President, Docs4PatientCare Foundation
Lee S. Gross, M.D. is Co-founder and Senior Vice President of Epiphany Health. He received his Bachelor degree from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. After graduating from medical school he completed his residency in Family Medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he was chief resident. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine.
Dr. Gross has also been awarded Best Doctor in 2008 and 2010 by the North Port Sun-Herald newspaper.
Dr. Gross remains civically active and is currently serving on the Board of Trustees of Fawcett
Memorial Hospital. He is a founding member and former chairman of the North Port Community Health Action Team. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Charlotte County Medical Society and serves as a delegate to the Florida Medical Society.
Beyond his new position as President of the non-profit Docs4PatientCare Foundation, Dr. Gross is the President of the Florida Chapter of Docs4PatientCare, a non-partisan national physician organization dedicated to implementing meaningful reforms that protect and reinforce the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship.
Vice President, Docs4PatientCare Foundation
Dr. Michael J. Koriwchak received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in 1988. He completed both his Internship in General Surgery and Residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Koriwchak continued at Vanderbilt for a fellowship in Laryngology and Care of the Professional Voice. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
After training Dr. Koriwchak moved to Atlanta in 1995 to become one of the original physicians in Ear, Nose and Throat of Georgia. He has built a thriving practice in Laryngology, Care of the Professional Voice, Thyroid/Parathyroid Surgery, Endoscopic Sinus Surgery and General Otolaryngology. A singer himself, many of his patients depend on their voice for their careers. Some are well-known entertainers.
Dr. Koriwchak has performed thousands of thyroid, parathyroid and head and neck cancer operations. He was also one of the first to offer balloon sinuplasty for the treatment of chronic sinusitis.
Dr. Koriwchak has also been working with information technology since 1977. While an undergraduate at Bucknell University he taught a computer-programming course. In medical school he wrote his own software for his laboratory research. In the 1990’s he adapted generic forms software to create one the first electronic prescription applications. Soon afterward he wrote his own chart note templates using Visual BASIC script. In 2003 he became the physician champion for ENT of Georgia’s EMR implementation project. This included not only design and implementation strategy but also writing code. In 2008 the EMR implementation earned the e-Technology award from the Medical Association of Georgia. He has been writing about health information technology since 2010 and has 2 articles published on Townhall.com.
Secretary, Docs4PatientCare Foundation
Dr. Hal C. Scherz is a renowned Pediatric Urologist practicing in Atlanta Georgia. His training has taken him from New York to Texas to California at some of the most well regarded institutions in American Medicine. He is a full time practicing urologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and is an Asst. Professor at Emory University. He has one of the few fellowship training programs in Pediatric Urology in the US and serves as a principal investigator on numerous studies in his field of expertise and a reviewer for several peer reviewed journals in Urology.
Dr. Scherz has significant medical executive experience currently serving as the managing partner of Georgia Pediatric Urology. He is a former president of the American Association of Pediatric Urologists. He is currently on the executive boards of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Ambulatory Surgery Center, the Children’s Healthcare Network of Atlanta, and the Children’s Subspecialty IPA.
He is a highly sought after speaker in regards to healthcare issues having appeared on numerous national TV news programs and nationally syndicated radio shows. In his specialty, Dr. Scherz has published over 70 articles and 6 book chapters. He has been named by Atlanta Magazine as one of the leading doctors in Atlanta each year since 2005. In the area of the national health care debate he has published editorials in some of the leading publications of the nation.
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Ori Hampel, MD, is Founder and Managing Partner of Adult and Pediatric Urology of Houston, LLP. He earned his BA from Case Western Reserve University, where he was elected into Phi Beta Kappa as he completed a triple major in biochemistry, English, and chemistry. He then received his MD degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Upon completing medical school, Dr. Hampel moved to Houston to obtain his graduate training in General Surgery and Urology at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Urology.
