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SPEAKERS (in alpha order)


Laurence H. Altshuler, M.D.

Cancer Screening Updates

Dr. Laurence Altshuler is a board-certified internist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Tulsa, OK., where he is the Director of Oncology Intake. He is also a hospitalist and treats Quality of Life issues and pain management. Dr. Altshuler is certified in acupuncture, hypnosis and interactive imagery. He also has expertise in Western and Chinese herbology, Qi Gong, mind-body medicine and nutrition.   He has published articles in several medical journals and medical magazines. He has also published 6 books; the most recent, Doctor Say What? has just been released.  Dr. Altshuler has been quoted in consumer magazines such as Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest, Parade Magazine, and Spirit Magazine. He has had over 300 interviews by regional and national newspapers, radio and TV.  Dr. Altshuler earned a B.S. from Duke University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He earned his medical degree and completed an internal medicine residency from the University of Oklahoma. 


Anastasia Benson, D.O.

Direct Primary Care: Transforming Payment through Transparency and Free Market

Staci Benson is a family physician and owner of Paradigm Family Health, a direct primary care practice in Dallas, Texas.  She attended medical school at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and she completed her family medicine residency at Methodist Charlton Hospital in Dallas.  She has currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Texas Society of ACOFP and is active on various committees for ACOFP including the newly formed ACOFP Direct Primary Care Special Interest Group.


Jim Czewski, D.O.

Pharmacogenetics: Made Easy and Useful

Born and raised in Childress Texas and speaks fluent "West Texan" graduated Cum Laude from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a BS in Pharmacy. Practiced retail pharmacy for five years and throughout medical school still has a keen interest in the Field pharmacology. Graduated cum laude from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Has practiced emergency and family medicine for almost 40 years. Is board certified in family practice and holds the honor of Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. Has held numerous officers and committee chairs in TOMA including president and currently serves as vice president of the Texas Academy of the American College of Osteopathic family Physicians. Has done extensive research of  publications and literature involving pharmacogenetics over the last several years remains very excited about the promise of the vast opportunities for improvement of medical care with a "down to earth" utility of PGX in today's practice of medicine.


Thomas Eric Eidson, D.O. 

The Vascular Disease No One Teaches But Should - Venous Insufficiency

Dr. Thomas E. Eidson, D.O. is a double board-certified physician holding certifications in Family Medicine and as a Venous Disease Specialist (Phlebologist). He is certified through the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians, successfully completing rigorous training and comprehensive testing in each medical specialty.  Dr. Eidson completed his fellowship in the treatment of Vein Disease (Phlebology) in December of 2011 and he has safely and successfully performed thousands of procedures. He is passionate about providing the safest, most advanced, and most compassionate care for those suffering from both the medical and cosmetic issues related to vein disease.  He was born and raised in Arlington, Texas and his family has cared for the citizens of Arlington and surrounding communities since 1986 and he is continuing his family’s legacy. In his down time Dr. Eidson enjoys spending time with his wife and family, volunteering for his church, fishing, hunting, and reading.  Dr. Eidson is an active member of several medical associations including: American College of Phlebology Texas Osteopathic Medical Association American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians American Osteopathic Association.


Wayne English, Jr., D.O.

Osteopathic Management of Traumatic Sports Injury

B.S from Franklin and Marshall College - Lancaster, PA in 1954; D.O from Phila, College of Osteopathic Medicine - 1958; Internship at MA Osteopathic Hospital, Boston, MA - 1959; Fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Med. MOH - 1959; Family Practice - 1959 - 1966; PM&R Residency - Kirksville Osteo. Hosp. - 1966 -1969; Sports Med. Fellowship - KOH 1970-1971; Chairman & Professor of Dept. Rehabilitation & Sports Med. at Texas College of Osteopathic Med. - 1973 - 1985; Specialty Practice of PM&R, Sports & Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine - 1985 - 2002; Clinical Professor at TCOM - 1985 -2002; Adjunct Professor at TCOM - 2002 - present; Past Pres. AOCPMR & AOASM, National & International Speaker in PM&R, Sports & Osteopathic Manip. Med. Author of two articles on Manipulstive Medicine in PM &R Clinics of North America - November 1966.


