2014-2015 AAEM Board of Directors
Mark Reiter, MD MBA FAAEM
Mark Reiter, MD MBA is a member of Middle Tennessee Emergency Physicians in Tennessee, where he is starting a new emergency medicine residency program through the University of Tennessee. Dr. Reiter graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers College where he also served as Class President. He enrolled in an accelerated BA/MD program with UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he was elected to the AOA Honor Society and served as President of the New Jersey Medical Student Association. During this time, he also earned an MBA from the Rutgers Business School. Dr. Reiter completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Reiter is the CEO of Emergency Excellence, a company dedicated to emergency medicine performance improvement.
Dr. Reiter has been very active in organized medicine outside of emergency medicine, serving many roles within different organizations, such as on the Council on Legislation for the American Medical Association and the Board of Trustees for the Medical Society of New Jersey. He has been awarded Resident of the Year and the Young Educator Award by AAEM, Medical Student of the Year by NJ-ACEP and Excellence in Emergency Medicine by SAEM.
An AAEM member since 2001, Dr. Reiter has served on the AAEM Board of Directors since 2005. He also serves on the AAEM Services Board of Directors, and is a past President of AAEM/RSA. On the AAEM Board, Dr. Reiter has focused on issues such as the corporate practice of medicine, threats to ABEM/AOBEM board certification, healthcare policy, improving the financial strength of AAEM and building relationships with other organizations.
Dr. Reiter is married to Dr. Christina Reiter, an anesthesiologist. They have four young girls, Jenna, Cara, Emily, and Rebecca.
Kevin Rodgers, MD FAAEM
A graduate of the University of Virginia and the Physician Associate Program at Emory University, Dr. Rodgers completed medical school at the Medical College of Virginia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in 1990. He served as one of the Program Directors there until 1998 when he moved to Indianapolis and joined the faculty at Methodist Hospital / Indiana University. Dr. Rodgers has served on the Board of Directors for 9 years, including as Secretary-Treasurer, and was a previous Chair of the Education Committee. He is currently Professor and Program Director at Indiana University.
Joel Schofer, MD MBA RDMS FAAEM
Commander, Medical Corps, US Navy
Dr. Schofer grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania and attended Ursinus College (BS, 1997) and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine (MD, 2001). He was commissioned as a Naval officer in 2001 and completed his Transitional Year Internship at Naval Medical Center San Diego in 2002. After deploying in support of Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom I, in 2003 he returned to Naval Medical Center San Diego and completed his Emergency Medicine Residency as Academic Chief Resident in 2006. In 2009 he completed his Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware. Dr. Schofer has held a leadership position in the Navy's largest Emergency Department since 2009.
Dr. Schofer is board certified in Emergency Medicine, has over 110 professional publications, has held numerous national and state leadership positions in AAEM, and has won national academic and educational awards. He holds an academic appointment as an Associate Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Immediate Past President
William T. Durkin, Jr., MD MBA FAAEM
Dr. Durkin is a graduate of Georgetown University with a major in biology and a minor in theology. He is also a graduate of the medical school at Georgetown University. After completing a surgical internship at Georgetown University Medical Center, he returned to his native New England and did a residency at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA. He then went on to serve in the U.S. Navy. His operational assignment was as the shipboard medical officer and department head aboard the USS Sierra (AD-17). The ship was home ported in Charleston, SC, but deployed to the Indian Ocean during which time Dr. Durkin actually had the opportunity to travel around the world supporting the medical departments of smaller ships in several foreign ports. His next assignment was in the emergency department of the Naval Hospital, San Diego, where he was a member of the inaugural medical faculty that began the first EM residency in the Navy.
Upon leaving the Navy, Bill practiced in community hospitals in San Diego. He served as assistant medical director, phase III clinical trials investigator, co-founded AccuQual-Super Doc Systems, taught classes for the nursing and medical staffs, and was elected Chief of Service. He then moved to the Washington, DC, area where he was Director/VP of Emergency Services at Southern Maryland Hospital. Dr. Durkin presently works for himself doing clinical as well as consulting work.
In 2008, Bill completed his MBA at the University of Tennessee and was elected to the Phi Alpha Phi Honor Society.
After meeting Jim Keaney and Scott Plantz, founders of the Academy, at a conference in San Diego, he became a founding member of AAEM. From 1998-2004 and again 2007-2008, Dr. Durkin served on the Board of Directors, as Secretary/Treasurer from 2004-2006 and again from 2008-2010, Vice President from 2010-2012. He formed the USAAEM Chapter, was one of the original board members of CalAAEM, treasurer of CalAAEM; co-founded AAEM Services, wrote and/or sponsored many of the original policies of AAEM. In addition, he founded the Practice Management Committee, served on the Education Committee, Finance Committee, MEMC executive committee and is the AAEM executive director of the Pan Pacific Emergency Medicine Conference. He has also served on several of the state and interim committees. Bill has lectured at the Scientific Assembly, numerous residency programs, the Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Conference as well as the Pan-Pacific Emergency Medicine Conference.
