Patient Safety & Risk Management Conference
November 11, 2023
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Dr. Truex is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and completed a rotating internship and general surgery training at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. During the Vietnam War, he served as a Naval medical officer assigned to the Fleet Marine Force and worked in the 3RD Medical Battalion Hospital in Quang Tri, South Vietnam, and as Battalion Surgeon to Marine Infantry Units in the Pacific theatre. He returned to complete a neurosurgery residency at Temple University Hospital, followed by a fellowship in pediatric neurosurgery at Temple.
Truex started his career in academic neurosurgery at Temple, serving as Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and rising to Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Temple. At Temple, he was recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and served as President of the Medical Faculty Senate.
His academic career was interrupted by physician burnout and addiction, and after entering recovery, with the help of the Physicians’ Health Program, he relocated to Reading Hospital, where he practiced adult and pediatric neurosurgery for 27 years before retiring in 2017.
Through his involvement with organized medicine, Dr. Truex developed a personal and administrative understanding of the PA PHP, and on retirement wanted to help physicians with addictive problems, signing on as a medical director of the PA PHP. He serves as an authentic icon of physician recovery for physicians who suffer from addictive disorders.
Dr. Scott Aaronson is a thought leader in the areas of biological psychiatry, diagnosis, and the integration of somatic and psychological therapies. He is an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and is a fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. Dr. Aaronson also serves on the boards of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology and the Clinical TMS Society.
In addition to his work at the Retreat, Dr. Aaronson is the director of clinical research programs at Sheppard Pratt, where he is the principal investigator for multiple studies on the development of therapies for mood and anxiety disorders. He has particularly been involved with the development of new strategies to alleviate the symptoms in treatment resistant mood disorders and has published numerous articles on his research including pivotal studies in the use of devices—Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)—in the treatment of severe refractory mood disorders. Most recently, he was named the Chief Science Officer of the Sheppard Pratt Institute for Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics, focused on the development of uses for psychedelic medications across the spectrum of psychiatric illness.
Born and raised in Tehran, Iran until immigrating to the US in adolescence, Dr. Noshene Ranjbar developed a passion for a holistic view of medicine and healing from early on in her life. Throughout her studies and life experiences, including her own illness as well as caring for her mom who suffered from several autoimmune illnesses and cancer, to fostering refugee children with PTSD, to working with American Indian communities across the U.S., she developed a keen interest in approaches to healing trauma and advocating for holistic mental health in empowering, culturally appropriate ways.
Dr. Ranjbar completed undergraduate and medical school at the University of Virginia, followed by Family Medicine Internship at Middlesex Hospital/Hartford Hospital, Psychiatry Residency at the University of Arizona-Tucson, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Integrative Medicine, Dr. Ranjbar currently serves as Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Integrative Psychiatry Program at the University of Arizona. She also serves on Faculty with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, and the Integrative Psychiatry Institute.
Her research focuses on training the next generation of psychiatrists to offer a holistic approach to mental health, while serving children and families most in need. As a Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Leader, she is expanding her work in integrative mental health and indigenous mental health nationally and internationally.
As an Assistant Vice President of the Risk Management Group, Allison provides risk management consulting services to Allied World’s medical professional liability policyholders and insured psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners and physician assistants. She works directly with policyholders to develop individualized action plans to mitigate potential loss based on their unique exposures and risk management needs. Additionally, Allison assists these clients with ongoing medical educational programs as well as policy and procedure review and development.
Allison has over 30 years of experience in medical professional insurance industry. She assisted in the ground up build-out of two successful medical professional insurance carriers. Allison is an active member of the Connecticut Society for Healthcare Risk Management (CSHRM) and has served on their board in positions of Director, Treasurer and President. Allison is a member of the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM), the Massachusetts Society for Healthcare Risk Management (MSHRM) and the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS).
Allison frequently speaks on national, regional and local levels on topics related to claim and risk management. Allison earned her B.A. degree from SUNY Stony Brook and her M.P.A. degree from Long Island University with a concentration in health care management. Allison holds professional designations as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM), Distinguished Fellow of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (DFASHRM), Associate in Risk Management (ARM) and Casualty Claims Law Associate (CCLA).