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DAY ONE: May 18
3:00 p.m.


3:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Workshops
(Choose One to Attend)

Your Career in Health Tech Innovation Starts Here!

Where are the hot jobs in health tech? Get real answers from Westchester’s top healthcare and innovation HR executives. This panel discussion offers an unparalleled opportunity for life sciences, biotech, biology, and technology students and graduates to meet, ask questions, and learn from the experts. Explore exciting career paths, get advice on how to obtain high-demand jobs, and start networking immediately at the reception that follows.


Joseph DiCarlo, Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources, WestMed

Scott Kalish, Manager, IT Recruitment, Emerging Health Information Technology, Montefiore IT

Shaun Smith, Vice President, Human Resources, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Kristy Rosse, Senior Director of Talent Acquisition and Employee Relations, Acorda Therapeutics

Additional panelists TBD

De-Mystifying DSRIP: Answers to New York’s $8 Billion Question

Learn why experts consider Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) to be a huge healthcare game-changer. Hear how New York State is spending $8 billion on collaborative efforts to create and test innovative new models of Medicaid healthcare payment and service delivery– models that ultimately will reach far beyond Medicaid populations. DSRIP experts will pinpoint DSRIP’s numerous opportunities and challenges for our healthcare system, and recommend how to get ready for what lies ahead. A must!

Moderator: Anthony Mahler, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Westchester Medical Center


Gregory Allen, Director, Financial Planning and Policy, New York State Department of Health

Mary Zagajeski, President, Chief Executive Officer, Dominican Sisters Family Health Service, Inc.

Lindsay Farrell, President, Chief Executive Officer, Open Door Family Medical Centers

June Keenan, MS, MPH, SVP Delivery System Transfer Information, Executive Director, Center for Regional Healthcare Innovation

5:15 p.m.

Networking Cocktail Reception

DAY TWO: May 19
7:30 a.m.

Registration / Breakfast

Ongoing Innovation Showcase: Check out the innovative products from local and regional companies, colleges and universities, medical centers, and more.

8:00 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

8:15 a.m.

Morning Keynote:

Keynote Address: Aris Baras, MD, Executive Director, Regeneron Genetics Center

Dr. Aris I. Baras is executive director and co-head of the Regeneron Genetics Center, which he co-founded with other members of the Regeneron Genetics Steering Committee. Dr. Baras joined Regeneron in 2011, initially supporting functions in Translational Medicine and Technology Development and later taking on roles of increasing responsibility in Research & Development Strategy and Business Development.

8:50 a.m.

Special Presentation

Brimming with Innovation: How Westchester’s HealthTech Hub is Changing the World

Westchester’s life science companies and healthcare innovators are driving our region’s Innovation Economy. Researchers and executives at growing biotechnology, pharma, and R&D companies shed light on the latest breakthroughs in healthcare technology—from the newest therapeutics, to molecular treatments, research, medical treatments, rehabilitation, and product development.

Moderator: Aris Baras, MD, Executive Director, Regeneron Genetics Center


Tony Caggiano, MD, PhD, Senior Vice President, Research & Development, Acorda Therapeutics

Additional panelists TBD

10:30 a.m.

Networking Break / Innovation Showcase

11:00 a.m.

Panel Discussion

3-D Printing: The Next Frontier in Healthcare

3-D printing is already transforming medicine. From prosthetic limbs and custom dental fixtures, to heart valves and synthetic skin, 3-D printing is enabling providers and researchers to produce medical devices and perform advanced procedures at less cost and greater speed than conventional methods. Learn why experts say this is just the beginning of the 3-D printing revolution in healthcare.

Moderator: TBD


David Putrino, PhD, PT, Director of Telemedicine and Virtual Rehabilitation, Burke Medical Research Institute

Oren Tepper, MD, Director of Craniofacial Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center

Additional panelists TBD

12:15 p.m.

Presentation of the Purchase College Science Entrepreneurship Award

12:20 p.m.

Keynote address: Laura Forese, MD, President, NYP Healthcare Services

“Amazing Things Are Happening Here: Westchester Redefining the Provider Landscape”

Dr. Laura L. Forese is President of NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, the comprehensive network of NewYork-Presbyterian that includes multiple acute care, community hospitals, employed and affiliated physician practice relationships, ambulatory facilities and post-acute institutions. Named to that role in 2013, Dr. Forese has been responsible for the strategy and execution of the rapidly evolving network that provides significant services to patients throughout the New York Region.

