T. Brian Callister, MD, FACP, FHM
Physician, leader, speaker
With over 30 years of healthcare experience, T. Brian Callister, M.D. is a Board Certified Internal Medicine specialist and Hospitalist who is nationally recognized as an expert in both acute care medicine and the post-acute continuum. He is actively engaged in healthcare policy debates, end-of-life issues, and spirituality in health topics. His diverse blend of technical expertise, medical experience, humor, and motivating spirituality are attractive to a wide variety of audiences both inside and outside of the medical field.
Dr. Callister is the National Medical Director for LifeCare Hospitals, one of the largest Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) hospital systems in the country and has directed its medical staff leadership for fifteen years. As the Chairman of the Clinical Committee of the Acute Long Term Hospital Association, he led the effort to develop the first LTAC industry outcome benchmark study and has been a leader in acute criteria development for both the American Hospital Association and the The Joint Commission. Dr. Callister serves on the CMS Technical Expert Panels (TEP) for readmissions, ventilator weaning, and quality benchmark development for both LTAC hospitals and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, and he currently works as an advisor for the CDC, RTI, and NHSN on quality measure development and implementation. In 2012, he was nominated by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare.
In addition to his work in national acute care medicine, Dr. Callister is a Past President of the Nevada State Medical Association and the American College of Physicians Northern Nevada District. He was the Chief of Staff or the Chief Medical Officer of several hospital systems spanning three decades and was the Nevada State Chairman for the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Organized Medical Staff Section. Dr. Callister also co-founded the Sierra Hospitalists medical group that grew into one of the nation’s largest private Hospitalist physician practices.
Dr. Callister is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Economics and received his M.D. from the University Of Utah School Of Medicine where he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his specialty training in Internal Medicine at UCLA where he was voted the Outstanding Physician of the Year. In 2009, he was in the inaugural class of 500 physicians worldwide to be awarded the title of Fellow in Hospital Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Nevada and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Touro University-Nevada.
Dr. Callister lectures frequently around the country on multiple subjects ranging from the post-acute continuum and hospitalist programs to end-of-life issues and spirituality in healthcare. He was a featured speaker at the American Hospital Association’s Leadership Summit on the topic of “Successful discharge options for your medically complex patients: The continuum and the post-acute balancing act” and enjoys engaging audiences of all types around the country. The American College of Physicians Nevada Chapter named Dr. Callister as the 2011 Volunteerism and Community Service Award winner, and he is a recipient of the Congressional Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Service to the community.