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Denise Juliano

Group Vice President, Life Sciences

Denise is responsible for leading the PINC AI™ Applied Sciences team and for developing strategic business relationships with life sciences companies.

She also helps to expand the utilization of PINC AI Applied Sciences by life sciences clients and Premier members.


  • Numerous executive-level leadership positions at Merck & Co., Inc. over a 30+ year career include sales, sales management, global and US marketing, account management, managed care, and customer enterprise
  • Strategic Account Management Association (SAMA) Board of Directors
  • Healthcare Business Women’s Association (HBA)


  • East Stroudsburg University, MS Exercise Physiology/Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Seton Hall University, BS Health Science


  • Certified Strategic Account Manager — The Strategic Account Management Association

Stella Safo, M.D.

Clinical Strategic Partner

Career Summary

Stella Safo, M.D., MPH, is the Chief Clinical Transformation Officer with PINC AI™’s Applied Sciences team. In this role, Dr. Safo drives the work on how PINC AI’s innovative implementation research arm generates the care models and analytic tools and technologies necessary to catalyze healthcare transformation for PINC AI’s more than 4,000 partners.


  • Senior Medical Director for Clinical Transformation: led the design and implementation of primary care redesign for Sinai’s 50+ primary care ambulatory practices.
  • Chief Medical Officer Arnhold Institute for Global Health: founding CMO of Sinai’s global health institute.
  • Program Manager for Health System Design at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health: led the rollout of systems improvements for Sinai’s ambulatory portfolio.
  • Assistant Faculty of Internal Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine, with clinical, research and teaching duties for Mount Sinai’s trainees.
  • Board certified primary care physician with a 200+ patient panel in primary care and HIV medicine in NYC.


  • Harvard Medical School, Doctor of Medicine Degree
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MPH in Global Health
  • Harvard University, B.A. in History of Science/African American Studies

Selected Publications

  • Safo, Stella A., et al. "Pain is Associated with Missed Clinic Visits Among HIV-Positive Women." AIDS and Behavior (2016): 1-9
  • Safo, Stella, et al. "“A place at the table:” a qualitative analysis of community board members’ experiences with academic HIV/AIDS research." BMC Medical Research Methodology 16.1 (2016): 1
  • Safo, S. A., Batchelder, A., Peyser, D., & Litwin, A. (2015). The common sense model applied to hepatitis C: A qualitative analysis of the impact of disease comparison and witnessed death on hepatitis C illness perception. Harm Reduction Journal, 12(1), 20
  • Safo Stella, Dookeran Nameeta and Sackey, Joyce. (2011). Ghana. In Africa: A Practical Guide for Global Health Workers (p. ). Rhode Island: Dartmouth College Press, Print 

Michelle R. Mann

Vice President, Business Operations and Decision Support

Michelle manages large-scale quality improvement research initiatives for new and existing Life Sciences clients. She is responsible for resourcing, operations, and client relations for Intervention solution opportunities in various therapeutic areas.


  • Clinical and operational performance improvement
  • Prospective comparative effectiveness and outcomes
  • Large scale clinical trials of improvement interventions
  • Cardiovascular service line improvement
  • Data interpretation and application
  • Data analytic platform design and development


  • University of Colorado, B.S. Accounting


  • Lean Certified
  • Net Promoter Certified Associate
  • Project Management Mastery Certified
  • Certified Professional Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) pending

J. Nikki McKoy

Principal, Research Operations

Nikki provides leadership and oversight for the Implementation team within PINC AI™ Applied Sciences. She is responsible for execution of PAS intervention projects from contract signature through final deliverable. She works to ensure successful project execution through active surveillance of milestones and potential barriers. In addition, she oversees site and SME recruitment and management, as well as overall project steering committee management and project budgets.


  • More than 18 years’ experience in research coordination and management, with increasing responsibility in oversight, planning and strategy
  • Meticulous day to day management skills, with in depth understanding and knowledge of research methods, policy implementation and adherence and team leadership
  • Extensive content experience across the clinical and health care spectrum
  • Expertise in high level budget management to match research needs, and a commitment to leading teams to complete research efforts with the highest rigor, on time and on budget


  • UNC Gilings School of Global Public Health, Masters Public Health
  • University of North Carolina, B.A. History


  • Shipley Associates, Managing and Writing Federal Proposals (May 2015)

Selected Publications:

  • McKoy JN and Petersen R. Reducing African-American women's sexual risk: can churches play a role? J Natl Med Assoc. 2006 Jul;98(7):1151-9
  • McKoy JN, Hartmann KE, Jerome RN, Andrews JC, Penson DF. Future Research Needs for Outcomes of Weight Gain in Pregnancy. Future Research Needs Papers No. 6. (Prepared by the Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2007-10065-I). AHRQ Publication No.11-EHC004-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. November 2010.
  • Lewis RM, McKoy JN, Andrews JC, Jerome RN, Likis FE, Surawicz TS, Walker SH, Hartmann KE. Future Research Needs for Strategies to Reduce Cesarean Birth in Low-Risk Women. Future Research Needs Paper No. 22. (Prepared by the Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2007-10065-I). AHRQ Publication No. 12(13)-EHC131-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. October 2012.

Greg Ward

Principal, Research Engagement Operations


Greg has 25 years of experience in performance and process improvement, with nearly 20 years focused largely in healthcare and health research operations. His work with Premier over 15 years has involved in-hospital performance engineering, corporate performance improvement, research recruiting and engagement operations, and the launch of PINC AI™’s research collaborative. Greg’s areas of expertise include:

  • Site recruitment and engagement for research and quality improvement projects
  • Clinical and operational performance improvement
  • Customer relationship and retention management — human and systematic
  • Management of business operations
  • Evaluation of new technologies for business optimization


  • University of South Carolina, M.B.A.
  • Purdue University, B.S. Industrial Engineering


  • Advanced Certificate in Health Informatics — University of Illinois at Chicago
  • LEAN Certification — North Carolina State University
  • Total Quality Management Certification — The Juran Institute

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