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Medical Tourism Association Announces Strategic Initiatives for Much Awaiting Global Healthcare & Medical Tourism Congress 2010

The Medical Tourism Association, known for setting trends in the industry, announces new strategic initiatives under the theme progress in motion for global healthcare stakeholders, allowing them to discover & learn about intense topics of medical tourism, extending networking opportunities enhanced by dedicated sessions and creating knowledge sharing possibilities between government, insurance, healthcare and tourism professionals during THE World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress, taking place in LA from September 22nd – 24th. http://www.medicaltourismcongress.com.  

“We recently announced our extensive agenda, today we are announcing the list of incredible speakers, coming exclusively with the sole purpose of providing a learning platform for industry stakeholders. We are particularly encouraged at the number of high level government officials who are attending the ministerial summit which indicates growing support from all sectors for medical tourism initiatives, especially ministers of health, tourism and economic development,” said Jonathan Edelheit, CEO of the Medical Tourism Association.

MTA team worked relentlessly this year to identify and invite top government officials from across the world, eminent professionals from US & International Insurance Companies, alongside some of the largest US and International Employers, on another hand, leading medical tourism experts and top global healthcare providers are revisiting the congress.

“Though we have received tremendous responses, we are receptive to have more top-notch experts and professionals to utilize the platform to share their knowledge, experience and expertise,” added Edelheit, inviting leading speakers to join congress by submitting white papers at http://www.medicaltourismcongress.com/en/speakers.html.

The congress is the biggest networking opportunity platform in the world for medical tourism and global healthcare related affairs. The addition of the “Buyers of Healthcare VIP Program” is also a unique feature which was added to create more interesting and one on one business meetings for all delegates and sponsors, bringing up to 200 employers, insurance companies, agents and medical tourism facilitators who are involved in or interested in patients traveling across borders for healthcare.

“Networking is the spirit of our congress. We realize that social media and electronic channels can’t replace one-on-one meetings. Last year we got incredible responses and many delegates mentioned networking alone provided ROI, while learning & sharing experience was nothing but overwhelmingly a delightful experience,” says senior meeting manager Silvana Maldonado, working exclusively for networking and meeting sessions.

While extensive agenda, green healthcare initiative, learning opportunities, networking possibilities and knowledge sharing are base of the congress, seasoned speakers are the main focus which makes this a comprehensive Medical Tourism Mecca gathering.

Some of our seasoned speakers are as follows:

Karen Beyer – Director of Global Benefits, General Electric

Mr. Jose M. Loaiza – Senior Network Manager, Blue Shield of California

Premier W. McKeeva Bush – Premier, Cayman Islands

Joanne Armenio – Director, International Benefits, Kraft Foods

Bob Ihrie – Senior VP of Employee Rewards and Services, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

Luis Fernando Moreas – Secretary of Tourism, Porto Alegre Brazil

Kathy Clark – Compensation & Benefits Analyst, Blackbaud, Inc.

Anthony Amato – VP Compensation & Benefits, Discovery Communications

Kevin M. Fickenscher, M.D., CPE, FACPE, FAAFP – Chief Strategy and Development Officer, Dell Services

H. E. Mr. Nasser Al Budoor – Director, Ministry of Health, UAE, International Relations & Health Affairs and Director of Health Minister’s Office

Cheryl Matheis – Senior Vice President for Health Strategy, AARP

Laila Al Jassmi – CEO, Clinical Support Services Sector, Dubai Health Authority

David M. Cheek – Vice President of Sales, Pan American Life Insurance Group

Dr. Shetty – Heart Surgeon of India & Founder of Hospital Investment Project, Cayman Islands

Michael Bertaut – Senior Healthcare Intelligence Analyst, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Jeff A. Argotsinger – Director, Business Leader Medical Expense Group, Swiss Reinsurance Company

Dr. Hisham Diwani – General Manager, Health Insurance, Ministry of Health Syria

Bavdeep Singh – CEO, Fortis Healthcare India

Emilio M. Williams – Managing Director, Johns Hopkins Medicine International

Dr. Rick van Pelt – Director Global Programs, Partners Harvard Medical International

