Speaker Bios - AAPS 69th Annual Meeting, October 4-6, 2012

Alieta Eck, M.D. — AAPS President, www.zhcenter.org Health Care Reform Without the Smoke and Mirrors Alieta Eck, M.D. is the current AAPS President. Dr. Eck graduated from the Rutgers College of Pharmacy in NJ and the St. Louis School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. She studied Internal Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ and has been in private practice with her husband, Dr. John Eck, MD in Piscataway, NJ since 1988. She has been involved in health care reform since residency and testified before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress in 2004 about better ways to deliver health care in the United States and also testified last year before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. In 2003, she and her husband founded the Zarephath Health Center, a free clinic for the poor and uninsured that currently cares for 300-400 patients per month utilizing the donated services of volunteer physicians and nurses. Dr. Eck serves on the board of Christian Care Medi-Share, a faith based medical cost sharing Ministry. She is a member of Zarephath Christian Church and she and her husband have five children, one in medical school in NJ. Juliette Madrigal Dersch, M.D. — President-Elect President Elect's Message Dr. Madrigal is a graduate of the University of Texas, Austin, Texas A&M Medical School, and was Chief Resident at Oklahoma University School of Medicine. She started her own traditional medical practice in 1992 in Marble Falls, Texas. In addition, Dr. Madrigal is currently the Burnet County Health Authority and Medical Director of the Horseshoe Bay, Spicewood, and Marble Falls Fire Departments. Dr. Madrigal has an active speaking schedule including appearances on the Nick Cavuto show, NBC News, and town hall meetings. She is President-elect of AAPS and will assume office at the conclusion of the annual meeting. Andrew Schlafly, Esq. — AAPS General Counsel Legal challenges to ObamaCare and other attacks on patients & physicians. Mr. Schlafly is a member of the bars of New York and New Jersey and serves as the general counsel to AAPS. He advises physicians and frequently files amicus curiae briefs. His noteworthy legal work has recently included the AAPS lawsuit challenging ObamaCare and the AAPS suit against the Texas Medical Board. Mr. Schlafly received his law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor on the Law Review. He clerked for Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He has taught at Seton Hall Law School, and speaks and writes widely. He travelled to this meeting directly from the U.S. District Court in Austin, TX where earlier this week the AAPS lawsuit against the Texas Medical Board came to trial. Craig M. Wax, D.O. — Host of Your Health Matters EHR Privacy and Security: Mission Impossible Dr. Craig Wax is a family physician and preventionist in private independent practice in Southern NJ. He is on the editorial board of the award winning Medical Economics journal and was featured on the cover in Summer 2009 for his health education efforts through his radio show Your Health Matters broadcast on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS FM on Thursdays at 5:30pm, podcast on the website WGLS.ROWAN.EDU and in the iTunes music store. He has published in multiple journals and newspapers and the Gloucester County Times said "He's a doctor of all media." He is on Twitter @drcraigwax and @IP4PI; and of Facebook as "Independent Physicians for Patient Independence." He shares the AAPS goals of providing the best patient care and prevention independent of insurance red tape and government mandates. Wayne Iverson, M.D. —www.CaAAPS.org Physicians Running for Congress AAPS Board Member, Wayne Iverson, M.D. is a physician in private practice with offices in La Jolla and Poway, California. He practices Internal Medicine and Noninvasive Cardiology. He is the past Chairman of the Graduate Medical Education Committee at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and continues as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSD Volunteer Faculty, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He previously was appointed as a Solo & Small Group Practice CMA Delegate from San Diego County. After joining AAPS in 2009, Dr. Iverson reenergized the AAPS California State Chapter and in 2010 co-organized the National Doctors Tea Party. This year Dr. Iverson stepped up to run for Congress in California’s 52 District. Marilyn Singleton, M.D. — SingletonForCongress.org Doctor Marilyn Singleton was born and raised in San Diego as part of the post-War baby boom, while her father, a flight surgeon based in Tuskeegee, Alabama was at war. Dr. Singleton's political eyes were opened early participating in boycotts against Woolworth’s for its segregated lunch counters. She graduated from Stanford University and later went on to medical school at University of California at San Francisco and upon completing residency was an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Concerned by the Clinton health care proposals because of the limited input by physicians she decided to learn about law and public policy and was accepted to U.C. Berkeley Law School and graduated in 1995. Now Dr. Singleton is running for Congress because the career politicians seem to have forgotten for whom they work. She wants to represent California District 13 in Washington to ensure that federal policies increase – not erode – our freedom and independence.


