Main Stage Speakers

Join us each day of the conference for a diverse lineup of thought-provoking and inspirational Main Stage speakers!

Be sure to join us for daily general sessions on our virtual Main Stage! We’ve developed a lineup of innovative discussions with thought-provoking speakers who will challenge you to think differently, reach for new heights, lead with purpose and prioritize your personal wellbeing.

John Medina

When? Friday, Oct. 22 General Session, 8 a.m. CT

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John Medina
John Medina

As the New York Times bestselling author of Brain Rules, John Medina knows a thing or two about what’s going on inside your head. He has spent most of his professional life working in the technology and pharmaceutical industries on research related to mental health, with a specific focus on the genes behind brain development and psychiatric conditions. He was the founding director of the Talaris Research Institute, studying how infants encode and process information at the cognitive, cellular and molecular levels. Be sure not to miss this fascinating and entertaining discussion of the inner-workings of the human brain.

Mona Masood, DO

When? Friday, Oct. 22 General Session, 8 a.m. CT

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Mona-Masood
Mona Masood, DO

In early 2020, Mona Masood, DO, a psychiatrist in the Philadelphia area, became concerned by the mental health toll the COVID-19 pandemic was taking on her fellow colleagues in medicine. She took action by founding the Physician Support Line, a free and confidential peer support hotline for physicians to discuss the stressors, pressures and heartbreaks of caring for patients on the front lines of COVID. Tune in to hear Dr. Masood discuss the unique value of physician peer support and the important role the Physician Support Line has played in the DO community—and the medical community at large—since the pandemic began.

Lisa Leslie

When? Saturday, Oct. 23 General Session, 8 a.m. CT

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Lisa Leslie
Lisa Leslie

Throughout her storied career in the WNBA and Team USA, Lisa Leslie established herself as the most recognized and dominant player in women’s basketball. She carried the gold-winning Team USA in four consecutive Olympic games, and in 2008 became the fist team sport athlete to win four consecutive Olympic Gold Medals. In 2001, she became the first WNBA player to win the regular-season MVP, the All-Star Game MVP and the playoff MVP in the same season. She went on to become the first WNBA player to co-own a WNBA team. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear her inspirational story!

Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD

When? Saturday, Oct. 23 General Session, 8 a.m. CT

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Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD
Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD

Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD, currently serves as the Deputy Administrator and Director of Center for Medicare. She is an accomplished, strategic leader with a deep understanding of health economics and a heart-felt commitment to outstanding patient care. Her diverse background as a health care executive, health economist, physician and health policy expert has given her a unique perspective on how health policy impacts the real lives of patients. She most recently served as Vice President of Clinical Care Transformation at MedStar Health, where she conceptualized, designed, and implemented population health and value-based care initiatives and served on the senior leadership of the 10 hospital, 300+ outpatient care site health system. The care models and service lines under her leadership, including community health, geriatrics, and palliative care, have been nationally recognized by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and others. She also cared for patients as an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Seshamani also brings decades of policy experience to her role, including recently serving on the leadership of the Biden-Harris Transition HHS Agency Review Team. Prior to MedStar Health, she was Director of the Office of Health Reform at the US Department of Health and Human Services, where she drove strategy and led implementation of the Affordable Care Act across the Department, including coverage policy, delivery system reform, and public health policy. She received her B.A. with Honors in Business Economics from Brown University, her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and her Ph.D. in Health Economics from the University of Oxford, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She completed her residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and practiced as a head and neck surgeon at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco.

Simon T. Bailey

When? Sunday, Oct. 24 General Session, 12:30 p.m. CT

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Simon T. Bailey
Simon T. Bailey

Searching for a spark to reignite your passion? Simon T. Bailey is a speaker, author, life coach and entrepreneur who founded the SPARK Movement with the purpose of launching sustainable transformation in individuals, systems and nations. He was named by SUCCESS magazine as one of the top 25 people who will help you reach your business and life goals. Join us to hear Bailey’s key tips for reaching seemingly unattainable goals in both your professional and personal life. You’ll come away with a renewed sense of motivation and purpose, and a plan for creating a culture where everyone matters.

Olympic Physician Panel

When? Sunday, Oct. 24 General Session, 12:30 p.m. CT

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Join us for a panel discussion featuring three of the DOs who represented the osteopathic profession at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Panelists include James M. Lally, DO, who serves as Chief Medical Officer for the International Shooting Sports Foundation; Alexandra Myers, DO, who served as team physician for the USA Rugby Team; and Naresh Rao, DO, who served as team physician for the USA Men’s Water Polo Team. Panel participants will share their experiences from this year’s Olympics as well as their insights on keeping elite athletes at the top of their game.

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