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Leadership Team

Mark Shaver

Mark Shaver, M.B.A.

Vice President – JHM Business Development & Strategic Alliances

Mark Shaver, Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Alliances (BDSA) for Johns Hopkins Medicine, an $8.5 billion integrated global health enterprise and one of the leading health care systems in the United States. He leads the institution’s national strategy to commercialize its healthcare delivery assets. Mr. Shaver and his team are responsible for identifying and expanding business opportunities with large employers, key advocacy groups, care delivery systems and other key strategic partners in alliance with the institution’s senior leadership and world class faculty.

Among his team’s recent achievements are the acquisition of All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg Florida and the formation of a unique joint venture with Walgreens, the country’s leading drug retailer chain. Mr. Shaver’s team also negotiated key strategic collaborations with start-up entities Protenus, MiLab and Artifact Health, as well as with publically traded firms such as GE Healthcare, Cardinal Health, Premier Inc, Welltower, Apple, and Under Armour. Mr. Shaver also led the negotiations to merge Sleep Services of America into Medbridge in 2016.

Prior to being named to his current position, Mr. Shaver served Johns Hopkins Medicine as head of strategic alliances for Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI) where he was responsible for cultivating and leading key partnerships and business development activities worldwide. During his tenure with JHI, Mr. Shaver helped secure and lead key health care affiliations and partnerships in Japan, Mexico, Turkey, Canada, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Shaver serves on the Baltimore City Partnership Board for the United Way of Central Maryland, is a board member of Medbridge and serves on advisory boards for Walgreens, Pager and the JH Technology Innovation Center. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland’s R.H. Smith School of Business and a BS in business administration from Towson State University.

Bruce Leff, MD

Bruce Leff, M.D., F.A.C.P., A.G.S.F.

Medical Director

Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Joint Appointment, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health,  Department of Health Policy and Management
Joint Appointment, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Department of Community and Public Health
Director, The Center for Transformative Geriatric Research

Bruce Leff, M.D., M.H.S. is an internationally recognized leader and researcher in the development, evaluation, and dissemination of novel models of care for older adults, including the Hospital at HomeGuided Care, geriatric service line models, and home-based primary care. In addition, his research interests extend to issues related to the care of people with multiple chronic conditions, performance measurement, quality improvement, and risk prediction. He has a strong interest in health policy issues, is a Health and Aging Policy Fellow of the American Political Science Association, and has served on multiple technical expert panels for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Quality Forum, and the NCQA. Dr. Leff is an award-winning teacher and mentor and is also involved in directing the basic Medicine Clerkship in the School of Medicine. He currently serves as a member of the Council of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), Chair of the Geriatric Medicine Board of the ABIM, Past-President and current Board member of the American Academy of Home Care Physicians as well as a past-member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians.

As medical director, Dr. Leff will represent faculty, clinical staff, and researchers at Johns Hopkins and sever as a liaison with the business development team. In this capacity he will serve as an advisor to the team for any academic issues and considerations in the ongoing development of projects and products. 

Dr. Leff received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and his M.D. from New York University in 1987. After residency and fellowship training at Johns Hopkins, he served as a medical officer in the US army in Seoul, Korea, before joining the faculty in the Department of Medicine in 1994.  

Lisa Ishii, MD

Lisa Ishii, M.D., M.H.S.

Medical Director

Director of Research, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Senior Medical Director, Clinical Integration, Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians
Medical Director, Johns Hopkins White Marsh Surgery Center
Chief Quality Officer, Clinical Best Practices, Johns Hopkins Health System
Interim Chief Quality Officer, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Johns Hopkins Health System

Lisa Ishii, MD, MHS, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine serves in the dual roles of Chief Quality Officer for Clinical Best Practices for the Johns Hopkins Health System, and the Senior Medical Director for Clinical Integration in the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians. In these roles, she supports and coordinates physician led, health system-wide, multidisciplinary teams in quality improvement initiatives. Dr. Ishii is also the Medical Director of the Johns Hopkins White Marsh Ambulatory Surgery Center, and chairs the Johns Hopkins Health System Ambulatory Surgery Coordinating Council, the consensus body for quality standards for Hopkins’ eight ambulatory surgery centers.

