Our Team

Jarrett Fowler, MPPA, Director

Jarrett Fowler is USCIPP’s director. In this role, he oversees USCIPP’s programmatic activities, operations and administrative functions, member relations, business development initiatives, and strategic planning. Mr. Fowler holds responsibility for USCIPP’s budget and directly or indirectly manage all USCIPP staff, including the teams responsible for the association’s business intelligence and market research initiatives, operational benchmarking and data analytics, interorganizational learning, and conference planning. He oversees USCIPP’s relationships with key stakeholders, including governmental agencies in the US and internationally, non-governmental organizations, international ministries of health and commerce, academic institutions, sponsoring organizations, corporate members, and other entities across interrelated sectors. Additionally, he co-leads international trade events and other business development initiatives for USCIPP’s members and conducts in-depth market research in coordination with USCIPP’s business intelligence team. Mr. Fowler holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of Chicago.

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LeAnn Swanson, MPH, CEO, NCHL

LeAnn Swanson is chief executive officer of USCIPP’s parent organization, the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL). Bringing more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience to the role, Ms. Swanson is responsible for the overall leadership and operations of NCHL and works closely with the NCHL board of directors on the development of the organization’s strategic plan and direction. She oversees all financial, programmatic, and operational controls of the organization and provides oversight to its corporate members; sponsors; and stakeholders. Ms. Swanson is responsible for promoting the mission and vision of NCHL and its portfolio of collaborative programs, including USCIPP, the Leadership Excellence Networks (LENS), and the National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF). Ms. Swanson works to engage and interface with member organizations, prospective members, and corporate sponsors, ensuring NCHL’s visibility throughout the industry while fostering relationships across disciplines and key stakeholders. She holds a Master of Public Health from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in health education from Northern Arizona University.

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Andrew Garman, PsyD, MS, Executive Director

Dr. Andy Garman is USCIPP’s executive director as well as professor and associate chair in the Department of Health Systems Management at Rush University. Dr. Garman was one of the key leaders involved in the founding of USCIPP in collaboration with the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) and Rush University in 2010 and helped shepherd USCIPP’s successful transition to NCHL in 2013. As a faculty member of Rush University’s Department of Health Systems Management, his work focuses on trends in the delivery of international health services as well as strengthening organizational effectiveness through leadership, governance, and interorganizational collaboration. Dr. Garman teaches classes in organizational analysis and change, leadership, and other topics in Rush University’s master’s and PhD programs and is the author of three books and several dozen peer-reviewed research articles on leadership and international health services, including The Future of Healthcare: Global Trends Worth Watching. He received his PsyD in clinical psychology from the College of William and Mary, holds a Master of Science in industrial psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology and mathematics from Pennsylvania State University.

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Tricia Johnson, PhD, MA, Research Director

Dr. Tricia Johnson is USCIPP’s research director and professor & associate chair of education and research in the Department of Health Systems Management at Rush University. She is also the director of Rush University’s Center for the Advancement of Healthcare Value. Dr. Johnson was one of the key leaders involved in the founding of USCIPP in 2010 as collaboration between Rush University and the University Health System Consortium (UHC). As a health economist, her research focuses on understanding the economic drivers of healthcare service exports, with a particular focus on the macro- and micro-level drivers of international medical travel. Along with Dr. Garman, Dr. Johnson is a leader in forecasting trends in healthcare globalization and predicting the ways in which quality, safety, and efficiency will shape the future of healthcare. She is a 2009 Fulbright Scholar in Austria and has worked with faculty at the Institute for Social Policy at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Dr. Johnson holds a PhD in economics from Arizona State University, a Master of Arts in hospital and health administration from the University of Iowa, and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and businessadministration from Coe College.

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Callie Lambert, Research Manager, USCIPP/NCHL

Callie Lambert serves as research manager for USCIPP and its parent organization, the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL). In this role, Ms. Lambert leads NCHL’s research and data analysis initiatives and holds responsibility for managing USCIPP’s research agenda and business intelligence activities. Ms. Lambert coordinates and manages research workflows across multiple project teams, and she oversees the Qlik Sense data dashboard environment for the business intelligence and data analytics needs of the organization. Working closely with stakeholders across numerous USCIPP member institutions, Ms. Lambert also plays an integral role in coordinating the ongoing data benchmarking and analytics initiatives that the USCIPP program conducts on behalf of its members. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Alia Ibrahim, Project Manager and Lead, Global Relationships – Middle East

Alia Ibrahim is USCIPP’s project manager and global relationships lead for the Middle East. In this role, Ms. Ibrahim works closely with USCIPP’s director, events coordinator, and researchers to support a variety of member needs. She oversees a number of key areas within the association, including a collaborative initiative focused on the development a common set of experience-of-care metrics that allow for cross-organizational comparisons and the identification of evidence-driven best practices specifically tailored to international patient care; the association’s continuing education activities for its member institutions; and relationship management with key organizations located in the Middle East. Ms. Ibrahim coordinates across numerous stakeholder groups – including the US Department of Commerce, domestic and international governmental bodies, sponsoring organizations, and other global partners – to support USCIPP’s broader international trade activities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Nilu Faiz-Ali, Business Development Coordinator

Nilu Faiz-Ali serves as business development coordinator for USCIPP and its parent organization, the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL). Ms. Faiz-Ali oversees the database management platform, member-facing portal, marketing and communications initiatives, and digital media analytics for NCHL and the collaborative networks of hospitals and healthcare organizations comprising its component membership programs—USCIPP, the National Council on Administrative Fellowships (NCAF), and the Leadership Excellence Networks (LENS). In her role with USCIPP, Ms. Faiz-Ali provides project management and logistical support for the association’s annual member meeting. Additionally, she coordinates all NCHL member meetings and conferences, including NCHL’s annual Human Capital Investment Conference and the Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award Dinner. Ms. Faiz-Ali works closely with senior executives nationally and globally to oversee fundraising and corporate sponsor relationships for NCHL and its membership programs. She holds a Bachelor of Science in anthropology & minors in international studies, Islamic world studies, and Arabic language and culture from Loyola University Chicago.

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Peter Mougey, Business Analyst

Peter Mougey serves as USCIPP’s business analyst. In this role, Mr. Mougey supports a broad spectrum of projects for the association’s Premium members, including in-depth country analyses, ongoing market monitoring and assessment, operational analyses of hospitals’ international programs, direct service projects, and other research. Additionally, Mr. Mougey supports USCIPP’s annual benchmarking data collection and reporting initiatives. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in world politics with a focus on foreign policy and security and a minor in Spanish from The Ohio State University.

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Shih-Hung Chen, MBA, China Representative

Shih-Hung Chen is USCIPP’s China representative. Based in Shanghai, Mr. Chen has over 18 years of business experience in China and works closely with USCIPP’s leadership in Chicago, the association’s member institutions, and public and private agencies in both China and the United States. In his role, he helps cultivate partnerships with organizations based in China, manages and supports in-country business development and networking events, and provides USCIPP’s members with insights into China’s healthcare market. Mr. Chen holds a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Stanford University.

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