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Respected network in LTC. Highly experienced interdisciplinary LTC healthcare professionals. Committed and dedicated panel members. Recognized LTC industry experience. Strong professional associations and have served in leadership roles at ASCP, AMDA, AGS, GAPNA and NADONA.
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Anwar is a seasoned Executive in the LTC field. He joined Johnson & Johnson in 1991 to launch a Hospital Sales Group at Janssen Pharmaceutica, Canada. In 1996, Anwar moved to Janssen U.S. to start a new Long‐Term Care business unit with Janssen Pharmaceutica and was instrumental in the launch, development and application of innovative programs to accelerate growth. Under his direction and leadership, the Johnson & Johnson Long‐Term Care group and ElderCare Sales Organization were ranked #1 in customer satisfaction for five years in a row. Anwar then transitioned to the position of Field Sales Director for Janssen, where he was responsible for leading the organization in reinvigorating growth, driving execution and leading the launch of new products.
Anwar’s steadfast focus on the customer is recognized through many key appointments. He served on the National Educational Advisory Committee of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP), National Advisory Council for LTC, and the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) Foundation. He also served as a Delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 2005.
Anwar previously held the position of Director, Customer Development Strategic Commercial Group, JJHCS. He was responsible for building strong relationships with the C-suite and driving superior growth for Johnson & Johnson products within a segmented group of Integrated Delivery Networks.
Anwar currently serves as a board member with the Association for Advancement of Mental Health (AAMH), Princeton, NJ, and the Visiting Nurses Association of Mercer County, NJ. He also serves as Hon. Health Industry Advisor to the American Association of Physicians of India (AAPI) origin, USA; the British Association of Physicians of India Origin (BAPIO); and Global Association of Physicians of India origin (GAPIO). Anwar also serves as the Johnson & Johnson Global Chair for the South Asian Professional Network and Association (SAPNA), an affinity group within Johnson & Johnson
Jeff has over 40 years of experience in developing and implementing accredited educational activities..
In 1991, he founded Interactive Network for Continuing Education (INCE) that developed and implemented over 3,000 continuing education programs for the top 50 companies in the pharmaceutical industry over a twenty year period. With an emphasis on educational programs in oncology, INCE’s impressive client roster included Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott, Bayer, Amgen and Biogen, just to name a few.
Jeff developed an innovative and groundbreaking marketing product known as audioconference lunch programs, for physicians. His innovation became a necessity for medical sales representatives of most companies in the pharma industry. They were able to deliver interactive presentations of high quality key opinion leaders directly into physician’s offices and hospital grand rounds.
Because of the success of INCE, his client, GlaxoSmithKline urged him to create another company so that it could service its own needs. Thus, in 1993, he founded Advanced Communication and Education (ACE) that mostly conducted peer to peer speaker-supported dinner meetings and advisory board meetings. Advanced Communication and Education conducted over 15,000 dinner meetings and advisory boards for GlaxoSmithKline alone.
By 2003, both companies had combined revenue of over $30 million.
Prior to the success with his own companies, Jeff worked as an Executive for major pharmaceutical companies such as Lederle, Roche, Sandoz and Janssen Pharmaceutica. Some of these Executive positions included Product Manager, International Marketing Manager, Communications Manager and Director of Continuing Medical Education.
His article “Getting the Doctor’s Ear”, received good reviews in the industry’s popular publication, “The Pharmaceutical Executive”.
In 2013, he founded Postgraduate Education in Long Term Care, with the specific objective of providing educational programs for physicians, nurses and pharmacists in long term care.
He obtained his MBA from Wagner College, Staten Island NY, in 1979.
Dr Richard Stefanacci – CMS Health Policy Scholar 2003-04
Institute for Geriatric Studies
Center for Medicare Medication Management (cm³)
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Mayes College for Healthcare Business & Policy
As a practicing internist/geriatrician, Dr Stefanacci has a long-standing interest in and commitment to geriatric health especially as it relates to dementia care. His expertise in caring for older adults comes in part out of his family’s ownership/operation of three long-term care facilities and clinical training in internal medicine and a fellowship in geriatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.He holds 2 master’s degrees—one in geriatric health and the other in business administration. He is board certified in quality assurance and utilization and is a Certified Medical Director. Dr. Stefanacci has achieved recognition as a fellow in both the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and American Geriatrics Society (AGS), and has become an honorary lifetime member in both the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) as well as the National Association of Directors of Nursing (NADONA.)
