Keynote Speaker

Bonnie Mason, MD

Dr. Bonnie Mason has joined the ACGME as Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion.  Dr. Mason is responsible for supporting efforts to address harassment, discrimination, and other forms of mistreatment in the GME learning environment, particularly as this impacts inclusion; and, to improve retention and well-being for diverse physicians in training. In addition, she assists in supporting efforts to apply workforce diversity and inclusive thinking within the ACGME and supervises special projects in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


Prior to joining ACGME, Dr. Mason was the Founder and Executive Director of Nth Dimensions, the most successful GME pipeline program for underrepresented minorities in competitive specialties, including orthopedic surgery, radiology, dermatology, and ophthalmology.  Her effectiveness over the past 15 years in diversity and inclusion was acknowledged by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery in 2015 with its Diversity Award.


Dr. Mason is also the Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Beyond the Exam Room, where she has developed a comprehensive, CME-accredited business of medicine, career-development, leadership and financial curriculum for young physicians.  She is also the author of The Doctor’s Ultimate Guide to Contracts and Negotiations.


Dr. Mason earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, from Howard University in Washington, DC, her Doctor of Medicine degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, her general surgery internship at UCLA, completed her residency at Howard University Hospital in the Division of Orthopedic Surgery, where she was named Chief Resident of the Year.  She served as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and chief operating officer for her group practice in Washington, DC, and clinical assistant professor at Howard University; then as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Louisville in GME; and, is presently adjunct assistant professor at UTMB in Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitative Medicine.

Keynote Speaker

Darilyn Moyer, MD, FACP, FRCP, FIDSA

Darilyn V. Moyer, MD, FACP, FRCP, FIDSA is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, Dr. Moyer has been a Fellow of ACP (FACP) since 1995. FACP is an honorary designation that recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine. She has served on ACP’s Board of Regents, which manages the business and affairs of ACP and is the main policy-making body of the College, chaired ACP’s Board of Governors, and served as Governor of ACP’s Pennsylvania Southeastern Chapter. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of Medical Subspecialty Societies and is the President-elect, and is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative. Dr. Moyer is a member of Women of Impact and is the 2020 Recipient of the American Medical Women’s Association Elizabeth Blackwell Award, as well as the recipient of the 2020 Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University Alumni Achievement Award.

Prior to becoming ACP’s EVP and CEO, Dr. Moyer was a Professor of Medicine, Executive Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine, Internal Medicine Residency Program Director and Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. She was previously the Co-Faculty Advisor for the Temple University School of Medicine Internal Medicine Interest Group and for the Temple University School of Medicine Student Educating About Healthcare Policy Group. She received the Temple University School of Medicine Women in Medicine Mentoring Award in 2012.

Dr. Moyer’s research and scholarly activity interests and presentations have been in the areas of medical education, high value care, patient safety, professionalism and digital media, gender equity, and HIV/infectious diseases.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in the Biological Basis of Behavior, Biology and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and attended medical school at Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at Temple University Hospital and served as a Chief Resident/Clinical Instructor of Medicine. She went on to complete an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, CA. Dr. Moyer currently practices part time at the Temple University Internal Medicine Associates.

Faculty Speakers and Panelsits

Neelum Aggarwal, MD

Neelum T. Aggarwal, MD, is a cognitive neurologist, clinical trialist and researcher in the field of population health and aging. She is the Senior Neurologist for  the federally funded Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center Clinical Core in Chicago; Research Director for the Rush Heart Center for Women, and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Neurological Sciences and Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center at Rush University Medical Center.


Dr. Aggarwal is a long standing  Steering Committee member  and Site Principal Investigator for multiple NIA funded clinical trials on aging and Alzheimer' s Disease through the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study Group (ADCS) – and Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute (ATRI). She is the Site Principal Investigator for clinical trials that are accelerating the research in Alzheimer's disease prevention while also supporting  RADC clinical trial focused  activities that increase interest and enrollment in trials and other collaborative endeavors to advance prevention research in ethnically diverse patient populations. She presently conducts trials involving investigational anti amyloid treatments in cognitively unimpaired persons, who based on their age, have elevated biomarker evidence  of amyloid  or genetic background, that may place them at risk for developing Alzheimer's Disease dementia.

Sarah Alter

Sarah Alter is president and CEO of the Network of Executive Women, a nonprofit learning, leadership and advocacy organization that represents more than 13,000 members, with over 1,000 corporate partners and 22 regions in the United States and Canada. NEW advances gender equality and diversity in the retail, consumer goods, financial services and technology industries. Alter joined NEW in 2017 and has wide-ranging experience in the markets NEW represents. She served as vice president for Discover Financial Services; vice president for digital sales and marketing for online retailer Quill.com; and was chief marketing officer for General Growth Properties, where she developed marketing strategies for 200 shopping mall properties and their top retailers. Alter has served on a number of non-profit boards and is an accomplished fundraiser. She is an organizer of Chicago’s annual JDRF Gala, which has raised millions of dollars for Type 1 diabetes. Alter is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a Harvard MBA.

Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP

Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP is an academic hospitalist and the Herbert T. Abelson tenured Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago.  As Associate Chief Medical Officer for Clinical Learning Environment, she bridges educational and hospital leadership to engage frontline staff into the institutional quality, safety, and value mission.  An accomplished researcher who is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, she is PI of numerous NIH grants to evaluate novel interventions that combine systems change with learning theory to improve care in teaching hospitals.  As an advocate for women in medicine, she was featured in the New York Times for an editorial that called to end the gender pay gap in medicine.  She is a founding member of the 501c3 Women of Impact dedicated to advancing women leaders in healthcare and of TIME’S UP Healthcare, which is dedicated to ending gender inequities and ensuring creation of a safe, equitable, and dignified healthcare workforce.  She has authored numerous articles on gender gaps in academic medicine.

Laurie K. Baedke, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE



Laurie Baedke is a faculty member and Director of Healthcare Leadership Programs at Creighton University.


