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The following physicians and representatives serve on the joint Board of Managers for the St. Louis Physician Alliance & SLPA ACO, LLC.
The Board of Managers meets on a regular basis to direct the initiatives of the organization.
Scott Hardeman MD is a board-certified Otolaryngologist with Gateway ENT, a division of Sound Health Services. He sees adult and pediatric patients at offices in Creve Coeur and in Sunset Hills. Dr. Hardeman was instrumental in the creation of the St. Louis Physician Alliance and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Managers for the organization since its inception.
He completed his medical degree in the accelerated program at the University of Kansas City School of Medicine followed by his residency training and internship at Saint Louis University School of Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hardeman, visit www.soundhealthservices.com or call 314-997-4430.
Robert Bell MD is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon with specialty training in hand and upper extremity surgery. He treats a wide range of hand and upper extremity issues including joint replacements for arthritis fractures and traumatic tendon injuries, nerve compression disorders, work injuries and sports injuries. He joined Orthopedic Associates in January 2016 after practicing in Texas for 20 years.
Dr. Bell attended the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He completed his internship at the Medical College of Virginia followed by his Orthopedic Residency training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City affiliated hospitals. He then completed a Fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at the University of Virginia. For more information about Dr. Bell, visit www.oastl.com. To schedule an appointment, call 314-569-0612.
Bruce Berwald MD is a primary care physician, board-certified in Internal Medicine, who has been in private practice at Berwald Surgical Medical since 1998. He currently serves as the President of Primary Care of St. Louis IPA and has been serving on the Medical Executive Committee of SSM DePaul Health Center since 2014.
Dr. Berwald earned his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at the Medical University of South Carolina – in Charleston. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Berwald, call 314-739-8200.
Christopher Bowe MD is a Primary Care Physician board-certified in Internal Medicine. He practices in the St Anthony’s Physician Organization where he formerly served as President. Dr. Bowe was instrumental in helping launch SLPA ACO and has served on the SLPA Board of Managers since its inception.
Dr. Bowe earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia and completed his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bowe, call 314-525-4225 or visit www.stahealthcarepartners.org.
Samer Cabbabe MD is a double board-certified plastic surgeon offering cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the face, breast, body and hand. He performs non-invasive procedures such as Botox, Collagen Fillers and Laser resurfacing at Cabbabe Plastic Surgery, a practice with 3 area locations that has been serving the greater St. Louis area for over 40 years.
A St. Louis native, Dr. Cabbabe received his medical degree Magna Cum Laude at Saint Louis University School of Medicine where he graduated in the top 10 of his class. He completed surgical residency training at Emory University in Atlanta and became board-certified in General Surgery. He specialized in Plastic Surgery after a fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cabbabe, please call 314-842-5885 or visit: www.stl-psc.com
Dennis Disch MD is a board-certified Cardiologist at Heart Specialty Associates where he’s practiced since 2011. He served as President of the practice in 2016 and Vice-President in 2014 and 2015. He also serves as the Medical Director of the practice’s Vascular Lab and has served as the Chairman of the Department of Medicine at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. Dr. Disch has served on the SLPA Board of Managers since 2016 and also serves as the chairman of the SLPA Quality Committee.
Dr. Disch earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas and completed his internship and residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he also completed a fellowship in Outcomes Research & Cardiovascular Epidemiology. He completed a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at Washington University at Barnes Hospital. For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Disch, call 314-842-0602 or visit www.heartspecialty.com.
Christopher Felling MD is a board-certified Anesthesiologist at Ballas Anesthesia where he’s practiced since 1998. He served as President of the practice for 4 years, Vice President for 2 years and has served on the Executive Committee since 2012. Dr. Felling is the current Medical Director of both St. Louis Surgical Center and Total Joint Center of St. Louis. He has served on the SLPA Board of Managers since 2014 and also serves as the chairman of the SLPA Credentialing Committee and as a member of the SLPA Technology Committee.
Dr. Felling earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia and completed his internship and residency at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals in Cleveland. For more information or to contact Dr. Felling, call 314-996-5330.
Erin Gardner, M.D., is a board-certified dermatologist, fellowship-trained in dermatologic and Mohs micrographic surgery. Dr. Gardner’s practice, Dermatology Specialists of St. Louis, is located on the Missouri Baptist campus with a satellite office in Sunset Hills.
Dr. Gardner interned at Barnes-Jewish Hospital for Washington University and completed his dermatology residency at Duke University, where he served as chief resident. He completed fellowship training at Methodist Hospital in Houston, studying advanced skin lesion treatments and Mohs micrographic surgery. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gardner, visit: http://dermstl.com/ or call (314) 997-7546.
Paul Hinton MD is double board-certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He is the President of Hinton Healthcare Group, a multi-specialty private practice with multiple offices throughout the region, which he founded in 2009. He serves on the SLPA Board of Managers and has held numerous leadership positions at area hospitals and organizations.
Dr. Hinton earned his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Saint Louis University Hospital and at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hinton, call 636-294-5900 or visit www.hintonhealthcare.com.
