Speakers showcase robotics knowledge

An impressive group of technology visionaries, leading surgeons, hospital executives and more joined the stage with Intuitive leadership during the 2018 dV360 users conference to share best practices, robotics program value and insights. Keynote speaker and former astronaut Captain Mark E. Kelly closed the conference with his inspirational life story demonstrating how dedication and persistence can help you tap into your potential for success in any competitive setting.

Captain Mark Kelly

Former U.S. Astronaut
Guest Speaker

Presentation:

Friday, November 9 | 11:15 am – 11:30 am
General Session & Keynote Address

A highly decorated American Astronaut and cancer survivor, Captain Mark Kelly was Commander of Space Shuttle Endeavor’s Final Mission. Continuing to secure his place in history, Kelly partnered with his identical twin brother Scott for NASA’s unprecedented yearlong space expedition and study of how space affects the human body. Already an experienced aviator and retired US Navy Captain, Kelly’s career as an astronaut began in 1996.

In January 2011, Kelly became the center of international attention following the assassination attempt of his wife, former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords — a story that captivated the nation and a recovery journey that has become a symbol for strength and perseverance.

Kelly offers insights drawn from his various missions as a pilot and space shuttle commander to serving as a caregiver throughout his wife’s recovery. His message is about commitment. A commitment to pursuing the things you love and care for and what it takes to accomplish those achievements — set goals, make a plan, understand the benefits of failure, and be willing to take the lead.

Jeff Buehrle

CFO, Banner Health

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
General Session

Jeff Buehrle serves as the Chief Financial Officer in the Banner Health System, overseeing Arizona’s rural hospitals that have multiple da Vinci Surgical Systems. He also serves as the President-Elect for the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Arizona Chapter.

Myriam J. Curet, MD

EVP & CMO, Intuitive

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
General Session

Myriam J. Curet, M.D. joined Intuitive in December 2005 as Chief Medical Advisor. Dr. Curet was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, in November 2017. She served as Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer from February 2014. For more than 17 years, Dr. Curet has also held a faculty position at Stanford University School of Medicine, serving as a Clinical Professor of Surgery since October 2015 with a part-time clinical appointment at the Palo Alto Veteran's Administration Medical Center.

Dr. Curet received her M.D. from Harvard Medical School and completed her general surgery residency program at the University of Chicago. She then worked for the Indian Health Service for four years before finishing her Surgical Endoscopy fellowship at the University of New Mexico. She was on the faculty at the University of New Mexico for six years prior to joining the Stanford University Department of Surgery in 2000.

Mark Delworth, MD

Medical Director & System Chief of Surgery
TriHealth Bethesda North Hospital

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 7:45 am – 9:45 am
General Session

Friday, November 9 | 10:15 am – 11:00 am
Reducing Variance & Data Tracking Through a Steering Committee — QAIM, Quality Outcomes

Mark Delworth, MD is the Medical Director of Robotics and President of the Medical Staff at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio as well as the System Chief of Surgery for the TriHealth system.  Since incorporating da Vinci into his practice in 2004, he has completed over 2200 procedures. Dr. Delworth graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1988 and received his surgical and urology training at the University of Kentucky.  He subsequently completed a Fellowship in Urologic Oncology from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Bob DeSantis

GM & SVP Instruments & Accessories, Intuitive

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 7:45 am – 9:45 am
General Session

Bob DeSantis has more than 25 years leading the development, commercialization and production of novel technologies for the surgical community.  Mr. DeSantis started his career at US Surgical and helped develop laparoscopic technologies enabling the first wave of minimally invasive surgery. At Covidien, he led the group that first commercialized single port surgery (SILS). Now, at Intuitive Surgical, Mr. DeSantis leads the Instrument and Accessory business unit charged with identifying, developing and producing products and solutions to help enable robotically assisted minimally invasive surgery.

Mr. DeSantis has a B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York in Buffalo, NY and a Certificate in Innovation Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA.

