Leading The Doctors Company is a distinguished group of board members who are passionate about advancing, protecting, and rewarding the practice of good medicine.
Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, is chairman and chief executive officer of The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer. He is also a director of The Doctors Company Foundation. Dr. Anderson was a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and is past chairman of the Department of Medicine at Scripps Memorial Hospital, where he served as senior oncologist for 18 years.
Dr. Anderson is the editor of a book, Medical Malpractice: A Physician’s Sourcebook, and the author of a number of peer-reviewed publications on medical malpractice, the Harvard Medical Practice Study, and the impact of defensive medicine.
He has been invited to address numerous medical and legal forums, including the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons, the College of American Pathologists, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons®, a number of medical school faculties, including the medical centers of Stanford, UCLA, UCSD, Case Western, and the Cleveland Clinic, and the law schools of Columbia, Stanford, and Northwestern.
Industry presentations include the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA), the Professional Liability Underwriters Society (PLUS), Crittenden, the American Association of Health Plans, and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Dr. Anderson currently serves as vice-chair for the MPL Association Education & Research Foundation, on the Board of Overseers of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, and as a faculty member for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).
Dr. Anderson is the first recipient of the PLUS Foundation’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in Healthcare Professional Liability.
After graduating from Stanford Medical School, Dr. Anderson completed his internship and residency at Harvard Medical School’s Beth Israel Hospital, followed by his postdoctoral fellowship in medical oncology at Stanford. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Yale College.
James P. Bagian, MD, is the director of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety and a professor in the Medical School and the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine; a member of the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Bagian served as chairman of The Joint Commission’s Patient Safety Advisory Group and was the first and founding director of the VA National Center for Patient Safety and the VA’s first Chief Patient Safety Officer, where he developed numerous patient safety–related tools and programs that have been adopted nationally and internationally. Prior to his work at the VA, Dr. Bagian was a NASA astronaut for over 15 years and is a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions. Dr. Bagian holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University, a doctorate in medicine from Thomas Jefferson University, is a fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, was a registered professional engineer, and has received numerous awards for his work in the field of patient safety and aerospace medicine. He is the chair of the Patient Safety Committee and a member of the Technology Committee at The Doctors Company. Dr. Bagian is also a director of The Doctors Company Foundation.
Steven J. Bensinger, CPA, is a senior advisor at TigerRisk Partners. He has over 40 years of management and executive experience in the insurance industry. Previously, Mr. Bensinger served as a senior managing director of FTI Consulting’s Global Insurance Services practice, where he provided strategic advice to many of the largest global insurance and reinsurance organizations. He also served as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Hanover Insurance Group (NYSE:THG) and held executive positions with American International Group (NYSE:AIG), Combined Specialty Group (Aon Corporation), Trenwick Group, Chartwell Re Corporation, Skandia America Corporation, and a predecessor firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and computer applications/information systems from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Mr. Bensinger serves on the Board of Directors of the International Insurance Society and on the Board of Directors of Kinsale Capital Group, Inc. He is the chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Governance and Investment Committees at The Doctors Company.
Eugene M. Bullis, CPA, is the former executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE:THG). Mr. Bullis has more than 40 years of financial leadership experience, including as chief financial officer of Conseco (now CNO Financial, Inc. NYSE:CNO) and Wang Laboratories, Inc. He began his career with a predecessor firm of Ernst & Young, where he was an audit partner and member of the Insurance Industry Practice Committee. Mr. Bullis also serves on the Board of Directors of Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMBC). Mr. Bullis received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Colby College and is a certified public accountant. He is chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Audit, Compensation & Benefits, Governance, and Investment Committees at The Doctors Company.
David M. Charles, MD, is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He is the former president of the Denver Medical Society and the Colorado State Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. He is lead director of the Board of Governors, chair of the Governance Committee, and a member of the Compensation & Benefits, Investment, and Patient Safety Committees at The Doctors Company.
Kenneth R. Chrisman is the former executive vice president and chief technology officer of Wells Fargo Bank, NA. Mr. Chrisman has more than 20 years of experience in corporate information technology management at the senior executive level. His extensive corporate experience also includes retail banking and financial services. Mr. Chrisman received his Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics from Oregon State University and earned his Master of Science degree in resource economics from the University of California at Davis. Mr. Chrisman’s corporate experience includes senior positions at TRW Financial Systems, American Express Travel Services, and Chevron. He is chair of the Technology Committee and a member of the Audit, Compensation & Benefits, Finance, and Investment Committees at The Doctors Company.
Charles R. Kossman, MD, PhD, has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of hematology and medical oncology in Southern California. Now retired from private practice, Dr. Kossman is clinical professor of Medicine at the University of California at San Diego. He is a former diplomate of the American Boards of Internal Medicine (1976 to 2016) and Medical Oncology (1979 to 2016) and a former member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Kossman is a member of the San Diego County Medical Society. He previously served as chief of staff and chairman of the Department of Medicine at Alvarado Hospital and as the president of the San Diego Foundation for Medical Care. Dr. Kossman is chair of the Investment Committee and serves as a member of the Audit, Patient Safety, and Technology Committees at The Doctors Company and as a director of The Doctors Company Foundation.
Ellen H. Masterson, MBA, CPA, served as a senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), where she held both U.S. and global leadership roles and worked with business leaders throughout the PwC network of firms in 144 countries. Ms. Masterson also served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of American General Corporation, a Fortune 200 financial services company. She earned a BA in mathematics from Emory University and an MBA from the Edwin L. Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University. Ms. Masterson serves on the boards of Westwood Holdings Group, Westwood Trust, and Insperity, Inc. She is a member of the Audit and Finance Committees at The Doctors Company.
