106 Physician Leaders in the ASC Industry

Here is a list of 106 physician leaders who have made significant contributions to the ASC industry.

David J. Abraham, MD. Dr. Abraham is one of the entrepreneurial leaders at The Reading Neck & Spine Center in Wyomissing, Pa. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society and the Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society. Dr. Abraham received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, completed his surgical internship and orthopedic surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and a fellowship in spinal surgery in Detroit, Mich.

Amir Arbisser, MD.
Dr. Arbisser is an ophthalmologist and co-founder of Eye Surgeons Associates in the Quad Cities in Iowa, where he also serves as board chairman. Dr. Arbisser received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed a National Institutes of Health fellowship in genetic and metabolic diseases and his ophthalmology residency at University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, where he served as chief resident. He also undertook a pediatric fellowship at the University of Iowa. Dr. Amir is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and specializes in pediatric comprehensive ophthalmology. He recently finished a six-year gubernatorial appointment on the Board of Regents, the governing body of Iowa's public universities, including University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City.

Dale A. Armstrong, MD. Dr. Armstrong is chairman of the board of Mason City (Iowa) Surgery Center and the president of the Mason City Clinic, where he has visionary ideas for his center. He is board certified in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Armstrong received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City, Okla., and completed his residency in adult psychiatry and his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Ken Austin, MD. Dr. Austin is a practicing orthopedic surgeon with Rockland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Airmont, N.Y., and is the president of the Ramapo Valley Surgical Center in Ramsey, N.J. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his surgical internship and orthopedic residency at the NYU/Bellevue Medical Center. He then went on to complete a fellowship in surgery of the knee and sports medicine at Harvard's Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. His expertise includes treating traumatic and sports-related injuries of the upper and lower extremities and joint replacements of the hip and knee. Dr. Austin was named one of "America's Top Physicians" by the Consumers Research Council. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the vice president of Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Executive Committee.

Norman Douglas Baker, MD, FACS. Dr. Baker is a surgeon at the Ophthalmic Surgeons and Consultants of Ohio in Columbus. He is board certified in ophthalmology. Dr. Baker earned his medical degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus and completed his residency in ophthalmology at Ohio State University department of medicine and his fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine, department of ophthalmology, glaucoma section, in Atlanta. He is also a member of the Ohio State Medical Association, the Columbus Ophthalmological and Otolargyngological Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Glaucoma Society, the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pharmaceutical Physicians. Dr. Baker is clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology at Ohio State University.

Joseph Banno, MD. Dr. Banno is the founder and co-owner of the successful Peoria (Ill.) Day Surgery Center and is past chairman of the ASC Association and a current executive committee member. He is a board-certified urologist with the Midwest Urologist Group. He received medical degree from the University of Chicago and completed a general surgery residency at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria and then entered University of Chicago's comprehensive urology program. He is a clinical instructor of urology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. His special interests include impotency, stone disease and correction of prostate disease. During the last few years, Dr. Banno has been involved in developing the world's first mobile ASCs, which have been purchased by the U.S. Army for breast cancer research.

Scott Bateman, MD. Dr. Bateman is an otolaryngologist practicing at Sheridan Ear, Nose & Throat in Wyoming. He has served the Sheridan area in private practice since 1995. Dr. Bateman earned his MD from the University of Texas HSC at San Antonio and completed his residency in otolaryngology and his internship in surgery at the university. He is affiliated with the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association and the American Academy of Otolaryngology.

Robert A. Berger, MD.
Dr. Berger is a general and bariatric surgeon practicing with Flagstaff (Ariz.) Medical Center. He has special interest in minimally invasive procedures and bariatric surgery. Dr. Berger received his MD from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and completed his internship and residency at the university as well. He also undertook a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Bermudez is a board-certified general surgeon with affiliations with the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.

Fernando Bermudez, MD. Dr. Bermudez is the medical director of Eastside Endoscopy Center and the medical director of G.I. Medicine Associates in Michigan. Dr. Bermudez has served as division head of the department of gastroenterology at St. John Hospital, former medical director of the endoscopy unit at St. John Hospital and former clinical assistant professor at Wayne State University. He currently practices at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, at Bon Secours Hospital in Grosse Pointe, Mich., at St. Joseph's Mercy of Macomb in Clinton Township, Mich., at Mount Clemens General Hospital in Mount Clemens, Mich., and at the Eastside Endoscopy Center in St. Clair Shores, Mich. He specializes in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, the liver and pancreas, with a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease and motility disorders of the esophagus.

Tom Bombardier, MD. Dr. Bombardier is a board-certified ophthalmologist and is the COO and one of the three founding principals of the Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. Prior to founding ASCOA, he established the largest ophthalmic practice in Western Massachusetts, two ASCs and a regional referral center. Over the past 17 years, he has been a real estate developer in Cape Cod, Mass. Dr. Bombardier is a graduate of Amherst (Mass.) College and Albany (N.Y.) Medical College and completed his residency at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La.

Nader Bozorgi, MD.
Dr. Bozorgi has been a leader and pioneer in the field of outpatient surgery since 1973, when he opened one of the first ASCs in the United States. This paved the way for a system of ASCs that provide anesthesia, pain, bariatric lap band and support services, under Magna Health Systems. Dr. Bozorgi continues to serve as Magna Health System's CEO, overseeing the daily operations of three active multi-specialty, Chicago-area ASCs and related physician and support services.

Richard F. Bruch, MD. Dr. Bruch is a physician with Triangle Orthopedic Associates, the North Carolina Specialty Hospital and the James E. Davis Surgery Center, all located in Durham, N.C. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Bruch has served as team physician for the Durham Bulls baseball team since 1980 and specialized in problems of the foot and rheumatoid arthritis. He is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. Dr. Bruch is a past-president of both the Durham-Orange County Medical Society and the North Carolina Medical Society and currently serves on the North Carolina delegation to the American Medical Association. Dr. Bruch serves on the State Health Coordinating Council.

Michael Bukstein, MD, FACS.
Dr. Bukstein is a general surgeon who serves as the board president of the Northeast Missouri Ambulatory Surgery Center in Hannibal, Mo and practices general surgery at Hannibal Clinic. He received his medical degree from University of Missouri Medical School in Columbia, Mo., and completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. Dr. Bukstein served as chief resident in surgery and surgical oncology at University of Missouri Medical Center and Ellis Fishel Cancer Center in Columbia. He is a diplomat of American Board of Surgery, fellow of American College of Surgeons and member of the Hannibal Clinic. Dr. Bukstein's surgical specialty and clinical interests are general surgery and surgical oncology.

James T. Caillouette, MD.
Dr. Caillouette is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with Newport Orthopedic Institute in Newport Beach, Calif., specializing in joint replacement and adult reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee. He has been on staff at Hoag Hospital and in private practice for 22 years. Dr. Caillouette earned his MD from the University of Southern California School of Medicine and served both his internship and orthopedic residency at the University of California, Irvine. He is the immediate past president of the California Orthopaedic Association, a former director of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and a member of the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty, among other affiliations. Dr. Caillouette reviews articles for The Journal of Arthroplasty and Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research and has developed multiple orthopedic devices and instruments over the past 22 years. He also participates in surgeon education at a national and international level and is currently focused on the design of next generation hip and knee implants.

Peter A. Caprise, MD. Dr. Caprise works as an orthopedic surgeon at The Orthopaedic Center of Central Virginia in Lynchburg, Va. He specializes in arm, hip, knee and shoulder surgery and provides joint replacement, arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine surgeries to his patients. Dr. Caprise is affiliated with Lynchburg (Va.) General Hospital and Virginia Baptist Hospital, also in Lynchburg, as well as The Surgery Center of Lynchburg. He earned his MD from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of North Carolina Hospitals. Dr. Caprise is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and provides team medical coverage for local colleges and high schools.

