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2013 Keynote Speakers

Jeffrey Bokser
VP of Safety, Security and Emergency Services, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Jeffrey Bokser, MHA, is Vice President for Safety, Security and Emergency Services at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the nation’s largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital, with more than 19,000 employees. He is responsible for… More

Patrick Conway, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer and Director, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, is Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), and the… More

Toby M. Cosgrove, M.D.
CEO, Cleveland Clinic

As CEO, Dr. Cosgrove presides over a $6 billion healthcare system comprised of the Cleveland Clinic, eight community hospitals, 18 family health and ambulatory surgery centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the… More

Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., is the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our nation’s health protection agency. Since 2009, he has worked to control health threats… More

William H. “Bill” Frist, M.D.
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader,

William H. Frist, M.D., is a nationally recognized heart and lung transplant surgeon, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, and chairman of the Executive Council of the private equity firm Cressey… More

Eric Goralnick, M.D.
Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness; Associate Clinical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Eric Goralnick, MD is the Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a 792 quaternary care academic teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School located in Boston, Massachusetts…. More

Shalom Jacobovitz
Chief Executive Officer, American College of Cardiology

Shalom “Shal” Jacobovitz is the chief executive officer of the American College of Cardiology. In this role, Jacobovitz leads the 43,000 member organizations in its mission to transform cardiovascular care… More

Brian Kelly
Editor and Chief Content Officer, U.S. News & World Report
Brad Kimler
Executive Vice President, Fidelity Investments

Brad Kimler is executive vice president of Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans and a leading… More

Len Nichols, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, George Mason University

Len Nichols has been the Director of the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics (CHPRE) and a Professor of Health Policy at George Mason University since 2010, where he… More

Chas Roades
Chief Research Officer, Health Care, The Advisory Board Company

Chas Roades is Chief Research Officer of The Advisory Board Company. In this capacity, he studies the market forces and trends driving the evolution of the American health care industry,… More

Robert C. Robbins, M.D.
President and CEO, Texas Medical Center

Robert C. Robbins became President and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Medical Center on November 5, 2012. Prior to that, he was professor and chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic… More

Michael D. Robinson
Vice President , United States Health & Life Sciences, Microsoft

As the General Manager for Microsoft’s Health and Life Sciences business in the United States, Michael D. Robinson is responsible for driving Microsoft’s business initiatives into both commercial and public… More

Donna E. Shalala, Ph.D.
President, University of Miami, former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary

Donna E. Shalala became Professor of Political Science and President of the University of Miami on June 1, 2001.  President Shalala has more than 30 years of experience as an… More

Anthony Shorris
Senior Vice President and Vice Dean, Chief of Staff, NYU Langone Medical Center

Anthony E. Shorris serves as strategic advisor to the Dean and CEO focused on integration and alignment across the Medical Center’s three hospitals and the School of Medicine. Mr. Shorris brings… More

Peter L. Slavin, M.D.
President, Massachusetts General Hospital

Peter L. Slavin, MD became the President of Massachusetts General Hospital on January 1, 2003.  From 1999-2002, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts General Physicians… More

Gregory Sorensen, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Healthcare North America

Gregory Sorensen, MD, is Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Healthcare in the United States, with additional oversight for Canada and Latin America. As a trendsetter in medical imaging, therapy systems,… More

Mortimer B. Zuckerman
Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, U.S. News & World Report

Mortimer B. Zuckerman is the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News & World Report and is the Chairman and Publisher of the New York Daily News.  He is also the… More



Speakers

Joel  T. Allison, FACHE
President and CEO, Baylor Scott and White Health

Joel T. Allison is president and CEO of Baylor Scott and White Health, a faith-based supporting organization headquartered in Dallas providing services to a network of acute care hospitals and related… More

Lawrence K. Altman, M.D.
Medical Writer, The New York Times, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Lawrence K. Altman, M.D., is one of the few full-fledged medical doctors working as a full-time daily newspaper reporter. He has been a member of The New York Times science… More

