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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.

Louis Verardo, MD

A native of Long-Island New York, Dr. Verardo is a 1978 graduate of the University of Bologna, Italy, and a 1981 graduate of the Family Practice Residency Program at Glen Cove Hospital on Long Island. He worked for several years in solo rural practice in Rhode Island, where he participated in and published original research in Lyme disease. He taught residents affiliated with Brown University’s School of Medicine, and he created a new elective rotation in Community Medicine for that institution. In the fall of 1985, he returned to Glen Cove and worked for 11 years as Associate Director of his former program.

In 1996, he took a new position as Medical Director of the Dolan Center, in Huntington, New York, a facility for the uninsured and underinsured in that community. In 2006, he was appointed Assistant Medical Director for Ambulatory Geriatrics at the Parker Jewish Institute’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center. In 2008, he returned to private practice in the South Shore area of Long Island, where he remained until joining the full-time faculty at Stony Brook medical school in late 2009. He then engaged in clinical practice, as well as teaching medical and dental students, and until July of 2016, he had also served as an Assistant Director of Stony Brook’s Family Medicine Residency Program. Although Dr. Verardo retired from active clinical practice on November 30, 2019, he remains a member of the faculty for the medical school course called Medicine in Contemporary Society, as well as serving as a facilitator for the Transition to Clinical Care course in 2020.

Throughout his career, Dr. Verardo has maintained an active teaching presence as a community faculty for several other institutions, including Long Island University (CW Post campus), Adelphi University, Molloy College, Touro College School of Health Sciences, and the former North Shore-Long IslandJewish Health System, now known as Northwell Health.

In addition to his work in Lyme disease, he has published work in familial alcoholism and on maintaining skills in neonatal resuscitation, and he has participated in practice-based research with a variety of national groups, including the Ambulatory Sentinel Practice Network (ASPN). He is involved with the Suffolk chapter of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians (NYSAFP), serving as a county delegate, and he has reviewed program content for several organizations, including the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), and the Primary Care Network (PCN), a national CME program for generalist clinicians based in Springfield, Missouri .

Mark Eisenberg, MD , MPH, FACC, FAHA

Dr. Eisenberg is a tenured Professor of Medicine at McGill University. His responsibilities include teaching medical students, residents and fellows. Moreover, he is a Staff Cardiologist at the Jewish General Hospital, where he is an active Interventional Cardiologist who also performs stress tests, sees patients in clinic, and rounds on the cardiology consultation service. Furthermore, Dr Eisenberg is the Director of Clinical Research of the McGill Cardiology Fellowship Program, and an Associate Member of the McGill Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, he is the Director of the Cardiovascular Health Services Research Group at the hospital and a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology. Dr. Eisenberg completed his MD at the University of Rochester. He then did a residency in Internal Medicine at McGill University, and a Masters of Public Health at Harvard University. Afterwards, he completed a research fellowship in Echocardiography and Epidemiology at the University of California in San Francisco, where he also completed a cardiology fellowship.

Dr. Eisenberg did an interventional fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He obtained a Masters of Management in International Health Leadership from McGill University in 2010. Over the course of his career, Dr Eisenberg has published 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and participated in several collaborative works. He recently published a book entitled “The Physician Scientist's Career Guide.” His research interests include primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, health services and outcomes research, smoking cessation, the metabolic syndrome, clinical trials, and meta-analyses. He is also interested in related, broader prevention and public health issues affecting the North American population, such as obesity and patient exposure to radiation from medical therapeutic and diagnostic procedures. Over the years, Dr Eisenberg has received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec.

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

Karen E. Adams, MD, FACOG*, NCMP**
She is a North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner and serves on the Education Committee of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health.
Karen Adams MD, FACOG, NCMP has spent more than 30 years taking good care of women and teaching others to do the same. She is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), where she was the OHSU OBGYN Residency Program Director and Vice Chair for Education for 14 years. She is a North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner and serves on the Education Committee of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health.
Dr. Adams is recognized as a national leader in OBGYN education. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) and the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology, 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 Residency Program Directors, and she was 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 (ABOG) since 2008.
Dr. Adams has received numerous awards for teaching during her career, including the Faculty Mentor Award and the Faculty Gold Humanism Award from OHSU graduating medical school classes, and the 2017 Mentor of the Year Award from ACOG, the American College of OBGYN.
Together with Dr. Cirino, Dr. Adams founded and directs the Menopause and Sexual Medicine Program in the OHSU Center for Women's Health. The program brings together specialists in many fields to provide comprehensive health care for women in peri-menopause and beyond, with a special focus on women's sexuality in the second half of life. She is passionate about getting solid information into the hands of women and the providers who care for them. To accomplish that, she hosts an annual series of evening workshops for women, "A Toast to Midlife", in the OHSU Center for Women's Health. She has published more than 30 scientific articles and given hundreds of lectures nationally and internationally, including a January 2020 TEDx talk entitled 'Sleep, Sex, and Menopausal Zest" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ly-WLpmagU Her website is www.dr.karenadams.com and her podcast, "Midlife Life with Dr. Karen" is launching in 2021. She combines her passions for women's health care and teaching to create engaging, accessible content for medical audiences that is firmly grounded in the realities of clinical care.

Thomas G. Allison, PhD, MPH

Thomas G. Allison, PhD, MPH
Dr. Thomas G. Allison is a consultant in the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases and Cardiovascular Surgery and Professor of Medicine in the Mayo School of Medical and Science. His clinical responsibilities include stress testing, primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, cardiac rehabilitation, and sports cardiology. He is Director of the Cardiopulmonary Exercise Laboratories and Director of the Sports Cardiology Clinic, and Course Co-Director of the external CME course Focus on Prevention. The Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Laboratory at Mayo Clinic performs the highest volume and complexity of cardiopulmonary tests in the world.

