Victor T. Adamo
Victor T. Adamo, JD, CPCU, is a director of The Mutual Risk Retention Group, Inc. After graduating from New York University School of Law, Mr. Adamo returned to his native Michigan and entered practice with a law firm in 1975. At the firm, he worked closely with a group of Detroit area surgeons known as the Physicians Crisis Committee (PCC) that was focused on the diminishing availability of medical liability insurance in Michigan. Mr. Adamo assisted the PCC to form Physicians Insurance Company of Michigan (PICOM) of which he became general counsel in 1985 and CEO in 1987. PICOM joined with physician carriers in Indiana, Illinois, and Florida under the name of ProNational Insurance Company. In 2001, ProNational merged with Medical Assurance of Birmingham, Alabama to form ProAssurance Corporation. Mr. Adamo was president of ProAssurance and a member of its Board of Directors until his retirement in 2013. Mr. Adamo served for nine years on the PIAA Board and was the recipient of the 2015 PIAA Award of Excellence in Honor of Peter Sweetland.
Robert O. Barberi, Jr.
Robert O. Barberi, Jr. serves as a Cyber Security & Professional Liability risk specialist and Team Lead, based in Willis Towers Watson’s Boston office and focuses on cyber and professional liability risk advisory. He has broad experience negotiating, structuring and placing network security, privacy liability, and professional liability insurance programs, focusing primarily on companies with large, complex exposures. Mr. Barberi has an extensive knowledge of insurance company claims handling for cyber insurance and has spent considerable time developing manuscript policy wording to address specific insured needs. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and actively consults with the U.S. Treasury regarding systemic cyber risks. In addition to his brokerage and risk advisory role, Mr. Barberi is also working closely with HITRUST to bring increased transparency and support to the cyber underwriting process.
Prior to joining Willis in 2009, he worked at Aon Corporation as a broker in their Financial Services Group. Previously, Mr. Barberi was an associate in Aon’s Global Client Network, focusing primarily on the placement and servicing of large international property and casualty programs for Fortune 500 companies.
He received his BA in international politics and economics from Middlebury College and his MBA from Boston University with a concentration in corporate strategy.
Anne E. Bryant
Anne E. Bryant is the senior director of Government Relations for Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company, and the Chair of the PIAA Government Relations Committee. In her role with Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company she is responsible for developing and maintaining governmental relations and relationships with individuals in outside organizations and for leadership participation in tort reform coalitions, business coalitions, strategy committees, and other organizations. In addition, she works as a trusted and valued source of information and ideas before legislative and regulatory bodies.
Ms. Bryant has worked to establish the government relations and community outreach program at Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company as a recognized public policy leader and effective advocate of reasonable laws that impact healthcare liability, insurance, and patient safety. In addition, she works to promote civil justice issues from a defense perspective. She frequently serves on task forces to develop new laws and regulations and serves on a variety of boards of local and national organizations, coalitions, and nonpartisan public policy think tanks.
She graduated from Western Washington University with a major in industrial organizational psychology and a minor in political science. She is a registered lobbyist in Washington and Oregon.
Theodore A. Calianos
Theodore A. Calianos, II, MD, FACS is a board certified plastic surgeon and has been in practice since 1998. He was in private practice for 13 years prior to joining the Medical Affiliates of Cape Cod (MACC) in 2011. He remains in full time practice and has served as the medical director of MACC since 2015. He was elected to the board of Coverys in June 2013 and serves on its Audit and Investment committees. He has been active in organized medicine since residency at the local, state, and national levels. He is currently one of the Massachusetts Delegates to the AMA. He has been honored with an AMA Foundation Leadership Award.
Fabiola Cobarrubias, MD, MBA has been a director of NORCAL Group since 2012, and served as a hospitalist consultant to NORCAL’s Claims Advisory Committee since 2008. She currently chairs the NORCAL Governance committee and is an NACD Governance Fellow. She works as a hospitalist at California Pacific Medical Center, where she held the position of Medical Director – Hospitalist Service from 2004 to 2011. She is also a founder, past president, and current board member of Pacific Inpatient Medical Group. In addition she serves on the board of Brown and Toland Physicians, a comprehensive multi-specialty independent practice association serving San Francisco and the Bay Area.
Barbara Glogiewicz, BSN, Esq., represents doctors, hospitals, dentists, and long-term care facilities. An accomplished trial lawyer who also has a nursing degree and experience working for a hospital, she understands the legal challenges her clients face on a daily basis.