David Farmer, PhD, LPC, LMFT

Communication Strategies and Tools for Effective Interprofessional Teamwork

Dr. David Farmer, PhD, LPC, LMFT is the Director of the Institutional Department of Interprofessional Education and Practice at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas.  He also serves as an Assistant Professor of Medical Education working with first and second year medical students in development of their clinical communication skills in the Clinical Communication and Clinical Integration sections of the Practice of Medicine Course.  Dr. Farmer is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family therapist and came to UNTHSC with twenty-three years’ experience in the clinical practice of counseling psychology. 


David Fein, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

The Truth about Testosterone Therapy for Women

Dr. Fein has been a practicing ob/gyn for over 30 years, and in 2002, established North Dallas Wellness Center.  As medical director, Dr. Fein’s goal was to identify and adopt effective alternative therapies for aging issues such as menopause and low testosterone for women.  In 2013, Dr. Fein founded WellnessMD Centers, a company whose mission statement is simply to educate fellow physicians on how to establish a viable hormone therapy practice in light of the current uncertain medical landscape.  Dr. Fein attended UT Southwestern Medical School, followed by his ob/gyn residency at Methodist Medical Center/Parkland Hospital.  In 1986, Dr. Fein entered private practice in North Dallas and expanded his interest in bio-identical hormone therapy by establishing North Dallas Wellness Center fourteen years ago.  Dr Fein has helped over 5000 women with their hormone needs.


Russell Fisher, D.O., F.A.C.C.

Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine DO 1978 USPublic Health Service Hospital Staten Island NY Internal Medicine internship and residency 1978-81 New York University Medical Center Cardiology Fellowship 1981-1982 Cleveland Clinic Cardiology fellowship 1982-85. Chief Cardiology TCOM 1985-1991.


Jennifer Fix, PharmD

Adding a Pharmacist to your Team

Dr. Jennifer Fix is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and an Associate Professor for the UNTHSC System College of Pharmacy.  She holds a PharmD degree, an MBA, and is a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist.  She is an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacist with UNT Health's Mighty Care Clinics.   Prior to joining as faculty, she owned an independent pharmacy in Tarrant County for 25 years.  A daughter of a family practice physician, she has a special interest in building opportunities for family practice providers to benefit from the skills and contributions of a clinical pharmacist.


Steven L. Gates, D.O., F.A.C.O.I.

Accountability for Medical Error

Past President of TOMA VP of Graduate Medical Education Refer to CV


Scott Hendrickson, DO, FACOI

Screening for Gastrointestinal Disease

Dr. Hendrickson earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Central Oklahoma in 1994. He completed his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998. His postgraduate training included an internship in family medicine and a residency in internal medicine at Tulsa Regional Medical Center, completed in 2002.  In 2002, Dr. Hendrickson joined Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences as Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine. Later, he served as Hospitalist at a regional medical center in Oklahoma. From 2011 to 2013, Dr. Hendrickson completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at Oklahoma State University Medical Center, which included training at CTCA®. He then worked in a gastroenterology specialist practice and joined CTCA as a gastroenterologist in September 2014.  Dr. Hendrickson is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. He holds a license to practice medicine through the State of Oklahoma. He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Osteopathic Association, the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, the Tulsa Osteopathic Medical Society, the Osteopathic Founders Foundation and the American College of Osteopathic Internists. In 2007, he was awarded the title of Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists, a recognition of excellence in teaching and contribution to education.  Dr. Hendrickson has held numerous professional appointments since 2002. He currently serves as Adjunct Clinical Professor at Oklahoma State University College of Health Sciences. Previously he served as Residency Director for Internal Medicine, Vice Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine, and Chairman of the Postgraduate Education Committee at Oklahoma State University Medical Center. He also served as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy.  A dedicated researcher, Dr. Hendrickson has published studies in several renowned medical journals and has served as an investigator for many clinical trials to advance the treatment of emphysema, HIV, Crohn’s disease and others conditions.  At CTCA, Dr. Hendrickson is a gastroenterology specialist. My practice makes full use of the state-of-the-art technology available at CTCA for our patients in need, says Dr. Hendrickson.  In his free time, Dr. Hendrickson enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters.


Scott Howell, M.D.

The Value of Healthcare


Paul S. Jones, D.O.

