127 People to Know in the ASC Industry

Sami S. Abbasi. Sami Abbasi leads National Surgical Care as its chairman and CEO. Before National Surgical Care, Mr. Abbasi served as president and CEO of Radiologix, a leading national provider of diagnostic imaging services.

David J. Abraham, MD. Dr. David Abraham is a physician at the Reading Neck & Spine Center in Wyomissing, Pa. Dr. Abraham 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.

Clifford G. Adlerz. Clifford Adlerz has served as president of Symbion since May 2002 and as the COO and a director of Symbion since its inception. Before co-founding Symbion, Mr. Adlerz served as division vice president of HCA (formerly Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation) and as a regional vice president for HealthTrust.

David Ayers. David Ayers is the president of the surgical facilities division of Nueterra Healthcare. Mr. Ayers brings 20 years' experience in developing, building and managing ambulatory facilities including surgery, imaging, physical therapy and urgent care centers.

Tim Bogardus. Tim Bogardus is the director of ASCs for Community Health Systems, were he works with the 13 joint-ventured ASCs and oversees the start-up process for new centers and feasibility studies for potential projects. Before joining CHS, he served as group vice president for Nuetera Healthcare, where he was responsible for the operations of seven ASCs and surgical hospitals, and has also served as vice president of operations for a start-up ASC company and as administrator for two de novo ASCs.

David "Buddy" F. Bacon, Jr., CPA.
Buddy Bacon is the CEO of Meridian Surgical Partners, an acquirer, developer and manager of physician-owned ASCS. Mr. Bacon previously served in roles as CEO and, before that, CFO for Medifax EDI, a healthcare information technology company based in Nashville, Tenn.

Joseph Banno, MD. Dr. Joseph Banno founded the successful Peoria Day Surgery Center and is the current past-chair of the ASC Association. He is driven, smart and a tireless worker on behalf of the ASC industry.

Curtis H. Bernstein, CPA/ABV, CVA, MBA. Curtis Bernstein is a manager at HealthCare Appraisers. His national practice specializes in valuation, transaction advisory, strategic and operational consulting
services. He has extensive experience working closely with ASCs,
hospital systems, physician groups and other healthcare providers. 

Chris Bishop. Chris Bishop is a vice president of business development for Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America, where he currently leverages his extensive experience with surgeon partnerships to develop new ASCs. Before joining ASCOA, he was responsible for developing Smith & Nephew Endoscopy's surgery center sales team and strategy.

Tom Bombardier, MD. Dr. Tom Bombardier is a board-certified ophthalmologist, Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America's COO and one of its three founding principals. Before founding ASCOA, he established the largest ophthalmic practice in western Massachusetts, two ASCs and a regional referral center.

Regina Boore, RN, BSN, MS. Regina Boore is the principal/CEO of Progressive Surgical Solutions. Ms. Boore has more than 25 years of clinical, administrative, teaching and consulting experience in
ambulatory surgery.

Brett Brodnax. Brett Brodnax is executive vice president and chief development officer at United Surgical Partners International and has distinguished himself as one of the ASC industry's leading development executives. Due to his leadership, efforts and integrity, Mr. Brodnax has made USPI one of the fastest-growing ambulatory surgical chains, with a portfolio of nearly 100 surgical centers and several surgical hospitals.

Kathy J. Bryant, JD. Kathy Bryant is the president of the ASC Association and leads the activities of the nation's largest ASC membership association. Ms. Bryant also serves as president of the Ambulatory Surgery Foundation.

Jason B. Cagle. Jason Cagle is general counsel for United Surgical Partners International. Before joining USPI, Mr. Cagle was in the corporate and securities section at Vinson & Elkins in Dallas. 

Robert J. Carrera.
Robert Carrera is the president of Pinnacle III. With more than 20 years of healthcare experience, Mr. Carrera has spent the last 15 years developing and managing ASCs, physical/occupational rehabilitation centers, diagnostic imaging facilities, and occupational medicine clinics nationally.

John Caruso, MD. Dr. John Caruso has more than 16 years' neurological surgery experience. 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 in Hagerstown, Md.

Ravi Chopra. Ravi Chopra is the president and CEO of the C/N Group, which is involved in the development of surgery and imaging centers throughout the country. Under his leadership, the C/N Group has completed healthcare-related projects totaling over $80 million in capital expenditures.

