A Unique Team
Relia Healthcare Advisors is a team of highly experienced healthcare leaders who have formed professional and personal relationships with each other over several decades. That familiarity and trust provides our clients with a highly functional team that works well with each other, creating efficiency, creativity and effectiveness in the solutions we bring to your organization.
Each member of our team has served in senior executive positions with some of the nation's top healthcare organizations. As a result, you are served by senior members of our firm, with a partner assigned to you throughout our engagement.
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We know the complexity and challenges you face in your senior healthcare role. We know the isolation that responsibility can place on you. We have walked in your shoes. Our expertise is in joining you on that journey as a confidential and trusted advisor. Let's begin the conversation. Speak with our managing partner to explore how RELIA can assist you with your goals.
Rod Brace, Ph.D.
A lifelong leader in healthcare management, Dr. Rod Brace most recently retired as Regional President and Chief Learning Officer for the Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, Texas. Previously, Rod served in various operational positions including Chief of Ambulatory Services, network CEO, and hospital CEO. Rod also serves as a well-respected executive coach, national speaker, author, and faculty member at the American College of Healthcare Executives and the University of Alabama - Birmingham. He holds an MBA and PhD in Management with an emphasis in employee engagement, organizational design, and leadership. (Recent Publications)
Michael Shabot, MD, FACS, FCCM, FACMI
Dr. Shabot is the former Executive Vice President and System Chief Clinical Officer of the Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, Texas, which includes 17 hospitals, 20 ambulatory surgical centers and 300 other ambulatory sites. Memorial Hermann has private, employed and academic medical groups totaling 6,500 physicians and an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Memorial Hermann’s ACO generated the highest annual savings the CMS Medicare Shared Savings Program has ever recorded, totaling $200 million. Dr. Shabot serves as former chairman of Memorial Hermann’s ACO Board.
Under his leadership, Memorial Hermann embarked on a journey to high reliability safety. In 2013, Memorial Hermann received the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality, presented by the Joint Commission and National Quality Forum. In 2009, Memorial Hermann received both the National Quality Healthcare Award from the National Quality Forum and the National Patient Safety Leadership Award from the VHA Foundation and National Business Group on Health. In 2016, the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital received the Baldrige National Quality Award, and in 2017 and 2018 respectively, the Memorial Hermann’s Katy Hospital and Memorial City Medical Center received the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE).
Dr. Shabot serves as Adjunct Professor at the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics and UTHealth School of Public Health. He also serves on the Board Quality Committee of the Mercy System, St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to joining Memorial Hermann, Dr. Shabot served as Associate Director of Surgery, Director of Surgical Intensive Care and Medical Director of Information Services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, where he also served as Chief of Staff. He is co-author of the book Integrating Quality and Strategy in Health Care Organizations, published in August 2012.
Dr. Shabot received his medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He is board certified in general surgery and surgery critical care. Dr. Shabot is married to Linda Ann Shabot and they have three children in Texas and California. (Recent Publications)
Paul Barach, MD, MPH, Maj (ret.)
Paul has more than 25 years of experience as a practicing anesthesiologist and intensive care expert trained at Massachusetts General Hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, and senior physician executive and hospital administrator, in academic medical centers and integrated delivery systems in US and internationally. He is a formally trained health services researcher, with advanced post graduate training in patient safety, lean six sigma; quality improvement; health information technology; decision-making; at Intermountain Healthcare under Brent James, and in advanced medical education; and assessment methods, from the Harvard Medical School Josiah Macy Program. He has had additional training in epidemiology, and advanced biostatistics, including both methodological as well as applied technology, hospital design, and medical device assessment. He spent 5 years in the military including as a Battalion Physician and was involved in team training, leadership and simulation work.
He is a trained executive coach and regularly works with senior healthcare executives. Paul has published extensively more than 200 refereed contributions, and 300 total publications, and 5 books. (Recent Publications)
Douglas Monroe MD MBA
The former System Director for Quality, Patient Safety and Infection Control at Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, Texas, Dr. Monroe has over twenty years of healthcare experience including strategy and strategic planning, physician engagement, clinical integration, accountable care, high reliability, clinical operations and large and integrated traditional consulting engagement.
Memorial Hermann received the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality, presented by the Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, and the National Quality Healthcare Award from the National Quality Forum as a direct result of his work.
Dr. Monroe’s work focuses on engaging operators, clinicians, executives and board members in measurable, evidence-based outcomes improvement. He has helped large systems, academic medical centers and community hospitals align governance, strategy, operations and outcomes with evidence-based clinical excellence, emerging healthcare reimbursement models, market demand and increased risk.
Dr. Monroe holds a medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, a Master of Business Administration from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and a Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature and history from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. (Recent Publications)
Bill Riley, MD, FACHE
With over three decades of experience as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in both academic and private practice, Dr. Riley recently retired after serving for thirteen years as a regional chief medical officer for four Memorial Hermann hospitals in Houston, Texas. One of those hospitals, the Sugar Land campus, was a 2016 recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Throughout his career Bill has held numerous national leadership roles in organized medicine, been a faculty member at the American College of Healthcare Executives, served as a Baldrige National Examiner and spoken widely on high reliability healthcare, physician engagement and organizational effectiveness.
Wilson Weber served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Community Hospital Corporation (CHC). He was responsible for the operational management and oversight of CHC’s owned and leased hospitals as well as CHC Consulting client hospitals. Wilson brought over 30 years of both not-for-profit and for-profit executive operations and management experience to the CHC team.
During the various leadership roles held throughout his career, Wilson’s organizations have been recognized for their exemplary performance in quality, patient satisfaction, employee communication and teamwork, as well as strong financials. Prior to joining CHC in 2005, Wilson served in various Senior Executive roles for organizations such as Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Tenet, HealthTrust, AMI and EPIC.
Wilson is a graduate of the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He holds a Master of Science in Hospital Administration from the University of North Texas. Wilson is also a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.