Washington, D.C.

Nashville, TN


Deborah DiSanzo

by Jasmine Batchelor

December 12, 2017

General Manager
IBM Watson Health

Deborah DiSanzo is the global General Manager for IBM Watson Health, the business unit founded to achieve IBMs next ‘moonshot’: to advance health at a global scale.

Deborah leads a team of almost 7,000 employees around the world, ranging from medical experts to health economists to data scientists, UX experts and developers. Under her leadership, Watson Health has secured relationships with top collaborators, partners and clients across healthcare and life sciences. Watson Health’s ecosystem leads the industry in its breadth and depth, including work with J&J, Medtronic, TEVA Pharmaceuticals, Celgene Corporation, and Siemens Healthineers as well as leading academic and community providers around the globe such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Cleveland Clinic, and Mayo Clinic.

In 2016, Deborah was honored by multiple organizations as a top health influencer. Health Data Management named her one of the top 20 people to watch in healthcare IT in 2017 – the only tech industry leader to make the exclusive list. Deborah was also named to Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare for 2017.  Xconomy granted Deborah the X of the Year Award as a Tech and Health Connector. Deborah has been recognized by Babson College for her impact in the world as one of the institutions leading entrepreneurial alumni leaders. She is also a sought-after speaker on topics ranging from the future of healthcare to women in technology at venues including the Forbes Healthcare Summit and the Aspen Ideas Festival.

A dedicated community leader, Deborah is currently focused on domestic and global programs with organizations including the World Economic Forum, Project Hope, and the American Heart Association.

Deborah has a distinguished career working at the intersection of healthcare and technology. Prior to joining IBM, she was CEO of Philips Healthcare. Previously, she held management roles at Hewlett-Packard and Apollo Computer.

Deborah earned an MBA from Babson College and a BS from Merrimack College.