Joint Ventures

ASCOA Team

Founders/Executive Management
Operations
Finance

Founders/Executive Management:

Thomas J. Bombardier, MD, FACS
tbombardier@ascoa.com

Dr. Bombardier is an ophthalmologist, and one of the three founding principals of the company. Prior to founding ASCOA, he established the largest ophthalmic practice in Western Massachusetts, two ambulatory surgical centers, and a regional referral center. Over the past seventeen years, he has been a real estate developer on Cape Cod, MA. Dr. Bombardier is a graduate of Amherst College, Albany Medical College, and Louisiana State University residency program.

Brent W. Lambert, MD, FACS
blambert@ascoa.com
Brent Lambert

Dr. Lambert is a board-certified ophthalmologist, an honors graduate of Harvard College; graduating AOA from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; and completing his residency at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. He was a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty for many years. While a resident he founded XONIX an international medical instrument company and published numerous articles in scientific journals on cellular membrane physiology. Prior to the founding of Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America, Dr. Lambert was the developer and owner of three ambulatory surgical centers, including one of the first ASCs in New England. Currently Dr. Lambert is responsible for business development at ASCOA.

George A. Violin, MD, FACS
gviolin@ascoa.com

Dr. Violin is a board-certified ophthalmologist, and one of the three founding principals of the company. He has owned and developed two ambulatory surgical centers and a large multiple office ophthalmic practice in eastern Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary residency program.

Luke M. Lambert, MBA, CFA, CASC
llambert@ascoa.com

Mr. Lambert came to ASCOA, first as its CFO in 1997 and then becoming its CEO in 2002, with a broad background in finance, strategy, and operations. Mr. Lambert worked for Smith Barney in international sell side equity research. At Booz, Allen & Hamilton and Ernst & Young, Mr. Lambert consulted with entities starting new ventures, entering new markets and reengineering business processes. Mr. Lambert is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied economics, and obtained his MBA from the Columbia Graduate School of Business. Mr. Lambert was among the first to earn the CASC designation in 2002.

Robert Westergard, CPA
rwestergard@ascoa.com

Mr. Westergard is the Chief Financial Officer of the company. Prior to joining ASCOA, Mr. Westergard worked as the Controller for Truman Capital Advisors. Mr. Westergard has an additional eight years of finance and accounting experience in the software, chemical and healthcare industries. He received a BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University.

Susan Kizirian, RN, MBA
skizirian@ascoa.com

Ms. Kizirian is Chief Operating Officer of ASCOA. Ms. Kizirian has over 28 years experience in all aspects of ASC operations serving as Executive Director and as a consultant for ASC management and development. Additionally, she has 17 years of practice management experience and 8 years of expertise with clinical site research. Ms. Kizirian currently serves as Life-Time Past President Emeritus on the Board of Directors of the Florida Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, is past Treasurer of the American Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (AAASC), and past President of the Ambulatory Surgery Management Society of the Medical Group Management Association. She received her RN from Florida State University and her MBA from Nova University.

Operations:

Linda K. Rahm, OTR
lrahm@ascoa.com

Ms. Rahm is Executive Vice President of Business Development with over 20 years experience in healthcare administration including 11 years as Administrator of a large multi-specialty ASC. She has experience in initial development, start-up, and operations in numerous healthcare markets including rehabilitation, pain and rheumatoid clinics and specialty hospitals. During her tenure as President of the Massachusetts ASC Association she led the effort to legislate State Licensure and gained extensive knowledge of the national ASC industry. In addition to healthcare, Ms. Rahm has been successful in small business development, management, and consulting.  She holds a BS in Occupational Therapy from University Wisconsin-Madison.

Margaret Chappell, RN, MS, CASC
mchappell@ascoa.com

Ms. Chappell is a Senior Vice President of Operations with more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of ambulatory surgery center administration, including risk management, chief operating officer and administrator of two multi-specialty surgery centers. She has also consulted in the development, remodel and expansion of three surgery centers.

Sharon Johnson, BSN, RN, CASC
sjohnson@ascoa.com

Ms. Johnson is a Senior Vice President of Operations with over 30 years experience in all aspects of the healthcare setting. Prior to joining ASCOA, her experience includes O.R. Nurse, Risk Manager, Chief Operating Officer for a large surgical practice and most recently, seven years as Administrator of a multi-specialty surgery center in Georgia.  Ms. Johnson earned a BSN from Columbus State University and received her CASC in 2010.

Michelle Howe
mhowe@ascoa.com
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Ms. Howe serves as Development & Operations Manager for the company. Prior to joining ASCOA in 2008, Ms. Howe’s work experience included ten years in sales and marketing in the hospitality & tourism industry, in addition to seven years in retail management. Ms. Howe earned a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University.  

Finance:

Reid Van Gorder, CFA
rvangorder@ascoa.com
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Mr. Van Gorder is a Vice President of Finance for the company. He graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Quantitative Economics. Prior to joining ASCOA, Mr. Van Gorder served as the Investment Operations Associate for Mintz Levin Financial Advisors and worked briefly as a Merchant Mariner on Boston Harbor. Mr. Van Gorder remains an avid sailor.

Cody Harward
charward@ascoa.com

Mr. Harward serves as a Senior Financial Analyst for the company. He graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Nazarene College with a BS in Business Administration. Prior to joining ASCOA, Mr. Harward worked in the healthcare industry at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and also has a background in sales.

Michael Chwalek, Jr.
mchwalek@ascoa.com
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Mr. Chwalek serves as a Senior Financial Analyst for the company. Prior to joining ASCOA in 2007, Mr. Chwalek’s work experience included positions in the financial services, software development and construction industries. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance and a Minor in Economics.