William Hersh, MD, FACMI, FAMIA, FACP
Professor and Chair
Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
Oregan Health & Science University

William Hersh, MD, FACMI, FAMIA, FACP is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, USA. Dr. Hersh is a leader and innovator in biomedical informatics both in education and research. In education, he serves as Director of OHSU’s Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program, which includes two master’s degrees (research and professional), a PhD degree, and Graduate Certificate.  Dr. Hersh also spearheaded OHSU’s efforts in distance learning for biomedical informatics, which is available up to the master’s degree level.   He also conceptualized and implemented the first offering of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 10×10 (“ten by ten”) program, which has provided education to over 2500 health care professionals and others in biomedical informatics. He also serves as Co-Editor with Robert Hoyt, MD of the textbook, Health Informatics: Practical Guide, Seventh Edition (, 2018), which is available in paper and eBook format. Dr. Hersh also serves as Director of OHSU’s Research Fellowship in Biomedical Informatics, which is funded by a training grant from the National Library of Medicine, and as Associate Program Director of OHSU’s ACGME-accredited Clinical Informatics Fellowship. Dr. Hersh has also been involved in other global efforts to expand informatics capacity through education, collaborating with colleagues at Hospital Italiano of Buenos Aires, Argentina, in Singapore, and elsewhere. He also co-leads efforts to teach clinical informatics to other health professions students. He helped define competencies and shape the curriculum for OHSU medical students. He has also been involved in the teaching of nursing, graduate basic science, and undergraduate health science majors (at Portland State University).

Dr. Hersh has also made many contributions in research. His research originally focused in the area of information retrieval, where he has authored over 150 scientific papers as well as the book, Information Retrieval: A Health and Biomedical Perspective (Springer, 2009), now in its third edition and which has an associated Web site. Dr. Hersh is also co-editor of the book (with Robert Hoyt, MD) Health Informatics: Practical Guide, which is available in paper and eBook format. He has also been involved in the leadership of various aspects of the Text Retrieval Conference (TREC) sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Hersh is also active in clinical research informatics. He served as Director of the Biomedical Informatics Program of the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) from 2006-2014 and was Chair of the National Informatics Steering Committee of the Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA) program of the National Institutes of Health from 2006-2008.

Dr. Hersh has won numerous awards for his innovations. These include the OHSU Faculty Senate Distinguished Faculty Award for outstanding teaching in 2007; the 2008 AMIA Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics; being named among the Modern Healthcare Top 25 Clinical Informaticists in 2010, 2011, and 2012; and the HIMSS Physician Leadership Award in 2015. He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and the American College of Physicians. He is among the inaugural 121 members of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics. Dr. Hersh also maintains the Informatics Professor blog.


Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD
Clinician-Educator and Professor of Medicine
University of California San Francisco

Dr. Gurpreet Dhaliwal is presently a clinician-educator and Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. He sees patients and teaches medical students and residents in the emergency department, inpatient wards, and outpatient clinic at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.  He studies, writes, and speaks about how doctors think-how they make diagnoses, how they develop diagnostic expertise, and what motivates them to improve their practice and the systems in which they work.  Dr. Dhaliwal is a member of the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators and the UCSF Department of Medicine Council of Master Clinicians.  He has published over 100 articles, has won multiple teaching awards, and has been a visiting professor at multiple universities across the U.S. and in China and Japan.  In 2012 he was profiled in the New York Times in an article entitled, “Could A Computer Outthink This Doctor?”  Dr. Dhaliwal currently writes for the Wall Street Journal’s The Experts Health Care Report.  His latest posts include “Should Patients Record Their Doctors’ Vists?”  and “What Doctors Really Want from the Latest Medical Technology.”


Dr. Anders Ericsson, PhD
Comradi Eminent Scholar & Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
Florida State University

Dr. K. Anders Ericsson, PhD, is a Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. He is a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and a member of Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.After his Ph. D. in Sweden, he collaborated with the Nobel Prize winner in Economics, Herbert A. Simon on verbal reports of thinking leading to their classic book “Protocol Analysis: Verbal Reports as Data” (1984). Currently he studies the measurement of expert performance in domains, such as nursing, law enforcement, sports, and how expert performers attain their superior performance by acquiring complex cognitive mechanisms and physiological adaptations through extended deliberate practice. 

Dr Ericsson has edited several books on expertise. His most recent book (2016) “Peak: Secrets from the new science of expertise” was co-authored with Robert Pool. He has published articles in prestigious journals, such as Science, Academic Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine, and Current Biology,. His research has been featured in cover stories in Scientific American, Time, Fortune, Wall Street Journal and New York Times. 


