Advisory Board


The Wellness Network takes great pride in delivering engaging, accurate content to motivate patients, families and caregivers to take action. To ensure our content is up-to-date, clinically accurate and applicable to our healthcare facility subscribers, we engage an Advisory Board of experts.

Cardiovascular and Stroke Programming

Heather Alger, PhD
American Heart Association Science & Medicine Review Expert

Gerald Fletcher, MD
Preventive Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

Chelsea S Kidwell, MD
Professor of Neurology and Medical Imaging, Vice Chair of Research, Dept. of Neurology University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ

Anne Leonard, MPH RN CCRC FAHA
American Heart Association Science & Medicine Review Expert

Susan Magorno, BSN, RN, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Educator, Nursing Quality, Research & Education, UC Irvine Health, Irvine, CA

Michael Mitakidis, MD
American Heart Association Science & Medicine Review Expert

Pam McCabe, PhD, APRN-CNS, FAHA
American Heart Association Science & Medicine Review Expert

Cheryl Perkins, MD, Rph
American Heart Association Science & Medicine Review Expert

Leslie Ritter, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA
Professor, College of Nursing and Dept. of Neurology at William Feinberg Endowed Chair for Stroke Research at the University of Arizona, Faculty Stroke Coordinator, University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson, AZ

Amber Rodriguez, PhD
American Heart Association Science & Medicine Review Expert

Katherine Sheehan, PhD
American Heart Association Science & Medicine Review Expert

Melanie Turner, MPH
American Heart Association Science & Medicine Review Expert

Diabetes Education Programming

Joanne Rinker, MS, RD, CDE, LDN
AADE Director of Practice and Content Development

Disease-Management and Wellness Programming

Robin Miller, MD, MHS
Medical Director, Triune Integrative Medicine, Medford, OR

William Schaffner, MD
Professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Diseases in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, TN

Hospital Systems, Patient Education and Utilization Programming

Eileen T. Breslin, PhD, RN
Dean of the School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, President, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), San Antonio, TX

Colleen Conway-Welch, PhD, CNM, FAAN, FACNM
Nancy & Hilliard Travis Professor of Nursing and Dean Emerita, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, TN

William R. Hendee, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Biophysics, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and Population Health, Medical College of Wisconsin; Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University; Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Adjunct Professor of Radiology, University of New Mexico, University of Colorado, Mayo Clinic (Rochester MN)

Mental Health & Pain Management

Matthew J. Bair, MD, MS
Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
Associate Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine Core Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center

Nephrology

Laura J. Maursetter, DO
Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Newborn and Pediatric Care Programming 

Tanya Remer-Altmann, MD, FAAP
Assistant Clinical Professor at the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA and Pediatrician at Calabasas Pediatrics in Calabasa, CA

Sara Connolly, MD, FAAP
Board Certified Pediatrician in Palm Beach County, Florida

NICU Baby and Family-Focused Programming

Sue L. Hall, MD
Neonatologist, St John’s Regional Medical Center, Oxnard, CA

Oncology

Parameswaran Hari, MD
Armand J. Quick/William F. Stapp Professor of Hematology at Medical College of Wisconsin

Pharmacy

Linda Bernstein, Pharm.D.
President and CEO of Vita Media

Prenatal Care and Breastfeeding Programming

Jennifer Lincoln, MD, IBCLC, Board Certified OB/GYN, Portland, OR
BUNDOO OB/GYN

Susan Spencer, MSN, RNC, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)
Director of Women’s Services, Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle, Columbus, MS

Pulmonary Programming

Barbara Kaplan, M.P.H., CHES
National Director, Lung Health Education, American Lung Association

Regulatory & Compliance Programming

Wayne L. Pines, Ethics Legal Regulatory Review Board
President, Regulatory Services and Healthcare, APCO Worldwide; consultant

Wellness – Nutrition

Karen Collins, MD, RDN, CDN, FAND
Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist

Linda Bernstein, Pharm.D.
President and CEO of Vita Media, a medical communications company.

Linda Bernstein received her Pharm.D. and 2 years of residency from UCSF School of Pharmacy, and is Clinical Professor, volunteer faculty. She broke new ground by merging media and pharmacy. Linda is President and CEO of Vita Media, a medical communications company. She is a media spokesperson, producer, writer and host of 100’s of award-winning TV, radio, web and print programs for medical professionals, patients, consumers and kids that promote the safe and effective use of medicines, health, wellness and safety.

