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Kriss barlow

Principal, Barlow/McCarthy
Hudson, Wisconsin 

The leading expert in physician relationship strategy, Kriss Barlow has deep healthcare experience and an unrelenting commitment to deliver meaningful results to her clients. Backed by more than two decades experience as a healthcare consultant, plus clinical and business development experience within organizations, Kriss offers unparalleled expertise in the areas of strategic growth and implementation; physician relations, engagement and retention; as well as sales and training.

Susan Boydell

Partner, Barlow/McCarthy 
Dallas, Texas

An expert at discovering what both physicians and consumers expect from health care, Susan blends customer needs with organization expectations through innovative and individually crafted strategies and approaches.

Lori Carsey

Physician Liaison, Akron Children's Hospital
Akron, Ohio

I am a graduate of The Ohio State University and I began my career as a Physician Liaison at Nationwide Children's Hospital in January of 1999. I was trained by the famous Kriss Barlow! From there I entered the adult world as a Physician Liaison at Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, PA from 2006-2010. I missed the pediatric world and stayed in touch with many colleagues from CHCA and heard that Akron Children's Hospital was hiring. I have been with Akron Children's since April 2010 and have enjoyed watching it grow and being a part of this family.

Lisa Edwards

Sr. Provider Program Specialist, Spectrum Health
Grand Rapids, Michigan

As a Sr. Provider Program Specialist, Lisa Edwards works to connect hospital leadership with referring physicians furthering collaboration, communication, and strategy development. Lisa has experience in account management, marketing, strategic implementation, and project management. Lisa holds an MPA from Western Michigan University.

Catherine Hurst, MSN/MBA, RN

Director, Physician Outreach , Archbold Medical Center
Thomasville, GA

Catherine Hurst is an experienced Outreach Director with more than 20 years of experience in the hospital and healthcare industry. She combines her skills in communication and strategy with her extensive nursing background to her role as a trusted advisor to physicians and their teams, and as an accountable partner driving strategic growth with the Archbold Medical Center leadership team. Catherine earned her MSN/MBA at Thomas University and her BSN in Nursing at Jacksonville University.

Alan Kramer

Assistant Vice President, Health System Emerging Strategies, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Alan is the Assistant Vice President of Emerging Strategies at UT Southwestern Medical Center responsible for leading strategy execution, physician outreach, practice acquisition & development, advanced analytics, digital health, and virtual care.

Bonnie Little

System Executive Director, Network Development & Physician Relations UNC Healthcare
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Bonnie Little, MHA, System Executive Director, Network Development & Physician Relations UNC Healthcare Chapel Hill, NC Bonnie Little has devoted over 20 years of her professional career to the healthcare industry. She currently serves at the System Director for Network Development & Physician Relations for UNC Health Care. She supports physician relations programs at UNC REX Health Care, Nash Health Care, Johnston Health and Wayne Memorial. She originally joined UNC as a Physician Liaison with UNC REX. During her time, the UNC Health Care system has experienced tremendous growth. Bonnie has been instrumental in developing the UNC REX of Wakefield campus, the employed REX Specialty Physician groups, UNC Physicians Network, the North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital and the UNC Health Alliance. She has been at the forefront of developing UNC REX into a regional transfer center for Wake County and eastern North Carolina, which has grown tenfold in the last three years. She led the way in developing Physician Relations programs for Johnston Health, Nash Health Care and Wayne Memorial. Prior to coming to UNC, Bonnie served as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Franklin Regional Medical Center, HMA.

Bonnie is a graduate of East Carolina University and holds a Master’s in Health Administration from Pfeiffer University. She is also a graduate of the UNC Health Care System Advanced Leadership Academy. Bonnie serves on the Board of the American Association of Physician Liaisons. In her spare time, she enjoys time with her husband and children traveling and skiing.

Dede McFarland

Manager, Health System Physician Outreach
Dallas, Texas

Dede is the Manager of Health System Physician Outreach for UT Southwestern Medical Center and has over 17 years experience as a physician liaison. Dede is passionate about aligning business growth strategies with the needs of the referring physician and equipping liaisons with the necessary data to drive success.

Kelsey Snyder

Physician Liaison , Parkview Health Parkview Cancer Institute
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Kelsey is a Physician Liaison for Parkview Cancer Institute in Fort Wayne, IN. Her unique path into this career has provided a new outlook to the role of Physician Liaison. With a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality/Tourism Management from Purdue University, Kelsey served in various roles for 10 years in the Hospitality Industry before landing in this industry she loves. Her passion as a liaison comes from her love to help others. The ability to anticipate the needs of a provider, coworker, or patient before they vocalize it and help come to a quick resolution is a driving force in her strategy implementation. As a part of a growing Physician Liaison Program, she is excited to share her experiences and learn from her peers in the field!

Thomas Tiller

Chief Operating Officer , Tiller-Hewitt HealthCare Strategies
St. Louis, Missouri

Thomas Tiller collaborates with hospitals and physicians to build and cultivate relationships for strategic growth. Mr. Tiller oversees the assessment, development and implementation of programs that identify and strategically increase market share by removing barriers and improving communication with physicians and other referral sources. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He earned a BS in Finance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and BS in Economics from Southern Illinois University.

tammy tiller-hewitt, mba, fache

Chief Executive Officer, Tiller-Hewitt HealthCare Strategies
St. Louis, Missouri 

Tammy Tiller-Hewitt is the founder and chief executive officer of Tiller-Hewitt HealthCare Strategies, the nation’s leading healthcare firm specializing in strategic growth and physician engagement. Tiller-Hewitt works with healthcare organizations and leaders who want to consistently deliver strategic growth and measurable results. This has enabled hundreds of hospitals, health systems, and physician organizations to achieve sustained strategic growth and physician retention. Amazon #1 Best Selling author of Untie Every kNOT – Discover What kNOTS are Causing You to Miss Out or Be Counted Out, Tammy is also the host of two podcasts: The Leadership Lens & Untie Every kNOT – A Practical Conversation about Potential and Purpose.

Nancy Vanselow

Sr. Manager of Marketing Development, Children's Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Nancy Vanselow is the senior manager for Marketing Development at Children's Wisconsin and has more than 20 years of experience working with the referring physician community.

Kristyn Wasylik

Senior Director of Regional Development , Nationwide Children's Hospital
Columbus, Ohio

Kristyn Wasylik is the Senior Director of Regional Development at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She oversees Network Development, Physician Relations, Connectivity Strategies and Domestic and International Patient Programs. She is experienced in Business Development, Planning, Program Management and Research. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Pharmaceutical Science and a Masters in Health Administration from The Ohio State University.

Deidra Weber

Director, Physician Relations, Spectrum Health
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Deidre Weber is the Director of Physician Relations for Spectrum Health. Her primary focus is partnering with physicians and hospital administration to develop and maintain strong partnerships with community providers. In addition to managing the physician relations team she oversees provider connectivity and the Spectrum Health Epic Community Connect program. Deidre has Masters in Public Policy & Administration from Northwestern University.

Chad Woehrle

Physician Liaison
Chicago, Illinois

Partnering with Healthcare Marketing teams for over 25 years as a consultant, I saw a need for my services to work directly in a hospital and I moved over to Lurie Children's as a Liaison 3 years ago. Since my arrival at Lurie Children's, I have collaborated with my team to completely transform the way we communicate with our shared patient partners. We have helped increase patient volumes and vastly improved our communication with the referring PCP community.

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