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Tamerou Asrat, M.D. F.A.C.O.G.

Dr. Tamerou Asrat is a Board Certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology as well as Maternal-Fetal Medicine (Perinatology). He currently is the Residency and Medical Student Education Coordinator at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, California. He serves as a peer-review manuscript reviewer for several journals including the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Obstetrics and Gynecology. In addition, he was the Medical Director of Region VIII for the California Diabetes in Pregnancy Program. Dr. Asrat has received numerous teaching awards and has more than 50 publications in various medical journals. Dr. Asrat reports no conflicts of interest.

William G Bradley, MD, PhD, FACR

Dr. William Bradley currently is the director of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, in Long Beach, California. He is also a Professor of Radiology at the University of California, Irvine. He actively teaches Magnetic Resonance Imaging to medical students, Radiology residents and fellows in Radiology.

Dr. Bradley has over 100 publications in peer-review journals and is actively involved in research in the filed of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. He has presented his research and has given lectures on MRI topics at major conferences around the country as well as internationally, including Europe, Japan, and India.

Gerald G. Briggs, B. Pharm

Gerald G. Briggs is a Pharmacist Clinical Specialist in the Perinatal Center of Women's Hospital, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, California. He is also a Clinical Professor of Pharmacy for the University of California, San Francisco and an Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

He is the primary author of the textbook entitled Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation, currently in its 6th Edition, copyright 2001, Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also has several publications in peer-review medical journals and has lectured at many institutions across the United States and Canada regarding the use of drugs in pregnancy and lactation.

Brooke A. Caldwell, M.D.

Dr. Brooke Caldwell has been a dedicated breast radiologist for over 8 years and currently is the director of the Breast Imaging Center at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology and has several publications in major Radiology journals.

Dr. Caldwell did a fellowship in Women's Imaging and a portion of this time involved one-on-one study with Dr. Lazslo Tabar in Sweden. She is very active clinically and also performs numerous lectures for radiography technologists, nurses, medical students, residents, fellows, and physicians.

Michael Crade, M.D.

Dr. Crade has been a practicing Ultrasonologist / Radiologist for more than 20 years. He was director of the ultrasound department at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in California for 5 years of that time. He is an active member of AIUM and the American Roentgen Ray Society. He has published more than 55 articles on various ultrasound topics and has lectured at many different venues to technologists, nurses, medical students, residents, fellows and other physicians.

Michael J. Diament, M.D.

Dr. Diament is an Associate Professor of Radiological Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently the Director of Pediatric Radiology at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Diament is Board certified by the American Board of Radiology and has been certified in Pediatric Radiology and Vascular/Interventional Radiology. In the past, for four years, he was the Chairman of the Radiation Safety Committee at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and for 6 years served on the Publications Committee of the Los Angeles Radiological Society.

He currently is a member of the American College of Radiology, the Society of Pediatric Radiology, the American Roentgen Ray Society and the Society for Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology.

William R. Geisler, M.S. DABR

William R. Geisler is currently the medical physicist at the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He has extensive experience in the area of medical physics and is directly involved with the Quality Assurance of Computed Radiography. He oversees patient dosimetric calculations and fetal dose calculations, and also determines shielding calculations for general radiography and special room procedures (CT, PET scanning, etc.)

He has served as a speaker at numerous conferences and meetings discussing such topics as full field digital mammography, magnetic resonance physics, and multi-slice computed tomography imaging. He has also conducted numerous inservices regarding imaging physics, radiation safety, and radiation biology.

Patricia D. Hastings, RN, BSN, MSN, WHNP-C

Patricia D. Hastings has been a registered nurse involved in clinical practice for more than 25 years. She currently is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner for Desert Mountain Obstetrics & Gynecology Group. Prior to this, she was the Clinical Director of Obstetrics and Women’s Services at John C. Lincoln-North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona and was a Case Manager for Vista Care Hospice. She is a member of AWHONN and is a certified Fetal Heart Monitoring Instructor. She is also a member of the ANA and is participating in the Advanced Practice Chapter of the Arizona Nurses Association.

She received her BSN and then her MSN from Wichita State University followed by a postmaster’s Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Certification from Arizona State University. She has provided several presentations regarding nursing concerns related to Women’ Health Care and has frequently lectured on normal and high-risk obstetrical issues. She has practiced clinically in Kansas, California, and Arizona.

Mark D. Hennesy, M.D.

Dr. Hennessy is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. Dr. Hennessy has multiple publications in peer review medical journals and he has given lectures on a wide variety of medical topics to nurses, medical students, physician assistants, and residents. His medical institution has numerous certified residencies in nearly all fields of medicine and a nationally certified school of nursing.

R. Brooke Jeffrey, M.D.

Dr. R. Brooke Jeffrey is currently a Professor of Radiology and is the Chief of Abdominal Imaging at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is active in clinical practice and is a member of various professional organizations, including the American College of Radiology.

Dr. Jeffrey is a well-known speaker and he has lectured on many different radiology topics at numerous conferences around the country. He is active in research and has authored several publications in peer-review medical journals.

John Link, M.D.

Dr. John Link is an Internist and Oncologist who is the founding medical director of two Breast Care Centers in California - the Long Beach MemorialCare Breast Center in Long Beach, California (ranked by Self Magazine as one of America's ten best breast cancer centers) and the Orange Coast MemorialCare Breast Center in Fountain Valley, California.