John Caruso, MD. Dr. Caruso has more than 16 years of neurological surgery experience and currently practices at Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute in Hagerstown, Md. Since completing residencies at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine and the University of New Mexico, Dr. Caruso has been in private practice with Neurosurgical Specialists, LLC, in Hagerstown. He is actively involved in the national affairs of Blue Chip Surgical Partners. He is an outstanding speaker, physician and leader and is board certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Peter Cimino, MD. Dr. Cimino practices orthopedics at Omaha Orthopedic Clinic and Sports Medicine in Nebraska, a center with over 70 years of experience in orthopedic service. He specializes in orthopedic surgery of the foot and ankle, hip, knee, shoulder and elbow, as well as sports medicine. Dr. Cimino earned his MD from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha and went on to complete a surgery internship at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He also undertook a residency in orthopedic surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He has studied spine under S. Henry LaRocca, MD, as well as at Sports Medicine Aspen in Colorado. In addition to his work with Omaha Orthopedic Clinic and Sports Medicine, he is affiliated with Alegent Bergan, Alegent Midlands and Methodist Health System.

James R. Colgan, MD. Dr. Colgan is a member of board of managers of Sierra Surgery Hospital, a hospital/physician joint-venture surgical specialty hospital in Carson City, Nev. He is also chairman of the board for Carson Ambulatory Surgery Center, founder of Physicians Managed Care, medical director and board member of Physicians Select Management and serves as a director on the board of Physician Hospitals of America. Dr. Colgan received his medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles. He completed his residency at the Los Angeles County Hospital and is board certified in urology.

R. Blake Curd, MD.
Dr. Curd, a leader in the physician-owned hospital field, is an upper extremity and general orthopedics physician with the Orthopedic Institute in Sioux Falls, S.D., and serves as a director on the board of Physician Hospitals of America. Dr. Curd completed his fellowship training at the Indiana Hand Center, the largest free standing center dedicated to hand/upper extremity care, research and education in the world. He is also serves as the interim executive director of Surgical Management Professionals. Dr. Curd is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker on topics covering hand and upper extremity surgery and currently serves as the team physician for the Sioux Falls Stampede.

Christopher Danis, MD. Dr. Danis is in his twentieth year of practicing hand surgery in Dayton, Ohio. Ten years ago, he initiated Far Hills Surgical Center, a hospital-physician joint-venture ASC in Dayton where he continues to serve on the board. Dr. Danis is currently affiliated with Dayton Children's Medical Center of Dayton, and from 2006 to 2007, he served as chief of staff at Miami Valley Hospital. He received his medical degree at Wright State University Medical School and his general surgery training in the integrated residency program in Dayton. He then completed a plastic surgery residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Detroit, Mich. Dr. Danis is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Daniel C. Daube, MD. Dr. Daube is the director and CEO of the Surgical Center of Excellence in Panama City, Fla., and he is a smart, hands-on leader. He also practices with the Gulf Coast Facial Plastics and ENT Center in Panama City and is on the clinical faculty at Tulane University Medical Center. Dr. Daube received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, N.M., and completed his residency in otolaryngology at the University of New Mexico Hospital. He completed his fellowship in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. Dr. Daube is board certified in otolaryngology and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and is a member of numerous professional societies.

Philip A. Davidson, MD
. Dr. Davidson is the founder and former CEO of Tampa Bay (Fla.) Specialty Surgery Center and now practices orthopedics with Heiden Orthopaedics in Park City, Utah. For more than a decade, Dr. Davidson has been acknowledged as one of the nation's foremost orthopedists treating articular cartilage disorders. He specializes in cartilage restoration and shoulder surgery, with extensive experience in the area of tissue transplantation, including allografts, xenografts and the usage of autologous growth factors. He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York, N.Y., and completed his orthopedic residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and a sports medicine fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. He is an official consultant of Major League Baseball and the National Football League, having been jointly appointed by the players' and owners' groups from these leagues.

John W. Dietz, Jr., MD
. Dr. Dietz is an orthopedic spine surgeon with OrthoIndy and the Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital in Indianapolis. Dr. Dietz has served on the OrthoIndy board of directors since 2000 and currently holds the position of secretary. When OrthoIndy decided to develop IOH, he chaired the planning committee and then served as the chairman of the board of managers. He received his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C., and completed an internship in general surgery and a residency in orthopedic surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. Dr. Dietz is an inventor and has been awarded patents on surgical instruments used in endoscopic spine surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the North American Spine Society and is a fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society.

Douglas R. Dodson, DO.
Dr. Dodson practices orthopedics at Alamogordo Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in New Mexico, where he works with patients ranging from professional athletes to "weekend warriors" to child soccer players. Dr. Dodson earned his DO from Western University of Health Sciences in California and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Michigan State University. He also undertook a fellowship in joint replacement surgery at Thomas Jefferson University. His special interests include hip and knee reconstruction, back pain, arthritis, foot and ankle disease, work-related injuries and anterior cruciate ligament injuries. In the Alamogordo community, he participates in local health lectures and coaches amateur sports teams. Dr. Dodson is the former chief of staff of Gerald Champion Memorial Hospital and serves on the board of directors for Alamogordo Physicians Cooperative. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics and the New Mexico Orthopaedic Association.

Stephen E. Doran, MD.
Dr. Doran is chairman of the board of Midwest Surgical Hospital in Omaha, Neb., and practices with Midwest Neurosurgery & Spine Specialists, also based in Omaha. Dr. Doran is also a clinical assistant professor of surgery at University of Nebraska Medical Center. He is board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgeons, and his special areas of interest include spinal instrumentation, stereotactic and functional neurosurgery, deep brain stimulation and disorders of the spine. He has received national recognition for his research in gene therapy related to the central nervous system, and his research has been published in nationally recognized journals and textbooks. Dr. Doran received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed both his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Ken Drazan, MD. Dr. Drazan is a physician and managing director of healthcare services investments for Bertram Capital Management based in San Mateo, Calif., which includes GENASCIS among its portfolio companies. He has been a leader and he is also an investor in different businesses that serve the ASC market. Previously, Dr. Drazan was the CEO and founder of Arginox Pharmaceuticals. He was a leading academic liver transplant surgeon and basic scientist at Stanford University and UCLA. Dr. Drazan currently serves as chairman of Arginox Pharmaceuticals and Kuratek. Dr. Drazan received his medical degree from the State University of New York.

James P. Emanuel, MD.
Dr. Emanuel is an orthopedic surgeon practicing with Parkcrest Orthopedics in St. Louis, a center that specializes in upper and lower extremities. Dr. Emanuel specializes in the care of the upper extremity and has extensive experience in arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction. He is a respected surgeon known for his work in total shoulder replacement in St. Louis. Dr. Emanuel earned his MD from the Washington University School of Medicine and completed his orthopedic residency at the university as well. His affiliations include the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the National Orthopedic Education Society.

John Fitz, MD. Dr. Fitz is the founder of The Surgery Center of Farmington (Mo.), a 10-year-old, multi-specialty surgery center, where he works as a physician. Under his guidance, the center has operated under a very successful rural area surgery center model. He has been in the private practice of comprehensive ophthalmology for 23 years and also started Precision Eye Care in Farmington, Mo., in 1986. Although trained in the comprehensive management of eye diseases, Dr. Fitz's particular interests lie in cataract surgery, glaucoma management and surgery and refractive surgery. He has performed more than 10,000 cataract surgeries and was the first Crystalens-certified surgeon in southern Missouri and eastern Illinois. Dr. Fitz is on active staff at Parkland Health Center and Mineal Area Medical Center, as well as chairman of the board for The Surgery Center of Farmington. He received his MD from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1982.