Curtis Caine, M.D. — Longest Active AAPS Member Difficult Airway Management; Pain Control by Needle Dr. Caine has been a member of AAPS for 63 years, joining in 1949, 6 years after AAPS was founded. He has been an AAPS member longer than any other current member and has served the organization in most capacities, including Past President. Dr. Ansel Caine, his father, was the first full-time practicing anesthesiologist in the city of New Orleans. Dr. Curtis Caine followed in his father's footsteps, becoming the first anesthesiologist in private practice in Mississippi. Today he is going to talk to us about Difficult Airway Management; Pain Control by Needle. Jane Orient, M.D. — AAPS Executive Director Physicians Must Lead, Not Wait for Congress to “Fix” Medicine Dr. Orient is the Executive Director of AAPS and has been in solo practice of general internal medicine since 1981. She received her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed an internal medicine residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital and University of Arizona Affiliated Hospitals. In the early 90's with Dr. Orient as Executive Director, AAPS helped stop Hillary Care by exposing Clinton's secret taskforce meetings. She is a clinical lecturer in medicine at the University Of Arizona College Of Medicine and is the author of Sapira’s Art and Science of Bedside Diagnosis, now in its 4th edition. She also authored YOUR Doctor Is Not In: Healthy Skepticism about National Health Care, published by Crown. Charles Sauer — www.MarketInstitute.org Update from D.C. , Action items and tips for communication with Congress. Charles Sauer is the AAPS boots on the ground around Capitol Hill. He’s an economist and policy specialist. On Capitol Hill he is known for developing free market solutions and effective legislative coalitions. He is a respected leader in Washington DC and frequently relied on as a policy expert. While on Capitol Hill, he has worked for a Governor and represented an academic think tank. Charlie has been published on Entrepreneur.com, Fox Business, the Daily Caller, and Women Entrepreneur in addition to writing congressional testimony and speeches for politicians, business owners, and academics. Adam Harris, M.D. — www.saorthospecialists.com CMS Guidelines for Sale? Dr Harris graduated cum laude from Yale University with distinction in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry before attending medical school at the University of California, San Diego. In July 2002, he established his own private practice (San Antonio Orthopædic Specialists) in order to maintain the focus on individual patient care. Private practice does not mean that Dr. Harris has taken a back seat in the field of orthopædics. For example, he is one of a very few doctors in San Antonio to provide outpatient partial knee replacement surgery (unicompartmental replacement) and he is the first surgeon in

South Texas and in South Louisiana to offer the Zimmer two incision total hip replacement. In 2008, Dr. Harris opted-out of Medicare. He has previously presented at four AAPS Thrive Not Just Survive workshops. Daniel Palestrant, M.D. & Adam Sharp, M.D. —Par8o.com Par8o: facilitating direct collaboration between patients & physicians In 2006, Daniel Palestrant, MD and Adam Sharp MD cofounded Sermo the largest on-line physician community. Now they have started Par8o - a new project to help facilitate direct collaboration between patients and the physicians providing their care. Dr. Palestrant, Chief Executive Officer of Par8o, has a B.S. in biology from Johns Hopkins University, completed medical school at Duke University, and trained in General Surgery at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital, in Boston before leaving to launch Sermo. Dr. Sharp, Chief Medical Officer of Par8o, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Molecular Biology from Indiana University, a medical degree from Tel Aviv University, and completed specialty training in Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D. — www.HerPlace.com Individualized v. One-size-fits-all Guidelines: Men’s Health for the Future, Not Yesterday Dr. Vliet entered the private practice of medicine in Virginia in 1985. In 1986 she resigned from all insurance contracts and has remained totally independent of third party payors ever since, long before today’s “concierge medicine” model. In addition to running third party free practices in both Tucson, AZ and Dallas, Dr. Vliet is a nationally recognized speaker on women's health issues. She has presented numerous scientific papers and keynote addresses at regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Vliet is also the founder and Medical Director of HER Place®: Health Enhancement and Renewal for Women, Inc.®, dedicated to high quality, research based, cutting edge preventive and climacteric medical care for women and men.. Ron Benbassat, M.D. — www.ChangeBoardRecert.com Abuse of Maintenance of Licensure and Certification Ron Benbassat, MD, practices Internal Medicine in Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Benbassat has recertified in the past with the American Board of Internal Medicine but does not intend to do so again. He is an activist working to prevent Maintenance of Certification from becoming required to maintain licensure. To assist in his efforts he founded “Change Board Recertification,” a national movement of physicians committed to reforming the Board Recertification process. Yaron Brook, Ph.D. —www.AynRandCenter.org Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government Yaron Brook is president of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. He is a columnist at Forbes.com, and his articles have been featured in major publications such as the Wall Street


