100 ASC industry physician leaders to know

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Physicians are the founding force and backbone of the ambulatory surgery center industry. Here are 100 physicians who have made an impact on the ASC industry through leadership at individual centers, creating companies, founding ASCs and advocating for surgery centers across the country.

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Charles Adelmann, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist, is the medical director of the Merritt Healthcare-affiliated Surgical Center of Connecticut in Bridgeport. Dr. Adelmann is a physician partner of Southview Medical Associates. He spent the last three years with this ASC physician partners to develop and expand the Surgical Center of Connecticut.

Charlie Agnone, MD, FACS, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and a founding member of Marysville (Ohio) Surgical Center. Dr. Agnone is also on the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association board of directors.

James Andrews, MD, is a founding member of the Andrews Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center in Gulf Breeze, Fla. Dr. Andrews is also a founding member of Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center, which has locations in Birmingham, Hoover and Pelham, Ala. Throughout his career, Dr. Andrews has mentored more than 300 fellows in orthopedic and primary care sports medicine through the ASMI Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.

Joseph Banno, MD, is founder and co-owner of Peoria (Ill.) Day Surgery Center. He has been associated with Peoria Urological Associates for more than 30 years and serves as a clinical instructor of urology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Over the past few years, Dr. Banno has been involved in developing the world's first mobile ambulatory surgery center.

John W. Barnard Jr., MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician. He practices with the Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia in Lynchburg. Dr. Barnard focuses on knee surgery, shoulder surgery, sports medicine and pediatrics. He is also a physician-owner of The Surgery Center of Lynchburg (Va.).

James Bee, MD, a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, performs procedures at The Orthopaedic and Spine Center of Southern Colorado in Colorado Springs. The surgery center is a collaboration between Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group and Pinnacle III. Dr. Bee focuses on cervical and lumbar spine surgery, musculoskeletal oncology, scoliosis and spine trauma.

Michael Berend, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon with Indiana Specialty Surgery Center in Bloomington. Dr. Berend is also a part of the Franciscan Physician Network, based in Mooresville, Ind. He has completed fellowships in joint replacement surgery and sports medicine.

Stacey Berner, MD, is the president and a full-time principal of SurgCenter Development, which operates 70 facilities and has 24 projects under development in 19 states across the country. Dr. Berner is an orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgeon. Prior to joining SurgCenter Development, he held several leadership roles including medical director of the Hand Centers at Carroll Hospital Center and Northwest Hospital Center in Maryland.

Robert Boeglin, MD, is the board president of the Midwest Eye Institute in Indianapolis, a position he has held since 1997. He has been an active lecturer at the American Academy of Ophthalmology national conference and received the AAO Achievement Award in 2002. Dr. Boeglin also co-founded Health Venture Management, a company that develops and oversees ASCs formed by physicians and IU Health.

Robert S. Bray Jr., MD, a board-certified neurological spine surgeon, is the CEO and founding director of DISC Sports and Spine Center in Marina del Rey, Calif. He has performed more than 10,000 successful surgeries, the majority of which have been outpatient procedures. Since being founded in 2006, DISC has expanded to included locations in Los Angeles and Orange County.

Thomas Bombardier, MD, FACS, is an ophthalmologist and a founding principle of Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. Prior to founding ASCOA, Dr. Bombardier established one of the largest ophthalmic practices in Massachusetts, two ASCs and a regional referral center. For the past several years he has worked as a real estate developer in Cape Cod, Mass.  

David M. Brown, MD, is a board-certified hand and upper extremity surgeon. Dr. Brown performs procedures at the Symbion-affiliated Timberlake Surgery Center in Chesterfield, Mo. Dr. Brown completed his fellowship training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Matthew Bush, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and the board president of Central
Maine Orthopedics, which has an ambulatory surgery center. Dr. Bush joined CMO in 2006. He focuses on hand and upper extremity surgery.

Charles A. Bush-Joseph, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician. He performs the majority of his cases at Rush SurgiCenter in Chicago. Dr. Bush-Joseph is head team physician for the Chicago White Sox and an associate team physician for the Chicago Bulls.

