65 ASC company CEOs to know | 2015

The ASC industry, like all of healthcare, has undergone waves of consolidation, but there remain a number of companies that offer management and development services. Here are 65 leaders who serve as ASC company CEOs.

Please email Carrie Pallardy at cpallardy@beckershealthcare.com if you have any questions about this list.

G. Edward Alexander (Surgical Development Partners). Mr. Alexander is founder, president and CEO of Surgical Development Partners, which partners with physicians and hospitals and provides professional management, project development services as well as access to capital. Before founding SDP, he served as CEO of Surgical Alliance; president and CFO of OrthoLink Physicians; CFO of Team Health; and vice president, finance and treasurer of Medaphis. He has also worked at Deloitte and Touche.

David Ayers (Nueterra Healthcare). Mr. Ayers is the executive officer of U.S. Operations at Nueterra. He heads the sales team and has more than 30 years of experience in developing and managing hospitals and ASCs as well as imaging, physical therapy and urgent care centers. He previously served as regional vice president at HealthSouth. He also participates in advocacy initiatives at the state and federal levels.

Robert O. Baratta, MD (Ascent Surgical Partners). Dr. Baratta is currently owner and CEO of Ascent Surgical Partners, an ambulatory surgery center management company; CEO of 3D Custom Collagen; and chairman and CEO of MedAmerica HealthCare Suppliers. A trained ophthalmologist, Dr. Baratta has practiced for 30 years. In 1996, he was elected to the board of directors of FPIC Insurance Group, and in 1999, he was named its chairman. He has also previously served as CEO and vice chairman of Ecosphere Technologies, an environmental firm. He has held leadership positions with professional medical organizations such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Gregary W. Beasley (Ambulatory Surgery Division, Hospital Corporation of America). Mr. Beasley has been with HCA's Ambulatory Surgery Division since 1995 and currently serves as its president. He previously served as COO of the division, and was in charge of daily operations. Mr. Beasley and his team have been responsible for the development and acquisition of a number of ASCs, and they focus on the continuous refinement of the operations processes. Before coming to HCA, Mr. Beasley spent nearly four years at HealthSouth Medical Center as controller and COO. He also worked for the VHA and Ernst and Young. Mr. Beasley became a certified public accountant in 1989.  

Thomas Bombardier, MD; Brent Lambert, MD; Luke M. Lambert, MBA, CFA, CASC and George Violin, MD (Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America). Dr. Bombardier is an ophthalmologist and founding principal of ASCOA. Before starting ASCOA, he established an ophthalmology practice in Massachusetts, two ASCs and a regional referral center. For the past several years, Dr. Bombardier has been a real estate developer in Cape Cod, Mass.

Dr. Lambert is an ophthalmologist and a founding principal of ASCOA. Before founding the company, he developed and owned three ASCs. In his current role with ASCOA, Dr. Lambert is responsible for business development. He completed his residency at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary in Boston. Dr. Lambert was a Harvard Medical School faculty member for several years.

Mr. Lambert came to ASCOA, as its CFO in 1997 and then became its CEO in 2002. Mr. Lambert has worked for Smith Barney in international sell side equity research as well as with Booz, Allen & Hamilton and Ernst & Young in consulting. Mr. Lambert is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied economics, and obtained his MBA from the Columbia Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Violin a founding principal of ASCOA and an ophthalmologist. Prior to founding ASCOA, he developed and owned two ASCs and a large ophthalmic practice in eastern Massachusetts. Dr. Violin completed his residency training at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary in Boston

Brett Brodnax, Kyle Burtnett and William Wilcox (United Surgical Partners International). Mr. Brodnax is the president and chief development officer of USPI. He has been with the company since 1999. Before coming to USPI, he was an assistant vice president at Baylor Health Care System, based in Dallas. He earned bachelors and master's degrees in industrial engineering at Texas A&M in University in College Station. He also holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Following the completion of Tenet's acquisition of USPI, Mr. Burtnett joined USPI as president of ambulatory services and chief integration officer. He previously served as senior vice president of outpatient services at Tenet. He has held a number of leadership roles at Tenet, including director of strategic programs, associate in the C2Q program and associate in the leadership development program. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and a former air force officer.

Mr. Wilcox has served as USPI's president and director since 1998 in addition to serving as CEO since April 2004. Before joining USPI, he was the president and CEO of United Dental Care. Mr. Wilcox also is on the board of directors for USPI. He obtained his master's degree in health systems management from Tulane University in New Orleans. Mr. Wilcox continues to serve as CEO of USPI, following the company's acquisition by Tenet Healthcare.

