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Explore the interdisciplinary group of presenters who shared innovative solutions and strategies you can implement immediately on your care redesign journey.


Speaker Dr Dan Kraft

Keynote Speaker
Daniel Kraft, M.D.

The Future of Health & Medicine: Where Can Technology Take Us

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Daniel Kraft is a Stanford- and Harvard-trained physician-scientist, inventor and entrepreneur.

Dr. Kraft has over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and health care innovation.  Daniel is the Faculty Chair for Medicine & Neuroscience for Singularity University as well as the Founder and Chair of Exponential Medicine, a program which explores convergent, exponentially developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and health care. His various TED Talks have over 1 million views.  Daniel was named a member of the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute’s Healthcare Innovator Fellows.

After completing his undergraduate degree at Brown University and medical school at Stanford, Dr. Kraft became board certified in the Harvard MGH Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. He went back to Stanford to complete fellowships in hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplantation, and did extensive research in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. His writing has appeared in multiple scientific publications (Nature and Science). Additionally, Dr. Kraft has multiple medical device, immunology and stem cell-related patents through faculty positions with Stanford University School of Medicine and as clinical faculty for the pediatric bone marrow transplantation service at University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Kraft is the inventor of the MarrowMiner, an FDA-approved device for the minimally invasive harvest of bone marrow, and founded RegenMed Systems, a company developing technologies to enable adult stem cell-based regenerative therapies. He serves as an advisor to X-Prize, Nokia, Qualcomm Life and a variety of health care startups.

Daniel is an avid pilot and has served in the Massachusetts and California Air National Guard as an officer and flight surgeon with an F-16 Fighter Squadron. He has conducted research on aerospace medicine published with NASA, and was a finalist for astronaut selection.

Daniel’s various awards include:


Dr. Alsdurg

Charles Alsdurf, C.P.A.

Director of Healthcare Finance Policy, Operational Initiatives – Healthcare Financial Management Association

In his role at the HFMA, Chuck is responsible for creating content and providing expertise on a broad array of health care finance topics, particularly areas of great relevance to senior financial executives. Chuck champions the collaboration, communication and translation of financial information among financial, revenue cycle, and clinical leaders. Additional focus areas include accounting, costing, health care business trends, capital finance, and treasury and cash management.


Dr. Bhatt

Jay D. Bhatt, D.O., M.P.H., M.A., FACP

Chief Medical Officer and President of the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) – American Hospital Association

In his current role at the AHA, Dr. Bhatt oversees the association’s clinical leadership and health improvement activities. Most recently, he was the first Chief Health Officer at the Illinois Health & Hospital Association. In this role, he led large improvement projects including the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), which is aimed at reducing readmissions and hospital acquired conditions. Previously, he was Managing Deputy Commissioner and Chief Innovation Officer for the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH). There he led the implementation of Healthy Chicago – the city's public health agenda, innovations in cross-sector partnerships, predictive analytics, epidemiology and informatics. He led the department to be internationally and nationally recognized in their approach to using predictive analytics to improve food inspections, chronic disease, West-Nile and lead inspections. Dr. Bhatt is a Crain's Chicago 40 under 40 recipient, and selected to the prestigious Presidential Leadership Scholars Program in 2016.


Marc Boutin, J.D.

Marc Boutin, J.D.

Chief Executive Officer – National Health Council

Marc Boutin is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Council, the only organization that brings together all segments of the health community to provide a united voice for the more than 133 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers.

Boutin has been a leading voice for greater patient involvement at every stage of the continuum, starting with the development of new drugs, to regulatory oversight of health care delivery, to shared decision-making at the point of care. Under his leadership, the NHC has convened a broad range of stakeholders to create and effectively implement pragmatic strategies and public policy that address diverse issues, such as enhancing patient engagement, advancing the development of new treatments, and developing a better health delivery system to meet the needs of people with chronic conditions.


Dr. Maxime Cannesson

Maxime Cannesson, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Anesthesiology and Vice Chair for Perioperative Medicine – University of California Los Angeles

The focus of Dr. Cannesson’s career has been the improvement of patients’ outcome in the Perioperative Environment through the development of: non-invasive monitoring technologies, standardization of care and decreased variability in medical decision-making, and new care delivery models in the perioperative period. With his collaborators, Dr. Cannesson has been a leader in developing the concepts of Perioperative Surgical Home and Enhanced Surgical Recovery at UC Irvine and UCLA. Dr. Cannesson has continued to teach in the clinical setting and has organized symposiums and summits to disseminate the knowledge and help the implementation of concepts related to his clinical innovations.


