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Board of Directors

​Thanks to the energy and dedication of the following individuals, ACCE is able to meet and exceed the expectations of our members.

Officers

Arif Subhan, MS, CCE, CHTM, FACCE
President
Email: president@accenet.org
Arif Subhan is the Chief Biomedical Engineer at VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He is an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at University of Connecticut. He worked as Chief Biomedical Engineer at VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System and South Texas Veterans Health Care System. He was the Senior Clinical Engineer at Masterplan (now Aramark), an independent service organization which managed medical equipment across the United States. 
He is a columnist for the Journal of Clinical Engineering (JCE) and a member of the editorial boards of JCE, BI&T and 24x7 magazine. He was Chair, USCC; Chair, ACCE Education Committee; Chair, ACCE BOK Committee; and Co-Chair, AAMI Annual Conference Program Committee. He is the recipient of the 2013 ACCE Professional Development/Managerial Excellence Award and the 2012 AAMI Clinical/Biomedical Engineering Achievement Award.
Ilir Kullolli, MS
President Elect
Email: presidentelect@accenet.org
Ilir Kullolli is Director of Clinical Technology and Biomedical Engineering at Stanford Children's Health. Before Stanford, Ilir worked for Kaiser Permanente Clinical Technology, where he was the Regional Director of Clinical Systems Engineering in Northern California. Ilir has also held leadership positions in Biomedical Engineering for Brigham and Women's Hospital (Partners Healthcare) in Boston, MA and Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT. 
Before making the switch to Biomedical Engineering, Ilir worked in Information Technology as Technical Consultant and Project Manager for South End Consulting in Boston. Ilir holds a Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Connecticut and a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.
Pratyusha Pedaprolu, MS
Vice President
Email: vicepresident@accenet.org

Pratyusha Pedaprolu has been with UPMC Pinnacle (Harrisburg, PA) since October 2017. Prior to that, she was working with Dr. Julian Goldman as a part of the Medical Device Plug-n-Play Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Her previous positions include working at LifeLine Clinical Engineering Solutions and UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her projects/specialties include medical device interoperability, medical equipment planning, and project management.

Pratyusha holds a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering and a master's degree in clinical engineering from the University of Connecticut. In addition, she has authored articles that have appeared in 24x7 Magazine, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the Journal of Clinical Engineering. She also won several awards including a gold medal as University top ranker in Biomedical Engineering, the ACCE Student Paper Competition. She has served as Secretary of ACCE.

Priyanka Upendra, MSE, CHTM
Secretary
Email: secretary@accenet.org
Priyanka Upendra is the Compliance Program Director of Technology Management at Banner Health in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to Banner Health, Priyanka served as the CE Compliance Manager at Intermountain Healthcare and held several clinical and biomedical engineering positions at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health. She is a research adviser to undergrad and grad BME students at San Jose State University and B.M.S College of Engineering. Priya is a member of the AAMI’s Technology Management Council, EQ Standards Committee, BI&T Editorial Board, Awards Committee, Nominating Committee and NH-ISAC’s MDSISC and PSIC. Priyanka holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering (Biomedical Devices) from San Jose State University and a Bachelor’s in Medical Electronics Engineering from B.M.S College of Engineering, Visvesvaraya Technological University, and is pursuing a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration.
James Panella
Treasurer
Email: treasurer@accenet.org
Jim Panella is Director of Clinical Engineering/IT at University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System in Chicago, Illinois. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Management from DeVRY Institute of Technology. He started his career in Clinical Engineering 33 years ago at University of Chicago Medical Center and has been a Director of Clinical Engineering for the past 25 years. During his career, he also has had responsibility for many Support Service departments; Equipment Distribution, Patient Transportation, Mail Center Services, and Medical Center Parking where he initiated many process improvement programs.
Petr Kresta, MS, PEng, fCMBES
Immediate Past President
Email: pastpresident@accenet.org
Petr Kresta is the Chief Operating Officer, Diagnostic Services with Shared Health Manitoba Diagnostic Services which operates approx. 80 public medical laboratories throughout the province of Manitoba and all diagnostic imaging services in rural Manitoba. He is the past chairperson of the Healthcare Technology Certification Commission that manages the certification program for clinical engineers throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. Kresta is the Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Medical Equipment Protection Plan. Mr. Kresta is a fellow of the CMBES. He has participated as a faculty member on 5 Advanced Clinical Engineering Workshops in Latin America. Mr. Kresta is a registered professional engineer in the province of Manitoba, holds a Master of Health Sciences Degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.
Suly Chi, MSc
Secretariat
Email: secretariat@accenet.org
Suly Chi has been the ACCE secretariat since 2010. Prior to joining ACCE, she worked as a research engineer at the Brazilian Telecommunication Research Center (CPqD- Telebras) and as a project engineer at the engineering firm ESCA, both in Brazil. Suly earned a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a master’s degree in System Engineering from Boston University.

