3 North Texas Innovators in the Spotlight as D CEO Healthcare Award Finalists

Five organizations were also named in the Achievement in Innovation category.

D CEO has announced the finalists for its 2023 Excellence in Healthcare Awards, recognizing leaders and organizations for their achievements and impact on the economy in North Texas.

Three individual innovators and five innovative organizations were been singled out.

In the Outstanding Healthcare Innovator category, finalists include Dr. Karl Csaky of the Retina Foundation of the Southwest, known for his advancements in research and treatments for age-related macular degeneration; Vishal Ahuja of SMU, who focuses his research on developing decision analytic tools for easy implementation by healthcare professionals; and Dr. Camille Bradley of Baylor Scott & White Health.

Csaky, who has been chief executive and medical officer of the Retina Foundation of the Southwest since 2019, is the T. Boone Pickens Director of the Clinical Center of Innovation for Age-Related Macular Degeneration. The M.D. and Ph.D has said he’s driven by restoring sight for those with vision conditions, conducting cross-specialty translational research, ensuring everyone has access to top-tier treatments, and actively seeking a cure for AMD.

Ahuja, with a Ph.D in operations management, is an associate professor at SMU Cox School of Business and adjunct faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center. His research has been published in leading journals and cited by the FDA in a workshop on “Assessing the Public Health Impact of Prescription Drug Postmarketing Safety Labeling Changes.” Per SMU, Ahuja collaborates with entities such as the Department of Veterans Affairs. He also works alongside institutions like Parkland Hospital, Baylor Heart Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and GoodRx.

Bradley, a practicing family medicine physician, and other researchers published a paper on the experience of implementing an internal e-consult program for asynchronous communication between specialists and primary care providers last spring.

Innovative organizations in healthcare

The Achievement in Innovation category includes finalists like Baylor Scott & White Health, the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, REVELOHEALTH, Salience TMS Neuro Solutions, and Texas Health Physicians Group.

To see all of the D CEO Excellence in Healthcare finalists across categories like Outstanding Healthcare Executive, Outstanding Hospital Executive, Outstanding Volunteer, and more, go here

Winners will be revealed in December.

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