Opening Sessions and Keynote Speakers

Start Sunday and Monday by attending the Opening Sessions, connecting you with renowned keynote speakers and discussions relevant to your practice.

Sunday, October 20

Keynote: But I’m Not Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, etc! Implicit Bias and Discrimination in Health Care

Presented by Quinn Capers IV, MD

Quinn Capers, IV, MD

Implicit bias has been associated with discrimination in the health care, education, and legal systems. It has been theorized to play a role in racial and gender health-care disparities and could impede the entry and advancement of women and underrepresented minorities into the medical profession. Dr. Capers will define implicit and explicit bias, discuss the origin of these biases, and review examples of the impact of implicit bias in various fields with a focus on health care. Finally, he will discuss research-proven strategies to reduce the impact of implicit bias in one-on-one interactions. Identifying and reducing implicit racial, gender, religious, sexual identity, and other biases in the provision of health care and in medical school admissions and residency/fellowship program candidate selection can help to diversify the nation’s medical manpower and reduce racial health-care disparities.

Also featured on Sunday

Convocation Ceremony
Annual Awards Presentation
President’s Address

Clayton T. Cowl, MD, MS, FCCP

Clayton Cowl, MD, MS, FCCP, will discuss his memorable year serving as CHEST President, as he hands the reigns over to Stephanie Levine, MD, FCCP.

Monday, October 21

Keynote: Embracing Disruptive Innovation

Presented by Patrick Schwerdtfeger

The explosion of big data technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) have led to dramatic advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence. These technologies are fueling innovation in health care, predictive analytics, autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, and countless other fields. From medical imaging to accelerated diagnostics, technology is reshaping the roles doctors and nurses play in health-care delivery. Patrick Schwerdtfeger is a business futurist who studies the impact of technology on different industries and employment markets. In this keynote session, Patrick will highlight the emerging technologies transforming health care and introduce two models to anticipate and capitalize on disruptive innovation.


Also featured on Monday

CHEST Foundation Presentation and Awards
Incoming President’s Address

Stephanie M. Levine, MD, FCCP

Incoming CHEST President, Stephanie Levine, MD, FCCP, will discuss her thoughts and plans for the future as she takes over the presidential role.