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Steering Committee

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Leonard FromerLeonard Fromer, MD
Executive Medical Director, Group Practice Forum Los Angeles, CA
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles

Dr. Leonard Fromer is a member of the board of TransforMED, LLC. He also acts as a consultant to TransforMED in the area of clinical integration: center of excellence quality improvement in the chronic diseases coupled with successful practice transformation to the patient centered medical home and the accountable care organization.

As Executive Medical Director of the Group Practice Forum, Dr. Fromer leads a team engaged in national projects with group practices that deliver education, tools, and services to achieve success in their clinical integration efforts.

Dr. Fromer lectures extensively on the topics of health-system reform, the patient centered medical home and the accountable care organization. He has been featured on CBS News, ABC News, and in the New York Times.

Leonard M. Fromer, MD, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and a diplomat of both the American Board of Family Practice and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has been in private practice in Santa Monica, California, with Prairie Medical Group for 28 years. Dr. Fromer has served on the group's Board of Directors and has been its Managing Director as well as its Chief Financial Officer.

Dr. Fromer is a past president of the California Academy of Family Physicians and has served over ten years as a member and Chairman of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Health Care Services. He has also been a member of the AAFP Commission on Quality and Practice. He has also served on the Physicians Capital Source Project Steering Committee for the American Medical Association, the Advisory Board of Directors for the American Medical Informatics Association and the Advisory Board for the World Foundation for Studies of Female Health.

Claire BlockerClaire Blocker
Claire Blocker brings her desire to help others, not become as sick as she has with genetic cardiovascular disease, to the leadership of the HeartBright Foundation. She adds this passion to her thirty years of experience in business and corporate logistical management to help her HeartBright team, steward the foundation as it grows to meet it's goals and vision.

Claire's personal challenges with a stroke at 47 and coronary artery by-pass surgery at 51 have been a "learn as you go" education in wellness management for her. She is a role model for those around her as she faces each day with a positive attitude and gratefulness for the opportunities that it brings. She believes that we must all learn to be our own advocate for wellness and that we should work as a good team member with our physicians to manage our wellness and quality of life. The Foundation runs a free wellness center and medical clinic in the South Tryon area of Charlotte and serves the uninsured and underinsured with physician visits with specialists in cardiology, endocrinology and nephrology. Along with physician visits patients are taught to embrace their metabolic syndrome issues and are taught classes in nutrition and exercise along with running their own garden. All of this is accomplished at the cost of fifty dollars per patient per year. Ninety-two cents of every dollar collected goes directly into programs and services that are provided to patients. These prevention and management services reduce the number of hospital ER visits within our community.

Claire and her husband Tom live at Lake Wylie with their two golden retrievers. Claire has three daughters and is "step monster" to Tom's two children. They have six beautiful grandchildren. Claire believes that the love and support of her family has been pivotal in her recovery.

Stephen BruntonStephen Brunton, MD, FAAFP
Stephen A. Brunton, MD, FAAFP is Director of Faculty Development at Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency in Concord, North Carolina. He also functions as Executive Vice President for Education for the Primary Care Education Consortium (PCEC). He holds the faculty rank of Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill. Dr. Brunton earned his medical degree at Monash University Medical School in Melbourne, Australia. He completed his residency in family practice at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in California. He is a board-certified family physician, with a certificate of added qualifications in geriatrics.

A former president of the California Academy of Family Physicians and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD), Dr Brunton has held many positions within the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He served as director of the division of education in the early 1980s and was a family practice residency director in California for 13 years.

A frequent lecturer, Dr Brunton also has published numerous articles, chapters, and monographs on family medicine and related clinical topics. He serves in editorial capacities for Internal Medicine Alert, Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Journal of Clinical Hypertension, Primary Care Quarterly and Patient Care, and as a reviewer for American Family Physician and the Journal of Family Practice.

