Contributors include administrators, providers, nurses, consultants, and others who are working on the front lines to create better care for patients. See who the writers are behind the blog articles and how their background and experience have shaped the narrative behind patient care.
Esther Choo MD, MPH
Esther Choo, MD, MPH, is interim executive director and a founding member at TIME’S UP Healthcare, founder at Equity Quotient, associate professor of emergency medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, and a practicing emergency physician. As a champion of gender and racial equality in healthcare, she’s bringing public awareness to discrimination and harassment of healthcare workers. Catch up with Dr. Choo on Twitter at @choo_ek.
Wade C. Fox DO
Wade C. Fox, DO, FACEP, FAAEM, is an elected member of the Board of Directors and serves as a Regional Director for Vituity. Dr. Fox earned his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Oregon in Eugene and earned his medical degree from the University Of Health Sciences College Of Osteopathic Medicine, in Kansas City, Mo. He completed his Residency in emergency medicine at St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, where he also worked as a Life Flight physician.
He joined Vituity as medical director for Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, Ore., in 2008. Under his leadership as ED Chair, Mercy Medical Center won Vituity's Emergency Department of the Year Award in 2012. He is past president and a current member of the board for the Oregon chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and previously served as Chief Medical Officer for Umpqua Health, a Coordinated Care Organization (CCO).
Hartwell Lin MD
Hartwell Lin, MD, is an elected member of the Board of Directors and serves as a regional director for Vituity. He currently practices emergency medicine at John Muir Medical Center in Concord, Calif., where he previously served as emergency department medical director and chief of staff. Dr. Lin holds a Medical Doctorate from Albany Medical College (N.Y.) and completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Pittsburgh.
Nicole Franks MD
Dr. Franks is Chief Quality Officer at Emory University Hospital Midtown, an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, an Emory Healthcare board member, and a practicing physician. She co-founded Emory’s Administrative Fellowship in Emergency Medicine and currently serves as the program’s codirector.
Theo Koury MD
Theo Koury, MD, is President of Vituity. Before this appointment in 2017, he served as Vituity’s Chief Operations Officer. Since joining the Partnership in 1997, he has also held the roles of Vice President, Regional Director, and Medical Director, and has served on the Board of Directors.
In his role as President, Dr. Koury is responsible for managing enterprise risk, resources and infrastructure necessary to achieve Vituity’s mission of empowering healthcare providers to deliver exceptional care across more than 300 service locations nationwide. Dr. Koury is also focused on assuring newly developed services and corporate partnerships are built on a strong foundation and successfully integrated with existing services.
He is a practicing emergency physician at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Calif, having previously served as the Medical Director, and chaired a multi-disciplinary hospital committee to improve transition of care throughout the in-patient experience.
Dr. Koury holds a bachelor's degree in biology from University of Southern California and a medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School, and is an American College of Emergency Physician Fellow. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, where he served as Chief Resident, elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and received the John P. McDade Award for Research in Emergency Medical Care.
Scott Samlan MD
Dr. Samlan is a Regional Director with Vituity. He earned his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine New York State/American Program in Tel Aviv, Israel, and completed his emergency medicine residency at Presence Resurrection Medical Center on the northwest side of Chicago. Dr. Samlan currently practices at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, Ill.
Alicia Mikolaycik Kurtz MD
Alicia Mikolaycik Kurtz, MD, completed her emergency medicine residency at UCSF Fresno in central California, where she and her co-chiefs started Real Talk — a storytelling experience that allows providers the opportunity to process the more human aspects of working in healthcare. Since then, she has traveled around the country training groups to use Real Talk to improve the provider experience at their sites. Dr. Kurtz has robust leadership experience, including serving on the board of directors and as President of the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) from 2015–2018. She also completed Vituity’s Administrative Fellowship from 2017–2018. Dr. Kurtz currently serves as assistant medical director in the emergency department at Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Sacramento. Outside of medicine, she loves travel adventures; trying new things; her amazingly supportive partner, Marco; yoga; and all things Trader Joe’s.
Evan Houck DO
Evan Houck, MD, is Medical Director for the Emergency Department at Redlands Community Hospital.
Dipti Patel-Misra, Ph.D., MBA, PCC is the Chief Data & Analytics Officer at MedAmerica Data Services. She has a 15+ year track record of success in designing and implementing data strategies for the healthcare sector.
She was named to the Corinium’s Top 100 Innovators in Data and Analytics in the Americas in 2018, Corinium’s Top 50 Data and Analytics Professionals in the U.S. and Canada in 2017, and Becker’s Hospital Review’s 2017 list of Women to Know in MedTech. Dipti specializes in simplifying complex issues to drive the strategic objectives of our enterprise. She is passionate about influencing healthcare outcomes and empowering leaders to engage and change the healthcare landscape.
She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina (UNC). She also holds a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coach Federation.
Chi Perlroth MD
Dr. Perlroth is a Vituity emergency medicine partner, Assistant Medical Director, Emergency Department Chair, and Health System Board Member at John Muir Health in Walnut Creek and Concord, Calif.
Peter Nosé MD
Peter Nosé, MD, PhD, is Director of Anesthesiology Operations for Vituity. In this role, he works with leaders across the Partnership to create integrated perioperative solutions for our client hospitals. He is board-certified in anesthesiology and practices at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif.
Before joining Vituity, Dr. Nosé was an attending physician with Group Anesthesia Services for over 20 years. During this time, he held a variety of managerial and leadership roles, including Managing Partner and President. In addition, he served as Assistant Medical Director for the Silicon Valley and Bascom surgery centers.
Dr. Nosé is a graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. He received both his PhD in molecular pharmacology and his MD from Stanford University. He completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco, where he served as chief resident and was the recipient of the Stuart C. Cullen Award for Excellence in Clinical Anesthesia.
Joshua Tamayo-Sarver MD, PhD
Dr. Tamayo-Sarver is Vice President of Informatics at Vituity, overseeing the organizational data strategy, evaluating the effects of programs and practices, and leveraging data to provide the information needed for Vituity to provide the highest quality and most efficient patient care. Dr. Tamayo-Sarver joined Vituity in 2008 as a fellow in administration and data. In addition to being the VP of Informatics, he works as a staff physician in the emergency department at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California where he is the past department Vice-Chair and Director of Quality Improvement.
He holds a bachelor's degree with honors in biochemistry from Harvard University, a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, and a 10x10 certificate in medical informatics from Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Tamayo-Sarver completed his Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University in epidemiology and biostatistics, where his dissertation was the development and publication of a novel model describing how physicians make clinical decisions in practice. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Harbor-University of California, Los Angeles. He also spent a year working as an EMT and health educator in El Salvador. He is board certified in emergency medicine and clinical informatics.
He has also combined his understanding of information technology, physician decision-making, and clinical practice experience to create a patent-pending novel approach to electronic physician workflow products that improve documentation and decision-making. This approach has led to a company that is now in beta testing.
Humayun Tufail MD
Humayun Tufail, MD, is Medical Director of the hospitalist program at San Pablo Medical Center in San Pablo, CA, where he has practiced since 2008. He has spearheaded collaboration with the emergency department as well as post-acute facilities, with a focus on achieving high quality care for patients across their acute care journeys. A graduate of King Edward Medical College in Lahore Pakistan, Dr. Tufail completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center.
Scott Lopata MD
Scott Lopata, MD joined Vituity in 1999 and practices at each of the sites in his region. Dr. Lopata is a Diplomat of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California, Berkeley. He attended Temple University in Philadelphia where he earned his Masters of Science in Physiology and his medical degree. Dr. Lopata completed his residency in emergency medicine at Emory University in Atlanta.
Howard Mell MD, MPH
Dr. Mell is an emergency physician at AMITA Health St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee, Illinois. He holds a medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Mell is board-certified in both emergency medicine and emergency medical services. Follow him on Twitter at @DrHowieMell.
Dylan Carney MD, MPH
Dylan Carney, MD, MPH, is MAT Program Director at Vituity and practices emergency medicine at Marin Health in Greenbrae, California.
Savoy Brummer MD
Savoy Brummer, MD, is an elected member of the Vituity Board of Directors and also serves as Vice President of Business Development. He has been a Vituity Partner since 2011 and has practiced clinically in metro St. Louis and Los Angeles.
Dr. Brummer has held academic posts at the Washington University School of Public Health and Saint Louis University School of Medicine. He has served as Chair and Councilor for the Democratic Section of ACEP as well as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. Notably, Dr. Brummer is also a recipient of the prestigious Blue Jay Consulting/EMF/ACEP Director of the Year award.
Dr. Brummer received his medical degree from New York University and completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania.
Julia Lyall RN
Julia Lyall helps to lead Vituity's Quality Programs team with a focus on improving the patient experience. Before joining Vituity, she worked as an ED director for Southwest Healthcare System in California.
Jim Dietz MD
Jim Dietz, MD, is a Vituity Partner Emeritus who previously served as ED medical director at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, California. He was the founding coordinator of Vituity's Professional Resiliency Program and an early champion of Vituity's Joy in Medicine initiative.
Seth Thomas MD
Dr. Seth Thomas is a Director of Quality & Performance for Vituity’s Emergency Medicine service line. His expertise and administrative duties are focused on improving emergency department operations, clinical quality, efficiency and throughput. Dr. Thomas also serves on the board of directors for the Mutual, Vituity’s own medical malpractice carrier. Dr. Thomas is board certified in emergency medicine and the former medical director of the emergency departments at both Mercy San Juan Medical Center and Doctors Medical Center of San Pablo. He currently practices emergency medicine at Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Sacramento, California. Dr. Thomas completed his undergraduate studies in Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley before moving to New York for his medical training. He attended medical school at Albany Medical College in New York and completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Loma Linda University Medical Center before joining Vituity as an administrative fellow himself in 2009-2010.
Gregg Miller MD
Gregg Miller, MD, is Chief Medical Officer at Vituity, overseeing performance-improvement programs and the development and dissemination of best practices. He provides leadership in the areas of risk management, quality, continuing medical education, CMS performance, patient experience, operations flow, and data management.
Prior to being appointed CMO, Dr. Miller was Program Director of Quality and Performance for Emergency Medicine for Vituity. He has served as the Medical Director for the emergency departments at San Joaquin Community Hospital and Swedish Edmonds Hospital and has been involved in the implementation of multiple operational and quality-related initiatives.
Dr. Miller sits on the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Quality and Performance Committee. He completed an administrative fellowship with Vituity, with a focus on CMS quality-related programs.
Dr. Miller attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA.
Pamela Allen RN, MSN, CEN
Pamela Allen, RN, MSN, CEN, is the Director of Emergency Services at Redlands Community Hospital.
Brian Stinnett PA-C
Brian Stinnett, PA-C, is the Advanced Provider Lead at Redlands Community Hospital
Lori Winston MD
Dr. Lori Winston is Vituity's Director of Academic Affairs. She is responsible for helping to develop and execute short-term and long-term strategies to strengthen Vituity's residency programs and affiliated residency programs.
She also has experience in building new programs to ensure high-quality, long-term physician partner satisfaction and physician candidate pipelines. She helps to position Vituity as a thought leader in academic medicine.
Dr. Winston’s career is steeped in administrative academia. After completing her emergency medicine residency at Presence Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, she stayed on as core faculty and as the Education Director.
Then an opportunity to start an emergency medicine residency came up at Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, Calif. Dr. Winston successfully launched that program and went on to start five more ACGME-accredited residencies in family medicine, psychiatry, general surgery, transitional year, and anesthesiology.
She is currently the Designated Institutional Official (DIO) over all graduate and undergraduate medical education at Kaweah Delta.
Jeffrey Tsai MD
Dr. Tsai is a Regional Director and emergency physician at Vituity. He holds a medical degree from University of California, San Diego, and completed his emergency medicine residency at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County in Chicago. He currently practices at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, Calif.
Dan Culhane MD
Dan Culhane, MD, is an Operational Vice President for Vituity. Prior to his appointment, he served as a Vituity Regional Director and a Medical Director. He is board-certified in emergency medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Culhane received his Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned his medical degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of California, San Francisco's Fresno campus.
