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Although we are not a true university and so we have no true "faculty," these excellent professionals have been selected for their expertise, experience and abilities to communicate those accomplishments and many have been with for many years.

Alice D. Domar, PhD

Alice D. Domar, PhD
Alice D. Domar, PhD is a pioneer in the application of mind/body medicine to women's health issues. She not only established the first Mind/Body Center for Women's Health, but also conducts ongoing ground-breaking research in the field. Her research focuses on the relationship between stress and different women's health conditions, and creating innovative programs to help women decrease physical and psychological symptoms.

Dr. Domar received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Health Psychology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Ferkauf School of Professional Psychology of Yeshiva University. Her post-doctoral training was at Beth Israel Hospital, Deaconess Hospital, and Children’s Hospital, all in Boston.

She has conducted research on infertility, breast cancer, menopausal symptoms, ovarian cancer, pregnancy, and premenstrual syndrome. Dr. Domar has earned an international reputation as one of the country's top women's health experts.

She is currently the Executive Director of the Domar Centers for Mind/Body Health, and the Director of Mind/Body Services at Boston IVF. She is an associate professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, part-time, at Harvard Medical School, and a senior staff psychologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Dr. Domar has compiled an impressive list of accomplishments as a best-selling author, media authority and sought-after public speaker. She is the author of numerous books, including the national best seller “Self-Nurture”, and is on the advisory board for Parents Magazine. She was on the Board of Experts for ShareCare.com and was a columnist for Redbook and Health magazines. She was also a featured expert for LLuminari and on the online social health network BeWell.com. She served on the board of Resolve for ten years.

Three of her books have been finalists for the Books for a Better Life Award. She was also the Series Editor for a series of mind/body books by Harvard Medical Publications/Simon and Schuster. She is the narrator of the DVD’s “Stress and Relaxation Explained” and “Infertility Explained”, both of which won silver Telly Awards. Dr. Domar has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Dateline NBC, CNN, PBS, and the CBS and NBC Evening News, to name a few. She presents lectures and conducts workshops throughout the US and around the world and went on tour with Oprah in the spring of 2004 and 2005 with the LLuminari team. Dr. Domar was named to the prestigious list of 15 “Women to Watch in 2004” by Lifetime TV. Her seventh book, “Finding Calm for the Expectant Mom” came out in 2016.

Christopher Gharibo, MD

Christopher Gharibo, MD is an Associate Professor with the Departments of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine as well as Orthopedics at NYU School of Medicine and serves as the Medical Director of Pain Medicine at NYU Langone Hospitals Center. Dr. Gharibo obtained his M.D. degree from Rutgers Medical School in 1992 and completed his anesthesiology residency at NYU Medical Center. He served his Pain Medicine fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and holds subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine.

He has acute pain experience with system-wide use of interventional techniques in combination with nonopioids and opioids as part of multimodal acute pain management pathways.

His areas of clinical expertise include low back and neck pain of musculoskeletal and spinal origin, cancer pain, and neuropathic pain syndromes such as painful peripheral neuropathies and reflex sympathetic dystrophy.

His areas of technical expertise include nerve blocks, peripheral and spinal injection techniques for diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain syndromes including joint injections, epidural steroid injections, nerve root blocks, facet injections, facet nerve blocks, radiofrequency rhizotomy as well as drug delivery systems and spinal cord stimulators. Many of these injections can provide diagnostic answers and be tailored to provide prolonged pain relief and functional improvement when used as part of an overall plan of care.

Karen E. Adams, MD, FACOG*, NCMP**

Karen E. Adams, MD, FACOG*, NCMP**
Karen Adams MD, FACOG, NCMP is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), where she is Director of the OHSU Center for Women's Health Menopause and Sexual Medicine Program. She has been the OHSU OBGYN Residency Director for fourteen years and Vice Chair for Education for ten. She is a North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner and is a nationally recognized expert in medical education.

She has served as a member of the Associate of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics Board of Directors, and is immediate past president of the Council on Fellowship Training in OBGYN. She is a member of the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education OBGYN Residency Review Committee, an appointed board that accredits all 241 OBGYN residency programs and 85 OBGYN fellowship programs across the country. She co-directs the ACOG School for New OBGYN Residency Program Directors, and she is a member of the ACGME Wellness Working Group, a national group of medical educators working to decrease burnout among medical students, residents, and practicing physicians. She has served as an oral board examiner for the American Board of OBGYN since 2008.

Of all her accomplishments, Dr. Adams is most proud of her directorship of the Menopause and Sexual Medicine Program in the OHSU Center for Women's Health. This program brings together specialists in many fields to provide comprehensive health care for women in perimenopause and beyond, with a special focus on midlife sexuality. She has published more than 30 scientific articles, given hundreds of lectures nationally and internationally, and is looking forward to publication of her first book, "Dr. Karen's Guide to Making Midlife Sex Fun Again."

Sandra L. Argenio, MD

Sandra L. Argenio, MD
Dr. Sandra Argenio served as a Consultant in the Department of Family Medicine at Mayo Clinic Florida and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Mayo Medical School. She joined Mayo Clinic in 1992 and continues as an Emeritus member of the Family Medicine Department.

Dr. Argenio has nurtured new generations of doctors, was instrumental in the development of the Family Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic Florida and served as the program’s first residency director. She has trained and mentored over 150 family medicine residents.

Dr. Argenio served as the President of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians in 2005 and has been active on many committees of the FAFP and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

She has been active in CME program planning at Mayo Clinic and the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, conducting Maintenance of Certification Workshop sessions on multiple topics for over 1,100 participants at FAFP meetings.

Dr. Argenio had a leading role in establishing communication training at Mayo Clinic starting in 2005. She was Chair of the Mayo Clinic Florida Communication Faculty.

She developed coursework for faculty and trainees at Mayo Clinic, including Longitudinal Research in Academic Medicine, Family Medicine Residency, Scottsdale, Arizona; and Team Communication, Strengthening the Cornerstone of Teamwork at Mayo Clinic’s three campuses. She also served on the Florida Governor’s Physician Workforce Advisory Board.

Dr. Argenio was awarded the Exemplary Teacher Award by FAFP in 2000. She also received the Outstanding Florida Family Medicine Education Award by FAFP in 2000, and the Mayo Distinguished Educator Award in 2003. She was listed as one of Jacksonville’s Best Doctors by Jacksonville Magazine from 2000 to 2014. She has published on the topics of presence, reflective listening and communicating effectively with female patients.

In her current work, she has collaborated in designing curricula and delivering programs at multiple hospitals, hospice organizations, and veterans administration and military healthcare organizations.

Dr. Argenio is a graduate of Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Hahnemann Medical University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania in 1982. She resides in Ormond Beach, Florida, with her husband Tom Sperrazza and daughter Jessie.

Timothy Beach, PsyD

Dr. Timothy M. Beach joins Correct Sleep as the Mental Health Director, with a background and focus on Mental Health issues associated with poor sleep. He earned his BA degree from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma in 2000 to begin his prominent clinical psychology education. In 2003, Tim relocated to San Francisco where he earned a Master's of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology (2005) and a PhD in Psychology in Clinical Psychology (2007) from the Alliant International University, at the California School of Professional Psychology.

Tim began his career as a practicum student at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital, University of California, at San Francisco, then at the Walden House Adolescent Program at San Francisco, and at the Medical Hill Rehabilitative Services at Oakland where he co-facilitated rehabilitation groups for involuntarily placed in-patients, provided individual and group therapy to clients with varying levels of mental functioning and dually-diagnosed adolescent and transgender in-patients. At the Alliant International University, Tim served as an executive assistant to the vice president and was involved in special projects development for the president. Tim was employed as a clinical psychology intern and later as a staff psychologist at the Valley State Prison for Women at Chowchilla, while he ran the Educational Mental Health Program.

Since 2013, Tim has been a staff psychologist in the California Correctional Facility for Women at Chowchilla. He provides case management, individual and group therapy, and crisis interventions. He is a subject-matter expert for gender dysphoria and provides subsequent assessment for transgender patients wishing to receive hormone replacement treatment. He is a member of the American Psychological Association. 

For a number of years, Tim's research has been focused on counter transference issues in therapeutic settings, psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. Since 2008, Tim has presented his research findings and methodology at numerous national conferences in the U.S. and at the 6th World Women's Health Congress in Japan. His topics covered violent female offenders, women sentenced to life with no parole, and advocacy, care, and treatment considerations for transgender patients in correctional environments. In 1999, Tim won the first place at the Psychology Experimental Design Competition at the University of Oklahoma.

From 2004 to 2012, Tim underwent extensive professional training in dialectical behavior therapy under the tutelage of Drs. Alan Fruzzetti, Ali Hall, and Mardell Gavriel; bipolar spectrum disorders with Dr. John Preston; child sexual abuse with Dr. Eva McKenzie; clinical hypnosis with Dr. Michael Yapko; and clinical supervision under Drs. Carol Falender and Jane Campbell. 

In the early years of his career, Tim served as a soldier in the U.S. Army, specialist 4, and volunteered as an underprivileged youth and indigent men counselor.

Robin Krause Blitz, MD, FAAP

Robin Krause Blitz, MD, FAAP

Robin K Blitz, MD, is a board-certified developmental-behavioral pediatrician, the Senior Medical Director for the Special Needs Initiative at UnitedHealthcare, and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Child Health, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix.  She earned her medical degree from The Ohio State University and completed her pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC, followed by a fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Maryland. 

Robin Blitz has more than 26 years of experience in providing care for children with special needs, educating healthcare providers, residents, medical students, educators, and families, as well as creating and directing different patient-centered programs to serve children with ASD, ADHD, Down syndrome, Fragile X, and in foster/adopted homes.
She also directed the Early Access to Care-Az, a learning collaborative focused on early diagnosis and medical home care to children with Autism.

She is a fellow of the AAP and SDBP.  She was chosen as a Fellow of Zero-To-Three (1989) and an Arizona trainer on Early Brain and Child Development.  She has served on many local and state committees, including the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Autism, the Children’s Health Committee of First Things First, and the Arizona Telemedicine Council.  She participated on committees with the AzAAP, the Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group and the Fragile X Clinical and Research Consortium. 

She has received multiple awards including the Betty Kerr Volunteer of the year, YWCA Woman of the year in Science and Research, Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award, Mercy Maricopa RISE Award in Health and Innovation, and many local, state and national “Top Doctors” awards.   

Robin Blitz’s clinical interests include the special needs of foster and adopted children, prenatal alcohol and drug exposure, Down syndrome, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), ASD, Fragile X Syndrome, ADHD, learning disabilities, the care of premature infants, and children with multiple developmental disabilities. 

Marni Brooks, BSc, MSW, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Marni Brooks, BSc, MSW, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Dr. Marni Brooks began her education at McGill university where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in psychology and focused her thesis in the area of pediatric pain. She was then sponsored by a physician in Sydney, Australia to assist in his pediatric pain research. 

Upon her return to Canada, she completed a Master of Social Work degree where she spent years of training studying women's health and addiction as field placements. Her interest in addiction continued after she completed her medical degree and family medicine residency at the University of Toronto. 

She is now a Fellow in Family Medicine and, until now, has explored working in the areas of family medicine, sleep medicine, addiction medicine and cannabinoid medicine. Dr. Brooks also sat on the OMA Executive of the Section on Addiction Medicine for nearly a decade where she assisted with negotiations with the Ministry of Health on behalf of the members in her section. Most recently, she founded and is the Chair of the OMA Medical Interest Group in Cannabinoid Medicine, the first such group in the country.

Dr. Brooks currently focuses her work in Cannabinoid Medicine, her two main interests. She hopes to help educate her peers, the community and patients, as well as advocate for them, on the benefits of cannabis for a variety of health conditions, either as sole therapy or in conjunction with other treatments. Other experiences in Cannabinoid Medicine include speaking on the Northwinds panel for insurance providers and acting as an expert witness on the safety and medical uses of cannabis in a sentencing hearing.

Monica Broome, MD, FACP, FAACH, FAMWA

Monica Broome, MD, FACP, FAACH, FAMWA
Dr. Monica Broome is a world famous personality and is an international speaker for medicine, law, and business. Her interest is the neuroscience of communication and Listening. She is the CEO of Arete Medical Enterprise and the Director of the Communication Skills Program for University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The scope of this program includes the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty development levels.

Dr. Broome, formerly Dr. Harris, is an alumnus of the University Of Miami School Of Medicine. Her specialty is Internal Medicine for which she has received recognition and accolades from colleagues and patients, including a service award from the State of Virginia Department of Disabled American Veterans. She was the Founder and former Medical Director of the Women's Veterans Comprehensive Health Program, in Hampton Virginia. Dr. Broome was selected as one of the representatives from the state of Florida to participate in a National Summit on Women's Veterans Health Issues at the White House which resulted in a position paper for Congress. To continue her interest in promoting women's health, Dr. Broome currently serves on the Institute for Women's Health Education/Academic Training Subcommittee at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. In 2016 she was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the American Medical Women's Association. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American Academy of Communication in Healthcare.

Dr. Broome completed a three-year fellowship in Medical Education at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. During her fellowship, she participated in programs in healthcare communication at the Macy Institute. She is an educational director and master trainer for the Institute for Healthcare Communication. Her scholarly work includes presentations and workshops nationally for the Association of American Medical Colleges, Society of General Internal Medicine, Southern Group on Educational Affairs, and MGMA Medical Group Management Association. Her international presentations include the International Conference on Communication in Health Care and the International Academy of Law and Mental Health. She serves on the American College of Physicians Legislative Action Program for Health Care Reform, the Editorial Board of Medical Encounter, the Advisory Board for Florida International University Graduate School of Business Healthcare MBA program, and the test writing committee of the National Board of Medical Examiners for the United States Medical Licensing Examination.

Dr. Broome chaired the Committee on Communication and technology for the 2006 American Academy on Communication in Healthcare Annual Research and Teaching Forum and co-chaired the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare held in the USA in Miami, October 2009. In 2014, the European Association on Communication in Healthcare elected her to be Deputy National Representative for the United States. She was re-elected in 2016.

Dr. Broome serves on the Global Advisory Council of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence, and was named Vice Chair of the Global Listening Centre in 2018. 

Adam Byrd, MD

Adam Byrd, MD
Dr. Byrd received his bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 2000. He served as a cavalry officer in the Second Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Polk, Louisiana, from 2000-05 and was awarded for valor for his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003-04. While serving as an officer in the Mississippi Army National Guard in Jackson, he earned his M.D. at UMMC in 2011.

He then began his combined residency training in Internal Medicine and Dermatology in Minneapolis while serving as a major in the Medical Corps Branch of the Minnesota Army National Guard in Cottage Grove. Upon graduation from his residency in 2016, Dr. Byrd was elected by the dermatology faculty at Minnesota to receive the Rob Sias Award for Clinical Excellence, given annually to the graduating resident to whom faculty would most readily refer their family for dermatologic care.

He also is the recipient of various military awards, including Army Commendation Medals and Army Achievement Awards. Dr. Byrd continues to serve as a field surgeon in the Mississippi Army National Guard and returned from a deployment in Kuwait in December 2018.

Dr Byrd returned to Mississippi as the first full-time academic rural dermatologist on the faculty of the University of Mississippi. He lives and works in his home town of Louisville, a town with 6,400 residents with his wife Elisabeth and three children. Adam prides himself in being the kind of dermatologist who can do “everything” required to meet the needs of his community. Outside work, he enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, and reading romance novels.

Reneé Caputi, MBA, JD, LLM

Reneé Caputi, MBA, JD, LLM
Reneé is a trusted Advisor that provides consultative and advisory wealth planning to Cross-Border and US Entrepreneurs and Families. This includes coordinating the various specialty professionals needed for a tax, estate, or investment plan to ensure the best and most efficient structures and management are in place. She spearheads projects customized to help clients navigate the complex worlds of Income Taxation, Estate Taxation, Asset Protection, Succession Laws, and Family Dynamics. By making information more accessible, decision processes more transparent, and data more trackable she can help you Enhance your Alpha™.

She is a national speaker and educator on the topics of US and International Taxation, Asset Protection, Entrepreneurship, Estate Planning, Wealth Management, Considerations of Cross-Border Investing, and Business Topics like Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Management, and Due Diligence. Reneé is also co-founder of Virtus Technology Group, a cloud based decision support tool for Due Diligence in the Private Investment space.

Her international experience has taken her to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, and South America to work with clients on how to properly position themselves with their investments in the United States and throughout the world. 

Reneé' is a member of the NY State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Family Office Institute, and supports Envision Broward of the United Way. She holds the NASD Series 7 - General Securities, Series 63 & 65 and Florida Life, Health, & Disability Licenses and is a NY Bar admitted attorney.

Kathy L. Cerminara, JD, LLM, JSD

Kathy L. Cerminara, JD, LLM, JSD
Professor Kathy Cerminara bridges the medical and legal professions with her work on patients' rights in the end-of-life decision-making arena. She co-authors the nationally known treatise, 
The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking, and is a reviewer for several medical and medical-legal journals. Her scholarship most recently has focused on the intersection between end-of-life care, palliative care, and health care coverage policy. At the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, she is a full professor. She is also an affiliate faculty member at NSU's Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine.

Professor Cerminara teaches Torts; Health Policy, Bioethics & Quality of Care; Administrative Law; Civil Procedure; Bioethics; and other health-law-related courses. She also created and was the initial director of the online Master of Science in Health Law program for non-lawyers.

In 2017, she received a Scholars Award for innovative interprofessional work with the Broward County Mental Health Court.

Since 2012, she has been a member of the International Scientific Committee for the International Academy of Law & Mental Health, based in Montreal, Canada. In that position, she has co-organized the stream of therapeutic jurisprudence presentations for four of the Academy's bi-annual Congresses: one in Amsterdam in 2013, one in Vienna in 2015, one in Prague in 2017, and one in Rome in 2019. In recognition of that work, in 2017, the International Society of Therapeutic Jurisprudence awarded her and her co-organizer the first-ever Wexler/Winick Distinguished Service Award in Prague.

In recognition of that work, the International Society of Therapeutic Jurisprudence awarded her and her co-organizer the first-ever Wexler/Winick Distinguished Service Award in Prague.

Prior to joining the College of Law faculty, Professor Cerminara taught at the University of Miami School of Law and St. Thomas University School of Law, clerked in the Western District of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and practiced law with Reed Smith Shaw & McClay in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Professor Cerminara received her JD magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and her LLM and JSD from Columbia University. She is an affiliate member of the Health Law and Tort Trial and Insurance sections of The Florida Bar, a retired member of the Pennsylvania Bar, and a member of organizations such as the American Bar Association, the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Ashish Chandra, MBA, PHD

Ashish Chandra, MBA, PHD
Professor Ashish Chandra is a Professor of Healthcare Administration, College of Business at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL), Houston, Texas, USA where he also served as the Department Chair for over four years at UHCL. All together Dr. Chandra has over 20 years of university level teaching experience in the U.S. He is a well-recognized healthcare administration academician internationally and serves on the academic advisory board of several educational institutions in Turkey and India. He has also provided over a dozen Management Development Program, Faculty Development Programs, and professional consulting services to several healthcare and business organizations in the United States, India, Turkey, and aboard cruise ships. He actively served on the board of directors of several professional and community organizations in the United States. Over the past four years he has served as the Course Director and Speaker of five Continuing Education Programs for health professionals.

Dr. Chandra is a prolific researcher and has 75 publications in refereed journals, two edited books, ten book chapters, and over 250 publications in conference proceedings. He is an Executive Editor of the journal Hospital Topics (the oldest journal in healthcare administration field - almost 95 years in existence). He has served as the President of FOUR major international academic organizations - the Business and Health Administration Association; the Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators; the MBAA International; and the Federation of Business Disciplines. He has also served as the Program Chair of over a dozen major international conferences, held in U.S., India, Turkey, and U.K. as well as aboard cruise ships in the Caribbean, Alaska, Baltics, and Mediterranean.

Professor Chandra has received numerous awards and recognition related to teaching, research, and service throughout his career, including the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award by the National Society for Leadership Success; 2015 Outstanding Professor Award given by the University of Houston - Clear Lake Alumni Association; 2012 American College of Healthcare Executives Service Award; 2011 Outstanding Educator Award from the Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators; to name a few.

Nicole Harrington Cirino, MD

Nicole Harrington Cirino, MD
Dr. Nicole Cirino is a Reproductive Psychiatrist (Board Certified MD physician) and Associate Professor in both the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health Science University in Portland, Oregon. OHSU Center for Women's Health (CWH) is a National Center of Excellence for women's healthcare. 

It is a multi-specialty academic clinic treating exclusively women with a strong teaching and research component. She the Division Chief of the Women's Mental Health and Wellness Program at CWH as well as the Co-founder and Co-Director of the Menopause and Sexual Medicine Program at CWH. 

She has been fellowship trained in Reproductive Psychiatry since 2003. Reproductive Psychiatry is a specialty area of Psychiatry that focuses exclusively on the treatment of women across the reproductive life cycle. She has been practicing Sexual Medicine as a part of her practice since 1998. In the past 5 years she has expanded her work in Sexual Medicine to also include research and education. She teaches topics of both Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Female Sexual Medicine to medical students, residents and other academic medicine faculty nationally. 

Dr. Cirino is also a Certified Sex Therapist through the governing body AASECT, American Association of Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists. She also is skilled in Interpersonal, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and other therapeutic interventions. 

Dr. Cirino's research interests involve medical and behavioral therapy interventions for perinatal mental health conditions and female sexual dysfunction. She lives in Portland, Oregon and is married with three children. Traveling is one of her greatest passions.

Bill Clawson

Founder of Quest for Excellence™

Bill Clawson is a professional speaker, author and consultant since 1983. Upon retiring as a senior, decorated Naval Officer in 1994, Commander Clawson founded and currently serves as president of Quest for Excellence , a non-profit educational organization. Actively practicing in health care for over 35 years, Bill has an extensive clinical background in critical care and elder care, along with an extensive administrative background in medical staff development and health care administration.

He actively practices as a medical legal consultant, providing expert witness and expert consulting, specializing in health care administration and long term care. Bill has served as an educator-consultant to numerous federal and California state agencies including the California Department of Social Services, the Department of the Navy, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and Stanford University School of Medicine. He currently serves as an active member of numerous professional organizations and advisory committees related to long term care, and sits as a director of several nonprofit boards and foundations.

Bill has been a featured speaker for California Assisted Living Association, the Assisted Living Success National Conference, and many other organizations. An ardent advocate of the residential care and continuing care industry, he authors reports on public policy, and provides testimony to public agencies and advocacy groups on an ongoing basis. He is consistently described by audiences as engaging, empowering, a fierce advocate, invigorating, and fun!

Richard Colgan, MD

Richard Colgan, MD
Dr. Colgan’s career has been marked by a number of significant leadership initiatives and awards for teaching excellence, many coinciding with his 20-year tenure at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. As a professor of family and community medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he also serves as this vice chairman. Dr. Colgan has served as lead investigator on many research projects, including the Medical Student Experience with Primary Care Physicians, the Patient Centered Medical Home, and Care for the Underserved in Maryland, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration.

Dr. Colgan has been listed in Best Doctors in America, was chosen by the School of Medicine’s student body as its nominee for the Association of American Medical Colleges’ annual humanism award, and was inducted into the school’s Humanism Honor Society as well as Alpha Omega Alpha. In 2008, he was awarded the American Medical Student Association’s Golden Apple clinical faculty teaching award by the University of Maryland School of Medicine class of 2008.

Dr. Colgan is a colonel in the Maryland Defense Force, serving the state of Maryland as a volunteer physician in the 10th Medical Regiment. He is the author of two books: Advice to the Young Physician: On the Art of Medicine and Advice to the Healer: On the Art of Caring, both published by Springer. He serves as the director of the Maryland Area Health Education Center, the School of Medicine’s “Mini-Med School” and “Mini-Med School for Kids” programs, providing medical information to members of the local community. He also is the Director of the School of Medicine’s Executive Health Program.

David Colvin, MD, FAAP

David Colvin, MD, FAAP
David A. Colvin, MD, FAAP is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine. Originally from Seattle, WA, he holds a bachelors of science in Microbiology from the University of Washington where he also pursued post-baccalaureate work in medical ethics. He received his doctor of medicine from the American University of the Caribbean school of medicine. Following general pediatric residency at the University of Nevada School of Medicine Reno, David served as fellow in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University. His research focused on cancer stem-cell biology in the labs of Dr. Michael Clarke and Dr. Irving Weissman. 

After fellowship, Dr. Colvin returned to the Las Vegas area where he is clinical faculty at the University of Nevada Reno. He has served as residency site director for Sunrise Children's Hospital, Clerkship director for both pediatric and emergency medicine residencies in pediatric critical care medicine at Sunrise Children's Hospital and Medical Director for Pediatric and Neonatal Transport. Dr. Colvin's graduate education experience includes physician-as-educator training at Stanford University, the design and implementation of an individualized curriculum in critical care medicine for general pediatric residents, international lectureships and invited lectures for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Currently, Dr. Colvin resides in Seattle with his wife and children, where he continues to work in pediatric critical care medicine at Swedish Medical Center. David's interests include cycling, duathlons and civil aviation. 
 

Blaise L Congeni, MD

Blaise L Congeni, MD
Blaise L. Congeni, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and of Medical Microbiology at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED.) He also serves as Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Attending Physician at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio.

Dr. Congeni received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his pediatrics residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and his pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital

Dr. Congeni is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. A member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases Society of America, and American Society of Microbiology, Dr. Congeni has been named in the Best Doctors in America for more than a dozen years. He has been the recipient of numerous faculty awards including Leibelt-Wheeler, 1999, Legendary Service, 2013, Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence 6 times, honorary hooder by the graduating class 4 times, and he was elected Master Teacher at NEOMED, class of 2000.

Dr. Congeni serves as an editorial board member for Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice, and he is a past editorial board member for Concise Reviews of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He has authored more than 60 abstracts, book chapters, and peer-reviewed medical journal publications, and he has served as a guest editor of Pediatric Annals.

Joseph A. Congeni, MD

Joseph A. Congeni, MD

Joseph A Congeni, MD is the Medical Director of the Sports Medicine Center at Akron Children's Hospital as well an Professor of Pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Sports Medicine at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He developed the Primary Care Pediatrics Sports Medicine Fellowship at Akron Children's Hospital, the first of its kind at a pediatric hospital in the US in (1990).   He is a (1980) graduate of the University of Notre Dame; and received his medical degree from NEOMED in (1984).  Dr. Congeni is currently a team physician for the University of Akron and Archbishop Hoban High School since (1988). 

 

He has won many awards including: the OHSAA Respect the Game Award (2004-2005), the Ohio Athletic Trainer's Association’s Team Physician of the Year Award (2008), and Ohio Outstanding Team Physician by the Ohio State Medical Association (2008), Best Doctors in Northeast Ohio (2009-2019), the Dr. Carl Krill Award for humanism and excellence in the field of medicine from the Knights of Columbus (2013),Sports & Exercise Medicine Godfather, Cleveland Clinic (aka Warthog Society) (2017), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Thomas Shaffer National Award for significant contributions to the field of sports medicine (2018) and most recently was inducted to the Diocese of Cleveland CYO Hall of Fame in (2019).  

 

He is also a lead author on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Baseball/Softball Policy Statement issued March 2012.  Dr. Congeni’s media events vary from appearing on NBC’s TODAY Show in 2009 to his appearance on a PBS documentary entitled “The Smartest Team” in 2012 and a Sports Illustrated segment in 2014.  He also has been appearing on a weekly radio sports medicine segment since 1995.   In addition, he does about 10-15 media appearances and 25-35 speaking engagements, locally, regionally, and nationally per year. Joe and his wife Karen have six children.

 

Tara Dall, MD, FNLA

Tara Dall, MD, FNLA
Dr. Tara Dall is a board certified lipidologist with roots in family medicine and training at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She has spent the last 15 years using advanced biomarker testing in the clinical care of patients. She graduated in the inaugural class of Diplomates of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology in 2005. Her center achieved national recognition as the first fully certified Level II lipid clinic in the United States.

In 2008, Dr. Dall formed the Early Detection Center for heart disease and diabetes near Madison, Wisconsin and served as a clinical associate professor for the Medical College of Wisconsin. Two years later, she brought her fight against heart disease to the web, co-founding Lecturepad.org and FHITtv.org, web platforms that advance clinical understanding and application of advanced lipid and biomarker testing. 

For 3 years Dr. Dall served as Chief Medical Officer of Health Diagnostic Laboratory. As an author and educator on biomarker research focused on the role that insulin resistance plays in diabetes prevention she has expanded the education of physicians to prevent chronic disease. She has a special interest in insulin resistance's role in cardiovascular disease, women's heart disease, Autoimmune disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and obesity. She also serves as chief of cardiometabolic education at the non-profit Foundation for Health Improvement and Technology (FHIT).

Known for her passionate delivery of complex medical topics in patient-friendly terms, Dr. Dall is a sought after speaker, traveling the world to present research on advanced biomarkers. She is a also a regular go-to for reporters, appearing on Bloomberg News, CBS Sports, CNN Radio, Reach MD Satellite Radio, and RadioHealth Journal. She was also a regular guest on KTXD-TV's The Broadcast in Dallas, as well as programs on wabcradio.com (Optimal wellness and Forever Young). She continues to practice medicine as a physician founder of AvanceMD Concierge in Richmond, VA which incorporates cutting edge web based technology to the human touch of medicine, providing services to local as well as national and international clients.

Dereck DeLeon, MD

Dereck DeLeon, MD

Dr. Dereck DeLeon has been a Family Physician with Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California for the past 22 years and was the Program Director for the Kaiser Permanente Family Medicine Residency Program in San Diego as well as the Southern California Regional Chair for Diversity in Graduate Medical Education Committee. 

He was also the Co-Chair of the San Diego Graduate Medical Education Committee and the Chair of the San Diego, Innovation in Quality Education and Transformation Committee at Kaiser Permanente San Diego.

His leadership background also includes being on the Association of Family Medicine Residency Director Education and Program Director Development Committee as well past Chair of the Kaiser Permanente San Diego Continuing Medical Education Committee .He also has completed numerous Fellowships in Leadership, Faculty Development and Curriculum Design and Assessment.

Dr. DeLeon also maintains a busy clinical practice with Kaiser Permanente. He holds the appointment of Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Preventative Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. 

One of Dr DeLeon's passions is in developing community programs that seek to expose those from underrepresented backgrounds to the health care profession as well as to educate other healthcare providers around the issues of health inequities in our communities. Dr DeLeon help pioneer the Kaiser Permanente/ San Ysidro High School Summer Urban Fellowship which has helped provide the education/mentoring and role modeling for local high school, college and medical students from underrepresented groups ,who seek careers in medicine .

Dr. DeLeon has been an invited speaker at numerous venues and has presented numerous scholarly work at, the AAFP Annual Scientific Assembly , the AAFP Program Directors Workshop , the University of California San Diego School of Medicine , and the AAMC Minority Student Workshop among others. 

Tammie Lee Demler, PharmD, BS Pharm, MBA, RPh, BCGP, BCPP

Tammie Lee Demler, PharmD, BS Pharm, MBA, RPh, BCGP, BCPP

 Tammie Lee Demler received her Doctor of Pharmacy, Master of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science degrees at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. 

Dr  Demler is a dually Board-Certified Specialist in both Psychiatric and Geriatric Pharmacy and is currently the Director of Pharmacy Services and Pharmacy residency training at the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. 

She holds numerous academic appointments, including Clinical Associate Professor for SUNY Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Clinical Assistant Professor at SUNY School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, D'Youville College School of Pharmacy, University of Florida School of Pharmacy, and Clinical Instructor for the Erie County Community College Pharmacy Technician Certification Program.

She  collaborates with both the National Association of the Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) and the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties (BPS) to develop board examinations that establish the minimum competencies expected for new practitioners for practice in an ever changing clinical environment. Prior to embarking on her academic and institutional career, Dr. Demler's clinical practice focused on ambulatory care in community pharmacy.

Dr. Demler has authored and co-authored numerous original research articles and expert reviews for print media. She is a regular contributor to U.S. Pharmacist and reviewer for Pharmacist's Letter

Prior to launching Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice, Dr. Demler authored a chapter on insomnia in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy's (ACCP's) Ambulatory Care Self-Assessment. She also has provided expert pharmacotherapeutic consultation for other books such as the Side Effects of Drugs: Annual Volume 36 and Clinical Consult to Psychiatric Nursing for Advanced Practice . She has presented medication continuing education programs internationally and nationally, and is an Academic Educator for the New York State Medicaid Prescriber Education program sponsored by the New York Department of Health. 

Dr. Demler served as President of both the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York and the Pharmacists Association of Western New York. Dr. Demler is also a local media personality, hosting her own weekly TV talk show as well as a weekly community affairs radio segment. She has won a number of prestigious national, state, and local awards acknowledging both her professional and community-based contributions.

Kevin D. Dieckhaus, MD, FIDSA

Kevin D. Dieckhaus, MD, FIDSA
Kevin D. Dieckhaus, MD is Associate Professor of Medicine, the Director of Global Health and International Studies, and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UConn School of Medicine. 

Dr. Dieckhaus completed his Medical Schooling at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Internal Medicine training at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Connecticut. He is the clinical lead physician for the Infectious Diseases clinical services at UConn Health, and is the director of International Travel Medicine and Immunization Services at UConn Health Center, a program that provides pre-trip counseling, preventative interventions for over 1500 travelers per year.

He is the primary grantee for the University of Connecticut's Ryan White AIDS support services and New England AIDS Education and Training Center. He is a member of the global health clinical competency subcommittee of the Consortium of Universities in Global Health. 

Dr. Dieckhaus has developed linkages with numerous international partners to promote medical trainee learning in immersive cross-cultural settings. He is the medical director for the Clare Nsenga Foundation, a 501-c3 charitable organization that operates a rural medical clinic and associated public health‐related outreach programs in Kisoro, Uganda, where numerous medical trainees have participated in clinical medicine, public health programs, and community/global health research in Kisoro.
 

Glenn DuPont, DDS

Dr. DuPont moved to the west coast of Florida in 1970 and attended Gulf High School in New Port Richey, where he met Janet, his future wife, whom he married in 1975. In 1971 he attended the University of South Florida and played basketball for the Bulls while completing his undergraduate degree in Zoology in 1975. After graduating from Emory University School of Dentistry in 1979, he joined the practice of Dr. Peter Dawson and Dr. Pete Roach in St. Petersburg, Florida, and they practiced together until the retirements of Dr. Dawson and Dr. Roach. During all this time he has been learning, doing, and teaching restorative dentistry while enjoying his four children, Erin, Kristen, Catherine and Lauren, and now his three grandchildren.

He is a past president of the Pinellas County Dental Association and the Florida Academy of Dental Practice Administration. He taught at the L.D. Panky Institute for many years, and is currently the Director of Faculty at the Dawson Academy. Besides teaching large and small hands-on courses at the Dawson Academy, he has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. DuPont is involved with a large number of professional organizations and study groups, including the American Equilibration Society and the American Academy of Restorative Dentistry. He also stays very involved with community and church activities.

In a quote from Dr. Peter E. Dawson, he said, "I have called upon a number of special clinicians to provide the most current clinical updates for this text. Dr. Glenn DuPont, senior partner in my former practice, has been a tremendous resource and contributor. As Director of Faculty at the Dawson Center, he has developed an exceptional "hands-on" curriculum for teaching some of the most important concepts and techniques. He is a meticulous restorative dentist who excels in functional esthetics, so his contributions are much appreciated." Dr. Peter E. Dawson, Functional Occlusion From TMJ to Smile Design, Mosby, 2007

Duane C. Eichler, PhD

Duane C. Eichler, PhD
Dr. Eichler is presently a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Molecular Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. When he retired in June, 2012, Dr. Eichler was Professor and Vice Chair of Molecular Medicine, he held two joint appointments; one as Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes, and the other as Professor in the School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences.

He was also the Basic Science Director of the Signature Interdisciplinary Program in Cardiovascular Research at USF Health. He received his undergraduate training at San Jose State University in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry, and graduated with Great Distinction. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA in Biological Chemistry followed by postdoctoral training at Stanford University, School of Medicine. 

In June, 1977, he joined the Department of Biochemistry (renamed Molecular Medicine), in the College of Medicine at the University of South Florida. Dr. Eichler is still active providing invited talks and consultations, and currently chair's The Villages Community Advisory Council with oversight of cooperative university related clinical research activities.

Dr. Eichler is a dedicated and gifted teacher and has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious James Krivanek Award, awarded annually to an outstanding teacher at USF, and the Outstanding Preclinical Professor Award, awarded annually by students of the Morsani College of Medicine. He was the first recipient of the Outstanding Lifetime Educational Excellence Award for 2010 -2011. Dr. Eichler has mentored numerous high school students and teachers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and medical students. 

As a Course Director, Dr. Eichler was responsible for the development and implementation of several interdisciplinary courses for medical students (Molecular Biology & Human Genetics; Human Molecular Genetics & Biochemistry; Molecular, Cellular & Genetic Basis of Medicine; Molecular Medicine) taught jointly by faculty from several departments.

From 2003 to 2010 he served as Director of an interdisciplinary and integrated course for first-year Medical Students entitled Molecular Medicine. This course was highly rated by both students and participating faculty, and was attributed in large part to Dr. Eichler's exceptional commitment, leadership and attention to detail. He was an invited Member of the Biochemistry Test Committee (1988 - 1991), Molecular and Cell Biology Task Force (1992 - 1994) and the Step 1 Human Development Pool Review Committee (1996) for the National Board of Medical Examiners. 

Dr. Eichler has established an exemplary record in the area of service. He was the driving force behind the development of an active interdisciplinary Health Science Center Obesity Group. He organized a highly successful national Conference on Obesity and served as Director for seven years. The success of the Conference on Obesity also gained attention and support from the State of Florida, Department of Health, American Heart Association, and Tampa General Hospital. 

In addition, Dr. Eichler was actively involved in community outreach programs for the University and USF Health as a frequent featured speaker on Obesity, and in particular, Childhood Obesity for local community groups, local high schools and the USF Health Mini-Medical School (2001 and 2004). From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Eichler was a volunteer liaison between USF Health and The Villages of Florida, providing support for The Villages / USF Health Alliance, as well as promoting participation of The Villages Charter High School Science Fair winners in USF Health Research Day. Dr. Eichler currently chair's The Villages Community Advisory Council. 
 

Osman El-Labban, MD

Osman El-Labban, MD
Dr. Osman’s  interest in medicine started early in his life and developed with days till his graduation as family physician from American University of Beirut (A.U. B.) in 1985, which allowed him to reflect this interest through outmost caring & commitments to his patients.

His patients can feel how easily he can gain rapport with them, allowing them comfortably to approach him for any health problem, and on how much he cares for their safety. In addition, he has  the talent of explaining health problems in a very simple way that helped him to be a popular public speaker and writer of medical articles aiming to educate general public.

He started his career by working in the staff clinic of A.U.B., untili he moved to primary healthcare department of Dubai Health Authority(DHA)  to be the first family physician in Dubai in 1986.

In DHA, he could prove himself and attain different posts as doctor in charge for different health centers, member of executive committee of the department and up to co-director of the family medicine residency program In DHA. During these years, he succeeded in different endeavors, which varied from managerial, clinical, to academic, all of which helped him in building his reputation, fame and identity as one of the pioneer family physicians in UAE.

The opportunity came few years ago to move to the private sector, when he joined Al Zahra hospital Dubai where he could achieve further success by establishing the family medicine department in the hospital, allowing him to serve as a role model of the family physician with various potentials in the hospital settings.

He has  been chosen among the top 25 family physicians in Dubai & has achieved the first rank leader of the team of the year 2017 at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai.

The future still promises for more challenges ….  By employing his accumulated expertise over 30 years, he is still seeking an opportunity to broaden his responsibilities in both clinical & managerial fields of healthcare, where he will be then steer a bigger team of physicians who can provide a higher standard of healthcare and excellence.

Marshall D. Fagin, DDS Prosthodontist

Dr. Marshall Fagin is a Prosthodontist and as an international lecturer and educator for over 35 years, he frequently updates his colleagues on the most recent advances in his specialty, including cosmetic and implant dentistry and on complex major crown and bridge cases.

In 2013 he received the highest honor given by his local Dental Society, the coveted Frank Stone Award, for his many years of contributions to dentistry, dental education and to organized dentistry. While in private practice, he is also a part-time Associate Professor at SUNY’s Dental School in the Post-Grad Prosthodontic Residency Program and was instrumental in starting implant dentistry education there in the late 1980’s.

He has conducted several “Hands-On” courses for dentists on “Anterior Esthetic Makeovers” at the school’s Esthetic Dentistry Education Center and for the University of Florida School of Dentistry’s Mastership Program in Fixed Prosthetics as well as Esthethics and Implant courses for AGD chapters.

Dr. Fagin served as Prosthodontist adviser and presentor for several Implant Study Clubs over the past 26 years. He presents for Dental Laboratories around the country to help dentists get back to the basics so labs can provide them with better outcomes.  He was voted by his colleagues to “Best Dentists in America” 2004/2005 and 2013, “Global Who’s Who Man of the Year” in Dental Health 2008, “Top Dentists” 2008/2014/2015/2017/2018 and was elected to faculty membership in the Honorary Dental Society Omicron Kappa Upsilon.

He was awarded Diplomat status in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists in 1994 and is a Fellowship recipient of the International College of Dentists for his contributions to Dentistry.  Dr. Fagin also served on faculty for the Misch Implant Institute 1991-1993 (Detroit, Michigan) and 2005-2006 (Rochester, NY).

Kevin L. Ferguson MD, FACEP

Kevin L. Ferguson MD, FACEP
Dr. Ferguson is currently Professor of Emergency Critical Care Medicine at Cobia Delta Medical Center in Visalia, California , where he is also Medical Director for the Stroke Program, associate program director for the Emergency Medicine residency program, and Chair of the Internal Review Board at Cobia.

He has academic appointment as Professor of Emergency Critical Care Medicine at the University of California Irvine, and the American University Antigua. He has lectured extensively on topics in emergency critical care as well as international & global health medicine.

Dr. Ferguson is an emergency intensivist physician and a graduate of University of Michigan medical school. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Martin Luther King LA County medical center in 1988. He also complete a critical care Fellowship at State University of New York in Syracuse in 1991. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Board Eligible in Critical Care Medicine. 

He was a member of the founding faculty in emergency medicine at the University of Michigan from 1991 through 1997. He joined the faculty at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 2001 and founded the emergency medicine residency program at UF. 

He also founded the emergency medicine track for the critical care Fellowship at University of Florida with the Department of anesthesiology. At that time, he held a dual appointment in emergency medicine and anesthesiology critical care and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010.

He was a member of the University of Florida's NASA medical support team from 2001 until the end of the shuttle program in 2011; during the last three years, he was medical director of the medical support team. At the University of Florida, he was recognized as a master educator in medical education and twice received exemplary teacher awards from University of Florida. He was subsequently inducted as a member of the Society of Teaching Scholars in Medical Education at the University in 2011. Also at the University of Florida, he founded "Project Thailand" a global health program designed to teach students and residents topics in tropical medicine and global health, as well as bring primary medical care to the hill tribes people of northern Thailand.

He enjoys attending concerts, hunting sharks teeth on the beach, golf, and international travel.

Thomas M File Jr., MD, MSc, MACP, FIDSA, FCCP

Thomas M File Jr., MD, MSc, MACP, FIDSA, FCCP
After graduating from medical school at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1972, Dr. File received his Master of Science in medical microbiology from Ohio State University in Columbus, in 1977, where he also completed his fellowship in infectious diseases. 

Dr File is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and Past President of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). He is a Master of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, and a member of the American Thoracic Society. He is a past Chairperson of the Standards and Practice Guidelines Committee of the IDSA and served as a member of several guideline panels. He is a past-president of the Infectious Disease Society of Ohio. 

Primary research interests that Dr File has pursued include respiratory tract infections, immunizations in adults, antimicrobial stewardship, and evaluation of new antimicrobial agents. A frequent lecturer nationally and internationally, he has published more than 250 articles, abstracts, and textbook chapters, focusing on the diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of infectious diseases, especially on respiratory tract infections and antimicrobial stewardship. He received the Watanakunakorn Clinician Award from the IDSA in 2013 and the John P Utz Leadership award from NFID in May 2017. 
He authors sections on community-acquired pneumonia, acute bronchitis, and hospital-acquired pneumonia in UpToDate. He is Editor-in-Chief of Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice

Gregory Firestone, PhD

Gregory Firestone, PhD

Gregory Firestone, PhD, is Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Public Health and President of My Florida Mediator.  Dr. Firestone previously served on the faculty of the USF Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine was Director of the University of South Florida Conflict Resolution Collaborative for twenty-two years.

Gregory  Firestone served on standing alternative dispute resolution committees of the Florida Supreme Court for more than two decades (including seven years as Vice Chair of the Court's Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules and Policy Committee) and as Official Observer (on behalf of the Association for Conflict Resolution and the Academy of Family Mediators) to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws Uniform Mediation Act Drafting Committee. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Family Court Review and has received numerous awards including the Florida Supreme Court Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution Award and the Florida Academy of Professional Mediators Merit Award.

Dr. Firestone is a licensed psychologist (PY3033), mediator, mediation trainer and dispute resolution system consultant and has maintained a private mediation practice since 1984. Gregory Firestone is a practicing 1) Florida Supreme Court certified Appellate, Circuit Court, Dependency, and Family Mediator, 2) Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Advanced Practitioner, and 3) Diplomate Member of the Florida Academy of Professional Mediator.