Peter Caprise Jr., MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician. Dr. Caprise is a physician-owner of The Surgery Center of Lynchburg (Va.) and practices with the Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia in Lynchburg. He focuses on total joint replacement, sports medicine and shoulder arthroscopy.

John R. Caruso, MD, FACS, is a neurosurgeon and founder of Parkway Surgery Center in Hagerstown, Md. Dr. Caruso is a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. After completing his training, Dr. Caruso went into private practice with Neurosurgical Specialists in Hagerstown, Md.

Richard N. Christie, MD, a board-certified OB/GYN physician, is a vice president of operational development with Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. Dr. Christie has experience as an investor and physician with The Newport Beach (Calif.) Surgery Center. He also has experience in real estate development in Newport Beach and Palm Springs, Calif.

William J. Ciccone Jr., MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He performs procedures at the Pinnacle III-affiliated Surgery Center at Lutheran in Wheat Ridge, Colo. Dr. Ciccone completed his arthroscopy and sports medicine fellowship at the University of California San Diego. He has served as a medical director for the Rocky Mountain State Games, States Games of America and United States Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

Brian Cole, MD, MBA, is a physician-owner of Gold Coast Surgicenter in Chicago. He is chairman of surgery at Rush Oak Park (Ill.) Hospital and section head of the Cartilage Research and Restoration Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He practices with Midwest Orthopedics at Rush.

Edward F. Coles, MD, FACP, FACG, is a board-certified gastroenterologist with Gastroenterology of San Marcos (Texas). Dr. Coles is a board member of New Braunfels Christus and Physicians Surgery Center. He also founded Central Texas Ambulatory Endoscopy Center in San Marcos, of which he currently serves as a managing partner.

R. Blake Curd, MD, is the chairman of the Surgical Management Professionals board of directors. Dr. Curd completed his fellowship training at the Indiana Hand Center, one of the largest freestanding upper extremities surgery-driven ASCs. He also has experience serving as a manager for Medical Facilities Corporation.

Urfan Dar, MD, a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician, serves as the medical director of Theda Oaks Surgical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Dar practices with Tricity Pain Associates, based in San Antonio. He has been in private practice in San Antonio since 1994.

Daniel Daube Jr., MD, FACS, is the medical director and president of the Surgical Center of Excellence in Panama City, Fla., which is affiliated with ASD Management. Dr. Daube, a board-certified ENT physician and fellowship-trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon, practices with the Gulf Coast Facial Plastics & ENT Center in Panama City.
   
Thomas Deas Jr., MD, is the medical director of Fort Worth (Texas) Endoscopy Center, a Surgical Care Affiliates facility. He is board-certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. Dr. Deas is a past president of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and has served as advisory board member for the GI Quality Improvement Consortium. Dr. Deas emphasizes quality and safety monitoring in his role as medical director of Fort Worth Endoscopy Center. He also serves as an SCA Physician Leadership Board Member.
 
Randy Delcore, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, is the president and medical director of Cedar Orthopaedic Surgery Center in Cedar City, Utah. Dr. Delcore began his independent practice, which grew to include a freestanding imaging facility and onsite physical therapy services. He opened Cedar Orthopaedic Surgery Center in 2005.

Frank Dellacono, MD, is a board-certified ENT physician with Merritt Healthcare-affiliated River Valley Ambulatory Surgery Center in Norwich, Conn. Dr. Dellacono practices with the Ear Nose & Throat Associates of SECT. He has an interest in the surgical management of thyroid and sinus disease.

Meena Desai, MD, is the founder, president and CEO of Nova Anesthesia Professionals and a board-certified anesthesiologist. Nova Anesthesia Professionals provides physician and CRNA anesthesia services to ambulatory surgery centers, endoscopy centers and specialty hospitals.

Thomas Eickmann, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with The Surgery Center at Lutheran in Wheat Ridge, Colo., which is a Pinnacle III center. Dr Eickmann practices with Cornerstone Orthopedics in Denver.

