Health Journalism 2011: Schedule

Health Journalism 2011
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See a more detailed schedule with descriptions of each panel.


Choice of field trips or workshops. You must sign up in advance for these events

7:45 a.m.

Field trip buses load
Read about the three field trips.

10 a.m.

Workshop: Mapping and charting health in your area
• Frank Bass, reporter/analyst, Bloomberg
• Jeff Porter, special projects director, Association of Health Care Journalists


Box lunch for pre-registered workshop attendees

12:40 p.m.

Workshop: What are your criteria in reporting on health care research?
• Harold Demonaco, director,  Innovation Support Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
• Gary Schwitzer, publisher,

3 p.m.

Workshop: Adding multimedia elements to your story or project
• Karen McAllister, audience editor,
• Kelley Weiss, broadcast reporter, California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting
• James Wilkerson, data editor, Des Moines Register

5:30 p.m.

Donald M. Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Newsmaker Briefing
Donald M. Berwick, M.D., M.P.P., administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Berwick oversees programs that provide care to nearly one in three Americans and he formerly headed the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.  

7 p.m.

Welcome to Philadelphia reception
Sponsored by The Philadelphia Inquirer


7:30 a.m.

Check in and registration opens
Pick up your conference registration packet by 1 p.m. Friday to be registered for great prizes to be given away at the afternoon break.

Exhibit Hall open
Join us in the exhibitor hall for a chance to win some great prizes and to see what our exhibitors have to offer.

7:30-9:30 a.m.

Breakfast buffet available
Sponsored by Montefiore Medical Center

8:40 a.m.

Understanding nanotechnology’s role in fighting cancer
• Mauro Ferrari, Ph.D., president and CEO, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
• Jan Jaeger, R.N., Ph.D., director, research projects; Center for Bioethics, Penn Medicine
• Steven Kenneth Libutti, M.D., F.A.C.S., director, Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care
• Moderator: Eric T. Rosenthal, special correspondent, Oncology Times

Localizing national health investigations
• Walt Bogdanich, investigative desk assistant editor, The New York Times
• Robin Fields, senior editor, ProPublica
• Maurice Tamman, news editor, The Wall Street Journal
• Moderator: Charles Ornstein, senior reporter, ProPublica

Health insurance: Changes that are coming fast
• Jack Burke, F.S.A., M.A.A.A., principal and consulting actuary, Milliman
• Karen Pollitz, director, Office of Consumer Support, CMS Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight
• Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, Robert L. Willett Family Professor, Washington and Lee University School of Law
• Moderator: Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor, Columbia Journalism Review

Health IT/EMR challenges: Working out the bugs
• David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health information technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Allen L. Gee, M.D., P.hD., F.A.A.N., member, Wyoming Governor's Health Information Exchange Task Force, neurologist, Frontier Neurosciences
Judy Klickstein, senior vice president information technology & strategic planning, Cambridge Health Alliance
• Moderator: Irene Wielawski, independent journalist, Pound Ridge, N.Y.

10:20 a.m.

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health

Newsmaker Briefing
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health

Collins oversees the 27 institutes and centers of NIH and led the effort to successfully map the human genome.

11:30 a.m.

Lunch on your own

1 p.m.

Spotting fraud in scientific research
• John Dahlberg, Ph.D., director, Division of Investigative Oversight, HHS Office of Research Integrity
• Brian Deer, independent journalist, United Kingdom
• Adam Marcus, managing editor, Anesthesiology News; blogger, Retraction Watch
• Moderator: Ivan Oransky, M.D., executive editor, Reuters Health; blogger, Retraction Watch and Embargo Watch

Educating the 21st century doctor
• Christine A. Arenson, M.D., division director, Geriatric Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals; co-director, Jefferson Medical College InterProfessional Education Center
• Paul Gross, M.D., assistant professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center
• Dennis H. Novack, M.D., professor of medicine and associate dean of medical education, Drexel University/Drexel University College of Medicine
• Moderator: John George, health care reporter, Philadelphia Business Journal

Tapping into the e-patient phenomenon
• Dan Childs, coordinating producer, health section,
• Pamela McGhee, P.M.P., president and owner, McGhee Enterprises
• John Novack, director of communications, Inspire
• Moderator: Carla K. Johnson, medical writer, The Associated Press

Health reform: Repeal, replace or implement?
• Kenneth Jost, Supreme Court editor, CQ Press, and associate editor, CQ Researcher
• Sarah Kliff, health care reporter, Politico
• Noam Levey, health policy reporter, Los Angeles Times
• Moderator: Julie Appleby, senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News

Freelance: What editors wish writers knew
• Sara Austin, features director (news and health), Self
• Linda Dahlstrom, senior health editor,
• Amanda Moon, senior editor, Scientific American Books, FSG
• Moderator: Maryn McKenna, independent journalist, Minneapolis/Atlanta

2:20 p.m.

