VP Innovation and Research for Sanford Health

    DR. DAVID A. PEARCE, Ph.D., is VP Innovation and Research for Sanford Health. He completed his undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree with honors in biological sciences at Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1986. He gained his Ph.D. in 1990 at the University of Bath, U.K., and did postdoctoral training at the University of Rochester, U.S., and Oxford University, U.K.


    Dr. Pearce heads the leading lab in Juvenile Batten disease research. He has been researching Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (Batten disease) since 1997. His research has led to the first clinical trial for Juvenile Batten disease. He has published over 100 research papers on Batten disease. He also oversees a national registry for rare diseases known as the Coordination of Rare Diseases at Sanford (CoRDS). He has served on numerous U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) review committees, has organized rare disease workshops for the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) arm of the NIH and is currently a member of the executive committee for the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC).


    In his role as executive vice president of Innovation and Research at Sanford, he is responsible for overseeing the development of research programs across Sanford’s nine-state footprint, including more than 450 researchers, eight research centers and more than 300 ongoing clinical trials. With this, he is also responsible for commercialization of select research strategies, as well as integrating Sanford Research operations into Sanford Health International Clinics. Driven by Dr. Pearce’s passion for developing patient-centered, impactful research programs Sanford Research is uniquely positioned to provide translational research that can bring important discoveries from bench to bedside, improving the quality of care.


  • Mary Miller Sallah

    Chief Operating Officer of Caribbean Healthcare Partners, Ltd (CHP)

    MARY MILLER SALLAH serves as Chief Operating Officer of Caribbean Healthcare Partners, Ltd (CHP), a private venture and healthcare real estate development firm. In this role, she is responsible for evaluating market trends and leading operations for the firm’s clinical facility investments, which includes buildings and property management, supply chain, clinical engineering, patient support services, partnerships, and marketing.

    Under her guidance, Operations is tasked with ensuring every facility and strategic relationship is designed and operating at optimal levels to address patients’ needs from the moment they step through our door in any CHP facility to the moment they leave to return home. Miller Sallah has been at the forefront of mapping out CHP’s international footprint overseeing its growth strategy in the Caribbean, Central and South American markets.

    Before joining CHP, she spent built 15 years of experience in the management of healthcare facilities, international business development, international accreditation, and is considered an international expert in the field of medical travel, specifically in Performance Management, International Standards, and the development, launching and ongoing management of International, Global Patient Services, Medical Tourism or Medical Travel programs. Mrs. Miller Sallah’s professional experience covers over 30 international markets across North America, Central & South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. In 2016 and as an inaugural team member, Mrs. Miller Sallah launched the Global Healthcare Accreditation® (GHA) Program, the first independent international accreditation body focused on medical travel services.

    Prior to the launch of GHA, Miller Sallah was also the responsible executive for all education programs with the Medical Tourism Association© and worked at Duke University Medical Center. Miller Sallah obtained her Masters in Health Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health and her Bachelors from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.