Advanced ICU Care is founded and led by physicians and experts who are nationally known healthcare leaders. Its critical care teams are led by board-certified intensivists and include seasoned critical care nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. From the initial vision of leveraging technology to provide the highest level clinical care available to ICU patients, to the daily collaboration with hospitals across the nation to continually drive best practices, the expertise and passion of these leaders guides Advanced ICU Care in fulfilling its commitment to improve the quality of care delivered in the ICU.
Mary Jo Gorman, M.D. – Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Mary Jo Gorman, CEO and founder of Advanced ICU Care, is nationally recognized as a leader, innovator and pioneer in critical care medicine, with more than 20 years of clinical, healthcare management, and entrepreneurial experience.
Prior to founding Advanced ICU Care, she served as the chief medical officer at IPC – The Hospitalist Company, where she developed programs to enhance clinical performance and patient care in hospitals across the U.S. She was also the founder and president of Inpatient Care Group, the first hospitalist services company in St. Louis, and Critical Services, Inc., which provides around-the-clock intensivists services at community hospitals.
Within the medical profession, Dr. Gorman has practiced as an intensivist and a hospitalist, and held numerous leadership positions locally and nationally in these specialties. A former president and six-year board member of the Society of Hospital Medicine, she was awarded the Master in Hospital Medicine in 2010 for her contributions in that field. She is a current member of the American College of Physician Executives, the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Telemedicine Association.
In recognition of her leadership and entrepreneurial accomplishments, Dr. Gorman was named one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare in 2009, and selected as one of Ernst & Young’s ten Entrepreneurial Winning Women in the United States in 2011.
Dr. Gorman received her M.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, her M.B.A. from the Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis, and her B.A. in chemistry and biology from St. Louis University.
Andrea Clegg – Chief Financial Officer
As the chief financial officer for Advanced ICU Care, Andrea Clegg is responsible for the company’s financial management and related functions.
Ms. Clegg brings to this role more than 20 years of financial experience in both private and public sectors of healthcare, consumer products and manufacturing. Prior to joining Advanced ICU Care, she held several financial executive roles, including vice president of finance and corporate treasurer for NightHawk Radiology Services, a pioneer in the field of telemedicine, where she successfully supported the significant growth of a new market, played a key role in negotiating and integrating four acquisitions totaling $151 million, secured over $200 million in debt facilities and was integral to their initial public offering. Before NightHawk Radiology, Ms. Clegg served as vice president & controller of Twentieth Century Fox’s Home Video Division in Los Angeles.
Ms. Clegg earned an M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and B.A.’s in both economics and geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Gary Anderson – Senior Vice President of Operations
Gary Anderson oversees Advanced ICU Care’s operations, including service delivery and support, as well as information technology and new program implementations.
Mr. Anderson has extensive management experience in program development across several healthcare sectors, including tertiary, community, healthcare systems and nonprofit organizations. Before joining Advanced ICU Care, he served as vice president of hospitalist practice operations for a hospitalist group where he managed physician practices in several hospitals across 12 states. His experiences also include past roles as a nursing executive and service line manager in the area of orthopedic, neuroscience, and rehabilitation services.
Mr. Anderson is a board-certified Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He lectures on program development and project management to organizations, and is an adjunct professor in health sciences.
He earned an M.H.A. from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., a B.S. in nursing from Webster University in St. Louis, and a diploma of nursing from St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis. He is a professional registered nurse in Missouri.
Isabelle C. Kopec, M.D. – Vice President of Medical Affairs
As vice president of medical affairs, Dr. Isabelle Kopec oversees Advanced ICU Care’s medical staff and services and medical credentialing office. She is deeply involved in client relations where she overseas process improvement initiatives and acts as a liaison between the physicians at client hospitals and the intensivists at Advanced ICU Care. A co-founder of Advanced ICU Care, she is also a practicing intensivist and the lead intensivist physician for Consulting Services.
In addition to her role at Advanced ICU Care, Dr. Kopec serves as the associate chairman of the Department of Critical Care Medicine and as past president of the medical staff at SSM DePaul Health Center in St. Louis. Under her leadership, DePaul received SSM Healthcare's Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and a five-star rating two years running from Health Grades for cardiac surgery outcomes. Dr. Kopec also helped implement DePaul's Medical Emergency Team to improve patient outcomes and lower mortality rates. In 2006, she was selected as one of St. Louis’ “Healthcare Heroes.”