Joseph Clark. Joe Clark is the executive vice president and chief development officer of Surgical Care Affiliates. Mr. Clark served as president of HealthSouth's surgery center division since March 2005. Before joining HealthSouth, he served as president and CEO of HealthMark Partners.

James H. Cobb. James Cobb is the founder, president and CEO of Orion Medical Services. With 37 years in management, Mr. Cobb has primarily focused the last 25 years in the medical field. Mr. Cobb has previously served as CEO for the Pacific Cataract Laser Institute and Pacific Eye Center.

Don Cook. Don Cook is the founder and CEO of Pacific Surgical Partners, an ASC management and development company based in Los Angeles. With more than 20 years of experience in outpatient healthcare management, Mr. Cook has built and operated private and public companies in a number of industries including surgery, cardiology, home infusion therapy and physician practice management.

H. Dodd Crutcher. Dodd Crutcher is the chief investment officer of RMC MedStone Capital. Mr. Crutcher has primary responsibility for sourcing and closing all asset acquisitions and dispositions for the company.

Gregory R. Cunniff. Greg Cunniff is the CFO of National Surgical Care and directs the financial activities of the company, including treasury, budgeting, audit, tax, accounting, information technology, long-range forecasting, risk management and investor relations activities. Mr. Cunniff was previously vice president and treasurer of United Medical Corporation, a privately held for-profit company comprised of hospitals and other healthcare-related properties.

R. Blake Curd, MD. Dr. R. Blake Curd is an upper-extremity and general orthopedics physician with the Orthopedic Institute in Sioux Falls, S.D. Dr. Curd completed his fellowship training at the Indiana Hand Center, the largest freestanding center dedicated to hand and upper-extremity care, research and education in the world.

Philip A. Davidson, MD.
Dr. Philip Davidson practices orthopedic surgery in Florida, where he is the founder and CEO of Tampa Bay Specialty Surgery Center. He specializes in cartilage restoration and shoulder surgery, with extensive experience in the area of tissue transplantation, including allografts, xenografts and the use of autologous growth factors. 

Richard DeHart. Rick DeHart is the co-founder and CEO of Pinnacle III. He has more than 18 years of experience in the outpatient healthcare industry. Mr. DeHart provides Pinnacle III's clients with expertise in strategic planning, development and management of ASCs, diagnostic imaging and physical rehabilitation services.

Joyce Deno. Joyce Deno is the COO, eastern region, for Regent Surgical Health. Before joining Regent, she served as the executive director of Loveland Surgery Center in Colorado and worked for HealthSouth as a regional director of quality improvement and as an administrator. Ann S. Deters, MBA, CPA. Ann Deters is CEO/co-founder of Vantage Technology, providing cataract outsourcing to hospitals and ASCs throughout the lower 48 states for more than 18 years. Ms. Deters has started several healthcare industry ventures (investing or managing ASCs in the Midwest), providing billing services and OpNoter technology to surgery centers.

Steve Dobias. Steve Dobias is a principal with Somerset CPAs. Mr. Dobias's work focuses on providing services for physician groups and hospital systems. Steve initiated the ancillary services group that facilitates the feasibility, organization, funding and set up of operations of ASCs, and medical office buildings.

Stephanie Ellis, RN, CPC. Stephanie Ellis is the president of Ellis Medical Consulting. EMC is a healthcare consulting firm providing chart audits for coding and documentation issues, business office operational assessments, research of coverage issues, litigation support, reimbursement research, ASC and physician coding/billing training, and the development and implementation of billing compliance programs for healthcare providers.

Judith English. Judie English is a senior vice president with Serbin Surgery Center Billing. She has done a tremendous job of helping Caryl Serbin, RN, BSN, LHRM, to grow the company considerably to where it has more than $25 million in collected revenues related to it per year.

Peter Fatianow. Peter Fatianow is the director of mergers and acquisitions for Health Inventures. He began his career on Wall Street at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York in healthcare investment
banking. Mr. Fatianow has worked on dozens of domestic and international transactions worth
billions of dollars.

Richard E. Francis, Jr. As president, chairman of the board, CEO and a director of Symbion, Richard Francis has helped transform Symbion into one of the country's leading ASC management and development firms. Under his leadership, Symbion has become a publicly held company and grown to nearly 100 successful ASCs.