Dr. Firestone has lectured and published widely in the field of mediation including a recent article he co-authored on mandatory pre-suit medical malpractice mediation and is co-author of Mediation Works: Make it Work for You, a mediation orientation video produced by the Florida Supreme Court Dispute Resolution Center.

Marna Rayl Greenberg, DO, MPH

Marna Rayl Greenberg, DO, MPH
Marna Rayl Greenberg, DO, MPH, is the Vice-Chair of the Department of Emergency and Hospital Medicine, Research at Lehigh Valley Health Network and Professor, USF Morsani College of Medicine. She completed her Master’s at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has research and publication experience related to the prevention of alcohol and tobacco abuse and resolving gender differences in education and care provided in the Emergency Department.

In 2014 she co-chaired the Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference that put forth the national research agenda on Gender Specific Research in Emergency Medicine. She is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a member of the American Osteopathic Association.

She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors such as completing her certification as a physician executive (2011), receiving the LVHN Medical Staff Research Award (2019), receiving the USF Theodore/Venette Ashounes-Ashford Distinguished Scholar Award, receiving nomination and induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (2018), receiving the American College of Emergency Physicians recognition award for longevity in Emergency Medicine (2014), receiving the Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine Momentum Award (2014), receiving the Unsung Hero award from the American Osteopathic Association (2014) , receiving the Soroptimist International Ruby Award (2010) for Women Helping Women; the FHS Distinguished Alumna Award (2006); the Pennsylvania American College of Emergency Physicians 2005 Emergency Physician of the Year Award; the Physician Service Star Award (2004) for ER Preventive Health Initiatives; and Koop Community Service Award (2000).

John Gums, PharmD

John Gums, PharmD
Dr. Gums is a Professor of Pharmacy and Medicine in the Departments of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research and Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida. Additionally, he holds the title of Associate Dean for Clinical and Administrative Affairs in the College of Pharmacy. He received his undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Subsequently, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Gums is actively involved in teaching both in the College of Pharmacy and the College of Medicine. He has received the Faculty Recognition Award from the College of Pharmacy, Exemplary Teacher Award from the College of Medicine, and twice was selected as Teacher of the Year by the University of Florida, Department of Family Medicine.

He has authored over 200 peered-review articles, 26 continuing education programs, and 24 book chapters. He has given over 110 invited presentations to national and international pharmacy and medical associations. He maintains an active clinical research program, including past funding from the NIH. Currently, he is a co-investigator on numerous NIH-funded trials evaluating the impact and role of pharmacogenomics in the treatment of patients with hypertension.

Dr. Gums maintains membership in ASHP, AACP, and ACCP. He is a member of the Family Medicine Editorial Advisory Council for the Annals of Pharmacotherapy, and is a Scientific Editor for the journal Pharmacotherapy. In 1993, he was appointed by the governor as a member of the State of Florida Pharmacy Services and Technical Review panel. In 1997, he received the Outstanding Clinical Practice Award from ACCP. In 2002, Dr. Gums served as a Primary Health Care Policy Fellow through the office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services in Washington DC. And in 2007, he was elected as a Fellow in the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

George D. Harris, MD, MS

George D. Harris, MD, MS
Dr. Harris received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University Of Mississippi School Of Medicine in 1982 and completed a three-year residency in the Department of Family Medicine through the University of Florida and Jacksonville Health Education Program in 1985. He was in solo medical practice for 12 years prior to entering academic medicine for the past 21 years.

Presently, he has dual roles at West Virginia University Eastern Campus, Professor and Chair, of in the Department of Family Medicine and the Medical Director, of University Healthcare Physicians (UHP)-Primary Care Division. He is a member of the UHP Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee, and UHP Strategic Planning Committee.

Dr. Harris has lectured at national, state, and local meetings since 1997 on various topics in sports medicine, exercise testing, diabetes, women's health topics and cardiovascular disease. 

He has been active at the state and national level for the specialty of family medicine. He served on multiple committees for the Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP), before serving two terms on their Board of Directors and the officer level, becoming President of FAFP in 2000. He was the first recipient of the FAFP Young Leader Award. He also served on the Missouri Board of Family Physicians during his time in Missouri. 

He was awarded an honorary member of the Mortar Board National Honor Society in 2012. He was named to "Kansas City Super Doctors" for 2007-2013. He was listed in the Consumers' Research Council of America "Guide to America's Top Family Doctors" for 2006. 

Dr. Harris was appointed to the Society of Teachers for Family Medicine (STFM) National Clerkship Curriculum Editorial Board and served for four years. He is a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners Family Medicine Task Force and is an AMSSM Fellowship In-training Item Exam Writer. 

He was a member of The Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD) of the Health Resources and Services Administration; appointed by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services. Dr. Harris was appointed by previous Florida governor, Jeb Bush to the State of Florida Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Commission. 

Dr. Harris a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and a member of the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and has his subspecialty Certification of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine.

Amy Harvey-O'Keeffe, MD, FACOG

Amy Harvey-O'Keeffe, MD, FACOG
Recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as a Top Doc in the Greater Philadelphia area, Dr. Amy Harvey O’Keeffe is a Board-Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist in private practice at the Center for Women’s Health, a division of Axia Women’s Healthcare located in Langhorne, PA. Over the past 25 years she has developed a specialized interest in menopausal medicine and women’s sexual health concerns. Dr. Harvey O’Keeffe is also a Master Level Reiki Practitioner and is known for her unique practice style that blends wellness coaching, integrative medicine, and comprehensive women’s healthcare.

Dr. Harvey O’Keeffe received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, where she also completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She currently holds attending hospital staff positions at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Langhorne, PA, and Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, NJ.

Dr. Harvey O’Keeffe speaks both locally and internationally, educating healthcare professionals and community members on women’s health and wellness topics. In 2010, Dr. Harvey established The GyniGirls, a monthly cancer support group for women with gynecological cancers. Since 2010, Dr. Harvey O’Keeffe has served as an Advisory Board member for The Teal Tea Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding research for ovarian cancer. Dr. Harvey O’Keeffe’s humanitarian work includes her co-leadership of an annual medical mission to the Dominican Republic for ten years.

C. William Hinnant, Jr. MD JD DABU FCLM

Bill Hinnant, Principal in the firm Medicolegal Consultants, LLC, is a Urologist and Health Care Attorney admitted to the South Carolina trial and appellate courts, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. His legal practice focuses on medical malpractice, qui tam litigation, administrative health law, white collar crime, drug matters, insurance law, healthcare business and transactions, workers compensation and social security disability. His medical interests include infertility, reproductive endocrinology, oncology, voiding dysfunction, renovascular disease and general urology. He is a long-term member of his state’s Federal Criminal Justice Act Attorney Panel with expertise in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Hinnant is Past President and Counsel of the American College of Legal Medicine.  He has authored amicus briefs and regulatory comments for national medical organizations.  He has advised or represented over 250 physicians in licensing, peer review and credentialing matters. He is active in assisting physicians and attorneys with substance abuse and addiction and is Membership Chair for the World Association for Medical Law.  He is an Adjunct Assoc. Professor of Public Health Sciences at Clemson University, an Instructor in Health Law at Limestone College and has served as a Final Moot Court Judge twice at the National Health Law Moot Court Competition held at the Southern Indiana University College of Law.

Hinnant and his wife, Virginia, have four adult children and two grandchildren.  They enjoy sports, travel, music, theater, travel and cooking.  They attend Renaissance Weekend, an ideas think tank established by Bill and Hilary Clinton, on an annual basis.

James Hogg, DDS, DABDSM

James Hogg, DDS, DABDSM
Dr. Hogg received his DDS from the University of Illinois College Of Dentistry. He was a Clinical Instructor at the school in the Fixed Prosthodontics Department. He currently lectures for the mini-residency program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Dental School on the topic of Dental Sleep Medicine.

He practiced general restorative dentistry in his own dental office for 25 years and entered into the field of Dental Sleep Medicine in 2007. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) in 2010. Dr. Hogg joined Midwest Dental Sleep Center in 2009, where his practice was limited to the treatment of patients diagnosed with Sleep Disordered Breathing.

He was the Dental Director of their AADSM Accredited Dental Sleep Centers in the Oak Brook and Chicago, IL locations. He has worked with and worn over twenty different oral appliances and has delivered over 2,000 devices.  Dr. Hogg currently practices with Phillips and Schmitt, DDS in Asheville, NC. He has served on the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) Dental School Curriculum Committee, Accreditation Committee, Ethics Committee and the Educational Committee.

He was the former Chairman of the Educational Committee and Chairman of the Essentials of Dental Sleep Medicine Course. He is a frequent speaker for the AADSM and has presented several times at their Annual Meeting. He currently lectures for the AADSM Mastery Program. In addition to the AADSM, he speaks nationally to dentists, physicians, RPSGT’s and the general public on the topic of Dental Sleep Medicine.

Stephen R. Holt, MD, MS, FACP

Stephen R. Holt, MD, MS, FACP
Dr. Holt attended Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons, and subsequently completed his residency and Chief Residency at Yale School of Medicine's Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program before joining the faculty. He has served as the Associate Program Director of Yale's Primary Care Program since 2010. His areas of interest include addiction medicine, medical education, and the art and science of physical diagnosis. He is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. 

Current clinical activities include ambulatory clinic precepting, co-directing Yale's Addiction Recovery Clinic, and general medicine ward attending several months per year. He is the director of Musculoskeletal Education and Addiction Medicine Education within the Primary Care training program, and codirects the Clinician Educator Distinction Track within the Department of Medicine. He has won numerous teaching awards at Yale and nationally, including the Faculty Teacher of the Year Award (Yale Primary Care Residency, 2009 and 2017), the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award (Yale School of Medicine, 2014), and the New Investigator/Educator Award (Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse,2016) and gives recurring lectures on physical diagnosis, medical education, and addiction medicine topics both at Yale and nationally. 

Dr. Holt has authored numerous articles, reviews, and book chapters on addiction medicine topics and is a premier author for Yale's Office-based Medicine Curriculum, used by over 200 residency programs nationally.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Holt is an avid guitarist and naturalist who genuinely enjoys the art and science of tree identification. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and their two daughters (9 and 10 years old) that entertain him nightly. 

Kim Hutchinson, EdD, MS, MSN, BSN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN

Kim Hutchinson, EdD, MS, MSN, BSN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN
Dr. Kim Hutchinson is a hospital-based advance practice psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist and faculty consultant for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Credentialed as a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) currently seeking waiver training for buprenorphine prescription privileges. Credentialed to diagnose, assess, and treat persons with substance use disorders under the Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist membership for the state of North Carolina. Professional work involves assurances that healthcare systems interface and integrate unique behavioral and substance use health needs of consumers across the lifespan. Adoption of evidence-based practices are the promoted standard.

Dr. Hutchinson has collaborated in writing the Review and Resource Manual – Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing (5th ed) resource and a chapter on Geriatric Mental Health for the Nursing Knowledge Center arm of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This work incorporates knowledge derived from role delineation studies to develop additional accompanying materials: (1) case studies; (2) questions, answers and rationales; (3) workbooks; (4) face-to-face 2-day live reviews; and (4) learning module redesign to online audio-visual modules, all purposed to lead to successful attainment of board certification (BC) in psychiatric mental health nursing.

Dr. Hutchinson is an officer in NC American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) membership activities, and national APNA activities. With APNA, Dr. Hutchinson is a facilitator for the Suicide Assessment and Prevention certification course, the Recovery to Practice modules, and co-developed the Transitions to Practice online education module set.

Dr. Hutchinson has worked in nursing since 1976 in roles as clinician, university faculty, researcher, expert, author, test item developer (for NCLEX-RN and ANCC), consultant, and speaker. Recognition and awards have been earned from colleagues across local, national, and international practice regions.

BSN: 1977
MSN: 1980
EdD: 1996
MS: 2003

Jerry G. Ninia, MD, RVT

Jerry G. Ninia, MD, RVT
Dr. Ninia is the Director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson , NY and a Clinical Associate Professor of OB/GYN at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.
He received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and continued his post graduate training at Nassau County Medical Center. For over 20 years, he has maintained two separate private practices in both OB/GYN and Phlebology. He has lectured internationally on the topic of women's health and venous disease and has authored 3 text book chapters and over 25 articles in peer reviewed journals. 

A Fellow of the American College of OB/GYN's, Surgeons and Phlebologists, he is board certified in OB/GYN as well as Phlebology and was instrumental in the creation of the nationally administered Phlebology board certification exam. He is certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography as a Registered Vascular Technologist. He has served as a member of the American College of Phlebology Board of Directors and the Phlebology Foundation Board. He has served on the Catholic Health Services of Long Island Board of Trustees and helped create initiatives to improve patient safety in Labor and Delivery. His efforts resulted in St. Charles hospital earning the Healthcare Association of New York State Pinnacle Award for quality and patient safety along with his earning the prestigious Theodore Roosevelt award given to those individuals who provide outstanding voluntary contributions and leadership at Long Island hospitals.

Warren F. Jesek, DDS, MAGD

Dr Jesek presents a fresh, common sense approach to the world of general dentistry. His passion will excite, motivate and inspire, as well as challenge dentists to be the best that they can become. The true strength of what Dr Jesek has to offer dentists is his message of comprehensive care for the entire family and a method to deliver excellence with consistency.

He graduated from Millikin University with a B.A. in biology and chemistry in 1974. He completed graduate studies in anatomy at the University of Nebraska before attending Loyola University Dental School where he received his dental degree in 1979. He has maintained a private general practice in Decatur, Illinois since 1979. Unique to the area, his practice houses a crown and bridge laboratory with three technicians focusing on using CAD/CAM milling technology to produce metal-free inlays, crowns and bridges Dr. Jesek continued his dental training at The Pankey Institute for Advanced Education beginning in 1986 and is a current member of the L.D. Pankey Dental Foundation. He became a teaching assistant in their TMJ dissection course in 1997.

Dr. Jesek is also the founder of Jesek Seminars: Promoting and Teaching Excellence in Dentistry. He has presented at national meetings for the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Equilibration Society, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pain Management. His articles have been published in Dentistry Today, Dental Economics, the Pankeygram, and the American Equilibration Society's Contact.

Jeffrey M. Kagan, MD, CMD, FACP

Jeffrey M. Kagan, MD, CMD, FACP
Jeffrey Kagan earned two Bachelors' Degrees: Biology, and Health Sciences, a Masters' Degree in Physiology, and his MD degree. Prior to medical school he was a Certified Physician Assistant. He completed his residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine as well a second board certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. He is also a Certified Medical Director (CMD) for Long Term Care by AMDA. Dr. Kagan is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He currently teaches medical, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students and as well as internal medicine residents.

Dr. Kagan has is frequently called upon by his peers regarding the Business Aspects and Practice Management of Medicine, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Medical Economics. He has done consulting for attorneys, insurance, as well as pharmaceutical and wealth management companies. In addition to his busy private primary care practice, Dr. Kagan is currently the medical director of a skilled nursing facility, a home health agency and previously a hospice agency. He is a Professional Director with HAVEN, an agency that advocates and monitors impaired health professionals. He has served as an Expert Witness for both plaintiff and defendant sides of malpractice cases.

His special interests include: Diving Medicine, Business Aspects of Practice, Medical Legal Cases, Risk Management, Medical Trivia and Impaired Health Professionals. His hobbies include: Bicycling, Boating, Scuba diving, Golf and Skiing.

Colin G. Kaide, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, UHM

Colin Kaide is an associate professor of Emergency Medicine at the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. As a native of Chicago, Illinois, he completed Undergraduate Studies and Medical School at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. He completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the Ohio State University (1993-1996). After residency, he served as the assistant director of the emergency department in Lima, Ohio for 3 years while serving as part-time faculty at OSU. In 2000 he joined the department at OSU as a full-time faculty member. He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and Hyperbaric Medicine. In addition to emergency medicine and hyperbarics, he completed advanced training in wound care and is certified by the Council for Medical Education and Testing. He does wound care at the Ohio State Comprehensive Wound Center.

His academic interests include: Medical education, Rapid-Sequence Intubation and the Advanced Management of the Difficult Airway, Hematological and Oncological Disorders, Anticoagulation and its Reversal, Procedural Sedation, Hyperbaric Medicine and Chronic Wound Care. He was honored as "Teacher of the Year" for the Department of Emergency Medicine (2008) and has received both the OSU College of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award (2004) and Outstanding Teaching Award (2008). He is core faculty in the Emergency Medicine residency program at OSU.

One of his outside interests is martial arts. He has participated in the combative arts since 1978 and holds a 3rd-degree black belt in Goshin Jitsu. He has been a teacher of self-defense since high school and has developed a specialized course for EMS providers and healthcare professionals. He has also been a principal developer and Chief Medical Editor for a medical software company that produces a computer-based electronic medical record product that creates computerized ED and inpatient discharge instructions, prescriptions, and work excuses with over 800 hospitals using the software and instructions.

Adam C. Kaplan MD, FACP

Adam C. Kaplan MD, FACP
Dr. Adam Kaplan was born and raised in Keyport, New Jersey. He received his undergraduate degree from Rowan University and his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine, graduating with high honors. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Jersey Shore University Medical Center where he was selected as Chief Resident. Dr. Kaplan stayed true to his roots and is currently a Board certified physician practicing Internal Medicine at Jersey Shore University Medical Center; Dr. Kaplan also serves as full time faculty in the Internal Medicine Residency program. 

Since graduating from residency, Dr. Kaplan has stayed active in the academic arena of medicine in both clinical and research roles. Dr. Kaplan is the attending of record for residents, on a regular basis, and takes pride in focusing on, not only, evidence based care but also on teaching physicians humility with a bedside approach. He is the lead faculty for the resident driven, quality improvement initiative and is currently overseeing 9 projects by the 1st and 2nd year residents. 

Dr. Kaplan is an active member of the ACP, achieving Fellow status in 2017, and is involved at local and national meetings. Past activities included Leadership Day, where important healthcare initiatives where discussed in Washington, DC, as a judge at the NJ regional meeting, as well as an appointment to the Early Career Physician Council. 

Dr. Kaplan believes that in order to excel at medicine you must enjoy it and while medicine should be a priority in your life, it should not encompass it. To encourage a more balanced life, Dr. Kaplan is an aspiring photographer and enjoys submitting his photos to the Hackensack Meridian Health Photography expo each year. He also keeps a focus on a healthy lifestyle that includes running, biking, and swimming (triathlons). The most rewarding of all is his family, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son. 

Ann M. Karty, MD, MBA, FAAFP

Ann M. Karty, MD, MBA, FAAFP
Dr. Karty is a Board Certified Family Medicine physician and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She holds medical licenses in Kansas, Missouri, South Carolina and Illinois. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and a medical degree from the University of Missouri ‐ Kansas City School of Medicine and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from the University of Kansas ‐ School of Business. 

Dr. Karty joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (BlueKC) as Medical Director in 2016. Previously, Dr. Karty served as Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, both located in the Kansas City metropolitan area. 

Dr. Karty served as the Medical Director in the Continuing Medical Education Division at the American Academy of Family Physicians, having been a member of that organization throughout her medical career, joining in the late 1980's. In addition to creating innovative educational formats, planning CME meetings, and AAFP governance, she represented the Academy at national organizations including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the Brookings Institute, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), and just completed a multi-year term as Co-Chair of the Inter-Society Coordinating Committee (ISCC) of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a team highlighting integration of practitioner education and genomics around the world.

Dr. Karty has moderated meetings, both nationally and internationally throughout her career, and served as a member representative on a Gender Equity in Medical Testing Consensus Group meeting at Georgetown University for Hadassah, helping to craft legislative policy supporting the work of that team, while also serving as co-chair for the National Hadassah Physicians’ Council and helping to create continuing medical education meetings in Israel and serving the Greater Kansas City Hadassah as the Vice President of Membership. Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for Congregation Beth Shalom and is the Vice President of Programming, as well as a leadership position with the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Johnson County Mental Health (in Johnson County, Kansas).

Daniel B. Kessler, MD, FAAP

Daniel B. Kessler, MD, FAAP
Dr. Kessler is a board certified Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician with over 35 years of clinical experience. For 21 years he was the Director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Children's Health Center of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center.

Prior to his recent retirement from clinical practice he was the Medical Director of the Children's Developmental Center at Southwest Human Development where he established a transdisciplinary evaluation program for young children with complex developmental and behavioral problems.

He also ran his private practice in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Daniel B. Kessler MD and Associates. Danny received his MD degree at New York University School of Medicine and completed his Internship and Residency Training both at NYU-Bellevue in New York and at Children's Hospital Boston where he did both an Ambulatory Pediatric Residency and completed fellowship training in Family Violence and then in Child Development with noted "baby doctor" T. Berry Brazelton MD.

From 1983 to 1990 Danny was the Director of the Division of Child Development and Behavior and the Carl C. Icahn Program for the Prevention of Child Abuse at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in NYC. In addition to his abiding interest in babies and the earliest relationships, Danny applied his expertise and experience in the evaluation of children with autistic spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and related co-morbidities, problems of learning and emotional adjustment, feeding and self-regulation.

In 1999 Danny coedited with his colleague Peter Dawson MD the book Failure to Thrive and Pediatric Undernutrition: A Transdisciplinary Approach with the expressed purpose of ending the use of the pejorative “Failure to Thrive” label. Recently Danny has been working with a distinguished multidisciplinary group through the organization “Feeding Matters” to revise our understanding of Pediatric Feeding Disorders.

In 2013 Danny was honored by the Phoenix Business Journal as it’s Health Care Hero in the Physician category. He has also been selected on numerous occasions as a Best Doc by Phoenix Magazine and Best Doctors of America. In 2018 he became a consultant to the Autism Center of Excellence at Touchstone Behavioral Services in Phoenix, Arizona and he continues to provide consultation in developmental and behavioral pediatrics in legal and educational settings when asked to do so.

Daniel H. Kett, MD

Daniel H. Kett, MD
Daniel H. Kett, MD, is the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Critical Care at University of Miami Hospital and a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and his medical degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Kett completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine followed by a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Kett has strong clinical and research interests in severe ICU related infections, including invasive candidiasis and healthcare associated pneumonia,and infection control practices in the ICU.

Dr. Kett is an investigator for the Mycoses Study Group, a large multidisciplinary group of researchers with a primary focus on studying serious infections, and is active in several projects related to fungal infections in critically ill patients.

Results of his research have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Critical Care Medicine, Chest, and the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Kett has presented at numerous scientific meetings and has been an invited lecturer at national and international conferences.

Dana E. King, MD, MS

Dana E. King, MD, MS
Dr. King is a board certified family physician who has served as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at West Virginia University since 2012. Prior to that he was Vice Chair of Family Medicine and Director of Research at Medical University of South Carolina, and previously, was on the faculty of the East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine. 

Throughout his career he has been a clinical researcher and educator with several areas of emphasis including lung disease, cardiovascular risk reduction, and clinical epidemiology. He was co-founder of the WV Practice-Based Research Network and is a senior leader in the WV Clinical Translational Science Institute. He has been a leader of the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) since early in his career and currently is an officer on the Executive Board. He has been a national speaker for the American Academy of Family Physicians on lung disease and other topics.