Donald J Palmisano, MD, JD, FACS, is a New Orleans general and vascular surgeon with over 35 years of private practice experience. He serves as clinical professor of Surgery and clinical professor of Medical Jurisprudence at Tulane University School of Medicine, where he also teaches a course, Leadership in Medicine. Dr. Palmisano is principal of Donald J Palmisano Consulting and owner of Intrepid Resources®, for risk management and leadership consulting and speeches; was president of the Louisiana State Medical Society from 1984–1985; and was a member of the Board of Directors of The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations from 1999–2003. He served as the president of the American Medical Association (2003–2004). He served on the boards (Directors/Advisors) of the National Patient Safety Foundation for 17 years, has testified before Congress on numerous occasions, and is a frequent speaker who is widely quoted on medical liability reform, patient safety, and leadership. His book On Leadership: Essential Principles for Success was published by Skyhorse Publishing Company in September 2008, and the expanded second edition, On Leadership: Essential Principles for Business, Political, and Personal Success, was published in 2011. His 2012 book is The Little Red Book of Leadership Lessons. He received the Tulane Medical Alumni Association Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2013. In 2019, Dr. Palmisano was designated by the National Association of Corporate Directors as an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. He is a member of the Compensation & Benefits, Finance, Governance, and Patient Safety Committees at The Doctors Company. Dr. Palmisano is also a director of The Doctors Company Foundation.
Robert W. Pike, Esq., is former executive vice president and chief administrative officer of the Allstate Corporation, where he also served on the company’s three-member Executive Committee and as a member of the Allstate Insurance Company’s Board of Directors. He is former chairman of the Board of Governors of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, was a member of the Executive Committee and former chairman of the Association of California Insurance Companies, and served on the RAND Corporation’s Board of Overseers of the Institute for Civil Justice. Mr. Pike is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Insurance Education Foundation, Inc., and has testified as an industry spokesman before federal and state legislative bodies on the issues of insurance and tort reform. He is a member of the Audit, Finance, and Investment Committees at The Doctors Company.
Kathleen D. Ricord, CPCU, has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance and financial industry and is a former executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, an Ohio-based Fortune 100 Company with more than $148 billion in assets and 16 million policies in force. Previously, she held the position of senior vice president, Marketing and Strategy, where she was responsible for market support for all property and casualty operations, as well as 45 Urban Sales and Service Centers. Ms. Ricord has a Master of Business Administration from the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University. She serves as a member of the Audit, Finance, and Governance Committees at The Doctors Company.
William C. Rupp, MD, is the former chief executive officer of the Mayo Clinic in Florida and a board certified physician with 32 years of experience in the fields of hematology and medical oncology. His previous leadership positions within the Mayo Health System include president and chief executive officer of Immanuel St. Joseph’s in Mankato, Minnesota, and president and chief executive officer of Luther Hospital/Midelfort Clinic in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Dr. Rupp also served as medical director of Midelfort Health Plan and as chief of staff at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. After graduating from the University of Minnesota Medical School, he completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Dr. Rupp also served on the Board of Directors of Jacksonville University and recently completed a term as chair of the board of the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce. He serves as a member of the Finance and Patient Safety Committees at The Doctors Company as well as chair and a director of The Doctors Company Foundation.
Mary Ann Thode, JD, MPH, RN, is a healthcare executive with decades of experience leading top healthcare systems. Ms. Thode is the former president and CEO of the Northern California Region of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. Prior to her 10 years with Kaiser, Ms. Thode served as a senior vice president of Operations for the Catholic Healthcare West System (CHW). Ms. Thode was previously the president and CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center, San Francisco, a division of CHW. Prior to joining The Doctors Company Board of Governors, Ms. Thode served on the Board of Directors of the California Hospital Association, the Bay Area Council, the American Cancer Society, the California State Chamber of Commerce, Mercy Housing Corporation, and Larkin Street Youth Services. Ms. Thode was also a member of the advisory board for the joint MPH/MBA program at the University of California, Berkeley. She serves as a member of the Audit, Compensation & Benefits, Investment, and Patient Safety Committees at The Doctors Company and as a director of The Doctors Company Foundation.
Robert M. Wachter, MD, is professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and a thought leader in organization of care, quality, patient safety, and digital health. Dr. Wachter, who has published more than 250 articles and six books, is the best-selling author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age. He coined the term “hospitalist” in a 1996 New England Journal of Medicine article and is generally regarded as the academic leader of the hospitalist movement. Dr. Wachter is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine. He serves as a member of the Patient Safety and Technology Committees.
Ronald H. Wender, MD, FACA, is a Los Angeles–based anesthesiologist and co-chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he also serves as academic chair of the Cedars-Sinai Anesthesia Residency Program and director of Anesthesia Training Programs. Dr. Wender is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, a fellow of the Federation of State Medical Boards, and former president of the Medical Board of California. He serves as chair of the Compensation & Benefits Committee and as a member of the Audit, Finance, Governance, and Patient Safety Committees at The Doctors Company.
Bryan Lawton, PhD,* secretary to the Board of Governors, is chief governance officer and chief of corporate development for The Doctors Company. Dr. Lawton has over 35 years of experience improving organizational effectiveness, including board governance, strategic planning, leadership and management development, culture change, and creating high-performance teams. Prior to joining The Doctors Company, he was the principal at Lawton Consulting for 12 years as a corporate psychologist and executive advisor. He also spent 14 years as a vice president and manager at Wells Fargo Bank as an internal management consultant. Dr. Lawton has served as chairman on the Board of California State Psychological Association, Industrial/Organizational Psychology Division, as well as on many public and private boards. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Lawton earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland, and his PhD from the California School of Professional Psychology in Berkeley, California.