43 ASC company CEOs to know | 2016

Here are 43 leaders who serve as ASC company CEOs.

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Andrew T. King, MHA (Acumen Healthcare). Mr. King is the president and founder of Acumen Healthcare, a company that has worked with more than 150 ASCs. Prior to founding Acumen Healthcare in 1999, Mr. King served as the executive vice president and senior vice president of the Hospital Corporation of America’s ambulatory surgery division, where he oversaw more than 40 ASCs.
John J. Goehle, MBA, CASC, CPA (Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies). Mr. Goehle is the CEO and COO of Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies, a company that provides administrative, regulatory and financial services to ASCs. Prior to Ambulatory Healthcare Strategies, he served as the vice president of finance at Surgery Consultants of America. Mr. Goehle has also written eight books on the ASC industry.
Luke M. Lambert, MBA, CFA, CASC (Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America). Mr. Lambert is the CEO of Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America, a company that has operated more than 70 surgical centers since its inception. He has a background in finance, strategy and operations, with a MBA from the Graduate Business School of Columbia University in New York City. Mr. Lambert first joined ASCOA as the company’s CFO in 1997, before being promoted to its CEO in 2002.
Christopher A. Holden (AmSurg). Mr. Holden is the CEO, director and president of AmSurg, a company that oversees more than 245 ASCs. Mr. Holden joined AmSurg in 2007, bringing his experience with multifacility and multimarket healthcare management with him. Prior to AmSurg, he served as the senior vice president of Triad Hospitals, a hospital operating corporation that he cofounded.
Shawn Strash, MHA, MBA (Arise Healthcare). As the CEO of Arise Healthcare, Mr. Strash leads the organization as it provides accounting, accreditation, supply chain management and other services to ASCs and hospitals. Prior to joining Arise Healthcare, Mr. Strash served as the senior vice president of corporate services for AmSurg. He has also held CEO positions at multiple hospitals, including Paradise Valley Hospital in Phoenix and Palmyra Medical Center in Albany, Ga.
Robert Zasa, MSHHA, FACMPE and Joseph Zasa, JD (ASD Management). Robert and Joseph Zasa are a founding and managing partners of ASD Management, a firm that develops and manages independent ASCs and hospital joint ventures. Robert Zasa has a background in hospital administration, with a graduate degree in hospital and health administration. Prior to ASD Management, He also founded Premier Ambulatory Systems, which amassed $35 million in earnings. Joseph Zasa has a background in law, with a Juris Doctor degree from Washington and Lee University’s School of Law in Lexington, Va. Prior to ASD Management, he served as corporate counsel for Premier Ambulatory Systems.
Joan Dentler, MBA (Avanza Healthcare Strategies). Ms. Dentler is the CEO, president and founder of Avanza Healthcare Strategies, a firm that helps ASCs navigate their fiscal and regulatory responsibilities. She has a background in business administration, and more than 25 years of experience developing and operating ASCs, hospital outpatient services and community health initiatives.
Ravi Chopra, BSME, MSIE, MBA (C/N Group). Mr. Chopra is the CEO, president and founder of the C/N Group, a company that operates ASCs, medical office buildings and diagnostic imaging centers. The company has completed healthcare-related projects totaling more than $75 million in capital expenditures since Mr. Chopra founded it in 1980. Prior to the C/N Group, he served in various executive management positions in the steel industry.
DJ Hill (Compass Surgical Partners). Mr. Hill is a co-founder and current CEO of Compass Surgical Partners. He has expertise in hospital joint ventures, ASC turnaround situations and denovo ASCs. Prior to his current role, Mr. Hill served as chief development officer of Titan Health, which was eventually sold to United Surgical Partners International. Mr. Hill is involved in charity work and currently serves as board chairman of Jobs for Life, an innovative international nonprofit.
Kris Mineau (Constitution Surgery Alliance). Mr. Mineau is the CEO, president and co-founder of Constitution Surgery Alliance, a company that develops single-specialty ASCs including orthopedic, gastroenterology and urology centers. He holds memberships with multiple professional societies, like the Connecticut Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Mr. Mineau earned his BS in management from the United States Air Force Academy — and is a former US Air Force pilot.
