FierceHealthcare has assembled a team of leading healthcare industry experts and executives to serve as advisors to FierceHealthcare and its related publications. This diverse panel of thought leaders will share their first-hand experience in a broad range of healthcare settings along with insights on the latest industry news and trends. The board will advise our editors on a range of topics--from running a hospital to navigating accountable care models and payment reform to improving clinical quality and more.
Ninfa M. Saunders
Ninfa M. Saunders
President and CEO
Central Georgia Health System / Medical Center of Central Georgia
Ninfa M. Saunders is president and CEO of Central Georgia Health System and The Medical Center of Central Georgia, a nonprofit trauma center based in Macon. With a doctorate in healthcare administration, she was recently appointed as dean's professor at the Mayers School of Business at the University Sciences of Philadelphia. She is also a distinguished faculty at Emory University in Atlanta and associate professor at Rutgers University, N.J.
George N. Miller
George N. Miller, Jr.
Okmulgee Memorial Hospital
George N. Miller, Jr., is CEO at 66-bed Okmulgee (Okla.) Memorial Hospital, where he created a new management structure, improved accountability in clinical, support and administration and implemented new guest services. He is a commissioner in the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and adjunct professor at Central Michigan University. Previously, he was CEO at Community Mercy Health Partners based in Springfield, Ohio, senior vice president at Catholic Healthcare Partners in Cincinnati, Ohio, and CEO at Provena St. Mary's Hospital in Kankakee, Ill.
Raymond Hino, MPA, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Palm Drive Health Care Foundation
Raymond Hino is CEO of Palm Drive Health Care Foundation in Sebastopol, California. He was previously the CEO of Bear Valley Community Healthcare District. Previously, he was a board member of the Health Research & Education Trust and the CEO of the Mendocino Coast District Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Fort Bragg, Calif., and the CEO and administrator for Tehachapi (Calif.) Valley Healthcare District. Hino currently serves as the chair of the California Critical Access Hospital Network, an association of 32 critical access hospitals. He is a contributor to FierceHealthcare's Hospital Impact.
Jeremy Tucker, D.O.
MedStar St. Mary's Hospital
Jeremy Tucker, D.O., is the medical director of the emergency department at 103-bed MedStar St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, Md., as well as a partner at Medical Emergency Professionals (MEP), a Germantown, Md.-based physician-owned emergency medicine group, which has six facilities in Maryland and one in Bristol, Conn. In addition to his role as medical director, he oversees utilization, patient experience and provider education for MEP and serves on its risk management committee.
James Merlino, M.D.
Chief Experience Officer
James Merlino, M.D., is the chief experience officer of the Cleveland (Ohio) Clinic health system, where he leads initiatives to improve the patient experience, as well as physician-patient communication, referring physician relations and employee engagement. He is also a practicing staff colorectal surgeon at its Digestive Disease Institute and co-chair of the Cleveland Clinic Diversity Council. He is also the founder and current president of the nonprofit Association for Patient Experience.
Kent Bottles, M.D.
Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health
Kent Bottles, M.D., teaches health policy and payment reform at The Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health in Philadelphia. Previously, he was the vice president and chief medical officer of 7-hospital Iowa Health System based in West Des Moines, a president and CEO of an educational and research collaborative in Grand Rapids, Mich., president and CEO of an evidence-based medicine healthcare consortium in Minneapolis and president and chief knowledge officer of a genomics bio-tech start-up company in Cambridge, Mass. He also writes for Hospital Impact and other popular healthcare blogs.
President and CEO
Windsor Regional Hospital
David Musyj is the president and CEO of Windsor Regional Hospital. Based in Ontario, Canada, the hospital has won numerous awards under his leadership, including the Leading Practice Award, for reducing its MRI wait times, and the People's Choice Innovation award – both from the Ontario Hospital Association. Musyj is also a contributing blogger for Hospital Impact.
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Sheila Johnson, R.N.
Director of Clinical Services
Sheila Johnson, R.N., is the director of clinical services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, a six-hospital system headquartered in Lebanon, N.H. She serves as the clinical resource for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Pioneer ACO Program, three commercial ACOs and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Wellness Plus care coordination program. Previously, she served as the clinical administrator for the CMS Physician Group Practice Demonstration and Transition Demonstration project.
