Senior Data Analyst United Urology Group
Jim Brezicki joined the United Urology Group in July 2018 after overseeing various data analytics teams at Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley. Since joining, Jim has partnered with many of the urologists and physician liaisons in developing internal tools and analytics that drive patient referral volumes. Jim and his team have launched multiple initiatives that are intended to improve physician access to population health analytics and improve work efficiencies. Today, Jim has become an integral piece to UUG’s organic growth strategy and the technological platform that will serve patient and referral analytics.
Initially brought on to assist with the implementation of a new business intelligence tool, Microsoft Power BI, and to introduce complex analytic methods used in corporate finance to the Urology space, Jim joined the United Urology Group after 14 years in the banking sector. He graduated with a BA degree in Economics and later a MBA from Loyola University Maryland.
Assistant Vice President, Physician Recruitment Northwell Health
Judith Heller has spent more than 15 years in the field of healthcare with experience in public policy implementation, managed care strategies, revenue enhancements, process improvements and capital development. Currently, Judith serves as the Assistant Vice President for Physician Recruitment at Northwell Health. In this role, she has developed a concierge service for physicians interested in joining the Health System and a partnership with leadership to identify candidates that are strategically important to the ambulatory network’s growth.
As an adjunct professor at the Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business, Judith teaches a course entitled “Emerging Topics in Healthcare.” The goal of this course is to introduce students to opportunities within the field of healthcare and align them with mentors to assist in their future growth and development.
Most recently, Judith has been recognized as one of the Long Island Business News 40 Under 40; which is largely to acknowledge her commitment to the community. Those initiatives closest to her heart include: Make-A-Wish, Step by Step Charitable Foundation, whose motto is “we run for those who can’t” raising awareness and funding for cancer research and Eleni’s Pop Of Color, which annually provides 1,200+ scarves for patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Vice President, Mount Sinai Health Network Mount Sinai Health System
As Vice President of Network Development for Mount Sinai's Health Network, Ralph Lambiasi specializes in strategic planning, business growth and development, physician partnering, branding and financial planning.
Ralph brings over 19 years of progressive healthcare and advisory experience to Mount Sinai. Prior successes include planning and direction of activities that improve physician hospital relationships, revenue, operational efficiencies, and quality of care. Specifically, he led the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary's growth strategy around ambulatory satellite development including a network of 16 outpatient facilities and multiple surgery centers. Ralph has spearheaded various collaborations with key institutional partners like CityMD, ENT and Allergy Associates and the New York eHealth Collaborative as well as CMS, governmental agencies, and international payors and healthcare institutions.
Director, Referring Provider Office Mayo Clinic
Erika McBride currently serves as the Director of the Referring Provider Office, Department of Provider Relations located in Scottsdale, Arizona. She joined Mayo Clinic in 2016 as a physician liaison for the Referring Provider Office in Arizona and has twelve years of health care experience. She has a background in physician and community relations, marketing, and public relations. Prior health care experience includes community outreach and engagement as a public relations expert for Banner Health and medical device sales territory manager for Johnson & Johnson.
Erika obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from Arizona State University and her Master’s of Business Administration from Grand Canyon University.
System Director, Physician and Provider Relations Bon Secours Mercy Health
Kelly has dedicated her entire career to healthcare, entering the field as a behavioral health clinician and quickly moving into business development. She received her undergraduate degree from Southern IL University and her graduate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Kelly has been a part of the Bon Secours Mercy Health ministry for two decades. She has held leadership positions responsible for strategy, business development, clinical integration, and service line operations. As the Chief Network Integration Officer and Vice President of Strategy for the BSMH Kentucky market, Kelly led a ten-year growth plan, moving the network into a market leadership position, serving more lives than any other health system in the region. In her current role, Kelly has joined the BSMH national team, partnering with the population health division, to transform multiple physician liaison programs across seven states into one system wide relationship management function focused on growth and performance. Kelly has successfully combined her human behavior training with proven business development strategies to create a patient centered physician and provider relationship structure that is valued across all levels of the organization.
Pam Oliver, MD is executive vice president and president of Novant Health Physician Network. She is responsible for medical group operations, Care Connections, clinic quality and safety initiatives as well as provider education, enrollment and engagement efforts.
Oliver is a board-certified ob-gyn and has been practicing at Novant Health WomanCare since 2005. She has served in various leadership roles, including as submarket leader for specialty practices in the greater Winston-Salem market, physician service line leader of women’s services for the greater Winston-Salem market and senior physician executive for Novant Health Physician Network, supporting clinical and business strategy across the system.
