10 ASC company leaders to know

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Here are 10 leaders of companies serving the ambulatory surgery center industry. The following leaders will be speaking at the 12th Annual Spine, Orthopedic and Pain Management-Driven ASC Conference + The Future of Spine.

If you would like to recommend a leader for this list or for future lists of ASC industry leaders please contact Carrie Pallardy at cpallardy@beckershealthcare.com.

Chris Bishop is a partner and senior vice president of acquisitions and business development with Blue Chip Surgery Center Partners. Mr. Bishop's responsibilities include acquisitions and turnarounds, new surgery center ventures, organizing hospital joint ventures and growing case volume and revenue at Blue Chip ASCs. Prior to joining Blue Chip, Mr. Bishop was a vice president with Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. Mr. Bishop earned his bachelor of science degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.  

Danny E. Bundren is vice president of acquisitions and development at Symbion. He has more than 25 years of experience in financial management and extensive experience with physician relationships. Prior to his work with Symbion, Mr. Bundren served as a CFO in the telecommunications field. He also has experience in a senior management position with a national accounting firm. Mr. Bundren earned his bachelor's degree in accounting, master's degree in business administration and doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Margaret Chappell, MS, BSN, RN, CASC, is a senior vice president of operations at Ambulatory Surgical Center of America. Ms. Chappell has more than 25 years of experience in the ASC industry in areas including risk management, administration and operations. Ms. Chappell has also consulted in the development, expansion and remodel of multiple surgery centers.

Robin Fowler, MD, is the chairman and medical director of Interventional Management Services. Dr. Fowler is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician. He serves as the medical director of the Interventional Spine and Pain Management Center. He created Interventional Management Services to operate and manage ISPM and other related entities. Dr. Fowler completed his residency and fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta.

Nap Gary is the COO of Regent Surgical Health. In this role, Mr. Gary oversees all operations and physician relations at Regent's centers. He is also president of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association board of directors. He has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare field, including work as senior vice president and corporate counsel for HealthSouth Corporation. Mr. Gary also served 14 years at the law firm Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker.
Mr. Gary completed his bachelor's degree at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and earned his law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Christy Heald is senior vice president of business development at Surgery Partners. Ms. Heald led the formation of the company's business development team in 2007. Following a merger with NovaMed in 2011, Ms. Heald integrated the two company's departments and built a plan to support future growth. She now oversees all corporate development activities, such as physician recruitment, syndication, de novo development, joint ventures and acquisitions. Ms. Heald has more than 11 years of experience in the healthcare field. She holds degrees in finance and marketing from Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., and a degree in econometrics from Oxford University.

Luke Lambert is the CEO of Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. Mr. Lambert joined ASCOA in 1997 as its CFO and became CEO in 2002. He has extensive experience in finance, strategy and operations. He has worked for Booz, Allen & Hamilton and Ernst & Young. He has also worked for Smith Barnet in international sell side equity research. Mr. Lambert earned his MBA from the Columbia Graduate School of Business in New York and was one of the first to earn the CASC designation in 2002.

Michael J. Lipomi is the president and CEO of Surgical Management Professionals. Mr. Lipomi has more than 30 years of experience in hospital and ASC management. Prior to joining SMP, he has been CEO of Stanislaus Surgical Hospital in Modesto, Calif., and president of RMC MedStone. Mr. Lipomi earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Ottawa and his master of science in health administration degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Thomas Michaud is the chairman and founder of Foundation Surgery Affiliates. Mr. Michaud has served as COO and CFO of a surgery center management company and been a partner of a local CPA firm. He founded Foundation Surgery Affiliates in 1996. He completed his bachelor's degree in accounting at Boston College and earned his CPA certificate while working with international accounting firm Ernst & Young. In his current position, Mr. Michaud markets Foundation to potential physician partners, develops new markets for the company and focuses on strategy and planning.

Amy Mowles is president and CEO of Mowles Medical Practice Management. Ms. Mowles focuses on guiding ambulatory surgery centers and physician practices through the regulatory, licensing, certification and accreditation processes. She has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, including expertise in physician practice management, payer relations and physician practice marketing. She has a particular expertise in pain management-driven ASCs. She earned her degree from the University of California, Irvine.  

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