Contributing Editors


Brian Baker is a Senior Consultant at Regents Health Resources, a consulting firm focused on helping clients develop or reposition outpatient imaging centers and services. He has rich expertise in imaging science, technology and business process, and has become appreciated nationally as a key industry resource in this core health care discipline.

 

William H. Bestermann, MD is a board-certified internal medicine physician focused on vascular risk and event treatment, now practicing at the Holston Medical Group in Kingsport, TN. Following current research, he became convinced that medication and life style management is a much more effective treatment for vascular disease than mechanical interventions like bypass surgery and stents. He has devoted his clinical efforts to providing optimal medical therapy in the community since that time.

He is involved in multiple clinical trials involving cardiometabolic outcomes including ACCORD,  TECOS and Exscel. He is currently president of the Cardiovascular Centers of Excellence effort for the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control (COSEHC) and Chair of the Chronic Condition Management committee of the Carespark Health Information exchange in Eastern Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia.

For 25 years, Wendy Lynch has been making the connection between human and business performance. Dr. Lynch runs her own consulting firm and is Senior Scientist at the Health as Human Capital Foundation. A frequent speaker and author, she educates audiences about economic incentives in health care. Dr. Lynch is an author of the book “Aligning incentives, Information and Choice.”

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD was a professor at the University of California San Francisco before leaving to enter the world of biotech. He served as the Chief Medical Officer of biotech companies, including Aphton Corporation. He is now the founder and CEO of Madah Medica, an early stage biotech company developing products to improve post-surgical pain control. He loves to write about the brain and human behavior as well as translate complicated basic science concepts into entertainment for the rest of us.

Patricia Salber, MD, MBA is the founder and host of The Doctor Weighs In.  She is a board certified internist and emergency physician who loves to write about fat, fitness, diabetes, and weight loss (and other stuff).  She has worked as a physician executive for a variety of health care organizations (health insurance companies, medical groups, large employers).  She has published on a variety of topics in both peer-reviewed journals and trade publications.  Her book, The Physician’s Guide to Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse, was one of the first books on the topic written specifically for health care professionals.  She is currently Founding Principal at ZOLO Healthcare Solutions, a consultancy focused on helping organizations get ready for the post-health care reform world.

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn is a health economist and management consultant that serves clients at the intersection of health and technology. Her clients include all stakeholders in health, including providers, payors and plans; companies in biopharma, medical devices, financial services, technology and consumer goods; non-profits and NGOs. Jane’s lens on health is best-defined by the World Health Organization: health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Lidia Schapira, MD is a medical oncologist at the Gillette Center for Breast Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and trained at the Beth Israel Hospital and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Schapira’s interests are in doctor-patient communication, improving access to clinical trials for underserved patients and the psychosocial care of cancer patients.

Carl Taylor is the Assistant Dean of the University of  South Alabama College of Medicine, Director of the Center for Strategic Health Innovation (CSHI) and the National Center for Disaster Medical Response. He is also a founding partner in Fraser Institute for Health Research, a New Jersey based not for profit engaged in quantifying the impact of a changing health delivery system for health insurers, regulators and providers. His current focus is in the emerging field of interventional informatics and communication driven health care. Carl was the lead creator of RMEDE, a patient centric health platform that combines informatics, e-health, home health monitoring and m-health approaches to improve quality of care while reducing cost. The RMEDE platform has twice won prestigious national awards for innovation and has been adopted for use on projects in 7 states, touching at times as many as two million patients.

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