David Rowan | Chief Legal Officer, Chief Governance Officer & Secretary | Cleveland Clinic (OH)
David W. Rowan has served as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of the Cleveland Clinic since June 2005. In 2006 he was appointed to a newly-created position of Chief Governance Officer and serves on the Clinic’s Board of Governors. From 1995 to 2005, Mr. Rowan served as General Counsel and Secretary of the Cleveland Clinic while remaining a partner in Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP. Mr. Rowan received his J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 1978 and a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Toledo in 1975. He joined the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP upon graduation from law school and became a partner in 1987. Mr. Rowan served on the Squire, Sanders & Dempsey Management Committee from 1993-1996. He left Squire, Sanders to become the Chief Legal Officer of the Cleveland Clinic in 2005. The law department that Mr. Rowan leads is responsible for all legal matters of the Cleveland Clinic and its health system.
Mr. Rowan is a frequent speaker on health law and governance topics and has served on many boards. He has worked extensively on international healthcare and other multinational ventures. Mr. Rowan currently serves as a Trustee of the Diversity Center, which is committed to social justice, and as a Trustee on the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the Irish American Law Society of Cleveland.
Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. It was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. U.S. News & World Reportconsistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. About 3,400 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. In addition to its main campus, Cleveland Clinic operates 11 community hospitals and 18 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, which is a partnership between Cleveland Clinic and Mubadala Development Company. In 2015, there were more than 6.62 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health systemand 164,704 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from 180 countries around the world.
Christopher Wintrode | Administrative Director – Business Operations & Strategic Initiatives and Contracts | Stanford Health Care (CA)
Chris is an innovative and driven corporate counsel with over seven years of experience leading commercial transactions and negotiations for billion dollar companies. Chris obtained his Juris Doctor, Certificate in Health Law and Master of Health Administration from Saint Louis University and his Bachelor of Arts from Beloit College where he studied Economics & Management and Political Science. With a fast-paced, tech-savvy and lean leadership style that focuses on goals, metrics and continuous improvement, Chris has been recognized as the 2014 Corporate Counsel of the Year by the St. Louis Business Journal and is a recipient of the 2015 Association of Corporate Counsel Value Champion award for creating leading best practices to increase customer service and decrease costs.
Chris currently serves as the Administrative Director of Business Operations & Strategic Initiatives and Contracts at Stanford Health Care, a premier academic medical system in the heart of Silicon Valley, California. The Business Operations & Strategic Initiatives department provides centralized management of financial performance, operational metrics, process improvement initiatives, strategic planning, and resource utilization for 12 distinct business units that manage over 80 cost centers, approximately 2,000 staff and a total budget of over $200 million. The Contract Administration department provides centralized legal review and contract management services to Stanford Medicine legal entities that include: coordinating contract requests, advising on contractual matters, negotiating and drafting legal documents, performing legal review and facilitating timely renewal or termination of contracts to meet internal policies and external regulations and optimize legal and business terms.
Douglas Hammer | VP & GC | Intermountain Healthcare (UT)
Doug Hammer serves as Vice President and General Counsel responsible for the organization and management of legal and government relations services at Intermountain Healthcare. He manages a team of over 30 professionals.
He served on the Board of Directors of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), served as Chairman of the AHLA In-House Counsel Committee, and as Program Chairman for AHLA’s Fundamentals of Health Care Law program. In 2005, he was named an AHLA Charter Fellow, one of only 35 health lawyers nationally among the 13,000-plus members of AHLA.
He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah, School of Medicine and since 1978 has taught courses in health care organization, health policy and managed care, and public health administration and law. Further, he also taught health care law as an Adjunct Professor at the Brigham Young University Marriott Graduate School of Management. In his honor, in 2004, the University of Utah established the “Douglas J. Hammer Distinguished Endowed Lectureship in Public Health.”
Mr. Hammer received his Juris Doctor from the University of Utah with an emphases in Health Services Research and his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan.