A sought-after speaker and author with broad experience building companies, and leading organizational change, Laurie has specific expertise in healthcare management, emotional intelligence, and strengths based leadership. She is an active mentor and advisor to senior executives, physician leaders, early careerists, and entrepreneurs.


Laurie holds a bachelor’s degree in human services and business administration and a master’s degree in healthcare administration. At age 26, she became the youngest individual to achieve board certification as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and is also a board certified Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Laurie has been certified by The Gallup Organization as a Strengths Performance Coach since 2006.


Laurie is the recipient of numerous awards. Professionally, she has served on four national committees for ACHE, and is a current member of the ACHE of Nebraska and Western Iowa Chapter board of directors. She also serves a variety of civic and community organizations, including current appointments on the Omaha Bridges Out of Poverty Board of Directors Executive Committee and the Leadership Omaha Curriculum Committee.


Laurie holds a faculty appointment at Creighton University’s Heider College of Business, where she serves as director of the Executive MBA in Healthcare Management program.


Her first book, titled The Emerging Healthcare Leader: A Field Guide, was published by ACHE’s Health Administration Press in 2015. She contributed a chapter; The Clinician Entrepreneur, to a book published by Oxford Press in April, 2017 titled The Handbook of Private Practice. And, most recently, a second edition of her book, The Emerging Healthcare Leader: A Field Guide, was published ACHE’s Health Administration Press in March, 2018.


Laurie lives just outside of Omaha, Nebraska with her husband and two children.

Joanna Bisgrove, MD

Joanna Turner Bisgrove, MD is a practicing family physician just south of Madison, WI and steering committee co-chair for Women Docs Rock along with Dr. Tynus and Dr. Shoustari.  Dr. Bisgrove has been a leader in medicine for many years, getting her start with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) National Conference of Constituency Leaders in 2011.  She currently serves as a delegate for the AAFP to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates, and on the AMA’s Women Physicians Section Governing Council.  She has also served as co-chair of the Legislative Committee for the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians since 2014.  In addition, Dr. Bisgrove is a past Board Member for SSM Health Wisconsin and currently sits on SSM Health Wisconsin’s Regional Joint Finance Committee.  In her community of Oregon, WI Dr. Bisgrove has been the medical advisor of the Oregon Area School since 2013 and sits on the Oregon Area Wellness Committee.   These roles and experiences have allowed Dr. Bisgrove to develop a wealth of experience in not only health policy, but in navigating the ever changing landscape of healthcare politics.


Dr. Bisgrove is passionate about public health, particularly for women and children.  She strongly believes in the empowerment of women and in women lifting each other up to achieve that aim.  To that end, she advocates for womens’ health at the AMA, mentors young women physicians and medical students, and participates in education programs aimed at aspiring women leaders.  She is thrilled to be presenting at WIMS on advocacy and government with Dr. Tynus and Dr. Shoustari. 

Eve Bloomgarden, MD

Dr. Eve Bloomgarden, MD is a board-certified endocrinologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and an assistant professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  Dr. Bloomgarden received her medical degree from New York University and completed residency and fellowship training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Bloomgarden’s clinical expertise is in the diagnosis and management of thyroid disorders and thyroid cancer as well as general endocrinology.  She is a clinician educator and contributes to the medical education of students, residents, and fellows.  She loves spending time with her husband, also a physician, and their two young children.  The COVID crisis has brought out her social media voice and her strength as an advocate for her fellow healthcare workers.  

Bobbie Byrne, MD, MBA,  FAPP

Bobbie Byrne is the Chief Information Officer at Advocate Aurora Health, a twenty-five-  hospital integrated delivery network in Illinois and Wisconsin.


Bobbie is responsible for all information technology applications, information security,  infrastructure, clinical informatics, digital, data warehousing and business intelligence  across the system. She has led all technical initiatives around the merger between  Advocate and Aurora including a single patient record and system integration.


Previously, Bobbie served as the Chief Medical Officer of Edward Elmhurst Health, a  three-hospital system in the western suburbs of Chicago. There she had responsibility  for quality and safety, clinical research, information technology and patient experience.  She had previously served as Chief Information Officer there, overseeing multiple  implementations.


Bobbie has also been Senior Vice President Clinical Solutions for Eclipsys Corporation  (now Allscripts), an enterprise software development company as well as a healthcare  consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst and Young.


Dr. Byrne completed her BA in History at Northwestern University. She completed  medical school at Northwestern University and pediatrics residency at Children’s  Memorial Medical Center in Chicago. She practiced at Northwestern Memorial Hospital  and North Shore University Healthcare. She received her MBA from Kellogg Graduate  School of Management. She is board certified in both Pediatrics and Clinical  Informatics.

Rachel Caskey, MD, MAPP

Dr. Rachel Caskey is board-certified in both pediatrics and internal medicine and provides primary care for all ages. Dr. Caskey is a health services researcher with an interest in improving national vaccination efforts. She has an appointment at UIC School of Public Health and is a member of the UIC Cancer Center where she collaborates on efforts to improve HPV vaccination rates to reduce the incidence of HPV-related cancers.

Alison Escalante, MD

As a pediatrician and writer, Alison Escalante, MD wants us to be successful without breaking ourselves. With a science-first approach, she provides actionable methods for change. She challenges unexamined beliefs about what we can be or should be as leaders so we can find more space in our own lives. 


Dr. Escalante spoke at TEDx about the culture of criticism and anxiety she calls the ShouldStorm and her simple, neuroscience-based method to address it. 


She writes about the science of human performance for Forbes, the anxiety epidemic and what to do about it for Psychology Today, and is frequently featured in Scary Mommy and Medium's flagship publications.


She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics for Rush College of Medicine at Rush University, and a former Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine.


Dr. Escalante takes an interdisciplinary approach to tackle some of today's trickiest problems. She did her undergraduate work at Princeton University in Medieval and Renaissance History with a focus on Cultural Interpretation. She went on to medical school at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson. She did her residency in Pediatrics at Duke University and the University of Chicago.

