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

Committee Chairmen

Jennifer Nichols, MSE, CCE, CHTMJennifer Nichols, MSE, CCE, CHTM
Body of Knowledge/CE certification promo Committee Chair
Email: BOKchair@accenet.org
Jenn Nichols, TRIMEDX Division Vice President of Operations, has grown her career in Clinical Engineering over the last ten years since starting out in the industry. She has held multiple roles throughout her career at TRIMEDX including Site Manager, Regional Director, Project Director for the Integration Management Office, and most recently her new role as Division Vice President. Her passion and drive have paved the way to grow in knowledge and skill. Over the last decade, she has obtained a certificate in biomedical medical equipment technology, obtained her CCE and CHTM certifications, and became involved in multiple industry associations to better enhance her technical abilities and leadership skills. Jenn is focused on driving operational excellence, providing outstanding customer service, and developing her people to be best in class. She holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and MS in Engineering with a Specialization in Integrated Technology Management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Tony Cody, CBET, CHTMTony Cody, CBET, CHTM
Education Committee co-Chair
Email: educationchair@accenet.org
Tony is currently the Technology Management/ENTECH Director at Banner Health western region operations based out of Greeley, Colorado. He served as a Biomedical Equipment Technician in the U.S. Air Force and has continued to work in the HTM field since separating from the military. His experience prior to Banner Health includes working for ISOs, OEM, and as an in-house BMET. Tony earned multiple information technology certifications as well as the AAMI CBET and CHTM certifications.
Nader Hammoud, BE, MBA, CHTMNader Hammoud, BE, MBA, CHTM
Education Committee co-Chair
Email: educationchair@accenet.org
Nader is currently the Biomedical Engineering Manager at John Muir Health System in North California. Responsible for all the medical centers and outpatient clinics. Nader came from a humble family in Lebanon, Middle East, acquired 3 degrees in Biomedical Engineering, and an MBA with focus on Healthcare. Have been managing Biomedical Engineering departments for the last 20 years, more than half of it Internationally (Lebanon and Algeria).
Juuso LeinonenJuuso Leinonen
Membership Committee Chair
Email: membershipchair@accenet.org
Juuso Leinonen is principal project engineer at the Device Evaluation group at ECRI, where he performs comparative medical device evaluations and investigates medical device related problems. He also conducts accident investigations and advice hospitals with large scale equipment purchasing and selection projects. His current subject matter expertise includes medical device cybersecurity, infusion technology, pharmacy technologies, and telehealth. He came to ECRI with a background in clinical engineering from St George's Hospital London, United Kingdom and holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from City University London, United Kingdom.
Kevin Kreitzman, MS, CCEKevin Kreitzman, MS, CCE
Advocacy Committee Chair
Email: advocacychair@accenet.org
Kevin Kreitzman is Assistant Director of Biomedical Engineering at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Prior to his current role, Kevin held positions as the Director of Clinical Engineering at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, and as a Senior Clinical Engineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Kevin has both his Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering and is a Certified Clinical Engineer.
Binseng Wang, ScD, CCE, FACCE, FAIMBEBinseng Wang, ScD, CCE, FACCE, FAIMBE
International Committee Chair
Email: international.chair@accenet.org
Binseng Wang is Vice President, Program Management, with Sodexo Healthcare Technology Management (HTM). Previously, Dr. Wang was Vice President, Quality & Regulatory Affairs, for WRP32/Greenwood/Sundance Enterprises, Aramark Healthcare Technologies, and MEDIQ/PRN. He also worked at NIH and Milwaukee School of Engineering, State University of Campinas, Brazil. He is a fellow of ACCE and AIMBE. He received the 2010 AAMI CE Achievement and the 2015 ACCE Lifetime Achievement and 2019 AAMI-TRIMEDX Iconoclast awards and was inducted into the Clinical Engineering Hall of Fame by ACCE in 2017. He earned a Doctor of Science degree from MIT and is a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE).
Ilir Kullolli, MSIlir Kullolli, MS
Nominations Committee Chair
Email: nominationschair@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.
James P. Keller, Jr., MS, FACCE, AAMIFJames P. Keller, Jr., MS, FACCE, AAMIF
CE-HOF Nominations Review Committee Chair
Email: ce-hof@accenet.org
James Keller is a business development director with BrightInsight, which provides a medical grade cloud infrastructure and digital health applications for medical device and pharmaceutical companies. Prior to working for BrightInsight, he was a business development director with Emergo by UL and served in executive leadership roles for ECRI Institute as vice president for international market development and vice president for health technology evaluation and safety. He is a past president of ACCE and is a member of the University of Connecticut’s Academy of Distinguished Engineers.
