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Thomas Bojko, MD, MS, JD, FCLM, is Managing Partner of Hospital EXPERTS™ and Partner with the law firm of Thomas & Krail, LLC in Freehold, NJ. Dr. Bojko has over two decades of experience in both clinical and administrative aspects of  ... [Read More]

Fred L. Cohen, MD, JD, FCLM, is a member of Gary Roberts & Associates and concurrently is a practicing Board Certified Neurosurgeon. Dr. Cohen is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his residencies at... [Read More]

Daniel D. Dressler, MD, MSc, SFHM, FACP is Professor of Medicine, Hospital Medicine Associate Division Director for Education, Director of Internal Medicine Teaching Services at Emory University Hospital, Associate Program Director for... [Read More]

Lance L Gooberman, MD, JD, FCLM, DABAM  is a true pioneer in the field of Addiction Medicine, at first initially integrating it into his internal medicine practice in 1987 until 1995 when he began devoting his entire practice to Addiction Medicine... [Read More]

C. William Hinnant, Jr. MD JD DABU FCLM, is currently President and General Counsel of the prestigious American College of Legal Medicine, Diplomate of the American Board of Urology and Attorney, practicing both medicine and law in Anderson... [Read More]

Bill Kanich, MD, JD is the Chief Medical Officer for the MAG Mutual Insurance Company’s Patient Safety Institute. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and practices in Charleston, South Carolina. Prior to moving to Atlanta Dr. Kanich was... [Read More]

 

Kelly Baldwin Krial, Esq. is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Hospital EXPERTS™ and a Partner at Thomas & Krail in NJ. For nearly a decade Ms. Baldwin Krail’s litigation practice has included insurance defense, professional .... [Read More]


Gregory C. Lisby, PhD., JD, is professor of Communication at Georgia State University, holds a PhD. from the University of Tennessee – where he was awarded the Chancellor's Citation for Extraordinary Academic Achievement & Professional.... [Read More]


Christina Mikosz, MD, MPH, is Medical Officer on the Prescription Drug Overdose Health Systems team, at the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her primary research interest as... [Read More]


Mitchell S. Nudelman, MD, JD, DABFM, FCLM - your host for this event – has been Chief Medical Officer since he founded Medical Director Solutions LLC in 1997 (where his clients are mostly employers, carriers and those who represent them)... [Read more]


Rep. Kevin Tanner, in his 27th year of public service, is serving in his third term as a State Representative for District 9, which includes Lumpkin and parts of Dawson and Forsyth counties. He is chairman of the house... [Read More]

 

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Thomas Bojko, MD, MS, JD, FCLM is Managing Partner of Hospital EXPERTS™ and Partner with the law firm of Thomas & Krail, LLC in Freehold, NJ. Dr. Bojko has over two decades of experience in both clinical and administrative aspects of hospital operations, holding such titles as Executive Director, Director of Medical Services and Clinical Operations, and Director of Critical Care Medicine, among others.


Dr. Bojko earned his MD at the University of Rome and after completing a Pediatric residency at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center/University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Dr. Bojko was fellowship trained in Pediatric Critical Care at The New York Hospital - Cornell University Medical College.


Dr. Bojko also holds a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, Management and Policy  from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, and earned his law degree at Rutgers University School of Law. A Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine, Dr. Bojko is licensed to practice medicine in New York and New Jersey, and is admitted to the New Jersey Bar.

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Fred L. Cohen, MD, JD, FCLM, is a member of Gary Roberts & Associates and concurrently is a practicing Board Certified Neurosurgeon. Dr. Cohen is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his residencies at Boston University Hospital, SUNY Upstate Medical Center, and became the Chief Resident of Upstate Veterans’ Administration Hospital in 1975. He has an active staff appointment at St. Mary’s Hospital and Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Legal Medicine. 


While practicing neurosurgery, Dr. Cohen attended Nova Southeastern University School of Law and graduated in June of 1999. Dr. Cohen has been an attorney with Gary Roberts and Associates since then. Dr. Cohen was the Chairman of the Animal Law Committee of the Florida Bar between 2004 and 2008. He is a member of a number of professional societies, including the Florida Society of Healthcare Risk Managers; The American Hospital Association for Healthcare Risk Management; The American College of Legal Medicine; and The Animal Legal Defense Fund.


Dr. Cohen actively litigates cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death on behalf of victims. These cases include severe vehicular collisions, product liability and medical negligence.