Robert Carrera (Pinnacle III). Mr. Carrera is president and CEO of Pinnacle III. He has spent 15 years developing and managing ASCs, as well as other types of healthcare facilities, such as diagnostic imaging facilities and occupational medicine clinics. He provides operational and financial expertise as well as business development services for Pinnacle III-managed ASCs and physician partners. He is a founder of the Colorado Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and has formerly served as its vice president. He has played an active role in advocacy at the state level for ASCs in Colorado, Minnesota and Utah.

Jesse Chamberlain (Artisan Medical). Mr. Chamberlain is Artisan Medical's managing partner, wielding more than 15 years of experience in healthcare. He has previous experience in healthcare sales, international sales and product development for Johnson & Johnson, Chiron Vision and Bausch&Lomb. Additionally, he managed Procter & Gamble's co-op merchandising agreements compliance program in Cleveland. Artisan Medical is an ASC management and development company.

Ravi Chopra (The C/N Group). As founder, president and CEO of The C/N Group, Mr. Chopra oversees the activities of the group and its affiliated entities nationwide. He founded the company in 1980, before which he served in various executive management positions in the steel industry. He has held the position of chief industrial engineer for Youngstown Steel (now International Steel Group) and director of engineering services for Wisconsin Steel (now Envirodyne Industries).

Glenn Cozen, CPA, and Tony Knapp (Physicians Surgery Centers). Mr. Cozen is a founding principal of Physicians Surgery Centers, which establishes and managing outpatient surgical facilities. Over the course of his career, he has served in numerous executive roles, including as CFO of Southern California Orthopedic Institute in Van Nuys. He headed the development of the institute's physical therapy, MRI and outpatient surgery center ancillary service businesses. He co-founded Physicians Surgery Centers in 1999.

Mr. Knapp, now a partner in the company, initially joined PSC in 2003, bringing 15 years of healthcare finance industry experience with him. Prior to joining PSC, Mr. Knapp was a vice president in Citibank's Citicapital HealthCare & Energy Finance Group, where he originated funding for more than 40 successful, start-up ASCs. Before joining Copelco Capital, Mr. Knapp worked in Bell Atlantic Capital Corporation's Medical Finance Unit.

Joan Dentler, MBA (Avanza Healthcare Strategies). Ms. Dentler is the president and chief executive officer of Avanza Healthcare Strategies, formerly ASC Strategies. Avanza helps healthcare organizations, including ASCs, meet regulatory, fiscal and community obligations. Ms. Dentler has more than 25 years of experience in developing and operating ASCs, hospital outpatient services and community health initiatives. She founded ASC Strategies in 2007 and Outpatient Strategies in 2011. In 2013, the two companies became one under the name Avanza Healthcare Strategies. Prior to her work with Avanza, Ms. Dentler worked in healthcare administration. She earned her MBA from the University of Texas.

Ann Deters (Vantage Outsourcing). Ms. Deters is the CEO and co-founder of Vantage Outsourcing, as well as founder of 7D & Associates, an ASC consulting and management company. Vantage Outsourcing offers ophthalmic equipment, ophthalmic surgical coordinator technicians and other eye surgery related supplies in 23 states. In 1997, Ms. Deters received INC Magazine's entrepreneur award for the fastest growing small business of the year. Previously, Ms. Deters served as president of Physician Surgery Center in Rolla, Mo., and a managing partner at J. M. Schultz Investment Co.

Ara Jason Deukmedjian, MD (Millennium Medical Management). Dr. Deukmedjian, known by his patients and colleagues as Dr. Deuk, is the CEO and founder of Millennium Medical Management doing business as Deuk Spine Institute, based in Melbourne, Fla. He is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is fellowship-trained with a focus on spine care and neuro-spine surgery. In addition to his work at Deuk Spine Institute, Dr. Deuk is CEO of Surgery Center of Viera in Melbourne; serves as associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Central Florida's College of Medicine in Orlando; is chief of staff at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Fla.; and is past president of the Brevard County Medical Society.

Douglas Dewey (Murphy Healthcare Group). Mr. Dewey, Murphy Healthcare Group's CEO, joined the company in 2012. Before then, he has served as a director at Barclays and a principal at Sanford C. Bernstein, a broker-dealer. He focuses on sales, strategy and hospital partnerships. Murphy Healthcare Group is an ASC development, management and turnaround company founded by Robert Murphy.

