Executive & Medical Staff Leadership
Alan Channing is President and Chief Executive Officer for Sinai Health System, having joined Sinai in 2004. Building upon more than thirty years of experience in health care administration, he has served in urban, diverse, health care centers in New York and the Midwest. A hallmark of Mr. Channing’s leadership is responsiveness to communities served by the health care organizations where he is a leader. Mr. Channing earned a master’s degree in hospital administration from The Ohio State University and a bachelor of science degree in industrial management from the University of Cincinnati. He is very active in professional and community organizations and is a sought after spokesperson on safety-net and a wide range health care topics.
Jack Garon, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer for Sinai Health System. A practicing pathologist since 1989, he has been Chairman of the Sinai Health System Department of Pathology since 1998 and Chief Medical Officer for Sinai Health System since 2008. Dr. Garon is Professor of Pathology at Chicago Medical School, a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists and an Illinois Commissioner for Laboratory Accreditation for the College of American Pathologists. He is active in government affairs and works on state and federal policy. Dr. Garon earned his medical doctoral degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and trained at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois. He is a native of Chicago and an avid guitarist.
David Berkey is Vice President of Physician Services at Sinai Health System, as well as administrator of Sinai Medical Group. He has been with Sinai since 2009. Mr. Berkey offers 20 years of experience in health care, culminating in physician and medical group management that includes national health care market experience. Mr. Berkey earned a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Toledo in Ohio and an MBA with a concentration in health care administration from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Active in the Chicago-area community, he serves on the boards of directors of the Pilsen YMCA, Marshal Square Boys and Girls Club, Vital Bridges and the Chicago Empowerment Zone Board, representing the Pilsen and Little Village business community.
Rachel Dvorken is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Sinai Health System and has been part of the Sinai team since 2008. She has practiced health care and corporate law in Chicago for 25 years, working in a wide variety of areas of law, including corporate governance, transactional, employment, health care regulatory and litigation management. Ms. Dvorken earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Harvard Law School. Ms. Dvorken serves as a tutor with the Cabrini Green Tutoring Program and resides in Chicago with her husband and family.
David Frankel is Vice President of Planning, Marketing and Communications for Sinai Health System and has been a part of Sinai leadership since 2010. He has over 20 years of experience in health care strategy, planning, market and service line development. Mr. Frankel earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Michigan and a master of business administration from the University of Chicago.
Craig Frazier is Vice President of Ancillary Clinical Services and Resource Management for Mount Sinai Hospital. He joined Sinai in 2005 and has been a health care administrator for 21 years. During his health care administration career, Mr. Frazier has overseen pediatric and adult programs in community hospitals and academic health centers.Mr. Frazier earned a bachelor of science degree from Oklahoma State University and a master’s of health care administration degree from Washington University School of Medicine. He is an active member of both Chicago and national health care administration professional organizations and is a patron of the arts.
Anita Halvorsen is Vice President of Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital and has been with Sinai since November 2010. She has held administrative and business development positions in a broad range of clinical areas and, in addition to her position at Schwab, she serves as an adjunct professor of graduate studies at Rush University. Ms. Halvorsen holds a bachelor’s of science in teacher of speech and hearing handicapped from Ithaca College in New York, a master of business administration with a health care administration concentration from Saint Xavier University in Chicago and a master’s of science in speech-language pathology from Rush University in Chicago. Raised in the western suburbs of Chicago, she currently resides in Oak Park, Illinois.
Peter Ingram is Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Sinai Health System and has been with Sinai since 1984. During his tenure, he has overseen ambulatory services, planning and business development, prior to assuming accountability for information services. Most of his professional career has been dedicated to providing cost-effective health care information technologies in an inner-city environment. Mr. Ingram earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Yale University and a master of business administration from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.
Lori Pacura is Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Vice President for Patient Care Services for Sinai Health System, having been promoted to that position in 2008. She previously served as Vice President for Clinical Excellence and Assistant Vice President of Continuum Care Management. As CNO, Ms. Pacura has emphasized nursing professionalism, overseeing the adoption of clinical ladders, increasing professional nursing certification, implementing a shared decision-making council and adopting the DAISY Program which recognizes compassionate nursing care. Originally a diploma-trained nurse, Ms. Pacura earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing as well as advanced nurse executive board certification and certification as a legal nurse consultant. Her first years as a nursing professional were in behavioral health. A native of Chicago, Ms. Pacura has a special interest in health care for the homeless and has been a member of the Executive Council of the Chicago Housing for Health Partnership, focused on stable housing for those with chronic illness.
