Our Team

Patient-Centered Organizational Structure
Drives Excellence

One of the things that sets American Physician Partners apart is the caliber of our leaders and our organizational structure. We take a decentralized approach, allowing decisions related to each practice to be made at the local level by the provider teams and their on-site medical director. Each program is supported by our dyad leadership team, comprised of a regional medical director and a regional vice president of operations—a former hospital or system executive who understands the challenges you face. Our support center provides all the back-office support to the regional and local teams, ensuring our ability to continue to exceed the expectations of our patients, providers and hospital partners.

Regional Medical Directors

Eric Blackwell, MD

Regional Medical Director

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Eric presently serves as a Regional Medical Director at American Physician Partners. Prior to joining our team, he served as an Emergency Medicine physician at Kalamazoo Emergency Associates since 2000. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Wayne State University. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Eric covers Western Michigan.

Bill Cauthen, MD

Regional Medical Director

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Bill currently serves as a Regional Medical Director at American Physician Partners. He was previously with Carolinas Hospital System. He received his medical degree from University of South Carolina School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 30 years. Bill oversees the state of South Carolina.

Daniel Crane, Jr., MD, FACEP

Regional Medical Director

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Prior to joining APP, Dr. Crane served as the ED Medical Director and Administrative Chair at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He has extensive trauma experience, having worked at a number of trauma centers throughout Alabama and Mississippi. Throughout his career, Dr. Crane has served on a number of hospital committees, including the Medical Executive Committee, Chest Pain Committee, Trauma Committee, and Patient Flow Committee. Dr. Crane received his medical degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine and completed his Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital, Birmingham, AL. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine, is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and has authored a number of clinical articles and lectured on a variety of emergency medicine topics. Dr. Crane oversees Mississippi and Florida.
Eric presently serves as a Regional Medical Director at American Physician Partners. Prior to joining our team, he served as an Emergency Medicine physician at Kalamazoo Emergency Associates since 2000. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Wayne State University. He then went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University School of Medicine. Eric covers Western Michigan.
Bill currently serves as a Regional Medical Director at American Physician Partners. He was previously with Carolinas Hospital System. He received his medical degree from University of South Carolina School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 30 years. Bill oversees the state of South Carolina.
Prior to joining APP, Dr. Crane served as the ED Medical Director and Administrative Chair at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He has extensive trauma experience, having worked at a number of trauma centers throughout Alabama and Mississippi. Throughout his career, Dr. Crane has served on a number of hospital committees, including the Medical Executive Committee, Chest Pain Committee, Trauma Committee, and Patient Flow Committee. Dr. Crane received his medical degree from Wake Forest School of Medicine and completed his Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital, Birmingham, AL. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine, is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and has authored a number of clinical articles and lectured on a variety of emergency medicine topics. Dr. Crane oversees Mississippi and Florida.

Brad Harrison, MD, FACEP

Regional Medical Director

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Brad is currently a Regional Medical Director. Prior to joining APP, he served as the CEO of Progressive Medical Associates, an emergency medicine group serving Banner Desert Medical Center and Cardon Children’s Hospital in Mesa, Arizona. As an innovative leader of this group, he helped develop protocols for patient intake and ED flow and served as the Sepsis Team Leader. Brad received his medical degree from the University of Arizona School of Medicine and conducted his Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Puerto Rico in Carolina, Puerto Rico, where he was recognized as Resident of Year twice. Fluent in both English and Spanish, he is board certified in Emergency Medicine. Brad covers the state of Arizona.

Kenji Oyasu, MD

Regional Medical Director

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Kenji serves as a Regional Medical Director at American Physician Partners. He was previously Executive Medical Director at ModernMed Recovery, Executive Medical Director at Brightside Clinic, Interim Medical Director and Chair at Norwegian American Hospital, Emergency Medicine Staff Physician at Union Hospital, President Region IV at ApolloMD, and Medical Director at Vista Health System Emergency Department. He studied Psychology at Northwestern University and earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Kenji covers the state of Illinois.

