Practice Management Course
1: The Big Picture in a Small World
Akron Digestive Disease Consultants, Inc.
Akron, OH, US
Costas H. Kefalas, MD, MMM, FACG, has been in private practice at Akron Digestive Disease Consultants, Inc., in Akron, OH, since 2003. He is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University and is on the active medical staff at Summa Health in Akron. He serves as a Physician Director on the Summa Health System, Summa Health Community, and Summa Health Boards. Dr. Kefalas completed a combined BS/MD program in 1997 at the University of Akron, where he was a University Scholar in the Honors Program, and at Northeast Ohio Medical University. In 2000, he completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Summa Health. He completed a Gastroenterology Fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX in 2003. In 2015, Dr. Kefalas earned a Master of Medical Management (MMM) degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Kefalas is the Chair of the ACG Board of Governors and serves on the ACG Board of Trustees. He has also served the ACG in numerous positions, including ACG Governor for Northern Ohio (2008-2014); Chair, ACG FDA Related Matters Committee (2009-2013); Chair, ACG Membership Committee (2014-2016); Chair, ACG Public Policy Task Force (2016); and Vice-Chair, ACG Legislative and Public Policy Council. Since 2011, Dr. Kefalas has served as the ACG representative to the Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC) and is the DDNC Immediate Past President. Dr. Kefalas co-founded the Ohio Gastroenterology Society (OGS) in 2009 and served as the OGS Founding President in 2011-2013. He has served as a Trustee of the Ohio Medical Quality Foundation (2015-2017). Through his service with professional societies, Dr. Kefalas has had the opportunity to educate legislators and advocate on behalf of patients regarding gastrointestinal health and disease on multiple occasions, both in Ohio and Washington, D.C.
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