Meet Our Editors
Torrey Kim, MA, CPC covers Medicare coding, billing, and compliance issues in-depth every week as the editor-in-chief of the popular weekly publication Part B Insider. By staying on top of Medicare’s many transmittals, webinars, articles, LCDs, and coverage changes, she offers a unique insight into the multi-faceted area of Part B coding. In addition, Torrey is the former editor of the monthly Orthopedic Coding Alert, Radiology Coding Alert, and Neurosurgery Coding Alert, where she honed her skills focusing on the nuances of medical coding. Torrey has been a presenter at several audioconferences discussing Medicare issues. She holds degrees from Wesleyan University and American University, and is a certified professional medical coder through the AAPC.
Erin Lang Masercola, PhD, CPC has been writing about health care law, reimbursement, compliance and HIT for ten years. Most recently, she’s been collaborating with medical coders and software engineers to create an affordable new online coding reference tool called Supercoder.com. Her passion is bringing trustworthy, searchable coding advice to the Internet and helping coders build professional networks. Erin holds degrees from University of Texas at Austin and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a certified professional medical coder through AAPC.
Leesa A. Israel, 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 for The Coding Institute where she has written Urology Coding Alert for five years, as well as several other coding publications specialties 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 1,400 pages of coding and billing information over the years, Leesa has consulted, and continues to consult, with clinical, coding, and billing experts throughout the world. She holds a CPC certification from the AAPC as well as the urology specialty certification, CUC, and the billing certification, CMBS. Leesa is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) and the Medical Association of Billers (MAB).
Chris Boucher, CPC, is Editor In Chief of Emergency Department Coding Alert and Internal Medicine Coding Alert. During his six years writing and editing with The Coding Institute, he has covered gastroenterology, family practice, pediatrics, pulmonology, optometry, neurosurgery, and oncology, as well as medical office billing, nursing, and front desk publications. Chris has an English degree from N.C. State University, and is currently pursuing his master’s degree from the same institution.
Suzanne Leder, M.Phil., CPC, COBGC can answer your ob-gyn coding questions, as she has been the Ob-gyn Coding Alert editor for five years and counting. Also, she holds a specialty OB/GYN coding certification. Currently, she is an Executive Editor at the Coding Institute and has covered topics in cardiology, physical medicine and rehab, gastroenterology, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, and otolaryngology. She has a BA from N.C. State University and an international Master’s degree (M. Phil) from Trinity College Dublin.
Jen Godreau, CPC, CPEDC, specializes in medical coding policy for pediatrics, otolaryngology including allergy and audiology, family practice, internal medicine, and pulmonology. She has a bachelors of arts in English from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, a certificate of professional coding (CPC), and is a certified pediatric coder (CPEDC). Jen is currently a managing editor for The Coding Institute where she has written Pediatric Coding Alert for eight years. She’s also previously written Otolaryngology Coding Alert and the primary care publications for six or more years. While researching articles, she consults with physician advisors and policy makers in the American academies of Audiology, Family Practice, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, and the associations for Allergy and Speech-language and Hearing.
Deborah Dorton, JD, MA, CPC, concentrates on coding and compliance for the various subspecialties of 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, SNFs, and more. A graduate of Harvard University, Deborah holds a law degree and Master’s degree from Duke University. She received her CPC from the American Academy of Professional Coders in 2004.
Leigh DeLozier, CPC, moved from the world of hospital public relations to The Coding Institute in 1999. She launched Anesthesia Coding Alert and has written for pulmonology, oncology, and other specialties along the way, including re-launching newsletters for podiatry and dermatology in 2009. Leigh holds a degree in Journalism from Georgia College and became a certified professional coder (CPC) through the AAPC in 2002. She’s editor of Anesthesia & Pain Management Coding Alert, Neurosurgery Coding Alert, and Orthopedic Coding Alert.
Ellen Garver, CPC, covers medical coding and compliance for pathology, laboratory and general surgery. The 10-year Coding Institute veteran has served as the editor of Pathology/Lab Coding Alert since its inception, and is the new editor of General Surgery Coding Alert. Ellen has been a presenter for several pathology coding conferences, and has learned the ins and outs of anesthesiology, cardiology and plastic surgery coding by contributing technical editing for AAPC credentialing exam Specialty Study Guide(s). Ellen holds a B.S. in Agronomy and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee and is a certified professional coder through the AAPC.
Jerry Salley, CPC, has over five years’ experience writing about coding, focusing especially on ophthalmology coding with The Coding Institute’s Ophthalmology Coding Alert. He has also written about optometry, gastroenterology, dermatology, audiology, and urology coding, as well as Joint Commission accreditation, healthcare human resources, and behavioral healthcare reimbursement issues. A graduate of Furman University, Jerry is a certified professional coder through the American Academy of Professional Coders.