Thought Leader Speaker Series

In the same amount of time (17 minutes) the average physician-patient visit occurs, we have invited health care thought leaders to engage health care professionals and students in discourse to bring positive change to health care through effective and strategic leadership.

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

Upcoming Speakers

-Vitals is taking a hiatus for the summer and will return in September 2021.-

To Be Announced

September 2021


To Be Announced

October 2021


To Be Announced

November 2021


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

Previous Speakers

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

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

Mark Paul
President of Stryker’s
Neurovascular Division

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

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

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

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

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

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) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) through the sponsorship of Northeast Ohio Medical University. Northeast Ohio Medical University is accredited by the ACCME and the ACPE to provide continuing education for physicians and pharmacists.

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.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)

ACPE logoNortheast Ohio Medical University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This application-based activity has been assigned Universal Activity Number (UAN) 0479-0000-20-012-L04-P and will award 1.0 contact hours (.010 CEU) of continuing pharmacy education.


Phone: Steve Schmidt, Ph.D.

VITALS Speaker Series

Northeast Ohio Medical University