Experts
    • Vascular Surgery
    • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
    • General Surgery
    • Medical Education
    • Leading teams
    • Health Care Administration
    • Graduate Training/Residency
    • Chief Executive Officer at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

    Julie A. Freischlag joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in April 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50 medical centers, Wake Forest Baptist includes Wake Forest Baptist Health, a growing, multi-hospital health system and physician network, the state-of-the-art and highly competitive Wake Forest School of Medicine, and Wake Forest Innovations, its technology transfer, commercialization enterprise. As CEO, she has the overall responsibility for the Medical Center’s clinical, academic and innovation enterprises and its annual operating budget of $2.5B. On February 1, 2018, Freischlag became the Dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine. Previously, Freischlag was Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at UC Davis. Freischlag has helped to drive change in academic medicine with a deep commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more than 15 years, she has led education and training programs at top medical schools in her role as professor and chair of surgery and vascular surgery departments. Freischlag also has more than 30 years of experience leading patient-care services as chief of surgery or vascular surgery at nationally ranked hospitals. She served as professor, chair of the surgery department and surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She led initiatives to expand research, add specialty clinical services, improve patient-centered care and patient safety, redesign the surgical training program and enhance academic career paths for faculty. Her national leadership includes serving as a former governor and secretary of the Board of Governors and a regent and past chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons. She is the past president of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation, and past president of the Association of VA Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Chairs. Freischlag was the editor of JAMA Surgery for ten years (2005-2014) and is a member of the editorial boards of the Annals of Vascular Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, and British Journal of Surgery. She has published more than 250 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters, primarily addressing the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease and peripheral vascular disease utilizing outcome data and clinical trials; additionally, she has published on burnout and work-life balance. Freischlag is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome which can require a specialized surgical procedure. Her present research involves completing assessment of a prospective randomized trial that tracks more than 800 patients from 34 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across the country to compare outcomes in patients who received either open or endovascular repair of their abdominal aortic aneurysm. Freischlag has received numerous teaching awards, an achievement award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. She was selected to the 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America, as well as a Triad Power Player in 2017 by the Triad Business Journal. She has mentored students, residents and young faculty and is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from her expertise in vascular diseases, teamwork and patient safety, leadership and work-life balance to women succeeding in health professions. Freischlag has dedicated her career to serving as a role model for her students, a respected colleague across health professions, a strong community leader and a national voice for improving health and health care.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin
    Dr. Sherine Salib graduated in 1993, with several distinctions, from the University of Bristol Medical School, one of the U.K.’s oldest and most prestigious universities. She subsequently went on to become a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 1996. Dr. Salib is currently a Fellow of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Dell Medical School at UT Austin. She works both in the inpatient and outpatient settings, supervising and teaching interns, residents and medical students, as well as actively serving on several program and hospital committees. She currently serves on the Peer Review Committee, and in prior years, has served as a member of the Institutional Review Board, including IRB vice-chair role, as well as the hospital’s Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee. She also actively serves on several of the Internal Medicine Residency Program Committees, including the Clinical Competency Committee and the Resident Evaluation Committee. In addition, Dr. Salib serves as the Clerkship Director for UTMB medical students rotating through the department of Internal Medicine at the University Medical Center Brackenridge. She is also part of the medical student Grading and Appeals Committees, as well as the Curriculum Committee. Dr. Salib has won several awards and nominations, including selection as the 2016 Distinguished Educator of the Year by the Austin student body, in addition to being nominated as faculty member for the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award in a prior year. Dr. Salib has had several recent publications in medical journals, as well as published interviews. Recent publications have included “Good-Bye and Good Luck: Teaching Residents the Business of Medicine After Residency.”J Grad Med Educ. 2015 Sep; “Developing a Communication Curriculum and Workshop for an Internal Medicine Residency Program.” South Med J. 2015 Jun; as well as a recent case report, “Neuroendocrine Carcinoma Presenting as Carcinoid Heart Disease. Moreover, recently published interviews with Dr. Salib regarding her work with residents and medical students can be found in the Texas Medical Association’s publication, Texas Medicine (April 2016), and another interview in the online journal Residency Program Alert, Innovative Solutions for Graduate Medical Education (December 2015) On a personal level, Dr. Salib appreciates interior design, playing the piano, reading, particularly classical English literature, as well as spending time with her family. She also enjoys experimenting with landscaping and gardening, in addition to capturing life through the lens of a camera.
    • Maternal and Fetal Medicine

    Dr. Loralei L. Thornburg is a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She is an associate professor of Ob/Gyn and currently serves as both the Division Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine, as well as MFM fellowship director for the University of Rochester Medical Center.

