Faculty | Physician Leadership Academy


Stephen Beeson, MD

Stephen BeesonBeeson is a nationally recognized speaker who has provided tools and tactics to help physicians and leaders work together to create high performance health care systems. He recently published two books: Practicing Excellence: A Physician's Manual to Exceptional Health Care and Engaging Physicians: A Manual to Physician Partnership.

Beeson is a board-certified family medicine physician practicing with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group in California. He has authored, developed and implemented physician training programs including the Physician Performance Dashboard for patient satisfaction and the Physician Guide to Service Excellence.

Beeson graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, where he also completed his medical school and residency training. He also is a certified communication trainer for the Institute for Health Care Communication.

Eric Berkowitz, PhD

Eric BerkowitzDr. Berkowitz has consulted frequently on marketing and marketing research for a wide range of health care organizations. A frequent speaker for medical staff meetings and retreats, Dr. Berkowitz also serves as a core faculty member for the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Berkowitz also has been a frequent speaker at meetings of the Medical Group Management Association, the American Hospital Association, and the Association of Community Cancer Centers, among others. Dr. Berkowitz has taught in the Executive Management Programs of the University of Minnesota, Health Systems Management Center at Case Western Reserve University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Connecticut.

Professor Berkowitz has published extensively on both marketing and health care. He is an author of six books: Essentials of Health Care Marketing; Marketing; Marketing in Canada; Health Care Marketing Plans: From Strategy to Action; Strategic Planning in Health Care Management: Marketing and Finance Perspectives; and Health Care Market Research.

Dr. Berkowitz is a past editor of the Journal of Health Care Marketing. He also served as Chairperson of the Alliance for Health Care Strategy and Marketing. Eric also served as the Editor of Trend Watch for the Alliance for Health Care Strategy and Marketing. In 1985 Dr. Berkowitz was named an honorary member of the American College of Physician Executives. In 1988 Professor Berkowitz received the Frank J, Weaver Leadership Award from the Alliance for Healthcare Strategy and Marketing for his contributions to the advancement of health care marketing.

Dr. Berkowitz received a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts. He received his Ph.D. from the The Ohio State University.

Dr. Berkowitz is Professor of Marketing, School of Management, The University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He presently serves as Associate Dean of Professional Programs for the Isenberg School of Management. For 11 years he served as chair of the Marketing Department. Previously, Dr. Berkowitz served on the faculty of the University of Minnesota, holding an appointment in the School of Management and the Center for Health Services Research.

Steven Finkler, PhD, CPA

Steven FinklerFinkler is Professor Emeritus of Public and Health Administration, Accounting and Financial Management at New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He served as Director of the Specialization in Healthcare Financial Management at Wagner for more than 20 years.

He was a national advisory council member at the National Institutes of Health from 1997 to 2001 and also is a past member of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Research in Healthcare Financial Management.
Finkler teaches in executive educational programs for the Association of American Medical Colleges the Wharton J&J Fellows Program, the American College of Physician Executives and many health care provider organizations.

He received a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting (summa cum laude) and master's degree in accounting (with highest honors) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His master's degree in economics and a doctorate of philosophy in business administration were awarded by Stanford University.

Harry L. Leider, MD, MBA, FACPE

Harry LeiderLeider is a board certified internist with more than 20 years experience as a physician executive in a variety of diverse and innovative health care organizations. He currently is the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Ameritox, Inc. a national medication adherence testing company.

Leider has received national recognition for his innovative approaches to developing care management programs for populations with chronic illness, educating physician leaders on how to be more effective and teaching physicians how to improve the quality of health care. He is President of the board of American College of Physician Executive. He also was a founding board member of the Disease Management Association of America (DMAA) and is currently chair of DMAA's Medicare Committee.

He obtained a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University, earned his medical doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. While he was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, Leider earned his master's of business administration degree from the University of Washington. In addition to Internal Medicine, he is board certified in Medical Management and is a fellow of the American College of Physician Executives.

