Healthcare of Tomorrow Conference Goes Virtual, Spotlights Insights on Pandemic Response and Health Equity

WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings, will convene leading hospital and health experts for its eighth annual Healthcare of Tomorrow conference which has been re-imagined for the first time as a virtual event series.

The Healthcare of Tomorrow series will kick off on Nov. 12 with a webinar exploring lessons learned amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as insights on how the U.S. presidential election could impact the industry.

In the weeks that follow, registrants will hear from hospital executives, heroes from the COVID-19 front lines, leading cancer researchers, including a Nobel Prize winner, and other health industry insiders in a series of conversations offering strategic insights on moving the industry forward. On Nov. 17, the series will include an in-depth examination of how to improve health equity across all levels of care. Sessions also feature discussions of the U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals and Best Hospitals rankings and methodologies.

Featured speakers include Dr. Eric Topol, founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, and Dr. Peter Hotez, professor and co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children's Hospital.

"The health care landscape has seen a seismic shift over the past nine months as the coronavirus pandemic gripped the nation," said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. "With the pandemic further exposing existing disparities in our healthcare system, the Healthcare of Tomorrow series will continue its mission of bringing together world-class thought leaders to discuss how to solve some of the biggest issues that have plagued the industry for far too long."

Confirmed speakers and panels include:

    --  Healthcare of Tomorrow: Where Do We Go From Here?
        --  Eric Topol, M.D., Executive Vice President, Scripps Research;
            Director and Founder, Scripps Research Translational Institute
        --  Michael J. Alkire, President, Premier
        --  Marc L. Boom, M.D. President and Chief Executive Officer, Houston
        --  Lloyd H. Dean, Chief Executive Officer, CommonSpirit Health
        --  Johnese Spisso, President, UCLA Health; Chief Executive Officer,
            UCLA Hospital System; Associate Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Science
    --  Addressing Health Equity: Attacking Racism and Health Disparities
        --  Michellene Davis, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate
            Affairs Officer, RWJBarnabas Health
        --  Omar B. Lateef, D.O., President and Chief Executive Officer, Rush
            University Medical Center
        --  Thomas Sequist, M.D., Chief Patient Experience and Equity Officer,
            Mass General Brigham
        --  Bruce Siegel, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, America's
            Essential Hospital
    --  Lessons From the COVID-19 Front Lines: Clinician Perspectives
        --  Elizabeth Malsin, M.D., pulmonary and critical care specialist at
            Northwestern Memorial Hospital; cared for Mayra Ramirez, a Chicago
            woman in her 20s who became the first-known patient in the U.S. to
            receive a double-lung transplant due to COVID-19
        --  Mayra Ramirez, COVID-19 survivor and double-lung transplant
        --  Vin Gupta, M.D., pulmonary and critical care physician; Affiliate
            Assistant Professor of Health Metrics Sciences at the Institute for
            Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington
        --  Jessica Montanaro, R.N., Assistant Nursing Care Coordinator,
            Medical-Surgical Trauma ICU, Mount Sinai Morningside Hospita
    --  On the Frontiers of Cancer Care: A Look at Future Directions
        --  James P. Allison, Ph.D. Nobel Prize Winner, Regental Professor and
            Chair of the Department of Immunology,
        --  Olga Keith Wiess Distinguished University Chair for Cancer Research,
            Director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Research, Executive
            Director of the Immunotherapy Platform, MD Anderson Cancer Center
        --  Michael A. Caligiuri, M.D., President, City of Hope National Medical
            Center; Deana and Steve Campbell Physician-in-Chief Distinguished
            Chair, City of Hope
        --  Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer,
            Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
        --  Carl H. June, M.D., Richard W. Vague Professor in Immunotherapy;
            Director, Center for Cellular Immunotherapies; Director, Parker
            Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, University of Pennsylvania
            Perelman School of Medicine
    --  The Race to a Vaccine: A Conversation with Dr. Peter Hotez, professor
        and co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas
        Children's Hospital
    --  Inside the U.S. News Best Hospital Rankings: A Quality Reporting
        --  In an interactive session, U.S. News editors and analysts will
            describe future directions of the U.S. News Best Hospitals public
            reporting program, including ongoing efforts to develop
            hospital-level measures of health equity and to further expand the
            ratings to additional Procedures & Conditions.
    --  Other sessions to be announced soon.

To learn more about this virtual conference or to register for sessions please visit the U.S. News Live page here.

For session recaps and reporting, media can visit and join the conversation on Twitter using #USNHOT.

About Healthcare of Tomorrow

U.S. News & World Report brings its legacy of health reporting, analysis and industry insights to life in this annual leadership forum. Healthcare of Tomorrow, presented by U.S. News Best Hospitals, unites a community of forward-thinking executives to exchange ideas, share best practices and set new standards for patient care. The eighth annual event will be held virtually starting in November of 2020.

About U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A digital news and information company focused on Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars and News, provides consumer advice, rankings and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 40 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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