Erik Petersen, DO

Regional Medical Director

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Dr. Heath Parker serves as Regional Medical Director of Alabama. He has spent the last two years as Chief Medical Officer, Hospitalist Medicine at Griffin-Parker Solutions, an integrative Emergency Medicine/Inpatient Care group that he co-founded. He also serves as Associate Professor and Chair of Internal Medicine and Chair of Pediatrics at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan, AL. His past leadership experience includes serving as medical director for a couple of national emergency medicine and hospital medicine practice management companies as well a community-based outpatient clinic for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Parker received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and conducted an Internal Medicine/Pediatric residency at Texas A&M University Health Science Center—Scott & White. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, is board eligible in Phlebology, and is certified in Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care.
Brad is currently a Regional Medical Director. Prior to joining APP, he served as the CEO of Progressive Medical Associates, an emergency medicine group serving Banner Desert Medical Center and Cardon Children’s Hospital in Mesa, Arizona. As an innovative leader of this group, he helped develop protocols for patient intake and ED flow and served as the Sepsis Team Leader. Brad received his medical degree from the University of Arizona School of Medicine and conducted his Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Puerto Rico in Carolina, Puerto Rico, where he was recognized as Resident of Year twice. Fluent in both English and Spanish, he is board certified in Emergency Medicine. Brad covers the state of Arizona.
Kenji serves as a Regional Medical Director at American Physician Partners. He was previously Executive Medical Director at ModernMed Recovery, Executive Medical Director at Brightside Clinic, Interim Medical Director and Chair at Norwegian American Hospital, Emergency Medicine Staff Physician at Union Hospital, President Region IV at ApolloMD, and Medical Director at Vista Health System Emergency Department. He studied Psychology at Northwestern University and earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Kenji covers the state of Illinois.
Dr. Heath Parker serves as Regional Medical Director of Alabama. He has spent the last two years as Chief Medical Officer, Hospitalist Medicine at Griffin-Parker Solutions, an integrative Emergency Medicine/Inpatient Care group that he co-founded. He also serves as Associate Professor and Chair of Internal Medicine and Chair of Pediatrics at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan, AL. His past leadership experience includes serving as medical director for a couple of national emergency medicine and hospital medicine practice management companies as well a community-based outpatient clinic for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Parker received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, and conducted an Internal Medicine/Pediatric residency at Texas A&M University Health Science Center—Scott & White. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, is board eligible in Phlebology, and is certified in Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care.

Stacy Prescott, MD

Regional Medical Director

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Erik serves as a Regional Medical Director at American Physician Partners. He was previously the Vice President & CMO at Midwest Institute for Addiction, Clinical Chief at Sheridan Healthcare, Medical Director at Providence Medical Center, Emergency Medicine Physician Medical Director at EmCare, and Medical Director at TeamHealth. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Northwest Missouri State University and his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Erik covers the Southern Region.

Steve Roberts, MD

Medical Director of Travel Team

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Stacy presently serves as Regional Medical Director for American Physician Partners. Prior to joining APP, Stacy served as Regional Medical Director for another national emergency department management group. She has also served as the Emergency Department Medical Director and General Services Chair at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, WY; Associate Regional Medical Director at Lea Regional Medical Center, Carlsbad Medical Center and Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in NM; and Emergency Department Medical Director at Loveless Medical Center and Lovelace Heart Hospital in Albuquerque, NM. From 2011 to 2016, she served as State Flight Medical Director for AMRG/AIR MED in Salt Lake City, UT, and has served as the Regional Medical Director for Guardian Flight in Wyoming and Utah. Other clinical leadership roles include Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCSF San Francisco, ED Team Director of Cath Lab Services, Stroke Team Medical Director, and EMS Educator. Stacy received her BA degree at Dartmouth College and her MS/MD degree at Georgetown University. She completed her Emergency Residency at Harbor-UCLA and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. In addition to NM, she holds licenses in CA, CO, ME and WY. Stacy is the Regional Medical Director West Region—New Mexico.

