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Our Advisory Panel

To ensure that we continue to live up to the highest standards, we've asked a few of our most respected member-bloggers to serve as an advisory panel for the site. They were selected for the outstanding quality of their work, their expertise across the spectrum of disciplines that make up our community, and most of all for their commitment to the ideals that drive us: inclusiveness, balance, community and civility.

Watch for original, exclusive posts from our advisory panel members. They'll enliven our podcast series, appear in our webinars, and cover events for us as the opportunities arise. And we look to them to be advocates for the community-at-large as well, keeping us focused on our mission as we expand, and making sure we don't forget...

David Davidovic David
@PathFW on Twitter
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David Davidovic is Founder, pathForward, focusing on providing advisory and management support to non-profit, established, start-up ventures mainly in the healthcare space.   

David has built and led commercial functions in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries for 33 years and has been involved in bringing to market many bio-pharmaceutical innovations.  Most recently, David was Vice President and Global Head of Commercial Services for Roche and Genentech.   Prior to joining Genentech in 2005, where was for almost 8 years, he served 24 years at Merck & Co.  

His career has included leadership positions in marketing, sales, business development and multiple commercial operations functions in Canada, in the US and globally.   David holds a BSc in Physiology and an MBA, both from McGill  University in Montreal Canada.  He lives in San Francisco, CA.

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Barbara Ficarra Barbara
@barbaraficarra on Twitter
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Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA is an award-winning journalist, media broadcaster, medical blogger, speaker, health educator, consultant, media trainer and registered nurse. She is founder and editor-in-chief of Barbara’s blogs and articles on Healthin30 feature a nurse's perspective and practical trusted advice on personal health focusing on prevention, patient empowerment and healthy living. She also covers a variety of health topics including social media networking, telehealth, the doctor|nurse team and professional development. She is creator, executive producer and host of the Health in 30® radio show, a live 30-minute program that brings listeners the latest health and medical news and information with leading medical experts, and empowers listeners to take charge of their health. [The Health in 30® Radio Show is presently on hiatus.] Barbara is a featured writer at The Huffington Post, freelance writer and guest medical blogger for various health sites. She is on the Editorial Advisory Board and consumer health educator for ShareCare. Barbara is a consultant with Numera Health as Senior Director, Clinical Affairs. Barbara is head nurse (nursing supervisor) at a level 2 trauma center and covers multiple medical and surgical units; including critical care, oncology, cardiology, psychiatric in-patient unit and the women’s and children’s units including the pediatric emergency room. Her clinical experience ranges from oncology to general medicine and surgery. Barbara is a speaker at many professional conferences and her presentations range from patient engagement and empowerment, health care social media networking, and health technology to professional development and media training. She has been quoted as an expert in health care for multiple journals and magazines. Barbara also is experienced in video production as host and executive producer for Web/TV. Barbara is a leading nurse voice in health and her focus is on patient empowerment, patient engagement, health care social media and healthy living. Her professional affiliations include the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ), New York Women in Communications, Microsoft Health Users Group (MSHUG), HIMSS (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society), and American Telemedicine Association (ATA). She is president of Barbara Ficarra Productions, LLC. Visit Barbara on Facebook: Follow Barbara on Twitter: Connect with Barbara on Linkedin: Like Healthin30:

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David Harlow David
@healthblawg on Twitter
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DAVID HARLOW is Principal of The Harlow Group LLC, a health care law and consulting firm based in Boston, MA. His twenty-five years’ experience in the public and private sectors affords him a unique perspective on legal, policy and business issues facing the health care community. David is adept at assisting clients in developing new paradigms for their business organizations, relationships and processes so as to maximize the realization of organizational goals in a highly regulated environment, in realms ranging from physician-hospital relationships to data privacy and security to facilities development to social media strategies to the avoidance of fraud and abuse. His blog, HealthBlawg, is highly regarded in both the legal and health policy blogging worlds. He is a member of the external Advisory Board of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. He speaks regularly before health care and legal industry groups on business, policy and legal matters. You should follow him on Twitter.

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Stephen Schimpff Stephen
@drschimpff on Twitter
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Stephen C. Schimpff, MD is the retired Chief Executive Officer of the University of Maryland Medical Center and former chief operating officer of the University Maryland Medical System, today a twelve hospital system. Board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and infectious diseases, he has been an active clinician, researcher and professor of both medicine and public policy. Schimpff is the chair of the advisory committee of Sanovas, Inc. He is the author of “The Future of Medicine – Megatrends in Healthcare” which discusses the coming scientific advances in medicine such as genomics, stem cells, vaccines, medical devices, imaging, the operating room and information management. He has written a sequel “The Future of Healthcare Delivery: Why It Must Change and How It Will affect You” documenting the many disruptive changes coming in the delivery of medical care. This book gives a clear and easy to understand overview of the characteristics of our current medical care delivery system, how it is changing, and offers suggestions as to how each individual’s actions can influence their health, the quality of their care, their healthcare costs and their satisfaction with the healthcare delivery system. - Available from Potomac books at Amazon Barnes and Noble and bookstores everywhere.

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Andrew Schorr Andrew

@andrewschorr on Twitter

Andrew is the author of the new book The Web-Savvy Patient: An Insider's Guide to Navigating the Internet When Facing Medical Crisis. He is a respected medical journalist and 15-year leukemia survivor. He founded and and has hosted almost 3,000 online talk shows for patients with chronic conditions and cancers. Many of America's leading medical centers support his work.

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John Sharp John
@johnsharp on Twitter
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Interests in social media in healthcare and Clinical Research Informatics including secondary use of EMR data. He presents on healthcare social media nationally and internationally. He is also an adjunct professor in health informatics at Kent State University in Ohio. He serves on the advisory board of several health IT startups.

The opinions expressed are my own and not those of my employer.

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Christina Thielst Christina
@cthielst on Twitter
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Christina Thielst is a hospital administrator, consultant, educator and author who has experienced the evolution of healthcare over the last 30 years. She consults with innovative healthcare organizations that seek to improve the delivery of healthcare by addressing administrative and governance issues, including those integral to the execution of health information technology solutions and improving the patient experience. Her firsthand experience with the challenges and barriers to effective communication and collaboration has shaped her vision for health information and social media technologies, as reflected in her writings. She is author of the book Social Media in Healthcare: Connect, Communicate, Collaborate and its accompanying self-study course, as well as, editor of the HIMSS Guide to Establishing a Regional Health Information Organization. Her work has been published in magazines and journals including, Healthcare Executive, Journal of Healthcare Management, World Hospitals and Health Services Journal, Frontiers of Health Services Management, HIMSS HIElights, HITExchange and others. Her blog posts are syndicated by several blogging and news sites. Christina received a Bachelors degree in Social Science/Management from Louisiana State University and a Masters of Health Administration from Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of Health Care Executives of Southern California, Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and the American Telemedicine Association.

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