Experts
    • Family Medicine
    • Primary Care
    • Guidelines
    • Multimorbidity
    • Prescribing Safety
    Professor of Primary Care Medicine, University of Dundee, Scotland
    Professor of Primary Care Medicine, University of Dundee, Scotland
    • Professor of Primary Care Medicine, Leader of Quality, Safety, and Informatics Research Group at University of Dundee
    Bruce Guthrie is Professor of Primary Care Medicine at the University of Dundee in Scotland where he leads the Quality, Safety and Informatics Research Group. He has held personal research fellowships from the UK Medical Research Council and National Institute of Health Research and was a Harkness Fellow in Health Policy at University of California San Francisco in 2006/7. His research focuses on multimorbidity and healthcare quality and safety, particularly in relation to prescribing with over half of all Scottish general practices participating in completed or ongoing trials of interventions to improve primary care prescribing safety. He is the Scottish Primary Care Research Champion and clinical lead for the Scottish Primary Care Research Network, and was a member of the Scottish Government working group which created the NHS Scotland guidelines on managing polypharmacy. He has regularly worked with the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, including past membership of the Quality and Outcomes Framework Indicators Advisory Group which recommended the measures for the UK primary care pay for performance programme, collaboration on work to ensure that single disease guidelines better account for multimorbidity, and he is the of the Guideline Development Group for the NICE multimorbidity guideline which will publish in 2016. He works clinically as a family practitioner in a former mining town in the Fife region of Scotland.
    • Geriatric Medicine
    • Geriatrics
    • Deputy Head of Homecare Hospice, Israel Cancer Association, Geriatric-Palliative Consultant at Wolfson Medical Center
    Dr. Doron Garfinkel is an Assistant Professor with specializations in internal medicine, palliative medicine and geriatrics; two year fellowship in clinical pharmacology at the Stanford university medical center, California. Previously head of a Geriatric-Palliative department, currently deputy head of Homecare hospice of the Israel Cancer Association, and geriatric-palliative consultant at the Wolfson medical center, Israel. Main clinical and research activities concentrate on age-associated diseases, end of life topics including cancer, frailty, dementia, hip fractures and pressure sores. Particularly, research on sleep disorders and controlled release melatonin, and on "the war against polypharmacy". Dr. Garfinkel is trying to promote his Good Palliative-Geriatric Practice (GPGP) method to de-prescribe, a systematic approach to combat polypharmacy efficiently and safely, combining ethics, evidence based medicine and patient/family preferences. Dr. Garfinkel published the first prospective study in the scientific literature that focused on reducing the harms of polypharmacy while measuring the effects of massive de-prescribing on health outcomes and potential adverse effects of drug discontinuation. He showed that a simultaneous discontinuation of many medications often leads to improved clinical outcomes, including functional, and/or mental, and/or cognitive status with no significant adverse events. This was proven both in disabled patients in nursing departments (where mortality and hospitalization rates decreased as well), and in elderly people in the community (Arch Int Med 170: 1648-54, 2010). Since then, he has been successfully treating hundreds of elderly patients with drug discontinuation (de-prescribing). In 2013, Dr. Garfinkel with several other international experts have founded IGRIMUP - International Group for Reducing Inappropriate Medication Use & Polypharmacy (at the moment comprising renowned health professionals from 23 different countries). The goals of IGRIMUP are to improve research, education and clinical strategies designed to combat a major, though iatrogenic and preventable epidemic of the 21st century – inappropriate medication use and polypharmacy.
    • Pediatrics
    Founding Director, Harvard Medical School's new Master of Medical Sciences in Medical Education Program
    Founding Director, Harvard Medical School's new Master of Medical Sciences in Medical Education Program
    Dr. Jennifer Kesselheim attended college at the University of Wisconsin and then completed her MD degree at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, she earned a Masters degree in medical ethics. Following medical school she completed residency training in the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics, based at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center. As a resident, Dr. Kesselheim developed curricula to integrate bioethics education into her residency program and she began to conduct national studies to assess the outcomes of ethics education in pediatric training. As a fellow in pediatric hematology-oncology at Boston Children’s and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dr. Kesselheim earned a Masters degree in education from Harvard. As an educator, Dr. Kesselheim designs curricula and assessment instruments for related to humanism, ethics, and professionalism. She also directs a new Master of Medical Sciences (MMSc) in Medical Education based at Harvard Medical School. As an ethicist she serves as the physician co-chair of the Ethics Advisory Committee at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where she also runs the Ethics Consultation Service and coordinates Ethics Grand Rounds. Dr. Kesselheim’s research investigates the methods and outcomes of physician education in the areas of humanism, ethics and professionalism. Current research projects pertain to the measurement of humanism skills among trainees, balancing service and education during training, assessing knowledge of ethical principles among pediatricians and pediatric ethicists, and measuring the impact of social media on medical professionalism. Dr. Kesselheim lives in Boston with her husband, son Max (age 7), and daughter Sydney (age 2).
