Vanessa Wertheim, Ph.D.

President and CEO, PRISM Engagement, LLC, Director, The Wertheim Family Foundation, Inc.

Dr. Vanessa Wertheim is the founder, president and CEO of PRISM Engagement, LLC, a healthcare engagement solutions consulting firm specializing in bridging the gaps in knowledge for healthcare facilities.

Dr. Wertheim’s research career began after college at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine where she collected patient safety data in the operating room. Recognizing the importance of high functioning teams, she earned an MBA from the University of Miami with a specialization in leadership in teams, and subsequently received a master’s certificate in healthcare leadership from Cornell University. After a number of years building and managing startups, Dr. Wertheim turned her sights to the clinical arena as a nightshift nurse in Rady Children’s neonatal intensive care unit. She later returned to school at the University of San Diego, where she received her Ph.D. in nursing with a focus on healthcare engagement. In 2015, Dr. Wertheim was asked to become an advisor to the hospital and, as its first employee, to help create the new Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine as Director of Engagement and Education.

Dr. Wertheim currently serves as a Director of the Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Family Foundation, as Advisor on Rady Children’s Hospital Quality, Safety and Medical Affairs Committee and is a member of the Board of Advisors for UC San Diego Health Sciences.