TKG Chairman, President & CEO

James J. Kaufman

Mr. Kaufman is the founder, chairman and CEO of The Kaufman Group. He has been engaged in business and has practiced law for over 45 years concentrating his legal practice in the fields of:

Banking, finance, lender liability, corporate, business, strategic planning, restructuring, turnarounds and workouts, health care, and all phases of significant litigation. He has represented banks, foreign and domestic corporations, manufacturers, automobile and marine distributors, dealers, and suppliers, real estate developers and health care providers. Mr. Kaufman’s expertise addresses all aspects of start-up, successful, and distressed companies, including SOT, floor plan and capital financing defaults, strategic negotiations and mediations, acquisitions, mergers, and reconstruction of assets.

In the health care sector, Mr. Kaufman has served as Special Counsel on business/cost containment issues involving the Florida/Medicaid – US Tobacco Litigation; has represented hospitals, doctors, nurses, and others in the health care industry including negotiation and closing of a multimillion dollar A&M of a complex radiological practice and litigation and interstate negotiation with multiple hospitals and other providers.

In the auto sector, he has represented and provided comprehensive business and strategic advice and guidance to mega dealers including extensive floor plan, SOT and other negotiations with manufacturers, banks and captives; litigation and “hands-on” operational experience. He has lectured at numerous JD Powers Round Tables and NADA annual meetings.

In the finance sector, he has represented banks and mortgage lenders and mortgage brokers, engaging in strategic workouts of multimillion dollar loans and Federal litigation against major securities firms; he has litigated and provided strategic advice and counsel on substantial cases to various corporations throughout the US in multimillion dollar lender liability suits against banks and other lenders.

In the corporate sector, Mr. Kaufman, a negotiator and certified mediator, has served as strategic advisor to numerous corporations and boards and has written extensive SEC/Blue Sky offering and private placements plans. In the international business sector,

Mr. Kaufman has served as legal counsel and worked with companies in Australia, Europe, Italy, Greece, and China (including joint ventures with the China National Corporation of Medicine, and founding Danamer, a joint venture between a US city and Dandong, China).

In the marine sector, he has served Riviera Marine as its first East Coast Distributor, US operations manager, President and CEO of Riviera Yachts of the Americas and continues to serve Riviera as a senior advisor; created the Blue Ribbon Panel with the marine CEOs of Caterpillar and Cummins; engaged in negotiation with and provided strategic advice to GEC regarding a broad range of highly problematic marine dealer floor plan issues. Currently, he has developed a unique Price Point Analysis which enables TKG’s Marine Analytic Division to assist marine manufacturers in making current, effective and up to date pricing decisions for their products.

Mr. Kaufman’s government service includes having served as a delegate to the US/China Joint Session on Trade, Investment & Economic Law in Beijing, China; a member of the New York 7th Judicial Grievance Committee and New York Policy and Ethics Committee; a Town Justice for 14 years; Counsel of the Genesee Regional Health Planning Council, Chairman of the Genesee Regional Health Planning Council, Noise Task Force; a panel member of the Commerce Technical Advisory Board on Noise Abatement; Legislative Assistant, Administrative Assistant and Legal counsel to Congressman Theodore R. Kupferman (US House of Representatives, 17thCongressional District, Washington, DC) where he drafted the nation’s first noise control legislation and was thereafter engaged by the government to review and assess all the noise ordinances in the US.

Mr. Kaufman’s publications include: Noise, a Problem to be Heard,National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC; Control of Noise Through Laws and Regulations,American Speech and Hearing Assoc., Washington, DC; What to do Before the Money Runs Out – A Road Map for America’s Automobile Dealers; and Trial Structure and Conduct, North Carolina Trial & Appeal,West Publishing, American Inns of Court Civil Procedure.

Ratings: During his legal practice, Mr. Kaufman has enjoyed Martindale-Hubbell’s highest “AV” rating (1976-2002) and being listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Mr. Kaufman is a member of the esteemed Players, Gramercy Park, and a member of the preeminent Union League Club, both in New York City, as well as a member of the Cape Fear Club in Wilmington, NC. He is a former Board Member and Chairman of Imaging The World (ITW), a not-for-profit health care company delivering ultrasound services to Uganda and other underserved populations, and in the process saving many lives.

Kaufman lives in Wilmington, NC, with his wife.

Director, Health & Hospitals

George Kalkines

Mr. Kalkines’ expertise focuses on all aspects of health care law, including corporate organization, regulatory compliance, finance and reimbursement matters.

His expertise also involves physician and faculty practice arrangements, capital financing, labor relations, collective bargaining, and medical/legal issues; substantial experience in representing financially distressed institutions and assisting in the planning, financing and construction of health care facilities; substantial experience in strategic planning and network development; financial turnarounds, planning and implementation including pre and post-bankruptcy restructurings.