George Hruza MD is a board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon at United Skin Specialists in Chesterfield and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Dermatology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
He earned his medical degree from New York University at the top of his class and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Societies. He completed his dermatology residency at New York University Medical Center followed by a laser surgery fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Wellman Laboratory for Photomedicine, as well as a Mohs and dermatologic surgery fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hruza, call 314-878-3839 or visit: https://lasersurgeryusa.com/
Steve Jacobson MD is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician at St. Louis Medical Clinic where he’s practiced since 2003. He served as President of the practice from 2005-2008. He has served on the SLPA Board of Managers and on the SLPA Finance Committee since 2016.
Dr Jacobson graduated Cum Laude from Rhodes College in Memphis with a BS in Chemical Biology. He received his MD from St Louis University and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Mayo Clinic Graduate School in Rochester MN in 1988.
He served as an Internist in the US Air Force for 4 years including being the first Internist deployed to Desert Storm in the First Gulf War. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jacobson, call 314-432-1111 or visit www.stlmedclinic.com.
Brett Winkeler MD is a board-certified Family Medicine physician at Rural Family Medicine Associates in Freeburg Illinois where he’s practiced for more than 10 years. He has a passion for patient quality and has been instrumental in ensuring that the practice’s EHR captures all of the required quality measure information. He serves as the ACO Medical Director for SLPA ACO and on the Board of Managers.
Dr. Winkeler earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Rockford and completed his residency in family medicine at Spartanburg Medical Center in South Carolina where he served as Chief Resident. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Winkeler, call 618-539-0067 or visit www.ruralfamilymedicine.com .
Marian Lowe is the Chief Strategy Officer at United Surgical Partners International (USPI) with responsibility for overall strategy for the enterprise. In her former role as the Senior Vice President of Payer and Employer Strategies, she was responsible for the development and deployment of reform-based strategies to approach payers, employers and third parties to drive profitable business to USPI facilities.
Marian began serving as the USPI representative on the SLPA Board of Managers in July 2014 and was been instrumental in the formation of SLPA ACO, LLC and the application to CMS for the Medicare Shared Savings Program. She has provided executive oversight for St. Louis Physician Alliance and SLPA ACO.
Dave Seifert is the Medicare beneficiary serving as a community representative to the SLPA Board of Managers. He is a partner at Alexander-Seifert Consulting Group and is the former CEO of St. Anthony’s Medical Center where he had previously served as CFO.
Dave earned his BS in Accounting from Millikin University and an Executive Graduate Certificate in healthcare financial management from University of South Carolina-Columbia.
Amy Sullivan is the Executive Director of St. Louis Physician Alliance and SLPA ACO responsible for the strategy and overall management of the network. This includes leading process, compliance and performance initiatives among multiple ongoing projects and workstreams to support 600+ providers and ~18,000 Medicare beneficiaries in the St. Louis area. Amy earned her MBA from the Olin Business School of Washington University in St. Louis and graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Kappa Phi from the University of Maryland European Campus with a bachelor’s degree in business communication. Amy holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) credential and volunteers in support of veteran’s services as a member of the St. Louis Leadership Committee for The Mission Continues.
Ashley Wise is the Vice President – IT Innovation at United Surgical Partners International (USPI) where she works across organizational boundaries to align people, processes and technology to help USPI meet the demands of the rapidly evolving healthcare sector. Ashley has had primary responsibility for the deployment of a population health solution to support the St. Louis Physician Alliance (SLPA) network and SLPA ACO and to assist with participation in other alternative payment models.
Ashley graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a BA in Communication Studies. She went on to obtain her MBA from the University of New Mexico with dual concentrations in Operations and Marketing. Ashley holds professional memberships with both the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
Lisa Hunt serves as the Director of Operations & Provider Relations for the St. Louis Physician Alliance (SLPA) and SLPA ACO. She helped launch the physician network with her employer, United Surgical Partners (USPI), in 2013 and served as the Director of Network Development growing the physician membership from its original 12 doctors to the current 660+. Lisa has more than two decades of healthcare experience in marketing, provider services and customer relations for academic medical centers, community hospitals, physician practices and ambulance services. Lisa graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has been certified by HIMSS and by AHIMA in Healthcare Technology.
Ellen Rader is the Program Manager for the St. Louis Physician Alliance and SLPA ACO. She is responsible for the implementation and management of a wide variety of projects to support the mission to effectively reduce spending waste in the healthcare system and improve the quality of care for patients.
Ellen earned her MSHA from Lindenwood University and graduated magna cum laude and Alpha Sigma Lambda from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor’s Degree in healthcare management. She was the recipient of the Bertha Floyd Lifelong Learning Award which recognizes high scholarship and the zealous pursuit of leadership and community service. Ellen has over twenty years of experience working in the healthcare industry in various roles. Ellen spends her free time playing volleyball and volunteering throughout the community: reading to elders at nursing facilities, assisting adults pursuing their GED through an Adult Education and Literacy program, and numerous other activities throughout the community.
Rodney Farrar is the Implementation Specialist for SLPA ACO, LLC. He is responsible for leading technical projects that include data integration, clinical workflow analysis, physician education, and financial data analysis.
Rod brings 17 years of experience with data integration and enterprise systems implementation in the healthcare industry, and served as a senior consultant to several large healthcare systems across the country. He received his undergraduate degree in computer science and mathematics from Northeastern State University. Rod recently retired as a Major in the Army National Guard after 27 years of service.