Opioid Prescribing: Safe Practice, Changing Lives (AOA CO*RE REMS)

Paul S. Jones DO is currently working as a Phyciatrist at Harry S Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. He is also part of the teaching faculty in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Missouri, Columbia.    Prior to matriculating medical school, he was a physical therapist.  After attending medical school at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (C.O.M.P), he did his internship at Pacific Hospital Long Beach, California. He completed an Osteopathic Residency in Family Practice in Tucson, Arizona.  He practiced for 5 years in the rural town of Centralia, Illinois.  After which, he then joined the faculty of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.  He subsequently went to the University of Missouri, Columbia for a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Dr. Jones went back to the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (K.C.O.M.) where he was an Associate Professor. He left K.C.O.M. and has been at the VA for the last 13 years. Dr. Jones is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Certificate of Added Qualifications in Pain,  Certified-special proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. He is a Fellow of the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has been one of several physicians who have been working on the development of the Conjoint Board for Certification of Added Qualification of Pain Medicine in the Panel of Experts and as Co-Chair of the Pain Medicine Examination Development Committee.  He has serve as a board member of the American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for the last 9 years. He is currently the chair of item writing committee for the conjoint board in pain.


Chris Larson, D.O.

Direct Primary Care–a primer on the model and associated policy


Russell Kohl, MD



Janet Lieto, D.O., F.A.C.O.F.P., C.M.D.

Communication Strategies and Tools for Effective Interprofessional Teamwork

Dr. Janet Lieto, DO, FACOFP, CMD  is an Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Lieto participates in Interprofessional teams daily in her roles as a Skilled Nursing Facility Physician and Medical Director of a Hospice working with teams of Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists, Nurses, Pharmacy Consultants, Social  Workers, Chaplains and Physician Extenders, all contributing to patient quality of care.  Dr. Lieto is a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer, and helps Interprofessional teams develop effective teamwork skills.


David A. Lindley, D.O.

Non-Addictive Treatment Options for Chronic Pain

Dr. Lindley is experienced in the evaluation and non-addictive management of chronic pain conditions. He completed his osteopathic medical training at Nova Southeastern University and his anesthesiology residency and pain management fellowship at the University of Miami. Dr. Lindley served as director at pain management clinics in Nebraska and Wisconsin and served as Director of the Pain Management Fellowship program at the University of Miami. He is currently in a rural private practice in Mineral Wells, Texas.


Roy Martin, PhD


Roy S. Martin, M. Div, D. Min., has served as Assistant Professor and Director of the program in Ethics and Professionalism at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth since 2001. He holds an undergraduate degree in English and History from the University of Memphis and masters and doctoral degrees from Texas Christian University. Previously he was Chaplain at TCU, Director of Staff Counseling at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (UTMDA), Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSCH) in the Medical School (Psychiatry), Adjunct Professor of Communication and Ethics at UTHSCH (School of Allied Health), Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities at UTMDA; and Director of Pastoral Care at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. He served on the drafting committee of the Code of Ethics at UTMDA and at Cook Children’s Medical Center. He is a founding member of the WARM PLACE and the Tarrant County Academy of Medicine’s Ethics Consortium and serves on several hospital, hospice and community agency ethics committees. He has directed remedial ethics rotations at UNTHSC and lectured for the Federation of State Medical Boards and the Family Medicine Physician Reentry Program at JPS Hospital in Fort Worth on the ethical boundaries of professionalism. He is married to Elizabeth (Betty) Branch Martin and the father of four children: Michael—a physician, David—a director of disaster response training; Cathy and Carol—both nurses.



Cardiopulmonary Exercise Stress Testing, PCSK9's and Lipid Apheresis


Katrina Midkiff 

Independence vs Employment  -  How to Win the Revenue Battle

Katrina Midkiff first stepped into the medical field more than 20 years ago. She spent 10 years as office manager for a surgical practice, and did contract work, consulting with other physicians to help improve the business aspect of their practices. From there, she opened her first medical practice management consulting company in 1998.  Midkiff holds multiple training certifications and She is a frequent guest speaker at industry conferences and is a member of the American Medical Billing Association (AMBA) and the Laser Hair Removal Society to name a few.


