Committee on Clinical Leadership

 


Amy Adome, MD is responsible for leading efforts to maintain and improve the quality of patient care across the Sharp system as senior vice president of clinical effectiveness. Dr. Adome joined Sharp HealthCare in April 2013. Her most recent role before moving to San Diego was as vice president of quality and patient safety at Mary Washington Healthcare in Fredericksburg, Va. While there, she was responsible for building and leading their corporate quality and patient safety program. Before that, she served as the director of quality at North Shore University hospital, an 806-bed teaching hospital that is one of the cornerstones of North Shore LIJ Health System. Dr. Adome received her medical degree from Makerere University in Uganda and worked as a primary care physician in Kenya before moving to the United States to pursue a master of public health with a concentration in health care management from Harvard University in Boston.


John A. Brennan, MD, MPH is executive vice president and chief clinical integration officer for WellStar where he oversees clinical integration, which includes safety and quality, service lines, population health, Mayo Clinic Care Network, and Center for Health Transformation. Dr. Brennan received his medical degree from Georgetown University Veterans Administration Medical Center in Washington, DC, completed his residency at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and is board certified in emergency medicine.


Scott J. Ellner, DO, MPH, MHCM, FACS is president and chief executive officer of Centura Health Physician Group, a 600 provider, employed multi-specialty group headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. He recently held the position of president of Saint Francis Medical Group in Hartford, Connecticut where he also served as the vice chairman of the department of surgery. Dr. Ellner was chairman and founding member of the Connecticut Surgical Quality Collaborative. As an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Dr. Ellner created a four-year patient safety curriculum for medical students and a yearlong “Leading Surgical Quality” curriculum for the surgical residents.

Dr. Ellner received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA and master’s degree in Health Care Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.


Richard W. Freeman, MD, FACP is senior vice president and chief transformation officer for Eastern Maine Healthcare System (EMHS). Before attending medical school, Dr. Freeman served on the professional staff of Baltimore City Hospitals as a physician’s assistant, and led the reform of the prison healthcare system for the Baltimore City Jail and the Maryland Division of Correction. Concurrently, he earned a master of public health degree and a doctorate in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. After completing medical school at the University of Maryland and residency in general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, he spent the next five years on the full-time faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. During that time he practiced internal medicine, led the first-year student preceptorship, Introduction to Medicine, and served as medical director in the Community-Based Practices and, subsequently, as vice president for medical affairs at Hopkins Bayview. He then led a venture-capital funded care management company, providing care coordination and medical management services to Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. After 9/11, he was invited to lead the Center for Public Health Preparedness at New York University School of Medicine, and concurrently provided consulting services to academic medical centers and community hospitals on financial performance improvement, care coordination and physician practice funds flow. Then, after serving in executive leadership positions at two large, multi-specialty, medical group practices associated with health systems in Rochester, NY, and Grand Rapids, MI, Dr. Freeman was invited to join EMHS as its first Chief Transformation Officer.


Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, FACS serves as chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and chairs the board of a clinical enterprise that includes UNMC’s primary hospital partner, The Nebraska Medical Center; its physician practice group, UNMC Physicians; and the Bellevue Medical Center. Dr. Gold also holds a health professions appointment in the department of surgery. Prior to joining UNMC, Dr. Gold served as Chancellor of the University of Toledo’s health science campus, which includes the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Science and Human Service, and Graduate Medical Study. Prior to joining the University of Toledo, Dr. Gold served at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Gold graduated from the Cornell University College of Engineering and earned his M.D. from the Weill Cornell College of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency at The New York Hospital and Memorial Hospital and his cardiothoracic residency training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Gold is a board certified thoracic surgeon and specializes in adult and pediatric cardiac surgery.


Steven I. Goldstein serves as president and chief executive officer of Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester, NY. Mr. Goldstein also serves as vice president for the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), president and chief executive officer for Highland Hospital in Rochester, president for long-term care for URMC, and president of Strong Partners Health System. In addition, he is a professor of community and preventive medicine for the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Prior to assuming his position at Strong, Mr. Goldstein served in executive or administrative positions at Rochester General Hospital, The Children's Medical Center in Dayton, OH, the University of Nebraska Hospitals and Clinics, and the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute in Omaha, NE. He also served as assistant clinical professor in the Department of Community Medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, OH. He is the past chairman of the Hospital Association of New York State and served on the AHA Board of Trustees.


