Plenary Sessions

MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS’ 2015 Plenary Sessions bring together industry leaders to collaboratively discuss our nation’s most pressing healthcare challenges, lessons learned, and breakthrough innovations that can be implemented immediately to improve response, containment and care. Click here to view the the full 3-day schedule.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Collaborating to Address Health Problems
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Healthcare providers are teaming up to provide coordinated and seamless patient care to prevent and mange chronic diseases and improve population health. The emphasis on collaboration will result in reduced medical errors, improvements in healthcare quality, and cost lowering. This plenary session features three presentations on how hospitals and the community are collaborating to improve care:

TMC 2015 Consumer Health Report: A Texas Medical Center & Nielsen Poll of Texas
As healthcare becomes more consumer directed, providers are working to better understand what the public wants. The Texas Medical Center, which encompasses 57 member institutions, most of whom provide patient care, conducted a comprehensive healthcare survey to explore what matters most to the consumer. The statewide survey involved 1,000 respondents, each providing household income, with the range of preferences from lower to higher income households gathered. Among the questions: What do consumers expect from their healthcare provider and what are they willing to pay for it? Which demographic will spend more on healthcare? What percentage of Texans feel that those with bad health habits should pay more for healthcare? What are people willing to give up and what won’t they give up for healthcare?

Clinton Health Matters Initiative: Houston and Harris County Blueprint for Action
The Clinton Health Matters Initiative works with regions disproportionately impacted by chronic disease to improve health outcomes and close gaps in health disparities and uses the county health rankings model to guide its community health transformation work. In Harris County, CHMI and GE saw a unique opportunity to strengthen and accelerate system change within the community through partnerships and collaborations. Learn about their strategic plan and the progress they are making in their goal to improve community health.

Beyond the Headlines: Critical Questions on the top of Minds of Healthcare Executives Today


  • Robert Robbins, MD, President and CEO, Texas Medical Center
  • Arthur Garson, MD, MPH, Texas Medical Center
  • Dan Wolterman, CEO, Memorial Hermann Health System
  • Paul Klotman, MD, President and CEO, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Alan Gilbert, Director, Global Government and NGO Strategy, healthymagination
  • Gillian Sealy, Director, Clinton Health Matters Initiative
  • Mark Boom, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Houston Methodist Hospital

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Game Changers in Healthcare
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

When it comes to medical advancements the future is now.  New breakthroughs in the field of regenerative medicine are allowing us to live longer, healthier lives. 3D printing has the potential to revolutionize medicine and wearable health-related devices are assisting doctors in the operating room and empowering patients. Our two presentations will give you a glimpse of these innovations transforming healthcare. Presentations in this plenary session include:

Regenerative Medicine and 3D Printing
Smart Technology


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

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

For years, it seemed like only fantasy and science fiction writers speculated about global plagues and diseases, and their writings became the fodder for movies like The Andromeda Strain, Outbreak, Contagion, 12 Monkeys and even The Rise of the Planet of the Apes. However, the recent multi-continent medical outbreaks of the H1N1 virus and Ebola highlight a startling “new reality” of how the interconnections of people made by increasing global travel and trade can become a springboard for deadly medical pandemics. Dr. Brett Giroir, head of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center and head of the recent Governor appointed State of Texas task force on the 2014 Ebola outbreak will headline a stellar panel of medical experts who will discuss this issue in detail, including the results and recommendations from of the panel’s report to the Governor and assess the risk of future pandemic risks and gauge effective community responses.

Speaker: Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Texas A&M Health Science Center

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Data Driven Healthcare
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Big data is more then just a buzzword. In healthcare it’s critical to improving care and outcomes, driving efficiencies, reducing costs, and helping researchers find new drugs and reuse old ones. Hear from several experts on how big data is transforming healthcare. Presentations in this plenary session include:

Leveraging Big Data to Drive Research Discoveries
Big Data Driving Major Advancements in Nursing
Transforming Big Data into Clinical Practice