His experience includes more than a decade as a medical director for various organizations, including a large primary care private practice, a full-risk provider group, a Medicare + Choice health maintenance organization, and, currently, the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly in Philadelphia – Mercy LIFE.He has served as Health Policy Scholar for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), where he spent a year working on the policy and implementation of the pharmacy benefit. Immediately upon completing his appointment at CMS, Dr Stefanacci joined the faculty at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, where he maintains an academic appointment in Health Policy.
Dr. Stefanacci’s greatest accomplishment is the Go4theGoal Foundation – www.Go4theGoal.org, a 501(c)3 public charity that he founded with his family and friends when his oldest son Richard was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in May 2006; he then developed the foundation with an intense focus after his son’s death on June 12, 2007. Since its inception, the foundation has raised well over a million dollars assisting hundreds of children affected by cancer at more than 30 children’s hospitals across the country, while also funding cutting-edge research to find a cure.
Catherine J. Dragon, PharmD, BCPS, CGP, CCP is a Director – Clinical Services at MD Anderson Cancer Center. On an annual basis she is solely responsible for ensuring the accurate and complete content of the Omnicare® Geriatric Pharmaceutical Care Guidelines. The 1200+ page document (the Guidelines), is a comprehensive disease management tool that is used by consultant pharmacists, geriatricians, nurses, nurse practioners and physicians who service well over 1.5 million nursing home beds services by Omnicare®. Thousands of Omnicare® health-care practitioner are encouraged to consider the evidence-based recommendations published in the Guidelines to ensure that residents in various long-term care settings (primarily nursing homes) receive optimal pharmacotherapy. In the Guidelines, the scientific data available for each drug (over 1100 agents in 200 different therapeutic classes and 60 disease states) are collected, thoroughly reviewed and evaluated, and used to determine the appropriateness of using individual drugs in a frail older adult population. The written recommendations in the Guidelines assist pharmacists and prescribers in selecting the safest, most effective drug that is most likely to result in the most favorable individual outcome for a resident. Specific areas covered for each drug typically include, but are not limited to efficacy, safety, quality of life, dosing, drug administration, drug storage, resident and family counseling, adherence, regulatory considerations, monitoring recommendations, issues related to deprescribing, as well as drug-drug, drug-lab and drug-food interactions. Recommendations in the Guidelines are fully referenced with scientific evidence that appears fully published in peer-reviewed medical journals (abstracts and data on file are not considered). Also serve as ex officio pharmacist member of the national Omnicare® Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee; advisor for strategic direction for the Guideline development.
Aysha Kuhlor RN, BA, CDP, CADDCT, CDONA, FACDONA Vice President
Aysha Kuhlor is an active Director of Nursing/Clinical Services at Saint Mary Home, part of The Mercy Community, in West Hartford, CT. Saint Mary Home is a 256-bed long term care facility that includes a secure Alzheimer’s/Dementia unit, long- and short-term rehabilitation services, an Adult Day Care Center, and residential care for individuals transitioning from homelessness.
Ms. Kuhlor has served in various leadership roles in long term care for more than 10 years. She is President of the Connecticut Chapter of NADONA and is on the Education and Legislative committees of the National Board of NADONA. Aysha also is active with various advisory Boards at the State and National level and has presented on various clinical topics at both National and State events. She participates on the American Association of Consultants Board in planning Senior Symposium events.
Aysha is the recipient of NADONA’s 2009 Nurse Administrator of the year award for the Eastern Region. She was honored with the 2007 Quality of Excellence Award from Catholic Health East. In October 2011, she was invited to present on the topic of “Preparing for ‘Never’ Events in Long Term Care” at the LeadingAge Conference held in Washington, D.C. Aysha is very passionate about nursing and her mission is to promote quality care for seniors and to recognize and advance her dedicated colleagues.