Dr. King has published over 100 peer-reviewed research publications and his work has been recognized with a Distinguished Paper at NAPCRG and has been a finalist for paper of the year at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He enjoys time with family and is an avid road bike cyclist. Dr. King is an experienced lecturer and maintains an active clinical practice.

David S. Kountz, MD, MBA, FACP

David S. Kountz, MD, MBA, FACP
Dr. David S. Kountz is a Professor of Medicine for the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and Co-Chief Academic Officer for Hackensack Meridian Health. He earned his AB at Princeton, MD at SUNY/Buffalo School of Medicine, and MBA at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ. He completed training in Internal Medicine at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. 

A board-certified internist, Dr. Kountz has had progressive responsibilities in academic medicine as Associate Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine and Professor of Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. 

Dr. Kountz's research interests include hypertension treatment and guidelines in underserved populations, health literacy, pipeline programs and leadership development. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, editorials and abstracts, and is a frequent speaker within and outside of his health network on a variety of topics in primary care. 

Richard J. Kramer, MD

Richard J. Kramer, MD
Dr. Kramer is a retired Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Gastroenterology at Stanford University and Associate Chief of Gastroenterology at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose CA., which is a safety net and teaching hospital that serves as one of the Stanford teaching sites.

He has 25 years of experience in the private practice of Gastroenterology. Despite a full career in private practice, Dr. Kramer joined the voluntary teaching staff in the Division of Gastroenterology at Santa Clara University and Stanford Medical Center in 1978, to help educate house staff and fight tirelessly as a patient advocate for the underserved. Then in 2003, he made the decision to leave his private practice to work full time at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center because education was so important to him. He formally retired in 2015, but decided to return part-time seeing patients and educating house staff in 2016. 

Dr. Kramer is a Fellow of the American Gastroenterology Association and belongs to the American Association of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and American Society of Gastroenterological Endoscopy (ASGE). He is also a dedicated member of the Santa Clara County Medical Association and was an Alternate Delegate to the California Medical Association for two years.

Merrill A. Krolick, DO, FACC, FACP

Merrill A. Krolick, DO, FACC, FACP
Dr. Krolick is board certified in cardiology, interventional cardiology and internal medicine. After graduating Cum Laude, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, Dr. Krolick entered the study of medicine at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York, where he earned his D.O. designation. After earning his cardiology fellowship from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Dr. Krolick became an attending physician in cardiology at Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia.


Dr. Krolick has a special focus on peripheral vascular disease and interventional therapy. Currently, he is affiliated with Largo Medical Center, Morton Plant Hospital, Mease Dunedin and Countryside Hospitals. Dr. Krolick is the former president of the Pinellas County Chapter of The American Heart Association and is currently on the board of he Florida Medical Association of Pinellas County. He is director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Largo Medical Center and is Head of the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at HCA Largo Medical Center. He is an Associate Professor in Cardiology at the University of South Florida and an Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University. 


He and his wife, Dana, have two children, Alex and Matthew. His younger son Matthen is in the Army and recently returned form a tour in Afghanistan.

Mark D Kuhn MD, FACOG

Mark D Kuhn MD, FACOG
Dr. Kuhn is in full-time private practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Center for Women's Health in Langhorne, Pennsylvania where he has been a principal since its inception in 1995. He has reached an auspicious milestone in his career; babies he delivered years ago return to him now having children of their own.
Dr. Kuhn completed his undergraduate education at The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and earned his medical degree from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine. Dr. Kuhn completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Temple University Hospital where he served as Chief Resident. 

Dr. Kuhn has been recognized by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd as one of America's "Top Docs" and has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine's annual "Top Docs" issue since 2006, most recently in May of 2016. He has been a featured speaker on Women's Health Issues for University at Sea since 2014.

Dr. Kuhn has special expertise and training in DaVinci Robotic surgery, Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive procedures. He has participated in multiple medical missions to the Dominican Republic.

He currently lives in Bucks County, PA with his lovely wife, is immensely proud of his three sons, and enjoys skiing, scuba-diving and lots of coffee.

William E. Lawson, MD, FACCP, FACC, FSCAI

Dr. William Lawson graduated from Rutgers Medical School in 1977. Dr. Lawson has been at SUNY, Stony Brook since 1980, where he is currently Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology. At Stony Brook he has acted as Chief of Cardiology, Director of Echocardiography, Non-Invasive, Invasive, and Preventive Cardiology. He is currently Director of Cardiac Outomes Research and Preventive Cardiology. Dr. Lawson is a practicing interventional cardiologist and Director of the Interventional Cardiology fellowship program at Stony Brook.

Dr. Lawson is ABIM certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology, Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology and is a Fellow of the ACC, ACCP, SCAI, ACA. He has broad expertise and interest in the field of cardiovascular disease and is actively involved in the teaching and mentoring of physicians and allied health care professionals at SUNY, Stony Brook.

Paul G. Lee, MD, MPH

Paul G. Lee, MD, MPH
Dr. Lee graduated from Mount Sinai Medical School and trained at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center for internship and residency. After serving as a Chief Medical Resident, he joined the Section of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University. Since 2002, he has served as an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Since 2003, he has been the Medical Director of the Hospitalist Program. Since 2013, he has been the Medical Director for International Services at New York Presbyterian Hospital/CUMC. He has been the Head Team Internist for the New York Yankees since 2003 and for the new MLS soccer team, New York City Football Club, since 2015.

DAVID A. LeVINE, MD, CMD

DAVID A. LeVINE, MD, CMD
Dr. LeVine is currently an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and previously was a Clinical Associate Professor of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is Certified in Geriatrics by the American Board of Family Practice and Internal Medicine and has been asked this year to participate in the blueprint review for the Geriatric Medicine examination. He is also the clinical preceptor of Geriatrics for 3 different residency programs in St. Petersburg, Florida. 

In addition to his private geriatric clinical practice, he is the Medical Director at Arden Courts of Seminole (ALF specializing in memory care), Dementia specialist for the IDEAS (The Imaging Dementia‐ Evidence for Amyloid Scanning) Study, Medical Director of the Geriatric Assessment Program at Menorah Manor, Medical Director of Menorah Manor's Marion and Bernard Samson Nursing Center and Chief Medical Officer of Menorah Manor. In 2016, he was awarded Medical Director of the Year by AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine 2016.

Mark W. Lingen, DDS, PhD, FRCPath

Mark W. Lingen, DDS, PhD, FRCPath
Mark Lingen is a Professor of Pathology at the University of Chicago Medicine. He completed his dental school training, Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology residency and PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology at Northwestern University. 

Dr. Lingen is the Editor in Chief of the journal Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology Oral Radiology (TripleO). His research dealing with the molecular diagnostics and oral cancer prevention has resulted in more than 160 publications.

Dr. Lingen is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology and is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Royal College of Pathologists.

Steven J. LoCascio, BS, DDS

Steven J. LoCascio, BS, DDS
Dr. LoCascio received his dental degree from Louisiana State University and completed a General Practice Residency at the Medical Center of Louisiana. He earned specialty certificates in Prosthodontics and Maxillofacial Prosthetics from LSU and is a member of the American College of Prosthodontists, the Academy of Osseointegration, the American College of Dentists, the ADA, the TDA and the Second District Dental Society.

Dr. LoCascio is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tennessee and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans, Louisiana.

In addition to his university teaching responsibilities, Dr. LoCascio is and educational mentor to many clinicians and participates in the ongoing training of dentists nationwide. Dr. LoCascio maintains a full-time private practice, limited to prosthodontics and maxillofacial prosthetics, in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife Christl and his two sons, Steven, Jr. and Brandon.

Karen MacKinnon, BPharm, RPh

Karen MacKinnon, BPharm, RPh
Assistant Professor and Director of Professional Labs, School of Pharmacy at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Ms. MacKinnon received her pharmacy degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison and completed her post-graduate training at Meriter Medical Center in Madison. She has practiced in institutional and community pharmacy practice.

George E. MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh

George E. MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh
Founding Dean and Professor of the School of Pharmacy at the Medical College of Wisconsin. 

Dr. MacKinnon completed his pharmacy education at the University of Wisconsin Madison and completed two years post-graduate residency training at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics. He earned his PhD from Loyola University in Chicago.

Vincent F. Maher, JD, MA, MS, MA, PD, RN

Vincent F. Maher, JD, MA, MS, MA, PD, RN
Dr. Vincent Maher is a Professor of Management and Health Care Management at the LaPenta School of Business of lona College, NY. He has many degrees and credentials that entitle him to teach/have taught an array of management, ethics and law classes throughout his 30 years in academia.

He also teaches Nursing to undergraduate and graduate Nursing students. He is a licensed consulting attorney who practiced medicalnegligence law on behalf of plaintiffs for 20 years, an ethicist and poet, and a retired certified registered nurse anesthetist with specialization in shock, trauma and critical care.

He's written and lectured extensively in the US and abroad in the fields of law, medicine, healthcare and business ethics, health policy and decision making.

Vikas Majithia, MD, MPH, FACP, FACR

Vikas Majithia, MD, MPH, FACP, FACR
Dr. Majithia currently serves as Division Director and Fellowship Program Director at division of Rheumatology, University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Rheumatologist at GV (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center Rheumatologist. 

Dr. Majithia completed his medical school at Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Postgraduate Institute of Medical Science in India, residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit Michigan and a fellowship in rheumatology at University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. 

He is board certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is the principal investigator on a number of clinical trials, longitudinal studies and has published more than 30 peer-reviewed manuscripts and multiple book chapters. 

He has received many honors and accolades for his teaching and service including induction into Norman C. Nelson Order of Teaching Excellence. He has current and previous service on a number of intra-mural committees. He currently serves on/ has served on multiple extra-mural committees which include those for American College of Rheumatology, American College of Physicians and American Board of Internal Medicine.

Frank B. Marsalisi, MD, FACOG

Frank B. Marsalisi, MD, FACOG
Dr. Frank Marsalisi is the Director of Gynecology and Pelvic Floor Disorders at the Bayfront Health Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program in St.Petersburg, Florida. Originally from New York, he preceded his medical degree from Michigan State University with two years of research with publication in Hypersensitivity Diseases at USV Pharmaceutical and the Upjohn Company. 

After completing his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency as Chief resident at the University of South Florida, he went on to fulfill his four-year commitment with the National Health Service Corp as Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Ruskin Migrant and Community Health Center in Ruskin, Florida. While at Ruskin, he was made a Clinical Assistant Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Florida and received the U.S. Public Health Service Regional Health Administrator's Award.

Throughout his residency training and postgraduate career, Dr. Marsalisi has been the recipient of many prestigious university and national teaching awards, including the University of South Florida's Distinguished Professor Award and the John Turlich Medical Student Teaching Award, the Council on Resident Education in Ob/Gyn National Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, and many Bayfront Health Teaching Faculty of the Year awards.

He has been honored as being one of the "Top Obstetricians and Gynecologists in America" by the Consumer Research Council of America, and in 2017 he was recognized by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd to be among the"Leading Physicians of the World"

He is a medical community leader serving on the Board of his county medical association and is a delegate to the Florida Medical Association. He has been a speaker on women's health issues for the University at Sea since 2012.

Daniel R. Martin, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM

Daniel R. Martin, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM
Daniel R. Martin is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is the Program Director of the Emergency Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program and the Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Martin served as the Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Categorical Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center from 1990 to 2010. 

Dr. Martin received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Indiana University School of Medicine and recently received an Executive MBA from Fisher School of Business. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and then completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin serving as Chief Resident during his final year. 

His clinical interests include the treatment of infectious diseases in the emergency department, cognitive errors, leadership and patient education and satisfaction. His research interests are the ED treatment of infections, such as pneumonia and respiratory infections, medical education research and patient experience. 

Dr. Martin is an active member of national organizations such as the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors, The American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) where he is an Ohio ACEP Counselor and an Ohio ACEP Board member. He has lectured as a Visiting Professor both regionally and nationally on topics such as Respiratory Infections, Case Studies of Infectious Emergencies, Recognizing and Reducing Cognitive Errors in Medicine, Applying Leadership Literature to Emergency Medicine and Patient Experience.
 

Marvin Firestone, MD, JD, FCLM

Marvin Firestone, MD, JD, FCLM
Dr. Firestone is a Past President of the American College of Legal Medicine and a certified specialist in Legal Medicine/Medical Jurisprudence by the American Board of Law in Medicine. He is a frequent lecturer at national legal medicine and medical law conferences. Dr. Firestone holds a medical degree from Temple University (1964) and a law degree from the University of Colorado (1980). 

He was the Editor-in-Chief of Medical Legal Lessons, is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Legal Medicine Questions and Answers, and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Legal Medicine and Textbook of Legal Medicine, publications of the American College of Legal Medicine. He formerly held the Hirsh Chair at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where he was professor at its Medical and Law Schools and School of Health Services Administration, teaching Legal Medicine, Psychiatry and the Law, and Legal Aspects of Hospital Administration.

Dr. Firestone provides medical-legal consultation and practices medical law. His legal practice primarily involves representation of physicians in cases involving hospital staff privileges, licensure, medical practice disputes and other complex medicolegal issues.

Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP

Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP
Dr. Matthews practices general internal medicine in Washington, DC and is a member of the clinical faculty at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He conducts research and lectures nationally and internationally on the doctor-patient relationship and the psychological and spiritual dimensions of medicine, including the role of faith, religion, and prayer in clinical care and healing. He is the author of The Faith Factor: Proof of the Healing Power of Prayer(Viking, 1998). 

Dr. Matthews is a cum laude graduate of Princeton University (AB, 1976), where he majored in Romance Languages and Literatures with a special concentration in European Civilization. He graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 1980, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Connecticut in Farmington in 1983. In the same year, he was named as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at Yale University School of Medicine. At Yale, he studied clinical epidemiology and began his research career by examining patients' perceptions of physician performance in the hospital and outpatient setting. 

He joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, CT in 1985 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine. He is a co-founder of the Connecticut Chronic Fatigue Study, one of the first major longitudinal studies of this perplexing condition. In 1989, he was named the George Morris Piersol Teaching and Research Scholar of the American College of Physicians.

In 1991, he accepted a position as Chief of Internal Medicine at the Minirth-Meier and Byrd Clinic in Arlington, VA. This position offered him an opportunity to integrate his religious faith with his skills in internal medicine and psychiatry and to develop his research interest in the spiritual aspects of medicine. 

In 1993, he joined the faculty of Georgetown University School of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine, where he continued to expand his clinical, teaching, and research interests. In the same year, he was named as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. In 1997, he received an Exemplary Paper in Humility Theology Award from the John Templeton Foundation. 

From 1999 to 2012, he practiced general internal medicine in Washington, DC. In 2012, he moved his medical practice to McLean, Virginia and joined the Primary Care division of the Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group. In 2016, he joined Executive Healthcare Services in Reston, Virginia.

He has received the Vitals Patients' Choice Awards yearly from 2008-15 and Most Compassionate Doctor recognition from 2012-4. He was named a Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctor yearly from 2011-13.

Dr. Matthews is also the author of a four-volume research work (The Faith Factor: An Annotated Bibliography of Clinical Research on Spiritual Subjects), three documentaries (Body, Mind, and Spirit, Shall We Pray?, and Healing Hands), a annotated, videotaped lecture on religion and medicine (The Faith Factor: Is Religion Good for Your Health?), a teaching videotape on the doctor-patient relationship (Bedside Manners), and over 65 peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and other publications. 

He has been a member of several national advisory boards and committees, including the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Humility Theology Information Center of the John Templeton Foundation, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-Primary Care Version of the American Psychiatric Association, and the Bayer Institute on Health Care Communication. He was the director of the Physical Health Panel for the Scientific Progress in Spiritual Research project of the National Institute for Healthcare Research. He has served on review boards for over a dozen professional journals and was the founding editor of Faith and Medicine Connection. He is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Society and the American College of Physicians. 

Dr. Matthews has been featured in numerous national newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Washington Post Magazine, USA Today Weekend, Hartford Courant Sunday Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek, Reader's Digest, Prevention, Guideposts, Good Housekeeping, McCall's, and Christianity Today. He has appeared on many national television and radio programs, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Fox Evening News, CNN Early Prime Time, 700 Club, One-on-One with John MacLaughlin, and National Public Radio (The Diane Rehm Show and All Things Considered).

He lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife, Demetra, a certified public accountant. He has two adult children: Karen Goodman (married to Robert Goodman), and Louis Matthews (married to Michelle Matthews) and one grand-daughter: Sophia Goodman. He enjoys family and church activities, Bible study and teaching, golf, baseball, piano, singing, songwriting, ballroom dancing, travel, and photography. 

Nancye McCowan, MD

Nancye McCowan, MD
Nancye McCowan is Professor of Dermatology and Residency Program Director at the University of Mississippi Medical Center .

She received her medical education at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine where she also completed her Transitional Medicine Internship and her Dermatology Residency.

Dr. McCowan has been a dermatologist on active duty for the United States Air Force and was then in private practice in Omaha, NE for many years. After returning to Arkansas in 2000, she began a career in academic dermatology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dr. McCowan joined the faculty at UMMC in 2007 and was the inaugural program director when the program was established in 2013.

David Melau

David Melau is a Maasai herbalist who is proficient in indigenous natural plant based medicines used throughout Amboseli to treat Maasai communities.

Nicole D. Melendez, MD, FACR

Nicole  D. Melendez, MD, FACR
Nicole D Melendez, MD graduated from St Matthews University, completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Missouri- Columbia and her Rheumatology fellowship at Louisiana State University. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She has been practicing Rheumatology in the Tampa Bay area since 2011.

She has a very active practice and is also involved in clinical research.  She's been voluntary faculty at the University of South Florida in the Department of Rheumatology since 2015, and she has a personal interest in nutrition and diet and its impact on rheumatologic disease states.

Raun David Melmed, MD, FAAP

Dr. Melmed is on on faculty at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona in Tucson. 
Dr. Melmed earned his medical training at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and completed a fellowship at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston, where he was an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics He is board certified in Pediatrics and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 

Dr. Melmed has set up nationally recognized physician training programs for the early identification of infants and toddlers with developmental and behavioral concerns and authored a program geared toward the early screening for autism spectrum disorders. He is the author of Succeeding with Difficult Children, Autism: Early Intervention, Autism and the Extended Family and Marvin's Monster Diary-ADHD Attacks. His latest book for children, Timmy's Monster Diary: Screen Time Attacks!, will be published in the fall of 2017.
Dr. Melmed is an investigator of novel psychopharmacological agents in the treatment of autism, Fragile X and ADHD and collaborates on studies of tools used in the diagnosis of developmental disorders. 

Samuel Menahem, MB, BS, MD, MEd (Melb), MPM (Mon), FRACP, FACC, FCSANZ

Samuel Menahem, MB, BS, MD, MEd (Melb), MPM (Mon), FRACP, FACC, FCSANZ
Professor Samuel Menahem from Melbourne Australia is a Consultant Paediatrician with extensive experience in General Paediatrics and Neonatology. In addition he has researched and published widely on the interface of Child Psychiatry and Paediatrics and has trained as a Child Psychotherapist. He has a subspecialty of Paediatric Cardiology extending from the foetus to the adult with congenital heart disease.

He has held Consultant appointments at the Royal Children's Hospital both as a Physician and Cardiologist, and at Monash Medical Centre as a Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Cardiologist. He has previously headed the General Paediatric Unit and the Paediatric Cardiology Unit and was Foundation Co-Director of the Foetal Cardiac Unit at the latter institution. He continues to hold consultant appointments as a Paediatrician and Cardiologist at a number of teaching and private hospitals.

Professor Menahem has an illustrious academic career. He graduated as top of his year from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. He gained his specialist qualification to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians after completing his residency at the previous Prince Henry's Hospital, Melbourne. His Membership was subsequently elevated to a Fellowship of that College. He also is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.

He completed a research Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Melbourne and also a Masters in Education (Higher education) from the same university, and a Master of Psychological Medicine from Monash University. He has held academic appointments at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University and remains a full professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Monash University being a member of a number of its Departments. He continues to teach and mentor students and graduates from all three universities. He has also been a Visiting Professor and/or Examiner to institutions overseas and has presented and lectured at National and International Meetings. He continues to be active especially in clinical research and has an extensive publication list.

Professor Menahem now spends most of his time in private consultant practice and continues to conduct teaching clinics in rural Victoria. Although his referral base is from the surrounding areas with a dedicated referral pattern, his reputation has extended far and wide with referrals from other parts of Melbourne, country areas and even interstate. Many of his patients have stayed with him since infancy into adult life including a number of women with congenital heart disease who he has successfully cared for during their pregnancies. His consultations are always conducted using a holistic approach.

Francis R. Mencl, MD, MS, FACEP, FAAEM

Francis R. Mencl, MD, MS, FACEP, FAAEM

A graduate of Case Western Reserve (BA), Cleveland State (MS), and NEOMED (MD), Dr. Mencl has been an emergency physician for more than 25 years.  After completing his residency in EM at Akron City Hospital (Summa Health System), he stayed on, eventually becoming the system EMS Medical Director.  In this leadership position, he assisted the hospital in acquiring and maintaining a variety of certifications and accreditations including level 1 trauma center, STEMI and chest pain, as well as stroke center. He also revamped numerous EMS protocols and introduced many area firsts.

Dr. Mencl’s passions include teaching and research.  He is professor of Emergency Medicine at NEOMED, lectures nationally and internationally, and is on the editorial board of Prehospital Emergency Care.  He has translated research into practice using some of his published work to develop best practices for his EMS agencies and helped Summa’s STEMI program achieve significant savings in time-to-intervention.

Under his direction, the EMS curriculum for the residents and EMS continuing education for the EMTs and paramedics was revamped moving to more hands-on, case-based, and simulation training, even going out for an overnight training at the local national park. From 2004-2006 Dr. Mencl took a sabbatical to serve as the program director of a new EM residency at the OLVG hospital in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, thus gaining additional insight into different health care systems.

After leaving Summa Health System, Dr. Mencl continues to work in the ED but has also done wound and worked in a Subaxone clinic.  He is now board certified in EMS and continues to serve on several area, state, and national committees while teaching whenever possible.

Edward M. Mendoza, MD, MBA, CPE, FAAN, FACPE

Dr. Edward M. Mendoza is an independent contractor and senior Physician Consultant of the Mendoza group. He has more than 29 years of experience in health care as a physician and consultant. He also has a Neurology private practice. Dr. Mendoza's consulting services include physician training, coder and case manager education, physician liaison training, clinical documentation quality reviews, clinical pathway development, and clinical cost management.

Other present consulting experience is as a part time Vice President of Medical Affairs (Medical Director) at a tertiary care facility. He also assists with DRG and CPT proper coding projects and educational programs for HIM, UM, and QA personnel.

