Bruce Deighton, PhD, President of Graduate Medical Education, HCA Healthcare, Brentwood, TN
Dr. Deighton is a leader in medical education with more than 40 years of experience, specializing in strategic planning, medical education design and development, and physician workforce development. As President of Graduate Medical Education for HCA Healthcare, he is primarily focused on developing GME strategies for teaching hospitals in 16 states. Prior to joining HCA Healthcare, he served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and DIO for the Detroit Medical Center. He chaired the National Graduate Medical Education Advisory Committee for Tenet Healthcare during his time there. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University and holds a Master of Education degree in medical education and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in medical education evaluation and research from Wayne State University.
Alex Akhondi, MD, FACP, Internal Medicine, Universal Health Services, Las Vegas, NV
Dr. Akhondi is a board-certified internist and hospitalist with an orthopedic background. He worked in the Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins systems in the DC area for a decade before joining HCA Healthcare. He is the Program Director of Internal Medicine Residency at Universal Health Services in Las Vegas, NV, and also a Professor of Medicine for the University of Central Florida and Florida State University. He has a strong academic background with more than 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, 120 lectures, media presentations, and interviews.
Barbara Gracious, MD, Psychiatry, HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital, Orange Park, FL
Dr. Gracious is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is the GME Program Director for Psychiatry at HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Edward Via College of Medicine. Her clinical expertise is in bipolar disorder, women’s mental health, and metabolic side effects and psychotropic-induced weight gain. A past recipient of a KL2 Career Development award, she has conducted independent prospective research in vitamin D and psychosis, bone effects of antidepressants in youth, diet quality and mental illness severity, and micronutrient supplements for ADHD in youth. Her philanthropy interests include homelessness and food insecurity. She is a graduate of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
D. Scott Lind, MD, Surgery, HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital, Orange Park, FL
Dr. Lind is a board-certified general and oncologic surgeon who currently serves as the designated institution official (DIO) and general surgery program director at HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital in Orange Park, FL. He has held numerous leadership positions throughout his career most recently as Professor, Chairman, and General Surgery Residency Program Director at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville, and, immediately prior to that position, he was Professor and Chairman at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He has a strong academic background with more than 160 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. His academic interests include skin and breast cancer as well as the study of simulation in medical education.
J. Scott Anderson, MD, Psychiatry, TriStar Centennial Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Dr. Anderson received his medical degree from Indiana University Medical School in Indianapolis, IN, and completed his residency training in psychiatry at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has been a practicing psychiatrist at TriStar Centennial Medical Center since 2014. He is the Program Director for the TriStar Centennial Psychiatric Residency program and Director of Geriatric Services at Parthenon Pavilion. He is Clinical Affiliate Faculty at Belmont University Thomas F. Frist College of Medicine.
Stuart Bagatell, MD, Internal Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Dr. Bagatell is the Program Director of the HCA Florida JFK Hospital/University of Miami Internal Medicine Residency Program and is an Affiliated Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Education at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He has served as the chairman of his hospital’s ethics committee since January 2010 and in that role has spearheaded the implementation of the POLST paradigm in his community. He was a core member of Florida’s POLST Task Force and in that role has made several presentations around the state.
Dr. Bagatell received his bachelor of science degree from Cornell University and his MD from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. Dr. Bagatell remained in New Orleans for his post-graduate training both before and after Hurricane Katrina where he completed his internal medicine training and served as Chief Resident before being promoted to Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency in 2008. In 2009, Dr. Bagatell moved to West Palm Beach where he currently lives with his wife of 21 years and his two sons. He has co-authored a book entitled, Permission to Die: Candid Conversations About Death and Dying.
Saptarshi Biswas, MD, General Surgery, Grand Strand Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, SC
Dr. Biswas is board-certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care and is a nationally recognized trauma surgeon. He is the Associate Program Director for the General Surgery Residency at Grand Strand Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, SC, where he is also the Director for General Surgery Research and Surgical Simulation. An international medical graduate from India, Dr. Biswas is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians in Glasgow (FRCSG), UK. He completed post-doctoral Fellowship training in Traumatology (Hartford, University of Connecticut), Burn and Reconstruction (Johns Hopkins), and Surgical Critical Care (New York Medical College, Westchester University Medical Center). He is a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons (FICS) and the American Critical Care Society (FCCM). Dr. Biswas serves as a Regent for the South Carolina chapter of the International College of Surgeons (ICS) and is presently elected as the secretary of the SCCM chapter. He is also an executive member of the American College of Surgeons Surgical History section. Dr. Biswas has a strong academic background with more than 125 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, and book chapters. His academic interests include traumatic brain injury, abdominal and thoracic reconstruction, surgical history, and simulation education.