Donald W. Floyd, MD. Dr. Floyd is an orthopedic surgeon practicing with Texas Surgical Center in Midland. He has been in private practice since 1982 and serves as team physician for Midland College and Midland Rockhounds AA Baseball Team, the Oakland Athletics' affiliate. He also served as a flight surgeon in the United States Air Force from 1975-1978. Dr. Floyd earned his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and completed his internship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He also undertook a residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Floyd has worked with the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Program in several Olympic Games. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association and the Alamo Orthopaedic Society, among others.

John A. Foster, MD. Dr. Foster is an otolaryngologist practicing with Spartanburg Ear, Nose and Throat in South Carolina. He has been with the center since 1991. While Dr. Foster's main interest is in general otolaryngology, he also specializes in pediatric otolaryngology, nasal and paranasal sinus disease and the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. He earned his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed his general surgery training at the University of Florida. He also undertook a residency in otolaryngology at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Foster serves as medical director and chairman of the board for the Spartanburg ASC, as well as vice chief of the division of otolaryngology at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

John Fontana, MD. Dr. Fontana is an obstetrician/gynecologist practicing at Beaufort Ob-Gyn in Beaufort, S.C. He also serves on the staff at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. Dr. Fontana earned his MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. in 1967 and went on to complete an internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in 1968. He undertook his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Florida Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville and later completed a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Fontana has held faculty positions at Hershey Medical Center at Penn State University and Dunham Army Hospital.

Robin Fowler, MD. Dr. Fowler is the medical director of Interventional Spine & Pain Management, based in the Atlanta area, and he has developed several different surgery centers in Georgia, Texas and New Mexico. He is also an active staff member at the Newton and Rockdale Medical Centers. During his tenure as a pain practitioner, he has performed more than 5,000 epidurals and pain procedures. Dr. Fowler spent five years establishing concurrent successful careers in the pharmaceutical industry and construction contracting before returning to earn his medical degree. He completed a residency in anesthesiology at Emory University in Atlanta and a fellowship in Emory's interventional pain program. Dr. Fowler serves as a thought leader in pain management and is asked to speak at top medical universities, hospitals and community programs around the country. He has also served as an advisor for pain management to several private insurance carriers.

James L. Fox, Jr., MD.
Dr. Fox is the founding leader of the Ravine Way Surgery Center in Glenview, Ill., and practices at the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who has been practicing for more than 20 years. His clinical interests include general orthopedic surgery, including fracture care and arthroscopy, as well as orthopedic oncology. Dr. Fox received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He completed a fellowship in orthopedic oncology at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center in New York, and joint replacement at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago. He completed his residency with, and serves as assistant professor and associate clinical professor at, Northwestern University Medical School in Evanston, Ill. He also holds an instructor position at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, Ill.

Eric J. Freeh, DO. Dr. Freeh practices orthopedics at Alamogordo Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in New Mexico. As the former team physician for the Phoenix Suns professional basketball team, he has the experience to provide his patients with "the finest orthopedic care possible," according to the center's website. Dr. Freeh earned his DO from Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery and completed an internship at Hillcrest Osteopathic Hospital. He also undertook an orthopedic surgery residency at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington, Mich. Dr. Freeh specializes in trauma surgery, shoulder injury and osteoporosis and has successfully treated thousands of fractures. In addition to his clinical work, he serves as an examiner for the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, is a member of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry and is a faculty member at the Association for Study of Internal Fixation.

Robert Gannan, MD, PhD.
Dr. Gannan is the founder and clinical strategies advisor for Doylestown, Pa.-based Physicians Endoscopy. He is a nationally recognized expert in endoscopic procedures. Dr. Gannan established Eastside Endoscopy Center as one of the first outpatient endoscopy centers in Washington State. He retired from clinical practice in Dec. 2006. Dr. Gannan is a regular speaker at national meetings of gastrointestinal physicians regarding practice and development trends. He received his medical degree from the University of Rochester (N.Y.) School of Medicine and Dentistry.

David S. George, MD. Dr. George is an ophthalmologist with The Eye MDs of George, Strickler and Lazer, based in Marietta, Ohio. His special interests include topical cataract surgery and glaucoma and diabetic eye care, as well as refractive surgery, which he began performing in 1999. He is a member of the board of directors for the ASC Association and the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society. Dr. George received his medical degree from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and completed his internship at Riverside Hospital and his residency in ophthalmology at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Gregory George, MD, PhD. Dr. George is the founding principal of SurgCenter Development, which partners with local surgeons to create physician-owned and operated ASCs. As an ophthalmologist with a busy practice and high surgical volume, Dr. George recognizes the need for surgeons to have more control over their daily schedule, surgical time, operating room protocols and surgical staffing. Under his leadership, SurgCenter Development has developed over 60 profitable, physician-owned ASCs. Dr. George earned his MD from Duke University in Durham, N.C., and earned a PhD from Duke in ocular physiology.

Scott E. Glaser, MD, FIPP. Dr. Glaser is a well-respected pain specialist and founder of the Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago in Burr Ridge, Ill. He serves as director on the national board of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and was heavily involved in the lobbying efforts required to ensure passage of the NASPER bill and still works closely with the Illinois Department of Health and the chief pharmacist to implement the program in Illinois. Dr. Glaser was one of the first instructors selected by the International Spinal Intervention Society, the first society to provide training by experts in the performance of spinal injections. As an instructor, he teaches other physicians minimally invasive spinal procedures on cadavers at national courses. He also presents continuing medical education lectures at ASIPP meetings. Dr. Glaser received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He completed his anesthesia residency and fellowship at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago.

John H. Hajjar, MD. Dr. Hajjar is the CEO of Urology Specialty Care in northern New Jersey. He earned his MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1981 and completed his surgical and urological training at the New York University Medical Center in New York City. After spending time researching the genetic aspects of kidney cancer, Dr. Hajjar turned his focus to clinical urology and patient care. He has been practicing in northern New Jersey since 1988 and has developed a reputation as a skilled and trusted surgeon. He has held appointments as chief of urology at St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson, N.J., an associate professor at NYU Medical Center and an urologist at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., and The Englewood Hospital in Englewood, N.J. In addition to his medical degree, he holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee, where he completed a yearlong project on office-based surgery centers. He has published various articles on urology and other subjects and received a Valentine Award for research on DNA analysis of kidney cancer from 1987-1988.

John R. Harvey, MD, FACC. Dr. Harvey formed the Oklahoma Cardiovascular Associates (formerly the Heart Group of Oklahoma), a 40-man cardiovascular group in Oklahoma City, Okla. He is currently president and medical director of the Oklahoma Heart Hospital in Oklahoma City and serves as a director on the board of Physician Hospitals of America. His primary interest is in interventional cardiology and new technologies. Dr. Harvey received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City and completed a fellowship in cardiology at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and interventional cardiology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He served on the boards of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the Oklahoma Foundation for Cardiovascular Research.

Scott Holley, MD. Dr. Holley is the president and founder of Great Lakes Plastic & Hand Surgery in Portage and Battle Creek, Mich. He is board certified in general surgery, plastic surgery and holds the certificate of added qualification as a specialist in hand surgery. Dr. Holley is president of the Michigan Association of Hand Surgery and is a member of numerous professional societies. He received medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and completed residencies in general and plastic surgery at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. He completed fellowships in hand and microsurgery at the Kleinert Institute in Louisville, Ky., burn surgery at the Shriner's Hospital in Cincinnati and cosmetic surgery with Drs. Baker, Stuzin and Gordon in Miami.

