Conference Speakers

June 9-11, 2017 (Houston, TX)

Hugo Q. Cheng , MD
Hugo Q. Cheng, MD

Hugo Quinny Cheng, MD joined the faculty at UCSF in 1996, after completing medical school and residency training in Internal Medicine there. 

Dr. Cheng’s main clinical interest is the medical care of surgical patients, including preoperative medical evaluation and the prevention and management of postoperative medical complications. He directs the Medicine Consultation Service at UCSF Medical Center, which performs these functions in a traditional consultation role. In addition, Dr. Cheng developed a novel inpatient service to more intensively address the needs of UCSF’s neurological surgery patients. Rather than simply consulting, the hospitalist on the Co-management with Neurosurgery Service proactively identifies and assumes the non-surgical care for patients at high-risk for medical complications. This service also coordinates care with consultants, physician extenders, and ancillary services.

Dr. Cheng’s educational projects also center on perioperative medicine. He regularly lectures on perioperative medicine both at UCSF and to wider audiences through CME programs. He has written and edited articles and textbook chapters and developed printed and web-based teaching aids on this topic. Dr. Cheng also directs two annual CME courses, Internal Medicine Board Certification & Recertification Review and Advances in Internal Medicine, on behalf of the Department of Medicine.

Robert Farivar , MD, PhD
Robert Farivar, MD, PhD

r. Farivar specializes in adult cardiac surgery, with a subspecialization in valve surgery, minimally invasive valve surgery, and complex reoperative surgery. He has expertise in mitral valve repair and replacement, as well as minimally invasive aortic valve surgery and TAVR. He has established the first JCAHO certified center for excellence in valve repair while at the University of Iowa. Dr. He is also the chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery Services for Allina Health.

His training was at the Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School as well as Children's Hospital Boston, for both General Surgery and Cardiac Surgery. He is a member of the 21st Century Cardiac Surgical Society. He is listed as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, and serves as a consultant to several medical device and valve companies in an advisory capacity. He holds several medical device patents


Les Garson , MD
Les Garson, MD

Dr. Garson obtained his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and proceeded with his Residency at the University of Illinois Hospital. Dr. Garson pursued his fellowship in pediatric anesthesia at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Dr. Garson also obtained his Masters degree in International Health Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in Glendale, Arizona. He is also the medical director of NexStep, Inc.,a pharmacogenomic decision support software company in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Denver, Colorado. Dr. Garson enjoyed volunteering for Austin Smiles, which is a non-profit organization performing cleft lip and cleft palate repair upon infants and children in San Salvador, El Salvador, Tuxtla de Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico, Somal and Brazil.

Dr. Garson is currently working as an Associate Professor at the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care at University of California, Irvine and he leads the committee for the Preoperative Surgical Home initiative at UC Irvine.

Paul J. Grant , MD, SFHM, FACP
Paul J. Grant, MD, SFHM, FACP

Dr. Paul Grant is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan and is Director of the Consultative and Perioperative Medicine Program.  He received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine, completed his internal medicine residency at Norwalk Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine, and completed a hospital medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Erin Hennessey , MD
Erin Hennessey, MD

Dr. Hennessey is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Vanderbilt University and her medical degree at Saint Louis University.  Following an internship at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, she received her anesthesia and critical care training at Stanford University.  Dr. Hennessey is board certified in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine.  She joined the faculty at Stanford in 2012 and performs clinical duties on the following services:  general anesthesia, anesthesia preoperative care clinic, cardiothoracic intensive care unit, and medical-surgical intensive care unit.  Clinical areas of study include early mobility and delirium management of critically ill patients as well as patient-family interaction in the ICU.  She currently serves as the Program Director of the Anesthesia Critical Care Medicine fellowship and as the Rotation Director for the Critical Care Core Clerkship at Stanford School of Medicine.  Her medical education interests include simulation, flipped-classroom models, quality-improvement training for trainees, methods of assessment, and patient-doctor communication skills.

Ted James , MD
Ted James, MD

Dr. James is a surgical oncologist and medical director with an extensive background in quality improvement in health care. He is actively involved in providing comprehensive care for patients with breast cancer, leading multidisciplinary care programs, and advancing patient-centered care through clinical innovations. Dr. James has successfully implemented a number of quality initiatives aimed at improving clinical outcomes and patient experience. He has led programs to promote essential skills in clinical communication, team-based care, and physician leadership. Dr. James speaks nationally on transforming health care. He enjoys partnering with health care professionals to develop the tools, strategies, and culture necessary to help them achieve their goals in enhancing care delivery. Dr. James is a Professor of Surgery, an appointed Distinguished Educator, and has served as faculty for quality improvement programs at Harvard University, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and the Association of American Medical Colleges. He has been recognized nationally for his leadership in quality improvement. He believes that the key to achieving the best outcomes in patient care is to focus on meeting individual patient needs.

Zeev Kain , M.D., MBA
Zeev Kain, M.D., MBA

Dr. Zeev Kain is a Chancellor’s Professor of Anesthesiology, Pediatrics and Medicine as well as Executive Director for the Center on Stress & Health at the University of California, Irvine. Until recently Dr. Kain also served as the Chair of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, Associate Dean of Clinical Operations and Acting-Chief Medical Officer of UC Irvine Health. Dr. Kain has an extensive background in operation management in hospitals and operating rooms. Nationally, Dr. Kain is well known for his seminal work on transforming surgical care through the Perioperative Surgical Home and ERAS, which improves clinical care, increases patient and provider satisfaction and decreases healthcare costs.

Steven Schulman , MD, MHA
Steven Schulman, MD, MHA

Steven Schulman, MD, MHA is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, New York.  He received his Medical Degree from Albany Medical College.  He completed his Internship and Residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center.  He recently received a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.  He is President of New York Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, Director of Performance Improvement for the Department of Anesthesiology and CJR Liaison for St. Francis Hospital to The Catholic Health System of Long Island.

Chris Steel , MD
Chris Steel, MD

Dr. Chris Steel is a board certified anesthesiologist, trained at Penn State, practicing in Batesville, AR.  There he is the director of anesthesia services, co-director of their perioperative surgical home, medical director of ICU/PCU and of the community care network.  He is the co-founder of Episode Health Experts LLC and Physician Impact LLC.  He currently represents the advanced cohort on the steering committee for the PSH 2.0 collaboration.

Thomas R. Vetter , MD, MPH
Thomas R. Vetter, MD, MPH

Dr. Thomas R. Vetter is a Professor of Surgery and Perioperative Care at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin, where he serves as the departmental Director Perioperative Care. He is actively participating in the continued development and implementation of a Perioperative Surgical Home model and a comprehensive pain management program within the closely affiliated Dell Medical School/Seton Healthcare Family. He also is the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Anesthesia & Analgesia.

Colleen R. Walsh , DNP, RN, ONC, ONP-C, CNS, ACNP-BC
Colleen R. Walsh, DNP, RN, ONC, ONP-C, CNS, ACNP-BC

Colleen R. Walsh, DNP, RN, ONC, ONP-C, CNS, ACNP-BC is the president of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON and was formally inducted on May 24, 2016). She is an assistant professor of nursing.