Dr. Durkin has always advocated for the practicing community emergency physician. He has a strong interest in the business of emergency medicine and finance. Bill’s outside interests include sailing, biking, fine wine collecting, travel and investing.
Kevin H. Beier, MD FAAEM
Mark A. Foppe, DO FAAEM FACOEP
Loyola University, Baltimore, MD, 1988
Ohio University Family Practice, 1997
Michigan State University Emergency Medicine, 1999
BOD Foundation of Osteopathic Emergency Medicine, 2001-2011
BOT Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, 2004-current
Florida Delegate to the AOA House of Delegates 2010, 2011, 2012
BOD Florida Society Osteopathic Family Physicians, 2007-current
BOD Florida American Academy of Emergency Medicine, 2005-current
St. Joseph's Medical Center Clinton, Township, MI, 1998-2000
South Central Regional Medical Center, Laurel, MS, 2000-2002
Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, FL, 2002-2009
JFK Medical Center, Atlantis, FL, 2009-current
John B. Christensen, MD FAAEM
Dr. Christensen entered Oakland University in Rochester, MI at the end of his high school junior year and received a B.S. degree in Engineering Science, with Student of Distinction Honors. He then attended medical school at the University of Michigan, where he received his M.D. degree and worked as an engineering research assistant at U of M’s Highway Safety Research Institute. He completed an Internal Medicine Residency at University of Michigan Hospitals.
Dr. Christensen moved to Santa Cruz, CA in 1976 and received an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine at UCSF’s Family Practice Residency in Salinas, where he was an attending physician in an ED staffed by one of the original EM contract management groups in the state. Sensing an unfair business arrangement, he approached the Monterey County Controller for financial information on the ED contract, sought legal advise on the restrictive covenant protecting the contract and was ultimately able to convince the County’s General Counsel that an independent EM group could do a better job than the contract management group (CMG) that he believed was managing its affairs in a manner that was detrimental to the ED physicians. Thus was born the first independent EM group in California where a democratically oriented local group of physicians was able to defeat a large CMG and establish an entity based on fair business practices.
With the experience gained in Salinas, Dr. Christensen joined with other EPs in 1983 to staff a large community hospital in Santa Cruz. The group incorporated as Santa Cruz Emergency Physicians (SCEP) in 1992 and became recognized as a model for fairness-based governance and operations. In 1991, newly minted Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) acquired the hospital served by SCEP. CHW expanded rapidly to become the eighth largest hospital system in the country, and in 1997 attempted to launch a plan with the potential to place over 500 emergency physicians and ultimately several thousand hospital-based physicians into a vertically integrated, corporate-controlled fee splitting arrangement. Dr. Christensen led the 4-year strategic planning and forensic financial analysis that drove the largest legal action in emergency medicine’s history centering on the fair market value of emergency medicine management services. AAEM played a vital role in supporting the California Medical Association (CMA) amicus curiae brief (available on the AAEM website) that tipped the balance and led to the dissolution of the management scheme at the heart of the fee-splitting arrangement targeted by the historic declaratory relief action. The CMA brief represented the California Medical Association, the California Society of Anesthesiologists, the California Radiology Society, AAEM, CAL/AAEM and the California Society of Pathologists. Hospital Based Physicians’ income and professional autonomy have been preserved at CHW sites across the state to this day, and other hospital systems were probably dissuaded from attempting similar arrangements. In 2003, AAEM gave Dr. Christensen the James Keaney Leadership Award for his role in the complex legal action.
Through years of arduous, high-risk battles to preserve fairness and due process, Dr. Christensen is deeply committed to advancing AAEM’s Mission. Dr. Christensen has proposed the formation of an AAEM Business Practice Valuation Council that establishes AAEM as the Trustee of Fairness in the Business of EM. Dr. Christensen has recently completed the draft version of an EM Practice Valuation Toolkit that will be available to all AAEM Members to inform their critical decisions on employment arrangements and other business matters.