After joining Vituity, Dr. Culhane served as Emergency Department Medical Director at both Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and French Hospital Medical Center in California. In this role, he sat on multiple hospital committees and served as Chief of Staff. Today, he continues to practice at both hospitals and is a member of the Peer Review and Medical Executive Committees.
Rick Newell MD, MPH
Rick Newell, MD, is Chief Transformation Officer for Vituity. In this role, he is responsible for the development, implementation, and execution of strategies, programs, and technologies that enhance and transform enterprise-wide healthcare delivery. He currently oversees initiatives related to innovation, acute psychiatry, acute neurology, telehealth, and complex care management.
Dr. Newell is board-certified in clinical informatics and emergency medicine. He obtained his Master of Public Health in healthcare management from Harvard University and earned his medical degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was selected as a junior member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
As a second-year medical student, Dr. Newell cofounded a free health clinic that to this day continues to serve the impoverished communities of Buffalo’s East Side neighborhood. He was recognized for this work with the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.
Dr. Newell was elected to Vituity’s Board of Directors from 2012 to 2016. From 2014 to 2016, he also served the Partnership as a Director of Quality and Performance and oversaw telehealth, CMS quality programs, two qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs), and the administrative fellowship. In 2013, Dr. Newell was recognized for his contributions to Vituity with a Distinguished Service Award.
Melissa Nunez is Vituity’s Recruiting Outreach Manager overseeing our programs for residents and advanced provider students. She has worked with Vituity for the past four years and holds a bachelor's degree in both political science and Spanish from Loyola University Maryland.
David Birdsall MD
As Chief Operations Officer (COO), Dr. Birdsall is responsible for day-to-day operations across all service locations and specialties. In this role, he develops and implements operational initiatives aligned with the strategic direction of the organization. He also oversees Vituity's advanced provider practice.
Dr. Birdsall is a practicing physician and is board-certified in both emergency and internal medicine. Prior to his appointment as COO, Dr. Birdsall served as an Operational Vice President. In this role, he managed Vituity’s leadership development programs, including its Leadership and Medical Director Academies.
He has served on the boards of both John Muir Health and John Muir Medical Group. He is also a former Chief of Staff at John Muir Medical Center, Concord.
Dr. Birdsall received a Bachelor of Arts in biology from the University of California, Davis, where he also completed his residency. He earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine.
William T. Choctaw MD, JD, CSSBB
Bill Choctaw, MD, JD, CSSBB is Physician Advisor for The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, where he contributes on a variety of issues. Previously, he was Chief Transformation Officer at Citrus Valley Health Partners (CVHP) where he practiced surgery and was a member of the hospital executive team for seven years. In 2013, Dr. Choctaw launched a Robust Process Improvement/Lean Six Sigma program at CVHP, in partnership with The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare.
Cyndy Flores PA-C
Cyndy Flores, PA-C, as the Director of Strategy and Innovation, is responsible for the success and growth of Vituity's advanced provider practice within a variety of care team models.
She has over 20 years of clinical experience in emergency departments. Her in-depth knowledge of the laws and regulations governing advanced providers make her an effective advocate for these professions.
Cyndy is a past president of the California Academy of Physician Assistants. She also served on the board of the American Academy of Physician Assistants PA Foundation.
Cyndy graduated from Stanford University's physician assistant program before joining Vituity in 1997. She currently practices at Regional Medical Center of San Jose.
Allen Bookatz MD
Allen Bookatz, MD, is ED Medical Director at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, Calif. He holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from University of California, Los Angeles and a Doctor of Medicine degree from University of California, Davis - School of Medicine. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Bookatz is an alumnus of Vituity's Administrative Fellowship program.
Vanessa Calderón MD, MPP
Vanessa Calderón, MD, MPP, is the Medical Director at San Leandro Hospital. Prior to that, Dr. Calderón served as the Assistant Medical Director and Director of Quality at San Leandro Hospital. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and served as the Director of Health Disparities for the American Medical Student Association from 2006-2007. Dr. Calderón is also an alumnus of the CEP Management Fellowship. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from The University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine and completed her emergency medicine residency at Albert Einstein Montefiore/Jacobi Medical Centers in New York City.
Philip Clarkson MD, MSc
Dr. Clarkson is a Hospitalist Medical Director at Adventist Health Sonora (Calif.), a former Vituity administrative fellow, and serves as faculty for Vituity's Senior Residents' Weekend. His fellowship project focused on using technology and innovation to improve clinical documentation. He completed his internal medicine residency at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, N.J.
Chris Renner is the Benefits Director for Vituity, overseeing health plan, retirement, and other benefits for more than 7,000 employees and partners. He has served in this role since 1992, weathering many changes in the health insurance market over the years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Southern California.
Denise Brown MD
Denise Brown, MD, is Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President of Business Development for Vituity. Prior to these appointments in 2017, she served Vituity as Vice President of Practice Development and Hospitalist Medical Director at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, Calif.
Dr. Brown is one of the drivers behind Vituity's expansion as an integrated multispecialty organization. She has seen firsthand the positive impacts of integration on the patient experience and on the day-to-day work environment of providers. By combining her grasp of Vituity culture and her real-world insights, she inspires and empowers others to champion the integrated and team-based focused care needed by hospitals today.
Dr. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her medical degree from the University of Chicago, with election to Alpha Omega Alpha.
Dr. Brown completed her internal medicine residency at Stanford University and has been with Vituity since 2002.
Rodolfo "Rudy" Zaragoza MD
Dr. Zaragoza is Vice President of Transformational Care at Vituity. He has been a Vituity Partner since July 2004. He came to Vituity after completing his military service as a decorated active-duty officer in the U.S. Air Forces from 2000–2004.
In 1992, he completed his undergraduate degree in pre-professional studies at the University of Notre Dame (Ind.). He earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois - College Of Medicine, in Chicago. In 2000, he completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Following his residency, Dr. Zaragoza was stationed at Travis Air Force Base. During his time in the service, he was deployed to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Iraq. He served as Chief of Emergency Services for all three deployment assignments.
Dr. Zaragoza is a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He has advanced certification in Emergency Ultrasonography, Advanced Trauma Medicine, and as an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Instructor.
Prior to his appointment as Vituity's Vice President of Transformational Care, Dr. Zaragoza served as a Regional Director and an ED Medical Director for Rideout Memorial Hospital. At Rideout, he was also Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Chair of the Emergency Process Improvement Committee (EPIC), and co-Chair of the Hospital Throughput Committee and Hospital Patient Safety Committee. In addition, he worked with the head of interventional cardiology to create and implement the hospital's STEMI program.
Emily Wang Zahn JD
Emily Zahn, JD, is the Vice President of Compliance and Compliance Officer at Vituity. In this role, she oversees compliance and privacy for the revenue cycle management, physician practice, and practice management divisions as well as HR compliance. As Compliance Officer, she facilitates a culture of awareness and accountability across our enterprise.
Emily received her Bachelor of Arts at Princeton University and her law degree from the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law. Before joining Vituity, she was a litigator with Dinsmore and Shohl, LLP, handling regulatory matters and defending emergency medicine physicians and other medical professionals.
She later served as the Vice President of Emergency Department Compliance at Intermedix and was the Assistant General Manager and Chief Compliance Officer at RevCycle+ (a subsidiary of Tsystem). Her experience included management of revenue cycle operations and client services for emergency physician groups.
Emily joined Vituity in 2015 as Director of Contract Administration and Regulatory Affairs.
In addition to her duties at Vituity, she is a member of the American Bar Association Health Law Section, the Emergency Department Practice Management Association, and the Medical Group Management Association.
Brooke West serves as Vituity's Director of Provider Enrollment. She is a payer credentialing and enrollment expert with 10-plus years of healthcare administration experience and has been with the Partnership since 2008. In her current role, Brooke integrates her extensive knowledge of enrollment requirements for medical groups with technology tools and process improvement to create smooth enrollment processes to meet enterprise-wide needs.
Diana Goodwine MD
Diana Goodwine, MD, is Chair of Vituity's Clinical Education Committee and emergency medicine Medical Director at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Ill. She holds a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed her emergency medicine residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center. She is fellowship-trained in emergency medicine ultrasound.
Gail Silver MD
Gail Silver, MD, is Vituity's Associate Vice President of Ambulatory and Urgent Care. She joined Vituity in 1990.
Dr. Silver holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science at the University of California, Davis. She then enrolled in the Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, where she earned both her medical degree and a master's degree in animal behavior. She completed her residency in family practice at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Southern California.
Dr. Silver is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice. She divides her clinical work between the Saddleback Urgent Care centers in Mission Viejo and Lake Forest, Calif.
Bradford Tinloy MD
Dr. Tinloy holds a medical degree from Pennsylvania State University and completed his emergency medicine residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. He is an alumnus of Vituity's Administrative Fellowship and practices clinically at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Calif.
Carol Kong Darden MPH
Carol Kong Darden holds a Master of Public Health with a concentration in health and social behavior from the University of California, Berkeley. She joined Vituity in 2015.
Scott Bradford's career in medical recruiting spans over 14 years. He joined Vituity in 2015 and currently oversees recruiting for 15 emergency medicine practices. Outside the office, Scott volunteers about 200 hours each year as a ski patroller near his home in Utah.
Palomar Health is the largest hospital district in California, serving communities in an 850-square-mile area. Its trauma center serves more than 2,200 square miles of south Riverside and north San Diego counties. The district includes two hospitals: 288-bed Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and 107-bed Palomar Medical Center Poway.
Kendrick Johnson MD
Kendrick Johnson, MD, has been a Vituity partner since 2008. He previously served as a Vituity Regional Director and as Emergency Department Medical Director and Chief of Staff at Mercy Hospital of Folsom.
Dr. Johnson completed his residency in emergency medicine at Michigan State University in Lansing, Michigan and earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee. He is originally from Colorado, where he completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder and worked for the University of Colorado Medical School.
Dr. Johnson is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Yafa Minazad DO
Yafa Minazad, DO, holds a medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif. She completed her residency at LAC+USC Medical Center and a neurophysiology fellowship at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Before joining Vituity, she cofounded SAGE Neurohospitalist Management Group, a pioneering acute stroke management practice.
Arbi Ohanian MD
Arbi Ohanian, MD, is a board-certified neurologist specializing in vascular and stroke care. He holds a medical degree from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining Vituity, he cofounded SAGE Neurohospitalist Group, a pioneering acute neurology practice.
Michael Mesisca DO
Dr. Mesisca is the ED Medical Director at Riverside University Health System Medical Center, where he also oversees the scribe and resident programs. He also practices at Moreno Valley Medical Center.
Gillian Dargan RN, MSN
Gillian Dargan, RN, MSN, holds a Masters of Management from University of Redlands (Calif.) and a Master of Science in Nursing from California State University. Before joining Vituity, she served as Director of Critical Care and Emergency Services at Redlands Community Hospital (Calif.) and as an ED process improvement consultant in the United States and United Kingdom.
Palomar Medical Center Poway
Since 1977, Palomar Medical Center Poway has been providing exceptional care to the communities of northern San Diego County. The 107-bed hospital shares a campus with an outpatient pavilion and a skilled-nursing facility. All are part of Palomar Health, California's largest public health district by area.
Shale Imeson MD
Dr. Imeson is Medical Director of Vituity's Lodi (Calif.) anesthesia sites. He also serves as Medical Director for anesthesia services at Lodi Memorial Hospital, an Adventist Health affiliate. He was President of Morpheus Anesthesia Inc. at the time it affiliated with Vituity in 2016. He has also served as President of San Joaquin Medical Society and Chief of Staff at St. Joseph's Medical Center, Stockton, as well as Anesthesiology Department Chair at multiple institutions. Dr. Imeson is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and received his residency training at Virginia Mason and Stanford Medical Centers. He earned his medical degree from UC Irvine and his bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley.
Scott Zeller MD
Dr. Zeller is known across the nation and around the world as a leading expert in psychiatric emergencies. He has authored multiple textbooks and numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and lectures internationally as a keynote speaker.
Additionally, he led the development of both U.S. and international guidelines on evaluation and treatment of agitation. He has published research on innovative designs for emergency mental healthcare, which he has also helped to implement in multiple centers.
