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 Report consistently 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 system and 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 Insurance Legal Department Chair Ascension Health (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.
Lidia Rodriguez-Hupp Chief of Corporate Initiatives, 340B Compliance Officer & SVP Sentry Data Systems
With more than 15 years’ experience in 340B software and program maintenance, and six years in various staff positions within the US House of Representatives, Lidia is uniquely suited for the challenges of 340B compliance. In her current role as Senior Vice President & 340B Compliance Officer for Sentry Data Systems, she oversees the 340B audit and compliance team and the professional services team. These teams act as internal consultants on Sentry’s high-priority projects and also support client requests that require a great level of expertise. Lidia is active in her local community as a mentor for Women of Tomorrow since 2008 and has served on the IPMI advisory board committee for the Healthcare Law and Compliance Institute since 2015.
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.
Robert Gerberry SVP & GC Summa Health (OH)
Robert Gerberry is Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Summa Health and its Corporate Secretary. Since joining Summa in 2002, Mr. Gerberry has provided counsel on all aspects of health care law with a focus on strategic and transactional projects, including mergers and acquisitions, affiliations, joint ventures, and physician alignment initiatives. Prior to joining Summa, Mr. Gerberry practiced with the law firms of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP and McDonald, Hopkins LLP in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and his J.D. from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Mr. Gerberry also serves as Adjunct Faculty at the Case Western Reserve School of Law teaching Hospital and Physician Organizations Law and Health Care Transactions.
Mr. Gerberry serves as Vice Chair of the AHLA’s In-House Counsel Practice Group and participated in the Physician Organizations Practice Group Leadership Development Program. Mr. Gerberry is the past President of the Society of Ohio Health Care Attorneys and is a member of its Board of Directors. He has also served on the Cleveland Bar Health Care Committee and on the Planning Committee for the AMGA Council of Attorneys. Mr. Gerberry is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Medical Group Association Council of Attorneys, and the Society of Ohio Health Care Attorneys.
Mr. Gerberry has spoken at AHLA, AMGA, Premier and other national meetings on topics including physician alignment and compensation models, health system transformation, physician-hospital joint ventures, and accountable care development. Mr. Gerberry has also been named a Rising Star in Health Care Law by Ohio Superlawyers was named a 2014 Crain’s In-House Counsel of the Year finalist.
Scott Richardson VP & AGC LifePoint Health (TN)
Scott Richardson is Vice President and Associate General Counsel for LifePoint Health, overseeing legal services for the company’s Central Group hospitals. Scott counsels hospitals on operational, compliance, and regulatory matters, and also supports the company’s quality and medical staff governance initiatives. Prior to his current position, Scott was a partner with a Nashville firm providing services to a variety of the firm’s health care clients. He is a member of the Tennessee and American Bar Associations and the American Health Lawyers Association. Scott is a current member of the Executive Council for the Tennessee Bar Association’s Health Law Section.
Stephen Nash Partner Squire Patton Boggs
Stephen Nash is the Co-Leader of the Global Healthcare Practice Group of Squire Patton Boggs, an international law firm with more than 1,400 lawyers practicing through 44 offices across 21 countries.
Steve has represented healthcare organizations for more than 30 years. His clients include academic medical centers, hospitals and health systems, health information exchanges, medical groups and other physician organizations, health plans and other managed care organizations, long term care and inpatient rehabilitation organizations, ancillary health service providers, healthcare investors, and the federal and state agencies of sovereign powers (“Foreign Agencies”).
Over the past few years, Steve has had the privilege of counseling various Foreign Agencies on such diverse matters as the design of primary healthcare systems, privacy and security issues, the implementation of an inaugural national health insurance program, and privacy, security and health information exchange programs. He regularly works with members of the firm’s Global Infrastructure Practice Group, based in London and New York, concerning the use of public private partnerships both to expand and to privatize national healthcare infrastructures.
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 providers and other health care organizations with an emphasis on governance, regulatory and corporate compliance, acquisitions, affiliations, joint venturing, licensing and reimbursement.
Mr. Brower recently served on the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Council on Hospital Governance and as the 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 as the “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.
Tim McCrystal Co-Chair, Health Care Practice Group Ropes & Gray
Tim McCrystal is the co-chair of the health care practice group. Tim has over twenty years of experience advising health care providers, companies and investors on cutting-edge regulatory matters and transactions. He has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating health care affiliations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, hospital-physician relationships, medical practice acquisitions, formation and reorganization of multi-institutional health care systems, and a variety of contractual arrangements and general business transactions.
Clients from all sectors of the health care industry also turn to Tim for counseling on a wide range of compliance matters, including the development and fine-tuning of their compliance programs. Tim has counseled clients at every stage of their compliance program lifecycle: initial development and implementation, routine assessment and audit, and periodic evaluation and revision.
Tim is also a recognized expert in the field of privacy and cybersecurity. He regularly advises clients on the full array of data privacy, protection and security matters relating to the HIPAA privacy and security rules. Tim has represented clients in highly publicized settlements with the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights stemming from alleged data breaches relating to the loss or theft of protected health information.
Tim received a BA from Colby College and a JD from Suffolk University Law School. He is admitted to the State Bar of Massachusetts.