Executive Leadership

William McClatchey, MD | Co-Chair
American College of Rheumatology

Caitlin M Cusack MD MPH FACOG | Co-Chair 
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Caitlin M Cusack MD MPH FACOG is a board certified Clinical Informaticist and Obstetrician and Gynecologist. She has worked in informatics since 2002.  In addition to eight years of direct clinical practice, she has broad experience in Health IT, including as a user, researcher, project manager, and consultant. Since 2009 she has worked as an independent consultant under Insight Informatics LLC supporting clinical informatics, primarily for the Veteran’s Health Administration (VHA) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Current work at the VHA has been to support the development of women’s health IT projects to support Veteran’s and their VHA providers. She has published in the area of Health IT, presented at major conferences including Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and MedInfo, as well as having been an invited speaker internationally. 

Eric Anderson, MD, PhD | Vice Chair
American Academy of Neurology

Dr. Eric Anderson is an innovative physician-scientist that has been recognized as a national leader in telemedicine and mobile health. Dr. Anderson has a driving passion to create and leverage technology to improve outcomes across the care continuum.  He speaks nationally on the topics of telemedicine, mobile health, and medical economics 

Dr. Anderson obtained both his M.D. and Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  He is Board certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry and completed his neurology training as chief resident and was subsequently fellowship trained in clinical neurophysiology with a sub specialization in epilepsy at Emory University. He is widely licensed and credentialed and currently practices telemedicine in 25 states and over 80 hospitals.  He currently serves as the Director for Telemedicine at Corticare, a national neurotelemetry company, as the subject matter expert for EEG at Specialists on Call, and operates Intensive Neuro, a teleEEG company in Georgia. 

Dr. Anderson leads several efforts in bringing telemedicine and technology to the forefront of medicine including being the Chairperson of the Telemedicine Workgroup, Vice Chair of the Practice Committee, as well as member of the Practice Management and Technology Subcommittee, and the Practice, Policy, and Ethics workgroup for the American Academy of Neurology.  He represents neurology as Vice Chair of the Physicians Electronic Health Record Coalition at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington DC and has served on the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.  His academic work has been published in high impact medical journals and authoritative texts in neuroelectrophysiology, neuroviriology, neuropathology, proteomics, telemedicine, and mobile health.

Cynthia (Cindy) Penkala CMM, CMPE, CMSCS, CPOM | Secretary
American Osteopathic Association

Cynthia (Cindy) Penkala, CMM, CMPE, CMSCS, provides assistance to osteopathic physicians and their practices on issues impacting the daily operations of the practice. She raises awareness of issues that may impact osteopathic physicians and their practices and oversees the development of member education to assist physicians. Cindy interacts with private sector payers advocating for osteopathic physicians and promoting osteopathic medicine.  She also is responsible for connecting with vendors that offer services that may help osteopathic physicians and establishing a relationship that enhances AOA membership benefits.  With over 37 years working in the health care industry including; nine plus years of medical association experience, 18 + years managing physician practices, working as a consultant, owning her own billing service, and an additional 10 years working in the medical field in general, Cindy uses her versatile skill set to help physicians and their practices be successful. She does this through a continual focus on service offerings, investigation, education, process improvement and a solid background in healthcare services, organizational management, medical billing, and personnel recruiting.

Melissa D. Francisco, MBA | Secretary
American Society of Hematology

Melissa Francisco is a member of senior staff at the American Society of Hematology where she is currently the Director of ASH Registry. In her role, she is responsible for the design, implementation, and effective operation of a comprehensive registry – establishing a national medical specialty-led resource exclusively focused on hematology that is designed to overcome the challenges of gathering clinically annotated patient data on a large scale. Prior to joining ASH, Melissa held several positions within the American College of Rheumatology, including the Director of Registries role with responsibility for three clinical registries. Her expertise in establishing registries includes work with technical staff on the development and testing of registry platforms.

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Informatics.

Paul A. Martin DO, FACOFP, dist. | Member-at-Large
American Osteopathic Association/American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians

Paul A. Martin DO, FACOFP, dist., a board certified family physician from Dayton, Ohio, is a recognized leader within the medical profession in Ohio and across the nation.  He was the Founding President and Past Board Member of Providence Medical Group, an 80-member independent physician owned and governed multi-specialty physician group in the greater Dayton metropolitan area.  Dr. Martin has overseen the operations of one of the largest multi-specialty physician organizations in Southwest Ohio serving urban, suburban, and rural demographic areas.  He is deeply knowledgeable about health care financing, including the Medicare and Medicaid programs.  He also possesses a strong understanding of the health care delivery system as a whole.

Dr. Martin received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, in Biology from the University of Dayton in 1970 and his Master’s degree in Microbiology also from the University of Dayton in 1972.  He earned his medical degree, cum laude, from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1977.  He completed his post-graduate training at Grandview/Southview Medical Center in Dayton.  Dr. Martin obtained his board certification in family medicine in 1986 from the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and has recertified.  Additionally, he became a Fellow and a Distinguished Fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians in 1997 and 2008 respectively.

Dr. Martin has served in numerous leadership and governance positions throughout his career.  He serves as Past President of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, a 24,000 member organization.  He is a Past-President of the Ohio Osteopathic Association and the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.  He is a former Chief-of-Staff and Chairman of the Physician-Hospital Steering Committee as well as the current Chief Medical Officer and Vice President at Grandview/Southview Medical Center, a member of the 8 Hospital Kettering Health Network.  Additionally, he is a past member of the Board of Governors for the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Board of Trustees for Midwestern University in Chicago, IL, and the Board of Trustees at Grandview/Southview Medical Center.

Dr. Martin remains closely tied to academic medicine.  He serves as a Clinical Professor at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and is a member of the Adjunct Faculty and the Animal Research Committee at the University of Dayton.  He is the Principle and/or Sub Investigator for numerous pharmaceutical studies and trials through Providence Health Partners in Dayton.