ABQAURP's Board of Directors

Dr. Arthur I. Broder, MD, CHCQM, FABQAURP
Chairman of the Board

Dr. Arthur Broder, Chairman of the BoardDr. Broder achieved certification as a Diplomate in 1988. A member of ABQAURP’s Board of Directors since 1989, Dr. Broder served as the Board’s 2nd Vice President prior to being named President in 1996. Dr. Broder is a medical consultant to businesses engaged in ERISA Disability and Workers' Compensation. He consults with Attorneys, Risk Managers, Insurance Adjustors, and Human Resource Directors. He has been involved in numerous Federal, Civil, and Workers' Compensation decisions for over 19 years. Dr. Broder is ABQAURP certified in Risk Management, Case Management, Managed Care, and Workers' Compensation. He has performed over 12,000 surgical procedures on the head and neck, otorhinolaryngology, facial cosmetic restoration, and including elective and those injuries from accidents and breast implants from 1959-1988.

Nick J. Paslidis, MD, PhD, CHCQM, FABQAURP
Vice Chairman

Nick J. Paslidis, MD, PhD, CHCQM, FABQAURP - Vice ChairmanDr. Paslidis earned his medical doctorate degree with Valedictorian honors at Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica, WI; his PhD Magna Cum Laude in Cell Biology at the University of Crete, School of Medicine in Greece and completed Pre and Postdoctoral Fellowships at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Baylor College of Medicine, Texas. He later attained his Masters in Health Care Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Paslidis was staff physician, and later Medical Director, of the White River Rural Health Centers for the 18 rural community health clinics overseeing 34 providers and over 100,000 patient visits per year. Through this, he discovered an ability to convene diverse medical providers and organizations in collaborative efforts to improve quality of care at both the state and national levels. Afterwards, he spent several years as CEO and President of the Arkansas Quality Improvement Organization; managing over 800,000 Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries under CMS and Medicaid contracts. Most recently he served as CMO/VP of Medical Affairs of Northern Arizona Healthcare/Verde Valley Medical Center (2010-2012). His commitment to patients and quality care is demonstrated by the fact he has served on the board of directors for many committees, specialty societies, and various organizations throughout his career.

Joseph G. Vitolo, MD, CHCQM, FABQAURP

Joseph G. Vitolo, MD, CHCQM, FABQAURP - SecretaryCertified by ABQAURP in 1986, Dr. Vitolo is currently the Secretary of the Board of Directors. He has been on the Board of Directors since 1998 and previously held the position of Third Vice President for two terms and is the immediate past Vice Chair of the Board. Additionally, Dr. Vitolo serves on numerous committees for ABQAURP. He is the Chair of the Exam Committee, Vice Chair of the Credentials Committee, and a member of the CME, Nominating, Finance, and Executive Committees. Dr. Vitolo is in private practice offering consults in Quality/Utilization Management, Disability Determinations and Vocational Rehabilitation.

Dr. Vitolo is also a Medical Expert for the Social Security Administration, Office of Disability Adjudication Review/Office of Hearings and Appeals. Dr. Vitolo received his MD from the University of Monterrey and completed his Clinical Clerkship at S.U.N.Y. Downstate Medical Center, Coney Island Hospital.

He has the following certifications: Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Diplomate of American Board of Addiction Medicine, Certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine, Diplomate and Senior Disability Analyst of the American Board of Disability Analysts, Certified Disability Examiner of the National Association of Disability Examiners, Fellow of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Certified Health Care Quality Management, Certified-Community Emergency Response Team, and holds a FEMA-National Incident Management System Certificate.

H. E. Hartsell

H. E. Hartsell - Treasurer H.E. Hartsell has served on ABQAURP’s Board of Directors since 1983, currently as ABQAURP’s Treasurer, and is an active member of several committees; serving as Chair on the Bylaws, Finance, and Nominating Committees.

Mr. Hartsell also served as ABQAURP’s Chief Operating Officer from 1996 to 2003. Prior to his position with ABQAURP, he was the Principal of HEH and Associates, a medical audit and consulting firm, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is the former President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Health Assist, Inc., a private review and medical case management company in Little Rock.  With extensive experience in the health care field, Mr. Hartsell spent many years in direct health care review and medical evaluation programs. He was the Review Director of the Arkansas PSRO for five years. Subsequently, Mr. Hartsell became the President and CEO of the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. (Arkansas’ PRO). He previously served on the Board of Directors and was Treasurer of the Case Management Foundation.


Thompson Boyd III, MD, CHCQM, CPHIMS, FABQAURP - DirectorCertified by ABQAURP in 1998, Dr. Boyd has served on the Board of Directors since 2011, and has been involved with various ABQAURP committees. Dr. Boyd is the Medical Director of Informatics/Physician Liaison at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hahnemann is a busy 540-bed hospital with a Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center and academic teaching programs in the medical and surgical specialties. After 25 years of practice in Internal Medicine, Dr. Boyd is now working full-time at Hahnemann in areas of physician compliance with patient status (the Observation Program), revenue cycle integrity (appeals and contracts with payers), and managing a Computerized Physician Order Entry system with 172 active order sets in production. Working with ABQAURP since the late 1990s has been foundational regarding the financial, quality, and value based practice of health care.

David Fishman, MD, CHCQM, FABQAURP

David Fishman, MD, CHCQM, FABQAURP - Director

David L. Fishman, MD, FACC, CHCQM is a Chicago, Illinois-based board-certified internist and interventional cardiologist, physician advisor, and the Secretary-Treasurer of the Illinois Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (ACC). He is a candidate for Governor of the Illinois Chapter, advancing a platform of advocacy and education while seeking to limit the progression of restrictive legislation regarding patient's access to cardiologists and physician reimbursement issues during a period of industry turmoil. Dr. Fishman has vast experience in hospital governance and holds numerous designations and certifications that place him at the top of his medical specialty.

