Charles S. Lauer was publisher of Modern Healthcare and a vice president of parent Crain Communications for three decades until 2007. He is now an advisor to healthcare companies, a columnist, author of three books and a public speaker on healthcare reform and business. Lauer is also a member of advisory boards for MedAssets, MPB Group and Excel Medical Ventures. Previously, Lauer was general sales manager for the publications of the American Medical Association, where he became the AMA’s director of communications. Lauer has been presented with numerous awards, including the Michael E. DeBakey Award for Achievements in Healthcare.