RPF Keynote Speakers



2015 Opening Keynote Address: "The barriers to commercializing science and ways around them"
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
G013 School of Nursing

Lisa Stehno-Bittel

Lisa A. Stehno-Bittel, PT, PhD
Department Chair and Professor
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
University of Kansas Medical Center

Dr. Stehno-Bittel is chair of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. In addition to teaching in the DPT and post-professional DPT programs, she is also a professor of anatomy and cell biology at KU Medical Center. She is a course director of differential diagnosis, case studies in pathophysiology, medical imaging, and pharmacology for physical therapists. Stehno-Bittel provides numerous guest lectures in other graduate programs within and outside of the department and is the scientific director of the Great Plains Diabetes Coalition and a director of the Diabetes Research Laboratory.

Stehno-Bittel's research focuses on exploring the restoration of normal glycemic conditions through pancreatic islet transplantation, and the creation of bio-artificial pancreatic islets. Stehno-Bittel is also conducting community-based research aimed at preventing type 2 diabetes and improving the lives of those individuals already dealing with the affliction.

2015 Closing Keynote Address: "Challenges in the Implementation of Precision Medicine - Lessons Learned from PCI"
Friday, May 8, 2015
G013 School of Nursing

John Spertus

John Spertus, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA
Daniel Lauer/Missouri Endowed Chair
Clinical Director of Outcomes Research
Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute

John Spertus is a cardiologist and the Lauer/Missouri Endowed Chair and Professor of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he serves as Clinical Director of Outcomes Research at Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute. He is a graduate of UCSF Medical School and completed his internal medicine, cardiology and health services training at the University of Washington. He has served on numerous national committees for the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, American Medical Association, National Quality Forum, Medicare and United Healthcare. His research activities led to his induction into the American Society of Clinical Investigation in 2006, his receipt of the AHA Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Council's Distinguished Achievement Award, being named by Thompson Reuters as one of the most influential scientists in the world in 2014 and being awarded the AHA QCOR Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. He founded the Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Consortium and CV Outcomes, a non-profit corporation dedicated to advancing healthcare quality and outcomes research in cardiovascular disease and Health Outcomes Sciences, a biotechnology start-up to support the implementation of evidence-based, personalized medicine throughout the country.  Dr. Spertus and his collaborators have published over 500 peer-reviewed articles.











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