Our Family Medicine Executive Team

Prof Alain J MOntegut President Innovator in Primary Care Solutions


  Alain has a unique set of skills in health care. He is an experienced clinician who also has a deep understanding of the “business of medicine” and the training of doctors. He has worked as a  health care executive in academic medical centers and in the private health care sector. He has led medical education programs. He has consulted globally  for over 30 years for Ministries of Health, Medical Universities and private primary care organizations.  He has been on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine. He is committed to working with health care organizations who wish to provide high quality, cost-effective health care based on a foundation of communication and trust.   

Prof Pham Le An Asia Region Family Medicine Leader


 An has been in active in primary care organizational development for over 25  years. He has been a leader in Vietnam as a founder of the first University-based Family Medicine Department. He completed a coveted Fellowship in Family Medicine in the United States. He remains the leader of Family Medicine in his university, and in his country. He is also  a Vice Dean for Medical Education in his university. He has worked extensively with the Ministry of Health in Vietnam and with colleagues in Vietnam and throughout the region, He has developed a Family Medicine Electronic Health Record and has participated in the privatization of medical practice in his country. He has authored countless peer reviewed articles and has supported numerous physicians in their development as family physicians. 

Prof Nabil Y Al-Kurash EMRO Region Family Medicine Leader


 Nabil has been a visionary for the development of Family Medicine in his region for 30 years. He is a Professor of FM in the University of Dammam, where he also currently teaches Population Health. Nabil has been the Vice President of the EMRO Region for WONCA and has served on their Board of Directors. He has served on numerous committees and task forces in the EMRO region and in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to guide the development of Family Medicine. Most recently he has been the founder of the largest private Family Medicine organization in Saudi Arabia and serves as its Chairman of the Board of Directors. He has been on the Arab Board and the Saudi Board of Family Medicine. He has established and manged hospitals and wellness centers both  in the Kingdom and in Bahrain. He has operated a medical company for several years.  He has experience in creating new health care organizations. 

Our Healthcare Operations Leadership Team

Shannon Banks ORGANIZATIONAL development and operations


Shannon specializes in partnering with health care leaders and their teams to clarify vision, establish strategic goals,  implement action plans and improve and measure results. As an experienced health care executive in both hospitals and primary care organizations she is well positioned to offer hers services that include:

 Operations assessment and process improvement

 Strategy development

 Organizational assessment and OD interventions

 Leadership coaching

Jeffrey Bland ORGANIZATIONAL finances and operations


  Jeff is a senior level healthcare executive with extensive experience developing systems and processes to support the strategic and daily operational goals of an organization. Engaging leader with proven track record of promoting teamwork, financial stewardship, and efficiency in workflows. Strategic partner capable of leveraging 30 years working for both health plans and physician practices to effectively develop comprehensive strategies to meet the challenges of an evolving healthcare system. 

Richard "skip" white Health insurance solutions



"Skip" has worked with physicians, hospital executives and employers to develop successful health plans. Demonstrated results creating partnerships and models with stakeholders in the health care delivery systems. Expertise in developing accountable care and patient centered Medical Home relationships between health plans and delivery systems which improved quality of care and patient experience while mitigating medical cost trend. His Areas of expertise include: Executive Leadership, Board Relations,  Strategic Planning, Feasibility Studies,  

Delivery System/Health Plan Collaboration, Value Based Benefits Designs, PCP Payment Models and Network Contracting

Our Family Medicine Consultants

Jeffrey Markuns, MD primary care development and measurement



Jeff is the Executive Director for the Boston University Family Medicine Global Health Collaborative. Jeff has been working with the Collaborative since 2007, providing teaching and consultation around the world with a special focus on education and training as well as primary care systems integration.  

He has led numerous workshops around the world focused on medical education and primary care systems development, and he has developed and organized countless fellowships to Boston University for visiting professionals ranging from practicing specialist physicians to health system administrators to government policy-makers, including Ministers of Health.

With broad clinical skills in the full spectrum of Family Medicine clinical services, formal fellowship training in medical education, and almost a decade of experience as an assistant program director in postgraduate training in Family Medicine, Jeff has served as a consultant in various aspects of both general medical education and primary care around the globe

George "joe" dreher, MD integration of mental health with primary care


 Joe initially trained in Family Medicine and then worked in a Family Medicine Clinic. He became engaged in providing addictions treatment and for seven years worked full-time in a hospital based recovery program. He then went on to residency in Psychiatry. He has also worked in Palliative Care and Bioethics. Joe has had a long academic career, using his specialty training as both a Family Physician and Psychiatrist to develop programs integrating Behavioral/Mental Health into Primary Care. He has led those efforts in a large academic medical center and has been involved in the dissemination of this approach into the practicing community. In addition, Joe has been active in consulting for Departments of Medical Education to provide Mindfulness  Practice training for health care providers as a way to improve provider resilience.  

Stephen Cummings, MD Family Medicine solutions in Primary care


  Steve has worked in international Family Medicine development since  1995 and continues as senior consultant and active member of the Boston University Global Health Collaborative.  He has worked extensively in EMRO and SE Asia.  In addition, he is a retired senior foreign service officer from the U.S. State Department Office of Medical services. Dr. Cummings provides a variety of primary care health systems consultations, and co-leads early-phase primary care system strengthening programs  in several countries.  He is actively engaged with the Network TUFH (Towards Unity for Health) and is a Vice President of Family Medicine for GHETS (Global Health through Education Training and Service).