Aysha is married to Francis Kuhlor; they have two beautiful daughters, Denisha and Vanessa.
Cheryl Phillips, MD is the Senior VP for Advocacy and Public Policy at LeadingAge in Washington, D.C. Prior to this role she was Chief Medical Officer of On Lok Lifeways, the originator of the PACE (Program of All-Inclusive care for the Elderly) model based in San Francisco, CA. She has also served as the Medical Director for Senior Services and Chronic Disease Management, for the Sutter Health System, a network of doctors, hospitals and other health providers in Northern California. As a fellowship-trained geriatrician her clinical practice focused on nursing homes and the long-term care continuum. In addition to being a hands-on medical director of multiple nursing homes in California, she oversaw the network development and quality oversight for Sutter’s Sacramento-Sierra region post-acute care.
Dr. Phillips is the past president of the American Geriatrics Society, the organization representing health care professionals committed to improving the health of America’s seniors; and is also past president of the American Medical Directors Association, the physician organization for long-term care. She serves on multiple national boards and advisory groups for chronic care including the CMS Quality Assurance and Process Improvement (QAPI) Technical Expert Panel in Long Term Care, the National Quality Forum MAP Coordinating Committee, and has provided multiple testimonies to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. She served as a primary care health policy fellow under Secretary Tommy Thompson, and was appointed by the Governor as a California Commissioner on Aging and appointed to the Olmstead Advisory Committee for California. Currently, Dr. Phillips is the co-chair of Advancing Excellence, the campaign for quality improvement in nursing homes.
• Bachelor of Science: University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, 1980
• Doctor of Medicine: Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA, 1985
• Medical residency, chief residency, and geriatric fellowship, University of California, Davis, 1989
Executive Director, Immediate Past President NADONA/ LTC, RNC, CDP, CADDCT, GDCN, CDONA, FACDONA
Having served NADONA/LTC in many roles and capacities for the past 27+ years, Sherrie Dornberger is currently Executive Director of NADONA/LTC. She is also the proud mother of Lauren who recently graduated from Lincoln Memorial University’s DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine with a doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine. She is now at Southhampton Hospital in their integrated Family Medicine /Neuromuscular Medicine residency program. No…I am not a proud Momma!
Sherrie’s passion is Long Term Care, and assisting those Nurse Leaders in Long Term Care. She began her LTC career at the age of 17 as a Nurse’s Aide while attending school for her RN. She worked up through the ranks, having serve in positions from CNA to DON, and has been involved in the long term care profession for over 30 years. Sherrie also serves as a consultant to Long Term Care facilities. She is a certified DON, was honored as a Fellow and holds her Geriatric Diabetic Certification through NADONA. Sherrie also holds a certification with NCCDP as a Certified Dementia Practitioner and CADDCT, Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer. She has been honored as Nurse Administrator of the Year for both NADONA and NJADONA.
She serves on the Board of Directors for the Red Cross. Sherrie is an avid Longaberger Basket collector, enjoys cross stitching, watching NASCAR and enjoys traveling with her husband, Mike and her lab “Star.”
Barbara Resnick, PhD, GNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, currently is a Professor in the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, holds the Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology at the School of Nursing, is the co-director of the ANP/GNP nurse practitioner program, and maintains a clinical/faculty position with clinical work at Roland Park Place, a Lifecare community. Dr. Resnick is also a well recognized author and researcher and sits on the board of numerous national nursing and interdisciplinary boards for organizations and industry. She was 2002-2003 President of NCGNP (now GAPNA), a founding officer of GAPNAF, and the current Vice Chairman of the Board.
Dr. Lett MD is certified by the American Board of Family Practice with a Certificate in Added Qualifications in Geriatrics and is a Certified Medical Director (CMD).
He is a member of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA), a 5,000-member long-term care physician group and is a past president in 2003-2004. He served as a member of the CMS work-group to revise F-Tag 329: Unnecessary Drugs, chaired a joint national effort that created a long-term care medication toolkit for patient safety, and chaired a national work-group to create a Clinical Practice Guideline for Care Transitions in the Long-Term Care Continuum.
