Mohammed Alo, D.O., CCOM '06
Topic: Social Media, Technology, and Medicine
Dr. Alo is a 2006 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at St. James Hospital, and he is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Alo is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at MWU/CCOM, and is an internal medicine hospitalist at the Sisters of St. Margaret Hospital system in Indiana. In addition, he is the co-founder of Social Media Consulting, LLC, a digital media marketing firm based in Chicago for web design, social media marketing, and promotion. He is also the author of The Alo Diet Book. Dr. Alo has been giving workshops on social media, marketing, public speaking, public relations, and media relations for more than 15 years to small businesses, political groups, national conferences, physician groups, and church groups.
Director, Department of Government Relations, American Osteopathic Association
Topic: The Affordable Care Act: 2012 Update
Ray Quintero currently serves as Director of the Department of Government Relations at the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in Washington, DC. In this capacity he oversees the AOA's diverse government relations operation, which includes the legislative, advocacy, and political operations of the organization. Prior to his current position, he was the AOA's Deputy Director of Government Relations from 2011-2012 and Director of Congressional Affairs from 2006-2008. During his tenure he has led the association's efforts on many issues, including Medicare physician payment, medical liability reform, graduate medical education, delivery system reform, and efforts to implement new payment models for physicians under both public and private systems. He has also represented the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) as their Director of Government Relations. Quintero is well versed in the diverse issues of health care policy. He is actively involved in numerous multi-stakeholder coalitions aimed at improving our nation's health care delivery and financing systems and is actively involved health care workforce issues. He previously held government relations positions at Merck Pharmaceuticals and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Quintero was also Vice President of Strategic Alliances at 720 Strategies where he provided grassroots consultation to a variety of health care clients. He began his career in health care government relations as a lobbyist in the Health and Life Sciences practice of B&D Consulting.
A native of Arizona, Quintero graduated from the University of Arizona where he served as Student Body President and on the Arizona Alumni Association Board.
Harald Lausen, D.O., M.A., FACOFP, FAODME, CCOM '00
Associate Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Topic: Patient-Centered Medical Home
Dr. Lausen received his bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He received his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine where he also completed a predoctoral fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. Dr. Lausen completed his residency at the SIU Center for Family Medicine in Springfield. Since then, he has completed the Leadership in Osteopathic Medical Education fellowship through the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Predoctoral Directors Development Institute through the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He serves as the Department Director of Medical Student Education, Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency Program Director, and Institutional Director of Osteopathic Medical Education at the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois. Dr. Lausen has a special interest in the Patient-Centered Medical Home and its application within medical education and health policy. He currently chairs the Patient-Centered Medical Home Workgroup at SIU and has lectured on this topic regionally and nationally. Dr. Lausen and his wife Jackie are the proud parents of two daughters.
Sue Cornell, Pharm.D., CDE, FAPhA, FAADE, CCP '02
Assistant Director of Experiential Education and Assistant Professor, Chicago College of Pharmacy, Midwestern University
Topic: Diabetes Update
Dr. Cornell is a clinical pharmacy consultant and certified diabetes educator, specializing in community and ambulatory care practice. She has over 20 years of practice in community pharmacy where she has practiced as a clinical pharmacist, diabetes educator and preceptor, as well as the coordinator of the ADA recognized Dominick's Pharmacy Diabetes Self-Management Education program through 2004. Dr. Cornell received her bachelor of pharmacy at the University of Illinois, College of Pharmacy in 1986 and her Doctor of Pharmacy at Midwestern University in May of 2002. Dr. Cornell's current clinical practice is with the Access Community Health Network, where she trains, educates, and supervises students from the colleges of medicine, pharmacy, and health sciences, as they provide diabetes education classes for patients in underserved community clinics. Dr. Cornell is currently serving as President of the Illinois Pharmacists Association. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the 2010 Teacher of the Year Award, the 2010 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Student Engaged Community Service Award, the 2008 American Association of Diabetes Educators Fellow Award, 2008 American Pharmacists Association Fellow award, the 2005 Midwestern University Golden Apple Teaching Award. She is an active member of the American Diabetes Association, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators, where she served on their board of directors from 2004 to 2007. Dr. Cornell has given numerous presentations to various healthcare professionals and community groups and has published and contributed to many peer-reviewed, professional written and online publications.
Christian Evans, P.T., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Physical Therapy Program, College of Health Sciences, Midwestern University
Topic: Diabetes Update
Dr. Evans completed his entry-level physical therapy education at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 1992 and a doctoral degree in the Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2000. Christian was a recipient of a Foundation for Physical Therapy, Doctoral Opportunities for Clinicians and Scholar Fellowship (1998-2000) supporting his doctoral research and a Foundation for Physical Therapy Grant in Aid supporting post-doctoral research investigating the use of a left-ventricle assist device to restore cardiac function in patients with heart failure. His research interests include the development of cardiac hypertrophy in athletes, the effects of diabetes on heart function and the prevention and treatment of diabetes through exercise. He has over 15 years of clinical experience, including phase-I cardiac rehab and acute care and has worked extensively with patients with diabetes. He has authored several publications on cardiovascular physiology and is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association's Cardiopulmonary and Research Sections. Dr. Evans is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Midwestern University where his teaching assignments include pathology, pharmacology, research and cardiopulmonary physical therapy. Dr. Evans' research focuses on how exercise can be used to prevent and treat diet-induced obesity and metabolic syndrome.
