SPEAKER BIOS for September 2020 NEXT, In-depth information on your next options
In-depth information on your next options is the second in the series and scheduled for September 4-9th. Replays of sessions are available with your registration. Here are the physicians you will learn from. You’ll hear specifics on different non-clinical and non-traditional careers from physicians who have actually transitioned into these careers. Learn what the career is, how to make the transition and get resources. 100% virtual.
Michelle Mudge-Riley DO, MHA is a physician and entrepreneur. She is the Founder of Physicians Helping Physicians. She runs multiple businesses and has spent over 13 years assisting physicians with career strategy. Dr. Mudge-Riley was called the “Doctor’s Doctor” in a 2010 book she co-authored because of her success in working with other doctors. The book is titled Physicians in Transition.
Dr. Mudge-Riley received her medical degree from Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical School and her Masters Degree in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
John Jurica, MD, MPH, CPE is a board-certified family physician who began doing nonclinical jobs early in his career, ultimately working for 15 years in hospital administration, first as VP for medical affairs, and then as chief medical officer.
In 2017, he started producing the Physician Nonclinical Careers Podcast [nonclinicalphysicians.com/iTunes], interviewing dozens of physician entrepreneurs, executives, managers, coaches and other experts in physician career transition.
He is also moderator of the 13,000-member Physician Nonclinical Career Hunters Facebook Group, and founder of the Nonclinical Career Academy Membership Site [nonclinicalcareeracademy.com], where he posts courses designed to assist physicians in their career pivots.
Heidi Moawad MD is a neurologist and a medical writer and editor who has experience in medical publication strategy. Dr. Moawad runs nonclinicaldoctors.com, a free resource for physicians who are searching for nonclinical careers, and she is the author of Careers Beyond Clinical Medicine. She has frequently been an invited speaker at national conferences, where she guides doctors in how to to use and build their knowledge and skills to advance professionally.
Swati J Shah, MD, MPH, FACOG is a board-certified clinically retired obstetrician/gynecologist who now works in the pharmaceutical industry as a medical science liaison in women’s health. Between the 2 careers she has held a variety of clinical and public health positions, including ob hospitalist, locum tenens, public health consulting and peer chart review.
After completing her training at Tulane University, she practiced at Touro for 10 years until 2009 when she completed her Masters in Public Health. Afterwards she went on to hold a variety of different clinical positions including practicing as a locum tenens physician in Hawaii, St. Croix, Maine, Kansas, the Navajo reservation and other underserved areas. Other positions have included ob hospitalist work and consulting free-lance jobs in public health and other sectors. Lastly she transitioned out of clinical practice to work with the pharmaceutical industry in the women’s health sphere.
Lynette Charity, MD is a retired Board-Certified Anesthesiologist with over 40 years of clinical experience. She decided FINALLY to transition full time to her new career in professional speaking in September, 2019. She has spoken locally, nationally and internationally on the issues of physician burnout, depression and suicide. Dr. Charity earned her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Anesthesiology at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. In her career, she has been a locums, a “fee-for-service” independent practitioner working at ambulatory surgery centers and a hospital employee! She was fired from the latter position deemed “not a good fit!” Who knew that calling your boss an IDIOT would be such a big deal! Being fired was her impetus to pursue a different calling…stand-up comedy Today’s career in clinical medicine is a struggle; mentally and physically. It shouldn’t be that way.
Rich Berning, MD is a full-time medical director. He worked for Anthem in Albany, NY for over 5 years and recently accepted a promotion with another insurance company, Highmark in Pittsburg, PA. Prior to transitioning, Dr. Berning practiced pediatric cardiology clinically for 20 years.
Brian Young, MD, MBA, MSPA transitioned to a non-clinical career role in 2012 following thirteen years practice in emergency medicine. He is current role is system-level physician informaticist for CommonSpirit Health—the largest non-profit health system in the US (137 hospitals, 21 states). His experience spans analytics, data science and informatics, clinical decision support, EMR optimization and training, and physician burnout. His journey to a non-clinical role took him through many of the common struggles and pitfalls, as well as successes that most candidates encounter in their own transition journey.
Shelley Overholt-Thiesen, MD serves as a VP of Performance and Operations at a healthcare start up, working with over 20 Accountable Care Organizations. Her teams help independent primary care physicians across the nation provide timely and high-quality care at lower costs through the structure of ACOs. Her journey to this position from primary care physician to medical director to the business side of working in value based care may give you ideas and inspiration for your own transition to non-clinical medicine.
