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The Catalyst: Edmond Weisbart, MD, CPE, FAAFP

Ed Weisbart MD, CPE, FAAFP is a family physician in St. Louis and chairs the Missouri chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, a 32-year-old non-profit non-partisan research and education organization in support of providing an improved form of Medicare to all Americans. After practicing family medicine for 20 years at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, he moved to St. Louis in 2003 to serve as chief medical officer of Express Scripts until retiring in 2010. He is currently an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Washington University in St. Louis MO. He volunteers in a variety of safety-net clinics and other non-profits across the St. Louis area, and serves as vice president of Consumers Council of Missouri.

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Dr. Edmund Weisbart

Dr. Weisbart received his medical degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1979 and completed his family medicine residency and a fellowship in family medicine education at Michigan State University in 1982. Dr. Weisbart is a national speaker with several articles published in both national medical journals and local media regarding the healthcare needs of the uninsured.

Dr. Weisbart’s Prescription for Success:

Number 1: Decide on your specialty or your career path based on what you could do with that specialty or career path, not based on what you’ve seen done with it.

Number 2: Move toward anxiety. When you feel a career decision coming up and one of the choices is making you particularly nervous, sit down and really think about it, talk about it with your friends or family, and noodle through what it is that’s making you nervous.

Number 3: Follow your passion, speak your mind, and have the courage to say the things you know are right.

Number 4: The more clearly you see where you want to go, the more likely you’ll wind up there.

Connect with Dr. Weisbart:

Website: Physicians for a National Health Program, Missouri Chapter: http://pnhpmissouri.org/

Notable quotes from Dr. Weisbart’s interview:

(on choosing a career in medicine) I really liked science. I really like information and data and numbers, but I also really like people. And so I was trying to think of careers that combine those things

My father was a dentist and I remember at one point when I was thinking about careers, he told me to not go into dentistry because you get too many phone calls late at night

I don’t come up with the ideas, but I do try to keep my eye out for good ideas and then try to amplify and support and go with them or criticize them if they’re not. So I don’t I don’t think of myself so much as a visionary but as an advocate for good ideas when they come along.

[With] every judicial decision, every legislative decision, you’re always balancing some degree of conflicting priorities and conflicting values. You’re always doing that. There are very few black and white situations.

If you’re thinking about changing your career. There should be two criteria: number one, you should want to leave where you are. If you don’t want to leave where you are, why are you even thinking about it; and number two, you should definitely want to go where you’re aiming.

When you’re in a position relatively high, in most organizations, it’s pretty hard to find somebody who’s willing to give you critical, constructive, but not necessarily supportive feedback.

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 Editor: Jennifer Spector, DPM, FACFAS

Dr. Spector is Associate Editor for Podiatry Today, a premier print and online publication in the field of podiatric medicine and surgery. She is also a member of the medical advisory board for Modulim, a microvascular imaging company. Dr. Spector has lectured on the national circuit for the American Association for Women Podiatrists, the Goldfarb Foundation and the American Podiatric Medical Association. She has spent nearly six years on the Executive Board of the American Association for Women Podiatrists, of which she is currently President. Dr. Spector has lectured on the national circuit for the American Association for Women Podiatrists, the Goldfarb Foundation and the American Podiatric Medical Association.

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The Activist: Marion Mass, MD

Dr. Marion Mass is a pediatrician who has practiced in suburban Philadelphia for 21 years. She is a founding member and Co-Chair of Practicing Physicians of America, an organization dedicated to protecting the physician’s ability to serve their patients and to confront unnecessary and overbearing regulations that limit their ability to advocate for those patients. Dr. Mass is also a writer with works being published in The Wall Street Journal The Hill and The Washington Times in addition to advising policy shapers at the state and national level. She serves on the editorial board of her county newspaper, on the board of The Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership, and as a delegate to the Pennsylvania Medical society.  She guest blogs on various sites regarding teaching organic gardening to children. 

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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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