Keynote Speakers


KLASKO high res.jpg"The Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Healthcare Galaxy: The Actions That Changed the Healthcare Landscape in America From 2017-2027"                                              

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

Abstract: What if someone came down from another planet and looked at the healthcare system in the place called USA on the planet earth. What they would find is a system that speaks of wellness but is financed by disease treatment, one that talks about moving from volume to value but has yet to figure out how to define or reward value, and one where every other aspect of its economy and lifestyle has been transformed by technology and consumerism except for healthcare. The author of the books, We CAN Fix Healthcare and The Phantom Stethoscope, President Klasko uses science fiction to challenge audiences to imagine an ideal future, and identify what it takes to design that future today. He reviews twelve “disruptors” for the demise of the old healthcare system, and shows how each is an opportunity to take the trends and incremental steps we see today and create the transformations and disruptions tomorrow. His optimism is an antidote to fear surrounding current change. Most importantly, President Klasko challenges us to erase traditional boundaries and silos, to see creativity as a strategy, and to reconsider a hospital system as a “consumer organization.” He is passionate about designing a system without health disparities, a system that makes wellness the goal and a system where augmented intelligence use machine cognition to replace doctors’ memorization skills so that doctors can be chosen based on self-awareness and empathy to create meaningful relationships with patients. The talk will demonstrate actionable strategies through an innovative “history of the future” thought experiment, a strategic planning process which has led to Dr Klasko’s organization rapidly becoming one of the fastest growing academic medical centers in the nation, one that is more optimistic about its future than its almost two-hundred year old past.

About the Speaker: Stephen Klasko is President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the nation. An advocate for transformational change in health care, he is author of 2016’s “We Can Fix Healthcare in America: The Future Is Now,” and editor in chief of the journal Healthcare Transformation. He previously served as CEO of USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine at University of South Florida. At Jefferson he leads an academic medical center that consistently ranks among the top academic health systems in the country and which has grown over the last two years to include 29,000 employees, twelve hospitals and over 2-million patient visits. In 2015, he led the merger of  Jefferson with Abington Health in one of the nation’s first shared-governance, “hub and hub” academic medical center mergers. He has also attracted Aria Health System and Kennedy Health System, two premier community academic medical centers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to join this unique system. Jefferson further announced plans to merge with Philadelphia University, a top ten design university in suburban Philadelphia. He is a professor of OB-GYN at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and the founder of Spirit of Women, a grass roots womens health empowerment organization now utilized at over 150 hospitals and health systems. After receiving his MD, and completing his obstetrics and gynecology residency, he completed his MBA at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. After the conclusion of his MBA, he received a $1.5 million grant to investigate the selection and education biases that affect physician’s ability to negotiate and handle change, which resulted in his previous book, “The Phantom Stethoscope: A Field Manual for an Optimistic Future in Medicine.” He is married to Colleen Wyse, a fashion publishing executive and founder of Philadelphia Trunk Show, and has three children and one grandchild. 

Engheta.png“Extreme Platforms for Extreme Functionality”

Nader Engheta, PhD, H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor at the University of Pennsylvania

Abstract: Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and materials science and engineering have witnessed significant development in recent years. Platforms with unprecedented “extreme” electromagnetic features can now be constructed, providing ample opportunities for manipulating, tailoring and sculpting waves and fields at various length scales. In electronics controlling and tailoring flow of charged carriers has led to design of many functional devices. In microwaves and photonics, by analogy, we control electromagnetic and optical waves using materials. However, the challenges and opportunities are different in these two fields. Materials are means to shape waves, and as such they can endow electromagnetic waves and photons with desired functionalities. One can now tailor structures much smaller than the wavelengths of visible light, thus enabling game-changing possibilities and paradigm-shifting opportunities for functionalizing fields and waves at the nanoscale, opening doors to innovation and discovery. For example, we have been exploring a series of phenomena related to the wave-matter interaction in platforms with extreme scenarios, such as near-zero-index materials, low-index photonics, optical lumped circuit paradigm (“optical metatronics”) for optical information processing at the nanoscale, specially engineered materials that solve equations as waves go through them, one-atom-thick optical devices, photonic doping, geometry-independent resonant cavities, etc. These “extreme platforms” offer new opportunities for functional devices of future.

In this talk, I will discuss some of these exciting possibilities for “extreme platforms”, and forecast some future directions and opportunities.

About the Speaker: Nader Engheta is the H. Nedwill Ramsey Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, with affiliations in the Departments of Electrical and Systems Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, Materials Science and Engineering, and Bioengineering. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Tehran, and his M.S and Ph.D. degrees from Caltech. His current research activities span a broad range of areas including nanophotonics, metamaterials, microwaves, graphene optics, imaging and sensing inspired by eyes of animal species, microwave and optical antennas, and physics and engineering of fields and waves. He has received several awards for his research including the 2015 Gold Medal from SPIE, the 2015 Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the 2012 IEEE Electromagnetics Award, the 2014 Balthasar van der Pol Gold Medal from the International Union of Radio Science (URSI), the 2015 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship Award from US Department of Defense, the 2015 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Distinguished Achievement Award, the 2015 Wheatstone Lecture in King’s College London, the 2013 Inaugural SINA Award in Engineering, 2006 Scientific American Magazine 50 Leaders in Science and Technology, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and the IEEE Third Millennium Medal. He is a Fellow of seven international scientific and technical societies, i.e., IEEE, OSA, APS, MRS, SPIE, URSI, and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has received the honorary doctoral degrees from the Aalto University in Finland in 2016 and from the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 2016.