David J. Abraham, MD. Dr. Abraham is a physician at the Reading Neck and Spine Center in Wyomissing, Pa. He completed his surgical internship and orthopedic surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and a fellowship in spine surgery in Detroit. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Margaret Acker, RN, MSN, CASC. Ms. Acker is the administrator of Southwest Surgical Center, a multi-specialty freestanding ASC, and the chair of the Michigan Ambulatory Surgery Association Membership Committee. She was formerly CEO with Blake Woods Medical Park Surgical Center in Jackson, Mich., a multi-specialty, physician-owned center. She also serves on the "approver committee" for the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses continuing education.
Clifford G. Adlerz. Mr. Adlerz is president, COO and director of Symbion, a position he has held since May 2002. He joined Symbion as chief operating offer and a director of Symbion at its inception in 1999. Before co-founding Symbion, he served as COO of UniPhy, as division vice president of HCA (formerly Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation) and as a regional vice president for HealthTrust.
Traci Albers. Ms. Albers, administrator of North Memorial Ambulatory Surgery Center at Maple Grove (Minn.) and High Pointe Surgery Center in Lake Elmo, Minn., has over 15 years of ASC and healthcare management experience, beginning her career as the administrator at a critical access hospital and rural health clinic. Ms. Albers joined Surgical Management Professionals in 2002 and currently manages two of the company's ASCs.
Ross Alexander. Mr. Alexander is administrator at The Surgery Center of Fort Collins (Colo.), a multispecialty ASC owned and managed by a group of surgeons, Poudre Valley Health System and SCA. Mr. Alexander began at SCFC as its business manager in 2003 and was later promoted to administrator.
Amy Allard, BSN, MPH, RN. Ms. Allard is administrator of Ramapo Valley Surgery Center in Ramsey, N.J. She has been with RVSC since its construction phase and was a critical part of the genesis of the center. The multi-specialty ASC performs orthopedics, general surgery, ENT, podiatry, pain management, ophthalmology, gynecology and dentistry.
Kathleen Allman, CASC. Ms. Allman is the administrator of Millennium Surgery Center in Bakersfield, Calif. She came to Bakersfield after retiring from trauma and, within two years, was opening seven cost centers at Mercy Southwest Hospital, including pre-op, admitting, OR, PACU, sterile processing, GI and anesthesia services.
Robert Andersen. Mr. Anderson is vice president of ASC development for Foundation Surgery Affiliates. He was named to his current role in August 2011. In his position, he provides strategic guidance to promoting Foundation through marketing and advertising, growth of existing facilities, acquisition and new facility development. He has over 20 years in all areas of sales and development.
James Andrews, MD. Dr. Andrews is the founder of Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham, Ala. He earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Tulane Medical School, both in New Orleans.
Kim Andry, CASC. Ms. Andry, the administrator at Great Lakes Surgical Center in Southfield, Mich., serves as business manager and administrator of her multispecialty physician-owned facility, which currently performs 6,000 to 7,000 cases year. According to Keith Metz, MD, she has helped make the surgery center one of the most profitable in the Midwest.
Amir Arbisser, MD. Dr. Arbisser is an ophthalmologist and co-founder of Eye Surgeons Associates in Bettendorf, Iowa, where he also serves as board chairman. Dr. Arbisser received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed his ophthalmology residency at University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
Richard G. Areen, MD. Dr. Areen is a highly experienced otolaryngologist who has been in practice with Sacramento Ear, Nose & Throat since 1982. He serves as president of the physician group. Dr. Areen has directed various outpatient surgery centers since 1982 and is currently president of the governing body of Sutter River City Surgery Center in Sacramento.
Jennifer Arellano. Ms. Arellano began her career with Pueblo Surgery Center in Pueblo, Colo., in 1998 and has been its administrator for the past 13 years. During this time, she has successfully led the ASC through an evolution of ownership changes, as well as case mix diversification. In 2011, the center added ophthalmology as another service line, which will expand further in 2012.
Robyn Archer. Ms. Archer joined Salt Lake Surgical Center in Utah as a nurse over 30 years ago and moved through various positions until rising to the administrator role in 2006. The center opened in 1976 and was one of the first few ASCs in Utah and the country.
Vickie Arjoyan. Ms. Arjoygan is administrator of administrator of Specialty Surgical of Beverly Hills. Specialty Surgical of Beverly Hills is affiliated with Symbion.
Dale A. Armstrong, MD. Dr. Armstrong is chairman of the board of Mason City (Iowa) Surgery Center and the president of the Mason City Clinic, where he has visionary ideas for his center. He is board certified in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry.
Steven Arnold, MD, MS, MBA, CPE, FHIMSS. Dr. Arnold joined Access MediQuip in January 2012 to direct clinical programs and the development of medical management policies and procedures. In addition, he will focus on the improvement of patient outcomes by leading quality initiatives and product development.
Brent Ashby, CASC. Mr. Ashby is the administrator of two surgery centers — Audubon Surgery Center and Audubon ASC at St. Francis, both located in Colorado Springs, Colo. The two Audubon centers contain 15 ORs and four procedure rooms between them and perform an estimated 19,000 cases annually.
Cathy Atwater. Ms. Atwater serves as the administrator of Banner Health-Union Hills Surgery Center and Banner Thunderbird Surgery Center in Peoria, Ariz., positions she has held since Jan. 2010 and Feb. 2005, respectively. Prior to joining Banner, she worked as a gynecology practice manager at North Valley Obstetrics and a manager of operations at Argent Healthcare/Paralign Revenue Management.
John Atwater, MD. Dr. Atwater is a spine surgeon at Downstate Illinois Spine Center and McClean County Orthopedics, both in Bloomington, Ill. He treats a wide range of spinal conditions and performs many types of spinal surgery. He currently serves as a medical consultant to several medical device companies.
Kenneth Austin, MD. Dr. Austin is an orthopedic surgeon at Rockland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Airmont, N.Y. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his surgical internship and orthopedic residency at the NYU/Bellevue Medical Center. His expertise includes treating traumatic and sports-related injuries of the upper and lower extremities, and hip and knee replacements.
Lisa A. Austin, RN, CASC. Ms. Austin serves as vice president of operations for Pinnacle III. She has previously served on the executive board of the Colorado Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and is currently president of the trade association. She is a member of the MedAssets Surgery Center Advisory Board.
David Ayers. Mr. Ayers is the CEO of U.S. operations for Nueterra Healthcare. In this role, he provides executive leadership for Nueterra's management and clinical operations and leads a team of healthcare professionals who develop, manage and grow facilities across the country. He has 30 years of experience in the ASC industry.
David F. "Buddy" Bacon, Jr. Mr. Bacon is a founder and the CEO of Meridian Surgical Partners and has more than 22 years of experience in the healthcare sector. He served as CFO of Medifax-EDI, a Nashville, Tenn.-based healthcare IT company, for five years and as CEO for two. Prior to Medifax-EDI, Mr. Bacon worked in public accounting with Lattimore, Black, Morgan & Cain. He graduated from David Lipscomb College in Nashville with a BS in accounting and is a CPA.
Alejandro Badia, MD. Dr. Badia is the founder of the Badia Hand to Shoulder Center in Doral, Fla., and serves on the surgeon advisory panel of the DaVinci Center in Doral. He is a founding partner of the Miami Hand Center and OrthoNOW, an immediate orthopedic care center.
Beverly Baker. Ms. Baker has served as the administrator of the Timberlake Surgery Center in Chesterfield, Mo., since 2008 and has been an administrator in the ASC field for over seven years. Prior to joining Timberlake Surgery Center, she worked as a healthcare consultant specializing in practice operations and an administrator for private physician practices
Norman Douglas Baker, MD, FACS. Dr. Baker is a surgeon at the Ophthalmic Surgeons and Consultants of Ohio in Columbus. Dr. Baker earned his medical degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus and completed his fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
Carl Balog, MD. Dr. Balog practices with Oregon Pain Management Associates. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and his residency in internal medicine at Greenwich (Conn.) Hospital.
Joseph Banno, MD. Dr. Banno is the founder and co-owner of the successful Peoria (Ill.) Day Surgery Center and is past chairman of the ASC Association and a current executive committee member. He is a board-certified urologist with the Midwest Urologist Group. He is a clinical instructor of urology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago.
Robert O. Baratta, MD. Dr. Baratta is partner and CEO of Ascent Surgical Partners in Nashville, Tenn. He is an ophthalmologist who has more than 25 years of experience managing surgery centers. He previously served as chairman and CEO of Ascent, as well as president, CEO and vice chairman of the board of directors of Ecosphere Technologies, formerly known as UltraStrip Systems.
John Bartos, JD. Mr. Bartos is the CEO of Collect Rx, a rapidly growing revenue cycle management company that provides services to hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, physicians and other healthcare providers to maximize reimbursements on out-of-network bills. He previously served as executive vice president for Prematics and has been with Collect Rx since 2009.
Nora Bass. Ms. Bass is vice president of surgery at Parkview Health in the greater Detroit area. Prior to her current role, she worked at Providence Hospital and gained her MBA from Davenport (Iowa) University.
Rob Bashore. Mr. Bashore is the administrator of Same Day SurgiCenter in Orlando, Fla., a position he has held for about a year and a half. During that time, the surgery center has achieved three-year re-accreditation from AAAHC and increased its EBITDA.
Scott Bateman, MD. Dr. Bateman is an otolaryngologist practicing at Sheridan (Wyo.) Ear, Nose & Throat. He has served the Sheridan area in private practice since 1995. He is affiliated with the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association and American Academy of Otolaryngology.
Tracey Baughey. Ms. Baughey is the administrator of Laser Spine Institute in Wayne, Pa. With more than 27 years of administration and management experience, Ms. Baughey brings a great deal of knowledge and insight to the clinical operations of the ASC. She has held a variety of positions focusing on facility management, compliance and regulatory issues, streamlining and developing new systems, and customer service excellence
Gregary W. Beasley. Mr. Beasley is the president of the ambulatory surgery division of HCA and previously served as COO and senior development office, Western region, for the division. Prior to coming to HCA, he served as controller and COO at HealthSouth Medical Center (formerly Dallas Specialty Hospital).
Linda Beaver, RN, MSN, MHA. Ms. Beaver serves as administrator of Gateway Endoscopy Center, a busy endoscopy facility in western St. Louis County managed by United Surgical Partners International. She started her career as a critical care nurse who specialized in cardiovascular recovery.
Christine Behm, BSN, CASC. Ms. Behm has served as the administrator of San Buena Ventura Surgery Center in Ventura, Calif., since 1991. She has been with the center since 1991, when she joined as nurse manager upon the center's inception; she was promoted to administrator a few years later.
Timothy Beluscak II. Mr. Beluscak is the administrator of Jacksonville Beach (Fla.) Surgery Center, a four-OR, multispecialty surgery center that is part of the Symbion Healthcare family of surgery centers. He previously served as director of outpatient surgery and endoscopy at Shands Jacksonville (Fla.) Medical Center.
Kelly Bemis, RN, BSN. Ms. Bemis is a director of clinical services for Surgical Care Affiliates, based in Birmingham, Ala., where she oversees 35 outpatient facilities. She has more than 22 years of healthcare experience in the surgical environment, both in hospitals and ASCs.
Sean Benson. Mr. Benson is the co-founder of ProVation Medical and has been involved in the company's operations since its inception in 1994. He currently serves as vice president of innovation for clinical solutions for the company.
Fernando Bermudez, MD. Dr. Bermudez is the medical director of Eastside Endoscopy Center and the physician financial executive of G.I. Medicine Associates in St. Claire Shores, Mich. He specializes in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver and pancreas, with a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease and motility disorders of the esophagus.
Robert A. Berger, MD. Dr. Berger is a general and bariatric surgeon and the medical director of bariatric surgery at Flagstaff (Ariz.) Medical Center. He has special interest in minimally invasive procedures and bariatric surgery.
Sandy Berreth, RN, MS, CASC. Ms. Berreth serves as the administrator of Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center in Baxter, Minn., a multi-specialty ASC that performs approximately 5,000 cases a year. She has been in the ambulatory surgery management arena for 13 years and has worked at her current center since 2004.
Todd Beyer, DO. Dr. Beyer is a board-certified ophthalmologist and oculofacial-plastic surgeon at Novus Clinic in Tallmadge, Ohio, where he serves as president. He also serves on the board of directors of the Ohio Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers.
Chris Bishop. Mr. Bishop is senior vice president of acquisitions and business development for Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners. He previously served as vice president of business development for Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. He has over 15 years of experience in leadership roles in the medical device and surgery center industries.
Stephen E. Blake, JD, MBA, CPA. Stephen Blake serves as the administrator of Central Park Surgery Center in Arlington, Texas, a 100-percent physician-owned facility accredited by the AAAHC. Mr. Blake also serves as an active member of the Texas ASC Society Board of Directors and recently completed his term as the society's president.
Jeff Blankinship. Mr. Blankinship is the CEO and president of Surgical Notes, which provides transcription services to more than 500 surgery centers and 20,000 physicians nationwide. Under his leadership, Surgical Notes has partnered with several large ASC development and management companies and leading surgeons across the country
Steven Blom, RN, MAHSM, CASC. Mr. Blom is the regional director for National Surgical Care, which was acquired by AmSurg Corp., and executive director of Specialty Surgery Center in San Antonio. Mr. Blom began his an ICU nurse and spent most of his career in critical care and cardiac catheterization labs.
Henry H. Bloom. Mr. Bloom is the founder of The Bloom Organization, a healthcare-consulting firm he founded in 1990 to provide project-related services to healthcare providers. He has structured and negotiated numerous healthcare transactions including physician practice acquisitions and divestitures and joint venture arrangements.
Robert Boeglin, MD. Dr. Boeglin, an ophthalmologist, is the board president for Midwest Eye Institute in Indianapolis and co-founder of Health Venture Management, a company that develops surgery center partnerships between physicians, and Clarian Health.
Tim Bogardus. Tim Bogardus is the director of ASCs for Community Health Systems. He previously served as group vice president for Nueterra Healthcare where he was responsible for the operations of seven ASCs and surgical hospitals. He was also vice president of operations for a start-up ASC company and administrator for two de novo ASCs.
Dotty Bollinger. Ms. Bollinger currently serves as COO of Laser Spine Institute, a leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. She first joined LSI in 2008 as vice president of quality and compliance.
Tom Bombardier, MD. Dr. Bombardier is an ophthalmologist, and one of the three founding principals of ASCOA, an ASC management and development company. Prior to founding ASCOA, he established the largest ophthalmic practice in Western Massachusetts, two ambulatory surgical centers, and a regional referral center.
