Caddo has assembled a robust advisory board to assist as needed in all matters respiratory. With deep expertise in respiratory therapy innovation and broad experience in both the acute and home care market segments, this brain trust was intimately involved in the ideation leading to the PFN™.
Senior Medical Advisors
Kenneth Hargett, MHA, RRT, RCP, NPS, FAARC, FCCM
Mr. Hargett has an extensive 44-year career in respiratory care and is a world-renowned speaker, writer and researcher in the field. Since 2001, he has served as the Director of the Houston Methodist Respiratory Care Services which includes oversight of Respiratory Care, the Pulmonary Diagnostic Laboratory and the Sleep Disorders Center. Houston Methodist, a 1200+ bed acute care hospital, is persistently ranked as the #1 hospital in the state of Texas. In addition to Mr. Hargett’s responsibilities as director of the Respiratory Care Services, his committee service at Houston Methodist includes; the Intensive Care Advisory Committee; the Pneumonia Task Force; the COPD Readmission Task Force; the Neonatal Intensive Care Advisory Committee; the Sepsis Task Force; and the Medicine Length of Stay Task Force.
Prior to joining Houston Methodist, Mr. Hargett’s experience includes Director of Respiratory Care Services at the M D Anderson Cancer Center – University of Texas, Director of Respirator Care at Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center, Director of Neonatal Respiratory Care at Grady Memorial Hospital – Emory University School of Medicine. In addition to day-to-day roles in these acute care settings, he devoted considerable time to teaching respiratory care at both the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Allied Health Sciences and at Emory University School of Medicine. Additionally, he has served as an active member of educational oversight bodies including as Chairman – Respiratory Care Advisory Committee at University of Texas Health Science Center, as a member of the Respiratory Technology Committee – San Jacinto Community College, and as a member of the Respiratory Advisory Committee – Houston Community College. As a writer in the field, Mr. Hargett has authored books, text book chapters and authored or co-authored dozens of articles and abstracts. Mr. Hargett also is the holder of four US Patents.
Mr. Hargett earned Associate & Bachelor of Science degrees in respiratory care from Georgia State University & a Master in Healthcare Administration from Independence University. He is a Fellow in the American Association of Respiratory Care, Fellow in the Society of Critical Care Medicine & member of the Texas Society of Respiratory Care.
Christopher Landon, MD
Dr. Chris Landon has over 40 years of experience in the medical field as a doctor, lecturer, writer, researcher and professor. He has been involved in pediatrics and pediatric pulmonology since the late 1970’s and currently serves as director of pediatrics and director of the Pediatric Diagnostic Center at Ventura County Medical Center where he has been since 1989. Dr. Landon has served as a clinical associate professor of Pediatrics and of Family Medicine at USC and UCLA, respectively.
Dr. Landon is recognized globally in the medical field as an extraordinarily progressive clinician and researcher who innovates on behalf of his patients. He was an early adopter of MetaNeb® System and has been involved with numerous investigational new drug trials for Merck, Gilead, Bayer and AstraZeneca.
Board certified in both pediatrics and pediatric pulmonology, Dr. Landon has spent the majority of his career focusing on improving the health of children. He founded and served as medical director for the Conejo Valley Family Care Center in Ventura County, CA which was the first health clinic in the Conejo Valley and provided care to low-income children and their families. Dr. Landon was also the medical director for Mandalay Bay Children’s Center and Casa Pacifica Health Clinic, which specializes in healthcare for foster children and transitional youth. In 1993, he founded the Landon Pediatric Foundation, which maintains a comprehensive system of family-oriented care to the children of Ventura County. Dr. Landon also serves as executive director of the Landon Research Institute in California.
Sought globally by medical device and drug companies, Dr. Landon serves as a consultant not only to CMT, but to Phillips Respironics, PARI Respiratory Equipment, OTFS Worldwide Inc., Pulmostics Inc., Agewell Biometrics, VivoMetrics, Inc., and Ritter Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He has served on a variety of medical and scientific advisory boards including the Pediatric Advisory Committee of the American Medical Association, the American Federation of Clinical Research and the California Medical Association.
