Board of Directors

Mark AlexanderMark Alexander

Mark Alexander is the Director of CoxHealth EMS, and has served in this capacity since December 1987, and was the Director of Webster County Ambulance from spring of 1985 thru December 1987.  He was a field paramedic from 1978 thru 1985.  He attended Southwest Missouri State University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration and Chemistry.  He was appointed to the Sate Advisory Committee (SAC) for EMS in 1996 and still serves on the SAC as the Legislative Committee Chairperson.  He is a past president and current board member of the Missouri Ambulance Association, a past president of the West Missouri Critical Incident Response Team, and currently serves as the Vice Chairperson of the Missouri Emergency Service Agency Corporation (MoEMSAC).  He is also a Just Culture instructor and has taught more than 500 students.

Edmond B. Cabbabe, MD

Edmond B. Cabbabe, MD, practices plastic surgery with Plastic Surgery Consultants, LTD in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Cabbabe received his Medical Degree from the Damascus University School of Medicine, and served his Surgical Internship at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital Center in Chicago, followed by General Surgery Residency at University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and training in Plastic Surgery at St. Louis University. Dr. Cabbabe is certified by the American Board of Surgery and Plastic Surgery. Dr. Cabbabe is also a Clinical Professor of Surgery at St. Louis University School of Medicine and has held leadership positions at various St. Louis area hospitals, as well as national and state physician organizations, in addition to numerous publications and honors for his professional and community leadership.

Thomas L. Holloway

Thomas L. Holloway is the Executive Vice President of the Missouri State Medical Association. Before becoming EVP, he was the MSMA’s Director of Governmental Relations for 23 years, and was employed for seven years in Washington, DC, as a congressional aide and as federal affairs representative for a consortium of investor-owned electric companies. Mr. Holloway graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Health Education Foundation, the Missouri State Medical Association Insurance Agency, the Missouri Medical Political Action Committee, and the Friends of the Missouri State Archives, and is on the Board of Trustees of the Missouri Archaeological Society.

Kendig_SueSusan M. Kendig

Susan Kendig is an attorney and nurse practitioner with over thirty years of experience in the health care industry. As President of Health Policy Advantage, LLC, Ms. Kendig provides policy analysis, consultation and strategic development support for healthcare providers and community organizations responding to a rapidly changing health care environment. Her primary areas of focus include patient safety, primary care, and clinical integration, including Patient Safety Organization (PSO), ACO and Medical Home initiatives. She is a Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she coordinates the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program, and teaches graduate level health policy courses. Active in public service at the state and national level, Ms. Kendig has served on the CMS Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC), the Missouri Patient Safety Commission, the Missouri Office on Women’s Health – Women’s Health Council and, the Missouri Task Force on Prematurity and Infant Mortality; and, is a current Missouri Health Connection Board Member. She is a Past Board Chairperson of the National Association for Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) and now serves as NPWH Director of Policy. Ms. Kendig is an appointee to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health; and the National Women’s Law Center and ACOG Well Woman Visit Advisory Committees. She is currently leading the 7th revision of the national Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner: Guidelines for Practice and Education.

rr bwRichard A. Royer

Richard A. Royer currently serves as chief executive officer of Primaris. Mr. Royer graduated from the University of Akron, Ohio, with a BS in Accounting, from Cleveland State University with an MBA, and from the Advanced Management Program of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He has 27 years of medical business experience and has been Chief Executive Officer at Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, General Hospital; Executive Director of Columbia Regional Hospital; and founder and president of Avalon Development, a medical financial consulting firm.

Stephen R. Smith, MD

Stephen R. Smith, MD, is a 1982 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Medicine and recipient of the 1982 Russell D. Sheldon Award for Excellence in Anesthesiology. He completed his residency at the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics, Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Smith is Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Clinical interests include difficult airway management, trauma anesthesiology, and office based anesthesiology. He serves as Chairman of two work-groups within the Trauma and Burn Quality Improvement Committee, Department of Emergency Medicine Quality Improvement Committee, Vice Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology Quality Improvement Committee, Patient Safety Committee, and has served on the Emergency Preparedness Committee. He was commissioner of the Missouri Patient Safety Committee and Chairman of the Data Collection and Reporting Subcommittee from 2003-2004. He has served as a Delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, President, President Elect, and Board of Directors and Chairman for the Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists. He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Missouri State Medical Association, St. Louis Society of Anesthesiologists, St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Association and University of Missouri School of Medicine Alumni Association, of which he has been President since April 2011. Currently, Dr. Smith is practicing within a private practice in Anesthesiology at Western Anesthesiology Associates, Inc., in Ballwin, Missouri. Dr. Smith is married with five children, has a SCUBA certification, Amateur Radio Technician License, is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team, and he is Volunteer Assistant Medical Officer with the Monarch Fire Protection District.

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