She is a practicing pediatrician in Naperville, IL, and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Carlton Galbreath

Carlton Galbreath is the co-founder and CEO of BossB, MD - a company whose mission is to help women physicians shatter the gender gap and live their best lives. He is a business professor, a successful entrepreneur, and an expert in the art of negotiations, having logged well over 10,000 hours of practice in his previous career as an enterprise technology sales leader.

Linda Ginzel, PhD


Professor Ginzel has been a member of the Booth faculty since 1992.  She is a popular speaker and award-winning teacher whose MBA courses focus on negotiation skills, managerial psychology, leadership and executive development. She received the Hillel Einhorn Excellence in Teaching Award by a vote of Booth’s Asia Executive MBA 2019 graduating class. She was named one of the most impactful professors at Booth by popular vote of Full-time MBA Class of 2014. She has also received the 2013 inaugural Global Hillel Einhorn Excellence in Teaching Award, and the 2011 Faculty Excellence Award for demonstrating an exceptional commitment to teaching. 

 In 1995, Professor Ginzel founded the business of Corporate Executive Education for the Booth School at the University of Chicago.  For more than a decade, she served as the faculty director responsible for all company-specific, custom-designed executive education at Booth. The Financial Times recognized her success in 2002, when the customized programs she created and taught with Booth faculty were rated in the top ten business schools across the US and Europe.   

 Linda received her MA and PhD from Princeton University in experimental social psychology and a BA in psychology with distinction and Summa Cum Laude from the University of Colorado.  She held previous faculty appointments at both Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Linda’s industry experience includes work as a senior training consultant at MONY Financial Services.

 Linda considers herself an educator and Choosing Leadership: A Workbook (2018, Agate B2) is based on more than three decades of her experience in the classroom. Her empirical research has appeared in journals including Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Social Cognition, Training and Development Journal, and Research in Organizational Behavior. Linda is a charter member of the Association for Psychological Science. 

 Professor Ginzel is the two-time winner of the James S. Kemper prize in business ethics and was named a Faculty Pioneer Finalist of the Aspen Institute for her contributions toward “creating leaders for a sustainable future.” The ethics case study that she edited, “The Playskool Travel-lite Crib,” can be found at http://www.chicagocdr.org/cases. For more than a decade, she served as a member of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB) responsible for the ethical conduct of research on human subjects at the University of Chicago.  

 Linda has been named Chicagoan of the Year, recognized as one of 25 Women of Influence in 2019, and recently included in Crain’s Chicago Business' Notable Women Executives over 50 list. A dedicated consumer advocate, she received the President’s Service Award, from President Clinton. This is the nation’s highest honor for volunteer service directed at solving critical social problems. Linda served on President Obama’s Transition Team as a member of the CPSC Advisory Committee; testified before Congress and state legislatures; appeared on every major television network, including the Today Show and Oprah; interviewed on Voice of America and appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsweek and People. Professor Ginzel is the co-founder of Kids In Danger (KID). For more information please visit http://www.KidsInDanger.org. 

Jessica Gold, MD, MS

Jessica (“Jessi”) Gold, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Wellness, Engagement, and Outreach in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in Saint Louis School of Medicine. She works clinically as an outpatient psychiatrist and sees primarily sees college and graduate students, as well as faculty, staff, and hospital employees. She also teaches and mentors students and trainees.


Dr. Gold is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. and M.S. in Anthropology) and the Yale School of Medicine (M.D.). She completed her residency training in Adult Psychiatry at Stanford University where she served as chief resident from 2017-2018. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her many contributions in the areas of mental health and psychiatry. She is a nationally recognized expert and speaks at national conferences, is interviewed regularly for news outlets ranging from the New York Times to Teen, and consults for publishing and media.


Dr. Gold is particularly interested in college mental health, women’s mental health and gender equity, physician wellness, medical education, and the overlap between popular media, stigma, and psychiatry. While she has published frequently in the more "traditional" methods of research papers and academic publications, she has also enjoyed teaching about mental health topics and decreasing stigma through writing for popular press outlets. She has been featured in, among others, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, TIME, Vox, Newsweek, Self, InStyle, Glamour, and the HuffPost. She is a member of the APA Council of Communications, the Psychiatric Times Advisory Board, a founding and steering committee member of TIME’S UP Healthcare, and on the editorial board for MedPage. She is very active on social media, particularly twitter (@drjessigold

Ruth Gotian, Ed.D., M.S.

Dr. Ruth Gotian is the Chief Learning Officer and Assistant Professor of Education in Anesthesiology and former Assistant Dean of Mentoring and Executive Director of the Mentoring Academy at Weill Cornell Medicine. She has been hailed by the journal Nature and Columbia University as an expert in mentoring and leadership development and is currently a contributor to Forbes where she writes about ‘optimizing success’.

 During her extensive career, she has personally coached and mentored thousands of people ranging from undergraduates to faculty members.  As Assistant Dean for Mentoring she oversaw the success of nearly 1,800 faculty members at Weill Cornell Medicine. Currently, she researches the most successful people of our generation, including Nobel laureates, astronauts, Fortune 500 CEOs and Olympians, in order to learn about their habits and practices so that we may optimize our own success.

Dr. Gotian received her B.S. and M.S. in Business Management from the University at Stony Brook in New York and certificates in Executive Leadership and Managing for Execution from Cornell University. She earned her doctorate at Teachers College Columbia University where she studied Adult Learning and Leadership and focused her research on optimizing success.

Dr. Gotian publishes in academic and lay journals on topics ranging from networking, mentoring, leadership development and optimizing success and has given talks on the topics all over the globe. She regularly publishes in such journals as Nature, Scientific American, Academic Medicine, Forbes and Harvard Business Review. She is the co-editor of a book on medical education, won numerous mentoring awards and is currently working on a book on the 35 best places to find a mentor.