Tom N. Galouzis MD, FACS.
Dr. Tom Galouzis is president and CEO of the Nikitis Resource Group. Dr Galouzis is a practicing general surgeon in northwest Indiana and previously served as associate staff in the department of surgery as a clinical instructor of surgery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

Nap Gary.
Nap Gary is the president, eastern region for Regent Surgical Health. Mr. Gary has worked in the healthcare industry for 23 years. He previously served as senior vice president and assistant corporate counsel for HealthSouth.

Ann Geier, RN, MS, CNOR, CASC. Ms. Geier has been a perioperative nurse for 30 years. She is currently a vice president of operations for Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America with responsibility for ASCs in New England and Florida. For the last 20 years, her focus has been ambulatory surgery, primarily freestanding ASCs.

David S. George, MD. Dr. David George is an ophthalmologist at the Eye MDs (of George, Strickler and Lazer). He specializes in  topical cataract surgery, glaucoma and diabetic eye care. Dr. George is a member of the board of directors for the ASC Association and the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society.

Brett Gosney. Brett Gosney is a founder and CEO of the first physician-owned hospital in Colorado, the Animas Surgical Hospital. He is the vice president and president-elect of Physician Hospitals of America. He helped lead the efforts to develop the hospital and fought through a wide range of local and state battles and handled a number of efforts to help make the hospital a terrific contributor to healthcare services in the Durango, Colo. community.

George Goodwin.
As director and vice president of mergers and acquisitions of Symbion, Mr. Goodwin has stepped into a leadership spot over the last several years. He is extremely bright and has done a terrific job of handling the acquisitions and mergers of so many different providers at Symbion.

Russ Greene, RN.
Russ Greene has more than 28 years' experience in surgery, hospital and ASC management, and consulting services, including more than three years as COO of U.S. Orthopedics and one year as vice president of operations for National Surgical Hospitals. He is currently the CEO of Physicians' Surgery Center in Fayetteville, Ark., which performs more complicated spine surgeries, orthopedics, pain management and podiatry; the facility is converting to a specialty hospital.

Michael Guarino. Michael Guarino has been in the surgery center business for more than a decade; an accountant by trade (and former IRS employee), he has been successful in working the day-to-day operations of ASCs, along with long-term planning. Mr. Guarino currently serves as president of Florida Society of Ambulatory Surgical Centers and as a board member of the ASC Association.

James T. Grant. Jim Grant is the COO of National Surgical Hospitals and the past-president of Physician Hospitals of America. In his role as PHA's president, he has overseen a nearly five-year battle to prevent limits and prohibitions on physician ownership of specialty and surgical hospitals.

David Hall. David Hall has a long and successful career as a healthcare innovator and businessman. Currently he is chairman at Titan Health, an ASC management company; director of Radiant Research, a clinical trials company; and director of Cogent Healthcare, a hospitalist staffing company.

Thomas S. Hall. Thomas Hall has served as president and CEO of NovaMed and has been a member of its board of directors for several years. Mr. Hall previously served as president and COO of Matria Healthcare, after having joined Matria in Oct. 2002 as executive vice president and COO.

Kenneth N. Hancock. Kenny Hancock is the president and chief development officer of Meridian Surgical Partners. He has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry developing ASCs and surgical hospitals, and recruiting and building relationships with physicians.

Richard Hanley. Richard Hanley is the CEO and founder of Health Inventures. Mr. Hanley has held leadership positions at Health Inventures for the past 20 years and, throughout his career, has been instrumental in creating more than 100 successful outpatient ventures. He is a leading national advocate for ASCs.

Andrew Hayek. Andrew Hayek is the new president and CEO of Surgical Care Affiliates, which operates more than 130 ASCs and surgical hospitals nationwide. Before joining SCA on May 1, Mr. Hayek most recently served as president of VillageHealth, an insurance and care management company owned by DaVita, the nation's leading independent provider of kidney dialysis services.

Allen D. Hecht, MBA. Allen Hecht is president of Health Resources International, which is engaged in developing ambulatory care programs in new and emerging markets. Mr. Hecht formerly served as executive vice president and COO of the ASC Network, a national surgical center company formed as a result of a merger between SunSurgery and Premier Ambulatory Systems of Pasadena, Calif.

Edward P. Hetrick. Edward Hetrick is the president of Facility Development and Management and has more than 20 years' experience in the healthcare industry. Before founding FDM, Mr. Hetrick was vice president in Healthcare Facilities Management, a firm that specializes in reimbursement consulting for physicians and outpatient hospital accounts. 

