2019 OR Excellence Speaker Bios
Hank Balch, CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL
Hank Balch, CRCST, CER, CIS, CHL, is the founder and president of Beyond Clean Consulting, an instrument care and sterile processing consulting company. Mr. Balch is the cohost of the popular Beyond Clean industry podcast, a weekly discussion about the inner workings of instrument care. Listen to Beyond Clean at osmag.net/hcy7yp.
Spence Byrum is the CEO of HRS Consulting, a human performance improvement company created to enhance decision-making in high-risk industries such healthcare. Mr. Byrum has reviewed more than 1 million near-miss and sentinel events, and is an expert in evaluation of the causal factors and remediation of their impacts. Mr. Byrum is a former Coast Guard rescue pilot and an internationally known expert on the subject of human performance in challenging, time-critical environments.
Callie S. Craig, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR
Callie S. Craig, MS, BSN, RN, CNOR, is the system director of patient experience for Integris Health in Oklahoma City, Okla., where she oversees patient experience and education for a vast Oklahoma-based healthcare system that encompasses 9 hospitals and 100 provider clinics. Ms. Craig served on the national AORN Board of Directors as vice president and secretary.
Wendy Dean, MD
Wendy Dean, MD, is the co-founder of Moral Injury (moralinjury.healthcare) and the senior vice president of program operations for The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine in Bethesda, Md. An article Dr. Dean authored along with reconstructive plastic surgeon Simon Talbot, MD, in STAT titled “Physicians aren’t ‘burning out.’ They’re suffering from moral injury” garnered nearly 250,000 article downloads, millions of related video views on the subject and perfectly encapsulated the feelings of scores of healthcare providers. Dr. Dean worked for the U.S. Army in product development for regenerative medicine technologies from 2010-18 and is considered an expert in the field of hand and face transplants.
Stacey L. Decker, MS, BSN, RN, CPAN
Stacey L. Decker, MS, BSN, RN, CPAN, is the vice president and chief nursing officer for Integris Lakeside Women’s Hospital in Oklahoma City, Okla. Ms. Decker served as director and then administrative director at a 20-OR surgical department and a 5-OR ASC for 22 years.
William Duffy, RN, MJ, CNOR, FAAN
William Duffy, RN, MJ, CNOR, FAAN, is the director of Health Systems Management Master of Science program at Loyola University Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing in Chicago. In addition to his demanding job at Loyola, Mr. Duffy is a charismatic speaker who has spoken nationally and internationally on topics such as health law and nursing leadership. Mr. Duffy was the 2004-2005 National President of the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), where he led the association’s initiative for National Time Out Day to eliminate wrong site surgery. He currently serves on the AORN Board of Directors.
Thomas W. Durick, MD
Thomas W. Durick, MD, of Envision Physician Services in Walnut Creek, Calif., has been the medical director and acting administrator of a busy surgery center in the San Francisco Bay area for the past 10 years. Dr. Durick has given multiple presentations over a wide range of topics including cost containment in the operating room, quality improvement, prevention of fires in the operating room, outpatient anesthesia specialization, prevention of complications in anesthesia and neuromuscular blockade.
Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC
Ann Geier, MS, RN, CNOR, CASC, is the chief nursing officer for Surgical Information Systems, an Alpharetta, Ga.-based company that provides software solutions and services for ambulatory surgery centers and hospitals. Ms. Geier, who serves on the Outpatient Surgery Magazine Editorial Board, is also an accreditation surveyor and past board member of the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association. Ms. Geier is an author, and you can get her e-book “Admin 101: What Every New ASC Administrator Needs to Know” for free at osmag.net/xA4NJP.
Jay Horowitz, CRNA
Jay Horowitz, CRNA, is the owner of Quality Anesthesia Care Corporation in Sarasota, Fla., and a longtime member of the Outpatient Surgery Magazine Editorial Board. Mr. Horowitz is an active member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and a champion of the value and skill that CRNAs bring to the OR.