Dr. Jimmy Chung

Jimmy Chung, M.D., FACS

Senior Director of Perioperative Services – Providence Health & Services

In his current role, Dr. Chung is responsible for system-wide collaborative development, integration, implementation and optimization of surgical best practice and perioperative processes, working with physicians and operational stakeholders across the Providence system. Dr. Chung is also responsible for clinical value analysis of medical products and devices, and has integrated physician leadership into developing strategic plans for system-wide supply chain standardization initiatives, using physician-specific cost and quality data analytics. He has spoken at numerous conferences around the country as an expert on development of physician leadership in optimizing the cost, quality and outcomes of health care.


Katie Gilfillan

Katie Gilfillan, M.S.W.

Director, Healthcare Finance Policy Physician and Clinical Practice – Healthcare Financial Management Association

Katie joined HFMA in her current role where she is responsible for developing content and services that are significant to physicians, clinicians and physician practices. Prior to joining HFMA, Katie spent over 12 years working in physician associations including the Illinois State Medical Society and the American Medical Association where she advocated for physicians in the areas of public health, clinical practice and education. 


Julian Goldman, M.D.

Julian Goldman, M.D.

Medical Director of Biomedical Engineering – Partners HealthCare System
Physician Anesthesiologist – Massachusetts General Hospital
Director of the Program on Medical Device Interoperability – MGH, Partners and CIMIT

Dr. Goldman founded the Medical Device "Plug-and-Play" (MD PnP) Interoperability Research Program in 2004 to promote innovation in patient safety and clinical care by leading the adoption of safe, secure, patient-centric integrated clinical environments. The MD PnP team has been recognized by multiple awards, including the Edward M. Kennedy Award for Healthcare Innovation. Dr. Goldman is Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Clinical Informatics.


Dr. Karen Grimley

Karen A. Grimley, Ph.D., M.B.A., R.N., FACHE

Chief Nursing Executive – University of California Los Angeles
Assistant dean in the UCLA School of Nursing

Karen, in her current roles at UCLA, is responsible for the overall delivery and management of nursing professional practice, care delivery methods, education, professional development, research, administration and clinical services.


Dr. Beverly Johnson

Beverley H. Johnson

President and CEO of the Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care

Beverley has provided training and technical assistance to over 300 hospitals, health systems, primary care practices, hospital associations, and federal, state and provincial agencies. She has authored many publications on patient- and family-centered approaches to care, professional education and research. For 12 years, Bev served on the Selection Committee for the AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize. She was a member of the inaugural Advisory Board for the Center for Patient Partnership of the American College of Physicians. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative. Throughout her career, she has helped hospitals change the concept of families as visitors, partner with patients and families to enhance quality and safety and reduce readmissions, and implement patient engagement strategies at all levels of the organization.


Bassam Kadry, M.D.

Bassam Kadry, M.D.

Dr. Bassam Kadry is an Anesthesiologist and Informatist at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is the Co-Director of the OR Management Fellowship and Digital Health and Innovation Fellowship at Stanford. He is also the Director of Technology Discovery and Strategic Development for Stanford Medicine X. He is a data forensics analyst with expertise in analytics, organizational culture, and change management.


Dr. Perrin Jones

Perrin Jones, M.D.

Senior Director of Perioperative Services – Providence Health & Services

Outside of his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Jones is a past president of the North Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists. He was a significant contributor and co-author of a series of nationally recognized white papers dealing with ACOs, specialist integration and shared savings distribution.

Constantly looking to put theory into practice and in addition to the Pre-Operative Assessment Tool, Dr. Jones helped establish the Rio Grande Valley Health Alliance (RGVHA), a CMS accredited, MSSP ACO operating in McAllen, Texas. Comprised of 14 PCPs in nine locations and serving about 5,500 patients, RGVHA saved $6 million in their first year of operation while attaining 90 percent of their CMS required quality metrics. With his clinical experience and extensive ACO-related knowledge base, Dr. Jones has the ability to effectively contribute with any value generating project a healthcare organization or insurer may be interested in pursuing.



