Our Advisory Board (AB) advises our company on practice management issues. The board members represent a broad spectrum of practitioners and have a wealth of clinical and healthcare management experience.
The current members of the Advisory Board are:
Mark Birmingham, DPM
Boulder Medical Center/Orthopedic Department, Boulder, CO
"I practice in one of Colorado’s largest physician-owned, multi-specialty groups. It is a dynamic of how I believe that healthcare should function: close-knit practitioners with consistent, intentional communication. I have a passion for social media in regard to communication between providers as well as our patients. Each day, I get to have multiple conversations (in person, on paper or electronically) with many different people; it typically just happens to revolve around the foot and ankle."
Jeffrey Blank, MD
Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgery
Dundee Foot Center, Wheeling, IL and Foot First Podiatry, Crystal Lake, IL.
"I am an American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery board-certified foot and ankle surgeon specializing in all ankle and foot problems from routine to the highly complicated. We strive to maintain a boutique type medical practice to build and maintain strong relationships with our patients. Practicing in multiple states allows me to teach and influence many surgical residents, thus securing a positive future for my profession."
Healthcare IT Physician Executive Consultant, Farmington, CT
"After a decade as an IBM technology executive, I decided to attend medical school to merge my computer engineering and medical science passions to make as great a contribution as possible. Since earning my MD and pediatric residency at the University of Connecticut, I have capitalized on my physician-technologist background as a HCIT consultant specializing in technology transitioning, implementation, and future positioning. Currently, my role as a HCIT physician executive affords me the opportunity to make a real difference by offering a vision for what healthcare can be and should be for every practitioner and patient."
FoxCare Integrative Pediatrics
"I've been practicing general pediatrics in Loudoun County, Va., since 1993. I've seen my community grow exponentially in this time and grown my practice from three doctors to a bustling nine physicians and six midlevel providers; and soon to add our fourth location. My interests have grown over the years and include pediatric obesity, breastfeeding expertise, challenging medical diagnoses, and recently a passion for the management of medical business. I'm also an expert weaver, having been published multiple times in the U.S. and internationally. My first weaving book was published in 2014."
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
President and CEO of California Physician Assistant Staffing Inc., Bakersfield, Calif.
“I currently practice in a hospital-based plastic and reconstructive surgery practice, and cover a burn unit as a part of our practice in conjunction with my surgeon, best friend and business partner M. Brandon Freeman, PhD, MD. I have been a PA for more than 35 years, and have a special interest in optimizing team-based practice, effectively deploying the electronic health record, and utilizing technology to make the practice of medicine safer and more effective. I have lived in Bakersfield California my entire PA career, and have experience in a number of specialties including ER, urgent care, public health, occupational medicine and OB/GYN.” I am also a past president of the American Academy of PAs.
James Legan, MD
Internist, Private Practice
Northwest Physicians PLLC, Great Falls, Montana
"My passion is using the EHR at the point of care as a visual, interactive experience. I have been very involved in social media such as Twitter, Blab and Periscope sharing #ProjectedEHR, hoping to give back to theprofession, useful and practical solutions that work in a small office setting. I am in my 23rd year of private practice as an Internist, and received my Medical Degree from West Virginia University, Morgantown and residency at the University of Wisconsin, Madison."
St. John Health System / Oakland Primary Care , Warren, MI
"As both an osteopathic physician and an clinical educator for the last 13 years, I bring a number of unique perspective to the practice of medicine. As someone who has spent over a decade in the medical field, I find that I am interested in how physicians connect —with patients and society, or peers and technology. I want the profession of medicine to focus not just on the delivery of quality care for patients in need, but to identify ways in which we can meet this obligation in a more streamlined and personalized manner, thus making healthcare better for those who receive it and those who practice it."
"I am a self-certified medicine 'junkie,' having practiced internal medicine and geriatrics for 40 years. I am now a solo internist with a nurse practitioner. In my area, Lorain County, west of Cleveland, Ohio, I am one of the few self-employed, primary-care physicians. I have been making "pin money" through covering call at one of the local hospices, and even continuing to care for hospitalized patients by acting as hospitalist about 1 week a month at our local critical access hospital. This extra work has helped practice finances and allowed me to spend more time with patients."
Wichita Anesthesiology Chartered, Wichita, KS / Center for Professional Business Development
"Having led my group for a number of years, I developed plans to grow Wichita Anesthesiology from one hospital and two ASCs to two hospitals and three ASCs. I've also made strategic moves to ensure the longevity of the group as well as introduce new technologies such as an EHR. I am also part of an organization called The Center for Professional Business Development, dedicated to teaching my fellow physicians the fundamental skills necessary to operate a small business or business unit."
Capitol Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, LLC, Rockville, MD
"I've been in practice in the Washington suburbs for over 30 years. I'm very active in medical society affairs, serving on the board of trustees of Montgomery County (Md.) Medical Society, and MedChi, the Maryland State Medical Society. I've also been on the editorial board of Montgomery Medicine and subsequently Maryland Medicine since 1995 and am a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons."
Medical Associates of Denton, Denton, TX
"I obtained my medical diploma from St. Matthews University School of Medicine on Grand Cayman Island and completed my residency Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center. I also hold a master's degree in Health Services Administration. My husband, Eric, and I have two sons. My passion is being proactive in preventative and wellness medicine."
Donald T. Stewart, MD
Sammamish Diabetes and Lipid Clinic, Sammamish, WA
"I opened my family medicine practice directly out of residency in 1983, grew the practice to six providers, and sold my practice to a hospital in 2003, remaining there for four-and-a-half more years. Since 2007, I have moved my practice into the basement of my home, and now focus on primary care of about 500 patients with diabetes and lipid disorders. My practice model now is that of a micropractice, with no employees, though I depend heavily on the help of my wife."
North Suburban Family Healthcare, Vernon Hills, IL
"I am a solo family practice physician practicing full-service family medicine focusing on preventative medicine. I also serve as an adjunct instructor for Rosalind Franklin Medical School teaching third-year medical students in their required family practice rotation."
"I work in private practice, serve as an assistant clinical professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers, and am a working suburban mother of two."
Each one of the Advisory Board members is available to answer questions for prospective clients and advertisers about the importance of practice management for physicians and how the Physicians Practice program helps physicians fully understand those principles, operate their businesses more efficiently, and improve the quality of care they provide.
If you are interested in speaking to a member of our Advisory Board, or seek further information about it, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.