Journal, USA Today, and Investor’s Business Daily. Dr. Brook is often interviewed on radio and is a frequent guest on a variety of national TV programs. Dr. Brook is an internationally sought after speaker on such topics as the causes of the financial crisis, the morality of capitalism, and U.S. foreign policy. Born and raised in Israel, he served as a first sergeant in Israeli military intelligence and earned a BSc in civil engineering from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. In 1987 he moved to the United States, where he received his MBA and Ph.D. in finance from the University of Texas at Austin; he became an American citizen in 2003. For seven years he was an award-winning finance professor at Santa Clara University, and in 1998 he cofounded a financial advisory firm, BH Equity Research, of which he is presently managing director and chairman. His latest book, Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government, was released last month and copies are available for sale at the registration desk. Jason Fodeman, M.D. — D4PC California Chapter A Medical Resident's Perspective on Health Care Reform Dr. Fodeman, M.D. is an Internal Medicine Resident in Los Angeles and a former graduate health policy fellow at the Heritage Foundation where he studied the etiology of rising health care costs. His research was featured online in the Wall Street Journal. He also studied the impact of health care reform on physicians at the Galen Institute as a Visiting Fellow. Currently he is senior fellow in health-care studies at the Pacific Research Institute and head of the Docs 4 Patient Care California Chapter. Dr. Fodeman's health care commentary pieces have been published in National Review Online, Washington Times, Hartford Courant, and the DailyCaller and he has appeared on Fox and Friends to discuss health care policy matters. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed book, How to Destroy a Village: What the Clintons Taught a Seventeen Year Old. Beth Haynes, M.D. — Exec. Dir., BenjaminRushSociety.org Paving the Road to Health Care Freedom by Reframing the Moral Narrative Previously in private practice with board certification in both Family Practice and Emergency Medicine, Dr. Haynes is now working full time in health care policy. For the past 1 ½ years she has volunteered for Docs 4 Patient Care as Senior Health Policy Analyst and is now a member of the D4PC Executive Board. In addition to her duties with D4PC, Dr. Haynes has also accepted the position of Executive Director of the Benjamin Rush Society. BRS, established by the Pacific Research Institute, aims to unite medical students, residents, fellows, and physicians across the political spectrum — as well as members of the general public — who believe that the proper role of physicians is to serve the interests of their patients, not those of the government. Dr. Haynes will organize ongoing debates and speaker panels for existing medical school BRS chapters while establishing new chapters.

John C. Goodman, Ph.D. — www.NCPA.org Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis John C. Goodman is Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, President and Fellow in Health Care at the National Center for Policy Analysis, and author of the new book, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis from the Independent Institute. The Wall Street Journal and others have called him the “Father of Health Savings Accounts.” John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog is the premier health care blog on the Internet where pro-market, pro-private sector solutions to health care problems are routinely examined and debated by top health policy experts throughout the country. He is frequently invited to testify before Congress on health care reform and he is the author of nine books, including the trailblazing Patient Power, that sold more than 300,000 copies. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. Goodman regularly appears on television and radio news programs on Fox News Channel, CNN, PBS, Fox Business Network and CNBC, and his articles appear in The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, National Review, and other national publications. Goodman was also the pivotal lead expert in the grassroots public policy campaign, “Free Our Health Care Now,” an unsurpassed national education effort to communicate patient-centered alternatives to a governmentrun health care system. The initiative resulted in the largest online petition ever delivered on Capitol Hill. Kathy Brown, M.D.& Jack Brown — www.OregonDerm.com Case Studies in Third Party Free Practices In July 2011, Dr. Kathleen Brown decided to leave the Coos Bay, Oregon clinic where she’d been practicing since 1997. She opened her own dermatology practice where she could work directly for the patient -- not insurance companies and not the government. Oregon Coast Dermatology is dedicated to creating a system that restores the doctor/patient relationship. Her prices are posted online at her website www.OregonDerm.com. Dr. Brown received undergraduate degrees in Music and Biology from The College of William and Mary following which she attended and graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Her husband Jack Brown assisted in launching the practice. He is President of Web Marketing Incorporated and provides database management, online reporting, marketing, and software development consulting to Fortune 100 companies. Jack graduated from The College of William and Mary and the United States Military Academy at West Point. He developed the first convenience store gasoline chain in the country for Texaco and managed operations for blood collection and distribution as Executive Director of the Red Cross mid-Atlantic Region. G. Keith Smith, M.D, — www.SurgeryCenterOk.com Dr. G. Keith Smith is a board certified anesthesiologist in private practice since 1990. In 1997, he co-founded The Surgery Center of Oklahoma, an outpatient surgery center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, owned by 40 of the top physicians and surgeons in central Oklahoma. Dr. Smith serves as the medical director,


