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Here are the bios for the people who were interviewed and/or mentioned in the Prescribing Leadership in Healthcare book.

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Chris Van Gorder, FACHE
President and CEO
Scripps Health

As president and CEO of Scripps Health since 2000, Chris Van Gorder has been instrumental in positioning Scripps among the nation’s foremost health care institutions. Now he is leading the restructure of the $3.1 billion, integrated health system to align with the new landscape of health care reform.

At Scripps Health, Van Gorder oversees all functions of the integrated health system. More than 15,000 employees and 3,000 affiliated physicians provide care at Scripps, which has made the Fortune magazine “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 10 consecutive years. On the quality front, Scripps has been named to both the U.S. News Best Hospitals list and the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals list for several years running.

Recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine.
Delos 'Toby' Cosgrove, MD
President and CEO
Cleveland Clinic

As CEO and President, Dr. Cosgrove presides over a $8 billion healthcare system. His leadership has emphasized patient care and patient experience, including the re-organization of clinical services into patient-centered, organ and disease-based institutes. He launched major wellness initiatives for patients, employees and communities.

Under his leadership, Cleveland Clinic has been ranked the No. 2 hospital in America (U.S. News & World Report) and only two hospitals named among “America’s 99 Most Ethical Companies” (Ethisphere Institute).

Recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine.
Laura L. Forese, MD, MPH
Executive Vice President and COO
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Dr. Forese is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of NewYork-Presbyterian. She is responsible for achieving NewYork-Presbyterian’s operating targets, and implementing their patient-centered strategic vision and culture across the enterprise. She joined NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2003 as Vice President of Medical Affairs and, since then, has held roles as Chief Medical Officer; Group Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for NYP/Weill Cornell, NYP/Westchester, and NYP/Lower Manhattan; and President of the former NYP Healthcare System.

A pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Forese has been a Columbia faculty member since 1993 and retains her appointment as Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Forese graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University, and Alpha Omega Alpha from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.

Dr. Forese also holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.
responsible for achieving NewYork-Presbyterian’s operating targets, and implementing a patient-centered strategic vision and culture across the enterprise. She joined NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in 2003 as Vice President of Medical Affairs.

Recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine.
Michael Hartke, MBA
Executive Vice President and COO
Northwest Community Healthcare

Mr. Hartke is Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Northwest Community Healthcare. In this role, he works with the CEO to advance the organization’s mission, vision, core values, strategic priorities and growth goals. He is also responsible for leading hospital and ambulatory operations – overseeing Performance Improvement, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Radiology, Environmental Services, Facilities, and Food and Nutrition. In addition, he manages physician operations for NCH, which includes the NCH Medical Group and the Immediate Care and Occupational Health Programs as well as NCH's PHO, Clinical Integration and Accountable Care organizations.
Michael Hunt, DO
President and CEO
St. Vincent’s Health Partners, Inc.

Dr. Hunt is the CEO and President of St. Vincent’s Health Partners, Inc. a physician hospital organization comprised of more than 300 healthcare providers and the 473-bed St. Vincent’s Medical Center serving southwestern Connecticut.

Under the leadership of Dr. Hunt, St. Vincent’s Health Partners, Inc. was the first organization in the country to become accredited by URAC as a Clinically Integrated Network.

Dr. Hunt has helped lead practice transformation by assisting network primary care providers to achieve Patient Centered Medical Home recognition. Dr. Hunt remains active clinically seeing patients. He participates with the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners as an item writer and active in the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians. Dr. Hunt is Assistant Professor at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in the Department of Pediatrics of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University.
Gary A. Richberg, RN, BSN, CMPE, CASC
Pacific Rim Outpatient Surgery Center

Mr. Richberg is responsible for the oversight of the fiscal and clinical management of the 23,000-square foot multi-specialty surgery center. The facility currently performs approximately 450 cases per month. Those cases include a very successful outpatient total joint replacement program as well as an advanced neuro-surgery and orthopedic spine procedures.

He is listed in Becker's Orthopedic, Spine & Pain Management (2011) as "350 People in the ASC Industry to Know"
Nancy Schlichting
Retired CEO
Henry Ford Health System

Nancy Schlichting is retired Chief Executive Officer of Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), a nationally recognized $4.5 billion health care organization with 24,000 employees and recipient of the 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. She is credited with leading the health system through a dramatic financial turnaround and for award-winning patient safety, customer service and diversity initiatives.

