Sasha K. Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE Program Committee Chair

Sasha K. Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE is an Associate Professor and the Vice Chair of Strategy and Innovation in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Dr. Shillcutt also serves as the Director of Clinical Research. She underwent her residency in Anesthesiology at UNMC and completed an Executive Fellowship in Perioperative Echocardiography at the University of Utah Medical Center. She is a board certified Anesthesiologist, is a testamur in the Special Competence in Adult Echocardiography (ASCeXAM) and certification in advanced perioperative echocardiography (Advanced PTEeXAM) through the National Board of Echocardiography. She is an NIH-funded researcher through the National Institute of Aging.

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Alexandra Novitsky, MD Assistant Program Director

Ali Novitsky, MD is the CEO and founder of her company MindBodyMarriage PC.  She is a Certified Life and Weight Loss Coach, Board Certified Pediatrician, Board Certified Neonatologist, National Speaker, Assistant Director of the National Physician Women's Conference (Brave Enough), Blogger, and Host of The Podcast “Resuscitate Your Marriage”. 

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Ellen Zane

Ellen Zane is a nationally renowned health care leader who retired as President & Chief Executive Officer of Tufts Medical Center and the Floating Hospital for Children in late 2011. She was the first woman to run the hospital in its 222-year history. The hospital employs more 5,000 doctors, nurses, researchers, and other healthcare workers, includes Floating Hospital for Children, and has 450 beds.

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Erika Armstrong, Author, Pilot

From the front desk of an FBO, to the captain's seat of a commercial airliner, Erika Armstrong has experienced everything aviation has to offer. During her 30 years in aviation, she has been a Red Cross, air ambulance, cargo, charter, international corporate and airline pilot / captain. She holds a type rating in the CE-500 series aircraft and B727-200. She has extensive training and flight time in the full Citation series, Falcon 20, King Air 90, 100, 200 and 1 hour in a Russian Yak (it's a good story). Her passion is turning non-aviators into aviation geeks by sharing her stories and encouraging the next generation to turn their eyes to the sky. 

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Laurie K. Baedke, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE

A sought-after speaker, author, and advisor, Laurie Baedke works with individuals and teams including early careerists, physician leaders, and senior executives. She has specific expertise in physician practice management, leadership development, organizational change, emotional intelligence, and strengths based leadership. 

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Hansa Bhargava, MD

Hansa Bhargava, MD, is Senior Medical Director at WebMD, Senior Medical Correspondent at Medscape and  Staff Physician at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. For Medscape, she hosts the column 'Uncharted Medicine',  plans content for Business of Medicine, and is spokesperson for special reports such as the Medscape Physician Compensation Report for national and local media.  

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Hilary Blair

Hilary Blair  is obsessed with the speaking voice and communication. She is a highly regarded speaking, presentation, voice, and executive communications expert who trains high achievers craving honest feedback. She is impassioned by moving beyond habits and learned behaviors to uncover what is unique and authentic in individuals and groups.

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Brooke M. Buckley, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Brooke Buckley, M.D., FACS, is a board-certified general surgeon raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate studies at The Johns Hopkins University and medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Buckley completed her general surgical intern-ship and residency at Fairview Hospital in the Cleveland Clinic System before taking her first surgical position with Shore Health in Easton, Maryland in 2007.

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Heather Evans, MD, MS

Heather Evans, MD, MS​ is Vice Chair of Clinical Research and Applied Informatics, Professor of Surgery in the Division of Acute Care Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to her practice of trauma surgery and surgical critical care, she is an expert in laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction. Dr. Evans, a national expert in surgical infections research, has developed a novel mobile health (mHealth) solution to improve the early diagnosis and treatment of surgical site infections (​https://www.mpowercare.org/​).

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Ali Hively

Ali Hively is the founder of Kijia, a lifestyle consulting company focused on empowering people to feel their best through building habits of nutrition, mindset and movement. She works with individuals and companies to make a meaningful, positive changes, and build fundamental skills and habits that last.   

