The University of Dayton/Miami Valley Hospital Healthcare Symposium

The University of Dayton/Miami Valley Hospital Health Care Symposium is an annual event sponsored by these two entities. For the past two years, Dayton Children's Hospital has provided additional financial support for the symposium. The purpose of the symposium is to bring together local physicians and students to examine and discuss issues related to healthcare delivery.

Past Symposia

Each year there have been one or two themes addressed in the symposium sessions: 


The focus of the Fifth Annual University of Dayton/Miami Valley Hospital Healthcare Symposium is "Innovations in Healthcare Delivery" and will highlight several organizations and individuals who are making great strides in changing the ways healthcare is delivered so as to improve outcomes and lower costs.  Dr. Marjorie Bowman, Dean of Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine  will return as our moderator.  The symposium will feature TR Reid, foreign correspondent who will discuss "The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Healthcare." Additional confirmed speakers to present include David Moen, MD, and Ken Coburn, MD, MPH.


The Fourth Annual Healthcare held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 featured a panel of local healthcare specialists discussing various controversies in preventive medicine.  Dr. Marjorie Bowman, Dean of Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine moderated a series of presentations focusing on areas such as breast cancer and prostate cancer screenings, coronary artery disease screenings, immunizations and the role of genetic testing in preventive medicine. Presenters include Sherman Alter; M.D., Mukul Chandra;  M.D., Margaret Dunn, M.D., MBA; Marvin Miller, M.D.; Joseph Scherger, M.D., MPH.


In 2012, the timely topic of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) was again explored through presentations related to the national, state and local perspectives on PCHM.  A second track was titled “Meaning in Medicine: Exploring connections between medicine and spirituality”.  The keynote speaker this year was Dr. Harold Koenig, Director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University.  Dr. Koenig’s address was titled “Religion, Spirituality and Medicine: Research and Clinical Applications”.


The 2011 Symposium provided two tracks of break-out sessions.  One track was titled “Incorporating global health into your career” and the second track focused on the Patient Centered Medical Home.  The keynote speaker was author Tracy Kidder who spoke of global health initiatives explored in his book Mountains Beyond Mountains.


In 2010, Dr. Scott Morris, Director of Church Health Center was the keynote speaker.  Church Health Center, located in Memphis, TN is the nation’s largest healthcare clinic for uninsured individuals.  Dr. Morris’ address was titled “The future of healthcare for the poor in America”.  In addition to the keynote address, panels of local physicians spoke of their agencies’ efforts to provide services to local underserved populations.