About Jean Wright…

Jean Wright is the Chief Innovation Officer for Atrium Health. Jean has been named a Top 30 Chief Innovation Officer and one of the 25 most powerful women in Health IT. Previous roles at Atrium Health include the Chief Medical Officer for CMC-Northeast and CMC-University, two of the system’s hospitals.

Before coming to North Carolina, Jean was the Executive Director for the Backus Children’s Hospital and The Women’s Institute at Memorial Health in Savannah, GA. She served as the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics.

After graduating from the University of Michigan Jean attended Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. She joined the faculty at Emory as a pediatric anesthesiologist and intensivist. She is board certified in Pediatrics, Anesthesia, and Critical Care. She received her MBA from Emory’s Goizuetta School of Business. She has post-graduate training from MIT in Entrepreneurship and Harvard Business School in Disruptive Innovation.

She has served on the CDC’s Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Effects and Fogarty International Center of the NIH. She is a current board member for the COPD Foundation and a frequent speaker on the topic of COPD.

She is frequently grant-funded, the largest being Principal Investigator for the Beacon Community Grant from HHS in 2010 – 2013. Awarded nearly 16 million dollars she ran 29 projects in Cabarrus, Rowan and Stanly county to deploy health care informatics.

Dr. Wright has given testimony before the U.S. House and Senate, and has appeared on 20/20, the O’Reilly Factor, CNN, and published over 50 articles. In 2000 she won the American College of Physician Executive’s Physician of Excellence Award and awarded the Athena Award for Women in Leadership.

Her greatest claim to fame is her 4 children adopted from China. She and her children travel to China each year to volunteer.

Learn more about Jean’s Talk…

Title: The Invisible Epidemic of COPD

Description: 15 Million people are diagnosed with COPD. But another 15 million have it and have never been diagnosed. Why haven’t we tried to find the missing millions?

What do you want people to learn from your talk? We haven’t built our healthcare around the conditions that matter the most to people.

What action items do you want people to take away from your talk? Become aware of the epidemic of COPD and help identify the missing 15 million.

Learn more about Jean…

Where is your hometown? Detroit, Michigan

What are your hobbies? Traveling (especially in China), Snow Skiing, Trying to solve big problems.

What are you passionate about? Giving voice to the vulnerable, be they COPD patients, orphans, or the medically fragile.

What draws you to Charlotte? Growing city that is ‘proud’ of who they are developing into. I haven’t met someone from Charlotte that wasn’t proud to say “I’m from Charlotte”. The atmosphere about the city is so positive

What is the best compliment you’ve received? You don’t act like a doctor. You are so approachable.

What do you want to be remembered for? Raising my children in a way that they are strong in their Faith, authentic in their relationships, and excellent in their profession.

How do you push the boundaries? I switch the phrase “We can’t do this” to “How might we….” I also carry a magic wand.

What does your happy place look like? I love working with my team. I love trying to solve hard, meaningful problems. I love seeing the strengths of people be woven together to build something none of us could do alone.

What is one thing that you would like to share that is unknown about you? I love combining humor into explaining difficult ideas or talks.

Where do you see Charlotte in 5 years? Charlotte will be a national figure on the healthcare stage, the analytics stage, and the start upstage. The cross-pollination of people, ideas and resources are growing every day.

The most important questions…

What animal will be our future overlords? The Tigers from Tiger World in NC. You could create a great story about the Tigers breaking out and taking over Charlotte. We would have to change our symbols from Panthers and Hornets to Tigers.