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Session Videos from September 22, 2022 Conference

2022 Conference
2021 Conference

SESSION 1 – The Path Forward: A Conversation with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH – Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Judy Monroe, MD – President & CEO, CDC Foundation
  • David Rubinger – Market President and Publisher, Atlanta Business Chronicle

SESSION 2 – Preparing Hospitals for the Next Pandemic

  • Regina Herzlinger – Nancy R. McPherson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
  • Barak Richman, JD – Bartlett Professor of Law and Business Administration, Duke University
  • Jimmy Childre, Jr., FACHE – Former Chair & CEO, Washington County Regional Medical Center and President, Childre Ford, Inc.

SESSION 3 – From Angel to Exit – Seeding The Future of Health

  • Lance Black, MD, MBID – Senior Medical Director, 3iveLabs
  • Richard Munassi, MD, MBA – Co-Founder, Blackfin Technology Partners & Blackfin Venture Partners and Director, Tampa Bay Wave Accelerator
  • Chris Lee – Chairman, CEO & Co-founder, Huxley Medical
  • Tim Howe – Cox Enterprises
  • Philip Lewis – Partner, Fulcrum Equity Partners

SESSION 4 – Virtual Health: Blending Care Delivery to Improve Health Outcomes

  • Lea Sims – Vertical Marketing Lead, Verizon Healthcare, Insurance & Life Sciences
  • Ann Mond Johnson – CEO, American Telemedicine Association
  • Nate Lacktman – Partner & Chair of National Telemedicine and Digital Health Foley & Lardner, LLP
  • Sherrie Williams – COO, Global Partnership for Telehealth

SESSION 5 – Neurological Diseases: Bench to Bedside – Collaborations & Progress

  • Douglas Martin – Director Scott-Ritchey Research Center, Auburn University
  • Miguel Sena-Esteves – Associate Professor Neurology, UMASS
  • Heather Grey-Edwards – Associate Professor Neurology, UMASS
  • Gavin Corcoran – Chief R&D Officer, Sio Gene Therapies

SESSION 6 – Epidemic of the Underserved: The South’s Maternal Mortality Crisis

  • Pam Shipley – COO, Sharecare
  • Wade Rakes – President & CEO, Peach State Health Plan, Centene Corporation
  • Samantha Manderson, MD, FACOG – OB/GYN, CareConnect Health
  • Barry Igoubadia, MD – OB/GYN, CareConnect Health

SESSION 7 – The Changing Future of Healthcare Investments

  • Ben Scruggs, PhD – Associate, Hatteras Venture Partners
  • Sir Mani – Director, The Chartis Group
  • L.A. Galyon – Managing Director and Partner, Brentwood Capital Advisors


Hospital Leadership: Reflections on the Past, Present and Future of Healthcare

  • Candice L. Saunders, FACHE – President & CEO, Wellstar Heath System
  • Carol Burrell – President & CEO, Northeast Georgia Health System
  • Jonathan S. Lewin, MD – CEO & Chairman of the Board, Emory Healthcare
  • Andy Miller – CEO & Editor, Georgia Health News

SESSION 9 – How Precision Medicine is Transforming Treatments for Oncology and Neonatal Patients

  • Devin Absher, PhD – Faculty Investigator, Director of Genomic Health, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
  • David Bick, MD, FACMG – Lab Director/Clinical Geneticist, HudsonAlpha Clinical Services Laboratory and Medical Director, Smith Family Clinic for Genomic Medicine
  • Jessica Merritt – Director of Business Development, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

SESSION 10 – A Data-Driven Approach to Designing and Implementing Systemic Gender Parity Solutions

  • Susan O’Connor – CEO, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association
  • Adam Dubow – Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer, Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Devray Kirkland – Chief Diversity Officer VP, Diversity and Inclusion, Cardinal Health
  • Nicola Greenway – SVP Human Resources, Global Manufacturing, Supply & Quality, Takeda

