Speakers

 
 
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Enrique Callabero

Dr. Caballero is an Endocrinologist, Clinical Investigator and Teacher/Educator at Harvard Medical School.  He is the Director of International Innovation and Diabetes Education in the Office for External Education at Harvard Medical School.   He is also an Associate Scientist in the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He founded the Latino Diabetes Initiative at the Joslin Diabetes Center and the Diabetes Program within the Spanish Clinic at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, both affiliated with Harvard Medical School. He has also been a co-investigator of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, the LookAhead Program and the Diabetes Education Study, all sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.  He has been the chair for the Latino Diabetes Education Program for the American Diabetes Association, Vice chair of the Health Care Disparities Committee of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and has worked closely with other national and international organizations.  

Dr. Caballero graduated from the National University of Mexico Medical School where he was awarded with the “Gabino Barreda” medal for being the top student and achieving the highest academic level his class.  He then completed his residency in Internal medicine and fellowship in Endocrinology at the National Institute of Nutrition in Mexico and went on to complete a master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology in Mexico. In addition, he completed a fellowship program in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Lahey Clinic/Deaconess Hospital/Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and the Program on Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health.  

He has received local, regional, national and international recognitions and awards.  Dr. Caballero is the recipient of the 2009 “Alberto Houssay” award by the National Minority Quality Forum, the 2011 award by the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists for his work on health care disparities and with underserved populations and the 2012 Distinguished Community Service and Leadership Award by ALPFA Health Care and a special recognition from the Latin American Diabetes Association.   He has been recognized for several years as one of the 100 most influential people in the Latino community according to El Planeta newspaper. Recently, Dr. Caballero received a special recognition from the city of Boston and the government of Mexico for his continuous effort and commitment to help underserved populations. 


 
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Mouhanad Hammami, M.D., M.H.S.A.

Dr. Hammami is the Senior Vice President for Safety Net Transformation, Community Benefit, Health and Well-Being at Trinity Health. In this role he leads the strategy to improve health for individuals and improve the underlying social determinants of health in communities served. He also leads work for Trinity Health’s community-based delivery models and public health initiatives and partners closely with state and national experts to integrate health care delivery with public health activities. Dr. Hammami completed his postdoctoral research in Pediatrics at the Newborn Center of the University of Tennessee in Memphis, and then accepted a faculty appointment at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan and a research position at the Detroit Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics. He received his Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Trinity Health Dr. Hammami served as County Chief Health Officer and director of the Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness in Wayne County, Michigan.

 
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Sandro Stojanovic, JD

Sandro Stojanovic is an Associate in the Atlanta office of Hall Booth Smith, and he joined the firm in 2016. His practice is focused on the defense of hospitals, physicians, and nurses in birth trauma, catastrophic injury and complex cases involving professional malpractice claims. Sandro also represents corporations and individuals in premises liability and transportation cases.

Earlier in his career, Sandro worked on real estate litigation matters, and he interned at the National Democratic Institute, the American Bar Association and the Balkan Trust for Democracy.

Sandro earned a Juris Doctorate from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, and received a CALI award for the highest grade in his Legal Writing class. He was also a member of the International Law Students Association.

He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from the University of Georgia, where he was President of the International Affairs Council, which entailed arranging multiple speaking engagements with international policy experts and diplomats.

Sandro is President of the Georgia Handball Club, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of team handball in the state of Georgia.

 
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Stephen odom, m.d.

Local robotic thought-leader Dr. Steve Odom (WellStar Cobb) has performed over 650 robotic cases and specializes primarily in robotic inguinal (former Lap TEPP surgeon), pre-peritoneal ventral and foregut procedures. Dr. Odom is one of the busiest robotic case observation sites in the country and is on faculty for the illustrious Luminary Advanced Robotic Training Program.


 
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Osama Kashlan, M.D., MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery

Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Kashlan attended the Georgia Institute of Technology to study chemical and biomolecular engineering. He subsequently obtained his medical degree from Emory University. He completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of Michigan before returning to Emory University for further training in spine surgery. While a resident at U of M, Dr. Kashlan also obtained a master of public health degree in epidemiology. After completing his spine fellowship, Dr. Kashlan returned to U of M where his practice focuses on all aspects of spinal disease with a special interest in minimally-invasive spinal surgery.

