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Max Hamburger, MD
Founder, Executive Chairman and Chief Medical Officer
maxhamburger@unitedrheumatology.com
(631) 656-7199

Dr. Hamburger is Founder and Executive Chairman of United Rheumatology and Managing Partner of Rheumatology Associates of Long Island (RALI) as well as the President of the New York State Rheumatology Society. He served as Chief of Rheumatology at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center from 1988 until 2006, and has been Emeritus Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at SUNY Stony Brook since 1980. He has been the lead author or author of over 50 publications. He has been honored by the Arthritis Foundation for his service to the Long Island Community, receiving the Regina Quick Award for Medical Excellence.


Douglas Tardio
Chief Executive Officer
dtardio@unitedrheumatology.com
(914) 475 1969

Doug has spent 25 years in healthcare in both start-up and enterprise environments. Working for both Aetna and Oxford Health Plans, Doug’s primary responsibilities were contracting and management of hospital and physician networks. After a period in healthcare consulting, Doug became Chief Operating Officer of New York Medical Imaging a regional Radiology Benefit Management company.

Over the course of the next 14 years, he would grow this company as President, COO then CEO to become the largest benefit management company in the country managing over 40 million insured across 34 different health insurers. On investment by General Atlantic in 2014, CareCore National’s 1,800 employees handled 40,000 clinical reviews per day across radiology, cardiology, radiation therapy, oncology, orthopedics, and obstructive sleep apnea in both risk and fee for service environments.

After 4 years on the Board of United Rheumatology, Doug became the President, CEO in January of 2019.


William A. Moore
Chief Technology Officer
wmoore@unitedrheumatology.com
(330) 671 4520

William Moore has an incredible background in information technology dating back to a first to market technology company founded while still in college. Along his career he has built a vast array of technology platforms from telecom in Central America, to the core ATM backbone for AT&T’s internet traffic.

While at CareCore National, he was responsible for the development of the organization’s case management engine that collected and reported on over 8 billion pieces of healthcare data annually. Additionally, he filled the critical role of interfacing with each customer’s health plan’s technology department, coordinating the movement of millions of member’s eligibility data through claims payment while supporting technology systems handling 20,000 phone calls per day.

Bill joined UR in the fall of 2018, assuming the role of Chief Technology Officer.


James F. Albano
Executive Vice President, Payer Strategy and Operations
jalbano@unitedrheumatology.com
(732) 687 1704

Jim Albano is a seasoned, strategic health care executive with extensive expertise in hospital and physician network strategies, reimbursement innovations, coupled with a strong background in health plan operations. Jim was responsible for catalyzing the transformation of health care delivery in New Jersey from pay for volume to pay for value, with a focus on primary care population health as Vice President, Network Management, Pharmacy Services and Healthcare Innovation Strategies for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey from 2012 until 2015, introducing shared risk and shared savings arrangements which shifted accountability to the treating physician in a significant way. During his tenure with Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey he led all operations for Horizon’s largest customer, the New Jersey State Health Benefits Program.

In 2012, Jim became the public spokesperson for Horizon on population health, patient centered medical homes and accountable care relationships on television, print media and with New Jersey regulators and legislators. Jim also co-chaired Horizon’s efforts to commercialize the pay for value arrangements by creating tiered networks and new product designs featuring these concepts. Later in 2015, Jim took on a similar role at EmblemHealth, a New York City based health plan which had already developed full risk relationships with key providers such as the Montefiore health system and Health Care Partners, a very large physician led organization serving a significant number of Emblem members. Jim led the expansion of those programs to additional Emblem members. Jim left EmblemHealth in August of 2017 to pursue an independent consulting career. He joined UR in late 2018 to lead the development of UR’s payer program offerings.


Kelley Jewett
Senior Vice President, Recruitment Specialist and Pharma Contracting
kjewett@unitedrheumatology.com
(215) 962 4211

Kelley joined UR in January 2018 bringing extensive leadership experience in both sales and marketing in the diagnostic and biopharmaceutical sector, most recently serving as the National Sales Director for Crescendo Bioscience, a molecular diagnostic laboratory focused on rheumatoid arthritis. Earlier, she worked for Janssen, a division of Johnson and Johnson, in a number of roles responsible for the growth of intravenous and injectable biologics in various autoimmune diseases.

After years of interacting with rheumatologists, she joined UR to lead our national team of member solutions representatives, and to work with our members to continue to advance the standard of care, strengthen the doctor-patient relationship, and manage the challenges of preserving an independent rheumatology practice.


Lynette Brynes
Senior Vice President, Operations
lynette@unitedrheumatology.com
(631) 334 6296

In addition to her role as UR’s Senior Vice President of Operations, Lynette is also the COO of Rheumatology Associates of Long Island, an 11 physician, a six-facility practice that provides full ancillary services, clinical research, and in-office infusion services. Lynette has been managing medical practices in the healthcare industry for more than 30 years. She is a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of turn-key practice operations and enhancing revenue cycle management. She is an expert in optimizing clinical documentation workflow in the EMR, enabling data capture for analysis to improve the patient experience and healthcare outcomes.

Lynette is active in many organizations that support practice management development and patient advocacy. She is a founding and past board member of the National Organization of Rheumatology Managers (NORM) and currently serves as Education Committee Chair and Strategic Planning Committee member. She is a Past President for the NY Chapter of MGMA.

A member of the New York State Rheumatology Society (NYSRS), Lynette chairs the Practice Management Forum, developing and delivering educational content for National Physician and Administrator speaker programs.