Stephen Holst, MD. Dr. Holst practices urology at Big Horn Urology in Sheridan, Wyoming. He earned his MD from the University of Colorado and also completed his residency in surgery and urology at the university. He is affiliated with the American Board of Urology, the American Lithotripsy Society, the American Urological Association and Rocky Mountain Urological Society.

Young B. Huh, MD. Dr. Huh is a gastroenterologist with Gastroenterology Associates, P.C., in Bettendorf, Iowa. Dr. Huh received his MD from the University of Buffalo and completed and internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He also undertook a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has published work in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Huh is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology and hepatology. He serves as a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterological Association. He practices at the Center for Digestive Health, which was established in 2004 as a joint venture between Gastroenterology Associates, P.C. and Genesis Medical Center.

Jack E. Jensen, MD, FACSM.
Dr. Jensen is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and medical director of Athletic Orthopedics and Knee Center, an integrated healthcare plaza specializing in the care of knees, and the founder of a surgery center in Houston. He has a very active role in the Texas Ambulatory Surgical Center Association and remains an extremely solid contributor to the ASC industry. Dr. Jensen has been distinguished with the title Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. A former associate editor of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, he has co-authored numerous articles and two books, A Healthy 10! and The One Stop Knee Shop. He received his medical degree from Kansas University, and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Texas and a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Oregon. Dr. Jensen has served as an orthopedic consultant to the U.S. Gymnastic Federation, team physician to Karolyi's Gymnastics, the USA Swimming Foundation, the Association of Tennis Professionals and orthopedic physician to numerous Olympic and professional athletes.

Douglas D. Koch, MD. Dr. Koch is medical director of Baylor Vision, the refractive surgery clinical and research group at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also professor of ophthalmology at the Cullen Eye Institute at Baylor College of Medicine. He is editor of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and past president of the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Koch is one of six charter members of the executive committee of the Refractive Surgery Interest Group of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Koch earned his MD from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency at Baylor College of Medicine and fellowship training in London, Los Angeles and Seattle. In a survey by Ophthalmology Times, Dr. Koch was named one of the top 10 refractive surgeons in the United States.

Marc E. Koch, MD, MBA. Dr. Koch is the president and CEO of Somnia Anesthesia Services based in New Rochelle, N.Y., where he focuses on ensuring that all efforts further the company's mission of offering high-quality, cost-efficient anesthesia solutions to hospitals, ASCs and office-based facilities nationwide. Dr. Koch co-founded Resource Anesthesiology Associates in 1996. He has written several articles on anesthesiology in the ASC industry and recently spoke on the importance of choosing the right anesthesia partner. He graduated with honors from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed his internship at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y., and a residency in anesthesia at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. Dr. Koch is a board-certified anesthesiologist.

Satish Kodali, MD.
Dr. Kodali is an ENT physician and one of the physician owners of The Surgery Center in Franklin, Wis., a joint venture between Associated Surgical & Medical Specialists and Aurora HealthCare Ventures. He currently serves as president of The Surgery Center's board of managers and was a key player in negotiations during the joint-venture process. Dr. Kodali has been practicing all of the components of ENT, including pediatric, head and neck oncology, otology, advanced endoscopic sinus surgery, sleep apnea and trauma and reconstructive surgery since 1998. He received his MD from and completed his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is a clinical instructor for the St. Luke's Family Practice residency program and an assistant clinical professor for the Department of Otolaryngology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Donald Kramer, MD. With a medical practice spanning more than 25 years, Dr. Kramer has developed several successful ASCs in the Houston market and is the founder of Northstar Healthcare, which develops and, in conjunction with physician partners, owns and operates significant ASCs in concentrated markets. He serves also as president and medical director for Northstar. Dr. Kramer is an active member of the Harris County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association and Texas Ambulatory Surgery Center Society, and previously served on the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He received his MD from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

Timothy Kremchek, MD. Dr. Kremchek is one of the leading shoulder surgeons in the country and is a physician with Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Sharonville, Ohio. He has developed tremendous plans and thoughts around operating surgery centers and building and marketing brands for orthopedic surgeons and for surgery centers. His professional interests range from advanced arthroscopic repair of the shoulder and knee injuries to total joint reconstruction. Dr. Kremchek serves as medical director and chief orthopedic physician for the Cincinnati Reds and as a team physician for area high schools and has been featured on HBO's Real Sports program regarding youth baseball injuries. Dr. Kremchek received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati.

Peter R. Kurzweil, MD.
Dr. Kurzweil is the founder of the Surgery Center of Long Beach (Calif.) and is an internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon with expertise in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee and shoulder and the treatment of athletic injuries. He is the fellowship director for the Southern California Center for Sports Medicine in Long Beach. He is team physician for California State University in Long Beach, the Long Beach Ice Dogs, a professional hockey team in the IHL, as well as several local high school football teams. He serves as chairman of the department of orthopedics at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Arthroscopy and Related Research. Dr. Kurzweil received his medical degree from the University of Rochester (N.Y.) School of Medicine and Dentistry, and completed his residency at the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York and his fellowship in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, knee and shoulder reconstruction and replacement at the Southern California Center for Sports Medicine.

Brent Lambert, MD. Dr. Lambert has revolutionized approaches to ASC management. He is the chairman of the board and a founder of Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America and takes a hands-on approach to ASC management. He is currently responsible for business development at ASCOA. Dr. Lambert is a board-certified ophthalmologist. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary residency program. Prior to the founding of ASCOA, Dr. Lambert was the developer and owner of three ASCs, including the first eye ASC in New England.

Gregory Lauro, MD. Dr. Lauro is the president and medical director of Laurel Surgical Center in Greensburg, Pa. Dr. Lauro is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who opened the center in 2004 with a group of surgeon-investors. The center grew from around 25 cases per week in 2004 to nearly 150 cases per week in four years. The center has been in partnership with Meridian Surgical Partners since 2007. Dr. Lauro received his MD from the University of Rochester in New York and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at The Ohio State University in Columbus. Dr. Lauro went on to complete a fellowship at The National Hospital for Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Joint Replacement Surgery in Arlington. He is affiliated with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society and Westmoreland County (Pa.) Medical Society.

Jeffrey Leider, MD. Dr. Jeffrey Leider is a co-owner of Great Lakes Surgical Center in Southfield, Mich., as well as a physician and surgeon at the American Ear, Nose and Throat Institute in Farmington, Mich. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolarynology and Head and Neck Surgery and has published numerous research articles, including one on the effect of head position on Eustachian tube function. He serves as a clinical assistant professor at Wayne State University, where he helps train otolaryngology residents, and is also affiliated with William Beaumont Hospital and Berry Surgery Center. Dr. Leider earned his MD from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1988 and completed his otolaryngology residency.

Lance J. Lehmann, MD. Dr. Lehmann is an interventional pain physician who spends a tremendous amount of time studying business and healthcare. He is a physician with the Pain Consultants of Florida in Hollywood, Fla. Dr. Lehmann completed his pain management fellowship at Harvard University's Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and is a former instructor in anesthesiology and pain management at Harvard University. He received his residency training in anesthesiology and critical care at the University of Miami and completed an internship in internal medicine at Yale University's Greenwich (Conn.) Hospital. He is board certified in pain management by the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Pain Medicine.

Jay R. Levinson, MD.
Dr. Levinson serves as medical director of Michigan Endoscopy Center in Farmington Hills, Mich. An accomplished gastroenterologist, Dr. Levinson was recognized by his peers as one of the region's most respected gastroenterologists in Detroit Magazine's Top Doc survey in 2005 and 2008. Dr. Levinson earned his MD from Wayne State University and completed his residency at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit. He is board certified in gastroenterology by the ABMS Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Levinson holds hospital privileges at Providence Hospital, Providence Park Hospital and St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital in addition to his work at Michigan Endoscopy Center.