Jeremy Hogue, JD, MBA.
Jeremy Hogue is the president and CEO of Sovereign Healthcare, a privately-held company based in Orange County, Calif., that partners with physicians for the ownership and management of ASCs. In that capacity, Mr. Hogue works closely with some of the nation's leading physician specialists. He also works as an investor and consultant to numerous other healthcare-related ventures.

Christopher Holden. Christopher Holden joined AmSurg in Oct. 2007 as its president, CEO and director. Mr. Holden is a healthcare industry veteran of more than 21 years, engaged during most of his career directly in multi-facility and multi-market healthcare management. Before joining AmSurg, Mr. Holden served as senior vice president and a division president of Triad Hospitals.

Marion K. Jenkins, PhD. Dr. Marion Jenkins is the founder and CEO of QSE Technologies. He has held many strategic C-level positions in technology, communications and operations, including COO of NAREX, which provides artificial intelligence-based software for financial service companies; executive vice president and CTO at FirstWorld Communications, a DSL, Internet services, hosting and data center provider; and vice president of sales operations at Qwest Communications.

Douglas V. Johnson, MBA.
Douglas Johnson is COO of RMC Medstone Capital and serves on the board of directors of Physician Hospitals of America as its president. Mr. Johnson is a seasoned professional and administrator with more than 30 years in the healthcare industry. Mr. Johnson has worked in many capacities in the industry and at all levels in both freestanding, as well as system institutions; he has held leadership positions in healthcare organizations both rural and urban.

Sandra J. Jones, BA, MSM, MBA.
Sandra Jones is a principal of Ambulatory Strategies and serves on the board of the ASC Association. Ms. Jones has 30 years' experience in healthcare and has overseen or contributed to the successful establishment and development of more than 75 ASCs nationwide.

Mike Karnes. Mike Karnes is the COO of Regent Surgical Health. He recently served as chief administrative officer of GTCR-Golder Rauner, one of the nation's largest and oldest venture capital firms. He also has been CFO for Prime Group Realty Trust and Balcor, a subsidiary of American Express.

Naya Kehayes, MPH.
Naya Kehayes is the founder and CEO of Eveia Health Consulting & Management (formerly Millennium Health Consulting). She is a nationally recognized expert in reimbursement and managed care and insurance contract negotiations for ASCs and surgical practices.

R. Matthew Kilton, MBA, MHA. Matthew Kilton is a member and COO of Eveia Health Consulting & Management. Mr. Kilton's expertise is in ASC and surgical practice managed care contract negotiations and reimbursement analysis. He has an extensive background in orthopedic surgery, clinic operations and management. 

Beverly Kirchner, RN, BSN, CNOR, CASC. Beverly Kirchner is the owner and CEO of Genesee Associates. She serves on the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses board of directors, has authored many AORN manuals and leads research in collaboration with the organization on violence in the nursing workplace.

Susan Kizirian, BSN, RN, MBA.
Susan Kizirian is the COO of Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. Ms. Kizirian has more than 20 years' experience in all aspects of ASC operations, having served as an executive director and a consultant for ASC management and development.

Marc E. Koch, MD, MBA.
Marc Koch is the president and CEO of Somnia, where he focuses on furthering the company's mission of offering high-quality and cost-efficient anesthesia solutions to hospitals, ASCs and office-based facilities nationwide. He co-founded the medical practice Resource Anesthesiology Associates in 1996.

Catherine W. Kowalski. Catherine Kowalski is the executive vice president and COO for Meridian Surgical Partners. Ms. Kowalski has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, and is the former executive vice president of operations and co-founder of Surgical Alliance Corporation, a specialty surgical hospital company.

Donald Kramer, MD. With a medical practice spanning more than 25 years, Dr. Donald Kramer has developed several successful ASCs in the Houston market has founded Northstar Healthcare, which develops and, in conjunction with physician partners, owns and operates significant ASCs in
concentrated markets. Dr. Kramer is president and medical director for Northstar.

Michael Kulczycki. Michael Kulczycki is the executive director of Ambulatory Care Accreditation for the Joint Commission. In this role, he has greatly expanded the import of the Joint Commission with respect to ASCs.