She was co-recipient of ASHP Research Award and C. Everett Koop Award for Best Professional Video, among others from International Health and Medical Film Festival. She was honored for consumer and children’s educational programs and campaigns, including her decade long radio show, “In The Medicine Cabinet” and KTVU year-long series, “Your Consumer Pharmacist”. She wrote, “The Family Vacation Health and Safety Guide” and hosted travel health videos for United Airlines. She appeared on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and The Home Show, and many others. She was media spokesperson for Safeway Pharmacy, FamilyWize.org and NCPIE. She wrote for Walgreens, Safeway, Krogers and Thrifty pharmacies, Newsweek, Woman’s Day, Parenting, Hippocrates, Biospace.com, WebMD/Medscape and more. She headed the Pharmacy Council on Cholesterol. Her professional programs aired on Lifetime Medical TV, ReachMD, Global Newsline and PharmacyPracticeNews.com.

She held positions for UCSF, Safeway Pharmacy Corporate, SF Dept. Public Health (bioterrorism preparedness), KP360, UCSF Inpatient, Jewish Home, Sentrx and Telerx. She serves as The Wellness Network’s Pharmacy Advisor.

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Eileen T. Breslin, PhD, RN
Dean of the School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, President, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

Dr. Breslin received her Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University. She obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and her Ph.D.from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.

Dr. Breslin rose through the ranks at Northern Arizona University becoming a full-tenured Professor and Chair of the Department of Nursing before moving to the University of Massachusetts – Amherst to serve as Dean of the School of Nursing and also hold the position of Interim Dean for the School of Public Health & Health Sciences.  Dr. Breslin is the current President of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Dr. Breslin is a Distinguished Practitioner in Nursing in the National Academies of Practice and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She was appointed by DHHS Secretary Tommy Thompson to serve on the National Advisory Council for Nursing Education and Practice. She served on the Boards of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Massachusetts Organization of Nurse Executives.

Dr. Breslin is an advisor for The Wellness Network

Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Karen Collins is a registered dietitian nutritionist who earned a BS degree in dietetics from Purdue University and an MS degree in human nutrition from Cornell University.She has served in multiple leadership roles within her profession.Karen has been awarded the designation of Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and was previously presented with the award for Excellence in Practice in Wellness Nutrition by the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) dietetic practice group of the Academy.

Karen promotes healthy eating as a consultant, speaker and writer.She is Nutrition Advisor to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).Through multiple avenues, Karen’s work focuses on translating science to help people see beyond headlines and put complex information in perspective of overall research.She has penned over 2,000 nutrition-related articles for the public, and authored multiple peer-reviewed book chapters and research summaries for health professionals, covering cancer prevention and the intersection of cancer, diabetes and heart disease.Karen also conducted a long-time private practice in nutrition counseling, helping people develop realistic strategies for achieving health goals.

 

Sara Connolly, MD, FAAP
Board Certified Pediatrician in Palm Beach County, FL

Dr. Connolly is a Board Certified Pediatrician in Palm Beach County, Florida.

She completed her residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami, where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Connolly divides her time between private practice and working with incarcerated girls in Florida. In addition, Dr. Connolly is a Bundoo Pediatrician; she edits, writes, answers questions and participates in group and forum discussions.

Dr. Connely is an advisor for our HealthClips Prenatal & Maternity Library.

Colleen Conway-Welch, PhD, CNM, FAAN, FACNM
Nancy & Hilliard Travis Professor of Nursing and Dean Emerita, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Dr. Colleen Conway-Welch has been active in nursing practice and nursing education for over four decades. Dr. Conway-Welch is a graduate of Georgetown University, Catholic University of America, and New York University.

She has served on President Reagan’s Commission on the HIV Epidemic in 1988, the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare in 1998, and is a member row of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. In 2002, she was appointed by DHHS Secretary Tommy Thompson to the Secretary’s Council on Public Health Preparedness, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness, and in 2006, was named by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a member row of the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; the premier graduate education program for military health care providers. She was appointed by Secretary Leavitt of DHHS to the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health 2007.

Dr. Conway-Welch is an advisor for The Wellness Network.

Gerald Fletcher, MD
Preventive Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

Dr. Fletcher is the recent Chair for the Council on Clinical Cardiology, American Heart Association. He received the National Distinguished Achievement Award from American Heart Association and Award of Clinical Excellence from American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.Most recently, Dr. Fletcher and his colleagues have been involved in gene research to determine how known gene types that correlate with coronary artery disease respond to an acute exercise stress with a treadmill test. The genes are evaluated with a simple venous blood sample. Soon, they will begin a trial to evaluate the effects of regular exercise in preventing/delaying certain types of dementia.

