FirstClass Healthcare Leadership Team
FirstClass Healthcare was founded by a group of Atlanta-based Emergency Physicians and Physician Assistants who are dedicated to setting the new standard for Correctional Healthcare.
We pride ourselves on creating a team-based system that focuses on treating residents with compassionate care through operational and clinical excellence.
As modern healthcare innovators, our company transcends boundaries common in medical institutions to deliver exceptional patient care.
Benjamin Lefkove, M.D.
Dr. Benjamin Lefkove is an Emergency Medicine Physician from Atlanta, GA. He received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA, and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital/Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Lefkove was previously a Chief Medical Information Officer for the DeKalb Regional Health System, as well as Vice-Chief of Emergency Medicine at Emory Decatur Hospital. Dr. Lefkove’s professional interests include process improvement in healthcare, providing medical care for the underserved, medical education, and improving health outcomes through evidence-based practice. In his spare time, Dr. Lefkove enjoys exercise and spending time with his family.
Ron Sanders Jr., PA-C
Ron Sanders Jr., PA-C, is an Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant from Atlanta, GA. Following his undergraduate studies at Augusta State University, Ron received a Master of Science of Physician Assistants from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA, and was Valedictorian for the class of 2010. He is passionate about medical education, process improvement, and mentorship. During his leisure, Ronald enjoys traveling with his wife, reef keeping, listening to music, and trying new restaurants. Ronald’s favorite pastime is family gatherings.
Michelle Wan, M.D.
Dr. Michelle Wan is an Emergency Medicine Physician from Miami, FL. Dr. Wan received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Florida State University and Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Case Western Reserve University. She completed residency in Emergency Medicine as well as an Emergency Ultrasound fellowship at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, FL. Dr. Wan is extremely passionate about reducing health disparities and improving access to quality care. When she isn’t caring for patients, Dr. Wan enjoys traveling the world, exercising, outdoor adventures, and spending time with family and friends.
Bernard Coxton Jr, PA-C
Bernard Coxton Jr., PA-C, is an Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant from Atlanta, GA. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Morehouse College in 2010 and a Master of Science of Physician Assistants from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA in 2014. Before entering the field of medicine, Bernard was a high school biology and chemistry teacher in DeKalb County. He is extremely passionate about education and public health awareness, and during his leisure, Bernard loves to travel and attend concerts.
Natalie Schmitz, PA-C
Natalie Schmitz, PA-C, is an Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant from Baltimore, Maryland. She received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Physician Assistant from Emory University. Natalie has been practicing in the Atlanta community for 13 years, and is a past-president of SEMPA. What she loves the most about her job is interacting with her patients and their families. Outside of medicine, Natalie enjoys reading, exercising, traveling (pre-COVID), and trying out Atlanta restaurants.
LaMar Cochran, M.D.
Dr. LaMar Cochran is an Emergency Medicine Physician from Berrien Springs, MI. He received his Bachelor of Science from Oakwood University in 2005, Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Howard University in 2010, and completed his residency training at Grady Memorial Hospital/Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Cochran is passionate about preventative medicine and educating people of his community on how to obtain and maintain healthy lifestyles so that they can live long, enjoyable, and balanced lives. During his leisure, Dr. Cochran loves to exercise, play sports, travel, and spend quality time with friends and family.
Yair is a South African who earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Finance from Yeshiva University Sy Syms School of Business in New York, NY. Yair leads FirstClass Healthcare’s tech development to improve the overall organizational operational efficiency. He has held executive leadership roles in various industries and has extensive experience with launching and running startups, with a focus on integrating operations and technology. Yair is passionate about data science and optimizing processes. He loves to travel and in his spare time enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his wife and children.