Regina Boore, RN, BSN, MS. Ms. Boore is the principal and CEO of Progressive Surgical Solutions, a company that specializes in business solutions for outpatient surgery centers, including management, compliance, financial, development, operations and marketing solutions.
Todd Borst. Mr. Borst is CEO of Smithfield Surgical Partners and manages the company along with principals Gregory Horner, MD, and Steve Mohebi. Smithfield collaborates with physician partners to create and manage medical office buildings, surgical facilities and medical malls. The company maintains minority ownership of its surgical facilities when construction is complete.
Nader Bozorgi, MD. Dr. Bozorgi has been a leader and pioneer in the field of outpatient surgery since 1973, when he opened one of the first ASCs in the United States. This paved the way for a system of ASCs that provide anesthesia, pain, bariatric lap band and support services, under Magna Health Systems in Chicago. Dr. Bozorgi continues to serve as Magna Health System's CEO, overseeing the daily operations of three active multi-specialty, Chicago-area ASCs and related physician and support services.
Robert S. Bray, Jr., MD. Dr. Bray is a neurosurgeon and the CEO of DISC Sports & Spine Center. DISC's appointment as the official medical services provider of the U.S. Olympic Team fueled the late 2011 opening of a second DISC facility in Orange County.
Brett Brodnax. Mr. Brodnax is president and chief development officer of United Surgical Partners International, which has ownership interests in or operates more than 200 surgical facilities. Mr. Brodnax joined USPI in December 1999 as a vice president responsible for various operational and business development activities and has been promoted several times to positions of increasing responsibility.
Ben Brouhard, MD. Dr. Brouhard is senior vice president of Cejka Executive Search. He has served in top leadership positions including as the chair of the department of pediatrics and EVP of medical affairs for the MetroHealth System and as a professor with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Brian Brown. Mr. Brown is regional vice president of operations for Meridian Surgical Partners. He has over 10 years of experience in the healthcare industry, all of them focused on ambulatory surgery center companies. He previously served as assistant vice president for Symbion Healthcare.
Robert Brownd. Mr Brownd is director of business development at Surgical Notes, a full-service medical transcription and coding provider to over 500 ASCs. He previously worked in sales for Arthrex. Mr. Brownd joined Surgical Notes in June 2008.
Michael Bukstein, MD, FACS. Dr. Bukstein is a general surgeon who serves as the board president of the Northeast Missouri Ambulatory Surgery Center in Hannibal and practices general surgery at Hannibal Clinic. He received his medical degree from University of Missouri Medical School in Columbia and completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Danny Bundren. Mr. Bundren is vice president of acquisitions and development for Symbion. He previously served as vice president of development with a surgery center management company and brings more than 25 years of financial management experience to the company.
T. Taylor Burnett. Ms. Burnett is CEO and administrator of The Plastic Surgical Center of Mississippi, a physician-owned surgery center in Flowood. She started her career in marketing and worked as a production assistant for film and ran the office of her family's business. She later pursued a career in nursing and worked PRN in at her local hospital.
Richard F. Bruch, MD. Dr. Bruch practiced with Triangle Orthopedic Associates in Durham, N.C., from 1977 to 2011 when he retired. He continues to work closely with the administrative team of Triangle as a consulting physician. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago.
John Byers, MD. Dr. Byers is an otolaryngologist with the Surgery Center of Greensboro (N.C.) and Greensboro Ear, Nose and Throat Associates, where he has practiced since 1994. He has served on the surgical peer review and operating room committee for Greensboro-based Moses Cone Health System for 10 years and currently serves as medical director of the Surgery Center of Greensboro.
Jason B. Cagle. Mr. Cagle is general counsel for United Surgical Partners International, a healthcare facilities management and development company. Before joining USPI, he was in the corporate and securities section at Vinson & Elkins in Dallas.
James T. Caillouette, MD. Dr. Caillouette is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with Newport Orthopedic Institute in Newport Beach, Calif., subspecializing in joint replacement and adult reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee. He has been on staff at Hoag Hospital and in private practice for more than 20 years.
Joe Cappiello. Mr. Cappiello is the chief operating officer for Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. He previously served as vice president of the field of operations for The Joint Commission and led his own consultancy to help healthcare facilities improve and maintain compliance with accreditation standards.
Peter A. Caprise, MD. Dr. Caprise works as an orthopedic surgeon at The Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia in Lynchburg. He subspecializes in arm, hip, knee and shoulder surgery and provides joint replacement, arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine surgeries to his patients.
Robert J. Carrera. Mr. Carrera is the president and CEO of Pinnacle III. He was promoted to the top executive position in August. With more than 20 years of healthcare experience, he has spent the last 15 years developing and managing ASCs, physical/occupational rehabilitation centers, diagnostic imaging facilities and occupational medicine clinics nationally.
John Caruso, MD. Dr. Caruso practices as Parkway Surgery Center in Hagerstown, Md., and has more than 16 years of neurological surgery experience. After completing a two-year residency at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, he started work with his current practice, Neurosurgical Specialists.
Arthur E. Casey. Mr. Casey is senior vice president of business development for Outpatient Healthcare Strategies, a healthcare consulting firm based in Houston. He has more than 20 years of experience in outpatient healthcare and expertise in ASC facility development and design, physician partnership syndications and physician relations.
Frank J. Chapman, MBA. Mr. Chapman is the COO of Asheville (N.C.) Gastroenterology Associates and is past president of the Medical Group Management Association Gastroenterology Administrators Assembly. He is the first non-physician to hold a seat on the practice management committee of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and is a member of the AAAHC board of directors.
John Cherf, MD. Dr. Cherf is an orthopedic surgeon, president of the Chicago Institute of Orthopedics, president of OrthoIndex and clinical advisor to Sg2, a healthcare intelligence and information services company. He has more than 20 years of clinical experience in orthopedics and sports medicine. He co-founded the orthopedic department at the Neurological & Orthopedic Institute of Chicago
Thomas Chirillo. Mr. Chirillo is a principal at Chirillo Consulting, a role he has held for seven months. He previously worked at NOVA and Surgery Partners and then started consulting on practice and ASC growth initiatives, as well as practice and ASC mergers and acquisitions.
Ajay Chokshi. Mr. Chokshi serves as vice president of strategy and implementation at Surgical Care Affiliates, a leading ASC management and development company. He previously worked for DaVita, Kaufman Hall and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.
Rajiv Chopra. Mr. Chopra is a principal with The C/N Group, which develops, owns and operates healthcare facilities. He has prior work experience in the banking and management consulting industries. Before joining The C/N Group, Mr. Chorpa was a principal consultant in the strategic change practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting.
Raman Chopra. Mr. Chopra is principal for The C/N Group. He oversees the firm's diagnostic imaging and hospitality operations and all marketing and technology related activities. Prior to joining The C/N Group he spent seven years in strategic consulting, with his last position as director of consulting services for Equifax.
Ravi Chopra. Mr. Chopra is the president and CEO of The C/N Group. He holds a variety of operational responsibilities, including ASC and real estate operations, and he oversees the finance and accounting for the company and its affiliates. He previously served as a principal consultant in the strategic change practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting.
Richard N. Christie, MD. Dr. Christie is a vice president of operational development at Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America and a board-certified OB/GYN with a private practice in Newport Beach, Calif. As an investor and physician at The Newport Beach Surgery Center, he has extensive personal knowledge of the ASC industry. He has been involved in real estate development in Newport Beach and Palm Springs, Calif.
Monica Cintado-Scokin. Ms. Cintado-Scokin is the senior vice president of development for United Surgical Partners International, and she has been with USPI since 1998. Prior to joining USPI, Ms. Cintado-Scokin provided development and operations support in the international group at HCA.
Joe Clark. Mr. Clark serves as executive vice president and CDO for SCA. Previously, Joe served as the president and CEO of HealthMark Partners and as CEO of Response Oncology, a publicly traded cancer management company.
James H. Cobb. Mr. Cobb is founder, president and CEO of Orion Medical Services. He has more than 38 years of experience in management and has focused the past 25 years in the medical field. He has developed, constructed and managed seven high-volume ASCs in the last 12 years.
Larry Cohen, MD. Dr. Cohen works with Frontier Healthcare alongside Jordan Fowler, CEO. Dr. Cohen is a member of New York Gastroenterology Associates and has been director of the Digestive Disease Research Foundation.
James R. Colgan, MD. Dr. Colgan helped found Carson Urologists in Carson City, Nev., and has provided patient care to the surrounding area since 1974. Over the years, he has served as board chairman of Carson Ambulatory Surgery Center, chief of staff and chief of surgery at Carson-Tahoe Hospitals, and as a member of the Medical Legal Review Panel for the state of Nevada.
Chris Collins, RN, BSHCA. Mr. Collins has been with Metropolitan Surgery Center in New Jersey since January 2012, when the facility was acquired by UPSI. Prior to his current role, he worked in another New Jersey surgery center and did in-hospital ambulatory work for 20 years. His current center has two ORs and one procedure room and performs approximately 4,000 cases a year, in the arenas of orthopedics, orthopedic hand, pediatric ENT, urology and podiatry.
Mary Ann Cooney, RN. Ms. Cooney is the administrator of Riverside Outpatient Surgery Center in Columbus, Ohio, an ASC managed by Health Inventures. She began her career in nursing and gained valuable experience in the hospital setting prior to joining the surgery center in 1981 as the administrator.
Daniel Connolly. Mr. Connolly is the vice president of payor contracting for Pinnacle III. Mr. Connolly performs all aspects of managed care contracting including contract negotiations, renegotiations, analysis, market analysis, implementation, and compliance monitoring for ASCs in multiple markets.
Christine Corbin, MD. Dr. Corbin is a GYN surgeon and medical director of the Surgery Center at Tanasbourne in Hillsboro, Ore., a Blue Chip Surgical Partners facility. She is the founder and president of Northwest Gynecology Associates.
Rebecca Craig, RN, CASC. Ms. Craig is CEO of Harmony Surgery Center in Fort Collins, Colo. She began her career as a registered nurse, working at a rural hospital in the OR, PACU, gastroenterology and pain management areas. She held several management roles in perioperative services before moving into outpatient and ambulatory surgery.
Bill Cramer. Mr. Cramer co-founded Access MediQuip in 1997 and developed the business model which serves as the foundation for the company's current portfolio of strategic medical device solutions and continues his involvement in planning for the company's strategic growth. He serves as vice chairman of the board, focusing his time and energy on strategic relationships and government affairs.
Deborah Lee Crook. Ms. Crook is the administrator of Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center in St. Charles, Ill. She previously served as director of nursing at Valley's post-surgical recovery care center before becoming administrator there and with the ASC. She began her career as a staff nurse with experience in cardiac and ICU nursing.
Jimbo Cross. Mr. Cross is a vice president of acquisitions and development with ASCOA. Prior to joining ASCOA, Mr. Cross spent 10 years with Johnson & Johnson in executive and sales management positions within their medical device and pharmaceutical sectors. Most recently he led cross functional teams across the J&J Family of Companies, at some of the largest hospital systems nationally.
William Crowder Jr., MD, FACOG. Dr. Crowder helped to start the Conroe (Texas) Surgery Center in 1983 with 16 other physicians. After re-syndicating and building a new larger facility in 2003, he is currently the chair of the board of managers of that facility. He actively practices OB/GYN along with five partners.
R. Blake Curd, MD. Dr. Curd is chairman of the board of directors of Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Surgical Management Professionals. He is an active proponent of physician ownership in healthcare and serves as secretary/treasurer for Physician Hospitals of America. He is also a manager for Medical Facilities Corp., which promotes physician ownership of healthcare facilities through partnerships.
Ray D'Amours, MD. Dr. D'Amours joined Universal Pain Management in Palmdale, Calif., in 2002, where he serves as a partner. He also works as an assistant clinical professor of anesthesiology at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.
Urfan Dar, MD. Dr. Dar is been principal, manager and medical director of Theda Oaks Surgery Center in San Antonio, which performs close to 10,000 cases annually. He is board certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Christopher Danis, MD. Dr. Danis is in his twentieth year of practicing hand surgery in Dayton, Ohio. About 10 years ago, he initiated Far Hills Surgical Center, a hospital-physician joint-venture ASC in Dayton, where he continues to serve on the board
Devin K. Datta, MD. Dr. Datta is an orthopedic and spine surgeon at The B.A.C.K. Center, an affiliate of Osler Medical in Melbourne, Fla., and a Blue Chip Surgical Partners facility. He serves as the chairman of the department of orthopedics at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne.
Daniel C. "Skip" Daube, MD. Dr. Daube is the director and CEO of Surgical Center of Excellence in Panama City, Fla. He practices with the Gulf Coast Facial Plastics and ENT Center in Panama City and is on the clinical faculty at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans. Dr. Daube is board certified in otolaryngology and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
D. Paul Davis, CPA, CMA. Mr. Davis serves as the president and CEO of Broomfield, Colo.-based Amblitel, a full-service back office, business intelligence and ASC consulting company that he founded in 2009. Mr. Davis has more than 25 years of healthcare industry experience and has held diverse senior leadership roles with ASC management companies.
Anne Frey Dean, RN, BSN, LRM. Ms. Dean has been actively involved in the ambulatory surgery world since 1976, when she established two "outpatient" recovery rooms as a PACU charge nurse at Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Ms. Dean has spoken internationally on the ASC industry and has published over 45 articles regarding various aspects of ambulatory surgery.
Tom Deas Jr., MD, MMM. Dr. Deas has served as medical director of two Fort Worth, Texas, ambulatory endoscopy centers since their development in 1995 and 2002. He is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology and holds a master's in medical management from UT Dallas School of Business.
Greg DeConciliis, PA-C, CASC. Mr. DeConciliis serves as the administrator of Boston Out-Patient Surgical Suites in Waltham, Mass., which opened in July 2004 as a multi-specialty center specializing in orthopedics and pain management. Prior to joining the center, Mr. DeConciliis worked as a physician assistant at the New England Baptist Hospital for five years.
Troy DeDecker. Mr. DeDecker is the official CEO of Bartow Regional Medical Center, where he served on an interim basis since July 2011 before being named to the permanent position. Bartow Regional is part of the Health Management Associates system of hospitals.
Richard DeHart. Mr. DeHart is the previous CEO and co-founder of Pinnacle III and has more than 18 years of experience in the outpatient healthcare industry. He transitioned to a consulting role in August and will assist president and CEO Rob Carrera in the company's transition to Denver.
Vicki Dekker. Ms Dekker is the director of business development at Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners. Prior to joining Blue Chip, she was responsible for the business office supporting the ENT, neurosurgery and neurology departments at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Dekker also managed an ENT group in Atlanta, where she developed and managed a single-specialty ENT surgery center.
