IBM Global University Programs with a Focus on Healthcare

Mary Sylvester, PhD


Healthcare is transforming and emerging technology is playing a significant role. Learn about the resources that IBM Global University Programs offers to medical, nursing, pharmacy, and public healthcare schools and really any student who is interested in healthcare.

Learning objectives:
After attending this lecture, Deans and Professors will learn about resources that are available to them that address the role of emerging technology in healthcare:
- Learn about the IBM Academic Initiative
- Understand the benefits of partnering with IBM Global University Programs on
micro-credentials /courseware /IBM Skills Academy
- Recognize the benefit of including IBM Guest Lectures in your curriculum to ensure
your medical, nursing, pharmacy, and public health students are learning about
the application of emerging technology in healthcare
- Identify potential opportunities to leverage IBM Academic Awards

Target audience:
Presidents, Provosts, and Deans of medical, nursing, pharmacy, and public health schools.


Photo of Mary Sylvester, PhD

As part of IBM Research and IBM Global University Programs, in the role of Head of Medical and Life Science Academia, M. Sylvester is responsible for supporting academic medical and life science universities (medical, nursing, and pharmacy) as they evolve and achieve true healthcare transformation leveraging emerging technology. The goal is to help produce tech-savvy physicians, nurses, and pharmacists who will have the competence and confidence to lead and help healthcare transform globally. Some of the hot emerging technologies include: Cloud Computing, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Internet of Things, Quantum, Cybersecurity, and the innovative philosophy: Design Thinking. All of which are disruptive in the healthcare space.

M. Sylvester has 20+ years of experience in healthcare and life sciences having worked for Merck & Co, Inc. and Boehringer Ingelheim, Inc. Additionally, she worked for Ricoh USA setting the healthcare and life science strategy for top accounts and defining new services as Ricoh transformed into a services-led organization. M. Sylvester has a passion for disruptive people, technology, and processes. She holds 3 bachelor’s degrees (Chemistry, Marketing & Management), an MBA (Pharmaceutical Marketing), and a PhD (Organizational Development). Additionally, she holds several certifications: Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Change Management/Leadership, Digital Strategy, Data Science in Healthcare & AI in Healthcare (in process).

She is passionate about leading initiatives that have a lasting impact and drive real value in healthcare.

Lecture languages




Duration options

1 hour

Travel/delivery options

In-countryNo travel required: On DemandOn DemandRemote via video conference


United States

Lecture booking request

Thank you for your interest in hosting an IBM speaker. Please fill out the following form with as much detail as possible. An IBM representative will reach out to discuss your booking request. All guest lectures are subject to availability and agreements under this collaboration are not legally binding.