50 Most Influential People in Workers’ Compensation

This list of the most influential people in workers’ compensation and occupational medicine has been compiled from those active in both fields. Thousands of practitioners were polled including attorneys, case managers, disability specialists, nurses, physical therapists, physicians, rehabilitation counselors, rehabilitation nurses, and workers’ compensation specialists were consulted.

H. Michael Bagley is a partner in Drew Eckl Farnham. Atty. Bagley has been practicing for more than 30 years in both First Party Insurance Matters and Workers’ Compensation defense. Nyla Medlock’s professional background includes twenty years in the recruiting industry specializing exclusively in the recruitment of corporate medical directors, global medical directors and occupational health physicians.
Lee A. Blitstein is a workers’ compensation attorney at Altman, Lunche, & Blistein. Mr. Blitstein has extensive experience in the practice of workers’ compensation litigation. J. Mark Melhorn, MD is in Orthopaedic Practice at The Hand Center, PA and is a Clinical Associate Professor, Section of Orthopaedics, Department of Surgery, University of Kansas, School of Medicine, Wichita.
Bruce Bonds is a past Chair of our state-wide workers’ compensation practice group and has spent his entire legal career with Heyl Royster. He concentrates his expertise in the area of workers’ compensation, third-party defense of employers, and employment law.Kathryn L. Mueller, MD, MPH, FACOEM is Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Colorado School of Public Health and is Medical Director, Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation, Colorado Department of Labor & Employment.
John Boyd Esq. is a shareholder and workers’ compensation trial attorney at Boyd, Kenter, Thomas, & Parrish LLC.William C. Nemeth, MD is Medical Director for RestoreFx, an interdisciplinary pain management practice in Austin Texas, focusing on the rehabilitation of patients with pain and substance dependence disorders.
John F. Burton Jr. is a distinguished Professor Emeritus in the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) at Rutgers University. Burton previously served as Dean of SMLR and as a faculty member at Cornell University.Albert J. Osbahr III, MD is the current medical director of occupational health services at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, N.C., a position he has held since 2004. He is a past president of the North Carolina Medical Society (2008–2009.)
Wayne Norman Burton is Chief Medical Officer at American Express. He directs employee health services, safety, global employee assistance program, disease management, workplace wellness programs and medical leave programs. Joseph Paduda is the principal of Health Strategy Associates, is a nationally recognized expert in medical management in group health and workers’ compensation, with deep experience in pharmacy services.
Jennifer Christian MD, MPH is Chair, Co-Founder & Executive Director - Praxis Partners Consortium and Founder, President and Chief Medical Officer of Webility Corporation in Wayland, MA.Ronald W. Porter, PT, CEAS III is Director of The Back School and is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Occupational Safety and Health, and Ergonomics.