 
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Humam Akibik, M.D.

Humam Akbik, MD, graduated from Aleppo Medical School and went on to obtain his surgical residency at Damascus University. Dr. Akbik moved to the USA in 1993, and did his surgical residency at Hospital University of Pennsylvania, followed by a residency and fellowship in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine from Harvard University Medical School.

Dr. Akbik was the first recipient of the World Institute of Pain “Best Pain Practice Award” while he was the Pain Center Program Director at the University of Cincinnati. He joined Mercy Health System to establish their pain management program, and 5 years ago he established his own practice, Cincinnati Comprehensive Pain Center.

He is well known national and international subject matter expert regarding pain medicine and was appointed a member of the Opioids task force in Ohio.

Dr. Akbik has held multiple society positions; currently he is the president of Tristate Pain Society. He has served as Vice President of the National Arab Medical Society, Board Member of Syrian American Medical Society (Ohio), Board Member of the Union of Medical Care and Relief organization (USA) UOSSM.

He has led the first ever medical mission to help the Syrian refugees in Jordan, with multiple organizations i.e., SAMS, NAAMA .

Currently he is the Founder, Chairman and Medical Director of Atlantic Humanitarian Relief Inc.

He has been awarded and recognized by multiple societies for his work to combat the opioid epidemic and for helping with relief efforts for Syrian refugees.

 
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Munier Nazzal, M.D., MBA, CPE, FRCS, FACS, FACCWS

Professor, Chief Division of Vascular, Endovascular and Wound Surgery

Vice Chair, Surgical Education and Research

Chief, Division of Surgery Education  and Director of Surgery Simulation

Dr. Munier Nazzal, a graduate of the University of Kuwait, Faculty of Medicine.  Board certified in general surgery, in vascular surgery, and as a wound specialist. Fellow of the American College of Surgery, the Royal College of Surgery (Glasgow) and the American Clinical College of Wound Specialist (ACCWS). Professor and Chief Division of Vascular surgery, Endovascular and Wound Surgery at the University of Toledo in Ohio.  Currently the the Chief Division of Surgical Education at the University of Toledo Medical Center. Member of many national and international organizations including the American college of Surgery, council member of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Ohio, American Venous forum, Society of Vascular Surgery and others. A Current Board member of the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Surgery and Chair of the Program Director of Surgery in the Chapter, Executive Board member of the Gulf Vascular Society, Chair of the Board of the Middle East venous Forum, and the Co president of the Middle East Wound and Diabetic Limb Salvage annual meeting (WADLS), and Vice President of the Board member of the University of Toledo Physician Group. He earned his executive Master of Business administration degree (MBA) and is a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) with being a member of American Physician Leaders Organization. Elected as a Governor of the American College of Surgery and awarded the American Honor Association (AOA) membership.  He is involved in education and simulation use in surgical training. He is the founder of the Innovation club in university of Toledo, establishing a master degree in research Administration.

 

 
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Nidal Moukaddam, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, US

 
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Marcus Zervos, M.D.

Marcus J. Zervos, M.D., is Assistant Dean, Global Affairs and Professor of Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine and Division Head, Infectious Diseases, Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Zervos received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his medical internship and residency and chief medical residency at Wayne State University Affiliated Hospitals. He was a Fellow in Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, followed by Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at the Yale New Haven Hospital, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT. He then served as infectious diseases consultant and Medical Director of the Microbiology Laboratory and Co-Medical Director of the Molecular Probe Laboratory in the Department of Clinical Pathology at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI.

Dr. Zervos area of practice and research is in epidemiology, control of hospital related infections including antibiotic resistant bacteria, and including measures to improve outcome. He has recognized experience and is an active independent researcher, teacher, administrator, epidemiologist and clinician. He coordinates Global Health projects to build sustainable capacity in low and middle income country settings in 20 countries and over 90 hospitals worldwide. He also coordinates projects to assist vulnerable populations in the US including Detroit. He has been the recipient of several million dollars in grant awards, with continuous federal funding for the last 35 years, and has been PI on over 350 government and industry-funded studies. Much of this work has been in collaboration with the NIH, US CDC, WHO, PAHO and others.