Ms. Glogiewicz often works in complex and emotionally charged cases of medical liability, where her experience as a healthcare provider combined with her knowledge as an attorney prove to be extremely valuable. She is a fierce representative for her clients, and aims to help juries focus on evidence and facts in cases that are often quite sensitive. She knows that each case is different, and enjoys the challenge and opportunity to learn more about medicine with every case.
In addition to her work with healthcare professionals, Ms. Glogiewicz is a frequent author and lecturer, and often speaks to healthcare providers on a variety of subjects surrounding healthcare law, particularly related to documentation issues.
Richard K. Hammer
Richard K. Hammer, MD, senior vice president of Reimbursement Strategies, is a board‐certified physician with more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare delivery models and the business of medicine. He has significant experience in creating and implementing practical solutions for physicians and health plans to maximize quality, safety, and reduce costs, as well as clinical experience in adolescent medicine, sports medicine and pharmacy management. Dr. Hammer has lectured widely on topics including general pediatrics, health policy, patient safety, and neurobehavioral science. He most recently served as VP of Clinical Market Development for Capital Blue Cross.
Robert A. Hendry
Robert A. Hendry, MBChB, MPhil, was born and brought up in Glasgow and studied medicine at Dundee University. After graduating in 1981 he undertook a number of hospital appointments before becoming a partner in an urban teaching practice in Dundee in 1986.
He developed an interest in medical law and completed an MPhil in law and ethics in medicine at Glasgow University in 1992. Having done some consultancy work for the Medical Protection Society and having taught part-time at Dundee University, he took up a permanent appointment as a medicolegal adviser with the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland in 1996 and remained there until he moved to the Medical Protection Society to set up their Edinburgh office in 2009. Mr. Hendry is a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine and continues to have an interest in teaching, having honorary positions at a number of universities.
Having completed his MBA at Strathclyde University Graduate Business School in 2001, he has continued to develop his business interests. In 2011, he was appointed deputy medical director and in 2013, became medical director of the Medical Protection Society and is currently responsible for medicolegal services delivered by the Medical Protection Society to its members worldwide.
Joel C. Hopkins
Joel C. Hopkins, Esq. is a partner at Saul Ewing LLP and a member of its Business and Litigation Departments. He is a core member of the Firm’s Insurance Practice Group, and represents the insurance industry in transactional matters, regulatory compliance, market conduct and enforcement actions, coverage, claims, and bad faith issues. He also assists clients in preparing claims policies, procedures and manuals, as well as drafting policy forms and endorsements. Mr. Hopkin’s litigation practice is focused on policy-based disputes arising under all lines of business, bad faith, and regulatory actions before the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance. Mr. Hopkins also serves as claims and coverage counsel to several insurers. Prior to joining Saul Ewing, Mr. Hopkins worked for nearly 10 years as an insurance professional with the Aetna and Travelers Insurance companies, earning his Associate in Risk Management and Associate in Claims designations from the Insurance Institute of America. He has also served as the Interim Chief Operating Officer for a third party claims administrator. Mr. Hopkins is a certified professional mediator and frequent lecturer on a variety of insurance and risk-transfer related subjects, including claims handling, coverage, bad faith, and regulatory matters.
Chad C. Karls
Chad C. Karls, FCAS, MAAA is a principal and consulting actuary in the Milwaukee office of Milliman, Inc. He specializes in medical professional liability and has assisted numerous clients with a large variety of actuarial needs, financial reporting issues, rating agency matters, and pricing and rating projects. Mr. Karls is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin.
Donna Lynne, DrPH, was sworn in as Colorado’s 49th Lieutenant Governor, also assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer for the state, on May 12, 2016. She is widely respected as a leader in the private sector and as an expert in the health field. Prior to assuming her roles in Colorado state government, Dr. Lynne served as the executive vice president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and as group president responsible for its Colorado, Pacific Northwest, and Hawaii regions—overseeing an $8 billion budget, 1.4 million members, and 16,000 employees. From 1998 to April 2005, Dr. Lynne was the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Group Health Inc., a $2.5 billion managed care organization.
