AAOA Annual Meeting 2020
Annual Meeting Faculty and Invited Speakers
Now 100% Virtual
October 24-29, 2020
Robert Schleimer, MD, PhD
Dr. Schleimer majored in Biology at The University of California, San Diego. He received a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology at UC Davis. Dr. Schleimer received post-doctoral fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Immunology. Dr. Schleimer joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 1981 and became Professor of Medicine in 1992. Dr. Schleimer moved to Chicago to become the Roy and Elaine Patterson Chair and Chief of the Division of Allergy-Immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the spring of 2004. Dr. Schleimer has published over 390 papers and was recognized as one of the most highly cited researchers of the last two decades worldwide by The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). He has had continuous NIH funding for 35 years and presently has a P01 program project grant to study chronic rhinosinusitis, a T32 training grant and a R01 on AERD as PI. He has served on numerous NIH committees and advisory boards for pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology firms. Dr. Schleimer is a cofounder of Allakos, a publicly traded company developing a new therapy for a variety of allergic diseases mediated by mast cells and eosinophils. He is presently actively involved in studying the molecular mechanisms of allergic disease, focusing on inflammation, innate and adaptive immunity, cytokines and chemokines, food allergy, the molecular basis for anti-inflammatory steroid action in allergic diseases and the mechanisms of pathogenesis in Chronic Rhinosinusitis.
Thomas Casale, MD
Dr Casale is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Chief of Clinical and Translational Research at University of South Florida Division of Allergy and Immunology in Tampa. He is a Past President of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology and was Executive Vice President for 10 years. He has served on the board of directors for the American Thoracic Society, The World Allergy Organization, and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology where he was also chair. Dr. Casale’s research interests include the determination and treatment of the pathophysiologic mechanisms involved in asthma, COPD and allergic diseases. He has published over 425 scientific papers, reviews and chapters on these topics. He is currently the Chief Medical Advisor for FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education).
Cheyenne Brinson, MBA, BS
Cheyenne is an innovative, solutions-oriented senior consultant with KarenZupko & Associates who delivers pragmatic business solutions that boost revenue, streamline workflow, and increase operational efficiency. “You cannot manage what you do not measure” is Cheyenne’s guiding principle, and she leverages this wisdom to make sound, data-based decisions.
With a unique blend of technology know-how, training skills, operations management, and financial expertise, Cheyenne has helped more than one hundred surgical practices improve the bottom line. From scheduling and front desk operations, to patient flow, surgery scheduling, EHR utilization, and effective billing office processes, Cheyenne designs and implements process improvements by leveraging people and technology. Read More
Amy Anderson, MBA
Amy is a dynamic and innovative problem-solver who is highly regarded by physicians for her engaging leadership style, intimate understanding of practice operations, and deep appreciation for the patient experience. She seeks solutions to the constantly evolving challenges and demands imposed on physicians and administrators by finding opportunities to streamline processes.
Amy’s expertise comes from more than 15 years of working in physician offices, including private and hospital-based practices and an academic division before becoming a consultant. Her experiences provide a comprehensive understanding of practice operations, physician compensation, health information systems, marketing, financial management, and human resource management in each setting.
Prior to joining KarenZupko & Associates, Amy was the Service Line Administrator/ Division Administrator for Plastic Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. There she held a dyad leadership role alongside the Chief of Plastic Surgery to manage and lead the clinical, education, and research missions of the division. Read More
Teresa Thompson, BS, CPC, CMSCS, CCC
Teresa Thompson, BS, CPC, CMSCS, CCC, is the owner and
principal of TM Consulting, a national medical consulting and management firm that specializes in
coding, compliance, education and a wide range of consulting services to healthcare professionals
specializing in respiratory diseases. Ms. Thompson conducts workshops and seminars for various clinics,
organizations and national organizations. Teresa Thompson offers seminars and consulting services for
ENT practices as well as working with the AAAAI throughout the year with various webinars, national conferences, and coding consulting. Ms. Thompson has over three decades working with physicians and their staff to train and resolve practice management.