Dr. Gary Loyd

Gary Loyd, M.D., MMM

Director of Perioperative Surgical Home – Henry Ford Health System

Gary Loyd both earned his medical degree and completed a residency in anesthesiology from the University of Louisville. He earned a Masters in Medical Management from Carnegie Mellon University. He has served as a former Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at West Virginia University and as acting Chair at the University of Louisville. He is a past president for the Society for Education in Anesthesia. He became a Certified Physician Builder in EPIC during his tenure as the Director of the Perioperative Surgical Home at the University of Florida at Jacksonville.


Aman Mahajan, M.D. Ph.D.

Aman Mahajan, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Anesthesiology and Bioengineering – University of California Los Angeles
Chair of Department of Anesthesiology – David Geffen School of Medicine

Dr. Mahajan’s UCLA health system leadership roles include administration of the perioperative services, surgical intensive care units, and interventional cath laboratories as well as serving on the hospital’s senior administrative leadership team, the board of the faculty practice group and other school of medicine committees. Dr. Mahajan has a keen interest in advancing innovations in health care and development of new medical technology. He is the founder of several successful UCLA start-ups in medtech that seek to improve health care. Dr. Mahajan is recognized internationally for his contributions in anesthesiology and cardiovascular medicine.


Dr. Adam Medlin

Adam Medlin, M.H.A.

Director, Performance Partner - Premier, Inc.

Mr. Medlin is a Director with Premier, Inc. specializing in finance, managed care, and value-based payment models. He has extensive experience with hospitals, physician groups, managed care organizations, and health plans. His areas of expertise include the development of clinically integrated networks and modeling in support of value-based payments, managed care contracting and reporting, risk pool reconciliation, auditing, payer contracts, financial forecasting, transactions, and hospital decision support and operations improvement.


Sharon Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

Sharon Merrick, M.S., CCS-P

Director of Payment and Practice Management – American Society of Anesthesiologists

In her role at the ASA, Sharon is dedicated to advancing the interests of anesthesiologists in all payment and practice management issues. She provides expertise to ASA members, committees, leaders and staff on practice management, coding, and current and future payment models effecting both the public and private sectors. She analyzes and develops ASA’s responses to CMS proposed rules on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and is part of the team that is advocating for ASA members – and providing information to members – on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).


Peggy Naas, M.D., M.B.A

Peggy Naas, M.D., M.B.A.

ASA Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) Learning Collaborative Steering Committee – American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Representative

Dr. Naas is a physician leader with a special interest in new models of care delivery and payment, physician and care provider resilience and agility, patient safety, reliability, and patient and family activation. Currently Dr. Naas serves on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Evidence Based Quality and Value Committee, the Performance Measurement Committee, as well as her role with the PSH Learning Collaborative Steering Committee. She was a consultant and Chief Medical Officer for Healthcare Performance Improvement (HPI), a patient safety and reliability firm (now part of Press Ganey) until mid-2016.


Dr. Frank Opelka

Frank Opelka, M.D., FACS

Medical Director, Quality and Health Policy – American College of Surgeons




Sonya Pease, M.D., M.B.A.

Sonya Pease, M.D., M.B.A.

Chief Medical Officer, TeamHealth Anesthesia

As chief medical officer of TeamHealth Anesthesia, Dr. Sonya Pease is responsible for improving the overall quality of patient care provided by TeamHealth-affiliated physicians and advanced practice clinicians. At TeamHealth, Dr. Pease has aided in developing and implementing an Optimetrix™ quality registry, a clinical and operational tool for monitoring practice performance, benchmarking quality measures and sharing best practices. In addition to her leadership role at TeamHealth, Dr. Pease is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and is helping to develop the Perioperative Surgical Home model for improving quality outcomes and patient satisfaction while reducing health care costs.


Dr. David Petrel

David Petrel, J.D.

Principal, Premier, Inc.

David combines extensive strategic experience in a variety of health care settings with his health care legal background to implement solutions that bridge the gap between physicians and hospitals in alignment opportunities for Premier’s Population Health Consulting Group clients. David has worked in health care for over 30 years. Since 2001 David has focused exclusively on hospital and physician collaborative ventures. David specializes in developing physician alignment opportunities for physicians and hospitals designed to improve quality, reduce costs by utilizing financial and patient satisfaction incentives structured into the relationship.