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Daniel D. Dressler, MD, MSc, SFHM, FACP is Professor of Medicine, Hospital Medicine Associate Division Director for Education, Director of Internal Medicine Teaching Services at Emory University Hospital, Associate Program Director for the J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Medical Student Semmelweis Society Advisor at Emory University’s School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.  He was founding Director of Hospital Medicine at Emory University Hospital. He completed his undergraduate training at Duke University in Physics, and his medical training at Emory University School of Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Emory University, followed by a fellowship in Hospital Medicine and a Master of Science in Clinical Research. He is board certified in internal medicine with Focused Practice certification in Hospital Medicine.
 
In the Department of Medicine Dr. Dressler directs the Evidence-Based Medicine curriculum and the Megacode/Resuscitation training for the internal medicine residency program.  He also serves on the department’s Residency Leadership Committee and Residency Clinical Competency Committee.  He was awarded the Department of Medicine’s inaugural Educator Impact Award, was inducted into the inaugural class of the Department’s Academy of Medical Educators, and serves as the Chair of its Executive Council.
 
Dr. Dressler serves on the Editorial Board for the journal Hospital Medicine Practice and is an editor of Principles and Practice of Hospital Medicine textbook.  He is also Associate Editor for the Journal of Hospital Medicine and Associate Editor for NEJM Journal Watch Hospital Medicine.  He served as co-editor of the original Core Competencies in Hospital Medicine, and has >100 invited presentations at national, international and regional venues.  Additionally, Dr. Dressler has served on dozens of national committees, served as course director for more than 15 national and regional conferences—including the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Annual Meeting, and board member and officer for the national organization.  In 2014 he received SHM’s national Excellence in Teaching Award.

 

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Lance L Gooberman, MD, JD, FCLM, DABAM  is a true pioneer in the field of Addiction Medicine, at first initially integrating it into his internal medicine practice in 1987 until 1995 when he began devoting his entire practice to Addiction Medicine. Initially  certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 1990,  Dr. Gooberman is Board Certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine and has been a Diplomate since 2009. An inventor and entrepreneur, he has been granted several patents related to the treatment of addiction, including the naloxone pellet. 

Dr. Gooberman earned his law degree at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware, and is a member of both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. He has been qualified by courts of many jurisdictions as an expert on the detection and effects of alcohol and other drugs on the human body and testified on many occasions, and he is an expert in Forensic Addiction Medicine. 

A graduate of Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez Ciudad Juarez, Mexico - he can still speak Spanish - Dr. Gooberman completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Cooper Hospital University Medical Center (NJ), and is licensed to practice medicine in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

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C. William Hinnant, Jr. MD JD DABU FCLM, is currently President and General Counsel of the prestigious American College of Legal Medicine, Diplomate of the American Board of Urology and Attorney, practicing both medicine and law in Anderson and Charleston, South Carolina.  Dr. Hinnant earned his MD at the Medical College of South Carolina, and completed his Residency in Adult and Pediatric Urology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (1992).  In 2001, Dr. Hinnant earned his law degree at Georgia State University School of Law and is an active member of the South Carolina Bar. 

In his law practice Medicolegal Consultants, LLC, Dr. Hinnant specializes in plaintiff medical malpractice, personal injury, & workers compensation. He has a special interest in the defense of physicians who have been the subject of disciplinary actions, often involving “sham peer review” by the Medical Board, Hospital or other Healthcare entity or agency.  

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Kelly Baldwin Krail, Esq., is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Hospital EXPERTS™ and a Partner at Thomas & Krail, LLC in NJ. For nearly a decade Ms. Baldwin Krail’s litigation practice has included insurance defense, professional negligence, mass torts, and products liability. In addition, Ms. Baldwin Krail handles multiple facets of legal and administrative work at Hospital EXPERTS™, navigating the nuances of the legal environment with their attorney clients
 
Ms. Baldwin Krail earned her BA at Seton Hall and her law degree from the New England School of Law. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

 

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Bill Kanich, MD, JD is the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the MAG Mutual Insurance Company’s Patient Safety Institute. He is responsible for leading all clinical risk management initiatives, including all educational speaking programs. He also serves as the medical director for the editorial committee, 3Rs Program, and 24/7 physician hotline.
Dr. Kanich is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and was practicing in Charleston, South Carolina prior to accepting the CMO position in January 2017. While practicing medicine, Dr. Kanich also served on MagMutual’s South Carolina Claims Committee for eight years. Dr. Kanich received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, his law degree from the University of North Carolina, and his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia.


 

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Gregory C. Lisby, PhD., JD, is professor of Communication at Georgia State University, holds a PhD. from the University of Tennessee – where he was awarded the Chancellor's Citation for Extraordinary Academic Achievement & Professional Promise – and a JD degree from the G.S.U. College of Law. Prior to that, he earned his BA degree in Journalism from Auburn University and MA degree in Journalism from the University of Mississippi. He currently serves as chair of the Department of Communication at Georgia State University. 