Joan Dentler, MBA. Ms. Dentler is president and founder of both ASC Strategies and Outpatient Strategies, providing hospitals and health systems consulting services related to strategy, project design and due diligence focusing on acquiring, partnering or developing outpatient facilities.
Ann S. Deters, MBA, CPA. Ms. Deters is CEO and co-founder of Vantage Outsourcing (formerly Vantage Technology), which provides cataract outsourcing to hospitals and ASCs throughout the Midwest, South and Southeast. She also started 7D, a consulting and management service company for ASCs.
John DiPaola, MD. Dr. DiPaola is an orthopedic surgeon and occupational orthopedist who originally built his Swan Island, Ore., clinic to exclusively serve injured workers. He opened his solo practice in 2000 after being attached to a group of orthopedic surgeons and decided to focus on workers with orthopedic injuries
Douglas R. Dodson, DO. Dr. Dodson practices orthopedics at Alamogordo Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in New Mexico, where he works with patients ranging from professional athletes to "weekend warriors" to child soccer players. Dr. Dodson earned his DO from Western University of Health Sciences in California and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.
Gina Dolsen, RN, BSN, MA. Ms. Dolsen serves as vice president of operations for Blue Chip Surgery Center Partners. With more than 30 years in healthcare, Ms. Dolsen has broad expertise and deep experience in ASC development and operation, especially in regulatory compliance, clinical quality management and accreditation support.
Lorri A. Downs, BSN, MS, RN, CIC. Ms. Downs is vice president of infection prevention and patient safety at Medline Industries. She previously worked for Resurrection Health Care and attained her BSN from Elmhurst College.
Michael Doyle. Mr. Doyle is CEO of Surgery Partners. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the firm's day-to-day operation and expansion through partnerships. He has experience developing and managing hospitals, surgical centers and imaging centers.
Ken Drazan, MD. Dr. Drazan is a partner at Bertram Capital Management based in San Mateo, Calif., which includes GENASCIS among its portfolio companies. He has been a leader and investor in different businesses that serve the ASC market. He was previously the CEO and founder of Arginox Pharmaceuticals and was a leading academic liver transplant surgeon and basic scientist at Stanford University and UCLA.
Stephen Dresnick, MD. Dr. Dresnick has been the chairman, CEO and president of Internal Fixation Systems, Inc., since April 2009. He also serves as chief financial officer, principal accounting officer and secretary of the company.
Tom Ealey, CPA. Mr. Ealey is a professor and consultant at Alma (Mich.) College. He has been in healthcare for more than 30 years, working as an accountant with physician offices and long-term care organizations and then as a healthcare consultant with interests that include improving administration and regulatory compliance. He went on to serve as a practice administrator, working for two orthopedic groups and a family medicine group.
Vicki Edelman, RN, BSN, CASC. Ms. Edelman is the administrator of Blue Bell Surgery Center and currently is employed by ASCOA. The center is a four-room, multi-specialty ASC that operates with 22 surgical partners and an additional 5 affiliated physicians.
Marie Edler, MPH. Ms. Edler is a senior director of reimbursement for Surgical Care Affiliates, based in Birmingham, Alabama. She is responsible for all reimbursement and contract negotiations for 30+ SCA partner ASCs as well as strategic planning with regard to rate growth for the region she serves.
Jack Egnatinsky, MD. Dr. Egnatinsky is the immediate past president of the AAAHC Board of Officers for 2011/12. He is a board certified anesthesiologist who has held a number of academic and clinical leadership positions within his specialty.
Rose Eickelberger. Ms. Eickelberger is the director of surgical services at Beacon Orthopaedic Surgery Center in Sharonville, Ohio. Ms. Eickelberger began at Beacon in May 2006. She was previously the director of nursing and assistant director at the Cincinnati Eye Institute.
Stephanie Ellis, RN, CPC. Ms. Ellis is the owner and president of Brentwood, Tenn.-based Ellis Medical Consulting and has provided healthcare consulting services to ASCs in that capacity since 1992. She has written many articles and spoken at numerous seminars on a wide variety of healthcare topics, including coding, billing and reimbursement issues.
Christian Ellison. Mr. Ellison is senior vice president at Health Inventures. He has formed numerous physician/hospital joint-venture partnerships and been instrumental in building Health Inventures' business domestically and internationally. Mr. Ellison was previously a senior consultant to the healthcare industry with Arthur Andersen.
Alice L. Epstein. Ms. Epstein is a risk control consulting director with CNA Health Pro. She brings years of experience in healthcare administration and operations and has been a principal and voting member of NPFA 1010 for the last two cycles. She has designed patient safety and risk management programs for ASCs, outpatient medical clinics and hospitals.
Pamela J. Ertel, RN, BSN, RNFA, CNOR, FABC, CASC. Ms. Ertel oversees daily operations at The Reading Hospital SurgiCenter at Spring Ridge, a multi-specialty ASC that includes eight operating rooms, 10 pre-operative bays, 19 post-operative bays and one special procedure room.
Fawn Esser-Lipp, RN. Ms. Esser-Lipp has been an RN for 14 years, serves as a certified operating room nurse, infection preventionist and OR manager at The Surgery Center in Franklin, Wis. She is also responsible for overseeing the pain management and GI endoscopy clinic, among other departments. She is an active member of AORN and APIC.
James "Jay" Etheridge Jr. Mr. Etheridge is the CEO of Implantable Provider Group. His medical industry career began in pharmaceuticals before moving to medical devices, where he has a proven track record as a results-oriented senior level operating executive with a keen understanding of the implantable medical device industry.
Gayle Evans, RN, BSN, MBA, CNOR, CASC. Ms. Evans is president of Continuum Healthcare Consultants, a firm that specializes in the planning, development and operation of ASCs. With more than 25 years of multi-specialty surgery experience, Ms. Evans is a seasoned professional with management and operations experience at several leading medical facilities, including a 12-room surgery department, mobile lithotripsy services and the first U.S. research unit for biliary lithotripsy.
Carolyn Evec, RN, CNOR. Ms. Evec has served as the administrator at The Surgery Center of Beaufort for over 10 years, after opening a surgery center in Missouri where she served as nurse manager. She has 40 years of nursing and administrative experience
Paul G. Faraclas. Mr. Faraclas is president and CEO of CTQ Solutions. Since 2003, CTQ has provided healthcare providers with solutions to optimize patient feedback. CTQ offers integrated patient satisfaction surveying, physician satisfaction surveying and employee satisfaction surveying, along with benchmarking and quality improvement solutions that promote better care and service.
Azadeh Farahmand. Ms. Farahmand is the founder and CEO of GHN-Online and principle business architect for its products. She has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with a special focus on revenue and reimbursement.
Mark Farrow. Mr. Farrow is founder, president and CEO of Tulsa, Okla.-based Orthopedic Resources, a licensed, accredited and Medicare-approved durable medical equipment provider. He has more than 20 years of experience in the surgical device and post-operative equipment business. He is also the founder of Compression Solutions, a company of Orthopedic Resources, also based in Tulsa.
Allan Fine. Mr. Fine is the senior vice president and chief strategy and operations officer at The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary. He has previously served as the managing director at Healthios, a healthcare advisory firm in Northbrook, Ill., and as the director of Navigant Consulting.
John Fitz, MD. Dr. Fitz is the founder of The Surgery Center of Farmington (Mo.), a 10-year-old, multi-specialty surgery center, where he works as a physician. Under his guidance, the center has operated under a very successful rural area surgery center model.
Donald W. Floyd, MD. Dr. Floyd is an orthopedic surgeon practicing with Texas Surgical Center in Midland. He has been in private practice since 1982 and serves as team physician for Midland College and Midland Rockhounds AA Baseball Team, an Oakland Athletics' affiliate.
Thomas R. Forget Jr., MD. Dr. Forget is a neurosurgeon with the St. Louis Spine Surgery Center, a Blue Chip Surgical Partners facility. He is affiliated with St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, where he is chief of neurosurgery, and St. Luke's Hospital in St. Louis
Robin Fowler, MD. Dr. Fowler is chairman and medical director of Interventional Management Services. He is also the medical director of the Interventional Spine and Pain Management Center in Conyers, Ga., and an active staff member at Newton and Rockdale Medical Centers.
James L. Fox Jr., MD. Dr. Fox is the founding leader of the Ravine Way Surgery Center in Glenview, Ill., and practices at the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. He is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who has been practicing for more than 20 years. His clinical interests include general orthopedic surgery, fracture care and arthroscopy, as well as orthopedic oncology.
Richard Francis Jr. Mr. Francis has served the chairman of Nashville, Tenn.-based Symbion Healthcare since March 2002 and as CEO of the company since its inception in 1999. Prior to his work with Symbion, Mr. Francis worked as the president and CEO of UniPhy, which operates multispecialty clinics, independent practice associations and other outpatient services.
Janet Nau Franck, RN, MBA, CIC. Ms. Franck is a well known infection preventionist and consultant to healthcare with over 30 years of experience. She has consulted for facilities worldwide to provide crisis intervention, management and program development and has the pleasure of currently acting as the manager of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Janet is also honored to have served the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (also known as APIC) in numerous leadership positions, including as the 1999 President of International APIC.
Brandon Frazier. Mr. Frazier is the vice president of development and acquisitions at Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America, with a focus on development of de novo ambulatory surgery centers and the acquisition of existing centers. Before joining ASCOA, Mr. Frazier worked at Smith & Nephew with an exclusive focus on ASCs.
Tom Fry, MD. Dr. Fry, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, currently sits on the board of Lutheran Campus ASC in Wheat Ridge, Colo., a Pinnacle III facility. His practice is Colorado Hand & Arm, also based in Wheat Ridge. Dr. Fry earned his MD from Ohio State in Columbus and completed his residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colo.
Jennifer Fuqua. Ms. Fuqua is director of marketing and business development for Meridian Surgical Partners. With over 15 years of experience directing marketing and communication programs, Ms. Fuqua has helped companies spanning a variety of industries gain market presence and increase market share. She most recently served as Marketing Manager for Alcott Routon, a direct marketing agency headquartered in Franklin, TN, where she focused on brand development and sales and marketing integration programs.
Tom N. Galouzis, MD, FACS. Dr. Galouzis is president of Lake Porter Ambulatory. He previously served as president and CEO of Nikitis Resource Group.
Nap Gary. Mr. Gary is the COO of Regent Surgical Health, where he is responsible for all operations and physician relations at the company's centers. During his more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, he has served as senior vice president and assistant corporate counsel for HealthSouth. He also currently serves as president of the board of directors for ASCA.
Ann Geier, RN, MS, CNOR, CASC. Ms. Geier is a senior vice president of operations for ASCOA, with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of ASC operations, including perioperative services, clinical coordinator, administrator and chief operating officer of a multispecialty ASC.
David Geier, Jr., MD. Dr. Geier is an orthopedic surgeon and the director of MUSC Sports Medicine in Charleston, S.C. He is head team physician for the Charleston Battery soccer team and chief tournament physician for the Family Circle Cup women's professional tennis tournament.
David S. George, MD. Dr. George is an ophthalmologist with The Eye MDs of George, Strickler and Lazer, based in Marietta, Ohio. His special interests include topical cataract surgery and glaucoma and diabetic eye care, as well as refractive surgery, which he began performing in 1999.
Gregory George, MD, PhD. Dr. George is the founding principal of SurgCenter Development, which partners with local surgeons to create physician-owned and operated ASCs. Under his leadership, SurgCenter Development has developed more than 60 profitable, physician-owned ASCs.
Scott Gibbs, MD. Dr. Gibbs is the founder of the Brain and NeuroSpine Clinic of Missouri and also serves as director of the Southeast Missouri Hospital's Brain and Spine Center, both located in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Bill Gilbert. Mr. Gilbert is the vice president of marketing at AdvantEdge Healthcare Solutions. In that role, he oversees product management and marketing. AHS applies technology to maximize client revenue and decrease client costs.
Carlos Giron, MD. Dr. Giron is an anesthesiologist at The Pain Institute of Georgia in Macon. He's been practicing medicine for 20 years, and received his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine. He's also the executive director of the Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
Scott E. Glaser, MD, FIPP. Dr. Glaser is a well-respected pain specialist and founder of the Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago in Burr Ridge, Ill. He serves as director on the national board of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and was heavily involved in the lobbying efforts required to ensure passage of the NASPER bill and still works closely with the Illinois Department of Health and the chief pharmacist to implement the program in Illinois.
Tamar Glaser, RN. Ms. Glaser is the founder, CEO and principal consultant for Accreditation Services in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. Accreditation Services is a consulting service with expertise in assisting ASCs in preparing for accreditation, licensure and Medicare certification.
Eric Gleichman. Mr. Gleichman is chief development officer for Nueterra. He previously served as executive vice president and chief development officer for Foundation Surgery Affiliates. He added Oklahoma City University School of Law.
Edward Glinski, DO, MBA, CPE. Dr. Glinski is the medical director at Heritage Eye Surgicenter of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City and is a specialist in refractive and cataract surgery. Aside from his clinical work at the surgery center, Dr. Glinski also serves as an accreditation surveyor for the organization Health Facilities Accreditation Program.
John J. Goehle, CASC, MBA, CPA. Mr. Goehle founded Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies alongside Vito Quatela, MD, where he is COO. During his career, he has written several books and frequently speaks on topics related to the surgery center industry.
Robert C. Goettling. Mr. Goettling is a principal with The Bloom Organization, a commercial industrial and office real estate development firm.
Douglas Golwas. Mr. Golwas is senior vice president of ASCs for Medline Industries and is responsible for the strategic direction, growth and sales leadership of the business unit. This division of Medline is solely dedicated to ASCs and surgical hospitals and focuses on the creation and promotion of supply chain, cost management and profit improvement solutions for its partners.
Brett Gosney. Mr. Gosney is a founder and CEO of the Animas Surgical Hospital in Durango, Colo., the first physician-owned hospital in the state. He has been the president-elect of the Physician Hospitals of America. Mr. Gosney has a diverse background in healthcare spanning more than 25 years.
Michael Gossman, BSBA, CASC. Mr. Gossman is the administrator at the Cedar Lake Surgery Center in Biloxi, Miss., a multi-specialty center. Established in 1977, it was the first freestanding surgery center to be built in Mississippi and now boasts 16,000 square feet.
Judy Graham. Ms. Graham is administrator of Cypress Surgery Center in Wichita, Kan., a freestanding, multi-specialty ASC that opened in Dec. 2000. In 2006, the physicians that founded Cypress entered into a joint venture with Symbion Healthcare.
