Dr. Andrew J.E. Seely

Professor of Surgery
Divisions of Thoracic Surgery and Critical Care Medicine
University of Ottawa

Dr-Andrew-SeelyAndrew JE Seely is a Professor of Surgery within the Divisions of Thoracic Surgery and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Ottawa, Scientist with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Director of Research for the Ottawa Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Secretary/Treasurer for the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons, as well as Founder and Chief Science Officer of Therapeutic Monitoring Systems (TMS) Inc.

Education includes undergraduate honors in physics at Carleton University, followed by medical school, General Surgery training, a doctoral degree in basic Science from McGill University, and Thoracic surgery and Critical Care medicine training at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Seely leads two research teams, focused on Thoracic Surgery outcomes research and critical care monitoring using variability-derived predictive analytics. Active areas of research include: theoretical research exploring the clinical insights of complex systems science (e.g. emergence, uncertainty and entropy production), physiologic understanding of complex biologic variability, applied research monitoring multi-organ variability during exercise, onset and resolution of infection, critical illness and weaning, development and implementation of a systematic means to continuously monitor all adverse events after all surgery and feedback that information to improve surgical care, and randomized controlled trials to investigate integrative care interventions.

Dr. Seely has supervised several MSc and PhD graduate students and has published 65 peer-reviewed papers, 19 as first author and 20 as senior author. Dr Seely presents regularly at international meetings and was awarded a New Investigator Award by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 2005. Dr Seely has been awarded over $5M in competitive grant funding. He shares his family life with Kathy Patterson and their daughters Phoebe and Ruby in Ottawa.


Dr. Bruce J. West

Senior Scientist Mathematics (ST)
Army Research Office
Army Research Laboratory

Dr-Bruce-WestDr. Bruce J. West is the Senior Scientist Mathematics (ST) in the Army Research Office of the Army Research Laboratory. He received a B.A. cum laude in physics at SUNY@ Buffalo in 1965; an M.S. (1967) and Ph.D. (1970) in Physics from the University of Rochester.

Before coming to ARO Dr. West was Professor of Physics, University of North Texas, 1989-1999; Chair of the Department of Physics 1989-1993. During his time at the university, he did research into the quantum manifestations of chaos (energy level repulsion, ionization rate enhancement, breakdown of the Correspondence Principle), the foundations of statistical mechanics (getting random fluctuations without statistics, failure of the Green-Kubo relation, Lévy statistics), and nonlinear processing techniques applied to biomedical phenomena. He received the Decker Scholar Award (1993) and the UNT President’s Award for research (1994).

Prior to the university Dr. West was Director, Division of Applied Nonlinear Science, La Jolla Institute, 1983-1989. During this period, he worked on the development of nonlinear dynamical models of biomedical phenomena, physical oceanography and the statistical mechanical foundations of thermodynamics. Specifically he helped developed ways to use renormalization group concepts to extract pattern information from biomedical time series. He was Associate Director, Center for the Studies of Nonlinear Dynamics, La Jolla Institute, 1979-1983. He applied some of the newly emerging concepts in nonlinear dynamics systems theory to nonlinear water wave fields and turbulence. He also examined how the branching structure of the lung and other physiological structures could be described by scaling.

He has worked on the development of the fractional calculus for the modeling of complex phenomena and his book Physics of Fractal Operators (with Bologna and Grigolini, Springer, 2003) received the Army Research Laboratory Award for Publication in 2003. His recent research has also been in the area of modeling nonlinear networks and biomedical phenomena leading to 5 books the 3 most recent being Complex Webs: anticipating the improbable (with Grigolini, Cambridge University Press, 2011); Network of Echoes: Imitation, Innovation and Invisible Leaders (with Turalska & Grigolini, Springer, 2014); Fractional Calculus View of Complexity: Tomorrow’s Science (CRC, 2016). He authored over 300 peer reviewed journal articles and 18 books garnering over 18,000 citations resulting in an h-factor of 64. Dr. West has held the position of Adjunct Professor of Physics at Duke University since 2000.

