Regional Assets, Global Impact

September 21, 2016

Creating connections that foster innovation
and advance health leadership

WHAT: Health Connect South 2016, our flagship annual event, will connect over 400 health leaders, innovators, and next generation of health leaders, students.

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HCS 2016: Regional Assets, Global Impact


Russ Lipari, CEO & Founder, Health Connect South

Big Data: How It’s Being Used

Dan Cerutti, VP of Population Health and Cognitive Decision Support, IBM Watson
Carolyn Compton, MD, Chief Medical Officer at ASU Complex Adaptive Systems
Jon Duke, MD, MS, Director, Center for Health Analytics, Georgia Institute of Technology
Sweta Sneha, PhD, Associate Professor of Information Systems & Director of M-Health, Kennesaw State University
Tino Mantella, President & CEO, Technology Association of Georgia

UnSung Hero Award

Presenter: David Rubinger, Publisher, Atlanta Business Chronicle

Healthcare Delivery: Medical Error Prevention

Ron Wyatt, MD, MHA, Patient Safety Officer, Medical Director, Division of Healthcare Improvement, The Joint Commission

Can the Cancer Moonshot Succeed?

Walter J. Curran, Jr. MD, FACR, Executive Director, Emory Winship Cancer Institute
Ed Partridge, MD, Director, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
Samir Khleif, MD, Director of the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University/Medical College of Georgia
Maurie Markman, MD, President, Medicine & Science, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Otis W. Brawley, MD, MACP, Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society

Matched Lunch Keynote

Presenter: Tom Hawk, Partner, King & Spalding
Keynote: Daniel Shook, Park Ranger, National Park Service

HCS Best Collaboration Award

Presenters: Chris Clark, Portfolio Strategy and Intelligence, Epilepsy, UCB
Margaret Wagner Dahl, Associate Vice President for Health IT, Enterprise Innovation Institute, Georgia Inst. of Technology

Break: Networking, Student & Company Interviews, Counterpoint Tables
Room: ArcticRoom: AtlanticRoom: Pacific
Breathe Easy – Understanding Lung Problems

Bill Mayfield, MD, Chief Surgical Officer, Wellstar Health System
Greg Martin, MD, Director, Research, Emory Center for Critical Care, Director, Emory/Georgia Tech Predictive Health Institute
Marilyn Foreman, MD, MS, Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Morehouse SOM


Heart Disease & Diabetes: Innovations for Prevention

Neal Weintraub, MD, Kupperman Eminent Scholar in Cardiovascular Medicine & Professor of Medicine, Augusta University/Medical College of Georgia
Herman Taylor, Jr. MD, Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
Colleen Doyle, M.S., R.D., Managing Director, Nutrition & Physical Activity, American Cancer Society



Cancer: Research to Remission

Nancy Paris, CEO, Georgia Core
Marc O’Connor, COO, Curant Health
Lori Chmura, President, Dune Medical Devices
Judy Fortin, Senior Director, Communications, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University


Global Efforts: Diarrhea & HIV/AIDS

Michael Beach, PhD, Deputy Director, Division Foodborne, Waterborne, Environmental Diseases, CDC
Samantha Becker, Co-founder, TruePani
Jonathan Colasanti, MD, MSPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
Amy Moore, PhD, Director, Research Programs, Georgia Research Alliance

Pre-Term Birth Complications

David Hill, MD, FAAP, Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media
Lucky Jain, MD, MBA, Interim Director, Emory and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Center of Georgia
Sona Shah, CEO & Co-Founder, Neopenda
Hansa Bhargava, MD, Medical Editor, WebMD



Interventions for Injury

Dennis Ashley, MD, Director of Trauma Services, The Medical Center of Central Georgia
Peter Rhee, MD, MPH, Chief of Acute Care Surgery & Medical Director, Marcus Trauma Center, Grady Memorial Hospital
Omar Danner, MD, FACS, Director of Trauma & Associate Professor of Surgery, Morehouse School of Medicine
Donald G. Stein, PhD, Director, Brain Research Lab, Department of Emergency Medicine, Emory University
Gary Ulicny, PhD, CEO, Shepherd Center

