REIMAGINE: Healthcare Keynote

Dr. John Whyte 

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Whyte is a board-certified practicing physician who has been communicating to the public as well as private sectors on health and health policy issues for nearly 25 years. As someone who has been a regulator, researcher, educator, and media executive, Dr. Whyte brings a unique perspective – having spent time in government, academia, and the private sector. He is passionate about changing how we think about health.

He is currently the Chief Medical Officer, WebMD. In this role, Dr. Whyte leads efforts to develop and expand strategic partnerships that create meaningful change around important and timely health issues. He is particularly interested in evaluating consumer trends in digital health, and how innovations – especially in technology – change the way health care is delivered.

While at FDA, Dr. Whyte served as the Director of Professional Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement at  the Center for Drugs Evaluation and Research. Dr. Whyte worked with health care professionals, patients, and patient advocates, providing them with a focal point for advocacy, enhanced two-way communication, and collaboration. He helped them navigate the regulatory process in a way they could comprehend. In addition, he launched the Drug Trials Snapshot program that details the participation in clinical trials for all new drug approvals – the first in a series of efforts by the FDA to help improve diverse representation and streamline the clinical trial process.

Prior to FDA, Dr. Whyte worked for nearly a decade as the Chief Medical Expert and Vice President, Health and Medical Education at Discovery Channel, the leading non-fiction television network. In this role, Dr. Whyte developed, designed, and delivered educational programming that appealed to both a medical and lay audience. This included television shows as well as online content that won over 50 awards, including numerous Tellys, CINE Golden Eagle, and Freddies.

Dr. Whyte is a frequent commenter on healthcare topics and has written extensively in the medical and lay press, including two best-selling books, Is This Normal: The Essential Guide to Middle Age and Beyond and AARP New American Diet: Lose Weight, Live Longer. He has also edited a book on medical device regulation, and authored numerous articles on drug development/regulation and personalized medicine.

He writes a monthly column for WebMD magazine, and hosts a podcast that often talks about the latest trends in medical innovation.

REIMAGINE: Healthcare Leadership Through COVID-19 and Beyond Keynote

Eric O'Daffer

Research VP, Healthcare Supply Chain

Eric O'Daffer is a Research Vice President in Gartner’s Healthcare Supply Chain group. Over the past 10 years, Eric has written nearly 100 research notes on the end-to-end healthcare supply chain.  His primary research focuses on Healthcare Provider’s strategic planning, metrics and maturity modeling as well as best practices for partnering with suppliers and service providers to improve patient care and lower costs. 

Eric has been part of the Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25 team for ten of the eleven years of the ranking and as lead author for four years.    Eric also has a passion for supply chain innovation and has led the Healthcare Supply Chainnovator Awards for the past seven years and is now the Research lead for the Power of the Profession Awards program seeking excellence in patient impact innovation, technology innovation, social impact and people advancements in supply chain.   Eric has also spoken at over 30 healthcare supply chain conferences along with leading Gartner’s Healthcare Industry Day at the Supply Chain Executive Conference for the past 8 years. 

Eric’s previous roles all focused on aspects of the healthcare supply chain.  His experiences range from early-stage product development and optimizing the physician practice supply chain as the CEO of Esurg (acquired by Henry Schein) to managing large IDN relationships and all customer-facing personnel, including early-phase value analysis consultants at a division of Cardinal Health.

Eric holds an M.B.A. with a focus on Management and Strategy from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois. 

Jun Amora 

Special Advisor,
Supply Chain COVID Response
NYC Mayor's Office

Jun B. Amora is Special Adviser for Supply Chain COVID Response for NYC Mayor’s Office and Adviser for Enterprise Supply Chain Services at Geisinger Health. 

Immediately prior to this, Jun served as Vice President, Enterprise Supply Chain Services for Geisinger Health. In this role, Jun was responsible for the overall strategy development, administrative oversight, and leadership for Geisinger’s supply chain organization. His strategic priorities at Geisinger included standardization, simplification and automation across supply chain functions of procurement, value analysis, sourcing and materials management. He focused on developing integrated partnerships with key suppliers, building Geisinger’s purchased services sourcing team, novel distribution channels for medical supplies to patient homes and was engaged in various cost containment initiatives. Jun joined Geisinger in April 2018.

