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Health Connect South 2019

Health Connect South

Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Health Connect South 2019

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Join us for the 6th Annual Health Connect South on September 26, 2019!

Health Connect South is a unique forum that creates collaborations and partnerships to advance health. The 6th annual event will be our largest face to face meeting with over 600 health leaders from across the region. The health topics covered are broad to create interdisciplinary partnerships but also specific in order to tackle current health challenges.  This is the platform for health leaders to come hear and talk about "the new" in health, the current challenges, and possible solutions.


Key Note Speaker Dan Heath - New York Times best selling Author and Senior Fellow Duke University




8:00 – 8:15am

Check-In and Light Breakfast

Oceans Ballroom

8:15 – 8:30am


Russ Lipari


8:20 – 8:55am

Drones Driving Innovation in Healthcare Logistics

Daniel Gagnon – Vice President of Global Healthcare Strategy, UPS

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

Andreas Raptopoulos  - Founder & CEO, Matternet


9:00 – 9:30am

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


9:30 – 9:45am

Networking Break


9:45 – 10:25am

Stroke Care: Creating an Epicenter of Excellence

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

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

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

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

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


9:45 – 10:20am

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


10:30 – 11:10am

Healthcare Investment Trends: Accelerating Health Horizons

Kenneth Saffold – Director, BlackRock

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


10:30 – 11:05am



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

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

Shantanu Nigam – CEO, Jvion

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


11:15 – 11:45am


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


11:45 – 1:00pm

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Dan Heath, New York Times best-selling author and Senior Fellow, Duke University

Oceans Ballroom

1:05 – 1:40pm

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

Shri Parikh – President, Sanuwave

Elaine Tseng, JD – Partner Life Sciences, King & Spalding


1:05 – 1:20pm

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

Gary Reedy – CEO, American Cancer Society


1:20 – 1:50pm

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

Elizabeth Mynatt, PhD – 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



1:50 – 3:15pm

Disruptive Innovations in Healthcare Delivery

ACHE Credit Panel

Sonja McLendon – Chief of Operational Excellence, Northeast Georgia Health System

Ben Isgur – Leader, Health Research Institute at PwC

Glenn Eggert – Director, Healthcare and Lifesciences, Verizon Business Group

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

Sweta Sneha - Founder and Executive Director, Healthcare Management and Informatics at Kennesaw State University

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


1:55 – 2:25pm



Keys to Collaboration and Partnership Success

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

David Widmann  - President & CEO, Konica Minolta

Matt Reed – President & CEO, Georgia CEO


2:25 – 2:40pm

Networking Break

Oceans Ballroom

2:40 – 3:15pm

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 Jr.President & CEO, United Way of Greater Atlanta


3:20 – 3:50pm

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 – Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center, SOWEGA-AHEC


3:20 – 3:50pm

Genomics: How Partnerships are Transforming the Future of Healthcare

Devin Absher, PhD – Faculty Investigator, Director of Genomic Health, Hudson Alpha 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


3:55 – 4:25pm

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

Cynthia George – CEO, Horizons Community Solutions


3:55 – 4:25pm

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


4:20 – 4:30pm

Closing Remarks


4:30 – 5:30pm





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Georgia Aquarium
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Atlanta, GA 30313

Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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