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Ali Al Sanousi, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Clinical Informatics
  • Fellow
  • Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians
  • Boston, MA
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Ernest Block, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Surgery
  • Director
  • Orlando Regional Medical Center
  • Winter Park, FL
Dr. Block is medical director of the Level I Trauma Center at the Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Block was raised in Montreal, Canada. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Cornell University with a dual major in history of art and biochemistry. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Miami, Dr. Block completed a general surgery residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and then additional training in trauma and critical care at Jackson Memorial in Miami, Florida. Dr. Block is an active clinician as well as medical director. He holds offices in a number of academic surgical associations, including the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the American College of Surgeons, the Florida Committee on Trauma, and the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. In 2002, after practicing for ten years as surgeon, Dr. Block attended night school to become an EMT to better relate to the pre-hospital team that brings the trauma center its patients. He regularly participates in ride along time with EMS and fire-rescue teams. He lives in Winter Park, Florida with his wife Susan and three children. Dr. Block is attending the University of Tennessee PEMBA to improve his leadership skills, quality improvement tools, and financial abilities. He plans to use the new knowledge to assist with the complexities of medical direction, improve the business dealings of his professional groups, and prepare him for future directions in academic leadership.

Maceo Braxton, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Medical Director
  • Salina Regional Health Center
  • Salina, KS
Dr. Braxton graduated from Howard University with Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees. He trained in general surgery at Howard University Hospital and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he was chief resident in his final year. Dr. Braxton served seven years in the United States Army, his final year as staff general surgeon and assistant chief of general surgery at Letterman Army Medical Center. He was awarded a fellowship in cardiovascular surgery from Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Braxton is board-certified in surgery, critical care medicine, and thoracic surgery. He is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He passed away suddenly.

Joseph Brown, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Anesthesiology
  • Chairman
  • Anesthesia and Pain Consultants PC
  • Johnson City, TN
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Joaquin Cantillo, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Anesthesiology
  • President
  • Tenton Anesthesiology Association
  • Richboro, PA
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Ahsen Chaudhry, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • OB/GYN
  • Director
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Nashville, TN
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Michael Choo, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Emergency Medicine
  • CMO
  • Paradigm Outcomes
  • Walnut Creek, CA
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Umar Chouhdry, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Internal Medicine
  • Senior Therapeutic Area Leader
  • Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals
  • Rock Hill, NY
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Adrian Dancea, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Cardiology
  • Department Head
  • Montreal Children's Hospital
  • Montreal, Canada
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Luis de la Cruz Abramo, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Anesthesiology
  • Clinician
  • Sheridan Healthcare
  • Coral Gables, FL
Dr. De La Cruz graduated from the Universidad Central de Venezuela with a medical degree followed by a fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesiology from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. De La Cruz currently practices anesthesiology at Baptist Hospital of Miami in Miami, Florida. He believes negotiation and quantitative skills, leadership, and strategy are basic tools that a business degree can provide to enhance the physician's ability to provide the highest level of care for his or her patients.

Persharon Dixon, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Pediatrics
  • Medical Director
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Children's Health Project
  • Ocean Springs, MS
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Mark Epstein, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Clinician
  • Presbyterian Health Systems
  • Albuquerque, NM
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Richard Fleming, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Family Medicine
  • Site Medical Director
  • NextCare Urgent Care
  • Phoenix, AZ
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Jasen Gundersen, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Family Medicine
  • President and CMO
  • TeamHealth
  • Miami, FL
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William Higgs, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Partner
  • Cardiovascular Associates, PC
  • Mobile, AL
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Inga Himelright, MD, MPH, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Vice President and CMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Chattanooga, TN
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Shkelzen Hoxhaj, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Director
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Houston, TX
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William Huffner, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Vice President and CMO
  • Arnot Ogden Medical Center
  • Elmira, NY
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Armin Klesius, MD, PhD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Reimbursement Manager
  • Clinical Outsourcing
  • Duisburg, Germany
Dr. Klesius is the head of clinical coordination for a clinical outsourcing company in Germany. He coordinates cardio-clinical care for a 16-hospital system. After finishing medical school and his PhD at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, he completed a residency in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. He has worked as a consultant at the Heartcenter Coswig and the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf. Seeing firsthand the immense problems within the German health care system, he realized the importance of gaining a profound understanding of economics and business management. Dr. Klesius enrolled in the Physician Executive MBA so that he will be well-prepared for the future.

Christopher Landess, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Family Medicine
  • Medical Director and Chief of Staff
  • Emergency Coverage Corporation
  • Gray, TN
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Anthony Mauriello, MD, MBA, FAAOS

  • Class of 2007
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Clinician
  • Penn Othopaedics of Lancaster, Ltd.
  • Lancaster, PA
Dr. Mauriello graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, with an undergraduate degree in psychology. He then graduated form Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, with his medical degree. Following an orthopedic surgery residency, Dr. Mauriello completed a fellowship in surgical arthritis and total joint replacement surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, New York. After working in solo, group, and multi-specialty orthopedic practices, Dr. Mauriello, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, is a physician-partner at Penn Orthopedics of Lancaster, Ltd., located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. By entering the PEMBA program, Dr. Mauriello is seeking to expand his knowledge of medical practice models and multi-specialty practice dynamics.

