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Featured Speakers

SHM prides itself on its world-class faculty and continues to lead the charge in this effort, providing Hospital Medicine 2017 attendees with featured speakers who are leaders in the field and who will examine today’s issues, challenging everyone to be a part of the solution.

Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc

Acting Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Dr. Karen DeSalvo is the Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has made a tremendous impact on high-quality care through direct patient care, medical education, policy and administrative roles, research, and public service. She has received many honors, including recognition as a “Woman of Excellence in Health Care” by the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus. Join her for her featured address.

Patrick H. Conway, MD, MHM, MSc

Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality
Director, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Patrick Conway, is the CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and the Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. CMS is responsible for overseeing quality of care, innovation, and new payment models for the programs that serve the over 140 million Americans that access health care services through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. He and the CMS team focus on health system transformation by improving quality, affordability, access to care, and health outcomes.

Robert M. Wachter, MD, MHM

Professor and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Author of Hospital Medicine and
Thursday, May 4, 2017, 12:10 – 1:10 p.m.

Dr. Robert Wachter, national thought leader in healthcare quality improvement, in his always entertaining style, will be addressing important and interesting work going on in MD leadership, teamwork, artificial intelligence and changing the way we judge physicians. His blog,, is one of the nation’s most popular healthcare blogs and his 2015 book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, was a New York Times science bestseller. Join him for his closing keynote address “Mergers, MACRA, and Mission-Creep: Can Hospitalists Thrive in the New World of Healthcare?”