Darla Hutton

VP US Regional Marketing, Intuitive

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 7:45 am – 9:45 am
General Session

Prior to joining the US Marketing and Custom Analytics team at the start of 2018, Darla had been with Intuitive for 11.5 years in a variety of commercial leadership roles that focused on building robust da Vinci robotics programs, launching teams that could help accelerate the adoption of specialty specific service lines, and re-organizing the National Key Customer Group to work on expanding access to the entire Intuitive Ecosystem for our largest US for-profit, non-profit, and government health network customers.

She has a Master of Science degree from University of Tampa and early in her career worked as ARNP in cardiac surgery for a large academic center in Florida. She is supported at home in Florida by her spouse, Jennifer, and their two daughters Sofia (13) and Vivien (4). The entire family enjoys boating, adventure travel and the theater together.

Krish Bhadra, MD

CHI Memorial Health Care System

Presentations:

Thursday, November 8 | 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Building a Strong Thoracic Oncology Service Line

 

Kelli Brooks

Executive Director Perioperative Services, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, WV

Presentations:

Thursday, November 8 | 9:45 am – 10:30 am
The OR Experience: Driving towards a Strategically Aligned Robotics Program

Kelli J Brooks, RN, MHA is the Executive Director of Perioperative Services at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, WV. Mrs. Brooks began her career in Perioperative Services over 19 years ago and started as a Surgical Technologist, became a Registered Nurse that worked in the Operating Room, and has had steady progress up the Perioperative Services leadership chain over the last 10 years. She is responsible for all departments related to the surgical journey of a patient and promotes collaboration and culture change, strategic development and growth, supports quality improvement initiatives and evidence-based practices, and works to mentor and develop her own leaders through her own personal leadership training classes. She received her MHA through the University of Phoenix and is working to acquire her Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives designation.

During her time at Cabell Huntington Hospital, the Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery has received the designation of Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery. The Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery next steps are to become a Robotic epicenter for their region which provides an exceptional Robotic Residency Program at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University and to provide Robotic and Minimally Invasive capabilities for procedures in all service lines with exceptional patient experience and outstanding quality outcomes.

Jorge Campuzano

Service Product Marketing Specialist, Intuitive

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
The Fundamentals of the Customer Portal and System Maintenance Plan

Jorge began his career at Intuitive Surgical 16 years ago, the global technology leader in robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgery, and maker of the da Vinci® Robotic system. He has held positions as a Field Service Engineer, US Contract Renewal Specialist, Inside Sales Representative and most recently in the Services Marketing department. He is responsible for maintaining and developing service documentation, as well as supporting the service organization.
 
Prior to Intuitive, Jorge held positions at GE Healthcare and Instruments S.A. He is a DeVry Graduate.

Matt Carroll

Sr. Director Market Access and Custom Analytics, Intuitive

Presentations:

Thursday, November 8 | 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Reducing Variation Through a Highly Structured Program

Thursday, November 8 | 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Detecting Blind Spots using GPS - Analytics

Matt Carroll, Sr. Director Market Access and Custom Analytics s at Intuitive, has more than 16 years of evidence-based selling experience, working with key industry stakeholders and economic decision makers across the country. Prior to joining Intuitive, Mr. Carroll served as Director of Market Access at Baxter Healthcare’s Surgical Care Division working directly with regional and national IDN systems, Value Analysis Committees, Health Technology Assessment Committees, payers and policymakers to help breakdown market and patient access barriers.

Outside his professional career, Mr. Carroll proudly served his country in the United States Marines for 8 years, 4 years of which he served as a Squad Leader.

Claire Crabtree

Group Manager, Hospital & Patient Marketing, Intuitive

Presentation:

Friday, November 9 | 9:15 am – 10:00 am
Marketing a Robotics Program 1.0 — QAIM, Improved Patient Outcomes

Claire Crabtree is the Group Manager for Market Development and Education at Intuitive. In this role, Claire provides hospitals and surgeons resources to educate referring physicians and patients about da Vinci Surgery. From her 6 years with Intuitive, Claire understands that each patient’s surgery journey is unique and that their decision-making process is filled with complexity. With these educational resources, Claire hopes to help eliminate some of the complexity of the decision.

