James A. Deal, a director of AMSURG since 1992, serves as President & Chief Executive Officer and Director of Hospice Compassus, a private equity backed hospice provider. From January through July 2006, Mr. Deal served as Chairman of the Board of INSPIRIS and from November 2001 through December 2005 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of INSPIRIS. From September 1998 to June 2001, Mr. Deal served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Center for Diagnostic Imaging, Inc., a national network of outpatient diagnostic imaging centers. Mr. Deal served as Executive Vice President of Healthways, Inc. (NASDAQ: HWAY), the leading publicly traded disease management company, from January 1991 to August 1998, and as President of Diabetes Treatment Centers of America, Inc., a Healthways subsidiary, from 1985 to August 1998.