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Michael Adams, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Internal Medicine
  • Program Director
  • Cogent Healthcare
  • Great Falls, MT
Prior to his current position, Dr. Adams owned and was the president of Adams Family Practice in Marion, Illinois. He had been Assistant Chief of Medicine at Heartland Regional Medical Center as well as Chair of the Performance Improvement Committee. Dr. Adams wants to pursue further education in physician leadership in order to provide consultative services in communication and practice management. He recently made the transition to Cogent Healthcare as the Program Medical Director in Great Falls, Montana.

Biral Amin, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Clinician
  • Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
  • Chesapeake, VA
Dr. Amin received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1995. He graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2000. He completed a residency at New York Methodist Hospital where he serves as chief resident. As the corporate and medical worlds continue to merge, he feels it necessary to further his education. This will allow him to achieve his personal goals as well as ensure that his patients' best interests are being met.

David Baker, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Medical Director
  • Private Practice
  • Johnson City, TN
Dr. Baker was raised in western Kentucky, enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps at age 18, and served in Vietnam in 1970-1971. His combat experiences were a significant reason for his entry into the medical field. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and his medical degree from the University of Louisville in 1979. His next 12 years were spent in the U.S. Navy in San Diego, California. There he trained in the Navy as a general surgeon and at the University of California, San Diego as a cardiothoracic surgeon. Upon completion of his training in 1987, he found himself to be the only practicing cardiac surgeon in the U.S. Navy. He helped to successfully re-establish the cardiac surgery program at Naval Hospital, San Diego. In mid-1990 he left the military for private practice in eastern Tennessee. After three years in Chattanooga he was encouraged by a former Navy colleague to set up a solo practice in Johnson City, Tennessee. Dr. Baker was successful in building that practice into a 5-physician cardiovascular and thoracic surgery group. This group became the dominant cardiovascular surgery group in Northeast Tennessee, resulting in that hospital becoming the fourth largest cardiac surgery program in the state and a member of the top 200 cardiac surgery hospitals in the nation. Dr. Baker has represented the medical staff as chairman of the department of surgery and as vice chief of staff.

Gary Berlin, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Emergency Medicine
  • President and CEO
  • Carmel Care PLLC
  • Arlington, TX
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Willam Betz, DO, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Osteopathic Medicine
  • Senior Assiciate Dean
  • Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pikeville, KY
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Daniel Blue, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Family Medicine
  • President
  • Sioux Valley Clinic
  • Sioux Falls, SD
Dr. Blue attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and majored in biology. He attended the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. He completed a residency in family practice and was in private practice for eleven years. He has always had an interest in business and a desire to focus more of his time toward improving the processes and day-to-day operational issues of the practice of medicine. In 2000, Dr. Blue accepted and developed the new role of chief medical officer for the Sioux Valley Health System, an aggressive, visionary system that stretches across a four-state area. After three years he was chosen as the president of Sioux Valley Clinic which is composed of 300 physicians and 1500 staff in both urban and rural settings. Many of his duties include strategic planning and initiatives system-wide, in addition to direct responsibility for clinic activities.

Valentine Burroughs, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Emergency Medicine
  • CMO
  • East Orange General Hospital
  • New York, NY
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Mark Carlson, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Family Medicine
  • Clinician
  • Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound
  • Mill Creek, WA
Dr. Carlson graduated from the University of Colorado Medical School in 1984 and completed family practice residency training in 1987 at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colorado. He has worked at various locations in Washington state since that time, including group practice, solo family practice, contracted care for the Navy, multiple emergency rooms, and urgent care centers at Group Health Cooperative. Presently he is employed as lead physician at the Eastside Hospital Urgent Care. Recent management experiences include Urgent Care Chief at Group Health Eastside Hospital, and prior to that role, Chief of the Ambulatory Care Clinic at Bremerton Naval Hospital. He also is president of MU Educational Enterprises, a not-for-profit teaching and medical presentation company. His passions include photography, plants, and tropical fish. Non-medical accomplishments include photographer for Pacific Northwest Ballet Sleeping Beauty fundraiser and videographer and editor of the Tiny Teas DVDs children's ballet videos.

Linda Christmann, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Ophthalmology
  • Associate Medical Director
  • SE Permanente
  • Atlanta, GA
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Joseph Crane, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Associate Medical Director
  • Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group
  • Fredericksburg, VA

Dr. Crane is a practicing, board-certified Emergency Physician. He lectures internationally on a variety of topics in Emergency Medicine and Lean Healthcare, and is considered one of the leading experts in Emergency Department Operations in the United States.