He has been practicing in the fields of stress testing, cardiac rehabilitation, preventive cardiology, and sports and exercise cardiology for 41 years, including 31 years at the Mayo Clinic. He is a fellow in the American College of Cardiology, American College of Sports Medicine, and National Lipid Association.

Dr. Allison’s research interests parallel his clinical interests. He is currently principal or co-investigator on a number of studies in the field of exercise testing. He hosts students from all over the world who come to learn exercise testing and cardiovascular exercise physiology.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, Dr. Allison did his undergraduate work at Princeton University and completed a PhD in exercise physiology and an MPH in cardiovascular epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. An active participant in regional, national, and international cardiovascular conferences, he has given over 250 invited presentations in more than 25 countries around the world -- on all 6 inhabited continents.

Dr. Allison was for many years a successful long-distance runner with 26 marathons to his credit. He qualified for the US Olympic Trial in the marathon in 1980.

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.

Shagun Bindlish, MD, FACP

Shagun Bindlish, MD, FACP
Dr. Shagun Bindlish is a board-certified Internal Medicine Physician with advanced fellowship training in diabetes and metabolic disorders. She is also an adjunct faculty at Touro university osteopathic school of medicine in Vallejo, California. Dr. Bindlish has earned her medical degree from Yerevan State Medical University in Armenia and completed her residency at Lutheran Medical Center in New York.

Dr. Bindlish is practicing currently in Bay Area. She coordinates all the educational talks within the organization for education of health care professionals. Shagun has been actively involved in California chapter of American College of Physicians and serve as judge and mentor for multiple educational activities and conferences throughout the year.

Shagun's philosophy of care centers around prevention and education. She is an advocate for her patients and strives to build trusting, friendly relationships with them. She believes in holistic understanding of all the factors that affect overall health of a patient. Specializing in integrative nutrition and obesity medicine, she can unfold web of circle of life that involves psychological, social, and environmental factors. Thus, serving patient as a wellness coach.

Dr. Bindlish is also writer and contributed her work in journals . She is also an editor of renowned journals like British Medical Journal, American Diabetes Association. To stay healthy and happy, Shagun does yoga and Pilates. She loves to travel and cook international cuisines.

Monica Broome, MD, FACP, FAACH, FAMWA

Monica Broome, MD, FACP, FAACH, FAMWA
Dr. Monica Broome is the Director of the new Communication Skills Program for University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her interest is in the neuroscience of communication specifically physician patient communication. The scope of this program includes the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty development levels.

Dr. Broome completed a three year fellowship under the Director of Education Development in the Department of Medical Education, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. During her fellowship she completed programs in the Macy Institute for Health Communication Curriculum Development and is certified as a master trainer of 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, and Southern Group on Educational Affairs, and internationally for the European Association for Communication in Health Care, the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare, and the International Association of Law and Mental Health with the focus on communication skills training concerning conflict and bullying. She serves on the American College of Physicians Legislative Action Program for Health Care Reform and participated as a Florida delegate for Leadership Day in Washington DC. She servers on the Editorial Board of Medical Encounter, and Chaired the Committee on Communication and Technology for the 2006 American Academy on Communication in Healthcare Annual Research and Teaching Forum. Dr. Broome co-chaired the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare held in the USA in Miami, October 2009.

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 served on the Institutes for Women’s Health Education/Academic Training Subcommittee and currently serves on the Women in Academic Medicine at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a Fellow in the American College of Physicians, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Communication in Healthcare.

Dr. Broome was recently appointed to serve for two years on the Introduction to Clinical Diagnosis Test Committee of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and concurrently for the United States Medical Licensing Examination. USMLE is the sole licensing examination for allopathic physicians in the United States.

Internationally, she was recently awarded Elsevier Journal Reviewer Recognition Outstanding Reviewer Status for their Journal Patient Education and Counseling. Dr. Broome has been appointed to serve as Deputy National Representative of the European Association on Communication in Healthcare. There are only two representatives for each member country. This nomination and appointment has special significance on a personal level as representatives are nominated by the votes of colleagues.

Dr. Broome is the Course Director of the new Bridge Course for the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. This new program facilitates the integration of incoming medical students from International Medical University Malaysia.
Current projects include serving as Educational Director of Candid Conversations, training and e-learning program of the sexual health concerns of women patients; and developing wisdom in medicine by enhancing personal awareness in the aftermath of adverse outcomes. Dr. Broome teaches communication skills updates as faculty of the University at Sea.

New for 2020, Dr. Broome is named the National Co-Chair East Coast for the American Medical Women’s Association Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans program.

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. He also has the distinct honor of being the Commencement Speaker at the December 2018 graduation ceremony of the University of Houston – Clear Lake.  The URL link to Dr. Chandra’s commencement speech is below. Please cue to minute 32 of the video link in case you just want to see Dr. Chandra’s speech.
URL to speech
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpwOooexSYA&t=2984s

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.

Kristen M. Cline, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN

Kristen M. Cline, BSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, CFRN, CTRN, CCRN
Kristen is currently practicing clinically as a bedside ICU and ED nurse for the Veteran’s Health Administration. She also travels the country as a popular speaker for certification review courses and various clinical and leadership topics, in addition to acting as a Legal Nurse Consultant.

