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. 25

Nathan HurleNathan Hurle

Senior Director, Enterprise Continuous Improvement
Cleveland Clinic

"Experiencing Improvement at Cleveland Clinic"

Mr. Hurle spent the last 13 years at the Cleveland Clinic leading a team that has progressed from individual accolades to systemwide enthusiasm for continuous improvement. Nate has over 20 years of process improvement experience. He began his career at Eastman Kodak and lead improvement efforts across the organization including film sensitizing, film finishing, photochemicals, and at customer sites including diagnostic imaging departments. His work took him around the world including an assignment at a plant in Xiamen, China. During his time with Kodak he learned lean concepts and tools from Shingijitsu Consulting Group, who are masters in lean thinking.

While at the Cleveland Clinic, the Continuous Improvement Team has had their progress chronicled by Jim Womack at the Lean Enterprise Institute, Mark Graban, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, and Catalysis among others.

Nate has a B.S. in industrial engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.

Friday, Feb. 26

Michael J. Goldstein, M.D., FACSMichael J. Goldstein, M.D., FACS

Director of Organ Transplantation and Associate Professor of Surgery; Hackensack University Medical Center

"Quality Over Quantity: A Recipe For Creating Sustainability and High Reliability In Organ Transplantation"

Dr. Goldstein is an accomplished academic surgeon and healthcare executive with a proven record for building and leading growth in solid organ donation and transplantation in corporate and academic environments. He is known within the industry for driving business and healthcare delivery results through the delivery of exceptional medical management, implementation of quality systems and prudent management of people, technology and processes. He is experienced with managing business and group goals and leading management teams to achieve strategic goals in both medical administration and healthcare delivery.

Dr. Goldstein is the Director of the Division of Abdominal Organ Transplantation and program director for adult and pediatric kidney transplantation, as well as pancreas transplantation at Hackensack University Medical Center. Prior to joining Hakcensack Meeridiean Health, he served as chief of kidney transplantation.