M. Beatrice Grause, RN, JD, FACHE is president of the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS). Before joining HANYS, Ms. Grause served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems for 14 years. Ms. Grause also worked for ten years in Washington D.C. in a variety of positions, beginning as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Representatives Norman Y. Mineta and Joseph P. Kennedy II. She simultaneously held senior governmental affairs positions with the Tennessee Hospital Association and Massachusetts Hospital Association. She spent the last three years working as counsel with the law firm of Foley, Hoag, where she developed tailored legislative and regulatory strategies for healthcare clients. Before Washington D.C., Ms. Grause spent ten years in California, where she worked as a registered nurse, primarily in the emergency room and intensive care areas at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She is active in the American Hospital Association (AHA), having served as an at-large member of the AHA Board of Trustees and chairing its Allied Advisory Committee on Medicaid. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Boston College.

Daniel A. Handel, MD, MBA, MPH, MAS, FACEP is the Chief Medical Officer and Executive Medical Director of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Medical Center and an associate professor in the division of Emergency Medicine. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing patient flow, case management, process improvement and the medical directors throughout the hospital. Prior to his current position, he served as the Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. He also served at OHSU in various hospital leadership roles overseeing safety and patient flow. Dan received his doctor of medicine degree from Northwestern University along with a Masters in Public Health. He completed his Healthcare MBA from OHSU, where he also serves on the faculty of the Division of Management teaching process improvement and value streams since 2010. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and practices clinically in both the adult and pediatric emergency departments at MUSC.


Thomas J. Hansen, MD, FAAFP, MBA has served as chief academic officer of Advocate Health Care since 2013. As such, Dr. Hansen oversees medical student education, residency education, continuing medical education, library services and research. Prior to joining Advocate Health Care, Dr. Hansen served as associate dean of medical education and associate professor of family medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb.

Dr. Hansen is a member of several organizations including The Institute of Medicine of Chicago, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, The Gold Humanism Honor Society, Society of Family Medicine Teachers, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Medical Association and Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society. Dr. Hansen received his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine and his master’s in business administration from Creighton University College of Business Administration.


Marshall E. Hicks, MD is a professor of interventional radiology and Head of the Division of Diagnostic Imaging at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has served in this role since 2010. Before this appointment, he served as Department Chair ad interim of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, as well as Section Chief of Interventional Radiology. He is a former president of the Society of Interventional Radiology.

Dr. Hicks received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and completed a clinical internship in general surgery at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, GA. After completing a radiology residency and serving as an instructor in vascular radiology at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, IN, he completed a clinical fellowship in interventional/vascular radiology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO. Dr. Hicks served as an assistant professor and associate professor at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology in St. Louis, MO, before joining MD Anderson in 1998.



  Chair-ELECT

Cheryl L. Hoying, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN is the senior vice president of patient services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is responsible for nursing standards of care in all areas where nursing is practiced throughout the facility, which is located on nine campuses.

Previously, Cheryl was the administrator for patient care services at The Ohio State University Hospital. In 2011, Cheryl assumed the role as interim dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing. Since her tenure ended, she has returned to her status as associate dean of the college. Previously, she held the academic position of Clinical Professor at the Ohio State University College of Nursing and adjunct instructor at the Wright State University College of Nursing. In 2012, Cheryl was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. 


Hal B. Jenson, MD, MBA specializes in clinical infectious diseases and virology, and was named founding dean of Western Michigan University School of Medicine in January 2011. Dr. Jenson obtained his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and completed a pediatric residency at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital at Case Western Reserve University and a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Yale University School of Medicine. He was a visiting fellow in molecular biology in 1984 at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Cambridge, U.K. In 2003, he graduated with an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Jenson has been professor of pediatrics and microbiology and chief of pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas; professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and director of the Center for Pediatric Research at Eastern Virginia Medical School and Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia; professor of pediatrics and dean of Baystate Medical Center, Western Campus of Tufts University School of Medicine.


Linda J. Knodel, MHA, MSN, NE-BC, CPHQ, FACHE is the senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Mercy Health in Springfield, MO. Ms. Knodel recently published a book on the issues affecting health care and how nurses can be leaders within the industry Nurse to Nurse: Nursing Leadership. She holds a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota and a separate master’s degree in nursing from the University of Mary and is a Wharton nursing executive fellow.


