Annual Assembly

Plenaries—Thought-Provoking Topics to
Unite PM&R

No other PM&R conference brings together high-profile thought leaders who’ve made significant and enduring contributions in both their respective fields and throughout the world. Listen as our experts share their insights on Uniting PM&R Through Evidence and Best Practices. Don’t forget about your peer presenters on Sunday. Stay and listen to our “PhyzTalk All-Stars” who will leave a lasting impression well after the conference ends!

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Presidential Address and Plenary Keynote—Peter C. Esselman, MD, FAAPMR and Bonnie St. John

Thursday, November 14 

AAPM&R President Peter Esselman, MD, FAAPMR, will officially launch #AAPMR2019 and welcome attendees. Then Bonnie St. John, Paralympic Ski Medalist, Fortune 500 Business Consultant, Rhodes Scholar, Former White House Official and Best-Selling Author, will provide an inspiring talk focused on High Performance Resilience.


Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD

Friday, November 15

Camara Phyllis Jones is the President Emeritus of the American Public Health Association and Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high-quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism).

David Nash

51st Walter J. Zeiter Lecture and Awards Video Presentation—David Nash, MD, MBA

Saturday, November 16

David B. Nash is the Founding Dean and the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy at the Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH). JCPH is dedicated to developing health care leaders for the future. A board-certified internist, Dr. Nash is internationally-recognized for his work in public accountability for outcomes, physician leadership development, and quality-of-care improvement.

Prior to Dr. Nash’s presentation will be our exciting AAPM&R Awards Video Presentation! On Saturday, November 16, our 2019 award winners will be recognized for their significant contributions to both the specialty and to people with disabilities. 


PhyzTalks Plenary 

Sunday, November 17

The top submissions from our “Call for PhyzTalks” will present their stories live in a fun, real-time competition where the winner—chosen by the audience—will receive a FREE registration to next year’s Assembly. PhyzTalks are TED™-style talks, which feature stories that are compelling and impactful to physiatrists. 2019 PhyzTalks submissions are now being accepted! Submit yours by May 15.