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Conference Agenda


Wednesday November 7, 2018

6pm welcome dinner and discussion disruptive innovation


7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Registration and Reception

Thursday November 8, 2018






Business   Strategy: Running a startup, a medical practice, or a $100 million   Corporation. Tools you can use".

Thomas   Moliterno, PhD

Vice Dean   at Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst

He also holds   the Earl W. Stafford Professorship in Entrepreneurial Studies. Dr. Moliterno   earned his B.A. from the College of William and Mary, an M.B.A. from Boston   University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Dr.   Moliterno's scholarly interests include resource-based theory, behavioral   theory, strategic human capital, micro-foundations of strategy, and social   networks. Moliterno received the 2012 Research Excellence Award from the   Isenberg School of Management, and in his previous position at the University   of South Carolina's Moore School of Business, was named the 2011 Outstanding   Executive International MBA Professor. He is currently on the editorial   review board of the Journal of Management, where he has also published his   research on network theory of organizations. Dr.  Moliterno's teaching portfolio at the   Isenberg School includes a course on social entrepreneurship.


10:00-11:00 am


Tyler Cymet DO

Accelerating Change in Medical Education

Tyler Cymet DO is a medical futurist and educator. He is currently on faculty at the New York Institute of Technology and Michigan State University and is a change management consultant for the Armed Forces College of Medicine in Cairo Egypt. Dr. Cymet attended Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and did his residency at the Yale University School of Medicine. He taught in the Internal Medicine Department at Johns Hopkins and practices in the Emergency Department for the University of Maryland. Dr. Cymet has consulted on strategic planning issues for the Chiropractic profession, physician groups, and educational groups and will be releasing a video textbook on osteopathic manipulative medicine and health system science with Lecturio. He has been recognized as an outstanding educator and thinker. 


11:00-12 noon


"Understanding Healthcare: A Historical Perspective"

Kenneth A. Fisher, M.D.

Co-Founder, Michigan Chapter, Free Market Medicine Assoc.

Author, "Understanding Healthcare: A Historical Perspective"


12 noon-1:00 pm

Lunch- Precision Medicine and Personalized Surgery for   Cancer: The tipping point

F. Charles Brunicardi, MD FACS
Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery
University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life   Sciences. 



Facilitated User Networks-another   disruptive innovation

Liz   Hall, Founder of Pain Sufferers Speaks Global online support   community, will discuss how her facilitated user network and others advances   the triple aim of improving quality, maximizing the patient experience, and   lowering cost to sustainable levels. The Voice of Empathy



Networking and   contemplation


6 pm-7pm

Dinner   Lecture-Ethics and the Discernment Process


Dr. Middleton, Senior VP for Ethics at the American College of   Healthcare Trustees, and a member of its Board of Directors, has been a   theologian/ethicist from 1973 till present for a total of 43 years in   Catholic Health Care. Dr. Middleton also has an extensive work record   including: teaching ethics in a Catholic Seminary, nursing schools and   medical residency programs; serving as Director of Pastoral Care, Vice   President for Human Educational Services, Corporate Director of Values,   Ethics and Ministry. He has served as   a Vice President for Theology and Ethics for three other Catholic Health   Systems and currently serves as the Interim Houston, Texas.

In his current position is he is responsible for mission and values   integration, providing leadership in healthcare theology and ethics for the Governance   Boards, national and MBO management, physicians and staffs, and to ethics   committees throughout the organization. This includes clinical,   organizational and social ethics. Dr. Middleton also leads the Discernment   Process for major decisions.

Carl holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Bellarmine   University in Louisville, Kentucky, a Master’s Degree in Moral Theology from   the University of Detroit, a Doctor of Ministry Degree from United   Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, a Master’s of Religious Education   Degree and a Master’s of Divinity Degree from SS. Cyril & Methodius   Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan and a Doctorate in Naturopathy from   Clayton School of Natural Health in Birmingham, Alabama.



