Plenary Speakers Announced! 

This year's Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Surgeons will feature four unique speakers, each of whom will offer insight into their craft, their experience and their success, offering ideas and applications for your approach to surgery and patient care.

Yvonne Cagle, M.D.
Astronant, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
"Professional Passion"
Sunday, October 20, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Broadmoor Hall A

Dr. Cagle is an astronaut for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and consulting professor for Stanford University’s department of cardiovascular medicine and its department of electrical engineering. She has served as a certified senior aviation medical examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration and a qualified advanced cardiac life support instructor. Her groundbreaking work is preserving historic NASA space legacy data while, simultaneously, galvanizing NASA’s lead in global mapping, sustainable energies, green initiatives, and disaster preparedness.

A retired Colonel of the US Air Force, she is a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, United States Air Force Air Staff Exceptional Physician Commendation and National Technical Association Distinguished Scientist Award. She began her medical career as a certified flight surgeon and has contributed ongoing data to the longitudinal study on astronaut health and served as a consultant for space telemedicine. 

Jake Weidmann
Certified Master Penman
"Theodore F. Classen Memorial Lecture: "Artistry and Surgery: The Power of Creative Problem Solving"
"What makes any tactician masterful in their respective craft is not only their acquired knowledge and skill but the creative wisdom to know how to apply it in any situation." 
Sunday, October 20, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Broadmoor Hall A

Jake Weidmann is a professional artist and a certified Master Penman in Denver, Colorado. The youngest in history among eleven existing Masters today, he received his Master Penman certificate from the International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) in July of 2011. He works across numerous mediums in art and calligraphy and is most well known for his use of traditional calligraphic flourishing and hand lettering in the context of his fine art.



Amanda Lindhout
Bestselling Author
"The Road to Resilience"
Monday, October 21, 8:00 AM - 9:00AM
Broadmoor Hall A

Amanda Lindhout is a New York Times bestselling author. Her multiple award winning memoir, A House in the Sky, has been a top ten bestseller since its release in 2013. This is the story of Amanda’s years as an aspiring television war reporter in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the 460 days she spent as a hostage in Somalia.

An internationally renowned public speaker, notable clients include Google and Richard Branson. Amanda has visited over 26 countries as a keynote speaker. She’s traveled in total to almost 90 countries.

In her book and in her speeches Amanda moves beyond her captivity. She will remind us of lessons hidden in adversity and the power of forgiveness. Amanda is an advocate for embracing compassion. She is a portrait of the strength of the human spirit.

Karen J. Nichols, D.O., M.A., MACOI, CS
"Medical Ethics and Medical Errors"
Monday, October 21 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Broadmoor Hall A

Karen J. Nichols, DO, MA, MACOI, CS is most recently the Dean of the Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine serving since 2002 until stepping down July 2018. Prior to serving as Dean, she was Assistant Dean, Post-Doctoral Education and Division Director (chair), Internal Medicine at the Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine since 1997. She was in the private practice of internal medicine and geriatrics in Mesa, Arizona from 1985 through 2002. A graduate of the Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) with a DO degree, she holds a master’s degree in Management with a specialty in Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University.

Dr. Nichols has received numerous awards. In 2015, she was selected for the highest honor given by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the Distinguished Service Award. Also, in 2015, she received the Robert A. Kistner, DO Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Nichols received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association. Her awards include being named as the recipient of the first Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association Physician of the Year Award, Physician of the Year from the Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society (twice) and presenting the J.O. Watson named Lectureship from the Ohio Osteopathic Association (twice). She was the 2012 recipient of the KCU-COM Alumna of the Year award. Dr. Nichols also holds seven honorary degrees.

She has served as President of the American Osteopathic Association, of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association and of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and was the first woman to hold all those positions. She is Immediate Past President of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago Board of Governors. Dr. Nichols is one of the two first DOs nominated by the AOA and elected to the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education board. She is the Vice Chair of that board and serves on the Executive Committee, and Policy Committee, chairing the Governance Committee. Dr. Nichols has been a member of the board of trustees of the Mutual Insurance Company of Arizona for 23 years.