Teri Goudie

Teri Goudie is a former ABC news journalist and is considered one of the top communication consultants in the world. She is featured on the new Amazon Prime Video program SpeakUP teaching her five-step
method on how to turn words into action in a minute or less.  She has coached some of the world’s top CEO’s, doctors, engineers, lawyers, scientists and athletes. Her clients have included G.E., Google, United Airlines, Abbott, Walmart, Nike, McDonald’s, Mayo Clinic and the US Olympic Team.  Her five-step method can be used in media interviews, presentations, meetings, email and social media interaction.

Mark Hertling, DBA, Liutenant General, US ARMY

Retiring from the US Army in January 2013, Lieutenant General (retired) Mark Hertling recently served as a Senior Vice President at the innovative Florida Hospital in Orlando from 2013-2017, and now acts as an advisor to the Advent Health Leadership Institute. He designed and teaches a physician and healthcare strategic leadership development program. He has written on a variety of topics, and his book Growing Physician Leaders was published in May 2016.

Mark served for 38 years in the US Army as a tanker and cavalryman, commanding at every level from tank platoon to Field Army. He finished his Army career as the Commanding General of US Army, Europe in 2012, after leading over 60,000 soldiers and partnering with the Armies of 51 nations. He served a total of 38 months in combat, including a tour Commanding the US Army’s 1st Armored Division (1AD) and Task Force Iron in Northern Iraq for 15 months during the surge. He was also the first commander of the Army’s Initial Military Training Command, where he revamped the way the Army conducts basic training for incoming soldiers, and he also commanded at each of the Army's three training centers. Among many of Mark’s awards and decorations are the Distinguished Service Medal, several Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Parachutist Badge and awards from the governments of Romania, Poland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait.


Hertling received a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Military Academy in 1975, and he holds three master’s degrees: a masters of kinesiology from Indiana University’s School of Public Health, a master’s in military arts and sciences from the Army's School of Advanced Military Studies, and a masters in international relations and security studies from the National Defense University in Washington, DC. In 2019, Mark received a Doctorate in Business Administration from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College, defending a research addressing physician leadership in the healthcare industry.

After retiring from the Army, LTG Hertling was appointed by President Obama as one of 25 members to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition. Mark serves as an advisor to the non-profit organizations “Mission: Readiness” in California, “Operation Gratitude” in Washington DC.  He is an adjunct scholar at West Point’s Modern War Institute, he serves as an executive member of the Dean's Alliance at the School of Public Health of Indiana University, and he is an adjunct professor of strategic leadership at the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College. He is the senior military and national security analyst for CNN/CNN International.

Mark is married to his best friend, Sue. They have two sons, and five grandsons.

Krishna Jain, MD

Dr. Jain is a vascular surgeon who has been intimately involved in the growth of Office based endovascular centers throughout the country since 2007. He is past president of Advanced Vascular Surgery and paragon health.  He is a founding member of Outpatient endovascular and interventional society and South Asian American Vascular Society. He was the first president of SAAVS.  He is a distinguished fellow of Society for Vascular surgery and a member of multiple other societies.

Dr. Jain Is a clinical professor of Surgery at Western Michigan University, Homer Stryker MD school of Medicine.

He is the author of multiple scientific papers and book chapters. He has spoken extensively at national and international conferences. He recently edited  a book titled, "Office-based endovascular centers", published by Elsevier.

He is the president and CEO of National office endovascular labs LLC and CEO of National Surgical Ventures.

W. Brad Johnson, PhD

W. Brad Johnson is Professor of psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy, and a Faculty Associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. A clinical psychologist and former Lieutenant Commander in the Navy’s Medical Service Corps, Dr. Johnson served as a psychologist at Bethesda Naval Hospital and the Medical Clinic at Pearl Harbor where he was the division head for psychology. He is a recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Teaching Excellence Award, and has received distinguished mentor awards from the National Institutes of Health and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous publications including 13 books, in the areas of mentoring, professional ethics, and counseling. His most recent books include: Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women, The Elements of Mentoring (3rd edition), On Being a Mentor (2nd edition), and the forthcoming, Good Guys: How Men Can be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace.

Sandi K. Lam, MD, MBA

Dr. Lam is a pediatric neurosurgeon and a leading specialist in the areas of pediatric cerebrovascular surgery, epilepsy surgery and craniofacial surgery with a focus on minimally invasive and endoscopic techniques at Ann and Robert H.Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. In addition to her clinical experience in complex surgeries, her research focuses on quality, outcomes, and healthcare utilization for children and neurological surgery. Dr. Lam regularly lectures nationally and internationally and is recognized for her work globally.

Christy Harris Lemak, PhD, FACHE

Christy Harris Lemak, PhD, FACHE is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, home to over 40 faculty and 10 educational programs, including graduate degrees in Health Informatics, Healthcare Quality and Safety, international degree programs, an AUPHA-certified undergraduate program in Health Care Management, an Executive Doctorate in Health Administration, and the Nation’s #1-ranked CAHME-accredited graduate program in health administration.

Christy teaches and conducts research in the areas of healthcare management and leadership, with an emphasis on how leadership and organizational factors are associated with high performance.  She currently focuses on women and underrepresented minorities in health care leadership, helping to create organizations where all leaders can thrive.  She is currently on the Boards of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership, Community Hospital Corporation, and the Commission on Accreditation of Health Management Education. 

Previously, Christy was a faculty member in Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan and the Michael O. and Barbara Bice Professor of Health Services Research, Management and Policy at the University of Florida. She holds a PhD in Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan, MHA and MBA degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a BS in Health Planning and Administration from the University of Illinois.

Niva Lubin-Johnson, MD, FACP

 A dedicated physician, Dr. Niva Lubin-Johnson, has been an advocate of quality health care for all, especially the underserved and underrepresented. She was installed as President of the National Medical Association (NMA) on August 14, 2018 and has been an active member of the NMA for over thirty (30) years.