Dr. Kopec is currently chair of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Tele-ICU Committee, and an active member of Mid-America Transplant Services Physician Advisory Board, American College of Physicians and American College of Physician Executives. She speaks on patient safety and quality outcomes of Advanced ICU Care’s tele-ICU program at national conferences, including the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s National Forum.
Dr. Kopec is board-certified in critical care and internal medicine. She completed her fellowship training in critical care medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She earned her M.D. from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, and her B.S. from the University of Toronto in Toronto, Canada.
Wayne Somers – Vice President of Client Relations
As the vice president of client relations, Wayne Somers overseas all client-related initiatives and relationship building strategies with Advanced ICU Care’s client hospitals.
Prior to joining Advanced ICU Care, Mr. Somers served as the vice president of customer relations at Nighthawk Radiology Services, the world’s largest provider of tele-radiology services. During his nine years with Nighthawk, he led programs to ensure the reliability and efficiency of all radiology support services and worked to improve report quality, timeliness and communications between Nighthawk radiologists and their hospital clients. Prior to joining Nighthawk, he served as the president of Puri-Ponics, LLC, a biotech startup company, and Clermont, Inc., a leading producer of specialized fruit-based products.
Mr. Somers earned his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin.
Bradley T. Green – National Vice President of Sales
As the national vice president of sales, Brad Green leads and oversees all sales activities for Advanced ICU Care.
Mr. Green brings more than 20 years of sales and management experience within the healthcare industry to this role. Prior to joining Advanced ICU Care, he served as senior vice president for the Broadlane Group (now MedAssets, Inc.), a healthcare supply chain and revenue management company. In addition, he spent more than 12 years in progressive sales and sales leadership positions with GE Healthcare and VHA Inc.
Mr. Green is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Association of Healthcare Resource Materials Management, and Healthcare Financial Management Association. He is also Six Sigma certified.
He earned his M.B.A. from Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas, and his B.B.A. from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Gian Cavallini – Vice President of Strategy and Development
As the vice president of strategy and development, Gian Cavallini oversees the development and execution of Advanced ICU Care’s medical staffing growth strategy, and leads the implementation of various initiatives to position the company for continued growth.
Prior to joining Advanced ICU Care, Mr. Cavallini served as president and owner of Foot Healers Holdings, a leading multi-office podiatry practice management company, where he oversaw corporate strategy, finance, and expansion initiatives. He was also an executive for healthcare investment banking and private equity for A.G. Edwards and Sons, Inc., where his clients included medical device, biotech, and healthcare service companies.
Mr. Cavallini earned his M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and his B.S. in business administration from the Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis.
David N. Schopp – Vice President of Consulting Services
David N. Schopp heads Advanced ICU Care's consulting services, which help hospitals achieve outstanding clinical, operational and financial performance in the ICU through insightful evaluation and actionable recommendations for performance improvement.
Mr. Schopp has more than 30 years of experience working with physicians, hospitals, multi-hospital systems and insurers. Prior to co-founding Advanced ICU Care, he was senior vice president of network and managed care services for Ascension Health, one of the largest multi-hospital systems in the country. He also founded and served as president of Schopp Consulting, LLC, a company that provided consulting services to medical groups and nonprofit organizations. During his career, he has consulted with numerous healthcare organizations on performance improvement, operations, revenue enhancement, management and board development, education and new business initiatives.
Mr. Schopp earned an M.H.A. from the Washington School of Medicine in St. Louis and a B.S. in business administration from Iowa State University.
Corey Scurlock, M.D. – National Medical Director
Dr. Corey Scurlock, a practicing intensivist, is the national medical director for Advanced ICU Care.
Before coming to Advanced ICU Care, Dr. Scurlock was the director of the Division of Critical Care Medicine for the Department of Anesthesiology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. During his time there he earned multiple awards such as “Outstanding Teacher” and “Outstanding Researcher” for the Department of Anesthesiology and was promoted to associate professor of anesthesiology and cardiothoracic surgery.
Dr. Scurlock serves on the New York Society of Anesthesiologists – Critical Care Committee and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists – Ethics Committee. He is the author of 29 peer-reviewed publications that have been published in a variety of medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine and Circulation.
