2019 ABLE Bioskills Symposium

2019 Agenda

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Symposium Committee Meeting
Burnham Board Room
Symposium Committee Members Only

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
ABLE Board of Directors Meeting
Burnham Board Room
ABLE Board of Directors Only

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Symposium Registration & Exhibitor Table Set Up

6:30 PM – 6:31 PM
Registration and Exhibitor Set Up Complete
Registration – Buckingham Foyer, Exhibits – Tip Top Tap Ballroom
Registration and Exhibitor Set Up

2019 Speakers

You can request copies of the Speakers’ presentations by emailing the Symposium Committee Chairperson at: abstracts@ablebioskills.com

Amy Oddo

PRESIDENT – Amy served as the Executive Vice President of Platinum Training, a national medical education company with multiple bioskills facilities, since 2010. In this role she oversees the activities at all Platinum Training facilities as well as off-site event support. She is a co-founder of ABLE. She also serves on the Board of Parallel Innovations Labs in Henderson, Nevada, a non-profit support program for businesses focused on STEM related activities.

Rick Anthony

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James Bardsley,III, B.S., C.T.B.S.

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Kelley Bennett

As Director of Clinical Partnerships and Training & Education at The Global Center for Medical Innovation T3 Labs, Kelley leads the educational innovation needs of early stage feasibility medical devices, Bioskills training, the community outreach program and forge ties between academia, med device industry and clinicians . She has 25 + years of relevant industry experience in healthcare, research, and Bioskills.

Prior to joining T3 Labs, she spent 2 years at Georgia Bureau of Investigations, 9 years in the clinical setting as a surgical first assistant, and 11 years as an Operations manager for RTI Donor Services transplant services. She holds a BS in Human Services Management with a focus in Healthcare Management, a Diploma in Surgical Technology, and a Certificate in tissue banking. Kelley has been a member of ABLE since 2014 American Association of Tissue Banks since 1996, A board member of the Southeastern Medical Device Association Med Tech Women since 2016, and currently serves with the Medical Device Task force for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Over the past 7 years she has led and grown T3 Labs’ Training and Education Program, by incorporating and cobranding the translational services of T3 affiliates and the Georgia Biomedical Community.

Robin Bozarth, A.A.S., CTBS

Robin is the Compliance and Quality Assurance Manager for the Medical Education Research Institute (MERI). Robin has been with MERI since 2003. MERI is a nonprofit medical teaching and training school/bioskills lab in Memphis, Tennessee qualified under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The MERI conducts state-of-the-art, hands-on educational courses for physicians, nurses and other medical professionals from across the country and around the world through their willed body donor program, Genesis, Legacy of Life. At the MERI, medical professionals are introduced to the latest innovations in medicine, and have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the most up-to-date medical techniques and technologies. The MERI supports research in all specialties by providing the sponsor with the most effective bioskills lab environments for achieving maximal outcomes for their studies. Robin holds an Associates of Applied Science Degree and is a licensed Funeral Director in the State of Tennessee. She is a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist (CTBS) through the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) since 2012. Robin has served in the healthcare industry for over twenty-five years. She is a professional member of many societies and involved in many community based volunteer programs in her hometown of Memphis, TN. In her spare time, Robin enjoys traveling, scuba diving and spending time with her twin daughters, family and friends.

Jeanine Little, RN

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Terence McIff

Member – Terence is Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center where he holds the Neff/Wiebe Endowed Chair for Orthopedic Biomechanics. He directs the KU Orthopedic Research and Education Center. He has his PhD in bioengineering from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow Scotland. His PhD research was performed at the AO Research Center in Davos, Switzerland where he also worked as head of the mechanical testing section. He received an MBA from Yale University. Terence conducts bioskills and research training for the KU orthopedic residency program. His center also provides bioskills training resources for various internal and external surgical groups. He teaches and works with students from a wide range of disciplines including Physical Therapy, Occupational Health, Medicine, Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering. His research is broadly focused with areas of work including infection, drug delivery, implant design and development, biomaterials, and spine biomechanics. Terence is a member of several professional societies including AAOS, ORS, ASME, and SFB where he serves on various committees. He is also a long-time reviewer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Radhika Parbhakar

Radhika graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering. She completed her M.B.A. at Grand Canyon University. Radhika holds the position of Manager, Clinical Education at Johnson & Johnson Institute. In this role she leads the coordination and execution of clinical education on Johnson & Johnson products and procedures. Radhika also performs assessments of external vendors to ensure compliance with internal policies and procedures. Prior to her current role, Radhika worked with a Science Care where she was able to gain experience with specimen management and procurement. Radhika has 12 years of experience in the Bioskills industry including: specimen management, facility management, compliance, and medical device industry.