Joan Lapham. Joan Lapham is the CEO of Sierra Surgery Hospital, a joint-venture between a physician investor group and a not-for-profit community hospital. Ms. Lapham was responsible for comprehensive oversight of the hospital construction; transition of the organization and staff from a surgery center to a fully operational hospital; negotiation of the joint-venture operating agreement; arranging financing; and many other critical components of the joint-venture.

Brent Lambert, MD.
Dr. Brent Lambert has revolutionized approaches to ASC management. He is the chairman of the board and a founder of Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America, and not only has a brilliant strategic mind but also takes a hands-on approach to ASC management.

Luke Lambert. Luke Lambert is the CEO of Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. Before joining ASCOA as its CFO in 1997, Mr. Lambert worked in equity research for Smith Barney and has management consulting experience with Booz, Allen & Hamilton and Ernst & Young.

Peter Laterza, JD, MBA. Peter Laterza is the chief legal officer for Prexus Health Partners, where he is responsible for general supervision of legal and regulatory affairs. Mr. Laterza has more than 20 years of progressive experience as a lawyer and business executive, which includes extensive experience advising healthcare clients, including five years service as vice president and general counsel for Omnicare.

John W. Lawrence, Jr. John Lawrence is the senior vice president and general counsel for NovaMed, and has served as NovaMed's Corporate Counsel since 1996. Mr. Lawrence is responsible for all legal matters relating to NovaMed and its operations, including structuring and negotiating all development transactions.

Jeff Leland. Jeff Leland is a managing partner with Blue Chip Surgical Center Partners. Before Blue Chip Surgical, Mr. Leland was with Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America, where he was responsible for de novo surgical center development and surgical center management.

Mike Lipomi, MSHA. With more than 30 years' experience in hospital and ambulatory facility management, Mike Lipomi is now the president of RMC Medstone Capital. At RMC Medstone, he and a team of experts cover all aspects of healthcare facility development, conversion and management with RM Crowe's real estate professionals.

James J. Lynch, MD, FACS. Dr. James Lynch is the president, founder and CEO of SpineNevada based in Reno, Nev., and he also serves as the director, spine service, for Regent Surgical Health. Dr. Lynch is a board-certified neurological surgeon who specializes in complex spine surgery, cervical disorders, degenerative spine, spinal deformities, trauma, tumor infection and minimally invasive spine surgery.

Tom Mallon. Tom Mallon founded Regent Surgical Health. Before this, he served as a founding member and remains a general partner with Gryffindor Capital Partners, a Chicago-based venture-capital fund. In 1994, he co-founded Same Day Surgery, which acquired five distressed and underutilized ASCs and a physician management company.

Ajay Mangal, MD, MBA. Dr. Ajay Mangal is the founder, CEO and a board member of Prexus Health Partners. He is also an ENT physician. As a hands-on executive at Prexus, Dr. Mangal has been instrumental in developing surgery centers and assisting existing centers and hospitals to prosper.

Roger Manning. Roger Manning is the founder and president of the Manning Search Group, which serves more than 100 national/international banking/financial institutions, construction industry companies, healthcare/medical services
organizations and medical equipment/device
manufacturers. Mr. Manning has more than 25 years of healthcare operations and sales management experience.

McGuireWoods Healthcare Lawyers.
There are about 15 lawyers at McGuirewoods that work very closely with Scott Becker in the ASC and related areas. These include Scott Downing, Melissa Szabad, Amber Walsh, Krist Werling, Bart Walker, Sarah Abraham, Elissa Moore, Alison Mikula, Gretchen Heinze, Ron Lundeen, Tom Stallings, Paul Fisher, Joel Spitz and Don Ensing. Each is a terrific person.  Obviously, the publisher, has a built-in bias!

Todd J. Mello, ASA, AVA, MBA. Todd Mello is a principal and co-founder of HealthCare Appraisers and manages the firm's Colorado office. Mr. Mello has 18 years of healthcare finance and valuation experience, the last eight of which have been spent building HealthCare Appraisers to become one of the nation's preeminent valuation firms focused exclusively on the healthcare industry.

Keith Metz, MD, JD, MSA.
Dr. Keith Metz is a practicing clinical anesthesiologist and medical director at Great Lakes Surgical Center in Southfield, Mich. He is on the board of directors for the ASC Association and was program committee chairman for the first meeting, held in San Antonio.

Thomas A. Michaud. Thomas Michaud is the CEO and chairman of the board of Foundation Surgery Affiliates. Before founding FSA, Mr. Michaud held the positions of COO and CFO of a regional surgery center management company.