 

Professor Lisby currently teaches communication law, regulation, and policy, as well as communication ethics, and also practices law (Georgia Bar No. 452022) in Atlanta. He serves on the editorial boards of Communication Law & Policy, Newspaper Research Journal, and the Online Journal of Communication & Media Technologies, and is a past editorial board member of American Journalism and past head of the Law & Policy Division of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC). He is the author of two books and his research has been published in Journalism Monographs, Communication Law & Policy, Journalism Quarterly, Free Speech Yearbook, Communication & the Law, Critical Studies, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Newspaper Research Journal, and Georgia Historical Quarterly, from which he received the E. Merton Coulter Award for the best article of the year for his legal history of the Georgia Literature Commission.

 

His documentary on film censorship in Atlanta was broadcast on Georgia public television and his biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning Georgia journalist Julian Harris won the book of the year award from the American Journalism Historians Association in 2003. He is at present working on a comparative assessment of testimonial privilege among professionals – attorneys and clients, doctors and patients, ministers and penitents, and journalists and sources – to examine its effects on the ultimate purpose of American trials, which is the discovery of truth and the accomplishment of justice.

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Christina Mikosz, MD, MPHis Medical Officer on the Prescription Drug Overdose Health Systems team, at the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her primary research interest as a medical epidemiologist is in healthcare quality improvement, an interest she has explored working at both federal and county public health systems.

 

In her current role, Dr. Mikosz is involved in a number of projects related to the follow-up study and implementation of the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain and also provides technical expertise to states to support ongoing overdose prevention work. Prior to her current position at CDC, Dr. Mikosz worked in two different county public health departments in California. She previously served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with CDC and also worked as a staff hospitalist at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Mikosz completed medical school at Rush Medical College and internship/residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Mitchell S. Nudelman, MD, JD, DABFM, FCLM - your host for this event – has been Chief Medical Officer since he founded Medical Director Solutions LLC in 1997 (where his clients are mostly employers, carriers and those who represent them), and managing member of his boutique law firm Nudelman & Associates (serving plaintiff and defense parties alike), for about two decades. He is a fellow of the prestigious American College of Legal Medicine, the professional organization for those who hold degrees both in medicine and law.

 

Dr. Nudelman earned his medical degree at the Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago in the Dominican Republic, and completed his internship and residency at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, DE, a community hospital affiliated with the Temple University School of Medicine Family Medicine. After residency, he practiced clinical medicine for five years in various settings, all while attending the University of Miami School of Law, where Dr. Nudelman earned his JD.

 

In 1991 Dr. Nudelman moved to Atlanta where he was the Medical Director to Aetna Health Plans of Georgia over an HMO and PPO plans, and his duties included all ERISA appeals to Delta Airlines. Board certified in Family Medicine since 1987 with a concentration in Behavioral Medicine, and a member of the Georgia Bar since 1991 where he has been in good standing since, Dr. Nudelman is a seasoned attorney and highly experienced medical director. He served as the sole Peer Review Physician to the Georgia State Board of Workers Compensation for more than a decade.

 

Dr. Nudelman's medical director experience includes review of tens of thousands of cases and adjudication of every type of claim involving medical peer review in most every setting.

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Rep. Kevin Tanner, in his 27th year of public service, is serving in his third term as a State Representative for District 9, which includes Lumpkin and parts of Dawson and Forsyth counties. He is chairman of the house transportation committee and a member of Appropriations, Education, Intragovernmental Coordination (Secretary), Natural Resources & Environment, and Special Rules Committees.
 
Sponsor of HB 249 pertaining to use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) that has become the new law effective in 2018, Mr. Tanner will speak about its upcoming implementation and how it will help to control the Opioid epidemic.
 
Kevin received his undergraduate degree from North Georgia College and State University and earned his Masters of Public Administration from Columbus State University. In addition to his political career, Mr. Tanner is a successful small business owner of a security company, Tanco Investments, LLC, and is a licensed light commercial contractor of residential homes. In 2007, Georgia Trend Magazine named Kevin one of Georgia’s 40 Under 40, and recognized in 2011 as the Appointed Official of the Year by Georgia’s Association of County Commissioners.
 
In addition to his career, Kevin has been heavily involved in community and civic activities in the North Georgia area for many years, including Chestatee Regional Hospital in Dahlonega, the Rainbow Children’s Home board in Dahlonega, Northeast Georgia Boy Scout Council, Brain Injury Association of Georgia, Rotary Club, Lanier Technical College Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Dawson County Republican Party.
 
A committed family man, Kevin is married to a first grade public school teacher, has three daughters. As a man of faith, not having enough to do, he also serves as a deacon and adult Sunday school teacher at Bethel Baptist Church where his family has attended church for seven generations.