Mark Delworth, MD

Medical Director & System Chief of Surgery
TriHealth Bethesda North Hospital

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 7:45 am – 9:45 am
General Session

Friday, November 9 | 10:15 am – 11:00 am
Reducing Variance & Data Tracking Through a Steering Committee — QAIM, Quality Outcomes

Mark Delworth, MD is the Medical Director of Robotics and President of the Medical Staff at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio as well as the System Chief of Surgery for the TriHealth system.  Since incorporating da Vinci into his practice in 2004, he has completed over 2200 procedures. Dr. Delworth graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1988 and received his surgical and urology training at the University of Kentucky.  He subsequently completed a Fellowship in Urologic Oncology from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

John Dougherty

Sr. Director Global Genesis Programs, Intuitive

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Detecting Blind Spots using GPS — Support

John Dougherty, Sr. Director of Global Genesis Programs, joined Intuitive in July of 2007 from Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA, where he spent several years as the primary first assistant for da Vinci surgery. Since joining Intuitive, Mr. Dougherty has held several roles within the Customer Training, Product Education and Professional Services department, where he is currently responsible for all Genesis Program activities around the world. 

As a proud member of the Genesis team, Mr. Dougherty strives to help hospitals optimize quality, cost, and care by analyzing individual da Vinci programs and introducing best practices to help drive programmatic success.

Jennifer Espinal

Genesis Training Manager, Intuitive

Presentations:

Thursday, November 8 | 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Monday Morning Solutions from the Efficiency Support Team

Thursday, November 8 | 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Detecting Blind Spots using GPS — Training

Jennifer Espinal is a Genesis Training Manager at Intuitive. She joined the Intuitive team in October 2010 following her active-duty service in the United States Navy as a Service Warfare Officer with a concentration in Engineering. Upon joining Intuitive, Ms. Espinal assisted with the opening of the Hartford Hospital Lab, training more than 215 da Vinci users. In 2012, she transitioned to the Genesis team and has shared her expertise with approximately 100 da Vinci Surgery Programs worldwide. Ms. Espinal strives to help hospitals optimize quality, cost, and care through analysis of individual da Vinci programs and the introduction of best practices to help ensure programmatic success

Erik Folch, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Presentations:

Thursday, November 8 | 10:45 am – 11:30 am
Ion: Expanding Bronchoscopic Capabilities

 

Sam Grasso, DO

William Beaumont Army Medical Center

Presentation:

Friday, November 9 | 9:15 am – 10:00 am
Status of Robotic-Assisted Surgery in the Department of Defense

CPT Sam Grasso, DO, is originally from Johnston, Iowa. He graduated from St. Olaf College in 2012 and then Des Moines University in 2016. He's currently in his 3rd year of a 6-year military general surgery residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in Ft. Bliss, El Paso, Texas. His current area of interest is operational/deployed surgery, and his current areas of research and colorectal and robotic-assisted surgery.

Heidi Hamady

Robotics Program Administrator, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington, WV

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 9:45 am – 10:30 am
The OR Experience: Driving towards a Strategically Aligned Robotics Program

Heidi Hamady, RN, BSN is the Program Manager of the Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, WV. Her role includes maintaining hospital and program accreditation as a Robotic Center of Excellence, maintaining surgeon and program accreditation for the Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecological surgery (COEMIG), maintaining performance and quality improvement initiatives, creating educational materials for Perioperative Services staff as well as each hospital department where the patient may receive care after Robotic surgery, and assisting with the Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery program data, analytics, and statistics. Along with her 9 years of experience in the Operating Room, Heidi has 9 year of experience teaching Mathematics to high school and middle school students.

Allen Harrison

CEO, Methodist Hospital, San Antonio, TX

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 10:45 am – 11:30 am
Setting Up Another Specialty Within an Existing Robotics Program

Allen Harrison is the Chief Executive Officer of Methodist Hospital, a tertiary-care facility serving San Antonio and south Texas with a vast array of specialty services, including the Texas Transplant Institute (the first FACT-accredited facility in North America), the Texas Neurosciences Institute, and Methodist Heart Hospital. The hospital, which maintains 933 licensed beds, carries more than 4,000 employees, has generated in excess of $4.1B in gross revenue, and completed a $251M expansion. Methodist Hospital is the largest facility in the Methodist Health System, a network of eight hospitals whose mission is, “Serving humanity to honor God”.

