John A. Hopper, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.P., F.A.S.A.M. is the Vice Chair for Education and Residency Program Director for Internal Medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Hopper attended Medical School at Wayne State University and completed his residency in Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina, where he served as Co-Chief Resident in Pediatrics. Dr. Hopper was appointed to the faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1994 where he served as Associate Program Director for the Med-Peds Residency and Medical Director of the Department of Psychiatry’s Research Division on Substance Abuse.
From 2005 to 2008, he was the Chief Medical Officer at Brighton Hospital, the second oldest addiction treatment hospital in the United States. In addition to his many clinical and teaching awards, Dr. Hopper is an author for UpToDate® and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Opioid Management. He holds the position of Clinical Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, at Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Roger E. Lauer, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Neuropsychology, Learning and Development in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is a fully licensed psychologist in the State of Michigan who is formally trained as a clinical neuropsychologist. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan (U-M). Prior to attending U-M, he worked at the Children’s Hospital of The Menninger Foundation. Dr. Lauer’s area of research specialization while in graduate school was developmental and emotional issues impacting learning and memory.
After finishing his doctorate, Dr. Lauer completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical Center (UMMC). Subsequently, he worked as a staff psychologist within the Neuropsychology Division at the UMMC.
After leaving UMMC, Dr. Lauer became a clinical supervisor within the St. Joseph Mercy Health System and he worked as a consulting neuropsychologist to various private schools and clinics. He has since moved into full-time private practice, but he maintains an Adjunct Faculty appointment within the Department of Psychology at U-M. Dr. Lauer continues to teach and give talks on a regular basis. Dr. Lauer’s private practice is focused extensively on neuropsychological diagnosis, assessment and intervention for disorders impacting learning, attention and development.
Carol Mostow, LICSW is the Associate Director of Psychosocial Training for the Boston University Residency Program in Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center. She founded the Diversity Curriculum Task Force in the BMC Dept of Medicine in 2000 to improve residents’ abilities to connect with their patients, served as Principal Investigator of a BCBS funded Faculty Development Project for preceptors, and co-authored the RESPECT model, a relational model to improve communication with both patients and trainees across differences of race, ethnicity or power. Ms. Mostow is the lead author of the 2010 article in the Journal of General Internal Medicine
describing this work.
Ms. Mostow has trained residents for 20 years first in internal medicine and then in family medicine, observing and coaching their interactions with patients in 9 different clinics as well as teaching interviewing skills seminars. In the Department of Family Medicine, she oversees learner self-assessments with new residents, facilitates the intern support group,and addresses team skills on the in-patient resident service where she introduced weekly communication meetings.
Ms. Mostow facilitates hospital-wide interdisciplinary rounds in different facilities for the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care and serves as faculty for the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, facilitating faculty development and team-building courses for clinical faculty and practitioners. She was the first social worker to graduate from the training program of the American Academy on Physician and Patient and additionally brings 25 years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist in out-patient, in-patient and community-based programs. Ms. Mostow is a cum laude graduate of Yale College and Simmons School of Social Work.
William Swiggart, M.S., L.P.C. has been involved in the practice of psychotherapy for over 35 years. He is currently an Assistant in Medicine in the Department of Medicine and the co-director of The Center for Professional Health. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH). He also maintains a private practice. Mr. Swiggart was the primary therapist for The Vanderbilt Institute for the Treatment of Addiction, and the first Registered Art Therapist in the state of Tennessee. He received his bachelor’s degree in special education, his master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Tennessee, and is a licensed professional counselor. He is the past president of Nashville’s Psychotherapy Institute. Mr. Swiggart has conducted workshops in the Commonwealth of Independent States (Russia), Australia, Canada, Great Britain and Norway on a variety of topics including substance abuse, disruptive physician behavior, group therapy, professionalism, and physician wellness.
Denise White Perkins, M.D., PH.D. is a senior staff physician and faculty member of the Department of Family Medicine at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. She enjoys a clinical practice at the Detroit Northwest Henry Ford Medical Center where she also teaches residents and medical students. Dr. White Perkins earned her medical degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan. She completed residency training at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. In her role as Director of the Institute on Multicultural Health she develops innovative research, educational and community based programs aimed at eliminating health and healthcare disparities. Her research interests center around health empowerment, coping styles and the influence of religion
on health. Dr. White Perkins, an assistant clinical professor at Wayne State University, is committed to increasing the cultural sensitivity and responsiveness of health providers and healthcare systems as they care for patients, particularly those in urban underserved communities.
Kimberly Dawn Wisdom, M.D. is a board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician who practiced for 20 years at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. She also founded and directed both the Institute of Multicultural Health at Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) and a National Minority Quality Forum award-winning communitybased health screening initiative entitled “AIMHI” (African American Initiative for Male Health Improvement), which focused on improving the health of those disproportionately affected by poor health outcomes. Dr. Wisdom is an Assistant Professor of Medical Education at the University of Michigan (UM) Medical Center, and serves as adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at UM School of Public Health.
In February 2003, Governor Jennifer M. Granholm took an important first step toward revitalizing public health in Michigan by appointing Dr. Wisdom as Michigan’s—and the nation’s—first state-level Surgeon General to address Michigan’s less than desirable health status. Dr. Wisdom has focused on physical inactivity, unhealthy eating habits, childhood lead poisoning, tobacco use, chronic disease, infant mortality, unintended pregnancy, and health disparities, among other areas of concern. She is the recipient of numerous awards, has authored several peer-reviewed publications, and appeared on national television, including ABC’s Nightline, and has presented to audiences across the country and internationally.
In April 2007, Dr. Wisdom returned to HFHS as Vice President of Community Health Education and Wellness while retaining her post as Surgeon General. She leads quality initiatives to address health care equity and health disparities, and provides clinical leadership to community, directs a $5 million projected called “Generation with Promise” designed to reverse childhood obesity trends in a generation as well as leads health literacy and diversity initiatives.
In March 2011, Dr. Wisdom was promoted to Senior Vice President of Community Health & Equity and Chief Wellness Officer.