Rosemary Gafner, Ed.D.

Rosemary Gafner, Ed.D. is co-founder and president of MedRisk®, Medical Risk Management, Inc., a  Houston-based provider of continuing education and risk management services for healthcare professionals.  She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston, where she earned her doctorate in 1976. Dr. Gafner previously was affiliated with St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Texas Children's  Hospital and Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. She advises hospitals, physicians,  and other healthcare providers on interpersonal relationships, medical liability risk reduction and defensible charting. An accomplished educator, author and public speaker, she has presented over 500 risk management  workshops to physicians throughout the country. In addition, her books Risk Management Rounds: Radiology, Risk Management Essentials for Physicians, Streetwise!, Streetwise Plus!,  RiskAware® for Pediatricians, RiskAware® for Managed Care, RiskAware® for Physicians, NetAware for   Physicians, Risk Management Essentials for Dentists, RiskAware® for Medical Office Professionals, and RiskAware® for Dentists have been used by over 14,000 physicians as a source of  information on risk management techniques and malpractice prevention.

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 James E. Schutte, PhD

James E. Schutte, Ph.D., is a writer, editor and consultant who specializes in medical risk management issues, and is adept at making complicated legal concepts both clear and interesting. He received his doctorate from Southern Methodist University in human physical growth and development, after which he completed postdoctoral research fellowships in cardiology and pulmonary medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he studied the effects of cardiopulmonary disorders on human growth. While at Southwestern, he was trained in nonfiction writing by the late Hugh M. Hussey, M.D., a former editor of JAMA. This led to his appointment as Southwest Editor of Medical Economics magazine, a position he held for several years before pursuing a freelance career in 1991. He is the author of the textbook Preventing Medical Malpractice: A Handbook for Doctors and Those Who Work With Them (Hogrefe & Huber, 1995), as well as several dozen continuing medical education courses on a variety of risk management and clinical topics.

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