Prior to assuming his current position in 2011, Mr. Harrison served as Chief Executive Officer of St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, and previously was Chief Operating Officer Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver. He earned his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Oral Roberts University, a Master 's degree from the University of Virginia in Biomedical Engineering, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Troy Hegglin

Manager of Academic Programs, Intuitive

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Detecting Blind Spots using GPS — Technology

Troy Hegglin is the Manager of Academic Programs in the Professional Education Department at Intuitive. In this role, Mr. Hegglin is responsible for creating academic programs with emphasis on resident and fellowship education as well resources for curriculum development and implementation. He joined Intuitive in 2010 and has served the academic community as a Clinical Sales Representative, Customer Training Specialist, Specialized Training Program Manager and Associate Training Manager. Prior to joining Intuitive, Mr. Hegglin served in increasing roles of responsibility in sales, training and leadership with Covidien and Dentsply International. He is a graduate of La Salle University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and Finance.

Craig Johnson, MD

Colorectal Surgeon, Oklahoma Surgical Hospital

Presentation:

Friday, November 9 | 9:15 am – 10:00 am
Implementing an ERAS Program — QAIM, Quality Outcomes

 

Len Kalm

VP of Payor Engagement, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Denver, CO

Presentations:

Thursday, November 8 | 9:45 am – 10:30 am
Alternative Products and Pricing

Thursday, November 8 | 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Choose Your Own Adventure: Healthcare Trends & Challenges

Leonard (Len) Kalm is Corporate Vice President of Payer Engagement for HCA’s Continental and Mountain Divisions as well as Oklahoma and Texas. In this position, Mr. Kalm is responsible for all of HCA’s commercial managed care activities for multiple hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and ancillary services for approximately half of the company, directing pricing and strategic initiatives for $10 billion in revenue. Prior to joining HCA, Mr. Kalm spent 14 years on the payer side in various positions including President of Qual Med Colorado and New Mexico, President of Foundation Health of Colorado, President of Foundation Health Medical Services’ 300 Physician Medical Group and Vice President of Foundation Health Services’ CHAMPUS Program. He has a master’s degree in Hospital Administration from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree from U.C. Berkley.

Donald Kim, MD

Colorectal Surgeon, Spectrum Health

Presentation:

Friday, November 9 | 9:15 am – 10:00 am
Establishing a Robotics Steering Committee — QAIM, Enhanced Provider Experience

 

Emily Kim

Group Manager, Hospital Channel Marketing, Intuitive

Presentation:

Friday, November 9 | 10:15 am – 11:00 am
Custom Hospital Analytics & Cleverley Data Reporting — QAIM, Total Cost of Care

Within the Global Hospital Channel Marketing function at Intuitive, Emily leads a team focused on empowering providers to realize and deliver both clinical and economic value. Prior to joining Intuitive, she spent six years at Medtronic developing economic initiatives within marketing and, eventually, as part of the Global Health Economics & Reimbursement organization. Until 2017, Emily served as Director of Global Market Access at Roche, where she was responsible for implementing national cancer screening programs in Europe and Asia. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton and MBA from Duke. 
 
Outside of work, Emily is a cold weather sports enthusiast, frequent art museum-goer, and enjoys volunteering as a high school mentor with Minds Matter. She recently relocated to Los Angeles with her family, including Jon (a newly-minted TORS surgeon) and Macduff (giant Scottish terrier).

John Lazar, MD

MedStar, Washington Hospital Center

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 9:45 am – 10:30 am
From Fellow to Robotic Program Director: A Surgical Perspective

John F. Lazar, MD, is a board-certified general thoracic surgeon, Director of Thoracic Robotics at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, and an assistant professor of thoracic surgery at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Society of Robotic Surgery, and serves on the executive board of both the Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society and the American Lung Association.
 
As a general thoracic surgeon, Dr. Lazar specializes in the care of malignant and benign diseases of the lung, the esophagus, the mediastinum, the trachea, and the bony structures of the chest wall. Dr. Lazar uses laparoscopic, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), robotics and open surgical techniques for the management of thoracic conditions.
 