In its’ 125-year history, Dr. Lubin-Johnson was only the third person, and the first female, to serve as President, Speaker, and Chair of the Board of Trustees. She credits her parents, Peggy and Benjamin Lubin with instilling in her the rewards of hard work and the necessity of service to her community.


Dr. Lubin-Johnson received her B.S. Degree in Pharmacy from Creighton University and her medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, where she was distinguished as a member of the last class to finish within a three‑year time frame.  Dr. Lubin‑Johnson completed her Internal Medicine residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chicago, and was in private practice for 29 years (in the neighborhood where she grew up and currently resides).  Presently, she is a senior attending physician at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center; after 25 years as an Associate Attending, now Honorary medical staff member Advocate Trinity Hospital, and a clinical instructor at the University of Illinois.  Dr. Lubin-Johnson has participated on several boards and committees at both hospitals, including the Mercy Hospital Executive Medical Board, Advocate-Trinity Physician Hospital Organization Board and the Trinity Medical Staff Medical Executive Committee, currently as Treasurer. She has served for twelve years on the Board of the Independent Physicians at Mercy, an IPA, and currently as Vice-Chair.

Dr. Lubin-Johnson is a member of American Medical Association (AMA) and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. She served on the AMA Minority Affairs Section Governing Council from 2010-2017, including 2 as Chair. As Governing Council Chair, she was an Alternate Delegate to the AMA House of Delegates and a member of the AMA/NMA Commission to End Health Care Disparities and its’ Diabetes/Hypertension Committee. Now serving on the AMA Women’s Physician Governing Council until 2020 she holds the position of Chair for 2019-2020.  Other professional memberships and responsibilities include Life Member Student National Medical Association, Trustee, Chicago Medical Society and Delegate to the House of Delegates, member of the Council of Government Affairs, Illinois State Medical Society and Alternate Delegate to the AMA House of Delegates for the Illinois Medical Society.  She has served on the Nominating Committee for the Cook County Health System Board for 10 years and is now Chair. In 2017, Dr. Lubin-Johnson was selected to be one of the founding advisory members of TimesUp Healthcare and organization committed to gender equity for all who have careers in the healthcare industry.

Her service has extended beyond the medical community to higher education as a former Trustee and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Chicago State University, a Traditionally Black University, which graduates the most African Americans entering medical school in the state of Illinois. Her mother was a triple alum of CSU. As both her parents succumbed to cancer and brother to complications of diabetes, she believes in the need for self-care, wellness and preventive care to prevent burnout of physicians; and is also laser focused to do all she can to increase the numbers of African Americans entering and completing medical school.

She has lectured extensively in many health forums and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Illinois Committee of Concerned Blacks in Higher Education Trustee Award; Midwest Community Council—Nancy B. Jefferson Community Service Award; Dollars and Sense Magazine Best and Brightest Women in Medicine; the Kizzy Award—Black Women’s Hall of Fame Foundation, the Student National Medical Association Award for Leadership and Service, and the Top Ladies of Distinction Orchid Award for Outstanding Women in Medicine.          

Dr. Lubin-Johnson is a proud member of Trinity United Church of Christ, and a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Married to Joseph Johnson and are both cancer survivors, residing on the south side of Chicago enjoying bowling, boating and travelling in their free time. 

Kimberly Manning, MD, FACP, FAAP

Kimberly D. Manning, MD is a general internist/hospitalist who serves as Associate Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Manning was recently promoted to Professor of Medicine and additionally serves as residency program director for the Transitional Year Residency Program at Emory. Beyond her roles in the Department of Medicine, she has been a society small group advisor at the Emory since their curriculum reform in 2007. Dr. Manning continues to hold this position and currently co-leads the Semmelweis Society—one of the four academic houses in the medical school.  


Manning’s academic achievements include numerous institutional, regional and national teaching awards. She has a strong passion for building and strengthening diverse clinical learning environments as well as cultivating psychologically safe learning climates. In 2018, she was awarded the prestigious ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage To Teach Award—given to only 9 program directors across all ACGME residency programs in the US. She also was awarded the 2020 Society of Hospital Medicine Award of Excellence in Diversity Leadership. At Emory, she has received the Evangeline Papageorge Award, The Golden Apple Teaching Award, and the Juha P. Kokko Teaching Award—the highest teaching awards in the School of Medicine, Grady Hospital, and Emory’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, respectively.


An avid teacher, she regularly speaks at community events, on podcasts and has taught at several National and International Medical conferences as an invited lecturer. But most of all, she enjoys the everyday of teaching patients, students, and residents at Grady Memorial Hospital. Additionally, she is a prolific writer and authors a blog called “Reflections of a Grady Doctor” which was named in 2010 by ‘O’ The Oprah Magazine as one of 4 medical blogs you should read. She also enjoys sharing narratives and discussing medical education topics on Twitter.


The Los Angeles area native is a proud alumnus of both Tuskegee University and Meharry Medical College and is a happily married mother of two teen-aged sons and a very rambunctious labradoodle.


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Nisha Mehta, MD 

Dr. Mehta is a radiologist with subspecialty training in musculoskeletal and breast imaging.  She is also an international keynote speaker, a writer, and a physician advocate who focuses on issues related to life in medicine and the changing healthcare landscape.  Her missions include addressing the physician burnout epidemic through physician empowerment and cultural change in medicine, as well as increasing business and financial literacy amongst physicians in order to promote career longevity and career satisfaction.  She is a strong proponent of creating physician communities to achieve these goals.

She is the founder of the Facebook group, Physician Side Gigs, which consists of over 71,000 verified physicians, an online community that aims to bring physicians together to discuss and promote business and financial skills and encourage physicians to think outside of the box to create the life in medicine that they want.  She is also the founder of the online physician community, Physician Community, which consists of over 41,000 verified physicians.

