Advisory Board Members
Anthony Alibrio is a 37-‐year veteran of the US Healthcare industry including 10 years as President of the Healthcare Group of Marriott International, which subsequently became Sodexho Marriott, Inc. As President of the Sodexo Health Care Group, he led a division that managed sales in excess of $3.2 billion. Under his leadership, Sodexho provided on-‐site departmental management and support services to the food and nutrition, environmental services, and engineering departments for over 1,000 hospital and long-‐term care institutions. His division employed 6.000 managers and managed a work force of 75,000 employees. In addition, he was a Marriott International Board Member for LTD and Taylor Plan Services, and Joint Venture Italy.Mr. Alibrio is currently a Board Member of Precyse Solutions, Senior Advisor of Management Health Solutions, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Administrators, and a member of the Health Insights Foundation. In addition to his current positions, he has a long history of being a leader in the healthcare industry having held Board positions with American Health Products Corporation, Health Insights Foundation, and the National Committee for Quality Healthcare. His other affiliations included the Executive Advisory Council of Beryl Companies, and as an Advisory Board Member of Strategic Food Capital Partners.
Mr. Alibri is a graduate of Wesleyan in Middletown, Connecticut.
Dr. Daniel M. Derman, BS, MD
Vice President Operations, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
President, Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group
Dr. Derman serves as Executive Vice President, Operations, Northwestern Memorial Hospital (“NMH”) and President, Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group (“NMPG”). After completing a Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at NMH, Dr. Derman opened his own practice in 1988. Later, with two other medical groups and his partners, he formed Northwestern Community Medical Group. The medical group, as well as an Independent Physicians Association owned by the group, was purchased in 1995 by Northwestern Memorial Corporation. In addition to the NMPG, Dr. Derman has responsibility for the Wellness Institute, Corporate Health and Community Services. Dr. Derman has been practicing internal medicine since 1988. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Northwestern University where he was Chief Resident and a Member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the Medical Honor Society. He is a Board-certified in Internal Medicine, his interests include preventive medicine and nutrition. Dr. Derman graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan and received his medical degree from the University of Illinois
Jeffrey Dover, MD, FRCPC Founder, SkinCare Physicians
Jeffery S. Dover, MD graduated as the silver medalist, Magna cum Laude with an M.D. degree from the University of Ottawa. His Dermatology training was received at the University of Toronto followed by research fellowships at St. John’s Hospital for Diseases of the Skin at the University of London in London, England, and a two-‐year Photomedicine fellowship at the Beth Israel Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Dover was Associate Chairman, Department of Dermatology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School. He now co-‐directs SkinCare Physicians of Chestnut Hill, a comprehensive facility specializing in dermatology, laser and cosmetic surgery, and he is Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at Yale University School
of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Surgery at Dartmouth Medical School, and Associate Professor of Dermatology at Brown Medical School. Dr. Dover’s research interests are Photomedicine, lasers in medicine, cosmetic laser surgery, and medical education.
Dr. Dover is the author of over 400 scientific publications. He has co-‐authored and edited over 40 textbooks. Dr. Dover is the founding editor of Journal Watch for Dermatology, produced by the publishers of the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Dover is Past President of both the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery and the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery. He is the past secretary and president of the New England Dermatological Society.
Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP Healthcare Mergers and Acquisitions
Monte Dube is a partner in the Health Care Department. For more than 30 years, Monte has worked in the health industry guiding clients both in the United States and internationally through the challenges presented by new government programs, the changing capital markets and technology adoption. His clients include non-‐profit and for-‐profit hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers, health care and physician organizations, and private equity firms.
Monte’s practice is focused on: high stakes merger and acquisition deals for hospitals, including many notable privatization and health system restructuring transactions, cross-‐border representation of health care companies in regulatory, joint venture and complex contracting matters and the defense of governmental investigations of health care compliance allegations. He also represents private equity firms in health care acquisitions and advises on regulatory and reimbursement issues for their health care portfolio companies.
Monte has been ranked as a “Tier One” attorney by Chambers USA ever since Chambers inaugurated its national ranking of health lawyers. Recent client accolades included in Chambers are:
- Clients highlight his strengths as his “innovative thinking about structuring transactions” and say “he is easy to access and incredibly pleasant.” (2014)
- Monte is “well known for his work in high-‐value M&A matters.” Sources are quick to celebrate his excellent communications abilities . . . he is a well-‐established figure’” easy to work with and always available.” (2013)
- Monte’s “ability to marshal a transaction has been compared to that of a ‘conductor of a symphony.’” He is a “well known transactional lawyer and one of my top people.” (2012).
