AMA Wire

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Special Feature

AMA's "Innovations in Medicine" speaker series to feature physician leaders

The "Innovations in Medicine" roster of featured speakers includes:

  • Howard Bauchner, MD, editor-in-chief, The JAMA Network. 4 p.m.
    Dr. Bauchner will demonstrate how he embraced change, managed risk and dared to experiment in order to successfully bring technological innovations to JAMA. Learn how the right vision and resources can improve how we all use technology to communicate.
  • Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, executive director, National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, associate professor of clinical medicine and pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine. 4:15 p.m.
    Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber will explain why she is not telepathic, as some of her patients think, but rather how asking patients what they ate and drank in the previous 24 hours helps her identify many of their medical problems. Learn how asking a few key questions about diet and nutrition can lead to a mountain of information and save time and money in diagnoses.
  • Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, clinical and research fellow in obesity medicine and nutrition, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.  4:30 p.m.
    Dr. Stanford will relate how the obesity-related deaths of her young cousin and an 11 year-old girl compelled her to tackle obesity medicine. She believes that this new specialty challenges the way physicians think about weight, weight loss and the etiology of obesity. Learn which patients respond to different forms of treatment including nutrition, exercise, medications and surgery.
  • David Ellington, MD, family physician and member of the CPT Editorial Panel.  4:45 p.m.
    Dr. Ellington will decode the arcane process of developing new CPT codes for services that previously went unreimbursed. One of the latest examples recognizes that coordinating the care of patients discharged from a hospital or with multiple chronic conditions takes time—and providing for payment was in the best interests of both patients and physicians.
  • Grace Terrell, MD, president and CEO, Cornerstone Health Care, primary care physician, member of AMA Innovators Committee. 5 p.m.
    Dr. Terrell will share the story of two patients, "Hyacinth and Rose," and how vastly different each of their medical journeys in pursuit of treatment for the same disease turned out. Learn why she believes the cure for this is changing how doctors are paid, how they provide care and how physician practices are structured.
  • Bechara Choucair, MD, commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health. 5:15 p.m.
    Dr. Choucair will attest to the vital importance of improving access for all—access to health care, healthy choices and health-related information. Learn how people from different sectors are collaborating to make Chicago the country's healthiest city. And see a very surprising example of how to get teens and adults talking about teen pregnancy.

"Innovations in Medicine" will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. June 14 in the Riverside East Exhibit Hall—down the escalators from the Grand Foyer outside the Grand Ballroom. Plan to get to the exhibit hall a little early to visit the A-13 Benefits Expo, adjacent to the "Innovations in Medicine" stage. At the Benefits Expo you'll find exhibits and resources from all of our AMA Member Value Program providers.