We are fortunate to partner with our Academy advisors, made up of nationally-renowned experts and thought leaders across the healthcare spectrum (including health systems, insurers, and life sciences). Our advisors keep us abreast of key insights, trends and development needs in the healthcare and pharmaceutical marketplace to ensure the Academy is consistently evolving to meet the ever changing needs of our clients. Our advisors also bring perspectives from different geographic areas and from all sectors–public, not-for-profit, and private. Due their reputation, research, and demonstrated expertise, these advisors are well-positioned to provide advice to ensure our Academy programs are innovative and impactful. Our advisors include:
Kent Bottles, MD
Dr. Bottles’ work over the last 35 years has focused on developing strategies and tactics to successfully engage physicians in quality, leadership, payment reform, and change management. He has extensive expertise in federal, state, and local healthcare delivery system reform, and he has successfully designed, marketed, and delivered physician leadership academy training to over 400 physicians.
Dr. Bottles has held a number of physician executive positions, including Tenured Professor at the University of Iowa and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Assistant Dean for Grand Rapids at MSU, Chief Medical Officer of the Iowa Health Science, President and CEO of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement in Minneapolis, President and CEO of the Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center in Michigan, Chief Knowledge Officer and President of the Genomics Repository for a bio-tech startup, and Chief Medical Officer for a medical communications startup.
He also teaches health care policy and payment reform to graduate students pursuing their Master of Science in Health Policy, Applied Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Public Health, and Healthcare Quality and Safety at The Thomas Jefferson School of Population Health in Philadelphia. Dr. Bottles also delivers 50 keynotes a year on topics ranging from: Digital Medicine, The Science of Positive Psychology, Social Media, Change Management, Leadership for Chaotic Times, Big Data vs. Tiny Data, The Doctor/Patient Relationship for the 21st Century, and Activation and Engagement of the e-Patient.
Dr. Bottles received his MD from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, completed his residency in Anatomic Pathology, University of California, San Francisco and is Board Certified in Anatomic Pathology & Cytopathology. He received his BA in History at University of California, Berkeley.
Peter Finkelstein, MD
Dr. Finkelstein, a trained as a physician and psychiatrist, has worked for over fifteen years helping organizations achieve higher performance by examining and changing their internal dynamics, leadership and team practices, and culture. What connects his work as a business coach and consultant with his training as a physician is the universal element of discovery and diagnosis—at the individual, team, and organizational levels.
Dr. Finkelstein has worked with some of Stanford’s and Silicon Valley’s most talented and successful scientists, entrepreneurs, and executives. With a particular interest in how individuals and groups achieve the high levels of coordinated effort required for organizational success, he is expert in fostering successful teams and high-performance cultures. During his residency in psychiatry and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Finkelstein conducted original research on the social psychology of medical work environments in general and the anatomy lab in particular. His findings, published in Inside Doctoring (Praeger, 1986) and The Clinical Clerkship, co-authored with John Engel and Peter Ways (Sage, 2000), have helped shape curricula at many American medical schools and contributed to a fuller understanding of how doctors learn and work. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Finkelstein practiced psychiatry and psychotherapy in Woodside, California, studied psychoanalysis, and continued to teach and supervise residents at Stanford.
For the past twelve years, Dr. Finkelstein has also worked with the Leading Change and Organizational Renewal (LCOR) executive course at both Stanford and Harvard, designing and participating in the action learning component of the course, facilitating work groups, and training other facilitators in the action learning approach in the classroom as well as with individual companies. In addition, he has served on the faculty for the American Leadership Forum in Silicon Valley. He also designed and taught a course in the psychodynamics of executive leadership with the late Edwin Nevis, Ph.D., at the Gestalt Center in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. In late 2007, Dr. Finkelstein co-founded Change Logic, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated organizational congruence, problem-solving, and what is known as the Ambidextrous Organization.
Dr. Finkelstein completed his residency and Post Doc at Stanford University School of Medicine and received his M.D. at Michigan State University. He received his B.A. in Literature from Columbia College.
Mike Guthrie, MD, MBA
Dr. Mike Guthrie’s experience includes work as a practicing physician, a medical director, a chief operating officer, a health system CEO, and a senior executive for a large national healthcare alliance. Dr. Guthrie has special experience in the area of physician leadership development; helping physicians, hospital and health systems work effectively together to improve quality, safety, and cost. He is also a strategic business advisor to several healthcare companies.
