2024 Chief Medical Officer Leadership Summit

July 15-16, 2024 * JW Marriott * Nashville, TN

2024 Chief Medical Officer Leadership Summit

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The role of the chief medical officer (CMO) has rapidly evolved as the healthcare environment has grown more complex. It is important for today’s healthcare leaders to train and prepare the next generation of CMOs to successfully meet both the clinical and business demands of this position. This conference will administrative and leadership topics that are critical to CMOs’ success. We will highlight the current challenges and opportunities through visionary conference sessions and keynote presentations delivered by your most esteemed peers and thought leaders from leading hospitals and health systems.
Who Should Attend?
From Hospitals/Health Systems

  • Chief Medical Officers
  • Chief Medical Directors
  • Medical Directors
  • Nursing Directors
  • CFO
  • CEO
  • Chief Physician Executive
  • Patient Experience Officer
  • Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Patient Engagement Officer
  • Operations

Conference Agenda

Day One - Monday, July 15, 2024

7:15am – 8:00am
Conference Registration & Networking Breakfast 

8:00am – 8:10am
Chairperson’s Opening Remarks 

8:10am – 8:50am
How CMOs Must Evolve to Lead the Next Generation of Healthcare
Traditionally, the US healthcare system has been siloed. Various stakeholders – patients, payors and providers – have their own perspectives on healthcare, making it difficult to work across lines with each other.

Providers historically have focused exclusively on cost containment while patients and payors (including state and federal agencies) have started to demand better quality and outcomes – as well as lower costs. Because of this divide, physicians are accustomed to operating almost autonomously.

Over the years, however, it’s become impossible for these disparate groups to work as separate entities. To meet the growing demand for higher quality, physicians have been forced to learn to align their goals with patients and payors. Naturally, the role of spearheading this integration rests with a chief medical officer (CMO). But to keep pace with the rapid evolution of health care, CMOs must be ready and willing to pivot on a dime. This session will explore how CMOs are the nexus of this shift. 

Zafar Akram Jamkhana
Interim Chief Medical Officer
SSM Health Saint Louis University 

8:50am – 9:30am
Striking a Balance: Navigating the Dual Roles of Chief Medical Officer and Physician
Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) play a vital role in healthcare organizations, bridging the gap between clinical practice and administrative management. However, this dual responsibility often presents a unique challenge, as CMOs may be torn between the organization’s interests and their fellow physicians’ ideals. This is the number one challenge for chief medical officers. This session will offer practical strategies for healthcare leaders to navigate these conflicting roles, ensuring the best possible outcomes for patients, physicians and the organization.

James Keller MD MHSA
Chief Medical Officer
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital 

9:30am – 10:00am
Networking & Refreshments Break 

10:0am – 10:40am
How CMOs Must Evolve to Lead the Next Generation of Healthcare
Traditionally, the US healthcare system has been siloed. Various stakeholders – patients, payors and providers – have their own perspectives on healthcare, making it difficult to work across lines with each other.

Providers historically have focused exclusively on cost containment while patients and payors (including state and federal agencies) have started to demand better quality and outcomes – as well as lower costs. Because of this divide, physicians are accustomed to operating almost autonomously.

Over the years, however, it’s become impossible for these disparate groups to work as separate entities. To meet the growing demand for higher quality, physicians have been forced to learn to align their goals with patients and payors. Naturally, the role of spearheading this integration rests with a chief medical officer (CMO). But to keep pace with the rapid evolution of health care, CMOs must be ready and willing to pivot on a dime. This session will explore how CMOs are the nexus of this shift.

Ronak Bhimani
Chief Medical Officer
Lower Bucks Hospital 

10:40am – 11:20am
Communications Principles to Become an Influential Chief Medical Officer
One of the greatest challenges for chief medical officers is exerting influence with both clinicians and other members of the C-suite. It’s also a tremendous opportunity to drive meaningful change for the organization, improve the quality of care patients receive, and increase physician engagement and satisfaction. This session will explore principles for becoming a skilled influencer.

