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AMIA 2022 Annual Symposium Keynote Presentations

Opening Plenary Panel

Sunday, November 6 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST

"Leveraging Consumer Health Data for Health Promotion"

Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP
Senior Vice President and Aetna Chief Medical Officer
CVS Health

Dr. Kyu ("Q") Rhee serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Aetna at CVS Health. He and his team lead the integration and delivery of clinical and population health solutions. He is passionate and grateful to work for a health care innovation company with a simple and clear purpose: "to help people on their path to better health" from the community to the home to the palm of their hand.

Prior to joining CVS Health, Dr. Rhee was the Chief Health Officer of IBM for a decade. He and his team had global responsibilities for IBM’s efforts to transform health through the use of data, analytics, artificial intelligence, and services for hospitals, health systems, providers, health plans, employers, governments, and life science companies across the world. He was also accountable for the health and safety of the global workforce, innovating health plan design for billions of global healthcare spending, and assuring a culture of health.  

Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Rhee was Chief Public Health Officer at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which is the primary federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. Dr. Rhee also served as Director of the Office of Innovation and Program Coordination at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is the primary federal agency for research. While at HRSA and NIH, he served on and led numerous initiatives related to prevention, health care quality, research, health equity and public health.

Prior to his public service, he worked as a National Health Service Corps primary care physician and Chief Medical Officer in community health settings in Washington, DC and Baltimore. During that time, he taught at the George Washington University School of Public Health, where he received a “Best Teacher” award for his classes in Community Health Leadership and Health Disparities.

Dr. Rhee performed his medical residency training in both internal medicine and pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He obtained his medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. Rhee also holds a master's degree in Healthcare Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He acquired his Bachelor in Science degree from Yale University in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, where he also served as President of the study body.

Marc R. Watkins, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Kroger Health

Additional speaker(s) to be announced

Gretchen Purcell Jackson, MD, PhD, FACS, FACMI, FAMIA
President and Board Chair


Closing Keynote

Wednesday, November 9 | 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EST

“Informatics to Enhance Accessibility and Achieve Health Equity for People with Disabilities”
Bonnielin K. Swenor, PhD, MPH
The Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center

Bonnielin Swenor is an associate professor at The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, School of Medicine, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is the founder and director of the Johns Hopkins Disability Health Research Center, which aims to shift the paradigm from ‘living with a disability’ to ‘thriving with a disability’ through research, education, and policy. Her work is motivated by her personal experience with disability, as she has low vision, and uses a ‘disability data justice’ approach to advance health equity for people with disabilities.

Dr. Swenor’s research aims to address structural injustices impacting the disability community and examines a wide range of areas, including healthcare, public health, food access, transportation, and housing. She is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Forum on Aging, Disability, and Independence, co-chairs the Subgroup on Individuals with Disabilities within the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is a member of the Health Equity Workgroup within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ACD, and co-hosts the Included podcast which highlights research that challenges stereotypes and elevates the inequities that people with disabilities face.