Keynote Speakers

Sunday, October 27, 2019
Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD, MPH, MPA

Monday, October 28, 2019
Wayne Beach, PhD
Paul Haidet, MD, MPH, FACH

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Liz Salmi

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Orit Karnieli-Miller
, PhD

Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD, MPH, MPA

Dr. Wayne BeachAbout Lisa Fitzpatrick:
Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick is an infectious diseases physician and CDC-trained medical epidemiologist. Her career has spanned research, clinical medicine, global health, community health education and patient advocacy. Most recently she served as the medical director for Washington DC’s Medicaid program.

Dr. Fitzpatrick is a professorial lecturer for the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and an adjunct clinical professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine. She is an Aspen Institute Health Innovator fellow and member of the Aspen Institute Global Leadership Network. 

She has a Masters in Public Health from the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health and Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

In addition to public health and infectious diseases, Dr. Fitzpatrick's areas of professional interest include health literacy, patient engagement and health innovation for underserved communities, specifically digital health solutions.

Wayne Beach, PhD

Dr. Wayne BeachKeynote Presentation:
Translating Basic Research on Communication and Cancer: Enhancing Patient-Family Interactions and Improving Quality Care

About Wayne Beach:
Dr. Beach is Professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University, and Director of the Center for Communication, Health, & the Public Good. He is also faculty on the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health, Adjunct Professor, Department of Surgery, and Member of the Moores Cancer Center, University of California, San Diego (UCSD).

Recent honors include the 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association (NCA), the 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Western States Communication Association, and the 2017 TRIP (Translating Research into Practice) Scholar Award from Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis. He has also received three Outstanding Scholarship awards from NCA and the Translational Entertainment and Education Award from George Mason University. He is recipient of SDSU’s President’s Leadership Fund and Dean’s Excellence Awards and was selected as SDSU’s Faculty ‘Monty’ and Professor of the Year Award for Outstanding Research & Teaching Contributions.

External funding for Dr. Beach’s research has been awarded from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI), the American Cancer Society (ACS), and several philanthropic foundations in San Diego.

He has published over 100 articles/chapters and 3 books promoting Conversation Analysis (CA) across the communication discipline and social/medical sciences. Attention has been drawn to the fundamental importance of studying the organization of everyday talk and social actions in ordinary conversations and diverse institutional interactions. A particular concern with health and illness has given rise to long-term and current investigations such as how family members talk through cancer on the telephone, patient-doctor interactions during preventive and oncology interviews (e.g., managing cancer hopes and fears, laughter and humor, and pain expressions/responses), and an emerging focus on communication, genetic counseling, and family decision-making when managing uncertain futures and health risks.

Translations of his work for the public good include When Cancer Calls…, a professional theatrical production adapted from naturally occurring phone calls, that has been viewed and experienced by thousands of persons and is currently being developed into an innovative educational resource for nursing, cancer care, and intercollegiate athletics. A recently completed documentary film, A Journey Through Breast Cancer, has involved a unique 3 year collaboration with a patient and her family, an Emmy Award winning film maker, a surgeon, and medical team members within the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at UCSD Moores Cancer Center. The film will soon be disseminated as the first attempt to document the critical roles of communication over time, from diagnosis throughout single mastectomy, chemotherapy, breast reconstruction, and steps toward recovery and healing.

Dr. Beach is an avid cyclist, runner, and skier. His home overlooking Mission Bay in San Diego provides inspiring views and beautiful sunsets most days of the year.


Paul Haidet, MD, MPH, FACH
Paul M. Haidet, MD,MPHAbout Paul Haidet:

Dr. Haidet’s interests focus on relationships in healthcare, including patient-physician, student-teacher, and individual-organization relationships. His work includes the development of the first tool to measure a medical school's culture with respect to patient-centered care, examining patient and physician understanding of each others' perspectives in the medical encounter, and issues surrounding the incorporation of Team-Based Learning in medical education.

Liz Salmi

Liz SalmiAbout Liz Salmi:

Liz Salmi is a former punk rock drummer turned cancer patient, who now works for a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital on a research project called OpenNotes--a movement that encourages doctors and other healthcare professionals to share the notes they write with the patients they are caring for.

After being diagnosed with a life-limiting condition at age 29, Liz immediately put her digital communications skills to use by blogging, chronicling her daily symptoms, and seeing how much trouble she could get into with her online medical information. Today, she is passionate about empowering regular people to become more engaged in their own health care and improve their experience as patients.

Liz is a Stanford Medicine X e-Patient Scholar and a 2016 TEDMED Frontline Scholar. She speaks regularly on how healthcare professionals and patients are connecting through digital tools and joining as partners in research.  

In addition to her work with OpenNotes, Liz leads stakeholder engagement efforts for a palliative/neuro-oncology research network established by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and serves on the Board of Directors for National Brain Tumor Society. Her interests include clinical informatics, citizen science and human-centered design.


Orit Karnieli-Miller, PhD

Dr. Orit Karnieli-MillerAbout Orit Karnieli-Miller:
Dr. Orit Karnieli-Miller is the Head of the Department of Medical Education at Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel.  She received her PhD in Social Work from the University of Haifa in Israel with specialty in communication in healthcare.  She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Regenstrief Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine focusing on professionalism and humanism in healthcare.  Throughout her academic career, Dr. Karnieli-Miller has focused on enhancing patient centered care through studying and teaching communication between physician-patient and families. She has expertise in the field of “breaking bad news”, multi-participant conversations (patient-physician-companion), shared decision-making in medical practice, reflective practice and professionalism in medicine.  Dr. Karnieli-Miller has focused both on patients’ needs and expectations as well as professionals (physicians and medical students) needs and challenges. She has been awarded numerous significant research grants and has published widely in leading peer-reviewed journals within the field of medical education and communication in healthcare. She has served as a board member in the Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH) for the past five years.

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