    • Sports Medicine
    • Family Medicine
    Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice President of Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno
    Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice President of Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno

    Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., has served as the eighth dean of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and vice-president of the Division of Health Sciences since July, 2011. He is the first member of the University of Nevada faculty to be a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine from 2000-2005 (Vice-President 2004-2005), and is the Deputy Editor of Journal Watch. Dr. Schwenk is board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine, and his career has focused on mental health issues in primary care. Mostly recently his research and writing have turned to the issue of depression in medical students, residents and practicing physicians.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Physician Development Coach at Helane Fronek MD Coaching and Consulting
    Over the past 30 years I have had a fascinating and fulfilling career in medicine, initially practicing as a general internist and then as a procedural specialist, caring for patients with vein disorders. I’ve been an employee in a large, multi-specialty group and have run my own, solo practice. As Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UC- San Diego School of Medicine, I’m thrilled to be teaching medical students crucial communication skills along with many other aspects involved in the practice of medicine. I continue to see patients at La Jolla Vein Care in La Jolla, California. Currently, I am a Certified Physician Development Coach, working with individual and groups of physicians to regain their sense of who they are and take the steps to create a life that brings them greater joy and satisfaction
    • Internal Medicine
    Dr. Sinsky is the Vice President of Professional Satisfaction at the American Medical Association. A board certified internist, she also practices at Medical Associates Clinic and Health Plans in Dubuque, IA. Dr. Sinsky is a Director with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the ABIM Foundation and serves as the Secretary/Treasurer. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the recipient of the Iowa ACP 2013 Laureate Award. Dr. Sinsky is a member of the National Advisory Council for Improving Primary Care through Industrial and Systems Engineering; and has served on the national advisory councils for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Innovation Center’s Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and the Veterans Administration’s Patient Aligned Care Team initiative, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Committee on Physician Programs, with oversight of the Patient-Centered Medical Home. From 2011 to 2012, she led “In Search of Joy in Practice,” a primary care project of the ABIM Foundation. Dr. Sinsky is a co-author of the Institute of Medicine’s 2011 report, “Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care,” and has twice provided testimony to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology regarding the role of electronic health records in care coordination and usability. A frequent invited lecturer on practice innovation, redesign and physician satisfaction, Dr. Sinsky has presented to groups including the AMA, the ACP, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, as well as to private and academic medical centers. Dr. Sinsky received her bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Wisconsin, and completed her post-graduate residency at Gundersen Medical Foundation/La Crosse Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where she served as Chief Medical Resident.
    • Family Medicine
    Physician, Practice Owner Girgis Family Medicine
    Physician, Practice Owner Girgis Family Medicine
    • Owner, Girgis Family Medicine at self Employed
    I am a board certified family physician in South River, New Jersey. I have been in private practice since 2001 and am currently affiliated with St. Peter's University Hospital and Raritan Bay Hospital. I am passionate about teaching medical students and residents and my students come from Drexel University, UMDNJ, and other institutions. I have earned my medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine and completed my internship and residency at Sacred Heart Hospital, through Temple University where I was recognized as intern of the year. I am also passioate about writing and am a blogger for Sermo, Physician's Weekly and the Library of Medicine, where I am now one of their featured physicians. Additionally, I am a guest columnist for Medcity News and HIT Outcomes and have had articles published in several other media outlets. I have been interviewed in US News, NPR's Marketplace and on NBC Nightly News.My primary goal as a physician remains ensuring that each of my patients receives the highest available standard of medical care.
