Health Leadership 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 is presented by NEOMED in collaboration with University Hospitals. The monthly health leadership 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.


All sessions run from noon to 1 p.m. and will be livestreamed over Zoom.

Where noted, select sessions will be held in Watanakunakorn Auditorium on the NEOMED campus. Registration is required. Sessions are free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 2

Airica Steed, M.D.

Airica Steed, Ed.D, RN, M.B.A., FACHE

President and CEO of The MetroHealth System


Noon, Thursday, May 2, in Watanakunakorn Auditorium and via Zoom

CE credits are available

Register now.

June 6

Speaker TBA

July 11

Speaker TBA

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

speaker ARCHIVE

Sara Whittingham, M.D. — Biography

The anesthesiologist, clinical professor, Air Force veteran and IronMan finisher shares her experience of living with Parkinson’s disease.

Crystal Mackall, M.D. (’84) — Biography

Founding Director of the Stanford Center for Cancer Cell Therapy
Stanford, California

Nina F. Schor, M.D., Ph.D. — Biography

Deputy Director for Intramural Research, National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland

Jessica Sublett, J.D., LLM, — LinkedIn

President and CEO of Bounce Innovation Hub

Peter J. Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., FCCM — biography

Chief Quality & Clinical Transformation Officer and Veale Distinguished Chair in Leadership and Clinical Transformation at University Hospitals

Earlier VITALS speaker videos
Click on a speaker's name to view the presentation on YouTube.
Title Location
Amy Acton, M.D.,(’90), M.P.H. Former Director, Ohio Department of Health Columbus
Kendalle Cobb, M.D. Associate Chief of Staff, Cleveland Clinic Cleveland
Daniel I. Simon, M.D. President, Academic & External Affairs and Chief Scientific Officer, Ernie and Patti Novak Distinguished Chair Healthcare Leadership, University Hospitals Health System Cleveland
Princess Ogbogu, M.D. Chief of the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Cleveland
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
Frank Beck, D.D.S., FAAHD Interim Inaugural Dean, The Bitonte College of Dentistry and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine, NEOMED Rootstown
Yoleetah Ilodi, M.D. Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, NEOMED Rootstown
Jonathan Lee Founder and CEO of Signature Health Cleveland
Bernhard Fassl, M.D. Director of the Center for Global Health Innovation at NEOMED Rootstown
Forrest Faison III, M.D. Vice Admiral (ret.), 38th Surgeon General, U.S. Navy St. Petersburg, Fla.
Tom Vo, M.D. (’96), M.B.A. CEO and Chairman of the Board, Nutex Health. Houston
Frank Papay, M.D. (’84) Chairman, Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Institute, Cleveland Clinic Cleveland
Rita Horwitz, R.N. President & CEO, Better Health Partnership Cleveland
Donald A. Malone Jr., M.D. President, Cleveland Clinic Ohio Hospitals and Family Health Centers Cleveland
Nancy Schlichting, MBA President and CEO of Henry Ford Health System Detroit
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D. Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia
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. Cleveland
Art Papier, M.D. Co-founder and CEO of VisualDx Rochester, N.Y.
Karen Knudsen, Ph.D. CEO of the American Cancer Society Philadelphia
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
Hal Paz, M.D. Chancellor for Health Affairs, OSU; CEO, Wexner Medical Center Columbus, Ohio
Cliff Megerian, M.D. CEO, University Hospitals Health System Cleveland
Toyin Ajayi, M.D. Chief Health Officer at CityBlock Health New York City
Akram Boutros, M.D. President and CEO of MetroHealth Cleveland
Mark Paul President of Stryker’s Neurovascular Division Fremont, Calif.
William H. Considine, M.S. CEO Emeritus of Akron Children’s Hospital Akron, Ohio
Rajeev Venkayya, M.D. (’91) President, Global Vaccine Business Unit at Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. Cambridge, Mass.

Continuing Education

Claim CE credits for the April 4 VITALS

The Activity Sign-in Code for the April 4 VITALS is 62dirt. It will expire April 18.

methods: Visit or use the eeds mobile app.


Northeast Ohio Medical University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians.

Credit designation

Northeast Ohio Medical University designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 Hour(s) Attendance w/ No Credit. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Northeast Ohio Medical University designated this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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

See more continuing education opportunities through NEOMED.


Jeanne Hoban

VITALS Speaker Series

Northeast Ohio Medical University