Keynote Speakers

Sunday, May 3 >> Opening Plenary

An Afternoon with Sanjay Gupta

Sanjay Gupta, MD

Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the multiple Emmy-award winning chief medical correspondent for CNN. Gupta, a practicing neurosurgeon, plays an integral role in CNN’s reporting on health and medical news for American Morning, Anderson Cooper 360°, CNN documentaries, and anchors the weekend medical affairs program Sanjay Gupta, MD. Gupta also contributes to and His medical training and public health policy experience distinguish his reporting on a range of medical and scientific topics including brain injury, disaster recovery, health care reform, fitness, military medicine, HIV/AIDS, and other areas.

Yulun Wang, PhD
President, American Telemedicine Association
CEO, InTouch Health

Yulun Wang, Ph.D., Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, InTouch Health, launched his career at the intersection of healthcare and technology with the founding of Computer Motion, Inc. and the invention of AESOP, the first FDA-cleared surgical robot. Under his leadership, Computer Motion went public in 1997 and later merged with Intuitive Surgical to forge the multi-billion dollar surgical robotics industry. In 2002, Dr. Wang founded InTouch Health which has been recognized as one of the fastest growing healthcare and technology companies by the likes of Inc. 500 and Deloitte 500. Dr. Wang has received multiple entrepreneurship and leadership awards and was elected to the prestigious ranks of the National Academy of Engineering in 2011. Author to more than 50 publications and 100 registered patents, he is a member of the University of California, Santa Barbara's Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board, the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Board of Directors, and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Board of Directors, where he also serves as an officer. Frequently invited to speak at noteworthy meetings and events, Dr. Wang has appeared on the Today Show, CNN and other nationally televised news programs. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering specializing in Robotics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

LTG (Ret.) James Peake, MD
Vice President, American Telemedicine Association
Senior Vice President, CGI Federal
Former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs

LTG (Ret.) James Peake, MD was nominated by President George W. Bush to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs on October 30, 2007. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on December 14, 2007, and served from December 2007 through January 2009.

Dr. Peake was the principal advocate for veterans in the U.S. government and directed the nation's second largest cabinet department, responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs, and national cemeteries for America's veterans and dependents. During his tenure VA employed more than 280,000 people at hundreds of medical centers, nursing homes, benefits offices, and national cemeteries throughout the country. VA's budget for fiscal year 2009 was $97.5 billion.

A St. Louis, MO native, Peake received his Bachelor of Science degree from U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1966 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. Following service in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division where he was awarded the Silver Star, a Bronze Star with "V" device and the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, Peake entered medical school at Cornell University in New York. He was awarded a medical doctorate in 1972.

Dr. Peake served U.S. Army Surgeon General from 2000 to 2004. As Army Surgeon General, he commanded 50,000 medical personnel and 187 army medical facilities worldwide. Prior to that, he served as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School, one of the largest medical training facilities in the world with 30,000 students annually.

Monday, May 4 
>> Morning Plenary

Patrick Soon-Shiong

A Fundamental Change in Healthcare in the Era of Big Data and Augmented Intelligence

Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, FRCS (C), FACS
Chairman and CEO, NantHealth

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong a physician, surgeon and scientist, has pioneered novel therapies for both diabetes and cancer, published over 100 scientific papers, and has over 95 issued patents on groundbreaking advancements spanning myriad    fields. 

Dr. Soon-Shiong performed the world’s first encapsulated human islet transplant, the first engineered islet cell transpant and the first pig to man islet cell transplant in diabetic patients. He invented and developed Abraxane, the nation’s first FDA approved protein nanoparticle albumin-bound delivery technology for the treatment of cancer. Abraxane was approved by the FDA for metastatic breast cancer in 2005, lung cancer in 2012, and pancreatic cancer in 2013. In 2014 Phase 3 trials revealed a 48 percent pathological complete remission in triple negative breast cancer with Abraxane treatment prior to     surgery. 

From 1997 to 2010 Dr. Soon-Shiong has served as founder, Chairman and CEO of two global pharmaceutical companies, American Pharmacuetical Partners and Abraxis BioScience. Both were aqcuired for multi-billion dollars in 2008 and 2010. In 2011 he founded NantWorks, an ecosystem of companies to create a transformative global health information and next generation pharmaceutical development network, for the secure sharing of genetic and medical information - empowering doctors to treat patients with proven precision at the first point of care and, ultimately, improving the lives of individuals, everywhere.  

Dr. Soon-Shiong serves as Chairman of the Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation and Chairman and CEO of the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine, a non- profit medical reasearch organization. He currently co-chairs the CEO Council for Health and Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center and is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Bank of America. He is an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at UCLA, a visiting Professor at the Imperial College of London, the Executive Director of the UCLA Wireless Health Institute, a board member of the California Telehealth Network, and global director for Cancer Services and Bioinformatics at Providence Health. The Friends of the National Library of Medicine has honored him with their Distinguished Medical Science Award.

