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Featured Speakers

​IHI is delighted to announce this year's National Forum keynote speakers who will be presenting during the General Conference on Wednesday, December 10 and Thursday, December 11.
Dr. Hippocrates Is Out: Please Leave a Message is a theatrical presentation about medicine over the ages. Utilizing scenes from movies and plays, renowned playwright and producer Robert Brustein calls it “a good natured roast of medicine that brings out the worries and anxieties of patients and providers alike.” This special keynote production features the actors listed below.
F. Murray Abraham, NYC debut as Macy's Santa, street theatre, children's theatre, live soap opera, TV pilots, commercials, musical comedy, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Moliere, Rostand, Giraudoux, Pirandello, Miller, Mamet, Guare, Gurney, McNally, Albee, Elaine May, Feiffer, JC Oates, Kushner, Beckett, Pinter; Experimental work with Richard Foreman, j Pina Bausch, Linda Mussman, Joe Chaiken, Andre Serban; orchestra-narrator with the NY, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, Seattle, Vienna Symphony Orchestras; professor CCNY-Brooklyn; book on A Midsummer Night's Dream published by Faber and Faber; Academy Award, Golden Globe, Obie. Grandfather.
Brooke Adams was born in New York City and began acting at age six in her father’s summer theatre in Michigan. Her stage credits include The Heidi Chronicles on Broadway, Key Exchange at the Orpheum, Split at The Second Stage, The Old Neighborhood at A.R.T., If Memory Serves at the Pasadena Playhouse, The Philanderer at the Yale Rep, and most recently The Cherry Orchard at The Atlantic Theatre Co. Her film credits include Days of Heaven, Gas Food Lodging, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Dead Zone, Cuba, Tell Me a Riddle, and Key Exchange. She produced and starred in Made Up. On television, Ms. Adams appeared in Thirtysomething, Moonlighting, Family, The Lion of Africa, Special People, the miniseries LACE and LACE II, and most recently, three episodes of MONK. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Tony Shalhoub, and their two daughters.
Robert Brustein, famed theatrical playwright, critic, actor, and producer of this year's National Forum keynote presentation, Dr. Hippocrates Is Out: Please Leave a Message. He is Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University and a past Dean of the Yale Drama School. He is also the founding director both of the Yale Repertory Theatre and the American Repertory Theatre, where he served for 23 years. Mr. Brustein is the author of 15 books on theatre and society, including Reimagining American Theatre, The Theatre of Revolt, Making Scenes (a memoir of his Yale years), Who Needs Theatre, Dumbocracy in America, Cultural Calisthenics, The Siege of the Arts, and Letters to a Young Actor. His last book, Millennial Stages was published in 2006. His newest book, on Shakespeare’s prejudices, The Truant Muse, will be published in 2009.  
Tony Shalhoub is an Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award winner who stars as Adrian Monk and also serves as executive producer on the sixth season of the USA Network original series MONK. A triple threat as an actor-director-producer, he made his feature directorial debut with the independent film Made Up, in which he co-starred with his wife, Brooke Adams, and Gary Sinise. Mr. Shalhoub was a TV series regular on the sitcoms Stark Raving Mad and Wings. His feature film roles include Spy Kids, Galaxy Quest, The Siege, A Civil Action, Searching for Bobby Fischer, The Impostors, Primary Colors, Gattaca, Men in Black, Big Night, Barton Fink, Honeymoon in Vegas, Quick Change, Longtime Companion, Thir13en Ghosts, and Life or Something Like It. He also appeared in The Last Shot with Matthew Broderick and Alec Baldwin; The Great New Wonderful with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Edie Falco and Olympia Dukakis; and in USA Films The Man Who Wasn't There by Joel and Ethan Coen, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Frances McDormand. Most recently, Mr. Shalhoub was the voice of Luigi in the Pixar film, Cars. His New York theater work includes Waiting for Godot, Conversations with My Father, The Heidi Chronicles, The Odd Couple, and The Scene, and the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of Henry IV Part 1 and Richard III.
In addition to the play production, we are pleased to announce three world-class National Forum keynote speakers.
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, is President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).  He is one of the nation's leading authorities on health care quality and improvement. He is also clinical professor of pediatrics and health care policy at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Berwick has served as vice chair of the US Preventive Services Task Force, the first “Independent Member” of the Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association, and as chair on the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. An elected member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Dr. Berwick now serves on the IOM’s Governing Council. Dr. Berwick is the author of numerous articles and books, including Curing Health Care andEscape Fire.
Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief, Health Affairs, joined the journal after and a decade as the on-air health correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. Health Affairs, which has been called the nation’s health policy “Bible,” is a peer-reviewed journal that appears bimonthly in print with additional online entries published weekly. The journal and website, based in Bethesda, MD, are published by Project HOPE, the health education and humanitarian assistance organization that operates programs in 36 countries around the world.
John A. Kitzhaber, MD, President, Estes Park Institute, is also Director for the Center for Evidence-Based Policy at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. He holds an endowed Chair on Health Care Policy with The Foundation for Medical Excellence. A former Senator and two-term Governor of Oregon, Dr. Kitzhaber was instrumental in creating the state’s groundbreaking Oregon Health Plan. In 2006 he launched The Archimedes Movement, a catalyst organization whose vision is to drive the national debate on creating a more equitable and sustainable US health care system.