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ACCE 2022 Challenge Award

This award honors individuals who are not presently an ACCE member, but are eligible for membership, for their achievements within the field of clinical engineering (CE) / health technology management (HTM).

Richard Straub

Richard Straub

​The Award winner is Richard Straub, for being integral to ensuring that the UPMC health system can meet the increased medical technology needs driven by the COVID pandemic. From the onset of the pandemic, Richard has worked tirelessly in helping to implement and maintain an expanded disaster support equipment program that can meet the needs of more than 35 hospitals spread out between Pennsylvania, New York, and Maryland. Richard continually assesses the Health System's medical technology needs, helps arrange for new and relocated equipment to be added to the disaster support equipment pool, puts together and participates on teams tasked with readying and maintaining the equipment for use, and helps arrange for movement of the equipment from storage or between hospitals, often times last minute and late at night. Rich has been handling these responsibilities on top of his pre-COVID responsibilities. 

Richard has been a pioneer in the advancement of the Healthcare Technology Management profession for over 30 years as both a technician and an administrator, currently occupying the role of Director of Clinical technology across all clinical facilities for UPMC, located in Pittsburgh PA.   Richards current responsibilities at UPMC include system lead for the pandemic response cache of medical devices.  The demands of the recent Covid pandemic stressed available resources to their limits requiring creative and dynamic solutions to meet patient needs. Among the necessary strategies Richard implemented were assembling a multidisciplinary committee to assess and prioritize emergent durable goods and need requests across 42 healthcare facilities. The development of creative solutions for prepping and supporting medical devices that were end of service life and implementing a plan to repurpose training and development equipment to be utilized in patient care areas while championing a project to upgrade BiPAPs to provide high-flow nasal oxygenation.  In addition, Richard created a budget neutral strategy to purchase incremental new emergency ventilators to relieve the burden on existing ventilator resources. These initiatives solidified UPMCs equipment inventory and allowed our organization to maintain the highest level of care possible. Richard has been at the forefront of imaging technology throughout his career. He works closely with both repair and clinical sourcing stakeholders to develop total life cycle management solutions that optimize equipment value. 

ACCE 2022 Tom O'Dea Advocacy Award

The award is given to an individual who has written articles, given presentations, or led efforts that have advanced the field of CE – particularly in promoting the profession to people in other related fields

Arif Subhan, MS, CCE, FACCE, AAMIF

Arif Subhan, MS, CCE, FACCE, AAMIF

​The award winner is Arif Subhan, for his profound interest in advancing clinical engineering and promoting clinical engineering certification among HTM professionals. He "eats, breathes, and sleeps clinical engineering."

Arif is the Chief Biomedical Engineer at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Arif is a VA TCF Preceptor for clinical engineers/BMETs, an Adjunct Professor, Biomedical Engineering at University of Connecticut and Lecturer, Biomedical Engineering, Southern California Institute of Technology. 

Arif has three decades of clinical engineering experience in both public and private sector and has worked at several university hospitals and a large national independent service organization.  He is nationally recognized as a resource and educator on codes, standards, accreditation, quality assurance, safety, clinical engineering education and certification. He is a frequent author and speaker at local, national, and international venues. 

Arif is on the Editorial Boards of BI&T, 24x7 Magazine, and Journal of Clinical Engineering (JCE) and a regular columnist for JCE. He was Chair, USCC (predecessor to ACI). He was a President of American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) and served on the ACCE Board for over a decade. He was the Co-Chair, AAMI Annual Conference Program Committee and has been a faculty member for CCE and CBET exam review courses and for international clinical engineering workshops.  He has authored book chapters for the "Clinical Engineering Handbook", "Encyclopedia of Medical Devices and Instrumentation" and "A Practicum for Biomedical Engineering and Management Issues."

Arif was the Senior Clinical Engineer at Masterplan, and Chief Biomedical Engineer at VA Nebraska and VA South Texas. In 2013, he received the ACCE Professional Development/ Managerial Excellence Award. In 2012, he received the AAMI Leadership Award.

ACCE/HTF 2022 Marv Shepherd Patient Safety Award

The award will be given to an individual who has excelled in the "safety" area related to the CE field. 

This is a joint Award between ACCE and the Healthcare Technology Foundation​

Priyanka Shah, MSE

Priyanka Shah, MS

​The Award winner is Priyanka Shah, for her substantial contributions to patient safety.  

Priyanka Shah is a senior project engineer in the Device Evaluation group at ECRI where she performs medical device evaluations, investigates system failures, develops practical guidance for healthcare facilities, conducts accident investigations, and consults healthcare facilities on pre-purchase selection, and appropriate use of medical equipment, and health IT systems. She is the lead subject matter expert on physiologic patient monitoring, alarm management, EHR usability, and telehealth.

She has spoken on physiologic monitoring, usability of EHRs, cleaning and disinfection best practices at several regional and national conferences hosted by groups such as the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) in Healthcare Symposium, and at the New Jersey/Delaware chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (NJ/DV HIMSS) annual convention. 

