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Board of Directors

Board Chair

Board Chair
Frank has spent over 40 years in the healthcare sector in positions ranging from supporting a wide array of diagnostic and therapeutic technology to the executive oversight of master facilities planning and development activities.  For the past 15 years, he has been actively involved in evaluating and promoting the role of the built environment in healthcare, including being a board member (executive director) of the Coalition for Health Environments Research and co-chair of The Center for Health Design’s Research Coalition.  In addition to the pursuit of bringing evidence-based practice to hospital design and construction, Frank has worked to increase the awareness and response... read more

Chair Emeritus

CAMA President + Founding Partner, New Haven, CT
Rosalyn Cama, FASID, NCIDQ, EDAC is President and Principal Interior Designer of CAMA in New Haven, Connecticut. CAMA, Inc. is a health design studio and lab that has spearheaded the evidence-based design movement. CAMA’s mission focuses on designing a better LIFE INDOORS where all can thrive and flourish. Contracted primarily by health providers, manufacturers, and architectural consultants, CAMA leads large multidisciplinary teams through the evidence-based design process, empowering clients to make informed decisions that impact the delivery of quality care by reinforcing an organization’s unique missionand values. Rosalyn has been a practicing healthcare designer for over 30 years... read more


President and Chief Executive Officer
Debra’s trailblazing efforts in the field of healthcare facility design research, education and advocacy have propelled The Center for Health Design (CHD) into industry consciousness and the forefront of healthcare design. Under Debra’s leadership, our flagship research initiative, the Pebble Project, has gained international recognition and grown from four participants to more than 80. Debra led the creation of the annual Healthcare Design Expo & Conference and the Environments for Aging Expo & Conference, which are produced by Emerald Expositions, in association with CHD. She has forged successful partnerships with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Institute for Healthcare... read more


Retired Managing Director, Health Care Group, Citigroup, New York, NY
Fred Hessler is a retired Managing Director of Citigroup where he headed the Health Care Group for the Not-for-Profit sector from 1990 through 2013. He joined the Group in 1985.  He was a senior banker and advisor to many of the most prestigious and highly rated multi-dimensional organizations in the country including health providers, insurers and managed care companies.  Mr. Hessler oversaw the strategic advisory, mergers & acquisitions, and banking services to non-profit health systems, free-standing hospitals, managed care plans and related ancillary companies. He was one of the co-founders of the nationally recognized AHA/HFMA/Citigroup Healthcare Investor Conference.... read more
Owner, Thomas M. Jung Consulting, LLC
Tom Jung has over 30 years in the healthcare design field, with a primary focus on regulatory compliance and coordination. Spending 24 years with the New York State Department of Health’s Certificate of Need Program, Tom directed the effort for 16 of those years while overseeing the review and approval of more than $2 billion dollars of new projects annually. He is a founding member of The Center for Health Design’s Environmental Standards Council, and attributes that first and ongoing experience as a major influence on the nature of his communication with the designers and providers seeking state licensure. Tom has also been intimately involved with development of the Guidelines for... read more
President and CEO of Adelante Healthcare
Avein Saaty-Tafoya, the 2014 Changemaker Award recipient, is an inspirational leader with 27 years of healthcare experience in primary care, public health, hospitals and health plans, advocating healthcare equality for all. Her mission is to improve the health of the underserved through the patient experience and by addressing the social determinants of health. As the CEO of Adelante Healthcare, a Federally Qualified Community Health Center with eight sites, she oversees delivery of comprehensive primary care services within an accredited patient centered medical home model to over 40,000 patients in the Phoenix area. She opened the first LEED Platinum Certified Community Health Center in... read more

