Errol R. Alden, MD, Former Executive Director and CEO, American Academy of PediatricsErrol-Alden

Dr. Alden recently retired as the Executive Director and CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Previous to his appointment as Executive Director in 2004, he served Director of the Department of Education from 1987 to 1994, Associate Executive Director from 1993 to 1994, and Deputy Executive Director from 1994 to 2004. Dr. Alden has also served as a Clinical Professor in the pediatrics departments at both the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, and the University of Chicago. His contributions also include committee work for the American Medical Association, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, and the International Pediatric Association.

Over his extensive career, Dr. Alden has earned numerous awards and honors, including two Gold Medal Awards from the American Academy of Pediatrics for his teaching exhibits “Animal Model for Newborn Infant Resuscitation” and “Heel Stick Blood Cultures.” Internationally, Dr. Alden is a highly respected pediatrician and has been awarded honorary memberships and fellowships with several medical societies around the world, including the Turkish Pediatric Society, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Indian Academy of Pediatrics, and the Brazilian Academy of Pediatrics.


DavidsiriDavid S. Seres, MD, Director of Medical Nutrition and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital

Dr. Seres has been a physician nutrition specialist for 25 years and directs the nutrition support service, the medical school nutrition curriculum, and one of the few clinical nutrition fellowships for physicians in the U.S. Dr. Seres is also a clinical ethicist and a Columbia University/OpEd Project Public Voices Fellow.

Dr. Seres is currently a member of the Medical Advisory Board for Consumer Reports. He was Chair of Physician Certification for the National Board of Nutrition Support Certification and Chair of the Medical Practice Section for the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.). He is coauthor of multiple safety guidelines, chapters, editorials, and invited reviews, and appears frequently in the media, including CNN, CBS News, ABC Nightline, USA Today, NY Times, and many others advocating to consumers against dangerous foods, supplements, and nutritional practices. He is currently editing a new textbook on nutrition in the ICU.

He has extensive research experience, authoring or co-authoring numerous research studies on a wide variety of medical and nutrition topics. Current research interests include improving nutrition content in medical school curricula, the impact of feeding tube choice on patient outcomes and the indications for placing feeding tube s in patients placed in nursing homes, the risk of blood-stream infections in patients receiving intravenous nourishment, metabolic derangements in acute illness, and measuring body composition and caloric consumption in patients with cerebral palsy.

Dr. Seres received his MD from the Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, P and holds a ScM in Healthcare Management, from the Harvard University School of Public Health. He is the recipient of numerous awards.



John M. Phelan, MD, Chairman of the Cardiology Department at Dean Health System, WI

Dr. Phelan also serves as the Director of St. Mary’s Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.

Dr. Phelan has served in leadership roles at Dean for many years, including the Chairman of Board of Directors. His current leadership interest is Strategic Development and Innovation to Accommodate Disruptive Change in Healthcare Delivery.

He is currently a Member of Dean Health System’s Finance Committee, Insurance Board Chair, Member of the Finance and Audit Committees, and Chair of Executive Evaluation & Compensation.

Prior to coming to Dean, Dr. Phelan served as the Director, Section of Cardiology, at Rush North Shore Medical Center in Skokie, IL. He also served as the Director of Interventional Cardiology at Rush and as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Rush Medical College in Chicago.

Dr. Phelan has authored or co-authored a number of publications in cardiology and has been a principal investigator or co-investigator in clinical research trials.

He received his MD from the University of Rochester and was an Angioplasty Fellow and Cardiology Fellow at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center.


thomas-m-krummelThomas Krummel, MD, Professor and former Chair of the Department of Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Krummel is the Emile Holman Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, the Susan B. Ford Surgeon-in-Chief at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and Co-Director of the Stanford Biodesign Program. He has extensive experience in medical research in the areas of fetal healing, cellular and biochemical mechanisms, and surgical innovation.

Dr. Krummel has also been a pioneer in the application of information technology to enhance the quality and safety of surgical education and reduce its staggering cost.