Ms. Schlichting joined HFHS in 1998 as its Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer and was named President and CEO in 2003. Her career in health care administration spans 30 years of experience in senior level executive positions.

Ms. Schlichting serves on national and community Boards: The Kresge Foundation, Walgreen Company, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – Detroit Branch, Detroit Regional Chamber, Greater Detroit Area Health Council, Citizen’s Research Council of Michigan, Detroit Economic Club, Downtown Detroit Partnership, America’s Essential Hospitals and the United Way Cabinet.

Recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine.
Grace Terrell, MD
Chief Executive Officer
Envision Genomics
Former President & CEO – Cornerstone Health Care

Dr. Grace Terrell is CEO of Envision Genomics, helping clinicians diagnose rare disease through the integration of genomic data into clinical care. As a leader in health care delivery system reform, Dr. Terrell focuses on the importance of improving population health through patient care model redesign, information integration, and value-based payment models.

In 2013, Dr. Terrell launched CHESS, a company dedicated to helping health systems and other medical groups make the transition to value-based medicine. For over 16 years, Dr. Terrell served as the President and CEO of Cornerstone Health Care.
J. P. Gallagher
President and CEO
NorthShore HealthSystem

J.P. Gallagher joined the management staff of NorthShore University HealthSystem in 2002, preceded by an Administrative Leadership position at Advocate Christ Medical Center. He began his career at Glenbrook Hospital and was later promoted to Senior Vice President at Evanston Hospital. He served as President of Evanston Hospital for four years before advancing to Chief Operating Officer of NorthShore in 2012. Mr. Gallagher completed his undergraduate degree at Princeton University and earned an MBA in Healthcare Management from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business.
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Jerry O. Williams
Retired COO
AM International, Inc.

Jerry O. Williams is a former Fortune 500 executive and entrepreneur. While working for General Electric, Williams earned his M.S.E. degree in operations research and systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1975, Williams left GE to become vice president of $400-million auto supplier, Maremont, where he was befriended by president Richard Black. When Maremont was sold, Williams returned to GE. In 1981, he rejoined Mr. Black at AM International, as vice president of corporate planning and development. In 1982, Williams was appointed president of the Bruning Division of AM International, and by 1985, he became president and chief operating officer of the parent company, AM International.

Williams became the first African American to grace the cover of Fortune magazine as AM’s future CEO and the nation’s first black president of a Fortune 500 company. However, Williams resigned from AM in 1988 and by 1990 moved to the United Kingdom as chairman of the board and managing director of Monotype Corporation, PLC. In 1993, Williams founded Grand Eagle Companies in Chicago and served as president and chief executive officer of this $215 million company – the largest independent manufacturer and repairer of electric motors and transformers in North America. In 2000, he sold the company to a private equity group and retired.
Bridgette Heller
President, Danone Nutricia

Bridgette Heller is Executive Vice President of Danone’s Early Life Nutrition & Advanced Medical Nutrition. Ms. Heller served as General Manager of Advanced Medical Nutrition at Danone since July 1, 2017. Ms. Heller has also served as an Executive Vice President of Early Life Nutrition. Backed by very solid international experience, Ms. Heller has developed expertise in both FMCG and Healthcare.

She served as the President of Consumer Care and Executive Vice President of Merck & Co., Inc. (formerly, Schering-Plough Corporation). She has also served as President of Johnson & Johnson's Baby Global Business Unit and Global President for Baby, Kids and Wound Care. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of Chung's Foods Inc. Ms. Heller spent seventeen years with Kraft Foods, including Executive Vice President and General Manager for the North American Coffee portfolio. She is an Independent Director at Tech Data Corporation and The ADT Corporation.
Larry Quinlan
Global CIO
Deloitte & Touche

Larry Quinlan is a principal at Deloitte—one of the world’s largest professional services organizations, with over 244,000 people in more than 150 countries and territories. As Chief Information Officer, Larry is responsible for all facets of technology.

Larry is passionate about the possibilities that technology has to make our lives better. He speaks frequently on the topics of leadership, IT transformation, mobility, and collaboration. He has been honored by institutions and publications including STEMconnector (100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM), Nashville Business Journal (2014 CIO Award), American Foundation for the University of The West Indies (Vice Chancellor's Award), CARAH (Outstanding Corporate Contribution to Corporate America), and CIO Magazine (2012 CIO 100 Award).
George Lucas
Writer, Producer and Director
Founder, Industrial Light & Magic

George Lucas is a writer, producer and director known for his creation of the enormously successful 'Star Wars' and 'Indiana Jones' film franchises as well as founding the Industrial Light & Magic special effects company.
E. Gordon Gee
West Virginia University

Dr. E. Gordon Gee is one of America’s most prominent higher education leaders, having served as president of some of the most prestigious public and private universities for more than three decades.

