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. 21

Rubin Pillay, Ph.D., M.D.Rubin Pillay, M.D., Ph.D.  
Medical Futurist and Visiting Professor
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Rubin Pillay is a medical futurist and professor of healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship at the Collat School of Business and the assistant dean for global health innovation at the University of Alabama School of Medicine at UAB. He is a family physician and clinical pharmacologist who holds a Ph.D. in business administration, an MBA and an MSc in health management. He has extensive international teaching and consulting experience and has published widely in the field of strategic health leadership.

His current work focuses on the role of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in the transformation of health and healthcare. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Health.

Friday, Feb. 22

Mark GrabanMark Graban
Consultant, author and founder of

Internationally recognized consultant, published author, professional speaker, podcaster and blogger Mark Graban is the founder of His latest book about management Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More uses simple, yet practical statistical methods that help leaders at all levels overreact less to their metrics leaving more time for real, focused, sustainable improvement. His other two books Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement and Healthcare Kaizen: Engaging Front-Line Staff in Sustainable Continuous Improvements, of which he co-authored, have received the Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award.

Graban consults independently and as a senior advisor with the firm Value Capture and is a senior advisor to the technology and software company KaiNexus and their customers. A Society for Health Systems Diplomate, Graban has a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Northwestern University, a master’s in mechanical engineering and an MBA as a Fellow in the MIT Sloan Leaders for Global Operations Program.