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Leaders in Innovation
The innovationOchsner team includes developers, social workers, nurses, pharmacists, doctors and scientists, all working together to solve some of healthcare's biggest problems.
Warner Thomas

Warner L. Thomas

President and Chief Executive Officer, Ochsner Health System

As President and CEO of Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic healthcare system, Warner Thomas is responsible for Ochsner Health System’s overall strategic growth and development. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Ochsner invested in the community by acquiring six hospitals and developing strategic partnerships and affiliations to grow its presence across Louisiana and the Gulf South. Thomas joined Ochsner in 1998 and served for 14 years as Ochsner’s President and Chief Operating Officer.

Thomas received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 1994 from Boston University Graduate School of Management, and an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Computer Information Systems from New Hampshire College in Manchester, NH. He believes in setting industry best practices and forging innovative partnerships with major companies including General Electric. He spearheaded innovationOchsner to create future health innovations to revolutionize patient-centered care. In 2014, his expertise was nationally recognized through his appointment to advise Congress on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

Richard Milani

Richard V. Milani, MD, FACC, FAHA

Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Clinical School – The University of Queensland School of Medicine

Dr. Milani currently serves as Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, Vice-Chairman of the Department of Cardiology at Ochsner Health System and Professor of Medicine at Ochsner Clinical School – The University of Queensland School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana.  He is also Medical Director of innovationOchsner, an innovation lab and accelerator founded by Ochsner Health System in 2015 to reimagine and revolutionize the experience and delivery of healthcare in a way that dramatically enhances quality and access, decreases cost, and improves patient satisfaction and engagement and caregiver efficiency.

After receiving his internal medicine training at the University of Florida, Dr. Milani completed fellowships in critical care medicine at the University of Florida, preventive medicine and clinical epidemiology at Harvard University (Massachusetts General Hospital), and cardiovascular diseases at Ochsner Clinic Foundation. Dr. Milani’s research interests involve healthcare delivery, information systems, clinical decision support and chronic disease management and prevention. He is the author or co-author of over 500 medical publications including 20 book chapters and serves as a frequent lecturer for healthcare systems and Fortune 500 companies.

Aimee Quirk

Aimee Quirk

Chief Executive Officer, innovationOchsner

Aimee Quirk is the CEO of innovationOchsner, an innovation lab and accelerator founded by Ochsner Health System in 2015 to reimagine and revolutionize the experience and delivery of healthcare in a way that dramatically enhances quality and access, decreases cost, and improves patient satisfaction and engagement and caregiver efficiency. iO seeks to solve healthcare’s most pressing problems and is focused on deploying new technology solutions and enabling precision-focused care using medical, behavioral, social, environmental and genetic data. iO designs, tests and implements innovative solutions and also collaborates with leading innovators to identify and validate promising new technologies and solutions.

Quirk joined Ochsner in 2015 with more than 15 years of experience in law, economic development and public affairs. She served for over four years as the Senior Advisor for Economic Development in the Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. As Senior Advisor, Quirk led the Mayor’s economic development team and the creation and implementation of the City’s business development strategy. Prior to her public service, Quirk was a partner at Jones Walker, where she practiced corporate and business litigation. Quirk received her J.D. from Tulane University School of Law and her B.S. in Finance from Louisiana State University. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the New Orleans Business Alliance, a partnership between business and government to promote economic development, and on the Tulane Law Review Board of Advisory Editors.

Jonathan Wilt

Jonathan Wilt

Chief Techology Officer, innovationOchsner

Jonathan Wilt is the Chief Technology Officer of innovationOchsner, an innovation lab and accelerator founded by Ochsner Health System in 2015 to reimagine and revolutionize the experience and delivery of healthcare in a way that dramatically enhances quality and access, decreases cost, and improves patient satisfaction and engagement and caregiver efficiency. He leads the product development team and is responsible for overall technology strategy, analytics and data integration. 

Wilt started his career as a Technical Director at Epic Systems where he acted as the lead technical manager and legacy data conversion advisor for Epic implementations. He later founded a boutique software consulting company that focused on Epic EMR optimization, data integration and maintainability. His company started working with Ochsner Health System in 2011, and he joined Ochsner full time in 2014 as the AVP for the newly created Ochsner Center for Innovation. He holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Notre Dame.