Steven M. Altschuler, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., is the chief executive officer of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the nation’s oldest hospital dedicated to the care of sick children. Children’s Hospital’s Board of Trustees elected… More

David J. Bailey, M.D., M.B.A.
President and CEO, Nemours

David J. Bailey, MD, MBA, became president and CEO of the Nemours Foundation in 2006. Nemours is an integrated Children’s Health System with two free-standing hospitals in the Delaware Valley… More

Chris Belmont
Vice President and Chief Information Officer, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Chris recently joined University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as VP and Chief Information Officer after serving in a similar role with Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, LA… More

Steven J. Bernstein, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs, University of Michigan Health System

Steven J. Bernstein, earned his MD from the University of Rochester (New York), completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh, and received his MPH from the University of California,… More

Carl R. Boyd, M.D., F.A.C.S.
General Surgeon, Memorial Health University Medical Center, Professor of Surgery, Mercer University School of Medicine

DR. CARL BOYD, M.D., F.A.C.S., received his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville and then completed medical school at the University of Kentucky in 1976. He did his surgical… More

Aurelia Boyer
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, New York Presbyterian Hospital

Aurelia G. Boyer is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Her responsibilities include strategic IT direction, oversight of IT day-to-day operations, establishing technology priorities, making investment… More

A.G. Breitenstein, J.D., M.P.H.
Chief Product Officer, Provider Markets, Humedica

A.G. is a co-founder of Humedica (An Optum Company) and serves as Chief Product Officer, Provider Markets. Prior to Humedica, she was a Director at Leerink Swann, a leading health… More

Lynn Britton
President and CEO, Mercy Health, Chesterfield, Mo.

Lynn Britton assumed the role of President and CEO of Mercy in January, 2009, after serving as the organization’s Senior Vice President since 2004. Mr. Britton has been with Mercy… More

David Burik
Managing Director, Heatlhcare Team, Navigant Consulting

Mr. Burik is a Managing Director with Navigant Consulting’s healthcare team. He has more than 30 years of consulting experience within all segments of the healthcare industry. His expertise includes… More

Peter W. Butler
President & COO, Rush University Medical Center

Peter W. Butler is a nationally recognized health care executive with more than 25 years of experience in teaching hospitals and health care systems. In addition to being president and… More

Victor Buzachero
Corporate Senior Vice President, Innovation, Human Resources and Performance Management, Scripps Health
Amy Caro
Vice President, Health IT Programs, Federal and Defense Technologies Division, Northrop Grumman Information Systems

Ms. Caro is vice president, Health IT Programs, for the Federal and Defense Technologies division of Northrop Grumman’s Information Systems sector. In this role, she is responsible for developing a… More

Mary Ann Christopher
President and CEO, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY)

Mary Ann Christopher has served as President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY), the nation’s largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organization, since January… More

Avery Comarow
Health Rankings Editor, U.S. News & World Report

Avery Comarow is Health Rankings Editor of U.S. News & World Report, where he has reported and edited since 1986. Clinical medicine, especially quality assessment, has long been a special… More

Ceci Connolly
Managing Director, PwC Health Research Institute

Ceci Connolly is managing director of PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI). In this role, Ceci leads national thought leadership and research initiatives for the firm and clients. HRI is a… More

Jesse Cureton
Chief Consumer Officer, Novant Health

Jesse Cureton is chief consumer officer for Novant Health, overseeing strategic planning, marketing and public relations, the foundations, corporate health and other business development functions. In this role, he oversees… More

Lloyd Dean
President and CEO, Dignity Health

Lloyd Dean is a nationally recognized leader as President/CEO of Dignity Health, one of the nation’s five largest healthcare systems with a 21-state network of 56,000 employees, and over 300… More

Charles R. Denham, M.D.
Chairman of Texas Medical Institute of Technology, Chairman, Global Patient Safety Forum