Carol M. MasonCarol M. Mason, ARNP, FAHA
Ms. Mason has been involved in preventive cardiology research, lipid management and general cardiology as a nurse practitioner as well as an educator in the arena of lipid clinic development for more than a decade. After graduating from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. Mason joined the St. Paul Heart Clinic where she spent 13 years as a nurse practitioner establishing the Division of Preventive Cardiology and managing patients with lipid disorders. In September of 2002 she transferred her practice to the Heart & Lipid Institute of Florida where as Clinical Director she oversaw administration of cardiovascular risk reduction programs and tutorials as well as providing direct patient care in both preventive cardiology and internal medicine. She is presently working at the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine’s Heart Health Program, Division of Preventive Cardiology, where she provides direct patient care to patients at risk for and with cardiovascular disease.

As the Clinical Administrator of the St. Paul Heart Clinic Lipid Clinic, Ms. Mason served as Clinical Preceptor for nurse practitioner students as well as nurses and physicians interested in initiating lipid clinic programs. Since 1995, she served as principal investigator, sub-investigator, and clinical coordinator of many large, national lipid-management clinical trials. Ms. Mason is Past President of the Greater St. Paul Division of the American Heart Association, remains active in the AHA Council of Cardiovascular Nursing and is Past President of the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA). She has served on the Board of Directors of PCNA since 1991 and was President of PCNA in 1999. In addition she presently serves as Treasurer of the Southeast Lipid Association. She is also Vice President of the Accreditation Council for Clinical Lipidology, a national certifying board credentialing clinical lipid specialists.

Ms. Mason lectures frequently and serves as a consultant on lipid management, diabetes and dyslipidemia, organizational management of heart disease prevention programs, as well as women’s heart health issues. She has authored many articles on lipid management and lipid clinic organization and administration including a chapter in the book entitled; A Guide to Risk Reduction Management as well as a chapter in a book entitled; Reducing Cardiovascular Risk in the Insulin Resistant Patient.

Charlene M. MorrisCharlene M. Morris, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
President-elect, NCAPA Family Medicine Physician Assistant Stonewall, NC Charlene M. Morris, MPAS, PA-C, is a Family Practice Physician Assistant living in Stonewall, NC.

PA Morris earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Sciences and Physician Assistant certificate from George Washington University in Washington, DC in 1980 and her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Nebraska 2002. She was awarded AAPA distinguished fellow (DFAAPA) in 2008.

Ms. Morris has over 32 years of experience in all facets of Family Medicine, with special interests in preventive medicine and acute care. She currently is in practice at Pamlico Medical Center in Bayboro, NC.

Ms. Morris has developed and presented many health care seminars, in addition to writing journal and on-line articles for clinicians and for Medscape's "Ask the Expert PA". She is on the editorial and review staff for F.A. Davis, Prescriber’s Letter and Advance for NPs and PAs.

She has published in several professional journals including The Journal of Family Practice, Advance for NPs & PA. Ms. Morris has also authored and reviewed chapters in several textbooks.

Charlene is active in the PA and medical community as mentor, life-long learner and patient advocate. She is currently President-elect of the North Carolina Association of Physician Assistant.

Dr. Shahady PictureEdward Shahady, MD
Edward Shahady, MD, a family physician, is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and West Virginia University School of Medicine and is board certified in Clinical Lipidology. He has contributed over 160 scientific articles and 5 books to the medical literature in the areas of diabetes, the metabolic syndrome, group medical visits, sports medicine, musculoskeletal medicine, behavioral science, physician retirement, patient centered medical home, and the contribution of family medicine to effective health systems. He serves on the editorial boards of Consultant, Pediatric Consultant, and the Journal of Clinical Lipidology.

He is the medical director of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Diabetes Master Clinician Program. As medical director, he visits physicians’ offices and teaches them how to use an internet based diabetes registry and conduct group visits. Over 400 physicians and 700 office staff and are part of the project.