Rick Jacques (Covenant Surgical Partners). Mr. Jacques is the CEO and president of Covenant Surgical Partners, a firm that operates a network of single-specialty freestanding ASCs. He has more than 23 years of experience in the ASC industry, during which he has held senior management positions at healthcare companies like Surgical Health Group and AmSurg.
Lori Ramirez (Elite Surgical Affiliates). Ms. Ramirez is the CEO, president and founder of Elite Surgical Affiliates, a company that develops surgical facilities that focus on orthopedics, spine and pain. Prior to Elite Surgical Affiliates, she served as a senior vice president at United Surgical Partners International, where she created joint ventures and oversaw more than 20 surgical facilities.
Stanton M. Nelson (Foundation HealthCare). Mr. Nelson is the CEO of Foundation HealthCare, a company that operates surgically-focused hospitals. Prior to Foundation HealthCare, Mr. Nelson served as CEO of Monroe Stephens Broadcasting, which owns radio stations in Oklahoma and Texas. His other investments include banking, media and real estate.

Gregary W. Beasley (Hospital Corporation of America). Mr. Beasley is the president of the ambulatory surgery division at Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America, a healthcare system that manages a nationwide network of 169 hospitals and 116 surgery centers. Prior to joining HCA in 1995 — where he has held positions like COO and operations director — he served as the controller and COO of HealthSouth Medical Center.
Stephen Rosenbaum (Interventional Management Services). Mr. Rosenbaum is the CEO of Interventional Management Services, a physician-focused ASC development company. Prior to joining Interventional Management Services, he founded an independent healthcare consulting company called SourceRevenue. As the owner of SourceRevenue, Mr. Rosenbaum helped develop multiple healthcare institutions, including a physician-owned hospital in Arlington, Texas.
David Pillsbury, MBA (Laser Spine Institute). Mr. Pillsbury is the CEO of Laser Spine Institute, a network of centers focused on minimally invasive spine surgery. Under his leadership, the institute has expanded into total spine care and wellness care. Prior to Laser Spine Institute, Mr. Pillsbury served as president of championship management and executive vice president of tournament business affairs for PGA Tour.
Britt T. Reynolds (Medical Facilities Corporation). Mr. Reynolds is the CEO of Medical Facilities Corporation, which owns controlling interests in specialty surgical hospitals and one ASC. He has been with Medical Facilities Corporation since May 2016 — prior to joining the corporation, he served as the president of hospital operations at Tenet Healthcare, where he led an operating division of 94 hospitals and outpatient centers.
John C. Wilson Jr. and Kenny Hancock (Meridian Surgical Partners). Mr. Wilson is the CEO of Meridian Surgical Partners, while Mr. Hancock serves as president and chief development officer. The company that manages and develops ASCs focused on spine and orthopedic procedures. Mr. Wilson has been with the company since its inception in 2006, when he served as its CFO. Prior to joining Meridian Surgical Partners, he served as the COO of Xtensia, a revenue cycle management company. Mr. Hancock, who previously served as the executive vice president and chief development officer of Surgical Alliance Corporation, a specialty surgical hospital company he co-founded in 2001.
Matt Searles (Merritt Healthcare). Mr. Searles has been a partner with Merritt Healthcare for more than 14 years and has worked to develop, manage and advise several healthcare facilities in the United States. 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.
Robert Murphy (Murphy Healthcare Group). Mr. Murphy is the CEO, chairman and founder of Murphy Healthcare Group, a company that has managed more than 30 ASCs. At Murphy Healthcare Group, his main focus is mergers and acquisitions, and he plays an active role in strategic planning for each of the company’s centers.
Harry Fleming (Nobilis Health). Mr. Fleming is the new CEO of Nobilis Health. Former CEO Chris Lloyd resigned and Mr. Fleming took his place. Mr. Fleming remains on the board and served as president of the board from July 2014 to April 2015. Before that he was CFO from March 2013 to July 2014.
