Practice Management Course

Welcome and Introductions

Welcome and Introductions

Friday, October 13
7:30 AM - 7:40 AM
Location: W414 (Level 4)

Ralph D. McKibbin

Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development
Blair Gastroenterology Associates
Duncansville, Pennsylvania

Ralph D. McKibbin, MD, FACG, is a private practice physician and serves as Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development at Blair Gastroenterology Associates in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He is an active practice physician with more than 25 years of practice development experience. His areas of interest include strategic planning, product line development and quality measure integration into clinical care. He has been active in organized medicine currently serves as president of the Pennsylvania Society of Gastroenterology and President of the Digestive Disease National Coalition in Washington, DC. His community experience includes many boards of directors and he currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Council for Penn State's new College of Nursing and the Advisory Board of the Sheetz Center for Enterpreneurial Excellence at Penn State University Altoona. Earlier this year he co-authored 2 articles for the American Journal of Gastroenterology on the use of nonphysician providers in gastroenterology practice.


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Louis J. Wilson

Managing Partner
Wichita Falls Gastroenterology Associates
Wichita Falls, TX, US

Dr. Louis J. Wilson is a private-practice gastroenterologist and managing partner of a seven-physician single-specialty group in Wichita Falls, TX. He received his BS from Texas A&M University and his MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and was then a National Cancer Institute Fellow in Nutrition Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center. Dr. Wilson completed his Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology also at U.A.B in 1997. Dr. Wilson's research interests focus on patient engagement systems and the development of novel acoustic sampling devices for the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea. Other important research activities include the development of data-derived optimized dosing strategies for physician-directed moderate sedation. This interest was the basis for establishing OptasistTM, LLC, to create training and decision-support tools for providers of sedation for endoscopy. Dr Wilson's business accomplishments include patented inventions, successful medical facilities, and Castaway Cove Waterpark, which he conceived, developed and operated for seven years before selling to the city in 2010. After being introduced to the film business in 2006, Wilson established Merit Pictures, LLC, which has produced several award winning films. Louis has been very involved as 2017 Vice-Chairman of the ACG's Practice Management Committee and as course co-director for ACG's annual practice managment course for 2016 and 2017.


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