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Bernie E. Elliott, MD
Bernie Elliott, MD, has a background in family medicine. He spent over a decade as an owner and partner of a large-group multispecialty practice. Following this, he became first the regional medical director then vice president of medical management for a large health plan. After the health plan was purchased by UnitedHealthcare in 2006, Dr. Elliott spent five years on the inpatient business side and also functioned for a period of time as the health plan’s market medical director. He moved into the position of senior medical director for two years before becoming chief medical officer of complex medical conditions and provider performance. Most recently, Dr. Elliott has served as the senior national medical director for Optum Clinical Shared Services.

Among other distinctions, Dr. Elliott is the only physician in the country who is a certified trainer for MCG Guidelines®, a nationally recognized resource for evaluating medical care against evidence-based medical standards.

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Mark Leenay, MS, MD
Mark Leenay, MS, MD, has led clinical policy in wellness, case management, disease management and specialty networks. He is board certified in family medicine, geriatrics, and hospice and palliative care, and has held an academic appointment at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Leenay was formerly chief medical officer of Medicare and retirement for UnitedHealthcare with accountability for clinical programs, medical payment policy, provider disputes and relationships. He also served as director of palliative care for a large health care system and served 10 years in family practice.

Faculty PhotoLecia Snell, MSN, APRN-CNS, CCTN
Lecia Snell, MSN, APRN-CNS, CCTN, is the vice president of transplant and cardiac services. She has 25 years of organ transplant experience, including pediatric intensive care, intestinal liver transplant coordination, transplant clinical nurse specialist, and home infusion for transplant patients. She held past certification as a certified clinical transplant coordinator and is currently certified as a transplant nurse. Ms. Snell is a member and former education director of the International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS), presenting on transplant-related topics internationally, and is published in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. She loves to educate and inspire nurses through her dedication to process improvement and innovative strategies.

Conference Planning Committee

Sarah Chart-Hart, RN, Senior Director, OptumHealth Education

Bernie E. Elliott, MD

Mark Leenay, MS, MD

Lecia Snell, MSN, APRN-CNS, CCTN