Brad Mons, DO

HPV and its effect on Head and Neck Cancers

Dr. Mons earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, OK. He then completed a surgical internship at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing, MI, followed by a residency in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Mons also completed a fellowship in head and neck oncology / microvascular reconstruction in the Department of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. This fellowship training, Dr. Mons says, gave him the skills to reconstruct the defects created when removing tumors of the head and neck.  He holds both a Master of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. He also studied abroad at the University des Sciences et Technologies in Lille, France.   Upon joining CTCA in July 2013, Dr. Mons created a Head and Neck/Microvascular Program at the hospital. In addition to providing surgical treatment for patients with head and neck cancers, Dr. Mons has expertise in microvascular reconstruction, as well as loco-regional tissue transfers.  Dr. Mons is board certified with the American Osteopathic Board of Otolaryngology. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Osteopathic Association, the American Osteopathic College of Otolarynology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the American Academy of Otolarynology-Head and Neck Surgery.  In his free time, Dr. Mons enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. His hobby is restoring classic cars.


Mark Neace

The "9 Steps to Digital Marketing Success"

Mark Neace is a native Texan who has enjoyed living in many parts of the United States and traveling around the world. He has a passion for golf, the environment and social causes. Mark returned to the Dallas area in 2003 to settle in with his growing family. He is an adult leader in his 13 year old son's Scout troop, and serves as District Vice Chairman and Chair the Friends of Scouting annual fundraising campaign for the Tejas Caddo district in Circle 10 Council. Mark is also a member of the Rotary Club of Park Cities, a Paul Harris Fellow, and Chair of the Marketing and Communications committee. Mark has been involved in film and video production since 1990, and started his own video marketing company in 2005. His company has grown to become a video-centric digital marketing agency, and is now called SyncLab Media LLC. They provide organizations of all sizes and industries with brand development, digital marketing strategy, video and digital content production, digital platform optimization, and social community management and support.


Anish Patel, D.O.

IBS: Friend or Foe?

Dr. Anish Patel is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), class of 2007. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and Gastroenterology fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. He is currently the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Ft. Hood, TX. He is also Co-Director of the Department of Defense Inflammatory Bowel Disease Consortium.


Theodore W. Pollock, D.O., F.A.C.O.I.

Advanced individualized  cancer medicine through the TAPUR trial

Director of Medical Oncology at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center, Dr. Theodore Pollock brings over 30 years of oncology experience to people fighting cancer at CTCA. He treats a number of malignancies, with a particular focus on lung cancer.   Dr. Pollock is board certified and a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists (FACOI). Before attending medical school, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 1973, Dr. Pollock earned an osteopathic medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. He then completed an internship and residency at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, as well as a medical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. While there, Dr. Pollock was also a clinical instructor of medicine at Cornell Medical College.   After his fellowship, Dr. Pollock returned to Columbus, Ohio, where he spent years providing care to cancer patients in a private practice setting. He also held several appointments at Doctors Hospital. He served as Chief of the Department of Medicine’s Section of Clinical Oncology, Medical Director of Breast Health Services, Chairman of the Tumor Board and the Medical Resident Training Program, and Senior Attending Physician of the Department of Medicine’s Section of Oncology.   In addition, Dr. Pollock served as Vice Chairman on the Board of Trustees and Clinical Research Committee Chairman for the Columbus Community Oncology Program in Columbus, Ohio. He has also published numerous research papers on topics involving colorectal, bladder, gastric, pancreatic and head and neck cancers.   In July 2008, Dr. Pollock joined the Medical Oncology Department at CTCA at Southwestern Regional Medical Center. Dr. Pollock says he is impressed with the staff’s team spirit. CTCA really does have a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of malignancies, he says. Dr. Pollock, who also serves as the hospitals Vice Chief of Staff, says he also values the shared commitment of CTCA clinicians to provide compassionate, patient-centered care to people fighting cancer. Patients at CTCA are empowered and play an integral part in the decision making for their care, he says.   Dr. Pollock is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Osteopathic Association and American Society of Clinical Oncology.