Joe Thomas, MD

Regional Medical Director

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Dr. Roberts oversees our MAPP (Mobile American Physician Partners) internal interim staffing program. He has previous experience as a provider and Regional Medical Director for a national multi-specialty practice management group and served as the Interim Emergency Department Medical Director at Greenview Regional Hospital. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from St. Louis University, his Doctor of Medicine from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, and his Master’s in Health Care Management from Harvard University School of Public Health. He also spent time volunteering as a physician at a clinic in Kingston, Jamaica.
Erik serves as a Regional Medical Director at American Physician Partners. He was previously the Vice President & CMO at Midwest Institute for Addiction, Clinical Chief at Sheridan Healthcare, Medical Director at Providence Medical Center, Emergency Medicine Physician Medical Director at EmCare, and Medical Director at TeamHealth. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Northwest Missouri State University and his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Erik covers the Southern Region.
Stacy presently serves as Regional Medical Director for American Physician Partners. Prior to joining APP, Stacy served as Regional Medical Director for another national emergency department management group. She has also served as the Emergency Department Medical Director and General Services Chair at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, WY; Associate Regional Medical Director at Lea Regional Medical Center, Carlsbad Medical Center and Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in NM; and Emergency Department Medical Director at Loveless Medical Center and Lovelace Heart Hospital in Albuquerque, NM. From 2011 to 2016, she served as State Flight Medical Director for AMRG/AIR MED in Salt Lake City, UT, and has served as the Regional Medical Director for Guardian Flight in Wyoming and Utah. Other clinical leadership roles include Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCSF San Francisco, ED Team Director of Cath Lab Services, Stroke Team Medical Director, and EMS Educator. Stacy received her BA degree at Dartmouth College and her MS/MD degree at Georgetown University. She completed her Emergency Residency at Harbor-UCLA and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. In addition to NM, she holds licenses in CA, CO, ME and WY. Stacy is the Regional Medical Director West Region—New Mexico.
Dr. Roberts oversee our MAPP (Mobile American Physician Partners) internal interim staffing program. He has previous experience as a provider and Regional Medical Director at for a national practice management company  as well as the Interim Emergency Department Medical Director at Greenview Regional Hospital. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from St. Louis University, his Doctor of Medicine from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, and a Master’s in Health Care Management from Harvard University School of Public Health. He also spent time volunteering as a physician at a clinic in Kingston, Jamaica.
Joe is currently a Regional Medical Director. Prior to joining APP, he served as emergency department medical director for several facilities, including Tristar Greenview Regional Hospital and Tristar Stonecrest Medical Center. Most recently he was at Jennie Stuart Medical Center where he also served on the Medical Executive Committee, the ER/ICU Committee, the Quality/Peer Review Committee and as Emergency Department Operations Committee Chairman. Joe received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He also holds a master’s degree in Theological Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. Joe is over the state of Kentucky.

Mark Woodard, MD

Regional Medical Director

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Mark is currently a Regional Medical Director at American Physician Partners. He was previously CEO of Northeast Tennessee Emergency Physicians. He is a graduate of David Lipscomb University and received his Doctor of Medicine from East Tennessee State University. He is ACEP board certified in Emergency Medicine. Mark covers East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.
Joe is currently a Regional Medical Director. Prior to joining APP, he served as emergency department medical director for several facilities, including Tristar Greenview Regional Hospital and Tristar Stonecrest Medical Center. Most recently he was at Jennie Stuart Medical Center where he also served on the Medical Executive Committee, the ER/ICU Committee, the Quality/Peer Review Committee and as Emergency Department Operations Committee Chairman. Joe received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He also holds a master’s degree in Theological Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. Joe is over the state of Kentucky.
Mark is currently a Regional Medical Director at American Physician Partners. He was previously CEO of Northeast Tennessee Emergency Physicians. He is a graduate of David Lipscomb University and received his Doctor of Medicine from East Tennessee State University. He is ACEP board certified in Emergency Medicine. Mark covers East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Regional Vice Presidents

Bryan Braegger

Regional Vice President

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Bryan presently serves as a Regional Vice President at American Physician Partners. He has previous experience as CEO at Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center, Interim CEO at Toppenish Community Hospital, Assistant CEO at Northwest Medical Center – Willow Creek Women’s Hospital, and Assistant CEO at Northwest Medical Center – Springdale. He is a graduate of the University of Utah where he studied Behavioral Science & Health and went on to attend Trinity University where he earned his Master’s in Healthcare Administration. Bryan covers the state of Texas and the Western Region.

Rob Heifner

Regional Vice President

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Rob is a seasoned healthcare executive, having served for 13 years as VP Operations for Tulane University Medical Center, COO for Rio Grande Regional Hospital, CEO for Mainland Medical Center, and most recently as CEO for St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital. Rob received his Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Rob will oversee our Texas-based hospital partnerships.