Jeremy Brooks McKinnon, LMSW, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, HCA Healthcare, Nashville, TN
Jeremy is Director, Equity of Care with HCA Healthcare. In this role, he contributes to the continued development, execution, and oversight of enterprise patient goals, which includes ADA programs, language services, digital/web accessibility, LGBTQ+ patient access to services, and pastoral and spiritual care. Jeremy is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), holding a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California and Bachelor's degrees in psychology and social work from Troy University. He is also a Master of Divinity candidate at Vanderbilt University. As a volunteer, Jeremy serves on the board of directors for Shower the People to provide access to showers, laundry services, and hygiene care for those experiencing homelessness in Nashville, Tennessee.
L. Hayley Burgess, PharmD, MBA, BCPP, CPPS, GLBSS, Pharmacy, VigiLanz Corporation, Nashville, TN
Dr. Burgess is the Chief Clinical Officer for VigiLanz Corporation. She leads strategy and vision for integrated healthcare workflows with technology systems. Through her leadership efforts, healthcare technology innovations are developed to streamline clinician workflow using lean/six sigma framework. She oversees the Clinical and Product teams to assure alignment of research and development with healthcare clinician needs. She is an adjunct clinical professor for Lipscomb University and the University of Tennessee Schools of Pharmacy.
Steve Carpenter, MD, MACP, Gastroenterology, Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah, GA
Dr. Carpenter is a Professor of Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine and the Academic Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, GA. He is the Medical Director of the GI endoscopy unit at Memorial, where he was the internal medicine Program Director from 2006–2012. He has a strong interest in continuing medical education and directs internal medicine grand rounds at Memorial. He is very active with internal medicine maintenance of certification educational activities at Memorial and with the GA ACP chapter. He has prior journal review experience with the American Journal of Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Robert Chait, MD, FACC, FACP, Cardiology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Dr. Chait is board certified in cardiovascular disease since 1981. He has been the Program Director of the Cardiology Fellowship at HCA Florida JFK Hospital since its inception and is an affiliated Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami, School of Medicine. Dr. Chait was in private practice from 1981-2015. He has multiple publications, several Grand Rounds and conference presentations, and is an active peer reviewer for several different journals.
Chi Dola, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
Dr. Dola is the Warren and Adolf Jacobs Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Section Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. She received her combined MD/MPH degrees from Tulane School of Medicine. She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tulane and a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine from the University of California, Irvine. She actively contributes to graduate medical education as the Assistant Designated Institutional Official at Tulane and Residency Program Director for the Tulane Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency program.
Julia Fashner, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Family Medicine, HCA Florida Saint Lucie Hospital
Dr. Fashner is a board-certified family physician and Associate Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency at HCA Florida Saint Lucie Hospital. She has over 20 years of GME experience and completed a faculty development fellowship where she developed skills for research and quality improvement. She also has been involved with peer review for several family medicine journals. Dr. Fashner completed her MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she learned how to perform her own statistical analyses. She has presented over 40 times at state and national meetings and has over 40 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Fashner has a passion for teaching evidence-based medicine and infusing curiosity in residents and students in order for them to become lifelong learners.
Brian W. Gilbert, PharmD, MBA, FCCM, FNCS, Pharmacy, Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS
Dr. Gilbert is an emergency medicine clinical pharmacy specialist at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS, a residency director for the PGY-2 critical care pharmacy program, and an adjunct assistant clinical professor at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. With over 55 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, Dr. Gilbert focuses his research on medication-induced coagulopathy management, utilization of viscoelastic testing in clinical pharmacy practice, and improving efficiencies to maximize pharmacoeconomics through health-system pharmacy. He has served as President of the Kansas Council of Health-System Pharmacy and has held numerous leadership positions with additional organizations, including the Clinical Pharmacy Advisory Board for HCA Healthcare. Dr. Gilbert is board certified in critical care pharmacy and pharmacotherapy through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.
Scott Gutovitz, MD, FACEP, Emergency Medicine, Grand Strand Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, SC
Dr. Gutovitz is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and core faculty member at the Emergency Medicine residency program in Myrtle Beach, SC. He has completed a research fellowship in Emergency Medicine (2008) and serves as the Research Director of Emergency Medicine and co-director of GME research at Grand Strand Medical Center. He has clinical appointments with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine at Columbia, Mercer University School of Medicine, and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. His research topics include laboratory biomarkers, stroke, and pediatrics. He has completed many projects using the Electronic Data Warehouse at HCA Healthcare, which includes the first ever peer-reviewed publication using its data (March 2020) and a clinical review of all early COVID-19 patients within HCA Healthcare. He has received multiple private research grants, serves as a peer reviewer for many journals, and has mentored multiple residents and students with their scholarly projects.