Donna Greene. Ms. Greene is a vice president of acquisitions and development for ASCOA, with over 20 years experience in healthcare. During her career, Ms. Greene has overseen the acquisition and development of more than 250 facilities, including ambulatory surgery centers, surgical specialty hospitals, imaging centers and outpatient rehabilitation centers, for leading healthcare companies such as HealthSouth, United Surgical Partners International, and Symbion.
Nicole Gritton. Ms. Gritton, vice president of nursing and ASC operations at Laser Spine Institute is based at the organization's headquarters in Tampa, Fla. but manages the nursing program and ASC operations across the organizations four facilities nationwide in Scottsdale, Ariz., Oklahoma City and Philadelphia.
Michael Guarino. Mr. Guarino is an administrator and consultant for North Shore Surgi-Center in Smithtown, N.Y. He is also the vice president of the board of directors of ASCA. An accountant by trade (and former IRS employee), he has been successful in working the day-to-day operations of ASCs, along with long-term planning.
Steven A. Gunderson, DO. Dr. Gunderson is CEO/medical director of Rockford (Ill.) Ambulatory Surgery Center. He has been affiliated with Rockford Anesthesiologists Associated since 1984, and has served as a member of its board of directors and executive committee.
John Hajjar, MD, FACS, MBA. Dr. Hajjar, an urologist, is the chief medical officer and chairman of Surgem. He developed one of the first ASCs in New Jersey at Fair Lawn and has been managing facilities profitably since 1992. Dr. Hajjar also operates one of the largest private urology practices in the United States.
David Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton is the president and CEO of Mnet Financial, which provides healthcare collections services for ASCs, imaging centers and outpatient hospitals. Since 1999, he has assisted more than 300 facilities with collections.
John H. Hammergren. Mr. Hammergren is chairman, president and CEO of McKesson Corporation. He was elected President and CEO in 2001 and Chairman in 2002. During his tenure, the company has increased its revenues to $123 million and expanded into new markets.
Marilyn Hanchett, RN. Ms. Hanchett is the senior director of clinical innovation at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. She is dual-certified in infection control and healthcare quality and has spoken and written on the topic of infection control on numerous occasions. Before joining APIC, Ms. Hanchett served at CMS as infection control technical lead for the ASC program.
Kenneth N. Hancock. Mr. Hancock is the president and chief development officer of Meridian Surgical Partners. He has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry developing ASCs and surgical hospitals, as well as recruiting and building relationships with physicians. He is the former executive vice president, chief development officer and co-founder of Surgical Alliance Corp.
Tracey Harbour. Ms. Harbour is an administrator at Nueterra Healthcare in Pinehurt, N.C.
Karen Harris. Ms. Harris is the administrator of GNS Surgery Center in Georgia. She has 31 years of experience in the healthcare industry and eight years of experience in the ASC/office-based surgical field. She previously worked as a neurosurgery team leader for the open heart team at Athens Regional Medical Center in Georgia.
Andrew Hayek. Mr. Hayek is the president and CEO of SCA, where he also serves on the board of directors. Prior to SCA, Mr. Hayek served as a division president at DaVita and president and COO of Alliance Healthcare Services.
Tom Hearn, MBA. Mr. Hearn is managing principal for Novarus Healthcare, which hired him and changed its name from Novarus Mobile Technologies in Jan. 2012. Prior to joining Novarus, Mr. Hearn served as senior vice president of ambulatory services for Novant Health.
Robert Henry. Mr. Henry joined Symbion in 2011 and serves as senior vice president of development. Prior to joining Symbion, Mr. Henry served as president and CEO of American Endoscopy Services, Inc. for over 13 years.
Edward P. Hetrick. Mr. Hetrick, the founder and president of Facility Development & Management, has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, with over 20 years of ASC experience. He has held key administrative positions in major teaching hospitals, national consulting firms and practice management companies.
Carol Hiatt. Carol Hiatt is a registered nurse, certified operating room nurse, licensed healthcare risk manger and certified surgery center administrator. Since 2007, she has worked as an Independent consultant providing Joint Commission, AAAHC, Medicare, Infection Control, and state regulatory compliance guidance and readiness assessments for surgery centers and ambulatory settings.
Bo Hjorth. Mr. Hjorth is the vice president of business development at Regent Surgical Health. More than half of his 20-plus years in healthcare have been dedicated to the outpatient industry. Previously, he was the vice president of operations at Community Care, where he oversaw three surgery centers in Indiana and Maryland.
Stephen Hochschuler, MD. r. Hochschuler, founder of Texas Back Institute in Plano, has served as president of the Spine Arthroplasty Society and founding member of the American Board of Spinal Surgery. He has served in leadership positions of several spine technology companies, including SpineMark and Innovative Spinal Technologies.
Tracy Hoeft-Hoffman, RN, MSN, MBA. Ms. Hoeft-Hoffman is the administrator of Fremont Surgical Center. Priot to joining Fremont, she was administrator at Hastings Surgical Center, a Nueterra Healthcare facility. She has more than 20 years of experience in nursing management and administration.
Jeremy Hogue, JD, MBA. Mr. Hogue is co-founder, president and CEO of Sovereign Healthcare, which operates surgery centers in California and Arizona, as well as provides management services for physician group practices
Christopher Holden. Mr. Holden joined AmSurg in October 2007 as president, CEO and director. Mr. Holden is a healthcare industry veteran of more than 21 years, engaged during most of his career directly in multi-facility and multi-market healthcare management.
Scott Holley, MD. Dr. Holley is the president and founder of Great Lakes Plastic & Hand Surgery in Portage and Battle Creek, Mich. He is board certified in general surgery, plastic surgery and holds the certificate of added qualification as a specialist in hand surgery. Dr. Holley is president of the Michigan Association of Hand Surgery and is a member of numerous professional societies.
Tracey Hood. Ms. Hood is the administrator of Ohio Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center, which is managed by Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. She has been with Ohio Valley since Nov. 2007. Ms. Hood has a wide range of nursing experience, as she previously worked as an ASC charge nurse, OR circulating registered nurse, PACU nurse and certified emergency RN, among others.
Gregory Horner, MD. Dr. Horner is the managing partner of Smithfield Surgical Partners, a national ASC management and development firm. The company has a proven track record of working with physicians to develop healthcare facilities ranging from medical office buildings to surgical facilities and medical malls.
Severko Hrywnak, MD. Dr. Hrywnak is founder and co-chairman of Project H.U.G.S. — Helping Uninsured Get Surgery. Dr. Hrywnak is also president and CEO of Advanced Ambulatory Surgical Center in Chicago as well as president and CEO of Elmwood Park Immediate Health Care Centers.
Joseph W. (Woody) Hubbard. Mr. Hubbard is vice president of ambulatory care for Novant Health, a North Carolina Health System that includes 12 hospitals and 12 ASCs. He was previously chief development officer for Bariatric Partners, a single-specialty surgical services provider. Mr. Hubbard has more than 25 years in healthcare operational management and business development.
Richard Hynes, MD. Dr. Hynes is a spine surgeon who has been serving as president of The B.A.C.K. Center in Melbourne, Fla., since 1996. The B.A.C.K. Center originates from the Brevard Orthopaedic Clinic, which was founded in 1981 by Glenn Bryan, MD.
Thomas Jacobs. Mr. Jacobs has served since 2003 as CEO and co-founder of MedHQ, a business office solutions provider for outpatient healthcare businesses. Mr. Jacobs and the MedHQ team improve operations, reduce costs and reduce risks through more effective people management / payroll / benefit solutions and accounting / business planning / cash management.
Richard K. Jacques. Mr. Jacques, president and CEO of Covenant Surgical Partners, has more than 18 years of experience in the ASC industry, including senior management positions with both public and private healthcare companies.
Marion Jenkins, PhD. Dr. Jenkins is founder and CEO of QSE Technologies, an IT systems integrator in Denver. He has authored more than 50 articles and presentations on the role of technology in business. He previously served as assistant program director/adjunct faculty at the University of Denver.
Jack E. Jensen, MD, FACSM. Dr. Jensen is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and medical director of Athletic Orthopedics and Knee Center, an integrated healthcare plaza specializing in the care of knees, and the founder of a surgery center in Houston.
Beth Ann Johnson, RN. Ms. Johnson is vice president of clinical systems for Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners. She joined Blue Chip from LCA Vision where she was vice president of operations responsible for the growth of the ophthalmic surgery center business. She was previously with Aetna as a director of provider relations, recruitment and contracting.
Don Johnson, MD. Dr. Johnson is the medical director at Southeastern Spine Institute and Ambulatory Surgery Center in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. He is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and spine surgery. He's a clinical instructor in the department of orthopedic surgery's resident training in spine surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Douglas V. Johnson, MBA. Mr. Johnson is COO of RMC Medstone Capital and has served on the board of directors of Physician Hospitals of America. He founded RM Crowe Company in 1987 and now spends the majority of his time focused on new business and acquisitions.
Jen Johnson, CFA. Ms. Johnson is a partner with VMG Health and oversees the professional services agreements division. She previously served in the Forensic and Litigation Services department of KPMG, was a finance professor at the University of North Texas and did consulting work in business valuation, financial projections and operational systematizations for various companies.
Sandra J. Jones, MBA, MS, CASC, FHMA. Ms. Jones is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of ASD Management. She previously served as president of Ambulatory Strategies and as regional managed care coordinator, risk manager and facility administrator for Premier Ambulatory Systems.
Mike Karnes. Mr. Karnes is the CFO and co-founder of Regent Surgical Health. He oversees the financial aspect of all the Regent facilities. Prior to co-founding Regent, Michael served as chief administrative officer of GTCR-Golder Rauner, one of the largest and oldest venture capital firms in the U.S
I. Naya Kehayes, MPH. Ms. Kehayes is managing principle and CEO of Eveia Health Consulting & Management, based in Issaquah, Wash. She previously served as regional director of operations and managed care of National Surgery Centers. She also coordinated orthopedic development in the Northwest region of the country and was a surgical hospital administrator for Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation.
Wendy Kelley, CASC. Ms. Kelley serves as the administrator of Cool Springs Surgery Center in Franklin, Tenn., a five-OR, one-procedure room, multi-specialty facility. Ms. Kelley has led the facility since 2005, during which time she has taken the center's annual net revenue from $6 million to $12 million.
David Kelly, MBA, CASC. Mr. Kelly is the administrator of Samaritan North Surgery Center, a multispecialty center with four ORs and two procedure rooms in Dayton, Ohio. He joined the facility in late 2006 and has a background in finance, IT and operations.
R. Matthew Kilton, MBA, MHA. Mr. Kilton is principal and COO of Eveia Health Consulting & Management, based in Issaquah, Wash. Before joining Eveia, Mr. Kilton was CEO of Renton, Wash.-based Valley Orthopedic Associates, a division of Proliance Surgeons. He earned master's degrees in business administration and health services administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Beverly Kirchner, RN, BSN, CNOR, CASC. Ms. Kirchner is the owner and CEO of Genesee Associates. She served on the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses board of directors, has authored many AORN manuals and leads research in collaboration with the organization on violence in the nursing workplace.
Susan Kizirian, RN, MBA. Ms. Kizirian is the chief operating officer of ASCOA. Ms. Kizirian has over 17 years experience in all aspects of ASC operations, serving as executive director and as a consultant for ASC management and development.
Chris Klassen. Mr. Klassen is the vice president of supply chain for Surgical Care Affiliates and s4. Mr. Klassen has more than 20 years of supply chain leadership experience in the healthcare, hi-tech, and automotive Industries.
Douglas D. Koch, MD. Dr. Koch is medical director of Baylor Vision, the refractive surgery clinical and research group at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He is also professor of ophthalmology at the Cullen Eye Institute at Baylor College of Medicine.
Marc E. Koch, MD, MBA. Dr. Koch is the president and CEO of Somnia Anesthesia, where he focuses on ensuring that all efforts further the company's mission of offering high-quality, cost-efficient anesthesia solutions to hospitals, ASCs and office-based facilities nationwide.
Satish Kodali, MD. Dr. Kodali is an ENT physician and one of the physician owners of The Surgery Center in Franklin, Wis., a joint venture between Associated Surgical & Medical Specialists and Aurora HealthCare Ventures. He currently serves as president of The Surgery Center's board of managers and was a key player in negotiations during the joint-venture process
Greg Koonsman, CFA. Mr. Koonsman is a senior partner and founder of VMG Health. Mr. Koonsman specializes in providing valuation, transaction advisory, feasibility and operational consulting services to the firm's healthcare clients. He has acted as financial advisor in transactions with ambulatory surgery centers, as well as other types of healthcare facilities.
Peter Kosek, MD. Dr. Kosek practices at Pain Consultants of Oregon in Eugene. He most recently served as the president of the Oregon Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.
Lawrence E. Kosinski, MD, MBA. Dr. Kosinski has been in the practice of gastroenterology since 1984. He is currently one of the managing partners of the Illinois Gastroenterology Group, the largest gastroenterology practice in Illinois. He is also president of the Elgin Gastroenterology Endoscopy Center.
Matthew Kossman. Mr. Kossman is a senior director at SCA. He has previous experience as a senior healthcare consulting manager at Pershing Yoakley & Associates and as senior director of finance and director of operations at DaVita. He was also director of operations and finance at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Catherine W. Kowalski, RN. Ms. Kowalski is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Meridian Surgical Partners, which specializes in the acquisition, development and management of ambulatory surgery centers. Ms. Kowalski has more than 25 years of clinical and leadership experience in the healthcare industry.
Donald Kramer, MD. With a medical practice spanning more than 25 years, Dr. Kramer has developed several successful ASCs in the Houston market and is the founder of Northstar Healthcare, which develops and, in conjunction with physician partners, owns and operates significant ASCs in concentrated markets.
Alan B. Kravitz, MD. Dr. Kravitz is a general surgeon at Montgomery Surgery Center in Rockville, Md., and advisor for Surgical Care Affiliate's supply chain team. He has been in private practice in Montgomery County and since 1993 has been voted by his fellow physicians as a "Top Doctor" for Washingtonian Magazine.
Timothy Kremchek, MD. Dr. Kremchek is one of the leading shoulder surgeons in the country and is a physician with Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Sharonville, Ohio. He has developed plans and thoughts around operating surgery centers and building and marketing brands for orthopedic surgeons and for surgery centers.
Richard Kube, MD. Dr. Kube is the CEO, founder and owner of Prairie Spine & Pain Institute in Peoria, Ill. He is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon who performs minimally invasive, motion-preserving surgical techniques, including sacroiliac joint surgery.