Prior to joining Geisinger, Jun was Assistant Vice President of Supply Chain Services at NYC Health + Hospitals.  Jun was responsible for shaping and implementing the trajectory for HHC’s supply chain services as well as leading the centralization and transformation of its core functions of procurement, strategic sourcing, contracting, business analytics and materials management. Jun also led the supply chain implementation of a brand-new ERP system and helped drive >$100M savings. With Jun’s leadership, the rapid transformation of NYC Health + Hospitals’ supply chain has earned it the ECRI Supply Chain of the Year award two years in a row. Jun Amora joined NYC Health + Hospitals in April 2013.

Jun started his career at Seattle Children’s Hospital as a research scientist studying DNA-binding proteins that regulate cancer proliferation. Subsequently, Jun became an improvement consultant supporting patient flow optimization projects in Seattle Children’s emergency room. Soon after, Jun helped lead the design and implementation of “Demand Flow” (two-bin Kanban system) at Seattle Children’s Hospital which was launched in 2009.

Jun earned his Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology from the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. He also holds a graduate certification in project management from the UW and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt.  Jun has received several industry accolades including being named to the Bellwether League’s Future Famer Class of 2019 and was also recognized by the Journal of Healthcare Contracting as a Future Leader.

Ed Hisscock 

SVP, Supply Chain
Trinity Health

Ed Hisscock is the Senior Vice President of Supply Chain at Trinity Health, a leading catholic healthcare ministry and a Healthcare Supply Chain Practitioner.  Ed has spent over 25 years serving in the supply chain and IT disciplines with fortune 50 companies, healthcare supplier and healthcare provider organizations. Ed has founded two healthcare companies and personally served over 100 healthcare provider organizations in the US and Europe.  Ed holds an engineering degree in electronics, a Bachelor’s degree in behavioral science, and a Master's degree in supply chain from Michigan State University. 

Régine Honoré Villain 

SVP & Chief Supply Chain Officer
Ochsner Health System

Régine Villain is the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Ochsner Health System.  Previously she served as the Vice President of Supply Chain Operations at NYU Langone Health System in New York City, where she was responsible for the continuum of the supply chain operation for the Health System. Régine began her career in healthcare at New York Presbyterian Hospital where she spent 10 years mastering her skills with increased responsibilities along the continuum of supply chain. After a yearlong intro to general studies at the Interamerican University of San Germán in Puerto-Rico, Régine earned her Bachelor's Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida. She then pursued her Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy Management at Columbia University in New York before obtaining a certificate in Business Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

REIMAGINE: Your Supply Chain Keynote

Major General (Ret.) Vincent Boles

Major General (Ret.)
US Army

Gen. Vincent Boles is a career Army officer with over 35 years of experience. Highlights include managing the nation’s $27 billion ammunition account, assuming command of the Army’s War Reserve equipment six weeks before the attacks of 9-11, and flexing into operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and other locations, as well as deployment to Kuwait in preparation for the invasion of Iraq with 142 personnel, growing to a force of 8,000 soldiers, civilians and contractors in 90 days. From Kuwait, the General was forward deployed into Iraq where he assumed command of the 16,000 personnel responsible for providing all logistical support and services to the 150,000 members of the coalition. Following redeployment from combat operations, Gen. Boles led the training of 120,000 soldiers before his final Army assignment, serving as the Army’s Chief Operating Officer for Logistics Operations, overseeing the logistics strategy for the 1.1 million soldier Army. Today, Gen. Boles is president of Vincent E. Boles Inc., a leadership and logistics consulting service.


Looking Through the Beltway Crystal Ball: Federal Health Care Public Policy Outlook and Potential Election Outcomes

Jodie Curtis

Executive Vice President, District Policy Group
Faegre Drinker

Jodie Curtis has more than 25 years of experience in government, congressional affairs, and representing the legislative and regulatory interests of for-profit, nonprofit and global organizations. She works across a broad range of policy, appropriations and regulatory issues, including health and life sciences, digital health, global health, agriculture, manufacturing, trade, transportation, insurance and environmental issues. Jodie helps clients foster meaningful relationships with officials and their staffs and is deeply involved in the federal appropriations and authorization processes. Highly attuned to the changing regulatory and legislative landscape, she has earned recognition as one of The Hill’s Top Lobbyists 2017-2019. Prior to joining the District Policy Group, Jodie served as an assistant director with Planned Parenthood Federation of America, deputy chief of staff for U.S. Representative Thomas M. Barrett (D-WI), executive assistant for U.S. Representatives Lynn Rivers (D-MI) and Peter Barca (D-WI), and district director/legislative assistant for Wisconsin State Senator Barbara Ulichny. Jodie credits her interest in politics to her high school civics teacher and an internship for a state representative of Wisconsin. Jodie lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her Chicago−sports fan husband, Greg, where you might find her biking or cheering for her favorite Wisconsin or Chicago sports teams.