Dr. Zeller is an Assistant Clinical Professor at both the University of California, Riverside and Touro University medical schools and is a past president of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry.
In 2015, the National Council on Behavioral Health named Dr. Zeller USA Doctor of the Year.
Cara Rumble RN
Cara Rumble is Nursing Supervisor of the Medical, Surgical, and Telemetry Unit at Palomar Medical Center in Poway, Calif. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from National University in San Diego.
Anna Gelberg MD
Dr. Gelberg is a hospitalist and former Medical Director at Palomar Health public health district in San Diego County, California. She currently overseas CMS quality programs for the district's inpatient programs.
Shirley Fayson-Miles RN, MBA
Shirley Fayson-Miles is manager of the adult inpatient intensive care, intermediate care, and medical-surgical-telemetry units at Palomar Medical Center in Poway, Calif.
John Fredericks MD
John Fredericks, MD, joined Vituity in 1978. He is a former Regional Director who currently works in the emergency departments at Palomar Medical Center and Palomar Medical Center Poway.
Dr. Fredericks is an American Board of Internal Medicine Diplomate, an American Board of Emergency Medicine Diplomate, and an American College of Emergency Physicians Fellow. He is also a member of the San Diego County Medical Society and the California Medical Association.
Dr. Fredericks holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of California, San Diego and a medical degree from the University of California, Irvine. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center.
In 2005, Vituity honored Dr. Fredericks with the prestigious distinction of Master Clinician.
Tiffany Hackett MD, MBA
Tiffany Hackett, MD, MBA, is the Director of Leadership Development for Vituity. She is particularly interested in the professional development and education of physicians, which allows them to excel both as team and departmental leaders and as clinicians.
Additionally, she is a founding member and current leader of the Vituity Women in Medicine Workgroup. Before joining Vituity's senior leadership, she served as Medical Director of San Leandro Hospital and as Chair of Vituity’s Clinical Education Committee.
Dr. Hackett is board-certified in emergency medicine. After earning a bachelor's degree in biology at Yale University, she deferred medical school and spent a year in Venezuela teaching at an international school and improving her Spanish language fluency.
She then graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's MD/MBA program, earning degrees from the Wharton School of Business and the Perelman School of Medicine. She completed her residency at UCLA Medical Center and a fellowship at LAC+USC Medical Center. She joined Vituity in 2007.
In addition to her work with Vituity, Dr. Hackett spent three years as a member of California ACEP’s Board of Directors.
Sumter Armstrong MHA
Sumter Armstrong is Vice President of Business Development for Vituity and has served in this role since February 2016. She is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with a primary focus on Acute Psychiatry and Telehealth.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., and her Masters of Healthcare Administration from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va.
With extensive background and 10-plus years of experience in healthcare and business development, Sumter joined Vituity to help develop and grow our new and innovative practice lines.
Trish Jones MD
Dr. Jones is ED Medical Director at Mount Carmel St. Ann's in Westerville, Ohio, and a 2016-17 Vituity Administrative Fellow. In 2017, she was honored with Vituity's Culture of Caring Award for her work with the Geriatric Emergency Department at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore.
Rodney Koenig, PA-C, is Director of Advanced Provider Recruiting and Retention for Vituity. He is responsible for identifying and implementing integrated strategies to improve recruiting, professional development, and retention of physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and anesthetists within the Partnership.
He previously served on Vituity’s Advanced Provider Advisory Committee, as an Advanced Provider Regional Lead, and as Advanced Provider Site Lead at St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino, Calif.
Rodney earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine, and graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles. He has extended his emergency medicine education by attending the Daniel Freeman Paramedic Program and the San Bernardino City Firefighter Academy.
Rodney was honored with Vituity’s Distinguished Service Award in 2005 and the Diocese of San Bernardino White Mass Bishop’s Award in 2015.
Gary Li MD
Gary Li, MD, joined Vituity in 1993. He is a member of the Santa Clara County Medical Association, California Medical Association, American Medical Association, and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He is also past president of the South Bay Emergency Medical Directors Association.
Dr. Li received a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Davis. After continuing on to medical school at UC Davis, he completed his emergency medicine residency at the Los Angeles County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif.
Dr. Li is an American College of Emergency Physicians Fellow and an American Board of Emergency Medicine Diplomate.
Amandeep Kaur joined Vituity in 2016. In her role as Associate Program Manager for Post-Acute Care, she has helped to strengthen the care continuum between Vituity hospitals and skilled-nursing facilities. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and Management from the University of California, East Bay.
Mercy San Juan Medical Center
Mercy San Juan Medical Center is a Dignity Health hospital located in Carmichael, Calif. It is home to the Sacramento area's first Comprehensive Stroke Center.
Luke Rawlings MD, MHS
Dr. Rawlings oversees clinical education and graduate medical education at Mercy Medical Center Redding (Calif.). He completed his emergency medicine residency at Natividad Medical Center and a fellowship at the University of Tennessee Medical Center-Knoxville.
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center is a 343-bed hospital with the largest array of healthcare services in San Diego's South Bay. A Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Care Hospital, Sharp Chula Vista is home to the region's most comprehensive heart program and also offers exceptional services for orthopedic care and women and infants. The Douglas and Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center offers patients the most advanced treatment technology, a unique healing environment, and an extraordinary level of care. Learn more about Sharp Chula Vista.
Desert Regional Medical Center
Desert Regional Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality patient care, and has been recognized by local, regional, and national organizations for its service to patients and the community (DesertMedCtr.com). Desert Regional Medical Center provides a wide range of emergency medical care, from the treatment of minor illness and injury to major emergencies and life-threatening trauma cases as a Level II Trauma Center.
Joseph Chiang MD
Joseph C. Chiang, MD, is a Regional Director at Vituity. He previously served as the Chair and Medical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at San Joaquin General Hospital. He was honored with Vituity's Distinguished Service Award in 2014.
Dr. Chiang received his BA from New York University and MD from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Mount Sinai, where he served as chief resident in his final year. He then pursued advanced education in healthcare management by completing Vituity's Administrative Fellowship.
Ryan Shanahan MD
Dr. Shanahan is a Vituity emergency physician currently practicing at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, Calif. He holds a medical degree from Georgetown University and completed his emergency medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Kabir Yousuf MD
Dr. Yousuf is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and practices in the Baltimore area. He holds a medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He completed his internal medicine residency at Christiana Care Health Services and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Wright State University.
Samit Desai MD
Dr. Desai is a Vituity emergency physician practicing at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore. He previously served as the hospital's Chief Informatics Officer. In addition to his work with Vituity, he serves as Chief Medical Officer of Audacious Inquiry, a Baltimore health informatics and policy company.
Nathan is a data scientist for MedAmerica Data Services, a Vituity data company. He is generally responsible for building the analytics platform our team uses to deploy performant and reproducible models in production.
Prior to his role at MedAmerica Data Services, Nathan worked in a similar capacity for Jvion, a healthcare startup. Before data science was coined, he did ecological research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It turns out both fields have a deep love for the R language.
Nathan holds a M.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology for the University of Tennessee and a B.A in environmental studies from Vassar College.
Surinder Yadav MD
Surinder Yadav, MD, is Vice President of Hospital Medicine for Vituity. As an expert in healthcare quality, he plays a key role in the integration of physician services across the Acute Care Continuum.
Dr. Yadav received his medical degree from the University of Liverpool in England. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Baystate Medical Center, a teaching facility of Tufts University in Springfield, Mass.
He stayed on at Tufts as an associate professor and as Associate Medical Director of Hospital Medicine and Healthcare Quality. In these roles, he led the standardization of multiple quality protocols around sepsis and stroke. He also served as Chair of the hospital’s Sepsis Quality Committee and as a physician advisor for utilization, cost, and waste reduction.
Prior to joining Vituity, Dr. Yadav was a Senior Regional Medical Director for TeamHealth, overseeing multiple hospital medicine programs along the West Coast.
Zachary Tebb MD
Dr. Tebb is the Medical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at St Anthony's Medical Center. The St Anthony's Emergency Department is one of the busiest in the State of Missouri. Dr. Tebb codirected the ED Transformation Team that helped the department reach best practice goals for door-to-provider and length of stay for admitted patients. He is currently the chair of the Excellence in Emergency Care Committee at St. Anthony's.
In 2016, Dr. Tebb was awarded the Vituity Innovation Grant to support development of a secure mobile application to enable physician-directed post-discharge patient contact.
Dr. Tebb received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from Pepperdine University and was a teacher at Centro Del Muchacho Trabajador in Quito, Ecuador, before completing his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He completed his residency at Denver Health Medical Center/University of Colorado School of Medicine and is board-certified in emergency medicine.
Imamu Tomlinson MD, MBA
Imamu Tomlinson, MD, MBA, is Chief Executive Officer of Vituity. Prior to his appointment in 2017, he served as Vituity's President. As a former Regional Director of the Sequoia Region, he led the creation of one of Vituity’s first multihospital, multispecialty, integrated networks. Dr. Tomlinson also served as a member of the Vituity Board of Directors from 2014 to 2015.
Dr. Tomlinson is a former Chief of Staff for the Adventist Health Central Valley Network, where he continues to practice as an emergency physician. He previously served as Medical Director for Adventist Health's Hanford and Selma emergency departments, which received Vituity Site of the Year distinctions. Dr. Tomlinson also spearheaded an effort to create the network's Department of Emergency and Diagnostic Medicine and later served as its chair.
The Mid-Valley Emergency Nurses Association named Dr. Tomlinson Emergency Physician of the Year in 2006. He also received a Vituity Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
Dr. Tomlinson holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from St. Lawrence University and a medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. He completed his residency at Miami Valley Hospital in Ohio and is board-certified in emergency medicine. In 2012, Dr. Tomlinson earned an MBA in healthcare administration from California Coast University.
Rochelle Rock MD
Rochelle Rock, MD, is a Vituity physician partner in the emergency department at Sutter Delta Medical Center, a nationally ranked, Level II acute care facility in Antioch, Calif.
Douglas Brosnan MD, JD
Douglas Brosnan, MD, JD, is Director of Provider Relations for Vituity. He publishes and lectures frequently and previously worked as a legislative analyst. He currently serves as an editor for the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Brosnan is a trustee of the California Medical Association, where he serves on various subcommittees, including the Medi-Cal Technical Advisory Committee. He is the former president of the Placer-Nevada County Medical Society and previously served on the board of the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Brosnan completed his Bachelor of Science with honors in physiology with a minor in Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2003, he received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree in 2005 from the University of California, Irvine, where he also completed his emergency medicine residency.
Janet Young MD
Dr. Young joined Vituity in 2005. She received her medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine and completed her residency with the Stanford University/Kaiser Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Prior to her tenure as Vice President of Operations, Dr. Young served as a Regional Director, an ED Medical Director, and a Chair of Emergency Medicine. She previously served as a member of the Partner State Forum and chaired Vituity's New Partner Committee.
Deanna Rodenberg FNP-BC
Deanna Rodenberg, FNP-BC, is a Hospital Medicine Advanced Provider Lead at Memorial Hospital and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center near St. Louis. She completed her nurse practitioner training at Maryville University of St. Louis.
Brian Wagner MD
Dr. Wagner is Medical Director of Anesthesiology at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, Calif. He is a graduate of the Carver College of Medicine at University of Iowa and completed his anesthesiology residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
Michael Paige MD
Michael Paige, MD, is Vice President of Anesthesiology for Vituity. He previously served as President, Managing Partner, and Revenue/Contracting Oversight Chairman at Group Anesthesia Services, which joined Vituity as its first anesthesia practice in 2014.
Dr. Paige is board-certified in both general and pediatric anesthesia. He specializes in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia techniques.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology with research recognition from Stanford University and a medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. He completed his internship at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego and his anesthesiology residency at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also served as Chief Resident.
Dr. Paige is an attending anesthesiologist at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif., where he has practiced for the past decade.