Jon D. Halling, MD, Anesthesiology, Grand Strand Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, SC
Dr. Halling is board-certified in Anesthesiology, and currently serves as the Program Director for the Anesthesiology residency at HCA Grand Strand Medical Center. He received his medical degree from St. Louis University, and completed residency training at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, followed by a fellowship at Duke University. His clinical interests are Cardiothoracic and Perioperative Anesthesia, with an additional interest in operating room efficiency and management. Dr. Halling was one of the founding core faculty for the first Anesthesiology residency in Nevada in 2018, and in 2022 moved to Myrtle Beach where he lives with his wife, son, and daughter.
Andrew W. Hwang, MD, Internal Medicine, Riverside Community Hospital, Riverside, CA
Dr. Hwang is a board-certified internist. He is the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency at Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside, CA; where he also completed chief residency and internal medicine residency. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Health Sciences at University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.
Julie Jacko, PhD, Population Health Sciences, Usher Institute, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
Dr. Jacko is Chaired Professor of Health Informatics and Data Science and the Co-Head of the Centre for Medical Informatics in the Usher Institute in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. She is a scholar and innovator in the domains of digital health and smart systems. Her 180 publications have appeared in preeminent scientific journals, and her record of extramurally-funded research awards includes the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). An expert consultant for the healthcare and IT industries, Dr. Jacko has an innate passion for entrepreneurial endeavors and was recognized as a top entrepreneur in Miami, Florida for having created "one of the city’s most prolific businesses."
Rahul Kashyap, MD, Anesthesiology and Critical Care, WellSpan Health
Dr. Kashyap is the Director for Research at WellSpan Health. He is also an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. He has co-edited the book Mayo Clinic Critical Care Case Review and has been an associate editor of several journals, including the International Journal of Medical Students, Frontiers-Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. He is a widely published author of over 400 journal publications with over 5000 citations and over 10 book chapters. He has led several national and international clinical studies, registries, and trials. Most recently, he was the lead investigator for the VIRUS: COVId-19 registry with the collaboration of the Mayo Clinic and Society of Critical Care Medicine, which was the first of its kind during the early pandemic in March 2020.
Sindhura Kompella, MD, Psychiatry, HCA Florida Aventura Hospital, Aventura, FL
Dr. Kompella is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist with specialized training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Kompella’ s educational background includes graduating from the HCA Florida Aventura Residency Program, where she held the positions of Chief Resident and Research Scholar. Currently, Dr. Kompella serves as a Psychiatrist and Research Director for the Department of Psychiatry at HCA Florida Aventura Hospital. In addition, she holds the position of Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Kompella possesses a diverse range of clinical expertise, with particular emphasis on neuro-developmental disorders, women's mental health, and refractory mood disorders in the pediatric population. Her research interests encompass HIV Psychiatry, Neuro-inflammation, Pediatric Psychopharmacology, and Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Kompella has made significant contributions to multiple research projects in collaboration with esteemed institutions such as Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, and the University of Michigan.
Se Won Lee, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Sunrise Graduate Medical Education Consortium, Las Vegas, NV
Dr. Lee is the Program Director of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Residency program at Sunrise Graduate Medical Education Consortium in Las Vegas and a Clinical Associate Professor at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine, University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Dr. Lee has served as PM&R Sports Medicine Fellowship Director and was Associate Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine prior to joining HCA Healthcare. Dr. Lee has authored a book on the management of chronic musculoskeletal disorder and published numerous peer-reviewed articles in the different areas of PM&R.
Abhishek Lunagariya, MD, MHA, Stroke and Vascular Neurology, University of Central Florida College of Medicine, Orlando, FL
Dr. Lunagariya is an assistant professor of Neurology at the University of Central Florida. He is a stroke expert with dual training and board certification in Neurology and Vascular Neurology. He received Stroke and Vascular Neurology training at the University of California, San Diego under the tutelage of world-renowned stroke expert, Dr. Justin Zivin. Dr. Lunagariya is active in stroke research and is a recipient of the prestigious "National Institute of Health StrokeNet-SPOTRIAS" funding award. He is frequently invited to various national and international conferences to share his expertise. He also serves on the editorial board and as a reviewer of multiple neurology/stroke journals. His interests include leadership, healthcare administration, and stroke systems of care.
Robyn Meadows, MA, Graduate Medical Education, HCA Healthcare, Brentwood, TN
Robyn Meadows is a Research Analyst for Graduate Medical Education (GME) at HCA Healthcare. Robyn holds a Master of Arts in Quantitative Psychology along with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. She has always been passionate about research, engaging in projects across multiple topics throughout her time at MTSU. In her current position, she works directly with residents from GME programs across the enterprise to develop study design, extract data from the electronic data warehouse, and perform statistical analysis. Robyn is actively involved in process improvement within GME and enjoys mentoring others in statistical methodology.
