2021-22 Faculty

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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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Frederick M. Cummings, Esq.
Phoenix, Arizona,

is a trial attorney with the law firm of Gust Rosenfeld with extensive experience in the areas of healthcare, medical malpractice, and medical products liability defense litigation. He has represented more than 1,000 physicians and dentists in malpractice suits before federal and state courts and in state disciplinary and licensing proceedings, and has also defended major Arizona hospitals, medical products manufacturers, distributors and retailers.  Mr. Cummings is a frequent speaker and writer on topics related to medical and dental liability issues and has been featured on numerous local and national “Best Lawyers” lists.

You may contact Mr. Cummings with your questions or comments at fcummings@gustlaw.com, or by phone at (602) 257-7967.

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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David B. Mandell, JD, MBA
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

is a practicing attorney in The Law Offices of David B. Mandell, PC and a principal of the wealth management firm OJM Group, LLC. He specializes in risk management, asset protection, and financial planning and has authored a number of books for doctors including, Wealth Planning for the Modern Physician: Residency to Retirement. Mr. Mandell also created the Category 1 CME monograph, Risk Management for the Practicing Physician. His articles have appeared in over 100 publications, including over 30 medical specialty journals, and he has addressed many of the nation's leading medical conferences.

Mr. Mandell holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University from which he graduated with honors, a law degree from the UCLA School of Law where he was awarded the “American Jurisprudence Award” for achievement in legal ethics and earned his MBA from UCLA'S Anderson School of Management.

You may contact Mr. Mandell with any questions or comments at (877) 656–4362 or by email at mandell@ojmgroup.com.

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Dilip K. Moonka, MD, FAST, FAASLD
Detroit, Michigan

is the Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at Henry Ford Hospital. He received his medical degree from Stanford University, trained in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Pennsylvania, and is board certified in internal medicine, gastroenterology and transplant hepatology. Dr. Moonka has won numerous teaching awards from both the Department of Medicine and the Division of Gastroenterology and he conducts both clinical and bench research in liver transplantation, viral hepatitis and liver cancer with numerous publications in these areas. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (FAASLD) as well as the American Society of Transplantation (FAST), and speaks or consults for Gilead, Intercept and AbbVie.

You may contact Dr. Moonka at dmoonka1@HFHS.org.

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David J. Norris, MD, MBA, CPE
Wichita, Kansas

is a practicing cardiac anesthesiologist and maintains deep expertise in the communication, financial and organizational skills, as well as business processes, needed for effective, economical, and efficient delivery of high-quality patient care. Dr. Norris is a frequent speaker on medical practice business, leadership and financial issues and is author of The Financially Intelligent Physician, with a short, weekly podcast of the same name, and Great Care, Every Patient

You may learn more about Dr. Norris at www.davidnorrismdmba.com (where you may also access his podcast, https://www.davidnorrismdmba.com/podcast), and contact him with your questions and comments at david@davidnorrismdmba.com, or by phone at (316) 200-2785.

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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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Dennis Wichern
Indianapolis, Indiana

is a partner in Prescription Drug Consulting LLC, where he focuses his efforts on risk mitigation and compliance initiatives to protect healthcare organizations, pharmacies and providers nationwide. His experience includes 30 years of public service as a DEA Special Agent, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Division where he directed all criminal enforcement and diversion control operations in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota with a team of approximately 550 employees.

Mr. Wichern is a recognized expert on the dangers of heroin and the prescription drug epidemic and routinely speaks to healthcare organizations, pharmacies and providers to identify methods to better safeguard their practices and reduce the professional and operational risks emanating from these threats. He was the first to develop CME programs addressing MAT and pain prescribing safeguards, federal regulatory and DEA compliance, credentialing and drug destruction. Mr. Wichern has been a guest lecturer on medical prescriber safeguards to audiences nationwide.

You may contact Mr. Wichern with your questions or comments at Dennis.Wichern@prescriptiondrugconsulting.com or by phone at (312) 859-2430.