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David L. Brown, M.D. is a world-renowned physician, a leading expert on pain management, and a survivor of his own life-threatening illness.

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Founding Team

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David L. Brown

Founder & CEO

Biography

David Brown is a world-renowned physician and anesthesiologist, a leading expert on pain management, and a survivor of his own life-threatening illness. His illness gave him a deep and personal understanding of the needs of patients and families facing end-of-life decisions. Prior to founding Curadux, Brown practiced medicine for 37 years in both the operating rooms and as a physician focusing on chronic and cancer pain at the world's elite healthcare institutions. He has led the departments of anesthesiology at the Cleveland Clinic, University of Texas – M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, and the Virginia Mason Medical Center, as well as serving as professor of anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic.

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Rick Johnson

VP, Business Development

Biography

Rick Johnson is a nationally recognized senior executive who specializes in workforce health strategies and productivity initiatives. For more than 30 years, he has led organizations in creating programs that increase shareholder value. He has worked closely with boards and senior leaders to design programs that deliver enhanced business performance and deliver these results. His clients include Fortune 500 companies as well as mid-size public and private companies.

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Claudia Johnson

VP, External Relations

Biography

Claudia Wyatt-Johnson is a nationally recognized compensation and strategy consultant and is a founding partner of Partners in Performance, Inc. For more than 30 years, she has worked closely with boards and senior leaders to design compensation programs to retain key executives, reward performance and increase shareholder value. She has depth and breadth of experience in the healthcare industry and has worked with providers, insurers, biotech companies and pharmaceutical organizations. She earned her BA from Lake Forest College and MA from Loyola University. She completed the Harvard Leadership Development Program and the Women’s Director Development Program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Advisory Team

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Marlise Eckhout

Patient Advocate

Biography

Marlise Eckhout RN has extensive training and experience in critical care. She has managed adult and pediatric cardio thoracic patients, as well as surgical/ trauma patients. Additionally she has operating room experience. She worked at the Cleveland Clinic as well as The Medical University of South Carolina. She recently cared and advocated for her husband for a number of years until his passing.

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Rosemary Gibson

Senior Advisor, Hastings Centers

Biography

Rosemary Gibson is founding editor of JAMA Internal Medicine’s Less is More narratives series. She is author of The Treatment Trap which puts a human face on overtreatment. At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she was chief architect of its successful $250 million national strategy to bring palliative care into the nation’s acute care hospitals. She is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

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Fred Guidry

Professor of Anesthesiology, MUSC

Biography

Fred Guidry is a Professor of Anesthesiology at the Medical University of South Carolina who retired from clinical practice in May of 2015. He is certified in both anesthesiology and critical care medicine and has had extensive clinical experience in variety of operating rooms and intensive care units. He has been President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the American Board of Anesthesiology and was elected to Honorary Membership in the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.

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Ken Jennings

Founder, Third River Partners

Biography

Ken Jennings, Ph.D. is a bestselling author and the founder of Third River Partners, a leadership development and strategy execution firm. As a recognized expert and trusted advisor in organizational effectiveness, Ken draws on depth of experiences across multiple industries including hospital and healthcare delivery.

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David Johnson

Founder, 4sight Health

Biography

David Johnson is founder and CEO of 4sight Health, a healthcare boutique specializing in thought capital, strategic advisory services and venture investing/capital raising. During his 28-year investment banking career, Johnson managed over $30 billion in healthcare revenue bonds. He has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, West Africa and as a United States Presidential Management Intern.

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Jeff Leimgruber

Principal, J.A. Leimgruber Consulting

Biography

Jeff Leimgruber is a principal with J.A. Leimgruber Consulting and a healthcare executive with 35+ years of senior level experience in leading freestanding teaching hospitals, multi-hospital systems and post acute care service networks. Since formally retiring from the Cleveland Clinic Executive leadership group in 2013, he serves on Boards and consults in the areas of Executive coaching, Hospital Business/Service line development, Strategic Planning and Medical Staff Management and Alignment.

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Steve Long

President & CEO, Hancock Health

Biography

Steve Long is the President & CEO of Hancock Health and Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, Indiana. During his 20+ years in health care, Steve has served in a variety of senior leadership capacities including stints at University of Iowa Healthcare in Iowa City, Iowa; MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas; and Aurora Healthcare based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to his arrival at Hancock, Steve served as the President & CEO of Skiff Medical Center in Newton, Iowa.

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Kristen Morris

Chief Government Officer, Cleveland Clinic

Biography

Kristen Morris serves as the Chief Government and Community Relations Officer at the Cleveland Clinic. She previously served as Divisional Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for Abbott Labs and served nearly 4 years as Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.

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Frank Papay

Chair of Dermatology & Plastic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic

Biography

Frank Papay, M.D. is an accomplished surgeon who has been recognized as one of the nation’s Best Doctors specializing in plastic and reconstructive by Castle Connolly. He currently serves as chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute and is an associate professor of surgery at the Lerner School of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.

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Joe Patrnchak

Prinicipal, Green Summit Partners

Biography

Joe Patrnchak is head of Green Summit Partners, a consulting practice dedicated to helping organizations bring out the best in their people. Prior to establishing Green Summit, Joe served as Chief Human Resources Officer at Cleveland Clinic, Chief HR Officer and Senior Vice President at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Vice President of Human Resources for HP/Compaq/Digital.

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Joe Patton

Probate Attorney & Entrepreneur

Biography

Joe Patton is an attorney who has concentrated his practice on probate administration, litigation, and estate planning for 25 years. He works with individual and small business clients toward achieving their desired outcomes – whether in matters of business succession, healthcare and financial decisions, or special needs provisions.

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Scott Schell

Physician & Entrepreneur

Biography

Scott Schell has three decades’ experience in clinical medicine, biomedical research, device and pharma development. In addition, his own companies have developed information technologies for precision medicine, patient care, and large dataset predictive analytics. He has served on the academic faculty at three universities, as Associate Chief of Staff and Chair of Population Health at the Cleveland Clinic, and Chief Medical Officer at Alere.

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