David Marshall, JD, DNP, MSN, RN, CENP, NEA-BC is the chief nursing and patient care services officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Mr. Marshall has served on the American Nurses Association Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics, the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation, and the Committee on Practice Issues for the Texas Nurses Association. He also served on the Board of Directors of American Organization of Nurse Executives and is a past chair of the Galveston County Branch of the Greater Houston Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is certified in nursing administration and is a Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellow.


John B. McWhorter, III is senior vice president of Baylor Health Care System (BHCS) and president of Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas (Baylor Dallas). Mr. McWhorter also oversees Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation, Our Children's House at Baylor, Baylor Specialty Hospital, Baylor Health Enterprises, and the Baylor Research Institute.

Mr. McWhorter is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, AL, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and finance. Mr. McWhorter completed his Master of Science and his Doctor of Science degree in health care administration at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.



 Past Chair

Kevin Most, DO is the vice president of medical affairs at Cadence Health. He has been serving the organization since completing his family medicine residency in 1990. Dr. Most held previous positions as senior medical director of the Central DuPage Hospital Convenient Care Centers and medical director of the Business Health Unit. He also remains a physician on staff at CDH.

Dr. Most earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas, a Doctorate of Osteopathic medicine from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. He completed his residency in family practice at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. He is board certified in family medicine. 


Jeffrey T. Mueller, MD serves as medical director of Mayo Clinic’s twenty-three hospitals operating in five states, and is directly responsible for the operations of Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Dr. Mueller is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Arizona Medical Association (serving as President, 2014-2015), Arizona Society of Anesthesiologists (serving as President, 2007-2008), Arizona Medicare Contractor Advisory Committee, and the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (chairing the Clinical Leadership Committee since 2013). Dr. Mueller graduated from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, and completed a Residency in Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine.



     Chair

David A. Perlstein, MD, MBA is president and chief executive officer at SBH Health System (formerly known as St. Barnabas Hospital). Dr. Perlstein received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati and then completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at The New York Hospital, Cornell Medical Center in New York City. After serving an additional year as chief pediatric resident, he worked as a private practitioner and then was appointed director of ambulatory pediatrics at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. He has received numerous medical student teaching awards and is on the faculty at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Perlstein has served on several New York City Department of Health sub-committees focused on immunization practices and he remains clinically active while managing the hospital's clinical operations, quality programs and medical staff.


Christine M. Stabler, MD became the first Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lancaster General (LG) Health in February 2011. In this role, she oversees and coordinates LG Health’s medical education programs that include the family medicine residency; fellowships in geriatrics and palliative medicine; pharmacy residency; dental residency and an expanded medical student program. She also oversees the Institutional Review Committee and the LG Health Research Institute.

A graduate of Pennsylvania State University/Jefferson Medical College BS/MD program, she completed her family medicine residency at LG Health and a one-year teaching fellowship in family medicine at Temple University. After two years in practice, she joined the full-time faculty in 1986. She continues to see patients two sessions a week at Family & Maternity Care and participates in afterhours obstetrics calls on a part-time basis. She holds faculty appointments at Temple University, University of Pennsylvania and Penn State Colleges of Medicine. Dr. Stabler is a past President of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians and Chair of the AAFP Commission on Membership and Member Services.


Robert J. Weber, RPh, PharmD, MS, BCPS, FASHP, FNAP is the administrator for pharmacy services at the OSU Wexner Medical Center and Assistant Dean, OSU College of Pharmacy. Previously, he served as executive director, chief pharmacy officer, and department chair in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Weber received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctor of pharmacy degrees from The Ohio State University (OSU) while completed his post-graduate training in Columbus at Grant Hospital and Ohio State. His lifelong interest is changing pharmacy practice through programs that establish patient-centered roles for pharmacists to improve the safety and efficiency of medication use. Departments under his leadership have implemented unit-based pharmacy models and advanced practice programs, clinical privileging, bar-code medication administration, antibiotic stewardship programs, and a system-wide Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee and drug utilization program. He is a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, an ASHP fellow, and a fellow in the National Academies of Practice.



