Dr. Kathy McGroddy-Goetz has spent much of her 25-year career at IBM innovating at the intersection of advanced technologies and new business models. Her focus is on Healthcare and Life Sciences Solutions. Currently, she is Vice President, Strategy & Innovation for IBM Watson Health. During her IBM career, she has led teams in product management, research and development, as well as business development organizations focused on strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, and commercialization of advanced research technology. She has formed many deep collaborations and business partnerships around the world as an IBM executive and played a critical role in the corporation’s launch of Watson Health.
Her previous role within IBM Watson Health was Vice President of Global Partnerships & Alliances Management. In this role, she was responsible for managing strategic collaborations with key industry leaders to address the world’s most pressing health challenges. In addition to her business and solution leadership, she managed the ongoing relationship with IBM Research to foster continuing innovation for future offerings.
Dr. McGroddy-Goetz has held various other positions within IBM during her 25-year career while launching multiple new strategic growth businesses. Additionally, she is an evangelist and frequent speaker on cognitive computing and health transformation. She is known for her ability to leverage storytelling to make complex concepts understandable and memorable. She is also a holder of 5 US patents.
Dr. McGroddy-Goetz earned a BS in physics from SUNY Northampton and a PhD in molecular biophysics from Cornell University, where she studied protein-ligand interactions using NMR spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations.
Dr. McGroddy-Goetz is also an avid runner and triathlete as well as a volunteer coach for adult running programs. She co-founded the New Fairfield Track Club in 2006 and served as President and Treasurer for two years each.