Chair and Director William C. Rupp, MD, is the former chief executive officer of the Mayo Clinic in Florida and a board certified physician with 32 years of experience in the fields of hematology and medical oncology. After graduating from the University of Minnesota Medical School, he completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Dr. Rupp served on the Board of Directors of Jacksonville University and recently completed a term as chairman of the board of the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Finance and Patient Safety Committees of The Doctors Company Board of Governors.
Treasurer/Secretary David G. Preimesberger, CPA, is also Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of The Doctors Company. Mr. Preimesberger is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the California Society of CPAs. Mr. Preimesberger serves on the PIAA Finance and Technology Education Committee.
Executive Director Elizabeth Healy, is also Assistant Vice President of Government and Community Relations at The Doctors Company. In more than 20 years in government relations, she has been involved in political campaigns and fundraising, grassroots organizing, state government, and legislative advocacy in the United States and United Kingdom. Elizabeth directs staff, lobbyists, and political action committees nationwide and in Washington, DC. She is also responsible for corporate charitable giving and community relations. She is currently on the Board of Directors for Californians Allied for Patient Protection, Coloradans Protecting Patient Access, the Civil Justice Association of California, and the Texas Alliance for Patient Access, among others. Ms. Healy also serves on the Board of Directors for Connolly Ranch Education Center, and on the Advisory Board for Mentis, Napa's Center for Mental Health.
Director Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Doctors Company. Dr. Anderson was a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and is past Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Scripps Memorial Hospital, where he served as senior oncologist for eighteen years. Dr. Anderson currently serves on the Board of Overseers of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, the Board of Governors of the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Board of Directors of the PIAA, and the Board of Directors of Californians Allied for Patient Protection.
Director Charles R. Kossman, PhD, MD, has 30 years of experience in the fields of hematology and medical oncology in Southern California. He is also a Board Member of The Doctors Company. Dr. Kossman is a Diplomate of the American Boards of Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California at San Diego.
Director Donald J Palmisano, MD, JD, FACS, is a New Orleans general and vascular surgeon. He is also a Board Member of The Doctors Company and serves as Clinical Professor of Surgery and Clinical Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Palmisano was a member of the Board of Directors of The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and is Former President of the American Medical Association. He served on the board of the National Patient Safety Foundation for 17 years and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Patient Safety. He is the author of On Leadership, now in its second edition, and The Little Red Book of Leadership Lessons. He received the Tulane Medical Alumni Association Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2013.
Director James P. Bagian, MD, PE, is also the Director of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety, as well as a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. Dr. Bagian is a member of the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel and was a NASA astronaut and veteran of two Space Shuttle flights. He also serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the National Patient Safety Foundation, Chairman of The Joint Commission’s Patient Safety Advisory Group, and is the co-chair of the ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Evaluation Committee. Dr. Bagian was the founding Director of the National Center for Patient Safety and the first Chief Patient Safety Officer at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Director Mary Ann Thode, JD, MPH, RN, is a healthcare executive with decades of experience leading top healthcare systems. Ms. Thode is the former president and CEO of the Northern California Region of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. Prior to her 10 years with Kaiser, Ms. Thode served as a senior vice president of Operations for the Catholic Healthcare West System (CHW). Ms. Thode was previously the president and CEO of St. Mary's Medical Center, San Francisco, a division of CHW. Prior to joining The Doctors Company Board of Governors, Ms. Thode served on the Board of Directors of the California Hospital Association, the Bay Area Council, the American Cancer Society, the California State Chamber of Commerce, Mercy Housing Corporation, and Larkin Street Youth Services. Ms. Thode was also a member of the advisory board for the joint MPH/MBA program at the University of California, Berkeley. She serves as a member of the Government Relations, Investment, and Patient Safety Committees at The Doctors Company.