Amy Madden, MD is a family physician from central Maine. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she trained at Dartmouth Medical School and Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Madden has been providing primary care in a rural Maine community for the past 9 years. Currently, Dr. Madden is receiving additional training as a Geriatrics Fellow at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Madden has served on various boards and committees, including chairing the Maine Medical Association’s Legislative Committee from 2012 to 2016. She currently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors at the Maine Medical Association. Dr. Madden has a strong interest in the intersection of public policy with the practice of medicine.
Neil Morrell joined MAG Mutual as president and chief operating officer in 2012. He directs MAG Mutual’s overreaching business strategy and manages daily operations. After completing his law degree, Mr. Morrell qualified as a Barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law in London, U.K. Following this he worked at Hiscox, G.E. Lloyd-Roberts & Others, and Advent Syndicate 780 as both a primary professional liability underwriter and then a reinsurance treaty underwriter.
Subsequently Mr. Morrell worked at Willis Re, where he initially was managing director of Willis Re North America, London, before moving to the U.S. and becoming managing director and executive vice president of Willis Re Chicago, and also running the U.S. Healthcare Practice Group for the entire Willis Re Group.
Khan Nedd, MD is an internal medicine physician, business owner, and community leader in West Michigan. He began his journey to the practice of medicine when he left his tropical home on the island of Grenada to attend Andrews University. He received his MD degree from Michigan State University in the College of Human Medicine. He spent his internship and residency in internal medicine at Blodgett and St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Dr. Nedd has been a hospitalist since 1990. He is the founder and president of Hospitalists of West Michigan which is now the IPC Hospitalist Group operating in the Spectrum Health Systems. He is the founder and president of Infusion Associates, an outpatient infusion clinic providing services in the Grand Rapids metro service area.
Dr. Nedd serves on several boards including the Spectrum Health Hospital Board, the Hope Network board of trustees, and the Hospice of Michigan board of trustees. He is well published, authoring several articles and original papers.
Dr. Nedd currently serves as the interim CEO of Answer Health, a newly formed CIN (Clinical Integrated Network) of independent physicians in West Michigan who are committed to bringing improved quality and cost effective care to the residents of the community.
Matthew Nielsen, Esq. is the vice president, Claims for OMS National Insurance Company, RRG. He obtained his Bachelor of Science/finance from Northern Illinois University, and his law degree, magna cum laude, from Southern Illinois University School of Law. Prior to that, Mr. Nielsen served as the vice president, Commercial Claims for a Utica Insurance Company subsidiary, and as a supervisor, Excess Casualty Claims Unit at Zurich Insurance Company. He has represented physicians, healthcare providers, and hospitals embroiled in medical liability claims, and defended domestic and international insurance companies involved in coverage disputes. Mr. Nielsen is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Missouri.
Mary Jane Osmick
Mary Jane Osmick, MD, is vice president and medical director for the medical services department at American Specialty Health (ASH). As a physician executive with extensive internal medicine clinical expertise, Dr. Osmick provides medical management, quality oversight, clinical review, and product development support across ASH product lines, including specialty healthcare, population health, and fitness and exercise services.
Throughout her professional career, Dr. Osmick has led various types of organizations including provider, heath plans, specialty vendors, and has worked as a healthcare consultant. She previously served in senior clinical positions at StayWell Health Management Inc., LifeMasters Supported Self-Care Inc., CIGNA Healthcare, Crozer Keystone Health System (CKHS).
In 2003, Dr. Osmick also co-founded a start-up company that developed online interactive games for health to support individuals with health risks and conditions. As a physician executive early in her career, she developed some of the first provider-based disease management programs in the 1990s. She also is a published author of a book on chronic care management. In 2009, Dr. Osmick led a team that designed and implemented a behaviorally-based telephonic coaching model that focused on patient activation which won the 2009 Care Continuum Alliance (CCA) Quality and Innovation Award. From 2009 – 2011, she co-led the national CCA Medication Adherence Work Group, that developed a framework and survey to help organizations design and implement a strategy on best practice in medication adherence. She serves as a current member of the Population Health Alliance’s (PHA) Board of Directors, and chairs the PHA Quality and Research Committee. She also serves as a Health Enhancement Research Organization “Think Tank” member, and works to support HERO research focusing on employer/employee wellness.
