Speaker Bios (Phoenix)
Richard Urso, MD
Richard Urso is a medical doctor and scientist who graduated AOA with highest Honors from the University of Texas, School of Medicine. He continued with 5 years of postgraduate training and research and is the sole inventor of an FDA approved wound healing drug. He’s gone on to repurpose many other medications for usage in scarring, wound healing, inflammation, and viral infection. He’s the former Chief of Orbital Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He’s been involved in Covid-19 since March 2020 discussing pandemic response and he has treated over 1100 COVID patients. He’s been in the White House, in Congress and the Senate and worked with members of the FDA, the CDC and the NIH. He’s been actively involved in his state, with both the Governor’s office and the Texas Senate.
Kat Lindley, DO, FACOFP
Dr. Kat Lindley is a board-certified family physician and owns a direct primary care practice in Texas. Her passion has always been helping people. As a young adult, who fled a war-torn country (former Yugoslavia) she lived in many different countries before her travels led her to the United States and medical school in Florida. She became a family physician because she loved the idea of taking care of the whole family and seeing the family grow. Later in her career, she became interested in helping find solutions in improving the overall healthcare system as she has seen with her own eyes that some things were broken, and many patients were left wondering how to navigate the murky waters of the system.
Doctor Lindley is involved with many medical organizations, including American Academy of Physicians and Surgeons, is on the Steering Committee of World Council for Health, and is a passionate advocate for her profession, her patients and veteran healthcare.
As a mom of 5, she understands the importance of being involved in her children's lives, and that prompted her run for the local School Board where she has served for the past 4 years. "Our future is our children, and making sure they succeed is one of the most important things we as parents can do."
Heather Gessling, MD
Dr. Gessling graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with a B.S. in Biochemistry and went on to medical school and residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She lives in Columbia, Missouri with her family. Dr. Gessling was Chief of Staff at her hospital in Missouri through the COVID pandemic with thousands of patients under her care. By implementing preventative measures and early outpatient treatment she was able to keep her patients healthy throughout the year. When her hospital required that she take the COVID-19 vaccine, in spite of having had COVID and recovered, she resigned from her position and started her own clinic where she could treat patients as she sees fit.
Dr. Gessling worked with Dr. Robert Malone, Dr. Peter McCullough, Dr. Ryan Cole, Dr. Richard Urso, Dr. Pierre Kory, and Dr. John Littell to author the Physician’s Declaration, an International Alliance of Physicians and Medical Scientists. She continues to be a voice of truth and an advocate of early, effective treatments for COVID-19. Keeping families healthy, happy, and productive is her main goal. Her new clinic utilizes the Direct Primary Care model in order to care for her patients without the constraints of insurance companies, enabling her to provide accessible care that is comprehensive and excellent. Her website is gesslingfamilywellness.com.
Kirk Milhoan, MD, PhD, FAAP, FACC
Kirk graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Chemistry from Point Loma Nazarene University. He received his PhD from UCSD in Cardiovascular Physiology and Pharmacology, focusing on cellular mechanisms of cardiac inflammation, specifically the role of platelet activating factor in activating the myocardial inflammation process. He then received his medical degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the Jefferson Medical College of the Thomas Jefferson University. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society as a third-year medical student. He completed his pediatric residency at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base and pediatric cardiology fellowship at San Diego Children’s Hospital/UCSD. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology, and a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American Academy of Pediatrics. He served thirteen years in the United States Air Force as a pediatric cardiologist and flight surgeon and served two tours in Iraq. He is the medical director and co-founder, with his wife Kimberly D. Milhoan, MD, FASA of For Hearts and Souls, a non-profit organization specializing in the international care of children with congenital heart disease. As the medical director and diagnostic cardiologist for the organization, he has voluntarily served the needs of tens of thousands of children with heart defects in Bolivia, Honduras, Mongolia, Mexico, Kurdistan, Iraq, Israel, Sudan, Uzbekistan, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, Kosovo, Tibet and Nepal. The organization has performed over 700 invasive pediatric cardiac procedures internationally. Kirk is also the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel South Maui. He and his wife have treated many patients with COVID-19 through their federally recognized free mobile medical clinic in Maui.