Kefah Mokbel, MB,BS MS FRCS, Breast Surgery, The London Breast Institute
Professor Kefah Mokbel is an internationally renowned breast cancer surgeon and researcher with expertise in the multidisciplinary care of breast cancer patients. He currently serves as the Chair of Breast Cancer Surgery and the Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Program at the London Breast Institute, part of HCA Healthcare UK. Additionally, he is the founder and president of the UK cancer charity, Breast Cancer Hope. Professor Mokbel's research centers on molecular biology, clinical breast cancer management, and aesthetic breast surgery. He has an extensive publication record, with over 500 authored or coauthored papers, an H-index of 56, and an I10-index of 200 on Google Scholar. He has also authored 14 textbooks designed for medical students and postgraduate doctors. His current academic focus is on translating clinical trial advancements into everyday surgical practice. Furthermore, he serves on the editorial boards of various international medical journals and has conducted peer reviews for esteemed publications like The Lancet.
Sherri Morgan, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAFP, Family Medicine, HCA Healthcare Graduate Medical Education
Dr. Morgan is a board-certified Family Medicine Physician who currently serves as the Group Vice President of Graduate Medical Education, West with HCA Healthcare. She also serves as the DIO for the HCA Medical City Healthcare UNT-TCU Graduate Medical Education Consortium which sponsors over 14 residency and fellowship programs. She completed an academic medicine fellowship at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and has over 20 years of experience in graduate medical education. She continues to publish in peer-reviewed journals with her most recent publication in the AAFP FP Essentials. She has served on the AFMRD Board of Directors, AAFP Commission on Education, and continues to serve on several Texas Academy of Family Physicians committees.
Vishwanath Pattan, MD, Endocrinology, SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY
Dr. Pattan is board certified internist and endocrinologist currently working as Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY. Prior to this, he served as Medical Director for the Division of Endocrinology at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, WY. He completed medical school at Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences in his hometown of Hubli, India. He did a residency in pharmacology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi and another in internal medicine at Raritan Bay Medical Center in New Jersey. Dr. Pattan did his endocrinology fellowship at Harbor UCLA/City of Hope in California and was a research fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. In his down time, he enjoys playing cricket, hiking, and swimming.
Anthony Pearson-Shaver, MD, MHSA, FAAP, FCCM, Pediatrics, HCA Florida Palms West Hospital, Loxahatchee, FL
Dr. Pearson-Shaver is the Pediatric Residency Program Director at HCA Florida Palms West Hospital. Trained as a pediatric intensivist, Dr. Pearson-Shaver practiced for 26 years at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. He completed a Master of Health Services Administration in May 2000. Dr. Pearson-Shaver retired from the Medical College of Georgia to become the Thomas B. and Doris E. Black Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Mercer University School of Medicine and the Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital Navicent Health in Macon, Georgia. After a successful term as a Department Chair, Dr. Pearson-Shaver moved to South Florida to continue the work of program building, curriculum development, and teaching.
Heather Stewart, MD, Pediatrics, Mercer School of Medicine, Savannah, GA
Dr. Stewart is a quadruple-boarded Med-Peds physician with over 15 years of adult and pediatric transplant nephrology experience. She received her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, followed by a combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Dr. Stewart extended her medical training and education by completing 5 years of subspecialty training in adult, pediatric, and transplant nephrology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. In 2019, Dr. Stewart was recruited to launch the pediatric nephrology service line at the Children’s Hospital of Savannah. With multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, her primary research focus has been on the transition of young adults with chronic kidney disease into adulthood and health care disparities within the chronic kidney disease population. Dr. Stewart currently serves as the Research Director for the Pediatric Residency Program at Mercer School of Medicine. She has a penchant for mentoring, teaching, and inspiring residents and medical students to enjoy the complex field of nephrology.
Emadeldeen Elgwairi, MD, Cardiology Fellow, HCA Midwest Research Medical Center, Kansas City, MO
Dr. Elgwairi was born and raised in Benghazi, Libya. He graduated from medical school at the University of Benghazi. Dr. Elgwairi did his internal medicine residency in Libya and served as a chief resident. He is also the founding board member of a local hospital in Libya. He has come to the United States to pursue cardiology training. He did an internal medicine residency here in America at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Lubbock, TX, and is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Elgwairi is interested in medical writing and has published several articles and served as a peer reviewer for journals.
Steven Sprenger, MD, Psychiatry Resident, TriStar Centennial Hospital, Nashville, TN
Dr. Sprenger studied pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of California, Davis, before attending medical school at California Northstate University. As a medical student, Dr. Sprenger conducted research on natural remedies for insulin resistance and obesity. He has published on topics including basic science, psychiatry, and graduate medical education. His primary research interests include health and wellness, evolutionary psychiatry, non-pharmaceutical psychiatric interventions, and addiction.
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