Dale Criner, MD, MBA
Vice President/Chief Medical Officer
President – Memphis Medical Society
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare – Germantown Hospital

11:20am – 12:00pm
Suki Presentation 

12:00pm – 12:40pm
Leading a Connected, Engaged Clinical Team
Establishing effective communication is crucial in leading a large health system. It is also essential to bridge the gap between the corporate leadership and the frontline. This session will explore the challenges of serving as CMO of a large health system, care transformation initiatives, and the keys to success in hospital medicine.

Erik C. Summers, MD, FACP
Chief Medical Officer
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Associate Professor, Section on Hospital Medicine
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist / Wake Forest University Medicine

12:40pm
Luncheon
 

1:30pm – 2:15pm
Preparing the Next Generation of Chief Medical Officers in an Evolving Landscape
As the healthcare industry rapidly evolves and top medical talent becomes scarce, the healthcare industry is facing a shortage of experienced chief medical officer (CMO) successors. To successfully meet the clinical and business demands of this complex role, CEOs and current CMOs must begin proactively preparing the next generation of medical leaders. This session will explore the current state of CMOs, and identified key growth and development areas for aspiring CMOs.

Herman Williams, MD, MBA, MPH
Chief Medical Officer
Nashville General Hospital 

2:15pm – 3:15pm
Panel: Chief Medical Officer Leadership Styles
Chief Medical Officers are important players within the healthcare industry. They are physician leaders who play a big role in providing high-quality patient care for patients, and they can have a great impact on the overall performance of their hospitals. This session will explore Chief Medical Officer leadership characteristics through the lens of different leadership approaches.

Herman Williams, MD, MBA, MPH
Chief Medical Officer
Nashville General Hospital 

Vanessa Carroll, MD, MBA, FAAP
CMO
Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital

3:15pm – 3:45pm
Networking Break
 

3:45pm – 4:30pm
Hospital Call Pay
Hospital call pay has become an increasingly difficult situation across the country. There are limited resources available locally to help make informed decisions on what the rate should be. Systems are constantly being pitted against each other by provider medical groups threatening to leave the call rotation. Discussion will involve what are current resources, what resources are needed and how do we attack this problem.

Anand Nayee MD, MBA
Chief Medical Officer St. Joseph North
Associate Chief Medical Officer St. Joseph Main 

4:30pm – 5:15pm
Scaling specialty care through telehealth, leveraging, business enterprise solutions to drive care to remote places. The Northern California VA Healthcare Experience
Telehealth has come to the fore during the pandemic. It was an opportunity to examine whether  Telehealth will deliver on its promises to scale access to care. The Northern California healthcare system is one of the largest healthcare systems in  VHA covering most of the territory of the Northern state.  Much of it is rural. In what is coming we will detail the operation of how we were successful in managing an operation across a span of half the state, through multiple clinics spread across NorCal, and bring specialty care  to include retinal screening for diabetic retinopathies, dermatology specialists evaluation, neurology, mental health, sleep medicine,  reach-out efforts to educate veterans about available services using Twilio  that ended being deployed nationally.  All while maintaining integrity and compliance and satisfying the requirements for quality assurance service for both staff and patients alike.

Alon Ben-Ari, MD MSc
CMIO
VA Health Administration 

5:15 pm
End of Day One

Day Two – Tuesday, July 16, 2024
7:15am – 8:00am
Networking Breakfast 

8:00am – 8:10am
Chairperson’s Recap 

8:10am – 8:50am
Navigating the Changing Healthcare Landscape: Understanding the Evolving Roles of CMOs
The expectations and responsibilities of a hospital’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) have evolved dramatically over the past decade. In order to remain effective, CMOs have had to step into new roles and take on additional responsibilities. Physicians and hospital executives are encouraged to move from fee-for-service medicine to value-based reimbursement models that reward quality over quantity. Many hospitals are under pressure from state-funded insurance programs and private insurers to reduce cost burdens while improving the quality of care they provide. This session will explore how CMOs have an important role in helping their organizations respond effectively to these new challenges. Therefore, CMOs should be viewed not only as clinical leaders but also as business leaders who can help transform their organizations’ cultures while driving innovation and productivity gains that improve the quality of patient care.