Michael Kulczycki. Mr. Kulczycki is the executive director for the Ambulatory Accreditation Program at The Joint Commission. In this role, he directs all activities related to business development for the Ambulatory Care and Office-Based Surgery Accreditation Programs.
Peter R. Kurzweil, MD. Dr. Kurzweil is the founder of the Surgery Center of Long Beach (Calif.) and is an internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon with expertise in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee and shoulder and the treatment of athletic injuries.
Brent W. Lambert, MD, FACS. Dr. Lambert is a board-certified ophthalmologist, is a graduate of Harvard College, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary residency program. Prior to the founding of Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America, Dr. Lambert was the developer and owner of three ambulatory surgical centers, including the first eye ASC in New England. Currently Dr. Lambert is responsible for business development at ASCOA.
Luke M. Lambert, MBA, CFA, CASC. Mr. Lambert came to ASCOA, first as its CFO in 1997 and then becoming its CEO in 2002, with a broad background in finance, strategy, and operations. Mr. Lambert worked for Smith Barney in international sell side equity research.
Linda M. Lansing. Ms. Lansing serves as senior vice president of clinical services for Surgical Care Affiliates. Prior to SCA, Linda served as a Divisional Vice President of Operations at DaVita Inc. (a renal dialysis provider). She is a member of the ASC Quality Collaboration Expert and Leadership Groups.
Matt Lau, CPA. Mr. Lau, corporate controller for Regent Surgical Health, uses his 16 years of finance and accounting experience to oversee the corporate accounting and cash management duties, and develop budgets, forecasts, and financial analysis for the company.
Gregory Lauro, MD. Dr. Lauro is the president and medical director of Laurel Surgical Center in Greensburg, Pa. Dr. Lauro is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who opened the center in 2004 with a group of surgeon-investors. The center has been in partnership with Meridian Surgical Partners since 2007.
John W. Lawrence Jr. John W. Lawrence, Jr. joined Surgery Partners as senior vice president and general counsel in May 2011 when Surgery Partners acquired NovaMed, Inc. Mr. Lawrence is responsible for all legal matters relating to Surgery Partners and its operations, including structuring and negotiating all acquisitions and other transactions.
Scott Leggett. Mr. Leggett is CEO of Surgery One and has more than 17 years of experience in orthopedics. He has served in a development and regional management role for U.S. Orthopedics, which was acquired by National Surgical Hospitals in 2001. Mr. Leggett previously developed and managed the OrthoMed Spine & Joint Conditioning and WellStrong Centers for the orthopedic department of the University of California, San Diego.
Lance J. Lehmann, MD. Dr. Lehmann is an interventional pain physician who spends a tremendous amount of time studying business and healthcare. He is a physician with the Pain Consultants of Florida in Hollywood. Dr. Lehmann completed his pain management fellowship at Harvard University's Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and is a former instructor in anesthesiology and pain management at Harvard University.
Jeffrey Leider, MD. Dr. Jeffrey Leider is a co-owner of Great Lakes Surgical Center in Southfield, Mich., as well as a physician and surgeon at the American Ear, Nose and Throat Institute in Farmington, Mich. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and has published numerous research articles, including one on the effect of head position on Eustachian tube function.
Jeff Leland. Mr. Leland is the CEO of Blue Chip Surgical Partners. He previously served as executive director of Lutheran General Medical Group and as a senior-level executive with Advocate Health Care in Chicago, where he was responsible for business development and Advocate's 225,000-member health plan.
Brad D. Lerner, MD, FACS. Dr. Lerner is the clinical director at Houston-based Summit Ambulatory Surgery Centers. He has practiced urology for more than 20 years and has served as the clinical director of ASCs for more than 15 years. He was one of the first fertility specialists in Maryland and is highly experienced in urologic microsurgery.
Jay R. Levinson, MD. Dr. Levinson serves as medical director of Michigan Endoscopy Center in Farmington Hills. An accomplished gastroenterologist, Dr. Levinson was recognized by his peers as one of the region's most respected gastroenterologists in Detroit Magazine's "Top Doc" survey in 2005 and 2008.
Bruce Levy, MD, JD. Dr. Levy is CEO of Austin (Texas) Gastroenterology and serves on the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society Board of Directors. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist who previously practiced at The Methodist Hospital and served on the Baylor College of Medicine faculty, both in Houston.
Michael J. Lipomi. Mr. Lipomi is president and CEO of Surgical Management Professionals. Mr. Lipomi has more than 30 years of experience in hospital and ambulatory surgery facility management. Prior to his current role, he was president of Dallas-based RMC MedStone, where he owned and managed several surgery centers and a surgical hospital.
Stephen Lloyd, MD, PhD. Dr. Lloyd is a board-certified internist who has practiced in the Midlands in South Carolina for about 30 years. A Maryland native, he earned his MD and doctorate from Duke University in Durham, N.C. He completed an internship at Duke and then moved to South Carolina and began his affiliation with the University of South Carolina medical school in Columbia.
Thomas Lorish, MD. Dr. Lorish is the medical director of the Providence Brain Institute in Portland, Ore. He is a physiatrist and tremendous leader of their efforts to move towards an ASC effort and philosophy. With his help, Providence has become one of leaders in ASC joint ventures in the country.
Rodney H. Lunn. Mr. Lunn is the principal of the Surgical Health Group. Over the past 17 years, he has developed more than 150 ASCs throughout the United States. He is often considered the original pioneer in taking the concept of ASCs and transforming it into a practical, successful business model in dozens of states.
James J. Lynch, MD, FACS. Dr. Lynch is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon and board-certified neurosurgeon and founder of SpineNevada in Reno. He also serves as chairman and director of spine programs at Surgery Center of Reno, and regularly lectures on outpatient spine surgery. He has a professional interest in complex spine surgery, spinal deformities, trauma and minimally invasive surgery
Scott T. Macomber. Mr. Macomber joined Surgery Partners as executive vice president and chief financial officer in May 2011, when Surgery Partners acquired NovaMed, Inc. Mr. Macomber is responsible for Surgery Partners' financial management, treasury and financial reporting functions. Mr. Macomber held the same position at NovaMed which he joined in October 2001.
Neal Maerki, RN, CASC. Mr. Maerki is the administrator of Bend (Ore.) Surgery Center. He started his career with BSC in 1997 as a nurse, then nurse manager and finally as administrator. He previously worked as a telemetry floor manager and an ICU staff nurse before moving into ambulatory surgery.
Anthony Mai. Mr. Mai is the senior vice president of healthcare finance at Sun National Bank. He has more than 13 years of experience with originating transactions and has originated more than $300 million in new deals for outpatient facilities, physician groups and hospitals.
Tom Mallon. Mr. Mallon is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Regent Surgical Health. Started in 2001, Regent specializes in working with physician and hospital partners in the development, management and turnaround of surgery centers around the country. With significant experience in venture capital funds, turnarounds and physician recruitment, Mr. Mallon offers each facility his expertise on all aspects of clinical and financial operations.
Laximaiah Manchikanti, MD. Dr. Manchikanti is the CEO of Pain Management Center of Paducah (Ky.) and is also chairman of the board and CEO of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and Society of Interventional Pain Management Surgery Centers. He has been in private practice in Paducah since 1980, and has been instrumental in the preservation of interventional pain management.
Ajay Mangal, MD, MBA. Dr. Mangal is the founder, CEO and a board member of Prexus Health Partners in Hamilton, Ohio, and is also a board-certified ENT physician. As a hands-on executive at Prexus, he has been instrumental in developing ASCs and assisting existing centers and hospitals to prosper.
Becky Mann. Ms. Mann is the director of Houston Orthopedic Surgery Center in Warner Robins, Ga. Ms. Mann came to Houston Orthopedic in May 2007 and was involved in the development of the center. Ms. Mann has been working in the medical industry for 38 years in surgery or in post-surgical care.
Lee James Marek, DMP. Dr. Marek is a podiatrist at North Point Surgery Center in Fresno, Calif. He is also affiliated with several California hospitals in Taft, Delano, Bakersfield and Ridgecrest. Dr. Marek is an associate professor with the California College of Podiatric Medicine and residency director at Delano Regional Medical Center.
Lori Martin. Ms. Martin, administrator and director of nursing at SUMMIT Surgery Center, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the ASC. She was an integral part of opening the center and is now focused on recruiting physicians, hiring quality staff and achieving financial success.
Reed Martin. Mr. Martin, COO of Surgical Management Professionals, has more than 28 years of healthcare management experience. He most recently held the position of COO in the physician services division for Nueterra Healthcare. He has also been vice president of operations for Nueterra.
Sarah Martin, MBA, RN, CASC. Ms. Martin is a vice president of operations for Meridian Surgical Partners. She has close to 30 years of healthcare experience, focusing in the ambulatory surgery area for the past decade. Prior to joining Meridian, Ms. Martin was the regional director of ASCs for Universal Health Services where she managed both ASCs and specialty hospitals. She presently serves on the board of the ASC Association.
Bryan Massoud, MD. Dr. Massoud is founder and head surgeon at Spine Centers of America in Fair Lawn, N.J. He received training at Texas Back Institute in Plano, and has performed more than 1,000 endoscopic spine surgeries, including endoscopic cervical spine surgery.
Brian Mathis. Mr. Mathis is vice president of strategy at SCA, where he has served since 2009. In the past, Mr. Mathis served as associate and then manager at management consulting firm McLean, Va.-based Blue Ridge Partners.
Theresa Mazzitti, MHA, MBA, CASC. Ms. Mazzitti is the administrator of Eastside Surgery Center, a multi-specialty surgery center. The center is a joint venture between physicians and OhioHealth and is managed by Health Inventures.
Sara McCallum. Ms. McCallum is administrative director of Sheboygan (Wis.) Surgery Center, a multispecialty surgery, endoscopy and pain management center. She has many years of experience in ASCs and has opened six surgery centers throughout her career. She worked at most of the centers in a variety of roles including executive director, director, risk manager and staff nurse.
Rob McCarville, MPA. Mr. McCarville is a principal with Medical Consulting Group. Before joining the MCG consulting team in 2002, he was responsible for overseeing 16 separate physician practices, building a strong reputation by developing innovative strategies to increase profitability.
Kevin McDonald. Mr. McDonald is senior vice president of revenue cycle solutions division of SourceMedical Solutions.
Kevin McDonough. Mr. McDonough is a senior manager at VMG Health and is based out of the Dallas office. During his tenure at VMG, Mr. McDonough has provided valuation, transaction advisory, feasibility, and operational consulting services to the firm's healthcare clients.
Mike McKevitt. Mr. McKevitt offers Regent more than 20 years of senior management experience in developing ASCs and physician-focused, joint ventures. Throughout his career, Michael has developed and successfully syndicated more than 40 joint ventures that collectively represent approximately 750 physician partners and 20 healthcare organizations.
Dawn Q. McLane, RN, MSA, CASC, CNOR. Ms. McLane is vice president of consulting, development and integration for Health Inventions. She is the former chief development officer and regional vice president at Nikitis Resource Group and she previously served as a consultant at Trinity Health West Michigan.
Bernard McDonnell, DO. Dr. McDonnell is a physician surveyor and team captain for Hospital Facilities Accreditation Program. Dr. McDonnell has experience surveying acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, ASCs and stroke centers. He is a retired physician, having spent a large part of his career as an otolaryngologist in Philadelphia.
Alfred McNair, MD. Dr. McNair is a gastroenterologist who founded Digestive Health Center in Biloxi, Miss. He earned his medical degree at Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver and has practiced at several hospitals in Mississippi, most recently being Ocean Springs Hospital. He completed his medical and specialty training at Stanford (Calif.) University and Columbia University in New York City.
Cathy Meredith, RN, BS, CASC. Ms. Meredith serves as vice president of finance for Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. She has been managing surgery departments since 1979 and has extensive experience in all phases and aspects of inpatient and outpatient surgery management and development.
Todd Mello. Mr. Mello is a partner and co-founder of HealthCare Appraisers and manages the firm's Colorado office. Mr. Mello has over 20 years of healthcare finance and valuation experience, the last eleven of which have been spent building HealthCare Appraisers to become one of the nation's preeminent valuation firms focused exclusively on the healthcare industry.
Douglas C. Melton. Mr. Melton is the finance director for Helena (Mont.) SurgiCenter, a position he has held since June 2010. The surgery center does not have an administrator, but rather a finance director and clinical director who work on HR issues together. Mr. Melton previously worked for Meditech.
Tyler Merrill. Mr. Merrill is a vice president of operational development for ASCOA. Prior to joining ASCOA he worked as a sales representative for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. In addition to traditional sales training, Mr. Merrill has experience developing business strategy for online start-ups as well as storefront ventures.
John Merski. Mr. Merski leads MedHQ's HR services area. With more than 30 years of experience, he is a highly experienced human resource executive with a record of success guiding and advising senior management on the strategic alignment of HR services with the needs of the business.
Christopher Metz, MD. Dr. Metz is a board-certified general orthopedic surgeon at Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center in Baxter, Minn. He has a professional interest in total joint replacement, trauma and shoulder surgery. While his primary practice location is in Brainerd, Minn., he also does outreach clinics in Staples and Onamia.
Keith Metz, MD. Dr. Metz is the medical director of Great Lakes Surgical Center in Southfield, Mich., which includes four ORs and one procedure room. He is a clinical anesthesiologist and he has served on the board of directors for the ASC Association. Dr. Metz earned his medical degree at Wayne State University in Detroit.
Thomas A. Michaud, CPA. Mr. Michaud is the CEO of Foundation Hospital Affiliates. Prior to founding FHA's parent company, Foundation HealthCare Affiliates, in Jan. 1996, he held the positions of COO and CFO of a regional surgery center management company. During his career, has also developed bariatric centers.
Ann Sells Miller. Ann Sells Miller, partner and chief operating officer with Advanced Healthcare Partners, represents a vast scope of expertise and experience in public relations, sales and marketing management, business trend analysis and planning in hospitality and healthcare. Prior to joining AHP, Ms. Miller was part of the management team with Laser Spine Institute.
Evelyn S. Miller, CPA. Ms. Miller is the vice president of operations for United Surgical Partners International. Before joining USPI, she was executive vice president of Medway Health Systems, overseeing the financial operations of its medical clinics.
Steve Miller. Mr. Miller is the director of government and public affairs with the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association. Before joining ASCA, he was the director of OPHTHPAC and political affairs for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He also was the senior director of legislative affairs for the American Health Care Association.
T.K. Miller, MD. Dr. Miller is an orthopedic surgeon at the Roanoke (Va.) Ambulatory Surgery Center and Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics. He has specialty experience in sports medicine, arthroscopy and knee and shoulder reconstruction. Dr. Miller has been team physician for the U.S. National Triathlon Team and the Salem Red Sox baseball team.