Janet Walker | GC, Ascension Care Management, Insurance Legal Department Chair | Ascension (TX)
Janet Walker is the current General Counsel for Ascension Care Management and the Insurance Legal Department Chair with Ascension. In this role, Janet is the main point of contact and source of legal expertise for managed care and insurance products and services. She provides leadership, legal services, advice, and assistance on legal matters in support of Ascension’s direct subsidiaries that provide managed care and insurance products and services.
Prior to taking this role, Janet was the Senior Director of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs for Seton Insurance Services (SIS), a division within the Seton Healthcare Family. At SIS, Janet worked directly with the SIS President and Chief Executive Officer to develop and implement business and legal strategies for the division. Before joining SIS, Janet previously held a position within the Seton Healthcare Family as Senior Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, where she provided legal support and counsel for SIS.
Before joining the Seton Healthcare Family, Janet practiced law with international law firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Greenberg Traurig. While in private practice, Janet primarily worked in the firms’ respective Insurance Regulatory and Governmental Affairs practice groups, but also contributed to and participated in significant commercial-litigation and corporate-law matters. Prior to working in private practice, Janet worked as in-house counsel for Scotts Miracle Gro in Marysville, Ohio.
Richard Korman | EVP & GC | Avera Health (SD)
Richard G. Korman, Esq., is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Avera Health, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Rich is responsible for all legal, compliance, internal audit, institutional review board, insurance and risk management activities for Avera. Avera is the Catholic health ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Yankton, South Dakota and the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Sisters of Aberdeen, South Dakota. Avera delivers health care services through more than 350 locations in a five-state region made up of South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and North Dakota.
Todd Brower | VP & GC | St. Joseph’s Healthcare System (NJ)
Todd Brower, Esq., is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System in Paterson, New Jersey. Prior to coming to St. Joseph’s, Mr. Brower was a Partner at McCarter & English, LLP, in Newark, N.J., where he provided his extensive legal health expertise to hospitals, physicians, physician groups, home health care providersand other health care organizations with an emphasis on governance, regulatory and corporate compliance, acquisitions, affiliations, joint venturing, licensing and reimbursement.
Mr. Brower recently servedon the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Council on Hospital Governance and asthe Chairman of The Foundation for East Orange General Hospital. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall Law School and is the Former Chairman of Essex Valley Healthcare, Inc., East Orange General Hospital, as well as a Member of the Board of Trustees of Essex Valley Visiting Nurse Association, Inc.
Honored by his peers as among “The Best Lawyers in America” in Health Care Law since 2011, he was also recognized asthe “Best Lawyers” 2014-2015, Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Newark.Mr. Brower was also named a “New Jersey Super Lawyer” in 2013-2015.
Mr. Brower earned his Juris Doctor (JD) from the Saint Louis University School of Law where he served as Health Law Editor of the Saint Louis University Law Journal, and received his Bachelor degree from Emory University.
James Roberts | SVP, GC & Corporate Secretary | UF Health Shands (FL)
James Roberts joined Shands in 2008 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. He oversees legal services and medical staff services, closely collaborates with corporate compliance and privacy for the Shands family of hospitals and outpatient programs, and is regularly engaged in the strategic positioning of the organization.
From 2002 to 2008, Roberts was senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. There, he oversaw legal affairs, trustee affairs, compliance, and professional liability and risk management
His over 30-year legal career spans health care general and deputy general counsel positions with the hospitals of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center System and of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Health System. Roberts has also held investment banking positions as managing director with PNC Capital Markets and PNC Venture Bank, where he specialized in strategic consulting and mergers and acquisition transactions for venture-backed start-up and health care companies. He has also held numerous legal positions with publically traded Fortune 500 real estate, insurance brokerage and finance and banking companies.
Roberts was a Phi Kappa Phi graduate of the University of Maryland, where he earned a bachelor's degree in molecular biology and a juris doctor degree. Roberts is a frequent speaker on health care and risk management topics at regional and national health care symposiums and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.