Dessert break and prize drawings
Stop by the Exhibit Hall during the afternoon break for a dessert break, prize drawings and some resource materials. AHCJ is giving away some great prizes, but you must be present to win. You are automatically entered if you picked up your conference registration packet by 1 p.m. Friday. Prizes include an Amazon Kindle, a Sony digital audio recorder and a Flip HD video camera.

3 p.m.

Right to know: Getting information from government agencies
• Peter Ashkenaz, director of communications, FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs
• Lisa Chedekel, senior writer and co-founder, Connecticut Health I-Team
• Lucy A. Dalglish, executive director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
• Lilian Peake, M.D., M.P.H., director, Thomas Jefferson Health District, Virginia Department of Health
• Moderator: Felice Freyer, reporter, The Providence Journal

Antibiotics: The food animal-human connection
• Aqeel Ahmad, Ph.D., research entomologist, Agronomic and Environmental Assessment Sciences Center, Monsanto Company - V2B
• Gail Hansen, D.V.M., M.P.H., senior officer, Human Health and Industrial Farming, Pew Health Group
• Tom Laskawy, contributing writer, Grist Magazine
• Moderator: Maryn McKenna, independent journalist

Efforts to revive the drug delivery pipeline
• James Barrett, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology, Drexel University/Drexel University College of Medicine
• Virginia Man-Yee Lee, Ph.D., John H. Ware 3rd Endowed Professor in Alzheimer's Research, Penn Medicine
• Darryle Schoepp, Ph.D., senior vice president and franchise head, Neuroscience, Merck Research Laboratories
• Moderator: Ed Silverman, editor, Pharmalot

Autism spectrum disorders: Early intervention and treatment
• Susan E. Levy, M.D., medical director, Regional Autism Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
• David Mandell, Sc.D., associate director, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, Penn Medicine
• Alison Singer, president, Autism Science Foundation
• Moderator: Trine Tsouderos, science and medical reporter, Chicago Tribune

3-6 p.m.

Freelance PitchFest
Editors from magazines, newspapers, websites are coming to meet AHCJ's freelance members! This session has been created to give you an opportunity to sit down and discuss your ideas one-on-one with editors from selected outlets. Bring your best ideas and be prepared to sell your work. You will be able to sign up for appointments online in advance and some appointments will be reserved for on-site registration.
Participating editors:
• David Corcoran, assistant science editor, The New York Times
• Linda Dahlstrom, senior health editor,
• Daniel DeNoon, senior medical writer, WebMD Online
• Deborah Flapan, director, Medscape Medical News, Medscape from WebMD
• Nicole Nader Gabor, senior editor,
• Peggy Girshman, editor, Kaiser Health News
• Christine Gorman, articles director, Scientific American
• Kathy LaTour, editor at large, CURE Magazine
• Brendan Maher, features editor, Nature
• Anna Maltby, associate editor, health, Self
• Amanda Moon, senior editor, Scientific American Books, FSG
• Peter Moore, editor, Men's Health Magazine
• Marcy O'Koon Moss, editor in chief, Arthritis Today
• Ivan Oransky, M.D., executive editor, Reuters Health
• Luba Ostashevsky, editor, Macmillan Science
• Colleen Paretty, executive editor, WebMD Magazine
• Susan Raihofer, literary agent, David Black Literary Agency
• Chris Seper, president and co-founder, MedCity Media
• Organizer: Jeanne Erdmann, independent journalist, Wentzville, Mo.

4:40 p.m.

Going mobile: The new telemedicine
• Mohit Kaushal, M.D., M.B.A., executive vice president of business development and chief strategy officer, West Wireless Institute
• Joseph Kim, M.D., M.P.H., vice president of medical affairs and technology, Medical Communications Media Inc.
• Hemang Patel, market development manager, Microsoft Corp., Healthcare and Life Sciences
Moderator: Eric Whitney, health reporter, Colorado Public Radio

Is enough being done about health care-associated infections?
• P.J. Brennan, professor of medicine, Penn Medicine
• William M. Marella, M.B.A., director, Patient Safety Reporting Programs, ECRI Institute
• Kerry O'Connell , patient safety advocate, Denver
• Moderator: Marshall Allen, health care reporter, Las Vegas Sun

