Renée-Marie Stephano is president and co-founder of the Medical Tourism Association®, editor-in-chief of Medical Tourism Magazine® and the Health and Wellness Destination Guide Series of books. Ms. Stephano is also founder and CEO of Global Healthcare Resources, the leading global consulting and market solutions firm in Medical Tourism, Destination Medicine, Wellness Travel and Corporate Wellness. As founder and president of Corporate Health & Well-being Association, Renée-Marie is passionate about improving productivity through corporate wellness programs. She brings strategic solutions for the integration of medical and wellness travel, corporate wellness and population health management strategies for destinations worldwide.
GHR’s outreach spans a network of over 2 million execs and professionals through its managed organizations, events, magazines, books and large social network. Renée-Marie is an advocate for professional development as an integral component in changing the way we access and receive healthcare globally. She is passionate about connecting a global network of buyers with health providers that are transparent in quality and pricing and dedicated to international best practices for traveling health and wellness seekers. She has developed a series of professional training and certification programs for healthcare, hospital, and tourism for medical and wellness travel and currently serves as a Director of the International Luxury Hotel & Travel Association.x
Jonathan Edelheit is principle and founder of Global Healthcare Resources and CEO of the Medical Tourism Association and the Healthcare Revolution Conference. Mr. Edelheit touches over 2 million executives and professionals through his portfolio of companies and his network, his magazines, events, and over 1 million members of his LinkedIn Groups. Mr. Edelheit spends his time working with the C-suite of health insurance companies, employer/corporations, brokers and governments in the US and abroad on the adoption of innovation and disruption allowing their organizations to excel and be outliers of success.
Mr. Edelheit is founder and principal of Global Healthcare Ventures, an organization made up of the top leaders in Healthcare and Health Insurance from the US and around the globe identifying the next “ubers” of healthcare, wellness and insurance and helping them scale and achieve their dreams.
Mr. Edelheit spends a good portion of his time working with “Concierge Clients” of GHR, selecting a handful of companies each year to support scaling and increases commercialization through his high level relationships.x
Karen Timmons, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Healthcare Accreditation® (GHA) Program, leads an innovative and inaugural healthcare accreditation program designed specifically for healthcare organizations seeking to elevate the quality, patient experience, and excellence of care provided to medical travel, medical tourism and/or international patients. The program focuses specifically on an organization’s Medical Travel Cycle, encompassing the entire pathway of medical travel, as well as setting high expectations for transparency and cultural sensitivity.
Timmons is an internationally known expert in accreditation, healthcare quality and safety processes, having previously served as President and CEO of Joint Commission International (JCI), Chief Operating Officer of The Joint Commission, and Global Patient Safety Officer for Det Norske Veritas (DNV). Timmons has served as chairperson in the following areas for the World Health Organization (WHO): Chair for the WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety Solutions, Chair for the WHO High 5 Steering Committee, and Chair of the WHO HIV Quality of Care Working Group on HIV-AIDS. She has also served on the Global Health Advisory Council for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and is a past board member and treasurer for the International Society of Quality Assurance (ISQua) as well as a past board member of Planetree, an organization focused on patient-centered care. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the High Reliability Organization Council, a not-for profit enabling healthcare providers to become more reliable.x
Jai Verma is the Senior Executive Officer & Global Head- B2G (Business to Government) based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. His responsibilities include the P&L, strategic planning and development of B2G to focus on the government business globally.
Cigna B2G segment focus on providing health cover for diplomatic missions/ government sponsored students and people traveling for treatment around the globe. Prior to this he was responsible for the P&L of Middle East and North Africa region for Cigna International. He has more than nineteen years of executive experience in the rapidly growing international healthcare industry with leading multinational organisations like Aetna International, UnitedHealth Group, Mercer (Marsh & McLennan Group) and Allianz AG.
Prior to joining Cigna he served as Regional Director MEA & Head of strategic development in Aetna International based in Dubai. Prior to that, he served as the Regional Vice President- Asia, Middle East and Africa in UnitedHealthcare International.x
Vassili Apostolopoulos was born in Athens in 1972. He graduated from the Moraitis School and then received his Bsc in Management from the London School of Economics with first class honours and his MBA from Cambridge University. He also holds a PhD in Health Economics from the University of Athens. The title of his PhD thesis is “Customer’s willingness to pay for private health services in Greece”.