Dr. Mendoza is board certified in Internal Medicine, Neurology, and Medical Management. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executives and the American Academy of Neurology. He is a Certified Physician Executive. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science, received his Doctor of Medicine from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and his Masters of Business Administration from the Executive Program of Georgia State University in Atlanta.

The Road to 10: The Small Physician Practice's Route to ICD-10, is a resource provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to help physicians prepare for the arrival of ID-10. Dr. Mendoza has recently been honored by being selected by CMS to be a member of the Physician Champion Community of Practice. This Community of Practice was established by CMS in order to bring together physicians from across the country to share ICD-10 best practices and lessons learned with their peers. The physician champions are well-respected leaders in their local physician communities and volunteer their time to service as an ICD-10 resource and a mentor to their colleagues.

Dr. Mendoza is widely published in the medical literature including several books: International Healthcare, A Framework for Comparing National Health Care Systems, 3rd edition and Mastering the Reimbursement Process, 2nd Edition. He has been recognized in Modern Healthcare for his international expertise. He has spoken at numerous seminars, both nationally and internationally on clinical, international health care, and managed care topics. He has prepared and taught "Financing International Health Care Systems, Comparative International Health Care Systems, and Managed Care for Public Health" for the school of Public Health, Morehouse School of Medicine.

Gary F. Merrill, BS, MS, PhD

Gary  F. Merrill, BS, MS, PhD
Investigator of the mammalian cardiovascular system, full professor, teacher, author (e.g. Our Intelligent Bodies, 2020; Our Aging Bodies, 2015; Our Marvelous Bodies, 2008; all published by Rutgers University Press).

Andrew D. Michaels, MD, MAS, FACC, FAHA

Andrew D. Michaels, MD, MAS, FACC, FAHA
Dr. Andrew Michaels received his undergraduate degree in History & Science from Harvard University. He then completed his medical degree, internship, residency, general cardiology fellowship, and interventional cardiology fellowship at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF).

He stayed at UCSF for 6 years as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab. He was then recruited to the University of Utah as a tenured Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab. He then transitioned to a community-based interventional cardiology practice at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, CA for 8 years. Since 2018, he has worked in Boise and Nampa, Idaho for the Saint Alphonsus Medical Group.

He is the Co-Director of the Cardiac Cath Lab and Medical Director of Cardiology in Nampa. He has over 100 publications, and has had clinical research grants from the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and the National Institutes of Health.

Karen Hughes Miller, PhD, MEd

Karen Hughes Miller, PhD, MEd
Karen Hughes Miller, PhD, is recently retired as Associate Professor in the University of Louisville School of Medicine (U of L SOM) Office of Graduate Medical Education where her focus was on medical education research and curriculum planning. She oversaw the graduate non-clinical curriculum, and served on the U of L SOM Faculty Development Committee and QI and Patient Safety committees. 

Dr. Miller has more than 50 publications and presentations. She has taught adult education, curriculum design, and assessment courses and workshops to undergraduate and graduate students, medical residents and fellows, and faculty. She is also experienced in teaching task analysis to educators and physicians. 
Dr. Miller's undergraduate degrees in journalism (with a minor in commercial art) and her master's degree in instructional technology are useful today in creating new teaching and learning materials and platforms. One of her several research agendas is teaching and assessment of very bright learners, and she is currently completing a book chapter on this topic for NOVA publishers.

Dr. Miller is Immediate Past Chair of the Association of American of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Southern Group on Education Affairs (SGEA), and the Immediate Past Chair of the AAMC Research in Medical Education (RIME) program selection committee.
 

Trevor Mills, MD, MPH

Trevor Mills, MD, MPH
Dr. Mills, is an academic emergency physician at the University of California Davis and the Chief of Emergency Medicine at the VA Northern California Heath Care System. 

His undergraduate education was at the University of Oregon and he subsequently attended medical school at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. His lifelong interest in Trauma, including the treatment and prevention of injuries, was sparked in his EM residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, and his time as an attending at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Commitment to the study of inquiry prevention paved the way for his Masters in Public Health from the University of Texas Houston. 

He currently resides in Davis California, with his wife and family.

Charles S. Mills, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDBC

Charles S. Mills, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, HMDBC
Dr Mills is a board certified internist and palliative care specialist with over 35 years of medical experience and practice. He practiced for many years both clinically and with administrative positions at the former Fallon Clinic/Fallon Community Health System. It was here that he built a strong interest in and knowledge of the impact of health care systems and economics on the delivery of care. In these various rolls, he became a strong advocate for physician education to assist the evolution of the care models necessary for success in the developing health care market.

Dr Mills's extensive work in geriatrics in his clinical practice led to his growth in palliative and hospice medicine. Taking on a medical directorship at a local hospice, he gained practical knowledge of this field and went on to complete additional study in this area leading to his successful completion of board certification in 2008. 

He is a zealous proponent of interactive learning processes and enjoys leading/mentoring invigorated medical education forums. He has lectured and taught broadly at both a community/ lay level, medical school level , residency/fellow level and at attending level of audience

Dennis MIN, DO

Dennis MIN, DO
Dr. Dennis Min is a board certified clinical gastroenterologist and internist in the southwest Ohio region. He graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Afterwards, he completed an Internal Medicine Track internship and residency at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. Then, he finished a gastroenterology fellowship with the St. John Health System in Michigan prior to starting a private solo gastroenterology practice in the Middletown, Ohio region.

Dr. Min's clinical interests include all aspects of functional bowel conditions especially irritable bowel syndrome, gastroparesis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. In addition, his passion expands into the field of viral hepatitis, Celiac disease, H. pylori, complications of cirrhosis, and enteropathies.

He regularly spends time in teaching residents and students, promoting disease awareness among Chinese Americans, and hosting discussions of gastroenteorological topics with local peers.

Currently, Dr. Min serves as an official speaker with various pharmaceutical corporations as well as a clinical assistant professor with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona.

Jennifer Mitzman, MD, FACEP

Jennifer Mitzman, MD, FACEP
Dr. Mitzman is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. She is also involved in resident and student education serving as a core faculty member and the director of the 3rd year medical student selective. She has an interest in simulation and has developed a Pediatric Emergency Medicine resident simulation curriculum.

In addition, she has a faculty appointment in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. There she has an opportunity to work with residents from a variety of disciplines including Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics and Family Medicine as well as fellows in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Mitzman completed her medical education at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She went on to complete residency in Emergency Medicine at Case Western University Hospitals in Cleveland. There she discovered passions for pediatric patients and education. After residency, she elected to complete a fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center - Brenner Children's Hospital. Following her training she returned to Ohio and joined The Ohio State University faculty.

She enjoys free time with her husband and young children.

P. Patrick Mularoni, MD, FAAP, FACEP, CAQ SM

Dr. Mularoni is a Pediatrician who splits his clinical time between Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Sports Medicine. He is a graduate of the Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University and the American University of the Caribbean.

Dr. Mularoni completed his Pediatric Residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan. His first Fellowship was in Pediatric Emergency Medicine through Emory University in Atlanta. Dr. Mularoni has been practicing Pediatric Emergency Medicine at All Childrens Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine since 2007. He completed his second fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine through Bayfront Health in 2014. 

While at Emory University, Dr. Mularoni completed research on procedural pain reduction in the emergency setting and was awarded the American Academy of Pediatrics Willis Wingert award for best fellow research. He has continued conducting research at All Childrens looking at best practice for procedural sedation in reduction of Pediatric forearm fractures and his current research interests include concussion management, diagnosis and prognosis in patients with mild traumatic brain injuries and predictors of overuse injuries in youth athletics. He is the founder and medical director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine division at All Childrens Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine. He also serves as the chairman of the Medical Emergency Committee at All Children's Hospital. He has worked with Sarasota, Hillsborough and Pinellas County school systems to create a uniform return to learning protocol following concussion. 

Dr. Mularoni authored the article on pediatric athlete concussion diagnosis and management for Family Practice Essentials. He has also written articles geared towards Physicians and the families of athletes highlighting the risks associated with early specialization and the overuse injuries this practice creates. Dr. Mularoni lectures locally and internationally on Pediatric Emergency and Sports related topics and is a regular contributor to Fox television's Good Day show. 

Dr. Mularoni lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with his wife Kim who is also a Pediatrician and their three young children. During free time he enjoys travel, watching Michigan State sports, skiing, and competing in triathlon, running and stand-up paddle board races.

Tim Munzing, MD, FAAFP

Tim Munzing, MD, FAAFP
Dr. Timothy Munzinghas been a family physician with Kaiser Permanente in Orange County, California for the past 33 years, approximately 30 years as the founding Program Director of the KP-OC Family Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Munzing serves on the national ACGME Family Medicine Review Committee, responsible for the accreditation of over 600 Family Medicine residency programs. 

Dr. Munzing serves on the national ACGME Family Medicine Review Committee, responsible for the accreditation of over 600 Family Medicine residency programs. He has had a clinical practice for over three decades and has taught hundreds of Family Medicine residents and thousands of medical students.

Dr. Munzing was the recipient of the 2017 National Family Medicine Outstanding Residency Program Director of the Year Award and the 2017 California Academy of Family Physicians Hero of Family Medicine Award. He holds the appointment of full Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine College of Medicine and Professor at the developing Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine.

Dr. Munzing is a leading national expert on appropriate (legal vs. illegal) Opioid and Controlled Substance Prescribing, recently receiving a major national Medical Director's Award by the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association. He has served as a medical expert reviewer for the DEA, FBI, and Medical Board of California for 15 years, having reviewed over 170 cases (70+ criminal) in multiple states including California, Texas, Hawaii, Nevada, Virginia and others, testifying nearly 30 times in local, state, and federal courts. Dr. Munzing published a peer reviewed article entitled "Guide to Appropriate Opioid Prescribing for Noncancer Pain" in May 2017 in the Permanente Journal, which is now being used nationally by physicians, law enforcement, and prosecutors. 

Dr. Munzing has lectured on the subject to thousands of physicians and healthcare providers, law enforcement (DEA, FBI, other state and federal law enforcement), and prosecutors across the United States. He has lectured for the DEA at their Advanced Training Academy in Quantico, VA, at the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) and additional trainings in Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and elsewhere.

Phillip Murkuku

Phillip Murkuku is an expert on the water and sanitation crisis in Maasailand. He worked with Amref Health Africa and has been working with the Maasai for 20+ years to resolve their water issues.

Clinton Allen Musil, Jr., MD

Clinton Allen Musil, Jr., MD
Allen Musil has been practicing child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry for over 20 years. His education includes an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, a stint at Dallas Theological Seminary, and medical school at Quillen College of Medicine in Tennessee.

He completed a triple board residency and fellowship at the University of Kentucky and is board certified in general pediatrics, child-adolescent psychiatry, and adult psychiatry. He has worked as an emergency room pediatrician and medical director of both in and out patient child psychiatric services. He currently works as a child psychiatrist and medical director for Frontier Health in Johnson City, TN. 

He is also a part time assistant clinical professor at East Tennessee State University and Lincoln Memorial University in both the departments of pediatrics and psychiatry. He has been appointed by TN Governor Haslam for participation on the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners. His expertise is in ADHD issues, mood disorders, and autistic disorders.

Sharon A. Nachman, MD

Dr. Nachman received her MD from SUNY Stony Brook in 1983 and did her residency in Pediatrics at Schneider Children's Hospital at LIJ.


She did her clinical Pediatric Infectious Disease training at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx and her post doctoral fellowship in Microbiology at the Rockefeller University in NYC. Since 1992 she has been continually funded by NIH for her work in clinical research with a focus on Pediatric HIV.

She has been recognized both nationally and internationally for her expertise in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Her projects have included studies involving pediatric vaccinations, international medicine and vector borne pathogens and HIV, with over 150 peer reviewed publications to date.

She is currently Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Dean for Research at Stony Brook, while also serving as the Director of the Pediatric Infectious Disease division.

Mohanram Narayanan, MD, FACP, FNKF, FASN, FRCP(C)

Mohanram Narayanan, MD, FACP, FNKF, FASN, FRCP(C)
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Texas A&M HSC COM
Director, Division of Nephrology & Hypertension
Chief, Section of Clinical Transplantation 

Dr. Narayanan received his medical degree at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India, and completed residencies in Internal Medicine at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, India and at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. He completed clinical fellowships in Nephrology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Illinois, and at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Texas. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Nephrology, and Geriatric Medicine and is a Certified Specialist in Hypertension by the American Society of Hypertension.

Dr. Narayanan is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center-College of Medicine and Baylor Scott & White Healthcare in Temple, Texas, where he serves as Director, Division of Nephrology-Hypertension and Medical Director of the Abdominal Transplant Program.

A fellow of the National Kidney Foundation, the American Society of Nephrology, the American College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Narayanan&apos's clinical practice focuses on all aspects of Nephrology as well as kidney and pancreas transplantation. 

A frequent lecturer, presenter, and author, Dr. Narayanan's work has been published in several peer reviewed journals including the American Journal of Kidney Disease, American Journal of Transplantation, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Hemodialysis International, Investigative Radiology, and Journal of the American Society of Nephrology , among many others. He is also the Principal Investigator for several industry sponsored clinical trials. Dr. Narayanan serves on the editorial board of the journal Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease and is a reviewer for the American Journal of Transplantation .

Margaret Nasau Moitallel

Margaret Nasau Moitallel is MCV’s Health Coordinator, she is a nurse and Maasai heath care professional with 15+ years of experience facilitating health programs at the national and local level throughout Kenya for Maasai communities. She specializes in women’s health.  

Barry Nathanson, BA, MD, MHCM, FRCPC, FACP

Barry Nathanson, BA, MD, MHCM, FRCPC, FACP
Dr. Nathanson earned a BA (English Lit.) in 1982 from Yeshiva University in New York City and he graduated in 1990 from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine where he also completed his internal medicine training. He began practising internal medicine and critical care medicine in 1995 at York County Hospital in Newmarket, Ontario which, in 2000, became Southlake Regional Health Centre. 

Early on Dr. Nathanson served as medical director of the inpatient Palliative Care Unit. He later founded the Southlake Heart Function Program. He was president of the Southlake Medical Staff Association for 4 years. He then helped develop Southlake's Clinical Resource Utilization Management Program. From 2008 to 2017 he served as Southlake's Physician Leader (Medical Director), Acute Medicine Programs. 

In 2010 Dr. Nathanson completed a Master of Science degree in Health Care Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has served on 2 Ontario provincial task forces, the ER/ALC Advisory Committee and the ALC Action Team. In July of 2016, Dr. Nathanson completed a 2-year term as co-chair of Southlake&apost;s Quality, Utilization and Resource Management committee. He began his latest administrative role in December of 2016, Chief of Staff at Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston, Ontario. He is presently serving as a member of the Physician Payment Review Board of the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Ontario Medical Association.

Dr. Nathanson's additional professional interests are in Medical Bioethics and Health Law, Health Policy and Health Economics, especially the impact of different payor systems on clinical systems design and on clinical decision making, the role of Physician Leadership and Engagement in driving system change toward improved clinical safety, efficiency and effectiveness, and physician health and wellness. 

His many personal interests include travelling, especially on his 2014 Indian Chief Classic, together with his wife, Genny, all over Ontario, Canada, the US, and beyond!

Anita L. Nelson, MD

Anita L. Nelson, MD, is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of OB-GYN at the David Geffin School of Medicine at UCLA, voluntary Clinical Professor of OB-GYN at USC School of Medicine and Professor and Chair of the Department of OB-GYN at Western University Health Sciences. She worked at Harbor-UCLA for 30 years as Chief of Women's Healthcare Programs, where she was Medical Director for over two decades the largest women's nurse practitioner education program in the country. 

She continues to work with Los Angeles BioMedical Research Institute overseeing small clinics and the California Family Health Council as Medical Director of the research division. Her areas of interest are contraception, menopause, infection, and menstrual disorders. She has participated in more than $55 million dollars of funded research for the NIH and commercial entities and has authored over 200 articles for professional journals. Anita is a senior author of Contraceptive Technology, is a member of the editorial boards of Contraception, Contraceptive Technology Update, Contraception and Reproductive Medicine and AJOG and is a reviewer for many other journals. She lectures frequently at national and international conferences and is often interviewed by the media as an expert and as an advocate.

Joe Nemeth, MD, CCFP, EM FCFP

Joe Nemeth, MD, CCFP, EM FCFP
Dr. Nemeth has led a very geographically varied professional life starting training in the US, completing it in Europe. Subsequently, in 2001 he set up shop at the McGill University Health Center's Montreal General Hospital and Montreal Children's Hospital as an attending emergency medicine physician and has been there since. 

He was the department director at the Montreal General Hospital for 8 of those years. He also took part in a "quasi-sabbatical" one year stop in Toronto working at 5 different hospitals (academic/community) in the capacity of emergency medicine physician and trauma team leader. His extensive international lecturing dossier and numerous McGill University teaching awards attest to his passion for teaching.

Cindy L. O’Bryant, PharmD, BCOP, FCCP, FHOPA

Cindy L. O’Bryant, PharmD, BCOP, FCCP, FHOPA
Disclosure: Dr. O’Bryant has NO financial arrangements with any corporate organization that might have an interest in the subject being presented.

Janet Osborne, MD

Janet Osborne, MD
Dr. Janet Osborne is the Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at Carilion Clinic and an Associate Professor at Carilion Virginia Tech School of Medicine in Roanoke, VA.   She received her medical degree from the Medical School of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Minnesota and fellowship training in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Michigan.

Prior to joining Carilion in 2011, Dr. Osborne was the Director of Gynecologic Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin for 11 years. She is also board certified in hospice and palliative care. In addition to patient care, Dr Osborne is very involved in training medical students and residents. She is the site principal investigator for many clinical trials and has multiple publications including several book chapters. She loves traveling, the Green Bay Packers, and relaxing at Smith Mountain Lake with her two dogs.

David Parrish, MS, MD, FAAFP

David Parrish, MS, MD, FAAFP
Dr. David Parrish has served as Director of the Family Medicine Residency and has also served as Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.

He has been faculty in the residency for 32 years and Residency Director 2002-2016. As Director he was responsible for 24 residents 3 fellows and 7 full time faculty. Leadership positions he has held in the organization include Chief of the Medical Staff for 4 years, Chair of IRB for 8 years as well as multiple committees and community endeavors. He has received the AJ Gorday award, which is the highest award given by the medical staff.

Before joining Bayfront residency as faculty he established Family Medicine at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and was faculty in a US Navy residency in Charleston, SC. On leaving the active duty Navy he continued in the US Navy Reserves, serving twice as Directorate of Health Services for two different multi state regions, and Reserve Commanding Officer for Navy Hospital Jacksonville, Fl and National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, Md near Washington, D.C. He assumed Command of NNMC a few weeks after the attacks of 9/11/2001. Following the 2 year tour at NNMC he was recalled to Active duty for one year. CAPT Parrish has received many awards and medals for his service.

Dr. Parrish teaches in the residency daily and lectures frequently. He has taught ACLS and ALSO for many years as National Faculty. He has lectured on many topics from wilderness medicine to women's health. He especially likes to mentor emerging leaders and those interested in a life of service and organizational command leadership.

Dr. David Parrish was born and raised in a small town in Alabama. Public high school and a BS degree in Secondary Education from Auburn University were earned before being drafted to serve the US Army. Using his GI Bill he completed a Master's Degree at UAB in Pathology followed by Medical School. Returning to the military he completed a Family Practice Residency at Naval Hospital Pensacola. Other than continuing education courses, he completed the NIPDD (National Institute for Program Director Development). Dr Parrish is a recognized speaker, author and Family Physician.

Magdalena Pasarica MD, PhD

Magdalena Pasarica MD, PhD
Dr. Pasarica is a physician educator, board certified in Family Medicine with a PhD in Nutrition and Obesity. She serves as Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Central Florida College of Medicine, where she serves as Medical Director for the Student-run free clinic, Editor for the UCF Flagship Medical Journal and Family Medicine Chair of Education.

Dr. Pasarica is actively seeing patients in primary care clinic and performs quality improvement projects for delivery of optimal evidence-based primary care. Through her 10+ years of translational and clinical research in nutrition and obesity, Dr Pasarica is translating her expertise in evidence based medicine and lifestyle medicine into medical education and education research.

Dr Pasarica has been invited by numerous organizations to give CME talks on Primary Care Topics and has published extensively in this field. Her work was recognized by awards from national organizations, including the American Association of Medical Colleges and Bipartisan Policy Center.

Keyur Patel, MD, PhD

Keyur Patel, MD, PhD
Dr. Patel received his Medical degree from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom and completed his clinical fellowships in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology/Hepatology in Western Australia. He received his PhD from University of Sydney.

He completed a 3-year post-doctoral research fellowship in Clinical and Translational Research in viral hepatitis at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, San Diego, CA and Duke Clinical Research Institute, Durham NC. He was on faculty at Duke University 2004-2015, and is now at University of Toronto since 2016. His research interests include early phase clinical therapeutic trials for viral hepatitis and NASH fibrosis, and the development non-invasive biomarkers of fibrogenesis.

Wayne L. Peters, MD

Wayne L. Peters, MD
Dr. Wayne L. Peters is a native of Rapid City, South Dakota. He received his BA from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota (1969) and his MD from the University of Colorado (1973). He received his internal medicine training at the University of Florida, Jacksonville and was Chief of the General Internal Medicine Division at that institution from 1976 to 1982.

From 1982 to 1984 he served as a Henry J. Kaiser Fellow in General Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Following his fellowship, he remained at the Massachusetts General Hospital as Director of the Lipid Consultation Service. He also taught in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Harvard Medical School under the direction of Dr. Alexander Leaf, who was involved in marine-oil research for over 25 years.

In 1986, Dr. Peters returned to Colorado to assume positions as Medical Director/Partner of HealthMark LLC, a private preventative medicine clinic and as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He transitioned to Senior Medical Physician at HealthMark/OnPoint Medical Group on January 1, 2018.

Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD

Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD
Dr. Piziak received her undergraduate degrees and her PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and her medical degree from University Kentucky in Lexington. She completed her internal medicine residency at Akron general Medical Center in Akron Ohio and her fellowship training in endocrinology metabolism at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Dr. Piziak is presently the Emeritus Chief of Endocrinology, Director of the Diabetes section and Director of the Endocrinology Fellowship program at Baylor Scott and White in Temple Texas. She is a Professor of Medicine at Texas A&M University and a fellow of the American College of physicians.

M. Anthony Pogrel, DDS, MD, and Professor

M. Anthony Pogrel, DDS, MD, and Professor
Tony Pogrel received his dental degree in 1967 from Liverpool University in England and his medical degree from Aberdeen University in Scotland in 1974. He then received further general surgery training and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training in Great Britain, Holland and Miami, Florida. In 1979, he was appointed consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Peterborough and Cambridge in England and since 1983, has been on the full-time faculty of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a former chairman of the department and is currently a professor and Associate Dean. Dr. Pogrel holds both medical and dental licenses in California and is board certified in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 

He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the International and American Associations of Dental Research and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Pogrel has more than 200 publications in the literature on a variety of topics and is a frequent presenter at specialty meetings nationally and internationally.

