Rising T1DE is an industry-leading team of clinicians, data scientists, researchers, persons with diabetes and family members focused on rapidly innovating and scaling quality improvement efforts in diabetes care by using Cyft’s predictive analytics technology. Children’s Mercy selected Cyft’s technology because of Cyft’s expertise in turning disparate data into actionable solutions, and its interest in understanding how to apply these capabilities to a low incident, yet severe chronic condition such as type 1 diabetes. The project is co-led by Mark Clements, MD, PhD, pediatric endocrinologist, Professor of Pediatrics, and the Rick and Cathy Baier Family Endowed Chair in Endocrinology, along with Leonard D’Avolio, PhD, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Mass General Brigham, and CEO of Cyft, Inc

Operations Leadership Team

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Mark Clements, MD, PhD, Project Lead

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Mark is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Rick and Cathy Baier Family Endowed Chair in Endocrinology. Mark is a pediatric endocrinologist and clinical researcher who collaborates broadly across the field of diabetes research.

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Leonard D'Avolio, PhD, Project Co-Lead


Len is founder & CEO of Cyft, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School & Brigham and Women’s Hospital & an advisor to the Hemsley Charitable Trust Foundation, T1D Exchange, Datalogue, Firefly Health. 

Emily DeWit, MASL, Project Coordinator

Children's Mercy Kansas City

Emily is a Quality Improvement Team Manager at Children’s Mercy and serves as overall project coordinator.  She also serves on the parent advisory board for the T1D Exchange.

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Kristi Holmes, Marketing Director


Kristi is a veteran healthcare marketing and communications leader. She leads the dissemination and communications strategies for the Rising T1DE Alliance.

Project Oversight

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Laurel Koester, MPH

Helmsley Charitable Trust

Laurel is a Program Officer for the Hemsley Charitable Trust’s Type 1 Diabetes Program.  She helps to oversee a healthcare models portfolio in which she manages existing grants & identifies innovative models of healthcare delivery with a focus on improving clinical care & outcomes for people with Type 1 Diabetes.

Operations Team Members

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Susana Patton, PhD, CDCES,Director of Intervention Development

Nemours Children's

Susana is a Pediatric Psychologist, Principal Research Scientist, Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, and Florida Center Director for the Center of Healthcare Delivery Science at Nemours Children’s Health. She is also a Professor of Pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic Alix College of Medicine, Jacksonville, FL.  As a veteran NIH-funded researcher, Susana brings deep expertise in the design and implementation of interventions that change behavior in order to improve disease control and quality of life. 

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Ryan McDonough, DO, Clinician Champion


Ryan is an Associate Professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Director of the Children’s Mercy Diabetes Center. He brings deep expertise in clinical quality improvement and serves to champion each quality improvement project.

Stakeholder Advisory Committee

We’re smarter and faster when we work together as a team. We seek input from a diverse group of stakeholders. The Rising T1DE Alliance’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee is a multi-disciplinary group of individuals with expertise in Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) research, quality improvement, implementation science, leading/organizing the T1D patient community, living with T1D, payor reimbursement policymaking, data science, communications and marketing, and healthcare entrepreneurship.

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Sanjeev Mehta, MD, MPH, Chair

Joslin Diabetes Center

Sanjeev is a pediatric endocrinologist & health services researcher at Joslin Diabetes.  His areas of expertise & innovation include nutrition research in youth with Type 1 Diabetes & health outcomes research in adults with diabetes.  He serves as chair of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee.

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Sarah Corathers, MD

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Sarah completed residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics followed by a fellowship in both adult and pediatric endocrinology.  She has a special interest in psychological aspects of diabetes care.

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Helen DuPlessis, MD, MPH

Health Management Associates

Helen is an accomplished physician who has a rich history of involvement in healthcare administration for a variety of organizations, expertise in program & policy development, practice transformation, public health, performance improvement, & managed care.

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Sanjoy Dutta, PhD


Sanjoy is the vice president of research at JDRF.  He oversees all research programs to treat Type 1 Diabetes & its complications, including the Artificial Pancreas, Glucose Control, Beta Cell Replacement, & Complications portfolios.

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Greg Howe

Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.

Greg is a senior program officer at the Center for Health Care Strategies.  He works with Medicaid leaders, health plans, federally qualified health centers & other providers to develop payment and delivery system models to meet the health care needs of Medicaid beneficiaries. 

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Sally Jercha, MBA

Sally has a background in chemical engineering and business.  She has served as a volunteer in many capacities in her community and brings a parent perspective to the Rapid Learning Lab project.

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Nana-Hawa Yayah Jones, MD

Cincinnati Children's

Nana is a pediatric endocrinologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) who practices general Endocrine but primarily focuses on health disparities and quality improvement research, specifically in at risk populations including Type 1 Diabetes. She serves as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

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Purvi Sevak, PhD


Purvi holds a PhD in economics and works as a health economist.  Her research focuses on policies to support employment and well-being of people with disabilities or chronic conditions. 

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Rona Sonabend, MD

Texas Children's Hospital

Rona is Chief of Diabetes and Endocrinology division at Texas Children’s Hospital.  She also serves as the Medical Director of Clinical Systems Integration Process Improvement. 

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David Walton

T1D Exchange

David is the Chief Executive Officer of T1D Exchange.  In his role, he leads the strategic direction of the organization to best serve people living with Type 1 Diabetes.

Rising T1DE Support Team

Sarah Albert, BS

Quality Improvement and Research Support

Jude El Buri, B.S.E, BA

Quality Improvement and Research Support

Katelyn Evans, LMSW, LCSW

Quality Improvement and Research Support

An Hoang

Endocrine Data Process Assistant

Laura Jones, RD

Registered Dietitian & Educator

Brent Lockee

Lead Data Scientist

Katie Noland, MS, BSN, RN, CDCES, CPN

Diabetes Educator

Rhiannon Pomerantz

Quality Improvement and Research Support

Craig Vandervelden, PhD

Data Scientist

David Williams, MPH