Dr. Lazar’s clinical interests include managing benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus, lung cancer prevention, and the use of advanced robotics surgical techniques in the chest. His professional interests have focused on the development of new technologies for robotic-assisted surgery, understanding and alleviating healthcare disparity, and applying multidisciplinary approaches to improve long-term survival and quality of life for thoracic cancer patients. He is passionate about educating communities about the benefits of quitting smoking while giving them the tools necessary to quit and educating them on the ways to get screened for lung cancer.
 
Dr. Lazar received his medical degree from Saint George University School of Medicine and completed his general surgery training at UPMC/Pinnacle in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He went on to complete a two-year fellowship in thoracic surgery at the University of Rochester, a national leader in esophageal surgery and complex minimally invasive surgery. Anticipating the growing role of robotics in surgery, Dr. Lazar joined the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City as a fellow in minimally invasive thoracic surgery with a concentration in robotic-assisted surgery and thoracic oncology. As result of this training, he is one of the only dedicated fellowship trained thoracic robotics surgeons in the world. Subsequently, he returned to UPMC/Pinnacle Health in Pennsylvania, where he developed their Robotics Institute and expanded the program into the largest community based robotic programs in the state.
 
Dr. Lazar has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Intuitive Clinical Robotic Research Grant, which gave him the opportunity to explore the financial impact and clinical benefit of a community thoracic robotics program; the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education Alley-Sheridan Scholarship; Pennsylvania Comprehensive Cancer Control Mini-Grant for smoking cessation in pregnant women; and First Place for best video presentation awarded by the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery at the annual meeting. In addition, Dr. Lazar has presented his research at dozens of meetings across the country for international conferences and organizations.

Joseph Lewis, DO

Peconic Bay Medical Center, Northwell Health

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 9:45 am – 10:30 am
A Hierarchical Postgraduate Year Competency Based Model for Robotic Surgery Education

Joseph Lewis, DO received his medical degree at the University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015. Joseph is a fourth-year general surgery resident at Stony Brook University, Community Surgery Program, which provides comprehensive surgical care to the east end of Long Island at Northwell – Peconic Bay Medical Center, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, and Stony Brook University Hospital. He has an interest robotic-assisted surgery, robotics endoscopic surgery, and graduate medical education general surgery curriculum development. He plans on pursuing fellowships in Advance Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care.

Amanda Maldonado

Service Line Marketing Manager, Orlando Health, Orlando, FL

Presentation:

Friday, November 9 | 10:15 am – 11:00 am
Marketing a Robotics Program 2.0 — QAIM, Improved Patient Outcomes

Amanda Maldonado has more than ten years of hospital marketing experience and is currently the Senior Marketing Manager at Orlando Health in Orlando, FL. Her role includes marketing strategy development and growth, brand management and marketing campaign management. Amanda sits on the Robotic Surgery Steering Committee at Orlando Health, where she is an active part of the advancement and evolution of the program. She received her graduate degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.

Bryce Massey

Genesis Field Trainer, Intuitive

Presentation:

Friday, November 9 | 10:15 am – 11:00 am
System Block Time and Access Management — QAIM, Enhanced Provider Experience

 

Gaby Moawad, MD, FACOG

Robotics Medical Director, George Washington University, Washington, DC

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 9:45 am – 10:30 am
Driving Accountability Through a Highly Structured Program

Gaby Moawad, MD, FACOG is board-certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology. He is an assistant professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He completed an American Association of Laparoscopic Gynecologist (AAGL) fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS) at The GW Medical Faculty Associates. He is a member of the gynecology team which participates in The MFA’s Menstrual Disorders Center and The Pelvic Floor Center.

Dr. Moawad completed his undergraduate medical training at the Lebanese University. He went on to excel during his four-year residency at The George Washington University, where he served as administrative chief resident in his final year of training. He received several awards, including the prestigious AAGL award for excellence in endoscopic surgery. Dr. Moawad is a published author and a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the American Association of Laparoscopic Gynecologists.