Evie Miller. Evie Miller is the VP of development for United Surgical Partners International. She is one of the architects of the company's strategy to focus on physician- and hospital-driven ventures, and is responsible for the process and strategic direction of USPI's acquisition efforts.

Robert D. Mosher, JD. Robert Mosher is a partner with Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott in Los Angeles. He is experienced in healthcare law, mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, securities and business transactions, and his clients include large managed care provider groups and facility-based companies.

Amy Mowles.
Amy Mowles owns of Mowles Medical Management. She is the nation's premier expert with respect to pain management services provided in practices and provided in surgery centers.

Tom Mulhern, MBA. Tom Mulhern is the executive director of Limestone Medical Center, a large medical office building complex and ASC in Delaware. He has been a leader in the development of ambulatory surgical services and as an advocate for the industry.

Charlie T. Neal. Charlie Neal is the COO of HealthMark Partners. He was CEO of Alliance Surgery before its merger with HealthMark and was formerly with Symbion, where he was president of the multi-specialty group that managed 47 ASCs in 17 states.

Jon O'Sullivan. Jon O'Sullivan is a senior principal and founding member of VMG Health where he provides financial valuation, joint-venture development and transaction advisory services exclusively in healthcare. Since the inception of VMG, he has led the company's strategic objective of providing unparalleled financial and transaction advisory services in the healthcare market.

Matthew Parra. Matthew Parra is a vice president of business development for Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. Before joining ASCOA, Mr. Parra served as a senior business development manager at a Fortune 100 company, focusing on document management and imaging solutions.

Richard Pence. Richard Pence is president of National Surgical Care and leads the development and management of National Surgical Care's ASCs. Before co-founding NSC, he was executive vice president and COO of Magella Healthcare, a national group of perinatal healthcare providers.

Jeffrey E. Péo. Jeffrey Péo is a vice president of business development for Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America. Before joining ASCOA, Mr. Péo ran a knowledge management and information technology consulting division for a Fortune 100 company.

Thomas J. Pliura, MD, JD. Dr. Tom Pliura is a doctor, lawyer and the founder and manager of several ASCs. Additionally, he is the founder of zChart EMR, an electronic medical records related company. In addition to these accomplishments, he is an incredibly inventive and interesting individual.

John Poisson. John Poisson is the executive vice president and strategic partnerships officer of Physicians Endoscopy, the leading company
in the development and management of freestanding endoscopic ASCs. He has more than 14 years' experience in healthcare, most of which is focused on medical service outsourcing.

John Rex-Waller. John Rex-Waller is the chairman, president and CEO of National Surgical Hospitals, which partners with physicians to develop freestanding surgical facilities. Mr. Rex-Waller has also served as the CFO of Hawk Medical Supply, a provider of disposable medical supplies to physicians, and previously was the CFO and a co-founder of National Surgery Centers, which was one the largest independent owner and operator of ASCs in the country.

Jay Rom, MBA, CPA.
Jay Rom is the president of Blue Chip Surgical Partners, which focuses on developing spine, ENT, sleep, radiosurgery and multi-specialty ASCs. Before joining Blue Chip,
Mr. Rom served as CEO of a cardiology group in Cincinnati with 15 physicians and was vice president for physician services of the Franciscan Health System, where he was responsible for a 60-physician multi-specialty group.

Dan Saale. Dan Saale is the executive vice president and CFO of Nueterra Healthcare. Mr. Saale oversees all the financial activities of the company. He directs the financial services within each of Nueterra's physician partnership ventures.
Karen Sablyak. Karen Sablyak is the CFO and executive vice president of management services at Physicians Endoscopy. With 10 years' experience in healthcare finance and operations, Ms. Sablyak's leadership skills and financial acumen have resulted in tremendous results in reporting and management at Physicians Endoscopy.

Donna St. Louis. Donna St. Louis currently serves as a vice president for diagnostics and outpatient services for BayCare Health System and is on the board of the ASC Association. Before
joining BayCare, Ms. St. Louis was a group president for Symbion, and responsible for more than 45 ASCs.

Molly Sandvig, JD. Molly Sandvig is the executive director for the Physician Hospitals of America. As such, she leads the organization's day-to-day business and operational functions and directs PHA's membership recruitment, public relations and political advocacy efforts.