Her work has been featured in numerous outlets, including Forbes, CNN, the Washington Post, Bloomberg, PBS NewsHour, Doximity, KevinMD.com, MedPageToday, the Radiology Business Journal, and Medical Economics.  She has spoken at various academic institutions, healthcare organizations, CME conferences, industry and society meetings, and women physician groups (see her portfolio for more details). She is also a member of the Physician Speaking speakers' bureau by KevinMD,  and sits on the advisory board of the Radiology Business Journal.  She was also named as the #2 Voice in Healthcare for LinkedIn in 2020.

Dr. Mehta was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Brown University and her medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Mehta then did her radiology residency at NYU followed by specialized fellowship training at the UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was also on faculty.  She now lives and works in Charlotte, NC with her husband, who is a plastic surgeon, and her two sons.

Elizabeth Métraux

Elizabeth Métraux, CEO of Women Writers in Medicine, is a writer and researcher. Formerly at the helm of communications for the National Institutes of Health's Office of Workforce Diversity, Liz has spent the last several years traveling across the country studying how to create a more fulfilled, inclusive, and purpose-driven clinical workforce. Her writing has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, STAT, Modern Healthcare, and more, and she regularly speaks on issues of burnout and joy, diversity and equity, and the power of storytelling to build agency and connection.   

Dan Michelson

Dan is the CEO of Strata Decision Technology where his focus is to ensure the company delivers on its mission to help heal healthcare. The company’s financial planning, analytics and performance platform is used by over 1,000 healthcare organizations, including many of the largest and most influential healthcare systems in the U.S.  The company has been recognized multiple times as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation by Inc. Magazine, as one of the best places to work in healthcare by Becker’s Healthcare and has received the prestigious “Best in KLAS” recognition for the highest customer satisfaction by KLAS Enterprises for the last four years.   Additionally, Dan is a two-time finalist for Illinois Technology CEO of the Year.

With close to 30 years of healthcare experience, Dan has been one of the industry’s key thought leaders in developing the Decision Support, Financial Planning, Electronic Prescribing and Electronic Health Record markets, including serving on the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology and co-authoring the books Margin + Mission: A Prescription for Curing Healthcare’s Cost Crisis and The Electronic Physician.

Marissa Pentico

Marissa Pentico had practiced as an occupational therapist for 14 years before, and as an ergonomist for 15 years.  In addition to the surgical ergonomics program, she has developed and/or managed lab/office/material handling ergonomic programs within the Duke University Health System.  She also conducts ergonomic evaluations, provides departmental education and training as well as consultative services within the organization.

Najwa Pervin, MD

Najwa Pervin is an Infectious Disease specialist and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal medicine at Southern Illinois University School of medicine. 

Vidhya Prakash, MD, FACP, FIDSA


Dr. Vidhya Prakash is an Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine and a member of the Infectious Diseases faculty.  Her other roles include Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Internal Medicine.  Dr. Prakash is founder and director of SIU Medicine’s Alliance for Women in Medicine and Science (AWIMS).  She graduated from the Ohio State University in 2000 and from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2004. Through the HPSP (Health Professions Scholarship Program) Dr. Prakash joined the United States Air Force and completed Internal Medicine residency at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC) in 2007 followed by Infectious Diseases fellowship training at SAUSHEC in 2009.  She stayed at the San Antonio Military Medical Center briefly as an attending physician in Infectious Diseases before transitioning to Wright-Patterson Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio in 2010.  She joined SIU School of Medicine in 2014.  Dr. Prakash has a passion for teaching and topics salient to women in medicine and science. She currently resides in Springfield with her husband, Dr. Eric Black, who is a faculty member within the Department of Psychiatry and their two children, Eric Shiva and Ethan Prakash.

Cheryl Pritlove, PhD

Cheryl Pritlove, PhD, is a Research Scientists with the Applied Health Research Centre (AHRC) at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, and Adjunct Faculty in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University. Dr. Pritlove is a qualitative methodologist, feminist political economist, and health services researcher. Her program of research explores the role of gender (among other social determinants of health) in framing individuals’ experiences and opportunities within health and employment contexts and promotes promising practices and policies to improve gender equity.  Her research program has garnered national and international attention and includes a series of publications applying critical gender-theory to paid and unpaid work, health, safety, and methodology. The most recent of these publications, appeared in a special issue of The Lancet: Advancing Women in Science, Medicine and Global Health, wherein she addresses the broader social, structural and political factors that (differently) frame men's and women’s advancement in the fields of Science and Medicine. Dr. Pritlove has also contributed to media discussions on diversity, inclusion and equity, including an appearance on the Review of Systems RoS podcast at Harvard University.

She can be found on Twitter at: @cherylpritlove

Megan L. Ranney, MD, MPH, FACEP

Megan Ranney MD MPH is a practicing emergency physician and researcher, focusing on the intersection between digital health, violence prevention, and public health.  She is the Director and founder of the Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation (EDHI) program (www.brownedhi.org). She is also Chief Research Officer for the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (www.affirmresearch.org), the country's only non-profit committed to reducing firearm injury through the public health approach, and a founding partner of GetUsPPE.org, dedicated to matching donors to health systems in need of protective equipment. She is a Fellow of the fifth class of the Aspen Health Innovators Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She has been PI or Co-I over a dozen federally funded grants, all focused on technology-based interventions for high risk populations. Her work has been featured by dozens of media outlets ranging from MSNBC to the New York Times to Fox News. She is active on Twitter @meganranney

Arghavan Salles, MD, PhD

Dr. Salles is a minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon. She completed medical school and residency in general surgery at Stanford prior to completing her fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. She stayed on faculty at Washington University for three years prior to moving back to Stanford in 2019. Dr. Salles obtained a PhD in education from Stanford University during her residency training, and her research focuses on gender equity, implicit bias, diversity, inclusion, and physician well-being. She is a sought-after speaker and has given over 50 national and international invited talks related to gender equity, physician well-being, and weight bias.

James Sims III

James Sims III brings more than 10 years of marketing communications experience to Northwestern Medicine, where he joined in 2017, and is responsible for the development and evolution of the social media program. He has been a digital/communications leader on both agency and client side, working in varied industries, including CPG (McDonald's and Toyota USA), hospitality, fashion/retail, nonprofit, entertainment/music, tech, and healthcare. 

