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National health-care experts headline 2015 Cleveland Clinic Children's Pediatric Innovation Summit

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, M.D., to deliver keynote address

Cleveland Clinic

Friday, May 29, 2015, Cleveland: Cleveland Clinic Children's will host its second annual Pediatric Innovation Summit June 11 to 13, 2015, at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland. Designed to promote the professional development of physicians and healthcare providers, the event will explore the current state of pediatric care and the cutting-edge medical advancements transforming the research and treatment of childhood diseases.

"In today's competitive healthcare climate, the most successful innovators are risk-takers," said Giovanni Piedimonte, M.D., chairman of Cleveland Clinic Children's. "Our goal is to empower our attendees to become game-changers by presenting unmatched educational symposiums and leadership lessons from the nation's brightest minds."

Cleveland Clinic President and CEO Toby Cosgrove, M.D., will open the summit, noting the importance of innovation, while also focusing on improving patient outcomes and lowering healthcare costs. Attendees will also hear from four prolific pediatric experts: Ben Carson, M.D., 2016 Republican presidential candidate; Bernard P. Dreyer, M.D., president-elect, American Academy of Pediatrics; Mark Wietecha, CEO, Children's Hospital Association; and L. Eugene Arnold, M.D., M.Ed., Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, The Ohio State University.

As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Carson gained prominence in 1987 as the principal surgeon in the 22-hour separation of conjoined twins. This was the first time that occipital craniopagus twins - who are joined at the skull and at the brain's occipital lobe - had been separated with both surviving. In recent years, he has become a well-known conservative voice in American politics.

For nearly 30 years, Dr. Dreyer has drawn attention to the hazards caused by healthcare disparities within urban communities, exposing the devastating effects of family homelessness and environmental toxins, such as lead, on early childhood development.

Named as one of the "Healthcare Leaders to Know" by Becker's Review, Wietecha has served as a strategic advisor to many of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals," including the majority of the nation's top children's hospitals.

Dr. Arnold, a child psychiatrist and researcher, has advocated for child/adolescent mental health for more than 40 years, publishing 70 book chapters and over 250 journal articles, including many in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Additional program participants include healthcare industry experts such as:

  • Larry K. Pickering, M.D., FAAP, senior advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Daniel J. Flannery, Ph.D., director of the Begun Center, Case Western Reserve University

  • Elizabeth Short, Ph.D., professor of psychology, Case Western Reserve University

    The Cleveland Clinic Children's Pediatric Innovation Summit includes educational symposiums:

  • The 8th Annual Helen and Ronald Ross Symposium on Pediatric Cardiology. On Thursday, June 11, attendees can learn the latest insights on pediatric congenital heart disease from Cleveland Clinic Children's cardiology experts. Topics will include heart murmurs and nonsurgical approaches to management, neurologic sequelae of heart lesions, and the role of genetic factors. Discussion will also cover management of chest pain, syncope and palpitations, as well as issues surrounding sports clearance.

  • Nursing Symposium. Running concurrently on Thursday, June 11, Cleveland Clinic Children's nursing leaders will explore the latest advances in diagnosing and managing common pediatric conditions, including diabetes, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, and a host of cardiac and neonatal disorders. The symposium also will address the role of nurse practitioners in instituting comprehensive care programs.

  • Autism and ADHD Symposium. Following the general session on Saturday, June 13, this seminar will provide an in-depth look at autism and ADHD. Attendees will learn the latest screening and management options for autism, as well as how to combine pharmacotherapy and behavioral therapy for optimal ADHD outcomes.

The summit will run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, and Friday, June 12, and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, at the Global Center for Health Innovation, 1 St. Clair Ave. NE, Cleveland, OH 44114.

Registration for the Cleveland Clinic Children's Pediatric Innovation Summit is now open. Please visit to access the full conference agenda, list of speakers and secured on-line registration. Follow @CleClinicMD on Twitter for news and updates on the summit.


About Cleveland Clinic Children's

Cleveland Clinic Children's is a part of the Cleveland Clinic health system and offers full medical, surgical and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents. Cleveland Clinic Children's supports 126 acute care beds at Cleveland Clinic's main campus and 284 pediatric beds system wide; in addition, pediatric services are available at 43 Clinic sites in Northeast Ohio. A staff of more than 350 full-time pediatricians and sub-specialists see nearly 800,000 pediatric visits each year and provide hospital care for 11,000 children per year. Cleveland Clinic Children's is a non-profit, multi-specialty academic medical center integrating clinical care, research and education. Cleveland Clinic Children's consistently ranks among the "Best Children's Hospitals" by U.S.News & World Report. Visit us online at and on Facebook 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. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, eight community hospitals, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and, scheduled to begin seeing patients in 2015, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2013, there were 5.5 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit us at Follow us at

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