Leadership and Clinical Advisory Teams

Christopher Galassi, MD, MS, CEO and Product Director
Dr. Chris Galassi possesses a depth of experience in intelligent software and knowledge-based systems, particularly in the area of patient documentation. He earned a master’s degree in computer science (artificial intelligence) from the University of Illinois and worked previously as a software engineer for the Department of Defense. Subsequently, he completed a doctorate of medicine from the University of Illinois and training in computation applied to medicine at the University of Illinois and the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine, as well as clinical training. Prior to his involvement with Callibra, he started Innovative Projects Lab, Inc., where he led technology consulting efforts for large corporate clients such as the American Hospital Association, Abbott Labs, and Arthur Andersen. He was a founding member of what is now the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Association and served on the board of directors of Chicago’s Biotechnology Association for three years.

Richard Brantner, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Rick Brantner has extensive experience in all aspects of Emergency Medicine. He began his medical career at The George Washington University, where he obtained a physician assistant certificate and a bachelor of science degree. He later received a doctorate of medicine from the University of Colorado. He completed his internship at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii and an Emergency Medicine residency at Madigan Army Medical Center at Ft. Lewis in Washington. He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine and of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and is board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. His healthcare focus includes total quality improvement, EMS, and pulmonary medicine. He is the Chair of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission, and has been a practicing Emergency Medicine physician in Olympia, Washington, for more than 10 years. Dr. Brantner continues to be actively involved in resident training at Madigan Army Medical Center and the University of Washington. He has lectured and coordinated skill labs for ACEP on the national level and is on the faculty for several annual oral board review courses. Dr. Brantner served in Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom as an emergency physician and senior medical officer in Ramadi, Iraq.

Colin G. Kaide, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, Chief Clinical Editor
Dr. Kaide completed undergraduate studies and medical school at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign and a residency in Emergency Medicine at The Ohio State University (1993-1996).  He is a professor of emergency medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He was honored as “Teacher of the Year” for the Department of Emergency Medicine (2008) and has received both The Ohio State University College of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award (2004) and Outstanding Teaching Award (2008). At the 2017 American College of Emergency Physicians 2017 Scientific Assembly, he was presented with the 2016-17 Outstanding Speaker of the Year Award.  He was honored as educator of the year by The Ohio Chapter of The American College of Emergency Physicians in March of 2020.

Clinical Advisory Team

The Clinical Advisory Team consists of eight board-certified physicians practicing in their respective specialties, as well as nurse practitioners and additional personnel from leading hospitals across the country. They are the authors of clinical content and provide continual clinical feedback on new product and content development. The Clinical Advisory Team provides a solid representation of practice perspectives across a broad spectrum, including small rural and urban facilities, private hospitals, and academic centers. Along with geographic distribution, this mix helps assure our award-winning solutions are relevant for every practice venue.

Key Clinical Advisory Team members include:

  • Richard Brantner, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, Chief Medical Officer (Co-chair)
  • Stephen Dodds, MD, FACEP, Clinical Advisor
  • Christopher Galassi, MD, MS, CEO and Technical Director
  • Colin G. Kaide, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, Chief Clinical Editor
  • Lara Zibners, MD, Clinical Advisor for Pediatrics
  • Andrew Norris, MD, Clinical Advisor for Inpatient and Ambulatory

In addition, an established team of more than 30 clinicians from some of the most demanding organizations in the United States and around the world participates in the writing and editing of our clinical content, as well as the development and review of new discharge instructions software and patient education solutions.