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APAC Forum Keynote Speakers​

Maureen Bisognano, President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), previously served as IHI’s Executive Vice President and COO for 15 years. She is a prominent authority on improving health care systems, whose expertise is recognized by her elected membership to the Institute of Medicine and by her appointment to The Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on a High Performance Health System, among other distinctions. Ms. Bisognano advises health care leaders around the world, is a frequent speaker at major health care conferences on quality improvement, and is a tireless advocate for change. She is also an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Research Associate in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities, and serves on the boards of the Commonwealth Fund, ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, and Mayo Clinic Health System—Eau Claire. Prior to joining IHI, she served as CEO of the Massachusetts Respiratory Hospital and Senior Vice President of The Juran Institute.
Donweb.jpgDonald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, is the former President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, an organization that he co-founded and led for over 20 years. In July 2010, President Obama appointed Dr. Berwick to the position of Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a position he held until December 2011. A pediatrician by background, Dr. Berwick has served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, and on the staffs of Boston's Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has also served as vice chair of the US Preventive Services Task Force, the first "Independent Member" of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees, and chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He served two terms on the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) governing Council, was a member of the IOM’s Global Health Board, and served on President Clinton's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. Recognized as a leading authority on health care quality and improvement, Dr. Berwick has received numerous awards for his contributions. In 2005, he was appointed “Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire” by the Queen of England in recognition of his work with the British National Health Service. Dr. Berwick is the author or co-author of over 150 scientific articles and four books.
Muir-Gray.jpgJ.A. Muir Gray, CBE, DSc, MD, FCLIP, is Director of the National Knowledge Service. The National Library for Health, a core service of the National Knowledge Service, will organise the best current knowledge and the National Knowledge service will deliver it to staff and patients wherever and whenever they need it. Sir Muir Gray has recently been given the role of Chief Knowledge Officer for the NHS and is closely involved in the provision of knowledge not only to clinicians but also to patients and those who manage health care. In his previous post as Director of Research and Development for Anglia and Oxford Region, Sir Muir Gray was in a position to support the UK Cochrane Centre in its early days, and to set up the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine. For 10 years he was Programmes Director for the UK National Screening Committee. Sir Muir Gray is the author of Evidence-Based Healthcare, the third edition of which is in preparation, and joint author of The Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice. His most recent books are The Resourceful Patient, Evidence-Based Surgery, and How To Get Better Value Healthcare. Sir Muir Gray's most recent venture in 2008 has been to set up a charity called Knowledge Into Action. This is separate from his NHS work but is based on the same fundamental belief that we can improve health by the application of the best knowledge through the best systems. The charity has several programmes, including The Campaign for Greener Healthcare, The National Walking Campaign, and Oxford Health Systems.

Dr. Harry Pert is General Practitioner practicing in Rotorua, New Zealand. He is a visionary leader with a record of experience and leadership in both the College and Independent Practitioners' Associations (IPAs). He founded one of the most innovative and successful IPAs in New Zealand, and has been a member of Royal New Zealand College of General Practice’s quality committee and Council. He has a reputation for innovation and open mindedness and is passionate about making a difference in general practice. He has taken a lead role in delivering seven successful national conferences and is a frequent speaker at many others throughout Australasia. Harry Pert was elected President of the College in 2009.