Bruce B. Ettinger, MD, is a board member of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association. Dr. Ettinger is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist. He serves as an independent consultant with Ettinger Consulting.

Robin Fowler, MD, is the chairman and medical director of Interventional Management Services, a physician-owned ASC management and development company based in Atlanta, Ga. He also served as the medical director of the Interventional Spine and Pain Management Center. During the course of his career, Dr. Fowler has performed more than 5,000 pain management procedures.  

James L. Fox Jr., MD, is the founding leader of the Ravine Way Surgery Center in Glenview, Ill. Dr. Fox, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, practices at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. He has a clinical focus on general orthopedic surgery, arthroscopy, fracture care and orthopedic oncology.

Ralph A. Gambardella, MD, is president of Kerlan-Jobe Surgery Center and chairman and president of Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at Kerlan-Jobe and is a former president of the Association of Major League Team Physicians.

Robert Gannan, MD, PhD, is a past national medical director of Physicians Endoscopy. Dr. Gannan is also the past director of gastroenterology at Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue, Wash. Dr. Gannan is an international speaker focusing on GI issues and the development of ASCs.

David S. George, MD, is the medical director of George, Strickler and Lazer, The Eye MDs and the Physicians Outpatient Surgery Center in Belpre, Ohio. Dr. George is a past board member of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and a current board member of the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society.

Gregory George, MD, PhD, is a founding principal of SurgCenter Development, which operates 70 facilities and has 24 projects under development in 19 states across the country. Dr. George and Sean O'Neal founded the company together more than 20 years ago. Dr. George is an ophthalmologist and holds a PhD in ocular physiology.

Scott Glaser, MD, DABIPP, is a co-founder and president of Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago. He has served on the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians national board and held positions in the Illinois Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Dr. Glaser is board-certified in pain management.

Matthew Gornet, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon. Dr. Gornet is a member of the governing board at the St. Louis Spine and Orthopedic Surgery Center in Town and Country, Mo., an affiliate of Symbion. Dr. Gornet completed his spine fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

David Grainger, MD, MPH, is a board-certified OB/GYN physician and medical director of Cypress Surgery Center in Wichita, Kan., and chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita. He is also a governing board member of the surgery center and serves on Symbion's Physician Quality Council, which regularly meets to review benchmark data, evaluate common issues, share information and best practices and make policy recommendations.

John Hajjar, MD, FACS, MBA, is the founder, chairman and CEO of ASC management and development company Surgem. Dr. Hajjar is also the CEO of Sovereign Medical Group. Since 1993, he has founded six ASCs. He now serves as medical director of Surgem center SurgiCare Surgical Associates of Fair Lawn (N.J.).

Richard Hynes, MD, FACS, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and fellowship-trained spine surgeon. He performs procedures at the Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners-affiliated Crane Creek Surgery Center in Melbourne, Fla. Dr. Hynes is president of The B.A.C.K Center and director of the non-profit charity TZEDAKA, which helps low-income patients gain access to medical care.

John Jachimiak, DPM, FACFAS, is a podiatric surgeon with a focus on sports medicine, biomechanics, pediatrics and wound care. He performs procedures at Boulder (Colo.) Surgery Center, an affiliate of Pinnacle III.

Donald R. Johnson II, MD, is the founder of Southeastern Spine Institute and Ambulatory Surgery Center in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Dr. Johnson worked for more than 20 years to bring all the resources needed for a comprehensive spine center under one roof. Dr. Johnson completed three spine surgery fellowships within 18 months.

Donald J. Keller, MD, a board-certified ophthalmologist, practices with Boulder (Colo.) Eye Surgeons. Dr. Keller performs procedures at the Pinnacle III-affiliated Foothills Surgery Center in Boulder, Colo.

Steven Kern, MD, FACS, is medical board chair of the North Memorial Ambulatory Surgery Center at Maple Grove (Minn.). Dr. Kern also serves as a board member of the Surgical Management Professionals management committee. Dr. Kern, a board-certified general surgeon, practices with Specialists in General Surgery in Maple Grove.  