CEO and managing partner while maintaining an active anesthesia practice. In 2009, the Surgery Center launched a website (www.SurgeryCenterOk.com) displaying all-inclusive pricing for various surgical procedures, a move that has gained him and the facility, national and even international attention. Many Canadians and uninsured Americans have been treated at his facility, taking advantage of the low and transparent pricing available. His hope is for as many facilities as possible to adopt a transparent pricing model, a move he believes will lower costs for all and improve quality of care. Trevor Loudon — www.TrevorLoudon.com Trevor Loudon is a libertarian activist and political researcher from Christchurch New Zealand who believes in freedom with responsibility, not freedom from responsibility. Mr. Loudon was vice president of the Association of Consumers and Taxpayers Political Party in New Zealand from 2006 to 2008 and maintains a blog entitled New Zeal and website at KeyWiki.org, a rapidly growing website with the goal of unlocking the covert side of U.S. and Global politics. Lee Hieb M.D. — http://PrognosisPoor.blogspot.com Medicine and the Vampire Economy Dr. Hieb is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon, specializing in Spinal Surgery. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York in 1980, where she was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor Medical Society. She then completed an Internship in Medicine and subsequent Orthopaedic Residency in the Navy as well as serving two tours as a General Medical Officer, and as an Orthopaedic Surgeon. Dr. Hieb was in private practice in Washington D.C. at the time Hillary Clinton vowed to "solve" the problems of medical care delivery in three months. Formerly in full time solo private practice in Yuma, Arizona, she now practices at Stewart Memorial Hospital in Lake City, Iowa. . She is daily hampered in the practice of medicine by federal and state governmental regulation and is a passionate believer in the power of the individual to make the best choices regarding personal medical care. Dr. Hieb is a contributor to the national conservative publication Human Events and earlier this year was interviewed by John Stossel on Fox News about the 3 C's that will save American medicine: Cash, Catastrophic Insurance, and Charity. Robert Emmons, M.D. — www.vthealthcarefreedom.org Vermont's Experiment with Single Payer Dr. Robert Emmons is fighting the progression towards singlepayer health care in the state of Vermont where he maintains a private-practice psychiatry practice in the city of Burlington. He helped form Vermonters for Health Care Freedom which is running ads across the state to warn of the dangers of government run medicine. These efforts can be followed at http://vthealthcarefreedom.org/

Donald J. Palmisano, M.D., J.D., — IntrepidResources.com Leadership in Medicine: Tales from The Little Red Book of Leadership Lessons Donald J. Palmisano, MD, JD, is a clinical professor of surgery and clinical professor of medical jurisprudence at Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and surgery residency at Tulane and Charity Hospital and is a graduate of Tulane Medical School and Loyola Law School and he served for two years in active duty in the United States Air Force as a Major and Chief of Surgery for the 821st Medical Group. For more than 35 years, Dr. Palmisano was part of a six member surgical team that served the people in eastern New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina destroyed the area in 2005, including the hospitals, where he and his surgical partners worked. In 2003-2004, he served as the 158th president of the American Medical Association and in 2007 Dr. Palmisano was awarded the Dr. Edward Annis Medical Leadership Award. For decades he has led both organized and grassroots efforts to curb the government’s expanding influence and control over health care decisions and protect the sacred relationship between patients and their doctors. He has testified before Congress many times and has appeared on dozens of news shows including Good Morning America, The Today Show, Nightline, Crossfire, and Fox News. Dr. Palmisano authored the book, On Leadership – Essential Principles for Success, now in its 2nd addition and on Oct. 23 his latest book, The Little Red Book of Leadership Lessons, hits shelves across America. In it, he explores the vital qualities American's should look for in a leader by gleaning lessons from great figures throughout history. The book features a quote from AAPS Exec. Director Dr. Jane Orient and after Dr. Palmisano's talk you will have the opportunity to be the one of the first ever to obtain a prerelease copy of this book and share its wisdom with others before our county’s leadership is chosen next month. Paddy Jim Baggot M.D. — OB/GYN, Los Angeles, California. New Directions For Down Syndrome Research Dr. Baggot is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Baggot earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He completed an OB/GYN residency at Mt. Sinai in Chicago. He subsequently completed fellowships in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Arkansas and Medical Genetics at the Medical College of Virginia. Since 1996, he has conducted studies for the The International Foundation for Genetic Research on biochemical factors and treatments for Down syndrome, the results which have been published in the medical journal, Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy. Robert Christman — former Mayor, Loma Linda, California How Hospitals Destroy Competitors Robert Christman is former Mayor of Loma Linda, California and also brother to our own board member and Past President, Dr. Ken Christman.


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