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Cocktails with the Chiefs

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come listen as local industry leaders share their experience and gain insight on how to build leadership skills and leverage them for professional growth. Learn from their successes and challenges and be inspired to further pursue your own professional and personal development goals.

This year’s Cocktails with the Chiefs panelists will be focusing on the book American Icon, by Bryce G. Hoffman, the inside story of Ford Motor Company’s tremendous turnaround under the leadership of CEO Alan Mulally.

“Bryce Hoffman has done a stellar job of capturing the Ford story and more to the point showing us how Mulally did it.  American Icon is a story of leadership that offers valuable lessons for organizations of all sizes.” – Lee Iacocca


Moderator: Brett Lee, FACHE, CEO, Dallas Market-Tenet Healthcare


  • Jeff Canose, MD, FACHE, COO/Sr. EVP at Texas Health Resources
  • Fred Cerise, MD, MPH, CEO Parkland Health System
  • Chris Mowan, MBA, FACHE, CEO of Medical City Dallas
  • Doug Lawson PhD, FACHE, President, Baylor University Medical Center & President, Central Division, Baylor Scott & White Health – North Texas

Speaker Bios:

Brett Lee oversees the direction, strategy and operations for Tenet’s hospitals and related healthcare services in the Dallas market.  Brett was named CEO of Lake Pointe Health Network in November 2012 at the age of 37. He previously served as senior vice president and COO of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The American College of Healthcare Executives awarded him the Robert S. Hudgens Award for National Young Healthcare Executive of the Year in 2011. Brett earned master’s degrees from The John Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia. He also holds a doctorate in allied health and physical therapy from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston.

Jeffrey Canose, M.D., FACHE, is chief operating officer (COO) and senior executive vice president for Texas Health Resources. He is responsible for achieving full and seamless integration of all system operations, including administrative leadership of Texas Health’s three geographical zones.

Jeff became COO Sept. 1, 2014.

Previously, Jeff served as executive vice president and Southwest Zone operations leader from June 2012 through August 2014.

For three years prior to that, he served as president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. Jeff was the first physician in the Texas Health Resources system to be named a hospital president. Before that, he was senior vice president and chief operating officer at Texas Health Plano.

Jeff joined Texas Health Resources in January 2006 as senior vice president and COO at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and became the first COO at Texas Health Plano in June 2007. Prior to that, he served as vice president of clinical operations of CaroMont Health/Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia, N.C. from 1999 to 2006.

His professional experience also includes a decade of clinical practice and progressive executive leadership as a clinical department chair, academic program director of anesthesiology and administrator of perioperative services at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh.

Jeff received his medical degree from The Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1983. He completed an internship in general surgery at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Connecticut, followed by a residency in anesthesiology at the University of Connecticut Health Center. His subspecialty fellowship training in cardiac anesthesiology and research in cardiovascular physiology was at the University Health Center of Pittsburgh. In addition, Jeff earned a master’s degree in health care administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jeff is also a former adjunct professor of health care leadership and management in the Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Frederick P. Cerise, MD, MPH, was named President and Chief Executive Officer in March 2014.

Prior to joining Parkland, Fred served as Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans School of Medicine. From 2007 to 2012, he was Vice President for Health Affairs and Medical Education of the Louisiana State University System. From 2004 to 2007, Fred was Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. He began his career at the Earl K. Long Medical Center, Baton Rouge, La. Between 1991 and 2004, he advanced from the role of Assistant Program Director and Clinical Faculty member to Medical Director and ultimately served as Chief Executive Officer.

Fred holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Notre Dame and earned his Medical Degree at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In 2011, he earned a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University School of Public Health. He is a member of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and has served on the Louisiana Federal Health Care Reform Steering Committee and the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, among others.

Chris Mowan, MBA, FACHE, joined Medical City Dallas as President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2016. Previously, Chris served three years as CEO of MountainView Hospital, a complex teaching hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. During his tenure at MountainView, he oversaw a $90 million facility expansion, achieved unprecedented ER growth and launched graduate medical education programs.

