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Keynote Speakers

Meet Our Keynote Presenters

Friday, October 28, 2016

Edith Mitchell, MD, FACP

Edith Mitchell, MD, FACP

Edith P. Mitchell, MD, FACP is a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology in the Department of Medical Oncology. She is the Director of the Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, Associate Director of Diversity Affairs at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson and the Immediate Past President of the National Medical Association. 

As a distinguished researcher, she has received many Cancer Research and Principal Investigator Awards including a recent Promise Grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She serves on the National Cancer Institute Review Panel and the Cancer Investigations Review Committee. Because of her experience in the cancer research community, Dr. Mitchell has been selected to serve as a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Blue Ribbon Panel convened to advise the National Cancer Advisory Board on Vice President Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

Dr. Mitchell is a retired United States Air Force Brigadier General, having served as the Air National Guard Assistant to the Command Surgeon for US Transportation command and headquarters Air Mobility Command (AMC) based at the Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

Among her many honors, Dr. Mitchell has received The ‘Tree of Life’ Award which recognizes health professionals who have made extraordinary contributions to health management in both the local and global community. Dr. Mitchell was awarded the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Control Award for her significant commitment to research, education, and diversity and Research Award by the Council of Women Physicians of The National Medical Association. In 2010, she received the National Cancer Care Physician of the Year Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution of time and talent. Other awards for Dr. Mitchell include the 2009 Looking Glass Award presented by the Living with Cancer Foundation and the Women in Medicine Research Award from the National Medical Association. She received the 2011 Practitioner of the Year Award by the Philadelphia County Medical Society and the 2012 Humanitarian Practitioner of the Year Award by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. In 2013 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and was also inducted into the National Historical Black College Hall of Fame.

Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN

Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN

Dr. Sheila Davis is the Chief Nursing Officer at Partners In Health (PIH) where she also led the organization’s Ebola response efforts in West Africa during the 2014 epidemic.

She has been a nursing leader in the field of HIV/AIDS since the mid-1980s and served on the National Board of the Association of Nurses AIDS Care (ANAC).  She entered the global health arena in 1999 responding to the global HIV pandemic working in a number of countries.  She was the co-founder of a small NGO that worked in South Africa and Boston from 2004-2010 on health projects, including a rural village nurse clinic.  Dr. Davis is a frequent national speaker on global health and clinical topics including HIV/AIDS, the Ebola epidemic, leadership in public health, and the role of nursing in human rights.


Dr. Davis received her BSN degree from Northeastern University in 1988, her Masters in Nursing degree as an Adult Nurse Practitioner in 1997 and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice with a concentration in global health in 2008.  Both of her graduate degrees are from the MGH Institute of Health Professions.  Dr. Davis was a faculty member at the School of Nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions for 4 years and an Adult Nurse Practitioner at the MGH Infectious Diseases outpatient practice for over 15 years.  She was inducted as Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2008 and in 2009 was inducted as a member of the inaugural class of 12 Carl Wilken’s Fellows working on anti-genocide global efforts as part of the Genocide Intervention Network.  She recently completed a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship as part of the 2012-2015 cohort.


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Ellen Marie Whelan

Ellen-Marie Whelan, PhD, CRNP, FAAN

Ellen-Marie Whelan is a Senior Advisor at the Innovation Center within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services where she is working to develop, implement and test innovative payment and service delivery models strengthening primary care, accountable care, perinatal care, and community-based population health.  She coordinates the Pediatric portfolio across the Innovation Center.  

Previously, Dr. Whelan was the Associate Director of Health Policy at the Center for American Progress where her research, publications, and speaking engagements focused on development and passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, system delivery and payment reform, safety net providers, primary care, health workforce policy, and prevention.  During health reform she was an invited guest by many media outlets including NPR, C-SPAN, Bloomberg TV, BBC World Service, and MarketPlace Radio and has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Economist, National Journal, Reuters, AP, Gannet, and Congressional Quarterly.

Prior to joining CAP, she was a health policy advisor in the U.S. Senate for five years - working for both Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle and as Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Aging to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions with Senator Barbara Mikulski.  In this capacity she worked on developing and passing legislation related to Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, public health and the FDA.

Before coming to Capitol Hill, Dr. Whelan was a health services researcher and faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University and practiced as nurse practitioner for over a decade.  She has worked in a variety of primary care settings and started an adolescent primary care clinic in West Philadelphia.  For this effort she received the Secretary's Award for Innovations in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, presented by Donna Shalala and was one of the first nurse practitioners in Pennsylvania to obtain an independent Medicaid provider number.  In 2011 the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) honored Dr. Whelan with their Luminary Award acknowledging her contributions in public policy.

Dr. Whelan holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, a master's degree and Ph.D. in nursing and health policy from the University of Pennsylvania and The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in primary care policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Malcolm Cox, MD

Malcolm Cox, MD

Dr. Cox is an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

He most recently served for eight years as the Chief Academic Affiliations Officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he oversaw the largest health professions training program in the country and repositioned the VA as a major voice in clinical workforce reform, educational innovation, and organizational transformation.  Dr. Cox received his undergraduate education at the University of the Witwatersrand and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School.  After completing postgraduate training in internal medicine and nephrology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, he rose through the ranks to become Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Education.  Dr. Cox has also served as Dean for Medical Education at Harvard Medical School; upon leaving the Dean’s Office, he was appointed the Carl W. Walter Distinguished Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  He has served on the National Board of Medical Examiners, the National Advisory Committee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and is currently the chair of the VA National Academic Affiliations Council and a co-chair of the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.  Dr. Cox is the recipient of the University of Pennsylvania’s Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise in health professions education.

Lucinda Maine, PhD

Lucinda Maine, PhD

Lucinda Maine serves as Executive Vice President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

As the leading advocate for high quality pharmacy education, AACP works to develop strong academic scholars and leaders, to support excellent professional doctoral and postgraduate degree programs and build relations with key constituency groups both inside and external to the profession of pharmacy.  AACP’s vision is that academic pharmacy will work to transform the future of health care to create a world of healthy people. 

Dr. Maine previously served as Senior Vice President for Policy, Planning and Communications with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).  Analyzing trends in healthcare, assessing the implications for pharmacy practice and advocating appropriate recognition for all pharmacists were her top priorities at APhA.

Dr. Maine is a pharmacy graduate of Auburn University and received her doctorate at the University of Minnesota.  She served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota where she practiced in the field of geriatrics and was an associate dean at the Samford University School of Pharmacy.  Her past research includes projects on aging, pharmacy manpower and pharmacy-based immunizations. 

Maine has been active in leadership roles in and out of the profession.  Prior to joining the APhA staff she served as speaker of the APhA House of Delegates and as an APhA trustee. She currently serves as Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee for Research America and is an Executive Committee member of the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.