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Dr. Robert Kolodner
Chief Health Informatics Officer

In September 2009, Dr. Robert Kolodner transitioned from the federal to the private sector to continue his work to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities worldwide by advancing the proliferation and rapid, collaborative evolution of health information technology (IT) tools and solutions.

Upon leaving the federal sector, Robert M. Kolodner, MD, co-founded and became President of Collaborative Transformations, LLC, where he consults with organizations regarding their health IT strategies and plans. Additionally in October 2009, Dr. Kolodner was hired as Chief Health Informatics Officer for the non-profit organization Open Health Tools, Inc. (OHT). His plans in the private sector build on his prior track record of success in two large federal Departments.

From 2006 to April 2009, Robert M. Kolodner MD served as the President’s designated lead for the United States eHealth initiative as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (IT) in Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). His responsibilities included developing, maintaining, and directing the implementation of a health IT strategic plan as well as directing related national activities that were necessary to advance the nationwide adoption of person-centered, interoperable health IT solutions.

For over 28 years prior to transferring to HHS, Dr. Kolodner had been the key clinical champion in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) providing vision, direction, and effective leadership for the development and pervasive use of VA’s award-winning suite of health IT solutions, , including My HealtheVet, a Personal Health Record for veterans, and VistA – the world’s first successful large-scale Electronic Health Record implementation. His VA activities also included research and teaching, with clinical faculty appointments at Emory University, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and the University of Maryland.

Dr. Kolodner received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, and completed his Psychiatric residency at the Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Kolodner has medical specialty board certification in psychiatry and is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Informatics.

Dr. Keith Salzman
Membership Chair

Keith L. Salzman, MD, MPH joined IBM as their Chief Medical Information Officer for GBS-Federal on April 24, 2014

Dr. Salzman joined IBM to shape and support the DHMSM Procurement and assist in growing Healthcare IT in GBS-Federal. He is a physician, leader and innovator with more than 24 years of success delivering quality care to patients and pioneering informatics in the U.S. Army. Dr. Salzman’s responsibilities include advancing IBM’s capabilities in clinical informatics as well as leveraging his expertise to develop health information interoperability and integration to improve patient care, outcomes and decrease costs.

In his previous position as Chief Medical Information Officer at Madigan Army Medical Center, Dr. Salzman established the premier Informatics Division in the Military Health System. Under his leadership, the Madigan Informatics Division grew from a team of 10 to more than 100 with a budget of $3 million to $6 million over six years.

Beginning in 1989, Dr. Salzman served 22 years of active service in the U.S. Army. His many roles included Team Leader, Professional Filler Surgeon at Tripler Army Medical Center; First Surgeon for the Initial/Interim Brigade Combat team; Deputy Commander for Outlying Clinics in Heidelberg, Germany; and interim Deputy Commander for Clinical Services in both Kosovo and Heidelberg.

Dr. Salzman is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit, American Medical Informatics Association, American and Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians, Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems, and American College of Healthcare Executives. His military honors include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Expert Field Medical Badge.

Dr. Salzman completed family medicine training at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center and the Faculty Development Fellowship at Madigan Army Medical Center. He holds a bachelor of arts in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota, a doctor of medicine from Mayo Medical School, and a master of public health from the University of Washington. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and Clinical Informatics.



Michael Robkin
mHealth Liason

 Michael Robkin, MBA is recovering Systems Engineer. For 27 years he has created successful interoperability solutions for the Aerospace, Defense, Automotive, Commercial Electronics, Health Care Information Technology and Medical Device industries.

Mike worked previously worked for Honeywell, Hughes Aircraft, General Motors Europe, and Kaiser Permanente. In 2009 he founded Anakena Solutions, a Medical Device research company that collaborates with MGH, FDA, NIH, and NIST. His company also provides Medical Device consulting and software development services focusing on safety, regulatory, and market research for customers ranging from start-ups to the worlds’ leaders in Healthcare Delivery and Computer Technology.

Mike has been a long proponent of open-source, collaborative efforts, particularly for Healthcare. He joined in 2004, and in 2006 helped found the Continua Health Alliance.