He leads learning collaboratives on healthcare issues for health care executive teams, boards of trustees, and physician leader groups in organizations of various types. He is well known as a thought leader regarding physician engagement and physician relationship strategy for hospitals and health systems.
Dr. Guthrie is also currently Executive-in-Residence at the University of Colorado- Denver campus in the School of Business, Program in Health Administration. He is also an executive coach, focused exclusively on supporting physician executive performance improvement.
Dr. Guthrie graduated from Amherst College and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He took his internship in medicine at Denver General Hospital and his residency in consultation psychiatry and neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Master’s in Business Administration from the School of Business at the University of Colorado.
Drew Lawson, MD
Dr. Drew Lawson is a Stanford trained, Board-certified physician and a professionally trained and certified executive coach, educator, consultant, quality assurance and risk management director, and recognized speaker. He specializes in coaching business executives, physicians and other healthcare professionals. He has extensive experience in business executive leadership and advancement, work/life balance, stress reduction, time management, communication, and conflict management. Dr. Lawson combines his passion for teaching, mentoring, and coaching with his experience in the chaotic world of Emergency Medicine where he is known by his colleagues as incredibly efficient, calm, “never cracks under pressure”, and “smiles even during the most hectic situations.”
Currently Dr. Lawson is a 15 year veteran, partner and full time practicing Emergency Physician at the high volume Mission Hospital Regional Trauma and Medical Center. He is the acting Director of Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement for the Emergency Department at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center. He is a member of the physician wellness committee, and Quality and Research Committee. He was founder of the Nurse and Physician Liaison Committee, creator of the curricula titled the Vital Signs of Healing and Nurse Visionaries, and is actively involved in physician and nursing coaching, and education. His county medical association has recently recognized him as a Physician of Excellence.
As a scholarship athlete at Stanford University, he was known as a team and community leader, spearheading drunk driving prevention program while winning 2 NCAA Water Polo National Championships, and as a McClellan Scholar and William C. Davis Prize winner, Dr. Lawson graduated with AOA honors in the top 15% of his medical school class while creating and founding several key medical school educational programs. While in residency in Emergency Medicine, he founded and directed the S.M.I.L.E. educational program and Stadium Medicine Program.
Art Lazarus, MD, MBA
Dr. Arthur Lazarus is a Board-certified psychiatrist and nationally-recognized expert in healthcare management and the professional development of physicians. Dr. Lazarus has worked in integrated delivery systems as well as the managed care and pharmaceutical industries for approximately 30 years.
Well known in both organized and clinical medicine, Dr. Lazarus is a sought after presenter, teacher, and mentor. He has shared his expertise and perspective at local, national, and international meetings and seminars. He has authored over 200 articles in scientific and professional journals and has written four books, including Controversies in Managed Mental Health Care, Career Pathways in Psychiatry, and MD/MBA: Physicians on the New Frontier of Medical Management.
Dr. Lazarus is one of a handful of physicians in the United States who has been inducted into both the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society and the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society of collegiate schools of business. He currently serves on the board of directors of the American Association for Physician Leadership. He is a Past-President of the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators and a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, which recently awarded him one of its top honors, The Administrative Psychiatry Award. The award is given to a psychiatrist who has demonstrated extraordinary competence in psychiatric administration over a substantial period and has achieved a national reputation in this area.
Dr. Lazarus received his MD and MBA from Temple University and a BA in Psychology from Boston University.
Larry McEvoy, MD, FACEP
Larry McEvoy, MD, a seasoned health care executive and experienced emergency physician, has the unique capacity to integrate different strategic and professional perspectives through leadership, facilitation, coaching and presentation. Larry’s experience as both a CEO and a clinician deepens his skill in facilitating dynamic shifts in mindset, culture and performance. Whether he is working as a titular leader, consultant, facilitator or storyteller, Larry is particularly effective at creating strategic alignment, inclusive leadership and energetic collaboration.