John Schario, MBA. John Schario is the president of Nueterra Healthcare, an industry leader in developing healthcare facilities. He brings together the extensive resources that let Nueterra develop, operate and nurture ambulatory care facilities including ASCs and surgical hospitals, and any other ambulatory care facilities created through partnerships.

John R. Seitz. In his position as the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Ambulatory Surgical Group, John Seitz oversees business development, the operational and financial management of all ASCs and central business office services. For more than 25 years, Mr. Seitz has focused in the healthcare industry and is widely recognized in the ASC industry as a developer and manager of de novo ASC projects.

Bob Scheller, CPA, CASC. Bob Scheller is the COO of the Nikitis Resource Group. He was formerly senior vice president at Aspen Healthcare and has been involved in the development and management of more than 50 surgery centers in the past 15 years. 

Caryl Serbin, RN, BSN, LHRM. Caryl Serbin is the president and founder of Surgery Consultants of America and Serbin Surgery Center Billing. She provides consulting services for a variety of ASCs and has developed a tremendous team and provides credible and hard working leadership for her company.

David Shapiro, MD, CPHRM, LHRM, CHC. Dr. David Shapiro is a partner in Ambulatory Surgery Company, an ASC consulting firm, and is chair of the Ambulatory Surgery Foundation and chair-elect of the ASC Association. Previously, Dr. Shapiro was senior vice president of medical affairs for Surgis, an ASC management company, serving as the corporate medical director for over 20 facilities. 

Sarah Silberstein. Sarah Silberstein is the executive director of the ASC Association, where she manages the activities of the nation's largest ASC membership association. Before joining the ASC Association in 1999, Ms. Silberstein worked in the federal government relations department of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Public Health Association.

Jeff Simmons. Jeff Simmons is on the board of directors of Regent Surgical Health and is the western region president of Regent. He is a leading developer of ASCs and extremely gifted at trying to keep centers focused on their core goals.

Sheldon S. Sones
, RPh, FASCP. Sheldon Sones is president of Sheldon S. Sones and Associates, a pharmacy and accreditation consulting firm based in Newington, Conn. Established in 1985, the group, serving over 100 sites in five states, specializes in safe medication management and pharmacy consulting to freestanding and hospital-based ambulatory surgical, endoscopy and renal dialysis centers, with expertise in accreditation success.

Bill Southwick. Bill Southwick is president and CEO of HealthMark Partners. He is chiefly responsible for ASC turnaround strategies and creative joint-venture structures that have enabled HMP to partner with both physicians and hospitals in developing new or taking over underperforming facilities.

Joe Sowell, JD. Joe Sowell is a partner at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis and practices in the areas of healthcare law, mergers and acquisitions, joint-ventures, private equity financing, tax law and general corporate law. He co-manages the firm’s corporate and commercial transactions practice. 

Kenny Spitler. Kenny Spitler serves as senior vice president of development for HealthMark Partners. He is responsible for all aspects of development including acquisitions, de novo projects and physician syndications, and he also serves as head of marketing and partners in the role of vendor relations as well as physician recruiting.

Donald E. Steen. Don Steen founded United Surgical Partners International in February 1998 and served as its CEO until April 2004. Mr. Steen continues to serve as chairman of the board of directors and the executive committee.

Debra Saxton Stinchcomb, RN, BSN, CASC. Debra Saxton Stinchcomb is the director of surgical services for Progressive Surgical Solutions, an ASC consulting company. She has 25 years’ healthcare experience, including clinical, administrative, operations and sales, with the last 11 years exclusively on ASCs, with an emphasis on multi-specialty centers.

Alsie Sydness-Fitzgerald, RN, CASC. Alsie Sydness-Fitzgerald is the chair of the ASC Association and participated in the development of the Certified Administrator Surgery Center (CASC) credential. She has been involved in the ASC industry since 1976 and has built up outstanding experience in the clinical, business and management aspects of the ASC industry as the director of clinical operations for HCA’s ambulatory surgery division.

Barry Tanner. Barry Tanner is the president and CEO of Physicians Endoscopy. Before joining Physicians Endoscopy, Mr. Tanner was the co-founder, CFO and COO of Navix Radiology Systems of Miami, Fla., where he helped build the company into a $75 million enterprise.

Dan Tasset, CPA. Dan Tasset leads Nueterra as its chairman and founder. Since 1989, Mr. Tasset has been in the business of working with physicians to develop surgery centers and surgical hospitals.

