2019 Speaking Faculty

Currently Confirmed



Amit Bansal
Amit Bansal, MD, FACP, FHM
Physician Advisor,
Rochester Regional Health
Director of Quality,
Rochester General Hospital Group


Joseph B. Borawski
Joseph B. Borawski, MD, MPH, FACEP
Medical Director, Clinical Evaluation Unit
Assistant Director, Acute Care Research Assistant
Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine
Duke University Medical Center


Jose M. Carralero
Jose M. Carralero, MSN, RN, CMSRN
Advanced Patient Outcome Facilitator
Baptist Hospital of Miami, Baptist Health South Florida


Christopher Caspers
Christopher Caspers, MD
Chief, Observation Medicine, NYU Langone Health System;
Associate Professor, NYU School of Medicine;
President-Elect, Observation Medicine Section, American College of Emergency Physicians


Maria M. Garcia
Maria M. Garcia, MD, MPH, FACP
Professor of Medicine, Physician Advisor for Utilization and Care Coordination
UMass Memorial Medical Center


David Goldner
David Goldner, MD, FACC
Medical Director, Utilization Management and Appeals
Lehigh Valley Health Network


Ryan Greiner
Ryan Greiner, MD
Medical Director, Hospitalists and Observation Services; Physician Advisor, Utilization Management and Clinical Documentation
North Memorial Health


Anthony Guarracino
Anthony Guarracino, DO, MHA, FACEP
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
UPMC Pinnacle


Dean Harrison
Dean Harrison, MPAS, PAC, DFAAPA
Director, Clinical Evaluation Unit; Director, Advanced Practice Providers; Director, EM/APP Residency Program, Assistant Professor
Duke University Medical Center


Maria Johar
Maria Johar, MD, MBA
Physician Advisor
University Hospitals


Deerajnath Lingutla
Deerajnath Lingutla, MD, MBA, CHCQM
Medical Director/Physician Advisor Program; Academic Hospitalist,
Rochester Regional Health/Unity Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Rochester


Sharon Mace
Sharon Mace, MD, FACEP, FAAP
Director, Observation Unit, Cleveland Clinic Author, Observation Medicine: Principles and Protocols


Christopher McStay
Christopher McStay, MD, FACEP, FAWM
Chief, Clinical Operations; Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Colorado School of Medicine


Stefanie B. Porges
Stefanie B. Porges, MD
Medical Director, Emergency Department Observation Unit
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Melanie Raffoul
Melanie Raffoul, MD, FAAFP
Assistant Medical Director, Observation/Short Stay Unit
NYU Langone Health


David M. Schneider
David M. Schneider, BSN, RN, CMSRN
Patient Outcomes Facilitator
Baptist Hospital of Miami, Baptist Health South Florida


Mohammad Shaheed
Mohammad Shaheed, MD, SFHM, CHCQHM-PHYADV
Medical Director, Physician Advisor Group
Rochester Regional Health


Blaine Stringer
Blaine Stringer, MSN, RN, CEN, NE-BC
Adult Observation Unit Director
Rush University Medical Center


J. Jeremy Thomas
J. Jeremy Thomas, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAEM
Director, Emergency Services and Observation Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham, UAB Health System


Chris Turner
Chris Turner, MD, MMHC
Hospitalist, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Medial Director, Maury Regional Medical Center Clinical Decision Unit
Maury Regional Medical Group


Carissa J. Tyo
Carissa J. Tyo, MD
Assistant Professor, Internal and Emergency Medicine; Program Director, IMEM Combined Residency; Medical Director, Clinical Decision Unit; Physician Advisor,
University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital and Health Sciences Systems


Amit Wadhwa
Amit Wadhwa, MD, FAAEM
Medical Director, Utilization and Care Management
Holy Cross Health


Deborah Warhol
Deborah Warhol
Systems Utilization Management Manager
North Memorial Health