U.S. Physiatry Leadership

Board of Directors

 

Mike de Cardenas, M.D., Chairman and Founder, completed his training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 1983.  He then completed a fellowship in Cardio Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Baylor in 1984.  In his 25 years of experience as a Physiatrist, he has helped build many rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient therapy centers, and skilled nursing facilities.  He serves as Corporate Medical Director for Preferred Care, an operator of over 80 skilled nursing facilities, for the past 17 years, where he has focused on building high quality rehabilitation programs for the post-acute setting.  He has previously served as Medical Director for Continental Medical Systems, HealthSouth, Select Medical Corporation and Rehab Care.   He has also served as an Advisor in the development of rehabilitation hospitals and outpatient centers in Spain, Mexico and Central and South America. 


Gary Anderson
 has served in various management positions in the Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation field for over forty (40) years. Starting in 1989 Mr. Anderson has been responsible for operations for Preferred Care affiliated companies with facilities in multiple states. Since 2004 Mr. Anderson has been a Partner with Preferred Care Partners Management Group based in Plano, Texas. PCPMG currently manages seventy-four (74) facilities in ten (10) states which have total revenues of 530MM employing approximately 9,000 employees.

David S. Chernow has served as President & Chief Development and Strategy Officer of Select Medical Corporation since January 2011. He served as President & Chief Strategy Officer from September to December 2010. He previously served as a director of Select from January 2002 until February 2005, and again from August 2005 until September 2010. From May 2007 to February 2010, Mr. Chernow served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Oncure Medical Corp., a national network of cancer treatment centers. From 2001 to 2007, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of JA Worldwide (formerly known as Junior Achievement). From 1999 to 2001, he was the President of the Physician Services Group at US Oncology, Inc. Mr. Chernow co-founded American Oncology Resources in 1992 and served as its Chief Development Officer until the time of the merger with Physician Reliance Network, Inc., which created US Oncology, Inc. in 1999.
 

Robert A. Ortenzio co-founded Select Medical Corporation and has served as director and Chief Executive Officer of Select Medical since September 2001. He previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer from February 1997 until September 2001. Before co-founding Select Medical, Mr. Ortenzio was an Executive Vice President and director of Horizon/CMS Healthcare Corporation. Mr. Ortenzio co-founded Continental Medical Systems, Inc. and served as its President until August 1996. Prior to that time, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Continental Medical Systems, Inc. from April 1988 to July 1995. Mr. Ortenzio joined Continental Medical Systems, Inc. as a Senior Vice President in February 1986. He also was a Vice President of Rehab Hospital Services Corporation.
 

Tom Scott has over twenty five years of experience in skilled nursing and rehabilitation.  He is the owner of Preferred Care, which operates over eighty skilled nursing facilities with a focus on short-term rehabilitation.
 

John H. Short, Ph.D. recently retired as CEO and president of RehabCare Group (NYSE:RHB) a post acute health care company, upon the sale of the company to Kindred Healthcare (NYSE:KND) where he is Vice Chair of their board of directors. During his seven year tenure the company grew revenue from $400 million to $1.4 billion. Prior to that Dr. Short was the managing partner of Phase 2 Consulting serving large acute care health systems through out the United States. Dr. Short currently serves on the Board of ALTHA and was a member of the AHA's Post Acute Presidents Forum. He received his Ph.D in economics from the University of Utah.

Jose L. Vargas, M.D. is a board certified physiatrist and internist. He completed his training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in Atlanta, Georgia at Emory University in 2004. Prior to that, he had completed a residency in Internal Medicine in New York City at Cabrini Medical Center where he also served as the Chief Resident. He has served on the Medical Advisory Boards of RehabCare in St. Louis, Missouri and Preferred Care of Plano, Texas. Dr. Vargas is currently the Medical Director of West Gables Rehabilitation Hospital in Miami, Florida where he has served in that capacity since 2005. Dr. Vargas has focused his practice on inpatient rehabilitation and post-acute rehabilitation in skilled nursing facilities.
 