He is a member of a number of professional societies including the American College of Surgeons, the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the Society for Clinical Surgery, and the American Surgical Association.  In 1997 he was named a Director of the American Board of Surgery.  He has served in leadership positions in many surgical organizations, and has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Dr. Krummel has lectured throughout the world and is author or co-author of over a hundred publications.



Jeff Thompson, MD, former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Gundersen Health System

Dr. Thompson is the former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Gundersen Health System. He is an internationally recognized leader in healthcare quality. A founding member and past board chair of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality and a 2013 White House Champion of Change, Dr. Thompson has led Gundersen’s internationally-recognized initiatives for patient care, quality improvement and sustainability. Presently, he serves as Executive Advisor and CEO Emeritus for Gundersen Health System and on the Board of Directors for Practice Greenhealth.

Dr. Thompson is board certified in pediatric critical care, neonatal and perinatal medicine, and pediatrics. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as their subsections in neonatal and critical care medicine, and is a member of American College of Physician Executives. He has authored numerous articles, book chapters and abstracts on a wide range of healthcare topics.



Richard J. Schaller Jr., MD, President and Medical Director, Complete Care Medical Center, N.J.

Dr. Schaller serves as an Emergency Physician at Overlook Hospital in Summit New Jersey as well as Chilton Hospital in Pompton Plains New Jersey. Dr. Schaller also serves as a clinical preceptor for Seton Hall University Physician’s Assistant program and an instructor for the State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety as a police academy instructor.

Dr. Schaller has previous corporate board experience with as a cofounder and director for this electronic medical software company. He has two offices in New Jersey and practices Internal Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Occupational Medicine as well as Emergency Medicine. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine.



John T. Fleagle, MD, President and Managing Partner of Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers

Dr. Fleagle is a medical oncologist in Boulder and is affiliated with Boulder Community Hospital. He specializes in the field of Hematology/Oncology. He is a nationally recognized authority in both the diagnosis and treatment of blood-related disorders and all types of cancer, which can range from the common to the very rare and complex.

Dr. Fleagle is trained to provide care as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team, working in conjunction with other physicians and specialists to ensure the highest possible standard of care. He received his medical degree from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine and has been in practice for 36 years.


William Dean Whetstone, MD, Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Dr. Whetstone is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is a Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and practices emergency medicine at Moffitt-Long Hospital and San Francisco General Hospital.

He specializes in Spinal Cord Injury, Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring, Neurological Emergencies, Wilderness Medicine, and Head Injuries. Dr. Whetstone has authored or co-authored numerous research papers on spinal cord injuries as well as contributed to a number of highly acclaimed textbooks in Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Whetstone is a graduate of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.


Kathryn-NicholKathryn P. Nichol, MD, former Vice President of Medical Affairs at Columbia-St. Mary’s Milwaukee, WI

Dr. Nichol earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 1962. She completed a general rotating internship at Madison General Hospital and a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and UW Department of Pediatrics. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in virology at the Hartford Research Lab with Dr. James Cherry.

Dr. Nichol went into private practice in 1968 and left in 1993 to take a position as Vice President of Medical Affairs at St. Mary’s Hospital of Milwaukee, and later, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Columbia-St. Mary’s in Milwaukee. She was the first female to practice at the Dean Clinic and the first female chief of staff at St. Mary’s Hospital.

She has served in numerous leadership roles, including district chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the AAP, member of the board of directors of Housing Initiatives, Inc., and the Dane County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Dr. Nichol has authored or co-authored numerous studies in Pediatrics and was instrumental in implementing national legislation mandating infant car seats.


Aaron-FriedmanAaron L Friedman MD, former Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the Medical School at the University of Minnesota

Dr. Friedman recently retired as the Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the Medical School at the University of Minnesota. Prior to his appointment as vice president and dean, Dr. Friedman was head of the Department of Pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. He also served as Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin and Brown University.

Dr. Friedman served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Pediatrics and served as its Secretary/Treasurer and Chair of the Board. He chaired the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Professional Education. He also served as the chair of the steering committee for an NIH sponsored clinical trial while at Brown University. His research centered on amino acid transport and factors influencing growth in chronic renal failure.