    Dr. Thornburg received her undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo College graduating cum laude, and her medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she received the David S. Diamond Memorial Award in Obstetrics and Gynecology and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Thornburg completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and her fellowship in Maternal fetal medicine at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. Dr. Thornburg joined the faculty of the University of Rochester in June 2008.

    Dr. Thornburg received the Ward L Ekas, the George C. Trombetta, the Obstetrical Perinatology, Dr. Curtis J. Lund, and the Creog Awards for leadership and teaching during the course of her residency, the Todd Faculty Fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine Award during her fellowship, and the CREOG award for teaching as a junior faculty member. She is a board-certified in both general Ob/Gyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

    She serves on several state and national committees related to provider education and excellence in perinatal care. She is also an active member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and serves on the board for the Perinatal Quality Foundation. Current research interests including care in pregnancies complicated by obesity, maternal and fetal outcomes of diabetes, and education of residents and fellows in care of pregnancies complicated by maternal disease.

    • Owner of Horizon Office Technologies, President at Z Management Group, Ltd

    A graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Chris Zaenger has practiced as a medical practice management consultant since 1981. Mr. Zaenger is the President of Z Management Group, Ltd. In Elgin, Illinois and is also owns Horizon Office Technologies (an EMR, Billing & Credentialing services company in Elgin, IL). He is a certified practice management consultant and active Board member of the National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants, member of the Institute of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants, and a valuation analyst and member of the Institute of Business Appraisers and the Medical Group Management Association. Chris was past President of the National Association of Healthcare Consultants and has been on the masthead of Medical Economics magazine as an Editorial Advisory Management Consultant since 1995.

    Practice Start-up, Business Planning & Practice Transition Planning

    Practice Mergers and Acquisitions

    Practice Valuations

    Profit – Overhead Expense Focused Income Development

    Office Organizational Management and Staffing Strategies

    Office Policy Development

    Cash Flow Reviews

    Efficiency Analysis and Restructuring

    Group Practice Formation, Contracts & Agreements

    Practice Development & Market Planning

    Receivables Management

    Income Distribution Formulation

    HMO Contracting & Negotiations

    Sale/Purchase/Buy-In Transition Consulting

    Coding & Billing Compliance & Optimization Strategies

    Compliance Surveys, training, and document assistance

    EMR & Billing Assessments

    General Practice Surveys (Physicals)

    Partner at Roetzel Law Firm, Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law 
    Partner at Roetzel Law Firm, Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law 

    Ms. Adler concentrates her practice in regulatory and transactional health care law. She represents individual providers, physician groups and other health care entities (i.e. home health care agencies, DME companies, hospices, MRI facilities and surgery centers) in satisfying their day-to-day legal health care needs. Ms. Adler has extensive experience in compliance counseling, structuring and implementing complex joint ventures to comply with state and federal laws and regulations, including Stark, Anti-Kickback Statute, fee-splitting concerns, the corporate practice of medicine and other restrictions on health care professionals. Ms. Adler devotes a large part of her practice to advising professionals and practices on their contracts and compensation arrangements, and in assisting her clients in the acquisition and sale of health care entities. She works with providers in matters relating to HIPAA, fraud and abuse, billing audits, government investigations, licensure matters and contract disputes Ms. Adler is an adjunct professor of law at DePaul University College of Law where she teaches a class on Healthcare Fraud and Abuse. She is also a contributing writer to the Law & Malpractice section of the online magazine Physicians Practice, where she addresses legal and management issues facing independent physician practices.