Allison Linney, MBA

Allison LinneyAllison Linney is the President and Founder of Allison Partners, LLC, a consulting firm founded with the belief that people are at the core of an organization's success and based in Charlottesville, VA. On that foundation, the team at Allison Partners serves individual, corporate, non-profit and government clients seeking to integrate human performance theory and business strategy. By focusing on organizational context as well as individuals' skills and behavior, Allison Partners brings candor and experience to help clients achieve business goals while satisfying employees' needs.

Ms. Linney has built a career of commitment to her clients' achievement of their goals. A former consultant within Accenture's Human Performance Service Line, she received an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. Together with her colleagues, Allison brings both sound theory and practical experience to the challenges of organizational development. She has worked with HMOs, University hospital systems, providers of healthcare information systems, a national provider of physical and occupational therapy services, small group practices, and free health clinics.

Ms. Linney's expertise spans communication strategy and implementation, leadership development, professional coaching, organization design and development, conflict management, group facilitation, training design, project management, change management and process engineering. Ms. Linney co-authored a chapter entitled, "The Diversity Opportunity," in The Trusted Leader: Building the Relationships that Make Government Work and writes about leadership topics for the Allison Partners blog called What We're Reading Now .

William "Marty" Martin, PsyD, MPH

William MartinMartin is Associate Dean at Barat College of DePaul University and Associate Professor, Leadership Studies at DePaul in Chicago. He also is a member of the faculty of Stuart Graduate School of Business of Illinois Institute of Technology where he teaches a graduate course in one of the nation's first-degree programs in Health Care Marketing. In addition, Martin is an Executive Coach with Clarus Center in Naperville, Illinois (a western suburb of Chicago).

Martin has been a member of the American College of Physician Executive faculty for several years facilitating courses in Managing Physician Performance and Performance Management at the Institutes and on-site at health care organizations nationwide.

He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at Rutgers University and a master's of public health degree focusing on health promotion and health management. Martin also completed an Executive Graduate Certificate in the Business of Medicine from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is enrolled in the Chicago Management Institute, an executive development program, sponsored by The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Kevin O'Connor, CSP

Kevin O'ConnerO'Connor is a veteran ACPE faculty member who specializes in physician executive leadership, innovation, and organizational development. Kevin is a specialist in educating and coaching professionals who are charged with leading their professional peers. He works with physician executives, their peers and their staffs, as well as their lay colleagues, for greater effectiveness in team development, leading initiatives, and professional presentations. His major areas of focus are leadership, influence, and development of fellow professionals.

In addition to being a faculty member of ACPE, Kevin teaches at Chicago's Loyola University and at Columbia College, the largest performing arts school in the United States. He is one of 590 persons in the world to hold the coveted CSP designation, Certified Speaking Professional, from the National Speakers Association for speaking and presenting excellence. He is the Principal of Kevin E. O'Connor & Associates, a national group of speaking professionals who consult and teach on management issues.

Kevin is the author of five books, his latest being Speak Up: A Woman's Guide to Presenting Like a Pro (co-authored with Cyndi Maxey, CSP), published by St. Martin's in New York. Kevin's most recent book, Ten Tips for Time Management will be published this fall by ASTD press. His previous book Present Like a Pro was on professional presentations specifically for experienced executives. He is currently working on a book on influencing those who do not report directly to you.

Kevin is active in the field of blindness and visual impairment being a past president of the National Association for Parents with Children Who Have Visual Impairments (NAPVI) and has contributed to four books on the subject.

Kevin has a BA from Loyola University Chicago in Philosophy; an MA from St. Xavier Chicago in Education; an MA from Alfred Adler Institute Chicago in Counseling Psychology; and an MA from Loyola University Chicago in Pastoral Studies and Spirituality

Barry Silbaugh, MD, MS, FACPE

Barry SilbaDr. Silbaugh does frequent keynote presentations and onsite sessions focused on clinical leadership, moving from autonomy to teamwork, and creating a culture of high reliability.