Board Members

David W. Braeutigam, MBA, CBET, CHTM, ITIL
Member at Large 1
Email: memberatlarge1@accenet.org

David Braeutigam is Healthcare Technology Management consultant. He previously managed a large multi-hospital system as the System Director in Texas.

David received his BBA from the University of Texas at Arlington and his MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. David is a CHTM, CBET and has several IT certifications with the most recent being ITIL.

David is President of the Healthcare Technology Management Association – North Texas, has served on several AAMI’s certification boards, served as the chair for AAMI’s annual conference, has presented numerous times at the annual AAMI and MDExpo conferences, and has published numerous articles in 24x7 and Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology.

David was awarded the AAMI/GE Healthcare BMET of the Year award in 2008.

James Caporali, MS, CRES, SASHE
Member at Large 2
Email: memberatlarge2@accenet.org
Jim Caporali is the Director of Clinical Engineering at Erlanger Health System. Erlanger Health System is the seventh largest public healthcare system in the US, which also serves as the primary teaching hospital for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Medicine. His responsibilities include oversight of all aspects of the Erlanger Clinical Engineering program, including maintenance for biomedical and imaging equipment, medical equipment/IT infrastructure and support, contracts management, and regulatory compliance.
 
Jim is a proven operational leader with over 30 years of experience in the field of Clinical Engineering. His experience includes technical delivery, hospital and regional Clinical Engineering management, as well as corporate level positions supporting operations, sales and all other aspects of a national clinical equipment management program. Jim held the position of Vice President, Program Development and Support with Sodexo Clinical Technology Management and Patriot Medical Technologies. In this role his responsibilities included creation, evaluation, and improvement of systems used to evaluate new and ongoing clinical equipment maintenance opportunities, along with responsibilities for management and oversight of teams tasked to create program offerings for potential customers.
Kim Greenwood, MASc, CCE, CET, CBET, P.Eng, FEIC
Member at Large 3
Email: memberatlarge3@accenet.org

Kim started his career at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 1979 then, in1991 joined ServiceMaster of Canada’s (later Aramark Healthcare’s) Clinical Engineering unit and led the national support and sales activities within Canada. Since 1997, Kim has been the Director of the Regional Clinical Engineering Service Program based out of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa, Canada. The current team provides external services to 18 hospitals at 23 sites in Eastern Ontario.
 
Under his leadership, the CHEO Clinical Engineering Department was selected as the winner of the 2016 International Federation of Medical and Biomedical Engineering (IFMBE)’s outstanding clinical engineering teamwork award. He has contributed significantly in the advancement of the field with international and national publications and has encouraged his team’s involvement with the local universities Biomedical Engineering programs. Kim was the recipient of the 2017 ACCE Advocacy Professional Achievement in Management / Managerial Excellence Award and was made a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2018.

Kim serves on three other healthcare related Boards in Canada Kim graduated from Masters of Applied Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Carleton University.

Samantha Jacques, PhD, FACHE
Member at Large 4
Email: memberatlarge4@accenet.org
Samantha Jacques is the Director of Clinical Engineering at Penn State Health System.  She works closely with Information Technology and Nursing Clinical Informatics on all device integration, cyber security, and alarm management activities. She is a member of the AAMI Alarm Management Consortium and AAMI Standards Committee. Prior to Penn State, she was Director of Biomedical Engineering at Texas Children’s Hospital.
She has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
If you are interested in becoming a Board Member please contact the Secretariat at secretariat@accenet.org
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