Penn Krause

Regional Vice President

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Penn is currently a Regional Vice President. Prior to joining our team, he was with Health Monitoring Systems, Forest Devices, Medical Alliance Partners, and Cardinal Health. He is a graduate of Occidental College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics as well as an MHA and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Penn covers the state of Alabama and the Southern Region.
Bryan presently serves as a Regional Vice President at American Physician Partners. He has previous experience as CEO at Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center, Interim CEO at Toppenish Community Hospital, Assistant CEO at Northwest Medical Center – Willow Creek Women’s Hospital, and Assistant CEO at Northwest Medical Center – Springdale. He is a graduate of the University of Utah where he studied Behavioral Science & Health and went on to attend Trinity University where he earned his Master’s in Healthcare Administration. Bryan covers the state of Texas and the Western Region.
Rob is a seasoned healthcare executive, having served for 13 years as VP Operations for Tulane University Medical Center, COO for Rio Grande Regional Hospital, CEO for Mainland Medical Center, and most recently as CEO for St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital. Rob received his Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Rob will oversee our Texas-based hospital partnerships.
Penn is currently a Regional Vice President. Prior to joining our team, he was with Health Monitoring Systems, Forest Devices, Medical Alliance Partners, and Cardinal Health. He is a graduate of Occidental College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics as well as an MHA and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Penn covers the state of Alabama and the Southern Region.

Steve Lunn

Regional Vice President

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Steve serves as a Regional Vice President at American Physician Partners. Prior to joining APP, he was CEO of Porter Health Care System, a hospital CEO with Community Health Systems, and a hospital COO with IASIS Healthcare. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and earned his MBA in Finance from Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee. Steve oversees the Eastern region.

Greg Nielson

Regional Vice President

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Greg presently serves as a Regional Vice President for APP. Prior to joining APP, he enjoyed a long-standing career as a senior healthcare executive in both the non-profit and investor-owned sectors. Greg has served as Division President of RCCH HealthCare Partners; and CEO for CMH Regional Health System, Great Plains Health, Holy Rosary Healthcare, Weston County Health Services of Regional Health and Mountainview Medical Center.

Greg received his Bachelor’s Degree in Long Term Care Administration from Concordia College and his Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Ben Ross

Regional Vice President

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Ben serves as a Regional Vice President at American Physician Partners. He was previously the President of Physician Services at Capella Healthcare, VP of Physician Services at Essent Healthcare, Owner of Medico of South Carolina, and Divisional Director at Providence Hospital. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where he studied Political Science and earned his Master’s in Health Administration from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Ben covers the state of Illinois and the Michigan Region.
Steve serves as a Regional Vice President at American Physician Partners. Prior to joining APP, he was CEO of Porter Health Care System, a hospital CEO with Community Health Systems, and a hospital COO with IASIS Healthcare. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and earned his MBA in Finance from Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee. Steve oversees the Eastern region.
Greg presently serves as a Regional Vice President for APP. Prior to joining APP, he enjoyed a long-standing career as a senior healthcare executive in both the non-profit and investor-owned sectors. Greg has served as Division President of RCCH HealthCare Partners; and CEO for CMH Regional Health System, Great Plains Health, Holy Rosary Healthcare, Weston County Health Services of Regional Health and Mountainview Medical Center.

Greg received his Bachelor’s Degree in Long Term Care Administration from Concordia College and his Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Ben serves as a Regional Vice President at American Physician Partners. He was previously the President of Physician Services at Capella Healthcare, VP of Physician Services at Essent Healthcare, Owner of Medico of South Carolina, and Divisional Director at Providence Hospital. He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where he studied Political Science and earned his Master’s in Health Administration from the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Ben covers the state of Illinois and the Michigan Region.
Steve serves as a Regional Vice President at American Physician Partners. Prior to joining APP, he was CEO of Porter Health Care System, a hospital CEO with Community Health Systems, and a hospital COO with IASIS Healthcare. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and earned his MBA in Finance from Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee. Steve oversees the Eastern region.

Ben Youree

Regional Vice President

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Ben currently serves as a Regional Vice President at American Physician Partners. He was previously CEO at Turkey Creek Medical Center, CEO at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center, and COO at Community Health Systems. He attended Freed-Hardeman University where he earned his BBA in Finance. He is also a graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham where he earned his Master’s in Business Administration as well as his Master’s in Healthcare Administration. Ben covers the states of Kentucky and Mississippi.
Ben currently serves as a Regional Vice President at American Physician Partners. He was previously CEO at Turkey Creek Medical Center, CEO at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center, and COO at Community Health Systems. He attended Freed-Hardeman University where he earned his BBA in Finance. He is also a graduate of the University of Alabama Birmingham where he earned his Master’s in Business Administration as well as his Master’s in Healthcare Administration. Ben covers the states of Mississippi, Kentucky, Illinois, and Florida.