He is Chairman of TMIT, with a mission to save lives, save money, and create value in communities. An adjunct Professor at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Health… More

Victor J. Dzau, M.D.
President and CEO, Duke University Health System, Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University

Victor J. Dzau MD is President & CEO of Duke University Health System, Chancellor of Health Affairs and James B. Duke Professor of Medicine at Duke University. He was the… More

Michael Englehart
President, Advocate Physician Partners

Mike Englehart is President of Advocate Physician Partners (APP), headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois. APP is a care management and managed care contracting joint venture between the Advocate Health Care… More

Gianrico Farrugia, M.D.
Director, Center for Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Farrugia completed his M.D. at the University of Malta Medical School. He is the Director for the Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Farrugia is a Gastroenterologist… More

Christopher J. Gearon
Contributing Editor, U.S. News & World Report
Ben Harder
Managing Editor and Director of Healthcare Analysis, U.S. News & World Report

Ben Harder is Managing Editor and Director of Health Care Analysis at U.S. News & World Report, where he oversees the use of data to guide consumers in their choice… More

J. Michael Henderson, MD, ChB, FRCSEd, FACS
Chief Quality Officer, Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Henderson is Chief Quality Officer for the Cleveland Clinic Health System. He started the Quality and Patient Safety Institute in 2005, which coordinates the content experts in Accreditation, Quality… More

Daniel Hoefer, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Sharp HospiceCare

Dr. Daniel Hoefer is the Chief Medical Officer for Sharp HealthCare’s outpatient palliative care program, Transitions and Associate Medical Director for Sharp HospiceCare. He is a board certified family practice… More

David B. Hoyt, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Executive Director, American College of Surgeons

Dr. Hoyt is the executive director of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). In this role, Dr. Hoyt oversees nationally and internationally recognized educational and quality programs, including education and… More

Howard J. Jacob, Ph.D.
Director of Human and Molecular Genetics Center, Founding Director, Personalized Medicine Program, Medical College of Wisconsin

Howard J. Jacob, Ph.D., is the Founding Director of the Personalized Medicine Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His passion for improving the lives of critically ill patients has… More

Dave Johnson
Managing Director & Healthcare Sector Head, BMO Capital Markets

Dave is a Managing Director in BMO Capital Markets with over 25 years of investment banking experience. He has senior managed more than $30 billion of financing transactions for health… More

Joanne Kenen
Health Editor, Politico
Fauzia Khan, M.D., F.C.A.P.
Co-founder and CMO, Alere Analytics

Fauzia Khan, M.D., F.C.A.P., and Co-founder of Alere Analytics, currently serves as Chief Medical Officer where she provides direction and leadership to develop practical and scalable technologies that allow Clinical… More

Troy Kirchenbauer
General Manager, aptitude LLC

Troy Kirchenbauer is passionate about bringing innovative new approaches to the health care industry, and using new technology-based approaches to increase efficiency and quality at hospitals nationwide. Over the past… More

Clifford Y. Ko, M.D., M.S., M.S.H.S., F.A.C.S.
Director, Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, American College of Surgeons

As the director of the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Ko leads all of the quality evaluation and improvement programs of… More

Joseph Kvedar, M.D.
Founder and Director, Center for Connected Health, Partners Healthcare

Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, is the Founder and Director of the Center for Connected Health, creating a new model of healthcare delivery, by developing innovative strategies to move care from… More

Wright L. Lassiter III
Chief Executive Officer, Alameda Health System

Wright L. Lassiter, III has led Alameda Health System (AHS) since 2005. Nationally known as a successful turnaround leader, Mr. Lassiter has created a culture of excellence while maintaining a… More

William B. Leaver
President and CEO, UnityPoint Health

Bill Leaver has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of UnityPoint Health, formerly Iowa Health System, since January 2008. UnityPoint Health entities employ more than 24,000 employees, with more… More

