Know the influencers, the pioneers and the future of telehealth.
The difference is leadership. Meet our Board of Directors.
President, Board of Directors
Rob has been the director of Kentucky TeleCare at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center since 1996, and program manager of the Kentucky TeleHealth Network (KTHN). After leading the push for comprehensive legislation that funded telehealth expansion and training centers, he launched the statewide Preparedness and Response on Advanced Communication Technologies (PROACT) rapid response system, providing telehealth connectivity for 19 hospitals and public health officials for disaster response.
Four years later, Rob led the efforts to form the Commonwealth VideoConference Network (CVCN), connecting all healthcare, schools, state government and public access videoconference systems in the state. His telehealth initiatives include a program with one of the nation’s largest coal mining companies, connecting every coal mine to both primary and specialty care services, and a similar program with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to bring specialty care to a federal prison medical facility.
John Blum, JD
Secretary/Treasurer, Board of Directors
John has taught at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law for 21 years in the area of health law. He is the John J. Waldron Research Professor of Law, an adjunct professor of medical humanities at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine and on the faculty of the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy.
John’s research covers topics from domestic to international health law. He has written and spoken extensively on telemedicine issues, with a particular focus on credentialing, licensure, and international e-health. Blum is a graduate of Canisius College, the University of Notre Dame Law School and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Member, Board of Directors
Evan is deeply involved in telehealth product development and marketing with Sony’s Medical Division. Evan has successfully launched many new products, including a high-definition camera for microsurgery, HD capture systems for the OR and Sony’s first diagnostic dry film imager for radiology. He recently designed an HD Internet protocol telemedicine device, and received his first US patent with Sony for a method and apparatus for transporting medical images.
Evan manages the company’s Key Opinion Leaders program, working closely with the nation’s top surgeons to design medical products that make surgical work more effective and help improve outcomes. Evan holds a BA in speech and communications.
Jean Rawlings Sumner, MD
Member, Board of Directors
Jean is a practicing internist in Wrightsville, Georgia. Her areas of clinical interest include rural health, telemedicine and geriatrics.
She was appointed to three terms on the Georgia Composite Medical Board. As board president, she was instrumental in rewriting Georgia’s Medical Practice Act. She presently serves as medical director of the Georgia Board of Medicine and sits on the board of governors for the Mercer University School of Medicine
Jean received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing, where she was an honors graduate.