The Sage: Courtney Chambers, MD, FACS

Dr. Courtney Chambers has enjoyed a diverse practice as a board-certified general surgeon for 23 years. His body of work has included general and vascular surgery, as well as wound care and hyperbaric medicine, covering both coasts from Connecticut to California. His distinctive bedside manner has been enjoyed by patients and their families alike, which is reflected in numerous accolades from patient satisfaction surveys such as Press Ganey and others. Over the years he practiced in various practice models, including single-specialty group practice, solo practice, and multi-specialty group practice. Dr. Chambers also enjoyed non-clinical roles in healthcare. Most recently, he was the medical director for outpatient surgery for his multi-specialty group and was a founding member of the Network Operating Council, the governing body for the group’s ambulatory services. In that role he was co-chair of the group’s quality improvement (QI) section and directly contributed to the group being awarded the Ronald P. Bangasser Award for QI improvement in California, one of only eight organizations awarded annually.

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The Visionary: Desmond Bell, DPM, CWS

Dr. Desmond Bell is the Founder and President of “The Save A Leg, Save A Life” Foundation, a multi-disciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to the reduction in lower extremity amputations and improving wound healing outcomes through education, evidence-based methodology and community outreach. His private practice in Jacksonville, FL, specializes in wound management and is dedicated to lower-extremity preservation. He also serves as Chief Medical Officer of Omeza, an evidence-based medical technology company and consumer healthcare products company initially focused on healing chronic wounds and preventing their recurrence.

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The Leader: Arti Masturzo, MD, MBA

Dr. Arti Masturzo serves as the Chief Medical Officer of Misonix, who manufactures best in class surgical ultrasonic technology to change patient outcomes in Spine, Neuro and Wound Care. A Board-certified Internal Medicine physician and accomplished healthcare executive whose professional experience includes 20-years of service delivery in multiple sites of care and in-depth knowledge of healthcare operations at all levels. Dr. Masturzo is a healthcare leader and market strategist; her experience includes physician management with P&L accountability, new service-line/technology development, and strategy in companies focused on chronic disease states. She is a successful healthcare entrepreneur who achieved the sale of private business to a private equity company and has participated in multiple M&A transactions as an executive team member of private-equity-backed companies.

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The Flyer: Eric Hanson, MD, MPH

Dr. Eric Hanson is a Scientific Advisor for the biomedical industry. He has served for twenty-seven years as a scientific advisor, physician, researcher, and author. He is residency trained in aerospace and preventive medicine, and he has a Masters in epidemiology with a genetics concentration from Johns Hopkins. He served for 17 years as an Air Force physician and Senior Flight Surgeon (750hr in 36 aircraft; call sign “Genes”) with numerous operational deployments focused on aeromedical evacuation. He has managed complex multidisciplinary clinical research (highly multiplexed diagnostic assays) and diagnostic neuroimaging trials (traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, carbon monoxide). 

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The Energizer: Jo Lichten, PhD, RDN, CSP

Dr. Jo Lichten, PhD, RDN, CSP is a fuel efficiency expert…for people. She shows individuals and organizations how to fuel high performance without risking burnout. In the overcrowded wellness field, Dr. Jo is a voice of reason blending science with a healthy dose of reality! Through keynotes, breakouts, and workshops, Dr. Jo’s fast-paced, interactive style provides motivation and realistic strategies for improving workplace performance and achieving life balance. She is also the author of six books including REBOOT – How to Power Up Your Energy, Focus, and Productivity. Along with writing hundreds of magazine articles, Jo has also appeared on more than 300 TV and radio shows including CNN and Fox.

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Bonus: Thank You, Doctor

It’s National Physician’s Week and in view of the challenges our healthcare providers are facing today in the midst of this frightening pandemic, all of us at Prescription for Success want to remember our physician colleagues during their special week and to say thank you for all that you do. We’re grateful for your service.

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Bonus: Stop the Kick-backs! with Dr. Marion Mass

Dr. Marion Mass is a practicing pediatrician who is also a physician advocate and healthcare activist. She is driven to take back medicine for patients and the medical profession. The COVID-19 pandemic threw a spotlight on dangerous deficiencies within the US healthcare industry. At the center of these deficiencies are Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) and Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), which are healthcare intermediaries that increase costs and create drug and supply shortages. Although GPOs and PBMs don’t produce or distribute a single product or provide direct care to a single patient, they control nearly 90% of the pharmaceutical supply chain. These middlemen amass huge profits because they enjoy government-mandated safe harbor protections at the expense of physician practice needs, sound medical decision-making, and patient choice. 

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The Publisher: Karen Janson, MS, MD

Dr. Karen Janson is the Owner/Publisher of Medical Professionals Magazine, a high-end monthly peer-to-peer publication for community physicians, hospital executives, and other healthcare leaders. Her publication allows providers to share their professional and personal stories to promote learning, collaboration, and referral relationships within the Jacksonville, Florida, and Beaches market. As a practicing physician, she understands the importance of knowing the person behind the medical degree in establishing trust and building long-lasting relationships.

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The Walker: David Sabgir, MD, FACC

Frustrated with his inability to change behavior within the walls of his clinic, Dr. David Sabgir invited his patients to join him on a Saturday morning for a walk in the park. Remarkably, more than 100 showed-up! This tremendous response inspired Walk With A Doc, a grassroots effort that encourages patients to move! As the Founder and CEO, Dr. Sabgir leads a small team of “Walk Warriors” in outreach efforts that has expanded to over 500 chapters around the world and continues to grow. And every Saturday morning, he leads a local WWAD chapter.

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The Writer: Edwin Leap, MD

Dr. Edwin Leap has practiced emergency medicine for over 25-years. He is a Diplomate with the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is also an award-winning columnist and blogger who has written for the Huffington Post, Politico, and Focus on the Family Magazine. He also publishes monthly columns in the Emergency Medicine News, Medpage Today, Greenville News, and the South Carolina Baptist Courier.   

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