A graduate of Emory University, Dr. Fletcher is a stalwart advocate for patient engagement in their care – focusing on importance of healthy lifestyle for prevention and reduction of readmissions.

Dr. Fletcher is an advisor for our HealthClips Cardiology Library.

Parameswaran Hari, MD
Armand J. Quick/William F. Stapp Professor of Hematology at Medical College of Wisconsin

Parameswaran Hari, MD, is the Armand J. Quick/William F. Stapp Professor of Hematology at Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Hari serves as Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology in the Department of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. After medical school in India, he completed training in Internal Medicine and Hematology at premier institutions in United Kingdom and then in Medical Oncology and Transplantation at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

His primary clinical interests are in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and cell therapies, plasma cell disorders and other blood cancers. Dr. Hari is also Scientific Director of the plasma cell disorders working committee of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR).

Dr. Hari is an advisor for our HealthClips Oncology Library.

Sue L. Hall, MD
Neonatologist, St John’s Regional Medical Center, Oxnard, CA

Dr. Hall earned undergraduate majors in both Psychology and Human Biology at Stanford University, an MSW from Boston University, and an MD from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She completed all of her pediatric training at The Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Starting her career as a neonatologist in Los Angeles, Dr. Hall ultimately rose to become an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. After spending a number of years as a Medical Director of a large regional NICU in Topeka, Kansas, Dr. Hall is now back practicing neonatology in Southern California.

While in Kansas, Dr. Hall served as the inaugural Chairperson of the Kansas Perinatal Quality Collaborative, and was also active as a member row of the Board of Directors of the Kansas March of Dimes. She is on the Board of Directors of the National Perinatal Association, where she is Co-Chairperson of a national project to develop and publish “Multidisciplinary Program Standards for Psychosocial Support of Parents of Infants Admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care Units.” She has co-authored numerous scientific articles, served as a reviewer for several journals, and lectured extensively on topics in newborn medicine, patient safety, and emotional support of NICU parents. Dr. Hall is also the author of “For the Love of Babies,” a book of stories about the NICU journeys of sixteen babies and their families, published in 2011.

Dr. Hall is the Chief Medical Advisor for our HealthClips Neonatal Library.

William R. Hendee, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Biophysics, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, and Population Health, Medical College of Wisconsin; Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University; Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Adjunct Professor of Radiology, University of New Mexico, University of Colorado,Mayo Clinic (Rochester MN)

Dr. Hendee received a BS degree from Millsaps College and a PhD in physics from the University of Texas. He served as Assistant and Associate Professor and Chairman of Physics and Astronomy at Millsaps College, before joining the faculty of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center serving as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiology.

Dr. Hendee then joined the staff of the American Medical Association as Vice President for Science and Technology holding appointments as Adjunct Professor of Radiology at Northwestern University School of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Radiology and Biophysics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He joined the faculty of the Medical College of Wisconsin as Senior Associate Dean and Vice President with faculty appointments as professor and vice chair of radiology with professorships in biophysics, radiation oncology and bioethics, and also holding a professorship in bioengineering at Marquette University. He later assumed additional responsibilities as Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin and subsequently served as Acting Executive Vice President and Dean of the Medical College, and Professor and Chair of Radiology, University of Colorado.

Dr. Hendee is an advisor for The Wellness Network.

Barbara M. Kaplan, MPH, CHES
Director of Lung Health Education at the American Lung Association National Office in Washington, DC.

Barbara joined the American Lung Association in 2003 to develop an evidenced-based adult asthma education program for nationwide implementation. She is responsible for the dissemination of several programs including: Asthma Basics, Asthma Educator Institute®, Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative®, Breathe Well, Live Well®: The Guide to Managing Asthma at Home and Work, Open Airways For Schools®, and Better Breathers Clubs. Barbara is a co-author on a peer-reviewed article “National standards for asthma self-management education” in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She leads national webinars on various topics aimed at improving lung health and speaks at national conferences. She manages the organization’s online content for the asthma and COPD pages on Lung.org and the learning platform Lung.training. Barbara oversees several federal and non-federal grants aimed at improving asthma management among adults and children, and improving the quality of life for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She collaborates with local Lung Association staff across the country one of the organization’s strategic imperatives, to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families. Barbara has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of North Texas, and a Master of Public Health degree from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

Dr. Kaplan is an advisor for our HealthClips Pulmonology Library.

