Thanks to everyone for attending Health Connect South 2020. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Conference Highlights

2020 Conference

SESSION 1 – Innovation Task Force – Igniting the Sparks of Health Innovation and Partnerships

  • Geoff Duncan – Lieutenant Governor, State of Georgia
  • Eddie Hahn – Director, Jabian Consulting

SESSION 2 – How Covid-19 Has Impacted Healthcare, Innovation and The Patient Experience

  • John Bardis – President & CEO, ShareMD
  • Tom Hawk, JD – Partner, King & Spalding

SESSION 3 – Expanding Innovation Frontiers: Injecting 5G into Healthcare Delivery

  • Glenn Eggert – Executive Lead Enterprise Mobility / Healthcare & Life Sciences, Verizon Business Group
  • Lea M. Sims, CHDS, AHDI-F – Global Practice Lead/Healthcare/Insurance & Life Sciences, Verizon Business Group
  • James Lewis – Co-Founder & CEO, 11Ten
  • Scott Boden, MD – Vice President of Innovation, Emory Healthcare & Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics, Emory University School of Medicine

SESSION 4 – Understanding the Future of COVID-19

  • Carlos Del Rio, MD – Chair of Global Health at Rollins School of Public Health and Professor of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Dennis Liotta, PhD – Executive Director Emory Institute for Drug Development, Emory University

SESSION 5 – Multiple Sclerosis – An Infusion Of Collaboration For Patient Advancement

  • Chet Bhasin, FACHE, MBA, MS – Chief Strategy Officer, Shepherd Center
  • Ben Thrower, MD – Medical Director of the Andrew C. Carlos MS Institute, Shepherd Center
  • Kristine Werner – National MS Society
  • Brian Thompson – Associate Director of Programs and Legal Compliance, Can Do Multiple Sclerosis

SESSION 6 – The Future Landscape of Vaccines and Immunizations

  • Nancy Messonnier, MD – Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC
  • David Rubinger – Market President and Publisher, Atlanta Business Chronicle

SESSION 8 – Investing in Healthcare – The Changing Horizon

  • Sri Mani – Vice President, Goldman Sachs
  • Ben Scruggs, PhD – Associate, Hatteras Venture Partners
  • Kenneth Saffold – Director, BlackRock
  • Tim Howe – Senior Director Corporate Strategy & Investments, Cox Enterprises

SESSION 9 – School-Based Health Centers and the Role of Community Partnerships

  • Lynne P. Meadows, MS, BSN, RN – Coordinator Student Health Services, Fulton County Schools
  • Veda Johnson, MD FAAP – Director of PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health, Emory University
  • Sandy Matheson – Development Officer, Primary Healthcare Centers of Georgia
  • Clifton Bush – Chief Operating Officer, Albany Area Primary Health Care, Inc.

SESSION 10 – Creating A New Paradigm in Healthcare Delivery

  • Marcus Osborne – Senior Vice President, Walmart Health
  • Nikkela S. Tucker, MPH – Director Health & Wellness, Walmart, Inc.

SESSION 11 – Building an International Stakeholder-Network to Overcome Manufacturing and Access Challenges in Cell-based Therapies

  • Krishnendu Roy, PhD – Director, Marcus Center for Cell-Therapy Characterization and Manufacturing
  • Amy Kappen – Founder and Executive Director, Best Day Ever Foundation
  • Dr. Aaron Levine – Associate Professor School of Public Policy at Ivan Allen College, Georgia Tech
  • Dr. Greg Russotti – CTO, Century Therapeutics (formerly Bristol Myers Squibb/Celgene)
  • Dr. Sheng Lin-Gibson – Chief of the Biosystems and Biomaterials Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology

SESSION 12 – United: Health Systems Collaborating In Response to a Pandemic

  • Candice L. Saunders, FACHE – President & CEO, WellStar Heath System
  • John M. Haupert – CEO, Grady Health System
  • Carol Burrell – President & CEO, Northeast Georgia Health System
  • Andy Miller – CEO & Editor, Georgia Health News

SESSION 13 – Bridging the Gaps in Rural Healthcare through Innovative Strategies

  • Tiffany Nelson, MBA, BSN, RN – Executive Director, Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center at Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Joan H. Anderson, MPH, MBA, JD – Senior Field Representative, Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center at Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Nattlie Rogers, MHA, PharmD – Senior Field Representative, Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center at Mercer University School of Medicine

