Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
As Chief Executive Officer of CTIS, Inc., Raj Shah’s responsibilities extend to a team of professionals situated across the U.S. and India. As the leader of a major health IT company, Mr. Shah measures success through our firm’s lasting contributions to health innovation. Mr. Shah is a visionary. He is committed to finding health solutions for chronic disease and promoting global health equity. His vision is to provide integration of processes for better collaboration and performance at the point of care. Mr. Shah’s strategy is to integrate information technology best practices and standards with health informatics. He is committed to helping providers and physicians support the patient need for prevention, early disease detection, care management, and research. With Mr. Shah serving as CEO, CTIS has received awards from the National Institutes of Health, CIO Magazine, Computerworld, British Medical Journal, and the Office of Management and Budget. In addition, Mr. Shah served as a member of the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities from 2010 to 2014. In 2010, he was invited to the G20 Health Summit for his publication on Global Health and Information and Communication Technology. As a non-profit supporter, Mr. Shah is also committed to corporate citizenship. He has been a member of governing boards, leadership boards, institutional review boards, trustee boards, boards of directors, and advisory boards for more than 25 organizations. Mr. Shah has given more than 100 lectures, talks, and panel discussions at workshops, conferences, and seminars. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and physics from Bombay University; a master’s degree in chemistry from University of Detroit, and advanced training from the University of Chicago and Harvard Business School.
Member of the Board of Directors
Steven Meltzer serves as a member of the Board of Directors at CTIS, Inc. He is a partner at the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where he represents privately and publicly held companies in a wide range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, international and domestic marketing and distribution agreements, venture capital financings, and securities offerings. Mr. Meltzer focuses his activities in the information technology, biotechnology, healthcare, defense and intelligence industries. He chairs the Board of Trustees of the New England Institute of Technology and serves as a director or advisory board member of several companies. He serves as Secretary, a member of the executive committee and legal counsel of the Technology Council of Maryland, is a member of the MdBio board, and is founder and legal counsel of the Maryland Angels Council. He has been honored as one of the Best Lawyers in America (2006-2015) and has served as a member of the board of the Maryland Healthcare Product Development Corporation since 2009. Mr. Meltzer received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and both his JD and MBA degrees from Harvard University.
Member of the Board of Directors, Deputy CEO and Chief Empowerment Officer
As a member of the Board of Directors, Deputy CEO and Chief Empowerment Officer, Bharti Shah will assist the CEO by providing leadership, coordination and day-to-day management for business operations at CTIS, Inc. Mrs. Shah has more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of education, serving as the Vice President, Director and teacher at Montessori Children’s House of Loudoun (MCHL). Although she has retired from teaching, she continues her philanthropic journey and believes it is important to give back to those in need globally and locally. Mrs. Shah has been committed to corporate citizenship through support of the healthcare needs of local and global communities, facilitating services in the areas of children’s health and education. She is actively involved in sponsoring more than 50 schools in India, providing management, strategy planning, and informatics support to the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation. With the Arogya Foundation, she has worked to develop a pilot project that involves the use of handheld devices for the advancement of rural health. Mrs. Shah has been involved with many global health projects including the International Spirit of Healing, the Art of Living Foundation, Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth (HRIDAY) & Student Health Action Network (SHAN), International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR), International Spirit of Life Foundation, and Sri Sri University. Mrs. Shah has a bachelor’s degree in commerce and economics from Mumbai University and has a Montessori teacher training and certification from Barrie School, The Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies.
Honorable Kweisi Mfume
Member of the Board of Directors and Chief Health Equity Officer
Honorable Kweisi Mfume serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Chief Health Equity Officer at CTIS, Inc. In this capacity, he provides thought leadership and oversight on issues related to health policies and health disparities. Mr. Mfume also serves as Principal Investigator (PI) for the Health Policy Research Consortium (HPRC), a CTIS program funded by NIMHD. Mr. Mfume brings over 30 years of leadership and expertise in policy-making and community outreach related to addressing disparities in services for racial and ethnic minorities, including disparities in health access, delivery, and care services. Currently, he serves as an Executive Committee member of the Board of Research America, where he advocates and sensitizes policy analysts, opinion leaders and members of Congress regarding the need to intersect medical research and national health policies. In 2011, Mr. Mfume was appointed by the Secretary of HHS to serve on the National Advisory Council on Minorities Health and Health Disparities at the NIH. That same year he functioned as a corporate business consultant to AT&T of North America. He recently completed 12 years of service as a member of the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees.