Kristen has over 12-years of experience in Med/Surg, ED, Critical Care, Forensic, and Flight Nursing and has served as a bedside nurse, charge nurse, and clinical educator. In 2015, she was recognized as the Distinguished CPEN by the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing for her dedication to professional certification and was recognized by her Health System in 2017 for Exemplary Professional Practice.

She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Emergency Nurses Association, the CECH Committee for the Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association, and the Editorial Review Board of the Air Medical Journal. She has bylines as a textbook and review book author as well as a contributor to several academic journals, and has been featured on Monster.com and The Art of Emergency Nursing Podcast. Cline is known for her down to earth and irreverent lecture style that is grounded in evidence-based practice and based on her extensive clinical experiences. She is passionate about empowering and inspiring clinicians to achieve excellence in their practice while providing them with practical clinical tools that will elevate their care to the next level.

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 executive 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. He has authored more than eighty publications.

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 was recently selected to direct 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.

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
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 Scott Ferentz, MD

Kevin Scott Ferentz, MD
In 2012 Dr. Ferentz retired as an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine after 25 years on the faculty. During those years he served as the Director of Student and Employee Health, the Director of Clinical Operations for the department, and as Residency Director for 12 years. He went on to serve as the Chief Medical Officer for Baltimore Medical System, Inc. the largest group of Federally Qualified Health Centers in Maryland, responsible for approximately 60 clinicians serving in six medical centers and eight school based health centers, caring for 45,000 patients and providing 155,000 visits per year. He then worked as the Medical Director of the Randallstown office of Chase Brexton Health Care. He is currently the Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) and the Lead Physician for the GBMC Health Partners Primary Care offices at Owings Mills. Dr. Ferentz is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Maryland and continues to educate medical students on a regular basis. Dr. Ferentz has authored more than three dozen articles and book chapters concerning issues in Family Medicine. His academic work centered on Smoking Cessation, and the recognition and treatment of Depression in primary care. He received more than two dozen teaching awards, including two national awards: the Exemplary Teaching Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Outstanding Program Director Award from the Association of Family Practice Residency Directors. He was named one of the Best Family Physicians by Baltimore Magazine in 1997, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018, and 2020. The Ladies Home Journal named him one of the best Family Physicians in America in 2002. He was named to Best Doctors in America in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2013. He appears in Whos Who in America in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2011. Dr. Ferentz provides continuing medical education lectures for several national CME providers. Dr. Ferentz is a past-President of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians and served on several committees and commissions for the American Academy of Family Physicians. He has done hundreds of media spots on TV and for eight years he was the regular host of Sunday Rounds, the largest medical call-in show on public radio, heard nationwide, and around the world on the Armed Forces Radio Network and the Internet.

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

Thomas M File Jr., MD, MSc, MACP, FIDSA, FCCP
Dr. Thomas File is Chair of the Infectious Disease Division and Co-Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at Summa Health in Akron, Ohio and Professor of Internal Medicine, Master Teacher, and Chair of the Infectious Disease Section at Northeast Ohio Medical University. 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 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, antimicrobial stewardship, immunizations in adults, 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.

She recently 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), being selected as a Barness  Behnke Chap of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (2020), being inducted in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society (2018) , and receiving the USF Theodore/Venette Ashounes-Ashford Distinguished Scholar award in 2019  (the highest award the University gives to a researcher).  She received the American College of Emergency Physicians recognition award for longevity in Emergency Medicine (2014),  the Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine Momentum Award (2014),  the Unsung Hero award from the American Osteopathic Association (2014) ,  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 the Koop Community Service Award (2000).
 

George D. Harris, MD, MS

George D. Harris, MD, MS
Dr. Harris is board certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Harris started his medical career in solo medical practice for 12 years then transitioned to academic medicine. Recently, he has re-established himself in as ambulatory medical practice after completing a dual role at West Virginia University Eastern Campus, as Professor and Chair, of the Department of Family Medicine and Medical Director for University Healthcare Physicians (UHP)-Primary Care Division.

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 and 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 was a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners Family Medicine Task Force and presently participates as 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) appointed by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services. Dr. Harris was also appointed by previous Florida governor, Jeb Bush, for the State of Florida Medicaid Pharmacy and Therapeutics Commission.

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.

Mark H. Hyman, MD, FIAIME, FACP

Mark H. Hyman, MD, FIAIME, FACP
Dr. Hyman is an internist with more than 30 years of experience and head of HymanHealth, which is located on the Westside of Los Angeles, California. A nationally recognized disability expert, Dr. Hyman provides medical-legal evaluations spanning the continuum of internal medicine for a wide variety of legal and insurance organizations. He has evaluated hundreds of workers’ compensation patients around the country – from NFL players to everyday workers - providing credible and thorough diagnoses, depositions and documentation, often using the state-of-science technology found in his office.

Dr. Hyman had served for 30 years as an Associate Professor on the clinical faculty at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA). He pursued medical school, internship, residency and fellowship at UCLA. Dr. Hyman is a highly sought-after lecturer, including being the keynote speaker for annual State level meetings, He has authored various medical-legal and internal medicine topics. He has served as editor for the Internal Medicine section of the Medical Disability Advisor, Fifth and Seventh Editions. Much of his work can be found in prestigious peer-reviewed journals including the Annals of Internal Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Archives of Neurology, the American Family Physician, and the Journal of Occupational Environmental Medicine. Dr. Hyman is a chapter author and editor for numerous American Medical Association (AMA) books including:
  • A Physician's Guide to Return to Work
  • Guides to Disease and Injury Causation
  • Guides to Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Guides Transition Book
  • Guides to Navigating Disability Benefit Systems
  • Guides 6th edition and accompanying Internal Medicine Workbook
Over the years, Dr. Hyman has been a member of the AMA, American College of Physicians and the American College of Environmental and Occupational Medicine. His FACP designation acknowledges that he is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and has served on the organization's Governor's Advisory Council. His FAIME designation recognizes that he is a Fellow of the International Academy of Independent Medical Examiners. He is past chair of the National Board of Directors for IAIME. Dr. Hyman has testified before the United States Congress as a national expert on disability issues.