Samantha Nazareth, MD is Chief Medical Officer of metaMe, a data privacy and distributed ledger technology company as well as the Public Health Education Officer at The Internet Foundation.
Still a practicing gastroenterologist, she believes that we can evolve beyond our current physical and mental limitations by means of science and technology. Her passion lies in designing sustainable health ecosystems locally and globally for both emerging and developed markets.
Through her media experiences, she shares her knowledge of blockchain, microbiome, wellness, and futurism and also educates physicians and companies on next generation business practices and digital resilience.
Sylvie Stacy, MD, MPH, received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed a residency in preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins. She has held nonclinical jobs in medical writing, medical education, utilization management, and clinical documentation improvement. Her blog and online community Look for Zebras aims to equip medical professionals with the information and knowledge needed to take charge of their professional fulfillment and earn income doing work they enjoy.
Lynn Marie Morski, MD, Esq. is a Mayo Clinic-trained physician in family medicine and sports medicine, as well as an attorney and former adjunct law professor. She hosts the Plant Medicine Podcast, is the founder of Plant Medicine.org, and serves as medical director for MarijuanaBreak.com.
Dr. Morski practiced medicine for 14 years, and after leaving clinical medicine, she made it her mission to help fill the gap in the medical community’s knowledge of psychedelics by educating her fellow physicians on the plant medicines and entheogens that could bring life-changing relief to their patients, while also educating potential users on what options they could seek for treatment of their conditions beyond the pharmaceuticals they’re sold on commercials.
Maycie Elchoufi, MD earned her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. She is also a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and has completed the culinary medicine certification program through Tulane University. Dr. Elchoufi’s areas of interest include lifestyle medicine, health equity, and the power of the creative process to share our stories and imagine the world from one another’s perspective.
Mike Woo-Ming MD, MPH is a physician entrepreneur, business investor, and marketing strategist, responsible for the development and success of several 7 figure companies. He co-founded, and later sold, two lead generation software companies which did nearly $8 million in sales in the span of a few years. He spearheaded the development of EMerit, one of the largest online reputation management services for healthcare professionals. Dr. Woo-Ming received a Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University and completed his residency at Mayo Clinic. The author of “The Positioned Physician: Earn More, Work Smart, and Love Medicine Again”, Dr. Woo-Ming has mentored entrepreneurs and startups worldwide for over a decade, including Australia, Asia, and Europe, and his work has been featured in Medscape, Physician’s Practice, and the Wall Street Journal.
Swarna Balasubramaniam, MD, FACS, is a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon who after 20 years of practice had inspiration for a medical device. She studied at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN and at the University of Southern California. She had run her own practice outside Houston, for the past 12 years. Prior to that she worked at Kaiser Permanente, and other academic and group practice settings. She is the Founder and CEO of Noleus Technologies, Inc, a medical device company working towards a solution for post-operative ileus.
Diane W. Shannon, MD, MPH, ACC, is a former primary care physician who transitioned from a clinical career 20 years ago. She worked in medical communications for three years, then formed Shannon Healthcare Communications, offering professional writing services to clients whose mission is improving health care. Dr. Shannon is co-author of Preventing Physician Burnout: Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to the Practice of Medicine and has spoken in various forums across the country on the topic of physician burnout. In 2018, she shifted careers again by training to become a certified coach, and now offers individual coaching for physicians.
Jay Dave, MD comes from a very diverse background having now lived and worked in over four continents. His initial study focus was radiotherapy and oncology at City University London followed by completion of a joint pre-med/biomedical sciences program. After receiving his medical degree, he went onto clinical training in London. He continues to be involved clinically in global health initiatives in Nairobi, Peru, and various parts of India.
With Jay’s clinical, teaching and entrepreneurial background, he currently, works as a medical science liaison for a biotech company focused on retinal disease involving strong business acumen with an emphasis on cross-functional teamwork and effective communication. Within his first year he was nominated for rookie of the year and now has coached a number of other Physicians transition into an MSL career at various companies across the US.
Michael J. McLaughlin, MD is a novelist, serial entrepreneur, and former hand surgeon. He received degrees from Harvard College and Columbia University. After four years as a plastic surgeon and hand specialist, he networked through a career change and then co-founded Peloton Advantage, an industry leading medical communications company. He was named one of PharmaVOICE’s Top 100 Most Inspiring People. He also founded Physician Renaissance Network (PRNresource.com), a free resource for doctors with non-clinical careers and interests, and wrote the essential physician career change book Do You Feel Like You Wasted All That Training? This book and his novels, including the medical thriller Extinction and the innovative and controversial The Satin Strangler Blogs, are available on Amazon.