Michael Doyle (Surgery Partners). As CEO of Surgery Partners, Mr. Doyle heads the day-to-day operations of the company as well as new partnerships. He has extensive experience in healthcare management, and spent 10 years at a large healthcare organization where he held a number of leadership positions, including senior vice president of operations. In 2012, he led Surgery Partners in the successful acquisition and integration of Novamed. He also led the company through the acquisition of Symbion. He has practical experience in developing and managing a number of healthcare services.

Ronald A. Duperroir (Clarity Development). Mr. Duperroir is principal of The Clarity Companies, which includes Clarity Development, Clarity Realty, Clarity Bariatrics and Clarity Government Services. In the past he has held the role of senior vice president at Cirrus Health and vice president of administration at Baylor Health Care System, now known as Baylor Scott & White Healthcare in Dallas. He has wide ranging operations experience, including expertise in resource loading, scope preparation, client relationships and continuous design improvement.

Gregory George, MD, PhD and Sean O'Neal (SurgCenter Development). Dr. George is a founding principal and CEO of SurgCenter Development. A trained ophthalmologist, he earned his medical degree at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Under Dr. George and Sean O'Neal's leadership, SurgCenter Development has established more than 105 physician-owned ASCs.

Mr. O'Neal is a founding principal of SurgCenter Development and has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare management. He has been an asset in bridging the gap between physicians and hospital administration by facilitating numerous physician joint ventures. One of Mr. O'Neal's leading joint ventures was an ASC he developed with ophthalmologist, Dr. George.  

Kyle Goldammer (Partners Medical Consulting). Mr. Goldammer is CEO of Partners Medical Consulting, a Sioux Falls, S.D.-based healthcare consulting company. He has nearly 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, and he has previously served as CFO at Sioux Falls Surgical Hospital and senior vice president of finance at Surgical Management Professionals. He also has experience in the nonprofit sector. Mr. Goldammer focuses on full-service finance functions, clinical operations, business processes and reimbursement.

Andrew Hayek (Surgical Care Affiliates). Mr. Hayek serves as president and CEO of SCA. Prior to SCA, Mr. Hayek served as the president of a division of DaVita Healthcare Partners, as president and COO of Alliance Healthcare Services and in roles at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Andrew also serves on the board of SCA and the board of advisors of Sg2, and he is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Andrew earned a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in New Haven, Conn.

Edward P. Hetrick (Facility Development & Management). Mr. Hetrick is the president and CEO of Facility Development & Management, role he has held for more than 11 years. Facility Development and Management provides consultative, developmental and managerial services for ASCs throughout the country.

Jeremy Hogue (Sovereign Healthcare). Mr. Hogue is the co-founder, president and CEO of Sovereign Healthcare. He previously served as vice president of Audax Group, where he launched and ran the firm's West Coast office and directed investments into several early-stage and middle-market businesses. Prior to Audax Group, Mr. Hogue consulted with several businesses, including Surgery Centers of America. He also has an MBA from the University of Southern California, and has a JD from Harvard Law School.

Christopher A. Holden (AmSurg). Mr. Holden is the president, CEO and director of AmSurg, a position he has held since joining AmSurg since October 2007. Mr. Holden has worked in the healthcare industry for over 28 years, mostly in multi-facility and multi-market healthcare management. Prior to joining AmSurg, Mr. Holden served as senior vice president and a division president of Triad Hospital.  Mr. Holden earned his law degree and masters in healthcare administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

Bill Horne (Laser Spine Institute). Mr. Horne has been the CEO of the Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Laser Spine Institute for over ten years. He oversees the Institute nationwide, who employs more than 1,000 people. Previously, Mr. Horne worked for Outback Sports for eight years, serving as CEO and chairman.

Richard K. Jacques (Covenant Surgical Partners). Richard K. Jacques is the president and CEO of Covenant Surgical Partners. Mr. Jacques has over 23 years in the ASC industry, including senior management positions with both public and private healthcare companies. He has also served as president and a director of Surgical Health Group, and also vice president of business development for AmSurg.

Debbie James (Vivere Health). Debbie James is the president and CEO of Vivere Health, which she joined in 2013. Before Vivere, Ms. James served as marketing president for Healthways, and has also served as vice president at HealthNet. Ms. James received her MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS in finance from Southern Illinois University in Canondale.