Nitin Khanna, MD, a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, performs procedures at the Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners-affiliated Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Munster, Ind. Dr. Khanna practices with the Orthopaedic Specialists of Northwest Indiana in Munster.

Jonathan Kim, MD, is an obstetrics and gynecology physician and a fellowship-trained reproductive endocrinologist. In addition to performing procedures at the Vivere Health-affiliated Piney Point Surgery Center in Houston, Dr. Kim also serves as the director of medical education at the Houston Fertility Institute.

Lawrence Kim, MD, a board-certified gastroenterologist, became the first gastroenterologist to join the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care board of directors in 2004. He also serves as Community Private Practice Councillor for the American Gastroenterological Association. Dr. Kim practices with South Denver Gastroenterology.

Lawrence Kosinski, MD, MBA, AGAF, FACG, is president of Elgin (Ill.) Gastroenterology Endoscopy Center and a managing partner of the Illinois Gastroenterology Group. Dr. Kosinski is also the American Gastroenterological Association Practice Management & Economics Committee chair. He also serves as a member of the advisory board of the Illinois Health Information Exchange.

Donald Kramer, MD, a board-certified anesthesiologist, founded Palladium for Surgery-Houston, the cornerstone of Northstar Healthcare. Dr. Kramer has founded a number of other healthcare companies, including Omniplus Healthcare and Access Mediquip. He was also a founding partner of Foundation Surgical Affiliates.

Richard A. Kube, MD, FACSS, FAAOS, CIME, is the founder, owner and CEO of Prairie Spine and Pain Institute in Peoria, Ill., and Prairie SurgiCare. Dr. Kube is also a faculty member of the University of Illinois School of Medicine. He completed his spine fellowship training at Spine Surgery PSC in Louisville, Ky.

Brent Lambert, MD, FACS, is a board-certified ophthalmologist and founding principle of Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. He spearheads business development at ASCOA. Prior to founding ASCOA, Dr. Lambert established three ASCs, including one of the first surgery centers in New England.

Barry Landry, MD, FACS, is the president and medical director of the ASD Management-affiliated Bayou Region Surgery Center in Thibodaux, La. Dr. Landry is a board-certified general surgeon. He is also on the staff of Thibodaux Regional Medical Center.

Robert F. LaPrade, MD, PhD, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician, practices with The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., and performs procedures at Vail Valley Surgery Center. Dr. LaPrade also serves as the chief medical office and deputy director of the sports medicine fellowship program and director of the International Research Scholar Program at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.

Bruce Levy, MD, JD, is the CEO of Austin (Texas) Gastroenterology and Austin Endoscopy Center I &II. Dr. Levy is also a board member of the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society. He is a board-certified anesthesiologist.

James J. Lynch, MD, FRCSI, FAANS, a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, is the founder SpineNevada and the Surgery Center of Reno (Nev.). Dr Lynch was the first surgeon in Reno to perform minimally invasive TLF and MAS PLIF procedures. He performs more than 200 cervical spine fusions each year. Dr. Lynch also serves as a partner and director of spine services at Regent Surgical Health.

Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, is the medical director of the Pain Management Center of Paducah (Ky.) and Ambulatory Surgery Center. Dr. Manchikanti also serves as an associate clinical professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine at the University of Louisville (Ky.). He completed his fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh.

Byran J. Massoud, MD, a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon, is the founder of Spine Centers of America. Dr. Massoud has performed thousands of surgeries using endoscopic techniques for various spinal disorders. He also instructs orthopedic residents and physicians in minimally invasive techniques.  

Keith Metz, MD, JD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist and the medical director of Great Lakes Surgical Center in Southfield, Mich. Dr. Metz is a former member of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association's board of directors. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit.

Andrew J. Michael, MD, is a partner and board member of Stony Point Surgery Center in Richmond, Va. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist with a focus on surgical management of cataracts and glaucoma. He founded his practice, Commonwealth Eye Care Associates, in 2000.

