Expert Bios

Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP

Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Doctors Company, the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer. Dr. Anderson also leads the TDC Group of companies and is a Director of The Doctors Company Foundation. He 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), Lloyd’s of London, Crittenden, the American Association of Health Plans, and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Dr. Anderson currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, as Vice-Chair for the Medical Professional Liability (MPL) Association Education and Research Foundation, and as a faculty member for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).

Dr. Anderson received the MPL Association’s 2020 Award of Excellence in Honor of Peter Sweetland for his singular contributions and longtime dedication to healthcare professionals, the MPL insurance community, and the MPL Association.

He is also 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.

Kerin Torpey Bashaw, MPH, RN,

Kerin Torpey Bashaw, MPH, RN, is Senior Vice President of the Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management for The Doctors Company, and is responsible for setting strategy in these areas across the nation with a team of just under 50. She has served as Corporate Vice President of Quality, Verity Health System; System Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety Officer, Alameda Health System; Director of Clinical Services and Operations, Stanford Cancer Center; Director of Accreditation, Quality, and Safety, Stanford Health Care; and Director of Patient Care Services (intensive care, progressive care, neurosurgery/neuroscience, telemetry, and medical/surgical units), Kaiser Permanente. Ms. Bashaw’s extensive background in patient safety, risk management, quality, accreditation, and operations supports the Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management’s continued progress toward utilizing data, enhancing quality, delivering service, and demonstrating value to our members and to our company.

Ms. Bashaw earned a bachelor of science (BS) degree in nursing from Georgetown University and a master of public health (MPH) degree from the Yale School of Medicine, where she graduated with distinction.

Richard Cahill, MD

Richard F. Cahill, JD, is Vice President and Associate General Counsel for The Doctors Company and provides legal support to the Claims and Patient Safety departments. Mr. Cahill has specialized in healthcare litigation for more than 35 years, including the defense of hospital and physician professional liability claims, managed care contract disputes, network privileges issues, and related business torts. His principal clients have included Cigna Health Plans, Kaiser Permanente, and Tenet Healthcare. He has completed in excess of 185 trials and binding arbitrations during his career with a combined win-rate of 92 percent, and has been appointed as an arbitrator in more than 350 cases involving complex healthcare issues.

Mr. Cahill received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from UCLA in 1975, with a membership to the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and his juris doctor from Notre Dame Law School in 1978. He oversees company appellate litigation, researches and submits original content for publication, and lectures frequently around the country on topics related to the healthcare community. Additionally, he has a preeminent rating with Martindale-Hubbell, the premier peer-reviewed attorney rating service in the United States.

Tammy Clark

Tammy Clark is Senior Vice President and Regional Operating Officer for The Doctors Company’s Region II. Ms. Clark has served The Doctors Company for more than 20 years, bringing more than 30 years of professional liability experience to her role. Prior to joining The Doctors Company, Ms. Clark was Director of National Accounts for PHICO Insurance Company and managed the creation of programs for large multistate hospital systems and physician groups. As Vice President of Underwriting for The Doctors Company’s Region II, she headed the Underwriting Department and was responsible for managing staff in three offices. In her current position as Regional Operating Officer, Ms. Clark oversees the member-facing operations of Region II with a staff of 84 people in Claims, Underwriting, Patient Safety/Risk Management, and Business Development.

Ms. Clark attended Elizabethtown College, and is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) as well as a Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU).

Steve Freedman

Stephen Freedman is the Regional Operating Officer and Senior Vice President for The Doctors Company’s Region I. In his current role, and with a team of more than 100 people in the region, Mr. Freedman oversees the member-facing operations (underwriting, claims, patient safety / risk management, and business development) for the 15 states that compose the region.

Mr. Freedman joined The Doctors Company in 1987 and has held various positions throughout his career. He has extensive insight and in-depth knowledge of the medical professional liability market and possesses multiple decades of operational experience in the underwriting, claims, patient safety / risk management, and business development functions. Additionally, Mr. Freedman has extensive experience in strategic/tactical planning and administrative functions, as well as experience in managing the transition and integration of acquisitions.