Oliver received her undergraduate degree in biology and her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead Scholar and Board of Governors’ scholarship recipient. She also earned her master’s degree in public health (maternal and child health concentration) from the UNC School of Public Health while enrolled in medical school. Oliver currently serves as chair for the Forsyth County Infant Mortality Reduction Coalition. She is a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also serves on the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund Board. In addition, she has served on the Summit School board of trustees since 2015.
Vice President, Physician Recruitment and Relations Marshfield Clinic Health System
Scott Polenz has a broad background of over twenty years in healthcare; including managed care, small and larger hospital experience, and physician management and relationships. Scott’s hospital experience includes being a CEO and also leading the building of a new micro tertiary hospital built in 2018 for Marshfield Clinic Health System (MCHS). MCHS is a rural integrated health care system with over 1,200 physicians and providers and 11,000 employees serving the rural health care needs of northern, central and western Wisconsin.
Scott is transitioning from the Chief Administrative Officer of the micro-tertiary hospital to a Vice President of Physician and Clinical Practitioners Relations, which will oversee recruitment, onboarding, medical staff relationships, and care retention. Scott’s strengths include strategy, team building, and physician and leader relationships. His education includes an MBA as well as being a CPA.
Frank Shipp, FACHE
Executive Director, CIN and Population Health Valley Health System
Serving as Executive Director of Valley Health System’s Clinically Integrated Network and Population Health Department, Frank oversees operations and functions pertaining to all contracted value-based programs with CMS and commercial payors.
Frank brings over 30 years of healthcare experience as a clinician, consultant and hospital executive. Before joining the Valley Health System in 2017, Frank served as Vice President of Professional Services in the Temple University Health System in Philadelphia and Director in Medical Management at Emblem Health - Advantage Care Physicians in New York City. Frank completed his MBA at Fairleigh Dickinson University, is a certified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a trained Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University.
Director, Physician Liaisons United Urology Group
Ryan Swailes was the first physician liaison hired by Chesapeake Urology in 2008 and he has been responsible for developing the role at the practice ever since. In 2018, Ryan was named the Director of Physician Liaisons under United Urology Group (UUG) and currently manages the UUG Liaison programs in Maryland, Tennessee, and Colorado. Ryan works with the group’s urologists to increase their exposure with new and current referring physicians. He also works closely with doctors on engaging with referring physicians and patients effectively. In this role, Ryan works to provide high-level customer service for referring offices to ensure optimal communication between practices.
Prior to joining Chesapeake Urology more than 10 years ago, Ryan was a urology specialty representative with Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals. Ryan graduated with a BA degree from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania where he also played collegiate football. He has presented at regional meetings of The American Association of Physician Liaisons (AAPL) and at the Physician Relations Summit.
Lisa Varga, MEd
Manager, Physician Relations UCHealth
I started my career as a vocational rehabilitation counselor, where I worked in the private sector for more than 15 years. This eventually led to developing my own private practice where I consulted and did expert witness work. I eventually moved into the Health Care field working for one of the significant community health care systems in Colorado. I started as sales manager for occupational medicine and rehabilitation services and eventually moved into a physician relations role at a brand new community hospital within that same system. I helped to build a solid medical staff by recruiting, providing physician outreach and on-boarded new physicians. After over 10 years and participating in exponential growth, I transitioned into a role with UCHealth as an opportunity for growth in my career path. I currently have responsibility for growing our transplant service lines, managing a territory and growing volume at one of the UCHealth Community Hospitals.
Jonathan Wetzel, MBA-H
Senior Director, Network Development and International Business Development Mount Sinai Health System
As Senior Director of Network Development and International Business Development, Jonathan is responsible for supporting and leading Mount Sinai’s Network Development activities, including the integration of new health system entities, hospitals, and practices, and the direction and oversight of Mount Sinai’s international relationships, projects, and programs abroad. Prior to this, he served as Director and Associate Director of Network Development and International Business Development, predominately focusing on strategic partnerships, acquisitions, and relationship management for the Mount Sinai Health Network. Before joining Mount Sinai, Mr. Wetzel served as Project Manager, Western Region, for Northwell Health (formerly known as the North Shore-LIJ Health System), where he began his career as one of only four administrative fellows selected from graduate programs focused on health care administration. Mr. Wetzel holds an MBA in Health Care Management from Union Graduate College and a BA in Behavioral Neuroscience from Lehigh University.