    • Family Medicine
    Director, Creighton University Family Medicine Residency Program
    Director, Creighton University Family Medicine Residency Program
    Amy L. McGaha, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician and serves as the director of the Creighton University Family Medicine Residency Program in Omaha, Nebraska. In addition to diligently working to ensure that the Creighton program is a great place to learn the science and art of family medicine, provide great care for patients, and prepare for future rewarding medical practice, Dr. McGaha is involved with many regional and national projects to improve family medicine education. She has taught medical students in Creighton’s ethics course and in the Healer’s Art course. Prior to joining Creighton faculty, Dr. McGaha served for five years as the assistant director of the Division of Medical Education at the American Academy of Family Physicians. Her work focused on medical student interest, workforce development, and leadership development of residents and students. She completed medical school at the University of Missouri—Columbia and residency training in Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. McGaha served two years in rural practice in her hometown in Southwest Missouri. She served on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Family Medicine Milestones Committee, she is on the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Commission on Education, and she is on the Board of Trustees for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. In 2010, Dr. McGaha and her husband founded a college scholarship for students from their hometown who are pursuing careers in public service.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Preventive Medicine
    Attending Physician, Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine
    Attending Physician, Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine
    • Attending Physician at NYU School of Medicine
    Ishmeal Bradley was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He attended Rice University and graduated in 2003 with a BA in history and BS in chemistry. He then earned his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 2007. He completed his internal medicine training at the NYU School of Medicine in 2010. During his time as a resident, he explored topics related to healthcare policy, clinical and public health ethics, and healthcare and media and contributed to the NYU internal medicine online journal, Clinical Correlations. He then completed a second residency in Preventive Medicine/Public Health at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in 2012. While concurrently completing his MPH degree at the Mailman School at Columbia University, his public health projects included an epidemiological investigation of new HIV infections in NYC, strategies to increase worksite wellness programs, and an evaluation of the health department’s efforts to increase food availability in underserved areas. After completing his training and graduate school, he worked with a division of United HealthCare doing hospital utilization review and continued his clinical duties at NYU. He has continued to be an active contributor to Clinical Correlations. He will soon begin a new position at the Manhattan Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the NYU School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Medicine.
    • Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Endocrinology
    • Advocacy
    • Medical Education Curriculum Development
    • Population and community health
    • Medical education technology
    Pediatric Endocrinologist
    Pediatric Endocrinologist
    • Associate Program Director, UCSF-Fresno Pediatric Residency Program; Medical Director, Pediatric Endocrinology, Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF-Fresno at UCSF-Fresno, Department of Pediatrics

    Dr. Renee Kinman is a pediatric endocrinologist, an Associate Clinical Professor at UCSF-Fresno, and an Associate Program Director for the UCSF-Fresno Pediatric Residency Program. Actively involved in medical education and curricular development, she enjoys working with medical students, residents and faculty, and is the recipient of multiple teaching awards. She completed the Teaching Scholars Program at UCSF, and is a member of both the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators and the UCSF Faculty Development Working Group, all of which are dedicated to improving medical education. She is active out in the community, is passionate about advocacy and education, and is the recipient of several grants to improve resident and medical student education in community pediatrics and advocacy by partnering with the local public school system and local universities. Board-certified in pediatrics, internal medicine, and pediatric endocrinology, she also has a PhD in physiology and biophysics in the area of insulin transport, and has completed her masters degree in Education in the area of Curricular Design and Instruction.  She is and is currently serving as a fellow in the a Champion Provider Fellowship Program, launched by the California Department of Public Health & the University of California, San Francisco in 2014 to empower, train, and support healthcare providers to use their expertise and respected voices to improve the health of communities through local policy, systems and environmental changes.  She also teaches figure skating in the local Skating School as part of her physician wellness.

    • Family Medicine
    • Public Health
    Family Physician | Educator | Health Policy Advocate
    Family Physician | Educator | Health Policy Advocate
    • Communications Co-Chair, Executive Board, Houston chapter at New Leaders Council
    Bich-May Nguyen cares for patients at a community health center and teaches medical students, residents, and faculty development fellows. Dr. Nguyen received a M.D. in the Underserved Track from Baylor College of Medicine and a M.P.H. with a concentration in health policy from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her residency training in Family Medicine at Boston University. Dr. Nguyen is involved with the National Physicians Alliance, contributes to Policy Prescriptions®, and serves on the Executive Board of the New Leaders Council Houston. You can follow her at @bicmay.
    • Radiology
    • Chancellor's Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Philanthropy, and Medical Humanities and Health Studies at Indiana University
    Richard Gunderman is chancellor's professor of radiology, pediatrics, medical education, philosophy, liberal arts, philanthropy, and medical humanities and health studies at Indiana University.
    • Psychiatry
    Director of Physician Health Services, Inc.
