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The Medical Fusion faculty are selected for their expertise in their subject material and their ability to communicate their message to an audience. They include nationally known lecturers, authors, and leaders whose goal is to pass along their wisdom to our Medical Fusion participants. These successful entrepreneurial physicians will help you begin developing an impeccable network of mentors and peers and will provide you the insight and confidence to diversify your career.
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Steven Knope MD
Dr. Knope is a board-certified internist and sports medicine expert. He completed his premedical studies at Columbia University and graduated with honors in internal medicine from Cornell University Medical College in 1988. He completed his residency training at UCLA, where he was awarded the first Sherman Melinkoff Teacher of the Year Award. He has served as Chief of Medicine, Chairman of the Department of Medicine, and Director of the ICU in the Carondelet system in Tucson, Arizona. He is a pioneer in the field of concierge medicine, opening one of the first concierge practices in America in December 2000. He authored the first book on concierge medicine entitled, Concierge Medicine; A New System to Get the Best Healthcare (Praeger, 2008).
Julie Silver MD
Professor | Publishing Expert
Julie K. Silver, MD is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is the Chief Editor of Books at Harvard Health Publications (www.HarvardHealthBooks.org), the consumer health branch of Harvard Medical School. She is the director of the annual Harvard CME course titled "Publishing Books, Memoirs and Other Creative Nonfiction" (www.HarvardWriters.com).
Dr. Silver is an award-winning author and has edited/written more than 20 books that focus on rehabilitation medicine and physical recovery. She has a special interest in oncology rehabilitation and is the author of After Cancer Treatment: Heal Faster, Better, Stronger (Johns Hopkins Press). After Cancer Treatment was the first book to offer a step-by-step plan for physical healing from the devastation of cancer treatment. Cure magazine, in its review, stated, "This is one you need... I like that she understands." And Library Journal named After Cancer Treatment one of the top 20 health books released in 2006. Her latest book, What Helped Get Me Through: Cancer Survivors Share Wisdom and Hope (American Cancer Society) has won two national writing awards.
Gary Taff MD
Real Estate Investing | Occupational Medicine
Dr. Gary Taff brings a unique perspective on real estate investing. Despite previously negative experiences of "buying high and selling low", he started with $20,000 capital, and used equity sharing, intensive market research and an eye for buying the best deal in emerging small to medium- sized markets. This plan allowed Gary to purchase 190 properties in 13 states over a five year period. The portfolio spanned a wide range of residential properties from single family homes to condos, duplex to fourplexes, rehab projects, condo conversions and multi-unit apartment complexes. Gary is most proud of the fact that his portfolio has achieved a 39% per annum appreciation rate, mainly based on buying below market value.
Over the past two years, Gary has turned his attention to wholesaling, in which he buys multiple properties at significant discounts and then sells or assigns the properties to investors at prices below current market values. He has served as the Northern California Area Manager for a nation-wide clearing-house type of real estate network, as well as other real estate networks. He has given several seminars on value investing, use ofleverage, understanding and taking advantage of the five stages of a real estate cycle, and working with wholesalers.
Setu Mazumdar MD
Physician Wealth Management | Physician Investing
Setu Mazumdar MD graduated as the valedictorian of Woodward Academy, the largest independent day school in the US. He then attended Johns Hopkins University and was admitted to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society for ranking among the top 1% in his class. After earning his MD degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, he practiced emergency medicine in Atlanta, GA. As his passion for financial planning and investment portfolio management grew, he completed the CFP Board registered professional education program and passed the rigorous 10-hour CFP Certification Examination. He then worked for a finacial planning firm in Atlanta before launching his own wealth management firm, Lotus Wealth Solutions.
Setu is an affiliate of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) and a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA>, the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP, and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
Gregory H. Bledsoe MD MPH
Freelance MD | ExpedMed | Medical Fusion
Dr. Bledsoe is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician and the founder and CEO of ExpedMed. After completing medical school and residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Dr. Bledsoe spent five years on faculty in the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine completing a two-year fellowship in International Emergency Medicine and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2005, he received the “Teacher of the Year” award from the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Bledsoe has extensive experience in international travel having visited over 40 countries. His international medical experience includes serving as a field physician in Honduras, teaching disaster preparedness in Tanzania, leading a nutritional survey among the Beja tribe in northeast Sudan, working as a medical consultant in Beijing, China, and acting as the medical officer for ships in both Antarctica and the Arctic.
In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Bledsoe has been an instructor and medical consultant for the United States Secret Service. He was the personal physician to former President Bill Clinton during Clinton’s tour of Africa in September 2002, and served in Uganda and Senegal on the advance team of President George W. Bush when the President visited the African continent in July of 2003.
Freelance MD | Medical Spa MD | Surface Medical
Jeff Barson is a serial/parallel entrepreneur. He loves the world of innovation and ideas who councils physicians and businesses around the world on the emerging revolution in cosmetic medical businesses and delivery systems. Jeff has opened numerous clinics, spoken at medical spa and aesthetic medical conventions, and consulted hundreds of physicians and businesses about how to compete and succeed in retail medicine.