He is the recipient of multiple awards including the distinguished alumni awards from West Virginia University School of Medicine and Wheeling Jesuit University, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Thomas Johnson Award, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Recognition award and multiple teaching awards from students and residents at three medical schools. In 2005 he received the Art of Medicine award from the Florida Academy of Family Physicians for life time achievement in Medicine and the American Association of Medical Colleges humanitarian award from Florida State University School of Medicine. In 2008 he received the Innovation in Practice Improvement award from the AAFP and the STFM for his work with the Diabetes Master Clinician Program. Dr. Shahady and the Diabetes Master Clinician Program received the 2009 State Surgeon General’s Health, Innovation, Prevention, and Management Award recognizing commitment to providing wellness, disease prevention and advocating healthy lifestyles.

He served as a Navy physician attached to a Marine Battalion during the Vietnam Conflict. He built a children’s hospital while he was in Vietnam in addition to his other duties. He received a Bronze Star with a combat V from the US Navy and the Marine Corps and the Social Service Medals first class and second class from the Republic of South Vietnam.

He is a past president of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and its foundation and the Florida Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. He is also vice chair of the Jacksonville Mayors council on Well Being and Fitness and Governors Diabetes Advisory Committee for Florida.

He has lectured extensively both internationally and nationally. He is well known for his enthusiastic teaching style and ability to help learners at all levels understand complex issues.

Jeff UngerJeff Unger, MD
Dr. Unger is the Director For Metabolic Studies at the Catalina Research Institute in Chino, Ca. The center uniquely incorporates primary care with clinical research in areas related to diabetes, sexual dysfunction, diabetic neuropathy, diabetic nephropathy, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, pain, obesity, and mental illness. Dr. Unger is the recipient of the National Headache Foundation Speaker of the Year Award and has published over 180 peer reviewed articles, Medscape CME articles and book chapters on diabetes, mental illness, and pain management. Over the past 9 years, Dr. Unger has spoken internationally on topics linking mental illness with metabolic dysfunction, chronic pain disorders, diabetic neuropathy and ways by which primary care physicians might assist their diabetic patients to successfully achieve their metabolic targets. His medical textbook, entitled Diabetes Management In Primary Care (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins) was published in April 2007. The 2nd edition of this book was published in 2012. Dr. Unger has also edited books on migraine and diabetes.

As a family physician, Dr. Unger has served as one of the physicians for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Baseball club, the World Wrestling Federation and several mixed martial arts organizations. He was even “roughed up” by two female wrestlers during Wrestlemania VII. In 2009, Dr. Unger was honored as the “Father of the Year” by the American Diabetes Association. 

Eugene E. Wright JrEugene E. Wright Jr., MD
Dr. Eugene E Wright Jr. is the Medical Director for Primary Care and Specialty Practices Cape Fear Valley Health System in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Gene Wright is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina. He attended Princeton University and received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Gene decided to pursue a career in medicine while working with a physician on a project in the South Bronx, New York, as a junior in college. After working for a year as an Electrical Engineer in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Wright attended Duke University Medical School where he graduated and completed an internal medicine residency. After his medical residency, Dr. Wright then moved to Fayetteville, N.C., in 1981 to set up solo practice.

In 1995, he left practice to work as a medical director for Integrated Provider Networks, a for-profit physician practice management company. In 1996, he joined the general medicine faculty at Duke to take over the practice of Dr. Charles Johnson, who was retiring. Dr. Johnson was the first African-American physician on the faculty at Duke and was a mentor while Gene was a medical student and resident. After practicing and teaching at Duke for 4 years, Dr. Wright returned to Fayetteville as the medical director for Primary Care and Specialty Practices of Cape Fear Valley Health Systems. Fayetteville is the sixth largest metropolitan area in North Carolina and the most ethnically diverse community in the state. It is home to both Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base. Dr. Wright’s primary areas of responsibility are to oversee the financial and operational concerns of 10 primary care and 6 specialty practices with 65 providers.

Dr. Wright has limited his practice to working with the practitioners of the diabetes center and at a local free clinic operated through Catholic Charities. Dr. Wright has served on several advisory boards, editorial boards and was a steering committee member for the first Insulin Congress, an educational convening solely devoted to insulin. Through his years of practice, Dr. Wright has found diabetes to be a most interesting and challenging illness to treat.