Excellence in Healthcare Gala

Presented by

Bryan Starr 2019


President & CEO
Greater Irvine Chamber

Chamber Welcome

It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the Greater Irvine Chamber’s second annual Excellence in Healthcare Gala as we recognize outstanding healthcare, medical technology, and life science organizations, executives, practitioners, and other innovative industry leaders who continue to serve and make advancements in the region’s formidable healthcare sector.

Irvine was master planned to support innovation with strong verticals spanning a full complement of industries that make the city one of the nation's most successful healthcare ecosystems. A central element of that blueprint is that our world-class education and research institutions provide direct access to the most leading-edge technology, science, and talent.

This infrastructure continues to attract the brightest minds and has allowed our health science experts and innovators to help make Irvine a direct patient care hub for Orange County with world-class health care that is sought out by patients across the nation.

Thank you for joining us as we honor some of the exceptional individuals and organizations that share their expertise to help improve our health and quality of life.




Dr. Barry Arbuckle CEO of MemorialCare Health System


President & CEO

Presenting Sponsor Message

Welcome to the 2024 Greater Irvine Chamber Excellence in Healthcare gala.
MemorialCare is again honored and proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of this event celebrating our region's world-class healthcare organizations.

Every healthcare organization is more than just doctors, nurses and medical technicians. Professionals in accounting, facilities management, marketing, customer service and more support the operations needed to ensure our financial success, so we can focus on caring for patients with compassion and medical expertise.

All of you drive economic growth regionally through hiring, sourcing goods and services from local vendors, keeping the workforce healthy, and investing in innovative healthcare technologies. Also, the resources and support of the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce strengthens how we connect and partner with each other, and ultimately improves how we serve our community.

Events like tonight's gala allow us to stand alongside each other and recognize our honorees for their vital role in elevating the health of our region. We congratulate them for their achievements and recognize how their forward-thinking spirit powers the future of health care.

Wishing you a healthy and purposeful 2024.





    Bryan Starr
    President & CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber


    Elizabeth Acord
    Vice President for Clinical Integration - Oncology, MemorialCare


    Bryan Starr
    President & CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber

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Kathryn Hamel, Ph.D.

Be Well OC
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Elizabeth Acord

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Sesha Neervannan, Ph.D.

Tarsus Pharmaceuticals Inc.
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2024 Honorees

COH Large

City of Hope

Excellence in Innovation
Janeen Hill Large

Janeen Hill, Ph.D.

Innovator of the Year
Susan Huang 1 Large

Susan S. Huang, MD, MPH

Innovator of the Year
Melissa Ann Scharfe Large

Melissa Ann Scharfe, MSMS, MPH

Advocate of the Year
Clear 1080
Cathworks Large


Excellence in MedTech
J and J MedTech Large

Johnson & Johnson MedTech

Excellence in MedTech
MemorialCare PDC Large

MemorialCare & Pacific Dental Services

Excellence in Healthcare Collaboration
Jose Abdenur Large

Jose Abdenur, MD

Practitioner of the Year
Clear 1080
Melissa Mondala Large

Melissa Mondala, MD, MHA

Practitioner of the Year
Fentanyl Large


Excellence in Community Outreach
Kaiser Large

Kaiser Permanente

Excellence in Wellness Programs
Todd & Diane Kennedy Large

Todd & Diane Kennedy

Volunteers of the Year
MemorialCare Large


Excellence in Health System
Marcy Brown Large

Marcy Brown

Lifetime Achievement
Presenting Sponsor
Champagne Reception Sponsor
Marketing Partner
Dessert Sponsor
Corporate Sponsor
Business Sponsors
Table Sponsors

Allergan | Be Well OC | CHOC Metabolics | CHOC Research | Concordia University Irvine | Kaiser Permanente | UC Irvine

Silent Auction Donors

Alkaline Kangen Water | Antis Roofing & Waterproofing | Coastal Group OC | FentanylSolution.org | FivePoint | Fogo de Chao | Gorjana | Irvine Marriott | The Lotts Agency | OC Soccer Club | Pretend City | Rebecca-Linh Rodgers | Staybridge Suites | The Chubby Cookie | Water Grill

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