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Norman Chenven, MD

Austin Regional Medical Clinic
Acting Chairman

Norman H. Chenven, M.D., is the Founding CEO of Austin Regional Clinic (ARC), a 350 physician multi-specialty medical group that serves the greater Austin metropolitan area with 21 clinical locations. ARC provides care to approximately 454,000 Central Texans in seven cities. He is also President and Chief Executive Officer of Covenant Management Systems (CMS), an Austin-based practice management company, third party administrator and medical management organization that provides technical support and services to hospitals, medical groups, provider networks and governmental and employer based health plans.

Dr. Chenven served as the first Medical Director of PruCare of Austin, a group model HMO, that brought managed care to Austin in 1980. In 1987 he was appointed Medical Director of Prudential Plus of Austin. He is President of Austin Regional Independent Associates (ARIA), a local independent practice association that develops and provides physician networks for partially self-insured ERISA plans. In 2012, he was appointed Chairman of Seton Health Affiliates, a Medicare Accountable Care Organization established under the Affordable Care Act. Dr. Chenven also serves on the Community Advisory Group for the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Chenven is a member of the Travis County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, Texas and American Academy of Family Physicians and American Medical Association. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Travis County Medical Society, Texas Academy of Family Physicians and an alternate delegate to the Texas Medical Association.

Dr. Chenven is a Family Practitioner who spent two years in the U.S. Indian Health Service on the western Navajo Reservation before moving to Austin in 1973 to begin his medical practice. He has participated on various boards and advisory councils including Texas Medical Association’s Select Committee on Patient Safety, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas’ Physician Advisory Council, United Healthcare’s National Physician Advisory Council, the Group Practice Advisory Committee to American Medical Association Board of Trustees, CIGNA’s National Physician Advisory Committee and the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP). He recently completed four years as a Board member of the American Medical Group Association (AMGA).

Dr. Chenven served a three-year stint on the board of Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and Chaired the Chamber’s Education and Workforce Development Council for two years. He received the Chamber’s Executive Leadership Award in 2013, was named 2016 Physician of the Year by the Travis County Medical Society, and named 2016 Physician Emeritus by the Texas Academy of Family Physicians.

He received his undergraduate degree in physics from Brown University, medical degree from the State University of New York Medical Science Center in Brooklyn and post graduate medical training at Bexar County Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

Robert Nesse, MD

Mayo Health System
Professor of Family Medicine

Robert E. Nesse, M.D. was born in Toledo, Ohio and received a B.A. degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1973. He attended Wayne State University School of Human Medicine and received an M.D. degree in 1977. Doctor Nesse completed residency training at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, Michigan in 1980 and was board-certified in Family Medicine. On August 1, 1980, he joined the staff of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He served as the residency program director for family practice from 1984-1990 and was Vice Chair of the Mayo Clinic Department of Family Medicine from 1990-1996.

Doctor Nesse was the physician chair of the John Deere Clinic Development Committee and served on the steering committee that developed the Institute for Clinical Systems Integration in Minneapolis. In 1996 Doctor Nesse joined the Mayo Clinic Rochester Board of Governors and served as Vice Chairman of the Board from 1999-2004. From 2005-2013 Doctor Nesse was a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors and the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees. He continues to serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Governors. Doctor Nesse is a current member of the Management Executive Committee of Mayo Clinic and the Management Executive Operations Group for Mayo Clinic in the Midwest.

In 2006 Doctor Nesse was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Medical Group Association and joined the AMGA Executive Committee in 2008. He served as the Chair of the AMGA Board of Directors in 2012 and completed his service on the AMGA Executive Committee on December 31, 2013.

From January 1, 2004- July 1, 2010, Doctor Nesse served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan in La Crosse, Wisconsin. On July 1, 2010, Doctor Nesse became the Chief Executive Officer of the Mayo Clinic Health System and continues to serve in this role.