Tuesday, May 5 >> Morning Plenary

Examining Diagnosis and Treatment by Telemedicine: What is Safe?

Technology has brought forward new approaches to diagnosing and treating illness supplanting the traditional office visit using a variety of technologies from online questionnaires to telephone interviews to video consults.  These innovations have fueled a debate among regulators, medical societies, clinicians and entrepreneurs about what is safe and what is not safe.  This session will include leading voices from across the spectrum on this critical issue.

Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP
President-Elect, American Telemedicine Association
Managing Director, Tuckson Health Connections, LLC

Reed V. Tuckson, MD is currently the managing director of Tuckson Health Connections, LLC, a health and medical care consulting business that brings people and ideas together to promote optimal health outcomes and value through innovation and integration across the fields of prevention; public health; consumer activation; quality care delivery; the translation of science and technology into value producing interventions; and optimization of big data and analytics.

Previously, he enjoyed a long tenure as Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs for UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune 25 health and wellbeing company, which includes the nation’s largest health insurer and the industry’s most comprehensive health services company.  A Section 16 officer of the company, Dr. Tuckson was a member of the Executive Operating Committee and responsible for oversight of the company’s Foundation.

Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH 
Associate Professor of Health Care Policy and Medicine, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School
Hospitalist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mehrotra received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Boston. Dr. Mehrotra’s research focuses on the cost and quality impact of innovations in healthcare delivery such as retail clinics, e-Visits, nurse-managed health centers, and telemedicine. His research and opinions are cited frequently in debates on whether these innovations improve patient care and used by payers on whether to reimburse for these innovations. 

Jack Resneck, Jr, MD
Professor and Vice-Chair of Dermatology
Core Faculty, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies
UCSF School of Medicine

Jack Resneck Jr., MD, a dermatologist and health policy expert from the San Francisco Bay Area, was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees in June 2014. Prior to his election, Dr. Resneck served the AMA as a member and chair of the AMA Council on Legislation and as a delegate to the AMA House of Delegates for the last decade.

Dr. Resneck is vice chair and professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and holds a joint appointment at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. He also directs the dermatology faculty practice clinics and the dermatology residency training program at UCSF. Dr. Resneck is deeply engaged in modernizing medical education and teaching the next generation of physicians, and currently chairs the committee that oversees UCSF’s innovative medical school curriculum.
Jack Resneck

Karen Rheuban, MD
Director, UVA Center for Telehealth
Professor of Pediatrics, Senior Associate Dean for CME and External Affairs

Dr. Karen Schulder Rheuban serves as Professor of Pediatrics, Senior Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education and External Affairs and Director of the Center for Telehealth at the University of Virginia. As a pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Rheuban provides care to patients with congenital and acquired heart disease. Dr. Rheuban is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Telemedicine Association. She is listed in the "Best Doctors in America" database, and was profiled in the National Library of Medicine's exhibit "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians."

Karen Rheuban

Kevin L. Smith, DNP, FNP, FAANP
Chief Clinical Officer, Zipnosis

Kevin L. Smith, DNP, FNP, FAANP is the Chief Clinical Officer at Zipnosis where he provides strategic leadership for the development and implementation of evidence based clinical guidelines for virtual care. In 1999, Dr. Smith co-founded QuickMedx, which became MinuteClinic, originating the retail health care industry. He served in leadership roles, including Director of Clinical Informatics, where he contributed to electronic health record design, integration of evidence based content, and quality control.

In both clinical practice and his doctoral studies, Dr. Smith has focused on innovative applications of technology, clinical decision support, and analytics to drive clinical quality improvement. His background includes family practice, retail health, nursing education, and professional speaking. He has a post-graduate certificate in health informatics and is adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. He is a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Kevin L. Smith, DNP, FNP, FAANP

Henry DePhillips, MD, FAAFP
Chief Medical Officer, Teladoc

Dr. Henry DePhillips, chief medical officer of Teladoc, is experienced in the practice of medicine, medical management and health informatics. In addition to practicing family medicine early in his career, his experience includes serving as senior medical director for a major managed care company and several medical technology companies, and serving in a business development capacity for a leading consulting firm. He is an expert on use of informatics to influence personal and clinical decision‐making.

At Teladoc, Henry is responsible for the overall delivery of high quality clinical care to Teladoc patients and the supervision and expansion of Teladoc’s physician network. He is passionate about the potential for technology to improve the quality of health care and believes that leveraging technology to allow patients to receive care when and where they want is a critical component to improving access to the medical system.
Henry DePhillips, MD, FAAFP