Pragatheeshwar Thirunavukarasu, MD "Dr. Prag"

Surgical Options for Advanced Metastatic Disease

Originally from Tamil Nadu, Dr. Thirunavukarasu or Dr. Prag, as he is known at CTCA studied medicine at Madras Medical College, completing his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MD) degree in 2005. He then came to the United States for extensive postgraduate training. He completed a surgical internship and general surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania and then at the University of Pittsburgh, respectively.  With a prestigious scholarship from the American College of Surgeons during his residency, he then turned his attention to research with a two-year fellowship at the Hillman Cancer Center, part of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, where his research focused on developing oncolytic viral gene therapies (for example, using genetically modified viruses to infect and kill cancer cells).  Dr. Prag also completed two clinical fellowships, first at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in complex general surgical oncology and then at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, where he trained specifically in hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery.  At CTCA, Dr. Prag focuses on tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, liver and pancreas and peritoneal surface malignancies. He employs advanced techniques and quality standard of care practices to treating a range of cancers, with a particular focus on advanced and metastatic disease. Drawing from a wide selection of approaches, including minimally invasive surgical techniques and robotics, Dr. Prag works with a team of surgical specialists who strive to develop treatment plans for even the most difficult situations, with a balanced approach intended to improve the quality of patient’s lives. My goal for cancer patients is to add years to their lives, and life to their years says Dr. Prag.  In addition to treating patients, Dr. Prag has always loved writing about and teaching science and medicine. He has published several research articles in prominent medical journals in recent years, has authored several book chapters on surgical oncology, and served as editor of a textbook on surgical oncology. He has presented his work at several professional national conferences across the United States and has been an invited speaker by the American College of Surgeons and multiple international institutions.  Dr. Prag is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. He currently holds active licenses to practice medicine in the States of Texas, New York and Oklahoma. He has been a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology (Fellow Member) and the Americas Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association (Fellow Member).  Besides caring for patients, Dr. Prag also loves spending time with his family, including his wife, daughter and extended family. He is passionate about music, writing and public outreach focused on cancer care.


JD Sheffield, D.O.

85th Legislative Update

Dr. J.D. Sheffield is Medical Director at Coryell Medical Clinic and a physician at Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville, Texas. He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2012 to represent the citizens of Texas House District 59, which includes Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, McCulloch, Mills, San Saba, and Somervell Counties. He was elected to a second term in 2014. As the only rural physician in the Texas Legislature, Dr. Sheffield was honored to serve on the Public Health Committee during his first term in office, where he has worked to improve rural healthcare and protect the healthcare freedoms of all Texans. He has also served on the Corrections and Rules and Resolutions Committees, and was named to the Select Committee on Child Protection. For his service in the Texas House of Representatives, Dr. Sheffield has been honored as a 'Champion for Free Enterprise' by the Texas Association of Business, was named a 'Defender of Life' by the Texas Alliance for Life, and has earned recognition from the Texas Pediatric Society, Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, Mills County Retired Teachers, and was named a 'Friend of the Texas A&M University System'. Dr. Sheffield is a graduate of Loraine High School and Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, where he served as Student Body President. After college, Dr. Sheffield earned his medical degree at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (previously the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine) and completed an internship in family medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He has served the medical needs of families in and around Gatesville since 1981. In recognition of his service the Gatesville Exchange Club honored him as 'Healthcare Professional of the Year'. Dr. Sheffield's community involvement has included service on the Boards of Directors of the Levita Volunteer Fire Department and the Boys and Girls Club. He is a member of Coryell Community Church in Gatesville.


Jonathan Silk

Leading Transformation in Health Care Teams

Jonathan oversees current leader development programs for faculty, staff and students, and designing and implementing new programs to prepare members of the UNTHSC team to lead effectively in higher education and healthcare environments. Jonathan brings a passion for developing others to improve as leaders and lessons from over 25 years of experience leading in U.S. Army Infantry, Cavalry, and Armor units in a variety of assignments, to include leading soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea. He is a decorated veteran and served as an Assistant Professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY before joining UNTHSC.


Steve Sosland

Leading Transformation in Health Care Teams

Steve works to develop next generational leaders at all levels of organizations in health care and higher education.  As Chief People Officer for the UNT Health Science Center, his responsibilities include development and implementation of a values culture including coaching for all faculty and staff; leadership development for aspiring leaders to executives; and enduring succession planning. Steve works with other organization’s leaders to create sustainable values-based cultures within their teams. Previously, Steve was Chief Operating Officer at Hill Country Memorial Hospital where he led the journey to establish a values culture contributing to winning the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.


Kavita Trivedi, D.O.

Evaluation and Nonsurgical Treatment of Spine Pain

Kavita Trivedi, DO is an Associate Professor at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.  She completed medical school at University of North Texas Health Science Center (Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine).  Her specialty is Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and completed her residency including chief residency at Northwestern University (Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) in Chicago.  She then did her fellowship in Interventional Spine/Pain at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.  Her practice focuses on the evaluation, diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of spine and other musculoskeletal disorders.  In addition to evaluating patients in the clinic, she also performs electrodiagnostic studies and interventional spine procedures.


