Instructor Bios

Vira Danak Bhatt headshotVira Danak Bhatt, M.S., is an informatics specialist and member of the Pathology Informatics team at the UC Davis Health System. She has been involved in the development and implementation of California Electronic Birth Registration System and other CALIVRS projects. She has worked as an informatics specialist for federally funded EHR & EMR integration and reporting projects and is a certified advanced SAS programmer.


Suk Brar headshotSukhvir S. Brar, MBA, is a healthcare quality improvement business analysis manger at Blue Shield of California. He holds a B.S. in psychology from UC Davis, an M.A. in industrial/organizational psychology from Sacramento State University and an MBA from the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management. He is also a healthcare analytics and statistical analyses consultant for various educational institutions. Brar has more than 10 years of direct experience conducting and managing research studies; conducting statistical analyses using SPSS, SAS, R and Excel; developing surveys; writing research grants and writing journal articles for publication. In addition to these technical skills, he continues to further his leadership skills by using various business intelligent software (Tableau, SAP Business Objects, Cognos, Salesforce) to help guide business decisions.

Jamie Meador headshotJamie Meador, RN, BSN, MBA, is a senior operational excellence consultant with Adventist Health System. Her current role supports business and clinical leaders to close performance gaps associated with throughput, quality and patient experience. Meador is passionate about building capacity in leaders and their teams to continuously improve processes within health care in order to reduce the workload on staff and deliver an exceptional patient experience. 


Brian Paciotti headshotBrian Paciotti is a data scientist at the Clinical and Translation Science Center at UC Davis. He has over 10 years of experience working as a senior researcher and data scientist for government health departments and UC Davis. He is a recipient of the UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Outstanding Service Award.



Kevin Vieira headshotKevin Vieira, MBA, is the director of operational analytics at UC Davis Health. He has more than 10 years of experience leading business intelligence and finance teams in the healthcare industry. Vieira’s role at UC Davis Health is to provide the routine reporting and analytics clinical leaders need to manage day-to-day operations and improve key performance metrics. He holds a certification in Epic’s Clinical Data Model and his technical skills include SQL, Tableau, SAP Business Objects and Excel.

Tom Witmer headshotTom Witmer, M.S., is the president and CEO of SageLegion, an analytics startup. He has been working in health care for more than 25 years, including as an executive leader of the shared services analytics infrastructure group at Kaiser Permanente.