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Luke B. Nelson, MHA – Chairmen

Luke B. Nelson is a graduate of University of Colorado – Boulder (BS) and University of Iowa (MHA), and currently serves as the Director of Graduate Medical Education (GME)for Willis-Knighton Health System. Before joining Willis-Knighton, Mr. Nelson served as the Administrative Director of GME at Mercyhealth. In this role, he led the creation of their Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residency programs and successfully guided the programs through the ACGME accreditation process.

Mr. Nelson is responsible for all administrative, regulatory, financial, and accreditation aspects of the new GME programs at Willis-Knighton. Willis-Knighton Health System is currently in the process of starting GME programs in the Shreveport, Louisiana area. Mr.  Nelson brings to the Office of GME a wealth of knowledge, innovative ideas, team-based approach, and a dedication to physician training.


Denny Goss, MD – Secretary

Dr. Denny Goss is from Southwestern Virginia and currently working as an Emergency Room physician and Hospitalist at Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital, Tazewell, VA. He received his undergraduate degree from University of Virginia at Wise then went on to complete a master’s degree at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

After working for several years in pharmaceutical sales, Dr. Goss decided to further his education and applied to Saint James School of Medicine, Bonaire with the intention of returning to his hometown to practice comprehensive healthcare. After graduation, Dr. Goss completed his internship and residency at the University of Kentucky.


Sachin R. Patel, MD, MPH, FACEP – Trustee

Dr. Sachin Patel is a practicing emergency physician based in Chicago, IL and leads teams in rural, suburban, and urban hospital systems across the Midwest. He earned his Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of North Carolina before completing his residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Chicago. Dr. Patel has spent the last decade helping emergency departments across multiple states achieve organizational success by building strong multidisciplinary teams and employing data-driven management techniques.

He currently serves as a Regional Director in the Midwest for a national multi-specialty physician group and is a Clinical Associate of Medicine at the University of Chicago.


Patrick McGill, MBA – Trustee

Dr. Patrick McGill is the Executive Director for Teaching and Learning, Curriculum and Pathways at Glenbard High School Township District 87; the 3rd largest high school district in Illinois and nationally recognized for academic excellence. He is responsible for ensuring that all students grow into their full academic potential and are supported in realizing their postsecondary dreams. Dr. McGill has led the development of a Dual Credit partnership with the College of DuPage, the first of its kind in DuPage, as well as systems and structures to ensure a guaranteed and viable curriculum for all D87 students.

Dr. McGill is a passionate educational leader with a track record of innovation and systematic continuous improvement to better prepare students for college, careers, and beyond. He believes in distributed leadership with collaborative teams centered on improvement cycles and a clear theory of action. He has had proven success in developing administrators, teacher teams, and teacher leaders through strategic coaching, and has a history of embracing and collaborating with all stakeholders as an essential part of the organizational improvement process. Dr. McGill received his MBA from Loyola University Chicago and a Doctor of Education in Urban Education Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a MBA from Loyola University Chicago.



Dr. Paul Sanberg received his PhD and DSc from the Australian National University in the neurosciences and has been a leading researcher in neural regeneration and cell therapy.  He completed a medical degree from Saint James School of Medicine in order to enhance and enable his research into other important diseases, including cardiovascular, immunological, and metabolic disorders.  He is currently a faculty member at the University of South Florida, and has been a successful senior administrator and entrepreneur.

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