Keynote Speakers

This year’s keynote speakers are among the leaders in healthcare and all have a passion for telemedicine technology and its unique relationship to the patient. Telemedicine saves lives and no one knows this better than the ATA 2014 keynote speakers. Whether it’s extending quality healthcare to isolated regions, expanding healthcare benefits to keep costs down and better meet the needs of the insured, or expanding remote medical service to our nation’s soldiers, these individuals don’t just talk the talk. Please join us for three outstanding keynotes at ATA 2014.

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Opening Plenary;
 Sunday, May 18
Paul Farmer, MD, Ph.D.
Global Humanitarian 

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has dedicated his life to improving health care for the world's poorest people. He is a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that since 1987 has provided direct health care services and undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer began his lifelong commitment to Haiti in 1983 while still a student, working with dispossessed farmers in Haiti’s Central Plateau. Starting with a one-building clinic in the village of Cange, Partners In Health’s project in Haiti has grown to a multi-service health complex that includes a primary school, an infirmary, a surgery wing, a training program for health outreach workers, a 104-bed hospital, a women’s clinic, and a pediatric care facility. Over the past twenty years, PIH has expanded operations to twelve sites throughout Haiti and twelve additional countries around the globe. The work has become a model for health care for poor communities worldwide: Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in the US and abroad have pioneered novel community-based treatment strategies that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care in resource-poor settings.

Monday Morning Plenary;
 Monday, May 19
UnitedHealth Group
Stephen J. Hemsley
President and Chief Executive Officer
UnitedHealth Group

Stephen J. Hemsley is president and chief executive officer of UnitedHealth Group, a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health care system work better for everyone.  UnitedHealth Group provides a comprehensive array of health benefits and health services that help to improve the affordability, accessibility, quality and convenience of health care.  Mr. Hemsley also serves as a member of the company’s board of directors.

He previously served as president and chief operating officer, UnitedHealth Group.  Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group as senior executive vice president in 1997, Mr. Hemsley was managing partner in strategy and planning and chief financial officer for Arthur Andersen, LLP.

Mr. Hemsley has served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards. His philanthropic interests focus on health care, education, and religious and social services, principally in the Twin Cities area.  He is currently a lay member on the board of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and a Trustee of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.  Mr. Hemsley earned a B.S. degree in accounting from Fordham University in 1974.

Reed V. Tuckson, MD, FACP
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.

Tuesday Plenary;
 Tuesday, May 20
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Jonathan Woodson, MD  
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs

Dr. Jonathan Woodson is the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. In this role, he administers the more than $50 billion Military Health System (MHS) budget and serves as principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for health issues. The MHS comprises over 133,000 military and civilian doctors, nurses, medical educators, researchers, healthcare providers, allied health professionals, and health administration personnel worldwide, providing our nation with an unequalled integrated healthcare delivery, expeditionary medical, educational, and research capability.

Dr. Woodson ensures the effective execution of the Department of Defense (DoD) medical mission. He oversees the development of medical policies, analyses, and recommendations to the Secretary of Defense and the Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness, and issues guidance to DoD components on medical matters. He also serves as the principal advisor to the Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness on matters of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) medical defense programs and deployment matters pertaining to force health.