Leslie Wainwright

Chief Funding and Innovation Officer


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Leslie Wainwright, PhD

Chief Funding and Innovation Officer

Dr. Leslie Wainwright joined the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation [PCCI], as their Chief Funding and Innovation Officer in March 2019. Prior to this role, she oversaw RTI International’s Innovation Advisors health practice where she worked with health systems and technology developers to guide the development and adoption of impactful healthcare innovations. She has also served in executive roles at Sg2, AVIA and Business Models Inc., a Dutch-based innovation consultancy.

Leslie received her PhD in microbiology at Northwestern University, completed postdoctoral research training at the University of Maryland’s Center for Vaccine Development and received a B.A. in Biology from DePauw University. She serves as a clinical advisor on the Board of Start-up tech companies and has served as faculty teaching strategy and innovation at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Additionally, Leslie is passionate about STEM education and is in the Women’s Board of the Field Museum in Chicago, working with the museum to expand opportunities for girls in science.


Leslie leads the Connected Community of Care (CCC) team at PCCI. PCCI’s CCC team address critical gaps between clinical care and community services in the current healthcare system. CCC includes technology, community alliances, and governance for data sharing, care coordination, and community alignment. We believe that CCC are the way to make SDOH actionable to ultimately achieve whole-person health. To learn more about her team’s programs and accomplishments go HERE. Leslie’s leadership at PCCI’s Connected Communities team can also be found in PCCI’s Annual Impact Report. Click HERE to review PCCI’s 2020 Annual Impact Report. This report summarizes PCCI’s programs and impact they have had on our community.


HIMSS Webcast I: Connected Communities of Care During Times of Crisis

https://www.himsslearn.org/connected-communities-care-during-times-crisis In the first of three webcasts, we see that as the pandemic continues to unfold, it is

In the news: Texas Hospitals Magazine talks with Leslie Wainwright about SDOH

Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) is a big topic and Texas Hospitals Magazine included Leslie Wainwright, PCCI’s the