Inaugural Innovation Day

Modern Medicine on a Mission: Innovative Minds in Healthcare  

Friday, November 4, 2022

9 a.m. - 2 p.m.    Check-in and breakfast open at 8:30 a.m.

The Louise & Joseph Z. Ornelas Academic Amphitheater
The University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center
11937 U.S. Highway 271 | Tyler, Texas 75708

Continental Breakfast and Boxed Lunch are provided.

Seating is limited.

Continuing Medical Education Credit

The University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 creditsTM. Participants should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their  participation in the activity.





William Cohn, MD

Keynote Speaker

Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies
Executive Director, Center for Device Innovation at Texas Medical Center

Dr. Cohn is a Vice President at Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies (JJMDC) and the Executive Director for the Johnson & Johnson Center for Device Innovation at the Texas Medical Center.  He is also a professor of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and an adjunct professor of Bioengineering at Rice University, the University of Houston and Texas A&M. Prior to joining JJMC, he served as Director of the Center for Technology and Innovation and Director of the renowned Cullen Cardiovascular Research Laboratory at the Texas Heart Institute.

Dr. Cohn has been deeply involved in developing the continuous-flow, totally implantable, artificial heart. In 2011, Dr. Cohn and Dr. O. H. Frazier successfully implanted the first pulseless total heart replacement device in a human patient. Dr. Cohn has been granted more than 90 US patents or patents pending. Since 2012, Dr. Cohn has served as the Chief Medical Officer and on the Board of Directors for BiVACOR and CSI Inc.




Nancy W. Dickey, MD

President Emeritus, Texas A&M University Health Science Center
Executive Director, A&M Rural and Community Health Institute

Nancy W. Dickey, MD, currently serves as a professor in the Department of Primary Care Medicine and the Department of Medical Humanities in the College of Medicine and as a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health, Texas A&M Health Science Center. She also carries the title President Emeritus of the Health Science Center, having served in the role of president for over a decade prior to stepping out of administration and into teaching and policy development.

She serves as executive director of the A&M Rural and Community Health Institute which serves in a consultative role with hospitals and communities across the state of Texas to facilitate best practices in patient safety, enhanced quality of care, and physician excellence. The institute was created during her time of leadership at the Health Science Center and exemplifies the importance of translating sound policy into practice not only in traditional academic health centers but across the spectrum of practice sites and care delivery.

Dr. Dickey was the first woman ever to be elected president of the American Medical Association. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including six honorary doctorate degrees in both science and law. She was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine in 2007 and to Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 2010. Dr. Dickey serves on numerous committees, both locally and nationally, writes for several medical and health policy journals, and is a frequent speaker at professional and civic organizations around the country and world.




Thomas M. Krummel, MD

Venture Partner, Santé
Co-Director, Byers Center for Biodesign
Emile Holman Professor Emeritus, Dept of Surgery Stanford University School of Medicine

Thomas M. Krummel, MD joined Santé in 2021 from Stanford University, where he served as the Emile Holman Professor & Chair Emeritus for the Department of Surgery in Stanford University’s School of Medicine and as Co-Director at the Byers Center for Biodesign.

For over 35 years, Tom has served roles as surgeon, innovator, educator, and leader.  He has co-directed the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign for nearly 20 years.  This program is designed to teach medtech innovation to teams of doctors, engineers and business professionals through interdisciplinary research and education at the emerging frontiers of engineering and the biomedical sciences. More than 7.6 million patients have been treated with tools and technologies originating in this program. There are now 18 similar programs on 3 continents and 227 graduates.

Dr. Krummel is the recipient of the William E. Ladd Medal for 2020, the highest honor nationwide in pediatric surgery.  He received one of the first Phased Innovation R21/R33 grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to develop a simulation-based surgical training system. He has earned two ComputerWorld Smithsonian Awards for his work with surgical training systems and robotics, and has co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles.

Dr. Krummel is chair of the board of directors at Fogarty Innovation; a not-for-profit medtech educational incubator, serves on numerous boards of directors, including Eclipse Regenesis, Morgridge Institute for Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, NewGen Surgical, and ULink, and served as president of the International Scientific Committee at IRCAD, University of Strasbourg, France.  Tom also serves as a consultant to the medical device industry and has served on boards of directors and scientific advisory boards of more than 20 successful early stage medtech device start-ups.

He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and is BS in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.




Joe Cunningham, MD

Founding Managing Director, Santé

Joe co-founded Santé Ventures in 2006 and is nationally recognized for his expertise across healthcare delivery systems, physician associations and compensation models. Prior to founding Santé, he was a healthcare Venture Partner with Austin Ventures and Vice Chair of Ascension Health Ventures’ investment committee. He was also Chief Medical Officer of Providence Health System and Executive Director of the Providence Health Alliance, both of which belong to the Ascension healthcare organization.

Joe currently serves on advisory boards for Health Services Corporation (Blue Cross Blue Shield) and United Healthcare. He is also is on the boards of Cleveland Clinic Innovations, Partners Innovations (Harvard Medical School), The Massachusetts General Hospital, and The Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is a strategic advisor to Texas A&M School of Engineering. He is board-certified in internal medicine, quality assurance and peer review.

Joe earned his MBA from Baylor University, his MD from Texas A&M University and received his BS from Texas A&M University.

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