Debbie Cohen OBE, MD, FFOM, FRCGP, FRCP, FAcMed is an Occupational Health Physician and Senior Medical Research Fellow at the Centre for Psychosocial Research Occupational and Physician Health.Glenn S. Pransky, MD, M.OCC.H. is a Director, Center for Disability Research, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety and Health, and Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA.
Michael Coupland, CPsych, RPsych CRC is a Charter Psychologist, Registered Psychologist and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. He co-founded three national Disability Evaluations companies that have performed over 160,000 evaluations. James A. Reiter, Esq. is a founding Shareholder of Charfoos Reiter Hébert, P.C. He limits his practice to the defense of Employers in Workers’ Compensation matters and the representation of management in Labor & Employment law.
Richard W. Dell, Jr., Esq. is a founding member of Dell, Moser, Lane, and Loughney and chairs the firm’s workers’ compensation litigation group. His practice concentrates on the representation of national corporations, insurance carriers and employers in workers’ compensation litigation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Gerald A. Rosenthal, Esq. is a Board Certified Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryle. Gerald A. Rosenthal has been a dedicated champion of the everyday hero – police officers, firefighters, teachers, nurses, construction workers, farm workers, and more.
Kerry Dove is the senior manager of Safety & Medical Management for Nissan North America, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for Safety, Ergonomics, Industrial Hygiene & Workers’ Compensation.Peter Rousmaniere is a journalist and consultant in the field of risk management, with a special focus on work injury risk. Originally an entrepreneur, his work evolved into consulting and writing. He works primarily as a free-lance journalist.
Kenneth Eichler has over twenty years of Insurance and Guidelines experience and is a recognized insurance industry subject matter expert with a focus on Regulatory & Legislative Initiatives, Treatment Guidelines, Disability Management, Return-to-Work Reform, Program Development and Process Flow.Howard M. Sandler, M.D. founded Sandler Occupational Medicine Associates, Inc. (SOMA) as a response to business’, labor’s and government’s need for quality, service-oriented approaches to address the many scientific, programmatic and regulatory issues across a broad range of problems in occupational and environmental health.
Gary M. Franklin, MD, MPH is a board-certified neurologist whose current positions are Research Professor, Departments of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and Medicine (Neurology), University of Washington School of Public Health, and Medical Director, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.Alan J. Shapiro presently practices law with the firm of Shapiro, Shapiro, and Shapiro LLP. Mr. Shapiro limits his practice to representation of injured workers concerning State of Ohio Workers’ Compensation claims; Longshore and Harbor Workers Act Cases; Defense Base Act cases, Non-Appropriated Funds claims; and Federal Workers’ Compensation Act claims. Mr. Shapiro has been a featured speaker at numerous legal seminars.
Kathleen Fraser is a Registered Nurse, a Certified Case Manager, Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse and Board Certified in Case Management with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Robert W. Sherrill, MBA, PT, CHT, CEAS is Vice President & Staff Therapist at Mid America Rehab and is certified by the National Board for Certification in Physical Therapy.
Vasili J. Gatsinaris is a Doctor of chiropractic, qualified medical evaluator in Irvine, CA. Dynamic and dedicated chiropractor with 10+ years at the head of a private practice with a reputation that attracts professional athletes and Fortune 500 corporate clients.Warren K. Sponsler has dedicated his entire legal career defending employers and insurance carriers in workers’ compensation litigation in Florida and Georgia and has engaged in all aspects of workers’ compensation defense including Longshore and Harbor claims.
Lee Steven Glass, MD, JD is employed as Associate Medical Director for the State of Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries since April 1998.James B. Talmage, M.D., FAADEP, FACOEM was Acting Medical Director for the State of Tennessee Division of Worker’s Compensation in 2013. In 2014 he became a permanent Assistant Medical Director for the Division.
Natalie Hartenbaum M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.O.E.M. is President and CEO of OccuMedix, Inc. and provides occupational health and safety consulting services to various size companies, professional organizations, hospitals and clinics.Vincent M. Tentindo Esq. is one of the founding partners and the managing partner of Tentindo, Kendall, Canniff & Keefe, LLP, which, in the last 14 years, has become the largest workers' compensation defense firm in New England.
Dru Hauter, MD is Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for the Integrated Work Injury Network (IWIN) in Normal, Illinois. His focus is mostly on the evidence based treatment of work related injuries. Melissa D. Tonn, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., CPE, FACOEM, FACPM, FAADEP, DAAPM is a Board Certified Occupational Medicine Physician and Certified in Pain Management. She is President and Chief Medical Officer of OccMD Group P.A.
Kurt Timothy Hegmann, MD, MPH is Center Director and Professor at Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Department of Family & Preventive Medicine, University of Utah.David B. Torrey is a Workers’ Compensation Judge and Medical Fee Review Hearing Officer at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor & Industry, Office of Workers’ Compensation Adjudication.
H. Douglas Jones, Esq. is a workers’ compensation trial lawyer with Jones Howard Law. His areas of concentration are Workers’ Compensation; Civil Litigation; and Governmental Affairs.

Amy Townsend has served in Risk Management at General Cable since April 2007. Amy started as a Risk Analyst, with most recently being promoted to the Risk and Claims manager in 2013.
Michael Joseph Kenosh, M.D. is a board certified PM+R physician at Big Horn Rehabilitation Medicine, PC in Cody, Wyoming and Rutland Regional Medical Center, Medical Director of Rehabilitation Services in Rutland, Vermont.John W. Valente, Esq. is a partner at Ryan, Smith & Carbine Ltd. In Rutland, VT. He concentrates his practice to workers’ compensation cases.
Richard W. Lenkov is a workers’ compensation trial attorney at Bryce Downey & Lenkov. Rich partners closely with his clients, ranging from Fortune 50 Corporations to small businesses, to achieve successful litigation outcomes.Bruce E. Warren, Esq. is a Partner at Thomas, Mamer & Haughey. Practice concentration includes Workers' Compensation Defense and related litigation.
Ronald R. Loeppke, M.D., M.P.H., FACOEM, FACPM is President of U.S. Preventive Medicine® leading a global preventive health care movement focused on saving lives and money by keeping people healthy and better managing chronic conditions before they progress. Robert H. Wilson has served as President & CEO of WorkersCompensation.com, LLC since co-founding the company in 1999. He has almost 20 years experience in the technology arena, including Internet business solutions and website architecture and development.
Dwight Lovan, Esq. is Commissioner Kentucky Department of Workers Claims Compensation Board, Chairman. Commissioner is the head of the Agency charged with administering the Kentucky Workers Compensation Act.William M. Zachry is Vice President, Risk Management of Safeway Inc., which is the second largest retail grocery company in the United States with over $34B in annual sales, 1300 stores, 20 manufacturing plants, 10 distribution centers and 135,000 employees.
William A. Lowry is a trial and workers’ compensation lawyer at Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie, & Lowry. Zoe Zinn is a risk management professional with extensive experience in aggressive and proactive management of claims and insurance programs to minimize company risks while reducing overall program costs.