Thought Leader Speaker Series

Every month, we give health care thought leaders 17 minutes – the average duration of a physician-patient visit – to engage medical professionals and students on topics intended to ignite positive change in health care and develop strategic, thoughtful leaders.

VITALS | Visionary Health Leadership in Action speaker series features a diverse range of experiences by innovative leaders in the medical sector. Speakers range from regional University partners — public, private and health care systems — to national peers, alumni and thought leaders, each discussing leadership challenges and solutions in their respective health care sectors past, present and future.

Speakers will have 17 minutes to discuss any of the VITALS topics:
Value-based, Innovation, Technology, Advocacy, Leadership, Service.

Upcoming Speakers

New start time at noon!

Art Papier, the co-founder of Visual Cs

Art Papier,
co-founder and CEO

Rochester, N.Y.

Thursday, Nov. 4 at noon

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December 2021

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January 2022

Preparing current and future health care leaders to excel and meet the trajectory of change that’s occurring in health care.

Previous Speakers

Karen Knudsen, Ph.D.
CEO of the American Cancer Society

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy
Founder of The Kennedy Forum

Mehool Patel, M.D. (’98)
Associate Chief Medical Officer, IBM

Hal Paz, M.D.
Chancellor for Health Affairs, OSU; CEO, Wexner Medical Center

Cliff Megerian, M.D.
CEO, University Hospitals Health System

Toyin Ajayi, M.D.
Chief Health Officer at CityBlock Health

Akram Boutros, M.D.
President and CEO of MetroHealth

Mark Paul
President of Stryker’s
Neurovascular Division

Rajeev Venkayya, M.D. (’91)
President, Global Vaccine
Business Unit at Takeda
Pharmaceutical Company Ltd.

William H. Considine, M.S.
CEO Emeritus of Akron Children’s Hospital

Continuing Education

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the sponsorship of Northeast Ohio Medical University. Northeast Ohio Medical University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing education.

Learning Objectives

By participating in this activity, physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, counselors, and psychologies should be able to:

  • Recognize and identify the essentials of clinical leadership in health care systems
  • Describe attributes of leadership that influence patient well-being and health outcomes
  • Recognize clinical leadership skills essential for the provision of value-based care that is operationally effective and efficient

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

Northeast Ohio Medical University designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Phone: Steve Schmidt, Ph.D.

VITALS Speaker Series

Northeast Ohio Medical University