ASCP announces an impressive keynote speaker series for its 2012 Annual Meeting, Oct. 31–Nov. 3, in Boston. The six general session presenters understand the power of the entire laboratory team in making the right diagnosis of disease. They realize the laboratory team’s diagnoses ensure patients obtain the right treatments to restore their good health. Their stories reflect how real science has changed the lives of real patients worldwide.
The Grand Opening Session Keynote Speaker on Wednesday, Ashley Judd, MPA, a humanitarian, actress, and advocate for public health programs in 13 countries, kicks off the ASCP Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The Thursday Keynote speakers Laura W. Bush, the former First Lady, and Barbara Bush, the Founder and CEO of Global Health Corps, discuss efforts to expand breast and cervical cancer treatments throughout the world.
The Scientific Address will be presented on Friday by Donald M. Berwick, MD, the former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and author of two groundbreaking books about improving health care. Giuliana and Bill Rancic will headline the Friday Evening Showcase with a first-hand account of how they managed Giuliani’s recent diagnosis of breast cancer and her subsequent double mastectomy. The wife and husband are the stars of the hit reality show “Giuliana & Bill.”
Ashley Judd - Humanitarian and Actress
Wed. Oct. 31, 2012
6:15pm - 7:30pm
"I'm so excited to join the pathology and laboratory medicine communities in Boston this October! Throughout my work with the Clinton Global Initiative and YouthAIDS, I've seen the urgent need for quality healthcare, and I'm proud to be part of the ASCP's effort to raise awareness for the need to deliver patient-care tools and technologies to resource-starved countries."
Ms. Judd promotes access to quality health care, conservation, alleviating poverty, and social justice around the world. She has served as expert panelist or moderator for many conferences, including the Clinton Global Initiative, Women Deliver, International AIDS, and Global Business Coalition to stop HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria. Ms. Judd gave the keynote address on modern slave trade to the 2008 General Assembly of the United Nations, has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the urgent need to prevent the spread of HIV to girls and women, and spoke to the National Press Club in 2010 about stopping the mountain top removal coal mining.
An acclaimed actress in film, theater, and television, Ms. Judd has won numerous awards and been nominated for Golden Globes and Emmys. Critically acclaimed movies in which she starred include Ruby in Paradise, Double Jeopardy, Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, and De-Lovely.Currently, Ms. Judd stars in the new television series “Missing.”
In 2010, she earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and received the Dean’s Scholar Award for her work in the Harvard Law class, “Gender Violence: Law and Social Justice.” For her undergraduate studies, Ms. Judd graduated from the University of Kentucky with a major in French and minors in anthropology, art history, theater, and women’s studies.
Laura W. Bush and Barbara Bush - Patient Care Worldwide
Thurs. Nov 1, 2012
11:15am - 12:15pm
"Through our work with the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Initiative and Global Health Corps, we've seen the importance of pathology and laboratory medicine to the prevention and treatment of disease in women. We look forward to thanking the laboratory medicine community at the ASCP conference in Boston."
Mrs. Bush and Ms. Bush are proponents for global health. Mrs. Bush, through the George W. Bush Institute, recently launched the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative, adding cervical and breast health programs to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) network of care. Barbara Bush is CEO and Founder of Global Health Corps, which is mobilizing a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity.
The Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partnership will leverage the platform and resources of PEPFAR—established under President George W. Bush and a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative—and will draw
from lessons learned in the significant scaling up of access to HIV interventions since June 2004.
While First Lady, Mrs. Bush witnessed firsthand the success of President Bush’s historic commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other preventable diseases through her five trips to Africa. Mrs. Bush worked with women in the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas to support breast cancer early detection and also serves as the Heart Truth campaign’s Honorary Founding Ambassador.
Donald M. Berwick, MD - Healthcare Visionary
Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
11:15am - 12:15pm
"As the former President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, I know that pathologists and laboratory professionals are facing some big challenges today. I'm looking forward to discussing my vision on the future of healthcare in the US with attendees at the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting."
Dr. Berwick is the United States’ leading advocate for high-quality health care. He stepped down in December 2011 as the Administrator of CMS. For the previous 22 years, Dr. Berwick was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a nonprofit dedicated to improving health care worldwide.
Dr. Berwick sees tremendous unrealized potential in U.S. medicine. Despite our nation’s outstanding knowledge base, expert practitioners, and world-class equipment, many Americans do not have access to safe, high-quality care. He has a vision for how the United States can change through well-applied information technology, new methods of healthcare delivery, and effective legislation. This new system would satisfy its patients, economic realities, and moral obligation to care for those who need treatment. Dr. Berwick has studied the management of healthcare systems, with emphasis on using scientific methods and evidence-based medicine and comparative effectiveness research to improve the tradeoff among quality, safety, and costs.
A Harvard-educated pediatrician, Dr. Berwick has won accolades and the endorsements of major healthcare groups for his academic work, which focused on reducing the cost of care while improving quality and patient experience. For his important role in designing Great Britain’s healthcare system, he was named as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London and Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Giuliana and Bill Rancic - Real-Life Inspiration
Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
5:30 – 6:30 pm
"We are thrilled to be part of the 2012 ASCP Annual Meeting! After facing some very tough decisions during Giuliana's breast cancer diagnosis, we're excited to share our story that shows the real impact a laboratory team can have on individual patients."
A powerful celebrity couple, Giuliana and Bill Rancic have high-profile jobs in the public arena. Giuliana is an entertainment journalist, author, and television personality, while Bill is an entrepreneur, talk show host, and real estate developer. Bill was the first reality contestant hired by Donald Trump on “The Apprentice” and successfully took charge of the construction for Trump Tower in Chicago. The couple’s hit reality show, “Giuliana & Bill,” is on the Style Network and produced by You & I Productions, their jointly owned company to produce reality and scripted programming for television.
Recently, Giuliana announced that she had been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and in December 2011 underwent a double mastectomy. The couple has publicly discussed her diagnosis and treatment to encourage all women to be proactive about their breast health.
Giuliana serves on the Board of Directors for the National Italian American Foundation and as a member of American Women in Radio and Television. Her charitable work includes Operation Smile, Dress for Success, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago, and the Children’s Miracle Networks. Bill co-hosts the news program America Now with Leeza Gibbons.
Four Days of Dynamic Education
From the grand opening Keynote Speech by Ms. Judd to the closing finale with Giuliana and Bill Rancic, this year’s action-packed program delivers four full days of learning, networking, and exploring the future of clinical pathology. Register today to save up to $150 on the all-inclusive global registration fee.