The Committee includes representatives from departments and organizations within Sentara and EVMS.

Members of the Committee will provide non-binding strategic advice and informed guidance to the institute's activities. They will implement the strategic direction set forth by the joint governance board, build community partnerships, evaluate and approve research projects submitted by the faculty, and establish the institute's standards and compliance. Suggested members for the council are:


From Sentara

  • David A Torgerson, Vice President Enterprise Analytics 
  • Kathie Zimbro, PhD, Director, Sentara Quality Research Institute
  • Sam Owens, Director, IT, Sentara Healthcare
  • Paul D. Chidester, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
  • John Brush, MD, Sentara Cardiology Specialists
  • David Baran, MD, System Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant, Sentara Heart Transplant
  • Meredith Strand
  • Kristi Morgan, DNP, RN, CCRN, Manager, Analytics Services/Clinical & Business Intelligence