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DO Day keynote speakers will inspire, enlighten and engage

Join us March 7-8, 2021, to hear from health policy experts on issues that impact your practice of medicine.

We are thrilled two announce three dynamic keynote speakers who will inspire audiences with thought-provoking discussions on topics at the forefront of health policy.

Susan Dentzer

Sunday, March 7, 2021 @ 9 a.m. EST

Susan Dentzer

Susan Dentzer serves as Senior Policy Fellow for the Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University, with a focus on the COVID-19 pandemic response, health system transformation, biopharmaceutical policy and other key health policy issues.

Dentzer is one of the nation’s most respected health and health policy thought leaders and a frequent speaker and commentator on television and radio, including PBS and NPR, and an author of commentaries and analyses in print publications such as Modern Healthcare. She was also the editor and lead author of the book “Health Care Without Walls: A Roadmap for Reinventing U.S. Health Care.”

Dentzer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and also serves on the Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice of the National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering. She is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations; a fellow of the National Academy of Social Insurance; and a fellow of the Hastings Center, a nonpartisan bioethics research institute. From 2011 to 2017, she was a public member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties, which assists 24 medical specialty boards in the ongoing evaluation and certification of physicians.

Jay C. Butler, MD

Sunday, March 7, 2021 @ 3:45 p.m. EST

Jay C. Butler, MD

Jay C. Butler, MD, CDC Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases, provides an update on federal government efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations, and what role physicians can play in supporting vaccination efforts.







Steve Pemberton

Monday, March 8, 2021 @ 8 a.m. EST

Steve Pemberton

Steve Pemberton’s triumphant life story is about defying seemingly insurmountable beginnings as a child orphaned into foster care. As told in the major motion picture and acclaimed, best-selling memoir, “A Chance in the World,” adversity only fueled his desire to become a man of resilience, determination and vision. Pemberton went on to find success as a corporate executive, innovative diversity and inclusion thought leader, visionary youth advocate and acclaimed speaker devoted to inspiring and helping others.

Pemberton has made equality, access and opportunity pillars of both his professional and personal life. He currently serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for Globoforce, a leading provider of social recognition and continuous performance development solutions. Prior to that, he served as the first-ever Global Chief Diversity Officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, the first global, pharmacy-led health and wellbeing enterprise in the world. Under Pemberton’s leadership, Walgreens reached record levels of performance on nearly every measure of diversity and inclusion, ranging from representation to supplier diversity spend. An extended part of his responsibility was to further the companies’ pioneering efforts to employ people with disabilities.

Pemberton’s tireless advocacy for the disenfranchised has earned him numerous accolades, including the prestigious Horizon Award by the United States Congress, presented to individuals in the private sector who have contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans.

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