Roberts also serves as adjunct professor for the health care law course at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Carmen Neuberger | EVP, Legal Affairs & GC | Phoenix Children’s Hospital (UT)
Carmen Neuberger joined Phoenix Children’s as General Counsel in 2007. As Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Neuberger is responsible for managing the legal environment at Phoenix Children’s. This includes providing legal guidance across the enterprise, developing hospital-wide policies and procedures, counseling the Hospital on business transactions, and managing complex contractual relationships and affiliations. As the General Counsel, Neuberger is responsible for overseeing legal affairs, risk management, compliance/privacy, and government relations.
Neuberger graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Duke University. She worked as a critical care nurse for five years before earning her law degree at the George Washington University National Law Center in Washington, D.C.
Neuberger comes to Phoenix Children’s with over twenty years of experience in health care law. She started her legal career with eight years in private practice and then joined the Georgetown University Office of University Counsel. She most recently served as Senior Corporate Counsel for MedStar Health, a complex tri-state health care system based in the Mid-Atlantic region and composed of nine hospitals and approximately 30,000 employees. Neuberger has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, is an active member of the American Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association and is admitted to practice in Arizona, Virginia and Washington, D.C. In 2015, she was named the Arizona Non-Profit Attorney of the Year by the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Chris Shea | DGC | Memorial Hermann Health System (TX)
Chris has been with Memorial Hermann since 2012. Chris serves as the principal assistant to Memorial Hermann’s Chief Legal Officer in managing Memorial Hermann’s legal function and serves as the organization’s primary in-house legal counsel for general business, transactional and corporate governance matters. Chris provides specialized expertise, legal advice, and counsel in both complex and routine business and corporate transactions and negotiations, and in a broad range of operational and strategic decisions in relation to the organization’s business and corporate related activities. His primary areas of responsibility include business contracts and agreements including mergers and acquisition, joint ventures, information technology, real estate and finance as well as corporate governance matters.
Chris has practiced law since 1996, and prior to joining Memorial Hermann Chris served as General Counsel for St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Hospital Partners of America, Inc., in Charlotte, NC. His experience also includes over eight years in private legal practice. Chris earned his undergraduate degree in History and Government from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN and his law degree from the College of William and Mary Marshall – Wythe School of Law in Williamsburg, VA.
Jason Farber | Chair, Healthcare M&A, Co-Chair, Health Law Practice | Davis Wright Tremaine
Jason Farber focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other business transactions.
He is chair of the Healthcare M&A group, which assists business leaders in transactions that are transforming the healthcare industry, such as hospital mergers and affiliations, private equity-backed management services organization (MSO) restructurings of medical groups, ambulatory surgery joint ventures, and transactions in healthcare technology.
Jason also has a broad-based M&A practice in emerging industries such as digital media and mobile content and services, as well as manufacturing and distribution. He has particular experience with private equity, auction processes, profit-nonprofit transactions and directors' duties in transactions. He also is a frequent speaker on topics related to mergers and acquisitions.
Matt Curley | Member | Bass, Berry & Sims
Matt Curley is a member at Bass, Berry & Sims’ Nashville office. He represents clients in connection with internal and governmental investigations and related civil and criminal proceedings, particularly involving matters of fraud and abuse within the healthcare industry. Matt has considerable experience in litigating matters under the False Claims Act and in representing clients in actions and investigations brought by government regulators, including the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS OIG) and various state agencies. Matt's clients have included a wide array of healthcare providers, including hospitals and health systems, ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, skilled nursing facilities, hospice providers and home health providers, among others.
Matt's perspective is informed by his prior experience as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, where he served as Civil Chief and coordinated the Office's civil enforcement efforts in representing the United States and its agencies in healthcare fraud and abuse actions arising under the False Claims Act.
Matt has been recognized by Chambers USA in Healthcare Governmental Investigations and Fraud and is an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt School of Law, where he teaches Healthcare Fraud and Abuse. Matt is a contributor and editor of the firm's annual Healthcare Fraud & Abuse Year in Review and the firm's Inside the FCA blog and has served as a member of Law 360'sHealth Editorial Advisory Board.