Thomas K. Miller, MD, is the president and medical director of Roanoke (Va.) Ambulatory Surgery Center, an affiliate of ASD Management. Dr. Miller is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician. Dr. Miller practices at Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics in Roanoke, Va.

Carol Mitchell-Springer, MD, is a board-certified OB/GYN physician and a partner of Surgery Center of Anchorage in Alaska. Dr. Mitchell-Springer is in private practice with Alaska Women's Health and currently serves as the practice's president. She focuses on urogynecology and gynecology.

Kenneth K. Moghadam, MD, is a board-certified fertility and endocrinology physician and OB/GYN physician. Dr. Moghadam performs procedures at Vivere-Austin Surgery Center. He also serves as medical director of Austin Fertility Institute.

Arvind Movva, MD, is the CEO of Gastroenterology Consultants and a physician with Heartland Clinic, both in Moline, Ill. During the course of his career, Dr. Movva has also served as assistant medical director of Gastroenterology Consultants and assistant medical director of Regional Surgicenter. He completed his gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.

Toni R. Patterson, DO, is an anesthesiologist and medical director of Mid-Rivers Surgery Center in Saint Peters, Mo. Dr. Patterson is also a physician with Physician Anesthesia Services, based in Ballwin, Mo. She served as the American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists 2012 to 2013 president.  

Kenneth Pettine, MD, is the founder of The Spine Institute. Dr. Pettine recently completed the first series of M6-C implants as a part of a U.S. FDA clinical trial at Arete Surgical Center in Johnstown, Colo. Dr. Pettine is a board-certified, fellowship-trained spine surgeon.

Stanford Plavin, MD, a board-certified anesthesiologist, is a founding member and managing partner of Ambulatory Anesthesia of Atlanta. Dr. Plavin is also a past president of the Greater Atlanta Society of Anesthesiologists. In addition to his practice, Dr. Plavin is vice chairperson of Preventing Colorectal Cancer, a multidisciplinary group dedicated to colorectal cancer prevention and care.

Michael Port, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician and medical director of DISC Sports and Spine Center in Marina del Rey, Calif. Dr. Port helped launch the center alongside founder Robert S. Bray Jr., MD. Dr. Port is a member of a number of professional societies such as the North American Spine Society, American Society of Anesthesiologists and International Association for the Study of Pain.

Paul Protomastro, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic hand surgeon with Surgical Care Affiliates' Norwalk (Conn.) Surgery Center. Dr. Protomastro practices with Coastal Orthopaedics in Norwalk, Conn. Dr. Protomastro focuses on minimally invasive upper extremity surgery, total joint replacement of the shoulder and elbow and arthroscopic shoulder surgery. He is also a board member of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.

John V. Prunskis, MD, FIPP, is the founder and co-medical director of Illinois Pain Institute, which has seven locations in the Chicago area. He also serves as the medical director of the Barrington Pain and Spine Insitute, the only state-licensed  ASC in Illinois  that focuses solely on  all pain and spine related care from injections to spine surgeries. Dr. Prunskis, double board-certified in anesthesiology and pain management, is an active member of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He also serves as a director-at-large of the Illinois Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. He has been appointed by the US State Dept. and Lithuanian government as Hon. Consul of Lithuania in the USA. US World and News Report has honored Dr. Prunskis as a Top Pain Physician in Chicago. He has also been selected by his peers six times as a Castle Connolly Top Pain Doctor.

Vito Quatela, MD, a board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, is the co-founder and CEO of ASC company Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies. He also developed and now owns two ASCs in New York. Dr. Quatela also founded the HUGS Foundation, which supports medical missions to children in Ecuador, Guatemala and Vietnam.

David Raab, MD, serves on the board of managers at the Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center in Morton Grove, Ill. Dr. Raab is also one of the founding physicians of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. Dr. Raab is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon.

Michael Redler, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician with Surgical Care Affiliates' Surgery Center of Fairfield County in Trumball, Conn. Dr. Redler is also a co-founder and partner of The Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center in Trumball. He earned his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington. He completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Dr. Redler also serves as an SCA Physician Leadership Board Member.

