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AMIA 2019 Annual Symposium Keynotes

Opening Keynote Speaker

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Captain Hassan A. Tetteh, MD, MPA, MBA, MS, FACS, FACHE, is a thoracic surgeon and dedicated physician executive. Tetteh serves as the Mission Chief of Warfighter Health for the U.S. Department of Defense Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. He leads a Specialized Thoracic Adapted Recovery (STAR) Team to expand heart and lung transplantation and save lives. Capt. Tetteh is the Chief Medical Information Officer for the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery for the U.S. Navy. He is a thoracic surgeon at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Medstar Washington Hospital Center, Medstar Union Memorial Hospital and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Capt. Tetteh is an adjunct professor of surgery at Howard University School of Medicine, an associate professor of surgery at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and a clinical instructor of thoracic surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He was named a 2019 National Academy of Medicine Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine Scholar. He is board certified in thoracic surgery, general surgery, clinical informatics and healthcare management.

Closing Plenary Panel

Why Informatics Matters: Patient Perspectives on Challenges and Opportunities to Improve Research and Care


Annie Kennedy, Chief of Policy & Advocacy, EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases, is focused on improving health outcomes for people living with rare diseases by advancing the development of treatment and diagnostic opportunities for rare disease patients through science-driven public policy, Annie’s work includes building strong partnerships with policy makers, federal agencies, Industry, and alliances. Current areas of emphasis include leading the national Burden of Rare Disease Study, 21st Century Cures Act and PDUFA VII engagement, national newborn screening program engagement and state RUSP alignment legislation, and innovating around therapy valuation and access issues.  


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Anil Sethi, Founder and CEO, Ciitizen, founded numerous healthcare companies including his 6th healthcare venture Ciitizen. Sethi is a product guy. A geek and nerd, foremost a roll-your-sleaves-up strategist, Anil bet his companies early on Microsoft NT, the nascent Web, and in 1994 helped birth the internet RFC for XML, all the while bootstrapping topline CAGR of 90% during his early years. Over 25 years, he's vetted tech for NEA, Baker, MAV and others in PE/VC, plus M&A deals in electronics, but mostly Personal Health Records (PHRs). He mentors at StartX MED, UCSF and Korea's Sparklabs, lectured Entrepreneurship at schools in India and Egypt, plus Stanford's Biodesign program in mHealth.



MaryAnne Sterling, Executive Vice President, Livpact, was a caregiver and healthcare advocate for her parents for 20+ years, while 3-out-of-4 parents/in-laws struggled with dementia. She is a speaker, writer, and educator on the challenges of family caregiving, dementia, person-centered care and technology. She is a Patient Research Partner and Ambassador for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), bringing the voices of patients and family caregivers to medical research. She also serves on the Global Patient and Family Advisory Board for The Beryl Institute, in addition to being a Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholar. MaryAnne is EVP of Caregiver Experience at Livpact, building technology to make caregiving easier.



Liz Salmi, Senior Strategist, OpenNotes/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is a former punk rock drummer turned brain cancer patient, and is now Senior Strategist for OpenNotes at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In addition to her work with OpenNotes, she leads the Brain Cancer Quality of Life Collaborative, a multi-stakeholder group established with funding from PCORI, with a mission to meaningfully engage diverse stakeholders (including patients and care partners) in the prioritization, design, and conduct of research. Liz is a Stanford Medicine X e-Patient Scholar, a TEDMED Frontline Scholar, serves on the National Brain Tumor Society board of directors, and was named e-Patient of the Year by the Society for Participatory Medicine. Her interests include patient informatics, citizen science and human-centered design.