He was first named WVU president in 1981 at age 36 – at the time, among the youngest persons to ever serve as a university president. He led WVU until 1985 when he went on to presidencies at the University of Colorado (1985-90), Brown University (1998-2000) and Vanderbilt University (2001-07). He served as president of The Ohio State University from 1990-97 and again from 2007-13. When he returned to lead West Virginia University in 2014 as the institution’s 24th president, it was a homecoming of sorts.

On his return to the Morgantown campus, he said, “This is not a job to me; it is a calling.” His leadership style bears that out as he works tirelessly to advance the University’s land-grant mission and open doors to the American dream.
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Thomas Sanders
Retired Running Back
NFL SuperBowl Champion Chicago Bears

Thomas Sanders is a former professional running back in the National Football League for six seasons for the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. He was a member of the Bears team that won Super Bowl XX following the 1985 NFL season. He was also a member of the "Shuffling Crew" in the video The Super Bowl Shuffle. He played college football at Texas A&M University.
Geoff Tollefson
Director of Golf
Buffalo Grove and Arboretum Golf Clubs

Geoff Tollefson is the Director of Golf for the Village of Buffalo Grove, Illinois and oversees the operations of Buffalo Grove Golf Club and Arboretum Golf Club. Since 2005, Geoff has been a member of the PGA of America and is a Certified PGA Professional. In conjunction with being a PGA Member, Geoff also has been working with the PGA of America as an Adjunct Faculty Member for the PGA Education Department in training future PGA Members. In 2006, Geoff was awarded the Illinois PGA Assistant Professional of the Year award and in 2009 was honored with the Illinois PGA Horton Smith award for providing career advancing opportunities for Illinois PGA Members.
Marcus Allen
Retired Running Back
NFL SuperBowl Champion Oakland Raiders

Marcus Allen, the tenth player selected in the 1982 National Football League Draft, played 16 seasons with the Los Angeles Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs. Considered one of the game’s best goal line and short-yardage runners, Marcus began his pro career as the NFL Rookie of the Year and ended as the game’s all-time rushing touchdown leader.

At the time of his retirement following the 1997 season, he held the single-season record for most rushing and receiving yards combined, second in consecutive 100-yard games, and was third in career-combined yardage. During his 11 seasons with the Raiders, the former University of Southern California standout, was named to the Pro Bowl five times. He added a sixth appearance in 1994, as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

In 1995, Marcus made NFL history when he became the first player in league history to rush for over 10,000 yards and catch passes for 5,000 more. As further evidence of his versatility, Allen completed 12 of 27 passes for 282 yards and six touchdowns during his career.
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Pat Riley
NBA Champion Miami Heat

Pat Riley has been the team president of the Miami Heat since 1995 and head coach in two separate tenures (1995 through 2003, and 2005 through 2008). Regarded as one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time, Riley has served as the head coach of five championship teams. He won four with the Los Angeles Lakers during their Showtime era in the 1980s, and one with the Heat in 2006.

He was named NBA Coach of the Year three times (1989–90, 1992–93 and 1996–97, as head coach of the Lakers, New York Knicks and Heat, respectively). He is the first North American sports figure to win a championship as a player, assistant coach, head coach, and as an executive. In 1996, he was named one of the 10 Greatest Coaches in the NBA history. Riley most recently won the 2012 and 2013 NBA championships with the Heat as their team president.
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Tony Dungy
Retired Head Coach
NFL SuperBowl Champion Indianapolis Colts

Tony Dungy is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Quiet Strength and Uncommon. He led the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl victory on February 4, 2007, the first such win for an African American coach. Dungy established another NFL first by leading his teams to the playoffs for ten consecutive years.

Dungy joined the Colts in 2002 after serving as the most successful head coach in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history. He has also held assistant coaching positions with the University of Minnesota, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs, and Minnesota Vikings. Before becoming a coach, Dungy played three seasons in the NFL.

He retired from coaching in 2008 and now serves as an analyst for NBC’s Football Night in America.
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