Colman R. Kraff, MD
Kraff Eye Institute
Colman R. Kraff, MD is committed to advancing new technologies in the field of ophthalmology, Dr. Colman Kraff helped to pioneer laser vision correction. In February of 1991, as part of a five-‐ site, U.S., FDA clinical trial team, Dr. Kraff successfully performed the first excimer laser procedures in the Chicagoland area using the VISX Excimer Laser. Since that time, Dr. Kraff and the Kraff Eye Institute have devoted their practice to specializing in laser vision correction. The Kraff Eye Institute has been and continues to be the lead U.S. investigative site for all VISX LASIK FDA clinical trials, performing the very first hyperopic LASIK and Wavefront-‐guided custom treatments in this country.
Dr. Kraff actively lectures and teaches doctors throughout the world and is one of three primary physician excimer laser trainers in the United States. Dr. Kraff has a teaching appointment at Northwestern University Medical School and is an attending physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. His personal time is spent with his family and enjoying distance running and skiing.
Sandy Kurtz, MD
Vice President Advisory Board Consulting and Management
Sandy Kurtz, MD is a leading Healthcare Executive and Administrator with over 35 years’ experience; 16 years in administrative roles. He helps clients optimize financial and operational performance within physician practices.
Sandy served as CMO and president of the Physician Organization of West Penn Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh, Pa. Through his position, Sandy was responsible for all physician matters involving the system—both professional and operational—and for setting the strategic direction for program development for the private staff and the Physician Organization. During his tenure, the Physician Organization was transformed into a multi-‐specialty group practice.
Sandy also spent 27 years in various executive positions at the Lahey Clinic, an approximately 550-‐physician foundation model multi-‐specialty group practice and hospital system. He served as executive vice president and COO, handling all clinic and hospital operations. Sandy was also the vice president and CMO, a position in which he oversaw care management, including care process management initiatives, disease management programs, evidence-‐based medicine to improve clinical outcomes, and safety and monitoring activities related to the quality of care.
His career at Lahey Clinic began as chairman of the Department of Laboratory Medicine, which he was responsible for creating.
Sandy received his MD from the Boston University School of Medicine.
Lillian S. Longo, R.N., M.A.
Clinical Quality Consultant, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield President ROIL, LLC
Lillian serves as a Clinical Quality Consultant for Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and President of ROIL, LLC. Ms. Longo is a skilled Healthcare professional with over 36 years of experience in clinical, administrative and consultative positions. Varied and increasing management responsibility in the areas of Operating Room, Pain Management, Central Sterile Processing, Outpatient Surgery, Ambulatory Services, Anesthesia Services and new program development. Lil is also an expert in Quality Management and Performance Improvement for both physician practices as well as hospital services.
Ms. Longo previously served as the Assistant Director, Surgery & Anesthesia Services at Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA; the Director of Surgical Services, Heritage Valley Health System, Beaver, PA; the Director, Surgical Services at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital-‐ Forbes Regional Campus, Monroeville, PA; the Manager of Peri-‐Operative Services for
The Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA and Charge Nurse/Staff Educator, Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. During Ms. Longo’s Surgical Services tenure, she was administratively responsible for Central Sterile Processing departments. She has an extensive background in Surgical Waste Management. She has lead several surgical initiatives on Staff and patient safety in Medical Waste disposal and implemented a Fluid Waste Management System for Surgical Services for several of the hospitals in which she served. She lead the way for staff education and policy development in handling all Operative waste management for the Surgical Service division to reduce staff exposure issues.
Lillian is presently seeking her Doctor of Nursing Practice at Waynesburg University; Waynesburg, PA and has earned a Masters of Liberal Studies and Bachelors of Nursing from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.
Michael Oats, MD
Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston
Michael Oats, M.D. is a physician and surgeon at Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston who presently maintains 8 clinics in Massachusetts. Dr. Oates is a specialist in Refractive Surgery as well as Glaucoma and Cataract Diseases.
In 2003, Dr. Oats was one of the nation’s first physicians to offer NearVision Conductive Keratoplasty. Dr. Oats received his training at the College of Holy Cross and Loyola University of Chicago. He completed his internship and residency in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester as well as his fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology/Hypertension. Dr. Oats also completed his surgical residency in at Loyola University of Chicago. Dr. Oats is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, American Medical Association, and the New England Ophthalmological Society, Inc. He is an active staff member of the Cape Cod Eye Surgery and Laser Center in Sandwich and Falmouth Hospital.