Dan Tasset (Nueterra Capital & NueHealth). Mr. Tasset founded Nueterra Capital as a way to revolutionize the healthcare experience and the technologies driving it forward. The company split its business into two companies, NueHealth and Nueterra Capital, in February 2016. Mr. Tasset serves as the chairman and CEO of both companies. He has more than 20 years in the medical industry and has developed several focused medical facilities. Additionally, he has pioneered several new physician ownership models.
Jessica Nantz (Outpatient Healthcare Strategies). Ms. Nantz is the Ppesident and founder of the firm. She worked in the healthcare field for 28 years before founding the firm. During those 28 years she held a senior level executive position operating and managing more than 80 facilities, including ASCs, imaging centers, physical therapy centers and rehabilitation hospitals.
Chris Bishop (Regent Surgical Health). Mr. Bishop was named CEO, after co-founder and past CEO Tom Mallon became chairman of the board. Mr. Bishop joined Regent Surgical Health in 2015, and has been instrumental in growing the organization. On a day-to-day basis, he oversees the operations of the company, and helps to develop partnerships around the world. Additionally, he is oversees the rapid rollout and development of new outpatient service lines.
Rodney H. Lunn (PhyBus). Mr. Lunn is considered by many as an original pioneer of the contemporary ambulatory surgery center concept. He has built several successful ASCs from the ground up, and he has made the ASC business model profitable. Mr. Lunn has held numerous positions in the healthcare industry with several of them in corporate management.
Barry Tanner (Physicians Endoscopy). Mr. Tanner is the current CEO of Physicians Endoscopy, which was recently sold to Kelso & Company in a recapitalization transaction with management. He is considered to be one of Physicians Endoscopy's founders, co-writing the business plan with Karen Sablyak. Mr. Tanner shares responsible for the developing partnerships in the company, and is the sole person responsible for the strategic direction of the company. Before he joined Physicians Endoscopy, Mr. Tanner was the CFO of Navix Radiology Systems.
Glenn Cozen (Physicians Surgery Centers). Mr. Cozen is one of Physicians Surgery Center's principal owners. He is actively involved in developing new ventures with physicians and subsequently managing the business operations of the centers. He has more than 30 years of experience in the field. Mr. Cozen founded the center with two other associates.
Robert Carrera (Pinnacle III). Mr. Carrera is President and Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle III. He has more than 25 years of healthcare experience. He has spent the last 20 years developing and managing ASCs, physical and occupational rehabilitation centers, diagnostic imaging facilities and occupational medicine clinics in a several states. His firm provides ASC management and solutions.
Larry Taylor (Practice Partners). Mr. Taylor founded the firm in January 2005 as a management-only firm. It then incorporated ownership into its business model under his direction. Mr. Taylor has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare delivery, management and physician relations. Before he founded Practice Partners he was the president and COO of the largest provider of ASCs in America.
Kenneth Ross (Solara Surgical Partners). Mr. Ross is at the CEO at the helm of Solara. He has more than 30 years of experience in the field and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Ross founded and developed the firm and was directly responsible for the growth and operating results of seven LTAC hospitals. Additionally, he is a member of the OU Health Sciences Center adjunct faculty and serves on the OU MBA Advisory board.
Jeremy Hogue (Sovereign Healthcare). Mr. Hogue is the President and CEO of the firm. He previously served as the vice president of Audaz Group, where he launched and ran the firm's West Coast office. He owned his bachelor's degree and MBA from the University of Southern California, and earned his JD from Harvard Law School.
John Hajjar, MD (Sovereign Medical Group). Dr. Hajjar is the CEO of Sovereign Medical Group, formerly Surgem. He has more than 25 years of practice experience. Dr. Hajjar has dedicated a large portion of his career to advancing the accessibility of effective medical care in the New Jersey area. He is the founder and chairman of Surgem, a company that managed surgery centers, and has also founded six surgery centers personally since 1993. He also founded two medical technology companies that aim to improve many of the practices within the industry. Dr. Hajjar was named one of the 50 most powerful people in New Jersey Healthcare by NJBIZ.
