Meet the Team
The ultimate Premier advantage is the people, and their dedication to customer care. Today, Premier is headquartered in Miami, Florida with regional offices across the U.S. supported by a team dedicated to serving clients both at home and abroad.
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Drew is the Chief Growth Officer;in this role, Drew brings that “little something extra,” or the Laniappe, as the driving force behind Premier’s strategy and culture. He is committed to providing his clients with the most comprehensive and seamless customer experience available. On any given day, he can be overheard in the office saying, “Don’t forget that every single patient is someone’s mother, brother, father, or sister.” Drew is diligent in his work, coupled with the highest level of integrity.. He empowers those who work alongside him and helps guide them with one goal in mind: patients always come first.
After working in the diagnostic radiology business for several years, Drew felt something was missing from the industry. This void—along with his genuine love for making connections with people, as well as his compassion for others—led to his co-founding of Premier Radiology Services in 2006.
Drew’s greatest accomplishment in life is his family. He and his wife, Michelle, have been together for 20 years and have three beautiful children: Noah, Chloe, and Ava. Drew and his family are driven by their mantra: work hard, play hard. They enjoy traveling and discovering new and interesting places around the globe. According to Drew and Michelle, there is nothing better than seeing the world through the eyes of their children.
Jonathan S. Luchs, MD FACR is one of the Medical Directors of Premier Radiology Services. Dr. Luchs brought his experience in Radiology business and his expertise in Musculoskeletal Radiology to quickly climb the ranks to become Partner. He also promotes the Premier Radiology mission by serving as the physician liaison to the marketing and business development team.
Dr. Luchs started his Radiology career in academic medicine teaching, doing research and presenting at numerous national medical conferences. He was also Chief of Musculoskeletal Radiology, Director of Outpatient Imaging and the Radiology Residency Director at a hospital local to him in New York.
Dr. Luchs has published over 30 research papers in peer reviewed journals and has given more than 60 research presentation at national medical conferences. He has also given Grand Rounds at well-know institutions more than 25 times. He has published book chapters and is a co-author of a medical book on cutting cost and teaching the cost of medical imaging (Cost-Effective Diagnostic Imaging). During his career, Dr. Luchs has been an active member in the world of organized Radiology. He sat on and chaired numerous national committees for the American College of Radiology and the Society of Skeletal Radiology, with a particular interest in Socioeconomics, Imaging Appropriateness Criteria and Imaging Standards and Guidelines.
Dr. Luchs has since left the academic world to pursue his career in the private sector and dedicate his time to patient care and business development (but he has not stopped lecturing!). He is still invited to national medical conferences such as the American Roentgen Ray society to lecture and is still an active member in organized Radiology (he continues to hold a leadership position for the Society of Skeletal Radiology).
One of Dr. Luch’s interests in the field of Musculoskeletal Radiology is Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. He trained as a fellow at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery in NY, NY. Whilst there, his training included all modalities of musculoskeletal/orthopedic/spine images as well as Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. He brought his talent and knowledge of Musculoskeletal Imaging and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound to the medical community and has helped to bring it to the national stage with his research and teachings. He taught Musculoskeletal Ultrasound at a local ultrasound technologist school for several years and was an Instructor at the Society of Skeletal Radiology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course.
Dr. Luchs has received several awards/honors throughout his career, including being granted the position of Oral Board Examiner for the American Board of Radiology and receiving a Certificate of Merit from the Radiological Society of North America. However, the one he is most proud of is Fellowship in the American College of Radiology. This Fellowship is an honor less than 10% of all radiologist throughout the country will ever be offered throughout their career.
When Dr. Luchs is not caring for patients and fulfilling his leadership duties for Premier Radiology, he enjoys spending time with his family and pursuing the arts of painting, drawing and photography.
Gil Patino is a Co-founder and Director of Operations of Premier Radiology Services.
Premier was established in 2006 to help patients obtain diagnostic reports in a timely manner and directly influence their level of care. To accomplish this, Gil identified the technology piece and learned how to use it to Premier’s advantage, and level the playing field with the bigger radiology companies. This web-based PACS allowed Premier to revolutionize the way clients obtained diagnostic reports, as well as enabling them to view the images simultaneously. He knew it was necessary to allow radiologists to solely focus on what they do best: producing quality diagnostic reports.
Gil’s dedication and commitment is to drive the operational side of Premier Radiology Services to achieve the highest level of quality interpretations in teleradiology. Gil’s talents in creating workflows, developing and vetting information technology, and optimizing the company’s performance and efficiency allow him to lead Premier’s efforts to continuously improve. His enjoyment of teaching and training allows him to develop understanding and relationships with staff, radiologists, and clients every day.
Gil’s initial entry to the diagnostic world was as an MRI marketing representative for an MRI facility in Miami, Florida. As a representative in the MRI services industry, he learned the functionality of the PACS platform, and he excelled in his market as a highly sought-after talent in the area due to his strategy and marketing expertise. It was in this capacity that Gil met and partnered with the like-minded Drew Gaudet, and their partnership continues today as the business partners and original co-founders of Premier Radiology Services.
Gil developed a deep interest in the technology aspects of the PACS environment after seeing, firsthand, the disconnect between the MRI facilities, diagnostic radiologists, referring physicians, andpatients. He was among the first MRI companies that utilized their PACS system to bring the images directly to the referring physician offices; Gil was an important catalyst in this innovation. The decision to create Premier Radiology Services was born out of the recognition of the gaps and inefficiencies that the co-founders saw in the system. The system was supposed to be working toward the goal of patient care, but often fell short. Premier continuously strives to bridge the gaps in the teleradiology industry in the interest of delivering premier patient care.