Marshall S. Lewis, MD. Dr. Lewis is an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Bakersfield, Calif., where he has established medical privileges at every major hospital in the area. He serves as chief of orthopedic surgery for several different hospitals and also runs a private practice, where he focuses on combining the latest technology with his decades of orthopedic experience. Dr. Lewis began his medical training at New York Medical College and completed an internship at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He also completed an intensive research fellowship in Switzerland, where he focused on hip replacement and A-O fracture fixation techniques.

Stephen Lloyd, MD, PhD. Dr. Lloyd is a board-certified internist who has practiced in the Midlands in South Carolina for nearly 30 years. A Maryland native, he earned his MD and doctorate from Duke University in Durham, N.C. He completed an internship at Duke and then moved to South Carolina and began his affiliation with the University of South Carolina medical school. Dr. Lloyd currently practices at South Carolina Medical Endoscopy Center, where he has trained over 100 physicians in colonscopy. He is a passionate advocate for the prevention of colorectal cancer and frequently lectures around his community on the subject. Dr. Lloyd also serves on the Governor's Advisory Council on Aging and the strategic planning committee of the South Carolina Cancer Alliance.

Thomas Lorish, MD. Dr. Lorish is the medical director of the Providence Brain Institute in Portland, Ore. He is a physiatrist and tremendous leader of their efforts to move towards an ASC effort and philosophy. With his help, Providence has become one of leaders in ASC joint ventures in the country. In addition to shaping the vision for Providence Brain Institute, Dr. Lorish helped establish Providence Stroke Center, Providence Epilepsy Center, Providence ALS Center and Providence Multiple Sclerosis Center. He also led the expansion of Providence's rehabilitation services. Dr. Lorish earned his medical degree at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn. He is a past president of the Oregon Medical Association's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Section and has served on the Oregon Physical Therapy Licensing Board.

James J. Lynch, MD, FACS. Dr. Lynch is the president, founder and CEO of SpineNevada based in Reno, Nev., and he also serves as the director of spine service for Regent Surgical Health. He is a board-certified neurological surgeon with 18 years of experience who specializes in complex spine surgery, cervical disorders, degenerative spine, spinal deformities, trauma, tumor infection and minimally invasive spine surgery. He is on staff at St. Mary's Hospital and Renown Medical Center, both located in Reno. He is one of only a handful of spine surgeons with three fellowships in the specialty of spine surgery and has been published in leading journals including Spine: Journal of Neurosurgery and Neurosurgery. Dr. Lynch is a frequent lecturer at national meetings on spine topics related to ASCs. He earned his medical degree from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and completed a residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Dr. Lynch completed spine fellowships from Mayo Clinic, Queen Square in London and Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Ariz.

Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD. Dr. Manchikanti is the medical director of the Pain Management Center of Paducah (Ky.) and Ambulatory Surgery Center in Paducah. He is the CEO and chairman of the board of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Through his work with various organizations, Dr. Manchikanti has been instrumental in the preservation of interventional pain management through specialty designation, mandatory Carrier Advisory Committee representation, reimbursement and the passage of NASPER. He is also the founder of the Pain Physician journal and the founder of the American Board of Interventional Pain Physicians. He graduated from Gandhi Medical College at Osmania University Hyderabad in India, and completed his internship and residency in anesthesiology at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad, India, Youngstown (Ohio) Hospital and Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He completed a fellowship in anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Ajay Mangal, MD, MBA. Dr. Mangal is the founder, CEO and a board member of Prexus Health Partners, and is also a board-certified ENT physician. As a hands-on executive at Prexus, he has been instrumental in developing ASCs and assisting existing centers and hospitals to prosper. He is on staff at Butler County Medical Center, Fort Hamilton, Mercy Fairfield and Cincinnati Children's Hospitals. Dr. Mangal received his medical degree from The University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery from The University of Cincinnati (Ohio). Dr. Mangal received his MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Thomas D. Meade, MD. Dr. Meade began practicing at Coordinated Health in Allentown, Pa., on June 1, 2010. He specializes in knee surgery, both sports injuries and joint replacements (with the rare exception of displaced clavicle fractures, where he is recognized as a leading expert in surgical treatment). He holds academic positions at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Penn State University and Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown. Dr. Meade received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and he completed his internship at The Allentown (Pa.) Affiliated Hospitals, his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and a sports medicine fellowship at the Cincinnati (Ohio) Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center. He is board certified and a member of numerous professional societies.

Keith Metz, MD, JD, MSA. Dr. Metz is a practicing clinical anesthesiologist and medical director at Great Lakes Surgical Center in Southfield, Mich. Dr. Metz serves on the board of directors for the ASC Association and was program committee chairman for the association's first meeting held in San Antonio. In 2003, believing in the power of efficiency and one-on-one treatment provided by ASCs, Dr. Metz organized a group of surgeons to develop an ASC in southeast Michigan. The physicians obtained a CON, purchased land, built a facility, obtained state licensure and Medicare and AAAHC certification. The current facility has four licensed ORs and one procedure room and performs approximately 7,000 procedures annually with about 25 surgeons. Dr. Metz received his MD from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.

Jeffrey Michaelson, MD. Dr. Michaelson specializes in orthopedic surgery at the Porretta Center for Orthopaedic Surgery in Southfield, Mich, as well as Providence and Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Mich., and DMC Surgery Hospital in Madison Heights, Mich. He is especially interested in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, knee and ankle and in sports medicine. He was recognized by his peers as one of Detroit's most respected orthopedic specialists in HOUR Detroit magazine's annual "Top Docs" ranking in 2008. A member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Dr. Michaelson received his MD from Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Thomas K. Miller, MD. Dr. Miller is an orthopedic surgeon at the Roanoke (Va.) Ambulatory Surgery Center and the Roanoke Orthopaedic Center. He has specialty experience in sports medicine, arthroscopy and knee and shoulder reconstruction. Dr. Miller has been team physician for the U.S. National Triathlon Team and the Salem Red Sox baseball team. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and holds academic appointments as assistant professor of medical specialties, orthopedics, at Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Va., and as clinical associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.

Thomas Miller, DPM. Dr. Miller is a board-certified podiatrist at the Surgery Center of Beaufort in South Carolina. A member of the Podiatry Associates of Beaufort, Dr. Miller earned his MD from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland and completed his residency in podiatric surgery from Northwest General Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn. He is also affiliated with Beaufort Memorial Hospital, a Duke Medicine affiliate.

William C. Mobley, MD, FACS.
Dr. Mobley is a practicing urologist with Davenport, Iowa-based Urological Associates. He is certified by the American Board of Urology and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Mobley received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine in Augusta, Ga., and completed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. He is a member of the Iowa Medical Society, the American Urological Association, the American Association of Clinical Urologists, the American Fertility Society and the American Medical Association.

Eric Monesmith, MD. Dr. Monesmith has performed extensive studies on total knees performed in surgery centers and hospitals and is a practicing physician with OrthoIndy in Indianapolis. He specializes in the treatment of arthritic knees and hips. A graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Dr. Monesmith completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. Afterward, he completed the Aufranc Fellowship in constructive joint surgery at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. He then was awarded the Schwartz Traveling Fellowship and studied cartilage transplantation in Gothenburg, Sweden, and hip replacement in Exeter, England. Dr. Monesmith is a past president of the Indiana Orthopaedic Society. He continues to work on projects concerning the design of joint implants, computer navigation for total joint replacement and total joint replacement procedure outcomes.

