Dr. Jerry Williamson

Chief Medical Officer, Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida

Dr. Williamson is a Board Certified physician with a Masters in Health Jurisprudence from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He is a Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager, and is also certified in Healthcare Compliance by the Healthcare Compliance Association. He has over 30 years experience in private practice and healthcare management. During his career, he served as Medical Director for a Third Party Administrator, Vice President of Medical Affairs for a 280 bed hospital, Assistant Medical Director for a Staff Model HMO and as a private practice physician.

He is a frequent lecturer and consultant on such topics as HIPAA, Healthcare Compliance, Medical Coding, Clinical Documentation Improvement, Prevention of Medical Errors, Physician Burnout, Health Information Technology, and Practice Management topics for professional organizations. He is a certified AHIMA trainer for ICD-10. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, and Clinical Clerkship Training Coordinator at The Florida State University College of Medicine. At the College he also serves as an affiliate of The Center for Innovative Collaboration in Medicine and Law.

Dr. Williamson is also a Supreme Court Certified Dependency Mediator, and formally trained arbitrator and listed neutral with the American Arbitration Association, and American Health Lawyers. He presently serves as a “Meaningful Use Clinician Champion” to The Center for the Advancement of Health Information Technology, a Regional Extension Center in Florida. For the past 15 years he has been in a senior leadership role with Collier Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center in South Florida, where he currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Biomedical Informatics Program. He is the 2012 recipient of the “Heroes in Healthcare" award from the Naples Daily News Excellence in Healthcare., for Administrative.



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Burnout in Healthcare, Recognizing and Treating the Epidemic

The term "Burnout" was first used in the medical literature by the psychiatrist HJ Freudenberger in the 1970's. Burnout has been extensively studied and it occurs in a very large number of healthcare professionals. Professional burnout is a work related syndrome with serious consequences for healthcare professionals.