2020-21 Faculty

Brad E. Adatto, Esq.
Brad E. Adatto, Esq.
Dallas, Texas

is partner at ByrdAdatto, a business and health care boutique law firm with offices in Dallas and Chicago. His background is in regulatory, transactional, and securities law with deep expertise in healthcare law born originally of his family’s lon­gtime involvement in the healing professions. Mr. Adatto regularly counsels clients with respect to federal and state health care regulations that impact investments, transactions, and contract terms, including Medicare fraud and abuse, anti-trust, anti-kickback, anti-referral, and private securities laws. He has been recognized as Top Rated Lawyer by the Dallas Morning News (2016), a Best Lawyer in Dallas in health care by D Magazine (2016 & 2018–2019), selected as a Best Lawyer in America in health care (2017–2019), and recently named as a Best Lawyer in Texas (2019) and Texas Super Lawyer (2019).

You may contact Mr. Adatto with any questions or comments at (214) 291–3204, or by email at badatto@Bbrdadatto.com.

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Commander John J. Burke
Cincinnati, Ohio

retired as the Commander of the Greater Warren County, Ohio, Drug Task Force and of the Southern Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) in 2015, an operation which included focus on pharmaceutical diversion. He is president of Pharmaceutical Diversion Education, Inc. (PDE), a company providing education and training to health professionals, law enforcement, and regulatory agents on the issues of prescription drug abuse, and the balance required between pain management and drug diversion.

Commander Burke has been a law enforcement officer for 49 years and in 1990 was asked to establish the Cincinnati Police Department’s Pharmaceutical Diversion Squad, one of the first units of its kind in the United States, where he pioneered the development of policies and procedures unique to the investigation of prescription drug abuse. He lectures nationally, has authored a monthly column on drug diversion in Pharmacy Times magazine for the past 15 years, and is the past president of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators. In 2015 he co-founded the International Health Facility Diversion Association and is the current President of this non-profit organization which provides training and networking for healthcare facility diversion professionals with the link available at www.ihfda.org

You may contact Commander Burke with any questions or comments at (513) 623-3278 or by email at burke@rxidversion.com.

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Michael S. Byrd, ESQ.
Dallas, Texas

is partner of ByrdAdatto, a business and health care boutique law firm with offices in Dallas and Chicago. As the son of a doctor and entrepreneur he comes to his specialty naturally and has become a leading advocate for doctors and dentists throughout the United States lecturing routinely at academic institutions, hospitals, and professional gatherings. Mr. Byrd has been named to “Texas Rising Stars” and “Texas Super Lawyers” for multiple years (2009-2019), “Top Rated Lawyer” by the Dallas Morning News (2016) and recognized as a “Best Lawyer in Dallas” in health care by D Magazine (2013, 2016-2019).

You may contact Mr. Byrd with any questions or comments at (214) 291-3202 or by email at mbyrd@byrdadatto.com.

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Susan Childs, FACMPE
Raleigh, North Carolina

is principal of Evolution Healthcare Consulting. She has over 30 years of experience in hospital and public accounting in healthcare administration and in her consulting and public speaking focuses on the physician-patient relationship and optimal management of the medical practice in areas including revenue cycle management, financial checks and balances, operations and workflow and many others. Ms. Childs is a contributor to numerous medical publications and a frequent speaker to healthcare audiences across the country.

You may contact Ms. Childs with any questions or comments at (919) 641-5373 or via email at schilds@evohcc.com.

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Ike Z. Devji, ESQ.
Phoenix, Arizona

has been solely focused on asset protection and wealth preservation planning for the last 14 years. He and his colleagues have protected over $5 billion in personal assets for a national client base that includes thousands of successful physicians, as well as business owners and entrepreneurs. Mr. Devji is a noted national educator (CME, CLE, and CE), an author with over 300 nationally published bylines, and a frequent speaker, having taught thousands of doctors, lawyers, and advisors on asset protection and risk management, in addition to being a contributing author to multiple books and a dozen medical journals. He is AVVO rated “10.0 Superb” for nine years in a row and is included in “Arizona’s Finest Lawyers” among other distinctions.

You may contact Mr. Devji with any questions or comments at (602) 808–5540, by email at id@thewealthy100.com, or through his website at www.ProAssetProtection.com.

Carole C. Foos, CPA
Carole C. Foos, CPA
Cincinnati, Ohio

is a partner in OJM Group, a physician focused financial planning and asset management firm and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) offering tax analysis and tax planning services to the firm's cli­ents. Ms. Foos has over 25 years of experience in accounting, tax planning and financial consulting. She is a co-author of numerous books for physicians, including Wealth Management Made Simple and newly published Wealth Planning for the Modern Physician: Residency to Retirement. Ms. Foos has authored numerous articles and presented many lectures, webcasts, and podcasts on tax planning and wealth management.