Martin H. Poleski, MD,CM, FACP, AGAF

Martin H. Poleski, MD,CM, FACP, AGAF
Dr. Poleski is currently Professor of Medicine at Duke University in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Duke University. He was Chief of Gastroenterology at Duke Regional Hospital (DRH) and Director of the Endoscopy from 2008 to 2016. 

Dr. Poleski created the modern DRH Gastroenterology Department, starting with one Gastroenterologist in 2008, and now includes 8 Gastroenterologist. He is currently a full time Professor of Medicine at Duke University with a full time practice at Duke University clinics and endoscopy centers.

Dr. Poleski graduated McGill University, Montreal, in 1973 with an MD. He did his Internal medicine training at The University of Toronto and McGill University. In academic year 1975-76 he was Chief Medical Resident at The Jewish General Hospital of McGill University. He did a fellowship in Gastroenterology at Memorial Sloan Kettering , part of the Cornell Hospitals in New York City.

After completing his fellowship he returned to the Jewish General hospital as a consultant in Gastroenterology, developed the first Inflammatory Bowel Disease center at that hospital and at McGill University. He eventually rose in the ranks to become an Assistant Professor of Medicine at McGill University.

He joined the Scripps Clinic Medical Group in La Jolla , California at the end of 1992 as a consultant in Gastroenterology. He subsequently became Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center and Director of the Fellowship program in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Scripps clinic. 

He also had an appointment at UCSD as Clinical Professor of Medicine. In the summer of 2003 he joined the faculty of Duke University as Professor of Medicine and senior consultant in Gastroenterology. He has continued his interest in inflammatory Bowel disease (IBD), involved in clinical studies and having a clinic at Duke University Medical Center dedicated to IBD.

Alexandra Porfir, DDS

Dr. Alexandra Porfir, Co-Founder of Correct Sleep, earned her DDS degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy College of Dentistry in Timisora, Romania in 2001, marking the beginning of a long illustrious orthodontics/craniofacial medical education. In 2002, Alex relocated to Chicago where she earned a Master's of Science degree in Oral Sciences (2003) and a PhD in BioEngineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2006). She earned her Orthodontic Certificate from the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas Texas (2008), with clinical and surgical training in the correction of craniofacial deformities and malocclusions (misaligned teeth). 

Alex served as a graduate research assistant under the guidance and tutelage of Drs. Carla Evans DDS, DMSc, Liu Hong MD, PhD, and Jeremy Mao, DDS, PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Departments of Orthodontics and Bioengineering, as well as with Dr. Carmen Colojoara DDS, PhD in the Department of Oral Rehabilitation in Romania.

In 2014, she completed a year-long residency at the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, where she became interested in the rehabilitation rights of all humans facing the debilitating effects of sleep deprivation caused by respiratory, skeletal, and dental disorders. She is currently a member of the American Association of Orthodontics and its Foundation association, and a fellow in the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIMH), "an interprofessional association of integrative clinicians who embrace a person-centered, team-based approach to health care."

Alex is a prolific researcher and writer, authoring a nearly three dozen abstracts, presentations, and articles on skeletal and craniofacial topics; from cellular and anabolic responses to sutures and high-frequency tensile and compressive forces, to magnetic resonance microscopy, and adipose tissue engineering by human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). In addition, she has authored the books, Oral Rehabilitation and Dental Emergencies: Patients with medical risk in dental practice (2001), and The Patient's Oral Rehabilitation: The basic principles in investigation, diagnosis and treatment methods (2000), both published by C.Colojoara, M. Miron (LITO-UMFT), in Romania.

Since 2010, Alex has been a full-time practitioner focusing on traditional orthodontics and craniofacial deformities, as well as the assessment and management of sleep breathing disorders in children and adults. Her specialty is the focus on the growth and development of the craniofacial skeleton, upper airway passages, and the neuro-emotional behavior arising from the maladies to these systems. 

She has earned numerous grants, scholarships, and awards for her work in orthodontics, research, and for her scientific and academic excellence. Her volunteer activities while based in Romania include dental screening, prevention and promotion of oral health for orphans and underprivileged districts, as well as the promotion of dental-care education for expectant mothers. 

Jay M. Portnoy, MD

Jay  M. Portnoy, MD

Dr. Jay Portnoy is an allergist in the Division of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and he is the Medical Director of Telemedicine at Children's Mercy-Kansas City and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He received his medical degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and he did his pediatric residency at the Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and his Allergy fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Following that he returned to Children's Mercy Hospital.

Dr. Portnoy has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals involving asthma disease management, environmental control and mold allergy. More recently he has been involved in use of Telemedicine to deliver patient care and in evidence-based medicine. He founded the UMKC School of Medicine allergy program and directed it from 1997-2006.

Dr. Portnoy served as President of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in 2008 and he currently serves on numerous committees both of the American College and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. He also is Chair of MOC for the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and he serves on the FDA advisory panel for allergenic extracts.

Dr. Portnoy lives in Overland Park Kansas with his wife and 2 cats. Fortunately, neither are cat-allergic.

Rahman Pourmand, MD

Rahman Pourmand, MD is a Professor of Neurology at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Neuromuscular Disease Center and the ALS Comprehensive Care Clinic. He completed his neurology residency at the University of Tennessee and completed his neuromuscular disease fellowship at the University of Virginia.

He also received post residency fellowship in neurophysiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He was a member of the faculty of the Neurology Department at Indiana University from 1983 until 2001 when he joined the Neurology Department at Stony Brook.

Dr. Pourmand has written many articles and book chapters in the neuromuscular field. He has edited five additional books in neuromuscular disease including ALS, he has also written a book in Neurology, and he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease.

He maintains an active clinical practice that focuses on neuromuscular disorders and he directs the multidisciplinary ALS clinic which meets twice a month at Stony Brook Hospital. He is actively involved in teaching residents and students in neurology, and is a recipient of numerous teaching awards from both the medical students and the neurology residents.

The Neuromuscular Disease Center at Stony Brook involves a multidisciplinary approach to patients with ALS which is supported by the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter. The Center also sees patients for diagnosis and treatment of peripheral neuropathies, myopathies, myasthenia gravis and muscular dystrophy. EMG and Nerve Conduction testing is also done at the Center as well as Single Fiber EMG, Botox therapy, Autonomic Reflex testing. Dr. Pourmand also performs outpatient muscle, nerve and skin biopsies.

Gregory L. Psaltis, DDS

Gregory L. Psaltis, DDS
Dr. Greg Psaltis has been a pediatric dentist for 43 years, most of which have been in private practice in Olympia, Washington. His varied career has included 23 years as a speaker, both nationally and internationally.

He is currently involved with two volunteer clinics in Mexico that he developed. Each provides comprehensive care for the indigent and medically compromised children of the Los Cabos and Zihuatanejo areas. He has published in several dental journals and was given the Gordon Christensen Speaker Award for excellence in professional presentations. 

Mary Ellen Psaltis, Bachelor in Philosophy, BPh

Mary Ellen Psaltis, Bachelor in Philosophy, BPh
Mary Ellen's professional writing about food and lifestyles has spanned over thirty years. Her interactions with chefs, farmers, and restaurateurs led to greater involvement in nutrition education and teaching. 

Mary Ellen speaks nationally on creating optimal nutrition and making thoughtful life choices. Her local classes focus on supporting people along their healthful life journeys. She accompanies Greg on their Mexican mission trips as a dental assistant.

Cheryl Randolph, RN, MSN, CCRN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, FNP-BC, FAEN


Cheryl Randolph has been practicing critical care nursing for the past 29-years in ED, PICU, ICU & PACU, attaining national certifications in emergency nursing, pediatric emergency nursing, critical care, and as a family nurse practitioner. In addition, she is a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing: a select group of 150 ED nurses who have made lasting and significant contributions to ED Nursing. She has taught nursing at both the associate and baccalaureate degree levels, and is now acting as the owner of Paragon Education, committed to superior nursing continuing education.

Cheryl is dedicated to empowering critical care and emergency nurses in their practice and is a nationally-recognized seminar speaker. Her reputation is well deserved for her ability to make nursing education applicable and practical, as well as engaging and entertaining. Her interactive seminars offer diverse educational activities that aim to increase knowledge, expand understanding, refine skills, enhance practice performance and improve the health status of patients.

Cheryl is an innovative educator with the wonderful ability to make complex concepts understandable and clinically applicable. In her seminars, you'll find current, and clinically-relevant information that is presented with individual flair. And you'll laugh, a lot.

Shakaib (Shak) Rehman, MD, SCH, FACP, FAACH

Shakaib (Shak) Rehman, MD, SCH, FACP, FAACH
Dr. Rehman is the Associate Chief of Staff for Education at the Phoenix VA Healthcare Systems and Professor of Internal Medicine and Professor of Informatics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. He was formerly the Chief of primary Care at the Ralph H. Johnson VA medical Center. He received his MD from University of Punjab, Pakistan with Gold Medals in Physiology, Forensic Medicine and Pathology.

He did his Internal Medicine Residency at Nassau University Medical Center/SUNY @Stony Brook, New York and General Internal Medicine/Medical Education Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. He then graduated from Harvard University's Executive Fellowship Program. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hypertension and Clinical Informatics. He is also a Fellow of American College of Physicians (ACP) and American Academy on Communication in Healthcare.

The American Society of Hypertension designated him a Clinical Specialist in Hypertension. He is a certified Mentor for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Rehman is a well-recognized expert in "Healthcare Communication", "Balancing Work and Life" and "Hypertension". 

He has taught courses/workshops around the country as well as in many countries outside the USA. He was invited to give the Commencement Address on the graduation ceremony of Medical University of South Carolina class of 2013. He have received numerous awards including Best Doctors in America ® award, David E. Rogers Teaching Award from Society of General Internal Medicine twice, Department of Veterans Affair Excellence in Medical Education Award, Medical University of South Carolina Best Teacher Award, American College of Physicians (ACP) Young Physician Award, ACP James A. McFarland Award in Excellence in Teaching and Humanism, ACP Laureate Award, ACP Arizona Chapter Leader of the Year Award and Outstanding IMG award. He has been inducted in the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society. 

He has been inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He has received the Department of Veterans Affairs Gerald Schmitz Award and Certificate in Recognition for important contributions to VA's education mission. He has been elected the President of the Society of General Internal Medicine, Mountain West Region and Vice-President of the American Academy on Communications in Healthcare. He was also the Conference Chair for the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare. He is the Chair of ACP Public Policy committee. 

He was the member of ACP Council of Young Physicians (CYP) and was also the Chair of ACP-SC Chapter CYP, Chair of ACP-SC Chapter Health and Public Policy Committee (HPPC). He is currently the Chair of ACP-Arizona chapter HPPC and member of ACP national HPPC. He has been a member of the scientific committees for annual sessions of SGIM, AACH, SMA, ACP (South Carolina and Arizona chapters) for the last many years. He has participated in numerous research projects.

He has published hundreds of articles and book chapters. Dr. Rehman is reviewer for many scientific journals such as Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and American Journal of Hypertension etc. He is the associate editor of Medical Encounter and was the editor of Journal Scan (online journal).

Sandra W. Reifsteck, RN, MS, FACMPE

Sandra W. Reifsteck, RN, MS, FACMPE
Sandra Reifsteck spent over 25 years as an administrator and Vice President of Nursing and Professional Services with Carle Clinic, a 350 physician medical group practice with over 100 mid-level providers located in Urbana, Illinois. 

During her career she served as Past Chairman of the Board of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice (ACMPE). Sandy was a founding member of the Board, and President of the 40 year old American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN). 

She has received numerous honors including the national Harry A. Hartwick Outstanding Administrator award and the University of Illinois College of Nursing Sage award. She continues as a master trainer and faculty emeritus for the Institute for Healthcare Communication (IHC) and has published in several healthcare journals. Ms. Reifsteck speaks at professional organizations, hospitals and medical groups across the country.

Her experience in working with healthcare teams and the importance of patient collaboration are assets she brings to the healthcare field.

Keith Rigsby, MD

Keith Rigsby, MD

Keith Rigsby, MD is a graduate of Jackson State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1998. Dr Rigsby went on to medical school at the University of Tennessee Health and Science Center where I received my Doctorate of Medicine in 2003. It was during this time that I began to see the importance of being an independent practitioner. Focusing on Internal Medicine as my specialty after medical school and completing my residency at Methodist Dallas Medical Center in 2006.

Upon completion of my residency I joined the Dallas Hospitalist group of Methodist Dallas Medical Center and was also select to join the teaching staff. Shortly thereafter I was elected by the Graduate Medical Education Committee to become an Attending Physician.  It was from this experience I was asked start the Hospitalist program at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.


One year later the Hospitalist program was up running successfully, I left Methodist Mansfield to pursue my career as an independent physician.  Working as Locum Tenem at Navarro Regional Hospital it was there that I was presented with the opportunity to become the Medical Director of Hospitalist Services at Ennis Regional Medical Center in 2008.   As Medical Director in Ennis I began to see the need for more outpatient care in the southern sectors of Dallas-Fort Worth area and so I established an Internal Medicine clinic in Ennis.

Throughout the years I have worked with various hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and home healthcare agencies all in an effort to improve post-acute care, patient transfers, and advance the discharge process.  Still working on ways to improve the outpatient process, I joined two other physicians in opening the Urgent Plus Care Center of Ennis in 2013.

I went on later to establish the VIP Healthcare clinic of Ennis in 2014 which has been great source of medical assistance to the community.  VIP has improved access to healthcare by caring for the elderly and providing the appropriate level of care on an outpatient basis.

George P. Rodgers, MD, FACC

George P. Rodgers, MD, FACC
George Rodgers is a practicing cardiologist and an Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief of Cardiology at University of Texas Dell Medical School. He led the development of the cardiovascular curriculum for the new medical school and teaches medical students and residents on a regular basis. Beyond medical education, he has particular interests in prevention and the early detection of heart disease, team-based care and innovative value-based care for the safety net population.

Dr. Rodgers received his medical education and residency training in internal medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his fellowship training in cardiology at Baylor College of medicine in Houston. He began his cardiology practice in Austin in 1989. Dr. Rodgers has been very active in the American College of Cardiology and has served as the chair of its board of governors and on many other committees, task force and writing groups 

He received the Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Cardiology award in March 2017. 

When Dr. Rodgers is not teaching or practicing cardiology, he is making music videos with his singer-actress wife Leslie www.lesliehylandrodgers.com George Rodgers is a practicing cardiologist and an Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief of Cardiology at University of Texas Dell Medical School. He led the development of the cardiovascular curriculum for the new medical school and teaches medical students and residents on a regular basis. Beyond medical education, he has particular interests in prevention and the early detection of heart disease, team-based care and innovative value-based care for the safety net population.

Dr. Rodgers received his medical education and residency training in internal medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his fellowship training in cardiology at Baylor College of medicine in Houston. He began his cardiology practice in Austin in 1989. Dr. Rodgers has been very active in the American College of Cardiology and has served as the chair of its board of governors and on many other committees, task force and writing groups 

He received the Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Cardiology award in March 2017. 

When Dr. Rodgers is not teaching or practicing cardiology, he is making music videos with his singer-actress wife Leslie www.lesliehylandrodgers.com 

Carlos R. Rodriguez, MD, FAAFP, CAQSM

Carlos R. Rodriguez, MD, FAAFP, CAQSM
Carlos Rodriguez is the Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship and Assistant Director to the Family Residency Program at Bayfront Health Saint Petersburg. He is also Assistant Medical Director of the sports medicine program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.   He received his BA in Biology from Harvard University in 1989. He completed his medical degree at the Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, IL in 1993.  Following medical school Dr Rodriguez completed a General Surgery Internship at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. He then joined the United States Navy where he served as General Medical Officer from 1994 to 1997. After completing his active duty commitment he remained in the United States Naval Reserve until 2002 when he was Honorably Discharged.

Dr.  Rodriguez completed his Family Medicine Residency Program at The Medical Center of Central Georgia/Mercer University School of Medicine in 2001 where he served as Chief Resident during his final year and received the Resident Teacher Award.  He then proceeded to complete a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Bayfront Medical Center. After finishing the fellowship program Dr Rodriguez remained in the Tampa Bay area in private practice and later joined Community Health Centers of Pinellas where he served as Director of the Family Medicine Department.

He has served as a team physician and provided medical coverage for many of our local sports. These activities include the Tampa Bay Rays, Eckerd College and University of South Florida sports, St. Anthony’s Triathlon, Saint Petersburg Parrots (Hockey), Seminole High School, Indian Rocks Christian School, Saint Petersburg Pelicans (Rugby) and the Tampa Bay Storm. He also covers local club sports for the Chargers Soccer Club and the Tampa Bay Jr. Lightning League. He is the medical director of the Sprint Tri-Athlon series in Saint Petersburg. He is also a licensed professional ringside physician and provides medical coverage for professional boxing and mixed martial arts in Florida.

Dr. Rodriguez has published sports medicine articles in FP Essentials, Florida Family Physician and ACSMs Health and Fitness Journals. He is an editorial member of the AAFPs FP Essentials. He is also in the faculty for University at Sea providing sports medicine CME courses.

Dr. Rodriguez is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a member of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, the Pinellas County Medical Association, and the Association of Ringside Physicians.

Dr. Rodriguez is married and has three children. His oldest daughter attends Florida State University. He enjoys playing basketball and tennis but loves to spend his spare time watching his children participate in sports.

Domingo Rodriguez-Cue, MD

Domingo Rodriguez-Cue, MD
Dr. Domingo Rodriguez-Cue was born in Havana, Cuba. Inspired by his father, who was also a physician, he went to Medical School at San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. He did general surgery at Morristown Memorial Hospital in NJ and subsequently transferred to East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He completed a rural residency program and then a faculty development fellowship. Dr. Cue was featured in Peter Jennings's world news tonight American Agenda program on TeleMedicine use in rural practice. 

He trained students and residents with ECU for 4 years, and then went into private practice in Williamston, NC. He was chief of staff for 7 years and practiced holistic family medicine, including ICU, ER, OBGYN and newborn care. With a strong focus on diet and exercise, he felt he needed to focus on the third pillar of health, which is sleep. He underwent his sleep training at Atlanta Sleep School at Northside Hospital. He became board certified in Sleep Medicine in 2009. He is also board certified in Family Medicine, but mostly practices sleep medicine. He is the medical director of the Sound Sleep Institute in Raleigh, North Carolina, and practices at 6 locations throughout the state.

Dr. Cue is also a sleep consultant for CareHere on site Wellness and interprets sleep studies for several of their industrial and private clinics. His sleep practice is 40 % pediatrics with a focus on movement disorders, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders and insomnia.

He interprets Level I polysomnograms and also Level II-IV home based tests. Along with prescribing CPAP therapy, Dr. Cue also works closely with dentists to provide oral appliances for his sleep apnea patients. He is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He specializes in non pharmacologic approaches to insomnia and movement disorders.

He lectured at the 2013 North Carolina Academy of Sleep Medicine summer meeting on the association between sleep apnea and cancer. He also presented at the Carolina Sleep Society Meeting in 2015. One of his areas of interest is how the fusion of modern technology is interacting with every day sleep. Heis an avid user of actigraphy to help treat patients with circadian dysrythmias and movement disorders. His focus will be on common sleep disorders in primary care and achieving optimal sleep for your personal well-being.

Roy S. Rogers, III , MD

Roy S. Rogers, III , MD


Dr. Rogers is a Professor of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He practiced dermatology and oral dermatology at Mayo Clinic Rochester 1973-2010 and serves as a Consultant in Dermatology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Dr. Rogers served as student and then academic dean of the Mayo Medical School (1982-1989). He then became Dean, Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences for ten years. He was been recognized as a Distinguished Educator by Mayo Clinic Rochester in 2004.

Dr. Rogers has had a long-standing interest in oral dermatology, oral pathology and oral medicine. He has been recognized as an authority in that area having edited three volumes of the Dermatology Clinics with a fourth volume in preparation and co-authored three books as well as more than 230 scholarly publications. He has received two Presidential Citations and the Gold Triangle Award from the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) as well as the Thomas G. Pearson Memorial Education Achievement Award. In July, 2005, he gave the Everett C. Fox, M.D. Memorial Lecture at the summer meeting of the AAD.

Dr. Rogers was made an Honorary Member of the AAD in 2007. In 2010 he was accorded Honorary Membership in the British Society of Oral Medicine and was recognized as a Lifetime Career Educator by the Dermatology Foundation. In 2012, Dr. Rogers was made an Honorary Member of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. In 2015, the 18,000 member AAD recognized him with the Master Dermatologist Award, an award given to one dermatologist a year.

Dr. Rogers has presented numerous named lectureships and served as Visiting Professor at many academic institutions in the United States, Canada, and around the world. In 1999, Dr. Rogers gave the first Ahmed Lecture at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. In 2000, Dr. Rogers was the keynote speaker at the first joint meeting of the British Society of Oral Medicine and the British Society of Oral Pathology. In addition, he gave the keynote address at the International Association of Oral Pathology later that year.

Dr. Rogers has been recognized by the International League of Dermatological Societies for his dedication to international dermatological education with the recognition of having taught in 55 countries over the years.

Dr. Rogers completed his medical education at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and his internship at the Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester. He was a postdoctoral research fellow and resident in Dermatology at Duke University Medical Center. He then completed his training with an NIH fellowship and residency at Mayo Clinic where he earned his MS in Dermatology from the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine before joining the Staff of the Mayo Clinic in 1973. Dr. Rogers is certified in Dermatology, Dermatopathology and Dermatologic Immunopathology.

I. Leslie Rubin, MD

Dr. Rubin is originally from South Africa where he trained in Pediatrics and immigrated to the USA in 1976. He was initially at the Hospitals of the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio. In 1980 he moved to The Children's Hospital in Boston and the Harvard Medical School where he spent 14 years. He has been in Atlanta, Georgia since 1994 where he was on faculty at Emory University until 204 when he joined the Morehouse School of Medicine. He is a Developmental Pediatrician who is committed to serving children and adults with developmental disabilities, their families and their communities with a particular focus on the environmental impact of social and economic factors on the health, growth and development of children. 

Since 1998 he has been involved with the Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at the School of Public Health at Emory, where he has integrated his understanding of Developmental Disabilities and applied this to populations of children who had been exposed to adverse environmental circumstances particularly in the city of Anniston Alabama, which was a formative factor in his academic and professional development. In May 2004, he founded the Institute for the Study of Disadvantage and Disability, which is dedicated to improving awareness and understanding of the relationship between social and economic disadvantage and disabilities in children. He has also been collaborating with colleagues in Chile since 2006 towards of developing promoting children's environmental health in Chile. 

His research projects include Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities, one goal of which is to cultivate future leaders to address the challenges of children's environmental health disparities, Healthcare without Walls, which looks at creating a Medical Home for Homeless Children and Project GRANDD, which serves grandparents of low income minority communities who are the primary care givers for their grandchildren with disabilities. 

