Physician

The Writer: Natalie Newman, MD

Dr. Natalie Newman is a residency trained, board-certified emergency physician who has been practicing for over 25 years.

She graduated from California State University in Sacramento, California with a degree in Biological Sciences. She then attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio on an Army scholarship. As a graduating senior, Dr. Newman was nominated by and presented with the Marjorie M. and Henry F. Saunders award for “her compassionate care of patients within the family structure” by the dean of her medical school. After her graduation, she was accepted into the emergency medicine residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. Upon completing her program, Dr. Newman entered active duty service with the U.S. Army. Her first assignment was at Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During her stint in the Army, Dr. Newman was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina(the former Yugoslavia) where she was Chief of the Emergency Department at Eagle Base in Tuzla, Bosnia. She had the distinct honor of serving under the command of Colonel Rhonda Cornum (now a retired brigadier general), a urologist, pilot and former prisoner-of-war during the Persian Gulf War. While in Bosnia, and as the only American female physician in the Balkans at that time, Dr. Newman was assigned as the official physician for Queen Noor of Jordan during a humanitarian visit to a local hospital in Bosnia. After her return home to the U.S., she was promoted to Major and completed the rest of her Army service at Fort Bragg.

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The Organizer: Kimberly Jackson, MD

Dr. Kimberly Funches Jackson is the founder of Physicians Working Together and pioneer of National Physicians Week. Throughout her career as a board-certified physician, “Dr. J.” has dedicated her life to the care of others. She’s the medical director and co-owner of her Family Medicine & Pediatrics clinic and has provided medical care to adults and children for over a decade. Her commitment to the well-being of the community extends beyond her practice. Dr. J is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority maintains the social responsibility of Dr. J is an active member in her church and she’s also an active board member for several community-based organizations.

Physicians Working Together started in June of 2015 as a Facebook group. PWT has over 8700 members who are comprised of male and female physicians and medical students from 50 states, Caribbean islands and even other countries. Today PWT’s mission includes a three-prong approach of Physician Advocacy, Patient Connection, and Community Outreach and Education.

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The Spiritual Physician: Carla Rotering, MD

Dr. Rotering is a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician, leader, mentor, and coach who is deeply committed to people–to their growth, upliftment, resilience, and purpose as they strive toward the best version of themselves in their professional and personal lives. She supports mastery for individuals and organizations by employing both experiential and introspective processes. Carla delivers her guidance and expertise with full-hearted enthusiasm, caring, wisdom, and humor. Her life experience and training have offered her a deep appreciation for the role of coaching and mentoring as it contributes to evolving human potential and our shared ability to expand and grow toward collaboration, excellence, and integrity.

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The Entrepreneur: Andrea Paul, MD

Dr. Andrea Paul is a physician-turned-entrepreneur who has started, grown and sold health care companies, including a digital health company that grew from zero to #251 on the Inc. 500 list in just 4 years. A seasoned executive in the health care, publishing, and education spaces, she knows exactly how to execute a marketing plan. Besides her undergraduate science degree and her medical doctor degree, Dr. Paul also holds certificates in entrepreneurship and Search Engine Optimization Marketing. Her careful selection of a world-class marketing team including graphic designers, email marketing experts, social media experts, search engine advertising experts, SEO experts, PR professionals, and digital marketing gurus are what make Health Marketing Experts the place that health care professionals and businesses come to for the very best.

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The Mindful Doc: Dael Waxman, MD

Dael Waxman, M.D. is a Professor of Family Medicine at Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC. Previously Interim Chair and Vice-Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, he continues on the faculty there as well as serves as the Medical Director of Physician Well-being for Medical Education for Atrium Health and Medical Director of Patient-Centered Programming at Atrium CMC-Mercy. In addition to his medical background, he has received training in and has been integrating family therapy, clinical hypnosis, mind/body medicine, mindfulness, and leadership coaching into teaching, practice, and faculty development for over 25 years. He has taught regionally, nationally, and internationally on: physician burnout and well-being, mindfulness in medicine, developing a patient and family-centered culture, family influences on health, physician-patient communication, and collaboration between mental health and primary care.

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The Disrupter: Leah Houston, MD

Dr. Leah Houston is the founder of HPEC, and a board-certified Emergency Physician. While practicing emergency medicine across the US for nearly 10 years she recognized a common problem: uncompensated administrative burdens related to physician employment and credentialing are a leading cause of administrative waste and physician burnout. She also realized that distributed ledger technology could solve the obstructive regulatory problems in healthcare by creating a decentralized community of physicians. So, she began working on the project and named it HPEC – the Humanitarian Physicians Empowerment Community.

HPEC is building a platform that will give every physician a self-sovereign digital identity attached to their credentials in order to create a democratic digital physicians guild. HPEC will streamline the current antiquated and laborious process of credentialing, reduce administrative waste, improve access to care and give physicians sovereign ownership of their data and employment rights. The organization will also create an opportunity for physicians to communicate more efficiently about policy, and practice in order to improve patient care.

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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 American: Jihad Mustapha, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Dr. Jihad Mustapha is a board-certified interventional cardiologist who specializes in endovascular revascularization of PVD, specifically Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI). He is co-founder and CEO of Advanced Cardiac and Vascular Amputation Prevention Centers in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. He graduated from Wayne State University and St. George University School of Medicine and has completed Fellowships in both Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. Dr. Mustapha is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and Fellow of the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Intervention. He serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Mustapha speaks internationally on the topic of CLI, alternative access, atherectomy, vessel morphology, calcification and drug-eluting technology. He has multiple publications on CLI and limb salvage. Dr. Mustapha is the Founder and Director of the AMPutation Prevention Symposium and is a Founding Board Member of the CLI Global Society.

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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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