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Health Connect South 2015

September 16, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 8:00 pm



Join us for an amazing program highlighting health collaborations and innovations throughout the Southeast. Discussions will focus on the Ebola response and collaborations that took (and are still taking) place to orchestrate this remarkable multi-institutional effort. We will also be featuring special pieces on cancer, health technology, and innovative research in health.


Health Connect South is dedicated to gathering the best and the brightest leaders, innovators, and decision makers in Georgia’s health ecosystem.


Health Connect South 2015 will be held on September 16th at The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA.







[accordian divider_line=”” class=”agenda” id=””][toggle title=”7:30 AM – 8:15 AM (Registration and Breakfast)” open=”no”]Registration and Breakfast[/toggle][toggle title=”8:27 AM – 8:50 AM (The 2015 Health Connect South Unsung Hero Award)” open=”no”]At the Grand Ballroom

The 2015 Health Connect South Unsung Hero Award

Presented by Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention to Charles Stokes, CEO & President, The CDC Foundation[/toggle][toggle title=”8:50 AM – 8:55 AM (Welcome)” open=”no”]Welcome[/toggle][toggle title=”8:55 AM – 9:50 AM (Rewriting the Playbook: Ebola – Collaborations that Matter)” open=”no”]At the Grand Ballroom

Rewriting the Playbook: Ebola – Collaborations that Matter

  • Betsy McKay, Atlanta Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal
  • Charles Stokes, President and CEO, CDC Foundation
  • Dr. Oliver Morgan, Incident Manager, Ebola Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Joe Ruiz, Director, Humanitarian Relief and Resilience Program, The UPS Foundation
  • David Ratcliffe, Retired Chairman, President and CEO, Southern Co., & CDC Found. Board Member
  • Scott Cormier, Senior Director, Emergency Preparedness and Management, HCA
[/toggle][toggle title=”9:55 AM – 10:30 AM (Views from the Top: The American Cancer Society & The Carter Center)” open=”no”]At the Grand Ballroom

Views from the Top: The American Cancer Society & The Carter Center

  • Anita Sharpe, ‎Bureau Chief, Editor-at-large at Bloomberg News
  • Ambassador Mary Ann Peters, Chief Executive Officer, The Carter Center
  • Gary Reedy, CEO, American Cancer Society
[/toggle][toggle title=”10:30 AM – 10:40 AM (Break: Health Challenge I – Presented by FIX)” open=”no”]Break: Health Challenge I (Presented by FIX)[/toggle][toggle title=”10:40 AM – 11:40 AM (Cancer: Genomics, Big Data, and Precision Medicine…More Options or More Questions?)” open=”no”]At the Grand Ballroom

Cancer:  Genomics, Big Data, and Precision Medicine…More Options or More Questions? 

  • Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, American Cancer Society
  • Renay San Miguel, Science & Technology Correspondent, GPB
  • Dr. Maurie Markman, President of Medicine and Science, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
  • Dr. Gaurav Singal, Director, Innovations Unit, Foundation Medicine
  • Dr. Robert Hauser, Senior Director, External Relations & Business Development, CancerLinQ, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Dr. Jeffrey Skolnick, Director, Center for the Study of Systems Biology, Georgia Institute of Tech.
[/toggle][toggle title=”11:40 AM – 12:15 PM (Break: Health Challenge II)” open=”no”]At the Antarctic Pre-Function Area

Break: Health Challenge II[/toggle][toggle title=”12:15 PM – 1:00 PM (Luncheon Keynote)” open=”no”]At the Grand Ballroom

Luncheon Keynote: Dr. Ian Crozier, Ebola Survivor “Patient #3,” Infectious Disease Physician “Matched Lunch”[/toggle][toggle title=”1:00 PM -1:45 PM (Break: Health Challenge III)” open=”no”]At the Antarctic Pre-Function Area

Break: Health Challenge III[/toggle][toggle title=”1:45 PM – 2:30 PM” open=”no”]Redefining University Research Collaborations in the Pacific Ballroom

  • Mike Cassidy, President and CEO, Georgia Research Alliance
  • Dr. Mark Frisse, Vice Chair of Business Development, Vanderbilt University
  • David Day, Assistant VP & Director, Office of Technology Licensing, University of Florida
  • Dr. Jim Weyhenmeyer, President & Chair, Georgia State University Research Found.
  • Dr. David Lee, Vice President for Research, University of Georgia

Emerging Health Leaders: Student Ideas, Innovations & Research in the Atlantic Ballroom

  • Dr. Yi Pan, Interim Associate Dean & Interim Chair of Biology, Dept. of Computer Science, Georgia State University
  • Eric Owens, Ph.D. Candidate, Georgia State University
  • Yingzhe (Lindsey) Wang, PhD Candidate, College of Pharmacy, Mercer University
  • Nivita Sharma, Research Scholar, University of Georgia
  • Derrick Akpalu, PhD Candidate & MSCR Fellow, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Tejaswini Nalamothu, Masters of Science in Computer Science, Kennesaw State University

