How Integrating Life Care Specialists into Hospitals is Preventing Substance Misuse: The Clinical Perspective (Part 2 of 2)


In this episode, Moderator Ed Kopetsky, Co-chair of the CHIME Opioid Task Force and former CIO of Stanford Children’s Hospital speaks with Mara L. Schenker, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer at the Christopher Wolf Crusade (CwC), about how she’s leveraging CwC’s Life Care Specialists in her capacity as Associate Chief Medical Information Officer and Chief of Orthopaedics at Grady Memorial Hospital. She’ll share what initially gravitated her to CwC’s mission, how her expertise has helped to expand the scope of their work.


Co-chair, CHIME Opioid Task Force

Ed Kopetsky, former Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Stanford Children’s Health, is an accomplished healthcare executive with expertise in integrated healthcare systems, information technology, operations and cost improvement, digital transformation and consulting. Following a family tragedy, in 2018 Ed co-founded and continues to co-chair the CHIME Opioid Task Force helping healthcare organizations confront the national opioid crisis.


Chief Medical Officer, Christopher Wolf Crusade (CWC) 

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics, Emory University 

Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, Chief of Orthopaedics, Grady Memorial Hospital 

 What you’ll learn about Dr. Schenker: 

  • Background as an orthopaedic surgeon and healthcare IT professional.
  • What surprising realization prompted her to make changes to her opioid prescribing practices.
  • Her inspiration for joining the CWC.
  • Her role and current work with the CWC.
  • How she’s leveraged CwC’s Life Care Specialists in her own hospital care team.
  • What’s next in her newest role of Associate Chief Medical Information Officer at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Follow Christopher Wolf Crusade (CwC) and Cammie Wolf Rice!


The CHIME Opioid Task Force (OTF) was launched in early 2018 with a simple mission: to turn the tide on the opioid epidemic using the knowledge and expertise of the nation’s healthcare IT leaders. While our mission is simple, achieving it is not. Opioid addiction is a complex disease that requires long-term, if not lifetime, care from well-informed clinicians who are supported with easy-to-use and reliable tools.


CHIME Opioid Action Center

710 Avis Drive, Suite 200
Ann Arbor, MI 48108


Phone: 1.734.665.0000


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