Charles Militana, MD. Dr. Militana is director of anesthesia at the Dorothy & Alvin Schwartz Ambulatory Surgery Center, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York and director of ambulatory surgery centers for North American Partners in Anesthesia.
Krystal Mims. Ms. Mims is president of Texas Health Partners. She serves on the executive team of Texas Health Resources and oversees the management and coordination of care for five of Texas Health's most successful joint ventures.
Kristian M. Mineau II. Mr. Mineau is the president and CEO of Constitution Surgery Centers, based in Newington, Conn., which operates 12 ASCs in the surrounding area. He co-founded CSC in 1997 and has led the company's growth for more than 10 years. He was also the founding president of the Connecticut Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers.
Amy Mowles. Ms. Mowles is president and CEO of Mowles Medical Management. She has successfully guided numerous new ventures and established ASCs and physician practices through the complicated maze of regulations, licensing, certification and accreditation processes.
Steve Mohebi. Mr. Mohebi is chief development officer of Smithfield Surgical Partners in Rocklin, Calif., and manages the company along with Chief Operating Officer Gregory Horner, MD, and CEO Todd Borst. S
Jarod Moss. Mr. Moss is the vice president of strategy at USPI. He has held his current position since September 2007. He previously worked as general counsel for AmeriPath.
Arvind Movva, MD. Dr. Movva is currently CEO of Heartland Clinic, Valley View Anesthesia and Regional SurgiCenter, an eight-OR multi-specialty ASC in Moline, Ill. He also practices as a gastroenterologist and serves as co-founder and consultant with Movva Medical Consulting.
Tom Mulhern, MBA. Mr. Mulhern is the executive director of Limestone Medical Center, a large medical office building complex and ASC in Wilmington, Del. He has been a leader in the development of ambulatory surgical services and as an advocate for the industry.
Rob Murphy. Mr. Murphy is founder, president and CEO of Murphy Healthcare Group in Montvale, N.J., and New York City. He has played a key role in the turnaround of many ambulatory surgery centers. His ASC turnaround group specializes in revitalizing, restructuring and acquiring underperforming ASCs in the United States.
James E. Mutrie. Mr. Mutrie serves as vice president, assistant general counsel and compliance officer for United Surgical Partners International, an owner and operator of more than 165 surgery centers and surgical hospitals. In his position, Mr. Mutrie is responsible for legal, governance and corporate compliance matters at USPI's facilities.
Jessica Nantz. Ms. Nantz is the president and founder of Outpatient Healthcare Strategies. She has worked in the healthcare field for 25 years, with the past 15 years focused in the outpatient healthcare setting. She held a senior level executive position operating and managing more than 80 facilities, including ASCs, imaging centers, physical therapy centers and rehabilitation hospitals for HealthSouth Corporation.
Fred Naraghi, MD. Dr. Naraghi is an orthopedic spine surgeon and the director of the Comprehensive Spine Center in San Francisco. He specializes in minimally invasive cervical and lumbar disc surgery.
Thomas "Tom" Newman. Mr. Newman is executive vice president and COO of Foundation Surgery Affiliates. He has seven years of experience in the ASC industry and over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. He previously served as CEO of a performance management company dedicated to maximizing organizational effectiveness through personnel alignment, strategic implementation and performance management solutions.
Robert Nucci, MD. Dr. Nucci is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon and founder of Nucci Spine & Orthopedics Institute in Tampa, Fla. He helped develop and implement minimally invasive surgical techniques and serves as an international speaker on spine surgery.
David W. Odell, CPA. Mr. Odell leads finance and partnership management for MedBridge. In addition, he is executive vice president and chief financial officer of TynanGroup, Inc. He has successfully managed TynanGroup's double-digit growth, leading to the firm's recognition by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America.
Joan F. O'Shea, MD. Dr. O'Shea is a dually trained neurosurgeon and spine surgeon and founder of The Spine Institute of Southern New Jersey in Marlton. She has published several papers on treatments for patients suffering from spinal cancers and complex spinal disorders.
Jon O'Sullivan. Mr. O'Sullivan works with HealthEconomix, where he brings insight and solutions to complex business transactions, including acquisitions and divestitures, joint ventures and physician alignment strategies. He previously served as founder and senior partner of VMG Health and still serves as a principal for VMG Holdings.
Michael Orseno. Michael Orseno, Regent Surgical Health's revenue cycle director, maintains and enhances the revenue cycle process for all Regent facilities. He is responsible for monitoring and testing all components of the process to ensure adherence and accuracy as well as developing and maintaining related policies and procedures.
Bradford "Brad" Ottwell, CPA. Mr. Otwell is the CFO of Foundation Surgery Affiliates. Mr. Ottwell has over 30 years of experience in financial, operational and managerial healthcare and previously served as the CFO for a Missouri-based healthcare management company specializing in ASCs and surgical hospitals.
Bergein Overholt, MD, FACP, MACG. Dr. Overholt is a physician with Gastrointestinal Associates in Knoxville, Tenn. He served in the Cancer Control Program of the U.S. Public Health Service and developed the flexible fibersigmoidscope-colonscope, which earned him the Schindler Award from the ASGE and the William Beaumont Award from the AMA.
Burak Ozgur, MD. Dr. Ozgur is a neurological spine surgeon at DISC Sports & Spine Center, based in Marina del Rey, Calif., and he leads its new location in Newport Beach that includes an ambulatory surgery center. He has authored more than 27 articles in peer-reviewed publications and completed a combined orthopedic and neurosurgical spine surgery fellowship at the University of California San Diego Medical Center.
Michael Pankey, RN, MBA. Mr. Pankey is the administrator of the Ambulatory Surgery Center of Spartanburg (S.C.). He previously served as administrator and clinical resources manager in multiple locations. Mr. Pankey also served as the president of the South Carolina Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.
Colin Park. Mr. Park is a manager at VMG Health in the Dallas office. He specializes in providing financial, valuation and transaction advisory services to the firm's healthcare clients.
Charles Peck, MD, FACP. Dr. Peck, an internist and rheumatologist, serves as president and CEO of Health Inventures. The company currently manages approximately 30 ASCs and surgical hospitals and 11 sleep centers around the country. He has more than 30 years of healthcare experience as a clinician, educator and leader.
John H. Peloza, MD. Dr. Peloza is an orthopedic spine surgeon, founder and medical director of the Center for Spine Care and founding physician partner of the Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Dallas, which was recently founded through a partnership between Meridian Surgical Partners and local physicians.
Jeff Péo. Mr. Péo is the vice president of acquisitions and development for the Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, with a degree in manufacturing engineering. Prior to joining ASCOA, Mr. Péo ran a knowledge management and IT consulting division for a Fortune 100 company.
Linda Peterson. Ms. Peterson is the CEO of Executive Solutions for Healthcare, based in Chandler, Ariz. She has more than 30 years of experience in development and operational management of healthcare organizations. Her main areas of expertise include design and development of new business and product lines as well as merger and acquisition experience in the ambulatory service sector.
Kenneth Pettine, MD. Dr. Pettine is the co-founder of Rocky Mountain Associates in Orthopedic Medicine in Loveland, Colo., and the founder of the new Society for Ambulatory Spine Surgery. He has an extensive background in spinal surgery, research and rehabilitation and is board certified. Dr. Pettine co-invented, designed and patented the Maverick Artificial Disc, a new technology for neck and back intervertebral disc replacement.
Stanford R. Plavin, MD. Dr. Plavin has served as a member of Ambulatory Anesthesia of Atlanta since its inception and has been the managing partner for the last several years. He is an active member of local and state anesthesia societies and is the immediate past president of the Greater Atlanta Society of Anesthesiologists.
Thomas J. Pliura, MD, JD, PC. Dr. Pliura is a physician and attorney at law with the company he founded, zChart, an electronic medical records-related company. He has also served as founder and manager of four ASCs. In 1998, he sought and received the first favorable Medicare Advisory Opinion in the country, certifying that a proposed ASC was exempt from Stark Laws under a rural provider exemption.
John Poisson. Mr. Poisson joined Physicians Endoscopy in Sept. 2000 and is now executive vice president of strategic partnerships. Prior to joining the company, he had over fourteen years of experience in the healthcare field, specifically focused on medical service outsourcing since 1994. Mr. Poisson has served in senior management positions within both corporate development and operations roles.
William A. Portuese, MD. Dr. Portuese is the current president of the Washington ASC Association and Washington State Chapter of Facial Plastic Surgeons, as well as a clinical instructor in the department of otolaryngology in head and neck surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Marti Potter. Ms. Potter is the administrator of Jersey Shore Ambulatory Surgery Center, a position she has held since Sept. 2008. In her current role, she oversees 28 FTEs, serves as risk manager, compliance and privacy officer and is responsible for planning, organizing and directing all activities of the facility.
Greg Poulter, MD. Dr. Poulter is a spine surgeon at Vail (Colo.) Summit Orthopaedics. He was among the first surgeons to perform minimally invasive spinal fusion. His specialty is advanced adult and pediatric spine surgery
Stefan Prada, MD. Dr. Prada is one of the most respected spine surgeons in the industry for his contributions to the advancement of orthopedic surgery and is a valuable asset to the surgical team at Laser Spine Institute.
William Prentice. Mr. Prentice is the chief executive officer of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and Ambulatory Surgery Foundation. Before joining ASCA, Bill was the director of the Washington office for the American Dental Association.
Vito Quatela, MD. Dr. Quatela co-founded AHS and serves as CEO. He developed and owns two ASCs in Rochester, N.Y., and founded HUGS, a non-profit organization that does medical mission trips into third-world countries.
David J. Raab, MD. Dr. Raab is on the board of managers at the Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center in Morton Grove, Ill., and is a fellowship-trained sports medicine physician with Illinois Bone & Joint Institute in Morton Grove. His professional interests include total joint replacement, arthroscopy and pediatric orthopedics.
Terry Rajendran, MHA. Ms. Rajendran is cofounder and CEO of Johnstown, Colo.-based LaClaro, a revenue cycle software company that specializes in the ASC market. The company's flagship product, Lighthouse, is a web-based tool to improve workflow management, analytics and reporting for ASCs.
Lori Ramirez. Ms. Ramirez is the founder, president and CEO of Elite Surgical Affiliates, which was founded in 2008 and specializes in the development and management of surgical facilities with a focus on orthopedics, spine and pain. To date, Elite Surgical Affiliates has developed several facilities in Houston, with other projects currently in the development phase.
Lesley Raskin. Ms. Raskin joined Surgical Care Affiliates in March 2011. In her current role as director of strategy, she divides her time between regional and enterprise initiatives.
Michael R. Redler, MD. Dr. Redler is a founding partner of The Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center in Fairfield, Conn. He is a fellowship-trained orthopedic sports medicine and hand surgeon. He serves as an orthopedic consultant to Major League Lacrosse and associate clinical professor for the department of physical therapy and athletic trainers at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.
Karen Reiter. Ms. Reiter is the COO at D.I.S.C. Sports & Spine Center in Marina Del Ray, Calif., a position she has held since 2006. Prior to joining D.I.S.C., Ms. Reiter served as the vice president of business development for Cleveland-based RSB Spine and, before that, as a staff nurse for a surgical spine surgeon in Los Angeles.
Chris Revell. Mr. Revell manages project and implementation services for Surgical Notes MDP, LP, a leading provider of electronic medical record, transcription, coding, and value-added healthcare IT services, based in Dallas, Texas. As a certified Project Management Professional, Mr. Revell has 14-plus years of experience managing projects in the healthcare and information technology sectors.
Blair Rhode, MD. Dr. Rhode offers practices with Orland Park Orthopedics as a solo practitioner that specializes in orthopedic sports medicine. He owns 100 percent of his own surgery center. He also founded and is the owner of RoG Sports Medicine, a generic implant maker of shoulder anchors.
J. Michael Ribaudo, MD. Dr. Ribaudo has more than 25 years of experience as a surgeon, healthcare executive and real estate developer and currently serves as CEO and chairman of Ballwin, Mo.-based Surgical Synergies. He is a pioneer in the development of physician-owned ASCs and, in 1982, developed the largest freestanding outpatient surgery center in the country in a city with 28 other competing hospitals.
Gary A. Richberg, RN, ALNC, CRN-A/C, CASC, CAPPM. Mr. Richberg is the administrator at Pacific Rim Outpatient Surgery Center in Bellingham, Wash. He previously served as an administrator of the Institute of Orthopedic Surgery in Las Vegas and has spent time in the United States Navy as a hospital corpsman.
Patrick Richter. Mr. Richter is the vice president of business development for United Surgical Partners International. Prior to joining USPI, he spent 13 years serving in various capacities at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, most recently as the vice president of business development. Mr. Richter received a master's degree in taxation from Texas A&M University.
Herbert W. Riemenschneider, MD. Dr. Riemenschneider is the principal physician and urologic surgeon at Riverside Urology in Columbus, Ohio. He is also a clinical assistant professor of urology at The Ohio State University's College of Medicine and is the director of urologic education at Riverside Methodist Hospitals, both in Columbus.
Anne Roberts, RN. Ms. Roberts is the administrator at the Surgery Center at Reno. She began her career as a nurse in the emergency department, spending 16 years as a staff nurse and 10 years as the manager of a busy ED seeing 55,000 patients annually.
Will Robertson. Mr. Roberson serves as vice president of Medical Facilities Group. In his role, Mr. Roberson originates and manages relationships with acute and post-acute hospitals and systems and their key physicians and developers to structure real estate solutions for hospitals and medical office buildings.
Beverly Robins. Ms. Robins serves as director of accreditation services for Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. Ms. Robins is responsible for helping to establish and implement HFAP policy, as well as overseeing surveyor training and placement.
Regina Robinson. Ms. Robinson is the director and administrator at Peninsula Surgery Center in Newport News, Va. Services at the surgery center includes general surgery, gynecology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, pain management and plastic surgery. The ASC includes electronic medical records and electronic patient monitoring throughout the facility.
Steven Robinson, MD. Dr. Robinson is a board member and practicing plastic surgeon at Riverside Outpatient Surgery Center in Columbus, Ohio. He is also an active member of the Aesthetic Society and the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and holds staff appointments at several area hospitals.
Lisa Rock. For the past 10 years, Ms. Rock has served as president of National Medical Billing Services, one of the largest ASC billing companies in the country. Ms. Rock is a seasoned healthcare management veteran with more than 25 years experience in the industry.