Mark Scotland – Minister of Health, Cayman Islands

Jonathan Hart – Chief Medical Officer, International Medical Group

Pamela Frank – International Health Services Coordinator, Children’s Hospital of Boston

Fred Hagigi – Director, Executive Education Programs Professor of Health Services, UCLA School of Public Health

MaryBeth Kramer – Sr. Manager, Global Benefits and HR Services Compensation and Benefits, Verisign

Shady Fawzy Nawar – Assistant Vice President – Provider Management, Qatar Insurance Company-Doha

Arthur L. Diskin, MD, FACEP – Vice President and Global Chief Medical Officer, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Azamara Club Cruises

Martha Turnbull – Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada

Linda Cote – AGB Sales Director Pacific Region, Aetna

Dr. Jeannette Takemura – Dean of School of Social Work, Columbia University

Alexander Sander Domaszewicz – Principal and Senior Consultant, Mercer Health & Benefits Services

Robert S. Shestack – WBC, Managing Director, National Sales Leader, Employer Benefits Business, Marsh U.S. Consumer, a service of Seabury & Smith, Inc.

Brad Cook – International Patient Department, Hospital Clinica Biblica, Costa Rica

Renee-Marie Stephano – President, Medical Tourism Association

Jonathan Edelheit – CEO, Medical Tourism Association

Ralph Lawson – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Baptist Health South Florida

Greg Carlson – Assistant Professor, University of Alabama, Department of Health Services

Jason B. Krouse – Executive Vice President, Univers Workplace Benefits

William Cook – International Patient Department, Hospital Clinica Biblica

Dr. Prem Jagyasi – MD & CEO, ExHealth Dubai

Tom O’Hara – President, Surgical Trip LLC

Dr. Antonia Arnaert -Vice-President, Debson Medical Tourism

Dr. Narottam Puri – President, Medical Strategy & Quality, Fortis Healthcare

Wouter Hoeberechts – CEO, WorldMed Assist

Doug Wojcieszak, Founder, Sorry Works!

Richard Polak, President & CEO, IBIS Advisors

Derrell Connor, Account Executive, M3 Insurance Solutions for Business (M3)

Tom Hamilton – President, Carolina Benefit Designs

Daniel Friedland – MD, Founder & CEO, SuperSmartHealth

Jason Woods – Fairmont Specialty Group

Sonia Roschnik – Operational Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit, UK

C. Duane Dauner – President, California Hospital Association

Stephen Hartigan – Chief Executive Officer, InterGlobal Insurance Company Ltd. (IGIC)

Peter Lozier – Executive Vice President Sales, Marketing and Provider Relations, CMN Inc.

Dr. Myles Druckman – Vice President Medical Services, Americas Region
International SOS Assistance, Inc

Dean Stone – Manager Workers Compensation and Governance, National Australian Bank

Stuart Rowley – CEO, Prince Court Medical Center, Malaysia

To view a full list of speakers please CLICK HERE or go to http://medicaltourismcongress.com/en/speakers.html.

Join us for the VIP After Party

The World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress is also known for its networking cocktail receptions following the general sessions. On Wednesday, September 22, 2010 all registered delegates will be invited to share in an entertainment filled networking session jointly held with the Employer Healthcare Congress where up to 1000 employers, insurance agents, brokers, consulting firms and healthcare leaders will finishing up their three day congress event on the Green Circle Terrace. For more information about the VIP After Party, please go see the video at http://www.medicaltourismcongress.com/en/vip-party.html.  

Additional Giant Leaps for 2010

The World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress includes two additional conferences which are the Expatriate Healthcare, Travel Insurance and Global Health Insurance Conference, http://www.expatriateconference.com  and the Sustainable Healthcare and Hospital Development Conference, http://www.healthcaredevelopmentconference.com. Speakers listed above are from all three conferences.

The Medical Tourism Association™ (Global Healthcare Association) is the international non-profit trade association for the medical tourism and global healthcare industry made up of the top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical travel facilitators, insurance companies, and other affiliated companies and members with the common goal of promoting the highest level of quality of healthcare to patients in a global environment. http://www.medicaltourismassociation.com.  

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