From 1999 to 2004, he served as Director of Research at Beaumont Hospital. He served as Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Associate Director of Research for Clinical Trials at Henry Ford Health System. He has a demonstrated successful mentorship record with post-doctoral fellows supervised with the trainees going on to full time successful clinical and academic appointments at institutions that include Yale School of Medicine, University of Michigan, international locations and others. Former mentees have gone on to various important leadership positions including secretary and president of national societies, Division Heads of Infectious Diseases sections, and Chair of Medicine. He was awarded the CDC, James H. Nakano Citation and Charles C. Shepard Science Awards for work with resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and American College of Physicians Laureate award. He has contributed over 530 published abstracts at national and international scientific meetings and has published over 320 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has co-authored several books and contributed numerous book chapters dealing with infectious diseases. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Zervos is on several NIH review panels, editorial boards, section editor of major journals and a member and fellow of several professional societies, including the American College of Physicians, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

 
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Gaby Moawad, M.D., F.A.C.O.G

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Director of GYN Robotic Surgery

FMIGS Associate Director

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Dr. Gaby Moawad, MD is an American board-certified in Obstetrics &Gynecology and a fellowship trained in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.  He is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The George Washington University School of Medicine &Health Sciences where he serves as the AAGL fellowship Associate Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery and the Director of Gynecologic Robotic Surgery. He specialized in all aspects of advanced and complex minimally invasive gynecologic and robotic surgery. He currently serves as the Chair of Research committee at AAGL. Dr. Moawad is the recipient of multiple prestigious awards in research and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. He is a recognized national and international speaker and a published author with a particular interest in robotic surgery, fibroids, endometriosis and minimally invasive gynecologic procedures.

 
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Abeer Moanna, M.D.

Abeer Moanna is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases (ID) and the Chief of ID at the Atlanta VA Medical Center who works with a multi-disciplinary ID team to take care of more than 1800 patients living with HIV. She directs an  ID clinic that adopted Same day ART in December 2016 for newly diagnosed HIV patients. In addition, the ID team evaluates patients for PrEP and treats HCV and general ID problems. After spending more than a decade working in ID clinic, Abeer knows what drives ID clinic metrics and treatment outcomes and it is not only the number of employees in clinic or how the program markets its services. It’s how well you connect, communicate, and advocate for your patients.

Abeer is also interested in mentoring medical students and residents and was the Chair of Southern Section of American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) in 2017-2018. She continues to attend the Southern Reginal Meetings (SRM) yearly and mentors participants in different fields of Medicine during the meeting. 

 
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Rouba Ali-Fehmi, M.D.

Dr Ali-Fehmi is a Professor and Vice Chair in the Departments of Pathology at Wayne State University and Karmanos Cancer Institute.  She is the director of Surgical Pathology Fellowship at Wayne State University. She is very interested and dedicated towards teaching and research.  Since starting as a staff attending, she has mentored many gynecologic oncology and pathology fellows which ultimately led to more than 120 peer reviewed publications and presentations, both at national and international meetings.  In addition, she received multiple honors such as Wayne State University College Teaching Award for Pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2016 and the Recognition Award for Significant Contributions to the GYN/Oncology Fellows Teaching. Her area of interest is uterine high grade endometrioid and serous carcinoma and ovarian carcinoma. She has collaborated with nationally recognized institutions regarding her work on endometrioid and serous carcinoma.

She is the president of NAAMA (National Arab American Medical Association) 2018 and a member of multiple national and international professional societies and the former president of the Michigan society of pathologist 2012-2014.

 
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Hazem Refai, PHD

Dr. Refai is the Williams Professor for Telecommunication and Networking at the OU school of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Telecommunication Program in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is founder and director of the Wireless Electromagnetic Compliance and Design (WECAD) Center at OU-Tulsa. WECAD’s mission is to conduct basic and applied research examining medical device coexistence with various RF wireless systems and technologies, as well as validating electronic and electromagnetic compatibility. Dr. Refai has published more than 210 referred papers for national and international conferences and Journal articles. His fields of interest include the development of wireless systems for medical applications, the characterization of hospital RF environment for medical electronics, and cognitive radios and networks. 