Dr. Crane currently serves as the Associate Medical Director for Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, overseeing all of the acute care and observation services in Maryland, DC and Virginia. From 2000 to 2013, Dr. Crane practiced Emergency Medicine in Fredericksburg, Virginia at Mary Washington Healthcare, where he served as Director of Operations for his Emergency Medicine physician group from 2004 to 2009, leading a number of innovative changes in his ED. He later served as Senior Medical Director for Stafford Hospital and served on the Mary Washington Healthcare Board of Trustees from 2011-2013.

Condessa Curley, MD, MPH, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Family Medicine
  • Physician Specialist
  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Los Angeles, CA
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Richard Gajdowski, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medical Director
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Delaware, OH
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Rachel George, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Internal Medicine
  • Business Unit President
  • CogentHMG
  • South Barrington, IL
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Robert Granacher, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Psychiatry
  • President and Director
  • Lexington Forensic Institute
  • Lexington, KY
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Kirk Jensen, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Emergency Medicine
  • President and CEO
  • Southeastern Acute Care Specialists
  • Rocky Mount, NC
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Alan Lee, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Family Medicine
  • Co-Owner
  • San Marcos Family Medicine, PA
  • San Marcos, TX
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Francis Marzoni, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Surgery
  • Executive Vice President
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation
  • Palo Alto, CA
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Glenn McAlpin, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Surgery
  • President
  • Partners in Faith, Inc.
  • Newnan, GA
Dr. McAlpin is president of Partners in Faith, Inc. He is a practicing peripheral-vascular and general surgeon in addition to his duties as president of this clinic, which delivers health care with a Christian orientation. Formerly, he was Chief of Surgery with an HCA/Columbia hospital in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Dr. McAlpin has served on numerous committees and is especially interested in quality assurance and critical care. He earned his medical degree at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Dr. McAlpin's physician leadership goal and reason for enrolling in the program is multi-faceted. He seeks to improve access to health care for all patients. He also seeks to better understand the policy forces that influence the delivery model of healthcare so that quality and patient outcomes are maximized.

Kent Melbourne, DDS, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Dentistry
  • Director
  • Western Heights Dental P/H/D/C
  • Knoxville, TN
Dr. Melbourne serves as director of hospital dentistry at the Children's Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee. He practices at Western Heights Dental P/H/D/C. He is a member of the hospital's surgical staff committee. Dr. Melbourne earned his doctorate at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, and his bachelor's degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. Postgraduate residency training was completed at Hubbard Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, and at Columbia University's Harlem Hospital. He enrolled in PEMBA to advance his career goals and to realize his leadership potential. He also found that the program curriculum would enable him to master his leadership skills, people management skills, and provide him with the tools necessary for business development and implementation as a health care executive.

Craig Nachbauer, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Managing Partner
  • Cardiovascular and Thoracic Associates, PSC
  • Plattsburgh, NY
Dr. Nachbauer is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He received a bachelor of arts from Miami University and a doctor of medicine degree from Ohio State University. He completed general surgical training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and thoracic surgical training at Ohio State University. He has served as Fellow in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine and Clinical Associate in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Fellow in the American College of Surgeons, and member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. Dr. Nachbauer has been in practice since 1991. He is a member of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Associates, a five-man partnership practicing in Lexington, Kentucky. The physicians operate in Lexington, but also conduct 15 outreach clinics throughout central and southeastern Kentucky where new patients are seen and post-operative patients are followed. The practice operates a non-invasive vascular laboratory of which Dr. Nachbauer is the Medical and Technical Director. He became a Registered Vascular Technologist in 2000 and has been instrumental in the laboratory's 2003 re-certification by Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories.

Ajith Nair, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Director
  • Kentuckiana Pain Specialists, PSC
  • Louisville, KY
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Jeffrey Nelson, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Clinician
  • Blount Memorial Hospital
  • Friendsville, TN
Dr. Nelson is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He is trained in critical care and nutritional support medicine. Dr. Nelson has practiced medicine for 20 years and he supervised and taught residents at the University of Tennessee Medical Center for ten years. Currently, he is an intensivist/nutritionist at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tennessee.

Amina Patel, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Family Medicine
  • Clinician
  • La Casa Family Health Center
  • Sugarland, TX
Dr. Patel is a family physician by training, or more simply, a jack of all trades. Her job description requires her to be a medical doctor, a social worker, an educator, and a learner. She is sure there are many more facets to the profession that she has yet to discover. After finishing her residency training in family medicine, Dr. Patel spent some time working in Pakistan and then in New Zealand. This experience gave her a more practical insight into the role of a family physician. It also gave her an opportunity to explore the management aspect of a health organization. Dr. Patel is the leader of her recently restructured group practice's self-managed team. This has provided her with a unique opportunity to develop her managerial skills and contribute towards implementation of cost-efficient patient care. She strongly feels that a degree in business with the health management as the main focus with help her grow as a multifaceted health care provider and will provide the opportunity to form a better understanding of the functioning of the health care system. Dr. Patel states that, I aspire to utilize the knowledge gained to form an effective and powerful union between medicine and business.

