Dr. Thomas is an adjunct associate professor in the School of Public Health, Emory University since 1992. She served as the chair of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program Advisory Board from 1995 — 2001. She is a preceptor for on-site resident practicum and has trained residents from a number of US Occupational Medicine Programs.
She has developed a broad-based preventive medicine and wellness program for the employees, retirees and dependents of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, which incorporates a number of community resources. She is also very active in community wellness and prevention efforts from health fairs to serving on the boards of directors of organizations that provide community services, as well as fund raising for the programs. The community represents future employees and dependents. Her efforts were recognized in 2002 by the Institute of Health and Productivity Management, who awarded her and Lockheed Martin the award for Corporate Health and Productivity Management Innovation and Leadership.She is co chair of the executive committee for Healthy Dekalb and on the Governors steering committee of Live Healthy Georgia.
She is a Certified Physician Executive, a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine,
a fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and a diplomat of the American Board of Managed Care Medicine.
Bruce A. Hochstadt, M.D.
Principal, Health and Welfare and National Health Management Practice Leader
Bruce Hochstadt, M.D., is a Chicago-based Principal and National Health Management Practice Leader of the Health & Welfare Practice of Buck Consultants.
At Buck Consultants, Dr. Hochstadt has focused on developing and implementing health management strategies for major employers, ranging from analytics that identify group-specific illness burdens, to solutions that correct gaps in care. He and the Health Management Practice at Buck have developed methodologies to help clients objectively evaluate program impact and care management vendor performance using metrics that measure improved clinical outcomes, health benefit cost savings, and program ROI.
Dr. Hochstadt has spent the last 15 years serving in senior executive roles within the healthcare and financial services industries. He joined Buck Consultants in February 2004 from EJ Financial Enterprises, Inc., a healthcare venture capital and investment advisory firm located in Lake Forest, Illinois, where he was the Director of Private Equity Investments. Prior to EJ Financial, he was with Thomas Weisel Partners in San Francisco, where he was a Principal and senior healthcare equity research analyst.
He focused on medical management as a Vice President at UtiliMed, Inc., a privately-held health information and utilization management vendor in Northbrook, Illinois, and as a Medical Director at Aetna in Hartford, Connecticut, having founded and then managed its medical underwriting department for six years with responsibility for all group-sponsored health, disability, long-term care (retiree), stop loss and life insurance products.
Dr. Hochstadt is a member of the CITL (Center for Information Technology Leadership) Advisory Board, chartered by Partners HealthCare System in Boston. CITL is a research organization that helps the healthcare community make more informed IT decisions by examining major issues facing the industry through reports and symposia.
Education & Achievements
B.A. in Biochemistry from Harvard University
M.D. from Boston University
M.B.A. in Healthcare Management from The Wharton School
Samira Kaderali, M.P.H.
Senior Consultant and National Practice Leader, Health & Welfare, Canada
Samira Kaderali, M.P.H., is a Toronto-based Senior Consultant and is the National Practice Leader in the Health & Welfare Practice of ACS HR Solutions in Canada.
Samira is currently responsible for the National Health & Welfare Practice in Canada.
She has managed large employee research-based projects where the project outcomes were focused on increasing employee engagement by approximately 10-15% without increasing current investment in rewards programs.
Samira has worked extensively on Total Rewards Optimization projects, including employee and leadership research in order to assist clients with maximizing organizational investment in employee rewards programs and employee engagement.
Samira has been involved with and has managed several strategic benefit harmonization, design, marketing and implementations projects in post-merger situations.
She has conducted disability audits for clients, including internal policy and process reviews, LTD vendor claim audits, vendor marketing, program design and process mapping to assist clients with managing increasing disability incidence and related costs. Clients that have implemented the recommended solutions have been able to reduce disability incidence.
Masters of Public Health, Health Policy and Administration, Yale University
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, McMaster University
Co-Authored "Measuring and Analyzing Total Rewards" with Alnasir Samji (Towers Perrin HR Services) and Michael Tindall (Excellerate HRO), 2005.
Authored "Benefits Alignment" in Making Mergers Work - The Strategic Importance of People, edited by Jeff A. Schmidt (2002); A Towers Perrin/SHRM Foundation Publication.
TPN Session on Workforce Planning (March 2005)
EAPAT Seminar on Demonstrating EAP Value Today and Beyond (October 2004)
FGI Roundtable Discussion on Depression in the Workplace (May 2004)
TPN Session on Total Rewards Optimization (August 2003)
TPN Session on Organizational Health (November 2002)