The five members of the Advisory Board include: Thomas E. Dreisinger, PhD; Sam Toney, MD; Larry Cortez, MD, FACP; Michael Fulton, MD; and John Karazim, II, MD.
has 40 years of experience in medical practice, research, education and administration and 16 years of managed care experience.
He was Vice President for Clinical Innovation and Chief Medical Officer for Senior Products for Humana's seven states South Region, as well as Medical Director for the Ochsner Health Plan in Louisiana.
Prior to holding those positions, Dr. Cortez was a physician staff member where he held the following titles: Associate Head of Infectious Diseases, Medical Director for Patient Relations, Medical Director for Quality Assurance and President of the Medical Staff.
He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases and a Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
He has been on the faculty of LSU and Tulane Medical Schools and won several teaching awards.
has also contributed to medical literature with over 40 articles and book chapters and has lectured on four continents on infectious diseases and the appropriate use of antimicrobials.