The 2015 Leadership Summit in San Francisco is just around the corner and we have our best program ever. Our amazing lineup of keynoters will motivate, stimulate and inspire us as we tackle this year’s theme, “Rewriting the Health Care Playbook: Leading Transformation and Innovation.” As health systems continue their transformation journey, our renowned keynoters will provide context and insights to leading this change. We will hear from:

Michael Porter, distinguished Harvard Business School professor and foremost authority on strategy, competition and competitive advantage, will provide us with innovative insights on how to navigate the journey to value in health care. With major commitments being made by public and private purchasers to value-based payment models, Porter’s message couldn’t be more timely.

Atul Gawande, M.D., is arguably the greatest medical writer and communicator of our age. Rooted in his own experience as surgeon, son and policy analyst, his latest book, Being Mortal, is a moving, meaningful and exquisitely written analysis of how doctors, patients and families confront their mortality and the medical care surrounding death. Gawande will show us there is a better way.

Doris Kearns Goodwin, author and presidential historian, is back by popular demand. She is always a dynamic and engaging speaker, as her passion for history and her gift for storytelling help to translate the experience of leaders from the past to the leaders of today. She will draw on her latest work to focus on “Leadership Lessons from the Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.”

Michael Lewis, is the author of Flash Boys, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, The Blind Side and many other popular works of nonfiction. His sharp wit, engaging style and deep research have made him a must-read on many topics from the global economy to sports. His insights on the financial crisis, the value of analytics, strategy innovation, and accountability and transparency will provide fresh perspective on the challenges of transformation in health care.

Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., oncologist, cancer researcher and science writer, is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which was recently the basis of a Ken Burns film. Mukherjee will share his perspective on how cancer care has evolved and what it means for a health care system in the midst of innovation and transformation in multiple dimensions: clinical, economic, technological, scientific and organizational.

Finally, I am honored to moderate a panel discussion with three great leaders: Joe Swedish, CEO of Anthem Inc.; Jim Hinton, CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services; and Brian Marcotte, CEO of the National Business Group on Health. Our conversation will focus on the importance of listening to the purchasers of health care: business, government and individual consumers.

These keynoters are all outstanding in their own right; having them all in one program is unprecedented. In addition, the Summit has educational tracks during which nationally recognized organizations, thinkers and doers share their stories and experiences, and give you practical tools and insights to use on your own journey. As always, I will be there to help make the connections to our theme of transformation and innovation and to share some stories from the front lines of health care as a new playbook emerges. 

Ian Morrison is an author, consultant and futurist. He will serve as synthesizer of the Health Forum and AHA Leadership Summit July 23–25.


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