Dr. Osmick is a board-certified internal medicine physician, and served in direct patient care in general internal medicine for 17 years. She received her medical degree from Temple University Health Sciences Center, and completed her internal medical residency at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sarah E. Pacini
Sarah E. Pacini, JD, assumed leadership of the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. (CAP) in February 2015. As the chief executive officer of CAP and the Mutual Protection Trust (MPT), she draws on her extensive leadership background in healthcare, law, patient safety, risk management, captive insurance, and medical professional liability to direct CAP’s core businesses—MPT and the CAPAssurance Risk Purchasing Group, which provide access to superior medical professional liability protection, patient safety education, and risk management services.
Prior to joining CAP, Ms. Pacini was corporate vice president of risk management and insurance, president of the Advocate Physician Partners Risk Purchasing Group, and chair of Advocate Insurance SPC for Chicago-based Advocate Health Care, Illinois’ largest health system.
Early in her career, Ms. Pacini worked as a trauma nurse at a level I emergency department and as a prosecutor in the criminal division of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office. She was also an adjunct associate professor at Valparaiso University in Indiana, an expert speaker on clinical-legal issues to physicians and nurses, and lobbyist on behalf of the insurance and health care industries before the U.S. Congress.
A nursing graduate of Purdue University School Calumet, Ms. Pacini earned her Juris Doctor degree (Summa Cum Laude) from DePaul University College of Law with a Certificate in Health Law. Ms. Pacini currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Captive Insurance Companies Association.
Gamelah Palagonia, FIP, CIPM, CIPT is a privacy professional and cyber risk expert with more than 25 years of risk management and insurance brokerage experience. She is one of the first insurance professionals to specialize in online media, intellectual property, technology errors & omissions liability, and cyber risks. Ms. Palagonia is a recognized thought leader in the cyber insurance and risk management industry. She is a frequent speaker and author on the topic. Prior to joining Willis, Gamelah was the founder of Privacy Professionals LLC, a cyber and privacy risk advisory firm.
Aron Ralston’s extraordinary life-altering story of survival, as told in the New York Times bestseller, Between a Rock and a Hard Place and the film, 127 Hours, starring James Franco as Ralston, captured headlines around the world when he freed himself from being trapped between two boulders in a remote canyon by severing his own arm. An experienced climber and avid outdoorsman, Mr. Ralston was descending a remote Utah canyon alone in 2003 when an 800-pound boulder broke loose, crushing his right hand and pinning him against the canyon wall. After nearly five days without water, means of communication or hope of escape, he harnessed his determination and will to live; using a pocket knife to sever his arm below the elbow, he then rappelled a 65-foot cliff out of the canyon and trekked seven miles to find his would-be rescuers.
With an unforgettable story of an ordinary man pushed to extraordinary limits, Ralston takes audiences on a riveting journey in which courage, perseverance, and the human spirit defy the inevitable outcome. Ralston’s powerful narrative encourages others to recognize their inner potential and to appreciate and harness one’s relationships to overcome life’s adversities, regardless of how large or daunting their “boulder” may be.
James W. Saxton
James W. Saxton, Esq., CEO of Saxton & Stump, has sustained an active litigation practice for more than 30 years, representing hospitals and physicians before state and federal courts in professional liability and complex litigation matters. Leveraging his extensive experience as a litigator, he advises physicians, hospitals, and long‐term care facilities on understanding and reducing their professional liability risk. Mr. Saxton is a nationally known speaker on healthcare issues and has presented to many prominent healthcare organizations including the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and the American Urological Association. He has received multiple peer recognitions including Litigation Counsel of America, Super Lawyers, Select Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America.
Jaan Sidorov MD, MHSA is a general internist with more than 20 years’ experience in primary care, disease management, and population based care coordination. He is the chair of the Board of Directors for the NORCAL Group. He is the CEO of The Care Centered Collaborative, a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Medical Society dedicated to partnering with physician-led organizations to achieve high-value care.
Dr. Sidorov has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, on topics that include physician-led governance of healthcare boards. He has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and public television’s Need to Know. Prior to his current roles, Dr. Sidorov was a medical director at Geisinger Health Plan for more than ten years, where his responsibilities included starting and expanding its numerous care management initiatives as well as at Hewlett Packard where he was a medical director in HP’s healthcare analytics enterprise.
He received his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, and did his internship and residency at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire. He has also served as a chief resident at Reading Hospital, Reading, Pennsylvania. He has a Master’s Degree in health services administration from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Dr. Sidorov received additional training in health services research through the Faculty Development Fellowship of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in managed care through the American Association of Health Plans certified managed care executive program. He is a past Primary Care Trustee for the Pennsylvania Medical Society.
