2019 Agenda


Keynote Speaker

Dan Heath

New York Times best selling author and Senior Fellow Duke University

Views From the Top:  Leading Successful Strategic Partnerships

Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, FACHE – CEO
Navicent Health System

Candice L. Saunders, FACHE – CEO & President
Wellstar Health System

Cathy Cox, JD – Dean
Mercer University School of Law

Rural Health:  Leading Innovations and Better Outcomes

Jean Rawlings Sumner, MD – Dean
Mercer University School of Medicine

Keisha Callins, MD, MPH – Ob/Gyn, Community Health Care Systems
(Jones and Twiggs County)

Lauren R. Gilbert, PhD, MPH – Assistant Professor Department of Community Medicine
Mercer University School of Medicine

Debra L. Stokes – Executive Director
Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center at Mercer University School of Medicine

Laura Calhoun, MHA – Executive Director
Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center (SOWEGA-AHEC)

CDC Fireside Chat:  Priorities, Progress & Partnerships

Robert R. Redfield, MD – Director
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Judy Monroe, MD – President and CEO
CDC Foundation

David Rubinger – Market President and Publisher
Atlanta Business Chronicle

Healthcare Investment Trends:  Accelerating Health Horizons

Kenneth Saffold, Director

Eller Mallchok, Managing Director
Jumpstart Foundry

Ben Scruggs, PhD – Associate
Hatteras Venture Partners

David Stevenson – Managing Director
Merck Global Health Innovation Fund

Bob Crutchfield – Managing Director
American Cancer Society BrightEdge Impact Fund

Keys to Collaboration and Partnership Success

Mike Davis – Head of the U.S. Neurology Patient Value Unit

David Widmann – President & CEO
Konica Minolta

Matt Reed – President & CEO
Georgia CEO

The Brain:  Researching the Next Frontier

Vince Calhoun, PhD – Founding Director of the Center for Translational Research in Neuroimaging and Data Science
Georgia State University, GRA Eminent Scholar

Jessica Turner – Professor of Psychology
TReNDS Center & Georgia State University

Sergey Plis, PhD – Director of Machine Learning Core at TReNDS
Georgia State University

Ritu Aneja – ICART Founder, Distinguished Professor of Cancer Biology
Georgia State University

Genomics:  How Partnerships are Transforming the Future of Healthcare

Devin Absher, PhD – Faculty Investigator, Director of Genomic Health
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Laura Grill, CEO
East Alabama Medical Center

Jim Weyhenmeyer, PhD – Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Auburn University

Mary Shirley-Howell – Director, Research Engagement
Auburn University

Susan Johnston – VP of Human Resources
East Alabama Medical Center

Managing Innovation:  Near Term Goals and the Pipeline for Long Term Success

Lee Burnes – Senior Vice President, Global R&D and Clinical Affairs
Avanos Medical

Bob Zambon, PhD – Senior Director, R&D Data Science Strategy & Innovation
Janssen Research & Development

Elaine Tseng, JD – Partner Life Sciences
King & Spalding

Shri Parikh – President

Pediatric Cancer:  The American Cancer Society’s Perspectives and Progress

Gary Reedy – CEO
American Cancer Society

Pediatric Cancer:  How Partnering Together Changed the Prognosis of Pediatric Cancer

Elizabeth Mynatt – Executive Director and Regents’ Professor Institute for People and Technology
Georgia Tech

Kathleen Ruddy – CEO
St. Baldricks

Sharon Byers – Chief Development, Marketing and Communications Officer
American Cancer Society

Don Mueller – CEO
Children’s Hospital at Erlanger

Disruptive Innovations in Healthcare Delivery:  (Qualified ACHE Face-to-Face Credit 1.5 hours)

Sonja McLendon – Chief of Operational Excellence
Northeast Georgia Health System

Ben Isgur – Leader
Health Research Institute at PwC

Jessica Autrey, MPH – Business Development Lead
AT&T Foundry for Connected Health

Sepi Browning, MHA, PMP, FHIMSS, CPHIMS – President
Brighthour, Inc., Health IT Consulting

Gaurav Lal – Executive Director
Innovative Solutions Merck & Co, Inc.

Sweta Sneha, PhD – Founder and Executive Director of Healthcare Management and Informatics, Coles College of Business
Kennesaw State University

Innovation in Medical Education

David C. Hess, MD – Dean
Medical College of Georgia

Jean Rawlings Sumner, MD – Dean
Mercer University School of Medicine

Michael J. Sampson, DO, FAOASM – Chief Academic Officer
PCOM South Georgia

Martha L. Elks, MD, PhD, FAPC, FACE – Professor, Senior Associate Dean of Educational Affairs
Morehouse School of Medicine

Evan Beasley, MD –- Program Director, Family Medicine Residency Program
Blue Ridge Community Health Services

Cynthia George – CEO
Horizons Community Solutions

Stroke Care:  Creating an Epicenter of Excellence

Michael Frankel, MD – Director, Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center
Grady Memorial Hospital

Dianne Foster, RN, BSN, MBA – Vice President, Quality & Systems Improvement
Greater Southeast Affiliate American Heart Association

Carol Fleming, BSN, RN, CCRN – Clinical Outreach Director
Marcus Stroke Network

Deborah Camp, RN, MHA – Stroke Program Manager
Piedmont Newnan Hospital

Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD – Medical Director
The Marcus Foundation

Philanthropy, Partnerships & Progress:  Leading Community Change

Gary Nelson – President
Healthcare GA Foundation

Bobbi Cleveland – Executive Director
Tull Charitable Foundation

Alicia Philip – President
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Milton Little – President & CEO
United Way of Greater Atlanta

Mental Health:  How We Solve the Mental Health Crisis in the US and Around the World

Eve Byrd – Director
Carter Center Mental Health Program

Anita Sharpe – Bureau Chief & Editor at Large
Bloomberg News

Drones Driving Innovation in Healthcare Logistics

Daniel Gagnon – Vice President of Global Healthcare Strategy

Rick Shrum, MBA, MHA – Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer

Andreas Raptopoulos – Founder & CEO

AI:  The Possibilities and Ethical Questions in Healthcare

Junior Harewood – Executive Director
United Healthcare

Jon Duke MD, MS – Director, Center for Health Analytics and Informatics
Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)

John D. Banja, PhD – Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Medical Ethicist, Center for Ethics
Emory University

Shantanu Nigam – CEO

Paul Wolpe, PhD – Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics, Director, Center for Ethics
Emory University