Honorable Thomas Davis
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
As Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CTIS, 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, The 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, Deputy CEO and Chief Empowerment Officer
As a member of the Board of Directors, Deputy CEO and Chief Empowerment Officer, Bharti Shah assists the CEO by providing leadership, coordination and day-to-day management for business operations at CTIS. Mrs. Shah has more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of education, having served as 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 the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies’ Barrie School.
Member of the Board of Directors
The Honorable Thomas M. Davis serves as a member of the Board of Directors at CTIS, and is currently the Director of Federal Government Affairs at Deloitte. He was first elected to public office in 1979, serving on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Amid a severe economic downturn, he implemented a number of reforms that resulted in Fairfax being named the best-managed county in the country by Governing magazine.
In 1994, Mr. Davis was elected to Congress to represent the 11th Congressional District of Virginia. He was the first freshman in 50 years to be given subcommittee chairmanship, taking the gavel of the Subcommittee on the District of Columbia. Throughout his tenure in Congress, he was widely recognized as a skilled legislator and an honest broker. He helped rescue D.C. from its troubled fiscal situation through legislation such as the D.C. Control Board Act.
After the 2002 election, Mr. Davis was named chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform, gaining national prominence once again by chairing hearings on the use of performance-enhancing substances in professional sports. Other notable accomplishments include his hard-hitting but objective report on the federal response to Hurricane Katrina; his sponsorship of legislation giving the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate tobacco; and passage of the National Capital Transportation Amendments Act, which authorizes needed capital reinvestment in the Washington Metro system.
Mr. Davis is a cum laude graduate of Amherst College and earned his JD degree at the University of Virginia Law School. He attended Officer Candidate School of the U.S. Army, served on active duty, and spent eight years with the Virginia National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve. In August 2014, he was named Rector of George Mason University and has been on the university's Board of Visitors since 2013.
MG Elder Granger, M.D., USA Ret.
Honorable Kweisi Mfume
Member of the Board of Directors
The Honorable Kweisi Mfume serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Chief Health Equity Officer at CTIS, providing thought leadership and oversight on issues related to health policies and health disparities. Mr. Mfume also serves as Principal Investigator for the Health Policy Research Consortium (HPRC), a CTIS program funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. 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. He currently 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 National Institutes of Health (NIH). That same year he served 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 a past executive director of the National Medical Association (NMA) where he advocated for much needed modifications to federal healthcare 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 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. Mr. 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, Senior Advisory Committee of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and 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 Johns Hopkins University.
Member of the Board of Directors
Steven Meltzer serves as a member of the Board of Directors of CTIS. 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 and is a member of the executive committee and legal counsel for the Technology Council of Maryland. Mr. Meltzer is also 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
Major General Elder Granger M.D. USA, Retired, serves as a member of the Board of Directors of CTIS, and is also the President and CEO of The 5Ps, LLC, a healthcare, education, and leadership consultancy. He served as the Deputy Director and Program Executive Officer of the TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), Washington, D.C. In this role, he was the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) on the Department of Defense (DoD) health plan policy and performance. He oversaw the acquisition, operation, and integration of DoD's managed care program within the Military Health System for 9.4 million beneficiaries with a staff of 1,800 and a budget of $22.5 billion.
Prior to joining TRICARE Management Activity, MG Granger led the largest U.S. and multi-national battlefield health system in recent history while serving as Commander, Task Force 44th Medical Command and Command Surgeon for the Multinational Corps Iraq. He has led at every level of the Army Medical Department with previous assignments as Commander, 44th Medical Command, XVIII Airborne Corps Command Surgeon and Director of Health Services, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
MG Granger earned his bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University in 1976 and was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He earned his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in 1980. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine in 1983 and a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology in 1986 at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. He was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from Meharry Medical College in 2009. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with sub-specialty boards in Hematology and Medical Oncology, certified in Medical Quality, as a Physician Executive, and Healthcare Executive.
