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How Did We Get To Be The World’s No.1 Medical Coding Information Company?


Meet Our Fully-Certified Staff

We know how important medical coding and billing are to all parties involved including healthcare providers, patients, and (of course) you. That’s why we only hire trained, experienced, and fully credentialed staff members to provide you with information and advice.

Our staff has the power of more than 110 years combined experience, and the strength of more than 15 different professional and educational credentials.

Our fully-certified staff is helping coders help doctors every single day.

Apoorba Ganguly, BS, MsC, CPC, has four years of experience in the field of medical coding. As a coding content specialist, he develops’s content. He writes the Lay Terms, updates codes, and answers coding questions.

SuperCoder editors trust Apoorba’s spot-on accuracy for their code check processes. He checks every code for numerical and description correctness. His attention to detail and reliability ensures accurate Correct Coding Initiative (CCI), Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS), and modifier information.

In various organizations in Bangalore, India, Apoorba worked as a senior medical coder. He has two and a half years experience in anesthesia and surgery coding specialties and almost one and a half years of experience in ICD-9 coding.

Apoorba holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Microbiology from Bangalore University and is a Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) certified through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)

Deborah Dorton, JD, MA, CPC, CHONC, concentrates on coding and compliance for radiology and cardiology — including the tricky world of interventional procedures — as well as oncology and hematology. Since joining The Coding Institute in 2004, she’s also covered the ins and outs of coding for orthopedics, audiology, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), and more.

Deborah earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and law and master’s degrees from Duke University. She received her Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) certification from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) in 2004 and her Certified Hematology and Oncology Coder (CHONC) credential in 2010.

Leesa A. Israel, BA, CPC, CUC, CMBS, specializes in medical coding and reimbursement for urology and general surgery, as well as billing and collections policies and strategies for physician practices. Leesa is currently an Executive Editor in charge of editing and quality control of several coding and billing publications. She has written Urology Coding Alert for six years, as well as several other coding specialty publications such as neurosurgery, pulmonology, allergy, and ophthalmology. Leesa has also covered Medicare and private payer regulations, healthcare human resources, and Joint Commission policy.

While researching and writing more than 1,700 pages of coding and billing information over the years, Leesa has consulted, and continues to consult, with clinical, coding, and billing experts throughout the US. She also presents on coding and billing issues at national events.

Through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), she is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC®) and a Certified Urology Coder™ (CUC™). Leesa is a member of the Medical Association of Billers (MAB) and is a Certified Medical Billing Specialist® (CMBS®).

Leesa has a bachelor’s degree in Communication/Journalism from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. A real go getter, she has double-minors in English and Economics.

Torrey Kim, MA, CPC, CGSC, covers coding, billing, and compliance issues in-depth as the editor-in-chief of the weekly publication Part B Insider and the monthly Pediatric Coding Alert. With more than 10 years of experience, Torrey stays on top of the many transmittals, forums, determinations, guides, and coverage changes disseminated by Medicare, Medicaid, and other payers. She offers a unique insight into the multi-faceted area of coding, analysis, and compliance.

While serving as the former editor of several other monthly coding Specialty Alerts, Torrey honed her medical coding skills. She broke down anatomical coding for orthopedics, radiology, and neurosurgery with her for-the-coder diagrams and helped many coders uncover faulty denials and documentation with her hard hitting case studies. In addition, Torrey has presented on Medicare issues at several audio conferences.

Torrey has a bachelor's degree in journalism from American University and a master’s degree from Wesleyan University. She is a Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) and a certified General Surgery Coder® (CGSC®) through the American Academy of Professional Coders.

Ellen Garver, BS, BA, CPC, regularly covers medical coding and compliance for pathology and laboratory as well as general surgery. The 11-year Coding Institute veteran has served as the editor of Pathology/Lab Coding Alert since its inception in 1999 and is also the current editor of General Surgery Coding Alert.

Ellen shares her pathology and laboratory coding know-how by presenting at various Coding Institute Webinars and live conferences. She also wrote the Coding Institute’s Pathology/Lab Coder’s Survival Guide and contributed to projects such as SuperCoder Illustrated and CPC® Training Camp course materials. For the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), Ellen wrote the initial study guide for the Certified Anesthesia and Pain Management Coder (CANPC™) examination, and contributed to study guides for the Certified Cardiology Coder (CCC™) and Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Coder (CPRC™) credential exams.

Ellen has a bachelor of science in agronomy and a bachelor of arts in philosophy from the University of Tennessee. She is a Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) through the AAPC.

Jan Milliman, MA, HCS-D, COS-C, specializes in diagnosis coding for home health agencies, and accurate completion of the home health OASIS assessment tool. Jan writes for Home Health Coding and OASIS Expert. She enjoys researching reader questions and connecting with industry experts to gather on-the-job insight and advice.

Jan has a bachelor’s degree in Communication/Journalism from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. and a master’s degree in Communication Theory from the State University of New York College at Brockport. She earned her Home Care Coding Specialist — Diagnosis (HCS-D) in certification in 2006 from the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and her Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) from the OASIS Certificate & Competency Board in 2010.Jan is also an AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM Trainer.

Jerry Salley, BA, CPC, has more than five years’ experience writing about coding. He focuses on eye coding with ophthalmology and optometry Specialty Alerts. One of the newer alerts, Dermatology Coding Specialty Alert, is benefiting from Jerry’s concise advice. He has also written about gastroenterology and urology coding, as well as Joint Commission accreditation, healthcare human resources, and behavioral healthcare reimbursement issues.

A graduate of Furman University with a bachelor of arts in English, Jerry is a Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Leigh DeLozier, BS, CPC, moved from the world of hospital public relations to writing Specialty Alerts in 1999. She launched the Anesthesia Coding Specialty Alert and is currently the editor for three additional publications including Neurology and Pain Management Coding Alert, Family Practice Coding Alert, and Anesthesia Coding Alert. She has written for pain management, pulmonology, oncology, and other specialties along the way. Leigh re-launched newsletters for podiatry and dermatology in 2009.

Leigh holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Journalism from Georgia College. She became a Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) in 2002.

Mary Compton, PhD, CPC, is the editorial director for The Coding Institute. She’s responsible for the company’s international team of writers and content providers. During the past 10 years with Eli Research and The Coding Institute, Mary has directed editorial teams covering medical coding, health policy, and post-acute topics and publications in a variety of healthcare markets.

Mary is a former university lecturer in English and has an M.A. in English from The College of William and Mary and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Mississippi. She became a Certified Professional Coder ® (CPC®) in 2004 through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

Suzanne Burmeister , M.Phil., CPC, COBGC, is an AHIMA certified ICD-10 trainer, meaning she can guide you to becoming proficient with both ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS.

Additionally, she can answer your ob-gyn specific questions. She has been the Ob-gyn Coding Specialty Alert editor for six years and counting. Suzanne is a Certified Obstetrics Gynecology Coder (COBGCTM).

During her coding writing career, she has covered cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology, and physical medicine and rehab. Suzanne has a bachelor of arts degree from North Carolina State University and an international Master’s degree in philosophy (M. Phil) from Trinity College Dublin. She became a Certified Professional Coder® (CPC®) through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) in 2004.