Cynthia Mears, D.O. FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Topic: Adolescent and Childhood Obesity
Dr. Mears is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics and fellowship in adolescent medicine at the Medical Center of Delaware. She is board certified in adolescent medicine and pediatrics. In addition to her faculty role at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, she is also the Medical Director of Uplift School Health Center in Chicago and affiliated with Children's Memorial Hospital. She has published several articles and book chapters on adolescent health.
Frank J. Prerost, Ph.D.
Professor of Family Medicine, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University
Topic: Psychology of Obesity and Motivational Interviewing
Dr. Prerost received his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his master's and doctoral degrees from DePaul University. He is a licensed clinical psychologist, a Health Policy Fellow of the American Osteopathic Association, a nationally certified bereavement facilitator, and an end-of-life care workshop trainer. Dr. Prerost has published extensively in the psychology literature, has received several grants, and has given numerous national presentations. He is a board member of the National Alliance of Mental Illness of DuPage County and a national reviewer for several academic journals.
Nathan J. Fanter, D.O., CCOM '05
Staff Physician, Hinsdale Orthopaedics
Topic: Orthopedic Update
Dr. Fanter is a dual fellowship trained, board eligible orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopy. He graduated with honors from Benedictine University in Lisle, IL with a degree in Health Science. Then, Dr. Fanter earned his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine where he also received the honor of class salutatorian. After receiving his medical degree, he conducted his orthopaedic surgery training through Ohio University affiliated hospitals in Toledo, OH. Dr. Fanter subsequently completed a fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopy at the Hughston Clinic in Columbus, GA and a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at The Grand Rapids Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship. Dr. Fanter has received advanced, subspecialty training in the surgical treatment of sports-related injuries and in the arthroscopic management of complex conditions of all major joints. During fellowship training, he gained experience as a team physician assisting in the comprehensive care of professional and collegiate athletes. Dr. Fanter's fellowship instruction has provided him with the ability to better identify patient needs, make prompt and accurate diagnoses, and the technical skill to provide excellent care. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Fanter is deeply involved in research and is an active member of multiple professional societies.
Deborah Wenninger, M.M.S., PA-C, CHS '01
Physician Assistant, M&M Orthopaedics
Topic: Pediatric Orthopedics
Deb Wenninger, PA-C was born in St Charles, IL, and spent the first 18 years of her life in Zambia, Africa where her parents worked in medical missions. She returned to the United States to attend Wheaton College for a bachelor's in psychology in 1992. She attended Central DuPage School of Surgical Technology and became a Certified Surgical Technologist in early 1994. After five years of full-time work in surgery, Deb attended the Midwestern University Physician Assistant Program, where she received a Master in Medical Science degree in 2001 and was the recipient of the Humanitarian Award for the class of 2001. Deb joined M&M Orthopaedics in May 2004. She has a special interest in treating children with orthopaedic problems. Currently, Deb is the M&M site coordinator for the Prospective Pediatric and Adolescent Scoliosis Study submitting data for Dr. Kamal Ibrahim. She holds privileges at Good Samaritan Hospital, Hinsdale Hospital, Edward Hospital, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, Rush Copley Medical Center, Naperville Surgical Centre, Midwest Center for Day Surgery, Salt Creek Surgery Center, The Center for Surgery, and Elmhurst Outpatient Surgery Center. Deb enjoys being a guest lecturer at Midwestern University. She has lectured on the healthcare system in Zambia. She enjoys teaching the hands-on labs, instructing in sterile technique, suturing and splint application. Currently, Deb volunteers at the Hesed House in Aurora, which provides shelter and medical care to the homeless.
Karen J. Nichols, D.O., M.A., MACOI, CS
Dean, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Topic: Leadership for Healthcare Professionals
An AOA-board-certified internal medicine physician, Dr. Nichols earned her osteopathic medical degree at what is now the Kansas City (Mo.) University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her internship and residency training at the former Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa. In 2002, Dr. Nichols became dean of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University. Dr. Nichols has been a member of the American Osteopathic Association since 1981 and a member of the AOA Board of Trustees since 1999. She is also a former chair of the AOA Department of Government Affairs and the AOA Council on Palliative Care Issues. Dr. Nichols has received many honors and awards including the first Arizona Osteopathic Medical Assocation Physician of the Year; AOA Mentor Hall of Fame Inductee; the Outstanding Achievement Award from the MWU/CCOM Alumni Association Board of Governors; Fellow of the Institute of Medicine-Chicago chapter; recipient of the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society Distinguished Service Award; Clinician of the Year from Mesa General Hospital; and the Horizon Award from the American Osteopathic Foundation.