Mr. Freedman earned his bachelor of science degree in finance and business economics from the University of Southern California. He has earned certificates of completion in multiple executive management educational and developmental programs through various higher-learning institutions. He is a licensed property and casualty insurance agent/broker.

Doug McCullough

Doug McCullough is an Assistant Vice President of Claims for The Doctors Company’s Region III. He works in the Austin, Texas, office. As an Independent Adjuster, he managed four branch offices, handling the state of Delaware and the Eastern Maryland Shore. He entered the medical malpractice arena in 1991 with the Medical Inter-Insurance Exchange (MIIX). He joined The Doctors Company in 2001. As AVP, Mr. McCullough has provided oversight of medical malpractice cases throughout the East Coast and Midwest. Currently, he supervises all medical malpractice cases for The Doctors Company in Texas and Oklahoma.

Mr. McCullough is a graduate of the University of Dayton and obtained his law degree from the University of Akron, maintaining a license to practice in Ohio.

As a member of the Claims Department, Mr. McCullough supports The Doctors Company’s fierce commitment to providing an aggressive defense to each of its insured members.

David McHale

David McHale is the Chief Legal and Human Resources Officer of The Doctors Company, where he oversees the legal, regulatory compliance, human resources, and government relations activities for the company. Prior to joining The Doctors Company, Mr. McHale was a Vice President and Deputy General Counsel with Nationwide Insurance. Prior to joining Nationwide, he served in a variety of positions with Allstate Insurance Company. A frequent presenter before trade associations and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, he has also authored articles on cybersecurity and cyber, legal, and enterprise risk management.

Mr. McHale holds an undergraduate degree in government from the University of San Francisco, a law degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois.

Marco Vanderlaan

Marco Vanderlaan, CPA, is the Chief Financial Officer for The Doctors Company. He also serves as Chief Risk Officer. Prior to joining The Doctors Company in 2001, Mr. Vanderlaan was Vice President of Finance for (now Move, Inc.) and a Senior Manager with Deloitte & Touche (now Deloitte). Mr. Vanderlaan has held a variety of senior leadership positions with The Doctors Company, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Business Assessment. He has also held executive positions in finance, reinsurance, and strategic planning. As CFO, he is focused on enhancing our market leadership, financial success, and risk intelligence while maintaining the conservative business philosophy that empowers our mission to advance, protect, and reward the practice of good medicine.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Robert E. White

Robert E. White Jr. is President of The Doctors Company and TDC Group. In his current role, Mr. White oversees the operations of the four business units that make up TDC Group: The Doctors Company, Healthcare Risk Advisors, TDC Specialty Underwriters, and Medical Advantage. He assists in the growth of TDC Group and expands our mission-based platform for service to healthcare in whatever practice model our members choose.

Mr. White has more than 50 years of experience in the insurance industry. He served most recently as Executive Vice President, Medical Professional Liability, at The Doctors Company. Prior, he served as President of the Insurance Operations of FPIC Insurance Group from 2002 to 2011, and managed the claims and loss prevention departments of several commercial and doctor-owned insurance companies.

He graduated magna cum laude from San Francisco State University. Mr. White is Chairman of the Board of the Florida Justice Reform Institute, a Member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Board Member of the Florida Insurance Council, Past Chair and current Board Member of the Board of Governors of the Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association, Member of the Board of Directors of the Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association, and Member of the Board of Directors of Professionals Resource Network, Inc. Mr. White is also a Former Board Member of the Medical Professional Liability Association, and currently serves on three of their committees.

Daniel Wright

Daniel Wright, RN, JD, is Vice President of the Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management for The Doctors Company. Formerly Vice President of Risk Management and Patient Safety for MAGMutual, Mr. Wright began his career as an ER/trauma nurse and an administrative supervisor. Mr. Wright is active in designing and implementing The Doctors Company’s proactive risk management services to assist physicians, medical office managers, and staff members.

Mr. Wright earned his nursing degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and his law degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is licensed as an attorney, a registered nurse, and a healthcare risk manager. He is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) and is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management. A frequent speaker, Mr. Wright addresses state and county medical societies, physician groups, hospital medical staff members, and medical management associations across the nation.