Hello Colleagues!

Thank you for clicking through to these details on the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Physician Leadership®. You’ll want to note that the reservation cutoff for the Venetian is March 26, so act quickly to reserve your room. You’ll also want to make sure you RSVP to the invitation for the Saturday evening cocktail party for our longtime associates. You, and others like you, are the VIPs we celebrate at that reception, so please include your guest or spouse. 

The thought-leadership sessions will focus on leading innovation in care delivery and the value of physician leadership, two topics you won’t want to miss. The most critical aspects of health care are covered in these 20-minute “TED”-style presentations. Each group of three focuses on a specific aspect of health care delivery important to physician leadership. Choose sessions addressing problems you’re currently facing. Or pick a topic you’re passionate about pursuing.

We expect these advanced-level peer-learning labs to inspire you. And we look forward to seeing you there.


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(Here are my personal recommendations for sessions you may like to attend ~ Peter)

Advanced Peer-led sessions

Saturday, April 18 - 9:30-10:30 a.m. / Quality

Convergence In Healthcare: Providers, Employers, and Health Plans

Byron Scott, MD, MBA, FACPE
Medical Director, National Clinical Medical Leader
Truven Health Analytics

Chasing Sepsis across the hospital: 10 yrs experience of quality driving cost
Andre Vovan, MD, MBA
Chief of Service: Critical Care
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

Population Heath Success: Beyond Data and Analytics to the Essential Triad
Trenor Williams, MD


9:30-10:30 a.m. / Safe for All

A Successful Quality Improvement Project (QIP): Data-Driven Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Managing Patient Radiation in CT

Lisa Laurent, MD, MBA
First Vice President of Medical Staff
Advocate Health Care

Design for Zero: High Reliability Organizations
Ashok Tyagi, DO, MBA, CPE
Critical Care Physician / Chief Medical Officer
Covenant Healthcare / Leapdoctor group

The role of a medical malpractice insurance company in a surgical safety initiative
D. Keith Fernandez, MD
President and Physician in Chief MHMD, CMO
Memorial Hermann ACO

11 a.m.-noon / Innovative

An Innovative and Economically Sustainable Model for Physician Leadership in a Large Multi-specialty Medical Group

G. Anton Decker, MD
Mercy Health Physicians

Influencing Prescribing Patterns of Physicians for Success in an ACO
Mark Belfer, DO, FAAFP
Chief Medical Officer
Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association

Disruptive Innovative Business Models in Healthcare - Are you ready?
Jon Burroughs, MD, MBA, FACHE, FACPE
President and CEO
The Burroughs Healthcare Consulting Network, Inc.


11 a.m.-noon / Physician-led

Integration of the Physician into the Business Plan of Medicine

Richard Juda, MD
Director of Critical Care Services
Bethesda Healthcare

Media Relations in a Crisis: Getting Your Message Out
Stephen Kelly, MD, MBA, CPE, FACHE
Chief Medical Officer
SSM St. Mary's Health Center

Adaptive Leadership
Steve Julian, MD, MBA, CPE
President, Sentara Obici Hospital
Sentara Health Care


1:30-2:30 p.m. / Evidence-based

Will antitrust and other federal litigations be road blocks on the pathway to Accountable Care Organizations?

Board Certified Academic Vascular Surgeon
Saint Louis University

The Importance of Integrating Clinical Evidence and Financial Analysis with Physician Leadership and the Impact It Made on HCA
Darren Swenson, MD, CPE, CHCQM
Chief Medical Officer
Mountain View Hospital - HCA

Big Data and Decision Support
Martin Kohn, MD
Chief Medical Scientist
Jointly Health

1:30-2:30 p.m. / Value-driven

VBP, PSI, VBPM, RRR, HACRP, ICD -10: Arming Physicians for the Healthcare (R)Evolution?

James Fee, MD, CCS, CCDS, AHIMA, ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer
Associate Director
Huff DRG Review Services

Creating a System ACO: Lessons Learned
Joseph Vasile, MD, MBA
President and CEO
Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association

Quality/Culture Productivity Compensation Bonus
George Jirak, MD, MBA
Augusta Medical Group 

Sunday, April 19 9:30-10:30 a.m. / Streamlined and Efficient

Understanding the Value Proposition and Return on Investment a Surgical Hospitalist Program Brings to Hospitals

Leon J. Owens, MD, FAC
President and Chief Executive Officer
Surgical Affiliates Management Group, Inc.

Choosing an expansion location for a heart hospital
Mounir "Mark" Banoub, MD, CPE
Physician Anesthesiologist
Mercy St. Vincent's, Toledo, Ohio

ICD-10 An Opportunity to Improve Physician Efficiency
Ryan Secan, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer
MedAptus, Inc.


9:30-10:30 a.m. / Measurement-based

Physician Value Measurement or Physician Performance Measurement: No Longer an Option

Charles Hughes, MD, MBA, MPH, CPE (with Amyn Rojiani, MD, PhD, CPE, FACPE)
Associate Professor
Georgia Regents University

Using a Logic Model in Planning
Robert Flora, MD, MBA, MPH
Director of Medical Education / DIO
Providence Hospital and Medical Center

Better Quality Data Using Natural language Processing
Howard Haft, MD, MMM, CPE, FACPE
Shah Associates

1-2 p.m. / Fair and equitable

The Conversation is the Work!

Maria Kokas, PhD
Director / Learning Systems
Henry Ford Health System

Scott Spoor, MD
Certified Physician Coach
Henry Ford Health System

'Personalized Medicine' A Growth Area in Need of Leadership
Edgar Staren, MD, PhD, MBA
Ashion Advanced Individual Medicine

Mystery Solved: Patients Speak Up
Bret Burton, MD, MBA, FACPE
Department of Defense
Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

1-2 p.m. / Value-driven

Mastering the Move to Population Health Management

Ellis Knight, MD, MBA
Senior Vice-President and Chief Medical Officer
Coker Group

Emerging Payer-Provider Models
Terry McGeeney, MD, MBA, FAAFP
Chief Medical Officer and Visiting Scholar
Brookings Institution Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform

Building a Bundled Price for the Treatment of Chronic Disease
David Horwitz, MD, PhD, FACP
Senior Consultant
Numerof & Associates Inc.


2:15-3:15 p.m. / Innovative

Improving appropriate utilization of diagnostic imaging through a collaborative decision support system

Danny Kim, MD
Director of Quality and Safety, Department of Radiology
New York University Langone Medical Center

Leveraging Medical Center Assets at Systems Based Community Hospitals
David Leeser, MD, eMBA
Chief of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
University of Maryland Medical Center

You must Fail to Succeed : Innovation and Adoption
Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, FACP
Robert Craig Chair of Academic Medicine
St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center, Dignity Health


2:15-3:15 p.m. / Physician-led

Clinician Engagement - an international perspective

Sergio Diez Alvarez, MD
Network Director of Clinical Services
Mid North Coast Local Health District

Board Senseless? Returning Function - and Fun - to Medical Board Governance
James Fahner, MD
Division Chief, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and
Chairman, Spectrum Health Medical Group Board of Directors
The Spectrum Health Medical Group

Top Ten Best Practices for Physician Engagement and Alignment
Jon Burroughs, MD, MBA, FACHE, FACPE
President and CEO
The Burroughs Healthcare Consulting Network Inc.