Sofia Khan MD
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center
Providence Holy Cross Medical Center (Providence.org) is an acute care, not-for-profit facility serving both the North San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. Providence Holy Cross provides high quality specialty services and has won the Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services. The Providence Holy Cross emergency department is a level II trauma center and Paramedic Receiving Center with Chest Pain Center and ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Receiving Center designations approved by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. The ED is staffed by board-certified physicians and nursing personnel certified in advanced and pediatric advanced life support.
Anne Bruce has provided training and performance coaching for Vituity. She also serves as the Employee Development Coach for Vituity Revenue Cycle Management. Anne is a bestselling author with more than 20 books published by McGraw-Hill Publishing, New York. She considers her award-winning life-coaching book, Discover True North: A 4-Week Approach to Ignite Passion and Activate Potential (McGraw-Hill Publishing) to be one of her most "mindful" books to date. She also leads a popular Discover True North Expedition group on LinkedIn. Anne can be reached at 214-507-8242, by writing to her at Anne@AnneBruce.com, or by visiting her on LinkedIn, at Fans of Anne Bruce on Facebook, or on Twitter (@truenorthauthor).
Anne Grady is a two-time TEDx speaker and bestselling author who inspires audiences worldwide on living courageously and resiliently. Visit AnneGradyGroup.com for more information.
Robert Barandica MD
Hayley Wardrop RN, MSN
Edward Pillar DO
Edward Pillar, DO, is Director of Quality and Performance for Vituity's patient experience programs. He previously served as the Emergency Department Medical Director at Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, Calif., and chaired the Department of Emergency Medicine at Southwest Healthcare. He also served six years on Vituity’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Pillar is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He earned his osteopathic medical degree from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif., and completed his emergency medicine residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
He is cited in several research publications and has also served as a clinical instructor.
Ryan Johnston DO
Dr. Johnston is the Medical Director for the hospitalist program at Sonora Regional Medical Center in Sonora, Calif. He has been a partner with Vituity since 2012, joining after he completed his internal medicine residency through Detroit Medical Center. He attended Arizona State University for his undergraduate studies in chemistry and biology prior to completing medical school in Glendale, Ariz., at Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. During his time with Vituity, Dr. Johnston has served as the Chair of Medicine at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, Calif., and completed a year-long Hospital Medicine Administrative Fellowship in 2016.
Josh Sheridan MD, MS
Josh Sheridan, MD, MS, received a master's degree from UC Santa Cruz in environmental toxicology and then attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia for medical school. Dr. Sheridan did his residency at Loma Linda in Southern California. He is currently a Partner with CEP America, where he serves as the Emergency Department Medical Director at Sutter Delta Medical Center.
Juan Reynoso, Jr. MD
Biography coming soon.
Barbara Victor MD
Barbara Victor, MD, joined the CEP America Partnership in 1999. She has held medical directorships in the emergency departments of Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Medical Center, Garden Grove Hospital, and California Hospital. She has also served as a CEP Regional Director.
Dr. Victor completed her nursing degree at Harbor College and practiced as an emergency department nurse for eight years at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She then went on to pursue her Bachelor of Arts in biology at California State University, Long Beach. After much encouragement from her colleagues, Dr. Victor applied to medical school and attended Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Mass. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Loma Linda University.
Dr. Victor is board-certified in emergency medicine. Today, she is recognized as a provider of "Excellence in Community Service" from the City of Garden Grove.
George Stapleton MD
Maulik Shah MD
Jeff Bass MD
Jeff Bass, MD is double boarded in emergency and internal medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of California, Los Angeles and his emergency medicine program at the University of Mississippi, where he was the Chief Resident. Prior to assuming his duties as Regional Director in 2010, Dr. Bass served as the Medical Director for the Emergency Department at Natividad Medical Center in Monterey County, California. He was a key leader in the hospital's effort to regain financial health, which included increasing their department's patient volume by more than 50% in 4 years. Dr. Bass also played a key role in helping the hospital build medical staff support for many of the changes necessary for restoring the hospital's viability. His leadership in the department decreased wait times for patients from 6 hours to less than 30 minutes and patients left without being seen from 13% to less than 2%.
Penny Miller RN, MSN, FNP
Shauna Conry MD
Shauna Conry, MD, is Vituity's Director of Palliative Care. She helped develop and launch our Palliative Care Program as an Administrative Fellow.
Dr. Conry earned her medical degree from the University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine. She then completed an emergency medicine residency at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens.
She currently serves as an Assistant Emergency Department Medical Director at French Hospital Medical Center and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital.
Nathan Kuppermann MD, MPH
Katie Hesse RN, MSN, NP
Kunal Sukhija MD
Dr. Sukhija received his medical doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed his emergency medicine residency at Kaweah Delta Health Care District.
Linda Herman MD
Dr. Herman holds a Medical Doctorate from The Ohio State University and completed her residency at the University of Illinois. She is currently program director of Kaweah Delta Health Care District's emergency medicine residency.
Sergio Hernandez MD
Ian Butler MD
Erik Egsieker MD
Erik Egsieker, MD, is Emergency Department Medical Director at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore. He holds a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
Anna Heilig-Adams PA-C
Saral Patel CAA
Saral Patel, Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant, received her Master’s in Medical Sciences from Emory University in Atlanta. She currently works as a CAA at Providence Hospital, Washington, D.C. She currently serves on CEP America’s Advocacy Steering Committee. Saral is a Past President of the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants and the Maryland Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants. Saral is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants, District of Columbia Society of Anesthesiologists, District of Columbia Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants, and Maryland Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants. She has served as a member of the Committee on Perioperative Care of the American College of Surgeons as well as representing anesthesiologist assistants at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Safe Use Initiative. She is also a faculty instructor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine master's in Anesthesia Program in D.C.
Steven Zahn MD
Dr. Zahn is a Regional Director for Vituity. He also serves as ED Medical Director and directs the scribe program at Presence St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee, Ill.
Gurvinder Kaur MD
Gurvinder Kaur, MD, MHA, is an elected member of the Vituity Board of Directors and also serves as a Regional Director for the Hospital Medicine Practice Line. She has been a Vituity Partner since 2012 and has practiced clinically in the Central CA area.
Dr. Kaur has previous experience in healthcare markets research and has a vast knowledge of actuarial models of third party payors. Along with her Masters on Health and Hospital Administration, she has also served as Quality Director, Chair of Medicine, and Chief of Staff-Elect.
Ren Vitkovitsky MD
Stacie Solt MD
Stacie Solt, MD, is a partner in CEP America, currently practicing as an emergency medicine physician at San Mateo Medical Center. She is a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the San Mateo County EMS Agency as well as the San Mateo Medical Center Credentialing Committee. Dr. Solt received her bachelor of arts in Human Biology with an area of concentration in Adolescent Development from Stanford University and her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency through the Stanford University/Kaiser program in Northern California and stayed at Stanford for her fellowship in Addiction Medicine. She is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine.
Theresa Brodeur PA-C
Robert Andalon has been a scribe with CEP America since 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in business economics from University of California, Riverside.
TeeJay Rull PA-C
Michael Sequeira MD, FACEP
Michael Sequeira, MD, serves as Director of Risk Management for Vituity. He previously served as Regional Director and as an elected member of the Board of Directors.
Dr. Sequeira is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., where he graduated summa cum laude. He then earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. He completed residencies in internal and emergency medicine at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center.
He has previously served as President of the Oregon chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a board member of the California Medical Association. He currently serves as president-elect of the San Bernardino County Medical Society.
Dr. Sequeira is a clinical faculty member at the medical schools of University of California, Riverside and the Western University of Health Sciences.
Scott Whitlow DO, FAAEM
- Undergrad: North Carolina State University
- Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
- Residency: Brooklyn Hospital Center/Cornell University
- Fellowship: Emory University School of Medicine
- Visalia area highlight: Mountains!
- Kaweah ED highlight: Excellent pathology, dedicated faculty and staff
- Little known fact: I am an avid horseman
- Proudest professional achievement: The first time I helped save someone’s life.
- Special interest(s): Acute care toxicology, formulary management, systems/operations improvement
- If you knew me you’d know: I am still trying to perfect my “California voice”
- Favorite Visalia activity: Enjoying Downtown
- If I couldn’t be a physician, I’d: Run for public office
- EM residents: are the future
Wesley Fields MD, FACEP
Wesley Fields, MD, is the longest-serving member of the Vituity Board of Directors and a past board chair. He practices emergency medicine at Kaweah Delta Medical Center, where he is a core faculty member of the emergency medicine residency program. He also serves on the clinical faculty of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.
Dr. Fields is board-certified in emergency medicine. He is a graduate of the College of Creative Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara and the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
Dr. Fields has been a tireless advocate for the specialty of emergency medicine. He served as founding Chair of both the California Emergency Medicine Advocacy Fund and the national Emergency Medicine Action Fund. He reviews health policy papers for three journals.
He was recently appointed to the Steering Committee on Admissions and Readmissions of the National Quality Forum. In addition, he has held many state and national leadership positions in the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Jon Falck MD
Benjamin Frizner MD
Dr. Frizner has over 10 years' experience working in the hospital, outpatient, and skilled nursing settings. He was the Director of Hospital Medicine at Saint Agnes Hospital for four years before becoming the director of the long-term ventilator unit at FutureCare Irvington.
Kristin Gershfield MD
John C. Leal RN
John C. Leal, RN, is Nurse Manager of Kaweah Delta Urgent Care and Sequoia Prompt Care in Visalia, Calif.
Timothy Shortnacy PA-C
Timothy Shortnacy, PA-C, is an emergency medicine and urgent care Physician Assistant practicing at Kaweah Delta Health Care District in Visalia, Calif.
Laura Turk NP
Eve Traill PA-C
Andrea Kamenca MBA
Andrea is the Senior Program Manager of Telehealth for CEP America leading the operations and implementation of telehealth solutions. Previously, Andrea directed telehealth services for two large hospital systems, Dignity Health and Banner Health, and was director of implementation for a telemedicine technology vendor. Andrea has developed and deployed teleurgent care, teleradiology, image transfer solutions, secure messaging, remote patient monitoring, telepsychiatry, rural telehealth and other clinical innovation projects. Prior to her healthcare background, Andrea developed key business initiatives for a large pharmaceutical company, IBM, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and a Microsoft Solutions partner. She started and grew a small business to one of the top 7% in the US. Andrea has a post-graduate Certificate in Healthcare Informatics and Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California where she was a Simonsen Fellow.
Dianna Booher is the bestselling author of 46 books published in 27 languages. She works with organizations to improve their productivity through clear communication and with leaders to expand their influence by a stronger presence. Her personal development topics include communication, leadership, executive presence, productivity, life balance, and faith. Her latest books include What MORE Can I Say?; Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader; and Communicate With Confidence. National media such as Good Morning America, USAToday, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, CNN International, NPR, Success, and Entrepreneur have interviewed her for opinions on critical workplace communication issues. Visit Dianna on Facebook, at BooherResearch.com, by calling 817-283-2333, or on Twitter at @DiannaBooher.
Rachel Berros PA-C
Rachel Berros is a physician assistant now practicing in Pennsylvania. She graduated from DeSales University with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies and has worked in Alaska, Wyoming, Oregon, and California – all in rural to remote locations. She was a Lead PA for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Eureka, as well as Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, OR.
Brian Anderson MD
Dr. Anderson is an elected member of the Vituity Board of Directors. He is board-certified in emergency medicine and currently serves as Regional Director for the Riverside Region. He previously served as the Medical Director for Emergency Services at Desert Regional Medical Center from 2004 to 2008 and as a Regional Director in Illinois. He is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed his emergency medicine residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center.
Sarah Maurer is Managing Editor of Perspectives on the Acute Care Continuum.
Po Huang MD
We are FemInEM — an open access resource where we discuss, discover, and affect the journey of women working in emergency medicine. Through deliberate conversation and engaging dialogue, members explore a variety of issues that support the development and advancement of all women in medicine. FemInEM aims to address gender disparities in a positive way, empowering physicians of both genders. Visit us at www.FeminEM.org.
Azmat Husain MD
Christopher Wyatt MD
Luke Morris DO
Matthew Keane PA-C
Jed Grant PA-C
George Oldham MD
Craig Berlinberg MD
Craig Berlinberg, MD, is a Director of Business Development for Vituity. He previously served as President and Managing Partner at Group Anesthesia Services, which joined Vituity as its first anesthesia practice in 2014.
