Vitals speaker series, exclusively by NEOMED.

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 any of the VITALS topics: Value-based, Innovation, Technology, Advocacy, Leadership, Service.

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.

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Thursday, April 6

Michael Forbes, M.D., FAAP, FCCM

Michael Forbes, M.D., FAAP, FCCM

Chief Academic Officer, William H. and Rebecca D. Considine Endowed Chair for Pediatric Research at Akron Children’s Hospital

Akron, Ohio


Noon, Thursday, April 6 via Zoom

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Thursday, May 4 at noon

Princess Ogbogu, M.D. (’00)
Chief of the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology
University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

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

speaker ARCHIVE

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Frank Beck, D.D.S., FAAHD — biography
Interim Inaugural Dean, The Bitonte College of Dentistry and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine, NEOMED

Yoleetah Ilodi, M.D. — biography
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, NEOMED

Jonathan Lee — biography
Founder and CEO of Signature Health

Bernhard Fassl, M.D.biography
director of the Center for Global Health Innovation at NEOMED

Forrest Faison III, M.D.biography
Vice Admiral (ret.), 38th Surgeon General, U.S. Navy
St. Petersburg, Fla.

Tom Vo, M.D. (’96), M.B.A.biography
CEO and Chairman of the Board, Nutex Health.

Frank Papay, M.D. (’84)biography
Chairman, Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute, Cleveland Clinic

Rita Horwitz, R.N.biography
President & CEO, Better Health Partnership

Donald A. Malone Jr., M.D.biography
President, Cleveland Clinic Ohio Hospitals and Family Health Centers

Nancy Schlichting, MBAbiography
President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System (retired)

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D.biography
Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania

Scott Knoer, Pharm.D., M.S., FASHP
EVP/CEO American Pharmacists Association
Washington, D.C.

Edward Barksdale Jr., M.D.
President of the American Pediatric Surgery Association.

Art Papier, M.D.
Co-founder and CEO of VisualDx
Rochester, N.Y.

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

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

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

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

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

Toyin Ajayi, M.D.
Chief Health Officer at CityBlock Health
New York City

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

Mark Paul
President of Stryker’s
Neurovascular Division

Fremont, Calif.

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

Cambridge, Mass.

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


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