Daniel B. Murrey, MD.
Dr. Murrey is CEO of OrthoCarolina and a spine surgeon practicing at the OrthoCarolina Spine Center in Charlotte, N.C. He specializes in treatment of both surgical and nonsurgical spinal disorders, with special interest in cervical spine surgery, spinal deformities and disk replacement. He is involved in teaching and training other surgeons as well as in developing new spine technologies. Dr. Murrey is a graduate of Harvard Medical School in Boston and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and his fellowship in spine surgery at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Bergein Overholt, MD, FACP, MACG. Dr. Overholt is a physician with Gastrointestinal Associates in Knoxville, Tenn. He served in the Cancer Control Program of the U.S. Public Health Service and developed the flexible fibersigmoidscope-colonscope, which earned him the Schindler Award from the ASGE and the William Beaumont Award from the AMA. Dr. Overholt has served as president of the ASGE and the American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers and is a founding member and past president of the Tennessee Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He was the chief of staff at St. Mary's Medical Center from 1981-1983. Dr. Overholt serves as the medical director of the laser department of the Thompson Cancer Survival Center. He has published numerous articles, written several chapters for books and recently co-edited the book Office Endoscopy. Dr. Overholt received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Medical School and completed his internship, residency and fellowship in gastroenterology at the University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Paul D. Pace, MD.
Dr. Pace is a hand surgeon practicing at the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group in San Antonio, where he has worked since 1998. He previously practiced with the Hand Associates of South Texas in San Antonio from 1982-1998. Dr. Pace earned his MD from Tulane University in New Orleans and completed an internship in general surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed residencies at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas Heart Institute in Houston, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and Peter Brent Brigham Hospital at Harvard Medical School. He also undertook a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at the University of Colorado in Denver. Dr. Pace's special interests include carpal tunnel syndrome, care of wrist and hand fractures, tendon repair, nerve repair, trigger finger and pediatric hand and wrist injuries, among others.

Greg Parsons, MD. Dr. Parsons is the medical director of the Carolina Surgical Center, a joint venture with Tenet Health Systems in Rock Hill, S.C. He has been on the staff of the center since its beginning in 1989 and has been the president of the physician group for more than 10 years. He was instrumental in the hiring of Joe Zasa, the co-founder of ASD Management, to manage the center. Recently, the center was revitalized by adding 14 new physicians. Dr. Parsons, in conjunction with Tenet and ASD, has led this redevelopment process and it has resulted in a dramatic resurgence for the center. Dr. Parsons was named one of North Carolina's best doctors in 2009 by Boston-based rating company Best Doctors.

Kenneth Pettine, MD. Dr. Pettine is the co-founder of Rocky Mountain Associates in Orthopedic Medicine in Loveland, Colo. He has an extensive background in spinal surgery, research and rehabilitation and is board certified. Dr. Pettine co-invented, designed and patented the Maverick Artificial Disc, a new technology for neck and back intervertebral disc replacement. Dr. Pettine is the recipient of numerous honors and the author of nearly twenty research publications, and he is currently the chief FDA, IDE investigator for the Raymedica lumbar nucleus disc replacement. He received his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver and completed his residency and his master's degree in orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He completed his fellowship at the Institute for Low Back Care in Minneapolis.

Stanford R. Plavin, MD. Dr. Plavin has served as a member of Ambulatory Anesthesia of Atlanta since its inception and has been the managing partner for the last four years. He is an active member of local and state anesthesia societies and is the immediate past president of the Greater Atlanta Society of Anesthesiologists. During his career with Ambulatory Anesthesia of Atlanta, Dr. Plavin has advocated for improved patient safety, saying that appropriate licensed and trained providers are essential during administration of anesthesia and that most efforts to discredit anesthesiologist-directed sedation are based on faulty information. Dr. Plavin also serves as the vice chair of the National Coalition for Quality Colorectal Cancer Screening and Care. He received his MD from the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Emory University Hospital. He practices exclusively in the outpatient setting.

Thomas J. Pliura, MD, JD.
Dr. Pliura is a physician, healthcare lawyer and the founder and manger of four ASCs, with a potential fifth under development. Additionally, he is the founder of zChart EMR, an electronic medical records related company. Dr. Pliura received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago and Peoria, Ill., and his juris doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, Ill. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Illinois State Medical Society and the McLean County Medical Society. In 1998, he sought and received the first favorable Medicare Advisory Opinion in the country, certifying that a proposed ASC was exempt from Stark Laws under a rural provider exemption.

William A. Portuese, MD. Dr. Portuese is the current president of the Washington State Chapter of Facial Plastic Surgeons, as well as a clinical instructor in the department of otolaryngology in head and neck surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Portuese is an active advocate for facial plastic surgeons in his state and has supported the move toward health savings accounts that would reduce the number of uninsured Americans. Dr. Portuese specializes in plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck and has studied recent advancements in facial cosmetic surgery, including tissue adhesive techniques and lower eyelid surgery without external incisions. In 2008, he earned the Washington ASC Association Physician of the Year Award. He regularly gives presentations on facial plastic surgery on local, national and international levels and has authored numerous publications in his field. Dr. Portuese completed his surgical internship and residency at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport, La., and undertook a fellowship in facial plastic surgery in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Thomas E. Price, MD (R-Ga.).
Dr. Price is an orthopedic physician who now serves in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the sixth district of Georgia. Dr. Price has been an outspoken advocate for patient-centered healthcare reform in Washington, D.C., and developed the Comprehensive HealthCARE Act, designed about positive changes to provide access for all Americans to affordable, quality healthcare. In 2002, he came the first Republican majority leader in the history of Georgia and is now ranking Republican member of the health, employment, labor and pensions subcommittee. Prior to serving in Congress, he was medical director of the Orthopaedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, teaching resident doctors in training, and was in private practice for nearly 20 years. Dr. Price received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Emory University in Atlanta.

David J. Raab, MD. Dr. Raab is the founder, president and CEO of the Illinois Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery Center in Morton Grove, Ill., and an orthopedic surgeon with Illinois Bone and Joint Institute in Des Plaines, Ill. He specializes in orthopedic surgery in sports medicine, total joint replacement and arthroscopy, among other areas of interest. He holds an academic appointment as assistant professor of clinical orthopedic surgery at Northwestern University Medical School. Dr. Raab received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and completed his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at Northwestern. He completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center.

Michael Redler, MD. Dr. Redler is an orthopedic surgeon at Surgery Center of Fairfield County in Bridgeport, Conn., as well as a founding partner of the Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center, which has five locations in Connecticut. He is also the orthopedic consultant to major league lacrosse and serves as head team physician for Sacred Heart University. Dr. Redler also holds a position as assistant professor of orthopedic surgery for the University of Virginia. He is a board-certified and fellowship-trained sports medicine and hand surgery specialist.

Wallace Reed, MD. Anesthesiologist Dr. Reed is credited with co-founding the nation's first ASC in Phoenix, Ariz., and has been recognized for his "vision and tireless advocacy on behalf of ASCs," according to a 2010 statement by ASC Association President Kathy Bryant. At age 94, he continues to inspire ASC community members to reach even greater heights in the surgery center industry and lead improvements in healthcare. Dr. Reed and his late partner, John L. Ford, founded Surgicenter in 1970 to provide patients with high-quality, affordable and accessible healthcare, setting the standard for ASCs all over the country. In 2010, Dr. Reed received the 2010 Health Care Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award from the Phoenix Business Journal.

