Plenary Speakers Announced! 

The 2017 Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Surgeons will feature three accomplished keynote speakers which you will not want to miss. Our keynote speakers will inform, entertain and inspire you with new ideas for patient care.

Zubin Damania, MD (aka ZDoggMD)
Internist and Founder of Turntable Health
“Healthcare, Remixed”


Zubin Damania, MD, is an internist and founder of Turntable Health, an innovative healthcare startup that was part of an ambitious urban revitalization movement in Las Vegas spearheaded by Zappos.com, CEO, Tony Hsieh.

During a decade-long hospitalist career at Stanford, Dr. Damania won clinical teaching awards while simultaneously maintaining a shadow career performing stand-up comedy for medical audiences worldwide. His videos and live shows, created under the pseudonym ZDoggMD, have gone epidemically viral with over a quarter billion views on Facebook and YouTube, educating patients and providers while mercilessly satirizing our dysfunctional healthcare system.



Vance E. Johnson
Former NFL Player, Denver Broncos
“How a DO Saved My Life from the Depths of Addiction”


Vance Johnson is a former wide receiver for the Denver Broncos who played in the NFL from 1985 to 1995, helping his team to three Super Bowl appearances.

After a near death experience because of drugs and alcohol, Vance was encouraged by Mark A. Twardowski, DO, to seek treatment. Celebrating nearly four years of sobriety, Vance offers hope to the struggling addict and their families by sharing his own journey from addiction through treatment and the strength of his faith.



JD Polk, DO, MS, MMM, CPE, FACOEP
Chief Health and Medical Officer, NASA
“The Journey of Exploration: Where Medicine Meets Mars”


Dr. J.D. Polk is the agency Chief Health and Medical Officer of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) located in Washington, DC, He began serving in this position in November of 2016.

He is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and Affiliate Associate Professor and Senior Fellow in the School of Public Policy at the George Mason University. Dr. Polk has served as a member of the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians.