Keynote Speakers

Keynote Sessions

The Keynote Sessions will take place throughout the DEM2018 conference. The sessions will cover topics areas surrounding both patients and technology in diagnostic medicine.

The Power of Patient Narrative

Kelley Skeff, MD, PhD, MACP, Professor in Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

Sunday, November 4
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
This session will focus on the importance of engaging the patient narrative during health care encounters with a special focus on health professions education.

Dr. Skeff is the George DeForest Barnett Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Stanford University, and Co-Director of the Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers. Dr. Skeff was the internal medicine residency program director at Stanford for two decades. He received his MD from the University of Colorado and his PhD from the Stanford School of Education. Dr. Skeff's academic career has focused on methods to assist medical teachers internationally to improve their teaching effectiveness, resulting in the Stanford Faculty Development Center (SFDC).  The SFDC uses a dissemination approach that trains faculty from institutions internationally to train their own faculty colleagues and house staff to become more effective teachers. Since 1986, the SFDC has trained 395 faculty trainers from 156 institutions in 16 countries to become local, regional, and national resources for the improvement of medical education.  These faculty have, in turn, assisted over 15,000 faculty and residents to improve their teaching effectiveness. His most recent research has focused on the causes of and approaches to physician distress.

He has received several awards for teaching and mentorship at Stanford, and nationally from the Society of General Internal Medicine, the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine, and the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education. He was a regent and is a Master of the American College of Physicians.


The Impact of Technology on Diagnosis: The Implications...Obvious and Not

Robert Wachter, MD, Chair, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
Monday, November 5
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Wachter will address the conquest of medicine by digital technology. X-rays on film, handwritten charts, paper prescriptions, stethoscopes — tools that are fast disappearing and being replaced by digital and virtual alternatives. How does this technological revolution affect diagnosis, for better and for worse?
Robert M. Wachter, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. The department leads the nation in National Institutes of Health grants and is generally ranked as one of the nation's best.
Wachter is author of 250 articles and six books and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He coined the term "hospitalist" in 1996 and is often considered the "father" of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine and past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine.
In the safety and quality arenas, he edits the U.S. government's leading website on patient safety and has written two books on the subject, including Understanding Patient Safety, the world's top selling safety primer; its 3rd edition was published in 2017. In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation's top honor in patient safety. Twelve times, Modern Healthcare magazine has ranked him as one of the 50 most influential physician-executives in the U.S., and he was #1 on the list in 2015. 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.


Patient Story, Changing Institutional Culture

C. Michael Armstrong, Former CEO, AT&T, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety

Tuesday, November 6
8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Armstrong will describe his 2-layered personal experience with diagnostic error, how it led him to found a Patient Safety Institute to improve diagnosis, and what are the strategies of the Institute.

Mike Armstrong is the retired Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Health System Corporation and Hospital, retired Chairman and Director Emeritus of Comcast Corporation and former Chairman and CEO of AT&T and Hughes Electronics. Prior to these positions he spent more than three decades with IBM. Beginning as a systems engineer, he rose through the ranks to become Chairman of the Board of the IBM World Trade Corporation.

Armstrong serves on the Board of Directors of Artis-Naples (Naples, FL), the Naples Neighborhood Health Clinic, the Telluride Foundation, and Miami University. He is co-chairman of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Advisory Board and Chairman of the Patient Safety Committee at Johns Hopkins Medicine.  e is actively involved in infrastructure projects in the Mayan mountain villages of Guatemala

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