I. Naya Kehayes, MPH (EVEIA Health Consulting & Management). I. Naya Kehayes, MPH, serves as CEO and president of Eveia Health Consulting & Management. Ms. Kehayes specializes in managed care contract negotiations, as well as analysis for ASCs, physician practices and clinics, surgical hospitals and health systems affiliates. Ms. Kehayes serves on the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Government Affairs Committee.

Andrew T. King (Acumen Healthcare). Mr. King is the president and founder of Acumen Healthcare, which provides development, operations and accounting services for ASCs. He has worked in the ASC industry since 1983. Before founding Acumen, he was executive vice president and senior vice president with Hospital Corporation of America's ambulatory surgery division. In that role, Mr. King was responsible for more than 40 ASCs. He earned his bachelors degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and his MHA from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Jared Ledger and Shawn Strash (Arise Healthcare). Jared Ledger is a managing partner of Arise Healthcare. He was previously the company's CEO, before handing over the reins to Shawn Strash. Mr. Ledger has experience in healthcare finance, mergers and acquisitions, development and operations. During his career, he was syndicated and operated several physician-owned ASCs. In addition to his leadership role with Arise, Mr. Ledger owns an Austin, Texas-based real estate investment company.

Arise Healthcare named Mr. Strash CEO in June 2015. Mr. Strash most recently was senior vice president of corporate services and was a board member for AmSurg. He has also worked with Hospital Corporation of America, where he developed and operated 10 surgery centers. While at HCA he also developed HCA's only freestanding pediatric surgery center in Atlanta. Mr. Strash completed an MBA at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Scott Leggett (Surgery One). Scott Leggett is the CEO of Surgery One, bringing 20 years of experience in orthopedics. Surgery One manages four outpatient surgery centers located in San Diego County. Mr. Leggett was president of the California Ambulatory Surgery Association from 2006 to 2007, and currently serves on its board of directors.

Jeff Leland (Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners). Mr. Leland has also served as executive director of the Lutheran General Medical Group, and was a senior-level executive with Advocate Health Care in Chicago, responsible for both business development and Advocate’s health plan. He also served as president of HealthSpring Medical Group, and as CEO of Western Ohio Health Care. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School in Boston with undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati.

Michael Lipomi (Surgical Management Professionals). Mr. Lipomi has more than 30 years of healthcare experience in development and operations. He was the founder of the California Ambulatory Surgery Association as well as Physician Hospitals of America. Mr. Lipomi served on the Board of Directors of FASA for six years including three years on the executive committee as Legislative Committee Chair. He is also a past president of CASA. After converting his surgery center to a hospital, Mr. Lipomi founded Physician Hospitals of America and served as president and has served six years on the Board of Directors. Mr. Lipomi is still on the Board as an exofficio member and on the President's Advisory Committee.

Rodney H. Lunn (PhyBus). Mr. Lunn is the founder and CEO of PhyBus. As a founding member of AmSurg, he created one of the first companies solely dedicated to the development and management of surgery centers. Mr. Lunn has served in numerous management roles, including vice president of finance and CEO for American Medical Centers, CFO of INA (now Cigna) Healthplan of Texas and vice president of HealthAmerica of Florida.

Thomas Mallon (Regent Surgical Health). Mr. Mallon is co-founder and CEO of Regent Surgical Health. Mr. Mallon has significant experience in venture capital funds, turnarounds and physician recruitment, and offers facilities his expertise on all aspects of clinical and financial operations. He earned a BA from Denison University in Granville, Ohio and his MBA from the Harvard Business School in Boston.

Bryan Massoud, MD (Spine Centers of America). Bryan J. Massoud, MD, founded Spine Centers of America and has performed thousands of procedures using endoscopic techniques for the treatment of many spinal disorders, including:  cervical and lumbar disc herniations, thoracic disc herniations, spinal stenosis, failed back surgery syndrome, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis and infections. Dr. Massoud instructs orthopedic residents and physicians in new minimally invasive surgical procedures such as kyphoplasty and endoscopic techniques.

Kris Mineau (Constitution Surgery Centers). Kris Mineau is president and CEO of Constitution Surgery Centers, which he co-founded in 1997. CSC centers perform more than 75,000 outpatient cases annually.  Prior to founding CSC, Mr. Mineau was a pilot in the United States Air Force. He received a bachelor's degree in management from The United States Air Force Academy in 1988. He is involved in numerous professional organizations including the Connecticut Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, where he served as its founding president.

