Health Connect South 2017 Conference to Highlight Collaborative Advances of Healthcare

John Tabellione

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

The Fourth Annual Health Connect South (HCS) health leadership event will convene top innovators, decision makers and leaders from throughout the Southeast to encourage collaborative innovations and advances for creative disruption of healthcare on Thursday, September 28, at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. HCS operates as a non-profit organization serving the health community as a sustainable platform for regional health collaborations.

According to HCS Founder and CEO, Russ Lipari, “The goal of the conference is to convene nearly 500 leading health innovators, executive decision makers and the next generation of health leaders is to foster and promote regional health collaborations. Through uncovering health resources in our region, what they are doing, and hearing what they need, we have a unique opportunity to leverage each other’s strengths to have an exponentially larger impact in health.

The theme for Health Connect South 2017 focuses on disrupting healthcare with a focus on the patient (consumers), delivery, and policy, highlighting the innovations and advances in the industry to deliver the best outcomes. 


1. Disruption in Delivery: How new innovations are assisting the way individuals access healthcare.

2. Skin in the Game of Healthcare: Bridging the gap between investors and providers and researchers. 

3. Consumers in the Driver's Seat: How consumers can drive healthcare delivery.

4. Access to Care: Preparing for the next wave of industry regulation and minimizing disparities in care.


Dr. Omar Lattouf and Dr. Heval Kelli will deliver the keynote address: “The Power of Mentorship in Healthcare.” Dr. Lattouf, Professor of Surgery/Cardiothoracic at Emory University, will introduce his protégé, Dr. Kelli, a Katz Foundation Fellow in Preventative Cardiology at Emory. 


- Anne Schuchat, MD, Principal Deputy Director, CDC

- Judy Monroe, MD, FAAFP President & CEO, CDC Foundation

- David Rubinger, Publisher, Atlanta Business Chronicle

- Justin Sabet-Peyman, Director, Private Equity, KKR

- Lee Herron, VP of Venture Development, Georgia Research Alliance Ventures

- Jim Weyhenmeyer, PhD, VP of Research & Economic Development, Georgia State University

- Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, President & Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine

- Jordan Amadio, MD, Managing Partner, NeuroLaunch

- Russell Allen, President & CEO, GeorgiaBio

- Jason Rupp, Executive Director, Southeast Medical Device Association

- Larry Williams, President & CEO, Technology Association of Georgia

- Bob Crutchfield, Executive Director, Innovate Birmingham

- L.A. Galyon, Managing Director, Brentwood Capital Advisors

- Patrick O’Carroll, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACMI, Head, Health Systems Strengthening Sector, The Task Force for Global Health

- Karen Minyard, Ph.D., Director, Georgia Health Policy Center, Georgia State University

- Howard Jacob, PhD, EVP Genomic Medicine, Chief Medical Genomics Officer, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

- Marie Cameron, FACHE, Professor, Health Administration, Georgia State University

- Daniel Dawes, J.D. Executive Director, Government Relations, Policy & External Affairs, Morehouse School of Medicine

- Guy Scull, CEO & President, CareLink of Northwest Georgia, Inc.

- Steven Fraime, Director, Center for Health Transformation, Wellstar Health Systems

- Lisa Kudlacz, VP & GM, Global Interventional Pain Management, Halyard Health

- Ed Cantwell, President & CEO, Center for Medical Interoperability

- David Norris, CEO & Founder, DynoForms

- Brad Fain, PhD, Director, Georgia Tech HomeLab, Georgia Tech Research Institute

- Brian Liu, MBA, Branch Head, Georgia Tech Research Institute

- Tim Buchman, PhD, MD, Director, Emory Critical Care Center & Prof Surgery and Anesthesiology, Emory SOM

- Cheryl Hiddleson, MSN, RN, CCRN-E, Director, eICU Center, Emory

The program will also announce the 2017 winners of two awards:

The 2017 Unsung Hero Award - The Unsung Hero Award recognizes an individual or institution that has made an immense contribution to advances in healthcare in the Southeast through forging and sustaining collaborative endeavors.  This institution or individual’s efforts have gone largely unseen but have been critical to interdisciplinary collaboration producing effective solutions to challenges and opportunities in healthcare.

Past award winners: Paula Lawton Bevington (2014), Charlie Stokes / CDC Foundation (2015), Dr. Gary Ulicny/ Shepherd Center (2016)

2017 Best Collaboration Award  - The HCS Collaboration Award recognizes two or more organizations or individuals who have leveraged the HCS platform to develop partnerships and collaborations that have contributed to advances in healthcare in the Southeast. The award-winning group’s efforts have been critical to interdisciplinary collaboration, and producing effective solutions that go above and beyond a mere partnership to create a platform, product, or opportunity addressing challenges in healthcare. Past Award Winners: UCB Pharma & Georgia Tech (2015), The Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement (ARCHI) (2016) 

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About John Tabellione

John Tabellione is an award-winning, professional business writer, complemented by over twenty-five years of strategic communication responsibilities as a Marketing, New Business Development and National Account Sales Executive in consumer goods and commercial industries. 

Experience with Fortune 500 companies, as well as with smaller firms and non-profits, encompassing a variety of products, including those of Georgia-Pacific, Kimberly-Clark and Stanley Works. 

John has a B.A. in English from Fairfield University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Hartford. In addition, he has studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute at Syracuse University, and Italian language and culture at Kennesaw State University.