James Golden, PhD is a Senior Managing Director for PwC's Healthcare Advisory group, focused on technology, data science and analytics strategy and development for payers, providers and life science companies. Dr. Golden helps lead PwC's Healthcare IT practice. Much of his work focuses on identifying and utilizing new data sources, technologies and analytics methods for our clients to help drive decision making and optimize their business practices. Dr. Golden works across the healthcare ecosystem, primarily focusing on strategy and advisory for organizations working in R&D and translational medicine including clinical trials and precision medicine, patient care delivery, and commercial programs such as physician targeting and digital marketing, patient segmentation and outcomes, formulary decision making, and comparative effectiveness. His background is in machine learning and artificial intelligence, engineering and computer science and "big data" analytics. Dr. Golden is an angel investor and advisor to startups focused on healthcare data analytics, primarily in Boston and NYC. He has a B.S. in mathematics and computer science from Rhodes College, Memphis,TN; an M.S. in computer science from the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma, TN; and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University (design and optimization of DNA sequencing devices). Dr. Golden spent several years on the staff of the US Air Force Test Pilot School. He is interested in all areas of big data analytics including data integration from disparate sources, data mining, modeling and simulation, tacit and explicit knowledge management, and computational epistemology, particularly applied to problems in healthcare and drug discovery.