Executive Medical Directors

Dennis Deruelle, MD

Executive Medical Director, Hospital Medicine

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Dennis has more than 15 years of hospital medicine leadership experience, having served as owner and CEO of a private medical practice and also holding executive roles with national hospitalist companies. Recognized as a national expert on the Affordable Care Act, Dennis has been featured on a number of television and radio talk shows, in newspapers and medical journals, and at national healthcare conferences. He also recently published his second book, “Your Healthcare Playbook: Winning the Game of Modern Medicine.” He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College, is board certified in Internal Medicine, and is a fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Jeremy Finkelstein, MD, FACEP

Executive Medical Director, Texas

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Jeremy Finkelstein, MD, FACEP joined APP January 2019 with the acquisition of EmergiGroup Physician Associates, for which he served as president & CEO for 18 years. The group manages 7 hospital EDs, and 8 FSEDs within Houston Methodist. He remains medical director of emergency services for the hospital system. Prior to this, he was a Regional Medical Director with a physician outsourcing company. He received his MD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and completed his Emergency Medicine residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Finkelstein is an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Texas Medical Association, Harris County Medical Society, and he serves on multiple advisory boards of healthcare related entities.

Tressa Gardner, DO

Executive Medical Director, Michigan

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Tressa serves as a Regional Medical Director at American Physician Partners. She was previously Emergency Department Director at McLaren Greater Lansing, Emergency Department Director at Garden City Hospital, Chief of Staff at POH Regional Medical Center, President at Oakland Country Osteopathic Association, Chairman at Oakland County Professional Standards Review Organization Review, Vice Chairman at Oakland County Medical Control Authority Board of Directors, Medical Director at Oakland County Children’s Village, Emergency Department Director at St. Joseph Health System, and Medical Director at Palace Sports and Entertainment. She is a graduate of Oakland University and earned her Doctorate of Osteopathy from Michigan State University. Tressa covers the Michigan Region.
Dennis has more than 15 years of hospital medicine leadership experience, having served as owner and CEO of a private medical practice and also holding executive roles with national hospitalist companies. Recognized as a national expert on the Affordable Care Act, Dennis has been featured on a number of television and radio talk shows, in newspapers and medical journals, and at national healthcare conferences. He also recently published his second book, “Your Healthcare Playbook: Winning the Game of Modern Medicine.” He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College, is board certified in Internal Medicine, and is a fellow of the Society of Hospital Medicine.
Jeremy Finkelstein, MD, FACEP joined APP January 2019 with the acquisition of EmergiGroup Physician Associates, for which he served as president & CEO for 18 years. The group manages 7 hospital EDs, and 8 FSEDs within Houston Methodist. He remains medical director of emergency services for the hospital system. Prior to this, he was a Regional Medical Director with a physician outsourcing company. He received his MD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and completed his Emergency Medicine residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Finkelstein is an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Texas Medical Association, Harris County Medical Society, and he serves on multiple advisory boards of healthcare related entities.
Tressa serves as a Regional Medical Director at American Physician Partners. She was previously Emergency Department Director at McLaren Greater Lansing, Emergency Department Director at Garden City Hospital, Chief of Staff at POH Regional Medical Center, President at Oakland Country Osteopathic Association, Chairman at Oakland County Professional Standards Review Organization Review, Vice Chairman at Oakland County Medical Control Authority Board of Directors, Medical Director at Oakland County Children’s Village, Emergency Department Director at St. Joseph Health System, and Medical Director at Palace Sports and Entertainment. She is a graduate of Oakland University and earned her Doctorate of Osteopathy from Michigan State University. Tressa covers the Michigan Region.

Corporate Leadership

John Rutledge

President & CEO

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John founded American Physician Partners in 2015 and presently serves as the company’s President & CEO. John is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s strategic vision, fostering key organizational and community relationships, and working closely with hospitals and health systems through the business development and client management process. Mr. Rutledge has spent 35 years in the hospital management field. He is the former COO and President of RegionalCare Hospital Partners, a non-urban hospital company founded with a $300 million commitment from Warburg Pincus, which he grew to $700 million in revenue and $93 million in EBITDA (2009-2013). From 1996-2004 he was the COO & President of Province Healthcare. John is also a proud graduate of Lipscomb University.

