Distinguished Executives Council

As part of our commitment to providing exceptional support and resources to its partner management teams, we have assembled an exceptional group of healthcare leaders with diverse backgrounds and experiences. All are distinguished and successful leaders who have led dynamic healthcare businesses to expand and improve.

Cressey & Company believes that there are a number of common challenges that growing healthcare businesses face. Together with the Distinguished Executives Council and the Cressey & Company team, partner management teams benefit from the collective wisdom, lessons learned and experiences of this passionate group.

Cressey & Company’s Distinguished Executives Council

Bill Frist

Bill Frist, Chair

Bill was a U.S. Senator for 12 years becoming first practicing physician elected to the Senate since 1928. He rose to Senate Majority Leader in eight years. Prior to the Senate, Bill spent 20 years in medicine as a heart and lung transplant surgeon.

Tom Cigarran

Tom Cigarran

Tom is the founder and former Chairman, CEO, and President of Healthways, Inc., the largest independent global provider of well-being improvement solutions. Mr. Cigarran is also a founder and former Chairman, CEO, and President of AmSurg Corp., a leading ambulatory surgery center company.


Paul Diaz

Paul is the President and CEO of Myriad Genetics, Inc. Paul is also Partner Emeritus at Cressey & Company, having previously worked with the Firm for several years. Paul previously served as President CEO of Kindred Healthcare, one of the largest providers of health care services in the United States, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of several healthcare organizations.

Steve Geringer

Steve Geringer

Steve has been a director of several public healthcare companies. He is the Former Chairman of AmSurg ,which merged in 2016 with Envision Healthcare ,where he was a Director until its sale in 2018 to KKR. Steve is currently Chairman of Addus HomeCare and a Director of MedEquities Realty Trust. Steve has also been a director of several privately-held healthcare companies.


Darin Gordon

Darin is the former Director of Tennessee’s Medicaid program – TennCare – where he established a national reputation as a leader and innovator in Medicaid.  Darin has 20 years of experience in public health care finance, policy and operations.  Darin is a former President of the National Association of Medicaid Directors and has served as an advisors to several health care related initiatives and task forces domestically and internationally.  He is a Fellow of the Medicaid Leadership Institute,  a member of the inaugural class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows program, and Board member of Leadership Health Care.

David Klein

David is the former CEO of the Lifetime Healthcare Companies, the holding company for Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, Univera Healthcare, MedAmerica, Lifetime Health Medical Group, Lifetime Care and EBS-RMSCO. Mr. Klein has over 40 years of experience in the health insurance industry, and has served as a director of BlueCross BlueShield Association and of America’s Health Insurance Plans.

Bob Ortenzio

Bob Ortenzio

Executive Chairman, Co-Founder, and a member of the Board of Directors of Select Medical. Bob served as Select’s Chief Executive Officer from February 2005 to December 2013. In 1997, Mr. Ortenzio co-founded and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Select Medical Corporation (“SMC”). Before co-founding Select Medical, Mr. Ortenzio was an Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of Horizon/CMS Healthcare Corporation. Mr. Ortenzio co-founded Continental Medical Systems, Inc. (“CMS”), a provider of comprehensive medical rehabilitation services, and served as its President.