He is a pediatric nephrologist and has been awarded the Henry L. Barnett Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for his contributions to children with kidney disease and to the pediatric nephrology community.


Art RossArthur Ross, MD, MBA. Pediatric Surgeon, Researcher, and former Dean of Four Medical Schools

He served as a faculty physician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; as the founding regional dean for the Western Clinical Campus of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine; and as dean of Chicago Medical School and vice president for medical affairs of Rosalind Franklin University. He led the WVU School of Medicine for five years from 2010 – 2015. During his tenure at WVU, the School expanded its faculty substantially; won a major, multi-year NIH award to develop clinical and translational research; and fully restructured its faculty practice and teaching hospital management. In 2015 the School received a full eight year re-accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

Throughout 2016 Dr. Ross served as Interim Dean and Professor at Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. In that role, he helped the University determine how to best position the College of Medicine for its next phase of growth as well as led the successful search for the College’s next “permanent” Dean.

He is a graduate of Trinity College and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, with postgraduate medical and research training at Duke University Medical Center; University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He earned a master’s in administrative medicine from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a master’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

Dr. Ross has been selected as a leader of several national professional and accrediting organizations. He is a past chair of the Governing Council for the American Medical Association Section on Medical Schools, as well as a past chair of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).  In 2015 he completed a term as an elected member of the AAMC’s Administrative Board of the Council of Deans. At the present time Dr. Ross is actively engaged as a consultant for medical schools, academic health centers and large, highly integrated health systems.  His consulting work focuses upon:  1) Academic Health Center / Hospital / Hospital System affiliations, mergers & acquisitions.  2) Medical school accreditation / reaccreditation and 3) Coaching (Deans and SVPs of Academic Health Centers.)


Jonathan-ChengJonathan Cheng, MD, PhD, Radiation Oncologist, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital

Dr. Cheng is a board certified Radiation Oncologist and researcher. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and a recipient of the prestigious Regents scholarship, Schenck Memorial Scholarship, and Naumberg Research Award. He received his medical degree from the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine.

Dr. Cheng’s specialties and interests include General Radiation Oncology, Breast Cancer, Thoracic Cancer, and Urologic Cancer. He has authored a number of research studies in Radiology, Oncology, and Imaging.

He is a member of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncologist, and the Radiological Society of North America. Dr. Cheng also serves on the Board of Advisors for OncuCare, a company that provides validated, high-quality natural supplements that are uniquely, scientifically-based and personalized to an individual’s nutritional needs. The products are designed to support the quality of life for those who are concerned with cancer or patients who are undergoing different phases of cancer therapies.



Daniel J. Ostlie, MD, Surgeon in Chief, and Chair of Surgery, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Dr. Ostlie specializes in minimally invasive and laparoscopic pediatric and neonatal surgery, thoracic and oncologic surgery, chest wall deformities, hernia surgery, surgical critical care and trauma and hypospadias repair. He also specializes in complex neonatal surgical diseases, difficult problems with the esophagus and gastroesophageal reflux, and surgical critical care of infants and children.

Prior to joining Phoenix Children’s, Dr. Ostlie served as surgeon in chief at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, WI, and held professor of Surgery and professor of Pediatrics positions at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Ostlie completed his residency in general surgery at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale from 1995 to 2000. Following fellowships at Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK, and Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO, he served at Children’s Mercy as a staff surgeon and numerous leadership roles including vice chair of the Department of Surgery and program director of the Pediatric Surgery Residency

Dr. Ostlie has extensive research experience focused on evidence-based pediatric surgery. He has participated as the primary investigator or co-investigator in more than 20 prospective randomized controlled trials in infants and children.

He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks ND. He holds certification from the American Board of Surgeons in pediatric surgery, surgical critical care, and general surgery.



Gene V Glass, PhD, Regents’ Professor Emeritus at Arizona State University and Research Professor at the University of Colorado

Dr. Glass is considered the ‘father’ of the powerful statistical analysis method meta-analysis.