 
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Moe Mustafa, VP AT&T

Vice President, AT&T Technical Field Services - Southeast

Moe Mustafa is Vice President Technical Field Services for the Southeast. In his most recent role, Moe served as the Vice President of Internet & Entertainment Field Services team in the Atlantic Region

Mr. Mustafa has served in various Engineering and Operations leadership positions within AT&T. His responsibilities included: Operations and Maintenance of Wireline and Wireless CORE Network at AT&T in the East Region; RF Performance & Design, Construction, Transport, Product Development, and the Maintenance and Installation of Network elements. He also served as a General Manager for Eastern and Coastal Georgia markets responsible for all aspects of the market's P&L including Sales, Marketing, business and technical operations.

Prior to joining the AT&T, Mr. Mustafa has held various leadership positions in Telecommunications and Information Technology in various industries including Energy, Oil & Gas, and Retail Sectors.

Mr. Mustafa earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and holds an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Mr. Mustafa is very active in the community and leads many community initiatives including mentoring community youth.  In his spare time, he enjoys reading and outdoor sports.

 

 
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Omar Lattouf, M.D.

Professor of Surgery, Emory University, Atlanta Georgia

 Certified: American Board of Thoracic Surgery with over 30 years of experience in complex cardiac procedures.

Engaged in active clinical and laboratory research in stimulated cardiac angiogenesis, minimally invasive endo-cardiac technologies, E-Health, telemedicine, on-line health education and development of digital methods for public cardiovascular risk stratification and reduction.

Holds six US Patents on minimally invasive cardiac procedures and devices.

Recipient of multiple academic awards including “Hidden Gem Teaching Award-2018” and “Award of Honor-2019” from Emory Medical School.

Guest and invited speaker at international conferences in over thirty countries across the globe

Editor-in-chief of two online education programs; www.tednets.com and www.complexcardiac.com.

He is Co-founder of U-Beyond, non-profit community educational organization.

 

 

 
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Souheil Saddekni, M.D., FSIR, FAHA

Professor of Radiology & Medicine

Souheil Saddekni, M.D., FSIR, FAHA received his medical degree from Damascus University school of Medicine in 1972.3 class. He completed Diagnostic Radiology residency training at Methodist Hospital in New York City, after which he completed a two year fellowship in Cardiovascular/Interventional Radiology at Cornell Medical Center in NYC under Tom Sos. Then he did further training as fellow in Abdominal GI, Biliary and Interventional Radiology at the University of British Columbia under Jochaim Burhenne. After completing his fellowships training Dr. Saddekni joined the faculty at Cornell medical college as assistant professor for five years, then recruited to Columbia University where he served as associate professor and Director of Interventional Radiology at St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital. Dr. Saddekni was elected as a fellow to the Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, and was also selected as a fellow of the Council on Cardiovascular Radiology of the American Heart Association. In 1991, Dr. Saddekni was recruited to head up the Interventional Radiology program at UAB. He severed as Director of Interventional Radiology for over 20 years. He was appointed as professor of Radiology in 1994, professor of Medicine in 2000, and served as co-director of the Heart and Vascular Center, which he helped create from 2007-2012. Dr. Saddekni is currently the Director of Interventional Oncology. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters in interventional radiology. His clinical expertise and interests include revascularization angioplasty and stenting, optimizing imaging techniques in IR, embolization procedures, maintaining dialysis access and liver and biliary interventions such as portal hypertension, TIPS, and locoregional therapy for the treatment of liver tumors(chemoembolization and SIRT).

 
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Christy Norman, Pharmd.

Christy Norman, PharmD, MS, BCPS current serves as the Vice President of Pharmacy Services at Emory Healthcare.  She previously served as the Administrative Director of Pharmacy at Augusta University Medical Center.  Her responsibilities include supporting the strategic direction of Emory Healthcare and providing executive leadership for pharmacy services.  Christy’s current and previous roles have given her experience with clinical operations, supervision of clinical pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, controlled substances management, performance improvement, medication safety, Joint Commission preparedness, and coordination of Pharmacy and Therapeutics activities.  She is an active preceptor in administration and drug policy for pharmacy residents and students at the University of Georgia and Mercer University. 

 

Christy obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Georgia, Athens, GA and her M.S. in Health System Pharmacy Administration from The Ohio State University. She completed a 24-month Specialty Practice Residency in Health-System Pharmacy Administration at The Ohio State University Medical Center. Christy is an active member of the Georgia Society of Health System Pharmacists and American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. 

 

 
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Rabii Madi, M.D.

Professor of Urology, Augusta University Medical Center

Director of Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery