Annual Assembly 2018

Annual Assembly

Plenary Speakers

Our experts will share their insights on all that is innovative in leadership, practice, and science. Don’t forget about your peer presenters on Sunday. Stay and listen to our “PhyzTalk All-Stars!”

Thursday, October 25 | 11:15 am-12:30 pm

Holtz_Lou_PROMOPICDarryl Kaelin_cmykPresidential Address—Darryl Kaelin, MD, FAAPMR and Plenary Keynote—Game Plan for Success—Lou Holtz

AAPM&R President Darryl Kaelin, MD, FAAPMR, will officially launch #AAPMR2018, welcome attendees, and deliver his presidential address. Then, Lou Holtz, legendary football coach and ESPN Analyst (2004-2015)—and author of 3 New York Times best-selling books including, Winning Everyday: A Game Plan for Success, will inspire the audience to overcome seemingly-impossible challenges by setting goals and working hard to achieve them.


Friday, October 26 | 11:30 am-12:30 pm


Disney Institute Presents: Being Bold and Innovative

For more than 30 years, Disney Institute has helped business professionals learn the Disney approach to customer experience—rooted in time-tested business insights on leadership, employee engagement, and service that create a culture of excellence at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Whether it’s individuals, teams or entire organizations, Disney Institute helps professionals around the world apply these business insights to improve their own customer experiences. Attendees will get to experience this interactive program, customized specifically for the AAPM&R Annual Assembly. Stay tuned for more details about what to expect from this fun, unique experience.


Saturday, October 27 | 12:45 pm-1:45 pm

Bertha K MadrasFiftieth Walter J. Zeiter Lecture and Awards Video Presentation—The Opioid Epidemic: Our Nation's Challenges

Bertha K. Madras, PhD, is a professor of psychobiology in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, research scientist, and respected authority on the opioid and prescription drug crisis. In 2017, she served as a member of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction. The Commission’s goal was to identify strengths and weaknesses in our nation’s response to drug addiction and the opioid crisis, and recommend creative solutions to improve prevention, intervention, and treatment programs and services. Her insightful presentation will shed light on the Commission’s findings while bringing a personal perspective to this timely topic.

After Dr. Madras’ plenary session, she will host a follow-up presentation at 2 pm, The Opioid Epidemic: Our Nation’s Challenges Continue the Conversation.

Prior to Dr. Madras’ presentation will be our exciting AAPM&R Awards Video Presentation! On Saturday, October 27 at 12:45 pm, our 2018 award winners will be recognized for their significant contributions to both the specialty and to people with disabilities. Learn more about this year’s recipients.


Sunday, October 28 | 10 am-11:30 am

PhyzTalks Keynote

AA18_PhyzTalks_rgbThe top submissions of our “Call for PhyzTalks” will present their story 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.

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