Future of nursing: Blueprint for health care reform
• Patricia Gerrity, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., professor, associate dean for community programs, Division of Graduate Nursing, Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions
• Susan B. Hassmiller, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., senior advisor for nursing and director, Initiative on the Future of Nursing, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
• David Knowlton, chair, The Leapfrog Group; president and chief executive officer, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute
• Moderator: Barbara Glickstein, R.N., M.P.H., M.S., co-director, Center for Health, Media & Policy, Hunter College, City University of New York

Exploring the frontiers of brain science
• Lorraine Iacovitti, Ph.D., associate director and laboratory head, Farber Institute for Neurosciences, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
• Andrew Newberg, M.D., director of research, Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College
• Barry Waterhouse, Ph.D., professor, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy; vice dean, biomedical graduate and postgraduate studies, Drexel University/Drexel University College of Medicine
Moderator: David Whelan, health reporter, Forbes Magazine

6:45 p.m.

Salute to Health Journalism reception
Sponsored by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


7:30 a.m.

Breakfast buffet available

Exhibit Hall open

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Freelancer drop-in: Running your business
Interested freelancers are invited to a breakfast buffet and an informal networking session focused on business issues faced by independent journalists.
Moderator: Lisa Zamosky, independent journalist, Los Angeles

8:40 a.m.

What we've learned from the Massachusetts experiment
• Karen Brown, reporter/producer, WFCR Public Radio
• Robert I. Field, J.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Professor of Law, Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University Professor of Health Management and Policy, Drexel University School of Public Health
• Rob Restuccia, executive director, Community Catalyst
• Moderator: Irene Wielawski, independent journalist, Pound Ridge, N.Y.

Hospital to home: Tomorrow's transitional care models
• Kathleen Kelly, M.P.A., executive director, Family Caregiver Alliance
• Mary Naylor, Ph.D, F.A.A.N., R.N., Marian S. Ware professor in Gerontology, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
• Emily Saltz, executive director, Elder Resources
• Dorie Seavey, Ph.D., director of policy research, PHI
• Moderator: Eileen Beal, independent journalist, Cleveland

From pee-wees to pros: Head injuries in sports
•  Matt Grady, M.D., pediatric sports medicine specialist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
• Jack Jallo, M.D., Ph.D., director, Division of Neurotrauma and Critical Care, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
• Margot Putukian, M.D., team physician and director of athletic medicine, Princeton University
• Moderator: Nancy Albritton, enterprise editor/East region, The Associated Press

Translational medicine: From bench to bedside
• Bruce Boman, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.P.H., F.A.C.P., associate scientist, Center for Translational Cancer Research, Christiana Care Health Services
• Arthur M. Feldman, M.D., faculty, Center for Translational Medicine; chair, department of medicine, Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital
• Brian Wigdahl, Ph.D., professor and chair, Microbiology and Immunology; director, Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease, Drexel University/Drexel University College of Medicine
• Moderator: Hiran Ratnayake, health reporter, The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal

10:20 a.m.

Advance care planning: Explaining, not scaring
• Rosemary Gibson, author, Arlington, Va.
• Susan Parks, M.D., director, Palliative Care Service, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
• Rebecca Sudore, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, Division of Geriatrics, University of California, San Francisco; staff physician, San Francisco VA Medical Center
Moderator: Jordan Rau, correspondent, Kaiser Health News

Clinical trials: Intersection of ethical, practical and financial
• Carl Elliott, M.D., Ph.D., professor, Center for Bioethics; professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School; professor, Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts
• Robert Helms, former professional test subject
• Jason Karlawish, M.D., associate professor of medicine, Penn Medicine
• Moderator: John Fauber, medical reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Lessons of war: Advances in medical science and technique
• D. Kacy Cullen, Ph.D., research assistant professor of neurosurgery, Penn Medicine
• Jay M. Uomoto, Ph.D., interim deputy director, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
• Michael S. Weingarten, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S., professor of surgery, chief of vascular surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine
• Moderator: Mark Taylor, independent journalist, Chicago

Developing HIV vaccine: Understanding the issues
• Steven D. Douglas, M.D., professor and associate chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
• Jeffrey Jacobson, M.D., professor of medicine; chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, Drexel University/Drexel University College of Medicine
• Roger J. Pomerantz, M.D., senior vice president, Merck Research Laboratories
• Moderator: Bob Roehr, independent journalist, Washington, D.C.

The intersection of highway safety and health
• Jacob Nelson, director of traffic safety policy & research, American Automobile Association
• Robin Schwartz, reporter, Carnegie-Knight News21/Center for Public Integrity
• Jennifer Smith, president, FocusDriven
Moderator: Andy Miller, editor, Georgia Health News

11:45 a.m.