SESSION 11 – Executive Insights – Leading Community Based Healthcare

  • J. Scott Steiner, FACHE – President and CEO, Phoebe Putney Health System
  • Delvecchio Finley – President & CEO, Atrium Health Navicent
  • Angela Ammons – CEO, Clinch Memorial Hospital
  • Matt Reed – CEO, Georgia CEO

SESSION 12 – 5G’s Impact on Health Equity

  • Lucienne (Lucie) Ide, MD, PhD – Founder & CEO, Rimidi
  • Jeffrey Rosowski, PAC – Senior Manager Healthcare, T-Mobile
  • Greg Jungles – Healthcare Technology Catalyst, ATDC
  • Bill Bellando – Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Wellstar

SESSION 13 – Fallacies and Dangers of Practicing Race-Based Medicine

  • Bonzo Reddick, MD, MPH, FAAFP – Professor & Chair Community Medicine, Mercer University and Family Physician at J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center
  • Angela Ward – Talk Show Host, Philanthropist, Motivational Speaker, The Game Changers

SESSION 14 – Pediatric Mental Health – National Crisis, Local Solutions

  • Don Mueller – CEO, St Christopher’s Hospital for Children
  • Lisa Carter – CEO, Niswonger Children’s Hospital and VP Pediatric Services, Ballad Health
  • Barry Gilmore, MD, MBA – Chief Medical Officer, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital
  • Gabe Roberts – CEO & Founder, Roberts Consulting Group and Former CEO, TennCare
2021 Innovation Panel Discussion

Unleashing the Value of Disruptive Innovation

  • Lance Black,MD,MBID – Acting Senior Medical Director, 3ive Labs
  • Greg Hewitt – Executive Director of Innovation, Cone Health
  • Hank Capps, Jr., MD – Executive Chief Information and Digital Officer, Wellstar Health System
  • Jay Brennn, MBA, JD – Co-Founder of Prinnovo,LLC and Managing Director of Cone Health Ventures
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.

Welcome & Opening Keynote

Robert M. Califf, MD
Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Understanding and Fortifying the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

  • Patrick Cashman – President, USAntibiotics
  • Daniel Gagnon – Vice President of Global Healthcare Strategy, UPS
  • Dr. Asha D’Souza, PhD – Head of Healthcare & Life Sciences, AWS

Telehealth: Holding The Future In Our Hands

  • Sherrie Williams – COO, Global Partnership for Telehealth
  • Junior Harewood – CEO, Georgia & Alabama UnitedHealthcare
  • Claudia Douglass – Principal, Health Industries Advisory – Provider Operations and Strategy, PwC
  • Dalton Divakaran – Director, Industry Advisor Global Healthcare at Salesforce

Hospital CEO Panel: Defining What’s Next for the Future of Hospitals

  • Andy Miller – Southern Bureau Editor, Kaiser Health News
  • Kevin Brown – President & CEO, Piedmont Healthcare
  • Thomas Owens, MD – President, Duke University Hospital and Senior Vice President, Duke University Health System
  • Jonathan Watkins, MPA, FACHE – Regional President (Atlanta), Cancer Treatment Centers of America – Part of City of Hope

Aging in Place: How Technology is Transforming the Care Delivery Model

  • Jaimie Clark – Director, Wellstar Health System and Founder at Catalyst by Wellstar
  • Tracy Mitzner, PhD – Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Joseph Ebberwein – Co-Founder & CFO, Corstrata, Inc.
  • Greg Jungles – HealthTech Startup Catalyst Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC)
  • Dana Weeks – CEO, MedTrans Go

Philanthropy: Shaping The Future Of Health Outcomes

  • Milton J. Little, Jr. – President & CEO, United Way
  • Kristy Klein Davis – President, Healthcare Georgia Foundation
  • Mark Ruzek – Senior Program Director, The Marcus Foundation
  • Joselyn Baker – President, Grady Health Foundation