Dr. Hyman has received acclaim for his contributions to the medical world. In 2009, WebMD selected Dr. Hyman for its annual "Health Heroes" award. In addition, the City of Los Angeles recognized his involvement with the LA Police Department related to developing police arrest procedures. 

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

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

Jeffrey M. Kagan, MD
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.

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.

Merrill A. Krolick, DO, FACC, FACP

Merrill A. Krolick, DO, FACC, FACP
Dr. Krolick has been in clinical practice since 1992. Initially he practiced at Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va. Currently he is practicing at The Heart Institute at Largo. He is an attending cardiologist at HCA Largo Medical Center, Morton Plant Hospital and HCA Indian Rocks Hospital.

Dr. Krolick has been a previous chairperson and director of the Pinellas chapter of the American Heart Association. He currently serves as co-director of the cardiology fellowship program at HCA Largo Medical Center and is director of the interventional cardiology fellowship. He directs the cardiac cath lab at HCA Largo Medical Center.

Dr. Krolick is triple board certified in Internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology. He has written numerous articles including being published in The New England Journal of Medicine, and writing recent chapters in cardiovascular textbooks. He is an associate professor in cardiology at the University of South Florida, and at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Krolick has served as clinical investigator on numerous drug and clinical device trials including drug coated balloons for treatment of peripheral vascular disease and the original drug coated stent trials for coronary artery disease He practices noninvasive cardiology and interventional cardiology. His special interest is in peripheral vascular disease. He is recognized as both a national and local leader in endovascular interventions. He is currently on advisory panels for Bard Peripheral Vascular, CSI, Access Closure and St. Jude Medical. He has spoken at major vascular meetings including AMP and The Veins.

His peripheral interests included endovascular aortic aneurysm treatment and treatment of CLI (critical limb ischemia), Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), venous treatment, and treatment of symptomatic claudication.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians and Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventionalists.

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 has been in clinical practice since 1992. Initially he practiced at Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va. Currently he is practicing at The Heart Institute at Largo. He is an attending cardiologist at HCA Largo Medical Center, Morton Plant Hospital and HCA Indian Rocks Hospital.

Dr. Krolick has been a previous chairperson and director of the Pinellas chapter of the American Heart Association. He currently serves as co-director of the cardiology fellowship program at HCA Largo Medical Center and is director of the interventional cardiology fellowship. He directs the cardiac cath lab at HCA Largo Medical Center.

Dr. Krolick is triple board certified in Internal medicine, cardiology and interventional cardiology. He has written numerous articles including being published in The New England Journal of Medicine, and writing recent chapters in cardiovascular textbooks. He is an associate professor in cardiology at the University of South Florida, and at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Dr. Krolick has served as clinical investigator on numerous drug and clinical device trials including drug coated balloons for treatment of peripheral vascular disease and the original drug coated stent trials for coronary artery disease He practices noninvasive cardiology and interventional cardiology. His special interest is in peripheral vascular disease. He is recognized as both a national and local leader in endovascular interventions. He is currently on advisory panels for Bard Peripheral Vascular, CSI, Access Closure and St. Jude Medical. He has spoken at major vascular meetings including AMP and The Veins.

His peripheral interests included endovascular aortic aneurysm treatment and treatment of CLI (critical limb ischemia), Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), venous treatment, and treatment of symptomatic claudication.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American College of Physicians and Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventionalists.

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.

Gil Lichtshein, MD, FAPA

Gil Lichtshein, MD, FAPA
Dr. Lichtshein specializes in a variety of disorders including mood disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive com-pulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks, and attention deficit disorders (ADD/ADHD).

Disclosure: Dr. Lichtshein has NO financial arrangements with any corporate organization that might have an interest in the subject being presented.

Cori Loomis, Esq, Christensen Law Group, P.L.L.C.

Cori H. Loomis' primary focus is on the representation of health care providers with transactional, compliance, reimbursement, legislative and regulatory compliance issues. She also represents other commercial entities in transactional and regulatory issues and advises clients regarding employee benefit and employee law issues. Loomis graduated with special distinction from the University of Oklahoma in 1991 and with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1994. Loomis is licensed to practice law in all Oklahoma State Courts. She is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. In 2010, Loomis was listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Administrative/Regulatory Law by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers and ranked by Chambers U.S.A. in Corporate/Commercial: Healthcare. She also received a Leadership in the Law award from the Journal Record in 2010 and was accepted to the Oklahoma Bar Association Leadership Academy in 2011. Loomis was selected by Governor Mary Fallin to the Oklahoma Board of Nursing, for a term started in November 2011. Loomis is involved in charitable and civic activities by serving as a board member of Community Health Charities from 2007 through 2011 and as a member of the Church of the Servant Administrative Council since 2009. She also was elected to the board of Prevent Blindness and began her term in January 2011. She was elected to the Crossing Christian School Parent Teacher Fellowship Board, for a term from September 2011 through August 2012.