Zeev Kain, MD, MBA
Zeev N. Kain, MD, MBA, is a Chancellor's Professor of anesthesiology, pediatrics, and psychiatry, and the chair of the department of anesthesiology and perioperative care at University of California Irvine (UCI) Health. He has had continuous NIH funding since 1996 and had published over 250 publications in the peer-reviewed literature. His main research focus was stress in children undergoing surgery and invasive procedures. Dr. Kain became very interested in the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH), and has subsequently been instrumental in implementing PSH at UCI Health. He established the annual summit on the PSH and is a member of the steering committee of the newly launched 43-hospital collaborative on this topic. His training in Lean Six Sigma, MBA, and management background have enabled him to embark on the quest to make the Perioperative Surgical Home ubiquitous at UCI Health and to help bring this care model to institutions nationally.
Marty A. Makary, MD, MPH, FACS
Dr. Marty Makary is the New York Times bestselling author of "Unaccountable," a new book on how teamwork and transparency can rescue American health care, designated a 2012 Library Journal Book of the Year. Dr. Makary has written for The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, is a medical commentator for CNN and Fox News, and speaks nationally on the future of health care in America. A pancreas surgeon at Johns Hopkins and an associate professor of health policy and management, Dr. Makary work closely with Dr. Pronovost on patient safety research and was the lead author of the original publications on OR checklists. He served on the WHO checklist committee and chaired the WHO workgroup on measuring surgical quality worldwide.
Bob Marrs, CRCST, CIS, CHL
Bob Marrs, CRCST, CIS, CHL, is the vice president of organizational development at Beyond Clean Consulting, an instrument care and sterile processing consulting company. For 20 years Mr. Marrs has worked in surgery as a certified surgical technologist, a central sterile technician, a case cart coordinator as well as a sterile processing supervisor, manager and director.
Darci Nagorski is the administrator and CEO of the St. Cloud (Minn.) Surgical Center, an 11-room facility that performs about 10,000 multispecialty cases each year. Ms. Nagorski spent 16 years overseeing 4 outpatient imaging centers and 3 hospital radiology departments. Ms. Nagorski currently sits on the board of directors of the Minnesota Ambulatory Surgery Center Association.
Peter Nichol, MD
Peter Nichol, MD, is the chief medical officer at Beyond Clean Consulting, an instrument care and sterile processing consulting company. As surgical director of OR services at University of Wisconsin Health, Dr. Nichol has overseen the rebuilding of sterile processing services at the American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wis.
David Ninan, DO
David Ninan, DO, is the medical director and chairman of the anesthesia department of Riverside University Health System in Moreno Valley, Calif. A Board of Governors member, Dr. Ninan serves as the current treasurer of the American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Ninan is the winner of the 2016 Riverside University Health System’s Bertram H. Eckman, MD, Emerging Leadership Award.
Douglas E. Noll, JD, MA
Douglas E. Noll, JD, MA, a senior consultant with Mobius Executive Leadership, speaks about and teaches people how to solve difficult, intractable and highly emotional problems. Before turning to leadership development, problem-solving and peacemaking, Mr. Noll spent 22 years as a business and commercial trial lawyer, and has been voted as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” since 2005 by US News & World Report and has been recognized since 2006 as a “Northern California Super Lawyer.”
Jennifer Pennock is the senior manager of government affairs for AORN in Denver, Colo. Ms. Pennock has nearly 20 years of experience working in government affairs and lobbying in the health policy arena — lobbying that’s led to legislative victories like Colorado’s recently passed law protecting OR staff from surgical smoke.
Melony Prince, BSN, RN, CNOR
Melony Prince, BSN, RN, CNOR, is a clinical nurse educator at Littleton (Colo.) Adventist Hospital. Ms. Prince is 1 of just 12 nurses to receive the 2019 Nightingale Luminary Award from the Colorado Nurses Foundation.
