2019 Agenda

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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

Health Connect South Speaker Keisha Callins

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

Health Connect Speaker Lauren Gilbert

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

Health Connect Speaker Debra Stokes

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

Health Connect Speaker Laura Calhoun

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

CDC Fireside Chat:  Priorities, Progress & Partnerships

Health Connect Speaker Robert Redfield

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

Health Connect Speaker Judy Monroe

Judy Monroe, MD – President and CEO
CDC Foundation


David Rubinger – Market President and Publisher
Atlanta Business Chronicle

Healthcare Investment Trends:  Accelerating Health Horizons

2019 Speaker Kenneth Saffold

Kenneth Saffold, Director


Eller Mallchok, Managing Director
Jumpstart Foundry


Ben Scruggs, PhD – Associate
Hatteras Venture Partners

Health Connect Speaker David Stevenson

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

Health Connect Speaker Mike Davis

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

Health Connect South Speaker David Widmann

David Widmann – President & CEO
Konica Minolta


Matt Reed – President & CEO
Georgia CEO

The Brain:  Researching the Next Frontier

Health Connect South Speaker Vince Calhoun

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

Health Connect Speaker Jessica Turner

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

Health Connect Speaker Sergey Plis

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

Health Connect Speaker Ritu Aneja

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

Genomics:  How Partnerships are Transforming the Future of Healthcare

Health Connect South Speaker Devin Absher

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

Health Connect South Speaker Laura Grill

Laura Grill, CEO
East Alabama Medical Center

Health Connect Speaker James Weyhenmeyer

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

Health Connect Speaker Mary Shirley

Mary Shirley-Howell – Director, Research Engagement
Auburn University

Health Connect Speaker Susan Johnston

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

Health Connect Speaker Bob Zambon

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

Health Connect Speaker Elaine Tseng

Elaine Tseng, JD – Partner Life Sciences
King & Spalding

Health Connect Speaker Shri Parikh

Shri Parikh – President

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

2019 Speaker Gary Reedy

Gary Reedy – CEO
American Cancer Society

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

Health Connect Speaker Elizabeth Mynatt

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

Health Connect South Speaker Kathleen Ruddy

Kathleen Ruddy – CEO
St. Baldricks

Health Connect South Speaker Sharon Byers

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

Health Connect South Speaker Ben Isgur

Ben Isgur – Leader
Health Research Institute at PwC

Health Connect Speaker Glenn Eggert

Glenn Eggert – Director, Enterprise Mobility – Healthcare & Life Sciences
Verizon Business Group


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

Health Connect Speaker Gaurav Lal

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

Health Connect Speaker Sweta Sneha

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

Innovation in Medical Education

Health Connect Speaker Douglas Patten

Douglas Patten, MD – Associate Dean, SW Regional Campus
Medical College of Georgia


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

Health Connect Speaker Michael Sampson

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

Health Connect Speaker Martha Elks

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

Health Connect Speaker Evan Beasley

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

Health Connect Speaker Cynthia George

Cynthia George – CEO
Horizons Community Solutions

Stroke Care:  Creating an Epicenter of Excellence


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

2019 Speaker Diane Foster

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 Philipp – 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

Health Connect Speaker Daniel Gagnon

Daniel Gagnon – Vice President of Global Healthcare Strategy

Health Connect Speaker Rick Shrum

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

Health Connect Speaker Andreas Raptopoulos

Andreas Raptopoulos – Founder & CEO

AI:  The Possibilities and Ethical Questions in Healthcare


Junior Harewood – Executive Director
United Healthcare

Health Connect Speaker Jon Duke

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

Health Connect Speaker John Banja

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

Health Connect Speaker Shantanu Nigam

Shantanu Nigam – CEO

Health Connect Speaker Paul Root Wolpe

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