Karen J. MacKinnon, BS, RPh

Karen J. MacKinnon, BS, RPh
In her role at MCW, Professor MacKinnon is responsible for developing corporate partnerships, activities and services that support the creation of new pharmacy practice models. Professor MacKinnon has over 25 years of experience in teaching and has assisted in the establishment of three previous academic pharmacy programs, having served in the roles of Director of Experiential Education and Director of Professional Laboratories.

Professor MacKinnon has practiced in institutional and community pharmacy practice settings throughout her career. Professor MacKinnon is currently engaged with local and state immunization grants to support pharmacists’ role in optimizing and expanding immunization access in Wisconsin.

George E. MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh, FASHP

George E. MacKinnon III, PhD, MS, RPh, FASHP
Dr. George E. MacKinnon III began responsibilities as Founding Dean of the School of Pharmacy at the Medical College of Wisconsin October 1, 2015. His primary academic appointment is as Professor of Pharmacy Administration with secondary appointments within the School of Medicine in the Institute for Health and Equity (Division of Population Health Improvement), Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Genomic Sciences and Precision Medicine Center.

Dr. MacKinnon received both his BS (Pharmacy) and MS (Hospital Pharmacy) from University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy. He completed two-years of post-graduate clinical pharmacy residency training at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, earning his PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago.

Over the past 30 years he has held academic appointments in medicine and pharmacy engaging in clinical practice, research, teaching, and academic administration. His previous appointments include Founding Dean of Pharmacy & Vice Provost for Health Sciences at Roosevelt University Chicago, Vice President of Academic Affairs with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, and Director of Global Health Economics & Outcomes Research of Abbott Laboratories, in Chicago.

Dr. MacKinnon has engaged in significant curricular pharmacy innovation (e.g., accelerated graduation and non- traditional pathways, integrated curricula, and interprofessional education) and post-graduate training development. He taught one of the first required courses in health economics and outcomes assessment and is Editor of the textbook, Understanding Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomic. His research interests align in expanding pharmacist care models (e.g., primary care, pharmacogenomics, immunizations).

Frank B. Marsalisi, MD, FACOG

Frank B. Marsalisi, MD, FACOG
Dr. Frank Marsalisi is the Director of Gynecology  at the Bayfront OB/Gyn Residency Program , Bayfront Health St. Petersburg -Orlando Health Inc.. 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.
 

Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP

Dale A. Matthews, MD, FACP
Dr. Matthews practices general internal medicine in Reston, Virginia with Executive Healthcare Services. 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 has served in the Departments of Medicine at three medical schools (Yale University, University of Connecticut, and Georgetown University) and has lectured at over 30 medical schools in the United States. He also teaches continuing medical education courses for the Continuing Medical Education, Inc. University at Sea program. 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), at which he majored in Romance Languages and Literatures with a special concentration in European Civilization. He was 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 was 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. He has received the Vitals Patients’ Choice Awards yearly from 2008-14 and Most Compassionate Doctor.

recognition from 2012-4. He has been 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 two grandchildren (Sophia Goodman and James Matthews). He enjoys family and church activities, Bible study and teaching, golf, baseball, piano, songwriting, singing, ballroom dancing, travel, and photography.

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

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. 

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

Francis R. Mencl, MD, MS, FACEP, FAAEM, FAEMS
Dr. Mencl has been practicing and teaching emergency medicine and prehospital care for almost 30 years. A graduate of Case Western Reserve (BA), Cleveland State (MS), and NEOMED (MD), He completed his residency in EM at Akron City Hospital (Summa Health System) where he stayed on as faculty, eventually becoming the system EMS Medical Director and a Professor of Emergency Medicine at NEOMED. 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. In his EMS capacity he served as medical director to the paramedic training program, started and ran an EMS fellowship and an EMS medical student rotation.

Currently Dr. Mencl is working for Penn State in Hershey Pennsylvania where he is responsible for the hospital-based ambulance and critical care service (Life Lion) which includes 2 helicopters. He is the EMS fellowship Director and a teaching attending in the EM residency there.

Dr. Mencl’s passions include teaching and research and he is a veteran of a number of University at Sea cruise conferences. He 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. 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. He also participates regularly in the Rally Rejviz an international EMS/Ambulance competition held in the Czech Republic that attracts participants from around the world.

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, PhD

Gary  F. Merrill, 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.
 

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

Caroline M. Molins, MD MSMEd FACEP FAAEM

Caroline M. Molins, MD MSMEd FACEP FAAEM
Caroline is a native Floridian, who was born in Miami, Florida. She attended Florida International University, where earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She went to Puerto Rico for medical school, specifically Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine and graduated in June of 2007.

As for her residency, she stayed in Puerto Rico and attended University of Puerto Rico Emergency Medicine Residency, in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Upon graduation in 2010, she moved to Orlando Florida, where she joined a group that serves AdventHealth East Orlando. Shortly after beginning at AdventHealth, she became the Curriculum Director at the AdventHealth Emergency Medicine Residency.

Recently in May 2019, she completed her master’s in medical education from Lake Erie College of Medicine. She is an enthusiastic tennis fan, as a local player and enjoys being a spectator at the Miami Open and US Open Championships.

Tim Munzing, MD, FAAFP

Tim Munzing, MD, FAAFP
Dr. Timothy Munzing has been a family physician with Kaiser Permanente in Orange County, California for the past 33-1/2 years, over 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. 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, opening Summer 2020.

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 200 cases (100+ criminal) in over sixteen states across the United States.

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.