Dr. Berlinberg received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and earned his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is board-certified in both internal medicine and anesthesia and completed residencies at UCSF and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
He is a practicing anesthesiologist at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif.
Matthew Stilson MD
Matthew Stilson, MD, is Vituity’s Operational Vice President based in Chicago. He joined Vituity in 2005 and served as a member of the New Partner Committee. He later served as Medical Director for several Advocate Health Care emergency departments and urgent care centers, then as Regional Director.
Dr. Stilson is board-certified in emergency medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He earned his Bachelor of Science with honors in genetics from the University of California, Davis. After continuing on to medical school at the University of California, Irvine, he completed his emergency medicine residency at Advocate Christ Hospital in Chicago.
Outside Vituity, Dr. Stilson is a former board member of the California College of Emergency Medicine and a member of the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association.
Dries Van Dyk DO
Joseph Ginejko DO
Joseph Ginejko, DO joined CEP America in 2007 and currently practices clinically at Clovis Community Medical Center where he also serves as Department Chair. In addition, he is the physician lead for the Sepsis Committee and is a representative on the Quality Council and Executive Committee. Dr. Ginejko has served within CEP America as an Assistant Medical Director at Adventist Medical Center, Hanford and Medical Director at both Madera Community Hospital and Clovis Community Medical Center. Originally from the Chicago area, he completed his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. Dr. Ginejko then attended the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City to complete his osteopathic medical education. This was followed by an internship and residency in emergency medicine at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan, where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Ginejko is board-certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Emergency Medicine.
Joshua Niebruegge MD
Joshua Niebruegge, MD, is medical director of hospital medicine at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Ill.
Pascal Crosley DO
Pascal Crosley, DO, is a Vice President of Practice Development at Vituity. He joined the organization in 2005.
He holds a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from Towson University in Maryland and a medical degree from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury. He completed his emergency medicine residency at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi.
Dr. Crosley previously served as Medical Director and Chair of Emergency Medicine at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore.
He is a member of the Maryland Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Bing Pao MD
Bing Pao, MD, joined Vituity in 1999 and went on to serve as an Assistant Emergency Department Medical Director at Palomar Health in San Diego County. He currently practices at Palomar Medical Center and serves as Director of Provider Relations. In addition, he has an appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego.
After graduating with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Dr. Pao earned his medical degree from Duke University. He completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of California, San Diego. He is board-certified in emergency medicine.
Dr. Pao is active in the emergency medicine community. He is past president of the California Emergency Residency Association, a reviewer for the Journal of Emergency Medicine, and a board member for both the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (CalACEP) and the San Diego County Medical Society. In addition, Dr. Pao currently co-chairs CalACEP's Reimbursement Committee and serves on ACEP's Reimbursement Committee.
In 2005 and 2006, Dr. Pao was honored with San Diego Magazine's "Top Doc" Award.
Prentice Tom MD
Prentice Tom, MD, is Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President of Medical Affairs at Vituity. In these roles, he oversees the development and implementation of healthcare service solutions.
Prior to being appointed CIO, Dr. Tom served as Chief Medical Officer, launching patient satisfaction initiatives and developing risk management and CMS programs. He also led two of Vituity’s breakthrough initiatives, including Rapid Medical Evaluation® (RME) and emergency psychiatry. Additionally, he oversaw the development of Vituity’s palliative care program, provided executive oversight for Vituity’s administrative fellowship, and created the practice’s Clinical Education Department and CME programs.
Dr. Tom joined Vituity in 1993. He currently works as a staff physician in the emergency department at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif. Before joining Vituity, he was a faculty member at Stanford University's Department of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Tom has participated in numerous medical organizations, including the International Medical Corps (Bosnia) and Emergency International, where he served as long-term project coordinator for the China Project.
He holds a bachelor's degree in medical physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, where he cofounded the Asian Health Organization. Dr. Tom completed his residency in emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and was a Kaiser Fellow in health policy and management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Shawn Lucas MD
Shawn Lucas, MD, is an elected member of the Vituity Board of Directors. He currently serves as Anesthesiology Medical Director at the Regional Medical Center of San Jose (Calif.).
Dr. Lucas is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology. He received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Bowling Green State University and his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati.
After completing his residency at the University of California, San Francisco, he served as a clinical instructor at San Francisco General Hospital. He is a former president of Group Anesthesia Services, which affiliated with Vituity in 2014.
In addition to his work at Vituity, Dr. Lucas sits on the board of directors for Broadband Discovery Systems.
Christopher Smith MD
Edward Lew MD
Edward Lew, MD, is a board-certified emergency physician and Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University. He currently practices in the San Francisco Bay Area. Edward trained in emergency medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and completed a fellowship in medical education at Stanford. His professional interests include teaching in medicine and its intersection with technology and social media. He is leading an initiative to motivate CEP Amerca providers to embrace social media, technology, and professional collaboration. Edward is also currently a member of CEP America's New Partner Committee.
Jon Brummond PA-C, MS
Jon Brummond, PA-C, MS, has over 20 years of experience in the Emergency Medicine setting. He spent 15 of those years helping pioneer the site lead role as one of CEP America's first site leads. Jon served on the PA/NP Operations Committee helping to innovate and develop the practice of PAs and NPs within the organization for over a decade. He has been recognized for his insight with the initial RME implementation challenges for the organization with CEP's Distinguished Service Award. Before becoming a PA, Jon has had experience as an RN in the civilian world and the military. Jon has been recognized by CEP leadership and was appointed as Regional Lead PA, where he oversees more than 30 practice locations in five regions. In his current role, Jon continues to balance both clinical Emergency Medicine work while collaborating as part of a Regional Team to develop leadership and operational excellence of individuals and sites for CEP America.
R. Myles Riner MD, FACEP
Myles Riner, MD, FACEP, was a Partner with CEP America for nearly 30 years, where he served as director of provider relations and on the board of directors. Dr. Riner was also a staff physician at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, California, until retiring from clinical practice in 2009. He served as president of the California Chapter of ACEP from 2006-2007, and in 2010, he received both the ACEP Collin Rorie Award for Excellence in Health Policy and CEP America's highest honor, the Myron Wacholder Legacy Award. Dr. Riner is a physician consultant, the author of the healthcare blog The Fickle Finger (www.ficklefinger.net/blog/) and a regular contributor at KevinMD.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MylesRiner.
Diana Damron is the author of Civility Unleashed: Using Civility to Survive and Thrive in the Workplace. She is a speaker and trainer who helps healthcare organizations and businesses move from toxic to trusting. You can reach her at Diana@DianaDamron.com or visit her on LinkedIn and Facebook.
Lynda Francis NP
Joshua Bobko MD, FAAEM
Dr. Joshua Bobko is a Board Certified Emergency Physician and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Loma Linda University. He completed a fellowship in Emergency Medical Services, and is the Medical Director for the Westminster (CA) Police department. His company, Valiant Research, provides operational medical support for FBI-LA SWAT.
Recognizing the gap in traditional Emergency Medical Services, he started the non-profit FirstCareProvider.org with the goal of improving community resilience by expanding trauma education into our communities. He is a national leader in the development and implementation of multi-jurisdictional medical responses to atypical emergencies, and is a voting member on the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care. He is a national authority on high-threat civilian medicine and authored the landmark papers on pediatric casualty care. His current research includes expanding operational medicine concepts to other non-traditional populations and redefining the planning assumptions for disaster preparedness.
Donna Brackley RN, MSN,MA, NEA-BC
Master of Science, Nursing – April 2007
Master of Arts, Organizational Management – 1995
Bachelor of Arts, Health Services Administration – 1980
Nursing Diploma – 1970
Experience – Clinical/Management/Specialty Areas of Practice:
- Graduated diploma program – 1970.
- Spent first 4 years in Pulmonary/Medical Surgical Nursing, Samuel Merritt Hospital
- Became an ER nurse at Mt. Diablo Medical Center – 1974–1977
- Entered Critical Care training program at Samuel Merritt Hospital – 1977.
- Worked as staff RN 3 years.
- Assumed fist management position in 1980 as head nurse/administrative leader for cardiovascular intensive care unit until 1989.
- In 1989, recruited to be critical care director at San Ramon Regional Medical Center (Tenet) as part of the opening management team for a new hospital.
- Became Nurse Executive/Associate Administrator in 1991 with responsibility for all nursing areas, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, volunteer services.
- In 1997, recruited from within company to become Vice President, Patient Care Services for Doctor’s Medical Center, San Pablo and Pinole campuses.
- Recruited by John Muir Health April 2000 as Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services.
Greatest Satisfaction from Your Role/Profession/Career:
- There is not just one single career opportunity or experience I can name. Within every role, I have had the opportunity to learn and grow professionally. I love being a nurse and being able to try to make a difference for both patients and staff.
- As a Clinical Nurse, I enjoyed working in fast-paced departments and being able to apply knowledge combined with clinical experience.
- As a Manager, I have had the opportunity to open a new hospital, create new programs, influence organizational cultures, and develop strategies to improve nursing satisfaction and patient care.
- I was extremely honored by the nurses at Mt. Diablo Medical Center when I was presented an award as the “Nurse Executive that Dares to Care” during Nurses Week in 2003.
- In 2005, I was a finalist for the Nurse Week/Nursing Spectrum Nursing Excellence Leadership award in California.
- In 2007, I was recognized by Samuel Merritt as the “Outstanding MSN Graduate” in the Case Management program.
Hobbies or Fun Away from Work:
Gardening, reading, spending time outdoors, and vacations in warm climates.
Adventist Medical Center - Portland
Adventist Health—Portland is a faith-based, not-for-profit health care network consisting of a 302-bed medical center, 37 medical clinics and home care and hospice services in the Portland metro area. Our full-service acute care medical center provides a full range of inpatient, outpatient, emergency and diagnostic services to communities on the eastside.
El Camino Hospital
El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, with more than 300 beds, serves the Silicon Valley area. Rebuilt in 2009, the hospital’s advanced design allows us to pioneer new approaches to patient care, comfort, safety and convenience. We offer a full range of services, from primary care to mental health to the latest proven diagnostic and surgical technologies. What truly sets us apart is the dedication of our staff and volunteers, our doctors’ expertise and our commitment to community health.
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center is a state-of-the-art facility featuring the newest technology in the field of patient care (ArrowheadMedCenter.org). The Medical Center is the host to a 24-hour emergency department, Level II Trauma Center, three Family Health Centers and the only Burn Center serving San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo and Mono.
Tom Lukaszczyk MD
Tom Lukaszczyk, MD, is a Vice President for Vituity. He previously served as Regional Director and Emergency Department Medical Director at Sierra View Hospital in Porterville, Calif.
Dr. Lukaszczyk is board-certified in emergency medicine and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He earned his medical degree at the Hahnemann School of Medicine at Drexel University in Philadelphia. He then completed his residency in emergency medicine at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, Calif., and has been a Vituity Partner since 1989.
Northwest Community Hospital
Serving Chicago’s northwest suburbs since 1959, Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) is a comprehensive, patient-centered system of care that serves more than 350,000 outpatients each year, as well as nearly 30,000 inpatients treated annually at the 496-bed acute care hospital in Arlington Heights. The award-winning hospital holds the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence, is designated as a Primary Stroke Center, earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval in 2011, and was awarded the Leapfrog Group’s designation as one of the nation’s Top Hospitals based on quality and safety criteria.
Vamshidher Gankidi MBBS, MPH
About the Author
Vamshi leads the data analysis efforts as part of the Health Care Operational Intelligence (HOI) group at Aditazz. He is a medical doctor trained in public health from Yale University. At Aditazz, he integrates the clinical knowledge into building design. He works closely with software engineers, medical planners, and architects to build simulation models to provide hospital management with insights to improve their operations.
By applying automated design methodologies of the semiconductor industry, Aditazz is pushing new orders of efficiency into the health care industry. Aditazz’s proprietary software technology platform, the Aditazz Realization Platform (ARP), integrates simulation and optimization, strategic planning, design, manufacturing, and assembly into a single data-driven experience.