Dr. Apostolopoulos is the CEO of Athens Medical Group, a leading health care services group in Greece and Southeastern Europe. The Group is listed at the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE).
The Apostolopoulos Group of which Vassili is the CEO has interests extending from health services to insurance, real estate, and trade.x
VP- Head Of Member Health Services in Oman Insurance Company pic and bio for the European Congress speaker page of website.
Dr. Yaser Sabsabi is a Medical Doctor and a seasoned Health Insurance Professional with 18 years’ experience within the health insurance cost management including direct paper & e-claims management, health care providers’ relation management, Pharmacy Benefit Management, in addition to Case Management, data management and utilization review.
Dr. Sabsabi is currently VP- Head Of Member Health Services in Oman Insurance Company the largest private insurance in the middle east – based in Dubai, in his position, he cooperates with international partners like Bupa Global, Paramount International, MedImpact, and IMS – An IQVIA companies for managing local and global health insurance products with best innovative tools.
Dr. Sabsabi is Qualified member of the Chartered Insurance Institute (Dip CII®), MBA from Australian Chifley Business School, he is a member in health authorities panel for developing the health benefit plans and protocols.x
Mike is the Global Head of Benefits for Philip Morris International. He has over 25 years of experience in the fields of Compensation & Benefits. He is currently working on designing and deploying employee engagement tools. PMI Global Advantages offers various modules to bring new concepts to multi-nationals employee benefits offering.x
Graduated in Italy and Belgium, and trained at international level, Ms Ilaria Giannico holds an Advanced Master in Interdisciplinary Analysis of European Construction and she speaks four languages.
Ms Giannico joined UEHP in July 2016. She is experienced in EU Affairs and EU funding programmes. Her professional background includes the collaboration with the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce and the activity at Confindustria Delegation to the EU, working in close relationship with the EU institutions.
Ms Giannico regularly speaks at International congresses and forums bringing the voice of private hospitals in Europe at the heart of the most influencing policy discussions on the future of healthcare.x
Dr. Khalid ALKHAMESS provides executive leadership for Prince Sultan Cardiac Center Al-Hassa. Dr. Khalid is also responsible for assuring that the services delivered by PSCCH are consistent with the organization's mission and are accessible to all people in the communities He serves.
Dr. ALKHAMEES in addition to his Executive leadership role currently is the Chief of Cardiac Surgery Department, Director of Artificial Heart Program, and Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenator (ECMO) Programs at Prince Sultan Cardiac Center Al-Hassa.
Dr. Khalid ALKHAMEES is a Cardiac, VAD and ECMO Surgeon Consultant with Executive Specialized Master in Hospital Administration and Healthcare Management from the European Superior College of Business (ESCP-Europe) Paris, France.x
Dr. Zein is the Chief of Hepatology and the inaugural endowed holder of the Mikati Foundation Chair in Liver Diseases. He received several awards, including the American Liver Foundation Scholar Award, the Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award and the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research Mentorship. He has been recognized for academic excellence by the Syrian American Medical Society and honored for his leadership and community service by the Ana G. Mendez University of Puerto Rico as the recipient of Presidential Medal in 2011. He was elected to the Board of Governors of the Cleveland Clinic in 2015.
Dr Zein’s research focuses on improving disease and treatment outcome in patients with the Hepatitis C virus before and after liver transplantation. He has authored over 200 publications, and has been the Principal Investigator of several large clinical trials. He holds several patents and established a research group at Cleveland Clinic focused on 3D printing of solid organs.
Dr. Zein is actively involved in the education of fellows and residents being trained at the Cleveland Clinic. He has been recognized by the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Teacher of the Year, a distinction that reflects his commitment to the education and mentorship of young physicians.x
Heitham Hassoun, M.D., a leading vascular surgeon, has served as the Medical Director for Global Services at Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI) since June 2012. He oversees medical aspects of patient care, education, and research at global affiliates and partners of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He brings with him a wealth of experience in global health care consulting, including business development, strategic planning, knowledge transfer, physician governance, quality & patient safety, and interdisciplinary program development.x
General Practitioner, Family Physician and Occupational Health Specialist Master Degree in Occupational Health (Birmingham University-UK) Diploma in Health Care Management (RCSI-Ireland) MACOEM (USA)
Over 25 years’ experience in Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Occupational Medicine Working as Chief Medical Officer and Medical Services Manager in GARMCO since 1999.