 
 

Management Team

 

Paul E. Jardina serves as President & CEO of U.S. Physiatry. He has over 16 years experience in building and managing healthcare services companies. From 2001 to 2011 he served in various business development and operations leadership positions with U.S. Oncology, most recently as SVP/GM of the Company’s Pharmacy and Specialty Distribution Group. Prior to that he was SVP of Practice Operations Services where he had responsible for the Company’s pharmacy operations and clinical pathways, revenue cycle management, radiation business line, and clinical operations.   Prior to U.S. Oncology, he was VP of Physicians Data Corporation from 1995 to 2000, a company focused on healthcare informatics to improve the quality of and decrease the cost of healthcare, and as Senior Manager of Scott, Madden & Associates from 1991 to 1995, a general management and strategy consulting firm.
 

Jose L. Vargas, M.D. serves as Chief Medical Officer of U.S. Physiatry.  He is a board certified physiatrist and internist. He completed his training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in Atlanta, Georgia at Emory University in 2004. Prior to that, he had completed a residency in Internal Medicine in New York City at Cabrini Medical Center where he also served as the Chief Resident. He has served on the Medical Advisory Boards of RehabCare in St. Louis, Missouri and Preferred Care of Plano, Texas. Dr. Vargas is currently the Medical Director of West Gables Rehabilitation Hospital in Miami, Florida where he has served in that capacity since 2005. Dr. Vargas has focused his practice on inpatient rehabilitation and post-acute rehabilitation in skilled nursing facilities.
 
 
Charlotte H. Smith, M.D., a board certified physiatrist, serves as Chief Clinical Officer of U.S. Physiatry. In that capacity, she has overall responsibility for clinical protocol development and physician training. She is also the Medical Director of Transitionsfor Kindred Seattle Integrated Market in Seattle, where she is involved in developing a continuum of care with 4 Kindred post-acute facilities and 3 healthcare networks. An Austin native, Dr. Smith received her medical school and residency training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and returned to Austin to begin her private practice in 1990, working with several healthcare networks in leadership roles. She sub-specializes in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine and Neurorehabilitation, with a particular interest in transitions of care in the post-acute setting. She has been involved in teaching and research in conjunction with the University of Texas Southwestern, the University of Texas Medical Branch Austin, and the University of Washington programs. Dr. Smith is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the American Medical Association, and the American Hospital Association, serving on the Governing Council for AHA Rehabilitation and Post-acute Care. She has received awards for clinical excellence and lectures frequently about various rehabilitation topics, sports medicine, practice management, workers compensation, ethics and other issues.
 
 
Joe Stork serves as Chief Development Officer of U.S. Physiatry.  He has worked with physician his whole career. He started working with them in 1982 at Jackson & Coker, a national physician recruiting firm. He went on to run his own recruiting firm and in 1995 sold that firm and joined American Oncology, which later became US Oncology as Vice President of Development. After growing the company to over 800 physicians he left to become Chief Development officer of Fempartners, an OB/GYN management company, leading them to their most successful years of development. After a brief stint as a minister from 2003 to 2007, he joined Oncure Medical Corp as their Chief Development officer. Joe joined US Physiatry as Chief Development officer in January 2012.
 
 
Matthew T. Racer serves as Vice President, Revenue Cycle Operations for U.S. Physiatry. He has over fifteen years of experience in healthcare management and leadership.  Before joining U.S. Physiatry he has worked with both for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals, most recently serving as the Administrative Director of Finance for Houston’s Level 1 Trauma center at Memorial Hermann – TMC.  In his role at U.S. Physiatry, Mr. Racer provides strategic development and leadership for Revenue Cycle Management to support one of the nation's leading networks of physiatrists.

Our Leadership

Board of Directors

Mike de Cardenas, M.D.
Gary Anderson
David S. Chernow
Robert A. Ortenzio
Tom Scott
John H. Short, Ph.D.
Jose L. Vargas, M.D.

 

Management Team

Paul E. Jardina
Jose L. Vargas, M.D.
Charlotte H. Smith, M.D.
Joe Stork
Matthew T. Racer

 

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