Mary B. Forkin, R.N., MSHSA

Mary B. Forkin, R.N., MSHSA, FABQAURP - Director

Ms. Forkin achieved certification as an ABQAURP Diplomate in 1998, and has been a member of ABQAURP’s Board of Directors since 2010. She has been actively involved with ABQAURP, serving on the CME and Exam committees. Ms. Forkin graduated from Frankford Hospital School of Nursing (RN Diploma) in Philadelphia, PA with a concurrent Associate Degree in Arts, Letters, and Sciences from Penn State University. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing in 1987 from Penn State University, and earned her Master's of Science in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis in 1997. Ms. Forkin has been a practicing nurse for over 31 years. She has practiced as an RN in Intensive/Cardiac/Shock Trauma Step-down care units, and has 11 years of healthcare insurance experience. More recently she spent 8 years in the acute care teaching hospital regulatory arena as the Director Clinical Quality Improvement. She was an RN Project Coordinator for Quality Insights of PA/WVMI involved in PQRS government contract work. Currently, Ms. Forkin runs her own consulting business, MBF QualityCare, performing legal case review analyses, as well as, providing guidance to achieve and/or maintain ongoing patient safety, accreditation and regulatory body compliance for healthcare providers/systems through review, design, revision, and implementation strategies for best practice performance improvement activities/processes.

Ann James, PhD, JD

Ann James, PhD, JD - Director

Ann N. James is a Senior University Counsel representing the Stanford Medical Center, primarily the School of Medicine. She provides advice and counsel on healthcare issues to the Stanford Hospitals.  She holds a BA in Biology from Radford College in Virginia, a Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from Baylor College of Medicine, and a J.D. from the University of Houston. Her career focus, both prior to and after her legal education, has been on healthcare. She has conducted research at both Baylor College of Medicine and at the NASA Johnson Space Center in the field of microbiology. Ms. James served on the board of Carondelet Health System, a national Catholic healthcare system, and currently sits on the board of Duke Scientific, Inc. in Palo Alto. She has published numerous articles on healthcare law, and has one article and a book on corporate governance issues.

Christopher J. Laney, JD, CHCQM

Christopher J. Laney, JD, CHCQM - Director

Christopher J. Laney, JD, CHCQM is Senior Associate General Counsel at Health Alliance Plan of Michigan (Henry Ford Health System). Previously Assistant General Counsel for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) and a member of the Government Programs practice group where he primarily supported BCBSM’s Medicare Advantage and Part D drug plan lines of business. Prior to that, he was Corporate Counsel for Baptist Health in Louisville, Kentucky, a full-spectrum health system where he advised the Population Health Department on the development of an ACO and participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the development and implementation of a statewide clinical integration program, and other value based purchasing initiatives.

Mr. Laney earned a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University, is a cum laude graduate of Wayne State University Law School in Detroit where he served on the Law Review, and holds a Graduate Certificate in the Foundations of Public Health from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Mr. Laney serves on the ABQAURP board of directors as well as the CME and Exam Committees.

Edward Peck, III, PhD, ABPP-CN

Edward Peck, III, PhD, ABPP-CN - Director

Edward A. "Ted" Peck, III, is a practicing Clinical Neuropsychologist at Neuropsychological Services of Virginia, Inc. He received his MS and PhD degrees from Tufts University. He completed a clinical internship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School; a neuroscience research postdoctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, and an NIMH Individual Award Postdoctoral Fellowship jointly in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Boston. He is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP-ABCN). He is a clinical faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Virginia and the Department of Clinical Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

His group practice is divided between clinical and forensic related services in neuropsychology and Pharma funded research involving medication(s) for the management of dementia and other neurologic disorders.


Sunil K. Sinha, MD, MBA, CHCQM - Director

Dr. Sunil Sinha is Chief Medical Officer at Barnes Jewish (BJC) Health Systems Medical Group. He was formerly Director of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety, ChenMed and JenCare Neighborhood Medical Centers. JenCare is a Medicare Advantage joint venture with Humana. Previously, Dr. Sinha was Chief Medical Officer at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center and was a senior medical officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Veterans Administration.

Dr. Sinha has been an ABQAURP Diplomate since 2000; and is currently serving as Chair of the CME Committee. He is a board-certified internist and senior examiner and judge for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award program; he serves as a juror for the National Quality Forum’s National Health Care Quality Award and the Joint Commission’s John M. Eisenberg Award.


Barry Slotky, MD, MS-PSL,CHCQM, FABQAURP - Director

Certified by ABQAURP in 1988, Dr. Slotky has served on the Board of Directors since 2006, and the CME Committee since his certification. Dr. Slotky is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).  He is a member of the American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society, and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

He is President of the Central Illinois Medical Review Organization. Dr. Slotky is a graduate of the University of Michigan, earned his MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed his OB/GYN residency and rotating internship at the William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Slotky has more than 30 years of experience in Quality Assurance and Utilization Review as a member and chairman of the UR Committee and as a member of the Quality Management Council for OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, Illinois.

Dr. Slotky is currently in private practice in Bloomington, Illinois, and achieved his Master’s Degree in Patient Safety Leadership through the University of Illinois in 2013.

Dr. Arthur I. Broder, MD, CHCQM, FABQAURP