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.

Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African American ever to win medals in Winter Olympic competition, taking home a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. St. John has achieved the highest levels of success in a variety of endeavors throughout her life.

In addition to her success as a Paralympic athlete, she is a best-selling author, a highly sought-after keynote speaker, a television and radio personality, a business owner and a Fortune 500 leadership consultant. The celebrated author of seven books, St. John's most recent book, Micro-Resilience: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive and Energy, outlines a quick, easy and immediately effective program of tools and techniques to give you a competitive edge in today's dynamic world of changes and challenges. NBC Nightly News called St. John, "One of the five most inspiring women in America."


Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD

Achieving Health Equity: Tools for a Campaign Against Racism

Friday, November 15

Camara Phyllis Jones is the 2019-2020 Evelyn Green Davis Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a Past President of the American Public Health Association (2015-2016). 

Dr. Jones is a public health leader valued for her creativity and intellectual agility. She is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on naming, measuring, and addressing 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 of equity (including racism).

Dr. Jones was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health (1994 to 2000) before being recruited to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2000 to 2014), where she served as a Medical Officer and Research Director on Social Determinants of Health and Equity. Most recently, she was a Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine (2013 to 2019).

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

Population Health: Shut Off the Faucet and Stop Mopping Up the Floor

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.

Repeatedly named to Modern Healthcare’s list of Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare, his national activities cover a wide scope. Dr. Nash is a principal faculty member for quality of care programming for the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) in Tampa, FL. He serves on the NQF Task Force on Improving Population Health and the John M. Eisenberg Award Committee for The Joint Commission. He also is a founding member of the AAMC-IQ Steering Committee, the group charged with infusing the tenets of quality and safety into medical education. Dr. Nash was recently appointed to the Board of the Pharmaceutical Quality Alliance (PQA) in Washington, DC.  

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. 


NEW! Brunch and Closing General Session featuring PhyzTalks

Sunday, November 17

Wrap up your Annual Assembly experience before you hop on your flight home at the Brunch and Closing General Session featuring PhyzTalks on Sunday. You'll spend the morning eating great food and listening to the outstanding top submissions from our “Call for PhyzTalks”—and we'll wrap up by 10 am. PhyzTalks are TED™-style talks, which feature stories that are compelling and impactful to physiatrists. Brunch is included with your registration!

View the 2019 PhyzTalks Finalists here.