Our doctors practice world-class medicine. Our nurses deliver compassionate care. Our technicians and staff provide invaluable support. Our board members provide guidance and oversight to ensure that we are fulfilling our mission to the community. Learn all about them below.
Paul Birch, chair of the board, is a private investor, advisor and business owner. He was previously president, CEO and director GEAC Computer Corporation; prior to that, he was EVP, CFO and director of MRO Software Inc. Mr. Birch’s background was in public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand and Arthur Andersen & Co. He is currently a venture partner at CommonAngels Ventures where he serves on its Advisory Committee, founder and managing partner of Acorn Capital Partners LLC, an early stage consulting and investment company, and he is on the board of Overseers of the New England Aquarium. Mr. Birch serves on the Emerson Health Care Foundation Board and a number of hospital committees.
Richard Churchill, Jr.
Richard Churchill, Jr., treasurer of the board and chair of the Finance Committee, is a retired venture capitalist from Concord, formerly a partner of TA Associates and co-founder of M/C Venture Partners. He and his wife own and operate The Cottage, a home furnishings and design business in Concord. Mr. Churchill is also a member of the Emerson Health Care Foundation Board. He is a former trustee of Concord Academy and Nashoba Brooks School. Mr. Churchill is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School.
Gloria Clough of Concord is chair of Emerson's Governance Committee and the immediate past chair of the Emerson Health Care Foundation Board. She is a clinical specialist in psychiatry and mental health with a private practice in Concord. She received her undergraduate degree from the Roger Williams General Hospital School of Nursing and her master’s in nursing from Boston College. She also holds a bachelor’s in psychology from St. Joseph’s College and a master’s of divinity from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. She established the first chaplaincy program at Emerson in 1991.
Christopher M. Coloian
Christopher Coloian is Chief Solutions Officer of Welltok, a health information technology company based in Denver, Colo., with offices in Burlington. He has a master's in health administration from The Ohio State University, is a member of the Knights of Columbus, an editor of Population Health Management Journal and is on the board of directors of Regents Surgical. Christopher is the past chairman of the board of Population Health Alliance. He has been a corporator of Emerson Hospital since 2014.
Christine Cournoyer of Concord is CEO of N-of-One, a company that specializes in precision medicine, matching diagnosis and treatment strategy to an individual’s unique molecular makeup. The company provides clinical analysis, curation and interpretation of a tumor's molecular profile to providers, diagnostic companies and patients. Prior to joining N-of-One, she was president and COO of Picis of Wakefield (now a division of United Healthcare), a leading company in the healthcare IT market. She served on the boards of Stride Rite Corporation, GTECH and BJ’s Wholesale Club. Cournoyer is a member of the Boston Club and Women Corporate Directors.
Eileen M. Deignan, MD
Eileen Deignan, MD is a board-certified dermatologist who has been a member of the Emerson Medical Staff since 1999. Her practice is Dermatology Associates of Concord. She has been chief of dermatology for eight years and is the treasurer of the Emerson Hospital Medical Staff and the associate chair of the Credentials Committee. In addition, she has held leadership positions with the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology, the Mass Medical Society, the New England Dermatological Society and the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Deignan is also a member of the Emerson Foundation Board.
Raj Devarajan, MD
Raj Devarajan, MD, of Acton, is president of the medical staff and practices gastroenterology at Middlesex Gastroenterology. He has served as chief of gastroenterology at Emerson Hospital. Dr. Devarajan completed his residency and fellowship training at the medical schools of Yale University, Harvard University and Tufts University. Dr. Devarajan is board-certified in gastroenterology and psychiatry.
James DiGiovanni, vice chair of the Emerson Finance Committee, is a real estate developer and property manager with Period Realty Trust of Concord, a family business that owns and manages residential and commercial properties in the region. The Concord resident is on the board of the Concord Business Partnership and is co-chair of the Concord Economic Council. He has been active in the Concord Lions Club and has served on a number of town building committees. Mr. DiGiovanni is currently a member of the Rental Housing Association and is a corporator of the Middlesex Savings Bank.
Donald Driscoll, Jr., MD
Donald Driscoll, Jr., MD, of Concord, is an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Concord and Westford. Dr. Driscoll is a graduate of Harvard College and Tufts University Medical School. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and completed his residencies at New England Deaconess Hospital and the New England Medical Center and his fellowship in total joint replacement at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Rose Ann Giordano
Rose Ann Giordano of Acton is a high-tech consultant. She formerly served in sales and marketing for Compaq Computer’s Customer Services Division and was the first woman vice president and corporate officer at Digital Equipment Corporation. Ms. Giordano serves on the Board of Directors of TimeTrade Inc. and the MIT Enterprise Forum. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Eric Haartz, the secretary of the Board and chair of the Board Quality Committee, is CEO of Haartz Corporation, an Acton-based manufacturer of engineered coated materials for automotive and marine industries throughout the world. A resident of Concord, Mr. Haartz is involved with the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce School-Business Partnership Committee. He is also active in the Horseless Carriage Car Club of America and, along with his wife, Denise, has been an active supporter of the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary.