Ankit Patel, MD

Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 10:45 am – 11:30 am
Training Residents Utilizing a Step-by-Step Proficiency Model for Robotic Inguinal Hernia Repairs

Dr. Patel is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Emory University, with the division of General and GI Surgery. He is the director of robotic-assisted surgery resident education for the department of surgery. He co-edited the SAGES Manual of Robotic Surgery and also the co-chair of the SAGES Robotic Committee.

Robert Perez, MD

General Surgeon, Virtua Health

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Building a Sustainable MIS Foundation for Your Trainees — A Fellow’s Perspective

 

John Porterfield, MD

Residency Program Director, University of Alabama Birmingham

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 10:45 am – 11:30 am
Training Residents in Robotics Why, When and How

Dr. John R. Porterfield, Jr., married to his wife, Cassie, for 21 years, has three children and is a respected leader in his community. He is currently associate professor of surgery and the general surgery residency program director at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama. He completed both a residency in general surgery and an endocrine surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. 

Dr. Porterfield is a nationally recognized leader in surgical education and an expert in endocrine surgery. He has received numerous honors and teaching awards. His clinical interest is focused on minimally invasive endocrine surgery. He has an emphasis on robotic-assisted adrenal surgery and has one of the highest volume practices in the country. 

As an educator to his peers, he annually hosts numerous courses to regional, national and international guests. During these courses, his passion for education is obvious as he showcases the UAB general surgical residents performing advanced robotics procedures. This has been accomplished via a joint commitment to developing a general surgery residency robotics curriculum alongside his colleagues, Dr. Jeff Nix, Dr. Kenny Kim, Dr. Jamie Cannon and Dr. Robert Cerfolio. 

He has been invited as a visiting professor to many leading university departments of surgery where his experience and expertise has been offered to promote the educational opportunities of residents across the country.

David Prasad

Service Marketing Manager, Intuitive

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Using the Customer Portal to Help Drive Operational Efficiencies and Savings

David Prasad is the Service Product Marketing Manager at Intuitive and is part of the Services Marketing Department. In this role, Mr. Prasad supports the service organization and the da Vinci Surgery Customer Portal. During his eight-year tenure with Intuitive, he was also part of the Inside Sales Team, selling upgrades directly to Hospitals. Previously, Mr. Prasad held positions at Siemens Medical, Acuson Inc., and General Electric. He has a Bachelor of Science from San Jose State University.

Alex Rosemurgy, MD

Florida Hospital Tampa

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 10:45 am – 11:30 am
Robotic vs Laparoscopic Distal Pancreatectomy with Splenectomies: A “Tail” of Two Techniques

 

Seth A, Rosen, MD, FASCRS

Robotics Program Surgeon Champion, Emory Healthcare, Atlanta, GA

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 |10:45 am – 11:30 am
Using Data to Drive Strategic Decision Making

Seth Rosen, MD received his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine in 1996. As a general surgery resident at the University of Chicago, he developed an interest in inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer, and he established a colorectal cancer registry as a resource for future clinical research.  He completed a residency in colorectal surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Florida in 2002.

Following his training, Dr. Rosen joined Atlanta Colon & Rectal Surgery. His practice included working primarily at Wellstar Cobb Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Hospital. Over the next 10 years, Dr. Rosen introduced many new procedures and technologies in his hospital systems. Dr. Rosen now spends a considerable amount of his time performing, teaching and developing new techniques related to robotic-assisted colon and rectal surgery.  He is considered a “center of excellence” for Robotics Colorectal Surgery.

Chris Sanchez

Sr. Marketing Manager, Academic Programs, Intuitive

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Building a Sustainable MIS Foundation for Your Trainees

As Sr. Academic Programs Manager with Intuitive, Chris Sanchez is directly responsible for developing programs and resources for academic medical centers across different levels of leadership. Mr. Sanchez’s career at Intuitive has spanned over 10 years, with the first phase of his career focused on training over 500 surgeons on the use of the technology, managing the training team at the Intuitive Headquarters, and being amongst the first four specialists to pilot and launch the Genesis Program. Most recently, he’s dedicated his efforts to working with different surgical societies to support fellowship education, and leading programs such as the Surgeon Premier program, Catalyst Program, and the Academic Executive Session to support program leaders.
 
