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Board Members

Dr. David Jacofsky is an international speaker and respected authority in complex adult joint reconstruction, total joint replacement, traumatology and oncology. He is committed to delivering the finest patient care possible, community service, research and education.

Dr. Jacofsky is chairman and CEO of The CORE Institute® after a successful tenure as a division director and assistant residency director at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He brings to the The CORE Institute the best of what Newsweek magazine hails as "the top-rated Orthopedic Department in the United States 12 years running."

His career landmarks include graduating valedictorian of his high school class, highest honors at Lehigh University, valedictorian and magna cum laude at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, orthopedic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and a fellowship in orthopedic oncology and complex adult reconstruction from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. During his medical education, he received numerous awards, including the 2001 Mayo Scholar Award.

Dr. Jacofsky has more than 40 peer reviewed publications, upwards of 20 book chapters and one orthopedic textbook to his credit. He routinely lectures at local, regional, national and international events. He is board certified by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

As Executive Vice President of Sun Health, Joe La Rue provides strategic oversight to senior living communities as well as real estate and property interests owned by Sun Health. Before joining Sun Health, La Rue practiced law for 16 years in the Sun Cities area, with an emphasis in real estate finance and development. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in business in 1985, he earned his juris doctorate from Arizona State University College of Law in 1988. La Rue is a member of the Maricopa County Transportation Advisory Board, representing Supervisory District 4. He also is a member of the Arizona Town Hall Board of Directors and the WESTMARC Board of Directors. Previously, he served a four-year term on the Peoria City Council from 1997-2001.

Keith Dines has served in the position of Chief Executive Officer of AIP since 1994. He first served in this capacity as an employee of MediSun, which provided services under a management agreement with AIP. He also served as president and CEO of MediSun from December 1998 to August 2008. Mr. Dines graduated magna cum laude from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA, with a bachelor’s of science in business administration in 1983 and summa cum laude with a master’s in health services administration from Arizona State University College of Business in 1993.

Dr. Marc Jacofsky is the MORE Foundation's Vice President of Research and Development and Director of the SHRI-MORE Orthopedic Research Labs. He oversees the research studies performed through the SHRI-MORE Orthopedic Research Labs and works with MORE physicians to develop new medical technologies. Dr. Jacofsky’s PhD work on the musculoskeletal anatomy of the hand was funded by a National Science Foundation grant in interdisciplinary graduate education and research training (IGERT); combining bioengineering, gross anatomy, motor control, physics, and mathematics to quantify and model complex anatomical systems. His diverse experience, covering comparative anatomy, the biomechanical testing of tissues, gait and motion analysis, and clinical research is a natural fit with the mission of the orthopedic research labs.

In addition to his research experience, Dr. Jacofsky has extensive knowledge of intellectual property development, including the patenting, prototyping, and testing of new medical devices and technologies. Dr. Jacofsky has a bachelor’s degree in geological sciences and physical anthropology from SUNY Binghamton, and a master’s and PhD in physical anthropology from Arizona State University.

Geoff Walton directs the efforts of Comprehensive Care Solutions to assist health systems and physician groups adapt to today's rapidly changing environment. He focuses on physician/health system integration strategies, such as ACO development, co-management and episode-based bundled payment efforts; risk management efforts, such as care transitions to reduce readmissions; and risk assessment programs designed to prevent unnecessary admissions and provide care in community settings. Prior to founding CCS, Geoff was CEO of Secured Independence Inc., the first long-term care insurance risk management firm focused on pre-claim risk mitigation. Mr. Walton has extensive experience in managed care operations, service line development, and hospital / physician alignment, as well as care and risk management programs.

Previously, Mr. Walton was Vice President of strategic integration and physician relations for Sun Health Corporation, where he helped launch and was responsible for the operation of Sun Health's Medicare Advantage plan. Mr. Walton was also responsible for physician relations, service line and new business development for this integrated health system, which served one of the largest and oldest retirement communities in the nation. He started and ran many physician practices in this role, including a highly successful hospitalist program. Mr. Walton also served as executive director for two risk-bearing Physician Hospital Organizations. He has been deeply involved in redesigning payments for chronic care and elderly services. He has helped evaluate and launch PACE programs and has done lobbying and policy development work relating to Medicare managed care risk adjusters and payment for the care of frail elderly. Earlier in his career, Mr. Walton was corporate fellow for the Henry Ford Health System, where he later advanced to regional manager for this integrated health system's Eastern Region. Mr. Walton graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and received a master's of Health Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Erica Brinker is the Vice President, Strategy and Marketing for The CORE Institute, an orthopedic practice and research organization with locations throughout the state of Arizona. She focuses on the strategy and direction for the company to help fuel its rapid growth in the marketplace. Prior to joining The CORE Institute, Ms. Brinker held a marketing position with Ralph Lauren, where she led the transition of the marketing to team to build in-house advertising capabilities. She worked at Tiffany & Company, helping the company open international stores throughout China, Brazil, Japan, Korea and several other locations around the world. Ms. Brinker also worked for apparel company Liz Claiborne, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort -- a luxury resort and spa and a not-for profit trade association supporting the technology community. 

She is a volunteer member of the marketing committee of the Arizona Technology Council, a member of the American Marketing Association, an American Alumni Student Mentor and a supporter of Habitat for Humanity. She received the ASAE Gold Circle Award in the category of Electronic Publishing for eNewsletters and HOW Magazine’s “In-HOWse Design Award” for design of an Annual Report.

Ms. Brinker earned a bachelor's in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania in State College, PA. She graduated with her MBA in Global Business Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.