350 People in the ASC Industry to Know


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This list of leaders within the ambulatory surgery center industry was created as a result of extensive research by our editorial staff. The list is arranged in alphabetical order. Leaders do not pay and cannot pay for placement on this list. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement of a provider's or organization's clinical abilities.

David J. Abraham, MD.
Dr. Abraham is a physician at the Reading Neck and Spine Center in Wyomissing, Pa. He is a board-certified in orthopedic surgery and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, North American Spine Society and the Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society.

Margaret Acker, RN, MSN, CASC.
Ms. Acker is administrator at Southwest Surgical Center in Byron Center, Mich., and former CEO of the Blake Woods Medical Park Surgical Center in Jackson, Mich. She previously served as nursing supervisor/house manager at Foote Hospital and clinical nurse manager for Foote Health System (now Allegiance Health) in Jackson.

Clifford G. Adlerz. Mr. Adlerz is president, COO and director of Symbion. Before co-founding Symbion, he served as COO of UniPhy, as division vice president of HCA (formerly Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation) and as a regional vice president for HealthTrust.

Ross Alexander. Mr. Alexander is administrator at The Surgery Center of Fort Collins (Colo.), a multispecialty ASC owned and managed by a group of surgeons, Poudre Valley Health System and SCA. Mr. Alexander began at SCFC as its business manager but was promoted to administrator a year later.

Amy Allard, BSN, MPH, RN.
Ms. Allard is administrator of Ramapo Valley Surgery Center in Ramsey, N.J. The multispecialty ASC focuses on orthopedics, general surgery, ENT, podiatry, pain management, ophthalmology, gynecology and dentistry, and performs around 4,500 cases annually.

Amir Arbisser, MD.
Dr. Arbisser is an ophthalmologist and co-founder of Eye Surgeons Associates in Bettendorf, Iowa, where he also serves as board chairman. Dr. Arbisser received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed his ophthalmology residency at University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Richard G. Areen, MD. Dr. Areen is a highly experienced otolaryngologist who is in practice with Sacramento Ear, Nose & Throat, where he is president. Dr. Areen has directed various outpatient surgery centers and is currently president of the governing body of Sutter River City Surgery Center in Sacramento. He has been an active participant in state and federal advocacy for the ASC industry.

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. He is board certified in adult and child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Armstrong completed his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Brent Ashby.
Mr. Ashby is the administrator of Audubon Surgery Center and Audubon ASC at St. Francis and Women's Surgical Center, all located in Colorado Springs. He previously served as the administrator of the Provo (Utah) Surgical Center for seven years, and he practiced law at a large firm in Phoenix.

John Atwater, MD.
Dr. Atwater is a spine surgeon at Downstate Illinois Spine Center and McClean County Orthopedics, both in Bloomington, Ill. He treats a wide range of spinal conditions and performs many types of spinal surgery. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Kenneth Austin, MD. Dr. Austin is an orthopedic surgeon at Rockland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Airmont, N.Y. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. His expertise includes treating traumatic and sports-related injuries of the upper and lower extremities, and hip and knee replacements.

Lisa A. Austin, RN, CASC.
Ms. Austin serves as vice president of ASC operations for Pinnacle III. She currently is president of the Colorado Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and serves on the surgery center advisory board of MedAssets.

David Ayers.
Mr. Ayers is the CEO of Nueterra Healthcare. He has 20 years of experience developing, building and managing ambulatory facilities including surgery, imaging, physical therapy and urgent care centers. Mr. Ayres was previously vice president of a Fortune 500 company that specialized in ambulatory care product lines.

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