Mr. Sanchez received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Integrative Biology and Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and earned a Master of Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University.

Veronica Schimp, MD

Robotics Medical Director, Orlando Health, Orlando, FL

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 |10:45 am – 11:30 am
Building a Center of Excellence

Internationally recognized for her expertise in minimally invasive surgery, Veronica Schimp, MD, is the Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health. Dr. Schimp is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Gynecologic Oncology. Her research interests include complementary therapy in gynecologic cancer care, racial disparities in cancer outcomes, and quality outcomes in surgery and cancer care.

Dr. Schimp earned her Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. She then earned a Doctorate in Osteopathy from Michigan State University. Dr. Schimp went on to complete a two-year residency in General Surgery at St. John/Oakland General Hospital in Madison Heights, Michigan, a four-year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hutzel Hospital/Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a three-year post-doctoral fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Prior to joining UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health, Dr. Schimp served as a Clinical Educator at the University of Texas MD Anderson Houston. She then served as Director of Inpatient Surgery, Cancer Center Chairwoman, and Co-Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit, Michigan.

As the author of chapters in two medical books and numerous published articles and case studies on cancer of the female reproductive organs, Dr. Schimp has presented at more than 50 seminars and conferences. She has been recognized as one of Detroit’s top doctors by HOUR Detroit Magazine and has received the Patient’s Choice Award the past four years, as well as America’s Top Oncologists Award the past three years. She has also been named as one of Orlando’s premier doctors by Best Doctors in America and Consumer’s Guide to Top Doctors.

Dr. Schimp is a member of several organizations including the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Society of Surgical Laparoscopists. She is an epicenter surgeon for Intuitive, da Vinci Robotics surgery and actively participates in training residents, on-site and visiting faculty about building robotics programs and how to perform a variety of robotics procedures.

Rhonda Scott, PhD

COO, Grady Health System, Atlanta, GA

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 |9:45 am – 10:30 am
How to Navigate and Build a Robotics Program in a County Hospital

Dr. Rhonda A. Scott has been at Grady for 14 years. She was recruited to Grady in 2004 as the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO). In 2015, while serving as CNO, she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) and served in a dual role. In 2016, Scott transitioned to her current role as COO. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Master of Science from Rush University in Chicago, IL and the PhD in Nursing Science with a focus on Advanced Practice Nursing & Health Care Administration from Georgia State University. Dr. Scott is also a graduate of the Johnson & Johnson – Wharton Fellows Program in Management from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Scott is board certified in Advanced Nursing Administration by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
 
Dr. Scott began her nursing career in the Critical Care Units at the University of Alabama Hospitals in Birmingham. She has also worked at The University of Chicago Hospitals, Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, St. Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta and Tenet Healthcare. During her 34-year career in healthcare, Dr. Scott has acquired experience as a critical care nurse, educator, clinical nurse specialist, entrepreneur, author, researcher, consultant, national & international speaker and administrator. Dr. Scott is a member of several professional healthcare associations. She served on the Community Advisory Board of the College of Health Sciences at Georgia State University. Dr. Scott was appointed by President George W. Bush Administration and Secretary of Health and Human Service Michael Levitt to serve on the National Advisory Council on Nursing Education & Practice. She continued to serve during the Obama administration. She was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to serve on the Georgia Board of Nursing and she currently serves on the American Heart & Stroke Association Board of Atlanta. She is recognized for eliminating contract nursing labor, improving clinical care with a major reduction in hospital acquired conditions, improving patients, physician and nursing satisfaction, developing a leading reward & recognition program for nursing excellence and serving as executive champion for service excellence, which lead to Grady receiving the Success Story Award from Press Ganey. She is also credited with implementing robotic surgery, improving the emergency department’s door to provider time from 72 minutes to 12 minutes and improving patient throughput.
 
Dr. Scott has been widely recognized for her achievements. She received the coveted Tenet Healthcare Corporation Outstanding Chief Nursing Officer of the Year Award – the highest recognition for Nursing Leadership & Administration, Health Care Hero Award by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Up and Comers Award from Modern Health Care for Rising Stars in Health Care Management, Nurse of the Year Award in Nursing Administration by the March of Dimes, Inspiring Mentor Award by Grady Health Foundation, and Alumni Achievement Awards from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Georgia State University. She was inducted into Studer Group Hall of Fame.
 
