The 2016 Crouse Lecture Speakers and Panelists
Dave Mayer, MD
Vice President, Quality and Safety – MedStar Health
David Mayer, MD, is Vice President of Quality and Safety for MedStar Health. He is responsible for overseeing the infrastructure for clinical quality and its operational efficiency for MedStar and each of its entities. Dr. Mayer also designs and directs system-wide activity for patient safety and risk reduction programs. Read more.
Jack and Teresa Gentry
Jack Gentry joined MedStar Health’s system level Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality and Safety in May 2016, three years after he was seriously injured during elective surgery at a MedStar hospital.As a result of the open, compassionate way that his surgeon and MedStar responded, Jack and his wife, Teresa, have become vocal advocates for MedStar’s approach and the larger movement across the country in the way healthcare providers respond to unintentional medical harm.
Bob and Barb Malizzo
Bob and Barb Malizzo know that to make sure others benefit from their daughter's death, they must talk about it. Time has passed, but it's still difficult to discuss their daughter, Michelle Malizzo Ballog, who went in to the hospital for routine surgery, was put to sleep — and never woke up, "It's always hard. We live it again. But it's something that has to get done. So, we get through it," Malizzo said. The Malizzo’s talk about Michelle as their way of ensuring her death was not in vain. Working with the University of Illinois at Chicago, where the procedure was done, the family is making it a point to bring a family's perspective to hospital practices when they sit in on the monthly safety review board meetings. The family also has spoken at seminars across the country about their experience, and how the hospital's admitting the medical error led to a safety partnership, all without any lawsuits filed.
Senior Managing Partner – Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A.
Mr. Schochor is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, and the American University School of Law, where he was Associate Editor-In-Chief of the Law Review. He has served as a Board Member, Secretary, Vice-President, and President of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, and has further served as the Maryland State Delegate and Governor of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Over his career, Mr. Schochor has been recognized by many legal organizations including: The Association of Trial Lawyers of America’s Top 100 Lawyers™; Maryland Super Lawyers™; Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers™; Best Lawyers in America™; and Baltimore and Washington D.C.’s Best Lawyers™. Additionally, he has achieved the highest rating possible by Martindale-Hubbell™—a rating which recognizes the highest level of both legal ability and ethical standards, and has been selected as one of America’s Most Honored Professionals™, an accomplishment realized by the top five percent of American professionals. His firm has also been recognized by U.S. News and World Report and Newsweek. Most recently, Mr. Schochor was named one of the Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in the State of Maryland by the American Society of Legal Advocates.
Donald L. Devries, Jr.
Partner – Goodell, Devries
Mr. DeVries has tried well over 100 cases to verdict. Since he and his partners established Goodell DeVries in 1988, he has built an award-winning regional medical malpractice defense litigation practice and is known for successfully representing many notable clients in trial and appellate courts. According to clients quoted in The Best Lawyers of America, Mr. DeVries is “a giant among his peers” and “uses his vast experience to recommend thoughtful defense strategies, has the respect of the plaintiff’s bar, and utilizes his many relationships to obtain successful outcomes on cases.” Further, “[Mr. DeVries’] quiet yet strong manner provides clients great comfort and his adversaries great concern. His ethics are unassailable and his competence is unquestionable. When I have a matter that requires great legal skill coupled with common sense and intellect, Don is my lawyer of first choice.” As described by Chambers USA, a leading guide to the legal industry, he is a “superb lawyer” who is “top of the heap in medical malpractice and products liability defense in Maryland.” Being recognized as a leader by his peers, Mr. DeVries was honored as a recipient of The Daily Record's Leadership in Law Award (2006). He has consecutively been honored by The Best Lawyers in America every year since 1995. Mr. DeVries also has been a top-two placement among the Top 10 attorneys in Maryland since 2007 as voted by his peers and announced by Maryland Super Lawyer magazine.
James O'C. Gentry, Jr.
Counsel to the Firm – Bekman, Marder and Adkins
James O'Conor Gentry Jr. is a seasoned trial attorney with over thirty years experience in the legal arena. Mr. Gentry has tried over 120 jury trials. While serving as a police officer for nine years, Gentry obtained an M.A. degree in law and forensic science from George Washington University. He then graduated from the University of Baltimore Law School where he earned his Juris Doctorate. While at Baltimore, he was presented with the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence. Mr. Gentry joined the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office where he litigated numerous high profile cases. As a prosecutor, he developed a unique combination of expertise in the use of computer technology and graphics at trial, which he now applies to the firm's complex medical malpractice and catastrophic injury cases. Mr. Gentry has been the subject of an August 20, 2006 feature article in the Baltimore Sun, where he was called a "pioneer in the use of technology in the courtroom." A prominent Circuit Court Judge referred to him as the "master," stating "there is no one better when it comes to putting together these presentations."
Vice President, Risk Management – MedStar Health
Larry L. Smith is Vice President of Risk Management for MedStar Health and president of MedStar Health's captive insurance company, Greenspring Financial Insurance Limited, Inc. of Cayman. In his role, he is responsible for the design, implementation and administration of MedStar Health's broad comprehensive risk management, self-insurance and commercial insurance program. Read more.