Derek Pupello

Derek is the President & CEO of FORE. Derek has led FORE to national prominence in orthopedic research, education and innovation. FORE publishes dozens of clinical and biomechanical studies and educates over 1500 medical professionals annually. Derek founded the Florida InnoVation and Education Labs “FIVE Labs” in 2014 as an extension of FORE’s educational mission. Since opening in January 2015, the FIVE Labs facility has become one of the busiest bioskills labs in the US. FIVE Labs is a 15,000 sq ft facility located less than 5 minutes from Tampa International Airport which is consistently ranked as one of the best airports in the world.

Christina Strong

Christina Strong is an attorney who concentrates in healthcare law and policy, representing numerous non-profit and provider organizations. as well as trade groups. medical societies. and individual providers and practices. Ms. Strong has particular expertise in the areas of organ and tissue donation for transplant, education and research. and has been closely involved in state and national law and policy development concerning donation, privacy, informed consent.

Jami Firek

Jami is the Education Programs and Live Workshops Specialist for the American Society of Anesthesiologists in Schaumburg, IL. In her role, she is responsible for all live learning activities for the ANESTHESIOLOGY MEETING. She works with physicians and simulation companies to create hands-on workshops, pretest and post text exams and enduring material on current situations facing the medical community.

Jami has a B.A in Psychology from North Central College and she is currently pursuing an M.A. from Elmhurst College.

Steven Houg

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Pietro Tonino

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Donna Bowling-Scott

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Congressman Larry Bucshon

Larry Dean Bucshon is an American politician and physician who has been the U.S. Representative for Indiana’s 8th congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. Wikipedia
Born: May 31, 1962 (age 57 years), Taylorville, IL
Office: Representative (R-IN 8th District) since 2011
Spouse: Kathryn Bucshon (m. 1991)
Unit: United States Navy Reserve
Education: University of Illinois College of Medicine (1988), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1984)
Children: Zoe Bucshon, Alexander Bucshon, Blair Bucshon, Luke Bucshon

Peter Carnegie

Peter Carnegie has led Minimally Invasive as the Chief Executive Officer for the last nine (9) years. Pete has 19 years of experience in minimally invasive surgery and clinical training program development. His robotic surgery experience spans 15 years, primarily in the area of cardiothoracic surgery. He also has clinical experience in minimally invasive and robotic urology, gynecology, general surgery, and ENT. In addition to these specialties, Pete has training program development experience in spine surgery (Mazor Robotics / Medtronic) and trans-esophageal echocardiography (ImaCor Monitoring.) As the U.S. Program Development Manager for Cardiothoracic, Head & Neck Surgery he refined, implemented and supervised the clinical pathway that resulted in the launch of the robotic mitral valve repair at the number one cardiac program in the country: Cleveland Clinic. He has also developed robotic surgery programs at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Yale New Haven Hospital, SSM Healthcare St. Louis, Munson Healthcare in N. Michigan, and West Virginia University Hospitals to name a few. While at Intuitive, Carnegie held positions as the US Program Development Manager for Cardiothoracic, Head & Neck Surgery, and Cardiothoracic Sales Manager Eastern US. He refined and promoted robotic thoracic surgery with a focus on robotic lobectomy. By creating the thoracic surgery training protocols and by developing robotic surgeon experts like Dr. Mark Dylewski, South Miami Hospital and Dr. Robert Cerfolio from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Pete was able to bring the thoracic market to Intuitive. While robotic thoracic surgery was becoming one of the fastest growing specialties in the country, he refined and promoted the robotic aortic valve procedure featuring percutaneous and transapical valve technologies applied robotically through a port-only approach. Concurrently, he created a new training process for developing clinically independent sales representatives in less time. After starting MIS in 2010, he implemented the training program with Mazor Robotics. Mazor experienced a 10-month reduction (12 to 2 months) in the learning curve for clinical sales representatives while simultaneously improving clinical competence and execution. His training program development process has expanded into surgeon, fellow, resident and nurse training programs.

Nishant Shah, M.D.

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Linda Wojcik

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Michelle Lewis

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Beverly Bliss,MBA CTBS

Beverly Bliss has been a member of the donation community for more than 30 years serving in many roles including recovery, authorizations/consents, processing, distribution and after care services. Currently, Beverly is the Vice President for Accreditation and Standards for the American Association of Tissue Banks. Beverly’s career path has included senior leadership roles at the American Red Cross for 25 years and 12 years for RTI Donor Services. She was a founding member of the Gift of Life Trust Fund of SC, a nonprofit organization helping families and recipients with financial and social support while awaiting life saving organ transplants and has served on the boards of Donate Life America and the American Association of Tissue Banks.

Brian Vandersall, MBA

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2019 Gold Sponsors

$4000 or more


2019 Silver Sponsors

$3000 or more

Anatomy Gifts Registry logo Didage logo DRE Scientific logo EXCELEN logo Global First logo Sloan Medical logo

2019 Bronze Sponsors

$1500 or more

GE logo Kraft Medical logo MERCI logo Platinum Training logo ShipCritical logo