Thomas Cummins
Chief Medical Officer
Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford 

8:50am – 9:30am
Why Your Organization Needs a Chief Medical Officer
A chief medical officer (CMO) is a role you commonly encounter in healthcare, biotech and pharmaceutical companies. However, the CMO role has been garnering more attention as a response to changing healthcare needs brought on by the pandemic. Nowadays, many companies are adding CMOs to their C-suite – and this session will explore the reasons why you should, too.

Shehzad A Saeed, MD, FAAP, AGAF, NASPGHAN-F
Associate Chief Medical Officer
Physician Lead, Patient and Family Experience
Dayton’s Children’s Hospital 

9:30am – 10:00am
Networking & Refreshments Break 

10:00am – 10:40am
How CMOs Can Leverage Clinical Informatics for Optimal Results
Clinical informatics programs have the potential to advance strategic goals for higher quality care, population health management, cost containment, physician satisfaction, and more. But many health systems don’t realize the full benefits of these programs as a result of organizational structures or hiring decisions. Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) are in a unique position to elevate these programs to achieve important organizational goals by embracing strategic collaboration. This session will explore how CMOs can partner with Chief Medical Informatics Officers and clinical informatics teams to promote technology innovation that enhances workflows, reduces administrative burden, and supports high-quality patient care.

Eric J. Schuck, MD, MBA, FAAP
Regional Chief Medical Officer
Trinity Health Georgia

10:40am – 11:20am
Leveraging Technology to Improve Care Coordination, Discharge Planning and Transitions of Care
In these challenging times in healthcare with overcrowded Emergency Departments, staff who struggle with addressing barriers to providing care and maintaining personal resilience, an increase in workplace violence, and the need to address social determinants of care, it has never been more important for leaders to support their teams and address these concerns. It is critical that Leaders become innovative and embrace technology solutions to support a seamless delivery of care. In this session, the Learner will:   

  1. Identify key challenges in performance outcomes in Staff Resiliency, Length of Stay, Transitions of Care and Care Coordination
  2. Explore Innovative Strategies and Technology To:
    a. Enhance Staff Resilience and Emotional Well-Being
    b. Reduce LOS through Discharge Milestone Development
    c. Development of an EMR Care Map to reduce LOS
    d. Institute Telehealth Visits for Transitional Care Management                            

Julie L. Mirkin, DNP, MA ACM-RN, Wharton Fellow
Senior Vice President / Chief Nursing Officer
The Brookdale Hospital Medical Center

11:20am – 12:00pm
What a CMO Needs to Know About Risk Management: Key Ingredients for Success
This session will present real life examples that deepen and color a set of core tenets that leaders can use to mitigate risk and optimize quality and safety for patients and caregivers. We’ll explore opportunities to optimize learning and partnership with your local risk management team, and identify behaviors a CMO can exhibit to enhance risk management at your hospital or health system.

Robert A. DeColli Jr. DO, MBA, CPE, FACOI
Chief Medical Officer (CMO)
Memphis Health Center

12:00pm – 12:40pm
Safeguarding Healthcare: Prepare for Workplace Violence or Cybersecurity Operations
 In today’s evolving healthcare landscape, prioritizing the safety and readiness of healthcare facilities, staff, patients, and visitors is imperative. This presentation highlights the critical importance of addressing workplace violence and cybersecurity preparedness, two of the most pressing threats facing healthcare organizations.

We will discuss the reasons why these threats pose significant challenges to the healthcare sector by examining the unique complexities and risks involved. From there we will move to the challenges of preparing for and responding to these incidents.

