Dr. Mark Merlin created the MD1Program in 2002, which was the first program to provide comprehensive physician medical care outside of the hospital. The program was self-funded with equipment and supplies either being paid for directly by Dr. Merlin or being donated by multiple companies. He received training in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. Dr. Merlin is the Chair of the NJ State EMS Council which is responsible for all Emergency Medical Services in the state. Thirty-four separate committees report to this Department of Health entity.
He is the Vice-Chairman and EMS Fellowship Director at RWJBarnabas Health/Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, which is the largest training program for physicians in Emergency Medical Services in the world. Dr. Merlin is Professor of Emergency Medicine at Rutgers-NewJersey Medical School. He has been active with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for Mission Lifeline. He has published over 100 papers and abstracts on various emergency topics.
Dr. Merlin is the Chief Medical Officer for MONOC, New Jersey’s largest Advanced Life Support System. In this capacity he oversees over 600 paramedics, EMT’s, nurses and physicians delivering EMS patients to 43 hospitals in New Jersey. He has been medical director of multiple rotary (helicopter) and fixed wing Air Medical services. He is the Medical Director of Medway Air Ambulances which provides 140 fixed wing flights per month to critical patients all over the world including multiple New York Hospitals. Additionally, Dr. Merlin is Medical Director of ParaflightEMS, GEM Ambulance and multiple police and federal law enforcement agencies.
John D. Carrico II has extensive experience in a wide array of accounting, auditing, management consulting and tax services for a diverse client base, including national and international non-profit organizations, small businesses and healthcare entities. John has also assisted several clients navigating through the challenges of a start-up organization. A 1976 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, John served on the audit staff of Touche Ross, one of the original “Big 8” accounting firms before joining Carrico Associates where he was managing partner. John currently is a partner in the firm Cullari Carrico LLC, Certified Public Accountants and Advisors.
Adam Wolper, JD
COO and General Counsel, Board Member
Adam D. Wolper, the principal of Wolper Law Group, LLC is a seasoned real estate and corporate attorney, with significant litigation and bankruptcy experience as well. From 2012 through 2018, Adam was selected as a “New Jersey Rising Star” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine. In addition to serving as outside general counsel to companies and professional practices throughout the tristate area, Adam regularly represents clients in matters involving real estate acquisition, financing, and disposition; business formation, organization, and succession; capital raising; private securities offerings; mergers and acquisitions; joint ventures; and recapitalizations and restructurings. He also represents constituents in complex bankruptcy cases, including debtors, secured lenders, unsecured creditors’ committees, and asset purchasers in section 363 sales. Adam regularly lectures on these matters at continuing education seminars, and has published numerous articles in national publications such as Law360, Bloomberg Law Reports, and The American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, among others. As a law student, Adam served as a Research Editor for the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law and as an intern for the Honorable Justice Virginia Long of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He also obtained a Certificate of Specialized Legal Studies, with honors, in Business Organizations Law.
Jonathan A. Keller, PharmD, JD
Healthcare Counsel, Board Member
Jonathan A. Keller is a health care attorney at the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP. He is a part of his firm’s Health Care Practice Group. Jonathan’s practice focuses on representing health care providers, including public and private hospital systems, academic medical centers, physician practices and individual providers in a variety of regulatory and transactional matters. Specific aspects of his practice include healthcare M&A transactions, contract negotiation, clinical trial agreements and fraud and abuse counseling.
Prior to joining his firm, Jonathan served as General Counsel to East Orange General Hospital and was a member of the hospital’s executive committee. During his time at the hospital, Jonathan was heavily involved in the hospital’s acquisition by a for-profit entity; drafted physician employment agreements and leases; advised the medical executive committee on credentialing, bylaws, and rules and regulation matters; and oversaw the day-to-day legal operations of the hospital. Jonathan also served as Secretary to the Board of Trustees.
Prior to becoming a health care attorney, Jonathan worked as a retail pharmacist with a regional pharmacy chain.
Jonathan earned his law degree from Seton Hall University, School of Law where he completed a concentration in Health Law. Jonathan earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy (Pharm D) from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.
Ms. Scharf is a high-energy leader in healthcare administration who has been involved in several healthcare IT start-ups and is often referred to as the ultimate “go-to person” to get anything accomplished. She has been an administrator in telehealth and air medical transportation, as well as in population health cancer research. Sarah received a BA and MPH from Rutgers University and has been a highly regarded administrator, managing departments with physicians and scientific investigators.
In graduate school at the Navy Research Center in San Diego, Rod did his thesis on the arpanet, precursor to the internet, after which he worked as an engineer at Hughes Aircraft, Los Angeles. His work focused on optical and laser technologies. On a fluke, he was recruited for a job as a Producer in the Nova Unit at WGBH/Boston (PBS), where he created its first interactive multimedia project in conjunction with Apple. Rod has developed leading edge projects for IBM, Sony, Nissan, Houghton Mifflin, Macmillan, and many others. He is in charge of IT and web development/design at MD1. His technology background, combined with art, has given him unique insights as a software developer, content developer, and producer. He loves to ski, plays several musical instruments, and he makes frequent photography trips to the red rocks areas of Southern Utah. Rod is pleased to be associated with MD1 and does his best to further its noble mission.
Josephine attended The Pennsylvania State University, where she was elected to several leadership positions for the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Since graduating from Penn State, Josephine has worked as both an ED Technician and Clinical Information Manager in the busiest Emergency Department on the East Coast, which sparked an interest in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care and led her to MD1. She hopes to combine her love of medicine and philanthropy to help drive the MD1 mission forward, and ultimately aspires to become a physician.