Bryan Massoud, MD (Spine Centers of America). Dr. Massoud founded Spine Centers of America and is among the most experienced board certified orthopedic spine surgeons in America. Dr. Massoud graduated from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. He completed an internship in general surgery and followed it with a residency in orthopedic surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. He then accepted a fellowship at the Texas Back Institute. Dr. Massoud has had his research published in several influential journals and has been a featured speaker at conferences and events around the nation.
Gregory George, MD, and Sean O'Neal (SurgCenter Development). Dr. George and Mr. O'Neal are the founding partners at SurgCenter Development. Dr. George graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his medical degree from Duke University. After working as an ophthalmologist, he realized the need for surgeons to have more control over their daily schedule, and founded SurgCenter Development. Dr. George has developed more than 105 physician-owned ASCs. Mr. O'Neal has more than 30 years of experience in the field, and he served as a hospital CEO for more than 20 years before founding SurgCenter Development with Dr. George.
Scott Leggett (Surgery One). Mr. Leggett is the CEO of Surgery One. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field, and he manages four outpatient surgery centers in California. Before joining Surgery One, Mr. Leggett developed and managed OrthoMed Spine and Joint Conditioning and the WellStrong Centers. He served in a variety of corporate management positions before joining Surgery One. He is a past president of the California Ambulatory Surgery Association and currently serves on its board of directors.
Michael Doyle (Surgery Partners). Mr. Doyle is the CEO of Surgery Partners. He brings both clinical expertise and more than 20 years of background in healthcare to the position. Prior to joining the firm in 2004, Mr. Doyle served as the senior vice president of HealthSouth. He was with Surgery Partners since the beginning and has helped to grow the company organically and through acquisitions. He holds a Bachelor's degree in physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and a master of business administration from Troy State University in Alabama.
Andrew Hayek (Surgical Care Affiliates). Mr. Hayek has served as president and CEO of SCA since 2008, and he is chairman of SCA's board of directors. Prior to joining SCA, he served as the president of a division of DaVita Healthcare Partners, a renal dialysis and medical group provider; as president and COO of Alliance Healthcare Services, a diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy provider; and in roles at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., a global investment firm and the Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm. Mr. Hayek is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., and serves as chairman of SCA Medical Missions, a surgical mission program. He earned a bachelor of arts degree and graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in New Haven, Conn.
Michael Lipomi (Surgical Management Professionals). Mr. Lipomi is the CEO of Surgical Management Professionals. He has more than 30 years of experience in hospitals and ASC facility management. He started his career with the American Medical International at El Cajon Valley Hospital in California. He has developed and ran several ASC and acute care hospitals. He is a past CEO of Stanislaus Surgical Hospital. He helped it grow from a small ASC to one of the nation's leading specialty hospitals. Before joining Surgical Management Professionals he was president of RMC MedStone where he owned and managed several ASCs and a surgical hospital.
William Wilcox and Brett Brodnax (Tenet Healthcare/United Surgical Partners International). Mr. Wilcox is the CEO of United Surgical Partners International, and Mr. Brodnax serves as president. Mr. Wilcox joined USPI as its president and director in September 1998. He stepped into the CEO role in April 2004. Before joining USPI, he was the president and CEO of United Dental Care. He is a past president of the Surgery Group of HCA and the president and CEO of the Ambulatory Surgery Division of HCA from 1994 to 1996. He received his undergraduate from Vanderbilt University and his master's degree in health systems management from Tulane University. The role of USPI president is now occupied by Brett Brodnax, MBA, who also acts as the company's chief development officer. Prior to joining USPI, Mr. Brodnax served as the assistant vice president for Baylor Health Care System.
Tom Yerden (TRY Health Care Solutions). Tom Yerden is the CEO of TRY Health Care Solutions. Mr. Yerden has more than 34 years of experience in the healthcare field. He has developed more than 70 ASCs and was the founder of Aspen Healthcare, which he later sold. He has held several corporate management positions, and has overseen the development of several ASCs.


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