Anil Patel, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Anesthesiology
  • Chief
  • Bergen Ambulatory Anesthesiology
  • Wayne, NJ
Dr. Patel is the chief anesthesiologist at a private free-standing surgical center in Bergen County, New Jersey. He has been in private practice for four years. His practice is limited to outpatient surgery and office-based anesthesiology. Dr. Patel attended the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and obtained his medical degree from the SUNY-Health Science Center at Brooklyn. He did his residency at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Patel believes that pursuing an MBA will provide him the opportunity to improve and obtain the skills of understanding finance, plan creation and implementation, and effective business management.

Helen Patel, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Surgery
  • Clinician
  • Health Texas Physician Network
  • Dallas, TX
Dr. Patel is currently in practice at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin she attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston followed by a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She now serves on the Medical Executive Committee of Physiatric Medicine Associates and the Compensation Committee of Health Texas Physician Network. She also works as a volunteer physician for Baylor Sportscare events such as the White Rock Marathon, Dallas Cup Soccer Tournament, and Hoop It Up basketball tournament. Previously, she served as medical director for the BaylorWorx occupational medicine clinic at Baylor Medical Center at Grapevine. Dr. Patel pursued her MBA to acquire the leadership skills that will assist in better managing her practice and in facilitating future projects in the Baylor Rehabilitation System. She is also interested in working on health care policy in the future and feels this program will be of great benefit toward reaching that goal.

Richard Prielipp, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Anesthesiology
  • Professor
  • University of Minnesota
  • Lake Elmo, MN
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Sabrina Rajendran, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Medical Director
  • First Health
  • Willow Springs, IL
Dr. Rajendran has been practicing occupational medicine in the Chicago, Illinois area for the past six years. She served as center medical director of an occupational medicine clinic for four years. She enjoys being part of a large organization, the business aspects of occupational medicine such as diverse corporate clients, and the clinical aspects of providing medical care to workers. Dr. Rajendran believes firmly in the value of physician leadership in health care organizations, the health care industry, and the community. Dr. Rajendran pursued the Physician Executive MBA as a means of obtaining formal education in leadership and business skills and looks forward to applying these skills as a physician leader.

Steven Rivera, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Managing Partner
  • Independent Emergency Physicians
  • Grosse Pointe Shores, MI
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Aseem Saklecha, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medical Director
  • Midwest Emergency Associates
  • Chicago, IL
Dr. Saklecha received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in 1996 after graduating from their six year combined BS/MD program. He completed his emergency medicine residency in Detroit, Michigan, from William Beaumont Hospital in 1999. He is currently board-certified in emergency medicine and practices as a full-time emergency room attending physician at Ingalls Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He is medical director at both the Tinley Park and Calumet City Urgent Care Centers and is the Associate Director at the Emergency Department of Ingalls. He was made partner of Midwest Emergency Associates. He is looking to further his management and leadership skills to grow as a physician executive within his current environment and also to broaden his understanding of the health care industry as a whole.

Gamini Sooriyaarachchi, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Oncology and Hematology
  • Clinical Professor
  • CHI Health Bergan Mercy
  • Omaha, NE
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Jerry Speer, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Family Medicine
  • President
  • Benefis Medical Group
  • Great Falls, MT
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David Stilley, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medical Director
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • Waukee, IA
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Kent Stock, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Clinician
  • Lowcountry Infectious Diseases, P.A.
  • Charleston, SC
Dr. Stock was born and raised in Bloomingdale, New Jersey. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and sociology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York. Following graduation, he completed a combined internal medicine/pediatrics residency at The Ohio State University Hospitals/Clinics in Columbus, Ohio, and then an infectious disease fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Stock is board-certified in internal medicine, pediatrics, and infectious diseases. He began private practice in infectious diseases in Charleston, South Carolina in 1999 and currently serves as the practice's managing partner. He is also active in several hospital leadership positions, including Chairman of Medicine and Chief of Staff Elect at Trident Medical Center in Charleston, South Carolina. He serves as the infection control director for two area hospitals, is chairman of several hospital committees and acts as a delegate for the Charleston County Medical Society to the state medical association. Dr. Stock participated in Leadership Charleston for 2002-2003. He is recognized as a 2003-2004 South Carolina Department of Education Policy fellow and he received the 2003 State of South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's Physician of the Year for the Lowcountry Health District.

Dennis Townsend, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2004
  • Family Medicine
  • Clinician
  • Palo Alto Medical Clinic
  • Fremont, CA
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