Michelle Bailey, MD spent 18 years as an academic pediatrician before she retired from clinical practice and started a nonclinical career. Over the 2 decades she spent at Duke, she coached and mentored numerous medical students, residents, fellows and faculty on issues impacting physician well-being and career fulfillment. She was the Co-Director for the Refuge, a mindfulness-based program providing in-person small group support, resources and tools to teach physicians and faculty how to cultivate practical stress management skills.
She currently works as a senior medical director for a top tier global contract research organization (CRO). She is also a physician entrepreneur, providing coaching and other services to support the physician community. She works with physicians considering a departure from clinical practice and helps them gain the clarity necessary to make an informed decision to stay in practice and find greater balance and satisfaction or support them in navigating the transition to a nonclinical career they love.
Adam Kuehn, MD is a board-certified pathologist who recently transitioned from private laboratory medicine over to biotechnology. Currently serves as Senior Medical Director for Celularity. Celularity is an immuno-oncology focused biotech that has develop novel cellular therapies to combat various forms of cancer and now COVID-19. Working with cross-functional teams I have been able to collaborate with translational research, medical affairs, manufacturing and executive management initiatives.
Having worked with Michelle in the past I can provide a first-hand account of all the nuances of making a successful career transition. During that time I worked closely with Michelle and developed valuable techniques and strategies for networking that I continue to use today in my job today.
Megan Haldy, DO is an experienced board certified family medicine physician committed to innovative strategies to optimize healthcare delivery and performance. She is passionate about educating and leading others to help them find fulfillment in their lives and health.
Dr. Haldy served two years in the United States Peace Corps following her undergraduate studies, during which she gained invaluable tools for her ability to impact change. Dr. Haldy then received her medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences and completed a family medicine residency at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Dr. Haldy currently works in both direct clinical care and in an academic leadership role. She is the physician lead at an on-site, employer-sponsored health and wellness center. Additionally, she serves as part-time faculty at Rocky Vista University as the Clerkship Director of Family Medicine.
Paul DeChant, MD is a family physician and thought leader on physician burnout who advises C-level executives pursuing organizational well-being. He is an authority on reducing physician burnout by fixing dysfunction in the clinical workplace. His contributions to the field include co-authoring the book, “Preventing Physician Burnout: Curing the Chaos and Returning Joy to the Practice of Medicine”, speaking internationally, and blogging regularly at www.pauldechantmd.com
He is an experienced physician executive with more than 25 years of clinical and management experience in all aspects of medical group leadership, including quality improvement, strategic planning, financial growth, acquisitions, and Lean transformation.
Dr. Katyal holds a Bachelor of Science with University Honors in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Medical Degree from New York University School of Medicine. He completed his internship, radiology residency and body imaging fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Katyal holds certifications in Positive Psychology and Positive Psychology coaching from Whole Being Institute. He has published and lectured extensively on Well-Being and the Science of Happiness to audiences ranging from college students to physicians.
He is a co-founder of the Positive Medicine™ Program and publishes Your Weekly Dose of Positive Medicine: a carefully curated collection of ideas to help physicians live better.
Dr. Katyal is the author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller: Positive Philosophy: Ancient and Modern Wisdom to Create a Flourishing Life. He also runs Physicians Confidential, a free peer support for physicians by physicians.
Errin Weisman, DO is a life coach, podcaster and fierce wellness advocate who helps inspire female physicians and working moms to do the work they love and absolutely love life. She lives and practices life coaching and medicine in rural Southwestern Indiana, loves her roles as farmer’s wife, athlete and mother of three. Besides being sassy, she enjoys getting mud on her shoes, teaching her children to catch tadpoles and reading a great fantasy novel.
You can find out more about Dr. Weisman on her podcast Doctor Me First, her website truthrxs.com or hang out on IG @truthrxs or LinkedIn Errin Weisman DO.
Starting in 1994, Tom Davis, MD and his partners leveraged one of the first total risk Medicare Advantage contracts into a multi-specialty health system which sold 18 years later for $132m. Since then, he’s paid his good fortune forward, using his experience from the trenches to help patients do better by helping organizations and clinicians do better themselves. Whether through learning more about Medicare Advantage, telemedicine, or career transitions, Tom uses his spectrum of expertise to assist clinicians no matter what their goals. His latest disruptor, a platform where clinicians and mentors meet and engage, can be found at CliniciansCooperative.com.