Donald Fisher, PhD


Donald W. Fisher, PhD, CAE, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of AMGA, a trade association that represents medical groups and other organized systems of care, including some of the nation’s largest, most influential integrated health care delivery systems. Dr. Fisher has been CEO of the organization (formerly the American Medical Group Association) since October 1980. Under his leadership, AMGA has become the premier voice for medical groups in the U.S., with its membership currently responsible for delivering health care to one out of every four Americans. AMGA advocates for multispecialty medical groups and other organized systems of care and for the patients served by these systems by continuously striving to improve patient care through innovation, information sharing, benchmarking, the creation of sound public policy and leadership development. The 430 medical group members of AMGA, representing 160,000 physicians, deliver health care to more than 120 million patients. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, AMGA is the strategic partner for medical groups providing a comprehensive package of benefits, including political advocacy, educational and networking programs and publications, benchmarking data services, and financial and operations assistance.

Dr. Fisher serves as Chair of the Board of AMGA’s subsidiary Anceta, LLC, a health informatics company engaged in the development and utilization of a national data warehouse comprised of comprehensive, longitudinal patient health care information. In this capacity, he has been instrumental in the conception and development of the project and in securing the partners and funding to further its realization. Dr. Fisher also serves in various capacities on all of AMGA’s subsidiary organizations. In 2014, the AMGA Consulting Services, LLC was established with Dr. Fisher serving as Chair of the Board. Prior to becoming the CEO of AMGA, Dr. Fisher served as the first Executive Director (1973-1980) of the American Academy of Physician Assistants in Alexandria, Virginia.

Dr. Fisher is very active in other organizations, in particular those dealing with health care. He is a member of the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and former Chair of the American International Health Alliance; a member of the American Association of Medical Society Executives; a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives; a member of the American Society of Association Executives; and serves on the IAMMM Center for Health as Social Equity Senior Fellows Advisory Council. In 2009 he was elected to the Board of Directors of Alliance Bank, appointed Chair of the Board in February 2011, and when Alliance merged with WashingtonFirst Bank the end of 2012, he was appointed a Director of the new Board. Dr. Fisher also serves on the Board of Advisors for Maestro Strategies (since 2012) and Inventurus Knowledge Solutions, Inc. (IKS) (2014).

In addition, Dr. Fisher has been appointed as Senior Fellow, Martin Luther King, Jr. Center Society of Fellows (2009-present); appointed to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Health Equity Program Section Head for Advanced Health Information Technology and appointed as Member, Editorial Board – Health Equity and Disparities Policy Blog (2010-present).

Dr. Fisher has received numerous honors for his work on behalf of the health care professions. In 1990 he received the Russell V. Lee Lectureship Award for outstanding service to the group practice of medicine, and in 1989 he received the Presidential Award from the American Academy of Physician Assistants for service to the Physician Assistant profession while serving as the Academy’s First Executive Director. Other honors include being elected to Who’s Who in Health Care, being named to Distinguished Leaders in Health Care and named by Modern Health Care as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Health Care.

Steven Green, MD

Sharp Rees-Stealy

Dr. Green was raised in Los Angeles, graduating from UCLA with a BS in biochemistry in 1981. He attended UC San Diego School of Medicine receiving his MD in 1985, after which he completed an internship and residency in Family Medicine at Northridge Hospital, CA in 1988. He then moved back to San Diego and joined Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group (SRSMG). At SRSMG he was a full time family physician from 1988 until July 2014. In addition to a full practice, he chaired the SRSMG Family Medicine Department from 1992 until 2013 and chaired the Council of Department Chairs from 2002 until 2013. Dr. Green has been on the Board of Directors from March 2013 until present. In August 2014, he was appointed Medical Director-Elect for SRSMG and practiced as a float physician in Family Medicine one day a week. On January 1, 2015 he began his new role as Medical Director/Chief Medical Officer of SRSMG and continues to practice as a float physician one day each week.

In addition to his activities with SRSMG, Dr. Green has been active in education, precepting medical students and residents at UC San Diego since 1989 and the Sharp HealthCare residency program 1995 to 2001. Dr. Green was appointed a voluntary clinical professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine in 2012. He has chaired the Sharp HealthCare Aloha Primary Care Conference from 2012 until 2014.