Gene Lindsey, M.D.
CEO Emeritus and Vice Chair, Atrius Health, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

Dr. Lindsey served as President and CEO of Atrius Health and also of its largest affiliate, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, from February 2008 to September 2013. He is currently working… More

George Lynn
Board Member of Valence Health, former CEO of AtlantiCare and AHA Board Chair

Mr. Lynn has more than 30 years of experience as a healthcare executive for provider organizations. As president and CEO, he helped establish AtlantiCare, southeastern New Jersey’s premier integrated healthcare… More

Sally W. MacConnell
Vice President for Facilities, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Ms. MacConnell was born and raised in Texas. She moved to Baltimore to attend The Johns Hopkins University. She holds a BA in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins and an… More

Margaret Mannix
Executive Editor, U.S. News & World Report
James Marcin, M.D.
Professor, Pediatrics & Pediatric Critical Care, University of California Davis Children's Hospital

Dr. Marcin is a Professor of Pediatric Critical Care at the U.C. Davis Children’s Hospital in Sacramento, California. He completed his M.D. at U.C. San Diego, his residency at U.C. San… More

Anne McGrath
Managing Editor, Publications, U.S. News & World Report

As Managing Editor, Publications at U.S. News, Anne McGrath directs the planning and execution of the annual Best Hospitals guide and the company’s two signature education books, Best Grad Schools and… More

Diane E. Meier, M.D.
Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Diane E. Meier is Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization devoted to increasing the number and quality of palliative care programs in the… More

Michael Morella
Associate Editor, U.S. News & World Report

Michael Morella is an associate editor at U.S. News & World Report, where he covers education, health, science, and other topics for the U.S. News Weekly digital magazine and Best… More

John J. Moynihan, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Chair, Department of Surgery, Inova Fairfax Hospital

Dr. Moynihan completed medical school and residency at Georgetown University. For ten years he was managing partner for a large surgical practice in northern Virginia, Virginia Surgery Associates, whom he… More

Denise Murphy, R.N., B.S.N., M.P.H., C.I.C., F.A.A.N.
Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety, Main Line Health

Denise Murphy is the Vice-President for Quality and Patient Safety for Main Line Health in Philadelphia. From 2003-2008, she was Chief Safety and Quality Officer at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St…. More

Stephen Nolte
CEO, Sutter Health Plus

Steve Nolte serves as CEO of Sutter Health Plus, a new health plan affiliated with not-for-profit Sutter Health, a Northern California network of doctors, hospitals and other health care service… More

William O’Leary
Senior Director and Chief Health Policy Officer, Microsoft Health and Life Sciences

William O’Leary is Senior Director and Chief Health Policy Officer for Microsoft Corporation. O’Leary engages senior government, business and health leaders regarding Microsoft’s policy, citizenship, business development and Government affairs… More

Daniel Paoletti
Chief Executive Officer, Ohio Health Information Partnership

Dan Paoletti is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ohio Health Information Partnership since 2011, after serving as Interim CEO and for two years as an Ohio Hospital Association representative on… More

Hemant Pathak
Assistant General Counsel, Health Care, Microsoft

Hemant Pathak is Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft where he supports the company’s Health and Life Sciences and Public Sector Industry Units. He is responsible for legal compliance within those… More

Jonathan Perlin, M.D., Ph.D.
President, Clinical and Physician Services, Chief Medical Officer, Hospital Corporation of America

Dr. Perlin provides leadership for HCA’s clinical services and improving performance at 166 hospitals and more than 800 outpatient centers and physician practices.  Before joining the company in 2006, he was Under… More

Ora H. Pescovitz, M.D.
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Michigan, and CEO, University of Michigan Health System

In May 2009, Ora H. Pescovitz, M.D., became the University of Michigan’s first female Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Health System Chief Executive Officer.  In this role, she oversees… More

C. Wright Pinson, M.D.
CEO, Vanderbilt Health System, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Gregory Poulsen
Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Intermountain Healthcare