Dr. West was elected a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012; and received the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in 2012; Army Samuel S. Wilks Memorial Award 2011; Army Research and Development Achievement Award 2010; ARL Publication Award in 2003 & 2010; Professional of the Year in Applied Physical Science & Mathematics 2009 & 2011, Cambridge Who’s Who; Chair 2010-12 Army ST Corps; Commander’s Award for Civilian Service 2010; Founding Editor-in-Charge of Frontiers in Fractal Physiology 2010; Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award 2005; Fellow of the American Physical Society since 1992; past chair of the ARL Fellows; Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Geophysical Union, American Physiological Society and the American Physical Society.


James K. Hazy, MBA, EdD

Full Professor
Adelphi University

Jim_HazyDr. Hazy is Full Professor at Adelphi University in New York where for ten years he has been teaching entrepreneurship, strategy, and leadership. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles on complexity and leadership topics in such venues as The Leadership Quarterly, Leadership, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and Nature’s Frontiers in Psychology winning numerous awards including two Academy of Management Best Paper Awards and the Bender Body-of-Work Award. He co-wrote the Amazon Top-100 Management Science book: Complexity and the Nexus of Leadership (2010) and has co-edited two other volumes. His work is having measurable impact: Google Scholar reports that every week his work is cited two or three times in cutting edge scholarly research and practice.

For 25 years before joining the academy, Dr. Hazy held senior leadership positions in industry including as EVP and CFO for an Ernst & Young business unit and as Financial VP at AT&T responsible for corporate financial planning and analysis (FP&A). Currently, he is Founder and CEO of Leadership Science, LLC, a consulting firm whose clients include: Trinity Health Systems, Daiichi Sankyo Company, Ericsson and ABB. He is a former Board member and treasurer for Goodwill Industries International and a local Red Cross and serves a social media chair for The Wharton Club of New York. His doctorate is with “distinguished honors” from George Washington University, his MBA is “with distinction” from The Wharton School, of the University of Pennsylvania, and his BS in mathematics is from Haverford College.


Conference Chairs

Gaetano R. Lotrecchiano, EdD, PhD

Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
Pediatrics George Washington University
Director, Doctoral Candidacy, PhD in Translational Health Sciences

Guy_LotrecchianoProfessor Lotrecchiano is an associate professor of Clinical Research and Leadership and of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Lotrecchiano has been faculty at George Washington University since 2005 and has spent some of that time as faculty at Children’s National Medical Center. Dr. Lotrecchiano is a Morton A. Bender awardee for teaching excellence and chair of the George Washington University Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Professor Lotrecchiano’s research interests include complexity leadership, transdisciplinary team science, motivations for collaboration and individual and organizational change in healthcare. He is the faculty convener of the Creating a Culture of Collaboration at the George Washington University (C3@GWU), A Senior Scholar within the Center for Health Innovation and Policy Research. His recent published material is in the Maternal and Child Health Journal, International Journal of Transdisciplinary Research, VINE: The Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, Clinical Translational Research, Integral Leadership Review, Journal of Organizational Design and Engineering, Journal of Investigative Medicine, Annals of Emergency Medicine,Journal of Investigative Medicine and is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Collaborative Healthcare and Translational Medicine.


Paige McDonald, EdD

Assistant Professor Director of Curriculum
PhD in Translational Health Sciences Department of Clinical Research and Leadership
George Washington University

Paige_McDonaldPaige McDonald is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Paige has been faculty at George Washington University since 2008, and has been teaching in higher education for over 19 years. Currently, she serves as the Director of Curriculum for a PhD in Translational Health Sciences, a program which integrates multiple cross-disciplinary bodies of knowledge and is delivered in a blended, low-residency format. Her research focuses on innovations in learning design and delivery which develop the higher order thinking skills today’s graduates require to adapt and thrive in increasingly complex work environments, particularly in healthcare professions. Prior research has focused on blended learning and higher order thinking, reflective practice, and integrating technology for active and collaborative learning. She is a Senior Scholar within the Center for Health Innovation and Policy Research and a Think Tank Lead for the Creating a Culture of Collaboration at the George Washington University (C3@GWU). Recent publications in Online Learning focus on technological innovations in Health Professions Education.