• AlloSource (Centennial, Colorado) reported the addition of Hannis Thompson, MD, as medical director and a member of the company's medical advisory board. Thompson has held positions at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center since 1992, including as director of transfusion medicine and associate professor of pathology. Allosource makes skin, bone and soft tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures.

Susan Byrne has been named executive VP of strategy and business development, Europe, for Grey Healthcare Group (GHG; New York). Byrne previously was president of medical education Europe at Ogilvy Healthworld. GHG is a healthcare communications company.

Wayne McAlister has been named CEO and chairman of LifeCare Holdings (Plano, Texas), and CFO Phillip Douglas has been promoted to president of the company. Chris Walker, formerly chief accounting officer, was named CFO. McAlister was previously senior VP and division president for Triad Hospitals. LifeCare is a 20-facility, acute-care hospital system.

Major Gen. Gary Harrell has been named VP of business development for Pacer Health (Miami). Harrell retired from active duty in the U.S. Army last month after more than 30 years of service. He was assigned control of Special Operations Command Central in 2002, where he commanded the largest special operations forces assembled since World War II. Pacer owns acute-care hospitals, medical treatment centers and psychiatric care facilities.

Oren Cohen, MD, has been promoted from chief medical and scientific officer to senior VP of clinical research strategies at Quintiles Transnational (Research Triangle Park, North Carolina). Cohen also is a consulting professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. Quintiles is a clinical research company.

• Telemedicus (Houston) said that Paul Carlton, MD, Lt. Gen. U.S.A.F. (Ret.), former Air Force Surgeon General, is being retained as a business consultant for national and foreign sales. Carlton is currently the director of the Texas A&M Health Science Center Office of Homeland Security. Telemedicus develops technology enabling a physician to provide care for a patient at a remote site or ambulance en route.