Ricardo Silva Bustillos, PhD, CCERicardo Silva Bustillos, PhD, CCE
Healthcare Technology Certification Commission Chair
Email: certificationchair@accenet.org
Ricardo is Chief Innovation Officer for Alluriam, a startup company working on customer focused healthcare integration. Ricardo is also professor of Health Information Technology at Villanova University. 20+ years of international experience in the academic, commercial and regulatory space. Has led to the development of national health IT initiatives, academic-industrial partnerships, and non-profit organizations.

Task Force Chairs

Nader Hammoud, BE, MBA, CHTMNader Hammoud, BE, MBA, CHTM
Right to Repair Task Force-Chair
Email: R2R-taskforce.chair@accenet.org
Nader is currently the Biomedical Engineering Manager at John Muir Health System in North California. Responsible for all the medical centers and outpatient clinics. Nader came from a humble family in Lebanon, Middle East, acquired 3 degrees in Biomedical Engineering, and an MBA with focus on Healthcare. Have been managing Biomedical Engineering departments for the last 20 years, more than half of it Internationally (Lebanon and Algeria).
Binseng Wang, ScD, CCE, FACCE, FAIMBEBinseng Wang, ScD, CCE, FACCE, FAIMBE
Right to Repair Task Force-Member
Binseng Wang is Vice President, Program Management, with Sodexo Healthcare Technology Management (HTM). Previously, Dr. Wang was Vice President, Quality & Regulatory Affairs, for WRP32/Greenwood/Sundance Enterprises, Aramark Healthcare Technologies, and MEDIQ/PRN. He also worked at NIH and Milwaukee School of Engineering, State University of Campinas, Brazil. He is a fellow of ACCE and AIMBE. He received the 2010 AAMI CE Achievement and the 2015 ACCE Lifetime Achievement and 2019 AAMI-TRIMEDX Iconoclast awards and was inducted into the Clinical Engineering Hall of Fame by ACCE in 2017. He earned a Doctor of Science degree from MIT and is a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE).
Priyanka Upendra, MS, CHTM, AAMIFPriyanka Upendra, MS, CHTM, AAMIF
Right to Repair Task Force-Member
Priyanka Upendra is the Senior Director of Customer Success at Asimily. Prior to Asimily, Priya served as a Compliance Program Director at Banner Health, Compliance Manager at Intermountain Healthcare, clinical technology & biomedical engineering analyst at Stanford Health Care, and clinical engineer at Stanford Children’s Health and Stanford University. She is a research adviser for BME undergrad and grad students at San Jose State University and B.M.S College of Engineering. She is an active member of ACCE, AAMI, H-ISAC, and HIMSS; while serving on several committees. She was the recipient of BI&T Best Article Awards in 2015 and 2017, 2017 AAMI Young Professional Award, 2018 MedWrench Guru, 2020 ACCE Professional Achievement in Technology Award, and 2020 Doctoral Student Paper Award. She was awarded the Fellow status in AAMI in 2020 for her contributions to the HTM/CE community. Priya holds a MS (BME) from San Jose State University and a BS (Medical Electronics Engineering) from Visvesvaraya Technological University and is pursuing a Doctorate degree in Strategic Leadership and Healthcare Administration. She is a Certified Healthcare Technology Manager, Six Sigma Lean Professional, and Change Management Specialist. Priya has served as ACCE President-Elect, Secretary, Member-at-Large, Advocacy Committee member, and HTCC Member.
Perry KirwanPerry Kirwan, MSE
Right to Repair Task Force-Member
Perry Kirwan is currently the Vice President of Technology Management/ENTECH for Banner Health - an Integrated Delivery Network based in Phoenix, Az. He holds a BSE and MSE in Biomedical Engineering from Arizona State University and has been for over 30 years. The scope of the program includes Clinical Technology Assessment and Planning, Diagnostic Imaging and Non-Imaging Support/Maintenance Services, Furniture/Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) planning, Medical Physics, Regulatory/Compliance, Medical Device Integration and Medical Device Security. The IDN includes 32 hospitals, 11 surgi-centers, 680 health centers/clinics, 30 outpatient imaging centers, 55 urgent care centers, Sun Health Research Institute and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. The organization supports over 260,000 piece of medical equipment worth $1.82B and also brings in $5M-$6M annually in revenue under the commercial name ENTECH.