Dr. Silbaugh served four years as the CEO of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE), the world's premier organization for lifelong growth and support of physician leaders. Passionately curious about people and their efforts to improve their world, he has represented ACPE on professional delegations to China, Tibet, Rwanda, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia in the past four years.

His career has included full-time clinical work as an internist/ hematologist, medical director of a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan, vice president of medical operations for a large national health system, Chief Medical Officer of a consumer-focused Internet start up, and consulting focused on patient safety and high reliability using lessons from aviation, nuclear power, and other high consequence industries.

He is co-author of "Landing on the Hudson River: Lessons for Health Care" (PEJ; May/June 2010) with Jeff Skiles, the co-pilot of Flight 1549, which outlines key principles of safety and teamwork important to health care. He is on the Board of Governors of the National Patient Safety Foundation, and was listed as one of Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare in 2009.

He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Medical Management. He has a BA and MD from the University of Iowa, and a Master's in Administrative Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Brian J. Silverstein, MD

Brian SilversteinBrian Silverstein, MD is senior vice president Patient-Centered Medical Homes at CareFirst, BlueCross Blue Shield, in Baltimore, MD. He has almost 20 years of experience in the health care industry with extensive expertise in the areas of national healthcare trends, changing clinical practices, future care delivery models, medical technology innovation and adoption, and alignment of hospital and physician interests.

A highly respected industry thought leader and national keynote speaker; Dr. Silverstein has provided advisory services for a variety of providers - from small, rural community hospitals to large non-profit hospital systems as well as physician groups. In addition, he has consulted for various academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Prior to joining CareFirst, Dr. Silverstein served as senior vice president at the Camden Group where he was in charge of the Chicago office. Before joining the Camden group, Silverstein was vice president and national thought leader for Sg2 Health Care Intelligence.

Dr. Silverstein holds appointments as a faculty member for ACHE, ACPE, The Governance Institute and is an advisor for the Medical Leadership Institute. In addition, he frequently presents for National organizations such as, Society of Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD), Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Society of Critical Care Management (SCCM), College of American Pathologists (CAP), DARPA, Healthcare Strategy Institute, Bio, VHA, and numerous hospitals, health systems, and physician groups.

Dr. Silverstein received his M.D. from the University Of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine. He completed his internship in internal medicine with McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. His undergraduate bachelor of business administration degree as valedictorian with highest distinction came from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University, where he also completed a second major in biology, summa cum laude.

Edward A. Walker, MD, MHA

Edward WalkerWalker is the founding director of the University of Washington Healthcare Leadership Development Alliance. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in coaching and developing physicians and other senior health care leaders, improving quality measures and leading change in medical institutions.

A seasoned physician executive and active clinician, Walker brings together expertise in clinical systems improvement and a clinically informed coaching style that has allowed him to assist physicians and senior executives in their journey of self improvement and professional growth.

While completing a Masters Degree in Health Administration at the University of Washington, Walker served as Chief Medical Officer for the UW Medical Center from 2002-2008, focusing on energetic and relationship-centered leadership for a broad-based, diverse medical staff. He transformed quality structures for the hospital by promoting high performing partnerships between physicians, nurses and administrators. He is a nationally recognized leader in the development of innovative physician leadership education methods which have increased physician performance and effectiveness.

Daniel Zismer, PhD

Daniel ZismerZismer is Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. He also serves as Director of the Masters of Healthcare Administration and the Executive Studies Programs. In addition, he is Managing Principal of Essentia Health Consulting and serves as an advisor to Essentia Health, a multi-state, integrated health system based in Duluth, Minnesota.

His teaching, research, executive development and consulting interests focus on the design, development and performance of integrated health systems.

Zismer has published extensively in the field of health services integration. He is a frequent lecturer and serves as faculty for the American College of Healthcare Executives as well as the American College of Physician Executives.