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David Michaels, MD
Professor, George Washington University, Milken Institute of Public Health
Former United States Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health​​​
Dr. David Michaels is an epidemiologist with extensive experience in research, regulatory and public policy, and program administration. From 2009 to January 2017, Dr. Michaels served as the United States Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.  Appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously​ confirmed by the United States Senate, Dr. Michaels was the longest serving Assistant Secretary in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration​’s history.
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Kaveh Shojania, MD
Director, Centre for Quality and Improvement and Patient Safety, University of Toronto
Editor-in-Chief, BMJ Quality & Safety​​
​​Dr. Kaveh Shojania is director of the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the University of Toronto, where he is a hospital-based general internist, and since 2011 he has been Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety. He was involved in the development of the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) PSNet website – which provides annotated links to patient safety literature and news, and receives over one million unique visits per year – as well as development of the AHRQ website WebM&M. He received a John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Award for work in patient safety that has had an impact at a national level.
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Angela Shippy, MD, FHM
Chief Quality Officer
Memorial Hermann Health System​
​​​Angela A. Shippy, MD, FHM, has oversight for clinical quality, patient safety, infection prevention, registry reporting, clinical quality review, quality data management and high reliability across Memorial Hermann Health System’s 12 hospitals, including three in the Texas Medical Center. In this role, she works to advance Memorial Hermann’s uncompromising commitment to quality care, patient safety, and developing programs that further cultivate quality improvement.
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Jeffrey Cooper, PhD
Professor of Anaesthesia, HMS
Founder, Center for Medical Simulation​
​​Jeffrey B. Cooper, PhD, has been awarded several honors for his work in patient safety, including the 2003 John M. Eisenberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in Patient Safety from the National Quality Forum and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, and the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americ​​an Academy of Clinical Engineering. In 2009, the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine of the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) established the Jeffrey B. Cooper Patient Safety award in his honor.​
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Linda Kenney
Executive Director and President, MITSS​
​​Linda Kenney is executive director and president of Medically Induced Trauma Support Services, Inc. She founded the organization in 2002 as the result of a personal experience with a near-fatal medical event. Since then, she has been at the forefront of the patient safety movement, inspiring organizations to tackle the challenges impairing effective disclosure, apology, and support programs for patients, families, clinicians, and staff. Linda has received an HRET/AHA Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship and the National Patient Safety Foundation’s esteemed Socius Award.
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Fernanda Ghi & Guillermo Merlo
Founders, Instructors, Artango Dance Company​​

Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo are 1999 World Tango Champions and 1998 Tony Award nominees for their choreography in the Broadway sensation Forever Tango. They conceived, choreographed, directed and starred in the international hit Tango Dreams, and they are also featured in the PBS special Tango Magic, and Miami filmmaker Pablo Alsina's short film The Painting. As part of their keynote with Jeffr​​​​ey Cooper, PhD and Linda Kenney, they will offer an experiential learning opportunity that will touch on partnership, empathy and communication.​

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