Dr. Link is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Oncology. He is also a member of the American Society of Breast Disease and American College of Physicians. Dr. Link is an international lecturer / teacher and researcher. He has presented over 40 major courses on breast cancer management since 1988. He is the principal research investigator for the National Cancer Institute approved National Surgical Adjuvant Breast Project (NSABP) and the NSABP Breast Cancer Prevention Trial.

In addition, He has written numerous scientific papers for peer-review medical journals and has published two books: The Breast Cancer Survival Manual and A Step-by Step Guide for the Woman with Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer.

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Sherri A. Longo, M.D.

Dr. Sheri Longo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is an active Perinatologist in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. She has received several teaching awards and has lectured on numerous topics at various conferences.

Dr. Longo has also published several articles in peer-review medical journals and has an interest in the area of safety of ultrasound in pregnancy. She has studied the awareness of users (of ultrasound equipment) as to their knowledge base regarding these safety standards.

Jodi Neuens, RN

Jodi L. Neuens, RN, BSN is currently a part of the adjunct faculty for Pediatrics at Maricopa Community College District in Arizona and is a resource nurse in Pediatrics, Neonatal ICU, and Pediatric ICU at Desert Samaritan Medical Center in Mesa Arizona, while she is completing her Masters Degree in Nursing (August 2002) through the University of Phoenix, Phoenix Arizona. She obtained her BSN at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.

Her clinical background includes Neonatal ICU, Level II nursery, and couplet care. She has also taught community child-care classes for John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. She is a member of the National Honor Society of Nursing and The Academy of Neonatal Nurses.

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Edward J. Quilligan, M.D.

Dr. Quilligan is currently Editor Emeritus of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. He was the Co-Chair of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHHD) Research Planning Workshop on “Electronic Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring” regarding research guidelines and interpretation that was held in 1997. The terminology developed at this workshop has now been adopted by ACOG and AWHONN.

In Dr. Quilligan’s distinguished career, he has authored numerous peer review articles, has edited and authored several major textbooks in the field of obstetrics, and has given lectures on a wide variety of topics nationwide. He is also the past Chairman of the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Yale University, University of Southern California, University of California at Davis, and University of California at Irvine. Dr. Quilligan reports no conflicts of interest.

Arnold S. Rappoport, M.D.

Dr. Arnold S. Rappoport is a Board Certified Radiologist and is currently an active Interventional Radiologist at Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach, California. He is also an Associate Adjunct Professor for the Department of Radiological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center.

Dr. Rappoport is a Fellow of the American Board of Radiology and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Radiology. He is also a member of the Society for Cardiovascular Interventional Radiology and the Western Angiographic Society. He has published numerous articles in peer-review journals and has presented lectures regarding Interventional Radiology across the country and internationally.

Susan Riordan, RN, RDMS

Susan Riordan received her Bachelors degree in nursing in 1979 and has been a full time nurse for 21 years. She has worked in labor and delivery, postpartum, and the newborn nursery. She has been a high-risk obstetrical sonographer for the past 10 years and received her RDMS in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1997. She currently works at Norton Suburban Hospital in Maternal-Fetal Medicine under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Weeks.

Theresa D. Roberts, MHS, RT(R)(MR)

Theresa D. Roberts, MHS, RT(R)(MR), graduated from Quinnipiac College with a Master in Health Sciences. She is a Registered Radiologic Technologist specializing in magnetic resonance imaging and is employed as the Imaging Systems Manager at Hollywood Medical Center. She completed her undergraduate studies at New Hampshire College receiving a Bachelors of Science in Human Resources. She then attended South Central Community College receiving her Associates of Science in Radiologic Technology. She has 10 years experience as an educator and prior to her management position, held the position of Assistant Professor of Radiologic Sciences at Quinnipiac College and Miami-Dade Community College.

Colleen Symanski-Sanders, RN

Colleen Symanski-Sanders, RN, Forensic Nurse Specialist, has been a Registered Nurse for over 18 years. She has extended her education into forensic nursing, criminal profiling, and psychopathy receiving a Certificate as a Forensic Nurse Specialist. She has over 16 years experience in public health and home care nursing.

Colleen has been an author of educational material for St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Florida. She has also lectured on a variety of topics at numerous nursing symposiums and conferences across the country. She is on the Editorial Board for "Home Health Aide Digest" and "Private Duty Homecare" publications.

Craig V. Towers, M.D., FACOG

Dr. Towers is currently Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at University of Tennessee Medical Center Knoxville in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He is still clinically active managing numerous high-risk pregnancies. He is also actively involved in research with over 90 publications in major medical journals. Though his research has spanned many areas in obstetrics, he has primary interests in drugs in pregnancy, infections in pregnancy, fetal heart monitoring, bleeding in pregnancy, and fetal lung maturity.

He has authored a book for consumers regarding the safety of over-the-counter medications that are used in treating the common cold entitled “I’m Pregnant & I Have a Cold – Are Over-the-Counter Drugs Safe to Use?” published by RBC Press, Inc. He is also one of the new Editors of the reference book for clinical care providers entitled “Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation, published by Wolters & Kluwer.

Kevin Visconti, M.D.

Dr. Visconti is currently the Director of Perinatal Services at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport Tennessee. He is clinically active managing numerous high-risk pregnancies and is also involved in research with several publications in major medical journals. Though his research covers different areas in obstetrics, his primary interests involve opioid use disorder and fetal lung maturity. He has no conflicts of interest regarding this presentation.