sophistication throughout all aspects of C3O’s service offering, ultimately benefiting its client health facilities and their patients’ care. The Advisory Board includes:

Paul M. Vespa, MD, FCCM – Director of Neurocritical Care, UCLA

Dr. Vespa is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles. He is a world leader in telemedicine and neurocritical care. He is a major contributor to critical care literature with over 120 publications. He sits on the editorial board of three critical care journals and is the recipient of multiple research grants. As a telemedicine physician and leader, Dr. Vespa provides critical insight towards C3O’s commitment to continual improvement and innovation. Dr. Vespa is a founding father of the neurocritical care specialty and has helped design leading edge neurocritical care telemedicine programs on behalf of UCLA and C3O.

Donald Chalfin, MD, MS, FCCM, FCCP – Healthcare Economist and Outcomes Researcher

Dr. Chalfin is the founder of Applied Decision Concepts, LLC. and the Medical Director of Abbott Ibis Biosciences. Dr. Chalfini is the author of numerous articles, abstracts, and book chapters on topics such as Critical Care practice, cost-effectiveness analysis and the application of economic models to clinical practice, decision analysis, neural networks, and predictive models. He is Associate Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has lectured extensively throughout the world and serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals. Dr. Chalfin strengthens the unique clinical and physician focus of C3O through his help with C3O research and analytic economic models demonstrating the positive impact of telemedicine programs.

Christina Thielst, FACHE – Hospital Administrator, Telemedicine Leader

Ms. Thielst is a hospital administrator, author and most recently provided leadership at the Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center. Her experiences also include service as Chief Operating Officer at Ventura County Health Care Agency, Santa Paula Hospital and on the National Rural Health Resource Center, Health Information Technology/Telehealth Key Informant Group. Ms. Thielst provides an important facility-administrative perspective to the board, which allows C3O to continually build value for its clients.

Karen Kendrick, PhD – CEO, Sapphire Advisors, LLC

Dr. Kendrick is the founder and CEO of Sapphire Advisors, LLC, a management consulting firm that helps organizations create leadership, culture, and change strategies that support business growth and transformation.  Dr. Kendrick brings over 25 years of corporate Human Resources experience where she addressed large-scale talent issues such as senior executive development, succession management, employee engagement and retention, employer branding, diversity, and organization redesign.  Most recently she was Executive Vice President and Chief Learning Officer for Allianz Global Investors of America L.P. , and has held executive positions at The Walt Disney Company and Pepsico.  Dr. Kendrick provides support for C3O and its exceptional client service program as an advisor to optimize the relationships between onsite patients, families, and staff with remote care.