Mr. Mfume is past Executive Director of the National Medical Association (NMA) where he advocated for much needed modifications to federal health care law and policy. He is also a former President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) where he established the organization’s National Office of Health Advocacy and Policy Outreach. Prior to his leadership of the NAACP, Mr. Mfume served as a five-term Congressman from Maryland’s 7th district. He co-founded the U.S. Congressional Task Force on Sarcoidosis Disease Awareness and was a staunch advocate for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Prior to his election to Congress he served on the Baltimore City Council for seven years, where he chaired the Council’s Committee on Health and Health Policy. Kweisi Mfume was formerly a member of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, People for the American Way, the Meyerhof Scholars Advisory Board of the University of Maryland, the Senior Advisory Committee of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, the African American Advisory Board of PepsiCo. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Morgan State University and currently serves as Chairman of the University’s Board of Regents. He holds a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in foreign affairs from the Johns Hopkins University.
Connie Dalton Ezerski
Executive Vice President and Chief Health Informatics Officer
Sudhir Raju serves as a Executive Vice President and Chief Health Informatics Officer of CTIS, Inc. In this capacity, he is responsible for company operations and management of government, commercial, and international contracts. He provides oversight, management, and direction for the development of solutions for the health industry. Mr. Raju serves as the Principal Investigator/ Project Director for the NCI’s CTEP-ESYS program, developing cancer clinical trials informatics solutions for NCI, NIH. Under his leadership, CTIS has received numerous Directors awards from NIH and NCI, and recognition from the OMB and from the Project Officers. Offering more than 20 years of experience in the health IT industry, he has led and managed projects that involve process re-engineering, stakeholder management, architecture, analysis, design, development, and implementation of software solutions for the health informatics industry. Mr. Raju earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He holds a master’s degree in computer systems management from University of Maryland, University College and an MBA from Cornell University.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Dushyant Lowe serves as a Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of CTIS, Inc. In this capacity he is responsible for planning, organizing, controlling, directing, and administering the successful implementation of business operations. He will also administer financial plans and budgets; assure related compliance with established standards, requirements, internal controls, laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures. He will oversee and manage the day-to-day financial and business operations including financial planning and analysis, accounting and contract management, human resource management, risk management, and general support services. Previously he served as a manager in Aronson LLC’s Government Contract Services Group. He has more than twelve years of experience in public accounting with a significant focus on income tax planning and compliance, specialized government contract consulting and outsourced CFO/Corporate Controller services. Mr. Lowe received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from the University of Delhi. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Maryland and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI); he also received the designation of Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) from the AICPA.
Senior Vice President of Corporate Services
Connie Dalton Ezerski serves as a Senior Vice President of Corporate Services for CTIS, Inc. She has more than 15 years of experience providing administrative support and reporting to the CEO. She implements decisions of the board of directors and acts as a governance liaison to company officers, shareholders, and directors. As a Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, she serves as the liaison between the offices of the CEO, partners, and alliance organizations. Ms. Ezerski is a notary public for the State of Maryland. She has obtained master certification in human resource management through Villanova University.
Senior Vice President and Chief Partnership and Development Officer
Vivek Pillai serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Partnership and Development Officer of CTIS. In this capacity he is responsible for maintaining, developing and implementing new partnerships and building the organizational capacity. He will also focus on developing integrated capabilities, facilitating technology growth, ensuring high bid performance standards, promoting CTIS’ qualifications and strengthening internal systems to further CTIS’ corporate mission and objectives. Mr. Pillai brings a unique combination of business and technology skills, with over 17 years of experience providing program management and leadership, implementing solutions to a wide range of challenges in bio-medical research, healthcare, health IT, system integration, federal health, academia and commercial health care providers. Mr. Pillai received his B.S. in Engineering from Pune University, India and both his M.S. and MBA degrees in Technology management from University of Maryland University College. He has certifications in PMI Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified HL7 RIM specialist, Certified HL7 CDA Specialist and Certified Scrum Master.