Dr. Beverly Philip

Beverly Philip, M.D., FACA

Professor of Anesthesia – Harvard University
Director of the Day Surgery Unit – Brigham and Women's Hospital

Dr. Philip received her undergraduate degree from Queens College, City University of New York, her medical degree from Upstate Medical Center, State University of New York, and completed her anesthesia residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Philip’s subspecialty focus is ambulatory anesthesia. Dr. Philip has published numerous research papers, review articles and book chapters on various aspects of ambulatory anesthesia science and practice, and she has spoken nationally and internationally. Dr. Philip is Vice President for Scientific Affairs of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), with responsibility for all educational and scientific activities of the 50,000+ member organization. Dr. Philip also has a strong interest and ongoing contribution to national anesthesiology policy, particularly related to quality and regulatory issues.


Matt Popovich, PH.D.

Matt Popovich, Ph.D.

Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs – American Society of Anesthesiologists

Matt Popovich is ASA’s Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs (QRA) and he is based in Washington, D.C. Matt has worked for the American Society of Anesthesiologists since May 2013, becoming the Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs in November 2014. QRA supports measure development activities and provides regulatory support to the Anesthesia Quality Institute. Popovich and members of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, engage, support and assist members on quality reporting programs and regulatory issues that impact members and the profession.


Mike Schweitzer, M.D.,M.B.A.

Mike Schweitzer, M.D., M.B.A.

Principal, Population Health and Chief Medical Officer, Bundled Payments – Premier, Inc.

Dr. Schweitzer provides clinical leadership in several key areas, including his role as the Chief Clinical Officer of the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) Learning Collaborative, the CMO of Premier’s Bundled Payment Services and Premier’s lead for Physician Leadership Education. He serves as a physician consultant in several areas for Premier, including Clinically Integrated Networks (CINs), Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and care redesign. Dr. Schweitzer has more than 35 years of experience in many facets of health care.


Suzanne Schrandt, J.D.

Suzanne Schrandt, J.D.

Director, Patient Engagement at Arthritis Foundation – Arthritis Foundation

Suz Schrandt is the Director of Patient Engagement for the Arthritis Foundation. In this role she is developing and leading the Foundation’s Patient Engagement strategy, working to infuse the wisdom and lived experience of patients into clinical research, drug and device development, and many other aspects of the health care system. She previously served as the Deputy Director of Patient Engagement for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). During her tenure with PCORI, she helped to launch several key PCORI efforts.


Dr. Danielle Sreenivasan

Danielle Sreenivasan, M.H.A.

Director, Performance Partner - Premier, Inc.

Ms. Sreenivasan is a Director with Premier, Inc. She specializes in strategic and service line business planning, facility planning, financial feasibility analyses, and medical staff planning and alignment on behalf of community hospitals, health care systems, academic medical centers and physician medical groups. Additionally, she has significant experience working with clients to evaluate current and potential markets, develop population-based health care strategies, and identify creative solutions that optimize care delivery models and achieve market, financial and quality goals.


Dr. Stanley Stead

Stanley Stead, M.D., M.B.A.

Vice President for Professional Affairs – American Society of Anesthesiologists
President – Stead Health Group

Dr. Stead is a cardiac physician anesthesiologist who has focused his current efforts on improving strategic, operational, quality and financial performance in health care. He represents ASA on key national standard committees (AMA CPT, AMA RUC, AHRQ) in codifying, valuing and measuring quality of physician services. He also is involved in the ongoing national health care reform.



Dr.Karen Thomson

Karen Thomson, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine
Medical Director Perioperative Care and Value Initiatives – Children’s National Health System

Dr. Thomson is a pediatric anesthesiologist at Children's National Health System. She is the Medical Director for the Pre-Operative Care Clinic, which helps ensure children with medically complex conditions and special needs receive appropriate care before surgery. Dr. Thomson is a recognized leader in the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) pediatric field, in which she has either planned or led PSH pilot activities around: general surgery, orthopedics, sickle cell surgical home, ENT, adolescent cardiac surgery and pediatrics.