Pierre Kory, MD, MPA
Dr. Kory is the former Chief of the Critical Care Service and Medical Director of the Trauma and Life Support Center at the University of Wisconsin. He is a Board-Certified Specialist in Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, and Internal Medicine. He is most known in his specialty as an one of the international pioneers in the development and teaching of Critical Care Ultrasonography. He is the senior editor of the most popular and award-winning textbook in that field and the 2nd edition of his book has now been published in 7 languages.
Dr. Kory has also been nationally recognized as a pioneer in the research and application of; 1) the use of therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest and 2) the efficacy of intravenous ascorbic acid in the treatment of severe infections and septic shock. He is also well known as a master educator, having accumulated multiple teaching awards throughout his career at both the Departmental and Divisional levels among the multiple institutions where he has served as faculty.
During the COVID-19 epidemic, Dr. Kory left Wisconsin to lead an ICU in his hometown of New York City during their initial catastrophic surge in the US, and then later he led ICU’s in multiple massive outbreak areas such as Greenville, SC and Milwaukee, WI. Most importantly, from the first onset of COVID-19, under the leadership of his close colleague Professor Paul Marik, Dr. Kory helped form and became the President of a non-profit organization made up of an internationally renowned workgroup of critical care experts called the Front-Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance.
Dr. Kory spoke at a Senate Homeland Security Committee meeting on December 8, 2020. In that testimony, he led a call to action of the US national health care agencies to investigate and adopt ivermectin as a solution to the current crisis of the pandemic by its ability to stop transmission, hospitalizations, and death in COVID-19. His testimony and his organization's I-MASK+ treatment protocol for the prophylaxis and early treatment of COVID-19 has now gone viral in many countries around the world, with one website video in the US now having been viewed 6 million times.
Ryan Cole, MD
Dr. Ryan Cole, CEO and Medical Director of Cole Diagnostics, serves clinicians throughout Idaho and the nation with expert pathology diagnoses and patient centered care. Dr. Cole completed his residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the Mayo Clinic, where he was chief fellow during his surgical pathology fellowship, followed by a year as chief fellow at the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology in New York City, under the direction of world renowned dermatopathologist, the late A. Bernard Ackerman. Dr. Cole’s philosophy is that the patient comes first in every diagnosis, and that the clinician needs definitive answers in order to best treat their patients.
Having seen over half a million pathology cases in his practice, Dr. Cole is uniquely suited to provide answers quickly and accurately. He is licensed in 12 states and serves patients from Maine to California. Cole Diagnostics, one of the largest independent laboratories in Idaho, was founded in 2004 and has grown from a boutique dermatopathology practice to a full service Anatomic and Clinical pathology laboratory with an extensive menu of testing capabilities, including molecular testing, microbiology, clinical laboratory blood testing, and cytology, in addition to outpatient surgical biopsies. He has helped perform and diagnose over 100,000 COVID tests this past year.
Flávio A. Cadegiani, MD
Endocrinologist & Visiting Professor, Faculty of Floriano (FAESF), Brazil. Founder, President & Medical Director – Corpometria Institute, Brazil. Ad hoc consultant for the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa). Consultant for Nat’l. Commission for Incorporation of New Technologies, Devices and Drugs, Brazilian Health System (SUS).
Paul Marik, MD
Dr Marik received his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He was an ICU attending at Baragwanath Hospital, in Soweto, South Africa. During this time he obtained a Master of Medicine Degree, Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacology, Diploma in Anesthesia as well as a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Dr Marik did a Critical Care Fellowship in London, Ontario, Canada, during which time he was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeon of Canada. Dr Marik has worked in various teaching hospitals in the US since 1992. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Neurocritical Care and Nutrition Science. Dr. Marik is currently Professor of Medicine. Dr Marik has written over 500 peer reviewed journal articles, 80 book chapters and authored four critical care books. He has been cited over 44 000 times in peer-reviewed publications and has an H-index of 98. He has delivered over 350 lectures at international conferences and visiting professorships. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the National Teacher of the Year award by the American College of Physicians in 2017. Dr. Marik is the co-founder of the Front-Line Critical Care Alliance (FLCCC).