Christopher Reising, MD, FACS, is the medical director of the Pinnacle III-affiliated center Pine Ridge Surgery Center in Wausau, Wis. Dr. Reising is a board-certified general surgeon. He focuses on endocrine surgery, bariatrics, surgical oncology and vascular procedures.

Donald Schellpfeffer, MD, is the director and CEO of Medical Facilities Corporation and Sioux Falls (S.D.) Specialty Hospital. He is also an original founder of the specialty hospital. Dr. Schellpfeffer began his medical career has an anesthesiologist. He has more than 30 years of experience in the ASC environment.

David Shapiro, MD, CASC, is a past president of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and the founder of the consulting firm Ambulatory Surgery Co. During his career, Dr. Shapiro has served medical director and board member of a number of ASCs. He now serves as a board member of the Florida Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers.

Joshua Siegel, MD, is a founding partner and managing member of Northeast Surgery Center in Newington, N.H. Dr. Siegel is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He serves as sports medicine director at Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics.

Thomas A. Simpson, MD, FACS, is a board-certified otolaryngologist and chairman of the board of directors at Iowa City Ambulatory Surgical Center. He is also a past president of the Iowa Academy of Otolaryngology. Dr. Simpson also serves as president of the board of directors of Mercy of Iowa City Regional PHO.

Keith Smith, MD, is the co-founder and chief medical director of Surgery Center of Oklahoma, which posts its prices online. Dr. Smith is a board-certified anesthesiologist. He earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

Kevin Stone, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon and the founder of The Stone Clinic in San Francisco, which includes an ambulatory surgery center. Dr. Stone also serves as chairman of the Stone Research Foundation. He holds more than 40 U.S. patents on novel inventions for the field of healthcare.

William Tobler, MD, is a neurological surgeon and chairman of the board of managers of The Christ Hospital Spine Surgery Center in Cincinnati. Dr. Tobler focuses on outpatient minimally invasive lumbar spine fusion, spine and brain tumors and image-guided neurosurgery. Dr. Tobler also practices as the Mayfield Clinic in Cincinnati.

Patrick Toy, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics, based in Germantown, Tenn. Dr. Toy began performing direct anterior total hip replacement surgery at the Campbell Surgery Center in 2013. Dr. Toy completed his fellowship in orthopedic oncology at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Dwight Tyndall, MD, is a board-certified and fellowship-trained spine surgeon. Dr. Tyndall performs procedures at the Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners-affiliated Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Munster, Ind. He practices with Spine Care Specialist in Munster.

Arthur Valadie, MD, is the president of ASD Management-affiliated Pointe West Surgery Center and East Surgery Center, both in Bradenton, Fla. Dr. Valadie, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, also serves as the president of Coastal Orthopedics. He completed his orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

Arnaldo Valedon, MD, is an anesthesiologist with the Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland Ambulatory Surgical Center in Baltimore. Dr. Valedon is also an Ambulatory Surgery Center Association board of directors member. Dr. Valedon practices with First Colonies Anesthesia Associates, based in Frederick, Md.

William Van Wyk, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic hand surgeon with Forth Worth (Texas) Surgery Center, a Surgical Care Affiliates ASC. Dr. Van Wyk earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He underwent his residency training at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Van Wyk completed his fellowship training at Orthopedic Hospital in Los Angeles.

Kevin Vaught, MD, is a board-certified neurosurgeon. Dr. Vaught performs procedures at the Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners-affiliated West Park Surgery Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Dr. Vaught practices at Regional Brain and Spine in Cape Girardeau.

Pedro Vergne-Marini, MD, FACP, FACC, is the founder and vice chairman of PCI | HealthDev, formerly Physicians' Capital Investments. Prior to founding PCI | HealthDev, Dr. Vergne-Marini was the president and CEO of Dallas Nephrology Associates and chairman of the board of Renaissance Health Care. He now serves as a managing partner for several existing physician real estate partnerships.

