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About our platform

UzObi, Inc. is the premier healthcare services company specializing in simplifying the complex process of medical decision making by elevating the patient’s voice. UzObi provides ethically guided values-based health care decision-making tools to patients through their providers, insurers and hospital systems. UzObi’s Medical BLUEPRINT™ ensures that a patient’s voice always remains at the forefront of medical decisions.

What we provide

  • A values-based digitized Medical BLUEPRINT™ for patients, caregivers and anyone planning for the future
     

  • On-demand, simplified, personalized medical decision making tools
     

  • Virtual consultations from industry-leading clinical ethicists
     

  • Education and policy evaluation opportunities
     

  • Proven professionals poised to review, evaluate and consult on existing medical decisions to ensure high value ethical practice for patient, providers, and hospital systems
     

  • Secure and private platform only shared with the permission of the patient or authorized caregiver

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Get to know our team of experts

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Dr. Nneka Sederstrom, Ph.D., MPH, MA, FCCP, FCCM
Co-Founder and CEO

 

Dr. Nneka Sederstrom received her BA in Philosophy from George Washington University in 2001. She began her career at the Center for Ethics at Medstar Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC the same year. She completed her Masters in Philosophy and Public Policy from Howard University in 2003 and proceeded to begin her PhD studies in Medical Sociology and Race, Class, and Gender Inequalities at the same university.

 

After beginning her PhD studies, she was made Director of the Center for Ethics and Director of the Spiritual Care Department. She proceeded to hold these positions until she left to join Children’s Minnesota in March 2016 where she served as the Director of the Clinical Ethics Department for almost 5 years. She has recently joined the executive leadership team at Hennepin Healthcare System as the new Chief Health Equity Officer where she will lead efforts in addressing health disparities, equity, and antiracism in the institution and community. Her PhD is in Sociology with concentrations in Medical Sociology and Race, Class, and Gender Inequality, MPH in Global Health Management, and MA in Philosophy.

 

She is a member of several professional societies and holds a leadership position in CHEST Medicine and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine. She is widely published in Equity and Clinical Ethics and speaks regularly at national and international meetings.

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Dr. Serge-Alain Wandji, Ph.D., MS, MS
Co-Founder, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer

 

Dr. Wandji is a co-founder, President and CEO of DiaspoCare, LLC, a startup in healthcare delivery and digital payments.  He was recently vice president of strategy, business development and innovation at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Prior to that, Dr. Wandji was senior intellectual asset manager at Cargill, senior intellectual property associate for Colgate Palmolive Company, assistant director of technology development and assistant professor in the department of pharmacology at Penn State College of Medicine, where he co-founded Verefi Technology, a startup that developed surgical simulators.

 

Dr. Wandji was a co-founder and COO of NextPakk, a last-mile package delivery service secured with blockchain technology and is currently Chair of the board of Agricycle Global and a member of the steering committee of ScaleHealth.

 

Bachelor’s degree in animal science, Master’s degree in neurophysiology and PhD in physiology from Laval University, Quebec.  Post-doctoral fellow in bio-medical sciences at Cornell University and Master’s degree in technology management from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and School of Engineering.

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Dr. Benjamin A. Moses, MD, MS, FCCP
Co-Founder, and Chief Medical Officer


Dr. Moses is a regionally and nationally recognized expert on end of life care in the ICU, leading the charge to improve equity in end of life care delivery through our novel, patent-pending digital directive model. He is committed to improving the human experience inside and outside the hospital, and delivering critical insights when your values matter most.

 

He is also a husband and father of two gifted and beautiful children, as well as a 10-year Army veteran with a demonstrated history of excellence in military and civilian medicine. Having achieved board certification in both Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, he has published research and lectured broadly on the intersection of surgical critical care and end of life care.

 

A passionate leader, Dr. Moses trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital, UVA Medical Center, Tulane University School of Medicine, Georgetown University, and Goucher College.

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Stan Alleyne
Co-Founder, and Chief of Communications and Marketing

 

Stan Alleyne is recognized nationally as a highly effective communications professional working for social change through strategic communications, new technology and creative partnerships. Stan has gained a strong reputation as a leader who effectively advises and supports CEOs and other C-suite leaders solve problems and communicate effectively to diverse audiences.
 

Before opening his own consulting agency, Stan worked as a senior consultant for Tunheim, a Minneapolis-based communications consulting firm that specializes in business strategy, public relations and public affairs. While at Tunheim, Stan focused on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, nonprofit organizations, philanthropic foundations, and public education.


Prior to consulting, Stan served as chief of communications for Minneapolis Public Schools and director of communications for two school districts in North Carolina. As the National School Public Relations Association’s former Vice President of Diversity Engagement, Stan led colleagues across the country in the creation of the organization’s first diversity, equity and inclusion toolkit which continues to be used by school communication professionals, superintendents, and other education leaders across the country.

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Charles Sederstrom, MSN, RN
Co-Founder and Chief Administrative Officer
 

Charles has a wealth of experience across the healthcare continuum and has always adopted a careful and analytical approach to decision-making. Objectivity and accuracy are core values and day-to-day operations have long been his area of focus. Charles helped establish the first neurocritical care unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and was instrumental in that institution becoming the first hospital in Washington D.C. to be designated by the Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. These experiences, and those that have followed, have highlighted the importance of focusing on specific operations while maintaining a holistic view of an organization.
 