Over 20 years of experience in the management of the medical services and management of medical insurances in GARMCO.
Over 20 years of experience in the Health tourism and chairman of overseas treatment committee in GARMCO.
From 2009 until January 2017 I held the position of Executive Manager for the Private Hospitals Association, Jordan (PHA). My main brief was to promote and sustain MSME`s and business association development, promotion of medical tourism exports and marketing the continually developing medical and health care services provided by Jordanian private hospitals to local and foreign patients, in order to assist them to develop their services, adopt best international practices and implement effective promotional, training, and CSR plans, thus augmenting the hospitals’ capabilities and capacities. In addition, I was proactive in the development of the association’s managerial, administrative and financial capabilities, ensuring effective governance, financial management, efficient fundraising, successful public policy advocacy, creative marketing and communication and membership recruitment. The value of my efforts was corroborated by the association’s success in receiving the King Abdallah II Best Practices Excellence Awards in 2009 and 2011, the King Abdallah II Seal of Excellence Award in 2013 and the Jordan Destination of the Year Award in 2014.
Currently I am working as a global healthcare travel consultant where my areas of focus are in developing countries and medical service providers global healthcare travel initiatives and approaches through niche marketing, MICE, patients referrals in addition being developing medical tourism services by enhancing patients experience through integrating medical, wellness and concierge services mainly in the MENA and GCC regions.x
Anuja Agrawal is CEO and founder of Health Flights Solutions, a global provider of services and solutions to healthcare providers, insurance companies, multinational employers, governments and medical tourism facilitators. Its premiere product, Global Patient Management System™, is a technologically advanced medical tourism marketplace that allows each participant to fully automate and manage their medical tourism and patient management activities, while facilitating collaboration between the members (B2B and B2C) in the eco-system. By consolidating patient requests from facilitators and institutional buyers, GPMS drives traffic to healthcare providers while providing the tools to increase conversions, improve efficiency, and enhance patient satisfaction, while being in compliance with security and privacy regulations.
Watson, offers self-funded employers and institutional buyers access to a carefully selected domestic and/or international network of medical providers for planned medical procedures. With over 100,000 members, it is the fastest growing group of its kind in the industry. Health Centers Plus is a full service, turnkey program, which encompasses initial evaluation and consulting, program development and rollout, employee engagement, and complete patient management. HFS is actively growing the network of world-class healthcare providers to support its growing member base.x
Violetta Yanyshevska, doctor hematologist , is a Chairman and co-founder of the Ukrainian Association of Medical Tourism (UAMT). Former Vice President and Current Member of the Global Healthcare Travel Council.
2012-2016 - Chairman of the Commission for the Development of International Relations and Medical Tourism of the Public Council under the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. Since 2015 Member of the Working Group on the Development of Medical Tourism in Ukraine at the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Health Care. Previously graduated International Institute of Business, MBA.
Mrs. Ianyshevska is a pioneer in Ukrainian medical tourism market and last years was dedicated to research, estimation and active development of medical tourism market of Ukraine. Violetta Janyshevska is an international speaker at the largest international and Ukrainian congresses, forums, summits and conferences in the field of medical tourism.x
Jason Tomlinson is the Senior Director of Clinical Operations for Crowne Consulting Group, Inc. which operates more than 30 onsite employee health and wellness centers throughout Florida. These centers provide family practice medical services, occupational medicine and wellness programs to employers, employees and dependents. Jason has over 9 years’ experience in this unique model of coordinating onsite clinical operations that serve public sector employers such as city governments, county governments and county school districts, along with private clients.x
K.M.Konstantinidis MD, PhD, FACS is an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at Ohio State University, USA and the Director of the General, Bariatric, Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgical Clinic as well as the Scientific Director of Athens Medical and Pediatric Center.
