Well-respected Senior Vice President Medical Affairs with 8 years of management experience at
two non-profit community hospitals/health systems and one Accountable Care Organization to help
achieve top decile benchmark rank in quality, safety and outcome measures.
24 years of clinical experience treating patients for a variety of conditions in Emergency
medicine, Hospital medicine, Internal medicine and Geriatrics in three states (IN, CA, OH). Launched clinical initiatives leading to improved outcomes including reductions in all-cause
readmissions, complications of care and medication errors.
Implemented sepsis program to successfully decrease both prevalence and mortality rates for
sepsis for 2 straight years.
Medical Direction and oversight of Ohio River Basin Accountable Care Organization which saw
$1.78 million in Medicare savings for 2016.
Successfully overturned $0.7 million in claims denials in 2016 through peer to peer appeals over
the phone and via written appeals.
Increased Hospitalist inpatient case mix index (CMI) from 1.15 in 2012 to 1.
Education and Training
MBA: HealthcareGeorge Washington University － Washington, D.C.
Northwest Ohio Quality Collaborative Co-Chairman (2017-present) The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) Northwest Ohio Quality Collaborative, represents 16 hospitals in the northwest Ohio region working to improve patient safety and quality through initiatives like the Sepsis Mortality Reduction, Hospital Acquired Condition reduction project etc.
Ohio State Medical Association Councilman (2017-present) The Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) Council participates in determining policy, responding to developing situations, and receiving and acting upon reports from committees and task forces.
New England Journal Medicine Advisory Council Council member (2016-present) The New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst Insights Council is a qualified group of U.S. executives, clinician leaders, and clinicians at organizations directly involved in health care delivery, who bring a different perspective and set of experiences to the conversation about health care transformation. They are change agents who are both influential and knowledgeable.
Ohio Hospital Association Councilor (2016-present) Board member of the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) Physician Leadership Council whose purpose is to recommend statewide initiatives to increase physician engagement so as to improve patient care.
Bexley Educational Foundation Board Member (2014-2017) The Bexley Education Foundation (BEF) was founded on the belief that excellent public schools are essential to the economic and social health of the communities they serve.
06/2012 to Current
Senior Vice President Medical AffairsFisher-Titus Medical Center － Norwalk, OH
Fostered a strong and collaborative relationship between the medical staff and
Zealously passionate about patient safety and quality as evidenced by Fisher-Titus Medical
Center designated the highest Hospital Safety Score grade "A" by The Leapfrog group for
the last 4 years.
Reduced inpatient mortality rates for Heart Failure, Pneumonia, AMI, COPD, Stroke and
Sepsis using evidence-based order sets to exceed state and national bench marks.
Clinical leadership and effective collaboration with physicians and peers to standardize
care processes putting Fisher-Titus in the top 10% of hospitals nationally for low
complications of care.
Designed incentive programs to drive quality goals and reduce costs with physician groups.
Inspired the respect of peers and staff and stayed strongly committed to realizing the vision
of transforming health-care delivery to our community.
Leading Fisher-Titus Health through the transition from volume to value-based care as part
of a Medicare Shared Savings Program Ohio River Basin Accountable Care Organization.
Created a Multidisciplinary peer review process to identify system failures and generate
leads for Lean process improvement.
Implemented Antibiotic Stewardship Program to ensure optimal selection, dosing, and
planned duration of antibiotics and decreased Clostridium difficile infection rates.
Led OHA sepsis initiative and implemented protocols to successfully decrease mortality rates
and prevalence rates of sepsis.
Increased Case Mix Index (CMI) from 1.15 to 1.35 by leading documentation
improvement initiative to capture risks of severity and mortality more accurately.
Instituted chart audit program to create coherence between coding and documentation
and resulting in a decrease in denial rates and increase in rates of appeals successfully
Conducted appeals through peer to peer phone calls to reverse claims denials by
Developed Collaborative Multi-Disciplinary Bedside Rounds to enhance patient
and family interaction.
Improved patient and family engagement through team rounds.
Supervised Advanced Practice Registered Nurses in the Hospitalist team and developed
their clinical skillsets.
Developed Co-Management agreements with Orthopedic Surgeons to improve safety and
Aided in revision of hospital by-laws to meet standards.
Helped to create Tele-medicine programs (Tele-Stroke, Tele-Neurology) to meet the needs
of the community.
Active ongoing participation in presentations at local, regional, state and national
levels on disease management, clinical protocols and quality initiatives as it pertains
to Sepsis, Antibiotic Stewardship, Epidemics, MACRA, Payment reform and ACOs
through slide shows, webinars, in-person speeches and workshops.
Leading hospital in preventive measures and health promotions to increase awareness
of health related issues.
Championing population-based care as Medical Director of Ohio River Basin
Accountable Care Organization (MSSP Track 1).
Caring for Geriatric population as Medical Director of Pristine Senior Living (Skilled
Nursing Facility, Rehabilitation Unit, Assisted Living Center) (60 beds).
Activities and Honors
Certified, American Board of Internal Medicine, ABIM Diplomate # 182356 (08/20/2002 thru
OHIO Chapter ACEP EMS Medical Director's Course 2014
ECFMG: 05168505 (12/27/1994)
Current medical license from the Ohio State Medical Board in Internal Medicine
Ebola And The Summit County Incident - presentation to North-West Ohio Quality
Collaborative and to the Medical Staff at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Norwalk, OH, 2014.
Epidemiology of Gastrointestinal Outbreak in a Skilled Nursing Facility - presentation to The
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), 2015.
Sepsis Initiative & Process Improvement - presentation to Ohio Hospital Association (OHA)
Annual Summit, Columbus, OH, 2015.
Sepsis panel participant for New York State Partnership for Patients (NYSPFP) seminar 2016
highlighting our success in reducing sepsis mortality rates.
Huron County Public Health Opioid Task Force Medical Leader 2016 to create a collaborative
of local and state resources to tackle Heroin and Fentanyl epidemic.
Electronic Health Record Experience at a Community Hospital - presentation to Medical
staff of St Luke's Hospital, Maumee, OH, October 2017.
Studer Physician Recognition, Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Norwalk, OH, 2015.
Star of Excellence Award Berger Health System, Circleville, OH, February 2011.
Physician of the Quarter Award FY2009 Q3, The Ohio State University Medical Center,
University Hospital East, Columbus, OH, 2009.
Heart of Gold Employee of the Month Award Preferred Emergency Physicians Portland, IN,
Ball Memorial Annual Research Seminar 1st Place Award Autoimmune Thrombocytopenia in
a user of Quinine for Restless Leg Syndrome, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, IN,
1st Place Science Award National Science Talent Search Competition, India, June 1982.