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Physician, Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager
Innovative Healthcare Compliance Group


Prevention of Medical Errors
7 Strategies to Reduce Hospital Readmissions
Handoffs, Transitions, and Discharges: Key Moments in Patient Care
Never Events Happen: Protect Your Patients and Practice
11 Strategies to Reduce Medication Errors
Simple Communication Strategies to Improve Patient Safety
Essentials of Patient Safety
Communication Strategies for Office Practice
Creating a Patient Safety Culture in Healthcare
Medical Ethics for Daily Practice
Sentinel Events, Critical Alerts, and National Safety Goals
Patient Safety Leadership: Now and Beyond
Jabberwocky: The Reality in Today’s Healthcare Communication
Reducing Liability, Improving Quality, and Decreasing Healthcare Costs
Tie Your Shoes Before You Trip! – Effective Communication Tips for the Prevention of Medical Errors
Stop the Revolving Door! – 5 Strategies to Reduce Hospital Readmissions
Achieving Healthcare Reform’s Triple Aim – Better Health! Better Care Experience! Lower Costs!
Creating a Healthcare Culture Shock! – Optimal Patient Safety Requires a Culture of Patient Safety

Biography: Dr. Mackles practiced hospital based neonatal medicine in Florida for over twenty two years after completing a Pediatric Residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, and a Fellowship in Neonatology at The Cornell University Medical Center. In addition to receiving an MBA from Nova Southeastern University Dr. Mackles obtained his license as a Healthcare Risk Manager through studies at the University of South Florida. Dr. Mackles was elected to the Board of Directors of The Florida Society for Healthcare Risk Management and Patient Safety for a two year term from 2006-2008, and again for a one year term from 2014-2015. Dr. Mackles has served as an instructor with the University of Florida Distance Education Risk Management and Patient Safety Program, and also participated as a faculty member of the University of South Florida Risk Management Licensure Program. In addition, Dr. Mackles is the author of multiple on-line continuing education courses on patient safety topics for The Sullivan Group. Dr. Mackles now devotes full time to risk management and patient safety issues.
State: FL

Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
Keck School of Medicine of USC School of Pharmacy


Green Tea Blocks Benefits of Cancer Drugs
Toxicity and Herbal Medicine
Dietary Supplements and Liver Damage


Professor of Clinical Medicine,
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Chief Medical Officer, DiaTech Oncology
Author, ÒSurviving American MedicineÓ
City of Hope National Medical Center


Patient Portals
Medical Oncology Homes
Patient Resilience: How Patients Adjust to Cancer
Disaster Planning: How to Protect Oncology Patient Care
The Role of Predictive Assays in Improving Oncology Patient Care
A Navigational Guide for Patients

Biography: Dr. Presant has been a practicing hematologist and medical oncologist in Southern California since 1979. He has always been involved in laboratory and clinical investigations, and was the director of cancer programs at Washington University School of Medicine, the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, Citrus Valley Health Partners and St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles. Follwing a post as Director of Medical Oncology at City of Hope, he started a private practice in West Covina in 1982 and later became president of California Cancer Medical Center, a freestanding comprehensive cancer center. In 2004, he merged his Center with Wilshire Oncology Medical Group, Inc. Currently he is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. Dr. Presant has authored over 400 scientific articles. His writing has included book chapters and individual articles on cancer treatment, chemotherapy sensitivity testing to predict best therapy for patients, cancer detection, chemotherapy, experimental tumor biology, pharmacology, liposomes for cancer diagnosis and therapy, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and measurement of quality of life in cancer patients. His leadership has extended to other cancer physicians and organizations throughout the country. Dr. Presant is the Past President of the California Division of the American Cancer Society, and Past President and current Chairman of the Board of the Medical Oncology Association of Southern California. On a national level, Dr. Presant was a past Director of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the worlds largest association of cancer physicians. He served for five years as ASCOs representative to the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association, where he was also secretary of the Cancer Caucus and an expert advisor to the Diagnosis and Therapy Technology Assessment Program. The American Medical Association named Dr. Presant to represent them to the United States Commission on Cancer. Dr. Presant is also the Past President of the Association of Community Cancer Centers. Dr. Presants current research is focused on developing a new laboratory test for chemotherapy sensitivity to determine the best chemotherapy for individual patients (ÒpersonalizedÓ treatnments), antiangiogenesis therapy of cancer, improvement of chemotherapy effectiveness by magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and the development of new therapeutic programs for cancer. He has received many grants for his research from the National Cancer Institute, and pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Presant also lectures on improving cancer care and new research advances throughout the country. As an oncologist, Dr. Presant is especially interested in giving his patients the best personalized therapy and the most satisfying quality of life. His personal hobbies and interests include being physically active, snow skiing, playing tennis and golfing. Photography and performing magic are his special interests. He love spending time and traveling with his wife and family. He states, “I believe in finding out whats most important to my patients, then tailoring treatments to help them control their disease and enjoy their lives. My patients are like family, so I use the latest advances to cure their illnesses and improve their quality of life in our warm and caring centers.
Testimonials: Very good speaker – Citrus Valley Medical Center
State: CA

Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Family and Preventive Medicine


Physician Burnout
The Resilient Physician
e-Boundaries: What Every Doctor Needs to Know About Social Media and Digital Communication_
The Healthy Physician: Burnout, Resilience and Work-Life Balance
Community Engagement: Empowering Physicians to Get Out of the Office
Community Engagement: How to Connect with Healthcare Professionals
Professionalism: The Doctor/Patient Relationship – Communication
Professionalism: The Doctor/Patient Relationship – Boundaries
Professionalism: The Doctor/Patient Relationship – Community Engagement
Prevention: The Recreation Rx Program, Healthy Eating, Walkable Communities
Understanding Professional Boundaries: Physician Well-being and Risk Management


Chief Quality Officer
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Division of Emergency Medicine


Prescribing of Unnecessary Tests & Treatments: The American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely Campaign

Just Culture

Physician Integration

Respectful Behavior and Healthcare: What’s the Connection_

Detection and Management of Severe Sepsis: The First Six Hours

Medical Errors and Mistakes in Healthcare: The National Patient Safety Goals

Handoff Solutions that Work

Improving Care for Transgender Patients

Preventing Catheter-Associated UTI Infections

New Sepsis Guidelines

Preventing Central Line Infections

Managing Interruption and Distractions in Healthcare

Physician Communication

Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Surgery: Meeting SCIP Goals

Testimonials: He was wonderful! Our physicians were very engaged in his sepsis lecture. I saw our sepsis team huddled after his lecture, already planning changes.- French Hospital Medical Center and Marian Regional Medical Center He always does an amazing job! – Citrus Valley Medical Center Excellent presentation! – Pomona Valley Hospital Excellent Speaker and we want him back! – John F. Kennedy Hospital Great speaker! – Orange Coast Medical Center He was great! – Providence Tarzana Medical Center Amazing! – Glendale Adventist Medical Center The audience loved him! – Providence Holy Cross Medical Center

Transgender Clinic


Update on Healthcare for the Transgender Patient
Sensitivity in Transgender Medicine
You Dont Have to Feel That Way- How Hormone Replacement Can Help You Feel Great
Medical Care of Transgendered Persons
Transgender Identity
Hormone Balance and Health Wellness

Testimonials: Well received, very good speaker! – Orange County Global Medical Center

Chief Quality Officer
Associate Medical Director for Quality and Safety
Professor of Medicine


Communication for Physicians – Communication with Medical Staff
Unconscious Bias in Medicine: Does it Exist?
Prescribing of Unnecessary Tests & Treatments: The American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely Campaign
Just Culture
Healthcare Team Communication
Medical Errors and Mistakes in Healthcare
The National Patient Safety Goal
Unconscious Bias in Medicine: Does it Exist?
Improving Care for Transgender Patients
Physician Integration
Respectful Behavior and Healthcare: What’s the Connection
Critical Conversations for Physicians – Communication with Medical Staff
Detection and Management of Severe Sepsis: The First Six Hours
Medical Errors and Mistakes in Healthcare: The National Patient Safety Goals
Handoff Solutions that Work
Improving Care for Transgender Patients
Preventing Catheter-Associated UTI Infections
New Sepsis Guidelines
Preventing Central Line Infections
Managing Interruption and Distractions in Healthcare
Physician Communication
Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Surgical Infections
Surgical Site Infections
Making the Transition to Proactive Health Care – From Proactive to Reactive
Physician Communication: Strategies for Optimizing Outcomes, Improving the Patient Experience and HCAHP Scores


Associate Dean, Academic AffairsEndowed Professor of PharmacyChief Medical Officer


