Leadership

Leadership

GOVERNING BOARD

  • Brian Cotter
  • CEO and Chairman of the Board
  • Hassan Alkhouli, M.D.
  • Regional Medical Director - Vice Chairman of the Board
  • Fariborz Shams, DO
  • Chief Of Staff
  • Fred Shalom, MD
  • Physician
  • Sami Shoukair, M.D.
  • Physician
  • George Baskevitch, MD
  • ER Physician
  • Darlene Fishman
  • Community Member
  • Rod Natale
  • Community Member
  • Roger Smith
  • Community Member
  • Ching Lee, M.D.
  • Staff Physician
  • Jonathan Birnbaum, M.D.
  • ER Physician
  • Jason Black
  • Chief Nursing Officer

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

Brian Cotter, CEO

Brian Cotter joined West Anaheim Medical Center as CEO and Chairman of the Board in May 2017. He has 30+ years' clinical and executive management experience including all levels of acute and post-acute care.

Brian is well-versed in the Southern California healthcare market having held CEO roles in Orange County and Los Angeles County acute care hospitals; Brian is also a past Board member for the Hospital Association of Southern California.

To begin his healthcare career, Brian proudly served in the United States Air Force as a medic and is also a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Brian lives in Orange County with his wife and 5 children.

Kora Guoyavatin, Regional CFO, Orange County

Jason Black, Chief Nursing Officer

Jason Black joined West Anaheim Medical Center as the Chief Nursing Officer in May 2016.

His diverse background includes leadership roles in both healthcare and finance. Most recently, he served as Senior Director of Clinical Operations and Process Improvement at Scripps Health System where he led system wide initiatives for nursing as well as corporate finance. Prior to his role with Scripps Health, he served as Director of Cost and Operations at The Advisory Board Company and as a Manager of Strategy and Operations at Deloitte Consulting LLP.

Over the years, Jason has held leadership roles including the Chief Nursing Officer for San Ramon Regional Medical Center, Administrative Director Nursing Operations and Support Services for Century City Hospital, and Director of Clinical Support Services for USC University Hospital.

He earned a Doctorate Degree in Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University and Master in Business Administration and Nursing Leadership Degrees from the University of Southern California. He obtained his Bachelor Degree in Nursing from Loma Linda University.

Jason is a Board Certified Emergency Nurse and a member of the Emergency Nurses Association as well as the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

MEDICAL LEADERSHIP

Hassan Alkhouli, MD, Regional Medical Director, Orange County

Hassan Alkhouli, M.D. joined the Medical Staff of West Anaheim Medical Center in August 2005 and was appointed as the Medical Director in October 2006 when Prime Healthcare Services purchased the hospital. As Medical Director he monitors all clinical operations and acts as a liaison between the clinical staff and management. He is a private practice physician with Board Certification in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Damascus, School of Medicine and completed his post graduate training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA; Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago IL; and King/Drew Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine and he is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.

Fariborz Shams, DO, Chief of Staff-PI

Fariborz Shams, D.O. joined the Medical Staff of West Anaheim Medical Center in 1995 and has served as the Chief of Staff since 2006. During his years at West Anaheim Medical Center, he has been an active participant in the Medical Staff, serving as chairman of the Department of Medicine, Utilization Review, and Pharmacy and Therapeutics; serving as Treasurer/Secretary and serving as the Medical Director of the Behavioral Health Unit. He is a private practice physician with Board Certification by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. He received his Doctor of Osteopathy from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 1991. He did his internship at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital and Bi-County Community Hospital and his Residency at Detroit River View Hospital and Bi-County Community Hospital where he received Resident of the Year in June 1994. He is a Fellow of the American College of Internists.