L. D. Britt, Jill Cherry-Bukowiec, Robert Earley, Rajesh Gandhi, Michael Gooch, Robert Maxwell, Nathaniel McQuay, Mayur Narayan, Jeffrey Tessier, Jill Volgraf


Henry Ford Professor and Edward J. Brickhouse Chairman
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Norfolk, VA

Dr. L.D. Britt, a native of Suffolk, Virginia, was the valedictorian of Booker T. Washington High School. He received a B.A. degree (with Distinction) from the University of Virginia and was a member of the coveted Raven Society. A graduate of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Britt has had extensive surgical and critical care training. He has been conferred honorary doctorates by two universities (Tuskegee University and Norfolk State University).

As the Henry Ford Professor and Edward J. Brickhouse Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Dr. Britt is the first African-American in the country to have an endowed chair in surgery. Dr. Britt is the author of 225 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 55 chapters/non-peer-reviewed articles.

Dr. Britt is the recipient of the nation’s highest teaching award in medicine, the Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teaching Award, which is given by the American Association of Medical Colleges in conjunction with the national medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. The National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Medicine in collaboration with the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture recently featured Dr. Britt for his contributions to academic surgery. Recently, at the inaugural presidential ceremony held in Washington, D.C., during the 96th annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Britt was awarded the U.S. Surgeon General’s medallion for his outstanding achievements in medicine.

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Jill Cherry-Bukowiec, M.D.

Jill R. Cherry-Bukowiec, M.D., M.S. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Section of General Surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She provides clinical coverage in trauma, non-trauma emergency, general surgery and surgical critical care.

Dr. Cherry-Bukowiec received her BA in Zoology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She graduated from the Medical College of Ohio at the University of Toledo and completed General Surgery residency at the Eastern Virginia Medical School. She received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the University of Michigan. She is board certified in General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and by the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

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Robert Earley, MHA

President & CEO
JPS Health Network

Robert Earley has served since 2009 as president and chief executive officer of JPS Health Network, Tarrant County’s $800 million, tax-supported healthcare system with more than 6,000 team members.

Mr. Earley entered the healthcare industry via a non-traditional route – by way of political assignments in Washington, D.C., and Austin.

After graduating from the University of North Texas with a bachelor of arts in political science, Mr. Earley served as a staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Tom Vandergriff of Texas in the nation’s capital before returning to his South Texas hometown to seek an elected position of his own. Only 23 at the time, he was the youngest candidate to run for any office in the state Legislature that year. He was elected in 1984 to the Texas House of Representatives and served for 10 years.

Mr. Earley’s leadership assignments during his decade in the Texas House included the chairmanship of the House Energy Committee.

After five terms in the state House, Mr. Earley decided not to run for re-election. After leaving the Legislature in 1995, he taught for three years at Texas A&M University in College Station before becoming president and chief executive officer of an Austin-based public affairs firm. His background in politics lead to a position as political analyst for KXAN television, the Austin NBC affiliate. He also taught at St. Edward’s University in Austin for 12 years.

Mr. Earley joined JPS in 2005 as a senior vice president focused on community and governmental affairs. The Tarrant County Hospital District Board of Managers appointed him interim president and CEO for JPS Health Network in May 2008. In February 2009 he was named president and CEO.

He holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Texas-Arlington’s Fort Worth Center.

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Rajesh Gandhi, MD

General Surgeon
Trauma Surgeon
JPS Health Network
Fort Worth, Texas

Raj Gandhi, MD, is committed to providing quality patient care. Prior to joining JPS, he was the medical director of trauma and surgical critical care at Hillcrest Baptist in Waco. Dr. Gandhi also served as the director of pediatric trauma at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, New Jersey.

Dr. Gandhi has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, he earned a Master of Science, a Doctorate of Philosophy in Physiology and a Doctorate of Medicine from Albany Medical College.

His dedication to quality patient care was recognized by the American College of Surgeons in 2002 when he was voted one of the Top Surgeons in America.

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Dr. Gooch brings over 20 years of nursing and EMS experience to MED-ED’s seminars. He has worked in a variety of clinical settings that range from emergency nursing and primary care to a Level I Trauma Center and include ground and air medical transport. Michael received his MSN from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where he focused on emergency and trauma care. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago with his DNP. His scholarly project focused on the use of education and evidence- based interventions to change practice, particularly rapid sequence intubation. He is a nationally recognized speaker regarding varied emergency and transport topics. Michael holds a faculty appointment within the emergency and adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner programs at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing as well as with the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia in Madison, TN. He has completed over 1,400 patient transports during his tenure as a flight nurse for Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s LifeFlight and is an emergency nurse practitioner with TeamHealth at Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia, TN.

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Robert Maxwell, MD, FACS

Program Director, Critical Care Fellowship
Department of Surgery
University of Tennessee
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Dr. Robert A. Maxwell is a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia and specializes in Surgical Critical Care. He is the program director for the Critical Care Fellowship for the University of Tennessee.

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Nathaniel McQuay, M.D.

Dr. McQuay is the Division Chief, Trauma, Surgical Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery, UH Cleveland Medical Center.

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Mayur Narayan, MD, MPH, MBA, MHPE

Dr. Narayan currently works at Weill Cornell Medicine as Associate Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship Program, Attending Trauma Surgeon, Division of Trauma, Burns, Critical and Acute Care

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Jeffrey Tessier, M.D.

JPS Health Network

A New York native, Dr. Tessier graduated from Cornell University with a degree in biochemistry. He then attended medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo, graduating summa cum laude.

Dr. Tessier was the recipient of an Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship and began his U.S. Navy career as an intern in Internal Medicine at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth (NMCP), Virginia. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at NMCP then remained on staff as the Chief Medical Resident, followed by two years as a staff general internist and intern advisor. He was transferred to the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Maryland (NNMC), where he served as a general internist and associate program director for the internal medicine residency.

Dr. Tessier left NNMC and separated from active duty to attend his Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Virginia. During his fellowship, Dr. Tessier performed research on the microbial pathogenesis of anthrax and successfully competed for a career development award from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense.

Dr. Tessier spent five years as the transplant infectious diseases physician at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has extensive expertise in the care of infections related to impaired immunity, particularly infections related to solid organ and bone marrow transplantation.

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Jill Volgraf, BA, RN

Trauma Program Manager
Temple University Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jill Volgraf is the Trauma Program Manager for Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Here she oversees the administrative aspects of their Level one trauma center, including the concurrent and retrospective trauma performance indicators. She is highly experienced in a wide range of clinical and administrative in the acute care hospital setting. Ms. Volgraf's primary responsibilities include managing and reviewing the care given by a diverse clinical team.

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