Michelle Johnson Tidjani | SVP & GC | Henry Ford Health System (MI)
Michelle Johnson Tidjani, Esq., was appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Henry Ford Health System in 2017. In this role, Tidjani provides executive leadership, from both a strategic and operational perspective, for the following areas: Office of the General Counsel covering all legal affairs for the health system, the Business Integrity and Tax Office, Information Privacy and Security, the Governance Office, and the Risk Finance and Insurance Office.
Prior to Henry Ford, Tidjani served as the Deputy Chief Legal Officer for the Cleveland Clinic, where she managed a team of more than 20 lawyers, paralegals, support staff and external counsel, serving as a strategic partner with her executive team on such initiatives as physician/hospital alignment, telemedicine, reimbursement, affiliations, acquisitions and governance. Tidjani has been responsible for more than $7 billion in contracting revenue through managed care agreements, consulting services, clinical operations, information technology, clinical trials, supply chain and all vendor relationships.
Tidjani was previously Senior Counsel for Tenet Healthcare's Managed Care and Litigation Practice Group where she led development and implementation of clinically integrated networks in five markets spanning the country. In this role, she also was involved in a wide range of operational and regulatory issues, including healthcare reform initiatives, physician contracting, corporate formation and governance, Stark, anti-kickback, antitrust, and HIPAA.
She earned a JD from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 1998 and was awarded a BA degree with honors from Cornell University in 1995.
Robert Homchick | Partner | Davis Wright Tremaine
Bob Homchick is a health care regulatory lawyer, he counsels clients in areas such as physician self-referral (i.e., the federal Stark Law and its state law counterparts), regulatory compliance, and fraud and abuse. Bob also regularly represents hospitals, physicians, ancillary services providers, and others in a wide variety of transactional matters including mergers, acquisitions and affiliations, and the formation and operation of joint ventures. His extensive experience includes the development and implementation of compliance programs, defending providers in government audits, investigations, administrative proceedings and litigation, including qui tam False Claims Act lawsuits.
Bob regularly speaks and writes on a variety of health law regulatory topics.
Ross Sallade | Shareholder | Polsinelli
Ross Sallade provides value to clients by tackling the complex legal regulatory, operational, reimbursement and enrollment matters that others might be reluctant to handle. Ross does so by drawing upon specialized knowledge for each matter which enables him to quickly evaluate urgent issues and provide practical recommendations. He also leverages a unique skill set that enables him to identify and work with the right federal and state regulators to pinpoint the heart of the issue and make recommendations to reach appropriate resolution. His previous experience strengthens his ability to provide counsel rooted in an understanding of not only the law, but also how legal issues or regulatory changes can impact clients’ business goals.
Ross works with clients to help them navigate through the myriad of state and federal health care regulatory challenges facing them. He regularly counsels clients to aid in structuring their business transactions and relationships in compliance with federal and state regulations, including change of ownership requirements, as well as federal anti-kickback statute and federal physician self-referral (or “Stark”) laws.
Ross advises clients regularly on a variety of matters, including: Medicare and Medicaid (and other federal and state payor programs) enrollment, State licensure, Medicare and Medicaid compliance, Provider and supplier reimbursement in both the Medicare and Medicaid programs, Healthcare operational matters, Diligence support in connection with M&A and Finance transactions, Professional service and management service agreements, including “controlled professional corporations” and Fraud and Abuse.
Ross’s practice focuses on a variety of healthcare provider and supplier types, including, but not limited to: Hospitals, including provider based departments, Hospice and home health agencies, DME suppliers, IDTFs, Imaging providers and Ambulatory Surgery Centers.
Ross Sallade applies his in-depth industry knowledge to highlight potential risk exposure and propose alternative resolutions that address clients’ core concerns, as well as a business-focused approach for each transaction to meet the clients’ expectations.
Ross holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, a Master of Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus, and a B.S. from Hampden-Sydney College.