Joseph G. Murphy, MD, MBA, FRCPI, FACC, FESC

Consultant Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
Chair, Section of Scientific Publication, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation
Director Mayo Clinic Scientific Press
 

Dr. Murphy is Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. He is Director of the Cardiology Invasive Specialist program at the Mayo School of Health Sciences. Dr Murphy is the Director of the Mayo Clinic Scientific Press and Chair of the Section of Scientific Publication at the Mayo Clinic. He is also Chair of the Mayo Foundation Publications Committee.

Dr. Murphy graduated from University College Cork in Ireland, where he also completed a Medical and Surgical Internship in the Professional Department at the University College Cork Hospital. He was Senior House Officer in Rotation in General Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland Medical School at St. Laurence's Hospital, Dublin Teaching Hospital. He was Tutor/Registrar in General Medicine at the Medical School, University of Dublin, Trinity College at the Dublin Teaching Hospital. Dr. Murphy was Senior House Officer and Registrar in Cardiology and General Medicine at Mater Misericordiae Hospital at Dublin Teaching Hospital. He completed a research fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School and fellowships in Clinical and Invasive Cardiology at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Murphy completed a Doctorate in Medicine in Cardiology by Thesis at the National University of Ireland.

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.

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 .

Kelly P. O'Keefe, MD, FACEP

Kelly P. O'Keefe, MD, FACEP
Dr. O’Keefe is a practicing emergency physician in Sarasota, Florida. He is the founder, and current Program Director, for the Florida State University College of Medicine Emergency Medicine Residency. He started the University of South Florida Emergency Medicine Residency at Tampa General Hospital, and directed that program from 2000-2017.

In addition, he was the Program Director for the US Air Force side of the Joint Military Medical Centers Emergency Medicine Residency Program in San Antonio, Texas, from 1990-1995. He has additional leadership experience as an emergency department Medical Director at several hospitals. Dr. O’Keefe has spoken at the national level for ACEP for many years, and has published numerous times in Emergency Medicine textbooks and journals.

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.

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.

Louise Pilote, MD

Dr. Louise Pilote is a Professor of Medicine at McGill University and the Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at McGill University. She holds a James McGill Chair and a research scholarship from the Fonds de Recherche en Santé du Quebec. She is a practicing Internist and epidemiologist at the Montreal General Hospital.

Dr. Pilote received her MDCM from McGill University. She then obtained an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health and a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Pilote's research focus includes cardiovascular epidemiology, outcomes research, and health services research. She is the principal investigator for the GENESIS: an intercapacity enhancement team on gender and sex determinants of cardiovascular diseases funded by the Canadian Institute of Health research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation as well other studies related to access to care for patients with heart disease, and pharmacoepidemiology studies of cardiac medications. She has published over 200 manuscripts.

Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP

Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP
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.

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, RN, MSN, CCRN, CEN, CPEN, TCRN, FNP-BC, FAEN
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.

Stephen Raskin, MD, FACC

Stephen Raskin, MD, FACC
Steve Raskin is a practicing clinical cardiologist and is currently is the Director of the Sutter Eastbay Medical Foundation Lipid Clinic in Oakland, California. He has practiced cardiology for nearly 40 years and in addition has served as a mentor at the University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco Combined Medical School Program and as Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF.

He has participated in many important clinical trials and served as principal investigator of many pivotal cardiology trials including the Beta Blocker Heart Attack Trial, Cardiac Arrhythmia Suppression Trial (CAST) and many of the first acute myocardial infarction thrombolytic trials (GUSTO program).

He obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin followed by internship and medical residency at the Boston City Hospital. Cardiology fellowship was completed at Mt. Zion-University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Raskin is a member of AOA and is board certified in cardiology, clinical lipidology and cardiovascular computed tomography. He is an avid photographer and ocean sailor completing two transpacific crossings and was cardiology consultant to the Swedish America’s Cup ARTEMIS Sailing Team.

He is the Chief Medical Officer of MedChefs, a company dedicated to improving health by providing a novel e-solution to foster a healthy lifestyle and nutrition pattern.

George P. Rodgers, MD, MACC

George P. Rodgers, MD, MACC
Dr. Rodgers is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Associate Chief of Cardiology for Education at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. He led the development of the cardiovascular curriculum for the new medical school. Dr. Rodgers teaches medical students, residents and cardiology fellows on a regular basis. Beyond medical education, he has a particular interest in prevention 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 at The 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 over the last 25 years. He has served as the Chair of the Board of Governors, the Board of Trustees and as Co-chair Leadership Council of the Cardiovascular Team.

He has also served on a number of other committees and writing groups within the College He received the Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Cardiology Award in 2017. This year he was awarded Master of the American College of Cardiology.

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 the medical director of SleepWorks in Raleigh North Carolina, and practices at 5 locations throughout the state.

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 who provide oral appliances for sleep apnea patients. He is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, CHEST physicians, AAFP and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He specializes in non-pharmacologic approaches to insomnia and movement disorders.

Marc Romain, MBBCh(Wits) DCH(SA) FCP(SA) MMed(Wits)

Marc Romain, MBBCh(Wits) DCH(SA) FCP(SA) MMed(Wits)
Dr. Marc Romain received his MBBCH degree from the University of Witwatersrand Medical school, South Africa. He specialized in internal medicine in South Africa and then moved to Israel where he completed his fellowship training in both General Intensive Care and Nephrology at the Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital, Ein Kerem, Jerusalem. 