George Violin, MD, FACS, a board-certified ophthalmologist, is one of the three founding principals of Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. Dr. Violin has developed and owned to two ASCs and a large ophthalmology practice in eastern Massachusetts. Dr. Violin is a graduate of the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary residency program.

Jeffrey Visotsky, MD, FACS, is founder of the Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center in Morton Grove, Ill. Dr. Visotsky practices with Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. He also serves as an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago.

L. Philipp Wall, MD, RPVI, a board-certified vascular and endovascular surgeon and registered vascular interpretation physician, is the founder of Arizona Vein and Vascular Center, a specialist practice devoted to the treatment and practice of vascular disease. He single-handedly turned a two-exam room office into a 6,500-square-foot center in two years. In 2011, Arizona Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery (Arizona Vein and Vascular Center) became an AAASF-accredited ambulatory surgery center.

Steven R. Wardell, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, performs procedures at Orland Park (Ill.) Surgical Center, affiliated with Pinnacle III, and Palos Surgical Center in Palos Heights, Ill. Dr. Wardell has performed more than 4,000 joint replacement procedures.

Lowell Scott Weil Sr., DPM, is a founding member of the Foot & Ankle Surgery Center, now known as the Regenerative Surgery Center, in Des Plaines, Ill. Dr. Weil is a podiatric surgeon based in Des Plaines, Ill. He is the founding member and CEO of the 50-year-old Weil Foot & Ankle Institute with 20 locations throughout Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. He has been involved with surgery centers since the 1970s and was a partner of Northwest Surgicare in Arlington Heights, Ill., the third surgery center in the United States.

Michael C. Weiss, DO, FAOAO, is and orthopedic spine surgeon and chairman of the Laser Spine Institute department of surgery. Dr. Weiss leads Laser Spine Institute, which includes several ambulatory surgery centers, in surgeon training. Dr. Weiss has expertise in minimally invasive spinal fusion.

John Williams, MD, is the president and medical director of the ASD Management-affiliated Strictly Pediatrics Surgery Center in Austin, Texas. Dr. Williams is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon. He practices at Central Texas Pediatric Orthopedics.

Robert Wills, MD, a pain management physician, is co-founded and chief medical officer of Arise Healthcare. In addition to his work with Arise Healthcare, Dr. Wills has founded Austin Pain Associates, which is now one of the largest pain management practices in Austin. Dr. Wills also has experience in real estate.

Craig Witz, MD, a board-certified OB/GYN, physician performs procedures at Piney Point Surgery Center in Houston, a Vivere Health-affiliated surgery center. Dr. Witz also serves as the director of clinical research at Houston Fertility Institute. He has done extensive research in the area of endometriosis.

Richard N.W. Wohns, MD, JD, MBA, is founder and president of NeoSpine and Microsurgical Spine Center in Puyallup, Wash. He is a pioneer of outpatient spine surgery and founded the company NeoSpine in 2001 to develop a national network of outpatient spine surgery centers, which was acquired by Symbion in 2008. He was among the first United States neurosurgeons qualified to perform the eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion for minimally invasive lumbar fusions and has performed more than 3,000 outpatient cervical and lumbar surgeries.

Kimberly Wood, MD, is co-chair of the ASC Quality Collaboration. She is also the founder of kmdWOOD, which provides consulting services to the ASC industry. She has participated in several collaborative and cooperative initiatives, including the ASC Advocacy Committee and the ASC Coalition.

Jay N. Yepuri, MD, is a member of the board of directors for the Digestive Health Associates of Texas and vice president of the Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society. He is extremely active in the ASC industry and has traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress. Dr. Yepuri is also an AAAHC surveyor and serves as councilor of the Texas Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy and is a delegate for TSGE to the Texas Medical Association.

Anthony Yeung, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon and founder of the Desert Institute for Spine Care in Phoenix. Dr Yeung developed the FDA-approved Yeung Endoscopic Spine System. He was one of the first surgeons to utilized endoscopically guided lasers for degenerative conditions of the lumbar spine.

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