Tony Briningstool, MD, FACEP

SVP & CMO

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Tony presently serves as SVP and Chief Medical Officer for American Physician Partners where he oversees all of the company’s clinical initiatives, including champions for sepsis, stroke recognition and opiate prescribing. He is also responsible for developing the APP Leadership Academy and plays an active role in the business development and client management process. Tony served as President & Chief Medical Officer for AlignMD, a predecessor to American Physician Partners, and was the Executive Medical Director for Emergency Medicine Services at Sparrow Health System. He played football while earning his Bachelor of Science in Physiology at Michigan State University then earned his Doctor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Tony is board certified in Emergency Medicine.

David F. (Buddy) Bacon, Jr.

SVP & COO

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Buddy presently serves as SVP and Chief Operating Officer for American Physician Partners where he is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the company, including managing ongoing client relationships, billing and revenue cycle management, provider services, human resources, information technology, and marketing. Buddy has more than 25 years of extensive experience in finance, administration, operations and public accounting. He has previously served as Co-founder and CEO of Meridian Surgical Partners, CEO of TractManager, and SVP Healthcare Group and EVP Business Development for CapStar Bank. He is a graduate of Lipscomb University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Computer Science.
John founded American Physician Partners in 2015 and presently serves as the company’s President & CEO. John is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s strategic vision, fostering key organizational and community relationships, and working closely with hospitals and health systems through the business development and client management process. Mr. Rutledge has spent 35 years in the hospital management field. He is the former COO and President of RegionalCare Hospital Partners, a non-urban hospital company founded with a $300 million commitment from Warburg Pincus, which he grew to $700 million in revenue and $93 million in EBITDA (2009-2013). From 1996-2004 he was the COO & President of Province Healthcare. John is also a proud graduate of Lipscomb University.
Tony presently serves as SVP and Chief Medical Officer for American Physician Partners where he oversees all of the company’s clinical initiatives, including champions for sepsis, stroke recognition and opiate prescribing. He is also responsible for developing the APP Leadership Academy and plays an active role in the business development and client management process. Tony served as President & Chief Medical Officer for AlignMD, a predecessor to American Physician Partners, and was the Executive Medical Director for Emergency Medicine Services at Sparrow Health System. He played football while earning his Bachelor of Science in Physiology at Michigan State University then earned his Doctor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Tony is board certified in Emergency Medicine.
Buddy presently serves as SVP and Chief Operating Officer for American Physician Partners where he is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of the company, including managing ongoing client relationships, billing and revenue cycle management, provider services, human resources, information technology, and marketing. Buddy has more than 25 years of extensive experience in finance, administration, operations and public accounting. He has previously served as Co-founder and CEO of Meridian Surgical Partners, CEO of TractManager, and SVP Healthcare Group and EVP Business Development for CapStar Bank. He is a graduate of Lipscomb University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Computer Science.

Bob Newport

SVP & CFO

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Bob presently serves as SVP and Chief Financial Officer for American Physician Partners where he is responsible for managing the company’s finances, including financial planning, management of financial risks, record-keeping, and financial reporting. Bob has significant finance experience in the healthcare industry, specifically with HCIT companies. He was the CFO for Emdeon, 2006-2014. Emdeon’s revenue doubled to $1.3 billion and adjusted EBITDA increased 2.5x to $325 million during Mr. Newport’s time as CFO. Bob was also CFO for Medifax, 2002-2003. He spent 20 years with LBMC, the largest CPA and business consulting firm based in Tennessee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Carson-Newman College.

Andy McQueen

SVP & CLO

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Andy is SVP and Chief Legal Officer of American Physician Partners.  Andy brings significant experience advising companies on mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, corporate governance and other strategic legal matters.  Prior to joining APP, Andy was a partner in the corporate and securities practice group of Bass, Berry & Sims, a law firm based in Nashville.  Andy received his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lipscomb University.  Prior to law school, Andy was a certified public accountant with Ernst & Young.
Bob presently serves as SVP and Chief Financial Officer for American Physician Partners where he is responsible for managing the company’s finances, including financial planning, management of financial risks, record-keeping, and financial reporting. Bob has significant finance experience in the healthcare industry, specifically with HCIT companies. He was the CFO for Emdeon, 2006-2014. Emdeon’s revenue doubled to $1.3 billion and adjusted EBITDA increased 2.5x to $325 million during Mr. Newport’s time as CFO. Bob was also CFO for Medifax, 2002-2003. He spent 20 years with LBMC, the largest CPA and business consulting firm based in Tennessee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Carson-Newman College.
Andy is SVP and Chief Legal Officer of American Physician Partners.  Andy brings significant experience advising companies on mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, corporate governance and other strategic legal matters.  Prior to joining APP, Andy was a partner in the corporate and securities practice group of Bass, Berry & Sims, a law firm based in Nashville.  Andy received his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Lipscomb University.  Prior to law school, Andy was a certified public accountant with Ernst & Young.