Member of the Board of Directors
Robert Pincus serves as a member of the Board of Directors of CTIS. He has an extensive, 45-year long history working in the commercial banking community, most recently for EagleBank and Eagle Bancorp, Inc., as vice chairman of the board and director until December 2016. In addition to previous appointments as president of the Washington Area Bankers Association and vice chairman of WETA public television, Mr. Pincus has served on the boards of numerous other nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, cancer centers, and foundations. He has been honored by many local organizations and publications, including recognition as one of Washingtonian’s 1998 “Washingtonians of the Year” and election to the Washington Business Hall of Fame in 2004. Mr. Pincus is a true local having received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and his MBA from American University.
Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of Business Development
Russ Sanford serves as Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of Business Development at CTIS. A retired Navy Medical Service Corps Officer, Mr. Sanford brings a combined 40+ years of experience working across multiple healthcare disciplines in support of multiple federal health agencies, including the Military Health System (now known as the Defense Health Agency), 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 experience. He has held executive positions within small 8(a) companies to large Fortune 500 companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton and IBM, where he was a graduate of the IBM Rainmaker Program, a recipient of the IBM Leadership award, and a “Golden Circle” award winner for sales excellence. He applies this corporate experience in support of CTIS client and partnership interactions, resulting in more successful and satisfying relationships. Mr. Sanford earned his master’s degree in information and telecommunication systems (management) from Johns Hopkins University and his bachelor’s degree in administration (logistics) from The George Washington University.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Sudhir Raju serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Health Informatics Officer at CTIS and 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 National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program’s Enterprise System (CTEP-ESYS) program, developing cancer clinical trials informatics solutions for NCI, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Under his leadership, CTIS has received numerous Directors awards from the NIH and NCI, and recognition from the Office of Management and Budget and 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 Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at CTIS and is responsible for planning, organizing, controlling, directing, and administering the successful implementation of business operations. He also administers financial plans and budgets, and assures related compliance with established standards, requirements, internal controls, laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures. Mr. Lowe oversees and manages day-to-day financial and business operations, including financial planning and analysis, accounting, risk management, and general support services. He previously 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 certified public accountant 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 American Institutes of CPAs (AICPA).
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Board Secretary
Katherine Funk serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Board Secretary at CTIS. She is a trusted advisor to corporate executives and in-house legal departments. She is a former partner with three AmLaw 100 firms, and has more than 20 years of experience handling strategic business acquisitions and day-today business counsel. Prior to coming to CTIS, Ms. Funk had a successful tenure as Vice President of Corporate Development at Fresenius Medical Care, which had been a long-standing client. This in-house transactional experience enhances Ms. Funk's ability to provide pragmatic and business-centric counsel. In her law firm practice, she regularly negotiated and reviewed licensing agreements, product distribution programs, and employment contracts. Ms. Funk has significant experience counseling clients on strategic transactions in the healthcare, technology (including SaaS), bio-tech, and financial services industries. Ms. Funk has a bachelor of science in business administration degree in accounting and economics from Creighton University, and earned her JD, with distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law. She is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia, and is admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Senior Vice President of Integration
Vivek Pillai serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Partnership and Development Officer at CTIS and is responsible for maintaining, developing, and implementing new partnerships, and building the organizational capacity. He also focuses 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 has 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 biomedical research, healthcare, health IT, system integration, federal health, academia, and commercial healthcare providers. Mr. Pillai received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Pune University, India and both his master’s and MBA degrees in technology management from University of Maryland University College. He is a certified Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute), Health Level Seven (HL7) Reference Information Model (RIM) specialist, HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Specialist, and Scrum Master.
Senior Vice President of Business Operations
Tiffany Comey serves as Senior Vice President of Business Operations at CTIS and is responsible for strategic planning and execution of business and human resources operations. She 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 in managing law firm business and human resources operations, previously holding leadership positions at several global law firms as the Firm Administrator and Director of Human Resources & Operations. Ms. Comey has a bachelor’s degree of business administration with a concentration in marketing from Radford University.
Suni Shah Walter
Vice President and Technical Corporate Liaison
Chirag Shah began building his 19-year career with CTIS in clinical trials informatics solutions. He managed and led projects involving process re-engineering, stakeholder management, 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 Technical Corporate Liaison, 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 bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering from the Government Engineering College, India, and in information technology from Strayer University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (Project Management Institute), Six Sigma Green Belt, and Scrum Master.