Dr. Maiysha Clairborne, MD is an internationally known integrative medicine physician & one of the top 6 leaders nationally making a difference in physician burnout and career transition for doctors. Founder of the Stress Free Mom MD and the Next Level Physician Entrepreneur’s Institute, Dr. Clairborne passionately shares her expertise on career transition, business, entrepreneurship, and the manifestation mindset because she is committed to the success, satisfaction, and fulfillment of her peers and colleagues. She is a seasoned speaker and has delivered trainings all over the world including the International Conference on Physician Health, CPR in Progress: Physician Women’s Conference, WELLMED in Greece, & The annual “Thrive2G” and “Women in Medicine” Conference. She’s also provided trainings on burnout & career building for several academic institutions including Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Gwinnett medical and more. Dr. Maiysha began her training at Emory University completing her BA in Psychology, followed by her medical degree at Morehouse School of Medicine, and her Family Medicine Residency at Florida Hospital.
Marshall Kuremsky, MD is an orthopedic surgeon in Raleigh, North Carolina specializing in sports medicine and hand surgery. While in Raleigh, he has broadened his pursuits to include real estate investing, day trading, developing a small healthcare consulting firm, blogging, and a multimedia social platform promoting news and information about injuries in baseball. He is currently the team physician for the Houston Astros Minor League (A) team, the Buies Creek Astros, and was given a World Series Championship ring by the Astros for their win in 2017! Living in the “Triangle” area of North Carolina, he regularly has patients with diverse and accomplished business interests that he connects with to further develop the business ideas and projects.
Jen Tang, MD is trained in internal medicine and acupuncture. In her 16 year career, she has worked in a variety of practice settings, including private practice, hospital employee, and contracting with a medical tech startup. In 2016, she launched an online skincare business with Rodan and Fields, and has since expanded her business globally. She contributes to elevating the profession of direct marketing and sales by training her team to always approach the business with a service mindset. Her entrepreneurial success has allowed her more flexibility, and she now enjoys great fulfillment working part time with the underserved population at a federally qualified health center.
Dr. Tang attended medical school at Cornell-Weill Medical College, trained in internal medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center and trained in acupuncture at Harvard Medical School. She and her family currently reside in Los Angeles county. She is an adoptive mother to 3 children from Taiwan and an adoption advocate.
James R. (Jim) Kopp, MD is an orthopedic surgeon, now clinically retired. He transitioned into providing Medical-Legal Expert Opinions which has been much more intellectually and financially rewarding, and also owns and operates a medical weight loss clinic in La Grande, OR.
“All of these lifestyle changes have been aided by the fact that I am over 26 years into an alcohol recovery (Sob Date 11/08/19-93) which required one of the most significant lifestyle changes in my lifetime—and gives me insight in the lifestyle changes people facing weight challenges, or even disciplinary problems with substance abuse. Tragically, the most significant lifestyle change occurred in April of 2018, when my dear wife of nearly 46 years suddenly and totally unexpectedly ended her own life. In all of these transitions, others have reached out to me to help guide me through the changes. I have learned in recovery that to keep it, you must give it away. I am excited to be able to help others who may be going through lifestyle changes similar to those in which I have experience.”
Andrew Wilner, MD, FACP, FAAN, is a neurologist, health journalist, and an avid SCUBA diver. His latest book is The Locum Life: A Physician’s Guide to Locum Tenens. He hosts the biweekly podcast, “The Art of Medicine with Dr. Andrew Wilner” and the YouTube channel, “Underwater with Dr. Andrew.”
Suzanne Rogers, DO, is a former Registered Nurse, currently a Medical Educator, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has over 20 years of experience in private practice Pediatrics, Urgent Care and Hospitalist Medicine. She is married with one child, one Portuguese Water Dog and is currently living in Eagle Idaho.
Sharon T McLaughlin, MD is boarded in plastic surgery. Early on in her career she private labeled skin care and a scar line. She designed and manufactured a lingerie line, has been involved in network marketing and has launched several courses. Dr. McLaughlin helps others to set up websites, sales pages, email marketing, courses and digital products as she believes informational products are a low risk investment that can provide a steady stream of income. She started the facebook group, Female Physicians Entrepreneurs, a place designed to network, build skills and network.
Jonathan Larson, MD, MBA is a West Point graduate who became a board certified Emergency Medicine physician after his service as an Army officer. He then went back to business school to get a MBA and learned the business of healthcare as a medical director at Aetna. Raised $2 million dollars and founded a healthtech startup which built software to manage physician credentials. Currently he leads a telemedicine company.