A special interest is Care Transitions. He serves on the National Board for the National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC), has spoken nationally on this subject, and been a part of Care Transitions efforts for the American Medical Association, the Society for Hospital Medicine and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services among other entities.
He was Senior Medical Director for Quality for Lumetra, the Quality Improvement Organization for California until assuming the role of Chief Medical Officer of Long-Term Care for the California Prison Health Care Services in October 2008. From June 2011 until June 2013 he was Medical Director/Vice President of Medical Services at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. HHGW is a multi-level service provider for more than 1,000 elders located in Rockville, MD.
Dr. Lett now works on special projects regarding care transitions and nursing home quality subjects.
Dr. Karl Steinberg MD, CMD, HMDC is a long-term care geriatrician and board-certified family physician with a subspecialty certification in hospice and palliative medicine, and certifications as skilled nursing facility and hospice medical director. Dr. Steinberg got his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard in 1980, then taught high school in New York City for three years. He attended medical school at The Ohio State University, graduating in 1987, then completed his family medicine residency at UCSD (San Diego) in 1990. Dr. Steinberg has served on the board of directors for AMDA—The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, and is chair of their Public Policy Committee, also serving as the Editor-in-Chief of AMDA’s monthly periodical, Caring for the Ages, which has a print circulation of 28,000 in addition to its online version (www.caringfortheages.com). He has assisted with numerous AMDA Clinical Practice Guidelines, White Papers, House of Delegates resolutions, and other behind-the-scenes work. He is Secretary and Past President of CALTCM, which is the California Association of Long-Term Care Medicine, the state chapter of AMDA, and is on the board of directors for the San Diego County Medical Society, where he also serves on the Bioethics Commission. Dr. Steinberg is immediate past chair of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (www.coalitionccc.org). He serves as affiliate faculty for California State University San Marcos’ Institute for Palliative Care and adjunct faculty for Case Western Reserve University’s graduate school of biomedical engineering in the department of wireless health. Dr. Steinberg serves on the National Quality Forum’s Standing Committee on Palliative and End-of-Life Care. He serves on the Executive Committee of the National POLST Paradigm and is passionate about advance care planning and informed decision-making for America’s elder and seriously ill population. He enjoys speaking to groups of healthcare professionals and the public, and serves as a consultant and expert to multiple nursing home and hospice agencies, law firms and insurance companies. Dr. Steinberg has been a hospice and nursing home medical director since 1995 and is probably best known for taking his dogs on rounds in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and on hospice and palliative care home visits with him on most days.
Dr. Dheeraj Mahajan, MD, FACP, CMD, CIC, CHCQM is President and CEO at CIMPAR Group of companies. He is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Illinois at Chicago and Faculty in Geriatrics fellowship at Loyola University Health System. He is a Fellow of American College of Physicians and Board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. Additionally, Dr Mahajan is a certified medical director, a certified physician advisor in utilization review and healthcare quality management and is certified in infection control and epidemiology. He is a nationally recognized speaker on healthcare reform, MACRA, MIPS, APMs, post acute QPPs and post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) and transitional care quality improvement. Dr. Mahajan Chairs AMDA’s Quality measures committee and also leads the population health work group of its public policy committee. He is a pioneer in developing PALTC population concept been the leading force behind developing meaningful quality measures for physicians practicing in PALTC space. His areas on interest in research include infection prevention, Antimicrobial stewardship and psychotropic use in PALTC. is President and CEO at CIMPAR Group of companies. He is Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Illinois at Chicago and Faculty in Geriatrics fellowship at Loyola University Health System. He is a Fellow of American College of Physicians and Board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. Additionally, Dr Mahajan is a certified medical director, a certified physician advisor in utilization review and healthcare quality management and is certified in infection control and epidemiology. He is a nationally recognized speaker on healthcare reform, MACRA, MIPS, APMs, post-acute QPPs and post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) and transitional care quality improvement. Dr. Mahajan Chairs AMDA’s Quality measures committee and also leads the population health work group of its public policy committee. He is a pioneer in developing PALTC population concept been the leading force behind developing meaningful quality measures for physicians practicing in PALTC space. His areas on interest in research include infection prevention, Antimicrobial stewardship and psychotropic use in PALTC.