Dr. Glass previously served on the faculty of the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado. Trained originally in statistics and educational psychology (PhD Univ. of Wisconsin, 1965) his interests broadened to include psychotherapy research, evaluation methodology, and policy analysis. Dr. Glass has made many important contributions to statistics, notably his development of “meta-analysis.” He has published over a dozen books and nearly two hundred articles in scholarly and professional journals. His work on meta-analysis of psychotherapy outcomes (with M.L. Smith) was named as “one of the forty studies that changed psychology.”

Dr. Glass is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Creative Talent award in Psychometrics given by the American Institutes for Research for 1966, the Distinguished Contributions to Educational Research award of the American Educational Research Association, the Cattell Award of the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, to name a few.



Anna Barón, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics & Informatics, University of Colorado School of Public Health, Anschutz Medical Campus

Dr. Barón received her PhD from University of Texas School of Public Health, specializing in Biometry. Her professional interests also include Epidemiology and Health Economics.

Dr. Barón has received a number of prestigious awards including a Ford Foundation Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship, a Research Fellowship funded by National Cancer Institute International Affairs Program, Italian National Research Council, and Centro di Riferimento Oncologico, in Aviano (PN), Italy. Visiting Scientist Fellowship Award, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon France, and was inducted as a Faculty Member into the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health.

Dr. Barón is a member of American Statistical Association – Biometrics, Statistical Computing and Graphics; the International Biometric Society, the Caucus for Women in Statistics, and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.



J. Scott Osborne, III, PhD, MPH, Senior Epidemiology Consultant and Lecturer

Recently retired from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Osborne currently serves as a consultant for faculty and post-doctoral fellows at various universities and medical schools throughout the U.S. He is a highly renowned expert in the field of epidemiology biomedical research.

Dr. Osborne served as a Health Scientist Administrator, Scientific Review Officer for Epidemiology Scientific Review Groups at the National Institutes of Health for 22 years. His duties included full responsibility for all aspects of assessing the scientific merit of over 6,700 research applications requesting over $5.5 billion in support, and selecting and training members of Congressionally chartered Scientific Review Groups (SRGs) and Special Emphasis Panels (SEPs). While at the NIH, Dr. Osborne was awarded Full Tenure.

Other positions held by Dr. Osborne include Director of Research, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, and the University of Michigan School of Medicine at Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo Campus.

Dr. Osborne received a BA (anthropology, chemistry) from the University of Miami, a MA (physical and medical anthropology) from Florida Atlantic University, a PhD (medical anthropology, epidemiology) from Michigan State University, and a MPH (epidemiology, biostatistics) from the University of North Carolina. He also completed a NIH Post-Doctoral Fellowship in epidemiology.

He has received numerous awards and recognition, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, Epidemiology and Disease Control Scientific Review Group, NIH. He is a member of the American College of Epidemiology, the American Public Health Association, the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, the American Heart Association, and the Society for Epidemiologic Research.


Neill F. Piland, Dr. P.H., Research Professor, Emeritus, Institute of Rural Health, Idaho State University

Dr. Piland is a recognized authority in healthcare economics and research with over forty-five years of experience in health services research, health care financing, and healthcare economics.

Prior to his tenure at Idaho State University, he served as Research Health Scientist, Department of Veterans Affairs; Senior Research Scientist, Medical Group Management Association (MGMA); Director, Policy and Research, Colorado Health Institute; Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometry, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Research Professor, Institute for Health Systems Leadership and Research, University College, University of Denver; Assistant Manager, Health Services Research Group, Stanford Research Institute (SRI); as well as being the Principal Investigator on numerous healthcare research projects.

Dr. Piland earned his Doctorate in Public Health from UCLA and has been the author or co-author of over 100 research studies published in the world’s most prestigious medical and healthcare journals. He is the holder of numerous awards, including the Indian Health Service (USDHHS) Director Award; Professional Leadership Award from the American Lung Association; Scientific Research Award, from the Lovelace Medical Foundation; United States Public Health Service Training Fellowship; among others.