Larry Taylor. Larry Taylor is the president, CEO, founder and developer of Practice Partners in Healthcare. He has 25 years experience in
healthcare delivery, management and physician

Larry Teuber, MD. Dr. Larry Teuber, a neurosurgeon, is the founder and physician executive of Black Hills Surgery Center, one of the country’s most successful small surgical hospitals. Due to his dynamic skills and knowledge, Dr. Teuber transformed the ownership of that hospital so that now it is a publicly held company that is partially owned by the Medical Facilities Corporation, where he now is president.

David Thoene. David Thoene is the vice president of business development for Titan Health. Mr. Thoene has 24 years of experience consulting for and developing ASCs along the West Coast; his background and expertise include the turnkey development of ASCs, hospitals and medical office buildings.

John T. Thomas. John Thomas is the president and chief development officer of Cirrus Health. Under Mr. Thomas’s leadership, Cirrus has quickly become one of the country’s leading companies in ASC and specialty hospital development.

John Vick. John Vick is a leading consultant in the ASC industry and is renowned for matching corporate partners with physicians and matching buyers and sellers of ASCs. His career in the industry
started with his development of an endoscopy chain.

R. Bruce Wallace, III, MD. Dr. Bruce Wallace, III, is the founder and medical director of Wallace Eye Surgery, Laser and Surgery Center in Alexandria, La. He is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Eye Surgery.

Michael Weaver. Michael Weaver is an executive vice president at Symbion. He is one of the strongest development executives in the ASC industry and has helped Symbion to grow into one of the largest ASC chains.

Robert Welti, MD. Dr. Robert Welti is the corporate medical director and COO, western region, for Regent Surgical Health. Previously the medical director and administrator of the Santa Barbara Surgery Center, Dr. Welti also was affiliated with Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for 20 years.

Robert Westergard. Robert Westergard is the CFO of Ambulatory Surgery Centers of America. Before joining ASCOA in 2002, he worked as the controller for Truman Capital Advisors, a mortgage banking firm specializing in the securitization of sub-prime mortgage loan assets.

William H. Wilcox. Bill Wilcox serves as the president and CEO of United Surgical Partners International. Before joining USPI, he served as CEO of United Dental Care, president of the Surgery Group of HCA and president and CEO of the ambulatory surgery division of HCA.

David Woodrum. David Woodrum is a
co- founder and partner of Woodrum/Ambulatory Systems Development, an ASC management and development company. He provides clients with consultations in the areas of planning, management, finance, loss prevention, marketing, physician group practice management, executive recruitment and JCAHO compliance.

Thomas R. Yerden, MHA. Tom Yerden is president and CEO of TRY Health Care Solutions. He was the founder and CEO of Aspen Healthcare before selling it to National Surgical Care. He has established and planned more then 40 physician/hospital ASC joint-ventures.

Joe Zasa. Joe Zasa is the co-founder and
managing partner of Woodrum/Ambulatory Systems Development, a national ASC development and management firm that specializes in developing, managing and operating multi-specialty and single specialty ASCs. Woodrum/ASD currently manages 21 ASCs throughout the United States and is one of the largest privately held surgery center companies.

Robert Zasa. Robert Zasa is a co-founder and partner at Woodrum/Ambulatory Systems Development. He is experienced in all phases of business development in multi-service ambulatory care facilities, group practices, ASCs and hospitals, including management, development, expansion, acquisition, ownership structuring and marketing.

J.A. Ziskind, JD, MBA, PhD. J.A. Ziskind is the founder and CEO of Global Surgical Partners, which focuses on developing and managing  
hospital/physician and physician-owned joint-ventured ASCs. He has been actively involved in Florida’s healthcare industry over the past 35 years, having served as CEO of Cedars Medical Center and since 1984 as a healthcare lawyer.

Greg Zoch. Greg Zoch has been involved with the marketing of healthcare organizations and services and with the recruitment of healthcare professionals since 1990. His primary focus with Kaye/Bassman is on the strategic growth and staffing initiatives of client companies, who develop, manage, consult with, or own and operate ASCs and specialty hospitals throughout the United States.

Bryan Zowin. Bryan Zowin is the president of Physician Advantage, a healthcare management company based in Peoria, Ill. The company provides management services to a wide range of healthcare specialties including ASCs, anesthesia, orthopedics, urology, ENT, OB/GYN, facial plastic, pain management and primary care

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