Jay Rom, MBA, CPA. Jay Rom, MBA, CPA, is president of Blue Chip Surgical Partners, an ASC management and development company based in Cincinnati that focuses on spine, multi-specialty and physician/hospital joint-venture ASCs. Before joining Blue Chip, he served as CEO of a cardiology group in Cincinnati with 15 physicians and was vice president for physician services of the Franciscan Health System, where he was responsible for a 60-physician multispecialty group.
Stephen Rosenbaum. Mr. Rosenbaum is CEO for Interventional Management Services. He has more than 15 years of healthcare experience working with physicians and physician-owned facilities. Prior to joining IMS, he created SourceRevenue, an independent healthcare consulting company.
Kenneth L. Rosenquest. Mr. Rosenquest is the senior vice president of operations at Constitution Surgery Centers, based in Newington, Conn., and oversees the company's hospital joint ventures. He served as administrator of one of the top performing orthopedic surgery centers in the country and has experience in all aspects of ASC management from operations to billing to equipment acquisition.
Jason Ruchaber. As a partner in HealthCare Appraiser's Colorado office, Mr. Ruchaber is head of the company's business valuation services. He has more than 14 years of finance and valuation experience, the last 11 of which have been spent exclusively in business valuation and litigation consulting.
Michael Rucker. Mr. Rucker is the executive vice president and COO of SCA. He has previous experience as a divisional vice president of operations at DaVita, where he was responsible for physician practice management and dialysis services. He has also worked in public accounting as a CPA.
Cathy Rudisill. Ms. Rudisill is a partner at Nelson Mullis Riley & Scarborough, with more than 20 years of experience in commercial real estate and financial transactions. Her practice includes working with joint ventures and development agreements and she has published several law-related articles in professional publications.
L. Edwin Rudisill, Jr., MD. Dr. Rudisill is one of the leading hand surgeons in the country and practices with The Hand Center in Greenville, S.C. He received his medical degree from Bowman-Gray School of Medicine in Winston Salem, N.C., and completed his orthopedic training with the Greenville (S.C.) Hospital System.
Blayne Rush. Mr. Rush is president of Ambulatory Alliances, a boutique investment banking, business brokerage and strategic advisory firm for surgery and radiation oncology centers. With more than 15 years experience in healthcare, he has completed acquisition searches for more than 200 healthcare clients, ranging from physician-owned cancer centers to large corporations focusing on the oncology market.
Michael E. Russell II, MD. Dr. Russell is a spine surgeon at Azalea Orthopaedics in Tyler, Texas. He serves on the board of directors and as president of Physician Hospitals of America and Texas Spine and Joint Hospital in Tyler. He earned his medical degree at the University of Southwestern Medical School in Dallas a completed a spine surgery fellowship at The Carolinas Medical Center at Charlotte (N.C.).
Mary Ryan, RN. Ms. Ryan is the administrator of Tri State Surgery Center, a multispecialty facility in Dubuque, Iowa. Currently managed by Health Inventures, the center was launched in 1998 by Medical Associates Clinics and Health Plans and Mercy Hospital. Ms. Ryan has also served as regional director during her tenure with Health Inventures.
Karen Sablyak, CPA. Ms. Sablyak is CFO and executive vice president of management services at Physicians Endoscopy, which develops and manages endoscopic ASCs. She has directed a transition to a paperless A/R billing system and strives to enhance performance through the company's payor contracting services, group purchasing discounts and performance benchmarking.
April K. Sackos. Ms. Sackos is vice president of revenue cycle management. She has over 24 years of healthcare experience. For the past decade her emphasis has been in the ambulatory surgery industry. Prior to joining ASCOA, Ms. Sackos worked for Symbion in ASC operations and served as an Administrator for a multi-specialty surgery center.
Nader J. Samii. Mr. Samii is CEO of National Medical Billing Services, a leading revenue cycle outsourcing company focused strictly on ASCs. He was the co-founder and president of revenue cycle company, Ajuba International and has also worked as a corporate finance attorney and an investment banker at both Merrill Lynch and UBS.
Kuldip S. Sandhu, MD, FACP, FACG. Dr. Sandhu is a gastroenterologist at the Sutter Roseville (Calif.) Endoscopy Center in and is president of Capitol Gastroenterology Consultants Medical Group. He completed his internship and his residency in internal medicine at MLK-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Bobby Sarnevesht. Mr. Sarnevesht is at Bay Area Surgical Management, one of the largest and fastest growing ambulatory surgery center providers in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has been part of its executive team since its inception in the early 2000s.
Marcy Sasso. Ms. Sasso is currently the director of operations at Ambulatory Surgical Center of Union County in the greater New York City area.
Tona Savoie, RN. Ms. Savoie is administrative director of Bayou Region Surgical Center in Thibodaux, La. The ASC operates as a 50-50 partnership between physician investors and a subsidiary of the local community hospital, Thibodaux Regional Medical Center. It is managed by ASD Management.
Yousuf Sayeed, MD. Dr. Sayeed practices at The Spine Center of DuPage Medical Group. He is certified by the American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Anesthesiology and holds an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
John Schario, MBA. Mr. Schario is CEO of Nueterra Healthcare and brings together the extensive resources that let Nueterra develop, operate and nurture ambulatory care facilities including ASCs and surgical hospitals. Her managerial background includes the development and operation of surgery centers, imaging facilities and occupational medicine clinics.
Bob Scheller Jr., CPA, CASC. Mr. Scheller is the COO of the Nikitis Resource Group. In the past 15 years, he has been involved in the development and management of more than 50 surgery centers. He is currently responsible for nationwide development, management and consulting services for NRG.
Donald Schellpfeffer, MD. Dr. Schellpfeffer is CEO of Medical Facilities Corp., and has more than 18 years of experience in ambulatory surgical environments. He is currently medical director of Sioux Falls Surgical Center, which he co-founded, and president of Anesthesia Associates, the largest anesthesia services provider in South Dakota.
Robert M. Schwartz, JD. Mr. Schwartz is managing director of strategic resources with Proliance Surgeons. He is a former senior administrator at Yale New Haven (Conn.) Hospital and former senior vice president of American Medical Response.
Simon Schwartz. Mr. Schwartz joined Pinnacle III in April 2010. In his role at the company, he works on new client development for the operational development, management and billing of ambulatory surgery centers across the country. He is also responsible for all advertising materials, communications, articles, materials for trade journals and website management.
Bruce A. Scott, MD. Dr. Scott is the medical director of SurgeCenter of Louisville (Ky.) and serves on the physician leadership team for SCA. Dr. Scott is a board-certified otolaryngologist and founder and president of Operative Ventures.
Matt Searles. Mr. Searles is the managing director of Merritt Healthcare, a company he has served with for more than 10 years. He has managed and advised dozens of healthcare facilities. His background includes experience in corporate finance and venture capital-backed companies.
Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC. Ms. Segal is the president of Infection Control Consulting Services. She has more than 28 years of experience in infection prevention and control, and has led the State of Pennsylvania's mandatory Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory panel. She also provides consulting services to ASCs, an acute care hospital and nursing home facilities.
Ken Seip. Mr. Seip serves as a vice president of the Project, Structured and Leverage Finance/Healthcare business of Siemens Financial Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens, AG.
John Seitz. Mr. Seitz is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Ambulatory Surgical Group. He also serves as CEO of MMX Holdings, which includes the Manage My ASC platform. He has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, having previously co-founded and served as president of Surgem, based in Oradell, N.J. He previously founded and served as CEO of Cornerstone Physicians.
Caryl Serbin, RN, BSN, LHRM. Ms. Serbin is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for SourceMedical, which provides clinical and business software solutions for ambulatory surgery centers. She was founder and CEO of Serbin Surgery Center Billing, which was acquired by SourceMedical as the core of their new billing division, Revenue Cycle Solutions.
David Shapiro, MD. Dr. Shapiro is a partner with Ambulatory Surgery Co., an ASC consulting company. In addition to his time as a practicing anesthesiologist, he has served on the board of directors for the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and chaired the Florida Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers.
Jeffrey Shanton. Mr. Shanton is the director of billing at Journal Square Surgical Center in Jersey City, N.J. He also serves as chair of the Advoccy & Legislative Affairs Committee for the New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers. He is an ASC industry activist and has met with New Jersey lawmakers on ASC-related legislation. Previously, Mr. Shanton served as director of billing for American Surgical Centers.
Carla Shehata, RN, BSN. Ms. Shehata is vice president of operations for Regent Surgical Health. She is responsible for daily operations in addition to clinical survey readiness.
Joshua A. Siegel, MD. Dr. Siegel is the sports medicine director at Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics in Exeter, N.H., and the founding partner and managing member of Northeast Surgical Care. He has treated professional, national and Division I collegiate athletes and has mastered the latest techniques in arthroscopic surgical treatments of the knee, shoulder and elbow.
Patrick Simers. Mr. Simers is executive vice president of Principle Valuation. He has extensive experience in healthcare valuation and has valued all tangible and intangible assets associated with healthcare enterprises.
Jeffrey Simmons. As chief development officer for Westchester, Ill.-based Regent Surgical Health, Mr. Simmons is responsible for overseeing the company's acquisition and development of surgery centers. He began his healthcare career more than 25 years ago as vice president of marketing at American Medical International, overseeing business development for 18 hospitals.
Lynda Dowman Simon. Ms. Simon is the administrator at St. John's Clinic: Head & Neck Surgery in Springfield, Mo. She has been at her center since 1994 and previously worked for 13 years at a local hospital in the open heart center and urology departments.
Bill Simon. Mr. Simon is co-founder and vice president of Innovative Healthcare, which he founded in 1995. He also developed the Pain & Rehabilitation Medical Group, a 7,000-square-foot outpatient facility located in the South Bay of Los Angeles. He holds a bachelor's degree in finance, as well as a juris doctorate, and is currently a member of the State Bar of California.
Thomas A. Simpson, MD, FACS. Dr. Simpson is chairman of the board of directors for the Iowa City Ambulatory Surgery Center and led the board of this multispecialty ASC as it came together to plan and develop the ASC with Mercy Hospital. He also serves as president of the board of directors for Mercy of Iowa City Regional PHO and is a former president of the Iowa Academy of Otolaryngology.
Carol Slagle, CASC. Ms. Slagle is the administrator of Specialty Surgery Center of Central New York, managed by ASCOA. She was in the first group to take the CASC credential test and previously worked in the medical sales field. She recently oversaw the ASC as it made major expansion and renovation.
John Smalley. Mr. Smalley is a current special consultant and former principal with Healthcare Venture Professionals. He has more than 30 years of experience with both public and private healthcare organizations. Prior to co-founding HVP with partner Chuck Owen, Mr. Smalley served as senior vice president for Quorum Health Resources and its predecessor companies.
Brooke Smith. Ms. Smith is administrator of the Maryland Surgery Center for Women in Rockville, a center affiliated with Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. She successfully took a struggling ASC and turned it into a safe, profitable and professional facility, increasing collections from $70,000 a month to $240,000 and decreasing days in A/R to 25 days.
Daren Smith. Mr. Smith is responsible for clinical activities associated with development of Surgical Management Professionals sites and providing clinical guidance to Surgical Management Professionals ASC/GI centers and specialty hospitals. He received his bachelors of science in Nursing from Clarkson College in Omaha, Neb.
Brendan Snyder. Mr. Snyder, president of Healthcare Strategy & Research Consultants, has over 28 years of experience in the acute care hospital market, consulting, and physician engagement. His experience includes interim management roles and senior management roles in acute care for-profit, non-profit and faith based health systems.
Sheldon S. Sones, RPh, FASCP. Mr. Sones is president of Sheldon S. Sones and Associates, a pharmacy and accreditation consulting firm based in Newington, Conn. Established in 1985, the group, serving more than 100 sites in five states, specializes in safe medication management and pharmacy consulting to freestanding and hospital-based ambulatory surgical, endoscopy and renal dialysis centers.
Kenny Spitler. Mr. Spitler is senior vice president of development at Nueterra in Nashville. Prior to joining Nueterra, he served as a healthcare consultant for MedFocus, chairman of the board for Sophia's Heart Foundation, and chief development officer of Interventional Management Services.
Donna St. Louis. Ms. St. Louis currently serves as a vice president for ambulatory services at BayCare Health System. Before joining BayCare, she was a group president for Symbion and responsible for more than 45 ASCs.
Jimmy St. Louis III, MBA. Mr. St. Louis is the CEO of Advanced Healthcare Partners as well as a strategic advisor to Laser Spine Institute. Advanced Healthcare Partners is a consulting firm that aims to identify and invest in intelligent, forward-thinking companies and projects.
Donald E. Steen. Mr. Steen founded United Surgical Partners International in Feb. 1998 and served as its CEO until April 2004. He continues to serve as chairman of the board of directors and the executive committee. He is also a general partner at Walsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.
Marc Steen. Mr. Steen is market president in Atlanta for United Surgical Partners International, where he oversees six USPI ambulatory surgery centers in the Atlanta market, along with management responsibilities for Resurgens Orthopaedics. He previously served as vice president of development and operations in Arizona and Nevada markets.
John C. Steinmann, DO. Dr. Steinmann treats traumatic spinal injuries as well as degenerative problems of the neck and low back. He is the director of Spine Trauma at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Calton, Calif., as well as an assistant clinical professor at Western University.
Steven H. Stern, MD, MBA. Dr. Stern is vice president for Cardiac & Orthopedics and Neurosciences at UnitedHealthcare. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon subspecializing in adult reconstruction. At UnitedHealthcare, he is responsible for issues relating to musculoskeletal care including joint arthroplasty surgery.
Jim Stilley. Mr. Stilley is the CEO of Northwest Michigan Surgery Center, a multispecialty surgery center in Traverse City, Mich. He has been with NMSC for 4.5 years. Prior to coming to the surgery center, he was an executive director with National Surgical Care and served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy.
Debra Saxton Stinchcomb, RN, BSN, CASC. Ms. Stinchcomb is a consultant at Progressive Surgical Solutions. She previously served as director of operations preparation and transition management for Health Inventures. She has also held positions as an ASC administrator, assistant regional vice president and regional vice president.
Stephanie L. Stinson, RN, BSN, CASC. Ms. Stinson is administrative director for Strictly Pediatrics, a pediatrics-only ASC in Austin, Texas, managed by ASD Management. Working as a nurse for 17 years, she served as a staff nurse in the neurosurgical intensive care unit, surgery and recovery rooms.
Lewis Strong, MD. Dr. Strong is the president of the Skyline Endoscopy Center in Loveland, Colo., a Pinnacle III facility. He earned his MD and completed his internship, residency and fellowship at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Dr. Strong was a founding member of the local physician's health organization and served as its president for four years.
