Dr. Ryan G. Nazar
COVID-19 Issues: Causation, MMI and Long-Term Care
Dr. Nazar is a board certified in Disability Medicine, having received special training in the performance of high quality Independent Medical Evaluations by American Board of Independent Medical Examiners(ABIME), obtaining the prestigious certification as Certified Independent Medical Examiner (CIME). He established himself as an expert in The Guides at Commonwealth IME, LLC, serving as a national key opinion leader regarding Long COVID-19 and head injury as it relates to worker’s compensation. He has developed numerous medicolegal protocols for Long COVID-19 and head injury that are being used across the country and has taught numerous courses to support continuing medical education (CME). Dr.Nazar is also currently the Executive Medical Director of eRounds, LLC, leading their professional education initiatives, learning innovations, and research related to the fields of neurosurgery and orthopedics.
When the COVID-19 pandemic made it to USA in early 2020, Dr. Nazar was a leader in performance excellence and process improvement for Norton Healthcare as the Director of Clinical Effectiveness, helping to establish the COVID Command Center. He played a pivotal role in implementing crisis response strategies to safely deliver healthcare in an uncertain time. His subject matter expertise as both a physician and process improvement expert allowed him to integrate the ever-changing literature, research, and guidelines into action plansfor frontline workers. He additionally co-founded Norton’s Way to Wellbeing Resilience Program for healthcare workers to combat the psychological stress due to the pandemic.
Dr. Nazar graduated Summa Cum Laude from Eckerd College, with bachelor’s degrees of high distinction in Biochemistry and Psychology. He went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Kentucky earning High Honors Distinction and national recognition from the American Society of Clinical Pathology in research. He went on to do an internship in neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and 5 years of neurosurgery residency at the University of Louisville. During his residency he patented a 3-D printed cervical collar (The Align Collar), founded a neurosurgery didactic series (Brain and Spine School), and was awarded the 2016 AANS/CNS joint section award for his research in spinal trauma.
Dr. Nazar has published peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts, as well as presented at conferences at the national level on head and spinal trauma. Dr. Nazar transitioned from full time clinical medicine to entrepreneurship in healthcare delivery & technology in 2016 when he founded SurgeonIDEAS, LLC aimed at innovating medical education, physician drive performance improvement for health systems, and rapid prototyping. He has worked as an adjunct professor at a health professional cadaver lab; served as the Chief Medical Officer for Surgical Labs, LLC, leading the way in artificial intelligent value-based purchasing; improved care delivery as healthcare delivery consultant for companies such as Baptist Healthcare and Johnson and Johnson; and has continued to practice medicine traveling with various medical brigades abroad, most recently Shoulder-to-Shoulder in Ecuador. He went on to obtain his Executive Master’s in Healthcare Administration (EMHA) from University of Southern California and is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt(CSSBB), concentrating on healthcare process improvement and efficient care delivery. He will be joining the University of Louisville’s Department of Entrepreneurship in the Fall 2022.