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Cleveland Clinic's 2012 Medical Innovation Summit Highlights Orthopaedic Technologies

CLEVELAND, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cleveland Clinic's 10th Annual Medical Innovation Summit – Innovative to the Bone! will bring together more than 1,000 executives, investors, entrepreneurs and clinicians Oct. 29 to 31 to assess the state of healthcare innovation and share insights on the hottest orthopaedic technologies. The meeting will be capped by a presentation of the "Top 10 Innovations" that will have a breakthrough impact on healthcare next year.

Registration is now open for the summit, a three-day gathering that will feature detailed discussions with healthcare leaders, presentations by top medical innovators, and demonstrations of new orthopaedic therapies. Speakers will explore: 

  • What is the outlook on medical innovation in light of the affirmation of the Affordable Care Act?
  • Is this a bull or bear market for orthopaedic innovations?
  • What outlook do top CEOs have for the industry?
  • What devices are on the horizon to detect and protect athletes from traumatic brain injuries?
  • How will healthcare IT fully utilize "Big Data" to improve care, decrease cost and enhance safety?

On the summit's final day, Cleveland Clinic will reveal its "Top 10" Innovations for 2013 – breakthrough technologies that will have the biggest impact on healthcare next year. The Clinic's Michael Roizen, M.D., Chief Wellness Officer and James Merlino M.D., Chief Patient Experience Officer, and a panel of 10 of the Clinic's physician leaders will present the highly anticipated list.

"Over the last 10 years, Cleveland Clinic's Medical Innovation Summit has become one of the most important healthcare gatherings in the United States because it's where thinkers and decision makers candidly discuss the state of innovation," said Chris Coburn, Executive Director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations. "This year's summit will give a preview of the future of orthopaedics innovation including advancements in concussion detection, joint replacement, treating athletes, rapid innovation and regenerative medicine. The Clinic's "Top 10" list has shown remarkable prescience in choosing the new technologies that will have a major impact in the new year."

The 2012 Medical Innovation Summit agenda includes more than 50 top healthcare leaders, including the CEOs of some of the most important companies in the industry: Omar Ishrak, Ph.D. (Medtronic), David Dvorak (Zimmer), Jeffrey Binder (Biomet), Jeff Smisek (United Airlines), David Meeker, M.D. (Genzyme), Sue Siegel (GE healthymagination), Kevin Sharer (Emeritus), (Amgen),  and Tom Gentile (Healthcare Systems, General Electric). Media moderators will include Maria Bartiromo (CNBC) and Scott Simon (NPR).

Also participating this year are several athletes who underwent innovative orthopaedic procedures to return to competition, including retired Major League Baseball All-Star Tommy John and U.S. Triathlete and Six-Time Ironman Triathlon World Champion David Scott, who will bring a patient's viewpoint to the summit.

A panel on concussion management and detection will include perspectives from Elliott Pellman, M.D., Medical Director, NFL; Bill Moreau, Director, Sports Medicine Clinics, U.S. Olympic Committee; and Art Chou, Senior Vice President, Rawlings Sporting Goods.

More than 25 top Cleveland Clinic physicians will present and demonstrate the latest orthopaedic technologies, including Thomas Graham, M.D., Chief Innovation Officer; Joseph Iannotti, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman, Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute; and Richard Parker, M.D., Chair, Orthopaedic Surgery.

During the summit, join the conversation on Twitter by following #MIS2012. Follow Cleveland Clinic Innovations at

About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. About 2,800 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. Cleveland Clinic Health System includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals and 18 Family Health Centers in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and opening in 2013, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2010, there were 4 million visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 167,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 100 countries. Visit us at  Follow us at

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