Hypertension:  Very Elevated Blood Pressure in Asymptomatic Patient…Now What?America’s Addiction to Opioids: What Health Professionals Need to KnowHomeless & the Hospital Emergency DepartmentCreepy Crawlies- Insects, Infestation, Marine EnvenomationTobacco Use Performance Measures and Nicotine DependenceElder AbuseControlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation (CURS2)Prescription Drug AbuseStrategies for CessationGeriatric Polypharmacy and Adverse Drug ReactionsElectronic CigarettesCore Measures for Tobacco Use TreatmentER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient CareApproach to the Poisoned PatientNorth American Snake EnvenomationSpiders and Scorpion and Insect EnvenomationNewer Drugs of Abuse (Spice, Bath Salts, Wax and more)The Overlooked Addict: Patients, Providers, and Prescription Drug AbuseNewer Antidotes and Gastrointestinal DecontaminationIs it Hot in Here? Heat-related IllnessAdverse Drug Reaction and Post Marketing Surveillance and Adverse Drug ReactionBotox and Other Cosmetic Procedure PoisoningCold and Hot Environmental EmergenciesAthletic Performance Enhancers and Dieting AgentsNicotine and E-CigarettesCaffeine and Energy DrinksMeet Me at the Rave- Club Drugs of AbuseRapid Sequence Intubation and Procedural Sedation Medication and ToxicityAcetaminophen PoisoningSalicylate PoisoningOpioid PoisoningIron PoisoningSeafood PoisoningHerbal MedicationsBotulism, Tetanus, and StrychninePharmaceutical Additives and ToxicityAnticoagulant Toxicity and ReversalThe Brady Bunch- Beta Blocker, Calcium Channel Blocker, Digoxin, Clonidine PoisoningCocaine, Methamphetamine, and Other SympathomimeticsAntidiabetic Agents and ToxicityAnticonvulsant ToxicityAntidepressants and Lithium PoisoningAntipsychotic PoisoningEthanol and Ethanol WithdrawalEthanol, Benzodiazepines and Other Sedative-HypnoticsLSD, Hallucinogenic Amphetamines and Herbal Drugs of AbuseInhalant Abuse and Caustic PoisoningLead and Other Heavy Metal PoisoningInsecticide, Pesticide and Herbicide PoisoningRodenticide PoisoningMethanol, Ethylene Glycol, and Other Toxic Alcohol PoisoningPlant PoisoningCarbon Monoxide and Smoke InhalationCyanide, Toxic Gases, and MethemoglobinemiaChemical, Biological and Radiation Weapons

State: CA

Professor of Medicine


Etiology and Treatment of Diabetic Complications; New Drugs and New Hopes
Cardiovascular and Renal Benefits of New Diabetic Treatments
Hypertension Update: New Guidelines
Update of ACC/AHA Blood Cholesterol Guidelines
Use of Continuous Glucose Monitoring
Preventing Diabetes- Does Receiving Texts or Other Methods Really Prevent Diabetes?
Cholesterol and Alzheimer’s Disease
Antipsychotics: Benefits, Risks and a Common Side Effect: Diabetes
Vitamin D Deficiency
Pre-Operative Evaluations: New Guidelines and What May or May Not Save Lives
Osteoporosis Update and New Treatments
Type 1 Diabetes: Update and Potential New Treatments
Treatments for Obesity
Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Hypercholesterolemia: New Treatment Guidelines
Insulin Resistance: The Core of Type 2 Diabetes
How to Survive Your Hospital Admission
Current Advances in Nutritional Support
Lipids: The Good, The Bad and The Unknown
New Treatment for Coronary Artery Disease
Thyroid Disease Update
Ethnicity, Diabetes and New Treatment Options
Nutritional Support / TPN
Diabetic Neuropathy: New Treatment of What Works
Diabetic Neuropathy: Prevention, ESRD and Cardiovascular Disease
Diagnosis and Treatment of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Children
Diagnosis and Treatment of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Adults
The Increase in Metabolic Syndrome Seen in Pediatrics and New Treatment Options
Metabolic Syndrome Can be Seen in 20% of Adults; Review and New Treatment Options
Outpatient Clinical Nutrition Pearls for Pediatrics
Outpatient Clinical Nutrition Pearls; Risk and Benefits in Adults
Nutrition and Cancer Prevention
How to Outlive Your Parents
DM1 Review and New Treatment Options in Pediatrics
DM2 Review and New Treatment Options in Pediatrics
Hyperlipidemia in Children: When to Screen, Treat and Worry about Your Child


Author/Think Tank Scholar/Consultant
Executive Director


CRISPR/Gene Editing Revolution
Personal Genomics
Genetic Screening and Disease
Designer Babies: Fact or Fiction
Genetically Modified Foods and Pesticides: Health and Environmental Implications
How Biotechnology is Transforming Food and Farming
Chemicals and Risk: Chemophobia in the Home and Workplace
Modern Eugenics
How Genetics Impacts Disease, Behavior, and Intelligence
The taboo of ‘Race’ in Genetics
Genetics and Sports: Why blacks ‘dominate’ so many sports and why it’s taboo to discuss human differences
Jewish Genetics: DNA Origins of Jews and Implications for Medical Research

State: OH