Ilisa Paul

President, District Policy Group
Faegre Drinker

Ilisa Halpern Paul is President of the District Policy Group, a bipartisan public policy and government relations practice at international law firm Faegre Drinker. Ilisa has nearly 30 years of experience and success in influencing the outcomes of federal health policy, with a focus on legislative and regulatory issues, including health care financing and delivery system reform, the Medicare and Medicaid programs, public health, federal budget and appropriations, the Affordable Care Act, and other health care funding, coverage and payment matters. Her work has earned her recognition as one of The Hill's Top Lobbyists 2015-2019. Prior to becoming a consultant in 2001, Ilisa served as director of federal government relations for the American Cancer Society and as director of federal affairs with the American Public Health Association. She began her public policy career in Washington, D.C. working on the legislative staff for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).Ilisa holds a in English from UCLA and a master of public policy degree from Georgetown University. Ilisa lives with her husband, Scott, and their twin boys in Maryland, where their active lives include weekend hikes and regular walks with their dog, Coco.

John Pritchard

President and CEO

Share Moving Meda

Share Moving Media (SMM) is the publisher of Repertoire Magazine and The Journal of Healthcare Contracting and National Accounts Weekly.

The Journal of Healthcare Contracting is the only publication solely focused on the healthcare-contracting arena. Collaboration amongst stakeholders in the contracting arena is vital for efficiency, profitability and sometimes even the survival of members in this arena. The Journal of Healthcare Contracting facilitates open, meaningful communication for its community. No other publication reaches all the people responsible for the success of contracting initiatives for their organizations.

The Journal of Healthcare Contracting reaches the executives involved in the healthcare contracting business. Readers include 5,000 Hospital CEOs, 7,500 IDN Executives and 1,300 GPO Executives.

National Accounts Weekly is the only publication dedicated to National Accounts Executives calling on GPOs, IDNs, RPCs and national and regional distribution. This weekly newsletter is read weekly by over 7,000 National Accounts Executives.

Muddy Waters explains in full detail the healthcare supply chain. Insights from experts across the supply chain from physicians to GPO leaders are a powerful part of this intuitive manual. Organizations that contributed include Mayo Clinic, Geisinger Health System and WNC Health Network (WNCHN). Other contributors include GPOs Premier and MedAssets, and other first rate organizations like the Council of Accountable Physician Practices. This book is an asset to any member of the healthcare supply chain who wants to understand the complexities in today’s fluctuating marketplace. 

John lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Sarah, son Charlie, and daughters Mary, Molly and Margo. John is an avid photographer and dog trainer, and enjoys golfing, skiing and watching his children play sports.

IDN Summit Inspirational Keynote

John Register

CEO & Catalyst

Inspired Communications International, LLC

What happens when a four time all-American collegiate track athlete; 2 times Olymipc Trials Qualifier; and United States Army Gulf War Veteran; suffers a career ending injury by having his left leg amputated?

Well, John Register, just 18 months post surgery swam in the Paralympic Games. Then, taught himself how to run on and artificial leg and ran and jumped into the history books by winning the Paralympic Long Jump Paralympic silver medal in Sydney, Australia.

John's personal journey empowers audiences to never yield to their setbacks in life but rather soar into their new normal. His 10 key action steps to overcoming adversity inspires audiences around the world.

John's courage in the face of uncertainty has inspired audiences young and old. He has been featured on numerous television shows such as, "Morning Blend" with former host Soledad O'Brien, "It's a Miracle" with host Richard Thomas, "The Weekend Today Show" and "The Edge" with former host Paula Zahn!

In 2007 he was appointed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as one of eight members to advise the Secretary on Foreign policy Issues regarding disability. He continued to serve in this capacity under Secretary Hillary Clinton - (another Razorback).

John is a dynamic speaker who commands his listeners' attention with a mix of humor, emotion and enthusiasm. His anecdotes are applicable to any audience. And, while his stories are presented in an amusing fashion, the learning outcomes and tie backs are clearly achieved and easily recognized.