    Director of Physician Health Services, Inc.
    • Director at Physician Health Services, Inc.
    I’m Steve Adelman, a general adult psychiatrist who specializes in helping individuals who suffer from substance use disorders. Currently, I am the director of Physician Health Services, Inc., the Massachusetts physician health program. My work at PHS is dedicated to assisting physicians with a variety of health challenges that have the potential to interfere with their ability to provide optimal patient care. Every week I look forward to spending time talking to groups of practicing physicians in a variety of settings. The extreme demands of current medical practice stare me in the face wherever I go. Many docs are doing all they can to stay afloat, but find the ordeal of everyday practice to be arduous and exhausting. However, I’ve noticed that the physicians who seem most content and resilient to the stress are those who have developed effective coping strategies and positive outlets that recharge their spirits, keeping them fresh, engaged, and renewed.
    • Psychiatry
    Psychiatrist, Physician Wellness Advocate, recent Associate Chief Resident at Saint Louis University.
    Psychiatrist, Physician Wellness Advocate, recent Associate Chief Resident at Saint Louis University.

    Leigh Jennings, MD is an early career psychiatrist, writer, and advocate for physician wellness. Her first-authored essays on medical student and resident burnout, written while a trainee, have been published in journals such as Academic Medicine. Dr. Jennings began promoting wellness as a medical student and as a resident physician piloted a wellness intervention for resident interns. Dr. Jennings completed her residency in adult psychiatry at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where she served as Associate Chief Resident of Scholarly Activity. She received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Rice University. Dr. Jennings currently works on the front lines of psychiatry as an employed hospitalist for a large healthcare system in San Antonio, Texas. She is a contributing author to a forthcoming textbook, Clinical Psychopharmacology for Neurologists, and she writes a blog at PsychCongress.com. 

    • Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Director of Womens Health Services, Florida Medical Center and Founder, Elite Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Director of Womens Health Services, Florida Medical Center and Founder, Elite Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Dr. Lanalee Araba Sam is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who has been practicing medicine for over 17 years. She graduated from the University of Toronto with an honors degree in Psychology, before attending the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. After receiving her MD, Dr. Sam completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA., before relocating to South Florida in 2002. She founded Elite Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2004, a boutique-concept private practice committed to providing exceptional healthcare to discerning women who want uncompromised medical services. Clinically, Dr. Sam has distinguished herself as a top specialist in laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery. Literally, on the cutting edge of the most advanced medical technology, in 2007 Dr. Sam performed the first-ever robotic assisted total laparoscopic hysterectomy in Palm Beach County. She is the Director of Gynecologic Robotic Surgery at the West Boca Medical Center and the Director of Women’s Health Services at Florida Medical Center. Dr. Sam is an active member of numerous associations including the American Medical Association, the American Medical Women’s Association, the Broward County Medical Association, and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. Moreover, as a dedicated proponent of women’s health, Dr. Sam has been the recipient of numerous grants, awards and honors for her philanthropic work and medical research. In April 2014 she was deemed one of S. Florida’s 50 most Powerful and Influential Black Professionals and most recently her international reach was recognized in London at the Women 4 Africa Awards May 2015. In addition to her busy professional schedule, Dr. Sam regularly volunteers her time serving on Boards and as Chairperson for numerous community organizations that have included YMCA of Broward, the Jim and Jan Moran’s Boys & Girls Club, the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Cycle for Life, and Women In Distress’ Starfish Circle, in addition to creating her own Elite Women’s Foundation in 2009. Most recently she served as the team physician for the Freedom Challenge successfully summiting Mt Kilimanjaro March 2015 and raising over one million dollars to fight human trafficking. Dr. Sam is happily divorced, adores her eleven year old son, Shane, loves reading, playing soccer, tennis, world travel and is an avid triathlete having competed in over twenty-five triathlons, ten five K races and two half marathons, since her first season in 2010.
    • Family Medicine
    Founder at Ideal Medical Care
    Founder at Ideal Medical Care
    • Founder at Ideal Medical Care
    Fed up with assembly-line medicine, I led a town hall meeting where I invited my community to design their ideal medical clinic. In less than 30 days we opened the first ideal clinic designed entirely by patients! That was 10 years ago. I've helped hundreds of docs open ideal clinics since then. If you're a doc trapped in a soul sucking job, call me (541-345-2437). Love to help you open your dream clinic! I'm also active in medical student and physician suicide prevention.