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ISDS is pleased to announce the Keynote Speakers for the 2019 Annual Conference.

January 30, 2019

Keynote Address, William J. Kassler, MD, MPH

Dr. Kassler has spent his career working at the intersection of clinical care and population health; as a practicing primary care internist, epidemiologist, health services researcher, public sector administrator and health policy expert. Dr. Kassler currently works at IBM Watson Health as Deputy Chief Health Officer and Lead Health Officer for Population Health, using big data, advanced analytics and AI to tackle the world’s most pressing health challenges.

Prior to joining Watson Health, he served as Chief Medical Office for the New England Region of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and was a founding member in the CMS Innovation Center creating value-based purchasing initiatives to improve population health. Before that, he served as the State Health Officer for New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, with leadership and administrative roles in public health, social services and Medicaid.

Dr. Kassler started his career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an EIS officer, later serving as a medical epidemiologist, Branch Chief for Health Services Research and Evaluation, and as Senior Advisor for health policy in the CDC/Washington Office. He received his MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, an MS in nutrition from Case Western Reserve University, an MPH from Berkeley. He completed a primary care internal medicine residency at Brown, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr Kassler has been recognized with numerous awards from the United States Public Health Service, including the Surgeon General’s Meritorious Service Award. He is recipient of the NH March of Dimes Physician Leadership Award, and the Bi-State Primary Care Association President’s Award. He is a practicing internist at a Federally Qualified Health Center, and past president of the New Hampshire Medical Society.

Special Welcome Address, Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH

Dr. Wilma J. Wooten is the public health officer for the County of San Diego. She received both of her professional degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, followed by the completion of residency training at the Georgetown/Providence Hospital Family Practice Residency Program in Washington, DC. In 1989, she completed the joint San Diego State University (SDSU), Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH)/University of California San Diego (UCSD) Preventive Medicine Residency, with an emphasis in Sports Medicine.

Dr. Wooten practiced medicine as a faculty member in the UCSD Department of Family and Preventive Medicine from 1990 to 2001. She remains a UCSD volunteer Associate Clinical Professor and is an Adjunct Professor at SDSU/GSPH. She has been with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency since 2001, initially as the Deputy Health Officer and now serves as the Public Health Officer since February 2007. She is an ardent supporter of public health and has a strong interest in health disparities and health equity.

Dr. Wooten is a past Board member, and past president (2011-13), of the California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO); current Board member, and past President (2013-15) of the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC); and past Board member (2009-2011) of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Dr. Wooten is a current Board member of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) of Directors (2011-present), member of the NACCHO Big Cities Health Coalition (2014-present), and member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2015-present).

February 1, 2019

Keynote Address, Michael Hogarth, MD, FACP, FACMI

Dr. Michael Hogarth is a board-certified Internist and faculty in biomedical informatics who has been part of the informatics leadership for several large-scale initiatives.  These include the Athena Breast Health Network, the I-SPY2 adaptive breast cancer trial, and the pSCANNER clinical data research network.

He has also been involved in improving vital statistics infrastructure in California and nationally.  His team developed the California Death Registration System (2004), the Maryland Electronic Death Registration System (2014) and the California Birth Registration System (2018). 

Dr. Hogarth has also been a leader in the development of large scale clinical data sets and their use. In 2013, he and colleagues created UC-ReX, which provided population level querying of the University of California’s 15 million electronic health records. In July 2017, Dr. Hogarth became UC San Diego Health’s first Clinical Research Information Officer (CRIO).

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