UzObi is dedicated to ensuring every person’s voice and values become the point at which all conversations/decisions revolve when they become a patient in our healthcare system. Charles continuously calculates how our organization will achieve this goal, identifies and works to overcome barriers, and creates standards to ensure our product and services are delivered objectively and reliably.

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U. Ifeanyi Mokwunye, PMP
Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer

 
Ifeanyi is a seasoned IT Product Engineer/Business Analyst with experience drafting requirements and design specifications in a Biopharmaceutical environment.  He's a Solutions Architect comfortable implementing and supporting enterprise-class systems both on premise and in the AWS cloud. He's a proven Technical consultant with the ability to communicate complex technical information to non-technical clients.

He's a detail-oriented, SDLC compliant project manager with a strong commitment to delivering on projects that implement holistic business process solutions. He is also a Software Engineer with a strong background in Clinical and R&D Scientific Informatics and Quality Systems implementation and validation in FDA-regulated industries. His specialties include: Drafting and Reviewing Technical Specifications, Supporting/Managing Enterprise-class software systems, Scientific Informatics and Quality Systems Analysis, Architecture and Design, IT Project Leadership/Management.


 

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Dr. Esteban Gershanik, MD, MPH, MMSC, FAAP, FHM
Co-Founder, Chief Medical Informatics Officer

Dr. Gershanik is a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Clinical Informatics with extensive experience in small and large health systems, public sector, technology, and innovation where his principled and clear focus on mission, collaboration, and data has delivered measurable strategies and results for success. He has served on local, national, and global health innovation initiatives addressing and improving current health
inequities and healthcare delivery services.

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Kia S. Williams, J.D., CCDP, CIPP/E, CIPP/US
Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel

Kia is a dynamic business leader with extensive experience in business operations as well as in the legal realm as a specialist in health law, litigation, labor and employment, privacy, and compliance. She is also certified as Information Privacy Professional in both the US and EU by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is a Cornell Certified Diversity Professional. Kia leverages her experience to assist leaders in driving strategic planning, making risk-aware business decisions, and supporting cross-functional teams. Kia is trained in the emerging world of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and Machine Learning (M.L.), Diversity Equity and Inclusion, and legal ethics. Her expertise translates into practical advice and actionable solutions and enables her to deliver elegantly negotiated agreements and view challenges with a strategic eye toward innovation.

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O. Mary Dwyer, JD, MBE
Clinical Ethics Expert

Ms. Dwyer is a clinical ethicist with experience, training, and expertise in the practice of adult and pediatric clinical ethics. Her academic background is in law and its intersection with medicine and philosophy, with specific training in health law and elder law, adult and pediatric clinical ethics. Ms. Dwyer’s research interests have pertained to the various issues that arise in adult and pediatric clinical ethics consultation. 

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Dr. Jennifer Needle, MD, MPH
Clinical Ethics Expert

Dr.  Needle is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Bioethics and practices as a Pediatric Intensive Care physician. Dr. Needle serves as a Co-Chair of an Ethics Committee and Consultation Service at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Needle consults on all types of cases throughout the clinical and age spectrum and her area of expertise is pediatric bioethics, specifically end-of-life decision-making in children.

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Dr. Sirin Yilmaz, Ph.D (C), MA, MBE, HEC-C
Clinical Ethics Expert

Sirin is a clinical ethicist with experience and expertise in adult and pediatric clinical ethics. She serves as the lead clinical ethicist providing consultation for all areas of ethics, including moral dilemmas complicated by homelessness, addiction, and psychiatric illness.

Sirin’s background is in philosophy and bioethics, and her main research interest is in the virtues in medical practice. She focuses particularly on moral courage and its role in helping clinicians address racially and culturally important issues in medicine. 

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Dr. Patrick T. Smith, Ph.D
Clinical Ethics Expert

Patrick T. Smith is a faculty member at Duke University Divinity School and a member of the faculty of Duke School of Medicine in Durham, NC. He has served as a member of the board of directors for the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities.  

Professor Smith also worked professionally for eight years as the ethics coordinator for Angela Hospice Care Center in Livonia, Mich. He is an expert in addressing religious and spiritual commitments that may cause tension with the healthcare team.

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Chris Stangel
Advisor

For nearly 20 years, Chris has worked as a leader, innovator and serial entrepreneur in the financial technology services industry. His work experience has ranged from the co-founding of several “industry first” fin-tech startups to having made key contributions to the growth, innovation and profitability of some of the largest, most forward-thinking financial institutions in the world.


In companies ranging from leading French bank, Societe Generale (SGCowen division), to the ground-breaking alternative trading systems (ATS) of NYFIX Millennium to the innovative agency algorithmic trading desk at Piper Jaffrey the industry-advancing work of his own startups, he has consistently delivered an innovative bent to the results-oriented, bottom line driven approach he brings to any group, division or company that he has either led or with which he has had the privilege of working. More recently, efforts have been focused as adviser/consultant to a variety of technology-oriented startups engaged in cybersecurity (behavioral biometrics), bitcoin/blockchain (storage hardware and exchange solutions), digital video platform as well as emerging market-focused manufacturing technologies. He earned a double major Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science (with further emphasis in Economics) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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