Dr. McEvoy is the co-founder of Chief of Strategy and Innovation for PracticingExcellence and serves as an executive-in-residence at the Center for Creative Leadership, a global resource for leadership development, practice, and research. From 2008 to May 2012, Dr. McEvoy served as the CEO of Memorial Health System in Colorado Springs, CO, facilitating a $100 million turnaround, the emergence of a culture of collaboration and commitment, and Memorial’s transformation from an at-risk and unfunded municipal hospital to the threshold of its merger with the University of Colorado Health System. Prior to his work with Memorial Health System, he was a senior executive and emergency physician at the Billings Clinic in Billings, MT, rated number one in patient safety by Consumer Reports in 2012.
With a demonstrated track record in turnaround capability, physician leadership and integrated health systems, his skill as a facilitator of complex, creative processes and “crucial conversationalist” form the basis for his contribution with leaders, teams and organizations. Equally fluent in the multiple “tribal languages” of health care, Dr. McEvoy helps organizations welcome all voices to regain their clinical purpose and enhance their commitment, capability and contribution. He brings a clinician’s diagnostic acumen to analytics and patterns; a stewardship ethic that combines purpose and performance; and, a transformational leader’s capacity to shift systems from static current states to dynamic future ones.
Dr. McEvoy is a Board-certified fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians and a faculty member of the American College of Physician Executives. He completed his residency and internship at Hennepin County Medical Center, received his MD from Stanford Medical School.
Susan Reynolds, MD, PhD
Dr. Susan Reynolds is the President and CEO of The Institute for Medical Leadership®, which for over thirteen years has been conducting organizational assessments, leadership development seminars, executive and physician coaching, Joint Commission consulting, and strategic planning retreats for numerous healthcare organizations, academic medical centers, and national and state medical associations.
A former emergency physician, emergency medical center CEO, and White House health care advisor, Dr. Reynolds is the creator and Program Director for the highly acclaimed Chief of Staff Boot Camps®. During the past ten years, over 2,000 physician leaders and healthcare executives have been trained through this program.
Dr. Reynolds has recently launched the VirtualCMO™ initiative that provides Chief Medical Officer services to critical access hospitals and small community hospitals that need the services of a physician executive, but have limited resources.
In 1993, Dr. Reynolds was appointed to the White House Health Professionals Review Group, serving as one of its few practicing physician members. She founded and led the Physician Executive Practices at both Heidrick and Struggles and Russell Reynolds Associates, two leading international executive search firms. She also founded the Malibu Emergency Room, served as the facility’s CEO and chief physician for twelve years, and organized a tax-exempt charity that produced celebrity events to support emergency medical care in Malibu, California.
In the past Dr. Reynolds has served as national Chair of Health Policy for the American College of Emergency Physicians, President of the American Association of Women Emergency Physicians, Regional Governor of the American Medical Women’s Association, and President of the Malibu Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Reynolds is the recipient of numerous honors and recognitions including Woman of the Year, California’s 44th Assembly District; Malibu Times Citizen of the Year, Los Angeles County Distinguished Service Award, and the American Medical Women’s Association Community Service Award.
Dr. Reynolds received her A.B. with top honors from Vassar College, and obtained a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry and an M.D. degree from UCLA. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Cardiology, Critical Care Medicine, and Administrative Medicine at UCLA and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Stephen Wallenhaupt, MD
Dr. Stephen L. Wallenhaupt served as Novant Health’s Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, 2006-2014, stepping down on March 31. He continues in a part-time role focused on the ongoing implementation of the Novant Health electronic health record. From 2001-2006 he served as the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs of Presbyterian Healthcare in the Charlotte region. He is a board certified cardiothoracic surgeon and formerly a partner of Hawthorne Cardiovascular Surgeons in Charlotte, 1993-2001.
Dr. Wallenhaupt has more than ten years of experience in leadership training and development, both for practicing physicians and physician administrative leaders. He has served as a group leader and mentor for the Leadership Novant program, supporting both operational and physician leaders. He was instrumental in the implementation of their physician development program focused on personal development for physician administrative leaders at Novant Health. He has worked with VHA Central Atlantic in the ongoing development of the physician leadership program.
Dr. Wallenhaupt was assistant professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Wake Forest University School of Medicine from 1985-1993. He received his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University in 1978. He is a member of multiple medical organizations including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American College of Chest Physicians, American Medical Association, American College of Physician Executives, and the North Carolina Medical Society. He is a Board member of the NC Quality Center of the NCHA. He is on the Medical Alumni Association Board of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and a member of the Wake Forest Charlotte Executive Board.