Andrew Pecora, M.D., president of physician services and chief innovation officer at Hackensack Meridian Health, said he was honored and humbled when he received the Health Care Executive of the Year award at the NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards event this week. In 1989, Dr. Pecora spearheaded the development of the John Theurer Cancer Center‘s Adult Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program. It is responsible for many advancements used in stem cell transplantation today. Most recently, Dr. Pecora helped bring COTA together with IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence to tackle cancer care. When developing COTA, he worked with IBM and Microsoft to develop a prototype, and is now partnering with the former to make what some may recognize as a sci-fi treatment scenario into reality.
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