You may contact Ms. Foos with any questions or comments at (513) 309–3946 or by email at carole@ojmgroup.com.

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Barry A. Franklin, PHD
Royal Oak, Michigan

serves as Director, Preventive Cardiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation, at Beaumont Health, as well as Professor, Internal Medicine, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He is past president of both American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and American College of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Franklin is past editor in chief of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention and serves on the editorial boards of 15 other scientific and clinical journals. He has written or edited more than 700 scientific and clinical publications, including 26 books, and has given over 1000 invited presentations worldwide. In 2015, he was listed among “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” (Clinical Medicine).

You may contact Dr. Franklin with any questions or comments at barry.franklin@beaumont.edu.


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Kathy Gaughran
Irvine, California

is Senior Marketing Strategist at Healthcare Success Strategies, a data driven healthcare marketing company. She has over 25 years experience in healthcare marketing having personally consulted with over 7,000 clients and created thousands of strategic plans for clients in myriad medical and institutional clients. Ms. Gaughran has authored numerous articles in her field and has spoken to hundreds of audiences across the country.

You may contact Ms. Gaughran with any questions or comments at (714) 328-2865 or email at kathy@healthcaresuccess.com.

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Herman P. Houin, MD, FACS
Detroit, Michigan

is board-certified in plastic surgery with a Certificate of Added Qualifications in surgery of hand. Dr. Houin practices as a plastic surgeon at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and serves on that institution’s OR Operations Committee. He is associate clinical professor at Wayne State University’s Department of Surgery and sits on Purdue University’s Biological Sciences Academic Alumni Council. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, has published numerous articles and is a frequent speaker on his specialty.

You may contact Dr. Houin with any questions or comments at (313) 982-8355 or by email at hhouin@yahoo.com

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Michael J. Howell, MD, FAAN, FAASM
Minneapolis, Minnesota

is an associate professor of Neurology at University of Minnesota where he is the Vice-Chair for Education. He is board certified in both neurology and sleep medicine and is a fellow of the American Academies of both specialties. Dr. Howell is a frequent international speaker, a co-investigator of numerous research projects, widely published and co-founder and president of Sleep Performance Institute.

You may contact Dr. Howell with any questions or comments at remwalkers@gmail.com.

Louis Kuritzky, MD
Louis Kuritzky, MD
Gainesville, Florida

is a board-certified, family practitioner and a certified Specialist in Hypertension with the American Society of Hypertension. He is clinical faculty at the Family Medicine Residency Program of North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville and a clinical assistant professor emeritus at the University of Florida.

Dr. Kuritzky has given over 1,000 presen­tations to national and international medical audiences on dozens of clinical topics and has authored over 150 articles in journals including New England Journal of MedicineJAMAComprehensive TherapyHospital PracticeConsultantPostgraduate MedicineJournal of Pain and Palliative Care, and Patient Care.

You may contact Dr. Kuritzky with any questions or comments at (352) 377–3193 or by email at lkuritzky@aol.com.

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Joseph W. Shannon, PHD
Columbus, Ohio

has a doctorate in counseling psychology and over 30 years of clinical experience as a psychologist, consultant, and trainer. An expert in understanding and treating a broad range of mental disorders, he has appeared on several television programs including CBS’ Morning Show and PBS: Viewpoint. Dr. Shannon has developed and presented training programs for medical, allied medical, mental health, and substance abuse professionals in the United States and Canada, consistently earning exemplary ratings for presenting key insights and practical approaches with clarity, enthusiasm, and humor.

You may contact Dr. Shannon with any questions or comments at (614) 297-0422 or by email at jshannon@insight.rr.com.

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C. Wayne Weart, PHARMD
Charleston, South Carolina

is professor of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Outcome Sciences at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Pharmacy, as well as professor of Family Medicine in the College of Medicine, MUSC. Prior to MUSC he instructed at West Virginia University.

Dr. Weart has authored more than 100 publications and he has presented hundreds of hours of lectures to numerous professional groups and societies, medical and house staffs at both West Virginia University and MUSC, and national pharmacy and medical seminars across the country. He has received numerous awards and honors in his field including: “Outstanding Teacher” awards at both West Virginia University and MUSC; “Hospital Pharmacist of the Year” in both South Carolina and West Virginia; and designation as a Fellow of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists. In 1991 Dr. Weart was among the first pharmacists to become a board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist.

You may contact Dr. Weart with any questions or comments at (843) 792-3606 or by email at weartcw@musc.edu.