Advisory Board

Department of Defense Liaison
John A. Becker is the Director of Facilities for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Virginia.  He is responsible for planning, programming, funding, and constructing the Department of Defense’s medical infrastructure valued at over $32 billion (B).  He has responsibility for over $10B in current and future facility requirements and an annual facility support and capital budget of over $2B.   He is also the Clinical BRAC Program Director for the Military Health System, responsible for over $3.7B in BRAC related construction in the National Capital Region and San Antonio, TX.  Mr. Becker has a... read more
Healthcare Futurist and Speaker
With over 30 years’ experience, Joe Flower has emerged as a premier observer and thought leader on the deep forces changing healthcare in the United States and around the world. As a healthcare speaker, writer, and consultant, he has explored the future of healthcare with clients ranging from the World Health Organization, the Global Business Network, and the U.K. National Health Service, to the majority of state hospital associations in the U.S. as well as many of the provincial associations and ministries in Canada, and an extraordinary variety of other players across healthcare – professional associations, pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, health plans, physician groups,... read more
Co-founder & CEO, MASS Design Group
Michael Murphy is the executive director of MASS Design Group, a nonprofit architecture firm that leverages buildings, as well as the design and construction process, to become engines for health, economic growth and long-term sustainability.   MASS’s work has been recognized globally, most recently at the UN Solutions Summit, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and as winners of the 2015 Design Biennial Boston. Since founding the firm in 2010 Michael has overseen the expansion of MASS into ten countries. He sits on the boards of the Clinton Global Initiative Advisory Committee, the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Board, the Center for Healthcare Design and is an... read more
Environmental Psychologist, Professor of Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
Craig Zimring is an Environmental Psychologist and Professor of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. His work focuses on understanding the relationships between the physical environment and human satisfaction, health, performance, and behavior. His current research program focuses on several issues: How the design of the healthcare environment impacts patients, staff and organizations. How the design of the built environment can contribute to increased physical activity and decreased obesity. Supporting new ways of working through innovative workplace design. Design and evaluation of courthouses and other public buildings.   Dr. Zimring has... read more

Director Emeritus

Professor of Architecture, Texas A&M University; Founding Principal, WHR Architects
In November 2010, Kirk Hamilton was named a Director Emeritus for The Center for Health Design. Kirk is also a Fellow of the Center for Health Systems & Design and Professor of Architecture at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX, where his research area is the relationship of evidence-based design of health facilities and measurable organizational performance. He is also a Founding Principal of Emeritus, WHR Architects, Houston and Dallas, TX. WHR is an internationally recognized firm that specializes in healthcare architecture. A board certified healthcare architect with 30 years experience in hospital design, Kirk was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows... read more
Evidence-Based Design Consultant, La Jolla, CA
Jain Malkin, is an evidence-based design consultant  in La Jolla, California, specializing in healthcare facilities. A leader in the field of healthcare design, Malkin has lectured widely and written numerous articles on the psychological effects of healthcare environments. She is a former instructor at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Design and is often a keynote speaker at conferences on topics relating to research-based design and creating optimal patient experiences. Jain is the author of Hospital Interior Architecture and Medical and Dental Space Planning: A Comprehensive Guide to Design, Equipment, and Clinical Procedures, both published by John Wiley & Sons and... read more
Professor, Department of Architecture and Centre for Healthcare Architecture, Chalmers University of Technology
Dr. Ulrich is Professor of Architecture at the Center for Healthcare Building Research at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, and is adjunct professor of architecture at Aalborg University in Denmark. He is the most frequently cited researcher internationally in evidence-based healthcare design. The recipient of many awards, his work has directly impacted the design of billions of dollars of hospital construction, and improved the health outcomes and safety of patients around the world. His recent work has dealt with subjects as varied as the effects of single versus multi-bed patient rooms on infection transmission, the negative impacts of hospital noise on patients and nurses,... read more
Board Member, Vice Chair Laguna Honda Hospital
Derek Parker is an internationally recognized expert in the design of healthcare and research facilities, having designed and planned more than 50 major hospitals and bio-medical facilities in 15 countries. He has received more than 75 awards for his work and published numerous papers and given many presentations on healthcare design worldwide. Derek is currently a board member and vice-chair for the Laguna Honda Hospital; a board member for Marin General Hospital; co-founder and chair for The Medicapower Corporation; senior advisor for Aditazz; and a member of the Scientific Committee for the International Academy of Design and Health in Stockholm. He is also a founding editorial board... read more
President, The Robin Orr Group, Santa Barbara, CA
Robin Orr is President of The Robin Orr Group, a Santa Barbara, California based consulting firm providing services to healthcare systems, providers, architects, interior designers and manufacturers. She was one of the pioneers of The Planetree Organization, an internationally acclaimed consumer healthcare organization known for its humanistic, patient-oriented approach to healthcare delivery and consumer access to health information. For 12 years Robin was the Executive Director and National Director of Hospital Projects responsible for developing the Planetree Model of Patient-Family Centered Care. Ms Orr has been a hospital administrator and continuing champion of consumer and patient... read more