Priyanka came to ECRI with a background in research engineering and program management. Priyanka holds a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Technology in Biomedical and Instrumentation Engineering from Ganpat University, India.

ACCE 2022 Professional Achievement in Management/Managerial Excellence Award

The award is given to an individual for his/her contributions to the CE profession of a managerial nature, such as a paper of significance, solving of a problem or issue for the profession, or the application of new techniques to CE with measurable positive results.

Dr. Samantha Jacques

Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE, AAMIF

​The award winner this year is Samantha Jacques, for her distinguished managerial work. In her current organization, she has amplified her value-added support service so that it highly regarded by the C-Suite. She has created processes, started apprenticeship programs, opened a new hospital, managed mergers and acquisitions, and has saved significant amount of money for her organization. 

Samantha Jacques is the Vice President of Clinical Engineering at McLaren Health Care, headquartered in Grand Blanc, Michigan. McLaren is an integrated health network including 15 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, imaging centers and Michigan's largest network of cancer centers. She is the vice-chair of the AAMI Healthcare Technology Leadership Council and an executive committee member of the Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council. She is active in ACCE, the Medical Device Serving Community and CHIME and has recently co-authored a book entitled "Introduction to Clinical Engineering". Prior to McLaren, she was Director of Clinical Engineering at Penn State Health and Texas Children's Hospital. She has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and AAMI.

ACCE 2022 Professional Achievement in Technology Award

 The award is given to a single individual for his/her contributions to the CE profession. These contributions must be of a professional or technical nature, such as research or development of a new technique or product, a paper of significance on a technical issue, or "trailblazing" work in a new application of clinical engineering.

Ilir Kullolli, MS

Ilir Kullolli, MS

​The winner is Ilir Kullolli, for his efforts and resilience fighting for any cause that impacts healthcare in general and not just his own interests or organization, for making himself available for every opportunity to drive this profession to a better place, for his effectively direct technology management and new program development including overall planning, to evolve the department of Clinical Engineering from a break-fix model to managing all technologies. 

Ilir is Executive Director of Information Services Strategic Initiatives and Facilities at Stanford Children's Health. He joined Stanford Children's Health in 2016 as the Director of Clinical Technology and Biomedical Engineering (CTBE) and led the development of their industry leading CTBE program. Among many achievements, Ilir and his team successfully deployed all clinical technologies in opening new hospital expansions in 2017 and 2018, deployed industry leading cyber security programs, and have been instrumental in enabling the telesurgery program at Stanford Children's Health. 

Before joining Stanford Children's Health, Ilir worked for Kaiser Permanente Clinical Technology as the Regional Director of Clinical Systems Engineering in Northern California. Ilir has also held leadership positions in Biomedical Engineering at Brigham and Women's Hospital (Partners Healthcare) in Boston, MA, and Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT. He is currently the Immediate Past President and Board Member of the American College of Clinical Engineering. Ilir holds a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.

ACCE 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is the highest award given by ACCE. It is presented annually to a single individual based on lifelong accomplishments and contributions to the clinical engineering (CE) profession.



The 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award winner is Tom Judd.  As an ACCE Founding member and former Navy pilot, he has long served the profession flying "at the edge of the envelope," with a focus on encouraging the global CE community. 

With a career start at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1979, and after creating the CE department at Baptist Medical Center-BMC (Jacksonville, FL) in 1980 and BMC-owned ISO CE-Tech in 1984, Tom became Hospital Corporation of America (HCA’s) first CE in 1988 (Atlanta, GA).  While serving as Chair, US CE Board of Examiners from 1987-1989, he envisioned how US CEs could partner with global colleagues and the World Health Organization (WHO), leading to the development of the ACCE Advanced CE Workshops-ACEWs in 1991. By 2015, there had been 50 ACCE ACEWs delivered with 4000 participants from 75 countries and taught by nearly 100 ACCE volunteer faculty members.

While working with military healthcare as a consultant (1991-1992), he was privileged to co-author Spacelab’s Medical Technology Management book with Dr. Yadin David. He joined Kaiser Permanente (KP) in 1992, remaining there through 2016, devoting the 1st half of 25 years as KP Georgia’s Quality & Patient Safety Director, and the second half as KP’s National CE Project Director.  Since 2017, he has been an Associate Editor of The Permanente Journal. 

In 2015, he was elected to the Board of IFMBE Clinical Engineering Division (CED), appointed Secretary, and then elected as Board Chair from 2018-2022.  During this time, IFMBE/CED has grown to a team of over 500 CE leaders from 200 countries, working closely with WHO thus able to make a difference combating COVID-19 around the world.      

Tom holds degrees in Aerospace Engineering (BSAE, US Naval Academy 1972), Aeronautical Engineering (MSAE, Naval Postgraduate School, 1973) and completed studies "equivalent" to an MS in Biomedical Engineering (Johns Hopkins University, 1979). Tom is a PE, CCE-E, CPHQ, CPHIMS and Fellow of ACCE, HIMSS and AIMBE.  Previous recognition awards include: Health Care Clinical Solution (AAMI 2006); Robert Morris Humanitarian (2010), Tom O’Dea Advocacy (2016),  CE-HTM Champion (2017), and appointments to HIMSS Committees: Davies EHR Award (2010-2016) and Global Conference Education (2020-2021).