Dr. Scott is married to Thomas N. Scott, a financial advisor and they have two adult sons. Thomas Lee is a graduate of Morehouse College (BA) and the Newhouse School of Journalism, Syracuse University (MA), and David is a scholar baseball graduate of Birmingham-Southern College with a BA in business administration and a minor in Spanish.

Ryan Shaw

Director of Product Marketing, Intuitive

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Friday, November 9 | 10:15 am – 11:00 am
360 IntegratEd: Accessing the da Vinci Ecosystem Through Innovative Technology

Ryan Shaw is the Product Marketing Director for da Vinci Systems, Vision and Software at Intuitive. His team currently manages global product launches and support for all da Vinci Surgical Systems and integrated vision, imaging and software technologies. During his 12 years at Intuitive Surgical, Ryan has held roles in customer training for da Vinci systems, clinical education for internal employees and clinical marketing for general surgery. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), International Business, from Azusa Pacific University.

Mike Simoff, MD

Henry Ford Hospital

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 9:45 am – 10:30 am
The Value of Interventional Pulmonology to a Thoracic Oncology Service Line

 

Chris Stallings

Manager, Sterile Reprocessing Support, Intuitive

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Using the Customer Portal to Help Drive Operational Efficiencies and Savings

Chris Stallings serves as the Manager for Sterile Reprocessing Support Americas for Intuitive Surgical. He has been with Intuitive Surgical for 8 years holding various positions within the service organization. Five years ago, he was tasked with creating and implementing cleaning and sterilization support for our da Vinci customers. The Sterile Reprocessing Support team was formed shortly after with the goal of providing customers exceptional training and education on proper handling and reprocessing of da Vinci instruments, accessories and endoscopes. Since then he has continued to grow his knowledge on device reprocessing, standards and regulations worldwide by continuing to visit and educate customers regularly.

Darin Swainston, MD

Director of Robotics, Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 9:45 am – 10:30 am
Monday Morning Solutions — Think with the End in Mind

With a medical career spanning over two decades, Dr. Darin Swainston has had the privilege of helping thousands of women in the Las Vegas Valley. Born and raised in Nevada, he attended medical school at the University of Nevada Reno and started his practice in 1995. He is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Board of Obsterics and Gynecology and has been a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1998.

Dr. Swainston is a robotic pioneer in women’s health in the Las Vegas valley. In 2013, he became the director of minimally invasive surgery and robotics at Summerlin Hospital and accepted a position as an advanced course instructor with Intuitive. Dr. Swainston is proud to be able to offer women virtually scarless surgery, preserving their physical appearance (cosmesis) as much as possible. It is important to him to be at the forefront of medical technology to ensure women get the best care possible.

Dave Woodward

Service Product Marketing Manager, Intuitive

Presentation:

Thursday, November 8 | 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
The Fundamentals of the Customer Portal and System Maintenance Plan

David Woodward is a Services Marketing Manager for Intuitive. During his eight-year tenure at Intuitive he has managed the Sales Support Team and Inside Sales Team responsible for selling upgrades directly to Hospitals. In his current role within Services Marketing, he is responsible for analyzing and modifying support services offerings, as may be required, and supporting the Service Organization.

Patrick Wright, MHSA

Manager, Perioperative Business Operations, TriHealth Hospital

Presentation:

Friday, November 9 |9:15 am – 10:00 am
Extracting and Using Data for Strategic Decision Making — QAIM, Total Cost of Care

Patrick Wright, MHSA is the Robotics Program Administrator at TriHealth in Cincinnati, OH. His roles include data capture and analysis, supporting quality improvement initiatives, and strategic program development and growth. In addition to his role as the Robotics Program Administrator, Mr. Wright is also a Clinical Operations Consultant, where he partners with physicians and nurses on a wide variety of clinical and operational projects. He received his graduate degree in Health Services Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and is a proud veteran of the United States Army.

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