He has had a number of publications, most significantly the co-editor with Allen Crocker of Delivery of Medical Care for Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities. 2nd Edition, and of Safe and Healthy School Environments Oxford University Press, with his colleagues at the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at Emory, as well as 5 monographs on Break the Cycle student papers.

Mark Rumbak, MD

Mark Rumbak, MD
Dr. Rumbak is a Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Occupational Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida. He is the Director of Bronchoscopy & Chief in the Clinical Research Unit, Pulmonary & Critical Care at James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital, Tampa, Florida. 

Dr. Rumbak is from Johannesburg, South Africa, where he went to medical school and did his residency and Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical care medicine. He came to the US IN 1987, spent five years at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, and then came to the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr Rumbak's main interest is interventional pulmonary medicine, including pulmonary arterial hypertension. He is the Governor for Florida for the American College of Chest Physicians. He is a full professor and is on staff at four hospitals including the James A Haley Hospital, Tampa General Hospital and Florida Hospital, Tampa.

John A. Rumberger, PhD, MD, FACC

Dr. John A. Rumberger is trained in engineering [BAAE, MSc, PhD - The Ohio State University, 1972 and 1976, respectively] and in medicine [MD - University of Miami, 1978].

He did his internal medicine training at The Ohio State University [1981-1984] and his Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship [1984-1987] at the University of Iowa. In 1987 Dr. Rumberger became a Consultant in the Department of Internal Medicine & Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. During his tenure at the Mayo Clinic [1987-1998], Professor Rumberger established himself as a leader in the development and application of cardiac imaging, applied clinical physiology and Preventive Medicine. He has published over 200 scientific papers, 200 abstracts, 30 book chapters, and two books.

From 1998 until 2005, Dr. Rumberger was Medical Director of several Wellness Diagnostic Centers in Columbus, Ohio - specializing in early disease detection and diagnosis. He is author of "The Way Diet', a compendium of healthy dietary advise, exercise, and stress management. He was appointed Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio in 2001.

In 2006 he joined the staff of the Princeton Longevity Center, Princeton, NJ as a staff physician and Director of Cardiac Imaging. Dr. Rumberger is recognized as an authority on the use of Cardiac CT, diagnostic, and Preventive Medicine. He is a Permanent Member of Who's Who in Health Care and has received numerous sponsored lectureships. He continues his clinical practice of early disease diagnosis, diet, and preventive medicine and enjoys lecturing on Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Rumberger posts educational information on the following sites:
https://twitter.com/DrRumberger
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCGmd4rfZOvV3hAF__z_HXA/feed and https://www.facebook.com/jarassociates?fref=ts

Camille Sabella, MD

Camille Sabella, MD

Camille Sabella, MD, is the Director of the Center for Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Cleveland Clinic Children’s and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He serves as the Vice Chair for Education for the Pediatric Institute at Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

Dr. Sabella received his M.D. degree from the Northeast Ohio Medical University, served a pediatric residency at Akron Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio and completed a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, CA. Dr. Sabella is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Sabella attends on the Pediatric Infectious Diseases consultation service at Cleveland Clinic Children’s where he sees pediatric patients with a wide variety of infections, including complicated community acquired infections, viral infections, infections in immunocompromised hosts, including those complicating malignancies and organ transplantation, infections following surgery, and infections in the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. Dr. Sabella’s research interests include viral infections, antimicrobial therapy and stewardship, immune responses of transplant recipients, infections in immunocompromised patients, hospital-acquired infections, and the use of telemedine in the practice of pediatric infectious diseases.

Dr. Sabella is the editor of the Cleveland Clinic Intensive Review of Pediatrics textbook, which is currently in its fifth edition, co-editor of The Color Atlas of Pediatrics, and associate editor of the 5-Minute Pediatric Consult (7th and 8th editions). He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of AccessPediatrics. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles dealing with diverse aspects of pediatric infectious diseases.

Dr. Sabella has received numerous awards related to his educational commitment to fellows, residents and medical students. He directs the annual Pediatric Board Review Course at the Cleveland Clinic, which is currently in its 25th year. He is the past Chair of the Education Committee of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.

Dr. Sabella is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. He is also a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, American Society of Transplantation, American Society for Microbiology, and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Frances M. Sahebzamani (Rankin), PhD, ARNP, FAANP

Frances M. Sahebzamani (Rankin), PhD, ARNP, FAANP
Dr. Sahebzamani is an Adult Nurse Practitioner, and joined H. Lee Moffitt's Team Member Medical Clinic in June of 2014 to develop and manage the Healthy Weight and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction program for team members with metabolic dysregulation, overweight, and obesity. 

Prior to joining the H. Lee Moffitt Team, Dr. Sahebzamani was an Assistant Professor in the USF Colleges of Nursing and Medicine, Division of Family Medicine. 

From 2006-2013, she was the director of the Advanced Nursing Practice Doctorate (DNP) Program in the College of Nursing and in 2002 co-developed and co-directed the USF Prediabetes Treatment Center within the Department of Family Medicine. 
During this time, she served as the Assistant Director of Research for the Department of Family Medicine. 

Dr. Sahebzamani is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Her practice expertise is in primary care, metabolic dysregulation and preventive cardiology. She speaks nationally on the topics of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular risk factors.

In addition to her lectures, Dr. Sahebzamani has participated in developing national educational initiatives on the topics of obesity and diabetes to enhance knowledge and clinical outcomes for physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. 

She recently served as the lead author on the American Association of Nurse Practitioners White Paper on the Management of Obesity. Her program of research includes the topics of obesity, insulin resistance and metabolic dysregulation, and cardiovascular risk reduction in primary care settings.

S. Sandy Sanbar, MD, PhD, JD, FCLM

S. Sandy Sanbar, MD, PhD, JD, FCLM
Dr. Sanbar was born in Haifa, and received his MD at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He did a residency in Internal Medicine at the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center, and earned a Ph.D. at the Universities of Oklahoma and Michigan Medical Centers, and a Cardiovascular fellowship at the Michigan Heart Association. His JD is from Oklahoma City University.

Since 1970's, he has practiced in Oklahoma City both as an Attorney at Law and Internal Medicine and Cardiology. Dr. Sanbar is a Past President of the American College of Legal Medicine and he has received numerous awards from the American College of Legal Medicine. He was the Chairman of the American Board of Legal Medicine (ABLM); and is Adjunct Professor of Medical Jurisprudence, Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Sanbar authored over 200 articles, and serves as editor of several books in his specialties. He publishes a monthly article for the LAW AND MEDICINE section of the Oklahoma County Medical Society. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar, the Oklahoma County Bar, the Oklahoma State Medical Association and the Oklahoma County Medical Society. He is a State, National and International Lecturer on Legal Medicine and Medical Malpractice.

Tracy G. Sanson MD, FACEP, CEO

Tracy G. Sanson MD, FACEP, CEO
Dr. Sanson is an Emergency Physician with more than 20 years of experience in emergency medicine education, emergency department management, and leadership. She is a consultant and educator on Leadership development and Medical education, TracySansonMD, LLC and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine @ University of Central Florida (UCF), College of Medicine.

Dr. Sanson has served in several and varied leadership positions with the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), the Council of Residency Directors (CORD), and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). She is a member of the ACEP Speaker's Bureau and the 911 network. She has been a member of the ACEP faculty for many years, including the ACEP Teaching Fellowship and the Emergency Department Directors Academy. 

Dr. Sanson completed her medical degree and residency training at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has held director positions in the US Air Force, the University of South Florida and TeamHealth during the past 20 years. Dr. Sanson heads her own consulting firm, specializing in leadership training.

Nathaniel R Schlicher, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP

Nathaniel R Schlicher, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP
Nathan Schlicher currently works at St Joseph's Medical Center, and lives in Gig Harbor with his wife Dr. Jessica Schlicher, and their three children (David, Juliette, and Henry). He serves as the Regional Director of Quality Assurance for the emergency departments of the Franciscan Health System and the Associate Director of the TeamHealth Litigation Support Department. He attended Law School and then Medical School at the University of Washington before completing an EM residency at Wright State in Dayton Ohio with board certification in Emergency Medicine. He recently completed his Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Health Care. 

As Legislative Affairs Chairman of the Washington State Chapter of Emergency Physicians, Nathan spearheaded the "ER for Emergencies" program to replace the State's plan to deny ER services to Medicaid Patients. Nathan's leadership in this effort will lead the state to save $31 million per year by making better health care. He created and has edited four editions of a textbook on the importance of advocacy by physicians, "The Emergency Medicine Advocacy Handbook." He currently serves as the 1st Vice President of the Washington State Medical Association and is a Past President of the Washington Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He has previously served as the Legislative Advisor on the Board of Directors of the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association. He also spent a year in the Washington State Senate, representing the 26th District, where he continued his work on health care advocacy. He continues to work with interested parties on health policy topics including renewed focus on the opiate and mental health crises affecting the state.

Nathan and his wife are deeply involved in the community. They serve as foster parents and run a Free Clinic on the peninsula. Nathan is serving as the Capital Campaign Chair for the Olympic College's next campaign and is an active Rotarian. Currently serving as the 1st Vice President of the WSMA, he is currently leading the statewide Opiate Prescribing Feedback Report system that in its first year has seen compliance with acute prescribing guidelines improve by almost 70%. In his spare time, his wife and he are amateur triathletes, love skiing, coaching their kid's soccer teams, and relaxing in the mountains.

He has been recognized for his leadership multiple times including the South Sound Business Journal's 40 under 40 Award, Washington State Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians Guardian of Emergency Medicine Award, Pacific Lutheran University Outstanding Recent Alumni Award, the American Medical Associations Leadership in Excellence Award, the American College of Emergency Physicians' Collin C. Rorrie Jr Award for Excellence in Health Policy, and the WSMA's William O. Robertson Patient Safety Award. 

Barbara J. Schreiner, PhD, APRN, CPLP, CDE, BC-ADM

Dr. Barb Schreiner's career has been a blend of clinical practice, education, research and performance improvement. She has a 40-year history of teaching in both clinical and academic environments. As an advanced practice nurse, she has provided diabetes care and education to children and adults in a variety of settings, including summer camps (and cruise ships). She has been involved with more than 40 research projects, including serving as a co-investigator with the NIH-NIDDK study to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes in children.

Dr. Schreiner has more than 70 publications (peer-reviewed, book chapters, and abstracts) and has coordinated and/or presented more than 400 continuing education programs (local, regional, and national). She is actively involved with her professional organizations serving as past lead faculty for AADE's Core Concepts, past chair of the content expert panel for the BC-ADM certification program, and past member of the boards of directors for the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA). She has been a training and performance specialist with a large biotechnology company and holds a national credential as a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP). She has been a training and performance specialist with a large biotechnology company. She is currently the Sr. Director of Assessment Content and Research at Elsevier, Inc. and is a part-time online professor in a graduate nursing program.

Georgia K. Seely, MD

Georgia K.  Seely, MD

Georgia Seely, MD is a board-certified dermatologist at Dermatology Associates of Virginia, where she also serves as the company’s President. Dermatology Associates of Virginia is a medically-focused practice where Georgia has over 20 years of experience in the treatment of skin cancers such as melanoma, as well as cutaneous lymphomas, and internal medicine related diseases.

 

She is also board-certified in internal medicine, and is a former Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Georgia has served as president of the Richmond Dermatological Society and is a board member of MD Value Care, which is an organization of physician practices in Richmond, VA.

 

Georgia and her husband Scott have two children. Her interests include reading, travelling, playing tennis, gardening, as well as good food and good music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Q-ze1-gDEo

Khalid H. Sheikh, MD, MBA, FACC, FNLA

Khalid H. Sheikh, MD, MBA, FACC, FNLA
Dr. Sheikh is a consulting cardiologist, practicing on the Space Coast of Florida. He serves as Director of the Health First Institute for Cardiovascular Wellness and Disease Prevention. He is engaged in clinical practice, as well as research and teaching. His academic appointments include Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Duke University Global Health Institute, as well Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Central Florida.

His clinical interests include preventative cardiology, cardiac imaging, and global cardiac health and wellness. He was voted by the Consumer council of America as one of America’s top cardiologists. Dr. Sheikh speaks at national and international forums about a variety of topics related to his clinical research, cardiovascular diseases and cardiac wellness. He has served as the principal investigator in over 100 national and international clinical trials. He has authored over 150 scientific abstracts, peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reviews. He is the author of the critically acclaimed heart wellness book, “Don’t Let Your Heart Attack.”

Bruce D. Shephard, MD, FACOG

Bruce D. Shephard, MD, FACOG
Dr. Shephard is Affiliate Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. He serves as a Regional Physician Informaticist for BayCare Health System. 
He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley, attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, and completed his Ob-Gyn residency at the University of Miami, Florida. 

A former McCain Fellow at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Shephard is principal author of "The Complete Guide to Women's Health." and a frequent speaker and writer on women's health issues. He previously served as president of the Hillsborough County Medical Association and is member of the HCMA Board of Trustees.
 

Dr. Shephard serves on HMO medical advisory boards for Wellcare and AVMed and is a medical reviewer for EQ Health Solutions, which contracts with the Agency for Health Care Administration, Florida.   A 2009 selectee of the Marquis’ Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, he received the Albert N. Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Deepak Shrivastava, MD, D.ABSM, D. ABIM (Sleep) FCCP, FACP, RPSGT

Deepak Shrivastava is a Sleep physician in California. He is devoted to medical education and research. Dr. Shrivastava is board certified in Sleep medicine, pulmonary medicine, Critical Care medicine, Internal medicine and Polysomnography technology. He is a Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care at UC Davis and a teaching faculty at San Joaquin General Hospital. He is a senior faculty at UC Davis Sleep Medicine fellowship program. Dr. Shrivastava is medical director of Sleep Disorder Diagnostics Center. Deepak pioneered the National Sleep Medicine Course in India in 2005, which is held yearly in conjunction with Indian Society for Sleep research. ​​​​​​

He is an invited speaker at International and National meetings. Deepak serves on many boards and committees that provide guidance to the delivery of the health care. He is the chairperson for the integrated quality council, an oversight committee that addresses the performance improvement and delivery of quality care to the residents of the San Joaquin County in California. Dr. Shrivastava has lectured for dentists at numerous conferences on sleep medicine, as well as trained dentists in study clubs and webinars. He is also a published researcher and author of multiple books.

Jay H. Shubrook, DO, FAAFP, FACOFP

Jay Shubrook, DO FAAFP, FACOFP, is a Family Physician and Fellowship trained Diabetologist. He is currently a Professor at Touro University California. He also serves as the Director of Clinical Research and the Director of Diabetes Services. He has been doing diabetes work exclusively for 15 years.

He is the Associate Editor for the JAOA and Clinical Diabetes. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the American Family Physician. He serves on the Global Advisory Board for Springer/Nature Diabetes website called Medicine Matters- Diabetes. He is the immediate past Chair of the Primary Care Advisory Board of the American Diabetes Association. 

He oversees a large Diabetes Prevention Program network. His research interests focus on early intervention for type 2 diabetes. His professional goals are to better train the primary care workforce to manage diabetes.

Karl Gregory Sieg, MD, FAPA, MRO

Karl Gregory Sieg, MD, FAPA, MRO
Dr. Sieg received his medical degree and then his completed residencies in Psychiatry as well as Child & Adolescent Psychiatry all at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas.

He is currently board certified in child, adolescent, adult, addiction, geriatric & forensic psychiatry and is a certified medical review officer. Having now been in practice for over 30 years, Dr. Sieg has authored numerous scientific articles and has had past involvement in clinical research. 

He maintains memberships with the American Psychiatric Association, the Florida Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Psychiatry & the Law, and the American Medical Association. Along with his academic endeavors and private practice, Dr. Sieg currently serves as Medical Director of Behavioral Health for Cigna Healthcare.

Ramon Solhkhah, MD

Ramon Solhkhah, MD
Ramon Solhkhah, MD, is the current Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ. He is an attending psychiatrist of all five hospitals in the Meridian Health System and is also the Corporate Medical Director of Meridian Behavioral Health Services. He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Additionally, he maintains a private psychiatry practice in New York, NY and Neptune, NJ.

Dr. Solhkhah received his undergraduate degree from University of Nevada-Reno in Reno, NV, and his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. After spending two years as a general surgery resident in the Bronx, NY area, Dr. Solhkhah changed his focus to psychiatry and completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry residency at Harvard Medical School. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Solhkhah returned to New York, where he completed a fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at New York University.

Dr. Solhkhah is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and other professional organizations. He has been an ad hoc reviewer of several medical journals such as The American Journal of Addiction and Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. He has participated in numerous clinical trials in the field of psychiatry and has authored many journal articles, book chapters, and abstracts. He has presented his work at nationally recognized congresses. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and is board eligible in Psychosomatic Medicine.

Gordon Spicer, BPsyc, MBA-IT, GDA

Gordon Spicer, BPsyc, MBA-IT, GDA
Gordon Spicer, B.Psyc, MBA-IT, GDA, is a Professor of Business at John Abbott College in Montreal, Canada. His professional background includes CFO-level experience, while acting as founder and philanthropist for a non-profit environmental organization. Having previously published in the field of Consumer Behaviour, 2019 will bring additional publications focused on student success and the environment, amongst other areas. 

With a passion for sharing life success with his students in the classroom, he has launched this Conference at Sea, partnering with University at Sea, open to all Professors interested in ongoing professional development. This conference targets teachers in the Grade 11, College, and Undergrad markets globally, and is intended for attendees willing to share their innovative experiences and ideas in presentation format (15-30 minutes). A successful annual international conference inviting collaboration in pedagogy focused on Student Success is the objective.

Kevin T. Stephan, MD, FACP

Kevin T. Stephan, MD, FACP

Dr. Stephan is currently a staff Internist at Adelante Healthcare in Goodyear, AZ. Prior to this, he was the Chief of Infectious Diseases and Chief of Medical Specialties at Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center. Dr. Stephan is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School.  He did his Internal Medicine residency training and Infectious Diseases fellowship training at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. Dr. Stephan retired after 23 years of military service, completing his service after 13 years of active duty in the Minnesota Air National Guard, as a Critical Care Internist and Infectious Diseases physician in the rank of Lt Colonel, and is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, having deployed after 9/11 in support of U.S. forces.

 

Dr. Stephan has significant experience in Infectious Diseases practice, as well as clinical HIV research, and educational speaking. He has held academic appointments at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda MD and Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center in St Louis, MO at the rank of Assistant Professor. He has given numerous talks on a variety of infectious disease topics both in the military and as a civilian clinician, and is highly sought after as a speaker and subject matter expert.

G. Edward Stewart II, MD

G. Edward Stewart II, MD

G. Edward Stewart II, MD received his B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy in 1979 and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1988. Dr. Stewart completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis in 1991.

He completed his fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the University of South Florida in 1993 and completed a fellowship in Clinical Laboratory Immunology at the University of South Florida in 1994.

He is Board Certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.  He has an Allergy and Immunology practice in Ocala, FL and in The Villages, FL. He is a past-president of the Marion County Medical Society and a past-president of the Florida Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society.

Dr. Stewart recently retired as Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of South Florida where he had volunteered on a part-time basis for nineteen years.

Sherry K. Sussman, MD

Dr. Sherry Sussman is Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology at the Reinassance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University where she obtained her medical degree as well as her subspecialty training.  She is double-boarded in both Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. She is the former Section Chief of the Division of Endocrinology at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital and St. Charles Hospital, both located in Port Jefferson, New York.  

Dr. Sussman is a member of the American Diabetes Association and its Interest Group on Clinical Endocrinology, Health Care Delivery and Public Health.  She is also an active member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.

In 2004, the degree of Fellow, American College of Endocrinology (FACE) was conferred upon Dr. Sussman. In 2012, she received the Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound (ECNU), which is a professional certification in the field of neck ultrasonography for physicians who perform consultations and diagnostic evaluations for thyroid and parathyroid disorders through both diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (UGFNA).  Sherry maintains a busy private practice in Smithtown, New York.

Michael J. Tan, MD, FACP, FIDSA

Michael J. Tan, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Michael J. Tan, MD is Professor of Internal Medicine at Northeastern Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) in Rootstown, Ohio. At NEOMED, he is co-course director of the Infection and Immunity Course and Vice-Chair of the Infectious Disease Section of the Principles of Medicine Course.  Dr. Tan is Lead Physician for Summa Health Medical Group-Infectious Disease at Summa Health in Akron, Ohio where he is also Clinical Physician, Infectious Diseases and HIV as well as Medical Director for the Summa Health Clinical Research Center.

Dr. Tan is board certified in infectious disease and internal medicine. He obtained his medical degree from the Northeastern Universities College of Medicine (now NEOMED) and completed his residency training at Summa Health System. He then completed a fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

Dr. Tan is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He is Regent for the American College of Physicians and immediate past-Governor for the Ohio Chapter of the ACP.

Dr. Tan’s primary research interests include participation in multi-centered controlled trials of new and novel treatments for Clostridium difficile infection, skin and soft tissue infection, and pneumonia. He is co-editor of Tan JS, File TM Jr., Salata RA, Tan MJ (eds.) Expert Guide to Infectious Diseases, 2nd edition (2008, ACP Press) and Rosenthal KS and Tan MJ (eds.) Rapid Review Microbiology and Immunology 3rd edition (2010, Mosby). Dr. Tan is listed in Best Doctors in America (2010 to present).

Eric G. Tangalos, MD, FACP, AGSF, CMD

Eric G. Tangalos, MD, FACP, AGSF, CMD
Dr. Eric Tangalos is Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He was Chair of Primary Care Internal Medicine from 1997 to 2006. Dr. Tangalos received his undergraduate training from the University of Michigan, is a graduate of the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, and was a resident and fellow in Internal Medicine at Mayo. 

He is a past president of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) and is a fellow and past governor of the American College of Physicians. He is a past director of the American Geriatrics Society and served on their Foundation for Health in Aging. He served eight years on the national board of the Alzheimer's Association and was a member of their executive committee. He is a delegate to the AMA and is the immediate past chair of the AMDA Public Policy Committee. 

Dr. Tangalos has been continuously funded with the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center since 1987. He was responsible for the recruitment of volunteers that first defined Mild Cognitive Impairment and was an author on those seminal publications. He currently serves as chair of the Mayo formulary committee responsible for all neurologic and psychiatric drugs. He is an Internist and Geriatrician, teaches on the Mayo campus and lectures both nationally and internationally.

Michelle Tarbox, MD

Michelle Tarbox, MD
Dr. Tarbox earned her medical degree at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine where she graduated at the top of her class and was recognized for her outstanding surgical skills with the Francis C. Jackson Award for Excellence in Surgery. Dr. Tarbox then completed her internship and dermatology residency at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in Ohio where she was recognized for her patient care and dedication to teaching. 

During her senior year in residency, Michelle successfully applied for a Women's Dermatologic Society Mentorship Grant and traveled to Sydney, Australia to study dermoscopy with Scott Menzies at the Sydney Melanoma Diagnostic Institute. She completed a dermatopathology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic following successful completion of her residency.

