Your PPOC Team

PPOC is proud to present our accomplished and driven team, always seeking to improve the quality of care of the over 400,000 children in the state of Massachusetts.

Gregory Young, MD
President & Executive Officer

Dr. Gregory Young has served as a clinician and administrator for more than 20 years, and is seeking to redesign and optimize health services delivery for the benefit of children, adolescents, and young adults. He has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Children’s (PPOC) since 2006, leading the network’s quality improvement efforts – including its adoption of electronic health records and the family-centered medical home to improve quality and clinical integration.

Dr. Young has a deep interest in understanding how systems design and function impact health care. While chief of an inpatient unit at Boston Children’s Hospital, he co-chaired a group that undertook a major redesign of inpatient service delivery, resulting in improved quality of care and cost savings. Later, he became managing partner at Longwood Pediatrics and helped to improve the organization’s clinical and business performance. He continues to maintain an active primary care practice today.

In addition to his clinical practice and PPOC leadership role, Dr. Young is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, part-time, at Harvard Medical School. He also teaches third year MD/MBA students in their primary care clerkship. Dr. Young is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. After receiving his medical degree, Dr. Young completed his residency at Boston Children’s Hospital where he served as Chief Resident in Pediatrics.

He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Physician Executives. He is also a recipient of the Sidney Farber Award and Community Pediatrician Award, both from Boston Children’s Hospital. He is board certified in pediatrics and a diplomate of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.

Louis Vernacchio, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Louis Vernacchio, MD, MSc, began his tenure as PPOC’s Chief Medical Officer in January 2018. Prior to assuming that position, he served as PPOC’s Director of Research and Analysis for nearly 10 years. In addition, Dr. Vernacchio has been a practicing pediatrician at Longwood Pediatrics since 1996 and a PPOC member since the organization’s inception in 1999.

Dr. Vernacchio received his B.A. from Georgetown University in 1988, followed by his MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1993. He completed his residency at Boston Children’s Hospital in 1996 and earned his MSc in Epidemiology from Boston University in 2001.

Dr. Vernacchio’s academic interests have focused on improving of the quality of pediatric healthcare and fostering innovations in the delivery of primary care for children. His work has appeared in more than 50 scientific articles and papers, and he holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Pediatrics, part-time, at Harvard Medical School. His current special areas of interest include improving processes of asthma care to reduce asthma exacerbations, enhancing preventive care services for children in the primary care setting, and developing novel approaches to the interface between primary care and specialty care for children.

Jessica Farnham
Chief Operating Officer

Jessica Farnham has many years of financial and operational management experience in healthcare IT and healthcare services. She joined the PPOC as Chief Operating Officer in early 2015.

Previously, Ms. Farnham was the Vice President of Finance and Operations at American Well, an industry-leading telehealth company, where she was deeply involved in the creation and management of an affiliated provider group employing dozens of physicians across the United States. Earlier in her career, Ms. Farnham worked at the Boston Consulting Group and Outcome (later acquired by Quintiles), and spent two years as a practicing attorney with a focus on land use and senior housing development projects.

Ms. Farnham holds a law degree from the New York University School of Law and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University.

Nael Hafez, MBA
Chief Information Officer

Nael Hafez has 17 years of leadership experience in information technology and health care management, both in the military and civilian sectors.

A former Captain in the United States Army, Mr. Hafez has been the Chief Information Officer for the PPOC since 2011. In his role as CIO, Mr. Hafez is responsible for the implementation, integration, operations, and support of all PPOC information systems and technology.

Prior to joining the PPOC, Mr. Hafez spent more than six years with the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative (MAeHC), starting as a Technical Project Manager and steadily rising, taking on more responsibility, and being promoted to Director of Technical Services. In that role, he led large scale, multi-stakeholder, statewide, and inter-organizational projects involving the implementation of electronic health records, health information exchanges and clinical data warehouses.

From February 2001 through March 2009, Mr. Hafez served as an officer in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. He held several leadership positions within the Medical Service Corps, the branch of the Army which provides administrative, tactical, and logistical support to the Army Medical Command, including Platoon Leader, Battalion Medical Operations Officer, and Medical Company Executive Officer. Mr. Hafez was called to active duty and deployed in support of combat operations overseas. He is the recipient of the Purple Heart, two Army Commendation medals for meritorious service, the Combat Action Badge, and numerous other service medals and ribbons. Mr. Hafez holds an M.B.A. in Healthcare Management from the Boston University Questrom School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from the Boston University College of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Hafez is married and has two young boys.