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Bonnie Koo, MD, FAAD

Bonnie Koo, MD, FAAD is a board certified dermatologist and former systems administrator at Morgan Stanley. She is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons. Dr. Koo is passionate about teaching personal finance to women.

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Mina Lee, MD

Dr. Mina Lee is a board-certified urologist in Denver, Colorado. She has been in practice for 15 years. She has a special interest in female urology and women's pelvic health. Dr. Lee received her medical education at the University of South Florida and completed her urology residency at the University of Colorado. Dr. Lee is also passionate about helping women maintain and regain confidence through personal style and is the founder of The Style Clique, a Denver-based personal styling business. She has served on the planning committee for the Brave Enough conference for the past 2 years and is honored to be involved and speaking at the conference again this year. 

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Ni-Cheng Liang, MD 

Dr. Ni-Cheng Liang is a wife, mother,  breast cancer survivor and physician.  She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine,  University of California San Diego (UCSD) Internal Medicine residency program, completed a chief residency year, and completed pulmonary fellowship at UCSD. She is Director of Pulmonary Integrative Medicine at Coastal Pulmonary Associates affiliated with the Scripps Health Network and is a Voluntary Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine.

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Aimee Lowe, JD

Aimee L. Lowe is a Business Attorney with the Goosmann Law Firm. Aimee has worked with businesses, professionals, and physicians for years as executive advisor, general counsel, defender, litigator, and strategist.  She represents professionals and physicians in all matters, including complex contract negotiations and disputes.  She also works with companies of all sizes to provide strategic legal counsel in contract and commercial negotiations, audit and internal operations, intellectual property, employment law, and land and business acquisitions and sales.  

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Lynn Marie Morski, MD, Esq.

Dr. Lynn Marie Morski is a Quitting Evangelist. She helps people quit anything that’s no longer serving them, such as jobs, relationships, or mindsets, through her book, Quitting by Design, and her podcast, Quit Happens, along with speaking and coaching. She is also a board-certified family medicine physician, fellowship trained in sports medicine, currently working at the Veterans Administration. In addition, she is an attorney and former adjunct law professor. When not doctoring, lawyering, or preaching the gospel of strategic quitting, Lynn Marie can be found doing yoga, playing multiple musical instruments and dancing like everyone's watching.

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Shivani Mukkamala, MD

Shivani G. Mukkamala, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Emory University. Dr. Mukkamala is a board certified pediatric anesthesiologist and practices at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Egleston Hospital. She is the director for the core pediatric anesthesiology residency rotation. Dr. Mukkamala also serves as the faculty advisor for the Crawford Long Anesthesiology Interest Group and as the career advisor for Emory University medical students pursuing anesthesiology. She completed her residency and fellowship at Columbia University in New York.  

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Mary Rensel, M.D., FAAN

Mary Rensel, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and Director of Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis and Wellness at the Mellen Center of the Cleveland Clinic. She has graduated from the Medical College of Ohio and completed her Neurology and Neuro-immunology fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic. She is boarded in Neurology and Integrative Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Arghavan Salles

Dr. Arghavan Salles is a bariatric surgeon with expertise in diversity and inclusion. During her surgical residency, she completed a PhD in education at Stanford University. Her dissertation focused on gender stereotypes and how they affect women training to become surgeons.

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Dr. Phoebe Scott-Wyard

Dr. Phoebe Scott-Wyard is a rehabilitation medicine specialist at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and an assistant clinical professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine. She is double board-certified in pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation.  Originally from Maine, Dr. Scott-Wyard completed her undergraduate degree in behavioral biology at Johns Hopkins University before attending medical school at Western University of Health Sciences here in Southern California.

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Amy E. Stinson, DO

Amy E. Stinson, DO is a private practice, board certified otolaryngology - head and neck surgeon. She currently practices with Florida Otolaryngology, PA in Orlando. She is also clinical adjunct faculty for Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine and DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has been in private practice for 7 years and has achieved her Fellow of the American Osteopathic College of Otolaryngology. 

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