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The 2020 ACGME Annual Educational Conference
Marvin R. Dunn Keynote Address:

What the Eyes Don’t See

A Fireside Chat with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Pediatrician, Professor, and Public Health Advocate and
Dr. Thomas J. Nasca, ACGME President and CEO

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Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician who spearheaded efforts to research, publicize, and fix Flint, Michigan’s water crisis. As a pediatric residency director in the summer of 2015, Dr. Mona was busy welcoming new residents, triaging resident and faculty member concerns, anticipating ERAS applications, and caring for patients. That all upended when she learned that a change in the city’s water source resulted in lead leaching into the drinking water. The astronomical levels of lead in the water terrified Dr. Mona, and she was shocked that the government ignored complaints, protests, and reports from citizens, journalists, and experts. She knew that the only way to protect her patients would be to present undeniable proof on a national platform.

In a tremendous act of bravery, Dr. Mona held a press conference where she revealed her team’s findings before they were peer-reviewed, prioritizing the health of her community over the risk to her career. Dr. Mona faced a brutal backlash, but her persistence paid off: the city switched the water back to its original source and President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency. She has since been called to testify twice before the United States Congress, was awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, and was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

A passionate activist, Dr. Mona created the Michigan State University and Hurley Children's Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative, a model program to mitigate the impact of the Flint water crisis. As founder and director of this organization, she combines community and clinical programs, childhood health policy and advocacy, robust evaluation and ongoing medical training to give Flint children - and all children - a better chance at future success. 
Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s powerful book, What the Eyes Don’t See, is a dramatic first-hand account of the signature environmental disaster of our time and a riveting narrative of personal advocacy. A medical and scientific thriller, the New York Times 100 Notable book shares the inspiring personal story of Dr. Mona — an immigrant, a doctor, and an educator — whose family roots in social justice activism helped her take on the Flint water crisis.


Closing Plenary Speaker

Towards High Performance Medicine with Deep Empathy

Dr. Eric Topol
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Dr. Eric Topol is the founder and Director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, professor of molecular medicine, and Executive Vice-President of Scripps Research. As a researcher, he has published over 1,200 peer-reviewed articles, with more than 250,000 citations, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and is one of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine. His principal scientific focus has been on genomic and digital tools to individualize medicine.

In 2016, Dr. Topol was awarded a $207M grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead a significant part of the Precision Medicine (All of Us) initiative, a prospective research program enrolling one million diverse participants in the US. This is in addition to his role as principal investigator for a flagship $35M NIH grant to promote innovation in medicine. Prior to coming to Scripps in 2007, he led the Cleveland Clinic to become the #1 center for heart care, and was the founder of a new medical school there. He has been voted as the #1 Most Influential Physician Leader in the United States in a national poll conducted by Modern Healthcare.

Besides editing several textbooks, Dr. Topol has published three bestselling books on the future of medicine: The Creative Destruction of Medicine, The Patient Will See You Now,and the latest, Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again, published in 2019. Topol was commissioned by the United Kingdom in 2018-2019 to lead planning for the National Health Service’s integration of Artificial Intelligence and new technologies. To learn more about this speaker, visit

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