Robert A. Ganz, MD, FASGE
Associate Professor of Medicine
Gastroenterology, Abbott-Northwestern

University of Minnesota

Dr. Ganz completed his undergraduate work at the University of Illinois, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1980. He performed both his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. His fellowship in gastroenterology was completed at Northwestern University in Chicago.

A Diplomate in three national medical organizations, Dr. Ganz is board-certified by the American Board of Gastroenterology, the American Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners. Since 2005, he has been an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, and currently serves as Chief of Gastroenterology at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Dr. Ganz has been very active on the medical staff of Abbott Northwestern Hospital, having most recently served on the medical Board of Directors. Dr. Ganz has also been very active in national GI societies recently completing a term as a Councilor for the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). He is currently a Trustee for the ASGE Research Foundation.

His areas of expertise include: gastroesophageal reflux disease, Barrett’s esophagus, cancer of the esophagus and peptic ulcer disease. Dr. Ganz is actively engaged in clinical research in these areas and is widely acknowledged as a leading authority in these fields.   Dr. Ganz has published over 100 articles, abstracts and book chapters about digestive diseases and has made innumerable presentations at national medical meetings. He has been named to the Best Doctors In America several times.

In addition Dr. Ganz is an avid inventor and holds 25 patents in the field of medicine, with several pending. He is widely considered to be a pioneer of cutting edge medical technology and has co-founded several medical device companies including BARRX Medical Inc., which is devoted to the treatment of Barrett’s esophagus and early stage esophageal cancer. He was the first person in the world to perform balloon-based radiofrequency ablation of Barrett’s esophagus.

Dr. Ganz enjoys teaching medical students, residents and fellows, and has mentored several residents and GI fellows with regard to their research projects and careers.

When he is not practicing medicine or teaching Dr. Ganz likes to spend his leisure time with his family, and also enjoys traveling, exercising, golf and reading.


John Vozenilek, MD, FACEP 
Director of Simulation and Chief Medical Officer
College of Medicine in Peoria,
Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center,  and Duane and Mary Cullinan  University of Illinois

As the Director of Simulation and Chief Medical Officer of the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center, Dr. Vozenilek provides central coordination and oversight for OSF Healthcare’s undergraduate, graduate, interdisciplinary, and continuing medical simulation education programs. Under his direction, the OSF Healthcare and the University of Illinois College Of Medicine at Peoria has created additional organizational capabilities and infrastructure, building resources for educators who wish to use innovative learning technologies for teaching and assessment. Dr. Vozenilek is actively involved in the academic programs across traditional departmental boundaries and in clinical practice at OSF Healthcare. In addition to his role in simulation, Dr.Vozenilek serves as faculty with the Institute for Healthcare Research and its Center for Patient Safety and teaches within NorthwesternUniversity’s master’s degree program in healthcare quality and safety. 

Dr. Vozenilek has served as medical advisor to the Chicago clinical Skills Evaluation Center for the USMLE Clinical SkillsExamination and has a leadership role in the Simulation Academy within the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. He leads the American Board of Medical Specialties Task Force on the use of Simulation for the maintenance of Board Certification. In May of 2008, he co-chaired the first Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-sponsored national consensus conference on using simulation research to define and develop clinical expertise. 

Dr. Vozenilek’s research in the field of simulation and his extensive background in simulation and curricula development has included delivery of training and assessment of technical and non-technical competencies, and the use of simulation to emulate clinical environment for workflow and process change, including electronic healthcare records (e.g. handoff and inter-hospital patient transfers). These projects demonstrate expertise in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to create and sustain simulations for clinical environments and produce meaningful interventions for enhanced healthcare reliability.

Stagnaro GreenAlex2014

Alex Stagnaro-Green, MD, MHPE 
Regional Dean and Professor
College of Medicine in Rockford and
Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Illinois

Dr. Stagnaro-Green is currently Regional Dean at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford and Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology. He graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1983. Following a residency in Internal Medicine at New Jersey Medical School, he completed a fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In 2005 he received a Masters of Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Over the years, Dr. Stagnaro-Green has led comprehensive curricular reform at multiple institutions including the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, and the George Washington University School of Medicine. He has successfully led LCME reaccreditation efforts at both Mount Sinai and New Jersey Medical School and has had a leadership role in LCME activities at George Washington. Since 1994, Dr. Green has also served as an LCME site visitor and has had the leadership position as LCME team secretary on seven LCME site visits.  He has published on a wide variety of topics in medical education and has received multiple educational awards, including the Distinguished Educator Award, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and was nominated for the Golden Apple Award, New Jersey Medical School from 2004-2007.