Born and raised in Queens, NY, Gil quickly learned the art of adapting to your environment as he worked in his father’s various companies in the U.S. and abroad. He currently resides in Miami, Florida at the Premier Radiology corporate headquarters. In his time off, he enjoys traveling to places around the world that enrich his knowledge of different cultures, technologies, and processes.
Dr.Fortgang has been with Premier Radiology Services almost since its inception. He has brought a blend of high quality radiology skill, with a keen sense of the direction of health care. Early in his career he did a Surgical internship followed by a radiology residency and then a fellowship in Interventional Radiology. Seeing this side of things rooted him in the understanding of how the roll of the radiologist is directly connected to the wellbeing of the patient. After a stint as chief resident at Los Angeles County Hospital/ University of Southern California he was brought to South Florida to augment an interventional practice at a radiology group that grew to cover several hospitals and facilities that provided both level 1 and 2 trauma coverage. Over time Dr. Fortgang became Vice president of the group, started a MSO, and continued to practice radiology. For several years he was Chief of Radiology at a 300 bed hospital. In this roll he researched and recommended equipment as well as developed protocols and participated in the hiring practices and building a first class radiology department. As a physician in a trauma practice his decisive nature and eagerness to continue to learn has given him a firm foundation for building a top class teleradiology practice. The nature of interventional radiology is all about decisions and actions that need to be rapid and correct. This mentality fits well with Dr. Fortgang’s eagerness to embrace new technologies as well as maintaining core competencies. He provides skilled readings in MSK studies, neuroradiology studies, body imaging studies and B reads. The doctor is comfortable in consultation with referring physicians and other providers.
Dr. Fortgang also has continuing experience in legal work which grew out of an interest in what drives medical malpractice claims. The legal work has grown to include plaintiff and defense work as well as a work product called Age of Injury (AOI).
As a partner in the PRS, Dr. Fortgang is creating a new type of radiology group. We call it a Virtual Radiology Group. While we do not work side by side as many did in a hospital, we feel strongly that collegial practice provides the best service and resulting outcomes for our patients. We consider that we are not only reading studies, but are truly practicing medicine and have a huge input in our patient’s outcome. We strive to elevate the real and perceived quality of any facility, center, or company by doing our best and taking excellent care of the patient. As Premier’s Medical Director, Dr. Fortgang problem solves daily and reviews our radiologists work at all levels of QA. At the same time, we understand that the practice of medicine is evolving and we need to provide a continued best service at less cost. Dr. Fortgang has consulted on and engaged in creating our state of the art technology platform. This technology platform is augmented by our professional staff. Dr. Fortgang feels strongly that we always need to improve our systems and service and works hard to make that a reality. His and our goal is always excellence in everything we do.
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Nakia started at a very young age from humble beginnings on the 4th floor medical/surgical ward at Roper Hospital. This section of the hospital was nicknamed “The Wild Wild West” because an individual needed to have the delicate balance of having both tough skin and a deep compassion for the patients being treated in the era when HIV/AIDS was in ongoing research stage. Unbeknownst to her, this would be the time she began to hone her craft for compassion and empathy for people. Nakia continued her career in medicine by working in high volume medical clinics where she sharpened her skills.
Nakia is the proud mother of two very beautiful daughters in whom she has instilled the core values and morals taught to her by the phenomenal women in her family. Nakia’s mottos include: “Never take for granted what God has blessed upon you always remain humble!” “Always treat people with respect!” “Work hard at everything you do!” “It can take you 20 years to build your reputation and only 5 minutes to destroy it.” Nakia gives back to her community performing various acts of charity as a member of The Order of the Eastern Star, The Order of The Golden Circle of Perfection and Daughter of Isis.
Growing up in a military family, Nikki had the fortune of traveling throughout Europe as an impressionable young lady. Already bilingual in English and German, she also learned to speak French, Spanish and some Arabic before graduating high school with dreams of becoming a translator for NATO in the Air Force. While her career in the military did not come to fruition, she certainly owned up to her abilities as a translator in surprising and fantastic ways.
Nikki’s professional journey is one of multifaceted and diverse administrative assisting that spans 35 years and is based on her intuition and affinity for humanity. From her beginning at Alabama’s first racially integrated civil rights law firm in the capitol of Montgomery to her work with government agencies and major corporations to showcasing her talents and providing energetic support in the field of healthcare, Nikki’s main focus remains to have a positive impact on the end-user. Nikki’s mottos are 1) We’re not just offering a service, we’re an integral part of the patient’s course of care; 2) Let’s stop regarding people as numbers and start honoring them as fellow human beings; 3) Whatever you send into the universe comes back…choose wisely.
Nikki is a three-time cancer survivor, the mother of two exceptional young men, the wife of a wonderful man and the soon-to-be-first-time grandmother of a magical little girl. She resides in Florida next to a lake within a bird sanctuary where she creates art from recycled items, writes, and provides energetic healing sessions to those in need. Nikki also works remotely for Premier Radiology Services as a night shift supervisor and human resources facilitator in her spare time with an emphasis on helping team members realize their full potential for the betterment of themselves and the company’s end-users.
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