Roberta Rakove is Senior Vice President for Government Affairs for Sinai Health System and has been with Sinai since 1990. She is a past chair of the government affairs committee of the National Association of Public Hospitals, member of the Policy Council for the Premier Hospital Alliance, past member of the Advocacy Council of the Illinois Hospital Association, member of the advocacy council of the Metropolitan Chicago Health care Council, member of the government affairs committee for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, board member of Mujeres Latinas en Accion, member of the American Jewish Committee Bridging America Project on immigration justice, Illinois recipient of the American Hospital Association Grass Roots Champion Award and recipient of the Chicago Avodah Partner in Social Justice Award. Ms. Rakove earned a master’s of public health degree from the University of Illinois School of Public Health and a bachelor’s in political science from Pitzer College in Claremont, California. Born and raised in Chicago, Ms. Rakove has deep roots in the Sinai tradition as her parents grew up in the area and her mother was born at Sinai.
Tina Spector is Vice President for Quality, Patient Safety and Disease Management for Sinai Health System and has been part of the Sinai team since 2007. She has over 35 years of experience in health care, with a focus on creating quality programs that drive performance and outcomes in safety-net facilities. Ms. Spector has a bachelor of science from the University of Illinois in health information management. Although a lifetime resident of Chicago’s northern suburbs, Ms. Spector’s roots are in South Lawndale where her grandfather and father owned a pharmacy in the 1950s and 1960s.
Karen Teitelbaum is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Sinai Health System. She has been a part of Sinai executive leadership since 2007 with a span of accountability for operations in Mount Sinai Hospital, Sinai Children’s Hospital and Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. Ms. Teitelbaum earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York and a Master of Management degree from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. She is a board of directors member for the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School and serves on the American Hospital Association Maternal and Child Health Council.
John Vazquez, MD, is Chief Medical Officer of Sinai Medical Group. He is chairman of the Mount Sinai Hospital Anesthesia Department and has been a cardiac anesthesiologist for over 19 years. Dr. Vazquez has served in clinical leadership and quality management positions in Chicago-area academic medical centers since 1995. Dr. Vazquez earned a doctorate of medicine degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago and trained at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He is a media spokesperson for the American Society of Anesthesia and an associate professor with the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
Charles (Chuck) Weis
Charles (Chuck) Weis is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Sinai Health System and has been part of Sinai since 1982. Mr. Weis earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Business degree from Western Illinois University. He is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Weis is a member of the Illinois Hospital Association Policy Council and he is also adjunct faculty for in the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health, Hospital Administration Program.
Debra Wesley is President of Sinai Community Institute and Executive Vice President for Community Outreach of Sinai Health System. She has been with Sinai Health System since 1988 and has served in several leadership roles. With over 30 years of expertise in developing publicly and privately financed community programs and services, Ms. Wesley is a fellow of the Harvard Business School, Denali Institute. She was instrumental in the creation and incubation of key model community initiatives such as the North Lawndale Balanced and Restorative Justice Network. She is a board member for the National Alzheimer’s Association and Legacy Charter School, as well as an Advisory Council member for the James Jordan Foundation. Ms. Wesley earned a bachelor’s of science degree in social work from George Williams College and a master’s of social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work. A long-time Chicago resident, Ms. Wesley has deep roots in the Sinai community: she was born at the hospital and attended church in the area as a child.
Steven Whitman, PhD
Steven Whitman, PhD, is Director of Sinai Urban Health Institute and has been with Sinai for the last 12 years. He has been an epidemiologist for 30 years and, before joining the Sinai team, was Director of Epidemiology for the Chicago Department of Public Health. Dr. Whitman earned a PhD and a master’s degree from Yale University and a master’s of public health from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an advocate for health equity through his research at work and in his personal life.
Richard Zelin, PhD
Richard Zelin, PhD, is Vice President of Development for Sinai Health System and has been part of the Sinai leadership team since 2010. He has been a fundraising professional for over 20 years and cites securing a $4 MM naming gift for The Sinai Tomorrow Project as one of his most significant accomplishments. Dr. Zelin earned a bachelor’s of science degree from American University as well as a master’s and a PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a board member for North Suburban Beth El Synagogue and a mentor in the Spertus-Northwestern Certificate Program in Jewish Leadership.