Dr. Stagnaro-Green is also an internationally known researcher in the field of thyroid disease and pregnancy. In 1990 he reported in JAMA the seminal finding linking thyroid antibody positivity in euthyroid women to a doubling of the rate of spontaneous miscarriage. His endocrine research focuses on thyroid antibodies and miscarriage, the relationship between thyroid dysfunction and preterm delivery, and postpartum thyroiditis. For the last six years, he has been the Chairman of the American Thyroid Association (ATA) task force on thyroid and pregnancy. In 2011, he was the Chair and lead author on clinical guidelines on thyroid and pregnancy which have been endorsed worldwide, including the European Thyroid Association, Latin American Thyroid Association, and the Australian Thyroid Association. At present, Dr. Stagnaro-Green is leading an effort to ensure that all prenatal vitamins include iodine which is critical to normal fetal neurocognitive development. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has served as section editor of two books.

Thomas J. Nasca2013

Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP
Chief Executive Officer and Professor
Accreditation Council for Graduates Medical Education,
ACGME International, and Jefferson Medical College

Dr. Nasca graduated from the University of Notre Dame with High Honors, and is an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of Jefferson Medical College. He was chief medical resident at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, and completed a nephrology fellowship at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital. He was the Chairman and Residency Program Director of the Department of Medicine, and Director of Medical Services at The Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh he assumed the role of Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Dr. Nasca has been involved in medical education since 1981. He has held many leadership positions at the Jefferson Medical College including Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Affiliations, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean and President of Jefferson University Physicians. Dr. Nasca left the deanship at Jefferson to assume his position at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in December, 2007. In May, 2009 Dr. Nasca became the founding President and CEO of ACGME-International, LLC.

Dr. Nasca is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Dr. Nasca was a member of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) of the Department of Health and Human Services and the United Stated Congress. Dr. Nasca’s professional memberships have included the International Society of Nephrology, the American Society of Nephrology, the American College of Physicians, the American Society for Apheresis, the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine. With these professional organizations he has served as a member of various committees and positions of responsibility. Dr. Nasca has also formerly been a member of many medical boards and committees to enhance medical education including the National Board of Medical Examiners and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

Among many awards, Dr. Nasca has received the Dema C. Daley Founders Award for Excellence in Internal Medicine Education from the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, the Rev. Clarence Shaffrey, S.J. Award from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and the Jefferson Medical College Alumni Achievement Award. He was named one of the 50 most powerful physician executives in 2009, 2010, and 2011 by Modern Healthcare. He is the author of over 100 peer reviewed articles, chapters, and other publications, and has delivered more than 300 invited lectures and presentations on topics related to medical education. Dr. Nasca and his wife, Jean Styslinger Nasca, are the proud parents of four sons, and have one grandson.

David Gurka2012

David Gurka, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Rush University Medical Center

Dr. David A. Gurka received a B.A. in Biochemistry from Northwestern University in 1977 prior to entering the doctorate program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Northwestern University, earning his PhD in 1985. He matriculated into the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago in 1983 and was awarded his MD in 1987. After completing his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Hospital and Clinics in 1990, he served as Chief Resident at UIC Hospital in 1990-91 under Drs. Melvin Lopata and Clifford Pilz. He was also inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha at that time. He then did his fellowship in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine at UIC before joining the faculty at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s (now Rush University) Medical Center in 1994. Dr. Gurka has held a number of positions at Rush, including the Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy and Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit. He currently is the Director of the Section of Critical Care Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and the Medical Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Rush.

An active clinical educator, Dr. Gurka has been the recipient of the Rush University Department of Medicine Teaching and Service Award and serves as Program Director of the joint Cook County Hospital-Rush University Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program. He has been the principle investigator on a number of clinical research trials in the areas of sepsis, acute lung injury, pneumonia and venous thromboembolic disease. He currently is a Co-Principal Investigator with a member of the UIC faculty, Carol Braunschweig, PhD, on a National Institutes of Health grant studying the effect of early, intense enteral nutritional support on the long-term sequelae of survival from acute lung injury.

Dr. Gurka has a strong interest in optimizing quality of care and maximizing patient safety in the vulnerable critically ill patient and he has served as Medical Director of Quality Improvement of the Chicago-area Kindred Hospitals and RML Hospitals. In 2012, he was appointed Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Critical Care Patient Safety and Quality at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Gurka has been an annual presenter at the American College of Physicians Pre-session Critical Care Medicine course, lecturing on the prevention of complications of critical illness.

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  1. Duplicate the existing item, listed as a 1/6 text field. (Or create a 1/6 column and add a text field, modify the class so it’s exactly “additionalAnchor”).
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