Embracing Patient Care Data to Improve Outcomes and Your Bottom Line

Friday, Oct. 13, 8-9 a.m.

Jaan Sidorov, MD, MHSA

Dr. Sidorov is the CEO and President of the Care Centered Collaborative, a Pennsylvania Medical Society subsidiary dedicated to improving patient care by partnering with physician-led medical practices throughout Pennsylvania. He is a board certified general internal medicine physician with more than 25 years of experience in primary care, inpatient care, medical education and evidence-based practice.

Dr. Sidorov believes physician leadership throughout the continuum of care is the bedrock of value-based care delivery. In addition to authoring 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications, has also written articles in nationally recognized journals examining the role of boards in oversight of non-financial health care outcomes, innovation, the role of physicians in corporate governance and big data.

He's been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports, and has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered and public television's Need to Know. 

Community Threat Readiness: Preparing Physicians to Lead Before, During, and After

Friday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Paul Malaspina, MD, FACS, Chief of General Surgery, UPMC-Hamot

Dr. Malaspina is a general and trauma surgeon in Erie and serves as the Chief of General Surgery at UPMC-Hamot. He began his medical career by working as an EMT, a paramedic, and a physician assistant before going back to the Temple University Medical School.

Dr. Malaspina has led surgical teams through thousands of trauma resuscitations and emergency operations, and has patented a device to aid in saving the lives of children. An award winning author, popular speaker and teacher, he has board experience with several medical organizations, is a member of multiple professional societies, is a Governor of the American College of Surgeons, and has served on the ethics committees of two major hospitals.

Paul and his wife Debbie are Life Members of the Penn State Alumni Association and have two children, Ryan and Angela

Andrew Pickett, Director of Emergency Preparedness, Pennsylvania Department of Health

As Director of the Bureau of Public Health Preparedness with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Mr. Pickett oversees the implementation of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) and Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) federal cooperative agreements. This amounts to management and oversight of over $25 million in federal preparedness and response funds, a statewide preparedness staff of 36 professionals, nine healthcare coalitions, 168 hospitals, and 10 local health departments.

Prior to this position, he worked for the City of Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion for seven years in public health preparedness, including three years as preparedness manager; and with the Isabella County Office of Emergency Management for two years. He was a member of the Wayne County Type-3 Incident Management team and was certified by the Michigan State Police Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division as a Professional Emergency Manager.

He has experience on several national public health preparedness workgroups, and has been a presenter at the annual Public Health Preparedness Summit sponsored by the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO).

Keynote Speaker: Jay B. Varkey, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine

JayVarkeyMDDr. Varkey will present around 2:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13. The title of his keynote address is "Preparing for a Crisis: Lessons Learned at Emory Before, During, and After Ebola."

In 2014, Dr. Varkey was one of five infectious diseases physicians who provided direct care to four patients with Ebola at Emory University Hospital, including the first two patients with Ebola treated in the United States.

He is Director of the Antimicrobial Management Program at Emory University Hospital, where he currently serves as Hospital Epidemiologist. He is an active teacher and lecturer and is the co-director of the Clinical Infectious Diseases elective for second-year medical students and the Global Issues in Antimicrobial Resistance course for public health students.

His research interests are focused on improving patient outcomes by optimizing the use of antimicrobials and reducing healthcare associated infections.

Bryan Wexler, MD, Director of the Division of Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management, WellSpan Health

BryanWexlerMDDr. Wexler attended Amherst College prior to training at Tufts University School of Medicine, subsequently completing his residency at WellSpan York Hospital in Emergency Medicine where he served as a chief resident.  He completed his fellowship in Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA, in addition to a Masters in Public Health. 

Dr. Wexler has served on several disaster preparedness committees at the local, regional and national levels.  In addition, he has been involved in multi-system training exercises at the regional level and has lectured before military medic units.  Dr. Wexler also currently serves as the chairman of the York-Adams Metropolitan Medical Response System, the regional interoperative disaster preparedness committee for the York-Adams counties and is an active member of the South Central Task Force.

Dr. Wexler's interests in addition to disaster medicine include system development and resource management.  He is an avid tennis player as well as a practitioner of martial arts and historical fencing.

Addressing the Opioids Crisis: Conversations Around Physician Responsibilities and Opportunities

Friday, Oct. 13, 12–1 p.m.

John P. Gallagher, MD
Dr. Gallagher has been practicing general Ob/Gyn in Sharon, Pa., for 30 years, working at a Federally Qualified Health Center for the last 12 years.

He is a longtime member of PAMED, having been county society president, member of our House of Delegates, PAMPAC Chair, and currently District 8 PAMED Board Trustee.

He has served as Chair of the PAMED Opioid Task Force for two years, working with members and other statewide constituencies to shape organized medicine's response to the crisis. These efforts include development of PAMED/DOH clinical Practice Guidelines, expanding drug take back programs, and advocating for increased Narcan availability in rural police departments and schools.

Your Legacy - Ways to Ensure Your Financial Health and Support Your Favorite Charity

Saturday, Oct. 14, 12:45-1:45 p.m.

Mark Vergenes, President of MIRUS Financial Partners

MarkVergenesHaving entered the financial services industry in 1995, Mark has built a clientele that consists of individuals, families, non-profits and small business owners.  His practice focuses on the advantages of asset management and "wrap fee" programs through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC.  Knowledge and experience play key roles in helping Mark's clients more effectively work toward their financial goals.

And, you can find him in Fine Living Lancaster Magazine and the Institutional Parking Institute's Magazine as he is their financial columnist.

A longtime resident of Lancaster, PA, Mark is active in the community.

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