A national quality leader, she is the Research & Quality Coordinator for the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery Foundation. She led the Registry Task Force that designed and developed the plan for Regent, the Academy’s first clinical data registry, and now serves on the Executive Committee for Regent. She is the Consultant for Implementation and Dissemination for the Academy’s Guidelines Task Force, and recently chaired the Rhinoplasty Clinical Practice Guideline panel. She also serves on the Boards of Directors of the AAO-HNS, the AAFPRS, and the ABFPRS. She is an Associate Editor and the Statistics Editor for her specialty journal, JAMA Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

A clinically productive facial plastic & reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Ishii leads the division’s research arm in outcomes research. The corpus of work in facial paralysis outcomes developed by her team was recognized with the prestigious Triological Society 2015 Harris P. Mosher Award.  Her clinical areas of expertise include facial rejuvenation, rhinoplasty, hair transplantation, and Mohs reconstruction.

On a personal note, she is married to Dr. Masaru Ishii, also a JHM SOM faculty member. They have one daughter, Julianna. They enjoy spending family time on the golf course and traveling. 

Nancy Riess

Nancy Riess, M.B.A.


Nancy Riess brings valuable experience in marketing, technology and product development to Johns Hopkins Medicine. She has a proven ability to analyze the marketplace, build insights and understand trends, and transform concepts into tangible results.

Most recently, Mrs. Riess served as a strategic consultant to the Johns Hopkins University senior leadership team to develop business cases and executive presentations, and develop and implement new initiatives.

Previously she served as a vice president for Interactive Technologies, a strategic marketing and technology solutions firm. In this capacity, Mrs. Riess led key engagements with large corporations and several educational institutions, including JHU.

As the Director of New Business at 180s Performance Apparel, Mrs. Riess successfully launched its private label business, partnering with high profile brands including Gap, Banana Republic, Land's End, and Joseph A. Bank, among others. As part of the business development effort, Mrs. Riess initiated strategic relationships with the brands, defined the product opportunity and facilitated operational implementation. Separately, her team was awarded a $40 million apparel contract for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Nancy earned her M.B.A. from U.C. Berkeley's Haas School of Business and holds a B.S. from M.I.T. in Materials Engineering.

Kathryn Stamps

Kathryn Stamps, M.H.A.


Kathryn Stamps leads the team’s efforts to partner with clinical departments, community hospitals and other affiliates, such as the office of managed care, to position JHM’s programs and scientific achievements more directly to corporate partners. In doing this, she brings 15 years of senior leadership experience in collaborating with JHM’s world-class faculty on managing operational, financial, and administrative functions within several medical and surgical departments nationally recognized for their achievements.

For the past 10 years, Mrs. Stamps has been actively involved in medical mission activities working with the organizations Hands Across the Americas and Living Abundantly Using Guiding Helping Hands (LAUGHH) in Colombia and Peru. She is also on the board of the National Capital Healthcare Executives (NCHE), an independent chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the Family Crisis Center (FCC) in Dundalk, MD, and participates in leading JHM initiatives in support of the United Way of Central Maryland. 

Mrs. Stamps received her Master’s degree in Health Administration from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri and her Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Illinois. She also participated in JHM’s Leadership Development Program in 2011.

Kathryn and her husband, Terrence, enjoy spending time together dancing, cooking, and traveling.   

Ashley Fennig

Ashley Fennig

Senior Associate

As a key member of the Business Development & Strategic Alliances (BDSA) team, Ashley Fennig supports the exploration, expansion, development, and management of business opportunities with corporate and strategic partners. Ms. Fennig has been with BDSA since 2012 and brings strategic and financial expertise to the team in her role as Senior Associate. Her talents support a number of key areas for the team, including internal and external relationship management, financial analysis and market research, strategic planning and presentation, operations and project support.