Mark Callahan, M.D.
Mount Sinai Care
Mark Callahan, M.D., is the CEO and board chairman of Mount Sinai Care, an accountable care program housed at Mount Sinai, a 1,171-bed hospital in New York City. He serves as the chief medical officer and associate dean for excellence in clinical care at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Previously at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, he was the chief of outcomes and effectiveness research and director of outcomes research for the New York Presbyterian Healthcare Network.
Brian Harte, M.D.
South Pointe Hospital
Brian Harte, M.D., is president of South Pointe Hospital, a 173-bed acute care, community teaching hospital in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, and part of the Cleveland Clinic Health System. He is also the medical director of the medical operations department of business intelligence and former chairman of the department of hospital medicine. He specializes in perioperative care and hospital-based medical illnesses. He is a senior fellow of hospital medicine with the Society of Hospital Medicine.
Chief Administrator Officer
Cape Coral Hospital
Scott Kashman is the chief administrator officer of Cape Coral (Fla.) Hospital, a 291-bed community hospital, part of Lee Memorial Health System. He is also responsible for the system's two wellness & fitness centers. He previously served as CEO at Ascension Health's St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City. He is also a contributor to the Hospital Impact blog.
Frank D. Byrne
Frank D. Byrne, M.D.
St. Mary's Hospital
Frank Byrne, M.D., is president of St. Mary's Hospital, a 440-bed hospital in Madison, Wisc., where he helped complete a $182-million expansion, the transition to an electronic health record and the opening of a free-standing satellite emergency center. He is also a contributor to the Hospital Impact blog.
President and CEO
Fairfield Medical Center
Mina Ubbing is the president and CEO of Fairfield Medical Center, a 222-bed acute care hospital in Lancaster, Ohio. She is involved in marketing, wellness and strategic planning and is a chair of the board of trustees at the Ohio Hospital Association. She previously taught health administration at Ohio University Lancaster.
William K. Cors
William K. Cors, M.D.
Chief Medical Quality Officer
Pocono Health System
William K. Cors, M.D., is the chief medical quality officer for Pocono Health System, a network based in East Stroudsburg, Pa., that includes the 231-bed Pocono Medical Center and several outpatient facilities. He is the former vice president of medical staff services for Danvers, Mass.-based consultancy The Greeley Company, where he guided hospitals on leadership and governance; credentialing, privileging and peer review; and management of medical staff conflicts.
OSF Ambulatory/Accountable Care Services
Robert Sehring is the CEO of ambulatory and accountable care services at OSF HealthCare System, an eight-hospital system in Peoria, Ill., where he works with CMS and managed care payers in population health management in the Pioneer ACO Program. Previously, he was CEO of OSF HealthPlans, general manager of the Aetna office in St. Louis and regional executive for New York Life/NYLCare Health Plans in New York City.
Jesse M. Pines
Jesse M. Pines, M.D.
Center for Health Care Quality
Jesse M. Pines, M.D., is the director of the Center for Health Care Quality and associate professor of emergency medicine and health policy at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. His research focuses on emergency department operations and clinical care. Pines wrote two books on evidence-based diagnostics and visual diagnosis for emergency care and is a regular contributor to both peer-reviewed journals and popular media outlets.
Gaurov Dayal, M.D.
President - Health Care Delivery, Finance & Integration/Executive Vice President
SSM Health Care
Gaurov Dayal, M.D., is the president of Health Care Delivery, Finance & Integration/Executive Vice President at SSM Health Care, an 18-hospital system based in St. Louis, where he assists in creating integrated health-delivery systems, developing physician leadership, overseeing SSM's Patient Safety and Quality Center and clinical decision support departments. He previously served as senior vice president and chief medical officer for the Rockville, Md.-based Adventist HealthCare.
Imran A. Andrabi
Imran A. Andrabi, M.D.
Senior Vice President
Mercy Health Partners
Imran A. Andrabi, M.D., is a family physician and senior vice president and chief physician executive officer for Mercy Health Partners, a seven-hospital system in Toledo, Ohio. He oversees an employed physician group of more than 300 doctors and other providers, research and academics, clinical quality and safety, and clinical integration.