Jessica Nantz (Outpatient Healthcare Strategies). Ms. Nantz is president and founder of Outpatient Healthcare strategies. She has worked in healthcare for the last 25 years and has focused on outpatient healthcare for the past 15 years. She founded mdStrategies, an ASC coding company, which she sold and then went on to be the founder and principal of ASC Strategies. ASC Strategies focuses on hospital outpatient departments and ASCs.

Stanton M. Nelson (Foundation HealthCare). Mr. Nelson serves as the CEO of Foundation HealthCare. Foundation HealthCare is an organization that owns and operates surgically focused hospitals. The company became public in 2013 allowing the company to strengthen its goal of acquiring surgical hospitals while developing ASCs and other ancillary service lines under them.  Additionally, Mr. Nelson is the vice chairman of the Board of Valliance Bank. He previously served as CEO of Monroe-Stephens Broadcasting, a privately held company that owned and operated radio stations in Southwest Oklahoma and North Texas.

Vito Quatela, MD (Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies). Dr. Quatela founded Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies, an ASC management company, in 2009 with John J. Goehle. Dr. Quatela, a board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, previously served as president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. He has developed and owns two surgery centers in Rochester, N.Y.
 
Lori Ramirez (Elite Surgical Affiliates). Ms. Ramirez is the president and CEO of Elite Surgical Affiliates, which she founded in 2008. Elite Surgical Affiliates is a management and development company for surgical facilities with a special focus in orthopedics, spine and pain. Ms. Ramirez has 12 years of prior experience in surgical development, operations and management, which she uses to grow her development company. Ms. Ramirez previously was responsible for developing the second largest network of surgical facilities for United Surgical Partners International in Houston. While working for USPI, she generated $40 million annually in revenues for the company, while maintaining a 35-percent average profit margin.

Stephen Rosenbaum and Robin Fowler, MD (Interventional Management Services). Mr. Rosenbaum is the CEO and board member of Interventional Management Services and has worked in the healthcare field for the last 20 years. IMS is an ambulatory surgery center management and development company owned by physicians in Atlanta. Mr. Rosenbaum has worked with numerous physicians and physician-owned facilities throughout this career, with most of his work being for surgery centers, hospitals and physician practices. Mr. Rosenbaum created IMS with Robin Fowler, MD, after joining Interventional Spine and Management Center in August 2008.

Dr. Fowler is the chairman and medical director of IMS, which was formed in partnership with Interventional Spine and Pain Management Center in Atlanta. He is a board-certified pain practitioner. He completed his residency training in anesthesiology and fellowship training in interventional pain management at Emory University in Atlanta.

Kenneth R. Ross (Solara Surgical Partners). Mr. Ross is the CEO of Solara Surgical Partners. Solara Surgical Partners is a development and management company who has worked with more than 100 facilities across the United States since it was founded in 2008.He has more than 30 years of management experience in healthcare, energy and finance industries. Mr. Ross founded and developed Solara Healthcare and was responsible for the growth and operating results for seven long-term acute care hospitals.

Donald Schellpfeffer, MD (Medical Facilities Corporation). Dr. Schellpfeffer is presently the CFO of Medical Facilities Corporation. MFC is a management company that owns more than 51 percent interest in an ambulatory surgery center in California.  He has accumulated more than 30 years of experience in ambulatory surgical environments. Dr. Schellpfeffer is the original founder of Sioux Falls (S.D.) Specially Hospital and is a member of its management committee.

Matt Searles (Merritt Healthcare). Mr. Searles has been a partner with Merritt Healthcare for the last 14 years and has worked to develop, manage and advise several healthcare facilities in the United States. Within the last five years, Merritt has completed more than $300 million in healthcare transactions including sales of surgery centers, surgical hospitals in additional to the representation of hospital systems acquiring outpatient facilities. Mr. Searles earned his BA from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and his MBA from Duke University in Durham, N.C.

John R. Seitz (ManageMyASC). Mr. Seitz is the CEO and co-founder of ManageMyASC with more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. ManageMyASC is a management company that devises solutions to ASC owners and operators through its management reporting and team of industry experts.  At ManageMyASC, Mr. Seitz oversees the business development, operational as well as the financial management of the company. He additionally serves on the Benchmarking and Quality Committee for the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and California Ambulatory Surgical Association.