Prior to her role at Hopkins, Ms. Fennig worked at IBM, serving as senior financial consultant. Her role there focused on contract & relationship management and complex analytical and optimization support of the U.S. Postal Service, specifically related to network operations, finance, strategic planning and forecasting activates.

Ms. Fennig is very involved in the Baltimore community, as well. She serves as an Executive Council Member for United Way of Central Maryland’s Emerging Leaders United, is an advocate and ambassador for Shatterproof and has been involved with many local community and charitable organizations including Cool Kids Campaign and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Maryland’s Finest. In her spare time, she is an avid runner and fitness enthusiast.

Ms. Fennig holds a B.B.A in Finance and Economics from James Madison University, a Graduate Certificate in the Business of Healthcare and is pursuing her M.B.A in Healthcare Management at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

Eli Park-Yanovitch

Eli Park-Yanovitch, M.B.A.


Eli Park-Yanovitch facilitates consulting and collaboration opportunities within Business Development & Strategic Alliances that utilize health IT or other innovative technologies. He is passionate about the convergence of healthcare delivery and technology and brings his experience supporting startups and technology companies to help drive the institution’s strategic priorities of Integration, Patient and Family Centered Care, and Performance. Additionally, he spearheads the group’s internal and external marketing efforts through redesigning and refining presentations and other communication tools.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins Medicine, Mr. Park-Yanovitch worked at several prominent tech-based economic development organizations in Pittsburgh, PA, developing grant proposals and building partnerships that raised more than $2.5 million in funding to develop and maintain more than 10 programs and initiatives. He also ran and provided operational assistance to innovative programs that directed funding and other resources to technology startups and established small manufacturing companies in Southwestern PA. His diverse professional background also includes event management and operations for a high-end catering company and development consulting for restaurants and nonprofits.

Mr. Park-Yanovitch has a B.A. in English and History from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. His wife, Lauren, is a Speech Pathologist at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and together they have a daughter, Hannah.  

Laura Wortman, Associate

Laura Grant, M.H.A.


Laura Grant is an Associate on the Business Development & Strategic Alliances team. Following her year-long Administrative Residency, Mrs. Grant served as an Interim Outpatient Manager at Johns Hopkins Singapore. On our team, she now supports efforts related to clinical services for large employers and corporate partnerships. Additionally, she is passionate about value-based care and the role of price transparency in the healthcare industry. Mrs. Grant previously worked at Vizient, Inc. focusing on pediatric supply chain sourcing, strategic analytics and advisory activities.

In her role as Associate, Mrs. Grant brings expertise related to client relations, healthcare administration, and strategic planning. Mrs. Grant holds a Masters of Health Administration from JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Relations from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.  Her diverse professional background also includes project management for an animation production studio. 

Mrs. Grant has participated in and led a variety of community and charitable activities in both the U.S. and overseas. She also remains actively engaged in new course development in JHU’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. Mrs. Grant currently co-leads a community leadership program on behalf of the Refugee Youth Project, a mentoring program started by the Baltimore City Community College.  She is also a member of United Way’s Emerging Leaders program and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Laurie Barksdale Administrative Coordinator

Laurie Barksdale

Administrative Coordinator

Laurie Barksdale brings an extensive administrative background to the Business Development and Strategic Alliances team. Her role as administrative secretary involves a wide range of organizational, financial, and research-related responsibilities. Her work includes the planning of executive meetings, coordinating VIP visits, financial reporting, and performing market research for the team. Ms. Barksdale began her career at Johns Hopkins Medicine in 2008 in the Radiation Oncology Department of The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. Her administrative contributions there were far-reaching and included involvement with the Johns Hopkins Hand Washing committee as well as an active role in the department’s United Way committee. Ms. Barksdale received her B.A. in Business Administration from Notre Dame of Maryland University.