Dr. Oats is also a Consultant in Ophthalmology at Jordan Hospital in Plymouth and Tobey Hospital in Wareham, MA.
Major General Gale Pollock (Retired)
Major General Pollock is a retired United States Army Major General who served as the Acting Surgeon General of the United States Army and the first woman and the first non-‐physician to hold the position.
Maj Gen. Pollock also served as the 22nd Chief of the Army Nurse Corps and Deputy Surgeon General. As the Commanding General of Tripler Army Medical Center, Pollock was responsible for all Army healthcare in the Pacific region. She has 36 years of service in the Army, is a Certified Register Nurse Anesthetist, a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Maj General Pollock received a BS in Nursing from the University of Maryland Baltimore. She received her MBA from Boston University, a Master of Healthcare Administration from Baylor University, and a Master of Science in National Public Security Strategy from the National Defense University.
Dr. Daniel Sexton, M.D
Duke University, Professor, Department of Medicine Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology
Vice-‐Chief Department of Medicine, and Director of Duke Infection Control Outreach Networke
Dr. Sexton was made an honorary lifetime member of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases in 2006. Dr. Sexton has had a direct role in the training of numerous medical students, residents, fellows and post-‐doctoral students during the 27 years he has been on the Duke faculty. Fifteen of 22 fellows who worked under Dr. Sexton’s supervision are currently hospital epidemiologists and active in research related to HAIs. Dr. Sexton is one of five Editors in Chief of the Infectious Disease section of Uptodate. He has published more than 230 peer reviewed original manuscripts.
Dr. Sexton’s multiple research interests include the risk factors, outcomes and definition of healthcare-‐associated bloodstream and surgical site infections, risk factors and outcomes of infections due to Staphylococcus aureus and criteria, outcomes and complications of infective endocarditis. He founded the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON) in 1997 that has since grown to include 45 community hospitals in 7 states.
He is a recipient of the Clinician Award from the Infectious Diseases Society of America and was previously the Chair of the IDSA Clinical Affairs Committee and served on the IDSA Board of Directors and the Board of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. He has received the Golden Apple Teaching Award from the Duke University School of Medicine, a Golden Apple Award from the American Medical School Student Association, The Eugene Stead Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Duke Medicine Housestaff (twice) and was named a Master Clinician Teacher by the Duke University School of Medicine in 2011. He received the SHEA Senior Scholarship Award in 2015. Dr. Sexton, MD, is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Medicine.
Robert Sherwood Business Consultant
Mr. Sherwood is a seasoned marketing executive with over three decades of business experience in the highly competitive music and consumer electronics industries.
Bob has held several executive positions including Senior Vice President, New Technologies Marketing Sony Corporation; Senior Vice President, International Marketing CBS Records; General Manger, Columbia Records; and President, Mercury Records.
During his tenure in the music industry, Mr. Sherwood was nationally recognized as “Record Co. Executive of the Year”, “Record Co. President of the Year”; and “one of the most influential people in music and broadcasting in the last 25 years”..
Mr. Daniel Smith, CEO
Nephrology Business Consultants, LLC.
Mr. Smith has spent his entire 30-‐year healthcare career in the Dialysis Industry. He is currently the CEO of Nephrology Business Consultants, LLC, which provides consulting services for nephrology practices, dialysis clinics, acute care facilities, medical device manufacturers, and medical distribution companies. Mr. Smith was also the co-‐founder of two dialysis companies and provided business development direction for Renal Management Inc., CORVA, LLC and Renal Ventures Management. Mr. Smith also worked for COBE Laboratories/Gambro Healthcare for 13 years.
Dr. Amy Forman Taub, MD Founder, Advanced Dermatology
Dr. Amy Forman Taub founded Advanced Dermatology, one of the top fifty medical and cosmetic dermatology practices nationally recognized for excellence in dermatological care, specializing in photodynamic therapy, skin cancer detection and non-‐surgical anti-‐aging treatments, in Lincolnshire Illinois. Dr. Taub opened a second location in Glencoe, Illinois, September of 2013.
Dr. Taub is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology at Northwestern University Medical School (where she teaches a monthly cosmetic surgery clinic for residents). She is also a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery and the American Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine, Patient Education for the ASDS, Chicago Dermatologic Society, Illinois State Dermatologic Society, the Leader’s Society of the Dermatology Foundation, the Amonette Circle of the Skin Cancer Foundation, the Medical Advisory Council of the Skin Cancer Foundation and a founding member of The Dermatologic & Aesthetic Surgery International League (DASIL).
