David L. Brown
FOUNDER & CEO
David L. Brown, M.D., FACHE is a world-renowned physician and anesthesiologist, a leading expert on pain management, and a survivor of his own life-threatening illness. His illness gave him a deep and personal understanding of the needs of patients and families facing end-of-life decisions. Prior to founding Curadux, Brown practiced medicine for 37 years in both the operating rooms and as a physician focusing on chronic and cancer pain at the world's elite healthcare institutions. He has led the departments of anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic, University of Texas – M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, and the Virginia Mason Medical Center, as well as serving as professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic.
Marlise Eckhout RN has extensive training and experience in critical care. She has managed adult and pediatric cardio thoracic patients, as well as surgical/ trauma patients. Additionally she has operating room experience. She worked at the Cleveland Clinic as well as The Medical University of South Carolina. She recently cared and advocated for her husband for a number of years until his passing.
Rosemary Gibson is Senior Advisor at the Hastings Centers and founding editor of JAMA Internal Medicine’s Less is More narratives series. She is author of The Treatment Trap which puts a human face on overtreatment, Wall of Silence on medical errors, The Battle Over Health Care: What Obama’s Health Care Reform Means for America’s Future, and Medicare Meltdown. She is the 2014 recipient of the highest honor from the American Medical Writers Association. Rosemary serves on the board of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Altarum Institute. At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she was chief architect of its successful $250 million national strategy to bring palliative care into the nation’s acute care hospitals. She is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
Orin (Fred) Guidry
Fred Guidry, M.D. is a Professor of Anesthesiology at the Medical University of South Carolina who retired from clinical practice in May of 2015. He is certified in both anesthesiology and critical care medicine and has had extensive clinical experience in variety of operating rooms and intensive care units. He has been President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Board of Anesthesiology and was elected to Honorary Membership in the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland. He has served as a director of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research and the American Board of Medical Specialties as well as a member of the Residency Review Committee for Anesthesiology. As President of the ASA, he had extensive involvement with physician involvement in lethal injection and awareness during anesthesia.
Ken Jennings, Ph.D. is a bestselling author and the founder of Third River Partners, a leadership development and strategy execution firm. As a recognized expert and trusted advisor in organizational effectiveness, Ken draws on depth of experiences across multiple industries including hospital and healthcare delivery, manufacturing, information technology and life sciences. Ken earned his Doctorate in Organizational Development from Purdue University, his Masters in Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and his Bachelors from the Air Force Academy. He is also a graduate of the Kellogg Management Institute at Northwestern University.
David Johnson is founder and CEO of 4sight Health, a healthcare boutique specializing in thought capital, strategic advisory services and venture investing/capital raising. 4sight Health operates the intersection of healthcare economics, strategy, and capital formation. During his 28-year investment banking career, Johnson managed over $30 billion in healthcare revenue bonds and led significant strategic advisory engagements for his health system clients. He holds a BA in English Literature from Colgate University and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University. He has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa and as a United States Presidential Management Intern.
Jeffrey A. Leimgruber, FACHE is a principal with J.A. Leimgruber Consulting and a healthcare executive with 35+ years of senior level experience in leading freestanding teaching hospitals, multi-hospital systems and post acute care service networks. He has directed organizational, financial, operational and cultural turn- arounds, in addition to leading major capital/facility expansions, medical staff recruitment, system alignment and community partnerships. Since formally retiring from the Cleveland Clinic Executive leadership group in 2013, he serves on Boards and consults in the areas of Executive coaching, Hospital Business/Service line development, Strategic Planning and Medical Staff Management and Alignment. He has been a Board Certified Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives since 1990.
Steve Long, MBA, MHA, FACHE is the President & CEO of Hancock Health and Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, Indiana. Hancock Health is an integrated health care system where more than 1,500 associates, physicians, and volunteers serve the residents of greater Hancock County by providing world class medical services and developing cutting edge population health initiatives. During his 20+ years in health care, Steve has served in a variety of senior leadership capacities including stints at University of Iowa Healthcare in Iowa City, Iowa; MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas; and Aurora Healthcare based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to his arrival at Hancock, Steve served as the President & CEO of Skiff Medical Center in Newton, Iowa.
Kristen Morris serves as the Chief Government and Community Relations Officer at the Cleveland Clinic. She previously served as Divisional Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for Abbott Labs and served nearly 4 years as Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (BIPI), a top 20 pharmaceutical company with about $7 billion in annual sales. She also served eight years as the vice president of Legislative Affairs for the American Hospital Association and served four years as a health legislative assistant on Capitol Hill. She graduated from Purdue University with a double major in communications and a minor in health sciences.
Frank Papay, M.D. is an accomplished surgeon who has been recognized as one of the nation’s Best Doctors specializing in plastic and reconstructive by Castle Connolly. He currently serves as chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute and is an associate professor of surgery at the Lerner School of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He leads the multidisciplinary craniofacial cleft palate surgical center of the Cleveland Clinic and served on as the craniofacial surgeon member of America’s first face transplant surgical team. He was also awarded WebMD’s 2014 Health Hero for his work with migraine headache technology. He has led numerous professional associations, sits on a variety of executive committees and medical advisory boards, and is the primary inventor of eight medical device patents. He co-founded Cleveland Cares Medical Missions and has participated inmultiple overseas volunteer surgical missions for craniofacial and cleft palate reconstructions.
Joe Patrnchak is head of Green Summit Partners, a consulting practice dedicated to helping organizations bring out the best in their people. Prior to establishing Green Summit, Joe served as Chief Human Resources Officer at Cleveland Clinic, Chief HR Officer and Senior Vice President at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Vice President of Human Resources for HP/Compaq/Digital, including leading HR for the $4.5B Global Customer Services Division, which was cited for five years by IDC, Gartner, and Forrester as the technology industry’s #1 or #2 service business. He holds a Bachelors is Sociology from Northwestern, an MS in Human Resources Management and Organizational Development from American University, and he is a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School, and the International Management Program at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
Joe Patton, Esq. is an attorney who has concentrated his practice on probate administration, litigation, and estate planning for 25 years. He works with individual and small business clients toward achieving their desired outcomes – whether in matters of business succession, healthcare and financial decisions, or special needs provisions. Mr. Patton also operates a health care company implementing a patented process for labeling medications used in sterile fields of hospitals.
Scott Schell, Ph.D, M.D., MBA has three decades’ experience in clinical medicine, biomedical research, device and pharma development. In addition, his own companies have developed information technologies for precision medicine, patient care, and large dataset predictive analytics. He has served on the academic faculty at three universities, as Associate Chief of Staff and Chair of Population Health at the Cleveland Clinic, and Chief Medical Officer at Alere. He has an extensive curriculum vitae of peer-reviewed original research, and is recognized as an expert, globally, in his areas of expertise.
Claudia Wyatt-Johnson is a nationally recognized compensation and strategy consultant and is a founding partner of Partners in Performance, Inc. For more than 30 years, she has worked closely with boards and senior leaders to design compensation programs to retain key executives, reward performance and increase shareholder value. She has depth and breadth of experience in the healthcare industry and has worked with providers, insurers, biotech companies and pharmaceutical organizations. She earned her BA from Lake Forest College and MA from Loyola University. She completed the Harvard Leadership Development Program and the Women’s Director Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.