10 Leaders in the ASC Industry

Here are 10 profiles of notable leaders in the ambulatory surgery center industry.

1. Vivek Taparia of The Center for Ambulatory Surgery at Swedish Covenant. Vivek Taparia is the administrator at The Center for Ambulatory Surgery at Swedish Covenant in Chicago, a Regent Surgical Health facility. Mr. Taparia formerly served as the director of business development for Regent Surgical Health, a Westchester, Ill.-based surgery center development and management company, where he led strategic initiatives for the company's surgery centers. Prior to joining Regent, Mr. Taparia developed marketing strategies for a surgical product line for Johnson & Johnson and advised healthcare corporations on corporate finance issues at the investment bank of JP Morgan. Mr. Taparia received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Chicago. He also was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study banking infrastructure in Mexico City.

2. Dr. Richard Hynes of The B.A.C.K. Center. Richard Hynes, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon and president of The B.A.C.K Center in Melbourne, Fla. A diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and the American Board of Spine Surgeons, Dr. Hynes earned his medical degree from Rutgers Medical School. He completed a general surgery internship and an orthopedic residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu and later completed a spine fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.

3. Krystal Mims of Texas Health Partners. Krystal Mims is president of Texas Health Partners, a company that develops and operates hospital-physician joint ventures. Ms. Mims also serves on the executive team of Texas Health Resources and oversees the management and coordination of care for five of Texas Health's most successful joint ventures. Since joining Texas Health Partners in 2004, Ms. Mims participated in the development of each of these projects and oversaw the operations from groundbreaking to successful operations. Ms. Mims is an advocate for physician leadership within the healthcare organization and works closely with physician and clinical leaders in her role as president.

4. Dr. James L. Fox Jr. of Ravine Way Surgery Center. James L. Fox, Jr., MD, 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 25 years. His clinical interests include general orthopedic surgery, fracture care and arthroscopy as well as orthopedic oncology. Dr. Fox is fellowship-trained in orthopedic oncology at Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center in New York City and joint replacement at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago. He also completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Fox serves as an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Chicago, a position he has held since 2009.

5. Stephen Rosenbaum of Interventional Management Services. Stephen Rosenbaum is the CEO of Interventional Management Services, a company specializing in the development and management of single-specialty, multi-specialty and hospital joint-venture facilities. He brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience to IMS. Mr. Rosenbaum has worked with physician-owned facilities throughout his career, with the majority of his work being for hospitals, surgery centers and physician practices. He began his career at Ernst & Young in the Carolinas Healthcare Consulting Practice before serving as vice president of finance for development at MedCath in Charlotte, N.C., where he presided over the development and opening of physician-owned specialty hospitals in Phoenix, Austin, Dayton, Albuquerque, Bakersfield and Sioux Falls.

6. Dr. Amir Arbisser of Eye Surgeons Associates. Dr. Arbisser is an ophthalmologist who serves as co-founder and board chairman of Eye Surgeons Associates in Bettendorf, Iowa. Eye Surgeons Associates provides a comprehensive range of medical, surgical and optical eye care, including lasik and lens exchange, cornea and external eye disease, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration, pediatric eye disorders, oculoplastics and ocular oncology, strabismus and vitreoretinal disease. Dr. Arbisser completed his medical education at 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.

7. Vicki Edelman of Blue Bell Surgery Center. Vicki Edelman, RN, is the administrator of Blue Bell (Pa.) Surgery Center, which is managed by Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. Blue Bell Surgery Center specializes in orthopedics, ENT, pain management, plastic surgery, general surgery, ophthalmology, and gastroenterology and sees more than 300 patients each month. Ms. Edelman, who has been with Blue Bell since May 2008, has been a nurse for 33 years and began her career in medical surgical nursing and high-risk obstetrics. Her first management role was as assistant nurse manager at Philadelphia's Albert Einstein Medical Center's short procedure unit and admission discharge unit.

8. Dr. T.K. Miller of Carilion Clinic Orthopedics. T.K. Miller, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon with Carilion Clinic Orthopedics and the medical director of the Roanoke (Va.) Ambulatory Surgery Center. He specializes in knee treatment, shoulder problems and sports medicine. Board certified in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Miller also serves as an associate professor in the department of surgery at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute. He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where he also completed his internship. Dr. Miller completed his residency at Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh and a fellowship in sports medicine at Hughston Sports Medicine Hospital in Phenix City, Al.

9. Greg Lueck of Access MediQuip. Greg Lueck was appointed senior vice president of operations at Access MediQuip earlier this year after 25 years of experience with health plans and government programs related to operations, claims, contracting, network and IT. He previously held positions with the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. In his new role with Access MediQuip, Mr. Lueck is responsible for the company's operations as well as formulating and implementing business and operational strategies to meet client needs.

10. Dr. Joan O'Shea of The Spine Institute of Southern New Jersey. Joan O'Shea, MD, is a neurosurgeon and orthopedic spine surgeon at The Spine Institute of New Jersey. A board-certified neurosurgeon with additional fellowship training in orthopedic spine surgery, she has concentrated her training on the treatment of spinal disorders. Dr. O'Shea received her medical degree at the State University of New York Upstate Health Center in Syracuse. While completing her neurosurgical training and residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, she became involved in groundbreaking surgical treatments for the care of patients suffering from spinal cancers and complex spinal disorders.

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