Support Center Leadership

Jim Blue

Vice President, Revenue Cycle Management

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Jim Blue serves as Vice President, Revenue Cycle Management of APP. In this role, he’ll be enhancing our revenue cycle activities and optimizing our outsourced billing partnerships. Jim is a healthcare executive with more than 25 years of strategic and operational leadership experience in acute and post-acute hospital systems and the pharmaceutical industry. He comes to us from Ampersand Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm with a focus on growth equity investments in the healthcare sector. His past healthcare roles include: Vice President of Operations for Kindred Healthcare, VP & COO for OrderInsite, CEO of Novus Healthcare Solutions, Director of Supply Chain& Centralized Pharmacy Operations for HCA, and Director of Operations for Cardinal Health. Jim earned both his BS in Industrial Engineering and MBA in Business from West Virginia University.

Sam Clemmons, MD

VP, Business Development

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Sam is VP of Business Development at American Physician Partners where is involved in new business growth for the company as we strive to continue to provide excellent care and service to our patients and client facilities. As CEO of Elite Emergency Services, a predecessor to APP, he spent many years as an emergency physician providing care and as an operator providing solutions for emergency departments and hospital inpatient departments. He attended the United States Naval Academy, received a BS in Mathematics from Auburn University, and earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine.

Aaron G. Kidd, PA-C

VP, Clinical Integration

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Aaron is the Vice President of Clinical Integration at American Physician Partners. With nearly 20 years’ experience in medicine, he started his career as an Aeromedical Physician Assistant with the United States Army. He attended an Emergency Medicine Fellowship in San Antonio, TX and was the Program Director of the Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Fort Hood, TX. Aaron served our country for 23 years and spent over 3 years deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was previously the VP of Clinical Operations at Align MD. Aaron earned his Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Jim Blue serves as Vice President, Revenue Cycle Management of APP. In this role, he’ll be enhancing our revenue cycle activities and optimizing our outsourced billing partnerships. Jim is a healthcare executive with more than 25 years of strategic and operational leadership experience in acute and post-acute hospital systems and the pharmaceutical industry. He comes to us from Ampersand Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm with a focus on growth equity investments in the healthcare sector. His past healthcare roles include: Vice President of Operations for Kindred Healthcare, VP & COO for OrderInsite, CEO of Novus Healthcare Solutions, Director of Supply Chain& Centralized Pharmacy Operations for HCA, and Director of Operations for Cardinal Health. Jim earned both his BS in Industrial Engineering and MBA in Business from West Virginia University.
Sam is VP of Business Development at American Physician Partners where is involved in new business growth for the company as we strive to continue to provide excellent care and service to our patients and client facilities. As CEO of Elite Emergency Services, a predecessor to APP, he spent many years as an emergency physician providing care and as an operator providing solutions for emergency departments and hospital inpatient departments. He attended the United States Naval Academy, received a BS in Mathematics from Auburn University, and earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine.
Aaron is the Vice President of Clinical Integration at American Physician Partners. With nearly 20 years’ experience in medicine, he started his career as an Aeromedical Physician Assistant with the United States Army. He attended an Emergency Medicine Fellowship in San Antonio, TX and was the Program Director of the Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Fort Hood, TX. Aaron served our country for 23 years and spent over 3 years deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was previously the VP of Clinical Operations at Align MD. Aaron earned his Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Chad Luttrell

VP, Information Technology

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Chad is an experienced healthcare IT leader with a background as a data architect and software engineer. He served as Senior VP of IT for Meridian Surgical Partners for more than 10 years and has most recently served as VP of Portfolio Management for Surgery Partners, LLC. In that role, he oversaw the project management team, coordinated design and architecture with the data warehouse team, and managed application development to align technical solutions with the business needs. Chad has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management Information Systems from Tennessee Technological University.

