Healthy Nevada Project Leadership
ANTHONY SLONIM, MD, DRPH
President and Chief Executive Office of Renown Health
Dr. Slonim brings over 15 years of executive healthcare leadership experience, in addition to being a physician, professor, author, and fellow. Most recently, Dr. Slonim served as the executive vice president and chief medical officer for Barnabas Health in West Orange, N.J., overseeing all initiatives supporting the delivery of exceptional patient care including clinical care areas, accountable care initiatives, and information technologies.
Dr. Slonim is at the forefront of healthcare innovation and has shaped the future of medicine for more than a decade. He is a fellow of the American College of Physician Executives and the College of Critical Care Medicine. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine Critical Care and Pediatric Critical Care and holds faculty appointments at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the Jefferson College of Nursing and Health, and is a tenured professor of Basic Sciences, Medicine and Pediatrics at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. He also holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in Administrative Medicine and Health Policy from George Washington University School of Public Health.
Dr. Slonim, who goes by Tony, has volunteered for the New Jersey Special Olympics Committee since 1992 and has been active in his community. He is board chair of the not-for-profit CMR Institute which offers expert healthcare training programs to more than 12,000 professionals annually and 75 healthcare companies nationwide. Outside of work, Dr. Slonim enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle. He avidly enjoys bicycling, eating healthy and cooking.
“When you combine a great organization like Renown and a great community like Reno, it was really an easy decision. The people I met and the ownership they feel for the health and well-being of this community stands out. These are people I want to work with and a place where I feel like I can make a difference for patients.”
JOSEPH GRZYMSKI, PhD
Principal Investigator of the Healthy Nevada Project.
Joseph Grzymski, PhD, is the Chief Scientific Officer of Renown Health, the Director of the Renown Institute for Health Innovation, and a faculty member at the Desert Research Institute (DRI). In the past four years, he has been responsible for expanding DRI’s applied research portfolio and has received funding from a variety of federal, state, and private sector sources and built a diverse team of more than 40 researchers and staff across two institutions.
Dr. Grzymski conceived of and leads a diverse team of geneticists, data scientists, programmers, engineers, clinicians and doctors as a part of the Renown Institute for Health Innovation. The institute’s core focus is the Healthy Nevada Project, a population genetics study that has enrolled, consented and collected DNA from more than 35,000 participants. The Healthy Nevada Project is returning results of CDC Tier 1 conditions and focusing research efforts on cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, and addiction.
Dr. Grzymski still maintains an active research lab in basic and applied research related to DNA damage and the transcriptional regulation of metabolism related to stress. He is the co-Founder of EMS Genomics -a small R&D company- which is using plant biology to develop novel DNA damage defense compounds. He is a former Fulbright Scholar and a proud graduate of Bowdoin College.