J. Michael Ribaudo, MD. Dr. Ribaudo has more than 27 years of experience as a surgeon, healthcare executive and real estate developer and currently serves as CEO and chairman of Ballwin, Mo.-based Surgical Synergies. He is a pioneer in the development of physician-owned ASCs and, in 1982, developed the largest freestanding outpatient surgery center in the country in a city with 28 other competing hospitals. He has served as executive vice president of Surgical Health Corp. and HealthSouth Surgery Centers. Dr. Ribaudo graduated from Louisiana State Medical School with graduate medical school training at Emory University in Atlanta, Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and New York University. He received postgraduate training at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Mass., Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and Stanford (Calif.) Graduate School of Business.

Herbert Riemenschneider, MD. Dr. Riemenschneider is the principal physician at Riverside Urology and the founder of Knightsbridge Surgery Center, both in Columbus, Ohio. He is a urologic surgeon, a dedicated patient advocate and an innovator in delivering superior urologic care. He currently is a member of the faculty at Ohio State University in Columbus, clinical assistant professor of Urology at OSU's College of Medicine and director of urologic education at Riverside Methodist Hospitals. A local pioneer in cryosurgical ablation for treatment of prostate cancer, he performed the first prostate cryoablation in Ohio. Dr. Riemenschneider received his medical degree from the OSU College of Medicine and completed his residency in urology at Indiana University in Indianapolis.

Steven Robinson, MD. Dr. Robinson is a board member and practicing plastic surgeon at Riverside Outpatient Surgery Center in Columbus, Ohio. He is also an active member of the Aesthetic Society and the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and holds staff appointments at Mount Carmel Medical Center, Riverside Methodist Hospital, Children's Hospital of Columbus and St. Ann's Hospital. His ASC, Riverside Outpatient Surgery Center, has more than 20 co-owners and hosts a variety of specialties, including plastic surgery, ophthalmology, ob-gyn and urology. Dr. Robinson earned his MD from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and served two residences, one in general surgery at Wayne State University and the other in plastic surgery at OSU Medical Center. He is certified as a general surgeon by the American Board of Surgery and as a plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Paul L. Rohlf, MD. Dr. Rohlf began practicing at Urological Associates in 1969. After a long and successful career serving thousands of patients, he retired from the practice in 2007. During his career, Dr. Rohlf served as president of the American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers. He was the initial urologist who obtained the first surgery center certificate of need for a center in Iowa and remains a strong leader in the ASC industry following his retirement.

L. Edwin Rudisill, Jr., MD. Dr. Rudisill is one of the leading hand surgeons in the country and practices with The Hand Center in Greenville, S.C. He received his medical degree from Bowman-Gray School of Medicine in Winston Salem, N.C. and completed his orthopedic training with the Greenville (S.C.) Hospital System. He completed a hand and microsurgery fellowship was completed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Rudisill holds a certificate of added qualifications in surgery of the hand and is a member of the American Society of Surgery of the Hand, American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery and is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Michael E. Russell, II, MD. Dr. Russell is an orthopedic surgeon with Azalea Orthopedics and is a board member at the Texas Spine & Joint Hospital in Tyler, Texas. He specializes in the treatment of spine injury, deformity and degeneration and received his orthopedic training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. He completed his residency in spine surgery at The Carolinas Medical Center at Charlotte (N.C.). Dr. Russell is board certified and serves as a director on the board of Physician Hospitals of America.

James W. Rust, DPM. Dr. Rust has been in private practice since 1988. In 1991, he joined Atlantic Podiatry Associates in Daytona Beach, Fla., where he currently practices. He also works with Twin Lakes Surgical Center in Daytona Beach and serves on the faculty at Florida Sate University College of Medicine. Dr. Rust is a member of the American Podiatry Medical Association, Florida Podiatric Medical Association and the American College of Foot Surgeons. He treats all aspects of podiatric care, including sports medicine and diabetic foot care, in the office and hospital setting. Dr. Rust received his doctorial degree from the William M. Scholl College of Podiatry Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Chicago.

Kuldip S. Sandhu, MD, FACP, FACG. Dr. Sandhu is a gastroenterologist at the Sutter Roseville (Calif.) Endoscopy Center in and is president of Capitol Gastroenterology Consultants Medical Group. He received his medical degree from Punjabi University, Patiala, India, and completed his internship and his residency in internal medicine at MLK-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Sandhu went on to complete his fellowship training in gastroenterology at LAC-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Kent Sasse, MD, MPH, FACS. Dr. Sasse is one of the leading bariatric physicians in the country, serves as the director of the Western Bariatric Institute in Reno, Nev., and is an attending surgeon at several hospitals in the area. He is the founder of the International Metabolic Institute, which seeks to bring individuals state-of-the-art medical and scientific principles of physiologic weight reduction. Dr. Sasse is the author of two recent books titled Life-Changing Weight Loss and Doctor's Orders: 101 Medically Proven Tips for Losing Weight. He received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, a master's in health and medical sciences at UCSF-UC Berkeley Joint Medical Program and an MPH in epidemiology from UC-Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Sasse completed his residency at the UCSF department of surgery and his fellowship at the Lahey Clinic department of colon and rectal surgery in Burlington, Mass.

Hooman Sedighi, MD. Dr. Sedighi is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician who has practiced as a private practice physician in Dallas since 1997. He is an equity partner in Pine Creek Medical Center in Dallas, a short-stay surgical hospital that has reported annual profits since its opening in 2005. Dr. Sedighi is also an equity partner in two Gulf States long-term acute care hospitals in Dallas and DeSoto, Texas. Dr. Sedighi was responsible for the development and formation of the physician partnerships for both hospitals. Dr. Sedighi earned his MD from Indiana University School of Medicine and is double board-certified by the American Board of Physician Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Pain Medicine.

David Shapiro, MD, CPHRM, LHRM, CHC. Dr. Shapiro is a partner in Ambulatory Surgery Center, an ASC consulting firm, and is the chair of the Ambulatory Surgery Foundation and chair-elect of the ASC Association. Previously, Dr. Shapiro held the position of senior vice president of medical affairs for Surgis, an ASC management company, serving as the corporate medical director for more than 20 facilities. He also engaged in private practice of anesthesiology before joining Surgis. Dr. Shapiro holds designations as a certified professional in healthcare risk management from the American Hospital Association and currently serves as chairman of the Ambulatory Surgery Center claims and underwriting committee.

Joshua A. Siegel, MD. Dr. Siegel is the sports medicine director at Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics in Exeter, N.H., and the founding partner and managing member of Northeast Surgical Care. Dr. Siegel has treated professional, national and Division I collegiate athletes and has mastered the latest techniques in arthroscopic surgical treatments of the knee, shoulder and elbow. As managing member of Northeast Surgical Care, he is in charge of all hiring and management of key staff, developing of new services and physician recruitment, as well as the preparation and schedule for executive physician meetings. Dr. Siegel received his MD from SUNY Buffalo in New York and completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the renowned American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala. He is a fellow of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, as well as the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Thomas A. Simpson, MD, FACS. Dr. Simpson is chairman of the board of directors for the Iowa City Ambulatory Surgery Center and led the board of this multi-specialty ASC as it came together to plan and develop the ASC with Mercy Hospital. He serves on the staff for ENT Medical Services and belongs to numerous academic societies and associations. He also serves as president of the board of directors for Mercy of Iowa City Regional PHO and is a former president of the Iowa Academy of Otolaryngology. Dr. Simpson received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa.

Eric J. Stahl, MD. Dr. Stahl, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports injuries and shoulder and knee surgery, is the president of Golden Ridge Surgery Center in Golden, Colo. He also specializes in sports medicine at the Panorama Orthopedics and Spine Center and serves as vice president of the Colorado Ambulatory Surgery Center Association. During his military service in France, he was the physician for the climbing school and the mountain rescue team in Chamonix. Dr. Stahl completed his internship and surgical residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver and his orthopedic residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, and Phoenix, Ariz.

