Derek has made a significant impact to healthcare design through innovative buildings, changing the status quo of the industry’s practice with non-traditional collaborations, partnering with clients in solving their challenges, and influencing the international healthcare arena.
He spent his career at the leadership of the architectural firm Anshen+Allen as its Chairman & CEO. He lead it’s transformation from a boutique modern San Francisco design firm into a global practice evoking his belief that the architect can positively influence the delivery of healthcare by impacting patient outcomes.
Derek is a catalyst for change. He has brought the concept of evidence-based design into mainstream vocabulary of health facilities worldwide.
His pioneering efforts, including Co-Founding the Center for Health Design (CHD); co-developing the concept of the Pebble Project ® (a research initiative through the CHD); creating the research-based Fable Hospital concept; and advising numerous investigative organizations such as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the Scientific Committee of the International Academy for Health and Design (IAHD), have accelerated the profession’s acceptance of and reliance on research-based decision-making as an essential component of the design process.
In 2008, Derek was a recipient of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) Lifetime Achievement Award’s Hamilton Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the ACHA; the award recognizes a significant body of work of lasting influence on the theory and practice of healthcare architecture.
A practicing cardiologist at Scripps in La Jolla, California, Topol is well known for leading the Cleveland Clinic to become the No.1 center for heart care.
While there, he also started a new medical school, led many worldwide clinical trials to advance care for patients with heart disease, and spearheaded the discovery of multiple genes that increase susceptibility for heart attacks.
Since 2006, in La Jolla, he has lead the flagship NIH supported Scripps Translational Science Institute and is Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health along with being a Professor of Genomics at The Scripps Research Institute.
Topol pioneered the development of many medications that are routinely used in medical practice including t-PA, Plavix, Angiomax, and ReoPro and was the first physician to raise safety concerns on Vioxx. He has published 1100 peer-reviewed articles and over 30 medical textbooks.
In 2009, along with Francis Collins and Harold Varmus, Topol was selected to be one of the country’s 12 “Rock Stars of Science” in GQ Magazine. In 2011, the University of Michigan, where he had served on the faculty, initiated the Eric J. Topol Collegiate Professorship in Cardiovascular Medicine to recognize his contributions.
The University of Rochester, his alma mater medical school, awarded him the Hutchison Medal, the University’s highest honor. In 2012, he was voted the most influential physician executive in the United States in a poll conducted by Modern Healthcare.
He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and is one of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine. His book, The Creative Destruction of Medicine (Basic Books), was published in 2012.
Blair Sadler is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of the UCSD School of Medicine and an Executive in Residence at the UCSD Rady School of Management. He served as President and CEO of Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego from July 1980 until July 2006.
He gave the Commencement Address at the 2005 UCSD Medical School graduation on the healthcare quality revolution and the implications for hospitals and academic medical education. He speaks widely to healthcare Boards of Trustees about their new role in patient safety and quality.
As a longstanding member of the Board of the Center for Health Design, he has been heavily involved in developing the business case for building better hospitals through evidence-based design.
He was the founder of the Center’s Pebble program – a collaborative effort to identify, support and disseminate the work of pioneering organizations throughout the world in evidence – based design.
He has consulted with several health systems throughout the world regarding building optimally safe and low stress hospitals through evidence-based design. He has written several comprehensive articles on the newest business case for evidence-based design (both adult and pediatric) that appeared in several journals and books in July 2008. He is a frequent speaker on the topic at major meetings including the Annual Forum of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He is the founder of the Blair L. Sadler International Healing Arts Awards Competition in partnership with the Society of the Arts in Healthcare.
He received the Award of Merit from the California Hospital Association for Distinguished Lifetime Service and Achievement.
Paul Teicholz is a Professor Emeritus at Stanford University in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
He was the founding director of the Center for Integrated Facility Engineering at Stanford in 1988 with responsibilities for management, planning, and research in the areas of architecture and AEC computer applications.
While at CIFE, some of the key research ideas for BIM modeling and integration were developed. Prior to his work at Stanford, he was a consultant and manager of information systems for leading design and construction firms.
His industry recognitions include:
Construction Management “Man of the Year” by the American Society of Civil Engineers in 1985.
Named one of the most significant Innovators to “Technology and Materials” In the Construction Industry over the past 125 years by Engineering News Record magazine in 1999.
Awarded the Henry C. Turner prize for Innovation in Construction Technology by the National Building Museum in 2006.
He was a co-editor of “The BIM Handbook” published by John Wiley & Sons in 2008 and updated in 2011. He edited and partially authored “BIM for Facility Managers”, also published by Wiley with support from the International Facility Managers Association in 2013.