Chelsea S Kidwell, MD
Professor of Neurology and Medical Imaging, Vice Chair of Research, Dept. of Neurology University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Chelsea S. Kidwell, MD, is a neurologist who specializes in prevention and treatment of stroke. She has special interests in ethnic and racial disparities among stroke patients. She has maintained funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1999. Prior to joining the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson in 2013 as professor of Neurology and Medical Imaging and vice chair of research in the Department of Neurology, Dr. Kidwell was a faculty member row since 2005 at Georgetown University, where she continues to serve as an adjunct professor. She also was on the faculty at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1996-2008. Dr. Kidwell is active in the American Academy of Neurology, American Heart Association / American Stroke Association, National Stroke Association, American Society of Neuroimaging and American Neurological Association.

Dr. Kidwell is an advisor for our HealthClips Cardiology Library.

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Jennifer Lincoln, MD, IBCLC, Board Certified OB/GYN
BUNDOO OB/GYN

Dr. Lincoln is a board-certified generalist OB/GYN and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in Portland, Oregon. She primarily works on labor and delivery at one of the busiest obstetrics units in the state.

Dr Lincoln received her undergraduate degree from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She received her medical degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the nation’s honor medical society. She completed her residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Lincoln is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She is also a member of The Society of OB-GYN Hospitalists as well as the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

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Susan Magorno, BSN, RN, CCRN
Clinical Nurse Educator, Nursing Quality, Research & Education, UC Irvine Health, Irvine, CA

Susan Magorno began her nursing career in 1996 after receiving her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. After five years in an intensive care unit (ICU) and 10 years working as a traveling nurse around the country, she came to UC Irvine Medical Center.

Margorno became a full-time staff nurse in the Burn ICU before transferring to the cardiac catheterization lab. She is a recent addition to the nursing education department and is looking forward to playing a key role in the improvement of patient outcomes and satisfaction by providing resources and guidance to the nurses that serve our patients.

Susan Magorno is an advisor for our HealthClips Cardiology Library.

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Matthew J. Bair, MD, MS
Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research.  Associate Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine Core Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L Roudebush VA Medical Center

Dr. Bair completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, followed by fellowship training in health services research at the Regenstrief Institute. He then completed a one-year VA fellowship in Medical Informatics at the Roudebush VA Medical Center. Since completing fellowship in 2004, Dr. Bair has been a core investigator at the VA HSR &D Center for Health Information and Communication. He has served on several national VA committees related to improving pain management. These include the National VA Pain Research Working Group and the VA National Pain Management Strategic Coordinating Committee. Outside the VA, he has served on the American Pain Society Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee. His research focuses on understanding the interface between affective disorders (e.g. depression and anxiety) and chronic pain and developing strategies to improve pain management in the primary care setting. Dr. Bair has a strong background in conducting clinical trials;developing and testing interventions that combine pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments in VA primary care settings.

Dr Bair an advisor for our HealthClips Mental & Emotional Health Library.

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Laura J. Maursetter, DO
Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Maursetter serves as the Program Director for the University of Wisconsin Nephrology Fellowship and has an interest in medical education innovations. She is working on a wide range of projects that span from evaluation development, curriculum design and quality improvement.

Her clinical responsibilities include a full range of inpatient services and outpatient nephrology care at the William S. Middleton Veterans Memorial Hospital and for correctional inmates via telemedicine. She sees hemodialysis patients both in the Madison area and in Portage at Divine Savior Hospital. She is actively involved with the National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin and American Society of Nephrology.

Dr. Maursetter is an advisor for our HealthClips Nephrology Library.

Pam McCabe, PhD, APRN-CNS, FAHA
Nurse Scientist and Certified Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist

Dr. Pamela J. McCabe is a nurse scientist and certified adult health clinical nurse specialist. She received her PhD in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Prior to her appointment as a nurse scientist, Dr. McCabe practiced for 18 years as a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist.

Dr. McCabe’s research interests focus on improving psychoeducational care for patients who live with atrial fibrillation and improving early detection of atrial fibrillation by developing interventions to improve atrial fibrillation awareness. Dr. McCabe serves as member of the clinical panel for the American Heart Association Get with the Guidelines-AF initiative and scientific consultant for the American Heart Association atrial fibrillation patient education and AFib Awareness campaign.

Dr. McCabe is an advisor for our HealthClips Cardiology Library.

Robin Miller, MD, MHS
Medical Director, Triune Integrative Medicine, Medford, Oregon

Dr. Miller is a board certified internist and practicing physician at Triune Integrative Medicine, a highly innovative integrative medicine clinic in Medford, Oregon. The author of several books – including “Kids Ask the Doctor, Confessions of the Soul Straight from the Heart,” and “The Smart Woman’s Guide to Midlife and Beyond” (coauthor) – Dr. Miller is also a medical reporter for NBC affiliate KOBI-5.