Blake CollinsBlake Collins, MBA, CBET, CHTM, FABC
Right to Repair Task Force-Member
Blake Collins has been in the Health Technology field for over 30 years and the health care industry for over 35 years. He retired from the United States Navy after 21 years. He received his basic and advanced BMET training in Aurora, Co. at the United States Army Medical Equipment and Optical School. After retirement, he became a Regional Director for a large health system in Knoxville, TN before joining TriMedx in 2006 as a Regional Director of Service Operations. In 2012 he joined Christiana Care in Newark, DE as the Director of Clinical Engineering. Blake received his BSOE in Biomedical Technology from Wayland Baptist University, has an MBA, and is a CBET, CHTM, and Fellow at the Advisory Board Company FABC.
Juuso LeinonenJuuso Leinonen
Cybersecurity Response Task Force-Chair
Email: CybersecurityResponse-taskforce.chair@accenet.org
Juuso Leinonen is principal project engineer at the Device Evaluation group at ECRI, where he performs comparative medical device evaluations and investigates medical device related problems. He also conducts accident investigations and advice hospitals with large scale equipment purchasing and selection projects. His current subject matter expertise includes medical device cybersecurity, infusion technology, pharmacy technologies, and telehealth. He came to ECRI with a background in clinical engineering from St George's Hospital London, United Kingdom and holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from City University London, United Kingdom.
Binseng Wang, ScD, CCE, FACCE, FAIMBEBinseng Wang, ScD, CCE, FACCE, FAIMBE
Cybersecurity Response Task Force-Member
Binseng Wang is Vice President, Program Management, with Sodexo Healthcare Technology Management (HTM). Previously, Dr. Wang was Vice President, Quality & Regulatory Affairs, for WRP32/Greenwood/Sundance Enterprises, Aramark Healthcare Technologies, and MEDIQ/PRN. He also worked at NIH and Milwaukee School of Engineering, State University of Campinas, Brazil. He is a fellow of ACCE and AIMBE. He received the 2010 AAMI CE Achievement and the 2015 ACCE Lifetime Achievement and 2019 AAMI-TRIMEDX Iconoclast awards and was inducted into the Clinical Engineering Hall of Fame by ACCE in 2017. He earned a Doctor of Science degree from MIT and is a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE).
Priyanka Upendra, MS, CHTM, AAMIFPriyanka Upendra, MS, CHTM, AAMIF
Cybersecurity Response Task Force-Member
Priyanka Upendra is the Senior Director of Customer Success at Asimily. Prior to Asimily, Priya served as a Compliance Program Director at Banner Health, Compliance Manager at Intermountain Healthcare, clinical technology & biomedical engineering analyst at Stanford Health Care, and clinical engineer at Stanford Children’s Health and Stanford University. She is a research adviser for BME undergrad and grad students at San Jose State University and B.M.S College of Engineering. She is an active member of ACCE, AAMI, H-ISAC, and HIMSS; while serving on several committees. She was the recipient of BI&T Best Article Awards in 2015 and 2017, 2017 AAMI Young Professional Award, 2018 MedWrench Guru, 2020 ACCE Professional Achievement in Technology Award, and 2020 Doctoral Student Paper Award. She was awarded the Fellow status in AAMI in 2020 for her contributions to the HTM/CE community. Priya holds a MS (BME) from San Jose State University and a BS (Medical Electronics Engineering) from Visvesvaraya Technological University and is pursuing a Doctorate degree in Strategic Leadership and Healthcare Administration. She is a Certified Healthcare Technology Manager, Six Sigma Lean Professional, and Change Management Specialist. Priya has served as ACCE President-Elect, Secretary, Member-at-Large, Advocacy Committee member, and HTCC Member.
Perry KirwanPerry Kirwan, MSE
Cybersecurity Response Task Force-Member
Perry Kirwan is currently the Vice President of Technology Management/ENTECH for Banner Health - an Integrated Delivery Network based in Phoenix, Az. He holds a BSE and MSE in Biomedical Engineering from Arizona State University and has been for over 30 years. The scope of the program includes Clinical Technology Assessment and Planning, Diagnostic Imaging and Non-Imaging Support/Maintenance Services, Furniture/Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) planning, Medical Physics, Regulatory/Compliance, Medical Device Integration and Medical Device Security. The IDN includes 32 hospitals, 11 surgi-centers, 680 health centers/clinics, 30 outpatient imaging centers, 55 urgent care centers, Sun Health Research Institute and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. The organization supports over 260,000 piece of medical equipment worth $1.82B and also brings in $5M-$6M annually in revenue under the commercial name ENTECH.