Sue Shelley (Surgical Partners of America). Ms. Shelley is the manager for Surgical Partners of America. She is also a partner and founder of Surgical Partners of America, which was founded in Texas in 2002. Surgical Partners presently operates 100 surgical centers across 27 states after its acquisition of Symbion for $792 million. Ms. Shelley previously co-founded United Surgical Partners International in 1998, where she served as the executive vice president until 2002. She obtained her master's degree in healthcare administration from Duke University in Durham, N.C.

Barry Tanner (Physicians Endoscopy). Mr. Tanner is the CEO of Physicians Endoscopy. Physicians Endoscopy owns and operates more than 35 endoscopic ASCs across the United States. He joined the company in July 1999 and co-authored the company's business plan with CFO Karen Sablyak. His primary responsibility is developing the company's strategic direction and services development in addition to sharing the daily management and governance of many of the company's partnered facilities. Mr. Tanner co-founded Navix Radiology Systems, a venture capital backed company, and helped expand the company from zero to more than $75 million in revenues.

Larry D. Taylor (Practice Partners in Healthcare). Mr. Taylor founded the company on January 17, 2005 and has expanded the company to seven surgery centers currently in operation with another six centers in the development and construction phase. He serves as the president and CEO of Practice Partners and has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare delivery, management and physician relations. Mr. Taylor currently is a board member for the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association as well as the Ambulatory Center Foundation. He additionally is a professor in healthcare at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Pedro Juan Vergne-Morell (PCI | HealthDev). Mr. Vergne-Morell is the CEO and board member of PCI | Health Dev and has over 17 years of experience in operations, product, services and marketing. Mr. Vergne-Morell has worked with both technology startups, including InfoSpace and Good Technology, as well as Fortune 100 companies such as Verizon Communications. He additionally is a board member at Caduceus Medical Holdings as well as PVM Consulting. Mr. Vergne-Morell obtained his MBA from the University of Texas in Dallas in marketing and finance.

Terry Weisman (Denovo Development). Mr. Weisman is presently the CEO and president of Denovo Development, a company engaging in the ground-up development of surgical centers. He previously was director of business development for Specialty Surgical Center where he developed six surgical centers in Southern California. He started Denovo Development after Specialty Surgical Center was sold to Symbion, and currently develops new surgical centers, locates surgery centers for those physicians interested in facilities and consults with existing facilities to enhance efficiency and profits.  

John C. Wilson Jr. (Meridian Surgical Partners). Mr. Wilson is CEO as well as the CFO, a position he has held since the company's opening in 2006, of Meridian Surgical Partners. Meridian Surgical Partners presently is partnered with 10-physician owned ASCs across the United States. The company specializes in acquisition, development and management of spine and orthopedic-driven ambulatory surgery centers.  Mr. Wilson previously was the CEO of Xtensia, a revenue cycle management company, as well was the executive vice president of finance and operations of Working RX, a worker's compensation pharmacy services company. Mr. Wilson obtained his master's in professional accountancy from Mississippi State University in Starkville.

Tom Yerden (TRY Health Care Solutions). Mr. Yerden is the CEO of TRY Health Care Solutions in Idaho, and founded the company in 2005. He additionally founded Aspen Healthcare in 1992, where he also serves as president and CEO.  He has over 28 years of experience in the ambulatory surgery center industry and has played an integral role in the development of 70 surgery centers. Mr. Yerden earned his master's degree in public health from UCLA in Calif.

Joseph Zasa, JD, and Robert Zasa (ASD Management). Mr. Zasa is the co-founder and managing partner of ASD Management, a company presently operating 29 ASCs throughout the United States. ASD management has developed more than 125 surgery centers since it was founded in 1986. Mr. Zasa previously was corporate counsel for Premier Ambulatory Systems where he focused on acquisitions and physician development.  He obtained his JD from Washington and Lee University Law School in Lexington, Va. and has been since honored with election to the Law School Council.

Robert Zasa is a founder and managing partner of ASD management. He has experience in ambulatory business development, management, expansion, acquisition ownership and marketing. He additionally founded Premier Ambulatory Systems, which accumulated $25 million in earnings and operated 15 ASCs when he was a CEO. Mr. Zasa founded Ambulatory System Development in 1996 which was reorganized in 2009 to become ASD Management. ASD has grown to become one of the most successful private ASC firms in the nation.

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