Tom’s passions are working with young people (Young Life 1972-2022), serving on three global faith-based non-profit boards for improving Maternal Child Health, his wife Ann of 50 years, and their four beautiful grandchildren.

2022 Antonio Hernandez International Clinical Engineering Award

This award is conferred to one CE Professional or a group of CE professionals from a country in which CE is an emerging field in recognition of that person's or group of persons' extraordinary contributions to the advancement of CE in his/her/their own country or, to an individual or a group of professionals from other country/countries for his/her/their extraordinary efforts in supporting this advance.

Lucio Flavio de Magalhães Brito, CCE, MBA

Lúcio Flavio de Magalhães Brito, CCE, MBA

​The award winner this year is Lúcio Flavio de Magalhães Brito, for his extraordinary contribution to the care of COVID-19 patients in Latin America and Caribbean countries through the provision of oxygen for those patients.

At the beginning of 2021, Lucio Brito was asked by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) to evaluate the supply of oxygen in the Brazilian state of Amazonas during the peak of COVID-19 crisis there. While there he visited almost a dozen hospitals and provided guidance to the healthcare authorities and clinical leaders on the proper management and use of oxygen.

Since the spring of 2021, Lucio has been asked by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) to assist numerous healthcare organization in the Americas facing similar challenges. Since accepting the challenge, he became part of the PAHO’s Oxygen Technical Group. Lucio travelled to 20 health facilities in Guyana and 4 facilities in Dominica. Most of these facilities are located in remote areas. At each location, he performed an in-depth diagnosis of the problems, including oxygen generation, storage, distribution, standardization, management, and use, before proposing cost-effective solutions. He also provided technical specifications for the acquisition of medical devices and equipment used in oxygen therapy, as well as guidance on how to evaluate bid proposals presented by vendors.

In addition to onsite support, he provided remote technical support and training to engineers and healthcare authorities in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Dominica, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. In this process, it was possible to create for PAHO 10 short video trainings and provide 6 online webinars. He wrote with colleagues for PAHO a document titled "Good Practices in the Rational and Effective Use of Oxygen." Additional material that will be presented soon is a video training on oxygen management, available at PAHO Virtual Campus.

Lúcio is currently a professor in the biomedical engineering course at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo and a Consultant to the Oxygen Technical Group at PAHO. Lúcio is the coordinator of the Thematic Working Group on Non-Care Risks or Non-Clinical Risks at SOBRASP (Brazilian Society for the Quality of Care and Patient Safety). He is a member of ACCE (American College of Clinical Engineering), ABEClin (Brazilian Association of Clinical Engineering) and SBEB (Brazilian Society of Biomedical Engineering). 

Lúcio is a mechanical and occupational safety engineer and a specialist in hospital and health systems administration. He is a certified clinical engineer by AAMI/ICC and ACCE/HTCC and has been working in the healthcare field for 34 years. He has authored books and book chapters on the topic of clinical engineering and safety in healthcare facilities. He has received the 1996 Professional Achievement Award from ACCE and the 1996 Journal of Clinical Engineering Award of Merit for two publications in the area of safety in the hospital environment.

2022 ACCE/HTF International Organization Award

This Award is conferred to a professional organization outside of the United States and Canada that has enabled significant improvements in clinical engineering/health technology management (CE/HTM) in its respective country after starting to collaborate with ACCE with the support from WHO, IFMBE, PAHO, and others. This award is sponsored by the Healthcare Technology Foundation.

Clinical Engineering Association of South Africa – CEASA

Clinical Engineering Association of South Africa – CEASA

​The award winner this year is the Clinical Engineering Association of South Africa – CEASA.

Originally founded in 1983 as the South Africa Association of Clinical Engineering (SAACE), CEASA gained its current name in 1998.During this long period, it promoted many CE related seminars and meetings and, more importantly, worked with the Department of Health to officially recognize Clinical Engineering as an essential profession with healthcare. It also worked closely with several universities and “Technikons” (Technical colleges) to create CE diploma and bachelor-level technology programs and served as a regular member of academic advisory committee at Tshwane University of Technology. These efforts culminated in formal registration of CE professionals in 2011 as Pr. Tech, Pr. Techni and MEM (medical equipment manager) through the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). CEASA through its industry partners has always supported CE students experiential learning and engaged in CE curriculum development.

In addition to its national council, CEASA has 4 regional branches (Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal, and Western Cape) each with its own managing committee. CEASA with its partner association "South African Federation of Hospital Engineers" also hosted many local and international conferences in various cities of South Africa.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, CEASA not only did not halt its activities but actually expanded its online activities, including interactions with foreign organizations like ACCE, with one webinar in 2020, one in 2021, and another one in 2022. In addition, it has expanded its website to offer links to resources provided by its members, ACCE, IFMBE, etc.

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