VM Global Leadership Summit Speakers

Jennifer Hauser
Founder and Director
Wellness 360

Jennifer Hauser is the founder and director of Wellness 360, an Edelman communications specialty for clients who aim to engage consumers across all generations in positive health behavior change. With more than 25+ years of marketing and communications experience, Jennifer is responsible for leading Edelman’s consumer health portfolio as well as developing consumer insights and trends for how people are engaging in health today..

Amir Khoshnevis, OD
Chief Medical Officer
Vision Source

Amir Khoshnevis, OD, is the founder of Vision Source Studio 20/20 with two locations in Charlotte, N.C.  He has been a Vision Source Administrator since 2003 and has served as an Advisory Board member and Senior Advisor to the company.

In 2019, Dr. Khoshnevis joined the Vision Source leadership team as executive vice president and chief clinical officer (his title was later changed to Chief Medical Officer) where he works to ensure that the voice and vision of the private practice optometrist continue to guide the network.

Vision Source is a family of over 3,300 locally owned optometric practices collaborating to provide quality professional eyecare while maintaining the personal relationship between patients and their family eye doctor.

Dr. Khoshnevis has held appointments and positions with numerous national health care entities. He is the recipient of several awards including 2011 Philanthropist of the Year by Optometry Giving Sight. He is a recognized influencer in the automotive industry, working with prestigious companies such as Michelin.

Dr. Khoshnevis received his Doctor of Optometry at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and his B.S. in Biology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kerri-Lynn Primmer Morris
Chief Technology Officer for Healthcare and Life Sciences
Microsoft Industry Solutions

Kerri-Lynn Primmer Morris is currently the chief technology officer for healthcare and life sciences for Microsoft Industry Solutions. Kerri-Lynn serves as an advisor in the Mixed Reality and connected IoT space and is passionate about the potential that AR/VR/MR and IoT bring to healthcare. Kerri-Lynn also previously held an executive role at Kaiser Permanente focused on driving the success of transformational programs.

Mukesh Pitroda
Senior Director, Product Management

Mukesh Pitroda is the senior director of product management at Nerdery, a Minneapolis-based digital consultancy. He has over 25 years of experience focusing on healthcare and technology. He has helped build and operate a laparascopic training center, been part of one of the first telehealth focused companies, and has been a consultant for the past decade, helping clients increase engagement, revenue and operational efficiencies.

John Serri, PhD

In 2015 John A. Serri co-founded EyeQue, a company that creates award-winning at-home vision testing devices potentially bringing affordable vision care to billions of people worldwide. In 2017, the EyeQue team created a smartphone-powered refraction test rivaling traditional room-sized ophthalmic refractometers. Under his guidance, the company has introduced a variety of devices for at-home and mobile use that empowers people to take ownership of their vision wellness. As president, Dr. Serri is focused on growing the company in both the U.S. and internationally.

Prior to EyeQue, his career included leadership roles at AT&T, Bell Laboratories, Lockheed Martin, Loral, Globalstar, and Trimble Navigation. Serri has published numerous peer reviewed articles and patents in physics, chemistry, and engineering. Serri was one of the lead designers and developers at Globalstar, one of the world’s largest satellite networks.

Dr. Serri earned a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from SUNY Albany and a PhD in Physics from MIT. 

Mohamed Abou Shousa, MD, PhD
President & CEO

Mohamed Abou Shousha, MD, PhD, is Heru’s president and chief executive officer. Dr. Abou Shousha is a practicing ophthalmologist at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He serves as Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering.

He and his team of clinicians and engineers spent over ten years conducting clinical and scientific research of ophthalmic imaging and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that led to Heru AI-powered wearable device. His work has been published in leading peer-reviewed ophthalmology journals. In addition to other prestigious awards, Dr. Abou Shousha was awarded a K23 award from the National Eye Institute, the Stanley J. Glaser Award, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, Achievement Award of the Association of University Professor of Ophthalmology (AUPO), and the 6 Best Paper of Session award of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).

Dr. Abou Shousha received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt, and completed his residency at St. Louis University Eye Institute. He completed a fellowship in cornea, refractive surgery, and external eye disease at the University of Miami, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He holds a doctoral degree in ophthalmology and vision sciences from the Supreme Council of Universities of Egypt.

Ankit Vahia, PhD
Executive Strategy Director, Health & Wellness

Ankit Vahia is the executive strategy director for the Health & Wellness practice at Grey. Over the past decade, Vahia has launched multiple global brands across a variety of disease areas such as oncology, neurology, diabetes and ophthalmology. He has also won multiple global awards such as Cannes Lions, Clio awards and D&AD pencils and his focus continues to be towards driving meaningful impact within the space that is focused not just on launching products but rather influencing the very culture that defines the markets and the space they are involved in. He has a Ph.D in molecular biology and a post-doc in clinical oncology from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

John J. Whyte, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer

At WebMD, Dr. Whyte leads efforts to develop and expand strategic partnerships that create meaningful change around important and timely public health issues.  This year, his popular “Coronavirus in Context” video interview series has examined all angels of the pandemic with leading healthcare experts, executives, cultural figures and thought leaders. Prior to WebMD, Dr. Whyte served as the Director of Professional Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement at the Center for Drugs Evaluation and Research at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  Dr. Whyte worked with health care professionals, patients, and patient advocates, providing them with a focal point for advocacy, enhanced two-way communication, and collaboration, assisting them in navigating the FDA on issues concerning drug development, review, and drug safety.  He also developed numerous initiatives to address diversity in clinical trials.

Dr. Whyte also spent nearly a decade with the Discovery Channel as the Chief Medical Expert and Vice President, Health and Medical Education.  In this role, Dr. Whyte developed, designed and delivered educational programming that appealed to both a medical and lay audience.  This included television shows as well as online content that won over 50 awards including numerous Tellys, CINE Golden Eagle, and Freddies.

Dr. Whyte is a board-certified internist and continues to see patients.  He completed an internal medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center as well as earned a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Health Policy and Management at Harvard University School of Public Health.  Prior to arriving in Washington, Dr. Whyte was a health services research fellow at Stanford and attending physician in the Department of Medicine.  He has written extensively in the medical and lay press, including two best-selling books, “Is This Normal:  The Essential Guide to Middle Age and Beyond” and “AARP New American Diet:  Lose Weight, Live Longer.”