David Smith, PhD

David Smith, PhD, is co-author of the forthcoming book, Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace and Associate Professor of Sociology in the College of Leadership and Ethics at the U.S. Naval War College. A former Navy pilot, Dr. Smith led diverse organizations of women and men culminating in command of a squadron in combat and flew more than 3,000 hours over 30 years including combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a sociologist trained in military sociology and social psychology, he focuses his research in gender, work, and family issues including gender bias in performance evaluations, dual career families, military families, women in the military, and retention of women. He is the co-author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women and numerous journal articles and book chapters that focus on gender and the workplace. Learn more about David at: davidgsmithphd.com

Christopher Sonnenday, M.D., M.H.S.

Christopher Sonnenday, M.D., M.H.S., is the Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation for Michigan Medicine and serves as Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, Section of Transplantation, and Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy at the School of Public Health. Dr. Sonnenday received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University in 1997, and went on to complete his General Surgery residency at the Johns Hopkins University in June of 2005. While a research fellow in transplantation from 2000 to 2003, he completed a Masters of Health Sciences in Clinical Investigation at the Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2003. After completion of his residency, Dr. Sonnenday continued on at Johns Hopkins as a Fellow in Surgical Oncology and Instructor of Surgery until 2006, and he completed a fellowship in abdominal transplant surgery at the University of Michigan in 2008.

His primary academic and research interests include the study of frailty and sarcopenia in liver transplant candidates, novel methods of patient selection in liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery, and quality collaboratives in transplantation

Disha Spath, MD

Disha Spath, MD, is an internal medicine physician for Dartmouth-Hitchcock and the founder of The Frugal Physician.  She is a graduate of The University of Georgia Honors Program for undergraduate studies and the Medical College of Georgia.  Dr. Spath completed her internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Tennessee, Nashville.  Currently, Dr. Spath practices in New York and Vermont as a primary care physician and a hospitalist.  She paid off her double six-figure student loans in a year and a half.  At the Frugal Physician, Dr. Spath helps early-career physicians and high-income professionals pay off their student debt and design their ideal life through selective frugality and common sense investing.  She is also a contributor at CNBC's personal finance site, grow.acorns.com."editor@thefrugalphysician.comwww.thefrugalphysician.com

Nancy Spector, MD

Nancy Spector, MD, is the executive director of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program. She also serves as associate dean for faculty development at Drexel University College of Medicine and is a professor of pediatrics. Dr. Spector is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed her residency, chief residency and general academic pediatrics fellowship at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

Dr. Spector supplemented her educational portfolio with a fellowship in faculty development at Michigan State University and coursework in leadership and faculty development at the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Harvard Macy Institute. She was a fellow in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program in 2009–2010.

Dr. Spector joined St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in 1997 and, in addition to her other academic roles, she served as vice chair for education and faculty development, associate director of the Pediatric Residency program from 2002 to 2012 and program director from 2012 to 2016. She served as the associate director of ELAM from 2015 to 2016. Since 2016 she has been the executive director of ELAM

Her expertise extends broadly in academic pediatrics in the areas of curriculum design and implementation; evaluation methodology and process; faculty development; and mentoring. Her scholarly work focuses on the development and implementation of competency-based educational programs, mentorship, faculty development, professional development and leadership skills. She has been a leader of the I-PASS Study Group, a research group that focuses on patient safety and communications research and is a founder of the I-PASS Patient Safety Institute, which seeks to train institutions in best handoff practices and aid in their implementation.

Seth Trueger, MD, MPH

Seth Trueger MD, MPH, FACEP (@MDaware) received his undergraduate degree in Government from Cornell University before attending medical school at the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He completed residency at Mount Sinai in New York City followed by the Health Policy Fellowship in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington, which included working in the office of Congressman John Dingell during the ObamaCare rollout. He then joined the faculty at the University of Chicago before moving to Northwestern University.

He was previously Social Media Editor at Annals of Emergency Medicine, and has been Digital Media Editor at JAMA Network Open since 2018. He has published on a number of topics including emergency department crowding and emergency airway management; the focus of his research is on social media use for medical education and dissemination of medical journal content. He can be found on Twitter as @MDaware and lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

Audrey Tsao, MD

Dr. Tsao is currently in practice with the Mid-Atlantic Group of Permanente Medicine in the DCSM group located in the District of Columbia and Southern Maryland.  Previously she was in private practice in Arizona after relocating there from her academic practice at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2006.  She has worked in the field of total joint arthroplasty and been involved in full time academics as a professor of Orthopedic Surgery.  Her special interests included the design of total knee and hip implants, design of surgical instrumentation and the wear of materials involved in total joint replacement.  She has also been involved in the international AO trauma  as a faculty member and alumnus Currently she is the chair of the Women in Arthroplasty Committee for the American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons known as AAHKS.  Her special interests include innovation methods for bioengineering within orthopedics, implant and instrument design.  She is an advocate for women in orthopedic surgery and enjoys teaching and mentoring women at all stages of their career.  In her spare time, she continues her work as a founding member of WOGO, Women Orthopedic Global Outreach in an effort to enhance mentorship and provide role models for young women all over the world. WOGO as an Op Walk team has done multiple medical mission trips performing total knee replacements for those without access to including Nepal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Cuba.  She continues to practice the 4 G’s:  Be giving of yourself, generous with your praise, gracious in your thanks and gentle in your feedback.

Katherine M. Tynus, MD, FACP

Dr. Tynus is a primary care physician with Northwestern Medical Group and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a leader in academic and organized medicine.

  After graduating from Northwestern University, where she majored in communication studies, Dr. Tynus earned her medical degree at the University of Illinois and completed her internal medicine residency at Loyola University. 

