Plenary Speakers Announced! 

This year's Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Surgeons will feature three exceptional speakers. They will advise, engage and move you with new ideas, information and insights in surgical practice and patient care.

Katie Neuendorf, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
"Theodore F. Classen Memorial Lecture: Strengthen Relationships and Minimize Barriers: Taking Your Communication Skills ‘Up a Notch’"
Thursday, October 18, 9:15 AM
Marquis Ballroom A-B, Atlanta Marriott Marquis

As a surgeon, you have spent a significant amount of time learning the procedures you would perform on patients, you have received feedback on your skills and you have continued to explore the most up-to-date techniques available for those procedures. In 2009, Cleveland Clinic’s CEO wanted the procedure of “communication” to have the same rigor as any other procedure. As a result, the Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication was created. In her talk, Dr. Katie Neuendorf, the Center’s Director, will highlight lessons learned from teaching communication skills to over 7000 clinicians. She will discuss common communication pitfalls and propose alternate strategies so that you will leave the session ready to take your communication skills ‘up a notch’.

Katie Neuendorf, M.D., completed residency training in Internal Medicine before she pursued a Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship. She joined the Cleveland Clinic’s Palliative Medicine and Supportive Oncology Section in 2010 and is appointed as Assistant Professor of Medicine through the Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University.

Michael Daniel
Cybersecurity Advisor to President Barack Obama (2012 - 2016) & President, Cyber Threat Alliance
"Building Your Cyber Toolbox"
Thursday, October 18, 11am, held jointly with the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics at the Hilton Atlanta

Michael Daniel draws from his post at the highest echelon of government to sound the alarm on the global security threats of the 21st century, revealing the necessary steps for managing your organization’s cyber risk.

From the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment to the intrusion into the Office of Personnel Management and the Russian efforts to meddle in the U.S. electoral process, Michael Daniel has maintained a pivotal role leading the government’s response to the most prominent cyber incidents of our time. As cybersecurity coordinator to President Barack Obama, Michael led the nation’s cybersecurity strategy and policy efforts from 2012 to 2016.

Widely recognized as one of the world’s top cybersecurity experts, Michael specializes in managing cyber risk to critical infrastructure systems, such as financial services assets, electronic medical records and industrial control systems. As president of the newly formed nonprofit alliance, Cyber Threat Alliance, Michael leads a team of cybersecurity giants, such as Intel, Cisco and Symantec, to improve information sharing about cybercrime and other threats.

With proven strategies for identifying and alleviating threats, and responding to cyber incidents, Michael unveils key insights for safeguarding assets in an era of precarious digital disruption and connectivity. As attacks increase in sophistication and hackers prove more brazen each day, Michael’s authoritative outlook on the global security landscape and applicable action plans help business leaders avoid becoming the next breaking cyber news story.


Zachary W. Brown, D.O.
Trauma Surgeon
"Doing More With Less: Leadership and Versatility in Austere Surgical Environments"
Friday, October 19, 8am
Marquis Ballroom, Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Dr. Brown will bring another unique voice to this year's conference as a deployed surgeon. He will talk about the need to do more with less and the challenges of surgery in an austere environment. His keynote will include sharing his experiences as a surgeon in several different environments where he was deployed: a humanitarian mission in Bangladesh in 2008, as the surgeon aboard the USS Bataan in 2014, and as the trauma surgeon in an area just south of Mosul in 2017. Dr. Brown will also also tie in his experience of leading a surgical team and how that can require adaptations when operating under several different types of pressure.



W. Britt Zimmerman, D.O., FACOS
Urological Surgeon
"From the Front Lines of Florence, a Surgeon’s Personal Experience"
Saturday, October 20, 2018 8am to 9am
Marquis Ballroom, Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Dr. William Britt Zimmerman, Chair of the ACOS Urological Surgery discipline and ACOS Board member, will share his experience in observing where disaster planning and healthcare intersect, and hospital emergency preparedness processes before, during, and after Hurricane Florence.

Based in Wilmington, North Carolina, Dr. Zimmerman will provide a first-hand account of how he, the hospital, and other healthcare providers, readied themselves and their patients for the record breaking hurricane. 36 fatalities. 5,214 people and 1,067 pets rescued and evacuated. 354 roads closed. 1,100 personnel from 35 states. 2,000 residents in Red Cross and Community shelters. And 9 trillion gallons of water that gushed into North Carolina. (Source: North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Sept. 26, 2018)

Don't miss this keynote which will provide key advice and guidance on how to tackle the expected and unexpected demands on the healthcare system in an emergent setting caused by extreme weather events.