Since finishing his training in 1998, Dr. Hampel has been practicing adult and pediatric urology and urologic surgery in the Greater Houston Area. He was named one of “Houston’s Top Docs” by H-Texas Magazine. Dr. Hampel has served the Harris County Medical Society on the Board of Socioeconomics and on the Managed Care Committee. Most recently, he has been serving as a Delegate to the Texas Medical Association House of Delegates.
Dr. Hampel is well known to the Greater Houston Area as an expert on healthcare reform. He has been a frequent guest speaker on multiple talk radio shows in Texas and other states. He has been a very active educator of the public on the dangers and costs posed to patients by the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) as well as by other existing Government regulations and agencies. He is well versed in the economics of healthcare delivery models.
Dr. Hampel and his wife, Daniella, have been blessed by four exceptional children. The Hampel family is comprised of avid hikers and skiers. Dr. Hampel is also a serious chess player who has achieved the ranking of “Candidate Master” by the U.S. Chess Federation.
Treasurer, Docs4PatientCare Foundation
Dr. Richard Armstrong is a board certified general surgeon currently practicing in a critical access hospital-based multi- specialty group in Newberry, Michigan.
Dr. Armstrong received his undergraduate education from Kent State University in 1973, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. Following graduation, Dr. Armstrong was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the US Navy and attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine graduating in 1976 as a Doctor of Medicine.
After graduation he entered a 5 year general surgical residency
at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. Upon completion of surgical training Dr. Armstrong began active duty as the Ship’s Surgeon on the USS Nimitz which spent nine months of that year in the Mediterranean Sea.
After serving on the Nimitz he received orders to the Naval Hospital Great Lakes, Illinois. While at Great Lakes Dr. Armstrong served as the acting Chief of Surgery and as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Chicago Medical School. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for his service at Great Lakes.
Dr. Armstrong left the Navy for private surgical practice in 1984 in Ironwood, Michigan. During the 18 years of ownership of Superior Surgical PC he practiced General, Thoracic, Vascular, Gynecologic and Laparoscopic surgery as well as endoscopy at Grandview Hospital. He served as President of Superior Surgical PC and 17 years on the Board of Directors of Grandview Hospital.
In 2002 he sold his interest in Superior Surgical PC and accepted his current position as a General Surgeon at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital in Newberry, Michigan. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery in the College of Human Medicine of Michigan State University.
Dr. Armstrong is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and member of the Executive Board of Directors of Docs4PatientCare. He is also an active ATLS instructor.
Dr. Armstrong and his wife, Connie live in Newberry, Michigan with their daughter Abigail. He has two married sons, Scott of Omaha, Nebraska and Zach of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Armstrong family spends most of their summer at their lake cabin in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where they enjoy boating, fishing, hiking and biking.
Dr. Armstrong is an avid amateur photographer and plays guitar.
Dr. Beth Haynes
The National Board of the Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation (D4PCF) is proud to announce the election of our newest Board member, Dr. Beth Haynes of Half Moon Bay, California.
Haynes, MD comes from private practice medicine with board certification in Emergency Medicine and Family Practice. For years she has fought for the Doctor Patient relationship from founding the Black Ribbon Project to joining the original Executive Board of Docs 4 Patient Care.
Today, she directs this passion to winning the next generation of physicians as the Executive Director of the Benjamin Rush Institute. Often, BRI is the only voice for free market medicine, a voice showing government need not play the predominate role – a position shared in philosophy and spirit by Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation.
In her own words, “America is at an inflection point over how it thinks of medical care. We can revert to being followers by embracing the trend of the rest of the world for greater state control over our private lives – or we can once again assert ourselves as world leaders for liberty and the human flourishing it makes possible. D4PCF understands the crucial role of the patient-doctor relationship in providing the highest quality of medical care at affordable prices – and of physician leadership in medicine.
It is the perfect complement to my work as Executive Director of the Benjamin Rush Institute.The D4PCF mission is to engage practicing physicians and to promote policies which empower patients and doctors while BRI works to engage future doctors in these same goals.”