Shamita Trivedi, D.O.

Differentiating Puberty - What's Normal and What's Not?

Shamita Trivedi, D.O. is an attending physician at the Children's Health Pediatric Group where she sees patients in both the fields of pediatric endocrinology as well as general pediatrics.  Dr. Trivedi earned her undergraduate degree graduating Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Dallas where she was an active member in the prestigious Collegium V (five) Honors Program.  She attended medical school at the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth, TX.  Dr. Trivedi completed her residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, IL and graduated from the rigorous Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship at Children's Medical Center in Dallas, TX.  She currently is an Assistant Professor and full-time clinician for the Children's Health Pediatric Group.


John J. Wernert, M.D.

Indiana Medicaid Experience

Dr. John J. Wernert joined the Sagamore Institute in January 2017 after completing a cabinet post during the gubernatorial term of U.S. Vice President Michael Pence. Dr. Wernert serves as the Vice President of Sagamore and will be the inaugural Director of the Health Innovation Center. Dr. Wernert has 30 years’ experience as a psychiatrist, geriatrician and healthcare leader in Indiana. He most recently served the state of Indiana as Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), appointed to this cabinet position by Governor Pence in June 2014. This large multi-division state agency is responsible for the provision of social benefits and healthcare for 1.5 million Hoosiers in need. At the Sagamore Institute, Dr. Wernert plans to bring compassion, high-level leadership skills, deep policy experience and consensus building to achieve transformation in the provision of medical/psychiatric services, social welfare and education both at the state and national levels. Dr. Wernert began the full-time medical practice of psychiatry in 1989.  Dr. Wernert is a Distinguished Alumnus of Bellarmine University and obtained his M.D. degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1985.  His postdoctoral training included an internship and residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine through the Department of Psychiatry.  Dr. Wernert has practiced medicine in central Indiana since 1989, and is licensed in Kentucky and Indiana. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Wernert completed a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Indiana University in 1996. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry, and has received added certification in Geriatric Psychiatry and Administrative Medicine.  Dr. Wernert is a Certified Physician Executive with the American College of Physician Executives, and has been awarded Distinguished Fellowship in the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Wernert also has a strong history of accomplishment and high-level executive leadership at the state and national levels. He has dedicated his professional career towards improved clinical care, administrative innovations and applied research, working to move ideas and theories to work in the real world. He previously served as the Medical Director of Medical Management at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis. Dr. Wernert also has consulted as the Medical Director for Behavioral Health Integration for the Franciscan Alliance system in Indiana. He previously served as the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs for MDwise, Inc, a 300,000 member Medicaid Managed care plan covering the state of Indiana. In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Wernert continues his clinical work performing Integrative Medicine consultations and Medical Management services for various facilities in central Indiana. Dr. Wernert is a geriatric psychiatrist, and has special interest in working in integrated settings with complicated medical patients, geriatric patients and individuals suffering from memory and behavioral disorders. He continues to provide psychiatric consultations via Tele-Health applications to Federally-Qualified Health Centers in Indiana. Dr. Wernert has served in various leadership roles in medical professional organizations, including the AMA. John served as the past Chairman of the Drug Utilization Review Board for the Indiana Medicaid program.  Dr. Wernert has also served on the Indiana Medical Licensing Board and various state committees related to mental health and Medicaid services in Indiana. He remains active with the American Psychiatric Association as a member of the AMA Delegation, consultant to the Budget and Finance Committee and the Board of the national Political Action Committee. John is a past President of the Indianapolis Medical Society and is the Past Speaker of the House of Delegates at Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA). He was elected President of the ISMA prior to stepping down to take the cabinet post with FSSA. Dr. Wernert has served on various charitable boards including the Healthy Hoosiers Foundation, Catholic Social Services and the Board of Overseers for the St. Meinrad School of Theology. Dr. Wernert continues to be a consultant for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, and is involved in men’s ministry programs on the north-side of Indianapolis. Dr. Wernert lives in Carmel Indiana with his wife Erin, and is the proud father of six amazing children (ages 4 - 30 years). He enjoys outdoor cooking, black powder shooting and is an avid Civil War re-enactor and historian.



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