Lastly, we’ll explore preparedness efforts that can be undertaken to mitigate these risks effectively. By examining real-world case studies and best practices, attendees will gain valuable insights into improving their organization’s resilience against workplace violence and cyber threats. Ultimately, participants will be prompted to reassess their current preparedness strategies and consider practical steps to enhance their organization’s ability to mitigate, respond to, and recover from these critical incidents

Eric Sean Clay, MBA, CHPA, CPP, PSP, PCI
Vice President of Security
Memorial Hermann Health System

Adam Lee, MBA, MS, CEM®
Director, Emergency Management & Organizational Resilience
Memorial Hermann Health System

12:40pm
Conference Concludes 

Workshop - Tuesday, July 16, 2024

12:45pm – 2:45pm
Navigating Challenges While Prioritizing Care
Navigating nationwide staffing shortages while maintaining quality of care are just two of the many mounting challenges chief medical officers face, and seek to overcome, right now. There are so many forces to navigate including operations, finance, state budgets, health disparities and family needs and expectations. It’s important to never compromise on quality or safety, though challenging to continue to fund needed services and resources in the face of increasing financial pressures. These increasing pressures are something CMOs are feeling in health systems everywhere. In this session, hear what is top of mind for CMOs in today’s current healthcare environment.

Lisa Herbert, MD, FAAFP, CPEC
Executive Leadership Coach at CEO & Founder
Just The Right Balance LLC

Featured Speakers

Imran Siddiqui

Imran Siddiqui

Chief Medical Officer, Physician Executive

Desert Valley Hospital & Medical Group
Zafar Akram Jamkhana

Zafar Akram Jamkhana

Interim Chief Medical Officer

SSM Health Saint Louis University
James Keller MD MHSA

James Keller MD MHSA

Chief Medical Officer

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
Ronak Bhimani

Ronak Bhimani

Chief Medical Officer

Lower Bucks Hospital
Dale Criner, MD, MBA

Dale Criner, MD, MBA

Vice President/Chief Medical Officer

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare – Germantown Hospital
Erik C. Summers, MD, FACP

Erik C. Summers, MD, FACP

Chief Medical Officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Associate Professor
Section on Hospital Medicine
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist / Wake Forest University Medicine
Herman Williams, MD, MBA, MPH

Herman Williams, MD, MBA, MPH

Chief Medical Officer

Nashville General Hospital

Vanessa Carroll, MD, MBA, FAAP

Vanessa Carroll, MD, MBA, FAAP

Chief Medical Officer

Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital
Anand Nayee MD, MBA

Anand Nayee MD, MBA

Chief Medical Officer St. Joseph North

Associate Chief Medical Officer St. Joseph Main
Alon Ben-Ari, MD MSc

Alon Ben-Ari, MD MSc

CMIO

VA Health Administration
Thomas Cummins

Thomas Cummins

Chief Medical Officer

Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford
Eric J. Schuck, MD, MBA, FAAP

Eric J. Schuck, MD, MBA, FAAP

Regional Chief Medical Officer

Trinity Health Georgia
Shehzad A Saeed, MD, FAAP, AGAF, NASPGHAN-F

Shehzad A Saeed, MD, FAAP, AGAF, NASPGHAN-F

Associate Chief Medical Officer Physician Lead

Patient and Family Experience
Dayton Children’s Hospital

Julie L. Mirkin, DNP, MA ACM-RN, Wharton Fellow

Julie L. Mirkin, DNP, MA ACM-RN, Wharton Fellow

Senior Vice President / Chief Nursing Officer

The Brookdale Hospital Medical Center
Robert A. DeColli Jr. DO, MBA, CPE, FACOI

Robert A. DeColli Jr. DO, MBA, CPE, FACOI

Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

Memphis Health Center
Eric Sean Clay, MBA, CHPA, CPP, PSP, PCI

Eric Sean Clay, MBA, CHPA, CPP, PSP, PCI

Vice President of Security

Memorial Hermann Health System

Adam Lee, MBA, MS, CEM®

Adam Lee, MBA, MS, CEM®

Director, Emergency Management & Organizational Resilience

Memorial Hermann Health System

Venue
JW Marriott Nashville
201 8th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
615-291-8600

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  • Business casual. Meeting rooms can sometimes be cold so we recommend a sweater or light jacket
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