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Rising T1DE is an industry-leading team of clinicians, data scientists, researchers, persons with diabetes and family members focused on rapidly innovating and scaling quality improvement efforts in diabetes care. The project is co-led by Mark Clements, MD, PhD, pediatric endocrinologist, Professor of Pediatrics, and the Rick and Cathy Baier Family Endowed Chair in Endocrinology.

Operations Leadership Team


Mark Clements, MD, PhD

Mark Clements, MD, PhD, Project Lead

Childrens Mercy Kansas City


Mark is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Rick and Cathy Baier Family Endowed Chair in Endocrinology. Mark is a pediatric endocrinologist and clinical researcher who collaborates broadly across the field of diabetes research.

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Emily DeWit, MASL, Research Development Manager

Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Emily is a Quality Improvement Team Manager at Children’s Mercy and serves as overall project coordinator.  She also serves on the parent advisory board for the T1D Exchange. 

Project Oversight

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Laurel Koester, MPH

Helmsley Charitable Trust

Laurel is a Program Officer for the Hemsley Charitable Trust’s Type 1 Diabetes Program.  She helps to oversee a healthcare models portfolio in which she manages existing grants & identifies innovative models of healthcare delivery with a focus on improving clinical care & outcomes for people with Type 1 Diabetes. 

Operations Teams Members

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Susana Patton, PhD, CDCES, Director of Intervention Development

Nemours Children’s

Susana is a Pediatric Psychologist, Principal Research Scientist, Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, and Florida Center Director for the Center of Healthcare Delivery Science at Nemours Children’s Health. She is also a Professor of Pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic Alix College of Medicine, Jacksonville, FL. As a veteran NIH-funded researcher, Susana brings deep expertise in the design and implementation of interventions that change behavior in order to improve disease control and quality of life. 

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Ryan McDonough, DO, Clinician Champion

Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Ryan is an Associate Professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Director of the Children’s Mercy Diabetes Center. He brings deep expertise in clinical quality improvement and serves to champion each quality improvement project. 

Stakeholder Advisory Committee

We’re smarter and faster when we work together as a team. We seek input from a diverse group of stakeholders. The Rising T1DE Alliance’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee is a multi-disciplinary group of individuals with expertise in Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) research, quality improvement, implementation science, leading/organizing the T1D patient community, living with T1D, payor reimbursement policymaking, data science, communications and marketing, and healthcare entrepreneurship.

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Sanjeev Mehta, MD, MPH, Chair

Joslin Diabetes Center


Sanjeev is a pediatric endocrinologist and health services researcher at Joslin Diabetes. His areas of expertise and innovation include nutrition research in youth with Type 1 Diabetes and health outcomes research in adults with diabetes. He serves as chair of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

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Sarah Corathers, MD

Cincinnati Childrens


Sarah completed residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics followed by a fellowship in both adult and pediatric endocrinology. She has a special interest in psychological aspects of diabetes care.

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Helen DuPlessis, MD, MPH

Health Management Associates


Helen is an accomplished physician who has a rich history of involvement in healthcare administration for a variety of organizations, expertise in program and policy development, practice transformation, public health, performance improvement, and managed care.

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Sanjoy Dutta, PhD



Sanjoy is the vice president of research at JDRF.  He oversees all research programs to treat Type 1 Diabetes & its complications, including the Artificial Pancreas, Glucose Control, Beta Cell Replacement, and Complications portfolios.

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Greg Howe

Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.


Greg is a senior program officer at the Center for Health Care Strategies.  He works with Medicaid leaders, health plans, federally qualified health centers and other providers to develop payment and delivery system models to meet the health care needs of Medicaid beneficiaries. 

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Sally Jercha, MBA


Sally has a background in chemical engineering and business. She has served as a volunteer in many capacities in her community and brings a parent perspective to the Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

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Nana-Hawa Yayah Jones, MD

Cincinnati Children’s


Nana is a pediatric endocrinologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) who practices general Endocrine but primarily focuses on health disparities and quality improvement research, specifically in at risk populations including Type 1 Diabetes. She serves as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

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Purvi Sevak, PhD



Purvi holds a PhD in economics and works as a health economist. Her research focuses on policies to support employment and wellbeing of people with disabilities or chronic conditions. 

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Rona Sonabend, MD

Texas Children’s Hospital


Rona is Chief of Diabetes and Endocrinology division at Texas Children’s Hospital. She also serves as the Medical Director of Clinical Systems Integration Process Improvement. 

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David Walton

T1D Exchange


David is the Chief Executive Officer of T1D Exchange.  In his role, he leads the strategic direction of the organization to best serve people living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Rising T1DE Support Team

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Priscilla Connell

Clinical Research Coordinator II

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Jude El Buri, BSE, BA

Quality Improvement and Research Support

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Megan Elliott

Quality Improvement and Research Support

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Katelyn Evans, LMSW, LCSW

Quality Improvement and Research Support

Jeremy Garrett, PhD

Research Faculty

Emily Hurley, MPH, PhD

Health Services and Outcomes Research

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An Hoang

Endocrine Data Process Assistant

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Laura Jones, RD

Registered Dietician and Educator

Harsh Joshi

Harsh Joshi

Data Engineer I – Endocrinology

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Brent Lockee

Lead Data Scientist

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Sophie MacColl

Quality Improvement and Research Support

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Katie Noland, MS, BSN, RN, CDCES, CPN

Diabetes Educator

Kelsey Panfil, PhD

Kelsey Panfil, PhD

Data Scientist 

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Claire Petty

Quality Improvement and Research Support

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Britaney Spartz

Quality Improvement and Research Support

Erin Tallon, PhD, RN

Erin Tallon, PhD, RN

Health Informatician/Data Scientist

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Stephanie Tate

Diabetes Educator

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Craig Vandervelden, PhD

Data Scientist

Amey Waghmode

Amey Waghmode

Data Scientist I

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David Williams, MPH