AHA Board Liaison

Allen Weiss, MD Dr. Allen Weiss was appointed President and CEO of the NCH Healthcare System in September, 2006. Previously, he was President for over six years. He is responsible for a 715 bed, two-hospital integrated health care system in Naples, Florida. NCH is one of only forty-six hospitals in the country affiliated with Mayo Clinic. NCH has been named five times by U. S. News and World Report as best in the region and among the top 10% best cardiovascular surgical programs according to Society of Thoracic Surgery based on objective data. After graduating from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and subsequently completing his training at both the New York Presbyterian Hospital and Hospital for Special Surgery of Cornell University, he had a solo practice in Rheumatology, Internal Medicine, and Geriatrics for twenty-three years. He is board certified in all three specialties and is recognized both as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology. In 2017, Dr. Weiss became an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and was elected to the American Hospital Association Board. Additionally, Dr. Weiss is past Chair of the Florida Hospital Association and past Chairman of the Upper Midwest Vizient Board. He is on the Boards of the Chamber of Commerce, a five year member of the Regional Advisory Council of the American Hospital Association, Wolford School for Certified Nurse Anesthesiology, Telford Board, American Momentum Bank since inception and the Foundation Board of Florida Gulf Coast University.


Anthony P. Weiss, MD, MBA serves as chief medical officer of Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Prior to joining Upstate University Hospital, Dr. Weiss was at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where he has served in a variety of roles since 1997, most recently as director of quality management for MGH’s Department of Psychiatry. As director of Quality Management, Weiss led a number of initiatives to improve access and measure outcomes related to mental health care. Dr. Weiss has been a member of Harvard Medical School faculty since 2000, most recently as assistant professor. Weiss is a board-certified psychiatrist, with a clinical focus in neuropsychiatry. He is an active member of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, the American College of Physician Executives and the Association of Professionals in Patient Safety. A Wisconsin native, Weiss earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacology and toxicology and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a master’s degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston and an MBA, summa cum laude, from Babson College in Wellesley, Mass.


Patrice M. Weiss, MD, FACOG is the chief medical officer of Carilion Clinic. Prior to joining Carilion Clinic, Dr. Weiss served as vice chair of education, research, and academic compliance as well as residency program director at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa. She was also the medical director of risk management for Lehigh Valley Physician Group.

Dr. Weiss has served as chair of the ACOG Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Committee, member of the ACGME OB/GYN Resident Review Committee and the Council of Residency Education in OB/GYN, and on the APGO board of directors serving as the ex officio member of the Professional Liability Committee and the Voluntary review of Quality of Care Steering Committee. Dr. Weiss received her medical degree from Hahnemann University (Drexel) School of Medicine where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical society and completed her residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital. She completed the Council of University Chairs of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fellowship in Academic Leadership.


Stephanie Wolf-Rosenblum, MD, MMM, FCCP, FACP is vice president medical affairs and chief medical officer of Southern New Hampshire Health System (SNHHS) and Granite Health Network. Dr. Wolf-Rosenblum joined the SNHHS medical staff in July 1988. Prior to being appointed to her current position in February 2003, Dr. Wolf-Rosenblum held the position of medical director of Foundation Medical Partners from 1996-2003, and was chief of staff during 2001 and 2002.

Dr. Wolf-Rosenblum received her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, which she followed with an internship and residency in Internal Medicine, and then fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care, all at Yale. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Sleep Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners and a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. She holds a Masters in Medical Management from the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University.


Thomas R. Yackel, MD, MPH, MS, FACP is vice president, chief clinical integration officer and associate dean for clinical affairs at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). In this newly created role, Dr. Yackel leads the clinical and business transformation to value based care with OHSU’s faculty and strategic partners. He serves as chair of the quality health management committee and as a member the board of directors for the Population Health Alliance of Oregon.

Dr. Yackel received his doctor of medicine and master of public health degrees from the George Washington University (GW) in 1996. He completed a primary care internal medicine residency and served as chief medical resident at GW. In 2000, he became a National Library of Medicine informatics fellow at OHSU where he earned a master of science degree. He is board certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics and is associate program director for OHSU’s clinical informatics fellowship. Dr. Yackel maintains his clinical practice in the division of general internal medicine and geriatrics at OHSU.