Dan Melson

VP, Physician Services

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Dan presently serves as the VP of Physician Services for American Physician Partners where he oversees provider recruiting, credentialing, enrollment and scheduling. Dan has over 35 years of industry experience. He is the former VP of Hospitalists at Harris Medical Group and was the VP of Recruiting and Marketing at HealthCare Partners. He also spent time at Jackson Healthcare as a Strategic Account Director. He graduated from Lipscomb University with a degree in Public Relations and Public Speaking.

Chad Somerby

VP, Operations

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Chad is currently the VP Operations at American Physician Partners. He has nearly 25 years of industry experience. He was the Controller at HCA, the Director of Operations at Province Healthcare, the Operations Controller at Capella Healthcare, and the AVP of Financial Operations at RegionalCare Hospital Partners. Chad has a BSBA in Accounting from Tennessee Technological University – College of Business Administration.
Chad is an experienced healthcare IT leader with a background as a data architect and software engineer. He served as Senior VP of IT for Meridian Surgical Partners for more than 10 years and has most recently served as VP of Portfolio Management for Surgery Partners, LLC. In that role, he oversaw the project management team, coordinated design and architecture with the data warehouse team, and managed application development to align technical solutions with the business needs. Chad has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management Information Systems from Tennessee Technological University.
Dan presently serves as the VP of Physician Services for American Physician Partners where he oversees provider recruiting, credentialing, enrollment and scheduling. Dan has over 35 years of industry experience. He is the former VP of Hospitalists at Harris Medical Group and was the VP of Recruiting and Marketing at HealthCare Partners. He also spent time at Jackson Healthcare as a Strategic Account Director. He graduated from Lipscomb University with a degree in Public Relations and Public Speaking.
Chad is currently the VP Operations at American Physician Partners. He has nearly 25 years of industry experience. He was the Controller at HCA, the Director of Operations at Province Healthcare, the Operations Controller at Capella Healthcare, and the AVP of Financial Operations at RegionalCare Hospital Partners. Chad has a BSBA in Accounting from Tennessee Technological University – College of Business Administration.

Stephanie Stewart

VP, Human Resources

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Stephanie is currently the Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to joining APP, Stephanie spent 20 years at Ascension Health where she was responsible for developing and implementing strategic design, financing, communications and administration of health and welfare plans and programs sponsored by Ascension. She oversaw vendor relationship management, benefit operations and communications, merger and acquisition activity, and national benefit standardization for 27 health ministries. Prior to Ascension, she held numerous human resources roles with MetLife, Ascension and Saint Thomas Health. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Win Winegar II, PA-C

VP, Clinical Services

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Win presently serves as Vice President of Clinical Services. He was previously a partner at WHR Properties as well as Deputy Medical Director at Stewart Country EMS. Win is a graduate of Austin Peay State University where he studied Public Management. He also attended Webster University where he received his Master’s Degree in Health Services Management. He then attended University of Nebraska College of Medicine where he earned his Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies.

Tracy Young

VP, Marketing & Communications

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Tracy leads the marketing and communications functions for APP. She has 25 years of experience building brands, market share and revenue through successful marketing, communications and business development initiatives in the healthcare B2B space. Areas of expertise include brand development, thought leadership, event marketing, proposal management, internal communications, CRM and digital marketing platforms, and team development. Tracy has a BS degree in Economics from Furman University and an MBA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Stephanie is currently the Vice President of Human Resources. Prior to joining APP, Stephanie spent 20 years at Ascension Health where she was responsible for developing and implementing strategic design, financing, communications and administration of health and welfare plans and programs sponsored by Ascension. She oversaw vendor relationship management, benefit operations and communications, merger and acquisition activity, and national benefit standardization for 27 health ministries. Prior to Ascension, she held numerous human resources roles with MetLife, Ascension and Saint Thomas Health. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Win presently serves as Vice President of Clinical Services. He was previously a partner at WHR Properties as well as Deputy Medical Director at Stewart Country EMS. Win is a graduate of Austin Peay State University where he studied Public Management. He also attended Webster University where he received his Master’s Degree in Health Services Management. He then attended University of Nebraska College of Medicine where he earned his Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies.
Tracy leads the marketing and communications functions for APP. She has 25 years of experience building brands, market share and revenue through successful marketing, communications and business development initiatives in the healthcare B2B space. Areas of expertise include brand development, thought leadership, event marketing, proposal management, internal communications, CRM and digital marketing platforms, and team development. Tracy has a BS degree in Economics from Furman University and an MBA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

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