Steven Stern, MD. Dr. Stern is a Harvard-trained orthopedic physician. He is the medical director and the vice president of neurosciences orthopedic and spine of United Healthcare. Prior to coming to United Healthcare, he was a leading surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and has developed a very successful surgery center. In his current position at United Healthcare, Dr. Stern is responsible for issues relating to musculoskeletal care, including joint arthroplasty surgery. He is a member of multiple orthopedic societies related to joint replacement surgery, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The Knee Society, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Association. He has over 20 years of orthopedic surgical experience and has published multiple articles on total knee and hip arthroplasty and total joint replacement, in addition to his book Key Techniques in Orthopedic Surgery.

David W. Strege, MD.
Dr. Strege specializes in orthopedic surgery at Mid County Orthopaedic – Bellevue in St. Louis, Mo. He works with St. John's Mercy Health Care, St. Mary's Health Center and Missouri Baptist Medical Center, all in St. Louis, to provide outstanding orthopedic care to his patients. Dr. Strege specializes in hand and upper extremity surgery, general orthopedic surgery, reconstructive surgery and elbow and shoulder surgery and has served as a member of the Tissue Advisory Board for Mid-America Transplant Services since 1995. He completed his residency at St. Louis University Hospital and undertook a fellowship in hand surgery at Mayo Graduate School in Rochester, Minn.

Charles Tadlock, MD.
Dr. Tadlock is the founder of Surgery Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. He is also the CEO of Epiphany Surgical Solutions and an avid developer of surgery centers.

Larry Teuber, MD. Dr. Teuber, a neurosurgeon, is the founder and physician executive of Black Hills Surgery Center in Rapid City, S.D., one of the country's most successful small surgical hospitals. He also serves as the president of Toronto, Canada-based Medical Facilities Corp., medical director of Sioux Falls Surgical Hospital, which he founded in 1985, and founder and current managing partner of The Spine Center in Rapid City. Dr. Teuber has over 18 years of experience in ambulatory surgical environments and has authored numerous medical publications. Dr. Teuber received his medical degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D., and completed his general surgery internship and neurosurgery residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Teuber served for 17 years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve as an aviation and medical officer.

George M. Tinawi, MD. Dr. Tinawi is the president of Surgery Center Partners and its management subsidiary, Endoscopy Management Services Organization, which he founded with Samuel Marcus, MD. He was a practicing physician in Mountain View, Calif., from 1986-2004. As a practicing physician, Dr. Tinawi developed a clear understanding of the business issues faced by physicians in today's challenging environment. A graduate of the Medical School of University of Aleppo in Syria, Dr. Tinawi completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medicine Program in Worcester, Mass., and his fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is board certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology.

Vasudevan Tiruchelvam, MD. Dr. Tiruchelvam — Dr. Tiru to his colleagues and patients — has been a leader in the York, Penn., medical community for many years, have served as chief of the division of surgery at the York Hospital. He currently serves as vice-chairman of the York Hospital department of surgery, as well as the president of the York County Medical Foundation, the charitable arm of the York County Medical Society. As president of YCMF, he has led teams of physicians in providing free medical care to underserved patients in his local community and many foreign countries. He helped provide medical attention to survivors of Hurricane Katrina and the tsunami in Sri Lanka and has participated in cancer services at the Olivia's House and Crispus Attucks Community Center locally. Dr. Tiru opened his private practice in 1987 and currently works at Leader Surgical Associates in York, performing hernia repair, gallbladder surgery, colon repair, breast surgery and thyroid surgery as a general surgeon. Dr. Tiru belongs to the American College of Surgeons and the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine.

Arnaldo Valedon, MD. Dr. Valedon is the chief ambulatory division and managing partner of First Colonies Anesthesia Associates in Baltimore, Md. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and currently serves on the ASC Association's Program Committee for ASCs for 2011. He is also a member of the search committee for the next president of the Ambulatory Surgery Foundation and ASC Association and a member of the Ambulatory Surgery Foundation board. Dr. Valedon earned his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and completed an internship in internal medicine at Cooper Hospital-University School of Medicine and Dentistry in Camden, N.J.

George A. Violin, MD, FACS. Dr. Violin is the founder of Medical Eye Care Associates in Massachusetts. He devotes most of his practice to cataract surgery, LASIK and related surgeries and was one of the early investigators of epikeratophakia, a precursor of current LASIK technology. Dr. Violin has been the subject of many news articles concerning his expertise in the areas of laser vision correction and cataract surgery and has appeared as a guest speaker on numerous local television and radio broadcasts, where he has discussed state of the art technologies in both areas. Dr. Violin is one of the three founding principals of the Ambulatory Surgery Centers of America and is affiliated with Caritas Norwood Hospital, Faulkner/Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and New England Medical Center. He graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, N.Y., and completed his ophthalmic residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston.

Jeffrey L. Visotsky, MD, FACS. Dr. Visotsky is a member of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute and founder of the Morton Grove (Ill.) Surgery Center. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and specializes in conditions of the hand, elbow and shoulder, arthroscopy shoulder/elbow, shoulder reconstruction and replacement, among other areas. Dr. Visotsky serves as assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago and an instructor in the physicians assistant department of the Finch University of Health Sciences Chicago Medical School. He also holds a position as a special consultant in the division of specialized care for children at the University of Illinois in Chicago, specializing in hand and upper extremity care. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at McGaw Medical Center in Chicago and his fellowship in hand and upper extremity microsurgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Robert Welti, MD. Dr. Welti is the corporate medical director and COO, Western region, for Westchester, Ill.-based Regent Surgical Health. He served as the medical director and administrator of the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Surgery Center and was affiliated with Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for 20 years. He has worked in both hospital-based surgery centers and smaller physician-owned ASCs. A board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Welti earned his medical degree from Stanford (Calif.) University School of Medicine, where he also served his internship and residency and completed his fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesia at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Thomas Wherry, MD. Dr. Wherry is co-founder of Total Anesthesia Solutions, a company dedicated to addressing the emerging anesthesia subsidy crisis and developing innovative anesthesia service solutions for practitioners, hospitals and major health systems. He has worked with Health Inventures since 1996. In addition to his roles as medical director for the Surgery Center of Maryland and consulting medical director for Health Inventures, he has collaborated with professionals in the United Kingdom, Japan and Kuwait to improve the delivery of ambulatory surgery. He is currently a member of First Colonies Anesthesia Associates, a large anesthesia group that employs over 140 anesthesiologists, and he serves on the board for the group's management arm, Mid-Atlantic Practice Management. Dr. Wherry earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati (Ohio) and completed his residency in anesthesiology at John Hopkins. He is board certified in anesthesiology and pain management.

Richard N.W. Wohns, MD, MBA.
Dr. Wohns is a spine surgeon and one of the first physicians involved with the development of ambulatory spine practices. He is the founder of South Sounds Neurosurgery in Puyallup, Wash. He also founded Neospine, a spine ASC development company, which is currently part of Symbion Healthcare. His areas of expertise in the field of neurosurgery include brain tumor and skull base surgery, numerous complex minimally invasive spinal surgical techniques, teleradiology, computer-based neuronavigation and stereotaxis. He was one of the first neurosurgeons in the United States qualified to perform the revolutionary XLIF technique for minimally invasive lumbar fusions. He is also a leader in the field of mountain medicine and is widely known in the climbing community for having performed an emergency appendectomy on a fellow climber on the Baltoro Glacier on K2. Dr. Wohns attended medical school at Yale University School of Medicine and completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. He also holds an executive MBA from the University of Washington and is currently pursuing a law degree from Seattle University School of Law.



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