ACHE 1: The Current and Future State of our Healthcare Workforce

  • Shane Jackson – President, Jackson Healthcare
  • Deep Shah, MD – Primary Care Physician, Gwinnett Clinic
  • Monica Swahn, PhD – Dean, Wellstar College of Health & Human Services Kennesaw State
  • Laura P. Dannels, PhD, MBA, SPHR – HChief Talent Officer & VP Talent Management, Wellstar Health System
  • Jamila Goldsmith, MD, FACEP – Emergency Room Physician, Goldsmith Medical Services, LLC

Realizing Innovation through Cross-Industry Partnerships

  • James Lewis – Co-Founder & CEO, 11TEN Innovations Partners
  • Seth Hain – Senior Vice President, R&D Epic
  • Anne Fischer – Senior Director Market Access & Commercial Innovation, Novo Nordisk
  • David Steele, MD – Senior Director Digital Health Strategy, Stryker
  • Gregory Esper, MD, MBA – Associate Chief Medical Officer & Medical Director Telehealth, Emory Healthcare

White House Updates

Sandra Elizabeth Ford, MD, MBA
Special Assistant to the President for Public Health and Science

The Role of Connections and Collaborations in Healthcare

  • Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH – Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Debra Houry, MD, MPH – Acting Principal Deputy Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • David Rubinger – Market President and Publisher, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Mental Health: Building A Community Support System

  • Sri Mani – Director, The Chartis Group
  • Rick Shrum, MBA, MHA – Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, WakeMed
  • Mark C. Johnson, MD – CEO, Gateway Community Service Board
  • Fabio Van Der Merwe, CHC – CEO, DeKalb Community Service Board

ACHE 2:Defining and Advancing Health Equity

  • Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD – President & CEO, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Adrian Tyndall, MD, MPH – Executive Vice President Health Affairs and Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Jenna Bryan-Krug, CFA – Director, BlackRock
  • Delvecchio Finley – President & CEO, Atrium Health Navicent
  • Norman L. Wright – Executive Vice President Health Equity, UnitedHealth Group

Workforce Development: Enhance Your Talent Pipelines while Addressing Critical Skills Gaps

  • Brandon Herman – SVP of Employer Partnerships Guild
  • Katie Giles – VP Learning & Professional Development, Kindred at Home Hospice
  • Laura P. Dannels, PhD, MBA, SPHR – Chief Talent Officer & VP Talent Management, Wellstar Health System

Healthcare Investments: Planting the Seeds for What’s Next in Healthcare

  • Michael Mullins – Vice President Healthcare Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs
  • Stuart Smartt – Head of Healthcare, NXT Capital
  • Maria Toler Velissaris – Founding Partner, SteelSky Ventures
  • Jarrett Millsap, FACHE – Managing Director & Senior VP, Solas BioVentures

MedTech Innovations and Collaborations: A Regional Approach

  • Tarianna Stewart, PhD – Core AI Licensing Executive & Intellectual Property, IBM Research
  • Sherry Farrugia – CEO, Global Center for Medical Innovation
  • Greg Martin, MD – Director, Predictive Health Institute and Center for Health Discovery and Well Being
  • Grace Powers, MS, MBA, FRAPS – Founder/Principal Consultant, Powers Regulatory Consulting

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: Better Health Through Data?

  • Dr. Hansa Bhargava – Chief Medical Officer, Medscape Education
  • Jim Forbes – Chief Strategy Officer, Vizzia Technologies
  • Mark Michalski, MD – Worldwide Head Healthcare & Life Sciences AI-ML BD, Amazon Web Services
  • Charlie Kemp – CTO, HelloRobot

Speed and Innovation in Drug Development

  • Jayne Morgan, MD – Executive Director Covid Task Force, Piedmont Healthcare
  • George Painter, PhD – Director, Emory Institute for Drug Development & CEO of Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory (DRIVE)
  • David Ridley, PhD – Faculty Director Health Sector Management, Duke University

Eds & Meds: Collaboration or Competition

  • Sam Williams – Professor of Practice, Georgia State University and Retired President of Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • Sherry Farrugia – CEO, Global Center for Medical Innovation
  • Adam Marcus, PhD – Deputy Director Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University
  • Somanth Shenoy, PhD – Professor of Pharmacy, UGA

Together, health advances.




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