Greg Poulsen is Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Intermountain Healthcare, a Utah-based system consisting of 22 hospitals, 185 clinics, a physician group practice, and an affiliated health… More

Peter J. Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., F.C.C.M.
Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Dr. Peter Pronovost is a world-renowned patient safety champion and a practicing critical care physician. His scientific work leveraging checklists to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections has saved thousands of lives… More

Andrew D. Racine, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Montefiore Medical Center

Andrew D. Racine, M.D., Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the Montefiore Medical Center and Director of the Montefiore Medical Group. He has appointments as… More

Ken Rice
Director of System Process Improvements, Sentara Healthcare

Ken Rice is Director of System Process Improvements, Sentara Healthcare, Norfolk, Virginia. Ken is responsible for implementing major change initiatives, both improvement and redesign, across the health system.  He oversees and… More

Leon Rodriguez
Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Leon Rodriguez is the Director of the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services. From January 2010 until September 2011, Leon was the Chief of… More

Brad Ryan, M.D.
General Manager, Payer & Provider Solutions, IMS Health

With many years of experience in Healthcare, including practicing medicine, Brad Ryan has a unique perspective on the future of healthcare. Currently, he is responsible for IMS solutions offered to… More

Susan Salka
CEO, President & Director, AMN Healthcare

Under Ms. Salka’s leadership, AMN Healthcare (NYSE: AHS) has become the innovator in healthcare workforce solutions and the largest healthcare staffing company in the nation, with annual revenues of $1… More

Eric Schadt, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences & Director of the Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Eric Schadt, PhD, is Director of the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology, Chair of the Department of Genetics and Genomics Sciences, and the Jean C. and James W. Crystal… More

Nancy Schlichting
Chief Executive Officer, Henry Ford Health System

Nancy Schlichting is Chief Executive Officer of Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), a nationally recognized $4.5 billion health care organization with 24,000 employees and recipient of the 2011 Malcolm Baldridge… More

Steven D. Shapiro, M.D.
Executive Vice President, Chief Medical and Science Officer, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Steven Shapiro, M.D. is Executive Vice President of UPMC, President of the Physician Services Division, and Chief Medical and Scientific Officer. He initially came to UPMC in 2006 as the Jack D…. More

Scott T. Shreve, D.O.
National Director of Hospice and Palliative Care Program, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Medical Director, Hospice and Palliative Care Unit, Lebanon VA Medical Center

Dr. Scott Shreve is the National Director of the Hospice and Palliative Care Program for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is responsible for all policy, program development, staff education… More

Jonathan C. Silverstein, M.D.
Vice President, Clinical Research Informatics & Head, Center for Clinical and Research Informatics, NorthShore University HealthSystem

Jonathan Silverstein, MD, MS, FACS, FACMI, is Vice President for Clinical Research Informatics at NorthShore and heads the Center for Clinical and Research Informatics (CCRI), whose mission is to preserve… More

Tim Smart
Executive Editor, U.S. News & World Report
Steve Sternberg
Deputy Health Rankings Editor, U.S. News & World Report

Steve Sternberg, deputy health rankings editor for U.S. News & World Report has covered Medicine and public health for three decades at leading publications, including The Miami Herald, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution and… More

Richard J. Umbdenstock
President and CEO, American Hospital Association

Richard J. Umbdenstock became president and chief executive officer of the American Hospital Association (AHA) on January 11, 2007. Previously, he was the elected AHA Board Chair in 2006. The… More

Yulun Wang, Ph.D.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, InTouch Health

Yulun Wang, Ph.D., Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, launched his career at the intersection of healthcare and technology with the founding of Computer Motion, Inc. and the invention of AESOP,… More

Allen S. Weiss, M.D.
President and CEO, NCH Healthcare System

Dr. Allen Weiss was appointed President and CEO of the NCH Healthcare System in September, 2006.  Previously, he was President for over six years.  He is responsible for a 715… More

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