John R. Hickling
John Hickling of Concord is chair of Emerson's Audit Committee. A private investor, he is a former partner and founder of Liberty Square Asset Management. Prior to Liberty Square, Mr. Hickling worked for 16 years at Fidelity Investments, both in Boston and London as a fund manager. He was elected as a a Corporator in 2004 and is a member of the Emerson Health Care Foundation board. Mr. Hickling serves on the board of the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest. He earned his undergraduate degree in economics from Bowdoin College and received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts.
Ronald H. Johnson of Westford is vice chair of the Emerson Hospital Board and the immediate past chair of the Board. He retired as executive vice president of PhotoMetrics Inc. in Woburn. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in aeronautical engineering and specialization in high-altitude physics, optical scanning and materials analysis. Long active in the civic affairs of Westford, he has served as a member of the School Committee, Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and Zoning Board of Appeals.
Amaresh Mahapatra, PhD
Amaresh Mahapatra, PhD is vice chair of Emerson's Governance Committee. The Acton resident is president of Linden Photonics, a company he co-founded in 2002. Linden Photonics manufactures a range of optical fiber cable for use by agencies of the defense department and their contractors, as well as by advanced technology firms.
David I. Rose, MD
David I. Rose, MD of Sudbury is chair of radiology at Emerson Hospital and president of the North Bridge Imaging Group. He has been on the active medical staff since 1999. He was a hospital board member from 2006 until 2012, and he served as president of the medical staff from 2007 until 2009. He received his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed both his residency in radiology and his fellowship in mammography at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Rose is board certified in radiology.
Christine Schuster, RN, MBA
Ms. Schuster has over 25 years of health care experience. Prior to joining Emerson as president and CEO in 2005, she served as president and CEO of Quincy Medical Center and Athol Memorial Hospital. She also served as chief operating officer of the Extended Care Division of Tenet Saint Vincent Healthcare System in Worcester and director of critical care at New England Deaconess Hospital. She spent five years as a healthcare management consultant with Coopers & Lybrand.
In 2005, Ms. Schuster was appointed by Governor Romney to serve on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Health Education and Financing Authority (MAHEFA). She was subsequently elected chair of the MAHEFA Board. She is currently a Board member of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Metropolitan Regional Council and Voluntary Hospitals of America, Northeast. She is clerk of the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals as well as chair of the Board of Power Options, Inc.
In 2007, Ms. Schuster was named to Governor Patrick’s transition team, serving on the Health Care Taskforce. She has also served on the AHA Regional Policy Board and the Massachusetts Hospital Association Board (MHA), where she chaired the Clinical Issues Advisory Council (CIAC) and the Leadership Education Committee. She currently serves on the MHA Standing Committee on Finance.
Ms. Schuster is also engaged in civic affairs and has served on the Board of the Concord Chamber of Commerce and the Concord Economic Council. In 2014, Becker's Hospital Review named her as one of “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.” In 2011, she received the Citizen of the Year Award from the Concord Chamber of Commerce, as well the “Prescription for Excellence Award” from the Mass Medical Health Law Report. She received the 2009 American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion Award and the 2008 Maynard Elks Distinguished Citizenship Award. She was also recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine and Witt Kieffer Associates as one of their “Up and Comer” Award recipients.
Ms. Schuster received her master’s in business administration, with honors, from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor of science in nursing from Boston University.
Jill Stansky is active in regional philanthropy. She serves as a trustee of the Sudbury Foundation, a private foundation working to transform lives in the metrowest area of Boston. At Emerson, Ms. Stansky chairs the Community Benefits Advisory Group and serves on the Credentials Committee. She is a founder and board member of HOPEsudbury, a grassroots organization which providers emergency financial assistance to Sudbury residents. She is a member of the Executive Council and Visiting Committee of the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and is a member of the Steering Committee for Women for UMASS. She was elected Corporator in January 2004.
James A. Street, PhD, MD
James Street, PhD, MD, of Bedford is president of the medical staff and the chair of the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine at Emerson Hospital, vice president of Emerson Anesthesia Associates, associate professor of Anesthesia at Northeastern University, and medical director of both the Emerson Hospital Integrative Health and Wellness Center and the Emerson Hospital acupuncture program. Dr. Street is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his medical internship at Mount Auburn Hospital and his anesthesia residency through the Harvard Medical School program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, American Society of Anesthesiologists, New England Society of Anesthesiologists, Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation.
Michael Zak of Concord is chair of the Compensation Committee. He is a general partner at Charles River Ventures, where he serves as the principal sponsor for investments in a number of information technology markets. In 2002, he was recognized as the Venture Capitalist of the Year by the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council. Mr. Zak has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He has served as a board member of Cornell University’s Foundation.