Dr. Taub is a pioneer in photodynamic therapy as well as a frequent lecturer and author on the national scene, with over 18 original articles in print and 10 book chapters published in medical journals. As a consultant to leading laser and drug companies, as well as a sought after speaker and thought leader, Dr. Taub educates and trains physicians from all over the country to provide cosmetic and laser procedures. From 2005 to 2011, Dr. Taub performed research studies dedicated to advanced research in dermatology under her own organization, SKINQRI.
Dr. Taub was selected as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor in the field of Dermatology, June 2013. She was also chosen by Plastic Surgery Practice magazine as one of the best plastic and cosmetic surgeons in 2012 and was named one of the Best Doctors in Dermatology as featured in U.S. News and World Report, 2013.
Dr. Taub has been featured in media including Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, Harper's BAZAAR, Allure Magazine, Michigan Avenue Magazine, Redbook, Glamour Magazine, WBBM Radio and Webmd.com. She has been seen on FOX, CBS and ABC, as well as being quoted in additional websites and blogs.
Dr. Taub graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in 1985 and completed her internal medicine internship and dermatology residency at its affiliated hospital, Northwestern Memorial, in 1989.
Dr. Kevin Thomas MBA, PhD
Boston University School of Medicine,
Director of the Master of Science in Healthcare Emergency Management Program
Dr. Kevin “Kip” Thomas serves as the Director of the Master of Science in Healthcare Emergency Management Program. Dr. Thomas’s experience includes over 20 years of military service, both in the field as a submariner, and at the Pentagon as an aide to the Secretary of the Navy. Since 2002, he has taught diverse groups of students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dr. Thomas was the founding Research Programs Director for the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program at George Mason University -‐ a $20+ million research program for developing and analyzing methods of critical infrastructure protection and cyber security. In addition to providing project oversight for over 50 research activities conducted across more than 14 universities, Dr. Thomas personally led or participated as a researcher in a number of these projects.
Dr. Thomas teaches four classes for the Healthcare Emergency Management Program: Ethical and Policy Issues in Health and Medical Services, Experimental Design and Statistics for Emergency Managers, Psychology and Sociology of Disaster Methods and Risk Communication, and The Disaster Lifecycle. He is also active in advising students. His office is currently located in the Evans Biomedical Research Center at Boston University School of Medicine.
Dr. Thomas earned a Masters in Business Administration and a Doctorate in Public Policy from George Mason University, School of Public Policy, Fairfax Virginia.
Strategic Health Tech Advisor Wasson Enterprise
Stewart is a dynamic pharmacy and healthcare executive with an extensive track record of driving multimillion dollar, top and bottom line impact across a broad spectrum of complex business initiatives via innovation, creativity, and leadership capabilities. Prior to his retirement from Walgreen Co. in 2015 following a 33-‐year career with this Fortune 35 company, his work was characterized by operational excellence and developing disruptive innovations including retail immunization programs, enterprise specialty, and an innovative $340B drug discount model, which set a precedent in the U.S. and the pharmacy industry as a whole.
While completing his pharmacy degree at Purdue University’s School of Pharmacy, Brad served two internships at Walgreens before his graduation in 1985. Over the years, he rose through Walgreens pharmacy and management ranks, both in the corporate offices and the field where he was responsible for leading many new and complex markets from coast to coast. He later achieved the position of group vice president of Walgreens Health Innovations Group, where he built the clinical innovation area for the company’s Pharmacy division.
Seth A. Yellin, MD, FACS
Founder and Director of Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center
Seth A. Yellin, MD, FACS is Founder and Director of Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center, in partnership with Marietta Dermatology & The Skin Cancer Center, the largest private dermatology group Georgia. As one of Atlanta’s most well respected facial plastic surgeons, he has treated thousands of patients during more than 20 years in practice. Dr. Yellin is nationally renowned for his artistic expertise in creating a natural look when volumizing the face with injectable fillers and performing cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery.
Prior to partnering with Marietta Dermatology & The Skin Cancer Center in 2011, Dr. Yellin was Director of the Emory Facial Center and Chief of Facial Plastic Surgery at Emory Healthcare for more than 12 years. As an educator, he taught the art and science of facial plastic surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Yellin is formerly Chief of Facial Plastic Surgery at Emory Healthcare (1999-‐2011) and Co-‐Founder and Chief Medical Officer of eMedicalFiles, Inc.