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Hamad Al-Omar, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Oncology
  • Clinician
  • King Faisal Specialist Hospital
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Al-Omar is a practicing hematologist and a bone marrow transplant subspecialist at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He finished his training in Hematology and bone marrow transplant in June 1999 in Canada and the U.S. After acquisition of the new facility of KFSH&RC-Jeddah by the parent facility KFSH&RC-Riyadh, he was chosen as a leader in establishing the bone marrow transplant service and became the first director of the program. The program achieved its first-year targets in only 6 months. He was also the second man in the Research and Technology Department, which is now the Research Center of KFSH&RC-Jeddah. He was recently appointed as the Assistant Executive Director of the Research Center. In addition, he was instrumental in bringing and developing the concept of a Biotechnology Cluster in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Biotechnology Cluster will be the first of its kind in the region. He is a founding member and a coordinator of the Jeddah BioCity Holding Company Executive Board, which is partially owned by KFSH&RC-Jeddah. He also started a successful collaborative program between KFSH&RC and University of Nebraska. He envisions himself as a leader, not a manager, of large innovative programs with a positive large impact.

Essam Al-Sabban, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Pediatrics
  • Medical Director
  • King Faisal Specialist Hospital
  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Al-Sabban is the Executive Director of the Research Center and Chief of International Collaboration at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Prior to his current appointments he was chairman of pediatrics, head, section of pediatric nephrology and directed pediatric residency training and pediatric nephrology programs for KFSP&RC in both Jeddah and Riyadh. He is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatric Nephrology and by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Al-Sabban received his medical degree from the Cairo University. He has served as a consultant and participated on many hospital committees. He has published many articles and papers in several peer-reviewed journals.

Kenneth Bielak, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Family Medicine
  • Director
  • The University of Tennesse
  • Knoxville, TN
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Berta Briones, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Emergency Medicine
  • President
  • Medical Rejuvenation Institute
  • Cleveland, OH
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Robert Cirillo, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Radiology
  • CEO
  • Archibald Medical Center
  • Ocala, FL
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Edward Diamond, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Pulmonology
  • President
  • Suburban Lung Associates
  • Chicago, IL
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Natashia Dooley, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Surgery
  • Research Associate
  • Detroit Medical Center
  • Detroit, MI
Dr. Dooley is the Administrative Medical Director for Primary Health Care in Oak Park, Michigan. She graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. She was appointed two research fellowships at Meharry Medical College. She is a member of the Association of Women Surgeons, American Medical Women's Association, and the Louis J. Bernard Surgical Society. Dr. Dooley seeks an MBA to enable her to seek solutions to the problems and rapidly changing faces of healthcare.

Stephen Knazik, DO, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Pediatrics
  • Medical Director
  • Children's Hospital of Michigan
  • Utica, MI
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Demetrius Litwin, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Surgery
  • Professor and Division Chief
  • UMass Memorial Healthcare
  • Westborough, MA
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Eduardo Martinez, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Pulmonology
  • President
  • Eduardo G. Martinez, M.D., P.A.
  • Pembroke Pines, FL
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Robert Morrow, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Family Medicine
  • CMO
  • Memorial Herman Healthcare System
  • Sugarland, TX
Dr. Morrow is currently the Chief Medical Officer at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston, Texas. His responsibilities include care management, clinical quality improvement, patient safety, and helping to ensure the effective functioning of the medical staff. He has served in this capacity since 1998. Prior to assuming his current role, Dr. Morrow spent eight years in full time private practice in family medicine. He is a graduate of the Memorial Hermann Southwest Family Practice training program and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston; he completed his undergraduate studies at Texas A&M University. Dr. Morrow is very active in organized medicine and serves in the House of Delegates of both the Texas Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He is also a member of the American College of Physician Executives and the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians.