Vice President of Business Development
Russ Sanford serves as Vice President of Business Development at CTIS. Russ Sanford is a retired Navy Medical Service Corps Officer who brings a combined 40+ years of experience working across multiple healthcare disciplines in support of multiple federal health agencies to include the Military Health System (now known as the Defense Health Agency), the Department of Veterans Affairs, and various agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services. He brings a unique combination of skills in healthcare information technology, business development, capture management, operations and service delivery management within the federal market and has experience working with small, mid-sized and large companies. Most recently, he worked as a VP of Account Management at Concept Plus. He has also held executive positions within Fortune 500 companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton and IBM (where he was a graduate of the IBM Rainmaker program is a recipient of the IBM Leadership award and was a ‘Golden Circle” (for sales excellence) award winner). Mr. Sanford has his MS in Information and Telecommunication Systems (Management) from Johns Hopkins University and his BA in Administration (Logistics) from The George Washington University.
Vice President of Business Operations
Tiffany Comey serves as Vice President of Business Operations at CTIS. In this capacity she is responsible for strategic planning and execution of the company’s business and human resources operations. Ms. Comey focuses on formulating company policies and procedures, compliance and managing the daily operations of talent management and Human Resources. Ms. Comey has over 20 years of experience managing law firm business and human resources operations. Previously, Ms. Comey has held leadership positions at several global law firms as the Firm Administrator and also Director of Human Resources & Operations. Ms. Comey has a BBA degree with a concentration in Marketing from Radford University.
Willarda V. Edwards
Vice President and Chief Global Officer
Mr. Chirag Shah began building his 19-year career with CTIS in Clinical Trials Informatics Solutions. Mr. Shah managed and led projects involving process re-engineering, stakeholder management, architecture, analysis, design, development, and implementation of software solutions for the health informatics industry, including the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Mr. Shah’s leadership on the Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program’s Enterprise System (CTEP-ESYS) applications resulted in recognition from the NCI Director for leading the National Clinical Trial Network (NCTN) transformation program. Later, while working with TISTA Science and Technology Corporation, he worked on projects for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) and NIH’s Office of Extramural Research Administration (eRA).
Rejoining CTIS as Vice President and Chief Global Officer, Mr. Shah now focuses on integrated capabilities and community health, while developing and implementing new partnerships and global relations. He leads the expansion of CTIS’ Clinical Trial Informatics Solutions program in the global market, where he is responsible for providing technology development and best practices, as well as business development support to CTIS’ current clients to maintain the customer relations platform.
Mr. Shah earned his undergraduate degrees in civil engineering from the Government Engineering College, India, and in information technology from Strayer University. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute), Six Sigma Green Belt, and Scrum Master.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO)
Dr. Willarda Edwards will provide thought leadership in building good clinical informatics to CTIS, Inc. This will include building clinical learning capacity and oversight of the latest initiatives in health care information technology, Health disparities/equity and policy research.
Dr. Edwards has over 35 years of experience in the delivery of medical care in both the private and Government sectors and practices Internal Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She serves on the board of the American Medical Association Board and which addresses the needs of all physicians and the communities they serve. She was also instrumental in the passage of Health Care Reform working with legislators, the White House and community advocates in this historic effort. Dr. Edwards has several appointments including the Advisory Council on Blood Products of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Health Policy Research Consortium (HPRC), the University of Maryland Medical School, Department of Health & Human Services Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee and several other Governor and Board appointments.
Dr. Edwards earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1972 and was commissioned through the US Navy Reserves. She earned her Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1977. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine in 1980 and an Executive MBA from Loyola College of Baltimore in 1999.