Board Certification: ABEM, ABIM
Selected Professional activities:
Practice management experience: CEO, CFO positions in independent local group
AAEM Charter Member (1994-present)
CAL/AAEM founding Board Member (1999-2002, reappointed 2011-present)
ACEP, Member (1976-present)
American College of Physicians, Member (1975-present)
California Medical Association, Member (1998-present), Delegate
Santa Cruz County Medical Society Board of Governors (2010-present)
Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), Member
National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA), Member
John is married and enjoys life with his family. He is an avid golfer, sailor and fine woodworker. As an outgrowth of the development of the Practice Valuation Toolkit, John is currently writing a book on fairness that draws widely from research on game theory, prospect theory, behavioral and neuroeconomics, identity economics, behavioral ethics, emotional intelligence theory, modern management theory, and storytelling.
David W. Lawhorn, MD FAAEM
David Lawhorn is the business director and partner in a small single hospital democratic physician group in Gallatin, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville. He received his MD degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1988. This was followed by a transitional internship at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, TN, and later a four year Emergency Medicine Residency training program at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. Dr. Lawhorn spent four years on active duty with the United States Army as a general medical officer, first assigned to serve with the 42nd Field Artillery Brigade based out of Giessen, Germany. After the first Gulf War, Dr. Lawhorn was given command of the medical clinic in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, to complete his military service. His awards included a Meritorious Service Award and Bronze Star. At Vanderbilt, Dr. Lawhorn became chief resident of the newly formed Vanderbilt EM program. It was during this time that Dr. Lawhorn became a founding member of the also newly formed AAEM.
In 2009, AAEM awarded Dr. Lawhorn the James Keaney Leadership Award for significant contributions to the Foundation and leadership within the AAEM organization. Dr. Lawhorn was one of the principle founders of the Tennessee Chapter of AAEM. The Tennessee Chapter has been successful helping to preserve the rights of practicing EM physicians and to prevent restrictive covenants from affecting EM physicians in Tennessee.
Dr. Lawhorn has had extensive experience with contract reviews and negotiations on behalf of EM physicians for well over a decade. For many years he has given lectures to the Vanderbilt residents on the history and business of Emergency Medicine. He is currently on the AAEM Practice Management Committee and is working with the committee to develop some tools and references for EM physicians to use in developing their own independent practices. He is an available resource for AAEM members to call upon for assistance, insight into and help with their group or individual practice issues.
Dr. Lawhorn is married with no children but has several dogs and cats. He has won many awards for photography including 1st place Color Prints World Wide Army photography contest in October 1991. As a self taught hobby, Dr. Lawhorn spends time doing some software development for applications for use in the Emergency Department.
Andrew P. Mayer, MD FAAEM
Andy Mayer is an emergency physician who lives in New Orleans. He is a partner with the West Jefferson Emergency Physician's Group and has worked there since completing an emergency medicine residency at the LSU/Charity residency in New Orleans in 1990. This group is a single hospital democratic emergency medicine group which has staffed West Jefferson Medical Center's Emergency Department for decades.
Dr. Mayer became interested in AAEM in the early years of the organization after working part time for a contact management group and being able to first hand compare it to a democratic group. He served in all levels of office of the Louisiana State Chapter of AAEM and served on national committees before becoming a member at large of the national board. He is committed to emergency medicine practiced in a fair and open and democratic manner.
Outside of medicine, he has been married for almost 30 years and has three children ages 24, 21 and 19. He enjoys fishing, gardening, history, genealogy and travel as hobbies.
Robert E. Suter, DO MHA FAAEM
Robert E. Suter, DO MHA is Professor and Director of Practice Management, Health Policy, and International Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas-Southwestern. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, then received his DO and MHA degrees from Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Suter did his residency training in emergency medicine at Brooke Army-Wilford Hall USAF Medical Centers in San Antonio, Texas and is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the AOBEM, serving as an Oral Examiner for ABEM.
Dr. Suter has a long history of service to emergency medicine on a state, national and international level. During residency he was president of the EMRA, participated in numerous state and national committees, served on the boards of several EMS organizations and was the Co-Chair of the federal project “EMS Agenda for the Future.” He also served as a member of the ACEP Council, ACEP Board of Directors, was ACEP President in 2004-05 and on the Board of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine, serving as IFEM President in 2006. He was elected to the AAEM Board in 2011.
Dr. Suter also holds appointments as a Professor at the Medical College of Georgia, Des Moines University and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where he serves as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. He has received top honors from a number of national and international organizations.
Dr. Suter is the author of numerous studies, papers and textbook chapters in emergency medicine, and has given hundreds of presentations worldwide. He is particularly recognized as an integrative scholar in a number of areas, and for his advocacy for workplace fairness and emergency medicine board certification.