We work with facility owners, architects, engineers and builders to virtually plan, build and operate validated facility simulations to ensure and inform performance results.
St. Louise Regional Hospital Emergency Department
The CEP America physicians at Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy provide high-quality emergency care to patients at this acute-care hospital located in one of the fastest growing communities in the Silicon Valley area (SaintLouiseRegionalHospital.org). The ED physicians use the latest technologies while still providing the personal touch to everyone they serve.
Dawn Huong Schleif NP
David Carter PA-C
David Carter, PA-C, is the Director of Advanced Provider Operations for Vituity. In this role, he provides direction for the operational side of the advanced provider practice aligned across Vituity’s multispecialty growth strategy.
David holds a Master of Health Sciences from Duke University's physician assistant program. He joined Vituity more than 16 years ago and has worked clinically at seven different locations.
He began his career at the St. Louise Regional Hospital Emergency Department, where he later became the Advanced Provider Site Lead. He then served for five years as an Advanced Provider Regional Lead. He continues to practice in the emergency department at San Mateo Medical Center.
Outside Vituity, David is a former Director at Large for the California Academy of Physician Assistants.
Glen Grayman MD
Melissa Maranda MBA, PHR
Melissa Maranda, MBA, PHR, is the Scribe Program Manager at MedAmerica. She brings over 12 years of human resources and regulatory experience to manage the daily operations of the CEP America Scribe Program. She has a proven record of successfully implementing, staffing and supporting the company's 44 scribe programs. Her human resources expertise has helped strategically grow the program from 50 employees to over 700, as well as manage scribe training, hospital requirements and site operations.
Sanjeev Gupta MS
Sanjeev Gupta, a board member at Agnity Healthcare, Inc., is a serial entrepreneur and operations management expert. He has founded multiple software companies that have delivered more than $5B of value to their customers by helping optimize operations. Currently the CEO of Realization Technologies, Sanjeev has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi and an MS in Management & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.
Gabriella Maestas CPA
Gabriella is a Sr. Business Intelligence Consultant for MedAmerica. Prior to joining MedAmerica, she was the Program Manager for Accountable Care Organizations at John Muir Health.
Previously, Gabriella held various positions in strategy, consulting, finance and IT in the health care industry. She has led many change management initiatives including mergers and acquisitions, turn around plans and the creation of new organizations and initiatives. She has deep experience managing complex, cross-functional projects working with a broad set of stakeholders and is deeply passionate about partnering with the health care field to improve patient care.
Gabriella earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of New Mexico and is a CPA.
Dennis Tankersley PA-C, MS
Natalie Schmitz PA-C, MBA
Fred Wu MHS, PA-C
Fred Wu, MHS, PA-C, has been with Vituity since 2004. He completed his undergraduate education at The Colorado College and his graduate education at Quinnipiac University, where he graduated with honors. Fred is currently the lead PA and director of CME at Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, Calif. He also previously served on the CEP America CME Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors (vice-president) for the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA) and also chairs the education committee for SEMPA. Active in EMS for over 20 years, Fred is still involved with EMS education on several levels, including the National Park Service Parkmedic Program through the UCSF-Fresno Emergency Medicine Residency Program.
Tom Chambers PA-C, MBA
Marlene Vermeer RN, BAN, CEN
Efren Grospe RN, BSN, CEN
Jennifer Munkner MBA
As Vituity's Chief Talent Officer, Jennifer Munkner, MBA, works to ensure that our highly qualified workforce meets the needs of our growing enterprise. In this role, she develops strategies that improve recruiting and retention and promote employee development.
Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She also holds an MBA in healthcare management from the University of Phoenix.
She joined Vituity in 2000 and has worked in a variety of roles, including manager of our Credentialing and Provider Enrollment Division. She has also overseen recruiting, client services, and regional support teams.
Jeff Axten PA-C
Elizabeth O'Connor PA-C
Rob Hamilton MD, FAAEM
Rob Hamilton, MD, FAAEM joined CEP America after his independent democratic group merged with them in 2007. He continued in his role as Medical Director at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, California until he took on the role of Associate Regional Director and now Regional Director. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and is active in the local medical community. Dr. Hamilton went to medical school at the University of Colorado and completed emergency medicine residency at the University of California, San Diego. Since residency, he has practiced in a variety of practice settings and groups, and believes CEP America offers the best model of physician practice he has seen. He has been part of the CEP America Compliance Committee and Innovation and Development Group, and has particular interests in wilderness and environmental medicine and emergency department workflow. He resides in Redding, California and is always looking for opportunities to fly to other CEP America sites.
Jennifer Heil MHA, CPMSM, CPCS
Jennifer Heil joined MedAmerica in 2009. She is dual-certified as a Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) and Certified Professional in Medical Services Management (CPMSM) by the National Association of Medical Staff Services. Jennifer holds a Master of Healthcare Administration from Chapman University and a Bachelor of Science from Middle Tennessee State University.
Marie Dempster RN
Reza Vaezazizi MD, FACEP
Dawa Tarchin Phillips
Dawa Tarchin Phillips is President/CEO of Empowerment Holdings, a leadership development and consulting firm that trains hundreds of professionals every year in mindfulness-based leadership and professional skills and interventions. Dawa is also a research specialist at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UC Santa Barbara and the founder and executive director of The Institute of Compassionate Awareness (TICA). You can read more about Dawa's work at www.empowermentholdings.com, and you can email him at email@example.com or phone 805-680-3988.
Karen Sharp RN, MSN
Karen started her career at MemorialCare-Saddleback in June 2006, returning to her hometown of San Clemente from Salt Lake City, Utah, where she lived for 22 years. Karen graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University Of Utah College Of Nursing with her Bachelor of Science degree (BSN) in 1992. She later earned her Master of Science in nursing at Walden University in 2010.
Prior to her career with MemorialCare, Karen's clinical nursing experience includes medical surgical, post transplantation, ICU (cardiovascular, thoracic and shock trauma) and emergency nursing for Intermountain Health Care. Her ability to develop new programs and lead others caused her to leave bedside nursing to work in the fire service and develop a paramedic program for Sandy City Fire Department as their Medical Officer. She also served the State of Utah-Bureau of Emergency Medical Services as the State Trauma Coordinator, conducting site visits and designations for trauma centers and worked on legislative rules for the State to expand trauma services throughout the intermountain west. During that time she was able to participate with the 2002 Olympic Committee, worked as a public health nurse, educator and later trauma coordinator at University of Utah — a 900-bed academic medical center.
Currently, Karen oversees both emergency departments and thinks of it as one ED with a 14 mile hallway to provide continuity of care at both Saddleback campuses. She has been certified as an emergency medical dispatcher, emergency medical technician, paramedic, CCRN and completed firefighter certification I and II. Karen has extensive teaching experience and has taught international audiences on emergency medical dispatching, trauma and critical care nursing during her exciting career.
Thomas Sugarman MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Thomas Sugarman, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, is Secretary-Treasurer of the Alameda Contra Costa Medical Association, Co-Chair of the East Bay Safe Prescribing Coalition and a Past-President of the California chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is the Senior Director of Government Affairs for CEP America. He holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a medical degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Sugarman has been practicing emergency medicine with CEP America since 2001 and was chosen by the Sutter Delta Medical Center emergency department as Doctor of the Year in 2005.
Jim Strafford CEDC, MCS-P
Jim Strafford, CEDC, MCS-P, is principal of Strafford Consulting Services. Mr. Strafford has over 30 years experience in emergency department and other specialty documentation, coding and revenue cycle issues. Strafford Consulting provides an array of consulting services including Critical Care Review and Education. Mr. Strafford can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kim Schwab PharmD, BCPS
Kim Schwab is an emergency department pharmacist at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
Ronald A. Floyd PharmD, MS
Ronald A. Floyd, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FCCP, FASHP, FCSHP received his Doctor of Pharmacy from University of Southern California (USC) School of Pharmacy in 1974 and his master's in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in 1977. He completed his residency in clinical pharmacy in 1975 at LAC+USC Medical Center, then was the first Fellow in Clinical Pharmacokinetics at the USC School of Pharmacy, completing this in 1976. He went on to teach clinical pharmacokinetics and pulmonary pharmacotherapy for the USC School of Pharmacy at the LAC+USC Medical Center and later at the San Diego Veterans Administration Medical Center. In the private sector, Dr. Floyd has worked in many areas of pharmacy, including as a clinical research scientist in the biotech industry. He has devoted the last decade to practicing alleviation of pain at the Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns and continues his interest in biostatistics by assisting pharmacy residents and students as well as fellow pharmacists with study design and analysis. He is also serving his second term as Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board for the California Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. He has authored or coauthored over 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Of special note: his work as an electric bass player has appeared on over 15 CDs recorded by the Armadillo Scrub Band.
Greg Stratmann MD
Greg Stratmann, MD, is an attending pediatric anesthesiologist at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif., and an associate adjunct professor of clinical anesthesia at the University of California - San Francisco (UCSF). He is board-certified in pediatric anesthesiology and completed fellowships in pediatric cardiac anesthesiology and intraoperative TEE at UCSF Medical Center.
Dr. Stratmann has a research interest in the cognitive effects of general anesthesia on the developing brain. He has coauthored over a dozen papers on the subject and was lead author of a pivotal 2014 study published in the Nature journal Neuropsychopharmacology. Three of his papers have appeared with accompanying editorials, and one was the subject of a press release by Nature Publishing Group.
Margalit Gur-Arie is cofounder of BizMed. She is the architect and designer of the BizMed software and educational solutions. Prior to BizMed, Margalit was cofounder and senior vice president of operations at Physician Advantage and senior director of product management at Purkinje/Essence (both ambulatory EHR companies) and HIT consultant at SSM Healthcare.
Margalit has BSc and MSc degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. She is a leading health IT blogger and an NCQA PCMH Certified Content Expert.
Sabiha Pasha MD
Sabiha Pasha, MD, is medical director of CEP America's hospitalist program at Palomar Health in San Diego. She has practiced hospital medicine for 19 years and is board-certified in both internal medicine and hospice and palliative care. Dr. Pasha lives in San Diego and enjoys reading, hiking and yoga.
Grace Siekman PA-C
Grace Siekman, PA-C, is CEP America's PA/NP site lead at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, Ariz.
Abraham Lopez PA-C
Abraham Lopez, PA-C, is CEP America's PA/NP site lead at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West, Ariz.
Nic Curry is a project analyst with MedAmerica. Previously, he worked as a senior trainer with CEP America Scribe Services. In that role, he implemented scribe programs at eight emergency departments, developed training materials for scribes and assisted with scribe recruitment. Before becoming a trainer, he worked as a scribe at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center for two years. Nic is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in natural science.
K. Sue Hoyt PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CEN, FAEN, FAANP, FAAN
K. Sue Hoyt, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CEN, FAEN, FAANP, FAAN, works as an emergency nurse practitioner (ENP) in the Department of Emergency at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, CA—a Level II Trauma Center, and is the former director of the MEPN program at the University of San Diego. She is the co-owner of EmergeED, an education and consulting company. Dr. Hoyt served as co-editor of the Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal (which she helped create), and ENA’s Trauma Nursing Core Course Provider and Instructor manuals. After her term as ENA president, she co-edited the Emergency Nursing Core Curriculum, the official core curriculum publication from ENA.
Dr. Hoyt expanded emergency care and developed the NP role in emergency care, and is past chair of the NP Committee at ENA. She spearheaded The Delphi Study on Competencies for NPs in Emergency Care and served as the ENA representative to the work group that published Consensus Model for APRN Regulation. Her cumulative work has advanced NPs in emergency care, assisting ENA in gaining recognition of emergency nursing as a specialty by the American Nurses Association (ANA) in 2011.
Dr. Hoyt has been active in health policy and has received numerous honors/awards, some of which include:
- Special Recognition Award for passage of SB 800 – The National 9-1-1 Bill
- ENA – Kelleher & Lifetime Achievement Award
- AANP – State Award for Excellence
- CANP – NP of Distinction Award in California
- Sigma Theta Tau Award for Excellence in Nursing Clinical Practice
She has been a fellow of AANP since 2008 and served on the board as member-at-large from 2010 to 2012.