He currently works as a senior physician in the Medical Intensive Care unit at Hadassah University Hospital and is responsible for developing the field of Critical care nephrology within the Hospital. This involves both training of nurses and physicians as well as outreach to the various intensive care units. He has a passion for teaching and is involved in medical student, nursing and physician education. In 2018 and 2019 he received an award for being one of the outstanding teachers at the  Hebrew University Medical School. He also runs a point of care ultrasound course (POCUS) and an introductory course to continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) for the staff at the hospital. 

He also works in the inpatient dialysis units and has a general nephrology outpatient clinic. 
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering for the prehospital emergency services and running marathons.
 

I. Leslie Rubin, MD

I. Leslie Rubin, MD
I Leslie Rubin MD is Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine, Co-director of the Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Unit at Emory University, Medical Director of The Rubin Center for Autism and Developmental Pediatrics, and Founder of Break the Cycle of Health Disparities Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia.

As a Developmental Pediatrician, he has provided care for children and adults with developmental disabilities for decades, and in 2016 published the 3rd edition of his text: Health Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Across the Lifespan, (Springer Switzerland).

As an Environmental Pediatrician, he started a program in 2004 called: Break the Cycle of Children’s Environmental Health Disparities, to raise awareness of children’s environmental health disparities and cultivate future leaders. This program, now in its 15th year, has resulted in the publication of more than 100 student papers in 10 international journal supplements and 10 Books with Nova, publishers in their Public Health Series.

He is actively involved in a number of local, national and international organization and has received a several awards for his work.

Dania Rumbak, MD

Dania Rumbak, MD
Dania Rumbak, M.D.
Attending Physician, Halifax Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics
Florida State University School of Medicine

Dania Rumbak is a pediatrician, pediatric intensivist and healthcare entrepreneur. She received her BA from the University of Florida and her MD from the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and is Board-Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care.

She is currently an Attending Physician in Pediatric Urgent Care at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida and serves as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Florida State University School of Medicine. She has previously worked at Columbia University Medical Center, New York University Medical Center, and the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, where she received all her medical training (residency and fellowship.) She has published multiple works in medical journals. She was also co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of a healthcare startup called Baby Doctor. She lives in Ormond Beach, Florida with her husband and two children.

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.

C. Joy Sachs, MD, MPH

C. Joy Sachs, MD, MPH
Dr. Carolyn Joy Sachs graduated from the honors program in medical education at Northwestern University in 1990 and then went on to completed an emergency medicine residency and research fellowship at the UCLA Emergency Medicine Center where she has stayed on ever since and currently serves in the rank of Clinical Professor step III. Her career research interests have centered on violence against women and she has authored many peer reviewed publications and book chapters on sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

For the last 23 years she has served as a chairwoman of the UCLA Intimate Partner Violence Committee.  She serves as the voluntary medical director for a comprehensive forensic sexual assault examination program which provides over 1200 emergent sexual assault examinations to adults and children living in Southern California each year.  

Dr. Sachs also a full time practicing academic emergency physician in the UCLA Emergency Department with an interest in physician well-being.  She serves on the UCLA physician Health and Wellness committee and as the faculty advisor for the UCLA/OV Emergency Residency Wellness Committee. She has lectured nationally and internationally about intimate partner violence, sexual assault, provider well-being and other emergency medicine topics.
 

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.

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. 

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

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

Joshua Steinberg, MD

Joshua Steinberg, MD
Dr. Joshua Steinberg is a full-spectrum family physician and faculty at the UHS Wilson Family Medicine Residency and SUNY Upstate Clinical Campus. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale, his MD from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, and his residency training at St. Joseph’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency in Syracuse.

Dr. Steinberg has 20 years experience in patient care and medical education. At the UHS residency, he currently leads pregnancy care and education, quality improvement projects, scholarly activities, and evidence based medicine training. He also has a faculty appointment at Upstate Medical University, teaching medical students in a variety of roles over two decades of service. He presents regionally and nationally on medical practice and medical education topics. He has been published in American Family Physician, explaining and interpreting new findings to his field. He runs a nationwide collaborative curriculum project in obstetrics and leads regionally in the IMPLICIT Interconception Care project.

Closer to home he is a husband and father of two energetic boys. Dr. Steinberg enjoys running and biking and cooking with his kids, and posting lousy times at regional triathlons. He has a nerdy tech side, which you’ll hear a bit about. And he has vision. He believes that an army of well-trained family physicians armed with good information and good values can fix most of what ails American healthcare.

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.

Stephen P. Stone, MD, FAAD

Stephen P. Stone, MD, FAAD
Dr. Stephen P. Stone is professor and Director of Clinical Research in the Division of Dermatology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois.
Dr. Stone graduated from Tufts University, and received his medical training at New York University School of Medicine. After serving with the U.S. Navy, he completed a residency in dermatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Stone then moved to Springfield, Illinois where he maintained a private practice for more than two decades before moving to his current university position. 

He has received numerous honors and citations throughout his distinguished career including Honorary Membership in the AAD, selection for" Best Doctors in America", "Who's Who in Medicine and Health Care" and "Who's Who in America'. He is past Editor-in-Chief of Dialogues in Dermatology, the AAD's monthly audio journal and served as the 67th president of the Academy from March 2006 through February 2007. 

His interests in dermatology include psoriasis and other inflammatory skin diseases, acne, occupational dermatology, and skin cancer. He has been involved as an investigator or subinvestigator in more than 40 clinical studies, more than half involving treatment of psoriasis.