Board Member and Common Sense Editor
Andy Walker, MD FAAEM
After nearly eight years as an attending in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center emergency department, where he twice won the Corey Slovis Award for Excellence in Bedside Teaching, Dr. Walker left academic medicine in 1999 and joined Cumberland Emergency Physicians, P.C., a one-hospital democratic group in Nashville. While with CEP, he served as chairman of his hospital's Peer Review/Quality Assurance Committee and on its Medical Executive Committee. In the summer of 2012 Dr. Walker entered semi-retirement, but continues to practice clinical emergency medicine part-time. He also continues to consult as an expert witness in litigation involving emergency physicians, attempting to bring a voice of reason to our dysfunctional tort system.
He is a founding fellow of AAEM and was instrumental in forming the Academy's Tennessee chapter, TNAAEM. After the Tennessee Supreme Court outlawed restrictive covenants in physician employment contracts in 2005, he helped lead the effort the following year that defeated a legislative attempt to restore them. That attempt would have been successful if not for TNAAEM. Dr. Walker and TNAAEM are currently leading a crusade in their state to change the definition of malpractice for medical care provided under the unfunded federal mandate EMTALA, from simple negligence to gross negligence. This change in the law would essentially eliminate unreasonable lawsuits against emergency physicians and the on-call specialists who provide the medical safety net in Tennessee.
Dr. Walker received his M.D., cum laude, from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine where he was elected to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Shands-Jacksonville hospital in 1988.
Leslie Zun, MD MBA FAAEM
Leslie S. Zun, M.D., M.B.A. is the Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and Chairman & Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, Illinois. His background includes a medical degree (MD) from Rush Medical College and a business degree (MBA) from Northwestern University's JL Kellogg School of Management. He is board certified in emergency medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Zun was a chief operating officer and acting chief executive officer for a 200 bed hospital in Chicago. Dr Zun’s research interests include healthcare administration, violence prevention and behavioral emergencies. He has presented his research and lectured on these topics both nationally and internationally. He is the chief editor of the Behavioral Emergencies for Emergency Physicians textbook and course director for the past four years for the National Update on Behavioral Emergencies conference. He was a founding father and current board member of American Academy of Emergency Medicine.
Michael Ybarra, MD FAAEM
Dr. Ybarra grew up in Southern California and is a graduate of Stanford University (BS 2004) and Georgetown University School of Medicine (MD 2008). He was a chief resident in Emergency Medicine at Washington Hospital Center. He is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and is the site director for MedStar's residency in emergency medicine.
Dr. Ybarra has been an active member of AAEM since his second year of medical school. He is a former President of the medical student section, past-President of AAEM/RSA, YPS Vice President, and current Chair of the Government and National Affairs Committee for AAEM. He has organized numerous AAEM regional symposia, several Capitol Hill fly-ins, and been a speaker at Scientific Assembly.
He is the author of several case reports, studies, and AAEM-publications. His academic interests include graduate medical education and health policy. He is married with two children and lives outside of Washington, DC.
Meaghan Mercer, DO
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Undergrad: Colorado State University
Medical School: Western University
Residency Program: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Professional Interests: Academic medicine, student and resident education, international medicine, advocacy for our specialty
Hobbies: Traveling the world, the outdoors, climbing, cooking, enjoying the wonderful year round weather in Vegas
JEM Editor - Ex-Officio Board Member
Stephen Hayden, MD FAAEM
Dr. Stephen Hayden graduated from the accelerated six-year biomedical program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College and was elected to the alpha omega alpha honor medical society. He did a General Surgery internship at the San Diego Naval Hospital, which was followed by a tour of duty as senior flight surgeon for the Naval Strike Warfare Center at the NAS Fallon, Nevada. He additionally served as the medical director for Fallon's High Sierra Search and Rescue helicopter unit. Dr. Hayden then completed an Emergency Medicine residency at the University Hospital in Stony Brook, New York, where he served as chief resident in 1993.
He joined the faculty at the University of California, San Diego Department of Emergency Medicine in July 1993, and is board certified in both Emergency Medicine, and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. He served as Director for the UCSD Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program, is a past president of the Council of Residency Directors for Emergency Medicine (CORD), and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Hayden is a primary editor for the textbook, The Five-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult. He is an item writer for the written certification examination of the American Board of Emergency Medicine as well as an oral examiner. He was the 1996 recipient of the EMRA scholarship for the ACEP/Emergency Medicine Foundation Teaching Fellowship, 1999 ACEP National Faculty Teaching Award, 2002 UCSD Golden Apple Teaching Award, 2005 AAEM Residency Program Director of the Year, and selected in 2006/2007 as one of America's Top Physicians. Areas of research and teaching interest are evidence-based emergency medicine, emergency airway management, and imaging in emergency medicine.
Dr. Hayden is married with three children ages 12, 10, and 8, and enjoys sailing, tennis and will be testing soon for his second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.