Patricia (Trish) Birch leads Cognizant’s Healthcare and Life Sciences consulting practices serving providers, payers, pharmacy benefit managers, public sector organizations, and pharma, bio tech and medical device companies. She has years of hands-on experience managing and executing complex business and technology programs, and has served many of the largest organizations across the industry. Trish joined Cognizant in 2010 and has more than three decades of experience in operations and management consulting, including 7 years as a C- level operations and information technology executive, 15 years as a consulting managing partner, and 10 years as a member of the board of trustees for a large healthcare system. She is also a published author and speaker on issues facing the industry. In addition, Trish has worked internationally serving clients in Europe and China and led practices at other leading consultancies. Trish was named to the 2015 Women Leaders in Consulting list by Consulting Magazine and honored with the Excellence in Client Service award. Trish graduated from Boston University with a degree in Finance and earned her MBA from Jacksonville University.