Healthcare Systems Process Improvement 2016
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Keynote Speakers

Be stimulated and inspired by healthcare leaders and experts during the keynote presentations. Keynote speakers will present their unique perspectives in healthcare.

Thursday, Feb. 18

Dr. Denis A. Cortese

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Dr. Denis A. Cortese
Foundation Professor
Director, Health Care Delivery and Policy Program
Arizona State University

Dr. Denis A. Cortese is a Foundation Professor at Arizona State University (ASU) in the College of Health Solutions, director of ASU's Health Care Delivery and Policy Program, and president of the nonprofit Healthcare Transformation Institute based in Phoenix. He is emeritus president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. Cortese also serves on the board of directors for Pinnacle West, Essence Global Holdings Corp., Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Cerner Corp.

His memberships in national and international organizations include the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, where he served as the original chair of the Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care; the National Associate designation with the National Research Council; and honorary member of the Royal College of Physicians (London) and the Academia Nacional de Medicina (Mexico). He formerly served in the following positions: member of the health advisory board of RAND; member and chair of the board of the Health Care Leadership Council in Washington, D.C.; member of the Harvard/Kennedy Health Policy Group; and member of the Division on Engineering and Physical Science (DEPS) of the National Academy of Engineering.

Education includes a B.S. from Franklin and Marshall, an M.D. from Temple University and residency training in internal medicine and pulmonary diseases at Mayo Clinic. Awards include an Ellis Island Award in 2007 and the National Healthcare Leadership Award in 2009.

Friday, FEB. 19   

Dr. James Rawson
P.L., J. Luther, and Ada Warren Endowed Chair
Chair of the Department of Radiology and Imaging
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Dr. James Rawson serves as the P.L., J. Luther, and Ada Warren Endowed Chair and chair of the Department of Radiology and Imaging at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. He has held this position for more than a decade. He graduated from Tufts Medical School in 1989. After an internship at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, he completed his radiology residency at New York Medical College in 1994. Rawson completed his training at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University with a fellowship in body MRI. He joined the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia in 1995. 

Rawson served as president of the Adult Medical Staff for three years. He builds collaborations. He has involved patient advisors in all construction and renovation projects since 2000 resulting in a department designed by patients and families. He led the team that developed the 15-year enterprisewide alliance for the health system with Philips. Currently, he is a board member of the Board of Chancellors of the American College of Radiology, the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, the Association of University Radiologists, and the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments. He is on the faculty advisory board for the NHS School for Health and Care Radicals.

He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American College of Radiology and Academic Radiology. His primary research interest is health policy, process improvement and innovative educational techniques.