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The Recovering Doctor: Robert Lamberts, MD

Dr. Rob Lamberts is a primary care physician in Augusta GA, where he has practiced since 1994. He practiced “traditional” fee-for-service medicine until 2012, when he left his old practice and started, Dr. Rob Lamberts, LLC, a direct primary care practice. Since that time he has grown the practice to over 800 patients and has recently allied with three other providers locally to build a network of direct primary care (Welcome Health Network) to market services to local businesses.

Dr. Rob has always been interested in practice innovations, first focusing on the use of computer technology to improve care. This resulted in his practice receiving the Davies Award for Primary Care from the Health Information Systems Society (HIMSS) in 2003. The culmination of his interest in practice innovation came in 2013, when he opened his current practice using the direct primary care model. This model freed him from the constraints of the insurance payment system and allowed innovation with a high focus on care quality.

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The Replacement: Niran Al-Agba, MD

Niran S. Al-Agba, MD is a third-generation primary care physician practicing for 20 years in her hometown. She began working in her father’s medical office on Saturdays when she was 9 and has done every job in a medical office that there is including receptionist, medical assistant, janitor, and all the way to physician owner. After graduating from Michigan State University with a BS in Lyman Briggs Physiology and History of Health and Humanities, she attended University of Washington School of Medicine, graduating in 1999. She completed internship and residency at Denver Childrens Hospital/University of Colorado SOM and returned home to work in her father’s practice in 2001 for a few months and then permanently in 2002.

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The Big Picture Leader: Ginger Renkiewicz, RN, BSN, MSBA

Ginger Renkiewicz is the Executive Vice President, Hospital Operations and Chief Operating Officer for UnityPoint Health-Trinity which consists of four full-service hospitals in Illinois and Iowa. She is an accomplished and respected organizational leader with experience in the delivery of quality patient-focused care. Able to combine industry-leading operations and nursing expertise with innovative and visionary leadership skills to deliver first-class results, she is a recognized problem solver and change agent capable of driving organizational level transformation. She is a talented communicator who is able to relay complex and highly technical information in a clear and concise manner. Her expertise encompasses Executive Leadership; Project Management; Hospital Operations; Financial Analysis; and Transformational Change.

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The Writer: Paul Pender, MD

Dr. Paul Pender is the author of Rebuilding Trust in Healthcare: A Doctor’s Prescription for a Post-Pandemic America. Drawing on his near 40-year career in clinical ophthalmology and his role as advisor to Vxtra Health, Dr. Pender offers an insider’s look at how trust develops between doctors and their patients. That trust has been eroded by internal and external factors, even before coronavirus, which has undermined that trust even further. His prescription for reform begins with the fundamental building block of healthcare: the patient-physician relationship. Rebuilding Trust uses a case presentation style to illustrate that by working from the bottom up, we can find solutions for better healthcare for patients, physicians and policy makers. His book is a message of hope in a time of uncertainty and will be released on September 20, 2020.

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The Joint Chief: Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, MD

Benjamin J. Schwartz, MD is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of arthritis of the hip and knee including total joint replacement and revision. Dr. Schwartz attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA where he was one of a select group of incoming freshman designated as a James Monroe Scholar. While in college, Dr. Schwartz participated in scientific research investigating genes involved in the development of the vascular system. After graduating with high honors from William and Mary, Dr. Schwartz attended the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, graduating in the top 10% of his class. Dr. Schwartz obtained his certification from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 2010 and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons as well as both the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and International Congress of Joint Replacement, two specialty societies focused on the treatment of hip and knee problems.

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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 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 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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