Dr. Stone has given more than 220 lectures and Grand Rounds presentations outside of his university, including such international venues as Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an and Guangzhou, China, the Icelandic Dermatology Association, in Reykjavik, Iceland, the Congresso da Sociedade Brasileira Dermatologia, Curitiba and Salvador, Brazil, the Philippine Dermatological Society Annual Meeting in Manila, Republic of the Philippines, the Canadian Dermatological Association, Dermatrends III in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Hong Kong, the International Congress of Dermatology, in Prague, Czech Republic, and the World Congress of Dermatology in Vancouver BC, Canada, Kalambakas, Greece, and Taupo, New Zealand.

William B. Stroube, PhD

William B. Stroube, PhD
Bill Stroube is Professor of Health Services Administration at the University of Evansville. Before joining the UE faculty in 1998, he spent twelve years in management positions in the pharmaceutical industry, and eight years at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Stroube maintains an active research program and has authored and co-authored over 60 publications in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings. His research and teaching interests include international health care issues, medical ethics, and health care marketing and strategy. He is past president of the Division of Biology and Medicine of the American Nuclear Society, and past president of the international Business and Health Administration Association.

He has extensive international experience leading student groups through several health care systems. He has taught over twenty-five summer classes in various formats in England, Hungary, Slovakia, and China. Dr. Stroube has served as Adjunct Professor at IMS Union University in Dehradun, India, and is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Nottingham, UK.

He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Murray State University, an MBA in finance from the University of Maryland, and a PhD in analytical and nuclear chemistry from the University of Kentucky.

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 was also on the national board of the Alzheimer’s Association for eight years and was a member of their executive committee. He continues with NCQA on their Geriatric Measurement Advisory Panel and reviews NIH STTR-SBIR grants on a regular basis.

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 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.

David Weiland, Jr., MD

David Weiland, Jr., MD
Dr. David Weiland is Board Certified in Internal Medicine & currently works with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care. He is also working as the Director of Palliative Care at Advent Hospital in North Pinellas County. He has significant administrative and quality experience as Chief Medical Officer at HCA/Largo Medical Center for 5 years. He also served as the VPMA of Bayfront Medical Center for four years.
Dr. Weiland was Medical Director of Suncoast Hospice, where he oversaw quality, community outreach and developed inpatient hospice units and hospital-based palliative care teams. In addition, Dr. Weiland has served as Family Practice Faculty for the University of South Florida. He was board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Dr. Weiland has served on numerous community boards including current Chairman of the Pinellas EMS Advisory Committee and the Pinellas County Commission Pill Mill Task Force dealing with illicit pain medication prescribing. He was the past president of the Pinellas County Medical Association and continues to take an active role in PCMA and FMA activities.
He lectures and presents clinical presentations nationally for the AAFP, including a diverse array of palliative and primary care topics including The Physiological Benefits of Humor, Medical Ethics, Depression, Alzheimer's Disease, Palliative Pain Management, Quality and Patient safety issues as well as conducts workshops on patient-centered communication to enhance the patient care experience.

William Wertheim, MD, FACP

Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education , Stony Brook University School of Medicine Professor of Clinical Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

Dr. Wertheim has been on faculty of Stony Brook since 1996, and has served as Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine, and as Associate Dean for Clinical Outreach before becoming Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education.

Dr. Wertheim is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine and University of Michigan Hospitals (Residency), he has been a clinician-educator for 25 years, and has taught students, residents, fellows, and faculty in the areas of Internal Medicine, Medical Education, and Professionalism.

Michael J. Wilsey, Jr., MD, FAAP

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.

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.

Ameigh Worley, MD, MMS, FACOG

Ameigh Worley, MD, MMS, FACOG
Dr. Worley is a Board Certified OB/GYN serving women of all ages. A highly skilled and compassionate physician, Dr. Worley has extensive training in high risk obstetrics, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, and infertility.

Dr. Worley’s outstanding credentials include her medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa where she had a scholarly concentration in research. She then went on to complete an internship at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and residency training at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Prior to medical school, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with Honors and completed a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. She then continued on to earn a Master’s of Medical Sciences degree at Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts.

Following her residency training in 2014, Dr. Worley joined Wake Forest University as an Assistant Professor for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 2016, she returned to her Central Florida roots where she currently works as an OB/GYN Hospitalist at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach and in a small boutique-style private practice (Alliance Obstetrics & Gynecology) in Winter Park. In 2018, Dr. Worley received certification from the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as a Focused Practice Designation in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.

Dr. Worley’s commitment to helping women extends beyond the hospital and clinic. She has extensive experience in resident and medical student education, is involved in simulation training and quality improvement initiatives at various locations, and is a dedicated researcher. Additionally, as an experienced lecturer, Dr. Worley is frequently called to educate other medical professionals and the public. She is also an avid volunteer in her community, proving that her compassion and skills extend far beyond the exam room.

Dr. Worley is certified by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists as well as the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. She is licensed to practice in Florida and North Carolina.

George Yung-hsing Wu, MD, PhD

George Yung-hsing Wu, MD, PhD
Dr. George Y. Wu is a Professor of Medicine, Chief of the Hepatology Section, and holds the Herman Lopata Chair in Hepatitis Research at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

He has been a pioneer of targeted delivery of biological substances including genes, and mitochondria specifically to hepatocytes. He has received an American Gastroenterological Association/Industry Research Scholar Award, American Liver Foundation Research Prize, AGA-Gastroenterology Research Group Young Scientist Award, was elected a Fellow of the AGA, and the American Association for the Study of liver Diseases.

He was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Association of American Physicians, the National Academy of Inventors, and was a Fulbright Specialist. He has published more than 160 articles, edited 13 books and is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology, and senior associate editor of the Journal of Digestive Diseases.

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.