Keynote Speakers

Dave Williams, MD

Physician, Astronaut, Aquanaut, Author, and Leadership Expert
Canadian Space Agency (Ret.)

With a passion for health care and risk management, Dr. Dave Williams worked as an emergency room physician and later as director of emergency services at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto before entering the Canadian Space Agency’s program. He was formerly the director of the McMaster Centre for Medical Robotics, where he led a team dedicated to developing innovative technologies to assist local and remote patient care. In 2011, Dr. Williams became president and chief executive officer of Southlake Regional Health Centre. He was inducted into the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame in 2012.

Dr. Williams joined an exclusive club when he blasted into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia and again on Space Shuttle Endeavour. Having also lived and worked in the world’s only underwater ocean laboratory, he became Canada’s first dual astronaut and aquanaut. He has logged more than 687 hours in space and has accomplished three spacewalks, the highest number of spacewalks ever performed in a single mission. His work with NASA continued when he was appointed director of the Space Life Sciences Directorate, making him the first non-American to hold a senior management position.

Toby Cosgrove, MD

Executive Advisor, Google Cloud Healthcare and Life Sciences
Former CEO, Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Toby Cosgrove is the former CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic (2004–2017) and currently serves as executive advisor to Cleveland Clinic. He attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine and received a Bronze Star in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. Dr. Cosgrove performed more than 22,000 operations as a cardiac surgeon and holds 30 patents for medical innovations. He grew Cleveland Clinic’s international presence; oversaw the significant expansion of clinical services, information technology, and patient visits; and nearly doubled its facilities footprint. Dr. Cosgrove is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Humayun J. Chaudhry, DO, MS, MACP, MACOI

President and CEO, Federation of State Medical Boards

Dr. Humayun “Hank” Chaudhry is CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) of the United States and immediate past chair of IAMRA. He serves as secretary of IAMRA’s Management Committee and is a clinical associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. A general internist by training, he has a master’s degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he serves on their Health Policy and Management Executive Council. Dr. Chaudhry has written more than 50 articles in the medical literature and is the co-author of two books.
Dr. Chaudhry led the fireside chat with Dr. Cosgrove.

Brian George, MD

Assistant Professor of Learning Health Sciences
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Acute Care/Trauma
Associate Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Associate Program Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Director of Educational Research, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy
Executive Director, Center for Surgical Training and Research
Executive Director, Procedural Learning and Safety Collaborative
University of Michigan

Dr. Brian George’s research at the University of Michigan bridges the gap between surgical education and health services, with a particular focus on surgical performance assessment. His current work aims to understand the relationship between surgical training and early-career patient outcomes. In research funded by the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Association of Program Directors in Surgery, the Association for Surgical Education, the American Board of Surgery, and the American Board of Medical Specialties, his ultimate goal is to help develop evidence-based and patient-centered standards for surgical training. Dr. George is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Richard E. Hawkins, MD

President and Chief Executive Officer, ABMS

Dr. Richard E. Hawkins is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the leading not-for-profit organization that oversees physician certification in the United States. Dr. Hawkins has more than 35 years of professional experience ranging from his service in the United States Navy as an officer in the Medical Corps to leadership positions at national medical professional associations. Prior to joining ABMS in 2018, he served for five years as the Vice President for Medical Education Outcomes at the American Medical Association (AMA). There, Dr. Hawkins provided leadership for the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education, as well as to the AMA’s Council on Medical Education and Academic Physician Section. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President for Professional and Scientific Affairs at ABMS. In this role, Dr. Hawkins led educational, assessment, and international initiatives. Prior to that, he was Vice President for Assessment Programs at the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Hawkins is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Hawkins was a plenary speaker and a keynote panelist.

Kevin Imrie, MD, FRCPC, FACP, FRCPI (hon), FRACP (hon)

William Sibbald Chair for the Physician-in-Chief, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Past President, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Kevin Imrie is the physician-in-chief and professor of medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and past president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has served in a number of leadership capacities with the Royal College, the University of Toronto, and Cancer Care Ontario and is a highly regarded teacher and educator. He has a long-standing interest in physician competence in training and practice and currently chairs the Periodic Reaffirmation of Competence task force for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Imrie was a keynote panelist.

Una Lane

Director, Registration and Revalidation, General Medical Council, UK

Ms. Una Lane joined the General Medical Council (GMC) in 2002, taking responsibility for planning and implementing reforms to the GMC’s fitness to practice procedures. In 2010 she became the director of continued practice and revalidation, successfully steering the GMC toward the implementation of revalidation in 2012. She now heads the Registration and Revalidation Directorate, dividing her time between the London and Manchester offices.
Ms. Lane was a keynote panelist.

Anne Tonkin, BMBS, MEd, PhD, FRACP

Chair, Medical Board of Australia

Dr. Anne Tonkin is the chair of the Medical Board of Australia and was director of the Medicine Learning and Teaching Unit at the University of Adelaide until the end of 2014, when she retired and accepted the title of emeritus professor. She has served the Australian Medical Council as a council member and in various roles in medical school and college accreditation. Dr. Tonkin is a physician by training, specializing in clinical pharmacology, and has been involved with drug regulation at a national level for many years. She continues part-time practice as a general physician at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Dr. Tonkin was a keynote panelist.

Plenary Speakers

Eric Holmboe, MD

Senior Vice President, Milestones Development and Evaluation, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Dr. Eric Holmboe is adjunct professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. His research interests include interventions to improve the quality of care and methods for the assessment of clinical competence. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Holmboe is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

William McGaghie, PhD

Professor of Medical Education and Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University

Prof. William McGaghie is professor of medical education at Northwestern University. He has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois, the University of North Carolina, and Loyola University. Prof. McGaghie has engaged in medical education research and scholarship for 45 years. He has authored or edited 10 books and hundreds of journal articles, and he is a frequent consultant and speaker at medical schools worldwide. In March 2019, Prof. McGaghie received the John P. Hubbard Award from the National Board of Medical Examiners for excellence in the field of evaluation in medicine.