Vice President of Emerging Strategic Business Unit
Suni Shah Walter serves as Vice President of the Emerging Strategic Business Unit at CTIS and is responsible for optimizing information systems by defining and developing innovative methodological approaches and technological research capabilities. She disseminates the outcome of research products in an appropriate and timely manner to the targeted community, researchers, research agencies, service providers, policy-makers, and thought leaders. She also serves as assistant secretary of the Board of CTIS. She has experience as a research scientist at Harvard University. She has a bachelor's degree from Columbia University, a master's degree from the University of Michigan College of Engineering, and a master's degree and a doctoral degree from Harvard University. She has also completed postdoctoral fellowships at the US Naval Research Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Vice President of Public Health and Research Services
Crystal Reed serves as Vice President of Public Health and Research Services at CTIS, and is responsible for maintaining, developing, and implementing independent community-based research that advances health equity, promotes effective policymaking, and eliminates health disparities. She has more than 20 years’ experience supporting health disparity, biomedical, and clinical informatics projects. As the Project Director for the Health Policy Research Consortium (HPRC), a National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities-funded project, Ms. Reed provides direction and leadership for planning, initiating, coordinating, guiding, and encouraging the HPRC program on health disparities policy research.
She has served as the Senior Director of CTIS’ Health Equity Division, and worked with various health centers and academic research organizations to help improve healthcare outcomes. She has been actively involved in the mobile health strategy at CTIS and has played a significant role in conceptualizing mobile solutions in health research, health care, public health, and health education. In collaboration with local community groups and organizations, she has coordinated and facilitated various community health initiatives such as the African Health Fair, the African American Heart Health Symposium, the Latino Health Fair, and various Health Policy Forums.
Ms. Reed earned her master’s degree in public administration, with an undergraduate degree in health science and policy. She also has earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Willarda V. Edwards
Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Blaze Mathew serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer at CTIS, and is responsible for the information technology and infrastructure systems that support enterprise goals across client programs, projects, and the company. He formulates yearly infrastructure budgets and works with CTIS Corporate Officers and project teams to ensure information assurance for CTIS and its projects. He has more than 19 years of experience supporting IT infrastructure and operations, security, and risk management for the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP). He manages a diverse IT team, supporting the full spectrum of IT services and appreciates the contributions of each member. He currently applies unified computing, hybrid infrastructure solutions, and cognitive technologies to augment business intelligence services.
His recent accomplishments include employing a hybrid AWS GovCloud to provide high availability for identity and access management solutions for CTEP. He pioneered implementation of infrastructure virtualization for CTIS and its clients, which has significantly improved infrastructure utilization, reduced costs, and improved disaster recovery of critical business services. He received the NCI Director’s Award for his support in implementing the NCI’s Experimental Therapeutics Clinical Trials Network (ETCTN).
Mr. Mathew holds Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certifications. He received his master’s and MBA degrees in technology management from University of Maryland University College.
Vice President and Administrator of Corporate Services
Madhavi Rahman will serve as Vice President and Administrator of Corporate Services supporting the CEO office for CTIS. Reporting to both the Deputy CEO and the Chief of Staff, she is responsible for the developing, and facilitation, in partnership with business operation of company-wide administrative processes and policies. With over 20 years of experience in the fields of Administration, Human Resources, and Event Management, Ms. Rahman is a committed leader with significant experience in managing CTIS’s most critical resource: its people. While serving as Senior Director at the company, Ms. Rahman focused intensively on developing a positive corporate culture and nurturing work environment at CTIS, which has contributed significantly towards enhanced employee productivity, retention, and recruitment. Ms Rahman’s passion for giving back has led her to pioneer numerous CTIS Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, through which she regularly collaborates with local community groups and non-profit organizations to create and execute meaningful community service and volunteer events for the company.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO)
As Chief Medical Officer of CTIS, Dr. Willarda Edwards provides thought leadership in building good clinical informatics. This includes building clinical learning capacity and oversight of the latest initiatives in healthcare 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, which addresses the needs of all physicians and the communities they serve. She was 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 her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1972 and was commissioned through the US Navy Reserves. She earned her doctor of medicine 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.