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Physician Opportunities in Healthcare Leadership

April 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This event is exclusively for physicians.


Agenda Highlights:

Opening Remarks/Presentation:
Don Taylor, MHA
Colonel (retired), USAF
Professor, Practice in Healthcare Leadership & Management, Jindal School of Management
Executive Director, Alliance for Physician Leadership

Keynote Presentation:

Aaron Bujnowski, FACHE
ACHE North Texas

ACHE of North Texas Physician Advisory Committee Introduction:
Dr. Noreen Butte
Pediatrician and a Senior Physician Leader, Healthcare Information Technology Executive and CMO MedExpanse

Mark Kruzel, MD, MBA
Associate Medical Director in Oncology
Quest Advanced Diagnostics

John Marcucci, MD
Regional Chief Medical Officer
Baylor Scott & White DFW – East Region

Mark S. Schnitzer, MD, FACHE
Surgeon, Educator, Physician Advisor, Medical Director and Consultant

Interactive Session/Q&A: We will conclude with a Q&A session, inviting feedback on educational needs, seminar topics of interest, and challenges faced by our physician peers in advancing their leadership careers.

A selection of light appetizers will be offered with a cash bar.


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This event is exclusively for physicians.

Speakers Bios:

Dr. Noreen Butte, a pediatrician, is a leading figure in Healthcare Informatics, showcasing an exceptional commitment to innovation and excellence. Her expertise in blending medicine with technology has led to significant breakthroughs in product launches and the establishment of transformative partnerships across the healthcare spectrum. She is especially noted for her contributions to Population Health and the integration of Artificial Intelligence into healthcare. Beyond her clinical expertise, Dr. Butte’s leadership skills are evident in her ability to inspire teams, drive change, and enhance healthcare narratives. Her work in Digital Healthcare and Precision Medicine showcases her ability to forge impactful collaborations with healthcare institutions and government entities, cementing her status as a pioneering force in reshaping global healthcare.



Mark Kruzel, MD, MBA; serves as Associate Medical Director in Oncology at Quest Advanced Diagnostics.

Dr. Kruzel’s role bridges the gap from assay development, validation to clinical utility and he provides guidance on the appropriate utilization of testing. Recently, Dr. Kruzel has developed clinical care pathways for oncology focusing on providing access to testing in an efficacious and guideline driven manner.

Dr. Kruzel has extensive research and industry experience ranging from managing an FDA trial site to commercializing a pharmaceutical compound for a start-up company.  He has published numerous peer reviewed journal articles as well as presented abstracts at both local and national conferences.  Through his role at Quest, Dr. Kruzel has developed key opinion leader strategies which help Quest advance in the field of precision medicine.

Dr. Kruzel received his medical degree from The University of Texas at Houston – McGovern School of Medicine; he received his Master of Business Administration from Cox Business School at Southern Methodist University.  He is an active member of American Society of Clinical Oncology, Association for Molecular Pathology and American College of Healthcare Executives.


Dr. John Marcucci graduated from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and completed residency in Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center / Parkland Hospital. He has been with Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano since 2004. First, serving as the Emergency Department Medical Director, and then in 2010 became the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Marcucci took on an expanded role with Baylor Scott & White in 2019 as the Regional Chief Medical Officer of the DFW – East Region overseeing four full-service community hospitals and two specialty heart hospitals.



Dr. Mark Schnitzer is an experienced Surgeon, Educator, Physician Advisor, Medical Director, and Consultant.

An interest in processes and mathematics led him to pursue an unlikely course of pre-medical study: electrical engineering. It was during his Ph.D. studies that he applied to medical school and completed his MSEE and MD concurrently. He completed his clinical training in neurological surgery and a fellowship in neurosciences critical care at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. His final year at Johns Hopkins was in the role of Assistant Chief of Service.

After fifteen years in solo, private neurosurgical practice and medical staff governance roles, he was recruited to Hawaii as the sole, full-time neurosurgeon for Kaiser Permanente with the mandate to set the groundwork for a completely internalized program. That experience led to his invitation to serve as the inaugural medical director of neurosciences and an ambitious project to unify the neurosciences programs across the government hospitals in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Once this unification was well underway, the program was handed off to the Cleveland Clinic. Subsequently, he served as the inaugural CMO for a start-up telemedicine company in Dubai and as an adjunct associate professor in a graduate program for healthcare administration.

He returned to the USA after four years in the Middle East and took on the role of physician advisor for SSM Health. Initially accountable for one hospital, he was elevated to a regional, multi-hospital role where he was accountable for insurance denial management including education of clinicians in evidence-based medicine and responsible stewardship as well as holding numerous roles in quality improvement projects.

Most recently, he has taken on the role of medical director for a large accountable care organization based in Dallas, TX.

Dr. Schnitzer is a Fellow of the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians and is board certified in healthcare quality and management with added qualification as a Physician Advisor. He is a certified professional in healthcare quality by the National Association for Healthcare Quality and is certified by the American Society for Quality as a Six Sigma Black Belt. Additionally, he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Dr. Schnitzer has provided a number of invited publications and presentations in the areas of healthcare informatics, patient safety, and responsible stewardship and he serves as a senior examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Dr. Schnitzer considers himself an interface professional, like most clinicians who have transitioned into healthcare leadership roles. He maintains a state of constant inquiry and curiosity with the ever-present thought, “There is something I do not know, the knowing of which could change everything.”


Don Taylor is a Professor of Practice in Healthcare Leadership and Management at the Jindal School of Management and the Executive Director of the Alliance for Physician Leadership, a nationally recognized Healthcare Management Executive MBA for senior physicians. He is also an Adjunct Professor at UTSW Medical Center.

Don served in the US Air Force for over 27 years in various roles in healthcare operations, strategy, and leadership. He has been the CEO of hospitals and served as the COO of USAF Academic Medical Center (6000+ staff) in San Antonio. He also led the largest trauma hospital in Iraq in 2006 as the only non-physician commander (CEO). He has served in Executive Leadership roles in the Veteran’s Administration in various locations. Recently, he served as the VP of Healthcare Administration for the HHS Emergency Intake Site mission in Dallas. He also served as the Director, Southwestern Health Resources Integration at UTSW, where he helped develop an integrated network of care with Texas Health Resources. He offers lectures to emerging and senior leaders at UT Southwestern on leadership, strategy, health transformation, and value-based care, as well as teaches in the graduate school on the challenges of the US Healthcare System.

As a volunteer, he founded the Air Force Association’s Wounded Airman Program and served on their National Board of Directors supporting 100,000 members. He is also past Chairman of their Veteran and Retiree Council. He led the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee and served on the San Antonio Economic Development Council. He has also published the book, “The Quiet Heroes: Timeless Reflections of American Airman” which shares the personal experience of a WWII veteran who served in the Army Air Corps. He has been a member of ACHE for almost 20 years.

Don has a BS in Architecture from UT Arlington and a Master of Health Administration from Penn State. He lives in Southlake, Texas with his wife Judy Hoberman who is an author, speaker, and trainer in the area of sales and leadership


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