  She's had a long career in academic medicine, leading a successful transitional year residency program for 14 years and earning Gold and Silver Apple teaching awards at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, IL.   Dr. Tynus  serves on the ACGME Transitional Year Review Committee since 2017 and is former co-chair of the Council of Transitional Year Program directors. She wrote board exam questions as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Test Writing Committee from 2010 to 2018. 

Active in organized medicine, Dr. Tynus is the Immediate Past President of the Illinois State Medical Society and is former President of the Chicago Medical Society. She is an alternate delegate to the AMA’s House of of Delegates and is on the AMA’s Speaker’s Panel for Practice Transformation and the STEPS ForwardTM  Program. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and has served as chair of the Education Committee for the ACP's Northern Illinois Chapter.

 She is married, has two children, five step-children, two dogs, a cockatoo and a guinea pig.  She appears monthly on the Patti Vasquez show on WGN radio 720 am for Wellness Wednesdays.

Sarah Unterman, MD, FACEP

Dr. Sarah Unterman has served as the Chief of Staff at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center (JBVAMC) since June 2019. She is responsible for all clinical care in the medical center and associated community-based outpatient clinics. She is a board-certified Emergency Physician. Since completing residency, Dr. Unterman worked for several years at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and has been on staff in the Emergency Department (ED) at Jesse Brown since 2007. In 2015, she became the Chief of Emergency Medicine at Jesse Brown. Dr. Unterman served as the Acting Associate Chief of Staff for Clinical Affairs followed by Chief of Staff in June of 2019. Dr. Unterman graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with a bachelor’s degree in English Writing. She completed her medical degree at UIC in 2004 and her Emergency Medicine residency at UIC in 2007. Dr. Unterman completed the VHA Health Care Leadership Development Program in 2017. She is a recipient of UIC’s Emergency Medicine Residency Golden Hammer Award, member of Phi Beta Kappa and the 2018 Spirit of Jesse Brown Award in the supervisory category. Dr. Unterman has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals. She has served as a pre-publication peer reviewer for the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Unterman holds academic appointments as Lecturer at Northwestern University and Clinical Associate Professor at UIC. She has received the UIC Internal Medicine Residency teaching award three times. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to museums and hanging out with her children.  

Thomas Varghese Jr., MD

Dr. Thomas Varghese Jr. is the Executive Medical Director at Huntsman Cancer Institute, Head of the Section of General Thoracic Surgery, Program Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, and an Associate Professor (Tenure-track) in the department of Surgery at the University of Utah. 


Dr. Varghese holds national leadership positions in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Thoracic Surgery Directors Association, American College of Surgeons, Society of University Surgeons, and Surgical Outcomes Club. He is co-chair of the Association of Women Surgeons #HeforShe Taskforce, and a health services researcher who helped create the American College of Surgeons Strong for Surgery program (https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/strong-for-surgery ) and has RO1 funding from the National Cancer Institute on the role of Precision Exercise Prescription (PEP) for elective lung cancer surgical resection.


Tom spends his free time with his family, as well as actively engaging on social media via Twitter (@tomvarghesejr )

Stacy Wood

Stacy Wood is an author, speaker, coach, and facilitator. As founder of Through the Woods Consulting, she is a certified coach and an intentional success consultant. Her mission is to help professionals create success in their lives through thoughtful planning, impactful communications, and focused women’s leadership development.

She provides executive coaching, interactive workshops, equine / nature-based retreats, and motivational speaking.

Stacy brings a wealth of leadership, training, and sales experience into her boutique coaching practice from years as a successful medical sales consultant, time as an adjunct professor with the University of Richmond, as well as having been a training manager for a Fortune 50 Pharmaceutical firm. Her degree in Animal and Equine Sciences has led her to develop unique equine assisted coaching programs, utilizing her ‘Equine Factor’ design

Her book, “Journey Through the Woods: A Self-Guided Coaching Workbook for

Motivated Women” was published in 2019. 804.516.1911

www.ttwoods.com www.linkedin.com/company/ttwoodsconsulting

Lawren Wooten, MS

Lawren Wooten (she/her) is an MD student at Georgetown University SOM in Washington DC. She received her BS in Human Biology, Health and Society from Cornell University and her MS in Integrative Medicine from George Washington University SMHS. Lawren is an activist who can be found advocating on Capitol Hill for several causes including human rights, gun control and detention camp closure. She loves children and has worked with them in several settings including a DCFS residential facility and as an Americorps literacy tutor. Lawren is also a semi-professional cellist with ~25 years of experience/training and enjoys playing at the local children’s hospital. In addition to her role at WIMS, Lawren serves as president-elect of the AMWA medical student division, Clinical Case Co-Chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics and Co-Founder/Co-Director of External Affairs for DC COVID Sitters. Lawren is a native Washingtonian and hopes to pursue pediatrics in DC. 

Laura Zimmermann, MD, MS, FACP

Laura Zimmermann, MD, MS, FACP is a primary care internist and lifestyle medicine physician.  She is an assistant professor in internal medicine and preventive medicine at Rush University Medical Center.

Dr. Zimmermann founded the Physician Mommies Chicago Facebook group, which includes over 2,400 physician mothers from the Chicagoland area. She is also co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Illinois Medical Professionals Action Collaborative Team (IMPACT), an organization leveraging social and other media to fight misinformation and advocate for science-based policy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Zimmermann is also the Medical Director of the Rush University Prevention Center, a multidisciplinary lifestyle medicine clinic integrating medical and behavioral care for lifestyle change to prevent and manage chronic illness. She is also the Director of Clinical Preventive Medicine for Rush University Medical Group, leading institution-wide quality improvement initiatives in hypertension control, cancer screening, and tobacco cessation.   

Additionally, Dr. Zimmermann has leadership roles in the multisite clinical trial Enhanced Lifestyles for Metabolic Syndrome and West Side Alive, a community-based participatory research study partnering with churches to improve health on Chicago’s West Side.

She lives in Oak Park, IL, with her husband, science and music writer Rob Mitchum, and their two young sons. 

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