1:30 p.m.

Networking Break
Innovation Showcase

2:00 p.m.

Breakout Panels Sessions
(Choose One to Attend)

Panel A:

Capturing the Value of Big Data – The Fundamental Changes Ahead for Healthcare

Healthcare organizations have a powerful new tool in managing health: Big Data. Find out how Big Data are being used to engage patients, strategically reduce healthcare costs, select targeted health interventions, prevent hospital readmissions, and improve outcomes. Join panelists on the digital health frontier for a discussion on overcoming challenges and embracing opportunities to use Big Data to drive innovation and improve population health.


Barbara L. Greenberg, PhD, Chair, Epidemiology and Community Health, New York Medical College

Craig Rhinehart, Director, IBM Smarter Care Strategy and Market Development, IBM Healthcare

Henry Chung, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Montefiore Care Management Program, Montefiore Medical Center

Mark Kris, M.D, Memorial Sloan Kettering

Panel B

Innovations in Patient Engagement: How Telehealth, Wearables and other Innovations Take Center Stage in 2015

Technology is allowing providers to track their patients in real-time in the real world, potentially leading to better outcomes. Wearable technology, telemedicine, mobile health apps, and health information systems have the potential to extend the patient-provider relationship beyond the office visit and encourage patients to take better care of themselves. Join healthcare providers for a lively discussion on the potential of these technologies to help manage the complex chronic diseases that drive up healthcare costs.

Moderator: Dr. Robert Amler, MD, MBA, Dean and Professor, School of Health Sciences and Practice, New York Medical College.


Arthur Forni, MD, MMM, Vice President, Director of Quality and Analytics, WESTMED Practice Partners

Additional panelists TBD

3:00 p.m.

Breakout Panels Sessions
(Choose One to Attend)

Panel A:

Shaping the Future: A Spotlight on Westchester’s Breakthrough Clinical Innovations

While the County’s biotech companies are focused on new therapies for tomorrow, Westchester healthcare providers are developing new ways to treat challenging illnesses and chronic disease today. Find out about some of the amazing clinical trials and innovations and patient-centered programs that are having a meaningful impact on health now and in the very near future.


Mitchell Cairo, MD, Chief, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Westchester Medical Center

Chau T. Dang, MD, Chief, West Harrison Oncology Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Additional panelists TBD

Panel B

Healthcare and Life Sciences Real Estate: Developing facilities to drive innovation and improve patient care

How are the ACA, increased ambulatory care, technology, consumerism, and aging medical facilities changing the healthcare real estate market? Find out from the real estate visionaries reinventing healthcare facilities so that providers, life sciences organizations, and pharmaceutical companies can deliver state-of-the-art care, perform cutting-edge research, and promote cross-institutional collaboration in Westchester and the region.

Moderator: William Cuddy, Executive Vice President, CBRE


Guy Liebler, President, Simone Healthcare Development

Additional panelists TBD

4:00 p.m.

Fireside Chat: What’s Next in Health Innovation

Join two of the top healthcare executives in New York State for a lively discussion on the evolving healthcare landscape and what the implications are for Westchester and the region.


Kevin Dahill, President, Suburban Hospital Alliance of New York State

Ken Raske, Chief Executive Officer, Greater New York Hospital Association

5:00 p.m.

Face Time – Entrepreneurs Pitch Their New Products to CEOs, Chief Medical and Chief Technology Officers

One of the biggest hurdles for entrepreneurs is getting new and innovative products before people who can actually decide whether or not to buy them. Now, health tech entrepreneurs, developers, and startups get to pitch their Big Ideas to the region’s leading healthcare decision makers and get constructive feedback in real time. Hear from the experts—and maybe make a sale! Applications to present are available here and are due April 13, 2015.

Moderator: Jason Saltzman, Founder and CEO, AlleyNYC


Thomas Thornton, Senior Vice President, NorthShore Ventures

Aurelia Boyer, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System

Snehal Patel, MD, FRCS, Head and Neck Cancer Surgeon, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

6:00 p.m.

Networking Cocktail Reception