SESSION 14 – Auburn University’s Health Disparities Research/Outreach Collaborations

  • Jennifer L. Kerpelman, PhD – Professor & Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Studies & Outreach, Auburn University College of Human Sciences
  • Timothy M. Moore, MD, PhD – W.W Walker Professor/Associate Dean, Auburn University School of Pharmacy

SESSION 15 – Health Equity Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Daniel E. Dawes, JD – Director of Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Judy Monroe, MD – President & CEO, CDC Foundation

SESSION 16 – How Genetic Testing is Impacting Healthcare and Employee Wellness (and adapting in times of COVID)

  • Devin Absher, PhD – Director of Genomic Health, Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology
  • Nancy McDonald, CRNP, NP-C – Director of Employee Benefits and Wellness, East Alabama Medical Center
  • Jessica Merritt – Director of Business Development, HudsonAlpha

SESSION 17 – How Telehealth Kept Revenue Going

  • Jeff Robbins – Director of Neurodiagnostics and Telehealth, Tift Regional Health System
  • Sherrie Williams – COO, Global Partnership for Telehealth
  • Claudia Douglass – Principal, PwC
  • Amy Burney-Preddy, MHA, MS, CPC – Director of Revenue Integrity, WakeMed
2019 Conference

Welcome to 2019 Annual Gathering

Russ Lipari, Founder & CEO Health Connect South

Welcome Remarks

Dr. Michael Erikson – Dean and Regents Professor, Georgia State University

Drones Driving Innovation in Healthcare Logistics

Panel Discussion

Leading Successful Strategic Partnerships

Panel Discussion

Stroke Care: Creating an Epicenter of Excellence

Panel Discussion

Healthcare Investment Trends: Accelerating Health Horizons

Panel Discussion

CDC Fireside Chat: Priorities, Progress & Partnerships

Panel Discussion

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

Gary Reedy – CEO, American Cancer Society

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

Panel Discussion

Keys to Collaboration and Partnership Success

Panel Discussion

Philanthropy, Partnerships & Progress: Leading Community Change

Panel Discussion

Rural Health: Leading Innovations and Better Outcomes

Panel Discussion

Innovation in Medical Education

Panel Discussion

2018 Conference

Critical Issues in the Future Of Health

Susan Dentzer, President & CEO Network for Excellence in Health Innovation

Telehealth Improving Healthcare Across the South and Globe

Panel Discussion

Healthcare 3.0 – How Technology Is Driving The Transition to Prosumers, Platforms and Outsurance

Rubin Pillay, PhD, MD Asst Dean & Chief Innovation Officer, Univ of Alabama Birmingham

Health Investments: Cultivating Innovation

Panel Discussion

Game Changers: New Medicine

Panel Discussion

Critical Data for All

Panel Discussion

Making The Rounds: Doctors Leading from the Frontlines

Dr. Patrice Harris, President-Elect of The American Medical Association

Opiod Epidemic Panel Discussion: Striking Back

Panel Discussion

Collaboration as a Business Model

Panel Discussion

Accelerating I.T. into Healthcare

Panel Discussion

The Windshield and the Rear View Mirror of Health Innovation

Jacques J. Sokolov, MD Chairman & CEO, SSB Solutions, Inc.

Features from Past Conferences

Taking the First Steps

President Jimmy Carter speaks on how collaboration and partnerships in healthcare can start at the grassroots.

From Discoveries to Treatment

Georgia State Ph.D Candidate Duke Geem explores the links between research findings and the medicine they help create.

A Global Perspective

University of Georgia Undergraduate Researcher Hillary Danz discusses the importance of failure and seeing the bigger picture in the fight against disease.

Breaking Barriers to Healthcare Through Technology

Erik Reinertson, an MD and Ph.D student at Emory University and Georgia Tech, explains how software has allowed collaboration to be easier than ever, leading to faster discoveries and bigger impacts.

Specialists on the Shoulders of Giants

Ph.D Candidate Eli Fine talks about his research at Georgia Tech and how progress today must be achieved through the combined efforts of professionals across the healthcare world.

Towards a Common Goal

At the Morehouse School of Medicine, MSCR Ph.D Candidate Carmen Dickinson believes that the best healthcare comes from the joint efforts of the scientists behind the research and the physicians providing the treatment.


Together, health advances.



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