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AMIA 2019 Clinical Informatics Conference Keynote Speakers

May 1, 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Opening Keynote Speaker

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA
President, Thomas Jefferson University
CEO, Jefferson Health

Dr. Stephen Klasko is a transformative leader and advocate for a revolution in our systems of health care and higher education. His newest book, “Bless This Mess: A Picture Story of Healthcare in America” re-imagines how we can put an end to health disparities.

As President and CEO of Philadelphia-based Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health since 2013, he has steered one of the nation’s fastest growing academic health institutions based on his vision of re-imagining health care and higher education. His 2017 merger of Thomas Jefferson University with Philadelphia University created a pre-eminent professional university that includes top-20 programs in fashion, design and health professions, coupled with the first design-thinking curriculum in a medical school and the nation's leading research on empathy.

His track record of success at creating and implementing programs that are shaping the future of health care earned him: #2 on Modern Healthcare's 100 Most Influential Individuals in 2018; #21 among Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2018; Ernst & Young’s Greater Philadelphia Entrepreneur of the Year in 2018; and Becker's Hospital Review's 100 Great Leaders in Healthcare. In 2018, Jefferson was invited to join the World Economic Forum.

Dr. Klasko is a nationally recognized advocate for healthcare transformation, having served as dean of two medical colleges, and leader of three academic health centers before becoming President and CEO at Jefferson. He is author of 1999’s “The Phantom Stethoscope” and 2016’s “We Can Fix Healthcare –the Future is Now”, and editor-in-chief of the journal Healthcare Transformation.

May 2, 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Closing Keynote Speaker

John R. Lumpkin, MD, MPH
President of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation

John R. Lumpkin, MD, MPH is President of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, a position he has held since April 2019. The Foundation seeks to improve the health and well-being of all North Carolinians through a focus on: transforming the health care system, expanding access to healthy food, supporting a healthy start in life for children, improving the physical conditions where people live, and strengthening the ability of communities to improve health.

John Lumpkin trained in emergency medicine and served on the faculty at the University of Chicago. After earning his MPH in 1985, he began caring for the more than 12 million people of Illinois as the first African-American director of the state public health agency. He led improvements to health and health care programs, information and technology, emergency and bioterrorism preparedness, infectious disease prevention and control, immunization, local health department coverage, and the state's laboratory services.

Previously, Dr. Lumpkin worked at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s efforts aimed at transforming health and health care systems to achieve measurably better outcomes for all by maintaining high-quality, effective, and value-laden health care, public health, and population health services and expanding the capacity of community, public and private sector leaders to help our nation build a Culture of Health where everyone in our diverse society has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

Dr. Lumpkin’s extensive background includes serving on the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics; the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition; the advisory committee to the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Assuring the Health of the Public in the 21st Century.

He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Nursing.