Nasim Afsar, MD, MBA, MHM

As Chief Health Officer of Cerner, Nasim Afsar, MD, MBA, MHM, oversees clinical care, quality and patient safety, care innovations, caregiver relationships, government affairs, policy and regulatory, and business processes. Dr. Afsar will work to advance healthcare by placing patients at the center of health and care and providing insight and guidance to product development and other areas of Cerner to help improve the lives of patients and caregivers.

Before her role as Chief Health Officer, Dr. Afsar served as the Chief Operating Officer for UCI Health, with the vision of delivering flawless care for the population of patients in the region and beyond while creating the best place to work in healthcare. At UCI Health, she led inpatient and ambulatory operations, including inpatient progression efforts, clinical support and ancillary services, public safety, building and construction, emergency management, and health system contracting, working closely with payors. Dr. Afsar also oversaw more than 80 clinics and the UCI Health Patient Access Center (call center, central authorization, and referral center.) Her work led to historically high ambulatory growth, surgeries, inpatient volumes, and tertiary care transfers to UCI Health. During her tenure at UCI Health, Dr. Afsar spearheaded and co-led innovative programs, such as telehealth, hospital-at-home, and strategic partnerships, providing person-centered care.

Dr. Afsar has served in various healthcare executive roles throughout her career, including Chief Operating Officer for Ambulatory Care, Associate Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer for Department of Medicine. In these roles, she has led large-scale health system initiatives in quality, safety, population health and patient experience.

She is the Past President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and has served on the Board of Directors for eight years. As President, Dr. Afsar led strategic discussions about the future of hospital medicine and hospitals.

Session Information

Building the Future of Healthcare: Learning from the
Highs and Lows of the Pandemic

Friday, April 8, 2022

Start: 8:40 AM | End: 9:30 AM

Track: Plenary
Karl Dean Ballroom
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Robert M. Wachter, MD, MHM

Robert M. Wachter, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Wachter is author of 250 articles and 6 books. He coined the term “hospitalist” in 1996 and is often considered the “father” of the hospitalist field, the fastest growing specialty in the history of modern medicine. He is past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine and past chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine. In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award, the nation’s top honor in patient safety. Thirteen times, Modern Healthcare magazine has ranked him as one of the 50 most influential physician-executives in the U.S.; he was #1 on the list in 2015. His 2015 book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age, was a New York Times science bestseller. In 2020-21, his frequent tweets on Covid-19 were viewed more than 300 million times by 220,000 followers and served as a trusted source of information on the clinical, public health, and policy issues surrounding the pandemic. Join him for his closing keynote address.

Session Information

Hospital Medicine Enters Its Second Quarter Century:
How Can We Build On Our Successes?

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Start: 9:10 AM | End: 10:00 AM

Track: Plenary
Karl Dean Ballroom
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Mark Shapiro, MD

Mark Shapiro, MD is a practicing Hospitalist & is the creator, producer & host of Explore The Space Podcast, a show focused on bringing those who provide healthcare and those who seek healthcare closer together through conversations with leaders from across the spectrum. He is also a TEDx speaker, delivering his first TEDx in March, 2021, and is a co-author of the “Covid-19 CV Matrix” published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He was also the winner of the “I Stand With Her” Award at the 2021 Women in Medicine Summit.

Dr. Shapiro has been in full-time clinical practice as a Hospitalist since 2006 and has been working with Providence Medical Group-Sonoma County since 2016. Since joining the medical group, he has served as both Hospitalist Medical Director and member of the Board of Directors. He earned a BA in history at University of California-Los Angeles, attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency at University of California-San Diego.

Dr. Shapiro is an active voice on social media and can be followed on Twitter at @ETSshow & Instagram @explorethespaceshow.