Jeffrey Frank MD, MBA
Jeffrey Frank, MD, MBA, is Vituity's Director of Quality and Performance for Hospital Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine and hospice and palliative care and is a dynamic thought leader in the field of hospital medicine operations.
Dr. Frank has led quality and utilization management programs for over 20 years and has practiced hospital medicine for 14 years. In 2005, he helped develop and launch a pioneering hospital medicine program at Doctors Medical Center–San Pablo.
Prior to joining Vituity, Dr. Frank served as Medical Director of Inpatient Case Management at John Muir Health in Contra Costa County, Calif. In that role, he helped lead multiple clinical integration and palliative care initiatives.
Dr. Frank is a current member of the Society of Hospital Medicine’s (SHM's) Practice Management Committee and previously served on its Hospital Quality and Patient Safety Committee. He lectured as an invited speaker at SHM's 2014 and 2015 annual conferences.
Dr. Frank graduated from the University of Southern California School of Medicine and completed his residency at Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif. He received his MBA from the University of Tennessee in 2011 and has advanced training in the Lean and Six Sigma methodologies.
James Kim MD
James Kim, MD, is emergency department medical director at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in Pomona, Calif.
Marlene Chism is a consultant, international speaker and author of Stop Workplace Drama (Wiley 2011). Marlene’s passion is developing wise leaders and helping people to discover, develop and deliver their gifts to the world. Marlene’s message for today’s healthcare professionals and others is spreading across the country at association meetings, corporate retreats, universities and other venues. If interested in exploring speaking or training opportunities, please call 888-434-9085.
Bonnie Carl RN, MBA
Bonnie Carl, RN, MBA has over 39 years of experience including senior hospital management, inpatient and outpatient consulting and clinical ED nursing. She has combined her nursing and management expertise with process improvement and quality improvement, capacity management, and construction engineering into a comprehensive consulting portfolio. She is a frequent speaker at national healthcare conventions on the topics of hospital throughput, ED management and physician/nurse relationships.
Lisa Bornmann PA-C
Lisa Bornmann, PA-C, is CEP America's PA/NP site lead at Rancho Springs Medical Center in California.
Kathleen Van Slyke RN, MSN
Kathleen Van Slyke, RN, MSN, is a senior practice management consultant at MedAmerica. She is the former Director of Critical Care Services of a large Central Valley medical center, where she was responsible for improving the operational function of emergency, critical care, surgical and cardiac services. She has over 25 years of clinical nursing and nursing management experience including the emergency department, trauma case management, critical care, surgical services and progressive care services. She also has experience in electronic healthcare record implementation, medical group management and developing outpatient observation units.
Pamela McCord BSN, MBA
Pamela McCord, BSN, MBA, joined CEP America in 2012 after working as an emergency department director at Sherman Hospital in South Elgin, Illinois for two years. She started her career as a cardiac nurse at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana, and later served as director of nursing for inpatient and outpatient units at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. During her career, she worked as a healthcare consultant at General Electric and has developed platforms for hospital ACOs — in the US and internationally — for Deloitte Consulting. She has also managed process improvement for major hospital systems in the United States. Pam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Indiana University and an MBA from Thomas More University in Kentucky.
Benjamin Brekke is a second-year graduate student at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California where he is studying medical statistics and health policy. He recently returned from Geneva, Switzerland, where interned at the World Health Organization and served as a representative of the International Diabetes Federation at the 67th World Health Assembly. He subsequently accepted an internship in Mexico City to work for the esteemed company El Poder Del Consumidor, which is helping Mexico lead the world in food policy. He graduated from the Claremont Colleges with a degree in neuroscience, where he won the Best Thesis Award in Science. He is an author on three scientific publications and he is currently working under CEP emergency physician Benjamin Squire on a research project examining the effectiveness of mechanical CPR versus conventional manual CPR. He was the lead scribe at the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center for three years and has been a CEP National Scribe Trainer for two years. He has implemented seven full scribe programs and contributed to the company's training material and online didactic training. He is a big fan of the culture at CEP America and hopes to return to the company as a practitioner.
Martin Ogle MD, FACEP
Dr. Ogle is a Vice President and previously served as Regional Director for CEP America. He practices at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center’s Emergency Department in Laguna Hills, CA. Dr. Ogle is a member of CEP America’s Compliance Committee and the Risk Advisory Committee. He is also a founding faculty member of CEP America’s Medical Director Academy and member and former Chair of the Board of the MedAmerica Mutual Risk Retention Group. Dr. Ogle is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the California Medical Association, and the Orange County Medical Association. He is also a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Ogle received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University-St. Louis and his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Dr. Ogle completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center and has been a CEP America Partner since 1984.
Ellis Weeker MD, FACEP
Ellis Weeker, MD, FACEP, is a founding partner of CEP America and previously served on the board of directors. He is currently the organization's Director of Leadership Development and a staff physician in the emergency department at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, California. Dr. Weeker is also a board member of the Santa Clara County Individual Practice Association. He received his Bachelor of Science from Tulane University and medical degree from Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Kaiser Medical Center and Highland General Hospital in Oakland, California. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Weeker was also a recipient of CEP America's 2005 Stewardship Award.
Kevin Riggs PA-C
Kevin Riggs, PA-C, has over 11 years experience as a physician assistant, with over six of them in the emergency medicine setting. He previously served as CEP America's first site lead PA in the Midwest, where he showed clinical expertise and led successful implementation of RME and provider-at-triage. He has been very active in the Ambassador program for new sites and established an emergency medicine rotation for PA students at MacNeal Hospital. Kevin served 10 years in the US Air Force, where he learned about the PA profession and developed his leadership skills. Kevin has been recognized by CEP America's leadership, and was appointed regional lead PA for the Midwest/East Coast, where he oversees 10 practice locations. In his current role, Kevin continues to balance both clinical emergency medicine work while collaborating as part of a regional team to develop leadership and operational excellence of individuals and sites for CEP America.
Hubert Wong MD
Hubert Wong, MD, joined CEP America in 2006 and currently practices emergency medicine at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, Calif. He holds a medical degree from the University of California – San Francisco School of Medicine.
Michael Harrington is the CEO for Practice Management at Vituity. He has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, including three with Ernst & Young and five with InfoMed Systems. Before becoming CEO in 2002, he served as Vituity's Chief Financial Officer and as a key financial advisor to medical group clients.
He has a long record of service to the American College of Emergency Physicians as a lecturer at its management conferences. He is also a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Medical Group Management Association, and American College of Healthcare Executives.
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Saint Mary's College of California and was credentialed for many years as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Tim Wagner BSIE, PMP
Tim Wagner, BSIE, PMP, is black belt trained in Six Sigma and LEAN methodologies and brings an industrial engineering perspective to the project management team. Prior to joining MedAmerica, Tim was a process improvement engineer at a large airplane manufacturing firm. His onsite hospital experience includes conducting operations assessments, facilitating LEAN process teams, implementing innovative process improvement initiatives and facilitating new contract startups.
Karrar H. Ali DO, MPH
Karrar Ali, DO, MPH, a partner at CEP America, is an attending physician in the emergency department of Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center in south San Diego. He has worked on several LEAN projects in the hospital to improve throughput and sits on the hospital length of stay committee. As a board member of the San Diego County Medical Society, he regularly meets with legislatures to advocate for physicians in California.
Nancy Carlson RN, MBA
Nancy Carlson, RN, BSN, MBA, has over 30 years of experience in nursing, nursing management, quality and patient safety. She has expertise in capacity management, reengineering workflow, risk reduction, regulatory compliance (including conducting Joint Commission Mock Surveys) and quality improvement and is passionate about improving systems to ensure safe patient care. She is an expert in her field and has spoken nationally on the topic of quality, patient safety and emergency department process improvement.
Ted Schwab is a partner in Strategy&'s health care practice. He focuses on healthcare system evolution, clinical transformation, and healthcare provider strategy. An industry leader in innovation, Ted works with clinicians, executives, and governing bodies around the country to help design the next generation of healthcare organizations. He has led efforts to create accountable care organizations using advanced care management techniques and patient-centered medical home strategies, establish and run innovation labs, and reorganize large national health insurance companies.
Jason Ruben MD
Jason Ruben, MD, serves as Vituity’s Director of Scribe Services, a program he founded in 2008.
His expertise in electronic healthcare records and physician adoption patterns supports the design, implementation, and management of Vituity’s scribe services. His writing has appeared in emergency medicine publications and blogs, and he has lectured both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Ruben attended the University of Southern California, where he earned both his bachelor’s in psychobiology and his medical degree. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at LAC+USC Medical Center, where he stayed on to serve as a clinical instructor and the Director of the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program.
He currently practices at Marin General Hospital in Marin County, Calif.
Carl Spitzer MD
Carl Spitzer, MD is a CEP America emergency physician and chief medical informatics officer at Marin General Hospital in northern California. He is also CEO and founder of Healium, a company creating advanced EMR tools that run on wearable computers.
Bonny Sorensen is a veteran healthcare finance executive and consultant with B.E. Smith. She is a strong financial leader with proven success in managing multimillion-dollar operations and implementing change initiatives that boost fiscal performance in regards to accounts receivables, interest rates and audit compliance. Her experience includes directing profit and nonprofit organizations during periods of transition, growth, turnaround and startup. During her three-year tenure as CFO of Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, the organization exceeded objectives by as much as $6.6 million, was named Best Place to Work in Las Vegas and captured the top slot for market share in the region.
Do Kim MBA
Do Kim, MBA, is a practice management consultant at MedAmerica. She is green belt certified in Lean and has served as the content expert at multiple hospital lean events. She has expertise in conducting emergency department operational assessments, facilitating ED-Hospitalist physician collaboration, and implementing process improvement best practices.
Courtenay Kohlman RN, BSN
Courtenay Kohlman, RN, BSN, is a practice management consultant at MedAmerica. She has 11 years of nursing experience in several settings, including acute care, HIV/AIDS care and palliative care. She has worked in many roles including charge RN, nursing preceptor and more recently case management. As a case manager, she focused on utilization review and patient transitions along the Acute Care Continuum. She serves as a liaison between emergency services, hospitalists, nursing, hospital administration and community resources. She builds processes and programs at client hospitals to facilitate post-acute care follow-up for patients, both with and without insurance. She has facilitated structured multi-disciplinary rounds, improved hospitalist efficiencies and created standardized processes for arranging post-acute follow-up for uninsured patients.
Beena Patel DrPH, MPH
Beena Patel, DrPH, MPH strives to improve the quality of care and delivery through patient-centered innovations. She is a recent graduate of the Health Policy and Management Ph.D program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation on the implementation of the West Los Angeles HPACT has been recognized nationally and replicated as a best practice across the country. She continues to be an active researcher, and her work is dedicated to the heroes of our nation who find themselves homeless in an effort to give them a voice.
Shaun Partlow PA-C
Shaun Partlow, PA-C, oversees advanced provider education and leadership development at Vituity. She currently practices in the emergency department at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Calif.
After completing her undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University, Shaun graduated from the PA program at the UC Davis School of Medicine in 1999.
Shaun was a member of the national Disaster Medical Assistance Team from 2001 to 2015. In this role, she deployed to New Orleans in 2005 to assist with the response to Hurricane Katrina. She currently serves as the Team Leader for her local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Christina Palombo RN, CPHQ
Christy Palombo, RN, CPHQ, has over 30 years of experience in nursing, nurse management, emergency department management, patient safety and risk management. She has a proven record of introducing innovative patient-oriented assessment and treatment systems, documenting and tracking quality outcomes, building cross-trained, cohesive teams, and improving both patient and family satisfaction.
Ted Kloth MD, FACEP
Dr. Kloth is the former Chief Business Officer of CEP America. In this role, Dr. Kloth put CEP America’s practice model in front of a national audience of hospital administrators, and successfully demonstrated its value across hospital sizes, settings, and systems. A tireless advocate for democratic practice with a realist’s worldview, Dr. Kloth’s expertise in emergency physician group integration ensured a smooth transition for new emergency physicians into the CEP America culture and organizational structure. For the past 29 years, Dr. Kloth has also worked as a staff physician at the John Muir Medical Center emergency department in Walnut Creek, CA. Dr. Kloth joined CEP America in 1976 and served as Chairman of the Board from 2003 to 2006. He obtained his MD degree from Tulane University and is an American Board of Emergency Medicine Diplomat, a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical society, a member of the AMA and AOA, and an American College of Emergency Physicians Fellow.