Ashley Wendel MA CMC PDC
Executive Physician Coaching
Ashley Wendel is a Physician Executive Coach and Healthcare Organization Consultant dedicated to helping healthcare professionals create meaningful and sustainable change that positively impacts their professional lives. She is a former “Big 4” management consultant with a unique background in both individual / organizational change and clinical psychology, and over 15 years combined experience.
Barry Silbaugh MD MS FACEP
CEO | American College of Physician Executives (ACPE)
Dr. Silbaugh is CEO of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), the world’s premier organization for lifelong growth and support of physician leaders.
He is on the Board of Governors of the National Patient Safety Foundation. He was named to Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare list for 2009.
Dr. Silbaugh does frequent keynote presentations focused on clinical leadership, innovation, moving from autonomy to teamwork, and creating a culture of high reliability in health care. He is co-author of "Landing on the Hudson River: Lessons for Health Care" (PEJ May/June 2010) with Jeff Skiles, the co-pilot of Flight 1549, which outlines key principles of safety and teamwork important to health care. Passionately curious about people and their efforts to improve their world, he has represented ACPE on professional delegations to China, Tibet, Rwanda, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia in the past five years.
Mike Woo-Ming MD MPH
Once working a full-time income as a Mayo Clinic trained physician, Dr. Mike built a passive income by starting his own internet business while still maintaining a 60 hour work week. His companies have created over 80 information products in the last few years and maintains a seven figure income that started from his bedroom.
Kenneth Cohn MD MBA FACS
Recovering Academic Surgeon
Dr. Cohn describes himself as a recovering academic surgeon. A sign in his office that reads, "It’s never too late to change what you want to be when you grow up." His current passion is helping physicians, nurses, and hospital leaders work more interdependently to improve performance.
Dr. Cohn’s writing experience includes over 45 published articles in peer-reviewed healthcare journals. His article, "The Tectonic Plates Are Shifting: Cultural Change vs. Mural Dyslexia," won the Dean Conley Award in 2009 from the American College of Healthcare Executives for the best article in a healthcare management publication.
He has written two books, Better Communication for Better Care: Mastering Physician-Administration Collaboration, and Collaborate for Success! Breakthrough Strategies for Engaging Physicians, Nurses, and Hospital Executives, published by Health Administration Press, 2005 and 2006.
Steve Peskin MD MBA FACS
Executive VP & CMO
Steven R. Peskin, MD, MBA, FACP is the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for all divisions of MediMedia USA. In this position, he offers clinical expertise, marketing communications strategy for MediMedia’s innovative clinical communications and educational programs that target healthcare professionals, payers and purchasers. MediMedia USA is one of the largest medical communications and consumer health education companies in the U.S. Dr. Peskin continues to serve on the Internal Medicine faculty at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey as a clinical preceptor for interns and residents at the Eric B. Chandler Clinic and as an instructor in the business of medicine curriculum.
Alan Neuren MD
Dr. Neuren is board certified in both neurology and psychiatry and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. Born in New York City, and raised in Augusta, Georgia, he obtained his BA degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Alan returned to Augusta where he received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. After completing a residency in psychiatry at the University of Connecticut Health Center, he served two years on active duty with the United States Navy at the Naval Submarine Medical Center in Groton, Connecticut. His tour with the Navy was followed by a second residency, this time in neurology, at Albany Medical Center. From 1980 until early 1991, Alan was in private practice in Ft. Worth, Texas. He also was the medical director of an inpatient rehabilitation unit. In 1991 he was mobilized for Operation Desert Storm and was sent to the Naval Hospital San Diego. Alan returned to private practice after being demobilized, working in mid coast Maine until 2001, when he was hired as Vice-President Medical Director at Unum insurance. With the experience and contacts gained at Unum, he decided to strike out on his own in 2006 and began working as an individual contractor for several disability insurance companies, an activity he continues to this day. Alan lives on the rockbound coast of Maine with his wife and youngest daughter.
Gautam Gulati MD, MBA, MPH
Professor | Idea Experimenter | Digital Doc
Dr. Gulati is an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School where he teaches a course titled "Medical Innovation & Entrepreneurship". As an outpost to his academic teachings, he owns and operates an idea experiment lab - GULATI - an entrepreneurial playground where new innovations & ideas are explored. He also currently serves as SVP for Digitas Health (a global healthcare agency providing cutting-edge digital solutions to Life Sciences companies), leading the Science & Medicine Division of the NYC office.
Tannus Quatre PT MBA
Principal | Consultant
Tannus Quatre is a private practice consultant and marketing strategist for Vantage Clinical Solutions, a practice management and consulting firm located in Bend, Oregon and Denver, Colorado. Tannus holds a graduate degree in physical therapy from UCSF and has practiced as a physical therapist in outpatient, inpatient and home health settings. Tannus maintains certifications in athletic training and strength and conditioning, and has provided athletic training services to high school, college and professional athletes. Tannus holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and in 2006, he co-founded Vantage Clinical Solutions with the simple mission of improving healthcare through entrepreneurship. Tannus speaks nationally on the topics of entrepreneurship, marketing, and finance, and writes for PT in Motion, Impact Magazine, Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation, and The Healthcare Entrepreneur Blog.