Dr. Scurlock is board-certified in critical care medicine and anesthesiology. He completed his fellowship in critical care medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston and his residency in anesthesiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He received his M.D. from the University of Texas – Houston Medical School, his M.B.A. from Cornell University in New York, and his B.A. in chemistry magna cum laude from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Francis Ntimba, MD, FCCP – Medical Director
Dr. Ntimba completed his Critical Care Medicine fellowship at Beth Israel Medicine Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, New York. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Ntimba received his medical degree from Makerere University Medical School in Kampala, Uganda.
He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Ntimba was attending in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Beth Israel Medicine Center and an instructor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University prior to joining Advanced ICU Care. Dr. Ntimba is experienced in tele-ICU implementation, workflow design and collaboration and is a practicing intensivist.
Thomas H. Kalb, MD – Medical Director
Dr. Kalb completed his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, as well as a Research Fellowship in Pulmonary Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center-Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York. He received his medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York and completed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Bronx, New York.
Prior to joining Advanced ICU Care, Dr. Kalb held several leadership positions at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Most recently, he was the Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit and led key committees. Dr. Kalb has held academic appointments at Mount Sinai for over 12 years and has won numerous teaching awards. He is an Associate Professor and remains actively involved in research, with ongoing publications in peer reviewed journals and book chapters.
Dr. Kalb has considerable experience in the academic environment, and is also a practicing Intensivist. He is board-certified in Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Internal Medicine.
Michael J. Walter, MD, FCC, CPE – Chairman, Critical Care Medicine Department, SSM DePaul Health Center
Dr. Walter completed both his fellowship in Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York. Dr. Walter received his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri.
Dr. Walter is board-certified in Critical Care, Pulmonary and Internal Medicine. Prior to joining Advanced ICU Care, Dr. Walter served as Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the Chairman of the Critical Care Medicine Department at SSM DePaul Health Center, St. Louis, Missouri and a practicing intensivist.
Dellice Dickhaus, MD, FCCP – Medical Director, Intensive Care Unit,
Barnes Jewish West County Hospital
Dr. Dickhaus completed her Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship training at Washington University – Barnes Jewish Hospital. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Washington University – Barnes Jewish, St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Dickhaus received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Dr. Dickhaus is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. She is an experienced physician leader with several years of experience as Medical Director. In her role as Medical Director Dr. Dickhaus has implemented current evidence-based best clinical and ICU management practices. Currently she is the Medical Director of Barnes Jewish West County Hospital Intensive Care Unit and is a practicing intensivist.
Nagarajan Ramakrishnan, MD, MMM, FCCP, FCCM – Medical Director
Dr. Ramakrishnan completed his fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and he received his Masters of Science in Medical Management from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Connecticut, School of Medicine in Farmington Connecticut, and received his medical degree from the University of Madras.
Dr. Ramakrishnan is board-certified in Internal Medicine and in Critical Care Medicine and is a practicing intensivist. Before coming to Advanced ICU Care, Dr. Ramakrishnan was the Medical Director for the ICU in Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin, Georgia. He was also the director of inpatient services, and the medical director of the Sleep Center there, which he started.
Dr. Ramakrishnan has a long history of leading education in Critical Care Medicine, including simulation learning and was a contributor to the American Board of Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine board exams. Dr. Ramakrishnan is actively involved with the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Stephen Gebhart – Director of Advanced ICU Care Medical Group
Stephen Gebhart is the practice director for the Advanced ICU Care Medical Group.
Mr. Gebhart brings extensive medical practice management and human resources experience to this role. Prior to joining Advanced ICU Care, he was the manager of the planning and business development department of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, part of BJC HealthCare, in St. Louis, where he conducted strategic planning, feasibility studies and market analyses. Other healthcare positions he has held include manager of Missouri Baptist HealthCare – Sunset Hills, Missouri Baptist Medical Center; practice manager, Metro Heart Group of St. Louis, Inc.; practice plan manager/division administrator, Department of Internal Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine; and senior department administrator, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
He is a certified medical practice executive in the American College of Medical Practice Executives, as well as a member of the Medical Group Management Association and American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Gebhart currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Medical Group Management Association of Missouri as president-elect.
Mr. Gebhart earned his M.B.A. from Webster University in St. Louis, his M.H.A. from Saint Louis University, and his B.S. in health information management from Saint Louis University