Harold Naramore, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Psychiatry
  • General Counsel
  • Frontier Health
  • Johnson City, TN
Dr. Naramore graduated from East Tennessee State College of Medicine in 1987 and entered a residency in psychiatry. His training program was closely tied to Watauga Mental Health, the local community mental health center, which included a variety of outpatient sites and a freestanding psychiatric hospital. Shortly after graduation he accepted a position with Watauga Mental Health as Medical Director of crisis services. Watauga Mental Health merged with other area mental health centers in 1997. He is currently medical director of a seventy-five-bed psychiatric hospital and President of the Medical Staff of Frontier Health. He chairs various corporate committees including Performance Improvement and Peer Review. He has been honored with various awards including Health Care Heroes 2000, Tri-City Business Journal 40 under Forty 1997, and East Tennessee State University College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry Outstanding Clinical teacher 1999-2000. He teaches health care law for the Physician Executive MBA program. Dr. Naramore begins a new job on August 17, 2009. He will be the Medical Director and Associate Administrator for Blount Memorial Hospital. He describes the position as being akin to a CMO.

Anselmo Nunez, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Surgery
  • President and CEO
  • Providence Physician Services
  • Mosinee, WI
Dr. Nunez graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1978. He trained in general surgery in Miami and vascular surgery in New York. He remained in an academic vascular surgery practice at the University of Miami serving as chief, vascular surgery division, and on the Board of Governors of the University of Miami Medical Group Practice. In 1997, he moved to the Marshfield Clinic, Wisconsin, where he served as Director of the General Surgery Residency Program before accepting the position of Medical Director of Central Division 1. From October 2002 to November 2004, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry Medical Group, a regional multi-specialty group practice in North-Central Wisconsin. In 2009, he was appointed Chief Executive for Providence Physician Services in Spokane, Washington.

James Pearce, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Radiology
  • President
  • Radiologic Specialists of Indiana
  • Zionsville, IN
In 1983, Dr. Pearce finished his radiology residency and began a solo practice in a county hospital outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. Over the next fifteen years he managed the hospital's radiology department as well as that of another county hospital. He co-founded Multispecialty Medical Group with a private office and billing company. He merged the practice into a thirty-man radiology group in Indianapolis so he could get back to the joy of practicing and teaching radiology. In no time he found himself an officer of the corporation and is now managing practices in seven hospitals and multiple clinics.

Luis Rios Nogales, MD, PhD, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Cardiology
  • Vice President
  • Gambro
  • Miami, FL
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Ray Rodriguez, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Clinician
  • Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Center
  • Ponce, PR
Dr. Rodriguez received his medical training from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. He is the founder of an allergy-immunology practice in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He served in the U.S. Army as a physician and completed many foreign and domestic tours of duty. He is board-certified in pediatrics, allergy-immunology, and clinical laboratory immunology. After establishing his practice and completing a master of public health degree program, Dr. Rodriguez found he did not have the necessary tools to accomplish his full potential and that he needed an MBA to broaden his business knowledge. At the present, Dr. Rodriguez is attending law school to complement his knowledge in public health and business for a future position in health administration and teaching.

Anil Sharma, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Psychiatry
  • Associate Director
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Sharma is a native of India. His interest in medicine began at an early age when he was very impressed by his family physician who had great clinical skills and he was amazed how he could take care of his patients' pain and suffering. Dr. Sharma attended medical school in India. After completing school, he came to the United States to conduct research. He worked as a research assistant at the University of Iowa School of Medicine. He completed a residency in psychiatry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Sharma is the Associate Director of the Pharmacogenomic and Pharmacogenetics Research Group at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, California. He is also a staff psychiatrist at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System.

Keith Steward, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Neurology
  • Director
  • Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals
  • Ringoes, NJ
Dr. Steward is the Franchise Director, Medical Neurosciences at Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals. Previously he served as Senior Director for Global Clinical Sciences at Pharmacia Corporation. Previously, he was Director of Regional Healthcare Services. He attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Steward oversees an organization whose responsibilities are heavily focused on managed care decisions, physician practices, and the overall process of bringing new drugs to market. Dr. Steward believes that becoming more knowledgeable and well-rounded from a business perspective would not only create a diversity of professional opportunities for him, but also help to establish a foundation for future success.

Ibrahim Zabani, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2002
  • Anesthesiology
  • Deputy Chairman
  • King Faisal Specialist Hospital
  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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