He has been active in leadership in Family Medicine, serving on the Board of the San Diego Academy of Family Physicians since 1993 and was President in 2000. Dr. Green served on the Board of the California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) from 2003 until 2014 and was President in 2012 to 2013. In addition, he has been on the Board of the CAFP Political Action Committee since 2007 and on the CAFP Legislative Affairs Committee since 2005. He served as a delegate and alternate delegate to the CMA House of Delegates in 2005 and from 2007 through 2011. Dr. Green served on the Board of the San Diego County Medical Society from 2008 to 2012.

Dr. Green is married to Susan Green, and has three teenage children, ages 15, 18 and 20. He enjoys open water marathon swimming, having crossed the English Channel in 2012 and the Catalina Channel, Maul Channel, Lake Tahoe and circumnavigated Manhattan Island. He competed in numerous regattas including Masters Nationals, the San Diego Crew Classic and in the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston in October 2014.

Al Fisk, MD

The Everett Clinic
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Al Fisk is Chief Medical Officer at The Everett Clinic which serves more than 295,000 patients in Snohomish County. He joined the Clinic in 1986 as a Primary Care Internist. In January 2000 Dr. Fisk became The Everett Clinic’s Medical Director until he was promoted to the newly created role of Chief Medical Officer in 2009. Dr. Fisk has helped position the Clinic as national leader for high quality care and best workplace practices. During his tenure, the American Medical Group Association awarded the Clinic with the Preeminence Award for outstanding physician and staff satisfaction, and the Acclaim Award for safe integrated care. Dr. Fisk has been called upon by Congress to testify on needed improvements in Medicare and healthcare reform.

Dr. Fisk received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University and completed premedical studies at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. He is board certified in internal medicine and received his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Fisk completed his residency in primary care internal medicine at the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals in Seattle. In 2000, he earned a Master’s degree in Medical Management from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Dr. Fisk is currently Chairman of the Board of Sentinel Assurance Risk Retention Group. He serves as Board member of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices, and Board member of the American Medical Group Association Foundation. Dr. Fisk is a former Board member of the American Medical Group Association, past board member of Medical Partners Northwest and also served as Medical Director of that organization.


Senior Vice President
Northwell Health

Dr. Nash is Senior Vice President of Northwell Health and Executive Director of Northwell Health Physician Partners, and Professor in the Departments of Cardiology and Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention at the Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine.

After graduating summa cum laude from Harvard College, Dr. Nash received his MD degree cum laude from the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard Medical School. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases, and was in the private practice of cardiology before he joined the full-time academic staff of the Cardiac Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He moved to Mount Sinai in 1995, and held a number of senior positions, including Associate Director of the Zena and Michael Wiener Cardiovascular Institute, and Chief of Internal Medicine at the affiliated James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was named the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs in 2009, a position he held until moving to what was then North Shore-LIJ, now Northwell Health, in 2012.

Northwell Health Physician Partners has over 2,400 physician members, and was cited as the seventh largest medical group in the country by Modern Healthcare.

Dr. Nash has been a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) since 1992, and is also a fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Physicians. He is a member of the Clinical Council of the American Heart Association (AHA), and served on the ACC/AHA Joint Task Force on Clinical Competence, which sets standards for training and expertise in cardiovascular medicine.

Dr. Nash is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Medical Quality. He has edited a book on myocardial infarction care, and was an Associate Editor of Hurst’s the Heart, a major textbook and online reference for cardiovascular medicine.

As a former national spokesman for the American Heart Association, Dr. Nash has been interviewed frequently to provide information and commentary on current topics in cardiovascular care. He has appeared on local and national television broadcasts, and has been widely quoted by newspapers and popular magazines. In 2015, he was awarded the first national “Physician of the Year” award by Press Ganey, for his leadership in improving the patient experience.

His blog, “Auscultation,” addresses contemporary issues of medical practice and health policy. He is most passionate about the need for effective physician leadership in this period of tumultuous change in the healthcare landscape, and believes that such leadership is the natural extension of the physicians’ commitment to healing.

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Dr. Nash served his country as a Commander in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy Reserve. He is married and has two daughters.