Friday, November 13, 2020 | 9:30am – 3:30pm


Thank you to all who joined us for the latest installment of UH Ventures’ Health Voyagers Series, New Frontiers: Innovating for Systemness and Well-being. Check back on this page regularly as well as our LinkedIn page and Twitter page, as we will be releasing the event videos in the coming weeks. Thank you in particular to our illustrator Craighton Berman. Click below to view them individually or download them all as a PDF by clicking here. Thanks again for joining us.


NASA ventures fearlessly into the unknown. A national beacon of innovation, the agency is no stranger to setting bold objectives, pursuing daunting missions, and innovating rapidly. University Hospitals has overcome formidable challenges over its 150+ year history in response to the needs of our community. UH is in a state of transformation once again, with COVID-19 as the catalyst for our own venture into the unknown. UH is re-envisioning healthcare, starting with purposefully designing our own organization as a fully connected, adaptive system. By achieving systemness and embracing unchartered territories, UH will serve as a guardian of well-being of Northeast Ohio.  

What can we learn from NASA to ensure that UH and our peers across the nation continue to pursue this role? What will it take for healthcare to fully accept the torch of innovation in America, as NASA did in the 20th century?  

Join us Friday, November 13th for an illuminating discussion between UH and NASA. We are exploring the unlikely parallels between space exploration and the next era of healthcare. The day will feature a variety of panels, and keynote addresses featuring NASA executives, scientists, and astronauts, as well as UH leaders, researchers, and clinicians. Topics include Next Generation Mission Control, Remote Monitoring, Astronautics and Athletics, and many more. 

We will be adding more information to this page shortly, including: speaker bios, agenda, panel topics and more!



Susan M. Motil serves as the deputy director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. In this position, she shares with the center director responsibility for planning, organizing, and managing the agency level programs and projects assigned to the center.

Douglas H. Wheelock was selected by NASA in 1998. The retired Colonel has accumulated more than 178 days in space. Wheelock flew on STS-120 in 2007, and in 2010, he served as a Flight Engineer for Expedition 24 and commander for Expedition 25. During this mission, Wheelock conducted three unplanned spacewalks to replace a faulty ammonia pump module. The New York native holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Engineering from the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Peter Pronovost is Chief Quality & Clinical Transformation Officer at University Hospitals. At UH, Pronovost is responsible for improving value across the health system, helping people stay well, get well and manage their most acute medical conditions. He is the clinical lead for population health and the lead for high-reliability medicine, with direct responsibility for the UH employee accountable care organization. He is also responsible for telehealth and virtual health programs serving patient and provider communities.

Dr. JD Polk, is the agency Chief Health and Medical Officer of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) located at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C. He began serving in this position in November of 2016. Dr. Polk is well published in the fields of emergency medicine, disaster medicine, space medicine, and medical management. 


Register for New Frontiers


‘Tis the season of innovation events for UH Ventures. You won’t want to miss these exciting sessions leading up to New Frontiers:

UH Research & Innovation Day (October 29, 2020): UH Ventures is teaming up with UH Research & Education Institute to host Research & Innovation Day: New Frontiers of Brain Health. Features include keynotes with Dr. Virginia Lee from University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Dr. Marissa Rosenberg a Neurophysiologist at NASA Johnson Space Center, as well as a Startup Showcase, brought to you by Plug & Play. Click here for registration information and more.

Plug & Play Cleveland Winter Summit (November 12, 2020): Join UH Ventures and Plug & Play Cleveland as 10 startups currently in Plug & Play Cleveland’s fall accelerator program will present their cutting-edge solutions on sterilization, contact tracing, remote patient monitoring, patient engagement, medication management, and clinical decision support. The Summit will also feature Dr. Peter Pronovost, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer at University Hospitals. Click here for registration information and more.


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Patricia Colella, UH Ventures

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