MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS Will Feature Industry Experts at April Show in Houston

December 27, 2014

At the MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS (MWA) 2015 conference and expo, industry leaders will collaboratively discuss the Ebola outbreak that has plagued primarily West Africa and other pressing health care challenges, lessons learned and breakthrough innovations they can implement immediately.

“MWA 2015 is convening experts who are on the front line of transforming how we practice medicine,” said Robert Robbins, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Medical Center and Chairman of the MWA Executive Committee.

He added, “From the man who led the response to the Ebola outbreak in Texas, to the doctor who performed the first surgery using Google Glass, this forum will share practical and exciting breakthroughs in how we care for patients.”

Leading experts will convene at MWA April 27-29 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston to explore innovations in health care through three plenary sessions:

Session 1 – Collaborating to Address Health Problems

The First Annual TMC Health Policy Institute Health Care Survey: What Patients Really Want in Their Health Care System

Tim Garson, M.D., M.P.H., Texas Medical Center

Clinton Health Matters Initiative: Houston and Harris County Blueprint for Action

Sue Siegel, CEO, GE Ventures & Healthymagination

Rain Henderson, CEO, Clinton Health Matters Initiative

Beyond the Headlines: Critical Questions Facing Health Care Executives Today

Robert Robbins, M.D., President and CEO, Texas Medical Center (moderator)

Ron DePinho, M.D., CEO, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dan Wolterman, CEO, Memorial Hermann Health System

Paul Klotman, M.D., President and CEO, Baylor College of Medicine

Marc Boom, M.D., President and CEO, Houston Methodist Hospital

 Session 2 – Game Changers in Healthcare

Smart Technology

Rafael Grossmann, M.D., Eastern Maine Medical Center

No Longer Science Fiction - Emerging Infectious and Tropical Diseases and the New Realities and Risks of World-Wide Pandemics

Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Texas A&M Health Science Center (moderator)

Session 3 – Data Driven Healthcare

Leveraging Big Data to Drive Research Discoveries

Jeffrey Hammerbacher, Mount Sinai Hospital

Transforming Big Data into Clinical Practice

Atul Butte, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital 

Conference participants will be the first to learn about the results of a landmark survey that explores what patients are seeking in their health care experience in 2015 and beyond. Tim Garson, M.D., M.P.H., of Texas Medical Center, will provide insights into the broader implications of these findings and how health care practitioners can address them.

As part of MWA, participants will also experience a comprehensive view of the future of the industry through a showcase, which includes hundreds of state-of-the-art medical devices, technologies, products and services.

In addition, at least nine physician and nursing sessions will offer continuing education credits for attendees.

MWA launched last year as a unique collaboration between the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB), Germany-based Messe Duesseldorf, the Texas Medical Center and Houston First Corp. The inaugural session brought together a diverse group of more than 2,000 medical professionals from 33 countries.

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