He is the President of the Greek Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He also is the President of the South Eastern European Society of Robotic Surgery and the President of the Hellenic Scientific Society of Robotic Surgery. He is the first to introduce lasers, laparoscopic, bariatric and robotic surgery in Greece. He also is a member of the board of directors of the Clinical Robotic Surgical Association(CRSA)
He is a member of 36 medical and surgical societies. He has proctored over 200 procedures in various hospitals in Europe to start applying robotic surgery and has organized multiple courses of laparoscopic and robotic surgery. He is the first surgeon to perform Robotic Single-Site Surgery in the world! He has published multiple scientific papers and has participated as co-author in several surgical textbooks. He has been an invited speaker in more than 500 local and international meetings and has performed live surgeries during major surgical meetings and TV shows.x
Dr. Warren Peters is the Medical Director of the Center for Health Promotion at Loma Linda University Health and received both his MD and MPH from Loma Linda University. He is a primary care physician, board certified in general surgery, a bariatrician for Loma Linda University Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as well as an internationally recognized author. He specializes in preventive and integrative medicine with particular focus on metabolic and obesity medicine, nutrition, wholeness and women’s health. Dr. Peters’ passion is to help people understand their health so they can take practical steps toward a lasting healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Peters has authored multiple books and publications and has been the Principle Investigator on multiple clinical trials. His current clinical research focuses on obesity and its relationship to biological and environmental factors rather than strictly with a patients’ willpower and motivation. His research in obesity medicine was instrumental in the American Medical Association’s decision to recognize obesity as a chronic disease.x
Dr. Andrea Maggioni is the Director of Global Health and Attending in the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL, USA. He received his medical degree from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” where he completed the residency in pediatrics. He earned also the Ph.D. in neonatal nutrition. He moved to the USA in 1993 at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY where he founded one of the first Hospitalist program in the country and served as Chief of Inpatient Services. In Miami from 1997, he established the Global Health Division that now serves patients from more than 100 countries across the globe. Charismatic innovator in the pediatric field, intensely entrepreneurial with proven business development record in the international arena, his main area of interest are Virtual Health and Global Partnerships with other Industries by leveraging on the new technologies available.x
Subhomoy is one of India’s leading experts on medical tourism has more than 10 years of experience in the healthcare, hospitality, travel and retail business. He has a management degree in International Business from prestigious Cardiff School of Management, United Kingdom. He is a regular speaker, writer and commentator on medical tourism sector. He has keynoted and moderated conferences on medical tourism and global healthcare in different events. The experience of managing medical tourism business allowed Subhomoy to acquire Specialized Skills to create, develop and manage medical tourism business, define marketing and sales strategies and manage patientx
Igor Torskyy - a graduate of the Lviv State Medical University (general surgeon); a graduate of the International Management Institute MIM-Kyiv (MBA degree). In the past - he was a practicing surgeon, Head of field force department of pharmaceutical company "Unipharm Ink.", USA. Igor Torskyy is a founder of LLC "Pharm Outsourcing" company. Currently – Vice President of the Ukrainian Association of Medical Tourism. Igor Torskyy is responsible for providing the best quality treatment for Ukrainian patients and patients from other countries in inbound and outbound medical tourism cases.x
In a professional career spanning over twenty-four years, South African born Jeanine Bowen has accumulated a unique background and extensive experience in the fields of hospital operations, emergency services, contact centre operations and technologies, training and skills development. Specializing in the field of emergency management and services Jeanine has achieved high-level recognition for her knowledge and practical experience in Fire Fighting, Disaster Management, Health & Safety Management, Trauma Debriefing and Rape Support. She is also a facilitator in CPR and First Aid and lectured on the specialized subject of Music Health and Law.x
Dr. Chimbayeva is an obstetrician-gynecologist, PhD, who started advise the patients from Pakistan and India to travel to MCH in Kazakhstan 14 years ago during her service for two years with the United Nations in Eritrea/Ethiopia. After her return home she worked as a Director of the city Maternity Hospital.
Since 2009, Dr. Chimbayeva ran the international cooperation and treatment abroad for the governmental officials. During the last five years, she referred nearly 150 pa