Innovating Together:

Medical Innovation from the Clinician & Health System Perspective

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MTC Panel (2)


Thursday, March 28th, 2024

Event Starts: 4:30pm


Location: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center 
Auditorium E
Directions to Auditorium E Level 3 Floor Plan:
From the Rotunda (Reception/Information Desk at the Main Entrance) Level 3 Facing the main rotunda Information Desk, turn right and proceed down the South Mall and into the Williamson foyer, go thru the 3rd door on your left, look for sign above, E will be to your right.



Edward J. Merrens, MD, MHCDS

Dartmouth Health Chief Clinical Officer

Edward J. Merrens, MD, MHCDS, is the Chief Clinical Officer for Dartmouth Health. In this capacity, he works closely with the chief executive officer and chief officers, chairs, center directors and chief medical officers to develop, coordinate, and enhance clinical operations and care across the Dartmouth Health system, from our academic medical center, to the Community Group Practice and member hospitals as they work to deliver efficient, high-quality patient-centered care across the region. He also continues to practice clinically as a hospitalist at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Merrens has been at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics since 1998 where he started in General Internal Medicine as a General Internist and Director of Inpatient Medical Services. He developed the Hospitalist Service at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics in 2004 and later, in 2005, established the Section of Hospital Medicine, where he served as its inaugural Section Chief from 2005 to 2012. He served on the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and Clinics Boards of Trustees from 2006 to 2012. Merrens served as Chief Medical Officer from 2012 to 2016.
Heather Brownell

Heather Brownell

Associate Director for Health Sciences

As the Associate Director for Health Sciences, Heather serves as the lead contact for Technology Transfer for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

Heather Brownell, Ph.D. has worked with Dartmouth for more than 5 years as a consultant in technology transfer, and manages the intellectual property and business development activities for Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center’s portfolio. 

Heather has 20+ years of technology transfer experience specializing in working with academic inventors in the life science to commercialize their early stage discoveries. She has worked as a consultant supporting licensing and start-up creation teams at universities, academic medical centers, and start-up companies throughout the US and Canada. She worked in tech transfer at the Harvard Medical School and Joslin Diabetes Center for seven years, and at the Ontario Genomics Institute, and played a critical role in developing government early stage proof of concept funding programs for engineering and bio-medical discoveries.


Emily Zeitler, MD MHS 

I seek to improve quality of life for my patients through management of complex cardiac arrhythmias with medications, implantable devices and/or ablation. My most important job is to listen carefully and provide guidance so each patient can meet their individual goals. Once we agree on a plan and goals, we can identify the most appropriate and innovative interventions to achieve those goals.


John-Erik Bell, MD

"As a specialist in shoulder surgery, I perform a wide range of surgical procedures for the shoulder, ranging from common procedures to very complex reconstructive procedures. My surgical practice features arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, primary and revision shoulder replacement surgery including reverse total shoulder replacement, repair of shoulder instability, reconstruction of shoulders that have had previous surgery, shoulder arthroscopy and treatment of fractures around the shoulder.

The other side of my professional life is my desire to contribute to our understanding of shoulder conditions through my own research. I spend a great deal of my free time thinking about shoulder problems and coming up with ways that we can improve our knowledge through scientific research. I have published many papers and textbook chapters on a wide range of shoulder conditions, including shoulder replacement, shoulder fractures, rotator cuff repair, labral tears, shoulder instability and the cost-effectiveness of shoulder surgery.


Joseph Paydarfar, MD

  • Section Chief, Otolaryngology, Audiology and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Surgery, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth

Areas of focus

  • Head and neck cancer surgery
  • Head and neck reconstructive surgery
  • Microvascular surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Laser microsurgery

Awards & Achievements

  • 2024 Top Doctor (named by Castle Connolly, published by New Hampshire Magazine)
  • 2023 Top Doctor (named by Castle Connolly, published by New Hampshire Magazine)
  • 2022 Top Doctor (named by Castle Connolly, published by New Hampshire Magazine)

Tyler K. Hartman, MD

Areas of focus


Medical School

  • MD, Kigezi International School of Medicine, Kibale, Uganda, 2004


  • Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 2007


  • Neonatology, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 2010

Board Certification

  • Pediatrics
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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