Evening Networking   and discussion-fire pit

Friday November 9, 2018



Breakfast- Leveraging Technologies to Help Us Get and Stay   Healthier: Wearables and Beyond

Dennis Robbins (M.P.H. Harvard, Ph.D., Boston   College) is a prominent innovator, thought leader, and health activist. His   distinguished career spans multiple sectors of health, wellness, health care,   industry, medical and surgical devices and technology, disruptive innovation,   ethics and policy. His initial work on   patient-centric engagement and now person-centricity ™ has stimulated a major   paradigmatic shift in how we think about the culture of health, healthcare,   and next generation empowerment across diverse ecosystems.

Dr. Robbins was a National Fund for Medical   Education Fellow, Visiting Scholar and Research Fellow at Harvard. He has   advised Presidential and White house commissions, the military health system,   start-ups, two US Supreme Court Cases and chaired the PCMH 2.O national think   tank where he created the concept of person-centricity™, to help people become   and stay healthier while adding years to their lives and life to their years.   He blends elements of health information technologies, ethics, behavioral   economics, exercise physiology, sleep, mindfulness, and healthy eating to   bend the sickness curve. He serves on the boards or advisory boards of   several companies and national organizations including the Global Innovation   and Leadership Council of Frost and Sullivan and the American Heart Assn’s   Technology and Innovation Advisory Board.



Achieving Optimal Performance in your organization

Thomas M. Muha, Ph.D. 

The PROPEL Institute

Whether you are a startup or just need   to sustain excellence, or somewhere in between, like the “need-retooling” or   turnaround stages, the science of optimal human functioning can make the   difference. Dr. Muha’s techniques apply to health care and non-healthcare   organizations alike.

As the science of optimal human functioning has   emerged, Dr. Tom Muha has become a leading Positive Psychologist helping   people in healthcare achieve the highest levels of success and satisfaction.   Dr. Muha has been a keynote speaker and workshop presenter at some of the   world’s top healthcare organizations. Dr. Muha received his Master’s and   Doctoral degrees in Psychology from the California School of Professional   Psychology. He is the founder of The PROPEL Institute, LLC and author of PROPEL to Quality Healthcare:

Six Steps   to improve Patient Care, Staff Engagement, and the Bottom Line CRC   Press 2017

In his presentation, he will share stories based on his experiences   with doctors, nurses and administrators who learned to use PROPEL to   transform their professional life (and, for many, their personal life as   well). You will learn how they were able to attain remarkable results with   their units and clinics: 

Staff callout   and FMLA decreased 75%

Wait times for   chemotherapy infusion reduced 6 hours

Staff turnover   dropped 80%

Pediatric MRI   scheduling driven down from 14 weeks to 10 days

Bone marrow   transplant procedures increased by 50%

ED diversion due   to psychiatric patient boarding virtually eliminated

Patient fall   rate cut by 70%

Use of agency   and travelers’ nurses abolished

Patient   satisfaction scores up 50%




Milton Chen, CEO at VSEE.COM, did his PhD at Stanford University on the human factors and design of   video collaboration; Milton was also the co-author of XMPP video standard   (XMPP is used by Google Talk and Facebook Chat). Milton has deployed VSee for   Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Mandy Moore, the band Linkin Park and UN   Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Milton has also worked in refugee camps from   Syria to South East Asia to Africa.

Milton   has visited Iraq twice, and taken more than two dozen trips to Africa and   Mideast. He has seen countless examples where telemedicine could make a huge   impact on people's lives. 


11:00-12:00 noon

Josh Luke

The health system of the future

Award Winning Healthcare Futurist & #1 Best Selling Author

​Founder & ​CEO, National Readmission Prevention Collaborative

CSO/Sr. Health Policy Strategist, Nelson Hardiman Law

University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy

Josh will be giving out complementary copies of his most recent book,   Ex-Acute: A former hospital CEO tells on what’s wrong with American   healthcare.