Dr. Landon holds a Bachelor of Science in psychobiology from the University of California, Riverside and received his medical degree from the University of Southern California, after which he completed his fellowship at Stanford University.
Mr. Deatrick is the director of cardiopulmonary services at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas located in Beaumont, Texas. In such capacity, he is responsible for the Respiratory Therapy Group, the Pulmonary Laboratory, the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Group and oversees the provision of Non-Invasive Cardiology Services. Steve brings over 18 years of hands-on experience with respiratory therapy in acute care settings. This experience includes both director and staff level positions at facilities within the Columbia/HCA network, the Texas Health Partners network, and the University of Texas via its Medical Branch in Galveston.
In addition to practicing as a respiratory therapist and overseeing such groups, Mr. Deatrick spent nearly 10 years as a senior account manager for Respironics, Inc., a major global player in the respiratory care field (acquired by and now part of Phillips N.V.). At Respironics, he was responsible for the sale of respiratory related equipment and supplies to medical facilities in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Mr. Deatrick holds a Bachelors degree in Healthcare Management from Ottawa University, and an Associates of Applied Sciences – Respiratory Therapy degree from University of Texas Medical Branch. He is an active member of both the Texas Society of Respiratory Care and the American Association of Respiratory Care.
Lora Harris, RRT, RN
Ms. Harris is the director of respiratory care at The Medical City of Plano, a 493 bed acute care hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center located in Plano TX. She has been at Medical City for 33 years starting as chief respiratory therapist in 1985. Since then, Ms. Harris has held various positions of increasing responsibility in the respiratory care area including overseeing Medical City’s Sleep Lab and Rehabilitation Department in addition to he responsibilities as respiratory care director. Prior to joining Medical City, she was a staff respiratory therapist at Seton Medical Center, the largest hospital in Austin, Texas.
Ms. Harris holds a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from Columbia Southern University; an Associates of Science – Nursing Degree from the University of New York, Regents College and an Associates of Applied Science – Respiratory Therapy Degree from Southwest Texas State University. She is an active member of the American Association of Respiratory Care and the Texas Society of Respiratory Care.
Corinne Morris, RN, BSN
Ms. Morris is the regional director for Klarus Home Care, a multi-state provider of in-home cardiac, wound care, pulmonary, orthopedic and infusion services. Prior to Klarus, she was director of business development for Vitas Healthcare a national in-home health services provider. For 17 years prior thereto, Ms. Morris held positions of increasing authority at Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HRC) where she garnered extensive experience in both the home care and acute care respiratory markets. At Hill-Rom Respiratory, Ms. Morris served as a regional sales director for the Southwest and Mid-Atlantic Regions, director of US Team Care spearheading Hill Rom’s move into the home care respiratory market and as director acute care sales and strategic accounts prior thereto.
Ms. Morris attended the University of Oklahoma and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing.
Respiratory Business Advisors
Gregor Anderson – Business Advisor: Global Respiratory Drug Device Innovation
Mr. Anderson has extensive experience in the respiratory arena spanning more than 30 years. Mr. Anderson is a recognized senior level technical leader, delivering large scale pharmaceutical device and packaging platforms complemented with both Consumer Healthcare and Medical Device development experience. Currently, Mr. Anderson is the managing director at Pharmacentric Solutions, a London-based firm specializing in packaging and device development and strategy.
Prior to Pharmacentric Solutions, he spent 28 years with GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE/LSE: GSK) in various leadership roles including service as: Global Device & Pack Subject Matter Expert at GSK’s Respiratory Center of Excellence; Global Technical Head – Packaging Center of Excellence, Global Manufacturing Services; Design Director Medical Devices; and, Design Manager GSK R&D. In addition, whilst at GSK, Mr. Anderson held a number of Design Engineering positions including as Senior Device Design Engineer on the Diskus Inhaler Team (£5B annual revenue and winner of 5 design awards); as Principle Device Design Engineer on the world’s first MDI dose counter to be approved by the FDA and as R&D Design Manager, where he led a staff of 35 in a device development program for a next-gen DPI which resulted in the Ellipta (£1.6B annual revenue).