Chris’ career with HCA spans more than 20 years, starting with roots as an Medical City Healthcare division manager to roles as COO at Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso and as COO at Sunrise Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas, which was ranked as the #1 facility in Nevada by U.S. News & World Report under his leadership.

Chris is a graduate of Indiana University and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Chris lives in Dallas with his wife, Natalie, and two daughters, Chloe, 10, and Ashley, 8.

  1. Douglas Lawson, PhD, FACHE,serves as president of the Central Region of Baylor Scott & White Health – North Texas, where he is responsible for the leadership and management of Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie and the Baylor Jack & Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital. The central region represents more than 42,000 annual hospital admissions, 227,000 outpatient visits and more than 156,000 emergency room visits.

Baylor University Medical Center (Baylor Dallas) is a 952-bed not-for-profit academic medical center and is the flagship hospital of Baylor Scott & White Health – North Texas. Baylor Dallas is a nationally recognized leader in oncology; transplantation; digestive and hepatobiliary disease; cardiovascular and thoracic care; orthopedics; neuroscience; and women’s and children’s services.

Prior to becoming president, Doug served Baylor University Medical Center for three years as chief operating officer where he facilitated the redesign of surgical registration and admissions processes, and improved key organizational metrics, including patient satisfaction and hospital acquired conditions. In addition, Doug worked with the senior leadership team to develop a long-term plan to modernize the campus and transition more than 1,300 medical staff members and students, and 3,000 clinical staff, to a comprehensive electronic medical order entry system and clinical documentation system.

Doug began his health care career as an administrative resident and later administrative coordinator for cancer and prevention care at Scott & White Memorial Hospital and Clinic. His knowledge and experience in running a comprehensive oncology program led to many accomplishments when managing other cancer programs, first at Northeast Louisiana Cancer Institute, and subsequently with the M.D. Anderson Cancer Network. Doug later served as the president and chief executive officer of The Cancer Institute, LLC, a non-profit joint venture of Saint Luke’s Health System and Health Midwest in Kansas City, Missouri.

Successive accomplishments allowed Doug to rise to a senior vice president and chief operating officer position at Cabell Huntington Hospital, a not-for-profit teaching hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, were he managed all ancillary, clinical and core hospital operations and infrastructure for three years. In 2007, Doug returned to Texas and became president of Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine, now Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Grapevine. During a five year tenure in Grapevine, his leadership facilitated a Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center; the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) by the Quality Foundation of Texas; VHA Leadership award for patient care of MI and CHF; and significant gains in patient satisfaction, employee engagement, risk adjusted mortality and operating income.

Doug is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science. He went on to complete a Master of Science degree in health care administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and a doctorate in philosophy from Dallas Baptist University. Doug is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


A special thanks to our hosts for this event:
The UT Dallas Executive MS in Healthcare Leadership and Management Program

Leading the Changing Business of Healthcare

The UT Dallas Executive MS in Healthcare Leadership and Management degree program is designed for healthcare professionals who want to develop the skills necessary to master strategic planning and executive leadership roles in any healthcare system. Their courses are provided by experienced healthcare providers, administrators, and business leaders with extensive knowledge of the challenges faced by the US healthcare system.  Their focus is on the needs of our students.  Course content is constantly revised to reflect the changing dynamics of the healthcare system.  In today’s world, a Master’s Degree is essential for advancement in healthcare management.  The Executive MS in Healthcare Management degree offers a cost effective degree for career advancement while accommodating the needs of working professionals  For information  Download their program brochure to learn more about the Executive MS in Healthcare Management, or visit their  program page at this URL:  .http://jindal.utdallas.edu/executive-education/executive-ms-healthcare-management/.  Or, contact Keith Thurgood, PhD, the program director at 214-799-2154.



Tuesday, April 11, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


The Mercury Grill
11909 Preston Road
Dallas,TX75230United States
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