Dr. Miller completed her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and received her MD from the University of Illinois. She also holds the degree of Master of Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Her postgraduate training includes an Internal Medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins and an Integrative Medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Miller has been on the faculty of both the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the University of Oregon. She has published a number of articles in medical journals, many focused on her research about heart disease in women, and has been a national speaker for the well-known organization, Speaking of Women’s Health.

Dr. Miller is an Advisor for our HealthClips Qualtiy of Care and Wellness Libraries.

Wayne L. Pines, Ethics Legal Regulatory Review Board
President, Regulatory Services and Healthcare, APCO Worldwide; consultant

Wayne Pines was the Associate Commissioner for Public Affairs at the Food and Drug Administration, and now specializes as an international health care consultant on FDA regulatory, medical advertising and media issues.

He is the President of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA and Chairman of the Board of the MedStar Research Institute, and he has authored or edited a dozen books about FDA and healthcare crisis management.

Mr Pines is The Wellness Network Regulatory & Compliance Officer.

Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, FAAP
Assistant Clinical Professor at the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA and Pediatrician at Calabasas Pediatrics in Calabasa, CA

Dr. Tanya Remer Altmann is a UCLA-trained pediatrician, mom and author of the best-selling parenting book, ‘Mommy Calls: Dr. Tanya Answers Parents’ Top 101 Questions About Babies and Toddlers.’ As a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, she communicates complicated medical issues into easily understood concepts for numerous news programs and talk shows including NBC’s Today show.

She has served on the board of the National Association of Medical Communicators and is currently on the executive board of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Communications and Media.

Dr. Altmann is the Chief Medical Advisor for our HealthClips Prenatal & Maternity Library.

Joanne Rinker, MS, RD, CDE, LDN
AADE Director of Practice and Content Development

Dr. Rinker is a dietitian and a certified diabetes educator with a master’s degree in Human Nutrition from West Virginia University. She has over 15 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian and over 14 years of experience as a certified diabetes educator. In 2013, Joanne was named the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) 2013 Diabetes Educator of the Year and has served on the association’s board and as its spokesperson.

Dr. Rinker is currently serving on the AADE Board for Directors 2015-2017.

Leslie Ritter, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA
Professor, College of Nursing and Dept. of Neurology at William Feinberg Endowed Chair for Stroke Research at the University of Arizona, Faculty Stroke Coordinator, University of Arizona Medical Center, Tucson, AZ.

Dr. Ritter, recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, is part of a multidisciplinary research team investigating ways to decrease inflammatory damage after stroke. In addition to hear research efforts, Dr. Ritter serves as the faculty coordinator of the Primary Stroke Center at the University of Arizona Medical Center.

Dr. Ritter founded and continues to facilitate stroke survivor and caregiver support groups in Tucson and Green Valley, Ariz. She also is an active participant in state legislative initiatives that aim to ensure the highest standard of stroke care for the citizens of Arizona.

Dr. Ritter is an advisor for our HealthClips Cardiology Library.

William Schaffner, MD
Professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Diseases in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Schaffner’s primary interests are infectious diseases and their prevention. His work has encompassed many aspects of infectious diseases including epidemiology, infection control and immunizations. Dr. Schaffner is a strong proponent of collaboration between academic medical centers and public health institutions.

Dr. Schaffner is a consultant in public health policy and communicable disease control for many nations and local institutions, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Tennessee Department of Health, and the American College of Physicians. He is a Past-President of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and served as Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University for 31 years. Dr. Schaffner has authored or co-authored more than 400 published studies, reviews and book chapters on infectious diseases. He serves on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals including The Journal of Infectious Diseases and Vaccine.

Dr. Schaffner received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York City. He was also a Fullbright Scholar (Albert Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany) and received his undergraduate degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Schaffner is an advisor for our HealthClips Cardiology Library.

Susan Spencer, MSN, RNC, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant)
Director of Women’s Services, Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle, Columbus MS.

Susan Spencer directs all of the hospital nursing and related patient care activities for Women’s Services including obstetrical inpatient, gynecological, labor and delivery, post partum and nursery.   Spencer received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler. She previously served as Perinatal Educator at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics in Tyler, Texas.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North Mississippi Breastfeeding Coalition and is a member row of the Prairie Council for Mississippi Hospital Association and Mississippi Perinatal Consortium.

Ms. Spencer is is an advisor for our HealthClips Prenatal & Maternity Library.