Blake CollinsBlake Collins, MBA, CBET, CHTM, FABC
Cybersecurity Response Task Force-Member
Blake Collins has been in the Health Technology field for over 30 years and the health care industry for over 35 years. He retired from the United States Navy after 21 years. He received his basic and advanced BMET training in Aurora, Co. at the United States Army Medical Equipment and Optical School. After retirement, he became a Regional Director for a large health system in Knoxville, TN before joining TriMedx in 2006 as a Regional Director of Service Operations. In 2012 he joined Christiana Care in Newark, DE as the Director of Clinical Engineering. Blake received his BSOE in Biomedical Technology from Wayland Baptist University, has an MBA, and is a CBET, CHTM, and Fellow at the Advisory Board Company FABC.

Liaisons

Priyanka Upendra, MS, CHTM, AAMIFPriyanka Upendra, MS, CHTM, AAMIF
AAMI Liaison
Email: aamiliaison@accenet.org
Priyanka Upendra is the Senior Director of Customer Success at Asimily. Prior to Asimily, Priya served as a Compliance Program Director at Banner Health, Compliance Manager at Intermountain Healthcare, clinical technology & biomedical engineering analyst at Stanford Health Care, and clinical engineer at Stanford Children’s Health and Stanford University. She is a research adviser for BME undergrad and grad students at San Jose State University and B.M.S College of Engineering. She is an active member of ACCE, AAMI, H-ISAC, and HIMSS; while serving on several committees. She was the recipient of BI&T Best Article Awards in 2015 and 2017, 2017 AAMI Young Professional Award, 2018 MedWrench Guru, 2020 ACCE Professional Achievement in Technology Award, and 2020 Doctoral Student Paper Award. She was awarded the Fellow status in AAMI in 2020 for her contributions to the HTM/CE community. Priya holds a MS (BME) from San Jose State University and a BS (Medical Electronics Engineering) from Visvesvaraya Technological University and is pursuing a Doctorate degree in Strategic Leadership and Healthcare Administration. She is a Certified Healthcare Technology Manager, Six Sigma Lean Professional, and Change Management Specialist. Priya has served as ACCE President-Elect, Secretary, Member-at-Large, Advocacy Committee member, and HTCC Member.
Steven W. Juett, PE, Lean GBSteven W. Juett, PE, Lean GB
FMDIC-Texas Liaison
Email: fmdic-liaison@accenet.org
Steven Juett is Associate Principal for Clinical Systems Planning at OneEQ, in Dallas/Fort Worth area, Texas. Steve leads the team of technology experts for CRTKL Healthcare studio. He has over 40 years of experience in Clinical engineering, Biomedical and Rehabilitation engineering design, and manufacturing, integrated surgical suite design, IT interoperability and consulting. Steve is a licensed Biomedical Engineer with an extensive background in the healthcare industry. He enjoys Connected Medical Equipment and focuses on peri-operative environment planning including image guided interventional and hybrid OR suites. He is the recipient of the 2000 ACCE/HTF Patient Safety award and an honorary citation from the FDA for his work on the US Wireless Medical Telemetry Service resulting in Federal Communications Commission laws that secured a Radio Frequency spectrum for public health.
Priyanka Upendra, MS, CHTM, AAMIFPriyanka Upendra, MS, CHTM, AAMIF
IFMBE Liaison
Email: ifmbeliaison@accenet.org
Priyanka Upendra is the Senior Director of Customer Success at Asimily. Prior to Asimily, Priya served as a Compliance Program Director at Banner Health, Compliance Manager at Intermountain Healthcare, clinical technology & biomedical engineering analyst at Stanford Health Care, and clinical engineer at Stanford Children’s Health and Stanford University. She is a research adviser for BME undergrad and grad students at San Jose State University and B.M.S College of Engineering. She is an active member of ACCE, AAMI, H-ISAC, and HIMSS; while serving on several committees. She was the recipient of BI&T Best Article Awards in 2015 and 2017, 2017 AAMI Young Professional Award, 2018 MedWrench Guru, 2020 ACCE Professional Achievement in Technology Award, and 2020 Doctoral Student Paper Award. She was awarded the Fellow status in AAMI in 2020 for her contributions to the HTM/CE community. Priya holds a MS (BME) from San Jose State University and a BS (Medical Electronics Engineering) from Visvesvaraya Technological University and is pursuing a Doctorate degree in Strategic Leadership and Healthcare Administration. She is a Certified Healthcare Technology Manager, Six Sigma Lean Professional, and Change Management Specialist. Priya has served as ACCE President-Elect, Secretary, Member-at-Large, Advocacy Committee member, and HTCC Member.