Michael Stroup. Mr. Stroup serves as USPI's vice president in development and has over 16 years of health care experience in surgical center development, health care investment banking and management consulting. Before USPI, Mr. Stroup was an investment banker with RBC Capital Markets and JPMorgan in San Francisco.
C. Scott Stone. Mr. Stone is the executive vice president and chief financial and administrative officer for Source Medical Solutions. He has experience as COO of Nelson Brantley Glass Contractors and as group vice president of eBusiness and internet operations at HealthSouth.
Shaun Sweeney. Mr. Sweeney is the vice president of sales at Cygnus Medical, a company that specializes in products and services for the endoscopy suite, operating room and sterile processing department.
Alsie Sydness-Fitzgerald, RN, CASC. Ms. Sydness-Fitzgerald is on the board of directors for the ASC Association and participated in the development of the Certified Administrator Surgery Center credential. She has built up outstanding experience in the clinical, business and management aspects of the ASC industry as the director of clinical operations for HCA's ambulatory surgery division.
Kevin Tadych, MD. Dr. Tadych is medical director Northwoods Surgery Center in Woodruff, Wis., a Pinnacle III facility. His practice is Northern Wisconsin Bone & Joint in Minocqua, and consists of general orthopedics with a focus on sports medicine, carpal tunnel syndrome, spine disorders and joint replacements.
Keri Talcott. Ms. Talcott joins Surgical Management Professionals with over 10 years of healthcare management experience. She is in charge of corporate marketing, communications, and advancing the strategic marketing initiatives of the organization and its clients.
Barry Tanner. Mr. Tanner has been president and CEO of Physicians Endoscopy since 1999. The company currently manages 17 endoscopy centers. He previously co-founded Navix Radiology Systems, helping the company grow to more than $75 million in revenues, and was COO of HealthInfusion.
Vivek Taparia. Mr. Taparia is director of business development for Regent Surgical Health. He performs due diligence on new business opportunities and leads strategic initiatives for the company's centers. He previously developed marketing strategies for a surgical product line at Johnson & Johnson.
Larry Taylor. Mr. Taylor is president and CEO of Practice Partners in Healthcare. He previously served as president and COO for a large provider of ASCs and has worked with physicians on projects ranging from acute care to diagnostics, physical rehabilitation and outpatient surgery centers. Mr. Taylor entered healthcare as a certified athletic trainer and focused on delivery of sports medicine and orthopedic care.
Larry Teuber, MD. Dr. Teuber is the founder and physician executive of Black Hills Surgery Center, one of the country's most successful small surgical hospitals, and is a board-certified neurological surgeon. He is president of Medical Facilities Corp., and the founder and managing partner of The Spine Center in Rapid Falls, S.D.
David Thoene. Mr. Thoene is a founder of Medical Surgical Partners. He was previously the vice president of business development for Titan Health. He has 24 years of experience consulting for and developing ASCs along the West Coast, including the turnkey development of ASCs, hospitals and medical office buildings. He has developed surgery center investments for physicians, academic medical centers and health systems.
Dan Thomas. Mr. Thomas is the president of Provista, a group purchasing company. He is the former CEO of VIant, a large independent PPO network. Before that, he served as chairman of the board of directors at Concentra and served as the company's president and CEO.
Joyce (Deno) Thomas. Ms. Thomas is senior vice president of operations for Regent Surgical Health. Before joining Regent, she served as the executive director of Loveland (Colo.) Surgery Center and worked for HealthSouth as a regional director of quality improvement and as an administrator.
George Tinawi, MD. Dr. Tinawi is a co-founder of Surgery Center Partners and its management subsidiary, Endoscopy Management Services Organization. He was a practicing physician in Mountain View, Calif., from 1986-2004, developing a clear understanding of the business issues faced by physicians in today's challenging environment.
William Tobler, MD. Dr. Tobler is a neurological surgeon and president and director of neurosurgery at The Christ Hospital Spine Surgery Center in Cincinnati. He earned his medical degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and is a member of numerous professional organizations, including North American Spine Society and Congress of Neurological Surgeons.
Daniel J. Tomes, MD. Dr. Tomes is a neurological and spine surgeon, and president of Southwest Lincoln (Neb.) Surgery Center, a Blue Chip Surgical Partners facility. He serves on the board of directors for Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln and is the medical director for Gogela Neuroscience Institute, BryanLGH Medical Center in Lincoln.
Kimberly L. Tude Thuot, MAOM, CMPE. Ms. Tude Thuot is the administrator and executive of Yakima (Wash.) Ambulatory Surgical Center, a three-OR, physician-owned, multispecialty ASC. She began as a nursing and dental assistant before moving into administration at dental practices.
Rebecca S. Twersky, MD. Dr. Twersky is the vice-chair for research and professor of anesthesiology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center at Brooklyn, where she also serves as the medical director of the Ambulatory Surgery Unit. She received her MD degree from Downstate Medical School in 1983.
Arnaldo Valedon, MD. Dr. Valedon is the chief ambulatory division and managing partner of First Colonies Anesthesia Associates in Baltimore. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and currently serves on the ASC Association's Program Committee for ASCs for 2011.
LoAnn Vande Leest, RN. Ms. Vande Leest is the administrator at The Surgery Center, a large, multi-specialty ASC located in Franklin, Wis. With a 30-year career that has been largely OR-based, Ms. Vande Leest has the unique perspective of having been a surgical technologist, circulating RN, educator in surgical technology and currently administrator. She also serves as a surveyor for AAAHC and volunteers for other leadership roles in various OR, ASC and management organizations.
Pedro Vergne-Marini, MD. Dr. Vergne-Marini is founder and managing member of Physicians' Capital Investments, which is based in Plano, Texas. It has developed and constructed 14 medical office and clinical facilities in just its first three years. More than 500 physicians have invested in PCI projects. The company currently has 11 projects in development or construction.
Jonathan Vick. Mr. Vick is founder and president of ASCs Inc., which is based in Valley Center, Calif., and has assisted in development, merger and acquisition transactions for more than 200 physician-owned ASCs, endoscopy centers and surgical hospitals. He previously founded and was a principle shareholder of Surgery Center Development Corp., as well as a corporate partner for a national network of surgery and endoscopy centers.
George A. Violin, MD. Dr. Violin is the founder of Medical Eye Care Associates in Massachusetts. He devotes most of his practice to cataract surgery, LASIK and related surgeries and was one of the early investigators of epikeratophakia, a precursor of current LASIK technology.
Alan Villavicencio, MD. Dr. Villavicencio founded The Minimally Invasive Spine Institute in Boulder, Colo., and serves as the director of surgery. He is the director of research and development for Boulder Neurosurgical Associates and the director of neurosurgery at Boulder Community and Longmont United Hospitals. He is also a practicing partner at Boulder Neurosurgical Associates, where he specializes in complex spinal reconstruction surgery.
Jeffrey L. Visotsky, MD, FACS. Dr. Visotsky is a member of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute and founder of the Morton Grove (Ill.) Surgery Center. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and specializes in conditions of the hand, elbow and shoulder, arthroscopy shoulder/elbow, shoulder reconstruction and replacement, among other areas.
Kara Vittetoe. Ms. Vittetoe is the chief operating officer at Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute in Boonsboro, Md. She previously served as an administrator for ASCOA, a position she held for four years until April 2012.
Brice Voithofer. Mr. Voithofer leads the anesthesia, pain management and surgery center division of AdvantEdge Healthcare Solutions. He is responsible for operations, client support and growth. He has experience in managing radiology, anesthesia and pathology practices and previously served at medical billing and payor firms in several capacities.
Jack Wagner. Mr. Wagner is president and CEO of Micro-Scientific Industries, a company focused on producing products to prevent microbial transmission in the healthcare industry. The company produces products for hand care, medical and surgical equipment and instrumental disinfection, ultrasonic care and delicate blade cleaners.
Dianne Wallace, RN, BSM, MBA. Ms. Wallace is the executive director of the Menomonee Falls (Wis.) Ambulatory Surgery Center, a multispecialty ASC that was formed as a joint venture between a local community hospital and two larger medical groups in 1993. The ASC has done more than 12,000 cases since 2002 and includes 45 active physicians specializing in gastroenterology, general surgery, orthopedics, pain, ENT, gynecology, podiatry, ophthalmology, urology and plastic.
Randy Ware. Mr. Ware is the president and founder of West Coast Medical Resources. He founded the company in 1997 and pioneered the surplus surgical business. WestCMR is the largest company that helps facilities liquidate non-moving or overstock disposable surgical supplies, helping hospitals and surgery centers recover thousands of dollars. The company's goal is to contribute to the facilities' bottom line and reallocate valuable supplies.
Michelle Warren, RN, BBA. Ms. Warren is the executive director of Powder River Surgery Center in Gillette, Wyo. She began her career in healthcare as a surgical tech and has spent many years as an operating room traveling nurse, working mostly in trauma, orthopedic, spine and open heart specialties.
Michael Weaver. Mr. Weaver is vice president of acquisitions ambulatory network with Vanguard Health Systems, which owns and operates 28 acute-care and specialty hospitals and complementary facilities in several major metro areas. In this role, Mr. Weaver is responsible for overseeing acquisitions and alignment initiatives for ambulatory services. He was appointed to this role in March.
Suzanne Webb. Ms. Webb is the CEO of ASC Billing specialist, a billing company that serves surgery centers and physician practices. With 26 years of experience, Ms. Webb currently takes responsibility for operating a medical billing company that specializes in out-of-network services, consulting and training new clients, teaching clients about profitable practice management, coaching and implementing controls.
Drigan Weider, MD. Dr. Weider is a board member of Boulder (Colo.) Surgery Center, a Pinnacle III facility. His practice is Mapleton Hill Orthopaedics in Boulder. Dr. Wieder has developed a specialty in sports medicine and a strong interest in arthroscopic shoulder and knee reconstructions.
Thomas Wherry, MD. Dr. Wherry is co-founder of Total Anesthesia Solutions. In addition to his roles as medical director for the Surgery Center of Maryland in Towson and consulting medical director for Health Inventures, he has collaborated with professionals in the United Kingdom, Japan and Kuwait to improve the delivery of ambulatory surgery.
Robert Westergard, CPA. Mr. Westergard is the chief financial officer for ASCOA. Prior to joining ASCOA, Mr. Westergard worked as the Controller for Truman Capital Advisors. Mr. Westergard has an additional eight years of finance and accounting experience in the software, chemical and healthcare industries.
Kathleen Whitlow, RN, BS, CASC. Ms. Whitlow serves as COO for Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners. She joined the company as a partner and vice president of operations. She has more than 25 years of experience in the medical/healthcare industry, working in a variety of capacities and positions.
Carolyn Whitsel. Mr. Whitsel has more than 35 years in healthcare, including 23 years of ASC experience. She oversees the business office operations team for United Surgical Partners International, which manages revenue cycle for over 100 facilities nationwide.
William H. Wilcox. William H. Wilcox is the founder and chairman of United Surgical Partners International, which was established in 1998 and currently owns and operates outpatient surgical facilities across the U.S. and United Kingdom. More than half of the facilities in the U.S. are jointly owned facilities with non-profit healthcare systems and hospitals.
Donald Wilson. Mr. Wilson founded a predecessor to Cirrus Health in 1996 and now serves as Cirrus' CEO. Over the last 10 years, his focus has been exclusively devoted to the development of medical operations platforms and medically oriented real estate projects.
Kimberly L. Wood, MD. Dr. Wood is co-chair of the ASC Quality Collaboration and founder of kmdWOOD, which provides consulting services to the ASC industry, including the ASC Association and the ASC QC. She has participated in several collaborative and cooperative initiatives, including the ASC Advocacy Committee and the ASC Coalition, and has served as an advocate for the industry on issues such as Medicare's coverage and payment policies, Conditions for Coverage and ASC quality measure development and reporting.
Kim Woodruff. During Ms. Woodruff's tenure with Pinnacle III, her role has evolved from vice president of business office operations to her current role as vice president of corporate finance and compliance. In 2003, Ms. Woodruff provided oversight of in-house business office functions for Pinnacle III's clients in a multi-state region. One year later, Kim launched Pinnacle's centralized billing office providing coding, billing and collection services to single and multi-specialty ASCs who desired increased efficiencies via qualified personnel in a constantly changing reimbursement environment.
Tom Yerden. Tom Yerden is the owner of TRY Health Care Solutions in North Fork, Idaho, an outpatient surgery management consulting firm. Mr. Yerden founded Aspen Healthcare in Boulder, Colo., in 1992, prior to which he was the chief operating officer for Medical Management, in Boise, Idaho; executive director of ASMG Outpatient Services in San Diego, Calif.; and regional manager of ambulatory surgery for Intermountain HealthCare in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Cindy Young, RN, CASC. Ms. Young is the administrative director of the Surgery Center of Farmington (Mo.), where she started as a staff nurse and moved into the administrator position. She previously was a nurse at a rural hospital.
David Zarin, MD. Dr. Zarin is senior vice president, medical affairs, for United Surgical Partners International and one of the founding partners of Texas ENT Specialists in Houston. Dr. Zarin is currently the chairman of the board and chief of staff at TOPS Surgical Specialty Hospital and serves in the Expert Group of the ASC Quality Collaboration.
Joseph Zasa, JD. Mr. Zasa is a managing and founding partner ASD Management, where he works with existing ASCs that require turnaround expertise as well as developing new outpatient surgery centers. He previously served as the president of the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and continues to serve on the board.
Robert Zasa, MAHHA, FACMPE. Mr. Zasa is a managing and founding partner of ASD Management. His career spans more than four decades of managing and developing ASCs. He is a fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives.
J.A. Ziskind, JD, MBA, PhD. Mr. Ziskind is the founder, president and CEO of Global Surgical Partners, which focuses on developing and managing hospital/physician and physician-owned joint-ventured ASCs. He has been actively involved in Florida's healthcare industry over the past 35 years, having served as CEO of Cedars Medical Center and as a healthcare lawyer.
Greg Zoch. Mr. Zoch is managing director and a partner with Kaye/Bassman, where he has marketed healthcare organizations and been involved in recruitment. His primary focus is on the strategic growth and staffing initiatives of client companies that develop, manage, consult with or own and operate ASCs and specialty hospitals.
Chris Zorn. Mr. Zorn is vice president at Spine Surgical Innovation, global distributor of the Swivel Port MIS System. He is also executive director of Minimal Incision-Maximum Sight Institute, which aims to increase the awareness about the Swivel Port and help physicians and administrators network with other specialists with common challenges, among other services.
433 People to Know in the ASC Industry FeaturedWritten by Rachel Fields | October 17, 2012
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