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, February 22

Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare Delivery - Thursday Luncheon Panel Discussion
Disruptive innovation, a term coined by Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen, is a transformative business model that leverages technology to help focus on making products and services more accessible and affordable. In healthcare delivery, disruptive innovations have the potential to decrease costs while improving both the quality and accessibility of care. Disruptive innovations enable new applications and changes in behaviors. Several current disruptive innovations like retail clinics, telemedicine, medical tourism, and point-of-care medical payments could make a major difference in how health care is reshaped in the near future. This panel will focus on the role of innovation in the medical marketplace and examples of disruptive innovations that will change lives in health care.

 Moderator:  Joyce T. Siegele, Director, Productivity Management, Northside Hospital 


  • Carolyn Booker, Director of Patient Care/CNO, Northside Hospital Forsyth
  • Christopher Cornue, Chief Strategy and Chief Innovation Officer, Navicent Health
  • Katie Logan, Vice President, Patient Experience, Piedmont Healthcare
  • Michelle Winslow, Virtual Care Program Manager, VISN 8

Friday, February 23

Ryan J. Uitti, M.D.
Department of Neurology
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, Florida

Ryan J. Uitti 

Dr. Ryan Uitti is a professor and consultant in the Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, where he has served since 1994. He was promoted to professor of neurology in 2003 in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and is a fellow of the American Neurological Association and American Academy of Neurology. He also serves as medical director for the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery – a hybrid center in Florida interacting with Mayo’s clinical practice and research teams to measure outcomes and continuously improve the value of care. He is also the medical director for the Mayo Clinic Provider Relations in the Southeast. Uitti is an international expert on Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. He has an active research career and received funding from the National Institutes of Health. He has been a principal investigator in surgical and pharmacological trials and authored more than 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and editorials. He has made 350-plus presentations at national or international meetings and invited lectures. Uitti is the associate editor for Neurology.

James Hereford
President and CEO
Fairview Health Services

James Hereford

James Hereford is president and CEO of Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis, a $5.4 billion non-profit, integrated health system affiliated with the University of Minnesota that has served its communities for more than 100 years. Fairview’s 32,000 employees and 2,400 aligned providers offer clinical care, from prevention of illness and injury to caring for the most complex medical conditions. Hereford provides strategic direction and ensures operational effectiveness for Fairview’s entire continuum of services. Joined by HealthEast in June 2017, Fairview has 11 hospitals – including an academic medical center and long-term care hospital – serving the greater Twin Cities metro area and north-central Minnesota. Prior to joining Fairview, Hereford served as chief operations officer at Stanford Health Care. Previous roles included chief operations officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and a series of leadership roles with the Group Health Cooperative in Seattle. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Montana State University. He has taught courses with Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, University of Washington’s Master of Health Administration program and The Ohio State University’s Masters of Business Operations Excellence program. He is a frequent writer and presenter on the topic of lean management systems and transformation.