12:00 noon-1:00pm

Lunch with speaker-intellectual property law

Michael Greenbaum,   Esq. Partner at   Blank Rome LLP practice in patent and trademark preparation, litigation and   counseling with a focus on electrical, biomedical, computer, and software   patents. I serve a wide range of clients in areas, including:

-University technology transfer 

-Wire and cable technologies 

-Medical devices 

-RFID technology 

-Mergers and acquisitions for technology companies 



-Medical imaging devices



How to design applications CLINICIANS WILL USE

Joshua N. Liberman, PhD

Executive Director for Sutter Health's   Research, Development, and Dissemination (RD&D). He leads a team   dedicated to: 1) making the best and most affordable care, the easiest care   to deliver; and 2) revolutionizing the scale, pace, and adoption of   innovation in health care.

Dr. Liberman received his BA in Natural   Science from The Johns Hopkins University and his PhD in Epidemiology from The   Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. 


2:00-6:00 pm

Networking and Contemplation



Dinner Lecture-   elder law and the sandwich generation

Wendy Goidel, Esq. is the founding and   managing member of Goidel Law Group PLLC and its Estate Planning & Elder   Law Center. She is also the founder   and co-developer of Concierge Care Coordination®, a holistic practice model. For the past 18 years, Wendy has   concentrated in the areas of elder law, estate and long-term care planning,   estate and trust administration, special needs planning and guardianships.



Evening Networking and discussion-Fire pit



Saturday, November 10, 2018


7:30-9:00 am




Directed Energy   Diagnosis and Therapy (DEDAT) – non-invasive surgery. In one generation of surgeons,   surgery has gone from open to endoluminal, to laparoscopic to robotic   surgery, each

intervention being   less invasive than before. Just as important is that DEDAT will take surgeons   to the cellular and molecular level

Dr. Richard Satava was Senior Science Advisor at the US Army Medical Research and   Materiel Command in Ft. Detrick, MD. Prior positions include Professor of   Surgery at Yale University and a military appointment as Professor of Surgery   (USUHS) in the Army Medical Corps and Program Manager of Advanced Biomedical   Technology at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He is   past president of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons,   past president of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, and is on the   Board of Governors of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is Professor   Emeritus of Surgery at University of Washington - Seattle



Business Decision Making

Raj Gupta, PhD, is a lecturer at the Isenberg School of Management at the University   of Massachusetts, Amherst. He joined the American College of Healthcare   Trustees as a Faculty Contributor in 2014 and is the Chief Financial Officer   and Member of the Board. Previously he was Research Director of the Center   for International Securities and Derivatives Markets (CISDM) at the   University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has also taught finance at Clark   University. Gupta has extensive experience developing online courses in   Finance. He has published articles in various financial journals. He holds a   PhD in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


11:00-12:00 noon

The   Basics of American Jurisprudence-An INTRODUCTION FOR BUSINESS LEADERS

Scott J.   Rafferty, Esq.


Ph.D.   (D.Phil.) Economics and Politics 1996

Rhodes   Scholar 1977, Balliol College



Summa cum   laude, Phi Beta Kappa, thesis prize, Woodrow Wilson School, Public and

International   Affairs

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Served as Deputy   Director of Research and Policy to the Administrative

Conference   of the United States. Mr. Rafferty’s prior legal and

consulting   practice focused on state regulatory matters (telecommunications

and   energy) and on voting rights. Mr. Rafferty served as Counsel to the House   Subcommittee on Telecommunications during the AT&T divestiture and   drafted the

Telecommunications   for the Disabled Act. He consulted to members of

the   British Parliament on the privatization of British Telecommunications. As a   management consultant at McKinsey & Co., he specialized in corporate   reorganization and privatization. In Poland, he helped the first post-communist   industry minister plan denationalization of state-owned enterprises. He also   managed a United Nations project to advise the Vietnamese finance ministry on   privatization.

Mr.   Rafferty has served as an executive in the technology sector, where he led the   consulting division of NYNEX-Telco Research. He later served as director of   business development for SiRF, a pioneering manufacturer of GPS chipsets.

