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


Read an interview with Dr. Denis A. Cortese


Dr. Denis A. Cortese
Foundation Professor
Director, Health Care Delivery
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   

Read an interview with Dr. Brent C. James


Dr. Brent C. James
Chief Quality Officer and Executive Director
Institute for Healthcare Leadership
Intermountain Healthcare

Brent James is known internationally for his work in clinical quality improvement, patient safety and the infrastructure that underlies successful improvement efforts, such as culture change, data systems, payment methods and management roles. He is a member of the National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine and participated in many of that organization's seminal works on quality and patient safety. He is a fellow of the American College of Physician Executives and holds faculty appointments at the University of Utah School of Medicine (family medicine and biomedical informatics), Harvard School of Public Health (health policy and management), and the University of Sydney, Australia, School of Public Health.

He is chief quality officer and executive director of the Institute for Healthcare Leadership at Intermountain Healthcare based in Salt Lake City. Intermountain is an integrated system of 22 hospitals, 200 clinics, a 1,000-plus member physician group, and an HMO/PPO insurance plan jointly responsible for more than 750,000 covered lives serving patients in Utah, Idaho and, at a tertiary level, seven surrounding states. Through the Intermountain Advanced Training Program in Clinical Practice Improve­ment (ATP), he has trained more than 5,000 senior physician, nursing and administra­tive executives, drawn from around the world, in clinical management methods with proven improvement results as well as more than 50 “daughter” training programs in nine countries.

He has been honored with a series of awards for quality in healthcare delivery, including the Deming Cup from Columbia University School of Business and the C. Jackson Grayson Medal, Distinguished Quality Pioneer from the American Quality and Productivity Center. For eight of the nine years it has been in existence, he has been named among Modern Physician's "50 Most Influential Physician Executives in Healthcare." He also has been named one of Modern Physician's "100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare" for more than five years and one of its "25 Top Clinical Informaticists."

Before coming to Intermountain, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health providing statistical support for the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and staffed the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.

James holds a B.S. in computer science (electrical engineering) and medical biology, an M.D. with residency training in general surgery and oncology, and an M.S. in statistics. He serves on several nonprofit boards of trustees dedicated to clinical improvement.


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