Marlon Michel, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Anesthesiology
  • Clinician
  • Mountain West Anesthesia
  • Orem, UT
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Nirmal Nandakumar, DO, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Clinician
  • Crittenton Hospital and Medical Center
  • West Bloomfield, MI
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Sridhar Rajamani, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Internal Medicine
  • Clinician
  • Raj Lung Clinic, PLC
  • North Potomac, MD
Dr. Rajamani attended medical school at the Vinnitsa Medical Institute in Vinnitsa, Ukraine. After some post-graduate work in India, Dr. Rajamani immigrated to the United States. He served as a resident at New York Flushing Hospital Medical Center and was later promoted to chief resident. A member of several professional organizations, Dr. Rajamani is currently employed at Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in Yuma, Arizona.

Hector Reyes, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Family Medicine
  • Founder and President
  • 181st Street Urgent Care Center
  • New York, NY
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Yisrael Safeek, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Anesthesiology
  • Chief Quality Officer
  • Covenant Health System
  • Lexington, KY
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Amol Soin, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Anesthesiology
  • Chairman
  • Ohio Pain Clinic
  • Xenia, OH
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Schuyler Steelberg, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Family Medicine
  • Clinic Medical Director
  • Cherokee Nation Health Group
  • Cookson, OK
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David Talbot, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Clinician
  • Great Plains Regional Medical Center
  • Montrose, CO
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MacDara Tynan, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Pediatrics
  • Medical Director
  • Connecticut Children's Medical Center
  • Waterbury, CT
Dr. Tynan was the director of the Pediatric Hospitalist Program at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is now Medical Director of Connecticut Children's Medical in Waterbury, Connecticut. Dr. Tynan obtained his medical degree at University College in Dublin, Ireland, in 1986. He subsequently trained in pediatrics in the United Kingdom at Birmingham Children's Hospital and London's Great Ormond Street Hospital. Moving to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1992, he completed a fellowship in pediatric hospital medicine in 1996 at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Tynan was a member of the faculty at Temple University's School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He also contributed to the post-graduate medical education programs at DeSales University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Tynan is a member of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health and the Royal College of Physicians in London. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American College of Research Physicians. Dr. Tynan is listed in the register of specialty-trained physicians maintained by the Medical Council in the United Kingdom. He selected the PEMBA program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to improve his understanding and skills with regard to the financial, operational, and business aspects of health care.

Thomas Upshaw, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Psychiatry
  • Medical Director
  • University Health Systems
  • Daniel Island, SC
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Muthukumar Vaidyaraman, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Anesthesiology
  • Medical Director
  • Tripler Army Medical Center
  • Kaneoke, HI
Dr. Vaidyaraman is currently the medical director of the Pain Rehabilitation Clinic within the Department of Psychology at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. He completed basic medical training at Stanley Medical College in Chennai, India and had the opportunity to work in different health care systems throughout the world. Dr. Vaidyaraman spent two years in the NHS of the United Kingdom and then came to United States. He completed an anesthesiology residency at the Cleveland Clinic and a post-doctoral clinical fellowship in Pain Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Apart from board certification in anesthesiology, Dr Vaidyaraman is also board-certified in pain medicine and interventional pain medicine; he is acknowledged by the World Institute of Pain as a Fellow of interventional pain practice. He has had the opportunity to practice in various settings, including private practice and managed care (HMO) throughout the United States. To complement this rich experience, Dr. Vaidyaraman decided to develop the dimensions of his business skills as a health care policymaker. Along with other physicians he is currently working on a joint venture project involving the U.S. Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration. They will submit a grant proposal to establish an Integrative Medicine Education and Research Center affiliated with the Harvard Medical School.

Keenan Wanamaker, DO, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Surgery
  • Fellow
  • Detroit Medical Center
  • Detroit, MI
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Frederick Watson, Jr., DO, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Family Medicine
  • Clinician
  • Piedmont Urgent Care at Baxter Village
  • Cypress, TX
Dr. Watson attended the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, graduating in 1997. Dr. Watson completed his internship and residency in family practice at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He was chief resident in 1999-2000. During that time, he also completed a fellowship in medical education and teaching through the Statewide Campus System (SCS) and Michigan State University. He currently works as an associate medical director for Texas HealthSpring Insurance in Houston, Texas. His main responsibilities include utilization management, physician/IPA relations and lead medical director for the Partnership for Quality program. Said Dr. Watson, The Physician Executive MBA program gave me the tools to obtain a position in medical administration as well as succeed in my new career path.

Virginia Yip, MD, MBA

  • Class of 2007
  • Radiology
  • Clinician
  • Virginia Yip, PLLC
  • Austin, TX
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