Call To Action Keynote

Judith Monroe, MD, FAAFP, President & CEO, CDC Foundation

Cocktail Reception

This Year’s Health Connect South Speakers

  • Winship Cancer Institute
    Executive Director
    Dr. Walter J. Curran
  • American Cancer Society
    Chief Medical Officer
    Dr. Otis W. Brawley, FACP
  • CDC Foundation
    President and CEO
    Judith Monroe, MD, FAAFP
  • Georgia CORE
    President and CEO
    Nancy Paris
    Managing Director, Southeastern US
    Jeremy Cole
  • Medical Center of Central Georgia
    Chief of Trauma Services
    Dr. Dennis Ashley
  • WebMD
    Dr. Hansa Bhargava
  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Center of Georgia
    Dr. Lucky Jain
  • Curant Health
    Marc O'Connor
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle
    Market President and Publisher
    David Rubinger
  • Cardiovascular Research Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine
    Dr. Herman Alfred Taylor, Jr.
  • Technology Association of Georgia
    President & CEO
    Tino Mantella
  • Georgia Research Alliance
    Director, Research Programs
    Dr. Amy Moore
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial
    Park Ranger
    Dan Shook
  • Emory School of Medicine
    Professor in Emergency Medicine
    Dr. Donald Stein
  • Cancer Treatment Centers of America
    President of Medicine and Science
    Dr. Maurie Markman
  • Share for Cures
    Founder & CEO
    Joshua T. Mann
  • The Shepherd Center
    President & CEO
    Dr. Gary Ulicny
  • UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Dr. Edward Partridge
  • UNC School of Medicine
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Dr. David Hill
  • ASU Complex Adaptive Systems Institute
    Chief Medical Officer
    Dr. Carolyn Compton
  • The Joint Commission
    Patient Safety Officer
    Dr. Ronald Wyatt
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
    Director of Trauma & Associate Professor of...
    Dr. Omar Danner, FACS
  • Augusta University
    Professor of Medicine
    Dr. Neal Weintraub
  • IBM Watson
    VP of Population Health and Cognitive Decision...
    Dan Cerutti
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Director, Center for Health Analytics
    Dr. Jon Duke MS
  • Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
    Senior Director, Communications
    Judy Fortin
  • Emory Center for Critical Care
    Director of Research
    Dr. Greg Martin M.Sc.
  • Grady Memorial Hospital
    Senior VP & Chief of Acute Care...
    Dr. Peter Rhee
  • Dune Medical Devices
    Lori Chmura
  • TruePani
    Samantha Becker
  • CDC N.C.E.Z.I.D.
    Associate Director for Healthy Water
    Michael J. Beach
  • Wellstar Healthcare System
    Chief Surgical Officer
    Dr. William Mayfield
  • UCB
    Portfolio Strategy and Intelligence, Epilepsy
    Chris Clark
  • Augusta University
    Director of the Georgia Cancer Center
    Dr. Samir Khleif
  • King & Spalding
    Tom Hawk
  • Kennesaw State University
    Associate Professor of Information Systems
    Dr. Sweta Sneha
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
    Professor of Pulmonary & Critical Care
    Dr. Marilyn Foreman
  • American Cancer Society
    Managing Director, Nutrition & Physical Activity
    Colleen Doyle
  • Neopenda
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Sona Shah
  • Georgia Tech
    Associate VP, Health IT
    Margaret Wagner Dahl
  • Emory University School of Medicine
    Professor of Medicine
    Dr. Carlos del Rio
  • Emory University School of Medicine
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Dr. Jonathan Colasanti

THEME: Partnerships and innovations in the Southeast that combat the leading causes of death worldwide. Panel sessions, keynote addresses, and time for collaboration at HCS 2016 serve to create interdisciplinary partnerships advancing health.


WHY: Innovation often comes from the collision of two disparate industries, institutions or people and the circumstance or event that facilitates the connection. By gathering the top decision makers, innovators, and students in health, HCS 2016 is the place where these connections happen.


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