Mario Leyba, MD, is a board-certified surgeon who performs a wide variety of surgical procedures, including robotic-assisted and minimally-invasive surgery. Dr. Leyba specializes in complex robotic surgical procedures and has done many of the first robotic procedures in New Mexico. He earned his medical degree from the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine and completed his surgical residency at Good Samaritan Hospital Level 1 Trauma Center in Phoenix.
Bulent Cetindag, MD, FACS, is a board-certified and nationally-recognized surgeon and Vice Chair of Surgery at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Dr. Cetindag is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)Hernia Task Force National Committee. He earned his medical degree from the Ege University School of Medicine in Izmir, Turkey, and completed his surgical residency at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois.
Karen Emery, RN, is a Certified Case Manager with over 30 years of experience with surgical patients. She works extensively in the field of program development with Enhanced Recovery and Perioperative Surgical Home Initiatives.
Karen Gagnon, RN, is a Certified Case Manager with over 30 years experience in developing and implementing care management programs in payer, provider, and vendor settings, integrating predictive analytics to optimize clinical and qualitative outcomes. She is a recipient of the CMSA Case Manager of the Year Award and contributed to the initial case management Standards of Practice.
Andrea Powers, RN, has over 30 years of experience in direct patient care nursing, patient engagement programs, patient shared decision making, and patient reported outcomes measures. She has served in senior roles at Silverlink Communication, Lumeris and Health Dialog.
Evan Rakowski is a seasoned entrepreneur with deep subject matter expertise in healthcare. He is Founder & Principal of Radical Spark, a firm focused on developing, launching and partnering with organizations transforming healthcare. Past roles include COO and co-founder of TripleCare, a large telehealth provider, and Director of Operations for Clinically Home.
Elliott Smith has a multi-decade track record of leadership in convening business leaders for the sharing of best practices and policy setting. Elliott served as chief executive for the Iowa Business Council for over a decade.