Mr.   Rafferty returned to public service as the first Director of   Telecommunications for his home state of Maryland and was a staff member of   the FCC-State Joint Board. 



Lunch with speaker Gary Speier, Esq.

Gary is a Registered U.S. Patent Attorney   & Shareholder at Carlson Caspers, P.A. He will discuss Intellectual   Property Valuation: Asset   Strength Approach (Evaluation of the Strength of an Asset Against the   Commercial Technology Covered by the Asset) Intangible assets include intellectual property (IP), such as patents,   trademarks, copyrights, etc. There are numerous reasons for valuing   intangible assets, and different approaches have historically been employed.   Mr. Speier will discuss the pros and cons of the various valuation methods   with special attention to the Asset Strength Approach



Funding   of Biotech Startups for inventers and entrepreneurs

Mike Ryan has served   as Vice President, President, and CEO within some of the largest health   systems in the US including Ascension Health, HealthTrust and HCA. He is a   board member of several organizations and a trusted advisor and mentor for   dozens of individuals and companies focusing on delivering health solutions.   In fact, he has served as a founder, advisor, investor, board member or CEO   of 60 companies including TransCare, Salorix, Proteolix, Calithera   Biosciences, HealthOnline and He has built an incredible   network of relationships and is one of the most connected people on Linkedin   with about 22,000 connections. He’s also been on the receiving end of   life-saving healthcare, and he can tell us how that experience has shaped his   perspective on life and business.

2:00pm-6:00pm Networking and Contemplation

6:00pm-7:00pm Dinner with lecture Musings from an Innovation Catalyst

Irma Rastegayeva is an Innovation Catalyst, entrepreneur and consultant based in Boston. She left a successful 5-year tenure with Google in 2016 to pursue her passion for medical technology and healthcare innovation. Irma delivers results utilizing these platforms:

TED: TEDxBeaconStreet co-founder, curator and speaker development program director, Irma galvanizes, activates and manages hundreds of people around big ideas and innovation. 

11x Consulting: Helping clients with product development and business strategy, coaching and mentoring on delivering winning pitches at innovation competitions, advising on stakeholder engagement and management, and more.

eViRaHealth: B2B social media marketing consultancy, building massive engagement and delivering vital connections to help your business grow and succeed. 

Ideas in Action, Inc.: Founding board member of this social enterprise bringing together passionate innovators, industry visionaries and idea catalysts in service of spreading and implementing transformational ideas.

You are invited to follow Irma on Twitter and connect with her on LinkedIn.

8 pm Evening Networking and discussion-Fire pit


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 One of the most unique features in Monterey County is the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. This paved path stretches 18 miles from Castroville in the north to Pacific Grove in the south. Commuters, residents, and visitors to avoid busy roads, get exercise or enjoy a scenic trip. You can enjoy all Monterey attractions along the waterfront trail, including Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, beaches, parks, historic sites and Downtown Monterey. Several local businesses offer bicycle, kayak, surfboard, paddle board, in-line skate and surrey (canopied quadricycles capable of seating up to six people) rentals along the path. Every mile offers scenic vistas and wildlife viewing, including harbor seals, sea otters, sea lions, birds and sometimes even whales! 

 The trail runs over the old Southern Pacific railroad tracks that serviced Cannery Row during the famed sardine era. The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District came up with the inspired idea to transform the abandoned lines into a public trail. With aid from the Coastal Conservancy and the cities of Monterey, Pacific Grove and Seaside, the railway transformed into the beautiful and popular trail many enjoy today. 

Testimonial from Milton Chen, PhD, CEO and Founder of VSee and developer of video Telehealth for The International Space Station- "I'm honored and excited to be a speaker for the American College of Healthcare Trustees Healthcare Innovation Conference this Nov. 7-10 on the Monterey Penninsula. I look forward to joining an excellent group of healthcare thought leaders, scientists and innovators in directed energy, personalized medicine, AI, wearables, and more as we share our experiences and work to move forward the much-needed disruptions in healthcare" 


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