Jack P. Stephenson
Jack P. Stephenson, Jr., Esq. is a partner in the law firm of Burr & Forman LLP. He practices in the Birmingham office with the Corporate and Tax Practice Group, of which he is the former chair. He is also the former chair of the firm’s Business Section.
Mr. Stephenson has more than 40 years of experience in representing both publicly and privately held businesses in financing and acquisition transactions. He is experienced in securities and insurance regulation, corporate and partnership taxation, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate development and finance. His experience includes representing public and private companies in public offerings and private placements and in assisting public companies with SEC reporting and corporate governance requirements. Mr. Stephenson has also served as lead counsel in numerous acquisition transactions involving public companies and in transactions involving the acquisition of insurance companies in 12 different states.
Mr. Stephenson served on the Adjunct Faculty at the University of Alabama School of Law from 1979 to 1999 teaching courses in securities regulation, business planning, and corporate finance. He is currently a member of the Alabama Law Institute Council and serves on the Institute’s standing committee charged with reviewing and updating the Alabama Business and Nonprofit Entities Code.
Hugh Thornhill joined OhioHealth in June 2010 as president of the OhioHealth Physician Group (OPG). In this role, Mr. Thornhill leads the strategic direction of the OPG and oversees its development and ongoing growth.
With vast experience in practice operations and acquisition, Mr. Thornhill has developed and led several successful physician relationship strategies. Prior to joining OhioHealth, Mr. Thornhill served as president and chief executive officer for more than 15 years at Carilion Medical Group in Roanoke, Virginia—a wholly owned subsidiary of Carilion Clinic that operated more than 70 physician practice locations. In 2008, Mr. Thornhill took on an additional role with Carilion Clinic, which employed approximately 550 physicians, serving as vice president of Practice Integration.
Mr. Thornhill also has held leadership positions with a national healthcare business services provider, providing expertise in the management of physician groups. In total, Mr. Thornhill’s career in physician services and practice management and operations spans more than 30 years.
Mr. Thornhill holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Bucknell University and is certified by the American College of Medical Practice Executives.
Mary Ursul joined Coverys in January of 2006. In her current role as executive vice president, she is responsible for the Coverys subsidiaries that offer clinical education, risk management, and patient safety solutions to policyholders and others in the healthcare market. In addition, Ms. Ursul also leads and manages the corporate communications department for the organization. In her previous roles with the organization, she was responsible for business development and management of the organization’s alternative risk programs.
Prior to joining Coverys, Ms. Ursul was employed by Professionals Direct Insurance Services as the vice president of insurance operations. In that position, she was responsible for underwriting, sales, claims, and technology. From 1995-2007, she also served as a member of the board of directors for Professionals Direct Insurance Company (formerly known as Michigan Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company). Before joining Professionals Direct, she served as general counsel and director of administrative services at Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, and served as general counsel/vice president administrative services for Spectrum Health, while also holding the position of corporate compliance officer.
Ms. Ursul received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing from New York University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Detroit, School of Law. She is a current member of the State Bar of Michigan and is a licensed registered nurse. She is a member of the Michigan Society of Healthcare Risk Management and was awarded the R. Paul Venzke Award for Outstanding Performance in the Field of Healthcare Risk Management in 1995.
Robert M. Wachter
Robert M. Wachter, MD, is an internationally known leader in healthcare safety, quality, policy, and IT. Currently a professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he directs the 60-physician Division of Hospital Medicine, Dr. Wachter was the physician who first coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996, and he is generally regarded as the “father” of the hospitalist field, currently the fastest-growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He was named by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 most influential physician executives in the U.S. for 2016 (#4 in 2016, and #1 in 2015) and also as one of the 100 most influential people in healthcare.
Gordon Wallace, MD, FRCPC is the managing director of Safe Medical Care for the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), and a member of the senior management team. Dr. Wallace has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, as well as a peer award for professionalism. He is recognized internationally as a leader in patient safety education with a special interest in disclosure, building a just culture of safety, and promoting quality improvement in healthcare. At the CMPA, Dr. Wallace leads a large staff of analysts and educators dedicated to improving the safety of the medical system and helping physicians to improve the quality and safety of their practices so that patients receive the best possible care. Safe Medical Care has three departments: Medical Care Analytics, Safe Medical System Strategy and Engagement, and Practice Improvement.