Mr. Kalkines has served as general or special counsel to voluntary, public and proprietary health care providers, including academic medical centers, acute and specialty care hospitals, nursing homes, faculty practice plans and ambulatory care organizations.

Mr. Kalkines was a member of the Special Mayoral Task relating to the restructuring of the NYC’s public hospital system leading to the creation and implementation of the NYC Health and Hospital Corp. He subsequently served as Secretary and General Counsel. Mr. Kalkines has organized and led a number of legislative initiatives to enhance provider reimbursement and to establish special capital financing programs for financially distressed institutions.

Honors & Awards
Named as one of the Top-Ranked Attorneys, Chambers USA, 2006-2008.
Included in The Best Lawyers in America for more than ten years.

TKG VP & Chairman, Global Health

Steven P. Braff, MD

Dr. Braff is neuroradiologist at ProScan in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is formally Professor of Radiology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at the University of Vermont School of Medicine, and Former Chief of Radiology at Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington, Vermont.

He has an international reputation as a leader in Radiology, with particular expertise in the relationship between industry and medicine. His group has strategic partnerships and luminary relationships with twelve healthcare companies.

Rehabilitation & Hospital Administration

Michael de Cardenas, MD

Dr. de Cardenas completed his specialty in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 1983.

He then completed a fellowship in Cardio Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Baylor College in 1984. At the present time, he is the Corporate Medical Director for Preferred Care in Plano, Texas.

He serves as Vice President of Operations for Select Specialty Hospitals in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He also serves as Corporate Medical Development for Rehab Care in St. Louis, Missouri, as well as being a Member of their Medical Advisory Board. In his 25 years of experience as a Physiatrist, he has helped built multiple Rehabilitation Hospitals, Outpatient Therapy Centers, and Skilled Nursing Facilities.

He had previously served as the Medical Director of HealthSouth for South Florida, as well as a member of the Medical Board for Continental Medical Systems. He has also served as an Advisor in the Development of Rehabilitation Hospitals and Outpatient Centers in Spain, Mexico and Central and South America. He has a keen interest and expertise in developing specialty programs for both Skilled Nursing Facilities and Rehabilitation Hospitals.

He currently resides in Coral Gables, Florida where he is President and Chief of Staff at West Gables Rehabilitation Hospital and of West Gables Healthcare Center. Dr. de Cardenas has extensive medical and business contacts throughout North, Central and South America, Mexico and Spain.

Health Care Strategy & Patient Care

Robert Lee Brownlow, Jr., MD

Dr. Brownlow is the owner and founder of Cape Fear Retinal Associates, P.C. located in Wilmington, NC where he practices as a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, retina specialist, and surgeon.

Dr. Brownlow is licensed in North Carolina, Virginia, and District of Columbia. He lives in Wilmington, NC. Dr. Brownlow has recently been honored with a PATIENTS CHOICE recognition. Of the nation’s 720,000 active physicians, less than 5% were accorded this honor in 2008.

Oncology and Hospital Education

James Rooney, MD

Dr. James Rooney is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts at Worcester, Ma. in the division of Hematology and Oncology.

He is the Chief of Hematology and Oncology at the Reliant Medical Group in Worcester. The Reliant Medical Group is a 250 provider group practice in the central portion of Massachusetts.

He has experience in individual patient management across a broad spectrum of malignant and neoplastic processes. He works closely with consultants in the Boston area. In addition, he has experience in operations of a large group practice and HMOs.

Always drawn to the water, he has enjoyed scuba and snorkeling. He now resides lakeside on Lake Chaubunagungamaug also known as Webster Lake in Webster, Ma.

Global Health Radiology Initiatives

Dr. Kristen DeStigter

Kristen DeStigter received her M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University where she was involved in parasite research through the Division of Geographic Medicine (now the CWRU Center for Global Health and Diseases).

She completed her Diagnostic Radiology residency training and Body Imaging fellowship at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Ater five years of private practice radiology in Michigan, she joined the faculty at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care in an academic position. Dr. DeStigter has extensive experience in performing ultrasound internationally, for both WHO-sponsored parasite research projects and medical outreach groups.

She is currently Associate Professor and Chair of Radiology at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care and is the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program Director. She Chairs the Association of Program Directors in Radiology (APDR) Residency Restructuring Committee and also sits on the ABR Maintenance of Certification and Small Programs Committees for the APDR.

She is the Vice President of the New England Roentgen Ray Society. She is also the President of the Vermont Chapter of the American College of Radiology (ACR), currently Vermont State Councilor to the ACR in Washington D.C. She is the mother of four children.