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Keynotes

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Hear engaging keynotes from inspiring visionaries making a difference as it relates to health care. The 2018 lineup is just getting started!

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Z. Dogg
Z. Dogg

Donald M. Berwick
President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, IHI

Zubin "ZDoggM​D" Damania, MD
Founder, Turntable Health; Internist

Derek Feeley
President and CEO, IHI



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Z. Dogg
Z. Dogg

Gregory Boyle
Founder and CEO, Homeboy Industries

Celine Gounder, MD
Internist; Journalist, Filmaker, and one of People Magazine's "25 Women Changing the World"

Jason Leitch 
National Clinical Director, 
H​ealthcare Quality and Strategy, Scottish Government​

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Jason Leitch

Maureen Bisognano
President Emerita and Senior Fellow, IHI

Vania Deonizio
Founder and Executive Director, Dancin Power

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Donald Berwick, MD​​​​​​Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, is also former Admin​istrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 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 160 scientific articles and five books. He also serves as Lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.​ 

ZDoggMD​​​​Zubin "ZDoggMD" Damania, MD, is an internist and founder of Turntable Health, an innovative health care startup that was part of an ambitious urban revitalization movement in Las Vegas spearheaded by Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh. During his decade-long career as a hospitalist at Stanford, Dr. Damania won clinical teaching awards while simultaneously maintaining a shadow career performing stand-up comedy for medical audiences worldwide. His videos and live shows, created under the pseudonym ZDoggMD, have gone epidemically viral with nearly a half billion views on Facebook and YouTube, educating patients and providers while mercilessly satirizing our dysfunctional health care system.

Derek Feeley​​​​​​Derek Feeley, President and CEO, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), previously served as IHI’s Executive Vice President from 2013 to 2015, during which time he had executive-level responsibility for driving IHI’s strategy in five focus areas: Improvement C​apability; Person- and Family-Centered Care; Patient Safety; Quality, Cost, and Value; and the Triple Aim. Prior to joining IHI in 2013, Mr. Feeley served as D​irector General for Health and Social Care in the Scottish Government and Chief Executive of the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland. In that role, he was the principal advisor to the Scottish Government on health and health care policy and on public service improvement. He also provided leadership to NHS Scotland’s 140,000 staff in their delivery of high-quality health and health care. In 2013, Mr. Feeley was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in recognition of his services to health and health care.

Greg Boyle​​​​Gregory Boyle, Founder and CEO, Homeboy Industries, has dedicated his life to helping Los Angeles’ most marginalized individuals find a place in society’s ranks. He was recently selected as one of the White House Champions of Change. A native of LA and ordained a Jesuit priest in 1984, Boyle was transformed by his work in Bolivia, Mexico, and Folsom Prison with those who “live at the margins.” His dedication to finding a place for all in our society brought him to the Boyle Heights community of East Los Angeles, where he served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest parish in the city, from 1986 through 1992. It was there that Father Boyle started what would become Homeboy Industries in 1988, a nonprofit organization that is now the largest gang intervention, rehab, and re-entry program in the world, helping 15,000 individuals each year. As Boyle puts it, “We are not for those who need help, only for those who want it. We don’t just provide wrap-around services, but we are a ‘wrap-around community.’” Homeboy believes in investing in people and providing a path to change for those seeking a better life. They employ and train hundreds of former gang members every year in seven social enterprises (including silkscreen and embroidery, a bakery, merchandise, and a café) and offer free services such as tattoo removal (over 36,000 per year), GED programs, and skills classes.

Celine Gounder​​​​Celine Gounder, MD, is a practicing HIV/infectious diseases specialist and internist, epidemiologist, journalist, filmmaker, and storyteller. Over the past year, Dr. Gounder has been on an “ill-health tour” of the US, caring for patients in disease hotspots throughout the country. In early 2015, she was a volunteer Ebola aid worker in Guinea and she is currently making “Dying to Talk,” a feature-length documentary about the Guinea Ebola epidemic. Between 1998 and 2012, she studied TB and HIV in South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Ethiopia, and Brazil. While on faculty at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Gounder was the Director for Delivery for the Gates Foundation-funded Consortium to Respond Effectively to the AIDS/TB Epidemic (CREATE). She later served as Assistant Commissioner and Director of the Bureau of Tuberculosis Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She is the host and producer of “In Sickness and in Health,” a podcast on health and social justice. Dr. Gounder has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker and The Atlantic, and she’s a frequent expert guest on MSNBC, CNN, and other television programs. She’s best known for her print and TV coverage of the Ebola, Zika, and opioid abuse epidemics. Dr. Gounder is a consultant for TEDMED and serves on TEDMED’s Editorial Advisory Board. She was named one of People Magazine’s “25 Women Changing the World.”​ 

Celine Gounder​​​​Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Healthcare Quality and Strategy, Scottish Government, has worked for the Scottish Government since 2007. In January 2015 he was appointed as the National Clinical Director in the Health and Social Care Directorate. He is a Scottish Government Director, a member of the Health and Social Care Management Board, and one of the senior team responsible for the National Health Service in Scotland. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee. Professor Leitch was named the 2011 UK Clinician of the Year. In 2005-2006, he was a Quality Improvement Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, sponsored by the Health Foundation. He is a trustee of the UK wing of the Indian Rural Evangelical Fellowship, which runs orphanages in southeast India. He has a doctorate from the University of Glasgow, an MPH from Harvard, and is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.​

Maureen Bisognano​​​​Maureen Bisognano, President Emerita and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), previously served as IHI’s President and CEO from 2010 to 2015, and as Executive Vice President and COO from 1995 to 2010. She is a prominent authority on improving health care systems, advises leaders around the world, and is a frequent speaker at major health care conferences. Ms. Bisognano is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a Research Associate in the Brigham and Women's Hospital Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities. She currently serves on the boards of The Commonwealth Fund, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, and on the Advisory Board of County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. Prior to joining IHI, she was CEO of the Massachusetts Respiratory Hospital and Senior Vice President of The Juran Institute.

Vania Deonizio​​​​Vania Deonizio, founder and Executive Director, Dancin Power, is a dancer, choreographer, and an advocate for cultural change fighting for hospitals to treat humans as individuals who benefit from having access to creative and expressive arts during hospitalization. Born in Rio de Janeiro and raised throughout Brazil, Vania founded Dancin Power in the spring of 2006, while living in the United States. Thanks to her passion and determination, today, more 16,000 hospitalized children and their families at eight children’s hospitals across the United States have been positively impacted by the power of music, movement, mindfulness, and dance. After years of seeing the practical impact of her work, she decided to delve into the academic perspective and has been pursuing a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy. Vania has been featured by NBC, NowThis, and The Huffington Post, where a video of her work went viral, garnering the attention of millions of viewers worldwide. She has been awarded the Front Line Scholar Award from TEDMED and was recently named by the British Medical Journal as their International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare 2018’s Artist-in-Health Resident.