She then served as an assistant professor of dermatology and dermatopathology for three years at St. Louis University in Missouri where she was recognized as the Teacher of the Year for her department in 2012. 

In 2013, she returned to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where she currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the departments of Dermatology and Dermatopathology and as the Assistant Dean for Medical Student Affairs. She was awarded the Dean's Clinical Teaching Award in 2016 and has been recognized on the Healthgrades Honor Roll, as a Compassionate Doctor, On Time Physician, Patient's Choice, and as one of America's Top Honored Professionals, Top 5% by the American Registry. 

Dr. Tarbox has lectured for the AAD, the Brazilian Dermatologic Society, The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, and the American Society of Dermatopathologists on topics ranging from dermoscopy to cosmetic dermatology, to infectious diseases, maintenance of certification, patient satisfaction, and dermatopathology.

William O. Tatum IV, DO, FAAN, FACNS

William O. Tatum IV, DO, FAAN, FACNS
Dr. William O. Tatum IV is professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and senior consultant in the Department of Neurology at Mayo Clinic Florida. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Neurology, American Neurological Association and the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society. He is board-certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, and Epilepsy and serves as the current director for the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at the Mayo Clinic in Florida.

He completed his medical education at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa, neurology residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, and a two-year epilepsy fellowship at Graduate Hospital affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. After training, he relocated to Tampa, Florida pioneering Tampa General Hospital-University of South Florida Comprehensive Epilepsy Center before joining the Mayo Clinic in 2009 as a clinician-educator.

He is a past president of the board of the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology and the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society, currently serving as the Chair for the clinical neurophysiology section of the American Academy of Neurology. He has served on the board of directors for the American Board of Registration of EEG Technologists and Evoked Potentials, and currently serves on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation of America. He has been principal investigator in pharmacologic and device clinical trials with research interests in drug-resistant epilepsy, seizure semiology and EEG/clinical neurophysiology.

He has authored 160 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 35 book chapters and edited/co-edited 8 books in the field of epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology. He serves on the current editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology as Associate Editor, and is the Editor-in-Chief for Epilepsy and Behavior Reports. He has presented lectures at national and international meetings as an invited lecturer.

Randolph Taylor II, MD, CAQSM

Randolph Taylor II, MD, CAQSM
Dr. Taylor earned his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Taylor completed both his internship and residency in family medicine at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He attended Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, FL . Here he completed his primary care sports medicine fellowship. Dr. Taylor has served as the team physician for the University of South Florida volleyball team and Eckerd College athletics. Currently, he serves as a ringside physician for USA boxing and professional boxing and mixed martial arts events. He is a team physician for Houston Baptist University, as well as Finish Line Medical Captain for the Houston Marathon. He provides medical coverage for high school and community sporting events. 

Dr. Taylor found his way into medicine through a combination of a strong interest in science and a love of sports. His diverse background includes providing inpatient, outpatient and battlefield medical care as a staff physician to soldiers, their families and veterans during his military service. While on active duty, Dr. Taylor completed a combat tour in Iraq supporting Operation New Dawn. He was also the medical director for the Warrior Transition Battalion at Ft. Campbell, KY. Dr. Taylor was honorably discharged at the rank of Major from the United States Army. 

Dr. Taylor is current faculty member at Memorial Family Medicine Residency program, located in Sugar Land, TX. He is interested in concussion management and ultrasound guided therapy for treating musculoskeletal injuries.

Grzegorz W. Telega, MD, MBA

Dr Telega developed one of the most successful pediatric liver disease and liver transplant program in the country. He published scientific articles with the intention to influence the clinical medicine. Work on utility of percutaneous cholangiography affected diagnostic work up of biliary atresia. 

Dr Telega developed standards liver/kidney transplant in polycystic liver kidney disease. He participated in the international project analyzing approaches of primary care providers to outpatient management of obesity, participated in the study evaluating utility of ultra-sonographic measurement of epicardial fat in management of obesity and metabolic syndrome.

He performed large scale epidemiological study on prevalence of type 2 diabetes. His projects stem from the questions facing physician scientist in clinical practice and help to provide more effective and more cost-efficient care.

Reza Termei DDS MSc FRCD(C) Dip ABP

Reza Termei DDS MSc FRCD(C) Dip ABP





 
  • Periodontist 2011-Present
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology
  • Clinical instructor and lecturer, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto
  • President of the Iranian Ontario Dental Association (IODA) 2018-19
  • Director of Centric Education Inc.
  • Committee member at the Professional Liability Program, RCDSO 2017-Present
  • Global Dental Outreach Programs 2011-Present
Dr. Termei is the founder and director of Centric Education. He obtained his DDS degree with honors from University of Toronto where he later on completed a Master of Science (MSc) specialty degree in Periodontology. He is a part-time clinical instructor at both graduate and undergraduate clinics at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto and has received a number of academic and research awards. His group practice, GTA North Periodontics & Endodontics, is located in Richmond Hill, Ontario and is focused on Periodontics and Implant therapy. Dr. Termei has been volunteering with several outreach programs providing dental treatment to under-served communities in the Caribbeans and Central America.

He is a fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada, Diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology and member of Ontario Dental Association and International Team for Implantology (ITI). He is also a member of the Professional Liability Program (PLP) committee at the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario.

Christie Theriot MD

Christie Theriot MD
Dr. Christie Theriot is currently clinical faculty and teaching staff at the North Mississippi Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Center where she cares for patients in the clinic, hospital, acute rehabilitation, and long term care settings.
She received her undergraduate degree in pre-medicine and chemistry at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA and received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA.

She completed her family medicine residency training at NMMC in 2014 and has served as faculty since this time.
Dr. Theriot also serves on the Medical Executive Committee and serves as the head of the department of Family Medicine at NMMC.

Dr. Theriot loves educating and serves on the Medical Education Committee at NMMC and a co-chair for the Family Medicine Update Conference and part of the planning committee for the regional NMMC Outcomes conference.  She enjoys traveling, and crafting.


 

Monica N. Tombasco, MS, MSNA, FNP-BC, CRNA

Monica N. Tombasco, MS, MSNA, FNP-BC, CRNA

Senior Lecturer with Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, Inc. (FHEA), an international provider of nurse practitioner certification preparation and continuing education for healthcare providers.

She presents the Fitzgerald Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam Review and Advanced Practice Update as well as several clinical skills modules. More than 75,000 nurse practitioners have used the Fitzgerald review course to successfully prepare for certification.

Ms. Tombasco practices as a certified registered nurse anesthetist at Catholic Medical Center, Manchester, NH. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner and practices as a family and emergency department nurse practitioner at MWV Health Care, North Conway, NH. 

She is a clinical editor for Critical Care Nursing and Men in Nursing Journal. She has lectured at numerous national nurse practitioner conferences, including the National Conference for Nurse Practitioners and Advanced Practice Clinicians. She has presented workshops in collaboration with other Fitzgerald associates on the topics of Common Dermatologic Procedures; Common Office Procedures; Expert Exam of the Knee; Expert Exam of the Shoulder; Expert Exam of the Ear, Nose and Throat; Splinting: Upper and Lower Extremities; and Suturing and Wound Management.

Ms. Tombasco has provided the programs Expert Exam: Practical Orthopedics - Knee and Expert Exam: ENT Skills for Primary and Acute Care Practitioners with Louise McDevitt, which are available through Fitzgerald Health Education Associates, Inc., at fhea.com

Barry Verkauf, MD, MBA, CPE

Barry Verkauf, MD, MBA, CPE
Affiliate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
USF Morsani College of Medicine; Tampa, FL

Dr. Verkauf trained at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and started the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at The University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida.
He initiated the IVF Program responsible for Florida's first IVF birth in 1985. He practiced for 40 years in Tampa founding The Reproductive Medicine Group, one of the state's most successful REI private practices while remaining on the USF part-time faculty rising to the rank of Professor.

He obtained an MBA from USF College of Business in 1997, represented The American Society of Reproductive Medicine as delegate to the AMA for the past 15 years and recently received Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award as a leader in the healthcare industry.

Valerie R. Vestal, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Valerie R. Vestal, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Valerie is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Her nursing career has yielded a variety of experiences extending from Cardiac Critical Care, Nursing Informatics, and Adjunct Clinical Instructor. She has found her home in Psychiatry.

She received both her undergraduate and graduate degree in Nursing from Winston-Salem State University. She also holds a Post Master in Psychiatric Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Alabama School of Nursing. She is also a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Reserve and has deployed to both Kuwait and Germany.

She is passionate about uplifting patients who have a negative self-image and have defined themselves by their illness. She has most recently expressed this through her work as a contributing author in the book Goodness Abounds.

Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM

Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM
Dr. Tom Villanueva is presently the Chief of Primary Care for the Baptist Health Medical Group, part of Baptist Health South Florida. In this capacity, he is Executive Physician, responsible for Primary Care Redesign of over 11 practices encompassing 2 counties which will expand to 4 counties within the next 18 months. In this capacity, Dr. Villanueva is responsible for transforming these practices towards value based payments, risk sharing and population health. He has over 15 years of physician leadership experience, first as a hospitalist where he created over 3 different programs, the last of which consisted of 71 physicians covering 2 hospitals. He is also currently the Corporate Medical Director of Employee Health and Chief of Palliative Care for Baptist Health. 

He is a member of the inaugural class of Senior Fellows for the Society of Hospital Medicine and serves in many national committees for the Society of Hospital Medicine, including the Chief Editor of the ACS Quality Improvement Guide for SHM second edition. He is a Past President of the South Florida Chapter of the Society of Hospital Medicine and has published in national journals and books. He has served as Chief of Medicine, Associate Chief of Medicine and Secretary General for the Medical Staff at Kendal Regional Medical Center and Baptist Hospital of Miami respectfully. 

He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine with Honors from Nova Southeastern University, where he presently holds a position as Clinical Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in addition to holding the same teaching position at Florida International University, College of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital where he received the, "Eric Reiss Award for Outstanding Teaching". He is double boarded in Internal and Palliative Care Medicine.

Dr. Villanueva also has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Miami, School of Business, in Health Administration and Policy. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physician Executive. He has a vast experience in networking among multiple physician specialties and establishing policies and programs.

Karol E. Watson, MD, PhD

Karol E. Watson, MD is the Chair of the Council on Aspirin for Health and Prevention, is a Professor of Medicine/Cardiology and a board-certified, full-time cardiologist at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and she holds the John C. Mazziotta Term Chair in Medicine. 

In 2017 Dr. Watson was named Cardiologist of the Year, by the California chapter of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Dr. Watson received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, her Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School, magna cum laude, and her PhD in Physiology from UCLA.

Currently, Dr. Watson is director of the UCLA Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Health Program at UCLA, Co-Director of the UCLA Program in Preventative Cardiology, and director of the UCLA Fellowship Program in Cardiovascular Diseases. She is also a Principal Investigator for several large NIH studies, and serves on several NIH Steering committees. 

She is currently chair of the Clinical Chemistry and Clinical Toxicology Devices Panel of the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Watson is past Vice President for the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC); and immediate past chairperson of the scientific advisory board for Womenheart, -the largest national organization for women living with heart disease.

Dr. Watson's more than 100 publications and presentations have addressed many subjects including prevention of heart disease, vascular calcification, hormone replacement therapy, the metabolic syndrome, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and. cardiovascular disease in African Americans.

C. Wayne Weart Pharm. D., BCPS, FASHP

C. Wayne Weart Pharm. D., BCPS, FASHP
Disclosure: Dr. Weart has NO financial arrangements with any corporate organization that might have an interest in the subject being presented.

David Weiland, Jr., MD

David Weiland, Jr., MD

David Weiland, Jr, MD, currently serves as the hospital's Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Largo Medical Center. Dr. Weiland is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine and joins Largo Medical Center with more than two decades of healthcare experience. Dr. Weiland served as Vice President of Medical Affairs at Bayfront Medical Center, Medical Director for Suncoast Hospice and ER physician at the Bay Pines VA Health System and the James A. Haley Veteran's Hospital in Tampa. He was in private practice at the Downtown Medical and Diagnostic Center in St. Petersburg.

"Largo Medical Center is fortunate to have the knowledge and expertise that Dr. Weiland brings to our leadership team," said Anthony Degina, CEO, Largo Medical Center. "He is an asset in assisting the hospital and its medical staff to expand services and continue to improve quality outcomes."

Dr. Weiland received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College in Massachusetts. He earned his medical degree and completed residency at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. Through the years, he has served on numerous boards and committees including the Pinellas County Medical Association, the Florida Medical Association and the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education. Dr. Weiland is a frequently requested speaker and also lectures internationally with University at Sea .

Steven P. Weinberg, BS, DMD

Steven P. Weinberg, BS, DMD
Dr. Steven Weinberg is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. He is also an Adjunct Instructor at the Kornberg School of Dentistry, Temple University. 

He has also been on the faculty of 5 other dental schools for their post-graduate esthetic programs. He received a Certificate of Proficiency in Esthetic Dentistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Weinberg opened his private practice in New Jersey in 1978 with an emphasis on esthetic restorative dentistry. He has been lecturing nationally and internationally on esthetic and restorative dentistry for over 35 years.

David Glenn Weismiller, MD, ScM, FAAFP

David Glenn Weismiller, MD, ScM, FAAFP
Dr. Weismiller is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his residency at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center in Charlottesville and a fellowship in Maternal-Child Health and graduate degree in Epidemiology at Brown University School of Medicine, Providence.

A Professor of Family Medicine at the new medical school of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, he provides full-scope care that includes inpatient and maternity care. A proponent of "reflection in practice" and "learner-centered instruction," he is recognized nationally for his work in continuing medical education and faculty development.

Having taught board review programs for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) for more than 20 years, he is the founding and current chair of the AAFP Family Medicine Board Review Express, as well as the AAFP's annual Family Medicine Update live course.

He is a frequent presenter at AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX) and teaches American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Knowledge Self-Assessments throughout the country. Dr. Weismiller is the author of numerous publications on issues related to women's and children's health, and he is an advocate for empowering individuals to make sound health care choices.

He is the father of three amazing daughters. He and his partner Brian make their home in Las Vegas.

Michael J. Wilsey, Jr., MD, FAAP

Dr. Wilsey is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and former Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Training Program at the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed residency training in Pediatrics and fellowship training in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at Texas Children's Hospital and the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He currently serves as the Vice Chief of the medical staff and the Vice-chairman of the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital (JHACH) in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Dr. Wilsey is the Past-President of the Hillsborough County Pediatric Society as well as the former Florida Region V Representative of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He has served on the Endoscopy and Procedures Committee and the Clinical Practice Committee for the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN), and is a member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). Dr. Wilsey has been recognized and has won teaching awards for outstanding medical education, and is the clerkship coordinator and core faculty member for pediatric residents at both USF and JHACH residency programs. His current clinical and research interests include advanced therapeutic endoscopy (including ERCP), clinical and nutritional outcomes of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostostomy (PEG) placement in children, as well as hepatobiliary and eosinophilic disorders. He has published on a wide variety of pediatric gastroenterology and endoscopy topics.

Dr. Wilsey lives in Tampa, Florida with his beautiful wife and three teenage children. He enjoys reading, running, swimming, watching college and professional sports, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Jason W. Wilson, MD, MA, FACEP

Jason W. Wilson, MD, MA, FACEP
Associate Facility Medical Director, Tampa General Hospital at TEAMHealth
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Core Faculty Member, Research Director
Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
Medical Director, Office of Clinical Research, Tampa General Hospital

Dr. Wilson is a board certified emergency medicine physician. He serves as at the Associate Facility Medical Director at Tampa General Hospital, a TEAMhealth location and a level 1 trauma center with an academic teaching program associated with the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida where he is an affiliate assistant professor and core faculty member. 

Dr. Wilson has presented at over 10 national conferences and has published numerous articles. He serves as the research director for the division of emergency medicine as well as the Medical Director for the Office of Clinical Research at Tampa General Hospital. His interests blood borne viruses and evolution of treatment strategies in HIV and HCV treatment in the ED, non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants as well as management of bleeding emergencies, atrial fibrillation and VTE as well as the operationalization of new research findings into hospital pathways and best practices.

In addition, Dr. Wilson is interested in primary care sports medicine and the treatment of common musculoskeletal complaints in the ED. He serves as a team emergency medicine physician with the NHL and NFL and covers NCAA events.

Jeannette Marie Wolfe, MD

Jeannette Marie Wolfe, MD
Dr. Jeannette Wolfe is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School/Baystate Campus. She has spent her entire attending career working and teaching in one of the busiest emergency departments in the Northeast.

Besides emergency medicine, her passion is understanding ways in which biological sex and gender influence wellness and disease as cutting edge research definitively shows that men and women often have different responses to the same illness, trauma, toxins and therapies. 

Dr Wolfe's personal mission is to increase awareness of this information and to use it to improve medical care of both men and women. She is a national lecturer and writer and has recently started a podcast called- Sex and Why: : exploring how biological sex and gender influence our brain, body and behavior.

Julia Worrall RN, CCRN, SANE

Julia Worrall RN, CCRN, SANE
Julia Worrall is a Registered Nurse, Executive Director of FACE ™ - The Foundation for Airway and Craniofacial Excellence and Co-Founder of Correct Sleep.

Decades of experience ranging from acute psychiatry to critical care, led her to California for several years, where she was instrumental in creating a cultural shift within a historically challenging environment. Charged with implementing federally mandated medical policies and procedures to improve patient outcomes, she created collaborative lesson plans and 'hands-on' drills to teach correctional officers, doctors, dentists, psychiatry and nursing staff, protocols for reacting to riots and emergencies in addition to the ongoing management of chronic health conditions. 

However, it was as a patient in 2015 that she had her most eye-opening experience. Julia was introduced to a dental provider that was able to successfully treat her intractable migraines and sleep issues. This chance meeting opened up a whole new world! Applying herself to taking sleep and craniofacial courses along with her insatiable appetite for research led to the discovery that sleep is so much more than just 'closing one's eyes', and that treatment for migraines and movement disorders is well within reach. Realizing that this information is sorely lacking in all areas of healthcare as well as in the general population, she created an organization called FACE™. 

Julia is a published author and member of many professional bodies. She lectures internationally and is an expert in applying sleep and craniofacial assessments in a nursing environment. She is honoured to sit on the Advisory Board for the Foundation for Airway Health, ALF InterFACE Academy and to be a faculty member of the Indian Society for Sleep Research. 

Ramzi T. Younis, MD, FACS, FAAP

Ramzi T. Younis, MD, FACS, FAAP
Dr. Younis is currently the Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the University of Miami Department Otolaryngology University of Miami. He has built a world-wide reputation for his clinical and research activities. His primary areas of expertise are sinus diseases, sinus surgery, airway reconstruction, ear infections, and management of snoring and sleep disorders in children. He is one of only a few surgeons who can perform delicate endoscopic procedures in pediatric patients with rare head and neck tumors such as teratoma or juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma. Dr. Younis has published 49 scientific articles and 25 textbook chapters. He is also the Editor of a unique book on Sinus Disease in Children. Before joining the University of Miami, Dr. Younis was the Chief of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Yale University and thereafter Interim Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Mississippi, Jackson Mississippi.

Laraine T. Zappert, PhD

Laraine T. Zappert, PhD
Dr. Zappert is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine. As a faculty member at the Center for Neuroscience in Women’s Health at Stanford, Dr. Zappert was instrumental in developing and directing the first Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program in Women’s Health. Previously, Dr. Zappert had served as Director of Clinical Training at Vaden Student Health Services at Stanford.

Currently, she teaches a course on Sexual Violence and Recovery, and supervises the clinical work of residents in the Department of Psychiatry. In addition to her clinical, teaching and research responsibilities, Dr. Zappert has served as the Director of Stanford University's Sexual Harassment Policy Office since its inception in 1993. She also founded and led the Women’s Group Program at Stanford’s Graduate Schools of Business and Law for over 20 years. In 2001, Dr. Zappert initiated the (WISE) Women in Science and Engineering Program for women graduate and post-doctoral students in the Schools of Engineering, Science and Medicine at Stanford, and more recently, extended that program (WISSH) to graduate and post-doctoral women in Humanities and Social Sciences at Stanford.

Dr. Zappert's clinical work and research has focused on the areas of women's mental health, work and wellness. She is the senior author of the 1985 landmark study “In the Pipeline”, as well as the 2002 study, “Priming the Pipeline” both of which examined the stresses confronting women in science and engineering at Stanford. Her book, Getting It Right: How Working Mother’s Successfully Take Up the Challenge of Life, Work and Family has been nationally recognized as an authoritative resource for professional women and their families.

Most recently, Dr. Zappert was the senior author on an article (in press) on The Impact of a Support Group Intervention for Women in STEM. In 2017, she was awarded a Faculty Fellowship at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research.

Martin H. Zase, DMD, MAGD, AAACD, FACD

Martin H. Zase, DMD, MAGD, AAACD, FACD
Marty Zase was a disc jockey for eight years before becoming a dentist and is an instrument rated pilot. He is a diehard Red Sox fan, an avid reader, a not quite adequate golfer, and a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Institute, Starfleet Academy, and the Landmark Education Forum and Curriculum for Living. Dr. Zase received a B.A. from Boston University and his D.M.D. from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. A former clinical instructor in restorative dentistry at Tufts, he is guest lecturer in cosmetic dentistry at the University of Connecticut, Nova Southeastern, New York University, and Louisiana State University Dental Schools. He has published over sixty dental articles, has served on the editorial or review boards of The Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry, Contemporary Esthetics, and General Dentistry magazines, and lectures internationally on cosmetic dentistry. 

He is one of about a dozen dentists in the world to have both a Mastership from the Academy of General Dentistry and an Accreditation in Cosmetics from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He practices in the Colchester Dental Group and is the only dentist in the greater Hartford area Accredited by the AACD. He was the 2006-2007 President of the AACD, the largest cosmetic dentistry organization in the world. He serves on the AACD Board of Accreditation Examiners and mentors Accreditation candidates. At the AACD, he was one of the developers of both the University Advisory Council and the Private Education Advisory Council to help spread the teaching of cosmetic dentistry to dental students at all stages of their careers. Dr. Zase was the 2015 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the AACD. He is also the President of the New England Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

He has developed numerous techniques and instruments that are currently used in modern cosmetic dentistry. He was inducted into the Dental Hall of Fame by the genR8TNext Internet dental community (now the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics). He has also been granted fellowships in the American College of Dentists (FACD), the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics (FADFE), and the AGD has honored him with the Lifetime Learning and Service Recognition Award for his contributions to dentistry and dental education. He was just selected by Dentistry Today magazine as one of the Top Clinicians in Dental Continuing Education for the tenth year in a row. Dr. Zase lives in Glastonbury, Connecticut, practices in the Colchester Dental Group and is available online at Martyzase@aol.com

Dr. Zase can usually be found around town, dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and matching socks.