Cultivating the Health Tech Workforce of Tomorrow in the Arctic Ballroom

  • Dr. Ephraim R. McLean, Director, Center for Health IT, Georgia State University
  • Jaspal Sagoo, CDC Chief Technology Officer, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Lauren Rosenbaum, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Dr. Donald Fetterolf, Chief Medical Officer, MiMedx Group
  • Ben Robinson, Executive Director, Center for Health Workforce Planning & Analysis, University System of Georgia
[/toggle][toggle title=”2:40 PM – 3:40 PM” open=”no”]Health Rising – Technology, Information, and Care in the Arctic Ballroom

  • Tino Mantella, President & CEO at Technology Association of Georgia
  • Dr. Suman Das, Director of the Direct Digital Manufacturing Lab at Georgia Tech
  • Craig Kaiser, Director, Business Development – IoT Solutions Group, AT&T Mobility
  • Dermot Waters, Senior Vice President of Market Development, Sharecare

Ideas, Impact and Adoption – Commercializing Health’s Next Chapter in the Atlantic Ballroom

  • Kornelius Bankston, Dir. of Bioscience, Ind. Expansion, Metro Atlanta Chamber
  • Dr. Eric Tomlinson, Chief Innovation Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Will ElLaissi, Partnership Development, Duke Institute for Health Innovation
  • Sherry Farrugia, Director, Georgia Institute of Technology & Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Partnership
  • Ryan Jones, CEO, Florence Healthcare
  • Steven Fraime, Director, Wellstar’s Center for Health Transformation
[/toggle][toggle title=”2:40 PM – 3:10 PM (Game Changing Medical Innovations – Georgia BIO)” open=”no”]Game Changing Medical Innovations – Georgia BIO in the Pacific Ballroom

  • Russell Allen, President & CEO, Georgia Bio
  • Dr. Tom Barrows, Executive Vice President and CSO, Cell Contructs
  • Dr. Harriet Robinson, Chief Scientific Officer, GeoVax
  • Steven P. Damon, President & CEO, 4P Therapeutics
[/toggle][toggle title=”3:10 PM to 3:40 PM (Medical Device: Form, Function, and Evolution – SEMDA)” open=”no”]Medical Device: Form, Function, and Evolution – SEMDA in the Pacific Ballroom

  • Jason Rupp, Executive Director, Southeastern Medical Device Association
  • Steve Johnson, CEO CreatiVasc Medical
  • John Feltman, Chairman & CEO Brookhaven Medical
  • Cynthia Dilley, Head of New Patient Value Focus and Director, Strategic Marketing at UCB
[/toggle][toggle title=”3:45 PM – 4:30 PM (Making the Connection: Counterpoint Discussions)” open=”no”]At the Antarctic Pre-Function Area

Making the Connection: Counterpoint Discussions[/toggle][toggle title=”4:30 PM – 4:40 PM (2015 Health Connect South Collaboration Award)” open=”no”]At the Grand Ballroom

2015 Health Connect South Collaboration Award[/toggle][toggle title=”4:40 PM – 5:35 PM (Ebola: The State Response – Lessons, Opportunities and Leadership)” open=”no”]At the Grand Ballroom

Ebola: The State Response – Lessons, Opportunities and Leadership

  • Donald Palmisano, Executive Director & CEO Medical Association of Georgia
  • Dr. Jim Curran, Dean, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
  • Dr. Bruce Ribner, Director, Serious Communicable Diseases Unit at Emory University Hospital
  • Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner, Georgia Dept. of Public Health and State Health Officer
  • Dr. Patrick O’Neal, Director of Health Protection, Georgia Department of Public Health
  • Dr. Doug Patten, Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director, Hospital Engagement Network at Georgia Hospital Association
  • Dr. Daniel Salinas, Chief Medical Officer, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
[/toggle][toggle title=”5:35PM – 5:40PM (Health Challenge Winners Announced)” open=”no”]At the Grand Ballroom

Health Challenge Winners Announced[/toggle][toggle title=”5:40 PM – 6:00 PM (Transforming Regional Health Through Collaboration)” open=”no”]At the Grand Ballroom

Transforming Regional Health Through Collaboration:

  • Dr. Louis Sullivan, President Emeritus, Morehouse School of Medicine, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, 1989-1993
  • Dr. Mark Rosenberg, President & CEO, The Task Force for Global Health
[/toggle][toggle title=”VIP RECEPTION in the Arctic Ballroom” open=”no”][/toggle][/accordian] [/two_third] [/fullwidth]


September 16, 2015
8:00 am - 8:00 pm


Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St NW
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