G. Michael Lemole, M.D.

Awards luncheon, featuring keynote speaker G. Michael Lemole, M.D., and presentations of the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism

Lemole, a neurosurgeon, treated Rep. U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in Tucson on Jan. 8. He supervised her care until she was released to a Houston rehabilitation hospital on Jan. 21. Read more ...

1:40 p.m.

Freelance: Libel, contracts and reporter protections
• Gayle Sproul, Esq., Levine Sullivan Koch & Schultz, LLP
• Amy Wallace, independent journalist, Los Angeles
• Moderator: Irene Wielawski, independent journalist, Pound Ridge, N.Y.

Gene therapy: From bust to boom?
• Katherine A. High, M.D., director, Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
• Amber Salzman, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, Cardiokine
• James A. Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, Penn Medicine
• Moderator: Karl Stark, health & science editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Award-winning health reporting
Winners of the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism share tips on how they reported their winning stories.

Reporting on public polling
• James A. Barnes, political correspondent, National Journal; consultant, CNN
• Claudia Deane, associate director of public opinion and survey research, Kaiser Family Foundation, and representing American Association for Public Opinion Research
• Moderator: Julie Appleby, senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News

3 p.m.

Snack break and prize drawings in the Exhibit Hall

4 p.m.

What you need to know about accountable care organizations 
• Lawton R. Burns, Ph.D., James Joo-Jin Kim Professor of Health Care Management, department chair, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
• Jenny Gold, reporter, Kaiser Health News
• Steven M. Lieberman, president, Lieberman Consulting; visiting scholar, Brookings Institution
• Katherine A. Schneider, M.D., senior vice president, health engagement, AtlantiCare
• Moderator: Phil Galewitz, correspondent, Kaiser Health News

Neighborhood indicators for infant and child health
• Jennifer Culhane, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Pediatrics, Penn Medicine
• Dan Taylor, D.O., pediatrician and advocacy director, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
• Douglas Wiebe, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Penn Medicine
• Moderator: Chelsea Conaboy, health reporter, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Investigating health professionals
• Tracy Weber, senior reporter, ProPublica
• Jeremy Kohler, investigative reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
• Sidney M. Wolfe, M.D., director, Health Research Group, Public Citizen
• Moderator: Charles Ornstein, senior reporter, ProPublica

Can the FDA ensure food safety?
• Scott Faber, J.D., vice president, federal affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association
• Erik D. Olson, J.D., director, Food and Consumer Product Safety Programs, The Pew Charitable Trusts
• Michael Taylor, J.D., deputy commissioner for food, Food and Drug Administration
• Moderator: Alicia Mundy, reporter, The Wall Street Journal

5:30 p.m.

Membership Meeting
Come hear about the latest efforts of AHCJ from your elected board.


8 a.m.

Breakfast buffet available

"How-to Sunday" sessions

9 a.m.

Freelance: Spotting under-tapped markets
• Phyllis Maguire, executive editor, Today's Hospitalist
• Marcy O'Koon Moss, editor in chief, Arthritis Today
• Michael Posey, editor, Pharmacy Today
Moderator: Jeanne Erdmann, independent journalist, Wentzville, Mo.

Using evidence-based medicine resources
• Robert A. Logan, Ph.D., communication research scientist, National Library of Medicine
• Karen Schoelles, M.D., S.M., F.A.C.P., director, ECRI Institute Evidence-based Practice Center

Assessing hospital quality
• Ashish Jha, associate professor of health policy and management, Harvard University.
• Charles Ornstein, senior reporter, ProPublica

10:40 a.m.

Deciphering the language of hospital finances
• Thomas Getzen, Ph.D., professor of risk, insurance and health management, Fox School of Business, Temple University
• Karl Stark, health & science editor, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Best practices in blogging and social media
• Ivan Oransky, M.D., executive editor, Reuters Health; blogger, Retraction Watch and Embargo Watch
• Katie Hobson, health blog writer, The Wall Street Journal
• Chris Seper, president, MedCity Media
• Moderator: Scott Hensley, health blog writer and editor, National Public Radio

Broadcasting health: Images and sounds that tell the story
• Jeff Baillon, investigative reporter, KMSP-Minneapolis/St. Paul
• Kate Concannon, co-editor in chief, Indie Edit
• Roger Sergel, managing editor medical unit, ABC News
• Kelley Weiss, broadcast reporter, California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting
• Moderator: Andrew Holtz, independent journalist, Portland, Ore.


Conference ends