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10 Surgery Center Industry Leaders to Know

Written by Rachel Fields | January 18, 2013

Here are 10 surgery center industry leaders who impact the outpatient community with their medical work, company leadership or facility administration.

1. Brian Cole of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. Brian Cole, MD, MBA, is a professor in the department of orthopedics at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is also the head of the Orthopedics Master's Program and section head of the Cartilage Restoration Center at Rush. He has been the chairman of surgery at Rush Oak Park Hospital since 2011.  Dr. Cole is an international lecturer and has developed several techniques for shoulder, elbow and knee treatments. He has published more then 1,000 articles and five textbooks on orthopedics.

2. Susan Charkin of Healthcenters. Susan Charkin, MPH, is the founder and president of Healthcents, a Salinas, Calif.-based medical provider contracting company, where she helps healthcare providers and ambulatory surgery centers negotiate favorable reimbursements and contracts with HMOs, PPOs, worker's compensation organizations and other payors. She brings to her company more than 15 years of experience in senior contracting positions with major commercial payors, including Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California and Aetna.

3. Holly Carnell of McGuireWoods. Holly Carnell is an associate with the McGuireWoods law firm in Chicago, where her practice focuses on corporate healthcare transactional work and regulatory matters. Ms. Carnell works largely with healthcare systems, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to counsel them on compliance matters and transaction structures. She is well-versed in HIPAA privacy rules, the HITECH Act and electronic health record legal issues.

4. Dotty Bollinger of Laser Spine Institute. Dotty Bollinger currently serves as COO of Laser Spine Institute, a leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. She first joined LSI in 2008 as vice president of quality and compliance. As COO, Ms. Bollinger has established processes and procedures that have improved the efficiency of care at LSI facilities, including its surgical centers in Tampa, Fla., Scottsdale, Ariz., Philadelphia and Oklahoma City.  She is also responsible for overseeing medical operations at LSI and played an instrumental role in the implementation of electronic health records.

5. Dr. David Abraham of Reading Neck & Spine Center. David Abraham, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, is a physician at the Reading Neck and Spine Center in Wyomissing, Pa. He offers operative and nonoperative surgical care as well as post-surgical services for spine patients. Dr. Abraham completed his undergraduate education at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and his medical education at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He also completed a surgical internship and an orthopedic surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Abraham completed a spine surgery fellowship in Detroit, Mich.

6. Dr. Robert Bray, Jr., of DISC Sports & Spine Center. Robert S. Bray, Jr., MD, is the founder and CEO of DISC Sports & Spine Center in Marina del Rey, Calif. His clinical interest is in minimally invasive spinal procedures, and he has performed more than 10,000 spine surgeries throughout his career. Prior to founding DISC, Dr. Bray founded The Institute for Spinal Disorders at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He also served as director of neurosurgery and headed spinal programs at St. John's Medical Center, Century City Hospital and Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital. Since DISC's opening in 2006, it has become the official provider of medical care for U.S. Olympic athletes and Red Bull North America athletes, as well as the Los Angeles Kings. The practice opened a second surgery center in Orange County in 2012.

7. Joe Macies of AmkaiSolutions. Joe Macies is director, president and CEO of AmkaiSolutions, a healthcare software developing company, a position he has held since 2009. Mr. Macies has held senior leadership positions at companies, including Spielo Gaming International and W-Technologies. He has also served as a senior client partner at consulting firms Accenture and Unisus. Mr. Macies is a certified management consultant and certified management accountant and received a master's degree in business administration from York University.

8. Dr. Paul Slosar of SpineCare Medical Group. Paul Slosar, MD, is a spine surgeon and president of SpineCare Medical Group and the group's non-profit research arm, the San Francisco Spine Institute, a position he has held since 2007. Dr. Slosar's previous leadership appointments at SpineCare Medical Group include assistant director of surgical fellowship and surgical research for the San Francisco Spine Institute.

9. Curtis Rooney of The Healthcare Supply Chain Association. Curtis Rooney is president of The Healthcare Supply Chain Association, a healthcare trade organization that focuses on healthcare cost control. Mr. Rooney has served as president of HSCA, formerly known as the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association, for six years. HSCA recently publicly expressed its support of generic drug user fees. The FDA began collecting the fees Oct. 1. The fees will help ensure the FDA has the ongoing ability to approve effective and affordable generic medications.

10. Becky Mann of Houston Orthopedic Surgery Center. Becky Mann is the director of Houston Orthopedic Surgery Center in Warner Robins, Ga. Ms. Mann came to Houston Orthopedic in May 2007 and was involved in the development of the center. Ms. Mann has been working in the medical industry for 38 years in surgery or in post-surgical care. The surgery center added an additional orthopedic surgeon in 2011 and had an AAAHC survey the Monday after Thanksgiving, receiving a three-year accreditation. She says the staff has also updated the center's 4010 and 5010 claims forms, and they are in the process of attending courses regarding ICD-10.

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