Speakers Bureau

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) catalyzes and leads change to improve diagnosis and eliminate harm from diagnostic error, in partnership with patients, their families, the healthcare community and every interested stakeholder.

SIDM’s Speakers Bureau offers direct access to thought leaders in the diagnostic quality and safety world. SIDM speakers are among the best in their fields, with expertise on topics ranging from diagnostic error and quality improvement efforts to patient engagement, and more. Our speaking engagements can be tailored to meet your time and content needs. Whether you are hosting a meeting, workshop, conference or webinar, our speakers will educate and motivate your audience to action toward reducing the harm of diagnostic error and improving diagnostic accuracy and timeliness.

While each request will be considered on a case-by-case basis, for-profit companies are typically expected to provide an honorarium and reimbursement of travel expenses. Costs for non-profits and all health institutions will be considered for subsidization based on factors such as Coalition membership, the size of the expected audience, and other factors that signal the commitment to improving diagnosis.

Our Experts

Paul Epner

Paul Epner

Chief Executive Officer

Paul L. Epner is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM). He is also the Chair of the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, a multi-organization collaboration. Paul is a Past President of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA). His peer-reviewed publications focus on the role of the clinical laboratory in improving patient outcomes and he has been asked to speak globally on this topic.

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Mark Graber

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Mark Graber is a patient safety pioneer, founding Patient Safety Awareness Week, the Diagnostic Error in Medicine conferences, and the SIDM. He is a recipient of the John M Eisenberg Award from The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum, the nation’s top honor in patient safety. He has an extensive background in biomedical and health services research, with over 100 peer-reviewed publications and 5,000 citations. He has spoken to local, national, and international audiences on diagnostic quality and safety.

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Sue Sheridan


Sue Sheridan

Director of Patient Engagement

Sue Sheridan is a nationally renowned patient safety advocate. Prior to her work at SIDM, Sue held positions at the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), PCORI, and the World Health Organization (WHO). She had previously spent 10 years in patient advocacy inspired by adverse family experiences in the healthcare system. She co-founded and is past president of Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus, and is also the co-founder of Consumers Advancing Patient Safety.

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Diana Rusz

Diana Rusz

Quality Improvement Program Manager

Diana received her Master of Public Health degree in health policy and administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining SIDM, Diana worked as a consultant for Health Management Associates (HMA). Before HMA, she worked as a graduate assistant at the Center for Research on Women and Gender as well as the Chicago Colorectal Cancer Consortium.

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The Topics that Matter

Subject matter experts from SIDM are available to speak on a variety of topics, including those listed below.

Diagnostic Quality & Safety

  • The Need for Improved Diagnostic Quality and Safety
  • Epidemiology of the Problem
  • Causes of Diagnostic Error
  • The Impact of Health Informatics on Diagnostic Quality and Safety
  • The Role of the Clinical Laboratory in Improving Diagnosis

Patient Engagement

  • Partnering with Patients to Improve Diagnosis
  • Patient Engagement and Public Policy
  • Integrating the Patient Perspective in Research

Quality Improvement

  • Root Cause Analysis Methodology
  • Engaging Physicians in Diagnostic Process Improvement
  • Reducing Diagnostic Error in Clinical Settings
  • Diagnostic Error Change Packages