Binseng Wang, ScD, CCE, FACCE, FAIMBEBinseng Wang, ScD, CCE, FACCE, FAIMBE
IFMBE Liaison
Email: ifmbeliaison@accenet.org
Binseng Wang is Vice President, Program Management, with Sodexo Healthcare Technology Management (HTM). Previously, Dr. Wang was Vice President, Quality & Regulatory Affairs, for WRP32/Greenwood/Sundance Enterprises, Aramark Healthcare Technologies, and MEDIQ/PRN. He also worked at NIH and Milwaukee School of Engineering, State University of Campinas, Brazil. He is a fellow of ACCE and AIMBE. He received the 2010 AAMI CE Achievement and the 2015 ACCE Lifetime Achievement and 2019 AAMI-TRIMEDX Iconoclast awards and was inducted into the Clinical Engineering Hall of Fame by ACCE in 2017. He earned a Doctor of Science degree from MIT and is a Certified Clinical Engineer (CCE).
Priyanka Upendra, MS, CHTM, AAMIFPriyanka Upendra, MS, CHTM, AAMIF
HTA Liaison
Email: hta-liaison@accenet.org
Priyanka Upendra is the Senior Director of Customer Success at Asimily. Prior to Asimily, Priya served as a Compliance Program Director at Banner Health, Compliance Manager at Intermountain Healthcare, clinical technology & biomedical engineering analyst at Stanford Health Care, and clinical engineer at Stanford Children’s Health and Stanford University. She is a research adviser for BME undergrad and grad students at San Jose State University and B.M.S College of Engineering. She is an active member of ACCE, AAMI, H-ISAC, and HIMSS; while serving on several committees. She was the recipient of BI&T Best Article Awards in 2015 and 2017, 2017 AAMI Young Professional Award, 2018 MedWrench Guru, 2020 ACCE Professional Achievement in Technology Award, and 2020 Doctoral Student Paper Award. She was awarded the Fellow status in AAMI in 2020 for her contributions to the HTM/CE community. Priya holds a MS (BME) from San Jose State University and a BS (Medical Electronics Engineering) from Visvesvaraya Technological University and is pursuing a Doctorate degree in Strategic Leadership and Healthcare Administration. She is a Certified Healthcare Technology Manager, Six Sigma Lean Professional, and Change Management Specialist. Priya has served as ACCE President-Elect, Secretary, Member-at-Large, Advocacy Committee member, and HTCC Member.
Stephen Grimes, FACCE FAIMBE FHIMSS, AAMIFStephen Grimes, FACCE FAIMBE FHIMSS, AAMIF
HTA Liaison
Email: hta-liaison@accenet.org
Steve Grimes has more than 40 years’ experience with hospitals, shared service organizations, and healthcare consulting firms. He is a recognized authority on topics ranging from future challenges facing clinical engineering and healthcare technology integration to medical device security and risk management. He is a Fellow of the HIMSS, AIMBE and ACCE. In 2011 he received the ACCE/HIMSS Excellence in Clinical Engineering & Information Technology Synergies Award. In 2015 he received ACCE Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2016 he received AAMI’s Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) Leadership Award. Mr. Grimes is a graduate of Purdue University’s Biomedical Engineering Program.
Juuso LeinonenJuuso Leinonen
HTA Liasion
Email: hta-liaison@accenet.org
Juuso Leinonen is principal project engineer at the Device Evaluation group at ECRI, where he performs comparative medical device evaluations and investigates medical device related problems. He also conducts accident investigations and advice hospitals with large scale equipment purchasing and selection projects. His current subject matter expertise includes medical device cybersecurity, infusion technology, pharmacy technologies, and telehealth. He came to ECRI with a background in clinical engineering from St George's Hospital London, United Kingdom and holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from City University London, United Kingdom.
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