Prior to his time at GlaxoSmithKline, Mr. Anderson was a Medical Product Design Engineer at Smiths Medical, a global medical technology company (LSE: SMIN).
Mr. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and Technology from Edinburg Napier University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from Heriot-Watt University, and a Master of Science with Distinction in Polymer Science and Engineering from London Metropolitan University.
Kevin Cook – Business Advisor: Respiratory Device Development, Acute & Home Care Markets
Mr. Cook has over 26 years experience in the respiratory care arena having worked in sales and marketing as well product development and commercialization for a number of companies in the space. He is a nationally recognized as an authority in the areas of aerosol delivery, secretion mobilization and lung expansion. Mr. Cook was Dee Faram’s partner at Comedica, Inc. and deeply involved in the development and commercialization of Comedica’s MetaNeb® System.
After the MetaNeb® System was licensed to Hill-Rom in 2009, Mr. Cook worked as a consultant to Hill-Rom facilitating their commercialization efforts. Respiratory care experience includes positions in product development, sales and marketing for a number of leading respiratory companies including D.R. Burton, Monaghan Medical, CareFusion (a subsidiary of Becton-Dickinson), 3Ci, and MedComp. Mr. Cook holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas State University.
Michael Kramer – Business Advisor: Entrepreneurship & Respiratory Home Care Market
Mr. Kramer is the managing partner of K3 Investments, a private investment firm located in Tallahassee, FL. He brings considerable business and financial acumen to Caddo garnered over a diverse set of business and investment related endeavors. Mr. Kramer’s career began in 1992 when he joined Arthur Andersen as a manager in its Business Consulting Group. From Arthur Andersen, he went on to hold CFO and COO positions at Desloge Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment Company, a regional, Florida-based medical equipment provider with substantial product offerings in the home-based respiratory care market; CFO and COO positions at Walls Industries, a leading supplier of work and sporting apparel (acquired by Dickies Corp.); and CFO and Sr. VP Development positions at Super-Lube Oil Change (a 3 state, 71 unit operator of retail quick-service auto stores). Mr. Kramer’s holds an MBA from The University of Texas as well as Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology.
Of particular relevance to Mr. Kramer’s participation on Caddo’s Advisory Board is his experience with Desloge. In 2006, he and financial partners acquired Desloge and Mr. Kramer stepped in as the COO/CFO. Over the ensuing 6-year period, his efforts led to a dramatic turnaround in that business with sales tripling and profits up four-fold. In 2013, Mr. Kramer led negotiations for the sale of Desloge to AeroCare Holdings Inc., a national respiratory home care company with 150+ locations. AeroCare has since retained him to assist them with various projects related to their business.
Scott McKnight – Business Advisor: Healthcare Insurance & Risk Management
Mr. McKnight is Vice-President and Director of Business Development for BancorpSouth Insurance Services Inc., one of the nation’s largest brokerage firms. He joined BXSI as a health benefits consultant in 1999. Throughout his career he has assisted clients in developing healthcare strategies to reduce their overall healthcare costs while maintaining their quality of care. In 2012, he was selected as one of the Capital Region’s Rising Stars and was named to Baton Rouge Business Report’s “40 Under 40.”
Mr. McKnight serves on a number of non-profit boards, including the Board of Trustees for the Woman’s Hospital Foundation associated with Woman’s Hospital, one of the first women’s specialty hospitals in the nation. In addition, Mr. McKnight serves on the boards of the Louisiana State University Museum of Art, the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum, the Companion Animal Alliance, and the Better Business Bureau. He is also a member of Louisiana’s Republican State Central Committee and the Republican Parish Executive Committee. For the past six years he has also served as a reserve deputy for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office. Mr. McKnight holds his BBS and MBA degrees from Louisiana State University.