Advisory Board

Judith A. Csokasy, PhD

Dr. Judie Csokasy is a founding partner in The DJC Group, Inc., specializing in health care leadership, human resource development, teamwork and change management focused on nursing. She has developed and conducted numerous training programs, both classroom and electronic, on behavioral interviewing, conflict management, team building, and mentoring, for healthcare professionals and organizations.

Dr. Csokasy has been a tenured college professor of nursing at Indiana University and nursing leader at Denver’s Porter Hospital and at Basset Hospital, the rural educational site for New York’s Columbia University College of Medicine, located in upstate New York.

Dr. Csokasy has a BSN from Union College and an MSN from the State University of New York-Binghamton with an emphasis in Gerontology.  She received her PhD from Michigan State University in Technological Education. Her primary research has been the study of Alzheimer’s disease in newly diagnosed patients. She was part of a large team of physicians, nurses, and medical anthropologists in a funded longitudinal 7-year study from the National Institutes of Health Institute of Aging and Institute of Nursing Research and has published in various nursing and gerontology journals.  Dr. Csokasy contributed a chapter in the highly successful Teaching in Nursing: A Guide for Faculty now in its 3rd printing. In her spare time, Judie is an avid reader and gardener.

Wanda Phipatanakul, MD, MS (Pediatric Principal Investigator)

Dr. Phipatanakul is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a board-certified pediatric allergist and immunologist with training and a degree in clinical epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She received her undergraduate degree at Union College in 1990, her medical degree in 1994 at Loma Linda University and her Pediatric Residency Training was at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She completed her allergy and immunology subspecialty training in 2000 at Johns Hopkins University and has since been on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. While on faculty, she obtained an MS in Clinical Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has dual faculty appointments at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, both on the Harvard Medical School campus.

Dr. Phipatanakul has published over 40 publications related to asthma and allergic diseases and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2003 for her research evaluating the role of allergens and exposures in asthma and allergic disease development.  She is the Asthma Leader of the Division of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology at Boston Children’s Hospital and leads division- and hospital-wide Asthma QI initiatives regulating physician standards in Asthma Clinical Care..She is a partner in the Community Asthma Initiative and is active on the Community Asthma Advisory Boards; and is the Children’s Hospital, Boston representative of the Boston Asthma Coalition and chair of the Indoor Allergen Committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.  She is the loving wife of Dani Ruran, estate planning attorney, and mother of two children, Hana and Jack.

Douglas P. Tewes, M.D.

A native of Seward, Nebraska, Dr. Tewes has been a physician with Lincoln Orthopaedic Center, P.C. since 1993. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Kentucky. During this time he was awarded the American Orthopaedic Association National Travel Award Fellowship for his research on knee ligaments. Dr. Tewes also completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center.

Dr. Tewes currently serves on the hospital staffs of BryanLGH Medical Center East and West, St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center, and Seward Memorial Hospital. He is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and is a Fellow member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Medical Association, Nebraska Medical Association, Nebraska Orthopaedic Society, and Lancaster County Medical Society.

Merlin Wehling, M.D.

Dr. Wehling received his undergraduate degree from Union College in 1997 and his medical degree from Loma Linda University in 2001. After realizing his goal of becoming a board certified doctor of Anesthesia, Dr. Wehling has enjoyed the freedom of private practice and the rewards of meeting the challenge of treating acute pain after surgery.  After having completed his residency at the University of Iowa, he has been developing an acute pain program at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska, employing regional techniques that use nerve blocks and catheters.

Dr. Wehling believes education is the key to providing ever better patient care.  Thus, along with a busy practice in and out of the operating room, he has devoted much time to educating his fellow professionals on topics including postoperative nausea and vomiting, malignant hyperthermia, local anesthetics and toxicity, regional anesthesia and acute pain management. 

Tom White, M.D.

Dr. Tom White has been a general surgeon in Omaha, Nebraska since 1995 when he joined Midwest Surgical Associates. His areas of interest include minimally invasive and bariatric surgery.  He graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1986 and University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1990, where he went on to complete his surgical residency in 1995.  He currently holds the position of Chief of Surgery at Immanuel Medical Center in Omaha.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Southwestern Surgical Society and the Society for Laparoscopic Surgeons.  He currently serves as vice president for the Nebraska chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. White is on the staffs of Immanuel Medical Center, Lakeside Hospital and Nebraska Methodist Hospital.  Besides enjoying his busy practice, Dr. White and his wife Mary have four children, Anna, Michael, Nicole and Joshua.