Keynote Speakers, Lecturers Bring Big Science

Big data, data sharing, and decision-making are just a few of the themes you can expect from keynote speakers and lecturers at the ATS 2019 International Conference. These renowned speakers with diverse backgrounds will present cutting-edge research on a variety of timely topics hand-selected for the pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine community.

Mary E. Klotman, MD

Mary E. Klotman, MD

Opening Ceremony

ATS 2019 will officially kick off Saturday, May 18, with the Opening Ceremony and a keynote address by accomplished clinician and scientist Mary E. Klotman, MD. Dr. Klotman is dean of the Duke University School of Medicine and vice chancellor for Health Affairs. During her address, she will share her insights on the importance of teams and mentors throughout her career, as well as her vision for the future. Dr. Klotman was assistant professor of medicine at Duke before moving to the National Institutes of Health, where she was a member of the Public Health Service and trained and worked in the Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology under the direction of Robert Gallo, MD.

ATS President Polly Parsons, MD, ATSF, will also speak during the Opening Ceremony and present the Public Service Award, World Lung Health Award, and Jo Rae Wright Award for Outstanding Science.

Amberson Lecture

The J. Burns Amberson Lecture on Sunday, May 19, will be presented by Jahar Bhattacharya, MD, DPhil. Dr. Bhattacharya is a professor of medicine and director of lung research at the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Columbia University in New York. The Amberson Lecturer is an individual with a career of major lifetime contributions to clinical or basic pulmonary research and/or clinical practice.

Keynote Series

The ATS Keynote Series highlights major advances, recent discoveries, significant accomplishments, transformative findings, and important best practices in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. These state-of-the-art lectures are presented in one or two sessions at 8 a.m. each morning during the conference.

On Sunday, Jerome E. Groopman, MD, and Pamela I. Hartzband, MD, will present “When Experts Disagree: The Art of Medical Decision-Making” (K1). Dr. Groopman is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, chief of experimental medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and one of the world’s leading researchers in cancer and AIDS. Dr. Hartzband is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and attending physician in the Division of Endocrinology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The second keynote of the day will be presented by Anne Sales, PhD, RN, MSN, who will present “Implementation Science: How Can it Support Health Research?” (K2). She is a professor and associate chair for educational programs and health system innovation at the University of Michigan Medical School as well as a research scientist at the Center of Clinical Management Research for the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

On Monday, Jeffrey M. Drazen, MD, will present “Data Sharing in the Context of Clinical Trials” (K3). He is the editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, senior physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and professor of physiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Denis E. O’Donnell, MD, will present “Unravelling the Mystery of Breathlessness in COPD” (K4). He is professor of medicine at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

On Tuesday, Robert M. Califf, MD, will present “Developing the Evidence for Value-Based Care in Pulmonary Medicine” (K5). Dr. Califf is a professor of cardiology and professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC. He also is a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. David S. Wilkes, MD, will present the second lecture, “Enhancing Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine” (K6). He is dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and is a nationally recognized physician scientist.

On Wednesday, Michael D. Howell, MD, MPH, will present “What Should Pulmonologists Know About Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning?” (K7). He is the chief clinical strategist at Google Health and was the founding director of the Center for Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation and chief quality officer at the University of Chicago Medicine.

Plenary Session

Tuesday’s Plenary Session will feature Ed Kashi, a photojournalist, filmmaker, speaker, and educator documenting the social and political issues of our time. Mr. Kashi is a leading voice in the visual storytelling community. His full embrace of technology has led Mr. Kashi to create compelling imagery and engage with the world in new ways.