Matt Sartain MBA
Matt Sartain, MBA, director of healthcare consulting for MedAmerica, has over 20 years of experience in healthcare consulting with an emphasis in acute settings. He has developed and implemented several programs that have greatly improved the financial and operational performance of clients' emergency departments, inpatient hospitalist practices and urgent and post-acute care centers. Matt's background includes hospital administration, regulation, quality/risk management and operations.
Kevin Kruse is a New York Times bestselling author and speaker on the topic of leadership and engagement. Want to explore more ways to drive leadership and HCAHPS scores in your health system? Connect with Kevin at KevinKruse.com.
Jeffery J. Leinen MD, FACEP
Jeffery J. Leinen, MD, FACEP, is a Regional Director for CEP America and currently practices emergency medicine at Mercy General Hospital. He completed medical school at the University of Texas and emergency medicine residency at the University of Chicago. Dr. Leinen served as CMO for Valley Emergency Physicians from 2004 to 2006 and was actively involved in building and opening The Hospital at Westlake Medical Center in Austin, Texas. He served as medical director from 2006 to 2012 at Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, California, which earned HealthGrades Emergency Medicine Excellence Awards in 2008, 2009 and 2010, as well as a CEP America Distinguished Site Award in 2010. Dr. Leinen has been an oral board examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine since 2004, on the Hospital Based Practice Board for CMA since 2010 and joined the California ACEP Board of Directors in 2013.
Michael L. Harrington MBA, MA
Michael L. Harrington, MBA, MA, has served in key leadership positions for some of the largest healthcare systems in the United States. Mr. Harrington was the Chief Operating Officer for the Cape Fear Valley Health System and Sarasota Memorial Health Care System as well as the Chief Executive Officer for Bon Secours St. Joseph Healthcare Group.
Michael Aratow MD
Michael Aratow, MD, is a practicing emergency physician and chief medical information officer at San Mateo Medical Center. He is also the director of medical informatics for CEP America. As a physician and medical informatics expert, Dr. Aratow has helped implement emergency department information systems and outpatient ambulatory electronic medical records for general and specialty clinics that collectively see about 250,000 annual visits. Dr. Aratow received his bachelor's in biology, cum laude, from University of California, Irvine and his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine. He completed a surgical internship at University of California, San Francisco and his emergency medicine training at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital in Chicago. He also completed an orthopedic research fellowship at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and was a research consultant at NASA's Ames Research Center in basic physiology and virtual environment projects. Dr. Aratow is active in 3D computer graphics standards activities, especially as it relates to 3D medical images.
Drew Fuller MD, MPH, FACEP
Drew Fuller, MD, MPH, FACEP, is the Director of Safety Innovation for Emergency Medicine Associates (EMA) in Germantown, Maryland, which serves 11 distinct health systems in the Mid-Atlantic region. He is currently leading the national initiative for Safer Sign Out, which aims to strengthen physician handoff communication in high-risk environments. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation (EMPSF) and is a past Chairman of the College of Emergency Physician's Section on Quality Improvement & Patient Safety (QIPS).
Chris Clark MPA, PA-C
Chris M. Clark, MPA, PA-C is a physician assistant with CEP America practicing in the Riverside Community Hospital emergency department. In January of 2010, he transitioned from site Lead Physician Assistant to Regional Lead Physician Assistant for CEP America. He currently splits his time working clinical shifts in the ED and assisting with physician assistant and nurse practitioner operations for CEP America. He holds a Master of Physician Assistant from Loma Linda University.
Mark Spiro MD, FACEP
Dr. Spiro is the President of CEP America. A life-long emergency physician, he became Chief Operations Officer of CEP America in 1998, transitioning to the role of President in 2009. As President, Dr. Spiro manages the legal, financial and external affairs of the Partnership, with a particular focus on malpractice issues, compliance, provider wellness, and interfacing with external organizations.
John G. Holstein
Al'ai Alvarez MD
Al’ai Alvarez, MD graduated from University at Buffalo School of Medicine, and subsequently trained at the Jacobi/Montefiore Emergency Medicine Residency in Bronx, NY. He is a Partner at CEP America and works as an emergency physician at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where he also serves as the Quality Improvement Education Director. Dr. Alvarez is also a Clinical Instructor for the Stanford University Emergency Medicine Residency, where he received an “Outstanding Bedside Teaching Award” in 2011.
Katherine Ahern MIMS
Katherine Ahern, MIMS, holds a master’s degree in Information Management and Systems from the School of Information at UC Berkeley, where she was a recipient of the Chen Award in 2008 for her work demonstrating usability and data capture for physician clinical notes (that research is available at http://www.ischool.berkeley.edu/programs/masters/projects/2008/md-notes). Previous to her current position as a data analyst at MedAmerica, she was a research and development engineer at UC Berkeley, and a software developer for a company providing Medicaid reimbursement services for school-based health. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy with college and departmental honors from UC Santa Cruz
Amina Martel MD
Amina Martel, MD is medical director of the hospital medicine program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California. She holds a BA in Biology from Boston University and an MD from St. George’s University School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at Cook County Hospital. Dr. Martel joined CEP America (then Galen) in 2004.
Patrick Green has been involved in healthcare leadership since 1985 and currently serves as the Executive Director of Heart and Vascular Services at DeKalb Medical in Atlanta. More can be read about him at his blog: www.3rsofsuccess.com.
Bruce Friedburg MD
Bruce Friedberg, MD received his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University (Syracuse). Dr. Friedberg had additional Emergency Medicine training at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science and is currently a Partner with CEP America.
Brian Bearie MD
Wesley Curry MD, FACEP
Dr. Curry is the Chief Executive Officer of CEP America, responsible for implementing the strategic direction and vision for the company. Dr. Curry joined CEP America in 1982 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1992. Since becoming CEO in 2000, Dr. Curry has overseen the growth of CEP America from 35 practice locations to the more than 100 that exist today. He has been a visionary for the organization, embracing information technology as a management tool and envisioning the multi-state, multi-specialty Partnership that exists today. Through his tireless work, CEP America has evolved from a regional emergency medicine group to a national physician group dedicated to caring for patients across the acute care continuum. In addition to his role as CEO, Dr. Curry works as a staff physician at the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center emergency department in Pomona, CA, where he has practiced since 1980. He is a member of the California Medical Association and the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, where he served as president from 1989 to 1990. Originally from Dallas, Dr. Curry received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. He received his medical degree from Harvard University Medical School in Boston, MA, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco Hospital and Medical Center.
Barbara Katz has been working exclusively with Emergency Medicine physicians since 1991. Founding The Katz Company EMC in July of 2001 with the purpose of providing expert recruitment and consulting services to the Emergency Medicine arena, she has provided extensive educational opportunities to the specialty’s national population of residents. Well known for her informative, and often provocative monthly column running in Emergency Medicine News from January of 2006 to December, 2012, she began her writing career with “The Katz Report” column that ran in Emergency Physicians’ Monthly for 10 years. Starting in January of 2013, Barb is contributing a quarterly column “The Career Report” to ACEP News. She created the training seminar “Effective Job Searching” conducted at residency programs around the country. A featured speaker for EMRA, AAEM Scientific Assembly, Academy of Family Practitioners, among others, Ms. Katz was afforded the honor of contributing a chapter to the AAEM textbook, “Rules of The Road,” as the only non-physician faculty author. She has been faculty for ACEP Scientific Assembly since 2008. As well as for the Resident’s Section of AAEM at their Scientific Assembly in 2009 and 2010, and presented two programs at the VA ACEP Leadership Conference in Williamsburg in May of 2012. More information about Barbara Katz and the The Katz Company can be found at www.thekatzcompanyinc.com.
Mark Talavera MD
Mark Talavera, MD serves as CEP America’s Vice President for Hospital Medicine, playing a key role in the integration of physician services across the acute care continuum. A specialist in pulmonary and critical care medicine, Dr. Talavera received his Medical Degree from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine and completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Los Angeles/Harbor UCLA Medical Center. During this time, Dr. Talavera studied health services at the UCLA School of Public Health. Dr. Talavera has an extensive background in hospitalist group management and most recently served as Vice President of Healthcare Services at AppleCare Medical Group based in Southern California. He is a practicing pulmonologist/intensivist and hospitalist at CEP America sites.
Steven Larsen MD
Steven Larsen, MD, received his medical degree from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine and is currently a Partner with CEP America.
Patti Papeleux serves as Chief Operations Officer for Practice Management at Vituity. In this role, she oversees many key areas of the enterprise, including practice management, program development, and continuing education.
Her areas of expertise include governance, risk management, insurance, and healthcare operations. She was instrumental in the creation of The Mutual Risk Retention Group and served as its director for 17 years.
Patti holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Colorado College and studied management at California State University, Sacramento. Prior to joining Vituity in 1987, she worked as a risk manager for UC Davis Medical Center.
Phillip Silverstein MD
Phillip Silverstein, MD, received his medical degree from Upstate Medical University/College of Health Professions. He currently works as an emergency physician at Memorial Hospital Los Banos, where he also serves as the Emergency Department Assistant Medical Director.
Daniel Schmid is the former Editor of Perspectives on The Acute Care Continuum. He has been a researcher and writer for Managing Uncertainty, a strategic forecasting journal available to Fortune 500 clients. He is a graduate of The National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C and has published stories broadcast on National Public Radio. He co-founded the Golden Gate Skin Institute, LLC and served on the Board of Directors for SteppingStone Health for 7 years. He received his undergraduate degree from UCSD and an MPA from the University of Southern California.
Marc Taub MD, FACEP
Marc Taub, M.D., F.A.C.E.P. , is the Chief of Staff and Emergency Department Medical Director at the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center - Laguna Hills and San Clemente campuses. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Southern California and completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of California, San Diego. and served as Medical Director and Chairman of South Coast Medical Center Emergency Department for nearly ten years. Dr. Taub has worked with C.E.P.A. on numerous projects as a senior partner, including development of the Balanced Scorecard, emergency department documentation, physician wellness, aviation-based team training, and Lean.
Denise Anderson PA-C
Denise Anderson, PA, received her Physician Assistant degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA. She currently works as a PA at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
William Mostow MD, FACEP
Dr. William Mostow, MD, FACEP is the ED Medical Director at Banner Del Webb Medical Center. He earned his Medical Degree from Northwestern University at the Feinberg School of Medicine.
Moli Steinert has served as SteppingStone's Executive Director since June of 2009. She previously served as the Program Director of our Mission Creek Day Health Center. Prior to joining SteppingStone, Moli was Executive Director of openhouse where she led efforts to give lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults better access to aging services as well as securing the first senior-housing for LGBT low income seniors in San Francisco. She has over 25 years of nonprofit management and development experience, having worked with numerous human service organizations, and is a graduate of The University of California Davis, in Applied Behavioral Sciences. Moli is a Mayoral appointee to San Francisco’s Long Term Care Coordinating Council and on the Board of Directors of the California Association for Adult Day Services (CAADS).
True McMahan MD
Dr. McMahan is the QI Director and Medical Director-elect at Garden Grove Medical Center. She earned her Medical Degree at the Baylor College of Medicine and completed her Residency at UCLA Medical Center. She is a CEP America Partner and a CPAC member.
Carladenise A. Edwards PhD
Carladenise Edwards, PhD is the President & CEO of The BAE Company, LLC, a healthcare consulting firm that focuses on helping organizations build strong strategic business plans and the leadership required to for successful execution. Dr. Edwards has worked in health care as a public official and private sector consultant. Her consulting practice extends to private, public, and non-profit entities seeking to change, evaluate or adopt new strategies and business models. She is currently working with CEPAmerica as a business development consultant.
Sam Jones RN, BSN
Sam Jones, RN, BSN, is Director of Emergency Services at Mercy Hospital in Roseburg, Oregon.