Michael Redler, MD
Dr. Redler is a founding partner of The Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center. He specializes in sports medicine as well as hand and upper extremity surgery. Dr. Redler attended medical school at the University of Connecticut. He did his residency training, including Chief Residency year, at the University of Virginia, where he also completed his Fellowship training in sports medicine and upper extremity with one of the godfathers of sports medicine, Dr. Frank C. McCue, III. Currently, Dr. Redler is a visiting Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Virginia. Dr. Redler is also an Assistant Professor at the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. Dr. Redler has written numerous articles and textbook chapters on topics of sports medicine as well as hand and upper extremity surgery. His clinical research interests have been presented both nationally and internationally. Dr. Redler is on the physician leadership board for One World Surgery and has been on medical missions providing surgical care to the people of Honduras multiple times. Dr. Redler has a great passion for opioid sparing strategies in the operative setting. He has lectured about this and has a podcast regarding opioid sparing strategies on Becker Healthcare podcasts Additionally, he has designed multiple surgical instruments that are still used in the operating room around the world today. Amidst all of his accomplishments, Dr. Redler still feels that his most important activity is the best possible care of his patients as well as the ongoing education of future sports medicine providers.
Karen Rowan, MSN, RN-BC, CNOR
Karen Rowan, MSN, RN-BC, CNOR, is the director of system perioperative education at Northwell Health in Lake Success, N.Y. While serving as a perioperative clinical nurse educator at Winthrop University Hospital, Ms. Rowan organized the facility’s first Robotic Surgery Conference for all medical staff, RNs and CSTs.
Kim S. Schaap, MD
Kim S. Schaap, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon for the St. Cloud (Minn.) Surgical Center, an 11-room facility that performs about 10,000 multispecialty cases each year. Dr. Schaap has a special interest in sports medicine — including arthroscopic knee and shoulder procedures as well as minimally invasive joint replacements — and is experienced in robotically assisted joint replacement.
Amy Shepard, BSN, RN
Amy Shepard, BSN, RN, is the PACU nurse manager, and Education Nurse for the St. Cloud (Minn.) Surgical Center, an 11-room facility that performs about 10,000 multispecialty cases each year. Amy has been instrumental in supporting the facility's joint replacement program and AAAHC Orthopedic certification.
Scott A. Sigman, MD
Dr. Scott Sigman is a nationally recognized leader in Opioid Sparing surgery. He is an orthopedic surgeon that specializes in sports medicine. He did his training at the prestigious Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic clinic. He has been in private practice for over 25 years just north of Boston. His Opioid sparing approach to surgery has brought him international recognition as he was elected to be a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Ashish Sinha, MD, PhD, DABA, MBA
Ashish Sinha, MD, PhD, DABA, MBA, is a professor and the vice chairman of the department of anesthesiology at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., and currently serves on the Outpatient Surgery Magazine Editorial Board. Dr. Sinha has authored or co-authored more than 100 manuscripts and delivered more than 600 CME lectures on 6 continents.
Angela Tarquini-Sanders is a mindfulness instructor and the founder of Mindful Mindz (mindfulmindz.com), a Naples, Fla.-based organization that offers tools and training in mindfulness and personal development for adults and kids. Ms. Tarquini-Sanders has spent the last 18 years studying and cultivating her mindfulness practice, and has delivered mindfulness and positivity workshops in her community and throughout the country. Ms. Tarquini-Sanders discovered mindfulness during her search to find balance as a former marketing consultant in the healthcare industry and a mother of 3.
Julie Tonsager, RN
Julie Tonsager, RN, is the OR nurse manager for St. Cloud (Minn.) Surgical Center, an 11-room facility that performs about 10,000 multispecialty cases each year. With 39 years of experience as an OR nurse — 19 of which were spent at St. Cloud Surgical Center — Ms. Tonsager lead several of the orthopedic teams that assisted in the facility’s joint replacement cases. Ms. Tonsager instrumental in rolling out the robotic joint replacement program at St. Cloud Surgical Center.
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